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AAC announces new Jaeger 30 hunting suppressor (VIDEO)

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 09:00

Alabama-based Advanced Armament Corp has a new lightweight .30-caliber suppressor they tout as an “experience enhancer.”

The Jaeger 30, borrowed from the German word for hunter, uses a mount and blast baffle crafted from Grade 9 titanium while the outer tube and monolithic core are of 7075 aluminum, a combination that results in a can that weighs in at 13.9-ounces. With a 9.28-inch length, ACC says the Jaeger’s 5/8x24TPI direct threads are compatible with most of .30 caliber hunting rifles currently on the market.

The outer tube is finished in a hard coat anodized coating (Photos: AAC)

When it comes to sound mitigation, the Jaeger is advertised at reducing the sound pressure level of .300 Win Mag and .308 Win below the 140dB mark while .300 Blk drops to the sub-130dB range.

Best yet, MSRP is $449, which makes the new AAC offering substantially less than many comparable cans in its class.

The viability of pitching a .30-caliber can to sportsmen is solid. In recent years, Louisiana, New Hampshire, Michigan, and Florida have joined the list of now 40 states that allow hunters to head to the field to harvest game with suppressors, with supporters touting enhanced safety and awareness benefits due to the devices. Currently, some 1.5 million silencers are in circulation, a figure that has nearly doubled since 2015.

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If have an SR25, Magpul now has a 50-round 7.62mm mag for you (VIDEO)

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 08:30

Like a bigger version of their vaunted D60 magazine but in 7.62×51/.308, Magpul’s new D50 drum has been years in the making.

Weighing in at 1.5-pounds empty– and 4.5 when stuffed full of 50 rounds– the D50 is capable of accommodating longer-than-SAAMI-spec match ammunition, up to 2.830-inches OAL, such as military M118LR ball.

The D50 is built for use in SR25 style platforms, giving 50-rounds on tap in a magazine about the same height as a standard double-stack 25, and as such could prove popular with military units using M110s. (Photos: Magpul)

Optimized for use in SR-25/M110 platforms, the new drum is similar to the company’s now tried-and-true D60 and includes a translucent window on the rear to keep tabs on the amount of brass inside and the capability to be disassembled with a flat blade screwdriver.

The D50, right, holds 50 rounds of 7.62mm, while its older and smaller brother, the D60, left, packs 60 5.56mm rounds.

Bad news? The only color is black, the cost is $149 a pop, and the D50 cannot be used with other rounds such as .260 Remington and 6.5 Creedmoor.

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Testing out the accuracy of the .22 Mag NAA for (VIDEO)

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 08:00

The North American Arms .22 WMR mini-revolver isn’t going to be mistaken for a Desert Eagle but the tiny wheelgun proves to be able to hit a surprising range of targets.

Pitted against everything from bars of soap and cellphones to lemons and 600-page paperback books, the gang at Taofledermaus were able to zip through a ton of smallish targets in the above video– at close range.

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New, ‘more contemporary’ Hi-Point pistol promised for SHOT Show

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 07:30

Hi-Point has recently updated their logo after over 25 years and is hinting at a new pistol design unlike anything they have offered in the past (Photo: Hi-Point)

The Ohio-based anchor of the affordable pistol market is promising to break from their traditional mold and move into a more modern handgun offering.

Hi-Point, which is in the midst of a rebranding of sorts now some three years after their founders death, has few details of their new pistol set for release later this month, but has confirmed that it will include a threaded barrel and will have a standard capacity of larger than 10-rounds, both of which are a departure from their normal fare.

“This is not an old model with a few tweaks like the latest version of someone’s 1911,” said Shults Media, Hi-Point’s PR company. “This is an entirely new pistol of a more contemporary design and yet will retain Hi-Point’s affordable pricing, reliability, robust construction, accuracy and owner following lifetime warranty.”

Founded by Tom Deeb in Mansfield, Ohio in 1993 during the federal assault weapons ban, the company’s first handgun model was the sub-$200 C-9, a simple yet reliable blowback action handgun with a single-stack 8-round capacity. The model is still in production today in a number of finishes and, while Hi-Point offers magazines with a higher capacity than the basic 8-round as the AWB has long since expired, they are still single stacks. Likewise, the company has long shied away from production threaded barrel offerings even though the use of suppressors has expanded phenomenally in the past decade.

According to the most recent data available from federal regulators, Hi-Point, manufacturing as Strassels Machine in Mansfield, produced no less than 69,900 9mm pistols in 2016, a figure only bested in the same category by Glock, Ruger, Sig, S&W and SCCY.

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The Sightmark M-Spec Ultra Shot is high-dollar work at low-dollar prices

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 07:00

If you’re looking for an optic that puts in high-dollar work at low-dollar prices, give some serious consideration to the Sightmark Ultra Shot M-Spec. The Texas manufacturer debuted the feature-rich red dot late last year at a $180 price point.

Built from magnesium, the device fixes to a Weaver/Picatinny rail using a quick attach/detach lever. It features digital controls and a host of settings for both brightness and night vision. With a CR123 battery, the Ultra Shot M-Spec can run for up to 2,000 hours on its medium brightness setting. Also, Sightmark said the optic is rated to withstand the .50 BMG cartridge and still operable after being submerged under 40-feet of water. Equipped with dual pane glass and a parallax corrected lens system, the device allows shooters to quickly get on target from point blank range out to the limit of their vision.

While the 1 MOA windage and elevation adjustments are a bit bold for some shooters taste, sighting it in was fast and easy. Once zeroed, I found out just how “Ultra” this optic is. Getting on target was fast, I mean really fast. The Ultra Shot has a great field of view and with its parallax correction letting you keep both eyes open, transitioning from target to target was quick as well. It held zero no matter what abuse we heaped on it, or how many rounds we fired and so far we’ve been quite impressed with its performance.

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Savage Arms broadens its MSR lineup (VIDEO)

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 06:30

Savage looks to strengthen its MSR offerings with more products coming to play in 2019. (Photos: Savage Arms)

Savage Arms bolsters its lineup of MSR products, introducing new models into its MSR 10 and MSR 15 series.

Introduced in 2017, the MSR 10 and MSR 15 are set to see new editions including the MSR 10 Competition HD, MSR 15 Competition, MSR 15 Long Range Rifle and MSR 10 Precision.

“Our MSR lineup of next-generation modern sporting rifles, like all Savage products, reflects the fact that Savage is not just a value brand,” Savage President Al Kasper explained in a news release. “We are a high-quality, high-performance, well-established firearms manufacturer, offering a full line of rimfire and centerfire rifles in a variety of platforms.”

The MSR 10 Competition HD and MSR 15 Competition are packed with features, offering an 18-inch carbon fiber wrapped stainless steel barrel built in conjunction with PROOF Research. Each barrel delivers a ported muzzle brake, providing the opportunity for shooters to tune recoil impulse and stabilize the muzzle for quick and accurate follow-up shots.

The MSR 10 Competition HD, top, the MSR 15 Competition HD, middle, and the MSR15 Long Range, bottom. (Photo: Savage Arms)

The MSR 15 Long Range Rifle is another new entry, serving up .224 Valkyrie while the MSR 10 Precision comes chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor, 6mm Creedmoor and .308 Win. The MSR 15 Long Range brings a long range style to the MSR line with a 22-inch stainless steel barrel tuned for .224 Valkyrie. The barrel comes with a two-port muzzle brake for those quicker follow-up shots.

Finishing up the new offerings is the MSR 10 Precision. The MSR 10 Precision brings with it a heavy, stainless steel barrel with 5R button rifling. A “competition-worthy” model right out of the box, the MSR 10 Precision features an 18-inch Arca handguard, Magpul PRS stock and TangoDown Battlegrip Flip Grip which rotates from 24-degrees of rake to vertical.

Savage Arms’ latest MSR products will be featured next week at SHOT Show in Las Vegas.

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Springfield adds new model to 911 series with 911 Alpha .380

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 06:00

The 911 Alpha comes in two flavors — stainless, left, and black nitride, right. (Photos: Springfield Armory)

Springfield Armory adds to its series of compact 1911s, introducing the new 911 Alpha model chambered in .380 ACP.

The 911 Alpha is a “value-priced variant” that brings the essentials of the 911 platform without breaking the bank. Featuring a frame-to-slide-to-trigger-guard relationship, the 911 features a short reset with 5-pound polymer trigger. Topped with a loaded chamber indicator, the 911 Alpha uses an extended thumb safety for easier manipulation under stress. The 911 Alpha also boasts a fiber optic front sight paired with a white, two-dot rear sight for quick target acquisition.

Measuring 5.5-inches in total length, the 911 Alpha stands 4-inches high. Built from 7075 T6 anodized hard-coat aluminum, the pistol uses a 2.7-inch 416R stainless steel barrel and full-length guide rod with flat wire spring for control and a softer recoil, according to Springfield Armory.

“The Springfield Armory 911 Alpha offers a value-priced variant that focuses on the essentials of the platform, while maintaining the quality and handling characteristics the gun is known for,” Springfield Armory said in a news release. “With an MSRP of $429.00, no other firearm in its class comes close to the quality and feature set of 911 Alpha.”

Shipping in either stainless or black nitride, the 911 Alpha comes with a flush 6-round magazine and an MSRP of $429.

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DOJ survey: Most armed criminals don’t get their firearms from gun shows, stores

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 05:30

The survey of prison inmates in state and federal facilities found that, while a third had guns during their crime, most got them in places other than gun stores. (Photo: U.S. Bureau of Prisons)

A survey released this month by the U.S. Department of Justice found that the vast majority of gun-armed criminals serving time obtained their guns on the street or via other means.

The nationwide survey of 1.37 million inmates at the state and federal level, conducted in 2016, found that about a third said they possessed or carried a firearm while committing their crime. Of those 256,400 prisoners, some 43 percent said they obtained their guns from illicit “street” sources such as other criminals, often by bartering stolen goods or drugs. The next leading source, about 25 percent, came as gifts or purchases from friends or family members. About 6 percent were able to receive their guns through theft.

When it came to retail sources such as gun shows, flea markets, firearm stores, and pawn shops, only about 10 percent said they were able to obtain their weapons from such outlets through purchases or trades. Of those, the majority reported that a background check was conducted as part of the sale, although in many cases they did not purchase it under their own name.

In all, only about 1 percent of prisoners who used a firearm during their crime had obtained it through a retail sale.

(Chart: DOJ)

Firearms industry insiders with the National Shooting Sports Foundation said the news comes as no surprise, as they have long noted the steady decline in the number of firearms sourced from gun retailers used by criminals. In 1991, retailers accounted for about 21 percent of guns possessed by state inmates. By 1997, the number had dropped to 14 percent. The survey data released this week showed 2016’s numbers declined to 10 percent.

(Chart: NSSF)

“While the latest survey covers federal inmates as well, our chart above compares only the state inmate data, which has been a consistent metric over time,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president of government and public Affairs and general. “This apples-to-apples comparison reveals that only 10 percent of criminals obtained their firearm from a retailer. Of that small and declining share, the survey shows that about 7 percent of inmates used their own names when purchasing a firearm from a retailer.”

Drawing lessons from the data, Keane pointed out that the survey has “consistently shown that there is no such thing as criminals exploiting a ‘gun show loophole’ to arm themselves for their crimes. Perhaps lawmakers should spend less time on these ‘solutions in search of a problem’ and more time on fixing the background check system, or on any of the issues that voters actually rank as a priority.”

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Jerry Miculek vs Bump Stock. No contest (VIDEOS)

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 08:00

Wanting “to see what all the noise is about,” professional competition shooter Jerry Miculek clocks in with a borrowed bump stock to see if he can beat it. As his name has been repeatedly dropped in the debate over the now-controversial novelty that is subject to a looming ban in March, Miculek gives it a try.

In the end, he outshoots the troublesome device with one of his semi-auto race guns, no problem.

For reference, was on hand when Miculek set a new record the 2017 SHOT Show when he succeeded in engaging three different targets at 15 feet, shooting each multiple times center mass in 1.59 seconds– which is now slow for the ever-improving competitor. No bump stock was present.

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Federal starts new year with revamped name, look

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 07:30

Federal enters 2019 with an all new name, logo and packaging. (Photo: Federal)

A new year often brings new changes and it seems Federal, previously known as Federal Premium, is all about ushering in a new season of changes with a new name, logo and look.

Federal sprang to life in 1922, the result of founder Charles L. Horn. After adopting a three-year-old ammo maker, Horn began stocking his products on the shelves of barber shops, gas stations and grocery stores in addition to securing a contract to sell ammo through Montgomery Ward & Co. and Sears. Federal later worked towards an $87 million contract with the U.S. government, supplying ammo as well as other products to soldiers in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. Today, the company occupies space in Anoka, Minnesota employing 1,400 employees to pump out millions of rounds in various ammunition each day.

The ammo manufacturer has long been known as Federal Premium, a nod to one of its most successful and popular lines of ammunition. Despite Federal Premium’s success, the company says it’s aiming for a more inclusive approach to its products with a simplified moniker — Federal.

“For many years, we’ve been known as Federal Premium,” President Jason Vanderbrink said. “But the fact is we manufacture a huge list of ammunition products via several sub-brands, and Federal Premium is just one of them. Granted, it’s our exclusive sub-brand crafted at the highest tier of quality, but by using it as our overall name, Premium began to lose that meaning.”

The comprehensive take on Federal’s lineup doesn’t just stop with an improved name. The ammo maker is also revamping its logo and packaging to reflect a new era for the company. Federal said its previous logo was well worn, having served the company for 15 years. The time has come for a change, said Vanderbrink. The new logo boasts a bolder look but keeps to the company’s new simplified approach.

(Photo: Federal)

“The font inspires strength, heritage and forward motion—both in the technology of our products and the attitude of our employees,” Vanderbrink said. “We’re always looking ahead, driving to be the best.”

In addition to the logo, Federal is also upgrading its packaging in order to bring a more cohesive vibe and flow across its product offerings. Vanderbrink added that Federal noted the most successful brands in the firearms industry harness the power of consistency to push products. Federal is adopting this tactic with consistent, simple and easily recognizable packaging going forward.

“Moving forward you will see an exciting new look on all Federal packaging. The design will make it easier for consumers and sales associates to quickly identify Federal products on the shelves,” Vanderbrink said. “Beyond the bold, eye-catching aesthetics, the most important attributes of the product, such as caliber, bullet weight and use, are clearly, consistently communicated across all Federal product families.”

While some consumers might be nervous that the new and improved look might mean the loss of some of their favorite products, Federal said this isn’t the case. The company will still offer the same products, just in a new outfit. Favorites like Federal Power-Shok, Top Gun, Speed-Shok, Fusion and American Eagle will all remain a part of the Federal team.

Federal also said that despite the overall name change, the Premium lineup of ammunition will also remain a definitive part of the company’s lineup. Introduced in the late 1970s, the Premium series of ammunition has been a top seller for the company. Due to its popularity, the Federal Premium series will feature an upgraded look that goes above and beyond. Federal says the Federal Premium packaging will boast all new, eye-catching updates crafted to set it apart from the competition.

The Federal Premium brand will remain in the Federal lineup, touting an amplified package. (Photo: Federal)

“Our very best ammunition, Federal Premium, is easily identified by high-impact packaging with eye-catching gold foil, aspirational imagery and detailed product insets,” Vanderbrink explained. “This truly sets it apart, letting both consumer and retailer know the ammunition is designed for the best possible performance.”

With all the shake-ups, the obvious question is whether or not consumers will be on board with the new look and feel. Despite the enhancements, the company said it’s confident its consumer base will respond positively and, in the end, find the improvements to be a positive change.

“Our customers should respond just fine to the name because the short, one-word name simplifies things. Remington is Remington, Winchester is Winchester, Hornady is Hornady. We are Federal. Just call us Federal,” Spokesman JJ Reich told “But don’t let the smaller name fool you. We are the largest ammo company in the world!”

Federal also announced a fresh look its way to its sister companies, CCI and Speer. Both CCI and Speer will also see new logos and packaging.

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Massachusetts: Court rejects bid by state to dismiss ‘assault weapon’ challenge

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 06:30

Healey, shown above at an event pushing for stronger gun laws last November, will now have to keep fighting the gun rights advocates as the case against her expanded gun ban moves forward. (Photo: Healey’s office)

The U.S. 1st Circuit this month turned away an effort by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to dismiss a lawsuit against her expansion of the state’s “assault weapon” ban.

The challenge, brought by a number of gun dealers and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, took the AG to court over her “enforcement notice” expanding the state’s longstanding ban on certain semi-automatic firearms to include guns that, up to that time, were considered “Massachusetts-compliant.”

Healey, who has been trying to get the case thrown out since it was first brought in 2016, will now have to keep fighting the gun rights advocates as the case moves forward.

The challenge came after Healy, a Democrat, declared she was banning the sale of “copycat” rifles that shared common parts such as triggers or bolt carriers with AR-15s, AK-variants, and others on the Commonwealth’s prohibited weapons list. One of the more novel interpretations Healy used in defining what an assault weapon was under the Commonwealth’s law was in focusing on gun actions — which are the heart of a weapon platform rather than cosmetic features such as stocks and grips — through the use of an interchangeability test.

“The actions of Attorney General Healey’s office in 2016 were unconstitutional, leaving firearms retailers in Massachusetts unable to determine the meaning or scope of the Enforcement Notice and subsequent explanations,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president, and general counsel, this week. “Because criminal penalties can result due to her unilateral reinterpretation of a state statute done without administrative process or input from affected parties, her office exceeded its lawful authority and retailers were deprived of their due process protections under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments.”

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News of Kel-Tec’s new KS7 shotgun, CP33 pistol hits (AUDIO)

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 06:00

The new KS7 shotgun, with its distinctive carry handle, is similar to the company’s KSG but only uses one magazine tube while the new .22LR CP33 pistol reportedly brings quad-stacked 33-round magazines with it to market (Photos: Oleg Volk/All Outdoor)

A more cost-friendly alternative to the KSG shotgun and a new competition .22LR bullseye pistol are on tap for Florida-based Kel-Tec.

While the new guns aren’t on Kel-Tec’s website yet, firearms photographer Oleg Volk, who has a long relationship with the company, had the details in an article at All Outdoor over the weekend while KT’s Chad Enos spoke to the Talking Lead podcast about the offerings, which will be on hand at SHOT Show later this month.

At 26.1-inches long overall, Enos described the KS7 12 gauge pump as sort of a slim-downed KSG positioned to being akin to a bullpup Mossberg 500 as it will be significantly less than Kel-Tec’s legacy shotgun. While the KSG uses twin magazine tubes, the KSG, with a single tube, will hold 7+1 shells and is reportedly much lighter.

Kel-Tec has teased the new scattergun on social media over the weekend.

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The CP33 pistol comes M-Lok equipped and is both suppressor-friendly and comes with quad-stacked flush-fit 33-round magazines. The 5.5-inch bull barrel is standard.

Enos comes in at about the 1 hr. 10 min part of the Talking Lead podcast, below :

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Oregon bill would cap magazines to 5 rds, ration ammo to 20 rds/month

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 05:30

Gun owners would have to be a permit, limit magazines to five rounds or less, and be content with 20 cartridges a month, under a plan in the Oregon Senate. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Legislation submitted in the Democrat-controlled Oregon legislature would fundamentally change the state’s firearm laws, recasting them as the most restrictive in the country.

State Sen. Rob Wagner has submitted SB 501 for the upcoming session. Wagner’s bill would require licensing for gun owners prior to purchase, outlaw firearm magazines capable of holding more than five rounds and limit individual ammunition sales to no more than 20 rounds every 30 days.

Wagner conceded to local media that it was “probably a long shot that something like this passes in whole cloth,” but is proceeding with the measure on behalf of a group of student gun control advocates. A Portland-area Democrat, Wagner was endorsed by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown group who also contributed directly to his campaign last fall.

Besides its restrictions on ammunition and requirements for licensing, SB 501 would also mandate that background checks be delayed for 14-days so that state police can research would-be buyers, fine gun owners who failed to report lost or stolen firearms and require guns be locked up when not in use. There would be no grandfathering of magazines affected by the ban.

The bill is strongly opposed by both state and national gun rights groups as well as Republicans in the legislature.

“Oregonians need to show up at the Capitol and express their concern over their personal safety and the harm caused by this kind of legislation,” said Rep. Bill Post, R-Keizer, who went on to point out that everyone from hunters unable to meet their allowed bag limit due to lack of ammo to gun owners who would have their now-legal firearms outlawed had skin in the game.

“That means your old six shot revolver would be required to be turned in or destroyed,” said Post.

While Washington, D.C., nine U.S. states, and a number of municipalities have arbitrary restrictions on magazine capacity, none would set the bar as low as Oregon’s proposed law. When New York adopted a seven round restriction as part of their SAFE Act in 2013, a federal judge overturned it the next year, saying that it violated the Second Amendment, leaving many counties in the Empire State to stop enforcing it.

Democrats enjoy a super-majority in both the Oregon House and Senate and have muscled several anti-gun bills through Salem to the waiting desk of fellow Dem, Gov. Kate Brown. Brown, who has in the past directed state police to track and analyze gun transactions, while urging Congress to ban “assault weapons” and enact no fly/no buy legislation, picked up a $250,000 donation from Bloomberg in 2016.

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Norma presents new Monolithic Hollow Point in 9mm

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 05:00

Norma drops a new 9mm load created for personal protection. (Photo: Norma)

Norma brings a new personal defense handgun load to consumers, introducing the Monolithic Hollow Point in 9mm.

Designed to feed the load into pistol and carbine chambers, the MHP features a 108-grain projectile with a cold formed monolithic copper construction. The MHP delivers an all copper bullet that features “massive expansion” in addition to stopping power, according to Norma.

The round after expansion. (Photo: Norma)

“Our new MHP is likely the most expanding 9mm bullet in the world,” Paul Lemke, General Manager for RUAG Ammotec USA, said in a news release. “It also reliably feeds and performs with unmatched terminal affect through expansion, in all barrel lengths/firearm platforms. Getting this performance from an all-copper projectile is a very big accomplishment for our entire team. We’re proud to offer this unique personal protection and home defense option people can trust when it matters most.”

The load is set to provide consistent penetration out of any type of 9mm firearm or barrel length. The Norma MHP in 9mm will feature a price tag of $22.48.

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Government shutdown delays FFL, NFA applications

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 04:30

ATF operations limited by partial government shutdown, entering week four. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

As the partial government shutdown enters week four, applications at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives continue piling up.

While the president and congressional Democrats spar over funding for a border wall, federal agencies reduce operations across the board — including at the ATF.

Field agents, criminal analysts and operations investigators — those keeping tabs on federally licensed dealers remaining in compliance — keep working, according to a report from Boise State Public Radio, but those processing applications for new FFLs or suppressor transfers haven’t clocked in since last month.

The American Suppressor Association said the shutdown impacts applications stacking up at the NFA Division in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Although the agency is known to use contractors and overtime to process backlogs, consumers will experience a short increase in this process — for now.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System remains operational, though the Federal Bureau of Investigation has yet to update its monthly tallies for the system for December 2018. Likewise, the ATF hasn’t updated its social media channels or press releases in more than three weeks.

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The perfect Valentine’s gift for a Beretta M9 fan is up for auction

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 11:00

Want to know how a Beretta M9 frame is born? This pretty much covers it and makes a great man-cave item. (Photo: RIA)

The gestation period of a Beretta M9 frame is covered in one place and with the help of 18 different receivers to show the work. The M-9 receiver production sequence is explained in 3D with actual frames in various stages of completion in an upcoming auction from Rock Island, ranging from a blank forging to a finished serialized receiver.

Starting with a 7075-T6 aluminum forging that weighs 27.7-ounces, the 65×49-inch board covers the 15 work stations and 42 machines used to cut the forging down to a 6.98-ounce completed receiver that has had 75 percent of the original material removed. Each of the stations is detailed (e.g. “Work Station #10: Mill trigger bar seat, disassembly button, right side & trigger guard area”) with the changes done to the frame highlighted in red.

Not a lot of background as to how the board was used, other than it originated with Beretta USA. The U.S. subsidiary was founded in 1972 and headquartered in Accokeek, Maryland but in recent years has moved a lot of their production to a new facility in Gallatin, Tennessee.

A Beretta M9 in U.S. service is shown in this file photo– but not included in the auction. (Photo: DoD)

The company started making the M9, a variant of the Beretta 92FS, for the U.S. military in 1985. The M9 was the standard pistol of the Department of Defense until Sig Sauer won the Army’s Modular Handgun System contract in early 2017 to produce a version of their Sig P320 as the M17/M18.

USAF personnel at Nellis Air Force Base firing M9 Berettas back in 1988 when they were the new kid on the block, replacing WWII-vintage M1911 .45ACPs. Dig the “chocolate chip” desert camo and Bianchi UM84 holster. (Photo: DoD)

The sequence board has an estimated bid price of $2,500 – $5,000 when it goes to auction on Feb. 14.

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Full Auto Friday: M1919 Browning edition (VIDEOS)

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 11:00

When you want to speak .30-06 at 600 rounds-per-minute, the M1919 was the go-to party favor across WWII, Korea and into the Vietnam conflict

John Moses Browning’s classic belt-fed M1919 proved so popular that it remained the primary machine gun in U.S. and Allied service for more than 40 years. Designed in the tail-end of WWI by the Utah-based firearms genius to be a lighter alternative than his M1917 water-cooled machine gun with a generally interchangeable mechanism, the M1919 was patented in February 1919 and was too late to head “Over There” and fight to Kaiser.

Adopted by the U.S. Army, the gun was air-cooled, which made it perfect for use in tanks and aircraft, weapon platforms that had just evolved to become a fixture of modern warfare.

While some 70,000 early models with 18.63-inch barrels and slotted shrouds were cranked out before 1920, the military wanted something even smaller and soon ordered the M1919A2, a more compact gun ideal for use by horse cavalry.

The M1919A2 was even mounted in a special saddle and continued to equip mounted units into the early 1940s. Early models used cloth belts while later ones used metal links.

By 1936, the most common version of the gun, the M1919A4, with its distinctive Swiss-cheese-style ventilated barrel shroud, was in production.

At 31-pounds, it wasn’t light but, with a 24-inch barrel and recoil booster, was reliable and became the standard U.S. machine gun for use in flexible vehicle mounts on Jeeps and tank commander turrets as well as for use in ground roles.

A version with a much faster rate of fire, the AN/M2, was used in aircraft.

By 1943, a handier version of the Browning, the M1919A6, complete with a bipod, buttstock, and carrying handle, was fielded with infantry units late in the war. On the downside, it was actually a little heavier by nature than the M1919A4.

Basically a Model 1919A6 modified to use the .30-caliber T65E3 type lightweight rifle cartridge (7.62mm NATO) this experimental Browning, the T66E1, was trialed in the 1950s, but the Army went with the MG42-derived M60 instead.

With over 400,000 Brownings produced before the M60 began to replace the gun in service after 1957, the hardy machine gun continued to serve with U.S. allies overseas and is still often encountered in front line service in the Third World. Meanwhile, thanks to the Hughes Amendment, intact and transferrable M1919s today run around the $20K mark.

That hasn’t stopped a number of send-ups, semi-auto versions, and unique variants from being born to fill the demand for these iconic guns.

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Russia repatriates 30 vintage T-34 tanks back from Laos (VIDEO)

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 10:00

As part of a weapons deal with the Southeast Asian country of Laos, the Kremlin got a trainload of running WWII relics returned to the Motherland.

The Russian Ministry of Defense reports that the Lao People’s Democratic Republic recently transferred 30 T-34 tanks to Russia by sea to the Pacific port of Vladivostok from where they have been loaded for transport via rail to Naro-Fominsk, home of the 4th Guards Tank Division near Moscow. According to state media, all 30 of the vehicles, T-34-85 variants, date from 1944 and had originally been transferred from the Soviet Union to the country as military aid back in the 1980s.

In running condition and virtually unchanged from when they left their wartime assembly lines, the T-34s will be used by the Russians in military parades and for film work.

(Photo: Russian Ministry of Defense)

First produced in 1940, the T-34 was arguably one of the most common tanks made in the 20th Century with over 58,000 built by 1958 when the design was replaced by more modern T-54/55 series. Over 40 countries used the iconic armored vehicle across the globe but comparatively few remain in active service. Primary users with the vintage Eastern Front bruiser still in inventory include Cuba, North Korea, and Vietnam.

Laos, one of a handful of Communist states still in the world, used the T-34s in as late as last year when they were being phased out in favor of more viable T-72 tanks provided by Russia.

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True North Concepts launches brand, introduces GripStop

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 09:30

The GripStop from True North kicks off the new brand. (Photo: True North)

True North Concepts officially launches its own brand, bringing a new product to market with the True North GripStop.

Created in 2013, the GripStop brings a barricade stop and vertical grip together into one, lightweight, ergonomic tool. Available in two colors — black and earth brown — the GripStop comes in two configurations, the GripStop and GripStop K. Designed to work with a M-LOK mounting interface, the GripStop devices provide better control for shooters which, in turn, makes for better accuracy on target.

True North is the result of five founders, led by CEO Nathan Murr, dedicated to delivering innovative tools to help folks prepare for “any challenge that comes their way.” The company, in addition to offering their own products, also provides consulting services for defense, outdoor and firearms companies.

The GripStop comes in black, pictured above, or earth brown. (Photo: True North)

“Reading a compass to locate north is simple. To successfully navigate, however, you need skill, intuition and the right tools,” Murr elaborated in a news release. “We created True North to develop products that provide people with the knowledge, ability, and preparedness to be successful. We won’t allow a product to come to market under the name True North unless it serves a need and helps someone succeed in their pursuit. Whatever their goal, we’re here to help men and women gather the skills and the right tools to successfully navigate their true bearing.”

True North says its preeminent focus is shooter related tools that better prep shooters for what they face downrange.

The GripStop can be nabbed from True North and features a price of $51.99.

The GripStop in earth brown. (Photo: True North)

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Smith & Wesson announces new Model 442 Performance Center offering (PHOTOS)

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 09:00

The latest Performance Center gun for Smith is a version of their 442 complete with LG-105 laser grips and a stainless steel cylinder with high-polished cylinder flutes and a polished thumbpiece to give the gun a two-tone appearance. (Photos: S&W)

Building on the classic J-frame snub, Smith & Wesson’s new Model 442 variant includes factory Crimson Trace laser grips and a Performance Center action. Like the standard 442, the wheelgun is rated for continuous +P use, while the lightweight alloy frame and snag-free enclosed hammer are ideal for a compact carry revolver. Departing from the matte black carbon steel five-round cylinder in the standard gun, the Performance Center model uses a stainless cylinder with polished flutes. Meanwhile, the action has been professionally tuned for a lighter, smoother trigger pull.

“For over 50 years, the J-frame revolver has provided firearm owners with an excellent personal protection firearm, designed to be lightweight and well suited for concealed carry,” said Tony Miele, general manager of the Performance Center. “The new Performance Center Model 442 builds upon that heritage while delivering Performance Center enhancements designed to enrich the shooting experience.”

Note the polished plate screws and trigger as well, another upgrade from the standard 442.

Weight is 15 ounces while the 1.875-inch barrel allows for an overall length of 6.3-inches. Suggested retail price on the Model 442 Performance Center is $742. Keep in mind with that price that the CTC grips retail for $229 by themselves while the standard 442 Airweight without the Performance Center tweaks MSRP’s for $469.

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