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Wyoming’s Danny Shervin has been “painting” with gunpowder for two decades and says he still gets nervous every time he goes to light a piece.
In the above video from 60 Second Docs, Shervin gives some insight into his process and his art, in which he uses different powders to create a durable image on a fabric canvas or wood panel. He doesn’t use glue or adhesive and carefully spreads each pellet or flake until, once he is satisfied, adds fire to the outline and watches it go.
His art sells anywhere from $45 to $4,500 through his website, but he cautions against running out and slapping some powder on paper to imitate.
“I highly recommend that you don’t try this at home as gunpowder is an explosive and is extremely dangerous,” he warns on social media. “It can lead to serious injury and the smoke produced is very hazardous to your health. I have over 20 years experience working with gunpowder and take all necessary safety precautions.”
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A man riding a quad late last Thursday night in the desert around Barstow wound up in jail on weapons charges due to some curious items he chose to accompany him.
After a pat-down search for weapons, officers found brass knuckles, two large knives and “an illegally sawed-off shotgun, with ammunition tactically attached to it for easy access.”
In California, laws on short-barreled shotguns are pretty strict and require a state-issued permit in addition to the traditional federal National Firearms Act requirements and the image released of the scattergun in question appear to show a single-shot hinge-break action 20-gauge. To escape regulations, the scattergun would have to be at least 26 inches long overall, with at least an 18-inch barrel.
The reason for the gauge, knucks and knives?
“Ernest claimed he fashioned himself as ‘Mad Max’, a reference to a violent movie involving deadly assaults from vehicles,” said the department.
Then again, maybe he is just a fan of “wastelanding” guns, an increasingly popular artificial aging undertaken, often by fans of the game of the same name, to create firearms and props that look as if they are fresh from a post-apocalyptic world.
Either way, until everything rides eternal shiny and chrome, you gotta keep abreast of those NFA and Cal PC laws to stay out of the slammer.
Speaking of which, Ernest is in jail pending $30,000 bond.
As of February 2016, according to the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, there were 13,423 registered short-barreled shotguns in California as well as another 3,884 guns classified as AOWs, some of which could be converted shotguns.
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The San Francisco Police Department released additional details surrounding the shooting at a UPS facility earlier this month that left four dead, including the gunman, and two injured.
According to Friday’s update, investigators think the shooter, 38-year-old Jimmy Lam, specifically sought out some of his victims, but, perhaps, not all of them.
Investigators are still trying to understand Lam’s motive, but think he specifically targeted the victims he killed — Benson Louie, 50; Wayne Chan, 56; and Michael Lefiti, 46. However, they’re unsure why he also attacked the two victims he injured.
Authorities said the shooting occurred during a routine morning briefing at the UPS facility and all but one of the victims were present at that meeting.
According to information gathered from videos and witness accounts, without warning and without saying a word, Lam pulled out a weapon and shot Louie and Chan. Then, seconds later, shot two additional UPS workers, who survived their injuries but have not been publicly identified.
Lam then left the meeting room, calmly walked outside of the building and – again without saying a word – shot Lefiti multiple times. Lam then returned to the meeting room inside.
The meeting began at 8:50 a.m. and police received the first call six minutes later. The department confirmed that all of the responding officers were equipped with body cameras.
When police arrived on the scene, they came in contact with numerous employees leaving the building. Officers led some to safety and – believing it was still an active shooter situation – instructed others to shelter in place.
Within about two minutes of entering the facility, officers located Lam, who was still in close proximity to Louie and Chan. He was still armed and held a gun to his head as officers approached. Officers pleaded with Lam to put down the gun, but he took his own life.
Officers recovered two guns at the scene, as well as a backpack belonging to Lam that contained a box of ammo. The guns were described by the police department as a semi-automatic pistol and “an assault-type pistol” with a 30-round magazine, approximately 20 rounds of which had been fired. Authorities believe only one weapon was fired.
Both firearms were previously reported stolen – one from Utah and the other out of Napa – although it’s unclear at this point how Lam came to be in possession of the weapons.
After the shooting, authorities executed a search warrant of Lam’s home, where they recovered multiple cell phones, computers, and a journal. Authorities did not say what – if any – pertinent information was found within those items.
The investigation remains ongoing as authorities work to determine what motivated Lam.
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Matt down at Demolition Ranch got a “crazy cheap” Hi-Point Zamak special and proceeded to test it out in traditional Demolition Ranch style.
He stacks it rather unrealistically next to an FN 5.7 and other polymer framed guns and admits he is biased from the start, so if you are a Hi-Point/MKS fanboy, you have to suffer through to find out that, at some point, Matt warms to the gun as it just relentlessly chews through .40S&W.
Then comes the abuse including dragging it behind a truck, hurling it into a flesh-eating bacteria-filled (maybe) body of brackish water, smoothing out the finish by running it over, all to find that it just won’t die.
And then the gloves come off, so be sure you check out the last few minutes.
Interesting video no matter where you stand on the Hi-Point argument.
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Alps Outdoorz may be one of the most underrated companies in the industry. While many backcountry hunters know them well for their hardcore meat haulers and backpacks, they actually cater to a much larger audience of hunters and outdoorspeople. We had the chance to spend some time with the fine folks from Alps at a recent Mossy Oak event and we learned firsthand that while they are a leader in innovative pack designs, Alps Brands is also the parent company for Delta Waterfowl Gear and Browning Camping. In addition, they design and create gear for the National Wild Turkey Federation and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Here are some products we think not only hunters, but outdoorspeople will like as much as we did.
Keep an eye on Guns.com as we put some Alps products to the ultimate test this fall, hunting the western landscapes with their packs and getting their waterfowl gear down and dirty.
I’ve discussed previously that dry fire is important, but also super boring. There’s techniques you can use to make it less mind-numbing and my finding is that keeping things practical as possible goes a long way in facilitating regular practice.
But what should you practice? This depends on your goals — if you want to become a very good competitive pistol shooter, your general practice regimen will be different from somebody trying to improve at benchrest rifle shooting. For this article, I’m going to highlight some general positions and scenarios that most pistol shooters (and many rifle shooters) can benefit from, which I refer to as “variances” — changes from your typical standing square to a target. They’re commonly encountered in the “real world” of defensive shootings and in the fantasy land of competitive shooting, so people who train with these small variances in mind have an edge.Variance 1: Starting empty
We all practice reloading after emptying our ammunition, but how often do practice getting ammo into it in the first place? In this variance, place your firearm on an object (or inside one to simulate keeping it in a safe or case) with ammunition carriers nearby, and practice picking up the gun, loading it, and getting off your first shot.Why practice it?
In shooting games, a starting condition with an unloaded firearm is common, and makes a surprising difference in some people’s performance. While many have an excellent reload because they’ve developed the muscle memory, fewer have trained to grab that same carrier from a different position and load it into a gun they don’t immediately have in hand.
In reality, depending on your local laws or in-home conditions, having a loaded and ready firearm close by may not be an option — it may need to be stored empty, but with ammunition nearby. If you intend to use it in the gravest of circumstances, you should be competent at loading it.Observations
- Experiment with how you position your gun and ammunition carriers relative to your hands. Angle and condition can all make a difference. Until I practiced this variance, I had no idea how much faster I’d load an empty revolver with it was sitting open on it’s side as pictured, but it makes a huge difference.
- Don’t commit to a specific way to picking up a gun. Try using different types of manipulations with the weak and strong hand to get it off the table. You may find something more comfortable for you. The “traditional” way of propping a gun up off a table most IPSC users employ didn’t mesh with me, and I’ve found a different technique works best for myself. But you’ll never know if you don’t train.
While being seated is easy, shooting from sitting may not be. There’s a lot of variables — is there a table or steering wheel in front of you? Is a target directly in front of you or beside you? Can you even draw your firearm comfortably and safely when you’re sitting? Sitting and shooting isn’t necessarily a cakewalk — some people do markedly worse shooting the same string or stage sitting as opposed to standing.Why practice it?
How much of your day do you spend sitting? Given the quantity of time we spend on our asses, shooting from sitting should be an essential skill we’ve all developed, but a surprising number of people take it for granted as easy.
Shooting stages with a sitting start or spent sitting entirely are common as well, so if you don’t know how to clear your holster safely from sitting, you might be surprised with a DQ by sweeping yourself.
Practice this variance all kinds of ways; with a target in front of you, offset to the left and right, even behind you. Do it with an object blocking you from the front, like a table, or in a confined space like a car (you can simulate this by sitting in a corner).Observations
- You need to practice sitting with all your gear on for the appropriate context: if you’re a concealed carrier, you need to have your ammunition and normal holster where you plan to use it all day and make sure you can comfortably access it. If you can’t, rearrange things or make other provisions.
- If you practice this enough, you’ll learn to make use of objects as a brace. A lot of pistol shooters don’t use the perfectly good rest supplied by a table sitting in front of them during stages because they aren’t used to it. If you train to take into account that small potential edge it can pay off in scoring.
- Learn when to remain seated and when to stand up. Sometimes, you can comfortably shoot in a pretty big arc without having to move much. Other times you’re better off just getting up.
Can you use your pistol well one-handed? One of the biggest benefits of handguns is their ability to be operated single-handed, but not many people practice because it’s difficult and discouraging. But knowing you can put fast hits on a target with only one hand is a huge milestone in pistol shooting.
How about your defensive long gun in the house? That’s a skill rarely practiced that might come in handy!Why practice it?
The obvious answer is also a practical one: sometimes, you need to hold a flashlight, or open a door. Other times, you need to ferry your small child out of harm’s way, but still need to hold onto your defensive tool. And, of course, there’s the bleak prospect of being wounded — or, similarly but less painful, maybe you can’t use one arm because of a recent operation or medical condition.
Any way it happens, competent one-handed handgun operation is a good skill to have, and knowing you can use a defensive long-gun one handed won’t hurt either. This is one of the most important real-world variances to practice. For competition pistol shooters, if you’re not training one-handed, you’re probably not too worried about scores anyway.Observations
- Trying to use a defensive long arm one-handed might make you rethink your choice of gun or plans. If you’d planned to grab your gun out of the safe in the event of a crisis and can’t reliably hold it enough to manipulate a window or door because it’s too heavy, it may be the wrong choice.
- Practice opening doors without sweeping your hand. I’ve disqualified a lot of people for doing this!
- Practice using a handheld flashlight. There’s many schools of thought on the best way to do this, and you should know what works for you. Gun mounted flashlights are a tremendous advancement in civilian firearms, but things go wrong — you get somebody else’s gun somehow, or the light won’t work or breaks (maybe it even gets shot). While modern gun lights are wildly robust, you’re already training for a horrible scenario — you might as well not conveniently leave out one possibility because you have a lot of faith in your Surefire.
Our instincts and the evidence agree that getting low to the ground is a great way to avoid being shot. But we live in a society permeated with barriers that have a gap along their bottom: cars, benches, counters, and so on. All provide concealment and cover to a person who understands how to shoot from a modified prone position.Why practice it?
This is another skill that is mostly useful for people concerned with real-life scenarios that involve defensive shooting. Learning to shoot lying on your side minimizes your profile, gives you stability, and can give you a huge advantage over a threat who’s not expecting it. But shooting in this position is unusual and it takes effort to maximize the advantages.
For competitive shooters, sometimes the stage designers are jerks and like to make you lay down in mud. Not much you can do here but get them back by beating their scores.Observations
- I hated shooting in modified prone until I learned to use my middle finger to use the trigger on my rifle instead of my trigger finger. It’s way more comfortable for me in this position.
- Learning to drop down into this position safely with a handgun is helpful for saving time. Practice leading yourself down with different hands or knees and avoid hitting the ground with the gun to minimize chances of activating a magazine release or safety inadvertently.
Next time you’re dry firing and your mind wanders to anything else, consider switching up your practice by introducing one of these variances. It’ll bring your attention back to the task at hand (at least for a while), and while you’re at it, hopefully develop some real and valuable skill.
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Things have come a long way since the magazine capacity of a Browning Hi-Power was impressive. The era of finding “wonder nine” -style handguns particularly wonderful is over. Even the improvement of a double/single action mechanism seems to be less in vogue than in years past. No huge strides in innovation anymore, rather continual small steps of refinement that leave us with a market saturated with high-quality, reliable, affordable pistols.
What this should tell you is that, inevitably, quality designs from a bygone era have proven themselves timeless. People still shoot trapdoor rifles for purposeful, practical and sentimental reasons. Names, like Glock, ring out for a reason. And while it might be a little early to call the CZ-75 design ‘timeless’ (of all the guns of its generation) it may be the one that still sees the most popular use and iteration today.
In this review, I’ll be looking at the CZ-75B, a service version of the original CZ-75 still widely sold both to law enforcement, militaries, and civilians around the world.Overview
The CZ-75 lineage is broad. It sprouts from the original model into a tree of service pistols, specialized racing pistols, and lots in-between. The 75B model is very close to the original with a firing block safety pin. This is an old-school, steel frame handgun, weighing in at 2.2 pounds, featuring a double-action/single-action mechanism, manual safety, and a couple of 16 round magazines.
The 75B’s features are prototypical, at least externally: it uses a manual safety, external ring hammer, and has a 4.6 inch barrel. The magazines are steel with a plastic baseplate. The whole affair comes in a CZ plastic hard case with a cleaning brush, two magazines and a CD manual. Most are 9mm, but they’re available in 40 S&W as well. Retailing at $600, this is a mid-range service pistol with stiff competition in the striker-fired and DA/SA categories from established handguns.
Features-wise the CZ is unremarkable externally. The gun is solidly built without being fat or chunky, and the controls are similarly robust. When operated the safety provides good tactile feedback. The slide stop is easy to find with your thumb and the magazine release is large without being obtrusive. The gun’s sights are a simple, fixed, low-profile 3-dot affair with painted on green dots; upgrades like fiber optics are commonly available. The slide has some tasteful engraving and grip serrations. A pair of plastic grip panels are held on by a single screw.
Taking apart the CZ is easy and maintenance is a snap. Even a full disassembly isn’t too difficult or frustrating, for those who like to get into the guts of their guns for a deep clean every now and then. It’s certainly not as simple as a Glock, but it’s nothing the average person can’t handle with a little patience and good internet connection. I’ll make obligatory note of the CZ’s internal slide rails that some people think gives the gun greater accuracy. I don’t see any real concrete evidence of this, but it sure looks nice.
With an eye for detail, looking over a CZ, you get an impression of quality workmanship. Even internally, tooling marks are minimal. It has much less of a utilitarian feel than some of its competitors, like the S&W M&P or Glock, while still feeling like a service pistol.
Aesthetically I think the CZ-75B is one of the best looking pistols ever made, but that’s obviously pure opinion. That said, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anybody express disdain for their appearance. Its profile is a bit subdued with rounded edges and a smooth overall profile. Its available in a huge variety of finishes, all of which are great in my experience; I went for a two-tone just to stand out a bit, and rest assured, it looked much nicer out of the box.In use
While the CZ might not have features that jump off the page, shooting it is very pleasurable. The weight combined with an accommodating shape for the hand makes shooting average 9mm loads a comfortable experience. Other models of the CZ-75 take this to the extreme like the new Shadow 2, where the forward weight and overall bulk of the gun make it almost a parody of service pistols. The CZ-75B isn’t a “competition tuned” gun like the Shadow, but it feels right.
The 75B’s trigger is mediocre. It can be tuned to greatness pretty economically with a combination of a visit to a competent gunsmith and commonly available upgrade parts. But out of the box, it’s unremarkable. The double-action pull is long and fairly heavy at around 12 pounds, but is relatively smooth. The single action trigger is light, around five pounds, but has lots of slack in the trigger. The reset is a bit mushy. This is a service handgun, so you can’t expect much more.
The sights are unexceptional, but I’ve never felt the urge to upgrade them for the type of shooting I use it for. I’ve never shot anything beyond 50 yards with it, and the vast majority of my targets are at 15 yards.
In terms of durability, this is a tough gun that works well in adverse conditions. I don’t make a point of abusing my firearms, but my CZ is my Service Conditions handgun, so it’s been through some unpleasantness, dirtiness, and probably been short on lubrication a few times. I’m hard pressed to think of times it’s failed me, and this is a gun that’s needed only routine springs replaced after upwards of 15,000 rounds. I’m impressed with the gun’s reliability and trust it absolutely.
In the realm of reliability, of course, any pistol is only as good as it’s magazines. Fortunately, CZ mags are some of the best, in my view. They’re easy to clean and mine are nowhere near wearing out. They’re also reasonably affordable, thanks to the gun’s long service life and continued popularity with competition shooters.
One black mark against the 75B, and CZ designs in general for me, is the low profile of the slide. Sure, it creates a lower overall gun and barrel axis, but it also means there’s less to grab onto. While I only use the slide release for reloads, in the event of an immediate action drill, it’s not nearly as easy to find purchase on the CZ’s slide as it is on an M&P. This isn’t a huge knock against the gun, but it’s worth noting. When you pick one up make sure you try racking the slide by hand a bit to get a feel for it.
Another small criticism I include in the interest of full disclosure is my grip panels are not factory — they’re replacement rubberized ones that CZ sells. I purchased these not because of discomfort with the originals, but because one of them broke. I’m 90% sure it was because I over-tightened the screw that holds them in place, but the stock grips did feel cheap by comparison. On the plus side, these grips are awesome — they give you an excellent purchase and don’t have a cheese grater effect on your hand.
Overall, the CZ-75B gets a big thumbs-up from me. I’ve loved mine dearly, and it’s served me well across multiple pistol shooting disciplines as an all-around good gun. But it’s just one option in a sea of choices.Against serious competition
The CZ-75B is a good generalist gun. If you could only own one handgun in this price range, the CZ-75B would get a high recommendation from me. But today, you can get guns that are about as good for less money. And you can get guns that are substantially better for only a slightly higher investment, especially the CZ Shadow or Glock 34.
It’s clear this is an older design, lacking some of the modern bells and whistles that are considered practical, must-haves today like an accessory rail, interchangeable backstraps, and the like. This makes me hesitant to recommend the CZ-75B as a person’s first pistol. It’s not necessarily the best all-around option you can get for your money, especially the fact that it’s just the gun and two magazines.Other similar handguns like the Jericho 941 and the always popular M&P 9mm come with more magazines and range kits with holsters and such.
If you pick up a CZ-75B and fall in love, that’s a good reason to buy it. I doubt it will disappoint you in any way. But don’t shy away from other options, especially if it’s going to be an introduction to the handgun world.Conclusion
This is a great gun that happens to exist in a world with many great guns of similar type and price. I can’t hold that against the CZ-75B. It has a bit of old school charm and definitely has old school reliability and performance. It’s a damn fine pistol that I’ve used to win matches, introduce people to shooting, and just had tons of fun with. If you get one for yourself, I’m sure you’ll have the same experience.
Trulock expands its series of shotgun chokes adding the Predator series to the lineup, giving shotgun shooters an edge when hunting difficult predators.
Predatory animals are notoriously tough to hunt as they boast extraordinary senses and use cover as they move. Trulock says though predators present a challenge, its new Predator series is up for the task.
Each choke in the Predator line is constructed to achieve maximum performance from different loads.
“Whether you are shooting anything from #4 buckshot to smaller tungsten loads, you can select the load you want for your hunt and Trulock’s Predator line will match a choke tube to your choice,” the company said in a press release.
The Predator Choke Tubes measure 4-inches in overall length with a 3-inch forcing cone and a 1-inch parallel section. The tubes are designed to minimize shot distortion and provide dense patterns. Made from a high strength stainless steel, the tubes offer a black oxide finish with a knurled head.
The Predator series is available from Trulock with prices in the $55 range.
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Kahr Arms is kicking off its summer promotion, announcing a free magazine with nearly all of its Kahr pistols for a limited time only.
The 2017 summer promotion extends to any new Kahr pistol and also includes the company’s Cerakote finishes as well as special edition handguns.
To qualify, shooters much purchase a new Kahr pistol in any caliber between June 16 and Sept. 30. Kahr will then send one free magazine.
In order to cash in on the free mag, new Kahr owners simply fill out an online form or download the coupon. After downloading the coupon and filling out the paperwork, the coupon may be sent via email, mail or fax along with a copy of the firearm receipt and gun’s serial number. Kahr warns that any coupon not accompanied by a receipt or serial number will not qualify for the promotion.
Kahr says once the correct paperwork is submitted, the process could take up to six weeks before magazine delivery.
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Starline Brass adds to its series of rifle brass, introducing the popular .243 Win rifle caliber to its cartridge lineup.
The .243 Win cartridge is produced using the same quality control standards as Starline’s other brass offerings and is also boasts a price under comparable quality cases.
The brass goes through multiple hand and machine inspections to ensure no cosmetic or dimensional issues are present. All Starline cases are contained during the manufacturing process to provide a high quality and consistent cartridge.
The .243 Win was first introduced in 1955 by Winchester and is a popular yet versatile cartridge. With its roots in the .308 Win, the .243 touts low recoil and a flat trajectory. The round’s accuracy potential allows it to work in a competitive shooting environment as well on the hunt.
“It is a very versatile cartridge that can be applied on a shooting bench looking over prairie dog town, waiting for a whitetail from 15′ up in a tree, or for hunting several other kinds of game,” the company said in a press release. “The 243’s excellent accuracy potential also makes it a popular choice of competitive shooters.”
The .243 Win is available from Starline in a box of 250 for$124, a box of 500 for $228 or a box of 1,000 for $416.
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The rifle range at the Heartland Lodge in Nebo, IL was blazing—both with heat and gunfire this week at the Mossy Oak Summit. The culprit? Vista Outdoor Group, parent company to Savage, Stevens, Federal, Champion, and Butler Creek was showing some of their latest and greatest firearms and ammunition offerings shipping now, all geared toward hunters.
They went heavy on rimfire rifles and ammo as well as lightweight rifles and some of the best hunting ammunition offerings they’ve had in a long while. Here’s what might trip your trigger.
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South Africa has had a long history of armed conflict and, as such, has an equally long history of innovative local weapons designs — so innovative in fact, they’re solution based designs have been copied by manufacturers internationally. With limited budgets South African arms makers have a reputation of doing “more with less” and a good example of this (and one in which we can see elements of Kel-tec’s latest combat shotgun, the KSG) is the NeoStead 2000.Why the NeoStead?
Combat shotguns have been standard issue in militaries around the world since World War 1, when the slam fired Winchester Model 97 fought the Thompson submachine gun hard for the title of trench sweeper. Shotguns are brutally effective in close quarters battle scenarios, especially inside structures (e.g. in door breaching, room clearing et al) as well as being ideal for POW escort. Security and police forces have different rules of engagement than troops, though similar needs, and combat specific shotguns wasted no time cementing their place in these arsenals as well. Security forces quickly found that the most useful combat shotguns were the most compact ones available with as large a magazine as possible. It was with these parameters that a pair of engineers began to design a revolutionary new shotgun.Design of the 2000
Starting in 1990, two South African firearms engineers, Tony Neophytou and Wilmore Stead, began working on a radical shotgun design to fix the problems addressed above. Bullpup firearms, in which the action is located behind the trigger group and alongside the shooter’s face so there is no wasted space in the buttstock, had been around for almost 100 years and the previous, most well known bullpup layout shotgun, the 10 pound, 26 inch overall High Standard Model 10 had been designed (albeit unsuccessfully) in the 1950s.
Neophytou and Stead took this bullpup concept and added more teeth. Instead of one tube under the barrel, they put two six shot tubes over the barrel giving their shotgun a capacity of 12 rounds in the tube and one in the chamber. Through the use of more modern polymers than High Standard had in the 1950s, the NeoStead design came in at two pounds lighter while having about the same overall length as its predecessor.
And in a move completely different from any other shotgun at the time, the pair gave their design a fixed breechface and moved the entire barrel forward to cycle rounds manually through a pump action. This pump action moves the opposite of how traditional shotguns operate: in other words, instead of racking the pump back and then forward to load a round, the NeoStead pumps forward and then back to load and fire.
After 10 years of development and testing, Truvelo Armory of Midrand, South Africa placed the NeoStead into production in 2001.Use today
The NeoStead has been in production in South Africa and has enjoyed steady adoption by special operations units around the world. While it has been exported to South America and Europe, it is currently not approved to bring into the US for sale since, according to the ATF, it serves ‘no sporting purpose’.
When compared to the Kel-Tec KSG or Turkey’s UTAS UTS-15 Shotgun, the world’s other two bullpup shotgun designs currently in production, the three seem very similar in layout. The Kel-Tec, designed a decade after the NeoStead, is slightly smaller (26.1-inches overall and 6.9-pounds unloaded) and boasts a 14+1 capacity. The KSG also uses a more traditional (and familiar to US users) pump-action.
However the KSG runs almost $800 if you can find it and the imported, “KSG luxury model” UTS-15 starts at $1200, which makes the prospect of a US manufacturer making the NeoStead on license here in the States not just a viable option but perhaps a necessity as hard to find imports can go for over $2000. For now, the closest you can get to this South African scattergun in this country is in a video game.
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Browning goes big, adding a total of six new models to the company’s popular Black Label 1911-22 pistol lineup.
The .22 chambered Black Label Medallion and Label Gray are both set to receive full size and compact variants, with the Gray pistol seeing a total of four versions.
The Medallion will be offered in both full size and compact models. Both versions feature a matte black finish slide with brush polished flats and an aluminum alloy frame. The Medallion boasts intricately checkered rosewoood grips with an inlaid gold Buckmark for added flare. Equipped with three dot sights and shipping with one 10-round magazine, the full size version touts a barrel length of 4 1/4-inches while the compact serves up a 3 5/8-inch barrel length. Both versions retail for $669.99.
The Gray pistol will be available in full size, full size with rail, compact and compact with rail models. The series features a machined aluminum slide topped in a gray anodized finish. Outfitted with fiber optic sights and black/gray wood laminate textured grips, the full size offers a barrel length of 4 1/4-inches while the compact slides in at 3 5/8-inches. The full size and compact variants are priced at $699.99 while the railed versions carry a slightly elevated price tag of $719.99.
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For the second time in a year, a jury on Friday couldn’t reach a verdict in the murder trial of the former officer in Ohio who shot and killed an unarmed black man during a traffic stop in 2015.
After 30 hours of deliberations this week, the jury said they were evenly split in the murder and voluntary manslaughter trial of 27-year-old Ray Tensing, according to WCPO in Cincinnati.
The former University of Cincinnati police officer shot and killed Sam DuBose during a stop in July 2015. When Tensing asked DuBose for his license, he said he didn’t have it. Tensing told him to take his seat belt off as he opened DuBose’s car door, but DuBose started to pull away. Tensing yelled “Stop! Stop!” before shooting DuBose in the head.
The incident was captured by Tensing’s body camera. DuBose was unarmed at the time of the shooting, and did not have a gun in his car. Tensing said he feared for his life.
Tensing was tried for the first time in November. In that trial, four jurors thought he was guilty of murder, four others thought he was guilty of voluntary manslaughter, and the remaining four thought he was not guilty. The trial ended without a verdict.
The second trial ended with an even split Friday. Family members of DuBose called for a third trial.
“The family commends the prosecutors for their strong presentation in this case, but we are outraged that a second jury has now failed to convict Ray Tensing for the murder of our beloved Sam DuBose,” the family said in a statement.
DuBose’s sister, Terina Allen, drew parallels to the outrage over the death of University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier, who died Monday after he was jailed in North Korea early last year for stealing a propaganda poster.
“No one is talking about ‘Otto should have gotten that punishment because he stole a poster.’ No one is ever saying that that was just. But with Sam…his infraction deserves the death penalty? The death penalty? Otto got 15 years of hard labor and they must have tortured this poor man. My heart breaks for his family,” Allen said, her voice cracking.
“But we want the same deference, black families in America want the same deference. Why is it that it’s all about what Sam did wrong when he gets a bullet in his skull. But with Otto, it’s just about how horrible Korea was. We live in the United States of America and can’t get justice. I want President Trump to be upset about what’s happening in the United States of America.”
The mistrial caps a week in which two other officers were acquitted of charges linked to fatal shootings. Last Friday, Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of all charges in the shooting death of Philando Castile last summer in Minnesota. On Wednesday, former Milwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown was found not guilty of first-degree reckless homicide for the fatal shooting of Sylville Smith.
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Newcomer Revic Optics is set to wade into the optics waters introducing its first riflescope product, the PMR 428.
The 4.5-28×56 scope delivers long range performance paired with technology to aid shooters in setting up those perfect shots. Using the Revic Optics ballistic app, shooters are able to upload ballistic data directly to the riflescope via Bluetooth.
In the field, once the target has been ranged, users adjust the elevation turret to the target distance activating the “virtual BDC.” The vBDC takes into account the uploaded ballistic data and performs real time ballistic calculations. The vBDC automatically corrects the distance for inclination, compass direction, temperature and pressure. In addition, total windage correction adjusts for information received from heading, speed inputs and spin drift.
The 34mm tube diameter scope boasts an elevation adjustment range of 80 MOA and a windage adjustment of 50 MOA. The elevation adjustment per revolution is 30 MOA.
“The PMR 428 offers a sophisticated, but unbelievably simple way to compensate for ballisitics. Just dial the turret until the target distance is displayed, all the angles and environmental data are measured on the device and ballistic correction happens faster than you can dial the turret! As our premier product, it sets the tone for an exciting future!” Aaron Davidson, CEO of Revic Optics, said in a press release.
Revic Optics intends to offer the new PMR 428 for $2,750.
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Apex Tactical Specialties announced the re-release of the company’s popular limited Freedom Edition triggers styled in stars and stripes.
The Apex Freedom Edition Trigger Kits boast a red anodized design with laser engraved U.S. flag motif.
The Flat-Faced Forward Set Sear and Trigger Kit for the Smith & Wesson M&P and the Action Enhancement Trigger and Duty/Carry Kit for the M&P Shield are included in the limited run. In addition to the Smith & Wesson trigger replacements, Apex has opted to add the Flat-Faced Action Enhancement Trigger and Duty/Carry Kit for the M&P Shield as well as options for Glock fans.
Apex’s Glock offerings include the Action Enhancement Kit, Action Enhancement Trigger with Gen 3 Trigger Bar and Action Enhancement trigger.
Though the series offers triggers for Smith & Wesson’s M&P models, Apex clarifies that Smith & Wesson’s new M.20 pistol is excluded from the trigger replacement lineup.
The run of American themed triggers are currently available directly from Apex Tactical’s website, with supplies limited. Prices on the Freedom Edition kits start at $84.95.
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A teenager in California is dead after Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies shot at an aggressive pit bull, and their bullets ricocheted and hit the teen in the chest.
It happened just before 4 a.m. Thursday in Palmdale, California, according to the Los Angeles Times. Officials say the deputies likely didn’t see 17-year-old Armando Garcia-Muro in the darkness.
Prior to the shooting, the dog had bitten one of the deputies in the leg. Garcia-Muro restrained the dog and the deputies went to call for backup and get medical attention for the bitten deputy. But the 60 to 65 pound dog got loose again and charged at the five deputies. Two of them opened fire, shooting between six and eight times.
The dog was hit and retreated. As the deputies tried to contain the pit bull, they noticed Garcia-Muro on the ground.
“He would give his life for anybody,” said his mother, Roberta Alcantar. “He was a very loving person.”
“He may have been struck by one of the skip rounds in what we’re calling an extremely, extremely unfortunate incident,” said Capt. Christopher Bergner of the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau. “Our initial impression was [the deputies] didn’t even see the individual coming around from the side of the building.”
The deputy who was bitten was also struck by a bullet fragment. The dog survived the shooting, but is set to be euthanized.
The deputies who fired their weapons will be on desk duty, per policy, while the incident is investigated.
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We had the chance to attend Mossy Oak’s Summit at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge in Nebo, IL. Many of the companies who team with Mossy Oak patterns were on hand to pitch their wares. Here are some of our favorites after spending several days with these fine folks in the outdoor industry:
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Officials have warned that if a budget is not worked out in coming days, state services supporting gun sales and licensing could be put on hold.
With the Washington Legislature unable to agree on a budget, Gov. Jay Inslee this week called a third special session to deliver a state budget before the current one runs out on June 30. If lawmakers can’t make it work, among the list of services slated to be furloughed July 1 in a partial government shutdown are those concerning firearms dealer and concealed pistol licensing.
“The clock is running out,” Inslee said. “There are nine days remaining in the current fiscal year. Nine days that we need the legislators to buckle down and produce a two-year biennial budget for the state of Washington.”
As reported by KOMO News, 32,000 state employees are getting layoff warning slips, sparking angry rallies with attendees urging lawmakers to produce a budget.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade group for the firearms industry, warns the shutdown could provide heartburn to both gun shops and gun owners.
“Firearms dealers and gun owners have reason to be wary of the legislative impasse,” said NSSF Senior Vice President Larry Keane in an opinion piece. “Washington already has some of the most restrictive laws relating to gun sales and transfers.”
The state is one of nine states that act as a partial point of contact for National Instant Criminal Background Check System database checks, with dealers required to use both NICS and two other state databases maintained by the Washington State Patrol and Washington Department of Social and Health Services to vet potential gun buyers. Washington is also one of eight states that require universal background checks for all transfers of firearms, including private sales. Those seeking firearms dealer or concealed pistol licensing also must go through state agencies.
Gun rights groups described the looming shutdown threat as a bellwether against incremental intrusions on the right to keep and bear arms.
“This is one of the many reasons why gun rights groups oppose giving government more power over firearms sales and ownership,” Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Bellevue, Washington-based Second Amendment Foundation, told Guns.com in an email. “It can be used to stop the normal exercise of our constitutional rights.”
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French officials have said the man who tried and failed Monday to carry out a terrorist attack in Paris held a gun permit and stored a cache of weapons at his home.
Reuters reported the 31-year-old man, who died when he rammed his vehicle into a police van on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, was preparing to be a jihadi fighter at a gun sports club. Despite being on a watch list of radicalized individuals, the man also had a renewed gun permit and a stash of weapons and bomb-making materials at his home.
The day of the failed attack, the man named by officials as Adam D. strapped a Sig Sauer pistol to his body and had placed in his vehicleknives a rifle, thousands of round of ammunition and two large gas canisters before ramming into the police van on the Champs Elysees.
“The scale of the arsenal found in the vehicle shows the size of the planned terrorist attack and the dramatic human cost it could have inflicted,” said prosecutor Francois Molins.
Molins said the man most likely died of cardiac arrest and inhalation of toxic fumes, as orange smoke rolled out of his car after the crash.
Police found in the man’s car a copy of a letter he had sent to several people that day claiming he had joined the shooting club to train for jihadi fighting and had sworn allegiance to ISIS.
Officials also noted the man had frequently traveled to Turkey, one of the main stopping points for foreign jihadists trying to get to ISIS hotbeds in Syria.
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