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Rise Armament unveils 6.5 Creedmoor 1121XR precision rifle

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 06:30

Rise Armament introduces the 6.5 Creedmoor 1121XR precision rifle. (Photo: Rise Armament)

Rise Armament adds to its catalogue of AR -15s with the addition of the all-new 1121XR precision rifle chambered in one of long range’s favorite cartridges, the 6.5 Creedmoor.

Rise Armament says they’ve shaved off some weight, bringing the 1211XR to just over 10-pounds. This design makes the heavy-caliber gas gun “extremely portable” all the while promising sub-1 MOA accuracy, according to the company. The precision rifle boasts a 15-inch slim, aluminum handguard with M-LOK compatibility in addition to a Picatinny upper rail system.

The rifle comes Cerakoted in black, foliage green or flat dark earth. (Photo: Rise Armament)

“The 1121XR his levels of accuracy that a gas gun has never seen,” Matt Torres, president of Rise Armament, said in a statement. “With its emphasis on accuracy, it helps shooters remove their limits, making virtually any shooter better.”

The trigger is a Rise Armament RA-535 Advanced-Performance Trigger with an overall 3.5-pound pull that the company says is crisp with a short reset for quick follow-up shots on target.

Featuring an easy to clean black nitride finish bolt carrier group, the 1121XR also sports a stainless steel Rise Armament RA-701 Compensator designed to counteract recoil. The rifle is topped off with a Cerakote finish in black, foliage green or flat dark earth. Shipping with a hard case and two mags, the 1121XR is priced at $2,449.

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Dick’s Sporting Goods braces for financial impact of new gun policies

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 06:00

Leadership at Dick’s Sporting Goods isn’t entirely sure how new firearm policies will impact sales, but the outlook isn’t bright. (Photo: Dick’s Sporting Goods/Facebook)

Dick’s Sporting Goods predicts 2018 could see a single digit decrease in store sales as a result of the company’s new firearm policies announced last month.

Chief Executive Officer Edward Stack said although he’s received a “surprising outpouring of support” for the new rules, the company expects flat same store sales, at best, throughout 2018.

“The announcement we made two weeks ago regarding our firearms policy is not going to be positive from a traffic standpoint and a sales standpoint,” he told investors Tuesday. “There’s going to be the people who just don’t shop us anymore for anything.”

Stack’s Feb. 28 announcement indicated the company would ban gun sales to customers under 21 and permanently discontinue its inventory of “assault-style” rifles. Dick’s operates more than 700 locations nationwide, including 26 Field & Stream stores. The company removed AR rifles from its Dicks locations in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, but will pull all remaining stock from its Field & Stream locations, too, Stack said.

The policy changes come as a response to the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead and 15 wounded. Accused gunman, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, attacked his former classmates and teachers armed with an AR-15 — a fact which has spawned calls nationwide for age restrictions on rifle sales.

“We support and respect the Second Amendment, and we recognize and appreciate that the vast majority of gun owners in this country are responsible, law-abiding citizens,” Stack said in a news release last month. “But we have to help solve the problem that’s in front of us. Gun violence is an epidemic that’s taking the lives of too many people, including the brightest hope for the future of America – our kids.”

Walmart, Kroger and L.L. Bean announced similar policies later the same week. REI and Mountain Equipment Co-op even temporarily cut ties with gun manufacturer Vista Outdoor due to the company’s close dealings with the National Rifle Association.

“We believe that it is the job of companies that manufacture and sell guns and ammunition to work towards common sense solutions that prevent the type of violence that happened in Florida last month,” REI said in a statement earlier this month. “In the last few days, we’ve seen such action from companies like Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart and we applaud their leadership.”

In the meantime, Stack told investors “its too early to tell” how deep the impact of the new policies will be felt. “We’ve seen a bit of a difference in the hunt business, not an awful lot,” he said. “It’s too early to tell how this is going to be impacted, but we’ve got what we think the impact will be backed into our guidance.”

President Lauren Hobart likewise told investors Tuesday the sporting goods retailer’s anticipated recovery in its hunting category didn’t materialize last quarter as weak demand for guns persists.

“The improvement was not as much as we have expected,” she said. “We expect the hunting headwind to continue throughout 2018 and will likely be more impactful as a result of our recently announced changes in our firearms policies.”

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Rauner vetoes ‘duplicative’ Illinois gun store licensing bill

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 05:30

Gov. Bruce Rauner dripped veto ink on a controversial measure that would have added red tape to federally licensed gun dealers in the state (Photo: Rauner’s office)

Democrats in the legislature are spooling up to attempt an override of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill that would add state scrutiny to federally licensed Illinois gun dealers.

Rauner rejected the measure Tuesday in its entirety, saying SB 1657 was redundant and would establish “a largely duplicative state level of licensing and regulation” to the already existing federal oversight on legal gun dealers without improving public safety. The Governor, who has been pressured by Chicago lawmakers and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to sign the bill, shook his head to the notion that adding more regulation to gun shops would take weapons off the Windy City’s streets.

“The core issue is not which guns to legally ban or regulate,” Rauner said in his veto letter to legislators. “We have ample proof that such narrowly focused legislative responses make for good political cover, but they do little to stop the illegal flow of guns into Illinois or prevent people from committing thousands of crimes in our state each year with illegal guns.”

The vetoed bill would mandate a $1,000 five-year state permitting process for already federally licensed gun dealers. In addition, it would require background checks and training for gun shop employees as well as videotaping of the businesses’ “critical areas” such as where guns are sold and stored. Exemptions to the requirements for big box retailers such as Walmart drew criticism that the bill unfairly targeted small FFLs.

Emanuel on Tuesday held a press conference with city leaders and gun control advocates in tow to denounce Rauner’s rebuff of the proposal, chalking the move up to an upcoming party primary.

“Now I get politics. I know he has a primary election a week away from today,” Emanuel said. “But he has a primary responsibility when it comes to everybody here and everybody else when it comes to public safety.”

In Springfield, where the General Assembly is in session and voting on a sheaf of gun control legislation this week, work is already underway on a veto override attempt which would require a three-fifths vote and need to pick up more supporters than the bill garnered when it passed initially and in a more compressed window. With many of his fellow Republicans against the proposal, the licensing act took over a year to reach the governor’s hands, passing the Senate last April in a 30-21 vote and the House earlier this month, 64-52. Illinois-based gun makers, as well as state and national gun rights groups are all working to short-circuit such a move.

Meanwhile, Rauner has offered Democrats an figurative olive branch by urging action on taking guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill in the shape of a proposed Legislative Public Safety Group. while continuing to publicly support a ban on bump stocks.

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Gun maker rescinds support for ‘Fix NICS’ after weekend criticism

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 14:30

A screenshot of Daniel Defense owner Marty Daniel appearing in a company promo. (Photo: Daniel Defense via Youtube)

Daniel Defense dropped support for the bipartisan Fix NICS bill pending in the U.S. Senate after social media users threatened to boycott the company.

Even though the measure had already been endorsed by leading gun rights groups and the White House, the company’s owner, Marty Daniel, said on Monday that he was wrong to support the bill and cannot “in good conscience” support it any longer.

“I released the original statement because I believed it was the best option available at this time to hold back the continued attacks on the Second Amendment and the erosion of our rights,” he said in a message posted on the company’s Facebook page.

Daniel explained since releasing the statement on Friday, he had received “overwhelming feedback” that “brought to my attention that there are significant and justified concerns regarding this bill.” In Friday’s statement, Daniel called the bill “the only common sense approach to keeping firearms out of the hands of the wrong people” and asked Daniel Defense fans and customers to urge Congress to pass it.

Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn filed the Fix NICS Act with co-sponsor Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, to strengthen the effectiveness of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The bill would create incentives for state and federal agencies to promptly report disqualifying records to the FBI so NICS could better identify prohibited buyers.

The senators filed the bill in November, after a gunman murdered 26 people at a church in Southerland Springs, Texas. The gunman in that scenario had been convicted of domestic violence during his service in the Air Force, but the Defense Department failed to report the prohibiting details. The gaffe allowed him to pass the NICS check requested by the licensed gun dealer that transferred him the rifle would use in the attack.

The Fix NICS Act became a key component of a White House plan for preventing mass shootings, particularly at schools, after a gunman who had been making dangerous threatening comments to peers opened fire at a high school in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people and injuring 15 others.

Even though President Trump had supported a similar measure of the same name, he said he opted for Cornyn and Murphy’s bill because it has bipartisan support and mass appeal. The other was tied to a partisan legislative package aiming to expand concealed carry to all 50 states and is unlikely to pass in the Senate.

The Fix NICS bill has also gained support from the two largest gun lobbyist groups, the National Rifle Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, as well as pro-gun control groups, which call it a step in the right direction.

Advocacy efforts led by students and victims in the Parkland attack have influenced corporate America to take action. Multiple financial firms and banks said they would review their policies about investing in the gun industry, a handful of retailers changed gun sales policies, and dozens of brands broke business relationships with the NRA. However, few gun companies have pushed for policy change. Those that had were public companies and therefore had obligations to answer to investors.

In response to a financial firm’s questionnaire, American Outdoor Brands defended industry standards and defaulted to the legislative guidance of the NSSF, a trade group that represents gun and ammo companies. Sturm, Ruger & Company also said it supports proper enforcement of existing laws.

Fix NICS has picked up 67 co-sponsors — including 34 Democrats, 31 Republicans, and two Independents — since it was filed in November. The bill was sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee in December, but it’s unclear when the committee will hear the measure.

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Bushnell brings a new ballistics calculator app to Bushnell owners

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 11:30

Bushnell introduces the Bushnell Ballistics App designed to allow users to calculate those difficult shots. (Photo: Bushnell)

Bushnell introduces a new companion app for Bushnell riflescope users, launching the Bushnell Ballistics App to calculate ammunition and rifle combinations.

The Bushnell Ballistics App uses current atmospheric data and AB laboratory bullet data to provide accurate hold-over data to shooters needing to make precise shots on target. The app works with both iOS and Android devices and is available for free through Google Play or Apple’s App Store.

Though the app was specifically created for Bushnell riflescopes and reticles, Bushnell says its does not limit use to just the company’s optics. The app also works alongside other optics as well. Once it has been downloaded to a device, the Bushnell Ballistics App functions without data, allowing users who hunt or shoot off the grid to continue using without cell service.

The app uses a bevy of data to calculate hold overs. (Photo: Bushnell)

Featuring AB Connect, the app grants shooters a live library of G1/G7 data in addition to Applied Ballistics Bullet Library. The library comes with more than 700 pre-loaded bullets. Bushnell’s scope library offers more than 150 scopes as well as 30 reticle options. Atmospheric information can be updated manually or via the internet when connected. Users can share or print range cards using the Email Range Card Function.

“The new Bushnell Ballistics App is powered by the Applied Ballistics Ultralite engine, the most trusted ballistics data-cruncher in the industry,” Bushnell Marketing Manager Matt Rice said in a statement. “With a clean and user-friendly interface, this app allows users to easily build and modify gun profiles and build range cards to calculate firing solutions based on their specific scope and ammunition choices. All of our Bushnell scopes and reticles have been pre-loaded, giving users simple ballistic solutions anywhere they go.”

The app is available now, free of charge.

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Video shows bail agent shooting client in self-defense (VIDEO)

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 11:00

Prosecutors released video Monday showing a bail agent fatally shooting one of her clients last year at her office in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The video shows Chasity Carey shooting her client Brandon Williams, 38, in the back as he tried to climb out of a window on Aug. 9, 2017. At the time, Carey and her 19-year-old son were attempting to take Williams, who was free on bail, back into custody.

Carey and her son had invited Williams to the office by telling him that Henderson was interested in buying his car, which was put up as collateral for posting his bond. But really the wanted to take him into custody before he left town. He was accused in a burglary case.

In the video, Williams sits beside Carey’s son, Justin Henderson, and across from Carey, who is behind a desk. He makes small talk, takes off one of his shoes, pulls up his sock and rubs his heel.

Then, things get confrontational when Carey walks over to close the door and tells Williams he’s about to be handcuffed. As Williams tries to leave, Henderson steps over holding handcuffs. Williams wedges his hands between his back and the wall.

Carey tells Williams to “turn around” but Williams argues and says “I’m not getting in no cuffs.” Carey tells him authorities are on their way. Williams puts his shoe back on and prepares to leave, yelling “don’t put your hands on me.”

As Carey tries to force Williams to cooperate, Williams runs off camera behind Williams’ desk, presumably toward the window. Carey quickly rummages through the desk and grabs a pistol. She points the gun off screen and fires a shot. Williams screams, “Ow! Holy shit!” Henderson says, “Mom! You just shot him.” And Carey responds: “I did.”

Henderson covers his face and cries out: “Mom, oh my god.” Carey pulls up her phone and dials 911. She steps out into the other room and Henderson steps out, back in and then out again. When he returns, Carey follows and tells him “don’t go out that window.” She steps out again as she talks to a 911 operator. Henderson returns and grabs the camera.

A Payne County jury acquitted Carey of first degree murder charges on Friday. She claimed she opened fire in self-defense. “I was afraid he was going to shoot my son,” Carey told the Payne County jury. “I felt like we were going to be killed. … I’ve never been that scared before.”

Carey testified that Williams attempted to grab her gun before fleeing out the office window, but she beat him to it and turned to fire just as he was on his way out. Even though the struggle wasn’t apparent in the video, Carey’s attorney argued “what’s not on the video is your reasonable doubt” and added “the video only showed half of the shooting.”

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Black Bunker debuts Tribe ID Platform holster identification system

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 11:00

Tribe ID Platform allows users to swap out patches to identify themselves via their holster. (Photo: Black Bunker)

Black Bunker unveils its new Tribe ID Platform, a recognition system designed to give carriers the ability to communicate their identity via their holster.

Crafted to work alongside the Fobus GL-2ND for Glock handguns, the Tribe ID Platform adapts to other Fobus holsters as well, granting users the ability to customize their setup.

The setup accepts 54mm patches. (Photo: Black Bunker)

“Leading the way for a new generation of accessories, the Tribe ID Platform can be adapted to any individual, unit, force, team, group, belief, organization, family, state, nationality, place, or tribe,” President of Black Bunker, Romain Lecosnier, said in a press release. “Whether you’re in an urban or wilderness environment identification and communication is paramount. Customizing your holster with the Tribe ID Platform provides an added level of immediate, non-verbal contact making you even more prepared.”

The Tribe ID works with 54mm patches with its reinforced polycarbonate design. Though the Tribe ID made its debut at the 2018 IWA Outdoor Classics show, there’s been no word on its exact drop date or MSRP.

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Putnam would not have signed Florida gun age increase (VIDEO)

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 10:30

Adam Putnam, Florida’s pro-gun Commissioner of Agriculture and gubernatorial candidate, says he has a problem with stripping the gun rights from adults under age 21.

Putnam, who literally puts gun rights first on his platform and has long a history of supporting carry rights, told Fox 13 he would not have signed the controversial school security and gun control package approved by Republican Gov. Rick Scott last week because it raised the threshold age for longarm sales to 21 across the Sunshine State.

“I don’t believe that is the right approach,” Putnam said, echoing a position he has maintained during the measure’s brief legislative history.

“As someone who grew up in possession of firearms, learning a respect for firearms and practicing the safe use of firearms as part of my heritage, I can’t support any policy or any law that destroys the family tradition of possessing and practicing safe use of firearms,” Putnam said previously. “I can’t imagine that a state that has done so much to encourage youth hunter safety would outlaw the purchase of any and all firearms by someone under 21.”

As Ag Commissioner since 2010, the former GOP state representative and later Congressman has overseen Florida’s concealed carry licensing program for nearly a decade. In that time, he has moved to expedite licenses for those in the military, helped usher in a reduction in costs as well as an online renewal process. Since declaring his intention to move into Florida’s governor’s mansion last year he has also been a vocal advocate for open carry and campus carry, two practices that have been repeatedly rejected in the state’s legislature.

Scott, expected to make a bid for the Senate, signed SB 7026 over protests from both Florida Democrats and the NRA, the latter of which filed a lawsuit against the state citing Second Amendment concerns due to the removal of gun rights for those under 21.

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UTG adds Accu-Sync color series to scope accessories lineup

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 10:00

The Accu-Sync scope rings delivers standard black in addition to an array of other colors. (Photo: UTG)

UTG grows its scope ring catalogue, introducing the new Accu-Sync color series of 1913 Picatinny scope rings.

The series offers the Accu-Sync line in Flat Dark Earth, OD Green and Gun Metal Cerakote in addition to matte red and blue anodize finishes. The Accu-Syncs are made of 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum and are available in 1-inch, 30mm and 34mm scope tubes.

The 1913 Picatinny scope rings are constructed of aluminum and available in three sizes. (Photo: UTG)

Featuring lightning cuts throughout the scope ring’s base, the Accu-Sync is engineered to offer a unique look with a lightweight feel. The scope rings sport a full legnth locking plate held in place by Torx scews and a bottom base outfitted with integral square-shaped recoil stops. This construction prevents rearward or forward movement of the rings during recoil. All edges have been chamfered to prevent snagging or scratching while also providing access to the scope’s windage and elevation torrent.

With a total of 12 models, UTG says shooters should be able to find exactly what they need to suit shooting needs.

The scope rings feature lightning cuts in the design. (Photo: UTG)

“Twelve different models round out the series and share the same key features that set the Accu-Sync scope rings above and beyond the rest,” UTG said in a statement. “Make your next fine-tuned choice for top level performance with Accu-Sync scope rings. Accuracy synchronized.”

The black Accu-Sync models start at $44 while the colored versions start at $64.

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‘Armed in America’ historian defends militia-centric understanding of Second Amendment

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 09:30

Patrick J. Charles knows more about the Second Amendment than most. After spending a decade pouring over microreels filled with evidence of the founders’ contentious drafting of the Constitution, the U.S. Air Force senior historian and legal scholar penned three books parsing out the context behind the nation’s conception of gun ownership.

In his latest effort, Armed in America: A History of Gun Rights from Colonial Militias to Concealed Carry, Charles asserts historical record does not support the individual right to bear arms as we know it today. Rather, the founders believed in arming the populace for the sole purpose of a well-trained militia — a fact the courts and others seemingly ignore.

His opinion doesn’t sit well with the gun rights community. This, despite his belief the Supreme Court got it right with the landmark Heller v District of Columbia in 2008. He also says partisan reimagining of Second Amendment history isn’t limited to conservatives, either.

“Whether you’re talking about the collective rights argument or whether you’re talking about the individual rights arguments, there’s been people on both sides who’ve misappropriated historical evidence over time or failed to fully contextualize it,” he said. “So that’s what really kept driving me forward (in my research).”

His work has garnered the attention of federal judges in the Second, Fourth, Seventh, Ninth and D.C. District Courts of Appeals. Even Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer used a passage from the historian’s previous book in the landmark McDonald v. City of Chicago — the 5-4 decision that affirmed the Second Amendment applies to state and local governments — saying the flawed historical record of Heller meant the constitutional right of gun ownership for private self-defense was muddy, at best.

“People often get confused when they see terms like self defense or self preservation and they automatically think, oh that’s my right to self defense,” Charles said. “But that’s not what the framers are referring too. It’s broader, legal language and a philosophical debate about communal liberty that they were concerned about preserving.”

Charles sparred onstage with fellow legal scholar Brannon Denning at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia last month over his painstaking interpretations. Both men agree the historical narrative used in legal opinions doesn’t reflect reality, but Denning — as a lawyer — says he’s less concerned.

“History is obviously relevant,” he said. “I think what has happened is, courts and others have sort of created what might be termed as a ‘usable past’ … I think as a matter of constitutional law we feel like we need to build a bridge to the past and sometimes … that’s not necessarily done according to Hoyle, history as practiced by historians. But I think for lawyers, it works.”

Charles said evidence found in congressional debate transcripts during the ratification of the Constitution and public responses to the Bill of Rights never referenced individual self-defense, not even once. He argues, instead, the framers were mostly concerned with protecting citizens from a tyrannical federal army. Militia, being comprised of the local population, would be less inclined to mistreat or abuse their authority as a protective force, according to Charles, but would be rendered useless without firearms.

“That’s more or less why I come to the conclusion it had nothing per se to do with our individual conception of the right today,” he said. “That’s not to say the right doesn’t exist today. It is, it’s in Heller. Or that the right has never existed in our history. It did. It grew in the 19th century. But based upon that conception alone, the central idea of how important a militia was to the founding era’s view of republican liberty cannot be overstated.”

Denning disagrees, saying the intertwined nature of the role of a militia member enables both views of the right.

“Because the militia was the people … to me, it speaks to both,” he said. “It speaks to trying to ensure that the militia would remain a force in being and protecting the ability of the constituent parts of the militia to be armed.”

It’s a viewpoint the Supreme Court affirmed in Heller a decade ago, holding the Second Amendment guarantees an individual’s right to arm themselves for self-defense in the home. Charles agrees with this ruling, but says the historical narrative used to support it is inherently flawed.

“I think you could say with the Castle Doctrine in the 14th century in Germanic law … the castle doctrine basically says I have the right to defend my home if it becomes assailed and I do not have to retreat in my home if my home is under attack,” he said. “If you think and you apply common sense logic that a handgun is one of the most common weapons owned in the United States, the court holding in Heller is legitimate on its face. The court holding, but not everything else around it. Everybody on all sides just wanted to throw away and write a new narrative.”

Charles’s biggest gripe? The fallacy that one general understanding of civilian gun ownership existed from 1689 until the ratification of the 14th Amendment in 1868. The Second Amendment’s interpretation as an individual right wasn’t born until the 19th century, he argues, and didn’t take on its modern day relevance until the rise of the National Rifle Association’s political prominence beginning in the 1930s.

But for the nation’s founders, he says, “a well-regulated militia” meant more than just being “well-trained.”

“It was about being well disciplined, adhering to the rule of law about standing up and fighting, about being loyal to the government,” he said. “There were all these larger tenants to being a quote unquote well-regulated militia from the late 17th century to the late 18th century that go well beyond just having a gun. Many commentators at the time talked about how without that, you had an armed mob. And that that armed mob was more dangerous to liberty than for you just to have a gun. They forsaw that.”

Editor’s Note: Headline changed at 1:02 p.m. EST. Patrick Charles clarifies that he does not support the collective rights interpretation of the Second Amendment, as the initial headline indicated.

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This massive 4-bore beast is sort of a punt gun for beginners (VIDEO)

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 09:00

Ian with Forgotten Weapons takes a break from exotic military gear to check out an unusual rolling block waterfowling gun with a commanding 48-inch barrel.

The 14-pound big bore, a Darne Canardière Portatif, is a shoulder-fired punt gun with an impressive .853-caliber bore that hails from around 1900’s France.

Punt guns date back to the bad old days of market hunting and were used to annihilate resting flocks of waterfowl. They got their name from the fact the professional hunters of the day pushed them out across the ponds and marsh on flat-bottomed “punt” boats.

The above gun is set to go on sale through James Julia later this Spring with an expected bid value in the $4-$6K range and includes some very neat four-bore paper hulls by Gevelot of Paris, which Ian dutifully shows off.

And to see what a full-sized example looks like when it is set off, competition shooter Robert “Bob” Vogel gets behind a 47-pound model that packs in 11-ounces of shot and 650-grains of FFG black powder, or about ten 12-gauge birdshot loads– and it looks like a time warp when it goes loud.

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Gun rights group says supporters aged 18-20 jumped 1,200 percent

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 08:30

With as many as 3 million Americans aged over 18 but under 21 with their firearms rights on the line, many are joining pro-gun advocacy groups. (Photo: Chris Eger/

One of the nation’s largest Second Amendment groups said it has seen phenomenal growth in the number of members joining from one particularly threatened demographic.

The Bellevue, Washington-based Second Amendment Foundation announced Monday they have documented a 12-fold increase in the number of members and donors between the ages of 18 to 20 over the course of the past month.

During that time, several states as well as members of both parties on Capitol Hill and Pennsylvania Avenue have floated efforts to up the minimum age for gun sales from 18 to 21.

“We normally don’t get that many members or donors in that age group, since the gun rights movement typically trends toward older Americans,” said Alan Gottlieb, SAF’s founder. “But the 18- to 20-year-olds have never been specifically targeted before, and they are obviously alarmed.”

According to 2016 estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau, there were more than 13 million Americans aged 18, 19 or 20. While the minimum legal age to purchase a handgun has been 21 since 1968, those under the legal drinking age can still currently buy long arms such as rifles and shotguns as well as vote, enter into contracts and join the military.

Florida recently upped their age limit to 21 in the wake of a shooting by a 19-year-old that left more than a dozen dead at a high school in Parkland. That move brought a lawsuit from the National Rifle Association. Two other states, Hawaii and Illinois, had previously set a minimum age of 21 buy any gun, with the latter making exceptions for adults under that age if they are in the military or have a parent or guardian co-sign for a firearms ID card.

While SAF did not report how many new advocates they have, the group says they have “650,000 members and supporters.”

The NRA for the past several years has boasted of a 5 million member grassroots organization, with even left-leaning publications vouching for at least 4 million or so of those through the somewhat vague method of counting disclosed magazine subscriptions.

The NRA has also reportedly seen a jump in membership over the past month as have other national organizations such as Gun Owners of America along with state and regional gun rights groups.

As for national gun control groups, their numbers vary wildly, with one ABC article last month pegging Moms Demand Action at about 3,000 members coast-to-coast while the group, allied with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown, contends in backgrounders they have “4.5 million supporters and more than 250,000 donors.”

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Base exchanges cancel plan to stop selling mags capable of holding over 10 rounds

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 07:30

The Exchange briefly pulled magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds, then backpedaled after the move was not welcomed by its customers (Photos: US Army WTF Moments)

The primary retailer on U.S. military installations worldwide quickly walked back a planned moratorium on selling firearm magazines capable of holding 11 or more rounds.

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service halted sales of the magazines earlier this month but, the giant retailer reversed course on the self-imposed ban following customer protests, The Military Times reported.

“Feedback from active-duty, Guard and Reserve soldiers and airmen highlighted the criticality of high-capacity magazines as it relates to readiness and proficiency,” Exchange officials said.

The decision to stop selling the magazines, often original equipment, created sharp feedback on the retailer’s social media and was featured on military-oriented blogs that specialize in highlighting morale-busting gaffes by the services. Some in uniform noted they purchased magazines used later in training and deployments.

AAFES and its sister MCX and CGX outlets cater to servicemen, their families and veterans across more than 3,100 outlets on and near military installations around the globe.

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New Blackwater Ammunition offers commercial and military ammunition

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 07:00

Blackwater Ammunition will offer an array of ammunition, from handgun rounds to rifle rounds. (Photo: Blackwater Ammunition)

The new Blackwater ammunition line created by Blackwater founder Erik Prince and gun and ammo designer Nicola Bandid made its debut at the international ammunition, guns and hunting exhibition IWA in Germany this month.

Offering a line of centerfire metallic calibers, Blackwater Ammunition is set to bring a bevy of loads from 9 Luger to .45 ACP in handgun rounds to .223 REM, .308 WIN and .50BMG. The ammunition company is also looking to provide proprietary calibers for military and law enforcement use, though no specific details have been offered as of yet.

A look at what rounds the company will offer. (Photo: Blackwater Ammunition)

Blackwater Ammunition says even more calibers are on the horizon, though consumers will have to  wait until 2019 to see more rounds introduced.

Though Blackwater Ammunition is an offshoot of parent company PBM Limited, it’s creators say the venture stands on its own legs.

“PBM and Blackwater Ammunition are launched as a new, solid and well experienced industrial venture and not as a cosmetic operation” Nicola Bandini, a founding member and CEO of the company, said in a press release. “In other words, we did not intend to apply a well known and legendary brand to someone else’s products: this would have been the short way, but short lived fame as well, especially as we wanted to be our own masters in developing and timing a revolutionary approach in ammunition manufacturing.”

The announcement for the new lineup was made at IWA 2018 in Nuremberg, Germany. (Photo: Blackwater Ammunition)

Bandini added, “We did it the hard way, waiting the necessary time to set up the top quality machinery, in a world perspective when centerfire metallic cartridges global demand pressurizes machines manufacturers to push the industry further and further away with delivery.”

Ammunition will ship in distinctive black boxes for commercial and civilian use while military, law enforcement and government agencies will see shipments of ammo in all weather desert tan boxes.

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Getting fido to fetch a rifle, seriously (VIDEO)

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 06:30

You may be familiar with Boomer, the rifle-retrieving fang for hire in Far Cry 5, but 5.11 Tactical decided to see if the trick could be done in real life with an actual pooch.

Tapping in Special Operations vet Rick Hogg and his trusty K9, Duco, the pair worked through the retrieval process gradually until the four-legged companion was able to bring back an actual AR from inside a building. Sure, it’s wrapped in fire hose and tape to keep Duco from needing doggy dental work, but they did prove the concept anyway.

Now if they could get him to run in and bring out a six-pack, that would be great.

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Microstamping case headed for California Supreme court argument

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 06:00

Gun industry groups insist the legal requirement for semi-auto handguns to mark cartridges with a microscopic array of characters, that identify the make, model and a serial number of the pistol upon firing is “impossible to accomplish” in actual field conditions. (Photo: UCDavis)

California’s high court is set to hear arguments in a long running case brought by firearms industry groups who say the state’s microstamping requirement is unattainable.

The case, challenging the state’s 2007 unsafe handgun modification requirements, is set for arguments in a Los Angeles court on April 4.

Plaintiffs, the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, insist the legal requirement for semi-auto handguns to mark cartridges with a microscopic array of characters, that identify the make, model and serial number of the pistol upon firing is “impossible to accomplish” and has only worked to artificially limit choices available to California gun buyers. At stake is the ability to purchase newly manufactured semi-auto handguns in the state.

“Since going into effect this ill-advised law has banned the introduction of any new models of handguns into California reducing consumers’ ability to purchase the best and most advanced handguns on the market while doing nothing to improve public safety,” said Michael Bazinet, an NSSF spokesman in a statement to

The suit was originally brought by the trade groups in 2014, arguing that the technology was unproven in actual field conditions and easy for criminals to defeat.

California Superior Court Judge Donald Black dismissed the case in 2015, citing the state had sovereign immunity and further holding the gun groups lacked standing to sue. On a subsequent appeal to the California 5th Appellate District, a three-judge panel later held that NSSF and SAAMI have “a right to present evidence to prove their claim” and the state Supreme Court voted last year to hear the case.

In 2014, just after the California Department of Justice began enforcing the mandate that new pistols submitted for approval to the state’s firearm roster incorporate microstamping capabilities, there were some 1,152 approved models. That roster has since constricted to 791 as legacy handguns, certified for a five-year period, cannot meet the new requirement. For instance, no Generation 4 or 5 Glocks handguns have been approved for sale in California. While handgun giant Ruger has 60 models on the list, all but one is a revolver, which are exempt from the microstamping requirement.

“We look forward to the arguments and are confident the Supreme Court will affirm the Court of Appeal rejection of the state’s argument and permit us to prove that it is impossible for firearms manufacturers to comply with the mandates of the statute,” said Bazinet.

The California Department of Justice and state Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office did not respond to multiple requests for comment or statement.

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A closer look at the White House’s school safety plan

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 05:30

President Donald Trump gives the thumb’s up on improving federal background checks last month. (Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

President Donald Trump this week unveiled a four-pronged plan of defense against future school shootings, focusing on “hardening” schools, improving background checks, increasing access to mental health services and examining the impact of future policy proposals on curbing school violence.

“Every child deserves to grow up in a safe community surrounded by a loving family and to have a future filled with opportunity and with hope,” Trump said Monday of the new initiatives.

The White House’s plan drew plenty of criticism from gun control advocates led astray by the president’s early support for banning rifle sales to adults under 21. Instead, the administration will assemble a Federal Commission on School Safety, chaired by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, which will study and make recommendations for a range of policy proposals including:

  • placing age restrictions on gun purchases;
  • entertainment rating systems for violent video games, movies and television;
  • impacts of press coverage of mass shootings;
  • strategies to enhance youth character development and a “culture of connectedness;”
  • repeal “Rethink School Discipline” policies;
  • best security practices for school buildings;
  • coordination of federal resources focused on preventing or mitigating an active shooter situation;
  • opportunities to improve access to mental health treatment;
  • best practices for school-based threat assessment and violence prevention strategies;
  • effectiveness and appropriateness of psychotropic medication for treatment of troubled youth;
  • and, ensuring that findings are sufficiently supported by existing and additional federal, state, and local funding sources.

The administration’s plan will strengthen background checks through support of the Fix NICS bill pending in Congress. The bipartisan effort, co-sponsored by Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn and Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy, will incentivize states and federal agencies to upload disqualifying records into the databases feeding the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

Extreme Risk Protection Orders — under the administration’s plan — will appear in NICS and exist nationwide, allowing law enforcement to remove firearms from dangerous individuals. State will receive technical assistance from the Department of Justice to “carefully tailor” each statute to “ensure the due process rights of law-abiding citizens are protected.”

Trump also called for passage of the STOP School Violence Act, a grant-based program providing for training, technology and technical assistance to help schools identify and prevent violence. He encouraged Congress provide a funding boost in the 2018 federal budget to “jump start implementation” of the program in middle and high schools across the country.

The administration will also audit the FBI’s tip line in search of areas for improvement. Meanwhile the Department of Justice will provide emergency crisis training to local law enforcement agencies.

Trump’s plan to harden schools prioritizes DOJ resources to train armed school personnel on a voluntary basis. The administration will also encourage military veterans to transition into careers in public education, promote a federal, state and local government campaign of “See Something, Say Something” to encourage reporting of suspicious activity, and ask state Attorneys general to audit school districts for emergency preparedness compliance.

The final element of the White House plan addresses mental health treatment. The president pushed for greater integration of mental health services with primary care and family services, as well as programs with options for court-ordered treatment. He also called for regulatory reviews, including a fresh look at Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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White House proposes school safety plan, arming teachers

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 14:00

President Trump meeting with state and local officials to discuss school safety on Feb. 22, 2018, at the White House. (Photo: Shealah Craighead/White House via Facebook)

The White House opted to take cues from gun rights advocates in its proposal for preventing future school shootings with a plan that highlights arming teachers but excludes raising the age limit to buy long guns.

Despite President Trump repeatedly advocating raising the gun buying age from 18 to 21, the White House instead opted to have a panel explore it as an option rather than make it a key component.

“Highly trained expert teachers will be allowed to conceal carry, subject to State Law. Armed guards OK, deterrent!” Trump tweeted on Monday, adding “On 18 to 21 Age Limits, watching court cases and rulings before acting. States are making this decision. Things are moving rapidly on this, but not much political support (to put it mildly).”

During meetings on the subject of school safety, Trump said he was willing to buck the National Rifle Association to advance gun laws that would raise the age limit to buy guns and permit law enforcement to “take the guns first, go through due process second.” But after meeting with NRA officials, both parties released statements saying Trump supports the Second Amendment and due process but not gun control.

In response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead and 15 injured, state lawmakers passed a sweeping gun control bill that included upping the age limit to buy firearms. Immediately after the governor signed the bill into law, however, the National Rifle Association challenged it in federal court.

The White House’s plan, announced less than four weeks after the Valentine’s Day school attack, will immediately establish a federal commission to explore other options as well. Trump appointed secretary of education Betsy Devos to chair the Federal Commission on School Safety, which will recommend policy and funding proposals for school violence prevention, including plans for funding training for armed teachers.

White House officials told reporters Sunday that Trump wants Congress to also pass the STOP School Violence Act, filed by Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah. The measure is designed to provide grants so state governments could improve school security, active shooter training, and implement related technology.

The administration also said it wants to harden school security “just like our airports, stadiums, and government buildings,” strengthen the federal background check system, and reform mental health programs, according to a statement summarizing the plan.

For background checks, White House officials said the president will support the bipartisan FixNICS measure to incentivize state participation in the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which conducts checks on behalf of licensed gun stores before they transfer a firearm to a customer.

During a meeting with lawmakers, Trump advocated the bipartisan FixNICS measure, introduced by Sens. John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, and Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, because the other FixNICS measure was tied to legislation that would permit concealed carry in all 50 states. Even though he supported it, the president described the latter measure as untenable in the current political climate.

Support for Trump’s plan varied. Without mentioning Trump or his plan, the NRA stumped for solutions that mirror details listed in it almost verbatim and also threw support behind “risk protection orders” to strip away guns from individuals who threaten violence or pose a danger to themselves or others.

“These proposals could be done right now. While they won’t solve everything, they will help lead to a broader discussion on how to address a culture of violence in America, which is desperately needed,” said Chris Cox, the NRA’s head lobbyist, in a recruitment video Monday. “We can take action and prevent violence and protect the Second Amendment rights of law abiding Americans at the same time,” he added.

The National Education Association, the largest representative of U.S. educators in the country, “overwhelmingly rejected” Trump’s idea to arm school staff. “Educators need to be focused on teaching our students. We need solutions that will keep guns out of the hands of those who want to use them to massacre innocent children and educators. Arming teachers does nothing to prevent that,” said Lily Eskelsen García, NEA president, in a statement. She added that resources should be directed toward providing “more books, art and music programs, nurses and school counselors” as opposed to guns.

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, a teacher’s union, called Trump’s plan to arm teachers “antithetical to the needs of children and ignores the purposes of public education.” She also panned Trump’s political allegiance to the NRA as well as his appointing DeVos to chair the panel to examine school safety plans.

The controversial DeVos gave an interview with 60 Minutes on Sunday night to discuss elements of Trump’s plan. In the interview, she appeared to know little about the department she was appointed to head and last week was criticized by shooting victims for an apparent indifference toward them. DeVos has been a source of contention because of her stance on privatizing schools over of supporting public education.

“Based on Betsy DeVos’ performance on ‘60 Minutes’ last night, and at Stoneman Douglas High School last week, it’s clear the secretary of education knows little if anything about how to ensure safe and welcoming schools, much less an appropriate environment for teaching and learning,” Weingarten said in a statement.

Gun control advocate John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, criticized Trump for backing away from measures he had favored during televised meetings with lawmakers. “The White House plan is a complete failure of leadership. On gun safety, they shrug and pass the buck to the states. But when it comes to the NRA’s priorities, they’re happy to push for a federal mandate that guts state laws,” he said.

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Wyoming sends Stand Your Ground bill to governor

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 10:00

Legislation expanding protections in cases where defensive force may be used is now headed to the desk of Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead.

The bill, HB 168, sailed through the state legislature on Friday after a 26-4 approval in the Senate and a 49-11 vote in the House. The bill widens areas where no duty to retreat exists and provides immunity from civil liability in aftermath of a reasonable use of force.

Sponsors argue the proposal corrects pitfalls in Wyoming’s self-defense laws, namely that its current Castle doctrine only allows for one to stand their ground in their home, while in public they would have to retreat from a threat.

“I don’t want to run,” said Rep. Tim Salazar, R-Dubois, an important House backer of the measure. “I want to defend the life of my 9-year-old that I love — and that means no retreat.”

The measure makes a number of changes to Wyoming’s justifiable use of force and self-defense laws, clarifying that a person attacked in a place they have a right to be has no duty to retreat before they use defensive force. In the event that force leads to a civil lawsuit, the person sued can seek a pre-trial hearing to decide if reasonable force was used, which would result in shortcutting the suit.

While some states never had a duty to retreat, Florida passed the first SYG law in 2005 and now at least 23 other states have similar guidelines.

Gun control advocates were against the measure while state and national Second Amendment groups said it makes critical changes to the state’s law and are urging Mead to sign the bill.

“Wyoming currently has no statutory provision excluding a mandatory duty to retreat for those who are assaulted, without fault, in a place other than the home,” said the National Rifle Association on the measure. “These bills recognize the realities of persons forced into situations where defensive force is necessary, and provide additional protection from civil liability and lawsuits arising from the use of defensive force.”

Mead has not commented on how he will treat the legislation. A Republican, he was endorsed and “A” rated by the NRA during his last election after he signed a permitless carry bill and a measure to strengthen Wyoming’s self-defense statutes.

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Regular trick shots have nothing on trick shots that incorporate a basketball spin (VIDEOS)

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 09:30

In honor of March Madness, former collegiate b-ball player and current trick shot 22Plinkster aims to zap an aspirin off a balloon while leaving said balloon intact– all while spinning a basketball.

He has done a few March Madness Trick Shots in the past and this is his like fourth or fifth installment. For the record, he has also seen how many basketballs a .22LR will go through, smoked a weaving ball held by dental floss over a toy basket, upside down shots and even, all the way at the bottom, an old school Plink from six years ago. Enjoy!

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