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Mossberg’s newest offering for 2019 is the MC1 pistol. It has been over a 100 years since Mossberg produced a handgun and the one prior to the MC1 was a four shot trapper pistol named the Brownie. So to see them release a polymer, single stack, 9mm striker fired handgun came as a little bit of a surprise.The Magazine
The MC1 is not only an unusual product to see out of Mossberg but the magazines it uses are also an interesting choice. The MC1 uses original Glock 43 pattern mags instead of a proprietary Mossberg magazine considering that the magazine is half the battle when making a reliable a pistol. Not only are Glock mags that but they are also plentiful.
When you open your new MC1 you will see two clear single-stack magazines. One mag will have a pinky extension with a capacity of seven rounds. This magazine provides a full grip to the MC1 even for those with bigger hands. The second magazine is a flush fit with a capacity of six rounds and will cut down on any “printing” but will leave your grip some what compromised.
I also ran a variety of Glock 43 mags through the MC1 with good success. Naturally, my first inclination was to try factory Glock mags. These of course were boringly reliable and dropped free from the MC1 with ease. Next, I tried a factory Glock magazines with an aftermarket Hyve baseplate. These caused an issue because they would not lock up into the gun. The baseplate prevented the mag to fully insert into the MC1. Other baseplates may give enough clearance but you will not know until you try it. Finally, I tried a variety ETS magazines including their extended 12 round G43 mag which also worked without a malfunction.Size and Feel
The big question is how does the MC1 compare in size to the other micro 9mm’s in its class? The MC1 comes to market with a 3.4 inch barrel and weighs in at 19 ounces unloaded. This is almost identical to the weight and length of the very popular Glock 43, which is somewhat of an established benchmark for the micro single stack genre. Although the overall profile of the MC1 being only a hair bigger than the Glock 43.
While shooting the MC1 I found that it was very controllable for its size. That can be a rare trait to come across for guns this small. The beavertail allows you to get a very high grip which maximizes the real estate that is available on this this tiny handgun. In addition, it is putting the bore axis directly in line with your grip which helps mitigate recoil. I rarely ever had to adjust my grip after firing strings of three and four rounds.
There is nothing worse than having to use a small framed handgun with a trigger that weighs a metric ton. It just makes these little guns so much more difficult to shoot. Thankfully Mossberg did a great job with the MC1’s trigger. The trigger is around 5.5 pounds and its range of motion feels very similar to a Glock trigger. Mossberg decided to further increase the value of the trigger by adding a flat shoe. I have always felt that a flat shoe provides a more tactile and even trigger press. It is really refreshing to see a company make an effort to provide a great trigger.Is the MC1 a Competitive Option?
Time will tell if the MC1 can stand against some stout competition in the arena of micro single stacks. To give it the best chance possible Mossberg obviously did their consumer research when developing the MC1. It checks off a lot of the boxes that people desire out of a handgun these days. With that in mind it also has an MSRP of $425 which is a very aggressive price point. For not producing a handgun in over 100 years, Mossberg sure seemed like they knew what they were doing with the MC1.
On June 6, 1944, the Allies launched Operation Overlord on the French coast of Normandy to liberate Europe from German occupation. These are the guns they carried.
About half of the 160,000 troops that went into battle on D-Day were American, with nearly 50,000 U.S. soldiers tasked with taking two of the five invasion beachheads — designated Omaha Beach and Utah Beach. Those headed across the rough seas of the English Channel from British embarkation ports largely did so in small landing craft, with the first waves largely going into combat with just the equipment on their backs and the rifles in their hands.
The primary U.S. Army rifle of World War II was the M1 Garand. Designed by Canadian-born Springfield Armory engineer Jean Cantius Garand, the .30-06 caliber semi-automatic was fed with an eight-round en bloc clip through the top of the receiver. Adopted in 1937, some 5.4 million of the rifles were produced during the conflict by Springfield and Winchester.
Also there, in the hands of support troops such as engineers — or when equipped with a Weaver scope given to infantry snipers — was the M1903 Springfield. A bolt-action Mauser-style rifle, the M1903 had been adopted by the U.S. military back during the administration of President Theodore Roosevelt, had officially been replaced by the Garand but was modified and put back into production in 1941 by Remington and the Smith-Corona Typewriter Company.
A more pint-sized weapon, the M1 Carbine, was a “war baby” of sorts, as it only reached production in 1942 as a compact rifle for use by support troops such as mortar crews, radiomen and truck drivers. Weighing in at just 5-pounds, the semi-auto used a detachable 15-round magazine and fired the 7.62x33mm .30 Carbine cartridge. In all, more than 5 million M1 Carbines were produced by companies as varied as Winchester, General Motor’s Inland Division, typewriter companies IBM and Underwood, National Postal Meter (guess what they made), and jukebox maker Rock-Ola.
The M1 Carbine cost Uncle Sam $45 a pop to make during WWII, meaning about two of these compact light rifles could be bought for the price of each Garand. Today’s prices are a little bit higher.
Generally reserved for use by sergeants, field-grade officers and specialist troops, the simplified wartime variant of the Auto-Ordnance Thompson–confusingly designated the M1, a label shared by both the Garand and Carbine– was heavy at 10-pounds but could spit out .45ACP rounds at 700 rounds-per-minute. Although the original Colt-produced M1921 “Tommy Gun” of Prohibition bootlegger fame retailed at around $225 at the time, its WWII descendant, with a more basic layout, came in at $70.
The Thompson, in both M1928 and M1/M1A1 variants, was common in Normandy in 1944. However, they were already headed out of production in favor of the smaller, and much cheaper, M3 Grease Gun.
Bridging the gap between rifles and crew-served machine guns such as the M1919 was John Browning’s M1918 BAR Capable of spitting out .30-06 rounds at 500-600 rounds per minute, the BAR could empty a 20-round detachable box magazine in just two seconds when wide open. Invented to help end the stalemate in the trenches in World War I, the hefty 23-pound automatic rifle was often hated by those on both sides of the muzzle.
Speaking of John Browning, while a few revolvers such as the M1917 and Victory-series .38s were carried, the standard handgun of the U.S. military on D-Day and for decades both before and after was the M1911. Designed by Browning for Colt on the eve of WWI, the classic 7+1 .45ACP Government Issue longslide is iconic.
Besides the troops hitting the beach, some 20,000 paratroopers and glider-borne infantry of the 82nd and 101st Airborne found themselves saddled with upwards of 100-pounds of gear per man. This ranged from basic kit such as rations, spare clothing and an entrenching tool to personal weapons, fragmentation grenades, Hawkins mines, and Gammon plastic explosive bombs.
Between the gear they landed with and the often-unrecoverable parachute packs dropped by their accompanying cargo aircraft, they had to make do against German counter-attacks of all forms until reinforcements arrived from the beachhead. Worse, paratroopers often had to land with their M1 Garands partially disassembled in a padded Griswold jump bag.
To balance this out, many of these “sky soldiers” had M1A1 Carbines with folding stocks and late model Thompson submachine guns as well as a few M3 Grease Guns– the first real combat use of the weapon.
More on that in the below from the U.S. Army’s Center for Military History.
For a more detailed look at the men, firepower and planning on Overlord, check out the (free) 562-page U.S. Army history of the landings “Cross Channel Attack” as well as the vast records on D-Day available through the National Archives.
The DC Project will host a fundraising festival this weekend in Burnett, Texas to raise money for an upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. The group’s goal is to bring women from all 50 states to meet with legislators and personalize the Second Amendment.
The festival at the Reveille Peak Ranch will include live fire demos, a banquet, live and silent auctions and a 3-gun match. Celeb shooters will also make an appearance with Jerry Miculek, Tig Tiegen, Dianna and Ryan Muller, David Smith aka Shakey Dave, and more scheduled to shoot the match.
“It’s a unique 3-Gun match in that it’s a two-man team match and we are having one teammate be a female or junior to support the two demographics that we feel are really necessary to preserve and promote our Second Amendment,” said Dianna Muller, the group’s organizer. “If people can’t find a junior or female there’s an exhibition so basically you’re just coming out and shooting for fun but you’re not shooting for the cash prize.”
In the past, participants to the DC Project were responsible for their own travel and trip costs but Muller said she hopes this fundraiser will change things and make the trip more accessible to participants. For those unable to attend, Muller said there’s still an opportunity to support the women traveling to the DC Project.
“You can go to DC Project online and there’s a donation button there,” Muller said. “Plus there’s a lot of the raffle items and auction items on there. If you’re interested in something you see just reach out to us.”
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One of the first 9mm combat handguns, the single-stack Walther P-38 has seen continuous military service for over 80 years.
Springing from the mind of Fritz Barthelmes and Fritz Walther — the pair had earlier worked on the Walther Police Pistol (PP) — the patents for the P-38’s prototypes were filed in 1936 and made it into production by 1940 to replace the German Army’s vintage toggle-action Lugers.
The first production semi-auto pistol to use a double-action/single-action trigger system, the P-38 had a 5-inch fixed barrel, which aided accuracy, and an 8+1 capacity.
Weighing in at about 34-ounces, the P-38 was about as heavy as the American Colt M1911 .45ACP and Soviet TT-33 7.62x25mm handguns. However, when compared to the revolvers used by Great Britain and others, it was a much more modern design.
In all, over 1 million P-38s were made in Germany during World War II. Demand was so high for these handguns that they were made not only by Walther but also by Spreewerk and Mauser, with the latter company cranking out over 300,000 pistols.
Once the war ended, a new chapter in the P-38’s history began. Surplus pistols circled the globe and were often used by European armies such as Norway and Hungary, rebuilding for the looming Cold War. The single-stack 9mm popped up extensively in conflicts from Africa to Central America and Vietnam, supplied by those on both sides of the Iron Curtain from captured stockpiles. Today, Russia still reportedly had warehouses full of them, locked away just in case.
The P38 was so influential in modern combat handgun design that it’s almost impossible to talk about the subject without mentioning it. If you have only ever handled the Berettas, Sigs, and Smith & Wessons of today, then get introduced to a P38, chances are great that it will seem uncannily familiar, natural and comfortable. All these guns often borrowed the double-action/single action trigger, take down lever, sights, and general mechanics of the P38.
The Walther gun itself was outright copied in Croatia as the PHP pistol and it can be argued that the Beretta 51 and later 92-series of handguns are nothing but a P38 with a full-length slide and frame.
When it comes to post-war production, the French firm of Manurhin inherited Mauser’s wartime machinery and cranked out P-38s in a distinctive “ghost grey” parkerized finish from years, many of which were sent to fight the Viet Minh in Indochina. The company went on to make guns for the West Berlin police as well.
Meanwhile, Carl Walther set up a new factory in Ulm, West Germany and began making a second generation of the war-proven pistol. Chambered in either 7.65 Luger or 9mm, Walther’s new P1 used a steel slide and barrel on a redesigned alloy frame with black plastic grips. The gun was soon adopted by the new West German military, the Bundeswehr, after 1955, and by various police forces across the republic.
The German Bundeswehr eventually replaced the P1 with the P8, a modified version of the polymer-framed Heckler & Koch USP, in 2004. Several thousand surplus guns were given as military aid to NATO allies such as Lithuania and Estonia and in nation-building assistance to post-Taliban Afghanistan, post-Yugoslav North Macedonia, and post-Saddam Iraq, where they will no doubt soldier on for years. It is safe to say the last serviceman to use a P-38 hasn’t been born yet.
Today, NATO-allied Portugal still actively fields the P-38, as they have for more than a half-century.
As for Walther, they closed out the P-38 line in the late 1970s/early 1980s with the P4, which was essentially a P1 with a reinforcing hex bolt in the frame, simplified decocking lever, and a 4.5-inch barrel.
No matter what model you pick up though, any P-38 is sure to be a prized collectible for generations to come.
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People marvel at the fact that an AK will fire without its top cover but you would be surprised how many parts on an AR you can pull off and it still clocks in. To prove this point, Eric and Chad with IV8888 lay hands on a perfectly functional CMMG Mark 4 LE in the above video, then start deleting stuff from the rifle.
Using a roll of duct tape and a GI cleaning kit for substitute parts, the hack begins with removing easy stuff like the stock, safety switch, and grip before moving on to more important stuff like the rail system and castle nut. Next to disappear are the magazine catch, charging handle, takedown pin, and other assorted odds and ends.
Then it starts to get weird.
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Given a short window by state regulators to comply with controversial new mandates, one local gun shop is calling Illinois quits after nearly 15 years.
Lost Creek Trading Post in Marshall, Illinois late last month said they had been told by local officials they had until June 17 to apply for a newly-mandated state-issued license and be certified by July 17. The requirements include a $1,500 fee and a host of new training and regulatory guidelines. Rather than try to jump through the hoops, Lost Creek is pulling stumps for a location across the state lines in Indiana.
“The Illinois Legislature’s Gun Dealer Licensing Act is unreasonable and cost prohibitive for us at this time,” said the store in an announcement on social media. “As of July 14th, we will be unable to sell firearms to you in Illinois. After this date, we may remain open a short time for sales of gun-related items, but no firearms.”
Anti-gun advocates and Chicago-area Democrats fought for the state’s new Gun Dealers Licensing Act only to see it vetoed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner as being “largely duplicative” with little likely impact on crime. However, once Rauner left office, the measure was swiftly rebooted and signed by newly-installed Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat. The move, as reported earlier this year, put some historic small town gun shops on the endangered list as owners chose to shutter their businesses rather than fork over hard-won dollars to comply with new regulations.
“The requirements to receive a license from Illinois and burdensome not to mention expensive,” said Lost Creek. “We already meet the Federal requirements but these are additional items.”
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Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott has signed a popular bill that would allow feral hogs to be taken in the Lone Star State without a hunting license.
Sponsored by state Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, SB 317 is designed to cut away layers of red tape when it comes to combating the growing scourge of wild hogs in the Lone Star State. Approved unanimously in the Texas Senate and only garnering two “no” votes in the House, Abbott, a Republican, signed the bill last week.
Under current law, feral hogs must cause damage on a landowner’s property in order to be hunted without a license. SB 317 amends Texas wildlife code to allow any person, with the consent of the landowner, to take hogs without having a license. Classified as nuisance wildlife by the state, hogs damage crops and upset local ecosystems.
According to a recent study by Texas A&M, nearly 80 percent of the state has habitat suitable for feral hogs and their numbers are exploding, with an average of 2.6 million of the animals believed to roam the state in 2012. With the population expected to double every five years, the study noted that “Obviously, feral hog harvest needs to increase substantially, and control methods need additional evaluation to increase harvest thereby reducing economic and ecological damage.”
During its legislative process, the bill had the support of the state Game Warden Peace Officers Association and the Texas Farm Bureau.
The new law takes effect Sept. 1.
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As the prime example of the late 20th Century European-designed large frame single stack pistol, the Sig Sauer P220 takes the cake — and we have several in stock in the Guns.com Vault.
A modernized answer to Sig’s 1940s-era P210 to replace the latter in the service of the Swiss Army, the P220 was introduced in 1975 and was immediately met with open arms by military users around the world. Switzerland adopted the new 9mm handgun as their Pistole 75 — where it continues to serve today both in the Alps and with the Swiss Guard of the Vatican. In addition, overseas military customers included the Japanese Army, which produced them under license by MinebeaMitsumi, as well as a host of smaller countries.
Originally designed to use a heel-mounted magazine release, a change to a frame-mounted push-button release and chamberings in .45ACP led to adoption by numerous police organizations in the U.S. in the 1980s. With their DA/SA trigger and slightly shorter profile than the 1911, the guns competed with contemporary domestic offerings like the S&W 4506.
Available in several options when it came to caliber, barrel length, frame height, and magazine capacity, your typical P220 floating around in the U.S. will be in either .45ACP or 10mm with a 4.4-inch barrel. While the more vintage, typically West Germany-marked examples, will have a smooth dustcover on the frame and a more streamlined look, modern examples of the handgun will sport an accessory rail.
The first of what Sig Sauer later took to labeling as their “Classic Line” of pistols, the same basic design of the P220 was modified and evolved into the more compact P225 and P245, the double-stacked P226, P227, P228, and P229; as well as the sub-compact P239 series handguns. In fact, Sig’s Armorer’s Course on the Classic Line covered all the above in one session as the concept of their construction was so similar.
Our Vault currently has three different certified pre-owned P220 Legions including those chambered in .45ACP and 10mm Auto starting at $1,099– which is a bargain when you consider new models have an MSRP of almost $2K.
The P245, which was essentially a .45ACP P220 that sported a 3.9-inch barrel and shorter grip, was introduced in 1999 but later evolved into the P220 Carry which is a standard model today and we have a couple of those in stock as well at attractive prices. Like $899 attractive.
Updated for today’s more tactical market is the Sig P220 Scorpion Elite which includes Hogue G-10 Piranha grips and a factory FDE finish.
For those looking for some more flash, there is always this factory two-tone stainless over black Nitron model with the classic pebble Sig grips and night sights.
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June is National Safety Month and Glock‘s annual “Follow the Four” safety pledge campaign is now fully underway. The campaign encourages each firearm user to follow the four basic rules of gun ownership:
Rule #1 Treat all firearms as if they are loaded.
Rule #2 Never point a gun at anything you are not willing to destroy.
Rule #3 Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to fire.
Rule #4 Always be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
As of Monday, more than 53,000 had taken the pledge at the campaign’s website. Those who sign up get a chance to win daily swag such as stickers, badges, and mugs while one grand prize winner will grab a trip to Glock’s U.S. Headquarters.
“We believe that the first and most important step to being a responsible gun owner is knowing how to handle and store your firearm safely,” says Glock Vice President Josh Dorsey. “And as a firearms manufacturer and a leader in the industry, it is Glock’s first and foremost responsibility to teach and promote firearms safety.”
Since you came this far, enjoy this 2016 classic Follow the Four from The Gunny and Team Glock.
An Illinois bill that would have required fingerprinting gun owners and raising the costs associated with mandatory Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) cards failed to pass the legislature at the last minute. The measure, SB 1966 passed the Democrat-controlled state House on a narrow 62-52 vote last week but did not make the cut in the state Senate before the spring legislative session ended on Friday.
The bill aimed to revamp the state’s FOID card, which is issued by the Illinois State Police, by upping the cost from $10 to $20, while decreasing the card’s lifespan from 10 to five years. It would have also added a $30 mandatory fingerprinting process to the mix and installed universal background checks.
The proposal’s Senate sponsor, Democrat Julie Morrison, intends to redouble her efforts to pass the bill, saying, “In the months ahead, I will be working with Senators both formally through subject-matter hearings and informally through conversations to ensure that there is no question that we must act to close this loophole.”
While the move was backed by anti-gun groups of all stripes, pro-gun opponents of the measure thanked their supporters for their efforts in halting the FOID bill. “This legislation is an affront to every gun owner in this state,” said Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association. “You should not have to pay money to exercise your Constitutional rights.”
Cocoa, Florida-based Diamondback Firearms has thoroughly updated their striker-fired compact DB9 pistol for 2019. The new Gen 4 model of their decade-old single-stack 9mm handgun includes updated internals, a new slide stop, an improved trigger with a short reset, enhanced grip texture and a pinky extension. The little pistol is still offered a 6+1 capacity at a retail price under $300. Best of all, it also now has metal Glock-compatible sights with G43s having the best fit.
The DB9 was first introduced in 2009 and, with a weight of just 11-ounces while maintaining a 3-inch barrel, Diamondback describes their gun as the “smallest and lightest” 9mm on the market. For reference, Ruger’s LC9/EC9 series, which has a 3.12-inch barrel, weighs in at 17-ounces while the Glock 43 runs 18-ounces.
MSRP on the now +P rated Gen 4 DB9 is $269 which translates to a Guns.com price of wow.
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Single-stack pistols are back in style as more gun owners turn to these slim, compact models that offer better concealment and sometimes a better in-hand fit.
Single stacks — handguns that use a magazine in which rounds stack one on top of the other — were once the go-to style but fell out of favor in the mid-1980s as gun makers began pushing duty-sized, semi-automatic handguns with capacities reaching heights of 17 rounds. So why, three decades later, are manufacturers forgoing full-sized options in favor of slimmer, smaller single stacks?
Instructor Rob Pincus said the shift comes down to consumers. Pincus himself is immersed in the process of designing a single stack — the PD10 — under new gun start-up Avidity Arms. The PD10 is a 9mm that Pincus said he created as a single stack to coincide with a variety of hand sizes with carrying in mind.
“Manufacturers are responding to the growing number of people who want to carry defensive pistols, but are not interested in pretending they are carrying in order to respond to an attack from a team of armed terrorists,” Pincus explained to Guns.com. “The new generation of (concealed carriers) recognizes that a comfortably carried 8-to-12 shot 9mm pistol that they can shoot well is almost certainly enough gun to get their defensive job done.”
More and more Americans have trickled into the personal protection and concealed carry worlds with current estimations at 17.25 million permit holders nationwide, according to the latest report from the Crime Prevention Research Center. This influx of gun owners with a specific mission of concealed carry brings with it a need for convenience — thrusting single-stack pistols back into the limelight. Gun owners no longer wish to hide their gun wares beneath bulky vests or jackets. Ease has become the name of the game and this new generation of concealers is opting for single-stack shooters that allow for utmost convenience.
“Despite the greater ease of shooting pistols with higher capacities, single-stacks in a sub-compact are a good bit more comfortable and easy to conceal. Those who underrate the importance of comfort often end up actually carrying less and less,” John Lovell, of Warrior Poet Society, told Guns.com. He added, “I carry a Glock 19, but on days I really don’t feel like carrying, I switch to my Glock 43.”
Accommodating shooters has never been more important than in recent years with the increase of women entering the shooting sports. Women, who traditionally have smaller hands and may initially prefer small guns for concealment, are routinely steered towards single stacks such as the Smith & Wesson Shield, Glock 43 or Ruger LC9 for carry. The reduced girth of slimmed-down sub-compacts introduces smaller palms to a better grip, providing a more comfortable shooting experience for some shooters.
Holster marker Crossbreed Holsters told Guns.com that the modern take on single stack designs has caused consumers to pursue these models over larger, full-sized guns.
“What consumers now consider a single stack or double stack has become heavily blurred with the emergence of the staggered stack magazine,” Jenn Jacques, Communications Director with Crossbreed, explained to Guns.com. “At CrossBreed, we’ve seen a major increase in sales on holsters for guns such as the M&P Shield and Sig P365, both featuring staggered stack mags. With Kimber releasing the Evo with a higher capacity and Glock with the updated 43x and 48 using staggered magazines, we feel the trend for the last year has been an increasing popularity of micro pistols featuring a higher capacity in the smallest package possible.”
Ammunition has also played a crucial role in the design’s resurgence in recent years. The smaller diameter of the 9mm and .380 ACP rounds, the most commonly used calibers used in single-stack pistols, allow gun makers to shrink the overall size of pistols. Modern ammunition technology empowered the smaller rounds to pack just as much punch as its larger .40 S&W and .45 ACP counterparts; thus enabling gun owners to utilize a viable round in the smallest package possible without sacrificing terminal effectiveness. Despite 9mm’s reign on top, die-hard .45 ACP fans haven’t been completely abandoned. Companies still continue to offer single-stack 1911s packing the .45 ACP round and Smith & Wesson has even gone so far as to offer their most popular single stack pistol, the Shield, in the old school favorite.
Though duty-sized, double stack, high-capacity firearms will never fully go out of style, their smaller, single stack brethren are breathing new life thanks to avid carriers pushing the need for slimmer, concealable carry guns.
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A bipartisan bill has passed the Michigan House that would reduce the penalty of carrying with an expired concealed pistol license from a felony to a civil fine.
The proposal, House Bill 4434, was approved in late May by an easy 90-19 vote. It would dial down the current penalty for carrying with an expired CPL from a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $2,500 fine to a civil infraction and a $330 fine. Supporters feel the current penalty is excessive for an act that may be due to forgetfulness rather than criminal intent to skirt the law.
“A felony conviction can destroy a person’s life,” said Rep. Matt Hall, R-Emmett Twp, the bill’s sponsor. “It makes it difficult to find a job or suitable housing and suspends an individual’s constitutional right to possess a firearm. It is unfair for an otherwise law-abiding citizen to become a felon because of a paperwork oversight.”
House Bill 4434 would tweak Michigan law to establish a civil fine, instead of the current felony penalty, for carrying a concealed pistol on an expired CPL if the license had lapsed within the previous year, and to make a subsequent violation a misdemeanor. The fine itself would be waived if the individual gets their CPL renewed within 60 days of the violation. Backers of the move argue that, just as well-meaning people sometimes forget to renew their driver’s licenses, so to they can forget to renew their carry license.
The bill is supported by the National Rifle Association along with a half-dozen region Second Amendment groups such as Michigan Gun Owners and Michigan Open Carry. In opposition are the Michigan State Police, League of Women Voters and national anti-gun groups.
House Bill 4434 now heads to the state Senate for further review.
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The 6.5 PRC has gained a respectable following since Hornady Mfg released it two years ago. Long-distance shooters and hunters desire the Precision Rifle Cartridge for the additional power it brings to its predecessor, the popular 6.5 Creedmoor. While still young, the 6.5 PRC is building on 6.5 Creedmoor’s reputation. Today, more than a dozen manufacturers and small custom shops make rifles chambered in 6.5 PRC.Axial Precision Rifles
Drew Foster, owner of Idaho-based custom shop Axial Precision Rifles, described buyers wanting 6.5 PRC rifles as “people who want to punch paper a long ways off, or hunters who want ultralight guns with the most punch possible out of their rifles in a compact light platform.”
“We chose to chamber our rifle and load ammunition in the 6.5 PRC because it is popular. The long and the short of it, is that it sells,” Foster said. As for the benefits, he called it “a consistent cartridge that shoots accurately with consistent velocities in a variety of different loads.”
Foster added with the Axial Precision Mountain Shadow rifle with a 20-inch barrel, he was able to get roughly 3,000 FPS using the Hornady 6.5 PRC 143 grain ELD-X.Browning
Iconic Browning Arms now includes 6.5 PRC in the X-Bolt series. Aaron Cummins, a spokesman for the Utah gun maker, explained Browning found the round “to be a wonderfully accurate cartridge.”
Although the round was built with an eye toward long range target shooting, Cummins explained Browning’s offerings will be geared more toward hunting. “We expect to sell more hunting guns than target guns,” he said, adding Browning is a hunting company at its core. However, “we also expect our long range rifles to be able to fill a crossover role of both hunting and target shooting.”
While praising the round, Cummins explained that it had earned high marks when Browning tested its accuracy. “The 6.5 PRC fills a spot where the current high volume cartridges do not fit,” he said. “Accurate, long range oriented with high BC bullets going fast (for a short action), a combination that isn’t to be found with off the shelf ammo currently.”
The Browning X-Bolt series includes a host of proprietary features like Browning’s Feather Trigger, X-Lock scope mounts, Inflex Technology recoil pad, and 60-degree bolt lift. Browning X-Bolt rifles chambered in 6.5 PRC should be available by late summer or early fall.Bergara
In 2019, Georgia-based Bergara USA made available four rifles chambered in 6.5 PRC. The Bergara Ridge above is one such rifle.Ruger
Utah-based Christensen Arms offers a 6.5 PRC option for most of its custom bolt-action rifles because they had received a large demand from their dealers, explained company spokesman Cade Penney.
“The 6.5 PRC is faster and flatter than the Creedmoor,” he said, adding most of their buyers are dealers and their customers are mostly hunters.
Christensen Arms produces hunting rifles and more constructed from lightweight carbon fiber materials. Seen above is the Christensen Mesa rifle.Fierce Firearms
Fierce Firearms offers a host of custom rifles, including the Carbon Fury, in 6.5 PRC. Options include carbon stocks, carbon or steel barrels, and proprietary actions.GA Precision
GA Precision, owned by the creator of 6.5 PRC, George Gardner, offers custom and commercial rifles chambered in the specialty round. The company called the “non-typical” rifle a “workhorse.”Gunwerks
Wyoming-based Gunwerks makes “complete shooting systems,” meaning piecing together the rifle and all the accoutrements for success on the range.Hill Country Rifles
Texas-custom gun maker Hill Country Rifle spokesman explained their customers have loved the success they’ve had with 6.5 Creedmoor, so 6.5 PRC was a no brainer. “We jumped on the 6.5 PRC because it has much more energy than the 6.5 Creedmoor and, while recoil is not as low as the Creedmoor, is it substantially less than other magnum rounds,” the spokesman said
In testing, the company reported that the 6.5 PRC is “a low recoiling cartridge that handles cross wind very well, with ample energy for deer sized game, even at longer distances” and added that “the 6.5 PRC is an ideal round for Sheep and Mule Deer.”
The MCR Certified Magnum Ruger is Hill Country Rifles most recent offering in 6.5 PRC. The company touts the rifle can shoot sub-inch three-shot groups at 100 yards.Horizon Firearms
Horizon Firearms president and founder Derek Ratliff said his company adopted 6.5 PRC early on. In fact, the thinks he might be the first person to successfully bag game with it after the round became commercially available. “We had the (Hornady 147 grain 6.5 PRC rounds) and my boy and I shot an aoudad pretty quick after we got them,” he said and added that he has planned an African hunt with 6.5 PRC rifles later this summer.
But Horizon made the decision to make 6.5 PRC a standard offering because of the success of 6.5 Creedmoor. “What we found out is yes we could kill elk and stuff (with 6.5 Creedmoor) at 400 yards and plus. A lot of people are doing it out there with the 6.5 Creedmoor, but the biggest deal is the PRC just gave you a little more pop.”
Ratliff explained the extra power would allow a hunter to use a shorter barrel. And he’s not just the owner, but he also a shooter. “The reason why I personally switched over is that I could get the same velocity with the same bullet in a 22-inch PRC (barrel) that I can with a 27.5-inch Creedmoor (barrel),” he said andMauser
Introduced at SHOT Show 2019, the affordable Mauser M18 bolt-action rifle is available in 6.5 PRC.Montana Rifles
Ron Petty, the chief executive of Montana Rifle Company, said they added 6.5 PRC because “we are always on the cutting edge of new technology,” which meant including “new calibers developed for the consumer and military markets.”
Petty praised Hornady, saying the company “is taking the lead in development and also improving existing ammunition offerings.” He called 6.5 Creedmoor “a ballistically ‘perfect’ round,” so precision shooters were undoubtedly excited about the new variation.
“We as a precision manufacturer introduced this caliber immediately-as consumer and dealer demand was instantaneous!” Petty said, adding “Customers in this niche looking for long range performance are like golfers: always looking for the next greatest golf ball.”
The Kalispell-based company offers 6.5 PRC as an option for five of its rifles.Patriot Valley Arms
The Patriot Valley Arms flagship rifle, the John Hancock, is chambered in a handful of 6- and 6.5-caliber cartridges. Jeremy Jones, a spokesman for the small Pennsylvania-based gun and parts maker, explained market demand influenced them to extend offerings to include 6.5 PRC.
“We initially started with the 6.5 SAUM but the varied offerings of 6.5 SAUM chambers was very confusing for customers and we got a lot of people that through they wanted something different than what we were going to produce,” Jones said. “The SAUM just wasn’t a good fit for a production rifle.”
Then, with with growing excitement for 6.5 PRC and the availability of factory ammo, PVA replaced the SAUM option with the PRC entirely in 2018. “The response has been excellent and customers are very happy with our rifles including the PRC, “ he said.
Jones described PVA buyers as ranging from seasoned shooters wanting “production class” as well as those “new to the sport or on a budget.” Although rifles chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor are still more popular, the PRC is gaining among hunters in western states “where distances are long and the winds are never really calm.”Proof Research
Known for barrels and precision products, Montana-based Proof Research also builds complete rifle systems for hunting, long distance shooting or both. Seen here is the Glacier TI.Savage Firearms
Massachusetts-based Savage Arms is known for their bolt-action rifles, so it was only logical the company would offer 6.5 PRC. Listed on the company’s website are three rifle offered in the chambering: the 10 GRS (pictured), 110 High Country, and 110 Tactical.Sauer
Germany gun maker J.P. Sauer & Sohn offers a budget-friendly Sauer S100 bolt-action rifle chambered in 6.5 PRC.Stuteville Precision
Oklahoma-based precision rifle maker Stuteville Precision offers full-builds and other rifle items. The company’s owner Wade Stuteville explained he was impressed with the 6.5 Creedmoor’s performance. “I started chambering in 6.5 PRC because of the quality of the factory Hornady ammo,” Stuteville said. “My competition customers tend to choose the 6 and 6.5 Creedmoor for reduced recoil and hunters choose 6.5 PRC for flatter trajectory and increased energy.”Seekins Precision
A spokesman for Seekins Precision that to her knowledge the Seekins Precision Havak was the first production rifle offered in 6.5 PRC. “We decided to offer this cartridge because of a large distributor interest,” the spokesman said. “On paper it looks good, however, when we started chambering this round two years ago there wasn’t a lot of information out there yet.”
Since Seekins started making 6.5 PRC rifles, the spokesman added it has been “our hottest selling caliber” for the Havak rifle. “This caliber works just as well for hunting as it does for long range precision target/competition,” he said6.5 History
Over the last decade, the intermediate caliber has earned a reputation among shooters for its flat trajectory, light recoil and high velocity, a winning formula for accuracy. But also 6.5 Creedmoor is known for its versatility: shooters can use it for long-range target shooting or harvesting deer.
In developing 6.5 PRC, George Gardner, who created the cartridge, said he designed the round to test the boundaries set by the Precision Rifle Series. The competitive shooting organization permits any round under .30-caliber that can travel up to 3,200 FPS.
In a Hornady video about the new cartridge, Gardner explained the 6.5 caliber is the largest bullet size that could safely reach 3,150 FPS. “Six millimeters you could get to 3,150 (FPS) but the (ballistic co-efficiencies) were a little bit lower. Seven mills you really can’t get to 3,150 safely — not in a short-action cartridge any way,” he said.
Real world benefits of a more powerful 6.5 PRC are twofold. First, it delivers a bigger wallop after traveling a greater distance — or it can just travel a greater distance. Second, it outperforms with a shorter barrel, which ultimately allows gun makers to create a lighter and more mobile long-distance rifle.
Hornady’s senior communications manager Neal Emery explained the power boost adds about 250 FPS. “It’s ideal for hunters wanting more energy on target or competitive shooters doing extended long range type precision matches,” Emery said.
On paper, 6.5 PRC is considered a short-action cartridge, but most gun makers describe it as more of a medium- to long-action cartridge. Due to the larger overall size, 6.5 PRC isn’t exactly compatible with components available for its predecessor (nor should it be expected). Fortunately, the list of 6.5 PRC rifle makers is growing.
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If you have some spare time, a wetsuit and a big magnet, apparently you can find some cool stuff in the waterways of Holland.
In the above video, the guys from the Dutch WW2 Magnet Hunters channel poke around in some muddy waters looking to pull a rabbit out of the hat and come across a lot of junk metal. Soon enough, though, they come across a couple of what look like German Sturmgewehr 44 magazines which of course leads to (wait for it) a beautiful StG44 rifle itself, sans stock.
“Last week we did our best magnet fishing find ever!” said the jubilant Hunters on social media. “After the two Sturmgewehr 44 magazines, suddenly the Sturmgewehr came up. We completely freaked out and couldn’t believe what we just found!”
A product=from the mind of Hugo Schmeisser, the StG44 the first of its class to see widespread adoption and the guns were likely lost by German troops on their way out of the Netherlands back to the Vaterland in late 1944 as Allied paratroopers fell on their heads ala A Bridge Too Far.
The hardy Dutch pond explorers have also stumbled upon piles of ZDZ-29 and T. MI. Z 35 detonators, at least five Mauser K98K bolt action rifles, and other assorted odds and ends. They said that they call in unexploded ordnance, but it seems like they have been able to hold on to some of the other goodies, like the crusty bolt guns.View this post on Instagram
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KC Eusebio follows up a record-setting 2019 US Steel Nationals match with another win at the Open Overall World Speed Shooting Championship, earning his sixth title.
Eusebio kicked his winning season off by setting a new record in the Carry Optics Division at the US Steel Nationals in April. In May, Eusebio headed to the Talladega Marksmanship Park to compete in the 2019 World Speed Shooting Championships. Eusebio took along his Zev KC OZ9, Limcat 2011 and Volquartsen Scorpion pistols, winning the match. This is Eusebio’s sixth win at the World Speed Shooting Championship.
Eusebio is no stranger to winning, boasting four Open World Speed Shooting titles and six Open National Speed Shooting titles in addition to being a two time US IPSC National Champion and three-time European Speed Shooting Champion. Eusebio currently shoots for Team Zev and was recently brought under the Howard Leight banner, with the hearing protection company sponsoring him in May.
“My 6th Open Division victory was very special, and being my first competition under the Howard Leight banner only made it better,” Eusebio said in a press release.
Eusebio continues to dominate in the speed shooting arena, with no signs of slowing down. His next competition takes him to the USPSA Area 7 Action Shooting Competition in New Hampshire June 21 through June 23.
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A favorite of 1980s British SAS types and other Cold War commandos with giant mustaches, the Heckler & Koch MP5SD is legendary when it comes to hushed up sub guns. To walk you through a simply awesome 14-minute overview of the quiet room broom is Garand Thumb in the above video.
It’s got all the goodies, being a suppressed SBR with a three-position selector switch and onboard en-quieter that is capable of putting the hush on even supersonic hardball. The MP5SD was developed in the 1970s for high speed/low drag spec ops guys and was designed to allow standard NATO ball– already in service for sub guns and handguns– to be used in the integrally suppressed little SMG, all the while being so quiet all you hear is the Freedom.
Interestingly, the MP5SD gets a bad rap as not being as accurate as the standard MP5, and to vet that rumor, Garand Thumb compared the two German burb guns side by side.
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Xtreme Props and Weapons Rentals specializes in providing real guns for some of Hollywood’s biggest films.
Located in Simi Valley, just north of Los Angeles, Xtreme Props and Weapons Rentals is owned by Gary Tuers. He is a fourth generation prop master. After growing up in the business and working at a prop house for many years, Tuers launched his business in 2015. He got some jobs on some really big films right away, and this allowed him to grow his inventory quickly. He now boasts a collection of over 15,000 fully functioning guns.
“It’s funny, in the beginning, most of the first movies I did in the first 10 years was with these 70 guns,” said Tuers as he pointed to a small section in one of his vaults containing 5,000 guns. “Now, we buy 70 guns a month because no one wants to see these old guns anymore. They want to see the new trick stuff.”
Some of the trick guns in Tuer’s vaults were featured in films and tv shows such as John Wick, Narcos, Jurassic World, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Fast and Furious just to name a few. Tuers was kind enough to give Guns.com a tour and showed off a few highlights. His favorite gun in one of the vaults we visited was a Kimber Warrior SOC.
What makes Xtreme Props so unique is that they specialize in making guns and gunplay in films super realistic. All the guns Tuers owns are fully functioning. He modifies them to fire blanks and plugs the barrels to make them 100 percent safe. Making the guns cycle and act like real guns gives the actors a sense of realism.
Tuers increasingly works with Taran Butler of Taran Tactical Innovations. Together, they’re not only making guns more realistic, but they teach proper gun handling, reloading, and safety aspects. If you’ve seen films where gunplay is accurate and real, you likely have them to thanks. The John Wick films are an excellent example of their partnership.
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The long-term president of the National Fraternal Order of Police, Kenneth Charles “Chuck” Canterbury, Jr., is expected to be nominated to become the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The White House announced the move by President Trump last week, noting that Canterbury has held his current spot in the 350,000-strong FOP since 2003. A South Carolina resident, he formerly served 26 years in the Horry County Police Department in the Palmetto State.
Since word of Canterbury’s nomination, he has been praised by the trade organizations for the firearms and suppressor industries — the National Shooting Sports Foundation and American Suppressor Association.
“Mr. Canterbury brings a proven record of performance that will provide the ATF, and the firearms and ammunition industry, the leadership that is deserved,” said Larry Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel.
The NSSF went on this week to highlight the lawman’s past remarks and actions on Second Amendment issues. These include taking a public stand as FOP president in protecting ATF gun trace data from public disclosure, denouncing a National Football League “no-guns” policy that included off-duty and retired law enforcement officers, the FOP’s objection to a proposed ban on “green tip” ammo, and opposition to smart guns.
Further, Canterbury has a track record of supporting the firearms industry’s Don’t Lie for the Other Guy program aimed at curbing illegal gun purchases from dealers by straw buyers and Project Childsafe, a free gun lock program designed to cut down on accidents.
Coming out in the past week against the plan to put Canterbury in charge of federal firearm regulators are two gun owner member groups, Gun Owners of America and the National Association of Gun Rights. Describing the possible nominee as “anti-gun,” the groups argue he testified in support of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Attorney General Eric Holder and the FOP has in the past supported expanded background checks and opposed constitutional carry.
Meanwhile, two other pro-gun groups, the National Rifle Association, and Second Amendment Foundation, have not released current statements on Canterbury’s nomination. However, in 2011, the NRA spoke with the FOP leader, saying the gun organization and the nation’s largest police group “have worked together on numerous issues, and thanks to the leadership of FOP National President Chuck Canterbury our working relationship is now stronger than ever.”
It should be noted that in recent years, anti-gun standard-bearers such as Ladd Everett — formerly of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and current director at 1Pulse4America — have attacked the FOP for being against increased gun control.
Canterbury and the FOP, which endorsed Trump in 2016 during his run for office, has since been to the White House in both 2017 and 2018 to meet with the President about police policy and sanctuary cities.
If nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate, Canterbury will be the first permanent ATF director since B. Todd Jones resigned in 2015 during the Obama administration.
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Caitlin Connor’s journey to the Olympic Games started in her youth. A fan looking up to the likes of Kim Rhode as she began shooting in the 4-H program, years later Connor now calls Rhode a teammate. Competing alongside Rhode and representing the U.S. as a member of USA Shooting, Connor has made a name for herself consistently earning podium finishes as a member of the USA Shooting National Team.
Guns.com caught up with Connor to talk about her journey and the inspiration that set her on the path to success.
GDC: What brought you into the competitive shooting world?
Connor: I started shooting through 4-H Shooting Sports in Louisiana, that’s where I’m from. I started with that then that led to the Scholastic Clay Target Program.
GDC: It seems like those programs are the start for a lot of future competitors. What really set you on the path towards Olympic stardom?
Connor: I went to the SCTP National Championships and that was in 2006. I met Kim Rhode there. She was a three-time Olympic medalist at the time. On the plane ride home I was like, “I think this is what I’m going to do.” I went home and just started training. We built a skeet field and then it kind of went from there.
GDC: Very cool and now you’re hanging out with Kim shooting for Team USA.
Connor: Now, I compete right alongside her.
GDC: Has there been a significant moment in competition that stands out?
Connor: Definitely. My most proud moment was the 2018 World Championships. I won the gold, but what was awesome was that Kim took silver and Amber English took third. It was a complete podium sweep by the U.S. That was pretty awesome.
GDC: You mentioned training earlier and I’m curious what that looks like for you? Seems like everyone has their own take on how much time they spend knocking targets out of the sky.
Connor: When I am getting ready for a competition, I train three to four days a week. I’m out there for a few hours.
GDC: How many rounds do you think you shoot per training session?
Connor: It just depends on what I am really working on and getting ready for. On average, I shoot between four rounds and ten rounds at a time.
GDC: Finally, you mentioned Kim was an inspiration to you but now you’re taking on that role as inspiration for other young shooters. What advice would you give to someone who looks up to you?
Connor: You can’t be scared. You have to get out there and really try (competing). Our sport is really open and whether it’s shotgun, rifle or pistol you just got to give it a chance. Have fun and don’t be afraid to try it.
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