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First 100 Rounds: A Look at the Springfield Armory Hellcat

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 08:22

The Hellcat leaped onto the scene offering an impressive 13+1 capacity. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Springfield Armory took the concealed carry market to task in 2019 with the launch of a sub-compact 13+1 capacity pistol, the Hellcat.

As a concealed carrier always willing to test out the latest and greatest, I was curious how the Hellcat would perform. Normally, I sport a Glock 19 sized carry gun, stepping down to the Smith & Wesson Shield 9mm when I need something a little less inconspicuous. The Shield, though, only offers 7+1 rounds so the idea of almost double the rounds is tantalizing.

Springfield Armory hooked me up with a Hellcat to take for a test drive. Though my full thoughts and opinions will come later in a video and article review, I figured why not share my first 100 rounds with loyal readers.

The Specs

The Hellcat ships in a fabric carrying case large enough for the gun and spare mags. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

As stated, the Hellcat boasts an impressive 13+1 capacity with extended magazine or 11+1 with the flush fit. All of this nestles inside the 6-inch overall length, 4-inch height and 1-inch width of the Hellcat. Equipped with a 3-inch barrel, the Hellcat weighs in at around 18-ounces. The Hellcat comes in two flavors – a standard model, which I tried, and an OSP version that comes optics-ready.

Springfield Armory has given the Hellcat a slightly elevated aesthetic with stippling on the grip, tactical rack rear sights and a Tritium front sight. Is it the most tricked out sub-compact on the market? Well, no but it does offer a few upgrades that will please the masses.

The gun boasts U-shaped Tactical Tack rear sights and a tritium front sight. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

On the Range

I took the Hellcat to an indoor range to run 100 rounds through its polymer-framed, striker-fired build. I put 50 rounds of Fiocchi FMJ as well as 50 rounds of Hornady Critical Defense JHP to see how the Hellcat would handle the different styles of ammo. When testing a gun, I usually start at 3-yards and back it up to 15-yards gradually to get a feel for how it performs both in close quarters shooting as well as longer distances.

Upon firing the Hellcat, I noticed it’s a snappy gun; though, I am not surprised given its size. A general rule of thumb is the smaller the gun, the more recoil you’ll feel. The Hellcat was on par with most 9mm sub-compacts in terms of that recoil. My first few shots landed in the middle, though not exactly where I wanted. Follow-up shots were definitely more difficult to land but with more training, I’m sure I can walk those in a little more. The stippling, while useful with sweaty hands, did make my hands a little sore after 100 rounds. Again, this is something that will likely get better over time.

First rounds were a little low, but the author walked them in and soon became accustomed to the snappy recoil. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The size of the gun made it slightly more difficult to hang onto while firing, but its diminutive size will no doubt lend itself to concealed carry – which is the Hellcat’s bread and butter. Though I did not conduct any concealed carry specific drills or tests during this 100-round look, I intend to put it through its paces in the future.

Ammunition wise, I had no malfunctions in the first 100 rounds. Both the JHP and FMJ and performed well during the testing, though the Hellcat did fail to lock open on the last round of the second mag of FMJ. This seemed to be a fluke as I could not recreate it throughout the rest of the testing.

Final Thoughts

Chambered in 9mm, the Hellcat’s future remains unknown. Stay tuned to to find out how well this gun performs over time. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

I’m not nearly through evaluating the Hellcat, but I can say that the first 100 rounds were solid. The Hellcat spit out ammo, handled about as well as you’d expect a sub-compact and saw no major malfunctions. I’ll continue testing this gun over the next few weeks and, specifically, get to the bottom of its viability as a concealed carry model. Stay tuned to so you don’t miss a thing!

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Popular Guns of Detective Movies from the 1970s

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 07:30

The 1970s brought us big hair, disco music and some of the finest detective movies to ever grace the big screen. We look back at some of our favorites from Chinatown to Shaft and the guns that made these movies instant classics.

*Word of warning: spoilers ahead!*

Colt Detective Special

This one seems rather obvious to have on the list and it’s found in many crime thrillers from the 1970s. The Colt Detective Special is a six-shot snub-nosed revolver. It’s most commonly chambered in .38 Special.

The Detective Special was first introduced in 1927 and made its way into many law enforcement agencies across the country. You won’t find many in service anymore but these were among the most common service handguns in America. It’s reflected in detective thrillers of the 70s.

You can find these little revolvers in many movies from this era but the one who gave it the most flair, the most panache, the most 1970s cool to the gun was probably the man with the baddest leather duster of all-time, John Shaft.

In the clip below you can see Shaft making a heroic rescue by crashing through a window. He even sports his nickel-plated Colt Detective Special on the movie poster.

We’ve got a handful of Detective Specials in stock right now, check them out by clicking the button below.


Smith & Wesson Model 10

The S&W Model 10 has been in production in some form or another since 1899. It’s gone through several variants and with over 6,000,000 sold it’s no wonder that it’s a commonplace gun. From the original M&P through the 10-10 and beyond, this gun was commonplace as both a duty revolver and a home defense handgun in real life and the movies.

You can find the Model 10 scattered throughout the 70s detective movies from The Long Goodbye to The French Connection it’s played a pivotal role. One of the more famous scenes which feature the revolver comes from Roman Polanski’s classic, Chinatown. In the film’s final scene we see Lt. Escobar take out Evelyn with his Model 10 snub nose as she tries to escape. This scene also features a nice shot of Evelyn’s Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket.

Looking for your own Model 10? We have a handful in stock right now and you can see them all by clicking the button below.


Smith & Wesson Model 29

The S&W Model 29 appears in many movies in the 1970s but it was immortalized by Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry series. Chambered in .44 Magnum this was the most powerful handgun in the world at the time of its introduction. Inspector Harry Callahan lets us know all about it.

His famous “Do you feel lucky punk?” line has been replicated in many movies and stands as one of the most iconic lines in cinematic history.

Callahan continued to use the Model 29 throughout the series. Both Magnum Force and The Enforcer the gun is prominently featured on the movie posters.

Legend has it that the script originally called for a 4-inch barrel. These proved difficult to get so the 6.5- and 8.375-inch barreled models are what you see instead.

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Honorable Mention: Colt Police Positive

It should be noted that Paul Kersey was not a detective, rather an architect with a mean streak. It would seem disingenuous though to talk about crime thrillers of the 1970s without mentioning Death Wish. Kersey handles a few guns while avenging the death of his wife in the film but the most recognizable is his nickel-plated Colt Police Positive.

Chambered in .32 S&W Long this six-shot revolver served Kersey well as he distributed his brand of vigilante justice across the city of New York. He even mastered shooting through the jacket as you’ll see in many of the shootouts in this movie. has a few Colt Police models in stock but you better get them while they last. These revolvers were only produced for forty years so they are a bit rarer than others on this list. Check them out by clicking the button below!



The 1970s produced some of the most meaningful films ever made. The genre of crime thriller following a detective had been popular for years but the characters in these movies took the genre to new heights. They were only complimented by some amazing guns to match.

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Rare 9-Pound, 20-Shot ‘Trench Revolver’ Surfaces

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 05:21

Intriguing and thought-provoking, this is one odd wheelgun.

Forget the term “unicorn gun,” this unusual and interesting 20-shot revolver is a curiosity you won’t likely see again.

What we can tell you is that it is big, weighing in at 9-pounds, and has a 10-inch long barrel. What it does have is a 20-shot cylinder, Liege proof house inspector’s marks, and a hinged loading/unloading port. What it does not have is a practical handgrip and seems to have been intended to mount to a fixture and fire utilizing a rope.

Note the trigger lever, complete with a rope hole.

While other 20-round revolvers have popped up in recent years on the collector’s market, they are typically handheld pinfire double-barrels, not this monster.

Note the hinged loading/unloading gate, and lack of sights, which may point to the piece being used as a test gun– for instance for ammunition– akin to a Mann Accuracy Device.

Interestingly, we have only found two other references to wheel guns similar to this unusual piece. One is from the 1927 military surplus catalog of Mr. Francis Bannerman of New York, in which a dead-ringer for this big revolver is shown and described as “20 Shot Revolver found in old shop in Paris, bore is about 3/8, length, 15 inches, weight is about 6 pounds. Rare piece. Sold to collector.”

Bannerman’s catalog page from 93 years ago. Anything seem familiar?

Another, more recent mention is from a German auction house that sold one in 2007 that they described as a “grabenrevolver – privat offizierwaffeo” (trench revolver – private officer’s weapon), with a bore of about 11mm.

The dealer that currently has the piece acquired it years ago from a New Orleans collector, and at the time it was said to be a German trench revolver from WWI, rigged to “peek” over the trench and shoot by pulling a string attached to the trigger.

The revolver carries an ELG in a crowned oval, the post-1893 mark for “Epreuve de Liege” or Proof of Liege. It also has a Liege Proof House controller (inspector) mark of a spangled W.

Belgian proof marks

The caliber is believed to be .455 Eley/Webley (11.5x19mmR) which was introduced in 1891.

One thing is for sure, you won’t bump into someone else with this one in their collection.


For more collectible military surplus, guns of historical significance, unique limited runs and novelties, head over to the Collector’s Corner. You never know what you are going to find. 

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Sixty Years On, Mossberg 500 Series Shotguns Going Strong

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 04:49

Sixty years on, Mossberg 500 series of shotguns are going strong. They’re well built, reliable and an excellent bang for your buck.

I bought my Mossberg 500 SPX Tactical shotgun seven years ago for $550. Prices are similar today. After putting thousands of rounds through it, it has worked flawlessly. The pump action allows me to feed it pretty much anything.


O.F. Mossberg & Sons have been around since 1919. That’s over 100 years of making superb firearms. My 500 series shotgun is no exception. It went into production in 1960. Not long after that, the US military adopted it. Although the Marines switched to the Benelli M4 semi-automatic shotgun in 1999, many branches of the U.S. military still use the 500.

Mossberg claims that the 500 model is the only shotgun to pass the U.S. Army’s Mil-Spec 3443E test. This includes firing 3,000 rounds of full power 12-gauge buckshot in unforgiving conditions.

The five-round shell caddy and six-position adjustable synthetic stock on the Mossberg 500 SPX shotgun. (Photo: Ben Philippi)


Mossberg offers the 500 series shotgun in a variety of models. Mine is the SPX Tactical model. It weighs 6.75 pounds empty and comes with a bunch of great features.

It’s got an adjustable ghost ring rear sight and high visibility front sight. A six-position adjustable synthetic stock allows for the perfect length of pull. A five-round saddle allows me to keep extra rounds handy. A Picatinny rail supports the adjustable rear sight which is removable, so you can add your own optic if you choose.

The adjustable ghost ring rear sight mounted on the Picatinny rail on the Mossberg 500 SPX. (Photo: Ben Philippi –

The pistol grip feels good in the hand. The 18.5-inch barrel is short enough to make it maneuverable and the ported barrel reduces recoil and makes it comfortable to shoot even the most heavy-duty rounds. I can fit five 3-inch shells in the tube and one in the chamber.  

There’s a saying about shotguns that if someone has broken into your place and they hear the sound of a pump-action shotgun chambering a round, it’s enough to give them a heart attack. Chances are, you’ll never even have to fire a round.

The tube on the Mossberg 500 SPX holds five 3″ rounds. (Photo: Ben Philippi)(Photo: Ben Philippi)


I highly recommend the Mossberg 500 SPX Tactical– or any Mossberg 500 series shotguns for that matter. They’re solid, last a long time and shoot well. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy a used one either. has lots of them for sale new and used.


The high visibility front sight on the Mossberg 500 SPX. (Photo: Ben Philippi –

The adjustable ghost ring rear sight on the Mossberg 500 SPX. (Photo: Ben Philippi –

The ported barrel on the Mossberg 500 SPX. (Photo: Ben Philippi –

The Mossberg 500 SPX shotgun. (Photo: Ben Philippi –

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Controversial ‘Assault Weapon’ Bans on the Move

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 03:11

Two states have lawmakers that are gathering behind bans on guns they deem “assault weapons” but are actually just common semi-autos. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Democrats in Arizona and Virginia are pushing legislation that would outlaw many common semi-auto firearms and their magazines.

In the Grand Canyon State, Arizona Senate Bill SB1625 was introduced last week and aims to not only ban the sale of most popular semi-auto firearms and magazines but would also require registration of those already in circulation. Violators could be charged with as high as a Class 4 felony, which is punishable up to 3.75 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

The measure’s primary sponsor is state Sen. Rebecca Rios, D-Phoenix, who is among a dozen Dems backing the proposal. It makes an exception for guns used by police, government employees and the military.

State gun rights groups, such as the Arizona Citizens Defense League, have derided the measure as a threat to the Second Amendment.

“The bill is designed to be an egregious threat to our Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and is similar to bills introduced across the nation,” said the group Tuesday in a statement. “The language of the bill is so broad that nearly all semi-automatic firearms ever produced would be covered, as well as any ammunition feeding device ‘with the capacity to accept more than ten rounds’, which, again, means pretty much all of them.”

The Arizona State Legislature is dominated by Republicans, but that control is narrow with the GOP holding a two-seat lead in the state House and a four-seat lead in the state Senate.


Meeting a deadline for crossover to the state Senate, the Democrat-controlled Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday voted 51-48 to pass House Bill 961. While all 45 Republicans in the body, as well as three Dems who crossed the aisle, voted against the bill, it still squeaked through despite stout opposition.

The bill, which bans the sale of many semi-autos and magazines capable of holding more than 12 cartridges as well as future commercial sales of suppressors, now heads to the legislature’s upper chamber and consideration by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Dems control the Senate 21-19 and have already green-lighted five anti-gun bills so far this session.

While the ban measure had been watered down by a House committee last week, it still has more teeth than what Second Amendment groups prefer, which is none.

“Though the committee amended the bill to allow citizens to keep currently owned firearms and suppressors, confiscation is undoubtedly still the end goal,” warned the NRA in a statement.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade organization for the gun industry, estimates that nearly 18 million modern sporting rifles like the AR-15 are in circulation.

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Top 10 Drool-Worthy Certified Used Guns From Our Vault

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 05:00

Here at, we have a ton of Certified Used guns just waiting for someone like you to take them home. What’s so cool about Certified Used you ask? These guns have been vetted by our on-site gun experts to ensure they’re free from mechanical defects and that condition is consistent with our rating.

We’ve compiled a quick list of 10 drool-worthy Certified Used guns from the vault. Take a look and find your next gun!

Limcat Custom RazorCat

Limcat Custom RazorCat — $4,000

This LimCat RazorCat is a high-level open-division competition pistol chambered in .38 Super Comp. It features a 5-inch barrel with a fixed compensator which stretches its barrel dimensions to 7.5-inches. Topped with a C-More red dot sight, the pistol offers metal grips with light stippling to ensure a firm grasp on the Phoenix Trinity frame.

LimCat’s competition hammer and a skeletonized flat-faced trigger allow users to quickly get their follow up shots on target. This package includes a LimCat Open Class holster and six magazines.

Still want to see more of the Limcat? Check out the review we did on this model here. 


Scalpel 1086LA

Surgeon Rifles Scalpel Long Action – $4,275.98

This Scalpel 1086LA from Surgeon Rifles is a bolt-action platform chambered in .300 Win Mag. A 26-inch heavy barrel is equipped with a Surgeon BSR muzzle brake and accompanied by a pair of Picatinny rails to attach optics and other accessories. The Cadex Dual Strike chassis allows significant customization of the Scalpel 1086LA while a bipod comes pre-installed to ensure stability. This rifle comes with five magazines and a Pelican hard case.


Sharp Shiloh Sharps 1874

Sharp Shiloh Sharps 1874 – $3,299.99

Made in the 1970s, this Shiloh Sharps 1874 Rifle is an extremely high-end replica of the original. Chambered in .45-70, it delivers a 30-inch barrel, walnut furniture and a blued-steel frame — all listed in excellent condition. 


USFA Single Action Army NFM San Juan Hill Artillery

USFA Single Action Army NFM San Juan Hill Artillery – $2,849.98

This USFA Artillery Revolver from Colt is a 6-shot revolver chambered in .45 LC. A 5.5-inch barrel is adorned with a notch rear sight and a blade front sight. This revolver, clad in smooth wood grips, is a replication of the Teddy Roosevelt revolver in the NRA’s National Firearms Museum, created to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Roughriders’ charge up San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War.



LWRC R.E.P.R. – $3,900.00

This LWRC R.E.P.R. is a semi-automatic rifle chambered in .308 Win/7.62 NATO. It has a 10-plus-1 round capacity while the 20-inch barrel comes equipped with an A2 flash hider. Featuring LWRC folding BUIS front and rear sights, the quad Picatinny rails allow users to install their choice of optics and other accessories. A Sig Sauer Tango 6 2-12×40 tactical scope is currently installed. The rifle sports a bullet button to bring it in compliance with the laws of more restrictive states. Further customization of the LWRC R.E.P.R. is available via the adjustable SOPMOD stock.


Smith & Wesson Model 60 Chief’s Special

Smith & Wesson Model 60 Chief’s Special (Engraved) – 2,716.98

This Smith Wesson Model 60 is a double-action 5-shot revolver chambered in .357 Mag. A 2-inch stainless steel barrel is adorned with a notch rear sight and a blade front sight. The stainless-steel frame barrel and cylinder all feature detailed scrollwork engravings. Checkered wooden grips ensure a steady grasp with every shot. 


Remington 3200 Trap

Remington 3200 Trap – $2,000

This Remington 3200 Trap is an over/under 12-gauge shotgun with 3-inch chambers. The top of two barrels features a ventilated-rib and a bead front sight to aid in quick target acquisition. The receiver of the 3200 Trap features scenes of hunting dogs while the blued steel of the receiver and barrels is handsomely complemented by the polished wood furniture. Checkering outfits the grip and forend to ensure a steady grasp on this classy shotgun.


Heckler and Koch P7 M13

Heckler and Koch P7 M13 – $3,799.99

The Heckler & Koch P7 M13 is a German 9×19mm semi-automatic pistol. It was produced from 1979 until 2008. With an almost cult-like following due to its rarity and high collectability factor, many people believe it should be the James Bond/007 gun (instead of the Walther PPK). This one is in excellent condition and comes with the original box and three 13-round magazines.


Daniel Defense DD5V1

Daniel Defense DD5V1 – $2,707.98

The Daniel Defense DD5V1 is a semi-automatic rifle chambered in .308 Win/7.62 NATO. It sports a 16-inch barrel with a full-length Picatinny rail currently supporting a Leupold Mark IV 4.5-14×50 tactical scope. The stock is adjustable with soft textured sections which allow users to find a positive and comfortable cheek weld. The rifle is topped off with a Geissele SSA two-stage trigger with ambidextrous controls, KeyMod handguard, and a configurable modular charging handle. visited the Daniel Defense factory a few months ago so check out what this company is up to here.


Ruger Red Label Ducks Unlimited

Ruger Red Label Ducks Unlimited – $2,099.99

The Ruger Red Label Ducks Unlimited 50th Anniversary Model is an over/under 12-gauge shotgun. It is 1 of 1000 and comes with fixed modified and full chokes. The barrels measure 28-inches in length with an overall length measuring 48-inches. Condition is listed as excellent so don’t pass this baby up!


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Westerns of the 1960s and the Guns That Made Them

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 04:00

It’s hardly an argument that Western movies produced in the 1960s are the best of all time. From The Good, the Bad and the Ugly to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the unforgettable performances were only matched by iconic guns creating classic movies that would live forever. Since the height of popularity in the 1960s, Westerns have spurred a whole shooting culture called Single Action Shooting Society who dress and shoot like cowboys.

We’ve decided to take a look back and some of our favorites and bring you a list of the most memorable Western guns.

*Word of warning: spoilers ahead.

Colt SA Army

The Colt SA Army is the most ubiquitous and iconic gun of the Western genre — this is the standard six-shooter that every cowboy wears on his hip. Chambered in .45 Colt you can find these guns scattered throughout the great Westerns. Pike, Dutch, and Tector along with a large swath of the Mexican army use one in The Wild Bunch. Practically the whole cast of Once Upon a Time in the West has a Colt SA Army in their hands at one point.

However, the most famous scene and use of the Colt Single Action Army comes to us from “The Man with No Name” in A Fistful of Dollars when Clint Eastwood single-handedly takes out four men with his Colt SA Army by fanning the hammer. It should be noted that Eastwood was actually using a Uberti replica, a nod to the Italian heritage of director Sergio Leone.

If you’re interested in owning your own Colt CA Army check out the wide selection we have available in the Vault by clicking the button below.


Winchester Model 1892

What the Colt SA Army is to the handguns the Winchester Model 1892 is to rifles. Whether it’s Ramon shooting at the Baxters in A Fistful of Dollars or Pompey holding the fort down with the Model 1892 in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, this rifle is well placed in many Western movies.

In Once Upon a Time in the West, the Model 1892 appears as Stoney’s Mare’s Leg rifle. The Mare’s Leg shortened rifle was introduced in the 1950s by Steve McQueen in a series called Trackdown but is seen in many other movies. The unique shorty rifle has a special place in Westerns — replicated by the likes of Henry and Uberti. One of the more famous scenes of the gun in action occurs when Harmonica arrives in town in Once Upon a Time in the West.

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12-Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun

Shotguns may not be as glorified as six-shooters in Westerns, but they still play a large part. Nearly all the shotguns you’ll find in Westerns are 12-gauge side-by-sides. While it’s more difficult to place the manufacturer of these shotguns you’ll notice many have been chopped down to conceal better, one of the more famous instances of the short-barreled shotgun is Mississippi’s gun in the movie El Dorado.

Looking for your own side-by-side shotgun? Click the button below to see all the options has to offer.


But what if you need a little more firepower?

Gatling Gun

Although Colt only made about 500 Gatling “Battery Guns” for U.S. customers between 1866 and 1907, making them fairly rare, Hollywood made sure that they appeared in dozens of Westerns ranging from The War Wagon to Rooster Cogburn and even to more modern films set in the Old West such as the remakes of 3:10 to Yuma and The Magnificent Seven.

Heck, there was even a 1968 Spaghetti Western entitled Gatling Gun, which uses one of these early devices is the central MacGuffin. The film is a cult classic that was a hit on the drive-in circuit.

For those wanting to get their crank gun itch scratched, we happen to have a .45-70-caliber Colt M1877 Bulldog Gatling, with a 1,200 rpm rate of fire, in stock.

This superb 1877 Colt Bulldog Gatling gun reissue, currently available in the Outlet program, is looking for a forever home and is ready to run .45-70 as fast as you can turn a crank.



The golden age of Westerns provided us with some great performances and iconic gun duels. Some of these movies have even spurred their own SASS style events, like the Wild Bunch, where the participants are required to only shoot guns that were used in the movie. While the greatest Westerns may very well be behind us, their performances and guns will live on forever.

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Sig Sauer Offers Elite Copper Hunting Ammo in 6mm Creedmoor

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 04:00

Sig Sauer releases 6mm Creedmoor into its Elite Copper Hunting Ammo lineup. (Photo: Sig Sauer)

Sig Sauer expands its Elite Copper Hunting Ammunition series launching a new 80-grain all-copper bullet in the form of 6mm Creedmoor.

Offering a deeper penetration and 1.8x diameter expansion, the new 6mm Creedmoor brings accuracy to medium-sized game hunters, according to Sig Sauer. The round features muzzle velocity of 3,300 feet-per-second with muzzle energy measuring 1,935 foot-pounds.

The 6mm Creedmoor is the latest to join the Elite Copper Hunting series with the company already offering rifle shooters .223 Rem, .243 Win, .300 BLK, .308 Win, .30-06 Springfield, .300 Win Mag and 6.5 Creedmoor. Sig Sauer says the decision to expand the lineup comes at the behest of Creedmoor consumers.

“6mm Creedmoor ammunition is in high demand as is the 6.5 Creedmoor load,” said Brad Criner of Sig Sauer Ammunition. “Our customers have been asking for both and we are happy to now offer these two hot hunting cartridges in our Elite Copper Hunting line.”

Sig Sauer ammunition is manufactured at Sig’s facility in Jacksonville, Arkansas. The ammo is currently available and shipping now, priced at $37.95.



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Lawmakers Seek to Sock Gun, Ammo Buyers with New Taxes

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 03:26

Dems in two states are looking to fund gun control programs by adding mandatory new taxes on guns and ammo. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Democrats in Connecticut and Illinois are proposing legislation that would add taxes ranging from 10 to 35 percent on gun and ammo sales

In the Constitution State, Connecticut state Rep. Jillian Gilchrest, D-West Hartford, is backing House Bill 5040 which would add a 35 percent per round excise tax on ammunition. The move is a scaled-down version of a similar measure she introduced last year that sought a 50 percent bump in ammo prices. The tax money levied would go to “increase funding for gun violence prevention and reduction efforts.”

State gun rights groups have slammed the proposal.

“Clearly if such a law were passed, it would make practicing and maintaining proficiency with a firearm more difficult and will impact lower-income gun owners disproportionately,” said the Connecticut Citizens Defense League in a statement.

Illinois gun tax

Meanwhile, in the Land of Lincoln, state Sen. Ann Gillespie, D-Arlington Heights, is sponsoring Senate Bill 2468 to mandate a 10 percent retail sales tax on guns she terms “assault weapons” as well as magazines capable of more than 10 cartridges. The revenue would be funneled into a fund to “prevent gun violence in schools and State-owned buildings.”

As in Connecticut, state gun rights advocates, vowing litigation if such a measure becomes law, argue the tax would impact most guns.

“Every modern handgun that’s not a revolver or a Derringer comes into play,” Todd Vandermyde with the Federal Firearms Licensees of Illinois, told the Telegraph.

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Is 2020 the Year of New 22LR Pistols?

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 01:21

Only a few weeks into 2020 and the domestic U.S. firearms market has seen a flood of new .22LR pistols from some of the biggest names in the business.

Last month saw the 42nd annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas where more than 2,600 exhibitors gathered from around the globe to display their freshest wares. When it came to rimfire handguns, there were lots of new faces in the aisles.

Beretta Bobcats

While not a new design per se– Beretta has marketed tip-barrel vest pocket-sized rimfire pistols since the days of the old Minx and Jetfire in the 1950s– the Model 21A Bobcat has been given a threaded barrel option and new colors for 2020. This saves fans of the platform from having to drop extra coin to get their barrels threaded at their LGS, a common mod.


Glock G44

You gotta squint to see this is a G44 and not a G19 (Photo: Chris Eger/

It looks like a G19 but the blowback-action Glock G44 is a pound lighter due to its hybrid polymer slide. Released last month with an average retail price of $359, the 10+1 .22LR performed fairly well in our testing, suffering three jams out of 2,200 rounds, but others have seen more mixed results. Still, if you are looking for a .22LR Glock with the same profile and trigger as the familiar G19, here you go.


Ruger Lite Rack LCP

Ruger downsized their LCP II line to accept .22LR rimfire ammo (Photo: Chris Eger/

Taking a page from their LCP II .380ACP pocket pistol, Ruger has introduced a virtual doppelganger to the design but chambered in .22LR. Dubbed the Lite Rack due to its mild recoil spring and easy-to-rack slide, the new Ruger mouse gun is a simple blowback that offers a 10+1 capacity, which is a few more rounds than those who carry the more upscale .380 LCP. As a sub-caliber trainer, or as a plinker-caliber personal protection piece, the $300ish pistol drew a lot of attention in Vegas.


Kel Tec P17

The new, sub-$200 Kel-Tec P17. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Teased in late 2019, Kel Tec’s new P17 pistol was on hand at SHOT Show last month. Pitched as a budget handgun from the Florida gun maker, the sub-$200 polymer-framed P17 hits the scales at 14-ounces when loaded while offering a 16+1 capacity, hence the P17 moniker. The barrel comes standard with 1/2×28TPI threads for suppressors and other muzzle devices. The gun is now listed as “shipping” so we should see them in stock in the coming weeks.


Kriss Vector

The Vector SDP-SB .22LR model features a 6.5-inch threaded barrel. Standard features include a Pic rail, ambi safety, and an SB Tactical stabilizing brace. (Photo: Kriss)

Virginia-based Kriss last month announced their first .22LR Vector-series handguns, namely a trio of Vector SDP-SB models that come standard with an SB Tactical stabilizing brace and 6.5-inch barrels. With an MSRP of $649, they seem pricey but keep in mind that is a pricepoint about half that of centerfire models.


Ruger long boys

Ruger also had their new MKIV Target models on hand with 10-inch barrels (Photo: Chris Eger/

Adding inches and ounces to their MK IV Target line, Ruger this year is highlighting a pair of .22LR pistols that come standard with 10-inch bull barrels. The additional real estate pushes the pistol’s overall length to 14-inches– almost all of it sight radius– while the gun weighs in at a solid 46.3-ounces. MSRP is $645 for the blued aluminum-framed model while the stainless runs $719, prices that will likely be a good deal less at retailers.


Even ammo

Going past pistols, there is also an influx of new rimfire ammo products headed to market this year. We visited with CCI at SHOT Show to get the low down on everything from additions to the company’s Clean-22 polymer-coated ammo line to rebranded “Stangers” and Meat Eater loads.


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How to Disassemble the New S&W M&P9 EZ Shield

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 05:59

Team Smith & Wesson Captian Julie Golob walks through the easy way to field strip the new S&W M&P 9 EZ M2.0 Shield for cleaning and maintenance in the above video.

The latest M&P EZ Shield variant was announced last Christmas and joins the company’s popular .380 ACP variant, offering an easy-to-load and easy-to-rack design. Featuring an 8+1 capacity, the 9mm model runs a 3.675-inch barrel, Picatinny-style rail, reversible magazine, tactile loaded chamber indicator, and one-piece, single-action trigger.

The Smith & Wesson Shield EZ in 9mm. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The 9mm Shield EZ, like its .380 little brother, includes models with an ambi thumb safety and Crimson Trace Red Laserguard tie-in. The original Shield EZ design debuted in 2018 as a carry-sized personal defense firearm pitched to gun owners who may not have the hand strength required to operate other semi-auto CCWs, some of which have notoriously stout springs.

We talked to Jerry Miculek about the Sheild EZ in 9mm, as well as some other S&W pistols, at SHOT Show last month.


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SAAMI Accepts New .300 HAM’R Cartridge

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 01:58

The newly SAAMI-approved .300 HAM’R (Photo: SAAMI)

The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI) announced last week they have accepted the new .300 HAM’R (300 HAMR) cartridge.

First introduced by Wilson Combat in 2018, the appeal of the .300 HAM’R was that it could deliver .308 Winchester-ish performance in a necked-up .223 Rem with a 110-to-130 grain bullet that would still fit in a standard AR-15 mag.

Bill Wilson, the father of the cartridge, said the 300 HAM’R was developed for “optimal terminal performance,” with the company saying at its introduction that “Terminal performance testing on over 200 Texas feral hogs has proven it to kill much more effectively than the 6.5 Grendel, 6.8 SPC, 7.62×39 or 300 Blackout.”

The company contends that the round is the most powerful 5.56-based .30-caliber cartridge that can be fired from the AR-15 platform using a standard .223/5.56 bolt.

Since its introduction, Wilson Combat has gone to market with several AR platforms chambered for .300 HAM’R.

As described by SAAMI, the cartridge has a maximum average pressure of 57,500 psi, with a 125-grain bullet traveling at a velocity of 2,450 fps and a 130-grain bullet traveling at a velocity of 2,425 fps.

More data on the .300 HAM’R, here.

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SCCY Shows off Sub-$400 Optics-Equipped Pistols

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 01:15

The new SCCY (“Sky”) CPX3 .380ACP pistol, with a factory-equipped Crimson Trace CTS-1500 red dot. (Photos: Chris Eger/

Budget pistol Florida pistol crafter SCCY recently highlighted their new lines of red-dot equipped .380ACP and 9mm handguns at SHOT Show.

Last November the company announced a new series of pistols that features a Crimson Trace CTS-1500, a 3.5MOA auto-dimming red dot with over 20,000 hours of battery life and a three-year warranty. These will be mounted to SCCYs’s 9mm CPX-1/CPX-2, and .380 ACP-caliber CPX-3/CPX-4 series handguns.

The MSRP on these new pistols range from $339 for the CPX-2 and CPX-3 to $349 for the CPX-1 and CPX-4, prices you can expect to be a touch lower through retailers. Note this includes the CTS-1500.

The trigger is DAO with a full-time 9-pound pull while the pistol uses an internal hammer firing system with an inertial firing pin to prevent accidental discharge if dropped. Magazine capacity is 10+1 on both .380 and 9mm models.

The CPX series pistols all use a receiver made of 7075‐T6 aircraft grade heat treated billet aluminum alloy, coupled with a stainless steel slide. The grip frame is made from Zytel polymer with finger grooves and an integrated recoil cushion on the backstrap.

Guntube vlogger Who Tee Who has been carrying a CTS-1500-equipped CPX-2 for the past few weeks and has been keeping a running commentary.

For a second opinion, the very knowledgeable Graham Baates has been running a CPX-3 with the same red dot.

A more refined pistol, the new 9mm DVG-1, with a straight 5.5lb trigger the company advertises as being very smooth, also made its debut recently. The DVG-1RD comes factory equipped with the CTS-1500 red dot for an MSRP of $389, while you can get it sans dot for $100 bucks less.

The new DVG-1, with a flat-faced straight trigger that breaks at 5.5-pounds, is also available in a CTS-1500-equipped version.


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Ban on Suppressors, ‘Assault Weapons’ Advances in Virginia

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 00:38

Legislation banning the future sale of most semi-auto firearms and even already federally-regulated suppressors is on the move in the Virginia House of Delegates. (Photo: Chris Eger/

The Democrat-controlled House Public Safety Committee muscled through controversial gun ban legislation in a party-line vote last Friday.

The measure, HB 961, described as “the crown jewel of the Northam-Bloomberg gun ban agenda” by gun rights groups, passed in a 12-9 vote, sending it to the House for further review. Capitol Police were called in to clear the committee room after the uproar from the gallery following the passage of the gun control bill, reported

The ban was originally much worse before it was amended, outlawing possession of most semi-auto firearms in the state, and, while watered down by the committee, is still onerous. The bill aims to forbid the future sale of many semi-auto firearms, suppressors, and most standard capacity magazines. Under its current guidelines, owners of restricted firearms and suppressors bought before July 1 could keep them, for now at least, but future sales would be curtailed. Magazines capable of holding more than 12 cartridges would be banned.

Opposed by regional and national pro-gun groups,  suppressor advocates were also on hand last week to testify against the bill, as over 75,000 of the registered devices are in circulation in the Commonwealth. Suppressors are currently legal for consumer possession and use in at least 42 states.

“Our position is essentially that these have been heavily federally regulated since 1934 and that those federal regulations are more than exhaustive; that additional state-level regulations should not be imposed upon suppressors,” said ASA President Knox Williams in a statement.

The Virginia Citizens Defense League has joined with pro-Second Amendment minded sheriffs from across the state who have vowed to support gun rights.

As for HB961, the bill is working against the legislative clock in this session, as it has to make a Feb. 11 crossover deadline and win the support of the newly-blue state Senate, where a similar measure was taken off the table last month. However, state lawmakers seem determined to rush an agenda of new anti-gun laws to Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk, despite outspoken public demonstration against the platform.

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Speer Launches Ammo Designed for Carry Guns

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 07:34

CarryGun is concealed carry specific, designed for use in sub-compact and compact carry guns. (Photo: Speer)

Speer announced concealed carriers are getting a new line of Gold Dot ammo specifically created for optimal performance in compact and subcompact handguns. The series, aptly named CarryGun, is available in some of the most popular carry calibers to include 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP.

Designed to achieve better results on the FBI protocol test, the CarryGun lineup uses Speer’s Gold Dot G2 bullet. The G2 opts for a shallow cavity in the nose of the bullet in lieu of a traditional hollow point. The cavity is filled with durable elastomer which prevents material from clogging the cavity and negatively impacting expansion. The result, according to Speer engineers, is better performance even through barriers like wood and steel.

CarryGun ammo was on display at SHOT Show 2020. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

“Optimized for compact and subcompact pistols and featuring a new version of our G2 bullet, Gold Dot CarryGun ammo is exceptional,” Federal Handgun Ammunition Product Manager Chris Laack. “It offers the same industry-leading performance and exceptional barrier test results that shooters expect from Gold Dot G2 ammunition out of smaller, lighter concealed carry firearms.”

The first three offers will include 20-round boxes of the following:

  • 9mm Luger, 135-grain
  • .40 S&W, 165-grain
  • .45 ACP +P, 200-grain

The ammo will range in price from $28.99 to $33.99 and is expected to ship in early 2020. In the meantime, check out’s Speer ammo lineup.


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7 Best Hunting Rifles of 2019

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 06:45

As we roll into the roaring 2020s and go gaga over all the latest ultralight and otherwise eye-catching rifles, let’s not forget that some of 2019’s finest are just now up for grabs and gaining traction.

Here are a few of our top pics from the bumper crop of 2019.

Daniel Defense Delta 5


When AR-platform powerhouse Daniel Defense stepped into the bolt-action market, we knew things would get interesting and innovative. The cold hammer-forged barrels are user-interchangeable while the action is mechanically bedded within a mini chassis system. What looks like a synthetic stock is actually carbon fiber reinforced and adjustable in numerous ways. There’s an adjustable Timney Elite Hunter trigger, ambidextrous mag release with AICS mags, threaded bolt handle, and 20 MOA Picatinny rail. The 24-inch H-Palma barrel balances weight with accuracy and comes threaded and ready for muzzle devices.

The rifle is not light at 9.5-pounds bare, but it shoots with a sub-MOA guarantee. MSRP on this hybrid hunting rifle is $2,199 with the initial launch in either 6.5 Creedmoor or .308 Win.


Henry Side Gate


Polished brass, throwback calibers, and an American-made guarantee lead the way for the much-anticipated new Henry. The H024 Side Gate Model marks the greatest lever-action innovation in decades, not because of the side gate itself–as that’s long been around on Marlins and Winchesters—but now Henry has engineered a way to add the side loading gate to their existing tubular loading magazine so that shooters can utilize both options on the same rifle.

MSRP on the brass side gates is set at $1,077. In addition to the initial calibers of .30-30, .38-55, and .35 Rem, Henry has also added .45-70 and .410 shotgun.


Savage High Country


Hands down one of the best-looking synthetic hunting rifles of 2019 is the Savage High Country. Built on the company’s proven, decades-old 110 bolt-actions, each High Country comes loaded with features hunters crave — a spiral fluted bolt and barrel, metalwork coated with durable PVD, threaded barrel and dropbox magazine. The High Country has everything “Accu” including the adjustable AccuTrigger, internal chassis AccuStock and fully customizable AccuFit system on the True Timber Strata camo stock allowing for both LOP and comb height adjustment.

With 11 calibers on the docket, including 6.5 in Creedmoor and PRC as well as .280 Ackley Improved, this rifle is as appealing as it is accurate. MSRP on the High Country was initially set at $1,129.


Winchester Wildcat


If the new .350 Legend caliber announcement wasn’t enough, Winchester also debuted a new semi-automatic rimfire rifle for 2019 and it’s an intriguing one. The Wildcat name is a re-birth of the branding from decades ago, but what makes this young Wildcat appealing is the innovative design. The entire lower receiver drops free from the stock and barrel system with the simple push of a button at the rear of the receiver – no tools required.

The 10-round rotary magazines are reminiscent of Ruger 10/22 mags, and in fact, are interchangeable. While the other rifles on this list ring dollar signs with innovation, the Wildcat comes with a mild $249 price tag.


Nosler M48 Mountain Carbon

(Photo: Nosler)

Ultra-lightweight rifles with carbon fiber barrels are all the rage in 2019. Nosler launched their brand right to the top with one of the year’s best for mountain hunters – the M48 Mountain Carbon. The bolt-action M48 Mountain Carbon uses the material on not only the carbon fiber wrapped barrel but also as the major material composition for the stock, for an overall weight of only 6-pounds even.

Naturally, the Mountain Carbon is available in all the hottest Nosler chamberings: 26, 28, 30 and 33, as well as the new for 2020 27 Nosler. In addition to Nosler chamberings, the M48 Mountain Carbon also runs .300 Win, Mag, 6mm and 6.5 Creedmoor. The well-balanced lightweight includes a sub-MOA guarantee, a Timney trigger and 5/8×24 threaded muzzle with an MSRP set at $3,140.


Ruger Precision Magnum

(Photo: Ruger)

Sturm, Ruger, & Co began making factory-production, customizable, precision-style rifles available and affordable for the masses more than four years ago. In 2019, however, they amped up the game by chambering the hard-hitting, long-action calibers of .300 Win Mag, .300 PRC and .338 Lapua Mag in what is called the Precision Magnum. Where the originals had 24-inch barrels, the Magnums wear 26-inch barrels. Likewise, weight increases from 10-pounds to 15.2-pounds along with heavier barrels.

The adjustable MSR stock remains the same, but now there’s a 30 MOA rail, and a hulky muzzle brake with a tunable compensator. MSRP also steps up from $1,599 to $2,099.


Steyr Monobloc

(Photo: Steyr)

With its unique one-piece barrel and receiver engineering marvel, the all-steel Monobloc immediately sets itself onto the shortlist of 2019’s top rifles. This is the only rifle on the market with the barrel and receiver made from a single block of solid steel. The ergonomic synthetic stock goes luxury, with replaceable leather inlays. Also, the Monobloc uses one of the slickest steel dropbox magazines we’ve ever operated.

A hand-cocking safety is intriguing, while the set trigger shines breaking at 2.5-pounds, while the set trigger lets go at a wildly crisp 8-ounces. The attention to detail on the Monobloc will be hard to beat at any price, though MSRP is set at $5,250.


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CCI Delivers Over a Dozen New Rimfire Loads for 2020

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 02:26

Idaho-based CCI Ammunition unveiled 14 new products for rimfire shooters at this year’s SHOT Show in Las Vegas. We visited with CCI’s JJ Reich to get the low down on the new loads and packaging in the above video.

The new offerings ranged from Meat Eater Steven Rinella and 22Plinkster tie-ins, to easy-to-pour bulk pack cartons, to new Clean-22 Suppressor and Segmented Hollow-point loads.

New changes on tap include tie-ins with 22Plinkster and Meat Eater as well as easy-pour bulk packs and new loads (Photos: Chris Eger/

CCI has released three new, convenient cartons, catering to small game and varmint hunters, that hold 125 rounds of .22 WMR HP 40-grain Maxi-Mag, .22 WMR 30-grain VNT, or .17 HMR 17-grain VNT. Each has a “wanted” poster on the side featuring assorted critters.

.22 WMR HP 30-grain VNT, .17 HMR 17-grain VNT and 17 Mach 2 17-grain VNT.

Partnered with MeatEater’s Steven Rinella, CCI also has a series of branded new ammo that includes Copper-22 .22 LR 21-grain HP, Mini-Mag .22 LR, 36-grain CPHP, and Maxi-Mag .22 WMR 40-grain JHPs.


When it comes to new Clean-22 loads, using the company’s polymer bullet coating to reduce copper and lead fouling, a Clean-22 Segmented Hollow Point .22 WMR stands out. Using a 46-grain bullet that splits into three roughly equal-sized pieces on impact, the polymer coating reportedly still delivers at longer distances while separating at much lower impact velocities.

CCI .22WMR 46-grain Maxi-Mag and Clean-22 Segmented Hollow Point .22 WMR

The new Clean-22 Suppressor .22 LR, with a polymer-coated 45-grain bullet, is advertised as being able to reduce lead fouling inside a suppressor by half, allowing for easier can cleaning and maintenance.

CCI Clean-22 40-grain red round nose HV and 40-grain blue round nose sub-sonic.

These will be available in a 200-count, easy-pour bulk pack.

There is also a Clean-22 special-edition package promoting the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) Steel Challenge competitions.

Last but not least, there is now a special-edition Stinger dubbed “Stangers” after 22Plinkster’s usage, still using the common 32-grain copper-plated hollow-point bullet with a velo of 1,640 fps.

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Want Your own 10-Barreled Colt Bulldog Gatling Gun?

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 04:06

This superb 1877 Colt Bulldog Gatling gun reissue, currently available in the Outlet program, is looking for a forever home and is ready to run .45-70 as fast as you can turn a crank.

Introduced in 1877, Colt’s Bulldog series Gatling Gun, capable of going more than 1,000 rounds per minute cyclic, was king of the battlefield.

Although Dr. Richard Gatling’s early hand-cranked “battery guns” had been introduced as far back as 1862, for the first 15 years of their existence they were bulky and used a series of unshielded barrels to produce their fire. Round were fed loosely into a hopper and the weapon could produce a (theoretical) rate of fire of about 600 rounds per minute, although it was hard to achieve.

Early Gatling guns, such as this .58-caliber RF 1862 model, with a half-dozen 33-inch barrels, had a rate of fire of 600 rpm, an overall length of 64-inches and a weight, with carriage and limber, of about 630 pounds, unloaded. (Photo: Springfield Armory National Historic Site)

By 1866, Colt took over making Dr. Gatling’s guns and won the first large U.S. Army contract for the devices, one they were eager to keep by introducing upgraded generations. By 1874, the caliber had switched to .45-70 Government and short-barreled “Camel” guns were being produced, which were much more maneuverable.

In 1877, Colt introduced a new model that enclosed not only the barrels but also the breech section in a bronze housing covered by a front plate through which the muzzles protruded.

A 10-barreled Colt Gatling gun ready for use on the USS Enterprise, around 1890. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Further, the crank could be rotated to a more ergonomic rear position and, through use of a 40-round Bruce vertical feed mechanism which could be topped off, the rate of fire really jumped to well over 1,000 rounds per minute as the gun in a 10-barreled format, fired 10 rounds with each turn of the crank. Best yet, the smaller 5-barreled gun, when used on a tripod, only weighed 90-pounds.

In an Army test of a prototype gun, one of the Bulldogs fired 1,000 rounds in 79 seconds– which is amazing even by today’s standards– and scored 996 hits on target at a range of 500 yards. Uncle Sam bought 17 Bulldogs for the Army as well as others for the Navy and the model proved popular in overseas sales as well.

While more modern autoloading machine guns replaced Gatlings in U.S. service, some were still seeing combat in China and the Philippines in the early 1900s and they were only fully retired after 1914. Today, period Gatlings of any type are hard to come by and old Bulldogs are exceedingly rare, with the Springfield Armory National Historic site only having two in their collection. A five-barreled former U.S. Army model came up for auction last year and sold for $316,250.

“New” Bulldogs

U.S. Armament Corp of Ephrata, Pennsylvania has made a precious few brass-encased Bulldog reproductions in conjunction with Colt since 2009.

As the example we have available is serial number #1, you can guess when it may have been crafted.

It is thought that less than 50 of these rebooted Bulldogs are in circulation, in both wheeled and tripod-mounted versions and with either 5- or 10-barrels.

These guns are fully operational and built from the original Gatling drawings and specifications with modern techniques and quality control. They include a Bruce gravity feed device.

The 5-barrel models weigh 135-pounds while the 10-barrel examples tip the scales at a more beefy 170-pounds. The two-wheeled carriage weighs another 150-pounds. On both models, the barrel length is 18.25-inches, with a 1-in-22-inch twist.

Chambered in .45-70 Government, the 5-barreled model has an 800 rpm rate of fire while the 10 has a 1200 rpm rate. As it is hand-cranked, it does not fall under NFA restrictions and can be bought and sold without a tax stamp, although some recent state laws may apply.

The overall length is 34-inches and the gun includes a V-notched rear sight, graduated to 1,000 yards

USAC has made other reissues for Colt, such as a very nice version of the M1903 .380 Pocket Hammerless and the Colt Classic Vietnam XM177 salute which was issued last year. But that’s a story for a different article.


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NICS Gun Sales Numbers Up 19% for January; 85% Jump in Virginia Alone

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 00:13

2020 is off to a good start for gun sales as figures for January, when compared to those from January 2019, were up significantly. (Photo: Chris Eger/

The first month of 2020 saw a huge jump in firearm background checks when compared to the data from January 2019.

The unadjusted figures of 2,652,263 checks conducted through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System in the first month of the year is a 23.3 percent jump from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 2,150,322 in January 2019.

When the data is adjusted — removing figures for gun permit checks and rechecks by states which use NICS for that purpose — the latest total remains a very decent 1,171,478, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade organization for the U.S. gun industry. This number is an 18.6 percent increase when stacked against the January 2019 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 988,160.

A big part of that increase came from gun dealers in Virginia which accounted for 67,699 adjusted NICS checks alone last month, an 84.6 percent increase over the January 2019 adjusted NICS figure of 36,678.

It should be noted that many gun owners in the Commonwealth have been politically active in the state since Democrats surged to win a narrow majority in the state legislature last November then immediately launched a raft of anti-gun proposals to include proposed bans and additional regulations on many common semi-auto firearms. From the background check numbers, it is easy to see that some consumers took advantage of the opportunity to, “buy it while you still can.”

When it comes to the national figures, January 2020 is also the ninth month in a row that the number of adjusted checks was higher than the previous year’s data.

It should also be noted that the true number of guns sold across the country is likely higher than what NICS figures suggest. The data does not include private gun sales in most states or cases where a carry permit is used as alternatives to the background check requirements of the 1994 Brady law which allows the transfer of a firearm over the counter by a federal firearms license holder without first performing a NICS check.

Over 20 states accept personal concealed carry permits or licenses as Brady exemptions.

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Gear up for V-Day: Three Easy Gifts to Make Your Sweetheart Smile

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 08:35

Valentine’s Day is upon us and that means shopping for the perfect gift for your sweetheart. While we always recommend a gun as one of the best gifts you can offer, sometimes rifles, pistols or shotguns are just slightly out of reach. For that reason, we’ve gathered up some great quick gear ideas for shoppers looking for versatile, functional gifts for gun folks.

Targets and Ammo

A dueling tree and other reactive targets help spice up range time. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

One thing any gun owner is sure to use on the range is targets. Though these tend to be affordable, constantly buying your own can add up. For this reason, consider stocking up on multiple packs of targets. Champion Targets, in particular, makes colorful and game-oriented targets that help gun owners work on skills or just have fun plinking. If your sweetheart has the luxury of a backyard range, take shooting to the next level by investing in a set of steel targets.

You can gift targets without also adding in some ammo for range day. Plinkers will appreciate value boxes of Winchester or American Eagle. Nothing says love like a full mag!


Scopes, Red Dots and More

TheTrijicon RMR Type 2 on Shadow Systems’ MR918 Elite. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Optics are an easy means to increase accuracy while shooting and anything that makes your loved one smile on the range is worth investing in. While scopes help magnify targets, they also pull double duty providing markings that allow shooters to predict where shots will land once the trigger is pulled.

Red dots —which fit onto rifles or pistols – are a non-magnifying means to accurately place shots on target. These handy tools opt for an illuminated dot that serves as an aim point for shooters. Some shooters find red dots much easier to use than traditional iron sights.

Though a good scope or red dot isn’t going to be easy on the wallet, these gifts are practical and functional.


Range Gear

Rane gear always comes in handy. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Range gear makes a great gift because you can personalize it to your loved one or even go all out and create a range ready gift basket. Things to include when shopping:

While we’re on the topic of range gear let’s not forget range clothes. Help your gun owner preserve their everyday wear by grabbing some range wear for them to sport while plinking. 5.11 Tactical and Vertx make decent options for men and women that are proven to hold up while training.

Our favorite shirt! (Photo: Jacki Billings/ also has a nice selection of gun themed sweatshirts, hats, and short-sleeved and long-sleeved t-shirts perfect to don on any range day— we prefer the aptly styled “Guns” model.


If you really want to impress your love, invest in a new or used guns at We have a bevy of options to choose from rifles to shotguns to pistols.


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