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Firearms Designer, Kimber Founder, Jack Warne Has Died

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:30

Jack Warne spent over 50 years in the gun industry across two continents. (Photo: Warne Scope Mounts)

Firearms designer and gun culture legend John “Jack” Llewellyn Warne, responsible for the birth of at least three iconic shooting industry brands, has died at age 96.

Raised in the small town of Kimba, South Australia, a 23-year-old Warne went on to found Sporting Arms Limited, best known as Sportco, in 1947. At the time, Sportco was the only private gun maker in Australia and over the next three decades produced dozens of rifle models, with Warne at the drawing board for their designs.

Besides their Martini-action guns, Warne’s bolt-action models proved popular not only Down Under but also on the global export market. Sportco made rifles for Winchester branded as that company’s Models 320 and 325.

After 1966 when Oregon-based Omark purchased Sportsco, Warne transitioned to America as an executive. While at Omark, the company continued making Sportco-style rifles and acquired ammo makers CCI and Speer, sight/optics maker Weaver, and reloading and accessory makers RCBS and Outers.

In 1979, as Omark got out of the rifle making business, Warne and his son Greg founded Kimber of Oregon, which continued in the designer’s footsteps of producing accurate rimfire and later centerfire rifles. The new company’s name was an ode to the elder Warne’s childhood home. Kimber’s first rifle, the John Warne-designed Model 82, started shipping in 1980. Earning a well-known reputation for accuracy, the U.S. Government purchased 20,000 M82A Target rifles in the late 1980s, originally for U.S. Army training. Other models from that era included the Predator, M84, and M89 centerfire rifles in several variants and grades.

After Kimber of Oregon folded in 1991– it was later reborn as Kimber Mfg., Inc under different ownership– Warne went on to found the Warne Manufacturing Company the same year with an eye to making high-quality scope mounts. He later sold that final company in 2001 but today Warne Scope Mounts still carries its founder’s name and mourns his passing.

Jack Warne is survived by his wife of 72 years, Marjory, son Steve, three grandsons, and three great-grandchildren.

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Old School Highway Sign Testing, Guns Included (PHOTOS)

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00

These sign sharpshooters are dressed to impressed and look ready to see what their lead farm yields. (Photos: Maine DOT)

The Maine Department of Transportation this week posted a series of throwback pictures to what could best be described as destructive highway sign testing. The photos show three men in slacks and crew cuts dutifully examining bullet-riddled signs. The trio are equipped with what looks to be a Harrington-Richardson revolver, a lever-action cowboy gun, and a break-action shotgun.

“At Maine DOT, we like to say, ‘we’re not your grandfather’s DOT anymore!'” said the department. “Well, here are a few pictures to prove it! Yes, this is one way they used to test signs. No, we don’t test signs this way anymore! #TBT”

A 1963 newspaper article accompanying the post says the test panels were taken to a gravel pit and subjected to fire from a .22-caliber revolver, a 16-gauge shotgun, and a .30-30 carbine. The ballistic perforation, coupled with exposure to the harsh New England winter and the regular application of saltwater spray, was designed to see how long the panels would hold up under real-world conditions.

The men in the picture are identified as Al Godfrey, Conan Furber, and Assistant Traffic Engineer Richard Luettich, with the latter explaining that bullet holes in highways signs were a common sight on Maine highways. The article passes along that, “the careless individuals who pursue this unattractive hobby tend to throw lead at certain letters in the copy– an “o” or a “d” or “b’.”

The article does go on to concede the fact that snowplows often proved fatal to highway signs as well.

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The Truly Curious OTs-21 Russian LCPski (VIDEO)

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 08:00

Nicknamed the “Malysh” which translates roughly to “kid” or “little one,” the OTs-21 handgun is a pint-sized Russian deep concealment gun.

Created in 1994 by Yuri Berezin of Tula’s KBP Instrument Design Bureau, the semi-auto pistol is chambered in Russia’s standard 9x18mm Makarov, 5.45x18mm, or the slightly smaller .380ACP, with the latter caliber being for export sales. Just under 5-inches long overall, KBP bills their gun as a “small-size pistol can be used as an individual or special purpose weapon for concealed carrying,” and it is used by internal security forces in the country.

Mmm, you can almost taste the borscht. (Photos: KBP)

With its 5+1 round capacity, the Izhmash-produced gun is roughly the same size as Ruger’s LCP but carries one less round. However, in classic Russian fashion, the blocky Brutalist style of the gun contrasts against Ruger’s more streamlined offering. Likewise, as it is an all-steel gun, it goes a few ounces heavier, because apparently that’s what people look for in a carry gun in Russia (“Heavy is good. Heavy is reliable. If it doesn’t work, you can always hit him with it.”)

Also, it is offered in a natty chrome finish, for those special Moscow nights. (Photos: KBP)

Sadly, due to import restrictions with Russia, there is nyet chance of getting one of these bad boys over on this side of the globe, so you just have to roll with the domestically produced LCP, for now.

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USCCA Sees Over 10,000 Guests at Concealed Carry Expo

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 07:30

A USCCA rep talks with a visitor. The Concealed Carry Expo saw over 10,000 guests total. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The U.S. Concealed Carry Association said over 10,000 men and women marched through the doors of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh in mid-May to check out the annual Concealed Carry Expo.

Hosted by the USCCA, the Concealed Carry Expo brought vendors, manufacturers and seminars to gun owners all through the lens of personal protection. The three-day event offered a bevy of guns and gear tailored specifically to the concealed carry lifestyle. With a healthy mix of both men and women, a USCCA rep confirmed that the expo “welcomed 10,820 responsibly armed Americans throughout the weekend!”

A notable fixture at the event, women guests as well female vendors seemed to be on the rise. Bringing holsters, apparel and even jewelry to the show, many booths specifically targeted women gun owners and concealed carriers. Darlene Cary, founder and owner of Can Can Concealment, told at the Concealed Carry Expo that her booth had seen a steady flow of women interested in her Can Can Concealment women’s holster.

“I have seen lots of women this year and what’s interesting is the women who just come with their friends and kids. It’s been great,” Cary said.

Darlene Cary with Can Can Concealment demonstrates a draw from her Hip Hugger holster for an interested lady. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The Concealed Carry Expo itself targeted women with a selection of seminars specifically geared towards women’s concealed carry and gun ownership. On day two, the organization hosted a women’s panel that delved into issues women face in the industry and in the concealed carry lifestyle. Led by USCCA Concealed Carry Magazine’s Associate Editor Beth Alcazar, the panel touched on women’s representation in the industry, what to do if your place of work doesn’t allow guns and specific training women should seek to better their skills. Alcazar told after the panel that she’s fought to ensure women are represented at the event each year with unique seminars and panels that speak to what interests female gun owners.

Though attendance at the 2019 Concealed Carry Expo was down from its previous year in Louisville — Louisville saw 15,000 visitors — the USCCA says it expects to grow with each year, especially as its own membership swells.

The women’s panel highlighted issues women face as gun owners. From left to right: Beth Alcazar, Jennifer Cisney-Ellers, Kelly Ann Pidgeon, Rhonda Ezell and Michelle Cerino. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

“There’s more USCCA members — we grow between 30 and 40-percent per year in total membership,” Founder and President Tim Schmidt told He also added that “the perspective across our whole society is that firearm ownership is becoming more acceptable by a lot of people. There’s a lot of curious people wondering how they go about being a responsibly armed citizen.”

There’s been no word yet on when or where the 2020 USCCA Concealed Carry Expo will appear.

A couple peruses guns at the Expo. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

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Senate Coughs up Cash for Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapon

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 07:00

The M249 Squad Automatic Weapon is closer to a replacement as lawmakers have added more money that the Army asked for to an upcoming budget to cover a proposed new machine gun. (Photo: U.S. Army)

A key U.S. Senate committee added nearly $20 million extra to the White House’s request for work on the Army’s new 6.8mm Next Generation Squad Weapon-Automatic Rifle.

The funds were included in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, a $750 billion Pentagon spending bill advanced by the Republican-controlled Senate Armed Services Committee last week. In all, the committee funded some $126 million for infantry support weapons, including $19.9 million above the administration’s request for the NGSW-AR, a program to replace the FN-made 5.56mm M249 series Squad Automatic Weapon.

The Army aims for a degree of flexibility in the design of the belt-fed M249s replacement, saying that it should combine, “the firepower and range of a machine gun with the precision and ergonomics of a rifle, yielding significant capability improvements in accuracy, range, signature management, and lethality.”

Last October, the Army issued a limited award for five NGSW competitors — AAI, FN, General Dynamics, PCP, and Sig Sauer — to submit a single NGSW for initial testing to begin sometime this summer. Projections for the program by the Army plan to have the first units equipped with the new weapons as early as 2022.

In addition, the Army’s base budget justification for weapons systems, delivered in March, details about $50 million in spending requests for other small arms. This includes $900,000 for 13 M240L general purpose machine guns, $9.6 million for 671 new Heckler & Koch G28 Squad Designated Marksman Rifles (SDMR), and $30.3 million for the procurement of 36,868 new M4A1 Carbines.

Another $6.4 million is requested for 1,409 Modular Handgun Systems — based on Sig Sauer’s P320 pistol — along with 50 General Officer pistols and support equipment for the prior 231,586 MHS pistols purchased over the past three years. Finally, the Army wants $2.46 million to support modifications of and accessories for the M110 SASS, M2010 ESR, and M107 LRSR sniper rifle systems.

With the committee’s action last week, the NDAA now proceeds to the Senate floor for further consideration.

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Illinois House Votes to Require Fingerprints, Higher Fees from Gun Owners

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 06:00

Gun owners in Illinois could face mandatory fingerprinting, higher fees and more requirements under pending legislation. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Lawmakers in Illinois approved a plan on Wednesday that would up the cost and requirements to legally own a gun in the Land of Lincoln.

The Democrat-controlled state House approved SB 1966 on a narrow 62-52 vote after several hours of floor debate. The bill, which was originally introduced as a bail reform measure, was gutted and amended into its current format which would revamp the state’s Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card, which is issued by the Illinois State Police.

The cards, requried since 1968, currently cost $10 and are good for 10 years, with renewals running the same price. The new fee would double to $20 while the lifespan of the card would be slashed in half, to five years. That $20 fee would be split $15/$5 between the State Police Firearms Service Fund the State Police Revocation Fund, that latter of which goes to pay for a new unit to remove guns from those who have had their cards revoked.

Further, FOID applicants would have to submit fingerprints as part of their application, for which the bill sets a maximum additional fee of $30. Coupled with the proposed $20 FOID cost, those seeking to own a gun or buy ammunition in Illinois would see the cost to keep and bear arms jump from the current $10 to $50.

Finally, the bill also includes language that would force private sellers to conduct transfers through a licensed dealer for the sake of processing a background check on the sale, effectively banning person-to-person gun sales in the state without looping a gun store into the equation.

The proposal, which has seen nearly 8,000 witness slips filed, has the enthusiastic support of anti-gun groups such as Everytown and Giffords. To say the least, it is strongly opposed by both local and national Second Amendment organizations.

“This legislation is an affront to every gun owner in this state,” said Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association. “You should not have to pay money to exercise your Constitutional rights. We have a guaranteed right to own a firearm under the Constitution, but here in Illinois to exercise that right, you must jump through all kinds of hoops and pay all kinds of money to the state.”

The state Senate still needs to greenlight the bill before it can reach the desk of Gov. J.B. Pritzker. It has been placed on that chamber’s calendar for Thursday.

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See What This Pawn Shop Owner Conceal Carries Every Day (VIDEO)

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 05:30

Whenever I’m in the market for a new gun, a pawn shop is probably the last place I would think of looking, that is until I met Freddy Garza. Garza is the owner of a family business called Freddy’s Pawn Shop in New Braunfels, Texas.

I met Garza at his shop to get an EDC story from him. That’s when I discovered that Freddy’s is not your typical pawn shop — scattered with dirty power tools and old bikes. His showroom is well organized and spotless. Garza has a huge selection of new and used guns. He’s an official Glock dealer and is also licensed to sell Class III weapons.

So what does a guy this well organized and knowledgeable like to carry? Agility and accuracy are high on Garza’s list of important handgun requirements and his weapon of choice is the Colt Defender Lightweight 45. The decision to carry this particular firearm was a hard one for Garza.

“The multiple guns I had to go through before ultimately settling on this Colt made my final decision a little tough,” he said. He carried a number of guns from Glocks to Sigs but this gun ended up being his favorite of them all.

Agility and accuracy are high on Garza’s list of important handgun requirements and his weapon of choice is the Colt Defender Lightweight 45. (Photo: Don Summers/

Garza carries cocked and locked, so he really appreciates the safety features. “It has a double safety,” he said. “Your hand has to be fully depressed on the rear of the grip in addition to the safety on the side.” He points out the finger grooves on the gun’s hand grip that helps keep your fingers and hand in place for solid control. He also likes the slim lines and 7+1 capacity.

The holster of choice for this gun dealer is a Kydex leather mix, double loop that rests inside the waistband. “One of the reasons I like this holster is that it keeps my weapon tucked and out of my way,” Garza said. “It’s tight to my body and nice and easy to unholster my gun when I need it.”

Garza is very happy with his lightweight and agile Colt 45. “Every time I’ve gone to the range, this the most accurate weapon that I’ve ever fired at seven to 15 yards,” he said.

Want your own Colt Defender to carry every day? You can buy one from right here.

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Sig Sauer P365 now Offered with Manual Safety Option

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 04:30

Sig Sauer has listened to those who want (or need) a P365 with a manual safety and responded. (Photo: Sig)

For those who prefer a manual external safety on their pistols– or live in states that mandate one– Sig Sauer has fitted such a switch to the P365.

Appropriately dubbed the P365-MS (guess what the “MS” stands for) the new 9mm micro compact is Massachusetts-compliant, which is big news for gun owners in the Bay State who are beholden to the Commonwealth’s approved firearms roster. Other than the switch, mounted on the left rear frame of the pistol, the handgun is the same as the standard P365.

The model, with its 3.1-inch barrel and 5.8-inch overall length, has proven popular on the concealed carry market. This is in no small part due to its 10+1 round capacity with a flush-fit magazine. In comparison, the Sig is smaller than the Springfield XD-S and S&W Shield and about the same size as the Glock 43, although with a larger magazine capacity than those single stack 9mm subcompacts.

MSRP on the P365-MS is $599.

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Sig Sauer Announces 15 Round Mag for P365 Series Pistols

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 11:00

The new Sig Sauer P365 15-round magazine provides an additional 5 rounds to the legacy P365 pistol and is compatible with the upcoming P365XL (Photos: Sig)

With the new P365XL on the way, Sig Sauer this week announced they have an extended 15-round magazine available that is backward compatible across the line.

The current P365 series pistol ships with flush 10-round mags while an optional 12-round extended magazine allows users to bring the total capacity to 13 rounds. The new 15-round magazine pushes the pistol’s height to 5.5-inches, from the standard 4.3-inches seen with the standard factory flush-fit mag but adds the benefit of boosting available capacity by 50 percent.

How Sig’s magazine offerings translate to pistol height.

The new 15-round mag ships with an installed baseplate to fit a standard P365, and comes with an additional baseplate that can be easily installed to all X-Series P365 models. They have an MSRP of $49.

The as-yet-to-be-released P365XL, which runs a longer 3.7-inch barrel (up from 3.1 in the P365) and corresponding optic-ready slide as well as a 12-round magazine capacity, can also use the new 15-round mags.

Ryan Cleckner with Gun Unversity got a sneak peek at the new P365XL earlier this month and breaks it down in the below video. The pistol is expected to be officially unveiled and ship to dealers sometime in June.

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Botswana Lifts Ban on Hunting, Could Issue 400 Licenses

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 10:30

Botswana’s elephant population has grown to over 130,000 in recent years, leading to increasing human interaction, sometimes fatal. (Photo: Pixabay)

Citing increased human-wildlife conflicts and deaths after a five-year ban on elephant hunting, the African country of Botswana is now reinstating the practice.

Home to the largest population of elephants in Africa, Botswana says their herds have been exploding in size, growing from 50,000 in 1991 to more than 130,000 today. A 2001 government Elephant Management Plan recommended that Botswana’s environment could best maintain only 54,000 of the animals. This, according to President Dr. Mokgweetsi E.K Masisi, is “far more than Botswana’s fragile environment, already stressed by drought and other effects of climate change, can safely accommodate.”

The country halted elephant hunting in 2014 under pressure from animal rights groups and since then contends the ban has cost the national treasury P21 million (about $1.9 million USD) in the last year just in payments to those who have suffered crop and property losses to the animals, a figure up from P4 million five years ago. Worse is the cost in human lives.

“Since 2009 to date, 39 people have been killed by elephants. Of this figure, as many as 14 people were killed by elephants since last year (2018), and there has been destruction done to people’s livelihoods- livestock and communal farms,” said Felix Monggae, deputy permanent secretary responsible for natural resources in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, Conservation and Tourism.

The new plan, announced May 23, detailed that hunting will be allowed on a small, strictly controlled basis, with fewer than 400 elephant licenses granted annually, aimed primarily at trouble spots. A legal framework will be set up to “create an enabling environment for growth of safari hunting industry,” while strategically placed human-wildlife conflict fences will be built in key areas to help limit the animal’s range. Traditionally, elephants in the country have been largely free range.

Safari Club International welcomed the news from Africa, arguing that the move to end hunting stripped local communities in Botswana of jobs in the hunting industry and meat derived from hunting.

“We thank the President of Botswana and all others involved in Botswana for their forward thinking and having the courage to bypass doing what is easy in order to do what is right for the benefit of the wildlife of Botswana and the people of Botswana,” said SCI President Paul Babaz. “Botswana’s wisdom in this matter is a valuable example for the entire world. They need to be able to manage their own wildlife so that there WILL be more wildlife in wild places in harmony with the people for generations to come.”

The Botswanan government this week released a video, entitled “Human-Wildlife Conflict is Real,” detailing specific issues encountered between the country’s growing elephant population, and human settlements.

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Gun Review: FN SCAR-17 SBR (VIDEO)

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 10:00

The SCAR-17 by FN-USA needs no introduction. Like most guns used by elite warriors in the U.S. military, civilian shooters covet the venerable weapon. Personally, the SCAR is one of my favorite .308 rifles.

The SCAR-17 is considerably lightweight for a short-stroke gas-piston firearm, but that’s due to the gun’s construction. With a polymer lower receiver and aluminum upper, the SBR version with a 16.25-inch barrel weighs less than 8 pounds unloaded. The small package makes the SCAR very maneuverable while engaging close targets or operating in confined places.

The SCAR’s design is very intuitive. Those familiar with AR controls will take to the SCAR no problem. The trigger, selector switch, and magazine release can all be manipulated with the dominant hand while wrapped around the pistol grip. However, the only notable difference between the two designs is the charging handle. The SCAR’s charging handle is located on the side of the receiver instead of above (and the handle can be switched to the left or right side).

The SCAR-17 is considerably light weight for being a short stroke gas piston firearm. (Photo: Ben Brown/

While the stock catches a lot of hate for its likeness to an Ugg boot, it actually provides a lot of adjustment for the shooter. The length of pull has six different lengths and the cheek pad moves up or down to accommodate a wider variety of body types and optics. The butt pad is rubberized and curved to contour the user’s shoulder. Also, a nice added bonus is that the stock can be folded for easier storage.

Few expect precision accuracy for semi-auto rifles, but the SCAR-17 shoots a decent group. The quality of the SCAR’s barrel will no doubt outperform the shooter. FN uses a hammer-forged, chrome-lined, free-floated barrel with a 1-in-12-inch twist.

To meet military standards, the SCAR had to be reliable. In my experience, they got the right bang for the buck. The SCAR will shoot most ammo, though it doesn’t always perform at its best with inexpensive steel-cased rounds. Still, the SCAR’s short stroke piston system eliminates a lot of carbon from blowing into the chamber and the adjustable gas block allows for it to be regulated or altered for suppressed fire.

It is easy to get comfortable when mounting the SCAR. The infamous “Ugg Boot” stock catches a lot of hate for its ascetics, but it does provide a lot of adjustment for the shooter. (Photo: Ben Brown/

Since the SCAR-17 has been so widely accepted it has brought forth a lot of aftermarket products increase the overall performance of the platform. You can now buy everything from shorter barrels like the one seen here, to rail extensions and triggers. Modularity of a platform is always a welcomed feature.

This .308 battle rifle is easily the softest shooting in its class. Every time I pick one up I am impressed. Although the SCAR-17’s price comes it at a steep $3,500 price point, it’s an investment in a well-to-do semi-auto .308. And it gets even better when you shorten the barrel.

Want to buy the FN SCAR-17? We have it here and other great options for new and Certified Used Guns inside the Vault

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From the Vault: Rock Island Armory 1911s (PHOTOS)

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 06:30

When you are talking about a solid rung on the 1911 ladder, Rock Island’s guns work and work well, providing excellent value on the investment, and they come in a wide array of styles. (Photo: Richard Taylor/

Rock Island Armory’s popular high-value M1911 series pistol line checks a lot of boxes with users who are familiar with the design, and we have several in stock.

John Moses Browning’s 1911 design became the world-standard for single-action .45ACPs over a century ago and RIA’s parent company, Philippines-based Armscor, goes back to the 1900s. While Armscor started importing guns — including a full-sized GI style M1911– back in the 1980s, the Rock Island brand first hit the states in 1996. In the intervening three decades, their pistols have come to dominate the entry-level 1911 market.

While they do not have the same fit and finish of high-end semi-custom 1911 makers such as Wilson Combat, Ed Brown, Les Baer and Nighthawk, RIA’s compare nicely to a lot of mid-range pistols on the market from respected domestic and overseas manufacturers that use MIM internals. Consistent with old school mil-standard dimensions, the Rock Island GI Standard series offers a lot of bang for the buck as they are accurate and reliable while still being inexpensive.

How inexpensive? Well, we have used ones in stock running as low as $349 smackers.

That’s a good-looking used pistol for $349.

All steel, with slides and frames made of 4140 steel and button rifled barrels, the GI sports a grayish standard parked finish. The gun is very close to a standard GI M1911A1 other than the fact they have a flat mainspring housing rather than the Government Model’s standard arched housing, but many shooters prefer the flat profile.

if you are familiar with the 1911, RIA’s guns, such as this Certified Full Size, are a breeze to maintain. (Photo: Richard Taylor/

Another change from the GI is Rock Island’s characteristic smooth hardwood grips rather than the more familiar double diamonds– although the M1911 A2-FS models use checkered polymer panels. One more change is that the ejection port has been cutaway slightly from the old school gun to improve reliability. When it comes to the mag well, RIAs have a slight bevel to the mouth which aids in quick mag exchanges while their standard magazines include a large plastic baseplate. Other features, like the narrow beaver tailed GI fixed sights and vertical rear slide serrations, are there.

Some models will have “Novak-style” sights, a skeletonized hammer and trigger with an overtravel screw, ambi thumb safety, and a lowered and flared ejection port. (Photo: Richard Taylor/

Importantly for many users, the RIA does not incorporate a later Colt Series 80 pattern, Mochak, or Swartz-type firing pin safety. This translates to crisper 4- to 6-pound trigger pull with less “mush” than seen in some 1911s.

RIA has exceptional customer service and facilities that have recently opened in Stevensville, Montana and Pahrump, Nevada. They advise each pistol is “hand fitted and inspected to strict tolerances.”

A 1911 that doesn’t break the bank, these RIAs make a great base gun that lends itself well to upgrades such as swapping out the springs, trigger, grips, hammer, sear, disconnect, safety, and extractor to be more refined.

For those who like .38 Super, how about this sweet RIA 1911 complete with a nickel finish. (Photo: Richard Taylor/

This pre-loved and broken-in GI Standard CS uses an Officer’s-length 3.5-inch barrel and extended beavertail grip. We have these starting at $449 in both used and new condition

The RIA 1911 FS comes in both single and double stack formats (Photo: Richard Taylor/

If you are looking for variety, RIAs 1911s come in Commander and Officer lengths as well as in offerings that include threaded barrels all for around the same price point. (Photo: Richard Taylor/

Of course, we also sell new RIA GI Standards in single and double-stack formats as well as in Commander and Officer lengths starting at $449 and for those looking to take advantage of the subsonic velos of the .45ACP, there are also examples with suppressor-ready threaded barrels for about the same price.

(Photo: Richard Taylor/

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Bruce Piatt Takes First at Bianchi Cup, Wins Triple Cup Challenge

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 06:00

Bruce Piatt, national and world champion shooter, took first at the Bianchi Cup and was awarded the first Action PistolTriple Cup Challenge honor. (Photo: Bruce Piatt via Facebook)

World champion shooter Bruce Piatt took home the coveted NRA Bianchi Cup National Action Pistol Championship trophy, winning the match for the sixth time in his career. The Bianchi Cup, held at Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club in Hallsville, Missouri, is a two-day match that see competitors go head to head in four events — the Practical, Barricade, Falling Plates and Moving Target. Targets are shot at various distances and positions with both the weak and strong hand with the goal of accuracy and speed. Piatt took first in the Open Division with a score of 1920-179x ahead of Adam Sokolowski. Carl Bernosky took third, but secured the title of Bianchi Senior Championship.

This is Piatt’s sixth Bianchi Cup win. (Photo: Bruce Piatt via Facebook)

Piatt has previously tackled the course of fire at the Bianchi Cup, winning in 1993, 1997, 1999, 2005 and 2009. This year he competed with a Caspian Arms 1911 in .38 Super with a Burris Optic Red Dot XTS-135.

“It’s been 10 years since I hoisted a Bianchi Cup. Feels really good after missing last years match for shoulder surgery,” Piatt posted on social media. “The Green Valley Rifle and Pistol Club did an excellent job as usual. Thank you to all the match staff and volunteers. I can’t thank my sponsors enough for making such great products and making this all possible.”

Piatt topped off his Bianchi Cup weekend by heading to the Cameron Cup, held in Missouri, where he also won. Due to winning the Crawfish Cup in April and the Flagler Cup in May alongside the Cameron Cup, Piatt was crowned the first Action Pistol Triple Cup Challenge winner.

Piatt also won the first Action Pistol Triple Cup Challenge after taking first at the Crawfish Cup, Flagler Cup and Cameron Cup. (Photo: Action Pistol Triple Cup Challenge via facebook)


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Lena Miculek Shares Her Secrets for 3-Gun (VIDEO)

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 05:30

Renowned competition shooter Lena Miculek shares her best tips for diving into 3-Gun, offering advice to new competitors.

Miculek suggests starting with pistol skills as those can often be the most difficult to master. Honing these before moving into other genres, she says, will push gun owners towards success. Miculek also emphasizes the importance of learning the rules of the sport and trying out different divisions to see which fits you best.

Ultimately, she suggests finding a beginner friendly match nearby and just going for it — no better way to learn than jumping into a match. To get the full scoop on Miculek’s 3-Gun perspective, check out the video above and if you’re looking to restock your firearms inventory check out’s full array of pistols, rifles and shotguns worthy of your competition goals.

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Minnesota Passes Bill to Offer Gun Safety to Phys Ed Classes

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 05:00

A large environment bill presented to Gov. Walz with a veto-proof margin has some 2A wins to include funding for gun safety and hunting activities in school physical education classes. (Photo: Chris Eger/

An environmental bill including several pro-gun and pro-hunting facets has passed the Minnesota legislature and is headed to Gov. Tim Walz.

The omnibus environment and natural resources spending bill, SF 7, was approved by lawmakers last week by a large, bipartisan vote and presented to Walz. Included in the plan is $500,000 from the state’s game and fish fund for grants to school districts to increase firearms safety, trap shooting, archery, hunting, and angling activities in physical education classes.

“We’re trying to help get our Minnesota kids away from the TV and get them out in the woods and on the water again to get them hooked on the outdoors and hooked on fishing,” said state Sen. Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids, about the proposal earlier this year.

The grants, administered through the no child left inside grant program established under Minnesota law, must be awarded on a geographically balanced, statewide basis. The state has seen marked growth in student-athlete programs focused, among other shooting sports activities, on clays. Minnesota’s High School Clay Target League, which began in 2007 with just 30 participants on three teams, last year counted 12,000 participants spread across 349 school-based clubs.

In addition to the funds to teach gun safety and provide hunting and angling training through schools’ physical education programs, SF 7 included changes for hunting turkeys, defining a “legal firearm” during the season as a shotgun which is 10 gauge or smaller using shot size No. 4 or smaller. The move would allow turkey hunters to use .410s, which are currently off limits. Another bonus in the bill is to allow the use of night vision or thermal imaging equipment for those taking predators such as coyote or fox.

The Minnesota State Republican Caucus also took credit for passing a judiciary and public safety budget “which does NOT include the extreme anti-gun laws proposed by Democrats.” State Dems had filed bills to expand background checks to virtually all gun transfers and install a mechanism to seize guns from those thought to be at risk, both of which failed to make it out of committee.

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137-year-old ‘Forgotten Winchester’ Gets New Home

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 07:30

The 137-year old Winchester lever gun, discovered in a remote area of the park in 2014, now has a new display at the Great Basin National Park visitor center. (Photos: Great Basin National Park)

A vintage Winchester lever action rifle discovered in 2014 against a desert juniper in Nevada’s Great Basin National Park has gotten some upgraded digs.

Funded by the Great Basin National Park Foundation, the new visitor center display showcasing was unveiled earlier this month. The rifle, a Winchester Model 1873 chambered in .44-40 WCF, was found by NPS archeologist Eva Jensen in a remote area of the Park resting upright next to a tree where experts theorize it had been accidentally left behind, possibly decades before.

Park officials discovered the gun, now dubbed the “Forgotten Winchester” had its stock buried nearly five-inches in the arid soil over time and argued the juniper did not grow around the gun itself as it is a very slow-growing tree.

When found, the gun was unloaded with the hammer down on an empty chamber while its stock was buried 4-5 inches in the soil. (Photos: Great Basin National Park)

Dated by the Cody Museum to 1882 production, the rifle was found to have a live round in the buttstock cleaning rod trap. The round dated to the 1887-1911 time frame.

Since stabilized, the 1873 has made the rounds in gun events, even being showcased at Winchester’s booth at a recent SHOT Show, with Jensen in tow.

Now five years into the mystery, no sales records have surfaced related to the gun and park officials reportedly still don’t know who left it against the tree or may have owned it. Nonetheless, “The exhibit is a showcase for visitors to discover the rifle’s mysterious story and become inspired to imagine, investigate and care about a piece of their American history,” said Nichole Andler, the park’s chief of interpretation.

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Colt’s Rare and Interesting Pocket Nine (PHOTOS)

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 07:00

The Colt Pocket Nine, only made in 1999, is now rarely encountered. (Photos:

Best known for their full-sized .45ACP single actions, Colt tried to break that mold by marketing a double action 9mm pocket gun in the 1990s.

With the Federal Assault Weapons Ban afoot, which put the kybosh on the commercial market for semi-autos with a magazine capacity that went over 10 rounds, Colt debuted several double action pistols during the Clinton era. These included the 6+1 capacity Pony Series 90 .380ACP and various versions of the much larger Colt Double Eagle. Among this tide was the Pocket Nine.

While there are over 17 million CCW holders today, in 1999, when the Pocket Nine came out, there were still at least seven states that banned the practice.

Tipping the scales at just 17-ounces, the very compact DAO used a 2.75-inch barrel and a very slim profile. Like the Pony 90, it had a 6+1 capacity but was chambered in the more powerful 9mm. Shipping standard with rubber wraparounds and 3-dot sights, the Pocket Nine was only produced in a stainless variant.

When it comes to specs, it rivals Kahr’s CM9 pistol, only it should be noted that Kahr introduced that polymer-framed model in 2011 — over a decade after Colt added the Pocket Nine to its catalog. Likewise, the Kimber Solo is similar in size but sports an aluminum frame and a striker-fired action.  In short, Colt’s single stack 9mm was interesting for its time. Its only contemporary rivals when it came to DAO hammer-fired single stack 9mms were the S&W 3953 and Sig’s P239, both of which are now out of production.

Speaking of out of production, the Pocket Nine is today a collector’s item, as Colt only produced about 5,000 of these guns in 1999, then closed the line. Facing competition like the Glock G26 subcompact, which was heavier and longer but offered a 10+1 capacity, the new 9mm had an uphill battle.

The one we currently have in the Vault has two magazines and runs $599. Now 20 years young, it is looking for a forever home.

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Kentucky Ballistics Takes on Jerry Miculek’s World Record

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 06:30

Kentucky Ballistics looks to set their own records, attempting to overtake Jerry Miculek’s five-shot revolver world record.

Scott over at Kentucky Ballistics hoped to pull off five shots in under 1.14-seconds, Miculek’s previous record. The man himself, Miculek, showed up to coach Scott through the shoot. Wielding a Smith & Wesson 500 Magnum Performance Center Revolver with 3.5-inch barrel, Scott shot at targets set up 7-yards away. To outshoot the world record he would need to land all five shots on targets in under 1.14-seconds.

Check out Kentucky Ballistics video above to see if he overtakes the great Miculek, or if nothing else to see the man, the myth, the legend run around in a T-Rex suit.

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Maryland Governor Vetoes Gun Control Bill

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 06:00

Maryland’s Handgun Permit Review Board only sustained decisions by the State Police to revoke permits or deny applications in about 13 percent of cases. State Dems moved to disband the board. (Photo: Chris Eger/

An anti-gun measure advanced by Maryland’s Democrat-controlled state legislature was rebuffed by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday.

The emergency bill, HB 1343/SB 1000, aimed to scrap the state Department of Public Safety’s Handgun Permit Review Board, an organization that weighed appeals for those denied a handgun carry permit. The proposal, which passed the state House 87-47 and the Senate 30-16, was opposed by both gun rights groups and state Republicans, who argued the Board is an important check in Maryland’s gun laws and disbanding it would not reduce crime.

Last week, Hogan agreed. “When given an opportunity this year to adopt tougher sentences for repeat violent gun offenders, the legislature refused to act. However, abolishing the Handgun Permit Review Board is not a solution to violent crime problems,” said Hogan in his veto statement. “It is just another in a long series of politically-motivated and ill-conceived power grabs.”

The HPRB was founded in 1972 by the state legislature and consists of five members appointed by the Governor who each serve three-year terms. The Board takes into consideration handgun permit applications that have been rejected, as well as those for permits that have been revoked, as an alternative to an administrative hearing before a judge. In all, the program costs taxpayers about $23,000 a year.

A report earlier this year cited that 269 appeals were heard by the Board between December 2017 and November 2018, with 77 reversed and 145 modified. The Board only sustained the denials or revocations in 37 cases — just 13 percent of those heard by the panel.

The bill aimed to get rid of the Board, instead forces those who had their applications denied or permits revoked to instead seek an administrative hearing. Hogan pointed out that “would reasonably require applicants to retain an attorney to effectively pursue this review, significantly exacerbating the cost and ability of citizens to pursue their legal rights.”

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Team Beretta Sweeps 2019 U.S. Open

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 05:30

A wall of Beretta shotguns on display. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Team Beretta pulled out a dominating performance at the 2019 U.S. Open in Pennsville, New Jersey, earning 20 podium honors in six events.

The U.S. Open, held at M&M Hunting and Sporting Clays, saw Team Beretta members Zachary Kienbaum, Joseph Fanizzi, Meagan Harrington, Jared Greenwood, Diane Sorantino, Desirae Edmunds and Dominic Gross compete. Kienbaum took the runner-up position in the main event with his Beretta DT11 knocking 188 out of 200 targets. Additionally, he took two champion podium honors and third-place in the Super Sporting, 5-Stand and Master’s Cup events. Receiving fourth-place in the FITASC event, Kienbaum’s performance was awarded the HOA title during the White Flyer All-Around.

Fanizzzi earned a sub-junior podium finish, tackling 186 out of 200 targets with the A400 Xcel Sporting Black Edition by Beretta. He also was awarded three sub-junior champion podium honors in the Master’s Cup, Super Sporting and 5-Stand events. He too won a title in the White Flyer All-Around, winning the sub-junior champion title. Fanizzi is a recent recruit to Team Beretta, joining at the end of the 2018 competitive season.

Junior shooters Harrington and Greenwood pulled out solid performances with Harrington earning a ladies third place podium finish in the main event, ladies champion podium finish in the Super Sporting event and ladies champion title in the White Flyer All-Around event. Greenwood secured a podium finish in the junior 5-Stand event and junior third-place podium finish in Long Bird FITASC.

Team captain Diane Sorantino and team shooter Meagan Harrington earned podium finishes. (Photo: Beretta)

Edmunds took a ladies runner-up and ladies third-place finish in the Super Sporting and 5-Stand matches as well as the ladies runner-up title in the White Flyer All-Around while teammate Gross, another junior shooter, won the junior runner-up position in the Super Sporting match.

Rounding out the team captain Sorantino nabbed a ladies runner-up podium finish in the Master’s Cup event, narrowly beating out the third-place finisher by only two targets.

“With the entire team winning one or multiple podium titles during this competition, Team Beretta shooters surpassed their podium record from last year’s competition by 11 podiums,” the company said in a news release.

Team Beretta will continue to compete this season with the team headed to Columbus, Kansas in June for the 2019 North Central Regional.

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