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Strike Industries releases competition style Ichiro Holster Hanger

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 06:30

The Ichiro Holster Hanger gives competition shooters a wider range of options. (Photo: Strike Industries)

Strike Industries teams up with competition shooter Ichiro Nagata to craft new competition gear dubbed the Ichiro Holster Hanger.

The Ichiro Hanger Holster is a mounting system that permits shooters to make adjustments to the position of the handgun. The setup allows the shooter’s pistol to exist at any angle and axis. Strike Industries notes that in competition, milliseconds often make or break a win or loss, and the Ichiro Hanger Holster aims to better help competition shooters achieve their preferred and most efficient setup for their shooting style.

The mounting system allow the holster to be positioned and angled precisely where shooters need it. (Photo: Strike Industries)

“In the all-out drag race that is the Steel Challenge, speed is the ultimate goal, where a fast draw is critical for success,” Strike Industries said in a statement on its site. “As Ichiro was examining the best holster for this event, and many holsters have satisfactory aspects, he found that the hanger systems often left something to be desired. So, Ichiro created his own. Taking his new hanger design, Ichiro has gone on to win the Super Senior Champion titles for five consecutive years.”

The Ichiro Holster Hanger does not come with an actual holster but instead pairs with Safariland 014 and Double Alpha Race Master holsters. The system does include a Bladetech Tek-Lok belt clip, hander, coupler, holster adapters and pressure pad.

The Ichiro Holster Hander can be nabbed from Strike Industries with a MSRP of $99.95.

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Thoughts on the art of getting a fast magazine exchange in your pistol (VIDEO)

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 06:00

The fundamentals of the slide lock reload, as detailed by a former Army special ops member and firearms trainer.

In the above spot by SureFire, Larry Vickers with Vickers Tactical holds class in a short 4~ minute segment on the emergency reload situation where a mag is dry and the pistol’s slide is locked open. He covers the basics of indexing the mags to the magwell and hand/eye positioning in the process as well as the options for getting the gun back into battery.

Warning to those fast to comment: Vickers digs the use of his off hand to push the slide stop lever while others preach the use of a slingshot technique to release the slide arguing gross vs fine motor skills, so of course, your mileage may vary.

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New public shooting range sees over 44,000 visitors in first year (VIDEO)

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 06:00

The August A. Busch Shooting Range has seen over 44,000 visitors in the first year in operation. (Photo: MDC)

A Missouri Department of Conservation shooting range opened outside of St. Louis has been very busy. The new August A. Busch Shooting Range in Defiance hosted 44,419 shooters during its first year of operation since it opened last October, MDC announced this month.

“All and all, it was a good first year,” said Busch Range Outdoor Education Center Manager Bryant Hertel, who noted a surge of first-time users in the weeks leading up to this November’s deer season.

About two out of three shooters used the rifle/pistol ranges while visitor surveys found that rifle use was most popular, followed closely by handguns. Additionally, the site hosted about 2,200 people during educational events.

Open five days a week, the range features 100-yard and 50-yard firearm ranges for benchrest or standing position shooters, two shotgun patterning ranges and five trap/skeet ranges. Costing $3 per booth per hour or per clay round, use of the range is free for hunting education, youth, and conservation-related programs.

The reason the costs are so low is that, like all states and territories, Missouri benefits from the Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937. Commonly referred to as Pittman–Robertson after the two lawmakers pivotal to its passage, it uses an excise tax levied on all firearms and ammunition sold or imported into the county to perform conservation-related tasks as varied as restoring elk habitat to funding safety programs, and establishing public shooting ranges.

Paid for by manufacturers and producers, the fund has been pushed into overdrive in recent years because of a spike in gun and ammunition sales.

In 2014, $760 million was apportioned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the states from Pittman-Robertson funds. This is more than twice the $371 million allocated in 2012. In 2015, $1.1 billion was made ready followed by similar figures in 2016 and 2017.

Missouri was apportioned $28 million in Pittman-Robertson funds this year alone. Legislation, backed by firearm industry groups, is currently in Congress that would make it easier for conservation agencies to use such funds to establish more ranges.

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American Tactical debuts Nomad Shotgun series

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 05:30

The Nomad Shotgun Series is the latest to hit the American Tactical lineup. (Photo: American Tactical)

American Tactical released a new shotgun series, presenting the Nomad to shotgun enthusiasts. The Nomad Series features six folding, single-shot Turkish made shotgun models decked out in black synthetic furniture with swivel attachments. The shotguns all boast a 3-inch chamber but vary in both gauges and barrel length. The Nomad Series offers the following:

  • ATIG12NMD18 – 12 gauge with 18.5-inch barrel length
  • ATIG12NMD28 – 12 gauge with 28-inch barrel length
  • ATIG20NMD18 – 20 gauge with 18.5-inch barrel length
  • ATIG20NMD26 – 20 gauge with 26-inch barrel length
  • ATIG410NMD18 – 410 gauge with 18.5-inch barrel length
  • ATIG410NMD26 – 410 gauge with 26-inch barrel length

The Nomad is available in several configurations. (Photo: Strike Industries)

American Tactical says the Nomad Series was developed to provide shooters with a budget friendly means to have fun with a gun.

“With an MSRP of just $109.95, these shotguns offer shooters a fun and unique addition to your collection at an impressive price point,” the company said in a news release.

The Nomad Shotgun Series is currently available through American Tactical.

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Mandatory gun registration in Quebec has few takers (VIDEO)

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 05:00

A new law in Quebec requiring most guns in the Canadian province to be logged with the government has seen underwhelming results.

Adopted earlier this year, the Firearms Registration Act requires about 95 percent of the guns in the province of 8 million residents to be registered. However, The Canadian Press is reporting that less than 20 percent of the shotguns and rifles believed to fall under the new rules have been recorded by their owners.

Of the estimated 1.6 million guns affected by the guidelines, just 284,125 have been declared to authorities, who expect the process to cost as much as $15 million USD.

Guy Morin, a pro-gun activist who leads a group opposed to the registration, said he hopes the noncompliance will translate into the law becoming unenforceable. “We are Canadian gun owners, and this is insulting to us,” he said

Gun owners have to register the details of their firearms, including the make, model, barrel length, caliber, serial number and where it is stored as well as their own personal information backed up by documentation. Those who fail to register face fines of as much as $3,700 USD. The only exception is for antiques made prior to 1898, and devices such as flare guns and line-throwers.

Canada had a national firearms registry for both restricted and non-restricted guns from 1993 until 2012 when common guns such as bolt-action rifles and shotguns were removed from its requirements. A number of provinces, as well as the Conservative Party, campaigned to repeal the requirement citing it exceeded the federal government’s powers, was ineffective when it came to increasing public safety, and was too expensive.

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Group warns government shutdown may thicken red tape on NFA items

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 04:30

Long wait times for all the fun things could get longer as a government shutdown drags on. (Photo: Chris Eger/

A firearm trade group specializing in items such as suppressors, machine guns and short barreled rifles say the lapse in appropriations for some federal government operations is affecting paperwork.

The National Firearms Act Trade & Collectors Association warned Thursday that the examiners assigned to the NFA Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives “are deemed non-essential personnel and are not working during the shutdown.” While a “skeleton crew” is working Form 5’s for law enforcement and military transfers, and some electronic Form 3s, used to document transfers between FFLs, “There are currently no Form 4’s or Form 1’s being processed.”

Form 1s are used to document newly made NFA firearms, such as converting a rifle to an SBR, while Form 4s are commonly used to document transfers from licensed dealers to buyers

According to the ATF’s most recent commerce report, the agency processed 1,471,521 NFA forms in 2017 to include some 184,312 Form 4s and 40,444 Form 1s. It should be noted that the total was more than double 2010’s figures, a year which saw some 719,262 forms processed, as the popularity of items such as suppressors and short barreled rifles has skyrocketed in recent years.

An agency of the Department of Justice, ATF’s contingency plans exempt agents in field divisions, Industry Operations Investigators who conduct compliance inspections on FFLs, and personnel involved with intelligence data on criminal investigations from furlough during a lapse in appropriations.

Political pundits warn the current shutdown could run into the New Year.

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Richard Overton, America’s oldest living Veteran, has died at age 112 (VIDEO)

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 04:00

The Under Secretary of the Army shakes hands with then-110-year-old Richard Overton, who presented the game ball for the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl held in the Alamodome in San Antonio last January. He was the oldest surviving U.S. WWII veteran. (Photo: U.S. Army)

The oldest living man in the United States, as well as the oldest surviving World War II Veteran, passed away in Texas on Thursday.

Richard Arvin Overton was born in Bastrop County, Texas in 1906. President Theodore Roosevelt was in the White House and the newest shotgun of the day was the Browning Auto-5, which had only just entered the market.

Overton joined the Army in Sept. 1940, enlisting at Fort Sam Houston, and served throughout the Pacific Theatre in WWII including supporting operations on Okinawa and Iwo Jima, landing “on more beaches under fire than he could remember.” Rising to T/5, he was a member of a segregated aviation engineer unit that performed the vital task of creating and improving airfields in remote outposts. After the war, Overton returned to Texas and worked for the state until he retired.

The Austin Statesman reported he died Thursday at a night rehabilitation facility in Austin, where he had been since Christmas Eve after a bout with pneumonia. The U.S. Army mourned his passing, saying, “He was a hero to us all and his legacy will continue throughout the Army’s ranks.”

A fan of cigars, guns, and whiskey,’s own Ben Philippi caught up to Mr. Overton at his Texas home in 2015 to talk a bit about all of the above.

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Gear Review: The INVRT Bandoleer by IC-13 Arms (VIDEO)

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 09:00

The phrase “less is more” can usually be applied when we’re talking about shooting gear. The INVRT bandoleer from IC-13 Arms is a way to carry everything you need without overdoing it. The concept is old, but the design is fresh.

What the hell is it?

The invert was built around the need to keep essential gear with a firearm in your vehicle. The invert gets its name because of the upside-down orientation of the magazines. This makes reloading very efficient. The mags are in your workspace and close to the gun when you need to reload. The INVRT works like your traditional bandoleer with a single strap running across your body. Unlike chest rigs, it is quick to put on and takes up very little space.

Setting it up

The INVRT can be set up for whatever your needs are. You can buy the invert as a complete package with two rifle or sub gun pouches, one pistol pouch, and a med kit. Or you can buy it slick and outfit it with your preferred pouches. The six rows of pals webbing will work with all your typical molle hardware. Various colors and camo patterns are available. All INVRT’s are made here in the USA.

The INVRT can work in a multitude of roles. The responsible citizen and Law Enforcement would be the obvious fit for this product but I have even seen it starting to be used in shooting competitions. It’s a way to carry everything you need and nothing you don’t.

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Team Sig ends year on high note

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 08:00

From left to right: Lena Miculek, Team Sig Captain Max Michel and Daniel Horner. (Photo: Sig Sauer)

Team Sig served up stellar performances in 2018, with members Max Michel, Lena Miculek and newcomer Daniel Horner dominating competitions.

Sig Sauer said its team members turned up the heat in 2018, delivering a record setting year for Team Sig. Michel, Team Sig Captain, placed his focus on Carry Optics competition in 2018, remaining undefeated as the USPSA National Carry-Optics Champion. This marks the third year in a row Michel has earned this title.

Additionally, Michel set four new world records at the World Speed Shooting Championships as well as adding “World Speed Shooting Champion” to his list of titles. In total, Michel was awarded 13 championship titles alongside his P320 XFIVE, ROMEO1 or ROMEO3 optics and Sig Sauer Match Elite Pistol Competition Ammunition in 9mm.

Miculek proved that competition runs through her veins, turning out impressive performances in the Pistol Caliber Carbine division. Winning seven “High Lady” titles in PCC, she added six more “High Lady” titles to her name in the open and optics division. Miculek also began the first female to earn a top five overall finish at the USPSA Nationals and finished off the year as the first woman to earn Grandmaster Class for PCC. Miculek opted for a P320 XFIVE pistol, SIG MPX PCC, ROMEO3 Optic, and Sig Sauer Match Elite Pistol Competition Ammunition in 9mm for her competition setup.

Joining Team Sig in September, Horner wow’d during his first match representing Team Sig. Earning a championship title at the 2018 Sig Sauer Fort Benning Multi-Gun Challenge, Horner leveraged his previous experience as Captain of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit to pop off a total of 547 rounds in 9 minutes. Horner’s setup includes a P320 XFIVE pistol with iron sights, a SIGM400 Rife with a TANGO6 Optic, Sig Sauer Match and Varmint .223 Ammunition and Match Elite Pistol Competition Ammunition in 9mm.

Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Commercial Sales for Sig Sauer, said the company is thrilled at Team Sig’s accomplishments and looks forward to seeing what Michel, Miculek and Horner achieve in the coming year.

“In 2018 Max set his sights on carry optics and raised the level of competition, Lena broke barriers for female professional shooters in PCC, and we only got a small glimpse of what Daniel will accomplish for Team Sig in 3-Gun competition,” Taylor said in a news release. “In 2019, I expect that each of them will continue their dominance by taking their competition to the next level with Sig Sauer pistols, rifles, optics, and ammunition.”

To learn more about Team Sig members check out the Team Sig webpage.

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Rifle Dynamics announces new 5.56mm NATO AK

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 07:30

The RD NATO AK starts life as an Arsenal SLR106F but morphs quickly from there (Photos: Rifle Dynamics)

Las Vegas-based Rifle Dynamics is now making a rifle for those who want both a Kalash platform and 5.56mm chambering in the same relationship.

The new RD NATO AK is built on an Arsenal SLR106F rifle, given a tuned action, G2 trigger group, and custom front-end work. The 14.5-inch barrel has one of RD’s FDC muzzle devices permanently attached to bring it up to 16.25-inches which keeps the tax stamps away. Other muzzle devices are optional. Overall length is 34.25-inches with the AK100 side-folding stock extended, 25.5 when it isn’t.

Other features include an UltiMAK scope rail (which can be swapped out with an optional SLR Rifleworks 10.5-inch M-Lok or Keymod rail set), a Tango Down AK Battle Grip, Fuller rear sight, and 20-round Circle 10 magazines. Additional options available include an ALG AKT-EL trigger while an AK side rail can also be fitted.

The guns ship with an RD-branded rifle case and a single mag.

MSRP is $2,450.

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Why women’s only classes are still needed in the industry

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 07:00

A group of women aim at targets downrange. (Photo: A Girl & A Girl)

I’ll admit, when I first began thinking on this topic, I had pretty strong feelings towards women’s only classes and their place within the industry. While I have always felt they are useful at the introductory level, I have questioned the efficiency as students move past the early stages in their gun journey into the mid-level and advanced arenas. To me, the question became are women’s only classes really needed past a certain point and do they limit women?

Realizing that I had a certain staunch viewpoint, I decided to reach out to a few women’s instructors to get their opinions on whether women’s only classes are beneficial to students and if so, how they help.

Robyn Sandoval is the Executive Director for A Girl & A Gun, a women’s only shooting group that promotes and provides female only classes and shooting events through local chapters. Sandoval acknowledged that not all women wish to engage in women’s only classes but for the ones that do, female driven courses are extremely beneficial in helping women feel comfortable and learn how to shoot.

“Women’s only classes can be very beneficial for some shooter,” Sandoval told “The atmosphere allows instructors to tailor training techniques to address women’s physical strengths and abilities. I’ve found that women’s classes typically include more Q&A and discussion, giving students added information and feedback to solidify learning.”

Instructor Marchelle Tigner is best known for her ambitious goal setting. The firearms instructor is determined to teach one million women how to shoot and she is tackling this goal one women’s only firearm class at a time. Tigner said the reason she focuses on women’s only shooting is multi-layered and starts with representation. Tigner told that it’s important for some women to see themselves in the instructor to really grasp the concept that they can shoot effectively. Having a female instructor drives these students to perform better and retain knowledge as they can better relate to the person teaching the class and her experiences.

“Representation matters and it’s hard to accept and believe that you can do something until you see someone who looks like you doing it first,” Tigner explained. “Women firearms instructors are rare. Black women firearms instructors are almost non-existent. I’ve had over 800 women attend my classes solely because I was the instructor and it was a women’s only class.”

In addition, Tigner said women have the opportunity to uniquely relate to one another in a women’s only class. With many attendees driven to the shooting world due to sexual assault and abuse, the ability to share these experiences with other women is powerful.

“Learning how to use firearms can be an extremely emotional experience for survivors of gun violence, sexual assault and domestic violence,” Tigner added. “In some of my classes we open up and share our experiences with each other. A lot women feel uncomfortable displaying that level of emotion in a coed audience.”

When it comes to past traumas and painful experiences, Kathy Jackson has seen it all. A powerhouse in the training industry and Lead Firearms Instructor for Cornered Cat Training Company, Jackson has 15 years of professional firearms instructing experience under her belt. During her tenure as an instructor, she’s hosted both women’s classes and co-ed courses witnessing the dynamics of both on her female students. Jackson said that often women’s courses are looked down upon when in reality they are anything but weak.

“I had a number of students who were lesbians, trans women, people who were working through recent, sometimes old, trauma that involved male aggressors, and feminists. A lot of them simply flat out chose to study self-defense issues around other women,” Jackson expounded. “It’s not necessarily a weakness to say I want to learn, I want to explore these issues in the company of other women. By framing it as always a weakness, we are doing a deep disservice to people that don’t fall within the traditional demographic.”

While some students may not have the painful past of trauma to carry, others may be caught in a relationship dynamic that prevents them from growing throughout a gun course. Jackson said some insecure men will use subtle manipulation and behaviors to control their female counterparts if they perceive these women are performing better. For their part, Jackson said many women in these types of overbearing relationships will also alter their performance on the range so as to be sensitive to their partner’s ego. It’s a shared dynamic that doesn’t allow these women to grow in a co-ed environment. Alternatively, these same women learning in a restricted, women’s only course thrive and ultimately perform at their best level – a goal of any good instructor.

Jackson said that often the perception is women don’t achieve as much in female-centric classes because instructors don’t push as hard. A notion she says is unreservedly false.

“Who says you can’t push women hard in a women’s only class? It’s a stereotype and it’s an ugly stereotype.”

What I learned from talking to these women and ruminating on the validity of women’s courses is that, frankly, I’ve been asking the wrong question the whole time. It’s not about whether women’s classes are needed or relevant. What we as an industry should be asking is how do we ensure classes help students reach their maximum potential?

“We shouldn’t be asking whether or not people should be able to choose the class that suits their current needs at this point in their lives,” Jackson explained. “We should be asking, ‘How do we make those classes so good that they help people grow to where they need to be?’”

That is the real issue.

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Zore confirms 10K gun locks shipped in under a year

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 06:30

The Zore X Core uses a caliber specific approach ton securing guns. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Zore has shipped 10,000 Zore X Core 9mm gun locks a mere 10 months after the technology first launched to the public. A caliber specific gun lock, the Zore X Core utilizes an innovative design to secure handguns from unauthorized users.

The gun lock uses a cartridge shaped lock that is placed into the gun’s cleared chamber. From there the slide is slowly released, preventing the Zore X Core from moving out of place. The Zore X Core features a combination lock dial that is then locked and prevents the slide from moving and the trigger from being engaged. The combination lock is a large dial that is suited for large, gross motor movements and can be operated in low visibility situations.

Once locked into place the Zore X Core prevents the slide or trigger from being manipulated. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Zore’s CEO Bruno Escojido said he is thrilled that the company’s design is doing well in the market. “We started this journey with a completely new approach to locking firearms: rapid-access, non-biometric and portable,” Escojido said in a news release. “The firearm-owning population is traditionally averse to new technologies like ours, but the large number of positive reviews in leading outlets, as well as over 10,000 happy users, has proven the point: ZORE is a leading choice for quick-access firearms security.”

The Zore X Core is available for 9×19 chambered firearms but will soon see a .45 variant, likely in the first half of 2019. A .40 caliber version will soon follow after that, according to the company. the manufacturer also leaked that an AR-15 5.56 model is in the works along with an Alert series, though no specific details have been offered as of yet.

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High Threat Concealment adds Element-i holster to concealment line (PHOTOS)

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 06:00

The Element-i introduces a winged design for AIWB carriers. (Photo: HTC) 

High Threat Concealment brings the Element-i holster to its concealed carry holster series, offering concealment fans a molded design with wing attachment.

The Element-i features a Boltaron thermoplastic construction, hand-finished for reliability. An ambidextrous rig, the Element-i provides a one over-hook attachment that is capable of adjusting up to 15-degrees. The IWB holster also offers the company’s EzTRAK index feature, delivering index points for “confident re-holstering.” In addition, the Element-i looks to help AIWB fans with further concealment with the added option of an appendix carry wing. The wing applies pressure against the wearer’s pants, tilting the grip of the gun into the body to further eliminate printing.

The IWB holster offers a Boltaron design. (Photo: HTC)

HTC says the holster is packed with features but does not opt for any adjustable tensioners. The decision to eliminate adjustable tension was made to streamline the holster and ensure durability.

“The Element- i does not have adjustable tensioners, and on the outside, appears to be less accommodating than other holsters,” HTC said in a statement on its site. “Throughout testing and evaluation; each model pistol was drawn 2000 times. Each draw tension remained the same at 500, 1000 and 2000th draw absent undue wear to the firearm or inside of the holster. We have streamlined every process to make the holster as reliable and durable that HTC is known for, with a price tag for everyone.”

Accommodating full-sized and compact pistols, even those sporting suppressor height iron sights, the Element-i is available through HTC with a price tag of $39.99.

Though the holster doesn’t feature adjustable tensioners, it does offer ride height adjustments and the ability to cant 15 degrees. (Photo: HTC)

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Gun Owners of America files suit over federal bump stock ban

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 05:30

A Slide FIre Solutions bump stock attached to a semi-auto rifle. Under a pending rule change, this currently legal set up could bring possible punishment of 10 years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine. (Photo: Slide Fire Solutions)

A pro-gun group on Wednesday joined forces with a popular YouTube gun blogger to take the federal government to court over a pending ban on bump stocks.

Gun Owners of America, in conjunction with the Virginia Citizens Defense League and bump stock owner Tim Harmsen– who helms the Military Arms Channel– filed suit in a Michigan federal court this week just after the final Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives rule outlawing the devices was published. Set to take effect in March 2019, the ban will establish a prohibition on bump stocks without a path to legal ownership for those currently in circulation and make possession a felony.

The 28-page filing points out that, going as far back as the Akins Accelerator in 2002, federal regulators have consistently charted the same course when it came to bump stocks and similar devices sent to their Firearm Technology Industry Services Branch to review for legality, holding that each, in turn, was not a machine gun. The final rule posted on Wednesday is an about-face, equating a device that “mimics automatic fire” on a semi-automatic firearm with actual automatic fire.

“ATF tossed its entire 17-year history with bump stocks into the trash bin — overriding the considered judgment of at least one ATF Director, four Assistant Directors, and five Chiefs and one Acting Chief of the Firearms Technology Industry Services Branch,” says the complaint, holding “The final rule attempts to discredit the agency’s own work.”

While up to 520,000 of the devices are believed by the ATF to be in circulation, making them a niche item compared to the millions of gun owners in the country, those who filed the lawsuit seeking to upend the ban say it is part of a larger fight for Second Amendment rights.

“These dangerous regulations can go much farther than just bump stocks,” said Erich Pratt, GOA’s executive director. “The goal of the anti-gun left is, ultimately, not just banning bump stocks, but, rather, putting ‘points on the board’ toward its goal of banning civilian ownership of all firearms.”

Besides the VCDL, Pratt’s group says two other state-based pro-gun organizations, the Oregon Firearms Federation and BamaCarry, are helping financially support the case.

Harmsen, via social media, argued that the ban and its surrender clause violates Fifth Amendment protections on private property. “For those that would say, ‘Let them have the stupid stocks.’ It’s not about the stocks, it about liberty and the rule of law,” he said. “You can’t retroactively ban previously legal items and force people to destroy or surrender their private property that was purchased legally.”

Harmsen, a GOA member, has 870,000 YouTube subscribers, and over 143 million views of his nearly 800 firearm-related videos. He is also a founder of, a firearm-friendly social community.

The GOA’s lawsuit is at least the third seeking to invalidate the government’s actions on bump stocks, following in the wake of two filings in a Washington D.C. federal court by the Firearms Policy Coalition– one against the ban itself and a second, entered this week, against Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s ability to sign the rule into law in the first place.

“Mr. Whitaker’s designation as Acting Attorney General violates both the Constitution’s Appointments Clause . . . and the applicable statutes,” the new FPC filing argues. “Thus, he was not authorized to sign the Rule, and the Rule cannot go into effect without violating the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and irreparably harming Plaintiff and its members.”

The rule is effective March 26, 2019.

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Palmetto State Armory adds compact, AK pistol to lineup (VIDEO)

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 05:00

Palmetto State Armory unveiled a new compact, AK style pistol known as the PSA AK-V. The PSA AK-V comes chambered in 9mm and uses CZ Scorpion style magazines. The company says the gun runs just about any 9mm ammo — FMJ hollow point, plus p and in a suppressed or standard configuration.

Using a blowback operation, the AK-V takes aesthetic notes from the classic AK design opting for an AK style charging handle, mag release and frame; however, it boasts modern twists that bring it to a more contemporary consumer base. The pistol offers last round bolt hold open, a bolt catch and SBA3 Brace that gives off a more modern vibe.

The AK-V offers a 9mm AK pistol for CQB shooters. (Photo: Palmetto State Armory)

“The AK-V is a 9mm pistol modeled after a design that was built and used for the Vityaz division of Russian special forces. Vityaz has since been disbanded, but the design of their CQB 9mm lives on,” Palmetto State Armory said in a news release. “Vityaz wanted a sub-gun, and this is what they got.”

The PSA AK-V falls under the manufacturer’s Unlimited Lifetime Warranty and is shipping in limited supplies. No word on exact pricing but rumors are that it will come in around the sub-$1000 mark.

The company attempted to meld the classic AK vibe with more modern attributes. (Photo: Palmetto State Armory)

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ATF Distribution Center suspends operations for relocation

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 04:30

The ATF Distribution Center fulfills FFL orders for forms, brochures and other industry aids. (Photo: ATF)

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives suspended operations at its distribution center Christmas Eve in preparation for a weeks-long move.

Federally licensed dealers in need of Form 4473s, information packets, brochures and other industry aids won’t see their orders filled until Jan. 8, 2019, the agency said last week. Telephone orders will likewise be suspended until new phone lines are up and running.

A spokesman told the move comes after the current building’s lease expired. The agency found a cheaper location closer to ATF headquarters, instead. Government contractors operate and staff the facility.

“As always we thoroughly reviewed the wants and needs of the Bureau and completed a cost analysis in order to be good stewards of the Government’s funds,” said Frank Kelsey, ATF’s deputy chief of public and governmental affairs. “In doing so we were able to relocate to a better suited facility at a lower cost. In addition to being a more accommodating facility it is also closer to ATF HQ making it more convenient.”

The move could take longer pending inclement weather or other unforeseen delays, the agency said.

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Marine reunited with his service-era M1 Garand after 54 years

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 10:00

Alabama resident and 1960s-era Marine veteran Owen Smith has his M1 back (Photo: CMP)

In the 1960s, Owen Smith was a Marine stationed in Japan as part of an air control squadron. As such, he was issued an M1 Garand from the armory. Fast forward a half-century and the rifle is once more in his hands only it now belongs to him and not Uncle.

While looking through an old scrapbook recently, Smith’s family rediscovered the Kennedy-era weapon card detailing the rifle’s particulars and contacted the Civilian Marksmanship Program to see if they had the gun in their inventory of military surplus M1s. The rifle, which according to its serial number was made by Harrington & Richardson Arms in 1953, was in fact in the custody of the CMP and the federally-chartered non-profit reunited the Marine veteran with the gun at their store in Anniston recently.

Smith’s story is similar to that of a North Carolina military retiree who in 2017 got to wrap his hands around an M1 he last saw in 1960 and was located through the CMP. The group does, in fact, handle requests for those looking for special guns, such as in the latter case. They had 32 such requests on file last year, but it is rare they are able to fill them.

The group recently received roughly 99,000 vintage M1 rifles repatriated from the Philippines and Turkey to bolster the stocks they already had on hand. The influx of Garands — for which the organization had to pay to ship from overseas but is authorized to sell to the public by Congress to support firearms safety training and marksmanship efforts around the country — is one of the biggest stockpiles the group has received in years.

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Nightforce Optics offers new ATACR riflescope model, MIL-XT reticles

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 09:30

The ATACR 7-35×56 F2 is a second focal plane style riflescope. (Photo: Nightforce Optics)

Nightforce Optics unveiled a new model into its ATACR second focal place scope series, launching the ATACR 7-35×56 F2.

Constructed on a 34mm tube, the ATACR 7-35×56 F2 scope delivers a 100 MOA/29 MRAD of elevation adjustment with 60 MOA/17 MRAD windage adjustment. Offered with either the MOAR-T or MIL-C reticle option, the scope ships standard with DigIllum reticle illumination and ZeroStop elevation technology.

Nightforce explained the expansions of the line was the result of the success the company saw on its first focal plane ATACR 7-35×56 F1.

“Since we introduced the first focal plane 7-35x two years ago, it has become one of our most popular models,” Alan Stilwell, North American sales manager for Nightforce, said in a news release. “With its brilliant ED glass, extraordinary resolving power and the virtually indestructible construction that characterizes all of our ATACR riflescopes, we believe it is the most precise, powerful instrument for extended-range shooting on the market today.”

The ATACR 7-35×56 F2 retails for $3,100.

The ATACR uses the DigIllum reticle illumination as well as ZeroStop elevation. (Photo: Nightforce Optics)

In addition to the new ATACR variant, Nightforce also launched its new illuminated MIL-XT reticle available on 16x, 25x and 35 ATACR F1 riflescopes. Created around precision rifle shooting, the reticle brings a fast, intuitive approach to target acquisition with precise hold-over and hold-off points, according to Nightforce. The main lines all boast .2 Mil-Radian holds with each Whole Mil-Radian numbered. Nightforce says below the center exists .2 Mil-Radian-spaced floating dots at every vertical Mil-Radian. This design provides a quicker reference for shooters as the larger size is easier to count.

“The MIL-XT provides excellent range estimation, rapid target engagements and precise first-shot placement. Combined with the extreme capability of Nightforce ATACR riflescopes, it gives the serious competitive shooter every conceivable advantage,” Nightforce said in a press release.

The MIL-XT reticle (Photo: Nightforce Optics)

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Prices to drop on Bersa Thunder, BP CC series pistols in 2019

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 09:00

The Bersa Thunder will see a price drop come 2019. (Photo: Eagle Imports)

Eagle Imports, the distributor tasked with handling Bersa products, announced the Bersa Thunder and BP CC pistol lines will see new pricing in 2019.

The price decrease will affect all models in the Thunder and BP CC firearm series. The price drop is meant to coincide with the company’s #beginwithbersa initiative. The campaign recognizes that many of its customers entrance into firearms began with a Bersa.

The BP CC series will also see a decreased price point. (Photo: Eagle Imports)

“This movement brings Bersa back to its roots, which included the launch of the Thunder 380, their flagship model,” Eagle Imports said in a news release. “By adding the new price structure, Bersa brings back affordability to one of the most popular brands in the world.”

President of Eagle Imports, Michael Sodini, said the distributor is always looking for creative ways to improve the customer experience.

“At Eagle, we are continually looking for new ways to improve our customer value and satisfaction,” Sodini said. “We periodically review our expenses and price lists to find ways to pass the savings on to the consumer.”

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Steyr Arms Scout Rifle gets 6.5 Creedmoor upgrade

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 08:30

The Scout Rifle now comes in the popular 6.5 Creedmoor chambering. (Photo: Steyr Arms)

Steyr Arms dives into the Creemoor craze with a new 6.5 Creedmoor chambered Scout Rifle. The Scout offers a fluted, 19-inch cold hammer forged barrel sporting 1/2-20 threads. The rifle is equipped with a single stage trigger with pull weight just over 4-pounds in addition to flip-up iron sights. Weighing 7 pounds in total, the Creedmoor Scout measures 38.6-inches in length.

The 6.5 Creedmoor Scout utilizes the original Scout’s spare mag in the stock design, able to store two mags. In addition, the stock uses an integrated bipod and five whale-tail sling-swivel attachments for three point Ching Slings.

This marks the first time the company has launched a new caliber in the Scout Rifle lineup since its introduction in 1998. Steyr Arms said though the Scout’s originator Col. Jeff Cooper is not around to offer his opinion of the the new chambering, the company is certain Cooper would approve.

“We can never know how the Colonel would have felt about chambering his rifle in the 6.5 Creedmoor, but considering its performance and after extensive testing, we think he’d wholeheartedly approve,” Scott O’Brien, CEO of Steyr Arms, said in a press release.

The bolt-action gun ships with two five-round mags and an owner’s manual all for $1,735.

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