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Company gives employees guns of their choice for Christmas (VIDEO)

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 06:30

A Wisconsin-based novelty glassware company with a gun culture tie-in is giving back to their employees this holiday season.

BenShot, which specializes in crafting glasses that look as if they have taken a slug — complete with the bullet still in the side of the glass — has presented each of their staff with the gift of a gun this year. Ben Wolfgram, who co-owns the Hortonville-based company, told WISN that to both comply with state law and allow employees to get the gun of their choice, they handed out $8,000 in gift cards.

“For him to stand for something and for the company to stand for keeping us safe is really awesome for them to do that,” said employee Chelsea Priest of Wolfgram.

The Appleton Post-Crescent reported that two employees declined the gift but are reconsidering after taking a gun safety course provided by the company to employees before getting their guns.

As a side, Wolfgram holds the gesture promotes safety and team building.

“For us, now, we have an entire armed staff,” Wolfgram said. “I think that’s pretty good.”

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Morphy Auctions sets sights on ‘fresh’ gun collections

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 06:00

Morphy Auctions considers itself one of the premier firearms collectors in the world. (Photo: Morhpy Auctions)

Morphy Auctions considers itself a powerhouse of firearm and militaria collectibles, curating “fresh to market” consignments unseen in decades from across the globe. Naturally, had to check it out.

Nestled in Amish country less than a half mile from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Morphy’s sprawling facility showcases an extensive catalog of rare guns and edged weapons, dating as far back as the 13th century. Its gun division doubled in size last year after merging with the legendary James D. Julia auction house in central Maine, bringing together a 10-person team of firearms experts and enthusiasts bent on unearthing some of the finest examples of antique guns available.

“We focus on fresh to market collections, which means some of these guns haven’t been seen by the public in 50 years or more,” said Sarah Stoltzfus, director of marketing. “We get a lot of consignments by word-of-mouth.”

Founder Dan Morphy, an avid mechanical and still bank collector, kickstarted operations in 1997 with just one other employee, steadily growing sales in excess of $38 million over the next two decades. Stoltzfus said the company began selling lower-end antique long guns just a decade ago, eventually building a reputation as “the best place in the world” to find early American Kentucky rifles and weapons used up through the Civil War. In recent years, the market for Class III and NFA weapons has turned red hot, she said.

Morhpy’s collection of antique weapons and firearms spans seven centuries. (Photo: Christen Smith/

Morhpy’s auctions rare militaria, including this collection of assorted 19th century helmets. (Photo: Christen Smith/

A World War I U.S. Colt automatic machine gun Model 1909, sold for $33,000. (Photo: Christen Smith/

Perhaps its the first thing anyone might notice upon stepping into Morphy’s showroom: rows of pristine machine guns, gathing guns and gatling guns flanked by colorful militaria garb and medieval edged weapons and armor.

“We’ve had some pretty exciting, stellar stuff,” said Craig Womeldorf, Morphy’s Chief Executive Officer. “The number of Class III, World War I and World War II items that we’ve sold since the beginning of the year is just amazing. The prices realized on all of those.”

More than half of Morhpy’s facility is dedicated to its growing firearms collection, Stoltzfus said. A “gun room” features rows upon rows of rifles stacked 12-feet high, bordered by a warehouse buzzing with photographers, researchers and handlers preparing sold weapons for shipment. Morphy’s auctions off its firearm lots four times a year — sometimes at its satellite facility in Las Vegas — attracting buyers from across the world.

One of its top grossing lots — a Colt Whitneyville-Walker Pistol — sold for $920,000 in 2008, nearly 10 times its anticipated price. The gun and its original flask belonged to Private Sam Wilson, a Texas Ranger, in 1874. Brevet Major General John Reese Kenly later obtained the gun, believed “the finest example of a Martial Walker in existence.”

“Some things do unusually well because of how rare they are,” Womeldorf said. “We love those type of items.”

Other profitable lots included a Colt Single Action Army SN 5773 — used in the Battle of Little Bighorn by one of Gen. George Custer’s men — that sold for $460,000 last year and a Colt Model 1883 U.S. Navy Gathing Gun on a tripod that fetched $230,000 in March.

Cased Loewe C93 Borchardt semi-automatic pistol with shoulder stock, estimated at $15,000-$20,000. (Photo: Christen Smith/

Swiss Waffenfabrik Bern/DWM Luger semi automatic pistol sold for $1,560. (Photo: Christen Smith/

US Colt Model 1911 semi-Automatic pistol with historic flying corp holster (1914), sold for $3,000 and a Colt 3 inch Model 1849 Percussion Pocket Revolver (1860), sold for $10,800. (Photo: Christen Smith/

The gun room at Morphy Auctions in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania showcases an array of recently-sold long guns. (Photo: Christen Smith/

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Apex introduces new FDE trigger options for Smith & Wesson pistols

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 05:30

Apex adds more FDE goodies to its trigger lineup. (Photo: Apex Tactical)

Apex Tactical adds more FDE options to its Smith & Wesson trigger inventory, offering new Flat Dark Earth colored Action Enhancement Triggers and Kits for the M&P M2.0, M&P and SDVE/Sigma pistols.

The FDE Action Enhancement Triggers come in two versions for each pistol — a polymer trigger body in FDE with a black safety and a polymer trigger body decked out in black with a FDE safety.

The triggers come in either FDE with black safety or black with FDE safety. (Photo: Apex Tactical)

“One of Apex’s most popular upgrades for the M&P M2.0 pistol, the Action Enhancement Trigger & Duty/Carry Kit significantly smooths the trigger pull while reducing pre-travel and over-travel by approximately 30-percent,” Apex Tactical said in a news release. “Trigger pull weight is reduced by approximately 1-pound for a pull weight in the 5 to 5.5-pounds range making it ideal for duty use or everyday carry applications.”

The Action Enhancement Triggers in FDE are available now through Apex tactical with prices starting at $39.95 for the triggers and $119.95 for the full trigger kits.

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From the Warehouse: The Hungarian Frommer Stop (PHOTOS)

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 05:00

The FEG-made Frommer Stop, in .32ACP. (Photo: Richard Taylor/

Delving into the Warehouse, we bring you a vintage Hungarian-made handgun that is curiously over-designed. The story starts off with Rudolf Frommer, a bespectacled and balding banker who resembled the fictional Ernst Stavro Blofeld and, among other claims to fame, compiled the first Hungarian-German Stock Exchange dictionary of terms. Frommer was working for a Budapest bank in 1896, when the financial institution acquired Fegyver- és Gépgyártó Részvénytársaság (FEG, now one of the biggest water heater makers in Europe). However, at the time, FEG was primarily in the business of making small arms for the Honvédség, the Hungarian military.

Assigned by the bank to help reorganize FEG’s struggling finances, Frommer eventually went on to start contributing his own mechanical designs to the factory. Although he was not a trained engineer, he came up with some interesting early semi-auto pistols, filing his first of over 100 patents in 1899. Becoming the company’s Business Director, Frommer kept pushing forward with his own gun designs.

Throughout the first decade of the 20th Century, FEG released several of Frommer’s less commercially successful early semi-autos

By 1910, Frommer had crafted his early masterpiece, the Stop (with some arguing the name alludes to its ability to “stop” a target). A relatively compact (22-ounce weight, 6.3-inch overall length) semi-auto in 7.65x17mm Frommer Long (basically a hot .32ACP), the Stop uses a peculiar three-lug rotating bolt long-recoil system with two telescoping springs located in a tunnel above the barrel. In effect, the barrel remains locked with the breech during recoil. As characterized by firearms writer Gordon Bruce: “It had been designed to fire a cartridge which actually did not require such a system in order to function correctly.”

Check out the spectacular recoil movement of a Frommer Stop in the below video from Forgotten Weapons.

Adopted by the Hungarian Gendarmerie as the Pisztoly 12M before World War I, when the Great War jumpstarted a need for more handguns, the Austro-Hungarian military, as well as allied governments in Germany and Bulgaria, purchased thousands of the guns in both the 7.65 Frommer/.32ACP caliber and 9mm. As noted by C&Resnal, the Austrians picked up at least 93,450 of the .32s alone before the end of 1918.

The gun was initially adopted by the Hungarian Gendarmerie as the Pisztoly 12M before World War I but would see service for much longer.

The Frommer Stop was a compact gun for its time, running a tad shorter than today’s Glock 43, although a bit heavier. (Photo: Richard Taylor/

Once Hungary broke off from Vienna and became independent, the Hungarian Army adopted the Frommer Stop as the Pisztoly 19M and it remained in production through the 1920s, later being replaced by other FEG-made handguns, with a total production hovering around 360,000 pistols.

The tube over the barrel reads FEGYVERGY AR-BUDAPEST-FROMMER-PAT. STOP CAL. 7.65 mm (.32) (Photo: Richard Taylor/

While Frommer went on to use the same style of operation for his Baby model subcompact, and the Austrians created a double-barrel pistol-caliber machine gun which was basically a pair of 9mm Frommer Stops sistered together upside down with extended magazines, the line basically died out by 1930.

The gun in our warehouse has early plastic grips. (Photo: Richard Taylor/

Still, these classic handguns are highly collectible, often brought back from Europe by returning GIs after the World Wars. Typically, guns in working condition can be fired using standard .32ACP rounds.

To see more on this fascinating gun and the rest of our ever-changing inventory, head over to our used gun section.

The gun uses a 7-shot magazine and examples were sold to the military of Austro-Hungary, Bulgaria, and Germany during World War I, Hungary continued to use them for military and police service into WWII (Photo: Richard Taylor/

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USA Shooting Team racks up medals at Championship of the Americas games (PHOTOS)

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 12:30

The 12th Championship of the Americas games in Guadalajara, Mexico has wrapped with the U.S. delivering an impressive showing. In all, the USA Shooting Team grabbed a number of individual and team medals as well as importantly securing a dozen Olympic quotas for U.S. athletes for various shooting sports events in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan

The trio of Keith Sanderson, Jackson Leverett III, and Alex Chichkov earned a team gold medal for their combined score in the Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol.

Women’s Skeet saw Amber English of Colorado Springs taking home the gold with 55/60 hits while six-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode won silver with 52 hits. (Photos: USA Shooting)

Kayle Browning, center, of Wooster, Arkansas, won gold in Women’s Trap

In Men’s Skeet, two-time Olympian Frank Thompson of Alliance, Nebraska shot an impressive 174 out of 175 clays, earning the gold.

Glenn Eller of Katy, Texas, serving with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, won bronze in Men’s Trap. Eller, along with fellow Americans Grayson Davey and Jake Wallace, would earn the team silver in the event.

In the Air Pistol Mixed Team event, Americans Nick Mowrer and Alexis Lagan won gold while Sandra Uptagrafft and James Hall won silver.

Mindy Miles, center, won gold in Women’s Air Rifle with an Americas’ record score of 248.4. Ali Weisz of Belgrade, Montana, grabbed silver.

James Hall of Anniston, Alabama, also went on to win gold in Men’s Air Pistol.

James Hall of Anniston, Alabama, also went on to win gold in Men’s Air Pistol

Boulder City, Nevada’s Alexis Lagan won the gold– her first in an international game– for the Women’s 25m Sport Pistol event while 2012 Olympian Sandra Uptagrafft, of Phenix City, brought the bronze.

Americans Alexis Lagan and Sandra Uptagrafft stood on the podium for the gold and bronze in the Women’s 25m Sport Pistol.

Solvang, California’s Ashley Carroll (left) and 17-year-old Grayson Davey (right) of Anchorage, Alaska, won gold in the Trap Mixed Team event

Army 2nd Lt. Sarah Beard, Danville, Indiana, took home the individual gold won gold in both the Women’s Three-Position Rifle event as well as the Women’s 50m Prone Rifle event while Hannah Black of Richmond, Virginia picked up the bronze in the latter. Together with Murray, Kentucky’s Mackensie Martin, they secured the team gold in the 50m Prone Rifle as well.

2016 Olympian Lucas Kozeniesky picked up the bronze in the Men’s 50m Prone Rifle.

George Norton of Salina, Kansas earned gold in Men’s Three-Position Rifle while his teammate Patrick Sunderman of Farmington, Minnesota won the silver medal. Both are members of the U.S. Army’s Army Marksmanship Unit.

Americans George Norton won gold and Patrick Sunderman the silver in Men’s Three-Position Rifle

The event, recognized by the ISSF since 1973 as the Continental Confederation for the Shooting Sports for North and South America, saw 364 athletes from 24 countries attend the games at Guadalajara’s Club Cinegetico Jalisciense.

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Zev Technologies upgrades Gen 5 Glock with new slide designs

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 12:00

The Omen and Orion join Zev Technologies’ lineup of aftermarket Glock accessories. (Photo: Zev Technologies)

Zev Technologies brings more options to Gen 5 Glock owners, expanding slide options to offer new Gen 5 designs with the Orion and Omen slides.

The Orion and Omen are created from a single billet of 17-4 stainless steel and created to Zev’s tight tolerances. The slides weigh less than stock slides, which Zev says reduces fatigue on the slide as well as improving follow-up shot placement. Both slides are compatible with Trijicon RMRs and boast threaded post optic cuts and RMR adapter plates pre-installed. The Orion and Omen are available in Black DLC or Titanium Gray.

The Orion delivers a complex yet stylish look. (Photo: Zev Technologies)

The Orion utilizes a futuristic style offering a comprehensive, non-slip grip. The Orion’s patterns offers a greater recessed surface which grants a better grip for un-gloved hands. The Omen delivers a minimalistic style, providing angled side and top serrations with front windows. This construction is reduces slide weight while also introducing a sleek look to the slide.

“For those looking to upgrade their Gen5 G17 Glock slide, the wait is over,” Zev Technologies said in a news release. “Zev Technologies, known for creating the market for Glock upgrades, has unveiled their two newest slide designs, named the Orion and the Omen.”

Though the Orion and Omen initially ships for the Gen 5 Glock 17, the slides will also be available for the Glock 19, 17 and 34 in Gen 3, 4 and 5 models soon. The Orion and Omen for the Gen 5 Glock 17 is available now through Zev Technologies with a MSRP of $525.

The Omen brings a minimalistic design to the Gen 5 Glock 17. (Photo: Zev Technologies)

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Pistol Mounted Optics Instructor course joins Sig Sauer Academy 2019 lineup

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 09:30

The Pistol Mounted Optics Instructor course teaches students the fundamentals of instructing PMO. (Photo: Sig Sauer)

Sig Sauer Academy adds a new instructor class to its course load for 2019, announcing the Pistol Mounted Optics Instructor course.

The Pistol Mounted Optics Instructor class equips enrolled students with the ability to effectively teach the use of pistol mounted optics for both self-defense and duty use. Students will learn the techniques to properly instruct others in the two-day class via extensive training.

“This two-day course is an in-depth, comprehensive training program focusing on the fundamentals and capabilities of PMO’s to learn the proper techniques for PMO sight-in and red-dot acquisition under various conditions and circumstances,” Sig Sauer said in a news release. “Upon completion of this course, instructor-level students will have the skill set and techniques necessary to provide PMO training.”

The class will begin January 31, 2019 at Sig Sauer Academy in New Hampshire with a second offering set for March 19, 2019. The class features 15 slots with the course priced at $500.

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Neomag’s nifty pocket reload magnet solves a typical problem (VIDEO)

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 09:00

Have you been wanting to carry a spare mag but finding it hard to add another piece of gear to your belt? A solution to this that I have found is placing my reload in my pocket using the Neomag. Placing your reload in your pocket might seem a little unconventional but this product will position your reload for success.

The Neomag uses a rare earth magnet with a strong titanium pocket clip to maintain the orientation of your double or single stack magazine in your pocket. The Neomag holds the magazine below the pocket line to conceal the magazine. Because this product does use a magnet, magazines will need to be metal or have metal liners (Glock mags). It will will work with .380 auto through .45 acp.

Reloading from the Neomag actually came a little more intuitively than I originally expected. You can index the bullets forward or backward to match how you would typically reload from a belt. When ready to reload from the pocket simply pinch the mag with your thumb and pointer finger and then pull. After a few reps this technique became fairly easy to repeat with success.

The Neomag provided me a solution. Specifically, the Neomag moves into my EDC when I need to dress up or when I am wearing more summery clothes with less layers that would help conceal. It is also a fast and easy way to slip a spare mag into my pocket when I am running out the door.

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Kimber adds three new Micro 9 ultra-compacts for 2019 (PHOTOS)

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 09:00

Kimber has broadened their Micro 9 series pistols with two new ESV variants and a KHX model (Photos: Kimber)

Kimber’s Micro 9 group of ultra-compact hammer-fired pistols will see three new models on deck for next year.

The 1911-like Micro 9s are a series of single-action 7-shot handguns chambered in 9mm that the Yonkers, New York-based company have been expanding over the past few years to number over a dozen offerings. The pistol’s 3.15-inch barrel produces an overall length of 6.1-inches. The three newest models include two Exposed Slide Variant pistols and a KHX model.

Both ESV’s use ported slides, tritium night sights, diagonal ball mill slide serrations, black G10 grips, and a 30LPI checkered front strap and mainspring housing. Weight, empty, is 15.35-ounces, kept light with an aluminum frame.

The Micro 9 ESV Black uses a black frame and slide with a gold titanium nitride coated barrel.

Price on the Micro 9 ESV Black is $799, suggested.

The Micro 9 ESV GRAY has a charcoal gray frame and slide with rose copper TiCN coated barrel. Like the black ESV, it has an MSRP of $799.

The KHX Micro 9 has ledged fiber optic sights, hex-pattern front and rear serrations on the slide, Hogue G-Mascus G10 grips and mainspring housing, and Stiplex pattern texture on the front strap. The KimPro II Gray-finished aluminum frame couples with the stainless slide to produce an all-up empty weight of 15.6-ounces.

MSRP is $815.

The new Micros come as Kimber has also unveiled a line of striker-fired compact handguns, the EVO, as well as DA/SA variants of their K6 revolver series.

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Kahr Arms introduces Fallen Officer Program (PHOTOS)

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 08:00

The Thin Blue Line PM9 honors law enforcement with an all black finish and blue line on the slide. (Photo: Kahr Arms)

Kahr Firearms Group presents a new program in honor of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, launching the Fallen Officer Program.

Kahr Arms said through its Fallen Officer Program, the company will donate a special, custom PM9 for fundraising or families to keep as a special keepsake. The Thin Blue Line PM9 will feature the fallen officer’s name engraved on the slide along with his or her badge number and “end of watch” date.

The Thin Blue Line PM9 features an Armor Black Cerakote with all exposed metal parts blacked out while a blue line decks out the slide. Sporting TruGlo Tactical Night Sights, the PM9 offers two six-round magazines and a seven-round extended mag.

The Thin Blue Line PM9 ships with two mags. (Photo: Kahr Arms)

Launched in 2018 as a celebration of law enforcement officers who risk their lives to protect their communities, Kahr says the Thin Blue Line PM9 and the Fallen Officer Program commemorate this sacrifice.

“At Kahr Firearms Group, we wanted to continue to show our support to the great men and women of law enforcement. This program is an opportunity for us to help the families of those officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice. We are pleased to announce the launch of the Fallen Officer program offered by Kahr Arms,” Jodi DePorter, Director of Marketing for Kahr Firearms Group, said in a press release.

To enroll in the program, law enforcement departments, family or friends of the fallen officer may request an application by contacting Applications will also be available on Kahr’s website.

As part of the Fallen Office Program, the family of a fallen officer can receive a customized PM9. (Photo: Kahr Arms)

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Firefield launches BattleTek laser, flashlight sights

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 07:30

BattleTek Sights offer either red/green laser options or a flashlight/laser option. pictured above, to tactical shooters. (Photo: Firefield)

Firefield adds to its accessory line, introducing new BattleTek Sights created to help users quickly acquire and stay on target.

The BattleTek Sights ship in a few models offering a range of options for defensive gun users. The BattleTek Sights models include: the BattleTek Flashlight with green and IR laser, BattleTek Flashlight, BattleTek Flashlight with green laser, BattleTek red laser and BattleTek green laser. The designs are compact and lightweight using ABS material. ABS is an oil-based plastic “for a strong made-to-last surface.”

The flashlight outputs 150-lumens. (Photo: Firefield)

The BattleTek Flashlight series ships with a 150-lumen flashlight and 5mw laser. Lasers on all the BattleTerk devices offer a 50-yard range in daylight. The BattleTek Sights boast an ambidextrous digital switch and mount to both Weaver or Picatinny rails.

“Designed to fit the needs of every user,” Firefield said in a news release. “Firefield introduces its new BattleTek Sights, ideal for quick target acquisition and tactical training, these sights are primed to deliver pin-point accuracy.”

No word yet on pricing or availability.

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Defensive shooting drills: Handgun Combatives 5 in 5 (VIDEO)

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 07:00

Drills That Thrill

In this installment of our defensive shooting drill series, we are going to be running the Handgun Combatives “5 in 5” drill. It’s a great way to test your pistol skills and see what areas you need to focus on for improvement. Designed by Dave Spaulding, this drill pushes the shooter to maintain their accuracy while keeping within a small window of time. To further increase the demands and test the shooters skill sets, each stage of this drill is shot at increasing distances.

The Drill

The “5 in 5” drill is shot on a custom Handgun Combatives target which you can print for free from their website. It is five separate strings of fire, shot form the five, 10, 15, 20 and 25 yard line. At each position the shooter must draw and fire five rounds inside of five seconds. All hits must be inside the 6×10 inch rectangle to count, and there is no time penalty for going over the five seconds. Instead, this is shot as a pass or fail scenario meaning any misses or a string time over five seconds and you fail the drill.

The Takeaway

I won’t lie to you, this drill is tough. So tough that after repeated attempts, I have yet to shoot it clean. It starts off easily enough, the five, 10 and 15 yard strings aren’t too hard, but things can fall apart quickly at the 20 and 25-yard lines. We all tend to go a bit too fast trying to make the time standards and our accuracy starts to suffer for it. At 20 or 25 yards, you have to work diligently to be both fast and accurate.

While this was not a pass, I learned a ton and have specific skills to work on to help out the next time I run the drill. (Photo: Chase Welch/

Like all good drills, the “5 in 5” shines a bright light on the skills that we really need to improve. To quote Spaulding himself, “you don’t practice the drill, you practice the skills that make the drill a success.” If you are put in a real life pass/fail situation, you have to be able make your hits as fast and as accurately as you can. Using drills like this to measure just where your skills are should be an indispensable part of your regular training.

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Wonky SKS that isn’t: The Egyptian Rasheed carbine (VIDEOS)

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 06:30

A byproduct of the development of the Swedish Ljungman battle rifle, the Rasheed, in the end, is just really different.

Using a 10-round magazine, wooden stock, 20.5-inch barrel, underfolding bayonet, and 7.62x39mm caliber, the Rasheed (also seen as Rashid) has a lot of similarities to the SKS, but it comes from a totally different family tree. A derivative of the Egyptian-made 8mm Hakim rifle– which itself is a take on the Swedish AG-42B Ljungman– this direct-impingement rifle was something of a stunted branch, developmentally speaking, and very few were made.

Eric and Chad with IV8888 cover the 1960-vintage ‘Sheed in a video above, while American Rifleman offers a second look on the lineage, below.

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More on the new FN SCAR 20S rifle (VIDEO)

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 06:00

A commercial variant of the FN MK20 SSR long-used by special operations units, the new SCAR 20S offers a long-range option right out of the box.

Announced earlier this month, the 20S variant of FN’s SCAR, runs a 20-inch, 1-in-12-inch twist, heavy profile barrel atop a lengthened receiver and stock that is adjustable for LOP and comb height. A Geissele Super SCAR two-stage match trigger is standard as are an ambi safety lever and mag release.

For his take on the new FN 7.62x51mm NATO marksman rifle with a $4,400 MSRP– and how the gun varies from both the standard SCAR 17 and SSR– is Larry Vickers in the above spot.

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WWII Veteran, Marvel Comics legend, Stan Lee dead at 95

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 05:30

Stan Lee, born Stanley Martin Lieber, spent most of his life in the comics industry– with a break for WWII service in the Army– and with fellow artists, co-created legions of iconic characters, many of whom carried guns. (Photos: Lee during his military service, via U.S. Army/Lee at a 2011 Comic-Con event with servicemembers, via, U.S Coast Guard)

Longtime Marvel Comics head and chronicler of superpowers both real and portrayed, Stan Lee, died in Los Angeles on Monday.

Lee, born Stanley Martin Lieber in 1922, grew up in the Bronx and by age 17 was working at Timely Comics, a company that would later grow into Marvel. Some seven months before the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor brought the country into World War II, Lieber, using the pseudonym Stan Lee, wrote his first comic, Captain America #3. Setting down his pencils, Lee soon put on a uniform and joined the Army Signal Corps shortly after hearing of “The Day Which Shall Live in Infamy,” working as a lineman before his skills were put to better use in making training films.

While Lee, along with now-celebrated artists such as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and John Rimota, would help invent and shepherd hundreds of characters post-war, he is best known for his hand in crafting Daredevil, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, and the X-Men.

An unsung superhero skill, often highlighted in Marvel comics over the past half-century, are firearms in the hands of those fighting, more or less, for good. Among Lee-created characters who were good with a gun were “Dum Dum” Dugan, Sgt. Nick Fury, various S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents, and others. Later, as Marvel’s publisher, he green-lighted firearm-centric characters such as The Punisher, Rocket Racoon and War Machine– whose symbols, themes and tie-ins can often be found today at every shooting range and gun show in the country.

Even characters that Lee created without firearms later often used them. Spider-Man packed heat in the 2009 Noir series by David Hine, released while Lee was still at least a Marvel figurehead, as did Red She-Hulk. A running gag in the popular Marvel films of late is the inclusion of a cameo by Lee. During one, he portrays a Glock-armed security guard at the Smithsonian, earning his own entry into the IMFDB.

Moving past Marvel, the comic book master helmed and appeared in Stan Lee’s Superhumans, a documentary series that aired for three seasons on the History Channel. Based on a format of searching for those with almost super-human abilities, the second episode featured the famous Bob Munden, billed as perhaps the fastest and most accurate exhibition shooter of his day. The 27th episode, “Rapid Fire” showed off Jerry Miculek‘s shooting ability.

Lee’s passing was widely noted and he was publicly mourned across social media Monday, including by the Army and NASA.

— stan lee (@TheRealStanLee) November 12, 2018

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Colt, FN split $177 million Army M4 contract awards

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 05:00

Colt and FN both received a contract modification for M4 and M4A1 carbines worth over $88 million apiece (Photo: U.S. Army)

The Pentagon last week announced that two of the largest makers of M4 and M4A1 carbines could expect some more government work.

On Thursday the Department of Defense posted that both Colt and FN America were awarded an $88.6 million contract modification by the U.S. Army Contracting Command to run through Sept. 2020 for M4s. The award is an extension of $212 million contract split between the two companies in 2015. The companies originally were picked from a field of six who submitted bids.

Colt will conduct the work at the company’s West Hartford, Connecticut factory while FN will perform their work in Columbia, South Carolina.

Colt developed the carbine as the XM4 in the 1980s from the shorter-barreled Colt Commando-series in conjunction with the M16A2, with an eye to replacing the service’s aging M3 “Grease Gun” SMGs. Adopted as a stop-gap while the Army researched the Objective Individual Combat Weapon program– which promised a leap forward in small arms that never fully materialized– the M4 was first fielded with the Army in 1994 and has been widely adopted across the military ever since.

Although USSOCOM has moved to replace the rifle with FN SCARs and H&K 416s for some special operations units, the Army has been busy in the past several years with the M4A1+ program, an initiative to upgrade the guns with a heavier barrel, ambi controls, and a full-auto capability in lieu of the long-standard 3-round burst. About 150,000 guns have been so modified by the Army in-house since 2014.

Meanwhile, Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, has been pushing a drive for as many as 100,000 new Next Generation Squad Weapons in a new 6.8mm chambering, to replace the 5.56mm M4 and the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon in select front-line units. Thus far, four companies — AAI, FN, General Dynamics, PCP, and Sig Sauer — have been tapped to produce prototypes.

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Looking for a good deal on a pair of gently used minesweepers? (VIDEOS)

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 10:30

If you are in the market for some pre-owned warships, the Royal Australian Navy wants to make a deal. Working through a commercial service, the Navy advertised the HMAS Hawkesbury and HMAS Norman for sale “Sold As Is Where Is.”

The 172-foot long mine hunters have composite hulls designed to “flex inwards if an undersea explosion occurs nearby,” which is always a good thing.

HMAS Hawkesbury, left, and HMAS Norman are Huon-class coastal mine hunters commissioned in 2000. They have been in reserve for the past seven years. (Photo: Royal Australian Navy)

Built in 2000 as part of a six-ship class to an Italian design, both Hawkesbury and Norman were laid up in 2011 and have been in storage ever since while the other four ships have remained with the fleet.

Sadly, it looks like their DS30B 30mm Bushmaster cannons and M2 .50-cal machine guns have been removed, but the vendor offering them for sale suggests they could be turned into luxury yachts or charter vessels.

The vendor suggests they could be converted to charter vessels or yachts. (Photo: Grey Online)

Not mentioned is a Jacques Cousteau/Steve Zissou-style recycle.

No price is listed but the vendor, Grays Online, does caution that the ships have had their shafts and propellers removed and would have to be towed off by the buyer, saying, “inspection is highly recommended.”

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KC9 enters Ed Brown Products Evolution Series

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 10:00

The KC9 offers a 9mm 1911 design that offers custom features. (Photo: Ed Brown Products)

Ed Brown Products kicks off its Evolution Series with the new KC9, delivering a smaller, thinner and lighter 1911.

Inspired by the Ed Brown Bobtail 1911, the 9mm chambered KC9 features a re-engineered slide measuring 4-inches and boasting a 7-top custom cut with front and rear serrations. The pistol also incorporates a recessed slide stop, smaller ledge-style rear sight and bull barrel. The design is topped off with a new external extractor and flat wire recoil spring system.

“We have made it our goal to make Ed Brown the first choice in custom 1911s. Why settle for less, when you can own the best,” Sales and Marketing Director John May said in a press release. “This is another step to make sure that our customers have the best quality product, at the best possible price.”

Built in small, custom batches the KC9 is backed by Ed Brown’s Lifetime Warranty. The KC9 is available through Ed Brown Products dealers, featuring a MSRP of $1,895.

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Having the conversation over pocket gun calibers (VIDEOS)

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 09:30

While not many “mouse guns” are in production today, for generations small .25 ACP and .22LR pistols were carried and used, so, with the right ammo, are they still a viable option today?

That’s the question posed by Lucky Gunner’s Chris Baker as he takes a look at the two calibers with an eye to ballistic effectiveness. Keep in mind that palm-sized popguns designed for personal protection such as the .25ACP Colt Vest Pocket and Baby Browning predate WWI and WWII, respectively while .22LR-chambered double derringers and the Beretta Jetfire have bracketed that range both before and after.

With that being said, likely tens of thousands of these little guys are still in circulation and shouldn’t automatically be ruled out for continued service.

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AxisBlu brings new Bluetooth locking solution to gun safes

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 09:00

The AxisBlu system pairs with mobile devices offering Bluetooth entry into gun safes. (Photo: S&G)

Sargent and Greenleaf, a division of Stanley Security, brings a new lock known as the AxisBlu to gun owners looking to introduce a little technology into their gun storage.

AxisBlu utilizes Bluetooth and a mobile app to remove the need for keyed entry into gun safes. Paired with S&G’s lock components, the AxisBlu is easy-to-install according to S&G. Featuring an “unobtrusive” medallion, the system connects through Bluetooth to user’s smart devices via an app that grants remote access to the safe. The system offers a 30-foot radius and has the ability to pair with up to five smart devices.

S&G says the AxisBlu provides multiple layers of authentication to protect safe contents from unauthorized individuals. The AxisBlu system is available with a keypad to grant access manually or through the app. The AxisBlu app is free and compatible with Android and iPhones.

“With AxisBlu, our customers have the best of both convenience and security,” Keith Deaton, COO of Sargent and Greenleaf, said in a news release. “We’ve combined the latest Bluetooth technology with our proven lock body to create a new option for safe security – void of a keypad – by accessing your safe via your mobile app.”

He added, “We hope AxisBlu will help the end user, for example, safely secure their firearms with ease from their mobile device.”

AxisBlu is offered in three packages — a Medallion Kit, Battery Keypad and Quick Mount Keypad. All three kits retail for $195.

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