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HAVA offers new Long Range Shooting Program for injured shooters

7 hours 43 min ago

The Long Range Shooting Program’s inaugural class took place in October. (Photo: HAVA)

Honored American Veterans Afield introduces a new program under its Learn to Shoot Again devision, launching the Long Range Shooting Program.

Aided by injured training instructors, the Long Range Shooting Program is designed to help injured students return to the outdoor sports they enjoyed pre-injury. Students with hand amputations, broken backs, shoulder reconstructions, traumatic brain injuries and other injuries are able to learn new skills to help them tackle long range targets.

The inaugural class was held in October over the course of three-days. The course allowed 11 injured veterans to shoot out to 900 yards. Companies like Sig Sauer, Daniel Defense, Vortex, Leupold, Savage, DPMS and Kestrel all donated products to the LTSA division to allow students to practice with the best equipment available, according to HAVA.

HAVA aims to reconnect injured gun owners with the shooting sports through instruction tailored to overcoming challenges as a result of injury. (Photo: HAVA via Facebook)

“Long range shooting skills are just one of the lessons that our LTSA instructors bring to these students who deserve everything that we can do to inspire and assist in their recovery,” HAVA Chairman Tom Taylor, said in a news release. “The fact that our instructors have each personally gone through the re-habilitation process after the loss of a limb or other severe injury is a real-life example for the student that recovery from tragedy is possible, and that the best part of life may still be in their future. We believe that our efforts can make the ultimate difference with a disabled veteran who might otherwise not be able to fulfill their long-term potential for happiness.”

Additional information can be found at HAVA’s website.

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Convenience store chain to hire ‘hybrid’ clerks that carry guns on the job

8 hours 13 min ago

QuikTrip wants to expand their armed clerk program (Photo: QuikTrip)

A Tulsa-based chain of convenience stores is looking for employees with a particular set of skills.

The QuikTrip Corporation, with some 750 locations in a dozen states, is advertising for full-time store clerks in the Tulsa area who double as armed security. In short, besides an ability to “provide quality customer service,” among the primary role of the $35 per hour job is to protect the location and those in it. The chain has reportedly trialed the concept in Wichita, Kansas and it has already seen success.

“Our employees like it, customers really like it, and we’re seeing all kinds of (security and crime-related) incidents just plummet,” QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh told Tulsa World. “Customers really like it that we’re trying something that’s making a difference.”

The hybrid employees won’t replace full-time outside security and off-duty police used by the company but will augment those as well as other safety guidelines. Applicants for the positions will need to be able to pass a physical and, as a minimum, have a high school diploma, CPR certification and some sort of armed security or police certification and background coupled with a few years of prior experience.

“We’re just going to have to take matters into our own hands and still utilize and partner with Tulsa Police Department and Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, but there’s not enough of them to do the job,” said Thornbrugh.

In July, a Tulsa police officer and a suspect were wounded in an officer-involved shooting at a local QuikTrip.

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Pushing out to 500 yards with the Ruger Mini-14 (VIDEO)

8 hours 42 min ago

In an exercise to test out the practical accuracy from the humble and old school Ruger Mini-14, a shooter and spotter give it a go out to the 500 mark.

Josh Mazzola and Henry Chan team up for the test from 9-Hole Reviews. The wood-stocked Mini-14 used for the test was topped with a Trijicon Accupoint 1-6x Mildot optic on a Warne mount with LaRue rings. Suppressed, the 5.56mm plinker was also fitted with an Accu-Strut bolt-on accurizing device and what looks to be a Harris bipod.

Starting at the 150-yard mark, they work on torso-sized targets using IMI M193 55-grain ammo on a breezy day.

The final analysis? Watch the footage.

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Shooting drill of the day: Vigr Training Scales (VIDEO)

9 hours 13 min ago

The Scales drill from Vigr Training is designed to work two important skillsets in shooting a handgun: running the trigger and visual processing. The drill requires 15 rounds total – three shots in five circles and only clean shots count – and scores are dependent on overall time.

For success, the drill requires a shooter to vary trigger pace. It forces them to work on deliberate trigger manipulation on the smallest circles to faster trigger manipulation for the larger targets.

Simultaneously, a shooter gets to work through an entire spectrum of visual interactions. This begins with conventional sight alignment and sight picture. Then, they move to flash front site and finally through gun indexing.

The drill changes by simply reversing the order in which a shooter engages the circles or turning orientation of the target. To increase the difficulty add reloads and increase the round count.

In a limited number of rounds a shooter has a great exercise to test a variety of core handgun skills. This not only saves money but also time. The printable Scales Target can be found a Vigr Training’s website.

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HandALL Beavertail for P365 joins Hogue lineup

9 hours 13 min ago

The HandALL Beavertail Grip offers more purchase on the Sig Sauer P365. (Photo: Hogue)

Hogue adds the Sig Sauer P365 to its list of handgun grip models, introducing the HandALL Beavertail Grip for the P365.

Installed by slipping the HandALL over the Sig P365’s frame, the HandALL Beavertail eventually seats int position offering a more comfortable fit for shooter’s hands. The HandALL is equipped with finger grooves that deliver a more instinctive grip on the gun, according to Hogue.

“The high capacity SIG Sauer P365 has taken the industry by storm,” grip sleeve designer Matt Hogue said in a news release. “The effortless carry and concealability of this firearm makes it a top choice for today’s compact carry shooters. The precision features of our new grip sleeves enhance the comfort and grip of this already super functional firearm.”

The HandALL Beavertail is constructed from a durable thermoplastic elastomer compound, allowing the rubber to age “very gracefully” maintaining a tacky feel through its lifespan. Hogue says the grip will not harden or crack with use, keeping its integrity over time. Using a Cobblestone texture, the HandALL aims to provide a non-slip, non-irritating style.

Available through Hogue in black, OD green, flat dark earth, aqua, pink and purple the HandALL Beavertail for the Sig Sauer P365 is priced at $10.95.

The HandALL Beavertail comes in various colors. (Photo: Hogue)

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Angstadt Arms shows off SCW-9 Sub Compact Weapon (PHOTOS)

9 hours 43 min ago

The SCW-9 has a lot going for it in a small package, to include Glock mags and a 1,100 rpm rate of fire. (Photos: Angstadt)

North Carolina-based Angstadt Arms this week released the details of the gun the delivered to compete in the U.S. Army Sub Compact Weapon Program.

Dubbed the SCW-9, the platform was submitted as Angstadt’s entry — along with those from five other companies — for evaluation for use by Army personal security details. Guns proposed for the program had to be a “highly concealable” SCW “capable of engaging threat personnel with a high volume of lethal and accurate fires at close range with minimal collateral damage.”

Aiming to meet those guidelines, the SCW-9 is some 14.7-inches long overall when its telescoping buttstock is collapsed. Featuring a 4-inch barrel with a three-lug adapter for suppressors, the 9mm sub gun takes double stack Glock pattern mags and weighs in at 4-pounds flat.

The SCW-9 has ambidextrous controls including magazine release, safety selector, charging handle and bolt catch and release

Select-fire, it has fully ambidextrous controls and can fire at 1,100 rounds per minute on full auto. Importantly, the gun uses a shortened multi-caliber AR-15 stock system.

Besides the current 9mm platform, Angstadt says they have tested the shortened stock system in both 5.56mm and .300 AAC and are working on a pistol brace version for the U.S. commercial market.

The Army currently uses HK MP5s for personal security detachments for high-ranking officers but is looking to upgrade. In line with that, the new SCW program originally involved more than a dozen companies to include Beretta, Brügger & Thomet, Colt, CMMG, CZ, HK, Noveske, PTR, Sig Sauer and Zenith Firearms.

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Honeywell expands Howard Leight eyewear line

10 hours 13 min ago

The UVEX safety eyewear offers budget friendly options for shooters. (Photo: Honeywell)

Honeywell adds to its lineup of Howard Leight eyewear, introducing four new models under the UVEX safety eyewear brand.

The new UVEX offerings include the Hypershock, Acadia, A1500 and A700 Sharp-Shooter models. The series features a lightweight frame, contoured to fit under shooting earmuffs, paired with scratch-resistant lenses. Coated with the Uvextreme Plus anti-fog coating, the glasses are constructed to offer protection and performance in tough environments.

The glasses offer a variety of tinted options. (Photo: Honeywell)

The UVEX Hypershock boasts a sporty look with wrap-around frame and padded temples. Topped with a molded nosepiece, the Hypershock boasts seven models under its wing to include a range of lens tins as well as coatings to circumvent harsh environments. The UVEX Hypershock is priced between $14.99 and $18.99 depending on model.

The UVEX Acadia features a 3/4 frame designed for a bevy of activities and demands. The glasses tout a soft, molded temple with six lens tints to choose from in addition to anti-fog lens coatings. The UVEX Acadia has a MSRP of $15.99.

The UVEX A1500 offers flexible temples and a molded nosepiece in an adjustment-free frame. The full-frame style features a sleek look, according to Honeywell, and delivers three lens tints. The UVEX A1500 is priced at $14.99.

Finishing off the new series is the UVEX A700 Sharp-Shooter. Using a clear, slim wrap-around design, the A700 Sharp-Shooter is a budget friendly option for shooters retailing for $5.89.

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The story behind Sig Sauer’s M17 Tomb of the Unknown pistols (VIDEO)

10 hours 13 min ago

The gravity of standing as a Sentinel over the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Ceremony requires a special gun.

To understand the importance of the mission facing the select guard provided by the oldest infantry regiment in the Army in securing the Tomb, Tim Butler with Sig Sauer went there and spoke to the elite soldiers performing the Sentinel duty. Butler explains in the above video from the New Hampshire-based company that everything to do with the four ceremonial M17 handguns was deliberately planned.

The high-gloss finish reflects the polish and attention to detail shown by the Sentinels, such as in their belts and shoes.

The wood grips, crafted from the decks of the USS Olympia — the cruiser that brought the first Unknown Soldier back home from Europe after World War I — were meant to be historic of older weapons and complement the wood stocks of the M14s used by the rest of the guard.

Marble dust from the Tomb itself is incorporated into the sights of the firearm while the sight plate replicates the images of the three Greek figures at the site. “In my career, I’ve designed guns for Presidents, celebrities, all kinds of people, but from an honor, there is no greater honor,” said Butler, a Marine veteran, of his work on the Tomb M17s.

Sig presented the guns to the 3rd Infantry Regiment at a ceremony on Oct. 11, and have been used by the Tomb Guard’s sergeants ever since. The company said in a statement that they are “incredibly honored to have a place in a deeply humbling historical event.”

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Deputy survives wild roadside shootout that leaves car riddled (VIDEO)

10 hours 43 min ago

A man currently on a hold by immigration officials was injured in a nearly minute-long exchange of gunfire with an Arkansas lawman. Luis Cobos-Cenobio, 29, is in the custody of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department after he was wounded in the shootout last Sunday with an area deputy.

According to a statement from the agency, released along with dashcam and bystander footage of the shooting, Washington County Corporal Brett Thompson attempted to stop Cobos-Cenobio for a traffic violation in Tontitown. Once the man finally pulled over on a narrow country road and Thompson exited his vehicle, Cobos-Cenobio can be seen opening his own car door and immediately opening fire with a handgun.

Advancing on Thompson’s marked SUV while the deputy sought cover, the man can be seen shooting around the vehicle and, later, through the windscreen. After 53-seconds of gunplay, Cobos-Cenobio is seen returning to his car, a 2008 Saturn, and speeding away a short distance to let a female passenger out of the vehicle. The female approaches Thompson and is taken into custody.

Cobos-Cenobio was pursued by numerous local and state agencies, before he was arrested in nearby Springdale, after again exchanging fire with officers. Treated for a wound to the left arm and shoulder at an area hospital, he was released to Washington County deputies.

No officers were injured in the incident, although Thompson’s SUV is shown in footage released by the agency to be riddled with bullets. The officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave pending an investigation by state police.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Cobos-Cenobio has been charged with a host of felonies to include four counts of attempted capital murder, and is being held on a $500,000 bond. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have also placed a hold on the man.

Luis Cobos-Cenobio, 29, (Photo: WCSD)

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Gearcraft Holsters crafts snazzy IWB for Honor Guard pistol

11 hours 13 min ago

The GearCraft IWB was one of the first holsters to offer compatibility with the Honor Defense Honor Guard Pistol series. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Created for inside-the-waistband carry, the Gearcraft IWB was one of the first to deliver compatibility with Honor Guard pistols. Having reviewed the Honor Guard pistol series in the past, I was excited to take the Gearcraft IWB hoslter for a test run to see if this Kydex build could really stand up against repeated use and concealment with the Honor Guard pistol.

The Basics: What’s new with the IWB?

The Gearcraft IWB is a Kydex construction featuring a molded design that is specifically cut for each pistol it serves – in this case, it is molded for the Honor Defense Honor Guard Pistol. The Kydex is a thicker cut, lending itself to a more durable creation built to withstand the rigors of repeated use.

The holster is decked out in a robin’s egg blue woodland pattern, but boasts a bevy of other pattern and color choices courtesy of Gearcraft. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Gearcraft brings a bevy of options for concealed carry consumers, allowing customers to customize their rig to their liking. In a sea of black Kydex holsters, the options are a perk. Though my IWB shipped with a plastic belt clip, consumers can opt for belt loops or a UtiliClip depending on preference. Gun owners also have a choice of color or pattern, subverting the usual all-black tactical scheme. For this review, I was sent both a standard black and a woodland pattern in a subtle yet feminine robin’s egg blue.

The IWB features rounded and smoothed edges for more comfortable concealment. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

GearCraft also grants consumers the ability to choose sweat guard height, offering a full sweat guard, mid-guard or no guard at all. Rounding the options, IWB shoppers can choose compatibility with lights, RMR optics, suppressor height sights and even threaded barrels. In short, Gearcraft really puts the control in the hands of concealed carriers, letting them fine tune the holster before it ever arrives at their door.

Adjustability: Fine tuning the holster

The holster benefits from a few design tweaks that elevate its performance, making it a suitable choice for the Honor Guard pistol. The first is its adjustable retention. Retention is one of the most important aspects of a good holster, ensuring the pistol is safely retained in the holster until needed. The IWB achieves this via a molded construction, clinging to the nooks and crannies on the Honor Guard pistol, as well as a screw located on the bottom of the rig. This innocuous screw adjusts retention, allowing for the holster to be tightened or loosened according to user preference. This addition puts the onus on the user to determine how securely the holster holds the handgun.

Despite its thicker Kydex build, the Gearcraft IWB conceals well when paired with the Honor Guard pistol. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

The second perk of the IWB holster is its belt clip. Able to cant 0 to 20-degrees via two screws located at the top of the holster, the belt clip again gives users the option to personalize their set-up. When carrying in the 4 o’clock position, I prefer a slight cant to my IWB to aid in drawing and with the IWB I can easily achieve that. While I generally prefer a stiffer belt clip made of metal – as plastic wears quickly over time – Gearcraft again opts for a thicker build resulting in a more durable design that endures repeated use.

Concealed Carry: How does it perform?

I was initially impressed by how sturdy this holster is. In my possession for over a year, the Gearcraft has suffered a few falls at my clumsy hands and has still managed to keep itself together. The tradeoff to such a durable design, though, is often concealment. In the case of the IWB it’s a little thicker than most my other holsters and on a small-frame like myself any extra thickness quickly becomes noticeable; however, Gearcraft has craftily constructed its IWB in such a manner that it still maintains concealability despite its girth.

The IWB is user-adjustable for both cant and retention. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Paired with the Honor Guard pistol, created with concealment in mind, the Gearcraft IWB easily slipped under blouses and sweaters disappearing against my side. A little heavier than some of my other holsters, the IWB necessitated a solid belt but any good holster/pistol combo should be supported by a sturdy belt.

Gearcraft has taken time to ensure all edges on the holster are rounded, preventing any discomfort or poking while carrying. The addition of a high sweat guard also lends itself to comfort, preventing the gun from rubbing against my skin.

The IWB opts for a plastic belt clip that, like the holster itself, is thickly made for durability. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Cut for the Honor Guard, the pistol moved like butter out of the holster during the draw with no advanced wrestling moves required. The draw was smooth and efficient each time as was reholstering – thanks to the cant of the IWB.

Final Thoughts

The IWB holster I received was free from bells and whistles, but it offered all the basics a good concealed carry holster should – a sturdy molded design, secured trigger area and retention. Catering to concealed carriers with customizations, the Gearcraft IWB gives consumers the ability to craft a holster specifically for their own needs and budget. With a base price of $59.99, the Gearcraft IWB is a solid option for Honor Guard carriers, or other brands, looking for some style in their concealed carry get-up.

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Ohio sees record number of carry licenses issued, renewed

11 hours 43 min ago

New data shows there were 656,000 active Ohio CHLs in circulation earlier this year, an all-time high. (Photo: Kimber)

New figures from Ohio’s attorney general show that the Buckeye State issued more carry licenses in the second quarter of the year than ever before.

Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office said that 21,130 licenses to carry a concealed handgun were issued and another 29,243 renewed last quarter, for a total of 50,373 granted. When compared to the first quarter report which saw a combined total of 45,848 issued, the increase was more than 10 percent.

For an even greater disparity, figures from the second quarter of 2008 — 10 years ago — saw just 22,721 licenses issued or renewed.

Gun rights advocates in the state emphasized the new figures set records — marking the first time Ohio Sheriffs issued over 50,000 licenses in a single quarter, and further that the statistic of 656,000 active Ohio CHLs in circulation is another high, representing one out of 13 Ohioans.

“Concealed carry is mainstream, common sense and close to most people on a daily basis,” said Jim Irvine, Buckeye Firearms Association President. “It works so well that most people are blissfully unaware that people around them are carrying guns.”

Irvine stresses that in the 14 years Ohio has had a concealed carry law in effect, the practice has become accepted. “License-holders, like gun owners in general, are not extremists as the anti-gun rights crowd claims. They are men and women, liberal and conservative and every ethnic and religious background. They are honorable citizens who want the means of protection from real dangers.”

The new figures predate a recent change in state law to allow military veterans and active duty servicemembers to have their CHL fees waived, a move that is likely to spur even higher carry rates. Further, the law, which took effect earlier this month, allows for military training to be accepted in lieu of an eight hour mandated safety course.

It’s not just Ohio that is seeing a bump in numbers. The Crime Prevention Research Center, which tracks concealed carry statistics, said in August that there were more than 17.25 million such permits nationwide, an all-time high and a nearly three-fold increase over the past decade.

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New SOCOM suppressors launch under SureFire umbrella

12 hours 13 min ago

The SOCOM260-Ti is a lightweight suppressor designed for rifles. (Photo: Surefire)

SureFire brings two new suppressors to shooters, announcing the SOCOM260-Ti and SOCOM260-RC2 chambered for 6mm, 6.5mm and .260 caliber rifles.

The SOCOM260-Ti kicks off the new suppressors with a titanium alloy construction offering a lightweight design weighing 12 ounces. Offered in black or dark earth, the SOCOM260-Ti features v-shaped baffles to reduce noise. Its Fast-Attach Mounting System ensures proper alignment with the rifle system.

The SOCOM260-RC2 follows the Ti with a vented baffle construction created from high-temperature alloys CNC laser-welded. The design offers a durable style that lends itself to higher-round count shooting.

Also featuring SureFire’s Fast-Attach Mounting System, the suppressor attaches to the rifle easily. SureFire also says the latest technology has been used in the SOCOM260-RC2 to offer a “tremendous reduction in flash and dust signature.” The SOCOM260-RC2 also comes in black or dark earth.

The suppressors are chambered for 6mm, 6.5mm and .260 caliber. (Photo: Surefire)

“SureFire’s exotic SOCOM260-Ti is extremely lightweight and quiet, best suited for bolt-action rifles where back pressure isn’t an issue,” SureFire said in a news release. “Next, the versatile SureFire SOCOM260-RC2 suppressor meets and exceeds the needs of 6mm, 6.5 Creedmoor and .260 caliber, semiautomatic rifles by utilizing the same technology that earned the SOCOM556-RC suppressor a victory in the harshest, most demanding suppressor trials in US Special Operations Command history.”

The SOCOM260-TI and SOCOM260-RC2 are both available through SureFire with the SOCOM260-Ti retailing for $1,349 and the SOCOM260-RC2 priced at $1,199.

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New federal ballistics lab opened in Frederick County, Maryland

12 hours 43 min ago

An ATF National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) van. (Photo: ATF/Twitter)

Federal law enforcement opened a new ballistics lab in central Maryland this week — the sixth so far established within the state.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Baltimore to bring the new site for the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network online.

Sheriff Chuck Jenkins said the facility will help law enforcement track and apprehend dangerous, repeat offenders in Frederick, Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties.

“It’s an evidence processing resource that will provide fast and accurate results in linking shooting incidents not only locally but regionally or across the country,” he said. “This NIBIN network, located at the Law Enforcement Center, will not only support law enforcement agencies in Frederick County, but will support law enforcement throughout western Maryland.”

ATF Baltimore Field Division Special Agent in Charge Rob Cekada said the new facility helps realize the agency’s joint commitment to stifling gun-related crimes with state and local law enforcement.

“NIBIN is a crucial resource for law enforcement, one that grows more effective every day as more and more law enforcement agencies gain access to it,” he said. “Officers and deputies from all over western Maryland will have timely, important information about related firearm cases to expand their criminal investigations.”

Since opening the first lab in 1999, federal agents have processed more than 99,000 leads and cataloged more than 3.3 million pieces of evidence. The NIBIN network focuses solely on crime guns and fired ammunition, never storing information about individual gun owners, manufacturers or retailers.

Spent casings recovered at the shooting death of a Cincinnati soap factory worker in June 2016 helped police connect the crime to a stolen gun discovered during a traffic stop a week later. The two men apprehended that day now remain in prison on robbery and murder convictions.

In another case, investigators in Philadelphia connected a former judicial aide to four armed robberies after matching his unlicensed 9mm handgun to casings found at each of the crime scenes.

Stamping out gun-related violent crime became a top Department of Justice priority last year when then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions — at the request of President Donald Trump — ordered agencies to target the nation’s most dangerous criminals with renewed vigor.

Total annual prosecutions will likely exceed 10,000 in 2018 — a 22.5 percent increase over 2017 and up by nearly half over the last five years, according to the Transactional Records Clearing House.

Weapons prosecutions peaked at 11,000 in 2004 and dropped to less than 7,000 a decade later. Since 2014, however, TRAC data shows a gradual uptick in prosecutions, punctuated by a steep increase this year as the DOJ cracks down on gun-related crimes.

Through the DOJ’s crime-fighting task force, prosecutions for drug crimes, gang violence and gun violations hit historic highs, increasing 8 percent over 2016. Prosecutions for unlawful possession of a firearm — mostly by convicted felons — spiked 23 percent in the second quarter of 2017 alone.

“That sends a clear message to criminals all over this country that if you carry a gun illegally, you will be held accountable,” Sessions said last year. “I am grateful to the many federal prosecutors and agents who are working hard every day to make America safe again.”

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Hi-Lux creates Junior High Power Program

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 09:30

Hi-Lux brings the Junior High Power Program to life, offering help to young competitive shooters. (Photo: Hi-Lux)

Hi-Lux looks to aid junior CMP/NRA High Power competitive shooters with the creation of its Junior High Power Program. The Junior High Power Program delivers a deep discount on Hi-Lux’s XTC 1-4×34 Competition Rifle Scope to junior high powers teams across the U.S. Designed specifically for CMP and NRA High Power Competitions, the Hi-Lux XTC 1-4×34 scope delivers a 34mm objective lens with front objective parallax adjustment from 15 yards to infinity. The scope offers 1/4 MOA click elevation as well as windage turrets, granting shooters fine adjustments. The XTC 1-4×34 usually retails for $475.

The Hi-Lux XTC 1-4×34 riflescope offers a 34mm objective lens and MOA adjustments. (Photo: Hi-Lux)

“As part the ongoing commitment to help the next generation of CMP/NRA High Power competitors achieve their match goals, Hi-Lux has created a discount program for junior high powers teams on the scope specifically designed for CMP and NRA High Power ‘Across the Course’ Competition,” Hi-Lux said in a news release. “The XTC 1-4×34 is the next generation of the Hi-Lux Close-to-Medium Range (CMR) tactical scope and is loaded with advanced design features that truly put it in a class all of its own.”

In addition to discounting the scope for junior competitors, Hi-Lux also intends to donate to each junior’s team for every XTC 1-4×34 Competition Rifle purchased. Interested teams and members can sign up for the Junior High Power Program via Hi-Lux’s website.

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Revision Military expands with new brand, Revision Outdoor

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 09:00

Revision Outdoor brings new eyewear to hunters and outdoor adventurers. (Photo: Revision Outdoors)

Tactical eyewear connoisseurs Revision Military creates a new outdoor brand dedicated to hunters, anglers and outdoorsy types, announcing Revision Outdoor.

Revision Outdoor brings its parent company’s style and technology to outdoor eyewear enthusiasts with three new styles — the Revision Pursuer, Revision Caller and Revision Seeker. Kicking off the new series is the Revision Pursuer created for high elevation hunts. Following the Pursuer is the Revision Caller dedicated for those on the “water’s edge.” Rounding out the series is the Revision Seeker offering an everyday approach to eyewear.

The eyewear offers four polarized lens tint options with each featuring Revision’s OcuMax AF lens coating that is anti-fog, anti-scratch and smudge resistant. The glasses also meet military ballistic impact requirements. Revision lenses partner with ultra-light frames weighing just over an ounce to bring hunters a comfortable approach to eyewear.

The Revision Pursuer, top left, Revision Caller, top right, and Revision Seeker, bottom, are the first products to launch under the Revision Outdoor brand. (Photo: Revision Outdoors)

“As we talked to members of the hunting community we discovered a need for technical eyewear built for the modern hunter,” Jonathan Blanshay, CEO of Revision, said in a press release. “We set out to fill that need using our military experience and insight from expert hunters and anglers to build the most protective and high-performance eyewear available for use in the extreme outdoors.”

The series delivers three frame colors and three lens options in addition to offering custom prescription lenses. Retailing for $279, the Revision Pursuer, Caller and Seeker ship with a custom retention strap, eyewear pouch with microfiber cloth and protective pro bag in addition to a limited lifetime warranty.

The glasses meet military ballistic impact resistance requirements. (Photo: Revision Outdoors)

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Kimber updates rifle offerings with new Mountain Ascent bolt-action line (PHOTOS)

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 08:30

Central to the new Mountain Ascent series is the SubAlpine pattern camo (Photos: Kimber)

Pitched as a high country rifle, the new Mountain Ascent series uses a Gore Optifade SubAlpine pattern and comes in five caliber offerings.

The newest chapter in New York-based Kimber’s 84M bolt-action rifle story is a 5 to 6-pound mountain rifle with a stainless steel barrel complete with a muzzle brake. Offered in .280 Ackley Improved, .308 Win, .300 WSM, .300 Win Mag, and the venerable .30-06, barrel length varies from 22 to 26-inches depending on caliber.

Besides the reinforced carbon-fiber stock, the rifle keeps the ounces off through use of a spirally fluted bolt body, partially fluted barrel, and skeletonized bolt knob. The muzzle break attaches with a 7/16x28TPI thread pitch for swapping out other muzzle accessories or suppressors.

The adjustable trigger is set between 3.5 and 4-pounds while the action includes a Mauser claw extractor and 3-position Model 70-type wing safety.

All models come with a 4-round internal box magazine. The rifle is advertised as being sub-MOA accurate while a butt pad and brake aim to mitigate felt recoil.

MSRP across the line is $2,082.

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The great debate: Why are we still arguing over 9mm v .45? (VIDEO)

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 08:30

If you’ve been in the firearms community for more than a few minutes, you’ve heard people argue about what caliber is best, worst or just plain silly. And that’s fine in and of itself, until it ends up distracting people from the realities of caliber selection as it applies to pistols for defensive shooting. If, to quote John Chapman, retired federal law enforcement officer and lead instructor of LMS Defense, “gun fights are won in millimeters and milliseconds” than it would seem like people’s time and energy would be better spent focusing on the perfection of their skills than making noise about which caliber is the best.

Handgun stopping power is simply a myth. There we said it and the FBI agrees. Not coincidentally, so do the laws of physics. Newton’s Third Law deals with equal and opposite reactions and applies directly to this discussion because, simply put, the amount of recoil energy you feel when firing a gun is roughly the same amount of energy the person getting shot feels when being struck by the bullet. So forget about knocking someone off their feet, they might not even know they’ve been shot or slow down unless you hit something vital.

Despite the difference in size and weight, all of these options will have similar performance when compared to their counterpart in a different caliber. (Photo Adam Welch/Guns.com)

The most important thing to remember is to pick a caliber that works for you, your level of skill, and your lifestyle. (Photo: Adam Welch/Guns.com)

If we really want to talk about “stopping power,” we need to look at the things that actually stop humans. And according to research done by Greg Ellifritz, a full time police officer and owner of Active Response Training, handgun calibers don’t really affect people that drastically or differently. In essence we are relying on a “physical” or “psychological” stop to end someone’s violent behavior.

Hitting someone in the central nervous system or causing enough damage to internal organs to cause them to lose consciousness though blood loss are examples of a physical stop. And all things being equal bigger bullets do make bigger holes, but the added recoil and reduced magazine capacity of large caliber handguns quickly reach a point of diminishing returns.

Larger caliber rounds also tend to move more slowly and penetrate a bit less than small faster rounds and to get that physical stop, bullets must be able to penetrate deeply enough to cause major damage.

As you can see recoil is slightly heavier as you move from 9mm to 40S&W to 45ACP. (Photo: Adam Welch/Guns.com)

With very similar wound ballistics, it is hard to make an argument for anything other than 9MM when just looking at these two data points. (Photo: Adam Welch/Guns.com)

In the report “Handgun Wounding Factors and Effectiveness,” the FBI concluded: “The critical element is penetration any bullet which will not penetrate through vital organs from less than optimal angles is not acceptable.”

Psychological stops are a bit more uncertain and depend largely on an individuals willingness to keep fighting regardless of injury. Some people will stop or give up after being shot once, but some people won’t stop even after being hit several times. So it would be unwise to rely on the psychological effects of being shot to stop an attacker.

There are no magic bullets. If stopping power is a myth and caliber (when discussing handguns) is pretty much irrelevant, than what is important? Shot placement and training. It doesn’t matter how big the bullet is if you can’t hit anything with it. Pick a pistol that is reliable and train with it until you can get fast accurate hits. Then go train some more. It may be entertaining to argue about your favorite caliber, but at the end it really doesn’t matter. Stop talking and get to training.

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CK Tactical introduces new Ripcord speedloader for wheelguns (VIDEOS)

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 08:00

Billed by the Michigan-based company as the “most minimal, and reliable speedloader on the market,” the Ripcord is looking to give revolver owners more options.

CK Tactical went live with their Ripcord series five and six-round revolver speedloaders in September and they have been generating some buzz in the gun industry and earning newfound fans. Their signature product is designed, like other speedloaders, to hold a full load of spare rounds for a wheel gun until needed, then dump them into the cylinder.

Unlike existing Safariland and HKS loaders that use a central knob or button, the Ripcord, as its name implies, is designed to be deployed by pulling by a loading tab, leaving the cartridges behind.

At a cost of $10 for a two-pack, CKT currently offers the loader in two different models with a range of compatibility with various Chiappa, Rossi, Ruger, S&W, and Taurus revolvers.

Keep in mind that they caution both that the loader works best with jacket bullets of pointed or round nose design and requires a “5 to 10 pull” break-in period.

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Sightmark serves up Bubble Level Ring for riflescopes

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 07:30

The Bubble Level Ring comes in two sizes — 30mm and 34mm. (Photo: Sightmark)

A 30mm and 34mm Bubble Level Ring join Sightmark’s rifle accessories, allowing users to ensure riflescopes are mounted properly.

The level ensures riflescopes are mounted properly and evenly. (Photo: Sightmark)

Sightmark’s Bubble Level Rings use an aircraft aluminum construction, allowing for a lightweight yet durable design. The Bubble Level Ring attaches to riflescopes using a single bolt attachment. This mounting style ensures an even distribution of pressure after tightening, according to Sightmark.

The Bubble Level Ring boasts an easy to see center line so shooters can easily visualize whether the bubble is centered. This high visibility eliminates an offset riflescope, which can throw shots.

“Sightmark introduces its newest products, the 30mm Bubble Level Ring (SM19044) and 34mm Bubble Level Ring (SM19045),” Sightmark said in a news release. “Bubble rings are designed to indicate whether a riflescope is mounted properly and level on the firearm.”

Both models of Bubble Level Rings are available through Sightmark, though no pricing information has been revealed as of yet.

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Gun Review: Canik TP9DA handgun, a budget buy (VIDEO)

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 07:00

For a brand that has only been available in the U.S. for about four years, Canik has made quite a name for itself. Imported by the Florida-based Century Arms, Canik handguns are offered at a low price and in seven variations, including the Canik TP9DA.

Probably the most notable feature on Canik handguns are the triggers. They are some of the best out-of-the-box triggers available for polymer-framed striker-fired pistols. They have smooth take up and without the grit or sloppy feeling that people associate with other pistol brands. They break crisply and reset cleanly with a solid easy-to-feel click.

Clean simple lines, excellent fit and finish and modern aesthetics make this pistol stand out easily among its competitors. (Photo: Chase Welch/Guns.com)

But the trigger is where the Canik TP9DA separates from the rest of the series. As implied by the name, the handgun is equipped with a Double Action/Single Action trigger. In double-action mode the initial trigger pull is longer and the pull weight is much heavier. Whereas, the single-action mode has a shorter take up and a much lighter pull weight. Traditionally, the double-action trigger has been used as a precaution against accidental discharges, but passive trigger safeties have since replaced it.

The fun and easy-to-shoot Canik TP9DA deserves a close look by anyone in the market for a budget conscious high performance pistol. (Photo: Chase Welch/Guns.com)

Performance is another thing that’s helping Canik’s reputation. When you combine a versatile trigger, great ergonomics and quick acquisition sights, you get a pistol that is fun to shoot and can take on just about any role you put it in. I just never get tired of shooting Canik TP9DA (or any of the Caniks for that matter).

A new Canik TP9DA comes with an impressive amount of accessories. It ships with two 18-round MecGar magazines, a polymer holster with a paddle and belt loop attachment, two interchangeable backstraps, a cleaning rod, bore brush, magazine loader and operators guide. MSRP is $399.95.

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