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Real Avid introduces Spot Light Precision Cleaning Kit

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 09:00

The Spot Light Precision Cleaning Kit boasts a bevy of tools for maintenance. (Photo: Real Avid)

Real Avid launches the Spot Light Precision Cleaning Kit, a new tool with an integrated light to help gun owners more effectively clean carbon and dirt build-up on firearms.

The Spot Light Precision Cleaning Kit features three LED lights built into the triangular, ergonomic handle. These high output lights allow gun owners to easily see and clean dirt and carbon hiding in and around firearms. In addition to the lights, the kit comes with tools to make cleaning easier, according to Real Avid.

The cleaning kit sports quick change cleaning tips, seven bits for gun maintenance, brass pick, nylon flat scraper, brass flat pick, hybrid nylon/bronze phosphor brush and swab holder.

“You can’t clean what you don’t see and that’s why we created the Spot Light Precision Cleaning Kit,” Real Avid said in a statement.

The Spot Light Precision Cleaning Kit is available now from Real Avid, touting a price tag of $29.

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Court keeps challenge to Massachusetts ‘assault weapon’ expansion alive

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 08:30

In 2016 Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey expanded the state’s “assault weapon” ban through a reinterpretation, which brought a legal challenge from FFLs and a firearm industry trade group. (Photo: Healey’s office)

A federal judge on Wednesday rejected a move by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to dismiss a lawsuit against her arbitrary expansion of the state’s assault weapon ban.

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

Healey argued the case against her was without merit and should be dismissed, citing her decision was based on state law which she, as Attorney General, is tasked to interpret. This week U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Hillman did not concur with that assertion.

Hillman noted that the dealers had been able to widely sell their guns in the state “without sanction, suggesting that the law was previously (prior to the notices in dispute here) settled on this matter,” and that the dealers now must refrain from selling such guns because such sales may be illegal based on Healey’s new interpretation. This, noted Hillman, gave the case reason to proceed.

The court also held it was plausible that the Attorney General’s actions deprived the dealers of property without due process and the vagueness of Healey’s notice leaves open to speculation whether the firearms considered affected fell within the scope of her office’s enforcement, which gives the gun group grounds to continue their challenge.

“Attorney General Healey overstepped her authority when she issued the ‘enforcement notice’ banning certain firearms that have been lawfully sold in the state since at least 1998,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. Keane argues the Commonwealth’s top legal officer opened firearm retailers to criminal charges “without administrative process or input from affected parties,” and violated the Constitution in the process.

In 2016, Healy declared she was banning the sale of “copycat” rifles that shared common parts such as triggers or bolt carriers with AR-15s, AK-variants and others on the Commonwealth’s prohibited weapons list, saying that as many as 10,000 had been legally sold in the state last year. One of the more novel interpretations Healy used in defining what an assault weapon was under the Commonwealth’s law was in focusing on gun actions — which are the heart of a weapon platform rather than cosmetic features such as stocks and grips — through the use of an interchangeability test.

This led to a rush on stores by gun owners seeking to buy the newly prohibited models, as well as pushback from lawmakers and regulatory agencies.

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Three men indicted for multi-state firearms trafficking

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 08:00

Three men faced weapons and conspiracy charges in federal court last week stemming from a joint law enforcement investigation into a multi-state gun trafficking ring.

Federal agents said Friday Washington, D.C.’s Metro Police Department successfully recovered 22 of at least 55 firearms sold on the street’s of the nation’s capitol last year by residents and cousins Stephon Jeter, 27, and Quran Jeter, 19.

The Jeters were arrested last week in Washington for conspiring to sell guns without a license. Jeremy Carr, 34, of Marietta, Georgia, was taken into custody March 6 for acting as the cousins’ straw purchaser over an eight month period ending early last year.

A federal indictment unsealed last week shows Stephon Jeter and Carr received an additional 12 counts of interstate travel for the purpose of acquiring firearms to deal without a license. Quran Jeter also faces charges for carrying an unregistered pistol, without a license.

The Jeters allegedly asked Carr to buy different firearms — including a Taurus PT 111, Taurus PT 709, Zastava PAP M85, Century Arms PAP M92, and a Smith & Wesson SD9VE — on their behalf between June 2016 and February 2017, according to court documents. Stephon Jeter made at least a dozen round trips from Washington to Atlanta to pick up the fraudulently purchased guns from Carr. He and Quran Jeter later sold the guns to customers in the Columbia Heights area of northwest Washington for triple the original sales price.

Some of those weapons turned up during unrelated arrests. Two other men — David Stewart, 32, and Tyrone Hopkins, 25 — face drug and weapons charges after Metro Police Department officers found guns purchased by Carr in the men’s possession in July and October 2017, respectively.

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Full Conceal now offers gunsmithing services to convert Glock pistols

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 07:30

The M3D design grants a foldable style to full size Glocks. (Photo: Full Conceal)

Full Conceal, makers of the foldable M3D design, now offers gunsmithing services to allow current Glock owners to convert their full-sized pistols to the M3D style.

Available for Glock 19, 23, 25, 32 and 38 on Gen. 3 frames, the M3D conversion process involves cutting the factory Glock frame and grip in order to make room for the latch and folding trigger. Full Conceal replaces the Glock trigger shoe with a proprietary folding trigger show and adds hinges to the grip. A latch mechanism and folding trigger guard are all also added to the build.

All-in-all the work and extra parts align to allow converted models to fold, granting more concealment to users who still want to carry a full size pistol.

The conversion is available for select Gen. 3 Glocks. (Photo: Full Conceal)

Though the conversion will void any factory Glock warranties, Full Conceal says customers will be covered under its own guarantee and warranty. Under this, the company will repair the gun if it breaks in addition to fixing any defects; however, normal wear, abuse or neglect in maintenance are excluded under the warranty.

Though Gen 3 Glocks are currently the only models eligible for M3D conversion, Full Conceal says Gen 4 and Gen 5 modifications are on the horizon. The M3D Conversion gunsmithing is priced at $749.

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Illinois Senate approves 3 gun control bills on bump stocks, semi-autos

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 07:00

State Sen. Julie Morrison, a Deerfield Democrat, stumped for gun control proposals on the Senate floor this week. (Photo: Illinois Democrats)

Senators green lighted a trio of House proposals that would tighten regulation on semi-automatics and bump stocks in the Land of Lincoln while a promised veto override lingers.

One bill, HB-1468, heads to Gov. Rauner for review and would mandate a 72-hour waiting period for some semi-autos as well as .50 BMG caliber rifles. Current state regulations have a 24-hour wait on longarms, but sponsors of the move argue more time is needed for guns classified as “assault weapons.”

“Increasing the waiting period to obtain an assault weapon ensures sufficient time to complete a background check and increases the ‘cooling off’ period for those who may cause harm to others,” said state Sen. Julie Morrison, D-Deerfield, before the 43-15 vote. “Requiring a 72-hour waiting period is a commonsense reform that will help keep our neighborhoods safe.”

Another bill approved by lawmakers, HB-1465, heads back to the House to discuss changes made in the Senate. The measure bars the sale or transfer of assault weapons and attachments, .50-caliber rifles and magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds to those under the age of 21. The Senate amendment modifies the language to grandfather the guns, magazines and accessories already owned by adults under 21 while the original House version would make any possession should the bill become law a criminal offense.

The third measure on the move, HB-1467, would make it illegal to sell, manufacture, purchase or possess devices described as bump stocks and trigger cranks. It also would allow municipalities to regulate or ban assault weapons. Like HB-1465, it also picked up a Senate amendment before passage 37-16 and returns to the House for a concurrence vote.

Local and national Second Amendment groups oppose the measures, as do many chamber Republicans, while gun control advocates support the legislation.

Gun dealer act veto

Also on deck in the chamber is a planned override vote of Rauner’s veto this week on a gun dealer licensing act.

“I wasn’t able to move to override the governor’s veto today, because the Senate has yet to receive his veto,” said Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park. “Assuming we receive it by the time we return on April 10, I will move to override it, and I am hopeful that my colleagues will join me in making sure this commonsense measure becomes law.”

Harmon would have to pick up some political allies to make the move happen, however, as the rejected proposal only counted 30 votes on its first run through the Senate and would need to hit 36 for a three-fifths super-majority to pull off an override.

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Catalyst Arms debuts Hammerhead Bolt Knob for bolt action guns

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 06:30

The Hammerhead Bolt Knob comes in red or black and adds extra surface area for a better grip. (Photo: Catalyst Arms)

Catalyst Arms unveiled its latest design, the Hammerhead Bolt Knob, crafted to offer more control to precision rifle shooters.

The Hammerhead Bolt Knob features a unique design with a “waist” that captures the trigger finger or edge of the hand, as shooters pop the bolt up for round ejection or chambering. The bolt knob also adds extra surface area to allow for a better grip.

The bolt knobs are easy to install and require no special modifications. (Photo: Catalyst Arms)

Constructed from 6061-T6 aluminum, the 1.5-ounce bolt knob measures 1x1x2 inches and is anodized black or red. The device installs without having to permanently modify the equipped rifle. Catalyst Arms says users simply remove the factory bolt and replace it with the Hammerhead Bolt Knob. The Hammerhead Bolt Knob works with bolt handles featuring 5/16-24TPI threads, like the Ruger Precision Rifle among others.

“We created another game changer following our best selling RPR Mag Release Extension,” the company said in a statement. “Our large, oversized solid aluminum knob is designed to provide a secure grip on the bolt handle in any and all conditions.”

Made in the U.S., the Hammerhead Bolt Knob is available from Catalyst Arms, retailing for around $35.

The Hammerhead Bolt Knob comes in under $40. (Photo: Catalyst Arms)

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Sportsman’s Warehouse CEO retires

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 06:00

Long time CEO John Schaefer stepped down Wednesday, completing a multi-year transition plan. (Photo: Sportsman’s Warehouse)

Sportsman’s Warehouse announced big changes in its top leadership this week. Chief Executive Officer John Schaefer resigned Wednesday as part of a transition plan years in the making at the outdoor retailer. Jon Barker, president and chief operating officer, will step into Schaefer’s leadership role just one year after Sportman’s Warehouse hired him.

“We recruited Jon Barker as President and COO last March with the expectation that he would not only apply his expertise in heading up our growing e-commerce platform, but would also be prepared in time to be our next CEO,” Schaefer said in a news release Wednesday. “The Board and I are all impressed by the significant contributions Jon has made over the last year. We are confident Jon is prepared to lead the company’s next phase of growth by expanding its national retail footprint and accelerating its e-commerce capabilities as a full-fledged omni-channel retailer.”

Under Schaefer’s direction, Sportsman’s Warehouse nearly quadrupled its footprint, growing from 25 locations to almost 90 in just nine years. He said “the time is right” to let the next generation of executives take over.

“Our Company is in excellent financial shape, our growth strategy is clear and I feel confident about our strong positioning in the outdoor sporting goods niche,” he said. “I am proud to have had the opportunity to lead this exceptional company.”

The retailer reported declining same store sales during its third financial quarter ending Oct. 28 — blaming double digit losses on guns and ammunition for dragging performance down. Schaefer famously vowed to reject his competitors’ “race to the bottom” on pricing during the so-called “Trump slump” of 2017 — a decision he stood behind while discussing slumping sales with investors in November.

“We again navigated a difficult operating environment but were pleased to deliver gross margin expansion … and make continued progress against our key strategic priorities as we focus on driving further market share gains,” he said.

Board Chairman Chris Eastman thanked Schaefer Wednesday for transforming the retailer during his tenure into its current leadership position within the industry.

“He has worked tirelessly from when we hired him almost nine years ago, achieving results significantly greater than we expected at the time,” he said. “John’s preparation over the last year for a smooth transition upon his planned retirement is just one example of his thoughtful leadership. We have equal confidence in Jon Barker and the rest of the executive team and expect Sportsman’s will continue to grow and evolve under their leadership in ways that will benefit our shareholders, our employees and our loyal customers.”

Barker served four years as a VP Global Officer for Walmart before joining Sportman’s Warehouse last year. He also headed for five years and spent 11 years managing lifestyle brands for companies including Frontgate, Ballard Designs, Garnet Hill, Grandin Road, and Improvements.

“It is a privilege to be appointed as the next CEO for Sportsman’s Warehouse,” he said. “I have enjoyed working directly with John over the past year and am grateful for his partnership, as well as the strong team he has built at the company. I am excited to work with the Board and our great team to lead the next chapter of growth for Sportsman’s Warehouse and tap the many opportunities we see ahead for the business.”

The retailer will release its fourth quarter results and full year earnings March 28.

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Kroger to pull gun magazines from newsstand racks

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 05:30

Kroger has 2,700 stores in 34 states and their magazine racks may no longer carry gun publications. (Photo: Kroger)

One of the largest supermarket chains in the country is reportedly telling magazine distributors they will not carry a list of popular gun magazines moving forward.

Jim Shepherd with The Outdoor Wire reports that 57 specific publications are targeted for removal from Kroger’s racks with titles ranging from Guns & Ammo, and Firearm News, to Recoil and S.W.A.T.  Shepherd points out that the move could be a nail in the coffin to already sluggish print sales for gun magazines.

“Simple answer: in many locations, grocery stores are essentially the only remaining newsstands of any size and comprehensive variety. They’re the single best link between publishers and their potential readers,” Shepherd said. “If your titles are removed, you lose the potential to reach those readers. Without those sites, your distribution universe is also diminished. Lower distribution means lower revenues and already-tight numbers become even more constricting.”

In recent years, several once-thriving print publications and publishers catering to gun culture have moved to an all-digital format, rebranded, or closed their doors altogether. In 2016, Harris Publications folded, taking over 75 brands with it including several gun-centric names such as Ballistic and Combat Handguns which were later picked up by Athlon Media, and are now listed among those listed dropped by Kroger. The move comes just weeks after the retailer announced plans to halt gun and ammo sales at 43 subsidiary Fred Meyer stores to those under age 21.

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Sig Sauer announces new U.S.-made P210 Target is shipping (VIDEO)

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 05:00

The long-teased domestically produced version of Sig’s classic Swiss military service pistol is ready for the market and chock full of features.

Designed as the Swiss Army’s Pistole 49 just after WWII, the 210 has been a hot commodity in Europe for generations and has more recently been embraced on this side of the pond — though supply was far less than demand.

The new P210 Target, made here is the states, has made quiet appearances at trade shows for the past couple of years but Sig says the gun is now shipping. Best yet, the new offering has updated ergonomics via custom walnut grips and an adjustable lightweight target trigger while keeping the styling and tolerances of the M/49 intact.

(Photos: SIG)

Single action only with a 3.5-pound trigger pull, the 9mm runs a nice 7.7-inch sight radius in large part due to its five-inch barrel. The all-steel gun tips the scales at 36.9-ounces.

Shipping with two eight-round mags, the 210 Target has fully-adjustable sights. MSRP is $1,699, which may sound high if you are a stranger to 210s, but is a bargain compared to past offerings.

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Man says he shot dog In self-defense, owner outraged (VIDEO)

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 14:00

Northern New York authorities said they agree with the man who claimed he shot and killed a dog in self-defense.

Donald McGrann told local reporters that the dog, Apollo, a rottweiler, tried to attack him and his dog while they were going for a walk Sunday night.

“He lunged at me twice really hard, then he rears back and comes up and when he went back the last time, I made a conscious decision that I had to end this now. Broke my heart,” he said.

McGrann said he was trying to protect his dog, Casey, by yelling and kicking at Apollo. And he opened fire when Apollo turned aggressive.

Apollo’s owner, Deshawn Fey, said his dog had gotten loose because of a broken collar, but he was not an aggressive dog.

“My dog’s never attacked anybody. He’s the nicest thing, he’ll lick you to death, he’ll lay up on you. He’s a big dog. He’s a 110 pound rottweiler but he’s never attacked anybody,” Fey said.

But authorities investigating the matter agreed with McGrann, saying he had acted in self-defense.


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Suppressor ready Canik TPSFT pistols now shipping

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 12:00

The TP9SFT is a suppressor ready take on the TP9-Series. (Photo: Century Arms)

Canik’s suppressor ready take on the TP9-Series pistol, the TP9SFT, is out the door and on its way to consumers, distributor Century Arms announced this week.

The TP9SFT, chambered in 9mm, is a purpose-built pistol designed to function alongside suppressors. The pistol comes equipped with a threaded 13.5x1mm left-hand twist, match grade barrel paired with Warren Tactical, suppressor-friendly sights and fiber optic front sight. The pistol also boasts a loaded chamber indicator and striker status indicator in addition to a reversible mag release.

The TP9SFT is chambered in 9mm. (Photo: Century Arms)

“The TP9SFT is a natural evolution for the Canik TP-Series with the increased interest we’ve seen relating to suppressor ready platforms,” Jason Karvois, Century Arms Director of Sales said in a press release. “We listen to our customer base and are focused on offering the variants that they are looking for.”

Century Arms says the pistol’s threaded barrel and suppressor height sights will soon be available for consumers who already own a TP9SF but want to kick it up a notch with the addition of a can.

The TP9SFT ships with one 18-round mag, a 20-round mag, polymer holster with a paddle and belt attachment, two interchangeable backstraps, cleaning rod, brush, mag loader and carrying case. MSRP is $519.

The pistol comes with a hard case and a variety of accoutrements. (Photo: Century Arms)

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B&T USA unveils USW-320 Universal Service Weapon Upgrade Chassis

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 11:00

B&T introduces the USW-320 for the Sig Sauer P320. (Photo: B&T)

B&T launches a new enhancement for the Sig Sauer P320 and US Amy M17 service pistol, introducing the Universal Service Weapon Upgrade Chassis.

The USW-320 tips scales at 6.63-ounces with its foldable, ambidextrous design. B&T says installation takes just a couple of minutes. Users remove the serialized trigger group from the P320 and drop it into the USW-320 chassis. No further modifications are needed. The P320 slide and magazine are then reinstalled.

The USW-320 is set to make its debut in April. (Photo: B&T)

The chassis doesn’t come with any special restrictions, according to B&T, who said the firearm’s serial number is located on the trigger group and therefore the USW-320 itself is not considered a serialized firearm.

“SIG’s P320 striker-fired pistol is unique in that it gives the user complete modularity by allowing him or her to change frame size, fit and even caliber by simply swapping out the serialized trigger group,” Jon Scott, VP of Sales at B&T USA, said in press release. “The USW-320 builds on this modularity by providing a chassis that adds the stability of a folding stock along with ambi controls and an integrated Picatinny/NAR accessory rail.”

The USW-320 is set to appear in April 2018 though no word has been given on what price point the USW-320 is destined for.

The setup takes just a couple of minutes to install. (Photo: B&T)

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This steel gun cage build-out video will really hold your attention (VIDEOS)

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 11:00

Rough Cut Creations crafted a wall mounted gun cage in their shop and, besides gathering some ideas for your own build, the soundtrack isn’t that bad either.

The cage looks simple in the time-lapse, covering just eight minutes between fabrication, fitting, welding and finishing with an overlay by Led Zeppelin, the Stones, Chemical Brothers, the Doors and Snoop Dog, among others. RCC says it’s an idea they have been kicking around for a while.

“It’s not very practical but it looks cool,” they say. “I didn’t put a lock on it to keep it clean looking, but it wouldn’t be hard. It’s also possible to lag bolt it to the wall through the back expanded metal and then put the peg board on (that way it’d be a lot tougher to rip off the wall.)”

If you dig it, RCC also made a secret gun compartment dresser a while back.

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Proposed NJ budget includes $2 million for gun research, tax on gun sales

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 10:30

Gov. Phil Murphy’s first budget, announced this week, includes $1.6 billion in tax increases, some of which are aimed at those looking to buy guns. (Photo: Gov. Murphy’s Office)

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s first budget would see a big hike in taxes to pay for social programs and developments — some funded by gun owners.

In announcing his budget this week to lawmakers, the newly installed Democrat pledged to be a different type of governor before he worked in details of $1.6 billion in new taxes to jump start everything from tuition-free community colleges to mass transit improvements. Murphy, who ran on a platform that included promising to sign every gun control bill that Republican Chris Christie ever vetoed, also worked gun politics into his address.

“The day before Parkland, I attended a roundtable on gun violence in Cherry Hill with Majority Leader (Lou) Greenwald,” said Murphy, in reference to an event that included only gun control advocates and none from Second Amendment groups. “Lou, I look forward to working with you, and with everyone in this chamber, to pass and enact long-overdue gun safety bills – including “red flag” legislation, reducing magazine ammunition capacity, and requiring background checks for private gun sales.”

Included in Murphy’s proposed budget is a $2 million outlay that will establish the Center on Gun Violence Research “to provide deeply needed research on this public health problem.” The concept, putting gun accidents, crime and suicides under a tax payer-funded microscope as a health care crisis, has been advanced in the legislature several times with gun rights groups painting such a move as an “attempt to create an anti-gun think tank cloaked in the legitimacy of academia.

The Giffords organization welcomed the news of the proposed research center funding. “The epidemic of gun violence is a major public health problem that continues to impact the lives of Garden State families and communities,” said Nico Bocour, the state’s legislative director for Giffords. “Governor Murphy recognizes that there is more that New Jersey can do to continue to be a leader in finding and funding life-saving solutions to gun violence.

Also of interest to gun owners is a proposed tax on firearm sales, which Murphy’s budget forecasts to bring an additional $6.6 million to the state’s coffers. Upping the sales tax on guns was touted by Murphy on the campaign trail last summer as an answer to gun violence. In addition to the targeted tax on guns themselves, all New Jerseyans would see a jump in retail sales tax across the board, proposed to increase from the current 6.625 percent to 7 percent. The Democrat said it was a mistake to drop from that level in past years.

“Let’s be honest, the impact of the three-eighths of one percent sales tax decrease has been nearly imperceptible to the average family, but has directly impacted our ability to provide better services to, and greater future investment in, that family,” Murphy said.

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Trying to drill through a manhole cover with a 20mm cannon (VIDEO)

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 10:00

Want to hear a 20mm ricochet? Cause this is how you get a 20mm to ricochet.

Edwin Sarkissian– with some assistance from Royal Nonesuch and one of Mark Serbu’s custom 20x110mm Hispano-Suiza single shots– attempts to penetrate a big slab of circular cast iron that is one surplus sewer lid. The first shot (listen at the 1:09 mark for the zing of a healthy ricochet), they move on to a red-tipped sabot tungsten penetrator to see what that will do.

There is also some bonus MP5 footage thrown in, because who doesn’t like an MP5, amirite?

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Tactical Solutions brings Ridge-Lite to S&W SW22 Victory market

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 09:30

The Ridge-Lite upgrade lightens the load on the Smith & Wesson SW22 Victory. (Photo: Tactical Solutions)

Tactical Solutions, best known for its rimfire goodies, says the Ridge-Lite barrel and rail upgrade for the Smith and Wesson SW22 Victory Pistol has officially begun shipping.

The Ridge-Lite upgrade features a fluted six-inch barrel, rail and sights that replaces the SW22 factory barrel. The barrel and rail are constructed from 6061-T6 aluminum with the barrel sporting a stainless steel shank and match grade steel bore. The barrel also offers a 1/2×28 threaded end.

Tactical Solutions provides two models — a matte black and a gun metal gray. Matte black pictured above. (Photo: Tactical Solutions)

“Our goal in development was to design a highly accurate, light weight barrel that comes standard with a fiber optic sight and rail,” Darin Strickler, CEO at TacSol said in a press release. “We were able to accomplish this goal and are extremely happy with our new Ridge-Lite Barrel.”

The Ridge-Lite setup weighs eight ounces and touts a length of six inches. The upgrade comes in two models — a matte black with matte black flutes and gun metal gray with gun metal gray flutes. The Ridge-Lite is available to order through Tactical Solutions and distributors for $355.

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Ruger boasts about safety record, defends ARs in letter to shareholders

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 09:00

The Ruger booth during SHOT Show in Las Vegas in January 2018. The company offers some five different series of AR rifles. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

Sturm, Ruger & Company executives told shareholders Monday they do not and cannot support “stripping” gun rights away from millions of Americans “due to the evil actions of a small number of criminals.” That’s how the Connecticut company concluded their letter after receiving a questionnaire by BlackRock Inc, the world’s largest money manager with some $1.7 trillion in active funds, and as investment firms and banks review their relationships with the gun industry.

Influenced by the activism of students and victims after last month’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, BlackRock said it wanted to provide more information to clients so they could make investments in line with their social values. The investment company asked publicly traded gun companies about their policies and practices so it could better understand the risks involved in the business.

After the 19-year-old gunman murdered 17 people and injured another 15 with an AR rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, gun control activists turned to corporate America for action instead of lawmakers who have repeatedly failed to pass new firearm regulations. Major retailers like Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart opted to raise the age for buying long guns from 18 to 21, a measure the pro-gun White House briefly considered until abandoning it this week. Dick’s also ended the sale of “assault-style” weapons.

Ruger executives, president and chief executive officer Chris Killoy and board chairman Michael Jacobi, defended the industry’s current standards and warned that altering their practices under political pressure would actually create risk. “Political expediency flies in the face of our fiduciary responsibility as stewards of the Company for the benefit of shareholders. Moreover, many of the proposals being advanced, while well-meaning, run counter to what our customers actually want,” they said.

In defense of AR-style rifles, Ruger executives defined the ability of a semi-automatic rifle as firing one shot per trigger pull and explained Ruger has produced firearms with that basic operation since 1949. “We do not plan to discontinue the manufacture or commercial sale of Modern Sporting Rifles,” they said, adding few are used in crime.

“Thus, their legitimate uses by responsible citizens far outnumber their misuses by criminals, who clearly have serious mental health issues that should prevent them from possessing any firearm,” Ruger executives said.

The company execs boasted about Ruger having a perfect inspection record, saying since 2010, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted five full inspections at its three facilities across the country and inspectors found no violations. “We are extremely proud of our ATF compliance efforts and the robust program we have in place,” the executives said.

“In fact, we conduct our own compliance inspections using ATF protocol multiple times each year at our manufacturing facilities, which include 100 percent verification of all serialized inventory,” they said and added that Ruger also participates in the ATF Access 2000, a system that allows law enforcement to trace Ruger firearms recovered at crime scenes or from criminals.

In response to questions about safety features, company execs said Ruger has been “innovative” in developing firearm safety features. “We were the first to invent a way to incorporate a transfer bar into a Colt-type, single-action revolver, which can help prevent accidental discharges if the user neglects to handle the revolver safely,” they said.

But they criticized smart gun features, which would disable a firearm until a biometric like a fingerprint unlocks it, calling the technology “unreliable, easily defeated, or both.” Instead, they argued, their providing cable locks with new firearms “can help prevent unauthorized access without the complexities and drawbacks of ‘smart guns.’”

On Ruger’s effort to promote public safety, company execs pointed to their support of the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s FixNICS initiative. The trade group’s program aims to improve the federal background check system without the need for lawmakers to pass new laws. They also said they support other NSSF gun safety education programs, claiming such programs have a proven track record of decreasing gun-related accidents.

Executives clarified that Ruger does not sell guns directly to customers, but rather distributes shipments of guns to independent distributors and wholesalers which supply retailers with inventory. They explained each entity is licensed by the federal government and that before a firearm is transferred to a customer, the customer must pass a background check.

Competitor American Outdoor Brands, the holding company for Massachusetts gun maker Smith & Wesson, published an open letter to BlackRock last week that hit on many of the same points. Vista Outdoor has not yet published a letter and it’s unclear if it will. With brands like Savage Arms and about half a dozen ammo companies, the shooting sports make up more than half of Vista’s sales. But the corporate backlash has also impacted its non-gun related companies, with major retailers boycotting them as well.

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Attorney General will ‘better enforce gun laws,’ prioritize school safety

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 08:00

The nation’s top law enforcement official said this week the Department of Justice will prioritize school safety and better enforce existing gun laws.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the steps Monday, just hours after the White House revealed a four-pronged prevention plan for school violence.

“We are increasing the number of school resource officers, improving background checks and more aggressively prosecuting those who illegally attempt to purchase a firearm, and reviewing and enhancing the way our law enforcement agencies respond to tips from the public,” he said.

Sessions said the federal COPS Program — a competitive grant used to recruit more police officers at the state and local level — will prioritize school resource officers. The DOJ will also provide firearms and situational awareness training to school personnel, as well as participate in the White House’s Federal Commission on School Safety.

The commission, chaired by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, will study gun violence prevention proposals — including placing age restrictions on rifle sales — and make recommendations to elected officials.

In addition, the DOJ will focus on prosecuting “lie and try” cases involving disqualified buyers who lie on federal background check forms in order to obtain a gun. The department will also continue working on regulations to ban bump stocks and continue increasing violent crime prosecutions.

Sessions said, through Project Safe Neighborhoods, DOJ prosecutions for those charged with violating federal firearm laws reached a decade high in 2017. Violent crime prosecutions are likewise at the highest rate in more than 25 years. He said Monday the department “is just getting started.”

The DOJ will also provide $1 million in emergency funding to cover the law enforcement overtime costs related to the shooting investigation at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last month.

In an effort to improve the efficacy of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, Sessions said the department will mandate all relevant reporting federal agencies either confirm compliance or create a viable plan to achieve compliance within 45 days. Sessions also called on the FBI to identify jurisdictions with low reporting rates. Meanwhile, he will personally work with state governors and law enforcement officials to resolve incomplete criminal records — a “significant issue” identified by the FBI when examining the system’s shortfalls.

Finally, the DOJ will also use federal grant programs to encourage states to improve the speed, accuracy and availability of criminal records within the databases feeding NICS.

“No child should have to fear going to school or walking the streets of their neighborhood,” Sessions said. “With these new measures in place, we are better positioned to disarm criminals and protect the law-abiding people of this country.”

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Bolt-action rifle ordered turned in by Australian officials as it’s too ‘assaulty’ (VIDEO)

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 07:30

The Australian Border Force is giving owners of Riverman rifles 30 days to turn in their operator-assisted firearms as they look too much like banned weapons.

The Riverman Gun Works’ OAF series rifles are made in Idaho and about 100 or so (numbers vary) have been imported into Australia. Now, as reported by News 7 Brisbane, although a straight-pull bolt action, the gun is now outlawed and officials want them turned over to Border Force.

The “bungled buyback” could cost tax payers down under as much as $1 million Australian (about $790,000 US).

The two-page letter sent to Riverman owners officials state that the reclassification “has been made due to the firearm being substantially the same in appearance as a fully automatic firearm, specifically the Stoner CQB Mod 2 rifle.”

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President Reagan’s flintlock rifle is once again in the NRA Museum

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 07:00

Dec. 7, 1981: Next to the President in a suit is then-NRA Executive Vice President Harlon Carter while gunsmith Christopher Hirsch is in buckskins slightly obscured by the rifle. In the background is a young Wayne LaPierre, at the time a state liaison for the NRA’s newly formed Institute of Legislative Action (

The first presidential candidate endorsed by the group, the NRA was there when “The Gipper” was presented with a flintlock in 1981 and the Second Amendment group now has the gun on display once again.

The replica Kentucky rifle was crafted by Texas gunsmith Christopher Hirsch for the 40th President and given to him in the Oval Office on Dec. 7, 1981. Reagan asked that the gun be displayed at the NRA museum in nearby Virginia and it was for two decades before it was transferred to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in Simi Valley, California, but it has returned “home” on loan and is now back on display in Fairfax.

The NRA Museums said: “Sporting a 42-inch barrel, the rifle was made like all traditional Kentucky longrifles — for a right-handed shooter. However, Reagan was left-handed. Hirsch was surprised by this, but Reagan laughed it off and assured him that he has been shooting right-handed for many years.”

The former President noted in his diary that day about the muzzleloader that, “It’s one of the most beautiful pieces of work I’ve ever seen.”

Reagan brought up the flintlock in 1983 when he appeared at the NRA’s 112th Annual Meeting in Arizona and addressed a crowd of “thousands” belonging the group, then ranked at 2.5 million strong nationwide.

Not too long ago, I had a very memorable visit from your officials. They walked into the Oval Office with some members of the “F” troop of the Texas army. Now, when I saw how those fellows were dressed, and what they were packing, I didn’t know whether to stretch out my hand, or make a run for it through the Rose Garden. [Laughter] Well, it turned out they wanted to induct me into the Texas army and to give me a beautiful, hand-crafted flintlock rifle. And I thank you for taking such good care of it, because it’s in your museum now.

The President, who survived an assassination attempt that left him with a bullet in his chest [“Getting shot hurts“] and afterwards wore an “iron undershirt” when going sketchy places such as the UN, had an extensive firearm collection and noted at least one foggy Friday morning spent during his term in office performing maintenance on his guns [“I have 14 rifles & almost as many handguns & they were all in need of oiling & cleaning.].

Of course, Reagan enacted the Mulford Act in California in 1967 and the Hughes Amendment in 1986, but hey, if Mondale would have won in 1984, he advocated banning handguns with barrels less than 3-inches among other restrictions.

Reagan’s full “20-minute speech” at the NRA’s Annual Meeting in 1983 is below.

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