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Mission First Tactical teams up with Stag for Minimalist Rifle

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 08:00

Mission First Tactical outfits a Stag15 rifle with furniture and accessories to create the Minimalist Rifle. (Photo: Stag)

Mission First Tactical joins forces with Stag Arms to introduce the Stag 15 Minimalist Rifle.

The Minimalist Rifle, chambered in 5.56 NATO, builds on Stag’s 15 model, but comes outfitted with MFT furniture and accessories. Built on a MIL-Spec forged 7075 aluminum receiver with Type 3 hard coat anodizing, the rifle features a M16 bolt carrier group and 16-inch chrome-lined, government profile barrel.

The Minimalist is the first Stag rifle to sport MFT gear, with the accessory company supplying several components. Among those accessories are the MFT Battlelink Minimalist MIL-Spec stock, TEKKO Polymer handguard, E-VoIV Enhanced Trigger Guard, Engage AR15/M16 pistol grip and 30-round polymer magazine.

The Battlelink Minimalist stock features an angled non-slip rubberized buttpad and enhanced check weld. The TEKKO Polymer AR15 carbine handguard serves the front of the rifle, proving a M-LOK rail for accessory mounting. The Stag’s single stage trigger rests within the E-VoIV Enhanced Trigger Guard that boasts an oversized opening for complete access to the trigger.

The Minimalist Rifle boasts MFT stock, pistol grip and trigger guard, among other accessories. (Photo: Stag)

The Engage pistol grip comes equipped with textured finger swells and a grooved backstrap designed to give shooters a positive grip surface, even in adverse conditions. The grip also offers a secure, water resistant storage compartment. On top of the rifle rests a MFT flip up rear sight and A2 front sight. topping off the goodies is a 30-round MFT Polymer Magazine with stippled texture and flared floor pate for positive extraction.

MFT says the decision to create a Minimalist style rifle with Stag was an obvious choice.

“Partnering with Stag Arms on this project was a no brainer. Our best-in-class accessories with their innovative MSRs was a natural fusion, creating the durable, ultra-lightweight Stag 15 Minimalist Rifle. We are very happy with the end product and we think our customers will be, too,” MFT’s Vice President David Edelman said in a press release.

The Minimalist is offered in both right handed and left handed configurations with a MSRP starting at $874.

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Early ‘combat tupperware’: Noir on the original Gen 1 Glock 17 (VIDEO)

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 07:30

The first really successful polymer-framed handgun, the Glock “Safe Action” pistol, hit the U.S. shores in the early 1980s and was a hard sell at the time– but times quickly changed.

In taking a look at Herr Gaston Glock’s original offering to the firearms market at large– the Gen 1 Glock 17, named such because of its then-mammoth 17+1 magazine capacity– Colion Noir was struck both in how little the overall functionality and layout of the gun have remained the same for almost 40 years, and by how much the little changes since then have tweaked the gun.

“I’d kill for some finger grooves right now. I’d kill for some RTF texturing right now– but besides that,” said Noir after shooting the gun, “But everything else is pretty much dead on.”

Glock designed the G17 originally for an Austrian Army contract– beating out traditional domestic handgun suppliers Steyr– for a run of some 25,000 guns adopted in 1982 as the Pistole 80 before making the leap to try the gun’s sales on the overseas market. When it hit the U.S., it gained a good bit of weird press as being a “porcelain gun made in Germany” and was derided as “combat tupperware” because of their plastic frame– only seen previously on the market in the seldom-encountered HK VP70 at the time.

But now, millions and millions of Glocks later, it’s one of the most popular handgun series on the markets.

In contrast to the above session with the Gen 1, check out Noir on the G19 Gen 5 last month, below.

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Honolulu police reviewing gun surrender policy after backlash

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 07:00

The Honolulu Police Department is reevaluating its controversial policy requiring legal marijuana users with registered firearms to turn in their guns.

In an update to a story reported last week that about 30 individuals with cannabis cards have been sent surrender letters so far, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser says the department is reviewing the policy following “community backlash.”

The letters warned that medical marijuana use disqualifies one from ownership of firearms and ammunition, advising the gun owner has 30 days to surrender their firearms, gun permit and any ammunition to the agency or “otherwise transfer ownership.”

A media outlet that covers medical marijuana news questioned how police officials apparently accessed the Hawaii State Department of Health’s database of cannabis patients to compare against the agency’s list of registered gun owners, and if the move was legal.

“Patient confidentiality is a core component of the medical cannabis program” in Hawaii, according to Carl Bergquist, executive director of the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii, told Leafy. “Law enforcement cannot just check the medical cannabis database whenever it feels like it.”

However, as reported by the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, the state’s largest law-enforcement agency, that of the big island of Hawaii, will continue to deny future gun permit applications submitted by medical marijuana patients.

“We do not go out and look for medical marijuana patients,” said Hawaii Police Chief Paul Ferreira, pointing out the difference between his department and Honolulu. “We don’t go out and ask anybody for information on medical marijuana patients, or send them letters arbitrarily. It’s only in conjunction with when they apply for a permit to acquire.”

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Just SilencerCo showboating their Saker ASR line in belt-fed full-auto (VIDEO)

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 07:00

As an excuse to display that their Saker ASR suppressor lines are full-auto rated and compatible with a wide variety of calibers, SilencerCo hit the range with both an FN M249 and a MK 48 MOD 1 for some trigger time.

Sure, the soundtrack sounds like they borrowed it from the DJ at an Iraqi wedding, but the machine guns are on point and they run a 300-round string through each. Sharing a 1.5-inch diameter, both the Saker ASR 556 and 762 are made with Stellite and stainless steel, featuring a Hoplon baffle that is billed as increasing the suppressor’s lifespan in SBR and full-auto applications as it helps deflect debris. MSPR varies by model from $864-972 but sound moderation (although stepped on in the video by the music) hits the 129-137 dB mark for loads ranging from 5.56mm NATO to .300WM.

If this clip doesn’t make you want to pass the Hearing Protection Act and/or repeal the Hughes Amendment and NFA, then we just don’t know what else could melt your butter.

Alternatively, the soundtrack could just give you a hankering for Muwashshah music. Maybe should have rolled with some Skynard.

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Krebs Customs says so long to Keymod, hello to M-LOK

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 06:30

Krebs Customs dives into M-LOK infested waters with its VEPR handguard. (Photo: Krebs Customs)

With the announcement of a new M-LOK compatible AK handguard, Krebs Customs says goodbye to Keymod, officially integrating M-LOK into its product lineup.

The VEPR-FM-AK-11 marks the company’s first foray into M-LOK forends, but it won’t be the last. Krebs Customs says customers can expect to see more M-LOK products moving forward as the company ditches Keymod in favor of the M-LOK platform.

“We try to upgrades as time goes on and make improvements,” Marc Krebs, Founder of Krebs Customs, told in a phone interview. “The first M-LOK model is for the VEPR, then we’re going to be making (M-LOK) for rifles and then we’ll start switching models.”

Krebs pointed to both an uptick in consumer interest as well as the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s 2016 report on the platform as to why Krebs Customs is making the leap to M-LOK.  The Navy’s tests ultimately concluded that M-LOK’s performance surpassed those of its competitors, namely Keymod. The report eventually led to U.S. Special Operations Command’s adoption of the M-LOK system.

Krebs says though the future is in M-LOK, the company still intends to offer Keymod on past product lines. “I don’t know that we’ll stop making Keymod,” he said. “But we’re definitely going to be transitioning to M-LOK.”

The switch won’t happen overnight, but will instead take the company roughly six months to achieve. In the meantime, AK fans can snag the VEPR M-LOK handguard for $159 from Krebs.

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Tampa police give $110,000 reward to McDonald’s employee for turning over serial killer’s gun (VIDEO)

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 06:00

The McDonald’s employee credited for turning over a serial killer’s gun to Tampa police will receive a six-figure reward.

Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said Friday Delonda Walker will get “every penny” of the $110,000 reward offered for any tips leading to the capture of a man who gunned down four people in the city’s Seminole Heights neighborhood over the last six weeks.

“This woman made the right choice and today we are a safer community because Ms. Walker did the right thing,” Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said during a news conference last week. “She doesn’t want any attention. If there was no reward, she would have done the same thing. She is what’s right about this city.”

Dugan told reporters last week Walker offered law enforcement their biggest lead yet when she handed over a bag containing a handgun to a cop dining at the McDonalds where she was working in Ybor City — about four miles south of the area of the murders. Walker’s coworker, 24-year-old Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, asked her to hold the bag while he visited a nearby Amscot. Police took Donaldson into custody upon his return to the restaurant and announced four murder charges later that same day.

“When confronted with this situation, I wanted to do the right thing and I reached out to a police officer,” Walker said in a statement read by Buckhorn during Friday’s news conference. “Receiving a reward never entered my mind.”

Local, state and federal agencies — including Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — each pledged portions of the six-figure reward.

Dugan said smaller community groups and private citizens also donated cash for police equipment and space for police during the investigation.

“People did this without asking,” he said. “It says a tremendous amount of things about the bay area.”

It’s been 51 days since Donaldson claimed his first alleged victim — 22-year-old Benjamin Edward Mitchell at a bus stop near his home in Seminole Heights Oct. 9. Four days later, residents discovered the body of 32-year-old Monica Caridad Hoffa in a vacant lot six blocks away. A third man, 20-year-old Anthony Naiboa, was gunned down Oct. 19 — just 200 yards from where Mitchell was found shot.

Police suspected the cases were linked and released video footage of a man believed to be involved in the crimes. Thousands of tips poured in over the next four weeks as the reward for information leading to the killer climbed into the tens of thousands.

The murder of 60-year-old Ronald Felton on Nov. 14 as he crossed the street to the food bank where he volunteered twice a week, however, spurred new leads in the case — including additional video footage of the same suspect.

Dugan said last week the discovery of the gun proved to be a turning point in the investigation.

“We’ve had tips before,” he said during a news conference Wednesday. “It was a heavy burden to start off as chief of police and to have four murders on your watch. That’s a tough pill to swallow. I will carry that for the rest of my life.”

“I assure you, this is the man who did this,” he added.

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Ammo retailer stopping direct-to-customer sales in California this month

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 05:40

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the former San Francisco mayor running as a Democratic candidate for governor next year, backed Prop. 63 which criminalizes the private transfer of ammo in the state. (Photo: California Political Review)

In preparation for the upcoming ammo background check requirements set to take effect in California next year, at least one retailer is pumping the brakes on sales in the state.

Texas-based Defender Outdoors posted a notice last week that, since ammo purchased from a mail-order catalog or online must be shipped to a licensed vendor after the New Year, they are ceasing all direct ammunition sales to California residents effective Dec. 17.

“For the first time in California history, residents will have to go to a licensed dealer and undergo a background check when buying ammunition, says the company in a statement, pointing to the success of Proposition 63 which criminalizes the private transfer of ammo in the state.

Backed by California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom as the “Safety for All” voter referendum, the measure requires background checks prior to all ammunition sales as well as a moratorium on direct internet sales. Prospective vendors must secure an annual permit and ammo would have to be displayed in a way that it is not accessible to the public, such as in a locked case or cabinet. The move has already driven at least one small ammo maker in the state out of business.

In the campaign against Prop. 63, opponents argued it would force costly fees and long waits on gun owners seeking to buy ammunition and even “make it a crime to share ammo with a friend or family member to finish up a hunting trip or day at the range.”

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InForce goes full Tchaikovsky with the Christmas spirit (VIDEO)

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 05:00

Weapon mounted light maker Inforce gave their own, slightly more moto, take on the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, complete with lots of Glocks and ARs.

Borrowed from the classic Nutcracker ballet by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, InForce does a dance of their own with slightly more ballistic percussion while showing off some sweet lights including a number of versions of their APL series.

With the Russian tie-in, however, we think they missed a golden opportunity to throw in a Kalash or two, but hey…

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Three reasons why .25 ACP is irrelevant

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 01:00

The .25 ACP is tiny. A box of 50 goes right into my hand. The relative low power of the round had very little to do with its demise. (Photo: Terril Herbert)

Pocket pistols are the mainstay of the concealed carry market today. Though a larger, more capable pistol is always better, a gun that can easily fit in a pocket is key to program compliance — having a gun on you when you need it. The world has always been full of miscreants, but it is interesting to note that pocket pistols don’t change much, but when they do, it is in quantum leaps.

From the 1840s up through the turn of the century, single action pocket revolvers were extremely popular. From the turn of the 20th century until recently, snubnosed revolvers and pocket 25 ACP pistols were very popular.

Today, concealed carry is a popular topic in a way it wasn’t back then. There is a huge amount of information and product out there for consumption. With all these changes, many platforms and cartridge have survived the leap into newfound popularity. The .38 Special revolver, for instance, remains very popular. The .380 ACP has made a comeback. Its contemporary, the .25 ACP, has not. To understand why the .25 lost its mojo, we should understand why it existed in the first place.

Tiny rim-fire revolvers were in vogue at the turn of the 20th century. John Browning wanted something faster and more reliable, yet small enough to put in a vest pocket. He developed the .25 ACP cartridge and designed a new pistol to chamber it, the FN 1906. The cartridge was centerfire with a small rim for extraction and it boasted a 50-grain bullet going out at just over 700 feet per second. It wasn’t a barn burner, but the gun and cartridge proved popular. The FN was the first of a long line of pistols chambered for the little round.  Guns like the Beretta 950, the Colt 1908, Baby Browning, etc. epitomized the civilian concealed carry market for decades. And then, it all came to a halt. Why?

1. The resurgence of the .22 LR

The rimfire .22 LR was always popular in rifles, but small pistols chambered for the round weren’t so common.  The lighter .22 Short, designed for pistols, was the go to rimfire pistol round. The 1980s saw the introduction of higher velocity and more reliable .22 LR ammunition. This improved its use for rifles but the idea of putting it in small pistols took off. This new .22 LR ammo was on par with .25 ACP power and available in similar sized handguns like the Beretta Bobcat and small revolvers like the NAA Mini. The 25 just was not necessary anymore.

2. The emphasis on power and size

High profile police shootings have much influence in today’s civilian self-defense mindset, whether we would like to admit it or not. The 1986 Miami FBI Shootout made revolvers look antiquated and not up to the job. A renewed interest in bullet speed and bullet performance left the .25 ACP in neglect. Large bore, high velocity rounds like the 10mm and .40 S&W got much attention and today we strive for making smaller carry guns in more powerful cartridges. The .380 ACP round made a comeback in newly designed handguns that were comparable to the tiny .25s in size, but with much more punch.

3. The 1968 Gun Control Act

In response to the turbulent 1960s, Congress passed the 1968 Gun Control Act. This law, among other things, limited pistols under a certain size from being imported. What did most .25 autos have in common? They were imported.

Large names like Browning and Beretta come to mind, but there were plenty of other makers particularly in Germany and Italy that produced well-made, but inexpensive .25 ACP pocket pistols. With the lucrative American market cut off, these companies had decisions to make.  Browning focused on other markets. Beretta got around the problem by establishing an American manufacturing facility in 1977. Many of the smaller firms faded away altogether.

American manufacturers stepped into fill the gap with cheap, pot-metal guns of dubious reliability, safety, and handling. Ironically enough, these “Saturday Night Special” type pistols were what the GCA was drafted to eliminate — to keep cheap guns out of the hands of criminals. The Raven, Jennings, Bryco, among others came to symbolize the new .25 ACP handgun, which led many to equate the .25 ACP itself as junk.

When the 1990s came and with it the emergence of concealed carry permit systems, the market for small, reliable pocket pistols was back front and center. The .25 should have seen a resurgence in new and improved handguns. But it did not. Today, you can buy an inexpensive, reliable pocket pistol in .380 that isn’t much larger than the old .25s. If you must go with a micro-sized gun, there are plenty of small .22 pistols out there. The .22 LR round is cheaper, easier to find, and no less powerful than the .25.

You can still get a new .25 ACP pistol today. Beretta and Seecamp’s .25 ACP handguns remain hot items simply because they are truly tiny and the .25 ACP retains advantages even the .22 LR cannot touch. With that said, there is no denying that the golden days of the “vest pocket” .25 are long over.

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Minnesota construction firm hired to build Smith & Wesson national distribution center in Missouri

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 10:00

American Outdoor Brands — parent company for Smith & Wesson — moved forward on its plan to build a national distribution center for the gun maker near Columbia, Missouri. (Photo: Smith & Wesson/Facebook)

American Outdoor Brands hired a Minnesota-based construction firm last month to manage Smith & Wesson’s national distribution center planned for central Missouri.

The gun maker will pay Ryan Companies between $3.3 million and $3.5 million annually for the design, construction and lease of an approximately 632,000 square foot building near the city of Columbia, according to regulatory documents filed Oct. 31 with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The agreement — signed Oct. 26 — binds the two companies for an initial term of 20 years, with six five-year options to extend the lease and the possibility to expand the center itself by an additional 491,000 square feet. American Outdoor Brands estimates spending up to $24 million on furniture, fixtures, equipment and IT infrastructure over the next two years before commencing the lease in the later half of 2019.

The regulatory filing comes seven months after Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens announced the prolific handgun manufacturer chose the state for its national distribution center after buying Columbia-based Battenfield Technologies in 2014.

“They are committed to growing with our state and creating jobs for the people of Missouri,” he told a local CBS affiliate in March. “Our top priority is bringing more opportunities to the people of Missouri and growing our economy.”

Greitens said the new center would create 300 jobs, re-home 100 Battenfield employees and leave open the potential for hundreds of future positions.

“Establishing a national distribution center will allow us, over time, to harvest synergies across our businesses,” American Outdoor Brands CEO James Debney said in a March 1 press release. “Our meetings with representatives of Missouri and Gov. Greitens demonstrated that they are business-friendly and understand what we need as a company to be successful.”

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Melting down an ‘entry level’ S&W M&P15 Sport II (VIDEO)

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 09:30

The guys with IV8888 continue their series of rifle meltdowns by taking on one of Smith’s more popular lightweight budget rifles and seeing just how many rounds it could handle.

While these rifles are listed by S&W with an MSRP of $739, you can often find them for around $500, making the Sport II a solid candidate for those just getting into the modern sporting rifle scene. However, with its 4140 pencil barrel and basic direct gas impingement layout, just how rugged is this popgun?

For that, Eric changes out the lower for a registered select-fire model and swaps out Smith’s bolt with a PSA full-auto profile BCG to accommodate the rate of fire then takes the hybrid to the range and starts running round after round until it starts to glow and smoke. In the end, it keeps ticking even while the handguards are ablaze.

But how many rounds do they get off before the gun gives up the ghost? Watch the video.

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Rosco unleashes new Purebred Barrels in .300 BLK, .223 Wylde

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 09:00

The 16-inch .300 Blackout Purebred barrel is one of several new designs on the new Purebred series. (Photo: Rosco Manufacturing)

Rosco Manufacturing recently introduced its latest set of barrels, known as the Purebred series, chambered in .300 Blackout and .223 Wylde.

The Purebred lineup is designed for an array of shooters, with each barrel in the series  offering a designated purpose. From suppressors, to short-barreled rifles and even precision shooting competitions, Rosco worked to provide consumers of all needs with a multitude of options from which to choose.

Boasting lengths starting at 8.2-inches and climbing to 20-inches, the series is constructed from 416R stainless steel. The series features medium, heavy and government barrel profiles. The Purebred line showcases threaded options with two pitches available — 5/8×24 and 1/2×28.

“Rosco Manufacturing’s ‘Purebred’ series is a testament to precision and quality manufacturing,” the company said in a statement. “We took a step back to see how we could create a barrel line that would be a culmination of all the lessons learned through years of making barrels for several OEM’s. The result is a barrel that will produce results out of the box for any shooter that is looking to take their skills above and beyond.”

Pricing starts at $175, topping out at $230

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Gun rights proponents challenge new California ‘assault weapon’ regs

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 08:30

The clock is ticking to register firearms newly classified as “assault weapons” in California.

A group of individuals and Second Amendment groups has filed suit against the state’s pending new regulations on “bullet-buttons” and assault weapons.

In a complaint filed in a Riverside County state Superior Court, four gun owners– George Holt, Irvin Hoff, Michael Louie, and Rick Russel– contend many the firearms they have legally owned or built are now subject to new retroactive mandates from an out-of-control California Department of Justice that is flexible with the enforcement of new laws passed last year.

“By making and enforcing unlawful rules, and going around the rules to do it, the DOJ is putting tens if not hundreds of thousands of law-abiding people at risk of serious criminal liability,” said the plaintiffs’ attorney, George M. Lee, in a statement. “This case seeks to make the DOJ follow the same laws they impose on others and protect law-abiding gun owners in the process.”

Named as defendants are California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and other state officials while four gun rights groups– the Firearms Policy Coalition, Firearms Policy Foundation, The Calguns Foundation, and Second Amendment Foundation– are signed on as co-plaintiffs.

In the 55-page complaint, the gun advocates argue state regulators as far back as 1989 have tweaked the existing statutory definitions of what constitutes a legal gun in California, adjusting the provision for items and firearms “grandfathered” in subsequent changes incrementally, often deleting old definitions altogether only to replace them with “entirely different content” with the effect of making entire classes of firearms suddenly illegal in the state. In effect, usurping the state Legislature’s intent while exposing a growing number of gun owners to criminal liability.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 880 and AB 1135 into law last year, mandating changes to how the state defines and regulates assault weapons, however, there has been a shifting series of proposed new rules from DOJ on how to interpret the new laws, which were withdrawn several times.

In August, the California Office of Administrative Law approved the contentious new rules. Under the guidelines, those in the state who have firearms that meet the expanded definitions of an assault weapon will have until July 2018 to register their guns through the California Firearms Application Reporting System, with a mandatory $15 fee per registration. Those submitting applications will have to upload digital photos of the firearm including of the magazine release, of each side of the receiver and the barrel. Hobbyists who craft their own firearms will have to apply for a serial number through the system before completing their gun.

All this while the website designated for the registry updates has often been unavailable, leaving many gun owners anxious and frustrated.

“The government agencies responsible for enforcing the law must also follow the law,” said SAF founder Alan Gottlieb said. “This case is an important step in protecting law-abiding gun owners from an out-of-control regulatory state.”

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NYPD moves to ditch last revolvers after 121-year official run (PHOTOS)

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 07:00

Though founded in 1845, the NYPD didn’t start issuing a standard handgun until 1896– Colt New Police Models ordered by Teddy Roosevelt. (Photo: Library of Congress)

The nation’s largest municipal police force, which officially adopted its first standard revolver when Teddy Roosevelt was commissioner, is doing away with the last of their wheel guns.

The department will phase out the last revolvers approved for duty by next August, the New York Daily News reported.

With over 30,000 officers on the job, the agency has been on the slow transition to semi-autos since 1993 and only has about 150 officers still carrying revolvers, a number that shrinks with every retirement. This is down from the more than 2,000 still reportedly packing the guns back in 2004.

Copies of an official letter floating around from the commissioner say that service revolvers, along with their speedloaders and pouches will be phased out with officers able to transition after three-days of training to a Gen 4 Glock 17 or 19, or Sig P226 DAO model.

Theodore Roosevelt when he was a New York police commissioner (Photo: Library of Congress)

Though the city had a police force of sorts as far back as the 17th Century, it wasn’t until 1845 when “New York’s Finest” became official with force of 900 to patrol a metropolis whose population was just 400,000.

Until Teddy Roosevelt became head of the Police Board in 1894, prior to his days as an Assistant Secretary of the Navy, the state governor, Rough Rider and President, officers had to provide their own handguns.

To this, after walking a few beats in the city’s rougher portion on his own accord, firearms aficionado Roosevelt ordered 4,500 Colt New Police revolvers in .32-caliber for the force in 1896– the NYPD’s first standard-issue service revolver.

Colt New Police Positive ad from 1905 (Photo: New York Public Library)

Over the years those guns were augmented and replaced with a variety of S&W and Colt models as the city’s population swelled into the millions.

“Deadshot Mary Shanley,” a plainclothes New York City detective, photographed in 1937. Note the .32 Colt Detective and 1930’s-era trigger discipline (Photo: Library of Congress)

In the 1970s, Jim Cirillo and the department’s Stakeout Unit made the “New York Reload” practice of carrying a second revolver to augment the slow reload of the wheelgun a high-speed tactic of its day as both full-size and snub nosed models were carried across the bouroughs by both beat cops and detectives.

“New York City police officer plays with kids in Harlem, 1978.” Note the 38 Smith

“Investigators from the 9th Precinct with lieutenant Edward Manetho” (Photo: Leonard Freed/Magnum Photos via the Daily Mail)

The NYPD officer to the left uses a cross-draw Smith which is reloaded from dump pouches to his right. The man next to him is showing off a scar from an old knife wound. (Photo: Leonard Freed/Magnum Photos via The Daily Mail)

“NYPD Detective John (the Lone Ranger) Sepe (l.), with partner Detective Lou (Tonto) Telano in their heyday ” (Photo: NY Daily News)

Two policemen pursue the members of a New York street gang after a fight broke out, November 1961. (Photo: Perry H. Kretz/Keystone Features)

There will, however, always be a few revolvers that will endure in their association with the NYPD, such as several in the collection of the city’s Police Museum and one, carried by New York police officer Walter Weaver on Sept. 11, 2001 and recovered from the World Trade Center, on display at the National Firearms Museum.

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Masai Mara Shotgun now available for sale in U.S.

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 06:30

The Masai Mara Comfort is one of 15 models of the inertia action shotgun series. (Photo: Retay Arms)

The Masai Mara Shotgun by Retay Arms makes its way stateside with select dealers now stocking the semi-automatic shotgun series.

Originating in Turkey, the inertia action shotgun weighs just over 6-pounds and sports a Mara barrel in 24, 26, 28 and 30-inch lengths. The Masai Mara boasts Retay Arms proprietary InertiaPlus rotating bolt system as well as the company’s pwn push-button removable trigger group and removable ejector.  The set-up is available as a 12-guage with a 3-inch chamber, though the Turkish gun maker says a 3.5-inch version and a 20 gauge are both in development.

The Masai Mara offers a whopping 15 total configurations. Versions include finishing combinations such as oiled walnut, camouflage and black synthetic options. In addition, Retay offers several variants with factory applied Cerakote finishes on the receivers. Cerakote colors include silver, bronze, grey and satin. For camo lovers, the company offers factory performed water transfer printing with the Max-5 pattern from RealTree and EVO pattern from NextCamo.

Luxury models on the lineup tout oil finished Turkish walnut stocks constructed in Italy by Minelli Wood Products Spa. Stocks bound for the U.S. will be available in grades 2.5 and 3.

All Masai Mara models ship with Italian made microcell recoil pads produced by Cervellati as well as TruGlo sights, a locking ABS hard case and snap cap by Megaline Spa.

The shotgun series can be nabbed through authorized dealers with pricing starting at $799.

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Smith & Wesson’s firearms division president steps down

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 06:00

Matt Buckingham, senior vice president of American Outdoor Brands, will resign from the company effective Dec. 8. (Photo: Matt Buckingham/Linkedin)

Matt Buckingham, president of Smith & Wesson’s firearms division, resigned last week, according to regulatory documents filed Nov. 24 with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Buckingham said he would step down from his top role at the prolific handgun manufacturer effective Dec. 8 to “pursue other interests.”

Smith & Wesson’s holding company — American Outdoor Brands, of which Buckingham serves as senior vice president — said in financial documents CEO James Debney would fulfill the role in the meantime.

The rugged outdoors conglomerate counts Smith & Wesson as its top-earner in a portfolio of more than two dozen brands including Gemtech, Crimson Trace, Bubba Blade and Old Timer.

Buckingham joined Smith & Wesson’s executive management team in April 2016 after more than a decade at the helm of Brownells. In the 18 months since, gun makers and retailers alike have weathered a volatile sales market reacting to competing political pressures.

From the heights of the industry’s biggest year ever pre-election to the lows of a historically weak summer, exacerbated by rock bottom prices and excess inventory, profits are down across the industry.

American Outdoor Brands reported a $2.2 million first quarter loss in September. Debney, in part, blamed stifled demand after President Donald Trump secured a surprise electoral victory last year. Revenue in the firearms sector fared far worse, declining by nearly half.

“While these conditions may be challenging in the short-term they are not new to us,” Debney told investors in September as he predicted a stronger earnings for the company in the later half of the fiscal year. “Now there is always risk. I can’t predict the future. I’ve got a crystal ball that’s not that great sometimes. So as we think about September, October and November, those are three key data points for adjusted NICS checks that will really tell us the strength of the return of the shopper.”

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Buchanan said AOBC expects annual earnings of no more than $740 million — far behind the record-breaking $903 million raked in last year.

Second quarter financial earnings will be released Dec. 7.

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New Jersey Assembly panel passes bump stock ban, gun group says is unneeded (VIDEO)

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 05:30

The New Jersey Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee on Thursday unanimously passed a measure to prohibit the sale or possession of a controversial firearm accessory.

The bill, A5200, was introduced to the body and approved 7-0 on the same day with an aim to make the sale or possession of bump stocks or trigger cranks a third-degree criminal offense in New Jersey.

“There’s no need for bump stocks as accessories to be anywhere in New Jersey,” state Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, D-Union, sponsor of the measure, told the panel, saying she had never heard of the devices until recently. “The state of New Jersey bans automatic weapons for a reason– they are weapons of war.”

Her bill modifies state law so that a firearm affixed to a bump stock constitutes an “assault weapon” while a firearm affixed with a trigger crank constitutes a machine gun. Violations are a felony that carries $10,000 in potential fines and can result in as much as 5 years in prison.

However, the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, the state’s NRA affiliate, contend the move goes after something that is already banned in the state under a combination of existing laws.

“The legislation would not make anyone safer and would not change the fact that bump stocks are already prohibited in the Garden State,” says the group in a statement. “They would remain prohibited whether the legislation passes or is defeated, so the effort to move the bill appears largely symbolic and calculated to make headlines.”

Should the ban pass the state legislature it would have to be signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. The term-limited outgoing Republican has often scuttled any attempt at gun control by state lawmakers but in October said he was open to bump stock legislation.

Governor-elect Phil Murphy, a Democrat, is in favor of more regulation on firearms and has publicly stated he is ready to sign any gun control measure vetoed by the Christie administration.

Currently, the devices are unlawful to use in California, Massachusetts, and New York.

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POF-USA opens brand new 27,000 square foot factory (VIDEO)

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 02:00

On Veterans Day, Patriot Ordnance Factory invited friends and family to the grand opening of their new 27,000 square foot factory in Phoenix.

Located at at 1492 Victory Lane, company president Frank DeSomma chuckled at the significance of the address number. “Fourteen ninety-two. Isn’t that when Columbus sailed the ocean blue?” he asked.

DeSomma was in good spirits as he anticipated a few hundred people to show up for the grand opening of his new factory. The building sat majestically in the last rays of a warm Arizona autumn evening. DeSomma’s mother and father showed up early and he excused himself. “I got to say hi to mom and dad.” He gives them each a big hug. His mother is proud of her son. “You are amazing.”

The 27,000 foot factory is a long way from POF-USA’s humble beginnings in 2002. “We started out of a two car garage,’ recalls DeSomma. “I used part of my wife’s dining room for the computer system,” he said.

DeSomma worked as an aerospace engineer at the time. His gun company was a side gig. He credits his wife Tracy for encouraging him to pursue his dream. “She’s the one that told me to quit work in my aerospace job and go to work for my gun company,” he said. “Patriot Ordnance Factory wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for her. My wife believed in me more than me.”

Following his wife’s advice, DeSomma quit his job in 2004 to pursue POF-USA full time. With son Cody joining him, they set out to perfect the AR-15 rifle. Using innovative new designs, their rifles have been extremely popular. DeSomma credits this to his aerospace engineering background.

In 2017, the POF-USA Revolution rifle was voted Rifle of the Year by the Firearms Industry Choice Awards. “There’s not a smaller weapon platform than that one right now in 7.62 by 51mm,” said DeSomma of the rifle.

The new factory will allow POF-USA to manufacture with even greater precision and diversify its product line. “You’re going to see more diversification of products into other market types of products,”  DeSomma said. “Instead of just rifles, you may see pistols, you may see shotguns, whatever. But Patriot Ordnance Factory is not going away.”

The factory will also help create jobs and opportunity in America. “The country you know that gave us freedom, to try things and try to achieve certain things?” DeSomma said. “We chose to keep investing in her because we believe in America. We believe in her being great, and could be better than any nation. Why? It’s simple. Freedom.”

POF-USA is true American success story.

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Clint Eastwood film prop turned in at British gun amnesty

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 01:30

The film featured a group of Allied commandos who, disguised as Germans, were sent behind enemy lines to rescue a captured general. (Photo: IMFDB)

It turns out that one of the guns handed over to police in a national amnesty this month in the UK had some screen time back in its prime.

As reported by Metro News, a former film worker turned in deactivated German MP40 submachine gun at Bridgwater police station in Somerset. Besides its military use, the demilled 9mm burp gun had a starring role in a 1968 MGM film shot in Europe, Where Eagles Dare, based on the Alistair MacLean war novel of the same name.

In the film, Allied commandos infiltrate a German base, disguised at one point as German soldiers. One of the commandos? Army Ranger Lt. Morris Schaffer, played by Clint Eastwood, who deftly used a pair of MP40s in the film to mow down ‘nassis as needed.

Avon and Somerset Police’s evidence manager, Richard Vise, said they confirmed the gun was a prop and it will be transferred to the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

Somerset constabulary’s high mileage MP40 prop gun, now destined for the Royal Museum. (Photo: Southwest News Service)

In all, the agency pulled in 210 guns and gunlike objects including a 1918 Enfield, two rifles made into lamps, a dozen WWII-era handguns, and a 1907 Dreyse pistol.

The two-week amnesty, which wrapped up Sunday, was the first national firearms surrender in England and Wales since 2014

Just gonna drop this Where Eagles Dare death count highlight reel right here.

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Gun Review: TriStar C100 9mm handgun (VIDEO)

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 01:00

Knowing what a fan I am of the Canik brand, the US TriStar rep asked if I’d like to test the latest, compact version of the 100 series, manufactured by Canik but branded by the importer, TriStar. Of course, I replied in the affirmative and the experience did not disappoint.

This Turkish 9mm walks a line between true double/single action and single action only. Like a 1911 (or CZ75), the hammer is placed in the fully cocked position upon loading. There’s a thumb safety on the left side, which unlike the 1911, blocks the trigger mechanism from inside only — there is no external slide/safety interface.

For an extra measure of safety during carry, the hammer can be put in half-cock to afford a somewhat longer trigger pull. Or, fully de-cock it for a true double action first shot. Unorthodox as these techniques are when compared to either the 1911 or classic DA/SA platform, they work.

The all-aluminum frame Is another marriage of old and new styling. At 37.3 ounces unloaded, it has a solid feel, and the full-length rails insure that there’s no noticeable barrel deviation when the slide is rearward.

The TriStar C100 chambered in 9mm. The handgun is constructed of steel and aluminum, and has a magazine capacity of 15 rounds. (Photo: Team HB)

For all its steely qualities, the C100 has a gentler side, too. Between the sights, along the top of the flattop slide, are 10 finely machined grooves. In addition to being decorative, they serve to reduce glare. The front strap is also sculpted in this manner. Plastic screw-on grip panels are textured and adorned with the TriStar “T,” and feature user-friendly indents where the thumb and trigger finger rest. Along with the deeply cut beavertail, the grips make this gun manageable in smaller hands.

The barrel is just 3.7 inches long, and quite low profile. Between the weight of the frame and very low bore axis, recoil is minimal.

On the somewhat cheesy side, TriStar ships the gun with a rubber logo bracelet-style sleeve that fits over the grip. It may please those with very large hands and those who like a lot of grip traction. I found it distracting and removed it after a short trial — a personal preference.

The sights are very pleasant to use. The three-dot configuration is easy to put on target fast. The drift-adjustable steel rear sight has both a U-shaped setting and square opening between the dots. Although all three dots are identical in size, the setting of the rear sights inside the U and the slight forward cant of the front sight make for intuitive recognition of the front sight—it picks up light more than the rear ones. Out of the box, a centered six o’clock hold is what I found to be effective in hitting four-inch plates at 14 yards.

Unfortunately, the owner’s manual claims the sights are tritium, when they are not. In the market space where this gun lives, tritium is not a stock offering anyway.

For what it’s worth, there’s no loaded chamber indicator. Just press check and move on.

The TriStar C100 handgun has a 3.9-inch barrel, overall length of 7.2 inches, and weighs 39 ounces unloaded. (Photo: Team HB)

Cycling was reliable with Federal and LAX brand brass case and Blazer aluminum case FMJ as well as Precision Delta, and Team Never Quit frangible HP ammunition. When I first saw this gun, I thought that ejection might be a problem – the port is small, smaller than that on a Browning Hi-Power and more like—dare I say it—a Hi Point ejection port. My concern was for naught; the TriStar never missed a beat no matter the ammo type or brand.

The trigger is a long, curved affair with classic appeal. Here I found one of the few triggers I can operate in double action without hooking the first joint of my finger around it. In single-action, reset is clean and barely audible. Travel is appropriate for an experienced person’s carry gun, which is to say it’s there, but it’s not very long.

A funny thing happened at around the 50-round mark. Travel from reset to break got remarkably smooth. It had been, for lack of a better descriptor, a tad soupy but acceptable. After this little break-in period, the travel was silky smooth.

Releasing the magazine is a breeze with a well-defined and sizable, but not ambi, button. Mags fall freely away, loaded or not. The designers of the C100 have obviously paid attention to consumer desires in this regard.

Also riding the line between modern and traditional is the C100 takedown procedure. The hammer of the fully unloaded gun is placed in half-cock, and the slide must be inched rearward less than half an inch to align hash marks on the frame and slide. Holding it there, the takedown pin is pushed, 1911-style, to the left from the right, and pulled out from the left side. With that accomplished, the slide comes right off. The barrel, recoil spring and guide rod are all easily removed for cleaning. It’s an easy-enough process that will still make the 1911 fans feel like they’ve done enough work.

The TriStar C100 handgun is equipped with snag-free Dovetail rear sights and a fixed front blade sight. (Photo: Team HB)

Leaning traditional is the fact that there’s no light rail. Those committed to having a weapon-mounted light will find easier pickings with another model. The lack of a rail preserves the slim, concealment-friendly profile. You can’t have it all.

Current real prices for the TriStar C100 9mm hover just under the $400 mark. It comes with two magazines, owner’s manual, cleaning rod and brush, lock, and loader, all in a hard-shell, padded case. Extra mags retail for around $18.

The TriStar C100 will please the traditionalist who wants a packable gun, the recreational shooter who likes a great DA/SA trigger, and anyone who likes a unique design without sacrificing good handling.

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