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Giving a check-up to a vintage Maxim suppressor (PHOTOS)

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 09:00

Just look at all those baffles… (Photo: Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West)

The Cody Firearms Museum has an extensive collection of historic arms and they recently got a special look at one of their original “Silencers.”

The pre-NFA vintage firearm suppressor brand named by its inventor, Hiram Percy Maxim, was x-rayed by the Cody Police Department while the agency was on hand at the Wyoming-based museum this month to verify that some ordnance at the center was inert.

The M1910 Maxim Silencer is attached to the threaded barrel of a Springfield 1903 in the Cody’s collection.

(Photo: Cody)

You see between 1908 and 1910, the Army’s Ordnance Bureau purchased 100 Maxim models in .30 caliber as well as another 100 from a chap named Mr. Robert A. Moore. Both of these were by default the M1910 Silencer in the Army’s parlance.

The Moore (top) compared to the Maxim on a U.S. M1903. (Photo: Springfield Armory NHS)

Tests of the Maxim at the School of Musketry found the Silencer gave the following advantages:

(1) The lesser recoil of the rifle with Silencer operated in two ways: It greatly facilitated instruction of recruits in rifle firing. It materially lessened the fatigue of the soldier in prolonged firing, such as would occur in modern battle, which is a distinct military advantage.
(2) The muffling of the sound of discharge and the great reduction in the total volume of sound which permits the voice to be heard at the firing point about the sound of a number of rifles in action, greatly facilitate the control of the firing line, and extends the influence of officers and non-commisoned officers. It was found where the tactical conditions required a quick opening of fire, a sudden cessation of the fire and several quick changes of objective – all of which are difficult with several rifles firing – that verbal commands could easily be heard, and that it was possible to give perfectly audible instructions when the Silencer was used.

While a few were acquired, most were disposed of through the Director of Civilian Marksmanship by 1925, (yup, today’s CMP!) with a few of both kind kept at Springfield Armory for reference.

Over the course of his career, Maxim was granted scores of patents for not only firearm suppressors but also products as diverse as a portable sandbox for indoor rifle shooting, automobile muffler systems, and even what he described as a “building silencer” to make the air circulating grills and plates on places like hospitals and hotels quieter.

Below are some of his suppressor patent drawings, see if you recognize anything close to the Cody X-ray.

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A closer look at the peculiar hopper-fed Japanese Type 11 light machine gun (VIDEO)

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 08:30

Without the capability to use a detachable magazine, feed strip, or belt, the Type 11 of the Imperial Japanese Army was ugly and on the whole just kinda different.

Designed by “Japan’s John Browning,” Kijiro Nambu, the 22-pound Type 11 was the first light machine gun to be manufactured in the country when it went into production in 1922. A modification of the French Hotchkiss of WWI-fame, Nambu’s design deleted that gun’s awkward 30-round feed strip for a hopper that could be stoked with 6.5mm Arisaka via five-round stripper clips designed for the inventor’s previous Type 38 rifle.

In the above video from the NRA’s American Rifleman publication, the reasoning for the hopper and the history of the Type 11 itself are explained.

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Making your gun a work of art is easy with Cerakote Chick (VIDEO)

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 07:00

Having gone to film school I was subjected to a fair amount of art history. Now, I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself an artist, but I do follow the art scene in my hometown and keep abreast of what’s going on nationwide. To me it’s a source of visual inspiration when I see a really great piece of art, whether it’s hanging in a gallery, tagged on the side of building, or in this case a gun.

The rifle Mackson painted for 2018 NRAAM (Photo: Cerakote Chick)

When I first saw the guns that Melodie Mackson was making with her company Cerakote Chick I was instantly drawn to her work. I’ve seen lots of people who Cerakote their guns, but I hadn’t seen anyone who was doing some of the patterns and wild designs that she was doing. I have nothing against black guns, but a cool Cerakote job makes a gun unique and standout from the crowd. Mackson was drawn to Cerakote application after she searched all over for someone to paint her Springfield XD-S a pink leopard print. When she had exhausted all her options she decided to have it Cerakoted pink and then stencil in the leopard print with a sharpie marker. Obviously that wasn’t going to last, especially when you carry everyday like she does. What else was she going to do though? She was determined to have a pink leopard print gun.

Mackson’s original XD-S is no longer pink but still leopard print (Photo: Scott Gara/

When she painted her first gun she was working at her parents gun store, ladies kept asking where they could get their guns painted similarly. “No one sold a leopard print gun back then,” Mackson said “nobody offered it, and if you wanted a specific color you had to essentially paint it. A lot of people were spray painting their guns.” This gave her the idea to start the business that is now Cerakote Chick, the business of painting guns and making them unique has really begun to take off.

A wild color changing paint job and stencil on this custom AR (Photo: Cerakote Chick)

“I had no idea that this company would be this successful, I’m shocked everyday at how successful this company really is,” She said. Right now if you wanted a gun done by Mackson you would be put on a waiting list of 6-8 weeks. That wait is only growing as her business continues to boom. If you’re not a fan of all the glitz and glam on your gun she will also restore your black gun, bringing it back to all it’s glory.

“It’s my passion,” Mackson said “I absolutely love what I do.” It’s always great to see someone live their passion and fulfill their dream. Don’t want to paint your gun? Mackson will pretty much Cerakote anything you give to her including, cups, shovels, thermoses, knives, etc.

A Shockwave in all it’s patriotic glory (Photo: Cerakote Chick)

A unique color combo, the customer loved it (Photo: Cerakote Chick)

Color changing paint jobs aren’t just for cars anymore (Photo: Cerakote Chick)

Digi cam is a tedious process to paint but it looks so cool (Photo: Cerakote Chick)

A black gun restored to all it’s glory (Photo: Cerakote Chick)

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California Supreme Court upholds ‘slow motion handgun ban’ microstamping law

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 06:30

Gun industry groups insist microstamping mandate is impossible to accomplish in actual field conditions, turning the requirement into a ban on semi-auto handgun sales. (Photo: UCDavis)

California’s high court on Thursday sided with the state in a long-running case brought by firearms industry groups who say the state’s microstamping requirement is unattainable.

The case, challenging the state’s 2007 unsafe handgun modification requirements, pitted the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute against California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

The gun groups argued the requirement for semi-auto handguns to mark cartridges with a microscopic array of characters, that identify the make, model and serial number of the pistol upon firing is “impossible to accomplish” and has only worked to artificially limit choices available to California gun buyers. The court, in a 19-page ruling, said that the law is the law, regardless of what was or wasn’t possible.

“Impossibility can occasionally excuse noncompliance with a statute,” Justice Goodwin Liu said for the majority. “But impossibility does not authorize a court to go beyond interpreting a statute and simply invalidate it.”

The suit was originally brought by the trade groups in 2014, arguing that the technology was unproven in actual field conditions and easy for criminals to defeat.

California Superior Court Judge Donald Black dismissed the case in 2015, citing the state had sovereign immunity while arguing the gun groups lacked standing to sue. On a subsequent appeal to the California 5th Appellate District, a three-judge panel later held that NSSF and SAAMI have “a right to present evidence to prove their claim” and the state Supreme Court voted last year to hear the case.

At stake is the ability to purchase newly manufactured semi-auto handguns in the state.

In 2014, just after the California Department of Justice began enforcing the mandate that new pistols submitted for approval to the state’s firearm roster incorporate microstamping capabilities, there were over 1,200 approved models. That roster has since constricted to 807 as legacy handguns drop off and new models cannot meet the requirement. For instance, no Generation 4 or 5 Glocks have been approved for sale in California — although they can be sold to police. For handgun giant Ruger, the company only had one model on the list other than revolvers, which are exempt from the microstamping requirement.

Larry Keane, NSSF’s general counsel, told on Thursday that the group disagrees with the ruling. “It is undisputed that it is impossible to comply with the requirements of California’s microstamping law given the current state of microstamping technology,” he said, going on to explain that the trade group’s lawsuit did not seek to invalidate the law altogether but simply to halt it until the technology could catch up to the mandate.

“The unfortunate result of today’s decision is that law-abiding citizens in California exercising their Second Amendment rights will continue to be denied by the State of California the ability to purchase the newest and improved models of handguns,” said Keane. “Since the law was certified by the former Attorney General Harris the number of models available to purchase has already been cut roughly in half.”

In other words, as described by Keane, California is experiencing a “slow motion handgun ban as fewer and fewer models are allowed to be sold in the state. California is to handguns what Cuba is to cars; only old models are available.”

As for Becerra, who ran a victory lap in a statement issued just minutes after the opinion was posted, “Today’s ruling confirms that California can create incentives for the gun industry to make products that serve the public’s needs.”

A concurrent challenge to the handgun roster was filed in 2009 in federal court and is currently with the 9th U.S. Circuit.

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Bill could triple ATF inspections on gun dealers, bring ‘may issue’ to granting FFLs

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 06:00

An ATF Houston industry operations investigator works with licensed gun dealers to assist with regulatory compliance (Photo: ATF)

Legislation introduced by House Democrats this month reboots a pair of failed past bills into one combined new effort to increase regulations on gun shops. The measure, entitled the Keeping Gun Dealers Honest Act, is advertised by its sponsors as a move to strengthen accountability for gun dealers who may engage in illegal activities.

“The vast majority of gun dealers follow the law, but the few engaging in reckless and illegal behavior are a major factor in the gun violence epidemic gripping our nation,” said U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin, D-RI. “By specifically targeting bad actors that sell guns without background checks or falsify records, this bill will help stop guns from getting into the hands of criminals.”

The eight-page bill, introduced as H.R. 6075, would authorize triple the number of compliance inspections on a federal firearms license holder without reasonable cause or warrant from once in a 12-month period to three times. To accommodate such a bump in inspections, the measure adds 80 additional full-time positions to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

A recent review of some 11,000 inspections between October 2016 and September 2017 shows that more than half the stores received citations, but the agency shut down less than 1 percent.

According to ATF statistics, in 2016 the agency’s industry operations investigators conducted 9,760 inspections on the pool of 80,119 businesses with active FFLs, a rate of about 12 percent. That rate is more than triple the percent inspected in the 1980s but down from the bureau’s high of 20 percent seen during the administration of President Obama.

Next, H.R. 6075 would increase the penalty that FFLs who make a false statement during an inspection or have a 922 violation to as much as five years in prison, up from the current one year. Those with record keeping offenses deemed to help gun traffickers would be subject to 10 years. In some cases, the Attorney General would be authorized to suspend licenses and levy a civil fine of as much as $10,000.

The proposal also strikes the current “shall-issue” language from the licensing process for those applicants who qualify, changing it to a more restrictive “may-issue” which would allow federal regulators to use their own discretion in granting and renewing FFLs.

The bill is backed by the Brady Campaign gun control group who hold through their own research that about five percent of licensed gun dealers supply 90 percent of guns used in crime. “Simply put, these people put us all at risk,” said Avery Gardiner, one of Brady’s presidents.

The measure is composed of language drawn from two bills introduced in 2016 by its current sponsors, Langevin’s H.R.4356 targeting “Deadbeat Gun Dealers” and Wisconsin Democrat Gwen Moore’s Gun Dealer Accountability Act, neither of which left committee last session.

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GeePlate launches baseplates for more pistol models

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 05:30

New GeePlate models, including one for the new Sig P365, were announced by GeePlate. (Photo: GeePlate)

GeePlate, handgun magazine baseplate maker, announced new additions in its baseplate series to cover more popular handgun models.

In addition to continuing to offer baseplates for the Glock 43, and G26/27/33/39 models, GeePlate says it now has baseplates for Glock’s 29 and 30, in addition to Springfield Armory’s XD-S pistols in 9mm and .40 S&W as well as the new Sig P365.

The GeePlates do not extend the magazine’s capacity, seeking to only improve the draw and retention of subcompact pistols in addition to controllability with its forward extensions on the base of the grip.

The GeePlates don’t offer extra capacity but help improve ergonomics on subcompacts. (Photo: GeePlate)

GeePlates said to keep up with consumer demand, the baseplates will be made by, a 3D printing service. The company says it will continue rolling out new models, with models for the Smith & Wesson Shield and Glock 17 and 19 appearing on the site soon.

The new models offer the same price as the originals, coming into the handgun accessory market at $14.95.


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Five killed in attack at Maryland newspaper

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 05:00

Police secure the scene of the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP Photo)

Five people died and several more sustained grave injuries Thursday after a man armed with a shotgun and smoke grenades opened fire inside a Maryland newsroom.

The Anne Arundel Police Department confirmed the attack just before 3 p.m. at The Capital Gazette in Annapolis. Those dead include journalist and columnist Rob Hiaasen; editorial page editor Gerald Fischman; special publications editor Wendi Winters; writer John McNamara, and sales assistant Rebecca Smith.

Officers declined to identify the suspect taken into custody at the scene, citing the ongoing investigation. The Associated Press and other news outlets have identified the man as 33-year-old Jarrod W. Ramos. A motive remains unclear at this time, though Acting Police William Krampf confirmed the gunman to be a Maryland resident who possibly targeted his victims.

“This person was prepared today to come in, this person was prepared to shoot people. His intent was to cause harm,” he said during a news conference Thursday evening.

The attack follows a slew of threats from the suspect on social media against the newspaper, according to the Associated Press. Few other details have emerged in the hours since police took him into custody.

County Executive Steve Schuh said Thursday the tragedy shook the community. “The Capital and the Maryland Gazette are institutions that have served us well for so many years, and I have had the pleasure of working alongside the editors, reporters and photographers,” he said. “Our law enforcement professionals responded swiftly and I thank them for protecting the public by eliminating the threat and taking the suspect into custody. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”

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