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The Air Force’s Neat-O GAU-5A: An M-4 Packed for Ejection Seats

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 02:41

Based on the M4, the GAU-5A has a folding pistol grip and a quick-detach barrel/handguard. The guns can be quickly assembled and are packed with four, 30-round 5.56mm magazines. (Photo: U.S. Air Force)

The U.S. Air Force recently released some great images of their new GAU-5A Aircrew Self Defense Weapon in service. The rifle, first shown off last year, is designed to be packed in ejection seat bail-out kits alongside flares, a flashlight, a life raft, medical and survival modules, all intended for aircrew to use in an emergency if needed.

“We were asked to design a stand-off weapon that was capable of hitting a man-size target at 200 meters,” said Richard Shelton, Chief of the Gunsmith Shop, in an Air Force news article. “It disconnects at the upper receiver, is located inside the seat kit [of ACES 2 ejection seats], and can be put together within 30 seconds if needed.”

Weighing in at 7-pounds, the USAF has delivered about 2,700 quick-take-down Aircrew Self Defense Weapons to units between Feb. 2018 and January 2020. (Photo: USAF)

The GAU-5A must stow inside a 16 x 14 x 3.5-inch ejection seat compartment, according to a June 2018 Air Force Times report. The guns get that small due to the use of an M4 style collapsible stock, flip-up backup iron sights, an Israeli FAB Defense AGF-43S folding pistol grip, and a Cry Havoc Tactical Quick Release Barrel (QRB) kit.

Cost to develop and field the system was $2.6 million– a price of less than $1K per gun. Where do we sign up?

Previous bail-out guns

The GAU-5A is not the first rifle to accompany American aircrews. Going back to the 1940s, the M4 Survival Rifle and then the M6 Air Crew Survival Weapon– the latter a double-barrel break-action .410 shotgun over a .22 Hornet– were included in the bailout kits on several aircraft. Those guns, removed from service in the 1970s, are now considered museum pieces.

A Cold War-era M6 on display at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum (Photo: Chris Eger/

Armalite’s AR-5, a floating semi-auto rimfire rifle that could be stowed inside its buttstock, was adopted as the M1A but never put into production, leading the company to produce it for the commercial market as the AR-7. Likewise, the M6 has also gone on to be produced commercially in various configurations. The Bushmaster Arm Pistol in 5.56mm was another planned Air Force survival gun that made it about as high as a lead balloon.

Speaking of pistols, the Air Force has also been submitting the new Sig Sauer-produced M17 pistol, which is replacing the service’s M9 Berettas and M15 S&Ws, to ejection-seat tests.

“This is the first time any service has conducted this type of demonstration to ensure a sidearm is safe for aircrew to carry in ejection seat aircraft,” says the Air Force. (Photo: USAF)

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Patriotic Firepower: Six All-American Gun Companies

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 04:00

There are dozens of USA-based firearms manufacturers cranking out quality firearms with Made in America rollmarks. While we appreciate every company that chooses to manufacture in the States, here are a handful of the most patriotically dedicated from the list.

1. Henry Repeating Arms

Henry Repeating Arms commits American-made firearms.

When we think American-made, Henry Repeating Arms is one of the first to come to mind. With a “Made in America, or Not Made at All” guarantee, the lever-action long gun company has made its home base in Bayonne, New Jersey.

The majority of Henry’s recognizable highly-polished brass receiver models and rimfires hail from the Garden State while its centerfires come from its second factory in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Henry sources all their components from America, including the fine American Walnut used for the stocks.

Henry’s special edition rifles, along with the many charitable “Guns for Great Causes” further embody the company’s American pride.


2. Magnum Research

The Magnum Research Desert Eagle pistol. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Whether in the market for wheelguns like the BFR — that’s Biggest, Finest, Revolver — or hulky Desert Eagle semi-automatic pistols, the true hand cannons from Magnum Research are currently made entirely in the USA.

Walloping calibers like the 50 AE and .45-70 Govt, among many others, set the tone for overbuilt handguns with appeal to both hunters and hardcore plinkers. While the majority have been made in Pillager, Minnesota for many years, the company announced full USA production of their guns in early 2019.

“We believe in the importance of keeping manufacturing jobs here in the United States and are proud to offer American-made products to our customers,” says Kahr Firearms Group Marketing Director Jodi DePorter.


3. Sturm, Ruger, and Co

Ruger was founded in 1949 in Connecticut.

Ruger, as they’ve come to be known over the years, began in 1949 with its founders William Ruger and Alexander Sturm in Connecticut. The rest, as they say, is history. Ruger has long been the dominant force in the rimfire market with both pistols and rifles, but also continue to produce well-respected hunting rifles and handguns, as well as competition guns.

From polymer frames to stainless steel beauties, Ruger’s wide range of both rimfire and centerfire pistols and rifles are all manufactured stateside. Ruger operates two manufacturing facilities — the original and largest in Newport, Connecticut and a newer setup in Prescott, Arizona.

Sturm, Ruger, & Co, Inc is a publicly held corporation on the New York Stock Exchange, proof that even the largest companies can master the American business model.


4. Daniel Defense

Daniel Defense began in the early 200s and is based in Georgia though a second facility was built in South Carolina to assist with manufacturing.

Founded in 2002 by Marty Daniel, rifle manufacturer Daniel Defense continues to call Georgia its home base. With the bulk of operations in Black Creek, Georgia, the company has grown so quickly that they’ve expanded into a second facility in Ridgeland, South Carolina.

While the bulk of Daniel Defense’s products are AR-platform rifles and pistols, they recently launched the sub-MOA capable bolt action Delta 5 rifle as well. Their acquisition of advanced CNC machining centers allows them to build their components in-house, including cold hammer-forged barrels.

Daniel Defense even builds NFA items, including SBR’s and suppressors, right here in the States. Check out’s behind the scenes look at Daniel Defense’s Georgia-based factory.


5. Honor Defense

Honor Defense offers American-made 9mm pistols as well as ammunition. (Photo: Honor Defense)

While many companies label their products “American made,” foreign components often make their way to the assembly line. Honor Defense, however, brings 100% American-made handguns to consumers with no parts outsourced from other foreign companies.

The Gainesville, Georgia based company’s single stack 9mm pistols are the bread and butter of the company’s business, though their branded line of frangible self-defense ammunition is also gaining traction.

The Honor Defense website allows shooters to design their custom pistol online, along with a nice discount for Military, LE, Fire, and Rescue folks. Honor Defense pistols are assembled by veterans, tested with +P loads, and carry a lifetime warranty.


6. Bond Arms

Bond Arms Mama Bear and box. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Texas pride runs deep in many hunting and shooting areas, but few products scream Lone Star State like the pocket-sized powerhouse Bond Arms handguns. Bond’s headquarters in Granbury, Texas has been turning out the well-recognized and beefy double-barrel derringer-style protectors for 25-years.

Bond offers nearly 30 different models of interchangeable barrel handguns, the majority chambering both .45 Colt and .410 shotgun. Recently, however, a semi-auto Bullpup 9mm pistol has been added to the stable.

“We made a choice when we started 25 years ago that we would do everything right here in the USA including all the parts and manufacturing,” says Bond Arms founder and president Gordon Bond.


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Happy President’s Day: Let’s Take a Peek at Their Guns

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 03:14

With 45 Presidents since 1789, many had a solid interest in fine firearms and often maintained and used extensive collections. Here are some of the more interesting ones we have found.

It should be noted that at least 29 Presidents served in the military including four of the first five. Speaking of which, the Father of the Country, George Washington, served not only as a colonel in the Virginia militia but of course also led the Continental Army and, while in office, commanded troops yet again during the Whisky Rebellion. His collection included at least seven sets of pistols recovered from Mount Veron after his death as well as numerous rifles.

Pennsylvania gunsmith John Philip Buck presented this flintlock long rifle to President George Washington in 1791. The .44-caliber rifle was similar to those used by elite light infantry units under Washington’s command during the Revolutionary War such as Morgan’s Riflemen. It is now in the Frazier in Louisville (Photo: Chris Eger/

As noted by Monticello, Founding Father and primary author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote to his 15-year-old nephew, Peter Carr, concerning what he considered the best form of exercise:

“… I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprize, and independance to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun, therefore, be the constant companion of your walks.”

Jefferson bought these pocket pistols from John Dealtry in London in 1786, paying £4-10. “Because of its small size and detachable barrel, this type of pistol was useful when traveling. Visitors to Monticello noted that he hung a pair of pistols at the foot of his bed, but it is not known whether these are the ones he kept at hand.” They are displayed as such in Jefferson’s Bed Chamber today. (Photo: Monticello)

The 7th President, Andrew Jackson, like Washington had also served in his state militia as well as the Continental Army and the U.S. military, where he rose to the rank of major general. He also reportedly engaged in as many as 100 duels in his lifetime.

“Miss Grace Stockman with President Andrew Jackson’s dueling pistols, at the National Museum” 1926. (Photo: Library of Congress)

President James K. Polk served as a militia major in the 1830s and for years his house in Columbia, Tennessee showed off one of his Colt revolvers on the mantle.

Serving in the Illinois militia during the Black Hawk War, Abraham Lincoln knew firearms and famously test-fired the Spencer carbine on the White House lawn during the Civil War. An 1860 Henry rifle, engraved “Lincoln/ President/U.S.A.” was presented to Honest Abe during the conflict. However, the Army, in the end, ordered far more Spencers than Henrys.

Besides adding six states to the Union, Benjamin Harrison fought in the Union Army during the Civil War– as did seven other Presidents– and was an avid hunter. His great-grandfather signed the Declaration of Independence. (Photos: Benjamin Harrison National Historic Site)

As President and popular war hero, Theodore Roosevelt– who earned perhaps a greater legend as a hunter and conservationist than any other American– had by 1903 led the New York City Police Department, been governor of the Empire State, was Assistant Secretary of the Navy and had famously helped recruit and lead a regiment of volunteers up San Juan (Kettle) Hill in the Spanish-American War. At age 42, he became the youngest president in history– a record that remains today, after already filling the position of vice-president.

It should be no surprise that Teddy moved to buy a specially-modified M1903 from Springfield Armory while in the White House, and actively used it in hunting for years.

“On the great bear hunt President Roosevelt after leaving Newcastle for the mountains, 1905 Colorado.” Note the Colonel, who was president at the time, is carrying the modified M1903 and is using a Spanish-American War-era military-issue Mills Cartridge belt to hold reloads. If a current U.S. president went on a bear hunt with a “military rifle” today’s press would go nuts! (Photo: Library of Congress)

TR’s nephew Franklin D. Roosevelt, while Assistant Secretary of the Navy during the Great War, was photographed several times shooting rifles while visiting military ranges. A Democrat who liked guns, his wife Eleanor maintained a New York pistol permit for years and in 1935, after he became President, he established a pistol range in the basement of the Treasury Building for White House Police and started an annual shooting competition that ran until the 1960s.

(Photos: Franklin D. Roosevelt Library/National Archives.)

During WWII, FDR would visit Springfield Armory and shake hands with John Garand while the First Lady would open the doors of the West Wing to Soviet Red Army sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko, with the two reportedly becoming friends.

FDR’s Vice President, Missourian Harry S. Truman, had fought in the Great War and had two handguns with him in France, a Colt M1911 .45ACP semi-auto, as well as a Colt M1917 revolver, both of which he kept when he was mustered out of active duty in May 1919. When Mr. Truman first went to Washington in the 1930s as the junior Senator from the Show-Me State, he brought another pair of handguns with him– reportedly once owned by the outlaw Jesse James.

“Senatorial stickup. Washington, D.C., Feb. 17, 1938. After inspecting a couple of 45-caliber pistols formerly owned by Jesse James, famed bandit of another generation, Vice President Garner playfully tries his ‘stickup; technique on Senator Harry Truman of Missouri, the present owner of the guns. Senator Truman secured the guns in Southern Missouri from a doctor’s wife, whose husband received them in payment of medical services rendered Frank James, another of the James’ boys.” (Photo: Library of Congress)

Remaining in the Army Reserve until 1953, he eventually was promoted to colonel, even writing to Bess Truman of having to requalify with handguns while at summer training. He also had a curious habit as President of inspecting the small arms of his military escorts.

Inspecting the M1911s of Army MPs at Yalta in 1945, and the M1 Garands of a Marine escort in 1950. (Photos: National Archives)

Following on the heels of Truman, former Supreme Allied Commander and 5-star General Dwight D. Eisenhower had long been a member of the gun tribe outside of his military service. He reportedly carried a small .38-caliber revolver everywhere he went during WWII, maintained a pistol permit, shot STEN guns and M1 Carbines with Winston Churchill and Omar Bradley, and established a skeet range at Camp David which proved popular with many Presidents since.

While in office, Springfield Armory issued Ike a presentation M14 rifle, serial # DDE2, and Smith & Wesson crafted him an early Chief’s Special.

On December 16, 1953: “Deputy Sheriff Dwight D. Eisenhower was presented with a nickel-plated .38-caliber revolver today to use if he’s ever called up for posse duty. Eisenhower tried the gun for size in his inside coat pocket after checking the chamber and twirling the cylinder to make sure it wasn’t loaded. The President, who is an honorary deputy sheriff, was given the weapon by the National Sheriff’s Association “to back up his authority in the event he is ever called upon for posse service.” (Photo: Smith & Wesson)

While a Democrat, JFK was also a life member of the NRA as well as a sports shooter and firearms collector. As a Senator, the WWII Navy hero purchased an M1 Garand from the Army. Once he moved into the White House he was later presented a vintage Spencer Carbine, serial number 44066, because of his fascination with the Civil War, by a delegation from the Springfield Armory, which is now in on display at the JFK Presidential Library.

Spencer Carbine, serial number 44066, presented to the President in Dec. 1962. (Photo: Springfield Armory National Historic Site)

A fan of giving guns as well, JFK also arranged for a Winchester Model 21 shotgun to be presented to the head of Pakistan, then a vital ally in the Middle East.

President Gerald Ford, who was in office during the Bicentennial in 1976 and who’s father reportedly slept with a revolver under his pillow, received a beautifully engraved .30-30 Marlin 336. He had earlier been presented with a Bicentennial musket by Ivy Moore, a Daniel Boone descendant, while on a trip through North Carolina.

Ford’s Marlin (Photo: Ford Library Museum)

President Ronald Reagan, who served as a cavalryman in the California National Guard while clocking in as a Hollywood actor, owned a personalized Colt Single Action revolver. He later accepted a presentation flintlock in the Oval Office in 1982, famously posed with a bolt-action hunting rifle on Air Force One, and later accepted a Colt AR15 from the American Shooting Sports Council at his ranch in California after he left office.

More recently, custom pistol maker Jesse James crafted a presentation M1911 for President Donald Trump in 2018.

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New Mexico Firearm Seizure Bill Heads to Anti-Gun Governor

Sun, 02/16/2020 - 23:37

A gun control measure headed to Gov. Lujan Grisham’s waiting approval has been described as unconstitutional by most of New Mexico’s sheriffs. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Powering through widespread opposition, lawmakers in New Mexico last week forwarded anti-gun legislation to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

The measure, SB5, squeaked through the Democrat-controlled state Senate earlier this month in a 22-20 vote while the state House greenlighted the bill 39-31 on Thursday. The proposal would adopt an Extreme Risk Fiream Protection Order program in the state, a so-called “red flag” bill that would allow courts to order temporary gun seizures for up to a year– a move that some argue is unconstitutional. In fact, 30 of the state’s 33 sheriffs opposed the bill.

Lea County Sheriff Corey Helton reportedly told people at a Eunice City Hall meeting Monday he would rather go to jail than enforce the law. This prompted Lujan Grisham to say local law enforcement “swear an oath and they don’t get to be policymakers,” defending the measure she intends to sign.

A former Congresswoman, the Democrat repeatedly co-sponsored proposals to restart the federal assault weapon ban and expand background checks while in Washington and even brought the head of New Mexico’s Moms Demand Action chapter to President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address. An assortment of gun control groups to include Everytown and Giffords have publicly endorsed Lujan Grisham and her efforts to enact new firearms restrictions in the Land of Enchantment.

National gun rights groups like the NRA are not impressed with the red flag bill, saying it “requires individuals to surrender firearms to law enforcement based on uncorroborated evidence that they are dangerous — further, the measure still allows for ex parte petitions, providing NO initial hearing for these individuals before a judge and NO access to mental health services or treatment before they lose their constitutional right to own a firearm.”

In many instances where such laws are adopted, gun owners have to spend big bucks to fight an uphill battle to get their Second Amendment rights restored. The Naples Daily News found that some 80 percent of those subject to red flag orders in Collier County, Florida had to face the legal system alone without the counsel of an attorney, which costs upwards of $2,500 in such cases. In Colorado, where a red flag law was just adopted, a woman filed a seizure order against a police officer who killed her son in a justified use of force incident in 2017.

At least 17 states and the District of Columbia currently have red flag laws of one sort or another on the books.

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The Plastic Fantastics That Changed the Industry

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 04:30

From left to right: Glock 19 Gen 3, Gen 4 and Gen 5 (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Today, polymer pistols are some of the most popular handguns carried in holsters across the nation. Lightweight with capacity options ranging from slim single stacks to double-digit double stack magazines, polymers have captivated concealed carriers due to their capacity, ease of use, modular designs and, most importantly, affordable price.

To be fair, perhaps the first production handgun that used lots of “plastic” was the Remington XP-100, a single-shot .221 Fireball-chambered bolt-action pistol based on a Model 40X short-action rifle but held in a DuPont Zytel stock with a funky one-piece grip and stubby 10-inch barrel. Debuted in 1963, it appeared on the market about the same type as Big Green’s Nylon 66 rifle. Of course, the barreled receiver is the actual serialized “firearm” in this case, and you can slip it in any other stock you want, so the XP-100 cannot be said to be the first polymer-framed handgun.

Drink in an original XP-100 .221 Fireball, with the original diamond-pattern inlayed nylon stock and dogleg bolt. This example, in the Outlet, is looking for a home, no matter who you feel about plastics, and would make a great companion to a Nylon 66.

True polymer pistol history begins back in the disco era when bell bottoms and platforms were all the rage. More than a decade before Glock became almost synonymous with polymer pistols, Heckler & Koch had its finger on the pulse of plastic.

Launching the first production polymer handgun in 1970, HK’s VP70 — or Volkspistole — landed in the hands of Germans navigating the turbulent waters of the Cold War. With a striker-fired, straight blowback design, the VP70 came in a military version, the VP70M, or a civilian variant, VP70Z. Both offered a length measuring 8-inches and a 4.6-inch barrel.

Weighing 28.9-ounces, the OG polymer pistol packed 18-rounds of 9mm. The VP70 brought an impressive capacity to many used to the somewhat limited capacity of 1911s and revolvers. Even better, the military version brought select-fire into the equation with a 3-round burst option delivering a cyclic rate of 2,200 rounds per minute. Despite its notoriously long and heavy trigger, the VP70 marked the beginning of the plastic age — an era that would soon be met with its biggest name.

Ten years after the VP70 marked the introduction of serious polymer-framed pistols into the firearms industry, an Austrian engineer by the name of Gaston Glock launched a blocky semi-automatic, striker-fired handgun called the Glock 17. Chambered in 9mm, the G17 measures 7.32-inches with a barrel length of 4.49-inches. With a pebble-finished frame and lightweight build, weighing 32.12-ounces, the Glock also offered a 17+1 round capacity at a time when many law enforcement were still sporting standard-issue wheelguns.

The Glock 17, its more modern Gen 4 pictured above, was the first polymer pistol to take off in the consumer market. (Photo:

Slowly introduced to the military and law enforcement market, it wasn’t long until Glock and his designs began capturing the attention of the concealed carry and open carry consumer markets. With an ever-expanding inventory of pistols in nearly every size — from the full-size Glock 17 to the midsize Glock 19 and even down to the Baby Glock, the Glock 26 — the company has maintained its familiar look while tweaking the design for new consumers.

Throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, Glock dominated the polymer pistol industry and it wasn’t long before other manufacturers jumped onto the plastic fantastic train. From Ruger, who launched their first polymer build, the P95, in 1996 to Smith & Wesson’s Sigma– the latter instantly dubbed “the SWock” in the gun community– nearly every handgun manufacturer now offers a polymer option with gun makers continually tweaking the builds to offer more functionality and features. Glock, who pushed polymers into the mainstream nearly 40 years ago, went so far as to unveil a new model, the Glock 44 in 2019, complete with a hybrid polymer-steel slide.

The P95 was the first polymer gun to be introduced by Ruger. (Photo:

Innovations in polymer pistols don’t show signs of stopping as consumers continue to look to brands for their plastic fix.

Thinking about upgrading to polymer? Check out’s inventory of new and used pistols!


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New for 2020: Ruger American Rimfire Long-Range Target

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 00:00

Upgrading the Ruger American Rimfire line, the company’s new Long-Range Target offering is built to go the distance. (Photos: Ruger)

With a fully-adjustable stock, integral bedding block system and a threaded bull barrel, the new Ruger American Rimfire Long-Range Target is here.

Billed as bridging the “gap between traditional wood stock rifles and full-featured chassis rifles,” the new rifle is described as exceptionally accurate due to the combination of a cold-hammer-forged 22-inch free-floating barrel and other features. Said enhancements include the Ruger’s in-house Marksman Adjustable Trigger which can be tuned from three-to-five pounds, and a Power Bedding system.

“This new rifle delivers long-range performance in a .22 LR package,” says Ruger.

The speckled two-tone laminate target stock, similar to what is seen on the company’s Hawkeye Target line, has a two-way adjustable comb, adjustable length of pull with soft rubber buttpad, QD attachment points, and flush-mounted M-LOK accessory rail. The platform uses the commonly-found 10/22-style BX-1, 10-round rotary magazine, which means extras in a wide array of choices are available.

Threaded with a 1/2x28TPI thread pitch, the Long Range Target is suppressor-ready and has a factory-installed one-piece aluminum scope rail. Built for the use of optics from the ground up, the 60-degree bolt is designed with ample scope clearance in mind.

When it comes to specs, the rifle has an overall length of 40.5-inches without a suppressor attached and weighs in at 8-pounds.

Suggested retail on the Ruger American Rimfire Long-Range Target is $599.


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FN Lands Huge $119 Million U.S. Army M4 Contract

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 23:30

FN stands to make $119 million over the next five years on a new M4 contract for the Army. (Photo: Chris Eger/

South Carolina-based FN America beat out a crowd of other vendors to land a whale of a military contract for new M4s.

The company was awarded a $119,216,309 firm-fixed-price contract for a mix of two 5.56 NATO-caliber weapons– the M4 Carbine, NSN: 1005-01-382-0973, and M4A1 Carbine, NSN: 1005-01-382-0953. The contract, awarded by Picatinny Arsenal on behalf of Project Manager – Soldier Lethality (PM SL), was made public on Thursday and stemmed from a March 2019 solicitation for which six bids were submitted.

As detailed by the solicitation, “The M4/M4A1 Carbines provide the Department of Defense with compact, lightweight weapons that fire NATO 5.56mm ammunition from a 30-round magazine, mount the latest generation of fire control accessories and enablers, and provide increased protection and firepower in close quarters.”

The guns must be manufactured exclusively within the United States or its Territories, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 30, 2025.

To see how FN makes M4s for the military at their Columbia, South Carolina facility, check out our recent factory tour below. At the time of our visit, FN said they made roughly 500 M4s every day. After they’re test fired, they’re disassembled, cleaned, then reassembled and given a 101-point inspection. Then, they’re literally dipped in preservation oil and packaged 50 rifles to a large wooden crate.

Gonna be a lot more crates over the next several years.


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Throwback: The Gun Rack at the Navajo Lodge, 1940

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 06:19

Eighty years ago, a photographer captured a New Mexico lodge in time, and many of the guns on hand were classics both then and now.

In April 1940, Russell Lee, a 37-year-old prolific shutterbug who worked for the government’s Farm Security Administration, crisscrossing the country to document American life, stopped in at the Navajo Lodge along U.S. 60 in Datil, New Mexico.

“Navajo Lodge, Datil, New Mexico” (All Photos: Russel Lee/Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Photograph Collection/Library of Congress)

As Lee noted with the Kodak prints he filed- now in the Library of Congress– the lodge “was an old ranch house in the mountains. About thirty years ago the rancher who owned it had it dismantled and moved it piece by piece and rebuilt it at its present location. He is now dead and the house is used as a hotel principally for summer visitors.”

It looked like a pretty sweet place, a rustic remnant of the Old West filled with Navajo rugs, trophies, furniture crafted long before the days of pressboard IKEA junk, and guns. Oh, the guns.

“Entrance to Navajo Lodge. Datil, New Mexico.”

“Interior of the living room of Navajo Lodge. Datil, New Mexico”

“Living room of the Navajo Lodge. Datil, New Mexico.”

“Proprietor of the Navajo Lodge before the fireplace. Datil, New Mexico.” Note the crossed cavalry sabers on the wall and what looks like an S&W Lemon Squeezer top-break revolver.

A photo of the living room shows cougar and wolf pelts on the wall as well as antlers on a stool and numerous cowboy images.

“Corner of the living room of Navajo Lodge. Datil, New Mexico.”

The story of the mountain lion pelt was even recorded in lore of the area, with a National Park Service history recalling that Ray Morley, proprietor of the Navajo Lodge, who reportedly “gained wide fame for the tall tales that he told the travelers,” said he harvested the big cat in a chance encounter when it “jumped on the running board of my car, and I killed it by sticking it in the eye with a hat pin.”

If you are curious about the guns by the pelts, closer inspection shows what looks to be a Sharps falling-block style rifle hanging upsidedown under another long gun that seems to be a Springfield rifle, possibly a Trapdoor breechloader conversion.

It should be noted that 19th-century cartridge rifles such as these were sold in the 1940s as obsolete surplus with a common price of about $10-$15. Good enough for a wall hangar at the time, if nothing else.

Then comes the manager’s desk.

“Manageress of Navajo Lodge at the desk. Datil, New Mexico.”

Note that beautiful gun rack on the wall. Lee apparently was interested enough in the rack to get at least two other pictures of it, showing much better detail.

Now that is nice

From left to right seems to be a pump-action rimfire rifle with a tubular magazine, perhaps a Winchester M1890 or M1906 by the look of the 12-groove slide grip– but on closer inspection is a Stevens Model 70.

Next are a trio of what seems to be lever-action Winchester rifles including an M1894 rifle, M1892 carbine, and “The Gun That Won the West,” an iconic Model 1873 rifle with an octagon barrel.

Then comes a Springfield trapdoor carbine, likely in .45-70 Government, complete with a saddle ring bar on the left side of the stock.

Next is what looks like another 1892 cowboy gun that has a stock repair and sports very well-used furniture. A gun with lots of stories.

Then there is a Remington Rolling Block rifle with an octagon barrel.

Finally, at the far right end of the rack, is a military surplus Krag-Jorgensen .30-40 U.S. Army rifle that has been sporterized with a rubber butt pad and chopped-down Monte Carlo-style stock. The proverbial $99 SKS of its day, we found ads for these guns for $11.50 in the 1930s, shipped right to your door.

Of course, fast forward eight decades and all of the above are incredibly collectible and highly sought after these days.

As for Datil, the town is listed with a current population of 54 and we can’t tell if the old Navajo Lodge is still around, although U.S. Route 60 still intersects it. For Lee, the photographer who captured the images, he died in 1986 and is seen today as a pioneer in terms of the modern photo essay, and more than 23,000 of his images are in the Library of Congress.

While we can’t take you back literally in time to browse the gun rack at the Navajo Lodge, you can always take a look at the interesting pieces we have curated in the Collector’s Corner, where history is just one click away.

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Top Four Premium Hunting Ammo Choices for the .308 Win

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 09:27

Federal Premium, Sig Sauer, Hornady and Barnes performed admirably in both our hunting handgun and rifles. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Despite stiff competition from newer calibers, the .308 Winchester remains one of the most versatile hunting rounds on the market. Selecting a great .308 Win load to accompany your shooting may seem like a daunting task, which is why is here to help.

We’ve selected four of our favorite .308 hunting options that work well in most firearm platforms, tackling everything from predators to big game.

1. Barnes Vor-TX

The TTSX used on the .308 Win rounds are blue polymer-tipped, spitzer boat tail, lead-free projectiles available in three different bullet weights. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Barnes Vor-TX is premium factory ammunition loaded with the company’s world-renowned projectiles. Whether hunting North America, Africa, or anywhere in between, Barnes has been there. The TSX bullets of the Vor-TX ammo offer maximum tissue and bone destruction while also bringing pass-through penetration and “devastating energy transfer.”

The Tipped Triple Shock, or TTSX, used on the .308 Win rounds are blue polymer-tipped, spitzer boat tail, lead-free projectiles. Barnes delivers three options in .308 Win Vor-TX TTSX:

The Barnes Vor-TX retails around $52.99.


2. Hornady Outfitter

The .308 Winchester variant comes loaded with Hornady’s copper alloy GMX bullets. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

The new line of Hornady Outfitter ammunition is, as the name suggests, built for hunting with features desired by outfitters who earn their keep in harsh conditions. Nickel-plated casings are advertised as watertight with both the primer and case mouth sealed, as well as a “waterproofed case” built to perform even in adverse conditions. The .308 Winchester variant comes loaded with Hornady’s copper alloy GMX bullets — acceptable in areas requiring non-lead projectiles, yet capable of performing well on big game.

Hornady Outfitter .308 Win ships in a 165-grain GMX with a .447 BC and muzzle velocity of 2,610 at the muzzle. The load is priced at $35.99.


3. Sig Sauer Elite Hunter

Sig Sauer’s Elite Hunter Elite Hunter Tipped rounds use nickel-plated casings and blackened-jacket boat-tail bullets with a controlled expansion yellow tip. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Sig Sauer’s line of hunting ammunition continues to fly under the radar, yet Elite Hunter has been proving itself in the field. The new Elite Hunter Tipped rounds use nickel-plated casings and concentric blackened jacket boat-tail bullets with a translucent yellow controlled expansion tip.

While the rounds are ideal for deer-sized game, there are reports of Elite Hunter taking down much larger game. We like the Elite Hunter Tipped in .308, but for those seeking alloy bullets, Sig also offers an Elite Copper option better suited to smaller deer, hogs and varmints.

Sig Sauer Elite Hunter Tipped ships in 165-grain loads with a .530 BC and a velocity of 2,840 FPS at the muzzle. Elite Hunter offers a price tag of $36.95.


4. Federal Premium Terminal Ascent

Federal Premium’s Terminal Ascent match-grade, bonded, all-range bullets are designed to have the BC of a match bullet yet the terminal hunting performance to cleanly harvest big game from 50-yards and beyond. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Federal’s new-for-2020 Terminal Ascent rifle ammunition delivers a match grade, bonded, all-range bullet. The load is designed to have the same ballistic coefficient of a match bullet yet the terminal hunting performance to cleanly harvest big game from 50-yards and beyond. The projectiles feature a copper shank and bonded lead core, but it’s the dual AccuChannel grooves that company engineers say brings accuracy at distance. Terminal Ascent’s .308 Win option offers the highest BC we’ve found in hunting ammo and, as such, is the best choice for long-range .308 hunters.

Federal Premium Terminal Ascent ships in a 175-grain version with .536 BC and a velocity of 2,600 FPS at the muzzle. Terminal Ascent retails for $47.99.


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First 100 Rounds: A Look at the Springfield Armory Hellcat

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 08:22

The Hellcat leaped onto the scene offering an impressive 13+1 capacity. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Springfield Armory took the concealed carry market to task in 2019 with the launch of a sub-compact 13+1 capacity pistol, the Hellcat.

As a concealed carrier always willing to test out the latest and greatest, I was curious how the Hellcat would perform. Normally, I sport a Glock 19 sized carry gun, stepping down to the Smith & Wesson Shield 9mm when I need something a little less inconspicuous. The Shield, though, only offers 7+1 rounds so the idea of almost double the rounds is tantalizing.

Springfield Armory hooked me up with a Hellcat to take for a test drive. Though my full thoughts and opinions will come later in a video and article review, I figured why not share my first 100 rounds with loyal readers.

The Specs

The Hellcat ships in a fabric carrying case large enough for the gun and spare mags. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

As stated, the Hellcat boasts an impressive 13+1 capacity with extended magazine or 11+1 with the flush fit. All of this nestles inside the 6-inch overall length, 4-inch height and 1-inch width of the Hellcat. Equipped with a 3-inch barrel, the Hellcat weighs in at around 18-ounces. The Hellcat comes in two flavors – a standard model, which I tried, and an OSP version that comes optics-ready.

Springfield Armory has given the Hellcat a slightly elevated aesthetic with stippling on the grip, tactical rack rear sights and a Tritium front sight. Is it the most tricked out sub-compact on the market? Well, no but it does offer a few upgrades that will please the masses.

The gun boasts U-shaped Tactical Tack rear sights and a tritium front sight. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

On the Range

I took the Hellcat to an indoor range to run 100 rounds through its polymer-framed, striker-fired build. I put 50 rounds of Fiocchi FMJ as well as 50 rounds of Hornady Critical Defense JHP to see how the Hellcat would handle the different styles of ammo. When testing a gun, I usually start at 3-yards and back it up to 15-yards gradually to get a feel for how it performs both in close quarters shooting as well as longer distances.

Upon firing the Hellcat, I noticed it’s a snappy gun; though, I am not surprised given its size. A general rule of thumb is the smaller the gun, the more recoil you’ll feel. The Hellcat was on par with most 9mm sub-compacts in terms of that recoil. My first few shots landed in the middle, though not exactly where I wanted. Follow-up shots were definitely more difficult to land but with more training, I’m sure I can walk those in a little more. The stippling, while useful with sweaty hands, did make my hands a little sore after 100 rounds. Again, this is something that will likely get better over time.

First rounds were a little low, but the author walked them in and soon became accustomed to the snappy recoil. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The size of the gun made it slightly more difficult to hang onto while firing, but its diminutive size will no doubt lend itself to concealed carry – which is the Hellcat’s bread and butter. Though I did not conduct any concealed carry specific drills or tests during this 100-round look, I intend to put it through its paces in the future.

Ammunition wise, I had no malfunctions in the first 100 rounds. Both the JHP and FMJ and performed well during the testing, though the Hellcat did fail to lock open on the last round of the second mag of FMJ. This seemed to be a fluke as I could not recreate it throughout the rest of the testing.

Final Thoughts

Chambered in 9mm, the Hellcat’s future remains unknown. Stay tuned to to find out how well this gun performs over time. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

I’m not nearly through evaluating the Hellcat, but I can say that the first 100 rounds were solid. The Hellcat spit out ammo, handled about as well as you’d expect a sub-compact and saw no major malfunctions. I’ll continue testing this gun over the next few weeks and, specifically, get to the bottom of its viability as a concealed carry model. Stay tuned to so you don’t miss a thing!

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Popular Guns of Detective Movies from the 1970s

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 07:30

The 1970s brought us big hair, disco music and some of the finest detective movies to ever grace the big screen. We look back at some of our favorites from Chinatown to Shaft and the guns that made these movies instant classics.

*Word of warning: spoilers ahead!*

Colt Detective Special

This one seems rather obvious to have on the list and it’s found in many crime thrillers from the 1970s. The Colt Detective Special is a six-shot snub-nosed revolver. It’s most commonly chambered in .38 Special.

The Detective Special was first introduced in 1927 and made its way into many law enforcement agencies across the country. You won’t find many in service anymore but these were among the most common service handguns in America. It’s reflected in detective thrillers of the 70s.

You can find these little revolvers in many movies from this era but the one who gave it the most flair, the most panache, the most 1970s cool to the gun was probably the man with the baddest leather duster of all-time, John Shaft.

In the clip below you can see Shaft making a heroic rescue by crashing through a window. He even sports his nickel-plated Colt Detective Special on the movie poster.

We’ve got a handful of Detective Specials in stock right now, check them out by clicking the button below.


Smith & Wesson Model 10

The S&W Model 10 has been in production in some form or another since 1899. It’s gone through several variants and with over 6,000,000 sold it’s no wonder that it’s a commonplace gun. From the original M&P through the 10-10 and beyond, this gun was commonplace as both a duty revolver and a home defense handgun in real life and the movies.

You can find the Model 10 scattered throughout the 70s detective movies from The Long Goodbye to The French Connection it’s played a pivotal role. One of the more famous scenes which feature the revolver comes from Roman Polanski’s classic, Chinatown. In the film’s final scene we see Lt. Escobar take out Evelyn with his Model 10 snub nose as she tries to escape. This scene also features a nice shot of Evelyn’s Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket.

Looking for your own Model 10? We have a handful in stock right now and you can see them all by clicking the button below.


Smith & Wesson Model 29

The S&W Model 29 appears in many movies in the 1970s but it was immortalized by Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry series. Chambered in .44 Magnum this was the most powerful handgun in the world at the time of its introduction. Inspector Harry Callahan lets us know all about it.

His famous “Do you feel lucky punk?” line has been replicated in many movies and stands as one of the most iconic lines in cinematic history.

Callahan continued to use the Model 29 throughout the series. Both Magnum Force and The Enforcer the gun is prominently featured on the movie posters.

Legend has it that the script originally called for a 4-inch barrel. These proved difficult to get so the 6.5- and 8.375-inch barreled models are what you see instead.

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Honorable Mention: Colt Police Positive

It should be noted that Paul Kersey was not a detective, rather an architect with a mean streak. It would seem disingenuous though to talk about crime thrillers of the 1970s without mentioning Death Wish. Kersey handles a few guns while avenging the death of his wife in the film but the most recognizable is his nickel-plated Colt Police Positive.

Chambered in .32 S&W Long this six-shot revolver served Kersey well as he distributed his brand of vigilante justice across the city of New York. He even mastered shooting through the jacket as you’ll see in many of the shootouts in this movie. has a few Colt Police models in stock but you better get them while they last. These revolvers were only produced for forty years so they are a bit rarer than others on this list. Check them out by clicking the button below!



The 1970s produced some of the most meaningful films ever made. The genre of crime thriller following a detective had been popular for years but the characters in these movies took the genre to new heights. They were only complimented by some amazing guns to match.

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Rare 9-Pound, 20-Shot ‘Trench Revolver’ Surfaces

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 05:21

Intriguing and thought-provoking, this is one odd wheelgun.

Forget the term “unicorn gun,” this unusual and interesting 20-shot revolver is a curiosity you won’t likely see again.

What we can tell you is that it is big, weighing in at 9-pounds, and has a 10-inch long barrel. What it does have is a 20-shot cylinder, Liege proof house inspector’s marks, and a hinged loading/unloading port. What it does not have is a practical handgrip and seems to have been intended to mount to a fixture and fire utilizing a rope.

Note the trigger lever, complete with a rope hole.

While other 20-round revolvers have popped up in recent years on the collector’s market, they are typically handheld pinfire double-barrels, not this monster.

Note the hinged loading/unloading gate, and lack of sights, which may point to the piece being used as a test gun– for instance for ammunition– akin to a Mann Accuracy Device.

Interestingly, we have only found two other references to wheel guns similar to this unusual piece. One is from the 1927 military surplus catalog of Mr. Francis Bannerman of New York, in which a dead-ringer for this big revolver is shown and described as “20 Shot Revolver found in old shop in Paris, bore is about 3/8, length, 15 inches, weight is about 6 pounds. Rare piece. Sold to collector.”

Bannerman’s catalog page from 93 years ago. Anything seem familiar?

Another, more recent mention is from a German auction house that sold one in 2007 that they described as a “grabenrevolver – privat offizierwaffeo” (trench revolver – private officer’s weapon), with a bore of about 11mm.

The dealer that currently has the piece acquired it years ago from a New Orleans collector, and at the time it was said to be a German trench revolver from WWI, rigged to “peek” over the trench and shoot by pulling a string attached to the trigger.

The revolver carries an ELG in a crowned oval, the post-1893 mark for “Epreuve de Liege” or Proof of Liege. It also has a Liege Proof House controller (inspector) mark of a spangled W.

Belgian proof marks

The caliber is believed to be .455 Eley/Webley (11.5x19mmR) which was introduced in 1891.

One thing is for sure, you won’t bump into someone else with this one in their collection.


For more collectible military surplus, guns of historical significance, unique limited runs and novelties, head over to the Collector’s Corner. You never know what you are going to find. 

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Sixty Years On, Mossberg 500 Series Shotguns Going Strong

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 04:49

Sixty years on, Mossberg 500 series of shotguns are going strong. They’re well built, reliable and an excellent bang for your buck.

I bought my Mossberg 500 SPX Tactical shotgun seven years ago for $550. Prices are similar today. After putting thousands of rounds through it, it has worked flawlessly. The pump action allows me to feed it pretty much anything.


O.F. Mossberg & Sons have been around since 1919. That’s over 100 years of making superb firearms. My 500 series shotgun is no exception. It went into production in 1960. Not long after that, the US military adopted it. Although the Marines switched to the Benelli M4 semi-automatic shotgun in 1999, many branches of the U.S. military still use the 500.

Mossberg claims that the 500 model is the only shotgun to pass the U.S. Army’s Mil-Spec 3443E test. This includes firing 3,000 rounds of full power 12-gauge buckshot in unforgiving conditions.

The five-round shell caddy and six-position adjustable synthetic stock on the Mossberg 500 SPX shotgun. (Photo: Ben Philippi)


Mossberg offers the 500 series shotgun in a variety of models. Mine is the SPX Tactical model. It weighs 6.75 pounds empty and comes with a bunch of great features.

It’s got an adjustable ghost ring rear sight and high visibility front sight. A six-position adjustable synthetic stock allows for the perfect length of pull. A five-round saddle allows me to keep extra rounds handy. A Picatinny rail supports the adjustable rear sight which is removable, so you can add your own optic if you choose.

The adjustable ghost ring rear sight mounted on the Picatinny rail on the Mossberg 500 SPX. (Photo: Ben Philippi –

The pistol grip feels good in the hand. The 18.5-inch barrel is short enough to make it maneuverable and the ported barrel reduces recoil and makes it comfortable to shoot even the most heavy-duty rounds. I can fit five 3-inch shells in the tube and one in the chamber.  

There’s a saying about shotguns that if someone has broken into your place and they hear the sound of a pump-action shotgun chambering a round, it’s enough to give them a heart attack. Chances are, you’ll never even have to fire a round.

The tube on the Mossberg 500 SPX holds five 3″ rounds. (Photo: Ben Philippi)(Photo: Ben Philippi)


I highly recommend the Mossberg 500 SPX Tactical– or any Mossberg 500 series shotguns for that matter. They’re solid, last a long time and shoot well. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy a used one either. has lots of them for sale new and used.


The high visibility front sight on the Mossberg 500 SPX. (Photo: Ben Philippi –

The adjustable ghost ring rear sight on the Mossberg 500 SPX. (Photo: Ben Philippi –

The ported barrel on the Mossberg 500 SPX. (Photo: Ben Philippi –

The Mossberg 500 SPX shotgun. (Photo: Ben Philippi –

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Controversial ‘Assault Weapon’ Bans on the Move

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 03:11

Two states have lawmakers that are gathering behind bans on guns they deem “assault weapons” but are actually just common semi-autos. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Democrats in Arizona and Virginia are pushing legislation that would outlaw many common semi-auto firearms and their magazines.

In the Grand Canyon State, Arizona Senate Bill SB1625 was introduced last week and aims to not only ban the sale of most popular semi-auto firearms and magazines but would also require registration of those already in circulation. Violators could be charged with as high as a Class 4 felony, which is punishable up to 3.75 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

The measure’s primary sponsor is state Sen. Rebecca Rios, D-Phoenix, who is among a dozen Dems backing the proposal. It makes an exception for guns used by police, government employees and the military.

State gun rights groups, such as the Arizona Citizens Defense League, have derided the measure as a threat to the Second Amendment.

“The bill is designed to be an egregious threat to our Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and is similar to bills introduced across the nation,” said the group Tuesday in a statement. “The language of the bill is so broad that nearly all semi-automatic firearms ever produced would be covered, as well as any ammunition feeding device ‘with the capacity to accept more than ten rounds’, which, again, means pretty much all of them.”

The Arizona State Legislature is dominated by Republicans, but that control is narrow with the GOP holding a two-seat lead in the state House and a four-seat lead in the state Senate.


Meeting a deadline for crossover to the state Senate, the Democrat-controlled Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday voted 51-48 to pass House Bill 961. While all 45 Republicans in the body, as well as three Dems who crossed the aisle, voted against the bill, it still squeaked through despite stout opposition.

The bill, which bans the sale of many semi-autos and magazines capable of holding more than 12 cartridges as well as future commercial sales of suppressors, now heads to the legislature’s upper chamber and consideration by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Dems control the Senate 21-19 and have already green-lighted five anti-gun bills so far this session.

While the ban measure had been watered down by a House committee last week, it still has more teeth than what Second Amendment groups prefer, which is none.

“Though the committee amended the bill to allow citizens to keep currently owned firearms and suppressors, confiscation is undoubtedly still the end goal,” warned the NRA in a statement.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade organization for the gun industry, estimates that nearly 18 million modern sporting rifles like the AR-15 are in circulation.

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Top 10 Drool-Worthy Certified Used Guns From Our Vault

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 05:00

Here at, we have a ton of Certified Used guns just waiting for someone like you to take them home. What’s so cool about Certified Used you ask? These guns have been vetted by our on-site gun experts to ensure they’re free from mechanical defects and that condition is consistent with our rating.

We’ve compiled a quick list of 10 drool-worthy Certified Used guns from the vault. Take a look and find your next gun!

Limcat Custom RazorCat

Limcat Custom RazorCat — $4,000

This LimCat RazorCat is a high-level open-division competition pistol chambered in .38 Super Comp. It features a 5-inch barrel with a fixed compensator which stretches its barrel dimensions to 7.5-inches. Topped with a C-More red dot sight, the pistol offers metal grips with light stippling to ensure a firm grasp on the Phoenix Trinity frame.

LimCat’s competition hammer and a skeletonized flat-faced trigger allow users to quickly get their follow up shots on target. This package includes a LimCat Open Class holster and six magazines.

Still want to see more of the Limcat? Check out the review we did on this model here. 


Scalpel 1086LA

Surgeon Rifles Scalpel Long Action – $4,275.98

This Scalpel 1086LA from Surgeon Rifles is a bolt-action platform chambered in .300 Win Mag. A 26-inch heavy barrel is equipped with a Surgeon BSR muzzle brake and accompanied by a pair of Picatinny rails to attach optics and other accessories. The Cadex Dual Strike chassis allows significant customization of the Scalpel 1086LA while a bipod comes pre-installed to ensure stability. This rifle comes with five magazines and a Pelican hard case.


Sharp Shiloh Sharps 1874

Sharp Shiloh Sharps 1874 – $3,299.99

Made in the 1970s, this Shiloh Sharps 1874 Rifle is an extremely high-end replica of the original. Chambered in .45-70, it delivers a 30-inch barrel, walnut furniture and a blued-steel frame — all listed in excellent condition. 


USFA Single Action Army NFM San Juan Hill Artillery

USFA Single Action Army NFM San Juan Hill Artillery – $2,849.98

This USFA Artillery Revolver from Colt is a 6-shot revolver chambered in .45 LC. A 5.5-inch barrel is adorned with a notch rear sight and a blade front sight. This revolver, clad in smooth wood grips, is a replication of the Teddy Roosevelt revolver in the NRA’s National Firearms Museum, created to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Roughriders’ charge up San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War.



LWRC R.E.P.R. – $3,900.00

This LWRC R.E.P.R. is a semi-automatic rifle chambered in .308 Win/7.62 NATO. It has a 10-plus-1 round capacity while the 20-inch barrel comes equipped with an A2 flash hider. Featuring LWRC folding BUIS front and rear sights, the quad Picatinny rails allow users to install their choice of optics and other accessories. A Sig Sauer Tango 6 2-12×40 tactical scope is currently installed. The rifle sports a bullet button to bring it in compliance with the laws of more restrictive states. Further customization of the LWRC R.E.P.R. is available via the adjustable SOPMOD stock.


Smith & Wesson Model 60 Chief’s Special

Smith & Wesson Model 60 Chief’s Special (Engraved) – 2,716.98

This Smith Wesson Model 60 is a double-action 5-shot revolver chambered in .357 Mag. A 2-inch stainless steel barrel is adorned with a notch rear sight and a blade front sight. The stainless-steel frame barrel and cylinder all feature detailed scrollwork engravings. Checkered wooden grips ensure a steady grasp with every shot. 


Remington 3200 Trap

Remington 3200 Trap – $2,000

This Remington 3200 Trap is an over/under 12-gauge shotgun with 3-inch chambers. The top of two barrels features a ventilated-rib and a bead front sight to aid in quick target acquisition. The receiver of the 3200 Trap features scenes of hunting dogs while the blued steel of the receiver and barrels is handsomely complemented by the polished wood furniture. Checkering outfits the grip and forend to ensure a steady grasp on this classy shotgun.


Heckler and Koch P7 M13

Heckler and Koch P7 M13 – $3,799.99

The Heckler & Koch P7 M13 is a German 9×19mm semi-automatic pistol. It was produced from 1979 until 2008. With an almost cult-like following due to its rarity and high collectability factor, many people believe it should be the James Bond/007 gun (instead of the Walther PPK). This one is in excellent condition and comes with the original box and three 13-round magazines.


Daniel Defense DD5V1

Daniel Defense DD5V1 – $2,707.98

The Daniel Defense DD5V1 is a semi-automatic rifle chambered in .308 Win/7.62 NATO. It sports a 16-inch barrel with a full-length Picatinny rail currently supporting a Leupold Mark IV 4.5-14×50 tactical scope. The stock is adjustable with soft textured sections which allow users to find a positive and comfortable cheek weld. The rifle is topped off with a Geissele SSA two-stage trigger with ambidextrous controls, KeyMod handguard, and a configurable modular charging handle. visited the Daniel Defense factory a few months ago so check out what this company is up to here.


Ruger Red Label Ducks Unlimited

Ruger Red Label Ducks Unlimited – $2,099.99

The Ruger Red Label Ducks Unlimited 50th Anniversary Model is an over/under 12-gauge shotgun. It is 1 of 1000 and comes with fixed modified and full chokes. The barrels measure 28-inches in length with an overall length measuring 48-inches. Condition is listed as excellent so don’t pass this baby up!


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Westerns of the 1960s and the Guns That Made Them

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 04:00

It’s hardly an argument that Western movies produced in the 1960s are the best of all time. From The Good, the Bad and the Ugly to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the unforgettable performances were only matched by iconic guns creating classic movies that would live forever. Since the height of popularity in the 1960s, Westerns have spurred a whole shooting culture called Single Action Shooting Society who dress and shoot like cowboys.

We’ve decided to take a look back and some of our favorites and bring you a list of the most memorable Western guns.

*Word of warning: spoilers ahead.

Colt SA Army

The Colt SA Army is the most ubiquitous and iconic gun of the Western genre — this is the standard six-shooter that every cowboy wears on his hip. Chambered in .45 Colt you can find these guns scattered throughout the great Westerns. Pike, Dutch, and Tector along with a large swath of the Mexican army use one in The Wild Bunch. Practically the whole cast of Once Upon a Time in the West has a Colt SA Army in their hands at one point.

However, the most famous scene and use of the Colt Single Action Army comes to us from “The Man with No Name” in A Fistful of Dollars when Clint Eastwood single-handedly takes out four men with his Colt SA Army by fanning the hammer. It should be noted that Eastwood was actually using a Uberti replica, a nod to the Italian heritage of director Sergio Leone.

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Winchester Model 1892

What the Colt SA Army is to the handguns the Winchester Model 1892 is to rifles. Whether it’s Ramon shooting at the Baxters in A Fistful of Dollars or Pompey holding the fort down with the Model 1892 in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, this rifle is well placed in many Western movies.

In Once Upon a Time in the West, the Model 1892 appears as Stoney’s Mare’s Leg rifle. The Mare’s Leg shortened rifle was introduced in the 1950s by Steve McQueen in a series called Trackdown but is seen in many other movies. The unique shorty rifle has a special place in Westerns — replicated by the likes of Henry and Uberti. One of the more famous scenes of the gun in action occurs when Harmonica arrives in town in Once Upon a Time in the West.

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12-Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun

Shotguns may not be as glorified as six-shooters in Westerns, but they still play a large part. Nearly all the shotguns you’ll find in Westerns are 12-gauge side-by-sides. While it’s more difficult to place the manufacturer of these shotguns you’ll notice many have been chopped down to conceal better, one of the more famous instances of the short-barreled shotgun is Mississippi’s gun in the movie El Dorado.

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But what if you need a little more firepower?

Gatling Gun

Although Colt only made about 500 Gatling “Battery Guns” for U.S. customers between 1866 and 1907, making them fairly rare, Hollywood made sure that they appeared in dozens of Westerns ranging from The War Wagon to Rooster Cogburn and even to more modern films set in the Old West such as the remakes of 3:10 to Yuma and The Magnificent Seven.

Heck, there was even a 1968 Spaghetti Western entitled Gatling Gun, which uses one of these early devices is the central MacGuffin. The film is a cult classic that was a hit on the drive-in circuit.

For those wanting to get their crank gun itch scratched, we happen to have a .45-70-caliber Colt M1877 Bulldog Gatling, with a 1,200 rpm rate of fire, in stock.

This superb 1877 Colt Bulldog Gatling gun reissue, currently available in the Outlet program, is looking for a forever home and is ready to run .45-70 as fast as you can turn a crank.



The golden age of Westerns provided us with some great performances and iconic gun duels. Some of these movies have even spurred their own SASS style events, like the Wild Bunch, where the participants are required to only shoot guns that were used in the movie. While the greatest Westerns may very well be behind us, their performances and guns will live on forever.

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Sig Sauer Offers Elite Copper Hunting Ammo in 6mm Creedmoor

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 04:00

Sig Sauer releases 6mm Creedmoor into its Elite Copper Hunting Ammo lineup. (Photo: Sig Sauer)

Sig Sauer expands its Elite Copper Hunting Ammunition series launching a new 80-grain all-copper bullet in the form of 6mm Creedmoor.

Offering a deeper penetration and 1.8x diameter expansion, the new 6mm Creedmoor brings accuracy to medium-sized game hunters, according to Sig Sauer. The round features muzzle velocity of 3,300 feet-per-second with muzzle energy measuring 1,935 foot-pounds.

The 6mm Creedmoor is the latest to join the Elite Copper Hunting series with the company already offering rifle shooters .223 Rem, .243 Win, .300 BLK, .308 Win, .30-06 Springfield, .300 Win Mag and 6.5 Creedmoor. Sig Sauer says the decision to expand the lineup comes at the behest of Creedmoor consumers.

“6mm Creedmoor ammunition is in high demand as is the 6.5 Creedmoor load,” said Brad Criner of Sig Sauer Ammunition. “Our customers have been asking for both and we are happy to now offer these two hot hunting cartridges in our Elite Copper Hunting line.”

Sig Sauer ammunition is manufactured at Sig’s facility in Jacksonville, Arkansas. The ammo is currently available and shipping now, priced at $37.95.



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Lawmakers Seek to Sock Gun, Ammo Buyers with New Taxes

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 03:26

Dems in two states are looking to fund gun control programs by adding mandatory new taxes on guns and ammo. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Democrats in Connecticut and Illinois are proposing legislation that would add taxes ranging from 10 to 35 percent on gun and ammo sales

In the Constitution State, Connecticut state Rep. Jillian Gilchrest, D-West Hartford, is backing House Bill 5040 which would add a 35 percent per round excise tax on ammunition. The move is a scaled-down version of a similar measure she introduced last year that sought a 50 percent bump in ammo prices. The tax money levied would go to “increase funding for gun violence prevention and reduction efforts.”

State gun rights groups have slammed the proposal.

“Clearly if such a law were passed, it would make practicing and maintaining proficiency with a firearm more difficult and will impact lower-income gun owners disproportionately,” said the Connecticut Citizens Defense League in a statement.

Illinois gun tax

Meanwhile, in the Land of Lincoln, state Sen. Ann Gillespie, D-Arlington Heights, is sponsoring Senate Bill 2468 to mandate a 10 percent retail sales tax on guns she terms “assault weapons” as well as magazines capable of more than 10 cartridges. The revenue would be funneled into a fund to “prevent gun violence in schools and State-owned buildings.”

As in Connecticut, state gun rights advocates, vowing litigation if such a measure becomes law, argue the tax would impact most guns.

“Every modern handgun that’s not a revolver or a Derringer comes into play,” Todd Vandermyde with the Federal Firearms Licensees of Illinois, told the Telegraph.

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Is 2020 the Year of New 22LR Pistols?

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 01:21

Only a few weeks into 2020 and the domestic U.S. firearms market has seen a flood of new .22LR pistols from some of the biggest names in the business.

Last month saw the 42nd annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas where more than 2,600 exhibitors gathered from around the globe to display their freshest wares. When it came to rimfire handguns, there were lots of new faces in the aisles.

Beretta Bobcats

While not a new design per se– Beretta has marketed tip-barrel vest pocket-sized rimfire pistols since the days of the old Minx and Jetfire in the 1950s– the Model 21A Bobcat has been given a threaded barrel option and new colors for 2020. This saves fans of the platform from having to drop extra coin to get their barrels threaded at their LGS, a common mod.


Glock G44

You gotta squint to see this is a G44 and not a G19 (Photo: Chris Eger/

It looks like a G19 but the blowback-action Glock G44 is a pound lighter due to its hybrid polymer slide. Released last month with an average retail price of $359, the 10+1 .22LR performed fairly well in our testing, suffering three jams out of 2,200 rounds, but others have seen more mixed results. Still, if you are looking for a .22LR Glock with the same profile and trigger as the familiar G19, here you go.


Ruger Lite Rack LCP

Ruger downsized their LCP II line to accept .22LR rimfire ammo (Photo: Chris Eger/

Taking a page from their LCP II .380ACP pocket pistol, Ruger has introduced a virtual doppelganger to the design but chambered in .22LR. Dubbed the Lite Rack due to its mild recoil spring and easy-to-rack slide, the new Ruger mouse gun is a simple blowback that offers a 10+1 capacity, which is a few more rounds than those who carry the more upscale .380 LCP. As a sub-caliber trainer, or as a plinker-caliber personal protection piece, the $300ish pistol drew a lot of attention in Vegas.


Kel Tec P17

The new, sub-$200 Kel-Tec P17. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Teased in late 2019, Kel Tec’s new P17 pistol was on hand at SHOT Show last month. Pitched as a budget handgun from the Florida gun maker, the sub-$200 polymer-framed P17 hits the scales at 14-ounces when loaded while offering a 16+1 capacity, hence the P17 moniker. The barrel comes standard with 1/2×28TPI threads for suppressors and other muzzle devices. The gun is now listed as “shipping” so we should see them in stock in the coming weeks.


Kriss Vector

The Vector SDP-SB .22LR model features a 6.5-inch threaded barrel. Standard features include a Pic rail, ambi safety, and an SB Tactical stabilizing brace. (Photo: Kriss)

Virginia-based Kriss last month announced their first .22LR Vector-series handguns, namely a trio of Vector SDP-SB models that come standard with an SB Tactical stabilizing brace and 6.5-inch barrels. With an MSRP of $649, they seem pricey but keep in mind that is a pricepoint about half that of centerfire models.


Ruger long boys

Ruger also had their new MKIV Target models on hand with 10-inch barrels (Photo: Chris Eger/

Adding inches and ounces to their MK IV Target line, Ruger this year is highlighting a pair of .22LR pistols that come standard with 10-inch bull barrels. The additional real estate pushes the pistol’s overall length to 14-inches– almost all of it sight radius– while the gun weighs in at a solid 46.3-ounces. MSRP is $645 for the blued aluminum-framed model while the stainless runs $719, prices that will likely be a good deal less at retailers.


Even ammo

Going past pistols, there is also an influx of new rimfire ammo products headed to market this year. We visited with CCI at SHOT Show to get the low down on everything from additions to the company’s Clean-22 polymer-coated ammo line to rebranded “Stangers” and Meat Eater loads.


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