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The Los Angeles County Sheriff is doing all he can to limit the number of inmates behind bars during the coronavirus outbreak while telling residents that buying guns is a bad idea.
During a press conference on Monday at the Hall of Justice, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said his Department has reduced the jail population by over 600 in the past two weeks by releasing some inmates early.
Additionally, the Sheriff cut the number of arrests after he raised the bail amount for booking inmates from $25,000 to $50,000, which allows more suspects to be released with a citation, rather than be taken into custody. This latter move has dropped daily intake from a typical average of about 300 new guests at the county’s jails to around 60. According to the county bail schedule for Los Angeles, crimes such as assault with a deadly weapon and vehicular manslaughter have a bail of less than $50,000.
In the same conference, Villanueva admonished LA County residents to not obtain the means to defend themselves and their families during the crisis, saying, “Buying guns is a bad idea.”
It would seem that some Angelenos would disagree, as reported by LA Magazine, “All across Los Angeles, from Culver City to Burbank, gun sales are booming.”
The LASD, which has the largest county jail system in the country, had 16,459 inmates counted as of Monday.
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A national pro-gun group on Tuesday cautioned New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell that they sued the city once over firearms issues, and they’ll do it again.
The Washington-based Second Amendment Foundation this week warned Cantrell, a Democrat, against trying to suspend or limit the sale or transport of firearms, a power declared under the Louisiana city’s new State of Emergency response due to coronavirus.
“Following Hurricane Katrina, we sued the city when then-Mayor Ray Nagin’s administration began confiscating firearms from law-abiding citizens for no good reason,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb in a statement emailed to Guns.com. The federal court, in that case, ordered the city to cease confiscations three weeks after they had begun.
“We sued New Orleans then, and we’ll do it again,” Gottlieb promised. “The presence of a nasty disease does not suspend any part of the Bill of Rights, no matter what some municipal, state or even federal politician may think.”
Cantrell’s emergency action proclamation says the city is empowered, if necessary, “to suspend or limit the sale, dispensing or transporting alcoholic beverages, firearms, explosives, and combustibles.”
However, it also cautions this action should be tempered under the limits of a 2006 state law, passed the year after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, which prohibits the seizure of firearms from law-abiding citizens during a state of emergency. Under HB 760, which was signed by Gov. Kathleen Blanco, police in Louisiana can disarm someone during a state of emergency when the officer reasonably believes it is necessary for safety. If an arrest is not made or the weapon not seized as part of a criminal investigation, the firearm must be returned. Further, federal legislation was enacted in 2007 which limits such seizures during a major disaster or emergency.
It is believed that New Orleans Police and assisting agencies impounded upwards of 1,200 guns during Katrina, with as many as 552 reportedly still in police lockup more than three years after the storm. Most had been seized without receipts or records, a factor which made returning the firearms even more difficult.
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The Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot in West Point, Kentucky is the biggest event of its kind in the world. It takes place every April and October and attracts upwards of 20,000 Second Amendment loving folks. The night shoot is second to none.
The next shoot is scheduled for April 3, 4, 2020. As of March 16, the shoot is still happening. However, the situation concerning the coronavirus pandemic is evolving rapidly. Management at the Knob Creek Gun Range is keeping a close eye on developments.
Guns.com spoke to Kenny Sumner, the owner of Knob Creek Gun Range, by phone on the evening of March 16, 2020. “I’m waiting on something from the governor saying they don’t want anything happening. But as it is right now, we’re a go,” he said.Closings
Earlier on Monday, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced plans to order all restaurants in the state to stop dining in. On March 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged against large gatherings of people, usually 50 or more. On Tuesday, President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force issued recommended guidelines to help “flatten the curve” when it comes to the spread of the virus to include avoiding social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
In recent weeks, numerous staple yearly gun events were canceled or postponed to include the 149th NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits in Nashville, several CMP-sponsored competitions, the famed Wanenmacher’s Tulsa Arms Show, and Kalash Bash Texas 2020. Likewise, the Big Sandy Shoot in Arizona has been postponed but due to rain inundation, not coronavirus.The Show Will Go on, for now at least
It’s not often the Knob Creek shoot is canceled. The last time was in April 2012 when torrential rains caused major flooding and the bridge leading into the gun range to collapse. “We work so hard to put it on every six months. It’s just hard to believe that a little flu virus is going to keep it from happening,” he said.
According to Sumner, the best way to stay up to date on whether the April shoot is happening or not is to keep an eye on the Knob Creek Gun Range Facebook page. “As soon as I see that we will not be having it, it will definitely be posted there,” Sumner said.
In the meantime, enjoy the short documentary we made about the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot below.
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Looking for an open gun ideal for someone just dipping their toes in USPSA/IPSC open class, I was on the hunt for a handgun primed for performance. The Guns.com Vault revealed a pistol ready to take up this task — the STI Grand Master.The Basics
Chambered in .38 Super, the Grand Master sports a 5-inch Trubor compensated barrel. A Trubor barrel is manufactured from a single piece of rifle-grade steel. It’s then fitted to the compensator to improve accuracy and reduce muzzle flip. To really work that compensator, the .38 Super round allows for more powder and, for that reason, is a popular open caliber for reloaders.
Weighing in at 44.6-ounces the gun is hefty but manageable. As I shot it felt balanced and didn’t impede my transitions from target to target.Elevated Features and Range Time
The Grand Master is a factory-standard model that offers a few upgrades, chosen at the time of purchase, but otherwise is standard among its series. If you compare this gun to other factory models, it’s quite competitive; however, it shouldn’t be compared to a custom open gun. That’s like comparing apples to oranges or a Chevy to a Ferrari.
The pistol offers rear cocking serrations, STI’s steel magwell, an ambitious magazine release, and an installed C-More optic. For an open gun, it has what you need to get to the range and stretch your legs in Open Class. That being said it is lacking features like slide cuts and barrel ports, but, again, this isn’t a true custom gun. For a factory model, it gets the job done at a more affordable price point.
In taking it to the range the Grand Master shot flat. The trigger brought very little creep and even less take-up, which one would expect from an open gun. I felt the Grand Master had much more punch than other open guns which affected the shooting experience but certainly did not impact accuracy.
Some feeding issues are due to the neutered 10-round magazines. With some tuning, I believe they would run flawlessly. Otherwise, there were no issues and it ran consistently.
The magazine release was easy to grasp and the magwell made reloads sweet. My main gripe would be the lack of a slide racker, but the rear serrations do help. This was a very fun gun for practice and I feel on a stage it would really shine.Final Thoughts
Though STI halted production of its open guns in 2019 — to focus on other product lines — the open series will most likely reappear after 2020. This particular Grand Master is from the pre-DVC line, which makes it a tad older. With that being said this Grand Master looks practically new and hardly used. In a world where open guns tend to see insanely high round counts and abuse, this one is a gem.
Overall if an entry open gun is your desire- this one fulfills that!
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New legislation introduced this month in the Pennsylvania House aims to add fees and limits to how Keystone Staters buy their ammunition.
Pennsylvania House Bill 2344 was referred to the chamber’s Judiciary Committee last week with a dozen sponsors. Filed by state Rep. Tom Murt, R-Montgomery, it would wrap the ammo buying process in layers of Harrisburg red tape.
In its current format, the 25-page bill would mandate those who want to pick up some bullets first obtain a proposed Ammunition Purchase Authorization Permit, a four-year $50 ammo permission slip controlled by state police. Permits, which could take 30 days to process, would be tracked, their information retained in a central database, and subject to revocation.
When it comes to the act of buying ammunition, with a $3 surcharge payable to the state, ammo could only be purchased online if it is delivered to a licensed importer, manufacturer or dealer to process a subsequent face-to-face transfer. This would end the common practice among Pennsylvanians of ordering from e-commerce ammo retailers such as Guns.com and having it conveniently delivered to their home.
Further, Commonwealth residents under the proposal would be barred from legally transporting ammunition into the state that was acquired outside of its borders unless they have a licensed dealer coordinate the transfer.
While the bill exempts police and law enforcement from its requirements, those who violate the provisions of the ammo control mandate could face up to a second-degree felony, a punishment that is on par with involuntary manslaughter and provides from 5 to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
Murt is a suburban Philly Republican who took office in 2007 and announced earlier this year that he is not seeking reelection. All of HB 2344’s co-sponsors are currently Democrats.
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When Tina Pattison’s son, Matthew, was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness the one thing he wanted to do was “hunt moose with Dad.” There was a problem, though. The wish-granting organizations Pattison tried to contact wouldn’t sponsor a hunt. A mother on a mission, she went to battle for her son’s dream. Contacting every outfitter she could, she sought to find one who would take on the cost of hosting and making her son’s dream a reality.
After rejections from many outfitters, finally, one from Alberta, Canada returned her call. They agreed to take Matthew and his father on the moose hunt of a lifetime. The whole town pitched together to cover the cost of the hunt, travel and lodging. Matthew took a large bull on his first day in the field and spent the rest of the trip enjoying camaraderie with the townsfolk.
Unfortunately, six months after his trip, on April 28, 1999, Matthew passed away. Though he is no longer with us, his memory lives on through a foundation built on the principles of helping kids dive into fishing or hunting when they need it most. Shortly after Matthew’s passing his mother founded Hunt of a Lifetime Foundation to help others who want to live out the same dream hunt as Matthew did.
Today, the operation hums along, helping as many kids as possible. “No child has ever been turned away,” Expo and Media Coordinator Dan Wilhite, told Guns.com. “We pay 100-percent for the child, the parent or legal guardian to go on these, so no hardships come onto the families.”
It’s a point of pride among the organization which is dedicated to helping families in a time of need. They take around 100 kids a year out into the fields. An average of 65 to 70 hunts is planned in advance, while the rest are emergency cases taken on to fulfill immediate needs. Since 1999, the organization has seen 1,200 kids head out for a hunt at no cost to the child’s family.
Without Hunt of a Lifetime Foundation, it’s very likely these children wouldn’t be able to hunt. Some of them, have never held a gun or fishing rod before in their lives — adding up to an amazing experience for a youth that desperately needs it.
“Make-a-Wish does not take kids hunting and fishing. That’s how we got started. For these children to experience something like this, it takes volunteers, money and time,” Wilhite said.
Children aren’t the only benefactors of the trips, parents also get the enjoyment of seeing a dream fulfilled and joy on the faces of those they love. “Emotions are real high with the kids and the people that are doing this too. It’s camaraderie that comes with doing the hunts and fishing trips because these kids otherwise wouldn’t have been able to go,” Wilhite commented.
The Foundation prides itself on running a lean budget with a wide network of volunteers across the country to help make wishes come true. The trips typically average five days. For those who choose to go on a hunt, the gun becomes theirs afterward.
“It’s all volunteers. There’s only two people that draw paychecks from Hunt of a Lifetime; one is our lawyer, as needed, the other is our CPA,” Wilhite explained.
What started as one mother’s simple wish to see her boy happy one last time has turned into a beautiful network of hunters, outfitters and anglers coming together to help kids in need.
“I just hope people start to come on board with us, whether it’s as volunteers or donations,” Wilhite told Guns.com.
If you would like to donate to the cause please check out Hunt of a Lifetime on the web. For more information about volunteering opportunities or the organization itself, contact Dan Wilhite at email@example.com.
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Though there are hundreds of handguns on the market designed to keep you safe, we at Guns.com pulled together five models that are routinely listed among the best, especially when looking for a full-sized home defense handgun.1. Glock G17
Glock is synonymous with reliability and ruggedness, proving itself over the years as a worthy contender in the self-defense and personal protection realms. It’s no surprise that it tops our list of Self-Defense worthy firearms. While the company has steadily churned out various models and generations over the years, the Glock G17 has remained one of the best options for many defense scenarios. A favorite among law enforcement and home defenders alike, the G17 offers a 9mm chambered semi-automatic design with 17+1 capacity. Measuring 8.03-inches in total length, the G17 delivers a 4.49-inch barrel.
If the full-size G17 is a bit too big for your liking, consider stepping down to the midsized G19 or even the compact-sized Glock 26. Likewise, if you are a fan of calibers that start with a “4” you can always up-size your Glock choice to a G22 in .40 S&W or a G21 in .45 ACP.
Another favorite among professionals is the Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0. Also chambered in 9mm, the M&P series offers sizes ranging from full-size to the new sub-compact model. The full-sized variant features an overall length of 7.4-inches with a 4.25-inch barrel. Boasting a 15+1 capacity, the pistol comes with interchangeable palmswell grip inserts and a brand new M2.0 trigger. With compliant models to keep you legal in restrictive states and manual safety options, Smith & Wesson offers the greatest breadth in terms of semi-auto variety.
If the full-sized M&P9 M2.0 is just too much to handle, downsize to its compact compadre – the M&P Shield or Shield EZ – or the newly released M2.0 Subcompact. As with the Glock above, you can always up-caliber to a .45 ACP model.
Sig Sauer’s P226 is renowned for operating alongside U.S. Navy Seals. This 7.7-inch pistol brings a full-sized design to the table along with a 4.4-inch barrel length. The P226 comes in a few flavors – Legion, Legion RX, MK25/TACOPS, and Nitron Full-Size — with a 15+1 capacity.
The P226 series is pricey with its least expensive option, the Nitron, offering a scaled-down approach. Measuring 7.7.-inches in total length, the Nitron sports a 4.4-inch barrel. Though it comes outfitted with SigLite Night Sights, it doesn’t feature added benefits – like Cerakoting, X-RAY3 Day/Night Sights, Gray Guns trigger or ROMEO red dot compatibility – as seen in its sibling models
Self-defense isn’t all about semi-autos and Ruger’s GP100 proves that it can hang with the best of the best. Available in 6-shot or 7-shot models, the GP100 offers a plethora of models to choose from.
From 2-inch barrels up to 6-inch barrels, the GP100 series comes in .22 LR, .327 Fed Mag. .44 SPL, 10mm or, self-defense favorite, .357 Mag. The GP100 sports Hogue or wooden grips, depending on the model, and an adjustable rear sight.
Smith & Wesson’s L-Frame Model 686 is equipped with either a 6-shot or 7-shot cylinder and a durable frame. The Model 686 is outfitted with a 4.125-inch barrel and measures 9.6-inches in total length. A heavy-duty, stainless-steel revolver, the Model 686 is chambered in .357 Mag/.38 SPL.
Not only does this wheelgun look slick, but it has also served alongside law enforcement and on the bedsides of many home defenders.
Being a gun owner isn’t just about stocking your safe with cool guns. It also entails being a good representative of the 2A lifestyle. With that in mind, Guns.com has compiled a shortlist of ways you can be a better gun owner.1. Practice Safe Handling Techniques
Safety is paramount when handling guns and unfortunately complacency can get the best of us. As gun owners, it’s important for us to not only keep ourselves safe but also protect those around us.
If you need a refresher:
- Treat all guns as if they are loaded.
- Keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire.
- Make sure you know what your target is and what’s beyond it.
Additionally, model good gun behavior at the range by wearing proper ear and eye protection.2. Properly Store Guns When Not In Use and Record Serial Numbers
If you’re not actively using your firearm, place it in a location that is inaccessible to unauthorized users. Whether that’s a bedside safe, a traditional safe or even some fancy RFID concealment furniture, properly storing guns ensures they stay out of the wrong hands.
If a safe is a little outside the budget, organizations like the National Shooting Sports Foundation provide free safety kids through the Project ChildSafe campaign. The Project ChildSafe Safety Kit supplies free safety kits include a cable-style gun lock and safety instructions to help you better secure your guns.
While you’re locking up what you’re not using, take a moment to also jot down a list of serial numbers for all guns. If guns are stolen or lost in a natural disaster, they can be easily identified and returned to the rightful owner using that serial number.3. Give Back to the Community
Give back to the gun community by supporting an organization aimed at preserving the Second Amendment. Whether you choose to join a national organization or a state/local, getting involved can be as simple as donating a few bucks or volunteering some time. Joining an organization is not only a great way to give back to the gun community but also helps you network with other like-minded gun buddies.
On a similar note, consider volunteering or helping out with local youth via the 4-H club or clay clubs at area schools. Volunteers are always needed within these groups and organizations are eager to put volunteers to work. You can also get involved with Hunter’s Education classes, lending your expertise to encourage a new generation of hunters.
Additionally, get active! Meeting with local state representatives or senators, making phone calls and sending letters (a la snail mail to really get their attention) to advocate for Second Amendment rights is a great way to lobby for what matters. Takes some time out to attend rallies and events with local lawmakers to make sure they understand what’s important to you.4. Invite a Friend to the Range or Fields
Going to the range or heading out to a hunt can feel intimidating, especially if you’ve never been; so help future gun owners out by inviting friends to the range. Extending that invitation for some lead-slinging fun lessens the anxiety for those that might be curious about guns but don’t know where to start.
Alternatively, invite your buddies out for a hunt. Many gun owners want to head to the field but just don’t know where to go. Take the guesswork out for them and lead the way!5. Train-up
Classes are useful resources that encourage good gun handling techniques, reaffirm the basics, break bad habits and introduce new concepts to gun owners. As a gun owner, you should always be a student in pursuit of the latest information. Remember, you are investing in a lifelong skill. Also, keep in mind that gun training shouldn’t be a one and done venture. Continuing to take classes and educate yourself on tactics and techniques, no matter your style of shooting, will help you achieve your goals on your gun journey.
Whether you’ve been shooting for 40 years or 40 minutes, training with a certified, reputable instructor is a wise investment and good use of time.
Heckler & Koch this year has a host of subtle changes coming to their popular VP9 pistol line including several important upgrades.
Perhaps the most welcome of the changes is an updated 17-round flush-fit magazine, up from the long-standard 15-round capacity mags. There is also a new sight configuration– which includes a high-visibility front sight and a “clean” black serrated rear– and an optics-ready cut for mini reflex sight.
“While the VP is easily the most successful pistol in the history of HK, we are still very committed to making it even better,” HK-USA COO/CSO Mike Holley said in a statement. “From a business perspective, these improvements will certainly help the VP perform even better in the marketplace. But more importantly, they will make the VP pistols, and even those who shoot them, perform better in the field too.”
The updated models still retain the company’s standard short, crisp trigger, which is described by HK as “one of the best out-of-the-box striker-fired triggers available,” as well as the adaptable grip frame with interchangeable backstraps and side panels that allow 27 unique configurations to semi-customize the grip fitment.
HK says the updated VPs are already shipping, with MSRP starting around $799, a price typically lower from retailers.
For a rundown on the VP9 as a whole, which has been around since 2014, check out this great review from our own Jacki Billings.
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The National Rifle Association announced Thursday the member group will cancel their upcoming annual meeting over Coronavirus concerns.
The 149th Annual Meeting and Exhibits were scheduled for April 16-19 in Nashville, Tennessee, a return to the city that hosted the event in 2015. However, the Volunteer State is currently under a state of emergency due to the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, with the Tennessee Department of Health reporting 18 confirmed cases of the respiratory virus as of Thursday.
With that, the NRA announced the large public event would be scrubbed this year, with the group’s Board of Directors and officers later gathering to certify board elections, meetings, and other annual tasks mandated in the group’s charter.
“We sincerely regret the need for this action, particularly for our many loyal members who join us for this annual celebration of the NRA and our constitutional freedoms,” said the member organization in a statement. “Please know that we did not reach this decision lightly. We were ultimately guided by our responsibility to help ensure the safety and well-being of our NRA members, guests, and surrounding community.”
The last NRAAM at Nashville’s Music City Center saw a crowd of 78,865 in attendance. The next scheduled event is the 150th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Houston, Texas, May 14-16, 2021, at the George R. Brown Convention Center, where the group last met in 2013.
The cancelation comes just weeks after one of the largest international firearms trade shows, the IWA in Germany, was put on hold due to the outbreak.
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Described as ideal for self-defense, CZ just released the smallest and lightest pistol in its CZ P-10 series.
Purpose-built for daily concealed carry, the downright diminutive CZ P-10M is a micro pistol with the same lineage as the popular P-10C series handguns. Using a 3.35-inch barrel, the new polymer-framed 9mm runs 6.34-inches overall with a 20-ounce weight.
With that, the CZ P-10M is directly comparable to the Glock G43, which is also a single-stack 9mm, although it should be noted that the Czech gun has a 7+1 capacity against the Austrian’s 6+1 with standard flush-fit mags.
The new gun is only listed on CZ’s European website, not on CZ USA’s, and was likely meant to be unveiled at the now-canceled IWA Show in Germany this month. The event often sees new firearms from European gunmakers such as Beretta, Walther, and others debuted several months or even years before they are seen in the U.S., providing a sneak peek of sorts for what will show up on gun store shelves in America.
Likewise, it doesn’t appear the CZ P-10M has enough points due to its small size to be importable to the U.S. as a sporting gun.
But don’t despair! You see, CZ is currently building a 65,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility, in Arkansas, which could point to the P-10M being on the facility’s “to do” list in the coming months. When the plant was announced last year, the initial start-up was planned for March 2020. Although no MSRP is available, it should be noted that CZ P-10 models currently on the market run between about $385 and $559, depending on features.
Earlier this week Union worker Jerry Wayne confronted Democratic Presidental candidate Joe Biden on guns– a confrontation that ended up with Wayne getting a new one.
In a video of the exchange that went viral, Wayne, who ran into Biden when the former Vice President visited the Fiat-Chrysler auto plant in Detroit on Tuesday, gets an earful from the increasingly combative candidate who in turn used profane remarks to the curious gun owner, slamming the need for an “AR-14” or why anyone needs “100 rounds.”
Wayne, talking on Fox & Friends in the above interview, said of the exchange, “It was a little bit disturbing to see that a politician wants to take away my right to defend myself,” going on to elaborate, “He doesn’t need to touch anybody’s weapon at all. What we need to do is we need to concentrate on teaching people how to respect firearms and how to use them – not take them away.”
The incident drew a quick response from the gun industry, with the National Shooting Sports Foundation slamming Biden’s actions, going on to point out the candidate’s anti-gun record and past gaffes when it comes to firearms. They also highlighted Biden’s recent embrace of former Beto “Hell yes we are going to take your AR-15, your AK-47” O’Rourke as “his gun control czar.”
Then there was Colion Noir’s perspective on the incident:
And for a bit of silver lining to the incident, Jenison, Michigan gun shop Next Level Armament hooked Wayne up on Wednesday with an actual AR-14, a gun which figuratively did not exist until this week.
“When a patriot stands up for the 2a community it is a great thing, especially when he’s from the great state of Michigan,” said the company on social media. “But when @jerrywaynear14 got all up in @joebiden ‘s feels, we decided we needed to get him taken care of. Next Level Armament AR-14 edition AR-15 lasered up by @armoryvalentine for our boy.”
Good job, Next Level, and keep up the fight, Jerry.
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While people often invest in precious metals, such as gold and silver, guns and ammunition are also wise investments. Guns are deeply ingrained in the American culture and psyche — an integral part of who we are and that’s not going to change. There will always be a demand for guns and ammunition.INVESTING IN GUNS
Gun prices fluctuate, but quality firearms retain their value and in many cases see an increase. This isn’t just relegated to collectible guns. We’re talking your average sporting rifles, handguns, and shotguns. As long as they’re well made, kept in excellent condition and properly stored, they will retain much of their value for many years. Guns.com knows because we buy and sell a lot of new and used guns.
Where things get interesting is when there’s panic in the marketplace. Many of us remember the Great Shortage of 2013 when there was a dearth of both ammunition and anything Black Rifle. Rifle prices doubled, or worse yet, were unavailable and store shelves were empty. Times like these would make owning guns a wise investment, allowing owners to sell them for profit if times get tough or, alternatively, have them on hand for personal security.
Up until a few years ago, .22 LR ammunition was hard to come by, and if you did find it you paid a premium. Those days are, fortunately, behind us– at least for the time being.
Ammunition manufacturers have ramped up production and people aren’t panicking; however, with the Coronavirus causing a stir at the same time that progressive politics are bubbling across every channel, things could rapidly change. In the last few weeks, Guns.com has seen an increase in ammo sales on its site.
Having a good supply of ammunition is never a bad idea. As Jeff Quinn of GunBlast told Guns.com a few months ago, “A lot of people have guns and half a box of ammo to feed it. A gun does you no good, it may as well be a stick if you don’t have the ammo for it. And now’s a good time to get it.”
He’s right. It’s an excellent time to stock up. Prices are fair and, not to mention, ammo delivered to your door is a bonus. If ammo is stored at normal room temperatures with low humidity, it can function reliably for decades.
Collectible guns retain their value and prove to be a solid investment. While the days of $39 Mosins, $99 SKS rifles and $250 Colt Pythons are gone, there are still tons of affordable and collectible guns out there.
We recently spoke to Mark Sims, the Senior Buyer at Guns.com. Sims spends his time crisscrossing the country looking for used guns and collector’s items. Sims said there are a lot of good deals out there on guns that will only gain in value.
Browning Hi-Powers are seeing a big surge in value right now since the model has been discontinued by FN and they’re reasonably abundant — no need to re-mortgage your house to get one. Sims also thinks revolvers are trending. There are some great deals on Smith & Wesson Model 29s and Colt Pythons. Quality guns with solid popular references can often skyrocket in value. For instance, a new Colt Python in the 1950s cost $150 smackers– which adjusts to about $1,400 in today’s greenbacks. Fast forward to today and that same gun, in good condition, can touch $2-$3K easily beating inflation.
Sims also suggests looking for oddities like Remington Nylon 66 rifles. “Some of the fun of collecting is going back and picking up some of those guns that you had as a kid, or maybe wanted as a kid,” said Sims. “And again, it will just continue to climb in value as long as you take good care of it.”
Another Guns.com employee who has made money buying and selling guns over the years is editor Chris Eger. “I used to buy M1895 Nagant revolvers from the distributor for $49 in 1998– even less if you bought three or more. Today they are more like $400-$500 for the exact same gun. The same thing can be said for Turkish and Spanish Mausers. So that’s, what, a 1000% jump in about 20 years? Sure, there is inflation that erodes that a bit, but you still have to recognize, all day, that those guns gained value in the span of a generation,” he said.
Regardless if you’re looking to invest in new or collectible guns, or simply securing a good supply of ammo, now is an excellent time to do so.
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Two Glock owners in Connecticut have filed a federal lawsuit against the state over a 2013 law that limits how many rounds they can put in their standard capacity magazines.
Connecticut residents Susan Ross and Domenic Basile are challenging the current statute that bars the from loading more than 10 cartridges into a so-called “high capacity magazine.” This means that the Glock owners, who have a G19 that comes standard with 15-round mags, and a G17 which comes from the factory with 17-round flush-fit magazines, have to download them to just 10 rounds to remain legal.
Backed in their lawsuit by the Second Amendment Foundation and Connecticut Citizens Defense League, the pro-gun groups argue Ross and Basile have their guns for personal and family protection, yet they fear they could be prosecuted for carrying them fully-loaded under the state prohibition.
“This law does nothing more than penalize law-abiding citizens while criminalizing components of handguns they own that were previously legal,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb in a statement emailed to Guns.com. “This is a textbook example of turning honest citizens into criminals by the mere stroke of a pen by the governor.”
Gottlieb went on to explain that original capacity magazines are not dangerous or unusual, saying “They’re in common use all over the country. But the Connecticut law makes it illegal to use such magazines, which amounts to a deprivation of rights under federal law.”
CCDL President, Holly Sullivan, stressed the challenged law has little effect on crime.
“Only a law-abiding gun owner is going to heed the State’s requirement to load only 10 rounds into a magazine capable of holding more ammunition,” said Sullivan in a statement. “Criminals who are intent on doing harm will not follow this same law.”
This lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, names Connecticut State Police Col. Stavros Mellekas, state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner James Rovella, and Chief State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo as defendants. It alleges violations of both the Second and Fourteenth Amendments, seeking an injunction against the defendants from enforcing the statute.
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Controversial big-box retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods said Tuesday they planned to eliminate hunting offerings and guns from over 400 stores.
The announcement came as part of regular investment disclosure for the fourth quarter of 2019 and forward-looking statements released this week. In all, the company stands to remove the hunting departments at least 440 additional stores this year, resulting in a $13.1 million write-down of inventory.
The move continues on the 800-store chain’s sometimes dramatic exit from the firearms industry. Last year, Dick’s announced they would pull guns from 125 locations, replacing the items with other types of sporting goods and outdoor recreation inventory. That move came after the company removed the gun departments from 10 stores in 2018.
Dick’s has had a rocky history with the shooting sports industry following the decision by the company two years ago to hire a government affairs group for gun control lobbying. The move, coupled with the retailer’s past choices to destroy their existing inventory of AR-15s and refuse firearm sales to those under age 21, didn’t sit well with some employees– 62 left the company. In the end, several firearms icons such as Mossberg, Springfield Armory and others cut ties with the retailer and the National Shooting Sports Foundation booted Dick’s from their trade group.
In 2019, Dick’s shed a series of eight Field & Stream-branded outdoor stores in a $28 million sale to Sportsman’s Warehouse, with the new owner quickly reversing course on gun sales. It still maintains 27 F&S locations, with the media company of the same name taking great pains to distance themselves from the outlets.
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Daniel Horner took first place in the Tactical-Optics Division at the 2020 ExCommunicado 3-Gun Match held in Arizona.
Horner competed in seven stages against a total of 147 competitors Feb. 22 and Feb. 23. In total, he fired 320 rounds. The Phoenix match saw Horner using his P320 XFive Legion with iron sights and Sig 147-grain Match Elite 9mm Competition Ammunition. The P320 XFive Legion features a full-size design with an 8.5-inch overall length and a 5-inch barrel. The XFive Legion offers Dawson Precision Adjustable sights, an M1913 rail for accessories, a skeletonized flat-faced trigger and TXG Full-Size XGRIP Module grips.
Horner also used a Sig Sauer M400 Competition rifle topped with Sig Sauer’s Tango6 riflescope for long-distance shots alongside Sig 40-grain .223 Rem Varmint and Predator ammo. The M400 sports a 16-inch barrel and a bevy of proprietary parts from its adjustable stock to its handguard.
To better help gauge distances, Horner also opted for the Sig Kilo2400ABS Rangefinder. Horner said the match was challenging but a fun one to tackle.
“This was a great match and every stage presented challenges that required on-the-spot tactical adjustments in order to put myself in a position to place at the top of the field,” added Horner. “This match required significant strategic adjustments depending on what equipment I was shooting and helped me further develop the mental aspect of my competition. This was a really fun match, the staff was great, and I can’t wait to return next year to defend my title.”
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Just the ticket for curbing an attack from a rabid animal or a rapscallion along the highway, this trusty cane belongs to another era.
Hailing from the day in which a gentleman would be educated in the manly arts of boxing and stand ready to sally forth to tackle the occasional brigand, cane guns were offered from gunmakers in mid-19th Century Western Europe. To update the market with a more American take on the concept, Remington began producing its own Rifle Cane just before the Civil War.
Patented by Remington gunsmith and master mechanic, John F. Thomas in 1858, Big Green’s gun was arguably superior in many ways from what was being offered across the pond. More cane-like than the typical bamboo- or steel-shafted devices hailing from Belgium and England, it had a self-contained single-shot firing mechanism in the top half of the rifle and could accept several different heads, ranging from carved dogs to traditional L-shapes and balls.
The steel barrel shaft was encased inside the brass cane and the whole thing had a thin coating of gutta-percha, a natural latex with hard rubber-like properties.
The handle unscrewed to allow the breech to be loaded and unloaded, with the latter task typically needing a ramrod, which was not included.
As noted by Remington Rifle Cane collector Elliott L. Burka, “It weighed from 16 to 24 ounces, looked more like a true gentleman’s cane, was less cumbersome, and was not as obvious as were the other cane guns that were on the market at that time.”
Offered in .31 percussion, .32 Rimfire and .22 Rimfire, all black powder, the Remington Rifle Cane remained in production until around 1888, with less than 4,500 of all types made. Over the years, this pool has shrunk as old cane guns break, are lost, or discarded by people who don’t know what they have.
While modern cane guns are classified as AOW’s by the ATF, several such firearms over time have been removed from the NFA list as collector’s items due to their age. This includes numerous 19th Century cane guns such as the Remington Model 1 .22 and Model 2 .32 rimfire specimens.
They make a great addition to any gun collection and you will likely not find another firearm described as a “dapper accessory.”
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Over its 165-year history, Colt became one of the most prolific firearms manufacturers on the planet, giving the gun community some of the coolest handguns around. With such a storied history and long run making guns, you’re bound to find a few really cool ones floating around.
We dug through the Collectors Corner in the Guns.com Vault to uncover some of the coolest and most valuable finds that we have to offer. Below you’ll find some of the most iconic and sought after designs that Colt has ever produced.Colt 1903 Pocket Hammer
As the name suggests, this John Browning design was introduced in 1903 though production didn’t really ramp up until 1904. This pistol was produced until 1927 when production shut down likely due to the .38 ACP falling out of favor and designs like the 1908 Pocket Hammerless gaining popularity. Even so, this pistol became a very popular handgun in its time and was an important forerunner of the better-known M911. Check out the selection of beautiful carry pistols we have in stock by clicking the button below!
Approximately 420,000 1908 Vest Pocket pistols were produced in the 40 years that production ran. This makes this little pistol one of the most popular carry guns in the first half of the 20th century and one of John Browning’s most iconic designs. This beautiful little gun from the Guns.com Vault comes with the case-hardened finish on the trigger, safety catch, and grip safety to complement the black plastic grips. Add this to your collection today by clicking the button below.
The Colt Junior is a curious little gun which was Colt’s attempt to revive their pocket carry lineup after the failed relaunch of the 1908 Vest Pocket. Manufactured by Astra as a Colt-branded version of their Cub pistol, this 4.4-inch gun was introduced in 1954. It was imported from the Spanish firearms manufacturer until the Gun Control Act of 1968.
Afterward, it had a brief revival being assembled in the U.S. from Spanish-made parts but Colt ultimately shuddered production on it in 1973. You can add this ultra-concealable mouse gun to your collection by clicking the button below.
If you’re a fan of the Duke or fine single-action revolvers this is a must-have. This limited-edition Colt Single Action Army is numbered 1608 of 2500 making this a rare and collectible gun that would sit well in a display case. There is a lot of beautiful gilt work going down the barrel, on the cylinder and you even get his signature going down the backstrap. This all compliments the blued finish and bone grips quite nicely.
Even if you’re not a fan of the Duke, we have a lot of traditional Colt SAA revolvers in the Vault, like this beautifully patinaed example below. Check the whole selection out by clicking the button below.
The Colt Huntsman went into production in 1955 as a more affordable version of the Colt Woodsman. Marketed as both a target pistol and varmint hunter these became very popular and enjoyed a long production run until 1977. This particular model we have in the Vault has the fixed sights along with a 4.5-inch barrel, perfect for beginners. Check out all the Woodsman models we have by clicking the button below.
The King Cobra has had three different production runs starting in 1986. The King Cobra is known for being easy to shoot and handle, with shorter barreled models seeing time as a carry gun. This particular model we have in the Guns.com Vault has a 6-inch barrel with adjustable rear sights and checkered black rubber grips. Perfect for target shooting or home defense add this King Cobra to your collection today by clicking the button below.
The Colt New Frontier went into production in 1961 but its design traces back to the 1890s in the Colt Flat Top Target. This single-action revolver is designed with the target enthusiast in mind and differs from the famous Colt Single Action Army in that it has target adjustable sights. Colt had production runs from 1962-74, 1978-82 and reintroduced in 2011. It’s chambered in a variety of calibers but this beautiful case-hardened model is of the .22 LR variety.
If the 4.4-inch model doesn’t do it for you we also have a classic Ned Buntline Commemorative model chambered in .45 LC. This nickel-plated beauty has a 12-inch barrel and ships with a beautiful display case. Add it to your collection today and be the talk of the range tomorrow!
The Colt New Service went into production in 1898 and was produced until 1941 in one form or another, seeing an estimated 356,000 hit the market. It saw action in both World Wars as both the .45 (Long) Colt caliber M1909 and later as the upgraded .45ACP-chambered M1917. With that being said, you can find these revolvers chambered in a variety of calibers but the one featured here from the Vault is .45 LC. Add it to your collection today by clicking the button below.
The original Colt Python is a sought-after collector piece for any revolver enthusiast. This particular model from the Vault has a beautiful factory satin nickel finish, referred to as “Royal Coltguard” or “E-Nick” by the company. The finish is matched nicely by the checkered rubber grips complete with a golden Colt medallion. This .357 Magnum has a 4-inch barrel and is ready for the right collector today.
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Desert Tech has pushed technology limits since its inception in 2007, and this year it released another product, the MDRX, that follows the Desert Tech adage “Tomorrow’s Weapons.”
The MDRX is the next generation rifle from Desert Tech, building on the already popular MDR rifle released in 2016. The MDRX is a short-stroke piston operated semi-automatic bullpup — a rifle configured such that the action, magazine, and firing mechanics are all located behind the trigger. The purpose of this design gives the MDRX a shorter overall length than conventional rifles of the same barrel length.Features
All Desert Tech rifles are designed with modularity in mind, and as such, they are all available as multi-caliber chassis and barrel combinations. The MDRX shares that same heritage, available in four different calibers from the factory — .223 Wylde, .308 Win, .300 BLK, and 6.5 Creedmoor. All four of these barrel conversion kits are interchangeable in the same chassis, making the MDRX one of the few modern sporting rifles that accepts both large and small frame calibers.
The various caliber conversions for the MDRX feature popular twist rates, and standard barrel thread for adding muzzle accouterments. There are also both 16-inch and 20-inch barrels available in several of the assorted calibers, giving shooters different performance options. The MDRX comes standard with a Desert Tech Ratchet compensator. Compensators are caliber specific to provide the best performance in recoil reduction and prevent muzzle rise.
An ambidextrous setup, MDRX controls are mirrored on both sides of the rifle for both right and left-handed shooters. The ambidextrous charging handles of the MDRX are non-reciprocating, normally locked to the front in a spring-loaded detent. They can also be locked to the rear by pulling them back and up, the release is as simple as slapping either of the handles down allowing the bolt carrier to close into battery. The gun locks open upon firing the last shot from the magazine and the bolt release is centrally located right behind the magwell for quick reloads.
In addition to ambi controls, the rifle offers a forward ejecting system that sends spent brass forward and away from the shooter. If you are a dedicated left-hand shooter, you can swap ejection from forward right to forward left in just a few seconds, keeping hot brass away from the face.
The forward ejection system is a curious feature on the MDRX platform. The open-faced bolt extracts the spent case and carries it to the rear, as the carrier travels it engages the ejector with a dovetail lug on either side. The momentum of the carrier then pulls the scissor-like ejector out and it swipes across the open bolt face pushing the spent case off and into the ejection chute opposite. There it is retained by a spring-loaded pawl until the bolt carrier again travels forward where a protruding lug pushes the spent case forward and out the ejection chute.
Though interesting, it’s not without its flaws. I found with that ejection system a firm stroke of the charging handles is required to get the cartridge seated firmly in the ejection chute. The MDRX SE, chambered in .223 Wylde, utilizes a standard side eject system for those who prefer a more traditional ejection pattern.
The MDRX has a six-position adjustable gas valve allowing the operator to tune the rifle. The aluminum/polymer chassis construction features a full-length upper Picatinny rail, M-LOK slots for accessories and flush-mounted QD sling cups on the rear of the receiver. It is also designed to accept most AR-15 style magazines, and for large frame calibers, it uses SR-25 pattern mags. The rifle ships with caliber appropriate PMAGs from Magpul. The trigger feel of the MDRX is also widely accepted as great. The common consensus being it’s a good trigger, not just for a bullpup, but a good trigger period.On the Range
With several barrels in hand, I took the MDRX into my mountain hide to test its function. I started out shooting the 16-inch .308 Win barrel, loaded with Fiocchi 150-grain FMJ at 100-yards. I fired the rifle at several targets to see how it ran, finding the recoil to be much softer than the previous similar rifles. The trigger was clean and crisp, while the reset was audible.
I fired several additional groups using American Eagle XM80 as well as some 168-grain match ammo from both Hornady and Federal. The match-grade ammo certainly provided better groups, averaging around 1-MOA.
With several hundred rounds through the rifle, I figured it was time to test the metamorphosis of this multi-caliber rifle. I removed the handguard, secured by two screws and one take-down pin, using a 5mm hex wrench. The barrel can then be released by loosening two barrel clamp screws and then disengaging the barrel lock. I swapped out the previous barrel for the 20-inch 6.5 Creedmoor, seating it firmly towards the breach. Like that, the rifle transformed from a 16-inch .308 Win into a 20-inch 6.5 Creedmoor.
The 6.5 Creedmoor shot very well with 140-grain ammunition from both Hornady and Desert Tech as well S&B 140-grain ball ammo. The groups averaged much better, in the sub to half MOA realm. With this kind of accuracy, I couldn’t wait to take the MDRX out to more significant distances. For several hours, the rifle neatly piled brass right in front of my shooting mat without a malfunction. and just kept eating magazine after magazine of ammunition.Conclusion
A compact rifle with solid reach, the MDRX makes a great rifle, whether you’re in a tree stand or searching for a decent behind-the-seat truck gun. Thought the MDRX does bring a heftier price tag, the multicaliber option alone saves money by consolidating training. Whether it is a home defense rifle or a suppressed ranch rifle, the MDRX is a do-it-all rifle. The MDRX starts at $2,099 while it’s sibling MDRX SE is priced at $1,889.
In today’s age of single stack, pocket carry EDC guns, Guns.com set out to discover if the SR9c from Ruger still holds weight in the world of concealed carry. Ruger released the original SR9 design well over a decade ago in October 2007. In January of 2010, they released its smaller brethren the SR9c.
At Guns.com, the SR9c is one of our top selling pistols as is its magazines, yet there seems to be little attention or fanfare directed at this handgun. To unearth why it remains a top seller despite its lack of buzz, we took two models – a stainless steel version and an all-black version – to the range to get to know the SR9c a little better.Good Size and Trusted Reliability
The Ruger SR9c finds itself, in terms of size, related to the likes of the Glock G26, classifying it as a compact gun. When comparing the SR9c with the G26 you’ll see that they each share a barrel length close to 3.4-inches. The SR9c is a bit longer and taller than the G26 but adds additional rounds when using the 17-round mag that comes standard with most new purchases.
It should be noted that the SR9c also features a flat bottom 10-round magazine. This is where the height measurement of the gun is a bit deceiving. Yes, the height of the SR9c is 4.61-inches but where the pistol gets the most bang for its buck is in that 17-round magazine. When using that extended mag, the height is closer to its big brother, the SR9, measuring in at 5.52-inches.
Height is a factor when selecting a concealed carry firearm as it relates to the gun’s concealability as taller guns may print more easily. This may be a reason for Glock’s perceived dominance in this compact carry comparison.
The Ruger SR9 lineup boasts some features that set it apart from other budget-minded concealed carry guns. One feature that is sure to please the masses is the ambidextrous mag release, making this an ideal gun for lefties. Both models also boast an ambidextrous manual safety as well. In addition to the ambi controls, the gun also touts adjustable sights. The rear sights are ramped and adjustable for windage while the front sight is raked-forward for an easy draw from concealment.
You’ll also get a reversible rubberized backstrap that switches from curved to flat within seconds. This backstrap might not make a huge difference but it’s nice to know it can be adjusted without the use of special tools.
Up top, the slide comes with serrations on both the front and back – a big plus. While the serrations aren’t super aggressive, they are enough to get the job done. The patented loaded chamber indicator is also something that makes the SR9c stand apart from the crowd. I’m not a huge fan of loaded chamber indicators, because in most cases it would seem faster to do a simple press check, however, this loaded chamber indicator is not typical. Its unique “pop-up” design makes it easy to tell if you got one hot in the pipe or not, a welcome feature for those new to concealed carry. Additionally, if you would like to make the SR9c your home-defense pistol an integral rail upfront allows you to attach a light or laser.Range Performance
Stretching the legs of the SR9c at the range proved to be a very enjoyable experience. The pistol functioned flawlessly as it chewed through a mix of Fiocchi Range Dynamics, Blazer Brass, and Wolf ammunition. The trigger was especially enjoyable and a bit surprising. For a gun that you can find brand new for under $300, you would expect some stiffness in the trigger. Instead, what you get is a very nice smooth pull with minimal mush to get through. Reset is a bit long but comes with an audible click and tactile feel.
The Ruger SR9c made me feel confident as my groups turned out great. Follow up shots were easy, something attributed to both the trigger and the short recoil of the firearm. The SP9c fit great in the hand and was a pleasure to shoot.Conclusion
Ruger has a long history of making firearms that are reliable, practical and budget-friendly and the SR9 lineup doesn’t deviate. This is a quality handgun that should be considered alongside its Glock and Sig Sauer counterparts.
If you’re looking for a home-defense pistol with an MSRP of under $300 then look no further. Click the button below to add the SR9c to your lineup today.