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FBI: Eight active shooters thwarted by citizens in 2016, 2017

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 09:30

Law enforcement officials works at the scene of a fatal shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Nov. 5, 2017. (Photo: Nick Wagner/ via AP)

Citizens, both armed and unarmed, successfully intervened in eight active shooter incidents over the last two years, according to a new report from the FBI.

The agency said the “selfless actions” of those who thwarted the attacks “likely saved many lives.” In total, the FBI recorded 943 casualties — 221 deaths and 722 injuries — across 50 mass shootings, including 20 in 2016 and 30 in 2017. All the shooters were male, ranging in age from 14 to 66, according to the report.

“The enhanced threat posed by active shooters and the swiftness with which active shooter incidents unfold support the importance of preparation by law enforcement officers and citizens alike,” the report concludes.

In one instance of citizen-involvement, an armed volunteer firefighter restrained a 14-year-old who opened fire at an elementary school playground in Townville, South Carolina, killing two and injuring three others. In another case, a citizen held an attacker at gunpoint inside a church in Antioch, Tennessee after he killed a person in the parking lot and wounded six others.

Arguably the most high-profile case, however, came in November when an armed neighbor sprang into action after hearing gunshots across the street at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Stephen Willeford would make headlines for shooting the gunman twice as he stood outside the church, stopping the attack that left 26 dead and 20 wounded.

The National Rifle Association hailed Willeford as the public face of its nearly six million members at the group’s annual meeting in Dallas last week.

“He had an AR-15, but so did I,” Willeford told the crowd gathered at Friday’s forum. “I’m not the bravest man in the world or anything, but I was there and I could do something. And I had to do something.”

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A quick and easy mag pouch fix, courtesy of the Marines (VIDEO)

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 09:00

Recently, the U.S. Marines adopted Magpul’s PMAG M3 as a standard magazine but the standard issue mag pouches, made for metal body magazines, didn’t quite fit. There is a fix.

As outlined in the above spot by CWO4 Jesse M. Schertz, the Camp Lejeune-based 2nd Marine Division’s Gunner, all you need is an ammo can full of water, a couple of pens, and some determination to make it work.

Last December Magpul won a $12 million contract to supply the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps with PMAGs. This came after the Marines had, after a four-year testing evolution, adopted their MCT PMAG for use in all of their 5.56mm platforms. In government-administered tests, the PMAG reportedly cycled 20,400 rounds of M855A1 ammo without any magazine-related stoppages.

Apparently, nobody said anything about pouches, though.

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US Peacekeeper offers concealed carry bags in urban grey

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 08:00

The EDC Backpack by US Peacekeepers offers another concealment option for consumers looking to tote their firearm in a backpack. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Keeping up with the current theme of greyed out accessories, US Peacekeepers showcased its Urban Grey EDC Backpack and Sling at the recent NRA Annual Meeting in Dallas.

The EDC Backpack delivers a 12.5-inch by 18-inch by 6-inch style constructed from 1000 denier nylon. The backpack feature a rear, padded concealed carry pocket with removable gun and mag holsters. The front, bottom and main compartments supply a full-fillet opening designed for quick and efficient access to contents inside.

The backpack utilizes a combination of MOLLE and Velcro-compatible accessories while the open pockets boast a fleece lining for electronics. The EDC Backpack retails for just under $100.

The EDC Sling offers an ambidextrous shoulder strap for easy on and off. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

In addition to the backpack, the company showcased its EDC Sling Pack. With dimensions of 8.5-inches by 17-inches by 5.5-inches, the sling uses the same 1000 denier nylon as the EDC Backpack. Offering multiple concealed carry pockets — one under the front pocket and two zippered pockets in the rear — the CCW compartments all use soft loop wall to accommodate US Peacekeeper handgun and magazine holsters.

The EDC Sling opts for an ambidextrous removable strap and electronic pouch with headphone port for smart devices. MSRP on the EDC Sling is $82.

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It’s crude, homemade and ugly but it gets the job done (VIDEO)

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 07:30

Declining to spend a few hundred bucks on a Shockwave, YouTube gun vlogger AK Custom crafted a 12 gauge non-NFA firearm with a 14-inch barrel.

Using much the same concept as Remington’s Tac-14 and Mossberg’s M590-S line, the wooden furniture of AK’s build somehow looks even less appealing than the synthetic polymer of the big name company’s gun– but it sure does seem to shoot well. Still, don’t try this at home and watch out for non-verbal screeching.

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CMP releases surplus 1911 information, prices

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 07:00

U.S. martial M1911s were in production from 1912-1945 from companies as diverse as Ithaca, Remington-UMC, Singer, and US&S. (Photo: National Archives)

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is set to offer to the public 8,000 vintage M1911 pistols transferred from the Army this year.

The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act approved by Congress last November outlines a two-year pilot program for moving some of the Army’s surplus .45ACP GI longslides to the federally chartered non-profit corporation tasked with promoting firearms safety training and rifle practice. The CMP received the first batch of guns earlier this year and has been grading and inspecting the vintage pistols. The good news is, there is a wide array of guns that will be available from rack grade models that need some TLC, to more rare pieces.

“Some of those are anticipated to be unusual and worthy of being auctioned,” said Mark Johnson, CMP’s chief operating officer on Wednesday. “The remaining number will be sold based on a computerized Random Number Generator.”

The guns will be in four grades:

Service Grade $1050. Pistol may exhibit minor pitting and wear on exterior surfaces and friction surfaces. Grips are complete with no cracks. Pistol is in issuable condition.

Field Grade $950. Pistol may exhibit minor rust, pitting, and wear on exterior surfaces and friction surfaces. Grips are complete with no cracks. Pistol is in issuable condition.

Rack Grade $850. Pistol will exhibit rust, pitting, and wear on exterior surfaces and friction surfaces. Grips may be incomplete and exhibit cracks. Pistol requires minor work to return to issuable condition.

Auction Grade (Sales will to be determined by auctioning the pistol). The condition of the auction pistol will be described when posted for auction.

It should be noted that the grade is close to, if not under, current market prices for U.S. military 1911s. For example, the current Blue Book value of a Remington-Rand made 1911– the most common maker who cranked out more than a million such pistols in WWII– is listed as $900 in 60 percent condition.

How to purchase one

By law, the CMP can only sell surplus military firearms given to the organization by the Army to adult members of affiliated clubs who meet certain guidelines. These include being a U.S. citizen who is not prohibited from possessing a firearm as well as proving membership in a CMP-affiliated organization and, for those under 60, proof of marksmanship-related activity.

On the bright side, there are literally thousands of shooting and collecting clubs as well as Veterans organizations such as the VFW that are affiliated with the CMP and showing marksmanship or firearms knowledge in most cases is as easy as sending in a copy of a concealed carry permit, military service records or proof of participation in a shooting competition. Further, those seeking a pistol have to obtain a NICS check prior to purchase to ensure they are not a prohibited firearms possessor.

“The CMP, Congress, and the United States Army do not want the 1911 to have to be returned to CMP 1911 if the purchaser is not legal to possess,” said the group, explaining the pre-check. “The more time the pistol is in transit, the more likely it is that it could be lost or stolen.”

Every applicant for a 1911 will be treated as a new customer to CMP, which means those wanting one of these surplus pistols has to go through the process from scratch even if they have bought M1s or other rifles from the organization in the past. Pistols must be sent to an FFL, where a second NICS check will be performed before transfer.

The CMP will post a 1911 order form packet on their website on June 4 for download and will only accept one packet per customer to make sure 8,000 would-be buyers can get in on the deal rather than see a few collectors snatch up all of the guns. A 30-day window from Sept. 4 to Oct. 4 will be open to mail the packet to the organization’s Anniston, Alabama address. The day after the window closes, all of the qualifying names will be fed into a Random Number Generator and CMP staffers will start making calls. Applicants who get a call will be offered a choice from the grades that are available and will have five days to make payment if they choose a handgun.

A second batch of between 8,000 and 10,000 1911s is expected to be transferred from the Army, which has as many as 100,000 in storage at the Anniston Army Depot, to the CMP in 2019.

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Mossberg ends relationship with Dick’s Sporting Goods

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 06:30

Mossberg is moving to join other firearms makers in ending their association with Dick’s Sporting Goods. (Photo: Mossberg)

The hits keep coming to Dick’s as iconic shotgun and rifle maker Mossberg publicly moved to cut ties with the controversial retailer on Wednesday.

The country’s oldest family-owned firearms manufacturer issued a statement terminating their relationship with Dick’s over news of the company’s recent hiring of gun control lobbyists in Washington. Effective immediately, Mossberg says they will not accept any future orders from Dick’s or their Field & Stream affiliates, and is evaluating current contracts.

“It has come to our attention that Dick’s Sporting Goods recently hired lobbyists on Capitol Hill to promote additional gun control,” said A. Iver Mossberg, the company’s CEO. “Make no mistake, Mossberg is a staunch supporter of the U.S. Constitution and our Second Amendment rights, and we fully disagree with Dick’s Sporting Goods’ recent anti-Second Amendment actions.”

Mossberg and their Maverick Arms subsidary make up a big slice of Dick’s regular firearm offerings.

As of Thursday, Dick’s listed nearly a dozen Mossberg/Maverick-branded products for sale in their catalog including Model 88, 500 and 535 shotguns and Plinkster .22LR rifles. Mossberg firearms also regularly appear in the retailer’s weekly circular, especially during hunting seasons. Dick’s Field & Stream outlets have an even larger selection, with more than 30 Mossberg items listed including MVP and Patriot series bolt-action rifles priced as high as $1,699.

Founded in 1919 and offering their Brownie pistol to a hungry market, Mossberg has grown to become a household name. According to federal regulators, the company produced no less than 140,924 rifles and 367,542 shotguns in their Connecticut and Texas factories in 2016.

Dick’s, who has opted so far this year to destroy their existing inventory of AR-15s and refuse firearm sales to those under age 21, has since been embraced by gun control champions at the price of rapidly becoming a pariah in the firearms business. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade organization for the gun industry, has expelled the retailer from their ranks while both MKS and Springfield Armory have cut ties with the company in recent weeks.

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Savage Arms debuts new Rascal Rifles to consumers in Dallas

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 06:00

Savage Arms adds a complete rifle set-up to its Rascal series in the new Rascal Target XP. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Savage Arms introduces a new model into its Rascal series designed for youth shooters, launching the Rascal Target XP.

The Rascal Target XP, the latest version to enter Savage’s micro rimfire rifle line, is a straight out-of-the-box rifle featuring a mounted and boresighted 4x32mm scope, a bipod sling and swivel stud mount.

Built for dependability and accuracy, the rife features a precision hardwood stock, heavy 16 1/8-inch barrel with threaded muzzle. Chambered in .22 LR, the Rascal Target XP comes in both a standard configuration as well as a left handed configuration. Both versions measure 30-inches in overall length with a weight at 5.8-pounds.

Savage showcased its selection of Rascal rifles at the NRA Annual Meeting in Dallas. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Equipped with a one-piece Picatinny rail, the Rascal Target XP is a single shot rifle outfitted with Savage Arms user-adjustable AccuTrigger system. Built for users looking to immediately head to the range with a complete set-up, the Target XP also comes with a pair of ear plugs and a firearm lock.

The Savage Arms Rascal Target XP retails for $399.

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Meet the NRA’s ‘good guy with a gun’

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 05:30

Stephen Willeford on the show floor during the NRA annual convention in Dallas on May 5, 2018. It was around 5:30 pm and he was anxious to get his seats at the Charlie Daniels concert later that night, but he still stopped to give a quick interview. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

At the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Dallas this year, the organization and guest speakers assigned a face to the good guy with a gun theory. Normally, the concept is exemplified by those in law enforcement or military, who are already expected to take action amid a crisis, but this year they had a civilian representative. An honest-to-God good guy with a gun. That face belonged to Stephen Willeford.

Speech after speech throughout the event rehashed details about Willeford’s heroic actions when he confronted a gunman last November at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. They mentioned how Willeford sprung into action when he heard gunfire. Because the gunman had on tactical gear, Willeford retrieved an AR-15 from his gun safe. How each gunshot Willeford heard represented, in his mind, a friend or neighbor dying, so he grabbed his rifle, a handful of ammo, and ran barefoot to confront the killer.

Despite his hasty preparation, Willeford’s performance couldn’t have been better. He took cover behind a truck, placed well-aimed shots that struck the gunman twice — in the leg and torso — and caused him to drop his rifle. Then, as he tried to flee in a car, Willeford waived down a driver and jumped inside the truck. With the stranger driving, they pursued the gunman.

After a short chase, the gunman crashed his car and police swarmed in. Yelling for the gunman to step out of his car, Willeford mistakenly thought they were giving him orders, so he tried to comply. But over a megaphone, they clarified that they didn’t consider him — the good guy with a gun — a threat.

The horrific incident that took the lives of 26 people and injured another 20 had an atypical ending. Few mass shootings have ended that way. Half the time the gunman kills himself or in the other half he’s either killed by police or arrested. But the NRA and Willeford are hoping to change that.

During the show, Willeford was the subject of multiple speeches, gave a speech himself and he participated in interviews on NRA’s network shows. Seeing so much of him in the spotlight, it felt like the three-day event was dedicated to rehashing his actions on Nov. 5. It looked exhausting for someone who doesn’t have to be “on” all the time like politicians or media personalities. But when I caught up with him on the exhibit floor late Saturday, to my surprise, he wasn’t tired of it at all.

“I’ve tried to stay somewhat anonymous. It’s almost impossible. I have a lot of people that want to talk to me and that’s cool. That’s cool,” he said. “I don’t want to not talk to someone who wants to speak with me. And I have a message to tell when I do.” His message had two parts. First, he sees himself as a sheepdog watching over the sheep and Jesus Christ as his shepherd. Second, he wanted people to “get the mindset of being a survivor and not a victim.”

Yet, with details about his actions already well documented, I was less interested asking about his story. I knew he walked the walk, so I wanted to know what drove him to promote his message. Willeford, the soft-spoken Christian, motorcycle-riding, family man. I wanted to hear how he talked the talk.

I asked him how he became the star of the show, which, he said, he didn’t think he was. “(The NRA) called me and they wanted me to talk,” Willeford said. “Being in the spotlight is not something I really care to do. And I don’t know about you, whether you noticed, (but) I haven’t given a whole lot of interviews. I give interviews to the people that I don’t think will twist things and I’m hoping you won’t.”

Well, I hope not either.

Willeford explained that he trusted the NRA over other organizations. He called the group “excellent” and “just a superb organization.” He’s been a member most of his life and even taught NRA firearm courses. “I love the NRA,” he said. But his love for the NRA also extended to gun rights. He said he agrees with other gun rights groups, but thinks his “money (could) be put to best work with the most powerful group.”

“You wanna push Gun Owners of America, man, I am all for it. But remember the NRA. We need to stand with one voice. And the NRA has over 5 million members and pushing to 6 million and that’s hard to stop,” he said. “It’s a juggernaut.”

Willeford framed the conversation around gun rights by comparing his life to the life of the president of the United States. “My life to my family is just as important as Donald Trump’s life is to his family. And I have just as much right to protect my own life as Donald Trump has to protect his … He’s an important man, but to my family, I’m an important man also. If I were to die, it would be devastating to my family and I have the right to take care of my family and myself.”

Willeford said he disagrees with gun control advocates who push for tighter gun regulations. Although their intention is preventing future tragedies like what happened in Sutherland Springs by limiting how you buy a gun and what kind, he just doesn’t see it as realistic. “If you can show me the plan that takes guns away from every one of the bad guys in this world and ensures that they’ll never pick up another gun again, I’ll turn mine in right along with them,” he said.

Instead, he sides with gun rights advocates who argue such tragedies are unpreventable and that the government should loosen regulations to give potential victims more opportunity to stop an attack when it happens. “In this world, there’s a handful of bad guys and hundreds of good guys,” he said. “That’s what people don’t understand … and if all the good guys turned in their firearms there’d still be a million — millions — of firearms out there with bad guys.”

In the aftermath of the Sutherland Springs shooting, investigators found that the gunman had convictions that would have labeled him a prohibited buyer. Yet, he obtained and kept his firearms through a series of loopholes and missteps by the government. Most lawmakers in both parties sought to correct those issues. Whether or not they would have certainly prevented the attack is up to speculation, but I think most would agree that in Sutherland Springs on Nov. 5, Willeford was a good guy with a gun.

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Shareholders force Ruger to prepare gun violence risk report

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 05:00

The Ruger booth at SHOT Show 2017 in Las Vegas. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

Top executives at Sturm, Ruger and Company said this week a shareholder-requested risk report won’t change anything about the gun maker’s business or its commitment to the Second Amendment.

The statement comes after shareholders approved a proposal at the company’s annual meeting requiring the gun maker produce a report on “activities related to safety measures and mitigation of harm associated with company products” in the wake of several high-profile mass shootings.  A group of faith-based investors — the Catholic Health Initiatives and the Northwest Coalition for Responsible Investment — told CNBC it will present a similar plan to American Outdoor Brands, holding company of Smith & Wesson, at its annual meeting in the fall.

“The fact that a majority of shareholders is asking you to look at gun safety is incredibly significant,” said Colleen Scanlon, of Catholic Health Initiatives, during the meeting. “While gun violence is an issue of concern to everyone, the responsibility to market safe guns sold to the public appropriately lies with gun manufacturers and distributors.”

Mark Gurney, Ruger’s director of product management, said in an email Wednesday the company was “obligated” to allow shareholders to vote on the request.

“With its passage, the proposal requires Ruger to prepare a report.  That’s it.  A report,” he said. “What the proposal does not do . . . and cannot do . . . is force us to change our business, which is lawful and constitutionally protected.  What it does not do . . . and cannot do . . . is force us to adopt misguided principles created by groups who do not own guns, know nothing about our business, and frankly would rather see us out of business.”

Chief Executive Officer Chris Killoy echoed Gurney’s sentiment, telling shareholders Wednesday Ruger’s commitment to safety predates the sway of public opinion. For example, he said, Ruger began shipping locks with every firearm more than 30 years ago — 19 million have been distributed, to date.

“We understand the importance of those rights and, as importantly, recognize that allowing our constitutionally protected freedoms to be eroded for the sake of political expediency is the wrong approach for our Company, for our industry, for our customers, and for our country,” he said. “We are arms makers for responsible citizens and I want to assure our long-term shareholders and loyal customers that we have no intention of changing that.”

The report follows a wave of corporate activism following a Valentine’s Day school shooting in Parkland, Florida. BlackRock Inc., the world’s largest money manager, pressed gun makers for insight into their policies for selling firearms in a public survey released in March, while both Bank of America and Citibank announced new lending guidelines for industry customers.

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Christensen Arms unveils left handed versions of Mesa, Ridgeline rifles (VIDEO)

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 10:00

Christensen Arms expands its rifle line, adding new left handed models to its Mesa and Ridgeline hunting rifle series.

Designed for southpaw shooters, the left handed variants feature the same materials and components shooters have come to expect from Christensen Arms.

“As one of our most requested products, we now offer two of our most popular rifles to fulfill the wants and needs of our left-handed customers.” Jason Christensen, President Christensen Arms, said a statement.

The Mesa comes chambered in either 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win or 7mm-08 Rem. (Photo: Christensen Arms)

The Mesa rifle features a stainless steel-barreled design with featherlight contour and a removable radial brake. The rifle tops off its style with a carbon fiber composite stock. Currently offered in 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Winchester and 7mm-08 Remington, the rifle weighs 6.5-pounds. The left-handed Mesa is priced at $1,545.

Next in the lineup is the Ridgeline, featuring a spiral-fluted bolt and signature Christensen Arms carbon fiber barrel. The rifle offers a scalloped bolt knob and a carbon fiber composite stock with short action caliber chamberings in: .243 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Winchester and 7mm-08 Remington. The Ridgeline retails for $2,245.

Both rifles are backed by the company’s limited lifetime warranty and Sub-MOA accuracy guarantee.

The series delivers more options to southpaw shooters. (Photo: Christensen Arms)

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Gun Review: Kimber Gold Combat RL II (VIDEO)

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 10:00


John Browning would be proud if he could see how Kimber has improved his basic design since it first saw action in 1911. The Kimber Gold Combat RL II is still the Browning basic handgun that he designed and it is not only aesthetically pleasing but operates as a modern tactical 1911 should, smoothly with easy access to controls.

A full size all stainless steel handgun that Browning originally intended.

This 1911 is a utilitarian workhorse that would be comfortable in Law Enforcement, Military Special Ops, as well as in a personal defense environment. This full size, all steel, 1911 might be slightly large and heavy for most average size individuals to carry concealed, but if you are a Tom Selleck sized “Jesse Stone” you may be comfortable with this handgun for concealed carry. If General Patton had owned one of these handguns he would have insisted that it have pearl grips. In fact Kimber has smooth natural color bone replacement grips for the standard G-10 herringbone grips.

The Gold combat is in the moderate price range for custom, or semi-custom, handguns of this quality.


To get into the particulars of this full size 1911, the total weight is 40 ounces with an empty mag. Height is 5.50 inches and length is 8.7 inches, with a barrel length of 5.0 inches. Kimber has now has a replacement stainless steel threaded barrel, if a suppressor is needed. The grip is standard 110 degrees which for those not familiar with a 1911 can make proper target acquisition a fraction of a second slower than those used to, say, a Glock with a grip angle that is greater than the 1911 at approximately 120 degrees.

The Gold Combat comes with an ambidextrous thumb safety and an extended magazine well. Other custom enhancements are front strap checkering is 24 lines per inch, as well as 30 lines per inch checkering under the trigger guard. A tactical rail enables numerous options for lights and lasers. The slide boasts aggressive slide serrations and a flat top with serrations to aid in reducing sun reflection to enhance target acquisition. As mentioned, both the slide and frame are stainless steel with proprietary matte black KimPro II polished flats.

An advantage to the Gold Combat is the crowned bushingless bull barrel that eliminates one step in take down. The bull barrel aids in a secure lock between the barrel and the slide ensuring accurate shot placement.

The sights are fixed low profile tritium night sights with a rear sight cocking shoulder that assists in tactical reloads or malfunction clearing when one arm may be incapacitated. Also standard is the skeletonized premium aluminum trigger with a standard trigger pull of 4.0-5.0 pounds as well as a skeletonized hammer.

The MSRP on the Gold Combat RL II is $2,400.00. Usually somewhat less at your local gun store.

Range Test

After many months of range testing we experienced only one failure to feed malfunction. This was due to our “failure to clean” procedure after approximately 500-700 rounds. The majority of rounds used were 230 grain FMJ ammunition by a majority of manufacturers including Federal Champion aluminum rounds, Blazer aluminum rounds, Blazer brass rounds, and some PMG rounds to name a few. All operated smoothly, providing the cleaning process was adhered to.

Since I have mentioned the cleaning process a few times it is best to note that the tight tolerances that make this pistol such an accurate out of the box pistol also make it somewhat susceptible to carbon fouling and it should be cleaned on a regular basis, which is something we all do without question.

Gun handling was a joy, especially to those who are familiar with the 1911 controls. The ambidextrous safety makes an audible click when engaging and there is a definite stop when engaging. There is a standard grip safety that can be further customized to a safety with a tactical bump. These are available from many manufacturers and Kimber as well.

I have always found the slide release to be difficult to use if you do not perform the slide release after reload by manipulating the slide. This is easily dealt with by installing an extended slide release. This enables you to release the locked slide with the thumb. This is helpful in competitive shooting environments. I also prefer replacing the standard magazine release, which is ample on the Gold Combat, with an extended mag release. This combined with the VZ grips that have an exaggerated thumb cut speed up the mag change with a minimum of grip adjustment

The Gold Combat’s ramped barrel is nicely polished aiding in the reload sequence. The weight of the all steel frame and slide on this full size 1911 helps to mitigate the recoil even though the .45 is a fairly robust round.

Accuracy out of the box was excellent. At average pistol engagement range of 7 – 25 yards, five round groups were consistently in the 1.25 to 1.50 inch groupings. The sights, as mentioned earlier, are dovetailed traditional three dot configuration with Tritium night sight inserts. The shouldered rear sight and the front post make sight alignment very quick and intuitive, especially for those experienced with the grip angle of the 1911.

Trigger pull is crisp, reset minute, making accurate follow up shots amazingly fast.

As far as magazine release, the stainless steel magazines dropped cleanly and crisply making mag changes effortless. This is crucial in a tactical situation where eight rounds may not be sufficient. A quick mag change could be the difference between life and death. Of course there are other options such as a ten round mag which increases the capacity.

After the Range

Of course you can lock it up and get dinner, or you can put it back in your holster and carry on. However, once you get home you should clean it. Being a 1911 it is at its best in a clean mode. Take down is fairly easy, not like a Glock, once you master the take down “tool”, I will call it. It is an “L” shaped piece of metal. I was in an Advanced Handgun certification class and the instructor says to the class, “field strip your handguns”. Of course I had not brought the take down tool so I had to ask for a “jumbo” paperclip. I mention this so you will know the approximate size of this tool. The tool is necessary to maintain tension on the recoil spring so you can remove the slide lock, slide release assembly. Once this is mastered the rest is fairly easy.

Final Comments

If I have been a little biased in this review it’s simply because I appreciate the perfection of a handgun the was manufactured today pretty much as it was intended in 1911. Many of us have seen an original 1911 and wanted to own an original. Most of them have seen a great deal of wear during the 107 years they have been in existence. This just goes to show you that the Kimber Gold Combat RL II is a handgun that your great, great grandchildren can leave to their children.

As much a joy to shoot as it is to simply look at!


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Running like a Swiss watch: A look at the K11 and Schmidt–Rubin 1889 (VIDEOS)

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 09:30

Eduard Rubin and Rudolph Schmidt were the brains behind an entire series of legendary bolt-action military rifles adopted by the Swiss Army.

The two officers, the first a colonel who designed the forward-thinking 7.5 mm copper-jacketed rounds that fed the gun, the second a colonel who perfected the straight-pull bolt-action rifle complete with a free-floating barrel, had first success with their Model 1889, shown in the above video by the Military Arms Channel.

That revolutionary 19th Century weapon was adopted by the Swiss and improvements to the design over time produced the K11 Carbine on the eve of World War I, which IV8888 has in the below video. As you may have guessed, there is a crossover thing going on here.

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The M-Lok compatible .45ACP Tactical Tommy Gun (PHOTOS)

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 09:00

Brig. Gen. John Taliaferro Thompson patented his eponymous sub gun in 1920, but you can bet he would probably dig the update (Photos: Chris Eger/

Auto-Ordnance had a modernized variant of their classic Thompson SMG design on hand at the NRA Annual Meeting.

Billed as the Tactical Tommy Gun, the .45ACP-caliber carbine is semi-auto and uses a 16.5-inch barrel and adjustable M4-style buttstock and pistol grip to blend AR-15 stylings with the old Chicago Typewriter. The aluminum forearm includes numerous Magpul M-Lok slots for all of those accessories you always wanted to hang on a Thompson but shouldn’t. Unlike traditional Tommy guns that cock on the top, the new model is a side-cocker.

For comparison, underneath is a more standard Thompson, the company’s limited edition custom Bonnie & Clyde special complete with engravings and a rusted cerakote finish. Same lineage, two completly different takes.

The Tactical Tommy Gun ships with a 50-round drum and one 20-round stick mag. The bad part is that the MSRP is $2,299.

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Franchi Momentum: The 150-year-old company’s first rifle (VIDEO)

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 08:30

Across the line, each Momentum rifle uses a one-piece spiral-fluted bolt with three locking lugs and a 60-degree throw. (Photos: Chris Eger/

New for 2018 and available in six popular calibers, the Momentum is Franchi’s first bolt-action centerfire rifle and it was front and center in Dallas last week.

Introduced earlier this year, the new Momentum series took up a commanding portion of the Italian gun maker’s booth at the 147th National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting and, with an MSRP starting at $609, turned a lot of heads.

Made in Italy, the series uses an eye-catching spiral-fluted bolt body with three locking lugs and a short, 60-degree throw. Available in 22- and 24-inch options depending on caliber, the line features cold-hammer-forged chrome moly barrels that are threaded (5/8x24TPI) for muzzle accessories and suppressors. The series, geared for hunters, uses a matte finish and black synthetic furniture. A hinged floorplate and generous recoil pad are standard.

The Momentum is available in .243 Win, 6.5mm Creedmoor, .270 Win, .308 Win, .30-06 and .300 Win Mag. A rifle scope package that includes 3-9x40mm Burris Fullfield glass, mounts and rings adds $120 to the price. Regardless of package, the gun accepts standard Remington 700 mounts.

Between caliber choices, barrel, and grade options, there are more than 15 different Momentum variants.

The standard models’ synthetic stock uses a series of raised curves and checkering to offer ergonomics designed for the five most frequently-used shooting positions.

All calibers come standard with a threaded barrel and knurled thread protector, although you can get a non-threaded barrel on the .243, .308 and .270 for the same price.

For those who yearn for something a little fancier, Franchi also has a 150th anniversary-marked limited edition Momentum in .30-06 that includes a walnut stock, satin finish…

…and full-color flag logo on the receiver for $1,069.

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Sig Sauer rolls out new Legion Series P229 SAO pistol

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 08:00

Sig Sauer adds the Legion P229 SAO pistol to its arsenal. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Sig Sauer kept the innovations rolling last week at the NRA’s Annual Meeting, unveiling the new Legion Series P229 SAO pistol.

An exclusive line provided by Sig Sauer, the Legion series was developed by Sig Sauer with input from elite shooters. The Legion P229 SAO is a 9mm, hammer-fired handgun boasting X-Ray 3 Day/Night Sights. The 3.9-inch barrel pistol touts an all-metal construction in a compact size with Legion-gray coated slide and frame. The pistol offers a Sig Master Shop flat trigger with enhanced checkering on the front strap and trigger guard. The pistol is topped off with high checkered black G10 grips and Legion medallion.

“The P229 is one of Sig Sauer’s classic pistols and is iconic amongst shooting enthusiasts. It is widely regarded as one of the best designed and proportioned pistols within the elite shooting community,” Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Commercial Sales at Sig Sauer, said in a press release. “We are really excited to introduce the much anticipated P229 SAO to our Legion Series because it was our Legion members that asked for this variation. The Legion Series P229 SAO pistol is the natural evolution of the shared mission of Sig Sauer and our Legion members – to never settle.”

The Legion P229 SAO pistol offers a contoured beavertail and slide serrations. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Like the rest of the Legion series, the P229 provides a reduced and contoured beavertail, allowing for a higher grip. The Legion P229 SAO ships with a standard 15-round magazine, though state-compliant 10-round mags are also available.

The Legion series is an exclusive members-only access program. After registering any Legion Series firearm, members get a thermo-mold carrying case, challenge coin and access to Legion merch. The Legion P229 SAO is available from Sig Sauer with a price tag of $1,413.

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Best Damn Gun releases two new adjustable stocks for precision and long range

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 07:30

Best Damn Gun now offers the PRS stock, left, and ELR stock, right, to long range shooters. (Photo: Best Damn Gun)

Best Damn Gun adds new adjustable stocks to its lineup of shooting accessories for Precision Rifle Series and Extreme Long Range competitors.

Both stocks offer an adjustable height Airtech Limbsaver recoil pad with an adjustable cheek rest featuring 3.75-inches of height adjustment. This grants shooters better sight alignment with long range scopes and an adjustable length of pull to accommodate a variety of shooters.

Though the stocks bear a resemblance, they offer a few differing characteristics. Most notably, the PRS stock is a skeletonized design crafted to reduce weight. It features a gentle sloping bag riser that slides onto the bag so users can make minor adjustments.

The ELR stock is a solid construction with extra mass in the bag riser so as to counteract recoil. The ELR comes with a scalloped bag riser in order to maintain position on the bag for consistent follow up shots.

“We started this new project for a shooter whose target is set at 5,000+ yards. The base of his scope is over 3-inches above the action, with the help of a custom picatinny riser and Coldshot M.O.A.B. We needed a way to get his cheek up that high too,” Dave Wilt, BDG President, said in a press release. “Together with a custom height Kydex cheek rest from Matthew’s Fabrication, we developed a new ELR stock that gives shooters a lot of adjustment capability.”

He added, “These stocks were designed to fit our chassis system but can also be used on AR-10 rifles.”

Both stocks are available from BDG with a MSRP of $299.

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Golob, Liptak among new faces on NRA Board of Directors

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 07:00

Julie Golob is a champion pistol shooter for Team Smith & Wesson and has long been involved in the NRA Women program. (Photo: NRA)

Among the 26 people sworn in to serve new terms on the National Rifle Association’s board over the weekend was IPSC champion Julie Golob and Magpul exec Duane Liptak.

The results were announced by the NRA election committee chair at the gun rights group’s 147th Annual Meeting held last week in Dallas.

Golob, an Army veteran with over 130 titles to her name including taking the Lady Classic gold at last year’s IPSC Handgun World Shoot, is well-known in the competition community. Liptak, a Marine combat veteran, was instrumental in Magpul’s efforts to advocate against a series of gun control measures in Colorado that saw the company he is the executive vice president of move to more pro-gun states.

Other members new to the board are Gunsite Rangemaster Il Ling New, Pursue the Wild star Kristy Titus and Lois & Clark actor Dean Cain who is an avid gun enthusiast. The addition of Golob, Titus, and New, coupled with the election of six-time Olympian Kim Rhode to a full three-year term, bring several high-profile women involved in the shooting sports to the board.

Of the group elected as a whole, most were long-term members who have served on the board for years and included such recognizable gun culture icons as Ronnie Barrett of Barrett Firearms and Soldier of Fortune founder Col. Robert K. Brown.

The members confirmed to seats on the 76-person board, listed by the number of votes cast by lifetime members and annual members with five consecutive years on the book, are:

1. Ronnie Barrett
2. Carrie Lightfoot
3. Wayne Anthony Ross
4. Duane Liptak, Jr.
5. Julie Golob
6. Don Saba
7. Robert K. Brown
8. Carolyn D. Meadows
9. Timothy Knight
10. Robert A. Nosler
11. Kim Rhode
12. William H. Satterfield
13. Edie P. Fleeman
14. Owen Buz Mills
15. Kristy Titus
16. Bill Miller
17. Maria Heil
18. John C. Sigler
19. Scott L. Bach
20. Dean Cain
21. William A. Bachenberg
22. Il Ling New
23. David G. Coy
24. Joel Friedman
25. David A. Keene

Ronald L. Schmeits was elected to serve the two remaining years of the late R. Lee. Ermey’s term.

Among those on the ballot who failed to gain enough votes for a spot on the board were longtime and often polarising member Grover Norquist who was running for reelection and Pennsylvania attorney Adam Kraut.

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Beretta launches new APX Compact, Centurion at NRA-AM

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 06:30

Beretta launched the new Compact and Centurion APX series at the NRA Annual Meeting in Dallas. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Beretta added to its series of APX pistols, delivering two new models to Beretta fangirls and guy — the APX Centurion and APX Compact.

Building on the original striker-fired APX series, the new pistols offer concealed carry and mid-size options. The guns deliver aggressive slide serrations in addition to a trigger that Beretta said breaks at a clean 6 pounds. The trigger also boasts a clear tactile and audible short reset.

The APX Centurion features a 15+1 capacity. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

The guns offer a low bore axis with ambidextrous slide catch and a reversible magazine release. The APX advantageous design allows users to remove the serialized chassis and replace it with a grip frame housing from Beretta’s lineup of Flat Dark Earth, Wolf Grey, Black and Olive Drab.

The APX Centurion grants users 15+1 capacity with 9mm and 13+1 with .40 S&W. The Centurion features a flush fit magazine that can accept full size APX mags. The APX Compact ships with a 13+1 capacity for 9mm and a 10+1 capacity for .40 S&W. The pistol can accept both full sized and Centurion mags.

The APX Compact is available in stores now while the Centurion is set to appear in stores in June. MSRP for both models is $575.

The series touts slide serrations and a tactile grip. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

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Ruger sales down 22 percent in first quarter

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 06:00

Ruger’s reported another disappointing quarter for sales Tuesday. (Photo: Ruger)

Sturm, Ruger and Company’s sales tanked in its first quarter, according to regulatory filings published this week.

Net sales topped $167.4 million through March 31 — a 22 percent decline over last year. The gun maker blamed “unfavorable de-leveraging of fixed manufacturing costs due to the decline in production volume” in a news release Tuesday. The gun maker will host a conference call with shareholders Wednesday.

Sales of new products introduced within the last two years — the Pistol Caliber Carbine, the Mark IV pistol, the LCP II pistol, the EC9s pistol, the Security-9 pistol, and the Precision Rimfire Rifle — generated $37.2 million, representing just under one third of the company’s total firearm sales.

The dismal earnings come three months after Chief Executive Officer Chris Killoy told investors the company cut 700 positions, reducing its workforce by 28 percent.

“While we reduced production in 2017, we were mindful of the impact that would have on our people, operations and profitability,” he said. “However, we had to make some difficult decisions. We developed a strategic plan focusing on not selling positions vacated through attrition and the reduction of overtime while carefully monitoring our headcount.”

“As a result, Ruger is better positioned to succeed in 2018,” he added.

Ruger reported annual net sales of $522.3 million last year, down 21 percent over 2016 — the biggest on record for federal background checks and by proxy, estimated gun sales.

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NRA’s Dallas conference sets all-time attendance record

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 05:30

Over a three-day period, the NRA saw 87,154 crowd the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas last week. The figure bested 2013’s Houston show’s record attendance, which stood at 86,228. (Photo: Chris Eger/

The 147th National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting and Exhibits held last week in Dallas broke the organization’s record.

In an announcement on social media on Monday, the group noted that attendance at the three-day event hit 87,154, a figure that beat their longstanding record from 2013 and was about six percent higher than the figures seen in Atlanta last year.

“Together, we set a new record! We can’t wait to do it again next year!” said the group, whose leadership said last week is now approaching 6 million dues-paying members.

A big draw for attendees at this year’s event, besides the over 800 vendors at “Freedom’s Safest Place” was a promised speech by President Donald Trump, his fourth to the organization. In addition to Trump, the event saw other such influential speakers as Vice President Mike Pence, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and both of the Lone Star State’s U.S. Senators — John Cornyn and Ted Cruz — address the crowd.

While legal firearm carry was encouraged in areas not under Secret Service protection, according to the Dallas Police Department’s crime reports database, there was only one reported incident during the three-day meeting within a half-mile of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center where the NRA event was held — a motor vehicle theft that occurred at around 1 a.m. Sunday morning.

Fueled by widespread calls for gun restrictions in the aftermath of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the Second Amendment group has seen a surge in both membership and donations in recent months.

A protest by gun control advocates on May 5 at Dallas City Hall saw about 150 gather.

BREAKING: Thank you to all 87,154 attendees who came to #NRAAM in Dallas! Together, we set a new record! We can't wait to do it again next year! #2A #DontMessWithTexas

— NRA (@NRA) May 7, 2018

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