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More on the new Mossberg MC1sc 9mm pistol (VIDEOS)

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 07:00

The new Mossberg MC1Sc is made in four variants, all 6+1 slimline 9mms, with an MSRP starting at $425. (Photo: Mossberg)

Mossberg’s return to the handgun market with their new MC1sc sub-compact was released this week on an eager market but how does it shoot? To answer that question, Fred Mastison with Personal Defense World talks to Mossberg staffers and gets some range time in on the gun.

Announced Thursday, the new MC1sc pistol weighs 19-ounces empty, largely due to its glass-filled polymer frame. Billed as ideal for every day carry, the new pistol boasts a six-round flush-fit and 7-round extended magazine while a 3.4-inch barrel translates to a 6.25-inch overall length.

For more, here is Joe Kurtenbach with American Rifleman:

Jay Grazio with Shooting Illustrated:

And James Reeves with TFBTV:

Of note, the “return” to the handgun market comes as a nod to Mossberg’s initial handgun offering, the .22LR Brownie, a four-barrel pocket gun made before FDR took office.

We have had many ask if this is Mossberg's first pistol. It is not. Mossberg started with the "Brownie" a 4 shot .22 pocket pistol. For our hundredth anniversary we are returning to our roots and bringing you the MC1sc. #Mossberg #ArmYourself

— Mossberg (@MossbergCorp) January 3, 2019

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Manage recoil with a tight, two-handed grip (VIDEO)

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 07:00

Recoil management is an essential part of accurate pistol shooting and the key to managing recoil is a tight two-handed grip. For the average shooter, however, it’s easier said than done, so let’s walk through the process to ensure your grip is good as gold.

Advice that’s often passed down is a good grip begins in the holster. What that means is before you draw, you should focus on establishing a high, firm grip on your pistol. When I say “high” I mean the web of your thumb and index finger should land right below the slide and the firmness comes when your fingers grab the rest of the grip.

Once you draw, wrap your support hand over your dominate hand. Let your support hand cup the dominate in a natural position (most people find pressing the pads of their hands together and fingers over knuckles a natural position). This creates pressure and friction on the grip that allows you to control the pistol more efficiently during recoil. Finally, make sure that your thumbs align on the side of the frame. Dominant over support.

Advice that’s often passed down is a good grip begins in the holster. What that means is before you draw, you should focus on establishing a high, firm grip on your pistol. (Photo: Adam Welch/

When I say “high” I mean the web of your thumb and index finger should land right below the slide and the firmness comes when your fingers grab the rest of the grip. (Photo: Adam Welch/

Next, it’s time to shoot. When your grip is high and firm, it allows your hands to control the energy used to push the round out of the barrel and, more importantly, control the backwards energy used cycle the pistol. With your hands positioned correctly, you better absorb that recoil and limit movement so it’s easier to set yourself up for a follow up shot.

To master this skill, begin by practicing your draw slowly. That will allow you to think through each stage from the grab to the draw to the pull. As with any skill, mastering pistol shooting means mastering the fundamentals.

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New attempts at Hearing Protection Act, National Reciprocity introduced

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 07:00

Popular bills to protect carry rights and partially deregulate suppressors have been refiled. (Photos: Smith & Wesson/SilencerCo)

With the 116th Congress kicking off this week, two pro-gun bills have been reintroduced by Republicans.

North Carolina Republican U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson on Thursday refiled his proposal to sidestep the patchwork of concealed carry reciprocity laws and agreements between states.

“Concealed carry reciprocity is already well-established across our country with the average state recognizing permits from more than 30 other states,” said Hudson on Thursday in a statement. “National concealed carry reciprocity is common sense, and I’ll continue to lead the efforts to make it a reality.”

Hudson’s legislation allows law-abiding citizens to carry concealed only if they are not federally prohibited from possessing a firearm, are carrying a valid government-issued photo ID, and are lawfully licensed or entitled to carry a concealed handgun. As such it would circumvent the complex series of state and territorial reciprocity agreements that vary from one area to another, sometimes even within the same states. An improvement from the 2015 proposal that failed to move on Capitol Hill, it also provides protections for residents of a dozen or more constitutional carry states as they travel.

During the last session, Hudson’s proposal, H.R.38, slid through the House on a GOP-heavy 231-198 roll call after a brief debate but a companion bill in the Senate sponsored by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, never passed that chamber although it racked up 40 co-sponsors.

Hearing Protection Act

U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-SC, on Thursday, reintroduced a proposal to remove suppressors from National Firearms Act regulations.

“The Hearing Protection Act is a commonsense bill that is important to all sportsmen and women across the country,” said Duncan in a statement. “Personally, I have experienced hearing damage from firearm noise, and I believe easier access to suppressors may have prevented much of this damage from early on in my life.”

In addition to removing silencers and suppressors from NFA requirements that include a $200 tax stamp, the proposal would mandate the more than 1.5 million already registered be deleted from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ records within 365 days of the bill becoming law. Further, while states would not be required to allow their sale or possession, they would be barred from establishing their own potentially prohibitive taxes or registration requirements on legal devices.

In the end, suppressors would be treated as firearms – which would allow them to be transferred through any regular federal firearms license holders to anyone not prohibited from possessing them after the buyer passes an FBI instant background check.

Duncan’s original Hearing Protection Act garnered 166 co-sponsors in the House last session and was rolled into a larger package of pro-hunting legislation, the SHARE Act, which was reported out of committee but never made it out of Congress.

Meanwhile, with California Democrat Nancy Pelosi elected this week by the controlling majority as Speaker of the House, Dems are expected to bring up a host of gun control legislation this session, making the likelihood of pro-gun bills making it to successful floor votes in the chamber slim.

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Chicago man sentenced to more than six years for illegal gun sales

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 06:30

A Chicago man will spend more than six years in prison after pleading guilty to selling guns without a license.

Jymil Campbell, 31, admitted in August he illegally sold 13 firearms to two confidential informants working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

According to a plea agreement filed in the Northern District of Illinois, the informants bought multiple 9mm handguns and several rifles — including  a Norinco model SKS 7.62mm — for $8,700 over a nine month period beginning in January 2016. The informants told Campbell they planned to use the guns for protection while selling drugs.

“No illegal sales of any firearms – especially in this time and place – should be accepted, let alone 13,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Devlin N. Su argued in the government’s sentencing memorandum filed in November. “Chicagoans are extremely fortunate that the buyers of the weapons turned out to be working for law enforcement, because any willingness to inject guns onto the streets fuels the violence.”

Campbell also pleaded guilty to one count of illegal possession. According to court documents, a Cook County Circuit Court convicted Campbell for home invasion and armed robbery in 2005.

The 78 month sentence falls short of the prosecution’s recommended punishment of 87-108 months in prison. Defense attorneys argued Campbell’s admittance of guilt showed remorse for his crimes.

Chicago law enforcement has faced increasing scrutiny in recent years after a spate of officer-involved shootings and a skyrocketing murder rate.

Arrests declined in the city 24 percent between 2015 and 2016, according to the Department of Justice. Meanwhile, murder rates ballooned, accounting for nearly one quarter of the nationwide increase in homicides in 2016. The department said more murders occurred in Chicago that year than in New York and Los Angeles combined, despite a population of just one-fifth of the size of both cities.

Before stepping down in November, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent five additional violent crimes prosecutors to join U.S. Attorney John Lausch in establishing a Gun Crimes Prosecution Team with operations focused on the Northern District of Illinois.

The ATF likewise assigned five “violent crime coordinators” to Lausch’s Project Safe Neighborhoods team who will assist in daily reviews of firearm arrests and seizures.

The two teams join the city’s Crime Gun Strike Force, a permanent coalition of federal, state and local investigators and researchers dedicated to capturing and prosecuting Chicago’s most dangerous offenders. In the nearly two years since Sessions implemented the strike force, ATF firearm arrests increased nearly 25 percent and seizures and recoveries spiked 46 percent. The Chicago Police Department boosted its own seizures by more than 11 percent and violent crime in all four police districts working with the strike force declined double digits — including a 49 percent decrease in murders in the Seventh District and a 37 percent decrease in shootings in the Ninth District.

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Memorial 3Gun Foundation announces 2nd Annual Memorial 3Gun Competition

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 05:30

The 2nd Annual Memorial 3Gun Competition kicks off in September 2019 with registration currently open. (Photo: Memorial 3Gun Foundation)

The Memorial 3Gun Foundation brings its Memorial 3Gun Competition back for a second year, hosting the event Sept. 13-15 in North Carolina.

The 2nd Annual Memorial 3Gun Competition aims to bring competitive shooting to current and past military members as well as their families. The event will serve to memorialize eight fallen soldiers with proceeds benefiting each of the families honored at the competition.

The Memorial 3Gun Foundation says that competitors will see a mix of traditional and non-traditional 3-gun style stages to include “run and gun,” shooting from a moving vehicle and clearing obstacles.

The competition is filled with traditional and non-traditional stages that test shooters’ abilities. (Photo: Memorial 3Gun Foundation)

“This competition will expose competitors to situations they have never been placed in before, while at the same time honoring those who have sacrificed everything for our country,” the organization said in a press release.

Grey Ghost Precision has joined up with the foundation to offer 100 slots to active duty service members. The Memorial 3Gun Foundation said the first 100 service men and women to register for the event will see their registration fee refunded on the first day of competition.

The general public can enter the event for an entry fee of $225, while current military members can participate with a fee of $175. Gold Star family members shoot for free.

Registration is currently open online. The 2nd Annual Memorial 3Gun Competition will be held at the Gryphon Group Security Solutions located in Maxton, North Carolina.

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Sharp Bros and EMG International team up for airsoft training rifle series

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 05:00

The airsoft rifles come in either black or tan with varying lengths. (Photo: EMG International)

Sharp Bros and EMG International partner up to bring a new series of airsoft training rifles to market, featuring the Overthrow AR-15 lower receiver created by Sharp Bros.

The full AEG training rifles use a CNC billet-style metal receiver set boasting an anodized finish. The lower receiver offers an integrated beveled flared magwell featuring an EMG and Sharp Bros engraved bullet pictogram selector markings.

The rifles deliver an aluminum M-LOK freefloat handguard in addition to slim AR grip, holding the ARES high torque slim motor. The rifle series also brings together the ARES Electric Firing Control System which brings a programmable gearbox capable of safe/semi/3-round burst/full auto fire.

The training rifles feature the Sharp Bros lower. (Photo: EMG International)

The training rifles come in a few flavors to include: a 16-inch RECCE, 12-inch SBR and 8-inch PDW in either black or dark earth.

“An exclusive collaboration project between EMG and Sharps Bros. Firearm Design, the Overthrow airsoft receiver accurately depicts the fine detail and craftsmanship of the real AR15 firearms receiver,” EMG International said on their site.

“The stunning and fierce details of the Overthrow features an open mag well helmet design, with battle worn dents, sword gashes and crack lines to really set this apart from your average rifle and brings a whole new meaning to personal weapons customization,” the company continued.

The Sharp Bros and EMG International collaboration will be available later this month with a price tag of $299.

The 8.5-inch PDW. (Photo: EMG International)

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Vermont: Police can’t run new universal background checks on guns

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 04:30

Police in Vermont say they can’t conduct mandated background checks required by a new law on private gun sales. The Department of Public Safety last month told lawmakers they are not allowed to access the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System used to vet gun transfers by licensed firearm dealers.

Signed by Vermont Gov. Phil Scott last year among a spate of gun control laws, Act 94 requires virtually all gun transfers, including those between private parties, to first clear a background check. The problem is that Vermont is one of 36 states and territories that do not have a “point of contact” access to NICS, forcing them to rely on the FBI for all firearm background checks performed in the state. While federal firearms license holders can run their checks through the system, the state cannot.

Citing that their own state-level database provides a limited pool to research, Deputy DPS Commissioner Christopher Herrick told lawmakers his agency, “cannot recommend that law enforcement serve as an alternative to FFLs to facilitate person-to-person firearms transfers,” until federal regulations are expanded to allow access to NICS.

“In multiple phone calls with the FBI, and reviewing federal law and regulation, it became clear that we would not be authorized to have access to the full range of databases that are performed on a normal background check for a gun purchase,” Herrick told Vermont Public Radio.

Meanwhile, the law itself is under legal challenge from gun rights advocates who argue it is not only unconstitutional but also adds unjustified costs and inconvenience to a transfer as well as produces concerns over privacy.

Vermont’s misfire on universal background checks is not unique. In Nevada, the $20 million Question 1 ballot initiative funded in large part by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was narrowly approved by voters in 2016 only to have officials later deem it unenforceable over the way the state accesses NICS.

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Badger Ordnance adds tan SLICK to lineup

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 04:30

The Sniper Lightweight Integrator Combat Kit, or SLICK, now comes colored in tan. (Photo: Badger Ordnance)

Badger Ordnance expands its offerings with the introduction of a tan version of its Sniper Lightweight Integrator Combat Kit. The tan SLICK provides users with a means to mount universal night sights and thermal optics. The mount features eight positions to attach night vision options, lasers/illuminators or red dots to the M151 Spotting Scope. The SLICK features a permanently attached top rail designed to accommodate coaxial laser range finders or other MIL-STD 1913 mounted laser range finders.

The mount allows users to mount night sights and thermal optics. (Photo: Badger Ordnance)

The modular SLICK ships with all needed hardware required to install and operate. The SLICK is MIL-SPEC compliant and boasts an anodized hard coat Type III in tan. For those that like a classic look, the company also offers the SLICK in black.

“The SLICK is a complete modular Night Vision integration kit for the M151 Spotting Scope (Leupold Mk 4). The SLICK allows for the use of all current clip on Universal Night Sights and Thermal optics,” Badger Ordnance said in a statement.

The SLICK in tan is available through Triad Tactical and features a price tag of $550.

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Glock releases more single-stack pistols: G43x, G48 (VIDEO)

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 07:00

Glock expanded their slimline series with two new variants: the Glock 43x and 48. Compared to the original 43, the differences are obvious. The new guns feature a longer grip that holds a 10-round magazine, and serrations on both the front and rear of the slide.

The original 43 combines the performance of Glock’s traditional double-stack design and the slim profile of handguns built specifically for concealed carry. The 1.1 inch width affords a more comfortable concealment. With the single-stack design coming out some four years ago, it was time for an upgrade.

“We’re always in development of new products and pursuit of innovation in our product line,” said Brandie Collins, Glock’s public relations and communications manager. “The release of these products were fitting for SHOT Show, especially with the expansion of the slimline series and the addition of the G43X to the crossover category.”

The new guns are equipped with familiar Glock features — the safe-action trigger, removable sights, and reversible controls — that make shooting intuitive and adaptable to individual preference. The longer grip allows for a full three-finger wraparound. That and the simple point-and-shoot ergonomics make controlling the 9mm easy.

From left to right: The Glock 43, Glock 43x, and the Glock 48. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

The new variants differ only in the slide. The Glock 48’s barrel is about three-quarters of an inch longer, which also adds two ounces to its overall weight. Performance between the two is almost indistinguishable. Though, some who tried both guns said they thought the long-slide 48 felt a little snappier.

With the new Glock 43x and the Glock 48 on hand, I invited visitors of the range at The Modern Sportsman in Burnsville, Minnesota to experience the newest the Austrian gun maker had to offer.

I spoke with Ben and Cayla, of the Burnsville area, who were trying out rental guns at the range. Coincidentally, they had just finished shooting two Glock pistols, a 17 and 19, for the first time in their lives.

The Glock 43x chambered in 9mm has a 3.41-inch barrel, a 6.5 inch overall length and weighs 18.7 ounces unloaded. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

The Glock 43x field strips into four major components — slide, barrel, guide rod, and frame — like all other Glock pistols. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

Ben, who has been shooting pistols since February but shooting rifles since the age of 12, said he thought the new Glocks seemed “really, really close” to the same gun.

“(The 43x) seemed like it had less recoil than the Glock 48,” he said. “A little bit more recoil than the 17 and 19 that we shot previously, but it seemed like it cycled through well and seemed like it had accurate aim and everything.”

Cayla had more experience with handguns. She said she obtained a carry permit about five years ago and carries a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson pistol. While she also thought the new Glocks performed similarly, she thought the smaller design had less recoil than her larger carry gun. “They’re pretty easy to handle … I have a .40 that I carry with and (the Glock pistols have) got less recoil than that, so it’s kind of nice for that,” she said.

The Glock 48 chambered in 9mm has a 4.17-inch barrel, a 7.28 inch overall length and weighs 20.74 ounces unloaded. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

Exactly like the 43x, the Glock 48 handgun field strips into four components. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

Kami, a sales clerk at the store, described her shooting experience as between a “floperator” and an “operator” after years of shooting recreationally and carrying concealed.

“I loved the Glock 43x. I loved how compact it was but not extremely small, so it’s definitely going to be my next carry gun when it comes out,” she said. Kami added that she had considered buying the original 43 before but ultimately went with a Glock 26 because the 43 was too small.

Tom, a range officer and trainer at the store, said after trying the new Glocks that he might switch over from his Smith & Wesson compact 9mm. “I would say I would recommend those (Glocks) for concealed and carry,” he added.

“I noticed a little more of a kickback with the longer slide. But still, it was a simple trigger pull, simple reset. It was really fun to shoot. I’m really excited for what Glock has in store for the next generation,” Tom said.

The Glock 43 side-by-side with the Glock 43x, which is identical to the 48 except for the barrel. The grip is noticeably longer on the newer models to fit a 10-round magazine. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

New 10-round single stack magazines fit the Glock 43x and 48. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

Dan, another sales clerk and range officer, said he preferred the 48 over the 43x and liked the longer grip. “It’s not too thin, but it lets me get all my fingers,” he said.

The new Glocks seemed to evoke positive reactions overall, especially among Glock fans. Together, we put a total of 175 rounds through both guns and they worked flawlessly. The slimline designs pairing Glock’s intuitive controls and a full three-finger grip create the ideal package for concealed carry.

The new Glock 43x and the Glock 48 handguns released on Jan. 2 and make a public debut at the Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas in late January 2019. They’ll retail in the $450 price range.

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Testing brush as a barrier against 5.45mm ammo (VIDEO)

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 06:30

It looks like Russia’s Kalashnikov Concern in getting in on the “let’s shoot stuff to see if it works” game.

In the above short, Kalash’s Izhevsk-based technical advisor, Vladimir Onokoy, runs an AK74 to see if 5x45x39mm will work its way through a handful of what looks like Russian kale. Drilling with 7N6 steel core (ah, the memories…) he soon visits keyhole city.

As a control, he repeats the test with an AK-104 in 7.62x39mm. Same result, only with a smaller keychain.

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Palmetto State Armory releases Gen 2 in KS-47 series (VIDEO)

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 06:00

Palmetto State Armory broadens its KS-47 offerings, launching the Gen 2 series designed to accept MIL-SPEC AR-15 furniture.

Chambered in 7.62x39mm, the KS-47 G2 accepts standard AK-47 magazines.The KS-47 G2 boasts an improved design that offers a single large feed ramp allowing rounds to feed with ease. In addition, the company has upgraded the diameter of the barrel’s gas ports to improve cycling reliability. The KS-47 G2 now also features magazine stops machined into the upper. This change offers a better fit when the magazine is seated.

Rounding out the upgrades are the bolt lugs which underwent a slight adjustment to provide better feeding and prevent wear and tear on the mag’s feed lips. Though the second generation KS47 has been revamped, Palmetto State Armory says the G2 will still work with Gen 1 uppers and lowers.

The 165.-inch KS-47 G2 model. (Photo: Palmetto State Armory)

Offered in 16.5-inch or 10.50-inch models, the modular style rifle brings more options to consumers, according to Palmetto State Armory.

“The KS-47 G2 lets the AK shooter capitalize on their inventory of AK magazines and AK ammo with an AR-style platform,” the company said on its site. “Unlike the AK, where the barrel is permanently pressed into the receiver, the KS-47 G2 features an AR-style modular configuration which consists of a barreled upper receiver, and a lower receiver that houses the fire control group and magazine. The modular configuration allows customers to have several different barrel configurations with one lower receiver, just by releasing two pins.”

Palmetto State Armory does warn that certain aftermarket triggers will not work with the lower. The company says if the drop-in trigger is placed within a single piece, the housing often interferes with the function of the mag release spring; therefore, it suggests consumers pick up a two-piece drop in trigger group like those found at Geissele.

Prices for the PSA KS-47 G2 start at $699.

The 10.5-inch version. (Photo: Palmetto State Armory)

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Hi-Point facility catches fire days after Christmas

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 05:30

Hi-Point firearms on display at a trade show. (Photo: Hi-Point)

A blaze at the Hi-Point facility in Mansfield, Ohio on Dec. 28 resulted in thousands of dollars in damage to the gun manufacturer.

The Mansfield News Journal  reported that the fire, shortly after midnight Friday, produced damage estimated to be between $40,000 and $50,000. No injuries were reported as the business was empty at the time of the fire.

Madison Township fire chief Ron Luttrell said it took firefighters nearly 30 minutes to quench the blaze engulfing the middle portion of the one-story, Hi-Point facility. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the “machine area” of the structure. Chief Luttrell said no live ammunition was impacted. The cause of the fire is unknown, but state officials are currently investigating.

Hi-Point is a family owned gun maker best known for its budget friendly rifle and pistol designs along with accessories. Officials say it appears as if Hi-Point was insured, but there’s no word yet on how the fire will affect the gun maker’s production or distribution.

Interestingly, the building that houses Hi-Point was damaged by another fire two years ago. No one was inside the building at the time of that fire.

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Ohio lawmakers override Kasich veto on pro-gun bill

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 05:00

Gov. John Kasich turned away a pro-gun bill last week, but lawmakers, in turn, enacted it without his signature on Thursday. (Photo: Kasich’s office/File)

Ohio’s Republican-controlled legislature on Thursday quickly mustered enough votes to override a veto from Gov. John Kasich on a pro-gun bill.

The popular self-defense reform measure, House Bill 228, was rejected by Kasich last week who argued he was “consistently pro-Second Amendment” before moving to scuttle the act. Lawmakers voted 67-22 and 21-11 in the Ohio House and Senate respectively this week to enact the proposal without the Governor’s signature.

The bill shifts the burden of proof for claiming self-defense from the defendant to the prosecution, assuring they are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Sponsors of the bill argued that Ohio is the only state that requires the defendant to prove they were acting in self-defense in such situations.

The law also changes Ohio’s definition of a “sawed-off firearm” to exclude any gun with an overall length of at least 26-inches not otherwise regulated by federal authorities. This makes firearms such as the Mossberg Shockwave and Remington Tac-14 legal under state law.

Additionally, the legislation expands state preemption safeguards against local gun control measures– such as those increasing advocated in Cleveland and Columbus  — as well as eases signage requirements on private property in regards to firearms.

The bill and its subsequent override were supported by the National Rifle Association and the Buckeye Firearms Association.

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The new Walther Q5 Match SF pistol, an all-steel competition gun (VIDEO)

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 05:00

With the new Q5 Match SF, German gun maker Walther Arms launched a new series of pistols they dubbed “the highest level” of quality and performance that they’re offering, said Cody Osborne, Walther’s marketing manager during a media presentation in Tulsa last month.

“This is our big time gun. It’s not for everybody,” Osborne said while pointing out the $1,400 price point. “This is not a gun that your normal guy is going to up and grab. This is a gun that you buy to make your friends envious. That pushes the limits of performance when you get down on the range.”

The 9mm design replaces the polymer frame and the internal guide rod of the original model by constructing it entirely out of steel. While the change adds an extra pound to the gun, it results in smoother, faster shooting. Osborne explained they tested the differences between the polymer-framed Q5 and the all-steel one with Walther’s pro shooters. Looking at timed-match shots of 20 rounds the average split dropped from 0.75 seconds to 0.4.

Walther CEO Bernhard Knoebel shooting the new Q5 Match SF as Thea Van Syoc, of Instagram’s VanleeThea, observes at the US Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Dec. 7, 2018. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

“You would save about 3.5 seconds on a (competition) stage, so that’s pretty phenomenal when you see the grand scheme of things,” Osborne said. “Especially when you start looking at guys at the end of the match and where they sit and how the top competitors are separated. They’re usually separated by a minute amount of points.”

Osborne credits the quicker shots to a combination of the extra heft, which keeps the gun shooting flatter, and the quick defense trigger as seen on the Walther PPQ pistol, “so a two-stage nice break and then a tenth-of-an-inch reset.”

Along with the all-steel construction, the trigger was the most discussed feature. Painted flashy blue, the mechanism was tuned for a 5.6-pound pull and featured a passive safety — like a trigger on a trigger — found on most self-defense and duty pistols, which makes sense because it evolved from such a design, the Walther PPQ.

The new Walther Q5 Match SF pistol is chambered in 9mm, has a 5-inch barrel, an overall length of 8.7 inches and weighs 41 ounces unloaded. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

“There was a lot of requests to turn (the PPQ)  into a real race gun, which started with the Q5 Match, so the logical next step was the steel frame, which catapults this thing to the next level,” said Bernhard Knoebel, Walther’s chief executive, about the new gun’s origin.

When a shooter picks up the new Q5 Match SF, Knoebel said they’ll notice the weight distribution, balance and overall mass of the gun. “I’m pretty sure that people who understand handguns will appreciate what we put into it. The level of detail, the outstanding trigger, so it’s a whole melting pot of good things that came together,” he said.

And the gun was easy to shoot and handle. Even on a freezing December day while wearing gloves. The weight of the pistol felt balanced and absorbed the recoil of the 9mm rounds with ease, making accurate follow up shots easy and manageable. Dinging small plates at about 15 yards with rapid shots was a cinch.

The Walther Q5 Match SF is equipped with the same trigger as the company’s PPQ handgun design. It features a passive safety and has a 5.6-pound pull. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

The space between the rear sight and the fiber-optic front sight is 7.2 inches. Additionally, the rear sight is removable for mounting optics. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

The Walther Q5 Match SF has a wide magwell for easy insertion. The gun comes with three 15-round magazines. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

Above the Picatinny rail on the Walther Q5 Match SF is a wide dust cover. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

The Walther Q5 Match SF breaks down much like a standard polymer-frame duty gun. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

The Walther Q5 Match SF has lightening cuts in the slide, which makes the reciprocating action smoother and the gun lighter. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

Others agreed. “The new Walther Q5 is sweet. Like they have the same rad trigger that the PPQ has — like the best out-of-the-box trigger you’ll probably going to find in any pistol,” said Thea Van Syoc, a social media influencer who operates the Instagram page VanleeThea.

Many gun buyers cite self-defense as reasoning for buying a gun. These are typically polymer-framed. So, it begs the question: why introduce an all-steel striker-fired pistol? Few manufacturers make them, which raises the question about what kind of demand exists for such firearms.

Walther’s director of product development Bret Vorhees expressed an if you build, it they will come attitude about the Q5 Match SF. “Not really any market forces that were really relevant, but we knew that if we came up with something that was truly special and something that was attractive to consumers, we knew that it would be popular,” he said.

The Walther Q5 Match SF, available in stores Jan. 1, 2019, is manufactured at the company’s facility in Ulm, Germany. MSRP is $1,399.99. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

“(We’re hoping that gun buyers take away) really just the quality and attention to detail that Walther is willing to offer something that really sets us apart from the rest of the players on the market,” he added.

The Walther Q5 Match SF evolved from and was inspired by competition handguns, which makes the high cost more reasonable. Other key features include an extended dust cover, wrap-around textured grip panels, oversized beavertail, and the lightening cuts in the slide. The rear sight is also removable and can be easily replaced with a red dot.

Alongside the new gun, Walther will release corresponding performance accessories that includes kits to modify magazines and triggers for all Q5 Match pistols — polymer or steel construction. On top of that, Walther will roll out more designs with an all-steel construction in the future. The Walther Q5 Match SF will be available Jan. 1. MSRP is $1,399.99.

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Gear Head Works offers up ONE Pistol

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 10:00

The ONE Pistol is chambered in .300 BLK and features a threaded barrel. (Photo: Gear Head Works)

Gear Head Works is working on a new bolt-action pistol known as the ONE pistol, created to serve the hunting community with a compact firearm.

Currently offered in 300 BLK, the ONE Pistol begins with a virgin Model 7 action and is topped with an ATF approved Tailhook brace. Boasting a Magpul grip and a custom Cerakote of the shooter’s choice, the pistol also delivers its Tailhook in the choice of two colors.

The ONE Pistol comes in multiple color configurations. (Photo: Gear Head Works)

Altogether, the system weighs between 5.3 and 5.7-pounds, depending on optics, with a folded length of 19.25-inches. Offering 5/8-24 threads, Gear Head Works said the idea originated a few years ago as an option for hunters looking for a compact, suppressor compatible platform.

“The goal was to create a suppressor host that would fit in a backpack and be as quiet as possible,” Gear Head Works said on its site. “We succeeded.”

The ONE Pistol is compatible with .223 AICS pattern magazines and ships with a 10-round mag. The company says multiple configurations are available, granting shooters with a variety of choices for a customized look.

Though the first run of the ONE Pistol has sold out, a second iteration will be offered though no details on exactly when. The ONE Pistol starts at $1,500.

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Cabot Guns unveils custom 1911 honoring Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 09:30

The custom gun was created to auction off at the Operation 300 Gala. (Photo: Cabot Guns)

Cabot Guns honors fallen US Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn with a commemorative 1911 pistol and custom case created to raise funds for Operation 300.

The 1911 was designed by Cabot Gun founder Robert Bianchin with the help of Operation 300. Created with a solid block of American steel, the pistol features grips made from oak salvaged from the U.S.S. Constitution. The gun’s trigger and rear-swooping sight are also unique, having been carved from 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite.

The pistol comes with a special case that incorporates historical artifacts. (Photo: Cabot Guns)

The pistol ships with a custom case crafted by retired SEAL and artisan Jimmy Hintzke. Hintzke handcrafted the mahogany case, embedding with historical artifacts such as 9/11 World Trade Center steel, a Berlin Wall remnant, Los Angeles submarine remnant, teak from the deck of the USS New Jersey, oak from WWII Normandy invasion and artifact material from the Lockheed U-2.

The pistol serves to honor Vaughn who was killed in 2011 when the Army CH-47D Chinook he was in was shot down by a Taliban fighter outside of Kabul. Operation 300 was founded to honor Vaughn’s life and legacy. The organization’s mission is that of caring for families of the fallen.

The custom 1911 and case will be auctioned off at the Operation 300 Gold Star Gala in Naples, Florida on Dec. 29.

The pistol’s auction will benefit Operation 300. (Photo: Cabot Guns)

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Full Auto Friday: Tommy Gun edition (VIDEOS)

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 09:00

With fans that ran the gamut from Winston Churchill to Ernest Hemingway, the Thompson submachine gun is about as iconic as it gets.

Designed by Brig. Gen. John Taliaferro Thompson to give the U.S. Army a literal “trench broom” to sweep the Kaiser’s troops from their positions on the Western Front in World War I, the “Tommy Gun” was finished too late for the war and only entered production in 1921.

As Thompson’s Auto-Ordnance company lacked the production capability to crank out the new .45ACP-caliber open-bolt select-fire SMG, early Thompsons were made by Colt. Expensive for their day, it took Auto-Ordnance the bulk of the 1920s to sell the 5,000 Colt-made guns, although the Navy did later buy a decent amount of these– once their rate of fire had been trimmed.

Although they made a lasting reputation as the “Chicago Typewriter” during Prohibition, used by both sides of the law to include gangster John Dillinger and legendary G-man Melvin Purvis, the gun’s first commercial success only came after 1938 when the U.S. Army adopted the gun in quantity.

Soon, the gun was being supplied to Allies such as Great Britain in quantity as well.

Eventually, more than 565,000 M1928A1 variants and another 824,000 simplified (and cheaper to make) M1/M1A1 wartime-era Thompsons were produced by 1945. Only replaced in later years by the M3 Grease gun in U.S. service, Tommy guns continue to pop up in conflicts around the world to this day, a testament to their design.

While Numrich Arms continued to assemble Thompsons in the 1950s from surplus parts, Auto-Ordnance has been selling semi-auto versions of the famous gun in .45ACP, 9mm and even .22LR for generations in carbine, pistol, and SBR variants.

Still, there is nothing like full-auto to get your attention, although prices for transferable Title II guns range from $15K for plain Jane WWII M1s to more than double that for the more classic 1921/1928s.

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Michigan bill allowing concealed carry for National Guard heads to governor

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 08:30

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder at the Michigan National Guard’s annual Memorial Pass and Review, Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center, Mich., Aug. 24, 2018 (Photo: Michigan Air National Guard)

A measure to allow Guardsmen with a Concealed Pistol License to have a concealed handgun while on duty or at an armory in the state has been approved by lawmakers.

The proposal, HB 4474, has been winding through the legislature since last April, passing the House 103-5 last June before the state Senate voted 34-4 on Thursday to send it to Gov. Rick Snyder.

“Our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines have a God-given right to defend themselves while training to defend us, and past, present, or future policies that would deny them that right are unconscionable and without honor,” said state Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, sponsor of the bill.

Glenn, a former member of the National Guard himself, said he introduced the measure in response to terrorist attacks in 2015 on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee and at Ft. Hood, Texas, in 2009.

The bill, which Snyder is expected to sign, allows an individual that is licensed to carry a concealed pistol to possess it while on the premises of an armory or any other building or property under the authority and control of the state adjutant general. The Michigan National Guard, between the Army and Air branches, contains more than 10,000 members.

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Take it to the next level with 3-gun competitive shooting (VIDEO)

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 08:00

If shooting at standard paper targets at the range has gotten a little dull then take it to the next level with competitive 3-gun shooting.

That’s what Ivan Bjornlund did in 2017. The 21-year-old from Vermont wanted to shoot and move but couldn’t find a good tactical carbine courses in the northeast and courses at the Sig Academy in nearby New Hampshire filled up super quick.

So, Bjornlund decided to give 3-gun a try. He grabbed his Remington 870, the AR-15 he had at the time and a Sig P226, and shot an event. He had a blast even though he came in last.

Over the course of the year, Bjornlund competed in as many matches as he could. He quickly started to improve and he even started to win. He realized he could compete with the best, and that’s when he decided to go all in.

Ivan Bjornlund’s competition AR-15. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

His first purchase was a new AR-15. He chose an LWRC DI Upper Receiver with a Surefire muzzle brake, Magpul Canted flip up sights, Vortex Razor 1x6x24 optic, LaRue quick detach mount, Noveske lower receiverGeissele Super Dynamic 3-gun trigger and a Noveske Magpul short throw lever.

All together, the rifle set him back about $3,500. But Bjornlund loves his rifle. Not only does it run flawlessly, but it’s super accurate and allows him to shoot like a champ.

Ivan Bjornlund’s competition shotgun. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Next he purchased a Hayes Custom Benelli M2 shotgun. It features an enlarged loading port for fast quad-loads, a lighter bolt for a faster cyclical rate, polished internals, extended mag tube, choke, high visibility front sight, Taran Tactical bolt release, charging handle and safety.

The shotgun set him back roughly $3,600. That’s a chunk of change but being able to make super fast quad-loads and fire as fast he could pull the trigger makes a big difference in competition shooting.

Ivan Bjornlund’s competition pistol. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

For his pistol, Bjornlund went with a Sig Sauer P320 X-Five. It comes with four 21-round magazines, a big mag well for fast mag changes, Dawson sights, a lightened slide, RMR cuts on the barrel, a 5-inch barrel, a flat competition trigger and an extended magazine release. Bjornlund thinks the X-Five is the best competition pistol for a $1,000 hands down.

Ivan Bjornlund’s competition belt. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

His competition belt is made by Carbon Arms. It features a ratchet system that allows him to make it very tight around his waist. His pistol holster is a Comp-Tac Drop Offset Holster. His shotgun shells are held in place by a Safariland Quad Loaders. To hold his rifle and pistol magazines, he uses Blade-Tech mag holsters.

In all, Bjornlund admits he’s spent a lot of money, but he’s passionate about shooting and 3-gun. He also made the purchases over time which made it easier on his pocketbook. Although you don’t need fancy gear to have fun and get a good score in 3-gun, having top notch gear greatly helps.

Bjornlund loves to see new people at 3-gun events and he guarantees that if you try it once, you will love it. If you’re interested to know more and want to find local matches and clubs, check out Practiscore.

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Having a blast with the HK MP7 room broom (VIDEOS)

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 07:30

Typically just seen in B-roll from various frogmen type units, the Heckler and Koch MP7 is hard to come by in any form. Larger than a pistol but smaller than a comparable subgun, the 4.6x30mm caliber MP7 is rare in the U.S. unless you are talking about post-1986 dealer samples or military use (the SEALs really dig them) due to its fun button, which makes the above video from Mike at Garand Thumb a great watch.

What’s not to love? (Photo: GunMagWarehouse)

A latecomer to the whole late 1980s attempt at producing a personal defense weapon for NATO military use to replace both sub guns and pistols with a compact firearm capable of penetrating a steel helmet or Warsaw Pact body armor at under 100-yard ranges for use by support types and officers, the MP7 followed in the wake of the arguably more successful FN P90.

If you dig the above video, check out the below HK SMGs for comparison.

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