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NRA Cancels 2020 Nashville Annual Meetings Over Coronavirus

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 02:41

The 2015 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits at Nashville’s Music City Center saw 78,865 in attendance over a three-day period, This year’s expected return to the city has been canceled. (Photo: Chris Eger/

The National Rifle Association announced Thursday the member group will cancel their upcoming annual meeting over Coronavirus concerns.

The 149th Annual Meeting and Exhibits were scheduled for April 16-19 in Nashville, Tennessee, a return to the city that hosted the event in 2015. However, the Volunteer State is currently under a state of emergency due to the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, with the Tennessee Department of Health reporting 18 confirmed cases of the respiratory virus as of Thursday.

With that, the NRA announced the large public event would be scrubbed this year, with the group’s Board of Directors and officers later gathering to certify board elections, meetings, and other annual tasks mandated in the group’s charter.

“We sincerely regret the need for this action, particularly for our many loyal members who join us for this annual celebration of the NRA and our constitutional freedoms,” said the member organization in a statement. “Please know that we did not reach this decision lightly. We were ultimately guided by our responsibility to help ensure the safety and well-being of our NRA members, guests, and surrounding community.”

The last NRAAM at Nashville’s Music City Center saw a crowd of 78,865 in attendance. The next scheduled event is the 150th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Houston, Texas, May 14-16, 2021, at the George R. Brown Convention Center, where the group last met in 2013.

The cancelation comes just weeks after one of the largest international firearms trade shows, the IWA in Germany, was put on hold due to the outbreak.

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New CZ P-10M Micro-Compact 9mm Pistol Announced

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 05:44

Described as ideal for self-defense, CZ just released the smallest and lightest pistol in its CZ P-10 series.

Purpose-built for daily concealed carry, the downright diminutive CZ P-10M is a micro pistol with the same lineage as the popular P-10C series handguns. Using a 3.35-inch barrel, the new polymer-framed 9mm runs 6.34-inches overall with a 20-ounce weight.

A new micro-sized CZ P-10M pistol (Photos: CZUB)

With that, the CZ P-10M is directly comparable to the Glock G43, which is also a single-stack 9mm, although it should be noted that the Czech gun has a 7+1 capacity against the Austrian’s 6+1 with standard flush-fit mags.

The CZ P-10M (M= Micro) runs a 7+1 single-stack magazine and has a height of 4.42-inches. In its current version, it has front and rear slide serrations along with night sights.

The new gun is only listed on CZ’s European website, not on CZ USA’s, and was likely meant to be unveiled at the now-canceled IWA Show in Germany this month. The event often sees new firearms from European gunmakers such as Beretta, Walther, and others debuted several months or even years before they are seen in the U.S., providing a sneak peek of sorts for what will show up on gun store shelves in America.

Likewise, it doesn’t appear the CZ P-10M has enough points due to its small size to be importable to the U.S. as a sporting gun.

But don’t despair! You see, CZ is currently building a 65,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility, in Arkansas, which could point to the P-10M being on the facility’s “to do” list in the coming months. When the plant was announced last year, the initial start-up was planned for March 2020. Although no MSRP is available, it should be noted that CZ P-10 models currently on the market run between about $385 and $559, depending on features.


For those who know…

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Detroit Auto Worker in Biden Gun Video Gets a New ‘AR-14’

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 04:41

Earlier this week Union worker Jerry Wayne confronted Democratic Presidental candidate Joe Biden on guns– a confrontation that ended up with Wayne getting a new one.

In a video of the exchange that went viral, Wayne, who ran into Biden when the former Vice President visited the Fiat-Chrysler auto plant in Detroit on Tuesday, gets an earful from the increasingly combative candidate who in turn used profane remarks to the curious gun owner, slamming the need for an “AR-14” or why anyone needs “100 rounds.”

Wayne, talking on Fox & Friends in the above interview, said of the exchange, “It was a little bit disturbing to see that a politician wants to take away my right to defend myself,” going on to elaborate, “He doesn’t need to touch anybody’s weapon at all. What we need to do is we need to concentrate on teaching people how to respect firearms and how to use them – not take them away.”

The incident drew a quick response from the gun industry, with the National Shooting Sports Foundation slamming Biden’s actions, going on to point out the candidate’s anti-gun record and past gaffes when it comes to firearms. They also highlighted Biden’s recent embrace of former Beto “Hell yes we are going to take your AR-15, your AK-47” O’Rourke as “his gun control czar.”

Then there was Colion Noir’s perspective on the incident:

And for a bit of silver lining to the incident, Jenison, Michigan gun shop Next Level Armament hooked Wayne up on Wednesday with an actual AR-14, a gun which figuratively did not exist until this week.

Boom (Photo: Next Level Armament)

“When a patriot stands up for the 2a community it is a great thing, especially when he’s from the great state of Michigan,” said the company on social media. “But when @jerrywaynear14 got all up in @joebiden ‘s feels, we decided we needed to get him taken care of. Next Level Armament AR-14 edition AR-15 lasered up by @armoryvalentine for our boy.”

Good job, Next Level, and keep up the fight, Jerry.

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Should You be Investing in Precious Metals– such as Guns & Ammo?

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 02:49

Richard and Kathy Scheidel sporting a Browning 1919A4 and a Walther MPL with a Sionics
suppressor. (Photo: Philippi)

While people often invest in precious metals, such as gold and silver, guns and ammunition are also wise investments. Guns are deeply ingrained in the American culture and psyche — an integral part of who we are and that’s not going to change. There will always be a demand for guns and ammunition.


Gun prices fluctuate, but quality firearms retain their value and in many cases see an increase. This isn’t just relegated to collectible guns. We’re talking your average sporting rifles, handguns, and shotguns. As long as they’re well made, kept in excellent condition and properly stored, they will retain much of their value for many years. knows because we buy and sell a lot of new and used guns.

Where things get interesting is when there’s panic in the marketplace. Many of us remember the Great Shortage of 2013 when there was a dearth of both ammunition and anything Black Rifle. Rifle prices doubled, or worse yet, were unavailable and store shelves were empty. Times like these would make owning guns a wise investment, allowing owners to sell them for profit if times get tough or, alternatively, have them on hand for personal security.



Up until a few years ago, .22 LR ammunition was hard to come by, and if you did find it you paid a premium. Those days are, fortunately, behind us– at least for the time being.

Ammunition manufacturers have ramped up production and people aren’t panicking; however, with the Coronavirus causing a stir at the same time that progressive politics are bubbling across every channel, things could rapidly change. In the last few weeks, has seen an increase in ammo sales on its site.

Having a good supply of ammunition is never a bad idea. As Jeff Quinn of GunBlast told a few months ago, “A lot of people have guns and half a box of ammo to feed it. A gun does you no good, it may as well be a stick if you don’t have the ammo for it. And now’s a good time to get it.”

He’s right. It’s an excellent time to stock up. Prices are fair and, not to mention, ammo delivered to your door is a bonus. If ammo is stored at normal room temperatures with low humidity, it can function reliably for decades.



Collectible guns retain their value and prove to be a solid investment. While the days of $39 Mosins, $99 SKS rifles and $250 Colt Pythons are gone, there are still tons of affordable and collectible guns out there.

Browning Hi-Powers are seeing a resurgence in value and interest right now. Plus, nothing’s stopping you from taking it to the range for a little fun while it appreciates. (Photo: Summers)

We recently spoke to Mark Sims, the Senior Buyer at Sims spends his time crisscrossing the country looking for used guns and collector’s items. Sims said there are a lot of good deals out there on guns that will only gain in value.

Browning Hi-Powers are seeing a big surge in value right now since the model has been discontinued by FN and they’re reasonably abundant — no need to re-mortgage your house to get one. Sims also thinks revolvers are trending. There are some great deals on Smith & Wesson Model 29s and Colt Pythons. Quality guns with solid popular references can often skyrocket in value. For instance, a new Colt Python in the 1950s cost $150 smackers– which adjusts to about $1,400 in today’s greenbacks. Fast forward to today and that same gun, in good condition, can touch $2-$3K easily beating inflation. 

Colt Pythons in the 1950s cost $150. Fast forward to today and the same gun, in good condition, can touch $2-$3K easy.

Sims also suggests looking for oddities like Remington Nylon 66 rifles. “Some of the fun of collecting is going back and picking up some of those guns that you had as a kid, or maybe wanted as a kid,” said Sims. “And again, it will just continue to climb in value as long as you take good care of it.”

Another employee who has made money buying and selling guns over the years is editor Chris Eger. “I used to buy M1895 Nagant revolvers from the distributor for $49 in 1998– even less if you bought three or more. Today they are more like $400-$500 for the exact same gun. The same thing can be said for Turkish and Spanish Mausers. So that’s, what, a 1000% jump in about 20 years? Sure, there is inflation that erodes that a bit, but you still have to recognize, all day, that those guns gained value in the span of a generation,” he said.

Prices continue to climb for rifles such as this 1940 Mauser Model 98.

Regardless if you’re looking to invest in new or collectible guns, or simply securing a good supply of ammo, now is an excellent time to do so.


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Connecticut Gun Owners Sue Over Goofy Mag Limit Law

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 04:56

In most of America, magazines that hold more than 10 rounds are considered standard capacity. In Connecticut, that is not the case. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Two Glock owners in Connecticut have filed a federal lawsuit against the state over a 2013 law that limits how many rounds they can put in their standard capacity magazines.

Connecticut residents Susan Ross and Domenic Basile are challenging the current statute that bars the from loading more than 10 cartridges into a so-called “high capacity magazine.” This means that the Glock owners, who have a G19 that comes standard with 15-round mags, and a G17 which comes from the factory with 17-round flush-fit magazines, have to download them to just 10 rounds to remain legal.

Backed in their lawsuit by the Second Amendment Foundation and Connecticut Citizens Defense League, the pro-gun groups argue Ross and Basile have their guns for personal and family protection, yet they fear they could be prosecuted for carrying them fully-loaded under the state prohibition.

“This law does nothing more than penalize law-abiding citizens while criminalizing components of handguns they own that were previously legal,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb in a statement emailed to “This is a textbook example of turning honest citizens into criminals by the mere stroke of a pen by the governor.”

Gottlieb went on to explain that original capacity magazines are not dangerous or unusual, saying “They’re in common use all over the country. But the Connecticut law makes it illegal to use such magazines, which amounts to a deprivation of rights under federal law.”

CCDL President, Holly Sullivan, stressed the challenged law has little effect on crime.

“Only a law-abiding gun owner is going to heed the State’s requirement to load only 10 rounds into a magazine capable of holding more ammunition,” said Sullivan in a statement. “Criminals who are intent on doing harm will not follow this same law.”

This lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, names Connecticut State Police Col. Stavros Mellekas, state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner James Rovella, and Chief State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo as defendants. It alleges violations of both the Second and Fourteenth Amendments, seeking an injunction against the defendants from enforcing the statute.

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Dick’s to Cut Hunting, Guns from 440 Additional Stores

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 04:09

Dick’s plans on dropping guns from over half their stores this year. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Controversial big-box retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods said Tuesday they planned to eliminate hunting offerings and guns from over 400 stores.

The announcement came as part of regular investment disclosure for the fourth quarter of 2019 and forward-looking statements released this week. In all, the company stands to remove the hunting departments at least 440 additional stores this year, resulting in a $13.1 million write-down of inventory.

The move continues on the 800-store chain’s sometimes dramatic exit from the firearms industry. Last year, Dick’s announced they would pull guns from 125 locations, replacing the items with other types of sporting goods and outdoor recreation inventory. That move came after the company removed the gun departments from 10 stores in 2018.

Dick’s has had a rocky history with the shooting sports industry following the decision by the company two years ago to hire a government affairs group for gun control lobbying.  The move, coupled with the retailer’s past choices to destroy their existing inventory of AR-15s and refuse firearm sales to those under age 21, didn’t sit well with some employees– 62 left the company. In the end, several firearms icons such as Mossberg, Springfield Armory and others cut ties with the retailer and the National Shooting Sports Foundation booted Dick’s from their trade group.

In 2019, Dick’s shed a series of eight Field & Stream-branded outdoor stores in a $28 million sale to Sportsman’s Warehouse, with the new owner quickly reversing course on gun sales. It still maintains 27 F&S locations, with the media company of the same name taking great pains to distance themselves from the outlets.


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Daniel Horner Nabs First Place Win at ExCommunicado 3-Gun Match

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 04:00

Daniel Horner takes aim with his Sig Sauer M400 Competition Rifle at the ExCommunicado 3-Gun Match in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo: Sig Sauer)

Daniel Horner took first place in the Tactical-Optics Division at the 2020 ExCommunicado 3-Gun Match held in Arizona.

Horner competed in seven stages against a total of 147 competitors Feb. 22 and Feb. 23. In total, he fired 320 rounds. The Phoenix match saw Horner using his P320 XFive Legion with iron sights and Sig 147-grain Match Elite 9mm Competition Ammunition. The P320 XFive Legion features a full-size design with an 8.5-inch overall length and a 5-inch barrel. The XFive Legion offers Dawson Precision Adjustable sights, an M1913 rail for accessories, a skeletonized flat-faced trigger and TXG Full-Size XGRIP Module grips.

Horner also used a Sig Sauer M400 Competition rifle topped with Sig Sauer’s Tango6 riflescope for long-distance shots alongside Sig 40-grain .223 Rem Varmint and Predator ammo. The M400 sports a 16-inch barrel and a bevy of proprietary parts from its adjustable stock to its handguard.

To better help gauge distances, Horner also opted for the Sig Kilo2400ABS Rangefinder. Horner said the match was challenging but a fun one to tackle.

“This was a great match and every stage presented challenges that required on-the-spot tactical adjustments in order to put myself in a position to place at the top of the field,” added Horner. “This match required significant strategic adjustments depending on what equipment I was shooting and helped me further develop the mental aspect of my competition. This was a really fun match, the staff was great, and I can’t wait to return next year to defend my title.”


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The Remington Rifle Cane: For the Properly Equipped 19th Century Gentleman

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 04:57

“This arm is new in its construction and character, combining the advantages of Walking Cane and Rifle,” billed Remington on their  Rifle Canes, which were in low-rate production in Ilion, New York between 1858 and 1888.

Just the ticket for curbing an attack from a rabid animal or a rapscallion along the highway, this trusty cane belongs to another era.

Hailing from the day in which a gentleman would be educated in the manly arts of boxing and stand ready to sally forth to tackle the occasional brigand, cane guns were offered from gunmakers in mid-19th Century Western Europe. To update the market with a more American take on the concept, Remington began producing its own Rifle Cane just before the Civil War.

Patented by Remington gunsmith and master mechanic, John F. Thomas in 1858, Big Green’s gun was arguably superior in many ways from what was being offered across the pond. More cane-like than the typical bamboo- or steel-shafted devices hailing from Belgium and England, it had a self-contained single-shot firing mechanism in the top half of the rifle and could accept several different heads, ranging from carved dogs to traditional L-shapes and balls.

The steel barrel shaft was encased inside the brass cane and the whole thing had a thin coating of gutta-percha, a natural latex with hard rubber-like properties.

The 1858 patent drawing. Thomas would later renew it in the 1870s and would go on to become an opera house owner. Of note, it was Remington’s first rimfire long gun offering.

The trigger on the Remington Rifle Cane is a button located on the bottom side of the handle’s shaft. Pulling back on the handle would cock the trigger button. The company produced a No. 1 and a No. 2 version, with minor differences.

The handle unscrewed to allow the breech to be loaded and unloaded, with the latter task typically needing a ramrod, which was not included.

The example here has the small dog’s head cane top, which was only used on the .22-caliber version. Remington also offered a larger head on .31- and .32-caliber canes as well as curved and right-angle L-shaped heads and balls. Aftermarket heads are also often encountered on these guns– when the guns themselves are encountered at all.

The tip of the tapered steel ferrule could be removed before firing to keep it intact or, in an emergency, fired through, as it had a cork-capped channel through the middle of it. Barrel length ranged from 6- to 10-inches, with the .22-caliber version running on the shorter end of that spectrum.

As noted by Remington Rifle Cane collector Elliott L. Burka, “It weighed from 16 to 24 ounces, looked more like a true gentleman’s cane, was less cumbersome, and was not as obvious as were the other cane guns that were on the market at that time.”

Offered in .31 percussion, .32 Rimfire and .22 Rimfire, all black powder, the Remington Rifle Cane remained in production until around 1888, with less than 4,500 of all types made. Over the years, this pool has shrunk as old cane guns break, are lost, or discarded by people who don’t know what they have.

While modern cane guns are classified as AOW’s by the ATF, several such firearms over time have been removed from the NFA list as collector’s items due to their age. This includes numerous 19th Century cane guns such as the Remington Model 1 .22 and Model 2 .32 rimfire specimens.

They make a great addition to any gun collection and you will likely not find another firearm described as a “dapper accessory.”


Love curiosities like the No. 1 Remington Rifle Cane and want to see what else we have that is in the same category? Head on over to our Collector’s Corner and prepared to be amazed. 

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Coolest 10 Colt Pistols & Revolvers in the Vault

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 04:30

Over its 165-year history, Colt became one of the most prolific firearms manufacturers on the planet, giving the gun community some of the coolest handguns around. With such a storied history and long run making guns, you’re bound to find a few really cool ones floating around.

We dug through the Collectors Corner in the Vault to uncover some of the coolest and most valuable finds that we have to offer. Below you’ll find some of the most iconic and sought after designs that Colt has ever produced.

Colt 1903 Pocket Hammer

If this 1903 Pocket Hammer could talk…

As the name suggests, this John Browning design was introduced in 1903 though production didn’t really ramp up until 1904. This pistol was produced until 1927 when production shut down likely due to the .38 ACP falling out of favor and designs like the 1908 Pocket Hammerless gaining popularity. Even so, this pistol became a very popular handgun in its time and was an important forerunner of the better-known M911. Check out the selection of beautiful carry pistols we have in stock by clicking the button below!


Colt M1908 Vest Pocket

The Colt 1908 had only very minor cosmetic changes from the FN 1906

Approximately 420,000 1908 Vest Pocket pistols were produced in the 40 years that production ran. This makes this little pistol one of the most popular carry guns in the first half of the 20th century and one of John Browning’s most iconic designs. This beautiful little gun from the Vault comes with the case-hardened finish on the trigger, safety catch, and grip safety to complement the black plastic grips. Add this to your collection today by clicking the button below.

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Colt Junior

The Colt Junior aimed to revive the market held by Colt’s once-popular Vest Pocket series

The Colt Junior is a curious little gun which was Colt’s attempt to revive their pocket carry lineup after the failed relaunch of the 1908 Vest Pocket. Manufactured by Astra as a Colt-branded version of their Cub pistol, this 4.4-inch gun was introduced in 1954. It was imported from the Spanish firearms manufacturer until the Gun Control Act of 1968.

Afterward, it had a brief revival being assembled in the U.S. from Spanish-made parts but Colt ultimately shuddered production on it in 1973. You can add this ultra-concealable mouse gun to your collection by clicking the button below.


Colt John Wayne Commemorative SAA

The gilt work on the cylinder is a nice tribute to the one and only Duke

If you’re a fan of the Duke or fine single-action revolvers this is a must-have. This limited-edition Colt Single Action Army is numbered 1608 of 2500 making this a rare and collectible gun that would sit well in a display case. There is a lot of beautiful gilt work going down the barrel, on the cylinder and you even get his signature going down the backstrap. This all compliments the blued finish and bone grips quite nicely.

Even if you’re not a fan of the Duke, we have a lot of traditional Colt SAA revolvers in the Vault, like this beautifully patinaed example below. Check the whole selection out by clicking the button below.

The beautiful case-hardened finish of the Colt SAA


Colt Huntsman

The Colt Huntsman is perfect for beginners or varmint hunters

The Colt Huntsman went into production in 1955 as a more affordable version of the Colt Woodsman. Marketed as both a target pistol and varmint hunter these became very popular and enjoyed a long production run until 1977. This particular model we have in the Vault has the fixed sights along with a 4.5-inch barrel, perfect for beginners. Check out all the Woodsman models we have by clicking the button below.


Colt King Cobra

The King Cobra is a great shooting revolver for the serious revolver enthusiast

The King Cobra has had three different production runs starting in 1986. The King Cobra is known for being easy to shoot and handle, with shorter barreled models seeing time as a carry gun. This particular model we have in the Vault has a 6-inch barrel with adjustable rear sights and checkered black rubber grips. Perfect for target shooting or home defense add this King Cobra to your collection today by clicking the button below.


Colt New Frontier

The New Frontier is an attractive single action target pistol

The Colt New Frontier went into production in 1961 but its design traces back to the 1890s in the Colt Flat Top Target. This single-action revolver is designed with the target enthusiast in mind and differs from the famous Colt Single Action Army in that it has target adjustable sights. Colt had production runs from 1962-74, 1978-82 and reintroduced in 2011. It’s chambered in a variety of calibers but this beautiful case-hardened model is of the .22 LR variety.

If the 4.4-inch model doesn’t do it for you we also have a classic Ned Buntline Commemorative model chambered in .45 LC. This nickel-plated beauty has a 12-inch barrel and ships with a beautiful display case. Add it to your collection today and be the talk of the range tomorrow!

Imagine the looks you’ll get at the range…


Colt New Service

This Colt New Service is ironically very old but still in excellent condition

The Colt New Service went into production in 1898 and was produced until 1941 in one form or another, seeing an estimated 356,000 hit the market. It saw action in both World Wars as both the .45 (Long) Colt caliber M1909 and later as the upgraded .45ACP-chambered M1917. With that being said, you can find these revolvers chambered in a variety of calibers but the one featured here from the Vault is .45 LC. Add it to your collection today by clicking the button below.


Colt Python

The original Colt Python is a sought-after collector piece for any revolver enthusiast. This particular model from the Vault has a beautiful factory satin nickel finish, referred to as “Royal Coltguard” or “E-Nick” by the company. The finish is matched nicely by the checkered rubber grips complete with a golden Colt medallion. This .357 Magnum has a 4-inch barrel and is ready for the right collector today.


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Desert Tech MDRX: A Do-It-All Bullpup

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 04:30

The MDRX is the latest firearm to come from Desert Tech. (Photo: Jeff Wood/

Desert Tech has pushed technology limits since its inception in 2007, and this year it released another product, the MDRX, that follows the Desert Tech adage “Tomorrow’s Weapons.”

The MDRX is the next generation rifle from Desert Tech, building on the already popular MDR rifle released in 2016. The MDRX is a short-stroke piston operated semi-automatic bullpup — a rifle configured such that the action, magazine, and firing mechanics are all located behind the trigger. The purpose of this design gives the MDRX a shorter overall length than conventional rifles of the same barrel length.


The MDRX seen with a 2-inch 6.5 Creedmoor barrel. (Photo: Jeff Wood/

All Desert Tech rifles are designed with modularity in mind, and as such, they are all available as multi-caliber chassis and barrel combinations. The MDRX shares that same heritage, available in four different calibers from the factory — .223 Wylde, .308 Win, .300 BLK, and 6.5 Creedmoor. All four of these barrel conversion kits are interchangeable in the same chassis, making the MDRX one of the few modern sporting rifles that accepts both large and small frame calibers.

The various caliber conversions for the MDRX feature popular twist rates, and standard barrel thread for adding muzzle accouterments. There are also both 16-inch and 20-inch barrels available in several of the assorted calibers, giving shooters different performance options. The MDRX comes standard with a Desert Tech Ratchet compensator. Compensators are caliber specific to provide the best performance in recoil reduction and prevent muzzle rise.

An ambidextrous setup, MDRX controls are mirrored on both sides of the rifle for both right and left-handed shooters. The ambidextrous charging handles of the MDRX are non-reciprocating, normally locked to the front in a spring-loaded detent. They can also be locked to the rear by pulling them back and up, the release is as simple as slapping either of the handles down allowing the bolt carrier to close into battery. The gun locks open upon firing the last shot from the magazine and the bolt release is centrally located right behind the magwell for quick reloads.

In addition to ambi controls, the rifle offers a forward ejecting system that sends spent brass forward and away from the shooter. If you are a dedicated left-hand shooter, you can swap ejection from forward right to forward left in just a few seconds, keeping hot brass away from the face.

The forward ejection system is a curious feature on the MDRX platform. The open-faced bolt extracts the spent case and carries it to the rear, as the carrier travels it engages the ejector with a dovetail lug on either side. The momentum of the carrier then pulls the scissor-like ejector out and it swipes across the open bolt face pushing the spent case off and into the ejection chute opposite. There it is retained by a spring-loaded pawl until the bolt carrier again travels forward where a protruding lug pushes the spent case forward and out the ejection chute.

Though interesting, it’s not without its flaws. I found with that ejection system a firm stroke of the charging handles is required to get the cartridge seated firmly in the ejection chute. The MDRX SE, chambered in .223 Wylde, utilizes a standard side eject system for those who prefer a more traditional ejection pattern.

The MDRX SE opts for a side ejection system. (Photo: Jeff Wood/

The MDRX has a six-position adjustable gas valve allowing the operator to tune the rifle. The aluminum/polymer chassis construction features a full-length upper Picatinny rail, M-LOK slots for accessories and flush-mounted QD sling cups on the rear of the receiver. It is also designed to accept most AR-15 style magazines, and for large frame calibers, it uses SR-25 pattern mags. The rifle ships with caliber appropriate PMAGs from Magpul. The trigger feel of the MDRX is also widely accepted as great. The common consensus being it’s a good trigger, not just for a bullpup, but a good trigger period.

On the Range

With several barrels in hand, I took the MDRX into my mountain hide to test its function. I started out shooting the 16-inch .308 Win barrel, loaded with Fiocchi 150-grain FMJ at 100-yards. I fired the rifle at several targets to see how it ran, finding the recoil to be much softer than the previous similar rifles. The trigger was clean and crisp, while the reset was audible.

I fired several additional groups using American Eagle XM80 as well as some 168-grain match ammo from both Hornady and Federal. The match-grade ammo certainly provided better groups, averaging around 1-MOA.

A typical 5-shot group from the .223 Wylde MDRX using 40-grain Fiocchi at 100-yards. (Photo: Jeff Wood/

With several hundred rounds through the rifle, I figured it was time to test the metamorphosis of this multi-caliber rifle. I removed the handguard, secured by two screws and one take-down pin, using a 5mm hex wrench. The barrel can then be released by loosening two barrel clamp screws and then disengaging the barrel lock. I swapped out the previous barrel for the 20-inch 6.5 Creedmoor, seating it firmly towards the breach. Like that, the rifle transformed from a 16-inch .308 Win into a 20-inch 6.5 Creedmoor.

The 6.5 Creedmoor shot very well with 140-grain ammunition from both Hornady and Desert Tech as well S&B 140-grain ball ammo. The groups averaged much better, in the sub to half MOA realm. With this kind of accuracy, I couldn’t wait to take the MDRX out to more significant distances. For several hours, the rifle neatly piled brass right in front of my shooting mat without a malfunction. and just kept eating magazine after magazine of ammunition.


The MDRX is a nice all-around bullpup. (Photo: Jeff Wood/

A compact rifle with solid reach, the MDRX makes a great rifle, whether you’re in a tree stand or searching for a decent behind-the-seat truck gun. Thought the MDRX does bring a heftier price tag, the multicaliber option alone saves money by consolidating training. Whether it is a home defense rifle or a suppressed ranch rifle, the MDRX is a do-it-all rifle. The MDRX starts at $2,099 while it’s sibling MDRX SE is priced at $1,889.


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Is the Ruger SR9c a Good Gun for Concealed Carry?

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 04:00

In today’s age of single stack, pocket carry EDC guns, set out to discover if the SR9c from Ruger still holds weight in the world of concealed carry. Ruger released the original SR9 design well over a decade ago in October 2007. In January of 2010, they released its smaller brethren the SR9c.

At, the SR9c is one of our top selling pistols as is its magazines, yet there seems to be little attention or fanfare directed at this handgun. To unearth why it remains a top seller despite its lack of buzz, we took two models – a stainless steel version and an all-black version – to the range to get to know the SR9c a little better.

Good Size and Trusted Reliability

The Ruger SR9c finds itself, in terms of size, related to the likes of the Glock G26, classifying it as a compact gun. When comparing the SR9c with the G26 you’ll see that they each share a barrel length close to 3.4-inches. The SR9c is a bit longer and taller than the G26 but adds additional rounds when using the 17-round mag that comes standard with most new purchases.

The Ruger SR9c proved to be both reliable and fun to shoot at the range (Photo: Seth Rodgers/

It should be noted that the SR9c also features a flat bottom 10-round magazine. This is where the height measurement of the gun is a bit deceiving. Yes, the height of the SR9c is 4.61-inches but where the pistol gets the most bang for its buck is in that 17-round magazine. When using that extended mag, the height is closer to its big brother, the SR9, measuring in at 5.52-inches.

Height is a factor when selecting a concealed carry firearm as it relates to the gun’s concealability as taller guns may print more easily. This may be a reason for Glock’s perceived dominance in this compact carry comparison.


Additional Features

The Ruger SR9 lineup boasts some features that set it apart from other budget-minded concealed carry guns. One feature that is sure to please the masses is the ambidextrous mag release, making this an ideal gun for lefties. Both models also boast an ambidextrous manual safety as well. In addition to the ambi controls, the gun also touts adjustable sights. The rear sights are ramped and adjustable for windage while the front sight is raked-forward for an easy draw from concealment.

You’ll also get a reversible rubberized backstrap that switches from curved to flat within seconds. This backstrap might not make a huge difference but it’s nice to know it can be adjusted without the use of special tools.

The SR9c boasts several features including an ambidextrous mag release and manual safety (Photo: Seth Rodgers/

Up top, the slide comes with serrations on both the front and back – a big plus. While the serrations aren’t super aggressive, they are enough to get the job done. The patented loaded chamber indicator is also something that makes the SR9c stand apart from the crowd. I’m not a huge fan of loaded chamber indicators, because in most cases it would seem faster to do a simple press check, however, this loaded chamber indicator is not typical. Its unique “pop-up” design makes it easy to tell if you got one hot in the pipe or not, a welcome feature for those new to concealed carry. Additionally, if you would like to make the SR9c your home-defense pistol an integral rail upfront allows you to attach a light or laser.

Range Performance

Stretching the legs of the SR9c at the range proved to be a very enjoyable experience. The pistol functioned flawlessly as it chewed through a mix of Fiocchi Range Dynamics, Blazer Brass, and Wolf ammunition. The trigger was especially enjoyable and a bit surprising. For a gun that you can find brand new for under $300, you would expect some stiffness in the trigger. Instead, what you get is a very nice smooth pull with minimal mush to get through. Reset is a bit long but comes with an audible click and tactile feel.

The fliers are certainly to blame on the author and not the gun (Photo: Seth Rodgers/

The Ruger SR9c made me feel confident as my groups turned out great. Follow up shots were easy, something attributed to both the trigger and the short recoil of the firearm. The SP9c fit great in the hand and was a pleasure to shoot.


Ruger has a long history of making firearms that are reliable, practical and budget-friendly and the SR9 lineup doesn’t deviate. This is a quality handgun that should be considered alongside its Glock and Sig Sauer counterparts.

If you’re looking for a home-defense pistol with an MSRP of under $300 then look no further. Click the button below to add the SR9c to your lineup today.


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Julie Golob Raises Awareness with Aim to Cure JDM Challenge

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 04:00

The Aim to Cure JDM Challenge looks to raise awareness of juvenile dermatomyositis. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

In an effort to raise awareness for juvenile dermatomyositis, renowned competition shooter and World Champion Julie Golob challenges the shooting community to participate in the Aim to Cure JDM Challenge.

Golob’s 12-year-old daughter was diagnosed in 2019 with the rare autoimmune disease which causes the immune system to target and attack muscles. Golob said her daughter has been through extensive testing and is now undergoing treatment, a daunting task for a child and family.

“Friday night she had her 25th injection of chemotherapy drugs. This combined infusions of steroids, immunoglobin (sic), hundreds of pills in orange bottles and so many medical tests later, I confess I’m still a terrified parent, maybe even more so,” Golob said in an emotional post on her website. “I’m a trooper, a fighter, champion… but this? This has been my greatest challenge.”

As a tribute to her daughter and others suffering from the disease, Golob is raising both awareness and money to help spread the word through the Aim to Cure JDM Challenge. She created a special shooting target for this challenge that can be downloaded and printed at home, ready to take to the range.

To complete the challenge, shooters take 23 shots at various areas on the target, starting from the holster or low ready at 3-, 5- or 7-yards. Shooters may also opt to use a bolt-action rifle in lieu of a handgun.

Strings of fire include:

String 1: Send 5 rounds into the pentagon.

String 2: Send 3 rounds into the circle and 2 rounds into the square.

String 3: Send 2 rounds into the square, 2 rounds into the circle and 1 round into the triangle.

String 4: Send 1 round into each shape in the target.

String 5: Finish it up with 3 rounds into the star.

After completing the challenge, spread the word by snapping a picture of your target or making a video then upload it to social media with #Aim2CureJM and link to For those unable to shoot the challenge, donations can be made to fund research of juvenile dermatomyositis.

“We have a long road ahead of us, but with your support, we hope to find a cure for JM,” Golob said.

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National Anti-Gun Groups Agree: They Want Biden in the White House

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 01:48

Screenshot of various gun control group webpages endorsing Joe Biden for president

Three national gun control organizations this week went all-in to support Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in 2020.

The Washington, D.C.-based Brady Campaign, New York-based Everytown, and the Newtown Action Alliance all came forward with ringing endorsements for Biden, the long-time Delaware U.S. Senator who served as President Obama’s Vice President for eight years.

The accolades:

“From helping pass the bill that established the modern-day background check system, to crafting the Violence Against Women Act, to opposing immunity for the gun industry, Vice President Biden’s long-term commitment to reducing gun violence is crystal clear,” said John Feinblatt, head of Everytown, a group founded originally in 2006 as Mayors Against Illegal Guns by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who largely funds the organization. Everytown has promised to spend at least $60 million during this year’s election cycle to help put anti-gunner politicians in office.

“When every candidate is running on the issue of gun safety, deciding who to endorse becomes a question of who will prioritize gun safety as president, and Joe Biden has a track record that proves that he will,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, a group that merged with MAIG to help form Everytown in 2013.

“As a senator, Joe Biden worked with Jim and Sarah Brady to pass the landmark Brady Bill, which established our nation’s Brady Background Check system,” said Brady President Kris Brown, going on to say, “He championed and helped pass the federal assault weapons ban, a policy that saved lives and that he has pledged to reinstate as President.”

Notably, Brady formed in 1974 as the National Council to Control Handguns, then morphed into Handgun Control, Inc, before settling on its Brady monicker in 2001.

“It’s not by accident that, in 2020, every Democratic presidential nominee has adopted a bold and comprehensive platform on gun violence prevention—including background checks, an assault weapons ban, and limits on high capacity magazines,” said Po Murray, Chair of the Newtown Action Alliance, formed in 2013.

The Biden Gun Control Vision

As for Biden, his official campaign website has a 3,700-word “vision” for gun control that includes all of the above, as well as rebooting the old Obama gun campaign, but also pledges to repeal the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which insulates the gun industry from frivolous lawsuits.

Further, his promised ban on “assault weapons” would require that guns and magazines already in circulation be regulated by the National Firearms Act, which would involve mountains of red tape and additional taxes to register formerly common semi-automatic firearms with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Biden also supports gun rationing to one firearm purchase per person per month, reinstate the Obama-Biden era policy that strips gun rights from millions who receive disability through the Social Security Administration– a ban that even the ACLU had issues with— and enact legislation to prohibit all online sales of firearms, ammunition, kits, and gun parts.

Yup, sites like, Gunbroker, Lucky Gunner, GunsAmerica, and all the rest would go “poof” under the Biden vision.

There are also promises on Biden’s platform to help provide federal tax dollars to states to encourage them to set up gun licensing programs and so-called “red flag” seizure orders. Then would come a national Task Force to explore new routes for gun control.

Finally, his platform promises to, “put America on the path to ensuring that 100% of firearms sold in America are smart guns,” a measure that has been called a slow-motion gun ban as no such firearms are commercially made.

Reaction from pro-gun groups

“All gun owners need to know about the man who wants to be their next president,” the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.

CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, warned, “Biden supported the Brady Bill in 1993, he opposed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, and he’s backed every gun control measure to ever come along.

“On top of that,” Gottlieb continued, “embracing gun ban extremist Beto O’Rourke recently in Texas was clearly a warning that if he’s elected president, Biden will make good on his threats to make radical gun control a top priority.”

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Cleaning the 1911: Tips for the Care & Feeding of John Browning’s Icon

Mon, 03/09/2020 - 05:24

The 1940’s USGI M1911A1 variant in all of its glory. (Graphic: Springfield Armory National Historic Site)

John Browning’s Model 1911 pistol and its offspring have been around for over a century and the secrets to maintaining them are pretty easy to master.

First– starting with a cleared and unloaded pistol, with no brass, ammunition or loaded magazines in the room– you need to field strip the gun. Almost all M1911 variants takedown in virtually the same way, ranging from Great War-era guns through today’s Commander and Officer carry variants.

Below is Team Colt shooter Mark Redl’s simple tutorial on how to field strip one of these venerable handguns. Pay close attention to avoid an unsightly “idiot’s mark” on the slide. Also, be careful with that recoil spring, as it has a nasty habit of trying to launch itself across the room.

One thing to keep in mind, however, on M1911 models is that some with a one-piece guide rod, such as the gun to the right, instead of the more traditional guide rod assembly, such as in the gun on the left, may need a tool, above, to help take them down. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Once stripped, clean the carbon, fouling and grime away with products made specifically for maintaining firearms.

Then be sure to lightly lubricate the pistol. When we say “lightly” just a few drops of lubricant in the right places can work wonders. Justin Baldini, Product Director for Colt, covers where and how much in greater detail, below. Tip: do not over-lubricate and shy away from heavy grease.

After you have the M1911 variant stripped, cleaned and lubed, reassembly is easy. Be sure to function check the pistol without ammunition immediately after to make sure all is according to plan.

Should you find that you have earned an aforementioned “idiot mark” or have a scratch on your stainless slide, in many cases they can be fixed at home with the aid of a green pad and some elbow grease.

What about 1911s not made by Colt?

The good news is, as the basic layout of a Model 1911-style pistol is the same, cleaning and maintenance of a dirty pistol is largely the same no matter if it is a $300 Rock Island Arms or a $2,000 Wilson Combat series gun.


What about the mags?

Finally, be sure to keep your magazines cleaned and maintained. With any semi-auto pistol and the M1911 platform, in particular, jams and feeding issues encountered are often attributed to bad, worn or poor magazines.

Some of the best 1911-style magazines on the market are from Chip McCormick and Wilson Combat.

Want to know more?

Colt has downloadable manuals for their standard M1911A1s including their WWI and WWII reproduction runs as well as their newer Series 80 and 90 pistols available online for free.

For those wanting to go more old-school, there are the vintage U.S. Army technical manuals (TM 9-1005-211-35) and field manuals (FM 23-35) on the subject out there as well.

Have fun and happy shooting!


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44 Firearms Recovered After Deadly Tornado Rips Through Middle Tennessee

Mon, 03/09/2020 - 04:15

Old Glory flies as a symbol of hope among the debris outside a home in Echo Valley Estates in Putnam County, Tennessee. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

A slew of firearms has been recovered from debris left over after a violent tornado ripped through Putnam County, Tennessee on March 3.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office told that 44 total firearms have been turned over and they expect to see more as cleanup efforts continue. Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris said the department will do everything in its power to reunite gun owners with their lost property.

“The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is making every effort to return everyone’s firearms as soon as we can. We do have to follow state and federal guidelines regarding the return of firearms, so please continue to be patient with us,” Farris told “We will make sure to get everyone’s recovered property returned as soon as we safely and legally can.”

Thus far, the office has seen a mix of handguns, rifles, and shotguns. Though no hard totals on the number of gun owners in Putnam County were available, the Tennessee Instant Check System, which runs background checks on potential gun buyers, reported over 547,000 firearms processed in 2019 — including 325,968 handguns and 192,302 long guns.

Volunteers sifting through debris left by an EF-4 tornado. Cleanup crews should report any firearms or ammo to law enforcement. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

As efforts continue to remove rubble and debris from where houses once stood, the Sheriff’s Office warned cleanup crews and volunteers to be on the lookout for firearms and ammo among the debris, cautioning them to report any sightings to law enforcement. Officials emphasized that volunteers should not touch or pick up guns as they could be loaded or have suffered damage during the storms.

Putnam County gun owners affected by the tornado may contact the office to retrieve their guns. Gun owners will need to provide a detailed list of missing firearms with descriptions and/or photographs of the owner with their firearms. The office also stressed the importance of gun owners keeping track of serial numbers and storing them in a safe place for easier recovery in the event of a disaster such as this.

“Photos can prove difficult as people may own the same type of guns, so serial numbers are very important,” the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said.

The tornado struck in the early morning hours giving homeowners little time to seek cover. In all, over 500 structures were damaged with over 200 totally destroyed or with major damage. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The National Weather Service concluded that a total of seven tornados ravished Tennessee in the early morning hours of Election Tuesday. Areas in Nashville, Mount Juliet, and Lebanon were severely impacted but some of the worst damage centered on Baxter and Cookeville in Putnam County. The weather service classified that tornado as an EF-4, reporting wind speeds of 175 miles-per-hour which left 88 people injured, 18 dead and over 500 structures damaged.

President Trump was on hand Friday, March 6 to tour the damaged areas and also pledge federal government support. Funds are also currently being raised to help tornado victims across Middle Tennessee.

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Vermont State Police Adopts Sig Sauer M400 Pro Rifles for Patrol Use

Mon, 03/09/2020 - 02:30

State troopers in Vermont have recently transitioned to new Sig Sauer M400 Pro rifles (Photo: Sig Sauer)

New Hampshire-based Sig Sauer announced last week that the Vermont State Police have chosen the semi-auto M400 Pro as the agency’s standard patrol rifle.

The 5.56 NATO-chambered AR-platform rifle uses a direct impingement gas operating system and features a full-length free-float M-LOK handguard. Other standard features are Sig’s enhanced trigger and a 6-position telescoping stock.

“We chose the Sig Sauer M400 Pro rifle because of the superior quality, reliability, and accuracy of the rifle. This was an ideal choice for our department because the firearm has been extensively tested for reliability in extreme conditions, and the service and support from Sig Sauer has been outstanding,” said Sergeant Eugene Duplissis, VSP’s Head Firearm Instructor and Armorer. “Our Troopers transition to the M400 Pro has been flawless and motivating because of their familiarity with the platform, performance, reliability, accuracy, and capabilities of the rifle.”

According to local media reports, the VSP moved to acquire 221 M400 rifles last summer, according to state police spokesperson Adam Silverman. The total cost of the acquisition was $167,655, paid for through operational funds. The agency, which dates back to 1947, has 332 sworn troopers.

The Green Mountain State has an exceptionally low crime rate when compared to the rest of the country and the VSP historically did not issue rifles, although about 85 troopers chose to carry their own while on duty. An incident last January, where a man undergoing what was described as a “mental health crisis,” saw two troopers reportedly take fire rifle fire while trying to intervene, sparking the move to adopt an issued rifle.

The M400 has also been picked for use by the Detriot and Philadelphia police departments, among others.


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Leupold Mark 5HD Gets Army Approval as Precision Sniper Rifle Glass

Mon, 03/09/2020 - 01:34

Leupold’s Mark 5HD 5-25×56 will be provided in a flat dark earth coating and utilize the Army’s Mil-Grid reticle. When mounted on the Barrett MRAD, it will be the standard day optic for the new MK22 PSR. (Photo: Leupold)

Oregon-based Leupold announced they have been selected to provide the day optic for the U.S. Army’s Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR) program.

The PSR, dubbed the MK22 Mod 0 in Army service, is based on the Barrett MRAD bolt-action multi-caliber system chambered in 7.62 NATO, .300 Norma Magnum, and .338 Norma Magnum. The glass of choice on the new platform, used by SOCOM, will be Leupold’s Mark 5HD 5-25×56, complete with a flat dark earth coating and the Army’s patented Mil-Grid reticle.

“The Mark 5HD has been built from the ground up to deliver the unparalleled performance that the men and women serving our country overseas require,” said Sam Horstman, Director of Military Sales for Leupold & Stevens, Inc. “And, like all of our optics, the Mark 5HD has been strenuously tested for durability and fully meets the extremely high standards that the military demands. Our Soldiers need their optics to perform, and we’re glad to be able to offer a solution that’s built to deliver on those expectations.”

Waterproof, fog proof, and guaranteed to perform, the Mark 5HD series is backed by the Leupold’s Lifetime Guarantee. Designed to max out the performance of long-range rifles and ammo, the models incorporate tactile, audible click adjustments, larger numbers, and a high-speed throw lever. (Photo: Leupold)

Leupold says the Mark 5HD has been “crafted to redefine accuracy, precision, and optical performance for long-range shooters.” Available in three models – a 7-35×56, 5-25×56, and 3.6-18×44 – with both millirad and MOA configurations, the series are billed as being up to 20 ounces lighter than other scopes in its class while bringing superior edge-to-edge clarity and extreme low-light performance to the table.

Like all of Leupold’s riflescopes, the Mark 5HD is designed, machined, and assembled at their Beaverton, Oregon, facility.


More on the MRAD

When it comes to the MRAD, Tennesee-based Barrett last year pulled down a $49.9 million five-year contract for a modular advanced sniper rifle platform. The program itself was identified in SOCOM’s FY19 budget justification book as part of an effort to continue “development of enhanced capabilities to improve performance” of “individual sniper weapons to engage out to 1500 meters.”

A bolt-action rifle with a monolithic upper receiver that is available in a range of calibers including all those mentioned in the military’s solicitation, the MRAD has caliber conversion kits for the MRAD use a separate barrel assembly and bolt. The Barrett bolt gun has been spotted in the hands of several international sniper units to include the Israeli Defense Forces and Norwegian Army.

SOCOM, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, counts some 70,000 servicemembers in its subordinate commands including elite Navy SEAL, Marine Raider, Army Special Forces, and Ranger units.


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Handguns for New Competitive Shooters

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 07:00

When I entered the gun industry as a new shooter and competitor, I felt overwhelmed by the sheer amount of handgun options available. I wasn’t sure which models would fit my hand best or if there any that could tackle multiple shooting disciplines. After extensive research and hands-on experience, I have narrowed that list down to models I think make great beginner handguns, especially for women.

To save our readers a little time and effort as well as inspire them to hit the range, here are my top picks for beginner-friendly handguns chambered in 9mm.

Glock G17

The Glock 17 is a staple on the competitive circuit (Photo: Taylor Thorne/

Glocks not only come with reliability but a large group of users that act as a support group. The ability to ask other Glock guys and girls questions about upgrades and accessories make ownership easier. Who knows, you might even find a squadmate for competitions.

Glock pistols all feature a similar basic design with a varying barrel and overall lengths. In the world of competition, most handguns will use longer barrels — on average 5-inches – to increase sight radius and accuracy. While the G19 is perfect for carry, it might not work as well in a competition. For those looking to dive into the competition ranks, the G17 is a great place to start. A real middle-of-the-road option, it offers a 4.47-inch barrel.

If you purchase a Glock you’ll have room to upgrade with lots of aftermarket support (Photo: Taylor Thorne/

One of the best things about the G17 is the availability of parts. As you compete, you’ll learn what accessories can up your game. The plethora of options for the G17 means plenty to choose from and at affordable prices. The only downside to the Glock build is the grip angle. Some shooters will find the grip angle uncomfortable. Though the Glock ships with interchangeable backstraps, the overall build is blocky and may not be as comfortable.

The G17 is a bit snappy but my impressions are overall good for this pistol. Out of the box, you will want to consider some upgrades to make it more competitive. Namely, you’ll want to consider swapping out the magazine and slide releases. Stock, these are small and hard to manipulate.

Overall the Glock 17 is a solid choice, but if you want a little less snap, consider the G34.


Walther PPQ Q5 Match and PPQ Steel Frame

The Walther PPQ is a great gun for competition (Photo: Taylor Thorne/

On the other end of the spectrum, the Walther PPQ stands out as ergonomically superior. This handgun delivers a smaller grip shaped in a way that allows for a very natural feel in the hand. Unlike Glock, Walther’s following is smaller but still willing to talk shop. At an event, you might see one or two people shooting a PPQ.

When determining which PPQ model is best for you — the Q5 or SF – consider optics and weight. For those wanting a lighter gun with an optics ready build, the Q5 is the best option; however, if you seek a little extra weight with that red dot design then head for the SF.

The Q5 sports an upgraded barrel, trigger, and a few other features shooters might enjoy. While there are varying barrel lengths, stick with the 5-inch. The SF, or Steel Frame, was introduced as a true competition gun with the weight of a steel frame to help with transitions and recoil. It’s worth noting, the grip of the SF is different from the other PPQs, coming in a bit larger.

The Walther PPQ has fewer aftermarket upgrades than Glock but shines right out of the box (Photo: Taylor Thorne/

A drawback of the Walther is the lack of available upgrades; but, out of the box, this is a much more competitive gun than the Glock. The controls are very easy to reach and felt recoil is a bit softer – though the PPQ does come with some muzzle flip. The trigger in the PPQ series is amazing! Hands-down best factory striker-fired trigger you will find. Through years of competing and 50,000+ rounds, I had one issue with the firing pin breaking which Walther quickly replaced.

If you seek a handgun that provides a smaller grip and ergonomics, the Walther PPQ Q5 is a fantastic option. If you want to be competitive and can handle a larger grip, opt for the SF model.


Sig Sauer P320 X5 and X5 Legion

Sig Sauer changed the game in the competitive shooting world with the P320 X5 series. This pistol is worth checking out. The standard full-size X5 features a flared magwell and weighs around 35.5-ounces. Meanwhile, the X5 Legion comes tungsten infused with a weight of 43.5-ounces.

Sig X5 Legion is a new star on the competition circuit (Photo: Taylor Thorne/

The P320 allows users to change the entire grip module and though the X5 is offered in medium, you can grab a standard P320 grip in sizes small or large. Another benefit to the P320’s modularity is the serial number. The number is not located on the grip module itself, so should you damage the grip you don’t have to buy a new gun. Even better, if you drop the pistol in the sand or mud you can take out the internals, hose it out and put it back in.

The X5 feels a bit blocky but not nearly as much as the Glock and the controls are easier to reach. I opted for a grip reduction as the medium X5 Legion module is too big for my taste. The main benefit of Sig’s X5 series is how flat the pistols shoot. The felt recoil is soft and the muzzle stays vertical.


Final Thoughts

The handguns I selected are good for most any shooting discipline. Handgun choices are extremely personal, so pick one that fits your hand and feels the best. Having a handgun that fits will undoubtedly help with maintaining proper grip, mitigating recoil and comfortably manipulating controls.
Get your hands on some guns, practice and join a local shooting competition to get a feel for the sport. Be it a Glock, Walther or Sig Sauer you can’t go wrong.

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Women of April Robinson, Ecommerce Photographer

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 04:00

April Robinson, sporting a sweet sweatshirt, is the company’s E-commerce Photographer. (Photo: April Robinson/

March is Women’s History Month and to celebrate I wanted to take some time to get to know a handful of ladies working at

In my final edition of this series, I hung out with Ecommerce Photographer April Robinson. Robinson, a recent hire to, captures the beautiful images found in our Certified Used Guns section in addition to providing product imagery for content and social media. We nerded out over photography and talked about her experience as an MA in the U.S. Navy Reserves. So let me kick this off by asking how long you have been a member of the team and how’d you end up here?

Robinson: I was hired on in October but I couldn’t start until November because I am a military policeman in the United States Navy. I was activated in October to go over and assist Romania’s new base.

I’ve always had a soft spot for the Second Amendment — Freedom is cool — and I saw the job posting and thought it was a joke. I was like, is not hiring in Minnesota. That’s not a real thing but I really wanted it to be true. Lo and Behold, it was! I applied, Melissa Kropelnicki called me in for an interview the next day and it’s been a smooth relationship ever since. So kind of take me through an average day. What does that look like for you? I realize that, if it’s like mine, it probably shifts based on the needs of the site; but give me a bird’s eye view.

Robinson: The meat and potatoes of my position is essentially going through our inventory, our Certified Used Guns, cleaning them and then taking pictures of them for our site. I try to show customers why they should buy that gun. If it’s in great condition, I’m going to make it look as sexy as I can. If it’s been loved, I’m going to show why it’s priced that way.

Obviously, I get to do crazy photoshoots with like Sweet Tart hearts and the most random objects. Those photo shoots make my day! I love it. They are so fun! I’m a creative weirdo at heart so I need to have those fun photoshoots.

Sweet Tarts and an FMK 9C1. (Photo: April Robinson/ I feel you. I’m a creative weirdo too! On that creative note, I find that there’s a common misconception that photographers just raise a camera, point-and-shoot; but there’s a ton more that goes into getting a good shot, right? So what are some challenges of photography that people who don’t do it for a living might be surprised to learn?

Robinson: Oh my God, so many! Not every firearm is created equally. I’m not going to utilize the same (photography) techniques on a Baby Browning as I am a Remington 700. They’re different sizes, different finishes…they’re just different. I bring different lighting techniques to balance the shine and accent the features. With the nice lights we have, we can do a super low ISO, a nice shutter speed and get those crispy images which I really appreciate.

Another thing is you need to have a good eye for editing because not every silver finish looks silver. Agreed. Finishes can often turn interesting shades. There’s a lot that goes into the post-processing of images to color correct and ensure whatever you’re capturing looks the same in the picture as it did when you took the photo.

Robinson: Yeah, if a listing says a gun is silver but the images look gold, that’s not cool. We don’t want you to buy something that’s not true. A lot of our inventory is used so I want the customer to see what they’re getting. Let’s nerd out for a second. What’s your camera setup?

Robinson: My cameras are different depending on if I’m shooting products or lifestyles. For products, I use the camera we have here which is a Canon 6D. For lifestyles, I rock a Nikon D810 with a beautiful Tamron lens on it. Where did your interest in photography start?

Robinson: Pretty young, I would say. This is a cheesy answer, but my dad took me hunting. I was too young to do the classes and hunt so he gave me a camera. We would walk the fields and I’d shoot with the camera. I haven’t been able to set it down since. This is just in my DNA. I have to be creative.

Robinson’s military background has made being a firearms photographer a little easier. (Photo: April Robinson/ So you mentioned the Navy and I understand you’re in the Reserves. Does your military life ever cross into your photography world?

Robinson: When I was deployed, I was my unit’s photographer and I acted as the public affairs officer; but I am a military policeman and I don’t do photography with that. I’m okay with that. I get to pick and choose my adventures, you could say, and sometimes it’s good to take a break and do different stuff. For sure. Is it helpful coming from that military background? I mean does it make it easier to step into the Vault and know what to grab, what to photograph because you have a history with firearms?

Robinson: Yeah. I don’t know everything but it’s rare for someone to have to par it down for me. The environment here is if you don’t know something they are happy to teach you. There’s so much teamwork. Finally, have there been any guns in the Vault that you have just drooled over?

Robinson: Yeah, there was a Ruger LC9 we gave away for a holiday party that was a raspberry color. I actually bought it off someone. It’s not too girly but it’s perfectly shaped for my hand. It’s fun to shoot.

I feel like almost any competitive handgun, the body style on them is so neat and cool in a way. I would never own one because I don’t competitively shoot but I appreciate the aesthetics and the unique look.

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Constitutional Carry Bills Tracking in 3 States

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 02:55

Constitutional or otherwise permitless concealed carry bills are currently being considered in at least three states. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Proposals to recognize that the Second Amendment is all that’s needed to legally carry a concealed handgun are on the move. In recent weeks, bills in Alabama, Tennessee, and Utah have been spooled up to codify permitless concealed carry.

The concept, law of the land in 16 states, retain statewide concealed carry permitting schemes for those looking to take advantage of their reciprocity benefits while traveling. The change is that said permits and licenses are not needed for lawful adult gun owners looking to carry in public within the state.


On Thursday, the Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee approved a permitless carry bill 6-4, moving it to the full Senate for further consideration. Sponsored by state Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Tuscaloosa, who has backed such measures in the past, the bill is opposed by county sheriffs who fear a drop in permit fees they currently use as a source of revenue.

Notably, the Yellowhammer State’s neighbor to the West, Mississippi, has recognized permitless carry of holstered or bagged handguns for the past several years. Likewise, Alabama already has open carry without a license.


Just days after Republican Gov. Bill Lee, flanked by legislative leaders, signaled support of a constitutional carry measure, the state Senate Judiciary Committee passed such a measure on a party-line, 7-2 vote. Senate Bill 2671 is set for further hearings this month and has the support of national pro-gun groups.

The NRA says the bill “ensures that no honest, hard-working Tennessean is left defenseless while waiting for government permission to carry a firearm. This legislation fully recognizes the right of law-abiding gun owners to carry a firearm for self-defense, giving Tennesseans the freedom to choose the best method of carrying for themselves.”

Joining ranks with urban Democrats and anti-gun groups, the bill is opposed by some firearm instructors in the Volunteer State as it waives requirements for state-approved training before carrying, which is sometimes expensive.


In the Beehive State, Utah state Rep. Walt Brooks, R-St. George, this week introduced H.B. 472 which provides that an individual who is 21 years or older and may lawfully possess a firearm, may carry concealed in a public area without a permit. However, it may not get far.

“Being this late in the session, the bill is not going to make it through. My purpose is to get the bill language together for next year’s session,” Brooks told the Deseret News.

Although the state legislature approved a permitless carry bill in 2013, Republican Gov. Gary Hebert scuttled the proposal when it reached his desk and has been reluctant to embrace one since. Critically, Herbert announced last year that he will not seek re-election in 2020, which means a rebooted constitutional carry measure has more luck with his successor, something Brooks seems to be banking on.

States with permitless carry laws include Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky, West Virginia, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

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