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Seeing a Henry .45-70 rifle born during a factory tour (VIDEO)

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:00

Henry Repeating Arms’ Rice Lake, Wisconsin facility was opened for the first time to a camera crew to show off the step-by-step machining and assembly process behind their rifles.

Trick shot specialist 22Plinkster has been working with Henry for awhile and was able to get access to their Wisconsin plant to see the behind the scenes magic of how the rifles are made.

Although the company is headquartered in Bayonne NJ, the Rice Lake facility began making receivers, bolts, sights and other parts as part of Henry in 2006 and expanded to making completed rifles in 2013.

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3D printed gun advocate Cody Wilson arrested in Taiwan

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 08:00

Cody Wilson, left, was arrested in Taipei, Taiwan on Friday for charges sexual assault in Texas. (Photo: Central News Agency via Taiwan News)

Taiwanese authorities arrested 3D-printed gun advocate Cody Wilson in Taipei City on Friday, mere days after Texas authorities filed charges against him for sexual assault of a minor, Taiwan News reported.

Although there’s no extradition treaty between the U.S. and Taiwan, the American Institute of Taiwan moved to cancel Wilson’s passport, meaning he’ll no longer have a legal travel document, making deportation to the U.S. possible, according to the news report.

Texas and federal authorities launched an international manhunt for Wilson after learning of his whereabouts overseas and that he missed a scheduled return flight home. Wilson traveled to Taiwan earlier this month after allegedly being tipped off by the 16-year-old victim’s friend about the investigation into the sexual assault.

Shortly after the Austin Police Department filed charges against Wilson, reports of him moving through Taipei surfaced. When he arrived to Taipei, the 30-year-old checked into a luxury hotel before disappearing to another location.

However, a real estate agent who recognized Wilson as a wanted man by U.S. authorities alerted police that he had signed a six-month agreement for an apartment. The man said Wilson had paid the first month’s rent and a deposit, but failed to turn up on Friday to take possession of the keys.

According to the affidavit for arrest, Wilson courted the 16-year-old victim on a dating website designed for successful men to meet younger women. They met in Austin on Aug. 15 where Wilson brought her back to a hotel room. He paid her $500 for sex.

The victim disclosed the details about the incident to a counselor, who informed Austin police. Investigators said they were able to corroborate the victim’s story by reviewing phone records and surveillance video from the locations they were together.

Article updated 10:33am EST on Sept. 21, 2018

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Davidson’s Gallery of Guns introduces NRA Special Edition Ruger SR1911

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 07:30

The special edition SR1911 is coated in red and features special NRA and 2A engravings. (Photo: Davidson’s)

Davidson’s Gallery shows its support for the NRA with the launch of a special edition NRA Ruger SR1911 pistol, available exclusively on Gallery of Guns and through Davidson’s dealers.

The Ruger SR1911 NRA Special Edition pistol features a .45 ACP chambered design paired with a bright red anodized finish. The look is topped off with red laminate grips flaunting the NRA logo while the black nitride slide offers contrast. The slide is topped with a NRA seal engraving as well as text from the Second Amendment on the left side. The slide is finished with fixed Novak 3-dot sights.

The 1911 is available through Davidson’s or its dealers. (Photo: Davidson’s)

The pistol ships with a seven- and eight-round magazine in addition to a custom NRA box and sleeve. Each pistol is also assigned a special NRA4 serial number prefix.

“Davidson’s and Gallery of Guns has been a longtime supporter of the NRA,” Bryan Tucker, CEO of Davidson’s, Inc, said in a press release. “Having the opportunity to provide our dealers and consumers with NRA licensed products is truly an honor.”

The Ruger SR1911 NRA Special Edition can be nabbed through Gallery of Guns or through a Davidson’s dealer through Dec. 31.

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Spice up sight-in day with these 6 range products (VIDEO)

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 07:00

A bad day at the range is still better than the worst day at work, but improve your odds with a little gear and make each range trip an extraordinary one. For hunters and shooters tiring of shooting holes in paper, consider spicing things up with a few products that will add some sizzle to sight-in day. Best of all, they could be had for not a lot of dough.

A quality rest

Proper sight-in of any hunting is best done from a stable shooting rest. While there are many versions on the market, the Champion Enhanced Rifle Rest has a solid cast and steel build with an ambidextrous design and offers quick elevation adjustments. MSRP is $148, but most retailers list it at or under $100.

The Lead Sled name is synonymous with sight-in as well, but beware adding too much weight and damaging your stock in an attempt to negate recoil. There’s no need to clamp, secure, or otherwise restrain the firearm in order to properly zero and get on target for the big hunt.

Splattering paper targets

Sure, you can use a piece of freezer paper with holes covered in masking tape, but don’t be that guy. When get to spend a day on the range spring a few bucks for some quality paper targets that won’t require running downrange every few minutes to view the impacts.

A mix of splattering-style, game-specific targets helps make practice time more realistic. The Birchwood Casey PreGame targets shown here are large and include mule deer, elk, and even squirrel among others. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

A popular sight-in-specific target is Hornady’s Lock-N-Load adhesive version with five aiming points and a subtle grid pattern for measuring groups and scope adjustments. When you’re ready to move to a game target, check out Birchwood Casey’s PreGame that cover everything from waterfowl to big game to varmints. Champion offers similar VisiColor Real Life targets in deer, bear, and antelope combo packs.

Tools that travel

You can empty out drawers of your tool chest every time you go to the range, but there’s a better and much more packable option. Birchwood Casey recently introduced a Weekender Tool Kit. The double-headed nylon/brass hammer doubles as the handle for the included common bits, with plenty of punches as well. With a retail price of $29.99 and lower prices online, this 27-piece set will cover most needs on the range from scope adjustments to minor repairs, and the kit is small enough to keep in the truck on hunting trips.

Mobile cleaning gear

While there are plenty of options on the market for packable cleaning kits, when we want a quick bore job on the range, we always grab for one of the pull-throughs. Both Hoppe’s Bore Snake and Outer’s Barrel Badger tackle the job the same way, by dropping the weighted end of the ultra-packable, caliber-diameter-specific ropes from the breech to the muzzle and simply pulling the fouling through. Both feature bronze cleaning bristles, and best of all real-world prices range from only $5.99-$12.99.

Reactive, realistic targets

Once you’ve put in your time on paper, nothing amps up range time like some reactive or more realistic targets. Luckily for hunters, there’s no shortage of great options. For steel and pop-ups, opt for Champion’s Center Mass AR500, which is both durable and affordable.

One of the best bang-for-your-buck targets is the new Birchwood Casey Freedom Target like this Coyote silhouette made from heavy cardboard. It also includes a set of shoot-n-see stick-ons and pasters. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Birchwood Casey offers some cool self-healing and springy Ground Strike targets, with the Prairie Chuck being our fave. Also from Birchwood Casey, budget hunters will love the new cardboard Freedom Targets. We got way more than $6.99 MSRP worth of fun from the coyote silhouette, and hope they introduce more critters to the lineup soon. Whitetail hunters will love practicing with Caldwell’s The Natural Series Deer, which is 48×36-inch heavy cardboard backed, reactive front target with included replaceable vital stickers and a retail price of only $10.99.

Shooting sticks

Once the gun is sighted in and confidence from the bench is running high, the best thing for hunters is to shoot from the position they plan to fire in the field. For many, that involves shooting sticks or bipods, and we always take some real-life shots before heading to the woods.

iring the Weatherby Mark V Camilla from the Primos Trigger Stick monopod, which makes quick adjustments a snap in the field. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Our hands-down favorites are the Primos Trigger Stick and BOG Pod. Trigger Sticks are certainly the fastest to get in position given the namesake trigger mechanism, but BOG offers their products in mono, bi, and tripods as well. Both are built to last under hardcore hunting conditions, and both offer 360-degree rotating interchangeable top mounts as well.

Time to go to the range

These products will not only up your enjoyment on the range, but ultimately, make you more prepared, confident, and capable when the moment counts in the field. Regardless of your choice of range gear and hunting accessories, make the most of your time spent preparing for the hunt.

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Gun control advocates try to jump-start stalled Nevada background check law

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 06:30

Although funded in a $20 million campaign, Question 1 was only narrowly approved by voters and has been in a holding pattern since 2016 after the state attorney general deemed it unenforceable. (Photo: Nevadans for Background Checks)

A Bloomberg-backed group is moving forward with an appeal of a lawsuit to enact a dormant gun control measure narrowly approved by Nevadans in 2016.

Dale Zusi, Vicki Delatorre, and Sydney Gordon are members of the group Nevadans For Background Checks, the organization that fronted the $20 million Question 1 ballot initiative funded in large part by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The three, filing as individuals, kicked off a legal challenge last year against Gov. Brian Sandoval and Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt to move forward with implementing the approved initiative, which Laxalt had labeled unenforceable.

Last month, Clark County District Court Judge Joe Hardy Jr. characterized the arguments used by the measure’s supporters as “fundamentally flawed,” and rejected the challenge.

“This case centers of the failure of the executive branch of the State of Nevada to enforce legislation enacted via ballot initiative by a majority of Nevada voters,” says the statement of appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court filed by the advocates Wednesday.

“Due to Governor Sandoval’s failure to take required actions and a flawed and incomplete opinion from the Attorney General, the Background Check Act has not been enforced and remains in limbo, contravening the will of the people of Nevada who exercised their constitutional right to change the law to promote public safety and protect the communities of this state.”

Laxalt moved to halt the measure after receiving feedback from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, explaining the state’s private party background checks are in the purview of Nevada’s own resources as one of the 13 “point of contact” states that conduct their own checks through a central repository. With the federal government declining to process the expanded checks directly, and the Nevada Department of Public Safety neither authorized nor funded by the ballot measure’s language to run the checks, Laxalt contended the law was junk.

Running for governor to replace the term-limited Sandoval, Laxalt gave an apparent nod to the unenforced ballot measure on his campaign website, saying, “I am a proud and firm supporter of the Second Amendment, and I take particular pride in the work my office has done, during my time as Nevada’s Attorney General, to stand up for the right of citizens to bear arms.”

Everytown, also funded by Bloomberg, is spending $3.5 million in support of Laxalt’s gubernatorial opponent, Democrat Steve Sisolak, as well fellow Dem Attorney General candidate Aaron Ford.

“Almost two years after Nevada voted to expand background checks to unlicensed gun sales, that deadly loophole remains wide open,” said John Feinblatt, Everytown’s president. “Now Nevadans are looking for leaders who understand that respecting the will of the people is not optional.”

Polling data has Sisolak with a healthy lead over Laxalt with six weeks to go before voters head to the polls. Two years ago, Question 1 failed in 16 of the state’s 17 counties with only Nevadans in Clark County approving the measure, in the end passing by around 10,000 votes.

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Employee kills 3 at Rite Aid warehouse in Maryland (VIDEO)

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 06:00

A temporary employee opened fire at the Rite Aid warehouse where she worked in Maryland on Thursday morning, killing three and injuring three others.

Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler confirmed 26-year-old Snochia Moseley, of Baltimore County, arrived at work shortly after 9 a.m. armed with a 9mm Glock handgun. For reasons still unclear to investigators, she began shooting coworkers gathered at the 210,000 square foot facility near Aberdeen, striking six others before turning the gun on herself.

“She had reported for her workday as usual, and around 9 a.m. the shooting began, striking victims both outside the business and inside the facility,” Gahler said. “We do not at this time have a motive for this senseless crime.”

Susan Henderson, a Rite Aid spokeswoman, told the Associated Press the building where the shooting occurred served as a support facility for a nearby larger building. The company said on social media the incident left them “deeply saddened.”

“We are continuing to work closely with authorities as they conduct their investigation. The facility has been closed, and we are assessing when it will be reopened,” the statement concluded. “Grief counselors will be made available to our associates and will remain available as long as they are needed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those involved in this tragic incident, as well as their loved ones.”

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman lauded the response to the incident, saying emergency personnel “performed perfectly.”

“Unfortunately, we have become accustomed to this,” he said. “Although this is the unpredictable, we train for the unpredictable … we’ve got a lot of problems in this country to solve to bring these incidents to a closure.”

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan likewise extended thoughts and prayers to the shooting victims. “I remain in close contact with Harford County officials and state and local law enforcement as they continue to investigate,” he said.

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Update: ATF says one gun store was looted during Hurricane Florence

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 05:30

Damage near The Chef and The Frog in Whiteville, North Carolina. (Photo: The Chef and The Frog Frog/Facebook)

Federal officials reached out to Guns.com Thursday to clarify one dealer reported thieves stole guns in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

April Langwell, public affairs division chief for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said local flooding delayed the reporting until late Wednesday.

A local NBC affiliate in Whiteville, North Carolina said looters stole 50 handguns from Murf’s Pawn over the weekend. Employees at nearby Merritt’s Sporting Goods, located just one mile away, discovered the front door pried open and cash missing, according to reports.

The city in Columbus County experienced major flooding after Florence dumped nearly three feet of rain across some parts of the state. The storm made landfall late Thursday as a strong category one, packing winds over 90 mph. Flooding, tornadoes and widespread power outages continued wreaking havoc up and down the southeastern seaboard this week, with some 42 deaths attributed to the storm so far.

“The flooding is like nothing we have ever seen,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper told CBS News. “People in hard hit communities do want to go back, but many are still having to wait.”

Last year, looters made off with more than 100 guns after Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 4 feet of rain on Houston, sparking catastrophic flooding across the city. Dealers located in storm-impacted states during Hurricanes Irma and Matthew, likewise, said criminals took the opportunity to break-in, stealing  dozens — and in one case, hundreds — of guns.

“During hurricanes and similar natural disasters, ATF regularly communicates with the Federal Firearms Licensees in the affected areas to ensure they are employing best safety practices available to secure their inventory and records during the storm,” ATF spokesman Christopher Elolf told ABC News last week.

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Cody Wilson reportedly signed lease for Taipei apartment

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 05:00

UPDATE: Cody Wilson was reportedly arrested by Taiwanese authorities Friday night. Click here for the story.

Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau, roughly the state’s version of the FBI, have begun a “preventive investigation” into Wilson’s whereabouts. (Photo: DefDist)

The controversial 3D gun pioneer may be settling into a new life in non-extradition Taiwan as authorities in the U.S. are requested assistance in locating him.

Wilson, 30, owner of Austin-based Defense Distributed, is the subject of a Travis County arrest warrant for sexual assault of a juvenile under 17 years of age. Believed to have traveled to Taiwan prior to the warrant after a tip that police were investigating him, he missed a return flight to the U.S.

Local media in Taipei report that the gun enthusiast arrived there on Sept. 6 and has since signed a six-month lease for an apartment, putting down about $1,200 for a deposit and first month’s rent.

The Taiwan Times reported that, while the country does not have a formal extradition agreement with the U.S., the leasing agent for the apartment in Taipei’s picturesque Zhongzheng District contacted police after news of the allegations surfaced. The South China Morning Post, one of the largest English-language newspapers in Asia, reported that the 3D-printed gun maker was on the run in Taiwan in their print edition on Thursday.

Subsequently, Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau, roughly the state’s version of the FBI, has begun a “preventive investigation” into Wilson’s whereabouts and are in contact with U.S. law enforcement agencies while Taiwan’s National Immigration Agency has been informed by the U.S. of the presence of a possible sex offender in their country. The two countries have increasingly worked together to share information on multinational criminals and fugitives since 2002 and the U.S. has backed Taiwan’s efforts in joining the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL).

It is unknown how much money Wilson has access to. In 2014, he signed a $250,000 book deal with Simon and Schuster for his story and has launched a number of ventures over the years such as Dark Wallet, a data anonymization tool for use with cryptocurrency. At the end of August, he announced on social media that a fundraiser for his DefCAD file site had raised over $300,000 with Bitcoin Cash donations matched 1-to-1 by Bitcoin.

Meanwhile, supporters of Wilson are arguing on social media and discussion boards that the anti-government activist was “framed” or otherwise “set up” over the issue of 3D printed guns and his involvement with projects like Hatreon, the “free speech absolutism” crowdfunding outlet catering to alt-right groups. In an interview with Gizmodo last year about  Hateron, Wilson characterized the effort as “virtue signaling to the right.”

As of Friday morning, Wilson’s various social media accounts have been silent since the allegations surfaced. DefDist’s website is still functional but emails to the company by Guns.com have gone unanswered.

The U.S. Marshals Service on Thursday issued a request for the public’s assistance in locating Wilson and have issued a “wanted” poster.

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Buy bullets only from the Police: Detroit area lawmaker debuts bullet control plan (VIDEO)

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 11:30

A Wayne County Commissioner on Tuesday unveiled a plan for new limits, taxes, mental screening and background checks on the sale of ammunition.

District 6 Commissioner Reggie “Reg” Davis, a radio host who entered politics after his brother was fatally shot, announced the multi-pronged proposal at a press conference held at his family’s mausoleum space.

In addition to calling on more controls nationally, the measure would mandate local regulations that would include a mental illness and background check certified by law enforcement prior to each bullet sale — with police handling the transfer.

“We’re up against some state and federal laws. Even if it takes me going to lobby in D.C., and I expect it will, we need to make these changes,” Davis, a Democrat, told The Detroit Free Press.

Besides a limit on sales and the expanded checks, Davis plans to include a special tax on the sale of ammunition to pay for the measure. Previous taxes on bullets in Seattle, Washington, and Cook County, Illinois have resulted in lengthy court challenges from retailers and Second Amendment groups.

Davis plans to submit the fleshed out proposal to commissioners next month and says he considers it a model that can be replicated nationwide. Well known in the community, he is the founder of CeaseFire Youth Initiative, a group that uses conflict resolution advocacy organization aimed at curbing youth violence.

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1791 Gunleather releases Project Stealth holster series

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 11:00

Project Stealth uses a mixture of carbon fiber and steerhide for an outside-the-box approach to concealment. (Photo: 1791 Gunleather)

1791 Gunleather pairs leather with carbon fiber in a new holster series known as Project Stealth, uses CX6 carbon fiber mixed with heavy native steerhide to bring comfort and durability to the holster series.

The company said the holster molds to the wearer’s body and is lightweight in design. The carbon fiber brings strength and abrasion resistance without stretching, snagging, splitting or breaking.

Boasting an outside-the-waistband style, Project Stealth holsters feature an open top with multi-fit belt measurements. 1791 Gunleather said the Project Stealth holster lineup is the only flexible carbon fiber and steerhide holster currently on the market.

The Project Stealth holsters series is an OWB system with multiple belt sizes. (Photo: 1791 Gunleather)

“Project Stealth is like no holster you’ve seen before in terms of it’s contemporary, elegant look and exceptional, high-tech performance,” said 1791 Gunleather CEO Ramiro M. Romani in a news release. “The Project Stealth series of holsters boast the broken-in feel of leather combined with the strength and durability of flexible carbon fiber. Your sidearm is surrounded by premium leather on the inside, and further protected by durable carbon fiber on the outside.”

The company said Project Stealth will not likely be the last holster series to make use of the stylistic design. 1791 Gunelather said consumers can expect to see the sophisticated look appear in future products.

“Project Stealth represents the perfect marriage between classic and tactical, and will undoubtedly lead the way for many more provocative 1791 Gunleather products in the future,” Romani commented.

The Project Stealth series offers five styles in total with prices starting at $99.

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Federal court dismisses lawsuit against bump stock maker Slide Fire

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 09:30

A federal judge held the replacement stocks become vital component parts once installed, thus safeguarded under the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. (Photo: Slide Fire)

A federal judge this week threw out a class action lawsuit filed by survivors of the Route 91 Harvest shooting against a company whose product was used by the killer.

Chief Judge Gloria M. Navarro on Monday found that the plaintiffs in the case failed to demonstrate how the Texas-based Slide Fire Solutions was liable for the deaths of 58 people and injuries of some 850 others.

 

“Unlike cable gun locks, sights, and compensators—without which a rifle is fully functional—a rifle cannot operate as a rifle without a stock,” said Navarro in her ruling before going on to note as significant that, “bump stocks replace existing stocks rendering them component parts, even if they are after-market enhancements.”

Slide Fire, a federal firearms license holder, sought to toss out the case in part with an argument that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which insulates the gun industry from lawsuits based on the actions of third parties with their product, applied to their stocks. With that, the court took up the question of if a bump stock was a “qualified product” under PLCAA.  To qualify, it had to be an integral component part that the firearm could not function without — which would be protected — rather than a mere firearm accessory, which would not.

For their part, attorneys for the Brady Campaign, who brought the legal action, argued that bump fire stocks were akin to unregulated automatic weapons and that the devices, which were billed by the manufacturer to the ATF as ideal for use by those with physical disabilities, were instead marketed as weapons of war. “Slide Fire does not market to the disabled, but to civilians— like the Las Vegas killer— who want automatic firepower,” the group wrote in their reply to the company’s motion to dismiss.

In her ruling, Navarro said that the Brady effort did not make its case that the “device’s utility to those with disabilities impacts whether that device constitutes a firearm or firearm part,” and did not affect the PLACCA determination.

It remains to be seen how the ruling will impact Slide Fire. Faced with mounting legal issues, a large chunk of their capital frozen and weathering a storm of sudden controversy, the Texas-based company shut down their website earlier this year and announced they would no longer accept orders moving forward. At least eight states have banned bump stocks and assorted other devices in the past year while a myriad of possible regulatory and legislative steps to outlaw the devices are underway in Washington.

Navarro’s dismissal order allows for a refiling with an amended complaint within 21 days.

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Truglo releases Intercept Illuminated-Reticle Hunting Scopes

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 09:00

The Intercept is the latest scope series to enter Truglo’s inventory. (Photo: Truglo)

Truglo announced a new line of riflescopes, the Illuminated-Reticle Hunting Scope Series, designed specifically for hunters.

The new line includes four models in total — 3-9×42 with duplex reticle or MOA reticle as well as 4-12x44mm also with duplex reticle or MOA. The Intercept series looks to provide shooters with a bright image, plenty of eye relief and an illuminated glass-etched reticle. All of this works together to create “optimum clarity and contrast” according to Truglo.

The scope comes in four total models. (Photo: Truglo)

The scopes feature covered turrets as well as aggressive machined grip surfaces for use with gloves.  The Intercept ships with an included neoprene scope cover created to aid shooters in difficult environmental conditions. The scopes are waterproof and fogproof in addition to offer a nitrogen gas-filled design. The Intercept scope series is topped off with a rugged scratch-resistant non-reflective matte finish. Truglo said the Intercept aims to help hunters no matter their style.

“With the choice of a precise duplex reticle, or an MOA-based bullet drop-compensating reticle, Intercept provides options for all hunting styles,” Truglo said in a statement on its site.

Intercept Illuminated-Reticle Hunting Scopes are available through Truglo with prices starting at $196.

The Intercept ships with a neoprene cover. (Photo: Truglo)

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Gunman opens fire in Pennsylvania judge’s office, striking four (VIDEO)

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 08:30

A gunman opened fire inside a Pennsylvania judge’s office this week, striking four people before dying in a police shootout.

Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Steve Dowlin said officers from German Township entered the Masontown Municipal Building in Fayette County just after 2 p.m. Wednesday, engaging the shooter in the lobby and killing him.

“I want to make it clear, without the rapid response of these brave officers to the shooting, more individuals may have been shot,” he said during a news conference Wednesday evening.

“Obviously, there’s a lot of mixed emotions when you’re involved in something that like that. Basically, I’m just glad that the officers are all okay,” said German Township Police Chief David Hromada. “It’s unfortunate that someone lost their life, but I’m proud of my officer and I think everyone did what they’re trained to do.”

KDKA identified the shooter as 61-year-old Patrick Dowdell. Fayette County District Attorney Richard Bowers confirmed the suspect shot two men, ages 35 and 47, and a 39-year-old woman in Magisterial District Judge Daniel Shimshock’s hearing room.

Masontown Police Sgt. R. Scott Miller chased the gunman into the building lobby, killing him, Bowers said. Miller suffered a gunshot wound to the hand and is expected to recover.

“The German Township police officer ran toward the danger, not away,” Bowers said. “He protected over 30 to 40 people from injury or death.”

Bowers confirmed the suspect — whom he refused to identify to reporters Wednesday — as the subject of a protection from abuse order against his wife for strangulation and other domestic violence charges. He told reporters the incident highlights a lack of security in district judge offices and courthouses he called “concerning.”

“The security is not always going to be sufficient, no matter what,” he said. “Even if you have a lot of security.”

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Quebec man sentenced for smuggling U.S. guns through a free library

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 08:00

A black line on the floor marks the international border between the United States and Canada in the library at the Haskell Free Library and Opera House in Derby Line, Vt., Friday, June 22, 2007.  (Photo: Toby Talbot/ AP)

A Quebec man faces four years in prison for smuggling more than 100 handguns across the U.S.-Canadian border.

District Judge William K. Sessions III sentenced 41-year-old Alexis Vlachos in a Vermont federal court Sept. 4, nine months after he first pleaded guilty to a five-count indictment for conspiracy, dealing without a license and violations of the Arms Export Control Act.

According to court documents, Vlachos and his co-conspirators, Annette Wexler and Jamie Ruiz, concocted a plan for  trafficking 104 handguns into Canada by way of the Haskell Free Library — which straddles the border between Vermont and Quebec — between July 2010 and April 2011.

Wexler and Ruiz bought the firearms on multiple separate occasions from dealers in Tampa with money from Vlachos, according to the indictment, lying on federal gun background check forms for each transaction. Ruiz and Wexler then returned to Derby Line, Vermont and left the weapons inside a backpack hidden in the library’s bathroom. Vlachos retrieved the handguns from the library and re-sold them inside Quebec, according to investigators.

“Because Canadian and U.S. law enforcement agencies joined forces to conduct a thorough investigation and secure this conviction, a dangerous gun trafficker with a long criminal history is off the street and innocent Canadians and Americans are safer,” U.S. Attorney Christina E. Nolan said.

Federal investigators arrested Vlachos in 2014, but spent more than two years extraditing him back into the U.S. to face a judge.

“Homeland Security Investigations is proud to stand with our domestic and foreign law enforcement partners in stemming the flow of cross-border arms trafficking,” said Peter C. Fitzhugh Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Boston. “This investigation and the resulting prison sentence should be a clear indication of HSI’s commitment to disrupting and dismantling Transnational Criminal Organizations, both domestic and abroad.”

Wexler received a punishment of time served plus two years of supervised release for her involvement, according to the Department of Justice. Ruiz died before facing smuggling and conspiracy charges in court. Vlachos will receive credit for the 43 months he spent in police custody in Canada and the U.S. during the extradition process, according to the Canadian Free Press.

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Putin spends some time with Kalashnikov’s newest sniper rifle (VIDEOS)

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 07:30

State-controlled media is playing up Russian President’s participation in the country’s national gunsmith celebration.

As explained by the office of the President of Russia, Putin on Tuesday stopped off at the Patriot military park in Moscow’s Kubinka region on Gunsmith Day to both visit the troops and participate in a ceremony consecrating a stepping stone of an Army cathedral. The event has become a big deal in Russia in recent years, with a 25-foot high statue of Gen. Mikhail Kalashnikov unveiled in Moscow to mark the day last year.

While there, Putin visited the Kalashnikov Concern’s on-site shooting center and, as shown off in the above, got some trigger time in.

The former career KGB officer and avid outdoorsmen reportedly got four out of five shots in at 600 meters with Kalashnikov’s new SVCh Chukavin rifle, although they don’t show the target.

(Photo: TBU)

The SVCh (with SV= Snayperskaya Vintovka, or Sniper Rifle, and the Ch for Chukavin, the inventor) was introduced in 2016 and is a designated marksman rifle that aims to build on the old Dragunov SVD’s rep but with more modern features. Designed with input from Russki snipers, in its 7.62x54R version the rifle uses the standard SVD magazines though adds a folding stock, polymer furniture, and a Picatinny rail.

Kalash is also marketing the SVCh in 7.62x51mm NATO complete with 15 and 20 round mags, which is the version Putin got behind.

More on that, below.

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The Holy Grail of 1911s: Taking a look at the Singer 1911A1

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 07:00

This Singer 1911A1 recently sold for over $400,000 at auction. (Photo: Guns.com)

Considered one of the rarer vintage firearms still in circulation, the Singer 1911A1 is often synonymous with “Holy Grail.” When on the auction block, these guns sale for hundreds of thousands of dollars, a truly unique antique. What makes these firearms so special, especially in a sea of 1911s.

The Singer 1911A’s story begins in 1925 when Singer – best known for producing sewing machines – dabbled in firearm production. Approached by the U.S. Army, Singer was asked to conduct a study on the feasibility of mass producing 1911s for the military. Singer’s study concluded that it could support as many as 25,000 handguns in a single month. Based on the findings, the Ordnance Department awarded Singer a production study in 1939, allowing them to research and tweak production methods in order to jump into firearms production.

The following year, Educational Order W-ORD-396 was granted to Singer Manufacturing sending the company into full production of the 1911A1. The overarching goal was to reach a production speed of 100 guns per hour. The initial contract was to test the ability of Singer to churn out the pistols. The initial contract called for 500 in total. While Singer was never able to reach the lofty goal of 100 guns per hour, the company did meet its contract goal of 500 pistols. These1911A1 handguns were distributed to squadrons of the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Singer eventually divested itself of firearms production, moving their tools and documentation to Remington Rand in 1941. As a result, only the initial batch of Singer 1911A1 pistols are the only ones in existence, making these 1911s some of the rarest.

The Singer 1911A1

The Singer pistols represent some of the highest quality firearm production of the World War II era. The manufacturing company tooled these 1911s to not only function well but also look the part. Chambered in .45 ACP, the Singer 1911A1 features a 5-inch round barrel. The pistols also utilize a high gloss Dulite blue finish paired with brown, plastic checkered grips for a truly unique look.

Each pistol is stamped with a serial number ranging from S800001 to S800500, though an unspecified amount of non-serialized pistols were given to Singer employees. 1911A1 models in better conditions also tend to come equipped with three magazines also featuring the high polish blue finish as well as oversize floorplate pins.

At auction

The Singer 1911A1 pistols are some of the most sought-after WWII guns as there are few in existence and even within those ranks, only a handful in pristine condition. As such, the Singer handguns tend to make quite the splash on the auction block pulling in large crowds and even larger numbers.

One of the most significant Singer 1911A1 up for was originally owned by Army Air Corps pilot First Lt. Charles H. Clark. The pistol, in excellent condition netted a whopping $414,000 during Rock Island Auction Company’s September 2018 auction event.

On average, Singer 1911A1 models retail for thousands of dollars at auction and in the private marketplace serving as highly coveted pieces of history.

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One shot, one kill: Nana zaps 12-foot gator with her .22 Magnum (VIDEO)

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 06:30

A Texas great-grandmother got revenge on an alligator thought to have eaten a beloved family pet. Livingston Mayor Judy Cochran, 73, believes she may have evened a personal score in harvesting a 580-pound, 12-foot long gator from a pond on her ranch.

“About three years ago, we came up missing a miniature horse. We highly suspect a gator got it,” Cochran said.

With conservation rules limiting the green zone on gators to the last 20 days of September, Cochran obeyed all of the regulations and called in a nuisance trapper, for assistance. “You have to have a permit and tags from a wildlife biologist, and you have to catch it on a hook first,” she told the Houston Chronicle. “We don’t just go to the ranch and hunt a gator.”

After hooking the big lizard on seasoned raccoon, Cochran got a call while in a meeting, finished up, then headed home to grab her Winchester .22 Magnum rifle, dispatching the animal with a single shot.

And almost nothing will go to waste. “Moye Taxidermy will be processing it, we’ll eat the meat, have the head mounted and have the ridgeback part of the tail in my office,” she said. “We’ll have the hide tanned to make some boots out of it, you can only make boots from the belly.”

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SwitchBack S joins Thyrm flashlight accessory lineup

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 06:00

The SwitchBack S was created to serve SureFire EDCL1-T and EDCL2-T users. (Photo: Thyrm)

Thyrm introduces a new flashlight accessory compatible with new SureFire flashlights, launching the SwitchBack S. The design builds upon Thyrm’s SwitchBack Backup, but now accommodates the SureFire EDCL1-T and EDCL2-T. The SwitchBack S also continues to work alongside most legacy E-Series backup flashlights.

The SwitchBack S gives users greater control over the flashlight. (Photo: Thyrm)

The SwitchBack S attaches between the tail-cap and flashlight body allowing users to more efficiently retain the light during reloads as well as malfunction clearing. Additionally, the retention ring is designed to help shooters index and deploy the light from pockets as well as pouches. Thyrm says users are able to use all low-light handling techniques including the Neck Index in addition to the Modified FBI and Harries methods.

“The SwitchBack S enhances your compact flashlight, optimizing ergonomics for searching and shooting,” Thyrm said in a press release.

Created and made in the U.S., the SwitchBack S is available for purchase through Thyrm and retails for $20.

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Guns become issue in key U.S. Senate race in Texas

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 05:30

Incumbent U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz this week picked up the endorsement of the National Rifle Association in his fierce race against his Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

Cruz, a Republican who has served as the junior senator from Texas since 2013, is fighting to stay in Washington and help ensure a thin GOP majority in the chamber. O’Rourke, a 45-year-old congressman who represents the El Paso area in Congress, has matched Cruz dollar-for-dollar in a campaign that has seen nearly $47 million thrown in the ring. A win by the O’Rourke, depending on the outcome of other races to be decided in November, could flip the Senate to the Dems.

In Cruz’s court is the NRA, a group he has long embraced, often speaking at the organization’s annual meetings. In their endorsement this week, the group’s lobbying arm pointed out that Cruz has voted against universal background checks while voting to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch, seen by the NRA as a pro-Second Amendment justice, to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Sen. Cruz is a champion of our Second Amendment freedoms and has always fought to protect the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans,” said Chris Cox, the NRA’s chief lobbyist.

.@NRAPVF endorsed @TedCruz for re-election to the U.S. Senate in #Texas. “Sen. Cruz is a champion of our #2A freedoms and has always fought to protect the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans," said @ChrisCoxNRA. For more info: https://t.co/VIZpuxWtwn pic.twitter.com/Fp3F0C0Qzi

— NRA (@NRA) September 19, 2018

With O’Rourke running on a platform that includes expanded background checks on gun sales, a ban on some semi-automatic firearms, federal research on gun violence and opposing national concealed carry reciprocity, he has the solid endorsement of groups such as Giffords, Everytown and the Brady Campaign. Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts in recent weeks has taken to twitter casting the latest O’Rourke news.

America deserves a lawmaker like @BetoORourke. O’Rourke is everything that Ted Cruz is not, and that includes compassionate toward his constituents. https://t.co/TdGXEqb9sG

— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) September 18, 2018

Vote for @BetoORourke https://t.co/padI0oHYot

— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) September 16, 2018

Over 3,100 people showed up in Plano, Texas, yesterday to listen to Beto O’Rourke in 90 degree temps. As someone who lived in Plano, I can assure you it isn’t a progressive city. Trump carried Collin County in 2016. This is big, y’all.

Vote @BetoORourke https://t.co/l7wcx7ZJO8

— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) September 16, 2018

Buoyed by support from the likes of Willie Nelson and a report this week from Reuters that at least some Texas gun owners are warming to the prospect of more gun control, O’Rourke himself has blended talk of healthcare, protecting immigration, and NAFTA in recent months while slamming Cruz for his association with the NRA.

In gauging the likelihood of Cruz being unseated, polling, in general, has skewed in favor of the Republican. The depth of a blue wave in the Lone Star State is further thrown into question by the result of this week’s runoffs that showcased a shocking upset when a Republican candidate– retired game warden Pete Flores– defeated former state and U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego for a spot in the state Senate that has been held by a Democrat since 1879.

Texas voters head to the polls on Nov. 6.

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3D gun trailblazer Cody Wilson now a fugitive, last known to be in Taiwan

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 05:00

Wilson, 31, is now wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service.

The high-profile leader of an effort to distribute digital gun plans is now wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service on sexual assault charges.

Cody Wilson, head of Austin, Texas-based Defense Distributed, which is geared to supply 3D firearm files and desktop milling units, is the focus of a criminal investigation concerning a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl, a felony in the state.

Troy Officer, the commander of the Austin Police’s organized crime division, said the department was working with national and international authorities as well as the U.S. Marshals to take Wilson into custody.

“Today Mr. Wilson is not in custody and his last known location by the Austin Police Department is Taipei, Taiwan,” said Officer in a press conference. “We also know that Mr. Wilson missed a scheduled flight back to the United States.”

Officer said that, while Wilson was known to travel extensively, authorities did not know the reason for his trip to Taiwan but did note that he was told by a friend of the reported victim that police were investigating the incident before he left the country. According to the U.S. State Department, there is no extradition treaty in force between Taiwan and the United States.

Officer said they have not interviewed Wilson in the case but have corroborated the account of the teen through surveillance video from the locations where she met with the 31-year old self-professed crypto-anarchist. The video captured Wilson’s vehicle, a 2015 Ford Edge, and license plate number.

Police say the two met through SugarDaddyMeet.com, which boasts 1.6 million members and bills itself as matching rich and successful men such as “professionals, financiers, benefactors” with young women such as “classy college students, aspiring actresses or models.” After sex, Wilson, a vocal cryptocurrency advocate, gave the unidentified minor $500 in cash.

For the past half-decade, Wilson has been a polarizing figure in the gun community, especially where it intersects with Free Speech rights. After developing and publishing plans for the Liberator, a single-shot mostly plastic gun capable of being manufactured on a 3D printer in 2013, he locked horns with the State Department over the legality of posting the files for an international audience.

After a lengthy legal battle, in which he allied with a Second Amendment organization to fight the arms control regulation in federal court, a planned settlement last month was upended by a further challenge from gun control advocates and more than a dozen state attorneys general who contend posting the plans would endanger public safety. Wilson has counter-sued, arguing the states and advocates are on a shaky legal footing.

Now, with him out of the country and facing charges at home, groups ranging from the Newtown Action Alliance to Moms Demand Action and NoRA are using the allegations in an effort to take the high ground on the conversation against 3D printed guns. “This is exactly why we NEED background checks on all guns,” noted NoRA. “Any accused abuser-especially child abusers-should not have access to untraceable weapons.”

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who has spearheaded the recent drive to keep the lid on Wilson’s file distribution plans, said Tuesday, “Department of Justice, you are fighting my office in court to allow THIS individual to distribute untraceable, undetectable 3D-printed guns over the internet. Why? This might be a good time to reconsider.”

“Department of Justice, you are fighting my office in court to allow THIS individual to distribute untraceable, undetectable 3D-printed guns over the internet. Why? This might be a good time to reconsider.” -BF https://t.co/ibHxMuaiWj

— WA Attorney General (@AGOWA) September 19, 2018

As for Wilson, he has gone silent across both his personal and business social media accounts, which were still active as of Thursday.

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