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Leupold brings MOA models to Mark 5HD scope series

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 05:30

The 3.6-18×44, top, and 5-25×56, bottom, will now both come in MOA models. (Photos: Leupold)

Leupold’s Mark 5HD riflescope series is getting a boost with new MOA models joining the scope family.

The Mark 5HD line will now feature 5-25×56 and 3.6-18×44 MOA models. The 5-25×56 version tips scales at 30-ounces while the 3.6-18×44 weighs in at 26-ounces. Both models boast Leupold’s Twilight Max HD Light Management System. The system balances image color and contrast in addition to light transmission and glare management.

Using a 35mm main tube, the Mark 5HD comes with M1C3 ZeroLock adjustments. Its elevation dials provide 100 MOA of adjustment in three turns on the 3.6-18×44 model while the 5-25×56 brings 120 MOA in three turns. The windage adjustment features a capped design with a zero indication mark on the main tube.

“From the beginning, the Mark 5HD project team set out to deliver riflescopes that had all the features long-range shooters have been calling for, but in a user-friendly package,” John Snodgrass, Product Line Manager for Leupold, said in a news release.

“Competitive shooters across the country have been impressed by what it’s capable of, and we’ve been fielding calls asking for a model designed for the minute of angle shooter ever since. We’re ecstatic to be able to deliver the industry’s best long-range tactical optic to both the Mil and MOA communities in 2019,” Snodgrass continued.

The Mark 5HD MOA scopes will be available with three reticle options: Impact 60, PR1-MOA and Illuminated PR1-MOA. Prices start at $2,399.

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Crimson Trace to launch dozens of new products at upcoming SHOT Show

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 05:00

Crimson Trace will unveil new red dots at SHOT Show. (Photo: Crimson Trace)

Crimson Trace is prepped to head to SHOT Show in two weeks with two dozen new products to show off to attendees in Las Vegas.

The company announced a slew of new items including red and green laser sights, red dot sights for pistols and long guns, and long range and medium range riflescopes. In its laser sights series, Crimson Trace will unveil the Laserguard LG-422/G, Laserguard LG-459 and Lasersaddle LS-250/G. The Laserguards will feature a red or green diode and are designed for the Sig Sauer P365 and Smith & Wesson M&P Shield EZ. The Lasersaddle is Crimson Trace’s Mosserberg Shockwave model, available in red or green.

The company’s expanded electronic optics includes a variety of options for consumers. (Photo: Crimson Trace)

The red dot sights that will be showcased in Crimson Trace’s booth are the CTS-1000, CTS-1100, CTS-1400. The CTS-1000 is a closed red dot featuring a 2 MOA aiming reticle while the CTS-1100 is a 3.5X battlesight with custom, fully-illuminated Crimson Trace hybrid BDC reticle. The CTS-1400 is an open red dot sight offering a 3.25 MOA aiming reticle and wide field of view.

Crimson Trace says 11 new custom-designed riflescopes will also join the lineup, ranging in magnification from 1-4x24mm up to 5-25x56mm. The scopes offer a bevy of magnification options with generous eye relief. All scopes sport turrets designed for use alongside gloved hands, making adjustments easier. Crimson trace scopes are all fog-proof, shock-proof, water-proof and dust-proof.

Crimson Trace will head to SHOT Show in Las Vegas alongside the rest of the gun industry Jan. 21 to Jan. 25.

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Noveske unleashes Gen4 rifle (VIDEO)

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 04:30

Novekse is back at it with a new rifle series, launching the Gen4.

The Noveske Gen4 brings with it an air of modularity packed with features that will please any AR fan. The Gen4 sports ambidextrous controls, additional rail mounting locations and cable management in addition to a 13.6-degree magazine well angle.

The upper and lower are both built from 7075-T6 aluminum while the rail is made from 6061-T6 aluminum. Available in M-LOK or Keymod configuration, the rail is equipped with vents to allow the Surefire ST07 or Steiner DBAL tape switches to be secured without the use of tie-downs.

The Gen 4 is available in several configurations to include 7.94-inch, 10-.5-inch and 16-inch barrels in either 5.56 NATO or .300 BLK. Boasting colors like Sniper Grey, Bazooka Green and Black, the Gen4 series continues that Noveske style consumers are accustomed to.

“Noveske Gen4 is the latest evolution of our receiver and rail integration. Intentionally designed to not deviate from the Noveske family of product, this new generation of rifle is our most modular, and functional combination to date,” Noveske said in a news release. “All this without compromising the quality, reliability, or signature Noveske design language.”

The Gen4 starts at $2,042.

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More confirmation on delays in NFA forms during government shutdown

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 04:00

The ASA says that, while checks for NFA items are being cashed, the forms themselves are piling up. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

The leading suppressor trade group confirmed Wednesday that the continuing federal government shutdown is affecting paperwork.

The American Suppressor Association advised that forms used to make and transfer National Firearms Act-regulated items such as silencers, machine guns, and short barreled rifles are not being completed due to the lapse in appropriations for some federal government operations. “ASA can confirm that the NFA Division is not processing tax-paid transfers during the shutdown,” said the group.

However, while the applications have stalled, the payments sent in for tax stamps on NFA transfers are still being processed by Bank of America, as part of their contract with the government, as the financial institution itself is not affected by the shutdown. Once the checks are cashed, the forms are still heading to the NFA Division where they are piling up.

“Politics aside, it’s unfortunate that there’s now another reason why NFA applications are being delayed,” Knox Williams, ASA president, told Guns.com.

The news comes just after a similar NFA reform association warned that the examiners assigned to the NFA Division are deemed “non-essential personnel” and are not working during the shutdown, leaving Form 4’s and Form 1’s to stagnate. As illustrated by statistics maintained by regulators, over the decade between 2004 -2014 the number of NFA forms processed ballooned sevenfold from 193,224 to 1,370,344. Even before the shutdown, this growing mountain of paperwork has led to increasingly long waits even with a host of reforms and reorganizations in the Division.

Williams recommends that consumers and dealers continue submitting forms, because with BfoA still processing tax payments, the first two weeks of the process have not changed, and when the government resumes normal operations NFA Examiners will process forms in the order in which they are received. The ASA has said they will encourage the ATF to assign additional personnel and contractors to the process and authorize overtime to help clear the growing backlog once funds are restored.

“When government functions resume, ASA will do everything we can to make sure that the backlog is attacked as expeditiously as possible,” said Williams.

Ironically, Bank of America spent much of last year publicly distancing themselves from the firearms industry by cutting ties with “assault” rifle makers by announcing they would end financing for manufacturers of “military-style” rifles for commercial buyers.

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The All-American 500: Big Horn Armory’s AR500 in .500 Auto Max (VIDEO)

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 07:00

“From prairie dogs to pachyderms to Peterbilts — ” that’s one helluva promise to hunters on the capability of the Big Horn Armory AR500 in .500 Auto Max. The company famous for high-end, hard-hitting lever guns has ventured into the AR-market in a big way. Fifty caliber big.

The .500 Auto Max is essentially a rimless .500 S&W Mag round built to run in a semi-automatic AR-10 style platform. The Auto Max offers greater velocity and bullet weights over something like the .50 Beowulf, and is built on the much heavier AR-10 platform. Reloaders will be pleased to know they can utilize the same dies, shell holders, and load data as the .500 S&W, though a taper crimp must be used instead of the roll crimp, as the Auto Max headspaces on case mouth instead of the rim.

The Big Horn AR500

While the big ‘ol .500 Auto Max round steals much of the press with its potency, it is the Big Horn AR500 gas-operated semi-automatic rifle that drives the whole shebang. Per the company, three pulls of the trigger delivers .50 BMG power on target. The heavy 18 inch barrel wears 1-in-24-inch twist rifling. An adjustable gas block allows shooters to tailor the gun to their ammunition. The massive bolt carrier group modifies a standard AR-10 version to handle the round. An Adaptive Tactical adjustable buttstock is capped with a seriously thick pad to tame recoil.

Both the safety and the bolt release are oversized and ambidextrous, while the Nitrite coating on all metalwork is clean and durable. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Weighing in just under 10 pounds sans optic, the gun is no slouch, but needs its weight to control recoil. The full-length Picatinny rail offers ample optics mounting space, as the gun ships without sights. Everything is well thought-out, with an ambidextrous safety and bolt release. An M-LOK forend and with additional forward rail mounts round out the package. The big boy ships in a hard case with a single five-round magazine at an MSRP of $1,999. The guns have only recently began shipping in late 2018. For those who desire a .500 Auto Max in a smaller and lighter package, the company just announced a 10-inch barreled AR500 pistol with an MSRP of $2,199.

About Big Horn Armory

For those unfamiliar with Big Horn, it’s high time you get to know these folks. Based in Cody, Wyoming, Big Horn opened its doors in 2008 “with the expressed purpose of building a Browning-type lever gun chambered for .500 Smith and Wesson Magnum.” Best of all, Big Horn is an employee owned company “making All American guns, made in America.” While they did indeed release that initial gun — the Model 89 — work did not stop there.  No sirree. “Our commitment to quality, fit and finish rivals that seen in many custom only guns.” When they wanted a new challenge, Big Horn ventured from fine lever guns to these new semi-automatic AR500’s.

Accuracy Testing

We packed up our factory ammunition, which is currently available from two sources: Buffalo Bore and Underwood.  It’s important to note that Buffalo Bore developed the Auto Max round in conjunction with Big Horn, so they have the immediate edge on knowing the nuances of the caliber. For reference, Big Horn staff warned us that early runs of Underwood .500 Auto Max were sometimes overly hot loads with primer problems. We did not experience any issues with any of our rounds, though the Buffalo Bore outshot Underwood on the whole. Though factory ammunition offerings are somewhat limited, brass is available from Starline for handloaders.

We were amazed with this five-shot, hundred yard group with Buffalo Bore’s 400-grain JFN. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Accuracy can only be described as exceptional from a platform not always known for extreme precision. We sighted in the AR500 at 100 yards, and while it is touted as “the most powerful short-range cartridge in the world,” we would have no qualms reaching out to 200-plus with those big chunks of lead.  Our best three-shot, hundred yard group with Underwood’s ammunition came with the Xtreme Penetrator bullets and measured 1.35-inches. When we finally got our hands on some Buffalo Bore rounds, we were thrilled with those results. A five-shot, hundred yard group shot with Buffalo Bore’s 400-grain JFN measured just under an inch, center-to-center.

Our initial three-shot, hundred yard group using Underwood’s Xtreme Penetrator rounds. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

The AR500 in .500 Auto Max packs the wallop to put the knock-down on hogs, deer, bear, tyrannosaurus rexes, and more.  With a round that can handle bullet weights from 275-to-700 grains, there’s not much hunters can’t take down. Given the combination of a weighty barrel, thick recoil pad, and heavy-duty buffer tube, recoil was nowhere near what we expected, with felt recoil slightly more than that of a standard AR in .308. The muzzle blast and noise however, were in a class of their own, and turned a few heads on the range.

Range Thoughts

We have only a few nitpicks on the AR500, though both are simple fixes. The charging handle is somewhat small, making it difficult to grasp and pull with a scope mounted. Larger wings would be most welcome, but aftermarket options are plenty. Secondly, the magazine that shipped with our rifle was not up to par. We struggled when loading the mag to its full five round capacity, as the lips of the magazine allowed the top round to pop out and hinder feeding when loaded with more than four. That’s a very simple fix, either replacing the magazine or tweaking the steel lips. When fed correctly, the AR500 reliably cycled all the ammunition offered to it. Not only did it cycle, but shot accurately. The trigger breaks clean at, or just slightly less than, four pounds, and was better than expected on a gun not designed for long range accuracy.

The AR500 is a well-thought-out gas gun that improves upon the AR-10 platform. Attention to detail and overbuilding are Big Horn’s claims to fame. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

The attention to detail essentially puts the Big Horn in a class all its own. For instance, the traditionally-dull lines of the AR-10 platform have been replaced with modern classy design flairs. Most controls are oversized and ambidextrous, and the scalloped trigger-finger resting groove is pure love. A concave grooved area at the front of the magazine well offers an ideal place to grasp the rifle without grabbing and canting the magazine. The rubberized Ergo pistol grip is at once comfortable in the hand, and offers plenty of hold in the wet and muddy conditions often facing hardcore hunters.

We have no doubt the AR500 and the Auto Max chambering would be most sought after by hunters who love AR platforms and seek something built well enough to handle the heavier pressures of a potent, do-all round. In that realm, it would really be difficult to beat. This is a rifle that looks and feels overbuilt.  The rifle is hefty, but balances surprisingly well. The build of the Big Horn AR500 is second to none.

Conclusion

Big Horn Armory has a track record of creating their own big bore categories, and what they’ve done with the AR500 Auto Max is no different. Not only did they dream up the Auto Max round in conjunction with Buffalo Bore, but also a big bore AR capable of reliably running the round. Whether you’re hunting prairie dogs or pachyderms, rest assured the Big Horn will do its part if you do yours.  Does anybody really need a .500 Auto Max? Probably not. But it’s hard not to want one of Big Horn Armory’s creations.

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Security guard stops AK-armed active shooter at nightclub (VIDEOS)

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 06:30

An Alabama private security officer is being hailed by police after she engaged a rifle-armed felon at the club she was protecting on New Year’s Eve.

The Huntsville Police Department last week booked Samuel Demario Williams, 33, on a variety of felony charges after he was released from an area hospital. Williams, who had been told to leave the 3208 Club on Long Street, instead retrieved an AK-style rifle from the trunk of his car and started shooting. That’s when the security guard, the only armed officer at the scene, told local media she stepped in.

“He started to make moves towards the door he still was firing off shots,” said the security guard, identified only as Latoya. “I decided that I had to make a choice–to go ahead and stop him from entering the club.”

The guard moved around a vehicle and shot Williams at least once, then responded to help treat his wounds.

“I’m not here to kill anyone,” she said. ” I saw one of the entry wounds was on his thigh which can sometimes be a somewhat dangerous place to bleed out. I keep a trauma kit and tourniquet on me as everyone who carries should.”

Headlining at the New Year’s Eve event at 3208 that night was rapper Boosie BadAzz, who urged his fans immediately after the shooting to “learn how to fucking act” at his shows in the future. The club posted on social media that they hire, “licensed security guards that can handle situations in a proper and timely manner,” and that, “Our security guards handled the incident but unfortunately once outside the venue the incident escalated.”

As for Williams, charged with shooting into an unoccupied vehicle, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, menacing, and reckless endangerment, he has been released on bond pending trial. He was the only person injured.

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Christensen Arms releases new caliber, color options for Modern Precision Rifle

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 06:00

The Modern Precision Rifle will now be offered in Desert Brown as well as in .223 Rem with either a 16-inch or 20-inch barrel. (Photo: Christensen Arms)

Christensen Arms announced new calibers and color options are making their way onto the lightweight Modern Precision Rifle series.

The Modern Precision Rifle will now offer .223 Rem. in both 16-inch and 20-inch barrel lengths. Christensen Arms says the .223 model delivers a standard short-action receiver and ships with a AICS compatible 10-round polymer magazine.

In addition to the new .223 caliber, Christensen Arms is set to release a new color for its Modern Precision Rifle. The palette now offers an anodized Desert Brown in addition to the standard black hardcoat anodized finish. The company says the new color brings some life into the line as well as retaining durability.

The MPR offers a lightweight chassis with carbon fiber accoutrements. (Photo: Christensen Arms)

Christensen Arms’ Modern Precision Rifle features an ultra-lightweight chassis with carbon fiber barrel, carbon fiber comb and free-floating carbon fiber handguard. The rifle also boasts a 20 MOA rail for accessory mounting.

Weighing in at 6.9-pounds, the rifle opts for a black nitride finished action in addition to a black nitride stainless steel side-baffle muzzle brake. The Modern Precision Rifle starts around $2,295.

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Federal court upholds ban on illegal aliens possessing guns

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 05:30

A three-judge panel unanimously on Tuesday stood behind federal gun laws that make it illegal for someone who is an illegal alien to possess a firearm.

The panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit upheld the conviction of Mexican national Victor Manuel Torres, 33, for possessing a firearm while “being an alien . . . illegally or unlawfully in the United States.” Long codified under federal law, those in the country illegally are prohibited firearms possessors, which Torres challenged on constitutional grounds. The judges, a mix of appointments from both Democrat and Republican administrations, were not moved by his argument.

“In sum, the government’s interests in controlling crime and ensuring public safety are promoted by keeping firearms out of the hands of unlawful aliens—who are subject to removal, are difficult to monitor due to an inherent incentive to falsify information and evade law enforcement, and have already shown they are unable or unwilling to conform their conduct to the laws of this country,” said Judge N.Randy Smith, for the majority. Smith, an appointment by President George W. Bush, was joined in the ruling by Judges Sidney R. Thomas and Sharon L. Gleason, who were appointed by Presidents Clinton and Obama, respectively.

Torres, who was born in Mexico, crossed the border illegally as a child with his parents and attended school in the San Jose area. After expulsion from high school as a teenager due to gang activity, his parents sent him back to Mexico to live. Illegally crossing the border again as an adult in 2005, he worked with his father in landscaping and married a U.S. citizen in San Jose but did not become a citizen. Questioned by police in a parking lot while attempting to sell a stolen bicycle in 2014, officers found a backpack in his truck that contained a loaded .22-caliber handgun, bolt cutters, and what appeared to be two homemade silencers.

Admitting to being an active member of the infamous Sur Santos Pride street gang after his arrest, Torres told authorities the backpack and its contents belonged to a fellow gang member that he refused to identify. Accordingly, he was found guilty and sentenced to 27 months in federal prison, a conviction he appealed arguing that Second Amendment protections apply to unlawful aliens.

However, as noted by Smith in this week’s 22-page ruling, even “assuming that unlawful aliens do hold some degree of Second Amendment rights, those rights are not unlimited.”

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Colt brings back the .357 Mag King Cobra revolver, and it has a 3-inch barrel (PHOTOS)

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 05:00

A throwback to the days of the classic 1980s .357 snake gun whose name it bears, the new Colt King Cobra runs a 3-inch barrel, which the vintage gun never did in its standard production. (Photos: Colt)

On a steady path to expand their return to the wheel gun market, Colt has crowned their rebooted Cobra series for 2019 to offer a new King Cobra in .357 Magnum. Offered in brushed stainless steel with a full-lug 3-inch barrel, the six-shot .357/.38SPL King Cobra was announced just in time for the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s SHOT Show in Las Vegas, later this month.

Justin Baldini, Product Director at Colt, said customers “started asking for a .357 version of our Cobra immediately after the release” of that handgun in 2017 and “at that moment we knew we had to prioritize this great addition to the Cobra family.”

Featuring Hogue overmolded grips and a user-replaceable brass bead front sight, the newest snake gun uses the same Linear Leaf spring trigger as in the rest of Colt’s Cobra line. Speaking of which, the retail on the King Cobra is $899, which is the same as Colt’s black DLC-coated Night Cobra .38SPL snub and $200 more than the standard Cobra 2-inch.

The choice of barrel length on the new King Cobra is interesting. The original revolver was first introduced in 1986 and was made in 2, 2.5, 4, 6 and 8-inch variants across the revolver’s original commercial production, which ended in 1998.

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Testing the Galil ARM for accuracy to 500 yards (VIDEO)

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 04:00

A classic military rifle that blends the best of a lot of platforms and even includes its own bottle opener, can the IMI Galil go the distance?

Designed by Yisrael Galil (hence the name) and Yaacov Lior in the late 1960s after the IDF picked up a few thousand recently dropped Egyptian and Syrian Kalashnikovs and soldiers found them to work better than their FN FALs in sandy conditions, the 5.56mm rifle borrows a good deal from the Finnish Rk 62 Valmet, which of course is a take-off on the AK with a few tweaks.

Israel used them as their standard issue rifle until it was phased out by the M4 and later the Tavor, as did South Africa as the R4 made by Denel. Such a legacy of serious service begs the question of how accurate the platform is. To answer that is the above video from 9-Hole Reviews, in which they take a standard commercial specimen with iron sights and, loaded with IMI 55-grain M193 (what else?) push it out.

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Gear Review: Tactical To Go case for range day (VIDEO)

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 04:00

When I go to the range I usually have to bring a lot of gear. The average range session typically requires a few guns, ammo, of course, and supporting equipment such as a shot timer, targets, mags, etc. The Tactical To Go case allows me to organize all this gear and transport it safely.

A Tactical To Go case is a large Plano plastic case with a laser cut foam insert. The foam cut outs will fit 16-inch barreled AR15’s, magazines, pistols, and a spot for some general equipment. The case has wheels so it can be pulled easily. The lid has 4 latches to secure it and holes to put on a pad lock. You can purchase a Tactical To Go case in double rifle or single rifle format. Price point for a double rifle is $190 and the single rifle is $170.

I have been using a double rifle Tactical To Go case for the last year and a half. I have dragged it to every range session and all over the country. It has kept all my gear protected, secure, and organized. The case still functions like the day I received it. It is a very simple and rugged design that will serve you well particularly if you are tired of just throwing all your stuff loose in the trunk of your car.

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California’s ‘slow motion handgun ban’ challenged to Supreme Court

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 04:00

A legal challenge to California’s controversial microstamping law that has effectively outlawed the commercial sale of new semi-auto handgun models in the state is being sent to the nation’s high court.

The microstamping mandate, part of California’s Unsafe Handgun Act, was upheld by a 2-1 panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last August in the case of Pena v. Lindley. The lawsuit’s plaintiffs — Ivan Pena, Dona Croston, Roy Vargas, and Brett Thomas — stress they are unable to buy the majority of popular new semi-auto handguns from such companies as Smith & Wesson, Ruger and Glocks as the manufacturers do not make pistols that can pass the state’s 2013 requirement that handguns mark cartridges with a microscopic array of characters, that identify the make, model and serial number of the pistol upon firing.

Backed by the Second Amendment Foundation and Calguns Foundation, Pena and the other plaintiffs are represented by attorneys Donald Kilmer and Alan Gura, who argue that the Supreme Court’s past ruling in the 2008 Heller case is plain when it comes to California’s law.

“In Heller, this Court held that the government cannot ban handguns, as these are Second Amendment ‘arms’ of the kind ‘in common use’ for traditional lawful purposes rather than ‘dangerous and unusual weapons,'” says the 39-page filing. “All of that was tossed aside below. California’s legislature believes handguns are ‘unsafe’ if they do not microstamp. If handguns in the United States today do not eject microstamped casings, that is too bad . . . for consumers.”

While the current roster counts some 699 handguns, the list includes revolvers and derringers — which are exempt from the microstamping requirement — as well as semi-autos. Further, on Jan. 1, no less than 70 legacy pistol models were removed from the list as their five-year approval expired.

Last year, Judge Margaret McKeown brushed aside Pena’s concerns over the shrinking roster that in 2013 contained 883 semi-automatics but by 2017 had contracted to 496, saying “all of the plaintiffs admit that they are able to buy an operable handgun suitable for self-defense — just not the exact gun they want.”

A similar case brought by gun industry groups was rejected by the California Supreme Court last year with justices there saying essentially that the law is the law, regardless of what was or wasn’t possible.

“Impossibility can occasionally excuse noncompliance with a statute,” Justice Goodwin Liu said for the majority. “But impossibility does not authorize a court to go beyond interpreting a statute and simply invalidate it.”

Larry Keane, general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, one of the groups in the California Supreme Court challenge, told Guns.com that the state is experiencing a “slow motion handgun ban as fewer and fewer models are allowed to be sold in the state. California is to handguns what Cuba is to cars; only old models are available.”

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Rugged introduces modular Radiant762 suppressor (VIDEO)

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 04:00

Rated for full auto and calibers up to 300RUM with no barrel length restrictions, the lightweight Radiant762 is a new kid on the suppressor block.

Rugged’s latest can is made with a combination of Stellite baffles in the main body and grade 5 Titanium baffles in the module that give it a 12.5-ounce weight in its full 7.5-inch configuration. Modular, the Radiant762 can be abbreviated by the user, with the shorter 5.1-inch stack tipping the scales at just 9.4-ounces.

The new Radiant762 is modular and combines Stellite and titanium in its construction (Photos: Rugged)

The suppressor comes standard with Rugged’s new M2 Brake, that adds 1.5-ounces to the weight of the can. Using a dual taper locking system, the M2 is backward compatible with the company’s other rifle suppressors.

The company says the Radiant is capable of suppressing an 18-inch 300RUM to 135dB at the ear.

MSRP is $1,300.

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Pitting .357 Magnum against .357 Sig in a gel test (VIDEO)

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 04:00

While both of the chamberings have their dedicated fan base, Kentucky Ballistics sends the debate to the gel to see how they stack up.

As a control in the tests, Todd with KB uses Underwood Ammo factory JHP loadings across the board including a 125-grain Bonded and a 147-grain XTP in a Glock Model 31 for the .357 Sig while the Magnum loads are 125-grain XTP and a 158-grain bonded out of an S&W 686. While the Glock has a half-inch longer barrel than the Smith, the .357 Sig loads are also cataloged as having a velocity in the 1250 to 1475 fps range, which falls short of the advertised 1500 to 1700 fps velo on the Magnum loads.

Still, when fired into Clearly Ballistics blocks, the results are interesting no matter where you stand in the debate.

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Firing the foot-long Austro-Hungarian 11mm M1870 Gasser revolver (VIDEOS)

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 03:30

Chambered for an impressive 11.25x36mm black powder carbine cartridge, Herr Leopold Gasser’s giant revolver was a hit in its era.

Leopold scratched his head and in 1870 patented an open-frame revolver that was simply a barrel, trigger housing, broomstick grip, and rotating cylinder fed through a rear gate. Revolutionary for its time, it was double-action. Keep in mind that the best revolvers of the U.S. Civil War, just five years before, were single-action cap and ball revolvers.

While it was advanced for its day, by the Great War the big Gasser was obsolete, however, as discussed in great detail in the above video from Othais and Mae at C&Rsenal, the M1870 and its related steel-framed M1870/74 descendant did see service in that conflict. Further cultural references to the giant smokepole in everything from dozens of films and TV shows to video games (Fallout 4 even had a Gasser mod), means the gun continues to find fans although it has long been out of production.

For a second look at these interesting hog legs, Ian McCollum with Forgotten Weapons in the below video chronicles a pair of very natty Gassers that recently came up for auction.

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Auto-Ordnance launches I Stand 1911

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 03:30

The I Stand 1911 brings a custom Cerkaote look and engravings to pay homage to American soldiers. (Photo: Auto Ordnance)

Auto-Ordnance brings another custom 1911 to market with the introduction of the new I Stand 1911.

The I Stand 1911 was created to pay tribute to those that gave their lives in service of America. The I Stand 1911 is built on a GI pattern 1911 with a 5-inch barrel, chambered in .45 ACP. The pistol’s safety, sights, trigger and beavertail all follow the Gi pattern but Auto-Ordnance says unlike standard GI guns, its 1911 is designed to shoot with precision and accuracy.

The gun features engravings on both sides of the slide as well as on the grips. (Photo: Auto Ordnance)

“Unlike GI guns, all Auto-Ordnance 1911s are precisely machined to modern standards. This guarantees that the GI 1911 may look like the original, but will shoot with a degree of accuracy far superior to the military guns,” Auto-Ordnance said in a news release.

The I Stand 1911’s sear, slide and disconnector are all machined from solid bar stock which is then heat treated and topped with engravings commemorating American soldiers. The 1911 features the phrase “All gave some, some gave all” engraved on the dust cover, with “I stand” on the right side of the slide. “Freedom is not free” is written on the left side of the slide while the American flag graces the right grip and a battlefield memorial is featured on the left grip. The pistol rounds out its design with a worn Cerakote in black and gray.

The I Stand 1911 comes with a 7-round magazine and a price tag of $1,313.

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Sig releases new 9mm MPX Copperhead braced pistol (VIDEO)

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 03:30

An ultra-compact version of the MPX, Sig Sauer’s Copperhead variant is legally a pistol and is new for 2019.

Featuring a 3.5-inch barrel with an integrated muzzle brake, the 4.5-pound Copperhead comes from the factory with a two-position pivoting brace that Sig advertises as contouring and adapting to the movement of the shooter’s arm. Finished in FDE Cerakote E190, the pistol runs 14.5-inches overall with a top-mounted M1913 rail.

The Copperhead includes a 2-position pistol brace, monolithic upper receiver and 3.5-inch barrel with integrated flash hider. Like all MPX models, it features ambi controls with a dual-sided selector switch, magazine release, charging handle and bolt release. (Photos: Sig Sauer)

“The MPX Copperhead considerably reduces the length, width, and size of the MPX platform making it the most compact addition to the MPX family of firearms,” said Tom Taylor, Sig’s Chief Marketing Officer and Executive VP for Commercial Sales.

Using a short-stroke gas piston action, the Copperhead MPX is chambered in 9mm and ships with a single 20-round magazine.

As Sig submitted a variant of their MPX series to the Army for the military’s request to field a new Sub Compact Weapon for use with personal security detachments last year, it is likely a safe bet that the Copperhead stemmed from the same train of thought, but as it is semi-auto and uses a brace, is primed for the commercial market. While the company did not say as much, the header image for the new pistol, shown below,  is complete with the Army’s OCP pattern camo.

Retail is $1,835.

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Henry Repeating Arms introduces new lever action models in 6.5 Creedmoor, .22 S/L/LR

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 03:00

The Henry American Eagle, top, and Long Ranger, bottom, are two new models released by Henry Repeating Arms in 2019. (Photo: Henry Repeating Arms)

Henry Repeating Arms adds new models into its lever action rifle inventory, offering a 6.5 Creedmoor Long Ranger rife and a .22 S/L/LR Henry American Eagle.

The Long Ranger lever action rifle boasts a 22-inch, free-floated blued steel sporter barrel with American walnut buttstock and forestock. The wood is checkered and capped with a rubber recoil pad on the rear while the forestock features a steel forestock cap on the front.

The Long Ranger does not offer an external safety, instead relying on an in-hammer sliding transfer bar safety. Henry says this set-up ensures the rifle will not fire unless the hammer is cocked and the trigger pulled. The rifle ships with a four-round box magazine that is released using a flush-mounted blackened steel magazine release button. The 6.5 Creedmoor Long Ranger rifle features a MSRP of $1,066.

The Henry American Eagle offers an engraved eagle on the stock. (Photo: Henry Repeating Arms)

The Henry American Eagle rifle follows the Long Ranger rifle into Henry’s lineup, bringing a .22 S/L/LR model to Henry Arms fans. The Henry American Eagle rifle is built on the company’s famed Golden Boy platform, but uses a wood finish not found on any of Henry’s other rifles.

Replicating the look of ivory, the rifle’s wood finish begins with American walnut that is layered with primer and an ivory color. The wood is then engraved with a checkered pattern, leafy vine scrollwork and topped with an engraving of the head of a bald eagle. The sleek Henry American Eagle is available from Henry dealers with a price tag of $950.

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NSSF: Concealed carry study uses ‘complete’ data, for once

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 03:00

The National Shooting Sports Foundation applauded a recent study of concealed carry laws that determined no connection between relaxed statutes and increases in violent crime.

Researchers from the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, presented their findings at the 2018 Clinical Congress — hosted in Boston in October  — ahead of the article’s publication in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons this month.

“We found no relationship between the type of concealed carry process or the general permissiveness of the process and increased rates of homicide or other violent crime,” Dr. Mark Hamill, lead author on the study, told the ACS during his Oct. 22 presentation.

The team analyzed federal data collected from the U.S. Department of Justice Uniform Crime Reporting Program and Center for Disease Control between 1986 and 2015, comparing state-level results to concealed carry legislation on a sliding scale including “no carry,” “may issue,” “shall issue” and “unrestricted carry.”

“There has been a trend in all states over the past 30 years toward less restrictive concealed carry,” Hamill said. “Every state and the District of Columbia now has some legislation in place to allow for some form of civilian concealed carry. Changes to concealed carry legislation likely won’t reduce firearm violence.”

Larry Keane, NSSF’s general counsel, said the researchers’ thorough review made it stand out from other studies with “inconsistent mixes of results.”

“The dataset used was complete, with no missing variables,” he wrote in a Dec. 12 blog post. “The methodology is sound and rigorous, essentially using each state as its own control, rather than testing different states against each other, which removes state-to-state variations.”

Hamill, a former police officer and member of Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership, said he advocates for unbiased research focused on keeping guns out of the wrong hands —  a place he often found them while patrolling the streets of Brooklyn in the 1990s.

“I saw that it’s not the people who legally own firearms who are the problem. It’s the people who use firearms for nefarious purposes that are the problem. So how do we keep the guns out of those hands?” he said. “We need to pursue people who fail background checks. We need to pursue straw purchases, where someone intentionally purchases a gun for someone who is disqualified. These laws aren’t consistently enforced.”

He said physicians only accept high-quality, unbiased research when making clinical care decisions. “We shouldn’t accept lower-quality evidence to make policy decisions than we would to take care of our own patients,” he said.

Keane said he hopes others share Hamill’s sentiments. “Let’s hope that other researchers follow suit with more research that uses sound methodology to examine data without the bias and deliberate inaccuracies embedded in so much of the research published in recent years.” he said.

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Raven Concealment Systems opens pre-orders for Glock 48 holsters

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 02:30

Raven Concealment Systems announced new offerings for the recently released Glock 48. (Photo: Raven Concealment Systems)

Raven Concealment Systems announced that pre-orders for several of its holster models outfitted for the Glock 48 are currently underway.

The holster maker announced that it will soon offer its Perun, Morrigan and Vanguard 2 holsters for Glocks latest slimline pistol, the 48. Raven Concealment Systems offers two packages for consumers. The first is for just the company’s flagship holster the Perun, an outside-the-waistband rig for the Glock 48. The Perun package is priced just under $40 with a $7 flat shipping rate.

The Perun from RCS. (Photo: Raven Concealment Systems)

The second option comes by way of a three-pack of holsters. Consumers will get the OWB Perun, IW Morrigan and AIWB VanGuard 2. The Glock 48 bundle delivers more options for Glock 48 users, offering the biggest bang for the buck. The Raven Concealment Systems Glock 48 bundle is priced at $99 and includes free shipping.

Raven Concealment Systems says the Glock holsters are set to ship Feb. 1 with pre-orders closing out on Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. EST.

The holsters look to help upcoming Glock 48 consumers achieve concealment. (Photo: Raven Concealment Systems)

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