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New John Wick Trailer Has Guns, Lots of Guns

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 04:30

If you are a fan of really nice 3 Gun setups, the new John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum preview is must-watch material.

Released by Lionsgate this week, the trailer has super-gun-fu ninja John Wick (Keanu Reeves) returning to the big screen. With a $14 million price tag on his head, he has the franchise’s standard horde of well-dressed bounty-hunters killers hot on his trail.

Of course, though, the plot takes a sideline as Wick — joined by the original Colt Python fan Laurence Fishburne— drops a callback to the now 20-year-old “Guns, Lots of Guns” scene from the Matrix (also released through Lionsgate).

You remember that scene, right?

The new Wick trailer highlights other great stuff like a knife fight in a knife museum, Halle Berry with a threaded barreled SIG P365 vs. a bulletproof suit, a goon squad with HK MP5s keeping it old school, and the pit-bull packing Wick Actual showing off lots of Taran Tactical stuff to include a STI 2011 Combat Master, tricked out SIG MPX carbine with jungle mags, and a Benelli M2 Super 90 with a John Holmes-length magazine extension.

What’s not to like?

JW3 is set to release May 17 but to help fill in the time until then, the crew visited with Taran Tactical to get the scoop on the long-slide worthy of Mr. Wick, below.

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Looming Bump Stock Ban Blocked By Federal Court Order

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 04:00

The litany of legal challenges to the federal bump stock ban generated an injunction on Thursday.

The U.S. 10th Circuit on Thursday issued a temporary stay of the pending federal bump stock ban set to take effect next week.

The stay comes in the case of Utah gun rights advocate W. Clark Aposhian, backed by the nonprofit New Civil Liberties Alliance, which takes issue with how government regulators moved to outlaw the devices last year. As such, it blocks enforcement, set to take effect on March 26, against Aposhian while his case is in the courts.

“Today the Court of Appeals told the ATF that it could not rush through the bump stock ban without meaningful judicial review,” said Caleb Kruckenberg, NCLA’s litigation counsel, in a statement to “The Court understands the stakes and is refusing to let an innocent owner be declared a felon, as scheduled.”

The lawsuit, filed in January in a Salt Lake City U.S. District Court, challenges the proper role of administrative agencies– such as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives– and whether their regulations may contradict a law passed by Congress, specifically the definition of a “machine gun” as set by lawmakers in 1934 and 1968. The case argues that ATF essentially rewrote the definition as set out by previous laws, something that was not in the agency’s power to do.

Going back to 2017, regulators had researched federal law to determine if certain bump stock devices fall within the definition of “machine gun,” which led to President Trump last February to order the Department of Justice to craft regulations to “write out” the devices himself. Since then, the primary maker of bump stocks in the country stopped taking orders for the controversial devices, although they were still readily available from dealers until this week.

Attorneys for Aposhian further argue that the government is also retroactively punishing otherwise lawful purchasers of the devices– with punishable up to 10 years in federal prison for first-time offenders– who may not hear about the ban before it turns them into felons.

While U.S. District Judge Jill N. Parrish, a 2015 appointment by President Obama, turned away Aposhian’s request for an injunction on Wednesday, saying his case has “not shown a likelihood of success,” NCLA filed an emergency request to the 10th Circuit who granted the injunction. Both sides have until March 29 to file a further response with the court.

“The Court’s decision to stay the bump stock rule is an important recognition of the high stakes in this case,” noted NCLA. “While the order is limited, the Court recognizes that Mr. Aposhian has raised a substantial basis to question the rule’s validity.”

Several other cases, filed immediately after the rule was signed by then-Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker in December, are also seeking injunctions with mixed results. One such effort, the cases of FPC v. Whitaker and Guedes v. BATFE, will be heard by the D.C. Court of Appeals on Friday morning.

As many as 500,000 of the devices are believed to be in circulation.

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Why You Should Ditch Sub-Compact and Carry Mid-Size (VIDEO)

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 08:30

I ditched the single stack sub-compact as my carry gun a couple of years ago, opting for a mid-size Glock 19 to serve as my everyday carry pistol. Visitors to my social media pages and even range buddies often gaze in disbelief that my petite frame can cart such a “big gun,” but actually I find the Glock 19 and other mid-size options better concealed carry options for a few reasons.

1. A larger, heavier frame grants greater control

The larger frame on the Glock 19 gives me better control while shooting. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The idea that a concealed carrier would choose a heavier, larger gun to hide away on-body seems counter to what we’re told about concealed carry, but actually, the larger heavier frame lends itself to better overall shooting should the need arise. While we always hope to escape negative situations without the use of our gun, there might come a time when that’s not an option. In that scenario, producing fast, accurate shots on target is essential. A larger, heavier frame better facilitates that through its construction.

A mid-size gun introduces a larger frame and grip area allowing for more direct, skin contact with the gun. The more skin touching the firearm, the more control the shooter has; thus, improving accuracy and ensuring faster follow-up shots. Mid-size guns also bring added weight which translates to less recoil on follow-ups.

2. Bigger guns offer better concealment

The longer slide helps center the mass of the gun below the beltline. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Again, it seems counterintuitive that larger guns provide easier concealment. In reality, the longer slide goes a long way to achieve a more concealed firearm. Mid-size guns sport a longer slide which, when holstered in an inside-the-waistband holster, centers the majority of the gun’s mass below the beltline. Ultimately, for the concealer, this equates to a less floppy feel and more stability on the belt. The placement prevents the gun’s grip from rotating away from the body and create sharp points that print.

Partnered with a winged, clawed or wedged holster the mid-size guns elevates concealment, especially for those seeking appendix-inside-the-waistband carry. For micro warriors like myself, the partnership of a clawed AIWB holster, Glock 19 and some minor fashion tweaks result in the perfect concealment day-to-day.

3. Longer slide improves accuracy

The longer sight radius on the Glock 19 models results in better accuracy on target. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Mid-size guns are known for having longer slides than sub-compacts. This added length up front offers a greater sight radius. Sight radius refers to the distance from the front sight to the rear sight and the longest the sight radius, the more accurate the gun. Again, accuracy is the name of the game when training at the range or should we ever draw and fire our gun in a self-defense context. Having that longer slide radius better equips the shooter delivering better overall accuracy, all things considered.

4. Mid-size guns bring more capacity

A midsize gun offers more versatility by giving concealers the option to leave the spare mag at home. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Carrying a spare magazine is a technique I always advocate for; however, sometimes it’s just not practical. Equipped with a mid-size Glock 19, though, I feel confident heading out into the world with 15+1 rounds versus a smaller, single stack with only six or seven rounds to give. The Glock 19’s larger round count provides more flexibility which, in turn, opens the door for my clothing options. With a single stack that versatility is gone, and I’m left with fighting for limited space on my belt line for that spare magazine.

Carry a Mid-Size Handgun

A mid-size gun, like the Glock 19, delivers more incentives to shooters than sub-compacts. Offering better accuracy, improved concealment and a larger round count I suggest others step up to a mid-size carry gun and take it for a whirl.

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Gear Review: Nikon Black RangeX 4K Laser Rangefinder

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 08:00

The Nikon RangeX 4K easily mounts to a tripod for convenience. (Photo: Jeff Wood)

Nikon Sport Optics provides quality optics to the hunting and shooting community, so I was happy to test out one of their newest products, the Black RangeX 4K rangefinder. A good laser rangefinder is an essential tool for any marksman who regularly shoots any significant distance. I learned the value of a good laser many years ago, carrying one ever since. I want to see if another one, the Nikon Black RangeX 4K, joins my collection.

Basic Features

The RangeX features an OLED display, with several brightness settings including an auto adjust for surrounding light conditions. Similar to many of its competitors, the RangeX also gives the user an angle-compensated distance. The response time of the display is fast, not quite as fast as the laser itself, but .3 seconds is close enough for me. It uses a single CR2 lithium battery for approximately 9,000 uses.

Perhaps the most celebrated feature of the Nikon Black RangeX 4K comes in the form of its distance capabilities. For some time, ranging beyond 1,200 yards was relegated to higher priced LRFs; but as the market has grown more great options appeared that go well beyond what folks are used to. The RangeX is one such option. The best rangefinders are the ones that will range not only their advertised distance but even beyond it sometimes. In my experience, the lower the price point the less likely the unit can hit its maximum advertised distance. With a retail price of $449, this LRF is advertised as a 4,000-yard maximum range – a distance I planned on testing.

The RangeX started with basic simple ranging tasks — shooting down the road, across town, etc. Inside a thousand yards, the RangeX was lightning fast with easy targeting. The narrow beam divergence, vertical 1.8MRAD by .25MRAD horizontal, allows the user to shoot through gaps in trees and between closer obstacles. This proves very handy for hunters in wooded forests and mountainous terrain.

In the Field

The author ranges rocks and trees to get a sense of distance. (Photo: Jeff Wood)

The first time I took the RangeX into the mountains, I fought against heavy clouds clinging tightly against the Wasatch Mountains. Snow fell around 6,500-feet, not too far above my shooting spot in a deep and jagged canyon. I tried out the angle correcting feature of the RangeX, first measuring the distance to a target, then again with an angle corrected distance. Despite the distance, the display popped up faster than I expected. Looking back into town from my Rocky Mountain post, I ranged buildings that were 2,240 yards away. From my post, the furthest I ranged in the mountainous terrain was 1,978-yards, pretty impressive considering the amount of precipitation in the air.

The RangeX offers an available Arca Swiss compatible tripod mount, allowing the rangefinder to be quickly mounted and used from the sturdy perch of a tripod. The tripod mount made the RangeX very stable. It also easy made focusing the reticle on targets easy. The tripod mount is easily configured with various mounting solutions.

Final Thoughts

The Nikon RangeX 4K is a solid option for hunters in need of a laser range finder. (Photo: Jeff Wood)

Lightweight, waterproof, compact, the RangeX 4K gives accurate range readings very quickly. I haven’t hit the magic 4,000-yards yet, but I’m not too far off. I reached rocks and trees at 2,000-yards, while good reflective targets like cars, windows and road signs, I hit as far as 3,800-yards.

The Nikon RangeX 4K is a fantastic buy for the committed shooter, with outstanding performance at a reasonable price.

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Canadian Army Holds Polite Rifle Speed Drill Challenge

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 07:30

Over the past several weeks, soldiers of the Canadian Army have been talking smack and posting videos on just how fast they can field strip their C7 rifles. The gun, a variant of the M16A3 made by Colt Canada, is the country’s primary infantry rifle.

In early February, a soldier of the Canadian Grenadier Guards threw the gauntlet down with a 47-second run, but many pointed out she didn’t do a function check and put the optic on backward at first.

Les membres du CGG peuvent assembler une C7 en 47sec. Si votre régiment ne répond pas à ce défi, vous acceptez qu'ils sont les meilleurs. The Canadian Grenadier Guards is better than your unit at assembling a C7, make us change our mind.

Posted by 2e Division du Canada / 2nd Canadian Division on Friday, February 8, 2019

Then, a corporal of The Brockville Rifles came in at 42 seconds.

Challenge accepted / Défi Accepté

Even though he’s from 4th Canadian Division – 4e Division du Canada, Cpl Zeiman from The Brockville Rifles like any good Canadian Army Corporal can’t pass up a challenge.In his response to Canadian Grenadier Guards in 2e Division du Canada / 2nd Canadian Division, Cpl Zeiman managed to assemble the C7A2 in 44 seconds with his functions test!He is currently taking all challengers and is eager to see the response.Think you can beat him?Good Luck!#Infantry #Joinus #Fast*********************************************************Même s’il est membre de la 4e Division du Canada, le Cpl Zeiman de Brockville Rifles, comme tout bon caporal de l’Armée canadienne, ne peut ignorer une opportunité de prendre part à un défi.En réponse au défi lancé par les Grenadier Guards de la 2e Division du Canada, le Cpl Zeiman a réussi à assembler le C7A2 en 44 secondes avec son test de fonctionnement!Il continue à pousser tous les intéressés à prendre part et est impatient de voir les résultats.Pensez-vous pouvoir le battre?Bonne chance!#Infanterie #Rejoins_nous #Vite

Posted by 33 Canadian Brigade Group | 33e Groupe Brigade du Canada on Thursday, February 21, 2019

This soldier from the 34th Combat Engineers Regiment seems to be pretty fast with a time of just under 34 seconds.


Vous pensez que vous pouvez faire mieux? Montrez-nous.CHIMO!#C7CHALLENGE2e Division du Canada / 2nd Canadian Division34 Combat Engineer RegimentCanadian Grenadier Guards

Posted by 34e Régiment du génie de combat détachement Rouyn on Friday, February 22, 2019

However, in the four-way video below, a soldier with the Les Fusiliers du St-Laurent, a reserve unit in Quebec, pulls a time of under 30.

Le gagnant du Challenge C7

Parmi ceux qui ont répondu à notre défi C7, quelle unité sera le plus rapide ? Among those who answered our C7 challenge, which unit will be the fastest?

Posted by 2e Division du Canada / 2nd Canadian Division on Thursday, March 14, 2019

More on the C7A2 below, from a Colt Canada rep who is also a Canadian Forces reservist.

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Testing The Difference Between 44 Special, 44 Magnum (VIDEO)

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 07:00

The .44 Special is over a century old, first produced by Smith & Wesson in 1907, but how does it stack up to its larger and better known younger brother? To answer that question, Paul Harrell holds class by testing several comparable loads by well-known makers.

The bottom line is that the .44 Magnum, naturally, puts a lot more velocity on downrange. Regardless, there are still several gun manufacturers that produce .44 SPL guns such as Ruger which makes a model of their GP100 in the caliber as well as the entire Charter Arms Bulldog line.

And of course, any revolver chambered for .44 Mag will accept the shorter, although often much harder to find, .44 SPL round.

Regardless, be sure to stick around for the whole video by Harrell, as he breaks out one of his trademarked “meat targets” about at 9:30 mark. You don’t want to miss that.

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Doug Koenig Wins Production Division at AI Long Range Classic

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 06:30

Doug Koenig with his first place trophy. (Photo: Ruger)

Team Ruger Captain Doug Koenig took the top prize at the Accuracy International Long Range Classic held in Baker, Florida earlier this month.

The precision rifle competition pushes competitors through a 16-stage course of fire with reactive and moving steel targets ranging from 300 to 850-yards. The match is designed to test competitors’ skills on accuracy, time and gear management.

Koenig took first in the production division which, according to Precision Rifle Series standards, feature rifles in original factory configuration with no added alternations or improvements. The rifle is also required to come priced under $2,000.

The Ruger Precision rifle is priced under $2,000 qualifying it for Production Division competition. (Photo:

Koenig scored 133 points in the production division with a Ruger Precision Rifle chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor, earning him first prize. The Ruger Precision Rifle offers a cold hammer-forged, chrome-moly steel barrel with 5R rifling and held in an aluminum free-float handguard. The handguard boasts Magpul M-LOK attachment slots for additional accessories. The rifle also sports a 20 MOA Picatinny rail. The rifle rounds out its features with a Ruger Marksman Adjustable Trigger and price tag of $1,599.

Precision rifle is a newer venture for Koenig with the competition shooter taking it up fairly recently.

“I started shooting PRS a little over a year ago and I really love it,” Koenig said in a news release. “The movement and diverse shooting positions that you encounter in this sport always keep it fresh. There is a steep learning curve whenever you start another shooting discipline, but I’m having a great time shooting my Ruger Precision Rifle.”

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Pietta Firearms Buys EMF With Eye On Continuing U.S. Operations

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 06:00

The increasingly thin line between California’s EMF and Italy’s Pietta has been erased. (Photos: EMF/Pietta)

Italian gun maker Pietta announced this week they have bought their primary U.S. importer, California-based Early & Modern Firearms.

Founded in 1956, EMF has been one of the biggest players in Cowboy Action Shooting over the years with company president Boyd Davis helping to found the Single Action Shooting Society in the 1980s. This led to an increasingly close relationship with European makers of reproduction guns, to include Gussago, Italy’s Pietta Firearms. Now, the Italian company is in the driver’s seat.

The move comes as EMF’s shareholders were reportedly feeling the pressure of “increasing gun regulations” and had “decided it would be best to close their doors.”

With the new partnership, Pietta feels good about the future of both companies in the U.S. with EMF now becoming the domestic repair, warranty, and logistics center for Pietta Firearms customers nationwide. Alessandro Pietta, vice president of Pietta Firearms, explained that “Having our own importing business and service center will allow us to provide better pricing and a higher level of customer service.”

The Italian company, founded 50 years ago by Giuseppe Pietta, produces nearly 100 black powder muzzleloading variants in both brass or steel frames as well as 40 breechloading cartridge models. These include several versions of the 1873 SAA and others.

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SIG MPX Copperhead Braced Pistol Now Available (VIDEO)

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 05:30

The Copperhead, first announced in January, is available on the commercial market as a standard pistol, with no stamps required. (Photo: Chris Eger/

An ultra-compact version of the MPX, Sig Sauer’s Copperhead variant is legally a pistol new for 2019 and is now shipping to dealers. Featuring a 3.5-inch barrel with an integrated muzzle brake, the 4.5-pound Copperhead comes from the factory with a two-position pivoting brace that Sig advertises as contouring and adapting to the movement of the shooter’s arm. Finished in FDE Cerakote E190, the pistol runs 14.5-inches overall with a top-mounted M1913 rail. First announced in January, the gun was a hit at SHOT Show.

The MPX Copperhead comes equipped with the company’s new, rapid deploy Pivoting Contour Brace with a patented swivel operation. (Photos: SIG)

“The SIG MPX Copperhead redefines the sub-gun category with a new level of operator safety, in-field adaptability and proven reliability in the harshest environments with an unconventional design, unmatched performance, and familiar AR handling,” noted the New Hampshire-based company on Wednesday.

Sig’s MSRP on the braced pistol is $1,835. By comparison, the price on the Copperhead is $1,579.99.

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CZ Introduces Lightweight Rimfire Suppressor

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 05:00

With an outside diameter that matches CZ’s 455 Varmint line of rifles, their new Rimfire suppressor is 6.9-inches long and, due to its aluminum body construction and screw-in baffle system, only weighs 2.5-ounces. (Photos: CZ-USA)

Kansas-based CZ-USA announced an expansion to their suppressor line with a new Rimfire model that comes standard with a user-tuneable baffle system.

The new CZ Rimfire suppressor, as its name implies, is designed to be used on any rimfire round under .224 in diameter, including .17 HMR, .22 WMR, and .17 WSM. It can also be used with .17 Hornet, .22 Hornet, and 5.7x28mm centerfire cartridges.

The 2.5-ounce can uses a screw-in baffle system which the company says translates into a lighter weight when compared to competing mono-cores or baffle stacks. Some 6.9-inches long overall with an outside diameter of 0.866-inches, the end-user can tune the four internal baffles for performance with different loads and calibers. Notably, the diameter of the new suppressor matches the barrels of CZ’s 455 Varmint series rifles.

Retail on the CZ Rimfire suppressor is $339.

CZ’s suppressor line also includes the Rimfire Integral in both .22LR and .17HMR as well as the $1200 Ti Reflex series of centerfire rifle cans in calibers up to .338 and the S2 Ti Reflex optimized for the Scorpion EVO III S2 Micro.

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Smith & Wesson Closing Massachusetts Warehouse, Moving To Missouri

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 04:30

Smith & Wesson will be consolidating their warehouse operations which include a shift from a center in Massachusetts to one in Second Amendment-friendly Missouri. (Photo: Chris Eger/

American Outdoor Brands Corp., the parent company of gun maker Smith & Wesson, has announced they are closing their New England warehouse operation.

The publicly-traded company will be moving their distribution center to a new facility in Columbia, Missouri later this year. The news came as AOBC announced their financial results for the third quarter which overall saw sales increase by about 3 percent in the wake of announcing more than 250 new products from across the corporation’s varied divisions.

“The ramp-up of initial operations at our new Logistics & Customer Services facility in Missouri is well underway and on track,” said James Debney, AOBC’s CEO. “This 633,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility will serve as our centralized logistics, warehousing, and distribution operation for all of our products, facilitating our growth, enhancing our efficiencies, and allowing us to better serve customers across our entire organization.”

The Boston Business Journal reports the current Springfield, Massachusetts-based logistics warehouse, as well as one in Jacksonville, Florida, will close, with their operations folded into the Missouri center, which will hire 154 new workers. The Columbia facility has been in the works since 2017 with a combination of offsetting local tax breaks.

Then-Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens welcomed the company with open arms to the Show Me State two years ago, saying, “Missouri has always been a great Second Amendment state, a wonderful state, for people who love firearms and treasure their Second Amendment rights.”

Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, anti-gun protestors joined by at least one state Democratic gubernatorial candidate, have repeatedly picketed Smith & Wesson’s historic factory. The iconic company will continue to make guns in the state. According to data from federal regulators, Smith 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, the most recent year for which figures are available.

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Millennials Support Hunting But Less Likely to Participate

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 09:00

Millennial hunting participation is on the decline, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (Photo: NSSF)

The younger generations offer greater social support towards hunters but are less likely to actually participate in the sport, according to a Multi-Generational Research Report by YPulse and the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Millennials, those born between 1981 and 1996, stated legal, regulated hunting is a movement they can get behind. Though the younger generation toss support and trust to hunters, the study says, they aren’t as likely to actually participate in any hunting activities. According to the report, 76-percent of polled Millennials stated they supported owning a gun for legal, regulated hunting, but the younger generation is less likely to actively participate — only 14-percent even own a gun.

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s recurring National Survey further demonstrated the younger generation’s lack of participation in the hunting arena, revealing that hunting participation among Millennials is on the decline. In 2011, Millennials accounted for 5 percent of hunters, but in 2016 that figure dropped to 4 percent.

Speaking on the subject of participation at SHOT Show, NSSF Director of Research and Market Development Jim Curcuruto said the decline in active participation among younger generations relates to their social attitudes towards the topic of guns. He added, “There’s some challenges there with the younger generation.”

The Multi-Generational Research Report showed Millennials supported hunting but weren’t as likely to see collecting guns as something they could back. (Photo: Multi-Generational Research Report)

According to the NSSF report, Millennials see guns as a social issue with 45 percent favoring gun control over gun rights. Curcuruto said the NSSF is committed to bringing more youth into the shooting sports, particularly hunting as hunting is seeing the biggest overall decline. Hunting brings in revenue for state wildlife agencies, accounting for over half of funding through license fees, excise taxes, ammunition and equipment sales. Both the NSSF and the U.S. Wildlife Service agree that the future of hunting depends on support and participation from Millennials and the generation that follows, Gen Z.

“(Millennials) represents the most populous age segment in American history, a distinction suggesting the untapped potential of the new blood that Millennials can infuse into the hunting community,” NSSF author Glenn Sapir wrote in an article on Millennial hunters. “With that growth would come an injection of economic gain for not only the industry that provides products and services but also for the wildlife-management agencies that are so financially dependent on license sales and hunting-item excise tax revenue.”

The NSSF’s fight to change the participation rate starts with its Let’s Go Hunting and +One campaigns. These initiatives encourage current hunters and gun owners to invite younger people out into the field. Through a mentor approach, the NSSF hopes that gun owners can help turn the decline in hunting around.

“We’re working on a lot of initiatives to revitalize and get people out in the field,” Curcuruto said. “This is one of the most important things we can do as an industry together— get behind the +One campaign initiative. We want to increase participation one person at a time.”

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Rare WWII Shotgun Anti-Aircraft Trainer Surfaces

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 08:30

The “machine guns” in both of these WWII images are actually Remington Model 11 shotguns converted for use as a training device. Nearly 60,000 such guns ran through millions of paper-hulled shotgun shells training aircrew how to splash enemy aircraft. (Photos: National Archives)

If you wanted to get good at smoking enemy planes in 1943, it was a lot easier to start off dusting clay pigeons with a Remington shotgun.

It’s a simple concept, with a shotgun being easier and cheaper to cut a trainee’s teeth on “wing shooting” than a full-sized machine gun. Accordingly, the Army and Navy bought 59,961 Remington Model 11 semi-auto — the company’s version of the Browning A5 — during World War II., along with 204 million clay targets then got to work.

Maine-based Poulin Auctions has one such surviving Remington M11 in their upcoming Spring Premier Firearms Auction. The gun includes “U.S.” acceptance marks and a Bell Aircraft adapter gun mount to allow the 12 gauge to mimic the feel of a spade-gripped Browning machine gun.

Of note, the Remington has a 28-inch barrel with a Lyman Cutt’s Compensator and full choke tube, which is about right for Japanese Zeroes. (Photo: Poulin Auctions)

Does your shotgun have a Bell Aircraft adapter mount? (Photo: Poulin Auctions)

Even if the Remington 11 isn’t your cup of tea, the auction has lots of other interesting items like a Vietnamese M1911 copy that was surely unlicensed, a Singer that is, and an Italian Carcano Tromboncino, for those who think the regular Carcano didn’t have enough bass.

The below Army Air Corps training film from 1943 — which includes a young Lt. Ronald Reagan — shows how aerial gunners, particularly rear gunners, were trained. You get to see Lt. Burgess Meredith start working with Remington Model 31 pump-action shotguns and clays at about the 8:34 mark before moving up to full-sized .30-cal and .50-cal machine guns. You’ve come this far, why not?

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Maryland, New Hampshire Advance Gun Control Bills

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 08:00

Democrats in Maryland and New Hampshire were able to progress a host of anti-gun bills that would take aim at private gun sales, among others. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Lawmakers in two states this week advanced gun control measures that would expand mandatory background checks on gun transfers and add new restrictions to others.

In New Hampshire, the Democrat-controlled state House approved HB 109 and HB 514, sending them to the equally blue state Senate. The bills, respectively, would require background checks on a wider pool of gun transfers and add a seven day waiting period to firearm purchases.

While anti-gun advocates that support the background check expansion argue it impacts commercial sales only, the bill’s text defines such a transfer as one that takes place “at a gun show, or pursuant to an advertisement, posting, listing, or display.” Second Amendment groups describe this as a thinly-veiled ban on many otherwise private sales unless they have a licensed firearm dealer first perform a background check.

Should the bills pass the New Hampshire Senate, they would have to earn the signature of Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who signed a constitutional carry measure into law in 2017.


On Monday, the Democrat-controlled Maryland House approved HB 740 and HB 786, sending them to the state Senate. The bills in tandem would require person-to-person private sales of longarms such as rifles and shotguns to go through a licensed dealer for the purpose of a background check and establish a ban 3D-printed guns. Private sales of handguns and “assault weapons” already have to be processed by FFLs.

Second Amendment advocates contend the moves will do little for public safety while unjustly targeting lawful gun owners. A recent U.S. Department of Justice survey of armed criminals found that most obtained their guns on the street or via illegal means such as straw purchases.

Local Maryland pro-gun groups and Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis gathered at the House of Delegates this week to oppose the bills, vowing noncompliance should they become law.

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Marco Delarosa Talks Paralympic Shooting and the Olympic Dream

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 06:30

Marco Delarosa takes aim at a target during competition. (Photo: USA Shooting)

Marco Delarosa is a marine veteran and Paralympian representing Team USA in 2016, but, more than that, he’s a hero. The Chicago-born Delarosa exemplifies the American spirit and the Olympic dream.

Delarosa’s story began in the Marine Corps, serving three and a half years in service. After he returned from a stint in Somalia in 1993, Delarosa headed off the Camp Pendleton base to a local video store. Unaware of the danger, Delarosa walked into an armed robbery. He said he reacted instinctively, going for the armed robber he saw, completely unaware that another robber lurked nearby.

Delarosa’s life changed in a matter of seconds as the obscured robber came into view and shot Delarosa in the back. The bullet penetrated his T4 and T5, paralyzing him. To this day, Delarosa carries the events of that day with him, literally — the bullet is still lodged in his spine, unable to be removed for fear of further paralysis.

What followed were dark times for the veteran Marine — PTSD, depression and divorce. Looking for a means to heal spiritually, Delarosa was introduced to the world of Olympic style shooting.

“The VA Hospital in San Antonia, Texas got me into shooting,” Delarosa told during an interview at SHOT Show in January. “I started going there and they had air pistols and rifles. I just picked up the pistol and we started shooting. I got really into it and (the VA) motivated me to compete.”

Delarosa explained that Veterans Affairs hosts the National Veteran Wheelchair Games annually. It was there, in Dallas at the games, that Delarosa first tested his skills in competition. “I went to Dallas and I shot. I beat everybody by 100 points. I put myself on the map after that,” he said.

Marco Delarosa, right, stands alongside USA Shooting colleagues, Nic Moschetti, left, and Reya Kempley. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

From there, Delarosa continued to push himself, eventually joining USA Shooting as a Paralympic shooter. During the games, competitors with impairments tackle 13 rifle and/or pistol events with ringed targets ranged at 10 meters, 25 meters and 50 meters.

The sport is classified into two categories, SH1 and SH2. SH1 houses shooters who are able to support a gun with their upper limbs while SH2 comprises shooters who are unable to support a gun with upper limbs and therefore need a stand to shoot. Shooting positions are also modified based on impairments with competitors allowed to use wheelchairs or shooting chairs for standing events.

Delarosa, who competed in the 2016 games, looks to continue his march towards the Paralympic games in Japan in 2020, with upcoming events scheduled in Georgia, Poland and Croatia. The motivation to move forward, tackling event after event comes from the desire to beat himself.

“I want to beat myself,” Delarosa explained. “What they taught us in the military is train, train, train, practice, practice, repetition, repetition. You get better. So sometimes in practice, I do so nice and I can’t believe my score. I go to competition and I do awful. That motivates me to do better.”

Delarosa credits shooting to helping his spiritual healing and encourages other veterans in similar positions to pursue the shooting sports.

“Go to your local VA chapter. They will help you. They will get you into games. Then just practice,” he added. “If you do well, you will get noticed.”

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Burying an AK47 for A Month to See What Grows (VIDEO)

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 06:00

Renowned for their reliability, can a month underground improve the luster of a decent Kalashnikov? To find out, Brandon Herrera dug a hole Goodfellas style and interred one slightly used AK47 of his own design, then came back and brought it back to the surface.

Now Herrera doesn’t seem to do much prep other than just dropping it in the hole unsupervised. He doesn’t even wrap it in a garbage bag. All in all, although the wood is kinda grungy, it seems to work better than some brand-new domestic builds right out of the box.

The tale is not surprising as CJ Chivers, in his book on the AK, mentions anecdotal interviews with African militiamen who stashed Kalash for months or even years at a time in everything from caves to termite hills and went back to find them none the worse for wear — except that the stocks were trashed.

If you dig the above, Coyote Works, a desert and wilderness survival channel on YouTube, planted a Ruger 10/22 in the earth for about 15 months then went back to see if it sprouted.

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Bill To Expand Constitutional Carry In Idaho Advances

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 05:30

Adults in Idaho aged 18 to 21 can’t carry in urban areas without a permit. That could change under a new bill (Photo: Chris Eger/

A move to drop the legal age to 18 for permitless concealed carry in Idaho cities passed the state House last week.

The measure, House Bill 206, was approved in an easy 53-14 vote earlier this month, sending it to the state Senate for further review. The bill would fix a carve-out in the state’s 2016 constitutional carry law that allowed those aged 21 and up to carry in Idaho’s cities while adults under that age could only carry outside of city limits but apply for a permit for carry in urban areas after receiving approved training.

Supporters argue that the current law is confusing and only applies to a small segment of the largely rural state. Additionally, adults under age 21 can already legally open carry in city limits, further adding to the muddle.

“So what (this bill) basically is saying is that if you are between the ages of 18 and 21 and you are carrying your handgun open in the city limits and you decide to put your coat on, you will not become a criminal,” said the bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Christy Zito, R-Hammett.

The move has the support of gun rights advocates and is opposed by urban Democrats in the legislature. The bill has been referred to the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee.

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Iowa Legislature Approves Pro-Gun Constitutional Amendment

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 05:00

Lawmakers are closer to adding a pro-gun amendment to Iowa’s state constitution (Photo: Chris Eger/

Lawmakers in Iowa this month gave a thumbs up to a proposed constitutional amendment to help protect gun rights in the state.

The amendment, proposed through SJR 18, passed the Iowa House 53-46 and the Senate 33-16 last week. The move intends to recognize the right to keep and bear arms as a “fundamental individual right” and that any restrictions to it would be subject to “strict scrutiny.” Iowa is one of just six states that do not have Second Amendment protections in their state constitution, the Des Moines Register reported.

However, only three states — Alabama, Louisiana, and Missouri — have installed such a “strict scrutiny” requirement to help insulate the right from follow-on regulations. Gun control groups such as Everytown and Giffords opposed the move by Iowa to add the protection, which they argue could make it harder to pass anti-gun laws in the state.

“Every gun law we have on the books would be in jeopardy of being thrown out by a court that narrowly and strictly scrutinized this amendment,” said state Sen. Herman Quirmbach, D-Ames, about the proposed amendment. Likewise, pro-gun groups have shown strong support for the initiative.

The proposal still has a lot of ground to cover before it would be added to Iowa’s constitution. State lawmakers will have to pass the proposal again in an upcoming session and it will have to be signed by the governor. This would spool it up for voters to have the final say.

Although lawmakers already approved the amendment once before in 2018, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate’s office missed a window to publish a mandatory public notice on the move, which keeps it off the ballot until at least 2022. Pate in January issued an apology directed at state gun rights groups over the mistake and said safeguards are now in place to prevent future such “bureaucratic oversight.”

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Answer the Big Questions Before Buying a Suppressor (VIDEO)

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 04:30

A silencer isn’t something to buy on impulse. It takes both time and money to wade through the red tape before the item is even received. With so much invested, in the end, there’s very little patience leftover for buyer’s remorse. Therefore, asking and answering the right questions helps the avoid any dissatisfaction.

The Big Questions

Manufacturers build silencers, or suppressors – the terms are interchangeable – for specific firearm platforms and chamberings. So, keeping the gun and, more importantly, the caliber in mind before making a purchase will help eliminate options.

Considering intended use, a suppressor made from higher quality materials would be better, for example, for a plinker than a deer hunter who would fire fewer shots. In that same vein, a shooter wanting to shoot unsuppressed may want a quick detach feature. Exploring these options makes narrowing the selection even easier. (Photo: Ben Brown/

The next course of action is selecting a brand. Silencer manufacturers range from big companies to smaller ones. Almost all of them offer suppressors for standard calibers like .22LR, 9mm, .45ACP, 5.56mm, etc., but cans may differ in size and capabilities.

Considering intended use, a suppressor made from higher quality materials would be better, for example, for a plinker than a deer hunter who would fire fewer shots. In that same vein, a shooter wanting to shoot unsuppressed may want a quick detach feature. Exploring those options makes narrowing the selection even easier.

One Can to Rule Them All

Multi-caliber cans are def chill even though suppressors dedicated to a single caliber perform better. The tradeoff, though, is buying only one will save money and the hassle of having to go through the procedure to buy another one.

Once you buy one suppressor, you’re sure to want another. Using a suppressor makes the shooting experience so much more enjoyable. (Photo: Ben Brown/

Personally, I want a suppressor that can run on as many guns as possible. For example, I use a .30-caliber suppressor rated for 5.56mm to .300BLK and equip each and every one of my rifles with a quick detach device. Three most common caliber cans that cover the most ground without losing sound reducing efficiency include .22, .45, and .30.

Be advised, though, a multi-cal can rarely works for both a rifle and handgun. Most handguns use a direct thread and require a booster. But, if a rifle suppressor can handle larger diameter handgun projectiles all that’s needed is the hardware to mount the device.

Fair Warning

Once you buy one suppressor, you’re sure to want another. Using a suppressor makes the shooting experience so much more enjoyable. They greatly reduce the things that sometimes make shooting overwhelming – loud noises and concussion — so they allow you to take in more of the experience. I wish I would have jumped into suppressors sooner in life.

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M1 Garand Makes A Cameo On Upcoming Quarter Design

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 08:00

Millions of M1 Garands saw service with the Army and Marines in WWII, and the venerated rifle makes an appearance on an upcoming coin being produced by the U.S. Mint. (Photos: U.S. Mint/National Archives)

An upcoming quarter struck by the U.S. Mint depicts a World War II scene on a far-flung American shore complete with iconic M1 Garand rifles. The coin, the 48th in the Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters Program, depicts U.S. forces coming ashore at Asan Bay, Guam during the liberation of that territory from Japanese occupation in 1944.

Sculpted by Michael Gaudioso, the design is for the Pacific National Historical Park in Guam and “honors the bravery, courage, and sacrifice of those participating in the campaigns of the Pacific Theater during World War II.”

In the scene on the coin’s reverse side, in the arms of the troops coming ashore from landing vehicles are a number of distinctive M1s. The 30.06-caliber semi-automatic rifle, designed by John Garand, was adopted by the Army in the 1930s and by the Marines just after the start of the War. It was the primary infantry rifle of the military until the M14 replaced it in the 1960s. Nearly 6 million M1s were produced from 1937 to 1957, and they are prized by collectors.

U.S. Army and Marine units, with M1s front and center, landed on Guam in July 1944 and spent weeks actively fighting the Japanese garrison. The last Japanese holdout was not discovered until 1972.

While the upcoming Guam Quarter will be the first appearance of the M1 on the country’s 25-cent coin, other firearms have made cameos.

Since 1999, the Mint has been in the process of releasing four new commemorative quarters each year. Starting with the 50 State Quarters Program which ran through 2008, a number of the 25-cent pieces included firearms. Massachusetts’s 2000 quarter includes the likeness a Minuteman of the American Revolution while New Jersey’s highlights Gen. George Washington crossing the Delaware River with armed Colonial soldiers.

Running since 2010, the Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters Program, of which the M1-featuring Gaum coin is part, also has cannon and a musket-wielding soldier of the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument on the 2011 Gettysburg coin. Further, 2016’s Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Quarter features a flintlock-armed frontiersman gazing across the mountains to the West.

The 2017 George Rogers Clark National Historical Park Quarter shows then-Lt. Col. Clark, rifle in hand, leading his men in the capture of Fort Sackville from the British in 1779. The design of 2016’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park Quarter depicts a young Roosevelt on horseback, hand on his holstered revolver, surveying the terrain near the Little Missouri River.

(Photo: U.S. Mint)

As for the M1 Garand, the rifle has previously appeared on a number of Congressional Gold Medals and bronze duplicates struck by the Mint under federal law honoring specific WWII-era military units. These medals include those for the Filipino Veterans of World War II, the U.S. Army’s 65th Infantry Regiment, Montford Point Marines, Nisei Soldiers, as well as the Code Talkers for the Kiowa Tribe, Menominee Nation, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, and St. Regis Mohawk Tribe.

(Photo: U.S. Mint)

The Guam Quarter is set to begin circulation on June 3.

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