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An effort to close what bill’s supporters term the “ammo loophole” would make mandatory background checks the nationwide norm for ammunition sales.
Under measures proposed in the House by Florida’s Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Senate by Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal, would-be ammunition buyers would have to be first vetted by the FBI’s National Instant Background Check System. The lawmakers, allied with national gun control groups, say the move to add controls to bullet sales would help save lives.
Wasserman Schultz’s bill, entered Wednesday as HR 1705 with 54 co-sponsors, would force potentially millions of ammunition purchases into the already swamped NICS clearinghouse where transfers would be approved, delayed or denied. Those with a valid state-issued firearms permit issued within the past five years would not have to submit to a check before they could buy ammo. Exceptions would be allowed for police and the military as well as those sharing ammunition between immediate family, such as spouses, or temporary transfers “necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm”
Currently four states — Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, and New Jersey — require firearms licenses for ammo sales but not federal background checks on purchases. Initiatives enacted in California in 2016 and New York in 2013 are closer to the proposed new plan, requiring checks at purchase, but each has a troubled track record.
New York’s mandate, part of the state’s SAFE Act, is in a holding pattern as officials try to work out the mechanics of the program. On the West Coast, California’s Prop. 63 ammo regulations have caused headaches for both dealers and buyers, added fees and wait times to gun owners seeking to buy ammunition, and forced online retailers and small ammo makers to halt direct sales with home delivery. Many would-be California ammo buyers, after July 1, 2019, will have to pay a fee and pass an “eligibility check” performed by the state Department of Justice.
Wasserman Schultz’s California-style bullet control bill has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. Blumenthal is set to introduce a similar measure in the Senate.
A last haven for guns that would have otherwise been scrapped by authorities, an Australian firearms museum is now confronted with the possibility they may have to mutilate their own collection. The Lithgow Small Arms Factory, which crafted Australian Lee-Enfields from 1912 into the 1950s when they switched to making inch-pattern semi-auto FAL rifles, is an icon in the country.
Some two decades ago, a non-profit group turned the facility into a museum to preserve both the factory and historic Australian firearms Staffed by volunteers, they take in unregistered guns during national firearm amnesty periods rather than have them torched by police. “We exist for the community and display a range of artifacts of historical, educational and community value,” the museum said
Now, Lithgow’s collection is the subject of a regulation passed in the Australian state of New South Wales to have museums that store arms make them “permanently inoperable.” Previously, Lithgow and others could just remove the firing pin to deactivate weapons, a temporary move that largely kept the gun intact, just not fireable. What the government wants now is a more drastic method.
“Permanent inoperability involves inserting a steel rod down the barrel of the firearm and welding the muzzle and chamber, welding the barrel to the receiver, removing the firing pin and welding the hole, removing all internal springs, welding internal components and welding the bolt, magazine, external hammer and trigger in a fixed position,” Lithgow said. “By doing this, the firearm will be reduced to a metal blob rather than a genuine firearm.”
The museum is petitioning the NSW government to allow them to leave the current operation as-is. The group argues an “unimaginable loss of history” would occur should the collection be ordered butchered. They estimate that as much as 70 percent of their current holdings would have to undergo the new procedure.
The public petition has 3,000 signatures as of Thursday.
Czech gun company Laugo Arms has transitioned their flagship Alien pistol from prototype to production and it has been approved this month for competition use. The company announced their official worldwide release date for the high-end competition gun at the IWA exhibition in Germany this month.
Currently, a limited run of 500 pistols is slated to be produced in 2019 as Laguo spins up to full-scale production on what is expected to be a $3K-ish standard model. Subsequently, the International Practical Shooting Confederation entered the gun on their list of approved models in Production Divison events.
The innovative-looking handgun, which shares a somewhat intentional likeness to the Xenomorph extraterrestrial in Ridley Scott’s Alien series, has garnered a lot of international buzz in the past several weeks. The 9mm semi-auto has what is billed as the lowest bore axis available on a handgun, with the positioning of its fixed barrel some 1.7mm below the line of the grip axis. With an overall length of 8.5-inches, the Alien yields a 7.3-inch sight radius and 4.8-inch barrel length. With a standard 17+1 round capacity, the gun weighs in at 2.47-pounds, loaded.
Although Laugo has a dozen international distributors lined up to market the gun overseas, no U.S. importer is currently bringing the elusive Alien into the states. However, the company has said they hope to have the gun in the U.S. sometime this summer.
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Competition shooter and all around gun girl, Gabby Franco, took Guns.com through some of her favorite products at SHOT Show held in Las Vegas in January.
Franco’s tour of products began at Walther Arms where Franco shows off the steel frame Q5 Match SF Pistol. The 9mm pistol ditches the polymer frame in favor of a steel design that adds an extra pound to the gun. This weight change, according to Walther, produces smoother, faster follow-up shots. The trigger displays a flashy blue style with a 5.6-pound pull.
“This is the one that everyone has been talking about, “ Franco said showing off the Q5 Match pistol. “Dedicated for competition shooting, but don’t worry it’s also for any enthusiast shooter who wants to get a good, quality gun that can shoot good and also that looks good.”
Continuing through the Walther Arms booth, Franco also showcased the company’s air rifles for Olympic style shooting. Focusing on precision, the air rifles deliver upgraded features designed specifically for competition shooters. Notably, the models boast a multi-directional trigger and fully adjustable stock to allow shooters to fine tune the setup to their specific needs.
Taking the product tour on the road, Franco brought the Guns.com crew to the Liberty Safe booth to preview the new Vault Door. The Vault Door sets itself apart from previous designs in that it opens inward. Fixed to the inside of the door is a release handle and switch which allows owners to pull open the door from the inside of the safe.
“In the event you have like an earthquake and something falls in front of the door and you’re inside, you can pull the door open and dig your way out,” Jamey Skousen of Liberty Safe explained.
Additionally, the Vault Door features military-style locking bars. The bars extend further and prevent crowbars or other tools from prying the door loose.
Finishing up her favorite products, Franco landed at the booth of Red Hill Tactical — a holster maker with the very first Q5 holster. The holster, with a carbon fiber look, was created for Franco’s Q5 competition gun. The holster comes with a unique profile designed around USPSA shooting, which allows competitors to scoop draw while indexing their middle finger correctly. Additionally, the holster uses a unique Kydex construction to help competitors on the draw.
“All of our holsters are shipping with two layers of .08 Kydex so instead of having the flex, when you grab ours there’s almost no flex. So even with the 43-ounce weight, when you put it in there you’re not going to get any of the flex or bounce when you go to draw the gun. You’re going to get a more efficient draw.” Robert King of Red Hill Tactical said.
Check out the full video above to hear even more deets on Franco’s favorite items.
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A self-admitted member of the Ruthless Thug Life Fresno Bulldogs was stopped by local police on Monday with what they said was a loaded .44 Magnum revolver. Photos say different.
A release from the Fresno Police Department says they arrested Amador Carlos Martinez, 19, after a search during a traffic stop found the revolver under the vehicle’s driver seat. “Martinez said he possessed the firearm for his protection against other gang members,” said the agency.
However, while the report lists the gun as a .44 Magnum, the image attached details that it was a replica Model 1858 New Army .44-caliber cap-and-ball revolver of the kind made by a number of Italian firms, chiefly for the collector market. The brass-framed guns, which typically sell for around $200, often by mail order, are not regulated by the ATF due to the fact they are black powder. Further, the image released by FPD shows that the gun was not capped when the photo was taken.
The agency’s post to social media quickly resulted in over 2,000 comments in just two days. We went searching for some of the best so you don’t have to:
- Who tf he beefing with? Abraham Lincoln?
- The serial number on that gun is 3.
- You guys impound his horse too?
- They Mirandized him and he just replied, “I’m your huckleberry.”
- His street name was “dances with wolves.”
- This has always confused me… do gangsters duel at 10 paces or 15???
- Someone took Red Dead Redemption a little too serious.
- I mean the cop should’ve let him challenge him to a duel at high noon in front of the old town saloon.
- When u Robbing 7 eleven at 6 am but the re-enactment is at 8 am.
- You have the right to remain silent, and you’re a daisy if you do.
Martinez was booked into the Fresno County Jail for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
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The gun may have had some Israeli ties, but Desert Eagles are now all made in the USA at Magnum Research’s Pillager, Minnesota plant.
With research on Jim Skildum and John Risdall’s large-framed semi-auto icon going back as far as the 1970s, Israel Military Industries first put the gun into production under contract in 1982. Now, after a stint of production by Saco Defense in Maine and then back to Israel, MRI reports this week that the move to bring the gun fully back to the Land of the Free is complete.
“We are very excited to announce the full U.S. production of the Desert Eagle pistols,” said Jodi Deporter, director of marketing for Kahr Firearms Group, which purchased MRI in 2010. “We believe in the importance of keeping manufacturing jobs here in the United States and are proud to offer American-made products to our customers.”
The first Minnesota-made Desert Eagle prototypes were produced in 2009, transitioning to limited production later the same year. Since then, says Deporter, each year MRI has stepped up the numbers of U.S-made guns while reducing imports. Now, Deagles are all 100 percent domestically produced and the company is on track to crank out 10,000 of the beefy guns this year.
According to federal regulators, in 2017, MRI produced 8,367 semi-auto pistols in the U.S. that year. The figure includes 7,217 handguns chambered in .50 Action Express.
Long a staple of film, TV and video games, today’s Desert Eagles have evolved from a handful of initial offerings to dozens of varieties of the Mark XIX platform in 357 Magnum, .44 Magnum or .50 A.E., with different barrel options and finishes. This year, MRI also introduced the spicy new .429 DE cartridge and a corresponding model to accommodate the round.
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The big box sporting goods retailer that has fast become a pariah in the firearms industry for its gun control-friendly policies told investors Tuesday they plan to remove firearms from about one-fifth of their locations.
Dick’s this week released their earnings results for the fourth quarter of 2018 and full year that ended Feb. 2. The detailed 3.7 percent fall in comparable sales and failure to meet Wall Street analysts’ expectations sent shares dropping by 10 percent, reported Reuters.
In a call with investors, Dick’s CEO Edward Stack said the company would move to phase out gun and ammo sales at 125 of its 729 locations, replacing the items with other types of sporting goods and outdoor recreation inventory.
Dick’s has had a rocky history with the shooting sports industry following the decision by the company in 2018 to hire a government affairs group for the purpose of gun control lobbying. The move, coupled with the retailer’s past choices to destroy their existing inventory of AR-15s and refuse firearm sales to those under age 21, didn’t sit well with some employees– 62 left the company. In the end, a number of firearms icons such as Mossberg, Springfield Armory and others cut ties with the retailer and the National Shooting Sports Foundation booted Dick’s from their trade group.
Last December, the company settled a discrimination lawsuit with a 20-year-old Oregon man they refused to sell a gun to based on his age, one of several they are currently fighting.
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With the DD5V1 rifle, gun maker Daniel Defense followed a natural progression for AR-pattern rifles. Unlike Daniel Defense’s standard-fare – AR-15s chambered in 5.56 – the DD5V1 is an AR-10 chambered in .308. Aesthetically, there’s little difference between the platforms, but the AR-10 is no easy layup for a gun maker as the design, which served as a precursor for the AR-15, as it handles a heavier round. Yet, Daniel Defense’s take on it is quite possibly one of the best available.
Compared to other AR10s, the DD5V1 differs in how the barrel and rail integrate with the upper receiver. Instead of using a traditional barrel nut, the rifle has a four-bolt connection system that connects the cold hammer forged barrel and M-Lok rail to the upper receiver. This makes the upper portion of the rifle very strong and almost like a single piece.
The DD5V1 controls are not your basic AR15 configuration. The safety, mag release, and bolt catch are ambidextrous. The magazine well is flared and beveled for easier reloads. Finally, the icing on the cake is the trigger. The DD5V1 comes with a Geissele SSA two-stage trigger – it is really hard to complain when a company includes a 2.5-pound Geissele trigger.
Aiding in maintenance and reliability, the bolt carrier group is chrome plated. It is beefed up with two ejectors in the bolt and an oversized cam pin. The bolt has a traditional seven lug design but has an enhanced extractor. All this is to accommodate the larger .308 round and to insure longevity.
Daniel Defense rifles shoot well. There. I said it. And the DD5V1 was no different. At 8 pounds unloaded and optic-less, it isn’t a rifle that can be maneuvered like an AR15. But that’s not its intended role. The larger .308 round and weight of the gun lends itself to be more of a long range platform, so taking it out past 500 yards was a breeze. With a good piece of glass on top I would be confident at 800 yards.
The mid-length gas system in conjunction with the previously mentioned bolt carrier attributes makes this rifle very reliable. I shot a variety of ammo through this gun without issues. This is nice because .308 can be expensive and if you can price shop for ammo it will give you a bit more flexibility.
Loaded with features, the Daniel Defense DD5V1 stands out among other basic semi-auto .308 rifles. MSRP is listed at around $3,000, but a realistic price point brings it down to the $2,000 range.
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Tennessee-based Barrett Firearms on Monday got a nod from the U.S. Special Operations Command for new Advanced Sniper Rifles.
The $49.9 million five-year, indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract announcement is slim on details other than that is for the ASR program. The program itself was identified in SOCOM’s FY19 budget justification book as part of an effort to continue “development of enhanced capabilities to improve performance” of “individual sniper weapons to engage out to 1500 meters.”
A 2018 solicitation described the ASR as a “modular, multi-caliber, bolt-action sniper rifle” chambered in 7.62×51 mm NATO, .300 Norma Magnum, and .338 Norma Magnum with caliber conversions capable at the user-level.
The broad requirements point to Barrett’s MRAD platform, a bolt-action rifle with a monolithic upper receiver that is available in a range of calibers including all those mentioned in the military’s solicitation. Caliber conversion kits for the MRAD use a separate barrel assembly and bolt.
The company has already had some success with shopping the MRAD to the Pentagon, as they announced a Defense Department contract for the rifle in .300 PRC last December.
Barrett later on Tuesday confirmed the MRAD was, in fact, the new ASR rifle. To be designated the Mk21 in U.S. service, the company pointed out, “This marks the first time in history that a father and son have had rifle designs adopted by the US military: Ronnie Barrett with M107 and Chris Barrett with Mk21.”
The ASR contract is scheduled to be completed by March 2024 with the work set to be performed in Barrett’s Christiana plant.
SOCOM, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, counts some 70,000 servicemembers in its subordinate commands including elite Navy SEAL, Marine Raider, Army Special Forces, and Ranger units.
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Competitive shooter and Team Sig Captain Max Michel brings home the first place finish in the Carry Optics Division at the 2019 Caribbean Open.
Held in Caguas, Puerto Rico Feb. 8-10, the Caribbean Open challenges practical pistol shooters with 16 stages. To place first, Michel competed in 15 courses of fire ultimately winning 14. Michel used his P320X5 paired with a ROMEO3MAX open reflex sight and Sig Sauer Match Elite Pistol Competition Ammunition. Michel used this combination previously to take first place at the 2019 Miami Open in January.
“Once again I ran the ROMEO3MAX Open Reflex sight throughout the Caribbean Open and it performed flawlessly. The weather conditions throughout the competition were intense and the functionality and capability of the sight were impressive as I was able to easily transition through the stages,” Michel said in a press release.
The ROMEO3MAX features a compact, open reflex sight design with a 30mm max round lens for a better field of view. The optic boasts a special red-notch filter for a more impactful red dot display and 6 MOA dot size. The reflex sight tops its design off with 12 illumination intensity levels, MOTAC activation and 20,000 hours of runtime. Made from aluminum and coated in a matte black finish, the ROMEO3MAX is waterproof. Sig Sauer says the ROMEO3MAX is not yet available to consumers but is slated for release mid-summer.
“I am really looking forward to the commercial release of the optic in July and have no doubt it will quickly become the premier optic of the action shooting sports,” Michel added.
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On the march towards the 2020 Olympics, USA Shooting member Nic Moschetti puts in the work day after day to achieve his goal of standing on an Olympic podium representing Team USA.
With a love of the outdoors Moschetti’s journey started in the fields hunting, fishing and recreationally shooting alongside his dad. Moschetti had no idea that years later he would turn a hobby into an Olympic dream. While shooting at a range for his 12th birthday, Beretta representative first introduced him to the concept of competition shooting.
“I ended up competing in 4-H. Then ventured into the Scholastic Clay Target Program and finally into USA shooting where I’m able to compete at the highest elite level for my country,” Moschetti told Guns.com at the USA Shooting booth at SHOT Show in January.
Moschetti, now competing under the National Junior Team banner as a skeet shooter, said he trains extensively. While most would think competitors work focuses solely on the range, in truth, a fair portion of training is held off the field.
“I spend quite a few hours on the range starting in the morning at 8 o’clock. I’m out there until about 1 in the afternoon, taking breaks because that’s how I compete,” Moschetti explained. “I also do a lot of physical training and that means in the gym for me. I work out with a personal trainer at the Olympic Training Center.”
The work, Moschetti said, is not all physical though. He also spends time with a sports psychologist and sports psychophysiologist in order to gain an understanding of the mental component of competing. “I actually get to see how my brain is reacting on a computer screen in front of me. There’s a lot more that goes into it for me than just actually putting rounds down range.”
Moschetti said 2019 holds more competitions, more training and hopefully a spot on the US Olympics teams after trials conclude later this year.
“Since I was a kid I’ve wanted to compete in the Olympics so knowing that that time is now, here, this fall is when I have to start to perform at that level,” he said. “That’s exciting. I’m excited to get after it.”
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Also known as the 1909 Modelo Argentino, this Mauser has a lot in common with the Gew 98 but has a few subtle differences. Chambered in 7.65x53mm Belgian, a caliber much-loved in Latin American military service, Eric with IV8888 takes a look at the German contract Argentine 1909 in the above video.
Buenos Aires fell in love with Mausers in 1891 and continued their relationship with the turn-bolt classic across a number of variants until they finally phased them out in the 1960s in favor of the FAL. Eric has a few of these old Argentine Mausers, and he says “they all shoot exceptionally well.”
To back that up below is a video from a year ago where he winds out an older M1891 to 600 yards.
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Beretta rose the curtain on their new 1301 Comp Pro shotgun at an international trade show this week. Building on the 1301 Comp‘s success, the new Pro model was developed through feedback from competition shooters.
Announced at the IWA OutdoorClassics show in Nuremberg, Germany, Beretta’s newest 12 comes standard with a wider magazine window and oversized cocking handle as well as an aluminum Toni System 10+1 round magazine. This is an improvement on the standard Comp model, which required users to buy a magazine-extension tube as an after-market accessory.
However, the most notable change is the polymeric stock, an upgrade from the more plain jane furniture on the legacy 1301 Comp model. The stock brings a soft comb rubber insert and adjustable spacers to the gun for modularity. Likewise, it incorporates a series of elastomer dampeners that help trim recoil down by some 40 percent, according to Beretta.
The 1301 Comp Pro uses a Steelium barrel with a 10×8 stepped rib offered in either 21- or 24-inch lengths. Aimed at 3-Gun and practical shooting competitors, it uses Beretta’s Optimabore HP interchangeable choke system, that can be adapted for other uses, as well as the 1301’s standard Blink gas-operating system, which the company bills as being fast enough to be able to get off four shots in under one second. The gun has a 3-inch chamber in a 3.5-inch receiver to provide the larger loading and ejection port
No word on MSRP at this time.
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The Texas-based company marketing currently-legal bump stocks is warning that the clock is ticking on the devices.
With a looming federal ban on such stocks set to kick in on March 26, retailer RW Arms said the last day they will ship the accessories to buyers on March 18. Further, all sales are final.
The veteran-owned company picked up the remaining inventory of fellow Lone Star State-based Slide Fire Systems last May after the bump stock maker closed its doors and stopped producing the devices which are soon to be classified as “machineguns” due to a pending regulation.
Last month a federal judge declined to issue a temporary injunction to halt a ban on bump stocks while challenges to the prohibition are heard by the court. A separate lawsuit, backed by Gun Owners of America, had a hearing in a federal district court in Kalamazoo, Michigan on March 6 requesting an injunction on similar grounds.
Meanwhile, newly confirmed U.S. Attorney General William Barr has taken a look at the pending ban, signed by Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on Dec. 18, 2018, and said this week he stands behind it. “Having now familiarized myself with the rulemaking record that was before the Acting Attorney General and having reevaluated those materials without any deference to his earlier decision, I have personally come to the conclusion that it is appropriate to ratify and affirm the final rule as it was published,” said Barr.
Federal regulators estimate that as many as 520,000 bump stocks could be in circulation. The rule set to take effect in two weeks stipulates that owners will have to either destroy their devices or abandon them at an ATF office prior to the effective date under threat of federal weapons charges that carry up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines for each violation. The government has not authorized any form of compensation for either surrendered or destroyed stocks.
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Gov. Matt Bevin on Monday signed a bill to make Kentucky the latest state to recognize permitless concealed carry as law.
The measure, SB 150, codified the right of those over 21 to carry a concealed weapons without a license in the same locations license holders can. Introduced on Feb. 11, it swept through the legislature in less than a month with a strong 29-8 Senate endorsement and a 60-37 vote in the House.
Kentucky already recognizes open carry without a permit and under SB 150 would expand state law to cover concealed carry. The state’s current permit program would remain in place to allow holders to enjoy reciprocity agreements the Bluegrass State has with other jurisdictions. Kentucky has had such a program for almost 20 years and issued nearly 400,000 permits in that period.
The new law, set to take effect in July, would make Kentucky the 16th state to recognize permitless concealed carry, including three this year alone. In February, South Dakota adopted a similar law followed quickly by Oklahoma. Lawmakers in at least five additional states are pursuing constitutional carry bills of their own.
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Newly-installed Republican Gov. Mike DeWine signed his first bill into law on Monday, correcting flawed pro-gun legislation approved earlier this year.
DeWine approved HB 86 this week, his first such action since taking office. The emergency measure was a fix for HB 228 approved by lawmakers last session without the signature of then-Gov. John Kasich.
Among the features of HB 228 were changes to Ohio’s definition of a “sawed-off firearm” to exclude any gun with an overall length of at least 26-inches not otherwise regulated by federal authorities — to have the effect of making firearms such as the Mossberg Shockwave and Remington Tac-14 legal under state law. However, before HB 228 took effect on March 28, it was feared that the somewhat contradictory language of the act could inadvertently ban several types of other guns instead.
Backed by state gun rights groups, the corrective HB 86 was rushed through the Ohio legislature in just over two weeks and placed on DeWine’s desk on March 6.
“This is a reaffirmation of the Second Amendment, as you know the original bill created some problems so this is affirming the Second Amendment,” DeWine said on the occasion of the bill’s signing on Monday.
The emergency bill, HB 86, becomes law on March 28, the same date as HB 228. As noted by the Buckeye Firearms Association, “No firearms were ever banned as a result of this swift action by the Ohio General Assembly.”
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Trevor Roe and Chad Jewett are a unique blend of infectious energy fused with a laid-back West Coast vibe that easily translates into their parts and pistol company, Shadow Systems. Roe, the general manager, and Jewett, the National Sales Manager, are humble, regular guys bringing their passion for parts and pistols to consumers. That low-key, guys next door attitudes infused into Shadow Systems and largely dictates how the company operates in an already crowded market full of competitors.
Shadow Systems started in 2016. Based in Plano, Texas and employing 39, the company first began in the aftermarkets parts arena. Pouring both money and energy into bringing Shadow Systems to life, Jewett and Roe both say that the original purpose centered on bringing a more thorough approach to aftermarket parts manufacturing.
“One of the things that’s been different about us since the beginning is we’ve invested a lot of money and a lot of effort into making things in-house,” Roe explained to Guns.com during a phone interview. “Frankly there’s just really not a lot of companies that are doing that.”
Roe added that bringing manufacturing under one house meant better quality control of parts and ultimately better costs for consumers. This focus on quality in-house production is at the core of Shadow Systems. From its slides to triggers, the company focuses its efforts all in-house. As Roe joked, there’s plenty of expensive paperweights lying around from builds and molds that couldn’t cut it. Commitment to quality also trickles into its customer service, with the company devoted to providing outstanding service to all consumers.
Loyalty to their customers spans staying late to take last minute calls to handing out cellphone numbers so consumers can actually call while on the range with any troubles. Roe said this attitude towards service is what genuinely sets Shadow Systems apart from its competition.
“We have gone above and beyond for customers in so many different ways. We love talking to people. We are happy to be your Glock consultant even if you don’t buy stuff from us. Call us up,” he said.
Shadow Systems started as an aftermarket platform but recently ventured into newer territory, taking on the custom gun world with its own creation, the MR918. Roe said the pistol bug bit after the company offered custom Glock services. While toiling away on Glock’s familiar frame, Roe and Jewett said an idea sprang to life — why not just make their very own Shadow Systems branded pistol all in-house?
“When we’re doing our custom Glock’s we start with a stripped Glock frame. We buy brand new frames from dealers around the country who are parting those guns out and then we build our custom Glock on these stippled customized frames — but with all our own parts,” Roe said. “In early 2017, we started thinking we could do a better frame. We wanted to do something different from the ground up.”
After years of design, redesign and tweaking, the MR918 was born. A 9mm build, the MR918 looked to challenge the custom Glock arena bringing that boutique look and feel without breaking the bank. Priced around $799, the MR918 debuted to consumers at SHOT Show. Shadow Systems’ booth was consistently inundated with interested perusers gazing at the new pistol and the company said the response has been good. With the first batch of MR918 pistols to ship out in March or April, Jewett says Shadow Systems’ pistol brings something other pistols — even true boutique guns — can’t bring.
“The unique thing for us is that we were not rebranding something else. This was two years of design and development to get to (the MR918),” Jewett said.
The MR918 looks to fill the void of shooters who want a custom gun, right out of the box, but one that doesn’t cost two month’s salary. Roe said the company has always been cognizant of what shooters want and it’s been a delicate balance to meet those needs.
“Every single person wishes you could have a high capacity .44 Magnum with no recoil in the palm of your hand that weighs two ounces and costs a hundred bucks. Everybody wants that, but it’s never going to happen. Instead, you make these design compromises,” Roe said. “As we designed the pistol we always tried to think in terms of meeting the expectations of the vast majority of shooters.”
With the first batch set to roll out soon and more on the way, Shadow Systems looks to the future. Despite the success and the sales, Roe and Jewett said the company won’t stray from its humble roots.
“We’re not tactical elitists. We all, all of us, started from the ground. As a former Army infantryman picking my nose in Iraq. Chad was a state police officer and most of the guys in the back are Marines. All of us come from humble beginnings.”
Troy, Michigan’s D&D Gunsmiths have seen the proverbial elephant when it comes to poor gun maintenance and decided to post a cautionary tale to the gun community at large.
In a post last week detailing an amazingly dirty semi-auto handgun that came to them in unworking condition, the shop made clear where they stood on regular gun cleaning.
“The guy’s complaint was he couldn’t take it apart that is his day-to-day carry,” said the shop. “That’s what happens when you put the gun in your jacket pocket all of the time or in a hoodie pocket or slide it into your pants for like a decade.”
In short, a true “You failed to maintain your weapon, son” moment.
With over 200 comments, speculation ran heavy that the gun was stored in a dryer lint screen (just in case), or perhaps in an ant hill or wood chipper. The heavy accumulation of particulate in every moving part took some special time and attention — to include an overnight soak and complete strip down — by the staff at D&D to clear.
In the end, it was a night and day difference.
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The AK operating system is known for loose tolerances that perform well in dirty and harsh conditions. This can be interpreted with a bit of flexibility.
To test the ability of Mikhail Kalashnikov’s baby to digest “debris” that has worked inside the action, Brandon Herrera, the AKGuy, removes the dust cover and inserts everything from whipped cream to White Fudge Ding Dongs (the cakes) and lets it rip. It gets messy and a little weird but in the end, the old Kalash just seems to largely shrug it off. As it’s a post dealer sample full-auto model, its fun all day.
If you dig what he is doing, the latest installment is actually a follow-up video to one he did a while back along the same lines. The older video includes easy “cheese,” bananas and peanut butter.
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Yehuda Remer, better known under his moniker Pew Pew Jew, is an author and Second Amendment activist. He burst onto the scene with his debut book “Safety On” providing parents a means to talk gun safety with their kids. Since then, he’s written several more books and began building his Pew Pew Jew brand with a host of quirky and catchy t-shirt designs.
Guns.com sat down with Remer for a chat and learned all about his secret desire to become a marine archeologist and how books helped shape him into the man he is today.
GDC: As an author yourself, you got to be well read so what’s your favorite book of all time?
Remer: Ugh, so I have been going back and forth for about six years with this question. For a while, it was the “Count of Monte Cristo.” It’s just in my opinion, one of the most brilliant books ever written. Yehuda: So I absolutely love “Count of Monte Cristo” but then I was introduced to “Atlas Shrugged” and that was a life changing book. When I read that for the first time it just changed my life. So it’s a very close tossup.
GDC: Very good choices. What is the best place that you’ve traveled to and why?
Remer: Israel. Forget the fact that I am an Orthodox Jew. I think that aside, Israel is just such a miraculous place. There’s so much to see and so much history. I’m a very big fan of history in general. I love America. I probably will never move out of America, but as a Jew when you go to Israel you just feel like you’re at home.
GDC: Makes sense. What is one fact about you that most people don’t know?
Remer: My dream job is marine archaeology.
GDC: Marine archeology? That’s interesting! Tell me more about that.
Remer: Marine archaeology is exactly what it sounds like. It’s archaeology in the water. There’s an author I don’t know if you’re familiar with, Clive Cussler. So I started reading him the seventh grade. He had about 12 books out and a lot of his earlier books touch on historical fiction. So all Cussler’s books center around something marine based but all with a historical focus. So I’ve always had this affinity for marine archeology because of his books.
GDC: Is there a main character you identify with or you just like the books in general?
Remer: Yeah, so his character Dirk Pitt shaped my life. Who I am literally. Kind of like you are what you eat, you are what you read. He’s the type of guy that if James Bond and Indiana Jones had a kid it would be this guy Dirk. He was able to save the world. He always did the right thing. He was never tempted to go to the dark side. He was then able to come home, get cleaned up and wine and dine his girl without missing a beat — always polite and always a gentleman.
GDC: So while we’re on the topic of books, let’s talk about your journey as an author. What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about being a book author?
Remer: They all think that were literary geniuses and Ph.D.s in English. You know, people ask me if I just write something for them and I’m like, “I can, but you’ll have to edit it.” They’re stunned. “What do you mean I have to edit it?” I have to tell them, I don’t know grammar. I have editors for a reason. I love writing but I have editors that bring it together.
GDC: Editors and writers have an almost symbiotic relationship. One needs the other, right? So, what is the hardest process then in terms of writing?
Remer: Coming up with something engaging and different from everybody else. With the advent of cell phones like smartphones everyone all of has become a writer and an author. So coming up with something new, original, different is difficult.
GDC: How do you get in the mood for writing? Are you one of these people that can just sit down and crank it out or is there a certain kind of vibe you have to have?
Remer: First I formulate the idea in my head. Then — and this is another fact most people don’t know — I listen to music. I love movie music, instrumental scores and trailer music, just epic music. It makes me so excited and gets the writing juices flowing. When I’m in writing mode, I put on my noise canceling headphones and I just crank up epic scores and I get in the zone. I can go two, three hours without looking away from the computer screen. That’s when most of my work gets done. I can write a whole book like that.
GDC: You have the books, but you also have the Pew Pew Jew brand where you sell some really funny, quirky 2A themed shirts. How did that start?
Remer: Being probably the only Orthodox Jew in the vocal advocacy side of the Second Amendment world, I got this moniker given to me called the Pew Pew Jew. Being a good capitalist I kind of ran with it to help supplement my writing habit. Now I have over 65 shirts.
GDC: What’s your favorite design?
Remer: I have a lot of shirts out there that I look at them like that’s awesome, but the one that I keep going back to is “Gun control is not kosher.” That one everyone, whether you’re Jewish or not Jewish, appreciates.
GDC: So, Yehuda, what’s next for you? What’s the future look like?
Remer: So I have two new books coming out this year. I don’t think I’m at the point in the production where I would publicly talk about the books but one of them we’ll say feels somewhat more important than my Safety On books from a political side. Just something that needs to be out there to make sure our country stays free. The one is just a super fun book that a buddy and I are in the middle of. I am hoping it will on everyone’s coffee table when it comes out. I’m hoping for a late August release for that one.
I am also working on some other projects — one who’s really making news in the gun community. I’m writing on him to give me some information so I can start writing it. I’m going to take what he gives me and convert it into a book. It’s very exciting!
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