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2018 NRAAM is done and here is a recap of some great products (VIDEO)

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 09:00

The 2018 NRAAM were full of guns, innovation, and freedom loving patriots all surrounding themselves in a show of strength. There was so much to see and so many vendors on display that we couldn’t possibly show you everything there was to see. But did take the show floor to take a look at some of the products we’re most excited about in 2018. Below is the list of booths that we stopped at and why we think they’re so great.

1. Battle Arms Development – “Paratrooper”

We decided to stop by Battle Arms Development to check out the much talked about “Paratrooper” SBR which they had on display. This rifle has a 7.5 inch barrel and sports an overall length of just 20.1 inches. This rifle is chambered in .300 BLK and is meant to serve as an homage to those who served in WWII  sporting the same finish matching that of the M1 Garand, M1 Carbine, 1903A3, etc. Finally they finish it off the Grade A French Walnut handguard and pistol grip, which sets that gun apart from everything else out there and makes more of a work of art. But make no mistake, they intended for this rifle to work and to work well, the trigger break and reset is about as crisp and clean as you’re going to find on the market. Match all that with the enhanced pin set, bolt catcher, and ambidextrous safety, charging handle, and mag release, and this rifle is ready to do work while looking good too. They do have the same model of rifle available in pistol form if you want to go that route as well.

2. Unity Tactical – TAPS

The guys from Tactical Night Vision Company (TNVC) and Unity Tactical teamed up to bring you the new TAPS. This stands for Tactical Augmented Pressure Switch, and it’s designed to be a complete one point command and control system for all weapon-mounted electronics. This switch allows the user to mount lights and lasers where they see fit on their rifle but be able to access and operate those multiple units from a single point of reference. The switch can mount to M1913 Picatinny, KEYMOD, and M-LOK rail systems with little effort, and as a bonus you don’t need any third party rail adapters. This switch has a hardened case and can be submerged in up to a meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

3. Streamlight – TLR-7

Chase is a huge fan of Streamlight and has run the lights on his guns for years. This year Streamlight has introduced the new TLR-7 and TLR-8. These lights can fit securly on without the need for tools or putting your finger in front of the muzzle. Both models feature the super bright 500 lumen light, which can be programmed to strobe, while the TLR-8 gives an upgrade with the addition of a red laser as well. They both come with a CR123A battery which powers the light and can give the end user a total run time, with just the light, of 1.5 hours. Finally they both sport a low-profile ambidextrous on/off switch which gives the greatest flexibility to power on the light in a time of need.

4. Beretta – APX Centurion and Compact

We stopped by the Beretta booth and we were fortunate enough to be run through Beretta’s new line of pistols, the Centurion and Compact, by none other than John “Chappy” Chapman himself. At 2018 SHOT Show Beretta released the full size APX and here at NRAAM they were not going to sit quietly on the sidelines. Beretta released both the Centurion and Compact version of the APX family. What’s really cool about this platform is that the whole family uses a single trigger chassis, which is the serialized part on the gun. This means that you can have a single chassis and be able to fit it to a full size, mid-size (Centurion model), or Compact size gun. The Centurion model is their mid-size introduction which is meant to function as either a duty gun or a concealed carry gun while the Compact is meant to function solely as a CCW gun. Centurion and the Compact both sport the same length of slide so you’ll have the same sight radius on each gun. As Chappy told us Beretta is quickly approaching M4 territory where you can you can just buy a trigger chassis and then build the gun you want around it. The full size model packs 17 rounds while the Centurion and Compact hold 15 and 13 rounds respectively.

5. High Threat Concealment

Lastly we stopped by the High Threat Concealment (HTC) booth to see what new holsters and mounting solutions could be found at this year’s show. The big release for HTC this year was their APS, or Adapt-a-Platform-Series, which allows you to mount a holster in a variety of locations and be versatile with the attachment hardware you use. You can use mounting hardware from Safariland, G-Code, and Blackhawk! to work with this series. Next HTC showed us their tried and true Spektre series of holsters, which includes their appendix carry wing which really pushes the gun back against the body for a deeper concealment of the pistol. The also showed us their Cobra tactical belt, which has a sticky inside, allowing the user pull the needed items off the belt without worry of the belt slipping free. This belt was also outfitted with a Vantage holster, a quick release med kit, and an M4 Mag Stacker which allows you to keep both pistol and rifle mags in a very compact space.




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Krytos Industries debuts titanium finish and titanium Glock slides

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 09:00

Kytos launches new titanium slides for Glock 17 and 19 pistols. (Photo: Krytos Industries)

Krytos Industries recently released a new “revolutionary” titanium finishing process alongside titanium Glock handgun slides.

The patented finishing process, ArmorTi, permits titanium to be used for various applications to include handgun slides and frames. Krytos said previously this was not possible due to galling and other friction related problems associated with titanium.

ArmorTi uses a precisely controlled, forced diffusion in order to harden titanium surfaces. The result is a black finish that is durable and adheres to the strength and integrity of titanium. The ArmorTi process, which has been tested extensively according to Krytos, allows shooters to completely replaced Glock handgun slides with a lighter, more attractive Titanium version. Weight is reduced by 25 percent or more while still adhering to Glock’s notorious performance.

“A factory Glock 19 (Gen 3) slide weighs 11.5-ounces while Krytos’s G19 slide weighs in at a mere 6.4-ounces,” Krytos said in a press release. “Further, all participants involved in testing reported that the increase in felt recoil was negligible, but did state that sight recovery on target was dramatically faster (this was attributed to increased slide velocity and reduced slide mass resulting in less ‘muzzle dip’ upon returning to battery).”

Offering ArmorTi handgun slides for the Glock 17 and 19, both offered with optional cuts for Trijicon TMT, Krytos also announced titanium guide rods for the G17 and G19 as well as bolt carriers for the AR-15 and AR-10 platforms.

“This is an exciting time for our young company,” said the company’s President, Ben Cook. “ArmorTi has consistently amazed us with what it allows titanium to do and we truly believe it will change the face of material design considerations in the firearms industry and many others.”

Glock Ti Slides start at $549 for non-cut slides and $599 for RMR cut slides while the Ti Guide Rod is priced at $59. The AR-15 Bolt Carrier comes in at $369 for 5.56 and .223, while the AR-10 Bolt Carrier for .308 retails for $429.

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Gun Review: Ruger trumps .327 Fed market with new GP100 models (VIDEO)

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 08:00

The .327 Federal Magnum chambering entered the market with little fanfare more than a decade ago and is just now coming into its own with a full complement of serious guns.  From Henry’s Big Boy line to multiple Ruger revolvers, the stout little round is barking its praises.  Seeing that potential and success, the folks at Sturm, Ruger, Co have added yet another to its lineup—long-awaited, full size GP100.  Has the wait been worth it? finds out.

Meet the Ruger GP100 in .327 Fed Mag

With previous Ruger .327 Fed Mag models in the SP101, LCR, LCRx, and Single Seven, it was only a matter of time until the chambering found the GP100, which is at the top of Ruger’s DA/SA line of revolvers.  Offered in both 4.2 inch and 6 inch models, the GP100’s show off a hefty stainless steel build with a satin finish.

Our test GP100 came with a four inch barrel, though the company also offers a long-awaited six inch version. Both feature a full-length shroud as well. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Detail of the GP100’s right-sided barrel engraving, which is clean and modern. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

The 1/16 inch twist barrel is topped with a ramp front and adjustable rear sights.  Our shorter barreled version measures 9.5 inches overall and weighs 40 ounces empty, even with the full shroud.  A transfer bar safety protects against accidental discharge. The triple-locking cylinder, which engages into the front, rear, and bottom of the frame, assures both cylinder alignment and Ruger’s durability.  The factory Hogue Monogrip wraps the frame while adding serious comfort. The wheelgun comes in Ruger’s gray hard plastic case and is stamped Newport, NH, USA. Regardless of barrel length, the new GP100 in .327 retails for $899 with online retailers already listing the wheelgun for $650.

About the .327 Fed Mag

The GP100’s cylinder holds seven rounds of .327 Fed Mag/.32 H&R Mag compared to only six of .357/.38Spl. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Not only is the .327 Fed Mag a stout defensive round, pushing the .357 Mag’s ballistics with considerably less felt recoil, it is also an option for smaller game hunting, backup protection in the woods, and just an all around enjoyable range master.  Another benefit is capacity—the GP100 holds seven rounds of .327 to only six rounds of .357.  Will one more round make that big of a difference?  Maybe, maybe not.  Yet it never hurts to have more firepower with less recoil.  Just as you can fire .38SPL from the .357, .32 aficionados can also feed the lighter recoiling .32 H&R Magnum.

Range Time

At just over three pounds loaded, the GP100 has more than enough weight to negate the already manageable recoil of the .327, while still maintaining good balance in the hand and on the hip.  The rear sight is easily adjustable for both windage and elevation.  The white outline rear is easy enough to align on target, but could be slightly more prominent for faster acquisition.  Hogue grips coming standard is a boon for accurate shooting.  Coming from a shooter with smaller hands, I can testify that this gun fits me just as well as it does the fellas with larger paws. The GP100 is controllable, a joy to shoot, and a confidence builder not only as a sidearm, but as a knockdown caliber as well.

The fully adjustable rear sight on the Ruger GP100 is excellent for accuracy, though we’d like to see a slightly more prominent white outline. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Recoil is practically non-existent in a weightier handgun like the GP100.  Fired single action, the trigger broke repeatedly at just over 4-1/2 pounds, crisp and clean which allowed for accurate shooting.  In double action, the pull is obviously extended, but equally smooth in it’s weightiness and easy enough to learn to shoot well quickly.  From the bench, we were shooting repeatable three shot, three-to-three-and-a-half inch groups offhand at 25 yards.  Rapid fire at defense distances was equally as pleasing.

Not only does the GP100 look good, but is a pleasure to shoot, due in large part to the factory Hogue Overmolded grips which fit smaller hands just as well as they do larger paws. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

We fired a mix of factory premium ammunition, which before you gnash your teeth, is in fact readily available on store shelves:  American Eagle 85 and 100 grain JSP’s, Speer Gold Dot 100grn JHP, Federal Premium 85grn Hydra Shok JHP, and Great Lakes 100 grn RNFP.  There’s much more bark than bite in terms of noise over recoil.  When shooting the .32 H&R in Federal Premium Personal Defense in 85grn JHP and 95grn SWC, there’s certainly less velocity, but also less report, while still maintaining excellent accuracy and nearly identical point of impact.  Caliber versatility is as interesting in the GP100 in .327/.32H&R Magnum as it is in the .357/.38 Special.  Regardless of your chambering favor, though, the fact remains that the Ruger GP100 just plain fits and is not just attractive, but capable.

Close Companions—SP101 & GP100

With very similar outward appearances in the 4-inch barreled .327 Federal revolver market, we’d be remiss not to consider whether the GP is worth more money than it’s older, albeit smaller brother, the SP.  There is only one close competitor, Ruger’s own SP101 which is considerably lighter at 29.5 ounces, and only a six-round capacity, the GP100 ultimately throws down the trump card.  A larger, rugged frame with room for an additional round in the cylinder, upgraded grips, and all done in an attractive, well-balanced package for just over a hundred dollars more.  The SP101 wears a fiber optic front that some will prefer over the GP100’s ramp front, but not I.  The biggest benefit to the SP101 is as a crossover carry wheelgun.  Its lighter weight and smaller frame and grips make it a bit more concealable but not quite as much fun on the range as the GP100.  They’re both fine guns that more than do justice to the .327 Fed Mag chambering, but after getting my hands on both, the GP100 was an easy choice for my purposes as a woods sidearm, plinker, and backup carry tool.


The new-for-2018 GP100 in .327 Federal Magnum comes in the four inch barrel shown here as well as a long awaited six inch version. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

The new Ruger GP100 in .327 Federal Magnum is the first true full-frame revolver in the caliber, and at the end of the day, it has been a long-awaited win.  While the LCR family covers the carry market with some rollover into the SP101, and the Single Sevens are capable single action plinksters and hunters, the GP100 is Ruger’s ace in the hole.  In our 4 inch barreled model, not only could it moonlight as a carry gun, but excels as a woodsman’s sidearm, a small-game and varmint slayer, and darn enjoyable all-around shooter.

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Firearms, militaria auction scheduled for Memorial Day weekend (PHOTOS)

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 06:30

Original circa-1899 cabinet card with rare, never-reproduced image of Annie Oakley inside a house with firearms, bullets, and a knife. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. (Photo: Milestone Auctions)

Milestone Auctions announced its offerings this week for a premier firearms and militaria auction scheduled for Memorial Day weekend.

The Ohio-based auction house hopes the artifacts — newly released from private collectors and spanning from the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam War — will fetch over $1 million. Featured items include a 14.75-inch hand-forged bayonet haldberd from the 1770s, an original photo cabinet card of Annie Oakley holding her signature Marlin lever-action rifle circa 1899, and a Nazi German Knight’s Cross Certificate signed by Adolf Hitler in June 1941.

“Everything in this auction is high quality,” said Milestone Auctions co-owner Chris Sammet. “There are some very unusual and rare guns by the most desirable makers, as well as many historically significant pieces. Collectors love bidding on things that are fresh to the market from private collections, as opposed to dealer stock, and that’s exactly what we are offering in this auction – fresh goods.”

The auction begins May 26 at 10 a.m. EST, with all forms of bidding available including online through LiveAuctioneers, AuctionZip, Proxibid, HiBid, Invaluable or Milestone’s own bidding platform.

Early World War II German Gewehr G41 sniper rifle. Estimate: $5,000-$6,000. (Photo: Milestone Auctions)

Rare Model 1819 J. Hall breech-loading flintlock rifle, second production type dated 1826, made by Harper’s Ferry Armory, identified to Captain E.D. French. Estimate $4,000-$6,000. (Photo: Milestone Auctions)

Naval boarding helmet, Revolutionary War to War of 1812 period, found in Sackett’s Harbor, New York, a hotbed of 18th/early 19th-century American naval and military activity. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. (Photo: Milestone Auctions)

Leather-cased Nazi German Knight’s Cross Certificate awarded to Helmut Naumann, dated June 2, 1941, signed by Adolf Hitler. Estimate: $10,000-$12,000. (Photo: Milestone Auctions)

WWII Nazi German framed archive with photos, autograph of Josef “Sepp” Dietrich, Hitler’s bodyguard and Panzer division commander. Estimate: $4,500-$5,500. (Photo: Milestone Auctions)

Pre-World War II personal flag of Japanese Chief of Army General Suzuki Soroku, who served in that capacity from 1926-1930. Estimate: $2,500-$4,500. (Photo: Milestone Auctions)

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Winchester adds new calibers to Deer Season XP series

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 06:00

Deer Season XP adds .25-06 and .450 Bushmaster to its lineup. (Photo: Winchester)

Winchester introduces new calibers into its popular Deer Season XP rifle ammunition line, adding 117-grain .25-06 Rem and 250-grain .450 Bushmaster loads.

Introduced in 2015, the Deer Season XP ammo series features a large diameter polymer-tipped bullet that Winchester said delivers “devastating terminal performance.” Offering an Extreme Point polymer tip, the tapered bullet jacket and precision swaged lead core were created to provide the energy needed to transfer massive takedown power.

Already available in 15 popular hunting calibers, Winchester adds the .25-06 and .450 Bushmaster for even more options for serious hunters.

“Winchester continues to make Deer Season XP available to even more hunters as they take to the woods in pursuit of our nation’s most popular big-game animal,” said Matt Campbell, vice president of marketing and sales for Winchester Ammunition, in a news release.

The newest calibers of Deer Season XP ship in 20-round boxes, like their brethren.  Average price on the ammo series hovers between $20 and $40 per box.

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Illinois governor vetoes gun waiting period bill, seeks to restart death penalty in amendment (VIDEO)

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 05:30

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday reworked a gun control bill to include a number of proposals including one to reinstate the death penalty for some crimes.

The bill that was vetoed, HB-1468, would mandate a 72-hour waiting period for some semi-autos as well as .50 BMG caliber rifles. Current state regulations have a 24-hour wait on longarms with sponsors of the move arguing more time is needed for guns classified as “assault weapons.” Not only did Rauner reject the proposal as not going far enough, but recast it to include a host of additional measures.

“Gun violence has rocked the nation and our state,” Rauner said. “This is a responsible, bipartisan approach to the problem that will help ensure the safety and security of our children, our peacekeepers, our families, and our communities in Illinois.”

Rauner’s counter-proposal would expand the 72-hour wait to all guns in the state, ban bump stocks and trigger crank devices, and institute a Gun Violence Restraining Order system to take guns temporarily from those thought to be at risk to themselves or others. Going further, it would require judges and prosecutors to explain when plea agreements are negotiated with violent offenders in gun crimes and move to fund additional school resource officers and mental health professionals to tackle violence on campus.

The most controversial measure, especially for pro-gun control urban Democrats in the state legislature who may consider the otherwise sweeping gun regulation package as proposed by Rauner a big political victory, would institute a “death penalty murder” statute under Illinois law that would apply to cop killers and those who kill two or more people. In 2003, Republican Gov. George Ryan blanket commuted the sentences of all 167 inmates on the state’s death row, an act that Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn followed up on with in 2011 by abolishing the practice altogether.

The rewrite, which some question the legality of under the state constitution, could carry enough poison pills on each side of the aisle to bar any consideration, especially with lawmakers set to wrap up the current session at the end of the month. Sponsors of the bill called it grandstanding by Rauner.

“The governor has prioritized his own politics over saving lives,” said state Rep. Jonathan Carroll, D-Buffalo Grove. “My legislation to create a 72-hour waiting period when purchasing an assault weapon received bipartisan support in the House and Senate. And without any word from the governor, he decided to veto it and change the language putting politics ahead of good policy.”

Second Amendment advocates welcomed the move by the Governor. “While not everything we had hoped for, we applaud the Governor for taking a thoughtful first step in tackling the issue of violence that torments our state,” said Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association in a press release. “The Governor understands it’s not law-abiding gun owners that terrorize our state with violence, criminals and those that should not have guns are the root of gun violence problems.”

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The Marines are changing their rifle squads to incorporate new M27 use

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 05:00

The U.S. Marine Corps is trimming the size of their squads by one Marine but they argue the new program provides much more firepower as well as increased situational awareness.

The building block of every infantry platoon in the Marines is the squad, currently a 13-strong unit. Under the new format, it will shrink by one to 12 and constrict the size of each fire team from four to three members, but the number of M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle systems will swell as every member will carry one, effectively tripling the current volume of fire available to the unit, according to officials. Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller said the development will make the squad “more lethal, agile and capable.”

While the unit has given up their M249 Squad Automatic Weapons — the U.S. version of the FN Minimi — the M27 has taken the place of that belt-fed weapon and will by 2020 phase out the M4 rifles in the squad, upping the number of the modified select-fire variant of the HK416 5.56mm gas piston rifle per squad from three to 12.

“Testing has also conclusively shown that the M249 is a ~12 MOA weapon; far less reliable, responsive, and has a slower rate of fire than our Automatic Rifle,” said then-CW5 Christian P. Wade, the 2nd Marine Division’s Gunner in speaking about the difference between the old SAW and the new IAR.

Gone are the three riflemen and three assistant automatic rifleman billets in each squad, replaced with three Grenadiers armed with their own 40mm grenade launcher in addition to their M27. In the above video, the bloop tube operator is depicted with the new side-loading M320 grenade launcher module.

In addition, the updated squad format includes two new positions– an assistant squad leader and a squad systems operator. The latter is part of Neller’s “Quads for Squads” program to equip every infantry squad with a small backpack-capable quadcopter capable of looking over the next hill or block to provide the unit its own organic airborne recon capability.

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Gun group hires bank lobbyist as financial companies float monitoring gun sales

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 23:30

Concerned with financial institutes implementing new gun control policies, the gun industry’s trade association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, retained the services of a banking lobbyist firm. The NSSF hired lobbyist Will Hollier, of Hollier & Associates, to encourage Congress to act on “discriminatory banking actions against [the] firearms industry,” according to a federal lobbying disclosure form filed May 1.

Larry Keane, NSSF senior vice president for government and public affairs and the organization’s general counsel, declined to comment on the lobbying strategy, but told that gun owners and the industry should be concerned “about the troubling reports that banks and credit card companies are collecting information about their purchases and the potential for the misuse of that data including blocking or denying transactions.”

News surfaced last month that banks and credit card companies had informal discussions about monitoring gun sales as a means to reduce gun violence. In meetings, they floated using specific transaction codes and keeping data on gun buyers so they could identify possible criminality. Gun rights advocates have long resisted those types of policies, arguing such activity could lead to limiting legal gun sales or preventing them entirely. The federal government is already barred from monitoring legal firearm transactions once they’re transferred from a licensed dealer to a buyer.

After February’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, major banks and financial companies opted to change policies limiting their involvement with gun makers and sellers. Bank of America said it would no longer finance gun companies that make military-style guns for civilians, Citibank now requires businesses seeking financing to restrict gun sales to buyers under 21 years of age, and BlackRock Investment created investment products that exclude gun stocks.

Citing NSSF literature, publicly traded gun companies defended industry standards in addressing questions about risks associated with selling firearms. Also, the industry’s response to preventing further shooting massacres as led by the NSSF includes supporting current policies like background checks as well as enforcing current gun laws.

With business leaders siding with victims and activists calling for gun control action, the gun industry has suffered several blows, but retaliation is beginning to take shape. Republican ally Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo penned letters to BoA and Citibank accusing them of using their “market power to manage social policy.”

The NSSF’s new hired gun has deep ties to Crapo. For 11 years Hollier had various roles on the Idaho senator’s staff, with positions like chief of staff, legislative director, and campaign manager, according to the Hollier & Associate’s website. During his tenure, he was also the “primary liaison” for Crapo’s banking committee. Last month, Hollier, led a successful effort on behalf of a small group of banks to pass Crapo’s bill to cut down some Dodd-Frank Act provisions, The Daily Caller reported.

The NSSF has also successful efforts using banking lobbyists before. During the Obama Administration, the NSSF urged lawmakers to confront the Department of Justice about an initiative to cut off illicit markets from banking systems. Although “Operation Chokepoint” intended to target fraudulent businesses like predatory loan operations, the Justice Department included a broad list of categories to target that included legitimate businesses like gun and ammo sellers. Crapo joined a list of critics saying the operation allowed the Justice Department to bypass due process and the department under Trump officially ended the program in August 2017.

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Categories: Gun News hiring Social Media Manager

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 11:00

Can you photoshop stock images better than this? Social Media Manager might be your calling.

Do you love talking about guns on the Internet, jumping from conversation to conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube? Are you constantly posting pics of guns that are tactful and discreet and then some so NSFW? You might be the type of guy or gal we’re looking for! is hiring a Social Media Manager.

With more than 2 million visitors a month in-site and 1 million followers signed on through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, has built a dedicated audience with sustained traffic performances that continues to grow. With new undertakings afoot at, we are looking for an experienced, highly motivated and creative Social Media Manager for our Richmond, Virginia location.

The ideal candidate will be someone who can develop our brand and build strong online communities through our various social media platforms. The position will be responsible for content creation and curation, constant growth of our social media presence, and daily administration of our social media accounts with the goal of engaging users and creating interactive relationships between consumers and the company.

For more information and how to apply, check out the listing here.

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Hammered brass, natural wood highlight this custom .45-70 AR (PHOTOS)

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 09:30

You don’t run across one of these everyday. (Photos: RMTC)

Longmont, Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Tactical Coatings recently finished a Phoenix Weaponry .45-70 AR rifle that is sure to turn heads.

The deluxe edition semi-auto, posted to RMTC’s social media account, is ready to ship and includes what they bill is a hammered brass style finish and natural wood furniture.

If you are curious about the caliber, Phoenix Weaponry’s .45-70 Auto is a rebated-rimmed version of the classic .45-70 Government cartridge that has been around since the 1870s and has shown sub-MOA results from their rifles.

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Julie Golob’s 4th grader daughter is following in her mother’s footsteps (VIDEOS)

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 09:00

This 4th grader loves shooting steel targets as well as feeling the rush of hitting them and has just finished her first competition.

Competing at the NSSF’s World Rimfire Championships, NRA TV caught up with renowned competition shooter Julie Golob and her daughter Madeleine, who described her time on the range as “one percent nervous and 99 percent excited.”

Using a modded Smith & Wesson Victory .22LR, the braces-clad Madeleine said the only thing that kept her experience from being a perfect “10” was the waiting involved.

And for those curious about what the more senior Golob is competing with these days, she details her 57-ounce NRA Action Pistol Open Division Bianchi Gun below.

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Women flex proverbial muscles at the NRA Annual Meeting

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 08:30

Men and women mill about the National Rifle Association’s booth under the eye of its most prominent female commentator, Dana Loesch. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

As I ambled around the NRA Annual’s Meeting, held May 4-6 in Dallas, the amount of women both on the show floor and in booths caught my eye.

While women have always been welcome at NRA-AM, this year they weren’t simply spectators. Lining booths, it seemed as if more vendors featured women representatives espousing their products benefits. Advertisements set along the paths for various companies now showed women wielding gun wares, not just men.

Advertisements at two booths showcasing female shooters. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

It seems the tides are turning in the gun industry and women are stepping out of the shadows and into the limelight. As I weaved my way through a long line at Sig Sauer’s booth of fans looking to snatch an autograph from competition shooter Lena Miculek — a line that was as long as her father Jerry Miculek’s — it seemed evident that women are no longer complacent to just exist in the industry. They are taking a prominent position and role in the house of firearms.

“It’s been busy,” said a representative at Can Can Concealment. “We’ve seen a steady flux of interest from women.” Can Can Concealment is one of a handful of holster companies birthed to provide holsters designed for women. Though the company has branched out since its inception — with employees showing us their Sport Belt holster for men — the mission of the company is firmly rooted in providing holsters to women.

Can Can Concealment showed off a colorful booth of women focused holster products. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

At the show, their booth, like many other female-centric options, was inundated with female gun owners looking for creative ways to tote their pistols. Can Can Concealment said as I strolled by late Sunday afternoon that there seemed to be more women invested in the idea of carrying with a Can Can holster than previous years.

The most recent data provided by the National Shooting Sports Foundation suggests that women have been steadily growing in numbers in the past few years. Touted as “the fastest growing segment” of the industry, the female market has been one many manufacturers have looked to sink their hooks into. Starting off by offering pink and bling in a vain attempt to garner women’s affections, it seems as if the industry finally understands that representation matters as much if not more than glittery guns.

As I paused to take in the atmosphere of the show on its last day, I noticed that female gun owners flocked towards female reps situated at Sig Sauer, Kimber and Springfield Armory. As if looking for an ally in the sea of men, these female reps became beacons of light for female consumers.

Though some manufacturers opted for the “pink it and shrink it” model to attract female consumers, many have turned away from this business model. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

At Manticore Arms Kristen Jonsson was at the forefront of the parts maker’s booth. Greeting loyal customers and potential new customers with a burst of energy and enthusiasm she became the face of the company, welcoming men and women gun owners with her infectious smile. Women, who seemed curious of the company’s products, stopped by to talk to Jonsson who cheerfully filled them in. Next door, Pantheon Arms showcased their Dolos design with a female rep who repeatedly assembled and disassembled the rifle system.

Outside the show floor, the NRA itself aimed to include more women in its seminars. Nestled between “Sniping in World War II” and “Sheepdogs! The Bulletproof Mind for the Armed Citizen” was “Women and the Gun Buying Experience.” According to the NRA’s summary of the event, the class was designed to help arm women with the information on how to buy guns.

“Were you turned off by your last gun-buying experience? Patronized or ignored? Were you talked into a handgun you dislike — and now it sits idle in your nightstand? This mother/daughter team — gun store owners — will arm you with the valuable information and questions you need to ask so you can walk out having purchased the right gun,” the description from the NRA said.

The “Women and the Gun Buying Experience” seminar was created to discuss the challenges and questions women have when purchasing firearms. The class was open to both men and women, but closed to press. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

An interesting addition to the course load, I headed to the basement of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas to get the scoop. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it far. Though the seminar’s summary clearly stated that the class welcomed “anyone who wants to learn about women and firearms” that description apparently did not extend to members of the press. After a few minutes of sitting in on the seminar, and just when it was getting good, I was approached by a NRA rep and informed that I was not welcome.

After a disappointing and abrupt end to the women’s seminar, I trudged back up to the NRA-AM floor. Standing on a stairwell overlooking the show floor I took a beat to watch the teeming crowds push their way into Daniel Defense for a rifle drawing. Searching the faces of excited gun owners, I took note of the women. Excitedly clutching their entries and hoping their winning number would be called, women stole the show at NRA-AM. A theme, I expect, will continue into future shows.

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Sig wins contract to supply Tango6 scope for Army’s Designated Marksman Rifle

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 08:30

Sig’s 1-6x24mm TANGO6 optic will top off a variant of the Heckler & Koch G28E rifle to serve as the Army’s new SDMR, replacing legacy accurized M14 rifles. (Photos: Sig Sauer)

The Army has announced that Sig Sauer’s 1-6x24mm Tango6 optic has been selected to equip the service’s new Squad Designated Marksman Rifle.

The Tango6 series scope, as selected for a 6,069-unit SDMR requirement, will include a flat dark earth aluminum main tube, 762 extended range bullet drop compensation illuminated front reticle and a red horseshoe dot for daylight target acquisition.

“It’s truly an honor to be selected as the official optic for the Squad Designated Marksman Rifle, and it is very humbling to once again earn the trust of the US Army through this selection,” said Ron Cohen, Sig’s president and CEO, with the news coming a year after the company’s big win in the Army’s Modular Handgun System competition.

“Sig Sauer is committed to providing the highest quality equipment for the military that surpasses expectations in durability, accuracy, and performance, so they have tools they can rely on for every mission requirement in the defense of freedom,” Cohen said.

Typically sold in a black finish commercially, the Army’s version of the optic will have an anodized aircraft grade aluminum main tube with a FDE coating.

Other features of the optic include a locking illumination dial, Power Selector Ring throw lever, and a laser-marked scope level indicator for mount installation that Sig bills as being six times more accurate than a typical bubble level.

The Army is moving to adopt some 6,000 Heckler & Koch G28E rifles as the service’s new SDMR platform, replacing modified M14 rifles used for the purpose over the past decade, reported. While the same 7.62x51mm-caliber rifle, when classified as the M110A1 Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System uses a Schmidt & Bender 3-20 power variable scope, Army officials said the SDMR variant, meant for use at the squad-level, would use an optic geared more towards close-quarters battle.

“What we are looking at would be in the realm of a 1-6, variable-power illuminated reticle,” Daryl Easlick, the small arms deputy for the Lethality Branch at Fort Benning’s Maneuver Center of Excellence told in March. “The concept would be if I am doing anything under 50 meters or even 100 meters, I am on one power and I can execute those tasks that I would normally do with a [close combat optic] very well.”

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Firefield launches new Rival Foregrips for Picatinny and KeyMod rails

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 08:00

The Rival Foregrips offer a stable platform for AR-15 shooters. (Photo: Firefield)

Firefield introduces a new set of forgrips, the Firefield Rival Foregrips, with models designed for both Picatinny and Keymod rails.

Using a skeletonized design, the Rival Foregrips shave off weight, tipping scales at a mere 4 ounces. Adding stability and control to AR-15 style firearms, Firefield said the attachments’ aluminum build results in foregrips that are shockproof and work alongside a variety of caliber rifles. The Rival series is finished with a textured surface for added grip and perfect for tactical style shooting, says Firefield.

The foregrips utilize a skeletonized design in order to reduce weight. (Photo: Firefield)

“Ideal for quick target acquisition, tactical shooting, and combat simulation, the Rival series ergonomic design was intended to make shooting as comfortable and natural as possible,” Firefield commented in a news release. “A textured surface finish delivers added grip to shooters who don’t have the time for slip-ups when it matters most.

Available for KeyMod and Picatinny, the Rival Foregrips are available from Firefield boasting a price tag of $24.

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Republican governor vetoes Oklahoma constitutional carry bill

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 07:30

Gov. Mary Fallin dropped veto ink on a permitless carry measure on her desk last week, saying it was dangerous to police and others (Photo: Fallin’s office)

Rejecting a popular permitless carry measure on Friday, Gov. Mary Fallin said the current mandate to obtain a license to carry a concealed firearm in the state was “reasonable.”

Fallin, a Republican who ran for office on a strong pro-gun platform in part, vetoed SB 1212 which would have allowed Oklahoma residents to carry a concealed handgun without first having to pass a training course and obtain a permit. She argued in a statement to lawmakers that the move was done out of a concern for public safety.

“I believe the firearms requirement we current have in state law are few and reasonable,” said Fallin. “Senate Bill 1212 eliminates the training requirements for persons carrying a firearm in Oklahoma. It reduces the level of the background check necessary to carry a gun.”

Fallin went on to describe the state’s current gun laws regarding concealed carry as “effective, appropriate and minimal,” pointing out that she has signed multiple carry laws into effect since taking office in 2011 after leaving Congress.

It was the very question of her term in office that drew commentary from the National Rifle Association, who had urged Fallin to approve the measure and directed members to contact her on the matter.

“Gov. Fallin vetoed this important piece of self-defense legislation despite the state legislature’s overwhelming approval of the bill and her commitment to NRA members to support constitutional carry when she ran for reelection,” noted Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s lobbying arm, in a statement. “Make no mistake, this temporary setback will be rectified when Oklahoma residents elect a new, and genuinely pro-Second Amendment governor.”

Fallin’s social media page over the weekend took a hit with over 1,500 comments, overwhelmingly negative, posted on the link to her veto statement on the constitutional carry proposal. An unlikely ally of the governor’s, the Oklahoma Rifle Association, the NRA’s official state affiliate, broke with the parent organization and opposed SB 1212, a move that also resulted in the group’s social media accounts getting scorched by upset Second Amendment advocates.

The measure passed the state House 59-28 last month before rolling through the Senate last week 33-9, margins that are strong but not quite veto-proof. The sponsor of the bill, state Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, argued the “requirements are a burden to the poor and elderly who should be afforded the right to defend themselves without having to pay the government to do so.” Dahm said he was disappointed but not surprised at Fallin’s action, describing the governor as a “campaign conservative.”

Term-limited, Fallin is not one of the crowded field of candidates standing for this year’s gubernatorial election in the state. At least 10 Republicans including state auditor Gary Jones and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb are heading into a primary election next month, with many in the race publicly supporting SB 1212.

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Alaska felon sentenced for possessing 29 guns

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 07:00

A convicted felon living on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula will serve up to four years behind bars for illegally possessing dozens of firearms, including a Sten MKII machine gun.

Steven Andrew Bush, 56, plead guilty in January to one count of possession after law enforcement recovered 28 firearms from the home he shared in Alaska with his ex-fiance. A search of Bush’s second residence in Danville, Virginia — where he was convicted of embezzlement more than 30 years ago — turned up a Smith & Wesson handgun.

Bush insisted less than half of the recovered firearms actually belonged to him, according to documents filed in federal court in Anchorage.

“I lived in a house with my fiance, and she, too, was an avid hunter,” he said. “She had a collection of guns of her own, as well as a son who also had firearms in the house.”

The Soldotna Police Department arrested Bush in February 2017 after receiving reports of an armed man wearing a Department of Homeland Security t-shirt and demanding money for construction work. Officers found a fake Alaska State Trooper’s badge in Bush’s possession during the incident, court records show.

Bush urged leniency from Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess, insisting he’d managed to stay out of trouble for more than 30 years since his 1986 conviction in Virginia. He also accused the FBI of turning his fiance against him in an attempt to drum-up additional charges.

“I have suffered greatly. I have lost my home, my livelihood, my possessions, my heirlooms, my money, but most of all, long cherished friends. I have been — I have been humbled greatly by my arrest, but that was not enough for some,” he said. “I have been eviscerated publicly, and privately humiliated by the FBI in their quest for justice.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office recommended increasing Bush’s punishment to 54 months after he accused the FBI of corruption during court proceedings in April. Burgess imposed a 45 month sentence, instead, with three years of supervised release. He said it was important to “send a message” to others who might consider impersonating law enforcement.

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Hornady adds .224 Valkyrie load to Match ammunition series

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 06:30

Hornady adds .224 Valkyrie to its lineup of Match grade ammunition. (Photo: Hornady)

Hornady expands its series of ELD Match ammunition with the addition of a .224 Valkyrie load.

Available this summer, the 88 grain ELD Match bullet offers a velocity of 2,700 feet-per-second with a ballistic coefficient of .545 G1/.274 G7. Equipped with the company’s Heat Shield tip, the Match rifle ammunition uses AMP bullet jackets.

“We carefully select every component to ensure uniformity, then load to exacting specifications to provide pinpoint accuracy,” Hornady said in a statement. “Each cartridge is loaded with the new radically superior ELD Match bullet. Stringent quality control ensures proper bullet seating, consistent charges and pressures, optimal velocity, consistent overall length and repeatable accuracy.”

The ammo maker also adds bulk quantity options to popular loads. (Photo: Hornady)

Served up in 20-round boxes, the .224 Valkyrie is expected to ship from Hornady sometime in June. No word yet on price.

In addition to the .224 Valkyrie Match load, Hornady also announced its ELD Match ammo is available for purchase in bulk quantities. Bulk quantities are now offered for the following: .22 Cal., 6mm, 6.5mm and .30 Cal.

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Test firing Bob Bigando’s restored WW2 artillery gun (VIDEO)

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 06:00

When you’re sick you call a doctor. When your car breaks down, you call a mechanic. When you want an artillery gun, you call Bob Bigando, or Dangerous Bob, as he’s more commonly referred to in the firearms community. Bigando is the one of the nation’s leading experts when it comes to big guns. He helps collectors find, buy, restore and fire large caliber weapons.

Bigando got the paperwork back for his first destructive device shortly after he turned 21, the age you’re legally allowed to own one. Since then, he’s turned his passion into a full time job. His nickname is the result of the inherent danger of his business. Fortunately, his only physical injury has been minor. He lost half his pinky finger in 2004 when it was blasted off by a .50-cal primer.

Bob Bigando’s shorty finger. (Photo: Bob Bigando)

In early 2018, he caught wind of a 1943 Ordnance QF 2-pounder for sale in Pennsylvania. The gun, a British 2-pounder, as it’s more commonly referred to, belonged to a retired Army colonel who imported it in the 1960s and amnesty registered it in 1968. What really interested Bigando about the gun was the fact that it was advertised as being able to fire. If that was true, it would very likely be the only fully functional British 2-pounder in the United States.

Guns like this don’t come around too often. So, Bigando kissed his wife goodbye and drove across the country. Upon arrival, he inspected the gun. Cosmetically, it looked great. Mechanically, however, it needed some serious work. Bigando was ready to take a chance. He bought it and hauled it back home to Arizona.

He set to work in his garage — a smorgasbord of guns, parts, ammo and tools. Using bits and pieces from other guns, and sometimes even parts from his local hardware store, he got the 2-pounder restored in a little over a month.

With the restoration complete, it was time for the acid test — firing the gun. Not only is this the most exciting part of the job, but also the most dangerous because any number of things could go wrong. But Dangerous Bob was ready. He prepared a few 2-pounder brass with weighted 40mm Bofors projectiles and then took the gun out to his secret testing grounds. If the gun fired, Bigando would have a very rare and unique item that he’d list for sale on his website.

If it didn’t fire, it would be back to the garage for more tinkering. To see how it performed, please watch the video above.

The 1943 Ordnance QF 2-pounder, or British 2-pounder, as it’s more commonly referred to. (Photo: Bob Bigando)

A WW2 37mm long Bofors gun in Bob’s garage. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

30mm Gau cases and an Evil Genius microscope in Bob’s garage. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

A bucket of shootable but dirty 30mm Gau projos in Bob’s garage. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

25mm Bushmaster brass in Bob’s garage. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

A 105mm recoilless projectile in Bob’s garage. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

A WW2 US 57mm m1 in Bob’s garage. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Korean War era M27 105mm recoilless and M20 75mm recoilless guns in Bob’s garage. Both fire. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Bob firing the M20 75mm recoilless gun at the Big Sandy Shoot in October 2017. (Photo: Bob Bigando)

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TSA: New record number of guns found in one day

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 05:30

TSA discovered 90 firearms in carry-ons at their checkpoints last week including 26 on May 3 alone– a one-day record for the agency. (Photos: TSA)

The Transportation Security Administration announced last week the 2017 single-day record for the number of firearms discovered in carry-on bags across the country has been broken.

TSA screeners found 26 guns in travelers’ bags on May 3, breaking the standing record of 21 set last March. In all, the agency tasked with protecting mass transport in the nation found 90 firearms last week as well as a several inert “pineapple” style fragmentaton grenades and a variety of knives and edged weapons. The guns were recovered at 15 airports across the country and 21 were found to be loaded. Atlanta Hartsfield and Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport were tied in first place with four handguns recovered at each on the day in question.

Of the 90 guns collected in the first week of the month, 73 were loaded and 35 had a round in the chamber.

The agency suggests travelers brush up on the proper way to travel with firearms and cautions to never pack ammunition or any gun parts in carry-on luggage, with a $13,000 civil fine looming for those discovered with prohibited items.

Guns can be traveled with, so as long as they are unloaded and locked in a “hard-sided” container in checked baggage only. The firearms must first be declared at the ticket counter.

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Author of Obama lead ammo ban argues hunters support gun control

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 05:00

President Obama’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service administrator joined with a group of outdoor writers and photographers to pen an editorial calling for a number of new gun restrictions.

Former FWS Director Dan Ashe was among a dozen public figures to sign an opinion piece published last week by the Huffington Post entitled “An Open Letter From Hunters About Gun Reform.” In the letter, the group argues that 10 steps are needed to “address America’s crisis of gun violence,” while keeping abreast of the Second Amendment.

“We do not need AR-15s or any assault-style weapon to hunt game. That’s not to say some people won’t use them to hunt. But they are simply not necessary, and are actually not preferable for legitimate, fair-chase hunting,” the group said.

Besides outlawing the sale of all semi-auto rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than 10 cartridges with exceptions for .22s, the signatories propose a ban on gun sales to those under age 21 — despite a federal survey conducted by Ashe’s own agency that found some 1.2 million hunters are under the age of 25.

The group also supports a “no-fly/no-buy” law that would bar those on terror watch lists or adjudicated with a mental illness by the Social Security Administration from purchasing guns, both policies that have been slammed by the American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights organizations as unfair and discriminatory. Ashe also argued for a ban on bump stocks, mandatory and universal background checks, institution of gun violence restraining orders — which have been criticized by gun rights advocates as trampling on due process protections — and increased federal gun research.

“(I)n comparison to the 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who have been stripped of all of their rights, and of life and liberty, it is a small price to pay,” concluded the piece, saying, “There are simple, responsible solutions. No one should use hunters and hunting as an excuse to avoid pursuing them.”

Ashe, who was in charge of FWS from 2011 to 2017, left his post with a last-minute directive to require the use of “nontoxic ammunition and fishing tackle to the fullest extent practicable” on lands and waters controlled by the agency, a move questioned by sportsman lobby and gun industry trade groups. Overturned by President Trump’s new Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke two months later, a partisan House Oversight Committee probe concluded that Ashe’s directive was compiled in a non-standard process bypassing other senior agency members without public comment and was an overstep of his authority.

Ashe is now head of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. Since heading the group, AZA has sparked a buzz by having Wayne Pacelle, then-chief of The Humane Society of the United States, speak at their annual conference last year, a move considered controversial by some opposed to the HSUS, an organization often seen as being anti-hunting. Among the Humane Society’s past efforts have been drives to end the use of traditional ammunition on public lands.

Other signers to the letter included journalist Ted Williams — who has at times been at odds with both feral cat advocates and the NRA while supporting Obama-administration conservation efforts, wildlife photographer Leonard Lee Rue, sage-grouse champion Brian Rutledge, author and photographer Mike Furtman and Florida marine biologist Kris Thoemke.

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