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New NCAA Air Rifle Championship record set with 599/600 score

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 06:00

Rosemary Kramer of Georgia Southern University scored a 599/600 in prelims at the NCAA Air Rifle Championships on Saturday. (Photos: Screenshots)

Student-athlete Rosemary Kramer of Georgia Southern University set new NCAA Air Rifle Championship record with her score in preliminary events in Morgantown, West Virginia last weekend.

Kramer, of Culloden, Georgia, shot a 599 out of 600 to set a new record and advance to the finals, surpassing the previous NCAA record of 598, set in 2013 by Petra Zublasing of West Virginia. Her performance included 53 straight 10xs. Shot #54 was a 9.9.

“I’m obviously proud of Rosemary’s performance today, but I”m even more proud of the work she did getting here,” Georgia Southern head coach Sandra Worman said. “She came in with the intention of setting the NCAA record, and everything she did and thought about coming into this match was purposefully made to meet that goal.”

Once moving to the finals, Kramer faced stiff competition and finished behind two athletes from Texas Christian University, picking up the Bronze with a 226.2. First place went to TCU’s Kristen Hemphill with a 248.2 while Angeline Henry brought down the silver with a 247.9 showing. Of note, Ginny Thrasher, who won a gold medal in the women’s 10-meter air rifle at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, came in 11th place overall.

What a prelim session for Rosemary Kramer, who shoots an NCAA Air Rifle Championship record 599 (out of 600)! She moves on to the finals here in an hour.

— GS Rifle (@GSAthletics_RF) March 9, 2019

In other news from the event, TCU took home the 2019 overall National Championship with a final score of 4,699 as well as bragging rights as the top smallbore team. Second place overall went to West Virginia, followed by Air Force, Murray State, and Kentucky in the top five. Air Force’s air rifle team won the overall team championship in their discipline. Elizabeth Marsh of TCU won the smallbore individual championship. Full standings are here.

As for Kramer, a senior who was on a prep school team that won the Navy JROTC National Championship in 2014, Georgia Southern says she is now “prepping for a run at the 2020 Olympics.” The school says Kramer holds 11 of the top 12 all-time highest air rifle scores in Georgia Southern’s program history and her 581.140 average is a school record.

Kramer talks about the sport on the eve of the National Championships, below.

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Taurus brings concealed hammer models to 856 Ultra-Light revolver line (PHOTOS)

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 05:30

Taurus has a new concealed hammer offering to their 856 Ultra-Lite line, in a wide-range of colors and options (Photos: Taurus)

Brazilian gun giant Taurus has added a concealed hammer option to their growing series of Model 856 compact revolvers.

The double-action-only 856 Concealed Hammer, like the rest of its line, features an ergonomic rubber grip to help manage felt recoil in the lightweight 15.7-ounce six-shooter. Chambered in .38 Special +P, the 856 series has a 2-inch barrel which gives it an overall length of 6.55-inches.

DAO, the Taurus 856 Concealed Hammer has a 10-12 lbs trigger pull. The Rouge (red) model with matte black carbon steel cylinder is shown

Besides standard black and matte stainless offerings, the Concealed Hammer also has a series of optional anodized coatings to include Azure and Burnt Orange with the option of either a black carbon steel or stainless steel cylinder. Frame material can also be selected with options for aluminum, carbon steel, or matte stainless.

Taurus carries a wide range of color combinations for the 856 in their 2019 catalog, with optional frame and cylinder choices as well.

Retail pricing suggested by Taurus ranges from $363 to $415 depending on options selected.

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Beretta debuts new steel-framed 92X competition pistol (VIDEOS)

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 05:00

Featuring a steel frame and a heavier Brigadier slide, Beretta bills its new model 92X Performance pistol as competition-ready right out of the box.

The new gun, the latest incarnation of the Model 92 family that first appeared in the 1970s and has gone on to be a classic worldwide, was debuted this week at the IWA & OutdoorClassics in Nuremberg, Germany. The 92X Performance is a bit heftier than its predecessors as its Vertec steel frame and heavier slide push it to 47.6-ounces, unloaded. For comparison, the common aluminum-framed 92FS tips the scales at 33-ounces.

Other features include sawtooth front and rear slide serrations, a skeletonized hammer, extended beavertail grip, as well as an oversized magazine pad and mag button. The railed frame has front and rear grip checkering, an ambi thumb safety, a low-profile “stealth” hold-open lever, and a match takedown lever. Sights include fully adjustable rears and a fiber optic front. The Extreme-S match trigger reportedly decreases trigger reset by up to 40 percent and provides a 3.3-pound single-action pull, moving to 6.6-pounds on double-action.

The 92X has a two-tone effect due to the Nistan finish on the frame surface and slide contrasted with the black burnished barrel, surface controls and steel spring recoil rod. (Photos: Beretta)

Available in 9mm para and 9x21mm — the latter popular for commercial sales in Europe due to regulations– the 92X ships with a pair of 15-round magazines.

The gun comes just two months after Walther debuted a steel frame version of their Q5 Match pistol. No details as to price of the 92x, but we are definitely haunting the Beretta booth at the NRA Annual Meetings in Indianapolis next month for more details.

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Taran Tactical Shooting Tip with Jade Struck: Dry Fire (VIDEO)

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 05:00

Jade Struck, professional shooter with Taran Tactical Innovations, recently shared with what improved her skill set more than any other practice.

Dry firing. It’s free, easy and can make a huge difference. Some people might think it’s boring, and yes, it can get dull after a while. But if you have a weakness in your shooting skillset, chances are, dry firing will get you up to speed without wasting a ton of ammo.

Dry firing also includes getting intimately acquainted with your weapon. Struck demonstrated the techniques she used to sharpen her skills and become a champion shooter. First and foremost, safety is paramount. Make sure your weapon is clear. Double, and even triple check that your weapon is empty. It’s best not to have any ammunition anywhere near you. Also, always point your weapon in a safe direction even though it’s clear.

According to Struck, she had problems with her reloads when she first started competing. So, after losing a few matches, she went home and practiced reloading and dry firing for two months solid. After that, she started to win.

What do you think about dry fire practice? Have you done it? Do you agree with Struck’s advice? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

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Walther announces adjustable Expert Trigger for PPQ models (VIDEO)

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 04:30

Walther hasn’t said when it will be available or what the cost is, but the three-way adjustable Expert Trigger will be offered in three shoe sizes as well as in both curved and flat styles. (Photos: Walther)

Walther debuted a new adjustable Expert Trigger for their striker-fired polymer and steel-framed PPQ model pistols this week. The trigger, which allows adjustment for pre-travel, over-travel and weight, was on hand at the IWA & OutdoorClassics show in Nuremberg, Germany on Saturday.

While details are scarce — pricing and release date are still set to be announced — what is known is that Walther intends to have small, medium and large trigger shoe options for the design as well as flat and curved styles.

The reset, shown off in the short clip below, is pretty sweet.

That #TriggerReset though. Announced at IWA! This is the Walther #ExpertTrigger for #WaltherPPQ models (Polymer and Steel Frame) This modular trigger system takes the amazing trigger that already exists only on the Walther PPQ Models and makes it EVEN Better. Adjustability: Pre-travel, Over-travel and Weight.Trigger Shoe Size options: Small, Medium and Large.Trigger styles: Flat and Curved *Professional Installation Recommended. NOTE: Pricing and release date will be announced soon! (We know you’re excited and someone will ask anyway but we love you even if you didn’t read this!) #PoweredPerformance #Q5Match #Q5MatchSteelFrame #CompetitionTrigger

Posted by Walther Arms, Inc. on Saturday, March 9, 2019

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Safety alert on Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 firearms (VIDEO)

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 04:00

Smith & Wesson has issued a consumer alert for all models of M&P15-22 rifles and pistols made before Feb. 1, 2019. The alert and inspection process outlined by Smith & Wesson comes after two recently produced M&P15-22s were found to have their breech face counter bore depth out of spec. The condition could allow the bolt “upon closing, to crush the rim of the case, causing the round to fire, cycling the bolt, and potentially resulting in multiple discharges without depressing the trigger.”

The following scenarios could cause such an incident:

1) With a loaded magazine in the firearm and the bolt locked to the rear, depressing the bolt release to allow the bolt to drop freely may ignite the round as the bolt closes without engaging the trigger and with the safety selector in either the safe or the fire position, and may also result in multiple discharges.

2) With a loaded magazine in the firearm, bolt in the closed position and a round in the chamber and the safety selector in the fire position, depressing the trigger will cause the round to fire normally, however as the bolt cycles, the next round may be ignited by the bolt crushing the rim of the case as it closes, causing multiple discharges.

The Massachusetts-based company thinks the firearms identified are isolated incidents but warns any unintended discharge of a firearm could cause injury. In response, Smith is asking customers to check to see if their bolt is within specification and to “refrain from using their M&P15-22 until the bolt has been inspected and replaced as necessary.”

Smith & Wesson will send those with affected serial numbers a free M&P 15-22 Bolt Inspection Gauge on request to test their firearm. If the bolt doesn’t pass, then it must be sent to Smith & Wesson for a free replacement.

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Sig Sauer displays new pistols for 2019 at SHOT Show (VIDEO)

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 01:00

New Hampshire gun maker Sig Sauer showcased three new variants of their popular pistol designs during the 2019 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.

Starting with the Sig 320 XCompact pistol, which takes all the popular X Series features, particularly the trigger, but makes them much smaller and with new grip design. The new gun will be available in April with a price point starting at $680.

Next up, the new Sig 320x V-Tac. Here, Sig took away all the decorative slide cuts and made it optic ready — for the Romeo one pro. Retail price set at around $680.

Lastly, the brand new 365 with a manual safety. The 9mm handgun has all the features equipped to the 365, but with an ambidextrous manual safety. Price for a standard 365 is set at around $600.

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Victrix reaches well past 1,000M with Tormentum (VIDEO)

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 08:30

Victrix, a precision rifle company based out of Northern Italy, brings the Tormentum to long range, tactical shooters looking to push past the 1,000-meter mark.

On display at SHOT Show hosted in Las Vegas in January, the Victrix is a beast of a rifle chambered in .375 Cheytac and .408 Cheytak. The rifle features a smooth action with heavy bolt designed to withstand the pressures of the larger 300 to 400-grain rounds. The rifle comes with a 5-round magazine.

The Tormentum uses a 30-inch barrel to push rounds downrange, clearing the 1,000-meter mark.

“It is built as a tactical rifle for long distance shooting and extra long distance shooting,” said Phillip Jones with Beretta USA, who distributes the Victrix series. “This is the rifle you can use when you need to reach out 3,000 meters.

In addition to the Tormentum, Victrix also features a selection of tactical precision and bench competition rifles. Models vary from a 16-inch barrel model in .308 to the Gladius tactical rifle chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor.

The Tormentum sports a hefty price, hovering under the $10,000 mark.

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US Ordnance shows off .50 Cal M2A2 guts (VIDEO)

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 08:00

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US Ordnance brings education to Instagrammers, showcasing the functionality of its M2 .50 Cal model. The entrancing video, posted on the social media platform, offers a peek into the gun’s internals

The M2 A2  is an air-cooled, belt-fed setup firing both full auto and single-shot, depending on your mood. Capable of being mounted on a vehicle, boat or even that helicopter you keep out back, the M2’s ammo can be fed from either the left or the right side.

US Ordnance said this chopped up model on display was created to act as a training tool to better explain exactly how the gun functions.

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In Russia, calendars with operators and cats are a thing (PHOTOS)

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 07:30

The Rosgvardia, Russia’s National Guard, really likes exotic weapons systems and feline companionship, every month of the year. Their 2020 calendar, posted this week by Army Inside, an English language page that covers the Russian military, includes lots of guys in Ataka-pattern camo hanging with furry little kitties. Hardware includes various modern Kalash models, VSS Vintorez suppressed carbines, a PKM machine gun and an SV-98 sniper rifle.

The 350,000-member organization, formed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2016 for internal security, is separate from the military and reports directly to his office. They are somewhat notorious for PR stunts and their official IG page is pretty booth babish. Like the calendar, it also follows a heavy-on-the-guns-and-camo model.

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Девочки готовятся встречать свой праздник во всеоружии Участница фотоконкурса «Краса Росгвардии», майор Екатерина Е. Фотограф: Вадим Ефремов, Спецназ ПРО ——————————— #Росгвардия #СлужуРоссии #ВсегдаНаСтраже #ФСВНГ #russianguard #ОМОН #russiaguard #armygirl #militarygirl #СОБР #ОВО #праздник #конкурс #КрасаРосгвардии #ЦСН #military #armygirl #armylife #army #8марта #красаросгвардии2019

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#красаросгвардии2019 В период с 21 января по 27 марта 2019 года на территории Российской Федерации проводится фотоконкурс «Краса Росгвардии», приуроченный ко Дню войск национальной гвардии Российской Федерации. Сотрудница Управления Росгвардии по Воронежской области ____________ #Росгвардия #росгвард #ФСВНГ #ОМОН #СОБР #АОСН #УВО #ОСН #спецоперация #ВсегдаНаСтраже #правопорядок #безопасность #сила #мощь #rosgvard #russiaguard #яВыбираюМир #яЗаБезопасность #красота #силакрасоты #красотастрашнаясила #красаросгвардии #конкурскрасоты

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#красаросгвардии2019 На фото: участница регионального этапа всероссийского ведомственного фотоконкурса «Краса Росгвардии» лейтенант Наталья Управление Росгвардии по Костромской области Центральный округ войск национальной гвардии РФ ————————- #росгвардия #росгвардиякострома #всегданастраже #фсвнг #омон #собр #ово #цлрр #безопасность #кострома #регион44 #росгвардия44 #фотоконкурс #красаросгвардии #цо

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#КрасаРосгвардии2019 ᅠ Капитан полиции Марина ᅠᅠСеверо-Кавказский округ войск национальной гвардии РФ О себе: «Кандидат в Мастера спорта России по стрельбе из боевого оружия. Из года в год участвую в Республиканских, Северо-Кавказских и Российских спортивных соревнованиях. В свободное от работы время занимаюсь вокалом, пишу стихи. Покоряю крутые склоны Приэльбрусья на лыжах». —————————————— #КрасаРосгвардии #конкурс #красавицы #Росгвардия#СлужуРоссии #ВсегдаНаСтраже #ФСВНГ #russianguard #ОМОН #СОБР #ОВО

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#КрасаРосгвардии2019 Анастасия К. Управление Росгвардии по Волгоградской области,участница регионального этапа фотоконкурса «Краса Росгвардии ——————————#Росгвардия#СлужуРоссии #ВсегдаНаСтраже #ФСВНГ #russianguard #ОМОН #СОБР #ОВО #красавицывпогонах#росгвардия#силавединстве

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Акция «Краса Росгвардии» лейтенант Карина Шмакова, 22 года, г. Грозный ᅠ Карина работает в центре информационных технологий войсковой части отдельной ордена Жукова бригады оперативного назначения ᅠ О себе: «В свободное от службы время увлекаюсь классической литературой и спортом. Хорошо владею английским языком, имею 1 спортивный разряд по каратэ-до. Горжусь службой в войсках национальной гвардии и считаю, что мне выпала огромная честь носить погоны офицера на плечах!» ᅠ———————————— #КрасаРосгвардии2019 #Росгвардия #РосгвардияСКО #Росгвардия95 #Женщинавпогонах #ВсегдаНаСтраже #КрасаРосгвардии

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From the Warehouse: Reagan-era Smith & Wesson 64-3 trade ins (PHOTOS)

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 05:30

Besides the Walkman and Rubik’s cube, one of the most iconic things about the early 1980s were stainless S&W Model 64-3s, and we have a stack of round butt Magna grip models in the warehouse. (Photos: Richard Taylor/

From the wide range of options in the Warehouse, we bring you one of the best-made classic 1980s “cop guns” there was. The mega gun making concern started by Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson back in 1852 has long been synonymous with revolvers.

Smith & Wesson’s first gun, the Model 1, was a wheelgun and the company still makes dozens of both classic and new model revolvers today. The bastion of their modern K-frame six-shooters, the Model 10 Military & Police, sprang on to the scene originally as the “.38 Hand Ejector” in 1899 then went on to become such a standard bearer for police use that it was a staple commonly seen in the holsters of lawmen throughout the 20th Century.

From Hawaii to New York, S&W Model 10 .38s were extremely common, as more than 6 million were produced. After 1970 the stainless Model 64, still in the same caliber, was an obvious choice to backfill the ranks (Photos: Library of Congress, Honolulu Police, NYPD)

In 1970, Smith & Wesson introduced an updated Model 10 in a hard-wearing stainless steel finish and dubbed the new handgun the Model 64 moving forward. Riding along on the beat or walking the streets in the snow, rain and humidity took a toll on the blued steel finish of legacy guns and the move to stainless was a no brainer for many departments.

As any Smith collector knows, the company uses a series of dashes after the model number stamped on the crane to mark engineering generational changes in their modern revolvers and the table full of Model 64s currently in the GDC Warehouse are all 64-3 variants. Introduced in 1977, they are heavy barrel stainless versions that roughly correspond to the Model 10-8.

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In many ways, the 64-3 series, which remained in production until 1988, was in the sweet spot of the line’s run. These older Smiths are DA/SA, not the more common DAO models you often see, or the newer models with the cylinder key lock in the frame and MIM parts.

What they do have are classic Smith & Wesson factory Magna wood grips and a full checkered hammer as well as a two-piece barrel. Model 64s made after 2007 have a one-piece barrel.

Now that is a pretty 4-inch HB Smith with a nice, round butt. (Photos: Richard Taylor/

No frills guns, they have fixed sights but are still plenty accurate. While they aren’t marked on the barrel as being +P, a rollmark that started with the 64-4s, Smith says +P is fine in any K, L or N frame revolver built after 1957.

Most of the current inventory is marked “CDC” on the frame, which collectors point to often meaning they spent time in the armory of the California Department of Corrections. We don’t hold that against them. Nonetheless, if guns could talk…

(Photos: Richard Taylor/

Price on the ones in stock, depending on the condition, range from $349 to $449 for really nice specimens. As with many former trade-ins, they often seem like they had little actual range time. For a utility gun that shoots a wide range of common .38SPL ammo, they are hard to beat.

Of course, for those who would rather a brand new current production model, we have those as well for a skosh more.

(Photos: Richard Taylor/

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Full Auto Friday: 7 WWI light machine guns face off (VIDEOS)

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 05:00

What do you get with two great historical gun channels teaming up with some corporate sponsorship? The beautiful epic that is Project Lightening.

With a dream team that counts Ian McCollum from Forgotten Weapons along with Othais and Mae from C&Rsenal on the varsity squad and a full-bodied roster of help to include Brownells, the field is ready for a series of videos that deliver truly great content.

While machine guns, going back to Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim, dated back to the 1880s, they were big and bulky, weighing over 60-pounds when their mounts and water jackets were included.

(Not a light machine gun)

World War I ushered in an era of lightened (get it) guns to provide more mobility and volume of fire on the move. The thing is, most of these early LMGs are extremely rare and hard to find today, especially in working condition. That’s the beauty of Project Lightening. Somehow, as if by magic, Ian, Mae, and Othais were able to lay hands on seven ultra-rares.

These, are light machine guns. (Photo: C&Rsenal)

The guns include an M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle, a Lewis Mk I machine gun, a downright wonky top-fed Madsen 1914, two different French Chauchats– a C.S.R.G 1915 and 1918, a Hotchkiss Portative, and a German MG 08/15. The goal was to test them against each other with modern eyes and they pulled that off in spades.

The tests included 100-yard accuracy testing:

Walking fire– a concept that arose during the Great War:

Field stripping, to see what they look like on the inside and how practical they were (or were not):


Capability to produce an effective volume of fire by ripping through 30 clays at 30 yards in 30 seconds:


And, everyone’s favorite, outtakes.

In all, it’s over six hours of a World War I experience with 100-year-old hardware that you never get to see in such a format. Enjoy!

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Heckler & Koch now shipping VP9L long slide kits (VIDEO)

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 04:30

For owners of standard HK VP9 or VP9-B models that want a more competition-ready top half, Heckler & Koch has you covered.

The German gun giant’s new long slide kit converts an ordinary paddle-lever or push-button 9mm Volkspistole with a swap-and-go exchange of a loaded slide. The overall length of the VP9L is 8.25-inches with a 5-inch O-ring enhanced barrel, offering a sight radius of some 7.25-inches. By comparison, standard VP9 models use a 4-inch barrel.

The slide has rear serrations, charging supports, and front lightening cuts while the O-ring enhanced barrel is optimized for accuracy. The slide includes adjustable LPA competition sights with a fiber optic front. (Photo: HK)

Teased back in January at SHOT Show, the VP9L pistol itself is not on the market but owners of legacy guns can pick up the conversion kit for $450 to tide them over until it is.

You can place the VP9L slide on any full-size VP9, shown on the new push-button 9b model at SHOT Show in Las Vegas last month. Caliber is 9mm on the striker-fired polymer framed gun. (Photo: Chris Eger/

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Montana farmers relax by making a bowling ball howitzer (VIDEOS)

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 04:00

Somewhere in North Central Montana, there is a family farm with their own homemade heavy artillery capable of firing bowling balls and frozen turkeys — and they know how to use it.

The Welkers have managed the same family farm since 1912 and while they specialize in wheat, yellow peas, and lentils, they also like to set off their DIY “Farmer cannon” from time to time. Built by Scott Welker using everything from a Model T Ford frame and suspension to John Deere 7700 Combine parts, their Rube Goldberg-meets-Menno van Coehoorn ode to old fashioned artillery can launch balls “well over half a mile and into the clouds.”

And you should see what it can do to a preowned Ford Explorer. Check out the extended version below.

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Hi-Point warranty center finds carbine barrel stuffed with 35 bullets

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 10:00

Ordinarily, most shooters stop after a squib load. This is not one of those stories. (Photo: Hi-Point)

Ohio-based Hi-Point Firearms this week posted a couple of snapshots of a 4595TS carbine crammed with a whopping 35 rounds of .45.ACP slugs.

“When he called stating he was having accuracy issues he had no idea the rounds had not left the barrel,” said the company on social media. “After receiving his carbine in we discovered the issue, re-barreled his 4595TS and sent it back to him. How’s that for customer service?”

The dreaded squib load, where a bullet does not leave the barrel and typically prevents follow-on rounds from exiting, is one of the most dangerous malfunctions a shooter can experience. They often lead to dramatic and unsafe “ka-boom” situations that can result in injury and permanent damage to both life and property.

The post by Hi-Point, a company that catches a lot of shade in the gun community but backs up their products with a famous lifetime warranty, garnered almost 500 comments.

“Dude needs to buy a lotto ticket and probably go to church to say thanks,” said one. “How did he not notice it was 8050 grains or so heavier…” observed another.

And probably the best observation: “Say all you want, but you can’t knock that grouping.”

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Shot down Indian fighter pilot rocked a Glock (PHOTOS)

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 08:30

IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman apparently ejected from his stricken MiG-21 over Pakistan last week with a Glock 26 in tow. (Photos: Radio Pakistan/Indian Air Force)

The lucky survivor of one of the few 21st Century dog fights apparently had a baby Glock as a bailout gun. Images released by the Pakistani Army last week of the equipment recovered from a captured Indian Air Force pilot included a map of the border region, a faded survival manual, and what looks to be a scuffed but intact 3rd Generation Glock 26 9mm. The subcompact pistol sports a “13” rack number on the trigger guard, which would point to the weapon as issued and not a personal weapon.

The gun purports to come from IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, a MiG-21 Bison pilot who came up on the short end of a mismatched air battle with an AMRAAM-equipped PAF F-16 and lived to tell the tale.

A battered and bloody Varthaman, shown rescued from agitated locals by Pakistani Army troops in images flashed around the world, became the stuff of legend in India for his repeated insistence when questioned on camera to only provide his name, rank and serial number, responding politely to other questions only with “I’m sorry, I am not supposed to tell you this.”

The arrested Indian pilot #PakistanArmyZindabad#Budgam#PakistanAirForceOurPride#PakistanStrikesBack#PakistanZindabaad

— Radio Pakistan (@RadioPakistan) February 27, 2019

Repatriated to India after a tense three days during which he reportedly endured sleep deprivation and interrogation to include “a kind of dry waterboarding,” the 35-year-old pilot did not sustain any spinal injuries during his ejection and has been found to be free of tracking devices — which was the subject of much concern in the Indian press. In the meantime, Varthman’s “gunslinger” mustache/muttonchop has become popular in the region and his name is a trending hashtag in India.

As for the Glock? It will likely join his uniform– he was sent back home in civilian clothes– on display at some point in the Pakistan Air Force Museum, because finders keepers when it comes to war trophies, right?

IAF officials are crediting the 16-year veteran pilot with a reciprocal “kill” against the Pakistani F-16, a claim that Pakistan denies.

BREAKING: IAF now officially attributes Pak F-16 kill to Wg Cdr Abhinandan. R-73 missile from his MiG-21 was the only weapon fired by IAF group of 8 fighters that went up against the inbound Pak Air Force jets. Abhi’s final call was to say R-73 locked, before he fell silent.

— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) March 6, 2019

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Comparing Swiss bolt guns: Schmidt–Rubin and K31 (VIDEOS)

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 08:00

The Swiss Army fielded a series of excellent and well-designed straight-pull bolt action infantry rifles from the 1880s through the 1950s. To go over a couple of the more distinct variants in the above– an early Schmidt–Rubin cadet carbine and the later Karabiner Model 1931 (K31) — is USOG in the above video.

Built in a country prized for the precision in their watchmaking, the two guns are actually much different when you get into the bolts, but each is a work of art in their own right.

Interestingly, a DMR variant of the K31, the heavier ZfK55, remained in service through much of the Cold War while the regular Swiss trooper of the time carried SIG autoloaders.

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Illinois State Police on FOID card revocation: ‘Mailed letters are not enough’

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 07:30

Illinois State Police, with the support of Gov. JB Pritzker (D), plan to get more zealous when it comes to pursuing revoked firearm cards in the Land of Lincoln. (Photo: ISP)

Officials in Illinois are seeking to aggressively increase enforcement of the state’s firearm laws with an emphasis on sharing information and “getting guns.”

Illinois State Police, with the support of Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday, unveiled a list of changes to how the agency handles firearms services processes, especially when it comes to revoking Firearm Owner’s Identification cards, needed to possess a gun in the state. This includes sharing information about identified gun owners with other agencies and increasing enforcement in cases where a card is revoked.

Currently, when a card is revoked, Illinois law requires the holder to surrender their FOID to police within 48 hours of receiving a mailed notification and complete a “Firearm Disposition Record” listing the details of their gun collection and who or where it was transferred to. In 2018, 10,818 FOID cards were revoked but ISP only received 2,616 Firearm Disposition Records. For reference, there are currently 2,285,990 active FOID cards statewide and over 250,000 new applications were filed last year alone.

“While the weaknesses of our nation’s background check system remain daunting, we must take whatever steps we can, large and small, to strengthen the fabric of these systems because any improvement could be the one that makes the difference,” said Brendan Kelly, ISP acting director. “While we simply cannot do it alone, we must increase sharing of information, the quality and value of information shared, and most importantly enforcement. Mailed letters are not enough.”

As part of the change, Gun Liaison Officers will be designated in each of the ISP’s zones to work with local law enforcement to coordinate FOID revocation details “with an emphasis on getting guns out of the hands of the most dangerous individuals, and ensuring information regarding FOID card revocations is shared with local law enforcement agencies on an ongoing basis.”

This includes informing local police, prosecutors and sheriffs of the reasons a gun owner’s FOID has been pulled as well as the individual’s firearm purchase history. Investigators will then tackle the accumulated lists on a case-by-case basis.

After reviewing the new ISP policy, state Sen. Neil Anderson, who has filed a bill to repeal the FOID card requirement altogether as a redundancy to federal law, argued the FOID is not needed. “It is an infringement on my Second Amendment right to have to pay to exercise that right,” said Anderson, R-Andalusia.

The majority of the comments to a social media post by ISP referencing the new initiative were overwhelmingly negative.

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AR practice drills with Jade Struck of Taran Tactical (VIDEO)

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 07:00

Jade Struck, professional shooter with Taran Tactical Innovations, recently shared with a few AR practice drills to help improve your game.

As with all drills utilizing a firearm, it’s essential to double check that all firearms are unloaded and clear, and ammo is as far away as possible.

Before practicing any drills, Struck emphasizes the importance of getting acquainted with your rifle like it’s your brother or sister.

The first drill is the up down drill. You seat the stock of the rifle in your shoulder and bring it up to sight and then down. Repeat this until you sight the rifle perfectly each time you raise it.

Th next drill is to bring the rifle up from port arms, a common place to have your gun during competition, and sight it perfectly. Again, repeat this until it’s second nature.

Once you’re comfortable with that, Struck suggests practicing mag reloads. “Try it with the bolt back, with the bolt forward, all these different things  so that you can be acquainted with it in every condition that it may be in.”

Once you have these things mastered, you can strap on an unloaded and clear pistol and practice transitioning from rifle to pistol and back, holstering your pistol each time. “You can even practice shooting on the move with this,” says Struck.

The last drill is going from target to target with your rifle. “We can talk about a line,” said Struck. “Know from target to target, the most effective way to get to that line, and get directly there. Don’t go up and down, right to left. No. From one to the next as quickly as possible and effectively as possible”

What do you think about Struck’s drills? Do you use reference points when shooting? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

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Savage’s adds 4 left-hand models to Rascal micro rimfire rifle line (PHOTOS)

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 06:30

Left Hand and FLV-SR Rascal variants are now available in pink or black. (Photos: Savage)

Offering what Savage bills as “pint-sized precision” for smaller statured users, the company has expanded their Rascal line of bolt-action rifles to include options for southpaws.

The four new models, two Left Hand and two FLV-SRs, all feature a synthetic stock with an 11.25-inch length-of-pull and a 16.125-inch barrel with a 1-in-16-inch RH twist. Likewise, a Savage AccuTrigger, adjustable from 2.5- to 6-pounds, is standard as is the .22 rimfire chambering that supports 22 S, L, or LR cartridges in a 1+1 format. The Rascals unload without pulling the trigger, have a manual safety and are drilled and tapped for scope mounts.

Where the differences between the quartet come in is in stock color — pink or black — and between the more basic Left Hand model and FLV-SR. The former uses a carbon steel sporter barrel with adjustable peep sights and tips the scales at a svelte 2.71-pounds. The FLV-SR has a heavy barrel with a threaded (1/2-28TPI) suppressor-ready muzzle and large-handled bolt. As such, the FLV-SR weighs a bit more, coming in at 3.52-pounds.

The Left Hand, top, uses a carbon sporter barrel and adjustable peep sights while the FLV-SR, bottom, has a heavy barrel with a threaded muzzle. Both are drilled and tapped for scope mounts

Retail ranges from $191 for the Left Hand to $219 for the FLV-SR.

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