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Springfield Armory Adds 10mm to XD-M Optical Sight Pistol Line

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 05:00

Springfield Armory is expanding their XD-M OSP line to include a 10mm pistol (Photos: SA)

Illinois-based Springfield Armory is growing their optics-ready XD-M series by adding an offering chambered in 10mm Auto.

The latest XD-M OSP sports a 5.3inch hammer-forged threaded barrel with suppressor-height sights. The pistol comes standard with an RMR cut and three mounting plates to fit a range of optics including the Vortex Venom, Burris FastFire 2 & 3, Leupold DeltaPoint & DeltaPoint Pro, as well as the Trijicon RMR. An integral accessory rail accommodates lights or lasers.

The new pistol variant is a logical step after the company released 10mm installments to the XD series last October just after they debuted their new Optical Sight Pistol line in 9mm.

The XD-M OPS in 10mm has a 5.3-inch Melonite treated barrel with a 1/2x28TPI thread pitch for suppressors and co-witnessed suppressor-height iron sights in addition to its optics-ready capability.

When it comes to specs, the newest XD is 8.74-inches overall and weighs in at 28.5-ounces, the latter largely due to its polymer frame.

It ships with two 15-round magazines and three interchangeable pistol grip backstraps for an MSRP of $695.

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FN Announces MK 48 Machine Gun Variant in 6.5mm Creedmoor

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 07:30

FN this week announced plans to make the MK 48 machine gun, typically chambered for 7.62 NATO, in 6.5mm Creedmoor (Photo: FN)

Virginia-based FN America this week is unveiling a new version of their MK 48 light machine gun chambered in 6.5mm Creedmoor.

To be shown off at the 2019 edition of Special Operations Forces Industry Conference & Exhibition in Tampa, the new chambering comes just after USSOCOM’s qualified the caliber last year. Developed from the now-classic FN Minimi, the standard 7.62x51mm version of the MK 48 was adopted by SOCOM in 2013.

The 6.5 CM model of the gun, which is in the prototype stage, features an adjustable stock for length of pull and cheek height as well as an improved, locking charging handle. The gun has also been updated with an improved, double-notched sear; improved handguard with 3-, 6- and 9-o’clock positions with a new style bipod; and a more robust feed tray latch.

Both SOCOM special operations units and light infantry such as troops from the 101st Airborne, seen here in Afghanistan, have been using the MK 48 since 2013, chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO. In a nod to its roots with the FN Minimi, which went on to become the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, the MK 48 is often called the “super SAW” in service. (Photos: U.S. Department of Defense)

Besides the MK 48, which is used by both special operations and light units such as Airborne and Air Assault troops, FN has supplied the military with models of the 7.62x51mm FN MAG — adopted since 1977 as the M240 — and the 5.56mm M249 Squad Automatic Weapon since 1984. A 5.56mm version of the MK48, the MK 46, is also in SOCOM service as is the FN SCAR and MK 20 SSR rifles. Going back even further, FN is a modern manufacturer of the iconic M2 heavy machine gun as well.

FN is currently one of the five Next Generation Squad Weapon competitors — along with AAI, General Dynamics, PCP, and Sig Sauer — to submit a single NGSW for initial testing to begin sometime this summer to replace the M249 in Army service with a new, 6.8mm, weapon.

In related news, Sig Sauer has been showing off their own new SLMAG lightweight machine gun, a variant of which is billed as a contender for the Army’s NGSW contract. Chambered in .338 Norma Magnum and easily swappable to 7.62 NATO, the SLMAG has a three-position gas setting and is optimized for use with a suppressor– a key aspect of the Army’s next generation of automatic weapons.

The Sig SLMAG (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

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Ruger Makes Stainless LCP a Regular Offering

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 07:00

Ruger has made a stainless version of their classic LCP, once just a limited edition run, a regular catalog item. (Photos: Ruger)

Ruger announced this week that their classic LCP micro .380ACP pistol will now be offered in a variant featuring a matte stainless slide. The gun maker first offered the model, which includes forward cocking serrations on the slide and an aluminum skeletonized trigger, in a special “10th Anniversary” edition last year to celebrate a decade of the LCP hitting the market. Now a regular offering, the ultracompact hammer-fired semi-auto uses a blued, 2.75-inch alloy steel barrel and polymer frame. Weight is 9.6-ounces while the overall length is 5.16-inches.

The LCP uses fixed sights and a textured glass-filled nylon grip frame.

The stainless LCP ships with a single flush-fitting six-round magazine that includes a finger grip extension floorplate. MSRP is $299, the same as 2018’s 10th Anniversary Limited Edition model. No word on if the company intends to offer the stainless slide in its follow-on LCP II series of pistols.

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Mauser Teases DWM-branded M98 Rifle Reboot

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 06:30

The promised M98 DWM is a throwback of sorts to Mauser’s past (Photos: Mauser)

Germany rifle maker Mauser is teasing on social media that a DWM-branded M98 could be on the horizon in coming days.

Based today in Isny im Allgäu in Southern Germany, the Mauser company originally joined with Ludwig Loewe and bullet maker Deutsche Metallpatronenfabrik AG to form Deutschen Waffen-und Munitionsfabriken, or DWM, in the late 19th Century. The DWM conglomerate went on to produce the classic Mauser 98 series bolt-action rifles that armed not only Germany but many other countries until it was dissolved after World War II.

This week, Mauser said “The legend is coming back,” showing off images of an M98 rifle complete with DWM roll marks.

“Today connoisseurs still appraise the legendary DWM hunting cartridges and the Mauser 98-actions of the DWM 1908- and DWM 1909-series,” says a landing page on Mauser’s website for the rifle. “Now the old alliance with Mauser is renewed and DWM is back. Stay tuned and learn more about a German legend and interesting products to come.”

When Mauser reformed — sans DWM — in 1950s West Germany, the company concentrated on other rifle and pistol offerings for the commercial market rather than the classic Model 98. That venerable bolt gun was only resurrected in the 1990s in limited production as a safari rifle with high-grade wood furniture in magnum chamberings such as 9.3x64mm and .416 Rigby, later adding Standard models with calibers starting at 7x57mm. No word on caliber offerings or price on the new DWM M98.

Mauser, whose U.S. subsidiary is based in Texas, has made significant inroads into the American hunting market in the past two years with its budget M18 series rifle. Current M98 offerings by Mauser USA are only listed as “coming soon.”

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From Machining to Firearms: Faxon Firearms Rise to Success

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 06:00

Bob Faxon founded the company after designing the ARAK-21.  (Photo: Faxon Firearms)

Bob Faxon’s journey in the firearms industry began at his kitchen table. Using knowledge accrued within the halls of Faxon Machining, Faxon leveraged his expertise to develop Faxon Firearms’ first product, the ARAK-21. From those beginnings, he built a brand. Faxon Firearms, now known for its innovative parts, accessories and complete rifles and pistols has become a mainstay for consumers looking to improve and elevate their favorite builds; but more importantly, the company is known for its commitment to customers.

Guns.com sat down with the always jovial Faxon to talk about the company’s origin and why consumers are at the root of Faxon Firearms.

GDC: So Faxon Firearms was originally an offshoot of Faxon Machining — which has a hand in many different areas in the industrial realm. What are a few areas people would be surprised to find the Faxon name?

Faxon: Oh that’s easy. We’ve done nuclear. We’ve done aerospace. We’ve done automotive, oil and gas, renewable energy, machining tools. We’re heavily in the defense industry and of course firearms. We even had a part in the Mars Rover — the robot that went around the planet of Mars. We’ve touched most industries.

GDC: Very cool. So what caused the shift into firearms?

FaxonI was watching the Discovery Channel with my sons and they were running down the top 10 battle rifles. The AK-47 beat the M-16. I was absolutely beside myself. I understood the evaluation process and I see the advantages the AK-47 has but I find it unacceptable that the AR-15 is number two. So I got kind of pissed off and I sat down at my kitchen with a little sketchpad. There I designed the ARAK-21. It was developed for four purposes — reliability, features, accuracy and price. It took about a year and a half to get it developed then we started selling it. There’s a very loyal, very dedicated following of people who love that platform. The ARAK-21 really gave us the concept of how we wanted to do things in terms of innovation and service.

GDC: How many times have you given that spiel?

FaxonI’ve done that spiel 46 million times. The guys laugh at me. They ask my wife at SHOT Show: “When he goes to bed at night, does he keep saying that while he sleeps?”

GDC: I’m sure at shows where you’re constantly doing the sales and marketing bit, it gets a bit redundant.

Faxon: Yes, but there’s a variety of people coming through and I personally love it. I always make time to go because it’s the only time where I get to go talk to customers directly. I enjoy talking to the person who reaches into their pocket and pays hard-earned money to buy our product. This year at NRA was really fun because we had the big launch of our pistols, the FX-19.

The FX-19 on display at the NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

GDC: That’s an interesting point you bring up about interacting with consumers. There are some manufacturers who are less than thrilled to have the average joe coming up to talk shop, but every time I passed your booth at NRA you were right out there in the middle chatting with people.

Faxon: It comes back to our consumer-driven attitude of helping our customers and making sure they’re happy. We’re not just spitting out the same designs. We’re constantly innovating all under that service banner. Our goal is the customer experience. We want our products to shoot as good or better than the guy next to you. We don’t want your buddy to razz you about paying too much for a bad product. If it doesn’t cycle properly if it doesn’t hold a group that’s very frustrating. That’s a terrible experience. So we think about the chain of events from the time the customer buys one of our products to the time he takes it out of the bag at the range.

Here’s what I want — I want our customer to go buy our product, take it to the range, then on the way home with his 15-year old kid in the pickup truck I want him to say, “You see Johnny’s gun? He spent $800 on that barrel and we outshot him twice as good.” That’s the experience I want for our consumers.

GDC: I think that shows from the levels you give the consumers. You have the parts and accessories so that consumers can build their own pistol the way they want and now you have the FX-19 which offers all that assembled. Talk to me about why you think it’s important to give your consumers an array of options when it comes to accessories, parts and complete set-ups?

Faxon: You know, it’s funny. Now my level of ability has risen so that I am excited to buy everything and put it all together, but earlier in my life, I didn’t want to put all the pieces together. My brother would’ve put the pieces together. So it’s important to represent both buyers. Again, we are talking about the consumer and what’s going to be a positive experience for them.

GDC: You keep coming back to the consumer and I can tell by the excitement in your voice that you are really passionate about those that buy your products. Do you think this has to do with having your name stamped on the product? Are you more cognizant of your brand when your brand is you?

Faxon: We take a lot of personal pride in what we make and how we make it. There’s a level of quality there because of (the name). Wearing our t-shirts with the logo and the name, you’re subject to being seen in public and people knowing you are involved in this. I think that accountability is huge. It’s not anonymous. It’s not an entity, it’s us.

I’ll tell you a funny story. I was in an airport recently wearing a Faxon Firearms shirt with one of our guys. We walk up to the TSA checkpoint and the agent asked, “Are you with Faxon Firearms?” I said I am and he said, “I’ve got one of your barrels.” I asked how it shot for him and he said that it shoots great and he loves the barrel. That’s the kind of personal exposure you’re subjected to. I think if that doesn’t do anything else it will motivate you to do your best.

GDC: Well said. Is there anything else you think our readers should know about Faxon Firearms?

Faxon: We understand that things people purchase from us are a want, not a need so we appreciate their business immensely. We are extremely excited that they choose us when they spend their money and will continue to provide a line of products that are deserving of that.

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The Break Down Between Muzzle Brakes and Flash Hiders (VIDEO)

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 05:30

When it comes to muzzle devices, there is a lot of confusion between what makes one a flash hider and another a brake. To help cut through some of that is Joe Marler with Daniel Defense in the above video.

In short, flash hiders reduce the visual signature (i.e. the muzzle “flash”) while a brake (not break) is designed with the objective of reducing felt recoil, which in turn increases accuracy. For reference, most of DD’s guns, rifles, and pistols, come with a standard-length flash suppressor installed.

If you remain curious as to the science of how a brake works, check out the below.

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Ultimate Retro CAR-15: 1989 Delta Force Edition (VIDEO)

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 05:00

A former Delta Force assaulter walks you through the awesomeness that was his CAR-15 back in the day, to include cardboard, a dive light, and bicycle innertubes.

Before he moved on to becoming the Vickers in Vickers Tactical, Larry Vickers was a career U.S. Army Special Forces guy who served with Delta Force throughout the 1980s. In the above, he shows off a recreation of his personal blaster from the period. The Colt Model 723 was basically a shortened M16A2 carbine that was more developed than the XM177E2 used by Green Berets in the Vietnam era.

His CAR-15 has plenty of things you just don’t see today outside of retro builds to include an upper with a non-detachable carrying handle and a tweaked two-position stock, and that’s just for starters.

As detailed by Vickers, he carried an Underwater Kinetics Super QXL dive light (insert giant sucking sound here as every airsofter and Delta operator fan rushes to search the web for one) that had been wrapped with black innertubes and hose-clamped to the handguard. Other mods include a jungle mag clamp set up with cardboard and 100 mile-an-hour tape and an AimPoint 2000— which the optics company says was discontinued in 1989, the same year Delta Force went into Panama.

“This was a great gun, great optic, a great piece of kit,” said Vickers. “Got me through harm’s way and got me home safely, so I am very partial to this setup.”

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Senate Republicans Introduce Constitutional Carry States’ Rights Act

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 04:30

The bill, as introduced, would protect those carrying without a permit in states that recognize constitutional carry from the specter of federal charges should they cross within 1,000 feet of a school zone (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

A bill to keep gun owners in constitutional carry states out of a federal legal pitfall while near a school zone was introduced this month to the U.S. Senate.

The Constitutional Carry States’ Rights Act was filed last week by U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, a South Dakota Republican, who stressed the state’s pending permitless concealed carry law could pose an issue for those passing near school zones. In short, the federal Gun-Free School Zones Act bans carrying firearms within 1,000 feet of a school zone, with an exception for those with a carry permit. Supporters of the bill fear that those practicing legal constitutional carry may not meet that exception.

“This legislation would help ensure that gun owners exercising Constitutional carry will no longer be stuck with confusing laws about where they can and can’t have their firearms,” said U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyoming, a co-sponsor.

According to sponsors, the bill, filed as S.1506, would cover both local and out-of-state individuals lawfully carrying a concealed weapon within 1,000 feet of a school zone in states that recognize constitutional carry. The move is needed, points out Enzi’s office, because for example a traveler driving along Interstate 25 in Cheyenne will come within the school zone limit set by the GFSZA, which, if the driver is carrying without a permit, could technically be a violation of federal law.

The Constitutional Carry States’ Rights Act currently has seven sponsors, all Republicans, and has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Kirsten Joy Weiss Turns Gun Range into Bowling Alley (VIDEO)

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 04:00

Trick shooter and all around gun girl Kirsten Joy Weiss takes to the range, turning it from shooting alley to bowling alley with some shell casings and an AR-15.

Weiss uses empty casings as stand-in bowling pins, taking aim at a cluster of .223 shells for a fun little game focused on accuracy. Weiss encourages viewers to try their own version of the game, changing up the difficulty level by increasing distance from the casings, increasing the spacing between the makeshift pins and using smaller empty casings.

Using the same concepts as bowling, Weiss shoots a strike and a spare. Check out the video to add some fun to your range day escapades.

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USCCA Concealed Carry Expo unveils Proving Ground Live

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 06:00

The Proving Ground Live event kicked off May 17 to a packed crowd. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

The Concealed Carry Expo was a flex of concealed carry muscles, lined with vendors, attendees and seminars are centered on personal defense, but nothing proved as powerful as the Proving Ground Live.

Proving Ground Live builds on the U.S. Concealed Carry Association’s Proving Ground concept — a series of training DVDs that showcases scenarios and then analyzes the events so concealed carriers can grasp a better understanding of personal defense situations.

The Proving Ground Live kicked the concept up a notch by introducing a true-to-life situation played out live in front of USCCA members. The event kicked off with an introduction by USCCA CEO and founder Tim Schmidt. Elaborating on the Proving Ground idea, Schmidt detailed how the training is relevant to the concealed carry community.

“We’ve been doing the Proving Grounds for about two years and the scenarios are getting better,” Schmidt told the crowd. “ I think tonight is going to be a great show that will pave the way for even more cool shows in the future.”

USCCA Founder and CEO Tim Schmidt addresses the crowd at the start of the event. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Handing the program off to Kevin Michalowski, Executive Editor of Concealed Carry Magazine, the audience witnessed two pre-recorded Proving Ground altercations to give them an idea of what to expect. Each scenario was followed by a discussion with Michalowski, the participant in the scenario, attorney Tom Grieve and Associated Editor of Concealed Carry Magazine Beth Alcazar. After watching two different situations unfold and the reaction of USCCA employees on the screen, the event moved into the live version. Cordoning off the area and preventing guests from standing or moving around during the event, Michalowski explained the chain of events.

Jessica, a recent USCCA employee with only 12 weeks of concealed carrying to her name, was the star of the show. Equipped with a stress vest — which would track any hits on her and also alert her with a small electric zap — Jessica was told that she would be meeting her friend Kris for a chat on a park bench. What Jessica didn’t know was a deranged man claiming to love Kris would present a gun. First, in an apparent suicide, then turning the gun on Jessica and Kris. Jessica reacted, firing off one round in under 0.6 seconds. The bad guy was down.

A pre-recorded video from the Proving Ground videos plays ahead of the event. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Immediately after, a shaky Jessica was brought to the stage to relive her experience, hear expert opinions on her reaction and take audience questions. “I like to say that when somebody pulls out a gun, something bad’s going to happen,” Michalowski said as the panel began picking apart Jessica’s actions. “You shot him one time and I asked you about that on the way up (to the panel stage.) We don’t always get that immediate reaction. We want you to continue shooting until the threat stops.”

Attorney Tom Grieve talks about the legal aspect of a self-defense shooting. From left to right: Kevin Michalowski, Jessica, Tim Schmidt, Tom Grieve and Beth Alcazar. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

The event served as another learning opportunity for Concealed Carry Expo members. The panel tackled questions about how to deal with a suicidal individual, how to interact with 911 operators and police in addition to what happens following the legal use of deadly force.

All in all, USCCA members walked away with an understanding of the responsibilities of armed citizens and the scenarios they should be mentally playing out in preparation.

USCCA members flooded into the event excited to gain knowledge on self-defense scenarios. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

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Taurus adds Viridian Grip Lasers to 856 Series Revolvers

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 05:30

Taurus is now offering their 856 & 856UL with a Viridian laser grip module. (Photo: Taurus)

Taurus has announced they will be offering their Model 856 and 856 Ultra-Lite revolvers with new options that include a factory-installed Viridian red grip laser.

The new Viridian models offer a dual sighting system as a backup for the standard serrated ramp front/fixed rear iron sights in daytime use and give better performance in low-light situations. The laser, incorporated in the right side of the grip, is billed as having a 25-yard range in daylight and up to one mile at night. Adjustable for both windage and elevation, the laser module has a battery life of up to four hours.

The 6-shot DA/SA handguns both feature 2-inch snub barrels that yield a revolver that runs 6.55-inches in terms of overall length. Chambered in .38 Special +P, the 856 and 856UL vary in weight with the standard model tipping the scales at 22.6-ounces while the Ultra-Lite is a trimmer 16.3-ounces.

Offered in either black or stainless finishes, MSRP on the new laser-equipped models vary from $469 to $489 depending on options.

For a look at the base models, which Guns.com carries in both new and certified pre-owned models,  check out the below videos.

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A Look at the USCCA Concealed Carry Expo (PICS)

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 05:30

The U.S. Concealed Carry Association’s annual Concealed Carry Expo was held May 17-19 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. The event drew thousands in to see concealed carry gear, meet with vendors and attend seminars. Guns.com headed to Pittsburgh to attend the event and snapped some photos along the way.

The USCCA Concealed Carry Expo was expected to bring 20,000 guests. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

A line quickly formed ahead of the opening of the Concealed Carry Expo. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Guests were greeted at the USCCA booth immediately upon entering. USCCA hosts the Concealed Carry Expo annually. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

A man looks through Ruger’s offerings on day one. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Concealed Carry Expo attendees watch a presentation on drawing from the holster. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

An attendee checks out a virtual range set-up. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Darlene Cary with Can Can Concealment demonstrates how to use the Hip Hugger Elite. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Can Can Concealment showed off their latest holster design — the Hip Hugger Elite system. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Wilderness Tactical Products showcases its holster system for hikers and runners. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

The Man-Pack Spitfire can is a low-profile means to carry a gun off-body. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

The Spitfire by Man-Pack includes a concealment pocket for guns. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Michael Martin teaches a short medical seminar on how to treat basic gunshot and knife wounds. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

During a medical demo, volunteers participate in a timed demonstration. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

A woman looks at the concealed carry bags by Ukoala. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

An attendee tests his skills against a reaction based target. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

John Lovell’s, aka Warrior Poet Society, presentation covered the basics of home defense. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

The Expo hosted a live shooting range within the walls of the convention center where attendees could test out various guns. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

A woman practices her shooting skills at the practice range. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

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USAF Shows off New Aircrew Takedown Bailout Rifles

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 05:00

Airman First Class Zack Day, 366th Operation Support Squadron, assembles an Aircrew Self Defense Weapon (Photo: USAF)

The U.S. Air Force recently highlighted the new Aircrew Self Defense Weapons that make up part of the survival kit pilots would rely on should they have to eject.

The compact modified GAU-5/A rifles, which have folding pistol grips and a quick-detach barrel/handguard, have been in development for the past several years and are a component of a 40-pound bailout set that includes flares, a flashlight, a life raft, medical and survival modules, noted the Air Force earlier this month. The guns can be quickly assembled and are packed with four, 30-round 5.56mm magazines.

“Survival kits are there to make sure our aircrew have everything they need should a bad day occur,” said Master Sgt. Mark Caron, with the 366th Operation Support Squadron, supporting F-15E Strike Eagle units at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho. The 366th trains and outfits aircrews for what the military terms survival, evasion, resistance, and escape– in short, keeping bailed out pilots alive on the ground in often unfriendly areas until they can be rescued.

For decades, the military issued various revolvers and pistols to aircrews but in 2017 began to switch to the modified GAU-5, a rifle the Air Force has fielded in one form or another since Vietnam. “Having this self-defense weapon rather than a handgun greatly improves an aircrew member’s ability to survive if they are ever stranded and engaged in a fire-fight,” said Airman First Class Zack Day of the 366th.

Providing more details on the handy rifles, the Air Force’s Alaska-based 673rd Security Forces Squadron last month also posted several photos of the newest variant of the GAU-5 as the guns were shown off to F-22 unit commanders with a note that the guns, “will increase the firepower of our pilots if they ever have to eject over enemy territory.”

The USAF Aircrew Self Defense Weapon shown together, top, and taken down, bottom (Photos: USAF)

The ASDW must stow inside a 16 x 14 x 3.5-inch ejection seat compartment, according to a June 2018 Air Force Times report. The guns get that small due to the use of an M4 style collapsible stock, flip-up backup iron sights, an Israeli FAB Defense AGF-43S folding pistol grip, and a Cry Havoc Tactical Quick Release Barrel (QRB) kit.

Cry Havoc, which confirms their QRB is being utilized by the USAF,  has demonstrated that guns with their barrel kit installed can be assembled and fired in under six seconds.

Joseph Trevithick with The Drive writes that the ASDW has the same 14.5-inch overall barrel length as the standard M4 series.

In all, some 2,137 ASDWs are reportedly being constructed by the U.S. Air Force Gunsmith Shop in San Antonio to equip the ejection seats in A-10, B-1, B-2, B-52, F-15, F-16, and F-22 aircraft.

A USAF Security Forces combat arms instructor shows Maj. Gen. James Dawkins Jr., 8th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Alan Boling, 8th Air Force command chief, how to assemble an Aircrew Self Defense Weapon at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 4, 2018. (Photo: USAF)

The guns are not the first rifles to accompany USAF aircrews. Going back to the 1940s, the M4 Survival Rifle and then the M6 Air Crew Survival Weapon– the latter a double-barrel break action .410 shotgun over a .22 Hornet– were included in the bailout kits on several aircraft. Those guns, removed from service in the 1970s, are now considered museum pieces.

A Cold War-era M6 on display at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Armalite’s AR-5, a floating semi-auto rimfire rifle that could be stowed inside its own buttstock, was adopted as the M1A but never put into production, leading the company to produce it for the commercial market as the AR-7. Likewise, the M6 has also gone on to be produced commercially in various configurations. The Bushmaster Arm Pistol in 5.56mm was another planned Air Force survival gun that made it about as high as a lead balloon.

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President Trump Signs Bill Making It Easier to Build, Maintain Public Ranges

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 04:30

The new law makes it easier for states to use already-existing federal funds to create public gun ranges (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

President Donald Trump recently signed a measure backed by pro-gun groups to increase the number of shooting ranges available on public land. The bipartisan proposal, H.R.1222, was introduced in February and passed in a voice vote in April while the Senate likewise approved a similar bill earlier this year.

Currently, states looking to begin work on public shooting ranges must match federal government grant funds to the tune of 25 cents on the dollar. The range bill signed by Trump this month drops the matching formula to 90/10 while also allowing funds to accrue for up to five years – up from two.

Now law, the move tweaks the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act. This 80-year-old law uses an 11 percent excise tax levied on all guns and ammo commercially sold or imported into the country to perform conservation-related tasks such as restoring habitat, funding hunter safety programs and establishing public ranges. Paid for by firearms industry manufacturers, conservation officials announced over $670 million in Pittman-Robertson funds would be available to states this year alone.

The change, which has been proposed in one form or another no less than 29 different times over the past 14 years, was a top priority for the gun industry’s trade group.

“We deeply appreciate President Trump’s swift enactment of this legislation that will give state fish and game agencies greater flexibility to build new recreational shooting ranges and expand and improve existing ranges,” said Larry Keane, senior vice president and general counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

The latest National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, compiled by the federal government every five years since 1955, counted a population of least 11.4 million hunters in the country. These sportsmen, in turn, pumped $25.6 billion into the economy in 2016.

Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation President Jeff Crane said the new range law is important as, “Now more than ever, America’s sportsmen and women need places to hone their skills and learn the fundamentals of hunting and the shooting sports.”

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White House, 2A Groups Urge Supreme Court to Scrap NYC Gun Law

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 04:00

Gun owners in New York City with “premises permits” are largely restricted from taking their legally-owned guns off the property. A challenge to the ban is now before the Supreme Court. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Over two dozen legal briefs have been filed this month with the U.S. Supreme Court on a case challenging one of New York City’s restrictive gun control laws.

The case, brought by three NYC gun owners and the state’s NRA affiliate, argues the city’s “premises permit” scheme, which drastically restricts the ability to leave one’s premises with a firearm, is unconstitutional. While the nation’s high court has turned away an effort by New York officials to derail the challenge, the justices will have no shortage of paperwork to consider as part of the case.

So far this month, U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-AL, and 119 other GOP members of Congress have filed a brief in support of the gun owners, followed by another brief submitted by the allied attorneys general or governors of 24 red states. Add to this are separate briefs from dozens of gun rights groups ranging from Gun Owners of California and the Firearms Policy Coalition to Black Guns Matter, the Liberal Gun Club, and the Pink Pistols. Importantly, the U.S. Justice Department has also gone on record as being against New York’s gun restriction.

“The ban all but negates the textually protected right to bear arms, and interferes with the right to keep arms as well; few laws in our history have restricted the right to keep and bear arms as severely as the ban does, and some of those few have been struck down,” said a 39-page brief filed by the office of Noel Francisco, the U.S. Solicitor General.

Other briefs have been filed by anti-gun groups such as the Brady Campaign and Giffords, who are urging the court not to use New York’s largely unique ban to revisit the Second Amendment as a whole and instead steer clear of larger constitutional questions posed by the case. Notably, these groups have filed their briefs in support of neither party.

No group has filed in support of the city’s law.

The last major gun case the court decided was the McDonald case concerning carry outside of the home in 2010. Since then, the court has ruled in a series of cases concerning guns that are focused more on property law, for instance, that felons could sell their guns after a conviction, rather than challenges brought on Second Amendment grounds.

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Taran Releases New Wick 3 Training Footage (VIDEOS)

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 03:30

Keanu Reeves and Halle Berry show off their 3-Gun skills in new footage from Taran Tactical logged while they trained for Wick 3.

Reeves, already well-known for the time, sweat and brass he logs at Taran Tactical’s Simi Valley, California facility, clears the clock in the above video while Berry, 52, proves she has been paying attention with her Wick weapons workout, below.

Their on-screen guns for the third installment of the John Wick franchise, various stock and custom Glocks, Sigs and Benellis, were recently on hand in Indianapolis last month and Guns.com caught up with them while they were on display.

Wick 3 opened last week and debuted at $57 million domestically over the weekend to top the box office.

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5.11 Tactical Brings Comfort to Range Day with Raven Range Tight

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 04:42

The 5.11 Tactical Raven Range Tights bring a comfortable approach to carry and range days. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

5.11 Tactical is known for its sturdy, reliable apparel and gear that easily transitions from day-to-day life to range time. Looking to expand its market to include more options for women, the company unveiled its own take on leggings with the debut of the Raven Range Tight. Aptly named to imply the leggings are as comfortable on the range as they are in civilian life, the leggings bust into a budding leggings movement; but how do these leggings measure up on the range and what sets them apart from similar apparel? 5.11 Tactical was kind enough to send Guns.com a pair to find out.

What are the Raven Range Tights?

The Raven Range Tights aims to bridge the gap between functional and comfortable. Bringing a Ponte di Roma fabric to the traditional yoga look, the Raven Range is available in two styles – full length and Capri. The material feels durable, not thin like many other yoga type leggings. The leggings offer a compression like feel, fitting tightly and molding to the shape of the wearer. It’s reinforced at the knees with abrasion panels to accommodate any groundwork wearers want to incorporate while training at the range. The moisture-wicking material, despite feeling thicker, breathes well and there’s no swampiness involved while wearing.

The Raven range Tights aren’t as sturdy as jeans, so they can’t carry the full weight of a complete EDC setup. They manage with a midsize gun, though. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Offering the tights in black, gray and an olive drab color sizes range from XS to XL. The tights run true to size. In average life, I am an XS to SM wearer and that carried over to the XS leggings I was sent.

The Raven Range sets itself apart from other designs with the inclusion of belt loops. The saving grace of any gun owner sporting a traditional inside-the-waistband holster, the belt loop design allows wearers to outfit themselves with their everyday carry loadout.

Range Performance

For this review, I tackled the full-length version of the Raven Range Tight. With a. 26.5-inch ankle-length inseam, the full-length version hit my 5’2” frame almost perfectly, with just a little excess fabric bunched at the bottom. The Raven Range leggings offer a versatile approach to range-day wear excelling in environments where jeans or standard range wear feel to repressive — case in point, hot summer days in the South. With temperatures nearing 80 degrees and the sun beating down, the moisture wicking fabric on the leggings helps keep wearers dry while its breathable fabric allows for more air flow than jeans or standard pants.

The Raven Range Tights offer reinforced knee panels. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Now, I was skeptical about the durability of this material. Yes, it was cool but could it withstand the rigors of range day where movement is on the docket and you never know when you might go prone? In short, these pants have held up well. With over a year in use, the Raven Range Tights have accompanied me on many range trips with no signs of wear and tear. The reinforced material on the knees offers protection when shooting from a kneeling position or in the prone position, while the flexible material accommodates a full range of motion. In fact, I found myself able to move easier and more freely than in my usual skinny jean setup.

The addition of belt loops is really where this product shine, though. The ability to done a standard EDC holster without having to go the way of belly bands is a major bonus for this system. The belt loops are wide enough to fit an array of gun belts through and are also reinforced to support the weight of a gun. While the integration of belt loops is appreciated, it doesn’t completely stack up to the structure of jeans or khakis. I found the Raven Range pants handled my Glock 19 in Dark Star Gear holster but little else. Adding a spare mag or tourniquet quickly weighed the waistline down, tipping the grip of the gun outward enough to become noticeable. These aren’t jeans though so expecting them to hold the same structure and security isn’t really realistic.

The leggings do adequate when it comes to concealment. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

The belt area would be less of an issue for me if 5.11 Tactical had included pockets to stow a spare mag or knife; but alas this version is pocketless. I get it. Pockets add bulk and for those wanting that traditional yoga pant style, pockets would interfere; however, it would be nice to have at least one rear pocket to stow a phone or keys.

Pockets aside, the Raven Range Tights do exactly as advertised – provide a functional yet comfortable take on the yoga look. They’re more athletically styled than fashionable but for a day at the range, they work well.

Final Thoughts

Priced around $55, they aren’t necessarily as cheap as what you can find at your local store, but they offer more in the way of concealment. The ability to carry my Glock or any gun for that matter while still achieving a zen-like yoga look makes the Raven Range Tights a winner in my book.

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Stag Arms Unveils Stag PXC Pistol Caliber AR

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 04:37

The PXC-9 pistol caliber carbines will start shipping in July. (Photo: Stag Arms)

Stag Arms unleashes its latest creation, a pistol caliber carbine series chambered in 9x19mm known as the Stag PXC-9.

The PXC series comes in four flavors — a 16-carbine, 10-inch pistol, 10-inch SBR and 5.5-inch pistol — built on forged 7075 Aluminum receivers with Nitride coated 4150 CMV barrels. Stag redesigned its bolt for this PXC, completely revamping it to mate with the cone breech in the barrel. Stag says this construction brings strength, safety and better reliability to PCC shooters. In addition, the PXC offers last round bolt hold open and works alongside Glock pattern pistol magazines.

The PXC-9 comes in a few models to allow shooters to find their perfect length. (Photo: Stag Arms)

“The Stag PXC-9 Series is the newest addition to our ever-evolving line-up of AR-style firearms,” Anthony Ash, President for Stag Arms, said in a news release. “By looking at the proprietary bolt and the enhanced features on the receivers, customers will notice that the Stag PXC Series stands out from the competition. This model not only reaffirms our commitment to producing high-quality and reliable firearms but also our commitment to innovating for our customers.”

The PXC series will initially be offered in 9mm but will see the addition of .40 S&W, .45 ACP and 10mm later this summer. Stag also said left-handed versions will appear in 2020. Prices start around $1,249.

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USCAA Concealed Carry Expo Heads to Pittsburgh

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 04:08

The USCCA Concealed Carry Expo will appear in Pittsburgh Friday. (Photo: USCAA)

The US Concealed Carry Association’s Concealed Carry Expo is slated to hit Pennsylvania Friday as thousands of concealed carry enthusiasts descend upon Pittsburgh. Held at David L. Lawrence Convention Center the Expo will see renowned instructors conducting seminars as well as vendors and manufacturers showcasing their latest and greatest in concealed carry products.

Tim Schmidt, President and Founder of USCCA, sat down with Guns.com prior to the kickoff of the event to delve into what attendees can expect to see and the Pittsburgh politics plaguing the convention.

GDC: What sets the Concealed Carry Expo apart from other conventions?

Schmidt: First, the USCCA Expo is not a gun show. It’s primarily education and training. Literally, the first day alone there’s over 30 training sessions people can sign up for. There are tons of vendors, all sorts of firearms manufacturers, gear companies, holster companies but you don’t buy guns at the Expo. We also have a live training event that we are doing on Friday. There’s one of those remote ranges that is a big semi-trailer. You can shoot and test guns out there.

GDC: It seems to be really focused on providing gun owners with training opportunities they might not normally have access to with instructors they might not be able to see otherwise, correct?

Schmidt: Exactly.

GDC: This is the fifth year running for the Concealed Carry Expo and it seems like each year draws more attendees. Why do you think the Expo is gaining momentum?

Schmidt: The reason that our attendance is getting bigger and bigger each year comes down to two reasons. Number one, there’s more USCCA members — we grow between 30 and 40-percent per year in total membership. Number two, the perspective across our whole society is that firearm ownership is becoming more acceptable by a lot of people. There’s a lot of curious people wondering how they go about being a responsibly armed citizen.

GDC: How many attendees are you estimating to see walk through the doors and how does your estimate stack up against last year’s event?

Schmidt: Well last year in Louisville we had 15,000 attendees. I suspect we’ll get somewhere between 20,000 to 25,000 this year. The city of Pittsburgh helped us out a lot with that. You know three months ago they asked us not to even come.

GDC: Yes, I was going to ask about that. I saw that a local city leader wrote a letter to you asking USCAA to move the Expo to another city. Why do you think they are afraid of the event?

Schmidt: I think a lot of that comes from ignorance and unfamiliarity with firearms. They don’t understand that the only language evil people or bad guys understand is the fear of force. The responsibly armed citizen is the most effective deterrent to crime.

GDC: Do you see these politics impacting the Expo? The mayor did just recently sign local anti-gun ordinances.

Schmidt: They don’t take effect until June so there won’t be any direct effect on us. Certainly, I suspect there may be some protestors. We may have to deal with that but I hope that doesn’t happen.

GDC: What is something new that attendees will get to experience this year in Pittsburgh?

Schmidt: We’re doing a live USCCA training ground. We do a simulated self-defense exercise where we put a responsibly armed American in a simulated situation where they defend themselves. We’re going live on Friday night at the convention center.

GDC: That sounds really cool! Is there anything else you think our readers need to know about the Expo?

Schmidt: Just that it’s turning into the biggest group of like-minded, responsibly armed citizens in the county. It’s a great place. We’re people who think just like you do and we’re all willing to be our family’s first line of defense.

The USCCA Concealed Carry Expo will run Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 

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Don Summers’ Beretta PX4 Storm Every Day Carry Pistol (VIDEO)

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 07:21

As a writer for Guns.com, I am often tasked with recording the stories of everyday gun owners and their concealed carry setups. For once, though, I want to turn the story on myself.

When I received my concealed carry permit I faced a lack of time and cash. Unable to head to the local gun shop to peruse the offerings, let alone purchase, I opted to start my carry journey with a gun I already owned — the Beretta PX4 Storm.

The smallest gun I owned, I purchased an Outside-the-Waistband, leather holster from Beretta for the sub-compact. It seemed fine and was intended as a temporary solution, just to get me by until I could drum up another holster and gun. After a few months, though, my hopes for a newer gun faded. I headed to the range with the PX4, realizing the need for practice and training since this would serve as my dedicated CC pistol.

The PX4’s heavier frame helps mitigate recoil and gives the author a secure hold. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)

My expectations on performance were low — the PX4 lacks the hype of other models in the gun world and I expected to be disappointed. I was wrong. I was pleasantly surprised at the accuracy of the model and its handling. I achieved better results with that Beretta than with my full-size Sig 226. The success of the platform comes down to its heavy steel slide, which offsets recoil and provides a better-balanced gun. Its large, white-dot sights help me achieve fast target acquisition while its magazine with snap-down flange provides more space for my larger hands to rest. When extended, I have enough room to fit all my fingers against the grip for a secure hold.

Outfitted with a decocker, the PX4 allows me to chamber a round, decock, then flip the safety on with the ability to fire the first round with a double action trigger pull. The safety also adds an extra layer of security in preventing an accidental discharge when drawing the gun, which I prefer. I also appreciate the 13+1 capacity. In my opinion, 14 rounds for a carry gun creates a bigger advantage. Within that, comes a drawback — the 9mm gun is a little wide and a bit harder to conceal.

The “right gun” means different things for different people. In my time talking to everyday gun owners about their concealed carry guns and gear, I’ve learned it’s all about personal preference. For me, that preference resides in the Beretta PX4.

The Beretta PX4 Storm nestled inside a leather Outside-the-Waistband holster. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)

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