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Just Jerry Miculek Pushing out to 200 Yards with a Revolver

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 04:00

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Pro shooter and national treasure Jerry Miculek picks up a sweet new Smith & Wesson 610 to see if it can go the distance. The 200-yard distance, that is.

The big stainless steel 10mm N-Frame six-shooter just returned to production with Smith & Wesson earlier this year. In a nod to the cartridge’s recent embrace by a new generation of shooters, the company bills the 610-3 as having applications running from hunting to protection while venturing into the field in predator-heavy areas.

To test out its use at range, in the above video Miculek taps in a 6-inch model — the current offering includes guns in with both 4.5- and 6-inch barrels, which translate to a 9.5- and 12-inch overall length respectively — topped with a Vortex Venom red dot. The ammo is Hornady Critical Defense. He then proceeds to drill a three-round group that would be covered by a softball out to 100 yards, then doubles down and pumps those numbers up.

Smith & Wesson’s current generation of the Model 610 is a big N-Frame available in both 4.5- and 6-inch barrel configurations. (Photo: Smith & Wesson)

First introduced in 1990, the 610 had a short initial run but has been a popular offering for competition shooters since then. Rebooted in 1998, the gun line closed again in 2005 but came back only briefly since then.

The DA/SA revolvers come standard with black synthetic finger groove grips, an adjustable rear sight with a white outline grips and an interchangeable black blade front sight. As both the 10mm and .40 S&W are rimless, the revolvers use six-shot moon clips, and three are included.

MSRP is set at $969 across the board, which comes in about $150 cheaper than Ruger‘s Super Redhawk 10mm while being on-par with their GP100 Match Champion in the same caliber.


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What is the National Firearms Act?

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 04:00

$200 tax stamps are legally required to own most NFA-regulated items, such as suppressors. (Photo: Chris Eger/

The 1934 law that regulates many of the cooler items in the gun world, the National Firearms Act and its associated taxes raises many questions. Here are some answers.

How did the NFA make it into law?

Introduced into the 73rd Congress on May 28, 1934, as H.R. 9741 by U.S. Rep. Robert “Bob” Doughton, a North Carolina Democrat, the legislation sailed through Capitol Hill in less than a month. For historical perspective, the country was amid the Great Depression and lawmakers in the same Democrat-controlled Congress also sped the Securities Act, which established the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the National Industrial Recovery Act, which established the Public Works Administration, to the waiting hands of President Franklin Roosevelt for signature. The measure passed both chambers on a voice vote, with no record of which lawmakers approved it.

The bill that made it through Congress was watered down compared to other proposals at the time, such as HR 9066. Introduced by U.S. Rep. Hatton Sumners, D-TX, H.R. 9066 contained most of the same regulations and restrictions as the NFA but also targeted handguns and added a $5,000 yearly tax on firearm makers and importers. When adjusted for inflation, that figure would approach $100,000 today.

What does the NFA regulate?

While the new law did not outright ban the items under its control, it did require that shotguns and rifles with barrels less than 18 or 16 inches respectively in length, machine guns, firearm “mufflers and silencers” and firearms such as cane guns described as “any other weapons” be regulated and a tax established that was due whenever the device was made or transferred. Likewise, those who produced such items would have to pay a special occupational tax. The base price for most of these taxes was set at $200 per item, per transfer. This was the equivalent of about $3,800 in 2019 dollars.

As noted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which was originally part of the IRS until 1972, “The $200 making and transfer taxes on most NFA firearms were considered quite severe and adequate to carry out Congress’ purpose to discourage or eliminate transactions in these firearms.”

The amount of revenue paid into the U.S. Treasury has shifted over the years as, in general, the amount of tax has remained the same. In 1938, just $5,000 was collected. By 1984, $1.2 million was paid. In 2017, the ATF noted that just over $29 million was collected.

The NFA today

Today, the NFA controls the making and transfer of short-barreled rifles (SBR), short-barreled shotguns (SBS), silencers/suppressors, machine guns, AOWs, and destructive devices — with the latter something of a “catch-all” that includes everything from live grenades to anti-tank guns. Registration and tracking of such items are included in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, or NFRTR.

As of February 2018, over 5.5 million items were carried on the record:

AOW 60,706
Destructive Devices 2,818,528
Machine guns 638,260
Short Barreled Rifles 345,323
Short Barreled Shotguns 149,866
Suppressors 1,489,791

Has the NFA been challenged?

As with many controversial laws, the NFA has been the target of numerous legal challenges over its existence. This included the 1937 Sonzinsky case before the Supreme Court, which upheld the law as a valid exercise of the taxing power of Congress. More recently, the office of the current Solicitor General of the United States, Noel Francisco, used Sonzinsky in defense of the NFA in a challenge to the nation’s highest court in the case of a Kansas man found guilty of an NFA violation.

Jeremy Kettler in 2017 was found guilty of violating federal laws concerning the manufacturing and selling of suppressors and was given a year’s probation on a single count of possession of an unregistered NFA item. With the conviction upheld on appeal to the 10th U.S. Circuit last October. Aided by gun rights groups, Kettler appealed his case to the Supreme Court in January, arguing that the NFA is unconstitutional and that it is a money-losing tax that produces no effective revenue for the government while effectively criminalizing the devices it controls.

Francisco’s office in May told the court that Kettler’s petition should be denied, saying that it “lacked merit.” The Supreme Court declined to take up Kettler’s petition on June 10.

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Gun Review: Desert Tech SRS A2 Rifle

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 00:00

The Desert Tech SRS A2 builds on the bullpup platform. (Photo: Jeff Wood)

In 2007, Desert Tech introduced a precision bullpup rifle to the firearms market known as the Stealth Recon Scout. Since its inception, it’s seen a few revisions with the fourth generation SRS recently introduced as the A2 Model.

The Desert Tech SRS A2

The Desert Tech SRS A2 elevates the SRS A1 design with elevated features. (Photo: Jeff Wood)

For those not familiar with the SRS family, the bullpup boasts a detachable box magazine-fed, bolt-action design with the added advantage of serving as a multi-caliber rifle. The bullpup construction means that the rifle’s action is behind the trigger, and against the shoulder. This design has been tried many times over the years, in order to shorten the overall length and portability of the rifle, and the SRA incorporates these design advantages in addition to adding quality and a stellar record of performance – characteristics often sought by law enforcement, military and precision shooters. Perhaps the greatest advantage of the SRS platform, the icing on the proverbial cake, is its multi-caliber capability.

The SRS has a large following with a multitude of aftermarket barrel manufacturers allowing users to customize these factory-built rifles in whatever caliber they desire. Ranging from .223 Remington all the way up to .375XC, consumers can find a variety of caliber options to swap into the SRS 2, including well-known bestsellers such as 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Winchester, and .338 Lapua Magnum.

The SRS A2 follows the long celebrated A1 model from which it evolved. The SRS features an all-aluminum receiver sandwiched between two polymer skins comprising the pistol-grip and magazine well. The receiver is split down the middle featuring four clamping screws down the side. These features culminate to bring forth one of the SRS’ strongest assets – its unique barrel clamping system.

The SRS A2 removes weight by shaving materials. (Photo: Jeff Wood)

All SRS barrels have a shank at the breach that fits snuggly into the receiver and is then secured via those aforementioned clamping screws. Barrels are slid into the chassis from the front, then seated against a steel feed ramp that doubles as an index point. The unique barrel clamping system also allows the SRS to return to zero. This guarantees that every time you install a barrel, the gun will return to the same point of impact every time. Bolts are slid into the breach by removing the recoil pad from the back.

In addition to the new A2 rifle chassis, Desert Tech will be releasing a few new calibers specifically marketed towards big game hunters. These newer barrels are chambered in popular cartridges such as .300 RUM, .300 Winchester Magnum, and 7mm Remington Magnum with more to come.

What’s New with the A2?

The evolution of this precision bullpup introduces several advantages to the system. One of the first notable differences of the new rifle is its M-LOK handguard. M-LOK, a more popular mounting system, replaced the Picatinny rail design from prior generations. The new handguard boasts the ability to allow users to replace it, easily swapping between standard lengths and shorter lengths depending on preference. Desert Tech sells separate handguards as a kit for end-users to install, so they can enjoy the benefits of whatever configuration makes them happiest.

The SRS A2 features new M-LOK handguards. (Photo: Jeff Wood)

The rifle sports a lighter weight with the A2 revision weighing 2.1-pounds less than its predecessor. Desert Tech achieves this slimmer version through shaving material where possible. This is apparent in Desert Tech’s decision to make the built-in, retractable monopod seen on its predecessor, the SRS A1, an optional equipment upgrade versus standard equipment. Using a lighter build, the SRS A2 opens itself up to more gun owners, specifically those who like to hunt, providing a more appealing option to haul into the woods.

The trigger also received an upgrade, equipped with a new design the company calls a “field match” trigger. This new design is adjustable from 1.5 to 7 pounds. Previous generations of SRS rifles used fully adjustable triggers that were serviceable in the field with a simple Allen wrench. This new trigger, however, requires disassembly of the chassis in order to adjust. While an infrequent necessity, it is still an unwelcome one.

Though the A2 elevates its design with certain upgrades, there are a few items that remain the same. Namely the barrel clamping procedure remains the same between the A1 and A2 models as does the adjustable comb height.

Hands-on with the SRS A2

Already quite familiar with the SRS platform, I found the A2 model to be an easy transition. Everything about it was recognizable and I was able to use several older conversion kits with great success. The A2’s weight saving measures definitely came in handy and I recognized immediately the advantage this would serve to hiking hunters.

The SRS A2 offers an accurate design. (Photo: Jeff Wood)

The SRS itself is quite accurate, in my experience, but Desert Tech claims the A2 features takes the accuracy even further, so I was eager to take it out to see for myself. I tried the A2 out with several different barrels at the range, among them the 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Winchester, .300 Remington Ultra Magnum and .300 Winchester Magnum.

The new hunting calibers featured the lighter contour, resulting in a little more aggressive felt recoil. However, the recoil was manageable with the muzzle brake. Accuracy was on par with my expectations of the SRS platform, resulting in typical groups at half MOA. Ammunition types varied wildly, however – some ammo did not shoot MOA at all, while others easily shot sub-half MOA. Whether the lighter contour barrels have something to do with, I can’t readily say.

Shot group on the SRS A2. (Photo: Jeff Wood)

The rifle seemed to shoot better with a sound suppressor installed. The Desert Tech suppressor mounted directly to the muzzle brake and provided hearing-safe shooting with enhanced accuracy. Even better, the SRS A2 retained its compact size even with a suppressor attached, measuring shorter than comparable rifles.

Whether shooting inside a 100-yard underground tunnel or shooting 1,200-yards across a breezy mountain ridge, the SRS A2 ultimately tackled targets with ease. The SRS A2 is a pleasant breath of fresh air and it appears Desert Tech has listened to its consumers and delivered a better bullpup. Though my A1 won’t be going anywhere soon, it definitely could use an A2 to go with it.

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Found on ATI GSG MP-40

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 23:30

The MP-40 is a classic military weapon developed by the Nazis and throughout the war served as a trophy for U.S. servicemen. They were only produced for a short period of time, from 1940-1945 but it’s estimated that over 1 million Mascinenpistole 40 were produced.

These days it’s extremely rare and expensive to own an authentic MP-40. You’ll likely have to pay $20,000 to $30,000 to get one authentic. In addition, you’ll also need the tax stamp and all the paperwork that goes with it. That’s why we’re ditching the authentic version to show you the ATI GSG MP-40.

Made in Germany by German Sport Guns (Photo: Don Summers)

German Sport Guns manufacturers the guns in Oesterweg so you still have some authentic Deutchland connection. ATI imports the MP-40 clones for sale stateside, but at a fraction of the cost of the real thing. It weighs in at 7.4 pounds unloaded, but just like the real thing this only aids in the accuracy.


Just like the real thing this gun is chambered in 9mm and comes with one 25-round magazine. The one big notable difference between the two designs is that the ATI version lacks a stock, making it a pistol. Of course, you’re not going to get the famous full-auto either but at least you’ll save money on ammo. Speaking of, thank you to Aguila for providing ammo for this display.

All in all, this gun shot great and ate through all the Aguila we could feed it. It’s a fun gun, something to take to the range with your buddies and shoot all day. It’s an accurate gun and with the 9mm chambering it’s affordable to shoot as well.

A classic look at a fraction of the original price (Photo: Don Summers/

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Federal Launches Syntech Defense Ammo for Handguns

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 06:00

Syntech Defense is available for popular handgun loads like the 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. (Photo: Federal)

Federal caters to the self-defense market with a new line of defense ammunition, Syntech Defense, tailored to handgun shooters.

Available in 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP, Syntech Defense offers a hollow-point bullet that splits into three segments and “a deep-penetrating core on impact.”

“The core penetrates 12 to 18 inches through bare ballistics gel and heavy clothing—a critical benchmark in self-defense situations and the best terminal performance of any round in its class,” Federal said in a news release. “The segments create three secondary wound channels, each more than 6 inches deep, adding to the terminal effect.”

The ammunition breaks into pieces with a penetrating core to offer the most penetration, according to the company. (Photo: Federal)

The Syntech Defense load follows in the footsteps of other Syntech ammunition, using a polymer jacket that reduces lead and copper fouling while also reducing heat and friction inside the barrel — ultimately, protecting the handgun’s barrel. Federal tops the design off with its Catalyst primer, delivering a hot yet reliable ignition all without the need of lead.

The Syntech Defense ammunition is available now with 138-grain 9mm retailing for $19.95, 175-grain .40 S&W priced at $22.95 and 205-grain .45 ACP coming in at $24.95. Ammo ships in boxes of 20.

Syntech Defense is available now for self-defense enthusiasts. (Photo: Federal)

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Smith & Wesson Brings Flat Dark Earth to M&P M2.0 Compact Pistol

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 05:30

For those wanting something other than the traditional all-black format common to the M&P M2.0 Compact series, Smith now has the handgun in a version that is somewhat more flatter, darker and earthier. (Photo: S&W)


Massachusetts-based Smith & Wesson is changing things up on their popular M&P M2.0 Compact pistol by adding a flat dark earth option.

Announced this week, the pistol, currently just the 9mm M&P9 variant with a 4-inch barrel, will now feature a Cerakote FDE slide over a polymer FDE frame. The modular handgun’s four interchangeable palmswell grip inserts, as well as two magazine floorplates and sleeves, will likewise be in FDE rather than the normal black.

First introduced in late 2017, the Compact uses a 4-inch barrel and has a 15+1 round capacity in 9mm with an unloaded weight of just under 24-ounces. This is a dead ringer in comparison to the Glock 19 and 23 and a hair lighter than the 26-ounce P-10 C series from Czech gun maker CZ.

Other features on the Compact include an accessory rail, stainless slide with an Armornite coating, and an 18-degree grip angle. The gun ships with two magazines and a pair of mag extension sleeves for using full-sized magazines. Since its introduction, Smith has also introduced the handgun in both .40-caliber M&P40 and .45ACP M&P45 formats as well.

MSRP on all M&P M2.0 Compact models is $569.


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Ruger Unveils 4 New Colors for EC9S Pistol Series

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 05:00

Ruger is bringing four new color options to their EC9S line of no-frills 9mm handguns. (Photo: Ruger)


Ruger this month announced a four-pack of new color schemes for their EC9S micro-compact 9mm pistols to include FDE, grey, purple and turquoise.

These new variants have all of the same features as the standard all-black pistol while offering versions with a turquoise frame and Cerakote slide finish; gray frame with black oxide slide finish; purple frame with an aluminum Cerakote slide finish; and a flat dark earth frame with black oxide slide finish.

The new Ruger EC9S options have a little something for everyone. (Photo: Ruger)

Debuted in late 2017, the EC9S is a no-frills version of Ruger’s LC9S series. The single-stack 7+1 9mm polymer-framed striker-fired pistol has sights machined integrally with the slide. About an inch taller and an inch longer than the company’s previous .380 ACP-chambered LCP, the micro 9mm tips the scales at 17.2-ounces with a 3.12-inch barrel and 6-inch overall length.

Best of all, the MSRP of $329 puts the EC9S in the same size envelope as Smith & Wesson’s M&P9 Shield 2.0 and the Glock 43, at a lower sticker price. Plus, it is a lot harder to get a factory purple Glock.


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Select-Fire: Visiting Mark Serbu and His Tampa Factory

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 23:30

On this episode of Select-Fire, we visit with the eccentric and sometimes infamous Mark Serbu of Serbu Firearms. When he isn’t shooting machine guns out of airplanes or arguing with Seinfeld actors, he’s making cool guns and filling niche interests. So, we packed up our bags, carefully avoided Florida man, and ventured over to Serbu’s shop.

Mark Serbu inside his shop at Serbu Firearms. (Photo:

If you know Serbu, you know the Super Shorty. (Photo:

On the shelves inside Mark Serbu’s office library. (Photo:

Mark Serbu, right, and Select-Fire’s host Chris Eger discussing a developing product — a rifle that weighs 70 pounds. (Photo:

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How to Co-Witness Your Sights

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 23:30

The absolute co-witness allows for iron sight backup in the event of electronic failure and is easy to set up. (Photo: Frank Melloni)

Regardless of what optics you attach to your rifle, it’s always handy to have a back-up in the event of an electronic failure of the red dot – be it a malfunction or the battery dies. Having iron sights will permit co-witness and engagement of targets even if the red dot dies. Let’s take a closer look at co-witnessing and how it works.

What is co-witnessing: 1/3 and absolute

Co-witnessing refers to a method of mounting iron sights in a manner that allow for them to align with the red dot’s point of aim. This is achieved through the optics lens in one of two ways — lower 1/3 co-witness or absolute co-witness.

Absolute co-witness means that your red dot will sit on the top of your front sight post when aligning your irons and looking through your red dot lens. Lower 1/3 co-witness will require a riser for your red dot and therefore means that the red dot in your lens sits above the front post of your iron sights and your iron sights will appears in the lower 1/3 of the optics lens.  Now, there are advantages and disadvantages to both.

The lower 1/3 co-witness allows for a duplicate zero without all of the clutter, although it is cheek weld specific. (Photo: Frank Melloni)

With an absolute co-witness the advantage is that both iron sights and red dot have the same point of impact. The downside, however, is that your sight picture is cluttered with a rear sight, a front sight and a red dot, which could impede your field of view.

The lower 1/3 co-witness offers a broader field of view with less clutter in the top 2/3 of the red dot lens and allows you to have a more upright position when using the red dot, hence a higher cheek weld.  If you transition to the irons, you will need to adjust your cheek weld to account for the lower mounting position of your irons.

Bear witness? Co-witness

The Sig Romeo 4H co-witnessed with Magpul sights. (Photo: Frank Melloni)

These are just a few of the many things to take into consideration when choosing the setup that works best for you. Remember, this is not a one size fits all and there is no right or wrong.  Your rifle setup should always be tailored around your intended use and your personal preferences, so have fun with it!

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Ruger Now Offering Security 9 Compact with Viridian Laser

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 06:00

Ruger is now distributing a variant of their Security 9 Compact with a red Viridian E laser module included (Photos: Ruger)


Ruger this month announced they are now offering their Security 9 Compact series handguns with an optional factory-installed Viridian E-Series red laser.

The smaller version of the company’s medium-sized Security 9 platform — which sports a 4-inch barrel and 15+1 9mm capacity — the Security 9 Compact runs a 3.5-inch barrel and a corresponding 10-round flush-fit magazine due to its shorter grip. The good news is that, even with the addition of a Viridian laser, the smaller Sec 9 weighs in at just over 22 ounces.

Using an ambidextrous push-button to activate, the laser unit itself weighs about a half-ounce with the installed battery and mounts on the Compact’s dustcover rail in front of the trigger guard. MSRP on the laser-equipped Compacts is $439, which is only $60 more than the $379 price point of the base variant.

Ruger debuted the Security-9 series in 2017 in an ode to the classic and affordable Security-Six revolver of the 1970s and 80s. The no-frills handgun is evolved from the company’s subcompact LCP and LCP-II line, using a variant of that .380’s fire control system. However, the Security-9s have an integrated trigger safety and external manual safety.

Although the Compact is shorter than the Standard model Security-9, it still has the same hammer-fired action along with features such as forward slide serrations, which are rare for a gun its size. The 9mm ships with a pair of 10-round flush fit magazines but the 15-round mags from the full-sized model are backward-compatible.


More on the Compact, sans laser, below.

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Rock River Arms Expands RRAGE series ARs with New 3G Rifle

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 05:30

RRA’s new RRAGE 3G gun is meant to perform for those just entering 3-gun competitive shooting. (Photo: RRA)


Illinois-based Rock River Arms this week announced a new entry to their RRAGE series of modern sporting rifles with their new 3G carbine.

Using RRA’s familiar forged LAR-15 lower with an aluminum A4 upper with no forward assist, the RRAGE rifles use 16-inch 1-in-9-inch twist barrels with a CAR-length gas system, low-profile gas block, and a threaded muzzle with an A2 flash hider. While the standard RRAGE runs a lightweight chrome-moly barrel and a short free-floated aluminum M-LOK compatible handguard, the RRAGE 3G comes standard with a heavy barrel and a longer 15-inch railed handguard that retains the M-LOK compatibility.

Pitched as a great entry-level carbine for 3-Gun competitors and sport shooters alike, RRA says the new 3G “delivers an upper assembly with clean, matching contours that is visually appealing and has a smooth, monolithic-style profile for quick, snag-free sling transitions.”

The carbine’s weight is 6.5-pounds and the 3G comes standard with RRA’s single-stage trigger, six-position tactical stock, and a single 30-round polymer magazine. Overall length is 36-inches, with the stock extended. While the standard RRAGE retails for $760 (we beat that in the Vault), the RRAGE 3G is set at $820.

The standard LAR-15 RRAGE carbine uses a shorter handguard and a lightweight chrome-moly barrel, with a $60 lower MSRP. (Photo: RRA)


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CZ Touts New All-American Single Trap, CZ 1012 Semi-Auto Shotguns

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 05:00


CZ-USA this month upped the ante on their scattergun game by announcing the new All-American Single Trap and a whole series of CZ 1012 semi-auto shotguns.

The Single Trap is an upgrade of CZ’s legacy All-American Single to include redesigned CNC internals and replaceable hinge pins. Available in 30-, 32-, and 34-inch single-barrel models, the series uses ported barrels with a lengthened forcing cone. The Turkish walnut stock with laser checkering features a four-way adjustable parallel comb and a variable length of pull while the trigger reach itself can be tuned as well.

The overall length of the All-American Single Trap, with the 30-inch barrel fitted, is 48-inches while the average weight is 8.5-pounds. Besides an adjustable stock, toe-in/toe-out modifications can be made to the butt pad. (Photo: CZ)

The 12-gauge clays gun ships with five extended chokes and has an MSRP of $1,369.

CZ 1012 Semi-Autos

CZ bills their new 1012 series shotguns as something of a “do-it-all” platform that can fill the needs of upland or waterfowl hunters as well as recreational target shooters.

Using a gas-less spring bolt operating system, CZ says the 1012s run cleaner and more reliably than contemporary semi-auto shotguns on the consumer market.

“During extensive testing of this system by CZ engineers and designers, 5,000 shells were fired through several CZ 1012s, without a drop of oil or cleaning of any sort being done. Results? Zero parts breakage or malfunctions,” says the company in their literature on the shotgun.

CZ has five initial models of the 12 gauge 1012 headed to the market, all with 28-inch vent ribbed barrels with a 3-inch chamber and a 4+1 magazine tube. Overall length is 49 inches while average weight is a handy 6.5-pounds, which should have a broad appeal to a diverse range of sportsmen.

All have a cross-bolt safety and 14.5-inch length-of-pull. Each shotgun ships with five extended chokes with an MSRP ranging from $659 to $749 depending on the model.

The CZ 1012 shotgun with black receiver and Turkish walnut furniture has a $659 MSRP (Photos: CZ)

CZ 1012 synthetic, $659

CZ 1012 synthetic camo with a Mossy Oaks Blades pattern, $749 MSRP

CZ 1012 shotgun, bronze receiver, $659

CZ 1012 shotgun, grey receiver, $659


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Some of the Best Bullpups Available Today

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 23:30

Bullpup rifles have seen a resurgence in the last few years. As new, improved and classic models hit the market, people are embracing their compact size without sacrificing barrel length.

Marine turned range safety officer Andrew Bryant showed off three of the most popular bullpup rifles available to shoot at Battlefield Vegas, which has over 600 machine guns in its world famous gun vault.

His top three bullpups are the IWI X95, the FN P90 and the Steyr AUG. Although all three are fully automatic at Battlefield, all of them can be purchased by civilians in their semi-automatic versions.

“They’re all fabulous weapons systems,” said Bryant. He explained the X95 and Styer AUG tend to be a bit jumpy in full auto, “but they’re really, really flat and really accurate in semi-auto,” he said.

He thinks the P90 is the most controllable to shoot out of all three. This is a result of it firing the smaller 5.7×28mm round specifically designed for the weapon. The 5.7×28mm round was designed to compete with the 9×19mm round. So, it’s not as powerful as the 5.56×45mm, but it’s a very capable round.

“If I had to choose between the three,” said Bryant, and he paused, trying to decide which one he liked best, “I’d have to go with the X95 simply because it’s the most similar to the M16.”

The Israelis designed the X95 to replace their M16’s for close quarter situations. They kept a lot of the M-16’s characteristics, which makes it easy for those familiar with the M16, or AR-15, to operate the weapon.

What do you think of Bryant’s favorite bullpup? Do you agree? Let us know the comments section below.

IWI X95 chambered in 5.56×45mm. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

IWI X95 chambered in 5.56×45mm. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

Steyr AUG chambered in 5.56×45mm. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

Steyr AUG chambered in 5.56×45mm. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

FN P90 chambered in 5.7×28mm. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

FN P90 chambered in 5.7×28mm. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

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Bushmaster BA50: The Tale of a Chunky .50 Cal BMG Carbine

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 05:30

A rarely-seen carbine version of the Bushmaster BA50, with a factory 22-inch barrel, currently rests in the Vault— and is looking for a good home.


With roots in Kennesaw, Georgia, the Bushmaster BA50 has an interesting backstory that provides familiar AR-15 styling in a .50-caliber BMG rifle.

In early 2003, Georgia-based Cobb Manufacturing teased the market with a rifle, dubbed the Model 50A1, that used an AR-15 type gas operating system to shoot the 50 BMG round.  By that Fall, the gun had morphed to a bolt-action as the Cobb FA50(T) that kept many AR-style features.

Put into limited production, the final version of the gun produced by Cobb was the $7,000 BA50 which, as noted by the company in early 2007, was on the cover of tactical mags and in service with both law enforcement customers and “U.S. allies overseas.”

In August 2007, Bushmaster purchased Cobb and moved the company’s plant from Georgia to Maine and two years later the company put the upgraded BA50 into their catalog in both a rifle and carbine variant.

The standard BA50, shown here at SHOT Show earlier this year with an AAC Cyclops suppressor, uses a 30-inch barrel. Contrast it with the carbine version at the top. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Using a Lothar Walther free-floating barrel with 1-in-15-inch rifling, the standard Bushmaster BA50 rifle carried a 30-inch example while the shorter carbine went just 22-inches. This 8-inch difference in barrel length trimmed 3-pounds from the 30-pound rifle when in the carbine configuration. Both models used an M1913 Picatinny top rail for optics and came standard with a 10-round magazine and bipod. The bolt is left-handed in operation but ejected to the right, allowing the user to keep their right hand on the pistol grip during the cycling process.

Like the AR-15, the BA-50 features an upper and lower receiver that opens on a forward pivot pin and includes a modified bolt carrier group while using a familiar AR-style safety with a manual thumb lever on the left side. The easy takedown also allowed the gun to be carried in two smaller components.

There is a certain AR-15ish resemblance there, only on steroids.

The overall length of the Bushmaster BA50 rifle is 58-inches, while the carbine is a downright compact 50-inches. The perfect squirrel gun at just 27-pounds! This gun is available in the Vault complete with a Pelican hard case and two 10-round magazines.

With its Magpul PRS adjustable buttstock, multi-chamber muzzle brake, ErgoGrip pistol grip, and LimbSavr recoil pad, Bushmaster says felt the recoil of the BA50 is on par with a 12 gauge shotgun.

While Bushmaster still makes the BA50 rifle, the carbine version was only produced for three years, going out of production in 2011. That makes the shorter BMG-chambered example shown above something of a collector’s item for less than a third of what a Barrett M107 semi-auto .50 will set you back.


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Customs puts the Crimp on Banned Gun Parts from China

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 05:00

The items seized were worth some $378,000 and came into a California port in three shipments. (Photo: CBP)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection last week announced they had intercepted and seized 52,601 firearms parts in violation of the Chinese Arms Embargo. CBP detailed that the parts, worth an estimated $378,000, included sights, stocks, brakes, buffer kits, and grips that were shipped in three batches through the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport. While China legally exported boatloads of firearms to the U.S. in the 1980s, they are currently one of just eight countries barred from sending guns and ammunition to the country.

According to CBP, the parts included a mix of sights, stocks, brakes, buffer kits, and grips (Photo: CBP)

“We work closely with our strategic partners to ensure import compliance while maintaining the highest standards of security at our nation’s largest seaport,” said LaFonda Sutton-Burke, CBP Port Director of the LA/Long Beach Seaport. “This interception underscores the successful collaboration between CBP officers, import specialists, and ATF investigators.”

The current ban on firearms from China was put into place in 1994 by then-President Bill Clinton. At the time, the country was reportedly the source of about one-third of all guns and more than half the rifles brought into the U.S. from overseas each year. The firearms prohibition by the Clinton administration came at the same time the White House renewed China’s “Most-Favored-Nation” status for trade privileges despite public outcry over Bejing’s policy of repression on human rights.

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The Difference Between an AR Pistol and SBR

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 00:00

Rifles can come in all lengths, opening up the question what’s the difference between an AR pistol and a Short Barreled Rifle? (Photo: Eric Jezierski)

With short-barreled AR uppers becoming a standard option, the question “is a pistol or a short-barreled rifle?” comes up more and more. While they may look the same – and are often used the same way – they’re different.

The biggest difference is the former is regulated like any other firearm while the latter requires a rigorous licensing process. But don’t let that scare you. It’s more along the lines of tumbling than gymnastics.

In this article, I’ll dig in and find out what the difference is between an AR pistol and a short-barreled rifle, and which one is right for you.

What is an AR pistol?

The Ruger AR-556 Pistol is equipped with a SB Tactical Stabilizing Brace and fits the description of an AR pistol.

An AR pistol is an AR-15 minus the stock and, usually, long barrel. Since the guts are still the same, an AR pistol is equipped with a naked buffer tube in lieu of a stock, which, on a rifle, would be built around the tube.

More recently, AR pistols have seen a jump in popularity thanks to a device called a stabilizing brace. While these braces look and can function like a stock, they’re intended to fit around or against the user’s forearm. As the name implies, the brace helps the user stabilize the gun during use.

By the numbers, an AR pistol is an AR-style firearm without a buttstock and a barrel under 16 inches in length. In comparison, a rifle has a barrel 16 inches or longer and is intended to be fired from the shoulder, according to ATF rules.

What is a short-barreled rifle?

The Daniel Defense DDM4A1 features a 14.5-inch barrel putting it in SBR territory; however, the company circumvents the SBR label by pinning a flash suppressor on the barrel, pushing its measurements over 16-inches.

A short-barreled rifle, or SBR, is a rifle with either a barrel under 16 inches, an overall length of less than 26 inches, or both. SBRs can have a traditional buttstock, whether fixed or telescoping. Under the National Firearms Act of 1934, or the NFA, to own an SBR one must pay a small licensing fee and undergo what can be a lengthy licensing process.

Do you want a true SBR or a substitute?

The best thing about an AR pistol is that you can buy it today. There are no extra fees and there’s no additional scrutiny or waiting. You can use an AR pistol in whatever legal manner you desire. While there was once a rule against shouldering an AR pistol, the ATF has since rescinded it.

Those points make the AR pistol sound very appealing, but there are some drawbacks. For instance, depending on state laws and/or configuration, adding certain accessories like a fore-grip to an AR pistol could violate regs. Additionally, regulators may alter or update legal interpretations depending on how new laws are written or court opinions on legal challenges. With that said, don’t let government bureaucracy prevent you from exercising your gun rights.

Outside of the additional cost and lengthy processing time (at least a $200 tax and on average six months), you’re free to use an SBR like you would a rifle. The legality has not changed for decades. Once you have your tax stamp, you can rest assured that your rifle is legally yours.

The best of both worlds

In the end, the choice is wholly depending on what you want (and where you live). But, if you want an SBR but need instant gratification, why not get both? As you begin the process to obtain an SBR, go ahead and get that AR pistol.

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Gun Review: The Second Generation Kriss Vector

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 23:30


The Kriss Vector has an unmistakable look. It’s as if someone pulled it out of a science fiction movie. Even the name has a certain cyberpunk-ring to it. And it makes sense. It’s different than most pistol caliber carbines. Although it’s been around for almost a decade now, behind the boxy frame is still somewhat of a mystery.

Kriss USA, owned by the Switzerland-based company Kriss Group, brought the Kriss Vector stateside in 2011. Originally designed as a submachine gun, it’s perfectly sized as a PCC and more marketable in that configuration for civilian sales. Since then, Kriss has released several variations of the Vector and are now on their second generation.

The newest edition is the Special Duty Pistol with a stabilizing brace, or Kriss Vector SDP SB. While many may see it and use it as a PCC, it’s actually classified as a handgun because of the short barrel and lack of a stock. While the brace was designed to wrap around a forearm, shouldering it is also acceptable usage.

The newest generation of the Vector continues to use the legendary Kriss Super V operating system. This mechanism allows the gun’s bolt to move back and then downward into the bottom of the gun. Hence the name “vector,” a reference to the scientific definition.

With a 6.5-inch barrel, the Kriss Vector SDP SB measures in at 18.5 inches overall and weighs almost 7.5 pounds unloaded. (Photo: Ben Brown/

The Vector operating system effectively re-directs the energy of the bolt, so felt recoil is minimized. Even though the Vector I was using was chambered in a light recoiling round like 9mm, I could tell that recoil was diminished by the Super V. In fact, recoil was so soft it was a little hard to tell when the bolt locked back after the last round.

As for the brace, it rides on a smooth buffer tube. You can’t really adjust for length-of-pull because it moves too much on the tube. However, it is collapsible.

Compared to the Vector gen 1, the gen 2 model has a couple external additions that make it a little more user friendly. The front MLOK rail shrouds the end of the 6.5-inch threaded barrel (1/2×28) and provides some real estate for accessories. The second welcomed addition is the re-designed pistol grip. It fills he hands and makes manipulating the 45-degree safety and trigger a little easier.

 The overall size of the Vector is big compared to a lot of the other sub-guns available. At 7.5 pounds, it weighs as much as an AR-15. Even with the brace, it measures in at 18.5 inches, so it isn’t as package as some. Still, you couldn’t ask for much more for performance. Using a variety of ammo, supplied by AmmunitionToGo, the gun ran flawlessly.

The Kriss Vector SDP SB features folding sights, a threaded barrel, a full length Picatinny rail, and ambidextrous controls. (Photo: Ben Brown/ (Photo: Ben Brown/

When not in use, the stabilizing brace collapses and folds neatly to the side. (Photo: Ben Brown/

The Kriss Vector SDP SB is very comfortable to manipulate. Every edge and grip area is contoured or beveled to streamline the firearm. Even the side charging handle is spring loaded so that it hugs the side when not in use.

For obvious reasons, like availability and popularity, PCC’s are usually released in only 9mm. The Vector is available in 9mm, 45 ACP, and the almighty 10mm. Additionally the Vector also uses Glock mags. Different calibers appeal to a wider variety of consumers. If you like to shoot suppressed then a Vector in .45 ACP would be well suited or perhaps if you are a hunter then a 10mm with more mustard maybe be the way to go.

Kriss offers the Vector in seven different cerakote options. Black will always be in style but if you want something a little different you can purchase one in OD or Flat Dark Earth. If you live in a snowy environment have no fear because Alpine White is also available.

I personally liked the Combat Grey color that made the black controls and rails “pop” on the gun. I really can appreciate when a manufacturer gives you color options like this. It is going the extra step for the consumer.

The Kriss Vector SDP SB functioned flawlessly shooting American Eagle ammo supplied by AmmunitionToGo. (Photo: Ben Brown/

In an industry where the wheel seems to get reinvented daily, true innovation is really appreciated from my perspective. Kriss has a very innovative design with the Vector and it’s great to see them make improvements to the with the second generation. I think this is a gun that gets overlooked a lot in the climate where PCC’s are very popular. While nothing is perfect, the Kriss Vector has a lot of the characteristics of a great sub-gun.


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How to Zero a Riflescope at 100 Yards

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 14:00

Zeroing a rifle is best accomplished with a rest. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

You’ve chosen your riflescope, and whether the rifle is a small caliber or a bigger bore centerfire, the process of zeroing the scope need not be a dreaded one. Even if you intend to shoot long distance, starting with a 100-yard zero is the basis for everything going forward. In fact, with these simple steps, getting that scope dialed in and punching out bullseyes at football field distances is quite simple.

Step 1: Know Your Riflescope

Range time is made much easier when you’re familiar with your riflescope. Take time to learn about the scope itself, as well as the type of reticle. Is it MOA or MIL? That will affect the units of measure to which the scope adjusts as you turn the turrets. How far you adjust depends upon the individual scope, though most clicks will equal one-quarter-inch at 100 yards on the more common civilian MOA riflescopes. Understanding your specific scope’s limits, measurements and functions will ultimately lead to a more efficient time at the range with less frustration.

Step 2: Mount and Level the Optic

Whether you do this at home or have the local gun shop mount your riflescopes, the importance of mounting details will set the stage for your accuracy and success down the road. In short, don’t speed through this step. Start with quality mounts rather than choosing the cheapest available, especially for larger calibers that will face the shock of heavier recoil.

Ensure that the riflescope is mounted level and also torqued to the correct factory-recommended settings using an appropriate torque wrench. Most shops will do this for you when you purchase the scope.

Understanding the riflescope and its operations will help the zero process. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Step 3: Boresight

After mounting the optic, whether at home or by a gun shop, the next step in the sighting process is to perform a boresighting job. Boresighting simply means that you’re ensuring the scope is aligned with the barrel and iron sights. It’s not only quick and painless, but usually comes included if a shop is mounting the scope for you; however, if you’re DIYing, you’ll need a few simple tools like a laser or manual muzzle insert to complete the task.

This will give you the best start on the range, meaning you’ll most likely ping paper at 50 yards. If you don’t have access to boresighting tools, you can skip this step, but it means you’ll have to start even closer for the next step to save both ammo and frustration.

Step 4: Start Close

Because these will be the first shots since the riflescope has been mounted, it’s best to start close so as to expedite the process. Even the best boresighting job does not guarantee the rifle will be directly on target, especially at 100-yards. 50-yards is the most common distance to begin zeroing the rifle on the range.

Take three shots from a solid rest and assess the target. Make major adjustments at this distance instead of going directly to greater distance. Just remember that if four clicks equal one inch at 100-yards, be aware closer ranges multiply the changes, so in that case, eight clicks would make the same adjustment at 50-yards. Once you’ve got clean groupings on target at 50-yards move on to the final step.

Step 5: Make Final Adjustments at 100 Yards

Now that you know the exact point of impact at 50-yards and are familiar with making adjustments to the optic, it’s time to swing out to the 100-yard target. While many folks claim you can adequately zero with a single shot, there is too much potential for fluke and error.  Shoot a three-shot group before making any adjustments.

While practicing as you plan to hunt or shoot is always the best practice, sighting in the rifle from a solid rest so as to remove the human error element is a good starting point. Some hunters, using a simple duplex reticle, will opt to keep that three-shot group an inch or two high at 100 yards instead of shooting dead center in order to better prepare for 200-plus yard shots.

After initial zero is achieved, have fun plinking! (Photo:

Step 6: Have Fun Shooting

Once you’re confident with where the rifle—and you—are shooting, you’re all set. Don’t forget though, zeroing the scope is just the beginning. Practice is where everything comes together.

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The Secret to Hi-Point C9 Cleaning & Disassembly Revealed

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 04:30


Ohio-based Hi-Point has been delivering an assortment of pistols and carbines to the consumer market since 1994 but they can be somewhat difficult to clean and disassemble.

To give the word direct from the company, Mike Strassell, Hi-Point’s owner, goes for a deep dive on the inner workings of the C9 series 9mm pistol in the above 21-minute video. The instruction also helps those with a Hi-Point CF380 or CF380 Comp model as the full disassembly and assembly process is the same.

While not as easy as maintaining a modern revolver or something like, say a Glock, the job of breaking the C9 down to its component pieces isn’t rocket science. Strassell does point out that those electing to tackle the job need to start with an unloaded pistol, empty magazine, a variety of punches (3/32, 1/8, 1/16) a block, assorted screwdrivers, the adjustment tool that comes with the gun, and a small hammer.

As for cleaning once the handgun is disassembled, HI-Point notes in their recently updated user’s manual for the C380/C9 the following process:

BARREL: Clean the barrel as follows:
1. Wet a cleaning patch with a gun cleaning solvent or a cleaner-lubricant- preservative and run it through the barrel, from the chamber end, several times using a cleaning rod.

2. Wet a bristled cleaning brush with gun cleaning solvent or a cleaner-lubricant preservative and run it back and forth in the barrel, from the chamber end, using a cleaning rod.

3. Wet a new cleaning patch with gun oil or a cleaner-lubricant-preservative and run it through the barrel once, from the chamber end, with the cleaning rod and examine it. If it is not clean, repeat steps 2 and 3 until the patch remains clean after being run through the barrel.

4. Before firing your Hi-Point pistol, run a clean patch through the barrel, from the chamber end, using the cleaning rod. Repeat this procedure until the patch comes out of the barrel with no gun oil or cleaner-lubricant-preservative on it. (Note: If you will be storing your Hi-Point pistol, do not perform step 4 until you are ready to use it).

5. Wet a nylon bristle brush with gun cleaning solvent or a cleaner-lubricant-preservative and thoroughly brush the outside of the barrel to remove any dirt or residue.

6. Wipe the outside of the barrel dry with a clean patch and examine it. If it is not clean, repeat steps 5 and 6 until the patch remains clean.

SLIDE: Clean the slide as follows:

1. Wet a nylon bristle brush with gun cleaning solvent or a cleaner-lubricant-preservative and thoroughly brush the bottom surfaces where the slide sits on the frame.

2. Wipe the bottom surfaces where the slide sits on the frame with a clean patch and examine it. If it is not clean, repeat steps 1 and 2 until the patch remains clean.

3. Wet a nylon bristle brush with gun oil or a cleaner-lubricant-preservative and, while holding the slide with the muzzle end facing down, brush the breech face and the area under the extractor. Do not use solvents on hydro dipped coated surfaces.

4. While holding the slide with the muzzle end facing down, wipe the breech face with a clean patch and examine it. If it is not clean, repeat steps 3 and 4 until the patch remains clean.

5. Check all other exposed areas of the slide for cleanliness. If any dirt or debris is found, remove it with gun cleaning solvent or a cleaner-lubricant-preservative using a nylon bristle brush or a clean patch.

6. Wipe the exposed areas of the slide that you have cleaned in step 5 with a clean patch and examine it. If it is not clean, repeat steps 5 and 6 until the patch remains clean.

FRAME: Check the frame for cleanliness. If necessary, clean the frame as follows:

1. Wipe exposed parts of the frame with a clean patch that has been slightly dampened with gun cleaning solvent or a cleaner-lubricant- preservative.

2. Wipe the exposed areas of the frame with a clean patch and examine it. If it is not clean, repeat steps 1 and 2 until the patch remains clean.

MAGAZINE: Inspect the magazine for dirt or visible damage. If necessary, clean the magazine as follows:

1. Wipe the outside of the magazine and the feed lips with a clean patch that has been slightly dampened with gun cleaning solvent or a cleaner-lubricant-preservative.

2. Wipe the outside of the magazine and the feed lips with a clean patch and examine it. If it is not clean, repeat steps 1 and 2 until the patch remains clean.

After you have cleaned your Hi-Point pistol, lubricate it by slightly dampening a clean patch with gun oil or a cleaner-lubricant-preservative and wiping the outside of the barrel, the inside of the slide and the outside of the magazine.

Your Hi-Point pistol is designed to operate properly with only a small amount of lubrication. Do not over lubricate your Hi-Point pistol because too much lubricant can collect unburned powder and other debris and prevent your Hi-Point pistol from functioning properly.

After you have finished cleaning and lubricating your Hi-Point pistol, and before you assemble it, you should inspect the barrel for lead build-up, bulges, cracks or obstructions and inspect the frame and slide for any corrosion or any visible damage.


In the video on disassembly, when switching to assembly, Strassell warns on what parts not to adjust — such as the drop safety counterweight — and reiterates Hi-Point’s assurances that, should the user observe broken or damaged parts, the factory will “send out replacement parts for free.”

According to statistics by federal regulators, Hi-Point produced 14,805 semi-automatic .380-caliber pistols in 2017 along with another 31,210 chambered in 9mm, all backed up by a lifetime warranty.

The company made headlines across the greater gun community this year, first with their new 2nd generation C9 pistol, to be named the YC9 “Yeet Cannon” after the results of an online public poll. In celebration of the public outpouring, Hi-Point has also released a special version of the C9 dubbed the “Yeet Cannon G1.”


The original C9 is now considered by many to be the Gen 1 Yeet Cannon

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2 Million 9mm Pistols Born in 2018 as Gun Production Numbers Grow

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 04:00

U.S.-based gun makers produced over 8.6 million new firearms last year, with almost a quarter of those being 9mm pistols. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Initial gun production numbers are in from 2018, showing an increase from the previous year’s figures and the solid popularity of 9mm handguns.

According to the latest figures from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, 8,669,259 new firearms of all sorts were produced last year. This is up from 8,327,792 released into commerce in 2017.

The largest single category of firearms produced in 2018 was in pistols chambered larger than .380ACP to 9mm, with 2,281,450 handguns logged. This is up significantly from 1,756,618 in the same category reported in 2017.

By further comparison, 11.49 million new firearms were produced in 2016 — a modern record — while just over 9 million were produced in both 2015 and 2014. Earlier in the century, domestic gun production numbers remained largely constant at between 3 to 4 million from 2000 to 2008 and then began surging upwards to the 2016 peak, coinciding with the administration of President Obama.

The latest information comes as part of the interim installment of the ATF’s Annual Firearms Manufacturers and Export Report. These reports, compiled from all licensed gun makers in the country large and small, are delayed a year due to the Trade Secrets Act. Because of this, the full 2018 data, broken down by manufacturers, will not be available until next year.

According to the full 2017 report, the top six domestic makers of 9mm pistols in the country by volume– not counting firearms that were imported from overseas– were Smith & Wesson (606,732 produced), Sig Sauer (368,264), Ruger (163,865), SCCY (150,235), Kimber (98,385) and Glock (94,665).

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