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Canik expands TP9SA with Mod.2 variant

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 05:30

Century Arms adds the TP9SA Mod.2 to its catalogue of Canik firearms. (Photo: Century Arms)

Century Arms, Canik importer and distributor, announced a new addition to the TPS9A lineup launching the new Mod.2 variant.

The striker-fired TP9SA Mod.2 features a flat top slide for better sight acquisition in addition to a top-slide-mounted disassembly button. The 9mm pistol, like its TP brothers and sisters, sports Warren Tactical sights that the company says allows for better and faster target acquisition and target-to-target transitions.

The gun comes in either FDE or black, pictured above. (Photo: Century Arms)

Featuring an aggressive stippling pattern on the grip, the frame allows for a secure grip under adverse weather conditions, according to Century Arms. Boasting an 18+1 capacity, the handgun is offered in either black or Flat Dark Earth.

“The TP9SA Mod. 2 is the next evolution of our time tested, proven, and incredibly popular TP9SA,” Jason Karvois, Century Arms Director of Sales, said in a press release. “With a refined slide profile, new Warren Tactical sights, enhanced decocker, and a retail price of $399, the new and improved SA Mod.2 is sure to continue to be one of our most popular models.”

The pistol touts an enhanced decocker. (Photo: Century Arms)

The TP9SA Mod.2 is available and shipping now with included holster, belt attachment, two interchangeable bakstraps, cleaning rod, brush, magazine loader and plastic carrying case. MSRP is $399.

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Brit tabloids go nuts for pics of Meghan Markle Glock-ing it up

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 05:00

The Sun recently fell into some images of former actress Meghan Markle with a Glock in 2009 (Photos: The Sun)

The British scandal sheets loved images of the California-born royal-to-be posing with a “powerful” Glock.

“Meg my day,” says The Sun in their coverage of Markle, 36, posed with a Glock 17 at a gun club in Canada. The shots, reportedly from 2009 when she was in the midst of an acting career, show Prince Harry’s fiancée from three different angles with the Austrian polymer pistol. While she does exhibit good trigger discipline, she pulls a range safety no-no by going without eye and ear pro.

The Sun spoke to someone familiar with the event who gushed, “The Royal Family really is getting an all-action ­princess. She’s incredibly well-trained and prepared – just like her ex-Army husband,” in a nod to Harry’s service in Afghanistan in two abbreviated tours.

Fellow tabloids The Mirror and The Express picked up the story and embellished it, even using the word “GUN” in all capitals in the headline. The Daily Star echoed the report but used it as a segway into 30 borderline NSFW pics of Markle’s career.

Markle, a Northwestern graduate, portrayed an FBI agent on Fringe and a police officer in CSI: Miami, giving her the distinction of being one of the few royals with their own IMFDB pages. Her views on gun control, however, are pretty Bloombergian and she reportedly frowns on the royal hunting tradition.

Meanwhile, Markle’s soon-to-be gram, Queen Elizabeth, served in World War II to one degree or another and has been known to get behind a number of British Army small arms from time to time.

QE2 shown with an accurized Enfield .303 in the 1950s alongside possibly the most well-dressed spotter available, as well as firing a British L85 (SA80) rifle in Surrey, England in 2015.

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Justice Department wants to boost ATF budget to shorten wait for NFA processing

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 14:00

As the Justice Department moves to regulate bump stocks like machine guns, it’s also proposing to shorten the wait time to transfer such items.

For “combating violent crime,” the Justice Department proposed increasing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ budget in Fiscal Year 2019 by $13.2 million “to ensure timely execution of National Firearms Act transfers.”

The proposal would also boost ATF’s NFA branch with 25 new positions, according to ATF’s request. The goal is process applications for items like machine guns, silencers, short barreled rifles or shotguns, and firearms deemed Any Other Weapon within 90 days.

According to ATF data, wait times for NFA items vary depending on the item but the agency currently puts average processing time at nine months, or about 270 days. That figure falls within ballpark estimates generated by NFA groups using aggregated data.

The ATF has tried to address the backlog with new funds multiple times, but never referred to it as specifically addressing “violent crime,” according to a review of budget proposals available on the Justice Department’s website.

For FY2018, ATF sought an additional $4 million specifically for “expediting NFA applications.” Last year, the agency reorganized the branch to improve performance by creating a dedicated body to focus entirely on consumer requests and another on law enforcement.

Gun control supporter Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who advocates for legislation to ban firearms dubbed “assault weapons,” called making NFA transfers a priority “unconscionable.” She suggested the money should be directed toward hiring more agents or the federal background check system.

But gun rights advocates disagree. “ATF is overwhelmed with NFA paperwork,” Lawrence Keane, senior vice president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, told ABC News. He argued the backlog has been a “significant problem” and that ATF has been chronically understaffed.

The total number of NFA items circulating in the U.S. is north of 5.2 million, according to the most recent ATF data. But the majority of the items are silencers, since there’s a finite number of machine guns circulating in the U.S., which makes them both scarce and expensive. Federal law prohibits transferring ownership of machine guns registered after May 19, 1986, to civilians.

The processing time has increased alongside the number of applications filed and items manufactured each year. From 2006 to 2016, the number of NFA forms processed increased by 813 percent. And the number of NFA items increased 78 percent in 2016, jumping from 1.4 million to 2.5 million.

Yet, advocates on both sides of the issue have agreed on re-classifying bump stocks as machine guns after a gunman used the device to spray bullets into a crowd on the Las Vegas strip last October, killing 59 people and injuring some 850 others. Bump stocks mimic the performance of a machine gun — since the device allows users to repeatedly pull the trigger of a semi-auto rifle with little effort — the ATF ruled the item did not fit the legal definition of machine gun.

Earlier this month, the Justice Department, operating under the directives of President Trump, proposed regulations to re-define bump stock devices as machine guns. The president said during a meeting with lawmakers last month: “You put it into the machine gun category, which is what it is. It becomes essentially a machine gun. It’s going to be very hard to get them.”

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Alien Gear debuts updated Cloak Tuck IWB holster

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 11:00

The Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB improves on the Cloak Tuck design. (Photo: Alien Gear)

Alien Gear has revamped its Cloak Tuck design, meshing elements from its ShapeShift 4.0 IWB holster with the compatibility of the Cloak Tuck 3.0 to create the new Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB.

The Cloak Tuck 3.5 comes after consumer feedback indicated that customers were having issues with the clips’ screws loosening after continued use. Alien Gear took those concerns and tweaked its holster to provide a new holster free of this issue. The new clips feature a twist-and-lock  design that attaches to the holster without tools or additional hardware. The clips allows for ride height and cant adjustments.

The clips on the holster have been redesigned to address issues consumers had with past clip styles. (Photo: Alien Gear)

The base of the new rig has also undergone modifications with a new, breathable, moisture-wicking CoolVent neoprene.

“The Cloak Tuck 3.5 incorporated significant changes to make your carry experience even better.  We’ve added CoolVent neoprene to increase breathability, edge binding to protect and soften the edges of the holster, and quick change adjustable holster clips to make it easier to change cant and ride height. Plus, these clips don’t have any hardware, so no need for thread-locker to prevent screws from backing out,” Drew Stephens of Alien Gear explained in a press release. “These may seem like minor changes, but they equate to a significant upgrade to an already amazing holster.”

The holster comes with the company’s Iron-Clad Guarantee which offers a Forever Warranty and 30-Day Test Drive in addition to free shell trades for life. The new Cloak Tuck 3.5 is compatible with over 500 gun models and is priced at $43.

Alien Gear says it added CoolVent neoprene to allow for a more breathable design. (Photo: Alien Gear)

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Feinstein says Dick’s CEO is ‘great American’ for restricting guns

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 10:30

Dianne Feinstein and Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack agree on what the lawmaker terms “reasonable controls” on guns (Photo: Feinstein’s office)

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., this week met with Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack and came away impressed with his moves to change store policy on gun sales.

The former San Francisco mayor and author of the long-expired federal assault weapon ban visited with Stack in the aftermath of the big box retailer’s adoption of a controversial policy banning gun sales to those under age 21 across their 700 locations nationwide, including 26 Field & Stream stores.

“I was delighted to meet Ed Stack, who I think is a great American,” Feinstein said. “He’s a supporter of the Second Amendment and a gun owner, but also understands that we need reasonable controls on who can buy guns and what guns they can buy.”

In addition to barring sales to adults under 21 — which has drawn at least two lawsuits and driven some employees away in protest– Stack solidified an earlier decision to stock modern sporting rifles such as AR-15s and magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds.

“We’ve promised that we’ll never put the assault-style weapon back in the Field and Stream stores or the Dick’s stores,” said Stack after his meeting with the California Democrat, before advocating to “fix” background checks and bring back one of Feinstein’s favored proposals.

“We feel that we should have high-capacity magazines banned,” Stack said.

Dick’s predicts this year could see a decrease in store sales as a result of the company’s new firearm policies.

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Finishing out a Polymer 80 Glock with hand tools (VIDEO)

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 10:00

Eric with IV8888 holds class on crafting a no-FFL required DIY Glock-style handgun frame from an 80 percent blank, using a Dremel, a hand drill and a couple of files.

Sure, the video runs almost a half-hour, but it’s pretty in-depth and Eric drops a few tips and tricks based on mistakes he has made in the past, which alone is worth the price of admission. Once the frame is worked out, he just drops in some standard lower parts and adds a loaded slide then takes the new “garage Glock” for a spin on the range.

Polymer 80’s kits typically come with a jig, drill bits and end mill included and run about $150. When you keep in mind that you can pick up an LPK for about $60 and a loaded slide for $200-ish, you can be in biz with your home-built polymer pistol for about $400 plus some sweat equity, which isn’t all that much cheaper than the real thing– but that’s not really the point now, is it?

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Vertx unleashes new tactical gloves for professionals

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:30

The gloves are double need top-stitched for dexterity and comfort. (Photo: Vertx)

Gear and apparel maker, Vertx, has launched four new styles of tactical gloves designed for tactical professionals.

The new gloves include the VaperCore Shooter, Rapid LT, FR Assaulter and FR Breacher models. Each of the variants boast articulated pre-curved fingers allowing for dexterity and comfort while strong hook and loop wrist closures keep the glove secure and in place. The gloves feature a double needle top-stitch reinforcement around key areas that Vertx says maximizes life span.

The FR Breacher features knuckle protection. (Photo: Vertx)

Utilizing natural goatskin suede, the gloves aim to give shooters a better sense of touch while wearing. In addition, the middle finger and thumb tout conductive touchpoints so users can still use electronic and touchscreen devices such as smartphones and tablets.

“With more than 175 years of experience in the military and tactical world, we combined expertise and research to develop a new line of gloves that would meet our standard of quality, provide superior functionality and address some of the top needs expressed by today’s customer base,” Justin Roberts, Vertx Brand Manager, said in a press release.

The gloves give users the ability to still operate touchscreens and smartphones. (Photo: Vertx)

Though the gloves share some features in common, there are attributes that set them apart from each other. The VaporCore Shooter is engineered with active particles embedded in the fabric for a quick dry time, five times faster than regular gloves, that keeps hands cooler during use.

The Rapid LT serves up a lightweight style, matching suede with a two-way fabric crafted to offer free range of motion while preserving color fastness. The FR Assaulter and FR Breacher are flame resistant with Kevlar thread knitted throughout the gloves. The FR Breacher kicks it up a notch with knuckle protection.

Prices start at $52 with prices varying depending on model.

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The AH-64 Apache gunship’s new sensors are pretty sweet (VIDEO)

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:00

The turret on the nose of the Apache has been upgraded several times since the flying artillery battery was introduced, and is now getting even better.

The above clip released by defense contractor Lockheed-Martin this week starts off dry because, well, let’s be honest, it’s a sales pitch, but it does give a rare peek into just what an AH-64 flight crew sees through the displays in their helmets.

Officially dubbed the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor since it was first introduced in 2005, the current version of the electro-optical fire control system adds color vision and target blending, better incorporates lasers into the turret, and provides better overall targeting and ranging information to the pilot and weapons operator so they can put more of the Aloha back into the snack bar downrange.

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Grassley announces Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Memorial Act of 2018

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 08:30

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, waits for the start of the nomination hearing for Christopher Wray as Director of the FBI on July 12, 2017 in Washington. (Photo: Mary Mathis/USA TODAY)

Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley said Wednesday he will soon introduce a bill designed to help prevent another school shooting like the massacre in Parkland, Florida last month.

As such, the forthcoming bill — entitled the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Memorial Act of 2018 — provides additional funding to the Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center as it continues its groundbreaking research into school violence prevention.

The proposal also enables the center to provide more extensive training to school districts on how to conduct threat assessments and early interventions. Some 93,000 school administrations, teachers and law enforcement officials have already received Secret Service training on preventing future attacks, Grassley said.

“This bill will enable the National Threat Assessment Center to share its proven techniques and research with more of our nation’s school systems,” Grassley said. “It is a fitting memorial to the victims and survivors of the Parkland attack, and will help prevent future violence.”

Grassley informally introduced the bill during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday regarding the systemic law enforcement failures that unfolded in the months before 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz gunned down 17 people at his former high school last month.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Broward County Sherrif’s Department and the Florida Department of Children and Families all received information about Cruz’s mental instability and homicidal tendencies in the months leading up to the Valentine’s Day attack, but failed to act.

Only the FBI, however, showed up at Wednesday’s hearing to discuss the issue further. “As the FBI Director has made clear, the FBI could have and should have done more to investigate the information it was provided prior to the shooting,” said David Bowdich, deputy director of the FBI. “While we will never know if any such investigative activity would have prevented this tragedy, we clearly should have done more.”

“I’ve seen the Sheriff all over television discussing the shooting, so it is disappointing the he has refused to speak before Congress,” Grassley said, noting Carroll clearly “dropped the ball” too. “By thumbing their noses at Congress, Sheriff Israel and Secretary Carroll have let the American people down and also the citizens of Florida they serve.”

State lawmakers have called on Florida Gov. Rick Scott to remove Israel for “neglect of duty and incompetence.” Scott opened an investigation through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement instead.

Israel maintains none of the nearly two dozen calls his office received about Cruz ever amounted to an arrestable offense. He accused lawmakers of engaging in “disingenuous political grandstanding” for the sake of a few headlines.

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Police charge man with gun crime despite self-defense shooting

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 08:00

Antonio Burse, 34. (Photo: Lawrence Police Dept.)

Authorities ruled the year’s first homicide in Lawrence, Indiana, as self-defense, but prosecutors have charged the man who pulled the trigger with a gun crime.

Prosecutors charged Antonio Burse, 34, with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, local media reported. Burse shot a man who brandished a weapon over a tax dispute at Burse’s tax preparation shop on March 6.

According to reports, the disgruntled client threatened to shoot Burse’s wife because she was displeased with how long it took to complete her taxes. Burse’s wife told him about the woman’s frustration and that she had threatened her before leaving the shop.

Burse told police he retrieved a pistol from his wife’s desk, one of two she kept there, and sat in a chair by the front window.

Sometime later, a masked man — Antonio Bertram, 25 — entered the business and lifted up his sweatshirt to reveal two handguns. When the man attempted to lift one of the guns, Burse opened fire, striking the man, who later died.

Even though authorities rule the shooting self-defense, but Burse had been convictions including narcotics possession and aggravated battery and criminal confinement. If convicted of the firearms charge, Burse could face up to 12 years in prison.

[ Indy Star ]

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Leupold upgrades thermal line with LTO-Tracker HD, LTO-Quest HD

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 08:00

The LTO-Quest HD, left, and LTO-Tracker HD, right, are the latest thermal products to hit the Leupold line. (Photo: Leupold)

Leupold has tweaked its thermal imager series, launching two new models — the LTO-Tracker HD and LTO-Quest HD.

The new models expand on the company’s thermal offerings, delivering HD quality with more features. The LTO-Tracker kicks off the new goodies with its second-generation thermal sensor which detects heat out to 750 yards.

Featuring a new 390 x 390 pixel full circle display, the LTO-Tracker HD boasts Copper Range color palettes not offered on previous models. The device also detects temperatures from -40 degrees Fahrenheit to 572 degrees and can operate in temps as low as -4 degrees and as high as 140 degrees.

Following the LTO-Tracker is the LTO-Quest HD which touts a handheld thermal device, camera and dual-mode 300 lumen flashlight. The Quest HD  puts its advanced thermal sensor to use to detect targets out to 750 yards with storage space for up to 3,000 images Using a 320 x 240 pixel display with Gorilla Glass, the device can operate up to four hours with continuous use.

The LTO-Quest features a flashlight, camera and handheld thermal device all in one. (Photo: Leupold)

“When we launched the LTO-Tracker and LTO-Quest, we knew it was just the beginning,” Tim Lesser, vice president of product development for Leupold & Stevens, Inc., said in a press release.

“The new LTO-Tracker HD and LTO-Quest HD represent the next step for the line – they offer superior detection distance and a bevy of other features that make them essential gear, akin to a binocular or rangefinder,” he added.

Both devices are available from Leupold with MSRPs at $1,299 for the LTO-Tracker HD model and $974 for the LTO-Quest HD.

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Gubernatorial candidate: Ban ‘assault weapon’ production in Massachusetts

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 07:30

Jay Gonzalez, a Democrat looking to become the Commonwealth’s next governor, wants to end the production of “assault weapons” in Massachusetts (Photo:

A Democrat aiming to kick Republican Gov. Charlie Baker out of office wants big name gun manufacturers in Massachusetts barred from making popular semi-auto firearms.

Jay Gonzalez, a former state Secretary of Administration and Finance now running for governor, said Wednesday that guns largely banned in the state already shouldn’t be made in the state either.

Gonzalez made his announcement on his way to a protest by students and gun control advocates across the street from gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson’s headquarters in Springfield.

Among the group’s demands to Smith & Wesson was that the company halt production of the M&P-15, the type of rifle used in a recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

“Weapons that cannot be legally purchased in Massachusetts should not be manufactured in our state,” Gonzalez said. “We’ve got to finally say enough is enough. The gun used in Parkland was manufactured by Smith & Wesson. If we had a law in place banning that from happening, that gun never would have ended up in the hands of that young man.”

Although Massachusetts enacted an assault weapon ban in 1998, the iconic gun maker has been headquartered in the state since the 19th Century and continues to make various models for the larger market that are unavailable inside the Commonwealth due to the regulations. According to data from federal regulators, Smith & Wesson manufactured 1.4 million pistols, 396,710 rifles, and 294,680 revolvers as well as a smaller number of miscellaneous firearms and shotguns in Springfield in 2016.

Smith & Wesson, with some 1,700 employees, has been lauded by industrial trade groups in Massachusetts for their contributions to the state economy and a “rich legacy of supporting philanthropic efforts in the community throughout the decades,” to include creating manufacturing technology application programs seen as a model for the rest of the commonwealth and leading efforts to go green through the use of solar energy.

Other high-profile gun builders with smaller operations in Massachusetts include Savage Arms, Troy Industries and Yankee Hill Machine, the latter founded in the state.

Gonzalez, heading into a Democratic primary in September, has made gun politics a key leg of his platform. Listed among the measures he supports is advancement in “smart gun” technologies, continued opposition to the legalization of suppressors in the state and growing the number of gun buybacks. He also supports state Attorney General Martha Healey’s controversial expanded enforcement of the state assault weapons ban, including “copycat” assault weapons.

On my way to support the students. The manufacture of assault weapons should be illegal in Massachusetts. #MAPoli

— Jay Gonzalez (@jay4ma) March 14, 2018

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Inland debuts Army unit-marked commemorative 1911A1 pistols

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 07:00

One of three unit variants available, the 29th Infantry Division 100 year anniversary model features the unit’s distinctive yin-yang insignia and motto: “Twenty-nine, let’s go” along the slide. (Photo: Inland)

Ohio-based Inland Manufacturing has announced a series of GI model commemorative pistols that pay tribute to historic Army units.

All guns in the series share the company’s standard 1911A1 Government model as a base complete with combat sights, GI-style grip panels, a parkerized finish, and vertical grip serrations. The first three variants in the line carry the heraldry of the famous “Big Red One” of the 1st Infantry Division, the “Blue and Gray” of the 29th Infantry Division, and the “Rakkasans”  of the 187th Infantry Regiment.

No word from Inland on which iconic units, if any, are to be featured in the next batch of pistols. The MSRP on the commemoratives is set at $829, which is about $50 more than Inland’s bare bones GI.

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Tulster adds Sig Sauer P365 to Profile Holster options

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 06:30

Tulster adds the P365 to its arsenal of holster models. (Photo: Tulster)

With Sig Sauer’s announcement of the Sig P365, holster maker Tulster has jumped into the fray offering a P365 model for its Profile Holster.

The appendix inside-the-waistband holster is crafted to provide an ultra-concealable, minimalistic concealed carry rig with adjustable retention. The matte-edge finish pairs with minimal materials to deliver a comfortable fit, according to Tulster. Each holster is formed to the Sig P365, serving up a snug fit.

The Profile is an appendix inside-the-waistband holster. (Photo: Tulster)

The holster’s adjustability extends past retention and into positioning, as the AIWB can be canted from zero to 15-degrees to suit user needs. The Profile features an undercut trigger guard that encourages a higher grip on the gun. The Profile’s design allows users to release the magazine while the gun is still fully seated in the holster.  The rig also sports a full sweat shield that keeps sweat off the gun, preventing rust from forming on the firearm.

Available in a host of colors and patterns and in left handed and right handed configurations, the Profile AIWB from Tulster retails for $59.

The holster adjusts for cant and retention. (Photo: Tulster)

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Japanese company agrees to pay $66 million in defective body armor scandal

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 06:00

A settlement agreed to in federal court this week brought some closure to ongoing litigation over the use of a controversial synthetic fiber in defective ballistic vests.

The Department of Justice announced the settlement with Japanese textile giant Toyobo over alleged false claims made concerning the long-term effectiveness of Zylon, a polymer material, in body armor. The feds will receive $66 million from the company while the U.S-based whistle-blower who shined light onto the potentially ineffective vests will pocket $5.7 million.

“Bulletproof vests are sometimes what stands between a police officer and death,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a statement. “Selling material for these vests that one knows to be defective is dishonest, and risks the lives of the men and women who serve to protect us.”

The case, first filed against body armor manufacturer Second Chance in 2004 by DOJ and Dr. Aaron Westrick, a concerned former employee of the body armor company, and later amended to include Toyobo, saw more than 600 court filings in the past 15 years. As claimed in court documents, Zylon, originally invented by the Air Force with the rights later sold by Dow to Toyobo, was shown in internal testing by the Japanese company as far back as 1998 to degrade rapidly when exposed to light. Westrick noted as early as 2001 that, when used in hot, humid conditions, the effect of hydrolysis could degrade a vest as much as 7 percent in just 40 days, a rate said to be “abnormally high” and blew the whistle on claims the vests were capable of an effective lifespan of several years.

Nonetheless, Second Chance produced vests made with Zylon as late as 2003 and, as claimed by Westrick, removed him from access to degradation testing information on Zylon-based armor before firing him. The body armor maker warrantied the vests for five years, a benchmark that later testing by the National Institute of Justice failed to meet.

Second Chance later recalled over 100,000 Zylon-fortified vests and entered bankruptcy after two police officers were shot in 2003 while wearing possibly ineffective armor. The resulting outcry resulted in then-Attorney General John Ashcroft’s announcement of the Body Armor Safety Initiative to establish a comprehensive review process by which body armor is certified. At the same time, Toyobo stood by the fiber, allegedly downplaying the known degradation issue, and launched a public relations campaign urging other manufacturers to continue using the material.

In all, the federal government has collected $132 million from companies and individuals involved in the construction and marketing of Zylon body armor and still has litigation pending against Richard Davis — Second Chance’s former chief executive — and Honeywell.

Westrick, now a criminal justice professor at Lake Superior State University and a nationally recognized whistle-blower, will receive $5.7 million as part of the settlement.

The survivors of Oceanside, California police Officer Tony Zeppetella, killed in 2003 while wearing a Second Chance Zylon vest that failed to stop two 9mm rounds, reached a separate settlement in 2006. Other cities and states have also pursued class-action lawsuits against Zylon body armor suppliers and makers.

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Senate panel grills FBI over ignored tips ahead of Parkland shooting

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 05:30

Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Thomas Brandon (left), Acting Deputy FBI Director David Bowdich and U.S. Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center head Lina Alathari are sworn in before testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A panel of senators grilled federal law enforcement agencies this week over repeated systemic failures leading up to the massacre in Parkland, Florida last month.

Senate Judiciary Committee Majority Chairman Chuck Grassley, of Iowa, kicked off the nearly four hour hearing Wednesday vowing to “hold government accountable for its failures” and promote legislation strengthening existing gun laws to prevent future attacks — like the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead and 15 wounded.

“At all levels, law enforcement must explain what went wrong, why it went wrong, and what steps it is taking to make sure these failures never happen again,” Grassley said. “And we must determine the best, evidence-based approach to improving school safety.”

Grassley described the timeline of events unfolding in the months prior to the shooting as “disturbing,” after state and federal officials failed multiple times to intervene, despite mounting evidence of the 19-year-old accused gunman’s mental instability.

“As the FBI Director has made clear, the FBI could have and should have done more to investigate the information it was provided prior to the shooting,” said David Bowdich, deputy director of the FBI. “While we will never know if any such investigative activity would have prevented this tragedy, we clearly should have done more.”

Bowdich detailed two separate tips regarding Nikolas Cruz — the expelled teenager charged with murdering 17 people at his former high school — received by the FBI on Sept. 28 and Jan. 5. In the first case, a tipster reported Cruz after he commented on a YouTube video, under the screen name “Nikolas Cruz,” saying “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.”

Bowdich said FBI agents interviewed the caller, searched FBI databases and determined Cruz’s true identity could not be learned before closing the case two weeks later.

The second tip, received from a close friend of Cruz just six weeks before the shooting, revealed Cruz owned multiple firearms, mutilated small animals, threatened his mother with a rifle, made several references to harming himself and others and might “shoot up a school.” The tipster pleaded with FBI agents and the Parkland Police Department to “look into the matter.”

Bowdich said the agency doesn’t know why, at this point, the second tip was closed without further investigation. He told the committee Wednesday immediate remedial measures, including doubling the number of special agent supervisors assigned to review tips, have already been implemented, with others “likely” to follow.

“This obviously is not the kind of news I would prefer to deliver to this Committee, but the FBI is committed to maximum transparency in all that we do on behalf of the American people,” he said. “When we make mistakes, we will not hide them, and we are committed, with your help, to doing whatever is necessary to correct our mistakes and prevent tragedies like this one from being repeated.”

Thomas Brandon, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said he too ordered an immediate review of the agency’s policies for handling tips. As of last week, the agency launched “iTip” to “document, disseminate, and track” information received from the public.

“These disclosures are gut-wrenching for all law enforcement,” he said. “We are universally committed to responding appropriately whenever information is received about the potential for violence.”

Committee members didn’t mince words for the state officials not in attendance at Wednesday’s hearing, including Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and Michael Carroll, Secretary of Florida’s Department of Children and Families. Both agencies received multiple calls about Cruz and missed several opportunities to involuntarily commit him before he could buy the AR-15-style rifle used in the attack — or any of the nine other firearms ATF agents recovered from his home.

“I’ve seen the Sheriff all over television discussing the shooting, so it is disappointing the he has refused to speak before Congress,” Grassley said, noting Carroll clearly “dropped the ball” too. “By thumbing their noses at Congress, Sheriff Israel and Secretary Carroll have let the American people down and also the citizens of Florida they serve.”

State lawmakers have called on Florida Gov. Rick Scott to remove Israel for “neglect of duty and incompetence.” Scott opened an investigation through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement instead.

Israel maintains none of the nearly two dozen calls his office received about Cruz ever amounted to an arrestable offense. He accused lawmakers of engaging in “disingenuous political grandstanding” for the sake of a few headlines.

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CCI Ammunition adds to Mini-Mag line with Segmented Hollow Point

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 12:00

The Mini-Mag Segmented Hollow Point is the latest to be introduced into the Mini-Mag series. (Photo: CCI Ammunition)

CCI Ammunition expands its Mini-Mag rimfire product lineup, introducing the new Mini-Mag Segmented Hollow Point.

The Mini-Mag Segmented Hollow Point’s bullet is designed to split into three parts upon contact. This engineering creates three wound channels that efficiently down small game and varmints, according to CCI Ammunition.

The Segmented Hollow Point joins the Mini-Mag series, one of CCI’s most popular 22 LR offerings. The Mini-Mag delivers high velocities matched with flat trajectories. CCI Ammunition says this combination results in a reliable round that maximizes effective range and provides “unbeatable accuracy” to small game and varmint hunters.

“Mini-Mag was CCI’s first 22 LR offering and it’s still one of the most popular, offering unbeatable accuracy, high velocities, flat trajectories and superior reliability,” CCI Ammunition said in a press release. “The new Mini-Mag Segmented Hollow Point combines all of what made the original a favorite with a bullet engineered to split into three equal-size parts on impact.”

The newest member of the Mini-Mag series boasts CCI’s priming and specialized powders crafted to offer clean and consistent ignition.

The 40-grain 22 LR Mini-Mag Segmented Hollow Point is shipping now to dealers with a MSRP of $9.95.

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Miniguns, FN Mags fit for a Queen (VIDEOS)

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 11:30

The Royal Navy this week released footage of the largest British warship to ever take to the seas testing out some of her onboard weapons systems.

The HMS Queen Elizabeth is a massive (for the UK) 65,000-ton aircraft carrier second only in size to the U.S. Navy’s own flattops and on par with the Russian Kuznetsov and Chinese Liaoning. While her airwing is currently in what could be termed a “transitional” status and U.S. Marine F-35s will deploy on her until the Brits get their own, she does have a smattering of Phalanx CIWS robo-guns, some 30mm chain guns, and a dozen or so smaller mounts, which are shown at work in the above clip.

There’s lots of gratuitous footage of QE’s M134 GAU-17 miniguns, dubbed the MK 44 in British service, as they spit out 7.62mm NATO at up to 4,000 rounds per minute in addition to L7A2 general-purpose machine guns — the British variant of the classic FN MAG. Both are installed on the big carrier to ward off pesky interlopers such as Johnny Jihad in a rubber boat and curious frogmen poking their heads up.

Also note that the Brits seem to be fans of EOTech holographic weapon sights.

Disappointed you didn’t get to see a CIWS? Here is one below to make up for it, mounted on the Royal Navy amphibious dock HMS Albion. Brrrt…Brrrt…Brrrt.

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A look at the 7-barreled sea sweeper that was Nock’s volley gun (VIDEO)

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 11:00

Ian with Forgotten Weapons got his hands on a weird but massive musket that was designed to unleash a lot of pain all at once.

An English engineer by the name of James Wilson developed a multi-barreled firearm in the mid-1770s that was a vast improvement on these devices usability in the field. The single weapon had seven .60-caliber barrels, one in the centerline with the other six clustered and brazed around it like a handful of flowers. Muskets of the day often had very long 30 and even 40-inch long barrels, but the volley gun used relatively short 20-inch long tubes and — in a very dramatic fashion — the whole setup went off when triggered all at once, or at least that was the plan.

As Ian explains, while the British Army wasn’t a big fan of the design, the Royal Navy hired the well-known firm of Henry Nock of London to make a few hundred of these volley guns for use at sea. Therefore, they went down in history attached to Nock’s name, rather than Wilson’s, and have since become almost infamous for their, often factually inaccurate, portrayal on the big screen.

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Remington may enter bankruptcy court this week

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 10:30

The Remington Outdoor Company booth during SHOT Show in Las Vegas. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

Remington Outdoor Company updated a restructuring support agreement with lenders this week, putting the gun giant days away from filing for bankruptcy protections.

In Monday’s agreement, Remington laid out a timeline that set March 18 as the deadline to file a case in federal bankruptcy court. With Chapter 11 protections, the company would continue operating while negotiating with creditors and the court to restructure its nearly $1 billion debt load.

Remington named the newly formed Ankura Trust Company as an administrative agent, a role that manages payments and communications between the borrower and lender. Ankura, which formed in January, specializes in working with companies in “distressed and default situations.”

Initially, the gun maker named Bank of America as administrative agent, but the bank stepped away from the role, which delayed the process. Remington announced plans to prepare for bankruptcy two days before a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, left 17 people dead and 15 others injured. The incident sparked national protests that caused investment firms and banks, including BoA, to review their relationships with gun companies.

With the heated political environment, Remington’s owners and creditors are looking for a quick transition. Remington’s owner, private investment firm Cerberus Capital, began building the conglomerate in 2006 to include more than a dozen brands, the biggest being Remington Arms, to one day turn the massive company public. But investors began to back out after one of the company’s products was used in the Sandy Hook school shooting in December 2012.

Once Remington completes its 45-day bankruptcy reorganization plan, Cerberus will hand over ownership to lenders including investment firm Franklin Resources and investment bank JP Morgan in exchange for cutting the $950 million debt load, Bloomberg reported.

The new owners would be responsible for shoring up new financing, some $200 million, to fund Remington’s operations and would sell the company as a whole or in parts, most likely, within a few months after coming out of bankruptcy court, Bloomberg reported. Since the deal comes along as distaste for gun investments grows, new owners would likely be smaller financial firms or possibly even another gun company.

Remington, alongside other gun companies, has seen soft market conditions since President Trump took office. Trump, running against a candidate pushing a gun control agenda, vowed to be a friend to the gun rights community. While Trump in the White House gives hope for a pro-gun agenda, it has hurt sales.

Remington, also like other major gun companies, built a surplus of inventory believing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton would win and would continue former President Obama’s gun control agenda. Then, after Clinton lost the election, gun sales fell 12 percent nationally and Remington suffered a $28 million loss.

Yet, Remington had laid the groundwork to improve production. In 2014, Remington began relocating manufacturing operations for its more than a dozen brands to Huntsville, Alabama. The company projected that the effort would reduce operating costs by tens-of-millions.

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