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Federal Ammunition introduces revamped website

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 10:00

Federal Premium launches a new website for consumers. (Photo: Federal Premium)

Federal Ammunition revamps its website, delivering a faster and easier to read site with load and product information.

Federal Ammunition says the redesigned website features enriched content, action photos and videos that will help shooters “fully immerse” in the hunting and shooting sports arena. Visitors to the site will have access to product information in addition to load selection advice for a variety of game, target shooting and competition ammunition. Customers will also be privy to special promotions via integrated product pages.

“The site allows visitors to experience the world of shooting and learn from the pros in 50 ‘Premium Moments’ stories featuring interviews with country music stars, YouTube influencers and champion shooters,” Federal Senior Director of Marketing Jason Nash said in a press release. “You can also subscribe to the industry’s best e-newsletter and get monthly updates on new products and news; view highlights from social media posts from Federal’s vast network of fans; learn about new products like the award-winning, industry-changing 224 Valkyrie and Heavyweight TSS; and perfectly dial in your shooting with data powered by the ‘Premium Ballistics Engine.’”

Federal Ammunition says the new site is built for viewing and navigation on all devices.

“The new web site signifies our longstanding commitment to quality, as well as educating and informing our consumers of our broad product lines. Leading the charge is our bold new Federal logo which signals a stronger, more focused and authentic branding approach,” Nash added.

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An AK bullpup pistol inspired by a bit of Russian thunder (PHOTOS)

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 09:30

The shop says they will eventually offer the pistol as both a kit and a full-up firearm (Photos: Bad Element)

Bad-Element, one of the more interesting shops specializing in the Afghan/Khyber Pass-style aesthetic, is working on one really different Kalash.

According to Bad Element, the mashup is an homage to the compact OTS-14 Groza (Russian= “Thunder”) which was a greatly modded AKS-74U chambered in 9x39mm, a special subsonic ammo comparable to .300 BLK used by various Russian counter-terror and special ops types in guns such as the VSS Vintorez.

“Yes it needs a stock and a stamp and a third pin,” they say, seeing progress in the construct they have been working on for the past three years, promising it will be offered in kit form at some point as well as possibly an all-up firearm.

That can, tho…

“It runs very well so far,” they say.

Other designs by Bad Element include various open-sided extendo mags such as this 60- and 100-rounder shown off below.

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Aero Precision adds July Builder Sets featuring Americana theme

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 09:00

The July Builder Sets come themed in three patriotic patterns. (Photo: Aero Precision)

Aero Precision debuted its July Builder Sets featuring a patriotic Americana theme.

The sets boast three different Old Glory inspired patterns — Battleworn Soaring Freedom by Blowdeadline Custom Cerakote, Pledge of Allegiance by Nevada Cerakote and We the People by Weapon Works LLC.

The July Builder Sets also come with Aero Precision’s recently launched Freedom Lower Receivers. The lower touts a custom engraved graphic of the American flag on the magwell in addition to markings that include ‘Freedom” and a 4th of July styled serial number range.

The sets feature a custom American flag graphic as well as special serial numbers. (Photo: Aero Precision)

The July Builder Set joins Aero’s monthly lineup of new Builder Sets. The company has a habit of releasing new sets at the beginning of each month. The popular series is known to go quickly and the July sets are no exception. Though several options still remain, some have already crossed into the out of stock realm.

Prices start at $474 with the July Builder Sets topping out at $599.

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Waitress stops attack on co-worker with gun drawn from under apron (VIDEO)

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 08:30

A Milwaukee food service worker with a carry permit had enough after another waitress was attacked by an irate customer.

In the above video from Wisconsin ABC affiliates, a man is seen going behind the counter of the George Webb restaurant on June 29 before he viciously punches a female manager/waitress. In response, a second waitress draws a handgun from under her apron and points it at the man, who eventually retreats.

“It is sickening to see this unsuspecting worker assaulted so brutally by this individual,” said Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan in a press release urging the public to contact police with information on the suspect.

“One can only imagine what might have occurred if that employee had not pulled out her weapon,” said Donovan, who represents the District where the restaurant is located. “Sadly, I’m told the co-worker quit her job shortly after the incident.”

The suspect, who is known to police, is believed to have an extensive criminal record, according to Donovan.

George Webb, a chain of some 30 lunch counter-style restaurants across Wisconsin open around-the-clock, said in a statement that they are working with police and employees to “assess current security measures and determine next steps.”

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Hawaii governor signs bills banning bump stocks, upping gun control (VIDEO)

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 08:00

Gov. David Ige, a Democrat, approved a pair of measures on Monday to make Hawaii’s already tough gun laws even tougher.

The bills, SB 2046 and SB 2436, outlaw a host of bump stocks and similar accessories while cutting the time allowed for mandatory firearm surrenders down from 30 days to a week. Both proposals passed the state legislature with broad support.

“I’m proud that Hawai‘i has one of the lowest rates of gun violence in the nation thanks to our strict gun laws,” said Ig in the signing ceremony at the State Capitol. “At the same time, we must protect the rights of gun owners and hunters to own and use guns safely. This legislation will help us uphold the rights of gun owners while keeping guns out of the hands of mentally unfit individuals.”

The bump stock ban regulates not only the eponymous and controversial firearm accessory but also multi-burst trigger activators, and trigger cranks as well as any part “designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semiautomatic firearm.” Violators would be subject to a class C felony, with a punishment of as many as five years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.

In conjunction with the ban, which does not allow for grandfathering of any device currently in circulation or compensates owners for their loss, Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard announced a 30-day amnesty program for bump stock owners to turn in their now-illegal items at any police station.

During legislative hearings on the bill, the Hawaii Hunting Association argued that the measure seemed “purposefully vague and serves absolutely no safety purpose, but instead could make felons out of law-abiding target shooters and hunters who may work on their legally owned firearms for safety, accuracy, or function.” Similar comments were logged by the Hawaii Rifle Association, National Rifle Association and scores of gun owners in over 100 pages of testimony.

Gun surrender deadline

The second bill approved by Ige, SB 2436, cuts the time period that individuals who have lost their gun rights to voluntarily surrender or dispose of their firearms and ammunition before police can move in to seize the weapons. Under current state law, a chief of police can act on a disqualification after 30 days, a figure which will now be reduced to just seven.

The bill’s initial language — supported by Everytown and some prosecutors in the state– set the bar at just 24 hours before police could take action. The groups argued such a short period was needed to save lives, especially in cases of domestic abusers subject to temporary restraining orders.

Gun rights advocates countered that such a narrow window could subject affected gun owners to an “unfettered search of their home and/or business within hours of being accused.”

Signed SB 2046 now Act 157 prohibits the manufacture, importation, sale, transfer and possession of bump fire stocks, multi-burst trigger activators, and trigger cranks – the same devices used by the gunman in the deadly Las Vegas shooting. #HIGov #HINews #Hawaii #BumpStockBan pic.twitter.com/QqDz9pYA5Z

— Governor David Ige (@GovHawaii) July 10, 2018

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Gear Review: The Inforce TFx, a flashlight for EDC (VIDEO)

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 08:00

The benefits of including a flashlight in your Everyday Carry (EDC) simply outweigh the drawbacks. Even if we remove the tactical or defensive applications of a handheld light, there are many administrative reasons to carry a flashlight.

The Inforce TFx provides great quality and functionality for its price. Operating on two 123a batteries, the 3.75-ounce flashlight beams out a powerful 700 lumens that are perfect for looking for the remote under the couch or the loose can of Spam in the back of the trunk.

But my Marine mind drifts toward how well it performs in training for tactical applications like target identification or assisting with shooting in a low-light environment. There are a number of great Everyday Carry (EDC) lights on the market, but none that combine the modes, output, size, weight and price that the TFx does.

The TFx is truly a great task/shooting/combat light. It is high powered, low weight, and has a texture that will keep it in your hands even when they are wet. It is 100% reliable in my testing so far, and to top it all off will not break the bank. There are many good hand held lights out there, but when you look the TFx as a package, with optional tail cap for momentary only activation, this is one of the best options on the market today. (Photo: Chase Welch/Guns.com)

Gripes are few and far between. My only issue with the TFx light is that it doesn’t have a pocket clip. That may seem like small potatoes, but it makes it difficult to carry in a pocket. Without the clip, it could inadvertently turn on like it did for me until I noticed the 700 lumens warming my thigh. But the issue can be easily resolved with a $2.25 pocket clip.

While the clip is an added expense, the TFx flashlight still retains its value at $125 retail (or $80 in-store price) when considering how well it works. The TFX has a high quality beam with a wide spill for searching and hot center for target ID.

The TFx uses two CR123 batteries and has a run time of 2 hours at 700 lumens and 12 hours at 60 lumens. (Photo: Chase Welch/Guns.com)

Another addition you may want to consider is spending another $19 on an aftermarket mechanical tail cap to replace the electronic. Why would you want to replace it? The electronic tail cap offers high, low, and strobe modes, which are fantastic for an everyday task light. But under the dynamic stress of a real-life shooting, do you really want to mess with mode settings on a flashlight? Even with the extra costs, the total package is still below what you’re going to pay for the competition.

While it is not perfect, it’s one of the best tactical lights available coming in well under $300. So, if you need an EDC light, and if you don’t already have one, the TFx might be the one for you.

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McMillan launches Adjustable A-5 Thumbhole Stock

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 07:30

The A-5 Thumbhole Stock allows better alignment for shooters’ wrists granting more comfort during long shooting sessions. (Photo: McMillan)

McMillan expands its series of aftermarket stocks, releasing the new Adjustable A-5 Thumbhole Stock for precision tactical bolt rifle shooters.

The A-5 Thumbhole Stock uses the A-5 design while offering a thumb hole design some precision shooters find more comfortable for their specific style. McMillan says for some shooters, the thumb hole design allows for a more aligned wrist, therefore offering a straighter trigger pull during long shooting sessions.

“The Adjustable A-5 Thumbhole Stock delivers on both accounts, making it one of the most comfortable, ergonomic stocks available for precision tactical and long-range shooting,” McMillan said in a press release. “In addition to the thumbhole design, the McMillan Adjustable A-5 Thumbhole Stock also features an available adjustable cheek piece for achieving an optimal cheek weld.”

The Adjustable A-5 Thumbhole Stock features a wide and flat beaver-tail forearm that can rest easily on bags or ad hoc rests. Additionally, the barreled action sits low in the stock providing stability. Available in a variety of colors and finish options, McMillan allows customers to further personalize their Adjustable A-5 Thumbhole Stock with choice of butt plates and pads, cheek pieces, pre-installed pillars and other accessories.

No word yet on pricing.

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Seattle lawmakers unanimously approve mandatory gun lock plan

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 07:00

Mayor Jenny Durkan, seen here at a Seattle gun control rally in March, is ready to sign new firearms regulations approved by the City Council. (Photo: Durkan’s office)

Gun owners who fail to secure their firearms within the guidelines adopted by the Seattle City Council on Monday could face a $10,000 fine.

The Council, composed of eight Democrats and one Socialist, approved Mayor Jenny Durkin’s proposed city ordinance this week without dissent. The measure mandates firearm storage and penalizes those who do not report missing guns to police.

“Today, we passed modest legislation requiring all gun owners to lock-up their firearms when it is out of the owner’s immediate possession or control and imposing higher civil penalties when an owner fails to report a lost or stolen firearm,” said Durkin in a statement. “These bills will result in keeping guns out of the hands of children and others who do not have a legal right to possess a firearm and will result in less suicides and preventable gun deaths.”

Durkan’s ordinance, proposed with input from City Attorney Pete Holmes, Councilmember M. Lorena González and gun control advocates from the Brady Campaign and Everytown, sets a range of civil fines between $500 and $10,000 for those who leave unsecured firearms in areas where minors or those considered “at risk” may find them.

Additionally, it would require those who find that they have lost a gun or had one stolen to notify police within 24 hours. Failure to make such a report would result in fines of up to $1,000.

Rob McKenna, the former Republican Attorney General of Washington, has argued that the plan violates the state’s preemption laws where it comes to firearms. “Is regulation of safe storage specifically authorized by state law? I don’t know that it is,” McKenna said.

The measure will become law 180 days after Durkan signs it and passed with the support of the Alliance for Gun Responsibility and Moms Demand Action.

Thank you @MomsDemand and @WaGunResponsib for coming to testify in favor of common sense gun reform. The Full Council will be voting on @MayorJenny and I's Gun Safety Ordinance later this afternoon, which would require gun owners in the City of Seattle to lock up their guns. pic.twitter.com/QarXB3d8Xg

— Lorena González (@CMLGonzalez) July 9, 2018

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Ideal Conceal folding ‘cell phone pistol’ is now shipping (VIDEO)

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 06:30

The company announced this week that their innovative .380 that mimics a smartphone when folded for carry or storage is shipping for those who pre-ordered guns.

Ideal Conceal’s CEO, Kirk Kjellberg, said in a progress update posted Monday that the pre-orders are being sent out the order they were received and promised a line of holsters are close to being complete for the gun.

The Minnesota-made double-barreled derringer made headlines two years ago when it debuted and was supposed to go on sale in mid-2016 with a retail price of $395. However, Kjellberg has since apologized for missed production dates and last fall announced a limited run of “a few hundred” pistols followed by a ramp up to full production in 2018.

(Photo: Ideal Conceal)

As the gun is not capable of being fired from the folded position, the ATF has ruled that it is not an AOW under the National Firearms Act.

We caught up with the Ideal Conceal crew at SHOT Show earlier this year — their first exhibiting at the industry trade show– where they had some mock-ups on hand to give a feel for the gun, now with an MSRP of $500.

(Photos: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

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Century Arms debuts new additions to Red Army Standard Ammo line

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 06:00

Century Arms adds more ammunition to the Red Army Standard Ammunition series. (Photo: Century Arms)

Century Arms releases new additions into its Red Army Standard Ammunition lineup, adding a Hollow Point Boat Tail version of its 7.62×39 as well as resurrecting the 5.45×39 FMJ for AK-47 fans.

The latest 7.62×39 Hollow Point Boat Tail, or HPBT, like the 5.45×39 FMJ is manufactured in Russia at the same factory as the Red Army Standard 7.62×39 FMJBT and .223 Rem FMJBT. Available for the first time in the U.S. for commercial sales, the 7.62×39 HPBT boasts a 124-grain HPBT bullet with bimetal jacket paired with lead core. The round features non-corrosive primers as well as a lacquered steel case for smoother feeding and extraction.

The 5.45×39 FMJ makes its reappearance after a year out of the U.S. limelight. The round touts a 59-grain FMJ bullet with sealed non-corrosive primer and a sealed neck. Century Arms says the company continues to expand the Red Army Standard lineup to give AK enthusiasts more options.

“We are continuously working on expanding the Red Army Standard Ammunition line to offer a wide variety of desirable calibers and we are very excited to offer these new additions to the consumer market,” William Sucher VP of Business Development said in a press release. “Right now, Red Army Standard Ammunition is imported only in limited quantities as we are focused on maintaining the highest levels of quality while we increase production.”

The 7.62×39 HPBT ships 20 rounds to a box or 1,000 rounds to a case with MSRP set at $4.99 per box and $249 per case. The 5.45×39 FMJ ships in the same increments with the 20 round box priced at $5.49 and the case of 1,000 retailing for $274.

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Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to Supreme Court applauded by gun rights groups (VIDEO)

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 05:30

The political divide over gun policy yawned Monday night as President Donald Trump announced his pick to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the nation’s high court.

In a ceremony at the White House, Trump introduced Judge Brett Kavanaugh, currently on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the key D.C. Circuit, as his nomination to fill the seat opened on the nine-justice panel with Kennedy’s planned retirement. Described as a “brilliant jurist with impeccable legal credentials” by the White House, since his confirmation to the federal bench in 2006 Kavanaugh has penned more than 300 decisions, 11 of which have been upheld by the Supreme Court. A Yale Law graduate, he served as on the Office of Independent Counsel under Ken Starr investigating President Clinton’s administration and later as a staffer to President George W. Bush.

But it was the subject of Kavanaugh’s record of interpretation of the Second Amendment that drew quick attention. In 2011, he dissented from the majority in the D.C. Circuit’s ruling on Heller II, which challenged the city’s prohibition on “assault weapons,” saying in part, “In my judgment, both D.C.’s ban on semi-automatic rifles and its gun registration requirement are unconstitutional under Heller.” The jurist went on to say that the guns were in common use and are protected under the Constitution.

Pro-gun groups, to include the National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation, and Second Amendment Foundation, approved of Trump’s pick.

“Judge Kavanaugh has demonstrated his clear belief that the Constitution should be applied as the Framers intended,” said Chris Cox, head of the NRA’s lobbying arm, in a strong endorsement of the nominee. “To that end, he has supported the fundamental, individual right to self-defense embraced by Justice Scalia in the historic Heller decision.”

Alan Gottlieb, SAF’s executive vice president, said his group was encouraged by the nomination, “because by adding Judge Kavanaugh, we might see the high court become more willing to accept and rule on important Second Amendment issues, such as right-to-carry.”

On the opposite side of the canyon, national gun control organizations of all stripes, ranging from Everytown to Giffords slammed the pick, with the Brady Campaign’s co-president Avery Gardiner saying, “This is a judge who sees no difference between assault weapons and handguns, and who has stated that there is no judicial role when it comes to regulating gun ownership.”

In the Senate, with just 51 votes needed to move Kavanaugh’s lifetime appointment through, many Democrats are already vowing a “no” vote on the judge. “There is a fight coming, and I’m ready for it,” said U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn, before taking to social media and declaring the nominee a “Second Amendment radical.”

Brett Kavanaugh is a true Second Amendment radical. He believes assault weapon bans are unconstitutional, a position way out of the judicial mainstream, far to the right of even late Justice Scalia.

— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) July 10, 2018

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Turning the humble Savage 64F from plinker to burp gun (VIDEO)

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 13:00

With a chopped barrel and full-auto capability, this budget Savage has gone from a .22LR tin can smoker to smoking hot with a 2,400 rpm cyclic rate.

YouTube gun vlogger legend Royal Nonesuch has grown up from the days of backyard slamfire shotguns and, with a Type 07 manufacturer FFL and SOT on the books to make it all perfectly legal, he took a Savage 64F and tweaked it a bit. With a barrel whittled down to just 7-inches on the R&D gun (he plans to use it as a suppressor test bed), the open-bolt modification on the little rifle lets it rip at crazy fast rates of fire.

Now if only the Hughes Amendment wasn’t a thing…

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Getting an education on early Soviet AK production models (VIDEOS)

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 12:30

The rare first and second pattern AKs of Mikhail Kalashnikov have an interesting story behind them. Would you like to know more?

As detailed in the above by Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons, the Type 1 AK (before it was dubbed the AK47) of 1948 used a pretty thin stamped sheet metal receiver that made it economical to make but soon ran into some problems. This, in turn, led to the Type 2 Kalash which used a receiver machined from a solid metal block.

If you are curious about the milled guns– which went into production in 1951 and remained standard until supplemented by the updated Type 3 and finally replaced when the AK went back to an improved stamped design– we have the below video for your approval.

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Manhattan DA hosts ‘healing festival’ gun event in Harlem (PHOTOS)

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 12:00

Vance’s festival included a gun buyback, spoken word performances, meetings with gun control advocates, and community art (Photo: Manhattan DA’s office)

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., held his office’s first-ever “Art of Healing” festival and gun “buyback” event last week.

The event, which according to Vance’s office used “art as a resource to heal trauma resulting from gun violence,” put local volunteers in touch with the Harlem community and included activities ranging from mural painting and t-shirt design to music and spoken word performances. The festival also gave Vance a chance to debut his office’s three new Gun Control Advocacy Fellows, brought on to help stump for stronger gun laws over the summer.

“Gun violence does not only harm victims and their families; the resulting trauma sends shockwaves throughout their entire communities,” said Vance, a Democrat who founded Prosecutor Against Illegal Guns two years ago. “This weekend’s Art of Healing festival serves as an important reminder that our work as prosecutors extends beyond the courtroom and that, often, delivering justice for victims means meeting with them in their own neighborhoods.”

In addition to the festival, Vance’s office also worked with the New York Police Department to hold a gun buyback at an area church in Central Harlem. Those who turned in handguns and “assault rifles” could receive up to $200 in prepaid cards while individuals who took advantage of the no-questions-asked program to turn in airguns, shotguns, and other rifles could get $25. A photo provided by the NYPD showed an SKS rifle along with several air guns and a percussion single-shot pistol among the haul.

(Photo: NYPD)

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Vista Outdoor enters agreement to sell off eyewear brands

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 11:30

Vista Outdoor announced an aggressive divestiture strategy to rightsize the company late last year. (Photo: Vista Outdoor/Facebook)

Vista Outdoor announced a definitive agreement for the sale its eyewear brands, the company announced this week.

A private equity firm based in Europe will acquire Bollé, Serengeti and Cébé, generating approximately $158 million for Vista. The news comes nearly eight months after Chief Executive Officer Chris Metz unveiled an aggressive divestiture strategy designed to stabilize the company after years of unchecked growth.

“The business will have the opportunity to reach its full potential under new ownership,” Metz said of the deal. “This divestiture is the first step in our transformation plan and will be the first of several potential asset sales that will significantly reduce Vista Outdoor’s leverage and provide additional resources to for us to reinvest in our core businesses.”

Vista owns 55 companies in firearms, ammunition and shooting accessories, including Savage Arms, Stevens, Federal Premium, Speer and American Eagle. It also holds brands in the outdoor lifestyle market. In the weeks after taking over Vista last year, Metz warned quick, “decisive” action laid ahead in order to turn around double digit earnings losses.

He told investors earlier this year “the company grew too fast and beyond its core” since splitting with Orbital ATK in 2015. A downturn in sales post-election only compounded the situation, he added.

The decision sell ownership of Savage Arms, announced in early May, however, drew some criticism for appearing to appease investors connected to the corporate backlash against the gun industry in the wake of the Parkland massacre. A Vista spokesperson told Guns.com while the news came at a bad time, it was decided late last year — long before major banks and retailers began limiting interaction with manufacturers.

“We are now turning our efforts to the rest of our divestiture plan as previously communicated in May,” Metz said Monday. “We are excited to build on this momentum and expect to provide further updates on this process during our first quarter earnings call in early August.”

They money from the possible sale of Savage and other brands will fund Vista’s innovations in ammunition, a spokesperson told Guns.com in May. The company released 36 new product lines this year and plans for another three dozen next year.

“It is the foundation and bedrock of our company,” Metz said. “We are extremely proud of our ammunition heritage and increased focus will manifest itself in more innovative and breakthrough new products introduced over the next few years.”

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March For Our Rights activists rally in downtown Chicago (VIDEO)

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 11:00

As hundreds of anti-gun violence protestors marched along the Dan Ryan Expressway Saturday, dozens gathered in Chicago’s Millennium Park to show support for gun rights. The student-led demonstration was part of the national March For Our Rights campaign, a counter to the March For Our Lives movement for advancing gun control policies. Both political efforts launched in response to the Parkland, Florida high school shooting in February.

Anthony Bartosiewicz, a 16-year-old high school student from Wheaton, said he coordinated the Chicago event to give the pro-gun community a voice. “The media has portrayed us as these violent people with blood on our hands — you know the whole shebang — and it’s a terrible thing and I just wanted to inspire the pro-gun people to speak their voice and try to be heard.”

Most of the guest speakers in attendance were fellow students from the Chicago suburbs. Collectively, they argued that the Second Amendment had the dual purpose to preserve the right to self-defense and to defend against tyranny, but they also dismissed calls for gun control laws.

“It is so contrary to the prevailing narrative that’s thrown at us by the media, academia and Hollywood on the sacred right to keep and bear arms to you that our weaponry was not only intrinsic to the American identity, but served a purpose other than taking out deer.”

Colin Fitzsimmons, a 13-year-old student activist from the northwest suburbs, said the idea that an armed citizenry can resist a tyrannical government has always appealed to him. “The facts are in. The best thing we can do for keeping people safe is to ensure more gun liberty in the U.S.,” he said.

But seasoned activists also appeared. Chicago-native Rhonda Ezell, who challenged the city’s prohibition of gun stores as a plaintiff in federal court, applauded the youth-led activism. “These young kids here they are the future. They are the future,” she said. “We have fought this fight, we have fought these battles. These cases have been fought. They have been won. The foundation has been laid. We are going to make good. We will not stand for tyranny from our government because if they do than they will take our lives.”

Being in a city known for strict gun laws, Bartosiewicz attempted to invite counter opinions to those in attendance or passersby, but no one accepted the offer. However, one man shouted criticisms, the group and the man came together in singing the national anthem.

While the three-hour planned event wrapped up after 60 minutes, Bartosiewicz said he was satisfied with how the participants conducted themselves and the attention the event garnered. “If we all come out next year and there are hundreds of us out here and we come to Millennium Park and we go to Daily Plaza and we leave and we leave the place nicer than before than how could we be these violent people?”

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Why parents are opting for tactical diaper bags

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 09:00

The Man Spot sports a tactical diaper bag alongside a trusty AR. (Photo: Tactical Baby Gear via Facebook)

The operator look, complete with tactically styled bags, has been in vogue for awhile now but it seems that tactical inspiration is creeping into the world of parenting. In specific, that tactical aesthetic can now be found in the realm of diaper bags, but just like anything niche, one has to wonder is a tactical diaper bag necessary for gun owners?

Tactical diaper bags are designed just as they sound, with that ever popular tactical look. A tactical diaper bag functions as any standard diaper bag does. It’s goal is to give parents a means to organize and tote all important baby related necessities. From diapers to wipes to bottles and extra pacifiers, the tactical diaper bag meets all the expectations parents come to expect from a diaper bag but with the added attribute of offering a more stylistic approach.

As more fathers lean in on the parenting process, a trend spearheaded by the millennial generation, dads in particular are gravitating towards options that are less gender specific. High Speed Daddy founder Craig Risoli told Guns.com that as the father of three kids and as an Infantryman in the U.S. Army he wasn’t as keen on toting a flowery diaper bag design. Often opting for a generic tactical backpack when venturing out with his kids, Risoli said he realized there was a market not yet fulfilled. It was here that his life as a father and as a military man collided, and the High Speed Daddy brand was born. Risoli said that while tactical diaper bags may not be completely necessary for every gun owner or parent, they do offer a unique options for those who want a highly functional yet discrete means to pack…baby gear, that is.

“(Tactical diaper bags) are different – plain and simple. They look like a normal backpack – with a tactical aesthetic,” Risoli said. “It makes fathers feel more comfortable ‘keeping their manhood’ yet gives mothers a different option on the typical diaper bag.”

Tactical diaper bags have the added bonus of migrating to regular backpack once kids outgrow the diaper phase. (Photo: High Speed Daddy)

For Beav Brodie, owner and founder of Tactical Baby Gear, the tactical dad bag goes beyond just the aesthetics. While Brodie told Guns.com in an email that the operator look certainly wins some parents over, the biggest selling point of tactical diaper bags hits at the core of military gear in general — functionality.

“The look aside, the design of our bags makes them so much more utilitarian than the classic diaper bag. Rather than just one giant pocket that everything gets lost in, we applied the same principles used in making military gear to make our bags. Because of that, they’re far more durable than typical bags and way more organized,” Brodie explained. “Tactical bags have to allow the user to get every piece of equipment they need at a moment’s notice in high-stress situations. Our diaper bags are built the same way.”

Tactical diaper bags have come at a time when parents are more engaged than ever — especially fathers. A BabyCenter survey in 2016 found that millennial dads are actively involved in care giving. From tackling bedtime routines to phoning in doctor’s appointments and handing school drop-offs/pick-ups, the latest generation of fathers is out and about with their kids more now than ever. With this influx of involved dads, Brodie says the need for gear that accommodates this clientele is important.

“It might be weird to view it this way, but being a dad is really cool right now. It always has been, but more and more guys are wearing their fatherhood like a badge. They want to be that dad who is on the playground with their kids, patching up scraped knees and really investing their free time in their children,” Brodie said. “Having a really cool diaper bag shows everyone you mean business as a dad. And it’s not just about the look. It’s about having a diaper bag that can withstand a day in the life of today’s focused and committed father. That’s what we provide.”

While diaper bags abound at major retailers, there’s something specific about tactical diaper bags that keeps customers coming back.

“Something that sets our bags apart is that after your kids are out of diapers parents can still use these bags as normal backpacks because of the durability of the materials and because of the discrete factor,” Risoli with High Speed Daddy told Guns.com. “Whether it’s for hiking, school books, as an overnight bag, work/computer bag, at the gun range, etc.”

Risoli added that while the functionality is key to these style bags, ultimately for a lot of parents the tactical diaper bag idea circles back to that operator look and feel. “There’s a cool factor, a bit of uniqueness, in having one of these bags over the normal bag — it’s different.”

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Black Rain Ordnance debuts BRO Spec-15 .450 Bushmaster

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 08:00

The BRO Spec-15 .450 Bushmaster meets the needs of both police and military as well as civilian customers. (Photo: Black Rain Ordnance)

Black Rain Ordnance unveiled a new AR-15 platform rifle, the BRO Spec-15, chambered in .450 Bushmaster.

The BRO Spec-15 .450 Bushmaster is built to meet bid requirements for law enforcement and agencies while also standing as a viable option for civilian AR-15 enthusiasts.

The BRO Spec-15 .450 Bushmaster features a 16-inch Socom profile 4150 chromoly barrel paired with a .450 BRO Tank Compensator. The rifle is outfitted with a G.I. trigger in addition to a G.I. grip and Magpul MOE Buttstock. Measuring 33-inches in total length and weighing 7-pounds, the BRO Spec-15 .450 Bushmaster tops its design off with a BRO M-LOK Hybrid Handguard.

The rifle, chambered in .450 Bushmaster, offers a BRO Tank Compesator on the muzzle as well as a Magpul Buttstock. (Photo: Black Rain Ordnance)

In addition to the standard build, Black Rain Ordnance also offers a New York compliant model for those living in the restricted state.

The BRO Spec-15 .450 Bushmaster is available from Black Rain Ordnance with a MSRP of $1,399. Black Rain Ordnance says current lead times range from three to five weeks.

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Police investigating random shooting in Virginia Beach after six injured

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 07:30

Police responded to the 1800 block of Atlantic Avenue after six tourists were randomly shot Thursday. (Photo: Alex Driehaus/Virginian-Pilot)

Six people sustained injuries last week when a gunman fired into a crowd in Virginia Beach.

City officials said none of the victims, aside from a married couple, knew each other before the incident and were simply walking along the 1800 block of Atlantic Avenue just after midnight Thursday when shots rang out.

“There is nothing more important to us than making sure people feel safe and these incidents are particularly disturbing because they appear to have been unprovoked,” said Dave Hansen, city manager, in a news release. He noted more than 100,000 visitors flocked to the area over the July 4th holiday.

Virginia Beach Police detained multiple local individuals and charged one with brandishing a firearm. All victims sought treatment at local hospitals and were since released.

“We are investigating the possibility that a separate incident led to reckless random shooting that resulted in injuries to these six people,” said Police Chief Jim Cervera.

It’s the second shooting on the Virginia Beach waterfront in as many days. City officials confirmed two tourists were shot in the early morning hours of July 4 just a few blocks away from Thursday’s incident. One man, 21-year-old Sherwin Lee Tann, faces charges of aggravated assault and malicious wounding, according to police, after he and two friends allegedly approached two men in the 1300 block of Atlantic Avenue, shooting one in the leg and grazing a third person walking past.

Cervera said the city will consider taking extra security measures to manage crowds during holiday celebrations, such as closing parking lots before 2:30 a.m. or encouraging earlier departures for visitors.

“Gun violence is a growing problem in America,” he said. “The fact that we are the safest large city in the country is of little comfort to those who were injured by irresponsible and reckless individuals who apparently have such little regard for the lives of others.”

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Birchwood Casey releases new Bore Weevil for firearm cleaning

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 07:00

The Bore Weevil comes with three couplers to attach cleaning supplies to. (Photo: Birchwood Casey)

Birchwood Casey adds to its series of cleaning supplies, releasing the new Bore Weevil — a pull-through cleaning system.

The Bore Weevil is a fully retractable, pull-through system that cleans firearms without the need for disassembly. With three Quick Attach Couplers, the Bore Weevil works with any 8/32 thread cleaning brush, jag, mop or looped patch puller. The Quick Attach Coupler, when attached to the Bore Weevil’s tether can be pulled through the gun’s action, reducing contact with cleaning chemicals.

Birchwood Casey said the Bore Weevil’s compact size lends itself to easy carrying on the go.

“The new Birchwood Casey Bore Weevil eliminates the hassle of dealing with dirty pull-through bore cleaners and bent or broken rods,” Birchwood Casey said in a news release. “The compact size of the Bore Weevil makes it easy to carry in any shooting bag or pocket, so you always have a way to clean your firearm’s bore in the field”

The Bore Weevils is available from Birchwood Casey for $43. Replacement packs of the quick coupler sets are priced at $11.

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