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Savage Arms to release 40 new products at SHOT Show

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 09:00

The 110 High Country, top, Axis XP, middle, and 110 Apex Predator, bottom, are part of the new offerings expected to drop at SHOT Show. (Photos: Savage Arms)

Savage Arms will debut 40 new products at SHOT Show in Las Vegas including limited edition rifles and expansions on favorites.

The company announced its XP scoped rifle series will see an expansion as well as improvements, bringing a new Apex XP and kid-friendly Rascal Target XP to market. The 110 Apex XP will enter the series and will boast Vortex optics while the current AXIS XP will be revamped with a modernized stock.

The AccuFit will now bless the 110 High Country as well as two new bolt-action turkey shotguns with its allowing shooters to adjust comb height and length-of-pull quickly and efficiently. The 110 High Country will offer a long range setup for long range shooters.

Speaking of long range, the company’s MSR 15 and MSR 10 rifles will see new options for long-range shooters in addition to precision and competition shooters. The lineup will still continue to offer the same accuracy and performance Savage fans have come to expect from the company with a “full suite of custom upgrades packaged as standard features.”

Savage Arms also announced a new single-shot turkey gun designed around Federal Premium’s .410 Heavyweight TSS turkey loads. Savage is set to celebrate 125 years in business in 2019 and with that will debut limited edition rifles to its consumers though no specifics have been offered. will be at SHOT Show later this month so stay tuned for full coverage.

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New colors come to Springfield Armory lineup

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 08:30

Springfield Armory adds new colors to its concealed carry handgun series. (Photo: Springfield Armory)

Springfield Armory brings new colors options to its lineup of popular pistols, adding color variants for the 911 in .380, EMP 4 with Concealed Carry Contour, XD-S Mod.2 in 9mm and XD-M.

Springfield says the 911 will see Desert FDE, Desert FDE/Nitride, Platinum/Graphite, Titanium, Titanium/Nitride and Vintage Blue/Stainless options. The EMP 4 will soon be available in Desert FDE, OD Green/Desert FDE and Tactical Gray/Black. The XD-S Mod.2 in 9mm will come with the option of Desert FDE, Tactical Gray/Black and Stainless. Rounding out the series, the XD-M OSP 9mm, XD-M 3.8-inch 9mm and XD-M 4.5-inch 9mm will now be featured in Desert FDE.

The color variants now gracing the 911 lineup. (Photo: Springfield Armory)

“Fresh for the new year, Springfield Armory ushers in cosmetic changes to four of its most popular handgun families,” Springfield Armory said in a news release. “With new color variants for the 911 .380, the EMP 4 with Concealed Carry Contour, the XD-S Mod.2 9mm and the XD-M platform, these changes come just before SHOT Show 2019 and are designed for customers to further personalize their firearm of choice.”

The 911 starts at $629 while the EMP offers starting prices at $1,220. The XD-S begins at $565 while the XD-M starts at $623.

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Windsor Arms Co’s rare suppressed FMK-3 submachine gun (VIDEO)

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 08:00

Gun maker Windsor Arms Co. of Windsor, Vermont, brought their suppressed Argentinian FMK-3 submachine gun to the Green Mountain Boys machine gun shoot in Eden, Vermont in July 2018.

According to Jared LaMarche, a gunsmith at Windsor Arms Co., they’re always interested in building unique and rare guns. When they caught wind of Argentinian FMK-3 build kits being available in the US, they got their hands on one.

The FMK-3 is a select fire, blowback operated submachine gun of Argentine origin. It was designed by Fabricaciones Militares in 1974. Approximately 30,000 were produced for the Argentine military, and is still currently in use.

It was based on the U.S. M3 A1 submachine gun, more commonly referred to as the ‘Grease Gun’. But instead of the firing the .45 ACP round like the M3A1, the FMK-3 fires the 9×19mm cartridge at a rate of 650 rounds per minute.

Despite having a good design, Windsor Arms made a few improvements when they built their kit. They added a 3-lug adaptor  to the barrel to facilitate quick adding and removing of a suppressor. They also swapped out the factory sights, which they thought were cheap, and added HK-style adjustable sights, such as those found on HK MP5s. Other than that, the gun is stock.

It’s an incredibly smooth shooting and reliable submachine gun. It’s very easy to control, and according to LaMarche, if you were to hold a tin can beside the gun as it fired, you could easily catch all of the ejected brass. It’s got a very consistent ejection pattern of spent shells.

Windsor Arms Co’s suppressed FMK-3 submachine gun. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

Windsor Arms Co’s suppressed FMK-3 submachine gun. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

Windsor Arms Co’s suppressed FMK-3 submachine gun. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

Windsor Arms Co’s suppressed FMK-3 submachine gun. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

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CCI Ammunition to launch five new rimfire loads

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 08:00

The VNT 17 Mach 2 is one of five new products from CCI Ammunition. (Photo: CCI Ammunition)

CCI Ammunition will release new rimfire loads in late January at the industry’s annual SHOT Show held in Las Vegas. On the list of new ammo: a VNT 17 Mach 2 17-grain, VNT 22 WMR 30-grain, Quiet-22 Semi-Auto 22 LR 45-grain lead round nose, Clean-22 Standard Velocity 22 LR 40-grain poly-coated lead round nose and Clean-22 High Velocity 22 LR 40-grain poly-coated lead round nose.

The Clean-22 will also join the lineup. (Photo: CCI Ammunition)

CCI kicks off the new goodies with more introductions in the VNT series. Launched in 2018, the VNT series target varmint hunters and target shooters with a magnum rimfire design. In 2019, the company will add 17 Mach 2 and 22 WMR variants. The newest rounds offer a Speer bullet built with an extremely thin jacket paired with a polymer tip. The design brings flatter trajectories along with long range capabilities, according to CCI Ammunition.

The Quiet-22 Semi-Auto enters the lineup as a load that reduces the volume of standard 22 LR rounds. The load cycles easily through both semi-automatic rifles and handguns. The low-velocity load offers the sensation of shooting through a suppressor without actually using a suppressor or paying that ATF tax stamp for one. CCI Ammunition says the load is ideal for new shooters taking to the range for the first time.

The Clean-22 series features a polymer bullet that reduces the amount of copper and lead fouling in the barrel of the gun. The load also cuts through lead buildup in suppressors.

The ammunition is set to launch Jan. 22 through Jan. 25 in Las Vegas at SHOT Show.

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Ed Brown Products and Zev team up for 2019 EM/ZEV 1911 (VIDEO)

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 07:30

Ed Brown Products and Zev Technologies join up in 2019 to renew their pistol collaboration, releasing the 2019 version of the EB/ZEV 1911.

The EB/ZEV 1911 features a Commander Lightrail 9mm design, fully machined and decked out in all black. The pistol sports Zev Orion slide cuts and a front strap and blended magwell housing boasting Ed Brown’s Alien mental treatment. The pistol’s aesthetics are topped off with matching Alien grips.

The handgun’s 4.25-inch barrel sports a suppressor ready style with Zev dimples, scallops on the lightrail and a recessed slide stop with serrated pin. The EB/ZEV 1911 rounds out its overall design with a Trijicon RMR in addition to tritium sights.

The EB/ZEV 1911 is chambered in 9mm. (Photo: Ed Brown Technologies)

“We are excited to be working with ZEV Technologies on this new collaboration,” John May, Sales and Marketing Director for Ed Brown Products, said in a news release. “This pistol takes the strengths of two power houses in the custom handgun business and joins together our talents, providing our customers with the best new products every year!”

The limited edition EB/ZEV 1911 pistol features a MSRP of $4,495.

The slide features cuts showcasing the barrel beneath. (Photo: Ed Brown Technologies)

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Sig Sauer launches Pivoting Contour Brace

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 06:30

Sig Sauer brings the Pivoting Contour Brace to variants of the Sig MCX and MPX series. (Photo: Sig Sauer)

Sig Sauer brings a new accessory to consumers, introducing the Sig Sauer Pivoting Contour Brace that will soon be included with Sig MCX and Sig MPX variants in addition to being sold separately.

The Sig Sauer PCB features an I-Beam design, offering a 360-degree pivoting arm. The brace is also equipped with a 1913 rail mounting interface and folds flat. Sig Sauer says this design allows for easier storage of the brace in addition to leaving controls easily accessible to users.

The PCB is also sold as a separate accessory. (Photo: Sig Sauer)

“This new pivoting contour brace has been reengineered to increase functionality,” Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Commercial Sales, said in a news release. “The minimalist design of the brace makes it lightweight, and by design there are more points of contact between the brace and the user increasing control for better accuracy, while the 360-degree pivoting arm only enhances the overall user-friendliness of the brace to enhance the shooting experience.”

Sig Sauer says a portion of the sales of the PCB will be donated to the Honored American Veterans Afield’s Learn to Shoot Again Program. The Sig PCB is available through Sig Sauer with a price tag of $199.

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Magpul delivers on new 27-round Glock 9mm PMAGs (PHOTOS)

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 05:30

The 27-round mags offer extended capacity for Glock double-stack 9mm fans. (Photos: Magpul)

After much teasing, Magpul has finally announced their new PMAG GL9 Glock mags are shipping. Using a stainless steel spring and high-viz follower, the new 27-rounder fits the 170mm length requirement for competition magazines, which is sure to make them popular on both the USPSA circuit and for those running 9mm carbine builds with Glock-compatible mag wells.

Like other PMAGs, the new GL9s include easily removable floor plates and Magpul’s familiar paint pen dot matrix on the base. There are witness holes at the 10, 15, 20, and 27-round levels to help keep up with round counts.

The company says they mags are “compatible with all full-size, compact, and sub-compact double-stack Glock 9mm variants,” although, of course, they extend past the grip.

The best part? MSRP is $19.95.

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Ex-DEA agent gets probation for selling ARs to ‘members of a drug trafficking organization’ on border

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 05:00

Although federal prosecutors sought jail time, citing memories of Fast and Furious gun-walking scandals, the former Drug Enforcement Agency agent was given probation on weapon charges.

Joseph Gill, 42, was sentenced on Monday to five years probation with the first six months of the term spent in home detention after pleading guilty last October to two counts of illegally dealing firearms. While investigators determined he may have been sold as many as 100 guns in private transactions over the past several years, it was the sale of two AR-15s to members of a drug trafficking organization in 2016 that triggered his arrest.

In a memo to the court penned by Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip Smith prior to sentencing, the prosecutor argued that Gill should receive at least 18 months jail time, followed by three years probation and a $100,000 fine, saying, “He sold weapons when he knew he should not have, and under circumstances which he should not have.”

A former supervisory special agent assigned to the border town of Nogales, Arizona, court documents show that Gill came under scrutiny after he sold “scores” of guns without a federal firearms license. Although at one time he had an ATF Curio and Relics (C&R) license, the type typically maintained by collectors of vintage firearms, he let it lapse. Similarly, he withdrew a further application for an FFL.

In the case of the ARs sold in 2016, Gill purchased three rifles for $632 each through an online retailer in Kentucky and had them shipped to a local FFL in Arizona. He then resold two of them for $1,000 each the next month in two transactions to men that he “had reason to believe intended to use or dispose of the firearm unlawfully.” One of the guns was subsequently recovered by federal agents.

While Gill, charged last August after he resigned from the DEA, later entered a guilty plea that opened him up to as much as five years in prison, his attorney argued to the court that he had an otherwise exemplary career and his crime was “one of willful ignorance.”

To this, Smith scoffed, saying, “The defendant was a sworn federal agent at the time he committed this crime, and he knew what he was doing was a crime and did it anyway—all for personal profit.”

Further, Smith invoked the notorious gun-walking scandal that allowed licensed firearm dealers to sell guns illegally in hopes of tracking the weapons back to trans-border drug cartels. “Perhaps most shockingly, the defendant committed this crime with assumed knowledge of the infamous joint DEA-ATF ‘Operation Fast and Furious,’ which resulted in a federal agent being murdered by a weapon that had been acquired illegally by a straw purchaser and had ended up in Mexico,” Smith said.

Nogales straddles the border with Mexico, with part of the city in Arizona and part in the Mexican state of Sonora. Customs and Border Protection Agent Brian A. Terry, 40, was killed northwest of the city in 2010 with a gun that had been purchased by an Operation Fast and Furious subject.

In addition to his probation, Gill received a $15,000 fine, with orders to pay it off $250 per month.

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Legions of 5-pound gummy bears continue to hold up to live fire remarkably well (VIDEO)

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 04:30

A classic of unusual penetration test videos, the giant gummy bear is near-impervious to small arms fire. Near.

In the above video, Edwin Sarkissian does the research to see how tough a stack of 10 leviathan gummy bears can really be. Starting with a .22LR from a Lifecard, he works his way up from there against these surprisingly dense fruit gum candies with a German origin. Der Gummibär!

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Thunderbeast shows off new 338 ULTRA SR suppressor (VIDEOS)

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 11:00

Featuring a suppressor locking mechanism four years in the making, the new 338 ULTRA SR from Thunderbeast offers a quick-detach capability that is repeatable. As explained by Ray from Thunderbeast in the above video, the primary difference on the new can is an innovative suppressor locking mechanism that is “bank vault tight” and offers secondary retention (hence the “SR” designation).

The SR mechanism is designed to reduce the number of turns needed to mount the suppressor.

Chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum/.338 RUM, the 20-ounce device is crafted from titanium and has a fully-welded core. Some 11-inches long, the body is Cerekoted in a range of four different finishes– Black, OD Green, FDE, and SURG Brown. TB advises their suppressor will drop the sound on a .338 LM to 135-138 dB at the muzzle with little first round pop.

The 338 ULTRA will be offered for sale starting Jan. 22, the first day of SHOT Show, with an MSRP of $2195.

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Griffin Armament announces new line of threaded Glock barrels (VIDEO)

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 10:30

Griffin Armament goes Glock with new threaded barrels, the Advanced Threaded Match line, for the Austrian pistol series.

Sporting a compact carry compensator, the ATM barrels are billet machined from 416R chromium stainless steel. The 9mm barrels boast a Black Nitride finish that resists surface wear as well as corrosion. ATM barrels are honed and polished for a reliable performance regardless of ammo brands. Additionally, the barrels sport 1/2×28 threads for suppressor or accessory mounting.

Griffin Armament says the ATM barrels were designed for those who concealed carry.

“Designed with concealed carry users in mind, this barrel gives you the utility of accessory and suppressor support while providing uncompromising reliability. Don’t lose confidence in your carry handgun by using sub par components,” Griffin Armament said in a news release. “Two years of research and testing provided the appropriate knowledge to machine the barrel dimensions for a perfect fitment; providing the best possible accuracy without sacrificing factory reliability.”

The company says the ATM series will ship with a Micro Carry Comp for a limited time. The Micro Carry Comp delivers a low-profile design that fits a wide range of holsters. The comp reduces recoil allowing for faster follow-up shots, according to Griffin Armament.

The ATM barrels fit Glock 17, 19 and 43 models. The ATM barrels are available with a MSRP of $195.

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MDT relaunches Gen2 Light Sniper System chassis

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 10:00

The LSS GEN2 has been revamped and sports upgraded features. (Photo: MDT)

The Light Sniper System chassis by MDT has been revamped featuring a new design packed with upgrades.

The second generation 1.4-pound LSS GEN2 chassis features a modular aluminum design with a variety of improvements created to keep shooters happy. The LSS Gen2 sports an ambidextrous magazine release, M-LOK pattern attachment slots on the sides and bottom of the forend in addition to barricade-stop grooves. The barricade-stop grooves are seated ahead of the mag-well. The LSS GEN2 finishes off its features with a side-relieved mag well.

Like MDT’s other builds, the second generation chassis is equipped with a V-shaped bedding surface. The company says this design grants shooters the ability to drop their rifle into the LSS GEN2 without required any additional bedding.

The chassis allows shooters to drop their rifles into the design without the need for extra bedding. (Photo: MDT)

“As we expand our product lines we need to ensure our legacy products stay current to take advantage of our latest modular accessories and components.” Engineering Manager Brad Neels said in a news release. “The LSS is one of the most popular chassis we produce. This update will ensure it remains so.”

The LSS GEN2 works alongside AICS magazines in addition to AR-style pistol grips and buttstocks. The LSS Gen2 prices range between $399 and $449 depending on the action.

The chassis offers a modular design with components that can be readily swapped out. (Photo: MDT)

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Breaking down the perfect draw by the numbers (VIDEO)

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 09:00

Professional competition shooter Krystal Dunn breaks down the secrets of maintaining control of the pistol during the draw and presentation stages.

In the above short from Federal– Dunn is a brand ambassador for Team Federal– the USPSA competitor focuses a lot on indexing and its importance in the draw, especially when it comes to repeatable hand position on the grip.

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Five things to know about the .500 Auto Max (VIDEO)

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 09:00

The catch phrase for the new AR500 in .500 Auto Max from Big Horn Armory may be the best of the year. “It can handle anything from prairie dogs to Pachyderms to Peterbilts.” That’s some serious stopping power in a platform weighing less than ten pounds. It’s time we learn about that round.

  1. The .500 Auto Max is the brainchild of Greg Buchel, President of Big Horn Armory in Cody, WY in conjunction with Tim Sundles of Buffalo Bore Ammunition in Salmon, ID. Both gun and ammo were launched in 2018.  Big Horn is known for building custom-grade, big bore rifles. Likewise, Buffalo Bore is one of the best in the industry for producing premium, hard-hitting, heavy hunting loads.
  2. The .500 Auto Max packs some serious wallop. Per Big Horn Armory, “Three pulls of the trigger puts 50 BMG power on target” in an AR-10 platform with reliable extraction. Buffalo Bore states that as of early 2019, “the .500 Auto Max is the most powerful cartridge made for use from any AR platform.”
  3. Only Buffalo Bore and Underwood produce the ammunition. Starline makes and sells the brass for reloaders. Buffalo Bore is clearly in the lead here, working directly with Big Horn to tailor rounds to the guns. The .500 Auto Max launches bullets from 250 to 700 grains, with many options yet to come, including subsonic rounds. Big Horn warned us to beware early loads from Underwood which were “loaded very hot and dropped primers.” That issue seems to have since been rectified.
  4. The .500 Auto Max is essentially a rimless .500 S&W Magnum. Reloaded with the same dies and shell holders, the Auto Max uses the same load data as the .500 S&W Mag, save for requiring a taper crimp instead of the standard roll crimp. This is due to the Auto Max headspacing off the case mouth instead of the rim.
  5. Big Horn Armory is the original and only company building a firearm for the Auto Max.  In fact, they build two: the AR500 Rifle and a just-announced AR pistol as well. The rifle retails for $1,999. Our test rifle wears a 1:24 twist 18 inch Barrel, adjustable gas block, picatinny rail, adjustable buttstock, flash suppressor, and ships with a five-round magazine.

For more info on both the .500 Auto Max chambering and the AR500 platform that fires the round, check out our review at If you’re wondering what the .500 Auto Max has to offer over, say the .50 Beowulf or other large caliber AR-15-based rounds, that and other details can be found there, as well as plenty of big hunks of lead going downrange.

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Overweight operator: Fat guy carry lessons (VIDEOS)

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 08:30

Let’s face it, not everyone that carries is a svelte gazelle in a women’s medium tee and yoga pants. For the rest of us, Alex and Don from Top Guns have put together some holster tips that help with EDC options for the chunky set.

As a bonus, they have a segment in the same vein on spare mag carriers and an overview of the series, below.

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Dems introduce new federal ‘assault weapon’ ban that includes pistol braces

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 07:30

Besides 205 models of firearms listed by name, the ban would include “featureless stocks” and pistols with stabilizing braces. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Democrats lead by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday rolled out their most sweeping assault weapons ban proposal since 1994.

The planned Assault Weapon Ban of 2019 targets the sale, transfer, manufacture, and importation of “military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines,” as defined by the California Democrat and her co-sponsors, Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut.

“This past year, we’ve seen Americans rise up and demand Congress change our gun laws. Banning assault weapons would save lives,” said Murphy, who in the past has spoken out against what he termed “the imaginary 2nd Amendment.”

Besides outlawing 205 gun models by name — Feinstein’s original 1994 ban only listed around 20 specific models — the proposal would also define an “assault weapon” as a semi-automatic with a detachable magazine that included one of a list of cosmetic features that are deemed “military characteristics” such as a threaded barrel, pistol grip or folding stock. This is less lenient than the previous ban which allowed a “features test” that included two such characteristics.

In addition, the measure would expand federal law to ban adjustable stocks, Thordsen-style stocks such as used in “featureless rifles” marketed in states like California, “assault pistols” that weight more than 50-ounces when unloaded, and popular pistol stabilizing braces that have become widespread in recent years.  Detachable magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds would be prohibited from transfer and guns grandfathered when the ban takes effect would be required to be locked up when not in use. A background check would be mandatory for future sale or gifting of grandfathered guns, even between two private parties.

Joining Feinstein in her effort to “get these weapons of war off our streets,” are at least 25 other Dems in the Senate who have promised to sign on to the legislation. However, with Republicans in charge of the chamber, it is unlikely the measure will make it out of committee without bipartisan support.

Meanwhile, in the now-Democrat controlled House, Rhode Island U.S. Rep. David Cicilline has been elevated to a leadership position in that body and has since 2011 backed a series of bans on semi-automatics similar to Feinstein’s latest attempt.

Honored to have the support of @Everytown who are leading the charge for sensible gun laws in our country. I'll never stop fighting to keep dangerous weapons of war off our streets.

— Dianne Feinstein (@DianneFeinstein) October 25, 2018

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Gear Review: Range days made easy with Uplula mag loader

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 07:00

The Uplula by Maglula is a must have for gun owners who frequent the range. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The biggest gripe of range day has got to be loading magazines. Not a single shooter I know enjoys the arduous task of loading rounds into often stiff and difficult mags; however, there is one company looking to alleviate the annoyance by making the process a little easier.

Maglula burst onto the scene with an innovative approach to mag loading, offering a variety of devices for just about every shooting platform. The Uplula is one of its products – a pistol mag loading device created for 9mm to .45 ACP magazines. wanted to find out if the Uplula really lives up to hype and if it’s worth the nearly $40 price tag.

What is an Uplula?

The creation of parent company, Maglula, Uplula seeks to alleviate the sore thumbs dilemma of mag loading while also making the process quicker and easier. Designed for pistol shooters, the Uplula loads 9mm to .45 caliber single or double stack magazines. The company doesn’t just offer an Uplula for pistol shooters, it has various versions of “Lula” depending on what caliber pistol or rifle you prefer.

The Uplula fits over a single or double stack magazine. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

To use the Uplula, users slide an empty magazine into the UpLula, ensuring that the magazine is seated into place. Once seated, users squeeze the mechanism on the side of the Uplula while pushing down on device. This force causes the Uplula’s press to engage the magazine follower, moving it downward and allowing a round to easily slip into the magazine. When the round is in place, release the side mechanism and pull up on the device to allow the follower to naturally move back into place. The process remains the same until all rounds are loaded into the magazine.

Is the Uplula worth it?

When the Uplula was first recommended me, I’ll admit, I didn’t quite understand the fuss. I had been loading magazines on my own for a decade and couldn’t imagine using a device to do it for me. The sore thumbs and fussing as I struggled to get rounds into tight magazines were just par for course as far as I was concerned; but I decided to check out the Uplula and see why it had captivated so many of my shooting friends.

Sitting at my desk, Uplula in hand, I decided to tackle one of my newer Glock magazines that was still a bit stiff and a pain to load. Following the half sheet of included instructions, I slipped the Glock magazine into place inside the Uplula and set about loading the magazine. My first observation, the Uplula definitely preserves thumbs. My biggest complaint over the years loading my own mags is always that it kills my thumbs; but as the Uplula’s press navigates pushing against the magazine follower, my thumbs were spared. This also enabled me to load the magazine quicker as I didn’t have to stop to allow my thumb to recuperate.

The press pushes the follower down into the magazine, allowing users to insert a round into the mag. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The Uplula is easy to use, requiring little hand strength. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Maglula claims that the user can achieve up to one round per second loading. Its claims are pretty accurate. With the Uplula I blazed through the mag loading portion of my pre-range prep tackling several magazines in just a few minutes. On the range, reloading was also quick allowing for more time shooting and less lane time wasted hunkered over my magazines.

Additionally, the Uplula is extremely helpful for those shooters who experience weakened hand strength or have an injury that may prevent them for reloading magazines the standard way. By reducing the amount of force supplied by the hand and instead relying on the Uplula’s press, the device makes it easier for those with less strength in the hand to achieve a loaded magazine.

A 9mm round rests inside a Glock magazine with the help of the Uplula. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

While the Uplula is definitely handy to have in the range bag, there are some drawbacks. I found that there was a slight learning curve when I first received the Uplula. It wasn’t terribly difficult to figure out, but the included instructions didn’t offer much help. Also, the Uplula shouldn’t replace teaching students or new shooters how to actually load magazines themselves. It’s important that new shooters get the feel for loading their mags the old-fashioned way in the event an Uplula is not on hand.

Final thoughts

Available in a variety of colors, the Uplula is a must have in any range bag. Offering shooters a means to quickly and efficiently load magazines, the device saves thumbs and time on the range. While it shouldn’t replace knowing how to load one’s own magazines by hand, it’s a great tool for shooters who lack the hand strength to effectively load mags or who simply don’t want to deal with the exasperating task of mag loading.

Offering compatibility with most major firearm manufacturers, the 9mm to .45 ACP Uplula is available from sporting stores with a MSRP of $35.

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Armed robber picks wrong woman at Chicago bus stop (VIDEOS)

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 06:30

Police say the suspect was found a block away with a gun shot wound to the neck, fatally shot by a woman acting in self-defense.

Local media in Chicago report that the unidentified 25-year-old woman was waiting at a bus stop at 103rd and Wallace in the Fernwood neighborhood early Tuesday morning when 19-year-old Laavion Goings, armed with a handgun, tried to rob her.

A concealed carry permit holder, the woman drew her own gun and shot the man, who fled the scene and was later declared dead at an area hospital. Goings, who was shot one time according to the Chicago Sun-Times, had reportedly “had contact” with police in the past.

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Barrett adds new REC10 rifle in .308 to commercial market

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 06:00

The company’s first semi-auto .308 offering to the public, Barrett’s REC10 has already been tapped by the military. (Photos: Barrett)

Fresh from winning a military contract, Barrett’s new REC10 is ready for the commercial market and will debut at SHOT Show this month.

Chambered in .308 Win, the direct impingement AR-10-style semi-auto has a carbine-length 16-inch barrel and receivers machined from billet 7075-T6 aluminum. Featuring full ambidextrous controls, the rifle has a slimline free-float aluminum handguard with M-LOK slots and a full-length Picatinny top rail. According to Barrett President Chris Barrett, the gun recently was selected as the winner of a military tender.

“We’ve been working on the REC10 behind-the-scenes for more than two years,” said Barrett. “Before we bring a rifle to market, we have to know it meets the standards of the most demanding users in the world – the armed forces. Winning this contract further confirms, we’ve done our job.”

Available in either black or FDE cerakote finishes, the REC10 incorporates a Magpul MOE-SL buttstock and weighs 8 pounds wearing Magpul MBUS sights. MSRP is in the $2,750 range and is the company’s first semi-auto .308 offering to the public.

Barrett is giving away a complete REC10 package outfitted with a Leupold Mark 8 CQBSS M5B1 and a host of accessories, valued at over $7,500, during SHOT to help celebrate the rifle’s entry into the market.

HERE’S YOUR CHANCE. Win our newest contract-winning precision rifle, the #Barrett #REC10. No purchase necessary:

— Barrett (@BarrettRifles) January 4, 2019

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This homemade .410 revolver is ugly but gets the job done (VIDEOS)

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 06:00

Branching out, YouTube gun hobbyist AK Custom turned his talents to create a .410-caliber revolver that looks like something out of a Mad Max movie. Cautioning against trying such shenanigans on your own, he tests his “Thumper” out remotely with a few shells in the above video.

Using black pipe for the cylinders with a steel backplate and a rifled barrel to meet ATF guidelines on how the NFA intersects with the manufacture of shotguns, his DIY Judge (or Thunder 5?) takes shape in the below video. In the end, the big handgun weighs somewhere around 5-pounds and looks a lot like a LeMat revolver from the 19th Century, but it does have a certain garage build panache to it.

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