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HK P7: The ‘most expensive pistol in the world’ (VIDEOS)

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 06:00

Introduced in 1979, the Heckler & Koch P7 had a number of innovative features when introduced and an unusual marketing scheme. A product of the West German pistol standards for police guns that yielded the Walther P1, P4, and P5, as well as the Sig P2 (210) and P6 (225), HK introduced their small P7 as a contender.

This semi-automatic 9mm pistol used a lot of forward-thinking features — including a gas piston delay system, 110-degree grip angle, and a squeeze-cocking safety system — to propel itself into gun legend. The thing is, cops in every country have a budget, even German ones, and the P7, while super neat, was only bought in small numbers.

The P7 was even advertised unashamedly by HK as “the most expensive handgun in the world” at the time and some Polizei still use the gun even though it hasn’t been produced in years.

Covering the P7M13 model, with a 13+1 capacity, is Brownells’ gun tech Keith Ford in the above video. For a deeper dive is Life Size Potato, a channel that specializes in curious European handguns, and a companion piece by 9-Hole Reviews including USPA Grand Master Josh Mazzola, below.

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Texas man admits stealing 650 gun from Missouri UPS

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 05:30

Federal authorities indicted five men for stealing 650 firearms from a UPS freight facility in Springfield, Missouri in October 2017. The suspects include Keith Lowe (top left), Eric White, Derrick White, and Quinton Haywood. Not pictured: Frank McChriston. (Photo: Greene County Sheriff’s Office)

A Texas man admitted this week he helped steal hundreds of firearms from a United Parcel Service in Missouri last year.

Quinton Haywood, 27, faces 20 years in prison without parole after pleading guilty Tuesday in federal court to taking a shipment of Beretta firearms — including 600 .380-caliber handguns and 54 12-gauge shotguns — bound for a Bass Pro Shop back in October 2017.

Haywood’s co-defendants — Frank McChriston, 33; Keith Lowe, 28; Eric White, 26; and Derrick White, 32 — have not yet entered any pleas, according to court filings.

Federal investigators allege Haywood and the four other men broke into the UPS facility in Springfield, hot-wired two truck-tractors and used the vehicles to move trailers around the lot, thwarting security measures taken by staff. The men then gained access to two trailers containing the guns, a pallet of Justin Brand boots, a dozen cases of soda and “numerous power tools.”

The day after the heist, the men stole a moving truck from Best Way Moving & Storage. The truck was found a week later more than 430 miles away in Seagoville, Texas.

Investigators used cell phone tower records to connect the suspects to the UPS facility and the location of the stolen moving truck, according to court documents.

Authorities arrested Eric and Derrick White at Redneck Heaven Restaurant & Bar in Arlington, Texas on Nov. 19, 2017 on outstanding warrants. During the encounter, police found a stolen .380-caliber handgun in Derrick White’s car, as well as an unopened Milwaukee M18 2 Toll Combo Kit and two unopened SOG folding knives.

Investigators also found a Taurus 9mm pistol, two sets of bolt cutters and two key rings in Eric White’s car. The keys matched a type “commonly used for tractor trailer trucks and fork lifts,” according to the Department of Justice.

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Franklin Armory gets okay from the California DOJ for CA7 Pistol

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 05:00

The CA7 brings an AR pistol design to Californians. (Photo: Franklin Armory)

Franklin Armory announced it received approval from the California Department of Justice for its new CA7 Pistol. The 7.5-inch barreled AR pistol features a mil-spec pistol forged lower receiver with FST 7-inch handguard.

The gun uses a pistol buffer tube with foam cheek pad and is optics ready. Featuring a standard charging handle, the CA7’s barrel boasts a 1-in-9-inch twist rate. Decked out in all black, the CA7 comes chambered in 5.56 NATO.

Franklin Armory says its committed to helping California gun owners purchase legal firearms and already touts a large selection of CA compliant models to include the DFM Drop-in Fixed Magazine, F-17 series in .17 WSM and CSW, among others.

“This is historic since the CA7 is the only AR pistol approved by the state of California that is not a single shot,” Franklin Armory President Jay Jacobson said in a press release.

The CA7 ships with a detachable 10/20 magazine and sports a price tag of $934.99.

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Running the pattern shift between .410 and 28 gauge shotguns (VIDEO)

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 09:30

The contrast between the .410 bore and 28 gauge shotguns rapidly becomes apparent when they are compared downrange.

In the above installment from Buffalo’s Outdoors, he stacks the two scatterguns side-by-side and gives an overview before moving on to a pattern test with multiple loads. While the two are available in a wide range of shotguns, he has a pair of matching TriStar Viper G2s with full chokes on tap, rolling with those as a control.

One thing to keep in mind with 28s, and he points this out, is that there is a lot more diversity on the market when it comes to .410 loads, but he tries to get similar shells to keep it fair.

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Case Hardened Thompson by Thompson Auto-Ordnance now shipping

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 09:00

The Case Hardened Thompson features a swirling finish paired with wood furniture. (Photo: Thompson Auto-Ordnance)

Thompson Auto-Ordnance announced its Case Hardened Thompson is now available and shipping to collectors and Tommy Gun enthusiasts.

The Case Hardened Thompson delivers a .45 ACP design and all steel, 18-inch barrel in a 1927 Thompson configuration. The Thompson pairs a Walnut stock with blue steel and a swirling finish to create an artfully designed Thompson celebrating American creativity, according to Thompson Auto-Ordnance.

“When the original Thompson sub-machine gun was made, its design epitomized an era when firearms were works of art crafted in wood and steel,” the company said in a news release. “Auto-Ordnance has kept that tradition alive with its gorgeous blue steel, hard wood stocked Thompson carbines. Now we are taking the art of the Thompson to a new level with our new ‘Case Hardened’ Tommy Guns.”

Thompson Auto-Ordnance says the Case Hardened Thompson is a perfect complement to the case hardened Auto-Ordnance 1911, announced earlier in 2018. The Case Hardened Thompson ships with a 20-round stick magazine and features a MSRP of $1,797. The latest Thompson model can be nabbed by contacting a local firearms dealer.

The gun boasts an 18-inch steel barrel chambered for .45 ACP. (Photo: Thompson Auto-Ordnance)

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Groups team up to reproduce WWII-era shells for museum ship (PHOTOS)

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 08:30

The USS Kidd has been working for the past four years to assemble 1,200 40mm Bofors shells for display. (Photo: Tim NesSmith/USS Kidd Veterans Museum)

A historic U.S. Navy destroyer is close to having a full set of ready “ammo” for the ship’s 40mm gun battery. The USS Kidd, a Fletcher-class destroyer that earned an impressive 12 battle stars during her Naval career, has been a museum ship in the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge since 1986.

The ship is unique in the respect that, although other WWII-era ships have survived, they were later modified — often greatly — from their original appearance, Kidd was left almost in the same condition as when she was helping to shoot down kamikazes. This has translated into the vessel recently being chosen by Tom Hanks as a set for his upcoming wartime destroyer drama “Greyhound.”

To help further restore the ship to her “correct” WWII look, the museum has been working since 2014 to build 1,200 replica 40mm shells to fill the ready service ammunition racks in the ship’s five 40mm gun tubs. The tubs, containing 14 Bofors cannons, were among the destroyer’s primary anti-aircraft defenses, with each capable of firing a 2-pound 40x311mm shell as fast as 120 rounds per minute– as long as the gun crew could keep feeding it 4-round clips through top-mounted hoppers.

Note the spent brass on the deck and ready rounds held in racks around the gun tub of the quad 40mm gun, seen here on the USS Hornet. (Photo: U.S. Navy Historical Command)

Gunners loading 4-round Mk. 8 clips of 40mm shells into the feed tray of a Bofors AAA gun aboard the USS Alaska off Iwo Jima in 1945. (Photo: U.S. Navy Historical Command)

The thing is, you can’t just call Aguila or somebody and whistle up 1,200 inert 40mm shells, so the museum has a plan to roll their own.

Starting with the shell casings, the museum reached out to the U.S. Air Force’s Special Operations Wing and obtained brass WWII-vintage Bofors casings for free. You see the Air Force has a supply of these around nearby Hurlburt Field in Florida due to the 40mm cannon’s lingering use by AC-130 gunships.

40mm Bofors ammo in racks aboard an Air Force AC-130 (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

The Kidd has the casings ready, courtesy of the Air Force. (Photo: Tim NesSmith/USS Kidd Veterans Museum)

Next, a volunteer bought 300 WWII-vintage Mk-8 clips for the shells from an armory in Virginia to help support the project.

Each clip holds a quartet of 40mm shells (Photo: Tim NesSmith/USS Kidd Veterans Museum)

To cap the inert casings, with the help of a grant from The National Association of Destroyer Veterans, Meaux Guns in Baton Rouge has been crafting aluminum projectile replicas.

Joe Meaux at Meaux’s Guns (also Aklys Defense) has made almost 900 aluminum replica projectiles for the project so far. (Photo: Tim NesSmith/USS Kidd Veterans Museum)

The Kidd still needs another 300 projectiles to move to finish the project, which will amount to the group marrying up casings, projectiles (painted in correct schemes) and clips then mounting them in racks assembled in the gun tubs, all of which they hope to accomplish by 2020.

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Primary Arms begins shipping 3-18×50 First Focal Plane Riflescope

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 08:00

Primary Arms adds a first focal plane riflescope with HUD DMR .308 reticle to its inventory. (Photo: Primary Arms)

Primary Arms announced the 3-18×50 First Focal Plane Riflescope with HUD DMR .308 reticle is officially is in stock and now shipping to consumers.

Powered by its HUD DMR reticle, the holdover reticle features target range estimation, bullet drop compensation, wind holds and moving target leads for three target speeds. Boasting a first focal plane configuration, all calibrations are true at all magnifications, according to Primary Arms.

“There is no guessing or ‘Kentucky windage’ with HUD DMR—the scope provides detailed, carefully tested holdover points to apply in a wide variety of real world shooting situations,” Primary Arms said in a news release.

The riflescope ships with flip-up lens caps for protection. (Photo: Primary Arms)

Outfitted with resettable windage and elevation knobs, the scope achieves 0.1 MIL adjustments. Parallax adjustment and partial red reticle illumination are controlled via the same knob location on the left side of the riflescope while a quick adjust diopter ring keeps the reticle crisp and clear.

The matte black anodized finished scope is both waterproof and fog resistant and includes a flip cap for added protection. The 3-18×50 First Focal Plane Riflescope HUD DMR .308 model is available now while its counterpart the 3-18×50 First Focal Plane Riflescope with HUD DMR 5.56 reticle is available for pre-order with expected ship date in late November or early December 2018.

The 3-18×50 First Focal Plane Riflescope with HUD DMR .308 reticle is priced at $499.99.

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CMMG introduces new RipBrace AR pistol brace in two models

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 07:30

CMMG and SB Tactical bring to life a new retractable AR pistol brace in Micro, pictured above, and Standard models. (Photo: CMMG)

CMMG partners with SB tactical to bring a new retractable AR pistol brace to the market known as the RipBrace.

The RipBrace uses CMMG’s Fastback technology which grants users the ability to pull straight back on the device to extend the brace — negating the need for a release lever or button. The RipBrace comes with personal position presets for user adjustable settings that stick in the user’s preferred place each time. CMMG says the brace is ATF compliant and offers a lightweight and ambidextrous build perfect for personal defense.

“This instant deployment is a one-of-a-kind feature that makes the RipBrace an optimal choice for any AR pistol designated for personal defense,” CMMG said in a news release.

The RipBrace’s design allows it to easily extend without a release lever. (Photo: CMMG)

CMMG intends to offer the RipBrace in two flavors — a Micro/CQB model and a Standard version. The Micro/CQB is designed for use with pistol caliber carbines or any AR pistol in which the user requires a small and compact size. With five present positions, the Micro/CQB model retails just under $200.

The Standard variant is the full-sized version of the RipBrace, measuring 1.25-inches longer than the Micro model. Created for larger caliber AR pistols, the Standard ships with six personal preset positions and a price tag just under $200 as well.

Both the Standard and Micro?CQB model RipBraces are available through CMMG.

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The Rex Delta makes its debut in the U.S. (VIDEO)

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 07:00

Guns.com got an exclusive look at the new Rex Delta handgun when it debuted at the gun maker’s manufacturing facility in central Europe. Less than three years old, Rex is still pretty new to the U.S., but the new Delta has the potential to make the brand a common name among gun buyers.

Like many new handguns that come to the U.S. market nowadays, Rex followed suggestions from fans and designed the Delta with concealed carry in mind. But unlike other handguns in Rex’s catalog, the Delta replaces the metal frame with polymer and the hammer with a striker-fired operating system.

Along with a handful of other writers, I developed my first impression of the Rex Delta during a media trip out to the Arex manufacturing facility in Šentjernej, Slovenia. For those unfamiliar with Rex handguns, they made their introduction in the U.S. in 2015 with the Rex Zero 1 and Alpha models. Although made in the former Yugoslavian state, they’re imported by the Las Vegas-based FIME Group. However, Arex opened in 1994 and has since become one of the largest gun makers in Slovenia.

For those unfamiliar with Rex handguns, they made their introduction in the U.S. in 2015 with the Rex Zero 1 and Alpha models. Although made in the former Yugoslavian state, they’re imported by the Las Vegas-based FIME Group. However, Arex opened in 1994 and has since become one of the largest gun makers in Slovenia. (Photo: Noah Alkinburgh/Guns.com)

At first, the trigger felt heavy and like it had a slight amount of creep in the reset, but the more I shot the gun, the more I actually liked it. (Photo: Noah Alkinburgh/Guns.com)

Using six new Deltas hot off the assembly line, we fired nearly 6,000 rounds. During the marathon shooting, magazines fell free, slides locked back, and the guns ran pretty much flawlessly. I cannot recall a single malfunction (except when one guy tried to shoot like Sicario, but I don’t blame the gun for these shenanigans — and no it wasn’t me).

Overall, the Delta left a very favorable impression. In fact, I shot so well that I won a shooting competition during the event. However, some of the others didn’t find it as intuitive and company reps fielded suggestions. They noted that in some cases the trigger pinched and the frame sometimes rubbed. While I didn’t experience any of that, the Rex people said they were already in the process of fixing these issues, so I doubt you will experience them in the production guns.

While the Rex Delta had common features for a polymer-framed duty pistol like a passive trigger safety, Picatinny rail, and three-dot sights, the company also put a nice spin on others. The Delta’s loaded chamber indicator is subtle. While some consider it pointless or worse obtrusive, I thought it was actually quite useful. It popped up above the chamber just enough to be visible and tactile for low light situations, but not enough to be distracting.

I cannot recall a single malfunction (except when one guy tried to shoot like Sicario, but I don’t blame the gun for these shenanigans — and no it wasn’t me). (Photo: Noah Alkinburgh/Guns.com)

The Delta’s loaded chamber indicator is subtle. While some consider it pointless or worse obtrusive, I thought it was actually quite useful. It popped up above the chamber just enough to be visible and tactile for low light situations, but not enough to be distracting. (Photo: Noah Alkinburgh/Guns.com)

At first, the trigger felt heavy and like it had a slight amount of creep in the reset, but the more I shot the gun, the more I actually liked it. The company lists trigger pull at 5.5 pounds, but it felt more like 6.5 or 7 pounds. While the trigger seemed heavy, the break was crisp, the reset was good, and I stopped noticing the creep.

As I mentioned above, the Delta uses a passive trigger safety instead of a manual one. However, Rex has slides already cut for a manual safety feature and will probably release them sometime in 2019. Lastly, the Delta’s will ship with five – I repeat FIVE – different backstrap options. As a guy with hands that don’t fit anything, I really appreciate the option.

I look forward to getting my hands on a production model for review when they hit the U.S. Expect to see the Rex Delta in stores late 2018 or early 2019.

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Orders for surplus M1911 pistols outnumber supply

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 06:30

U.S. martial M1911s were in production until 1945 from companies as diverse as Remington-UMC, Singer, and US&S and some are filtering through the CMP. (Photo: National Archives)

The plan to transfer some of the Army’s stockpile of vintage M1911 pistols to the public via the Civilian Marksmanship Program has been met with a big response.

On Tuesday, the federally chartered non-profit corporation tasked with promoting firearms safety and practice announced that they had received and were processing 19,000 packets submitted for a chance to acquire one of the classic .45ACP handguns. That’s more than twice the number of guns in the CMP’s warehouse.

The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act approved by Congress outlined a two-year pilot program for moving some of the Army’s estimated 100,000 surplus GI longslides to the CMP. Limited to a maximum of 10,000 guns per year, just 8,000 were transferred to the organization last fall by the military from long-term storage at Anniston Army Depot. The solution to doll out 8,000 guns to 19,000 individuals looking to get one? A random number generator.

The CMP said that the numbers have been selected and they are assigning them to packets and are calling those lucky enough to have theirs picked, a time-consuming task they estimate will take as long as 60 days — the rest of the year.

“As we process orders, we will call customers as we work through the list,” said CMP in a bulletin. “Everyone will be notified if their order packet was not accepted so please be patient and bear with us.”

Applicants who get a call will be offered a choice from the grades that are available and will have five days to make payment if they choose a handgun. The guns will range from $850 rack grade to $950 field grade and $1,050 service grade, figures cited as market value. The guns are reportedly a mix between firearms transferred from the Army’s museum system and Defense Logistics Agency arsenal storage weapons that were rebuilt in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Very rare or unusual specimens will be sold through an online auction process rather than the order system. “Currently, we do not have a date when we will begin auction sales. Once that is determined, we will update our customers,” CMP said.

It is not known how many — if any — M1911s will be transferred by the Army to the CMP next year, although the program by law allows for 10,000. Congress would have to authorize an extension of the pilot program in the FY2020 NDAA to continue the transfers past then, a prospect which will likely need the approval of a Democrat-controlled House to proceed.

In the meantime, the CMP is flush with some 99,000 surplus M1 Garands recently repatriated from use by overseas allies in the Philippines and Turkey, with prices on those .30-06 battle rifles starting at $650 for field grade “luck of the draw” Springfield and H&R-made variants.

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Going behind-the-scenes on Hollywood prop guns (VIDEOS)

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 06:00

With firearms of all types — including some interesting historical items and iconic fantasy guns — at the ready, specialist prop companies in the film industry have access to huge gun collections.

In the above, Ian McCollum with Forgotten Weapons stopped by Movie Armaments Group in Toronto and talks with Charles Taylor, their managing director, about blank-fire conversions and the issues that come along with that.

For a second take on the same subject, Hank Strange stopped by Independent Studio Services, a big-time prop supplier for television and film production studios, and along with Larry Zanoff of Hollywood, Weapons goes on a tour. (Jump to the 8-minute mark to get to the main course)

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U.S. Coast Guard to train with Sig Air Pro Force P229 airsoft pistols

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 05:30

The Sig Air Pro Force P229 airsoft pistol is designed to look like Sig Sauer’s live fire P229. (Photo: Sig Sauer)

The U.S. Coast Guard will nab Sig Sauer’s Sig Air Pro Force P229 airsoft pistols to use during training with its Cadets and Gaurdsmen, Sig Sauer announced Friday.

The Sig Air Pro Force P229 airsoft pistol is a premium airsoft gun created to the similar specs as the original P229 pistol. The full-size, metal frame airsoft gun features a one-piece polymer grip in addition to night sights. Outfitted with a Sig rail, the airsoft pistol ships with one 25-round magazine. Utilizing a semi-automatic firing mode with gas blowback, the Sig Air Pro Force P229 replicates firing in the original P229, offering a cost effective means to safely but efficiently train.

“The Sig Air Pro Force P229 airsoft pistol gives the U.S. Coast Guard’s Cadets and Guardsmen the ability to practice gun handling, conduct target practice in various environments, and train in realistic force on force scenarios with a pistol that has the same look and feel of their issued P229 sidearm,” Joe Huston, Vice President and General Manager for Sig Air, said in a press release.

The Coast Guard procured the Sig Air Pro Force P229 airsoft pistol through a small business set-aside granted to Tidewater Tactical in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Sig Sauer President and CEO, Ron Cohen, said its honor to serve the men and women of the Coast Guard.

“It’s an honor to build Sig Sauer products for use with our nation’s defense professionals and know they meet the highest standards for both quality and performance,” said Cohen. “The M17 pistol has been adopted by every service branch, our TANGO6 riflescopes are being integrated into the weapons systems of our special forces and the U.S. Army, and now we can add the U.S. Coast Guard’s sig Air Pro Force P229 airsoft pistol to the wide range of Sig Sauer products in use with the men and women serving our country.”

Sig Sauer says the commercial version of the Sig Air Pro Force P229 airsoft pistol is expected to drop in consumers’ laps in 2019. No word yet on pricing.

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Mother shoots home invader who kicked in her front door (VIDEO)

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 05:00

A South Carolina man is facing felony charges following an altercation last week that left him wounded and a mother of three relieved that she had a gun.

Cecil Charles Parnell, 43, is in the custody of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office in lieu of a $50,000 bond on charges of first-degree burglary after police say he kicked in a front door of a home and forced his way into the residence where a mom and her three sleeping children were inside.

Homeowner Ashley Jones told WSPA that Parnell, with an unidentified woman in tow, tried to get inside her house starting around 6 a.m. last Thursday morning.

“He was like, ‘this is my house, let me in. I’m not going to hurt you’ kind of thing, and I was like ‘What do you want?'” Jones said. “After I called the police, I grabbed a gun and went to the top of the steps and was like, ‘I have a gun. I will shoot you. Do not come in my house.'”

After kicking in the door, Jone stayed true to her promise and shot Parnell, wounding him with non-life threatening injuries.

“Any mother is going to protect their kid any way they need to, so that’s what I did,” said Jones, whose family had only recently made the decision to buy a gun.

The woman who was with Parnell was not charged, Detective Nikki Carson told The Independent-Mail, reporting that a neighbor told investigators the same man had banged on her door attempting to get in earlier that morning.

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Tomcat: Beretta’s .32 ACP pocket pistol (VIDEO)

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 13:00

The largest of Beretta’s long-running and popular line of tip-up-barreled “mouse guns,” the Tomcat is the biggest of a small category.

Stemming from the Italian company’s “cat” series of pocket pistols (e.g. Minx, Bobcat, etc.) the Model 3032 Tomcat has been in production since 1996 and is still in Beretta’s stable. The small framed pistol totes a 7-round magazine and weighs 14.5-ounces while coming in at less than 5-inches overall.

Tom Harmsen with the Military Arms Channel talks more about it in the above video. As a bonus, he shows off some other .32 ACPs and tests the caliber out against the channel’s new CPT test. Stick around for it.

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Tippmann delivers new M4-22 model, M4-22 PRO

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 09:00

The M4-22 PRO uses a .22 LR design with the look and feel of the M4 platform. (Photo: Tippmann Arms)

Tippmann Arms Co. adds a new model to its M4-22 rifle series, launching the new M4-22 PRO version.

The M4-22 PRO model builds on the company’s .22 LR rifle offering but elevates the .22 design with a tactical look and feel. The .22 caliber semi-automatic long gun sports an aluminum upper and lower receiver alongside a mil-spec compatible build. Offering M4 style controls, the rifle will accept most AR-15 stocks, handguards, buffer tubes and sights, according to Tippmann Arms.

The PRO model boasts similar features to the standard M4-22 Classic to include a solid steel 16-inch barrel, bolt catch, ejection port cover, charging handle and flip-up sights. The rifle tops off the design with a 25-round magazine, Gen2 Grip and 9-inch M-LOK free float handguard.

The M4-22 PRO uses a 9-inch M-LOK free float handguard and M4 style controls. (Photo: Tippmann Arms)

“Here at Tippmann Arms, we are excited to announce the latest addition to our extremely popular .22LR semi-automatic rifle offering, the M4-22 PRO,” Tippman Arms said in a news release. “The M4-22 PRO is a perfect platform for competition and training applications or backyard plinking.”

In addition to the new PRO version, the M4-22 also ships in Classic, Elite and Pistol configurations. The M4-22 PRO is features a MSRP of $549.95.

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Ruger spending $1 million to retrofit American Pistol designs

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 09:00

Retrofit of American Pistol will cost Ruger $1 million. (Photo: Ruger/Facebook)

Sturm, Ruger and Company expects its recent recall on the American Pistol line will cost the gun maker $1 million and take years to complete.

Chief Executive Officer Chris Killoy told investors last week the potential for slide cracksannounced in October for certain pistol models chambered in 9mm — affects guns with excessive wear and tear, typically averaging round counts above 10,000.

“Which is for somebody — the average customer — that’s probably a couple of lifetimes,” he said, noting the company will repair any slide with visible abnormalities. “But realistically what we’re going to do is, we replace the barrel. The barrel seems to be the offending party in that relationship, but once we replace the barrel the problem pretty much solves itself and goes away.”

The bulletin identified the issue on both duty and compact-sized models in 9mm with serial number prefixes “860” and “862.” The company stressed other 9mm pistols, such as the SR9 and LC9S, are not affected. A sign that the gun may fall inside this range is a silver-colored, stainless steel barrel.

“So, it’s largely a barrel change for those firearms that exhibit any excess wear and then beyond that, the reason they take a long time for these things to wind down is just … it takes a long time to make sure our customers are notified and somebody may be a second owner,” Killoy said.

The retrofit, combined with improved efficiencies, “adversely” impacted Ruger’s third quarter earnings, though Chief Financial Officer Tom Dineen said the changes will pay off in the future. The gun maker reported net sales of $374.5 million through the nine months ending Sept. 29, trailing the prior year some 7 percent.

Despite this and a similar decline in federal background check data,  Ruger said its newest products — including the Pistol Caliber Carbine, the Mark IV pistol line, the LCP II, the EC9s, the Security-9 and the Precision Rimfire rifle — helped boost its sales from independent distributors to retailers by 1 percent. Some 30 percent of Ruger’s 2018 earnings come from these firearms, Killoy said.

“When things slow down to a more normalized pace, I think new products rule the day,” he told investors in June. “And so, as a result, products like the Pistol Caliber Carbine produced up in New Hampshire have done extremely well. We’ve got probably one of the most in-demand items both at the national account level, as well as the independent retailers. And so we’ve been very pleased with the results of those new products, the big four as we call them.”

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Hunt hidden with good vision: Primos SurroundView ground blind (VIDEO)

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 09:00

Most hunters make use of a ground blind at one time or another. The struggle with such a device, however, is finding the right balance of visibility and concealment. You want to be able to see animal movement but without exposing too much of yourself. The new Surroundview line of blinds from Primos attempt to grant hunters an open view while also keeping them concealed.

How Primos SurroundView Blinds Work

All the features that hunters have come to know and enjoy in Primos’ long line of Double Bull blinds rolls over to the SurroundView, including quick pop-up Power Hub walls. The idea of shoot-through camo mesh is not new, but Primos takes that technology to the next level with one-way see-through walls. In the case of our 180-degree model, there are two see-though walls and two-blacked out, with a total of seven shoot-through ports and three max-view openings. TRUTH camo is intended to hide the blind in a wide variety of terrains. Dimensions on our test SurroundView 180 are 48x48x65 inches and priced at $349.95.

The SurroundView 180 utitlizes three large “windows” as well as seven smaller shooting ports, but the stars of the show are the two surround-view walls with their heavy-duty, one-way, see-thru material. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Detail of the interior of two-way material on the Primos Surround View blind, allowing hunters a clear view out while remaining completely concealed from the exterior. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Like our test 180-degree model, the upgraded 270- and 360-degree versions work the same way, but each grants an extra “wall” of viewing material in place of blacked out panels. Hunters who back their blinds up to unshootable thickets will do well with the 180, but those place their blinds in a location that may allow shooting lanes on all sides will want to pony up the money for either the 270 or 360, both of which get progressively larger in both size and price for $479.95 and $599.95, respectively.

Hits and Misses

While it’s initially a bit of an uneasy and exposed feeling at first to see so much and so clearly when sitting in a ground blind, you quickly realized you’re well concealed as squirrels, turkey, and a nosey young deer wandered past the blind even with significant movement inside. The SurroundView fabric does its job with no problem. The only nitpicky issue, which is minor, Primos includes four sturdy tent stakes, but eight are needed to properly secure the blind from the hubs. All told, the Primos Surroundview blind is a win for hunters. Buyers should consider exactly what model – and how many see-through walls – they need before making a selection from the new lineup.

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Clenzoil presents new Synthetic Gun Grease for cleaning, maintenance

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 08:30

The Clenzoil Synthetic Gun Grease protects firearms and their moving parts. (Photo: Clenzoil)

Clenzoil broadens its line of maintenance and cleaning products for firearms, adding the new Clenzoil Synthetic Gun Grease.

Using a formula designed to remain in place, Clenzoil says the new Synthetic Gun Grease is designed to protect firearms under heat and pressure. The new product works alongside shotgun choke tubes, muzzleloader breech plugs, hinges on over/under shotguns and semi-auto handgun slide rails; though the product can be used on other metal on metal sliding surface.

The Synthetic Gun Grease retails for under $15. (Photo: Clenzoil)

The Clenzoil Synthetic Gun Grease aims to reduce wear and tear on guns in addition to preventing stainless steel galling and seizing of threaded parts. Clenzoil president Chris Hoffman said the company strives to listen to its consumers and bring them products that make cleaning and maintenance easier and more efficient.

“One of our keys to success is listening to our customers and providing them with every tool and product that helps them care for their firearms,” said Hoffman in a news release. “We’re continuously staying ahead of the curve by introducing the best performing products on the market today, something we’ve strived to do since 1948.”

The Clenzoil Synthetic Gun Grease is available with an MSRP of $12.99.

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FN delivers new SCAR 20S precision rifle to commercial market (VIDEO)

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 08:00

The FN MK20 SSR has been used by special operations units since 2010 and a version, the SCAR 20S,  seen above, is now available to consumers (Photos: FN)

Long available only to military and LE customers, FN announced Tuesday they are releasing a commercial version of the SCAR 20 rifle.

The 7.62x51mm-chambered FN MK20 SSR, or Sniper Support Rifle, has been fielded within USSOCOM units over the past decade and promises sub-MOA accuracy out to and beyond 1,000 yards.

The new commercial SCAR 20S version sports much the same specs to include a 20-inch, 1-in-12-inch twist, heavy profile barrel and an adjustable stock outfitted with numerous MIL-STD-1913 accessory rails at the 3-, 6-, 9-, and 12 o’clock positions. Importantly, it also comes with a factory-installed, double-stage Geissele Super SCAR trigger that provides a 3.5 to 4.5-pound trigger pull.

Mark Cherpes, FN America’s president and CEO, said the new rifle is akin to the company’s Military Collector series, which includes a number of semi-auto-only belt-fed rifles such as the M249S.

“The FN SCAR 20S is the latest addition to our battle-proven line-up of FN SCAR products and the first commercial SCAR release since we launched the 17S in 2010,” said Cherpes. “Customers will notice that the FN SCAR 20S shares more commonalities than differences with the MK20 SSR and reaffirms our commitment to producing commercial versions of our iconic military firearms.”

The SCAR 20S uses an extended hard-anodized monolithic aluminum and a short-stroke gas piston system FN says is designed to absorb recoil efficiently to improve follow-up shots and maintain target acquisition.

It includes a cold hammer-forged, chrome lined, free-floating barrel and comes in any color you want as long that color is FDE.

The Geissele Super Scar two-stage match trigger is standard as are the ambi safety lever and mag release.

The stock is adjustable for LOP and comb height as well as incorporating an adjustable cheekpiece and Hogue rubber pistol grip with finger grooves.

FN teased the commercial market earlier this month by releasing a limited run of 200 special edition SCAR 20S rifles to FN owners groups that included an FN-branded SKB iSeries hard case, a Harris SBRM bipod and other swag for $5,499. However, the MSRP on the standard model is a slightly more gentle $4,499.

Tactical Life got a sneak peek at the 20S and shows it running steel in the below video, with Dave Bahde saying in his review, “Moving to 1,000 yards and dialing in the elevation, I managed to get eight hits out of 10 shots on a 16-by-12-inch steel target—as good as it gets for a 7.62mm NATO designed as a purpose-built precision rifle.”

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More on the VSKA, Century’s Vermont Stamped Kalashnikov (VIDEOS)

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 07:30

Vermont-based Century Arms has a new rifle they say is based on lessons learned from a call by SOCOM in 2016-17 to see if domestic AK makers could crank out legit U.S.-made Kalash.

The 7.62x39mm VSKA uses a new bolt carrier, front trunnion, and feed ramp machined from S7 tool steel and features both a nitro-carburized 4140 steel bolt and a chrome-moly 4150 barrel. Surfaces have a magnesium-phosphate finish while the furniture is of tiger striped American Maple in a nod to Century’s New England roots. The rifle uses the company’s RAK-1 enhanced trigger group.

Here with some initial thoughts on the VSKA is Robski with AK Operators Union 47-74, some of the most serious AK guys in the business.

Up close: As noted by Atlantic Firearms in their video below, it appears to have a 1.5mm dimpled receiver.

Atlantic does 300 rounds in the above, then strips it down to take a look and does 500 more in the below.

And suppressed. So far they have just shy of 1,500 rounds downrange with their example.

Finally, to cap it off, Graham Baates gives his take on the gun in a tabletop.

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