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A sportsman participating in a hunt organized by a South Florida water district on invasive Burmese pythons bagged the largest ever on the district’s land.
As announced Wednesday by the South Florida Water Management District, hunter Kyle Penniston, of Homestead, brought in a 120-pound female this week that went 17.5-feet in length. The snake, while the largest caught thus far as part of SFWMD’s program to eradicate the creatures, is the third bagged that has gone over the 17-foot mark.
The water district launched the python program last March, structured to pay hunters both for their time spent on the job ($8.25 per hour, up to eight hours per day) as well as a bonus for each of the huge snakes bagged. The bounty forks over $50 for each python brought in under four feet in length with an extra $25 tacked on for every additional foot, meaning this week’s huge serpent could be worth $375. A nest with eggs is worth $200.
Hunters can go on to use the snakes’ skin but the animal’s meat cannot be safely eaten due to high levels of mercury.
Penniston has accounted for 235 snakes on his own since the hunt began, against the District’s cumulative total of 1,859 animals removed, an average of about three per day. The snakes, if combined, would stretch more than two miles.
“Just six months after eliminating the first 1,000 pythons from District lands, this program is about to double that total because of a true team effort,” said SFWMD scientist Mike Kirkland, project manager for the Python Elimination Program. “With the Governing Board’s unwavering support, District staff and a dedicated group of hunters are working to help control this invasive species and protect native wildlife.”
According to a recent University of Florida study, pythons have decimated the wildlife indigenous to the state and have accounted for at least 77 percent of the wild rabbit deaths, robbing native predators such as the endangered Florida panther, birds of prey, alligators, and bobcats of their food source. This figure can be even higher in regions with lots of invasive snakes.
In honor of Veteran’s Day on November 11th, Guns.com brings you one of most famous surrender pistols ever captured by U.S. military forces. We were lucky enough to be at the Rock Island Auction Company’s premiere firearms auction in September where this gun and its incredible history were on display. This golden Walther PPK was once the property of Hermann Göering and was surrendered to Lieutenant Jerome Shapiro during the closing days of WWII in Austria.
Lt. Shapiro and a small group of men went behind enemy lines to capture Göering who was fleeing to American troops as the war ended. For his heroic effort Shapiro was awarded the gun as a war trophy along with the Bronze Star. He kept the gun until his death 1975. After Lt. Shapiro died the gun exchanged hands a few more times before finally making it’s way to RIAC for auction.
Besides the history that comes with the gun the buyer also got an impeccably kept beautiful presentation Walther. It has very detailed factory engravings of the Germanic oak leaf patterns along the slide and frame. Zig-zag borders and gold inlay round out real craftsmanship in this gun. The pistol also comes with the red presentation case which was handed to Lt. Shapiro in the field along with a “mountain of prominence,” according to Joel Korlander of RIAC. This includes letters and signed affidavits confirming it was indeed the property of Göering.
The story of the pistol and its history is fascinating and RIAC has done a great job of laying out the entire story on their site. While it’s estimated price range was $80,000 – $120,000 Korlander knew that prices for historic guns such as this could jump quickly. When the gavel finally struck down this Walther sold for $230,000, almost doubling the high estimate.
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Bridging the gap from the World War II-era guns and locally-made AKs, Communist East Germany cranked out a pretty neat SKS model.
When WWII ended, Germany had millions of Mauser bolt-action rifles and more modern StG44 assault rifles left in the country. However, by the time the Soviets set up their occupied part of the former Reich as East Germany and formed the appropriately proletarian Nationale Volksarmee in 1956, modern small arms had evolved a good bit. With the Soviets working at the time to go worldwide with the Kalashnikov, the East Germans soon started cranking out their own excellent MPi-K models of the AK in the 1960s. However, before that happened, the Karabiner S, Germany’s own version of the SKS-45, was made.
Distinctive due to its Mauser-style sling slot cut into the stock, blondish wood and lack of a cleaning rod, the German Simonov is easy to spot and ended up being used in ceremonial units as well as given away as foreign aid to needy countries in the Communist sphere of influence– notably North Vietnam. This makes them among the most collectible SKS models in the West.
Ian McCollum with Forgotten Weapons covers the type in the above video.
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Norwegian Police opt for the Sig Sauer P320 X-Series pistol to serve as the standard service pistol for select agencies within its department.
With 8,000 officers and 8,000 civilian personnel, the Norwegian Police act as domestic law enforcement, border control, search and rescue, counter-terrorism and highway patrol for the country in addition to being responsible for judicial orders, criminal investigation and prosecution.
The P320 X-Series features a modular, striker-fired handgun design with various grip sizes. Adaptable for multiple calibers, the P320 X-Series offers a three-point takedown that does not require uses to pull the trigger in order to disassemble. The gun also delivers a striker safety disconnect safety and optional manual safety.
The Norwegian Police put the P320 X-Series through rigorous testing alongside multiple gun manufacturers firearms, with the Sig P320 X-Series coming out on top according to Sig Sauer.
“We initially developed and engineered the P320 pistol for service with the military and law enforcement agencies. Since its introduction, it has been adopted by some of the most elite military and law enforcement agencies across the globe including the U.S. Army as the M17,” said Ron Cohen, President and CEO of Sig Sauer, said in a news release. “We are very proud to add the specialized forces of the Norwegian Police to this list of elite agencies, and we look forward to developing and expanding this partnership.”
The P320 X-Series is already servicing the Norwegian Police in select agencies.
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The ninth annual Michigan subgun shoot on Aug. 11 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan saw the largest turnout of shooters in its history, especially among females.
Sean Callahan, an engineer and yoga teacher, and his girlfriend Johannah Zabal, a strength and conditioning specialist, drove 10 hours from their home in Washington, DC to attend the event. They made the trek to spend the weekend not only shooting, but with a group of good friends who they only get to see a few times a year at these events. They spent the weekend laughing, shooting, eating and making lifelong memories.
The Michigan shoot was Zabal’s third time shooting in a a subgun competition. Her boyfriend Callahan got her into it. When they first met, she didn’t know he was into guns and shooting as much as he is. He brought her to a subgun event that he was shooting in, and she watched. She thought it was really cool. Until then, she was unfamiliar with guns. So, Callahan taught her the basics of safety and shooting effectively. Now, she’s hooked.
Since her first competition at Knob Creek in October 2017, she’s become increasingly interested in the shooting discipline. Being both athletic and competitive, she’s now giving Callahan a run for his money in competitions. She’s also proud to join a small but proud subgun shooting community that hosts a dozen or so events each year to enjoy their fully automatic firearms.
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With the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I looming, it is only fitting that we take a look at the gun carried by the only President to see combat in the conflict.
While the former Spanish-American War veteran President Teddy Roosevelt volunteered to return to service to fight the Kaiser in 1917, his offer was not accepted by political rival President Woodrow Wilson. Further, although a career Army officer at the time, future President Dwight D. Eisenhower was stuck in training duties stateside and never made it to the front line in France. One man who did go was Missouri-native Harry S Truman, whose past jobs had included farmer and clerk.
After service in a Missouri National Guard artillery unit from 1905 to 1911, Truman, then 33, re-enlisted after the U.S. entered the War and was soon elected lieutenant. With his unit federalized as the 129th Field Artillery Regiment of the Army’s 35th Infantry Division, he was promoted to captain in July 1918 and was soon on his way “Over There” in command of a battery of four horse-drawn 75mm field guns.
“The day Truman assumed command, he faced 200 hungover, foul-tempered, young men who were already detained to quarters for drunk and disorderly behavior,” notes the Harry S Truman National Historic Site about his unit, Battery D.
Sent to the Western Front, his outfit was engaged by September 1918 in the hellish fighting in the Meuse-Argonne region, where ironically his guns would go to help support a tank column commanded by then-Major George S. Patton. Under Truman’s command, Battery D suffered no combat deaths during the war, which ended on Nov. 11, 1918. In all, the unit fired more than 10,000 shells in the war.
Truman had two firearms with him in France, a Colt M1911 .45ACP semi-auto, as well as a Colt M1917 revolver, both of which he kept when he was mustered out of active duty in May 1919. Remaining in the Army Reserve until 1953, he eventually was promoted to colonel, even writing to Bess Truman of having to requalify with handguns while at summer training.
Truman went on to open a haberdashery in Kansas City and became involved in veterans’ organizations. By the 1920s, he was elected as a County Court judge, then in 1935 as Missouri’s junior U.S. Senator during the Great Depression where his past military service led to his involvement on Capitol Hill with the so-called Truman Committee which investigated defense contractor prices.
Eventually, he was President Franklin Roosevelt’s Vice President in 1944 and then moved into the Oval Office when FDR died in the midst of World War II. Truman, as commander and chief, later made the decision to drop the Atomic bomb, twice, a move largely credited with ending the war with Japan.
When Truman ran for President on his own in 1948 and was elected, more than 70 surviving members of Battery D marched in his inauguration parade the next year, escorting his car.
In 1957, the former President, Great War veteran and retired colonel donated his M1911, serial No. 227577, as well as his WWI combat uniform and personal equipment to the Truman Library, where they are on display today.
Voters in the Tar Heel State this week overwhelmingly approved a move to add a right to hunt and fish to their state constitution.
The constitutional amendment was approved by more than 57 percent of voters on Tuesday, with more than 2 million in the state polling in favor of the proposal. The measure adds language protecting the right to hunt and fish to the North Carolina Constitution while establishing public harvest by sportsmen using “traditional methods” as the preferred method of wildlife management.
Similar measures have been advanced across the country, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, with no less than 21 states adding such language in their constitution, dating back to Vermont who included it in 1777. Most recently, Indiana and Kansas both added it through the voter-driven amendment process in 2016. All of the states that border North Carolina have adopted such initiatives.
The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, the National Rifle Association, gun industry trade groups and Delta Waterfowl all testified to legislators in support of the North Carolina effort, arguing the traditional shooting sports are increasingly threatened.
“The National Shooting Sports Foundation is extremely pleased that the will of the citizens was heard and the right to hunt and fish is now constitutionally protected in North Carolina,” Larry Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel told Guns.com this week. “NSSF was a leader in the coalition to bring this amendment to the voters and they have made it clear that the hunting heritage and conservation efforts of hunters will be protected from unwarranted intrusion by special interests.”
Calling hunters the “original conservationists” Keane said that sportsmen across the country have raised over $37 billion since 1937 through the sales of firearms and ammunition “to achieve the healthiest and balanced wildlife populations that are enjoyed by hunters and non-hunters alike.”
Statistics from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission show as many as 570,000 hunters buy licenses every year in the state, with more than 20,000 completing hunter safety courses annually since 2011. Last season over 128,000 deer were harvested with firearms in the state. With some $2.3 billion pumped into the state economy by sportsmen, North Carolina received over $16.5 million of that back from the federal government in Pittman-Robertson funds this year based on sales of guns, ammunition and fishing tackle.
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Remington introduces a new Model Seven, adding a threaded version decked out in KUIU Vias camouflage. Available in .300 Blackout and .308 Win, the latest Model Seven features a cylindrical receiver design offering consistent bedding in the stock.
“The Model Seven features the same legendary strength as the Model 700’s ‘three-rings-of-steel’ referring to the steel bolt face, barrel and receiver encasing the cartridge head,” Remington said in a press release.
The threaded Model Seven features a 16.5-inch threaded barrel with a matte blue finish. The bolt action rifle measures 2 3/8-inches shorter than the Model 700 and is best suits smaller shooters or those in dense cover hunting environments. Weighing 5.5-pounds, the Model Seven offers a Picatinny scope base and X-Mark Pro externally adjustable trigger as well as SuperCell Recoil Pad.
The Model Seven threaded KUIU rifle delivers a magazine capacity of four rounds for the .308 Win and five rounds for the .300 BLK. The long gun is available now with an MSRP of $795.
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Kimber this week raised the curtain to show off a crowded stage of fresh handgun offerings to include the new EVO SP pistol and double-action/single-action wheel guns. The EVO, following in the wake of Kimber’s Micro 9 line, is a series of new subcompact striker-fired 9mm handguns in four models.
Featuring front and rear cocking serrations, front strap checkering, as well as G10 grips and backstraps, the EVO line come standard with an FNC finished stainless steel slide. They are all-metal construction with a 6- to 7-pound leaf safety trigger and ledged tritium night sights. Small guns, they only go 6.10-inches overall while featuring 3.16-inch barrels. Each of the 19-ounce guns ship with two seven-round magazines.
The four models — EVO SP Custom Shop, CDP, TLE, and Two-Tone range from $856 to $1047 MSRP.
Further fleshing out their stable of .357 Magnum-caliber K6 revolvers, Kimber has added two DASA models to the lineup in a 2- and 3-inch offering.
Double action trigger pull is billed as 9.5 to 10-pounds while single runs 3 to 3.5. Each includes white 3-dot sights, knurled hammer spurs, a serrated backstrap, and checkered laminate walnut grips.
Both have an MSRP of $970
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Billed as an effective and low-cost training tool, the new CO2-powered air pistol is Sig’s latest offering to those looking to get into the M17 game.
Introduced by the company’s SIG AIR branch as part of their Advanced Sport Pellet line, the .177-caliber air pistol has much the same look, feel and styling as a standard M17 handgun. Featuring a metal slide and polymer frame, the gun tips the scales at 34.4-ounces– which is actually a couple ounces more than the published specs on the military’s 9mm M17 when unloaded. Length, and sight radius, as well as surface control layout is the same.
Notably, the air gun field strips like the Army pistol and includes a functional M1913 rail for accessories. The drop magazine is modeled after the extended M17 mag, which allows for training magazine exchanges, and has room for 20 pellets in an enclosed belt-fed system.
“It handles exceptionally well, is fun and accurate to shoot, and a very effective training tool, especially with the drop magazine for quick reloading,” said Joseph Huston, vice president and general manager of SIG AIR. “Current M17 owners will also appreciate that it field strips like the U.S. Army M17 pistol.”
Capable of firing pellets at up to 430fps, the P320-M17 Air pistol has a current price of $119.
The winner of the Army’s Modular Handgun System competition, the M17 edged out a field of other big name pistol makers and has gone on to be adopted across the Department of Defense as well as by the U.S. Coast Guard as their standard handgun. Special models of the guns are even used by the Sentinels at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Taking advantage of the largest military handgun contract since the 1980s, Sig has subsequently released a series of commemorative and P320-M17-branded pistols in 9mm in addition to the new air pistol.
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An employee at a food court in Seattle’s busy Center Armory last week sprang into action to help contain a man who had just violently stabbed a woman in public.
The exchange, shown in the above video from King 5 News, shows the employee — concealed carrier Scott Brown — holding his handgun on David Lee Morris just moments after the man allegedly stabbed Gabrielle Maria Garcia in the throat. Brown can be seen maintaining a gap between himself and Morris, holding his attention as the man continues to walk towards him through the crowded urban center. The subject shrugs off pepper spray from a bystander and resumes his interaction with Brown.
Finally, police arrive and authorities move in to taser Morris, taking him into custody.
Garcia, 28, was the mother of Morris’s five-year-old child, over which the two were arguing about custody. She was rushed to an area hospital but later died of her injuries, reports The Seattle Times. She had sought a temporary protection order against Morris last month, who is now under investigation for first-degree murder.
Brown and co-worker Mike Carter had heard the commotion which caused the gun owner and carry permit holder to respond.
“I think about Scott’s heroism,” Carter said. “Do you want someone who just potentially tried to kill his girlfriend and wife — do you want that man’s attention on you?”
Morris is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail and, reports KATU, is expected to be formally charged this week.
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Prosecutors have ruled the use of force by a Massachusetts cabbie who fought back after he was attacked by two men seeking to rob him as self-defense.
Bristol County DA Thomas M. Quinn III last week said the unidentified Yellow Cab driver was cleared by his office in the Aug. 10 shooting that left one of his attackers, Christopher Dunton, 24, of New Bedford, dead.
“After a thorough investigation, it is clear that the cab driver acted in lawful self-defense and the use of deadly force was justified under the circumstances,” Quinn said, as reported by South Coast Today.
The second robbery suspect, Kyle S. Dawson, 23, of New Bedford, was indicted on multiple felony charges by a Bristol County Grand Jury in early October. According to prosecutors, Dawson and Dunton were picked up just before 1:00 a.m. by the cab driver from a local address and, once in the vehicle, the two men asked for change for a $50 then moved to rob the driver, placing him in a chokehold and pulling a knife.
Assistant District Attorney Robert Digiantnmasco said at Dawson’s arraignment that Dunton held the cab driver by the neck while Dawson held a “black tactical knife” to the man’s side and “said they would shank him.”
The cab driver was able to wrestle free and, a concealed carry permit holder, drew a gun and fired three rounds into the cab at the robbers, striking Dunton.
Dawson, who has a lengthy criminal record, is facing trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter, armed assault with intent to rob, and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
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A set of historic Colt revolvers owned by a prominent Union general could fetch more than a quarter million dollars at auction later this month.
Rock Island Auction Company will present the foursome of percussion Colt revolvers engraved by the famed gunmaker himself, less than three months before his death in January 1862.
“This set is easily one of the most important and historic sets of Colt revolvers in existence and was presented in the fall of 1861 during the uncertain early days of the Civil War when the preservation of the Union was in dire risk and the devastation the war would bring was still unknown,” the company said in a preview of the listing.
Samuel Colt presented the set to Brigadier General Andrew Porter on Nov. 1, 1861 while entertaining a group of Union military officials — including Secretary of War Simon Cameron and Gen. George B. McClellan — at his Connecticut home. The set includes two Colt Model 1860 Army revolvers, a Colt Model 1861 Navy revolver and a Colt Model 1862 Police revolver.
Historians theorize Colt presented the gifts to dispel rumors circulating about him aiding the Confederacy in months prior and to “grease the wheels” for future government contracts.
“The presentation of these sets was most likely a calculated stunt by Colt as part of a wider campaign to improve his public image in the face of scandal and also promote his wares to secure both commercial sales and lucrative government contracts as he aggressively expanded his business,” Rock Island said in its listing. “Colt died a little over two months following the presentation of these revolvers on January 10, 1862, making this his last block of presentation revolvers and therefore particularly significant in the history of Colt firearms even besides their connections to various important figures in the government and military.”
Rock Island values the set between $250,000 and $375,000. It, along with other rare and historic vintage firearms, will be offered later this month during the December Premier Gun Auction, scheduled for Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 in Rock Island, Illinois.
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The better hidden the hunter, the greater odds of a successful harvest. With more hunters opting to get up-close-and-personal on the ground level using any of the myriad pop-up blinds on the market, they’re only doing half the job if not further camouflaging the unit with brush after initial setup.
While this seems like a simple tip, it’s not always followed. More often than not I have seen ground blinds popped up along fence lines and woodlots with little concern for concealment. Sure, these hunting tents come in camouflage fabric, but wood-wise hunters know that’s just a start. Breaking up the outline of a foreign, square-ish object in a natural environment only serves to better increase the odds of fooling wily quarry.
Here’s how you can be more successful with your setup. Before you even pop up that new blind, choose your spot wisely. Look for natural shooting lanes and animal sign. Also, consider a backdrop for your blind that will allow it to blend in. Sometimes that can be a tangle of brush, leaves, or some naturally hinged trees in the background. Even when that’s not an option, savvy hunters will wander out in search of some matching vegetation to break up the outline of the boxy ground blind. While you may remain concealed inside, and animals are often naturally curious, a square outline is easily noticeable to both critters and other hunters alike.
Use the “brush loops” provided on many ground blinds to attach the vegetation you’ve picked. Make sure to use a mix of natural material. Dead branches can break up the overall outline, while leafy or pine boughs kept away from shooting openings do the most for giving the blind’s flat surface a natural, three-dimensional appearance. Even without brush loops, hunters can still create a framework of forest detritus using paracord or zip ties, with the end goal of breaking up the squarish outline of that ground blind and helping the hunter disappear in the woods. Taking a few extra minutes to better camouflage that tent can only serve to increase the odds of a successful hunt.
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Remington Arms breathes new life into the Premier Scirocco Bonded rifle ammunition line, reintroducing the ammo into its centerfire lineup.
The Premier Scirocco Bonded utilizes Swift Scirocco Bonded bullets paired with “specially blended powders” and Kleanbore to deliver an elevated performance, according to Remington. Scirocco bullets offer a polymer tip shaped to create less drag. The pure copper jacket is tapered and heavy-based in addition to being bonded to the lead core resulting in a controlled expansion.
Remington said the round’s design is topped off with a secant ogive bullet profile matched to a boat tail base that presents shooters with a high ballistic coefficient with match grade accuracy.
“Premier Scirocco Bonded is some of the most versatile and reliable big-game ammunition offered today,” the ammo maker said in news release.
Remington offers its Premier Scirocco Bonded centerfire ammo in several calibers to include: .243 Win, .270 Win, 7mm Remington Mag, 7mm Rem Ultra Mag, 30-06 Springfield, .300 WSM, .300 Win Mag, .300 Rem Ultra Mag and .308 Win — all in various bullet weights with prices under $65.
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How do you kill a foam board tank? With a flying foam board A-10 Warthog replica armed with the guts of a P90 airsoft gun, of course.
The guys at Flite Test, a YouTube RC aviation channel, built their A-10 from scratch by trial and error and armed it with an airsoft gun donated by Evike. Through the use of Glow-in-the-Dark BBs and an airsoft tracer kit loaded in a pretty big hopper, they can see where the rounds impact and adjust the plane’s aim accordingly.
Weighing in at 28 pounds, the third prototype A-10 takes to the air to destroy a giant moving cardboard tank they made while a P90-armed anti-aircraft team attempts to swat it from the sky.
If you are curious about the evolution of their A-10:
And how they built the tank:
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Crimson Trace’s Lightguard for the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield pistol is now officially shipping, according to the company.
The Lightguard LTG-770 light is specifically created for the Shield and Shield M2.0 in 9mm and .40 S&W, offering a 110-lumen LED white light housed on the pistol’s trigger guard. The Lightguard is activated using its dual-side Instant Activation pads. Easy-to-install, according to Crimson Trace, the Lightguard is powered by dual 1/3N lithium batteries. Batteries can be replaced via a rapid-change battery cap on the device’s exterior.
“The Lightguard offers constant light and strobe modes and delivers an extremely light weight of just 1 ounce (approximate) with the batteries installed,” Crimson Trace said in a news release.
Crimson Trace says the Lightguard LTG-770 will be available in retail stores soon as well as on commercial sites selling Crimson Trace products. The Lightguard LTG-770 for the Shield and Shield M2.0 will offer a MSRP of $89.
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Galco serves up the WaklAbout 2.0 holster, a rig that features an integrated spare magazine carrier for an all-in-one holster approach.
A member of Galco’s Concealed Carry Lite line of holsters, the WalkAbout 2.0 features an open top design with reinforced mouth for a smooth draw and easy re-holstering. The holster is outfitted with belt clips that boast are adjustable for cant allowing concealed carriers to place the rig strongside or in the crossdraw or appendix carry positions.
Utilizing an ambidextrous construction, the WalkAbout 2.0 uses interchangeable tuckable clips in the way of the UniClip and Ultimate Stealth Clip with hook. The UniClip is created to fit over the belt, but can also be used without a belt according to Galco. The Ultimate Stealth Clip with hook fits on the waistband of the wearer’s pants. With this configuration, only the clip shows from under or behind the belt.
“The WalkAbout 2.0 offers all the benefits of the Tuck-N-Go 2.0 – with the addition of an attached spare magazine carrier! It’s an exceptional combination of high performance, comfort and affordability,” Galco said in a press release.
Designed for semiautomatic pistols, the holster is available in black and retails for $43.
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Appendix inside-the-waistband carry is enjoying a bit of popularity recently as more gun owners turn to the carry method to conceal their gun. With wearer’s sporting their pistol front and center, how do AIWB’ers prevent printing and stealthily hide their gun? The secret is in the claw or wedge.The Wedge
Usually constructed from some sort of closed cell foam, the wedge gains its unique powers from its ability to be match to what the user needs. Added to the holster, the wedge is placed so that it conforms to the individual’s body shape. Once in place using either glue or Velcro, depending on the set-up, a wedge pushes against the wearer’s body to naturally angle the muzzle of the gun out and, in turn, cause the butt of the gun to rest inward towards the body.
Though consumers can purchase aftermarket wedge kits, usually retailing for under $10, another perk to the wedge is that its inexpensive to make if DIY is your calling. Using closed cell foam – usually found in camping mats and kid’s play foam blocks — or even gel shoe inserts and a little glue or Velcro, AIWB wedgers can make their own wedge to achieve better concealment with their favorite AIWB rigs.The Claw
The claw design is an integrated one, usually accompanying a holster at the time of purchase. The claw, attached to the side of the holster under the pistol’s grip, possess the same intent of a wedge but accomplishes in a slightly different way. While the wedge uses the wearer’s body to angle the gun, the claw uses the belt. Pushing against the gun belt, a claw AIWB rotates the gun and holster so that the grip of the gun pulls towards the body.
There aren’t as many aftermarket claws floating around, as most ship alongside a specific holster. DIY isn’t really an option here either; but where the claw shines is that it’s a no muss/no fuss design. Where a wedged creation might wear down over time, eventually compressing and needing a replacement, the claw – made of the same material as the holster – should hold up long term.Concealment
The most common complaint out of concealed carriers is printing. How do we keep the gun successfully concealed without printing? In the case of appendix carry, body type plays a factor in the case of printing; however, a wedge or claw can rectify nearly any AIWB printing situation with ease. The greatest advantage to the claw or wedge is its angling of the gun. Whether that’s by using a wearer’s lumps and body bumps to its advantage to push the muzzle out, in the case of the wedge, or rotating the gun’s grip inward by pushing against the belt, in the case of the claw, both designs achieve similar results in terms of concealment.
The addition of a claw or wedge into AIWB practically eliminates the printing dilemma — even for petite AIWB fans. A wedge or claw also opens the door for more carry options, permitting users to expand their arsenal to larger subcompacts such as the Glock 19.Final Thoughts
The simple addition of a claw or wedge onto an AIWB holster expands concealed carrier’s options while introducing more concealment into the AIWB equation. Whether concealed carriers choose to DIY with a wedge or purchase a ready-made claw holster, the two devices make concealment in the appendix position readily accessible to more gun owners.
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For those of you with a soft spot for surplus vending machines, this could be hard to watch. Edwin Sarkissian shows up for work with a 6-barreled M134 Minigun capable of spewing 7.62x51mm NATO at just an amazing rate of fire for as long as you have a budget for bullets. Using a retired Coke machine as a target, it just chews it up.
Sarkissian borrowed the minigun from Battlefield Vegas, which is Guns.com’s home away from home when cruising The Strip, after all, what’s not to like about a place that has a fleet of military vehicles and 500 machine guns on tap.
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