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Ruger-licenced Samson A-TM Mini-14 Folding Stocks Now Shipping

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 02:46

After a 31-year hiatus: The new Samson Manufacturing A-TM Folding Stock for the Ruger Mini-14 rifle. (Photo: Ben Philipi/

Keene, New Hampshire’s Samson Manufacturing had two great pieces of news this week when it comes to their A-TM Mini-14 stocks.

First, the A-TM, which is crafted from the original molds and walnut supplied from Ruger, is not a copy or reproduction of the gun company’s old-school “A-Team-era” folding stock. This means that Ruger has recently given it a nod as an Officially Licensed Ruger® Product.

Secondly, the Samson A-TM has gone from trade show teasing to factory production and started shipping to excited Mini-14 and Mini-30 owners on March 3.

As previously reported by, Ruger stopped making the stocks in 1989, cutting off the supply for the past three decades. Now, with the public’s continued love for the classic Mini-14/30 platform, it’s not uncommon to see O.E. side-folding stocks in good condition selling for upwards of $1,000 on the secondary market. That makes Samson’s new and improved model a comparative bargain at $279.

Wait, improved?

The A-TM stock for the Ruger Mini-14 looks, feels and operates exactly like the original, except for two small differences. Instead of a bakelite grip found on the original, Samson opted for a molded plastic grip. They also used Ruger’s current walnut wood instead of the gunmaker’s original 1980s-era birch, which was softer. According to Bryan Kay, a representative for Samson at SHOT Show in January, both materials are more durable than the original, and thus are improvements.

More on that conversation– and the fact they are coming for Ruger 10/22s– in the video below.


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Women of Melissa Kropelnicki, Accounting Manager

Thu, 03/05/2020 - 06:00

Melissa Kropelnicki,’s Accounting Manager, at the range. (Photo: April Robinson/

March is Women’s History Month and to celebrate I wanted to take some time to get to know a handful of ladies working at’s Accounting Manager Melissa Kropelnicki is the powerhouse at the helm of all things numbers. Kropelnicki chatted with me from Burnsville, Minnesota where’s headquarters reside. So, Melissa, when did you sign on to and what brought you here?

Kropelnicki: I joined two and a half years ago and it was because of the great business plan. It was something out there that nobody else was doing. It was so innovative. I had the opportunity to start at the very bottom at the beginning and help work and create our process. I’ve been able to watch the company grow and develop. That was a really exciting opportunity for me…And guns. Haha! Of course! Guns are a perk to any job. So elaborate a little on what you do day-to-day for the company.

Kropelnicki: To put it simply, if there’s money coming in or money going out, it goes through me. I’m in charge of all accounting processes and month-end reporting as well as financial reporting to the executive team. We record all sales and do other data tracking.

I also help out around the office, boosting morale and ordering supplies and snacks for everyone. We jokingly say my title is Mom because I take care of everyone. Every office needs a mom! I think what is really cool about what you do is that you get to interact with everyone — from the marketing team in Richmond, Virginia to the editors and writers spread out across the States.

Kropelnicki: Not everyone at gets to do that but I get to work with every department. I work with customer service, marketing, operations, business development, content — it’s great! I’m never stuck just doing accounting by myself in my own little world. I get to interact with everybody all the time to keep things running smoothly.

The whole team — from Virginia to the remote workers — is so great and I seriously enjoy working with everyone here. The people are pretty fantastic and all willing to work together which, I think, has helped with the success of the site so far.

Kropelnicki: I’ve worked at companies before where it’s a challenge to get everybody on the same page or working towards the same goal. I think we do that really well here. We’re growing so quickly and our sales have been getting to the point where it’s hard to keep up. It’s a great problem to have. So let’s switch gears a little bit and talk about you outside of work. Where did your relationship with guns begin?

Kropelnicki: I grew up in a hunting family. My dad hunts everything. My brothers and sister hunt but I never did. I never did hunter’s safety and never went hunting. My husband kind of talked me into going shooting at my sister’s farm. The first time I ever shot was with a 12-gauge shotgun. I was like, “This is really fun” and I caught the bug. I started shooting with my husband. We’d do range dates together. Eventually, I went shopping for my very first handgun. That was about six years ago.

After I bought my gun, I took a women’s only class with my sister. They taught me everything about the gun and having that knowledge behind me made me more comfortable. Now our family is part of a gun club. We take our kids shooting. The kids have learned gun safety and how to properly handle guns. My husband and both my daughters now hunt. I still don’t but they go out turkey and deer hunting.

Kropelnicki’s interest in firearms has grown over the years and she is an avid gun owner. (Photo: April Robinson/ That’s really awesome that it went from you learning to shoot to now it’s a whole family activity.

Kropelnicki: Yeah, we’ve been buying our guns through and we just got our daughters a little Ruger 22 pistol. Ruger has some nice little plinkers! That is the trouble with working for a gun company is the temptation to buy is always there, just dangling in front of your face. So kind of piggybacking off of working for a gun company, do you ever get people who are surprised or confused by the fact that you work for

Kropelnicki: Yes. So when I first started here, we really struggled to find a bank and credit card company that would take our business. When we moved into our current building, the business next door wanted us to move. They didn’t want us here.

Most recently, I was buying some flowers and candies for our photographer to do Valentine’s Day themed photos. The florist greeted me and asked what I was looking for. I told her I need a couple of dozen roses and she asked what the occasion was. I said a photoshoot and handed her my credit card which has our logo and “” on it. She looked at it and asked, “What kind of photoshoot is this?” I told her, “It’s going to sound strange but guns.” She said, “Yeah, that is strange.”

But I think occasions like that are a great way to educate people. That’s one of my favorite things about the job and why I frequently sport our merch. I love talking to people about what we do and why guns are cool.

Kropelnicki: I feel the same way. We, of course, have that grey logo shirt with “Guns” across the front and my kids and I wear that out and about. Some people might have a problem with that, but I welcome the opportunity to have a conversation about guns. merch is a great conversation piece, says Kropelnicki. (Photo: Absolutely! We’ve come to the end of this interview but is there anything you want our readers to know about you or that we haven’t covered?

Kropelnicki: I think one of the most important things about, and what really attracted me to this place, is the culture. It seems like every day we are changing our technology and making improvements to make the site better, to make gun purchasing easier for everyone and to make selling easier. I think that is something we do best — updating and making things easier and more affordable for people.

Our We Buy Guns program is through the roof right now! I just signed 49 checks this morning. I signed so many my hand hurt. When we first started it, we were getting maybe one gun a week from customers. Now we’re getting hundreds of guns a week. That is awesome — both for the people wanting to offload guns without the hassle and also for those of us shopping on the site looking for cool or rare items as well as affordable used models.

Kropelnicki: Yeah, it is so awesome. I love it!

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CZ Introduces New Single-Action Shadow 2 SA 9mm Pistol

Thu, 03/05/2020 - 05:23

The new single-action steel-framed Shadow 2 SA has the same shooter-friendly ergonomics of the Shadow 2, and can be used for serious plinking, or 3 Gun competitions. (Photos: CZ-USA)

Kansas-based CZ USA this week announced their latest entry to their Shadow 2 line of competition-ready pistols, a single-action model.

On the outside, the CZ Shadow 2 SA looks like a standard Shadow 2, finished in black nitride with a set of striking blue aluminum grips and a blue trigger. However, it is a single-action billed as having one of the best factory pistol triggers on the market.

“While not legal for USPSA Production Division like the standard Shadow version, the CZ Shadow 2 SA and its lighter, crisper SA trigger gives the target-shooting enthusiast the ability to punch paper with precision!” says CZ in a statement.

Like the original Shadow 2, the CZ Shadow 2 SA has aggressive checking on the aluminum grips for a solid hold, “even when the shooter’s hands are dirty and sweaty from running stages.” Also, note the ambi manual safety lever.

With checkered front and back straps, and a 17+1 capacity, the Shadow 2 SA has a steel frame and comes standard with a fiber optic front sight and HAJO rear. Barrel length is 4.89-inches, which produces an overall length of 8.53-inches. Weight is 46.5-ounces. Other features include front and rear slide serrations and an extended beavertail.

MSRP on the CZ Shadow 2 SA $1,349


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Second Amendment Gun Grannies Need Your Help

Thu, 03/05/2020 - 04:30

Julie Hereford and Mary Rooney photographed at Battlefield Vegas. (Photo: Tracy Lee)

In 2017, Julie Hereford and Mary Rooney started a group called NevadansCan. It’s a non-profit grassroots “citizen action network” that has been on the front lines fighting for conservative rights in the legislative process in Nevada.

The most pressing issue currently on their plate is AB291. It forfeits the rights of Nevada gun owners to due process, the presumption of innocence, trial by jury, and allows for unreasonable search and seizure of their property with no probable cause under the guise of a “red flag” law.

The measure, backed by national anti-gun groups, was scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2020, but NevadansCan successfully filed for an injunction. “Our injunction bought us some time,” said Rooney. “It’s currently in the Nevada court system. The basis of the lawsuit is that AB291 is unconstitutional. It violates essential rights guaranteed under the U.S. and Nevada Constitutions,” she said.

After filing the injunction, Hereford and Rooney met Las Vegas gun shop owner Greg Wohler. He’s appeared numerous times on and is a vocal gun rights advocate. Like many Nevadans, Wohler was unaware of the injunction. He thought AB291 was a done deal. When he learned there was still a chance to beat it, he immediately got involved.

In January 2020, he sponsored a rally to raise awareness and money for NevadansCan. The event was a success. “Hundreds of people showed up and we got in contact with lots of businesses and people who wanted to help,” Wohler said.

The injunction is gaining momentum. One rural county sheriff has joined and three more are in the process of doing so.  The ladies are grateful for all of the support they’ve received but need more.

Wohler is now sponsoring another event for March 22, 2020. This time, he enlisted the help of social media guru Tracy Lee. She’s taking the event to a whole new level. She organized a photo shoot for the ladies at Battlefield Vegas with Wohler providing patriotic props and attire. The resulting images are fantastic. They inspired a new nickname for the ladies: The Second Amendment Gun Grannies.

The March 22 event is gathering a ton of momentum. Eric Blandford of Iraqveteran8888 has agreed to attend as a special guest. If you live in or near Las Vegas, check it out. If you can’t make it and want to donate, you can do so here.

“We’ll take this fight all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary,” said Rooney.

The flyer for the event on March 22, 2020. (Photo: Tracy Lee)

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5 Famous Sharpshooting Ladies of Years Past

Thu, 03/05/2020 - 04:15

History is littered with the contributions women have made to the shooting sports and guns in general. To celebrate Women’s History Month, we’re going to take a look at five impressive ladies and their shooting skills.

1. Mary Fields

Often misidentified as an image of Harriet Tubman, this is Mary Fields, better known as “Stagecoach Mary.” Nice TD on that Winchester musket. (Photo: Public Domain)

Dubbed “Stagecoach Mary,” Mary Fields was a star route mail carrier and the first African-American woman to earn that position. Born into slavery in 1832, she was freed after the Civil War. Migrating to the midwest, she was well-known for her drinking, smoking and gun-toting ways.

She eventually went to work delivering the mail as a star route mail carrier and earned her nickname due to her speedy delivery of parcel and mail. She was a tough, fierce woman rumored to have bravely faced off against stagecoach thieves and even a pack of wolves with her trusty rifle in hand. Fields passed away in 1914.

2.Martha “Calamity Jane” Canary

Calamity Jane was known for her adventurous side and her tall tales, carrying the legend of being one of Gen. Crook’s scouts for most of her life. The above cabinet photo, complete with Winchester lever gun, was taken in Deadwood, South Dakota in 1895, an infamous Old West waystation Jane haunted off and on for more than 20 years. (Photo: Library of Congress)

Born as Martha Jane Canary in 1852, “Calamity Jane” proved to be an adventurous woman in the Old West. A frontierswoman and scout, she was a friend of Wild Bill Hickok and toured around the globe with Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show.

Earning her name fighting against Native Americans, she was known as one of the most daring riders and best shots in the West. She was long-rumored to have been a uniformed army scout for Gen. George Crook and others, though no official records exist to support the claim. Often pictured with a rifle by her side and a six-shooter on her hip, she was a notorious story-teller and performer entrancing audiences with her tales. Canary died in 1903 as a result of alcoholism.

3. Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley was named “Little Sure Shot” by Chief Sitting Bull, and the above 1898 portrait has her showing off the medals to back that up. (Photo: Library of Congress)

Known as “The Little Sure Shot of the Wild West,” Phoebe Ann Moses, or Annie Oakley as she’s most commonly known, was one of the best sharpshooters of her time. Born in 1860, Oakley rose to prominence around the age of 15 competing and winning a shooting contest against Irish trap shooter Frank Butler. She eventually married Butler and the two joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Touring the country, and even performing for Queen Victoria, Oakley impressed crowds with her trick shots and sharpshooting well into her 60s despite being partially paralyzed due to an accident. Oakley died in 1926.

Oakley shot everything from rifles to shotguns. According to the NRA Museum, one of her favorite shotguns was a Parker Brothers double barrel while her go-to trick shot rifle was a Stevens Tip-Up.

4. Lyudmila Pavlichenko

Lyudmila Pavlichenko in a trench. Pavlichenko was nicknamed “Lady Death” due to her 309 confirmed kills during WWII. (Photo: Public Domain)

Born in 1916, Lyudmila Pavlichenko was known simply as “Lady Death.” Credited with 309 confirmed kills as a Soviet sniper in World War II, she earned the title of the most successful female sniper in history. Pavlichenko ’s rifle of choice was a Mosin-Nagant 7.62mm rifle with a PE 4x scope– although she was often photographed for propaganda purposes with a seemingly more modern SVT rifle.

Serving in the Red Army she fought during the early stages of the Axis invasion but was injured by a mortar shell during battle. After recovering, she began training other Red Army snipers.

A well-known spokesperson for the Red Army, she traveled to the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain, with U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor taking her on a tour of the States. Pavlichenko died in 1974 due to a stroke.

5. Margaret Murdock

Margaret Thompson Murdock was the first woman to compete on Team USA’s Olympic Shooting Team. (Photo: USA Shooting)

Margaret Murdock, born in 1942, was a former U.S. Army officer and renowned for her shooting success in the competition field. Murdock was the first woman to be included on the U.S. Olympic shooting team for the 1976 Summer Olympics. There, she earned a silver medal — tying with U.S. Team Captain Lanny Bassham. Olympic rules would not allow a shoot-off, though Bassham requested it.

Aside from her Olympic achievements, she also became the first woman to win an individual open World Shooting Championship. A four-time World Champion, she was an expert at prone rifle and three-position rifle. She was inducted into five halls of fame including the USA Shooting Hall of Fame and Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

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Heckler & Koch Grabs $33 Million Army Sniper, Marksman Rifle Award

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 23:37

HK stands to bank up to $33.5 million on precision rifles, such as these new M110A1 CSASS platforms, for the U.S. Army over the next couple of years. (Photo: U.S. Army)

The U.S. Army Contracting Command on Wednesday announced a contract award to Hecker & Koch worth over $33 million.

The Ashburn, Virginia-based company was awarded a $33.5 modification to contracts for the Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System and the Squad Designated Marksman Rifle.

The CSASS, classified by the Army as the M110A1 rifle, is a variant of the company’s G28 (HK241) platform chambered in 7.62 NATO. The rifle, which itself is a development of the HK417 series, was first green-lighted by Uncle in 2016.

As its name program name would imply, the rifle is light, weighing in at 8.48-pounds sans optics and accessories. Its primary day optic is the Schmidt & Bender 3-20 power scope on a Geissele mount with accessories to include a suppressor and bipod.

The HK G28 variant used as the Army’s Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System, or M110A1. (Photo: Chris Eger/

The M110A1 is set to augment existing supplies of the legacy M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System, which is produced by the Florida-based Knights Armament Company. KAC introduced its system in 2007 complete with a 20-inch Chromoly 5R barrel and it has gone on to see extensive not only with the Army but also the Marines and Coast Guard. KAC has a contract through 2024 for its M110 SASS variant.

The SDMR in all its glory, complete with translucent mags, HK Oberndorf roll marks, offset backup sights, a Geissele mount, suppressor and Sig Tango6 optic. (Photo: U.S. Army)

The SDMR is a variant of the HK-produced M110A1 with a slightly different stock and Sig Sauer’s 1-6x24mm Tango6 optic. The Army is moving to adopt between 5,000 and 6,000 SDMRs to replace modified M14 rifles used as designated marksman rifles over the past decade.

The SDMR was evaluated at Fort Bliss by the Army’s PEO Soldier program in 2019.


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NICS Gun Sales Climb for February, Up 63% Just in Virginia

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 05:05
    For the 10th month in a row, gun sales data has climbed nationwide as politicians and anti-gun advocates press for more restrictions on legal firearms. (Photo: Chris Eger/

If February 2020’s figures are an indicator of what the coming year has to offer, the firearms industry is in for a booming year. The second month of the year saw a significant increase in firearm background checks when compared to the data from February 2019.

The unadjusted number of 2,776,380 checks conducted through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System in the first month of the year is a 36.9% jump from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 2,028,667 in February 2019.

When the figures are adjusted — removing data for gun permit checks and rechecks by states which use NICS for that purpose — the latest total stands at 1,294,123, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade organization for the U.S. gun industry. This number is a 16.9% increase when compared against the February 2019 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,109,087.

Where the increase was all out of portion was in Virginia, where licensed gun dealers saw a 63.4 % increase over the February 2019 adjusted NICS figures.

The Commonwealth is currently amidst a campaign by the Democrat-controlled state legislature for increased gun regulations. In recent days, at least five new measures ranging from allowing cities and counties to establish their own local gun restrictions to a controversial “red flag” seizure bill have been forwarded to Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk for signature.

When it comes to the national figures, February 2020 is the 10th month in a row that the number of adjusted checks was higher than the previous year’s data.

It should also be noted that the true number of guns sold across the country is likely higher than what NICS figures suggest. The data does not include private gun sales in most states or cases where a carry permit is used as alternatives to the background check requirements of the 1994 Brady law which allows the transfer of a firearm over the counter by a federal firearms license holder without first performing a NICS check.

Over 20 states accept personal concealed carry permits or licenses as Brady exemptions.

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Women of Kristin Alberts, Reviewer

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 04:00

Kristin Alberts is’s resident hunting expert. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

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

After previously chatting with Abbey Clary and Leah Roberts on the marketing and e-commerce teams, I made my way over to the content side of to talk shop with Kristin Alberts. Alberts has worked for for over seven years as a reviewer. If you’ve read a hunting article from, it likely came from her.

Alberts took some time to chat with me about the intricacies of reviewing, misconceptions about hunting and why Chuck Norris should be everyone’s zombie battle buddy. Being an outdoor writer is not an everyday, traditional job, so to speak, so tell me how you came to be the resident hunting writer at

Alberts: I always wanted to be an outdoor writer and to do something that I loved that wasn’t an office job. I went to college for four years, got my degree in English, with a bunch of minors that were not all that relevant.

Went it work at several different jobs — all in cubicles and offices and hated it. I decided I wanted to be out in the field doing something different, so I got my EMT and paramedic license and spent some time as a director of an ambulance service.

I always wanted to write and I wrote poetry in my spare time. When I saw an ad for, looking for people to write gun reviews, I thought this is absolutely what I want to do. And here you are. So break down what an average day looks like for you while you’re working on a piece for

Alberts: Obviously, hunting is my passion so I am thinking about things as hunting season comes along. I’m looking at the calendar, planning different hunts, seeing which companies I’d like to work with, mapping out content and taking notes.

I live in the Midwest so weather is a factor, cold weather especially. I plan my range days so I can get out there and do some accuracy testing and check different loads. I just kind of work with whatever happens to be in season. So it’s writing, it’s videography, it’s doing what I love.

Alberts testing guns and gear for (Photo: Kristin Alberts/ That’s the best part, getting to do what you love. As a writer, I know that I hear all kinds of misconceptions about reviewers in the industry, namely that we get free stuff all the time. So what are some of the common misconceptions you face as a writer in the industry and also, I’m sure, as a hunter?

Alberts: I think the one big one that you’ve hit on already is that we get free things in return for writing good reviews. I think that is a big misconception because that’s not what happens. If I’m reading reviews from writers that I respect, I want their honest opinion on what they think about that gun. People are spending their hard-earned money on guns and gear that we are recommending or giving them information on and I take that seriously.

I think misconceptions as a hunter, in general, is that we’re just out there for a sport or trophy killing. We have great respect for the animals. We put so much money and time into conservation and also the end of wanting to harvest our own wild organic meat. I love to cook. I love to do field to table. Well while we’re on the topic of hunting, what sparked your interest?

Alberts: I’ve been a hunter for as long as I can remember. When I was growing up, you had to be 12-years-old before you could get your hunting license. I grew up on a farm and I remember standing at the farmhouse when I was probably 8-years-old, waiting for the hunters to come back from the fields so I could see if they had gotten something. I’d hear their stories and take part in cleaning the animals. As soon as I was old enough, I would tag along. I’d go sit out in the blinds and walk with my grandpa and my dad.

Hunting brings people together and encourages camaraderie, says Alberts.  (Photo: Kristin Alberts/ That’s really sweet and something I think resonates with a lot of hunters. For many, at least that I know, the love for hunting started at a young age, heading out to the woods with pop or grandpa and spending time together. That’s something really unique about hunting.

Alberts: Absolutely! I hope that the family hunting tradition continues and that for other people who didn’t grow up in a hunting family, those of us who do hunt make them feel welcome and help them. Well that kind of hits on my next question. There are plenty of men and women who are interested in hunting but just don’t know where to start. I’m kind of in that pool myself, having never really hunted much as an adult. I have no idea where to start and it seems intimidating. So where do people like me begin?

Alberts: There are a lot of resources out there. There are all kinds of hunting skills camps and hunter’s safety is probably the number one place to start. Learn the basics of safety and then from there, go to a skills camp. Check classes out online. I know Wisconsin just started a Learn to Hunt Program geared towards people who aren’t hunters but want to learn to harvest their own meat. They teach you how to do that, where to do it, how to take care of the game. More states are doing that as well.

My biggest advice would be don’t be afraid to approach hunters. Ask questions. Hunters are very willing to share their passion.

Alberts waterfowl hunting adventures always make for great content. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/ Solid advice. Let’s do some rapid-fire questions. First gun you remember shooting?

Alberts: The first gun I remember shooting was a single shot .410 I got from my grandpa. We took it out on a squirrel hunt and I still have it. What is your favorite gun that you currently own?

Alberts: That’s a really hard question. Can I choose a couple? I know. I know. It’s a tough one. Sure, give me your top two.

Alberts: The one that means the most to be is an old Belgian Browning A5 Sweet Sixteen I got from my grandpa. He bought it as a younger man and passed it on to me. We hunted with it together. If I sold every other gun, that would be the one gun I’d keep because of the sentimental value.

Hunting wise, I really like the new Savage High Country Rifle. As far as new rifles go, it shoots well. I love it. I took it to Africa, different places and it seems like once a gun goes on adventures with you, it becomes part of your story. Then you don’t want to part with it. Pink guns — yes or no?

Alberts: Negative, that’s a definite no. I mean, if that’s what floats your boat go for it, but I think you and I believe the same thing that putting pink on everything is a no. Agreed. Not a fan of pink it and shrink it. Final question. Zombie apocalypse breaks out. You have to choose three people. Who are you surviving with?

Alberts: Chuck Norris would be my first. He can pretty much do anything. I’m kind of into preparedness so I probably would take a couple of local people whose skill sets I know and trust. They are confident with firearms and hunting and also all kinds of mechanical skills. That’s a good squad, but honestly with Chuck Norris at the helm you probably don’t need anyone else.

Alberts poses with Chuck Norris at NRAAM 2019. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Kristin and I had a hilarious time trying to meet Chuck Norris at the National Rifle Association’s Annual Member’s Meeting. If you missed out the first time, definitely catch up on our adventure.

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Select Fire: Getting an Adrenaline Rush at Gunship Helicopters

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 03:34

On this episode of Select Fire, we trekked out to Gunship Helicopters in the Mojave Desert to hang out, shoot some cool stuff, and bask in some rotor wash.

Established in 2015, Gunship Helicopters is based at their own helipad on a 71-acre private shooting range about a half-hour drive from Las Vegas. While in town for SHOT Show, we met up with the crew there to see what it is all about.

The helicopter of choice for the operation, an Airbus AS350– popularly known as an A-Star– is nimble and can reach speeds of 120 miles per hour. Among the most popular commercial aircraft around the world, the A-Star is used in everything from medical and law enforcement services– they are popular with Border Patrol– to military use.

For use at Gunship Helicopters, the doors are open so the person shooting can sit inside and be belted in while aiming at steel targets and aircraft wreckage on the mountainside hundreds of yards away.

The A-Star is the “helicopter” part of Gunship Helicopters. (Photos: Chris Eger/

The A-Star is perhaps best known for having excellent high-altitude performance, which coupled with limited noise interference, makes it a no-brainer for use at Gunship Helicopters.

The pintel mounting on the port side of the modified A-Star can fit a variety of weapons. The go-to for Gunship Helicopters is an FN M249 SAW, the same popular 5.56 NATO belt-fed light machine gun used by the U.S. Army and Marines for a generation.

The most common weapon fit for the A-Star at Gunship Helicopters is the M249 SAW.

With a rate of fire approaching 800 rounds-per-minute, the SAW can chew through a 200-round belt with ease.

Running 100-rounds through the SAW from the A-Star while zipping around the desert is an introductory package for Gunship Helicopters, starting at $550. While more than a steak dinner for two, it is still a great deal when you consider you get to hang out of a helicopter and squeeze off a belt of 5.56 NATO.

Other guns include an “M4 out the door” experience, where the client in the gunner’s seat gets an M4A1 with three mags. There are also options for running an HK MP5 9mm sub-gun or a booming M82A1 Barrett. We cheated and arranged to run an FN SCAR 17 for a flight.

There is also an M-134 Minigun option as well. The electrically powered six-barrel Gatling-style rotary machine gun has a high sustained rate of fire– some 4,000 rounds per minute. The price to make it rain with 400 rounds of 7.62 NATO through the M-134 while airborne is a little pricier, like $2,200.

When it comes to safety, Gunship Helicopters is on-point. Guests must complete an orientation, mission briefing and simulation on the ground before getting on the aircraft.

The A-Star ground simulator, where it is still OK to make mistakes while safely on the ground.

Additionally, there is an air range safety officer on the flight, who loads the gun, directs the passengers in its firing and is responsible for its operation.

No loose items are allowed in the cabin for safety, with rifles like the SCAR we used attached to the user by a sling with redundant retention. The minimum age to fly is 15– accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

In addition to the gunship experience, the company has a plethora of other offerings for gun enthusiasts including a range with the Barrett M82A1 .50 cal and targets at 800-plus yards, access to armored vehicles like the M113 APC, a Minigun-equipped Hummer, and more.

While we were there, an M60 main battle tank was making laps of the facility.

With the property containing an old circa 1905 copper mine– the Oro Amigo– there is lots of open space and safe targets dot the mountainside, some over 4,000 feet above ground level.

Besides the standard fare which caters to Vegas tourists, the folks at Gunship Helicopters also are available for film work, LE and security training utilizing UTM rounds if needed, skydiving lifts, industry events, defense contractor testing and other things you may want an armed helicopter for. Just give them a call at (702) 467-4613 or shoot them an email at

You can almost hear CCR in the background…or maybe Wheatus.

Love shooting but don’t plan to get airborne any time soon? Relax, we still have plenty of both guns and ammo in stock to keep you happy.

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Women of Leah Roberts, Ecommerce Manager

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 09:40

Leah Roberts,’s E-commerce Manager, taking aim on the range. (Photo: Leah Roberts/

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

My second stop of the week was to sit down with Ecommerce Manager, Leah Roberts. Joining the company around two years ago, she ensures that has the latest and greatest gun inventory. Roberts chatted with me about her decision to join, her job duties and who would make the best zombie apocalypse buddies. So let’s kick this off with what led you to join

Roberts: I had actually been a firearm user for several years before joining I worked in other industries in marketing for a while beforehand. I saw the listing (for the job at and couldn’t walk away from the opportunity. The idea of getting to do something in an industry with a hobby that I love was definitely very appealing. I immediately applied for that opening and have been ecstatic to have the job ever since. It’s definitely a real pleasure to get to mesh what you love with what you do. I know that some people outside the industry look at and assume that we just play with guns all day — which some days we do — but by and large, we have other responsibilities that don’t necessarily center on just heading to the range. Can you give our readers an idea of what you do day-to-day and some of the challenges of being the E-Commerce Manager?

Roberts: It’s researching products, but not just that. It’s deciding what we’re going to put on sale and allocating stock so visitors have access to the newest and greatest thing they’re looking for. I also get our used inventory on the site and decide what goes where on — what imagery to use, who to work with, who to feature, etc. My main focus is really on the products.

The challenge is trying to read the audience and figure out what they like and what’s appealing. From there it comes down to finding a way to put that in front of people in a way that is different from everybody else in the industry.

Roberts manages what you see online when you shop at (Photo: I would say that it is really tough trying to predict what the community wants to see, especially because the industry has so many lifestyles and directions.

Roberts: It can be overwhelming at times but the plus side is you get to learn about a lot of different lifestyles. You know, I probably would have never looked much into cowboy action shooting but through this job, I’ve been able to learn about it and all its details. It’s been neat to venture outside of what I am interested in and learn about what other people like too. I think that is the most fun part of working at a place like, learning about all sorts of gun culture and history. Not to mention, is just loads of fun to work at from a cultural standpoint. Historically, we started as a news site and moved into e-commerce but something that has always struck a chord with me is our commitment to representing women, What kind of impact does having a company like that so readily supports women in the industry have on the community?

Roberts: Ultimately, it’s good for the Second Amendment and the community. It’s great to see female shooters and getting inspired by that and then seeing other people getting involved. It makes a difference to have a platform and a voice.

It’s been great to work at! Parts of our marketing team are made up entirely of women, which you don’t see at other companies. I think it’s important to not just feature women’s ideas but also to welcome us as part of the community. We’re here, you know, doing what we love and it’s great to invite us. So switching gears from the business side of things, let’s get to know you a little more. What is your background with guns? You said you owned guns before joining so what led you to gun ownership?

Roberts: I did not grow up in a family that had a lot of firearms and I’d never been shooting or hunting or any of those things. A lot of my fascination actually came from pop culture — video games, movies, history, all those different things. As soon as I was old enough, I went and got a rifle and then not long after, I picked up my first handgun. Initially, I just wanted to have it. Then I became more serious about self-defense and concealed carrying. So it started with a fascination with weapons overall and it kind of blossomed into more serious training.

Guns: I think it tends to evolve like that. At first, it’s about getting that first gun, then, before you know it, you’re immersed in the lifestyle. So now that you have a few guns, what’s your favorite?

Roberts: Ohh, can I name a handgun and a rifle?

Guns: Sure, that sounds fair. This is a tough question and I realize it.

Roberts: Right now my favorite handgun, and I’ve been carrying it for a few months now, is the Archon Type B with night sights. My first rifle, and my favorite, is the Daniel Defense M4V11. Since I bought it, I have changed out some things and done some upgrades.

Roberts heads out to events and shows to meet with manufacturers and take cool pictures. (Photo: Leah Roberts/

Guns: Good choices. So one of the pitfalls of working for a gun company is access to guns. I know all of us that work at have a running wishlist of guns we want, so what’s on your shortlist right now?

Roberts: Definitely an FN PS90 but the dream would be an FN P90, right? Also, for some reason, I really want a Marlin Camp 9. For a handgun, I am really liking the CZ P-10. I’ve been seeing people compete with those recently and they seem awesome. We’re down to the final two questions. First, pink guns — yes or no?

Roberts: Not for me. Maybe because, for a while there, they chose this hideous shade of pink — like, you’re a girl so you must want this terrible shade of pink.

I am digging the Rose Gold that’s popping up everywhere though. So maybe not pro-pink but pro-Rose Gold. I think, for the record, we need to be clear that Rose Gold and pink are not the same color.

Roberts: Exactly. Ok, last question. Zombie apocalypse breaks out. You can choose any three people in the world to help you survive. Who do you pick?

Roberts: Definitely someone with medical training. I don’t know who, but we need a doctor. The next person would be my dad. He’s been a ride or die for forever and I know he won’t leave me to the zombies. The last person would be John Wick. He could be a really great help.

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New Diamondback DBX 5.7mm Pistol Shipping Soon

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 05:19

Introduced earlier this year at SHOT Show, Diamondback has made clear the new DBX 5.7mm pistol is not vaporware, with shipping on the horizon. (Photos: Chris Eger/

Florida-based Diamondback Firearms has announced they will begin shipping their new DBX 5.7x28mm pistol in May.

Teased at SHOT Show earlier this year when the gun was in pre-production, the compact braced pistol uses a dual gas piston action with an 8-inch threaded barrel that ends in a muzzle device.

Overall length, with the rear Picatinny-mounted, side-folding brace extended is 25.4-inches. Folded length is 16.9-inches. Alternatively, the brace can be dismounted to provide a more compact pistol that is 16.1-inches flat.

The Diamondback DBX will be offered in both FN Five-seveN and Ruger 57 magazine formats.

Other features include a Magpul MOE-K grip and a 6061 aluminum hard-coat anodized handguard with M-LOK slots to the left, right, and bottom along with a Magpul handstop kit. The DBX uses AR-15 mil-spec triggers and production models will be offered in either FN Five-seveN or Ruger 57 magazine-compatibility, shipping with a 20-round mag in either case.

The frame is made from 7075 aluminum and is hard coat anodized. Height is 7.3-inches without sights while the width is 1.75-inches over the charging handle.

Weight, sans brace, is 3-pounds. Running the brace brings the gun up to 3.7-pounds plus optics, ammo and the user’s choice of accessories. Should a DBX owner want to swap out the muzzle device or add a can, the barrel is threaded with a standard 1/2x28TPI pitch.

MSRP on the Diamondback DBX is expected to be $1,299.


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Meet the Beautiful New Beretta 92X Series, Now with a $100 Rebate

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 02:18

Now that is a sweet looking, and sweet-shooting gun. We ran 2,000 rounds through the one in this photo. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Through the end of the month, Beretta is running a sweet $100 mail-in rebate on their new 92X Full Size, Centurion and Compact pistols.

Introduced late last year and hitting dealer’s shelves more recently, the new Beretta 92X is billed as an “all-in-one pistol for today’s shooter.” Based on the classic Model 92 that first hit the market in the 1970s and went on to rapid adoption around the globe as a pistol both for combat use and personal protection, the 92X has been thoroughly updated.

Built on the Vertec profile frame with a straight backstrap and updated grip options, the 92X series all feature a round trigger guard, beveled magazine well, chrome-lined barrel with a recessed target crown, front and back cross checkering on the grip frame, and combat sights with dovetailed fronts. The guns use a steel trigger and mag release.

Beretta’s new 92X series comes in several flavors, varying primarily in size. The update to the venerable 92 lines is packed with features and upgrades not found in the more basic 92FS/M9 pistols while coming in at a price that is more affordable than the M9A3 and the semi-custom LTT/Wilson Combat 92G series guns. (Photo: Chris Eger/

The 92X series is backward compatible with all 92-series magazines and railed accessories while the front sights and grip panels are compatible with M9A3 models. Internal components square with legacy 90 series parts of similar size while the double-action/single-action types (F/S, G) can be swapped.


See rebate terms and conditions, here.

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Sig Sauer Debuts New ECHO3 Thermal Reflex Sight

Mon, 03/02/2020 - 05:37

A direct view thermal sight able to capture images and record video in eight different color palettes, Sig Sauer’s new ECHO3 is headed to market.

New Hampshire-based Sig Sauer last week debuted their latest compact thermal reflex sight using their Ballistic Data Xchange (BDX) technology, the ECHO3.

Building on their original ECHO line, which was introduced three years ago, the newest sight in the series is available with either a 1-6x or 2-12x magnification, the ECHO3 can be used with 9 different onboard SmartBDC ballistic holdover reticles or it can be paired with any KILOBDX rangefinder.

What’s a BDX rangefinder? Check out this short video to get how that bad boy works.

For those looking to capture great pics or videos of their hunt or target session, the ECHO3 includes a motion-activated MOTAC display that powers up automatically when it senses motion. With 6 hours of runtime using a pair CR123 lithium batteries, the sight has eight color palettes– Red, Red Hot, Black Hot, White Hot, Edge, Tyrian, Iron, and Fire–along with six brightness settings.

Using an included quick disconnect mount with a throw-lever attachment, the company describes the new ECHO model as a huge improvement over traditional eyepiece style thermals, as it is direct-view

“The ECHO3 allows the shooter to sit back and view the thermal display and when targets are identified, the new BDX reticle technology allows for exact aiming solutions in real-time,” said Andy York, President, Sig Sauer Electro-Optics in a statement.

The 1-6x ECHO3 has a 23mm objective lens, a 4.1-inch overall length, and an overall height of 3.1-inches. Weight is 14.5-ounces. MSRP is set at $3,899.99.

For those who want to go larger, the 2-12x magnification ECHO3 has a 40mm objective lens, a 4.7-inch overall length, and an overall height of 3.6-inches. Weight is 16.6-ounces. MSRP is set at $5,199.99.

Both new ECHO3 models will be available sometime this Spring.


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Women of Abbey Clary, Social Media Manager

Mon, 03/02/2020 - 04:00

Abbey Clary acts as’s resident social media wizard. (Photo:

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

My first stop was to sit down and chat with Abbey Clary — the Social Media Manager behind’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages. Joining the company almost two years ago, she carefully curates what you see on our various social platforms. Clary chatted with me about her job at and what caused her to make the jump from a big marketing agency to a startup company in the gun industry. What prompted you to join

Clary: I had been in marketing at a big agency prior to this for about almost four years but, honestly, was feeling a little burned out. I had worked for smaller companies in the past and I really like the culture of startups. I heard about the job at, so I applied. I’m sure that working for a big agency is very different than a startup, so give the readers an idea of what you do day-to-day as’s Social Media Manager?

Clary: My main job is to manage the social accounts — Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I post news from and some additional content we get from either the content team or shooters and other people in the industry. I also handle our manufacturer relationships, essentially, just trying to maintain positive relationships with them and working together on different marketing opportunities including all of the giveaways we do at each month.

Finally, I should also mention that I manage our Brand Ambassadors and Influencers as well as keeping up with the Gear Store.

Clary is at the helm of’s Instagram, among other social media platforms. (Graphic: Jacki Billings/ That sounds like a lot of fun but I’m sure some challenges come with the job. What would you say is the biggest obstacle you face?

Clary: Probably the most challenging aspect is keeping our social media new and fresh across all our pages. Alternatively, what is the most rewarding part of the job for you?

Clary: I would say the people I’ve met in the industry are honestly the most rewarding part. It’s funny to build relationships online or over the phone with people then you finally meet them face-to-face and it feels like you’ve known them for a long time. It’s the cool thing about social media. Totally agree. The people in this industry are the best! So still on the topic of your experiences at, historically we have been a website that promoted women in the industry. There’s a lot of girl power backing the site. What does it mean to you to work for a company that is so supportive of women?

Clary: It’s super important, I think for me personally. Women have such an important role in our industry. It’s really encouraging to see other women who are gun owners and actually shooters and know what they’re talking about. has a small but growing group of females here which is really encouraging as a fairly new female shooter. All the women are really genuine people and it’s really awesome that our company has embraced women in that way.

Testing out guns at range day at SHOT Show 2019. (Photo: Absolutely. So let’s dive into a little personal history. What got you into guns and how long have you been a gun owner?

Clary: I grew up around guns. My brothers and dad were all avid hunters. I shot some growing up but nothing too serious. I started working here at and it reignited my interest in guns. I bought my first gun through and now I have a few guns that I bought from here. It’s hard to look at the site every single day and not buy something.

I still consider myself a beginner, but I love learning. I definitely agree about buying from I am always drooling over guns we have and keeping a little wishlist of items I want to eventually buy. You mentioned you’ve bought a few guns from What’s your favorite purchase?

Clary: Probably my Heckler & Koch VP9. I figured you were going to say that. It’s a nice one. We’re going to wrap this up but first, I have a few rapid-fire questions. First gun you ever fired?

Clary: I don’t remember what it was but it was one of my dad’s rifles. Final question, pink guns — yes or no?

Clary: No.

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5 Anti-Gun Bills Rushed Through Legislature to Virginia Governor

Mon, 03/02/2020 - 03:43

With single-party control in Richmond, state lawmakers have muscled through gun control bills to the Governor’s office despite widespread opposition. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Lawmakers in the Democrat-controlled Virginia state legislature last week greenlighted a raft of gun control measures, sending them to the desk of Gov. Ralph Northam.

The five bills headed to the Governor include proposals to establish a “red flag” gun seizure mechanism, allow cities and counties to pass their own tough local gun control ordinances, penalize gun owners who have their firearms lost or stolen and forget to report them, mandatory gun lock laws, and removing the ability of local school boards to allow lawful guns on campus.

“A historic step forward—and even more to come,” said Northam, a Democrat, and advocate of more gun restriction, on social media.

Two other measures, which are still in a conference committee before heading to the Governor’s mansion, would ration handguns to one purchase per buyer per month while another requires gun transfers between private parties to first go through a background check.

In each case, the bills passed on largely party-line votes in Richmond after previous versions repeatedly tanked in past sessions while the state Senate was under nominal Republican control. National groups with deep pockets, financed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, spent millions over the past decade in an effort to switch the polarity of the chamber, managing to turn it blue last November.

The bills headed to Northam include:

HB 9: requires lost or stolen firearms are reported to the police within 24 hours of discovery. Gun owners who fail to do this could face a civil penalty of up to $250

HB 421: eliminates the state’s preemption laws when it comes to local communities who want to ban guns in various public places or otherwise regulate their use. Pro-gun groups worry this would create a confusing patchwork of bans across the Commonwealth’s 143 counties and independent cities. It would also allow localities to bring lawsuits against firearms manufacturers.

HB 674: establishes Extreme Risk Protection Orders, the sort of “red flag” law adopted in other states that allows police to request guns be removed from individuals thought to be a danger. The order, which could last for as much as 180 days, would require the individual to petition the court to have their gun rights restored.

HB 1080: would restrict a school board from allowing an individual to carry otherwise legal guns on campus.

HB 1083: restricts access to firearms to youth under 18, with the punishment being up to a Class 6 felony under Virginia law.

Those still in conference committee include:

HB 2: expands background checks to include firearm transfers between individuals. As noted by the NRA, “Under this extreme legislation, even lending a brother your rifle for a deer hunt or letting your daughter borrow a handgun for self-defense could land otherwise law-abiding Virginians with a felony conviction and up to 5 years in jail.”

House Bill 812: restricts handgun purchases to one a month. Violators could face as much as 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

The Virginia legislative session began on January 8. Enacted legislation from this session, in general, would take effect July 1.

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The Joys of Waterfowl Hunting: Why You Should Start

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 04:30

Waterfowl hunting can be a great way to spend time with family and friends. (Photo: N. Turner)

Bird hunting may seem intimidating on the onset, especially if you don’t come from a family of hunters, but a great way to get your feet wet is with a little waterfowl action. If you’ve always wanted to head to the marshes for ducks or geese but missed the ponds last season, here are some reasons you should make it a point to go waterfowling later this year.

Waterfowl were my first hunting foray and it didn’t take long to get hooked on wing-shooting these high-speed birds. If you like shooting shotguns at all, then going after ducks is an incredible and fun challenge. They come in from any direction, at speeds varying from almost a hover to so fast you hear them zip by as the wind whistles through their feathers. Their speed and agility make them a very challenging, yet fun game.

Waterfowl hunting can be done almost nationwide and you probably are a lot closer to a marsh than you think. Though you might assume it requires chest-waders and expensive equipment, you can have a great time just hiding in the tall grass in earth-toned clothes. In short, don’t fret if your gear doesn’t match the guys on the Duck’s Unlimited calendar.

The Remington 870 was the author’s first bird hunting gun. (Photo:

While some of the best duck hunting spots are all on the water, you can still have a great time hunting from walkable banks and shores. Decoys can help bring the birds in, but if you play your cards right you can benefit from being in the right place at the right time. A good bird dog with an affinity for water is also an invaluable hunting partner in this case.

My adventures started as a kid with a classic Remington 870 12-gauge by my side. Hard to go wrong with something simple and tested. Due to the typical wet and muddy conditions encountered when waterfowl hunting, it would be a good idea to use a gun with synthetic furniture like the Benelli Nova.

When it comes to shells, most shotguns are capable of shooting non-traditional loads such as steel or bismuth shot, which are specifically marketed to duck and goose hunters. Most waterfowl management areas, through a mix of state and federal laws, require the use of non-toxic shot due to contamination in filter feeders, and woe be it the sportsman who is caught by a conservation officer duck hunting with lead shot.

A youth hunter proudly shows off his duck. (Photo: N. Turner)

If goose hunting is to be a part of your waterfowl adventure, then you should also consider a shotgun with a 3 or 3 1/2-inch chamber due to the fact these big honkers often need some extra ounces to bring them down, especially from altitude. Whether you choose a pump shotgun or a semi-auto, like the Beretta A300, make sure you practice before heading out on the hunt. Many an old school goose hunter can still be found with bolt-action shotguns as well.

As with most types of bird hunting, you can get into it as much or as little as you want. A good start is simply scoping out the local area and wading into the sport slowly. See what works for you. If possible, find a local group or club to show you the tricks and nuances of your local marsh. Keep in mind that waterfowl don’t mind the weather, and some of the absolute best days wing-shooting might be in completely miserable conditions. Wind, snow, and cold often produce some of the best hunting days.

The Beretta A300. (Photo:

Perhaps one of the best parts of waterfowl hunting is the camaraderie between friends and family. There is always plenty of time to talk, take friendly jabs at each other’s shooting, or tell old hunting stories.

You might start with a $200 hand-me-down shotgun and an old musty duck coat; but before you know it you’ll end up knee-deep in muddy water with your very best friends — freezing together while discussing shot patterns, retriever breeds, and Pintail whistles. If that sounds like fun to you, then you might need to try bird hunting.

Waterfowl hunting can be a family event, allowing members to spend time together. (Photo: N. Turner)

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Monument Planned To Honor The Late Richard Overton

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 04:00

The planned monument for Richard Overton will honor the late veteran.

Fundraising is underway for a monument to honor the late Richard Overton. Overton, who passed away on Dec. 18, 2018, at the age of 112, was not only America’s oldest living Veteran but also the oldest man in America.

The planned monument was designed and will be built by Gilbert Beall. The monument will be unveiled on Overton’s birthday, May 11, 2020, at his final resting place in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas. A fundraising event is also set to take place on March. 5, 2020 at Bob’s Steak & Chop House in Austin. 

Overton joined the army on Sept. 3, 1940, and served in the South Pacific until 1945. After the war, he settled in Austin, Texas where he worked at a furniture store. Later in life, he gained somewhat of a celebrity status not only because of his age but also how he claimed to maintain his health. He credited his longevity to smoking cigars and drinking whiskey. He hung out with the likes of Texas Governor Rick Perry and President Barack Obama. had the honor of visiting Overton at his home in Austin, Texas in the spring of 2015, giving us a tour of his firearms kept around the house for protection and enjoyment. His go-to gun was a Browning Auto-5 12-gauge shotgun, almost as old as him. The Auto-5 was the first successful semi-automatic shotgun and was produced from 1905 until 1998.

Overton’s favorite guns were his revolvers, of which he kept two by his bed.

Richard Overton’s Colt Police Positive revolver in .38.

The first was a Colt Police Positive chambered in .38. It’s an old one, probably around 1920s production, judging from the period Bakelite grip.

Richard Overton’s first generation Colt Single Action in .32-20.

The second was a first-generation Colt Single Action with a 7.5-inch barrel in a very long cartridge, probably .32-20, judging from the cylinder flutes. However, the overall patina, ‘aged ivory’ orange grips and large base pin screw make it look like an Italian clone, possibly a Uberti Rooster. Safe to say, it is a Colt SAA or clone.

Both were loaded, but neither had a round under the hammer. When asked if he liked revolvers, Overton answered, “Oh yeah. I don’t have one if it ‘ain’t loaded. I leave one of them things right there by my bed when I go to sleep.”

The invitation to the fundraiser to honor Richard Overton.

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Tennessee Governor Launches Push for Constitutional Carry

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 01:49

“The Second Amendment is clear and concise and secures the freedoms of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms,” said Gov. Bill Lee, announcing legislation for constitutional carry in the state. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Republican Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday went public with his plans to bring a constitutional carry law to the Volunteer State.

The proposal would recognize the right for those 21 or older in Tennessee to carry a handgun without a permit except for currently restricted areas. The move has the backing of Lt. Governor Randy McNally, state Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson, and state House Majority Leader William Lamberth, support which would appear to guarantee clear sailing.

“The Second Amendment is clear and concise and secures the freedoms of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms,” said Lee in a press conference.

While the text of the proposal was not made available on Thursday, Lee said the move would put Tennessee in the same club as enjoyed by 16 other states who generally recognize the right to carry a concealed handgun without first having to get a permit.

The announcement was welcomed by the National Rifle Association, who said it would “ensure that no honest, hard-working Tennessean is ever left defenseless while waiting for government permission or wading through red-tape.” The member association is set to have its annual meeting in Nashville in April.

Meanwhile, local pro-gun groups such as the Tennessee Firearms Association said they were “optimistic but extremely guarded as to whether it could support all of the bill,” as its contents were not public.

Of note, Lee came to office last year on an endorsement from the NRA, beating the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, former Nashville mayor Karl Dean, and replacing term-limited Republican Gov. Bill Haslam. While in office, Haslam signed several pro-gun bills including one to allow guns in parks and another for lifetime carry permits, but his administration erected roadblocks to open carry and permitless carry bills, despite campaign pledges to support it.

In addition to the carry provisions, Lee’s office noted that the bill is coupled with greater punishments for firearm-related crime including increasing the penalty for theft of a firearm to a felony and bumping up the minimum sentence for theft of a firearm from 30 days to 180 days.

“This constitutional carry package is historic because not only does it uphold the freedoms granted to us by our nation’s founding fathers, it also imposes mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines on bad guys who illegally obtain or use handguns,” said Rep. Lamberth.

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Large International Gun Trade Show on Hold Due to Coronavirus

Thu, 02/27/2020 - 23:15

IWA 2020 expected 40,000 visitors next month but is now on hold for an unannounced future date later this year. (Photos: NürnbergMesse)

The upcoming Internationale Waffen Ausstellung (International Weapons Exhibition) OutdoorClassics show, held in Nürnberg, Germany, has been postponed due to caution over the spread of coronavirus.

The annual event, organized by NürnbergMesse, was set to take place March 6-9 but has been kicked down the road to a date sometime later this year which has yet to be determined.

“We hope you will understand the decision taken,” said NürnbergMesse in a statement this week. “The aim of every trade fair must be to create a special experience for exhibitors and visitors alike and to facilitate the diverse establishment and expansion of business relationships. Unfortunately, this goal cannot be achieved under the current circumstances.”

With 1,600 exhibitors from across the outdoor, shooting sports, hunting, and security industry, IWA expected more than 46,000 visitors from over 130 countries next month. The show was founded in 1974 and is the largest of its type in Europe.

IWA often sees new firearms from European gunmakers such as Beretta, Walther, and others debuted several months or even years before they are seen in the U.S., providing a sneak peek of sorts for what will show up on gun store shelves in America. With the German show on hold, those releases may be pushed back, or reformatted for release at other events.

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Texas Range Day Brings Content Creators, Sponsors Together

Thu, 02/27/2020 - 04:30

Jamie Villamor shoots on the long-range bay. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Texas Range Day brought together influencers, content creators and sponsors together for a fun day at Extreme Tactics and Training Solutions in Waxahachie, Texas.

Sponsored by FN America, Vortex Optics, Maxim Defense, STI, Nemo Arms, and, to name a few, the event saw 25 content creators from all over the country testing guns, gear, and their own skills alongside one another.

Influencers and content creators gather for instruction. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

From a competition bay that challenged handgun skills to a long-range shooting set-up courtesy of Nemo Arms and Vortex, Texas Range Day let shooters try their hands at something new.

“I came out today to basically test out some of the baddest products on the market right now,” Austin of TampaEliteGuns told

The competition bay challenged participants with their handgun skills on STI products. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

In addition to putting shooters through their paces, Texas Range Day also gave participants the ability to network face-to-face with other creators as well as 14 total sponsors.

“The main advantage to coming out here is the fact that you get to shoot some guns that you may not have locally. You have the representatives of these companies out here with you,” Chris of Realdirtyharry fame said.

The long-range bay allowed shooters to pair Nemo Arms rifles with Vortex scopes. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Maxim Defense had their popular PDX series on hand in an open shooting bay. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Organizer Jack Callahan, otherwise known as whiskey.savage on Instagram, told that the event was meant as a way for influencers and content creators to produce organic content with firearms and shooting resources they may not have available otherwise. The event took many hours to prep, but Callahan said the time is well worth the investment to provide a content-rich environment.

“I’ve probably put in about 300 hours on this event. Everything from buses, food to the range. The range is the easy part, honestly. It’s everything else, logistically, that goes into it. It’s been a labor of love for about the last six months,” he commented. “I started Texas Range Day to bring an opportunity for the community to come together and have a good time with great sponsors.”

Guns celebs like Jade Struck, pictured above, were on hand. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Though Texas Range Day took tremendous planning, Callahan said the industry can expect to see it back next year as the shooting event will be an annual occurrence.

“We will have a Texas Range Day website (in the future). We will be doing events like this, smaller regional ones, in Arizona, Utah, and Florida and then we’ll do a big one in Texas every year,” Callahan said. “The big thing for next year is Texas Range Day will be a customer-facing event so we will be able to sell passes for folks to come out and watch the social media shoot but also train with the best trainers in the world.”

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