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Created to pair with the company’s own AR-15 receivers, the M-LOK Handguards are machined from aluminum offering a reduced weight. Each handguard boasts M-LOK attachment points for accessory mounting and ship with one 5-slot M-LOK rail section and shims.
The handguards are available in 7-, 9-, 13- and 15-inch lengths with an inner diameter of 1.4-inches. Prices start at $110.
The NLX Mutant Ambi Charging Handle offers lefties a more convenient and ergonomic design. Machined from aluminum and is built off the company’s ambi charging handle. The Mutant was created to accommodate shooters with gloved hands, featuring plenty of clearance for those working in gloves in cooler climates. Prices start at $68.
Though Next Level Armament provides some snazzy AR accessories, the manufacturer also shows some love for Glock fanboys and fangirls with aftermarket Glock slides. Machined from 416 stainless steel, the slides bring a slick, elegant look to the Glock frame. David Warner of Next Level Armament said the goal was to offer customers a slide that is “simple yet effective.”
The company achieves that through a French Cut with serrations on the front for better purchase during slide manipulations. Taking the design even further, the company debuted an RMR cut slide at TriggrCon granting even more options to Glock fans who want a little red dot action. Next Level Armament also offers Glock barrels for even further upgrades. Both the slides and barrels will be offered in a Diamond Like Coating finish. Prices are set around $135.
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School districts in the Empire State are now forbidden under a new law from authorizing teachers or other staff to carry firearms on campus.
The move came with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature on legislation this week forwarded to his desk by the state’s Democrat-controlled legislature. The bill, S.101A, stipulates that schools can’t issue an authorization to carry a gun to any teacher, administrator or other people not primarily employed as a school resource officer, law enforcement officer or security guard.
“Arming classroom teachers is dangerous and takes our focus off of getting weapons out of the hands of those who should not have them,” said state Sen. Todd Kaminsky, the Long Island Democrat who sponsored the measure.
The new law, which took effect immediately upon Cuomo’s signature, removes the ability of school districts in New York to grant written authorization for individuals to carry firearms on campus or property otherwise controlled by the institution. A similar measure had been introduced by Dems in 2018 but failed to gain traction in the Republican-controlled state Senate. After the chamber shifted polarity this session, S.101A passed 41-22, roughly along party lines.
Supported by national gun control groups such as Everytown, who applauded Cuomo’s action this week, the measure was slammed by Second Amendment groups who argued it will make schools in New York less safe.
“He thinks that allowing armed school staff will result in accidents or acts of violence, but that has not happened anywhere such programs are in place,” Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, told Guns.com. “He thinks disarming law-abiding citizens will make them safer. Because of Cuomo-backed anti-gun rights policies in New York, people are moving in droves to less gun restrictive states like South Carolina, Florida, and Texas where they can have the means to self-defense.”
Robert Green alongside his trusty canine Tucker — a Chocolate Lab — take to the fields in pursuit of doves. Beretta 686 Whitewing 12-gauge Over/Under Shotgun in hand, Green stalks through the tall grass of his hunting haunt sporting duds tailored for the occasion.
Equipped with a Texas Dove Hunters Association shirt and Austin Clothing Co. cargo pants, Green stakes out the doves with Remington T-72 Amber Lenses ($14.99). Green and Tucker place Mojo Outdoors battery-operated VooDoo Decoy Dove ($44.99) and wait patiently on a Ridge Hunter Dove Hunting Stool ($8.99) courtesy of Cabela’s. For extra storage, Green dips into his Cabela’s Men’s Targetmaster Half Vest ($29.99) stocked with supplies for the hunt.
Take a look through Tucker and Green’s adventure in the fields.
Jacki Billings contributed to this article.
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The Secret Service is reportedly moving away from their longstanding use of Sig Sauer handguns and is set to transition to new model Glocks in coming days.
As reported Wednesday by several outlets, Secret Service Director James Murray communicated internally that the agency will be moving to the 9mm Glock 19 MOS Gen 5. Tactical teams will use the 9mm G47 MOS Gen 5 and G26 Gen 5, matching the previously announced $85 million contract awarded by the US Customs and Border Protection.
The 7,000-strong federal law enforcement agency charged with protecting the nation’s leaders and investigating crimes such as financial institution fraud dates to 1865. Just before the Secret Service transferred from the Treasury Department to the Department of Homeland Security in 2003, the force adopted the Sig Sauer P229R chambered in .357SIG for both use by uniformed division officers and special agents. Before that, the agency used Sig P228 9mm pistols.
Glock previously advised that all three models used by CBP feature a flared magwell for faster magazine changes, the match-grade Glock Marksman Barrel (GMB) for enhanced accuracy, and Ameriglo BOLD sights. The CBP handguns all have extended magazine floorplates, presumably for better access to strip away magazines in the sandy, dusty conditions along the Southern border.
In a salute to the storied shortened “Tanker” M1 Garands of yesteryear, Illinois-based Springfield Armory this week unveiled their new M1A Tanker rifle.
Featuring a 16.25-inch parkerized barrel and a 37.25-inch overall length, the Tanker is a version of SA’s SOCOM 16 rifle series with a retro styling that includes an all-new walnut stock. When compared to the standard M1A, the Tanker is almost a foot shorter.
Like the rest of the line, it is chambered in .308 Win./7.62 NATO. Set up for rapid target acquisition, the Tanker comes standard with an enlarged “ghost ring” aperture that is adjustable for windage and elevation, as well as an XS front sight post with a tritium insert.
Steve Kramer, Springfield Armory’s marketing VP, explained that since the M1A SOCOM 16 drew much acclaim in the past, the new Tanker model was a logical choice, saying, “Because of the enduring popularity of that model, we wanted to offer that same rifle with a new walnut stock for a variation we know our customers will love.”
While the Tanker ships with a single 10-round detachable magazine, it accepts all standard M1A mags. MSRP $1,987Just what was a Tanker Garand, anyway?
Although it never went into regular military production, the so-called “Tanker” modified M1 Garand service rifle label was applied to shortened rifles in the latter days of World War II. While the Army’s Ordnance Bureau had prototyped an M1 with a folding stock for use by paratroopers — the M1E5 — it never entered production.
Later, armorers with the 6th Army, fighting at the time in the Pacific Theatre, converted 150 existing M1 rifles in their inventory by shortening the barrels. Some of these guns were trialed by troops stationed in New Guinea and a few sent stateside where the U.S. Army’s Springfield Armory (which existed long before today’s Springfield Armory, Inc., was founded) type classified the experimental guns as the T26.
In the end, the abbreviated Garand was not adopted, and its development was terminated in October 1945, a month after WWII ended. Today, just one T26 is known to exist, a chopped 1943-production gun in the collection of the Springfield Armory Museum.
Kenneth Charles “Chuck” Canterbury, Jr., President Trump’s nominee for Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, underwent a round of hearings in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
The long-term president of the National Fraternal Order of Police, Canterbury has held his current spot in the 350,000-strong group since 2003. A South Carolina resident, he formerly served 26 years in the Horry County Police Department in the Palmetto State and was nominated for the vacant position of ATF boss in June.
In this week’s two-hour hearing, U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calf., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, interchangeably grilled Canterbury about his stance on a federal ban on “assault weapons” and their associated magazines, as well as universal background checks, handgun waiting periods and other questions of gun policy. Canterbury responded that, while the FOP supported such gun control measures in the 1990s, the lobby group presently does not espouse such changes to current law. When pressed on his personal feelings on such restrictive concepts, Canterbury said he is “a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and I believe in the right to bear arms.”
Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican who formerly served as that state’s attorney general, asked Canterbury about his take on the Show-Me State’s practice of constitutional carry, to which the nominee said his individual view on that matter was that it did not involve the feds. “I believe that right is governed by the Missouri General Assembly and I don’t think there would be any enforcement right by ATF on that,” Canterbury said.
After Hawley returned to questions on Canterbury’s perspective on the now-expired 1994 federal assault weapon ban, the FOP president said he did not personally support it when it was put into place. In later questions, Canterbury doubled down on his opposition to the ban saying, “in my personal opinion the law was not effective.” Canterbury subsequently stated he introduced the resolution to rescind FOP’s historic support of the gun prohibition.
Sen. John Kennedy asked the nominee what gun restrictions he was in favor of, or would move to support through ATF rule changes, to which Canterbury replied to the Republican from Louisiana that, “I don’t support any further gun restrictions.”
Sen. Ted Cruz ginned up a fresh round of questions over Canterbury’s personal take on expanding background checks. “As Director of ATF, would you support extending mandatory federal background checks to private transactions between people who are not [licensed] dealers?” asked the Texas Republican.
Canterbury said he would not, “because I do believe in the Second Amendment and I do believe those individual sales are guaranteed under current law.”
This particular response drew quick condemnation from the Bloomberg-backed Everytown gun control group who slammed Canterbury’s apparent shift from FOP’s previous stand. “We were disappointed to see Mr. Canterbury reverse his position on background checks today, and must oppose his nomination,” said John Feinblatt, Everytown’s president, after the hearing.
Going into this week’s confirmation hearings, Canterbury enjoyed the support of trade organizations for the firearms and suppressor industries — the National Shooting Sports Foundation and American Suppressor Association. Meanwhile, two firearm owner member groups, Gun Owners of America and the National Association of Gun Rights, have opposed his nomination.
If confirmed by the Senate, Canterbury will be the first permanent ATF director since B. Todd Jones resigned in 2015 during the Obama administration.
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TriggrCon blasted into the bustling Bellevue, Washington area, July 26 and 27, bringing Second Amendment enthusiasts together with gun and gear makers for a more personal look at the products and faces behind each company.
The annual event, held 10 miles from Seattle at the Meydenbauer Center saw over 9,000 attendees, 800 industry and media personnel and 131 companies represented. From new guns to accessories to apparel, attendees were introduced to some of the best, brightest and most innovative products to be released mid-year.
Created five years ago as a way for TriggrCon founder John Hwang to meet with customers, the show has expanded to offer more opportunities for interactions between customers and companies mid-year between industry shows.
Spread across the event center, TriggrCon gave gun enthusiasts the chance to convene with their favorite companies while also engaging with smaller manufacturers often overlooked at larger industry events and shows. Family-owned Bear Creek Arsenal told Guns.com that their company has been in business for 50 years and that shows like TriggrCon offer a quieter, less busy space to interact with potential consumers.
“We’re a family-owned business in business for 50 some years now,” Ariel Douglas of Bear Creek Arsenal told Guns.com. “We’re just now starting to get out to shows. It’s different here but fun.”
Organizations like Kids S.A.F..E. Foundation were also on hand to offer the littles gun buddies an opportunity to shoot BB guns and learn about proper gun handling. Derek LeBlanc founder of the nonprofit told Guns.com that shows like TriggrCon allows organizations like his the opportunity to spread the word about gun safety to gun owners and their families.
“This does a lot of things for us. It’s a lot of networking for us. We’re a small nonprofit and we don’t get a lot of support. Here, we’re bringing awareness to our cause and obviously helping represent the 2A community in a positive way,” LeBlanc told Guns.com.
Following the first official day of TriggrCon, a VIP event was held to raise funds for the Special Operations Care Fund. With tickets retailing for $100 apiece, the sold-out VIP bash was held in neighboring Kirkland, Washington on the Hiyu ferry boat. Cruising around Lake Washington, VIP partygoers were treated to leis, sunglasses, food and an auction all to benefit SOC-F and its mission to support SOF families. Awards were also handed out to celebrate the latest and greatest innovations seen on the TriggrCon floor.
An annual event, TriggrCon grows each year with expectations to continue providing a summer look at new products and companies.
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FN America upgraded the 509 design, taking it to optical heights with the addition of a new optics ready model, dubbed the FN 509 Midsize MRD.
Keeping to the classic FN 509 Midsize style, the new 9mm pistol measures 7.4-inches in length with a 4-inch barrel. Tipping scales at 26.5-ounces, the FN 509 Midsize brings a nice weight, perfect for concealed carry without weighing gun owners down.
The pistol sports the usual FN features like a stippled grip area and accessory rail for laser/light combos. The FN 509 Midsize also kicks its design up with a magazine release that is both ambidextrous and protrudes from the frame making reloads efficient and easy.
The FN 509 Midsize’s greatest achievement, however, is in the new optics ready design. Shipping with the FN Low Profile Optics Mounting System, the FN 509 Midsize MRD gives users the ability to pair the pistol with more than 10 different miniature red dot optics. The system ships with an assortment of plates to allow optics to mount easily and effortlessly to the concealed carry pistol.
Guns.com had the opportunity to take a quick look at the new pistol, pairing it with a Trijicon RMR Type 2 red dot. Installation was a breeze with all necessary tools provided by FN alongside a handy instruction manual walking users through the process. The Trijicon RMR went on smoothly, with no issues, and zeroed flawlessly. The optics cut on the FN 509 Midsize also allowed for co-witness with the all back iron sights — perfect for if the RMR batteries die and you still need to get up on target.
The FN 509 Midsize MRD brings a flatter faced trigger, for a more controlled trigger press. Topping off the features, the pistol also introduces improved texturing on the interchangeable backstraps for better control while shooting.
The gun ships with two 15-round mags in a fabric case, nestled inside a cardboard box. Again, all tools from plates, to screws are provided making the mounting of optics quick and easy.
The new FN 509 Midsize is available with an MSRP of $799. Stay tuned to Guns.com as we’ll be offering a more in-depth look and review into the FN 509 Midsize in the coming weeks.
There are lots of reasons why a used rifle could be just the thing to scratch a gun-buying itch, provided you avoid some common pitfalls.Identify your needs
Reasons for rifle shopping can range from collecting to hunting and sports shooting to personal protection. Some can check several boxes, for instance with a Ruger 10/22 rimfire doubling as a small game getter and weekend plinker. Or a modern sporting rifle like the Smith & Wesson M&P15 being used in both predator control and 3-Gun Shooting. Likewise, a vintage Winchester Model 94 cowboy gun or military classic bolt-action can be both an investment and, with care, still clock in for hunts or the occasional target practice when needed. With an idea about what boxes you want to check, proceed to…Research your decision
Once you have identified a family or type of rifle you are shopping for, spend a while doing the legwork — or these days, the point-and-click work — to find out more information. Identify specifics about the firearm such as length, weight, and caliber to make sure to find the best fit for your needs. For instance, if looking for a varmint gun you plan on hiking up (and down) a mountain ridge with, and are conscious about every ounce, you may want to look into something like the Howa 1500 KUIU, which tips the scales at just 6.5-pounds.
However, if your planned use involves resting up and reaching out to some serious distance — a scenario where weight is not such a pressing matter but a heavy bull barrel is — look to something more akin to the 9.5-pound Browning X-Bolt Max Varmint Target. While both are bolt-action hunting rifles, they are very different in scope.
In this same vein, be sure to explore in-depth reviews of various models to get a vicarious “feel” for how the gun functions.It’s all about the condition
While a new rifle fresh from the factory should be relatively flawless, many used rifles will have a condition that will vary considerably from “like new” to unsafe to fire. When coming across potential good buys “in the wild,” here are some great pointers on how to inspect wear and tear on a rifle:
On the upside of this, many gun owners will pick up a new firearm, often without doing the proper research, and discover it doesn’t suit their needs or for one reason or another. As a result, they very rarely if ever used it. These types of guns, often still in outstanding material condition, are an ideal choice for a good used rifle.
“Think about all the guns that you’ve owned that maybe you’ve only had the opportunity to go hunt with at one time or you bought it and you stuck it in the corner to the gun safe and never touched it again,”explained Mark Sims, Guns.com’s senior buyer. “And then those guns come back around, and you decide, ‘You know what? I’m interested in something else,’ or, ‘I didn’t enjoy that gun quite as much as I expected I would.’ And then you sell those guns. Well, we are buying those guns every day, all day.”Look for a guarantee
One thing that sets Guns.com apart from the pack when it comes to used rifles is their Certified Used Guns program, which is often more affordable by as much as 20 to 30 percent than the same gun brand new. At the same time, they’re in great condition and backed up by an inspection done by professionals– as well as a no questions asked return policy.
“Just see what’s available, compare it to what you’ve been looking at on the new gun side, and then make your own informed decision,” said Sims.
In the end, while that new rifle smell may be tempting, don’t walk away from a good deal on a great used gun if you can get it. The money you save can always be dropped on ammo!
TriggrCon offers a first look into some new and improved designs with Grey Ghost Precision using the venue to debut its new set of slides for the Sig Sauer P320. The slides share the same design qualities as GGP’s Glock aftermarket goodies, but now boast support for the Sig Sauer P320. The P320 slides are machined from 416 stainless steel and are available in Black and Grey Diamond Like Coating, or DLC, as well as Flat Dark Earth Cerakote.
The slides add a bit more flair to the Sig Sauer P320 platform, introducing an optics ready design that works alongside Leupold DPP, Trijicon RMR and Sig Romeo1 red dots. Screws and plates are included with the slide. For users who opt for traditional iron sights, the slide does include a G10 Cover Plate.
Version 1 of the GGP 320 slides feature tapered serrations and is compatible with Sig P320 Full-Size, Compact and Carry grip modules. The Full-Size version tips the scales at 8.8-ounces while the compact weighs in at 7.6-ounces.
With the prevalence of the Sig Sauer P320, thanks in part to the military’s decision to adopt it as the U.S. Army’s new sidearm, GGP said it was time for Sig Sauer users to enjoy some Grey Ghost Precision fun.
The slides are due out in August with prices set at $430 for the Full-Size version and $419 for the Compact.
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Democrats on both sides of the country on Tuesday greenlit laws that require gun owners to lock up their firearms at home under threat of fines and jail time.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D, signed what his office described as “some of the strongest safe storage measures in the nation” by approving S.6360 this week. The measure, which had tanked in numerous prior legislative sessions while Republicans held sway in the state Senate, requires that guns stored in a household with those under 16 — even if the youth is only visiting — be stored securely.
Gun owners who fail to meet the requirements face a $1,000 fine and up to a year in prison followed by three years of probation.
Meanwhile, on the West Coast, the San Diego City Council gave final approval this week to a measure backed by anti-gun groups of all stripes that could hand firearm owners found in violation of the storage ordinance as much as six months behind bars and fines topping $1,000.
Introduced in June by City Attorney Mara Elliott, the proposal requires people who keep firearms in their home to store them in locked containers or disable them with a trigger lock.
Michael Schwartz, director for San Diego County Gun Owners, told Guns.com the new city ordinance is not only unenforceable and unconstitutional, but it invades someone’s privacy and choice in their own home.
“There’s nothing common sense about this unconstitutional law,” he said. “This law forces San Diego residents to have their firearms inoperable unless actually being touched by their owner. It requires gun owners to store guns at home in a locked container or disable them with a trigger lock when not in use. Whether or not there are kids present in the home, this law limits how someone can store their firearm and, as a result, makes them less safe because it removes choices on how they can defend their life and the lives of their loved ones.”
The veto-proof proposed ordinance will become law in San Diego 30 days after Mayor Kevin Faulconer signs it. In New York, the new requirements go into effect Sept. 28.
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During TriggrCon last week, Gearhead Works released the Gearhead Works One Pistol chambered in 300 Blackout. The bolt-action pistol is built on a blank Remington 700 receivers, then kitted out to offer a cool and customized look. The company said the receiver is fitted with a Gearhead Works patented ATF approved Tailhook Pistol Brace to offer a suppressor-ready firearm that can easily slip into a backpack.
The One Pistol measures 19.25-inches folded and weighs just over five pounds. The base model comes cerakoted in a single color though customers have the option to upgrade to nearly any configuration or color for a truly custom experience. The pistol starts at $1,500.
In addition to the One Pistol, the company also released its newest folding stock, the MP5K Folder. Made with the same materials as H&K, the folder was designed to work alongside Gearworks Mod 1 Tailhook Pistol Brace. The Mod 1 retails for $119.
Rounding out the latest gear, Gearhead Works unveiled their new pistol grip for the CZ Scorpion. The pistol grip boasts elevated features like a loop for 550 cord, storage compartment in the base and a more ergonomic design for better trigger control. No word yet on price.
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The new Stevens 555E brings together the best of two worlds. First, it’s chambered in 16 gauge, an intermediate shell sometimes called a “gentleman’s gauge.” Second, it’s the newest edition to the budget friendly line of field guns from “Stevens by Savage.” Together, these attributes make the Stevens 555E a highly underrated over/under design for busting clays and upland game hunting.
Within the Stevens line, Savage Arms offers three over/under models: the 555, the 555 Compact, and the 555E. While the Stevens 555E has a higher listing price than the other two, it’s the more feature-rich design. The Stevens 555E features auto ejectors, an imperial walnut stock, laser-engraved filigree ornament, a tang safety, single-selective mechanical triggers, a lightweight aluminum receiver reinforced with steel, and the gun ships with a dandy hard case and five interchangeable choke tubes.
On the field, the 555E is a fast handling gun — no doubt aided by its light weight. At 6.45 pounds, the 555E is light enough to carry afield all day, quick to mount, and builds confidence with its accuracy on target. However, the reduced weight also means there’s some recoil, but even with heavier game loads, things are not bad at all. The gun shoulders like one of much higher price and demolished clay targets at all degrees of range and speed with ease.
While the fit and finish is no $5,000 double, that was never the intent. Further, the overall aesthetics on the 555E is considerably better than other budget-conscious Turkish-built O/U’s. The looks overall tend much more to the classy than the gaudy, a misstep on many such doubles.
I fired a healthy mix of factory ammunition, which also points to the rising interest in 16-gauge chamberings. The selection included Aguila Standard Velocity #7 and #8; Aguila High Velocity #7.5 and #8; Federal Game Load #7.5; Federal Premium Wing Shok Upland #6; and Federal Speed Shok Steel Waterfowl #4. The gun produced consistent, even patterns with all the ammunition and factory chokes tested. With the variety of loads, it proved a more than capable gun for anything from relaxed target shooting to hardcore waterfowling.
While I’m not nearly as snobby about triggers on shotguns then I am rifles, it is worth noting that the single mechanical trigger on our test 555E is a step above what is usually accepted on such O/U’s.
The Stevens by Savage makes a fine upland hunting gun and doubles as a classy clays companion as well. To get such a gun at a reasonable price point makes it that much more appealing. While there may be other slightly less costly foreign-manufacture doubles, be sure to study both the strength and design of the action as well as the warranty and backing of the company. In this case, I’m quite confident in the track record of Savage Arms. After almost 500 rounds through the 555E, the gun is just as tight and capable as it was coming out of the box.
Dating from when Black & White TV westerns were prime time fodder, the Colt Stagecoach rifle blended modern production with cowboy styling. In 1965, Colt was busy cranking out 600-series AR-15s and M16s for both the commercial and military market while keeping their classic M1911 and wheel gun lines alive as well.
However, for the nuclear family switching on their television sets at night, the airwaves were crowded with now-iconic shows such as Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Rawhide, and The Big Valley. These shows sparked a strong desire for all-things Wild West in both the young and the young at heart. Moving to take advantage of this, Colt introduced the Stagecoach.
A semi-automatic rimfire .22LR with a painted aluminum receiver and walnut furniture, the Colt Stagecoach and the very similar Colt Colteer both debuted in 1965. While the Colteer had a longer 19.5-inch barrel and plain receiver, the Stagecoach was a more carbine-length plinker with a 16.5-inch barrel and 13-round under-barrel magazine tube. Pitched to cowboy-hat wearing youth of the era, the Stagecoach got its name from the engraved and gold-color-filled holdup scene on both sides of the receiver.
Other “Western” features included a saddle ring with a leather thong at the left (port) rear of the receiver and barrel band around the front forearm, the latter reminiscent of that seen on a lever gun. A hooded front sight and adjustable rear came standard.
The Colt Stagecoach currently in the Guns.com Vault of Certified Used Guns was built in 1973, according to Colt’s information. By that time, Gunsmoke was the only Western primetime television series still top-rated, with the others replaced by comedies such as M*A*S*H and Sandford & Son, and it would end its 480-episode run in 1975.
As for our rifle, only produced until about the mid-1970s, both the Colteer and Stagecoach fell out of favor with the culture shift. By the Disco-era, the line had closed on the series.
Today, these guns can still hold their own as plinkers but are hard to find in good condition due to the fact their painted receivers have often flaked and lost their color over decades of use. Likewise, it is hard to find one that still has the leather thong, saddle ring, sight hood, and barrel band intact.
Still, for fans of the thriving cattle range wars of the 1860s and 70s, or those looking to relive those 1960s and 70s TV dinners, the Stagecoach is a neat, if almost forgotten, a relic from those days.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new law Monday that would extend the waiting period for National Instant Criminal Background Check System delays on gun transfers from three days to 30.
Under current federal guidelines, Brady instant checks run through the FBI’s NICS system are returned in three categories: proceed, denied and delayed. Licensed firearm dealers can elect to proceed with an inconclusive delayed transfer after three days. Now, under A.2690 signed by Cuomo this week, unresolved delays must linger for a month before a gun can be transferred.
The measure passed the Democrat-controlled state legislature with largely partisan support on the encouragement of state and national gun control groups. Similar bills to eliminate the three-day “default-proceed” allowance tanked in the past two sessions when Republicans held a majority in the state Senate.
“I am proud to have written some of America’s toughest gun safety laws and to be part of a new New York Senate, which prioritizes the safety of our families and schools,” said Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris, D-Queens, who supported the bill. “I’m glad the Governor enacted this important measure.”
According to research from federal watchdogs, most NICS checks quickly result in either a proceed or denial with between 8 and 11 percent receiving a delay response, which can stay open for up to 88 days.
FBI data also shows that about 90 percent of denials over past felony convictions and 94 percent of the domestic violence protection order denials from 2006 through 2015 were identified within three business days. At the same time, nearly a fifth of denials during the same period were overturned on appeal, often due to mistaken identity or faulty court records.
Second Amendment groups opposed the New York expansion with the National Rifle Association saying during its legislative process that, “This bill will have disastrous and potentially deadly consequences for some, including women who want to purchase a firearm to protect themselves against domestic abusers.”
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Georgia-based Daniel Defense continues to grow their DD5 series AR line with new rifles chambered in .260 Rem, 6.5 Creedmoor, and .308 Win. Designed for increased accuracy and reliability, the DD5 series features a cold hammer-forged chrome-line barrel with a two-position gas block that is adjustable for shooting with or without a suppressor.
The new guns also come standard with upgraded ambidextrous controls — bolt catch, magazine release, safety selector — as well as improved furniture and a redesigned charging handle with anti-gas features. All utilize an M-LOK free-floating rail system and accepts SR-25 magazines. For reliability, they feature a super finished and DLC-coated bolt carrier group with a buffer.
The five new rifles added to the series include a DD5V3 with a 16-inch barrel in .308, the DD5V4 with an 18-inch barrel in 6.5CM and .308, and the 20-inch barreled DD5V5 in 6.5CM and .260.
MSRP across the line is $2,499.
Nighthawk Custom debuted a brand new 1911 style pistol at TriggrCon held in Bellevue, Washington last week. The Counselor, touted as a concealed carry pistol, comes chambered in 9mm with a 3.5-inch barrel.
Measuring 5.12-inches in height, the Counselor features an overall length of 7.01-inches. The Counselor doesn’t come with a light rail, but the company has packed it with other features to appease concealed carriers.
The pistol has been outfitted with thin G10 Scales Grips to reduce its size, bringing it to a smaller size for concealed carry. The gun maker says the grips are the thinnest available to 1911 consumers. The grip area also comes sporting a grip safety under the beavertail. This grip safety brings an added layer of protection to those that prefer an external safety of sorts.
Boasting an 8+1 capacity, the Counselor offers an aluminum frame with new slide serrations the company calls “positive serrations.” Nighthawk Custom explained to Guns.com at Triggrcon that “positive” serrations introduce protrusions from the slide that offer a more unique look and feel while granting users more purchase for press-checks.
In addition to the new serrations, Nighthawk Custom bestows a Flush-Fit Magwell onto the design. The Flush-Fit Magwell allows the Counselor to measure the same length as an officer frame, but with a magwell. The Counselor’s design is finished with an ultra-high undercut triggerguard allowing a multitude of hands to fit the frame.
The Counselor from Nighthawk Custom is available now with a hefty MSRP of $3,799.
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Finding a quality over/under double-barreled shotgun can be tricky business. Is buying cheap the best way to go if you don’t know what you want? Or should you pony up cash to buy top-of-the-line so you have a gun that lasts? Guns.com, with a little help from the used gun vault, shows off a variety of new and used doubles that span price ranges from budget-friendly to collector-quality. Each of them has the features, build, and looks that an uplander hunter will love at prices that just might be a pleasant surprise.Ruger Red Label
Though the Ruger Red Label O/U’s have risen in and out of favor — and production — over the years, fans of the American-made double have never faltered. Though again out of manufacture after a brief re-run in the aughts, demand for Red Labels remains. Initially, William Ruger saw a need for an O/U that would be priced more affordably than the Browning Superposed and Citori family of doubles. His design has been the only Ruger shotgun, and whether for birding or clays, the Red Label remains a solid option–when shooters can find them on the used market, that is.
Just so happens, uplanders are in luck. Our T&E Ruger Red Label comes from the Guns.com Vault, and this particular specimen is a rare bird indeed. Chambered not for the more common 12-or 20-, but rather, 28-gauge on a true small frame. Further, this is not the blued receiver but the stainless version. Our test Red Label wears 26-inch barrels fitted with interchangeable chokes and a straight English-style stock rather than the more common semi-pistol grip.
Speaking of wood, the walnut stocks wear classy checkering and some fine figure to boot. The gun weighs in just a hair under six pounds, svelte and attractive as well as a true deadly pleasure in the field. Used price at the Vault is $2,166. If a more potent 12-gauge is a better suitor, check the Vault for those as well.
The single selective trigger and tang-safety-selector are nice, though the automatically-engaging safety takes some practice for those not accustomed to it. We blasted clays with the 28-gauge and it hung right in there with the bigger gauges, hitting true to point of aim and patterning well.
The Charles Daly name has found its way onto so many shotguns over the years, its difficult to know what shooters are getting from the used racks. But in the way of older O/U shotguns, plenty of well-made upland bird and clay guns exist under the brand. One such trustworthy model that was never fully appreciated in its time but is quite coveted today is the BC Miroku built Charles Daly O/U shotgun. Quality on the Italian and Turkish made versions varied widely from fine to floppy. Astute gunners, however, will recognize the Miroku name from the side of Browning Citori shotguns, which come at a much, much higher price point.
The Guns.com Vault has multiple used Daly options at the moment, with several Miroku’s among them, priced in the $630-$840 in different variants. Our T&E gun comes from the Vault and is a 12-gauge with 30-inch vent rib barrels and fixed Full/Full chokes. This double wears a gold-plated single trigger with the tang safety and selector. The gun is tight, comes up and swings like a dream, and would be great for either clays or upland birds.
One of the most revered over-under shotguns in the American upland birding fields and clays courses is some variant of the Browning Superposed or its Citori successor. Original round-knob Superposed doubles were made in Belgium with great attention to detail, and their quality today comes at a premium price and collectability. Our 12-gauge with 28-inch barrels is a nicely engraved Pigeon grade that has been well-loved over the years and is more a hunter than a safe-queen.
The Browning timeline progressed from Belgian-made Superposed to the similar, albeit feature-upgraded Citori line of O/U’s with interchangeable chokes and many more options.
Many of the later manufacture Citori doubles came out of the Japanese Miroku plant, a name recognizable on the Charles Daly above. While the original Superposed pieces are as collectible now as they are good shooters, the newer manufacture Citori’s are available with many specialty variants from sporting clays to skeet to all types of hunting editions. As far as our test goes, both the Superposed and Citori represent the top of the cost market, but quality is also concurrent with price, generally running $1,500 – $2,700 on both used and new forums.
There has always been a market for affordable O/U shotguns, but Savage has not been a legit player in that game until fairly recently. The Stevens by Savage Model 555 doubles first came out in 12- and 20 gauge, followed quickly by 28 and 410 as well. But now, life is complete, for the company has begun shipping the new 555 and 555E in 16-gauge, one of the most underrated upland and clay guns yet.
The 16-gauge 555’s wear 28-inch chrome lined, carbon steel barrels. Many folks, myself included, appreciate having interchangeable chokes for different types of hunting, and the 555 ships with five tubes in a small hard case. There’s a single selective mechanical trigger as well as an easily operable tang safety. Length of pull is a standard 14.5-inches. The vent rib barrels are finished with a simple brass bead.
The lightweight aluminum 555 receivers are not only reinforced with steel, but also built to scale, meaning the company is not merely swapping barrels and gauges on a single bulky frame. Sub-gauges get their own appropriately scaled-down receivers. The guns are Turkish-made by KOFS, and while many are quick to scoff, Turkey is putting out some lasting guns these days. While quality can vary widely, a company like Savage maintains control, and the differences are obvious over some of the cheaper Turk doubles from other companies with overseas factories.
Shooters can choose between the blued Model 555 with manual extractors or the upgraded 555E with its silver receiver, engraving, upgraded wood, and dual ejectors. MSRP runs $705- $879, with real world prices considerably lower.A Fine Collection of Over/Unders
These fine guns are proof that O/U’s of all price points make ready companions for shooting birds of either live or clay variety. Whether you spend $600 or $2,600, the expectation should never change for a gun that patterns well, has features and options for hunters, and looks the part as well. Of the guns on our list, three of the four wear silver receivers, though all have blued options. Most wear lovely engraving and all have barrel selectors, tang safeties, and vent rib barrels. That goes to show that even more cost-effective guns needn’t sacrifice looks or performance. Buying either the cheapest or the most expensive is seldom the wisest option, and with guns like these, it needn’t be. Regardless of choice of O/U, the most important thing is finding an gun that fits well and get you out in the field.
A bill designed to promote hunting safety by allowing school districts to offer students a course on the subject was signed into law last week.
The proposal, HB 3462, was inked by Gov. J.B. Pritzker without comment on Friday along with a host of other bills. The new law gives school districts the option to include hunting safety classes in their curriculum.
“Students who are exposed to lessons in hunting safety have a greater chance of respecting firearms and using them properly for the rest of their lives,” said state Sen. Jason Plummer, R-Edwardsville, a sponsor of the bill. “As the law is shifting to emphasize the importance of safe handing—adopting legislation like this could make for an accessible path for students to learn these methods in-depth, early on in their lives.”
Current state law requires hunters in the Land of Lincoln born after 1979 to have a valid hunter education certificate before they can be issued a hunting license. The most common course is a 10-hour event that can be partially completed online. Under the new law, which became effective immediately, schools can elect to make such courses part of the curriculum during regular school days or as part of an after-school program.
The bill was introduced in February by state Rep. Monica Bristow, a downstate Democrat who worked for the Olin Corporation for over two decades before taking office. “With hunting and other outdoor activities at the cornerstone of our local traditions, teaching students how to safely hunt and use a firearm is commonsense,” said Bristow.
The measure had the support of the Illinois Farm Bureau and passed the legislature unanimously. The State Board of Education can make resources regarding hunting safety available to local school boards under the act.
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Beretta showed off several new APX series of chassis-based modular handguns this month, all of which are headed to the consumer market. The growing line of striker-fired polymer-framed handguns, available in 9x19mm and .40 S&W, were unveiled at Beretta’s Pistol Summit in Virginia last week and Guns.com was there to get the details.
The all-new APX Target, a long-slide competition-oriented handgun, sports a 4.7-inch pre-tensioned barrel, compared to the standard model’s 4.25-inch barrel. Erik Stern, Product Manager at Beretta’s Pro Shop, told Guns.com that in their in-house testing such a barrel yielded a 20 to 30 percent accuracy improvement. The APX Target also features an improved fire control module with a lighter trigger as well as factory extended magazine release and extended slide stop. The frame is what Beretta calls a “Wolf Gray” and is sans finger grooves with a black backstrap.
Red dot ready, the Target ships with factory fiber optic sights. The accurized APX interfaces with just about every red dot and includes adapters for RMR, Cmore, Deltapoint Pro, and the Burris Fast Fire while Aimpoint Acro plates are coming. With a late-August availability. the Target ships with four 17-round mags while 21-rounders are offered. MSRP is $875.
“It’s the most accurate APX we’ve ever built,” said Stern.
Another APX line extension is the Centurion-length RDO with a 3.7-inch barrel and the same optic-capability as the Target and existing RDO models. When the red dot is not mounted, the sleek APX profile can be maintained with an included blank plate to provide a smooth surface on the slide top. MSRP is $725 and it ships with two 15-round magazines.
The APX Centurion Combat is essentially the Centurion APX RDO with a factory standard 1/2×28 TPI threaded barrel. It is also a new catalog item.
Also announced are the APX Centurion (5.19-inches high) and APX Compact (4.5-inches high) in an FDE finish with 15- and 13-round mags, respectively. Beretta introduced a factory FDE option to their Full-Sized APX models earlier this year, which proved to be a hit.
Beretta introduced their single-stack APX Carry in April. It ships with two magazines– one extended eight-round and one six-round with a pinky extension — plus one flush baseplate. Due to its size, it lacks an accessory rail, but its overall length is just 5.63-inches. Weight is 20-ounces, unloaded. As far as 9x19mm handguns go, it is one of the smallest on the market.
Except for the APX Target, which is still a month or so away from a ship date, the rest of the new APX models are in stock at Beretta and on their way to dealers and distributors.
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