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Both sets use a full fill finish and sport a deep checker on the foregrip. Further, Black Aces says they are compatible with other Shockwave accessories such as their Quad Rail and Side Shell Holder kits.
“These beautiful wood packages add class and style to any Mossberg Shockwave,” says the company. “The wood gives the weapon a great feel and a warm glow. Nothing sets off the look of the weapon more.”
Retail on each is set at $199.
Notably, Mossberg last week announced the release of their new Nightstick series of M590 Shockwaves with factory walnut furniture, sporting a ribbed corn-cob on the pump action and a birds-head style Shockwave pistol grip.
— Mossberg (@MossbergCorp) November 3, 2018
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Rick Dosch is an inactive Marine who has a permit to carry a concealed weapon. He promised his pastor that he would always be armed to protect the church and its congregation, so he carries his gun to church every Sunday. He is also not the only member of the flock that does this.
Dosch always sits in the back of the church – but not so he can sleep as many would like to think. He sits in the back because the entrance doors are there and it’s a likely point of egress for anyone intent on doing harm.
Dosch believes that if you’re going to carry a weapon you should always train regularly. “I was trained to shoot in the Marines, but I still train daily using actual distances equivalent to the space between the doors and my sitting position,” he said. He feels that this is the only way to be really prepared for any instance that could occur in that location.
Dosch is quick to mention that society today is much different than from the past and he is not the only one with that realization. Dosch mentions his sister attends a church nearby and that parish maintains two armed guards and locked doors at all times. His church is in a rural area and it would take close to five minutes for police or first responders to arrive at the scene.
“In Maryland at the Gazette Newspaper office the police reached the shooting in sixty seconds yet there were four people already dead when they arrived,” he said. “We here feel that it’s best to be able to protect ourselves for a period of time … instead of being ‘minute men’ we’re ‘one to five-minute men’. That’s the average time that it takes for first responders to arrive and I’m here to fill in that time-gap.”
To be sitting in his church when someone comes through the door and only being able to watch the people he loves being shot is something Dosch could never imagine. “As horrible and hard as it would be to shoot a person, it would be even more horrible to watch that person shoot my family,” he said. “I just couldn’t stand by in good conscience knowing that I have the ability and the skills to stop something like this instead of just watching it happen.”
The Glock 17 is the weapon Dosch prefers. “There are a lot of smaller and easier to conceal weapons out there, but I’m just not comfortable shooting them with real accuracy at any distance,” he said. This Glock is a larger weapon and Dosch carries extra magazines on his belt, so he can reload and be shooting again in just a few seconds.
“It’s not my intent to harm anyone,” he said. “It’s my intent to protect and to save people.” He is truly the guardian of this blessed flock.
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Offered in .45 ACP, 9mm and 38 Super, Wilson Combat’s newest Supergrade 1911 models come in a more compact Commander Special variant.
Starting with an in-house machined forged steel frame and slide, the new Commander-sized Supergrades feature a 4.25-inch match barrel and 7.85-inch overall length.
Tipping the scales at 37.2-ounces while still unloaded the handguns are stacked with custom features that come standard such as burl walnut grips, checkered front straps, flattop slides, a full-length guiderod, thick flange bushings with a reversed crown, and a fluted chamber.
New features to the Supergrade line include a throwback USGI-style thumbsafety, battlesight with a white gold bead front sight.
Besides the caliber options, the Commander Specials come in either a hand-polished blued version or a two-tone finish with a stainless steel frame and blued carbon slide.
Retail (wait for it) is $5,350 for the .45 and $5,455 for the 9mm and .38 Super versions.
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The 6.5 PRC — or Precision Rifle Cartridge — is the latest Horandy creation to gain attention and favor among shooters. An interesting competitor to the 6.5 Creedmoor, the 6.5 PRC is ready to take the long range shooting community by storm; but, what is the cartridge and why exactly is it poised to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Creedmoor cartridge?
Often referred to as the 6.5 Creedmoor’s “big brother,” the 6.5 PRC offers precision rifle shooters and hunters the advantage of a flat shooting, heavy bullet with manageable recoil. Delivering 2,000 foot-pounds of energy at 500-yards, the 6.5 PRC provides an 8-percent increase in velocity over the Creedmoor cartridge as well as 28-percent more capacity within the cartridge itself.
The 6.5 PRC began as an idea formulated in George Gardner’s head. The president of GA Precision Rifles and an avid participant in precision rifle series, Gardner said the first inkling came around 2012 when the PRS rule book was published. The rules dictated that competitors could use any caliber bullet, 30 cal. or below, so long as it did not exceed 3,200 feet-per-second.
“I just kind of, as a whim, thought there’s got to be something out there that can give a guy an edge,” told Hornady in a video interview.
Gardner knew the 6.5 caliber bullets could push 3,150 feet-per-second safely; but there were no casings at that time that could accomplish what he wanted, so he started exploring other options. Eventually Hornady got involved, bringing their engineers to the table to fully bring the 6.5 PRC to life.
Based on the Ruger Compact Magnum, the 6.5 PRC features a .264-inch diameter bullet paired to a 2.030-inch case length. The cartridge’s neck measures .297-inches while its body comes in a .5158-inches. Designed for long range shooting, the 6.5 PRC round uses a 6.5 caliber bullet that delivers a high ballistic coefficient ensuring greater impact energy even over long distances.
“The 6.5 PRC is the ultimate short action long range caliber for target shooting. It’s also evolved to probably being the ultimate long range short action caliber for hunting,” Gardner said. “The 6.5 PRC is very versatile in that it’s firing a heavy bullet, very fast, very flat. It’s recoil is very manageable.”
The 6.5 PRC alongside Hornady’s other latest creation the .300 PRC earned approval from the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute in 2018, opening the door for other manufacturers to begin churning out 6.5 PRC gear.
“It’s the one that gives you everything,” Gardner commented. “It’s a rifle cartridge that other people in the industry can get behind and build rifles.”
Though it likely won’t completely replace the 6.5 Creedmoor, the 6.5 PRC does offer another alternative for hunters and PRS competitors.
“We’ve kind of nicknamed it the ‘Big Brother’ of the 6.5 Creedmoor and I think that’s exactly what it is,” Gardner explained. “I expect it will be here for the long haul, just like the 6.5 Creedmoor.”
Back in the days of the $99 SKS, the $279 Norinco Type-56 was king! Chris Bartocci with Small Arms Solutions reaches back into the 1980s and looks at some classic pre-ban semi-auto AKMs to include a Type-56S and S1 cranked out by the Communist Chinese to ship to the States by the boatload.
The golden days before the ban hammer came down saw such new in the box guns sold for bargain prices as well as 1,300 round crates of 7.62x39mm ammo to boot. Bartocci chronicles these at length, touching on such briefly-imported models as the PolyTech Legend (with a milled receiver) and compares the differences between these Chicom guns and the Soviet-style Kalash.
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Estimated gun sales declined double digits last month, marking the slowest October since 2011, according to federal data, and continuing a pattern first established over the summer.
Dealers processed just over 2 million applications through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System last month. Estimated gun sales — the sum of transfers in the NICS’s handgun, long gun, multiple and other categories — declined more than 12 percent and totaled just 928,474.
Dealers processed over 460,000 applications for handguns and just under 418,000 applications for long guns last month. The latter represents the slowest October recorded in a decade. Likewise, long gun tallies for July and August sank to 10-year lows, returning to levels not seen since before the election of former President Barack Obama. September fared even worse, ranking dead last in the 20-year history of NICS.
NICS checks serve as a proxy measure for gun sales, albeit an imperfect one. Applications for concealed carry permits, periodic rechecks for licenses and a slew of smaller categories for pawns, redemptions, rentals and other rare situations undercut the total amount of checks processed in one month. Guns.com removes these categories from the total figure to more accurately assess actual transfers, though it’s still an estimate.
These types of background checks have consumed larger percentages of the total amount recorded each month since the banner year of 2016, federal data shows. So far in 2018, these administrative-type checks have consistently inflated monthly totals, but haven’t translated into boosted sales.
Historical patterns for the industry suggest checks and sales will hit annual highs as the holiday season nears — typically the busiest time for retailers. Publicly traded gun companies — including Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger and Company — consider fall and winter months the most profitable.
The current year remains on track to rank as the second busiest for NICS checks since the FBI first began keeping records in 1998, eclipsing the first 10 months of 2017 by 5 percent. Estimated sales, however, are trailing 6 percent, according to the data.
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