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Gun Review: Top five weapons for home defense situations

14 hours 35 min ago

Shotgun or pistol? brings you our list of best options for home defense firearms. (Photo: David LaPell/

As home invasions have risen and criminals have become more bold, the need for a home defense weapon has become ever present. Designed to give home owners and renters alike the means to protect themselves, home defense guns come in a few styles depending on users skill level and needs. Though there’s an endless supply of firearms lining dealer shelves, has narrowed down the field to deliver our favorite guns best used for home defense. Without further ado, here’s our guide to the top five most useful firearms to protect what’s yours.

1. Pump-Action or Semi-Auto Shotgun

The pump-action shotgun has long been a staple in most homes defense plans due to its ease of use and effectiveness. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

When the topic of home defense is discussed, you can’t venture too far without mentioning the venerable shotgun. A staple of many homes for decades, the shotgun has proven it’s a contender in the home defense market. The two most common styles of shotguns for home defense are the pump-action, defined by its iconic movement of the forearm backwards then forwards to chamber a fresh round, and the semi-automatic, which chambers a new round through either a gas system or recoil

The shotgun earned its place in American homes for its effectiveness at stopping potential threats. Using buckshot, the shotgun offers greater saturation and thus produces a more devastating result on targets. While its “stopping power” stacks up in the world of home defense, it’s not without its pitfalls. Namely, capacity and recoil. Smaller shooters or newcomers unaccustomed to the buck of a shotgun might struggle with the recoil and possibly walk away with a shoulder bruised. The shotgun also suffers from a lack of capacity requiring more reloads than a pistol or AR-15.

Despite some shortcomings, the shotgun has and will remain a staple in some gun owners’ home defense arsenal.

2. Semi-Auto Pistol

Semi-auto handguns, like the Gock 19, deliver a small and compact firearm into the mix. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Climbing the charts of popularity, the semi-automatic pistol is quickly becoming a favorite among gun owners looking to protect their homes. Notable for their compact size and maneuverability, pistols allow home owners to easily navigate tight corners and manipulate doors. It’s smaller size makes storage easier, with handguns easily slipping into nightstand safes.

Though its size is an advantage for storage, the shorter barrel does mean accuracy isn’t quite on par with that of a rifle and therefore initial shots and follow-up shots may prove difficult for gun owners who aren’t getting in practice and training on the range. Additionally semi-automatic handguns can be more complicated to operate, especially for inexperienced shooters.

It comes down to training when it comes down to pistols. Gun owners dedicated to putting in the time to know and understand how to shoot well will find handguns to be a solid option for protecting the home.

3. Pistol Caliber Carbine

Pistol Caliber Carbines offer a stability advantage and compact design. (Photo: Chris Eger/

What do you get when you marry a semi-automatic pistol with a long gun? You get a pistol caliber carbine that offers a unique solution to the home defense problem. Longer and more stable than a straight-up pistol yet shorter than an AR, pistol caliber carbines have bridged the gap between the handgun and long gun worlds. Chambered in pistol calibers, the PCC looks to bring the accuracy and stability of a long barrel and stock with the maneuverability of handguns. Simply put, you won’t be lugging a large rifle through the house.

Though the PCC platform is known for increasing accuracy by giving shooters that shouldered stability, it’s reliability comes into question – especially with more “budget friendly” models. Users might note that ammunition that feeds easily into a traditional pistol, like jacketed hollow point rounds, might not feed as efficiently or smoothly into a PCC. Thus it’s important to understand the limitations of certain models and take it for some practice at the range prior to putting it to the test in the home.

4. Revolver

Revolvers are arguably the simplest firearm to use, making them a viable option for novice shooters. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

When it comes to ease, look no further than the revolver. Featuring a cylinder that swings out to one side allowing users to load and unload, the revolver is an easy platform to learn. With less moving parts, it offers an efficient option for gun owners wanting reliability paired with simplicity.

While it boasts a shorter learning curve, it sacrifices capacity. Most revolvers only hold five or six rounds and, though easy to load, reloading altogether is time consuming. Often chambered in .38 Special or .357 Mag, defensive revolvers with a longer barrel will help shooters increase accuracy. As with the semi-auto pistol, revolvers are easy to store in a small pistol case and also easier to tote to the range for practice sessions.

5. AR-15

An AR-15, though longer, delivers accuracy and stability. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The good ‘ole AR-15 rounds out the list as a veritable option for home defense. While it boasts a longer length, which can be somewhat challenging for newer shooters navigating corners, its longer barrel offers a tad more accuracy. The longer barrel also offers room for M-LOK or KeyMod rails which means more accessories like lights or lasers.

Ammo for the AR is plentiful and relatively cheap, making it a good option to stick back for home defense. Not to mention, it’s higher capacity magazine, where applicable, delivers more rounds between reloads. Recoil on the platform is light, resulting in a controllable firearm that produces more accurate follow-up shots. That being said, .223 rounds have the potential to penetrate walls, thus those who choose this platform should remain cognizant of what lies beyond their target.

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Virginia woman sentenced to a year in prison for firearms conspiracy and obstruction

14 hours 35 min ago

Christina Danielle Patterson. (Photo: Chesapeake City Jail)

A federal judge sentenced a Virginia woman to a year in prison this week after she admitted buying and selling guns for her husband and lying to government agents to protect him.

Christina Danielle Patterson, 42, bought at least 19 guns on behalf of her husband, Richard Allen Patterson, over a two-year period in Suffolk, according to court documents filed in the Eastern District of Virginia. Richard Patterson, a convicted felon, lost his ownership rights in 2013 for making false statements, court records show.

A June 2017 search warrant of the couples’ residence uncovered 15 firearms, including four semiautomatic rifles, seven shotguns, four handguns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Christina Patterson claimed the stash belonged to her and said she exchanged the couples’ fifth rifle with an electrician as payment for installing a generator.

Court records show Patterson visited another government witness twice in the days following the search, ultimately informing the witness’s girlfriend to contact her husband over an “important” matter. She then changed the address of the couples’ home business in official state records and on social media in attempt to discredit the validity of the search warrant, according to court documents.

In a plea agreement filed in November, Patterson admitted she acted at her husband’s direction and intentionally tried to thwart federal investigators as they built a case around him — which is still pending in federal court.

Patterson will serve six months of supervised release in addition to her prison term. Her prosecution falls under the purview of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods, an initiative designed to combat gun crime.

Through PSN, DOJ prosecutions for those charged with violating federal firearm laws reached a decade high in 2017. Violent crime prosecutions are likewise at the highest rate in more than 25 years.

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Sig Sauer introduces commercial version of U.S. Army’s M17

15 hours 35 min ago

The P320-M17 is dressed up in coyote tan and ready for the consumer market. (Photo: Sig Sauer)

The M17 is headed to the civilian market as Sig Sauer announced the new commercial version of the U.S. Army’s M17 service pistol — the P320-M17.

The P320-M17 closely models the Army’s M17, offering a 9mm, striker-fired design with two 17-round magazines. Coated in coyote-tan, the PVD coated stainless steel slide features the same optic cut as the MHS contract in addition to all black controls. Featuring a SIGLITE front night sight with a removable Night Sight rear plate, P320-M17 is available in three sizes with a manual safety. The pistol measure 8-inches in overall length with a 4.7-inch barrel and weight of 29.6-ounces.

The pistol’s modularity made it both a success in the Modular Handgun System selection process and will be its strength in the consumer market, according to Sig Sauer.

Sig Sauer offers a special case for those that wish to misplay the P320-M17. (Photo: Sig Sauer)

“It was truly an honor for Sig Sauer to be chosen as the U.S. Army’s choice with the M17. When the selection was announced, civilian interest in the pistol was immediate,” Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Sig Sauer, commented in a news release. “We are proud to bring this P320-M17 to the marketplace to meet the substantial civilian interest, and the high demand, to own the pistol the Army uses as well as the other branches of the U.S. Military.”

Sig Sauer was awarded the MHS contract in early 2017, beating out Beretta, Glock and Smith & Wesson with the M17 design.

The P320-M17 will begin shipping to dealers in August 2018 with a price tag of $768. A special M17 collector’s case will also be available for purchase to display the pistol. The case features a cherry box with dark mahogany stain, tempered glass top and U.S. Army logo.

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MDT announces next generation of folding buttstock adapters

16 hours 5 min ago

The adapters, like the carbine to carbine model pictured above, provide more versatility to rifle shooters. (Photo: MDT)

MDT offers a new line of folding buttstock adapters for rifle shooters in need of a little more flexibility when it comes to storage, transport and buttstock options.

The universal adapters boast compatibility with most bolt-action chassis rifles with an AR-style fixed or carbine interface. The adapters deliver the ability to utilize any buttstock style with the rifle based on the adapter configuration.

Able to pair fixed to fixed, carbine to carbine, fixed to carbine and carbine to fixed interfaces, the adapters ship with a one- or two-way locking position. For a straight-line style consumers can choose the one-way position while the two-way adds the ability to hold the stock in a folded configuration.

“While this new generation of adapters maintain their obvious basic function of folding, its the quality and performance of these adapters that provides the biggest advantage versus other folding solutions,” MDT said in a news release. “The tough locking mechanism, combined with MDT’s precise design and manufacturing tolerances, provide an extremely rigid and stable platform when shooting. So bolt-action rifle shooters can enjoy the benefits of folding their stock without compromising accuracy.”

Made from anodized aluminum with steel locking components, the folding stock adapters from MDT offer prices starting at $149 for the one-way lock and $199 for the two-way. Adapters are available via local dealers or through MDT.

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Sentry rolls out Hexmag magazine for Glock pistols

16 hours 35 min ago

The Hexmag for Glock delivers a 17 round capacity. (Photo: Sentry Products Group)

Sentry Products Group expanded its lineup of Hexmag magazines, pushing past the realm of ARs and into Glock pistols with the announcement of the new Hexmag mag for Glock.

The company announced Wednesday that its new Hexmag design would target the wildly popular Glock platform, offering compatibility with Gen 3 through Gen 5 G17, G19, G26 and G34 models. In addition, the Hexmag for Glock also accepts current aftermarket base pad extenders for existing Glock 17 mags.

Boasting a round counter on the rear of the magazine to indicate capacit, the Hexmag holds a total of 17-rounds — though a 10-round variant is in the works for consumers living in restrictive states. Keeping to what made the original Hexmag successful, The Hexmag for Glock provides a durable magazine with features like textured serrations for better indexing and a self-lubricating anti-til follower for easier loading.

Sentry says the Hexmag’s unique design is an indicator of where the company is headed with the Hexmag series in the future.

“This is the first new product since the acquisition of Hexmag and our goal was to come out with a completely new design blending the best of metal and polymer magazine technologies with Hexmag’s signature design attributes,” Eric Yeates, VP of Product Development, said in a news release. “The result is a skeletonized stainless-steel core and feed lips providing strength and reliability with a polymer over mold for ultimate durability.”

The Hexmag for Glock delivers a tool-less takedown as well as the HexIDcolor Identification system for better organization and personalization. MSRP is set at $21.99.

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TangoDown releases Vickers Tactical Carry Trigger for Glock

17 hours 5 min ago

The Vickers Tactical Carry Trigger reduces over-travel and delivers quicker follow up shots with its flat faced design. (Photo: TangoDown)

A new Vickers Tactical product has hit the streets with TangoDown announcing the new Vickers Tactical Carry Trigger.

Offering two different models, the VTCT is constructed to work with Glock pistols. TangoDown says the VTCT model 001 fits all Gen 3 and Gen 4 9mm, .40, .45 ACP and 10mm pistols in addition to the G42 .380 model. Model 002 accommodates all Gen 5 Glock pistols.

Utilizing a flat faced polymer design, the VTCT gives the impression of a lighter trigger press without any actual mechanical modifications. TangoDown says though take-up has not been modified, over-travel was shortened resulting in a quicker reset. This tweak allows for faster follow-up shots overall. TangoDown used the same material as Glock’s original trigger, eliminating the risk of wear and tear to the Glock frame.

The trigger ships with the trigger shoe and trigger bar connector pin. (Photo: TangoDown)

Larry Vickers said he’s pleased with the outcome of the VTCT by TangoDown.

“After using a pre-production prototype version of the new Tangodown/Vickers Tactical Glock trigger on my training pistol for a period of time, I couldn’t be more pleased with the result. In fact, of the multiple students I’ve had try the trigger I’ve yet to receive a negative comment. The Tangodown crew hit this one out of the park and it is, in my opinion, truly the Glock trigger ‘Perfected’,” Larry Vickers said in a press release.

The trigger must be installed by a certified Glock armorer and includes both the trigger shoe and trigger bar connector pin. MSRP is set at $37.95.

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Report: Remington turns down purchase offer from Navajo Nation

17 hours 35 min ago

A fan checking out a Remington rifle at the company’s booth during the 2018 NRA convention in Dallas. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

Remington turned down a purchase offer from one of the largest Native American tribes in the country, according to a report from the New York Times published this week.

The Navajo Nation — encompassing 350,000 members across 27,000 square miles in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah — offered the iconic gun maker between $475 million and $525 million in cash in a draft letter obtained by the New York Times in May.

The tribe’s plan for the company, however, included discontinuing the sale of modern sporting rifles, ramping up contracts with law enforcement and military and using profits to invest in “smart gun” technology. The Native American Incentive Act would give the tribe a leg-up in obtaining lucrative government contracts, according to the newspaper.

The only guns left for public consumption would be rifles and shotguns for hunters, according to the tribe’s lawyer, Drew Ryce. Plans also existed for production to move onto the reservation, providing jobs for its members. The Navajo Nation employment rate exceeds 70 percent, Ryce said.

“Navajo is a community of veterans and people of the land,” Ryce told the newspaper in an email Monday. “We are indifferent to the AR-15 and happy to leave that business behind.”

Remington emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in May and now belongs to Franklin Templeton and JP Morgan Chase — both former creditors of the company.

A banker representing the Navajo Nation in the deal, Christopher Wu, told the New York Times the company just wasn’t ready to consider any offers so soon after its restructuring.

“The conversation was cordial,” he said. “He conveyed an official message from the board thanking us for our interest in pursuing a strategic transaction. He let us know that the company at this time is not prepared to engage with third parties and they required time after their reorganization to assess their business.”

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Gun Review: Building, shooting the Polymer 80 (VIDEO)

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 08:00

Over the last year I’ve had the opportunity to build and shoot a couple of Polymer 80 handgun frames. I started with the PF940C Compact (Glock 19 size) which now has over 6,000 rounds through it without an issue. I’ll admit I was at first surprised by that. It seems to me that whenever you deviate from the proven recipe of a firearm that it never works as advertised. So it would be safe to say that I was very skeptical when I first laid my hands on one.

Polymer 80’s are “80 percent lowers,” hence the name. This is an arbitrary term that refers to a firearm which is in a stage that is not yet considered complete. These lowers are not serialized and do not require a background check. They ship right to your door and after completion you are considered the manufacturer. Please do check your local and state laws before ordering and building a Polymer 80.

What does it take to complete a frame?

When you receive your Polymer 80 it will arrive in a neat little black box. Inside the box will be your un-finished frame with the jig to guide you on your quest towards a completed frame. All the bits to remove material and drill your pin holes will be provided as well. Side note: You can use a Dremel tool to remove the necessary material as well. The only lower parts provided are the rails and locking block.

When you are ready cut and drill make sure you take your time! Polymer 80 makes this a very easy straight forward process but once material is removed it can’t be put back. I’m by no means a “handy” or “crafty” individual but I was able to successfully complete a P80 frame in under 30 minutes.

The kit comes with the tooling required to finish the frame. Only a LPK is needed. (Photo: Ben Brown/

The included jig makes finishing the Polymer80 slide simple. (Photo: Ben Brown/

The tools required may vary depending on what you are most comfortable with. It’s recommended that you use a drill press with the provided large end mill bit to remove material. I have seen this done with a Dremel but it is not recommended by P80. To make your pin holes you will need a hand drill and the provided drill bits. DO NOT use the drill press to drill your pin holes. A good vice is going to be a key component when working on your frame. If you have the ability to move and pivot your vice it will be a huge advantage as well. Finally, I like to finish off everything with some 220 grit sandpaper. This lets me smooth out any rough edges and clean up any pesky nylon blended polymer burs.

Purchase of additional parts

What do I need to purchase in addition to my P80 kit? Glad you asked because that’s an important question. The Polymer 80 frames are based off the 3rd generation of Glock. This means you need to use all Gen 3 compatible parts for your lower and upper.

In my experience your standard factory Glock lower parts kits work great in the Polymer 80 frames. All lower parts drop right in without having to fit anything. Lower parts kits are sold all over the internet and typically cost around $50 for a complete kit. You can also source kits that do not have a trigger included, in case you wanted to drop in a high-speed trigger of your choosing.

A hand drill is actually preferred over a drill press for completing a P80 frame. (Photo: Ben Brown/

The upper slide assembly will of course need to be a Gen 3 as well. For the slide and barrel you can go the factory route or with a name brand of your choosing, again as long as it has Gen 3 specs. Polymer 80 does make their own slides if you want to source it from them. Factory slide internals can be found readily available for around $50.

We all know that there are more aftermarket accessories for Glock than most firearms available today. Does this mean they will work with P80 frames? For the most part the answer is yes. All your magazines, lights, & sights will work. Holsters seem to be the big exception with that “yes” though. You’ll most likely need to find a specific P80 holster for your build as Glock holsters typically won’t work because the P80 trigger guard has different dimensions. This makes holstering your P80 into a standard Glock holster a problem. Holsters are not something that you want just an “ok” fit for.  I have been using a Squared Away Customs holster for a while now and it has been great! There aren’t a ton of options for P80’s yet but as they become more popular the market will follow.

What are some key external features of the P80 frame?

What sets these frames apart from your factory Glock frames? First and foremost, the ergonomics are greatly improved in my opinion. Features like the undercut trigger guard, thumb ledges, mag release relief cut, and extended beaver tail make this gun an absolute pleasure to shoot. These out of the box ergonomic features have been desired by Glock owners for a long time. The finger grooves have been removed and because of this I believe these P80 frames are going to fit a wider variety of hand sizes. My hands didn’t always quite line up with the factory finger grooves and I ended up removing them anyways.

Polymer80 Frames use Gen3 Glock slides, and are available in Full size, compact and subcompact sizes. (Photo: Ben Brown/

All the popular double stack Glock 9/40 frame sizes are now available from Polymer 80. Released out at 2018 SHOT Show was there newest model, which is the 19L. This model will have the frame size of a Glock 19 but will be able to accept a Glock 17 slide. I am really looking forward to this model. I’ve been a huge fan of the Glock 19L size for a long time.

These P80’s are loaded with value. All the models are priced the same with an MSRP of $160 for your kit. Depending on where you shop and the sale running at the time you can buy a P80 kit between $120-$150.

Final Thoughts

Front: P80 PF940C Compact frame with P80 magwell installed and Gen3 Glock Slide. Rear: P80 PF940V2 Full size frame in OD with a ZEV DSG G34 Slide. (Photo: Ben Brown/

Polymer 80 isn’t the first to be creating blank canvas “Glock type frames” but I really think they are the best option available. My frames have run just as good as my factory Glock frames and when I had any questions about P80’s it was met with friendly customer support when I contacted them.

The simplicity and functionality of building a P80 exactly to the specifications of your needs just makes sense to me. If you already have some experience with Glock I would highly recommend looking into a P80 frame. If you do take my advice and buy a P80, take your time and have fun!


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Galco Gunleather revamps Scout IWB holster

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 07:30

Galco redesigned its Scout holster to offer more variety in terms of carry through the UniClip or Ultimate Stealth clips. (Photo: Galco Gunleather)

Galco Gunleather overhauled its Scout IWB holster, announcing that the 2018 version will feature some upgrades to make concealment even better.

The company said the new and improved Scout IWB holster will now feature UniClip and Ultimate Stealth clips. Created to fit over belts, the UniClip’s design also works for users who opt to forgo a traditional gun belt. The Ultimate Stealth clip with hook fits neatly inside the waistband or under or behind belts. This construction helps better conceal the holster, according to Galco Gunleather. The UniClip and Ultimate Stealth clips are adjustable for cant, allowing users to place it strongside, in a crossdraw position or in an appendix carry setup.

The holster is capable of being placed strongside,in a crossdraw position or AIWB. (Photo: Galco Gunleather)

The ambidextrous open-top holster is designed so that the rough side of its leather is facing out allowing for more stability while concealed in the waistband. The mouth of the holster boasts a reinforced design, granting an easier re-holstering of gun in the the rig.

The Scout makes its debut with a natural finish with black mouth band and models fitting most popular concealed carry handguns. The inside-the-waistband holster retails for $83.

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Philadelphia ATF analyzes 65,000 shell casings annually

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 07:00

The National Crime Gun Intelligence Center helps local and state police solve gun crimes across the country. (Photo: ATF)

Federal investigators based in Philadelphia analyze 65,000 shell casings annually, according to a new report from NBC10.

Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives began collaborating with the city’s police department two years ago, collecting and examining every bullet and shell casing discovered at crime scenes.

ATF Assistant Special Agent in Charge Robert Cekeda said the city’s previous methods proved inefficient, but with the resources of the agency’s National Crime Gun Intelligence Center at the ready, investigators apprehend more violent criminals than ever before.

“It allows us to take all of our collaborative efforts and to identify, investigate, and incarcerate the trigger-pullers,” he said.

In decades past, police only tested ballistics for trial, Cekeda said, leaving thousands of shell casings piling up in evidence lockers. With new technology from the ATF, however, investigators tied a 2015 shooting in the city’s Kensington neighborhood to a string of violent robberies attributed to a single suspect — now serving 178 years in prison.

Kansas City, Phoenix, Milwaukee, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. manage similar programs — the three latter of which received approximately $1 million in federal funds in 2016 to expand the initiative. The ATF first launched the CGIC in Denver in 2013, where a team of local, state and federal investigators used timely ballistics testing to link over 170 shootings and recommend targeted inspections of gun dealers “identified as sources of crime guns.”

Assistant Attorney General Karol V. Mason, who worked in the Office of Justice Programs in 2016, said the agency remains committed to aiding “local partners …. to drive down crime and maintain public safety for the long run.”

“These new resources will expand community capability to investigate and prosecute gun offenses and support data sharing and other technological solutions to serious violence challenges,” she said.

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UTG delivers new optic in the 4.0 MOA Reflex Micro Dot

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 06:30

The UTG RMD 4.0 MOA single red dot is a compact design that delivers fogproof and rainproof protection. (Photo: Leapers)

UTG offers up a new micro open reflex sight for pistol shooters, announcing the release of the Reflex Micro Dot featuring a 4.0 MOA red single dot.

The RMD stands as UTG’s smallest optic in its lineup. Built on the company’s TS platform, the RMD delivers a 6061-T6 aluminum chassis finished in a matte black anodize. Shockproof, fogproof and rainproof, the RMD delivers a wide 23x18mm FOV lens mounted on an adaptable mounting base that boasts compatibility with Glock MOS (plate 01 and 05) and S&W M&P C.O.R.E. (type 5 space plate plates in addition to other optics-ready firearms with similar plate measurements.

The RMD is powered by a single CR2032 battery with 240 hours of runtime. (Photo: Leapers)

The RMD ships with a low-profile Picatinny plate preinstalled, allowing users to quickly install the RMD on handguns, shotguns and long guns with a Picatinny tail. Utilizing six power intensity settings, the optic aims to tackle various weather and lighting conditions for shooters. Powered by a single CR2032 battery, the RMD offers 240 hours of runtime on the highest intensity setting, with a longer runtime when kept to lower settings.

Alongside the RMD, UTG said its been busy creating mounts to service the new red dot reflex sight.

“UTG has already developed and launched in tandem with the RMD a handful of dedicated mounts to include an absolute-cowitness mount and rear sight dovetail plates for Glock, SIG, and M&P handguns with slides that are not optics-ready,” the company said in a press release.

UTG also added that a green dot 4 MOA model is in the works and coming soon, though no specific launch dates have been announced.

The RMD is available through UTG with a MSRP of $89 while the mounts slip into the market just under $20.

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NYPD awards long-term 9mm ammo contract to Speer

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 06:00

The NYPD will allow Speer to provide its officers with 9mm ammunition for the next five years. (Photo: NYPD)

The New York City Police Department has selected Speer to serve as its ammunition supplier for the next five years, awarding an $18 million contract to the ammo maker.

The long-term contract calls for Speer to provide 124-grain, 9mm Luger +P Gold Dot Duty ammunition. The ammo features a hollow point cavity tuned by caliber and bullet weight to create superior expansion and penetration in targets. The ammo series also boasts steady CCI primers alongside high-powered yet clean burning propellants. The design is topped off with a nickel plated brass case to ensure both smooth feeding and durability.

Speer said Gold Dot was the first pistol ammunition to offer “true, bonded-core bullets.” The ammo’s Uni-Cor build process is both exclusive and works to bond the jacket to the lead core one atom at a time, according to the ammo maker. This prevents core-jacket separation and also creates a consistent thickness.

Speer said its pleased to serve the NYPD. “We are proud to support a majority of the nation’s law enforcement agencies and we will continue to focus on providing the best ammunition to their officers each and every day,” Speer Ammunition President Jason Vanderbrink commented in a press release. “We are honored to be the ammunition brand of choice for the nation’s largest agency, the New York City Police Department. Speer Gold Dot duty and training rounds have a 20-year history supporting more than 35,000 NYPD officers who protect and serve their communities.”

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New colors appear on Grey Ghost Precision SPG43 slides

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 05:30

Grey Ghost launches new colors for its SPG43 slides. (Photo: Grey Ghost Precision)

Grey Ghost Precision is adding a dash of color to its SPG43 slide series, introducing slide models boasting a new Diamond-Like Coating in three colors.

Now available in black, bronze and flat dark earth the new snazzy slides join the company’s original SPG43 styled in a DLC signature grey. Originally launched at SHOT Show in 2018, the SPG43 showcased Grey Ghost Precision’s Glock 43 stainless steel slide with machined from a billet blank with critical tolerances held to +/- .003-inches.

DLC coating is notable for its high levels of strength paired with hardness and corrosion resistance. Additionally, the coating features inherent lubricity that reduces friction between metal surfaces on the gun.

The new colors are featured on both the V1, pictured above, and V2 models. (Photo: Grey Ghost Precision)

“We are excited to bring more DLC color options to our customers,” Grey Ghost Precision Vice President of Firearms Jason Curns said in a news release. “With the explosion of aftermarket options for the G43, it was important for us to give our loyal GGP customers more choices to build the G43 of their personal specifications.”

The SPG43 slides from Grey Ghost Precision are available through the company’s website with a MSRP of $349.

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MGM Resorts International sues Las Vegas shooting victims

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 05:00

MGM Resorts International, parent company of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, sued more than 1,000 shooting victims in Nevada federal court last week. (Photo: John Locher/AP Photo)

MGM Resorts International filed suit against more than 1,000 victims of the Las Vegas shooting last week, according to documents filed in Nevada federal court.

The umbrella company manages both the concert venue and the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino where 64-year-old Stephen Paddock carried out the deadly attack from the 32nd floor last October. Some 58 people died and more than 850 sustained injuries after Paddock, for reasons still unclear to investigators, fired into a country music festival on the strip below — ultimately killing himself as police closed in on his location.

“Plaintiffs have no liability of any kind to defendants, or any of them, arising from Paddock’s mass attack,” attorney James J. Pisanelli wrote in a 60-page complaint filed Friday on behalf of the company.

The victims listed in the suit sought legal action against the hotel and concert venue in the months following the attack, according to court documents. Pisanelli writes federal law, via the 2002 SAFETY Act, shields MGM from liability because the company contracted a security firm approved by the Department of Homeland Security to monitor the music festival.

Debra DeShong, a spokesperson for MGM, told the BBC the lawsuit seeks no money from victims — only declaratory relief. “Years of drawn out litigation and hearings are not in the best interest of the victims, the community and those still healing,” she said Monday.

Robert Eglet, a lawyer representing several victims, panned the lawsuit as a desperate attempt to get the case heard in federal court, where he suspects MGM will stand a better chance of escaping liability. He told the Las Vegas Review-Journal the legal action “quite frankly verges on unethical.”

“I’ve never seen a more outrageous thing, where they sue the victims in an effort to find a judge they like,” he said. “It’s just really sad that they would stoop to this level.”

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Delaware approves expanded Sunday deer hunting

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 10:30

Gun rights groups argue outdated Sunday bans deny sportsmen access to the very outdoor resources they paid to support through Pittman-Robertson funds levied on sales of guns and ammo. (Photo: Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife)

A popular bill to allow more opportunities to sportsmen in the state to take deer on both private and public lands was signed into law last week.

The measure, SB 198, picked up just a handful of “no” votes from lawmakers as it passed through the legislature and, veto-proof, was signed by Gov. John Carney, D, without comment on July 11. The move, which scrubs the 1915-vintage prohibition on Sunday deer hunting from state law, was billed as one that could expand the ranks of sportsmen in the state.

“Hunters are the fabric of many of Delaware’s families and communities, and they play a critical role in conservation for our state; however, outdated laws prevent them from the simple, beneficial activity of going out and hunting deer on Sundays,” said state Sen. Bruce Ennis, D, in a statement released through the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus. “I sponsored Senate Bill 198 so that we can update that law for the benefit of our families and our environment.”

Largely banned in the state for a century, in 2016 lawmakers passed an exception that allowed for just five Sundays per season on private and some public lands during which hunters could go after deer. However, with the size of Delaware’s herds expanding, more could be done to keep the population in check. According to the state Division of Fish & Wildlife, the harvest for whitetail in the state for last season — over 15,300 deer — set an all-time record. The bill signed this week drops the current limits to Sunday hunting and allows conservation officials to manage it based on resources. Further, the expansion allowing hunters to control deer under depredation programs.

“Prohibitions on Sunday hunting are old blue laws left on the books in just a handful of states,” said the National Rifle Association in a statement, arguing they deny sportsmen access to the outdoor resources paid for through Pittman-Robertson funds levied on sales of guns and ammo.

“Many hunters are prevented from introducing their children or friends to hunting because they are competing against organized sports and other activities on Saturday, which is currently their only opportunity to hunt outside of the work or school week,” said the gun rights group. “Countless hunters stop hunting because of the lack of opportunity, both in time and accessible land.”

Nationwide, numbers of hunters are falling. A recent five-year survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported the number of hunters drop from 12.5 million in 2006 to 11.4 million in 2016 although the general population rose by more than 30 million in the same period.

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Magpul catches eyes with new eyewear line (VIDEO)

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 10:00

Magpul, in an effort to outdo all the summer slackers, has announced even more products entering its accessories lineup. This time the accessory powerhouse is introducing an all new eyewear line.

Boasting Magpul worthy names like Terrain, Summit and Explorer the series is designed to give consumers robust, ballistic rated eyewear designed for real world activities. Utilizing a TR90NZZ design, the strongest thermoplastic material for eyewear, the eyewear is impact resistant and flexible while also providing a lightweight construction.

The glasses boast oleophobic treated lenses that protect from water, sweat or chemical degradation. The design is rounded out by an eight-base wrap paired with an over-molded anti-slip rubber nose and temple pads which prevent the glasses from slipping while in use.

The Explorer glasses are Magpul’s casual entry into its eyewear line. (Photo: Magpul)

“We’ve created lenses that meet demanding standards for resolution, clarity and contrast to support a whole range of outdoor activities, ensuring they stay functional when you need them most,” Magpul said in a statement. “Our lens and mirror selections are designed to enhance your visual perception across a variety of changing environments and light conditions, and we offer polarized options throughout our eyewear line to decrease glare while you’re outdoors.”

The Terrain is best suited for medium to large faces while the Summit pairs with small to medium faces. The Explorer is the company’s casual design, designed for users who want the protection of ballistic impact protection but don’t wish to sacrifice style in doing so. All three glasses feature three frame colors for users to choose — black, gray or tortoise — in addition to a range of colored, polarized and non-polarized lenses.

Magpul says a limited number of the eyewear will go on sale on the site immediately with the full lineup available in stores and online in the coming weeks. The Magpul Explorer glass retail for $139 while the Terrain and Summit offer a price tag of $149.

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Going for a deep dive on the vintage ‘secret agent man’ GyroJet rocket gun (VIDEO)

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 09:30

A collector of the unorthodox and borderline eccentric MB Associates GyroJet holds school on the platform that had its own cameo in a 1960s Bond film.

Sean with Really Great Gear, who happens to have several of the vintage rocket guns, touches on their peculiarities and appearance in the hands of “Tiger Tanaka” and assorted ninjas in 1967’s You Only Live Twice in the above video.

The Gyrojet pistols and rifles on Tanaka’s table from the film. These guns– and their rocket ammo– would be worth a small fortune today to the right collectors. (Photo: IMFDB)

ICYMI, the RGG channel also recently did some in-depth test firing of these (very quiet and surprisingly effective for their age) rocket guns in conjunction with Jeff and Danny of the channel Taofledermaus.

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Lapua to release 6mm Creedmoor brass later this year

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 09:00

Lapua jumps into the 6mm Creedmoor craze, announcing it will soon offer brass for the popular round. (Photo: Lapua)

Reloading components maker Lapua is set to join the 6mm Creedmoor craze, announcing that it will soon offer its own take on the platform with the launch of the Lapua 6mm Creedmoor case.

A necked down version of the industry’s new darling load, the 6.5 Creedmoor, the 6mm Creedmoor delivers higher velocity, flatter trajectories and reduced recoil. Lapua says demand for the 6mm Creedmoor case came almost immediately after the release of the 6.5 Creedmoor, as shooters began to discover the benefits of the Creedmoor clan.

Lapua said its 6mm Creedmoor case shares the same quality features as the 6.5 Creedmoor brass.

“It is a beautifully drawn case, properly annealed at the neck and shoulder, with head metallurgy specifically chosen for durability, and the same small rifle primer, small flash-hole design that delivers the ultimate accuracy edge,” Lapua said in a press release. “The smaller 6mm bore diameter offers an excellent selection of proven low-drag match bullets that offer outstanding long range performance with even less recoil.”

Though the original 6.5 Creedmoor was created as a response to NRA High Power competition, according to Lapua, PRS and other shooting disciplines have quickly gravitated towards the Creedmoor loads for their impressive results on the range and in the field. Lapua says its certain that consumers will be equally pleased with its latest dive into the Creedmoor pool.

“We know Lapua’s latest offering will find a niche with discerning shooters in demanding competitive disciplines. Whether it’s a timed run against steel at unknown ranges, or the precision of placing shots in the X-ring, this Lapua case is just right for you,” the company added.

While no specific dates or pricing information has been released, Lapua says consumers can expect to see the new Creedmoor case appear later this year.

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Rauner signs 2 gun control bills, says will again veto dealer licensing plan

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 08:30

Rauner approved bills to establish a “red flag” order and institute a 72-hour waiting period for guns on Monday. (Photo: Rauner’s office)

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed laws stretching waiting periods and allowing for gun seizures in so-called “red flag” cases but vowed to reject a measure adding red tape to federally licensed gun dealers.

Approved by the Republican on Monday was SB 3256 to institute a 72-hour waiting period for all guns sales and HB 2354 which establishes a process to seize guns from those considered at risk to themselves or others. The Governor painted it as a win for public safety.

“Today I signed legislation to keep firearms out of the hands of those who would use them to commit acts of violence against themselves or others after proof is provided,” said Rauner on the seizure bill.

The measure authorizes courts to temporarily strip the right to possess or purchase a firearm by issuing an emergency extreme risk protective order after law enforcement or a family member presents files a petition contending there is an imminent danger of violence. The proposal passed the state House 43-11 and the Senate 80-32 in late May with bipartisan support although nearly 3,000 filled out witness slips with lawmakers in opposition to the bill.

Gun control groups applauded the action with Giffords saying the state is the 11th in the country and the eighth this year to adopt such a program.

Waiting period

In May, Rauner vetoed and extensively amended HB 1468 which aimed to mandate a 72-hour waiting period for some semi-autos as well as .50 BMG caliber rifles. Current state regulations have a 24-hour wait on longarms but sponsors of the proposal argued more time was needed for guns classified as “assault weapons.” Rauner, on the other hand, felt the move did not go far enough and the new bill, HB 2354, signed this week, applies the 72-hour rule to all guns.

“This sweeping ‘cooling off’ period for guns will protect people throughout the state by keeping guns out of the wrong hands,” said the bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Elgie Sims, D-Chicago. “The 72-hour waiting period provides a strong and effective tool in our efforts to keep our communities safe.”

While studies have been divided over the question of the actual impact of waiting periods on crime and suicide, Illinois already has a mandated delay in transferring the most common weapon used in murders in statewide. According to data from the FBI, of the 941 homicides documented in the state where the murder weapon was recorded, 14 were committed with rifles of all kinds. The vast majority — 799 — were committed with handguns which already have a 72-hour wait under existing laws. Both bills signed this week will take effect on Jan. 1.

Gun licensing

In March, Rauner scuttled a proposal to add an additional layer of regulation in the form of state licensing to federal gun dealers. Pressured by Chicago lawmakers and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to sign the bill, Rauner shook his head to the notion that adding more regulation to gun shops would take weapons off the Windy City’s streets.

Nonetheless, Democrats in the state legislature rebooted the proposal just short of a veto-proof margin and sent it back to the Governor in May in a slightly different format. Opposed to the prospect during its legislative history, Rauner reiterated on Monday that he will double down on his veto of the licensing proposal, to the chagrin of those invested in it.

“We know that illegal guns are flooding our neighborhoods and contributing to the daily violence so many in our state face, particularly minority communities,” argued the bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park. “I hope he will reconsider his threat to veto this legislation and prove that he cares about everyone in Illinois.”

In the meantime, Rauner is backing legislation strengthening school security, getting tough on criminal sentencing and banning bump stocks.

Our plan includes bump stock ban, truth in sentencing, and death penalty murder. People need to be safe and these moves will help make it so.

— Governor Rauner (@GovRauner) July 16, 2018

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Gun rights advocates trolled in Sacha Baron Cohen interviews (VIDEO)

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 08:30

Some Second Amendment activists are getting bad feedback after being a part of the Showtime series “Who is America?”

The show features British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, known for his past mockumentary-style comedy satires such as Borat, which featured awkward and often shocking real-life interactions with those not “in on the joke” until a final outlandish tip of the hat ends the interview. In his latest frontman persona as Israeli counter-terror expert Col. Erran Morad — it should be noted that Cohen is Jewish and fluent in Hebrew — he enlists several well-known gun rights advocates as well as some past and current Republican lawmakers in a conversation on children and guns.

In a 10-minute clip released by Showtime on Sunday that has topped 10 million views, Cohen features Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, and later talks to Larry Pratt with Gun Owners of America. The resulting over the top plug for Morad’s “Kinder-Guardians” program supposedly aimed at arming children as young as age three features stuffed animals with concealed firearms and modified children’s nursery songs tweaked for self-defense.

Many in the gun culture community were quick to slam the production — as well as their colleagues that appeared in the production. Dan Zimmerman, writing for The Truth About Guns, editorialized that, “By allowing themselves to look like clueless buffoons, they’ve tarred all of us.”

Lee Williams, who runs the Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s The Gun Writer site, said the interaction was “Incredibly stupid. Incredibly bad for the Second Amendment,” going on to note that it made the infamous Katie Couric interview with the VCDL, “look like a puff, pro-gun piece.”

Andrew Tuohy on Monday said that watching the video was “probably the most painful 11 minutes of my life,” going on to expound that, “These people have set us back, not brought us forward.”

Alan Gottlieb with the Second Amendment Foundation, speaking on Armed American Radio with Mark Walters, criticized Pratt and Van Cleave in words applauded by well-known and often-outspoken firearms trainer Rob Pincus. It should be noted that Pincus was asked to be involved in the Cohen project earlier this year but did not make it on-camera, later warning others of his experience.

In his defense, Van Cleave had himself warned others of the Cohen production as far back as February and his group, since the clip’s release, have said he was targeted by “very crafty and unethical editing.” The group had previously sued those involved in the Katie Couric documentary “Under the Gun” for $12 million, citing defamation but a federal judge dismissed the case.

Cohen in the past has been sued for slander or other injuries numerous times by those appearing in his character films, citing he and his crew were “replete with deceit, fraud and misrepresentation.” Former U.S. Senate candidate and Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore is reportedly mulling a lawsuit after a recent interaction with the British actor.

Meanwhile, Who is America is set to run through August on Showtime.

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