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[NERD] and STI team up to offer Pistol Coffin 3 Gun Holster

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 00:30

A pair of STI pistols in the [NERD] Pistol Coffin 3 Gun Holster. (Photo: Next Evolution Research and Design)

Next Evolution Research and Design partnered with STI to develop the Pistol Coffin 3 Gun Holster developed for 3-Gun competitors.

The holster strives to maintain competitors’ safety while still allowing for a consistent, fast and repeatable draw stroke. Constructed out of Kydex custom molded in Georgia, the rig includes an Invictus Practical Holster Hanger that is approximately six inches long and two inches wide and is constructed out of hard-anodized aluminum with 18-8 stainless hardware. The set also includes a BladeTech Tek-Loc belt attachment device.

The [NERD] Pistol Coffin boasts a special hood that keeps the rear sight protected during competition. The Trigger Guard Retention snaps into place around the trigger guard of the handgun to ensure security of the gun during movement.

The [NERD] Pistol Coffin 3 Gun Holster fits all 2011 pistols up to 5-inches with or without a tac rail in addition to STI’s DVC 3-GUN and features a MSRP starting at $159.99.

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Feds propose to expand hunting, fishing in 10 National Wildlife Refuges

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 00:00

North Dakota’s Souris River Basin National Wildlife Refuge is one of 10 that could see expanded hunting and sport fishing opportunities. (Photo: USFWS)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week proposed to expand hunting and fishing at national wildlife refuges in eight states.

Among the changes would be to open two refuges in North Dakota, the 19,500-acre Des Lacs NWR, and 32,000-acre Souris River Basin NWR, to moose hunters for the first time as well as increasing hunting opportunities at refuges in Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke made the announcement Friday, remarking he was lucky to grow up hunting and fishing and pass the sport to his children.

“As the steward of our public lands, one of my top priorities is to open up access wherever possible for hunting and fishing so that more families have the opportunity to pass down the heritage,” Zinke said. “The last thing I want to see is hunting and fishing become elite sports. These ten refuges will provide incredible opportunities for sportsmen and anglers across the country to access the land and connect with the wildlife.”

Besides the North Dakota openings, the Savannah River NWR — which straddles Georgia and South Carolina — would see migratory game bird hunting, upland game, and big game hunting expanded as would Minnesota’s Minnesota Valley refuge, and Indiana’s Patoka River NWR. Similar game expansions would take place at both the Horicon and Fox River refuges in Wisconsin.

In Oklahoma’s Sequoyah NWR, upland game and big game hunting would be expanded. The Baskett Slough NWR in Oregon would expand their current migratory game bird hunting program while Siletz Bay would open to sport fishing for the first time.

According to USFWS surveys and data, some 90 million Americans, or 41 percent of the United States’ population age 16 and older, pursued wildlife-related recreation to the tune of some $144 billion in 2011, and the numbers are rising.

Founded in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, there are some 560 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System – a network of lands set aside and managed by USFWS specifically for wildlife. Hunting, within guidelines, is currently permitted on 363 of those areas.

USFWS will accept public comments through Sept. 8 on the proposal.

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Radians adds premium electronic earmuff to R-Series lineup

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 23:30

The  Bluetooth equipped R3700 is the latest to earmuff to hit the R-Series lineup. (Photo: Radians)

Radians adds to its shooting safety gear lineup, introducing the Bluetooth equipped quad mic R3700  electronic earmuff to the R-Series.

The premium earmuff amplifies low level sounds, allowing hunters and shooters to gauge surroundings in the field or hear safety officers and instructions on the range. Advanced circuitry in the R-Series compresses impulse noises, such as muzzle discharge, that exceed safe hearing levels.

Bluetooth connectivity works alongside most smart devices, giving shooters the ability to stream music or podcasts while they hunt or shoot. Four microphones, front and back on each cup, monitor sound and offer “superior sound location.” The headband is padded and adjustable, designed to give users a secure yet comfortable fit.

“The R3700 was designed first to provide comfortable and safe hearing protection for hunters and shooters. Integration of Bluetooth pairing capability and of improved sound enhancement technology makes the earmuffs more functional and enjoyable,” said Wes Miller, director of sporting goods, in a press release.

The R3700 includes an LED on indicator light to help preserve battery life. The LED displays green when the earmuffs are on and blue when they are paired with Bluetooth. The earmuffs work on two AAA batteries.

The new muffs are available at sporting goods outlets and e-commerce sites with  MSRP of $129.

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Cops find 3 California kids with a firearm at 4 a.m.

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 15:30

The Richmond Police Department in California praised one of their officers for his “awareness and investigative skills” that led to the discovery last week of three teens in a stolen truck with a loaded rifle.

The officer was out on a patrol around 4 a.m. when he noticed a parked truck with its lights on and occupied by what appeared to be three juveniles, who were “up to no good.” The officer made contact with the trio, who ranged in age from 13 to 15 years old and could not explain why they had the truck or what they were doing at the time.

The officer continued to talk with the teens and soon learned the truck belonged to the 15 year old’s grandfather and had been taken without permission. The officer also discovered the 13 year old, who had an arrest warrant for removing an ankle monitor, was in possession of a loaded rifle.

All three teens were taken into police custody. The 13 year old was arrested for a firearms violation, in addition to his previous warrant. The 15 year old and the third teen were released separately into their parent’s custody and the truck was returned.

[ Richmond Police Department ]

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License plate reader aids in recovery of stolen firearms

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 15:00

The license plate reader alerted authorities to a stolen vehicle, but inside that vehicle they also found stolen guns. (Photo: Pittsburg Police Department)

Authorities recovered more than half a dozen stolen firearms from a vehicle in Pittsburg, California, early Friday morning following an alert from a license plate reader.

According to the Pittsburg Police Department, the incident unfolded around 3:30 a.m. and came to an end after a vehicle pursuit and foot chase.

Authorities say the vehicle driven by the suspect, whose name was not released, had been stolen, prompting the license plate reader alert. Officers then monitored the freeway until they located the vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop.

Instead of stopping, however, the suspect tried to elude authorities by driving away but eventually stopped the vehicle on the freeway’s on-ramp. The suspect then got out of the vehicle and fled on foot before he was apprehended with the help of a K-9 unit.

A subsequent search of the stolen vehicle turned up six long guns and three revolvers, along with hundred of rounds of ammunition and other valuables, all of which were previously reported stolen during a burglary in a nearby city.

According to the East Bay Times, the cameras were installed on the freeway in Pittsburg and other areas of Contra Costa County following a rash of shootings, some of which may have been the result of turf wars between rival gangs. The county saw some 87 freeway shootings in 18 months, which left eight people dead and 39 injured.

Contra Costa County Senior Deputy District Attorney Mary Knox noted that part of the problem in solving the crimes was the fact that the California Highway Patrol would respond to reports of vehicle accidents but it wasn’t until after they arrived on the scene that authorities would realize the crashes were actually caused by gunfire.

Knox said, prior to the installation of the crime-fighting technology, they were losing a great deal of investigative lead time. However, reports indicate that freeway shootings in the county have declined.

“(Freeway shootings) have been down, and I think, in part, because the criminals have become aware that we’re very focused on that,” said Contra Costa District Attorney Mark Peterson.

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Wal-Mart says ‘back to school’ gun display was a prank

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 14:30

Wal-Mart confirmed Saturday the back-to-school gun display that sparked outrage across the country last week was a prank.

Wal-Mart spokesman Charles Crowson told USA TODAY the company is positive that the sign “Own the school year like a hero” shown above a display case of firearms was an unfortunate stunt, but he did not go into further detail.

The company started an investigation into the matter Wednesday when a photo of the display surfaced on social media and people lashed out at the company. While conducting the investigation, spokespeople issued several apologies, calling the “terrible,” “definitely NOT okay” and a “regrettable situation.”

Crowson said the investigation concluded Friday evening and that several people had worked to get to the bottom of the incident. However, he did not clarify whether someone had doctored a photo or tampered with an actual display in one of the company’s many stores.

“I really don’t think any retailer is immune from things like this popping up through social media,” he said. “When we’re faced with it, we do take the claim seriously.”

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Citizen complaints lead cops to coke, pot, and guns

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 14:15

A man is facing multiple charges after authorities found drugs and guns in his North Charleston, South Carolina, apartment Thursday.

Corey Jenkins, 33, was charged with possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of cocaine, and possession of marijuana.

Authorities say they went to Jenkins’ apartment following complaints about illegal drug sales. Officers knocked on the door and Jenkins answered, but as soon as he saw it was the police, he quickly tried to slam the door shut.

Officers said they could detect a strong scent of marijuana coming from the apartment, while a second suspect could be seen inside the apartment. The second suspect jumped up from a couch and attempted to run to a back bedroom, but dropped a handgun in the process.

A search of the apartment turned up a loaded .40-caliber Glock 22, which was previously reported stolen, as well as a .45 LC/410 Taurus Judge and a .223-caliber Ruger Mini 14. Police also seized magazines, holsters, and a box of ammunition, in addition to 3.3 grams of packaged marijuana, four joints, .6 grams of packaged cocaine, digital scales, and sandwich bags.

[ Live 5 ]

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Dispatches from gun country: ‘I refuse to be defenseless!’

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 14:00

Marty ‘Lefthand’ Holder, president at Talking Lead LLC, photographed in Locust Grove, Georgia sporting his Troy Industries M7A1 PDW with an X-Products X15 50-round magazine. (Photo: Ben Philippi)

Marty ‘Lefthand’ Holder has been hosting the show Talking Lead along with his good friend Zeke Stout since 2012. Together, they’ve been talking guns, interviewing some of the biggest names in the firearms industry and having fun with their fellow ‘Leadheads’.

Nature endows every human being, (notice that I don’t say only Americans) without any regard to age, gender or race – certain inalienable rights. One of those inalienable rights is self-protection. These inalienable rights cannot be interfered with by any other human being or government.

In other words, we don’t need a written piece of paper in order to defend ourselves. However, our founding fathers were wise enough to know that when forming this new government, good ideas and intentions can often get misguided. As no government can be trusted with our inalienable rights, they ‘enshrined’ them in the Bill of Rights.

Our right to keep and bear arms is the most crucial of our rights. If you take away our ability to defend ourselves, we are rendered defenseless. Defenseless creatures can be controlled against their will.

I refuse to be defenseless!

And lets not underestimate ‘knowledge’ as being one of the most effective ‘arms’ in our self-defense. So get out there and educate yourself on the safe use of your firearms. More importantly, educate yourself on your own individual rights.

As GI Joe says, ‘Knowing is half the battle’.

‘Keep your loved one’s close, and your firearms closer!’

Read more perspectives on America’s gun culture in Ben Philippi’s book “We The People.”

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Venezuelan president’s son threatens to ‘take White House’ with guns

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 14:00

Nicolás Maduro Guerra, son of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nicolás Maduro Guerra, the son of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, had some choice words for President Donald Trump Saturday after Trump said he would not rule out a military intervention when dealing with the troubled country.

“If the U.S. soils the homeland, the rifles would come to New York and take the White House,” Maduro Guerra said, seeming to think the White House was located in New York, according to Venezuelan news reports.

Maduro Guerra’s comments came after Trump said on Friday that he would not rule out military options against Venezuela and its embattled leader, who has been accused of human rights abuses in his violent crackdown on anti-government protests, Politico reported.

After a meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, Trump spoke to reporters from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, and promised that he had “many options” for Venezuela, “including a possible military operation, if necessary.”

The White House also condemned the Venezuelan president in an official statement Friday, saying Maduro had “chosen the path of dictatorship” instead of a free democracy.

“Since the start of this Administration, President Trump has asked that Maduro respect Venezuela’s constitution, hold free and fair elections, release political prisoners, cease all human rights violations, and stop oppressing Venezuela’s great people,” the statement said. “The Maduro regime has refused to heed this call, which has been echoed around the region and the world.”

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Armed London police to wear head-mounted cameras for ‘greater transparency’

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 13:45

Armed police officer with head-mounted camera. (Photo: MPS)

Firearms officers with the London Metropolitan Police Service will be issued head-mounted cameras meant to provide “greater transparency” in officer-involved shootings.

The Metropolitan Police announced Monday that around 1,000 armed officers working in response units will have the Axon Flex 2 cameras fitted to their baseball caps or ballistic helmets.

“Officers who carry an overt firearm as part of their role very much welcome the use of Body Worn Video,” said MPS Commander Matt Twist. “It provides a documented and accurate account of the threats officers face and the split second decisions they make. The cameras also offer greater transparency for those in front of the camera as well as those behind it.”

London Mayo Sadiq Khan added: “This technology is helping to drive down complaints against officers across London and will make a real difference to those carrying firearms, increasing accountability and helping to gather better evidence for swifter justice.”

More than 17,500 Body Worn Video cameras have already been dolled out to other frontline MPS officers in 30 of the 32 London boroughs, a number that is thought to represent the largest police body camera rollout in the world.

ITV News reported the BWV camera plans were first proposed by former MPS commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe in 2014, after the fatal police shooting of 29-year-old Mark Duggan that sparked riots throughout England.

The move to issue head-mounted cameras comes weeks after it was announced that fatal officer-involved shootings had reach their highest total in more than a decade.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission found that there were six fatalities from police shootings recorded in 2016-2017, the highest number since such statistics began being collected in 2004.

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Armed citizen holds stabbing suspect at gunpoint until police arrive

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 13:45

Bobby Martin Watson, 49, is facing multiple charges after he tried to steal a woman’s purse then stabbed three people. (Photo: Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office)

Authorities credit the actions of two good Samaritans, including one who was legally armed with a gun, in helping to apprehend a suspect who stabbed three people during an attack in the parking lot of a Seminole, Florida, grocery store last week.

No shots were fired during the August 6 altercation, and the injuries sustained by all three stabbing victims were not life-threatening, according to a press release from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Police say the incident occurred around 12:40 p.m. as the first victim, Rosanna Lynn, 44, sat in her vehicle in a Publix parking lot. Lynn said the suspect, Bobby Martin Watson, 49, who was armed with a knife, approached her vehicle, opened the driver’s side door and reached across her body to grab her purse from the passenger’s seat. Lynn fought back but was subsequently stabbed in the abdomen and thigh.

Christopher McMann, 44, was in the parking lot and went to Lynn’s aid after witnessing the attack. As McMann tried to help, Watson stabbed him in the upper back then fled on foot toward a nearby shopping center. But by that point, two other men – Travis Jones, 31, and Donald Rush, 40 – realized what was happening and also intervened.

Jones chased after Watson, while Rush retrieved a handgun from his vehicle, then also pursued Watson. The two men caught up to the suspect, tackled him to the ground and disarmed him, while Rush held him at gunpoint until deputies arrived a short time later.

Watson was placed in custody and charged with armed robbery and three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to reports from the Tampa Bay Times.

Jones later told reporters that he didn’t realize he had also been stabbed during the altercation until after deputies arrived and noticed him covered in blood.

Lynn, McMann, and Jones were all transported to a local hospital to receive medical treatment, but none of their injuries were believed to be life-threatening.

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Boston police officers commended for disarming man with loaded guns

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 13:30

Boston Police officers George Kayes and William Jones were both awarded with a Commissioner’s Commendation for peacefully disarming an agitated man with two loaded guns. (Photo: BPD)

Two Boston police officers were commended last week for peacefully disarming an agitated man who had brought two loaded guns to a community gathering.

According to a Boston Police Department news release, officers George Kayes and William Jones were each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation for their efforts at a ceremony at Boston Police Headquarters last week.

Both officers were present at a community gathering at a housing development in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood when they got a call about a nearby disturbance. They then approached a visibly agitated man, holding two guns and suffering from a bloody nose.

The officers asked the man to talk them in an effort to calm him down. He told them he had been recently assaulted by two individuals in front of his 2-year-old son and was out to seek revenge.

While trying to sympathize with the man, the officers calmly asked him to put down his weapons, saying that nobody needed to get hurt. The 30-year-old man eventually agreed and gave up his guns, which the officers noted were both fully loaded, and was later charged with firearms-related offenses.

“I can’t say enough about the tremendous levels of courage, composure, and restraint shown by my officers in this incident,” said Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans. “When confronted by an armed gunman, they kept their cool and found a way to de-escalate and diffuse an incident that clearly had the potential for deadly consequences.  All I can say is thank God nobody was hurt and, just as importantly, thank God we have some of the brightest and best trained police officers in the country.”

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Senator: ‘long past time’ to bring back ‘assault weapon’ ban

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 13:00

Harris said a ban on assault weapons “is in the best interest of keeping all of us safe.” (Photo: Kamala Harris’ office)

California’s former Attorney General and current junior member of the U.S. Senate went on the record last week in favor of rebooting the federal assault weapon ban.

Sandwiched between tweets addressing climate change, income inequality, net neutrality, a $15 minimum wage and remembering Mike Brown’s death with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris took a break to stump for a return of the old federal ban on guns classified as assault weapons.

“It’s long past time we renew the assault weapons ban in this country. It is in the best interest of keeping all of us safe,” she said.

Although the federal assault weapon ban sunsetted in 2004, at least seven states have passed their own blanket prohibitions while local bans exist in the District of Columbia and parts of Illinois and Indiana. However many contend the original assault weapon ban was ineffective and recent opinion polls found little appetite for a return of such prohibitions.

Harris brings a long history of gun control support to the chamber. As a Democrat, she started her career as the deputy district attorney in Alameda County in 1990 then won election as San Francisco’s district attorney in 2003. While there, she penned a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court against gun rights advocates in the landmark 2008 Heller case contending that the District of Columbia’s defacto gun ban did not violate the Second Amendment.

It was also under her two-term watch as San Francisco’s chief law enforcement officer that the city’s controversial gun lock and ammo ban law was implemented.

Picking up the Democratic nomination for California attorney general in 2010, she narrowly won that office with the endorsement of fellow party members U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

While in that position, she oversaw an expansion of a program to seize firearms from prohibited gun owners, unsuccessfully fought to keep the state’s 10-day waiting period for gun purchases, announced that California’s dormant Microstamping law was in effect, and came out swinging in the Peruta v San Diego case which sought to change the state’s may-issue policies for concealed carry handgun permits.  A hallmark of her administration was introducing new firearms rules on bullet buttons, semi-auto handguns, and assault weapons under “emergency” regulations which could be rushed into effect.

Harris has thus far introduced seven pieces of legislation in the seven months she has been in the Senate, none dealing with firearms.

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Sig Sauer P320 drop test follow up (VIDEO)

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 12:44

Last week, the Sig P320 drop tests Omaha Outdoors conducted reverberated throughout the gun world, so they thought they would try some more. In this followup video, they drop test pistols from Glock, Smith & Wesson, Springfield, Heckler & Koch, and Polymer80.

[ Omaha Outdoors ]

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Lawsuit: NICS checks using terror database unlawful

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 12:00

A federal lawsuit challenging the use of background check data on firearms sales in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s terror database since 2004 argues the practice is illegal.

The lawsuit, now in the U.S. 2nd Circuit, alleges that the government abused its access to information given by potential gun buyers to conduct background checks by comparing it to the terrorist screening database. In sum, that the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center has no legal right to access the personal information on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’ gun transfer forms.

For over a decade, the FBI’s background check system used for gun transfers, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, has been compared against the Known or Appropriately Suspected Terrorists file, a subset of the Terrorist Screening Database, or TSDB.

“Since 2004, as part of its background checks for all potential firearms purchasers, the NICS has searched a file containing a list of known or suspected terrorists that is exported by the Terrorist Screening Center from the TSDB into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center database,” says the reply filed by the Department of Justice last month.

The process, as outlined by the government, is straightforward. On a potential gun sale, a Federal Firearms License holder has the buyer fill out an ATF Form 4473 and begins a background check through NICS. As part of the NICS check, if a potential match is found in the TSDB, instead of a “proceed” being issued, the transaction is delayed up to three days while the FBI counter-terror case agent, if one exists, is placed in contact with the NICS examiner to determine if the transfer can proceed. If, within 72 hours, the NICS finds justification to deny the transfer they will. If not, the transfer is allowed to proceed.

Between 2004 and 2014, the search procedure identified 2230 potential firearms purchasers on the TSDB file with NICS denying 190 of those purchases after discovering prohibiting information.

The fact that NICS records have bumped up against the terror database is not a secret. In May 2010 Assistant FBI Director Daniel Roberts testified before the Senate on the process. Roberts said that in instances where there were no active investigations on a person on the TSDB and NICS alerted them to a watchlisted person attempting to possess a firearm and/or explosives, the “FBI case agent will open one based on the encounter.”

According to FBI statistics, some 208 million federal NICS checks have been performed between 2004 and 2016.  Regardless, the DOJ points out that, by law, any records of searches are destroyed within 24 hours if the firearm purchase is cleared, and within 90 days if the firearm purchase is neither cleared nor denied.

The plaintiffs in the case, several gun rights groups in New York as well as individual advocates, feel the FBI’s has exceeded their statutory authority by linking the two programs, a prospect that has been a political lightning rod for years in the form of controversial “no fly/no buy” legislation.

“The NICS-to-TSDB program is unauthorized and illegal. It’s also unconstitutional,” said attorney Paloma A. Capanna. “Now we have it in writing that it exists and it’s on-going.”

The lawsuit, an appeal of a lower court ruling in April, seeks that the government halts the use of NICS in conjunction with the terror database, saying the action is, “simply a waste of perfectly good civil rights, designed to target and discredit the American gun owner.”

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Just a revolver stuck in a piece of concrete on a Wichita road

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 11:37

What appears to be an old revolver embedded in the concrete of a Wichita road has left residents with a real-life mystery. The revolver was recently discovered on Circle Drive, but nobody has a clue how long it’s been there or even how it came to be embedded in the concrete in the first place.

According to reports from The Wichita Eagle, local gun enthusiasts say – based on the amount of deterioration – the gun is likely from the early 1900s, more specifically the 1940s. Guesses on the type of gun, however, range from a single action revolver to a kid’s cap gun.

But it’s still a mystery how – or when – the gun got there.

Reggie Perez from Wichita’s Public Works & Utilities Street Maintenance said the last improvements made to the road were done in 2005. But to further complicate the mystery, the gun was found in a single block of concrete surrounded by bricks. According to Perez, when the bricks in the road turn up missing or damaged, road maintenance crews simply fill in those places with concrete.

[ The Wichita Eagle ]

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Carjacker steals mail truck in Texas (VIDEO)

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 11:37

After two failed carjackings in Houston Saturday, a suspect decided to try his hand at stealing a mail truck from a postal worker, but it wasn’t long before authorities found him thanks to a GPS device.

One resident called the crime both “amazing” and “stupid.”

When officers caught up with the mail truck, the suspect apparently backed into a patrol car before finally surrendering without further incident. Authorities later learned the man was wanted not only for stealing the mail truck, but for two failed carjackings earlier that day. They also learned the weapon he brandished during the crime was a pellet gun.

It’s unclear what the man intended to do with the mail truck, but when asked why he stole it, he indicated it was too tough to find a job. But because the man chose to steal USPS property and the crime involved a federal worker, the suspect may be facing federal charges.

[ KHOU ]

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A look at Honor Defense’s Honor Guard pistol (VIDEO)

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 11:37

The sub compact single stack Honor Guard 9mm gets the Hickok45 treatment, running some of that good old Federal ammo. With a sub-$500 retail, Honor Defense’s flagship pistol is meant for the concealed carry and backup gun market and is made in Georgia. The polymer framed gun uses a stainless chassis for support and has a lot of ambi controls. While Hickok has a lot of positive things to say about the 7-shot striker-fired pistol, he does have a few downvotes that he covers as well, so be sure to check it out.

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The homemade 9mm Luty subgun: A political statement in parabellum (VIDEO)

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 11:36

British subject Phillip A. Luty thumbed his nose at gun bans in the UK and designed a burp gun from homemade parts, then wrote a book about it.

We are talking bent sheet metal, wire springs, washers and hex screws without a single repurposed firearms part. The barrel on the crude blowback sub gun was handmade, as was the receiver and magazine. Made long before the days of 3D printed designs and without any machinery, the Luty pattern SMG was smoothbore and probably sucked to fire, but it did fire!

In conjunction with Armament Research Services, Ian with Forgotten Weapons visited the Royal Armouries’ National Firearms Centre and checked out a number of Luty’s actual working designs, which are covered in more detail here.

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Chicago police watchdog group says fatal police shooting from 2012 was unjustified

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 11:30

Panzy Edwards, mother of 15-year-old Dakota Bright, holds a photo of her son outside police headquarters in Chicago in December 2015. (Photo: Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune)

In a rare move, a police watchdog group in Chicago announced Thursday that the 2012 shooting of a 15-year-old boy was unjustified.

The Independent Police Review Authority announced the ruling more than a year after the city finalized a $1 million settlement with the family of Dakota Bright, the teenager shot and killed on Nov. 8, 2012 in the city’s Park Manor neighborhood, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Bright was surfing the web with a friend just before the shooting, according to family members. When he headed back to his grandma’s house, that’s when he encountered police. The officer who shot Bright told detectives he and his partner were responding to a burglary call and saw Bright walk into an alley. The officer said he saw a black revolver in the teen’s hand. The officers pursued Bright, who led them on a foot chase.

After yelling “stop, police, drop the gun,” Bright continued to run. The officer said Bright looked back  and reached into his waistband, prompting the officer to open fire from 50 feet away, striking the boy in the back of the head.

But IPRA questioned the credibility of the officer’s telling, and pointed to inconsistencies, including whether Bright had turned toward the officer, or whether the officer thought he was about to turn. While a gun was recovered near the scene, IPRA questioned whether the boy was in possession of the weapon at the time of the shooting.

“Given that (Bright) in fact, had no firearm in his pants, it is unlikely that he would have made a gesture indicating that he did, particularly in light of the fact that he was approximately 50 feet away from the officer and was likely gaining ground on him,” the IPRA’s ruling says.

At IPRA’s monthly meeting Thursday night, Bright’s mother, Panzy Edwards, acknowledged that officers are human. “I know they got to be defended,” she said, “but what about our kids that’s being taken? They deserve some defense too.”

“So as you all look at my son’s case … look at it like right is right and wrong is wrong,” she said. “My son was 15 years old, shot one time in the back of his head. He didn’t deserve to die and he (deserves) justice. We all deserve justice. But it’s tearing me up. I’ve been sick since this happened because the way this world is, people don’t get justice.”

Ultimately, IPRA called the shooting “unprovoked” and “unwarranted.” Those allegations against the officer now head to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. If he agrees with the board, he can penalize the officer and send the case to the 9-person Chicago Police Board, which would decide whether the officer be fired, or otherwise punished.

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