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Magpul shows off new Pro 700 long-action rifle chassis (VIDEO)

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 08:00

Upping their game when it comes to the Remington 700 chassis market, Magpul this week touted their new offering optimized for long actions.

The Magpul Pro 700L chassis, advertised in both a fixed and folding stock variant in three different colors, adds to the company’s line of aftermarket offerings for Remington 700 footprint short actions first announced last year.

Built on a fully machined 6061-T6 aluminum skeleton wrapped in Magpul polymer, the chassis system is fully ambidextrous and can be fitted for either right or left-handed actions after swapping the bolt-cutout plate. Further, the stock uses a reversible cheek riser as well as a reversible 4140 steel hinge on the folding version to accommodate southpaws and cross-dominant shooters. The length of pull, butt pad height, comb height, and cheek riser are all adjustable. For bipods and other accessories, the 700L is liberally bathed in 21 M-LOK (what else?) slots on the fore-end and stock.

The Pro 700L complements Magpul’s short-action chassis introduced last year (Photo: Magpul)

The chassis mounts an integrated AICS-pattern magazine well optimized for PMAG 5 AC L Standard and Magnum box mags but works with most other AICS-style pattern long action magazines. Magpul says CIP-length compatibility “may be offered in future variants or through accessory magazine wells.”

Weight is 5.6-pounds and the 700L, which is advertised as “coming soon” is listed at $899 for the fixed stock, $999 for folding. The fixed stock can also be upgraded with an optional folding hinge adapter.

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Grey Ghost Precision levies new slide patterns for Glock 19 pistols

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 07:30

The V4, left, and V3, right, are the latest to enter Grey Ghost Precision’s slide series. (Photo: Grey Ghost Precision)

Grey Ghost Precision announces new slide patterns, the V3 and V4, for its GGP-19 and GGP-17 aftermarket Glock slide series

The V3 and V4 further the goals of the V1 and V2 slides by introducing a hybrid MRDS cut. While the predecessors offered a Trijicon RMR cut, the V3 and V4 bring a modified optic footprint to work alongside the Leupold DeltaPoint Pro. The V3 and V4 ship with three pairs of screws for mounting the Leupold DPP, Trijicon RMR or the G10 RMR cover plate.

“As it turns out, the DPP and RMR share a similar front profile without the bolt patterns intersecting each other. The primary difference in the footprints are overall length, but GGP resolved this with an ingenious aluminum shim plate for use with the shorter RMR,” Grey Ghost Precision said in a news release. “The result is dual compatibility right out of the box, without the need for bulky adapter plates that raise the optic further above the bore axis.”

The V3 for Glock 19 pistols. (Photo: Grey Ghost Precision)

Additionally, the V3 and V4 deliver new patterns for a stand-out look. The V3 features slide serrations that taper inwards, allowing for a more aggressive grip near the top of the slide. The advantage of this design, according to Grey Ghost, is easier malfunction clearing drills and press checks despite sweaty, muddy or bloody hands. The V4 slides provide a studded micro-scale texture. The texture brings a high level of “frictional grip.”

The V3 and V4 are available for Gen 3 or Gen 4 Glock pistol frames. The slides can be pre-ordered now through Grey Ghost Precision with an expected ship date of February. Prices range from $418 to $449.

The V4 from Grey Ghost Precision. (Photo: Grey Ghost Precision)

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Plastic vs metal showdown: Which holster clips should you buy?

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 07:00

In the showdown of plastic vs metal, who will win? (Photo: Jacki Billings/

When selecting a holster for concealed carry, there are usually several options to choose from in order to customize a holster to one’s liking. While options like color and cant are more obvious choices, choosing between plastic belt clips or metal belt clips might be more difficult to decide. In the grand scheme of concealed carry, which style of belt clip is better?

Plastic belt clips

There are two styles of plastic belt clips for holsterskydex or injection molded – and the design of the holster plays a part on which a company chooses. Though Kydex is known for its rigidity and durability due to its thermoplastic acrylic-poluvinyl construction, it can be pricier than the injection molded alternative. Injection molding involves a blend of molten materials (usually nylon, polymer and sometimes carbon fiber) which makes the process faster and often less expensive; but the tradeoff is less durability over time.

Plastic has won the hearts of many concealed carriers for its lightweight nature and ease. Plastic is often easier to manipulate onto the belt line, offering less resistance. Additionally, plastic belt clips are less likely to snag and tear clothes since they provide a smoother and more rounded design.

Plastic clips provide more versatility and are easier to manipulate. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Manufacturers may choose to provide various plastic belt clip styles to help concealed carriers achieve certain looks – like a tucked-in shirt — with less printing from the holster itself.

Metal belt clips

Metal belt clips bring strength and durability to the table. Metal is a less weak material meaning that it tends to hold up long-term to the abuses of concealed carry. Due to its innate strength, it tends to be heavier on the belt line but can also withstand the rigors of larger guns.

More difficult to manipulate due to little pliability, metal belt clips can sometimes be a struggle to get onto the belt itself; but once in place, metal tends to stay put without the fear or wear and tear on the clip itself. Despite its rugged approach, metal’s biggest downfall is that it is often rough on clothing. Tears and holes in outer garments are a common complaint for concealed carriers who opt for metal belt clips.

Metal clips are more rigid and hold up over longer lengths of time through repeated use. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Metal clips tend to be more straight forward in their design, offering a traditional clip that slips over the top of the belt.

Head to head: plastic vs metal

In the war between plastic and metal, long-term benefits and the regularity in which users check their gear are primary topics to consider. Long-term, metal wins in the fight. It’s rigid design and inherent material strength, give it the upper hand in terms of longevity. Metal takes more time to show signs of wear and tear and is less likely to break due to repeated use. Plastic, on the other hand, has an expiration date and depending on how the manufacturer approaches the clips that expiration date might come sooner. Though plastic is easier to manipulate onto the belt than metal, it requires users to replace it more often than metal, meaning more out of pocket costs to the consumer long term.

Additionally, users who tend to buy gear and never check it, would be better suited for metal. With less points of failure, it will require less maintenance than plastic. That being said, it is highly recommended and encouraged to check gear on a daily basis to ensure that no parts of a holster are showing signs of serious wear, tear or failure.

Plastic clips, left, tend to cause less rips and holes in clothes versus metal clips, right, which can snag outer garments. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Plastic does win points for ease of use. Its less rigid design means that it can be easily manipulated onto the belt and can also offer options like J-Clips and C-Clips. Plastic also doesn’t tend to wear holes in clothes the same way that metal does.

Ultimately, though, metal’s tough build and propensity for durability over greater lengths of time and repeated use make it the more solid option for concealed carry.

Final thoughts

Though we recommend metal belt clips for their rigidity and long-term capabilities, it’s up to users to decide what means is best for their lifestyle and their holster. It’s important to remember that regardless of what style you choose out of these two options, it’s imperative to routinely check gear for signs of wear and tear and replace parts as needed.

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Kalashnikov or Schmeisser: Who was the father of the AK? (VIDEO)

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 06:30

Other than the “.45 or 9mm” debate, few questions have caused so much heartburn in the gun community as the paternity of the AK47.

For those not familiar with the ongoing debate, German firearms wonk Hugo Schmeisser, responsible for inventing the MP18 Bergmann submachine gun and the StG44 among others, spent six years on a vacation he could not decline in the Soviet Union after the end of WWII. The fact that he was there while Kalashnikov was finishing his AK47 has produced any number of lingering arguments that Schmeisser may have had a hand it the famous rifle’s design.

Maxim Popenker, who (disclosure) works for the Kalashnikov Concern and has maintained the expansive historical gun site Modern Firearms since 2000, has  weighed in on the subject extensively in the past, detailing the developmental history of Kalashnikov’s AK-46,  which was largely complete before Schmeisser came to the Soviet Union and was even tested head to head against Alexey Sudayev’s 7.62×39mm AS-44 rifle, with the subsequent redesign into the AK-47 winning out due to its better reliability. Further, he holds that while Schmeisser was in Izhevsk under close custody, Kalashnikov was finishing his rifle at Kovrov which was some 900 km away and the two had no contact.

To give the debate a fresh look is KC’s Vladimir Onokoy in the above video, who gets kinda snarky when he reads comments about the international argument into who the AK’s daddy really is. To support his case, he has an StG44 and Kalash to compare directly, in his look for shared DNA. Interestingly, he coughs up an M1 to bark up that tree as well– and brings out some Soviet documents about Schmeisser’s Izhevsk vacation.

In the end, the video was made by Kalashnikov, so don’t be too surprised by the outcome.

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Taurus augments 856 Ultralight revolver lineup with custom colors

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 05:00

The 856 Ultralight gets new colors including Azure, pictured above. (Photo: Taurus)

Taurus breathes new life into its revolver line, adding custom colors to its compact 856 Ultralight revolver series.

The latest color offerings include Azure, Bronze, Burnt Orange or Rouge aluminum frames. Contrasting the colored frames are the cylinder, barrel, trigger and hammer finished in either matte stainless steel or matte black carbon steel.

Based on the 856 revolver, the Ultralight boasts an aluminum frame, bringing the weight down to 15.7-ounces unloaded. Chambered in .38 Special, the revolver can accommodate 6-shots. A DA/SA action, the 856 Ultralight brings a trigger pull of 10 to 12-pounds in DA and 4 to 6-pounds in SA. Measuring 6.55-inches in overall length, the revolver stands 4.8-inches tall.

The 856 Ultralight in Rouge. (Photo: Taurus)

“The 856 Ultralight is based on the standard 856 revolver but features an aluminum frame for reduced carry weight, making it an ideal handgun for easy, all-day carry on the body or off,” Taurus said in a news release. “To accommodate self-defense or target shooting needs, the 856 can be used with ammunition ranging from light target loads to self-defense rounds.”

The Taurus 856 Ultralight revolver ships with a price tag of $359 for the color and black pairing and $379 for the color and stainless steel look.

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Illinois governor to sign new regulations into law for gun dealers

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 04:30

Gov. J.B. Pritzker was supported by national gun control groups in his election campaign and, taking office this week, will sign previously rejected gun control legislation. (Photo: Pritzker/Twitter)

Within hours of being sworn in, the new Democrat governor signaled he would sign a controversial bill enacting state-level gun dealer licensing in Illinois.

J.B. Pritzker, a billionaire Hyatt Hotels heir and venture capitalist embraced by gun control groups, defeated Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner last November and was inaugurated on Monday. In one of his first moves, his office announced Pritzker’s plan to sign gun control legislation on Thursday that Rauner rejected during his tenure.

The measure, SB 337, passed the Illinois General Assembly without a veto-proof margin last May and Rauner, then running for re-election, promised to drop veto ink on the bill should it be sent to his desk as he did with a similar effort, SB 1657, which the Republican scuttled last March.

In his veto on SB 337, Rauner told lawmakers the law, if enacted, “would create a largely duplicative state level of licensing and regulation of gun dealers on top of existing federal licensing and regulation that would do little to improve public safety.”

Supporters of the effort disagreed but admitted defeat on the bill while Rauner held power in Springfield. However, with SB 1657 still in the legislature, lawmakers put the proposal back in motion last week and swiftly approved it, then transmitted it to Pritzker on Wednesday once the Governor’s Mansion was under new, blue, management.

The measure directs the state police to issue certifications to gun shops on a sliding fee — $300 for an FFL without a retail location, up to $40,000 for those with multiple ones — and requires such dealers to meet a series of new requirements including annual staff training, instituting a gun storage plan and allowing inspections by local law enforcement.

Gun rights groups of all stripes, to include the National Rifle Association, have slammed the proposal as both unneeded and unlikely to cut crime rates.

“SB 337 goes so far beyond federal law in its mandatory regulations and red tape imposed at the state level that they would almost assuredly force the closure of most firearm dealers and prevent prospective owners from opening new ones,” said the NRA in a statement. “This legislation seeks to create so many department divisions, anti-gun 5-member licensing boards, and licensing fees that dealers would be forced to close through oversight by anti-gun appointees or being priced out of business.”

A recent survey of prison inmates released this month by the U.S. Department of Justice found that most criminals in custody, if they used firearms, obtained them from illegal “street” sources, via theft, or through friends and family, not from gun retailers.

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Case at Supreme Court challenges legitimacy of the National Firearms Act

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 04:00

Kettler was found guilty on one count of purchasing the unregistered suppressor and faced an as much as 10 years in prison over his resulting failure to pay a $200 tax to federal regulators. (Photo: Chris Eger/

The appeal to the country’s high court of a Kansas man found guilty of an NFA violation aims to “cut to the heart of the National Firearms Act.”

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, Kettler is now pursuing his case with the help of a gun rights group, to the Supreme Court.

“Jeremy Kettler’s petition presents solid, well-argued questions important to all gun owners, and we hope the Court will grant certiorari to decide them,” said Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America and its Gun Owners Foundation legal arm, who is supporting the continued appeal.

The 46-page petition to the high court argues that the NFA, which was adopted in 1934, is unconstitutional and that it is, in essence, a money-losing tax that produces no revenue for the government while effectively criminalizing the devices it controls. Pointing that the taxes charged on the making and transfer of items such as suppressors are only collected by federal firearm regulators and not by the IRS, and that similar failures to pay a $200 tax due to the IRS would not produce a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, Kettler’s attorneys argue that the NFA is, in fact, a regulatory scheme.

“In other words, the purpose of this requirement is purely gun control, not tax collection,” says the filing before going on to contend, “The $200 ‘tax’ is just the hook by which the government continues to claim that the NFA is a tax, instead of what it so obviously has become — unconstitutional gun control.”

Making the argument that the Heller case, decided by the high court a decade ago, can be interpreted to protect suppressors– now numbering over 1.3 million– under the Second Amendment, the petition argues that, “Certainly, suppressors are far more common today than handguns were in Washington, D.C. in 2008 when this Court determined that the categorical ban on handguns in the home was unconstitutional.”

Kettler, a disabled combat veteran, came under investigation in 2014 when he posted a video on social media of a suppressor he bought at a local Army-Navy surplus store without a tax stamp or ATF paperwork. According to court documents, the man who sold him the silencer, Shane Cox, did not have a federal license to manufacture suppressors and violated the NFA as he didn’t pay the special tax or register the items in accordance with the act. At trial, the men used a defense that Kansas state law insulated them from prosecution by the federal government, while the court did not concur.

In the end, Cox was found guilty on eight counts of illegally making and marketing firearms and not guilty in two other counts involving possession of a destructive device. Kettler was found guilty on one count of purchasing the unregistered suppressor. Both received probation.

While centered on suppressors, Pratt said this week that Kettler’s pending appeal to the Supreme Court challenges the NFA as a whole.

“GOA/GOF have stood for the right to own ‘bearable arms’ of all types, and firearms accessories as well — including suppressors and machine guns,” Pratt said. “The arguments presented by GOA/GOF cut to the heart of the National Firearms Act.”

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XS Sights announces new Big Dot Shotgun Beads

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 09:30

The Big Dot Shotgun Beads were created for home defense use. (Photo: XS Sights)

XS Sights offers new options for home defense shotgunners, launching the Big Dot Shotgun Beads for home defense available in tritium and non-tritium variants.

The XS Big Dot Tritium sights come in a pedestal mount configuration for Remington shotguns or in a plain-barrel model that works with most Mossberg shotgun models. The sights sport either an Optic Yellow or Optic Orange glow dot that absorbs light and glows in low light scenarios. The glow dot glows before it becomes dark enough for shooters to see the tritium.

The tritium sights allow shooters to see the front post in low light situations. (Photo: XS Sights)

The non-tritium Ember Big Dot Shotgun Beads also ship in Optic Yellow or Optic Orange. The non-tritium sights are also configured for either Remington shotguns or plain barrel models.

“The size and brightness of our new XS Big Dot Shotgun Beads allow the user to index the muzzle much faster, and this is critical in high-stress home defense situations when every second counts,” Zack Kinsley, Marketing Manager for XS Sights, said in a news release. “We incorporated our proprietary glow technology into these Big Dot Shotgun Beads to transform them into the brightest sights in any lighting condition.”

The Big Dot Shotgun Beads with tritium are priced at $66 while the non-tritium Ember sights retail for $39.

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Volquartsen debuts new Black Mamba series of competition-ready .22LR pistols

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 09:00

The Black Mamba features a 1/2x28TPI threaded barrel with removable comp and somewhere under there is a Ruger MKIV 22/45, which allows push-button take-down. (Photos: Volquartsen)

Based on a Ruger MKIV 22/45 polymer frame with lots of upgrades, Iowa-based Volquartsen has a new take-down configuration .22LR that is ready to compete right out of the box.

The Black Mamba series runs across six variants, all based on the Ruger frame but with a host of Volquartsen and Tandemkross extras. Each variant uses Volquartsen’s LLV Competition Upper, with options between 4.5- and 6-inch stainless steel barrels, to include an aluminum shroud, top and bottom Pic rails, target sights, competition bolt, single-port compensator, and steel breech. Multiply this by three Cerakote options– black, FDE, and OD green — and prospective owners a half-dozen chances at being happy.

“Whether you are a backyard plinker, looking to win your local matches or hitting the national competition scene – this target pistol is for you,” said the company in a statement. As for the name choice, Volquartsen explains that a “Black Mamba’s instincts are to strike quickly and strike often with great speed and agility,” which they feel characterizes their new offering.

The Black Mamba comes in two barrel lengths, 4.5- and 6-inch, and three upper receiver schemes, black, FDE, and OD green.

While the Mamba’s frame may start off as a stock Ruger, the internals have been tweaked to include an accurizing kit that provides a 2.2-pound trigger pull, Volquartsen magazine release and mag base pads. A Tandemkross “hiveGrip” is standard.

Using the longer 6-inch upper, the Black Mamba runs 11.5-inches overall and weighs in at just over 2-pounds. The shorter 4.5-inch model tips the scales at 26-ounces. Made in the U.S., MSRP across the line is $1,400.

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1791 Gunleather strengthens holster offerings with new Kydex models

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 08:30

The 1791 Tactical IWB Kydex holster brings a rigid structure to the leather holster maker’s lineup. (Photo: 1791 Gunleather)

1791 Gunleather, best known for its selection of leather-styled holsters, is breaking into the Kydex market, launching the new 1791 Tactical IWB Kydex holsters.

The inside-the-waistband holster is constructed from 0.080-inches Kydex 100 that is heated and then molded to an exact replica of each of the offered firearm models. The company says this process ensures a correct fit and precise retention. The holster provides a positive and audible click when the gun is seated into the holster and is an “easy-on, easy-off” design.

The 1791 Tactical IWB Kydex holster features an adjustable cant ranging from 0 to 15-degrees, allowing users to fine-tune their concealment. The holster, according to the company, can be worn in either the strong-side, IWB position or in the appendix position. A concealment wing is also secured to the holster, helping to angle the grip into the body for better concealment and less printing. The rig also sports a sweat-shield and stainless steel hardware to resist corrosion.

Made in the U.S., the 1791 Tactical IWB Kydex is outfitted with an RMR/optic cut for pistol optics as well as an enlarged opening for easier re-holstering.

1791 Gunleather realizes some consumers might be scratching their heads in confusion over the move to Kydex but the company says it’s a natural evolution in offering its consumers more options.

“Why would a leather holster company known for handcrafting beautiful steerhide delve into the world of Kydex?” 1791 Gunleather CEO Ramiro M. Romani said in a news release. “Because we don’t think you should carry with a holster that’s less than optimal, and we knew we could offer Kydex fans a better all-around holster. 1791 Tactical IWB holsters solve the performance limitations commonly found in traditional Kydex holsters. Retention, concealability, wear and tear on your gun, and everyday comfort are addressed in our thoughtful design and meticulous manufacturing process.”

The holster is available for popular pistol models included CZ, Glock, Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson, Springfield, and virtually all 1911s without a Picatinny rail. The 1791 Tactical IWB Kydex retails for $64.99.

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GSL shows off their curious, and suppressed, pen gun (VIDEO)

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 08:00

Jackson, Michigan’s own GSL Technology made a pen gun that mates to a suppressor and are exploring their options as to what to do with it.

Greg Latka, GSL’s founder, talks about the currently experimental GSL .380 Pen Gun. Originally designed back in the day for another suppressor company (*cough* Gemtech *cough*) the little single-shot popgun offers what they describe as a “last-ditch option in self-defense” and, as they show off, can be made hearing safe through the use of a suppressor, in this case, one of their Boss 9mm cans.

The bad news is that, as it doesn’t look like it folds to form a pistol grip– like the NFA-compliant Stinger  — GSL’s pen gun likely needs a stamp to transfer.

Since the NFA was adopted in 1934, federal regulators have generally characterized pen guns that can fire while still looking like a writing tool as “Any Other Weapons,” while those that fold to form a pistol grip are still Title I firearms.

Either way, it is still pretty cool, and depending on the feedback they get, they could add it to the catalog.

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Meopta launches Dichroic Reticle Technology for MeoStar 3-12×56 scopes

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 07:30

The DichroTech in daylight, left, and at dusk, right. (Photo: Meopta USA)

Meopta USA announced its MeoStar 3-12×56 riflescope series will see the introduction of a new, patent-pending dichroic reticle technology.

The DichroTech coating allows reticles to sport multiple color configurations bringing the ability to automatically adjust color tone and intensity in various light conditions — all without the need for a battery.

The 4D DichroTech reticle offers a 4 MOA red dot with dot and crosshairs activated via ambient light. The light-sensitive coating turns bright red in daylight, slipping into a light green color in lower light for better contrast, according to Meopta.

“We are excited to bring this exceptional reticle technology to the hunting and shooting communities,” Randy Garrison, Director of Meopta USA Sport Optics, said in a news release. “Meopta DichroTech reticles feature a leading-edge coating that enhances contrast and improves aiming ability in varying light conditions. This reticle technology offers hunters and shooters a convenient alternative to battery-powered illuminated riflescopes.”

The various reticle options offered. (Photo: Meopta USA)

The DichroTech design also brings a colored reticle to shooters, which is more transparent and delivers a more “complete field of view.”

Meopta says the DichroTech 4D reticle will be initially available on the 30mm MeoStar R1 3-12×56 with a first focal plane reticle and MeoStar R1r 3-12×56 with a second focal plane reticle. The DichroTech will eventually make its way onto more Meopta scopes in the future.

The DichroTech 4D reticle equipped scopes start at $999, topping out at $1,199.

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The Midwest Industries Combat Rail Series is a multi-tool pistol (VIDEO)

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 07:00

With the .300 AAC Blackout growing in popularity, firearm manufacturers have stepped up to fill demand. Standing at the forefront is Wisconsin gun maker Midwest Industries. While the company may not be a household name, they will no doubt soon to be one with their taming the 300 BLK cartridge.

Since 300 BLK was designed for shorter barrels, I’m checking out the Midwest Industries Combat Rail Series pistol with a 10.5-inch barrel. While the gun operates like any standard AR platform, it’s loaded with features. Features include an adjustable SB Tactical pistol brace, a one piece M-Lok free floating handguard with five slots, an extended Picatinny rail for mounting sights or optics, and a Magpul MOE grip.

Light, reliable and compact the Midwest 300 Blackout pistol can do any job you put it as well or better than larger rifles. (Photo: Chase Welch/

At a little more than 5 pounds, the pistol felt balanced and seemed to float in my hands. Feeding the pistol factory Aguila ammo, I was able to hit a six-inch piece of steel at 300 yards in light wind with no trouble. Shooting up close was, dare I say, predictable — 1 to 2 MOA groups. While the trigger was about average, it breaks crisply and there’s no gritty feeling to the take up or reset like you might feel in other Mil-Spec triggers.

With the increasing amount of ammunition offerings and ballistic information available for the 300 BLK, the Midwest Industries Combat Rail Series pistol may actually fall into that “goldilocks zone” of a true multi role tool. It’s very well built, handles like a sports car and just a lot of fun to shoot. If you are in the market for a gun that can put in work up close or much farther than you might imagine, you can’t go wrong with the Midwest Industries 300 Blackout pistol. Retail prices range from $975 to $1,250 depending on features.

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Ruger’s new AR-556 Optics Carbine swaps the front sight for a railed gas block

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 06:30

The flat top Picatinny upper receiver and same-plane gas block is billed by Ruger as ideal for easy attachment of magnified optic, red dot or open sights. (Photos: Ruger)

The latest chapter in Ruger’s AR-556 series uses a milled gas block with an integral Picatinny rail in place of the more traditional front sight.

Essentially the same platform at their original AR-556, Ruger’s new Optics Carbine variant has both a flat top Picatinny upper and a same-plane railed gas block that allows end-users to easily attach accessories, open sights and/or the glass of their choice. The gas block is located at the carbine-length (M4) position on the 16.10-inch, 1:8-inch RH-twist, 4140 chrome-moly steel barrel.

The new Optics Carbine model, left, is the same as the standard AR-556, except for the sighting option on the top half, and comes in at a hair cheaper.

Like the rest of the series, the rifle uses a 7075-T6 aluminum receiver with forward assist, 9310 alloy steel bolt that is peened and proofed, 5.56 NATO chamber, chrome-plated and staked gas key, M4-style buttstock, and Mil-Spec buffer tube. Available in matte black, it ships with a single 30-round PMAG.

Retail is $789, which is sawbuck cheaper than the standard model, and actual prices at the dealer will likely be significantly lower.

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Christensen Arms fortifies bolt action series with new Traverse rifle (VIDEO)

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 06:00

Christensen Arms continues churning out bolt action rifles for precision hunting fans, unleashing the newest in its inventory — the Traverse.

The Traverse brings with it a lightweight style, packed with carbon fiber and premium materials. Tacking consumer feedback into consideration during the design phase, Christensen Arms’ Traverse packs in some of its most requested features including a zero-MOA optic rail, adjustable match-grade trigger and oversized bolt knob. The Traverse also sports a stainless steel action, light target carbon fiber barrel and stainless steel side-baffle muzzle brake.

The Traverse combines carbon fiber and premium materials. (Photo: Christensen Arms)

The rifle is topped off with a Carbon Fiber Composite Monte Carlo Stock which delivers a raised comb in addition to a modified Beavertail forearm with a 4-inch bottom Picatinny rail.

Christensen Arms says the Traverse is the perfect set-up for backcountry outings.

“The Traverse elevates Christensen Arms’ backcountry rifle offerings with the time-honored styling and performance you would expect. Designed to be lightweight from the inside out—this firearm takes full advantage of the company’s expertise in carbon fiber and premium materials,” the company said in a news release. “Launching in more than a dozen chamberings, there is a Traverse available for every hunter and every experience.”

Traverse chamberings include:

  • 22-250 Remington
  • 243 Winchester
  • 26 Nosler
  • 6.5 Creedmoor
  • 6.5 – 284 Norma
  • 6.5 PRC
  • 7MM-08 Remington
  • 7MM Remington Magnum
  • 28 Nosler
  • 280 Ackley
  • 270 WSM
  • 270 Winchester
  • 308 Winchester
  • 30-06 Springfield
  • 300 WSM
  • 300 Winchester Magnum
  • 300 PRC
  • 30 Nosler
  • 300 RUM

The Traverse features a price tag of $2,395.

(Photo: Christensen Arms)

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Mauser delivers new version of their M18 rifle in 6.5 PRC

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 05:30

The M18 Volkswaffe is now chambered for the 6.5 Creedmoor’s “big brother” (Photo: Mauser Jagdwaffen)

With the model’s first year on the market now in the rear-view, the German “People’s rifle” is newly available in the increasingly popular 6.5mm PRC chambering.

The M18 was released last year in a wide array of calibers from .243, .270, and .308 to 30.06 along with 7mm Rem, .300 Win, and 6.5 Creedmoor to boot. The newest offering, to accommodate Hornady’s spicy new 6.5 Precision Rifle Cartridge — described as the “big brother” to the Creedmoor — is expected by Mauser execs to scratch a new itch for those wanting to push out beyond 1,000 yards.

“The Mauser 18 is a big seller here in the United States because of its ultimate reliability, durability, and accuracy at an unbeatable price point,” said Christian Socher, CEO of Blaser USA, who distributes the German-made bolt-gun in the states. “We wanted to add the 6.5 PRC chambering as an additional caliber option for those who hunt and shoot at longer ranges.”

The M18 was released last year in 7 calibers, with an 8th added this month (Photo: Chris Eger/

Advertised as a no-frills $699 “People’s rifle” (Volkswaffe) or “People’s repeater” (Volksrepetierer), the M18 features a rugged black synthetic stock with a hidden compartment in the buttplate for storing the cleaning pull-through and oil. Equipped with a three-position safety in a steel receiver, the rifle features a cold-hammer-forged barrel.’s very own Kristin Alberts recently reviewed an M18 in 6.5 Creedmoor, topped with a Zeiss Terra 3-9×40 optic, in the below video.

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Dem endorsed by anti-gun groups tapped to supervise Florida’s CCW program

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 05:00

Last year, Mary Barzee Flores was backed by every large gun control group in the country, including Giffords and Moms Demand Action. This week she was appointed to head concealed carry licensing in Florida.

A one-time South Florida Congressional candidate who vowed to fight gun rights groups will now have oversight of the state’s massive concealed weapon license program.

Newly installed Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried, a Democrat, on Monday announced she had picked Mary Barzee Flores for the job of Deputy Commissioner for Consumer Affairs. As such, Barzee Flores would be in charge of several of the Department’s programs, including concealed weapons permitting.

“I’m honored to join an administration focused on protecting consumer rights and the interests, safety, and security of all Floridians,” said Barzee Flores in a statement.

An attorney and former state circuit court judge, Barzee Flores was nominated to the federal bench by President Obama in 2015 but her appointment never made it out of the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. She subsequently ran last year as a Democrat in an effort to move into Florida’s vacant 27th Congressional district seat but was trounced in the party primary.

However, during her failed bid for a spot on Capitol Hill, she was outspoken against the National Rifle Association, arguing that, “The NRA won’t be able to buy me and I’ll make sure that Congress listens to the American people and mandates universal background checks, closes dangerous loopholes and reinstates the federal assault weapons ban.”

As such, she earned an “F” rating from the NRA but picked up the solid endorsement of Giffords, the Brady Campaign, Mom’s Demand Action, and Everytown, the latter of which contributed monetarily to her campaign.

According to statistics from the state, Florida has well over 2.1 million carry licenses in circulation as of the end of 2018, with most of those being for concealed weapons, a figure that puts the Sunshine State at the top of the heap when it comes to “shall issue” permitting.

Gun rights advocates hold that, regardless of their stated views, state officials are obligated to safeguard Florida law.

“Despite all the bluster about their personal political positions, the fact remains, Commissioner Fried and Deputy Commissioner Barzee Flores must uphold the Constitution and the law, and can’t use their personal political philosophies to re-tool the licensing program,” Marion Hammer, former NRA president and the state’s primary pro-gun lobbyist, told on Tuesday.

“The CW program is not a political football, it’s a program that facilitates the constitutional right to keep and bear arms and the constitutional right of self-defense and 1.9 million license holders will hold them accountable,” said Hammer.

I'm honored to receive this distinction – from the get-go, my campaign has been all-in for ending gun violence and getting the NRA OUT of our politics. Thank you.

— Mary Barzee Flores (@BarzeeFlores) May 10, 2018

Proud to accept the endorsement of @GiffordsCourage because #FL25 deserves someone who will fight for the safety of our families and communities. #VoteCourage

— Mary Barzee Flores (@BarzeeFlores) July 25, 2018

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New Brazilian president moves to return gun rights to the people

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 04:30

Bolsonaro, who picked up 55 percent of the vote in Brazil’s latest presidential election, has used his newfound power up repeal gun laws in the country. (Photo: Bolsonaro’s official social media)

The new president of the world’s fifth largest country by population is looking to combat Brazil’s high murder rate by cutting back regulations on personal gun ownership.

Jair Bolsonaro, 63, who assumed office as the 38th President of Brazil after winning election last year with the support of his conservative party, announced Tuesday he was relaxing the country’s strict gun regulations. Brazil has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the world, while the country of over 200 million inhabitants at the same time also has one of the highest murder rates.

“For a long time, it was up to the state to determine who had the right to defend himself, his family and his property,” said Bolsonaro in a statement on his popular social media accounts, followed by over 12 million supporters. “Today… we return to Brazilian citizens the freedom to decide.”

Although the country is home to one of the largest handgun makers in the world, Taurus, private ownership of legal pistols and revolvers is rare due to tight regulations. Indeed, as noted by the University of Sydney’s gun policy research, Brazil does not guarantee individual rights to own a firearm, and requires “may issue” style licensing and registration of rifles and shotguns in a program (SINARM) maintained by the federal police. Such licenses are restricted to one gun per person and have to be renewed every three years. Gun owners have to be at least 25 years old and both guns and ammo can only be transferred among those with licenses.

Many of the more odious restrictions were implemented during the administration of leftist President and union boss, Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva, who held power in the country from 2003 to 2010. De Silva was convicted last year of public corruption charges and is currently imprisoned.

Bolsonaro explained his changes to past “Lula” era laws include the ability to keep up to four guns per license, transitioning to a more “shall issue” type of firearms licensing which would eliminate the ability of police to refuse permits to gun owners for arbitrary reasons, and pushing back the renewal period on the licenses from 3 to 10 years, with more reforms promised.

As reported by Reuters, the new President’s decree would expire in 120 days if not approved by the 594-member National Congress of Brazil. While Bolsonaro’s party, the populist PSL, only controls 56 of those seats, it is the second largest group in the legislature due to the splintered nature of Brazil’s politics as nearly 30 parties have deputies in the chamber.

According to the Brazilian Forum of Public Security, Brazil suffered more than 63,000 murders in 2017, a rate about six times higher than in the U.S. The rate has soared over the past decade in large part due to well-armed drug gangs, with the BBC reporting that at least one Brazilian state saw an increase of some 250 percent in homicides.

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Burris Optics begins official sponsorship of USA Shooting

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 10:00

USA Shooting is getting a new sponsor in the way of Burris Optics. (Photo: USA Shooting via Facebook)

Burris Optics is the latest sponsor to join the USA Shooting team, making the company the official 2019 optics provider for America’s shooting team.

Under a sponsorship, Burris will offer opportunities to USA Shooting team members and coaches, providing training and events with Burris branded products. Burris announced it will also serve up product auctions to further help USA Shooting with fundraising efforts.

Burris Director of Marketing Ryan Hennig said the two organizations have aligned values, believing in both innovation and education in the shooting sports.

“We have long been fans of America’s shooting team,” Hennig said in a news release. “Educating future generations about the heritage and opportunities in shooting sports is a high priority for us and we believe the USA Shooting team’s 2020 vision can accomplish this. We look forward to our partnership and what we will accomplish together.”

Burris will provide opportunities for USA Shooting team members to train on its optics. Pictured above, the Veracity. (Photo: Burris)

USA Shooting Director of Marketing and Communications Kevin Neuendorf said the Burris sponsorship will ensure athletes and coaches have access to everything they need to reach their goals.

“The USA Shooting Team and America’s top marksmen and women have a clear 2020 vision of maintaining international notoriety and educating the general public about opportunities in competitive shooting sports,” said Neuendorf. “Attaining this vision is not possible without partners like Burris Optics willing to step forward and show belief in what we are doing. We appreciate their confidence in our athletes and can’t wait to showcase the great line of products Burris has available for hunting, tactical and competitive shooting needs.”

USA Shooting is a non-profit organization chartered in 1995 by the United States Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the shooting sports. The organization’s mission centers on preparing American athletes to compete in the Olympics, promoting the shooting sports nationwide and governing the conduct of international shooting in the US.

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Trijicon adds news Fiber Sights to iron sight lineup

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 09:30

Trijicon releases a new series into its iron sights lineup, unveiling the Fiber Sights. (Photo: Trijicon)

Trijicon Inc. bolsters its iron sight series, adding a new line to the mix with the introduction of Trijicon Fiber Sights.

The Fiber Sights utilize fiber optic material similar to what is featured in the ACOG design, bringing a “brilliant aiming point” to the sights while maintaining sight picture. Trijicon says its front sight is highly visible while the rear sight offers a more subdued style to better aid in front sight acquisition.

The Fiber Sights feature a red or green front post. (Photos: Trijicon)

The Trijicon Fiber Sights deliver a thin, bright front sight measuring .110-inches wide with .060-inches in diameter. The sights adopt this design to eliminate target obfuscation in addition to bringing focus to the front sight post. The rear sight and front sight work together to offer a square rear notch measuring .125-inches wide. The rear sight also boasts rounded edges for easier carrying.

“The Trijicon Fiber Sights are designed to withstand daily pistol use. Using advanced fiber optic material and decades of iron sight development, Trijicon has engineered the Trijicon Fiber Sights to feature geometries that promote fiber retention under stress so that end users can be confident that these sights will endure rigorous shooting, holstering and tough handling,” Trijicon said in a news release. “Whether carrying or competing, these bright, thin sights create the perfect aiming point for fast, accurate rounds on target.”

The Trijicon Fiber Sights come with a brilliant red fiber installed in the front with one red and one green replacement fibers in the included package. Fiber replacement packs are also available for purchase from Trijicon.

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