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Oklahoma Begins Constitutional Carry Despite Push by Anti-Gun Groups

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 02:39

Oklahoma lawmakers this year approved HB 2597 with broad bipartisan support, passing on a 70-30 vote in the state House and 40-6 in the Senate, before earning the Governor’s signature. Taking effect on Friday, the law has already withstood several attempts by anti-gun advocates to derail it. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Beginning Friday, concealed carry permits will be optional for adults in Oklahoma who can legally possess firearms.

In February, Oklahoma Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt signed HB 2597, upholding a campaign promise made last year. The measure leaves the state’s current concealed carry licensing program intact while recognizing that an adult aged 21 and up and is lawfully able to possess a gun can carry one concealed without such a permit. It also allows military service members at least 18 years of age to carry. The law will become effective Nov. 1 after shrugging off a legal challenge that made it all the way to the state Supreme Court and a petition drive backed by Moms Demand Action.

“After 112 years, constitutional carry returns the fundamental right to self-defense to every law-abiding Oklahoman,” said Don Spencer, president, Oklahoma Second Amendment Association, in a statement. “By eliminating financial barriers imposed by government permitting schemes, constitutional carry ensures that law-abiding, but economically disadvantaged Oklahomans can always protect themselves in times of crisis.”

Despite contention by the advocates against constitutional carry that firearm-related deaths will rise in Oklahoma under the new law, there is little to suggest that states, where similar policies have been adopted, have witnessed such a phenomenon. In fact, just the opposite has been witnessed.

According to data from FBI Uniform Crime Reports, Arizona, a state which adopted permitless carry in 2010, saw homicide rates decline from 6.4 per 100,000 to 5.1 by 2018. Mississippi, which adopted permitless carry in 2016, saw homicide rates fall last year to the lowest numbers in decades. Three of the four states with the lowest murder rates in 2018 are all constitutional carry states.

At least 16 states now recognize some form of permitless concealed carry.

BREAKING: Bloomberg’s anti-gun group FAILED to stop constitutional carry from going into effect in Oklahoma.

The NYC billionaire tried 3 last-ditch efforts to restrict the rights of law-abiding gun owners. Rightfully, the courts ruled in favor of freedom.

— NRA (@NRA) October 31, 2019

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The Old School Ruger Mini-14 Side Folding Stock is Coming Back!

Thu, 10/31/2019 - 23:56

The Ruger Mini-14 Side Folding Stock by Samson Mfg. is almost exactly the same as the original dating back to the seventies and eighties. (Photo: Samson Mfg.)

Accessory maker Samson Mfg. is releasing an almost exact replica of the original Ruger Mini-14 Side Folding Stock from the seventies and eighties.

The author’s Ruger Mini-14 with an original Side Folding Stock that he bought for $200. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

I was lucky enough to buy an original Side Folding Stock last year from a guy for $200. I don’t think he knew what it was worth. People are buying them for upwards of $850, which is crazy considering they were a $40 upgrade when the rifle first launched in 1973.

After buying my stock, I promptly put it on a 580 series stainless steel Ruger Mini-14. It fit perfectly, and I think it is one of the best looking retro-rifles you can own.

Samson Mfg. has been working on the stock for the last year. They expect it to hit the markets in early 2020. I spoke to Dave Biggers, the Director of Sales & Marketing at Samson. He told me that they’ve been working in close conjunction with Ruger, using all the original molds and materials including walnut wood. Judging from the photos, it looks legit.

The Ruger Mini-14 Side Folding Stock by Samson Mfg. is almost exactly the same as the original dating back to the seventies and eighties. (Photo: Samson Mfg.)

The only difference will be the handle. The original grips were made out of bakelite. According to Biggers, bakelite is hard to find these days. “So, we’re using very durable plastic instead. It will be stronger than bakelite. The grip will be the same shape, size, and texture. The only difference is that it will be a little less shiny than the original,” he said.

Currently, Samson Mfg. is only going to manufacture the stainless steel model of the stock. Ruger made a blued-steel model back in the day. Samson may make that in the future. They’re also considering making a similar side folding stock for the Ruger 10/22.

The Ruger Mini-14 Side Folding Stock by Samson Mfg. is almost exactly the same as the original dating back to the seventies and eighties. (Photo: Samson Mfg.)

By now you’re probably wondering how much it’s going to cost. Don’t forget, original folding stocks are going for upwards of $850. Biggers told me they will retail for less than $300!!

What makes this even more exciting is that Ruger released a bunch of new Tactical Mini-14s. They will look stunning with the old school stocks. I can’t wait to get one.

Very exciting stuff. As always, will keep you updated.


Check out the video below that I made last year about my friend’s Ruger AC-556 machine gun with a Side Folding Stock.

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10 Cool Guns Released in 2019

Thu, 10/31/2019 - 12:00

Each year the gun industry churns out a bevy of cool designs and unique innovations. Often, it’s hard to keep track of all the new firearms that land on dealer shelves; but, no worries, is here to help. We’ve pulled together, in no particular order, what we think are some of the most interesting guns 2019 has to offer.

Walther Q5 Match SF

The Walther Q5 Match SF brings a steel frame to competition shooters.


Though Walther’s Q5 Match is nothing new, the SF – or steel frame construction – revamps the Q5 series. Chambered in 9mm, the Q5 Match SF brings a barrel length of 5-inches to an overall length measuring 8.7-inches. Designed for serious shooters, the pistol is precision machined from solid steel billet adding a wrap-around grip panel, extended beavertail, full-length Picatinny rail and recessed slide release for extra measure.

The Q5 Match SF comes ported and optics-ready, with LPA iron sights. Sporting a 15+1 capacity, the Q5 Match SF reduces recoil with its heavier 41.6-ounce design, providing a quality pistol for competition shooters. The Walther Q5 Match SF retails for $1,499.

Colt King Cobra

Colt continues its expansion into revolvers with the latest entry in the Cobra series — the King Cobra.


Colt breathed new life into its lineup in 2017 with the launch of the Colt Cobra, continuing its revolver revival in 2019 with the release of the King Cobra. Packing six rounds of .357 Magnum, Colt’s King Cobra offers a 3-inch barrel on a heavy-duty frame weighing in at 28-ounces. The double-action wheelgun comes outfitted with Hogue overmolded grips for comfort and a user-replaceable brass bead front sight.

Opting for the same Linear Leaf spring trigger as its sibling Cobra models, the King Cobra melds that Colt name to the timelessness that is revolvers. The Colt King Cobra offers an MSRP of $899.

Springfield Armory HellCat

The Hellcat by Springfield Armory looks to take on the Sig Sauer P365 for smallest CCW over 10 rounds.


A competitor to Sig Sauer’s game-changing P365, Springfield Armory made a splash late in 2019 with the Hellcat pistol. Chambered in 9mm, the micro-compact semi-auto pistol opts for a 3-inch hammer-forged barrel and capacity of 11+1 with the flush-fit magazine. 12 rounds not enough for your misadventures? Well, Springfield Armory also offers a 13-round extended mag bumping up that round count. Offered in standard and optics ready models, the Hellcat boasts serrations, an accessory rail, flat nickel boron coated trigger and reversible mag release for lefties.

Will the Hellcat take a top spot as concealed carrier’s new favorite CCW? Only time will tell but, in the meantime, the Hellcat offers purchasers two mags in the box and an MSRP starting at $599 for the standard model.

Taurus TX22

The Taurus TX22 was a game-changer for the company, bringing a duty gun style to .22LR.


Taurus USA’s TX22 offers a unique take on the .22LR platform, merging the rimfire round with a striker-fired duty pistol design. The full-sized handgun offers an overall length of 7.06-inches using a 4.10-inch barrel. Tipping scales at 17.3-ounces, the TX22 delivers a 16+1 capacity. The TX22 comes equipped with an adjustable white-dot rear sight and fixed front sight along with front and rear slide serrations. Topping the design off, the TX22 offers a suppressor-ready design with 1/2x28TPI threads.

Those .22LR fans wanting a more modern and duty-centric look and feel to the rimfire construction will find the Taurus TX22 a worthy pistol. The TX22 retails for a modest $349.

IWI Masada

The IWI Masada has been on many IWI fans Christmas list and this year Santa will finally deliver.


IWI fans have long awaited the arrival of the Masada and in 2019 lovers of the Israeli manufacturer finally got what they wanted. The Masada finally made its debut on dealer shelves, bringing a 9mm striker-fired design packed with features. Delivering a 4.1-inch barrel on a 7.4-inch frame, the Masada serves up ambidextrous controls, multiple interchangeable backstraps and an optics ready design – complete with interchangeable mounting plates for the Trijicon RMR, Leupold Delta Point, Sig Sauer Romeo 01 and Vortex Venom.

Weighing in at 23-ounces, the semi-auto handgun brings a 10- or 17-round magazine to the table, depending on your state’s restrictions. What really sets the Masada apart from other full-size pistols is its serialized chassis which allows it to be swapped out into a different frame. Gun owners seeking a duty-esque gun without a Glock label will find the Masada a worthy alternative – and at $100 cheaper than the G17, the Masada is a winner for the wallet. The Masada retails for $480.

Standard Manufacturing S333 Thunderstruck

The S333 Thunderstruck delivers two rounds with each trigger pull.


Earning a spot on this list for looks alone, the S333 Thunderstruck by Standard Manufacturing definitely turns heads. Ditching the traditional trigger guard, the S333 Thunderstruck opts for an open design. The double-action revolver doesn’t stop there when it comes to uniqueness, the S333 also sports a double-barrel design meaning that one pull of the trigger results in two rounds of .22 Win Mag leaving the barrel. In total, it takes four trigger pulls to yield a total of eight rounds all in under 3-seconds. That’s a lot of math for an 18-ounce wheelgun.

Boasting a 1.25-inch barrel and a fairly snag-free design, the S333 qualifies as an ultra-concealable handgun. Standard Manufacturing’s S333 Thunderstruck is priced at $429.

Daniel Defense Delta 5

Daniel Defense brings a bolt-action creation to DD fans with the Delta 5.


Though bolt-action rifles are nothing new to the gun world, they are new to the Daniel Defense lineup with the Delta 5 marking the company’s first foray into the bolt-action arena. The Delta 5 brings .308 Win, 6.5mm Creedmoor and 7mm-08 Rem to the modular bolt-action platform. Offering an array of features to DD fans, the Delta 5 is furnished with an adjustable single-stage Timney Elite Hunter trigger, user-interchangeable cold hammer-forged barrel with 5/8x24TPI threads, adjustable cheek risers and a stock with 11 M-LOK slots.

The Delta 5 marries a familiar bolt-action design with Daniel Defense accouterments making it a must-have for fans of the brand. MSRP comes in at $2,199.

CZ Bren 2 Ms

CZ continues its dominance of the “bad and bougie” with the Bren 2 Ms.


The CZ Bren 2 Ms saw U.S. shores in 2019, bringing various models and multiple barrel lengths. Opting for an aluminum receiver and carbon fiber-reinforced polymer lower, the pistol tips scales at around 5-pounds – slimmer and trimmer than its predecessor. Available in 5.56 NATO or 7.62x39mm, barrel lengths sit at 11- and 14-inches respectively with smaller barrel options in the way of 8-inches and 9-inches on the table for those with prefer a more compact aesthetic. Each flavor comes with a single 3-round magazine as well as an ambi mag release and safety. If you’re dying to add a little “bougie” to your lifestyle, the CZ Bren 2 Ms will certainly make your range buddies jealous.

As with any CZ product, though, prepare thy wallet. Despite competitor offerings slipping in a lower price bracket, this bad boy maintains an MSRP of $1,799 – but keep in mind, competitors aren’t CZ.

Sig Sauer MCX Rattler Canebrake

The Sig Sauer MCX Rattler Canebrake builds on the MCX rifle platform but opts for a suppressor ready design.


Sig Sauer enters the list updating its MCX rifle series with the Rattler Canebrake for suppressed fire fans. The MCX Rattler Canebrake adopts the MCX design but tosses on a suppressor ready handguard and inert training device that mimics the SIGSRD762 suppressor. This construction ensures that, without a suppressor, all muzzle flash moves past the shooter’s hand when grasping the handguard. Sporting a 5.5-inch barrel with an overall length of 29.25-inches, the .300 Blackout build comes loaded with other goodies like a 2-stage flat-blade match trigger, folding coyote-tan PCB, 30-round Magpul mag and Cerakote E190 finished upper and lower.

All in all, the Sig Sauer Rattler Canebrake caters to those in the tactical crowd who prefer a slick-looking rifle with suppressor capabilities. The Sig Sauer Rattler Canebrake retails for $2,899.

Maxim Defense PDX

The Maxim Defense PDX delivers a compact build perfect for close combat.


Maxim Defense burst onto the radar in January 2019 with its all-new PDX, stealing the hearts of every tactically-minded gun owner. Developed from a 2017 SOCOM request for a compact personal defense weapon, the PDX excels in close quarters encounters with a slimmed-down overall length of 18.75-inches and a barrel length sitting at 5.5-inches. The build achieves its diminutive dimensions through the Maxim SCW stock system – a means of cutting down the length of the stock to just 4-inches. Rounding out the design, the PDX delivers a Maxim Hatebrake muzzle booster. Besides the obviously aggressive name, the Hatebrake reduces recoil and decreases flash, all while pushing gas and concussion waves downrange.

The Maxim Defense PDX comes chambered in crowd favorites, 5.56 NATO and 7.62x39mm, perfect for personal and home defense gurus. The Maxim Defense PDX offers a price tag of $2,299.

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Carving Halloween Pumpkins that Special, Ballistic Way:

Thu, 10/31/2019 - 03:26

It doesn’t have to make sense. (Photo: Chris Eger/

You know what time of year this is, so don’t be surprised that the gun channels with the pumpkins haven’t passed you by!

As Hickok45 is now in his 11th year of getting to the heart of the Jack-o-Lantern matter, he leads the pack with a little offhand carving via a WWII-era Colt M1911 Government Issue

Meanwhile, in Colorado, Dragonman rides up in the HMMV and breaks out a half-dozen new machine guns– because Dragonman– against a legion of tannerite-stuffed pumpkins. And yes, they have two new select-fire SCARs!

Next up, from California comes Edwin Sarkissian and his S&W .500 Magnum ripping through stacks and stacks of the humble Halloween period squash

And just to remind you that airguns are not toys, American Airgunner does some pellet carving on full-auto.

Vets & Horror Movies

If this time of year has got you itching for some horror movies, a new thing that popped up this week is a series by our friends Mat Best and the Black Rifle Coffee/Full Mag crew, where they react to such films and answer the question of how they would be different if a Vet was plunged into a horror movie in place of a more traditional scream queen.

Enjoy and grab some popcorn!

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Pennsylvania Sunday Hunting Expansion Bill Passes House

Thu, 10/31/2019 - 02:46

Sportsmen in the Keystone State could see more open days in the woods next year under a new bill that advanced this week. (Photo: Pennsylvania Game Commission)


A bill that will open the woods to legal Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania passed the state House this week.

The measure, SB 147, passed the House without a single “no” vote on Wednesday and now heads back to the Pennsylvania Senate, for final approval, which is expected in mid-November. The move would legalize hunting on at least three Sundays throughout the year — which is three more than what the Commonwealth has currently.

The bill, supported by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, mandates the three Sundays to include one day during deer rifle season, one day during deer archery season and another day designated by the Commission.

Pennsylvania is one of just three states, along with Maine and Massachusetts, that maintain a total ban on Sunday hunting, an enduring remnant of old puritanical “blue laws.”

A fiscal analysis by the state filed this week found that SB 147 would likely increase revenue for the Commonwealth’s Game Fund due to an expected increase in license sales. According to PCG, Pennsylvania saw 885,632 licensed hunters in 2017, the lowest number in a decade that began with 924,448 hunters in 2007.

Endorsed by Keystone State game clubs as well as Safari Club International and the National Rifle Association, pro-sporting groups argue that the expansion, if successful, will help turn around flagging hunter numbers.

“Many hunters are prevented from introducing their children or friends to hunting because it is difficult to find time and opportunities outside of the work or school week,” noted the NRA in a statement this week. “Countless hunters stop hunting because of this reality in our hectic lives. Senate Bill 147 seeks to increase Pennsylvania hunters’ ability to enjoy our hunting heritage and will improve hunter recruitment and retention efforts.”

The state Senate had previously passed the measure in an easy 36-14 vote in September and is expected to find easy concurrence with the House’s more recent vote. As currently written, the law would not take effect until 90 days after it’s signed by the governor. This means there will be no additional Sunday hunting opportunities until 2020.


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Three Great Varmint Rifles for Pesky Critters

Wed, 10/30/2019 - 10:30

Whether the intended target is as small as ground squirrels or as large as winter coyotes, having the right hunting rifle can make all the difference. From less damaging rimfire rounds on up to flatter shooting centerfires, bolt actions to semi-automatics, the options are plenty on both new and used gun racks. Here is a trio of our favorite varmint rifles all borrowed from the GDC Vault.

Howa 1500 Ranch Land Combo

Howa Model 1500 bolt action rifles from Legacy Sports International are quite underrated hunting guns, with capable accuracy for a reasonable price. These bolt guns are available in a nice range of calibers ideal for varminters. From .223 Rem to .243 Win these calibers are suited for all sorts of furbearing predators. While the 1500 action comes in a variety of specialty models, configurations and stocks, we especially appreciate the bang-for-the-buck that varmint hunters get with the Howa Ranch Land rifle/scope combo.

While most Howa 1500 bolt actions would suffice for varmint hunters, our Ranch Land compact Combo is almost purpose-built for such wieldy predator pursuit (Kristin Alberts/

While any of the Howa 1500 bolt actions will suffice for varmint hunters, this Ranch Land compact package model seems purpose-built for such predator pursuit. The 20-inch lightweight barrel defines its compact size, making it ideal as a truck gun, brush gun and fast-wielding coyote taker. The Howa comes ready right out of the box, easily heading into the field.

Our .243 Win chambering sports a short, light barrel yielding a wieldy hunting companion. Additionally, the barrel sits inside a Hogue green rubberized stock that will take on any inclement weather with its grip. If that’s not enough, the rifle includes a color-matched Nikko Stirling 2.5-10×42 Nighteater scope. When hunters can get into an MOA-guaranteed rig for under $400, that’s a win in our book. Though we didn’t expect a whole lot given the price, the two-stage trigger broke cleanly just over 3-pounds. It was a great aid to shooting cloverleaf groups at 100-yards with premium ammunition.

In our caliber choice of .243 Win, the same rifle can be loaded down with 55-grain bullets for critters as small as prairie dogs and up to 100-grain options for medium sized game like deer, making this the perfect middle ground for game of any kind. If the Ranch Land in .243 Win is not quite to your liking, the GDC Vault is also stocked with the combo in the similarly low-recoiling, deer hunting supreme 7mm-08 chambering.


Savage Arms A17

Rimfire rifles are plenty, but the great ones are few. Savage Arms’ semi-automatic .17 HMR rifle is one of the latter. It’s also among the first and only such actions to reliably cycle the hot .17 HMR round with its delayed-blowback action. Those rapid shot strings from an accurate rimfire knock down prairie dogs, ground squirrels and the like. With good shot placement that same .17 HMR will easily take down fox and even coyote.
When the hunting is good, the A17 makes quick work of fast-moving critters. The A17 rifle ships with a 10-round rotary magazine, more than ample for any kind of varmint hunt. Savage’s fully adjustable AccuTrigger comes standard and is a great aid to accuracy, even on a rimfire, with our test trigger breaking reliably at 3-pounds. With ballistic tip HMR ammunition, the A17 is a legit small game and varmint rifle in a smooth-running semi-auto platform.

The Savage semi-automatic A17 is one of the only such rifles to reliably cycle the hot .17 HMR rounds with a delayed blowback action (Kristin Alberts/

While the A-series rimfires come in a variety of calibers and styles, we appreciate the comfort and looks of our Laminate Target Thumbhole. Partnered with the caliber-matched Bushnell A17 scope, long shorts are still right on the money with the custom turrets. Though we fired a mix of ammunition, the rifle particularly loves CCI’s A17 and Norma’s .17 HMR loaded with Hornady V-Max projectiles. The A17 rifle is available both new and used from the GDC Vault in many of the rifle’s model variants, including synthetic furniture, heavy barrels or thumbhole stocks like our test rifle.


Ruger 77/22

Ruger’s vaunted 77 line of bolt action rifles usually centers on the .22 LR chambering; however, the particular rifle we selected from the GDC Vault is rarer—and more potent — .22 WMR. This 77/22 makes use of a 24-inch heavy stainless barrel with matching matte stainless receiver all sitting in a laminate stock. The 77/22 is fitted with a 9-shot rotary magazine very similar to that used with the venerable Ruger 10/22 semi-auto rimfire. Sling swivels come standard so the hefty rimfire, which tips the scales at almost 8-pounds with the optic and loaded magazine, is still easy to tote afield.

Our loaner 77/22 from the GDC Vault is chambered in .22 Magnum and makes use of a 24-inch heavy barrel, laminate stock, rotary magazine, and is topped off with a Burris optic (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

The icing on the cake for both looks and accuracy on this used rifle is a Burris 4-12X Compact scope in Ruger’s own rings. The trigger breaks right around 4.5-pounds with just a hint of creep. The three-position safety located at the right tang is a nice feature even on a rimfire rifle, allowing the chamber to be safely cleared without disengaging the safety. Though the .22 WMR chambering is certainly best for smaller critters like prairie dogs, chucks, and smaller furbearers, a good and accurate rifle is hard to beat. Those lovers of the 77 rimfire platform seeking more firepower in a centerfire round zippy .22 Hornet round is the best match.

The 77/22 bolt action rifle are ones that look, feel and hunt like their much larger M77 centerfire counterparts, so they’re an easy acclimation for fans of Ruger’s fine rifles in general.



Whether rimfire or centerfire, bolt or semi-auto, the choices for varmint rifles are many. Each of our selections will shoot MOA or better at 100-yards using premium factory ammunition. Tailor your rifle selection to the game you plan to hunt, and you’ll set yourself up for success every time. Any of the rifles mentioned above are sure to please with a blend of accuracy, reliability and performance with a nice a variety of price points and calibers.

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Rimfire Rounds Hunters Must Try in 2019

Wed, 10/30/2019 - 04:00

Four of our top pics in rimfire hunting ammunition, including: Norma .17HMR, Hornady .22 WMR Varmint Express, Federal Premium Hunter Match .22 LR, and Aguila 5mm Rimfire Magnum. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Plinking and hunting with rimfires is a joy that extends far beyond any shooter’s youth years. With continual advancements in precision rimfire rifles and premium factory ammunition, the rimfire life gets better each year. Here are four of our absolute favorite rimfire offerings, one for each of the major calibers and each one guaranteed to put small game in the stew pot.

Norma 17 HMR

Our Savage A17 semi-auto in .17HMR loved Norma’s 17 HMR rimfire rounds, which are topped with Hornady’s 17-grain V-Max bullets. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/


When two powerhouse companies come together, the results are bound to be great and such is the case with the new-for-2019 Norma .17 HMR rimfire ammunition. With Norma’s track record of quality hunting ammunition partnered with Hornady’s immensely popular V-Max bullets, this is a win-win for hunters and rimfire aficionados.

With the 17-grain bullet moving with an advertised muzzle velocity of 2,549 feet-per-second with 245 foot-pounds of energy, there’s both enough speed and penetration downrange to handle the rimfire hunter’s needs. The polymer-tipped V-Max bullet expands quickly on small game or varmints for the best terminal performance. These new rounds come 50 to a plastic sleeve and, best of all, the ammunition shot with great reliability and accuracy through our Savage A17 rifle.

A sweet, 100-yard group fired through Savage’s A17 rifle using Norma .17HMR. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Hornady 22 WMR

Hornady’s Varmint Express load offers enough power to ethically take out varmints. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/


While Norma borrows Hornady’s V-Max bullets, we go right to the source for one of our favorite .22 Magnum offerings. Hornady’s Varmint Express in WMR is loaded with 30-grain polymer-tipped V-Max bullets. These little babies move from the muzzle at 2,200 FPS with 322 foot-pounds of energy provide more than enough oomph to take down small game and varmints alike. They come in 50-round plastic boxes and shot well through every rifle we tried, including the Ruger 77/22, Marlin 57and Henry lever actions.

Federal Premium Hunter Match .22 LR

Federal Premium offers up its Hunter Match rimfire ammo perfect for varminters. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/


The good ‘ole Long Rifle will always be the standard by which other rimfires are judged. While there have long been many flavors of LR ammunition available, we’ve finally found a legit premium hunting round in the Federal Premium Hunter Match. This round, with its 40-grain Hunter Match hollow point bullet, is built for longer-range accuracy and terminal performance on game. This proves especially useful for varminters seeking those 75 to 100 -yard shots. We’ve tested it at length on squirrels and rabbits with stellar results, meaning clean harvests without damaging the meat. With a nickel-plated case and loaded to match-grade specs, this is a winner for rimfire hunters.

Aguila 5mm Rem Rimfire Mag

A closer look at one of the new boxes of Aguila’s 5mm Remington Rimfire Magnum, back in production after a long hiatus, and a fantastic performer on small game and varmints. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/


Though nowhere near as well-recognized or popular as the previously referenced rimfire rounds, 2019 was a thrilling year for fans of the 5mm Remington Magnum. Cult-like followers of the 5mm Rem Mag had been begging for a remake of the ammunition for years and Aguila finally answered the call in a big way. The company is producing not just one but two versions. Both are tipped with 30-grain bullets and come in a jacketed hollow point varmint (known as the Magnum Varmint) and the other a semi-jacketed hollow point — both with an advertised muzzle velocity of 2,300 FPS which still put the 5mm a step above .22 WMR performance. The terminal results on small game are entirely devastating, as evidenced by our late-winter hunts.

Want more great rimfire ammo? Check out’s variety of rimfire loads HERE.


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Swiss Hunting Rifle: The Classy SIG Arms SHR 970

Wed, 10/30/2019 - 04:00

This exceedingly rare SIG SHR 970 in the Vault of Certified Used guns is chambered in .270 Rem and is available to fill a hole in any discerning collector’s safe.


Only made for a few years, the SHR 970 bolt-action rifle offered a marriage of Old World craftsmanship and modern innovation for a handful of lucky hunters.

The SHR (Swiss Hunting Rifle) series rifles were introduced in the U.S. in 1998 and imported to the country by SIG Arms with the tag line, “There are only two ways you’ll miss your target…not buying one or shooting with both eyes closed.” Pitched with one-gun functionality, the forward-looking rifle could be swapped out across seven calibers through an interchangeable barrel system– long before today’s modular platforms like the Daniel Defense Delta 5.

The SHR was offered in .25-06 Rem, .270 Rem, .280 Rem, .30-06, .308 Win, .300 Win Mag and 7mm Rem Mag, with extra barrels available. Standard calibers used a 22-inch hammer-forged barrel which produced a 41.9-inch rifle while the barrels and resulting overall length on the magnums went two inches longer.

SIG said these rifles carried a 1:10″ twist Ilaflon-coated barrel and receiver, making them “virtually impervious to corrosion.” All were made in Switzerland, and this one is marked as such on the receiver.

Using a steel receiver and glossy European walnut stock with checkering (an optional synthetic model was also marketed), the SHR had a very fast lock time with a 65-degree short throw bolt that locked directly to the barrel. The gun also had a unique bedding block system, 3-position safety, and a detachable box magazine that held three or four rounds depending on caliber. Weight of the rifle, sans magazine, was 7.2-pounds.

These guns are rarely encountered in any condition, with this one being graded “excellent.” This specimen includes Weaver scope bases for the user’s preferred optics.

From the factory, these rifles had a 4.4-pound single-stage trigger pull.

Still, while today’s Sig Sauer makes any number of great semi-auto rifles, not many people can say they have a more old-school Swiss-made SIG Arms bolt-gun as the small supply of SHRs brought into the states dried up almost as soon as they hit our shores.


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Judge Boots Pittsburgh ‘Assault Weapon’ restrictions

Wed, 10/30/2019 - 02:03

“The City’s gun control sought to eviscerate the inviolate right of the residents of the Commonwealth to keep and bear arms and ensnare law-abiding citizens through a patchwork of laws,” said an attorney representing the pro-gun groups. (Photo: Chris Eger/

The Allegheny Court of Common Pleas on Tuesday found that Pittsburgh had gone too far in passing local laws restricting guns.

The challenge before the court took issue with ordinances enacted earlier this year that banned the public carry of loaded magazines that can accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition, implemented orders paving the way for temporarily firearm seizures from those thought to be a danger to themselves or others, and restrictions on guns deemed to be “assault weapons.” Judge Joseph M. James this week found the city violated Pennsylvania’s statewide firearm preemption statutes and ruled the city’s new ordinances void and unenforceable.

The challenge against the City, Mayor Bill Peduto, and six City Council members, was filed by three individuals and a trio of pro-gun groups: the Firearms Policy Coalition, Firearms Policy Foundation, and Firearms Owners Against Crime.

“I am delighted that Judge James’ decision today appropriately struck down the City of Pittsburgh’s unlawful firearm ordinances and signage,” said Joshua Prince, an attorney for the pro-gun plaintiffs. “The City’s gun control sought to eviscerate the inviolate right of the residents of the Commonwealth to keep and bear arms and ensnare law-abiding citizens through a patchwork of laws.”

Petudo, a Democrat that has long championed gun control measures, pointed out that the city was receiving free legal support from outside groups to defend their anti-gun laws and they would appeal this week’s ruling. The city is being represented by a legal team that includes attorneys funded through the Bloomberg-funded Everytown organization.

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CZ Debuts New All-Terrain Semi-Auto, SXS, and O/U Shotguns

Tue, 10/29/2019 - 02:49


CZ-USA this week announced a series of new All-Terrain shotguns in four break-barrel and one semi-auto model in multiple barrel lengths.

While the five models are all very different from each other due to their actions, they all share an OD green cerakote finish, premium walnut furniture, and extended chokes. The break-barrel models all use earth magnets on the extractor/ejectors to keep shells in place when the action is open, even if the gun is turned upside down– a feature CZ bills as being especially handy for sportsmen in duck blinds or when dog handling,

All-Terrain series shotgun barrels and receivers feature an OD Green Cerakote finish “that delivers the ultimate in durability no matter how nasty the elements get,” says CZ while the walnut stock and forend provides “a stunning look that’s anything but ostentatious.” (Photos: CZ)

The new CZ All-Terrain series includes the record-breaking semi-auto 1012 as well as break-action Bobwhite G2, Drake, Redhead Premier, and Upland Ultralight models.

The CZ 1012 All-Terrain is offered in 12 ga only with 28-inch barrels. MSRP: $690

The CZ Bobwhite G2 All-Terrain SXS comes in either 12 or 20 with 28-inch barrels. Note the straight English-style stock. MSRP is $828

The CZ Drake All-Terrain is offered in 12 and 20 with 28-inch barrels. MSRP is $790.80

The CZ Redhead Premier All-Terrain comes in 12 and 20 with 28- or 30-inch barrels. MSRP is $1,122.72

The CZ Upland Ultralight All-Terrain is offered in 12 and 20 with 28-inch barrels. MSRP is $889.98


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Bushnell Brings Budget Friendly Spotting Scope With Trophy Xtreme

Tue, 10/29/2019 - 01:25

The Trophy Xtreme by Bushnell introduces a rugged, yet compact model into the spotting scope world. (Photo: Frank Melloni/


The Bushnell Trophy Xtreme looks to offer gun owners a rugged, compact spotting scope capable of tackling shots inside 1,000-yards.


On the hunt for a new spotting scope, I decided to check out the Trophy Xtreme.

This model comes in two flavors –a 16-48x50mm and 20-60x65mm. I opted for the smaller objective lens, the 16-48x50mm model, in order to save on space while staying within my budget. For those new to the world of spotting scopes world, the model features an adjustable magnification from 16x up to 48x with a 50mm objective lens. Although smaller, this spotting scope comes nicely equipped with all the same features as the larger sized model as well as a tripod.

(Photo: Frank Melloni/

This particular model offers a green scope body, weighing in at 31.4-ounces and brings a length of 13-inches. The lenses are multi-coated with multiple layers of anti-reflective coating on all air-to-glass surfaces. The Trophy Xtreme is also fully water and fog-proof. Using a straight eyepiece, the scope delivers an integrated sunshade extending from the objective bell as well as a built-in front lens cover.

The spotting scope provides a field of view of 125-60 feet at 1,000 yards and can be used on objects as close as 25-feet away. Focusing on the target is simple as the spotting scope uses a single focus knob with eye relief at 16mm and exit pupil at 3.1-1mm.

On the Range

We engaged targets with the Bushnell Trophy Xtreme from 500 yards out past 1,000 yards. The Trophy Xtreme offered fast target acquisition and clarity on par with other spotters in its price range. The Xtreme’s weight delivers enough heft that the spotting scope stayed still during intermittent wind gusts.

Though the optic melds quality with a decent price point, retailing at $299, the spotting scope would benefit from a fine focus knob. This would speed up the process of clarifying whether there are two hits in the same area on a piece of distance steel. That being said, this an understandable omission given the budget-friendly nature of the spotting scope.

(Photo: Frank Melloni/

Final Thoughts

While there are tons of spotting scope options from which to choose, what’s important when selecting the right one is to consider the user’s needs and budget. Overall, the Bushnell Trophy Xtreme spotting scope meets both criteria for cost-conscious sportsmen needing a simplistic design that is rugged and can withstand the elements. It comes with everything you need and nothing you don’t. If you are in the market for a sub-$300 spotting scope, the Bushnell Trophy Xtreme is certainly worth a look.

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Winchester Wins Big CBP Ammo Contract for New Glocks

Tue, 10/29/2019 - 01:11

U.S. Border Patrol is responsible for patrolling 6,000 miles of international land border with Mexico and Canada and well as another 2,000 miles of coastal borders (Photo: CBP)


Olin-Winchester has reportedly gotten the nod for a large contract to supply duty handgun ammunition to the country’s border protection agencies.

The broad strokes of the $9.89 million contract to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, for 32.9 million rounds of 9mm ammo, was detailed in media reports on Sunday. A further five-year contract, for up to $100 million, is expected to be awarded next year.

An RFI issued by the agency this summer specified that the prospective duty ammunition “be fully compatible with CBP service 9mm Gen 5 Glock handguns; Glock G47 MOS FS Mod1, Glock G19 MOS FS Mod1, and Glock G26 FS Mod1 (referred to as G47, G19, and G26).” Other requirements were a projectile weight of between 120 and 150 grains and that it be a jacketed hollow point or equivalent with a projectile readily identifiable by color, being black or dark grey. Using a non-corrosive primer, it had to have a shelf life of at least five years, and capable of passing a sustained (24 hour) immersion test in water.

The statement of work for the ammo stipulated that functional reliability testing, to include 10,000 rounds of ammunition fired from a Glock 19, 10,000 rounds fired from a Glock 47, and 5,000 rounds from a Glock 26, was to be undertaken with the ammo not exceeding one defect per 10,000 rounds.

CBP in April announced an $85 million award to Glock to provide the agency’s law enforcement personnel with their, “next-generation standard duty handgun.” The G47 is a crossover design that incorporates a full-sized G17 MOS-style slide with a G45 frame and other features. Glock said at the time that the model was developed specifically for the CBP solicitation and is not available to consumers.


In addition to the G47, two other models of Gen 5 9mm Glocks — the G19 and G26 — were also selected to complete the CBP contract. The company advises that all three models feature a flared magwell for faster magazine changes, the match-grade Glock Marksman Barrel (GMB) for enhanced accuracy, and Ameriglo BOLD sights. The handguns all have extended magazine floorplates, presumably for better access to strip away magazines in the sandy, dusty conditions that CBP officers and agents often find themselves on the Southern border.

The 9mm Glocks, which are replacing .40S&W-chambered HK P2000s, are expected to yield reduced maintenance and ammunition costs while having a more robust lifecycle that previously handguns.

As for Winchester, the ammo maker keeps knocking it out of the park when it comes to government contracts. In 2016, the company was selected by the military to supply as many as 100 million rounds of 9mm ammunition– M1152 Ball, M1153 Special Purpose, and M1156 Drilled Dummy Inert– to the Pentagon as part of Sig Sauer’s successful MHS program. This was followed up by a recent contract to run the Army’s historic Lake City ammo plant. Further, earlier this month the Department of Homeland Security awarded a potentially $7 million contract to Winchester for training rounds.


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Mon, 10/28/2019 - 08:40

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5 Reasons to Varmint Hunt

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 04:00

Varmint hunting offers a bevy of benefits, but we’ve narrowed it down to five. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Offering a hunt with low pressure and a lot of fun, has collected some reasons why you should take to the fields for varmints.

1. Great starter for kids

With video games and television inundating kids daily, a trip to the field clears the clutter of life and provides a great bonding moment between parents and children. Unlike deer hunting, you can walk and talk leisurely. Even better, with most varmint seasons running late spring to early fall, staying warm isn’t an issue making it a more comfortable experience. The Savage Rascal is a single-shot, bolt-action 22 LR rifle perfect for little ones learning muzzle discipline and marksmanship. This low-pressure, high success scenario will likely get the kiddos hooked.

2. Leisure

Varmint hunting can be a leisurely activity for many hunters. (Photo: Jeromy Knepp/

Don’t like sitting in tree stands for long hours? Don’t like standing in snow? Varmint hunting isn’t quite as intense as other hunts, often allowing for time to relax. I often carry a lawn chair and table out to my favorite locations, setting up shop in the morning and actively hunting until around noon. Want to grab a nap? After lunch is the perfect time to get a quick snooze in before shooting picks back up around 3 pm.

3. Teach Hunting Techniques

Varmint hunting teaches and perfects the basics like stalking, spotting, and firearm safety. Additionally, it’s a great way to put your gear to the test. Got a new budget-friendly scope, like a Redfield Rampage or Konus Konusport, you want to test out? Take it to the field. Getting started with some binoculars? Try those out on some unsuspecting groundhogs. Varmint hunting is an awesome and fun way to work on skills and solidify your gun and gear preferences.

Varmint hunting offers gun owners the ability to practice the fundamentals. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

4. Ease of Rifle Selection

Rifles for varmint hunting are usually of smaller caliber as varmints tend to be smaller animals. Aside from that delineation, most makes and small-caliber models easily transition into the varmint hunt; though the best rifle is usually the one you are most proficient. Anything from the Savage Mark II TR to Ruger’s 77/22 and the Remington 700 will do for the hunt. Just remember, varmints are small animals so you can forgo large calibers.

5. Making Memories

Memories made with our kids, family and friends are at the core of hunting. A day in the woods or the fields provides many life lessons and opportunities to relax and reflect. The earth is a beautiful place, and you can bet you’ll see more than a varmint on your hunt. With beautiful tree lines, picturesque skies and a variety of animals, the wilds of any state make for a memorable mental postcard. Whatever the reason or wherever you go, the journey is the fun part.

Gear up for your next varmint hunting trip with rifles, ammo and optics.

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Bergara Expands B14 Rifle Series with 22LR, 6.5 PRC and .300 PRC Offerings

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 03:21

Bergara B14 fans now have more options as the company this month announced a rimfire series as well as new chamberings for 6.5 PRC and .300 PRC.


Bergara North America last week took the wraps off several new B14 rifles to include rimfire guns and those in popular PRC (Precision Rifle Cartridge) chamberings. The 6.5 PRC, which has been called something akin to a magnum 6.5 Creedmoor, and the .300 PRC are increasingly proving popular with sportsmen.

“We have been very pleased with the demand for the new PRC calibers in our Premier series, but equally as import, the actual performance they are delivering,” said, Nate Treadaway, CEO of BPI Outdoors, Bergara’s parent company. “Based on these two facts, it is only natural that we extend the chamberings to our two most popular B14 models.”

Like standard Bergara B-14 rifles, the new PRC-chambered offerings are guaranteed to produce sub-1.0 MOA groups or less at 100 yards using factory match grade ammunition. The chamberings will be available in both the B-14 HMR and Ridge models.

Bergara’s B-14 Hunting and Match Rifle (HMR) series are built for both hunters and competition shooters. It supports a fully free-floated, 4140 CrMo steel, barrel to achieve optimal precision. The stock also has an adjustable cheekpiece, length of pull spacers, and a QD flush cups for easy attachment and detachment of slings. (Photo: Bergara)

The B-14 Ridge series is a more traditional hunting rifle with a molded synthetic stock made of glass fiber reinforced polymer. (Photo: Bergara)

MSRP was not announced.

Bergara B-14 R .22 LR

Using an 18-inch Bergara barrel, the overall length of the B-14 R is a handy 38-inches but that can be adjusted using the spacers in the HMR stock. (Photo: Bergara)

Designed as a top-notch rimfire “trainer” rifle with Remington 700 short-action compatibility, the new Bergara B-14 R (rimfire) series in .22LR still uses a threaded 4140 barrel with an HMR-style stock that is user-adjustable. Weight, with a 10-round magazine, is 9.25-pounds. Besides tapping in as a precision trainer, the rifle is reported ideal for competitive use as well.

“Our customers have been requesting a gun like this for some time, and with the growing NRL22 and PRS .22 competition matches the timing was right to introduce a rifle of this nature,” said Dakota Russell, National Sales Manager for Bergara.

MSRP on the Bergara B-14 R .22 LR is $1,150.

To see how B14 rifles are born, check out the below factory tour which stresses the craftsmanship and attention to detail put into each Bergara.


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Court: No Compensation for Destroyed Bump Stocks

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 02:17

Retailers who had to destroy tens of thousands of bump stocks to comply with an ATF rule change went to court seeking reimbursement only to be rebuffed by a judge who said the government had the power to take the property without compensation. (Photo: Slide Fire Solutions)

A federal judge last week dismissed a claim from bump stock retailers who sued the government for damages they incurred after having to destroy their inventory.

The plaintiffs include two companies as well as two individuals who in all lost 74,995 bump stocks to the ban which took effect in March. The case, filed in a Washington, D.C. federal court, argued that the ban’s requirement that bump-stocks be surrendered or destroyed within 90 days, with no opportunity for registration, violated the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment which states that private property can’t be taken for public use without compensation.

The court didn’t see it that way.

“The law is different in this case because the government, as the sovereign, has the power to take property that is dangerous, diseased, or used in criminal activities without compensation,” said Senior Circuit Judge Loren A. Smith in his nine-page ruling. “Here, ATF acted properly within the confines of the limited federal police power.”

Smith, appointed to the federal bench in 1985 by President Ronald Reagan, said the $500,000 claim under the Tucker Act would be different “if the government confiscated a gun legally possessed by a person not committing a crime,” but argued that “machine guns,” which was how bump stocks were reclassified, are not protected by the Second Amendment.

The ATF rule change, retroactively reclassifying legally-sold bump stocks as illegal machine guns, became effective on March 26, 2019. After that date, those possessing a bump stock could face federal weapons charges that carry up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines for each violation. Between 2008 and 2017, the ATF had issued several classification decisions concluding that certain bump-stock-type devices were not machine guns.

In early 2018, federal regulators believed there could be upwards of 520,000 stocks in circulation.

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Happy Birthday Teddy: Theodore Roosevelt’s Personal M1903 Rifle

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 05:17

President Theodore Roosevelt was a statesman and soldier, but also a conservationist and noted sportsman with an interest in fine firearms. (Photo: Library of Congress)

As President and popular war hero, Theodore Roosevelt was one of the first in line to get one of the Army’s new M1903 rifles– but wanted it his way. With that, in honor of the 26th President’s 161st birthday this weekend, we take a look at one of his most interesting firearms.

Roosevelt, who earned perhaps a greater legend as a hunter and conservationist than any other American, had by 1903 led the New York City Police Department, been governor of the Empire State, was Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and had famously helped recruit and lead a regiment of volunteers up San Juan (Kettle) Hill in the Spanish-American War. At age 42, he became the youngest president in history– a record that remains today, after already filling the position of vice-president.

Roosevelt had a life-long love of hunting– shown above with a Winchester lever gun– and had resigned his post as assistant secretary of the Navy in 1898 to serve as a colonel in the Army during the Spanish American War, leading a volunteer cavalry regiment of cowboys and adventurers dubbed “The Rough Riders” into combat in Cuba. (Photos: Library of Congress)

As he had first-hand experience with the Army’s Krag .30-40 rifles in combat, and later became involved directly in the development of the new M1903 then being produced at Springfield Armory, it was natural that he moved to acquire one of these fine new bolt-action rifles for his own use in the field.

The M1903 Springfield in what eventually became .30-06 replaced a series of earlier Krag rifles made in the last days of the 19th Century which had proven unpopular in the Spanish-American War. The M1903 went on to serve in both World Wars with U.S. and allied forces. In the above photo, of the first issue version with the original bayonet, note the straight stock with no pistol grip. TR was no fan of the rod bayonet, writing the Secretary of War in 1905 to have it replaced, calling it “about as poor an invention as I ever saw.” (Photo: Springfield Armory)

In November 1903, TR reached out to Brig. Gen. William Crozier, then the Army’s Chief of Ordnance, including his personal rifle, for reference. The subject: getting a sporterized M1903 produced to spec.

“I have sent you over my Winchester rifle, so that you may have one of the new Springfield carbines made like it for me. I want the sights reproduced exactly. If necessary they can be obtained from the Winchester Company. I want the butt just like my present butt, only one inch shorter.” (Photo: National Archives)

The request and sample Winchester soon found their way to Springfield Armory where Col. Frank Phipps, then head of the historic facility, which dated to 1791, ran point on the project.

The trigger pull was set at 4.5-pounds. The top surface of the M1903 for the President was roughed to prevent glare in the field. A Lyman adjustable sight was fitted with a series of three different wedges sent back to the White House for review.

The stock was crafted from the Winchester design “of a very peculiar shape” to what would be described today as a Monte Carlo-style sporter, complete with checkering on the forearm and pistol grip and a cheek rest on the left side of the buttstock. Phipps wrote that “it required a great deal of care to manufacture.” A special commercial buttplate, with a cost of 40-cents, was attached.

Lacking a bayonet lug or attachment point, the rifle had a short blade front sight rather than the M1903’s taller one, and, as the forearm was cut down to expose the barrel, only a single band. The rifle was tested by one Mr. RT Hare, an expert marksman at the Armory with years of experience, and found to be accurate.

The custom M1903, with the bill, was sent back to the White House on February 1, 1904, with Phipps commenting to Crozier that, “I hope he will like the gun, and that it will prove satisfactory.”

Apparently, the rifle was a hit as it was promptly paid for by Roosevelt out of his pocket with check No. 1282, dated February 5, 1904, for $42.13. This amount, adjusted for inflation, is about $1,200 in today’s dollars. Of note, the standard Springfield M1903 of the day cost the government $11 apiece, which today is about $300– a bargain!

Crozier explained to the President, in a letter currently in the Dickinson State University’s Theodore Roosevelt Center, that Phipps, “took great interest in the gun and insured by his care and watchfulness that the material and workmanship should be the best.”

He was spotted with the rifle on at least two big game hunts, in 1905 in Colorado for bear, and a 1910 African safari.

“On the great bear hunt President Roosevelt after leaving Newcastle for the mountains, 1905 Colorado.” Note the Colonel, who was president at the time, is carrying the modified M1903 and is using a Spanish-American War-era military-issue Mills Cartridge belt to hold reloads. If a current U.S. president went on a bear hunt with a “military rifle” today’s press would go nuts! (Photo: Library of Congress)

Roosevelt on horseback, holding what looks to be the modified M1903 rifle. The man standing next to him is possibly his son, Kermit Roosevelt. The image was from a 1910 African safari. (Photo: Library of Congress)

The rifle today is preserved in the collection of the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, who graciously supplied with images of it in its current state.

Note that the rifle, SN 0009, and has a rear adjustable sight rather than the military ladder sight that was standard GI-issue. (Photo: Sagamore Hill National Historic Site)

Also, note the extensive oil-finished walnut and hand checkering. (Photo: Sagamore Hill National Historic Site)

As for the more standard GI-issue Springfield M1903, it remained in regular U.S. military service through World War II and still endures in small numbers as a line thrower as well as in ceremonial and drill use.  After all, it was good enough for the Bull Moose.

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GDC Selects: 7 Rad 80s Action Movies and Their Guns

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 04:00


At we like to celebrate our favorite eras and genres as well as the guns that made them famous. Today, we’re headed back to big hair, shoulder pads and neons for a deeper dive into the top action movies from the 80s. Be careful, though, spoilers ahead.

7. Beverly Hills Cops: Browning Hi-Power

Eddie Murphy wields a Browning Hi-Power while searching for his friend’s killer. (Photo: Paramount Pictures via YouTube)


Eddie Murphy kicks off the list with the classic 80s movie that launched Murphy to stardom. Beverly Hills Cop sees Murphy as Detroit cop Axel Foley chasing down the murderer of his best friend in, you guessed it, Beverly Hills, California. Foley relies on his trust Browning Hi-Power to solve the crime. We first see the handgun appear around the 12-minute mark as he scouts for an intruder in his apartment. From there, the Browning Hi-Power makes its grand finale in a hail of gunfire in the big shootout scene near the end of the film.

6. Aliens: M41A Pulse Rifle and M56 Smart Gun

Ripley ultimately uses the M41A Pulse Rifle against a slew of aliens, including the biggest, baddest of them all. (Photo: 20th Century Fox via YouTube)

Bringing in some of the coolest sci-fi guns, director James Cameron’s classic showcases a variety of weaponry but the two that stand out the most are the M41A Pulse Rifle and iconic M56 Smart Gun.

The M41A Pulse Gun makes its grand entrance as Ripley attempts an escape. Stumbling across Mama Alien herself, Ripley uses the M41A Pulse Gun to let loose on the aliens. In a twist of irony, Ripely could have simply run from Big Mama but then we’d lose out on that epic battle scene.

The M56 Smart Gun uses a German MG42 construction with both the stock and grip removed. Rigged up to a Steadicam body mount, we get our first taste of the Smart Gun from Privates Vasquez and Drake around the 38-minute mark. From there, we have to wait another full 40 minutes before we see the gun in action taking out xenomorphs.

Special shout out to the Ithaca 37, another popular 80s gun that makes a cool close quarters appearance.

5. Lethal Weapon: Beretta 92 and Smith & Wesson Model 19

Riggs shows off his Beretta 92 at the range. (Photo: Warner Bros. via YouTube)


The first Christmas movie to grace the list, Lethal Weapon sees two of the biggest 80s stars, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, star as LAPD Sergeants Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh. Though this film features a variety of firearms, Riggs’ Beretta 92 and Murtaugh’s Smith & Wesson Model 19 take the cake. The Beretta 92 makes its first appearance during a drug deal gone south and eventually elicits the often quoted, “I’m getting too old for this shit,” from Murtaugh. The Beretta 92 flexes its muscles during the range scene where we see the Beretta take a chunk out of the paper target followed by an impressive smiley face tacked into the target by the 9mm bullets.

Murtaugh’s faithful and trusty 6-shooter, the Smith & Wesson Model 19, proves its reliability, later though, taking out the driver of the General’s car. Ultimately, this causes the car to crash and explode showing that all the fancy 9mms in the world can’t stack up against a good Hollywood explosion.

4. First Blood: M60

The M60 flexes its muscles in First Blood, even making its way onto the movie poster. (Photo: Orion Pictures)

First Blood is a pure action-driven flick starring Sylvester Stallone in the role of Vietnam veteran John Rambo. Though several guns come into play during the film, the one that most famously graced the movie poster is none other than the M60, a.k.a. The Pig.

Despite wreaking some serious havoc with The Pig, Rambo draws first blood with a rock. Launching the rock at a helicopter, he causes a sniper to fall to his death. At this point, he takes possession of a Winchester 88; however, he never really uses it. But who would when you could have an M60 at your disposal? The M60, itself, appears after Rambo hijacks a military truck. Using The Pig to knock the power out in town, Rambo uses lights-out to his tactical advantage.

Moral of this story: be kind to veterans and for God’s sake let a guy grab some lunch on his way out of town.

3. RoboCop: Auto 9

RoboCop taking first shots at the range with the Auto 9 — a futuristic take on the Beretta 93R. (Photo: Orion Pictures via YouTube)

From the opening title to talk of the Star Wars program and let’s not forget the laughable “Nuke Em” board game, everything about RoboCop screams the 80s. A film full of futurism, RoboCop employs Barretts lugged by bad guys, Aimpoint-style scopes and Sig Sauer 226 pistols; but the creme de la creme of this film is all in the Auto 9.

A modified Beretta 93R, the Auto 9 comes to Alex Murphy after his transformation into the hunk of man-metal known as Robocop. The cyborg uses the full-auto handgun to topple bad guy after bad guy, culminating into the action-packed battle scene where RoboCop takes on a factory filled with villains. Better yet, RoboCop pulls off some impressive gunfighting moves including the ubiquitous no-look shot. The film’s firearms culminate in a showdown between the Auto 9 and a Deagle wielding main boss. We’ll let you guess who comes out on top.

2. Terminator: SPAS-12, AMT Hardballer Longslide and Ithaca 37

Terminator takes aim with the AMT Hardballer Longslide. (Photo: Orion Pictures via YouTube)


A cinematic journey into 80s action flicks wouldn’t be complete without yet another cyborg on the list — of course, we’re talking about Terminator. The James Cameron directed Terminator catapulted the career of Austrian bodybuilder, Arnold Schwarzenegger, making him a household name. Not to mention, it’s got some of the most quotable lines in movie history.

With more gunfire than any other movie on this list, Terminator is jam-packed with action and weapons; but three firearms stand out as the most memorable from the film — the SPAS-12 shotgun, AMT Hardballer Longslide and Ithaca 37.

Terminator takes possession of the SAS-12 shotgun and Hardballer Longslider with laser early in the movie. Using the Longslider to dispose of the wrong Sarah Conner and the real Conner’s roommate, the handgun oddly enough sounds more like a suppressed model — though it features no can. Terminator tracks Conner to a local club and busts up in ready to claim victory. Unfortunately, Kyle Reese is a step ahead and saves the day with an Ithaca 37. Reese and Conner ultimately escape, but not for long.

An epic battle ensues pitting old against new, Ithaca against SPAS and human against cyborg. The Terminator’s fast pacing, amazing effects, and legendary fight scenes set the tone for sequels to come. Arnold wasn’t wrong when he uttered, “I’ll be back.”

1. Die Hard: Beretta 92, HK P7 and HK 94

John McClane stalks through the scene with an HK 94. (Photo: 20th Century Fox via YouTube)

A Christmas tradition for many, Die Hard tops our list as the most rad of all the 80s action movies. From great one-liners to memorable moments, Die Hard holds a special place for many 80s fanatics. Offering a ton of iconic guns to viewers, some of our favorites are the Beretta 92, HK P7 and HK 94– the latter converted to appear more like an MP5A3.

John McClane first shows off his beloved Beretta 92 — didn’t we tell you this was a fave of the 80s — a few minutes in when he openly carries it onto a plane. My, have times changed. Viewers are treated to full-auto bursts via the bad guys’ HK94. Everyone’s favorite bad guy Hans Gruber, played by the late and great Alan Rickman, soon enters the film dispatching his enemies with an HK P7. Don’t worry, HK, we don’t hold it against you. It isn’t too long, though, until McClane trades that Beretta in for the HK 94.

With a finale that features all three guns and some creative concealment, Die Hard proves why it tops our list.

What do you think? Did your favorite movie make it onto the list? Let us know in the comments.

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Rare WWI-era Luger Saved from Torch by British Museum

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 02:23

While most of the firearms surrendered in the gun control-heavy UK are destroyed, a 1911-dated Luger was recently preserved (Photo: Wiltshire Police)

Turned over in a police firearms surrender, a trophy Luger from a historic Great War battle on the Western Front is now in a museum.

The pistol, a 1911-marked DWM, was collected by the Wiltshire Police during the UK’s National Firearms Surrender this summer. While the majority of firearms collected will be torched, the Luger was passed to the famed Tank Museum in Bovington for them to display.

“Firearms handed into the police during surrenders are sent for ballistic tests to ensure they haven’t been used in crime and are usually then destroyed,” said Wiltshire Police Armourer, Jamie Ross. However, an exception was made for the Luger, which was transferred in unmolested condition. “This live firearm is a part of history and I know that it is a welcome addition to the collection at the Tank Museum,” said Ross.

The standard sidearm of the Imperial German Army, the P08 DWM Parabellum was best known simply as the Luger after its inventor, Georg Luger. First adopted by the Swiss Army in 1900, the Luger design went on to serve in several militaries in Europe, Asia, and South America as well as prove a success on the commercial market, remaining in factory production until 1945.

Still very much in regular circulation over here on this side of the pond, we typically have any number of both historic Lugers and clones such Stoegers and Ermas in the Vault.

The pistol preserved this week was linked to the pivotal Cambrai attack, one of the first large scale use of tanks in history, and the holster is marked “Souvenir of the Big Advance at Cambrai November 1917.”

“The Battle of Cambrai is a hugely important moment in the history of the Royal Tank Regiment, so to be given this weapon captured during the battle is of real significance to The Tank Museum,” said Museum Curator, David Willey. “We are very grateful to the Wiltshire Police for handing it over to us and allowing us to preserve it for the collection.”

The intact DWM was made in 1911 and, brought back as a war trophy the UK, will be preserved (Photo: The Tank Museum)

The two week firearm surrender brought in “65 firearms, 24 flares and 21 rounds of ammunition” cataloged by Wiltshire including two WWI-era Short-Magazine Lee-Enfield rifles, a Webley .455, and what was described as a “Mauser Machine Pistol” although photos of the event would suggest the latter was a normal semi-auto C96 Broomhandle as it does not have the extended magazine common in the Schnellfeuer (literally, “quickfire”) guns.

The flotsam of history, mixed with BB guns and flare guns at this summer’s firearm surrender in Wiltshire. Note the C96 tucked under the fearsome-looking airsoft rifle (Photo: Wiltshire Police)

Although never formally adopted by the German Army as a primary sidearm, the C96 was common on the battlefields of Europe from the Balkan Wars onward as well as in colonial dust-ups around the globe and the Far East, still occasionally popping up in hotspots today.

Our C96 currently in stock looks to be wartime (as in World War I) commercial model with a serial number in the 300,000 range. This particular C96 is looking for a private collector to take it home today. Preserve some history on your terms. (Photo: Richard Taylor/

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Michigan Constitutional Carry Bill Advances

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 04:53

“This legislation simply allows law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights,” said the bill’s sponsor. “Protecting yourself should not be a criminal activity.” (Photo: Chris Eger/

A Michigan bill that would drop the need to get a special license or permit to legally carry a concealed firearm passed a key committee vote this week.

State House Bill 4770 passed out of the House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday. The measure makes a host of changes to Michigan’s weapon laws, the most polarizing of which is to repeal the requirement to have a license to carry a concealed handgun for those not otherwise prohibited from possessing one.

“It’s time we end the restrictions put on those asserting their God-given right to self-defense,” said the bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Steve Johnson, R-Wayland. “Constitutional Carry will reduce barriers to our most vulnerable populations and ensure they have the ability to protect themselves and their families.”

Michigan currently requires training, a background check with fingerprints and a $100 application and licensing fee to obtain a concealed pistol license (CPL), a process that can take weeks. The state had 660,920 active CPLs as of August according to statistics from the Crime Prevention Research Center.

Johnson’s measure would remove the requirement to get a CPL but still allow those who want such a license to obtain one, which would still be useful for reciprocal purposes. It would also protect legal carry in places where either open carry or concealed pistol license holders are already currently allowed.

“This legislation simply allows law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights,” Johnson said. “Protecting yourself should not be a criminal activity.”

Gun control advocates were dismayed at the HB 4770’s progress, with Bloomberg-backed Moms Demand Action saying it was “dangerous legislation.”

The bill would still have to clear a floor vote in the House, pass through the Senate and be signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, to become law. Nonetheless, if HB 4770 is successful, Michigan would join the growing ranks of states that recognize permitless carry. So far in 2019, Kansas, Oklahoma and South Dakota have all passed legislation to codify carry without a permit.

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