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One of the fastest-growing and most popular striker-fired handguns on the market is Beretta’s APX series pistols.
Beretta introduced the full-sized APX in 2017, equipped with a polymer frame and a host of competitive features putting it on par with other duty guns. The APX line, as a rule, features a passive trigger safety, Picatinny rail, three-dot sights, reversible mag release, and interchangeable backstraps, but what stands out most is the slide serrations spaced finger-width apart that run the entirety of the slide and the fully flat trigger. Most models are available in either 9mm or .40 S&W chamberings.
Since introduction, the company has expanded the line with their Carry, Target, RDO, Combat and Compact/Centurion models. The platform has gone on to score major police contracts.APX Full-Size
As introduced, the full-sized APX has a 4.25-inch barrel as well as aggressive full-length slide serrations making slide manipulations easy under any conditions. To accommodate right or left-handed use, the APX magazine release button can be easily reversed and the slide stop is ambidextrous. The APX trigger breaks at 6- pounds and has a clear tactile and audible very short reset. It uses a 17-round magazine and is 5.6-inches high.APX Carry
The smallest of the family is the single-stack APX Carry, which debuted in April 2019. It ships with two magazines– one extended 8-round and one 6-round with a pinky extension — plus one flush baseplate. Due to its size, it lacks an accessory rail, but its overall length is just 5.63-inches. Weight is 20-ounces, unloaded.APX RDO/Combat
The Centurion-length APX RDO sports a 3.7-inch barrel and the same optic-capability as the APX Target. When the red dot is not mounted, the sleek APX profile can be maintained with an included blank plate to provide a smooth surface on the slide top. MSRP is $725 (although available for almost half that amount from select retailers) and it ships with two 15-round magazines. The very similar APX Combat features both the RDO cut as well as a threaded barrel, making it suppressor ready right out of the box.
The APX Centurion Combat is essentially the Centurion APX RDO with a factory standard 1/2×28 TPI threaded barrel.
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Stoeger expands its STR-9 handgun lineup, adding a compact model designed for concealed carry and home defense enthusiasts.
The STR-9 Compact, chambered in 9mm, offers a striker-fire, semi-auto build with a corrosion-resistant black nitride finish. Measuring 6.9-inches in overall length with a 3.8-inch barrel, the STR-9 Compact weighs 24-ounces. Standard features include aggressive front and rear slide serrations, drift-adjustable three-dot sights, and an accessory rail for lights and lasers.
The company says the Compact is equipped with a grip angle that coincides with the sights for a “true target alignment” in addition to delivering “a low bore axis for reduced muzzle rise.”
The STR-9 Compact series comes in a few configurations including an option with Tritium Night Sights. The STR-9 series, as a whole, boasts a few different models to include the new STR-9 Compact, Full Size, Optics Ready and Flat Dark Earth.
“The STR-9 is designed for personal protection without breaking the bank,” Stoeger said in a news release.
The STR-9 Compact features an MSRP starting at $329.
Israeli-based IWI this week was named as the winner for a contract to supply the second largest army in the world with machine guns.
The Indian Ministry of Defence on Thursday announced that IWI would supply 16,479 Negev NG7 light machine guns to the force at a cost of Rs 880 crore, or about $117 million.
“The contracted Negev 7.62X51 mm LMG is a combat-proven weapon and currently used by several countries around the globe,” noted the Ministry in a statement. “This LMG will greatly enhance the lethality and range of a soldier vis-a-vis the presently used weapon.”
The Indian Times reported that military purchasing agents have for the past several years been exploring options for the new machine gun to replace aging 7.62x54R-chambered PKMs. Contenders for the contract included Arsenal of Bulgaria and S&T Motiv in South Korea. Of note, India produces the FN MAG 58 under contract locally as the MG 2A1 general-purpose machine gun.
India has been rapidly equipping its country’s military in recent years including a contract for 72,400 7.62 NATO-caliber rifles from New Hampshire-based Sig Sauer and 93,895 5.56mm NATO carbines from UAE-based Caracal. Additionally, the country is building a factory in conjunction with Kalashnikov for the domestic production of some 700,000 new AK-200 series rifles.
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Over the last year some of the best reflex sights the market has seen made their way to consumers. Determining the “best” can feel overwhelming. With competition carry optics division in mind, I’ve set out to help you find the right optic for you.
For this review, I headed to the range to put some optics through their paces. To test these optics, I popped them on the Sig Sauer P320 X5 Legion — one of the most popular carry optics guns today. Of course, these can be mounted to most any optics-ready handgun. All of these optics offer rugged housings and scratch resistant/fog-resistant lenses. Windage adjustments are 1 MOA clicks and resiliency to recoil is no issue.Leupold Delta Point Pro
Released a few years ago, the Leupold Delta Point Pro remains relevant in the optics world compared to the up and comers. Over the years, it has proven itself as a reliable go-to choice.
The Delta Point Pro is one of two optics that direct mount to the P320 X5 — a big selling point.
It offers a wide field of view and a clear crisp dot in 2.5 or 7.5 MOA. Leupold does provide an optional rear iron sight should you choose to co-witness.
One of my favorite features on this particular optic is the battery saving motion sensor technology. This tech will automatically deactivate illumination after 5 minutes and reawaken upon movement. Something that comes in real handy at the range! The battery tray requires no tools, which is a plus.
The ergonomics are simple with everything accomplished using the center button sitting on top of the battery. The gun does need to be tilted when checking for brightness due to this design – an annoyance, but not a deal-breaker. Picking up targets and transitioning is no problem and feels natural.
- Height x width: 1.3-inches x 1.3-inches
- Weight: 1.95-ounces
- Battery life: Unspecified by Leupold; however, I’ve used this red dot for years and replace the battery once a year as a precaution.
- Waterproof: 100%
- Warranty: Unlimited lifetime
Released in 2019, the Trijicon SRO started popping up on the range with its wide reticle spotted from afar. Trijicon included a wide field of view, which is amazing, and the ergonomics are fantastic. A large up-button on one side and down-button on the other will turn it on or off and adjust brightness. One can look through the sight when making adjustments which makes tweaking settings a no-brainer. The SRO has automatic brightness adjustment modes which can be locked in, though I personally prefer the manual modes.
For those accustomed to C-More, the “original” competition optic, look no further. The round lens gives an air of familiarity yet has more glass and is lighter. Battery life is also much better. My one quip centers on the battery tray which sports large slots. These require a thick screwdriver instead of a quarter, spent casing or thin screwdriver commonly used as on-the-spot tools.
A bonus to the SRO design is its compatibility with suppressor-height iron sights. The SRO is offered in 1.0, 2.5 or 5.0 MOA. Unless you shoot Bullseye, stick with the 2.5 or 5.0 MOA. I tried both and either size is great and comes down to personal preference.
The optic is tall compared to its competitors, resulting in more vertical vision. Every time I picked up the gun, the dot was right there and ready. Trijicon typically has a coating on optics which give off a blue hue, but thankfully, the SRO was saved from this. It has only the slightest tint to the glass.
It’s worth noting that, compared to its sibling optic the RMR, the SRO has reportedly seen less durability in the field with models occasionally breaking during use.
- Height x width: 2.2-inches x 1.3-inches
- Weight: 1.6-ounces
- Battery life: 3 years at setting 4 of 8
- Waterproof: Up to 10-feet
- Warranty: 3 years to the original owner
The Romeo3MAX is another high-end reflex sight released in 2019. With an array of Sig-branded microdots to choose, what makes this noteworthy?
The Romeo3MAX was the result of a collaboration between Sig Sauer and Team Sig Shooting Captain Max Michel. Michel previously used the Romeo during competition but tweaked the design to produce the new Romeo3MAX.
The Romeo3Max comes in 3 or 6 MOA and brings nice features such as motion-activated illumination. This tech powers up or down based on the motion of the gun. The red dot also touts a red notch reflector offering better brightness, according to Sig. Compared to other optics, I felt the brightness was on par.
The ergonomics are okay, at best. Two small buttons on the side adjust brightness and serve as the on/off switch. The biggest drawback comes down to adjustments and battery replacement. The Romeo3MAX requires a small Allen wrench for windage adjustments and battery swaps.
The battery tray is upgraded over its predecessor as it will stay in place and is tightly secured to avoid any mishaps. A very notable benefit of this optic is the low profile Picatinny mount – a must-consider for Pistol Caliber Carbines as the holdover is extraordinarily minimal.
- Height x width: 1.3-inches x 1.2-inches
- Weight: 1.5-ounces
- Battery life: 20,000 hours
- Waterproof: Up to 3-feet
- Warranty: Unlimited lifetime, 5 years on electronic components
The Romeo1PRO is a unicorn of sorts — always out of stock and rarely seen on the range. That being said, I was jazzed to try it out as it directly mounts to the P320.
Sig improved dot brightness with a new point-source emitter featuring 12 settings. Compared to the Romeo1 at normal brightness the clarity is slightly better; however, at brighter settings, I found the dot created an incredible starburst. In fairness, this could relate to my own astigmatism, but this was the only optic I saw a starburst pattern while using.
The ergonomics of the Romeo1PRO are very similar to the Romeo3MAX, with the only difference being windage adjustments. Windage is tweaked with a small screwdriver, though the top-loading battery tray requires a slightly larger screwdriver. Like the Romeo3MAX it also comes with motion sensor technology.
Compared to other optics, it features the smallest field of vision. The width is comparable to the Delta Point Pro, but the height is slightly lower. Putting it through some drills it’s a solid optic, and worth considering. Compared to the others, though, the Romeo1PRO provides the smallest window and no real stand-out options.
If you loved the Romeo1 or are looking for something more affordable, this is the optic. Keep in mind, it is not compatible with slides cut for the Romeo1.
- Height x width: 1.1-inches x 1.2-inches
- Weight: 1.0-ounces
- Battery life: 20,000 hours
- Waterproof: Up to 3-feet
- Warranty: Unlimited lifetime, 5 years on electronic components
Specifically, with competition or even the serious range-goer, clarity of glass, field of view, quality of dot and ergonomics are all features to consider. Overall, all of these optics meet these basic requirements and prove themselves as high-end offerings.
Indiana-based MarColMar Firearms have long been a player in the market of limited edition collectible rifles, and their UKM is no exception.
Best known today for their CETME L rifles, MarColMar started off making semi-auto versions of the belt-fed PKM– Kalashnikov’s machine gun– as far back as 2007 or so then switched gears to produce AK-74 clones. From there they tackled the Uk. vz. 59, Czechoslovakia’s Cold War-era universal machine gun, in 2013, making about 350 rifles.
Then came an even smaller small run of the Vz. 59’s updated variant, the UKM Tactical Rifle.
MarColMar’s UKM essentially takes the best facets of the PKM and the Vz. 59, then blends them in a semi-automatic closed-bolt rifle that didn’t require a tax stamp. Using all-milled construction, the rifle weighs 19.8-pounds. Of note, the receiver by itself starts as a 40-pound block of steel before the machining starts.
The 18-inch heavy chrome-lined barrel is made by Lothar Walther in Germany. The gun ditches the old surplus Com Bloc wood and resin furniture for polymer, as well as adding forward Picatinny rails at the 3-, 6-, and 9 o’clock positions.
In something only seen elsewhere on the Vz.59s, the UKM keeps the Czech style pistol grip-mounted cocking system and incorporates a more modern UK vz. 68-style muzzle device instead of the dated ZB-26-esque cone-style flash hider.
For a deeper dive, check out MarColMar’s owner, Dave Bane, talking with TFB-TV in 2017 about the development of their UKM, which was limited to about 90 guns produced.
The UKM example we have up for grabs in the Guns.com Vault includes both a synthetic and wood stock, a half-dozen 50-round non-disintegrating steel belts, a 250-round Warsaw Pact style ammo can, a 50-round assault can, armorer’s kit, and manuals.
The odds of running into a MarColMar UKM owner are slim, as under 100 of these guns were made by the well-known company.
With the cold gray of Winter passing into history, March 19 marks the beginning of Spring, and the mind turns to pretty things. Here are some bursts of color we came across so far this month, in an appropriately Guns.com kinda way.
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Dave Young knows a few things about home defense, after all, he wrote a book on it.
In his book, How to Defend Your Family and Home, Young interviewed more than 100 people who lived through home defense encounters. Young himself also lived through a home defense encounter as a teenager. He used that experience as motivation to make sure no one had to go through what he went through.
Since then Young has become a seasoned Marine veteran, law enforcement officer and now heads Arma Training, one of the nations leading training institutes for military and law enforcement.
His book goes into great detail about ways in which you can lessen the chances of a home invasion as well as what to do if it occurs. Young spoke to Guns.com about some basic principles and suggestions for home defense. Here are five things you can do to make yourself more secure at home.Get a Good Layout of Your Property
“We recommend doing property walks that start from the outside of your property, stopping by trees that might block your vision. Stand by a tree and look and see if you see into your window,” Young told us.
The property walk goes far beyond seeing if you have visual impairments. Look around the property for things like impressions you might not recognize. You see a size 14 boot print on your property, but you only wear flipflops? That might be something you pay close attention to. Are there more of them? Where are they leading to?
Other indicators might include things like cigarette butts, food, or garbage. All these could be a telltale sign that someone has been on your property.Walk the Outside of Your House
“Whether you buy a brand-new house or you’re moving into a used home it’s important to check all the strike plates, the latches and locks that are on the door,” Young said.
In addition to checking these key security staples of the home Young also recommends checking near the door handle and lock for tool marks. If there are tool marks that appear to be old he suggests putting some clear nail polish over it.
“You can see if there’s any fresh tool marks. Sometimes people try to break in your house leave for a variety of reasons,” he said. This may not prevent a future break-in but it will give you some indication that there is something nefarious going on.
Additionally, look for things like cut screens, light bulbs being loose or unscrewed and of course items that do not belong to you.Walk the Inside of Your House
If you’re worried that someone may be breaking into your home there are a few practical things you can do to confirm suspicions.
“I’ll give an example. When you stand in my doorway and you look throughout the house, you’ll be able to see specific pictures that are facing you. Well, if we walk in the home and I see those pictures are not facing I know someone has been in my home,” said Young.
Leaving certain doors in the house closed at all times when gone is another practical tip that Young gives for telling if someone has been in your home.
“We have five doors down one of our hallways, we leave a specific one closed when we leave. So if it’s open again [when we get home], it’s all to give you indicators that someone has been in your home,” Young told us.
This practice of walking the property, followed by the outside of the home, followed by inside the house should be done at least once a month Young recommends. Besides looking for things that are misplaced or askew in your home you should also be looking for places of engagement or opportunity.Have a Plan
“You should never have a knee jerk reaction to your own personal safety. That is the silliest thing you can do,” says Young. Your home defense plan should be well thought out and discussed with all family members. It’s important to give everyone who is of age basic training on how to handle, reload and shoot a firearm. It’s equally as important to impart vital first-aid training that could save a life.
You also need to plan and stage your weapons and ammo in a place that will be beneficial for you if a break-in should occur. “Don’t put all your firearms and your ammunition and your magazines right near your bed. Then your out in your hallway or kitchen [and the break-in occurs].
It kind of defeats the purpose of having your equipment,” Young says.
Now he isn’t advocating that you sweep and clear your home every night but having weapons strategically placed is something to think about. You also don’t want to hide them in a place that invokes the ‘whoops I forgot it was there’ mentality. Young has heard stories of people hiding guns in their laundry machines, ovens, flowerpots, etc. These are impractical places to hide a gun as they are either needed for everyday life or would be hard to access in a time of need.
Finally, your plan needs to include communication and verbalization both during the event and afterward as well. Home defense means that you’re committed to keeping family safe, meaning you need to shoot until you stop the threat. Once the threat down, does that mean that you put the gun down? No.
Young suggests you first clear your home to make sure that there is no one else there that could bring harm to your family. After that, you’ll want to call the police to make sure that they are on their way.
When the police arrive, you need to also have a “surrender plan.” They shouldn’t see the gun in your hand. You should have your hands clearly visible when they come into the home and you should follow instructions completely.
“A lot of people aren’t thinking about what happens afterward. They’re thinking if someone comes into my house, I’ll shoot them,” Young said.Practice, Practice, Practice
What good is a home defense plan if you never discuss it or practice the fundamentals of what might happen? “We raised five boys and a girl,” Young said, “When they were younger it would be a game. Let’s play hide and seek and let’s get out of the house and hide there. Then when they got older, they understood their roles more.”
As you can tell the Dave Young home defense plan involves a lot more than putting rounds downrange or teaching a family member how to shoot. It’s an all-encompassing view of how you’re going to defend your home but also how you can escape and then what to do after.
“You have to take a look at this thing from A to Z, not something’s happening, and I got to react to it. We’d rather you respond to it, which is a planned sequential event,” said Young.Conclusion
A home defense plan will be a very personal and unique thing for your family and home. It’s important though to have a pre-planned event in case something happens because a knee jerk reaction is never a good thing.
If you’d like to know more about Dave Young you can check out Arma Training to see his training classes or you can buy his book on Amazon. The book goes deeper and gives some concrete ideas and examples of things you can do to set up a home defense plan for your family. At the end of each chapter is a couple of activities and drills which will allow you to implement what Young is teaching into your home defense plan.
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New Hampshire-based Sig Sauer this week posted images of a custom P320 pistol to celebrate a recent historic milestone.
Last year, the Sig P320 reached the million-unit goalpost and to mark the occasion Sig Custom Works crafted a one-of-a-kind presentation pistol.
The custom P320 features hand-cut granite grips to commemorate it’s birthplace in New Hampshire– the Granite State– while the slide is engraved with scrolls in a 14 karat gold inlay.
Unlike the traditional polymer frame production P320s are known for, the custom handgun sports an all-metal high-gloss polished frame akin to the pistols Sig Sauer produced for the U.S. Army’s Tomb Sentinels at Arlington National Cemetery.
The unique gun also has a unique serial number, 58H1000000.
Introduced in 2014, the modular P320 series has proved extremely popular, going on to win the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System contract in 2017 with Sigs selected as the M17 and M18 pistols. Beating out big-name gunmakers from around the globe to replace the M9 Beretta, Sig late last year delivered the 100,000th MHS series gun to the military.
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Based on the company’s popular PC Carbine, Ruger’s new feature-rich PC Charger pistol just hit the market.
Using a 6.5-inch threaded barrel and a glass-filled polymer chassis system that allows for the use of standard AR pistol grips, the takedown PC Charger is 16.5-inches long overall. Hitting the scales at 5.2-pounds, it comes with an integrated rear Picatinny rail for pistol braces.
The Charger uses a hard-coat anodized aluminum handguard with Magpul M-LOK-slots at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions and comes with a factory-installed handstop.
Like the standard PC Carbine, the PC Charger ships with an interchangeable magazine well for Ruger SR-or Security-9 series mags, or Glock 9mm double-stacks. For those with a Ruger American pistol, you can get a separate mag well for that as well for a little extra coin.
The PC Charger ships with a single SR-series mag as well as tools for disassembly of the chassis system and charging handle removal. For those behind the lines, Ruger also offers a state-compliant model with a 10-round mag.
MSRP on the Ruger PC Charger is $799.
But how does it shoot? Beyond Seclusion and The Firearm Guy have been testing the gun over the past few weeks and have their thoughts, below.
Virginia-based FN America on Tuesday announced its newest handgun for the concealed carry market, the ultra-compact FN 503.
“Using the design, performance and reliability standards of the FN 509 family as inspiration, the FN 503 has been purpose-built to conceal quickly and discreetly without compromising on the features and performance FN customers require,” says the iconic gunmaker about the new striker-fired 9mm pistol.
The FN 503 has a 3.1-inch barrel with recessed target crown which contributes to a 5.9-inch overall length. Some 4.6 inches high, the gun is slim– with a width of 1.1 inches overall. Weight is 21-ounces. For comparison, this puts the new FN in the roughly same size envelope as Glock’s single-stack 9mm, the G43.
When it comes to standard features, the FN 503 has enlarged surface controls and FN 509-style low-profile snag-free, three-dot iron sights. The FN 503 ships with a single 6-round magazine with a pinky extender and one 8-round magazine with grip sleeve in a soft-sided zippered case.
MSRP of the FN 503 is $549.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff is doing all he can to limit the number of inmates behind bars during the coronavirus outbreak while telling residents that buying guns is a bad idea.
During a press conference on Monday at the Hall of Justice, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said his Department has reduced the jail population by over 600 in the past two weeks by releasing some inmates early.
Additionally, the Sheriff cut the number of arrests after he raised the bail amount for booking inmates from $25,000 to $50,000, which allows more suspects to be released with a citation, rather than be taken into custody. This latter move has dropped daily intake from a typical average of about 300 new guests at the county’s jails to around 60. According to the county bail schedule for Los Angeles, crimes such as assault with a deadly weapon and vehicular manslaughter have a bail of less than $50,000.
In the same conference, Villanueva admonished LA County residents to not obtain the means to defend themselves and their families during the crisis, saying, “Buying guns is a bad idea.”
It would seem that some Angelenos would disagree, as reported by LA Magazine, “All across Los Angeles, from Culver City to Burbank, gun sales are booming.”
The LASD, which has the largest county jail system in the country, had 16,459 inmates counted as of Monday.
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A national pro-gun group on Tuesday cautioned New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell that they sued the city once over firearms issues, and they’ll do it again.
The Washington-based Second Amendment Foundation this week warned Cantrell, a Democrat, against trying to suspend or limit the sale or transport of firearms, a power declared under the Louisiana city’s new State of Emergency response due to coronavirus.
“Following Hurricane Katrina, we sued the city when then-Mayor Ray Nagin’s administration began confiscating firearms from law-abiding citizens for no good reason,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb in a statement emailed to Guns.com. The federal court, in that case, ordered the city to cease confiscations three weeks after they had begun.
“We sued New Orleans then, and we’ll do it again,” Gottlieb promised. “The presence of a nasty disease does not suspend any part of the Bill of Rights, no matter what some municipal, state or even federal politician may think.”
Cantrell’s emergency action proclamation says the city is empowered, if necessary, “to suspend or limit the sale, dispensing or transporting alcoholic beverages, firearms, explosives, and combustibles.”
However, it also cautions this action should be tempered under the limits of a 2006 state law, passed the year after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, which prohibits the seizure of firearms from law-abiding citizens during a state of emergency. Under HB 760, which was signed by Gov. Kathleen Blanco, police in Louisiana can disarm someone during a state of emergency when the officer reasonably believes it is necessary for safety. If an arrest is not made or the weapon not seized as part of a criminal investigation, the firearm must be returned. Further, federal legislation was enacted in 2007 which limits such seizures during a major disaster or emergency.
It is believed that New Orleans Police and assisting agencies impounded upwards of 1,200 guns during Katrina, with as many as 552 reportedly still in police lockup more than three years after the storm. Most had been seized without receipts or records, a factor which made returning the firearms even more difficult.
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The Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot in West Point, Kentucky is the biggest event of its kind in the world. It takes place every April and October and attracts upwards of 20,000 Second Amendment loving folks. The night shoot is second to none.
The next shoot is scheduled for April 3, 4, 2020. As of March 16, the shoot is still happening. However, the situation concerning the coronavirus pandemic is evolving rapidly. Management at the Knob Creek Gun Range is keeping a close eye on developments.
Guns.com spoke to Kenny Sumner, the owner of Knob Creek Gun Range, by phone on the evening of March 16, 2020. “I’m waiting on something from the governor saying they don’t want anything happening. But as it is right now, we’re a go,” he said.Closings
Earlier on Monday, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced plans to order all restaurants in the state to stop dining in. On March 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged against large gatherings of people, usually 50 or more. On Tuesday, President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force issued recommended guidelines to help “flatten the curve” when it comes to the spread of the virus to include avoiding social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
In recent weeks, numerous staple yearly gun events were canceled or postponed to include the 149th NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits in Nashville, several CMP-sponsored competitions, the famed Wanenmacher’s Tulsa Arms Show, and Kalash Bash Texas 2020. Likewise, the Big Sandy Shoot in Arizona has been postponed but due to rain inundation, not coronavirus.The Show Will Go on, for now at least
It’s not often the Knob Creek shoot is canceled. The last time was in April 2012 when torrential rains caused major flooding and the bridge leading into the gun range to collapse. “We work so hard to put it on every six months. It’s just hard to believe that a little flu virus is going to keep it from happening,” he said.
According to Sumner, the best way to stay up to date on whether the April shoot is happening or not is to keep an eye on the Knob Creek Gun Range Facebook page. “As soon as I see that we will not be having it, it will definitely be posted there,” Sumner said.
In the meantime, enjoy the short documentary we made about the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot below.
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Looking for an open gun ideal for someone just dipping their toes in USPSA/IPSC open class, I was on the hunt for a handgun primed for performance. The Guns.com Vault revealed a pistol ready to take up this task — the STI Grand Master.The Basics
Chambered in .38 Super, the Grand Master sports a 5-inch Trubor compensated barrel. A Trubor barrel is manufactured from a single piece of rifle-grade steel. It’s then fitted to the compensator to improve accuracy and reduce muzzle flip. To really work that compensator, the .38 Super round allows for more powder and, for that reason, is a popular open caliber for reloaders.
Weighing in at 44.6-ounces the gun is hefty but manageable. As I shot it felt balanced and didn’t impede my transitions from target to target.Elevated Features and Range Time
The Grand Master is a factory-standard model that offers a few upgrades, chosen at the time of purchase, but otherwise is standard among its series. If you compare this gun to other factory models, it’s quite competitive; however, it shouldn’t be compared to a custom open gun. That’s like comparing apples to oranges or a Chevy to a Ferrari.
The pistol offers rear cocking serrations, STI’s steel magwell, an ambitious magazine release, and an installed C-More optic. For an open gun, it has what you need to get to the range and stretch your legs in Open Class. That being said it is lacking features like slide cuts and barrel ports, but, again, this isn’t a true custom gun. For a factory model, it gets the job done at a more affordable price point.
In taking it to the range the Grand Master shot flat. The trigger brought very little creep and even less take-up, which one would expect from an open gun. I felt the Grand Master had much more punch than other open guns which affected the shooting experience but certainly did not impact accuracy.
Some feeding issues are due to the neutered 10-round magazines. With some tuning, I believe they would run flawlessly. Otherwise, there were no issues and it ran consistently.
The magazine release was easy to grasp and the magwell made reloads sweet. My main gripe would be the lack of a slide racker, but the rear serrations do help. This was a very fun gun for practice and I feel on a stage it would really shine.Final Thoughts
Though STI halted production of its open guns in 2019 — to focus on other product lines — the open series will most likely reappear after 2020. This particular Grand Master is from the pre-DVC line, which makes it a tad older. With that being said this Grand Master looks practically new and hardly used. In a world where open guns tend to see insanely high round counts and abuse, this one is a gem.
Overall if an entry open gun is your desire- this one fulfills that!
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New legislation introduced this month in the Pennsylvania House aims to add fees and limits to how Keystone Staters buy their ammunition.
Pennsylvania House Bill 2344 was referred to the chamber’s Judiciary Committee last week with a dozen sponsors. Filed by state Rep. Tom Murt, R-Montgomery, it would wrap the ammo buying process in layers of Harrisburg red tape.
In its current format, the 25-page bill would mandate those who want to pick up some bullets first obtain a proposed Ammunition Purchase Authorization Permit, a four-year $50 ammo permission slip controlled by state police. Permits, which could take 30 days to process, would be tracked, their information retained in a central database, and subject to revocation.
When it comes to the act of buying ammunition, with a $3 surcharge payable to the state, ammo could only be purchased online if it is delivered to a licensed importer, manufacturer or dealer to process a subsequent face-to-face transfer. This would end the common practice among Pennsylvanians of ordering from e-commerce ammo retailers such as Guns.com and having it conveniently delivered to their home.
Further, Commonwealth residents under the proposal would be barred from legally transporting ammunition into the state that was acquired outside of its borders unless they have a licensed dealer coordinate the transfer.
While the bill exempts police and law enforcement from its requirements, those who violate the provisions of the ammo control mandate could face up to a second-degree felony, a punishment that is on par with involuntary manslaughter and provides from 5 to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
Murt is a suburban Philly Republican who took office in 2007 and announced earlier this year that he is not seeking reelection. All of HB 2344’s co-sponsors are currently Democrats.
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When Tina Pattison’s son, Matthew, was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness the one thing he wanted to do was “hunt moose with Dad.” There was a problem, though. The wish-granting organizations Pattison tried to contact wouldn’t sponsor a hunt. A mother on a mission, she went to battle for her son’s dream. Contacting every outfitter she could, she sought to find one who would take on the cost of hosting and making her son’s dream a reality.
After rejections from many outfitters, finally, one from Alberta, Canada returned her call. They agreed to take Matthew and his father on the moose hunt of a lifetime. The whole town pitched together to cover the cost of the hunt, travel and lodging. Matthew took a large bull on his first day in the field and spent the rest of the trip enjoying camaraderie with the townsfolk.
Unfortunately, six months after his trip, on April 28, 1999, Matthew passed away. Though he is no longer with us, his memory lives on through a foundation built on the principles of helping kids dive into fishing or hunting when they need it most. Shortly after Matthew’s passing his mother founded Hunt of a Lifetime Foundation to help others who want to live out the same dream hunt as Matthew did.
Today, the operation hums along, helping as many kids as possible. “No child has ever been turned away,” Expo and Media Coordinator Dan Wilhite, told Guns.com. “We pay 100-percent for the child, the parent or legal guardian to go on these, so no hardships come onto the families.”
It’s a point of pride among the organization which is dedicated to helping families in a time of need. They take around 100 kids a year out into the fields. An average of 65 to 70 hunts is planned in advance, while the rest are emergency cases taken on to fulfill immediate needs. Since 1999, the organization has seen 1,200 kids head out for a hunt at no cost to the child’s family.
Without Hunt of a Lifetime Foundation, it’s very likely these children wouldn’t be able to hunt. Some of them, have never held a gun or fishing rod before in their lives — adding up to an amazing experience for a youth that desperately needs it.
“Make-a-Wish does not take kids hunting and fishing. That’s how we got started. For these children to experience something like this, it takes volunteers, money and time,” Wilhite said.
Children aren’t the only benefactors of the trips, parents also get the enjoyment of seeing a dream fulfilled and joy on the faces of those they love. “Emotions are real high with the kids and the people that are doing this too. It’s camaraderie that comes with doing the hunts and fishing trips because these kids otherwise wouldn’t have been able to go,” Wilhite commented.
The Foundation prides itself on running a lean budget with a wide network of volunteers across the country to help make wishes come true. The trips typically average five days. For those who choose to go on a hunt, the gun becomes theirs afterward.
“It’s all volunteers. There’s only two people that draw paychecks from Hunt of a Lifetime; one is our lawyer, as needed, the other is our CPA,” Wilhite explained.
What started as one mother’s simple wish to see her boy happy one last time has turned into a beautiful network of hunters, outfitters and anglers coming together to help kids in need.
“I just hope people start to come on board with us, whether it’s as volunteers or donations,” Wilhite told Guns.com.
If you would like to donate to the cause please check out Hunt of a Lifetime on the web. For more information about volunteering opportunities or the organization itself, contact Dan Wilhite at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Though there are hundreds of handguns on the market designed to keep you safe, we at Guns.com pulled together five models that are routinely listed among the best, especially when looking for a full-sized home defense handgun.1. Glock G17
Glock is synonymous with reliability and ruggedness, proving itself over the years as a worthy contender in the self-defense and personal protection realms. It’s no surprise that it tops our list of Self-Defense worthy firearms. While the company has steadily churned out various models and generations over the years, the Glock G17 has remained one of the best options for many defense scenarios. A favorite among law enforcement and home defenders alike, the G17 offers a 9mm chambered semi-automatic design with 17+1 capacity. Measuring 8.03-inches in total length, the G17 delivers a 4.49-inch barrel.
If the full-size G17 is a bit too big for your liking, consider stepping down to the midsized G19 or even the compact-sized Glock 26. Likewise, if you are a fan of calibers that start with a “4” you can always up-size your Glock choice to a G22 in .40 S&W or a G21 in .45 ACP.
Another favorite among professionals is the Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0. Also chambered in 9mm, the M&P series offers sizes ranging from full-size to the new sub-compact model. The full-sized variant features an overall length of 7.4-inches with a 4.25-inch barrel. Boasting a 15+1 capacity, the pistol comes with interchangeable palmswell grip inserts and a brand new M2.0 trigger. With compliant models to keep you legal in restrictive states and manual safety options, Smith & Wesson offers the greatest breadth in terms of semi-auto variety.
If the full-sized M&P9 M2.0 is just too much to handle, downsize to its compact compadre – the M&P Shield or Shield EZ – or the newly released M2.0 Subcompact. As with the Glock above, you can always up-caliber to a .45 ACP model.
Sig Sauer’s P226 is renowned for operating alongside U.S. Navy Seals. This 7.7-inch pistol brings a full-sized design to the table along with a 4.4-inch barrel length. The P226 comes in a few flavors – Legion, Legion RX, MK25/TACOPS, and Nitron Full-Size — with a 15+1 capacity.
The P226 series is pricey with its least expensive option, the Nitron, offering a scaled-down approach. Measuring 7.7.-inches in total length, the Nitron sports a 4.4-inch barrel. Though it comes outfitted with SigLite Night Sights, it doesn’t feature added benefits – like Cerakoting, X-RAY3 Day/Night Sights, Gray Guns trigger or ROMEO red dot compatibility – as seen in its sibling models
Self-defense isn’t all about semi-autos and Ruger’s GP100 proves that it can hang with the best of the best. Available in 6-shot or 7-shot models, the GP100 offers a plethora of models to choose from.
From 2-inch barrels up to 6-inch barrels, the GP100 series comes in .22 LR, .327 Fed Mag. .44 SPL, 10mm or, self-defense favorite, .357 Mag. The GP100 sports Hogue or wooden grips, depending on the model, and an adjustable rear sight.
Smith & Wesson’s L-Frame Model 686 is equipped with either a 6-shot or 7-shot cylinder and a durable frame. The Model 686 is outfitted with a 4.125-inch barrel and measures 9.6-inches in total length. A heavy-duty, stainless-steel revolver, the Model 686 is chambered in .357 Mag/.38 SPL.
Not only does this wheelgun look slick, but it has also served alongside law enforcement and on the bedsides of many home defenders.
Being a gun owner isn’t just about stocking your safe with cool guns. It also entails being a good representative of the 2A lifestyle. With that in mind, Guns.com has compiled a shortlist of ways you can be a better gun owner.1. Practice Safe Handling Techniques
Safety is paramount when handling guns and unfortunately complacency can get the best of us. As gun owners, it’s important for us to not only keep ourselves safe but also protect those around us.
If you need a refresher:
- Treat all guns as if they are loaded.
- Keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire.
- Make sure you know what your target is and what’s beyond it.
Additionally, model good gun behavior at the range by wearing proper ear and eye protection.2. Properly Store Guns When Not In Use and Record Serial Numbers
If you’re not actively using your firearm, place it in a location that is inaccessible to unauthorized users. Whether that’s a bedside safe, a traditional safe or even some fancy RFID concealment furniture, properly storing guns ensures they stay out of the wrong hands.
If a safe is a little outside the budget, organizations like the National Shooting Sports Foundation provide free safety kids through the Project ChildSafe campaign. The Project ChildSafe Safety Kit supplies free safety kits include a cable-style gun lock and safety instructions to help you better secure your guns.
While you’re locking up what you’re not using, take a moment to also jot down a list of serial numbers for all guns. If guns are stolen or lost in a natural disaster, they can be easily identified and returned to the rightful owner using that serial number.3. Give Back to the Community
Give back to the gun community by supporting an organization aimed at preserving the Second Amendment. Whether you choose to join a national organization or a state/local, getting involved can be as simple as donating a few bucks or volunteering some time. Joining an organization is not only a great way to give back to the gun community but also helps you network with other like-minded gun buddies.
On a similar note, consider volunteering or helping out with local youth via the 4-H club or clay clubs at area schools. Volunteers are always needed within these groups and organizations are eager to put volunteers to work. You can also get involved with Hunter’s Education classes, lending your expertise to encourage a new generation of hunters.
Additionally, get active! Meeting with local state representatives or senators, making phone calls and sending letters (a la snail mail to really get their attention) to advocate for Second Amendment rights is a great way to lobby for what matters. Takes some time out to attend rallies and events with local lawmakers to make sure they understand what’s important to you.4. Invite a Friend to the Range or Fields
Going to the range or heading out to a hunt can feel intimidating, especially if you’ve never been; so help future gun owners out by inviting friends to the range. Extending that invitation for some lead-slinging fun lessens the anxiety for those that might be curious about guns but don’t know where to start.
Alternatively, invite your buddies out for a hunt. Many gun owners want to head to the field but just don’t know where to go. Take the guesswork out for them and lead the way!5. Train-up
Classes are useful resources that encourage good gun handling techniques, reaffirm the basics, break bad habits and introduce new concepts to gun owners. As a gun owner, you should always be a student in pursuit of the latest information. Remember, you are investing in a lifelong skill. Also, keep in mind that gun training shouldn’t be a one and done venture. Continuing to take classes and educate yourself on tactics and techniques, no matter your style of shooting, will help you achieve your goals on your gun journey.
Whether you’ve been shooting for 40 years or 40 minutes, training with a certified, reputable instructor is a wise investment and good use of time.
Heckler & Koch this year has a host of subtle changes coming to their popular VP9 pistol line including several important upgrades.
Perhaps the most welcome of the changes is an updated 17-round flush-fit magazine, up from the long-standard 15-round capacity mags. There is also a new sight configuration– which includes a high-visibility front sight and a “clean” black serrated rear– and an optics-ready cut for mini reflex sight.
“While the VP is easily the most successful pistol in the history of HK, we are still very committed to making it even better,” HK-USA COO/CSO Mike Holley said in a statement. “From a business perspective, these improvements will certainly help the VP perform even better in the marketplace. But more importantly, they will make the VP pistols, and even those who shoot them, perform better in the field too.”
The updated models still retain the company’s standard short, crisp trigger, which is described by HK as “one of the best out-of-the-box striker-fired triggers available,” as well as the adaptable grip frame with interchangeable backstraps and side panels that allow 27 unique configurations to semi-customize the grip fitment.
HK says the updated VPs are already shipping, with MSRP starting around $799, a price typically lower from retailers.
For a rundown on the VP9 as a whole, which has been around since 2014, check out this great review from our own Jacki Billings.
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