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Charter Arms Announces New Professional .32 H&R Magnum Model

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 07:30

The nitrided stainless steel Professional is a 7-shot .32 H&R Mag (Photo: Charter Arms)

The seven-shot Professional revolver is chambered in .32 H&R Magnum and is billed as “a true fighting handgun.” Eschewing polymer, Connecticut-based Charter Arms has engineered their newest revolver to tip the scales at 22-ounces, unloaded, while still sporting contoured walnut grips as well as a stainless steel frame, cylinder, and barrel. The metal surfaces are coated in a proprietary Blacknitride+ process characterized as “indestructible” by the company.

Like several new revolvers pitched for the concealed carry market, the Professional uses a 3-inch barrel. However, the choice of caliber for the new gun is relatively uncommon. While Ruger currently makes a .32 H&R revolver, it is a New Model Single-Six, styled more for cowboy action shooting than every day carry. Smith & Wesson produced the Model 432 and 631 in the light .32 Mag but both of those revolvers have been out of production for some time and can be hard to find.

“The .32 H&R Magnum caliber has always been an underrated caliber that’s ideal for concealed carry and well-suited for the range,” said Charter Arms President Nick Ecker in a statement.

The company reportedly worked with the staff of Concealed Carry Magazine to help develop the Professional. “This is a true fighting revolver,” said Kevin Michalowski, the publication’s executive editor. “I could not be happier working with Nick Ecker and the entire team at Charter Arms to see this project come to life.”

The Professional, which includes a Green LitePipe front sight, is set to retail for $438. It will be unveiled at the 2019 Concealed Carry Expo on May 17-19 held in Pittsburgh.

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Alana Barricks Dishes on AKs, Death Metal and Zombie Killing Squad Goals

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 07:00

Alana Barricks, right, co-hosts the Semi-Armed Life podcast with fiancé Mike Marion, left. (Photo: Alana Barricks via Instagram)

Alana Barricks brings a bubbly quality to the Semi-Armed Life podcast, which she and fiancé Mike Marion host. With a background steeped in the political world, joining the 2A movement in college and even serving as president of her university’s College Republican organization, Barricks uses her knowledge and zeal for firearms to educate listeners and answer questions on the monthly podcast. caught up with Barricks to delve into her love for conspiracy centered entertainment, death metal bands and her favorite guns.

GDC: You co-host the podcast Semi-Armed Life with Mike and as someone who produces a podcast I imagine you listen to a lot of podcasts. What are some of your favorites?

Barricks: So definitely I’d say my number one favorite is Hardcore History with Dan Carlin. Another one right now is actually Tinfoil Hat Conspiracy Theory Podcast. It’s so interesting. Then, of course, the entire Firearm’s Radio Network is always on play in my car — Gun Funny, We Like Shooting, This Week in Guns and Civilian Carry Radio. I’m super into podcasts!

GDC: What do you think makes a podcast good?

Barricks: I would say, more than anything, the ability to educate people. Teaching people something and you know providing information from a different perspective. The reason I (listen) a lot is just because I’m always trying to learn more about everything and anything — specifically about history and firearms and politics too.

GDC: What’s the last movie you watched?

Barricks: A movie called Conspiracy Theory. I’m going to make myself sound like a tinfoil hat crazy person. Like I’m going to be the next Alex Jones or something. But the movie is a cool World War 2 film about Hitler’s top 12 cabinet members and their planning for the final solution to World War 2. It’s really interesting because it exposes how governments can be disgustingly corrupt and evil. Highly recommend the movie.

GDC: While we’re on pop culture, what music gets you pumped for the day?

Barricks: Oh man, I don’t know where to begin. I can listen to anything from Cardi B to Cannibal Corpse. Eclectic is a good word.

Barricks loves the AK platform and routinely discusses the platform on the show. (Photo: Alana Barricks via Instagram)

GDC: Speaking of Cannibal Corpse and death metal, I heard a rumor you were the lead singer in a death metal band in high school. Tell me more about that.

Barricks: Oh my gosh! That was so long ago. It was a crappy little band, just me and a couple of guys in a garage, you know, being losers. I bounced around and was kind of in two bands, but it was mostly just jamming. I was the vocalist so I was the one screaming. It’s a fun party trick more than anything now. People will be like, “Wait, you were in a death metal band?” I’ll say, “Yeah you want to hear me scream?”

GDC: That’s hilarious. Every death metal band I know of has an epic name, so what was yours?

Barricks: I’m trying to remember. One was called Over Taken. I know we argued over names for forever. Another name was Field of Slain. We wanted to sound really bad-ass but we weren’t.

GDC: What was the last gun related item you purchased?

Barricks: I bought a Glock 19 for carry.

GDC: Nice! That’s my favorite carry gun. How’s it going making the switch to a larger carry gun?

Barricks: Going very well. I feel so much safer knowing I have more capacity and a higher caliber. It’s pretty cool. Before I got the 19, I was carrying a 42 so now I can switch back and forth depending on what outfit I am wearing.

GDC: So that’s your newest gun, what’s your favorite?

Barricks: I’d say, right now, it’s my Romanian Paratrooper. That’s one of my AK-47s. It’s my favorite because it’s one of the only guns that I have had work done to. With my Paratrooper I had the barrel chopped down and a Dead Air flash hider pinned and welded to it. It’s got surplus wood furniture on it, RS Regulate mount on it and a Holosun optic. It’s really cool. For me, it’s the absolute perfect AK-47.

The Romanian Paratrooper Barricks cites as her favorite gun. (Photo: Bandits Armory via Instagram)

GDC: So you and Mike are big AK fans and you talk about that on your podcast in addition to a wealth of other topics including politics and news. What was the evolution of the podcast?

Barricks: I posted a video on Facebook telling people that if they had any questions at all about guns, the Second Amendment, gun politics or anything like that to email me. It was an open invitation for them to e-mail me and I created an e-mail address for it and everything; because I was really sick of all the misinformation that I heard in the news and everything. I got a lot of responses from people. That was the first stepping stone.

Then a month later my sister-in-law was robbed at gunpoint while she was holding my niece and nephew. They were two and five at the time. Afterward, she told me I need to learn about guns. I need to know how to defend myself. She had a lot of questions and so those two things pushed me into doing a podcast. I wanted to answer all the questions she had. I bought it up to Mike and he thought it was awesome and he wanted to get involved. We just went from there.

GDC: How do you choose the topics you cover each show because you do hit on everything from the basics to history to more involved topics like politics?

Barricks: It depends. We try to play to our strengths. My strengths are in firearms policy and politics in general. Mike is more into history, gear and the technical side of firearms. We try to take a few items from each area. We try to balance it out so we’re each happy with the episode.

GDC: So final question, if you had to build the ultimate zombie killing squad, who would you want on your team?

Barricks: So definitely Mike, my fiancé. I would say Pat McNamara. I’m pretty sure he could kill all the zombies. Denny Ducet, he’s on Instagram. He’s not as popular but that dude is really into survival type things. He’s going out into the woods for like a week or something so I feel like I’d want a survivalist. Then I would say, Reid Henrichs because I feel like he doesn’t take anything from anybody. You need that kind of person around. Then I would say Angel of Verdun, Ashley, because she’s just an all-around badass lady. I feel like I could name so many more people, but I’m just going to leave it at that.

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Missouri Bills Would Require AR-15, Handgun Ownership For Most Adults

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 06:30

State Rep. Andrew McDaniel’s bill would require most residents between 18 and 35 to get an AR-15, although he admits the plan has little prospect of passing.

Measures introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives last month require many residents who can legally possess a firearm to own both a handgun and an AR-15 and authorizes a tax credit to buy them.

Introduced by state Rep. Andrew McDaniel, R-Deering, his “McDaniel Militia Act,” is a short, two-page bill that would mandate AR-15 ownership in the Show-Me State for adults aged 18 to 35. The bill would allow those residents required to own such a semi-automatic rifle a year to acquire one. The tax credit, which would be first-come-first-served, would be paid for out of a $1 million allocation to the state budget.

A companion bill, the “McDaniel Second Amendment Act,” would make much the same provision for mandatory handgun ownership. Adults over the age of 21 who are able to legally possess a firearm would have to obtain a pistol or revolver capable of firing .22 caliber ammunition or larger. Like the AR-15 proposal, it has the same $1 million tax credit in its language.

McDaniel, a former sheriff’s deputy who has been in the House for five years, told local media he has little expectation the measures will pass. The lawmaker says he is open to focusing on the tax credits in the bills while deleting the mandates.

A handful of cities in the country have mandatory gun-possession ordinances, most notably, Kennesaw, Georgia. However, the local laws have numerous exceptions and potential violators who do choose not to own firearms are rarely prosecuted.

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Weatherby Debuts New 18i Semi-Auto Shotgun Line (VIDEO)

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 06:00

Wyoming-based Weatherby this week announced they have added a line of Italian-made inertia-driven semi-auto 12 gauge shotguns to their catalog

The new 18i series are initially offered in Deluxe, Synthetic and Waterfowler models, all featuring a 28-inch barrel with a full-length ventilated rib. All have a one-piece receiver that is machined from billet aluminum, offer a 4+1 shell capacity, and run on a proven inertia system the company says is both reliable and ready to stand up to prolonged use. They seem very similar to Marocchi’s SI12 series which debuted in 2009.

The Deluxe 18i, which uses a 3-inch chamber, comes standard with European walnut furniture and a laser engraved nickel receiver. Likewise, the barrel has a high-gloss blued finish. MSRP is $1,899. (Photos: Weatherby)

The Synthetic, more of a field gun, uses a 3.5-inch Super Magnum chamber– the first offered by Weatherby– and includes black polymer furniture with a recoil-mitigating elastomer stock. MSRP is $1,099.

The Waterfowler, like the 18i Synthetic, has a 3.5-inch chamber. It is dipped in a Realtree Max-5 camo pattern. MSRP is $1,199.

All of the 18i models have LPA Fiber sights and include a case with five choke tubes and a true choke tube wrench.

Although Weatherby was long a California-based firearms maker, company CEO Adam Weatherby announced last year the time was right to pull stumps for more gun-friendly Wyoming, where they are busy moving into a new facility in Sheridan.

“As we finalize our transition to Sheridan, WY, Weatherby is excited to announce our brand new Italian made inertia-driven shotgun product line,” said Weatherby. “This is the first of many new items to be launched from our new home in Wyoming.”

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The entry sign is up. The Weatherby facility is getting close to move in.

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Brenda and I had the honor of giving Congresswoman Cheney a tour of our “almost open” facility in Sheridan this afternoon. #almostopen #wyoming

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New Flag in the office. We are excited to be moving into the new facility soon.

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Police Seek To Reunite Owner With Recovered Antique Gun (VIDEO)

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 05:30

The Kansas City Missouri Police Department is trying to get a fairly uncommon English shotgun back to its owner. The gun, a C.G. Bonehill side-by-side, dates from the late 19th to very early 20th Century and was recovered by authorities after they served a search warrant at a suspected burglar’s residence.

The C.G. Bonehill SXS is more or less complete, other than the fact that the buttstock is broken off (Photos: KCPD)

Local media reported the engraved double-barrel is marked to a Will H. Cruttenden out of Cazenovia, New York, but police say they have not been able to make contact with an owner. Cruttenden, a jeweler, is believed to have died in the 1920s.

“It is a very beautiful shotgun; We’re just trying to find an owner for it,” KCPD Det. Robert Martin told KSHB. “I’d hate to see it melted down or destroyed with it being such a nice piece of history and the history it has behind it.”

The shotgun maker, Christopher George Bonehill, was a Birmingham gunmaker who established his firm in the 1850s and filed numerous firearms patents under his name. His firm, located in Birmingham’s Belmont Row, went out of business in the 1960s. While many Bonehills in circulation fetch low prices, an Old West-era coach-length double inscribed to Wells, Fargo fetched nearly $10,000 at a 2016 auction.

Kansas City police say they will need proof of ownership to return it. Those who feel they have a link to the gun should call the Metro Property Crimes Section at 816-581-0679.

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Expert Tips for Inspecting a Used Rifle (VIDEO)

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 05:00

New rifles are great, but buying from the used rack often has its own advantages. In many cases, a buyer can find a used item in excellent condition but at a fraction of the price. Perhaps more importantly, buying pre-owned is the only way to get classic, collectible or otherwise out-of-production long guns.

Of course, buying used also means just that – the gun has already been used – and what kind of use may not immediately be known. To learn how to inspect wear and tear on a rifle, I turned to gun shop owner Mark Micoley who has been in the business for more than 30 years at his shop rock Ridge Shooter’s Supply. According to Micoley, looking for obvious problems is the best way to start.

He explained that you should first give the rifle a once over. “We’re going to being looking for damage. We’re going to be looking for cracks in the stock. We’re going to be looking for rust on the metal,” he said, adding that if the rifle stock has a crack and you fire it, you could have “a very bad day” as the shooting could make the damage worse.

Racks of rifles await buyers at Rocky Ridge Shooter’s Supply. Knowing what to look for when buying a used rifle will make your next purchase a great one. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Next, Micoley advised studying the business-end of the rifle. “You’ll want to take a look at the muzzle … if this has been damaged in anyway it’s really going to affect your accuracy a lot,” he said.

After that, work the action. If you can get your paws on the rifle, don’t be afraid to cycle the bolt to ensure that it functions as it should. Micoley suggested asking: Is the bolt smooth? Does the safety engage correctly? Is the action snug in the stock or are things sloppy?

Then, the trigger is something almost every seasoned shooter wants to know about. Micoley said dry firing is the best way to inspect a trigger and test its pull, but he strongly suggests that buyers ask the sales clerk before pulling the trigger. “Don’t just grab a gun and start pulling the trigger,” he said. “You can get a lot of people excited very quickly when you do that.”

Mark Micoley, owner of Rocky Ridge Shooters and genuine good “gun guy”, shares his tips on finding great used rifles both in stores and online. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

And, after you check the outside and test the operation, light up the bore. With the inside illuminated, you’re looking for the same issues as you did on the outside. “Look down through the barrel. You’re going to be looking to see if it’s rusty or wore out,” he said.

Buying online poses other obvious problems, but Micoley advised that you should continue to employ the same methods of inspection. But “you might have to ask a lot of these questions or get better pictures,” he said. maintains the Certified Used Gun Program in which expert inspectors certify quality used firearms that are “free from mechanical defects.”

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Ruger Adds New Custom Shop 10/22 Competition Rifle Model

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 11:00

If you are a fan of really accurate 22LR semi-autos with a laminated stock and stainless bull barrel, Ruger has you covered (Photos: Ruger)

Featuring a natural brown laminate stock and stainless steel barrel, the latest model to Ruger’s Custom Shop is a competition 10/22.

The new .22LR rifle is feature-rich from its custom dual-bedded 6061-T6511 aluminum receiver with a machined match bolt dual to a fluted 16.10-inch stainless steel bull barrel. The rifle is both optics-ready, with a 30 MOA Picatinny rail, and suppressor-ready, with a 1/2x28TPI threaded barrel. Ruger’s BX-Trigger, a fully-adjustable cheek rest on the stock and an oversized bolt handle with match release are also standard.

When it comes to specs, the overall length of the Custom Shop 10/22 Competition is 36-inches with a 13.5-inch length of pull on the stock while the gun still weighs in at 6-pounds flat. The receiver is a hard-coat anodized black with black Cerakote accents are on the barrel.

The rimfire rifle has a number of accurizing measures added to the mix including a free-floating barrel and an enhanced semi-auto chamber which Ruger says has been proven to increase accuracy without getting in the way of reliability.

The rifle ships with a hard case and one detachable 10-round rotary magazine, as well as swag to include a Ruger Custom Shop Certificate of Authenticity, challenge coin, cleaning cloth and decal.

MSRP on the new model is $899.

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Aguila 5mm Ammo Breathes New Life into Forgotten Plinkers (VIDEO)

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 10:00

After a lengthy hiatus, the once-obsolete 5mm Remington Rimfire Magnum has returned to production by Mexican-ammo maker Aguila. With the re-introduction of the round, nostalgic shooters can grab their aging plinkers and share a much needed history lesson.

In the late 60s and early 70s, Big Green originally introduced the round along with a pair of bolt-action rifles, the Remington 591 and 592, to compete against the Winchester .22 WMR. While the Remington round outperformed its competitors – and in some ways still does – it failed to gain commercial success.

After manufacturing some 60,000 rifles, Remington ended their production in 1973 and the ammo fell by the wayside shortly after. For decades, many of these original rifles languished in closets and gun cabinets. A handful of gun makers tried to spur interest with offerings chambered in 5mm but nothing really took hold. Now, thanks to Aguila and a revitalized interest in longer-range rimfire shooting, 40-year-old Remington 591 and 592 rifles are gaining popularity.

The signature grip cap denoting caliber was found on both the Remington Model 591 and 592. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

The Remington 591 and 592 Rifles

The Remington 591 and 592 share many characteristics. Both feature classic glossy Walnut furniture; a bolt with six rear-locking lugs and two-stage extractor; iron sights, though a scope aids in finding its true range; and a 24-inch barrel with a 1-in-12-inch twist. The rifles differ only in magazine and capacity. The 591 holds a four-round plastic magazine while the 592 features a 10-round tubular magazine.

When shooting, the 5mm rifles perform comparable to a .22 in both recoil and noise. Yet, the new Aguila JHP’s provide devastating terminal performance on winter squirrels. For range, both rifles are more than capable of reaching 200 yards or more. In fact, in a you-had-to-be-there moment, one member of our prairie dog blasting party recorded a kill at just over 300 yards.

Not only does the author’s Model 592 look good, but it’s deadly accurate with Aguila’s new 30-grain JHP rounds. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Aguila 5mm Remington Rimfire Magnum

The new Aguila 5mm Remington Rimfire Magnum rounds differ slightly from earlier versions. The original bottlenecked cartridge held a 38-grain bullet instead of the nw 30 grains, and had an advertised muzzle velocity of 2,100 FPS (though unofficial chronographs have booked it significantly faster, even as high as 2,400 FPS). At its time and in its prime, the 5mm round was blazing fast and trumped the WMR’s 40 grain bullet in both power and accuracy.

The 5mm Mag’s bullet diameter is actually the same as the modern .204 Ruger centerfire. Further, it can hold its own ballistically with both the .22 Hornet and .218 Bee centerfire rounds – quite a feat for a rimfire. Naturally with its ballistics, the 5mm remains ideal for varmint and small game hunting.

Aguila offers jacketed and semi-jacketed 5mm Remington Rimfire Magnum ammunition. Both carry an advertised muzzle velocity of 2,300 FPS, which translates to a stellar 325 foot-pounds of energy. A box of 50 rounds retails for $29.99.

The most popular rimfires of the 5mm’s time, from Left to Right: .22 LR, .22 WMR, and 5mm Remington Mag. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

If You See a Remington 591 or 592…

Since Aguila’s 5mm ammunition sells out faster than it can be produced, the company has turned their “limited” run into an indefinite one. Needless to say, the round’s rejuvenation has sparked a slight hike in demand for decades-old Remington rifles. Both models command prices in the $450 to $650 range. Next time you see a Remington Model 591 or 592 collecting dust on a gun shop’s shelf, you’ll give it a good home, feed it some Aguila, and enjoy!

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Czech Leader Presents Engraved CZ 75 To President Trump (PHOTOS)

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 08:00

Babiš gifted President Trump a beautiful CZ 75 Republika, complete with a special serial number. (Photos: CZUB/Andrej Babiš via Facebook)

During an official state visit to Washington this month Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš presented President Trump with a beautiful specially made CZ 75.

Babis and his wife visited the White House and met with the President for the first time last week where he said he was received warmly. “I highly appreciate our traditionally strong ties with the United States as well as the fact that such an important meeting took place in the year when the Czech Republic celebrates the 20th anniversary of joining NATO and 30 years of our regained freedom and democracy,” noted Babis.

As an official token from the Czech people, Babis brought a CZ 75 Republika model for Trump.

Produced by CZUB to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia in 1918, just 100 of the guns were produced. They are serial numbered 1918-2018 (Photo: CZUB)

Each is engraved with traditional Czech symbols such as the national motto “Pravda vítězí,” which means “truth prevails,” as well as a Czech lion coat of arms. The guns come standard with a wooden presentation case with a portrait of the first Czechoslovak president, Tomáš Masaryk.

The gun presented to President Trump was serial numbered CSR-1946, in honor of his birth year. (Photo: CZUB)

Babis said on social media that he was proud of the Czech people who invented and produced the iconic 9mm handgun and that the firearm “reminds us that we won our freedom.”

While in Washington, Babis also visited the Library of Congress and the Capitol, laid a wreath at the Pentagon 9/11 memorial on behalf of the Czech Republic and visited the 1937 statute of Masaryk, who had extensive ties to the U.S. and helped convince President Woodrow Wilson to support the country’s independence during World War I.

As for the gun, foreign official gifts to the President over a token value are considered gifts to the people of the United States, and the chief executive would have to pay the treasury to keep it. Gifts not bought by the President from Uncle go to the National Archives and typically find their way to public display such as at Presidental libraries.

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CZ 75 Republika in the White House US President Donald Trump received the exquisite CZ 75 Republika pistol as a gift from the Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. The gun is one of only 100 produced by CZ to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Czechoslovakian independence in 1918. The superbly crafted Republika features rich engraving and is adorned by 24-carat gold inlays and plating. The pistol’s serial number is CSR-1946 in honor of the President’s birth year. We are proud that our product was chosen as a state gift of the Czech Republic to the US president. . . CZ 75 Republika v Bílém domě Americký prezident Donald Trump dostal od českého premiéra Andreje Babiše darem unikátní pistoli CZ 75 Republika. Zbraň je jednou z pouhých 100 exemplářů vyrobených Českou zbrojovkou u příležitosti 100. výročí vzniku Československa roku 1918. Republika je skvěle řemeslně zpracována a bohatě zdobena ručními rytinami a 24karátovým zlatem. Pistole má sériové číslo CSR-1946 na počest prezidentova roku narození. Je nám ctí, že právě náš produkt byl vybrán jako státní dar České republiky americkému prezidentovi. . #CZ #czub #ceskazbrojovka #czfirearms#czguns #servicepistol #military #funwithguns #czp #cz75 #Iknowcz #forthosewhoknow #CZ75republica #limitededition #CZlimited #czechoslovakiaanniversary #americanpresident #uniquepistol #engraving @czusafirearms

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The Awkward ’80s Mossberg 500 Bullpup Shotgun (VIDEOS)

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 07:30

This chunky monkey of a 12 gauge was a normal Mossberg 500, other than the “high impact” polymer bullpup stock set-up and twin safeties. To cover the beauty of this wonder gauge, Tim Harmsen with the Military Arms Channel digs one out of his safe, spider eggs and all.

Mossberg made them both under their own banner and their budget Maverick line from 1986 to 1990 in 18.5- (six shot) and 20-inch (nine shot) variants. Sporting a grip safety (!) and ventilated heat shield, the 500 Bullpup came in at just 26.5-inches overall and beat the Kel-Tec KSG to the market by about 15 years.

However, it was not the first bullpup shotgun available commercially in the U.S. That title goes to 1967’s wonky High Standard Model 10.

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Men’s Trap Looks to Regain Olympic Glory in 2020

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 06:00

Caleb Lindsey looks to end the Olympic drought for Men’s Trap shooting. (Photo: USA Shooting)

Despite Team USA’s position as shotgun shooting powerhouse, Men’s Trap has alluded the team in the Olympics since Beijing in 2008; but USA Shooting looks to change that heading into the 2020 Olympics.

Jessica Delos Reyes, associate director of media and public relations for USA Shooting, told that the lack of men in the last two Olympic games has been a concern for the organization. With only a year left to work towards an Olympic slot, the men of USA Shooting continue to work towards the goal of Japan.

“So we haven’t had a man in the Olympics in the men’s trap event since 2008. That’s kind of been the monkey on our back,” Delos Reyes said. “Our shotgun team kicks butt and takes names. Our women shooters are the best in the world. Our men are getting there too but that’s been something that bothered us because we’re so good at shotgun sports.”

The road to the Olympics is paved with quotas which the U.S. must vie for in order to gain a position to compete in Olympic events. The shooting sports has 15 total events with each country capable of earning two quotas per event.

“You don’t get to just send an Olympic team. Your team has to win what we call quotas which is essentially your countries ticket to participate in the games,” Delos Reyes explained. “So you could have two men’s trap, two women’s trap, two women skeet, two men’s skeet and so on.”

The race for quotas for the 2020 Olympics began in 2018 at the World Championships in Korea and will end sometime in early 2020. Competitors earn quotas through major competition like World Cups held throughout the year and the Pan-American Games held in Lima, Peru. Delos Reyes said while the US shooting team is already ahead of where they were going into the Rio Games, there’s still work to be done and quotas in Men’s Trap to be nabbed.

Delos Reyes said a contributing factor to the lack of medals was the International Olympic committees decision to eliminate certain events via Agenda 2020. Under Agenda 2020, men and women now must have equal opportunities to compete at an equal amount of sports. This means that men’s only shooting events like Men’s Prone Rifle, Men’s Free Pistol and Men’s Double Trap no longer exist. These events were instead replaced by mixed team events.

Lindsey, center, earned the title of 2018 National Champion. (Photo: USA Shooting)

“We were some of the best double trap shooters in the world in the men’s side. So those guys are converting over to essentially a different game,” Delos Reyes added. “Double trap is more spot shooting whereas trap is that quick read and react. Anyone who shoots shotgun will tell you it is the hardest of the shotgun sports.”

The team is stacked with names vying for that Olympic spot but one up and comer looks to challenge the Men’s Trap drought. Caleb Lindsey, a trap shooter based in Pulaski, Tennessee is poised to take on the Men’s Trap quota system. Lindsey maintains a spot on the U.S. National Team in addition to claiming the title of 2018 National Champion.

“I’ve been in competition shooting since I was in eighth grade and I’m a senior in college. I’ve been with USA shooting for about six years,” Lindsey told “ I go to all sorts of matches and I’m trying to better myself and achieve my main goal of getting to the Olympics.”

Delos Reyes says USA Shooting is hopeful Lindsey will turn the tide for Team USA. “We need to win those quotas,” she said. “But I feel very confident that this is our games. We’re finally going to get a gun in the event.”

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Full Auto Friday: HK Operational Briefcase Edition (VIDEOS)

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 05:30

The crafty engineers at Heckler & Koch came up with a special briefcase in the late 1970s for those looking to bring a little MP5 with them without drawing too much attention.

Termed the “Spezialkoffer” or Special Case in its briefcase format and “Spezialtasche” or Special Bag in its satchel version, the contraption over the years has generally just been called the Operational Briefcase.

The case version used a solid polymer and aluminum box with a thin plastic lid. Roughly 20x15x5-inches, it was the same general envelope as a technician’s toolbox or a businessperson’s briefcase. The fist that fits inside the glove of the briefcase is the HK MP5K submachine gun held in place by a claw mount.

The “K” is the shorty version of the classic MP5, weighs just 4.4-pounds, and is 12.8-inches long overall with a 4.5-inch barrel. It is much zippier than the standard MP5s and has a cyclic rate of 900rpm. This meant it could drain a 15 or 30-round magazine in either one or two seconds respectively.

Unseen in the best places for the past 40 years, these select-fire man bags have reached a sort of cult status with collectors and NFA enthusiasts.

Not to be outdone, the KGB put together thier own version in 1980, rumored to be used during the Moscow Olympics. In true Russki fashion, they substututed a Kalash for a German room broom.

There is also a MAC-10 homage floating around Texas somewhere.

As well as a UZI version:

For reference, HK still sells such cases today on their German website, for the MP5K PDW and MP5KA4. Of course, all NFA rules apply.

HK just calls it a “Shooting Case” today (Photo: HK)


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Ford Escort Takes a Beating Courtesy of Demolition Ranch (VIDEO)

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 05:00

A 1993 Ford Escort receives a pummeling from a menagerie of weaponry as Demotion Ranch aims to discover what it takes to ultimately kill a car’s engine.

Matt from Demolition Ranch starts out with the usual suspects by way of .22LR, 9mm and even .357 Mag. Quickly things escalate, as they often do on the YouTube channel. Before long, the Ford Escort suffers through an onslaught of rifle rounds including 7.62x39mm and even the big boy, .50 BMG. “Built Ford Tough” apparently extends down to the company’s older models as the Escort’s engine proves more difficult to stop than originally planned.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day: Guns Of The Irish Army (VIDEOS)

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 05:00

Just 7,000-strong, today’s Irish Army has an interesting array of hardware on tap. (Photo: Irish Army)

Enough with the green beer, leprechaun jokes, and Armalite memes, here is the hardware of the modern Irish Army. An outgrowth of the “Old” IRA that fought in the Irish War of Independence, the current Army of the Republic of Ireland traces its origins to 1922 when the country broke with London.

The original arms of the force, supplied in an agreement with the British to the Irish Free State, included Commonwealth-standard Lee-Enfield .303 rifles, Lewis light machine guns, and an assortment of pieces left over from the IRA days to include Thompson submachine guns.

From 1922 through WWII, the Irish Army carried Enfield .303s, Webley revolvers, and the occasional Tommy gun as well as Lewis and Vickers machine guns. Their steel helmets, looking very German, were actually made by Vickers.

They later picked up some P.14 sniper rifle variants made by BSA, one of which recently came up at auction.

The below 1933 film shows the Irish Army, looking very out of place with their German-style helmets, tooling around in Rolls-Royce Armoured Cars and generally mucking about with their Enfields, Vickers heavy machine guns, and other odds and ends.

This WWII-period film, from the Irish archives, shows 1940s additions such as the BREN light machine gun and Boys .55-cal anti-tank rifle in addition to the older hardware.

After a period of armed neutrality during World War II, the Irish modernized by ditching their aging gear for a new generation of small arms which included the FN FAL as their primary rifle, Browning Hi-Power pistols, and Swedish “K” m/45 9mm submachine guns.

The second generation of Irish Army small arms included the FAL, Swedish “K” and the famous BREN gun.

Many of the old guns became very popular on the surplus market. For instance, Interarms imported some 800 former Irish military Lewis guns into the U.S. in 1959, and many of the vaunted “Belgian Rattlesnakes” still in circulation in the states today come from that shipment.

This new hardware saw extensive service in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s as the Irish deployed on dozens of UN peacekeeping missions including the famous mission to the Congo that resulted in the Siege of Jadotville. That battle, in which an isolated company of Irishmen held off a much larger force of Congolese troops and allied mercenaries until their ammo was exhausted, was the subject of a recent Netflix movie of the same name.

The film got the weapons right at least, giving much camera time to the Irish FALs, Enfield snipers, K-guns and Vickers HMGs.

Today, the Irish Army consists of two brigades and the Army Ranger Wing, the small country’s special operations force. In the past couple of decades, they have undergone another generational change in small arms. This has included ditching most of their FALs and K-guns for Austrian-made Steyr AUG Mod 14 bullpup 5.56mm rifles in 1988, phasing out their legacy machine guns with the FN MAG 58, and tapping in the HK USP for the aging Browning Hi-Power.

The go-to modern shillelagh of the Irish military since 1988 has been the Steyr AUG. The military is in the process of an upgrade program to add Picatinny rails and a Trijicon ACOG to the guns in place of the older optics. (Photo: Irish Army)

The Irish Ranger Wing sports HK 416 and 417s with all the aftermarket extras (Photo: Irish Army)

The primary sniper rifle is a series of Accuracy International bolt guns, note the HK USP. (Photo: Irish Army)

And finally, the FAL is still around in small numbers, doing its part. Since 2011, the vaunted 7.62x51mm battle rifle known internationally as “The Right Arm of the Free World” has been upgraded with a Schmidt & Bender optic, bipod and adjustable stock for use as a DMR rifle.

Irish FAL DMR aesthetics (Photo: Irish Army)

And any force that still appreciates the FAL has to be ok. Hell, somebody has to keep the snakes out of Ireland.

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SnapSafe Treklite Serves Safe Gun Storage on the Go

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 04:30

The SnapSafe TrekLite brings a keyed approach to compact storage. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

While gun owners would like to tote their carry gun on body everywhere, often times that’s not practical. Whether impending air travel or errands around town in firearm unfriendly places prevent carry, gun owners need a place to stash their carry gun. For times like these, a heavy, bulky safe is out of the question. So, what’s a gun owner to do? Procure a lightweight, compact, portable safe of course.

The SnapSafe TrekLite Lock Box provides one such option. Billed as a means to easily carry a gun on the go, the SnapSafe TrekLite appears, on the surface, to be just the option gun owners need. Does it hold up and more importantly is it a viable means to stash guns? took a closer look to find out.

The basics

The SnapSafe TrekLite Lock Box features a portable design centered around gun owners on the go. The extra-large container measures 10 x 7 x 2 inches, tipping scales at just over a pound. The SnapSafe TrekLite comes in two models – a TSA combination lock and a standard key lock. Both options do meet TSA requirements and can be checked in luggage. For the purpose of this review, I took a look at the key lock option.

The SnapSafe TrekLite stows guns but also has the means to secure other valuables like jewelry or medication while out and about. Made from impact-resistant polycarbonate, the portable safe looks to bring a sense of security to owners. In addition to providing a locked box design, the SnapSafe TrekLite also employs the use of a security cable. Capable of wrapping around furniture legs, or car seats, the security cable comes rated up to 1,500 pounds for added security.

The SnapSafe TrekLite offers both discreet protection and security, making it a solid option for car storage on the go. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Inside the safe, the unit offers foam lining designed to cradle valuables and protect them during transit. The lining can be removed for larger firearms or if protection is not required for the trip.

On the go storage

The SnapSafe TrekLite appeals to the traveling gun owner or, at the very least, the gun owner who occasionally stores their gun in their vehicle. I first came to know the SnapSafe while looking for a lightweight option to house my Glock 19 during airplane travel. The SnapSafe, weighing just over a pound, felt like a decent option.

Accompanied by two keys and a cable, the safe fills that no muss, no fuss void. A simple portable option, the SnapSafe elects to forgo fancy RFID or fingerprint tech for the reliable keyed solution – of course, that’s assuming you don’t lose the keys. Though it feels lightweight and easily stows inside a suitcase, the SnapSafe has an air of security to it. It’s not flimsy and definitely doesn’t feel as if it will cave the second it tumbles to the ground. In fact, it won’t. Having taken a few tumbles off my bed to the ground, the SnapSafe was no worse for wear.

The safe provides a notch for the security cable to rest. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The safe outfits itself with interior foam lining placed to protect valuables. At first glance, I was skeptical of all the foam. It seemed to take up too much room, not to mention I often store my Glock 19 in its holster on the go. Luckily, the SafeTech TrekLite offers removable foam inserts. I removed one insert from each side of the holster and voila! Holster and gun fit perfectly.

Though I originally intended the SnapSafe to act as a lightweight solution for airplane travel, it quickly became apparent that it would also work as a car storage solution. While I do not advocate stowing guns in cars, there are times when a quick errand necessitates no gun. In those instances, it’s imperative to have a storage solution at the ready in the car.

The SnapSafe TrekLite’s cable is long enough to secure it to beds, car seats or other pieces of furniture for extra security. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The SnapSafe TrekLite’s compact size and included cable fit the bill when it came to car storage. The thinner build fit neatly under my passenger seat, out of sight, while the cable wrapped around the passenger seat leg securing the safe to the car. If someone wanted the safe, they’d have to deal with removing the cable. The cable itself, has a notch that allows it to rest inside the safe; but it’s not a permanent solution. Once the safe is opened, the cable can be removed if it’s no longer needed.

Is it worth it?

The SnapSafe Treklite is best suited for travelers looking for a lightweight option or concealed carriers in need of a storage option for their car. While the SnapSafe TrekLite is light and easy to tote, it’s not a unit that I imagine could withstand a heavy hammer or a crowbar. Some tools and the safe would most likely open. It’s not a permanent solution, but for those looking for a simple, straightforward option for on the go storage the SnapSafe TrekLite fits the bill. Retailing for under $50, it’s an affordable option.

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Republican Senators Reintroduce Hearing Protection Act

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 04:30

A Sig Sauer MPX series, with a suppressor. Such sound moderators under the Hearing Protection Act could be transferred just like regular rifles or shotguns rather than with a $200 tax stamp and lengthy wait times required under the NFA. (Photo: Chris Eger/

The Hearing Protection Act, to remove suppressors from the layers of regulation required by the National Firearms Act, was reintroduced to the Senate on Thursday.

Proposed by Idaho Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo and 12 co-sponsors from a dozen red states, the bill is a repeat of one submitted to the last Congress that failed to gain traction despite GOP control of both chambers. The proposal would reclassify suppressors as firearms rather than NFA-regulate weapons, which would allow them to be transferred after a simple background check rather than current much more extensive process.

“It just makes sense to ease federal regulation of suppressors, which are already legal in most of states,” said U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss, one of the co-sponsors. “Some of the most liberal European nations require their use to reduce hearing-related injuries. This bill would make it easier to offer the same protection to law-abiding American sportsmen.”

Introduced this week as S. 817 the HPA would simply reclassify suppressors to regulate them like traditional firearms. It would not change any laws in states such as California and New York that already prevent suppressors, nor does it get rid of the requirement of a background check. There are currently more than 1.5 million suppressors in circulation nationwide.

The bill has the support of pro-hunting and gun rights groups such as the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucus, Gun Owners of America, and the National Rifle Association as well as industry organizations like the American Suppressor Association and National Shooting Sports Foundation.

“This firearms safety legislation will enable gun owners to have better access to hearing protection accessories and improve safety for the shooting sports,” said Lawrence Keane, NSSF’s senior VP and general counsel. “These accessories have been unfortunately stigmatized and wrapped up by duplicitous background checks, extensive wait times and burdensome paperwork that doesn’t contribute to public safety.”

The measure will now go to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration. Meanwhile, a companion piece, U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan’s H.R. 155 has 59 GOP co-sponsors in the Democrat-controlled House.

Duncan’s original Hearing Protection Act garnered 166 co-sponsors in the House last session and was rolled into a larger package of pro-hunting legislation, the SHARE Act, which was reported out of committee but never made it out of Congress.

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How to Safely Store Your Concealed Carry Gun in Your Car

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 04:00

Knowing how to safely secure your gun in the car is a must for guns. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Responsible gun ownership dictates knowing how and when to store firearms. In a perfect world, gun owners always would keep their guns at the ready, but that’s unrealistic. Sometimes there’s no way to avoid gun-free zones. A trip to the post office or a forgotten lunch box that needs to go to school dictates no guns, so where do you stow your piece when all you’ve got is a car?

With nearly 380,000 guns stolen per year, according to a Harvard study, and a 40 percent increase in guns stolen from cars in 14 out of 15 cities, prospering storing a gun in the car decreases the chances of guns falling into the wrong hands. Though the most appetizing solution might appear to be the glovebox, this compartment proves less than ideal. Though most come with a lock and do cloak the gun, glovebox locks are easily jimmied with a crowbar and a little force.

The same goes for the center console. Another popular gun destination, the center console boasts even less safety as most don’t feature any sort of locking mechanism. Additionally, the glovebox and console are so overused by drivers, these locations tend to be the first areas criminals look through after busting into cars.

Storing a gun in the glovebox or console is not optimal for gun owners as these locations tend to be the most sought after by criminals. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Ruling out a standard glovebox and console, the best bet for most gun owners is a small safe residing in the car. While most of us cannot afford to install a full safe setup in our trunk, a compact travel safe often does the trick.

Easily purchased online, these safes work for air travel as well as car travel. Boasting space for one gun in holster, the safe tethers to the actual passenger or driver’s seat, preventing criminals from a grab and go situation. Equipped with a compact, slim design, these safes nestle under car seats to remain out of sight while safely stowing the gun.

Dedicated console safes provide another option for gun owners who are serious about stashing gun. These mount inside the car, replacing the standard console. Built with tougher, reinforced materials, these consoles often use a locking mechanism to ensure all valuables remain safe inside the container.

The safe also tethers to the passenger or driver’s seat, granting even more security. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Knowing the best means to safely store the gun in the car is as important as where you stow it. Excessive handling of loaded firearms often results in mishaps, so it’s imperative that handling is kept to a minimum. For this reason, I suggest leaving the gun in the holster and removing them as one whole unit from the belt. This tactic ensures the trigger remains covered, therefore, preventing any accidents.

From there, the holstered gun tucks into the safe, locked up until time to return to the belt. The steps for placing the gun and holster back onto the body are the same, again, keeping the gun in the holster while placing it on the waistband for greater safety.

Though not difficult in execution, planning to store your gun in the car requires the right tools and the know-how to ensure safety. Purchasing a small safe to affix to the car offers the best means for concealed carriers requiring secure storage on the go.

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Rocking A Vintage Mauser Kar 98k Sniper Out To 1100 yards (VIDEOS)

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 07:00

Germany fielded the Karabiner 98k Mauser starting in 1935 and the 8mm bolt gun soon became the stuff of legends. With that being said, how does the sniper variant perform? To answer that question, Josh Mazzola and Henry Chan team up in the above test from 9-Hole Reviews.

The Germans have always been a fan of sniper rifles– going back to the Scharfschützen-Gewehr 98 model, the Kar98k’s older brother, in 1915. The sniper variant fielded by the 9-Hole crew includes a 1939-vintage Zielvier ZF39 4x scope made by Opitikotechna on a short side-rail mount.

Overall, the old Mauser still delivers, grouping tight even at extended ranges. Does it make it on target over 1K out? Watch the video.

Also, check out the related tie-in where Josh and Henry use a c.1943 Kar98k with irons out to 500 yards, for a comparison.

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Savage Unveils New Model 212, 220 Turkey Guns

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 06:30

Decked out with an oversized bolt knob, Mossy Oak Obsession camouflage, interchangeable extra-full choke, and one-piece optic rail, these bolt-action shotguns are ready for turkey. (Photos: Savage)

Savage Arms is now moving to field their bolt-action turkey shotguns to a wider group of hunters with their Model 212 12 gauge and Model 220 20-gauge offerings. Built on the company’s familiar Model 110 bolt-action, these turkey specials were formerly just available through the Savage Special Order Office, but will now be sold as a regular item through dealers.

Both scatterguns use a blued, 22-inch carbon steel barrels that are free-floating and secured to the receiver using a Model 110-style locking nut. Using Win Choke threads, each comes with an extra-full turkey choke to help put a pattern on toms.

Like other offerings in Savage’s line, the turkey guns use an adjustable AccuTrigger and AccuFit stock system which allow the user to help customize the shotgun to their own needs.

A detachable two-round mag, extra-full T choke, and an AccuFit stock that is adjustable for length-of-pull and comb height.

MSRP on the shotguns is $695 for the M220 and $779 for the M212. Both are currently shipping.

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Pennsylvania Gun Owners Face Annual Registration Under New Bill

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 05:30

Want to own a Glock in the Keystone State? A pending measure in the state House could mandate that it gets regular registration. (Photo: Chris Eger/

A proposal from a Philadelphia Democrat would see use the Pennsylvania State Police begin and maintain a registry of guns and their owners in the Commonwealth.

The measure, HB 768, was proposed by state Rep. Angel Cruz last week. It would require registration certificates issued to those who seek to legally possess a firearm. The non-transferable $10 certificates would have to be renewed each year, for each gun.

“A registration certificate will only be issued to individuals who are eligible to possess a firearm under Federal and State law, who have never been convicted of a crime of violence and have not been convicted of a crime relating to the use, possession, or sale of any dangerous drug within five years prior to the application,” Cruz said in a brief to lawmakers on the bill.

Each certificate would require personal information about the gun owner as well as specifics on the gun such as its serial number. Applicants would have to supply photographs and fingerprints to PSP, who would have 30 days to approve or deny the certificate. Those who are denied would be able to appeal the decision within 10 days but, should that be turned away, would be forced to surrender to the firearm to authorities.

Under current Pennsylvania law, licensed firearm dealers already have to send PSP a record of handgun sales for their database but not long arm sales. The state also maintains their own background check system, the sometimes controversial Pennsylvania Instant Check System, which Republican lawmakers have slammed as duplicative and can sometimes take weeks to process.

Cruz’s bill has been referred to the Pennsylvania House Judiciary committee.

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