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Powering through widespread opposition, lawmakers in New Mexico last week forwarded anti-gun legislation to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
The measure, SB5, squeaked through the Democrat-controlled state Senate earlier this month in a 22-20 vote while the state House greenlighted the bill 39-31 on Thursday. The proposal would adopt an Extreme Risk Fiream Protection Order program in the state, a so-called “red flag” bill that would allow courts to order temporary gun seizures for up to a year– a move that some argue is unconstitutional. In fact, 30 of the state’s 33 sheriffs opposed the bill.
Lea County Sheriff Corey Helton reportedly told people at a Eunice City Hall meeting Monday he would rather go to jail than enforce the law. This prompted Lujan Grisham to say local law enforcement “swear an oath and they don’t get to be policymakers,” defending the measure she intends to sign.
A former Congresswoman, the Democrat repeatedly co-sponsored proposals to restart the federal assault weapon ban and expand background checks while in Washington and even brought the head of New Mexico’s Moms Demand Action chapter to President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address. An assortment of gun control groups to include Everytown and Giffords have publicly endorsed Lujan Grisham and her efforts to enact new firearms restrictions in the Land of Enchantment.
National gun rights groups like the NRA are not impressed with the red flag bill, saying it “requires individuals to surrender firearms to law enforcement based on uncorroborated evidence that they are dangerous — further, the measure still allows for ex parte petitions, providing NO initial hearing for these individuals before a judge and NO access to mental health services or treatment before they lose their constitutional right to own a firearm.”
In many instances where such laws are adopted, gun owners have to spend big bucks to fight an uphill battle to get their Second Amendment rights restored. The Naples Daily News found that some 80 percent of those subject to red flag orders in Collier County, Florida had to face the legal system alone without the counsel of an attorney, which costs upwards of $2,500 in such cases. In Colorado, where a red flag law was just adopted, a woman filed a seizure order against a police officer who killed her son in a justified use of force incident in 2017.
At least 17 states and the District of Columbia currently have red flag laws of one sort or another on the books.
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Today, polymer pistols are some of the most popular handguns carried in holsters across the nation. Lightweight with capacity options ranging from slim single stacks to double-digit double stack magazines, polymers have captivated concealed carriers due to their capacity, ease of use, modular designs and, most importantly, affordable price.
To be fair, perhaps the first production handgun that used lots of “plastic” was the Remington XP-100, a single-shot .221 Fireball-chambered bolt-action pistol based on a Model 40X short-action rifle but held in a DuPont Zytel stock with a funky one-piece grip and stubby 10-inch barrel. Debuted in 1963, it appeared on the market about the same type as Big Green’s Nylon 66 rifle. Of course, the barreled receiver is the actual serialized “firearm” in this case, and you can slip it in any other stock you want, so the XP-100 cannot be said to be the first polymer-framed handgun.
True polymer pistol history begins back in the disco era when bell bottoms and platforms were all the rage. More than a decade before Glock became almost synonymous with polymer pistols, Heckler & Koch had its finger on the pulse of plastic.
Launching the first production polymer handgun in 1970, HK’s VP70 — or Volkspistole — landed in the hands of Germans navigating the turbulent waters of the Cold War. With a striker-fired, straight blowback design, the VP70 came in a military version, the VP70M, or a civilian variant, VP70Z. Both offered a length measuring 8-inches and a 4.6-inch barrel.
Weighing 28.9-ounces, the OG polymer pistol packed 18-rounds of 9mm. The VP70 brought an impressive capacity to many used to the somewhat limited capacity of 1911s and revolvers. Even better, the military version brought select-fire into the equation with a 3-round burst option delivering a cyclic rate of 2,200 rounds per minute. Despite its notoriously long and heavy trigger, the VP70 marked the beginning of the plastic age — an era that would soon be met with its biggest name.
Ten years after the VP70 marked the introduction of serious polymer-framed pistols into the firearms industry, an Austrian engineer by the name of Gaston Glock launched a blocky semi-automatic, striker-fired handgun called the Glock 17. Chambered in 9mm, the G17 measures 7.32-inches with a barrel length of 4.49-inches. With a pebble-finished frame and lightweight build, weighing 32.12-ounces, the Glock also offered a 17+1 round capacity at a time when many law enforcement were still sporting standard-issue wheelguns.
Slowly introduced to the military and law enforcement market, it wasn’t long until Glock and his designs began capturing the attention of the concealed carry and open carry consumer markets. With an ever-expanding inventory of pistols in nearly every size — from the full-size Glock 17 to the midsize Glock 19 and even down to the Baby Glock, the Glock 26 — the company has maintained its familiar look while tweaking the design for new consumers.
Throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, Glock dominated the polymer pistol industry and it wasn’t long before other manufacturers jumped onto the plastic fantastic train. From Ruger, who launched their first polymer build, the P95, in 1996 to Smith & Wesson’s Sigma– the latter instantly dubbed “the SWock” in the gun community– nearly every handgun manufacturer now offers a polymer option with gun makers continually tweaking the builds to offer more functionality and features. Glock, who pushed polymers into the mainstream nearly 40 years ago, went so far as to unveil a new model, the Glock 44 in 2019, complete with a hybrid polymer-steel slide.
Innovations in polymer pistols don’t show signs of stopping as consumers continue to look to brands for their plastic fix.
Thinking about upgrading to polymer? Check out Guns.com’s inventory of new and used pistols!
With a fully-adjustable stock, integral bedding block system and a threaded bull barrel, the new Ruger American Rimfire Long-Range Target is here.
Billed as bridging the “gap between traditional wood stock rifles and full-featured chassis rifles,” the new rifle is described as exceptionally accurate due to the combination of a cold-hammer-forged 22-inch free-floating barrel and other features. Said enhancements include the Ruger’s in-house Marksman Adjustable Trigger which can be tuned from three-to-five pounds, and a Power Bedding system.
The speckled two-tone laminate target stock, similar to what is seen on the company’s Hawkeye Target line, has a two-way adjustable comb, adjustable length of pull with soft rubber buttpad, QD attachment points, and flush-mounted M-LOK accessory rail. The platform uses the commonly-found 10/22-style BX-1, 10-round rotary magazine, which means extras in a wide array of choices are available.
Threaded with a 1/2x28TPI thread pitch, the Long Range Target is suppressor-ready and has a factory-installed one-piece aluminum scope rail. Built for the use of optics from the ground up, the 60-degree bolt is designed with ample scope clearance in mind.
When it comes to specs, the rifle has an overall length of 40.5-inches without a suppressor attached and weighs in at 8-pounds.
Suggested retail on the Ruger American Rimfire Long-Range Target is $599.
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South Carolina-based FN America beat out a crowd of other vendors to land a whale of a military contract for new M4s.
The company was awarded a $119,216,309 firm-fixed-price contract for a mix of two 5.56 NATO-caliber weapons– the M4 Carbine, NSN: 1005-01-382-0973, and M4A1 Carbine, NSN: 1005-01-382-0953. The contract, awarded by Picatinny Arsenal on behalf of Project Manager – Soldier Lethality (PM SL), was made public on Thursday and stemmed from a March 2019 solicitation for which six bids were submitted.
As detailed by the solicitation, “The M4/M4A1 Carbines provide the Department of Defense with compact, lightweight weapons that fire NATO 5.56mm ammunition from a 30-round magazine, mount the latest generation of fire control accessories and enablers, and provide increased protection and firepower in close quarters.”
The guns must be manufactured exclusively within the United States or its Territories, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 30, 2025.
To see how FN makes M4s for the military at their Columbia, South Carolina facility, check out our recent factory tour below. At the time of our visit, FN said they made roughly 500 M4s every day. After they’re test fired, they’re disassembled, cleaned, then reassembled and given a 101-point inspection. Then, they’re literally dipped in preservation oil and packaged 50 rifles to a large wooden crate.
Gonna be a lot more crates over the next several years.
Eighty years ago, a photographer captured a New Mexico lodge in time, and many of the guns on hand were classics both then and now.
In April 1940, Russell Lee, a 37-year-old prolific shutterbug who worked for the government’s Farm Security Administration, crisscrossing the country to document American life, stopped in at the Navajo Lodge along U.S. 60 in Datil, New Mexico.
As Lee noted with the Kodak prints he filed- now in the Library of Congress– the lodge “was an old ranch house in the mountains. About thirty years ago the rancher who owned it had it dismantled and moved it piece by piece and rebuilt it at its present location. He is now dead and the house is used as a hotel principally for summer visitors.”
It looked like a pretty sweet place, a rustic remnant of the Old West filled with Navajo rugs, trophies, furniture crafted long before the days of pressboard IKEA junk, and guns. Oh, the guns.
A photo of the living room shows cougar and wolf pelts on the wall as well as antlers on a stool and numerous cowboy images.
The story of the mountain lion pelt was even recorded in lore of the area, with a National Park Service history recalling that Ray Morley, proprietor of the Navajo Lodge, who reportedly “gained wide fame for the tall tales that he told the travelers,” said he harvested the big cat in a chance encounter when it “jumped on the running board of my car, and I killed it by sticking it in the eye with a hat pin.”
If you are curious about the guns by the pelts, closer inspection shows what looks to be a Sharps falling-block style rifle hanging upsidedown under another long gun that seems to be a Springfield rifle, possibly a Trapdoor breechloader conversion.
Then comes the manager’s desk.
Note that beautiful gun rack on the wall. Lee apparently was interested enough in the rack to get at least two other pictures of it, showing much better detail.
From left to right seems to be a pump-action rimfire rifle with a tubular magazine, perhaps a Winchester M1890 or M1906 by the look of the 12-groove slide grip– but on closer inspection is a Stevens Model 70.
Then comes a Springfield trapdoor carbine, likely in .45-70 Government, complete with a saddle ring bar on the left side of the stock.
Next is what looks like another 1892 cowboy gun that has a stock repair and sports very well-used furniture. A gun with lots of stories.
Then there is a Remington Rolling Block rifle with an octagon barrel.
Finally, at the far right end of the rack, is a military surplus Krag-Jorgensen .30-40 U.S. Army rifle that has been sporterized with a rubber butt pad and chopped-down Monte Carlo-style stock. The proverbial $99 SKS of its day, we found ads for these guns for $11.50 in the 1930s, shipped right to your door.
Of course, fast forward eight decades and all of the above are incredibly collectible and highly sought after these days.
As for Datil, the town is listed with a current population of 54 and we can’t tell if the old Navajo Lodge is still around, although U.S. Route 60 still intersects it. For Lee, the photographer who captured the images, he died in 1986 and is seen today as a pioneer in terms of the modern photo essay, and more than 23,000 of his images are in the Library of Congress.
While we can’t take you back literally in time to browse the gun rack at the Navajo Lodge, you can always take a look at the interesting pieces we have curated in the Guns.com Collector’s Corner, where history is just one click away.
Despite stiff competition from newer calibers, the .308 Winchester remains one of the most versatile hunting rounds on the market. Selecting a great .308 Win load to accompany your shooting may seem like a daunting task, which is why Guns.com is here to help.
We’ve selected four of our favorite .308 hunting options that work well in most firearm platforms, tackling everything from predators to big game.1. Barnes Vor-TX
Barnes Vor-TX is premium factory ammunition loaded with the company’s world-renowned projectiles. Whether hunting North America, Africa, or anywhere in between, Barnes has been there. The TSX bullets of the Vor-TX ammo offer maximum tissue and bone destruction while also bringing pass-through penetration and “devastating energy transfer.”
The Tipped Triple Shock, or TTSX, used on the .308 Win rounds are blue polymer-tipped, spitzer boat tail, lead-free projectiles. Barnes delivers three options in .308 Win Vor-TX TTSX:
- 130-grain .350 BC, 3,125 FPS at the muzzle
- 150-grain .440 BC, 2,900 FPS at the muzzle
- 165-grain, .470 BC, 2,700 FPS at the muzzle
The Barnes Vor-TX retails around $52.99.
The new line of Hornady Outfitter ammunition is, as the name suggests, built for hunting with features desired by outfitters who earn their keep in harsh conditions. Nickel-plated casings are advertised as watertight with both the primer and case mouth sealed, as well as a “waterproofed case” built to perform even in adverse conditions. The .308 Winchester variant comes loaded with Hornady’s copper alloy GMX bullets — acceptable in areas requiring non-lead projectiles, yet capable of performing well on big game.
Hornady Outfitter .308 Win ships in a 165-grain GMX with a .447 BC and muzzle velocity of 2,610 at the muzzle. The load is priced at $35.99.
Sig Sauer’s line of hunting ammunition continues to fly under the radar, yet Elite Hunter has been proving itself in the field. The new Elite Hunter Tipped rounds use nickel-plated casings and concentric blackened jacket boat-tail bullets with a translucent yellow controlled expansion tip.
While the rounds are ideal for deer-sized game, there are reports of Elite Hunter taking down much larger game. We like the Elite Hunter Tipped in .308, but for those seeking alloy bullets, Sig also offers an Elite Copper option better suited to smaller deer, hogs and varmints.
Sig Sauer Elite Hunter Tipped ships in 165-grain loads with a .530 BC and a velocity of 2,840 FPS at the muzzle. Elite Hunter offers a price tag of $36.95.
Federal’s new-for-2020 Terminal Ascent rifle ammunition delivers a match grade, bonded, all-range bullet. The load is designed to have the same ballistic coefficient of a match bullet yet the terminal hunting performance to cleanly harvest big game from 50-yards and beyond. The projectiles feature a copper shank and bonded lead core, but it’s the dual AccuChannel grooves that company engineers say brings accuracy at distance. Terminal Ascent’s .308 Win option offers the highest BC we’ve found in hunting ammo and, as such, is the best choice for long-range .308 hunters.
Federal Premium Terminal Ascent ships in a 175-grain version with .536 BC and a velocity of 2,600 FPS at the muzzle. Terminal Ascent retails for $47.99.
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Springfield Armory took the concealed carry market to task in 2019 with the launch of a sub-compact 13+1 capacity pistol, the Hellcat.
As a concealed carrier always willing to test out the latest and greatest, I was curious how the Hellcat would perform. Normally, I sport a Glock 19 sized carry gun, stepping down to the Smith & Wesson Shield 9mm when I need something a little less inconspicuous. The Shield, though, only offers 7+1 rounds so the idea of almost double the rounds is tantalizing.
Springfield Armory hooked me up with a Hellcat to take for a test drive. Though my full thoughts and opinions will come later in a video and article review, I figured why not share my first 100 rounds with loyal Guns.com readers.The Specs
As stated, the Hellcat boasts an impressive 13+1 capacity with extended magazine or 11+1 with the flush fit. All of this nestles inside the 6-inch overall length, 4-inch height and 1-inch width of the Hellcat. Equipped with a 3-inch barrel, the Hellcat weighs in at around 18-ounces. The Hellcat comes in two flavors – a standard model, which I tried, and an OSP version that comes optics-ready.
Springfield Armory has given the Hellcat a slightly elevated aesthetic with stippling on the grip, tactical rack rear sights and a Tritium front sight. Is it the most tricked out sub-compact on the market? Well, no but it does offer a few upgrades that will please the masses.On the Range
I took the Hellcat to an indoor range to run 100 rounds through its polymer-framed, striker-fired build. I put 50 rounds of Fiocchi FMJ as well as 50 rounds of Hornady Critical Defense JHP to see how the Hellcat would handle the different styles of ammo. When testing a gun, I usually start at 3-yards and back it up to 15-yards gradually to get a feel for how it performs both in close quarters shooting as well as longer distances.
Upon firing the Hellcat, I noticed it’s a snappy gun; though, I am not surprised given its size. A general rule of thumb is the smaller the gun, the more recoil you’ll feel. The Hellcat was on par with most 9mm sub-compacts in terms of that recoil. My first few shots landed in the middle, though not exactly where I wanted. Follow-up shots were definitely more difficult to land but with more training, I’m sure I can walk those in a little more. The stippling, while useful with sweaty hands, did make my hands a little sore after 100 rounds. Again, this is something that will likely get better over time.
The size of the gun made it slightly more difficult to hang onto while firing, but its diminutive size will no doubt lend itself to concealed carry – which is the Hellcat’s bread and butter. Though I did not conduct any concealed carry specific drills or tests during this 100-round look, I intend to put it through its paces in the future.
Ammunition wise, I had no malfunctions in the first 100 rounds. Both the JHP and FMJ and performed well during the testing, though the Hellcat did fail to lock open on the last round of the second mag of FMJ. This seemed to be a fluke as I could not recreate it throughout the rest of the testing.Final Thoughts
I’m not nearly through evaluating the Hellcat, but I can say that the first 100 rounds were solid. The Hellcat spit out ammo, handled about as well as you’d expect a sub-compact and saw no major malfunctions. I’ll continue testing this gun over the next few weeks and, specifically, get to the bottom of its viability as a concealed carry model. Stay tuned to Guns.com so you don’t miss a thing!
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The 1970s brought us big hair, disco music and some of the finest detective movies to ever grace the big screen. We look back at some of our favorites from Chinatown to Shaft and the guns that made these movies instant classics.
*Word of warning: spoilers ahead!*Colt Detective Special
This one seems rather obvious to have on the list and it’s found in many crime thrillers from the 1970s. The Colt Detective Special is a six-shot snub-nosed revolver. It’s most commonly chambered in .38 Special.
The Detective Special was first introduced in 1927 and made its way into many law enforcement agencies across the country. You won’t find many in service anymore but these were among the most common service handguns in America. It’s reflected in detective thrillers of the 70s.
You can find these little revolvers in many movies from this era but the one who gave it the most flair, the most panache, the most 1970s cool to the gun was probably the man with the baddest leather duster of all-time, John Shaft.
In the clip below you can see Shaft making a heroic rescue by crashing through a window. He even sports his nickel-plated Colt Detective Special on the movie poster.
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The S&W Model 10 has been in production in some form or another since 1899. It’s gone through several variants and with over 6,000,000 sold it’s no wonder that it’s a commonplace gun. From the original M&P through the 10-10 and beyond, this gun was commonplace as both a duty revolver and a home defense handgun in real life and the movies.
You can find the Model 10 scattered throughout the 70s detective movies from The Long Goodbye to The French Connection it’s played a pivotal role. One of the more famous scenes which feature the revolver comes from Roman Polanski’s classic, Chinatown. In the film’s final scene we see Lt. Escobar take out Evelyn with his Model 10 snub nose as she tries to escape. This scene also features a nice shot of Evelyn’s Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket.
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The S&W Model 29 appears in many movies in the 1970s but it was immortalized by Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry series. Chambered in .44 Magnum this was the most powerful handgun in the world at the time of its introduction. Inspector Harry Callahan lets us know all about it.
His famous “Do you feel lucky punk?” line has been replicated in many movies and stands as one of the most iconic lines in cinematic history.
Callahan continued to use the Model 29 throughout the series. Both Magnum Force and The Enforcer the gun is prominently featured on the movie posters.
Legend has it that the script originally called for a 4-inch barrel. These proved difficult to get so the 6.5- and 8.375-inch barreled models are what you see instead.
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It should be noted that Paul Kersey was not a detective, rather an architect with a mean streak. It would seem disingenuous though to talk about crime thrillers of the 1970s without mentioning Death Wish. Kersey handles a few guns while avenging the death of his wife in the film but the most recognizable is his nickel-plated Colt Police Positive.
Chambered in .32 S&W Long this six-shot revolver served Kersey well as he distributed his brand of vigilante justice across the city of New York. He even mastered shooting through the jacket as you’ll see in many of the shootouts in this movie.
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The 1970s produced some of the most meaningful films ever made. The genre of crime thriller following a detective had been popular for years but the characters in these movies took the genre to new heights. They were only complimented by some amazing guns to match.
Forget the term “unicorn gun,” this unusual and interesting 20-shot revolver is a curiosity you won’t likely see again.
What we can tell you is that it is big, weighing in at 9-pounds, and has a 10-inch long barrel. What it does have is a 20-shot cylinder, Liege proof house inspector’s marks, and a hinged loading/unloading port. What it does not have is a practical handgrip and seems to have been intended to mount to a fixture and fire utilizing a rope.
While other 20-round revolvers have popped up in recent years on the collector’s market, they are typically handheld pinfire double-barrels, not this monster.
Interestingly, we have only found two other references to wheel guns similar to this unusual piece. One is from the 1927 military surplus catalog of Mr. Francis Bannerman of New York, in which a dead-ringer for this big revolver is shown and described as “20 Shot Revolver found in old shop in Paris, bore is about 3/8, length, 15 inches, weight is about 6 pounds. Rare piece. Sold to collector.”
Another, more recent mention is from a German auction house that sold one in 2007 that they described as a “grabenrevolver – privat offizierwaffeo” (trench revolver – private officer’s weapon), with a bore of about 11mm.
The dealer that currently has the piece acquired it years ago from a New Orleans collector, and at the time it was said to be a German trench revolver from WWI, rigged to “peek” over the trench and shoot by pulling a string attached to the trigger.
The revolver carries an ELG in a crowned oval, the post-1893 mark for “Epreuve de Liege” or Proof of Liege. It also has a Liege Proof House controller (inspector) mark of a spangled W.
The caliber is believed to be .455 Eley/Webley (11.5x19mmR) which was introduced in 1891.
One thing is for sure, you won’t bump into someone else with this one in their collection.
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Sixty years on, Mossberg 500 series of shotguns are going strong. They’re well built, reliable and an excellent bang for your buck.
I bought my Mossberg 500 SPX Tactical shotgun seven years ago for $550. Prices are similar today. After putting thousands of rounds through it, it has worked flawlessly. The pump action allows me to feed it pretty much anything.SOLID VALUE
O.F. Mossberg & Sons have been around since 1919. That’s over 100 years of making superb firearms. My 500 series shotgun is no exception. It went into production in 1960. Not long after that, the US military adopted it. Although the Marines switched to the Benelli M4 semi-automatic shotgun in 1999, many branches of the U.S. military still use the 500.
Mossberg claims that the 500 model is the only shotgun to pass the U.S. Army’s Mil-Spec 3443E test. This includes firing 3,000 rounds of full power 12-gauge buckshot in unforgiving conditions.LOTS OF GREAT FEATURES
Mossberg offers the 500 series shotgun in a variety of models. Mine is the SPX Tactical model. It weighs 6.75 pounds empty and comes with a bunch of great features.
It’s got an adjustable ghost ring rear sight and high visibility front sight. A six-position adjustable synthetic stock allows for the perfect length of pull. A five-round saddle allows me to keep extra rounds handy. A Picatinny rail supports the adjustable rear sight which is removable, so you can add your own optic if you choose.
The pistol grip feels good in the hand. The 18.5-inch barrel is short enough to make it maneuverable and the ported barrel reduces recoil and makes it comfortable to shoot even the most heavy-duty rounds. I can fit five 3-inch shells in the tube and one in the chamber.
There’s a saying about shotguns that if someone has broken into your place and they hear the sound of a pump-action shotgun chambering a round, it’s enough to give them a heart attack. Chances are, you’ll never even have to fire a round.CONCLUSION
I highly recommend the Mossberg 500 SPX Tactical– or any Mossberg 500 series shotguns for that matter. They’re solid, last a long time and shoot well. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy a used one either. Guns.com has lots of them for sale new and used.
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Democrats in Arizona and Virginia are pushing legislation that would outlaw many common semi-auto firearms and their magazines.
In the Grand Canyon State, Arizona Senate Bill SB1625 was introduced last week and aims to not only ban the sale of most popular semi-auto firearms and magazines but would also require registration of those already in circulation. Violators could be charged with as high as a Class 4 felony, which is punishable up to 3.75 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
The measure’s primary sponsor is state Sen. Rebecca Rios, D-Phoenix, who is among a dozen Dems backing the proposal. It makes an exception for guns used by police, government employees and the military.
State gun rights groups, such as the Arizona Citizens Defense League, have derided the measure as a threat to the Second Amendment.
“The bill is designed to be an egregious threat to our Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and is similar to bills introduced across the nation,” said the group Tuesday in a statement. “The language of the bill is so broad that nearly all semi-automatic firearms ever produced would be covered, as well as any ammunition feeding device ‘with the capacity to accept more than ten rounds’, which, again, means pretty much all of them.”
The Arizona State Legislature is dominated by Republicans, but that control is narrow with the GOP holding a two-seat lead in the state House and a four-seat lead in the state Senate.Virginia
Meeting a deadline for crossover to the state Senate, the Democrat-controlled Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday voted 51-48 to pass House Bill 961. While all 45 Republicans in the body, as well as three Dems who crossed the aisle, voted against the bill, it still squeaked through despite stout opposition.
The bill, which bans the sale of many semi-autos and magazines capable of holding more than 12 cartridges as well as future commercial sales of suppressors, now heads to the legislature’s upper chamber and consideration by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Dems control the Senate 21-19 and have already green-lighted five anti-gun bills so far this session.
While the ban measure had been watered down by a House committee last week, it still has more teeth than what Second Amendment groups prefer, which is none.
“Though the committee amended the bill to allow citizens to keep currently owned firearms and suppressors, confiscation is undoubtedly still the end goal,” warned the NRA in a statement.
Here at Guns.com, we have a ton of Certified Used guns just waiting for someone like you to take them home. What’s so cool about Certified Used you ask? These guns have been vetted by our on-site gun experts to ensure they’re free from mechanical defects and that condition is consistent with our rating.
We’ve compiled a quick list of 10 drool-worthy Certified Used guns from the Guns.com vault. Take a look and find your next gun!Limcat Custom RazorCat — $4,000
This LimCat RazorCat is a high-level open-division competition pistol chambered in .38 Super Comp. It features a 5-inch barrel with a fixed compensator which stretches its barrel dimensions to 7.5-inches. Topped with a C-More red dot sight, the pistol offers metal grips with light stippling to ensure a firm grasp on the Phoenix Trinity frame.
LimCat’s competition hammer and a skeletonized flat-faced trigger allow users to quickly get their follow up shots on target. This package includes a LimCat Open Class holster and six magazines.
Still want to see more of the Limcat? Check out the review we did on this model here.
This Scalpel 1086LA from Surgeon Rifles is a bolt-action platform chambered in .300 Win Mag. A 26-inch heavy barrel is equipped with a Surgeon BSR muzzle brake and accompanied by a pair of Picatinny rails to attach optics and other accessories. The Cadex Dual Strike chassis allows significant customization of the Scalpel 1086LA while a bipod comes pre-installed to ensure stability. This rifle comes with five magazines and a Pelican hard case.
Made in the 1970s, this Shiloh Sharps 1874 Rifle is an extremely high-end replica of the original. Chambered in .45-70, it delivers a 30-inch barrel, walnut furniture and a blued-steel frame — all listed in excellent condition.
This USFA Artillery Revolver from Colt is a 6-shot revolver chambered in .45 LC. A 5.5-inch barrel is adorned with a notch rear sight and a blade front sight. This revolver, clad in smooth wood grips, is a replication of the Teddy Roosevelt revolver in the NRA’s National Firearms Museum, created to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Roughriders’ charge up San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War.
This LWRC R.E.P.R. is a semi-automatic rifle chambered in .308 Win/7.62 NATO. It has a 10-plus-1 round capacity while the 20-inch barrel comes equipped with an A2 flash hider. Featuring LWRC folding BUIS front and rear sights, the quad Picatinny rails allow users to install their choice of optics and other accessories. A Sig Sauer Tango 6 2-12×40 tactical scope is currently installed. The rifle sports a bullet button to bring it in compliance with the laws of more restrictive states. Further customization of the LWRC R.E.P.R. is available via the adjustable SOPMOD stock.
This Smith Wesson Model 60 is a double-action 5-shot revolver chambered in .357 Mag. A 2-inch stainless steel barrel is adorned with a notch rear sight and a blade front sight. The stainless-steel frame barrel and cylinder all feature detailed scrollwork engravings. Checkered wooden grips ensure a steady grasp with every shot.
This Remington 3200 Trap is an over/under 12-gauge shotgun with 3-inch chambers. The top of two barrels features a ventilated-rib and a bead front sight to aid in quick target acquisition. The receiver of the 3200 Trap features scenes of hunting dogs while the blued steel of the receiver and barrels is handsomely complemented by the polished wood furniture. Checkering outfits the grip and forend to ensure a steady grasp on this classy shotgun.
The Heckler & Koch P7 M13 is a German 9×19mm semi-automatic pistol. It was produced from 1979 until 2008. With an almost cult-like following due to its rarity and high collectability factor, many people believe it should be the James Bond/007 gun (instead of the Walther PPK). This one is in excellent condition and comes with the original box and three 13-round magazines.
The Daniel Defense DD5V1 is a semi-automatic rifle chambered in .308 Win/7.62 NATO. It sports a 16-inch barrel with a full-length Picatinny rail currently supporting a Leupold Mark IV 4.5-14×50 tactical scope. The stock is adjustable with soft textured sections which allow users to find a positive and comfortable cheek weld. The rifle is topped off with a Geissele SSA two-stage trigger with ambidextrous controls, KeyMod handguard, and a configurable modular charging handle.
Guns.com visited the Daniel Defense factory a few months ago so check out what this company is up to here.
The Ruger Red Label Ducks Unlimited 50th Anniversary Model is an over/under 12-gauge shotgun. It is 1 of 1000 and comes with fixed modified and full chokes. The barrels measure 28-inches in length with an overall length measuring 48-inches. Condition is listed as excellent so don’t pass this baby up!
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It’s hardly an argument that Western movies produced in the 1960s are the best of all time. From The Good, the Bad and the Ugly to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the unforgettable performances were only matched by iconic guns creating classic movies that would live forever. Since the height of popularity in the 1960s, Westerns have spurred a whole shooting culture called Single Action Shooting Society who dress and shoot like cowboys.
We’ve decided to take a look back and some of our favorites and bring you a list of the most memorable Western guns.
*Word of warning: spoilers ahead.Colt SA Army
The Colt SA Army is the most ubiquitous and iconic gun of the Western genre — this is the standard six-shooter that every cowboy wears on his hip. Chambered in .45 Colt you can find these guns scattered throughout the great Westerns. Pike, Dutch, and Tector along with a large swath of the Mexican army use one in The Wild Bunch. Practically the whole cast of Once Upon a Time in the West has a Colt SA Army in their hands at one point.
However, the most famous scene and use of the Colt Single Action Army comes to us from “The Man with No Name” in A Fistful of Dollars when Clint Eastwood single-handedly takes out four men with his Colt SA Army by fanning the hammer. It should be noted that Eastwood was actually using a Uberti replica, a nod to the Italian heritage of director Sergio Leone.
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What the Colt SA Army is to the handguns the Winchester Model 1892 is to rifles. Whether it’s Ramon shooting at the Baxters in A Fistful of Dollars or Pompey holding the fort down with the Model 1892 in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, this rifle is well placed in many Western movies.
In Once Upon a Time in the West, the Model 1892 appears as Stoney’s Mare’s Leg rifle. The Mare’s Leg shortened rifle was introduced in the 1950s by Steve McQueen in a series called Trackdown but is seen in many other movies. The unique shorty rifle has a special place in Westerns — replicated by the likes of Henry and Uberti. One of the more famous scenes of the gun in action occurs when Harmonica arrives in town in Once Upon a Time in the West.
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Shotguns may not be as glorified as six-shooters in Westerns, but they still play a large part. Nearly all the shotguns you’ll find in Westerns are 12-gauge side-by-sides. While it’s more difficult to place the manufacturer of these shotguns you’ll notice many have been chopped down to conceal better, one of the more famous instances of the short-barreled shotgun is Mississippi’s gun in the movie El Dorado.
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But what if you need a little more firepower?Gatling Gun
Although Colt only made about 500 Gatling “Battery Guns” for U.S. customers between 1866 and 1907, making them fairly rare, Hollywood made sure that they appeared in dozens of Westerns ranging from The War Wagon to Rooster Cogburn and even to more modern films set in the Old West such as the remakes of 3:10 to Yuma and The Magnificent Seven.
Heck, there was even a 1968 Spaghetti Western entitled Gatling Gun, which uses one of these early devices is the central MacGuffin. The film is a cult classic that was a hit on the drive-in circuit.
For those wanting to get their crank gun itch scratched, we happen to have a .45-70-caliber Colt M1877 Bulldog Gatling, with a 1,200 rpm rate of fire, in stock.
The golden age of Westerns provided us with some great performances and iconic gun duels. Some of these movies have even spurred their own SASS style events, like the Wild Bunch, where the participants are required to only shoot guns that were used in the movie. While the greatest Westerns may very well be behind us, their performances and guns will live on forever.
Sig Sauer expands its Elite Copper Hunting Ammunition series launching a new 80-grain all-copper bullet in the form of 6mm Creedmoor.
Offering a deeper penetration and 1.8x diameter expansion, the new 6mm Creedmoor brings accuracy to medium-sized game hunters, according to Sig Sauer. The round features muzzle velocity of 3,300 feet-per-second with muzzle energy measuring 1,935 foot-pounds.
The 6mm Creedmoor is the latest to join the Elite Copper Hunting series with the company already offering rifle shooters .223 Rem, .243 Win, .300 BLK, .308 Win, .30-06 Springfield, .300 Win Mag and 6.5 Creedmoor. Sig Sauer says the decision to expand the lineup comes at the behest of Creedmoor consumers.
“6mm Creedmoor ammunition is in high demand as is the 6.5 Creedmoor load,” said Brad Criner of Sig Sauer Ammunition. “Our customers have been asking for both and we are happy to now offer these two hot hunting cartridges in our Elite Copper Hunting line.”
Sig Sauer ammunition is manufactured at Sig’s facility in Jacksonville, Arkansas. The ammo is currently available and shipping now, priced at $37.95.
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Democrats in Connecticut and Illinois are proposing legislation that would add taxes ranging from 10 to 35 percent on gun and ammo sales
In the Constitution State, Connecticut state Rep. Jillian Gilchrest, D-West Hartford, is backing House Bill 5040 which would add a 35 percent per round excise tax on ammunition. The move is a scaled-down version of a similar measure she introduced last year that sought a 50 percent bump in ammo prices. The tax money levied would go to “increase funding for gun violence prevention and reduction efforts.”
State gun rights groups have slammed the proposal.
“Clearly if such a law were passed, it would make practicing and maintaining proficiency with a firearm more difficult and will impact lower-income gun owners disproportionately,” said the Connecticut Citizens Defense League in a statement.Illinois gun tax
Meanwhile, in the Land of Lincoln, state Sen. Ann Gillespie, D-Arlington Heights, is sponsoring Senate Bill 2468 to mandate a 10 percent retail sales tax on guns she terms “assault weapons” as well as magazines capable of more than 10 cartridges. The revenue would be funneled into a fund to “prevent gun violence in schools and State-owned buildings.”
As in Connecticut, state gun rights advocates, vowing litigation if such a measure becomes law, argue the tax would impact most guns.
“Every modern handgun that’s not a revolver or a Derringer comes into play,” Todd Vandermyde with the Federal Firearms Licensees of Illinois, told the Telegraph.
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Only a few weeks into 2020 and the domestic U.S. firearms market has seen a flood of new .22LR pistols from some of the biggest names in the business.
Last month saw the 42nd annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas where more than 2,600 exhibitors gathered from around the globe to display their freshest wares. When it came to rimfire handguns, there were lots of new faces in the aisles.Beretta Bobcats
While not a new design per se– Beretta has marketed tip-barrel vest pocket-sized rimfire pistols since the days of the old Minx and Jetfire in the 1950s– the Model 21A Bobcat has been given a threaded barrel option and new colors for 2020. This saves fans of the platform from having to drop extra coin to get their barrels threaded at their LGS, a common mod.
It looks like a G19 but the blowback-action Glock G44 is a pound lighter due to its hybrid polymer slide. Released last month with an average retail price of $359, the 10+1 .22LR performed fairly well in our testing, suffering three jams out of 2,200 rounds, but others have seen more mixed results. Still, if you are looking for a .22LR Glock with the same profile and trigger as the familiar G19, here you go.
Taking a page from their LCP II .380ACP pocket pistol, Ruger has introduced a virtual doppelganger to the design but chambered in .22LR. Dubbed the Lite Rack due to its mild recoil spring and easy-to-rack slide, the new Ruger mouse gun is a simple blowback that offers a 10+1 capacity, which is a few more rounds than those who carry the more upscale .380 LCP. As a sub-caliber trainer, or as a plinker-caliber personal protection piece, the $300ish pistol drew a lot of attention in Vegas.
Teased in late 2019, Kel Tec’s new P17 pistol was on hand at SHOT Show last month. Pitched as a budget handgun from the Florida gun maker, the sub-$200 polymer-framed P17 hits the scales at 14-ounces when loaded while offering a 16+1 capacity, hence the P17 moniker. The barrel comes standard with 1/2×28TPI threads for suppressors and other muzzle devices. The gun is now listed as “shipping” so we should see them in stock in the coming weeks.
Virginia-based Kriss last month announced their first .22LR Vector-series handguns, namely a trio of Vector SDP-SB models that come standard with an SB Tactical stabilizing brace and 6.5-inch barrels. With an MSRP of $649, they seem pricey but keep in mind that is a pricepoint about half that of centerfire models.
Adding inches and ounces to their MK IV Target line, Ruger this year is highlighting a pair of .22LR pistols that come standard with 10-inch bull barrels. The additional real estate pushes the pistol’s overall length to 14-inches– almost all of it sight radius– while the gun weighs in at a solid 46.3-ounces. MSRP is $645 for the blued aluminum-framed model while the stainless runs $719, prices that will likely be a good deal less at retailers.
Going past pistols, there is also an influx of new rimfire ammo products headed to market this year. We visited with CCI at SHOT Show to get the low down on everything from additions to the company’s Clean-22 polymer-coated ammo line to rebranded “Stangers” and Meat Eater loads.
Team Smith & Wesson Captian Julie Golob walks through the easy way to field strip the new S&W M&P 9 EZ M2.0 Shield for cleaning and maintenance in the above video.
The latest M&P EZ Shield variant was announced last Christmas and joins the company’s popular .380 ACP variant, offering an easy-to-load and easy-to-rack design. Featuring an 8+1 capacity, the 9mm model runs a 3.675-inch barrel, Picatinny-style rail, reversible magazine, tactile loaded chamber indicator, and one-piece, single-action trigger.
The 9mm Shield EZ, like its .380 little brother, includes models with an ambi thumb safety and Crimson Trace Red Laserguard tie-in. The original Shield EZ design debuted in 2018 as a carry-sized personal defense firearm pitched to gun owners who may not have the hand strength required to operate other semi-auto CCWs, some of which have notoriously stout springs.
We talked to Jerry Miculek about the Sheild EZ in 9mm, as well as some other S&W pistols, at SHOT Show last month.
The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI) announced last week they have accepted the new .300 HAM’R (300 HAMR) cartridge.
First introduced by Wilson Combat in 2018, the appeal of the .300 HAM’R was that it could deliver .308 Winchester-ish performance in a necked-up .223 Rem with a 110-to-130 grain bullet that would still fit in a standard AR-15 mag.
Bill Wilson, the father of the cartridge, said the 300 HAM’R was developed for “optimal terminal performance,” with the company saying at its introduction that “Terminal performance testing on over 200 Texas feral hogs has proven it to kill much more effectively than the 6.5 Grendel, 6.8 SPC, 7.62×39 or 300 Blackout.”
The company contends that the round is the most powerful 5.56-based .30-caliber cartridge that can be fired from the AR-15 platform using a standard .223/5.56 bolt.
Since its introduction, Wilson Combat has gone to market with several AR platforms chambered for .300 HAM’R.
As described by SAAMI, the cartridge has a maximum average pressure of 57,500 psi, with a 125-grain bullet traveling at a velocity of 2,450 fps and a 130-grain bullet traveling at a velocity of 2,425 fps.
More data on the .300 HAM’R, here.
Budget pistol Florida pistol crafter SCCY recently highlighted their new lines of red-dot equipped .380ACP and 9mm handguns at SHOT Show.
Last November the company announced a new series of pistols that features a Crimson Trace CTS-1500, a 3.5MOA auto-dimming red dot with over 20,000 hours of battery life and a three-year warranty. These will be mounted to SCCYs’s 9mm CPX-1/CPX-2, and .380 ACP-caliber CPX-3/CPX-4 series handguns.
The trigger is DAO with a full-time 9-pound pull while the pistol uses an internal hammer firing system with an inertial firing pin to prevent accidental discharge if dropped. Magazine capacity is 10+1 on both .380 and 9mm models.
The CPX series pistols all use a receiver made of 7075‐T6 aircraft grade heat treated billet aluminum alloy, coupled with a stainless steel slide. The grip frame is made from Zytel polymer with finger grooves and an integrated recoil cushion on the backstrap.
Guntube vlogger Who Tee Who has been carrying a CTS-1500-equipped CPX-2 for the past few weeks and has been keeping a running commentary.
For a second opinion, the very knowledgeable Graham Baates has been running a CPX-3 with the same red dot.
A more refined pistol, the new 9mm DVG-1, with a straight 5.5lb trigger the company advertises as being very smooth, also made its debut recently. The DVG-1RD comes factory equipped with the CTS-1500 red dot for an MSRP of $389, while you can get it sans dot for $100 bucks less.
The Democrat-controlled House Public Safety Committee muscled through controversial gun ban legislation in a party-line vote last Friday.
The measure, HB 961, described as “the crown jewel of the Northam-Bloomberg gun ban agenda” by gun rights groups, passed in a 12-9 vote, sending it to the House for further review. Capitol Police were called in to clear the committee room after the uproar from the gallery following the passage of the gun control bill, reported Roanoke.com.
The ban was originally much worse before it was amended, outlawing possession of most semi-auto firearms in the state, and, while watered down by the committee, is still onerous. The bill aims to forbid the future sale of many semi-auto firearms, suppressors, and most standard capacity magazines. Under its current guidelines, owners of restricted firearms and suppressors bought before July 1 could keep them, for now at least, but future sales would be curtailed. Magazines capable of holding more than 12 cartridges would be banned.
Opposed by regional and national pro-gun groups, suppressor advocates were also on hand last week to testify against the bill, as over 75,000 of the registered devices are in circulation in the Commonwealth. Suppressors are currently legal for consumer possession and use in at least 42 states.
“Our position is essentially that these have been heavily federally regulated since 1934 and that those federal regulations are more than exhaustive; that additional state-level regulations should not be imposed upon suppressors,” said ASA President Knox Williams in a statement.
The Virginia Citizens Defense League has joined with pro-Second Amendment minded sheriffs from across the state who have vowed to support gun rights.
As for HB961, the bill is working against the legislative clock in this session, as it has to make a Feb. 11 crossover deadline and win the support of the newly-blue state Senate, where a similar measure was taken off the table last month. However, state lawmakers seem determined to rush an agenda of new anti-gun laws to Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk, despite outspoken public demonstration against the platform.
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