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The SCAR-17 by FN-USA needs no introduction. Like most guns used by elite warriors in the U.S. military, civilian shooters covet the venerable weapon. Personally, the SCAR is one of my favorite .308 rifles.
The SCAR-17 is considerably lightweight for a short-stroke gas-piston firearm, but that’s due to the gun’s construction. With a polymer lower receiver and aluminum upper, the SBR version with a 16.25-inch barrel weighs less than 8 pounds unloaded. The small package makes the SCAR very maneuverable while engaging close targets or operating in confined places.
The SCAR’s design is very intuitive. Those familiar with AR controls will take to the SCAR no problem. The trigger, selector switch, and magazine release can all be manipulated with the dominant hand while wrapped around the pistol grip. However, the only notable difference between the two designs is the charging handle. The SCAR’s charging handle is located on the side of the receiver instead of above (and the handle can be switched to the left or right side).
While the stock catches a lot of hate for its likeness to an Ugg boot, it actually provides a lot of adjustment for the shooter. The length of pull has six different lengths and the cheek pad moves up or down to accommodate a wider variety of body types and optics. The butt pad is rubberized and curved to contour the user’s shoulder. Also, a nice added bonus is that the stock can be folded for easier storage.
Few expect precision accuracy for semi-auto rifles, but the SCAR-17 shoots a decent group. The quality of the SCAR’s barrel will no doubt outperform the shooter. FN uses a hammer-forged, chrome-lined, free-floated barrel with a 1-in-12-inch twist.
To meet military standards, the SCAR had to be reliable. In my experience, they got the right bang for the buck. The SCAR will shoot most ammo, though it doesn’t always perform at its best with inexpensive steel-cased rounds. Still, the SCAR’s short stroke piston system eliminates a lot of carbon from blowing into the chamber and the adjustable gas block allows for it to be regulated or altered for suppressed fire.
Since the SCAR-17 has been so widely accepted it has brought forth a lot of aftermarket products increase the overall performance of the platform. You can now buy everything from shorter barrels like the one seen here, to rail extensions and triggers. Modularity of a platform is always a welcomed feature.
This .308 battle rifle is easily the softest shooting in its class. Every time I pick one up I am impressed. Although the SCAR-17’s price comes it at a steep $3,500 price point, it’s an investment in a well-to-do semi-auto .308. And it gets even better when you shorten the barrel.
Rock Island Armory’s popular high-value M1911 series pistol line checks a lot of boxes with users who are familiar with the design, and we have several in stock.
John Moses Browning’s 1911 design became the world-standard for single-action .45ACPs over a century ago and RIA’s parent company, Philippines-based Armscor, goes back to the 1900s. While Armscor started importing guns — including a full-sized GI style M1911– back in the 1980s, the Rock Island brand first hit the states in 1996. In the intervening three decades, their pistols have come to dominate the entry-level 1911 market.
While they do not have the same fit and finish of high-end semi-custom 1911 makers such as Wilson Combat, Ed Brown, Les Baer and Nighthawk, RIA’s compare nicely to a lot of mid-range pistols on the market from respected domestic and overseas manufacturers that use MIM internals. Consistent with old school mil-standard dimensions, the Rock Island GI Standard series offers a lot of bang for the buck as they are accurate and reliable while still being inexpensive.
How inexpensive? Well, we have used ones in stock running as low as $349 smackers.
All steel, with slides and frames made of 4140 steel and button rifled barrels, the GI sports a grayish standard parked finish. The gun is very close to a standard GI M1911A1 other than the fact they have a flat mainspring housing rather than the Government Model’s standard arched housing, but many shooters prefer the flat profile.
Another change from the GI is Rock Island’s characteristic smooth hardwood grips rather than the more familiar double diamonds– although the M1911 A2-FS models use checkered polymer panels. One more change is that the ejection port has been cutaway slightly from the old school gun to improve reliability. When it comes to the mag well, RIAs have a slight bevel to the mouth which aids in quick mag exchanges while their standard magazines include a large plastic baseplate. Other features, like the narrow beaver tailed GI fixed sights and vertical rear slide serrations, are there.
Importantly for many users, the RIA does not incorporate a later Colt Series 80 pattern, Mochak, or Swartz-type firing pin safety. This translates to crisper 4- to 6-pound trigger pull with less “mush” than seen in some 1911s.
RIA has exceptional customer service and facilities that have recently opened in Stevensville, Montana and Pahrump, Nevada. They advise each pistol is “hand fitted and inspected to strict tolerances.”
A 1911 that doesn’t break the bank, these RIAs make a great base gun that lends itself well to upgrades such as swapping out the springs, trigger, grips, hammer, sear, disconnect, safety, and extractor to be more refined.
Of course, we also sell new RIA GI Standards in single and double-stack formats as well as in Commander and Officer lengths starting at $449 and for those looking to take advantage of the subsonic velos of the .45ACP, there are also examples with suppressor-ready threaded barrels for about the same price.
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World champion shooter Bruce Piatt took home the coveted NRA Bianchi Cup National Action Pistol Championship trophy, winning the match for the sixth time in his career. The Bianchi Cup, held at Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club in Hallsville, Missouri, is a two-day match that see competitors go head to head in four events — the Practical, Barricade, Falling Plates and Moving Target. Targets are shot at various distances and positions with both the weak and strong hand with the goal of accuracy and speed. Piatt took first in the Open Division with a score of 1920-179x ahead of Adam Sokolowski. Carl Bernosky took third, but secured the title of Bianchi Senior Championship.
Piatt has previously tackled the course of fire at the Bianchi Cup, winning in 1993, 1997, 1999, 2005 and 2009. This year he competed with a Caspian Arms 1911 in .38 Super with a Burris Optic Red Dot XTS-135.
“It’s been 10 years since I hoisted a Bianchi Cup. Feels really good after missing last years match for shoulder surgery,” Piatt posted on social media. “The Green Valley Rifle and Pistol Club did an excellent job as usual. Thank you to all the match staff and volunteers. I can’t thank my sponsors enough for making such great products and making this all possible.”
Piatt topped off his Bianchi Cup weekend by heading to the Cameron Cup, held in Missouri, where he also won. Due to winning the Crawfish Cup in April and the Flagler Cup in May alongside the Cameron Cup, Piatt was crowned the first Action Pistol Triple Cup Challenge winner.
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Renowned competition shooter Lena Miculek shares her best tips for diving into 3-Gun, offering advice to new competitors.
Miculek suggests starting with pistol skills as those can often be the most difficult to master. Honing these before moving into other genres, she says, will push gun owners towards success. Miculek also emphasizes the importance of learning the rules of the sport and trying out different divisions to see which fits you best.
Ultimately, she suggests finding a beginner friendly match nearby and just going for it — no better way to learn than jumping into a match. To get the full scoop on Miculek’s 3-Gun perspective, check out the video above and if you’re looking to restock your firearms inventory check out Guns.com’s full array of pistols, rifles and shotguns worthy of your competition goals.
An environmental bill including several pro-gun and pro-hunting facets has passed the Minnesota legislature and is headed to Gov. Tim Walz.
The omnibus environment and natural resources spending bill, SF 7, was approved by lawmakers last week by a large, bipartisan vote and presented to Walz. Included in the plan is $500,000 from the state’s game and fish fund for grants to school districts to increase firearms safety, trap shooting, archery, hunting, and angling activities in physical education classes.
“We’re trying to help get our Minnesota kids away from the TV and get them out in the woods and on the water again to get them hooked on the outdoors and hooked on fishing,” said state Sen. Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids, about the proposal earlier this year.
The grants, administered through the no child left inside grant program established under Minnesota law, must be awarded on a geographically balanced, statewide basis. The state has seen marked growth in student-athlete programs focused, among other shooting sports activities, on clays. Minnesota’s High School Clay Target League, which began in 2007 with just 30 participants on three teams, last year counted 12,000 participants spread across 349 school-based clubs.
In addition to the funds to teach gun safety and provide hunting and angling training through schools’ physical education programs, SF 7 included changes for hunting turkeys, defining a “legal firearm” during the season as a shotgun which is 10 gauge or smaller using shot size No. 4 or smaller. The move would allow turkey hunters to use .410s, which are currently off limits. Another bonus in the bill is to allow the use of night vision or thermal imaging equipment for those taking predators such as coyote or fox.
The Minnesota State Republican Caucus also took credit for passing a judiciary and public safety budget “which does NOT include the extreme anti-gun laws proposed by Democrats.” State Dems had filed bills to expand background checks to virtually all gun transfers and install a mechanism to seize guns from those thought to be at risk, both of which failed to make it out of committee.
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A vintage Winchester lever action rifle discovered in 2014 against a desert juniper in Nevada’s Great Basin National Park has gotten some upgraded digs.
Funded by the Great Basin National Park Foundation, the new visitor center display showcasing was unveiled earlier this month. The rifle, a Winchester Model 1873 chambered in .44-40 WCF, was found by NPS archeologist Eva Jensen in a remote area of the Park resting upright next to a tree where experts theorize it had been accidentally left behind, possibly decades before.
Park officials discovered the gun, now dubbed the “Forgotten Winchester” had its stock buried nearly five-inches in the arid soil over time and argued the juniper did not grow around the gun itself as it is a very slow-growing tree.
Dated by the Cody Museum to 1882 production, the rifle was found to have a live round in the buttstock cleaning rod trap. The round dated to the 1887-1911 time frame.
Since stabilized, the 1873 has made the rounds in gun events, even being showcased at Winchester’s booth at a recent SHOT Show, with Jensen in tow.
Now five years into the mystery, no sales records have surfaced related to the gun and park officials reportedly still don’t know who left it against the tree or may have owned it. Nonetheless, “The exhibit is a showcase for visitors to discover the rifle’s mysterious story and become inspired to imagine, investigate and care about a piece of their American history,” said Nichole Andler, the park’s chief of interpretation.
Best known for their full-sized .45ACP single actions, Colt tried to break that mold by marketing a double action 9mm pocket gun in the 1990s.
With the Federal Assault Weapons Ban afoot, which put the kybosh on the commercial market for semi-autos with a magazine capacity that went over 10 rounds, Colt debuted several double action pistols during the Clinton era. These included the 6+1 capacity Pony Series 90 .380ACP and various versions of the much larger Colt Double Eagle. Among this tide was the Pocket Nine.
Tipping the scales at just 17-ounces, the very compact DAO used a 2.75-inch barrel and a very slim profile. Like the Pony 90, it had a 6+1 capacity but was chambered in the more powerful 9mm. Shipping standard with rubber wraparounds and 3-dot sights, the Pocket Nine was only produced in a stainless variant.
When it comes to specs, it rivals Kahr’s CM9 pistol, only it should be noted that Kahr introduced that polymer-framed model in 2011 — over a decade after Colt added the Pocket Nine to its catalog. Likewise, the Kimber Solo is similar in size but sports an aluminum frame and a striker-fired action. In short, Colt’s single stack 9mm was interesting for its time. Its only contemporary rivals when it came to DAO hammer-fired single stack 9mms were the S&W 3953 and Sig’s P239, both of which are now out of production.
Speaking of out of production, the Pocket Nine is today a collector’s item, as Colt only produced about 5,000 of these guns in 1999, then closed the line. Facing competition like the Glock G26 subcompact, which was heavier and longer but offered a 10+1 capacity, the new 9mm had an uphill battle.
The one we currently have in the Guns.com Vault has two magazines and runs $599. Now 20 years young, it is looking for a forever home.
Kentucky Ballistics looks to set their own records, attempting to overtake Jerry Miculek’s five-shot revolver world record.
Scott over at Kentucky Ballistics hoped to pull off five shots in under 1.14-seconds, Miculek’s previous record. The man himself, Miculek, showed up to coach Scott through the shoot. Wielding a Smith & Wesson 500 Magnum Performance Center Revolver with 3.5-inch barrel, Scott shot at targets set up 7-yards away. To outshoot the world record he would need to land all five shots on targets in under 1.14-seconds.
Check out Kentucky Ballistics video above to see if he overtakes the great Miculek, or if nothing else to see the man, the myth, the legend run around in a T-Rex suit.
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An anti-gun measure advanced by Maryland’s Democrat-controlled state legislature was rebuffed by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday.
The emergency bill, HB 1343/SB 1000, aimed to scrap the state Department of Public Safety’s Handgun Permit Review Board, an organization that weighed appeals for those denied a handgun carry permit. The proposal, which passed the state House 87-47 and the Senate 30-16, was opposed by both gun rights groups and state Republicans, who argued the Board is an important check in Maryland’s gun laws and disbanding it would not reduce crime.
Last week, Hogan agreed. “When given an opportunity this year to adopt tougher sentences for repeat violent gun offenders, the legislature refused to act. However, abolishing the Handgun Permit Review Board is not a solution to violent crime problems,” said Hogan in his veto statement. “It is just another in a long series of politically-motivated and ill-conceived power grabs.”
The HPRB was founded in 1972 by the state legislature and consists of five members appointed by the Governor who each serve three-year terms. The Board takes into consideration handgun permit applications that have been rejected, as well as those for permits that have been revoked, as an alternative to an administrative hearing before a judge. In all, the program costs taxpayers about $23,000 a year.
A report earlier this year cited that 269 appeals were heard by the Board between December 2017 and November 2018, with 77 reversed and 145 modified. The Board only sustained the denials or revocations in 37 cases — just 13 percent of those heard by the panel.
The bill aimed to get rid of the Board, instead forces those who had their applications denied or permits revoked to instead seek an administrative hearing. Hogan pointed out that “would reasonably require applicants to retain an attorney to effectively pursue this review, significantly exacerbating the cost and ability of citizens to pursue their legal rights.”
Team Beretta pulled out a dominating performance at the 2019 U.S. Open in Pennsville, New Jersey, earning 20 podium honors in six events.
The U.S. Open, held at M&M Hunting and Sporting Clays, saw Team Beretta members Zachary Kienbaum, Joseph Fanizzi, Meagan Harrington, Jared Greenwood, Diane Sorantino, Desirae Edmunds and Dominic Gross compete. Kienbaum took the runner-up position in the main event with his Beretta DT11 knocking 188 out of 200 targets. Additionally, he took two champion podium honors and third-place in the Super Sporting, 5-Stand and Master’s Cup events. Receiving fourth-place in the FITASC event, Kienbaum’s performance was awarded the HOA title during the White Flyer All-Around.
Fanizzzi earned a sub-junior podium finish, tackling 186 out of 200 targets with the A400 Xcel Sporting Black Edition by Beretta. He also was awarded three sub-junior champion podium honors in the Master’s Cup, Super Sporting and 5-Stand events. He too won a title in the White Flyer All-Around, winning the sub-junior champion title. Fanizzi is a recent recruit to Team Beretta, joining at the end of the 2018 competitive season.
Junior shooters Harrington and Greenwood pulled out solid performances with Harrington earning a ladies third place podium finish in the main event, ladies champion podium finish in the Super Sporting event and ladies champion title in the White Flyer All-Around event. Greenwood secured a podium finish in the junior 5-Stand event and junior third-place podium finish in Long Bird FITASC.
Edmunds took a ladies runner-up and ladies third-place finish in the Super Sporting and 5-Stand matches as well as the ladies runner-up title in the White Flyer All-Around while teammate Gross, another junior shooter, won the junior runner-up position in the Super Sporting match.
Rounding out the team captain Sorantino nabbed a ladies runner-up podium finish in the Master’s Cup event, narrowly beating out the third-place finisher by only two targets.
“With the entire team winning one or multiple podium titles during this competition, Team Beretta shooters surpassed their podium record from last year’s competition by 11 podiums,” the company said in a news release.
Team Beretta will continue to compete this season with the team headed to Columbus, Kansas in June for the 2019 North Central Regional.
CZ’s 527 American Rifle series has a lot of options, including a suppressor-ready 7.62x39mm with a synthetic stock and it apparently shoots very well when cold. Essentially a mini-Mauser action, Tim Harmsen with the Military Arms Channel picked up one and gets some sweet cold bore shots in the above video.
His is shown equipped with a Q Trash Panda suppressor and what looks like a Tract TORIC 3-15×50 scope. A neat thing is that CZ offers the same model in 6.5 Grendel and .300BLK as well. As usual, Harmsen gives an unbiased review so be sure to drink in the whole thing.
For those who are curious, retail on the stock rifle is $765.67, but we beat that by a good bit. You have to admit, they are pretty good looking guns.
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The Republican-controlled Texas legislature over the weekend gave final approval to a bill allowing those in the Lone Star State to carry handguns without a license during an emergency.
The proposal, HB 1177, would allow those complying with a mandatory evacuation order the ability to temporarily carry a handgun without first having to have a license. Approved with a reported one-vote majority as Democrats lined up against the measure, it now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott for further review.
Texas requires License to Carry permits for both concealed and open carry and issued more than 340,000 LTCs last year alone. HB 1177 would teak state law to exempt an unlicensed person from the requirement if they are carrying while evacuating during a state of disaster. The period would be limited to 168 hours since the evacuation was ordered and only apply to those who can legally possess a firearm.
The bill was supported in its legislative process by Second Amendment groups such as the National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America, Open Carry Texas, and the Texas State Rifle Association. In opposition is the League of Women Voters of Texas and Texas Gun Sense, the latter a local gun control group.
The proposal is like one adopted in hurricane-prone Florida in 2015. The Sunshine State has a prohibition against concealed carry of a weapon without a permit and only narrow exceptions for open carry, such as while hunting or fishing. Neither state currently recognizes permitless or constitutional carry.
While Abbott, a Republican, has not commented on his planned actions on the evacuation carry bill, earlier this month he signed a tenant’s rights proposal backed by Second Amendment groups that bans “no firearms” clauses in residential leases. In the past, he has also signed measures in support of carry reform, campus carry and open carry.
The last rifle built for the U.S. military at Springfield Armory was the M14, and historic photos from its production vouch that it was made “old school.”
Put into production in 1959 to replace several weapons to include the .30-06-caliber WWII-era M1 Garand, the select-fire M14 would be manufactured by Springfield Armory, Winchester, Harrington & Richardson and TRW through 1964. In all, more than 1.3 million of these 7.62x51mm chambered battle rifles were cranked out before the line was closed in favor of the contractor produced M16.
From the Armory’s archives comes this series of photos, taken in 1961 and 1962, showing the M14 on the line.
While the government’s Springfield Armory closed in 1968 and today is part of the national park system, Illinois-based Springfield Armory was born in 1974 and has long specialized in semi-auto commercial variants of the M14, today’s M1A. Check the great selection of M1A variants and more inside the Guns.com collection of new and Certified Used Guns.
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