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Pulsar launches a new line of digital night vision attachments, officially debuting the Forward F series designed to take scopes from day to night.
The F series is equipped with a 702×526 CMOS sensor and high resolution 640×480 AMOLED display. The set-up delivers a crisp detection range of 500 yards “in the darkest condition,” according to Pulsar. Perfect for hog and predator hunting, the attachment provides shooters with the option to record and live stream hunts via YouTube or the Stream Vision App via built-in wifi.
“Providing shooters the option of onboard recording and built-in wifi, Pulsar Forwards feature live streaming to YouTube and smart devices through its new Stream Vision App giving every hunter the chance to not only relive their adventures but show their friends their perfect kill shot,” Pulsar said in a statement.
A modular 940nm LED IR illuminator, rechargeable nine-hour battery pack, lens cover, carrying case, MicroUSB cable and lens cloth all come standard with the Forward F series. No word yet on pricing.
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The MeoAce 3×20 Tactical Sight is the latest optic to join Meopta’s ever expanding lineup of sights and scopes.
The MeoAce introduces an illuminated reticle compatible with 5.56 NATO and 7.62×39 NATO up to 400 meters. The compact sight accommodates night vision to expand shooting performance into the evening and late night hours, while the reticle features 12 intensity settings. These settings allow shooters to dial in brightness to pair with environmental light and weather conditions.
The MeoAce uses Meopta’s proprietary MeoBright lens multi-coatings to reduce glare and reflection. Alternatively, the MeoDrop coatings deliver hydrophobic performance for “the highest level of visual clarity in adverse weather conditions.” Meopta says the lens coatings repel both rain and snow in addition to skin oils, dirt and grime that can find their way onto optical surfaces.
“The MeoAce sight is a rugged, high-performance optic and part of Meopta’s commitment to deliver the finest European optical quality to the tactical and L.E. markets here in the U.S.,” Reinhard Seipp, general manager of Meopta USA, said in a press release.
The MeoAce 3×20 is set to land on consumers in February 2018 with a MSRP of $1,299.
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DeSantis expands its arsenal of holsters with the introduction of a new appendix inside-the-waistband holster called the Pipe Hitter.
The Pipe Hitter boasts a 100-percent Kydex construction, delivering rigidity as well as durability to concealed carriers. The AIWB holster incorporates an integral mag pouch into the design, encouraging shooters to carry their everyday carry gear in an all-in-one, easy to access package.
The holster offers adjustability, accommodating for both height and cant tweaks. These modifications, easily made by consumers, grant a more custom feel and fit for those toting Glocks day-to-day. Yes, we did say Glocks. Looks like the Pipe Hitter is currently only open to Glock fans with compatibility circling Glock 19, Gen 5 Glock 19, 23 and 32 models.
The Pipe Hitter is fitted with DeSantis tuckable C-Clips. However, the holster maker says optional J-Clips are available for purchase for those that prefer the J-style. The AIWB holster is available now from DeSantis with a retail price of $59.
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Officials with the Commonwealth reached out to Massachusetts gun owners to caution them the clock is ticking to hand over any bump stocks or trigger cranks.
According to a statement by the Gun Owners’ Action League, the state’s National Rifle Association affiliate, letters have been going out from state regulators to licensed gun owners warning that the controversial devices are illegal after Feb. 1. The letter adds that those who have them will have a short time period to arrange for their surrender.
“Retention of such a prohibited item beyond the 90 day grace period will expose the owner to criminal prosecution,” says Daniel Bennett, secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety.
Under the new state law passed as part of a spending bill, those found guilty of possession of such devices could face anywhere from 18 months to life in prison and there is no provision to grandfather the accessories.
“In our opinion this is an illegal and unconstitutional taking of property without compensation by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” says GOAL in a statement, advising they are weighing their options moving forward.
The state was the first to adopt a ban on the devices following their use in the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest festival shooting that left 58 dead. Filling in for Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito signed the measure into law just a day after the Commonwealth’s legislature forwarded the proposal to the governor’s office for consideration. Lawmakers rushed widely different bills through their respective chambers in October, only holding a token public hearing after the fact.
Under the ban’s framework, a bump stock is defined as a device that increases a gun’s rate of fire by using the recoil of the firearm “to generate a reciprocating action that facilitates repeated activation of the trigger.” Trigger cranks are classified as a device attached to a firearm that activates the trigger using a lever turned “in a circular motion,” with limited exceptions for guns such as Gatling guns which are specifically designed to use such a crank.
During the bill’s legislative process, state Attorney General Maura Healey led a call from 33 state and territorial attorneys general to Congress to ban the devices.
The state is not alone in its regulatory expansion targeting bump stocks. Down the Eastern Seaboard in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie signed a ban in that state earlier this week which went into effect immediately. Bump stock owners in the Garden State have 90 days to surrender their once unregulated accessories or face as much as three to five years in prison.
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For those Glock lovers living in “less-than-free states” that don’t want to move to Texas, Magpul is offering what they bill as a reliable state-compliant 9mm mag.
With 10 round options now for both the G17 and 19, Magpul bills the latest parabellum PMAGs as working in standard, compact and sub-compact doublestack 9mm Glock handguns, with a restricted capacity to abide local laws in places such as California, Colorado, Illinois and New York. The drop free mags use the company’s familiar dot matrix panels for marking and identification, disassemble for routine maintenance and are compatible with their GL magwells and plates.
Price? $15.95 direct from Magpul.
P.S. They also stealth added a 12-round G26, as well as $19.95 21-round and $21.95 27-round 9mm extendo Glockazines to their catalog as well for those in the rest of America. Maybe Magpul heard about that whole SHOT Show thing and wanted to be on point. Maybe they just love Freedom.
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Chambered in .375 Ruger or .338 Win Mag, Savage has a compact howitzer among their updated Model 110 rifle line.
The new 110 Brush Hunter builds on the popularity of the company’s legacy 116 Alaskan and mates a 20-inch, stainless steel medium-contour barrel with a user-adjustable stock and trigger. To allow users to customize a precise fit for better accuracy and comfort, the bolt-gun is stainless on black with four length of pull inserts. Weight is billed at around 7.6-pounds while overall length, depending on the stock set up, tapes out to about 40-inches.
Other features include a detachable box magazine, beefy iron sights and their adjustable AccuTrigger to help, as Savage notes, “Stop the biggest game in its tracks and beat the toughest conditions.”
MSRP is $784, which is notably the same price point as the Alaskan, but you get the length of pull adjustments and a threaded barrel for value added.
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A Florida-based gun manufacturer became the first to accept cryptocurrency last month.
Frontier Tactical CEO Nate Love told Guns.com Tuesday a few people have used Bitcoin and Litecoin to buy smaller items from his online store since launching the currencies in December.
“I’m not sure if we are out ahead of a trend as the industry is slow to adopt new technologies,” he said, noting some gun dealers still record transactions by hand. “But I believe there is a future for cryptocurrency.”
Love said its less risky and faster to deal with as opposed to the red tape of traditional banking and plans to add other forms of currency in the future.
Investors agree. Stock prices for Bitcoin surged 2,000 percent to nearly $20,000 a share in 2017 — eight years after “miners” began collecting the virtual currency and trading it online in an anonymous system “unaffected by politics.”
Prices for Bitcoin shares dropped below $10,000 Wednesday as South Korean officials threaten to clamp down on cryptocurrencies inside the country.
“The action we’re seeing may seem dramatic but is really quite normal for this market,” Mati Greenspan, senior market analyst at eToro, told CNBC. “All in all, this drop has brought us back to the prices that were traded about a month ago for most coins.”
Frontier Tactical isn’t the first gun maker to consider Bitcoin. In 2014, TrackingPoint CEO Ken D’Arcy floated the idea of accepting cryptocurrency, but ultimately decided against it.
After a month long buildup on social media, Springfield Armory dropped news of the Saint – the company’s first foray into the AR-15 platform. The industry was torn over the announcement, with some questioning the need for yet another AR while others praised the Saint’s simplistic and beginner friendly design.
The Saint is a non-intimidating, newcomer style that I was most interested in checking out. Pistols are my forte and the platform I’ve trained on for nearly a decade. Rifles, and specifically ARs, not so much. I have what one would term “a working knowledge” of AR-15s in that I understand the mechanics and uses but I just haven’t spent a lot of time shooting them.
Hoping to gain some insight on the Saint’s novice nature, I decided to tackle this review from the perspective of a ground level AR shooter. There’s nothing fancy here, folks, just a stripped down, basic view of how the Saint performs for a rookie rifle enthusiast.The Basics
The Saint is a standard AR-15 design, sporting a 16-inch barrel chambered in 5.56 NATO. Measuring 35.5-inches fully extended and 32.25-inches collapsed, the Saint tips scales at just over six pounds unloaded.
Utilizing a direct impingement mid-length gas system with a .750-diameter gas block, the lower receiver is constructed from aircraft grade aluminum. The Saint boasts Bravo Company furniture to include a six position buttstock, Mod 3 pistol grip, keymod handguard and Bravo trigger guard. The rifle features a Springfield Armory low profile, flip-up, dual aperture rear sight with 1/2 MOA windage adjustment as well as a proprietary Springfield single stage trigger.
Shipped inside a plastic, hard case the gun comes with a 30-round Magpul PMAG Gen 3 magazine.Beginner friendly accessories
As I expressed earlier, I am by no means a rifle shooter; so the Saint seemed like a perfect fit as it’s billed as “beginner friendly.” Off the bat, I loved that the gun shipped in a plastic, hard case equipped with a carry handle. This alleviated the need for me to run out and purchase my own rifle case for transportation to and from the range. As a newbie looking for a “straight out of the box” feel, the Saint was already winning points.
Upon opening the box, I discovered the rifle alongside the Magpul PMAG magazine. I was initially disappointed that the rifle only shipped with one mag. As a pistol shooter I’m use to seeing at least two mags in my gun boxes. I did, however, reason that I was getting 30 rounds to my usual 15 and thus the lack of the second mag wasn’t as big of a deal. Not to mention, AR-15 mags are aplenty so tracking down a second one for the range wasn’t a problem. If you intend to make the most of our range time, though, you’ll definitely want to invest in additional magazines to reduce the amount of time spent on loading.
Despite only one mag source, I can’t say enough good things about the Magpul design. Easy to load and with no wear and tear on my thumbs, loading mags didn’t seem as much of a chore as they often do when attempting to slip small 9mm rounds into jaggedly cut pistol magazines.
Springfield’s Saint touts the same characteristics you’d find in any standard AR-15. The mag release button sits on the right side of the gun, above and forward of the trigger guard. Despite my smaller hand size, I was able to efficiently access it to drop the mag. Also easy to reach is the gun’s safety. A standard flip switch, the safety is laid out so that even the freshest newcomer can understand when the firearm is safe and when it’s ready to fire. Sitting on the left side of the gun, it’s easily reached with a flick of the thumb.
Also resting on the left side of the Saint is the bolt release button which I found to be extremely responsive. It only takes slight pressure to engage the mechanism causing the bolt to slam forward. My only contention with the bolt release button is that, in my case, it felt awkward to reach at times. I found myself preferring to release the bolt via the charging handle more than the release button for this reason.
For this beginner’s take, I chose to shoot the Saint as it arrived with no additional extras or add-ons. That meant utilizing the Bravo Company furniture as well as the Springfield flip-up sights.
The Bravo Company buttstock is a six position configuration that, as a petite shooter, I found especially useful. I was able to shoot it in position number one or two comfortably, extend it fully, then hand it over to fellow range buddies for a go. Though function wise it worked as intended, sliding it into position proved a tad difficult. The mechanism that allows the stock to slide resists movement at times, resulting in struggling and tugging to achieve cooperation. There was more than one instance in which I could be found with the unloaded rifle tucked between my knees while I jerked on the stock. This could become frustrating if you find yourself needing to move the stock often, but if you’re able to keep it in one place consistently, this becomes less of an issue.
Aside from the stock, Brave Company outfitted the Saint with a Keymod handguard as well as a pistol grip. The lightweight furniture blends well with the Saint’s style, offering a sleek yet non-intimidating rifle design.
Topping off the Saint’s features is a proprietary flip-up, rear sight. The sight lies flush against the rail until ready to use, at which point, it easily pops up to allow shooters to expertly sight in targets. I opted to keep the Saint scope-free for this initial review, keeping my targets in the 25 to 50 yard range. I had no difficulties sighting with the flip-up and successfully nailed both paper targets and water bottles at those distances.On the range
The Saint accompanied me on several range outings. My first observation was how lightweight the rifle is. As a smaller statured shooter, heavier builds tire me out sooner and I find myself retreating to nearby benches to offset the weight load. Though I did eventually retreat to both the seated and prone positions with the Saint, I didn’t throw in the towel as soon. I was able to easily manipulate the firearm while standing.
When my arms did eventually tire, I opted to give the Saint a go from the seated and prone positions. Using my range bag, I propped the rifle up and started pinging water bottles at 25 yards. With little recoil stopping me, I happily knocked off the bottled enemies propped along the top of the wooden pallets.
Satisfied with my shooting thus far and wanting to get outside my comfort zone a little further, I moved my setup to the prone position and pushed my targets out to 50 yards. While long range shooters and rifle aficionados might scoff at the close distance, for a newcomer working solo on the range 50 yards seemed slightly daunting.
Again, I relied on my 5.11 Tactical backpack to act as a shooting rest and as I laid on a shooting mat pulled from my Lynx Pistol range bag that also doubles as my camera bag. Despite the sweltering heat and sun beating down on its matte black surface, the Saint continued to sling lead down range.
Springfield equipped the Saint with a proprietary trigger. Already a fan of the company’s trigger on the XD series of pistols, I was curious if my love would transfer to the new AR-15. Fortunately, it did. The Saint boasts a crisp, clean and reactive trigger that I felt aided in keeping my shots on target and consistent.
In addition to a nice trigger, the Saint proved to be reliable. I shot her in both rain and sun with a variety of .223/5.56 ammunition with no issues. Overall, it happily munched the approximately 1,000 rounds I pushed through it and reliably kicked out spent cartridges with no failures.Final thoughts
Springfield Armory may not have reinvented the wheel but they’ve given newcomers to the AR world a basic yet reliable starting point in which to learn. Available in several configurations (standard matte black, flat dark earth, a free-float handguard variant and California compliant model) the $899 Saint has enough variety to keep the platform interesting without overwhelming or intimidating newbies.
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With over two decades in the pistol caliber carbine biz, Hi-Point says they are now working on models for sale in California and other states.
The Ohio-based rifle and pistol maker let the cat out of the bag this week that they are planning a “featureless” stock for their 995TS, 4095TS and 4595TS models to debut sometime this year. No word on the .380 and 10mm variants. The above image shows a paddle type block behind the pistol grip/magwell which would knock out one of the two “assault weapon” features enumerated under California law and allow the detachable magazine, thus opening the huge gun market in the state to the company.
Politics and bruised feelings aside, there are an estimated 13 million gun owners in the Golden State who are subject to increasingly strict regulations and the resulting whack-a-mole effect of industry tweaks to comply with local laws is a time-honored tradition.
So far this year, FN, KRISS Vector and others have jumped on the bandwagon of featureless stocks to allow options for those in the restrictive “Left Coast” to still remain in the black rifle (or carbine) game. Even Ruger has a new California-compliant PC Carbine with a 10-round mag and non-threaded barrel.
The above image is the more fleshed out prototype from Hi-Point. Want to see the original version?
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The proposal reboots a bill once floated by former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden to expand mandatory gun surrenders and grow the list of prohibited firearm possessors in the state.
Introduced Tuesday by state Rep. David Bentz, D-Christiana, House Bill 302 would require health care workers to report to law enforcement anyone they feel is a danger to themselves or others. Police, obligated to investigate, could then petition the court to order the person turn over their guns pending a hearing. Courts could also authorise officers to seize firearms and ammunition under some circumstances.
“This legislation will protect our communities by restricting access to firearms for those who are considered a danger to themselves or others,” said Gov. John Carney in support of the legislation. “It will also ensure our health professionals and law enforcement are working more closely together when it comes to the issue of firearms.”
Beau Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden, served as the state’s attorney general from 2007 until his death in 2015 and had proposed a similar version of the measure in 2013, leading Bentz to name HB 302 in his honor. That measure passed the state House easily but was rejected 13 to 6 in the Senate after gun rights advocates voiced concerns about the bill’s due process framework.
In addition to the provision to temporarily take guns from those subject to a court order, under its current language HB 302 would remove the firearms rights of some with a history of mental health treatment as well as those who been found not guilty by reason of insanity, guilty but mentally ill, or mentally incompetent to stand trial.
“The Beau Biden bill achieves a balance between promoting public safety and sensible gun control policy while protecting the due process and Second Amendment rights of Delawareans,” assured Bentz.
The measure has the backing of the state Department of Health and Social Service, House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst, Senate Majority Leader Margaret Rose Henry, and gun control groups to include the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence.
The Delaware State Sportsmans’ Association, the state’s NRA affiliate, opposes the bill.
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The newest polymer Springer, the single-stack subcompact XD-S Mod. 2, has a lot of upgrades from past models, and fewer words on the grip.
Team Springfield’s Rob Leatham covers some of the highlights in the above including deleting the much-derided “Grip Zone” wording from the gun without dropping the grip texturing and shape itself, adding a thinner slide, and incorporating Ameriglo Pro-Glo front and tactical-rack rear sights.
Leatham goes into more details, and hints about future calibers on the XD-S Mod. 2s, below before going into safety features to bring it on home.
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Taurus USA let slip that its 1911 series will soon see a new addition as the Florida based company incorporates a Commander size model into the 1911 lineup.
The Taurus 1911 was first launched in 2005 and the company hasn’t stopped adding to the series. The new Taurus 1911 Commander is set to continue the tradition of new goods. The Commander model is chambered in the 1911 favorite, .45 ACP, with an 8+1 round capacity. Featuring a shorter profile than traditional, full sized pistols the Commander still packs in a 4.2-inch barrel and a full size checkered grip.
Coated in a monochromatic black on black finish, the 38-ounce 1911 utilizes Novak drift adjustable front and rear sights in addition to an extended beavertail. The company says all its features add up to a comfortable carry and self defense gun that is customizable and affordable.
“Destined to become the standard that all 1911 pistols are compared against, the Taurus 1911 offers you the most accurate and feature-laden model on the market today,” Taurus said in a statement. “The Taurus 1911 is an unbeatable gun that is also an unbeatable value.”
The Taurus 1911 Commander ships with owner’s manual and two magazines, carrying a price tag of $609.
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The Avidity Arms PD10 is nearing completion, according to Rob Pincus who partnered with Avidity Arms to bring the personal defense firearm to life.
The 9mm, single stack, striker fired PD10 was first detailed in late 2016 by Pincus who began offering updates on the project via social media. Pincus has kept consumers informed on the PD10’s progress as it marches towards its finale, which is expected to culminate in an official shipping date later this year.
Billed as a carry and personal defense gun, Pincus told Guns.com that the every detail on the handgun has been thoroughly planned to deliver better shooting.
“This gun is designed, purpose built from the first napkin sketch a few years ago to be a personal defense gun, a carry gun,” Pincus said.
Pincus says the 10+1 round capacity pistol is packed with useful features to include an accessory rail, loaded chamber indicator, large magazine release, aggressive slide stop, and DAO trigger. The PD10 offers a full sized grip that will soon provide a more aggressive texture for better handling.
Though Avidity Arms is focusing on bringing the PD10 to market as a full-sized framed firearm, Pincus says a shorter version will deliver even better concealment in the future.
“We’re going to come out with a chopped version that is six or seven rounds plus one; but first we got to get this (PD10) out,” Pincus explained.
The PD10 is expected to enter the pistol market with a MSRP around $499.
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AR component and firearm maker Rise Armament delivers a new handguard, the RA-905, to its growing series of AR themed products.
The RA-905, touted as “more versatile than a Swiss army knife,” features a durable yet lightweight M-LOK design with Picatinny upper rail. Tipping scales at a mere nine-ounces for the 13.5-inch and 10-ounces for the 15-inch, the RA-905 sports six quick-disconnect mounting points. These mounting points span 360-degrees around the handguard offering as much customization as shooters can handle.
The slip-on handguard boasts a free-float design that is easy to install and increases accuracy, according to Rise Armament.
“We’re excited to add the RA-905 Handguard to our product lineup,” Matt Torres, President of Rise Armament, said in a press release. “It offers more mounting points and customization options than most handguards, plus, it feels and looks great too.”
The RA-905 Handguard is available in a hardcoat anodized flat black finish, foliage green or flat dark earth Cerakote. No word yet on pricing or official release date.
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Seekins Precision introduces a new precision stock, the ProComp 10x, due out in March 2018.
The company says the ProComp 10x is the next iteration in the companies precision accessory repertoire, delivering an adjustable stock for all AR style platforms. The stock is equipped with an adjustable cheek rest and recoil pad to allow shooters to precisely fit the stock to their specifications.
“Rigid adjustments for cheek piece is accomplished by a push button, paired with a clamping feature to securely lock it in place,” Seekins Precision said in a statement. “The recoil pad is adjusted via spacer system and each stock comes with two spacers as well as three anti-rotation QD sling points.”
Outfitted with a rubber recoil pad, the stock aims to absorb felt recoil to deliver quicker and more accurate follow up shots on target. The stock mounts to rifle-length receiver extension tubes and is suitable for precision or varmint style rifles.
Seekins says all steel parts come coated in ArmorBlak coating to offer a sleek look alongside durability. Weighing 20.3-ounces the American made ProComp 10x is available for pre-order now with a MSRP of $195.
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New Jersey’s outgoing Gov. Chris Christie gave his approval Monday to a ban on bump stocks in the state that critics say is redundant.
The proposal, S-3477/A-5200 passed the state legislature by a unanimous vote earlier this month and establishes the crime of possessing or selling a bump stock or trigger crank in New Jersey as a felony. The lame-duck Republican reportedly signed the bill among 100 others without comment in a move to clear his desk before leaving office Tuesday. Christie, who has repeatedly rejected gun control measures sent to him by state lawmakers, had previously said he was open to more regulation on the devices, arguing, “It’s an accessory. It’s not a gun law. A bump stock is not a gun.”
The measure modifies state law to make the use of bump stocks or trigger cranks a second-degree criminal offense in New Jersey, punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $150,000. Simple possession or sale of the devices themselves would be a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years imprisonment and a fine of up to $15,000.
However, the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, the state’s NRA affiliate, argues the move doesn’t make anyone safer nor would it change the fact that bump stocks are already the subject of a de facto ban in the state under existing law.
“Rushing the bill during the last few days of the Christie Administration, instead of waiting until Governor-elect Phil Murphy takes office, reinforces that gun ban politicians have been frustrated by their defeats over the past eight years and are chomping at the bit to unleash a fresh torrent of attacks on gun owners and sportsmen,” the group said in a statement.
The action in New Jersey follows in the wake of similar effort taken by Massachusetts and is the second state to prohibit the devices following their use in the Harvest Route 91 shooting in Las Vegas last October.
“New Jersey’s move to take bump stocks off the streets is a win for the public safety of communities in the state,” said Nico Bocour, state legislative director with Giffords. “With Congress dragging its feet, states like New Jersey and Massachusetts are leading the way to ensure that bump stocks don’t fall into the wrong hands.”
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In the tail end of World War II, the Australian military was crafting a shortened Enfield .303 for jungle warfare, but it never made it into full-scale production before the A-bomb ended the conflict.
The above beauty is a rare bird and a bit of evolving gun control history all in one.
The Lithgow Small Arms Factory, which crafted Australian Lee-Enfields and bayonets from 1912 into the 1950s when they switched to making inch-pattern semi-auto FAL (L1A1SLR) rifles, had this beautiful No 6 Mk I Lithgow Enfield recently turned over to their museum from the New South Wales Police. According to the museum, it is a super low serial (XP124) and was one of just 100 of that rare model made, 50 with brass butts and 50 with rubber.
As noted by a British site on everything Enfield, the No. 6 Australian was that country’s domestically-made equivalent to the British No. 5 “Jungle Carbine” designed for use in the Pacific island fighting in WWII and, “Only the capitulation by Japan, which brought the conflict there to a close, precluded the Australian No.6 rifle from going into production.”
John Walter in his book Rifles of the World, notes the No. 6 Mk I rifles were shortened and lightened guns crafted on older No 1 Mk III actions with half-stocks and handguards and used 19-inch barrels, tipping the scales at 7.5-pounds. He also says some were later altered by the Royal Australian Air Force to take 7.62x51mm NATO and use 20-round box mags in the 1950s.
Here is an unconverted prototype .303 No 6 Rifle Mk. I in the collection of the Australian War Memorial, donated by a collector from Queensland:
However, the gun turned over to Lithgow is not original. Around 1950 it was re-chambered from standard .303 British (7.7×56mmR) to the just slightly shorter 7.7x54mmR by area gunsmith Barry Cockinos to get around the new gun law passed in NSW after 1948 banning “military caliber” firearms for civilian ownership.
These days, even with the caliber change, is a target for lawmakers and regulators due to its magazine capacity and was likely handed in during the recent National Amnesty, or seized. NSW police recently impounded 109 firearms from a collector, including several rare pieces, that he did not have a license to possess.
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Black Creek, Georgia-based Daniel Defense had a few new products pop up for 2018 to include a compact M-Lok equipped pistol with no tax stamp required.
The DDM4V7P, offered in both 5.56mm and .300 Blackout, pairs a cold hammer forged 10.3-inch barrel with a free-floated MFR 9.0 M-Lok handguard to provide a pistol that is just under 29-inches in overall length.
Complete with an SB Tactical SOB pistol stabilizing brace on an H buffer rather than a traditional stock, the handgun remains out of National Firearms Act regulations on short barreled rifles while still providing a very compact package.
Weight is 5.44-pounds overall. Other standard features include a flared mag well, cut and polished feed ramps and a stainless flash suppressor on a barrel threaded (5⁄8×24 TPI for .300BLK, 1⁄2×28 TPI on 5.56mm) for standard muzzle devices.
MSRP is $1,679 while a variant with a Law Tactical Gen 3-M AR folding stock adapter goes about $200 more.
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Lawmakers in the Washington state Senate, now under Democrat control, heard testimony Monday on a five gun control proposals backed by the state Attorney General.
The Senate Committee on Law and Justice heard testimony from gun control advocates and Attorney General Bob Ferguson on a host of bills that would ban bump stocks as well as magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds, and require waiting periods and extra background checks for those buying “assault weapons” in the Evergreen State.
“These are common-sense bills that will improve public safety and save lives,” Ferguson told lawmakers. “When I meet with Washingtonians from all parts of the state, they are stunned to learn we have no limits on magazine capacity and do not require waiting periods to purchase assault weapons.”
The bump stock ban, SB 5992, targets what the bill calls “trigger modification devices” in a broad definition. In its language, it would make it a felony in the state by 2019 to manufacture, own, buy, sell, loan, furnish, or transport classified devices with no prospect to legally own those currently in circulation.
Ferguson, who has long championed increased gun laws in the state and Gov. Jay Inslee have both called for action on bump stocks. However, though chamber Democrats currently enjoy a slim one-vote majority in the Senate, at least one Dem has signaled he doesn’t have the appetite for a sweeping ban on trigger devices.
“You can pull in a lot of modifications that have nothing to do with the bump stock issue,” said state Sen. Dean Takko, D-Longview, though he did say he was willing to “look at it” if the language was modified.
Another bill, SB 5444, would require a state license to buy, own or sell a gun classified as an “assault weapon” as well as any magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds. Only those over 21 would be allowed to make such purchases, and all would be subject to a waiting period of up to 10 days.
“Law-abiding Washingtonians should not be prohibited from possessing these popular firearms just because anti-gun legislators want to enact at least some part of their political agenda this year,” said the National Rifle Association in objection to the bill. “Further, this legislation would have absolutely zero impact on crime.”
A third proposal, SB 5463, would both mandate that gun sellers provide a locked storage box to new buyers and that the box be used by the owner to secure the gun.
SB 6049 would ban “high-capacity magazines” defined by the act as any capable of holding 10 or more rounds while SB 6146 would scrap state preemption law and allow cities and counties across Washington to determine their own local gun ordinances.
The bills are part of the Washington-based Alliance for Gun Responsibility’s legislative agenda and the group reportedly bussed in speakers to flood legislative halls Monday. These included survivors of the Route 91 Harvest festival shooting in Las Vegas last year where bump stocks played a role.
Meanwhile, Second Amendment supporters are from across Washington have rallied to the capital area to protest the legislation though at least one well-known advocate said they were shut out of the hearings on Monday.
Committee votes on the measure are expected as early as Tuesday.
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With the dust settled on another unpredictable year for the gun industry, Guns.com is taking a deeper look at state-level federal background check data.
First up is Alabama, where 2017 just cracked the state’s top five busiest for background checks since the FBI began keeping track in 1998.
Dealers statewide processed more than 477,000 applications through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System last year, a 22 percent decline over 2016 — the busiest on record for checks nationwide. In Alabama, however, it was 2015 that saw a rapid uptick in NICS applications — and by proxy, gun sales — with more than 737,000 checks conducted that year alone. Since then, checks have fallen 35 percent, according to federal data.
Over 53 percent of last year’s checks represented permit applications and renewals. Guns.com estimates sales by calculating the sum total of transfers in the NICS’s handgun, long gun, multiple and other categories — though it’s not a perfect measurement. Aside from permit checks, a slew of smaller categories for pawns, redemptions, rentals and other rare situations undercut the total amount of checks processed in one month. Also, dealers submit one background check application per sale, not per gun purchased.
In Alabama, dealers transferred nearly 98,000 handguns and more than 82,000 long guns last year. Mimicking historical trends for the industry, background checks picked up speed in the last three months of the year as hunters returned to the woods and the holiday shopping season kicked into high gear.
Estimated long gun sales doubled in fourth quarter 2017 compared to the preceding three months. Handgun sales finished the year strong, too, edging out the first quarter of the year by less than 1,000 checks.
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