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The odd story behind some of Ruger’s early offerings (VIDEO)

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 08:00

Some of the earliest products to carry the Ruger name had a story all their own, and are sought out by collectors.

Hailing from a period before Bill Ruger combined forces with Alexander Sturm, the 1940s Ruger Co. produced a line of well-made hand tools to include hand-cranked drills. While Ruger was a firearms designer who lent a hand to what became the T10/T23E1 experimental light machine gun tested by the WWII-era U.S. Army, he didn’t craft his iconic Standard .22LR pistol until 1949. However, as pointed out in the above spot by Rock Island Auction Company, the drills bear a lot of very Ruger-ish hallmarks that are quickly identified and increasingly coveted by fans of the black eagle.

Another fun fact: did you know that early Ruger Standards were mailed out in wooden boxes direct (this was pre-GCA) to customers? We ran into one in the hands of the Ruger Collectors’ Association at the last NRA Show in Dallas earlier this year.

(Photos: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

As well as one of these bad boys.

Look familiar?

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The importance of training with firearms in low-light (VIDEO)

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 08:00

Training with your firearm in low-light conditions is often pushed to the side. Some of the reasons are valid and some fall into the excuses category. The reality is that natural or ambient light is not always available. When it’s dark we lose the ability to see and ultimately process what exactly is happening. Flashlights and weapons-mounted lights afford us the ability to gather that information in which we cannot see. Whether or not you can operate that light proficiently and safely with your firearm is up to you.

Statistically violent crimes are more prone to happen during low-light hours. According to the US Department of Justice, adults 18 and older are more likely to commit violent crimes between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. These violent crimes include murder, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple assault.

Knowing how to use your light source effectively to your advantage is an important low-light skill. (Photo: Noah Alkinburgh/Guns.com)

Adding the manipulation of a light source in conjunction with your firearm isn’t as easy as flipping on a light switch. There are a lot of mechanics that need to work in coordination with one another to achieve the desired results. Of course, the light source you choose will dictate how you use it. Hand held lights will compromise your traditional two-handed grip no matter what grip technique you may choose (Cigar, Neck Index, Harries, Modified FBI, etc.). Weapon mounted lights whether on a long gun or handgun are convenient but still require you to activate them when needed. Everyone likes to argue about lumens, candela, and bezels until blue in the face, but have you put in the time in to know how to use it?

What are some training options?

A two day “Low-Light” class with a good instructor will provide a great foundation for low-light training. This class will hopefully ground you in strong fundamentals and give you some things to work on by yourself. Good instruction is in no shortage these days. Find a class that works for you. Then budget the time, ammo, and funds to take it. I understand that classes are not cheap, but I know for a fact that they are 100% worth it.

Dry firing isn’t as fun as putting real rounds on targets but we all know its a proven method of training. Professional shooters dry fire countless hours per week to improve their techniques.

The Harries Grip uses a reverse grip on the flashlight while using the back of your hands a contact point. (Photo Noah Alkinburgh/Guns.com)

The Streamlight TLR-7 is a new handgun light for 2018. This light is compact in size and puts out 500 Lumens. (Photo: Noah Alkinburgh/Guns.com)

The Streamlight TLR-6 is a light/laser combo that uses the frame of the Glock 43 as its attachment point. (Photo: Noah Alkinburgh/Guns.com)

Take the time to dry fire with your firearm and light in a dark area of your home. This is free to do and only requires you to set aside the time to do it. Dry firing in low light will give you some idea of what your light is capable of and how it works in conjunction with firearm manipulation and the grip of your choice. Then when you have the opportunity to do live training you will be ahead of the game.

Find a local range that allows you to train on your own during low-light hours, it’s worth the investment. These types of ranges can be hard to come by due to facility limitations and liability issues. Some indoor ranges will schedule “low-light” hours when they have enough staff to properly oversee range safety. In any case a range that you can practice live fire low-light techniques on will be extremely beneficial to your growth as a shooter.

Final Thoughts

The first time I trained with a firearm in the dark was an illuminating experience. The skills that I had worked so hard on during the day seemed to have the edge taken off them in the absence of light. I found myself doing everything slower and more deliberate. I made the mistake of assuming everything would work just the same as it did during day time hours. Continuing to train in the dark with the light and firearm of my choosing was the only way to adjust. I needed to gain experience and I encourage you to do the same. It might seem a little discouraging in the beginning but with dedication and a willingness to learn low-light fundamentals will be one more tool in your self-defense toolbox. We don’t get the luxury of choosing the lighting conditions when we’re thrown into a defensive force situation so please be prepared.

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ATEi A9 G19 Gen 4 Glocks back in stock at ATEi (PHOTOS)

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 07:30

ATEi’s A9 G19 Gen 4 Glock provides consumers with a “turnkey” Glock ready to roll right out of the box. (Photo: ATEi)

ATEi kicks off late summer by announcing that its A9 G19 Gen 4 Glock is back in stock, but in limited quantities.

The ATEi A9 Gen 4 Glock first appeared in 2017, looking to meet the niche market of gun owners not satisfied with stock guns. The A9 takes a “turnkey” approach to the Glock 19, offering consumers a fighting pistol right out of the box.

The A9 boasts upgraded features, designed to enhance concealed carry with the Gen 4 G19. Features include full top serrations and enhanced side serrations, 360-degree medium textured stippling, finger groove removal, trigger guard undercut and Nitride black finish. Additionally, ATEi offers optional Trijicon sights and/or an optional Overwatch Trigger.

The A9 G19 also boasts full top serrations as well as side serrations. (Photo: ATEi)

The ATEi A9 stands as an option for consumers looking for a Glock upgrade, but who don’t want to send their pistol in and endure a long wait for custom work. ATEi says quantities are limited, so interested gun owners should grab up the A9 before they’re all gone.

The ATEi A9 G19 Gen 4 is available through ATEi, retailing for $1,147.

The gun features a Nitride finish and optional Trijicon sights. (Photo: ATEi)

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Remington reboots retro Peters Cartridge line

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 07:00

The new steel shot shells, aimed at waterfowlers, come in BB, 2, 3, and 4 sizes, complete with throwback packaging and blue hulls. (Photos: Remington)

Collectors familiar with the old blue boxes of Peters from yesteryear are in for a treat as Big Green is bringing the brand back for a new line of High Velocity steel shot. Remington announced Monday that their Peters Premier Blue series, featuring four different 12 gauge 3-inch loadings, each containing 1.25-ounces of shot, will include blue hulls and throwback packaging.

The Peters Cartridge Company, founded in Kings Mills, Ohio in 1887, was a stalwart supplier of cartridges and powder of all kinds and vintage ammo boxes are highly sought by collectors. Acquired by Remington in 1934, the company kept the distinctive blue hulled Victor and High Velocity brand shotgun shells along with Peters’ branding through WWII and into the 1960s, while their own standard Remington-branded hulls remained green– although the legacy “R-P” headstamp on their cartridges, for “Remington-Peters” has endured.

The new Peters Premier Blue shells, aimed at waterfowlers, come in BB, 2, 3, and 4 sizes, all using round steel shot and a stitched wad coupled with kleanbore priming, a sealed primer, and a 6-segment Peters crimp. Retail across the line is $13.42 per 25-shell boxes.

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Las Vegas cop fires Glock through windshield in running gunfight (VIDEOS)

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 06:30

Details, including body cam footage, have emerged from a wild officer-involved shooting in Las Vegas last week during which more than 60 rounds were exchanged.

In the above video, a lawman identified as Officer William Umana, 37, became involved in a lengthy vehicle pursuit following a shooting reported at an area car wash that left a man mortally wounded earlier that morning. After taking fire from two men inside a stolen 2002 Ford Expedition, Umana returns fire at the vehicle, even shooting through his own windscreen.

As the SUV comes to a stop in the area of Ogden Avenue and 18th Street, near an elementary school, Umana performs a magazine exchange on his Gen 3 RTF2 Glock 17 and moves to engage the two men, later identified as Fidel Miranda, 23, and Rene Nunez, 30.

Miranda, with a lengthy criminal history that included weapon charges, was killed in the exchange. Nunez, a felon with robbery and host of other convictions, was taken into custody.

Further explained in detail by LVMPD Asst. Sheriff Tim Kelly in the below briefing, the suspects, armed with a S&W40VE, a Glock 21 .45ACP, and a Taurus PT111– the latter reported stolen– fired 34 rounds at the officers. Shell casings were recovered at five different locations along the route of the pursuit.

Umana fired 31 rounds from his Glock, which is shown in the footage to be equipped with a weapon light and Pachmayr Tactical Grip Glove, while a second plainclothes officer, Paul Solomon, 46, fired a single shot from a Remington 870 shotgun at Miranda. Both officers are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the shooting investigation.

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Mossberg releases JM Pro Adjustable Match Trigger for AR-15, AR-10

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 06:00

The JM Pro Adjustable Match Trigger was designed in conjunction with Jerry Miculek. (Photo: Mossberg)

Mossberg sweetens the deal for precision consumers, announcing the release of an all-new drop-in precision trigger with the JM Pro Adjustable Match Trigger.

Compatible with AR-15 and AR-10 rifles, the JM Pro Adjustable Match Trigger was created with famed competition shooter Jerry Miculek and engineered to act as a standard rifle upgrade.

“Working with world-renowned, 3-Gun shooter, Jerry Miculek, Mossberg engineered the new JM Pro Adjustable Match Trigger as a standard rifle upgrade for competition and recreational shooters and hunters where trigger control and great shot placement are keys to success,” Mossberg said in a press release.

Created to give shooters consistent accuracy through a crisp, creep-free break, the precision-machined JM Pro Adjustable Match Trigger works with all standard mil-spec AR-15 and AR-10 lowers with .154-inch trigger and hammer pin holes. The trigger itself is user adjustable with adjustments ranging from 3 to 6-pounds. Additionally, the trigger touts user-adjustable overtravel for even further customization.

The JM Pro Adjustable Match Trigger is currently available with a retail price of $161.

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Giving the ‘littlest shotgun’ a full-sized workout (VIDEOS)

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 05:30

The super-shorty SXS crafted by Youtuber Kjaskaar last year turned some heads but how does it translate downrange when stoked with a variety of shells?

In the above, the “Littlest Shotgun,” a Stoeger double which is so short that 2.75-inch shells poke out of the end of what could be termed the muzzles, gets a solid workout that includes everything from mini-shells and ballistics gel to some more exotic loads and some reactive targets (code for watermelon.)

It is pretty in-depth, as detailed on the checklist.

If you are curious for more info on the LS, check out the below.

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Pulse shooting victims ask federal appeals court to revive social media lawsuit

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 05:00

People visit the memorial to the victims of the mass shooting setup around the Pulse gay nightclub one year after the shooting on June 12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Omar Mateen killed 49 people at the club a little after 2 a.m. on June 12, 2016. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Relatives of three Orlando shooting victims asked a federal appeals court this month to revive a lawsuit against the social media companies they claim helped radicalize gunman Omar Mateen before the 2016 attack.

A federal judge in Michigan dismissed the suit in March — the same day an Orlando jury acquitted Mateen’s widow on charges of aiding and abetting and obstruction of justice — noting there’s no evidence any of the ISIS propaganda found on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube directly influenced Mateen to murder 49 people at Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016.

“The only conduct involved with the attacks that is described with any particularity is Mateen’s,” U.S. District Judge David Lawson concluded in a March 30 opinion, pointing out that none of the companies nor ISIS itself participated in the shooting.

The families of victims Tevin Eugene Crosby, Javier Jorge-Reyes and Juan Ramon Guerrero asked the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to review Lawson’s decision in court documents dated July 6.

“Without Defendants Twitter, Facebook, and Google (YouTube), the explosive growth of ISIS over the last few years into the most feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible,” Keith Altman, counsel for the victims’s families, wrote in court documents. “Plaintiffs’ claims are based not upon the content of ISIS’ social media postings, but upon Defendants provision of the infrastructure which provides material support to ISIS.”

As of December 2014, more than 70,000 Twitter accounts showed active ties to ISIS, with 90 ranking as “official,” according to court documents.  Mateen allegedly “self-radicalized” via this internet-based propaganda and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State during an hours-long standoff with police.

The FBI previously investigated Mateen in 2013 after coworkers reported his inflammatory comments, but were never able to make solid connections to any terrorist groups.

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Judge scraps city’s ban on bump stocks as ‘untenable’

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 09:00

A Ohio judge last week rejected a prohibition adopted by the city of Columbus on bump fire stocks, hitting city officials with a permanent injunction against enforcing the ordinance. Judge David Cain, writing for the Franklin County Common Pleas Court, found that the city’s ban did not square against state preemption law which prevents local governments from regulating firearms.

In responding to the legal challenge, Columbus argued that since a regular firearm stock can be replaced with a bump stock, it is an aftermarket accessory and not a factory gun component, thus making it open for the city to regulate. Cain refuted that logic, saying, “it is clear that the bump-stock, when installed, becomes an integral part of the safe operation of a firearm. As such, a bump-stock is not an accessory of a firearm, but a component of a firearm.”

Cain applied the test used by Columbus in attempting to justify their local ban on bump stocks by substituting an auto parts analogy– one that used spark plugs instead of stocks.

A person can go to a local auto store and buy replacement spark plugs. In fact, a person can buy spark plugs that create more horsepower in an engine. These spark plugs can then be installed by the end-user of the car. Columbus would have to argue that spark plugs are now accessories and not components. As can be seen, this conclusion is untenable. Regardless of who installs spark plugs, they are components of an engine. Similarly, a bump-stock, regardless of who installs it, is a component of a rifle.

Two Second Amendment organizations, Buckeye Firearms Foundation and Ohioans for Concealed Carry, filed the challenge and thought from the outset they had an easy win on their hands. “This is exactly what we expected,” said Dean Rieck, executive director of Buckeye Firearms Association. “We told the city that it could not pass any gun laws. But they ignored us and did it anyway. This victory is not a surprise, but it should be a warning to other cities in Ohio.”

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein was joined in defending the case by pro-bono legal assistance provided by Everytown for Gun Safety.

A second challenge, filed against a like-minded ban in Cincinnati, is pending with the courts although Rieck says he expects to see similar results in that case.

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Viridian announces X Series Gen 3 is now shipping

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 08:30

The X-Series Gen 3 Laser Sight comes equipped with both a light and laser. (Photo: Viridian Weapons Technology)

Viridian Weapon Technologies’ latest innovation — the X series Gen 3 Laser Sight— is rolling out to consumers, the company says, announcing that the Gen 3 is now officially shipping to consumers.

Available in black or flat dark earth, the X Series Gen 3 can be nabbed online through Viridian’s website or through select retailers nationwide. The laser sight is a weapon-mounted accessory boasting a bright laser and momentary activation technology as well as Instant-On activation. The Gen 3 models take the X Series to new heights offering a removable, rechargeable battery and on-board charging with indicator lights. The latest series also delivers a sleeker build, fitting most holsters created for the Streamlight TLR1.

The X-Series mounts to the rail of a pistol. (Photo: Viridian Weapons Technology)

“We continually strive to produce the most advanced weapon-mounted lasers and accessories available, and the X Series Gen 3 family of products is no exception,” Viridian President and CEO Brian Hedeen said in a news release. “Introduced in 2008, the original X5L was the first-ever green laser and light combo to market. In 2011, we raised the bar again with the X5L Gen 2. Today, we’re excited to give customers a new generation of our popular X Series green laser with rechargeable batteries and a sleeker package.”

Utilizing a universal mount, the Gen 3 produces a light output of 500 lumens while offering multiple modes of operation. The X-Series Gen 3 Laser Sight is priced at $409.

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Gear Review: Tips for picking the right flashlight for EDC (VIDEO)

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 08:00

A flashlight belongs in your every day carry. This statement often gets me some very weird looks. Replies people give usually follow along the lines of “Why would I carry a flashlight?” and “I’ll just use my phone.” Hopefully this will address these questions and help you understand why you should include a flashlight as part of your EDC.

Why Carry a Flashlight?

Outside of my phone, keys, and wallet, my flashlight gets used more than any other EDC item I carry. If you’ve ever dropped a small item under a car or your desk you will understand the benefit of having a light in your pocket. Even in broad daylight or a well-lit room a flashlight is handy. This is extremely practical and helpful, but if really needed your phone can fill this role. The flashlight starts to really “shine” (pun totally intended) when you find yourself in low light situations.

Hands free use of an EDC light is a real plus in many situations. (Photo: Noah Alkinburgh/Guns.com)

While I could list myriads of practical situations that a flashlight helps, lets focus here on the safety and security aspects of a flashlight. A flashlight can be used as an impact weapon as a last resort, but just having a source of bright light can help deter an attack. Predators seek the easiest target and someone walking with a flashlight makes them a harder target. Walking to your car in a parking garage or dimly lit street becomes easier and safer when using a light.

Using an EDC Flashlight for defensive purposes. Shown is the Harry’s Method of using a light with a gun. (Photo: Noah Alkinburgh/Guns.com)

Lastly, a flashlight can be used to identify and neutralize a threat if needed. Without getting into the long debate about strobes in a flashlight, a bright light can absolutely be used to interrupt the OODA loop of a would be attacker. A good handheld light assists in threat versus non-threat identification as well. Nobody wants to be the person that shoots the neighbor’s cat because they thought it was a bad guy lurking in the shadows of the garage. Police officers carry flashlights for a good reason and so should you.

Picking an EDC Flashlight

Picking an EDC light might seem daunting. As a boy I carried a flashlight, it was the venerable mini-Mag Lite. This tiny powerhouse dominated the market forever. Choices were limited. Today a quick search on Amazon for “EDC flashlight” brings back over 10,000 results. How do you sort through all of that? Here are three things I consider when purchasing a light: Price/Brand, Size/Battery type, Brightness.

Price/Brand

Price isn’t everything and neither is the brand name, both play into your decision though. Sticking with well established brands help eliminate problems. Some quality brands you should look at include: Streamlight, Surefire, Olight, Fenix, Inforce, and Nightcore. Prices with these companies range from very inexpensive to outrageous (in my opinion). Stay away from anything at WalMart especially that has “tactical” in the name. Most of the lights that best fall under what I consider the “ideal” EDC light will range from $40-$100. Depending on your needs you might want to spend a bit less or a bit more but this price range will get you a lot of light.

Size

For an EDC light I recommend a light that is slightly longer than the width of your hand and is ¾ inch to 1 inch in diameter. This size carries nicely in a pocket but still affords some striking capabilities as well as typically sufficient brightness. Battery type plays a big role in both the size and brightness. Selecting a light that runs on AA or CR-123 batteries usually gets you in this size range and the batteries are readily available. For those who have to wear a suit or dress clothes, you may need to consider a pen light. Try to avoid anything that uses weird batteries or watch type batteries.

Brightness

Selecting the correct brightness can be confusing. Flashlight’s often list their brightness in terms of lumens. The more lumens the brighter the light. What’s misleading about that is lumens describe how much light is given not how bright a beam is. Lumens are very helpful to light up a room, think light bulb, but if possible, you should also consider the candela output. Not all flashlight manufactures give you this stat, but if you can find it you should take notice. The candela measures how bright the beam of light is. This becomes very important if you want to reach out into the darkness and not just illuminate the area around you.

Final Thoughts

Various EDC Lights I have used. From Left to Right Rear: Surefire 6P, Streamlight Strion. From Left to Right Front: Streamlight Protac-1L-1AA, Unknown pen light, Olight S3 Mini Baton, Streamlight Microstream, Nitecore P12 (Photo: Noah Alkinburgh/Guns.com)

You will probably buy more than one light before you find the right one. In general for an EDC light something in the 150 to 300 lumen range works great. I recommend a tail cap on/off switch that is recessed. Personally I carry the Streamlight Protac 1L-1AA duel fuel flashlight. It can run on AA or CR-123 batteries and provides great illumination for most situations. It’s the light I recommend the most, but ultimately you need to consider your needs and start carrying one today.

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Gun lobbyist files $1 million lawsuit over threats from gun control advocates

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 08:00

The first female president of the National Rifle Association filed a $1 million federal lawsuit against a selection of online harassers who she says crossed a line.

Marion Hammer, 79, head of the Unified Sportsmen of Florida, the state’s NRA affiliate, filed suit against four men in a Tallahassee federal court on Friday, seeking damages stemming from harassment and threats from the men received in the days following the tragic shooting that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The 129-page lawsuit says that among the scores of profane remarks and graphic images Hammer has received over the past several months, urged by groups such as End the NRA, a few rose to the surface.

Lawrence T. “Lol” Sorensen, a California-based mediator and arbitrator, allegedly sent a pair of unsolicited emails to Hammer that contained images of gunshot victims. Three other online hecklers — Chris Risica of New London, Connecticut; Howard Weiss and Patrick Sullivan — all emailed expletive-laden threats that contained personal attacks on Hammer ranging from wishing she met with an “(sic) ammo dido (sic)” to hoping she received, “100 bullets between your eyes” and praying, “someday I run into you so I can scream my head off at your sick face.” The electronic harassment included vows to become her “enemy for life” and make her life and those of other gun rights supporters, “living hell.”

Hammer, who in addition to her Second Amendment advocacy has worked for the past two decades as a pro bono lobbyist for children with dyslexia and learning disabilities at the state capitol, says the vitriol targeting her family is especially disturbing.

“The attacks being launched against Hammer have occurred in an increasingly aggressive social climate in which the Internet has allowed free speech to be hijacked, perverted, and abused to inflict harm, fear, and emotional pain on others,” the lawsuit argues.

The lawsuit also details that at a public hearing in Tallahassee two weeks after the Parkland shooting, Rev. Joe Parramore leaned over to the lobbyist and said, “The next check you write will be to pay for the funerals of your grandchildren,” although he is not named as a defendant. Further, she says she was confronted while grocery shopping by an individual who told her “I hope somebody blows your fucking head off and your family too.”

To protect herself and her family, the former NRA president says she has changed her routine to become unpredictable, refrains from public gatherings with her family, and has dialed back her public appearances — not only for her own safety but over concern that someone acting against her could harm innocent bystanders. Further, the NRA has sought to shield the identities of two young adults in a lawsuit filed to challenge the constitutionality of a Florida gun law adopted post-Parkland.

It is not just Hammer that has felt the wrath of anti-gun activists. In May a University of Nebraska professor was fined for vandalizing the Virginia home of Chris Cox, head of the NRA’s lobbying arm. Others have picketed Cox’s wife’s place of business and NRA headquarters with flyers and signs featuring photos of child shooting victims. Last year, conservative radio host and NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch said she had to pack her things in garbage bags and leave her home on little notice due to a series of death threats in the days after the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting that left 58 dead.

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Tricked out carry guns and the rise of customization

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 07:30

Custom guns and parts add pizazz to carry guns. (Photos, clockwise: Lone Wolf Distributors, Faxon Firearms, John Hart/ Glockstore, and Trident Defense)

The millennial generation has brought with it a variety of cultural trends that have meandered their way from mainstream consumerism into the gun culture. One of those trends, that of customization, is taking the gun world by storm. Casting aside the ordinary that is a stock firearm, more and more modern gun owners are turning to custom parts, accessories and packages to make their carry guns unique.

Zack Carlson, Special Projects Manager with Lone Wolf Distributors, told Guns.com that the aftermarket accessory realm is doing tremendously well as more gun owners look to trick out guns with specialized parts that make shooting a more pleasurable experience.

“Customizing a carry gun makes it more shootable and better conforming to the individual user’s needs. A stock gun is designed to work okay for large groups of people, but a customized gun is designed to work great for you,” Carlson said.

Beyond just improving the mechanics of the firearm, gun owners also want something meaningful and personal to them. Curt Staubach of Faxon Firearms explained that for some gun owners it comes down to exhibiting their own personal style through their firearm.

“People want to personalize. If they are going to carry something every day, they want it to be their own. And now with so many options which simply weren’t available just a few years ago, it’s easier than ever,” Staubach told Guns.com.

With mods ranging from trigger and sight upgrades to full frame and internal work, the idea of tweaking one’s carry gun hasn’t all been met with applause. Concerns over the safety of overriding a stock gun’s mechanics as well as the legality of these guns in self-defense scenarios has drawn criticism in the past.

“There is some debate about this concept in the legal community,” Lenny Magill, Founder and CEO of Glockstore, told Guns.com in an email. “If you were to customize your handgun in any way it could be argued that you were ‘tricking out’ your gun to make it more deadly! Or, that it was now less safe than when it was OEM.”

Magill continued, “The flip side of that position is that it can be argued that the modifications done to the gun were designed to make the shooter more accurate so that if one was involved in a self-defense shooting one would be less likely to miss and/or hit innocent bystanders.”

The key to this, custom gurus say, is to rely less on accessories and more on training. Fundamentals should be solidly in place so that any modifications just further personal shooting skills rather than attempting to act as a replacement for expertise.

“There’s absolutely no substitute for good training and the fundamentals,” Staubach said. “I really can’t stress this idea enough. Train. A lot. Standing in a bay shooting at a stationary target isn’t preparing you for any real world encounter. Get some good training, run your gear, get the reps in, shake down your equipment and make the mistakes in a safe training environment so you know how to more effectively defend yourself out in the real world.”

Trident Defense offers full handgun packages, elevating the look and feel of stock guns. Despite the new and improved aesthetics and ergonomics, Ty Cobb of Trident Defense also emphatically explained that tricked out weaponry does nothing for a shooter without solid skills.

“The first thing I tell anyone, these modifications do not replace practice and putting rounds down range. That is the most important thing a shooter can spend money on,” Cobb said. “Practice makes permanent, sometimes a couple of classes to get the shooter in the right direction is more effective than spending money on upgrades that may be unnecessary.”

These upgrades, focused solely on elevating the “cool factor” of the gun ultimately can get carriers in trouble, but Cobb doesn’t discourage gun owners from adding some flashy extras to handguns — so long as gun owners understand that the designer look belongs best in a trophy case.

“‘Flashy’ or ‘Gucci Guns’ — these modifications do not always aid the shooter and sometimes can reduce the reliability of the firearm,” Cobb said. “Most of these firearms end up in safes and are brought out to the range on special occasions. They are treated more as a trophy than a tool.”

Glockstore’s Magill iterated a similar sentiment, stating that while his company certainly goes above and beyond to create a memorable custom look for consumers these commemorative creations are often better suited for significant events or fundraisers.

“Sometimes we will make a commemorative custom Glock to signify a wedding, anniversary, retirement, birthday or other significant event. Often, these guns are given as gifts or used in fund raising events,” Magill said.

With an increasingly saturated custom market, consumers on the hunt for practical accessories to complement their carry guns have a large burden resting on their shoulders. Finding the right pieces of equipment to augment the tool that could decidedly win or lose the most important battle of one’s life can be a grueling task. With a a multitude of companies now offering parts and packages designed to alter stock guns, the question becomes how do consumers find safe and reliable parts for the carry gun?

Carlson of Lone Wolf says consumers should focus on upgrades that conclusively make the firearm easier to navigate.

“Parts that make the gun more user friendly would be the first choice,” Carlson said. “Start with sights, because most factory sighting systems aren’t great. Then minor changes to the trigger to improve it. As a shooter’s skill increases they become more sensitive to how their gun works and can continue to fine tune it.”

While stock guns aren’t going out of style completely the rise in custom guns illustrates that as long as millennials look towards tailored tools, shops and parts makers will continue to churn out personalized pistols for their custom-hungry clientele.

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Academy rehires fired ‘hero’ manager who stopped gun theft (VIDEO)

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 07:00

Academy Sports have seen their social media pages flooded with angry comments since the firing of an assistant manager who tackled a suspected gun thief. (Photo: Screenshot)

A Florida man canned by the big box retailer has accepted an offer to come back to work following a public backlash over his termination.

In an update to a previous story reported by Guns.com, Dean Crouch, 32, was an assistant manager of a Tallahassee-area Academy Sports location but was let go from his position after he tackled a man who swiped a Glock from the store. Now, as detailed by the Tallahassee Democrat, he will soon be going back to work.

“I am pleased to report that the head of Academy Sports + Outdoors stores spoke with Mr. Crouch and offered him his job back and Mr. Crouch accepted,” said his attorney, Ryan Hobbs.

Crouch stopped Jason White, 24, after he abruptly left the gun counter with a handgun he was looking at without paying for it. Also included in a backpack that White took from the shelf was ammunition and two spare magazines. Police took the man into custody and, linking him to a similar theft of two additional pistols earlier the same day from a local pawn shop, charged him with a host of felonies under state law. He has since been released on bond.

As news of the manager’s firing went viral, Academy’s social media accounts have been swamped with negative feedback, calls for boycotts, and demands to reinstate Crouch.

Since the incident, Crouch told media that he had to put his home up for sale, was getting little sleep, and was shopping around for another job in the meantime. In the below video from WJXT, which aired prior to the news he was rehired by Academy, Crouch explains that he was fired because he violated company policy by physically contacting White.

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Savage Arms unveils new enhanced website

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 06:30

Savage announced a revamped site for consumers. (Photo: Savage Arms)

Savage Arms revamped its consumer website, looking to provide easier access and more in-depth information to Savage fans.

The redesigned website now offers enriched content, product information and action photos along with videos to give consumers the most up to date and in-depth information about the company’s rifles and shotguns. The site also now features an enhanced search function that is easier to navigate, providing accurate info to fit each shooter’s needs.

“Our new, user-friendly website offers hunters and shooters more ways to find the model that is right for them,” Savage Senior Marketing Manager Beth Shimanski said in a press release. “This includes new family pages that introduce what’s new by product family, make it easy to keep up with the latest innovations and compare different models within each product family. You can also find a Savage dealer and purchase firearms directly from each model page.”

The website lays out access to each of the company’s 580 products with more details on each offering and more photos. To help shooters even further in their journey, the company has expanded its “Expert Advice” catalogue. This section acts a storage facility for data on gun maintenance, hunting tactics and overall shooting tips.

“You also get a chance to meet the expanded Team Savage ambassadors and learn their proudest shooting and hunting moments,” Shimanski added. “And you can subscribe to the industry’s best e-newsletter for monthly updates on new products and other Savage news.”

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Maryland school shooting survivors organize rally in Annapolis

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 06:00

Ayanne Johnson, a student from Great Mills High School in southern Maryland holds up the photograph of her classmate Jaelynn Willey during the “March for Our Lives” rally in support of gun control in Washington, Saturday, March 24, 2018. Willey was killed by a classmate at the school in southern Maryland. (Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AP Photo)

Survivors of a school shooting in southern Maryland will host a gun control rally in the state’s capital city of Annapolis later this month, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Students from Great Mills High School, where 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend in March, will collaborate with other teenagers across the state at a July 21 demonstration for strengthening gun laws.

Selene San Felice, a reporter at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, will speak at the rally, according to reports. Five of San Felice’s colleagues died June 28 when a disgruntled reader stormed the newsroom armed with a shotgun and smoke grenades.

Willey, the second oldest of nine children and a competitive swimmer, died at University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center three days after sustaining a gunshot wound to the head while walking to class March 24. Willey’s ex-boyfriend, 17-year-old Austin Wyatt Rollins, turned the gun on himself after the fatal attack.

“My daughter was hurt by a boy who shot her in the head and took everything from our life,” said Melissa Willey, Jaelynn’s mother, hours after the family took her off life-support. “It will be different forever.”

Students organizing the rally told the Associated Press they want Gov. Larry Hogan to punish those who fail to lock up their guns, among other issues. Notably, Rollins shot Willey with a handgun stolen from his father, according to law enforcement.

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Gun group lays down $10K challenge to gun show protesters (VIDEO)

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 05:30

Arguing all sales at a long time gun show are legal, a Second Amendment group issued a challenge for their opponents to prove otherwise — backed up with a $10,000 pledge.

The county-run Del Mar Fairgrounds has for over three decades been the home of the Crossroads of the West Gun Show, a popular event held five times per year that sees thousands attend. However, in recent years the show has become the target of a campaign by local anti-gun advocates who are pressuring area officials to bar the event moving forward, citing a list of concerns that firearms were being sold without state-mandated background checks or 10-day waiting periods. The San Diego County Gun Owners organization last week said those allegations are just false.

“The fact is, every time the gun show comes to town, they march out a bunch of tired, old, misinformation that is not true,” said Michael Schwartz, SDCGO’s executive director in a press conference.

As such, the group is offering to donate $10,000 to the organization of a person’s choice — provided that individual coughs up proof of gun law violations such as undocumented sales in the parking lot without going through a federally licensed dealer, sales to minors, illegal machine guns changing hands, or not complying with California background check and waiting period requirements.

Opposing Schwartz’s call is a gun control group called NeverAgainCA, who told the Times of San Diego that the “challenge is a disingenuous fundraising scam which will never result in a payout,” arguing that state agencies and public venues should not host gun shows, attempting to tie the show to the Las Vegas mass shooting last fall that left 58 dead.

Additionally, gun show promoter Bob Templeton, who is tied to the Del Mar shows, has come under fire over coverage that he was in the past convicted of federal firearms violations involving shipping guns to Mormons in apartheid-era South Africa. Templeton’s daughter now administers the show.

“The gun shows are closely supervised by California Department of Justice and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department,” the senior Templeton previously told Guns.com. “There are no illegal or unlawful activities taking place at the gun show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.”

Elsewhere in the state, gun shows in Orange County and at the state-run Cow Palace in the Bay Area have been the target of increased scrutiny from local officials, although the law is on the side of promoters. In 1997, the U.S. 9th Circuit found that a Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors’ ban on selling guns at county-run venues to “avoid sending the wrong message to the community relative to support of gun usage,” violated the First Amendment rights of gun show organizers.

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Another top executive resigns from Vista Outdoor

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 05:00

Outdoor Segment President Dave Allen. (Photo: Vista Outdoor)

Another senior-ranking executive at Vista Outdoor tendered his resignation last week, according to financial regulatory filings.

Dave Allen, president of the company’s outdoor products segment, will leave for other opportunities effective July 27. He joined Vista in May 2016 and took charge of its evolving outdoor business the following year. He’s the fourth top official to leave the company in the last year, following Chief Executive Officer Mark DeYoung’s early retirement,  Chief Financial Officer Stephen Nolan’s departure for Esterline and the elimination of Shooting Sports Segment President Bob Keller.

The company hasn’t released any further information about Allen’s resignation, so far. Vista’s outdoor segment remains in flux as CEO Chris Metz continues implementing a new strategic vision — likely sans guns — designed to stabilize the company amid double-digit earning declines.

“We can confidently say that our core lies in the hunting and shooting sports market and in adjacent activities, such as camping and hiking,” he said. “Our key consumer is someone who participates in these and other outdoor activities.”

Vista owns 55 companies in firearms, ammunition and shooting accessories, including Savage Arms, Stevens, Federal Premium, Speer and American Eagle. Metz told investors earlier this year “the company grew too fast and beyond its core” since splitting with Orbital ATK in 2015. A downturn in sales post-election only compounded the situation, he added.

The decision sell ownership of Savage Arms, announced in early May, however, drew some criticism for appearing to appease investors connected to the corporate backlash against the gun industry in the wake of the Parkland massacre. A Vista spokesperson told Guns.com while the news came at a bad time, it was decided late last year — long before major banks and retailers began limiting interaction with manufacturers.

“We are now turning our efforts to the rest of our divestiture plan as previously communicated in May,” Metz said last week after announcing the sale of its eyewear brands. “We are excited to build on this momentum and expect to provide further updates on this process during our first quarter earnings call in early August.”

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Magpul rolls out new 5.5-inch suppressor cover (VIDEO)

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 12:00

Magpul is in the mood to flood consumers with new products, announcing another new addition to its accessory lineup in the form of the 5.5-inch Magpul Suppressor Cover.

On the heels of its Rifleman Loop Sling announcement Wednesday, Magpul introduced the 5.5-inch Suppressor Cover. Able to tackle extreme temperatures set off by extended shooting on semiautomatic and automatic fire, the Suppressor Cover acts to protect users and accessories from burn while also quickening the overall cooling process. In addition, Magpul said the can cover serves the added benefit of reducing thermal signature.

The 5.5-inch Suppressor Cover protects users and equipment from heat generated by long strings of fire. (Photo: Magpul)

“Additionally, it serves as an enhanced thermal insulator and signature reduction device, significantly mitigating mirage distortions to the shooter’s sight picture, reducing the likelihood of impact damage to the suppressor body, and lessening the chance of accidental heat-related injury or damage to personnel or equipment during weapon firing and cool down,” the company said in a news release.

The Suppressor Cover is crafted from heat-resistant polymer that is overlaid onto a raised stainless steel heat shield thus allowing airflow across the suppressor when mounted to the can body with the steel clamps. Though the Suppressor Cover is best used for 1.5-inch outer diameter cans with an overall length of 5.5-inches, Magpul confirmed that other lengths are in the works and will be headed to consumers soon.

Available in Black or Medium Coyote Tan, the 5.5-inch Suppressor Cover from Magpul retails for $99.

The cover comes in either coyote tan, pictured above, or black. (Photo: Magpul)

 

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Franklin Armory brings new trigger for CZ Scorpion Evo 3 (VIDEO)

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 11:30

A trigger for the CZ Scorpion Evo 3 is soon to roll out the doors of Franklin Armory as the company announced it’s currently taking pre-orders on the new BFSIII CZ-C1 binary trigger.

Franklin Armory hinted at the BFSIII CZ-C1 binary trigger a few months ago, featuring a countdown on its website. On July 4, that countdown ran out and the first batch of BFSIII CZ-C1 triggers became available for pre-order with an expected yet ambiguous ship date of early September.

The trigger will start shipping in September. (Photo: Franklin Armory)

The BFSIII CZ-C1 is a three-position trigger with position one acting as safe, position two firing one round per pull and position three firing one round on pull and one round on release. Franklin Armory says this setup is ideal for Tactical and Competition shooters looking to gain an edge over the competition.

“The BFSIII provides greatly reduced split times between rounds and the ability to place two separate shots into a tighter group,” Franklin Armory said in a statement.

CZ Scorpion Evo 3 shooters can put their name on that BFSIII CZ-C1 pre-order list via Franklin Armory’s website. The BFSIII CZ-C1 binary trigger retails for $499.

 

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