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Banks and credit card companies held informal discussions about identifying transactions involving firearms, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Although the discussions resulted in nothing tangible — and ideas may never come to fruition — ideas tossed would help companies monitor gun purchases, which includes information on buyers, from retailers, the newspaper reported.
Financial companies explored the concept of creating a new credit-card code for firearm dealers, similar to similar to how restaurants or department stores identify their transactions, the newspaper reported. Another idea would require retailers to share info about specific firearm products purchases.
Gun rights advocates have expressed fears that storing such data on gun sales could lead to other nefarious activities by powerful entities. The federal government is already limited in their ability to track them, per federal law.
The government houses information about firearms that enter commerce. When a consumer buys a gun from a licensed dealer, the dealer logs the transaction by identifying who bought the gun and what kind. That information creates a literal paper trail (because the government cannot keep electronic records), so law enforcement officials can see how a gun when used in a crime began circulating.
Since February’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, financial companies have been under pressure to act in lieu of government action, since lawmakers have been unable or unwilling to pass new gun control laws.
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I’ll be the first to admit that when I got my hands on my Knights Armament Company SR-15 for the first time I was almost a complete novice when it came to the AR family of rifles. I’d shot them, I owned a second hand DPMS AR and I knew enough to fix a malfunction. I knew that Knights made great rifles, but to say that I really understood what set this new rifle of mine apart would be a bit of a stretch. But over the course of the last eight years and an undetermined number of rounds through ARs of all make, model and caliber, I have come to understand exactly what makes this rifle stand out among others. After roughly 10,000 rounds this rifle has performed with perfect reliability. Almost a decade later it still runs like a Formula 1 car.
The SR-15 is the work of C. Reed Knight and renowned arms designer Eugene Stoner, hence the designation SR for “Stoner Rifle.” Following in the footsteps of the highly successful SR-25, Knights looked to the AR-15 and made a number of design improvements that give the SR-15 it’s reliability and excellent handling characteristics. The Upper Receiver Extending (URX) Rail System is locked into place with a proprietary barrel nut that lines up the upper receiver and rail system and makes the two-piece rail as rigid as a monolithic one. This still allows the fore-end to be replaced if desired or damaged.The lower receiver has ambidextrous controls, extended feed ramps, a two-stage match trigger and an enlarged trigger guard.
Especially unique is the bolt. Instead of the normal rectangular shaped lugs, the Knights bolt used lugs rounded on both the top and bottom. The same design is used in the corresponding lugs of the barrel extension. This reduces stress on the lugs and greatly reduced the chances of them breaking. The cam pin is also smaller in diameter and allows the bolt walls to be thicker adding to it’s robust reliability. Another advancement is the dual spring extractor. The “E3” extractor is wider at the base so it can house two springs helping the front portion and keep it from sliding off of the cartridge rim as the bolt rotates.
The Rifle shipped with pop up iron sights, the front sight is integrated into the fore-end, two magazines, SOPMOD buttstock and owners manual all encased in a Flambeau case. The quality control on these rifles is great. The machining is superb, the anodizing even and dark, even the logo is cool. All in all it was a great rifle right out of the box with no performance enhancing modifications needed to go straight into action. Over the course of its life I have made a few changes and additions to the rifle but overall it’s mostly stock. With the technical stuff out of the way let’s get into what makes this rifle such a blast to shoot.
We’ll start with my aftermarket additions. When I first got the rifle I added a Surefire Scout light and left it alone for a while. After learning to shoot it with just the irons, I added a Trijicon ACOG to start stretching the range out a bit to see what the rifle was capable of doing. This is where it really started to shine and push me to be a better rifleman. I’m currently running a Vortex SPARC AR red dot sight and find it to be a great performer on the rifle.I replaced the SOPMOD stock with a Magpul MOE stock, swapped the grip for a BCM Gunfighter one because I liked the angle better than that of the original A2 grip and changed out the stock charging handle with a BCM version.
I’ve replaced the factory trigger with a Geissele two-stage, flat faced match trigger since I bought the rifle but the original was smooth and crisp breaking without any of the gritty feeling or clunkiness you sometimes find in a stock AR trigger. That’s because, as with everything Knights produces, they went a bit above average and outfitted the rifle with a 4.5-pound nickel coated two-stage trigger. I added a pressure switch to the Scout light about a year ago to aid in using it ambidextrously and after about two years of owning it I did a custom paint job on the rifle. I know that might sound like a lot of changes but other than the trigger and charging handle the guts of the rifle are all stock. Original barrel too, and even after all this time and all those rounds it’s not shot out and still easily holds 1 MOA groups from a good solid bench rest.
The stock weight of the rifle is 6.6 pounds and it is quite well balanced. Actually with the exception of some bull pups I’ve shot this is just about the best balanced rifle I’ve come across. The balance and lightweight make target transitions smooth and fast. It’s a remarkably flat shooting gun and while that’s not shocking in most AR’s chambered in 5.56, it’s still worth mentioning. And bear in mind that I’m still using the original A2-style flash hider not a snazzy compensator. I’ve shot my brothers SR-15 with a variety of comps on it and while there was a bit of improvement, to my mind it’s never been worth the trade of in noise or muzzle flash. The felt recoil is light as well, even for a 5.56 gun, on par with a AK chambered in 5.45.
For eight years I’ve fed this rifle everything from Wolf steel cased to Prvi Partizan, Silver Bear, Remington, Freedom Munition, ZQI, Hornady, basically anything I could afford at the time, in bullet weights from 55- to 75-grain T.A.P. and it has eaten it all with so few problems that they don’t really warrant mentioning. In fact I cannot think of a single malfunction that wasn’t related to ammo defects or user error. I’ve kept the rifle relatively clean and normally lube the friction points before a range trip or class, but honestly it’s normally a dirty girl and she seems to like it that way.
While I haven’t purposely beaten the rifle up, I haven’t babied it at all. It’s been dropped, wet, muddy, run until the handguard got a bit uncomfortably hot, with the aforementioned crazy diet of ammo and it has been a freakin’ rockstar. On a solid bench rest with quality ammo it is still a sub MOA gun, and even moving in the hands of this less than stellar shooter it holds very impressive groups when I bother to use proper fundamentals. I’m still probably not shooting this rifle up to its full potential. With a Red Dot Sight it’s no trouble at all to make first round hits out to 200 yards in around one second from a low ready position. The excellent balance of the rifle make target transitions smooth and easy.
Another thing that makes this rifle shine is its versatility. It has been my home defense gun since I took it out of the box and slapped a light on it. And even though its a full sized rifle, it is quite at home solving CQB problems. While this rifle has mainly been used in classes and on the range, it saw quite a bit of use as a varmint rifle. Equipped with a Trijicon ACOG it was no problem to get accurate shots on ground hogs and coyotes out to several hundred yards regardless of the time of day or weather conditions. As I said before, the rifle pushed me to become a better shooter and everytime I stepped my game up it showed that it was capable of more.
As I mentioned before I’ve put a rather erratic diet of ammunition through this rifle and it has held up better than expected. At about 3,000 rounds I decided to test just how durable this rifle was, so from 3,000 to almost 8,000 rounds I didn’t clean it at all. Just kept it well lubed and let it go. The resulting gunk build up was pretty impressive but what was even more impressive was that my SR-15 just kept chugging along. No problems whatsoever. I mixed and matched ammo, left it lying on the ground outside overnight in less than ideal weather and once, accidentally, dropped it out of a truck and into a creek on a coyote hunt. Still, not a single hiccup. After 5,000 rounds of abuse I gave up trying to break the rifle and gave it a well deserved soak in a solvent bath. So as far as durability and reliability go it gets a solid thumbs up from me.
So why is it worth the not inconsiderable price tag Knights has on it? And what is my overall impression of the KAC Sr-15 after almost a decade? Well first let’s talk about why I feel that it’s worth every penny of its price. I’m a big proponent of the “buy once, cry once” mentality. So I tend to look at gear and equipment purchases through that lense. With its long list of extra and improved features like ambidextrous controls, high quality BUIS, improved bolt, great trigger, proven reliability etc. the rifle is well worth the cost. You’d put in hundreds of dollars bringing most AR’s up to the SR-15’s standard anyway, so why not get it all at once from one source? After the beatings I’ve put this rifle through I can tell you that I’ve more than gotten my money out of it, and it shows no signs of wearing out anytime soon.
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Ruger releases a new revolver into its firearm lineup, announcing the GP100 Match Champion chambered in 10mm Auto.
Offering a 4.2-inch cold hammer-forged barrel, the revolver features a half-lug design with 11-degree target crown. This design lends itself to “competition-level” accuracy, according to Ruger. The gun maker outfits the GP100 Match Champion with a chambered cylinder and ejector for efficient loading.
The revolver is equipped with custom Hogue hardwood grips with stippled sides. The design is topped off with an adjustable rear sight and quick-change fiber optic front sight.
“The GP100 Match Champion in 10mm Auto stands out against other revolvers with its polished and optimized internals, a centering boss on the trigger and centering shims on the hammer to produce a smooth double-action trigger pull and a crisp and consistent let-off,” Ruger said in a press release. “With its factory-tuned action and ergonomic enhancements, the Match Champion delivers fast, accurate shots and takes the popular GP100 to the next level.”
The setup ships with three moon clips and retails for $969.
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CZ-USA’s striker-fired compact polymer pistol brings 15+1 rounds of 9mm to the party and a grip angle that harkens back to the old CZ-75 days.
Introduced last year, these 26-ounce guns with a 4.02-inch barrel have been billed as “Glock killers” due to their similarity, spec-wise, to the vaunted G19 series. Whether there is any credence to that assertion is the subject of the above video review by the Mrgunsngear Channel, with the similarly sized Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 Compact thrown into the mix as well.
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Begara’s B-14 Ridge Rifle is officially on its way to consumers as the gun maker announced the newest rifles from Begara are officially shipping.
The B-14 Ridge Ridge Rifle was created with the intent of delivering a “feature rich hunting rifle” to big game and varmint hunters. Begara said thought the rifle works well in a hunting environment, the Ridge Rifle is also versatile enough to transfer to target shooting on the range.
Built in Begara, Spain, the Ridge Rifle features the company’s proprietary B-14 Action with Begara adjustable trigger. Sporting a #5 contour Begara barrel, the barrel itself comes outfitted with a 5/8×24-inch threaded muzzle for muzzle brake or suppressor installation. The B-14 action accepts standard Rem 700 style bases while the Ridge Rifle boasts a molded, synthetic stock made of glass fiber reinforced polymer. The stock also touts a SoftTouch coating to ensure a soft yet tacky feel for control in harsh environments.
“Although there are many rifles on the market today, we wanted to focus on one thing: quality,” Begara said in a statement. “Our B-14 rifles were inspired by the desire to bring the quality that Bergara was known for in the custom rifle world to production rifles made for all hunters. In the B-14 rifle, you will find a level of craftsmanship that surpasses all of the other production hunting rifles on the market.”
Chambered in a variety of loads to include .30-06, .300 Win Mag, .270 Win, .308 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, 7mm Rem. Mag, .243 Win and .22-250 Rem. The B-14 Ridge Rifle is expected to slide into the market at around $725.
The Saint series of ARs marketed by Springfield Armory just grew by one with the announcement of a braced pistol in .300 AAC Blackout this week.
The new handgun, with a 9-inch barrel and SB Tactical SBX-K forearm brace, is billed by SA as compact and ideal in close-quarters in the above video, featuring Marine and former lawman Steve Horsman. With a 7075 T6 upper and lower, the 5.9-pound pistol has a Bravo Company trigger guard and pistol grip along with a nickel boron coated GI-style single-stage trigger. Overall length with a free float M-Lok compatible handguard and A2 flash hider is 27.75-inches.
Other features include a heavy tungsten buffer system and a multi-mode adjustable gas block.
The Saint .300BLK pistol ships in a soft case with a single Magpul Gen M3, 30-round magazine. MSRP is $989, the same as the 5.56mm version introduced last November.
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Lyman Products rings in 140 years in business bringing a special, commemorative Lyman Sharps Carbine Model to life.
The 140th Anniversary Sharps Carbine Model is chambered in .30-30 Winchester and sports a Lyman #2 Tang Sight — one of the original sights that got Lyman started. The long gun’s front sight pivots, giving shooters a choice between a blade sight or a globe style bead.
Weighing in at 7-pounds, the gun’s barrel measures 24-inches. The rifles, 140 in total, are engraved with “Lyman Gun Sight Company 1878-2018 140 Years” on the brushed nickel hammer plate and side plate.
“For over 140 years, Lyman Products has continued to grow and innovate, no matter the economic environment,” Trevor Mullen, VP of Global Marketing and Business Development, said in a news release. “We, at Lyman, believe our customers have a great deal to do with our success. To honor our 140th anniversary and say thank you to our many loyal customers, we offer this exclusive, limited edition, beautifully crafted Sharps Carbine.”
The 140th Anniversary Sharps Carbine Model features a MSRP of $1,999.
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Officers with the New York Police Department’s 105th Precinct in Queens seized a table full of guns and an “enormous” amount of ammunition from an area man described by a neighbor as a collector.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Friday that Keith Harvey, 44, was arrested and charged with over 40 weapons violations, mostly for criminal possession. Following a search warrant of his home, authorities seized cash, 11 rifles, three shotguns, a Crosman air rifle, a crossbow, a “banana ammo clip containing 25 caliber rounds,” and some 13,000 rounds of ammunition.
“The defendant is accused of stockpiling an arsenal of deadly weapons in his home along with an enormous amount of ammunition,” Brown said. “Illegal firearms pose an extreme risk to the public and in Queens County creating your own warehouse of lethal shotguns and rifles will not be tolerated.”
The charges against Harvey include 14 counts of possession of rifles or shotguns without a permit, 29 assorted criminal weapon possession charges and unlawful possession of pistol or revolver ammunition. Arranged in Queens Criminal Court, Harvey’s bail was set at $150,000 and he faces as much as 25 years behind bars if convicted. However, his neighbor thinks the police went too far.
“These allegations are insane,” Joe Russo, 50, told the New York Daily News about his Harvey, a contractor. “He is a gun collector. His father was one too. He gave him the guns. It’s amazing what some people will come up with. He’s a hardworking man who has never been in trouble.”
Harvey has a court date set for May 11.
His arrest was the second in as many weeks by the NYPD in Queens, following on the heels of Ronald Drabman, a 60-year-old man who was charged by Brown’s office with over 110 weapons violations after guns and an “unprecedented” amount of ammunition were found on a search of his home in the Bayside area.
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Vice President Joe Biden was on hand for the signing of “red flag” legislation into law by Delaware Gov. John Carney on Monday.
The Beau Biden Gun Violence Prevention Act, which passed the Democrat-controlled legislature as HB 302 on a unanimous vote, requires health care workers to report anyone they feel is a danger to themselves or others. Police, obligated to investigate, could then petition the courts to order the person to turn over their guns pending a hearing. Joe’s son, Beau, served as the state’s attorney general until his death in 2015 and had proposed a similar version of the measure in 2013.
“While that bill came up short of passage before we lost Beau, he was always confident that we would move in the right direction,” said the senior Biden at the event, held at the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware. “This bill will make the state of Delaware safer while safeguarding every Delawarean’s rights to due process. It is a fitting tribute to Beau’s legacy.”
In addition to the provision to temporarily take guns from those subject to a court order, HB 302 removes the firearms rights of some with a history of mental health treatment as well as those who were found not guilty by reason of insanity, guilty but mentally ill, or mentally incompetent to stand trial. Courts that issue surrender orders could also authorize officers to seize firearms and ammunition under some circumstances.
The law has the backing of the state Department of Health and Social Service, House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst, Senate Majority Leader Margaret Rose Henry, and gun control groups to include the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence.
The Delaware State Sportsmans’ Association, the state’s NRA affiliate, supported the measure during the legislative process. “It’s not perfect, but it’s a good start that helps solve part of the puzzle,” said DSSA President Jeff Hague. “This deals with the people that are one of the causes of most gun violence involving mass murders rather than putting all the focus on an inanimate object.”
In opposition to the measure was the ACLU of Delaware, who argued the measure creates both constitutional issues and could pit police against potentially armed people in the midst of a mental health crisis without proper training.
Thanks to a $50,000 grant from Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, state Departments of Natural Resources will receive free gun locks.
The donation allows the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Project ChildSafe to distribute the locks and safety brochures to state agencies in hopes officials will share safe storage practices at hunter education classes.
“NSSF is extremely grateful for this Cabela’s Outdoor Fund grant that allows Project ChildSafe to continue providing gun locks and firearm safety education materials to state agencies,” said Bill Brassard, NSSF’s senior director of communications. “Thanks to Project ChildSafe and other genuine firearm safety programs, fatal firearms accidents have declined to historic low levels.”
The National Safety Council’s Injury Facts 2017 attributed 489 deaths to accidental firearm discharges in 2015 — the lowest in the council’s 114-year history of injury record-keeping. At least 77 children and teens died in accidental shootings in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Officials admit the figure could be higher, given the differences in how coroners classify “accidental” deaths.
Cabela’s Outdoor Fund collects money for conservation projects and programs supporting outdoor recreation through customer donations. So far, the fund has donated more than $10 million to “like-minded” organizations, including a prior grant to NSSF’s Project ChildSafe.
A government study published in October concluded safe storage programs sometimes work — and sometimes make no difference — when it comes to preventing gun-related injuries and deaths.
The Government Office of Accountability studied 16 different nonprofit or publicly-funded safe storage programs — including Project ChildSafe, Bulletproof Kids and the New Hampshire Firearm Safety Coalition — as well as a compilation of research regarding effectiveness of some of these initiatives at the request of congressional Democrats on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
The agency says in its 51-page report research regarding these programs is scarce, but the few data sets available suggest programs that hand out free locking devices appear to encourage safer storage practices among gun owners.
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In 2017, Savage Arms expanded the working person’s options for long range excellence by introducing the 10 BA Stealth. This year, the company went deep on options for distance shooters when they added the 10 BA Stealth Evolution. I’ve been fortunate to be able to do a months-long examination of the two platforms to inform some observations and preferences between the two models, specifically the ones chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. (The original Stealth is also available in .223 Remington and .308 Winchester, and the Evolution is offered in those chamberings, plus .308 Winchester Magnum and .338 Lapua.)Barrels
Both rifles feature a floating, fluted, threaded, 24-inch carbon steel barrel. With the Evolution comes a hefty, three-slot compensator. Twist rate on the 10 BA Stealth is 1-in-8-inch. The Evolution’s barrel is cut with an 8 5R twist, a feature that reportedly causes less scarring of the bullet jacket and therefore delivers better accuracy–a nuance of performance I’ve not personally confirmed as of this writing.Chassis and Features
Both rifles have a monolithic aluminum chassis and sleek, futuristic profiles, but here is also where their appearance and features differ greatly. The original Stealth has a solid matte black finish, with M-Lok slots on the forend. The Evolution is finished in striking bronze Cerakote—a slight betrayal of the “Stealth” title. Both have a sling swivel stud under the forend.
Prefer to mount accessories on Picatinny rail rather than M-Lok? The Evolution has you covered with a whopping 18-inch rail on top and a four-inch section on each side of the forend. The 2017 Stealth has a modest six-inch rail spanning the chamber. It’s been more than sufficient as a platform for the large and dependable Bushnell Elite Tactical LRS 6-24x 50mm scope.
Across the board, Savage stuck with their trademark ambi three-position safety just behind the bolt. This sensible feature gives the shooter the option to lock either bolt and trigger, or just the trigger, in silence.
Likewise the trigger on both models is the brand’s patented Accu Trigger, with a safety lever and user-adjustable pull. Both these rifles’ triggers broke at less than 3 pounds out of the box. The break is as clean as any I’ve felt on expensive custom builds; I feel no need to change the factory settings.Stocks
Where these rifles look much different is in the after-market polymer stocks Savage chose. The 2017 10 BA Stealth has a six-position telescoping Fab Defense GLR model, with adjustable cheek riser. It’s a high-traction, lightweight choice that enhances the rifle’s lean and mean profile. Adjustments are quick and silent.
On the 10 BA Stealth Evolution is Magpul’s precision-rifle specialist stock. Close as I can tell, it’s that brand’s PRS Gen 3 Precision-Adjustable model, which retails alone for $254.95. It too is customizable for length of pull/eye relief and cheek height. Here again the Stealth name is a bit misleading, as adjustments entail a series of loud clicks as the dial is moved.
Both stocks have sockets for attaching sling mounts.If you have to pick just one
Both these rifles have demonstrated accuracy that’s well below minute of angle. Both are capable of match-grade performance. With time invested in exploring various factory or hand loads to determine what performs best in an individual rifle, combined with a dependable scope and good trigger-pressing, their accuracy is on par with the best rifles available. But which one is the better choice? Here’s my take—
If going off the beaten path or law enforcement sniper work is your game, the original 10 BA Stealth packs all the good stuff into a more portable package. While two pounds of difference doesn’t sound like much, the actual handling of these rifles is different enough to mention. This matte black gun also has a more stealthy presence and is tactical in the true sense of the word, with its shooter interface being quickly adjustable for changing positions in new environments. Indeed, this rifle put this truth downrange last year by scoring a single-shot, dead-in-tracks kill of a muley buck at 327 yards using Federal Fusion ammunition.
The downside of this lighter package, sans a muzzle device, is more felt recoil. This has been a non-issue for our testers using the rifle afield with 6.5 Creedmoor loads. It’s this writer’s guess that the .308 rendition of the original Stealth would be more fatiguing to shoot extensively than its Evolution descendant.
Thoughts of long days in prone behind the rifle may lead the heart to yearn for the Evolution instead of the original Stealth. The longer, heavier setup, in any caliber by comparison, should absorb more recoil. Laying on the shooting platform all day behind the Evolution is every bit as much a treat as a day on the beach—perhaps more so!
The traits that make the Evolution a great match/platform partner work against it afield. It’s a big package to lug around. A bipod or forend rest of some sort is a veritable necessity; it’s difficult for my five-foot, five-inch frame to support this long rifle even for one shot in prone.
The bronze finish is eye-catching and lovely, lending the Evolution instant visual appeal. However this, plus the audible and slower click-click action required to adjust the shoulder and cheek contact points, make it fall short of being an ideal partner for hunting or law enforcement. It may have the Stealth name, but it’s more like a flamboyant cousin. The longer barrel and advanced rifling design make it an ideal choice for bench or match shooting.
These rifles are both high-performance tools that can make their operator proud. It’s the operator’s own specialization that will make one or the other the perfect choice.Spec comparison 10 BA Stealth 10 BA Stealth Evolution Frame: Monolithic aluminum, matte black Monolithic aluminum, bronze cerakote Barrel: 24-inch carbon steel, fluted, 1:8 twist, threaded 24-inch carbon steel, fluted, 8:5R twist; threaded, with compensator Trigger: Accu Trigger Accu Trigger Stock: Fab Defense telescoping with adjustable cheek riser Magpul with adjustable length of pull and cheek riser Magazine: 10-round detachable box 10-round detachable box Overall length: 45.25 inches at max. extension 48.25 inches at max. extension Weight: 9.2 pounds, unloaded 11 pounds, unloaded MSRP: $1,209 $1,799
The video version of this review refers to the platform as “BA 10” and not “10 BA” Stealth. The former is correct. Federal Premium Ammunition and Lucky Gunner sponsored ammunition for testing.
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Faxon Firearms unleashes a new M&P pistol slide series onto Smith & Wesson fans, launching two new designs in the lineup — the Patriot and Hellfire slide profiles.
Machined in-house from 17-4 stainless steel, the slides readily accept Glock sights and feature a Diamond-Like Carbon, or DLC, finish. The slides come equipped with an enhanced front, rear and top serrations, placed to help owners during slide manipulations.
The slides are optics-ready, with each profile available either a Trijicon RMR cut or a multi-optics mounting system which tackles the Vortex Venom, Vortex Viper or Burris FastFire.
“We’re excited to continue our growth into the pistol market with our M&P Patriot and Hellfire slides. Manufacturing slides completely in-house from bar stock gives us the ability to create new profiles and optics mounting solutions that many other companies simply can’t achieve,” Bob George, Director of Sales and Business Development at Faxon Firearms, said in a press release. “Coupled with our Match Series pistol barrels, we really have a strong and innovative offering for our customers.”
MSRP on the Patriot is $499 while the Hellfire retails for $525. Both slides will be on display at the NRA’s Annual Meeting in Dallas May 4-6.
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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said last week it lacks the authority to register grandfathered bump stocks under a new Maryland law.
Gov. Larry Hogan signed HB 888 April 24, restricting the sale and possession of “rapid fire trigger activators” in the state as of October 2019. The bill provides an exemption for current owners who register their device with the ATF via an authorization form — though the agency warns residents it can’t process such a request.
“Maryland residents who intend to file applications with ATF for ‘authorization’ to possess devices covered by the statute should be aware that ATF is without legal authority to accept and process such an application,” the agency said in an advisory last week. “Consequently, ATF respectfully requests that Maryland residents not file applications or other requests for ‘authorization’ from ATF to possess rapid fire trigger activators as defined in the State statute. Any such applications or requests will be returned to the applicant without action.”
Violators of the new law could face three years in jail and a $5,000 fine, with harsher penalties for devices found attached to “assault weapons” as defined by Maryland statute. Banned devices include bump stocks, trigger cranks, hellfire triggers, binary trigger systems and burst trigger systems.
“The Las Vegas mass shooting exposed a pretty glaring loophole in Maryland gun laws,” said Delegate David Moon, sponsor of the bill. “We found you can circumvent the purpose of the assault weapons ban by putting the device on your gun.”
Maryland’s ban echoes recent legislation in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Washington — all enacted after an October shooting on the Las Vegas strip left 58 dead. Federal investigators found bump stocks attached to the accused gunman’s rifles, sparking a national backlash against the once-obscure accessories.
The Department of Justice formally proposed regulations banning bump stocks and similar devices last month. The public comment period remains open through June 27.
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In honor of making one million Glock 43s, the company has set up a social media-based contest this week to award a special custom version of the popular single-stack 9mm.
Since its debut in 2015 at the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting in Nashville, Glock has found the ultra-concealable 6+1 capacity G43 to be a hit with production pushing past the seven-figure mark in the intervening triennium to keep up with demand. To celebrate, the company kicked off their interactive #IamGlock event on Monday, set to run for a week, with the prize being a custom hand-engraved model crafted by Rob Bunting.
“Glock customers are at the heart of everything that we do and this campaign celebrates the Glock family that has made one million Glock 43 pistols in only three years possible,” said Glock VP Josh Dorsey.
For a chance to take the one-of-a-kind G43 home, Glock fans have to post a photo demonstrating what “Glock means to you” using the #IamGlock hashtag on Instagram or Twitter or stop by the company’s booth at this year’s NRA Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas and have their picture taken. Those who choose the latter will become part of Glock’s live picture mosaic creation encapsulating the event.
The promo runs through May 6 at 1 pm EST. Full rules can be read here.
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The Second Amendment organization is busy rebuffing media reports that its annual meeting in Texas this week has a big “no guns” sign lit.
The National Rifle Association has been quick to refute claims that an associated speaking event where the U.S. Secret Service has a security zone established to protect President Donald Trump and Vice President Pence translates to an institutionalized gun free zone established by the member organization.
While Friday’s scheduled Leadership Forum at the 7,400-seat Kay Bailey Hutchison Arena will be an area of heightened security under federal jurisdiction, the rest of the Convention Center and the Omni Dallas Hotel will be open to those with lawfully carried firearms. Past meetings have had similar constraints.
The Associated Press and other media outlets incorrectly said the NRA had banned guns during Trump and Pence speeches at its annual meeting. The AP later deleted a tweet with that information and issued a clarification that the ban was put in place by the Secret Service and did not cover the entire event.
“Those stories and those tweets are a lie, a fabrication,” said NRA TV host Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent assigned to protective duty for both Presidents George W. Bush and Barrack Obama. “The NRA did not ban guns.”
Elsewhere on social media, Parkland student turned gun control advocate Cameron Kasky over the weekend posted a screenshot of the Leadership Forum security notice, saying, “The NRA has evolved into such a hilarious parody of itself,” criticizing the gun ban. That tweet and others ignited the media firestorm and led to a string of clarifications from NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch.
NRA banned nothing. The media does this every year. It’s Secret Service SOP and they supersede all start and local control. Don’t complain about your eroding credibility and people calling you “fake news” when you publish things like this. https://t.co/aVlNuMNaw0
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) April 30, 2018
Also, it’s funny how anti-gun advocates are infuriated that law-abiding NRA members would follow the law. You can’t have it both ways, guys. https://t.co/KKvWB5rofO
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) April 30, 2018
I appreciate the AP correcting this. Thank you for this transparency. To be clear, guns are not banned. Secret Service assumes jurisdiction during their speeches only. https://t.co/eHpX4pednX
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) April 30, 2018
The NRA expects 80,000 people will attend along with 800-plus exhibitors during the three days the convention floor is open. Founded in 1871 with Union Army Civil War Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside elected as its first president, this year will be the organization’s 147th annual meeting.
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