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Marine Veteran, actor and gun buff, R. Lee Ermey buried at Arlington National Cemetery

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Marines from the Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C. (8th and I) rendered funeral honors for “The Gunny” at Arlington last week.

Born in Kansas in 1944, during the tail end of World War II, Ronald Lee Ermey joined the Marines at age 17 and, after service that included 14 months in Vietnam, was medically retired as a staff sergeant in 1972.

Becoming a near-iconic figure for his portrayal of drill instructor GySgt. Hartman in the 1987 film “Full Metal Jacket,” Ermey went on to host the History Channel’s “Mail Call” and “Lock n’ Load” shows from 2007 to 2009, delving into military arms, customs, and equipment, before moving to host the similar “GunnyTime” on the Outdoor Channel.

Additionally, he was featured in a long-running series of public appearances and spots for Glock and was elected to the board of directors for the National Rifle Association, serving as one of its most popular, and recognizable, members.

Ermey died last April at age 74. His wife, Marianila Ermey, received the U.S. flag from the Marines at his service.

He is buried in Section 82 of Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia.

Just now, Gunnery Sgt. R. Lee Ermey was laid to rest @ArlingtonNatl.

A Vietnam veteran, Ermey’s most memorable role was playing Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s Vietnam War film “Full Metal Jacket”.

Semper Fi, Gunny.

— U.S. Marines (@USMC) January 18, 2019

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What its like to be a California gun owner in 2019 (VIDEO)

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:00

California has some of the toughest gun laws in the union and along with the state’s new governor, Gavin Newsom, they’re getting stricter. New laws going into effect range from raising the age limit to buy long guns from 18 to 21 to a bump stock ban to prohibiting those convicted of domestic violence offenses from possessing firearms.

Travelling from the Bay area to Sacramento, I asked several gun owners along the way what life is like as a gun owner in the land of milk and honey. While many were still trying to understand last year’s ammo permit, they had trouble understanding the new laws and raised concerns The Golden State would serve as testing ground for gun laws before they spread to other parts of the country.

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Springfield Armory grows AR line with new Saint Victor series (VIDEO)

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 10:00

With five variants ranging from a factory SBR to a California-compliant model, SA’s Victor line of ARs is new for 2019.

Billed as being “purpose-built defensive firearms with enhanced components selected for rugged reliability,” the Saint Victor line includes mid-length rifle, braced pistol, and SBR configurations announced this week.

In the rifle category, the 5.56mm Victors come standard with a 15-inch free floating M-LOK handguard with a full-length “interrupted” rail over a 16-inch CMV barrel, nickel boron single-stage flat trigger, flip-up irons, QD sling mounts, and a muzzle brake.

The standard Saint Victor rifle comes with a Magpul 30-round magazine, a Bravo Company MOD 3 pistol grip and 6-position stock with an MSRP of $1,073. Weight is about 6.5-pounds. (Photos: SA)

The California model, which runs the same price, has a Strike Industries paddle style grip to comply with state law and a fixed buttstock. As such, it weighs about a half-pound more. It ships with a 10-Round Magpul Gen M3 mag.

The Victor pistol series, which unlike the rifles is available in both 5.56 and .300 Blackout, have a free-floating M-LOK handguard with an “interrupted” rail and forward hand stop over a 7.5-inch barrel (9-inch in the Blackout). They come standard with a Bravo Company MOD 3 pistol grip and SB Tactical SBX-K brace. Overall length is 26.5- to 27.75-inches with the 5.56mm being slightly shorter. MSRP is $1,015.

The 5.56mm variant has a muzzle-mounted blast diverter…

… while the .300BLK runs an A-2 flash hider as a muzzle device.

Optimized for close quarters engagements, the 5.56mm SBR variant features an 11.5-inch barrel, M-LOK handguard with a hand stop while keeping an overall length of 27.5-inches.

MSRP is $1,073, plus NFA requirements.

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Visit during SHOT Show 2019 at booth 32203

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 10:00

Visit at booth #32203 during SHOT Show in the Law Enforcement showroom on Level 2 and get FREE stuff like hats, coffee tumblers and more!

Minnesota-based will showcase its new e-Commerce platform, designed specifically to support local gun dealers, during SHOT Show at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas from Jan. 22-25, 2019.

“ is unique in so many ways than other e-Comm platforms in the marketplace. We set out to be different on purpose and you see that right away. We only list for brick and mortar storefronts and we make it very easy for them to interact with us, list products and manage listings,” said Jeff Tesch, Director of Business Development for “With our engaging landing page and intuitive site navigation, we also make it very easy for consumers to shop.” recognized that customers shop online for the best price and more often than not end up buying a new gun from a random dealer who has to ship it to a local FFL. In the end, the money the buyer thought they’d save is eaten away by transaction and shipping fees. And the local dealer is equally frustrated as the same gun sits in their display case.’s system merges the convenience of shopping online with the simplicity of buying from a local dealer.

“Our platform embraces a new way of doing business — a modern way of doing business. The future of retail is online and has been built from the ground up digital and to operate in a digital world,” said Mark Sims, Senior Buyer.

Sims explained, as retail evolves, the e-Comm platform will give local shops all across the country a competitive advantage by giving them tools to market online. “ is a way for Joe’s Gun Shop to literally compete with big box retailers, which have their entire inventory online. We’re using the strength of the Internet to support the littlest guy,” Sims said.

Chris Wiggins, a Business Development Manager, added that will do way more than just host a dealer’s listing. “It’s our job to make selling guns easier. We have a very simple transactional model. We do all the work of selling the gun by paying transaction fees and managing communication between the consumer and retailer. We do all that for a payment at the very end of the transaction,” Wiggins said. “It’s a simpler way for a retailer to sell online because we take most of the busy work out of the process.”

“You don’t have to have the latest and greatest IT infrastructure, you don’t have to have a full-time IT manager building applications or site structure to sell guns online. If you’re willing to partner with us, will take that burden off of you,” Wiggins said.

Visit at booth #32203 during SHOT Show in the Law Enforcement showroom on Level 2 and get FREE stuff like hats, coffee tumblers and more!

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Meopta USA unleashes new Optika6 riflescopes

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 09:30

The Optika6 delivers a MeoBright lens coating and DichroTech reticles. (Photo: Meopta USA)

The Optika6 has joined Meopta USA’s riflescope lineup, offering a 30mm tube, 6x zoom and zero-reset turrets.

The Optika6 boasts the MeoBright lens coating, serving up edge-to-edge clarity and sharp imagery, according to Meopta USA. The riflescope series provides first focal plane reticle options with DichroTech reticles and battery-free illumination in various conditions. The Optika6 comes in two flavors — the Shooting series and Hunting series.

The Optika6 Shooting series will provide the following models to consumers: 1-6×24, 3-18×50, 3-18×56, 4.5-27×50 in addition to a 34mm model with ED glass designed to prevent chromatic aberration at higher magnifications. The Optika6 series all boast rubber-armored target turrets for a more positive grip.

The Optika6 Hunting series also brings several reticle options to the Optika6 series but in a second focal plane design with DichroTech reticles. The Hunting series delivers the following models: 1-6×24, 2.5-15×44, 3-18×50, 3-18×56 and 4.5-27×50. The series includes capped turrets and rubber-armored metal caps.

The 1-6×24 Optika6 model. (Photo: Meopta USA)

Both series feature windage and elevation adjustments in MIL or MOA.

“Our goal is to deliver premium, European-quality optics to hunters and shooters at exceptional price points,” Randy Garrison, Director of Meopta USA Sport Optics, said in a press release. “The Optika6 line of riflescopes does just that while continuing to deliver the excellent low-light performance and optical clarity that has become synonymous with the Meopta brand.”

Garrison said the company split the riflescopes into two series to ease the strain of choosing the right scope.

“We have differentiated our Shooting and Hunting lines to make it easier for consumers to pick the scope that’s right for them, but obviously some hunters will find the first-focal-plane Shooting models more versatile, just as many target shooters will take our second-focal-plane Hunting series to the range.”

Optika6 pricing starts at $499 and tops out at $899.

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Pre-owned Land Rover vs. working M60A1 tank (VIDEO)

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 09:00

When you pit the only live-firing M60A1 in private hands in the country against a Land Rover on its last legs, the outcome is predetermined but nonetheless still interesting, especially in super slo-mo.

With the help of the Battlefield Vegas gang and “Dangerous” Bob Bigando, Full Mag dropped a 105mm projectile from said main battle tank through the running engine of a used Land Rover LR3. While Full Mag’s Richard Ryan says the Rover cost more to fix than it was worth, the tank round made short– yet spectacular– work of the engine compartment. Stick around for bonus footage of a recoilless rifle getting some backblast damage into what is left of the LR3’s hulk.’s own Ben Philipi caught up with the M60A1 at the recent Big Sandy Shoot and got the in-depth details.

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Thompson/Center Arms adds to T/CR22 line with camo variations

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 08:30

The Realtree Edge, top, and Mossy Oak Break-Up Country, bottom, patterns liven up the T/CR22. (Photo: Thompson/Center Arms)

Thompson/Center Arms expands its lineup of T/CR22 rifles adding new camo patterns in Realtree and Mossy Oak.

Chambered in .22LR, T/CR22 will come in Realtree Edge or Mossy Oak Break-Up Country. The rifle comes with a green fiber optic front sight with adjustable rear peep sight. The T/CR22 boasts an integrated Picatinny style rail by which users can mount optics, in addition to a threaded muzzle for suppressors or other muzzle accessories. The T/CR22 tops its design off with a rugged yet lightweight Magpul co-branded composite stock.

“The T/CR22 rifle is perfectly suited for a fun day at the range or an afternoon of small game hunting, and we’re excited to add two popular new camouflage patterns to the line, giving our customers more finish options,” Danielle Sanville, Brand Manager of Thompson/Center Arms, said in a news release.

The T/CR22, decked out in Realtree Edge or Mossy Oak Break-Up, works with aftermarket 10/22 accessories and ships with a one 1-round detachable rotary magazine. The T/CR22 features a price tag of $419.

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Full Auto Friday: Two Panzergrenadiers walk into a BAR edition (VIDEOS)

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 08:00

Not to be confused with the BAR hunting rifle, the M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle was a war baby designed with “walking fire” in mind.

Crafted by firearms polymath John Moses Browning in 1917 for the growing National Army being formed to fight the Kaiser and his buddies in Europe, the compact light machine gun was forward-thinking for its time. Unlike the awkward strips used by the bulky M1909 Benet-Mercie machine gun used by the Army, Browning’s new gun could be fired by a single soldier on the move and fed from a box magazine.

The inventor’s son, Val Browning, an officer of the 79th Infantry Division, showing off the M1918 both in the trenches and in “walking fire” mode.

Further, as it could it be operated by a sole Doughboy, it added a serious volume of fire to advancing troops as it could rapidly accompany them across “No Man’s Land,” a feature that heavier Vickers and water-cooled M1917 sustained-fire machine guns were incapable of.

This led to the concept of “walking fire” in which the gun could be mounted with its butt against a belt attachment and fired continuously while charging across the shell-marked void to the German trenches was seen as the way to break stalemates in trench combat on the Western Front.

Capable of spitting out .30-06 rounds at 500-600 rounds per minute, the BAR could empty a 20-round detachable box magazine in just two seconds when wide open, which is a hell of a ride if you have ever experienced it.

The original WWI era gun, the M1918 was produced for just two years, with some 102,125 guns made by Colt, Marlin-Rockwell, and Winchester. These guns had no bipod, but did include a beefy checkered forend, sling attachments, and a thin flash hider.

The experimental M1918A1 was made in small numbers in 1937-38 and had a large bipod with spiked feet set forward of the foregrip.

Most early M1918/A1s were given away as war aid to Allies, notably Britain, early in WWII, and later scrapped. This makes them rare today, even in the form of parts kits.

The M1918A2 was brought about in 1940 with a lot of input from the Army. Some 229,000 of these guns were made from 1940-1953 by IBM, New England Firearms, and the Royal McBee Typewriter Company.

They are two-speed full auto only, have a the flat-footed bipod attached to the conical flash hider (usually the first item that GIs threw away), a rate of fire reducer, a smaller uncheckered forend, and a shoulder rest on the butt.

The M1918 saw much more service in WWII than it did in The Great War.

The M1918 was part of the Army’s balanced breakfast until 1957 when it was replaced by the M14, which had much the same concept but in a very slightly smaller package chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO.

Nonetheless, the big BAR also soldiered on in Korea, Vietnam and elsewhere that surplus military aid from the 1940s lingered.

Today, prices on intact and transferrable M1918s start at about the $10K mark due to the Hughes Amendment and head up from there.

But if you have a pallet of .30-06 you don’t want anymore, they are just the ticket.

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Two Ohio men charged for gun store heist near Toledo

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 07:30

Emmanuel Riley, 27, and Sevario Whitaker, 36, stole nearly four dozen guns, six suppressors and four gun bags from Towers Armory just in the early morning hours of Nov. 19, 2018. (Photo: WTOL News)

Two men from Toledo, Ohio face federal charges for a gun store heist in the nearby town of Oregon caught on surveillance in November.

Emmanuel Riley, 27, and Sevario Whitaker, 36, stole nearly four dozen guns, six suppressors and four gun bags from Towers Armory just in the early morning hours of Nov. 19, 2018. According to court documents, the men climbed onto the roof and crawled through the store’s ventilation system, leaving behind trace DNA on a red pry bar abandoned at the scene.

Surveillance footage from a nearby business recorded the men — dressed in hats, gloves and Jason Voorhees masks — loading the stolen guns into a Toyota Camry before driving away. Police later towed the vehicle from Riley’s mother’s house and searched inside, finding a sweatshirt and masks matching the clothing seen on video. Cell phone records place Riley and Whitaker within one mile of the gun store during the time of the burglary, according to court documents.

“There is no place in our society for those who use firearms for violent purposes, including those who steal firearms to further their criminal pursuits,” said Trevor Velinor, Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Columbus Field Division.  “ATF will continue to work with our law enforcement partners at the federal, state, and local levels to bring those individuals to justice.”

The case falls under the purview of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods, a federal program targeting gun-related violence in the nation’s most dangerous cities. First launched in 2001, Project Safe Neighborhoods became the centerpiece of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s strategy for reducing crime across the nation — a goal President Donald Trump set for him soon after taking office in 2017.

“Taking what we have learned since the program began in 2001, we have updated it and enhanced it, emphasizing the role of our U.S. Attorneys, the promise of new technologies, and above all, partnership with local communities,” he said. “With these changes, I believe that this program will be more effective than ever and help us fulfill our mission to make America safer.”

The department awarded $98 million in grants to understaffed local law enforcement agencies and “seed money” to support investigations targeting gangs and traffickers. Some 20 U.S. Attorneys Offices also received 40 additional prosecutors tasked with reducing violent crimes in their respective district. The District of Kansas received more than $294,000 in federal funding last year to help increase weapons prosecutions.

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M60A1 tank shakes the earth at the Big Sandy Shoot (VIDEO + 9 PICS)

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 07:00

Battlefield Vegas blew people’s minds with their M60A1 tank firing it’s 105mm main gun at the Big Sandy Shoot.

Twice a year, the Big Sandy Shoot attracts a lot of guns, including many large caliber guns. One of the highlights of October 2018’s shoot was Battlefield Vegas’s M60A1 tank firing her 105mm M68 main gun.

The M60 tank, and it’s variants, was the US main battle tank from 1960 to 1980, when it was replaced by the M1 Abrams tank. It features a Royal Ordnance L7 105mm main gun.

Big gun expert Robert Bigando, who was responsible for prepping rounds fired from the tank at Big Sandy, told that the projectiles being fired weighed roughly 23 pounds and were traveling approximately 2,650 feet per second. To do this, he packed nine pounds of gun powder into each enormous 105mm brass shell. According to Bigando, the tank is the only live-firing M60A1 in the country.

Battlefield Vegas is located in Las Vegas right behind the famous Circus Circus resort. It features over 500 machine guns that can be fired in their air conditioned indoor range. In the facility’s parking lot is a military vehicle museum that is free to the public.

Ron Cheney, the owner of Battlefield, has been collecting military vehicles and large caliber guns for years. Battlefield is currently in the process of opening an outdoor experience 25 minutes south of Las Vegas where tourists will be able to drive and fire tanks, shoot artillery guns, and even fire machine guns out of a helicopter gunship at targets in the desert.

Battlefield Vegas’ M60A1 tank ready to fire at Big Sandy. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

The breech of the main gun inside Battlefield Vegas’ M60A1 tank at the Big Sandy Shoot. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

The safety lever inside Battlefield Vegas’ M60A1 tank at the Big Sandy Shoot. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

The commanders control inside Battlefield Vegas’ M60A1 tank at the Big Sandy Shoot. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

The commander’s seat inside Battlefield Vegas’ M60A1 tank at the Big Sandy Shoot. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

The driver’s compartment inside Battlefield Vegas’ M60A1 tank at the Big Sandy Shoot. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

The gunners seat and controls inside Battlefield Vegas’ M60A1 tank at the Big Sandy Shoot. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

A spectator’s t-shirt at the Big Sandy Shoot. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

Battlefield Vegas’ M60A1 tank at the Big Sandy Shoot. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

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Taurus unveils new 16-shot TX22 .22LR pistol (VIDEO)

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 06:30

On the eve of SHOT Show, Taurus has moved into a higher level of .22LR offerings from the company by raising the curtain on the all-new TX22 rimfire pistol. The Brazilian-based handgun maker said they wanted a semi-auto that ran like a “custom-tuned pistol but comes at a price point that puts a competition-level handgun squarely in the budget of the mainstream shooter.”

As such, the single-action only striker-fired pistol has a 5-pound trigger with a short reset and fully adjustable rear sights. Suppressor-ready with 1/2x28TPI threads, the 4.1-inch barrel rests inside a 7075 aluminum slide that has been black hard-coat anodized. There are both front and rear slide serrations.

Taurus says the “human factor” was blended into the TX22 during its development process, providing superb ergonomics. (Photo: Taurus)

Weighing in at 17.3-ounces, unloaded, the TX22 has an overall length of 7.06-inches. Equipped with a frame-mounted accessory rail, the surface controls include a reversible mag release and an optional ambi manual safety.

Shipping with a pair of 16-shot magazines, the TX22 has an MSRP of $349, which will likely put it in the $299-ish area at your dealer. This puts it in the same neighborhood as the Walther P22 and undercuts the similar Ruger SR22 series, the latter of which has a suggested retail of $439.

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Town moves to sell their rare early 1921 Colt Tommy gun (VIDEO)

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 06:00

Jenkins, Kentucky bills themselves as a “city built on coal,” and one byproduct of its early days is a Thompson submachine gun used to protect the mine’s payroll.

Built in 1912 by the Consolidation Coal Company (now Consol Energy) and named after one of their major investors, the town later picked up the early Thompson, which was advertised in the 1920s as an “Anti-bandit gun,” as added security for the burgeoning mining operation.

The Auto-Ordnance Company advertised their Thompson submachine guns in the days before the National Firearms Act was a thing as an “Anti-bandit gun,” and sold them commercially to adventurers, banks, and businesses in addition police and the military.

“The story we’ve always been told is they use it to guard the payroll when the money would come in on the train,” Jenkins Mayor Todd Depriest told LEX 18.

Now, with the gun long ago turned over to the local police, city officials are looking to sell the NFA-regulated mega collectible rather than let it continue to rest in retirement at City Hall.

“It is sentimental, and there are some folks who would rather not do it,” said Depriest. “For what it would ever be used for, it’s too big and too heavy to carry. It’s too valuable to have out in a police car.”

The gun, which looks to be an early 1921 Colt model, is reported by WYMT to have a two-digit serial number. As such, the city is hoping to get between $75,000 and $110,000 for the vintage room broom.

(Photo: LEX 18)

The estimate is not too far off, as a four-digit 1921 sold in 2015 for over $80,000. However, similar guns have sold for closer to the $40-to-$50K mark. Last month, an early Colt tied to legendary FBI agent Melvin Purvis and gangster “Pretty Boy” Floyd went for $69,000 against an expected high of as much as twice that amount.

The move by the Kentucky city to part with their select-fire heirloom is not without precedent.

In 2014, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina asked county supervisors to swap a pair of early transferable Thompson submachine guns for a truckload of 88 new Bushmaster rifles. The sheriff’s Tommy guns were valued at $60,000 and had been gifted to the department by a local tobacco company in the 1930s. Similarly, towns in Ohio and Pennsylvania have since moved to sell vintage “Chicago Typewriters” left over from the Prohibition-era.

Tommy guns were popular in law enforcement for decades. The sign reads, “Tuff Muggs Take Notice– what 10 seconds of firing from a Thompson Machine Gun can do to a car– Bridgeport Police.”

Meanwhile, two years ago, police in St. Louis sold 27 of that Missouri city’s stockpile of 30 Tommy guns as part of a $1.2 million deal worked out with a national firearms distributor.

Those interested in the Jenkins gun and the stamp collecting that comes with it can contact the city police department as local officials weigh their options. The money raised from the sale of the Thompson will be recycled into the local PD’s coffers.

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Meprolight USA announces augmented weapon sight, Mepro Foresight

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 05:30

Meprolight will showcase the Mepro Foresight at SHOT Show. (Photo: Meprolight USA)

Meprolight USA unveils a new weapon sight, the Mepro Foresight, that serves up tactical data on the transparent optical lens.

The augmented weapon sight offers real-time data to shooters including battery level, sensor data, Bluetooth connectivity and, eventually, a shot counter. Boasting five preset reticles and 10 digital zeroing profiles or user profiles, the Mepro Foresight introduces a built-in compass in addition to an inside leveler. Equipped with a built-in sensor, the Mepro Foresight delivers automatic brightness adjustment to users.

The Mepro Foresight comes with five preset reticles. (Photo: Meprolight USA)

Users can update profiles via Bluetooth on the Meprolight’s mobile app, available for Android and iOS devices. The Mepro Foresight brings an overall dimension of 4.6-inches by 2.35-inches by 2.65-inches and weight of 9.9-ounces.

“The Mepro Foresight is a game changer when it comes to optic solutions for the tactical or sport shooter,” Meprolight USA said in a news release. The Mepro Foresight will appear at SHOT Show but won’t be available until April 2019. No word yet on pricing.

The sight incorporates Bluetooth to connect to smart devices. (Photo: Meprolight USA)

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Cobalt Kinetics releases limited edition Winter Edge rifle

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 05:00

Cobalt Kinetics launches Winter 2019 Edge for the stormtrooper in your life. (Photo: Cobalt Kinetics)

Cobalt Kinetics unveiled a limited edition Edge rifle — the Winter 2019 Edge — decked out in a sleek white and black look.

Chambered in .300 BLK, the Winter 2019 Edge boasts a 14.5-inch black nitride barrel with 1-in-8-inch twist and Cobalt 7.62 Linear Comp. The rifle pairs its barrel with an M-16 nickel boron BCG and 16-inch M-LOK handguard. Cobalt Kinetics has kicked up the design with other features to include a Hogue over-molded grip, ambidextrous controls and charging handle, extended mag release and DMR Adjustable Trigger.

The design is topped off with the company’s Dual Drop System. The Dual Drop System brings a second forward assist control on the left side of the upper. The second control is mechanically connected to the right side assist as well as the bolt catch. Shooters can press either forward assist to release the bolt.

The rifle sports a white and black aesthetic with ambi controls. (Photo: Cobalt Kinetics)

“This Limited Edition Edge rifle is for the shooter that wants something aesthetically special, that does not compromise when it comes to reliability or performance,” Cobalt Kinetics said on its site. “Not only does this rifle feature a beautiful gloss white Cerakote finish, but it also features fully ambidextrous controls, Cobalt’s patented Dual Drop System and an adjustable DMR trigger.”

Available in either rifle or carbine configuration, the Winter 2019 Edge rifle is running in limited quantities with only 50 set to be made. The rifle is priced between $2,700 to $2,999.

The Winter 2019 Edge features a Dual Drop System and adjustable DMR trigger. (Photo: Cobalt Kinetics)

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NICS data delayed as government shutdown nears one month mark

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 04:30

2018 background check totals remain a mystery during government shutdown. (Photo: Larry Deklinski/The News-Item, via Associated Press)

Three weeks into the new year, it’s still unclear how 2018 stacked up against the rest of the decade in gun background checks — thanks to the longest government shutdown in history.

A spokesperson for the National Shooting Sports Foundation confirmed this week the ongoing impasse will delay the release of monthly totals for the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System as federal agencies operate with limited staff.

Pending December’s totals, 2018 appeared on track to rank as the second busiest in FBI history for federal background checks — though estimated sales will likely fall to fourth or fifth place.

Background checks serve as a proxy measure for gun sales, however, the measurement isn’t perfect. Applications for concealed carry permits, periodic rechecks for maintaining licenses and a slew of smaller categories for pawns, redemptions, rentals and other rare situations undercut the total amount of checks processed in one month.

These types of background checks have consumed larger percentages of the total amount recorded each month since the banner year of 2016, federal data shows. Throughout 2018, these administrative-type checks inflated monthly totals, but didn’t translate into boosted sales.

Effects of the shutdown, however, extend beyond NICS. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives faces a growing backlog of license applications for new gun stores and NFA weapons.

Field agents, criminal analysts and operations investigators — those keeping tabs on federally licensed dealers remaining in compliance — keep working, according to a report from Boise State Public Radio, but those processing applications for new FFLs or suppressor transfers haven’t clocked in since last month.

The American Suppressor Association said the shutdown impacts applications stacking up at the NFA Division in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Although the agency is known to use contractors and overtime to process backlogs, consumers will experience a short increase in this process — for now.

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Stechkin APS: Strange Soviet machine pistol fun (VIDEOS)

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:00

In service since 1951, Igor Stechkin’s automatic pistol is a handful and it still gets around today.

Smaller than a submachine gun, the 9x18mm blowback action handgun is select-fire, capable of either semi-auto or going cyclic at 750 rounds per minute until the 20-round magazine runs dry– which is only a couple of seconds.

Used back in the Cold War by Soviet Spetsnaz troops and assorted sundry allies in places ranging from Afghanistan to Angola, the Stechkin APS still gets some use today and, notably, Russian pilots both carried them and reportedly put them into use in Syria lately.

With an overview of the gun, Ian McCollum with Forgotten Weapons has you covered in the above video while he gets some range time in with TWO of the exotic machine pistols (at the same time), in the below. Enjoy!

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Victory First to debut V43 Upper Receiver at SHOT Show

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 09:30

The V43 is a direct drop-in slide for Glock 43 handguns. (Photo: Victory First)

Victory First will showcase the all-new V43 Upper Receiver, a custom slide for stock Glock 43 pistols.

The V43 is a direct drop-in slide, precision machined from 17-4PH stainless steel. The drop-in features OEM Glock components paired with a match Victory Barrel. Measuring 6.89-inches in overall length, the Victory barrel sports a 4.33-inch length. Victory First said threaded barrels in “industry standard thread pitch” will also be available.

Founder Matt Jacques said the V43 design arose from a desire to provide consumers with a means to comfortably carry the Glock 43 in AIWB.

“The intent of the project was to simply lengthen the slide and barrel to increase the comfort for concealment, specifically when carrying the gun in the appendix region (AIWB),” Jacques explained in a news release. “This configuration keeps the frame slim, but gives it a G19-ish sized slide and barrel combo. This will alleviate discomfort felt by folks who love the slim profile of the Model 43 but found it unpleasant to carry.”

Now word yet on pricing. Victory First will debut the V43 at the upcoming SHOT Show in Las Vegas Jan. 21 through Jan. 25.

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Aquila 62 grain 5.56: The new standard in ammunition (VIDEO)

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 09:00

Founded in 1961 and primarily known for manufacturing rimfire and shotgun shell, Aguila Ammunition has been gaining notice and popularity in the American firearms market in the last few years. Aguila also produces high quality rifle and pistol ammunition such as the 62 grain full metal jacket boat tail 5.56 round that we are looking at today.

Aquila designed this round for consistent accuracy at long ranges using the heavier 62 grain projectile to help maintain velocity and included the “boat tail” to provide stability during supersonic and even transonic flight. With an advertised velocity of 3,150 feet per second, this round certainly holds up to its design. Though it was engineered for long range performance, we have found this round to be a consistent performer at close and medium ranges also, making it a great choice for plinking, target or competition shooting as well as tactical training, and even small to medium game hunting.

Aguila, Latin America’s leading foremost ammunition manufacturer, has really stepped up its game in the American market. (Photo: Chase Welch/

Quality manufacturing, reliable accuracy and competitive pricing make Aguila 5.56 a great addition to any shooters ammo can. (Photo: Chase Welch/

The accuracy we’ve been getting is just as Aquila advertised as well. Anyone can be a sniper at CQB range but when we pushed these rounds out to just under 500 yards it was no problem to keep the groups tight, well within 1-2 MOA.

Quality control is another things that is helping Aquila’s ammunition gain a good reputation within the US market. They process and manufacture all the materials for the powder, primer and bullets in house, which leads to a consistent product that deliveries reliable performance. Each brass casing is annealed to ensure even ductility and the primers and projectiles are sealed to prevent moisture from entering from either end of the casing.

Overall we are really happy with the 62 grain FMJ rounds from Aquila. They fed reliably, held great groups, are well made, easy to find and competitively priced. It’s not an easy job to stand out in the flooded ammunition market but Aquila is doing a fine job. To quote their tagline “Guns are hungry, feed your firearm”

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Where classic designs still breathe: A tour of Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. (VIDEO)

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 09:00

New Britain’s Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Co. still makes some of the most classic scattergun designs of all time. Originating with Tony Galazan in the 1970s, CSM incorporated in 1991 and today makes Parker shotguns, A. H. Fox models, the Revelation, and others but they are probably best known for their Model 21s– keeping the classic that hailed from Winchester’s golden days still alive.

To see the magic happen, American Rifleman TV goes behind the scenes to take a look at how these fine, high-grade shotguns are made, from the receiver on up.

Oh yeah, and they also make the DP-12 double-pump and AR-15s as well.

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Fix It Sticks expands with four new tools for Fix It Sticks tool system

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 08:30

Fix It Sticks launches new bits for its tool system. (Photo: Fix It Sticks)

Fix It Sticks adds to its existing list of tools for its Fix It Sticks system, introducing the Universal Choke Tube Wrench, Knife Sharpener, Aimpoint Sight Bit and 3/8-inch Adjustment Wrench.

The latest tools coexist with the current Fix It Sticks tool system and also benefits from the ability to exist as stand-alone products, according to the company.

The Universal Choke Tube Wrench was created for shotgun chokes from .410 to 10 gauge. Offering a flat design, the Universal Choke Tube Wrench is made from solid steel. Bringing reduced bulk to the tool kit, the wrench features an MSRP of $10.

The Knife Sharpener from Fix It Sticks. (Photo: Fix It Sticks)

Knife Sharpener features carbine and ceramic V type sharpening inserts, positioned at 22.5-degrees for a 45-degree edge. Precision machined from steel, the Knife Sharpener will enter the Fix It Sticks lineup in February with a price tag of $22.

The Aimpoint Sight Bit looks to help Aimpoint users in need of some adjustments. Using a non-marring polymer, the tool opts for a two-prong style that can adjust windage and elevation adjustment knobs on Aimpoint sights. Also shipping in February, the Aimpoint Sight Bit brings with it a price of $10.

Rounding out the new offerings is the 3/8-inch Adjustment Wrench. The wrench works for scope mount using a LaRue style release system. The wrench is expected to drop sometime in January with an MSRP of $10.

“Like all Fix It Stick bits, these new bits will work with any ¼-inch hex bit driver and of course the Fix It Sticks modular tool system,” the company said in a news release.

Clockwise: Knife Sharpener, 3/8-inch Adjustment Wrench, Universal Choke Tube Wrench and Aimpoint Bit. (Photo: Fix It Sticks)

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