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Cocoa, Florida-based Diamondback Firearms has thoroughly updated their striker-fired compact DB9 pistol for 2019. The new Gen 4 model of their decade-old single-stack 9mm handgun includes updated internals, a new slide stop, an improved trigger with a short reset, enhanced grip texture and a pinky extension. The little pistol is still offered a 6+1 capacity at a retail price under $300. Best of all, it also now has metal Glock-compatible sights with G43s having the best fit.
The DB9 was first introduced in 2009 and, with a weight of just 11-ounces while maintaining a 3-inch barrel, Diamondback describes their gun as the “smallest and lightest” 9mm on the market. For reference, Ruger’s LC9/EC9 series, which has a 3.12-inch barrel, weighs in at 17-ounces while the Glock 43 runs 18-ounces.
MSRP on the now +P rated Gen 4 DB9 is $269 which translates to a Guns.com price of wow.
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Single-stack pistols are back in style as more gun owners turn to these slim, compact models that offer better concealment and sometimes a better in-hand fit.
Single stacks — handguns that use a magazine in which rounds stack one on top of the other — were once the go-to style but fell out of favor in the mid-1980s as gun makers began pushing duty-sized, semi-automatic handguns with capacities reaching heights of 17 rounds. So why, three decades later, are manufacturers forgoing full-sized options in favor of slimmer, smaller single stacks?
Instructor Rob Pincus said the shift comes down to consumers. Pincus himself is immersed in the process of designing a single stack — the PD10 — under new gun start-up Avidity Arms. The PD10 is a 9mm that Pincus said he created as a single stack to coincide with a variety of hand sizes with carrying in mind.
“Manufacturers are responding to the growing number of people who want to carry defensive pistols, but are not interested in pretending they are carrying in order to respond to an attack from a team of armed terrorists,” Pincus explained to Guns.com. “The new generation of (concealed carriers) recognizes that a comfortably carried 8-to-12 shot 9mm pistol that they can shoot well is almost certainly enough gun to get their defensive job done.”
More and more Americans have trickled into the personal protection and concealed carry worlds with current estimations at 17.25 million permit holders nationwide, according to the latest report from the Crime Prevention Research Center. This influx of gun owners with a specific mission of concealed carry brings with it a need for convenience — thrusting single-stack pistols back into the limelight. Gun owners no longer wish to hide their gun wares beneath bulky vests or jackets. Ease has become the name of the game and this new generation of concealers is opting for single-stack shooters that allow for utmost convenience.
“Despite the greater ease of shooting pistols with higher capacities, single-stacks in a sub-compact are a good bit more comfortable and easy to conceal. Those who underrate the importance of comfort often end up actually carrying less and less,” John Lovell, of Warrior Poet Society, told Guns.com. He added, “I carry a Glock 19, but on days I really don’t feel like carrying, I switch to my Glock 43.”
Accommodating shooters has never been more important than in recent years with the increase of women entering the shooting sports. Women, who traditionally have smaller hands and may initially prefer small guns for concealment, are routinely steered towards single stacks such as the Smith & Wesson Shield, Glock 43 or Ruger LC9 for carry. The reduced girth of slimmed-down sub-compacts introduces smaller palms to a better grip, providing a more comfortable shooting experience for some shooters.
Holster marker Crossbreed Holsters told Guns.com that the modern take on single stack designs has caused consumers to pursue these models over larger, full-sized guns.
“What consumers now consider a single stack or double stack has become heavily blurred with the emergence of the staggered stack magazine,” Jenn Jacques, Communications Director with Crossbreed, explained to Guns.com. “At CrossBreed, we’ve seen a major increase in sales on holsters for guns such as the M&P Shield and Sig P365, both featuring staggered stack mags. With Kimber releasing the Evo with a higher capacity and Glock with the updated 43x and 48 using staggered magazines, we feel the trend for the last year has been an increasing popularity of micro pistols featuring a higher capacity in the smallest package possible.”
Ammunition has also played a crucial role in the design’s resurgence in recent years. The smaller diameter of the 9mm and .380 ACP rounds, the most commonly used calibers used in single-stack pistols, allow gun makers to shrink the overall size of pistols. Modern ammunition technology empowered the smaller rounds to pack just as much punch as its larger .40 S&W and .45 ACP counterparts; thus enabling gun owners to utilize a viable round in the smallest package possible without sacrificing terminal effectiveness. Despite 9mm’s reign on top, die-hard .45 ACP fans haven’t been completely abandoned. Companies still continue to offer single-stack 1911s packing the .45 ACP round and Smith & Wesson has even gone so far as to offer their most popular single stack pistol, the Shield, in the old school favorite.
Though duty-sized, double stack, high-capacity firearms will never fully go out of style, their smaller, single stack brethren are breathing new life thanks to avid carriers pushing the need for slimmer, concealable carry guns.
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A bipartisan bill has passed the Michigan House that would reduce the penalty of carrying with an expired concealed pistol license from a felony to a civil fine.
The proposal, House Bill 4434, was approved in late May by an easy 90-19 vote. It would dial down the current penalty for carrying with an expired CPL from a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $2,500 fine to a civil infraction and a $330 fine. Supporters feel the current penalty is excessive for an act that may be due to forgetfulness rather than criminal intent to skirt the law.
“A felony conviction can destroy a person’s life,” said Rep. Matt Hall, R-Emmett Twp, the bill’s sponsor. “It makes it difficult to find a job or suitable housing and suspends an individual’s constitutional right to possess a firearm. It is unfair for an otherwise law-abiding citizen to become a felon because of a paperwork oversight.”
House Bill 4434 would tweak Michigan law to establish a civil fine, instead of the current felony penalty, for carrying a concealed pistol on an expired CPL if the license had lapsed within the previous year, and to make a subsequent violation a misdemeanor. The fine itself would be waived if the individual gets their CPL renewed within 60 days of the violation. Backers of the move argue that, just as well-meaning people sometimes forget to renew their driver’s licenses, so to they can forget to renew their carry license.
The bill is supported by the National Rifle Association along with a half-dozen region Second Amendment groups such as Michigan Gun Owners and Michigan Open Carry. In opposition are the Michigan State Police, League of Women Voters and national anti-gun groups.
House Bill 4434 now heads to the state Senate for further review.
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The 6.5 PRC has gained a respectable following since Hornady Mfg released it two years ago. Long-distance shooters and hunters desire the Precision Rifle Cartridge for the additional power it brings to its predecessor, the popular 6.5 Creedmoor. While still young, the 6.5 PRC is building on 6.5 Creedmoor’s reputation. Today, more than a dozen manufacturers and small custom shops make rifles chambered in 6.5 PRC.Axial Precision Rifles
Drew Foster, owner of Idaho-based custom shop Axial Precision Rifles, described buyers wanting 6.5 PRC rifles as “people who want to punch paper a long ways off, or hunters who want ultralight guns with the most punch possible out of their rifles in a compact light platform.”
“We chose to chamber our rifle and load ammunition in the 6.5 PRC because it is popular. The long and the short of it, is that it sells,” Foster said. As for the benefits, he called it “a consistent cartridge that shoots accurately with consistent velocities in a variety of different loads.”
Foster added with the Axial Precision Mountain Shadow rifle with a 20-inch barrel, he was able to get roughly 3,000 FPS using the Hornady 6.5 PRC 143 grain ELD-X.Browning
Iconic Browning Arms now includes 6.5 PRC in the X-Bolt series. Aaron Cummins, a spokesman for the Utah gun maker, explained Browning found the round “to be a wonderfully accurate cartridge.”
Although the round was built with an eye toward long range target shooting, Cummins explained Browning’s offerings will be geared more toward hunting. “We expect to sell more hunting guns than target guns,” he said, adding Browning is a hunting company at its core. However, “we also expect our long range rifles to be able to fill a crossover role of both hunting and target shooting.”
While praising the round, Cummins explained that it had earned high marks when Browning tested its accuracy. “The 6.5 PRC fills a spot where the current high volume cartridges do not fit,” he said. “Accurate, long range oriented with high BC bullets going fast (for a short action), a combination that isn’t to be found with off the shelf ammo currently.”
The Browning X-Bolt series includes a host of proprietary features like Browning’s Feather Trigger, X-Lock scope mounts, Inflex Technology recoil pad, and 60-degree bolt lift. Browning X-Bolt rifles chambered in 6.5 PRC should be available by late summer or early fall.Bergara
In 2019, Georgia-based Bergara USA made available four rifles chambered in 6.5 PRC. The Bergara Ridge above is one such rifle.Ruger
Utah-based Christensen Arms offers a 6.5 PRC option for most of its custom bolt-action rifles because they had received a large demand from their dealers, explained company spokesman Cade Penney.
“The 6.5 PRC is faster and flatter than the Creedmoor,” he said, adding most of their buyers are dealers and their customers are mostly hunters.
Christensen Arms produces hunting rifles and more constructed from lightweight carbon fiber materials. Seen above is the Christensen Mesa rifle.Fierce Firearms
Fierce Firearms offers a host of custom rifles, including the Carbon Fury, in 6.5 PRC. Options include carbon stocks, carbon or steel barrels, and proprietary actions.GA Precision
GA Precision, owned by the creator of 6.5 PRC, George Gardner, offers custom and commercial rifles chambered in the specialty round. The company called the “non-typical” rifle a “workhorse.”Gunwerks
Wyoming-based Gunwerks makes “complete shooting systems,” meaning piecing together the rifle and all the accoutrements for success on the range.Hill Country Rifles
Texas-custom gun maker Hill Country Rifle spokesman explained their customers have loved the success they’ve had with 6.5 Creedmoor, so 6.5 PRC was a no brainer. “We jumped on the 6.5 PRC because it has much more energy than the 6.5 Creedmoor and, while recoil is not as low as the Creedmoor, is it substantially less than other magnum rounds,” the spokesman said
In testing, the company reported that the 6.5 PRC is “a low recoiling cartridge that handles cross wind very well, with ample energy for deer sized game, even at longer distances” and added that “the 6.5 PRC is an ideal round for Sheep and Mule Deer.”
The MCR Certified Magnum Ruger is Hill Country Rifles most recent offering in 6.5 PRC. The company touts the rifle can shoot sub-inch three-shot groups at 100 yards.Horizon Firearms
Horizon Firearms president and founder Derek Ratliff said his company adopted 6.5 PRC early on. In fact, the thinks he might be the first person to successfully bag game with it after the round became commercially available. “We had the (Hornady 147 grain 6.5 PRC rounds) and my boy and I shot an aoudad pretty quick after we got them,” he said and added that he has planned an African hunt with 6.5 PRC rifles later this summer.
But Horizon made the decision to make 6.5 PRC a standard offering because of the success of 6.5 Creedmoor. “What we found out is yes we could kill elk and stuff (with 6.5 Creedmoor) at 400 yards and plus. A lot of people are doing it out there with the 6.5 Creedmoor, but the biggest deal is the PRC just gave you a little more pop.”
Ratliff explained the extra power would allow a hunter to use a shorter barrel. And he’s not just the owner, but he also a shooter. “The reason why I personally switched over is that I could get the same velocity with the same bullet in a 22-inch PRC (barrel) that I can with a 27.5-inch Creedmoor (barrel),” he said andMauser
Introduced at SHOT Show 2019, the affordable Mauser M18 bolt-action rifle is available in 6.5 PRC.Montana Rifles
Ron Petty, the chief executive of Montana Rifle Company, said they added 6.5 PRC because “we are always on the cutting edge of new technology,” which meant including “new calibers developed for the consumer and military markets.”
Petty praised Hornady, saying the company “is taking the lead in development and also improving existing ammunition offerings.” He called 6.5 Creedmoor “a ballistically ‘perfect’ round,” so precision shooters were undoubtedly excited about the new variation.
“We as a precision manufacturer introduced this caliber immediately-as consumer and dealer demand was instantaneous!” Petty said, adding “Customers in this niche looking for long range performance are like golfers: always looking for the next greatest golf ball.”
The Kalispell-based company offers 6.5 PRC as an option for five of its rifles.Patriot Valley Arms
The Patriot Valley Arms flagship rifle, the John Hancock, is chambered in a handful of 6- and 6.5-caliber cartridges. Jeremy Jones, a spokesman for the small Pennsylvania-based gun and parts maker, explained market demand influenced them to extend offerings to include 6.5 PRC.
“We initially started with the 6.5 SAUM but the varied offerings of 6.5 SAUM chambers was very confusing for customers and we got a lot of people that through they wanted something different than what we were going to produce,” Jones said. “The SAUM just wasn’t a good fit for a production rifle.”
Then, with with growing excitement for 6.5 PRC and the availability of factory ammo, PVA replaced the SAUM option with the PRC entirely in 2018. “The response has been excellent and customers are very happy with our rifles including the PRC, “ he said.
Jones described PVA buyers as ranging from seasoned shooters wanting “production class” as well as those “new to the sport or on a budget.” Although rifles chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor are still more popular, the PRC is gaining among hunters in western states “where distances are long and the winds are never really calm.”Proof Research
Known for barrels and precision products, Montana-based Proof Research also builds complete rifle systems for hunting, long distance shooting or both. Seen here is the Glacier TI.Savage Firearms
Massachusetts-based Savage Arms is known for their bolt-action rifles, so it was only logical the company would offer 6.5 PRC. Listed on the company’s website are three rifle offered in the chambering: the 10 GRS (pictured), 110 High Country, and 110 Tactical.Sauer
Germany gun maker J.P. Sauer & Sohn offers a budget-friendly Sauer S100 bolt-action rifle chambered in 6.5 PRC.Stuteville Precision
Oklahoma-based precision rifle maker Stuteville Precision offers full-builds and other rifle items. The company’s owner Wade Stuteville explained he was impressed with the 6.5 Creedmoor’s performance. “I started chambering in 6.5 PRC because of the quality of the factory Hornady ammo,” Stuteville said. “My competition customers tend to choose the 6 and 6.5 Creedmoor for reduced recoil and hunters choose 6.5 PRC for flatter trajectory and increased energy.”Seekins Precision
A spokesman for Seekins Precision that to her knowledge the Seekins Precision Havak was the first production rifle offered in 6.5 PRC. “We decided to offer this cartridge because of a large distributor interest,” the spokesman said. “On paper it looks good, however, when we started chambering this round two years ago there wasn’t a lot of information out there yet.”
Since Seekins started making 6.5 PRC rifles, the spokesman added it has been “our hottest selling caliber” for the Havak rifle. “This caliber works just as well for hunting as it does for long range precision target/competition,” he said6.5 History
Over the last decade, the intermediate caliber has earned a reputation among shooters for its flat trajectory, light recoil and high velocity, a winning formula for accuracy. But also 6.5 Creedmoor is known for its versatility: shooters can use it for long-range target shooting or harvesting deer.
In developing 6.5 PRC, George Gardner, who created the cartridge, said he designed the round to test the boundaries set by the Precision Rifle Series. The competitive shooting organization permits any round under .30-caliber that can travel up to 3,200 FPS.
In a Hornady video about the new cartridge, Gardner explained the 6.5 caliber is the largest bullet size that could safely reach 3,150 FPS. “Six millimeters you could get to 3,150 (FPS) but the (ballistic co-efficiencies) were a little bit lower. Seven mills you really can’t get to 3,150 safely — not in a short-action cartridge any way,” he said.
Real world benefits of a more powerful 6.5 PRC are twofold. First, it delivers a bigger wallop after traveling a greater distance — or it can just travel a greater distance. Second, it outperforms with a shorter barrel, which ultimately allows gun makers to create a lighter and more mobile long-distance rifle.
Hornady’s senior communications manager Neal Emery explained the power boost adds about 250 FPS. “It’s ideal for hunters wanting more energy on target or competitive shooters doing extended long range type precision matches,” Emery said.
On paper, 6.5 PRC is considered a short-action cartridge, but most gun makers describe it as more of a medium- to long-action cartridge. Due to the larger overall size, 6.5 PRC isn’t exactly compatible with components available for its predecessor (nor should it be expected). Fortunately, the list of 6.5 PRC rifle makers is growing.
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If you have some spare time, a wetsuit and a big magnet, apparently you can find some cool stuff in the waterways of Holland.
In the above video, the guys from the Dutch WW2 Magnet Hunters channel poke around in some muddy waters looking to pull a rabbit out of the hat and come across a lot of junk metal. Soon enough, though, they come across a couple of what look like German Sturmgewehr 44 magazines which of course leads to (wait for it) a beautiful StG44 rifle itself, sans stock.
“Last week we did our best magnet fishing find ever!” said the jubilant Hunters on social media. “After the two Sturmgewehr 44 magazines, suddenly the Sturmgewehr came up. We completely freaked out and couldn’t believe what we just found!”
A product=from the mind of Hugo Schmeisser, the StG44 the first of its class to see widespread adoption and the guns were likely lost by German troops on their way out of the Netherlands back to the Vaterland in late 1944 as Allied paratroopers fell on their heads ala A Bridge Too Far.
The hardy Dutch pond explorers have also stumbled upon piles of ZDZ-29 and T. MI. Z 35 detonators, at least five Mauser K98K bolt action rifles, and other assorted odds and ends. They said that they call in unexploded ordnance, but it seems like they have been able to hold on to some of the other goodies, like the crusty bolt guns.View this post on Instagram
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KC Eusebio follows up a record-setting 2019 US Steel Nationals match with another win at the Open Overall World Speed Shooting Championship, earning his sixth title.
Eusebio kicked his winning season off by setting a new record in the Carry Optics Division at the US Steel Nationals in April. In May, Eusebio headed to the Talladega Marksmanship Park to compete in the 2019 World Speed Shooting Championships. Eusebio took along his Zev KC OZ9, Limcat 2011 and Volquartsen Scorpion pistols, winning the match. This is Eusebio’s sixth win at the World Speed Shooting Championship.
Eusebio is no stranger to winning, boasting four Open World Speed Shooting titles and six Open National Speed Shooting titles in addition to being a two time US IPSC National Champion and three-time European Speed Shooting Champion. Eusebio currently shoots for Team Zev and was recently brought under the Howard Leight banner, with the hearing protection company sponsoring him in May.
“My 6th Open Division victory was very special, and being my first competition under the Howard Leight banner only made it better,” Eusebio said in a press release.
Eusebio continues to dominate in the speed shooting arena, with no signs of slowing down. His next competition takes him to the USPSA Area 7 Action Shooting Competition in New Hampshire June 21 through June 23.
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A favorite of 1980s British SAS types and other Cold War commandos with giant mustaches, the Heckler & Koch MP5SD is legendary when it comes to hushed up sub guns. To walk you through a simply awesome 14-minute overview of the quiet room broom is Garand Thumb in the above video.
It’s got all the goodies, being a suppressed SBR with a three-position selector switch and onboard en-quieter that is capable of putting the hush on even supersonic hardball. The MP5SD was developed in the 1970s for high speed/low drag spec ops guys and was designed to allow standard NATO ball– already in service for sub guns and handguns– to be used in the integrally suppressed little SMG, all the while being so quiet all you hear is the Freedom.
Interestingly, the MP5SD gets a bad rap as not being as accurate as the standard MP5, and to vet that rumor, Garand Thumb compared the two German burb guns side by side.
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Xtreme Props and Weapons Rentals specializes in providing real guns for some of Hollywood’s biggest films.
Located in Simi Valley, just north of Los Angeles, Xtreme Props and Weapons Rentals is owned by Gary Tuers. He is a fourth generation prop master. After growing up in the business and working at a prop house for many years, Tuers launched his business in 2015. He got some jobs on some really big films right away, and this allowed him to grow his inventory quickly. He now boasts a collection of over 15,000 fully functioning guns.
“It’s funny, in the beginning, most of the first movies I did in the first 10 years was with these 70 guns,” said Tuers as he pointed to a small section in one of his vaults containing 5,000 guns. “Now, we buy 70 guns a month because no one wants to see these old guns anymore. They want to see the new trick stuff.”
Some of the trick guns in Tuer’s vaults were featured in films and tv shows such as John Wick, Narcos, Jurassic World, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Fast and Furious just to name a few. Tuers was kind enough to give Guns.com a tour and showed off a few highlights. His favorite gun in one of the vaults we visited was a Kimber Warrior SOC.
What makes Xtreme Props so unique is that they specialize in making guns and gunplay in films super realistic. All the guns Tuers owns are fully functioning. He modifies them to fire blanks and plugs the barrels to make them 100 percent safe. Making the guns cycle and act like real guns gives the actors a sense of realism.
Tuers increasingly works with Taran Butler of Taran Tactical Innovations. Together, they’re not only making guns more realistic, but they teach proper gun handling, reloading, and safety aspects. If you’ve seen films where gunplay is accurate and real, you likely have them to thanks. The John Wick films are an excellent example of their partnership.
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The long-term president of the National Fraternal Order of Police, Kenneth Charles “Chuck” Canterbury, Jr., is expected to be nominated to become the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The White House announced the move by President Trump last week, noting that Canterbury has held his current spot in the 350,000-strong FOP since 2003. A South Carolina resident, he formerly served 26 years in the Horry County Police Department in the Palmetto State.
Since word of Canterbury’s nomination, he has been praised by the trade organizations for the firearms and suppressor industries — the National Shooting Sports Foundation and American Suppressor Association.
“Mr. Canterbury brings a proven record of performance that will provide the ATF, and the firearms and ammunition industry, the leadership that is deserved,” said Larry Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel.
The NSSF went on this week to highlight the lawman’s past remarks and actions on Second Amendment issues. These include taking a public stand as FOP president in protecting ATF gun trace data from public disclosure, denouncing a National Football League “no-guns” policy that included off-duty and retired law enforcement officers, the FOP’s objection to a proposed ban on “green tip” ammo, and opposition to smart guns.
Further, Canterbury has a track record of supporting the firearms industry’s Don’t Lie for the Other Guy program aimed at curbing illegal gun purchases from dealers by straw buyers and Project Childsafe, a free gun lock program designed to cut down on accidents.
Coming out in the past week against the plan to put Canterbury in charge of federal firearm regulators are two gun owner member groups, Gun Owners of America and the National Association of Gun Rights. Describing the possible nominee as “anti-gun,” the groups argue he testified in support of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Attorney General Eric Holder and the FOP has in the past supported expanded background checks and opposed constitutional carry.
Meanwhile, two other pro-gun groups, the National Rifle Association, and Second Amendment Foundation, have not released current statements on Canterbury’s nomination. However, in 2011, the NRA spoke with the FOP leader, saying the gun organization and the nation’s largest police group “have worked together on numerous issues, and thanks to the leadership of FOP National President Chuck Canterbury our working relationship is now stronger than ever.”
It should be noted that in recent years, anti-gun standard-bearers such as Ladd Everett — formerly of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and current director at 1Pulse4America — have attacked the FOP for being against increased gun control.
Canterbury and the FOP, which endorsed Trump in 2016 during his run for office, has since been to the White House in both 2017 and 2018 to meet with the President about police policy and sanctuary cities.
If nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate, Canterbury will be the first permanent ATF director since B. Todd Jones resigned in 2015 during the Obama administration.
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Caitlin Connor’s journey to the Olympic Games started in her youth. A fan looking up to the likes of Kim Rhode as she began shooting in the 4-H program, years later Connor now calls Rhode a teammate. Competing alongside Rhode and representing the U.S. as a member of USA Shooting, Connor has made a name for herself consistently earning podium finishes as a member of the USA Shooting National Team.
Guns.com caught up with Connor to talk about her journey and the inspiration that set her on the path to success.
GDC: What brought you into the competitive shooting world?
Connor: I started shooting through 4-H Shooting Sports in Louisiana, that’s where I’m from. I started with that then that led to the Scholastic Clay Target Program.
GDC: It seems like those programs are the start for a lot of future competitors. What really set you on the path towards Olympic stardom?
Connor: I went to the SCTP National Championships and that was in 2006. I met Kim Rhode there. She was a three-time Olympic medalist at the time. On the plane ride home I was like, “I think this is what I’m going to do.” I went home and just started training. We built a skeet field and then it kind of went from there.
GDC: Very cool and now you’re hanging out with Kim shooting for Team USA.
Connor: Now, I compete right alongside her.
GDC: Has there been a significant moment in competition that stands out?
Connor: Definitely. My most proud moment was the 2018 World Championships. I won the gold, but what was awesome was that Kim took silver and Amber English took third. It was a complete podium sweep by the U.S. That was pretty awesome.
GDC: You mentioned training earlier and I’m curious what that looks like for you? Seems like everyone has their own take on how much time they spend knocking targets out of the sky.
Connor: When I am getting ready for a competition, I train three to four days a week. I’m out there for a few hours.
GDC: How many rounds do you think you shoot per training session?
Connor: It just depends on what I am really working on and getting ready for. On average, I shoot between four rounds and ten rounds at a time.
GDC: Finally, you mentioned Kim was an inspiration to you but now you’re taking on that role as inspiration for other young shooters. What advice would you give to someone who looks up to you?
Connor: You can’t be scared. You have to get out there and really try (competing). Our sport is really open and whether it’s shotgun, rifle or pistol you just got to give it a chance. Have fun and don’t be afraid to try it.
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Firearms designer and gun culture legend John “Jack” Llewellyn Warne, responsible for the birth of at least three iconic shooting industry brands, has died at age 96.
Raised in the small town of Kimba, South Australia, a 23-year-old Warne went on to found Sporting Arms Limited, best known as Sportco, in 1947. At the time, Sportco was the only private gun maker in Australia and over the next three decades produced dozens of rifle models, with Warne at the drawing board for their designs.
Besides their Martini-action guns, Warne’s bolt-action models proved popular not only Down Under but also on the global export market. Sportco made rifles for Winchester branded as that company’s Models 320 and 325.
After 1966 when Oregon-based Omark purchased Sportsco, Warne transitioned to America as an executive. While at Omark, the company continued making Sportco-style rifles and acquired ammo makers CCI and Speer, sight/optics maker Weaver, and reloading and accessory makers RCBS and Outers.
In 1979, as Omark got out of the rifle making business, Warne and his son Greg founded Kimber of Oregon, which continued in the designer’s footsteps of producing accurate rimfire and later centerfire rifles. The new company’s name was an ode to the elder Warne’s childhood home. Kimber’s first rifle, the John Warne-designed Model 82, started shipping in 1980. Earning a well-known reputation for accuracy, the U.S. Government purchased 20,000 M82A Target rifles in the late 1980s, originally for U.S. Army training. Other models from that era included the Predator, M84, and M89 centerfire rifles in several variants and grades.
After Kimber of Oregon folded in 1991– it was later reborn as Kimber Mfg., Inc under different ownership– Warne went on to found the Warne Manufacturing Company the same year with an eye to making high-quality scope mounts. He later sold that final company in 2001 but today Warne Scope Mounts still carries its founder’s name and mourns his passing.
Jack Warne is survived by his wife of 72 years, Marjory, son Steve, three grandsons, and three great-grandchildren.
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The Maine Department of Transportation this week posted a series of throwback pictures to what could best be described as destructive highway sign testing. The photos show three men in slacks and crew cuts dutifully examining bullet-riddled signs. The trio are equipped with what looks to be a Harrington-Richardson revolver, a lever-action cowboy gun, and a break-action shotgun.
“At Maine DOT, we like to say, ‘we’re not your grandfather’s DOT anymore!'” said the department. “Well, here are a few pictures to prove it! Yes, this is one way they used to test signs. No, we don’t test signs this way anymore! #TBT”
A 1963 newspaper article accompanying the post says the test panels were taken to a gravel pit and subjected to fire from a .22-caliber revolver, a 16-gauge shotgun, and a .30-30 carbine. The ballistic perforation, coupled with exposure to the harsh New England winter and the regular application of saltwater spray, was designed to see how long the panels would hold up under real-world conditions.
The men in the picture are identified as Al Godfrey, Conan Furber, and Assistant Traffic Engineer Richard Luettich, with the latter explaining that bullet holes in highways signs were a common sight on Maine highways. The article passes along that, “the careless individuals who pursue this unattractive hobby tend to throw lead at certain letters in the copy– an “o” or a “d” or “b’.”
The article does go on to concede the fact that snowplows often proved fatal to highway signs as well.
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Nicknamed the “Malysh” which translates roughly to “kid” or “little one,” the OTs-21 handgun is a pint-sized Russian deep concealment gun.
Created in 1994 by Yuri Berezin of Tula’s KBP Instrument Design Bureau, the semi-auto pistol is chambered in Russia’s standard 9x18mm Makarov, 5.45x18mm, or the slightly smaller .380ACP, with the latter caliber being for export sales. Just under 5-inches long overall, KBP bills their gun as a “small-size pistol can be used as an individual or special purpose weapon for concealed carrying,” and it is used by internal security forces in the country.
With its 5+1 round capacity, the Izhmash-produced gun is roughly the same size as Ruger’s LCP but carries one less round. However, in classic Russian fashion, the blocky Brutalist style of the gun contrasts against Ruger’s more streamlined offering. Likewise, as it is an all-steel gun, it goes a few ounces heavier, because apparently that’s what people look for in a carry gun in Russia (“Heavy is good. Heavy is reliable. If it doesn’t work, you can always hit him with it.”)
Sadly, due to import restrictions with Russia, there is nyet chance of getting one of these bad boys over on this side of the globe, so you just have to roll with the domestically produced LCP, for now.
The U.S. Concealed Carry Association said over 10,000 men and women marched through the doors of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh in mid-May to check out the annual Concealed Carry Expo.
Hosted by the USCCA, the Concealed Carry Expo brought vendors, manufacturers and seminars to gun owners all through the lens of personal protection. The three-day event offered a bevy of guns and gear tailored specifically to the concealed carry lifestyle. With a healthy mix of both men and women, a USCCA rep confirmed that the expo “welcomed 10,820 responsibly armed Americans throughout the weekend!”
A notable fixture at the event, women guests as well female vendors seemed to be on the rise. Bringing holsters, apparel and even jewelry to the show, many booths specifically targeted women gun owners and concealed carriers. Darlene Cary, founder and owner of Can Can Concealment, told Guns.com at the Concealed Carry Expo that her booth had seen a steady flow of women interested in her Can Can Concealment women’s holster.
“I have seen lots of women this year and what’s interesting is the women who just come with their friends and kids. It’s been great,” Cary said.
The Concealed Carry Expo itself targeted women with a selection of seminars specifically geared towards women’s concealed carry and gun ownership. On day two, the organization hosted a women’s panel that delved into issues women face in the industry and in the concealed carry lifestyle. Led by USCCA Concealed Carry Magazine’s Associate Editor Beth Alcazar, the panel touched on women’s representation in the industry, what to do if your place of work doesn’t allow guns and specific training women should seek to better their skills. Alcazar told Guns.com after the panel that she’s fought to ensure women are represented at the event each year with unique seminars and panels that speak to what interests female gun owners.
Though attendance at the 2019 Concealed Carry Expo was down from its previous year in Louisville — Louisville saw 15,000 visitors — the USCCA says it expects to grow with each year, especially as its own membership swells.
“There’s more USCCA members — we grow between 30 and 40-percent per year in total membership,” Founder and President Tim Schmidt told Guns.com. He also added that “the perspective across our whole society is that firearm ownership is becoming more acceptable by a lot of people. There’s a lot of curious people wondering how they go about being a responsibly armed citizen.”
There’s been no word yet on when or where the 2020 USCCA Concealed Carry Expo will appear.
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A key U.S. Senate committee added nearly $20 million extra to the White House’s request for work on the Army’s new 6.8mm Next Generation Squad Weapon-Automatic Rifle.
The funds were included in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, a $750 billion Pentagon spending bill advanced by the Republican-controlled Senate Armed Services Committee last week. In all, the committee funded some $126 million for infantry support weapons, including $19.9 million above the administration’s request for the NGSW-AR, a program to replace the FN-made 5.56mm M249 series Squad Automatic Weapon.
The Army aims for a degree of flexibility in the design of the belt-fed M249s replacement, saying that it should combine, “the firepower and range of a machine gun with the precision and ergonomics of a rifle, yielding significant capability improvements in accuracy, range, signature management, and lethality.”
Last October, the Army issued a limited award for five NGSW competitors — AAI, FN, General Dynamics, PCP, and Sig Sauer — to submit a single NGSW for initial testing to begin sometime this summer. Projections for the program by the Army plan to have the first units equipped with the new weapons as early as 2022.
In addition, the Army’s base budget justification for weapons systems, delivered in March, details about $50 million in spending requests for other small arms. This includes $900,000 for 13 M240L general purpose machine guns, $9.6 million for 671 new Heckler & Koch G28 Squad Designated Marksman Rifles (SDMR), and $30.3 million for the procurement of 36,868 new M4A1 Carbines.
Another $6.4 million is requested for 1,409 Modular Handgun Systems — based on Sig Sauer’s P320 pistol — along with 50 General Officer pistols and support equipment for the prior 231,586 MHS pistols purchased over the past three years. Finally, the Army wants $2.46 million to support modifications of and accessories for the M110 SASS, M2010 ESR, and M107 LRSR sniper rifle systems.
With the committee’s action last week, the NDAA now proceeds to the Senate floor for further consideration.
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Lawmakers in Illinois approved a plan on Wednesday that would up the cost and requirements to legally own a gun in the Land of Lincoln.
The Democrat-controlled state House approved SB 1966 on a narrow 62-52 vote after several hours of floor debate. The bill, which was originally introduced as a bail reform measure, was gutted and amended into its current format which would revamp the state’s Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card, which is issued by the Illinois State Police.
The cards, requried since 1968, currently cost $10 and are good for 10 years, with renewals running the same price. The new fee would double to $20 while the lifespan of the card would be slashed in half, to five years. That $20 fee would be split $15/$5 between the State Police Firearms Service Fund the State Police Revocation Fund, that latter of which goes to pay for a new unit to remove guns from those who have had their cards revoked.
Further, FOID applicants would have to submit fingerprints as part of their application, for which the bill sets a maximum additional fee of $30. Coupled with the proposed $20 FOID cost, those seeking to own a gun or buy ammunition in Illinois would see the cost to keep and bear arms jump from the current $10 to $50.
Finally, the bill also includes language that would force private sellers to conduct transfers through a licensed dealer for the sake of processing a background check on the sale, effectively banning person-to-person gun sales in the state without looping a gun store into the equation.
The proposal, which has seen nearly 8,000 witness slips filed, has the enthusiastic support of anti-gun groups such as Everytown and Giffords. To say the least, it is strongly opposed by both local and national Second Amendment organizations.
“This legislation is an affront to every gun owner in this state,” said Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association. “You should not have to pay money to exercise your Constitutional rights. We have a guaranteed right to own a firearm under the Constitution, but here in Illinois to exercise that right, you must jump through all kinds of hoops and pay all kinds of money to the state.”
The state Senate still needs to greenlight the bill before it can reach the desk of Gov. J.B. Pritzker. It has been placed on that chamber’s calendar for Thursday.
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Whenever I’m in the market for a new gun, a pawn shop is probably the last place I would think of looking, that is until I met Freddy Garza. Garza is the owner of a family business called Freddy’s Pawn Shop in New Braunfels, Texas.
I met Garza at his shop to get an EDC story from him. That’s when I discovered that Freddy’s is not your typical pawn shop — scattered with dirty power tools and old bikes. His showroom is well organized and spotless. Garza has a huge selection of new and used guns. He’s an official Glock dealer and is also licensed to sell Class III weapons.
So what does a guy this well organized and knowledgeable like to carry? Agility and accuracy are high on Garza’s list of important handgun requirements and his weapon of choice is the Colt Defender Lightweight 45. The decision to carry this particular firearm was a hard one for Garza.
“The multiple guns I had to go through before ultimately settling on this Colt made my final decision a little tough,” he said. He carried a number of guns from Glocks to Sigs but this gun ended up being his favorite of them all.
Garza carries cocked and locked, so he really appreciates the safety features. “It has a double safety,” he said. “Your hand has to be fully depressed on the rear of the grip in addition to the safety on the side.” He points out the finger grooves on the gun’s hand grip that helps keep your fingers and hand in place for solid control. He also likes the slim lines and 7+1 capacity.
The holster of choice for this gun dealer is a Kydex leather mix, double loop that rests inside the waistband. “One of the reasons I like this holster is that it keeps my weapon tucked and out of my way,” Garza said. “It’s tight to my body and nice and easy to unholster my gun when I need it.”
Garza is very happy with his lightweight and agile Colt 45. “Every time I’ve gone to the range, this the most accurate weapon that I’ve ever fired at seven to 15 yards,” he said.
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For those who prefer a manual external safety on their pistols– or live in states that mandate one– Sig Sauer has fitted such a switch to the P365.
Appropriately dubbed the P365-MS (guess what the “MS” stands for) the new 9mm micro compact is Massachusetts-compliant, which is big news for gun owners in the Bay State who are beholden to the Commonwealth’s approved firearms roster. Other than the switch, mounted on the left rear frame of the pistol, the handgun is the same as the standard P365.
The model, with its 3.1-inch barrel and 5.8-inch overall length, has proven popular on the concealed carry market. This is in no small part due to its 10+1 round capacity with a flush-fit magazine. In comparison, the Sig is smaller than the Springfield XD-S and S&W Shield and about the same size as the Glock 43, although with a larger magazine capacity than those single stack 9mm subcompacts.
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With the new P365XL on the way, Sig Sauer this week announced they have an extended 15-round magazine available that is backward compatible across the line.
The current P365 series pistol ships with flush 10-round mags while an optional 12-round extended magazine allows users to bring the total capacity to 13 rounds. The new 15-round magazine pushes the pistol’s height to 5.5-inches, from the standard 4.3-inches seen with the standard factory flush-fit mag but adds the benefit of boosting available capacity by 50 percent.
The new 15-round mag ships with an installed baseplate to fit a standard P365, and comes with an additional baseplate that can be easily installed to all X-Series P365 models. They have an MSRP of $49.
The as-yet-to-be-released P365XL, which runs a longer 3.7-inch barrel (up from 3.1 in the P365) and corresponding optic-ready slide as well as a 12-round magazine capacity, can also use the new 15-round mags.
Ryan Cleckner with Gun Unversity got a sneak peek at the new P365XL earlier this month and breaks it down in the below video. The pistol is expected to be officially unveiled and ship to dealers sometime in June.
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Citing increased human-wildlife conflicts and deaths after a five-year ban on elephant hunting, the African country of Botswana is now reinstating the practice.
Home to the largest population of elephants in Africa, Botswana says their herds have been exploding in size, growing from 50,000 in 1991 to more than 130,000 today. A 2001 government Elephant Management Plan recommended that Botswana’s environment could best maintain only 54,000 of the animals. This, according to President Dr. Mokgweetsi E.K Masisi, is “far more than Botswana’s fragile environment, already stressed by drought and other effects of climate change, can safely accommodate.”
The country halted elephant hunting in 2014 under pressure from animal rights groups and since then contends the ban has cost the national treasury P21 million (about $1.9 million USD) in the last year just in payments to those who have suffered crop and property losses to the animals, a figure up from P4 million five years ago. Worse is the cost in human lives.
“Since 2009 to date, 39 people have been killed by elephants. Of this figure, as many as 14 people were killed by elephants since last year (2018), and there has been destruction done to people’s livelihoods- livestock and communal farms,” said Felix Monggae, deputy permanent secretary responsible for natural resources in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, Conservation and Tourism.
The new plan, announced May 23, detailed that hunting will be allowed on a small, strictly controlled basis, with fewer than 400 elephant licenses granted annually, aimed primarily at trouble spots. A legal framework will be set up to “create an enabling environment for growth of safari hunting industry,” while strategically placed human-wildlife conflict fences will be built in key areas to help limit the animal’s range. Traditionally, elephants in the country have been largely free range.
Safari Club International welcomed the news from Africa, arguing that the move to end hunting stripped local communities in Botswana of jobs in the hunting industry and meat derived from hunting.
“We thank the President of Botswana and all others involved in Botswana for their forward thinking and having the courage to bypass doing what is easy in order to do what is right for the benefit of the wildlife of Botswana and the people of Botswana,” said SCI President Paul Babaz. “Botswana’s wisdom in this matter is a valuable example for the entire world. They need to be able to manage their own wildlife so that there WILL be more wildlife in wild places in harmony with the people for generations to come.”
The Botswanan government this week released a video, entitled “Human-Wildlife Conflict is Real,” detailing specific issues encountered between the country’s growing elephant population, and human settlements.
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