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Leupold releases new SX-5 Santiam HD Spotting Scope

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 09:00

The new spotting scopes come in angled, left, and straight, right, models. (Photo: The Outdoor Wire)

Leupold & Stevens introduced a new spotting scope into its lineup, announcing the SX-5 Santiam HD 27-55x80mm Spotting Scope.

The SX-5 Santiam is available in a straight and angled model and is created for “diehard hunters and shooters.” The spotting scope features a durable yet lightweight armor paired with DiamondCoat2 and Guard-Ion scratch-resistant and water-shedding lens coating.

Boasting a Porro prism construction, the SX-5 Santiam HD spotter offers an ultra-fine center focus wheel, adjustable eyecup and indexed rotational tripod ring. The spotting scope comes equipped with the Twilight Max HD light management system. The system delivers better light transmission as well as glare management in low-light shooting situations.

“Our consumers are some of the most dedicated, relentless hunters in the world,” Zach Bird, Product Line Manager for Leupold & Stevens, said in a press release. “They need optics that are as tough as they are – and the SX-5 Santiam HD Spotting Scope has been designed from the ground up to deliver that performance.”

Both the straight and angled models will come in the shooter’s choice of a Shadow Gray finish and will be backed by Leupold’s Full Lifetime Guarantee. The SX-5 Santiam HD 27-55x80mm Spotting Scopes are set to enter the marketplace with a MSRP of $2,339.

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Governor running for re-election literally blows up red tape (VIDEOS)

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 08:30

Kentucky’s Republican Gov. Matt Bevin took advantage of a stop at the State Penitentiary’s gun range to get in some time with some police-issue explosive devices.

Saying, “There is no room in Kentucky for corruption, overburdensome red tape, pay-to-play politics and inside deals,” Bevin pulled the ring on a smoke grenade which blows up in a comic cloud vector labeled “red tape.” The follow-up bloop from what looks like a DefTech gas launcher is labeled “corruption.” Other pyrotechnics are labeled “pay-to-play,” “inside deals,” and “#WeAreKy.”

From the beginning, we've made it clear…We won't stand for the way things have "always been done."

There is no room in Kentucky for corruption, overburdensome red tape, pay-to-play politics and inside deals. #WeAreKY

— Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) October 14, 2018

The video, filmed at Eddyville’s Kentucky State Penitentiary’s range along with members of his cabinet, was criticized by his only declared opponent in 2019, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, a Democrat who said through a spokesman that the governor should “refund every tax dollar used to make this video.”

Brown, who has signed pro-gun legislation into law to the applause from gun rights advocates, addresses the crowd at the NRA’s 2016 Annual Meetings in Louisville two years ago to speak on the Second Amendment.

Earlier this year, he spoke on the subject of gun control in the days after a school shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky that left two dead and 14 wounded after a 15-year-old student opened fire with a handgun. Bevin said the problems leading to such events stem from a lack of morality in modern culture such as in violent movies, music, and video games and will not be solved by more restrictions on guns.

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Shop clerk spoils armed robbery plans with gun of his own (VIDEO)

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 08:00

A Georgia vape shop clerk employee faced off with two masked men armed with a handgun but evened the odds with one of his own.

Savannah Police are on the hunt for two people who tried to hold up the clerk at Mary Jane’s Vape and Smoke Shop on West Victory Drive last month, local media reports. The clerk, Jerry Lawrence, said he opened the store that morning and thought at first that the two were regular customers. In surveillance camera footage from the incident, the men are shown following Lawrence behind the counter as they tie masks around their faces. One of the men is seen with a gun in his hand.

“When I turned my back, all I hear is someone say ‘go ahead and give it up. Turn back around.’ They already have their masks on, gloves on,” Lawrence told WTOC.

The clerk, who normally carries a gun with him but leaves it in a bag in the back of the store, hadn’t had a chance to store the firearm yet and pulled it out to confront the men, who ran, with Lawrence fast on their heels as he chased them from the store.

“When they got to the edge of the street, they kind of acted like they were about to turn around,” said Lawrence, who said he then fired two warning shots– considered a dubious tactic by many.

Police are investigating. Meanwhile, the retailer has installed more cameras and obtained the services of a security guard.

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Idaho official resigns after killing family of baboons on hunting trip

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 07:30

Blake Fischer, of Meridian, an Idaho Fish and Game commissioner, poses with the baboons he shot with a recurve bow in Namibia. (Photo: Idaho Statesman via Idaho governor’s office)

An Idaho state official resigned Tuesday after colleagues blasted him for sharing “disturbing” photos from a hunting trip in Africa he took just last month.

Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Blake Fischer said in a letter to Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter he “made some poor judgments” when he emailed images of a family of baboons he killed with a recurve bow to current and former state officials, prompting an unexpected backlash.

“I recently made some poor judgments that resulted in sharing photos of a hunt in which I did not display an appropriate level of sportsmanship and respect for the animals I harvested,” he wrote, according to Reuters. He concluded by apologizing for the controversy, saying “my actions will not harm the integrity and ethic of the state’s wildlife agency.”

Otter appointed Fischer for his second four-year term in June, according to reports. A search for his replacement began immediately.

“I have high expectations and standards for every appointee in state government,” Otter said. “Every member of my administration is expected to exercise good judgment. Commissioner Fischer did not. Accordingly, I have accepted his resignation from the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.”

The photos of Fischer’s hunting trip became public after the Idaho Statesman received the communications via a public information request through the governor’s office.

Fred Trevey, a former commissioner who last served in 2015, received the photos and advised Fischer to resign “to shield the commission as an institution and hunting as a legitimate tool of wildlife management from the harm that is sure to come,” according to the newspaper.

“I’m sure what you did was legal, however, legal does not make it right,” Trevey said. “… Sportsmanlike behavior is the center pin to maintaining hunting as a socially acceptable activity.” Former commissioner Tony McDermott told Otter he and six other colleagues agreed with Trevey.

“I didn’t do anything illegal. I didn’t do anything unethical. I didn’t do anything immoral,” Fischer told the Idaho Statesman. “… I look at the way Idaho’s Fish and Game statute says we’re supposed to manage all animals for Idaho, and any surplus of animals we have we manage through hunting, fishing and trapping. Africa does the same thing.”

Fischer and his wife shot more than a dozen species in Africa, according to the emails, including a giraffe, leopard, impala, sable antelope, waterbuck, kudu, warthog, gemsbok (oryx) and eland. He maintains he paid fees for some of his kills, but the “baboons were free.”

Not everyone agrees with Fischer’s resignation, however. Former commissioner Will Naillon described Fischer as “an ethical hunter” while Keith Stonebraker, who last served in 1987, said a public apology would suffice.

“They killed a whole family, including small baboons, and I think that’s revolting,” he said. “… It just puts a bad light on us.”

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Ruger unveils Ruger Custom Shop, adds new Competition models (PHOTOS)

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 07:00

Ruger’s new Custom Shop offers two new firearms, one of which is the SR1911 Competition Pistol. (Photo: Ruger)

Ruger launches a brand new Custom Shop, bringing performance and a splash of style to the Ruger lineup with the SR1911 Competition Pistol and 10/22 Competition Rifle. The Ruger Custom Shop aims to fill that high-end void for advanced shooters, hunters and avid firearms collectors.

“Our customers have been craving high-end performance variations of our popular models for a long time,” Chris Killoy, Ruger President and CEO, said in a news release. “We are thrilled to respond to the call and bring the Ruger Custom Shop to fruition. We are confident that these new products represent the very best in craftsmanship and performance.”

The Custom Shop relies on Ruger’s team of engineers as well as gun industry professionals to create unique guns offer quality performance paired with reliability and a stylish aesthetic. Leading the new Custom Shop are two new offerings — the SR1911 Competition Pistol and 10/22 Competition Rifle.

The SR1911 Competition Pistol was developed alongside competition shooter Doug Koenig. (Photo: Ruger)

The SR1911 Competition was designed in cooperation with competitive shooter Doug Koenig. The full-sized 9mm pistol features the Koenig Shooting Sports low-mass hammer and competition sear matched to a custom flat-faced trigger shoe. The pistol also is equipped with a precision-machined disconnector and hand-tuned sear spring.

The pistol sports a competition barrel with polished feed ramp, fitted barrel lug, and 1:16-inch slow twist. Topped with a black nitride stainless steel frame, the SR1911 Competition is finished with Hogue G10 Piranha grip panels, undercut trigger guard, fiber optic front sight and ambi safety.

“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with Ruger’s first-class engineers to develop this pistol,” Doug Koenig, Team Ruger Captain, said in a news release. “New and accomplished competition shooters alike will find this to be one of the finest, feature-rich 1911 pistols available. This firearm was designed and built to win.”

Rounding out Ruger’s Custom Shop offerings is the 10/22 Competition Rifle. The 10/22 Competition Rifle boasts a hard-coat anodized, CNC machined, heat-treated 6061-T6511 aluminum receiver with an optics-ready 30 MOA Picatinny rail. The receiver is paired to a 4140, head-treated and nitrided CNC machined bolt.

The 10/22 Competition Rifle looks to give shooters a high quality competition rifle. (Photo: Ruger)

Sporting a 16-inch fluted, bull barrel, the 10/22 Competition Rifle is threaded with a 1/2-28-inch pattern to offer compatibility with the included muzzle brake or other barrel accessories. The 10/22 Competition Rifle is finished off with a Ruger BX Trigger and fully adjustable cheek rest.

“The 10/22 has been a mainstay in our lineup for over 50 years and has seen countless variations,” Chris Killoy, Ruger President and CEO, said in a news release. “Our skilled team of engineers took a ground-up approach to further enhancing our proven design and taking the already legendary performance and reliability of the 10/22 to a new level.”

The SR1911 Competition Pistol and 10/22 Competition Rifle are available through Ruger’s Custom Shop with prices starting at $2,499 for the pistol and $899 for the rifle.

The rifle is equipped with a 30 MOA Picatinny Rail. (Photo: Ruger)

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Putting guns on display with Tactical Walls, IC13 Arms (VIDEO)

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 06:30

I wanted my back drop for to really show that I love this stuff. What says “I like guns” more than real guns hanging on the wall! Of course, there are plenty of DIY local hardware store solutions for wall mounting your own firearms, but I wanted some professional options. For that, I turned to two of the best in the biz: Tactical Walls and IC13 Arms.

Tactical Walls

Tactical Walls is best known for concealment products that allow you to hide and secure firearms in everyday house hold furnishings. Their Modwall is a more overt option for staging or displaying guns. It will not only hold firearms but also magazines, plate carriers, helmets, and lights. It uses a “slat wall” concept that secures into the studs behind the wall.

The Patriot Package from Tactical Walls includes a hanger for a vest and helmet. (Photo: Ben Brown/

Each panel is 22×48 inches and combines panels that give as much real-estate as needed. The Modwall Patriot Package will hold a helmet, plate carrier, two handguns, two AR-15s, and a handful of magazines. While the Modwall doesn’t secure items, if it’s going in a room that locks down then the Modwall makes a lot of sense.

IC13 Arms

The IC13 Arms has a number of firearms safety products that that can both secure a firearm but also make it accessible. The Mount Up system will work with any firearm that has a milspec, commercial or pistol buffer tube.

The IC13 Arms Horizontal Mount Up has a “support arm” to alleviate pressure on the buffer tube. (Photo: Ben Brown/

The Mount Up will work with any commercial, mil spec, or pistol buffer tube. (Photo: Ben Brown/

The Mount Up is a hinged collar that mounts to a wall with security screws. It is machined out of billet aluminum right here in the USA. When in use, the firearm’s buffer tube clamps into the Mount Up and then locks with a key. Using the “Mount Up Rail” allows you to combine multiple Mount Ups to hang guns vertically. So, if you want to display a gun horizontally – for that iconic rifle over the fireplace look – then use the Horizontal Mount Up.

The design uses an additional arm piece to support the firearms front end preventing torque on the buffer tube. You can get all your Mount Up’s keyed alike if you do decide to use multiple units.

Putting guns on display

Firearms have some aesthetic value in our lives whether we like to admit it or not. Yes, they are ultimately tools but let’s be honest: some we admire for their appearance and sentimental value. You might have some “safe queens” that need to be admired more often than the occasional visit to the safe. Maybe you have an office or room that could some new “wall art”. Whatever the reasoning, products by IC13 Arms and Tactical Walls make it easy to put guns on display.

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Aguila Ammo kicks off Shock-tober sweepstakes

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 06:00

Aguila has a tabletop full of gear including a Mossberg Shockwave and a bunch of their Minishells bundled in one sweet contest this month. (Photo: Aquila)

Texas-based Aguila has a $2,250 prize package on the line this month as part of their social media sweepstakes.

Termed the Shock-tober Minishell Sweepstakes and set to run through Halloween, the winner is set to take home a Mossberg 590 Shockwave (made it Texas) as well as 100 rounds of Aguila buckshot Minishells and another 100 of Minshell slugs — which can really increase the 590s capacity while curbing felt recoil.

Added to this is a table of swag to include Walker XCEL 500BT electric muffs, an INnforce TFx white flashlight, an Orca camo Podster, and a range bag and Shockwave Boom kit from Brownells.

To get in on the action, participants have to visit Aguila on Facebook or the other participating companies on social media. Full sweepstakes details and rules can be found here. The winner will be announced on Nov. 8.

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Gunwerks secures grant funding for expansion in Cody, Wyoming

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 05:30

State officials in Wyoming granted Gunwerks funding for its planned expansion in Cody. (Photo: Gunwerks/Facebook)

Gunwerks secured a $6 million grant and loan funding package from state officials this month to expand its manufacturing facilities in Cody, Wyoming.

The Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board approved the deal the first week of October, according to a report from the Cody Enterprise. The 36,000 square foot building will employ more than 100 workers over the next five years.

“Without [the funding award] we would not be able to complete expansion in Cody,” said Michael Labazzo, a company spokesman. “It helps us realize [Aaron Davidson’s] dream of growing the company here in the Big Horn Basin.”

Gunwerks makes long range precision shooting systems for an international customer base. Company leader Aaron Davidson moved operations from Burlington to Cody in 2016 and plans for the newest facility — home to operations, retail, manufacturing and warehouse space — to be operational by the end of 2019.

James Klessens, Chief Executive Officer of Forward Cody, an economic development group, told the newspaper Gunwerks’s focus on “cutting edge technology in optics and ballistics” excited state and local officials overseeing the funding.

“The fact this is a local-grown project was pretty powerful,” he said. “They are kind of leading-edge on really powerful things. It’s not just people building a good gun.”

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Crimson Trace unleashes new riflescope series

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 05:00

The Crimson Trace Scope series offers a variety of scopes designed for a range of applications. (Photo: Crimson Trace)

Crimson Trace developed a new series of riflescopes, introducing 11 models created to serve tactical, long range, hunting and recreational shooters.

Ranging from a 1-4x24mm to 5-25x56mm scopes, the new Crimson Trace lineup delivers riflescopes that offer short, medium and long range capabilities. The scopes offer advanced ED fully multi-coated Japanese glass that coincides with illuminated custom reticles in the first focal plane. All in all, the series uses seven custom-designed reticles.

The series delivers fully-coated lenses and illuminated reticles. (Photo: Crimson Trace)

The fogproof, shockproof, water and dust proof series includes specially crafted turrets allows for easier adjustments while wearing gloves. Additionally, the Crimson Trace riflescopes sport flip-up caps to protect the glasses and maintain cleanliness of the lenses. Each scope delivers a range of magnification options with generous eye relief, according to Crimson Trace.

“We’re extremely excited to enter the large and diverse riflescope market with these feature packed products,” Lane Tobiassen, President of Crimson Trace and American Outdoor Brands Corporation’s Electro-Optics Division, said in press release. “Consumers can expect the same high-quality engineering and design that Crimson Trace has been providing for nearly 25 years.”

The new scopes series from Crimson Trace offers pricing from $499 to $1,999 with a full lifetime warranty and inclusion in the Free Batteries for Life program.

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A letter to our readers

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 17:00

This week, is launching an e-commerce platform to sell new and used firearms. The team has worked countless hours during the past year-and-a-half to make this new endeavor possible. I would like to thank all the employees, representatives, writers, filmmakers, partners, consultants, family and friends for their hard work, patience and guidance in getting this new site live. Together, we have put together a unique platform so consumers can buy firearms online with greater clarity and control. We are honored to offer you these services for such an important purchase and investment.

The new is a no-nonsense solution for gun owners that is intuitive, fast and secure. But, in addition to offering you this new e-commerce platform, will not lose sight of its publishing roots. We will continue to publish the same news, reviews and lifestyle content we have been offering for the past seven years. In total, is here to inform, empower and equip.’s goal is to provide the best e-commerce experience in the industry. And that goal starts with our customer service department. After you — the consumer — hits the ‘buy’ button, we will do the rest. All the post transaction coordination with local gun stores, paperwork, approvals, shipping alerts, credit card transactions, returns and more will be handled by our team of experts to make the experience exactly what it should be: fast, easy, secure and enjoyable.’s desire for innovation hasn’t stopped with making life easier for the customer, but rather supporting and promoting local gun stores is also critical to our mission. We get it. Gun shops want sell guns and not transfers. So, we’ve created a system to ensure their inventory sells first and they keep revenue flowing into their communities. If can avoid shipping an order across the country and sell inventory already available in your area then everybody wins. Local gun stores, ranges, and clubs are what make the shooting community what it is. is here to embrace local firearms associations and businesses.

The bottom line? has built a better way to buy guns online. For nearly a decade, has been one of the most trusted sources of news and information for gun owners. We have long been champions of gun ownership in America, and now we want to give you a better online gun shopping experience. To do that, we promise to focus on three key values:

Support For Customers is bringing something back to buying guns online that has been missing for far too long – real service. Buying from us means more than just getting a gun – it means getting a promise. A promise to deliver an enjoyable shopping experience. Our team of lifelong gun enthusiasts and experts understand the process, the guns, and the importance and responsibility of being a gun owner. We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase and will do our best to make sure that happens. Questions, comments, concerns — we are here for you.

A Straightforward Process

Buying a gun online shouldn’t be hard as it, but for some reason other sites make you do most of the work. You’re left hunting for the gun you want, organizing the right paperwork, locating a store to deliver your gun to, and then hoping for the best. And if there’s a problem, you’re on your own. Gun owners deserve more – that’s why we do all of the legwork. Simply shop, click, and we’ll tell you when you can pick up your purchase. It’s that simple.

Embrace Local Guns Stores

We may sell guns online, but we want to support local gun stores and owners instead of replacing them. We work closely with a network of FFLs around the country to ensure a safe and secure transaction that prioritizes local inventory. We support our nation’s gun stores and putting money back into local communities.

We hope your experience with is as good as it possibly can be. We’d love to hear your thoughts on our new site, on what you’d like to see more of, and, of course, if there’s anything we can do better – drop us a line at and we’ll get back to you right away.

Thanks for being a member of the community – we look forward to launching our new business and continually improving our offerings and experience for firearms owners.

Many thanks,
Chris J. Callahan

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Savage Arms releases new MSR Competition model rifles

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 10:00

The MSR 15 Competition is one of two new Competition model firearms introduced by Savage. (Photo: Savage Arms)

Savage Arms launches new MSR Competition rifles, introducing the MSR 15 Competition and MSR 10 Competition HD. Both the MSR 15 Competition and MSR 10 Competition HD feature an 18-inch carbon fiber wrapped stainless barrel boasting a ported muzzle brake. The muzzle brake is designed to allow shooters to tune recoil in order to better stabilize the muzzle to produce faster and more accurate follow-up shots. The barrels are a collaborative effort between Savage Arms and PROOF Research.

The MSR 10 Competition HD offers a .308 Win design. (Photo: Savage Arms)

Both builds utilize a custom-length gas block which can be adjusted to accommodate for various bullet weights and suppressor use. The rifles top off their design with a non-reciprocating side charging handle, two-stage trigger, Magpul CTR stock, ambi mag release and selector as well as a free-float M-LOK handguard.

The MSR 15 Competition comes chambered in .223 Rem as well as .224 Valkyrie with an MSRP of $2,875. The MSR 10 Competition HD is chambered in .308 Win and is priced at $3,449.

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17 states pile on to Supreme Court case over NYC gun law

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 09:30

A group of states from across the country is backing a challenge to New York City’s restrictive gun laws. Led by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, they filed a brief last week in the pending request for cert of three NYC gun owners — Romolo Colantone, Efrain Alvarez, and Jose Anthony Irizarry — who argue the city’s “premises permit” scheme, which drastically restricts the ability to leave one’s premises with a firearm, is unconstitutional.

The gun owners are licensed to have handguns on their residence or business but under current law can only leave with them to go to a shooting range inside the city or to go hunting. They have long argued to the court that this precluded them from such basic freedoms as taking their gun to a range in another city or to a second home upstate. Landry agrees.

“The restrictive policies memorialized in New York City’s ‘premises permit’ scheme unduly burdens the Second Amendment rights held by all Americans,” said Landry. “Criminalizing travel with a securely stored firearm creates an imbalance in our federal system that weighs against lawful exercise of the Second Amendment inside and outside of New York City.”

Landry is joined in the brief by attorneys general from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin while the Republican governors of Mississippi and Kentucky have also signed on.

Two other briefs have been filed in favor of the plaintiffs by law enforcement lobby groups spearheaded by the Western States Sheriffs’ Association and a variety of pro-gun groups to include Gun Owners of America, Gun Owners Foundation, The Heller Foundation, Conservative Legal Defense and Education Fund, Downsize DC Foundation,, and Restoring Liberty Action Committee.

Colantone, Alvarez, and Irizarry are allied with the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association and took city officials to court in 2014, arguing the restrictive license forces gun owners to leave firearms in sometimes unoccupied buildings for long periods of time– such as in cases where they are at another home or out-of-town– and forces them to exclusively use the city’s few ranges, most of which are private clubs with comparatively high fees when compared to ranges outside of the City. Police countered the men’s argument by saying the ban on transporting even unloaded weapons promotes public safety by limiting the presence of handguns on city streets.

U.S. District Judge Robert W. Sweet, an appointment by President Jimmy Carter, rejected the case in favor of the city in 2015 and a panel for the 2nd U.S. Circuit this February affirmed his decision contending the restrictions on-premises licenses do not violate the Second Amendment. The panel held that the license holders could always purchase a second gun for a second home or business rather than transport one firearm back and forth and, despite the argument that the in-city ranges were more expensive, they were still locally available to the gun owners and, when traveling outside of the city to shooting competitions, guns can be rented or borrowed for that purpose.

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Faxon Firearms brings creativity and dramatic flare to firearms industry

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 09:00

Faxon Firearms offers a creative approach to parts. (Photo: Faxon Firearms via Facebook)

The inventory of Faxon Firearms is lined with brightly colored barrels, eye-catching uppers, creative firearms and just about any other stylish part one can imagine. The company, best known for its multi-colored barrel options and ARAK-21 firearm quietly crept into the mainstream and has since taken a firm foothold in the gun industry with its fresh approach to everyday parts and accessories.

Faxon Firearms sprang from the roots of Faxon Machining — a family owned business that originally began in 1978. The Faxon family business centered on the automotive, oil and gas and aerospace industries. Despite a rigorous work ethic, the family business struggled due to foreign competition and economic downturn forcing the Faxon family to look into other ventures to stay afloat.

“Needing to keep our employees and machines running, we pursued several options and Faxon Firearms was born out of that, “ Bob Faxon, CEO and founder of Faxon Firearms, told

The ARAK-21 was the first Faxon Firearms product. (Photo: CrossFire via Faxon Firearms)

Faxon’s first product and one of the most recognizable design was the ARAK-21,  a mesh of the two most popular rifles in the modern gun industry — the AR-15 and AK-47. Faxon said the idea for the ARAK-21 came after watching a Discovery Channel show detailing the all-time top battle rifles. While the AK-47 took top billing, the AR-15 came in a close second, but Faxon felt America was owed number one. Sitting down at his kitchen table, he spent the next 20 minutes drawing a mock-up of a long gun that combined the best features of both the AK and the AR. The all-American ARAK-21 was born.

It took over a year to bring what was on paper to life in a workable design; but once the ARAK-21 was alive and well in the marketplace, consumers began to take notice of the firearms company pushing conventional boundaries. Following the ARAK-21, Faxon Firearms began churning out barrels for the AR platform growing its inventory to include over 400 products with 1,300 dealers nationwide. Despite the ever-growing line of new products, Faxon said the lifeblood of the company has always centered on creativity and customer service.

“Everything that we design and make is meant to be a better customer experience. That is a driving focus for the company,” Faxon said. “Our goal is to make parts and firearms that will provide countless years of reliable service and will be a part of peoples’ memories for generations to come.”

The company continues to introduce colorful options to its barrel lineup. (Photo: Faxon Firearms)

Cranking out innovative, show-stopping spins on parts and accessories, Faxon shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. In fact, the company is set to release some big products in the coming months, expanding both its pistol category and rifle line-up. Faxon told that improvements in the rifle barrel series are also underway.

“Faxon Firearms will continue to expand its product line as aggressively as we have in the past. I would look for things to really expand into the pistol group,” Faxon said. “Hopefully there will be a lot of refinement as well as the new products.”

In the meantime, the company is focusing on enjoying the satisfaction that comes along with success — watching an idea jump from the pages of a notepad and into the hands of consumers.

“When I go the range and I shoot something we have made and it performs flawlessly…knowing that the firearms or components I am shooting started as a block or bar of metal and now it is a functioning product for folks to enjoy is so satisfying,” Faxon elaborated. “Taking something from a concept to a great product is a pretty awesome feeling.”

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Special Sig Sauer M17s join guard at Tomb of the Unknowns (PHOTOS)

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 08:30

The Army notes that the changing of the guard ceremony last Thursday marked the first use of the Ceremonial M17 Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Pistol, the replacement of the Ceremonial M9s used by the Guard. (Photos: U.S. Army)

A unique set of four ceremonial M17 handguns are now serving with the Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery.

Announced earlier this month by Sig Sauer, the quartet of new sidearms replaced ceremonial M9 Berettas used by the squad commanders of the elite Tomb Guard Platoon of the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment — the Old Guard — tasked with standing an eternal watch at the Tomb of the Unknows. Named Silence, Respect, Dignity, and Perseverance, after traits and attributes of the Sentinels and their mission, each gun is a modified M17, which is replacing the M9 across the military.

The new M17s are for the use of the Guard’s NCOs, while Tomb Sentinels will continue to use M14s

The pistols have a non-railed aluminum grip module rather than a polymer frame, a high polish stainless steel slide, wood grip inserts, a 21-round 9mm magazine.

The wooden inserts, crafted by a former Old Guard soldier, Dave Loyal, of Loyal Drums of Woodbridge, Virginia, are made from wood drawn from the cruiser USS Olympia, the ship that carried the Unknown Soldier of World War I from France in 1921. The left panel has the insignia of the 3rd Infantry Regiment while the right carries the Tomb Guard badge.

The guns were presented by Sig to the Old Guard at a ceremony on Oct. 11, and have been used by the Tomb Guard’s sergeants ever since. The company said in a statement that they are “incredibly honored to have a place in a deeply humbling historical event.”

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Everytown throws $500K behind governor who signed gun control bill

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 08:00

In addition to the bill signed last week, Wolf called for a law to require background checks on private transfers of some semi-automatic firearms such as AR-15s (Photo: Wolf’s office)

The same day Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf inked a gun control bill into law, advocates backed by Michael Bloomberg announced a large outlay to help pave his re-election.

Wolf, a Democrat who has been poorly received by pro-Second Amendment groups while in office, signed HB 2060 into law on Friday. The bill, approved by lawmakers earlier this month, steps up the requirements for the mandatory surrender of guns in some domestic situations.

“Today Pennsylvania is taking a long-overdue step forward to keep guns from abusers and honor all the victims of domestic violence that have lost their lives at the hands of their abuser with a firearm,” Wolf said, going on to thank the “hundreds of advocates and everyday citizens that made their voices heard and got this bill to my desk.”

While applauding the action by Wolf in a separate statement, Everytown went on to announce a $500,000 ad campaign in support of his bid to stay in office another term.

“The people of Pennsylvania deserve leaders with the courage to buck the NRA and champion common-sense gun laws,” said John Feinblatt, President of Everytown for Gun Safety.

Besides HB 2060, which mandates that those subject to a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction or a final Protection From Abuse order relinquish their guns and ammunition to police or a gun shop within 24 hours of a hearing, Wolf last week called for a law to require background checks on private transfers of some semi-automatic firearms such as AR-15s saying, “The legislature’s work on gun safety remains incomplete.”

Facing Republican challenger Scott Wagner, who has the solid endorsement of the NRA, poll aggregators have Wolf with a significant lead heading into next month’s election.

I just signed into law long-overdue reforms to keep guns away from domestic abusers.

I want to personally thank the hundreds of advocates and citizens that made their voices heard and got this bill to my desk.

This important legislation will make Pennsylvania a safer place.

— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) October 12, 2018

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Bushmaster Unicorn: ACR sees new caliber conversions

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 07:30

Bushmaster delivers new caliber conversions for its ACR platform. (Photo: Bushmaster)

After eight years of waiting, Bushmaster ACR fans are finally getting what they want as Bushmaster announced the release of two new caliber conversions.

The .450 Bushmaster and the 6.8 Rem SPC II are joining the ACR platform offering caliber conversions. The new set-ups deliver fully ambidextrous controls, better ergonomics, tool-less configuration and a reliable gas pistol operating system. The new additions have made the ACR, “the most field adaptable Modern Sporting Rifle Platform available,” at least according to Bushmaster.

The .450 Bushmaster, top, and the 6.8 SPC II, bottom, supply more options to ACR fans. (Photo: Bushmaster)

“The Bushmaster ACR was brought to market in 2010 with the promise of unparalleled adaptability.  The concept was simple; an extremely reliable, versatile, and modular platform, capable of tool-less configuration and caliber changes in minutes by swapping the bolt head, barrel and magazine,” Bushmaster said in a press release. “Unfortunately, much like a mythical creature, the caliber conversions have never been seen. Until now.”

The .450 Bushmaster delivers a 16-inch or 18-inch barrel, depending on preference, with an FNC treated design and 1-in-24-inch twist. The .450 Bushmaster also delivers a five-round polymer magazine capacity. The 6.8 Rem SPC II variant features a 16-inch FNC treated barrel with 1×11 twist. The 6.8 Rem SPC II brings in more rounds with a total capacity of 25 rounds.  The company said the .450 Bushmaster Conversion is best wielded against deer, bear and feral hogs while the 6.8 Rem SPC II offers increased energy and down-range performance.

The Caliber Conversions for the ACR are priced at $699.

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One couple, two opinions on carry preferences (VIDEO)

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 07:00

Some firearm instructors suggest couples should carry the same firearm and gear. The reasoning is sound. The items are interchangeable. But meet Jake and Morgan, a husband and wife who go against that logic. While they train, plan and attend classes together, they have very distinct opinions on their carry preference.

Morgan’s weapon of choice is a Taurus Model 605, a snub nose .357 magnum revolver that she carries in her purse. She said she likes the weight of it and how it shoots and the revolver gives her confidence because it won’t jam or fail when she needs it. She’s also a lot more accurate with it.

Morgan’s carry weapon of choice, Taurus Model 605, .357 Magnum Revolver. (Photo: Don Summers/

Jake currently carries a Smith & Wesson M&P BodyGuard .380 pistol with an appendix carry. He likes the smaller .380 and the appendix carry is much more comfortable for him. “I’m able to tuck it in there and all but forget it’s there. It’s smaller than my cell phone,” he said. He added that he thinks the pistol “has enough capability to stop any threat.”

Jake’s carry weapon of choice, Smith & Wesson M&P BodyGuard. (Photo: Don Summers/

So, why the different approach? As Morgan explains: “My husband works a lot and he travels a lot for his job, so I’m home by myself, doing things by myself, so I have access to that gun and feel more secure and safe.”

“I also have peace of mind whenever I travel for work knowing that she’s not only trained, but also carries for her self-defense,” Jake added.

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Suspected looter fatally shot in Florida hurricane aftermath (VIDEO)

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 06:30

Amid reported “rampant looting” following Hurricane Michael, a Florida State Fire Marshall was involved in a fatal shooting near Panama City.

Local media outlets are reporting that the Marshall shot and killed a man attempting to steal his vehicle.

“He yelled at me a little bit. He said, oh I’m looting and he opened the door to the police officer’s SUV with the lights going, got in it and shut the door,” said Landon Swett, a witness to the event. Moving to take his family inside, Swett said he looked back to see an officer at the side of the vehicle with a gun then later heard a shot.

Florida Highway Patrol confirmed that a Marshall was involved in the shooting with WWSB noting that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the incident.

State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis has directed his agency to assist with recovery operations in the devastated area in and around Panama City in Bay County.

“Our first responders immediately ran towards the chaos when Hurricane Michael ripped through the panhandle on Wednesday and they have been working tirelessly for days to protect life and property,” said Patronis in a statement. “We must make sure these heroes have our full support during this stressful time just as they support us before, during and after disasters.”

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office advises “hundreds” of law enforcement officers from across the state have flooded into the area in addition to 850 National Guard and 600 Florida Highway Patrol State Troopers. Gov. Rick Scott’s office on Sunday activated 500 more Florida National Guard troops for deployment, bringing the total on-duty statewide to 4,000.

Michael made landfall as a 155 mph, Category 4 storm on Oct. 10 near Mexico Beach, Florida in Bay County and is estimated to have caused $8 billion in damages in addition to claiming at least 18 lives.

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School board votes to take guns away from monitors

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 06:00

Armed for decades, the grounds monitors of a New York school district will no longer be allowed to have access to firearms.

The Saratoga Springs City School District Board voted last week 5-4 to disarm the group of school security employees, many of whom are former police officers, with the majority siding with advocates who argued firearms did not belong on campus.

“I want to stress,” said Superintendent Michael Patton, “that this vote does not imply that we don’t value or support a safe learning environment.”

The push to disarm the monitors was backed by Saratogians for Gun Safety, a local anti-gun group that has protested against area gun shows in years past.

“We are parents with children attending district schools and are just as concerned about our children’s safety as anyone else,” said Susan Steer, a co-founder of the group. “That said, having armed officers on school grounds does not make our children any safer as demonstrated by the fact that there was an armed school resource officer on campus during the mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.”

The monitors, in addition to school resource officers provided by local law enforcement, helped protect the campus and many of the 14 such positions funded by the school district are part-time.

At least one parent supported keeping the monitors armed, as reported by the Daily Gazette. “We have trained individuals, overly-qualified professionals who are willing to put their life on the line for our children,” said parent Michelle King. “How are they going to protect them if you don’t give them the tools to do it?”

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Visiting with the classic Colt 9mm SMG (VIDEO)

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 05:30

Complete with lots of M16A2 styling but in an abbreviated package with an UZI-based magazine, the Colt SMG was a little different. Basically a 9mm take on the Colt 733 Commando model with a 10.5-inch barrel set up to run in 9mm, the Colt Model 635 SMG was the company’s answer to the most popular sub guns of the 1980s — the HK MP5.

Although used by a lot in federal alphabet soup agencies, it was only fielded in small quantities by the U.S. military. However, it did see some service with the Marine Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team in the 1989 invasion of Panama. While its even shorter brother, the Model 633, had a 7-inch barrel, Colt still makes the standard SMG today, price on request, and it has received a good bit of service in the LE community.

Larry Vickers with Vickers Tactical, himself a Delta Force veteran of Panama, takes a look at one of the venerable 635s in the above video and goes into some of the peculiarities of the design.

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