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As part of a federal initiative to combat gun crime, a North Carolina man will spend 32 years in prison for his role in a dollar store robbery spree across three counties near the state’s eastern border in early 2015.
Thomas Wayne Godard, 25, will serve five years of supervised release upon completing his prison term after pleading guilty in August to two counts of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and aiding and abetting.
U.S. Attorney Robert Higdon, Jr. said criminals like Godard and his accomplices, Keenan Dequez Bond and Tremaine Anderson, exemplify why the agency remains so focused on prosecuting violent crime.
“Godard robbed businesses and endangered employees and customers in a way that puts fear in all our hearts. It could have been anyone … working or shopping in these businesses and facing those violent criminal acts and the firearms being brandished,” he said in a Department of Justice news release Wednesday. “This is why we will continue to pursue violent criminals and those who illegally possess and use firearms in our effort to reduce and eliminate violent crime.”
According to an 11-page indictment filed in the Eastern District of North Carolina, Godard and his accomplices executed four armed robberies between Jan. 13, 2015 and April 9, 2015 — including at two Dollar General stores, a Family Dollar and the Washington Coin and Pawn shop. The spree stretched across Martin, Edgecomb and Nash counties, according to court documents. The three men were also accused of renting a Chevrolet Suburban for a planned robbery of TD Ameritrade Bank in Wilmington. Police apprehended the men in August 2016, nearly 18 months after the robbery spree ended.
A district court judge sentenced Bond in May to 32 years in prison, five years supervised released and restitution of more than $167,000. Anderson will serve just 6.5 years in prison, according to court documents.
The Department of Justice said the case falls under the purview of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a federal program to reduce gun-related crime across the nation. In March, Attorney General Jeff Sessions touted the program as one of the county’s approaches to reducing violent crime.
Through Project Safe Neighborhoods, DOJ prosecutions for those charged with violating federal firearm laws reached a decade high in 2017, according to Session. Violent crime prosecutions are likewise at the highest rate in more than 25 years.
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Troopers and special agents working for the Virginia State Police will soon have a Sig P320 at their side.
Sig Sauer announced that the VSP had selected their increasingly popular modular, striker-fired handgun as their next official duty sidearm. As such, it keeps alive a lengthy tradition of the agency using Sigs — being currently equipped with various model P229s chambered in .357 Sig and having previously issued P228s as far back as the early 1990s.
“Due to the modularity of the P320 the Virginia State Police now have the ability to easily customize their standard issue firearm for grip preference, without ever compromising the superior Sig Sauer accuracy, reliability, and safety features they have come to rely on,” said Tom Jankiewicz, Sig’s executive vice president for law enforcement sales.
Still a relatively new kid on the handgun market, the P320 was introduced four years ago but since then has since garnered a steady following of law enforcement departments while variants have been adopted by every branch of the U.S. military as the M17 and M18. Due to its modular design, it can be configured in full-size, carry, compact and subcompact models in either 9mm, .357 Sig, .40 S&W or .45 ACP.
According to Sig, the VSP will begin instruction and training on their P320 pistols and officially put them in the field with troopers sometime in 2019.
Speaking to the company’s current New Hampshire operations and the importance that is placed on crafting firearms not only for the commercial market but for use by first responder and the military, Sig released the below video last week.
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Meant primarily for emergency hunting and fending off polar bears rather than parting the hair of a Russian submariner, the C19 rifle is definitely unique to the needs of those that use it.
In the above video members of the Canadian Rangers are shown in Newfoundland meeting their newly issued C19s for the first time and getting the 411 on nomenclature and the rifle’s specifics. Based on the Sako T3 CTR (Compact Tactical Rifle) with tweaks for the Rangers as they have to use their guns in whiteout conditions at -50 C weather.
Said differences include an oversize bolt and trigger guard so that it can be used with heavy gloves (you don’t want to touch metal with bare hands when it’s that cold) as well as a high-viz laminated stock complete with the Ranger crest.
The Rangers date from 1942 when the Canadian government was facing Germans landing in the East to set up weather stations and potential Japanese raids in the West. With huge tracts of ice and virgin forests open to invasion, the Rangers were recruited from loggers, miners, and trappers who lived in the wilderness.
Now, 5,000 strong and located in 200 often remote communities the Rangers are paid for up to 12 days of service per year as they keep up their patrols. However, these volunteers are still in large part armed with the same rifle they carried just after Pearl Harbor– the British designed Short Magazine Lee-Enfield in .303. The guns currently in use are Canadian-made Long Branch Arsenal No. 4 MK. I* and EAL models.
Although long in the tooth, the Rangers have used their Enfields effectively in service competitions and in ceremonial duty. As a bonus, the vintage .303s that are being replaced will not be destroyed, but rather passed on to museums, cadets for use in training, and offered to serving Rangers as a donation/gift to preserve their heritage.
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Firefield continues to dole out new accessories this summer, debuting the Verge Series rail system now configured for M-LOK.
Ideal for MSR platform rifles and pistols, the Verge M-LOK Series features a slim handguard that is of a low-profile style. Designed to be both lightweight and user friendly, the Verge system provides a skeletonized design paired with a 6061-T6 aluminum construction. Firefield said the Verge’s build is constructed to “take a beating while continuing to perform.”
Verge M-LOK rails come in four flavors — 7-, 9-, 12- and 15-inch models. The rail system boasts a 7-slot M-LOK rail piece for users to mount their favorite accessories. The Verge M-LOK Series fits most Picatinny and Weaver mounts, according to Firefield.
The M-LOK version follows the Verge’s KeyMod series originally launched in late December 2017. While Firefield hasn’t released specific details regarding pricing on the new M-LOK model, the KeyMod Verge rails start at $77.
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Police in Virginia Beach said the man suspected of firing into a crowd of tourists last week was taken into custody Tuesday.
Ladarius Malik Trisvan, 21, faces six counts of malicious wounding and six counts of using a firearm in commission of a felony, according to a report from the Virginian-Pilot.
City officials said none of the six victims, aside from a married couple, knew each other before the incident and were simply walking along the 1800 block of Atlantic Avenue just after midnight July 5 when shots rang out.
“There is nothing more important to us than making sure people feel safe and these incidents are particularly disturbing because they appear to have been unprovoked,” said Dave Hansen, city manager, in a news release last week. He noted more than 100,000 visitors flocked to the area over the July 4th holiday.
Virginia Beach Police detained multiple local individuals and charged one with brandishing a firearm. All victims sought treatment at local hospitals and were since released.
Law enforcement declined to provide a possible motive, but told the newspaper it appears none of the victims were targeted by Trisvan.
Police Chief Jim Cervera said the city will consider taking extra security measures to manage crowds during holiday celebrations, such as closing parking lots before 2:30 a.m. or encouraging earlier departures for visitors.
“Gun violence is a growing problem in America,” he said. “The fact that we are the safest large city in the country is of little comfort to those who were injured by irresponsible and reckless individuals who apparently have such little regard for the lives of others.”
A group of Democrats in the U.S. House have introduced a bill to bar Second Amendment rights to those with a past history of animal abuse.
The measure, termed the Animal Violence Exposes Real Threat of Future Gun Violence, or AVERT Act, is backed by lawmakers from California, Massachusetts and New York. Under its guidelines, the bill seeks to prohibit those with a misdemeanor conviction for animal cruelty from possessing guns, ammo or firearm licenses.
“There is a well-documented link between animal abuse and future violence,” said U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass. “From Columbine to Parkland to Sutherland Springs, these perpetrators of mass gun violence had a history of animal abuse, and addressing this pattern of behavior is part of the solution when it comes to preventing gun violence and saving lives.”
The bill, filed as H.R.6278, would make a misdemeanor charge under Federal, State, or tribal law of a crime involving abuse to or neglect of an animal a conviction that would trigger a lifetime ban on gun possession. Those with previous convictions that had been expunged or set aside, could be allowed to have their gun rights restored.
In recent years, the FBI has begun tracking animal cruelty charges nationwide in a response to lobbying from animal welfare groups seeking more comprehensive data on abuse statistics. In doing so, the groups cited overlaps between early animal abuse and later, more serious crimes, in serial killers like Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and David Berkowitz.
Currently, legislation similar to Clark’s was proposed this year in New Jersey while other states such as California and Illinois have seen their own attempts at producing laws to link minor animal cruelty or neglect charges to gun rights. An online petition organized by animal rights groups started earlier this year urging Congress to ban gun ownership for animal abusers has just over 250,000 signatures.
Clark’s bill has been referred to the Republican-controlled House Committee on the Judiciary.
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Thompson Auto-Ordnance, maker of the legendary Tommy Gun, announced its new Deluxe model Thompson chambered in 9mm is rolling out the factory and headed towards dealers and distributors.
The Tommy Gun has long been chambered in .45 ACP, but Kahr Firearms Group has revamped the famed design for a modern generation with the model T5-9L20 Thompson.
“The 9mm version is an original design by Thompson Auto-Ordnance in-house engineers, using the original Thompson platform,” the company said in a press release.
The 9mm variant offers a frame and receiver machined from a solid billet of aluminum while the buttstock, grip and foregrip are crafted from American Walnut. Featuring a barrel measuring 16.5-inches, the 9mm model comes with a compensator that adds an additional 2-inches onto the front end. Overall, the firearm measures 41-inches in total length.
The T5-9L20 9mm Thompson ships with one 20-round stick magazine and is now available with a MSRP of $1,364.
A familiar trope seen on screens big and small is to shoot apart a pair of handcuffs to free someone when a key isn’t available, but how realistic is that?
In the above test, Edwin Sarkissian uses a set of Smith & Wesson M100s cuffs, which are pretty standard in LE use, and kind of ironic as the test gun is a Glock. However, barring luck, it looks like the best way to open a set is to invest in a 99-cent standard handcuff key rather than a 99-cents worth of ammo — from a handgun anyway.
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Odds are good if you’re a hunter, shooter or outdoorsman, you’ve given at least a passing thought to survival situations. And no good woodsman goes afield without a gun, though sometimes space and weight concerns are of the essence. Regardless of your level of readiness, budget and style, Guns.com has gone out and found three of the top packable bug-out bag guns for preparedness.The Test
All three of the guns we’ve selected fit our criteria of being capable for both simple defense, sustainment hunting, stowability in a pack, weight and reliability. Here’s where we settled: Henry Repeating Arms AR-7 Survival Pack, Chiappa X-Caliber Set, and the new Midland Backpack.Henry AR-7 Survival Pack
For years, Henry Repeating Arm’s AR-7 Survival has been setting the standard in current production breakdown packable rimfires, and now the company is upping their game with introduction of the new bug-out ready Survival Pack.
So not only are we testing the semi-automatic rimfire rifle which packs completely into its own floating buttstock, but also the quality and usefulness of the contents of the kit. In addition to the standard two, eight-round magazines that normally ship with the AR-7, there’s much more to this box.
Here’s what you get: Datrex concentrated 1000 calorie food packet of four bars; Frontier water filtration straw for up to 30 gallons; ESEE Fire Tool kit; Buck Rival folding knife engraved with the Henry logo; H&H Mylar Emergency Hypothermia Blanket; One hundred feet of green para cord; SWAT-T stretch wrap style tourniquet; and Allen black nylon Henry Survival zipper case with stowage for additional gear and rifle
MSRP on our test US Survival Pack is set at $550, a jump of about $200 if you’re just buying the gun. That’s a tough upgrade sell, until you consider that the kit is already selling on line at various retailers for under four bills, and includes the aforementioned host of Made-in-America products. At 16 inches long when packed away and 3.5 pounds, it is both the lightest and most easily stowed of the three.Chiappa X-Caliber Combo Set
Our Chiappa X-Caliber is a Model M6 12-gauge smoothbore 3-inch chambered shotgun over a .22 long rifle barrel. The barrel length of 18.5 inches makes it a wieldy weapon, even more so when folded nearly in half and measuring the same 18.5 inches. When deployed, the gun’s overall length is 34.6 inches with a svelte traveling weight of 5.6 pounds. Though our test gun came with a .22LR lower barrel, a .22WMR version is also available.
The X-Caliber’s steel and polypropylene stock immediately set it apart in appearance with a love-it-or-hate-it reaction. The gun fires with double triggers and has dual extractors. The X-Caliber wears a fixed front fiber-optic sight and windage/elevation adjustable M1 style rear. There’s a top tang safety and three Picatinny quad rails for mounting optics and accessories.
What really sets the X-Caliber apart is what gives the combo-gun its name: the included pack of eight steel adapters allowing the firing of 12 different calibers. The set of eight adapters are as follows: .380ACP, 9mm, .357/.38SPL, .40S&W, .44 Mag, .45ACP, .410/.45 Colt, and 20-gauge. The adapters come packaged in a portable, olive drab belt pack and drop quickly into the gun’s 12-gauge chamber. Point of accuracy changes slightly depending upon caliber of fire, but all are within killing range inside of 50 yards.
MSRP is a bit shocking at $949 for the Chiappa M6 combo gun with the full eight-insert caliber setup, but that does grant the shooter dozen-caliber shooting capability in a durable, packable firearm without the need to decide on rifle or shotgun. Wily shoppers will be able to find the setup available under $700 now that the X-Caliber has been on the market for a number of years. We’ve played around with the M6 and the adapters for several years now, and the durability is excellent.Midland Backpack
Filling a niche vacated by affordable break-action, single shot, barrel-swappable long guns like the now-defunct H&R and NEF, in swoops a new company called Midland. With ties to the respected Gibbs Rifle Company, Midland launched their first Backpack model shotguns in early 2018 to little fanfare. In unassuming black polymer, the lightweight single shots fold almost completely in half and ship with one interchangeable Beretta-style choke. Retail is a shockingly low $149 regardless of bore choice, including multiple barrel-lengths, in .410, 20- and 12-gauges. A removeable buttpad allows stowage of small survival gear, while a pair of included LOP spacers allow for a more customized fit.
The Midland’s aren’t much to look at, and even less fun to shoot in a sub-five-pound 12-gauge, but they are affordable, get the job done, offer barrel interchangeability, and are easily stowable. Folded length on our 24” twelve is only 24.4.” Best of all, the company will be debuting both rimfire and centerfire rifle barrels by the end of the year, making this a legitimate combo option for backpacking. The most heard complaint? The Midland Backpack comes sans its namesake backpack, but I’m sure survivalists can simply drop the budget gun into their own bug out bag.Survive!
Regardless of your style or budget, there’s a packable survival gun within your reach. As the old saying goes, better to have it and not need it than the alternative. Any one of these three long guns would neatly round out a pack of emergency supplies in case of bug-out, natural disaster, or outdoor adventure. Let us know which gun you’d favor if the SHTF!
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The Department of Justice quietly re-opened an investigation into the 1955 death of Emmett Till earlier this year, citing “new information in the case.”
While officials declined to elaborate further in a statement Thursday to USA Today, the department first revealed its decision in a February report to Congress detailing investigations of racially-motivated homicides prior to 1980.
Till’s savage murder in Money, Mississippi more than 60 years ago remains a turning point in the early Civil Rights movement. On the evening of Aug. 28, 1955, two white men abducted the 14-year-old black boy at gunpoint from his relative’s home after a local shopkeeper — Carolyn Donham, 21 — accused the teen of grabbing her and wolf-whistling at her three days earlier.
Donham’s husband and another man beat and shot Till to death before weighing his body down in the Tallahatchie River with a 75-pound cotton gin fan. An all-white jury acquitted the men four months later, though images of the teenager’s swollen and battered face — taken at his funeral in Chicago at the insistence of his mother, Mamie — rallied African Americans across the country.
“Mamie Till’s decision to allow African-American media outlets to display her son’s battered body was one of the critical events that galvanized African-Americans to fight to end America’s racial dictatorship through the Civil Rights movement,” said Alvin Tillery, a political science professor and director of the Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy at Northwestern University, during an interview with USA Today.
The DOJ’s investigation comes one year after Timothy B. Tyson’s The Blood of Emmett Till detailed a decade-old conversation with Donham in which she admits lying about Till’s flirtations. It’s unclear if she will face any charges as a result of the book’s contents.
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A Massachusetts man could spend decades in prison after federal investigators allege he sold at least five firearms, including a sawed-off shotgun, throughout the state last year.
Rathsomnang Neth, 22, faces one count of dealing in firearms without a license and two counts of possessing and transferring an unregistered shotgun with a shortened barrel, according to a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday. The former carries a maximum sentence of five years and a $250,000 fine. Each latter possession charge, however, carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, according to the Department of Justice.
Investigators said Neth sold at least five guns between December 2016 and April 2017, including a Glock GMBH .40-caliber pistol, a Norinco SKS Sporter rifle, a Lorcin Engineering .380-caliber pistol, a Jimenez Arms .380-caliber pistol and a Mossberg .20 gauge pump-action shotgun with a sawed-off barrel.
Massachusetts limits private sellers to no more than four gun transfers a year, according to the Giffords Law Center. Federal law bans the possession of shotguns with barrels shorter than 18 inches, unless given special permission by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Neth, of Lowell, was taken into custody Wednesday, two weeks after the Department of Justice issued a warrant for his arrest. He pleaded not guilty to all three charges in a federal court in Boston later the same day. His detention hearing is scheduled for Friday, according to court records.
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An amendment to a House spending bill that would have paid for the Centers for Disease Control to study gun deaths and injuries as a health issue was turned away this week.
The Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday rejected, in a 20-32 vote, an amendment by U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, D-NY, to add $10 million to the 2019 CDC budget for grants to conduct research on gun violence. The 176-page bill that was reported out of the committee did, however, touch on gun policy — with Section 210 continuing with a general provision to prevent funds from being used to advocate for or promote gun control.
“It’s time that we give the scientists the tools to study the causes of firearm injury, in hopes that more Americans can be spared from violent suicide and firearm-related accidents,” said Lowey in arguing the 1996 Dickey Amendment had stymied such research.
Named for former U.S. House Rep. Jay Dickey, an Arkansas Republican who originally backed the measure in 1996 while President Bill Clinton was in office, the amendment stripped the CDC of $2.6 million it had been using on its gun violence research and has been a contentious matter ever since. While Dems and gun control advocates have repeatedly tried to scrap the practice and push forward with funding, Second Amendment groups have argued there is nothing in the Dickey Amendment preventing CDC from doing research, only in engaging in anti-gun advocacy. Still, some are hot that Lowey’s amendment tanked.
“It is nothing short of ludicrous for House Republicans to deny funding – even a request as conservative as $10 million out of what will be a budget of over $4 trillion – to study and understand gun violence as the public health crisis it is,” said Kris Brown, co-president of the Brady Campaign in a statement demanding the funding be restored.
Meanwhile, earlier this year the Senate approved an unfunded allowance that “CDC has the authority to conduct research on the causes of gun violence,” but cannot use “funding to advocate or promote gun control.”
The Committee rejected, on a 20-32 vote, the Lowey amendment to provide funding for firearm injury prevention research.
— House Appropriations Dems (@AppropsDems) July 11, 2018
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A growing phenomenon in the Land of Lincoln this year is the adoption of resolutions to protect local gun rights in the face of pending new state regulations.
Last week the Mercer County Board unanimously approved a measure to make the county the 30th gun sanctuary county in Illinois, The Dispatch-Argus reported. “We’re telling the state they cannot pass laws that impinge on our Second Amendment rights,” said Mercer County Board member Brian Anseeuw, R-New Windsor.
Described as largely symbolic, counties and cities across the state have moved since March to declare their local region a “sanctuary” for gun owners, starting with the Iroquois County Board. This came as a grassroots backlash against a package of gun control bills ranging from restricting those under age 21 from purchasing guns to bans on bump stocks and various licensing schemes for gun dealers that have seen success in the state legislature.
In addition, two other counties, Madison and Williamson, reportedly have plans to put the gun sanctuary question to voters in November. With almost a third of the state’s 102 counties doubling down on their support of gun rights, Second Amendment groups are encouraged.
“I love this kind of pro-gun rights pushback,” Alan Gottlieb, with the Second Amendment Foundation, told Guns.com. “It sends a message that the right to keep and bear arms must be protected not attacked.”
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Jerry Miculek wears the paint off some steel targets with the new Thompson Center T/CR22 rifle then decides to up the speed a bit.
The T/CR22 was introduced in May and comes standard with a lightweight Magpul co-branded composite stock, oversized bolt handle and a reportedly crisp trigger pull– Jerry certainly doesn’t seem to have a problem with it in the above.
If you are curious about the record he refers to, Guns.com was there in Nevada the day it happened — as that is kind of our thing. It didn’t take long, though, as he succeeded in engaging three different targets at 15 feet, shooting each multiple times center mass in a grand total of 1.59 seconds.
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A new family of riflescopes is coming to Nikon’s firearms optics line, with the company announcing the Prostaff P3 series.
The Prostaff P3 features eight total models created for muzzleloaders, slug guns, predator hunting, crossbows and rimfire/air guns. Each version on the line boasts bright, fully multicoated optics with crisp hand-turn reticle adjustments.
Built with an all-aluminum one-inch main body tube, each Prostaff P3 scope utilizes a Nikon BDC reticle specifically crafted for each shooting activity to ensure optimum performance for the task at hand.
“Each of the BDC reticles can be optimized for many ballistic aiming possibilities using virtually any load. These can be calculated with the use of either the Spot On Ballistic Match Technology app or website software—both free from Nikon,” the company said in a news release.
Backed by Nikon’s Lifetime Repair/Replacement No Fault Policy, the Prostaff P3 riflescopes enter the optics market with prices ranging from $159.95 to $299.95.
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A Democratic candidate to represent New York in Congress was caught on camera shying away from a public call for a gun ban, saying it would hurt her chances at election.
Tedra Cobb, running to unseat incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik for the 21st Congressional District of New York, was secretly taped during a conversation on gun policy, The Washington Free Beacon reported.
Cobb said she thinks “assault rifles” should be banned but elaborates that she couldn’t share the opinion as part of her official platform. The candidate then says Moms Demand Action advised her not to call for such a ban as it would hurt her chances to win the district held by Stefanik for the past two terms.
The Bloomberg group is refuting the exchange to a degree with Kay Folmar, Everytown’s communication director, telling The Times-Union that their volunteer “spoke to Cobb about gun violence prevention, but did not encourage or direct her on how to discuss the specific gun safety policies she supports.”
While Cobb’s platform, published in April, includes a wide range of proposed increased gun regulations and a ban on bump stocks, it falls short of endorsing wider prohibition on some semi-automatic firearms.
Cobb recently took a “no lies” pledge with The Post Star, agreeing “not to lie when talking to the media or voters, airing television advertisements or when posting to their Facebook pages.” She formerly served in the St. Lawrence County Legislature for eight years and defeated four other candidates in the Democratic primary, garnering 57 percent of the vote.
Stefanik, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, has voted for a number of gun rights expansions while in Washington to include the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act and has in the past been endorsed by the National Rifle Association.
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SureFire announced the launch of a new 1,000 lumen weaponlight, introducing consumers to the XH30.
Featuring a recoil-proof LED, the XH30 offers a Total Internal Reflection lens which delivers a high-intensity beam. Boasting two mode selector switches, one switch moves between 1,000 and 300 lumens while the second switch allows users to change between continuous light operation and strobe mode.
The light is activated using an ambidextrous switch placed at the rear of the light’s body. SureFire also provides optional DG grip switches for easier one-handed activation without altering the shooter’s grip.
“This powerful and versatile XH30 WeaponLight was created to interface with SureFire’s revolutionary Masterfire Rapid Deploy Holster,” SureFire said in a news release. “It features a unique bezel with cam slots, and pin slots on both sides of the body, which serve to lock the light into the holster and secure the weapon at an advantageous angle for quick deployment.”
Measuring 3.7-inches in length and weighing 4.8-ounces, the XH30 by SureFire retails for $299.
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Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law Monday that allows retired reserve officers in the state to keep magazines that are deemed “large capacity” and banned from civilian ownership.
The measure, AB 1192, passed the legislature last month by wide margins. The bill was sponsored by Republican Assemblyman Tom Lackey of Palmdale, a 28-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol, and Brown signed it without comment.
Under current state law, retired peace officers have a carve-out from California’s ban on detachable firearm magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. Since July 2017, even formerly grandfathered large capacity magazines were outlawed except for the carve-out, a move that generated a lawsuit from gun rights groups.
Lackey’s proposal stretched the exemption to include former part-time or volunteer deputies and police officers defined as a “Level I reserve peace officer” with at least 10 years of experience. The Los Angeles Police Department, which boasts the largest reserve force in the state, requires Level I officers to complete almost 400 hours of classroom training and contribute about 16 hours per month in addition to mandatory monthly meetings.
The bill was endorsed by the California Reserve Peace Officers Association, an organization with considerable political clout. According to the state’s officer standards commission, over 600 law enforcement agencies currently employ some 6,200 reserve officers across California.
Brandon Combs with the Firearms Policy Coalition told Guns.com that AB 1192 gives “extra-special gun rights” to a select few while stepping on law-abiding gun owners who are denied possession of similar magazines for self-defense. “The fact that the bill was brought by a Republican and passed by anti-gun Democrats says everything one needs to know about how deep the Sacramento swamp really goes,” said Combs.
Further, Combs has concerns that the carve-out fails to pass constitutional muster, holding that it likely violates equal protection rights under both the state and federal constitutions as well as making potentially illegal changes to Prop. 63 gun control laws approved by voters in 2016.
“There is no rational, let alone compelling, basis to treat retired government employees differently than law-abiding California gun owners,” said Combs. “Even if AB 1192 is constitutional, it’s still bad policy to pass elitist legislation that drives a wedge between law-abiding taxpayers and the ‘more-special’ people who work for them. AB 1192 is an awful bill tells the people of California that the only way to have any real Second Amendment rights is to be a government worker.”
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Leica released an all-new laser rangefinder, adding the Rangemaster CRF 2400-R to its inventory of shooting accessories.
Measuring up to 2,400-yards, the Rangemaster CRF 2400-R features a fast scan mode boasting measurements every 0.5 seconds. The Rangemaster CRF 2400-R delivers results in decimal figures up to 0.1-yards up to 200 yards in measuring distance, offering more precise measurements for hunters.
“Thanks to its compact design it fits easily into any pocket – weighing just 6.5 ounces (185 grams). The outstanding optics with a 7x magnification ensures the best image brightness and a wide field of view,” Leica said in a news release.
Equipped with an equivalent horizontal range, or EHR, the range finder offers the practical angle-compensated distance, allowing hunters to make accurate long-distance shots.
The new Leica Rangemaster CRF 2400-R will be available come September with a MSRP of $499.
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Lining up my sights, I tried to focus on the target ahead but the pounding in my head increased with each passing second and before long I was packing up my range wares and popping a couple of Tyenol while I rested in the waiting area of my local range. Five minutes of breathing time before I braved the pain once more and finished my day of shooting. I grabbed my Howard Leight Impact Sport earmuffs, winced as they made contact with my glasses and went back to my lane to shoot.
While I have always preferred the protection earmuff style ear protection affords me on the range, I have never been a fan of the headache inducing pressure it puts on my glasses. Relying on my every-day prescription glasses to adequately shoot, the never ending cycle of headaches after a range day seemed to be the purgatory of which I was assigned. Until a new Kickstarter product popped on my radar in late 2017.
SightLines by Noisefighters promised to alleviate range day headache woes by offering a unique gel insert that better accommodated glasses and eye protection. I leapt at the chance to give these accessories a try and lucky for me the crew at Noisefighters were happy to oblige.How SightLines work
SightLines are a set of gel earmuff pads that replaces stock pads in a variety of popular earmuff style headsets. SightLines easily pop into place, replacing the old pads. From there, users can slide glasses into the relief cuts positioned inside the pads. These relief cuts act like a shelf for glasses arms, securing them into place without pushing them into the wearer’s head.
Though the relief cuts offer a channel for glasses arms to slide into, they still deliver a tight seal around the ear area to protect ears from harmful noise. Sporting gel on the inside, the outside of the SightLines ear pads is constructed from polyurethane making them UV-resistant as well as waterproof.
There’s no fancy tools or extra grunt work required to fit them into the headset. In the case of my Howard Leight Impact Sport muffs, I simply removed the old ear pads and popped the new SightLines in. All in all it took just a couple of minutes to place both ear pads in each ear of the muff.First Impressions
Out of the box, I noticed that the SightLines seemed thinner than my Howard Leight stock ear pads. I was curious how that would ultimately hold up against gun fire, but more on that later. The gel design is an interesting one. The pads are squishy, with some obvious give, but firm all at the same time. I liken it to a memory foam mattress. Push in on certain areas and you’ll get a little give but lay across the whole thing and it offers support, the same is true for the SightLines. The gel construction gives it a comfortable feel against the head and definitely reduces hot spots around the ears. I found that, glasses aside, I could wear the SightLines longer than I could the stock Howard Leight ear pads.
The true test, however, came when I slipped my glasses on. Noisefighters recommends that users put the headset on first, then guide glasses into place using the relief channels. The first time I tried, my glasses ended up crooked. I had missed the relief cut on one side. The second time I slowed the process down and correctly seated each glasses arm onto the relief cut. Lo and behold, I was wearing my glasses but I wasn’t squinting in pain.
The Sightlines worked as promised. Despite eliminating the immediate hotspots I was accustomed to while wearing my glasses, the pass or fail of the SightLines would come later that day when I strolled into my local range.On the range
Steadying my sights on target, I slowly squeezed the trigger releasing another round down range. I had finished off one box of ammo and was now into my second. A full 45-minutes at my local indoor range – a perfect spot to test the validity of any hearing protection — had passed and my head was headache free. Again, the SightLines worked as intended.
When they first arrived on my doorstep, I had noted they were thinner than my stock ear muffs on the Impact Sports. I was afraid this would ultimately mean less sound muffling when met with gun fire; but to my surprise I was wrong. The gel used helps blocks sounds and the relief cuts that my glasses slip into allow a complete seal around my head – a factor my old ear muffs couldn’t achieve. Ultimately, I walked away from the range without any ringing and certainly without any soreness or headaches.Final thoughts
The SightLines came to me about six months ago and since then I have used them every time I visit the range. Affording me both adequate hearing protection and comfort, I don’t think I’ll be swapping the SightLines out any time soon. Available for a variety of shooting earmuff style hearing protection, the SightLines are well worth their $45 price tag.
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