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Slovenia. A little European country wedged between Italy and Hungary. Some may know it for being part of former Yugoslavia, others for its ski resorts, or maybe more as the birth country of our current first lady. But it’s also home to the growing U.S. firearm brand Arex.
The company hit my radar a few months ago when FIME Group, the Las Vegas-based company that imports the brand to the U.S., invited me on a factory tour in Šentjernej, Slovenia. Honestly, before that I had little working knowledge of the brand.
A quick rundown though. Arex manufactures Rex handguns, which look like what would happen if Sig and CZ had a child. Although the brand has only been in the U.S. for three years, it has existed for more than 20 years and is one of only a handful of gun makers in Slovenia.
When I arrived to the Arex factory in late September, I found a sprawling facility comprised of a 26,000-square-foot manufacturing floor, 7,000 square feet of warehouse space, and 120 employees. Founded in 1994, Arex is no fledgling brand.
In addition to making guns, Arex produces parts for popular brands like FN, Browning, Fiocci, Seiler and Beloit. They have many military contracts and hold patents on military equipment used by some of the most elite units in Europe. Arex also currently manufactures dummy ammunition and other military equipment such as ballistic helmets and vests.
The Rex Firearms division currently produces around 5,000 handguns a month. Most of which are exported to the U.S. The current line available is the Rex 01, which comes in a full size, compact and tactical variations, and their competition gun, the Rex Alpha.
These hammer fired guns are made completely at the Arex factory, even the cold hammer forged barrels. They only things they don’t make are the springs, buttons and magazines. Each handgun is assembled and tested by hand. They are function tested at each stage of assembly. After that every handgun is test fired and zeroed with roughly 40 rounds fired. Meaning every single handgun that leaves Arex had faced intense testing and scrutiny.
However, for those who don’t like heavier hammer fired style guns will be happy to know that a new polymer framed striker fired handgun, the Rex Delta, will hit U.S. markets in late 2018 or early 2019.
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ArachniGrip’s adhesive slide grip makes its way to full size Glock pistols through ArachniGrip’s Gunfighter Series Adhesive Grip Sets.
The Gunfighter Series includes the company’s original Slide Spider — a one-piece adhesive grip wrap applied to semi-auto pistol slides — as well as additional gripping surfaces. The added adhesives can be applied to the forward areas of the slide, frame flats seated forward of the ejection port in addition to the space under the trigger guard.
ArachniGrip said more grip adhesive means better control and stability over the firearm. Granting gun owners the ability to charge the gun, disassemble, clear malfunctions and complete press checks, the ArachniGrip used input from professionals to develop the Gunfighter Series.
“The Gunfighter Series grip set was developed with feedback from tactical trainers, self-defense advocates, everyday carry folks and our faithful customers,” Robert Biedenbach of ArachniGrip said in a press release. ‘We are proud to offer the advantage of added firearm safety and control to our customers with the Gunfighter Series.”
The series offers either black grip material or red grip material. In addition to now boasting compatibility with full sized Glocks, the series also provides options for Smith & Wesson M&P and Shield fans. The GunFighter Series is available through ArachniGrip, priced at just under $30.
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A law waiving fees for active duty military and veterans who apply for an Ohio concealed handgun license took effect this month.
The measure, SB 81, was popular with state lawmakers, speeding through the legislature with broad bipartisan support.
Moving forward, authorities will waive the normal $67 fee to obtain a concealed handgun license for applicants who honorably served in the U.S. military or are on active duty. Further, it allows officials to accept prior military training in lieu of otherwise mandatory gun safety training required to obtain a license.
“Members of the military are arguably the most responsible and best-trained group of gun owners in the country,” said state Sen. Lou Terhar, R-Green Township, a Veteran who sponsored the new law.
Terhar told NBC4i that the proposal came to him through veterans at the VFW.
As a bill, SB 81 was approved in the Senate 31-2 in January and the House in June by an 84-7 margin, making it veto-proof.
According to data from the U.S. Census, Ohio had over 864,000 veterans living in the state as of 2014.
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USA Shooting is set to go fast, with its logo appearing on Doug Peterson’s Ford Mustang in the Trans Am Series.
Courtesy of a partnership among Brazen Sports, Coleman MotorSports and Peterson, USA Shooting will be featured on the race car bringing more exposure to the shooting group. The custom-wrapped Mustang will feature key supporting partners of USA Shooting to include: Brazen Sports, Federal Premium, Resource One, NSSF’s Project ChildSafe, White Flyer and Krieghoff. In addition, renowned competition pistol shooter and Brazen Sports brand ambassador, Max Michel, will also appear on the car.
“Partnership is everything to USA Shooting and it comes in all sorts of different forms, and a customized USA Shooting race car is a unique opportunity presented by our friend Eddie Rimanelli,” Kevin Neuendorf, Director of Marketing Communications for USA Shooting, said in a news release. “Like the timepieces he creates, it’s brazen and we thank him, the Trans Am Series, Coleman Motorsports and Doug Peterson for their generosity. Similarly, we felt like it was a great opportunity to showcase our major sponsors that mean everything to our athletes and our 2020 vision.”
Rimanelli said he and Brazen Sports are excited about the USA Shooting partnership.
“We’re thrilled by the opportunity to combine the passion and precision of marksmanship and motorsports to support America’s shooting team in pursuit of gold at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Rimanelli said.
The USA Shooting car will appear in the Circuit of Americas tour stop in Austin, Texas as well as the Trans Am Series season finale to be held at Daytona International Speedway Dec. 2 at 2:00 p.m. ET. The Trans Am Series began in the mid-1960s created to showcase Mustang, Camaro, Challenger and Corvette drivers’ abilities.
The Daytona race will be streamed live at http://www.motortrendondemand.com.
The US Army recently announced an order for more M67 fragmentation grenades from a Texas-based supplier.
The $10.4 million contract modification issued through the Army’s Rock Island Arsenal is to an original $10.7 million contract awarded to Day & Zimmermann in 2015 and includes delivery of more grenades as late as 2021. The work will be performed at the company’s Lone Star facility in Texarkana, Texas.
The M67, a classic “baseball” grenade in use since the Vietnam War, has been the standard frag in U.S. service for the past 50 years. Just 14-ounces in weight and 2.5-inches in diameter, it has a sheet steel body filled with 6.5-ounces of Composition B explosive and uses a 4-second pyrotechnic delay fuze.
Although the Army has been conducting research into what is termed the Enhanced Tactical Multi-Purpose hand grenade, which promises to be both electronically fused and ambidextrous with a top-mounted top-mounted pin for easy access by both lefties and righties, it has not been accepted for production, leaving the M67 to soldier on.
Day & Zimmermann has a number of munitions ventures including their American Ordnance subsidiary at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant in Middletown, Iowa. The company formerly also ran the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant until it was deactivated.
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A Washington man who shot a much larger armed attacker who grabbed him by the neck was cleared by prosecutors who held the shooting was done in self-defense.
Cody T. Brooks, 31, was shot and killed by Brian Eugene Ellison, 53, in September in the small town of Gorst, about an hour outside of Seattle. Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office detectives, assisted by Bremerton Police Department detectives, investigated the matter and turned their findings over to prosecutors who said last week that Ellison acted in accordance with the law
“Given all the facts and the forensic analysis of the crime scene that corroborated the homeowner’s version of events, we believe this case appeared to be self-defense,” Kitsap County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Chad Enright said, as reported by The Kitsap Sun.
According to local media, Brooks, described as a “gentle giant” by a friend, stood 6-foot-6-inches, weighed 315 pounds, had past history of a felony charge for attempting to choke a family member, and suffered from mental illness. Ellison, more than 20 years his senior, was also much smaller, at 5-foot-8-inches, and about half Brooks’ weight.
Brooks reportedly came on to Ellison’s property while he and his girlfriend were on the front porch, acted bizarrely– including saying he was with the CIA– and threatened to cut him with a knife. Ellison told his girlfriend to retrieve his gun from inside the house and, once he had it, chambered a round in an effort to ward the man away. Brooks reportedly then grabbed Ellison by the neck and, in the ensuing moments, the homeowner shot him twice, leaving the man to stagger into the street where responding authorities found his body.
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Pulsar announced its Trail LRF series is finally on its way to consumers, officially shipping in four different models.
The XQ38 LRF, XQ50 LRF, XP38 LRF and XP50 LRF feature similar attributes to the rest of the Trail lineup; however, the units boast the added benefit of integrated LRF allowing the devices to display target distance up to 1,100 yards.
“Whether you’re hunting varmints from inside close range or predators from afar, the integrated LRF will help you take the perfect shot,” Pulsar said in a news release.
The Trail LRFs offer WiFi remote viewing through the Stream Vision app with built-in recording as well as audio and picture-in-picture digital zoom. In addition, the Trail LRF series packs in an eight-hour rechargeable battery. The laser rangefinders finishes off its design with a 640×480 AMOLED display with an optional 640×480 sensor.
The Pulsar Trail LRF line is now shipping with prices hovering around the $6,000 mark.
Riton Optics brings a new scope to its lineup, adding the 4-32x56mm illuminated reticle rifle scope to its Mod 7 series aimed at long range and tactical shooters.
Developed in the field with Riton dealers and consumers, the scope follows the company’s belief that optics should offer functionality without breaking the bank. The RT-S Mod 7 4-32x56mm introduces a first focal plane design paired with a Riton illuminated precision shooting reticle and Riton HD/ED glass. The scope’s rugged construction enables it to tackle tough environments while its “performance coating” lends itself to durability.
Riton Optics said the scope has been in development for the past year, with the company focusing on bringing an affordable FFP model to consumers.
“The challenge of this optic was putting all these amazing features into one optic and control costs to still provide it at a price point that beats all of the competition and is clearly, by Riton’s mission, the best value in the industry,” Brady Speth, Founder and CEO, said in a press release.
The RT-S Mod 7 4-32x56mm scope is available now through Riton Optics and its dealers with a MSRP of $599.
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Three vintage rifles that went missing in the aftermath of a catastrophic fire at a Washington museum have been found by area police.
The Aberdeen Police Department announced in late October that they had recovered nearly a dozen guns as a result of a search warrant carried out in an unrelated burglary case that resulted in the arrest of a 56-year old area man for Unlawful Possession of Firearms.
Three of the rifles — including what appears to be a rare Winchester-Hotchkiss and a German Mauser — were among seven missing guns that had been secured in a locker in an office at the Aberdeen Museum of History when the facility suffered a fire in June. Museum officials are grateful the rifles were recovered.
“It was a really happy day. I mean, it felt like, oh, we didn’t think, possibly, that we’d see them,” Dann Sears, museum conservator, and archivist, told local media.
Immediately after the fire that took 77 firefighters over 10 hours to contain, the Museum, located in a historic building constructed in the 1920s, was boarded up and placed off limits to archivists until the structure could be determined safe to enter. During the intervening time, an employee at the Museum noticed a sheet of plywood had been pulled away but it wasn’t until Oct. 8 that the staff were able to enter the gutted building and discover that the guns were missing.
“You get very upset and you’re mad and you want to get the little slimeballs that took them,” said Sears.
Still unaccounted for is a Japanese Type 94 Nambu pistol, a Japanese Arisaka Type 99 rifle, a Springfield 1903, a Winchester lever-action rifle from the 19th Century, and two bayonets.
The museum’s building was used as a National Guard Armory until 1978 and opened to the public in 1981. Its primary claim to fame was a collection of items associated with Nirvana frontman Kury Cobain who was an Aberdeen native.
Those with information about the stolen firearms are encouraged to contact the Aberdeen Police.
Both sets use a full fill finish and sport a deep checker on the foregrip. Further, Black Aces says they are compatible with other Shockwave accessories such as their Quad Rail and Side Shell Holder kits.
“These beautiful wood packages add class and style to any Mossberg Shockwave,” says the company. “The wood gives the weapon a great feel and a warm glow. Nothing sets off the look of the weapon more.”
Retail on each is set at $199.
Notably, Mossberg last week announced the release of their new Nightstick series of M590 Shockwaves with factory walnut furniture, sporting a ribbed corn-cob on the pump action and a birds-head style Shockwave pistol grip.
— Mossberg (@MossbergCorp) November 3, 2018
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Rick Dosch is an inactive Marine who has a permit to carry a concealed weapon. He promised his pastor that he would always be armed to protect the church and its congregation, so he carries his gun to church every Sunday. He is also not the only member of the flock that does this.
Dosch always sits in the back of the church – but not so he can sleep as many would like to think. He sits in the back because the entrance doors are there and it’s a likely point of egress for anyone intent on doing harm.
Dosch believes that if you’re going to carry a weapon you should always train regularly. “I was trained to shoot in the Marines, but I still train daily using actual distances equivalent to the space between the doors and my sitting position,” he said. He feels that this is the only way to be really prepared for any instance that could occur in that location.
Dosch is quick to mention that society today is much different than from the past and he is not the only one with that realization. Dosch mentions his sister attends a church nearby and that parish maintains two armed guards and locked doors at all times. His church is in a rural area and it would take close to five minutes for police or first responders to arrive at the scene.
“In Maryland at the Gazette Newspaper office the police reached the shooting in sixty seconds yet there were four people already dead when they arrived,” he said. “We here feel that it’s best to be able to protect ourselves for a period of time … instead of being ‘minute men’ we’re ‘one to five-minute men’. That’s the average time that it takes for first responders to arrive and I’m here to fill in that time-gap.”
To be sitting in his church when someone comes through the door and only being able to watch the people he loves being shot is something Dosch could never imagine. “As horrible and hard as it would be to shoot a person, it would be even more horrible to watch that person shoot my family,” he said. “I just couldn’t stand by in good conscience knowing that I have the ability and the skills to stop something like this instead of just watching it happen.”
The Glock 17 is the weapon Dosch prefers. “There are a lot of smaller and easier to conceal weapons out there, but I’m just not comfortable shooting them with real accuracy at any distance,” he said. This Glock is a larger weapon and Dosch carries extra magazines on his belt, so he can reload and be shooting again in just a few seconds.
“It’s not my intent to harm anyone,” he said. “It’s my intent to protect and to save people.” He is truly the guardian of this blessed flock.
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Offered in .45 ACP, 9mm and 38 Super, Wilson Combat’s newest Supergrade 1911 models come in a more compact Commander Special variant.
Starting with an in-house machined forged steel frame and slide, the new Commander-sized Supergrades feature a 4.25-inch match barrel and 7.85-inch overall length.
Tipping the scales at 37.2-ounces while still unloaded the handguns are stacked with custom features that come standard such as burl walnut grips, checkered front straps, flattop slides, a full-length guiderod, thick flange bushings with a reversed crown, and a fluted chamber.
New features to the Supergrade line include a throwback USGI-style thumbsafety, battlesight with a white gold bead front sight.
Besides the caliber options, the Commander Specials come in either a hand-polished blued version or a two-tone finish with a stainless steel frame and blued carbon slide.
Retail (wait for it) is $5,350 for the .45 and $5,455 for the 9mm and .38 Super versions.
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The 6.5 PRC — or Precision Rifle Cartridge — is the latest Horandy creation to gain attention and favor among shooters. An interesting competitor to the 6.5 Creedmoor, the 6.5 PRC is ready to take the long range shooting community by storm; but, what is the cartridge and why exactly is it poised to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Creedmoor cartridge?
Often referred to as the 6.5 Creedmoor’s “big brother,” the 6.5 PRC offers precision rifle shooters and hunters the advantage of a flat shooting, heavy bullet with manageable recoil. Delivering 2,000 foot-pounds of energy at 500-yards, the 6.5 PRC provides an 8-percent increase in velocity over the Creedmoor cartridge as well as 28-percent more capacity within the cartridge itself.
The 6.5 PRC began as an idea formulated in George Gardner’s head. The president of GA Precision Rifles and an avid participant in precision rifle series, Gardner said the first inkling came around 2012 when the PRS rule book was published. The rules dictated that competitors could use any caliber bullet, 30 cal. or below, so long as it did not exceed 3,200 feet-per-second.
“I just kind of, as a whim, thought there’s got to be something out there that can give a guy an edge,” told Hornady in a video interview.
Gardner knew the 6.5 caliber bullets could push 3,150 feet-per-second safely; but there were no casings at that time that could accomplish what he wanted, so he started exploring other options. Eventually Hornady got involved, bringing their engineers to the table to fully bring the 6.5 PRC to life.
Based on the Ruger Compact Magnum, the 6.5 PRC features a .264-inch diameter bullet paired to a 2.030-inch case length. The cartridge’s neck measures .297-inches while its body comes in a .5158-inches. Designed for long range shooting, the 6.5 PRC round uses a 6.5 caliber bullet that delivers a high ballistic coefficient ensuring greater impact energy even over long distances.
“The 6.5 PRC is the ultimate short action long range caliber for target shooting. It’s also evolved to probably being the ultimate long range short action caliber for hunting,” Gardner said. “The 6.5 PRC is very versatile in that it’s firing a heavy bullet, very fast, very flat. It’s recoil is very manageable.”
The 6.5 PRC alongside Hornady’s other latest creation the .300 PRC earned approval from the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute in 2018, opening the door for other manufacturers to begin churning out 6.5 PRC gear.
“It’s the one that gives you everything,” Gardner commented. “It’s a rifle cartridge that other people in the industry can get behind and build rifles.”
Though it likely won’t completely replace the 6.5 Creedmoor, the 6.5 PRC does offer another alternative for hunters and PRS competitors.
“We’ve kind of nicknamed it the ‘Big Brother’ of the 6.5 Creedmoor and I think that’s exactly what it is,” Gardner explained. “I expect it will be here for the long haul, just like the 6.5 Creedmoor.”
Back in the days of the $99 SKS, the $279 Norinco Type-56 was king! Chris Bartocci with Small Arms Solutions reaches back into the 1980s and looks at some classic pre-ban semi-auto AKMs to include a Type-56S and S1 cranked out by the Communist Chinese to ship to the States by the boatload.
The golden days before the ban hammer came down saw such new in the box guns sold for bargain prices as well as 1,300 round crates of 7.62x39mm ammo to boot. Bartocci chronicles these at length, touching on such briefly-imported models as the PolyTech Legend (with a milled receiver) and compares the differences between these Chicom guns and the Soviet-style Kalash.
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Estimated gun sales declined double digits last month, marking the slowest October since 2011, according to federal data, and continuing a pattern first established over the summer.
Dealers processed just over 2 million applications through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System last month. Estimated gun sales — the sum of transfers in the NICS’s handgun, long gun, multiple and other categories — declined more than 12 percent and totaled just 928,474.
Dealers processed over 460,000 applications for handguns and just under 418,000 applications for long guns last month. The latter represents the slowest October recorded in a decade. Likewise, long gun tallies for July and August sank to 10-year lows, returning to levels not seen since before the election of former President Barack Obama. September fared even worse, ranking dead last in the 20-year history of NICS.
NICS checks serve as a proxy measure for gun sales, albeit an imperfect one. Applications for concealed carry permits, periodic rechecks for licenses and a slew of smaller categories for pawns, redemptions, rentals and other rare situations undercut the total amount of checks processed in one month. Guns.com removes these categories from the total figure to more accurately assess actual transfers, though it’s still an estimate.
These types of background checks have consumed larger percentages of the total amount recorded each month since the banner year of 2016, federal data shows. So far in 2018, these administrative-type checks have consistently inflated monthly totals, but haven’t translated into boosted sales.
Historical patterns for the industry suggest checks and sales will hit annual highs as the holiday season nears — typically the busiest time for retailers. Publicly traded gun companies — including Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger and Company — consider fall and winter months the most profitable.
The current year remains on track to rank as the second busiest for NICS checks since the FBI first began keeping records in 1998, eclipsing the first 10 months of 2017 by 5 percent. Estimated sales, however, are trailing 6 percent, according to the data.
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In the early 1960s, the Army did a study to create weapons better suited to guerrilla warfare. One of the strange and very NFA prototypes is up for auction.
Based on the standard M14, Harrington & Richardson, of Worcester, Mass. modified a number of the select-fire battle rifles to be lighter and shorter as part of the study. They looked kinda funky and were never adopted as the M16 came on the scene at about the same time. Just a few, with their impressive muzzle flash, remain in museums.
One of these weird rifles in the wild– with an exceptionally rare and experimental folding stock and wooden pistol grip– is up for auction at Morphy’s this month and Ian McCollum with Forgotten Weapons has a chance to check it out in the above video.
Even neater is the fact that it is an ATF-registered C&R NFA item that still has its giggle switch and yes, it still works.
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Apex Tactical Specialties unveils a new line of precision made performance hammers designed specifically for the 1911 platform.
The brainchild of Apex founder Randy Lee, the 1911 hammers are manufactured from heat-treated A-2 tool steel and precisely cut on a wire EDM. The process lends itself to consistency, allowing the hammers to achieve perfectly square hammer hooks, according to Apex.
“The result is a hook profile that requires no stoning or polishing for performance,” Apex said in a news release.
The hammers draw inspiration from the key hook geometry of a 50-year-old National Match Government model 1911. The hook height is 0.18-inches to .020-inches, delivering a consistent, clean break of the trigger. Apex says when the hammer is paired with a premium sear, trigger pull falls around 3.5 to 4-pounds but can be tuned lower for competition use.
The hammers come in two styles — the Classic Spur-Style Hammer and the Commander-Style Hammer. The Classic Spur-Style is a direct replacement for the original Colt spur hammer while the Commander-Style Hammer is a drop-in replacement for Commander-Style 1911 hammers.
Both Apex hammer models are available from Apex with a MSRP of $79.95.
New hunting products, especially ammunition, seem to come faster than we can shoot. From ballistic to heat shield to open tip match, each has its place. But have you noticed more boxes of copper hunting ammo on store shelves? That’s a commonly asked question among hunters in the gun shop as well as whether or not it’s needed.
With hunters doing more as conservationists, the desire to help save wild resources from potential collateral damage of lead is also on the rise. It’s no secret that lead poisoning results from many different causes, but some of that is attributed to the bullets. If a lead bullet ends up in a carcass, it can in turn be eaten by carrion birds or other critters to their detriment. Thus, companies comply with consumer demand and environmental laws by providing non-lead bullets. In turn, copper become an affordable and capable option.
As some state, region and even foreign governments move to either ban lead or encourage non-lead bullets to reduce lead contamination, concerns grow among hunters over the humane killing power of these new bullets. Whether solid or copper alloys, the terminal performance of lead free tips is only beginning to be studied in depth. One of the more thorough looks comes courtesy of Nathan Foster at Terminal Ballistics Research. His research raises concerns over copper bullets failing to expand and ultimately create large enough wound channels for quick lethality on larger game. With that in consideration, many hunters report excellent ballistic and fatal results on smaller-to-medium sized game from predators to hogs, antelope, and deer.
The copper or non-lead bullets are more environmentally friendly. But if that trade off comes at the expense of slow-dying or lost trophies. That’s not to say copper bullets are not lethal or capable, but rather the hunter must take in account game type, ranges, shot placement, and maybe even do some range testing prior to hunting. The nice thing is, no matter the decision, there are plenty of lead-free rifle bullets and ammunition on the market.
For reloaders, Nosler, Barnes and Hornady offer excellent options is non-lead, copper bullets. Though there are many types of “green” ammo, we’re looking at three of the most popular and readily available copper-based hunting ammunitions on the market.Federal Power Shok Copper Bullet
The Power Shok bullets are actually a hollow point copper alloy. The company markets them as medium game options for deer, pronghorn, and hogs. Calibers are: .243, .270, .300 Blackout, .308, .30-06, .300 WSM, and .300 Win Mag. You’ll find them on shelves from $24.99 to $34.99 depending on caliber.
Winchester Deer Season Copper Impact XP: These are solid copper bullets with a red reinforced polymer tip. Bullets are boattail with a hollow nose cavity. Calibers and build specifically for deer: .243, .270, .308, .30-06, and .300 Win Mag. They’re selling at your retailer from $25.99 to $31.99, making it only a dollar or two more expensive that its non-copper counterpart Deer Season.
Sig Sauer Elite Copper Hunting: Sig is relatively new to hunting ammunition, but they’ve already seen the rising need for copper. Their Elite Copper Hunting rounds wear solid copper bullets on nickel-plated shells. Price is steeper than the others, though, with an MSRP of $44.95.
The National Rifle Association is digging deep to knock out entrenched red state Democrats Claire McCaskill and Joe Donnelly in next month’s mid-term elections.
McCaskill and Donnelly, both blue senators hailing from states that President Donald Trump won in 2016, are incumbents waging campaigns against well-funded Republicans to keep their seats in Washington. When it comes to gun policy, neither are endorsed by Giffords or Everytown while both are panned by the NRA for their position on how the Second Amendment should be interpreted.
On Trump’s Supreme Court nominees, both voted against Judge Brett Kavanaugh while McCaskill also voted against Judge Neil Gorsuch. Donnelly was one of four Dems who supported Gorsuch’s confirmation last year. Neither has signed on to support the Senate version of a rebooted federal assault weapons ban but they both stand by the bipartisan FixNICS bill. McCaskill is one of 41 Democrats that support Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s bump stock ban.
While the incumbent Democrats make points to include support for veterans, a strong national defense, the economy and combating the opioid epidemic on their campaign sites, they shy away from openly advocating gun control policies or bans. In comparison, Elizabeth Warren and Chris Murphy, Dems from blue states running for reelection, both advocate strengthening federal gun laws as a bedrock priority.
The NRA has endorsed McCaskill’s GOP opponent, Josh Hawley, and is funding a seven-figure campaign against the Democrat. “Our basic right to keep a firearm in the home for self-defense is at risk, ” said Chris Cox, chairman of the NRA’s lobbying arm. “Claire McCaskill consistently sides with liberal, anti-gun elites and against our constitutional freedoms. If Missourians want to protect their basic right to self-defense they need to replace Claire McCaskill.”
An ad against her funded by the group targets McCaskill, “F” rated by the group, over her votes against Trump’s Supreme Court picks.
When it comes to “D” rated Donnelly, the NRA went much the same, citing his “no” vote on Kavanagh earlier this month as a prime reason why “After 12 years in Washington, D-C Joe has gotta go.”
The pro-gun organization is backing Mike Braun for U.S. Senate in Indiana in place of Donnelly, saying he is the only candidate in this race who will defend our Second Amendment freedoms.”
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A federal appeals court last week sided with a power company worker who had been terminated after a gun was found in his personal vehicle at work.
In 2016, long-time Ameren Illinois company employee Bryan Knox consented to a search of his vehicle in a company lot that yielded a firearm. Terminated under Ameren’s Workplace Violence policy, his union appealed the firing and an arbitrator determined that he had been wrongfully dismissed because of protections offered by state law for guns in personal vehicles. While a District Court overturned the arbitration results after Ameren went to court on the matter, a panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit said last Friday that the law was, in fact, on Knox’s side.
The 13-page opinion by U.S. Judge Michael Stephen Kanne for the unanimous panel said that external law such as the Illinois Concealed Carry Act trumps the bargaining agreement between Knox’s union — the IBEW — and Ameren, making the decision clear-cut when it came to labor law. Kanne, appointed to the federal bench in 1982 by President Ronald Reagan, however, maintained that the right to keep and bear arms was not expressly part of the arbitration.
“We stress that although the original dispute involved rules regulating the carrying of firearms, today’s dispute deals solely with the law of labor arbitration,” said Kanne. “Neither party has raised any claim under the Second Amendment, and we express no opinion regarding the Concealed Carry Act or internal corporate policies regarding weapons.”
According to court documents, Knox was first hired by Ameren Illinois, a subsidiary of the $25 billion Ameren power and electric corporation, in 1998 rising to a lead a crew by 2015. Three days after he got into what was described as a “series of heated arguments” with his supervisor over scheduling issues, company officials confronted Knox, who was known to by a gun owner and carry concealed weapons, about the possibility of guns in his personal vehicle on Ameren property. After giving his consent to a search by a deputy sheriff of his vehicle, a gun was found in his truck and three weeks later he was fired for violating company policy which prohibits the unauthorized possession of weapons on Ameren property.
In the resulting binding arbitration, an arbitrator agreed that, while Knox could have been disciplined over the arguments, Ameren did not have just cause to terminate him, pointing to the state law which protects the possession of firearms in private vehicles.
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