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Hawaii lawmakers want Congress to weigh 2nd Amendment repeal

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 06:00

Backers of the measure want Congress to clarify the constitutional right to bear arms (Photo: Chris Eger/

A group of Hawaii state legislators wants Congress to repeal the right to bear arms — or at least specify that it is not an individual right. The resolution filed Tuesday in the Hawaiian Senate, SCR42, is backed by freshman state Sen. Stanley Chang, best known for defeating the chamber’s last Republican in 2016.

Chang’s measure, which has four co-sponsors, would request Washington discuss either scrapping the Second Amendment altogether or clarifying that it only applies to organizations such as state militias.

Chang, a Honolulu attorney who studied law under now-U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, throws rocks at the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2008 Heller ruling that held the Second Amendment protected an individual right to arms.

“(U)nder this ‘individual right theory’, the United States Constitution restricts legislative bodies from prohibiting firearm possession, or at the very least, the Second Amendment renders prohibitory and restrictive regulation presumptively unconstitutional,” notes the measure.

Hawaii has some of the strongest gun control regulations in the country, requiring the registration of all firearms, capping magazine capacity for handguns at 10 rounds, and mandating a permit to purchase a gun. The state issues so few concealed carry permits that local police chiefs have been repeatedly hauled into federal court to defend their “may issue” practices, with mixed results. Likewise, ost NFA-regulated firearms and suppressors are prohibited for the average Hawaiian.

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The most splinter-prone dummy AK47s imaginable (PHOTOS)

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 10:30

Forget CLP, LSA or GMD, you keep these bad boys running with Elmer’s wood glue and Thompson’s water seal. (Photos: CJTF-OIR)

When you need to whistle up a cheap training gun version of the AK47, it’s plywood and power tools to the rescue. These images posted to Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve’s social media account on Wednesday show Iraqi security forces in Baghdad performing slicing and clearing exercises as they train to take on Johnny Jihad types.

Under the watchful gaze of military instructors from New Zealand, the Iraqis are equipped with simulated Kalashnikovs cut out of plywood, which is likely a good bit less expensive than plastic blue or red guns and accomplish much the same purpose, although with more splinters.

Either way, it also looks like a good way to cut down on both “green-on-blue” attacks and negligent discharges during training on the cheap.

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Pedersoli’s Howdah 45/410 Alaskan headed to the U.S.

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 10:00

Pedersoli’s Howdah 45 410 Alaskan is a 4-pound handful. (Photos IFG)

Gardone, Italy’s Davide Pedersoli is shipping the new Alaskan variant of their double-triggered Howdah pistol to the states.

Imported through the Italian Firearms Group, Pedersoli’s new Howdah Alaskan 45/410 is billed as “perfect for home defense and as a truck gun, and it’s just the thing to clear out pesky snakes and varmints.”

The breech-loading break-action double-barreled (SXS) pistol is a modern take on the Prohibition-era Ithaca Auto & Burglar 20-gauge shorty shotgun. While the legacy gun eventually ran afoul of the National Firearms Act, the new Howdah variant is chambered in .45 Colt with chambers long enough to support 3-inch .410 shells.

The break-action handgun features a pair of 10.25-inch six-groove barrels rifled with a 1-in-48-inch RH twist. The rifled barrels keeping the gun out of NFA territory, thus making the Howdah legal for importation and purchase in the U.S. without a tax stamp or additional red tape. Overall length is 17.25-inches and the weight comes in at 4 pounds.

Pedersoli previously announced the Howdah pistol in 2017 with walnut furniture and a case colored steel receiver. The new Alaskan variant swaps that out with hard chrome and rubber overmolded wood to resist the elements.

MSRP is $1,350.

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India and Kalashnikov ink deal to make 700K AK-203s in the country (VIDEO)

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 09:30

The AK-203 is an update to the classic Kalash line that includes much more polymer and better ergonomics while keeping the same AKM-style action and caliber. (Photos: Kalashnikov)

Russia’s Kalashnikov Group and Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi dedicated a new factory this week to produce the 7.62x39mm AK-203 rifle in quantity.

Home of the world’s second-largest military, the dedication of the Indo-Russian Rifles plant at the Korwa Ordnance Factory received wide media coverage both locally and abroad, with Modi saying the move was a boost to the government’s “Make in India” initiative on defense goods while providing much-needed arms.

“The AK-203, that will be manufactured in Amethi will strengthen our armed forces and help them fight terrorists,” said the Prime Minister at a time when border tensions with Pakistan over Islamic terror groups, which came to blows last week, are at a height.

The plant, of which Kalashnikov will have a 49.5 percent stake, is slated to produce upwards of 700,000 AK-203s for the Indian military. Part of the government-owned Indian Ordnance Factory Board, which controls the majority of the new venture, the concern will be headed by an active-duty general in the Indian Army.

The AK-203 has a traditional bayonet lug, can support suppressors capable of mating to its muzzle device, and can accept an under barrel grenade launcher such as the GP-34

A new take on the AK-100 series currently used by Russian Special Forces, the AK-203 features a folding adjustable buttstock, a more ergonomic pistol grip and a selector with an additional tab for the trigger finger. The receiver cover is hinged on the rear sight block and the rifle has Picatinny rails on both the upper and lower handguard. A birdcage-type hybrid flash hider/compensator is standard.

TASS, Russia’s state-owned media organ, reported this week that Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed the joint venture was a symbol of friendships between the two countries.

The rifles will eventually replace the Indian Army’s domestically-made 5.56x45mm INSAS and imported AK-47 variants. New Hampshire-based Sig Sauer last month won a tender to provide the service with over 70,000 new SIG 716 rifles in 7.62x51mm NATO for use by elite units. The country also has thousands of more outdated FAL copies and bolt-action Lee-Enfield rifles on hand for reserve and police use.

Rival Pakistan fields assorted licensed versions of the HK G3 rifle in 7.62x51mm NATO.

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Aftermarket accessory makers grow into demand for complete pistols

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 09:00

A consumer admires the O.z-9 at SHOT Show. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Aftermarket accessory makers have long supplied Glock and Smith & Wesson fans with a myriad of options to elevate both the performance and looks of the pistols, but now aftermarket makers are diving into the production pool offering their own out-of-the-box, complete pistols.

Tricked out, customized guns are nothing new but accessory makers interest in providing their own complete set-up seems to be on the rise. Companies like Faxon Firearms, Zev Technologies and Shadow Systems previously devoted time to aftermarket slides, triggers and custom services, but now bring their own pistols to market.

Faxon Firearms announced its pistol, the FX-19, ahead of SHOT Show. Divided into two models, the Hellfire and Patriot, the FX-19 brings Faxon’s classic style in an all-in-one package. Curt Staubach, Director of Marketing at Faxon Firearms, told that the appeal of the FX-19 comes down to little parts working together to create a better all around pistol platform.

The Faxon Firearms FX-19 looks like a standard polymer pistol but features more upgrades. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

“For us, it’s a lot of small improvements that add up to greater whole,” Staubach said. “From the more aggressive texturing on the top of the frame to get a better grip with your off-hand, to the subtle stepped front serrations on the Hellfire slide that catch your thumb and index finger on press checks, we sweated the small things to put together a solid and reliable package that just works and feels good.”

Staubach said the FX-19 isn’t for everyone. The company acknowledged that some buyers just love the joy of building guns. For those, the company offers the Patriot and Hellfire components so customers may build or add to their existing guns as they please.

“For those that want to go out and build their own pistol, by all means, go for it! If you’d like include a Patriot or Hellfire slide, pistol barrel, or other Faxon accessory for your build, we’d be honored if you considered us,” Staubach said. “But for those that don’t have the time, technical ability, or desire to do all that, we’re offering a solution that’s ready to go. It’s peace of mind, knowing it’s designed, manufactured, and tested from the ground up as a complete and reliable package.”

The Zev O.Z 9 brings an all in one custom look to consumers, but with a hefty pricetag. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Zev Technologies burst onto the scene with their own take on parts and components, offering a high-end look for pistols. The company just recently announced it too has jumped into the packaged gun platform, unveiling the O.Z-9. The pistol exhibits a Glock-like look but kicks up the features introducing a custom vibe. Representatives at Zev explained to that while the O.Z 9 still features that Zev flair, now consumers don’t have to worry about piece-mealing their guns together.

“Most of us, as kids, played with Legos. Glocks are like Legos. Glocks are easy to work on and our parts and accessories have been top of the market for a number of years,” a Zev rep elaborated to at SHOT Show. “As far as boutique guns or aftermarket guns in the Glock style platform — the finest form of flattery is imitation.”

Zev and Faxon aren’t the only parts makers coming to play. For Shadow Systems the goal has always been to help the end user achieve the pistol they want. Previously relying on aftermarket accessories or customization to do that, the company has since launched its own pistol platform, the MR918.

The MR918 brings upgraded features but at a cost consumers can afford. (Photo: Shadow Systems)

“Back the mid-90s every page in every gun magazine was a custom 1911. At that time everyone was 1911 crazy. Sometime in the early 2000s people kind of went AR-15 crazy. So now I just think it’s shifted a little and there’s a real interest in striker fired polymer handguns,” Trevor Roe, General Manager of Shadow Systems, said.

In terms of what Shadow Systems brings to consumers, Roe said the MR918 fills that space of custom aesthetics but at a reasonable price. “We wanted to be accessible. We wanted people that really wanted to have a custom Glock or a custom part to afford it,” he added.

In terms of why more aftermarket accessory makers are turning to complete builds over specific pieces and parts, Shadow Systems National Sales Manager Chad Jewett offered his analysis.

“A guy that buys a stock Glock always changes something. There’s nothing stock anymore about it. We can deliver that. Once you do one or two things to your Glock, it would have been cheaper to have bought ours and it would have more features.”

At the end of the day, the rise in boutiquey guns from aftermarket accessory makers squarely rests on the shoulders of gun owners who prize uniqueness and individuality over the everyday and ordinary.

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Gun Review: Rex Zero 1 vs Canik TP9 Elite Combat (VIDEO)

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 08:30

When considering feature-rich yet inexpensive handguns, some stand out more than others. Side-by-side, the Rex Zero 1 Tactical and the Canik TP9 Elite Combat rate high on that scale. Both 9mm pistols are imported from overseas and offer a variety of parts and sighting systems that allow personalization.

Both guns are roughly the same size and fall into the compact frame size. The Elite Combat will come with a flush fit 15 round mag and a mag with a +3 base pad for a full 18 rounds. The Zero 1 comes standard with two 17 round mags, which make the grip slightly longer than the Elite Combat. Barrel length on both of these guns are just shy of 5 inches. These dimensions seem to be the sweet spot for the MIL/LEO and civilian consumers.

The Zero 1, imported by FIME Group, has a hammer-fired operating system and has an aluminum frame, a steel slide and steel barrel. Although fired from a double- or single-action trigger, the ambidextrous manual safety provides a de-cocked setting. The textured mag release also offers true ambi controls. Lastly, the features suppressor-height three-dot sights.

The Canik TP9 Elite Combat, imported by Century Arms, has a striker-fired operating system and polymer frame. It comes in a Flat Dark Earth Cerakote. The slide stop is truly ambidextrous and can be released from the either side. The mag release can be switched to the left or the right but is dedicated to a side. The sights have a fiberoptic front and a blacked serrated rear.

These guns are big enough and have enough capacity for duty but also are compact for the concealed carrier out there.

Canik’s TP9 Elite Combat is a polymer framed striker fired pistol. It comes in a Flat Dark Earth Cerakote. The slide stop is truly ambidextrous and can be released from the either side. (Photo: Ben Brown/

The nitty-gritty

Fitting into current trends, both pistols come optic ready. Just install the provided mounting plate that correlates with the micro red dot that you have. This takes away the headache of having to send out your slide to get milled and re-coated. The Zero 1 mounts the optic between the rear and front but the Elite Combat unfortunately removes the rear sight to install an optic. This eliminates the use of “backup” irons which might be a big deal to some.

Both handguns also come with threaded barrels so that you can mount your favorite suppressor or compensator. But there is one aspect about the Elite Combat barrel that has me scratching my head. The Elite Combat has a 13.5x1mm left hand thread pitch which makes it virtually impossible to mount anything to it without an adapter. The Zero 1 has a standard 1/2×28 right hand thread pitch.

The Zero 1 comes standard with two 17 round mags which makes the grip slightly longer than the Elite Combat. Barrel length on both of these guns are just shy of 5 inches. (Photo: Ben Brown/

Shooters always appreciate a good trigger. Not having to tweak or alter the stock trigger to improve it makes life so much easier. The Elite Combat might have the best stock trigger I have ever felt. It is listed as a 4.8 pounds pull weight but it is the short take up and reset that is really impressive. In addition the trigger has a wide flat face that is machined out of aluminum. The double action on the Zero 1 comes in a not too hateful 13 pounds. At 5.5 pounds the single action trigger pull had some take up but hit a defined wall and broke very clean.

Some other features that deserve to be mentioned are the interchangeable mag release sizes and the aluminum flared magwell on the Elite Combat. Also included with the Elite Combat is a holster which may not be the best design ever conceived but it does give you something to use immediately after you purchase the gun.

When it comes down to it

Both the Zero 1 and Elite Combat’s price point are going to come in right around the $850 mark. That is a really great price when you consider all the features you are getting with each pistol. There is not much I would add or take away from either of these packages. If you are an individual that typically adds a lot of the extras seen on these two guns you will probably end up saving money.

Add a good holster and these two handguns could immediately be used for competition or concealed carry. The Elite Combat would be a more attractive option for concealed carry because of its lighter weight. I personally would love to run the Zero 1 in competition. It would be a great gun to try out the single/double action life style. Either way I enjoyed shooting both of these guns immensely and its great to see manufacturers offering this kind of value to the consumer.

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Dems, gun control groups insist lawmakers ‘mocking’ them by wearing pearls to hearing

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 08:30

When a group of Republican lawmakers wore fake pearls in solidarity with a pro-gun women’s group, opponents ran with it. As the New Hampshire House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee held a public hearing on controversial gun seizure legislation, a number of male GOP committee members sported long strands of pearls. This sparked a quick pronouncement from Shannon Watts, the Indiana-based leader of Moms Demand Acton, who tweeted the action was meant to make a mockery of the gun control advocates at the hearing.

“Of the 13 person ERPO hearing committee, 10 of the lawmakers are men; half of them are wearing pearls to mock @MomsDemand volunteers,” said Watts, whose tweet was picked up and amplified by big-name Democrats on the national scene to include U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker.

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat who backs a ban on many popular semiautomatic rifles, called the pearl-wearing “the lowest of the low.” Meanwhile, Emily’s List branded it a “cheap, sexist stereotype” in a tweet linking back to a recruitment site for pro-choice candidates.

However, as local media reports, the pearls are a long-time facet of the Women’s Defense League of New Hampshire, a Granite State group that supports the Second Amendment and gun law reform. They distributed the necklaces to both legislators and supporters in advance of the hearing as a symbol of solidarity to the WDL’s position on the seizure bill.

The PEARLS are in support of the Women's Defense League. Women who ACTUALLY PROMOTE GUN SAFETY and WOMEN'S RIGHTS #nhpolitics #HB687

— Kimberly Morin (@Conservativeind) March 5, 2019

The Leauge, with more than 2,500 followers on Facebook  — more than the local state Moms Demand Action chapter — has long argued against the “red flag” bill debated this week. The group argues the state already has existing laws on the books that “allow Involuntary Admissions to get mental health treatment if it is believed a person may harm themselves or others,” and that the primary purpose of the proposed red flag law is gun confiscation.

As for the controversy, they say they gave out over 200 strands of pearls at the hearing and will have more at an upcoming rally this weekend — in addition to pink hats complete with an AR-15 silhouette.

We at the League are currently ordering more PEARLS. We went through over 200 strands today. We should have them for our rally on Saturday, along with these hats…

— WDL of New Hampshire (@WDLNH) March 6, 2019

WDL members wear pearls both at legislative hearings and in meetings with lawmakers. At a 2017 bill signing with Gov. Chris Sununu to bring constitutional carry to the state, pearls abounded.

WDLNH members were at today's #ConsitutionalCarry signing… Women supporting #WomensRights #NHPolitics #NHGov #2A

— WDL of New Hampshire (@WDLNH) February 22, 2017

WDLNH was proud to stand with Gov @ChrisSununu as he ended almost 100 years of state-sanctioned discrimination! #NHpolitics #NhGov

— WDL of New Hampshire (@WDLNH) February 22, 2017

The group argues that “gun control turns women into victims, while enabling criminals,” and it is one of the “most important women’s rights issues in modern history.”

#Guncontrol turns women into victims, while enabling criminals. It is one of the most important #WomensRights issues in modern history. #NHPolitics #NHHouse #NHSenate #2A #2AWomen #WDLNH #Fight4YourRights #HOLDTHELINE

— WDL of New Hampshire (@WDLNH) February 20, 2019

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David Famiglietti, head of New Frontier Armory, dies

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 06:00

David M. Famiglietti of New Frontier Armory has lost his fight with cancer (Photo NFA)

Veteran, outdoorsman, and Second Amendment advocate David M. Famiglietti, long the president of New Frontier Armory, has died.

Famiglietti, known to his friends simply as “Guido,” has reportedly lost his fight with cancer, which has filled NFA’s social media pages with condolences.

Based in Las Vegas, the company was entering its 10th year in business under Famiglietti’s helm. Specializing in various AR platforms, New Frontier Armory sells a range of 80 percent lowers, finished firearms and receivers both retail and through wholesale distribution, many of which they produce in-house in their CNC manufacturing plant. In 2018, NFA acquired the EXP pistol line and moved component manufacturing and assembly to their production facility in Nevada.

A former servicemember, Famiglietti served in Air Force RED HORSE units and was outspoken in Veteran’s causes. An avid big game hunter, he was active in the Las Vegas Woods and Waters Club and sat on the board of the Nevada Firearms Coalition, the state’s National Rifle Association affiliate.

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Shooting Tic-Tacs, Tums and Aspirin in mid-air (VIDEO)

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 05:30

22Plinkster tackles tiny targets, aiming his Volquartsen Scorpion pistol at peppermints, Tums, Aspirin and even Tic-Tacs in his latest video. The .22 aficionado is well known for his trick shots and he pulls out all the stops taking a crack at the smallest of targets while they’re mid-air.

Pulling double duty, 22Plinkster tosses each target into the air in front of him before CCI bullets turn them into a puff of smoke. All in all, 22Plinkster proves why he’s the king of .22.

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Air Force Security Forces fielding new Sig Sauer M18 MHS pistol (VIDEO)

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 05:00

The M18 is Sig Sauer’s compact installment to the MHS program and the Air Force is currently rolling it out to Security Forces, with plans to use the gun to replace three legacy models. (Photo: USAF)

The U.S. Air Force is rolling out the new Sig Sauer M18 pistol to Security Forces units. The 9mm handgun — the smaller counterpart to the M17 adopted under the Army’s Modular Handgun System contract — replaces the Beretta M9, which has been in service since 1986.

The new gun will also replace the M11, which is a version of the Sig Sauer P228, used by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Further, the M18s ability to use blank firing kits and Simunitions will allow it to replace the venerable .38-caliber Smith & Wesson M15 revolver, which is still used to train military working dog teams.

The M18 will eventually replace 1950’s era revolvers used to train military working dogs with blanks, as well as the M9 and M11 handguns (Photos: USAF)

“The M18’s modular system provides improved ergonomics, target acquisition, reliability and durability to increase shooter lethality,” said the Air Force Security Forces Center in a statement about the new striker-fired handgun. Compared to the heavier M9, it has a higher magazine capacity, standard night sights, and more modularity when it comes to tailoring the handgun to accommodate the user and purpose.

A variant of the Sig Sauer P320 with a number of upgrades to include a coyote-tan PVD coated stainless steel slide and a removable top plate for optics, the more compact M18 can use a 17-round 9mm flush fit or 21-round extended magazine.

The M18 is a more compact variant of the Sig P320 than the M17. Like the rest of the P320 line, it has front and rear slide serrations and the firing control unit can be removed and placed in frames of various sizes. (Photo: USAF)

The manufacturer recently announced the pistol sailed through Lot Acceptance Test conducted by the Army. While LAT tests allow for 12 stoppages in the course of 5,000 rounds fired, three M18 used went to 12,000 rounds each, with no stoppages. The guns then went on to pass required interchangeability, material and accuracy tests.

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Walk The Talk America bridges gap between mental health and gun owners (VIDEO)

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 09:00

A new initiative, Walk The Talk America, dispels misconceptions surrounding mental health and gun ownership through education, research and key partnerships within the gun industry.

Started in July 2018, the group brings together leaders in the gun industry all working towards reducing gun violence, negligence and suicide. Michael Sodini, President of Eagle Imports, is an instrumental part of the organization’s development. Pouring his heart and soul into the project, Sodini’s mission is to better serve those in the gun community.

“I started Walk The Talk America because as a firearms industry we have no outlet. There’s a stigma that’s put on mental health. (Gun owners) don’t like being stigmatized. The mental health community doesn’t like being stigmatized,” Sondini said. “Let’s work together on programs and policies that make sense and don’t take away anyone’s rights.”

The stigma surrounding mental health is the very reason why so many gun owners opt to remain silent, internally struggling instead of seeking help. Genevieve Jones, social influencer behind the Instagram handle Beyond The Unknown, knows first hand what it’s like. Jones is a vocal mental health and gun rights activist using her own experiences with anxiety, PTSD and OCD as a means to encourage others and break the stigma around mental health.

“It is really difficult to come out and actually talk about this stuff especially when it affects us personally,” Jones explained. “To have to hide that from everybody out of fear really does suck. Changing the stigma is a must.”

Jones regularly posts to Instagram sharing her own struggles to inspire and encourage others. (Photo: Beyond The Unknown)

Central to its approach, WTTA partners with Mental Health America — one of the nation’s oldest mental health advocacy group. The organization focuses on prevention, early intervention and recovery as its main goals. Using online mental health screenings, Mental Health America alongside WTTA ditches the blame game and instead uses resources and tools to better help those in the gun community.

“We’ve been talking past each other. We’ve been pointing fingers at each other. It hasn’t been constructive and we want to open a dialogue,” Debbie Plotnick, Mental Health and Systems Advocacy at Mental Health America, commented. “We want folks to reach out and see what’s going on with them before things reach crises.”

In addition to teaming up with Mental Health America, WTTA also partnered with the National Shooting Sports Foundation to provide unique programs to gun owners in the midst of mental health crises. The NSSF alongside WTTA set up safe ranges for gun owners in crisis to drop off their guns at local ranges for safe keeping. Ranges are vetted and offer a safe space to store guns until gun owners feel healthy again. Sodini said this service proves especially important to gun owners in states with restrictive gun laws.

“That’s important in the states where you can’t just hand your gun to your friend and walk out the door,” Sodini said. “We can police our own and a lot of people want to do that.”

The passion surrounding WTTA and its mission is palpable. Sodini’s worked tirelessly to bring on sponsors and advocates all in the name of awareness. Ultimately, he wants guns owners to understand that mental illness is not a death sentence for gun rights and seeking help should never be the last resort.

“Just because you battle mental illness or have mental illness issues doesn’t mean that you can’t have firearms, doesn’t mean you can’t have rights,” Sodini said.

For more information on WTTA and to access free mental health tools and screenings, check out the group’s website.

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Patience + marksmanship = Success on late season squirrels (VIDEO)

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 08:00

At any time of year, a little patience and straight shooting goes a long way when hunting for the chattering bushytail. But finding success late in the season when squirrels are least active requires a slight change of tactics.

Squirrels stay active, to some degree, year round. Yet, by the time there’s significant snow on the ground — and food supplies become scarce — those critters often change routines. They remain closer to the nest or travel only to and from a source of nourishment.  That limited activity means hunters need to change up their usually more mobile games a bit.

Instead of walking the majority of the time in hopes of catching active squirrels, try something a little less, shall we say, exciting. I start my late season hunts by finding an area where nests are clear in the treetops with either tracks in the snow or obvious sources of food nearby. Once you find that, you’re golden. Now, take a good dose of patience pills, prepare your favorite rimfire rifle, and start studying the woods for the flash of a tail or barking call.

When all else fails and the squirrels aren’t playing into your wait-and-see plan of attack, I like to use an old squirrel call gifted me by my grandfather.  Similar versions are still available in stores. A few barks and an active critter is likely to answer and reveal the next location to surveil.

Regardless, be sure your aim is true, more important than ever in the late season woods, as opportunities will likely be fewer and farther between. The shots may well be longer as well, as snow and ice keep you from sneaking into better range, so grab a rifle in lieu of a shotgun.  Regardless how you go about the hunt, the important part is getting out in the woods. Lets see your wintertime squirrel hunting photos!

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Youth firearm training: Sea Cadets partner with Scholastic Action Shooting Program

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 07:30

The Naval Sea Cadet Corps, with ages from 10 to 18 depending on the program, has a variety of youth programs that will now include SASP action shooting sports (USNSCC)

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadets has announced a partnership with the Scholastic Action Shooting Program to further marksmanship training for youth. The USNSCC, a congressionally-chartered non-profit youth organization endorsed by the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard, announced this week they have allied with the SASP to introduce their scholastic age youth to competitive shooting sports. Founded in 1962, the USNSCC currently has 380 units across the country with 9,000 enrolled cadets ages 10 through 18.

“The USNSCC values individual responsibility and sportsmanship, and we’re really excited to partner with an organization that holds these same values,” said retired Navy Capt. Paul Zambernardi, USNSCC’s executive director. “Our partnership with SASP is going to provide the opportunity to safely participate in team-based action shooting events, opening up a new world of teamwork and competition to the cadets of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps.”

A non-profit arm of the operated by the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation, SASP trains youth with .22 rifles as well as .22 and centerfire handguns shooting timed events on steel circles or rectangular plates with a focus on fun, and teamwork. As team coaches are volunteers, leaders from the Sea Cadets will be attending coaches training classes over the next few months with a goal of getting competition ready sometime later this year.

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Barrett .50-cal in the house, literally (VIDEOS)

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 07:00

It makes for a fun trick when uninvited guests drop by but if you have a long distance range in your yard, why not?

Eric Pettway shows off his Barrett M107 without his frequently used suppressor in a few shots from inside his house out his open back door while the gun is perched on a small glass table. While the .50 BMG antics reportedly left no broken windows or tables, he did lose some ceiling popcorn and set off the smoke alarm.

For contrast on what the matching Barrett suppressor offers in terms of sound moderation and muzzle flash abatement, check out the below.

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Classic HK G3 battle rifles to be phased out in Portugal, Turkey (PHOTOS)

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 06:30

Portugal’s current rifle is the HK G3 and is being replaced by variants of the FNH SCAR (Photo: Portuguese Army)

NATO allies Portugal and Turkey are moving forward with plans to replace their aging Heckler & Koch G3 rifles with more modern weapons. Officials in Portugal announced last month they have inked a deal with Belgian-based FN Herstal to provide SCAR rifles and MINIMI machine guns as new standard issue weapons for the Portuguese Army.

According to Jane’s 360, the multi-year deal will include 11,000 5.56 mm SCAR-L STD rifles with 14.5-inch barrels, 300 7.62 mm SCAR-H rifles, 450 7.62 mm SCAR-H PR precision rifles, 850 5.56 mm Minimi Mk3 light machine guns and 320 7.62 mm Minimi Mk3 light machine guns. Included with the program will be 1,700 FN40GL 40 mm grenade launchers to be fitted on selected SCARs.

Portugal’s current standard issue rifle is the HK G3A3, while some elite units use smaller numbers of H&K G36 or Israeli IMI Galil rifles, such as with these Tropas Paraquedistas green berets. (Photo: Portuguese Army)

In Turkey, local firearms powerhouse MKEK is progressing with an effort to field their new MPT-76 national infantry rifle. A 7.62x51mm gas-operated select-fire rifle with a rotary bolt, the Turkish Army began ordering the gun in 2014 and so far have delivered more than 25,000 to replace locally-produced HK G3 variants, also made by MKEK.

The MPT-76 national infantry rifle is a domestic effort by Turkey to make a modern 7.62x51mm select-fire battle rifle. The country wants to make 500,000 for local use, and continuing exporting the rifle as well. (Photo: MKEK)

Janes 360 reported last week the state-owned gun maker just received another 50,000 rifle order.

The MPT-76 has been fielded in small numbers since 2014 by the Turkish military to replace their G3s. The government last month added another 50K rifle order to the hopper for that purpose (Photo: Turkish Army)

Of note, the MKEK also exports a number of roller-locked rifles and pistols to the U.S., notably through Zenith Firearms.

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Max Michel shows how to achieve the proper shooting stance (VIDEO)

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 06:00

Decorated competition shooter and Team Sig Captain Max Michel showcases the proper shooting stance to achieve the best results on the range. Michel recently swept the 2018 USPSA Nationals alongside Sig team members Lena Miculek, earning the title of USPSA National Carry-Optics Champion.

Using his trusty Sig Sauer P320, Michel shares his tips on everything from gaining stability to the importance of keeping your head up while shooting. To prove his point, Michel fires off rounds downrange at steel targets, nailing each one.

Check out the video to get the full deets on shooting stance and how to hit targets like a pro.

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Gun mythbusting: Pitting a pillow against a suppressor (VIDEOS)

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 05:30

A popular gun trope in Hollywood is the old pillow-as-an-improvised-suppressor gag to produce an instant “silencer.” How legit is that?

To test, the VSO Gun Channel runs a brand new pillow to see if they can get it “movie quiet” when it comes to suppressing the sound of a few random firearms.

As far as the test goes, while VSO’s is new, the medium has been used in the past a few times already. Since you came this far, check out Jerry Miculek and Edwin Sarkissian drilling down (get it?) for reference, with varying results.

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Bill would reclassify many older guns as non-regulated antique firearms

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 05:00

Under the measure’s language, guns made before 1919 would be classified as “antiques” under the law and generally not subject to ATF regulation. (Photo: Chris Eger/

A U.S. Senate proposal would scrub the current federal definition of an “antique firearm” from one made before 1899 to one that is 100 years old.

Introduced last month, S.443 would result in an increase in the pool of older guns available to collectors that could be sold and shipped without a Federal Firearms License.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives generally does not regulate antique guns as defined under federal law as one made in or before 1898 that is not otherwise controlled by the National Firearms Act. This means current “pre-1899” guns enjoy a premium with collectors over firearms of the same model made after the cutoff as they can be transferred and shipped across state lines without an FFL due to their exemption.

Sponsored by U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., the proposal would strike the 1898 language, established in 1968 for guns then over 70-years-old, and replace it with “the calendar year that is 100 years before the calendar year in which such determination is being made.”

This would mean that, if implemented in 2019, non-NFA controlled guns made in or before 1919 would be exempt from federal regulations. This would free up most World War I-era rifles such as Springfield 1903s, trench guns like the Winchester 1897 and pistols like the Colt 1911 from the ATF’s purview provided their manufacture date was a century in the rearview. Further, the determination would roll forward every year.

The new measure has been referred to the Senate Committee on Finance.

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Discussing the Firearms Radio Network with host Shawn Herrin

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 08:00

Shawn Herrin hosts four podcasts on the Firearms Radio Network. (Photo: We Like Shooting via Facebook)

Shawn Herrin, once an IT guy, is now known for his wild and crazy antics on air and off. The host of four popular podcasts on the Firearms Radio Network, Herrin brings his affable personality to the podcast realm each and every week. sat down with Herrin to ask him some silly, insightful and somewhat random questions.

GDC: Kicking things off, what was the worst job you’ve ever had?

Herrin: That’s tough for me to say because I’ve always figured out a way to kind of be happy with whatever I’m doing. My history is in software stuff, working in the I.T. world, things like that, but there was a time when I actually worked at a mall selling animal figurines into the night. So I was like doing some data entry work from 4:30 in the morning till 2 in the afternoon and then I went to the mall until 10 p.m. I guess that was the worst job I ever had, but you know I found a way to make it fun and it was silly but it was still alright.

GDC: What’s a weird habit of yours?

Herrin: I am literally addicted to taking like a long ridiculously hot showers. My water bill every month is like ridiculous and I just don’t care. It’s the only time that I get to really relax and not think about anything.

GDC: Favorite gun or piece of gear?

Herrin: A Smith & Wesson M&P Pro with a 5-inch barrel. The fiber optic front side has fallen out of it and I just never even replaced it. It’s absolutely my favorite gun in the universe and it’s just like a 1.0, but for some reason, it and I have bonded and we are besties.

GDC: What was the first gun you owned?

Herrin: Smith & Wesson M&P 40, because I didn’t know anything. I went to the store and they were like “Here try this.” I was like “Yeah, that seems OK. I don’t really know anything.” I took it home and shot it and I hated it. Like, I hate 40. So I returned it and then they talked me into a 1911. Then I decided I should probably figure out what’s going on because this wasn’t going so well.

GDC: Aside from guns and shooting, what’s a hobby of yours?

Herrin: Playing hockey. That’s like my other passion. It’s beer league adult hockey, just get out there on the ice. Score some goals on occasion and just have fun.

GDC: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Herrin: I never really had like a strong father figure I guess in my life so I didn’t get a lot of advice there. It’s probably from that rap song, that “Stay Humble” rap song. That’s something I hear in my head a lot. Be humble, be kind and just do the right thing. Not normally my type of music but it resonated

GDC: So, if that’s not your usual style of music, what would we find you listening to?

Herrin: I’m fairly varied but I do like heavy metal stuff. I love, you know, 80s and 90s hair metal, but I also like dubstep and EDM. I can tolerate country at times. I’d have to say if there’s like a defining band in my lifetime, the one that I love the most and could always listen to no matter what, it would be Motley Crue.

GDC: If your friends could sum you up in one way, how would they describe you?

Herrin: These days, that would be the form of a number — 171.

GDC: Care to explain?

Herrin: It was Nov. 14, 2016. It was right after my birthday and a buddy gave me a bottle of whiskey for my birthday. I proceeded to drink the entire bottle during an episode of We Like Shooting and it happened to be episode 171. It’s gone down in lore in We Like Shooting because I was completely blackout, like no humanity in my eyes, drunk and still trying to do the show. It was just a train wreck and a disaster. I woke up the next morning and I wanted to delete it, but it had already taken on like a life of its own so I just embraced it and figured whatever. I guess it’s okay that, you know, hundreds of thousands of people see the most embarrassing night of my entire life.

Herrin alongside his WLS co-host Nick. (Photo: We Like Shooting via Facebook)

GDC: What is We Like Shooting best known for?

Herrin: When we all travel together, it’s usually Aaron, Jeremy, Nick and myself — Savage doesn’t usually travel much — but one of the things we’re kind of known for is we really like to have fun. We really bring the fun atmosphere to whatever party we’re at. We’re pretty well known for not getting our deposits back.

GDC: What’s a behind the scenes moment that illustrates the shenanigans you bring?

Herrin: Generally it’s shenanigans that go haywire. One time we were staying in an Airbnb and we’re all drinking after hours. I started tormenting and picking on Jeremy, who’s like 6-foot-8 and built like an ogre. I said something to Jeremy that made him mad and he picked me up on his shoulders and started spinning me like a helicopter. He threw me down and I jumped up, pushed him and he went back and broke the wall. We had to pay for that.

Another time we were staying with Faxon Firearms. We were at their Airbnb. Jeremy pushed me over a couch and somehow when he was trying to choke me out, we turned on the gas stove which had a bunch of pizza boxes on it. Those caught fire. Aaron had to jump up and dispose of the pizza boxes.

I know it sounds incredibly irresponsible. We always pay for anything we damage but at the same time, it gives us some stories that’s what our listeners like.

GDC: Zany stories aside, We Like Shooting is centered around interviewing a guest so I imagine after 400 episodes under your belt, you probably have interviewed a good amount of people. What’s your take on what makes an interviewee good or bad?

Herrin: That’s a good question. My favorite interviews are people who can joke with us and can roll with the punches but also dish it out. For me, it’s when you can give a good answer or educate a little bit then throw a jab back at us or something like that.

GDC: You juggle four different shows — We Like Shooting, WLS Double Tap, Gun Funny Podcast and This Week in Guns — how do you manage all that on a weekly basis?

Herrin: Well that’s easy. I work like 15 to 17 hours a day. That’s pretty much it. Actually, coming up in the next probably two weeks, I’m launching another podcast called the Civilian Medical Podcast that’ll be me and Skinny Medic hosting the show.

GDC: That’s exciting! How did that collab come about?

Herrin: I’ve been pestering Skinny Medic for about a year, maybe a little bit longer, to do a podcast. Medical is a huge part of my life so I said I’d do it with him. That way he just has to worry about being himself and not the other stuff like producing or editing. At first, he said he didn’t have time. I hit him up again and he said, “Ok, let’s do this.” That was it. It’s been moving forward since then and I am really excited because he’s a great guy.

GDC: What’s a long-term goal?

Herrin: Really my long term goal is just to make the Firearms Radio Network self-sufficient and kind of help enrich all the people who are part of it. That’s pretty much my main long term goal right now.

To find out more about Herrin and listen to his podcasts, check out the Firearms Radio Network.

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Tips to better shoot on the move with Jade Struck of Taran Tactical (VIDEO)

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 08:00

Jade Struck, professional shooter with Taran Tactical Innovations, recently shared with a few tips on how to better shoot and move.

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

According to Struck, there are three main forms of movement when it comes to shooting in competitions.

The first is explosive movement. This involves the shooter moving from point A to point B as quickly and effectively as possible. “You’re going to run, set up and shoot.” said Struck.

The second type of movement is shooting on the move. The first thing you want to do according to Struck is determine the line you’re going to travel and then drop your center of gravity as you move. “I’m going to shoot faster than I am moving.” said Struck.

The third kind of movement is shooting on the move while working in the explosive movement. This involves shooting a few shots while moving with a low center of gravity, and then switching into high gear and using explosive movement to get to your pre-determined mark, and then continue shooting from there.

Struck stresses the importance of using reference points as you travel. In competition, competitors are usually allowed to walk the course of fire. During this time, they determine their path and make reference points. Struck calls these natural marks. Using these, the shooter utilizes the three different types of movement to navigate the course.

Although self defense shooting is much different than competition shooting, the skills and techniques from both blend. For example, for home defense, one could map out their home and make reference points. Movement between these points can fall into Struck’s three categories.

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

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