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ETS Group serves up MP5 clear polymer mags

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 06:00

The clear mags allow users to see exactly how many rounds are inside. (Photo: ETS Group)

The ETS Group is ready to serve MP5 fanboys and girls with a new set of clear, polymer magazines designed specifically for the MP5 platform.

The new MP5 9mm mags are available in four models — 10 rounds, 20 rounds, 30 rounds and 40 rounds. Working alongside all 9mm chambered MP5 variants. ETS Group says the clear mags cover all major MP5 manufacturers to include H&K, POF, Zenith and Omega.

The magazines are designed to function with hollow point rounds in the same fashion as stock H&K magazines but with the added benefit of a clear body.

ETS group offers four models with varying round capacities. (Photo: ETS Group)

“Their translucent body structure allows you to easily see your ammo count and type, while its durable construction features extreme impact-resistance so they won’t crack when dropped and the feed lips won’t spread when fully loaded and stored,” ETS Group said in a press release.

The company offers a lifetime warranty on the magazines. Prices start at $39 for the 10 to 30 round magazines, topping out at $49 for the 40 round capacity mag.

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Testing the infamous M1918 Chauchat: What could go wrong? (VIDEOS)

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 12:30

While early light machine guns were finicky, the French Chauchat machine rifle, especially in U.S. Army service, has a special place in gun lore.

Designed by Louis Chauchat and Charles Sutter, more than 250,000 of these 20-pound high-volume weapons were cranked out– mostly in 8x50mmR Lebel as it was French.

Although the excellent Lewis machine gun, as well as the earlier M1895 Colt “Potato Digger,” were created in the U.S., the rapidly expanding American Expeditionary Force was outfitted with first the 8mm Chauchat (dubbed the M1915) and later augmented with the Gladiator-made 30.06-chambered version (the M1918). Besides their odd layout and funky long-recoil action, the M1918 had lots of mechanical defects that didn’t bubble to the surface until they were beta tested on the front lines with, let’s say, poor feedback.

In the above, Ian McCollum takes a vintage M1918 with downloaded mags and tests out the century-old LMG in some rapid fire with some decent results– until it warms up at least.

And if you want to see what one looks like on the inside, check out Mark with C&Rsenal as he tries to get one of these much-maligned and now increasingly collectible guns working again.

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3M will pay $9.1 million after supplying defective earplugs to the U.S. military

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 12:00

3M agreed to pay $9.1 million for allegedly selling defective earplugs to the U.S. military. (Photo: Staff Sgt. Micah VanDyke/Army Times)

3M Company will pay $9.1 million to resolve claims it knowingly supplied defective earplugs to the U.S. military, according to a news release from the Department of Justice published last week.

The settlement comes two years after a whistleblower, a California-based manufacturer of safety products called Moldex, sued 3M for violating the False Claims Act, alleging the company– and its predecessor Aearo Technologies — knew its dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs became imperceptibly loose in the ear canal as early as 2000. The undisclosed defect remained a secret for years, according to court documents, as thousands of soldiers — reportedly more than half — sustained “significant hearing loss and tinnitus” while deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan between 2003 and 2015.

Meanwhile, 3M profited more than $9 million off its exclusive government contract, court records show.

“In addition to funding the military’s repeated purchases of the defective earplugs from 3M for more than a decade, taxpayers must also shoulder the massive expense of treating veterans with hearing damage and impairment, which represents the largest ongoing medical cost to the military,” attorneys for Moldex said in a 25-page complaint filed in South Carolina federal court.

3M discontinued the earplugs in 2015, but never issued a recall. The Department of Veterans Affairs spends more than $1 billion annually treating hearing loss for over 800,000 veterans, according to most recent estimates cited in court documents.

“The Department of Justice is committed to protecting the men and women serving in the United States military from defective products and fraudulent conduct,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad A. Readler of the Department’s Civil Division.  “Government contractors who seek to profit at the expense of our military will face appropriate consequences.”

“Today’s settlement will ensure that those who do business with the government know that their actions will not go unnoticed,” said Frank Robey, director of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s Major Procurement Fraud Unit. “Properly made safety equipment, for use by our Soldiers, is vital to our military’s readiness. Our agents will respond robustly to protect the safety of our military.”

Moldex will receive a $1.9 million payout for filing the claims, according to the DOJ.

“Through rigorous enforcement of the False Claims Act, we protect taxpayer dollars from waste, fraud, and abuse,” said U. S. Attorney Sherri Lydon for the District of South Carolina.  “And in this case in particular, we are proud to defend the integrity of our military programs and ensure that our men and women in uniform are adequately protected as they serve our country.”

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Court rejects bid by groups to block 3-D firearm files, states step in

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 11:30

Cody Wilson’s Defense Distributed organization has won a series of legal victories against gun control groups and the federal government in recent weeks, going on to be granted an exception by the U.S. State Department to export controls on 3-D printed gun files. (Photos: Collage of images from DefDist/State Department)

A judge in a Texas federal court last week declined to side with gun control groups trying to stop the planned release of downloadable firearm files as states are mobilizing to block the information themselves.

U.S. Judge Robert Pitman, a sixth-generation Texan and 2014 appointment by President Obama, on Friday, denied a motion by the Brady Campaign, Everytown, and Giffords to intervene in the lawsuit between Austin-based Defense Distributed and the U.S. State Department.

The gun control advocates argued that the settlement reached between DefDist and the government would allow felons and terrorists to download 3-D files that could assist in unregulated firearm manufacturing. Pittman held the groups lacked standing and, declining to grant a request to halt the pending publication of the files, dismissed the case.

“Just goosed Brady, Gabby and Mike Bloomberg in federal court. Enjoy your weekend,” tweeted DefDist founder Cody Wilson in the aftermath of the ruling.

Wilson, who catapulted to controversy in 2013 when he first released online plans for his 3-D printed single-shot .380 Liberator pistol that quickly garnered over 100,000 downloads, has been mired in legal combat with the State Department ever since as the feds argued the availability of the plans, which recognized no borders, was a violation of International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

DefDist filed suit against the Obama administration in 2015 with the help of the Second Amendment Foundation, before the State Department switched gears last month and moved to grant Wilson’s company a special exemption to ITAR regulations on Friday, allowing him to post a variety of non-military small arms files on

“The State Department has made a dangerous and baffling mistake,” said Nick Suplina, legal policy director for Everytown. “For years, the State Department worked to prevent these deadly designs from going public, and it’s difficult to fathom why it suddenly reversed course on an issue with such clear consequences for public safety,” he continued. “Allowing unfettered access to these designs will enable felons, terrorists, and domestic abusers to create guns with ease and put public safety at risk.”

States step in

In response to a threat by New Jersey state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer last Thursday warning DefDist of pending legal action should the company allow residents there state to download the controversial files, Wilson fired back Saturday with a lawsuit against the two, arguing they are violating First Amendment free speech protections.

In the 16-page filing, attorneys for DefDist hold that Grewal and Feuer “have waged an ideologically-fueled program of intimidation and harassment against” the company, intending to drag Wilson “before all manner of far-flung criminal and civil tribunals in an effort to silence the organization.”

Seeking damages and attorney fees, attorneys Alan Gura and Josh Blackman outline the threats of litigation from Grewal and Feuer also illegally interfere with DefDist’s lawful business under the Dormant Commerce Clause, which restricts the powers of states to get involved in federally-protected interstate commerce.

Pending the outcome of the challenge, Wilson’s group has blocked IP addresses in Los Angeles, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania– where a similar case was made in a Philadelphia federal court on Sunday– from downloading DefCAD files.

“Defense Distributed’s mission, & the federal gov’t abdication of their responsibilities, forces my hand into fighting an obscene proposition,” said Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, like Grewal and Feuer a Democrat. “We have laws in place to keep people safe, & during a time when students aren’t safe in their own classrooms, we need more help – not less.”

.@GovernorTomWolf, @PAStatePolice & I understand this, we know what's at stake, and we will do whatever is necessary to ensure that people can't just print a deadly weapon on a whim.

— AG Josh Shapiro (@PAAttorneyGen) July 30, 2018

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Using a 6.5 Creedmoor to zap flying clays out to 200 yards (VIDEOS)

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 07:00

While many consider hitting clays pigeons an iffy prospect past about 50 yards, this is no ordinary shooter.

In the above video, the Gould Brothers use an AR-10 6.5 Creedmoor from Alex Pro Firearms stoked with 142-grain Winchester Expedition Long Range to line up a shot on an airborne clay target out to the 200-yard mark. A SilencerCo Omega gives it some hush while the Alex Pro carries Vortex glass as they reach for the clay.

Just for reference, multi-World and European English clay-shooting champion George Digweed drilled a clay out to 130 yards during the 2011 Bisley Live shooting show in front of a live crowd– with his over-and-under.

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Bill Stewart’s EDC: Glock, Microtech, Blackhawk! (VIDEO)

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 07:00 caught up with Bill Stewart, a lifelong shooter, collector, and industry professional to see what makes his cut for Every Day Carry (EDC). When asked about his EDC, Stewart was quick to lift the tails of his untucked t-shirt, revealing a well-hidden pair of carry weapons.

On his right hip sits a OWB concealed Glock Model 42. The Model 42 holds six rounds of .380 ACP, and Stewart points out that though the 9mm may be favored for concealed carry, he is confident in the .380’s stopping power given the ample offerings of premium self-defense ammunition. Plus, he appreciates the slightly smaller dimensions of the Model 42, which measures just 5.9-inches long, 4.1-inches in height, less than an inch wide, and weighs 17.2-ounces fully loaded.

Bill Stewart’s EDC weapons: Glock Model 42, a Blackhawk! Serpa CQC holster and a Microtech Ultratech knife (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

What good is a carry gun without a quality holster? Stewart’s choice of the Blackhawk! Serpa CQC points to an emphasis on safety with adjustable retention as well as easy access for the carrier. The AutoLock feature on the Serpa CQC means the user must depress the release with the trigger finger to allow the pistol to be drawn. Stewart demonstrates this several times, showing just how quickly the pistol can be out and ready for business. When asked if he’d ever consider changing up his EDC, Stewart says the only other CCW pistol he’d consider is the Ruger LC9, and if he made the swap, he’d still like a Serpa holster. Though he’s also a fan of small-frame revolvers, Stewart opts for semi-autos because of the ability to carry and quickly swap magazines.

Stewart forgoes a laser or advanced sights for the standard factory sights. His comfort level, no doubt, is driven by ample practice. The same goes for his Microtech EDC knife; the ability to deploy that backup weapon quickly is paramount to its usefulness in a stressful situation.

Stewart says he appreciates the the smaller dimensions of the Model 42 and economic design of the Microtech Ultratech knife. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

The Microtech Ultratech is an automatic double-action knife with the Double-Edge (DE) blade. Though the knife includes a simple belt clip, Stewart opts to carry it inside the factory nylon belt case. The Ultratech also features a glass-breaker at the distal end, which Stewart appreciates having, just in case. Weighing only 3.2-ounces and with a 3.4-inch deployed blade, Stewart finds the Ultratech easy to carry. He was attracted to the quality of Microtech knives as well as the fact that the Ultratech’s design allows the firing spring to be at rest in both the open and closed positions, meaning less wear-and-tear on the mechanism. Stewart demonstrates several times how quickly and easily the blade is extended and retracted, and then stowed out of sight on his belt.

What do you think of Stewart’s EDC items? We’d like to hear about your EDC gear as well, so let us know in the comments below!

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Unexploded ordnance a drag for firefighters round the globe this summer (VIDEO)

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 06:30

From Sweden to New Mexico, those tackling wildfires this season have often had to pump the brakes due to the possibility of moody old munitions.

In Germany last week, firefighters near Fichtenwalde outside of Berlin, had to call in a fire-fighting tank to help get close enough to a blaze thought to be near old WWII-era munitions left over from the epic Soviet drive to capture the city in 1945. “We’ve received some information that there have been a number of detonations,” said Raimund Engel, a representative for the German federal state of Brandenburg’s firefighting authorities.

In Sweden, with the double trouble of unexploded ammunition and difficult terrain encountered in a wildfire on the country’s Älvdalens live-fire range, two Air Force Jas 39 Gripens were called in to sucker punch the center of the blaze with 500-pound GBU-49 Paveway smart bombs.

The idea was that the bombs’ resulting pressure wave would snuff out the fire by depriving it of oxygen. “Our preliminary assessment right now is that this had a good effect,” said fire team leader Johan Szymanski in a statement.

While in the UK, fire crews at a military range near Northumberland have been stamping out flames caused by “sparks from bullets” for the past two weeks, in the U.S. the Army had to suspend live-fire training at Fort Hood in Texas due to an ongoing wildfire for which a cause has not been determined.

Similarly, last month firefighters at the expansive White Sands Missile Range had to be safe in some areas over the possibility of encountering unexploded ordnance. White Sands has been used for bombing and gunnery practice as well as rocket and missile research going back to 1942 with the Trinity Site, the location of the first nuclear detonation, part of the 3,200 sq mi complex.

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Sig Sauer lands $48 million spec ops contract for Suppressed Upper Receiver Groups

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 06:00

While it is not known what upper SOCOM has chosen from Sig Sauer, the company introduced their SUR300 .300 BLK Upper Reciever Group, compatible with both MCX and AR-style lowers, earlier this year. (Photo: Chris Eger/

The U.S. Special Operations Command last week awarded a contract for suppressed uppers from Sig Sauer in an effort to upgrade M4A1 rifles.

The five-year, $48 million firm-fixed-price contract issued through USSOCOM headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, is for an undetermined quantity of what are termed Suppressed Upper Receiver Groups to mate to M4 lowers.

The on-again/off-again SURG program has been around for the past few years in an effort to produce a weapon system designed to be suppressed continuously with better thermal characteristics and less blowback that simply adding a suppressor and threaded barrel to a standard upper.

Since then, Daniel Defense, Aero Precision/SilencerCo, Gemtech, Larue Tactical, and NDAD, among others, have all spent R&D time in making suppressed upper receiver groups and all-up rifles.

While it is not known which upper SOCCOM selected from Sig, the company earlier this year released details on its planned SUR300 suppressed .300 BLK upper that uses a 6.75-inch barrel with a permanently attached Ti suppressor that incorporates 19 baffles.

According to the Pentagon, the majority of the work on Sig’s SURG program will be performed at their Newington, New Hampshire facility, and is expected to be completed by July 2023.

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Anti-gun voter initiative approved in Washington, hit with lawsuits from 2A groups

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 05:30

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman certified the I-1639 ballot referendum for the November General Election but said “concerns remain” about the legality of its signature sheets. (Photo: Wyman’s office)

Supporters of Initiative 1639 were approved to put a list of gun restrictions in front of voters on Friday, triggering new legal challenges by Second Amendment advocates.

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman certified the I-1639 “Gun Violence Prevention” ballot referendum for the November General Election after examining a random sample of 11,380 of the 378,085 signatures submitted by its sponsors. Wyman, a Republican, cautioned that “concerns remain” about the whether the format of the petition signature sheets complies with statutory requirements — as previously questioned by the gun rights groups — but said the initiative could move forward.

The news of I-1639’s approval was met with two lawsuits on Friday, filed by the National Rifle Association and Second Amendment Foundation in Thurston County Superior Court, each arguing the signature sheets were flawed and inaccurate.

“Secretary of State Wyman has a legal and constitutional duty to reject all I-1639 signatures obtained using fraudulent copies of this initiative,” said Chris Cox, head of the NRA’s lobbying arm. “It’s telling that the gun control lobby and their billionaire backers will break the rules and resort to dirty tricks in order to get their latest gun control scheme on the ballot.”

The lawsuit from the SAF saw its founder, Alan Gottlieb, filed as a private citizen and voter in the state. “This challenge maintains that because the initiative petitions were incorrectly printed, there isn’t a single valid signature on them,” he said in a statement. “It is essentially the same as signing a contract to buy a new Ford and they deliver a used Chevy. At the end of the day, it’s worthless paper. That’s not my fault, it’s the fault of the people behind I-1639 who apparently thought it didn’t matter to follow the letter of the law.”

The initiative aims to change the definition under Washington law of an “assault rifle” to effectively regulate all semi-auto long arms other than shotguns. The new requirements proposed alongside the definition would bar sales to those under 21 altogether. Those seeking to purchase an AR-15 or similar firearm would have to pass an enhanced background check, show proof of training, pay up to a $25 fee, and wait at least 10 days before picking up the gun from a dealer. There would be no exception to those who already have a concealed carry permit or have legally purchased a rifle before.

The Everytown-allied I-1639 backers, the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, have enjoyed big donations from high-profile billionaires with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer both chipping in $1 million each to the campaign. In past years the group was able to get I-594, an expanded background check initiative, approved by voters in 2014, followed by I-1491, a measure to make it easier to temporarily seize guns from individuals seen as being at risk, in 2016. They welcomed the news of I-1639’s approval last week.

Live shot of my reaction when we got the news from @secstatewa Kim Wyman that we are officially certified for the November ballot! Let's do this thing! #YesOn1639
— Stephen Paolini, Campaign Manager

— Yes on 1639 (@yeson1639) July 27, 2018

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Recovery of guns lost, stolen from licensed dealers up 13 percent in 2017

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 05:00

AR-15 rifles line a shelf in the gun library at the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms National Tracing Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia December 15, 2015. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Traced firearms lost or stolen from licensed dealers increased 13 percent in 2017, according to federal data released last week.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recovered more than 2,700 guns last year reported missing from retailers — a 78 percent increase over the last four years. More than one-third of the guns traced back to dealers in Texas, Ohio, California, Illinois and Florida.

Janice Kemp, an ATF spokeswoman, told last week spikes in traced firearms — up 11 percent nationwide — suggests increased participation from state and local law enforcement in federal tracing programs.

“The information provides investigative leads to law enforcement and can link a suspect to a firearm in a criminal investigation, help identify potential firearm traffickers, and detect in-state, interstate and international firearms trafficking patterns, including the sources and types of crime guns used,” she said.

The ATF’s National Tracing Center is the only agency authorized to track firearms in the United States. It’s headquarters — located in Martinsburg, West Virginia — houses more than 17,000 guns, an untold number of Form 4473s and other hard copy documents necessary to complete tracing investigations.

“The data we glean from traces can be used to highlight the types of firearms being sold or brought into specific states, as well as capture the original state where the firearm was purchased,” Kemp said. “This helps investigators take violent offenders off the streets.”

The NTC said it processed more than 408,000 tracing requests last year — the most ever recorded in the center’s 30-year history.

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68-year-old woman shoots suspected burglar 5 times

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 08:30

A man police suspect of being a burglar is recovering after he allegedly lunged at the elderly woman who discovered him in her storage building.

Robeson County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Anthony Thompson told local media that James Dority, 39, of St. Pauls, was discovered by deputies after a call about 6:40 p.m. last Friday in reference to a person being shot.

Authorities say that Dority had been shot five times with a .22-caliber handgun by an unidentified 68-year-old woman after she arrived home to find the man hiding in her storage building and he lunged at her in “an aggressive manner” when confronted.

Dority, who does not have life-threatening injuries, was later reported to have an extensive criminal background to include past charges for possession of burglary tools and felony possession of a stolen vehicle. Thompson said the incident is in the “early stages of the investigation,” and no charges have been filed.

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Vista Outdoor raises six figures for homeless veterans charity

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 08:00

Members of Vista Outdoor’s leadership team present a check for more than $146,000 to the Veterans Community Project (Photo: PRNewsfoto/Vista Outdoor Inc.)

Vista Outdoor raised more than $146,000 for a homeless veteran’s charity based in Kansas City earlier this month.

The Veteran’s Community Project will use the funds to build “tiny house” communities and provide onsite services aimed at addressing the underlying causes of veteran homelessness.

“All of us at VCP were blown away by the kindness and compassion of the Vista Outdoor team,” said Chris Stout, chief executive officer at VCP. “This was the largest single-night fundraising event in our organization’s history, and we’re eager to use this donation to help more veterans overcome the challenges they’re facing.”

Construction workers planning Phase II construction of VCP’s “veteran’s village” in Kansas City. (Photo: Veteran’s Community Project/Facebook)

Vista Outdoor CEO Chris Metz expressed pride in the company’s employees and partners who donated to the VCP via a silent auction during Vista’s annual sales conference in Overland Park, Kansas.

“Vista Outdoor and its brands have a legacy of supporting the brave men and women who serve our nation, so this partnership with VCP was a natural fit,” he said. “Our company strives to embody a culture of responsibility, and this was a fantastic way to give back to one of the communities where we live and work.”

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On changing mags fast and reliably (VIDEO)

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 08:00

Should you have to swap out magazines, speed may be a good thing. While there is no hard and fast source for the “average rounds fired in a gunfight” when dealing with personal defense use, several large law enforcement agencies have documented that the majority of officer-involved shootings expend five or fewer rounds.

Even with that in mind, scoffing at the need to carry a spare mag is countered by the popularity of today’s limited capacity single-stack semi-autos coupled with the possibility of accidentally ejecting a loaded mag or having a magazine-related failure — any of the preceding making a spare stick and training to use it rapidly a desirable skill set.

In the above video from T.Rex Arms, Lucas Botkin breaks down the drills he uses to get back on target quick while factoring in reloads. If you are discouraged by the fact that he doesn’t work a slide-lock reload at first (“ahh, this is a gimmick,” says the guy in the back), give it a minute and he progresses to that, performing it almost as fast.

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Hello, Bob: Testing the old trope of shooting dimes from a shotgun (VIDEOS)

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 07:30

A familiar installment of Old West legend is the death of a New Mexico lawman via an unusual shotgun load. Here comes the myth-busting.

One of the standard tales of the outlaw period was Billy the Kid’s use of Deputy Marshal Ameredith Robert “Pecos Bob” Olinger’s own double-barreled shotgun stoked with dimes against him in his 1881 jailbreak in Lincoln, New Mexico. While Olinger did perish that day in April and is memorialized, the tale of his untimely end from his own coin-fed scattergun is thought by some to originate from later books on ‘The Kid rather than actual fact.

True or not, the tale keeps getting repeated among Billy the Kid lore and Paul Harrell takes on the practicality of it in the above video, using a muzzle-loading black powder shotgun, with some considerations. Be advised, there is a meat target involved.

And since you have come this far, here are two of the better-known Bob Olinger demise scenes in modern film history: that from Sam Peckinpah’s “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid” from 1973 using “16 thin dimes,” followed up by 1990’s “Young Guns II” with “the best dollar-eighty I ever spent.”

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Learn what not to do in a gun shop, the most common pitfalls (VIDEO)

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 07:00 visited Rocky Ridge Shooters Supply, an old-school, one-stop shop for all things guns, ammo, optics, and accessories in northeast Wisconsin. Owner Mark Micoley has been in the firearms business for several decades as both a dealer and gunsmith.

Running a mom and pop shop, Micoley prides himself on the personal touch only a small shop can offer. He waits on every customer and loves assisting clientele in finding the best firearm for their individual needs.  While his passion for helping customers and sharing knowledge is at the top of his list, asked about some pet peeves concerning gun store etiquette.

Micoley said one of the biggest issues is when someone brings in a loaded firearm for service. “People come in and they think they’ve unloaded their guns or they just haven’t checked before they come in,” he said, adding that he can’t even count the number of times it has happened.

Bringing a loaded gun into a gun shop and presenting it to the clerk is a major safety hazard, so take a few extra seconds to clear your gun before you leave home, and then again when you arrive at the shop.

“Some days, we got full rounds in here and the fact that you’re walking into a store with people and stuff like that could be a very, very bad day for everybody,” Micoley added.

Micoley suggests to ensure that you’re handing over an unloading firearm, inspect and clear it! That helps alleviate and prevent concerns. But he added that you should also practice muzzle control. Even if firearm is unloaded, there’s no quicker way to make the fine folks in a gun shop nervous than sweeping people in store.

Micoley said he wants everyone to feel welcome, whether an experienced shooter and collector, or a newbie looking to get a feel for a gun before buying, but it’s important to always observe the four fundamental gun safety rules when handling firearms.

Even if you find yourself guilty of some of the pitfalls on this list, Micoley will still provide service with a smile as he welcomes you into the family of responsible gun owners.

What would you add to the list of common pitfalls people do in a gun store or range? Let us know in the comments below.

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New Jersey lawmakers unanimously agree to exempt off-duty police from magazine ban

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 06:30

The bill clarifies existing law on when an officer can possess and carry a “large capacity magazine” capable of holding more than 10 rounds. (Photo: New Jersey State Police)

The state Senate on Thursday approved a rushed proposal to add a carve-out to New Jersey’s ban on “high-capacity” magazines for off-duty law enforcement.

The measure, S2846, was sponsored by the chamber’s top two Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Senate President Steve Sweeney, sailing to a 29-0 approval just two days after it was introduced. The bill allows off-duty officers in the state to have a detachable magazine loaded with as many as 17-rounds of ammunition in their possession for an issued-weapon, going beyond the current 10-round limit signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy last month as part of a sweeping gun control package.

“This restriction ensures that the officer is not limited by civilian restrictions, but we also are being responsible by not giving carte blanche to an unlimited number of sanctioned large-capacity magazines,” said Weinberg in a statement.

The measure, whose Assembly companion, A4304, is still pending, fixes what lawmakers contended was an omission to the new statute that reduces the legal maximum capacity of detachable magazines in the state from 15 to 10 rounds. Those not exempted who currently own such mags are only able to keep them if they have a registered firearm and the magazine is permanently blocked to comply with the law. The state’s National Rifle Association affiliate is currently challenging that limit in court, arguing the state is taking property without compensation, a violation of the Fifth Amendment.

A similar magazine cap in California outlawed even formerly grandfathered magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds in 2017 except for a carve-out for active and retired law enforcement, a move that generated a lawsuit from West Coast gun rights groups triggering an injunction that has kept it from taking effect. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month upheld that injunction. Meanwhile, California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed an expansion of the magazine carve-out to include some former reserve officers as well.

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Dems, anti-gun groups move to shut the lid on 3-D firearm plans

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 06:00

Defense Distributed is set to post for plans for their own single-shot Liberator pistol as well as more traditional firearms such AR-10 and 15 rifles, Czech vs. 58s, Beretta M9s, and Ruger 10/22s (Photo: DefDist)

Last minute legal actions and demands on President Trump’s administration are mounting to stop the increased publication of downloadable gun plans.

With Cody Wilson’s Texas-based Defense Distributed set to publish free 3-D electronic files for several popular firearm designs as early as July 27 as part of a negotiated settlement with the federal government, almost every group on the left of the conversation on gun policy is up in arms to stop it — with a little help from Democrats.

In a nutshell, the State Department granted Wilson’s group an exemption to post plans for “non-military” semi-auto firearms under .50 caliber online by dropping its contention that they violated federal export control laws by posting them in 2013.

However, with news of the looming settlement circulating far and wide on mainstream media, the three largest national gun control groups — Brady, Everytown, and Giffords — banded together to intervene in the legal case, now in an Austin federal court.

On Wednesday, the groups submitted a 22-page filing seeking a temporary restraining order in the settlement, arguing that to allow DefDist to publish the files — some of which have been in the public domain for decades and are already widely available in multiple formats — would cause “immediate and irreparable harm” and contribute to the arming of felons and terrorists.

The move by the gun control groups is not the only legal effort underway. In New Jersey, State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal on Thursday sent a cease-and-desist letter warning of pending legal action to DefDist. The letter aruges that the company’s “widespread dissemination of printable gun computer files is negligent because it encourages an illegal gun market, which will foreseeably lead to increased crime and violence in New Jersey, and which will lead to an increase in expenditures of public funds for combatting crime and protecting our resident’s health.” Grewal stresses that if the plans go live and are accessible from New Jersey, he will likely see Wilson in court.

In addition to their legal own challenge, the high-profile gun control groups, as well as more than 40 smaller groups spearheaded by the Newtown Action Alliance, are mounting public drives to urge their supporters to reach out to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Trump to halt the publication. Climbing atop the pile Thursday was Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., and Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, co-chairs of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence. The groups and prosecutors warn that no place on the globe would be safe from a flood of unserialized and possibly undetectable 3-D printed guns.

“Invisible to metal detectors, these plastic guns could easily be smuggled onto airplanes, and into concerts, festivals, and government buildings,” argued Vance in an email. “Untraceable, they would undermine the work of law enforcement by crippling criminal investigations before they even began.”

In Congress, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, compared the 3-D gun files to bomb instructions in speaking on the Senate floor, saying he was ready to file legislation to prevent the information from getting out.

The administration's decision to allow people to post blueprints online about how to make a deadly 3D printed gun at home is inexplicable – and it's dangerous! I’m filing a bill ASAP to severely restrict the publication of these detailed plans on how to make a 3D printed firearm.

— Senator Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) July 25, 2018

Other Democrats on the Hill — to include Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut, California’s Dianne Feinstein and Ed Markey of Massachusetts — fired off a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week wanting answers on why the Justice Department agreed to settle the 2015 lawsuit and pay nearly $40,000 in legal fees to Wilson’s company and the gun rights group who backed the challenge.

Meanwhile, DefDist, which bills itself as “private defense tech development in the public interest,” has been largely radio silent across social media over the past two weeks other than to promote DefCAD, the controversial 3-D file management site. Earlier this month, the repository posted placeholders for plans for their own single-shot Liberator pistol as well as more traditional downloads for AR-10 and 15 rifles, Czech vs. 58s, Beretta M9s, Ruger 10/22s and others — notably designs that are all more than 40 years old and available as open source material elsewhere.

While other sites exist to share, cache and torrent similar files across various all levels of the internet iceberg, DefCAD said they are the only site of its kind “authorized in its work by the US government” and their goal is “to serve as a public good and an ongoing, standardized resource for the American rifleman and gunsmith.”

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Up close with a Lexington Minute Man’s musket (PHOTOS)

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 05:30

Bohy is shown with Capt. John Parker’s fowler. (Photos: Joel Bohy/Facebook)

A visit to the Massachusetts State House by a well-known antique expert resulted in some great images of a historic firearm.

Joel Bohy, who is often seen on PBS Antiques Roadshow and works for Skinner Auctions, was given a peek at the State House Collection in Boston along with Concord Museum curator David Wood and others and got to see not only a few vintage 19th Century cannon but more importantly a fowling piece that belonged to famous Patriot Capt. John Parker.

Parker commanded the local militia in Lexington on that fateful day in April 1775 when some 80 militiamen assembled at Buckman Tavern and stood on the village common to meet the approaching British in the first military engagement of the War of Independence.

“The fowler is very simple but sweet! Nice French-style butt, and .64 bore,” noted Bohy of the muzzleloader carried that Spring day which resulted in the “Shot heard round the world.”

The fowler is complete with an engraved tag denoting Parker’s use

In addition to Parker’s fowler, Bohy was also able to view a gun the Minute Man was able to recover during the battle — a British 1756 long land musket.

Bohy previously was involved in a 2016 archaeology report on what was known as Parker’s Revenge, a follow-up battle between the now fully mobilized colonial militia and British regulars after the initial engagements of Lexington and Concord that ultimately saw the Red Coats chased back to Boston. The project unearthed a number of rounds that had been fired during the skirmish.

“While working on the Parker’s Revenge Archaeology Project, we found low impact fired ball that would have fit this fowler perfectly,” noted Bohy. “We will never know, but one of those fired fowler ball could have come from this piece.”

More on that project, below.

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Kansas man will spend two years in prison for gun store break-in

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 05:00

Darnell Tyree-Peppers, 19, will serve two years in prison for arming a gun shop and pawn store in Topeka, Kansas. (Photo: Shawnee County Jail)

A Kansas man will serve two years in federal prison for burglarizing a gun store and pawn shop in Topeka last year.

Darnell Tyree-Peppers, 19, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of firearms from a federally licensed dealer after he and an accomplice, identified as Angel Rodriguez in an unsealed indictment, broke into Integrity Gun and Pawn on July 23, 2017.

Surveillance footage caught Tyree-Peppers and Rodriguez smashing the store’s front window and stealing 11 handguns, including both 9mm and .40-caliber pistols. Three weeks later, a Nevada Highway Patrol officer recovered one of the stolen firearms during a traffic stop, according to the indictment.

In an April plea agreement, Tyree-Peppers admitted guilt in exchange for a lighter sentence. He faced up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Guns stolen from federally licensed dealers exceeded 8,000 last year, according to a federal report released in January.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recorded 7,841 firearms stolen during 577 burglaries in 2017. An additional 288 guns were taken during 33 FFL robberies.

In all, the number of guns stolen last year increased about 3 percent over 2016. Firearms taken over the last five years have more than doubled, according to the ATF.

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Haiku homeowner with AR-15 rifle scared away robbers

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 04:30

A Haiku man armed with an AR-15 rifle scared off three men trying to rob his house earlier this month, Maui Police reported in a news release.

Police say the man confronted the suspects after they brandished a shiny handgun and forced another victim into a bedroom.

The rifleman fired a single shot, which forced the suspects to flee the house. They fired four shots as they fled.

No one was injured during the incident, but the victims said the suspects made off with $3,000.

Police stress an investigation is underway and are circulating a description of the suspects.

The National Rifle Association holds that Americans possess more than 8 million AR-15s today and has frequently been termed, “America’s Rifle.”

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