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Hudson readies factory H9 compensator for market

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 06:00

Price on the C1 is $79.17 on pre-order, $87 normally, handgun not included. (Photo: Hudson)

Temple, Texas-based Hudson Manufacturing has announced they are now taking discounted pre-orders for factory compensators pending an August ship date.

The Hudson C1 Compensator was created specifically for the company’s flagship 9mm handgun series. Constructed from 7075 aluminum, the matte black finish and styling will match factory Hudson H9 handguns and will fit the standard 1/2×28TPI pitch found on their recently introduced drop-in threaded barrels.

“Compensators have been proven over decades of testing and use to provide quicker follow-up shots accomplished by redirecting the gasses escaping the muzzle which decreases the amount of force returning straight back to the shooter,” says Hudson. “The bottom line is they work.”

The company burst on the scenes in 2017 with their unconventional hybrid striker-fired pistol with a 1911-style trigger after more than three years of R&D. Hudson then followed up this year with the redesigned H9A which is about a half-pound lighter.

Price on the C1 is $79.17 on pre-order, $87 normally.

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Feminist author slammed as racist after ‘confusion’ over black man driving BMW with NRA sticker (VIDEO)

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 05:30

In a now-deleted tweet, HuffPost contributor and author Kimberly Johnson was baffled over what she encountered.

Johnson, a former soap opera actress and current author of several feminist tomes, weighed in on Twitter last week concerning the intersection of race, politics and gun rights.

“Out on the road the other day I saw an affluent black man driving a BMW with two bumper-stickers,” said Johnson. “One was pro-NRA and the other one was a Tea Party sticker that read, ‘Don’t tread on me.’ This left me very confused.”

After Twitter lit up with responses, many accusing the author of being racist, the story of Johnson’s bewilderment became a talking point across conservative media sites including The Blaze and Red State then was expounded upon by The Daily Mail and Fox.

NRA News commentator Colion Noir extended an open invite to Johnson to come on his show to talk about the issue and told Fox the tweet offended him at first but then provided an opportunity to have a discussion about race and assumption.

As for Johnson, the self-avowed feminist and advocate fired back on social media saying she deleted the tweet because “I do not see the GOP working in the best interests of people of color or women. I never said anyone should vote any particular way. I said it confused me.”

I deleted it because people were putting words in my mouth and changing my original intent. FOR THE RECORD: I do not believe everyone should vote the way I do. However, I am free to wonder what motivates people to vote.

— Kimberley Johnson (@AuthorKimberley) July 5, 2018

While the NRA does not disclose the demographics of their six million members, a number of African-Americans with a national profile have regularly addressed the gun rights organization’s annual meetings to include former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, HUD Secretary Ben Carson and video bloggers Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, popularly known as Diamond and Silk. North Philadelphia community leader Maj Toure, founder of Black Guns Matter, is a gun owner and a card-carrying member of the NRA and believes that the right to keep and bear arms is fundamental, telling previously that the Second Amendment is color blind.

The fallout for Johnson’s social media musing gone awry has echoed across the internet, potentially causing collateral damage to those with similar names. As of Monday, the Wikipedia page for Brigham Young University professor Kimberly Johnson had been updated to describe her as “an American poet, Renaissance scholar, and racist.”

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Gallup: Partisan divide over NRA growing, could turn gun control into ‘litmus test’

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 11:00

The partisan divide among Americans’ views of the National Rifle Association grew further apart this year, according to a recent survey.

Gallup polled more than 1,500 adults last month and found nearly nine in 10 identified Republicans held favorable views of the NRA versus just 24 percent of Democrats. The 64-point spread grew by one-third since the last time Gallup asked in October 2015. Since the organization first posed the question 29 years ago, the gap between Republican and Democrat has quadrupled.

The most recent 11-point drop in Democrats’ views, however, “may reflect a variety of factors,” pollsters said. “Including substantial support among Democratic leaders for tougher gun control legislation after a series of high-profile mass shootings in the past few years,” said RJ Reinhart in an analysis of survey results. “In particular, efforts by survivors of the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, to put pressure on Congress to pass new gun control laws may be affecting U.S. Democrats’ opinions of the NRA.”

Among all Americans, favorable views of the NRA declined, down five points over the last three years to just 53 percent. In nine of the 10 years Gallup polled for views on the organization, a majority of respondents viewed the organization positively. Only in June 1995, Reinhart noted, did a majority of Americans dislike the NRA — notably the year after Congress passed an “assault weapons ban.”

Reinhart said the survey results confirm just one more issue of the country’s growing partisan divide — gun control. “The large partisan gap may be turning support for the NRA — and by extension, gun control legislation — into a litmus test for candidates from the two parties,” he said. “Given the high percentage of Republicans who view the NRA favorably, it may be extremely difficult for a GOP candidate who opposes the group to win a primary election. Likewise, a pro-NRA Democrat may have trouble emerging from a primary to run in a general election.”

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Wilson Combat expands Vickers pistol lineup with Elite Commander model

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 10:00

The Commander model pars down the original full size Vickers Elite into a smaller, easy to conceal package. (Photo: Wilson Combat)

Wilson Combat continues adding to its Vickers pistol series, debuting the new Elite Commander model chambered in both .45 ACP and 9mm.

Sporting a 4.25-inch stainless steel bushing barrel, the Commander model pairs the classic look of the full-size Vickers Elite 1911 with a compact carry size. Pairing a forged slide with G-10 grips, the Commander pistol provides wide serrations and a one-piece Bullet Proof Magwell.

Measuring 7.85-inches in overall length, the Commander weighs 45.2-ounces with a 1.5-inch accuracy guarantee at 25-yards.

The pistol offers a stainless steel barrel. (Photo: Wilson Combat)

“The Vickers Elite Commander starts with Wilson Combat’s hand-fitted, forged slide and frame combination along with their forged stainless steel bushing barrel for impeccable reliability and precise accuracy,” Wilson Combat said in a press release. “Wilson Combat’s rigorous hand-fitting specifications yield a match-accurate defensive pistol that you can count on regardless of shooting scenario.”

The Vickers Elite Commander is available through Wilson Combat dealers with the .45 ACP model retailing for $3,850 and the 9mm variant coming in at $3,960.

The Commander keeps to the Vickers/Wilson Combat aesthetic. (Photo: Wilson Combat)

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Firefield debuts new Edge Carbine 2-piece M-LOK Rail system

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 09:30

The Edge Carbine 2-Piece M-LOK Rail, pictured above, joins the company’s Edge series already touting a KeyMod option. (Photo: Firefield)

Firefield rolls out a new AR-15 accessory, debuting the Firefield Edge Carbine 2-Piece M-LOK Rail System.

Created for use by hunters, target shooters and tactical gurus, the Edge Carbine 2-Piece M-LOK Rail fits on standard AR platforms with a front sight post. Constructed from heavy-duty aircraft grade 6061-T6 aluminum, the Edge Carbine Rail tips scales at 6 ounces.

The rail is outfitted with M-LOK slots to accommodate a range of M-LOK style accessories. The Edge Carbine M-LOK Rail joins Firefield’s Edge lineup which already boasts a KeyMod model.

Firefield said the M-LOK version, like the KeyMod, is quick and easy to mount into place.

Firefield says the new M-LOK rail is easy to install on AR platforms. (Photo: Firefield)

“The Edge Carbine 2-Piece Rail merges perfectly with your standard AR with a front sight post, making it robust enough to handle nearly every accessory,” Firefield said in a news release. “The Edge Carbine 2-piece rail is designed for easy installation using virtually no tools!”

Firefield hasn’t given up the details on exactly when the Edge Carbine 2-Piece Rail in M-LOK will appear on shelves nor has there been any mention of price. The company’s KeyMod variant, however, retails for $47.

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Judge trims distributor’s lawsuit over terminated Glock contract

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 09:30

Some new Glock pistols propped up at a Glock facility in Smyrna, Georgia. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

A federal judge agreed to dismiss multiple counts of fair practices violations brought against Glock by a New Jersey gun distributor, but denied the gun maker’s request to dismiss breach of contract claims.

U.S. District Judge Noel Hillman said Glock’s reasoning for terminating a contract with Lawmen Supply Company to provide law enforcement departments with pistols was “pretextual” and allowed the case to continue. In his opinion, Hillman called the contract’s language “ambiguous, and certainly lacking in clarity.”

For 25 years, Lawmen had been distributing Glock pistols to law enforcement agencies along the East Cost. The distributor had contracts with the state of Delaware, Maryland, and, near the time of filing the claim, with New Jersey.

Then, in December 2016, the two companies renewed an agreement making Lawmen a “Glock Only” distributor for law enforcement markets. The annual contract had been renewed every year since 2011, but Glock tried to terminate it in July 2017, claiming Lawmen violated the agreement by selling 340 Glock pistols in the commercial market.

The next month, Lawmen filed a complaint against Glock in federal court that included 12 claims including violations of business protection laws, but now all but two remain. Hillman denied Glock’s request to dismiss breach of contract and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing claims.

However, in June 29 order, Hillman said Lawmen has 30 days to file an amended complaint to replead two claims. The company will have a chance to renew arguments that Glock violated the New Jersey Franchise Practices Act and to find overlap between the Uniform Commercial Code in New Jersey and Georgia, the home state of Glock’s U.S. operations.

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Would-be armed robbers shot by Chicago business owner (VIDEO)

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 09:00

Two armed men picked the wrong grocery store to rob in Chicago’s South Side Englewood this week.

Chicago Police say the men entered A&J Foods on West 75th Street around 7 p.m. Tuesday, pulled weapons, and tried to rob the store. Each, in turn, received gunshot wounds from an armed business owner and fled the scene, The Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The men, 21 and 29 years old, appeared at St. Bernard Hospital to receive treatment for wounds to the abdomen and arm, respectively. The younger man was listed in serious condition and was subsequently transferred to Stroger Hospital.

The incident comes as Chicago Police have released statistics for the first half of the year that show overall crime numbers are down in the Windy City by some 11 percent amid a bump in police hiring and increased use of surveillance cameras. Included with the numbers is that, while Chicago has seen 252 homicides so far in 2018, that figure is down 79 when compared to the first half of 2017.

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Open carry advocates exercise limited rights in Florida (VIDEO)

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 08:30

A group of Sunshine State Second Amendment proponents celebrated their Independence Day with some fishing while open carrying.

Members of Florida Carry were on the City Island Park pier in Ormond Beach raising awareness about carry laws in the state. One of just five states with virtually no allowance for the open carry of handguns, Florida statute only recognizes legal open carry while fishing, camping, or hunting. One of the advocates says he was attacked while fishing and has carried a gun with him ever since.

“The more people that have weapons and can protect law-abiding citizens is only going to be beneficial to everybody across the United States,” Mike Taylor told WFTV, the area ABC affiliate.

Taylor was part of a similar group stopped last month by police on a Miami Beach pier. The armed anglers, in that case, were detained for two hours, during which they had their personal firearms seized. Florida Carry cautioned that they have been holding such awareness events for nearly a decade and one of their members was injured and taken to the hospital during the incident

“The Miami Beach Police Chief was notified of the event beforehand, per our policy, in an attempt to prevent an incident such as this,” said the group in a statement.

As for Ormond Beach, the city is familiar with open carry advocates exercising their right to bear arms while angling. Jeffrey Marcus Gray filmed an interaction with responding city police in 2014 when he was stopped carrying openly while returning from fishing.

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10 tied to Southern California gangs charged in homemade gun ring (VIDEO)

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 08:30

A joint operation between the Los Angeles Police Department and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives wrapped up a six-month investigation with the arrest this week of 10 suspects with ties to an East Los Angeles criminal street gang.

The investigation, began in January, targeted criminals selling so-called “ghost guns,” or homemade firearms produced without serial numbers or background checks. The operation seized or purchased through undercover buys 50 assorted firearms, one suppressor, a number of magazines that are regulated under California law, as well as three pounds of methamphetamine, vehicles, body armor and money.

“Search warrants at the end of the investigation resulted in the seizing of firearms manufacturing tools and materials used to build AR-style rifles and pistols from unfinished lower receiver kits,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Bill McMullan. “This is a common trend ATF is seeing in SoCal amongst gangs. Criminals building their own guns since they are prohibited from buying guns legally.”

Besides a factory-produced AK47 style rifle and an SKS, officials say that the majority of the firearms recovered were homemade AR-15 type rifles in various configurations and two Polymer 80 style handguns. In many cases, the suspects were operating from and manufacturing the guns in Hollywood-area hotels.

Officials say the bulk of the guns recovered were AR-15 style rifles made from unfinished lowers (Photos: LAPD)

Some of the firearms appear to violate National Firearm Act regulations for short-barreled rifles

In addition, at least two handguns were made with un-serialized 80-percent frames.

Under legislation, signed into law in 2016 by Gov. Jerry Brown, legal builders of homemade firearms have to first obtain a serial number through the state Department of Justice to complete their built and abide by a myriad of California laws.

In conjunction with the announcement, officials referenced a current proposal being weighed in the state Senate aimed at regulating “firearm precursor parts” sold in California through a mixture of licensing, mandated reporting and background checks. The measure, AB 2383, would mandate background checks on many of the components needed to build or repair firearms and regulate those who sell them through a licensing scheme.

“People who’d normally be prohibited from purchasing a gun are able to purchase these right now,” said LAPD Lt. Steve Embrich at the joint press conference, holding an 80 percent complete AR-15 lower for effect. “We did want to point out that there currently state legislation that would ban the sale of ghost gun precursors, which would actually slow the sale of these parts.”

The 10 suspects were hit with a total of 47 charges by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office ranging from conspiracy and possession of a silencer to the manufacture, transport, and sale of items deemed as “assault rifles” under state law.

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DeSantis Hidden Truth Holster now available for Glock 43

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 08:00

The Hidden Truth Holster features an integral mag pouch. (Photo: DeSantis)

Holster maker DeSantis Gunhide adds a new fit for its Hidden Truth Holster, introducing a model built specifically for the Glock 43.

A popular carry gun, the Glock 43 Hidden Truth Holster is an appendix inside-the-waistband concealed carry style rig that features an integral mag pouch. The mag pouch allows users to carry an extra mag while granting quick access to the extra rounds. Constructed using Kydex, the Hidden Truth Holster is adjustable for both height and cant according to DeSantis.

Mounting to the belt line with tuck-able C-Clips, the Hidden Truth Holster isn’t limited to just tuck-able clips. The company says the rig can also be purchased with optional J-Clips to suit consumers’ needs. Available in either right handed or left handed configuration, the Hidden Truth G43 model joins the lineup already boasting fits for the Glock 19, 19 Gen 5, 23 and 32.

The Hidden Truth Holster features an all black style and is available now through DeSantis. The holster retails for just under $60.

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Mom shoots carjacker in the face to save kids (VIDEOS)

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 07:30

A Dallas mother leaped into action as a man tried to drive away in her SUV with her two young children. The suspected carjacker, Ricky Wright, 36, is hospitalized after he was shot by an area mom who says he drove off with her kids and refused to stop.

The incident unfolded, according to the Dallas Morning News, at around 10 p.m. Wednesday, when a Shell gas station employee alerted the mother, identified as Michelle Booker-Hicks, that a man was attempting to get into her vehicle. Inside was her children, age 2 and 4. Booker-Hicks, who told Fox 4 she had only started carrying a 9mm pistol in her glove compartment this week, jumped into the vehicle and after the man began trying to drive away, retrieved the gun and shot him in the face. The wounded man crashed the SUV into a nearby fence then staggered away and collapsed.

“I should have emptied the whole clip but I didn’t,” Booker-Hicks told CBS-DFW. “I’m not a killer or anything like that, but I do believe in defending what’s mine.”

Wright, hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, was booked on two counts of unlawful restraint and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

The incident was praised by the National Rifle Association on social media as an example of an armed citizen with the hashtag #2A, saying, “A mom’s number one job is to protect her family.”

#ARMEDCITIZEN: A mom's number one job is to protect her family. When a criminal in Dallas tried carjacking this mom's car with her toddlers inside, she ordered the man to stop the car. When he refused, she pulled a gun from the glove box and shot him. #2A

— NRA (@NRA) July 5, 2018

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Gear Review: Unity Tactical ATOM Slide, from military to EDC (VIDEO)

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 07:00

To date, I am not aware of a product that Unity Tactical has released that has been anything other than stellar. The ATOM slide is certainly no exception. The ATOM came into existence when the U.S. military had a requirement to run Aimpoint T1s on Glock service pistols. The problem presented by this need was unique because the T1 mounts with screws from the bottom, so a standard slide cut done in the same way as an RMR cut would not work in this case. Thus the ATOM was born.

It’s a one of a kind system for mounting many optics to the same Glock slide by using specific base plates, which no one was doing at the time, though common enough today. Unity Tactical gave USSCOM customers the ability to use a range of optics. Needless to say, members of USSCOM always love being able to use the right tool for the job, and the ATOM slide was very well received by the military community.

With the Aim Point T1 (the optic the side was designed for) installed on the ATOM slide you will get a lower one third co-witness with the included suppresser height blacked out sights. (Photo: Chase Welch/

While it was a success for the market it was designed for, any company in the firearms world that wants to stay in business will also sell its products to the civilians, and Unity Tactical has a strong, if niche, place in the US firearms market. You may be asking yourself, what need do I have for a $500 slide made for tip of the spear door kickers, I’m a banker from Cleveland for God’s sake,” the question still stands, does this expensive slide bring value to everyday carry and range/training/ninja/ whatever your preferred pronoun happens to be, person? Short answer, yes, but the ways in which it does so may surprise you, so let’s get into it.

The Why

The ATOM slide comes in black with a DLC coating or flat dark earth with a PVD coating. It has cuts to improve grip while performing manipulations on the front and rear, that are identical to the stock Glock cuts in shape and feel. The ATOM will allow you to turn your Gen 3 or Gen 4 Glock 17 or 19 into a one pistol fits all jobs handgun. It does so with superior engineering, build quality, lifetime warranty — not that you will need it — and essentially limitless options for modifications down the road.

The engineering and build quality is felt as soon as you pick up the ATOM, there are no tool marks to be seen and as you begin to assemble the slide, you’ll notice that the tolerances are a bit tighter than that of Glock. While this does mean that it may take 100 rounds or so to break in the slide, you will benefit from increased accuracy straight away, even with the stock Glock barrel.

The PVD coating on the ATOM slide is very abrasion resistant and will not corrode even if carried close to the body in all weather conditions for long periods of time. (Chase Welch/

This is to say nothing of the impressive improvement if you use an aftermarket match barrel from S3F Solutions like I did. Just for comparison I placed my S3F barrel in my stock slide and shot two five-round groups at 25 yards and then did the same with the ATOM slide and S3F barrel and the group with the ATOM slide was more than 1-inch tighter. Next the ATOM lets you run any optic you want, without having to pull the slide off the gun or take it apart. Just remove the base plate, and put the new plate with the new optic on. Done!

I only had a few malfunctions with the Unity ATOM Slide, and only during the one hundred round break in. I had two separate failures to feed, and this one stovepipe. However after I passed the one hundred round break in period, I have had zero malfunctions for thousands of rounds. (Photo: Chase Welch/

You can even retain zero between optics as long as you leave it mounted to the base plate after zeroing. So theoretically, if your mission dictated different optics, you can switch to suit your purposes in a matter of minutes. Finally, the ATOM is a full weight slide, and this means it has a much material as a stock Glock slide. This will allow you, if you so choose, to have it milled to fit your personal needs or tastes. And while this would be an additional expense, it does mean that you can have all the benefits of the ATOM system, and still make the slide even more custom, which a lot of people love to do.

The bottom line

So you may be saying, I can do lots of useful and neat things with the ATOM slide, and it will run better and more accurately than my stock slide, but it’s still a $500 slide for an at most, $500 pistol. Well, this is true, and if you can’t swing the money, then at the end of the day, this slide is not for you. However, if you recognize that quality cost more, and you believe that your life is worth a little more money, then I suggest that you embrace the “buy once, cry once” mentality.

I have had the opportunity to shoot a lot of custom and optics ready slides for Glocks in my time, and NOT ONE, including Glocks own factory MOS system, comes close to what Unity Tactical has managed to build. It fits better, runs better, shoots better, and accommodates more optics, while retaining different optics zeros. I will be keeping it on my G19 as my everyday carry pistol, and I highly encourage you to take a hard look at this unique slide. Sure it’s not cheap, but you’re worth it.

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Visiting with the rebooted HK USC .45ACP carbine (VIDEO)

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 06:30

The semi-auto and NFA-compliant version of Heckler & Koch’s vaunted UMP submachine gun is back for a limited run– but how does it shoot?

The polymer frame USC is a sporting carbine complete with a 16-inch barrel that uses a blowback operating system. Discontinued in 2013, HK announced earlier this year they were bringing back the line in limited production. The 6.13-pound pistol caliber rifle uses a skeletonized buttstock with a rubber cheek rest and recoil pad and has three forward hard points on the top and sides for optional Picatinny rails as well as an optic rail.

Other than coming complete with a broken front sight (!) Tim Harmsen with the Military Arms Channel spends some time with one of these new-production USCs to see what HK is bringing to market.

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Steyr announces new dates, course for Training Academy

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 06:00

The SPR-I and SPR-II courses are taught by Steyr Arms Training Academy Director Eduardo Abril de Fontcuberta. (Photo: Steyr Arms)

Steyr Arms Training Academy, based in Alabama, announced new class dates as well as a new course to finish out the 2018 training season.

In addition to the SPR-I practical rifle class, the academy will also offer a SPR-II extended-range rifle course come Fall. The SPR-II class will push students to extend their range, engaging target out to 1,200-yards. In addition to advanced practical skills and ballistics, students will also learn how to read wind so they can test their long range limits. The SPR-II class will only be offered once this year with SPR-I completion a prerequisite to sign up. The SPR-II course is scheduled for Sept. 20-22.

The course will be taught by Steyr Arms Training Academy Director Eduardo Abril de Fontcuberta. Hailing from Spain, Abril de Fontcuberta is a world champion long-range competitor with extensive military and law enforcement training.

Each of the SPR-I and SPR-II courses will be limited to a three-day course with a maximum of seven students. Steyr Arms has scheduled its SPR-I courses for the following dates:

  • SPR-I: July 12-14
  • SPR-I: Aug. 26-28
  • SPR-I: Oct. 25-27
  • SPR-I: Nov. 15-17
  • SPR-I: Dec. 13-15

Tuition for each class is $975 and interested parties should contact Steyr Arms Training Academy to sign up.

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Video surfaces of China’s reported ‘laser assault rifle’ in action

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 05:30

With naysayers mounting over claims that a Chinese company is set to produce a legit man-portable blaster, the developer has ponied up some test footage of the weapon.

As previously reported, the AK-47-sized ZKZM-500 laser rifle is said to be able to “instantly carbonize” human tissue, set a person on fire, and make them feel “pain beyond endurance” at ranges reaching some 800 meters. Built by ZKZM Laser, the weapon, expected to cost about $15,000 when it reaches production, is powered by a “rechargeable lithium battery pack similar to those found in smartphones” and could fire some 1,000 shots, each lasting about two seconds.

In the above footage, the invisible laser is shown burning quietly through paper, an Adidas printed tee and a rubber tire in a low production value clip. According to the South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong-based English language media outlet, the footage was shot on a rooftop in Xian in China’s Shaanxi province, in May.

While news of the rifle has blasted through social media, in the West, reception to the laser ranged from mildly amused anime and space opera references (the gun is a dead ringer for one seen in Akira) to full-on debunking. Kelsey Atherton, writing for C4ISRNET, called the weapon a “dangerous gimmick at best” while Popular Mechanics concluded, “It’s probably best to be skeptical about this alleged wonder weapon.”

In other words, the odds that you will see one for sale at Harbor Freight next week are pretty slim.

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Puerto Rico’s gun sales surging nine months after Hurricane Maria

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 05:00

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico when it made landfall Sept. 20, 2017. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

Nearly a year after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the island’s recorded gun sales remain higher than ever, federal data shows.

Licensed dealers have transferred more than 18,000 firearms since September 2017, a 37 percent increase over the same nine-month time period recorded the year before. In the first six months of 2018, dealers sold 13,352 firearms — mostly handguns — eclipsing the first half of 2017 by 52 percent.

“There isn’t an adequate number of police to protect the citizens. There just isn’t,” Jose Robles, a retired police officer who lives in a town just outside of San Juan, told Topic during an interview last month. “That was evident in the emergency following Hurricane Maria … [police] had to leave the people without security. They couldn’t do both; there wasn’t enough [of them]. That’s the truth.”

Navigating the island territory’s complex gun laws often requires an attorney’s guidance, though it appears more residents are willing to take on the challenge as police coverage grows thinner by the day, according to local media reports.

In December and January, 20 percent of the island’s 1,300 officers went on strike after officials didn’t pay overtime wages owed for storm recovery. Strained resources — a lingering side effect of Puerto Rico’s $74 billion debt crisis and widespread unemployment — spawned an exodus of 200,000 residents, including 800 police officers, to southern Florida. Nearly half of the island’s remaining 3.4 million residents live in poverty, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Haniel Pomales, a resident of Playa Punta Santiago, told the Daily Mail in September law enforcement abandoned him and others stranded in the resort town after Hurricane Maria tore it to shreds, leaving it vulnerable to looters and others looking to exploit scant police coverage.

“My brother’s friend is a cop, his advice was arm yourselves with whatever you can find and do what you need to do,” he said during an interview with the newspaper 10 days after the storm blew through. “If you had signal you could try calling the cops but they won’t come. He said that if we shoot someone we should just leave their body in the street and they will come and pick it up in the morning.”

Luz Collazo Pagan, a 55-year-old lawyer from Toa Baja — a town of 88,000 residents on the island’s northwestern coast —  showed a New York Times reporter the binder full of legal documents she said she uses to help her neighbors buy guns, as part of her family’s efforts to keep people safe after the storm.

Owning a gun in Puerto Rico requires hundreds of dollar for licensing fees, affidavits attesting to “good character” and a months-long wait for police approval. Separate licenses exist for shooting at gun ranges and concealed carrying. State officials also restrict ownership per resident to two guns — each with police registration required — and an annual ammunition budget of just 50 rounds. Replacing spent rounds requires police authorization.

The federal regulations were lifted from June 2015 through November 2016 following a court battle over the constitutionality of Puerto Rico’s gun laws. The temporary reprieve created an effective permitless carry in the territory until an appeals court ruled to restore existing regulations.

Despite its tough restrictions, the murder rate in Puerto Rico in 2016 averaged nearly three times higher than that of Miami-Dade County, previously reported. It’s just one reason why not everyone blames Hurricane Maria or decreased police presence for ongoing violent crime, including Secretary of the Department of Public Safety Héctor Pesquera.

“Is it fair to say that more police presence would prevent murders? No,” he said during an interview with Topic. “When we had 17,000 officers in 2012, there were 1,600 murders that year.”

Some of the data supports Pesquera’s position. Murder rates appear down in 2018, according to police data, though its unclear what role power outages played in underreporting.

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Tac Shield releases 1.75-inch Cobra Riggers Belt

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 11:00

The Cobra Riggers 1.75-inch belts comes in either coyote and black. (Photo: Soldier Systems)

Tac Shield expands its accessory lineup with the new 1.75-inch Cobra Riggers belt designed for every day carry enthusiasts as well as survivalists.

The Cobra Riggers Belt, available in either coyote or black colors, features a double lever Cobra Buckle that is rated at 2,000 pounds. Featuring double wall webbing, the belt is constructed to provide wearers with strength and durability in addition to comfort.

The soft edges prevent the belt from digging into wearer’s hips and sides while the forged steel V-Ring buckles are load tested at 2,500 pounds. The Cobra Riggers Belts also offer hook and loop attachment points for fast sizing adjustments.

The belt features a double lever Cobra Buckle. (Photo: TacShield)

“Tac Shield belts are proven in the battlefields around the globe by American Warfighters and are available from many leading Tactical Sport and Military Retailers across the country. All products are backed with a Lifetime Warranty by people you can trust,” Tac Shield said in a press release.

The Cobra Riggers Belt is available in four sizes — small to x-large — and is priced at $79.

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Cleveland woman indicted for straw purchase of rifle used in attempted robbery

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 10:30

A federal jury indicted a Cleveland woman last week for straw purchasing a rifle that later turned up at a crime scene, according to a news release from the Department of Justice.

Marshyia S. Ligon, 20, faces one count of making false statements in the acquisition of a firearm. According to court documents, Ligon allegedly bought a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 rifle from Sherwin Shooting Sports in Eastlake, Ohio, in October.

Law enforcement recovered the same rifle a week later at Willoughby Eastlake Schools Credit Union during an investigation into an attempted robbery.

Two masked men dropped two rifles — including the one with the same serial number as Ligon’s — at the entrance of the bank after spotting a uniformed police officer standing guard, according to a report from the Patch.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in March the Department of Justice would renew focus on prosecuting cases involving buyers who lie on federal background check forms. While the department has caught dozens of such transactions in the last four months, including this man in Tennessee and eight people in Rhode Island.

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Alex Jones faces new defamation lawsuit, hires attorney

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 10:00

Alex Jones, of InfoWars, recently grew a beard. (Photo: Twitter)

Family of another Sandy Hook school shooting victim sued Alex Jones for defamation as the conspiracy theorist hired lawyers who also represent a neo-Nazi in unrelated free speech case as his defense.

William Sherlach, whose wife Mary Scherlach was killed in the 2012 attack, has joined seven other families with claims against Jones. On his show InfoWars, Jones has spread falsehoods about the incident and the victims to support the narrative that the shooting was a hoax and government conspiracy to undermine gun rights.

The complaint filed Monday in a Bridgeport Superior Court in Connecticut has not yet appeared in the court’s online system, but the Connecticut Law Tribune reports that the document includes similar arguments as the lawsuit filed by the seven other plaintiffs. In fact, the families are using the same attorneys who plan to combine the cases.

“Even though overwhelming—and indisputable—evidence exists showing exactly what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012, certain individuals have persistently perpetuated a monstrous, unspeakable lie: that the Sandy Hook shooting was staged, and that the families who lost loved ones that day are actors who faked their relatives’ deaths,” the lawsuit says and adds Jones is “the chief amplifier” of those lies.

Late last month, attorneys with the Las Vegas-based Randazza Legal Group appeared on behalf of Jones and his companies. The group also represent Andrew Anglin, co-founder of the neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer, who has been sued for harassment by a Montana woman after the site’s followers directed anti-Semitic slurs and threats toward her. Anglin is accused of using his website to target the woman in a “troll storm.”

Attorney Marc Randazza told The New York Times that he acknowledges expert legal opinions saying the Sandy Hook families have strong claims against Jones. “I think if you look at the allegations in the complaint, that’s an easy conclusion to make,” he said. “But as these cases progress sometimes things turn in the other direction.”

Randazza told The Times that his group will mount “a strong First Amendment defense” against the allegations and added that Jones has “a great deal of compassion for these parents.”

In the lawsuits, plaintiffs say they “have faced physical confrontations and harassment, death threats, and a sustained barrage of harassment and verbal assault on social media” as a result of Jones’ baseless conspiracies and his urging followers to explore the tragedy. The plaintiffs allege Jones launched the effort to boost traffic and in turn ad revenue and sales on his website.

In December 2012, a lone gunman murdered 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The incident was one of the worst mass shootings in recent history and launched a contentious debate about U.S. gun control.

Jones has been named in other defamation cases outside of Connecticut. Two other Sandy Hook families filed cases in Texas against Jones, and a Massachusetts man filed a defamation claim against Jones after he identified him as the gunman responsible for February’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

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Cobalt Kinetics announces state compliant Forged Upper Conversion Kit

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 09:30

The Forged Upper Conversion Kit comes in a variety of colors including gray, pictured above. (Photo: Cobalt Kinetics)

Cobalt Kinetics is known for rolling out unique and innovative products and the company isn’t disappointing with its latest round of gun parts, announcing the state compliant Forged Upper Conversion Kit.

The Forged Upper Conversion Kit is designed to bring the company’s Model 27 rifle to AR-15 owners living in states ruled by strict gun legislation. The Forged Upper Conversion Kit offers an empty lower half — featuring a grip, stock, receiver extension, and a cheek rest. The kit has been styled in Cobalt’s “own signature aesthetic” and is constructed to work alongside most off-the-shelf AR upper receivers.

Designed from a solid block of 7075 T651 aluminum alloy, the upper has been machined to a contour so that it is compatible with other AR-15 parts. The Conversion Kit ships with the stripped lower and assembly hardware for the 13 stock components in addition to a buffer retainer, bolt catch screw, trigger guard and non-typical springs.

The conversion kit is a complete stripped lower that works with most AR uppers on the market. (Photo: Cobalt Kinetics)

“We are proud of the Forged Upper Conversion Kit and we believe it’s the best way to maintain as much functionality as possible with the AR platform. It can be configured to be legal in all 50 states,” Skylar Stewart of Cobalt Kinetics said in a news release. “It’s ridiculous for responsible gun owners to be turned into criminals overnight by misguided laws. At this moment we’re hoping to help support and maintain the shooting culture in our country.”

The Forged Upper Conversion Kit is expected to hit the streets by mid-July with standard catalog color offerings of black, stainless, Cobalt Kinetics Green, FDE, Gray and Cobalt. The kit will retail for $699.

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