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Illinois Court Gives Thumbs-Down to Town’s ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 06:30

The Village of Deerfield banned many popular semi-auto firearms and their magazines last year, a move that a state court later said went too far and an appellate court refused to hear a further challenge to this week. (Photo: Chris Eger/

A state appellate court this week dismissed an attempt by the Village of Deerfield to keep their controversial local prohibition on what officials described as “assault weapons.”

The village, just North of Chicago, is currently the subject of a permanent injunction issued by a local court in March that blocks it from enforcing a ban on many popular semi-auto firearms. Unanimously approved by the Village Board in 2018, the ordinance outlawed a host of guns by their cosmetic features, as well as magazines capable of holding 10 or more rounds of ammo, under threat of municipal fines of up to $1,000 a day for violators.

Deerfield, who is being defended in court by the Brady Campaign gun control organization, appealed the decision to the Illinois Appellate Court, who upheld the injunction this week.

“This effectively shuts down any further effort by the Deerfield administration to encumber law-abiding citizens in the community who own the kinds of legal firearms city officials want to ban,” said Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation. Gottlieb’s group, as well as the National Rifle Association and others, have been challenging Deerfield in court ever since the ban was approved by the village last year.

Village officials, normally quick to issue a statement when their gun regulation has a development, were mum Wednesday.

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Best Duty Rifles: Popular Military, Police Contract Winners

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 06:00

While it may be difficult to gauge just what makes the best rifles for duty use, the same models keep popping up in large military and police contracts.

FN 15

The FN 15 Tactical variant includes the 3-prong flash hider found on the FN SCAR rifles that reduces flash, a mid-length gas system with an H1 buffer to decrease recoil, as well as Magpul furniture and an M-LOK accessory mounting system.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety– the Palmetto State’s troopers– in March signed a deal for 600 FN 15 Patrol series rifles to replace their shotguns. Previously, the Killeen, Texas Police Department ordered 213 FN 15 Carbines for their use.

The 5.56mm-caliber FN-15, produced in Columbia, South Carolina, uses a six-position collapsible buttstock and a 16-inch barrel as standard. Equipped with FN’s Combat Trigger and a direct impingement action, they are semi-auto only.

Commercially, FN-USA markets both the FN 15 Tactical and FN 15 DMR.

Sig Sauer M400

Sig Sauer’s M400 series includes several models, such as this entry-level Tread variant.

Detroit SWAT picked Sig Sauer’s M400 series for a big rifle contract last year, followed quickly by Philadelphia‘s tactical units. Features standard across the series of 5.56mm rifles with a direct impingement gas operating system include a full-length free-float M-LOK handguard, six-position telescoping stock, enhanced SIG trigger, and a rotating lock bolt.

“The M400 rifle is designed to exceed military standards to be the most accurate and reliable rifle in its class, which makes it an optimal choice for specialized law enforcement units in extraordinary enforcement situations,” Tom Jankiewicz, Sig’s executive vice president for law enforcement sales, said of the model previously.

Commercially, Sig offers several M400 variants starting at $799.

Sig Sauer MCX

What’s not to like about the MCX?

Another entry from the New Hampshire-based powerhouse is the MCX series. Earlier this year Florida’s fourth-largest city, Orlando, moved to equip their police force with this new Sig Sauer rifles as standard equipment. OPD chose the MCX Virtus variant to equip not only uniformed officers but detectives, watch commanders, and sergeants as well. At the same time, across the pond in England, London’s Counter Terrorism Specialist Firearms Officers – dubbed C-men – have also gone with MCX Carbines.

The Virtus debuted in 2017 in both pistol and patrol rifle variants with the longer of the two featuring a five-position side-folder stock, ambi controls, 16-inch hammer forged barrel, free-floating M-LOK handguards, and Matchlite Duo two-stage trigger. The 5.56mm modular rifle, which Sig explains was developed with the Special Operations community in mind, accommodates 500 combinations and is enhanced for a 20,000-round service life.

Military Contracts Colt M4/M4A1

Long one of the top 5.56mm carbine makers in the world, Colt has also won tenders to equip various police forces around the world as well as pulled down Pentagon contracts for their M4 series rifles. In 2018, the Connecticut-based company grabbed a $57 million contract issued by the U.S. Army for guns intended for Jordan, Morocco, Afghanistan, Senegal, Tunisia, and Pakistan. In addition, their LE6940 and LE6920 series rifles have proven popular with police users.


Indiana-based LMT, formerly Lewis Machine & Tool, has been winning bids left and right to equip Allied countries with 5.56mm and 7.62mm carbines and rifles. Last month, the company confirmed they have been selected to provide up to 16,000 of their MARS series rifles, including AR-15 and AR-10 types, to the Estonian Defense Force. The Estonian award is not the first large overseas small arms contract for LMT, as the company is fresh off supplying the New Zealand military with over 9,000 of that country’s new MARS-L rifles. This came after a $30 million deal for 7.62mm DMR rifles with the United Kingdom in 2009.

Remington R4

In 2013, Remington Defense won a contract to supply the Armed Forces of the Philippines with 40,000 select-fire R4 5.56 mm carbines in a deal worth $47 million. Since then, the award increased to 63,286 weapons, with deliveries taking place over the past several years. This has followed with smaller contracts through the U.S. Army “on behalf of key international allies.” Meanwhile, police in Queensland, Australia have been issuing the R4 Patrolman series for years.

Remington Defense is now aiming to make several models– once distributed to LE and military channels only– available to the commercial market so you can expect the model to join Big Green’s standard R-15 series in coming weeks. Watch this space.


A big enchilada in the gun industry recently went to Sig Sauer when they pulled down a contract to supply at least 72,400 new rifles to the Indian Army. The 7.62x51mm SIG716 rifles will partially replace that country’s domestically produced INSAS 5.56mm platforms, the 716 is an enhanced AR platform featuring a 16-inch barrel, M-LOK handguards, and a six-position telescoping stock. The company confirmed on they will be American made in their New Hampshire factories.

Semi-auto versions of the 716 are readily available in Patrol and DMR format.

Check out for these rifle models and others, often in both Certified pre-owned and new condition.

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Fitness and its Impact on the Warrior Lifestyle

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 06:00

SSG Amanda Rose, the District of Columbia Army National Guard, Army Combat Fitness Test/Master Fitness trainer, Non Commissioned Officer in Charge, preps soldiers to get fit and suggests gun owners do the same. (Photo: Amanda Rose via Instagram)

Staff Sergeant Amanda Rose knows a thing or two about fitness. A volunteer firefighter, federal law enforcement agent and Master Fitness Trainer for the DC Army National Guard, Rose has dedicated her time to training soldiers on food and fitness. sat down with Rose, who also happens to be one of the brand ambassadors, to get the scoop on the new Army Combat Fitness Test and how gun owners can also benefit from staying fit.

GDC: First off, how did fitness and a healthier way of living come into play for you?

Rose: When I was 17 I joined the New York Army National Guard with ambitions to go to Penn State for communication. During military training, I fell in love with it, so I deferred college and got picked up for my first deployment at Guantanamo Bay. There I learned I had a huge passion for fitness and nutrition. I spent a lot of time diving into it, reading about it and when I came back after deployment I decided I wanted to go to school for exercise science. I was recruiting for the military and would help people who were out of shape get physically ready to join the military.

GDC: So you did the military thing and then I understand you were a volunteer firefighter and federal law enforcement. Now you’re the Master Fitness Trainer for the DC Army National Guard helping prepare soldiers for the new Army Combat Fitness Test. What was the evolution of that?

Rose: Each state needed a project coordinator to train up and execute the new ACFT. I got called randomly one day to meet with leadership and they asked if I would be the coordinator for the District of Columbia. I had to make the choice between an overseas assignment or this Master Fitness Trainer position. I thought a lot about it and I loved the opportunity to directly impact I was going to have on soldiers. I love meeting soldiers. I love training soldiers. So it was pretty much a no brainer. I wanted to help pioneer this program. I started back at the end of February and been trucking along ever since.

GDC: What are some challenges you’ve faced as the Master Fitness Trainer?

Rose: One of the main challenges is education — informing soldiers of what the new Army Combat Fitness Test is and how important it is to their success and their future. Not just their careers, but it’s important to their own health and wellness. This new program indirectly forces people to live a better, healthier life. You have to make daily decision to be successful like choosing what to eat, getting enough sleep and doing the right exercises. You can’t just prepare 30 days out like with the old APFT. So the big challenge is getting soldiers motivated and inspired to live a better lifestyle.

GDC: So you mentioned the previous PT test, the APFT. For the civilians out there, can you break down what the key differences are between the old fitness test and the new one?

Rose: So the old test, the APFT, was three events — two minutes of push-ups, two minutes of sit-ups and a two-mile run. There were male and female standards and also age standards. The new test, the ACFT, is a six-event test and the standards are the same across the board. The only difference now is its MOS specific. Your scores are based off what you do in the Army with moderate, significant and heavy brackets. So if you’re in a career in a certain bracket your score could be a little lower than if you’re in a job with maybe a heavy MOS. You have to perform at a higher rate in that case but there’s no discrimination based on age or gender.

The test itself is six events designed to test your full body. There’s a three repetition maximum deadlift. There’s a standing power throw where you’re throwing a ball backwards over your head for distance. That is followed by a hand release push-up that basically, you start with an arm extension in which you bring your arms out like an airplane before bringing them back in and doing a push-up. Then there’s the sprint-drag-carry which is five 50 meter shuttles for time. In this one you sprint, drag a 90-pound slide and then do lateral sprints then carry two 40-pound kettle-balls down and back and then sprint again. That’s the real killer out of everything. After that, it’s a Leg Tuck that is essentially a pull-up on a bar but you have to bring your knees to your elbows. Then the ACFT finishes off with a 2-mile run.

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GDC: That’s no joke but it sounds like the Army is encouraging fitness that directly correlates to the military life.

Rose: Yes. The military has been with working other organizations and scientists both within the military and outside to create events that relate directly to specific movements, tasks, jobs and responsibilities of military personnel. So for example, that kettlebell sprint is the application of a soldier being able to lift heavy loads across distances like carrying ammo cans or multiple weapon systems. A push-up didn’t really prepare you to do that right.

GDC: Do you think civilian gun owners would be wise to take some cues from the APFT and incorporate into their own routine?

Rose: Absolutely. The military has got the FM-22 which has our training program. It that there’s a ton of exercises that the training center has shown will increase readiness to perform the different events. Those exercises can help civilians increase strength and endurance.

GDC: Why is it important that gun owners or civilians take their wellness and health seriously?

Rose: You will see it come together when you’re out on the range and you’re moving and shooting, reacting to contact, in full gear and you’re exhausted that’s when you really see how your fitness, your health and your cardio endurance work together.

Also, you have to be disciplined if you’re a gun owner — from locking up guns if there are kids present to getting the right training. Fitness and a healthy lifestyle require the same type of discipline. You have to be disciplined to get up before work and go to the gym or exercise after a long day. It’s also about making healthy decisions in the kitchen and when you go out to eat. Be conscious in all areas of your life.

GDC: So basically what you’re saying is that like the gun lifestyle fitness is a lifestyle too. You don’t just buy a gun — you take a class, you train, you go to the range. You make decisions that ensure successful gun ownership. Same with fitness, you are exercising but also making good decisions about food, drinks, etc.

Rose: Yes, that’s a good way of putting it.

GDC: What about the gun owner reading this who wants to get fit, wants to do better health-wise but doesn’t know where to start? What advice do you have for him/her?

Rose: There is so much information online and in books. Go to your local library and check out some books. Get some free ones from Amazon. There are tons of trainer, myself included, who post workouts and information on social media or their personal webpages. If you’re a gun owner and you want to start making positive changes to your lifestyle you can find these resources.

The best thing to help you get committed is reach out to friends and family and find battle buddies who you can say, “Hey, let’s go workout before we go to the range or after we’re done at the range.” If you can shoot and train at the range when you’re already exhausted and tired or sore imagine how much better you’re going to perform when you’re at your optimal level.

For more information about SSG Amanda Rose check her out on Instagram

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Move Introduced to Repeal Federal Gun-Free School Zones Act

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 06:30

Federal gun-free zones around schools could be a thing of the past under a new bill sponsored by House Republicans. (Photo: Chris Eger/

A measure that would scrap the longstanding federal “gun-free zone” rules when passing within 1,000 feet of a school has been introduced in the U.S. House.

The Safe Students Act, first announced in 2007 by U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, has been rebooted by Kentucky Republican Thomas Massie this week and re-introduced with seven co-sponsors. The move would repeal the 30-year-old “no guns allowed” zone around public, private, and parochial elementary and high schools nationwide. Backers argue the bill is needed to allow local governments and school boards to set their own firearms policy without Washington red tape.

“The only thing gun-free zones do is disarm law-abiding citizens and take away their ability to protect themselves and others,” said U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-SC, a co-sponsor. “We shouldn’t leave our most vulnerable – our children – in an unsafe environment like gun-free zones where acts of violence cannot be stopped.”

The Gun-Free School Zones Act, part of the Crime Control Act of 1990, was the brainchild of Wisconsin Democrat Herb Kohl and by then-U.S. Sen. Joe Biden. The act has long restricted gun possession within 1,000 feet of a school campus although it has been successfully challenged in the courts as unconstitutional, leading the law to be modified in 1996. Several attempts by Republican lawmakers to repeal its provisions wholesale over the years have failed.

President Trump, while campaigning for the White House in 2016, said he would support getting rid of gun free zones in schools and military bases.

The Safe Students Act has been introduced as H.R. 3200 and has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

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Gun Review: The Sig Sauer P320 Compact (VIDEO)

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 06:22

For the last five years, the Sig Sauer P320 compact has been one of the top choices for concealed carry holders. So it might surprise you that I have never actually shot one until recently. I have never gravitated toward Sig handguns for my own personal use, but I was excited to try out the P320. Fortunately, the warehouse had one in stock so I could get this proverbial monkey off my back.

Initial Impressions

I immediately inspected the P320 upon its arrival from I was pleasantly taken back at how balanced it was and how intuitively it pointed. Next, I got in a few quick dry fire reps on a cardboard target. The bore axis on the P320 seemed high but I was able to build a very aggressive grip due to the high beavertail. The trigger take up was short and upon running the slide I noticed that the trigger reset was even shorter. Everything seemed on point for the makings of a great shooting handgun, but dry fire and live fire can be two very different experiences.

When I arrived at the range for my first session with the P320, I loaded up all three mags with Aguilla 9mm 117gr to their max 17 round capacities. Running all three mags in rapid succession would give me an idea of any quarks or skeletons that might be in its closet. After the third mag ran dry I had a nice neat pile of brass on the ground and a tight group on the cardboard target that was about seven yards away.

The P320 is a great place to start if you are new to concealed carry or handguns in general. (Photo: Ben Brown/

Around the fifth mag, I started to notice that the recoil impulse was a bit unusual. The P320’s slide seemed to move at a slower rate compared to other handguns. There was hardly any “snap” to it. It was very easy to keep on target when stringing multiple shots. Typically guns with a higher bore axis yield a much different experience when it comes to recoil management but the P320 continued to impress me with its “shootability.”

After 300 rounds the P320 was hot, a bit dirty, and had made it through the range session without a hiccup. Now, this is in no way a reliability test but this does give me some confidence if I wanted to choose the P320 as a carry gun. I am also confident that if the P320 is properly maintained there is no reason that reliability would continue with extended service life.

Room to grow with the P320

The P320 is a great place to start if you are new to concealed carry or handguns in general. Sig has made this gun one of the most modular handguns available. The “subframe” which contains the trigger is the serialized part. This means you can take the subframe out of the compact and drop it into the full-size frame. You are essentially buying one gun that can be turned into three different guns.

I have never gravitated toward Sig handguns for my own personal use but I was excited to try out the P320. (Photo: Ben Brown/

Because of the popularity of the P320, aftermarket holster support is plentiful. I used a Hazmat Holster NV3 for IWB carry for the duration of this review. With a barrel length of 3.9 inches and a weight of 26 ounces, the P320 was very comfortable to carry. You will be hard pressed to find a handgun that has 17+1 capacity in this size package.


I am kind of disappointed I had waited this long to try out the Sig Sauer P320. It might not be for everyone but it has a lot of the characteristics that the market desires from today’s polymer striker fired handguns. You can find the Sig Sauer P320 and others like it on the website. I am glad this one was in the warehouse to try out. It is now a pistol I can start recommending to people.

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Tips for Buying Your First Shotgun

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 06:00


Before buying a shotgun, some argue that you need to plan everything out — what you’ll use it for and how often — while others advise buying the first inexpensive 12-gauge pump-action you see. It’s a shotgun, after all. But’s Mark Sims suggests the answer for first-time buyers is a little more flexible.

Sims,’s Senior Buyer, has spent his entire career buying and selling firearms. While he loves guns, he really loves shotguns. He’s an avid hunter, shooter and an NRA certified shotgun instructor. If you’re looking for just one gun, he argues that a shotgun has more practical applications than a single rifle or handgun.

“Reasons for buying a gun jump from either recreation to personal protection. A shotgun, however, will work on both sides of the spectrum and a whole lot in between,” Sims said. He explained that there’s a lot of cross over. “A lot of shotgun sports derived from hunting. So, trap shooting basically follows along the lines of pheasant or quail hunting. It’s a natural transition. If you’re a good shot at the range, you’ll be a good shot in the field and vice versa.”

Then, there are also opportunities that come with owning a shotgun, especially for young shooters. Schools and ranges across the country host sanctioned trap shooting competitions. For example, Sims explained, when his son opted to attend a STEM academy instead of a traditional high school, he had to give up playing most sports. Then, to apply to a service academy for college, he needed to add some athletics. With a local school offering competitive skeet after school, that became his only real option.

What’s the best type of shotgun?

As Sims explained, no particular shotgun action — semi-auto, pump or break — is better than the other. “Even in the highest level of competitive shooting, you have different opinions about what’s the best type of shotgun. Championship shooting matches have been won with automatics and over-and-unders,” he said.

A similar answer goes toward gauge. While 20 gauge is a popular suggestion for beginners, Sims likes to explain that once a shooter gets proficient with their shotgun they usually want to go bigger with a 12 gauge.

So, does that mean to go with a 12 gauge shotgun? The answer isn’t a definitive yes, but rather a description of how a young shooter typically grows over time. They usually start of shooting 20 gauge and end up wanting 12 gauge and after 12-gauge there aren’t too many practical options. Instead, there’s actually a wide variety of 12-gauge loads.

Should You Buy New or Used?

When you buy a new gun, the condition isn’t even a question. On the other hand, when you buy used, the condition is the only question. But Sims advised to not shy away from the used rack. In many cases, and more often in some styles, there’s a good chance of finding a used shotgun in good condition.

“There are a lot of hunting shotguns out there that people purchased and maybe only took on one or two hunts before replacing it or picking another hobby,” he said. Then, there are the shotguns that people sell because they don’t use them as often.

“People always sell tactical shotguns. Unless you’re shooting 3-gun matches or just enjoy beating yourself up on the range, for a lot of people, a 12-gauge tactical shotgun just collects dust. They end up being the go-to-gun to sell when you’re buying something new,” Sims explained.

And then there are also shotguns that are only available used like collectibles. “Many buyers and sellers know that these are no longer being manufactured, so they’re less likely to use them regularly, so you may be able to find someones in fabulous condition,” Sims said.

“On average, you can save about 20 percent on a pre-owned gun, but you don’t always know the details about the condition,” he said. “So, offers a full inspection and certification. That way you have confidence in what you’re buying and save a few bucks.”

Try Before You Buy

Sims recommended before you buy a shotgun, try it out first. “So many times you make a purchase based on how a gun looks online or feels inside the gun shop, but when you go shoot it’s a completely different experience and find you may not like how it operates or loads or recoils,” he said.

He added that you should be aware of a few things when you do test or inspect it. “It’s important that the shotgun fits you. In other words, when you shoulder the gun it points where you’re looking because shotguns rely more on your natural-point-of-aim rather than sights,” he said. But if you do need to make some adjustments, you should seek help from a trained gunsmith.

But there’s another reason Sims recommended you try before you buy. “If you’re unfamiliar with a shotgun or any firearm, it’s important that you spend some time to learn how to handle the gun safely and responsibly,” he said.

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Bill Would Double Penalty for Stealing Guns from FFLs

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 06:00

Those who steal firearms from the inventory of an FFL holder could see 20 years in jail under a new bill. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Legislation proposed this week in the U.S. Senate would significantly increase the penalties for stealing guns from federal firearms licensees.

The FFL Protection Act, filed by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, would dial up the number of years in prison for stealing a firearm in a dealer’s business inventory from 10 to 20 years, among other enhancements. Graham said the move comes after recent “smash-and-grab” thefts targeting gun shops.

“I believe in responsible gun ownership – not criminals stealing firearms,” said Graham in a statement.

Besides the penalty increase for stealing firearms, the bill, filed as S. 1788, would impose a mandatory minimum sentence of 3 years for burglary from an FFL and 5 years for robbery from an FFL. Further, it makes the attempted theft of a gun from a licensed firearm importer, manufacturer, dealer, or collector a crime.

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, there was a 70 percent jump in the number of FFL burglaries and a 266 percent increase in the number of FFL robberies between 2013 and 2017. In 2017, 8,129 firearms were taken in burglaries and robberies at FFLs. About 6,000 firearms were stolen from FFLs in criminal acts in 2018.

The trade organization for the firearms industry, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, welcomed the move by Senate Republicans.

“Thefts from federally licensed firearms retailers represent particularly brazen offenses that hold potential for additional crime when stolen guns are sold on the street,” said Larry Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “The Federal Firearms Licensee Protection Act is a significant reinforcement of our federal laws to help deter both first-time and repeat violators and to ensure those convicted of these crimes serve serious time.”

The NSSF routinely matches ATF reward offers for information that leads to the arrest of criminals responsible for thefts from FFLs.

S. 1788 has 12 co-sponsors and has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where Graham sits as chair.

Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the aisle, Democrats on Capitol Hill this week have reintroduced legislation that would instead go after the firearms industry, to the applause of big national gun control groups. The bills include a move to open up both gun makers and retailers to frivolous lawsuits, and triple the number of annual ATF inspections of firearms dealers with the promise of increased penalties for record-keeping offenses.

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Giveaway: Win 2 Guns to Celebrate Mossberg’s 100th Anniversary

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 23:10

The winner of the Mossberg giveaway will receive both an MC1 Crossbolt pistol and 590 Tri-Rail shotgun.

Mossberg and have teamed up to give away not one but two firearms in honor of the iconic American company’s 100th Anniversary.

The lucky winner will not only get a new Mossberg MC1sc 9mm subcompact pistol but will also be the new owner of a Mossberg 590 Tri-Rail 9-Shot pump-action shotgun as well.

The MC1sc, the company’s first 21st Century pistol design, boasts a six-round flush-fit and seven-round extended magazine while a 3.4-inch barrel gives it a 6.25-inch overall length. As such, it follows in the footsteps of the gunmaker’s first offering.

“In 1919, Oscar Frederick Mossberg and his two sons, Harold and Iver, began with a simple dream to manufacture durable and reliable firearms that the working class could afford,” said Linda Powell, Mossberg’s director of media relations. “And a lot has happened in Mossberg’s first 100 years: starting with the company’s first gun, the Brownie, a four-shot, 22 caliber pistol; a generation of bolt-action rifles and shotguns, including the venerable 500 pump-action; and credit for over 100 design and utility patents.

“Yet through it all, the company has proudly remained family-owned and operated. And this year, the fourth generation of Mossbergs are excited to launch the MC1sc, the culmination of a century of innovation, passion, and dedication,”Powell said.

The heavy-walled 590 9-Shot Tri-Rail is a serious 12 gauge meant for serious use. Equipped with a Ghost Ring sight and a 20-inch barrel with a 3-inch chamber, the shotgun stems from Mossberg’s lengthy experience with duty and military pumps.

“With decades of military and law enforcement duty under its belt, it’s no surprise that the Mossberg 590 Tactical shotgun is the ideal choice for personal or home defense,” said Powell. “And it’s the original pump-action shotgun that passed the U.S. Military MIL-SPEC 3443 testing requirements almost 40 years ago.”

Sign up to win all this week for a chance to win this amazing Mossberg package here. The contest runs June 13-19, closing on the last day at 11:59 pm. See the contest page for full terms and conditions.

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The Zone with Jade Struck of Taran Tactical Innovations (VIDEO)

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 07:00

Jade Struck, a professional shooter with Taran Tactical Innovations, recently shared with the zone that she gets into prior to shooting competition.

“There’s so much going on around you,” said Struck, referring to the moments before the buzzer sounds and shooting begins. “You’re thinking about stage planning, you’re thinking about ammo, gear, positioning – all these different things. The one thing that brings me into my zone is I listen for the silence. The ringing in my ears. And I completely try and silence my mind.”

Once she finds this silence, Struck looks for the sun and breeze in the trees around her. She focuses on the stillness in the world. This allows her mind to slow down. This is important because the mind is so much faster than the body. By slowing down her mind, her body is able to keep up.

“So when the RO asks you ‘shooter ready?'” says Struck, “and I shake my head. I’m in that place. I’m in that quiet zone. There’s nothing else on my mind. It’s just me and the gun,”

Once the buzzer sounds, Struck lets her muscle memory to take over. She has achieved this through years of practice. She doesn’t even have to think about it. Her muscles know what to do.

“In shooting, you have to be able to balance everything. You have to be fast, but you still have to be accurate,” said Struck. She refers to this fine balance as riding the ragged edge. You have to go as hard as possible while maintaining just enough control.

Struck shoots with a Taran Tactical Innovations customized Glock 34, Ultralight AR-15 and Benelli M4 shotgun. She has won her fair share of competitions including the 2018 and 2019 Superstition Mystery Mountain 3-Gun Stealth Division High Lady. She also holds the 2018 SWPL Limited 10 and PCC Divisional Cups. (the first woman in the league’s history to hold a cup since the 1960s)

Along with Taran Butler, she trains some of the biggest names in Hollywood for blockbuster gun scenes.

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5 Concealed Carry Holsters for Exercising (VIDEO)

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 06:00

Concealed carry the enthusiasts looking to merge their workout wear into the concealed carry lifestyle may find the road to getting ripped a little daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. The holster and gear market caters to athletes in need of safety and protection while working out with a bevy of options to aid in your mission to get fit. With so many options, though, which one should you choose? No worries, has done the heavy lifting, creating a sampling of five concealed carry holsters designed for healthier fit lifestyle.

1. Smart Carry Holster — $60

Smart Carry created a holster designed specifically for those heading out for a jog. Constructed from denim, the Smart Carry Holster opts for a unique take on belt-free holsters. Featuring a firearm pocket and spare mag holder, I used my Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield to place the gun centerline on the body as the company suggests. The Smart Carry definitely feels more familiar for those of us appendix carry fans.

The firearm and magazine pockets opt for an open design – meaning no retention strap or compression fabric to keep items in the pocket. This isn’t the holster you want to test your yoga or gymnastic moves with but for running or jogging the Smart Carry adequately retains the firearm. I highly suggest sticking to the treadmill, sidewalks or running trails with this model. Like similar belly band style holsters, the Smart Carry features a band that extends out from the firearm pocket, wrapping around the wearer’s hips and securing it to the concealed carrier with hook-and loop. Sizing is important with this holster, to prevent slipping. It does maintain its position fairly well during exercise, remaining centerline during workouts.

The Smart Carry works under looser workout wear but may prove troublesome with fitted clothes. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

While the Smart Carry brings a different approach to the exercise dilemma, I found it bulkier than the other holsters I tried. I tend to wear less fitted, more loose workout shorts so this didn’t interfere with my athletic wear but if you dress in more fitted workout wear, this holster might not be the one for you. For runners and joggers looking for an easy means to carry on short jaunts around the neighborhood, the Smart Carry holster — offered for $60 — is a decent option.

2. Can Can Concealment Classic Hip Hugger — $69

Can Can Concealment’s Classic Hip Hugger holster isn’t billed as workout wear, but it does the job so well you might think it was created solely for that purpose. Bringing a belly band style to the table, the Classic Hip Hugger uses military-grade elastic and four firearm pockets to secure as many guns as you reasonably think you can carry while exercising. Add in two spare pockets for accessories and the Can Can Classic Hip Hugger proves why it’s earned a place on this list.

Though it adopts a belly band look, the Classic Hip Hugger rests lower than a traditional band, riding on the hips and giving it more to grab onto. Using compression as a means to stay in place, the Hip Hugger also employs a rubbery lining that grips skin and ensures little to no movement. The elastic itself is thick which means that despite no trigger guard, the trigger cannot be engaged through the fabric. It’s worth noting, though, that elastic does wear over time so checking gear regularly to ensure rigidity and integrity is essential. The firearm pockets on the Classic model accommodate most sub-compacts and I routinely carry my Smith & Wesson Shield in the front, AIWB pocket of this holster. Each firearm pocket is outfitted with re-holstering tabs which allow the wearer to pull the pocket open and avoid flagging fingers when inserting the firearm – a bonus for a fabric style holster. Additionally, the Hip Hugger sports three rows of hook and eye fasteners allowing for flexibility in terms of sizing.

The Can Can Concealment Classic Hip Hugger is not designed for workout but it does a great job concealing and retaining the pistol. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

As with any system, however, the Classic Hip Hugger requires some sacrifices — mainly by way of comfort. The thick elastic is great for controlling the holster and keeping the gun in place, but it means this rig gets hot. If you live in a steamy, humid climate or just tend to get overly hot and sweaty while working out, you might find this holster increases those temps to an uncomfortable level.

All in all, the Classic Hip Hugger is one of my favorites as it blends perfectly safe carry with deep concealment. The Classic Hip Hugger is available for $69.

3. Crossbreed Modular Belly Band — $55

Crossbreed Holsters elevates its holster creation with a modular model designed for belly band lovers. The Modular Belly Band sees the superhero-esque team-up of Kydex and elastic. Boasting a molded shell, the Crossbreed Belly Band is precisely cut to each firearm make and model. Offering swatches of hook and loop along the band, the Modular Belly Band pairs with the Kydex shell to ensure the handgun is safely nestled within the holster. The hook-and-loop design also means there’s room to add accessories if you choose to purchase some through Crossbreed.

The advantage to the Crossbreed Modular design is the ability to place it where you want it — it works nearly anywhere you put it. I prefer to wear mine lower around my hips, but it works just as well higher on the waistline. The belly band construction and hook-and-loop material around the band also offer gun owners greater levels of utility. You can place it in AIWB, strong side IWB or behind the hip. The options are nearly limitless. Due to its versatility, the Modular Belly Band allowed me to carry in my usual EDC set-up — a Glock 19 in AIWB — offering more consistency between my regular carry and workout carry.

The Crossbreed Modular Belly Band blends a Kydex shell with a belly-band style to deliver deep concealment with safety and retention. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Despite adding a layer of safety and options with its construction, the Modular Belly Band suffers the same pitfalls as many belly band style holsters in that there’s nothing keeping it secured to the body other than hook-and-loop. The consequence of this? The belly band rides up or moves during excessive movement and will often slide up on the draw. Is this a deal breaker? No. Certainly not when factoring in what you get with this platform, but you’d be wise to practice not only drawing from this rig but also re-holstering. Understanding where the belly band naturally moves will better prepare you in the event you need your firearm.

Coming in at $55, the Crossbreed Belly Band brings a true modular model to this holster list, granting concealed carriers the most amount of control.

4. UnderTech UnderCover Compression Shorts — $59

UnderTech UnderCover blends holsters and concealed carry wear into one package with its Compression Shorts. Offering a deep concealment option to athletes on the go, the Compression Shorts pair a breathable, moisture wicking material with integrated holsters in the 5 o’clock position on both the left and right side. The holster pockets use a thick elastic that offer compression as a means to retain the firearm — in my case, a Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield. There’s no retention strap here to impede the draw and the elastic does an adequate job of keeping the gun in place.

Though the holster pocket is swathed in fabric with no trigger guard whatsoever, the elastic proves thick enough to prevent the trigger from being engaged through the material. The downside to this platform, though, is there are no tabs to help with re-holstering. In order to get the gun back in the holster you are certainly going to flag your fingers, so patience is key to ensure safety.

The UnderTech UnderCover Compression Shorts offer an integrated holster design. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

There’s not a ton of versatility with the Compression Shorts and if you’re accustomed to carrying AIWB, the holsters placed behind the hip feel odd. It’s a platform that takes some getting used to. Training is key to ensure success here but if you are willing to put in the time and you’re comfortable with the idea of wearing another set of shorts underneath your workout clothes, the UTUC Compression Shorts work well. The UTUC Compression Shorts feature a MSRP of $59.

5. Alexo Athletica Carry Runners — $72

If the idea of wearing shorts underneath shorts seems a bit too much to handle, Alexo Athletica offers an all-in-one package for concealed carriers. Opting for an integrated holster design, the Carry Runners by Alexo Athletica repackages its successful carry leggings design into smaller, breathable shorts with the concept of exercise in mind. The Carry Runners feature seven total pockets built into the waistband, allowing women to pack guns, gear and other accessories on their jog.

Sorry, fellas, the Carry Runners are created with women in mind, though if you’re a fan of short-shorts, I’m sure you could make these work. The Carry Runners deliver a breathable, lightweight fabric around the legs paired to a compression style top section that offers the added benefit of smoothing the tummy area. Holster pockets are positioned in the appendix position as well as behind the hip, providing some flexibility in terms of carry.

The Alexo Athletica Carry Runners are an all-in-one workout package, using an integrated holster design to workout shorts. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The holster pockets are fabric, so they add no weight or bulk to the design, but this also means the gun and subsequent trigger rests unguarded in the holster. A work-around for this flaw rests in the spare pocket ahead of the holster compartment. Stowing a concealed carry permit or ID in this forward pocket creates a sort-of makeshift trigger guard. While this works in a pinch, it’s less than ideal as it places the burden of safety onto the concealed carrier and relies on memory. For busy moms, this extra step may end up overlooked. Nevertheless, if you are a single gal looking to use these for the singular purpose of running or jogging, the Carry Runners hold up to the task.

The holster pocket is smaller, meaning carriers are relegated to micro guns like the Sig P238; however, these shorts do the job and do them well. Though they don’t feature a retention strap, the compression is adequate enough to keep the gun in place. I was able to run and jump in these, without the P238 so much as moving an inch. The Carry Runners, priced at $72, prove useful to exercise enthusiasts looking to stay safe while getting swoll.

Final Thoughts

Working out and carrying doesn’t have to be a burden. With the right gear and right placement, gun owners can stay safe while getting fit. Those these aren’t the only options on the market, hopefully our list can get you started down the path of a healthier, safer lifestyle.

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From the Vault: Smith & Wesson 642 Snubbies

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 05:04

The Model 642 is a classic design that has been in Smith & Wesson’s stable for nearly 30 years, and is still going strong. (Photo: Richard Taylor/

In honor of Wheel Gun Wednesday, here is a popular S&W snub, the Model 642, right from the collection inside the Vault.

The original S&W 642 was introduced in 1990 as an update to the company’s 1950’s era aluminum-framed Model 42 Centennial. A double-action-only 5-shot .38 Special with a fully concealed hammer, the 642 sports a 1 7/8-inch stainless steel barrel and cylinder along with a matte-finished alloy frame. Weight, unloaded, is 15-ounces flat while overall length is 6.3-inches and ties with its matte black/carbon steel brother, the S&W 442, as the company’s smallest .38.

When stacked up to competitors, Ruger’s LCR— which was introduced in 2009 with the same cylinder capacity as the Smith but with a polymer frame– weighs 13.5-ounces while going a tad longer, showing just how svelte the all-metal 642 is. Also, of note, the 642 is the same overall length as the Glock G43 while running a few ounces lighter, but that is a more apple to oranges comparison.

The 642 has a five-shot cylinder. Note that his particular gun is a “no hole” model without the factory lock— which are still in production. (Photo: Richard Taylor/

While early 642 (no dash) guns were not rated for +P loads, more current models are and there is something of a renaissance of superb .38SPL self-defense loadings on the market right now, which goes a long way to countering past arguments that the round was underpowered.

Where the 642 and other similar snubs excel at, is as a gun to carry in what is often referred to as a “non-permissive environment” in which the user absolutely doesn’t want the firearm to print. Carried in a close-body holster, a small J-frame is the closest thing you can get to invisible. Also small enough for pocket carry– there are tons of holster makers such as DeSantis and Mika that specialize in just such holsters for these models– the smooth profile of their frame, with its shrouded hammer, is snag free. This puts the 642 as a gun that can be carried while wearing running or basketball shorts, warm-ups, or the like.

(Photo: Richard Taylor/

They also make a good gun for those hot summer months that mean flip flops and t-shirt weather, as I can attest.

Best yet, we have several of them, in both new and Certified used condition, up for grabs in the Vault, with prices starting at $275 smackers.

(Photo: Richard Taylor/

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Summer Carry: 22 Years Toting the Same S&W .38 Snub

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 04:42

After several thousand rounds or so pushed through it over the years and two decades of carry, this early S&W 642-1 is still kicking. For that time when the clock stops, Smith has a lifetime service policy. (Photos: Chris Eger/

For those situations where a more full-sized gun isn’t on the schedule, this Smith & Wesson Model 642 Airweight has often tagged along, especially in hot summer months.

The original S&W 642 was introduced in 1990 as an update to the company’s 1950’s era aluminum-framed Model 42. A double-action-only 5-shot .38 Special with a snag-free fully concealed hammer, the 642 in most cases sports a 1 7/8-inch (some 2-, 2.5- and 3- inch models are floating around) stainless steel barrel and cylinder along with a matte-finished alloy frame.

Weight, unloaded, is 15-ounces flat while overall length is 6.3-inches and ties with its matte black brother, the S&W 442, as the company’s smallest .38. By comparison, Ruger’s LCR— which was introduced in 2009 with the same cylinder capacity as the Smith but with a polymer frame– weighs 13.5-ounces while going a tad longer, showing just how svelte the 642 is. Also, of note, the 642 is the same overall length as the Glock G43 while running a few ounces lighter, but that is a more apple to oranges comparison.

This 642-1 is a “no hole” gun, without the later trigger safety lock that Smith installed. Rather than the original rubber boot, it now sports Altamont Combat Super rosewood grips for a little extra purchase in my mitts.

My personal 642-1 was born on Feb. 7, 1997 (Smith can help you with the born-on date of your own gun) and I picked it up very soon afterward. As I was in law enforcement at the time, I often carried it as a back-up weapon both on and off duty. While these days I have long ago hung up a badge and typically EDC a compact 9mm double stack, the 642 still occasionally hangs out as a BUG but is more often used in terms of a quick “take along” during the hot summer months.

The 642 compared to a G19X. Sure, accuracy past 15 yards with the snub is not as tight as with a more full-sized handgun with a nice long sight radius, but I can still keep it center mass out to 25– and with a little practice so can anyone. Plus, keep in mind the more likely envelope for a snub encounter is in the 3 to 7-yard range.

I live in the Gulf South, where 90 percent humidity and 90-degree temperatures are as common as Ford F-150s and fried shrimp for about seven months a year. This means T-shirts, shorts and flip flops as the uniform of the common man– and that’s when people get dressy. Beach towns are even worse. This means either wearing more clothes than the common man and being both uncomfortable and out of place or decreasing the EDC to match the wardrobe at the crawfish boil, fireworks show or fishing tournament. That’s where the 642 is gold and gets to come out of the safe. Tucked in a slim IWB holster, printing is not an issue and you aren’t going to find it without either a magnetometer or an inappropriately intimate pat-down. Light enough to carry all day, it is there if you need it without bugging you when you don’t.

The 642 is palm sized, in most palms, and conceals exceptionally well.

Another thing the 642 excels at is in activities that aren’t just summer-related, such as going to the gym, taking a rural walk in bayou territory that has its share of alligators, coyotes and water moccasins; working in the yard, or just heading to the store while wearing your running shorts. Due to its size, it makes a good pocket gun and a variety of holsters can help with the presentation of that. For such carry, a Mika Pocket Holster has been there for me for years without complaint. I’m just not a real big fan of pocket carry.

With my typical summer including cutting grass, working a respectable home garden, and taking care of two horses, the 642 also has the bonus of being an easy gun to tote around the homestead.

I prefer IWB using an old school and inexpensive Bianchi No. 6. I’ve used Galco’s Speed Paddle and other designs in the past and usually go Kydex for my semi-autos, but the “suede six” is super thin, which reduces bulk, and it rides high within the body which for me helps to produce a very quick draw stroke. Like by the time you can say, “alligator,” I am out and ready. On the downside, the thin body construction makes quick reholstering unlikely, but I have never been to a training class that ran a penalty clock on your reholster.

Speaking of training, if you get a snub, consider attending a specialized course in their use. There are several floating around. These stumpy wheel guns are not just for the grey-haired and cigar-chomping crowd, and they have never gone out of style. For those interested in snub sub-culture, check out the I’m with Roscoe club and take a dive.

While the exposed backstrap helps provide a slim grip profile it also offers a wear spot when carried extensively. This finish wear on the alloy frame came from some 20 years of hard service but the gun still functions fine.

Of course, the 642– and any snub for that matter– is not perfect. These guns are not forgiving if you fail to learn how to use them. They are often a difficult gun for beginning shooters due to their harsh perceived recoil, especially with +P loads. Their DAO trigger has a heavy pull– — those who carry DA/SA snubs are likely never going to be in a real situation where they use them in any way other than double action– which can work against the user if they slap rather than press the trigger. Home practice with a cleared weapon, snap caps and your carry holster can help with this immensely. For those with a recoil sensitivity, loads like Hornady’s Critical Defense Lite Ammunition dials it down to a more manageable level. Finally, hit the range regularly with your snubby and get that three-second draw to target down to two seconds or even one. Every shot counts no matter what you carry, but this is even more critical with a five-shot handgun that is slow to reload.

The 642 in a leather Bianchi #6 waistband holster loaded with five rounds of 130-grain Federal HST weighs 19.6-ounces walking out the door with deep concealment a reality. Optionally, you can add a pair of Bianchi Speed Strips with another 10 rounds loaded inside a repurposed Altoids tin along with a Streamlight Microstream and a pointy thing like the Leatherman Skeletool KBx multi-tool and you still come in at 29-ounces. That’s a well under 2-pound summer carry, all day.

Speaking of which, snubs, due to their low cylinder capacity, shouldn’t be your first choice for going into high-risk situations. While a variety of reload options are out there, such as speed loaders and strips, they are still relatively slow even with practice. These revolvers are more of a “get off me” kind of gun when presented with an unexpected physical attack. In that situation, the 642 and similar concealed-hammer small frame have a nice rear profile coming out of the pocket or from a deep concealment holster– something that semi-autos typically don’t. Plus, you aren’t going to accidentally eject a magazine.

In short, the 642 is a great little gun that can be there for you when others aren’t, which is super important some times. While mine isn’t for sale, we do have others, both new and Certified used, in the Vault starting at $275.

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Buying 101: How to Buy a Handgun

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 07:30

Buying a handgun, like the Glock 19, doesn’t have to be an intimidating process. (Photo:

With so many gun models available, selecting the right pistol to add to your growing collection or buying a handgun for the first time can feel like a daunting task. With the right know-how, though, the buying process can be a little less intimidating and, dare we say, fun!

Here at, we’re all about setting our readers up for success so we sat down with Mark Sims, Senior Buyer at, to get some tips on how to buy a handgun.

1. Do Your Research

Handguns span a wide array of uses these days, so knowing what you want out of your handgun narrows the options down, ultimately making the buying list a little more manageable. From plinking to hunting to competitive shooting and even self-defense, handguns bring versatility.

“Pistol shooting is an absolutely fantastic sport to get into. There’s a lot of enjoyment. It requires multiple levels of skill depending on how serious you want to go with it,” Sims explained. “You can just go out plinking with your friends and family or you could actually get into any level of competition — be it at your local gun range, on a national level, or all the way through the Olympics. It’s not any more expensive than any other sport.”

The Ruger Super Blackhawk Hunter is a revolver that can be used to hunt larger game.

Sims added that handguns can also be used for hunting, with the success dependent on caliber. “Handgun hunters hunt vermin with a .22 all the way up to bears with a .500 S&W but of course choice of caliber plays an important role in hunting.”

Another element to the pistol game is that of self-defense. Many first-time gun buyers opt for handguns as their means of personal protection on the go and in the home. Understanding how your handgun plays into your plan also helps narrow down gun makes and models.

“If you’re in a life-threatening situation — yourself, family or your friends — then a handgun can add that extra blanket of security,” Sims said.

Finally, it’s imperative to check local and state laws regarding gun ownership. Some states place restrictions on what kind of pistols residents can own. Knowing your local ordinances will keep you out of trouble and will make the buying process easier.

2. Head to the Range

Browsing online is a great way to develop a list of potential guns, but there’s nothing quite like holding the gun and testing it out. Much like a test drive on a new car, potential gun owners should head down to their local range and take a few gun models for a test run. Renting various guns, test firing, and getting a feel for the gun’s controls will let buyers get a grasp on whether the guns they’re interested in are right for them.

“You never know until you actually are able to use the gun whether you’re going to enjoy it or not and it needs to be enjoyable. The best way to get that information is by contacting your local gun range and trying before you buy,” Sims said. “So many guns look great and feel great until you actually use them and then you’re surprised by how they operate.”

Friends are also a great resource so link up with some buddies and head to the range to try out some of their favorite models and suggestions. If you’re new to guns and a little nervous to try your hand at a buddy’s bigger caliber like 9mm or .45 ACP, Sims suggests stepping down to .22 LR. The smaller caliber helps new shooters become accustomed to recoil and the gun’s fundamentals.

Landing shots on target at the range will help you decide whether the guns you’re interested in are right for you.  (Photo: Chris Eger/

3. Compare Value: Used vs New

When buying a gun the question always arises, should I buy new or used? Though both have its merits, used guns often come with a few more perks to include a better price and sometimes more accessories. Often times, the term “used” conjures up images of broken-in, dirty guns but Sims says that’s often not the case.

“There are a phenomenal numbers of high quality used firearms out there that people went down that path of buying a pistol they thought they would enjoy and now they don’t. They’re trading it in the hopes someone out there will enjoy it more,” said Sims. “There are like new condition used handguns out there that you could save an average of 20-percent on buying preowned from somewhere like”

Additionally, used handguns also frequently come with the added benefit of accessories. Sims says he’s seen his fair share of used guns come into the vault with accessories like extra magazines, holsters, upgraded triggers and sights, stippled grips and even optics. Opting for a high-quality used model handgun often times is a better choice for budget-minded buyers or those looking for more bang for their buck.

4. Avoid Common Pitfalls

First-time buyers should be wary to avoid common pitfalls when purchasing a first handgun. Namely, stay away from teeny-tiny pocket pistols and handguns. These often don’t offer as much comfort when shooting and they tend to come with significantly more recoil than their mid-size and larger pistol siblings.

“Those pocket pistols are designed to be exactly that — a concealed carry gun that you test fire every once in a while and use if you need to in a face-to-face situation,” Sims said. “The smaller the gun the more difficult it is to shoot in both accuracy and control. For first time buyers, I would recommend a plinking category gun that is a midsize handgun, low recoil, easy to shoot and operate.”

Make sure to test out various guns to see if they feel comfortable and shoot the way you want. (Photo:

After selecting a pistol, especially if it is used, make sure to get it evaluated by a gunsmith or professional. Going to someone with expertise will ensure the gun is in good working condition and you don’t end up with a lemon.

“At, we do a full inspection and certification on all preowned guns that come in, so you can feel confident that you are getting a firearm that’s operating properly,” Sims offered. “You need to have someone with gunsmithing skills like that available to look at the handgun, much like you would have a mechanic look at a used car before buying it. So if you’re not buying it from somebody like, you need to find someone who really knows what they’re looking at.”

5. Make the Purchase

After you’ve put in the research both on and off the range, narrowed down your selections and circled that one model on your list that fits your needs and budget it’s time to buy. Whether purchasing new or used, do your homework and check prices. Make sure you know what all comes with the pistol package and what you might need to invest it to get the gun set-up the way you want it. Once that’s complete, fill out that paperwork and bring that gun home.

Remember, that responsible gun ownership doesn’t stop with just buying a handgun. It’s worth it to invest in training to become proficient with the new pistol.

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How to Prepare for the Tactical Games (VIDEO)

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 06:00

Do you want to be a tactical athlete? You can be if you enter into the Tactical Games. This event is new to the shooting sports genre and is a mixture of shooting and physically demanding activities. It spans two days and comprises of six or more stages. The Tactical Games draws a lot of the former/current law enforcement officials and military, but anyone can sign up. But please be advised, this is an event you will definitely want to prepare for.

Best Prep Exercises

To get an idea on how you should prepare for the Tactical Games, we should start with some of the tasks you may run into there. All the movements and exercises are inspired from the Special Operations community. This means rope climbs, long distance runs, sand bags, and generally uncomfortable body movements.

At the end of a stage you will be doubled over, panting, and praying for more oxygen to enter your body so working on your cardio is really important. Building your endurance will not only help with the physical portion of the stages but with your shooting as well. Holding your rifle or pistol steady is extremely challenging while your body is absolutely smoked. Any type of cardio that is intense enough will help improve your chances at the games.

Building your endurance will not only help with the physical portion of the stages but with your shooting as well. Holding your rifle or pistol steady is extremely challenging while your body is absolutely smoked. (Photo: PTR Media Group)

Next let’s cover grip strength. Stages will have all kinds of objects that need carried or pulled over varying distances. Most commonly seen are 45 pound jerry cans, barbells, sand bags, and your own body weight. Building your grip strength will allow you to hold on to those heavy objects longer in addition to pulling yourself up ropes or over walls. In regards to shooting, your grip is the foundation of a good shot. If your hands are fatigued then your pistol shots will surely suffer. Farmers carries, bar hangs, and rope climbs/pulls are some exercises that I do to strengthen my hands.

Last, but not least, is mental toughness. The best exercise to improve your mental toughness is daily physical activity. “Get comfortable with being un-comfortable,” as they say. You need to be aware of what you’re currently capable of and push past those limits now, so you can endure the rigorous stages of tactical games later. You need to find out that when you dig deep, that there is always a little more left in the tank.

Get Started

Do not hesitate in starting to prepare for the Tactical Games. The more time you have to get ready the better. The event is advertised as a two day event but preparation starts months in advance. Start off by finding a good gym and range with a good trainer that is going to hold you accountable and push your limits. Be honest with what areas of your fitness  need improvement and make the changes.

This coming June will my third time attending the games and I most definitely plan to do more in 2019. I initially signed up to get a metric of my own person physical abilities. Competing in these matches has been a great motivator to not just improve my fitness but also my overall health. The fact that I get to include shooting with my overall self improvement is a win win in my book

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Texas Bill to Allow More Armed Teachers Signed into Law

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 05:30

Gov. Abbott removed limits on the number of armed teachers and staff allowed on school campuses in Texas. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott gave his approval last week to a measure that would allow public and private schools to use more armed teachers and staff.

The proposal, HB 1387, passed the state House 97-46 and the Senate by a 24-6 vote. Abbott, who had previously approved campus carry legislation into law for the state’s universities, signed the bill on June 6 along with others enhancing school safety and expanding access to mental health resources.

“Today, I am proud to sign legislation to make Texas schools safer for students and teachers,” said Abbott. “I thank members from both chambers, as well as the many stakeholders, who worked tirelessly to get these bills through the Legislature and to my desk today.”

Since 2013, Texas law allows public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools to appoint what are termed School Marshals from school employees. Candidates must hold a state concealed carry license, pass a psych exam and complete a mandated 80-hour course covering physical security, use of force, active shooter response, and weapon proficiency. In 2018, it was estimated there were at least 165 school marshals on the job in the state.

Previous law capped marshals at one per 200 students or one per building on campus. The new law will remove the cap and replace it with a stipulation that allows each public or private school district or governing body to appoint one or more marshals to each campus. The new law takes effect Sept. 1, just in time for the upcoming school year.

The bill was opposed by national anti-gun groups such as Everytown and Moms Demand Action.

Beyond the marshal program, schools can employ security officers and school resource officers. Schools also have the power under current law to grant written permission for anyone, including designated employees, to carry firearms on campus under what is termed a Guardian Plan. According to the Texas Association of School Boards, in most cases school districts limit such authorization to commissioned law enforcement officers.

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Vermont Governor Scraps Handgun Waiting Period Bill

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 05:00

A bill backed by Democrats and gun control groups would have added a 24-hour waiting period on handgun sales in Vermont. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Republican Gov. Phil Scott on Monday refused to sign a bill backed by anti-gun groups to add a mandatory 24-hour waiting period to handgun sales in Vermont.

The legislation, S.169, was sent to Scott’s office earlier this month after it passed the state House 82-58 and the Senate 20-10. Scott, who signed controversial gun control proposals last year, said the bill on his desk this week did address the “underlying causes of violence and suicide” in the community and returned it to lawmakers.

“Moving forward, I ask the Legislature to work with me to strengthen our mental health system, reduce adverse childhood experiences, combat addiction and provide every Vermonter with hope and economic opportunity,” he said.

The measure in its original format called for a 48-hour waiting period on all firearms but, after that couldn’t pass the state legislature, was modified to the proposed 24-hour period on handguns only.

The move was backed by national gun control organizations, such as Giffords, who wanted to see Vermont join with nine other states that have some form of mandatory waiting period for gun sales following completion of a background check. California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, and Rhode Island have waiting periods ranging from 24 hours to 14 days for all firearm transfers. In addition, Washington has a newly enacted 10-day waiting period for semi-auto rifles while Maryland and Iowa have waiting periods for handguns only. Minnesota has a weeklong waiting period on handguns and “assault weapons.”

Second Amendment groups argued the waiting period was not needed to curb violent crime in Vermont. The Green Mountain State enjoys a low rate of murder and negligent manslaughter, at less than half the most recent two-year national average. Further, of the 14 homicides in the state carried on FBI statistics for 2017, just one was attributed to a handgun. Worse, they argued the bill could stymie legitimate efforts at self-defense.

“If a woman is being stalked by an abusive husband, or any stalker, a waiting period could be the difference between life and death,” Ed Cutler, with Gun Owners of Vermont, said in February.

While S.169 passed the state Senate with a two-thirds majority on its trip through the chamber, margins were less in the House, where the bill would have to retain all its original support pick up 18 additional backers to override Scott’s veto.

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Rifle 101: The Difference Between Bolt, Semi-auto, Lever, and Pump Actions

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 06:30

For those inquiring minds who want to know the nuts and bolts differences between various rifle actions, pull up a chair and get the 411. The first muzzleloading rifles date back to at least the 17th Century. These simple single-shot black powder guns were “front stuffers,” being loaded with patch, powder, and bullet through the muzzle or front end of the gun. The name “rifle” is due to the rifling inside the barrel which imparts spin on the bullet, upping its velocity and thus increasing its accuracy and range. Rifles were far more capable when compared to smoothbore muskets and, by the 1850s, had largely replaced these older guns.

Then things started getting really interesting.

Bolt Action Rifles

Bolt-action rifles, such as this Remington 700 BDL, have been popular for well over 150 years, largely for their accuracy and ruggedness.

As breechloaders — which were loaded in the open rear of a rifle’s action rather than via the muzzle — became more common, the bolt-action rifle was not far behind. A German firearms engineer, Johann Nikolaus von Dreyse, began work on his “Needle Gun” in 1824 and the turn-bolt mechanism ushered in an era that has yet to go out of style. Bolt-action rifles, when later coupled with magazines that held extra cartridges, became king in the late 19th Century due to their accuracy and high rate of aimed fire when compared to single-shot breechloaders. Today, bolt-actions are still very popular for sport shooting, precision rifle and hunting applications for the same reasons.

Lever Action Rifles

The Marlin 336 has been in continuous production since 1948 although its basic design dates to the 19th Century. These guns, especially when chambered in .30-30, are icons when it comes to deer hunters.

Connecticut inventor Christopher Spencer in the 1860s created the basis for what today are known as lever action rifles. This downward-oriented hinged action manually works the rifle’s loading and unloading mechanism to eject spent rounds and replace them in the chamber with a fresh cartridge. Often called “Cowboy Guns” these rifles peaked in the 1890s with numerous designs from Henry, Marlin, and Winchester, many of which persist today in modernized variants. Still loved by outdoorsmen and Old West enthusiasts, the lever action is both fun to shoot and a traditional classic when it comes to rifle design.

Pump Action Rifles

The Remington 7600, chambered in a variety of popular centerfire hunting calibers, is the staple pump-action rifle and is well-liked with those used to operating shotguns with a similar action.

A concept borrowed from shotguns, the slide action or pump action rifle dates to Colt‘s circa 1885 Lightning series carbines. Described at the time as a “trombone” action, the manual sliding of the foregrip cycles the rifle’s mechanism, ejecting spent brass from the chamber and replacing it with a fresh cartridge from a fixed tubular magazine under the barrel or a box magazine under the receiver. Each backward pump kicks out a spent case, each push forward loads a new round. While rare on rifles, there are several pumps still in circulation, such as Remington’s 7600 series.

Semi-auto Rifles

The Ruger 10/22 Carbine uses a 10-shot flush-fitting magazine and produces one shot with each pull of the trigger until the magazine is empty.

The first semi-automatic rifles, which uses the energy generated through a gas or blowback mechanism to load a new cartridge from a magazine into a chamber with each round fired, popped up in the 1880s. By the early 1900s, these early “autoloaders” hit the market in the form of the Winchester Model 1903. Today, popular semi-autos, which still produce one shot with each pull of the trigger, are popular for hunting, self-defense, 3-gun competition, and target practice. While often called repeaters when first introduced, these should not be confused with full-auto or select-fire rifles which fire repeatedly with just one pull of the trigger.

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Kahr PM9: An Excellent Single Stack for Concealed Carry

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 06:00

The Kahr PM9 brings a concealable 9mm design to the single stacks market. (Photo: Dan Abraham)

One of Kahr Arms most popular models, the PM9 is among the smallest and lightest single-stack 9mm handguns in today’s market and one of the better choices for deep concealment. The Kahr PM9 is a great concealed carry pistol — carries easily, shoots reliably and uses quality materials in its construction.

The Basics

Anyone who carries a gun every day and all day understands that weight matters. The Kahr PM9 is a little powerhouse packing a punch while only weighing 20-ounces loaded with seven rounds. It sports a 3-inch barrel, yet the slide length is much shorter than similar sub-compact 9mm handguns. When compared to other popular single stacks, the Kahr PM9’s slide is approximately a half-inch shorter. The grip length is also shorter giving the pistol’s dimensions a concealed carry advantage.

The PM9 offers a slim width, perfect for concealed carry. (Photo: Dan Abraham)

When handling a Kahr PM9, it is hard to ignore how thin it is — the width on the slide is 0.9-inches. For concealed carry purposes, this is priceless. Bulky guns can be difficult to concealed carry, but thin, lightweight pistols are a breeze.

A part of the high-end “premium series” of Kahr handguns, the pistol brings parts milled from bar-stock steel with engraving and slide cuts precisely detailed, and the barrel offering polygonal rifling. The other advantage to the premium series is the lifetime warranty that accompanies it along with three magazines in the case. For this review, I tested the Kahr PM9 with blackened slide and upgraded Tru-Glo night sights.

On the Range

The PM9 offers a heavy recoil spring that helps mitigate recoil. (Photo: Dan Abraham)

The Kahr PM9, like all Kahr handguns, has a smooth double-action trigger that breaks between 6.5 and 7-pounds. The benefit of this is consistency shared across the entire Kahr platform. Whether shooting larger .45 ACP pistols or micro .380s, Kahr triggers share the same DAO build and weight. The trigger also resets just slightly short of full position. For many concealed carriers, the DAO trigger introduces an extra safety feature.

A quality that I enjoyed when firing the Kahr handgun involved recoil management. I find the PM0, like other Kahr pistols, handles felt recoil better than similar sub-compact handguns on the market. Shooting lightweight micro-sized handguns can be a daunting task with increased felt recoil and higher muzzle rise. This is not the case with Kahr handguns. Kahr’s strong build quality coupled with a heavy recoil spring tames recoil and muzzle rise significantly. This improves accuracy by allowing the shooter to remain on target with follow up shots.

The Kahr Arms PM9 works well for pocket carriers. (Photo: Dan Abraham)

Despite mitigating recoil, a common complaint about Kahr pistols is that recoil spring and its weight. Some shooters feel that the slide takes additional effort to manipulate. The deep cut slide serrations on the slide aid in this process by giving shooters something to grip as they move the slide. I found it easiest to grip with my left hand at the top of the slide to force it back and then release. Without this heavy recoil spring, the Kahr wouldn’t reduce recoil as well as it does. Most new Kahr pistols come machined extremely tight but the PM9 proved different. The brand-new Kahr PM9 functioned perfectly out of the case. After a year of use, the Kahr PM9 loosened up even more and continues to perform reliably.

Final Thoughts

The Kahr Arms PM9 retails for $762 but can be found for less in used circles. (Photo: Dan Abraham)

Many shooters enjoy the concealability of the Kahr PM9 pocket carrying or holstering it on the hip. Personally, I feel the Kahr PM9 is the perfect concealed carry pistol. Thin, lightweight and constructed extremely well, the PM9, priced at $762, proves why it is Kahr Arms most popular model. I am confident this pistol will work exactly as intended in a defensive situation.

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Bullet Control: California Ammo Rush Underway as New Regs Loom

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 05:30

New rules going into effect next month ban all lead ammo for hunting and requires background checks on each ammo sale. (Photo: Chris Eger/

With the one-two punch of a ban on traditional hunting cartridges and new regulations on buying ammo, California gun owners are in the crosshairs.

Effective with the opening of the general rabbit season on July 1, non-lead ammunition will be required when taking wildlife with a firearm anywhere in California. Adopted in 2013, the California Fish and Game Commission has been progressively phasing in regulations to ban lead ammo for taking game in the past several years. The shooting sports industry has responded with alternative non-lead ammunition, which is invariably more expensive and harder to find.

The trade industry for the firearms industry has said the move could force some hunters out of the sport while California conservation officials warn sportsmen to shop carefully and sight in their guns with the alternative ammo to understand how their firearms perform with the new loads.

Prop. 63

Meanwhile, a voter-approved ballot initiative, Prop. 63, will also come fully into effect on July 1. With the move, all ammunition buyers in the state will have to undergo a background check before they can receive their cartridges. For gun owners already registered in California’s state database to their current valid driver’s license, this means a $1 processing fee and a computerized instant check.

For those who don’t currently have a gun registered, this means a $19 DROS fee and a wait that can stretch as much as two weeks before the check can be approved. Ammo vendors must collect information from buyers such as name, date of birth and current address, which in turn they must submit to state officials to be used for law enforcement purposes.

This has gun owners reportedly clogging local shops to stock up before the new rules and fees kick in.

Mike Hein of Ade’s Gun Shop in Orange told the LA Times that sales in recent months have jumped and many customers are buying in bulk. “People are starting to stock up. We stocked up on ammunition,” he said. “Most people know about the deadline. They are running scared. They are pissed off.”

Further, the rules are foggy, with state officials still mulling some of the finer details of the implementation. Meanwhile, seven-time Olympic medal winner Kim Rhode, a California resident, has joined with gun rights groups and others to challenge Prop. 63. Filed last year, the lawsuit argues the measure is a “burdensome registration scheme” that imposes costly fees and price increases on bullet sales and mires would-be vendors in piles of red tape.

Rhode responded to a notice that big box retailer Wal-Mart will suspend California ammo sales for the first week of July due to Prop. 63 with “hopefully we can stop this non-sense with my court case!”

This was on #Walmart’s counter top #Prop63 is going into effect July 1st hopefully we can stop this non-sense with my court case! #NoAgainstProp63 #2ndAmendment @CRPAnews @NRA @NRATV @Beretta_USA @winchester @USAShooting @redlandsshootng @TeamUSA @ISSF_Shooting @NSSF

— Kim Rhode (@KimRhode) June 4, 2019

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Connecticut-based Stag Arms Announces They Are Relocating

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 05:00

Stag has been a fixture in Connecticut since 2003, producing more than 10,000 rifles in 2017 alone. (Photo: Stag Arms)

After more than 15 years in New Britain Connecticut, AR maker Stag Arms said they are pulling stumps for somewhere with “significant support for the firearms industry.”

The announcement, posted last Friday, said the move is part of the company’s “strategic initiative to significantly improve the overall customer experience.” While the new location has not been selected, Stag says their Board of Directors has “narrowed down the options to a short list of vibrant communities where there is significant support for the firearms industry.”

Local media in Connecticut described the pending move, to be accomplished in coming months, as being out of state.

Stag was founded in May 2003 and has carved out a niche in the gun market with 556/.223-caliber AR-15 and .308/6.5 Creedmoor AR-10 style rifles, parts, builder’s sets, and accessories. More recently, the company has moved into producing AR9 type pistol caliber carbines in the form of the Stag PXC-9, which was announced earlier this year.

According to the latest data from federal regulators, the company manufactured 10,932 rifles in 2017, exporting 324 of them out of the country. This figure makes them the second largest rifle maker in Connecticut, just after West Hartford-based Colt. Of note, Stag produced more rifles than Mossberg’s North Haven, Connecticut facility in the same year.

The shift from Connecticut by Stag is not the only time that a gun industry vendor has shifted states for more friendly digs. In recent years, magazine and accessory maker Magpul has left Colorado for Wyoming and Texas, citing strict new gun control laws as the impetus for their relocation. They were joined in the Cowboy State this year by Weatherby, who left California for similar reasons.

Although Olin-Winchester is still headquartered in Illinois, for the past several years they have been rapidly shifting manufacturing jobs to their plant in deep red Mississippi, a key ammo maker for the military that produces everything but shotgun shells. Similarly, rifle maker LMT moved from their Illinois home of 40 years to more accommodating Indiana.

Long based in Babylon, New York, Check-Mate produces a wide range of products including both surgical tools and well-received firearms magazines. Now, they are shifting a lot of production to a new location in Thomasville, Georgia in a move that will bring a $16 million investment and create 230 jobs in the Peachtree State. Other New York-based gun companies, such as Kimber and Remington, have likewise moved jobs out of the Empire State as well.

Stag Arms said once they finalize the location of the headquarters in the next few months the company then will begin the process of relocating to the new facility. “The pieces are in place and we are ready to transition production and fulfillment operations immediately from a narrow facility-based approach in New Britain to a distributed eco-system,” said Stag Arms President, Anthony Ash.

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