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Wonders of Wildlife named America’s best aquarium

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 04:30

Wonders of Wildlife was named was named the nations “Best Aquarium” by USA TODAY’s travel advice website on Friday, May 4, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Jansen/News-Leader)

The world’s largest wildlife museum — a dream come true for Bass Pro Shops CEO Johnny Morris — was voted America’s best aquarium this month, a contest held by USA Today.

The Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium opened in September after Morris spent more than a decade planning the 350,000-square-foot facility near Bass Pro Shops headquarters in Springfield, Missouri. The facility — featuring 4-D interactive trails and exhibits with 35,000 species of fish, mammals, reptiles and birds — won USA Today’s best new attraction in 2017.

“What a happy, happy, happy day,” Morris said of the win, announced May 4. “It was a team effort to build this place.”

The museum’s “Aquarium Adventure” introduces guests to more than 800 species living in and among the globe’s water habitats, including sharks, rays, jellyfish, eels, eagles, otters and giant game fish “that belong on every angler’s bucket list.”

Brian Geesey, a Pennsylvania contractor who helped build the facility, told USA Today the win is “well deserved.”

“They put a lot of hard work getting it done,” he said. “Johnny’s always got a new vision for improving things. I think it deserves this award, yes, absolutely.”

Wonders of Wildlife faced off against 19 other nominees, including the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Florida Aquarium in Tampa and the Seattle Aquarium in Washington. The top 10 winners include:

1.  Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium — Springfield, Mo.

2.  Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies — Gatlinburg, Tenn.

3.  The Florida Aquarium — Tampa

4.  Dallas World Aquarium — Dallas

5.  Audubon Aquarium of the Americas — New Orleans

6.  Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada — Toronto

7.  Aquarium of the Pacific — Long Beach, Calif.

8.  Georgia Aquarium — Atlanta

9.  North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores — Pine Knoll Shores, N.C.

10.  Vancouver Aquarium — Vancouver, B.C.

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Bank of America signals relationship with Remington over after bankruptcy exit

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 23:30

A man who wants you to vote on May 22 checks out the selection at the Remington booth during the NRA show in Dallas on May 5, 2018. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

Bank of America said that its policy on financing makers of military-style rifles for civilians has not changed despite confusion over the bank providing a $43.2 million loan to Remington Outdoor Company when it emerges from bankruptcy.

BoA vice chairwoman Anne Finucane said in a statement last week that they had already been working on a deal when executives opted to change company policy on lending to gun makers. She explained when she made the announcement that it would be “on a go-forward basis.”

“The Remington bankruptcy financing commitment was in the works for some months and occurred before our current policy was in place,” Finucane said. “Remington is aware of the policy that we subsequently announced, and that policy will dictate our future actions after the bankruptcy proceedings conclude.”

Last month, BoA changed its policy in response to February’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead and 15 others injured. The gunman had used an AR-15 rifle, an item Finucane described as having “an outsized role in the mass shootings that have devastated so many of the communities that we serve.” She said in an interview that BoA would no longer provide financing to gun companies that manufacture military-style rifles for civilian use.

BoA’s relationship with Remington after the bankruptcy is unclear, but Finucane said the bank will engage with the “limited number of current clients” that manufacture the items for non-military use. “Unless it was their intent to cease such manufacture we would exit our relationship with them in an orderly and legal manner,” she said.

“We recognize that our policy is a small and imperfect step toward protecting the communities where we operate and where our employees and clients live,” Finucane said. “But, we feel that we are taking a balanced and respectful approach to address these challenges.”

Remington, which owns more than a dozen brands, manufacture said rifles and executives credit them to a notable percentage of sales each year. While the company does make weapons for the military, it is also tied to the infamous Sandy Hook school shooting. The gunman in that scenario used a Bushmaster AR to murder 20 first graders and six educators. The company has been embroiled in a lawsuit with victims’ families alleging irresponsible advertising.

The $43.2 million Remington will receive from BoA is part of a joint loan totaling $193 million. Seven banks have signed on to help put Remington back on a stable footing for when the gun maker exits bankruptcy. On paper, the deal had been in the works since Remington filed for chapter 11 protections in late March.

Remington expects to emerge from bankruptcy by the end of May. The bankruptcy court approved the company’s plan for reorganization, which will cancel more than $775 million of the company’s $1.3 billion debt load. The plan will transfer ownership from Cerberus Capital to creditors like major investment banks.

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Gear Review: Top aftermarket pistol triggers for your EDC gun

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 11:00

Choosing the right trigger can make the shooting experience even better. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Even the best handguns have their flaws and with a majority of popular pistols on the market, it’s no surprise that this flaw often comes down to the trigger. From gritty to long to mushy, sometimes a handgun’s trigger needs a little tweaking to make it feel just right. has rounded up the best triggers and trigger kits to make selecting the perfect one a little easier.

1. Apex Tactical Specialties – Action Enhancement Trigger

Apex offers both rounded and flat face trigger options with the largest swath of gun models available. (Photo: Apex Tactical)

Apex Tactical Specialties kicks off our list with its Action Enhancement Trigger. Covering Sig Sauer, Glock, Smith & Wesson and FN (coming Summer 2018), Apex delivers a direct drop-in replacement for factory triggers. Reducing pre-travel to offer a faster shooting experience, the Action Enhancement Trigger provides both rounded and flat-faced options for most models. With full kits starting around $100, installation is quick and easy – making the Apex Action Enhancement Trigger a must-have in the aftermarket accessory realm.

2. Zev Fulcrum Adjustable Glock Trigger

Zev smooths out the Glock’s pull with a crisper, more reactive feel. (Photo: Zev)

Easy to install, the Zev Fulcrum Adjustable Glock Trigger offers Glock fanboys (and girls) a crisp, smooth trigger pull. Featuring a trigger face that is nearly three times wider than Glock’s factory trigger, the Zev Fulcrum design grants shooters consistent trigger finger placement. The trigger is a fully adjustable model, easily modified with two hex screws and an included wrench. The small frame trigger works alongside 9mm and .40 S&W Gen 1 through Gen 4 Glock pistols while the large frame model is compatible with .45 ACP/10mm Gen 1 through Gen 4 Glocks. MSRP starts at $255.

3. Agency Arms Drop-in Flat Trigger

Agency Arms takes care of Glock users with its drop-in replacement for OEM triggers. (Photo: Agency Arms)

As one of the most popular handguns on the market, it’s no surprise that Agency Arms has put all its trigger eggs in one basket with a Drop-In Flat Trigger designed specifically for Glock pistols. Boasting a short, crisp reset with smooth travel the aluminum flat shoe with OEM polished trigger bar and OEM minus connector is set to just 3.5-pounds. Available in black or gray, the Drop-In Flat Trigger is compatible with all generations 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP and .357 Glocks. Agency Arms’ Drop-In Trigger retails around the $170 mark.

4. Overwatch Precision TAC

Featuring a flat-faced style, the TAC looks to give shooters a more consistent pull on follow up shots. (Photo: Overwatch Precision)

A flat-faced, direct drop-in replacement for stock triggers, the Overwatch Precision TAC Trigger touts a small indexing hook which encourages consistent trigger finger placement on the flat face. Unique to the Overwatch Precision trigger the broad faced trigger offers a self-correcting, straight rearward press. The TAC reduces trigger reach by up to 0.25-inches therefore making it a viable option for petite shooters. Available in a variety of colors for shooter customization, the Overwatch Precision TAC trigger retails for $135.

5. Lone Wolf Ultimate Adjustable Trigger

The Lone Wolf UAT is fun and fashionable with a variety of colors to choose. (Photo: Lone Wolf)

The Lone Wolf Ultimate Adjustable Trigger, available for Glock pistols sans the Gen. 5, serves up a two-piece design which allows for easier trigger bar swapping. Precision machined, the trigger offers fine adjustments and tighter tolerances to lessen any wobble between shoe and trigger. The UAT provides in-gun adjustability of pre and over travel without the need to remove the trigger to modify. Designed for 9mm, .40 S&W, .357 Sig, 10mm/45 ACP and .380, the UAT comes in a variety of colors with a price tag starting $54.

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re sporting a Glock or packing a Smith, you can’t go wrong with the addition of one of the above mentioned triggers. Offering reduced travel, more consistency and an overall smoother feel, these five trigger products will delight any pistol shooter.

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Federal Ammunition releases Syntech Action Pistol Competition Ammo

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 10:00

Federal Ammunition introduces Syntech for Action Pistol Shooters, officially recognized by the USPSA. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Federal Ammunition debuted a new set of ammunition, launching the Syntech Action Pistol Competition Handgun series.

The official ammunition of the USPSA, the Syntech Action Pistol Competition Handgun ammo was specifically created for action shooting sports. Loaded to power factor requirements, the ammo features a heavy, flatter-nosed bullets for more consistent hits on steel targets.

“Shooters who compete at the highest levels need ammunition built for the demands of their discipline,” Federal Premium said in a press release. “Syntech Action Pistol is specifically designed for the action shooting sports.”

The ammo boasts the exclusive Total Synthetic Jacket, or TSJ. The TSJ prevents metal-on-metal contact between the bullet and barrel, therefore eliminating copper and lead foul. Additional, the TSJ reduces heat and friction that can damage the barrel.

The Action Pistol series offers clean-burning powders as well as a Catalyst lead-free primer designed for softer shooting and reliable performance. The ammo is offered in three models — 9mm Luger for $18, .40 S&W for $24 and .45 ACP for $30. Federal says the new Syntech ammo for Action Pistol Competition shooters is currently on its way to dealers and distributors.

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‘An arduous task,’ Bringing back 86,000 M1 Garands from the Far East (VIDEO)

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 09:30

The military of the Philippines had warehouses full of vintage M1 rifles. Getting them back to the U.S. was an epic struggle.

The Garand Collector’s Association, which has been helping the Civilian Marksmanship Program inventory and classify a literal shipload of repatriated M1s, produced the above video chronicling the return to the states of some  86,000 Garands loaned to the Philippines over the years. Fighting poor storage, threats of critters and hazardous materials, the CMP invested millions in cleaning the guns, packing and sending them via truck, train and ship back to Alabama.

Joint Armed Forces of Philippines and U.S. conducting M1 Inventory, 2017 (Photo: U.S. Army)

“It goes almost without saying that accurately accounting for and transporting approximately 90,000 small arms from the other side of the globe is challenging under any circumstances,” noted the Army’s Defense Logistics Agency in their coverage of the event. “Throw in termite infestation, monsoon season, and asbestos contamination, and you will have a recipe for disaster.”

The good news is that, while some of the guns are in bad shape and have been bubbafied by Filipino field gunsmiths unknown, others are in amazingly good shape.

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Sightmark launches Citadel line of premium riflescopes

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 09:00

The Citadel series offers three scope options — two in first focal plane configuration and one second focal plane model. (Photo: Sightmark)

Sightmark continues to roll out new optics options to consumers, introducing the latest in its series of riflescopes — the Citadel.

The Citadel offers two first focal plane options with the 3-18×50 and 5-30×56 in addition to a second focal plane option with the 1-6×24. All models boast a fine-etched, red-illuminated reticle featuring 11 total brightness levels. The Citadel offers multi-coated glass as well as a single-piece, 30mm aircraft aluminum tube.

The riflescopes come equipped with a throw lever for rapid magnification and flip-up lens cover. Waterproof, dustproof and fogproof, the new scopes also tout “shockproof reliability.” The Citadel 3-18×50 and 5-30×56 models deliver a FFP lens system with illuminated LR2 mil-dash reticles for extended-distance shooting. Featuring an adjustable, locking diopter, the scopes come with locking turrets, .1 mil windage and elevation adjustments as well as an adjustable parallax.

The 1-6×24, left, 3-18×50, middle, and 5-30×56, right. (Photo: Sightmark)

“Citadel 3-18×50 and 5-30×56 are great options for long-range recreational plinking, bench rest and F-class competition and PRS matches,” Sightmark said in a news release.

The Citadel 1-6×24 Second Focal Plane option was created for law enforcement, competitive shooters and close to mid-range hunting. Built for quick target acquisition, the Citadel 1-6×24 is equipped with an illuminated BR1 (BDC) reticle calibrated for 55-grain .223 ammo. The scope delivers capped low-profile turrets and 1/2-MOA per click windage and elevation adjustments. Total adjustment range on each axis is 120 MOA.

The Citadel 1-6×24 retails for $359, while the 3-18×50 comes in at $479 and the 5-30×56 is priced at $515.

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A family outing with the venerable Browning BL 22 rimfire cowboy gun (VIDEO)

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 08:30

A simple and arguably elegant little lever-action carbine that has been popular for a half-century, the BL 22 only seems to get better with age.

The BL 22 has a special place in Browning’s history as it was the first firearm made for the company by the legendary BC Miroku company of Kochi, Japan, who up until then had only worked with one of Browning’s biggest competitors on the American SXS and OAU shotgun market — Charles Daly.

With its short 33-degree lever throw and a tubular mag that holds .22 shorts, longs and long rifle loadings, the lightweight and easy handling rimfire have garnered a legion of fans over the generations. Said fans include the entire Mixup98 crew who take turns with a vintage and well-liked BL 22 in the above video.

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Oklahoma: Groups on both sides urge Fallin to act on constitutional carry bill

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 08:00

Gov. Mary Fallin, seen here addressing the Oklahoma Legislature earlier this year, has to act soon on a permitless carry proposal now on her desk. (Photo: Public Radio Tulsa)

Calls for Gov. Mary Fallin to make a decision on a bill allowing concealed carry without a permit in Oklahoma are ramping up as the window for her to act is closing.

The popular measure, SB 1212, was approved last week by lawmakers and sent to the Republican governor who has to act on the proposal within 15 days. The bill keeps the state’s current concealed carry licensing scheme but codifies that a permit is not required for a law-abiding Oklahoma resident to carry a concealed handgun. The plan’s author argues the state already recognizes the gun rights of visitors to the Sooner State from any of a dozen where constitutional carry is already the law of the land.

“So if somebody from Arizona or Missouri or one of these other states comes here to visit us in the state Oklahoma they can actually carry without a permit — which is a right we afford to them that we do not entrust to the citizens of the state of Oklahoma,” said state Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow.

National gun control groups are funding full-page print ads and a virtual homepage takeover of The Oklahoman, the state’s largest daily newspaper, urging Fallin to veto the bill. The group using talking points from the Oklahoma State Police, hold that the move is dangerous.

“This bill puts public safety at risk by making it easy for people with dangerous histories to be armed in public,” said Christine Jackson with Moms Demand Action. “Our legislature has shown it is willing to jeopardize our safety and bow to the demands of the gun lobby.”

While the group’s state affiliate has heartburn over the bill’s deletion of the training requirement to carry a concealed weapon, the National Rifle Association supports SB 1212 saying it is in line with the Second Amendment and is urging members to reach out and contact Fallin, asking for her approval.

“Self-defense situations are difficult, if not impossible, to anticipate,” said the NRA’s lobbying arm in an alert. “Accordingly, a law-abiding adult’s right to defend himself or herself in such situations should not be conditioned by government-mandated time delays and taxes.”

The measure passed the state House 59-28 last month before rolling through the Senate last week 33-9, margins that are strong but not quite veto-proof. Notably, Fallin’s first veto override took place in 2014 on a gun bill she rejected only to have lawmakers trump her just 10 days later. Earlier this week she signed a “stand your ground” use of force expansion to cover churches.

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Field & Stream magazine wants it known they are not tied to Dick’s Field & Stream stores

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 07:30

“Just to be clear: Field & Stream is NOT affiliated with the retailer Field and Stream Shops or Dick’s Sporting Goods,” notes the media brand as often as possible in the past few months. (Photo: Screenshot)

The iconic outdoors magazine is clear on the fact they are not associated with the controversial big box sporting goods retailer that uses the same name.

Those who go to Field & Stream magazine’s social media accounts will find the same reoccurring response to those who ask if they are in some way tied to Dick’s Sporting Goods’ subsidiary chain of Field & Stream stores and its branded products. In short, and all caps, the answer is “NO.”

“We understand how that could be confusing for many, but it is the truth,” says the media company in an official statement issued in February that they frequently refer the curious to. “The two brands are owned by different companies and are in no way related.”

Founded in 1895, Field & Stream magazine has long graced news racks, workbenches, gun store shelves and waiting room tables around the country. Owned at various periods by CBS and Time, the publication was sold to the Swedish-owned Bonnier Group in 2007 who operate about 40 magazines including Outdoor Life and Popular Science. With a current print circulation of just over 1 million, Field & Stream has more subscription-based readers than Forbes, GQ, or Wired.

Meanwhile, Dick’s has used the Field & Stream trademark registered under their American Sports Licensing sister corporation since at least 2011 for their line of in-house products and since 2013 for their chain of 35 branded retail outlets. In recent weeks the sporting goods big box chain has found themselves under fire from the gun industry, firearms makers and Second Amendment supporters for Dick’s corporate policies that have included barring firearm sales to those under 21, hiring Beltway lobbyists for gun control purposes, and first pulling then later destroying their inventory of certain semi-automatic rifles.

Just to be clear: Field & Stream (the media brand behind this account) is NOT affiliated with the retailer Field and Stream Shops (@FieldStreamShop) or Dick's Sporting Goods (@DICKS) You can read our full statement here:

— Field & Stream (@FieldandStream) February 28, 2018

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If you are a fan of Russian military equipment, we have a parade for you (VIDEO)

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 07:00

You can see a little bit of everything in the latest Russian military parade from Moscow — even Steven Seagal.

Tsar Vlad has certainly kept the magic alive in Red Square as seen in the above 70~ minute long May Day Parade from yesterday shown on Soviet Russian state TV.

The opening is good, especially the inner workings of the Spasskaya Tower’s big clock. Then cue the Kremlin Regiment (in rebooted Tsarist uniforms marching with spotless SKS rifles complete with blonde wood stocks) and Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu propped on an immaculate Lada open-topped limo that looks like it came from Brezhnev’s motor pool.

You can skip Putin’s speech from about the 13- to 23-minute mark and pick up with the Gosudarstvenny Gimn Rossiyskoy Federatsii played by the assembled Army bands complete with artillery percussion by a saluting battery of 122mm guns and the march is on.

Various ground units file past from all branches of the Russki military and, in an increasing departure from the old Cold War days of drab uniforms and helmets, more are wearing traditional 19th century Imperial Army style uniforms complete with St. George ribbons and cockades that include old monarchist Romanov elements. Out with the Commies, in with the Cossacks if you will.

Hardware on display in the hands of the beaming frontoviks include now downright vintage wood stocked AK-74s, polymer-stocked AK-74Ms, and, here and there, the new series AK-12 rifles. At the 39-minute mark, special operations troops in their distinctive telnyashka striped t-shirts are carrying suppressed 9x39mm VSS rifles and almost comically large load bearing vests that are sure to have all the airsofters swooning. A few seconds later are AKs swagged out with red dots and GP-34 30mm grenade launchers — Moscow’s version of the M203 bloop tube. You can bet some of these grinning little green men have been vacationing in the Donbass and Syria lately.

At about the 47-minute mark comes the heavy stuff, lead by a WWII-era T-34 tank, the backbone of the Red Army during the war, flanked by machine-gun-armed ATV outriders and posting a giant Hammer and Sickle flag, officially retired by Russia in 1991. Then comes a NATO recognition book worth of Russian armor ranging from the new T-14 Armata main battle tank and more pedestrian T-72s to a big 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV 152mm self-propelled howitzer. Drones on flatbeds, armored personnel carriers and the Russian version of the MRAP tag along sandwiched by engineering and air defense vehicles, S-400 missiles and tactical rocket systems.

Here is the Russian cheat sheet for the vehicles:

Then comes the air support at the 59-minute mark, lead by some big Red Dawn-looking Mi-24 Hinds (Wolverines!) and Ka-52 Alligator gunships coming in low over the Kremlin. Tom Clancy fans will dig on the Tu-22M3 Backfire and Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers followed by a mix of tactical aircraft including Su-34s, Su-24s, MiG-31s, and Mig-29s. Three lumbering Tu-95MC Bear bombers with their distinctive contra-rotating propellers make an appearance as does an acrobatic team of six camouflaged Su-25 Frogfoot strike aircraft, Russia’s equivalent of the A-10.

The air cheat sheet:

The program ends with a combined drill team getting their SKS and Prussian style goose-step on as the band takes it home.

Also, Steven Seagal makes an appearance in the crowd at about the 1 hour 7 minute mark. This Steven Seagal, not those Steve’n’Seagulls.

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Tactical Solutions adds X-Ring Takedown Rifle in Mossy Oak pattern

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 07:00

The X-Ring Takedown Rifle in Mossy Oak Original Bottomland is the latest takedown rifle to enter the Tactical Solutions lineup. (Photo: Tactical Solutions)

Tactical Solutions debuted the newest version on its X-Ring Takedown Rifle featuring the Mossy Oak Original Bottomland pattern.

The X-Ring Takedown boasts a Magpul Backpacker Stock in a green Mossy Oak Bottomland pattern, offering a lightweight yet durable compact rifle. The Magpul Backpacker Stock delivers built-in storage for magazines and the ability to lock into place for easier storage. The X-Ring Takedown rifle supplies a threaded barrel for the addition of a suppressor and an integrated 15 MOA picatinny rail for compatibility with any scope. Weighing 3.5-pounds, the takedown rifle’s barrel measures 16.5-inches in length.

TacSol says the response to the newest offering has been overwhelming, with customers at the recent NRA Annual Meeting expressing a lot of interest in the newest rifle.

“We’re seeing an increase in original Bottomland for firearms decoration. Outdoors enthusiasts don’t just see their hunting rifles as a tool for the hunt, but as collector’s items that can be passed down to the next generation,” Chris Paradise, Chief Sales Officer for Mossy Oak, said in a news release. “Bottomland offers both concealment and a unique design for these high-quality, long-lasting firearms like the X-Ring Takedown rifle from Tactical Solutions. This is a really special rifle featuring Mossy Oak’s founding pattern, Bottomland, which gives it both function and future appeal.”

The X-Ring Takedown Rifle in Mossy Oak Original Bottomland retails for $1,205 and is currently available at any Tactical Solutions dealers.

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House committee advances bill modernizing excise tax fund to promote shooting sports

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 06:30

House lawmakers advanced a proposal this week allowing states to use funds from a federal excise tax on gun sales to  promote shooting sports.

The House Committee on Natural Resources approved the plan Tuesday modernizing the 1937 Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to reflect the shrinking pool of hunters, anglers and shooters paying into the fund. Georgia Republican Rep. Austin Scott sponsored the bill last year in hopes of attracting new enthusiasts via social media and television ads.

“With a national decline in hunting and recreational fishing, Pittman-Robertson funds are shrinking and our state and local habitats are suffering, which is why I am pushing this legislation to give states more flexibility in how they use their PR funds and hopefully attract more Americans to the outdoors in the process,” he said. “I am very pleased the Committee favorably passed my PR modernization bill, and I will keep pressing until our decades-old wildlife conservation funding receives the critical updates it deserves.”

H.R. 2591 allows states to use up to $5 million of federal tax dollars collected through firearm and ammo sales for funding hunter and recreational shooter recruitment grants. States can also use a portion of their grants for general marketing purposes and for building, maintaining and promoting gun ranges.

It’s a much-appreciated technological leap forward for Virgil Moore, president of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. “We find that our constituents have certain expectations of their state fish and wildlife agencies, specifically the ability to utilize more effective means of communications today,” he said. “This bill will allow us the opportunity to meet those expectations while allowing us to continue to meet our wildlife conservation objectives and ensuring that funding for wildlife conservation will keep pace with the demands of our citizens and communities.”

A 2017 federal report found the number of hunters nationwide declined 2.2 million between 2011 and 2016, decreasing hunting-related spending by $29 million and equipment sales by 18 percent in the same period.

Becky Humphries, chief executive officer of the National Wild Turkey Federation, said the proposal will help reverse this downward trend.

“As a hunter, Congressman Scott knows this act is greatly needed to update the foundation of the legislation and allow us to recover hunter numbers, just as hunters have helped wildlife recover across the country,” she said.

The Pittman-Roberston fund awarded over $1.1 billion to states in 2018 for the conservation of wildlife habitats and hunter safety education, among other efforts. Since its inception 81 years ago, the fund has generated more than $20 billion in aid for state programs.

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Winchester to now offer USA Forged ammo in 50- and 1,000-round boxes

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 06:00

Winchester delivers new box offerings for its value driven USA Forged handgun ammunition. (Photo: Winchester)

Winchester is adding to its series of USA Forged ammunition, now offering 50-round boxes and 1,000-round stackable cases of the steel shellcase pistol ammo.

Originally introduced in 2016, the USA Forged ammunition offers an American made steel shellcase design with brass jacketed lead core full metal jacket bullet. The ammo is designed for use in a all firearms on all ranges, Winchester says.

A “value priced” ammo, according to the ammunition maker, the USA Forged lineup is specifically designed for shooters on a budget.

The 50-round and 1,000-round boxes join the current 150-round offering. (Photo: Winchester)

“USA Forged is ideal for shooters who want to spend less on ammunition so they can spend more time on the range,” said Matt Campbell, vice president of marketing and sales for Winchester Ammunition in a press release. “Meeting the needs of our customers is always top of mind and this new 50-pack is a simple way to do just that.”

Winchester says the steel shellcase design lends itself to easier cleaning as the cases can be easily picked up by a magnet.

Available in 9mm, the new 50-round and 1,000-round boxes join the company’s current 150-round box offering. Though no prices have been announced on the new offerings, the 150-round box retails for around $30.

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Chicago gang leader charged for shooting ATF agent in the face

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 05:30

Ernesto “Ernie” Godinez faces federal charges for allegedly shooting an ATF agent in the face in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood on May 4, 2018. (Photo: Chicago Police Department)

A suspected Chicago gang leader faces federal charges for shooting an ATF agent in the face last week.

Investigators arrested Ernesto “Ernie” Godinez, 27, on Monday — three days after he allegedly gunned down a federal agent in the city’s Back of the Yards neighborhood.

“Violent assaults on law enforcement agents working to make the community safer will not be tolerated,” said U.S. Attorney John R. Lausch, Jr. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to holding such offenders accountable, as are our local, state, and Federal law enforcement partners, whose tireless investigation to identify and locate the defendant after the shooting made this prosecution possible.”

Investigators said security footage from three separate cameras captures Godinez, co-leader of the Almighty Saints, approaching the corner of West 44th Street and South Hermitage Avenue around 3:15 a.m. May 4, just minutes before a city police scanner detected seven gunshots in the same area. The same cameras show Godinez fleeing the scene back towards his residence a block away.

“Throughout the time period described above, the law enforcement and private surveillance footage reviewed by law enforcement does not depict any civilians in the vicinity of the shooting other than the individual identified as Godinez,” the criminal complaint says. “Likewise, prior to reacting to the shots fired, law enforcement agents in the vicinity of the operation did not see any other civilians.”

The unidentified agent wounded in the attack was part of a team of officers placing a court-approved tracking device on a nearby vehicle when investigators say Godinez opened fire. Celinez Nunez, special agent in charge of the ATF’s Chicago Field Division, said the agent underwent surgery and should be released later this week.

Special Agent in Charge Celinez Nunez of ATF’s Chicago Field Division provides an update on agent’s condition.

— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) May 8, 2018

Godinez faces up to 20 years behind bars for forcible assault of a special agent of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms while on duty while using a dangerous weapon. His next hearing is scheduled for May 17, according to court documents.

Lawrence Hymann, Godinez’s attorney, said despite his client’s previous arrests — including as recently as July — he is a reformed family man and the circumstantial evidence amounts to little, if anything.

“I say this is a case that is even less than circumstantial,” Hymann told a local NBC affiliate Wednesday. “There is a lot of speculation based on the facts that the government has given us. There are five shell casings, there is no gun found. There is no weapon found in his home, there isn’t even a bullet found in his house.”

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Oliver North wants to grow NRA in the face of ‘civil terrorism’ from activists

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 05:00

The new President of the National Rifle Association slammed gun control advocates and said he working towards a “counterpunch” that would swell the organization’s ranks.

Selected to head the organization by the group’s 76-member Board of Directors this week, the former National Security Council staffer and conservative pundit told the Washington Times that gun control groups are ramping up their rhetoric against the NRA.

“They call them activists,” said North. “That’s what they’re calling themselves. They’re not activists — this is civil terrorism. This is the kind of thing that’s never been seen against a civil rights organization in America.” The former Fox News host went on compare the public backlash against the Second Amendment group to Jim Crow-era racial segregation efforts saying “even there you didn’t have this kind of thing.”

The plan of the day for the retired Marine combat veteran: go recruiting and mount a counterattack.

“My job is to motivate, inspire, encourage and tell the truth,” said North, who the Times says plans to tap into the country’s 23 million military veterans and their families to add to the NRA’s ranks, and — vital in the mid-term elections — convince pro-gun lawmakers that “being associated with the NRA is a good thing for their re-election chances.”

Gun control advocates were shocked with North’s remarks.

“This is yet another example of the NRA’s leaders’ long history of making unapologetic, racially charged statements to stoke their base and juice gun sales,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action. “The NRA’s agenda is becoming toxic to lawmakers and businesses for exactly this reason: its extreme agenda is wildly out of sync with not only mainstream America, but with gun owners.”

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Bank of America to supply Remington Outdoor Company with loan

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 12:00

Some Remington shotguns on display during the NRA annual convention in Dallas on May 6, 2018. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

Bank of America will join half a dozen other banks in providing a lending package to Remington Outdoor Company as the gun maker prepares to emerge from bankruptcy proceedings.

Although the bank announced last month that it would stop financing companies that make military-style guns for civilian use, the deal was made beforehand, Reuters reported.

BoA is contributing $43.2 million to a $193 million lending package funded by seven banks. The loan will help put Remington back on a stable footing as it re-enters an uncertain environment for gun makers.

BoA chairwoman Anne Finucane said in April that the bank had notified customers that “it’s not our intent to underwrite or finance military-style firearms on a go-forward basis” in an effort to reduce mass shootings.

However, BoA agreed to the deal in late March, shortly after Remington petitioned a federal bankruptcy court for Chapter 11 protections, to replace a similar credit line, according to Reuters. There’s no indication BoA or Remington are ready to cut ties, as doing so would hurt the bank’s reputation and may jeopardize Remington’s future.

Remington expects to emerge from bankruptcy by the end of the month, the company announced last week. The bankruptcy court approved the company’s plan for reorganization, which will cancel more than 4775 million of the company’s $1.3 billion debt load. The plan will transfer ownership from Cerberus Capital to creditors, like JP Morgan and Franklin Resources.

BoA reacted to public pressure in its decision to stop working with makers of AR-style rifles. Demonstrators following February’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, focused energies on businesses rather than lawmakers, who have year after year been unable to pass gun control legislation.

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Tyrant CNC releases Glock 43 Extended Mag Release

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 11:30

The G43 Extended Magazine Release from Tyrant CNC offers more purchase and added control to the baby Glock design. (Photo: Tyrant CNC)

On the heels of the Smith & Wesson Extended Mag Release debut in March, Tyrant CNC announced a new Extended Mag Release created specifically for the Glock 43.

The G43 Extended Magazine Release, otherwise known as the G43 EMR, is crafted from aerospace grade aluminum for a durable fit and feel. Functioning like the original factory release, the G43 EMR offers a slightly raised design with chamfered edges to ensure a more hardy ejection of the magazine from the Glock 43. The raised style lends itself to added control, granting shooters more purchase.

The mag releases come in four styles so shooters can customize their look. (Photo: Tyrant CNC)

Requiring no gunsmithing or special tools, the G43 EMR installs easily and quickly. Featuring chevron patterns on a variety of colors, the Extended Mag Release adds a little flare to the otherwise classic look of the baby Glock. Colors include red, black, machined aluminum, grey and blue.

The G43 EMR is available now from Tyrant CNC with a MSRP just under $30.

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Apex Tactical to release Action Enhancement Kit for FN pistols in summer 2018

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 11:00

Apex is set to release a trigger kit for FN pistols in the coming months. (Photo: Apex Tactical)

Apex Tactical will release an Action Enhancement Trigger Kit for the FN 509 and FNS model pistols come summer 2018, the company announced stealthily on its site.

The kits will include an Apex Flat-Faced Action Enhancement Trigger with Apex’s Trigger Bar and Apex Performance Sear. Apex said when installed, the Action Enhancement Kit reduces pre-travel, overall travel and trigger reset distance. Featuring a smoother uptake, the trigger boasts a crisp trigger break with reduced trigger pull set to approximately 5.5-pounds.

Apex says it will drop two kits in total, one designed specifically for FNS models (excluding the FNS 9c) and a variant created for the FN 509 and FNS 9c models.

In addition to the standard Action Enhancement Trigger Kits, Apex will also introduce Thin Blue Line Series versions of each kit. The Thin Blue Line Series offers a blued look with 25-percent of each sale headed to the non-profit Concerns of Police Survivors.

No word yet on the exact release date, but Apex hinted the new kits should make their way to consumers come summer 2018.

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A look at the classic 8mm M48 Yugo Mauser (VIDEO)

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 10:30

One of the last military-production Mauser-style bolt action rifles, Yugoslavia’s Zastava factory cranked out more than a million M48s after World War II.

Featuring a cupped stainless steel butt plate, the M48 went into production in 1948 and was based on the German Kar.98K. A bolt-action rifle in a world where autoloading AG-42s, FN-49s and M1s were increasingly standard, these guns were typically put into arsenal storage almost as soon as they were built as the Yugoslav military by the 1960s was moving to adopt their own domestically-produced SKS (M59) and Kalashnikov (M64) variants. They did, however, get brushed off and see action in the horror of the series of civil wars that erupted as the Cold War defrosted and Yugoslavia broke apart in the 1990s.

Taking a fresh look at the now-classic Balkan rifle, OreGear goes in-depth with one in a 20+ minute video above.

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Walther shipping new 9mm PPS M2 pistols standard with RMSc optic (VIDEO)

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 10:00

Want a factory Walther PPS M2 with a RMSc red dot? Done. (Photos: Chris Eger/

Walther had their updated PPS M2 at the NRA Annual Meeting in Dallas last week and said the factory RMSc package is now shipping to retailers.

The parallax-free red dot is a slimmer version of the Shield RMS designed for subcompact carry pistols, a category that Walther’s PPS M2 fills nicely. The 1-inch wide single-stack 9mm uses a 3.18-inch barrel and goes just 6.3-inches overall, specs that are comparable to the Glock 43 and Smith & Wesson Shield. The factory-standard red dot model has its top slide milled to accept the RMSc with no overhang but ships with a cover plate should the user want to just rely on the co-witnessed iron sights.

Empty weight with the optic is 21.7-ounces as the RMSc with battery only accounts for 0.57-ounces.

Company reps say the combo makes fast target acquisition easy and is a feature they are getting more requests for. “Incorporating a high-quality micro red-dot into the PPS M2 platform, without adding bulk to the gun, addresses the growing consumer interest in red-dot mounted carry pistols,” said Bret Vorhees, director of product development at Walther.

Retail for the package is $699 but you can expect that to be less at your local retailer. Still got questions on the PPS M2 itself? Check out the below video.

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