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Ammo maker CCI Ammunition adds to its series of hunting ammunition, delivering a new 17 HMR variant to its VNT lineup.
The long range rimfire load allows hunters to successfully clear the field of varmints or down targets at the extreme distances on the range.
The 17 HMR loads tout a Speer VNT bullet crafted with an extremely thin jacket paired with a polymer tip and CCI priming. The combination lends itself to flat trajectories, long range accuracy and “explosive terminal performance on impact,” according to CCI Ammunition.
“One look is all it takes to know that CCI understands what varmint hunters desire. Our Varmint Ammunition line features a variety of bullet technologies that are designed for the same goal: total devastation on impact,” the company said in a statement.
CCI added that it’s VNT 17 HMR ammo is the “perfect combination for hunting varmints or shooting at the range.” The new VNT 17 HMR load is currently on its way to dealers with a MSRP of $17.95 per 50 round box.
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With critics on both sides of the argument unhappy with elements of the rushed legislation, a broad gun control bill squeaked through the state Senate on Monday.
Just two weeks old, SB 7026 managed to pass the Republican-controlled body 20-18 with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle crossing over. The bill would ban bump stocks, up school security, raise the age to purchase all gun in the state to 21 and extend the current three-day wait for long arms.
One amendment adopted at the last-minute on Monday bars classroom teachers from participating in an armed school staff program that is part of the bill. The move to pass the bill, the most successful and sweeping attempt at gun control in Florida’s recent legislative history, was triggered by a shooting in Parkland on Feb. 14 and is named in honor of the tragic event.
“The opportunity to meet with and listen to survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting as well as the families of the victims has had a tremendous impact on each and every Senator and has significantly influenced the development of this important legislation,” said the bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton.
Among the sections of SB 7026 are provisions that make it a felony to possess a bump stock or similar device, raise the age to buy rifles and shotguns to 21 statewide, and mandate a three-day wait on most gun transfers.
The bill includes some $400 million in authorizations, including $26 million for new buildings at and a memorial for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Some $200 million is set aside for grant programs to harden schools in the state while $69 million would go to fund mental health services.
Finally, another $67 million is included to fund what is being termed the “Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program,” named after a faculty member killed at the school. The program, with each school facility in the state required to have at least one armed guard, law enforcement officer, or guardian on campus, would train volunteer faculty in a program administered by local sheriffs. In its final form, the bill barred classroom teachers from the initiative with the exception of those who are JROTC instructors, former law enforcement, or military.
By and large, many involved in the discussion around SB 7026 dislike at least a portion of the bill, with gun control advocates against arming school personnel while those stumping for gun rights are opposed to the concept of raising the threshold age to purchase long arms, banning loosely defined bump stocks and expanding the use of arbitrary waiting periods. Democrats failed to include a ban on “assault weapons” into the bill, but not for lack of trying.
The measure heads off to an uncertain future, with the House set to end its session on March 9.
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Noveske and Black Rifle Coffee Company join forces to bring a comprehensive coffee/rifle kit to caffeine addicts everywhere.
With over six months invested in the creation of the kit, Noveske said at the center of the package is the company’s NHR Infidel rifle. The Infidel comes marked with the collaboration logo and special serial numbers to commemorate the special edition package. The sub-MOA 13.7-inch barreled, 5.56 rifle features a pinned KX5 flash suppressor, ALG Defense ACT trigger and NHR 15-inch M-LOK free-floating handguard.
The Infidel comes packaged with a collaboration hard case with cutout foam, matching serial brass coin, Noveske Hat, Johnny Memorial Mags and most importantly Black Rifle Company coffee. The one-pound bag of BRCC pre-ground collaboration coffee comes with a pour over device, filters, grinder and special thermos.
The Noveske/BRCC kit is available now, but in limited quantities, with only 150 total up for grabs. The kits retail for a pretty penny, with MSRP set at $3,000.
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An Oregon man has hauled two major sporting goods retailers into court, claiming they have violated the state’s discrimination laws after they refused to sell him a rifle due to his age.
Tyler Watson, 20, filed suit in a state court against both Dick’s and Walmart arguing the stores, who sell sporting goods to include firearms to the general public, specifically refused to sell him a rifle because he was under age 21, citing recently adopted company policies.
According to court documents, Watson tried to buy a Ruger 10/22 from a Field & Stream store, owned by Dick’s, in Medford on Feb. 24 and was refused due to his age. Last week, Watson doubled-down by going to a Walmart in Grant’s Pass, where he was similarly rebuffed for the same reason.
While federal regulators advise licensed gun dealers they can, and should, exercise their right to refuse potentially unlawful firearms transactions, Watson is taking the big box stores to court over Oregon’s discrimination statutes where the case may hold some legal water.
Jim Hargreaves, a retired county judge in the state, told Willamette Week that Oregon law states that as long as a person is an adult, they can’t be refused something based on age that’s ordinarily available to other adults.
“They [sellers] can’t set their own age limit because the statute has already done that,” Hargreaves said. “They don’t have any authority because the statute specifically says you can’t as a merchant discriminate against either young people or old people. If you’re selling something you have to sell it to anyone who is entitled to buy it by law.”
Attorney Joshua Prince similarly warns that age-based policies adopted by merchants in gun sales could run afoul of discrimination laws in Pennsylvania while legal analyst Colin Kalmbacher at Law and Crime points out that as many as 19 states and jurisdictions have enshrined protections against unlawfully discriminating against customers based on age.
Max Whittington, Watson’s attorney in the Oregon lawsuits, said they may be the first of their kind filed in the country.
As for Walmart, a spokesman for the retailer told Oregon Live they are standing behind their policy, despite the legal action.
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One of the largest social dating apps in the country announced they are on a mission to “ban guns across the platform.”
Bumble announced on Monday their newest initiative: moderating all photos for the presence of guns, with exceptions made for military and law enforcement in uniform, who, presumably, will still be allowed to flex with the grenade launchers and M4s of their choosing. Those behind the app say the move is to make the platform, and the society it represents, safer.
“As mass shootings continue to devastate communities across the country, it’s time to state unequivocally that gun violence is not in line with our values, nor do these weapons belong on Bumble,” the company said in an announcement, which goes on to say the company is making a $100,000 donation to March For Our Lives, an project between some survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting and gun control groups.
A brigade of some 5,000 moderators will search through the millions of images that have been uploaded and comb out objectionable firearm content, The New York Times reported. Bumble founder and Tinder co-founder Whitney Wolfe Herd said the moderators will eventually transition to weeding out mentions of guns as well.
Those who have their images pulled can apply to have them reinstated. Forbes reported last year Bumble had amassed over 22 million registered users and is projected to pass $200 million in sales in 2018 through the use of “tailored, hyperlocal advertising.” The company’s valuation is considered to be north of $1 billion.
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The world’s largest money manager, BlackRock Inc, posted a list of questions asking gun makers and sellers to provide insight into their policies and practices.
BlackRock’s notice is the latest in corporate activism since last month’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, left 17 people dead and 15 others injured. The national movement to advance gun control has influenced dozens of companies with ties to the gun industry to reshape policies and relationships.
“For manufacturers and retailers of civilian firearms, we believe that responsible policies and practices are critical to their long-term prospects. Now more so than ever,” BlackRock said in a statement Friday, adding it had reached out to publicly traded gun makers and retail chains to begin a dialogue.
Although BlackRock manages $6.3 trillion for investors worldwide, only about 0.01 percent is invested in the gun industry. Since most gun companies are privately owned, the questions are primarily directed at three companies: American Outdoor Brands, Vista Outdoor, and Sturm, Ruger & Company.
In addition to the questionnaire, BlackRock said it will also offer financial products that exclude firearm manufacturers and retailers. “Of course, it is our clients’ decision when and how to use these products to achieve their goals. It is their money, not ours,” the company said.
BlackRock posed questions to both manufacturers and retailers about risks involved in selling guns, how they monitor products during distribution and ensure guns are sold legally and safely, how they screen potential buyers, what they do to prevent misuse of firearms, and what their efforts are to advance gun safety education and products like “trigger locking technology.”
BlackRock was the most recent company to take action to encourage lawmakers to rethink gun laws. Last week, private equity firm Blackstone Group asked managers at about a dozen hedge funds that it has stake in to detail their ownership in companies that make or sell guns, The Wall Street Journal reported. Yet, the group more or less wanted to clarify that it did not have direct ties to the gun industry.
Although outdoor retailer REI doesn’t sell guns, it halted orders from Vista, which also makes outdoor gear and camping equipment as well as guns and ammo, until the company “outlines a clear plan of action” to prevent future tragedies like the one in Parkland.
Retailers Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart, Kroger and L.L.Bean last week revised their policies so they would only sell firearms to customers 21 years of age or older. Under current federal law, patrons need to be at least 18 to buy long guns like rifles and shotguns. However, the minimum age to buy a handgun is 21.
As the first to announce policy changes, Dick’s led the charge last week and went a step further by completely ending the sale of “assault style” rifles and high capacity magazines at its Field and Stream locations. The main outlets had stopped carrying such guns after the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook. The company said it initiated the changes to encourage lawmakers to follow suit.
Dick’s chief executive officer explained that none of the rules or laws in place prevented the 19-year-old Florida gunman from buying a shotgun from a Dick’s store in November 2017. “It was not the gun, nor type of gun, he used in the shooting. But it could have been,” he added.
The activism has had an impact on the public gun companies. Immediately following some of the announcements, stock prices fell. In Vista’s case, price per share fell by as much as 9 percent last week, but come Monday has been on a slow uptick.
The national movement also pressured about two dozen brands to break partnerships with the National Rifle Association because of the gun lobby’s stance on gun control. Despite the loss of discounts for its members, the NRA said it will not change its stance.
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Authorities in Washington County, Oregon, picked up a burglary suspect a day after he attacked an armed homeowner.
Gresham police arrested Zachery Summers, 29, on Saturday during a traffic stop on an outstanding parole warrant for burglary.
According to a news release, authorities had received a tip identifying Summers as a possible suspect in the break in and were given his location.
Authorities say Summers entered the house on Friday in Cooper Mountain during a burglary attempt, but the homeowner was home at the time.
The homeowner confronted Summers in the kitchen, where Summers grabbed a knife. In response, the homeowner grabbed a handgun and fired at least one shot which sent Summers running.
During the fight, however, the homeowner also snapped a picture of Summers, who had covered his face.
Summers faces charges of first degree burglary, unlawful use of a weapon, menacing, and assault in the fourth degree. He’s being held at the county jail without the possibility of bail.
A group of House Democrats has introduced a bill that would up the taxes on firearms and ammunition to pay for research on “gun violence and its prevention.”
The measure, H.R.5103, was introduced last week by U.S. Rep. Danny Davis of Illinois with nine co-sponsors. It aims to increase current taxes on guns and ammunition, as well as fees associated with National Firearms Act weapons.
Under the plan, ammunition would see excise taxes increase to 50 percent and firearms to 20 percent. Currently, manufacturers pay a long-running 11 percent excise tax on sporting firearms and ammunition under the Pittman–Robertson Act, which goes to fund conservation efforts such as hunter education programs, public shooting ranges and preserving wildlife habitat. The jump in fees under Davis’ plan would be set aside for public safety grants and research.
While the full language of the measure is not available, the legislation’s title outlines plans to raise the special occupational tax on gun makers as well as transfer taxes on weapons. Exemptions are in place for guns and ammunition meant for government, law enforcement or military end-users. The measure, dubbed the Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act of 2018, has been referred to five different House committees.
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As at least one gun rights group promises a lawsuit should the bill become law, Republicans in the Florida Senate continue to repel efforts to install an “assault weapon” ban.
The multi-tiered bill, SB 7026, would ban bump stocks, expand waiting periods and raise the age to buy any gun in the state to 21, ups school security to the tune of $400 million and institutes a number of other changes. One thing it will not do, for now, is establish a ban on some types of firearms and their magazines that meet a list of guidelines proposed by state Democrats.
After fighting off a general assault weapon ban in committee last week, lawmakers swatted away another attempt Saturday followed by a more limited amendment to implement a two-year exploratory ban. The time-limited measure reportedly passed a voice vote but came up short, 17-21, in a roll call. A blizzard of 128 proposed floor amendments in the past week, most of which have been defeated or otherwise not considered, included proposals to add everything from mandatory gun lock usage to a statewide gun registry to the bill.
“This bill is a classic example of a fundamentally good bill destroyed by countless amendments,” said gun rights group Florida Carry, which supports increasing school security but none of the gun control aspects of the legislation.
State Sen. Bill Galvano, the Republican sponsor of SB 7026, has described the package as a compromise bill. “We have to start somewhere,” Galvano said. “We have to take more seriously than ever before the issue of security in our schools, the safety in our schools. This bill really is unprecedented.”
As it stands, SB 7026 requires a three-day waiting period for all gun sales in the state with exceptions for those with a concealed weapons permits or, in the purchase of a rifle or shotgun, proof of completing a 16-hour hunter safety course. Current state law only mandates the waiting period for handguns.
Next, it bans bump fire stocks defined as any sort of accessory that is “used to alter the rate of fire of a firearm to mimic automatic weapon fire or which is used to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic firearm.” Those who violate the restriction are subject to a third-degree felony, which provides up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Those under 21 in Florida would be unable to purchase any modern firearm under the measure. There would be exceptions for those who are in corrections, law enforcement or the military. Florida Students for Concealed Carry argue the increase in the minimum age limit would strip the gun rights of thousands of adults, hinting at a lawsuit.
“As it was written this bill has massive constitutional problems, and if House and Senate leadership think this section will stand in the 11th Circuit we wish them luck,” warned the group.
School security gets a big nod in the form of the proposed “Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program,” named after a faculty member killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The plan would allow schools and sheriffs departments to work together to send volunteer school faculty through a 132-hour course to produce campus staff that are dual-hatted as special deputy sheriffs to allow them to carry concealed firearms on school grounds. Democrats were able to add a mandate that guardians take a 12-hour diversity training course on top of the proposed guidelines.
Lawmakers are set to take up the bill Monday with Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, in favor of most of the language, with exception of the guardian program. “I’ve been very clear,” Scott said last week. “I want to make sure we have significant law enforcement presence at every school. I want to make sure we harden our schools. But I don’t support arming teachers.”
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Can Can Concealment is one of a series of companies specifically targeting women gun owners in the industry. With a selection of unique and creative holsters solutions, Can Can Concealment brings concealed carry to women of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds.
Like most innovative ideas, Can Can Concealment sprang from necessity. In 2012, after completing a defensive handgun training class at Front Sight in Nevada, Darlene Cary set about looking for a holster that would allow her to concealed carry at all times. She went the regular route, trying all sorts of Kydex holster designs to no avail. Frustrated that nothing on the market accommodated her needs, Cary used her sewing expertise to craft her very own holster design.
A side project at the time, Cary eventually showed her design to a co-worker, an ex-military woman also looking to solve some concealed carry woes. The two realized Cary was on to something and that, they shook on it and Can Can Concealment was born.
The company itself started humbly enough, making its first appearance online as an Etsy shop in July 2013, but it quickly outgrew its spot on the arts and craft site. It jumped to the big leagues, placing products on Amazon, but that too eventually proved too small. Within three years of making its first appearance on the web, Can Can Concealment officially found its own home on its own website. The growth, while welcomed, hasn’t been without its challenges Cary explained.
“The biggest challenge overall was three straight years of overwhelmingly rapid growth,” Cary told Guns.com. “As we experienced rapid volume increases, it has been challenging to continue to design a line of holsters while strategically developing more efficient ways to hand make the products at the highest possible quality.”
Utilizing high quality elastic to achieve its compression style retention in addition to rare earth magnets embedded in the fabric to add an extra layer of retention on the gun, Can Can Concealment holsters come in four flavors to accommodate a variety of women’s needs. The Hip Hugger is a versatile setup that can tote up to four firearms and three magazines. The Corset holster provides a method for secure behind the hip, or kidney, carry that also acts to slim the waistline.
The Garter holster is the perfect solution for women confined to dresses and skirts who also need a means to discreetly carry their favorite pistol. Rounding out the holsters is the Sport Belt which is designed to accommodate either men or women with its more subtle construction.
Each of the holsters are all available in micro, classic and shebang sizes for a range of firearm makes and models and come with a variety of color accent choices for some personalization.
“Can Can was the original women’s compression holster and now just five years later there is an entire line of holsters with a size for every woman, a style for every handgun and a holster for every outfit,” Cary said proudly. “We strive to offer you a comfortable, made in the USA, stylish all-day concealed carry at an affordable price.”
Though Can Can has finally made its way out of Cary’s backyard and into a spacious industrial park setting, the team hasn’t stopped working to further Can Can Concealment’s reach. Expanding to international dealers — with products now found in Puerto Rico, South Africa, Germany and Russia — Cary said its the company’s loyal customer base that keeps her and the rest of Can Can motivated and looking towards the future.
“Can Can Concealment is very grateful for all the love and support their customers have shown,” Cary said. “As long as women want to conceal carry in a practical, tactical and attractive way, Can Can Concealment will be around to supply their holsters!”
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Recently, Guns.com profiled a standout 9mm brand, Full Stop. After testing and being quite impressed with the brand, it was disappointing to learn it’s not yet on retail shelves. Here are three other brands that, in this writer’s estimation, are worth consideration in feeding your 9mm pistol, yet don’t have the notoriety of larger brands.
Precision Delta hasn’t let me down
For defensive or competitive use, Precision Delta’s PDP Pro 124 grain JHP packs a punch. I’ve been using it this year for a couple steel competitions. It’s never missed a beat in a Canik TP9SA, a Gen 4 Glock 19, or the Heckler & Koch VP9. This super-clean, new-brass load is made with competitors in mind. The company doesn’t provide muzzle velocity information, and I don’t’ have a chronograph, but they claim it’s a low-recoil round. What I do know is it’s never failed for me.
At about 39 cents per round, PDP Pro is reasonably priced for match-grade 9mm. Delta is not just the name, it’s also the location of this Mississippi company, which is better known to the reloading and law enforcement communities than the general consumer. Like many smaller brands, they hadn’t yet created a pretty box to contain the product, which arrived in a heavy plastic bag. Don’t let a little packaging inconvenience reduce your confidence in this outstanding load.
The folks at Virginia-based Allegiance Ammunition keep cranking out radically new varieties of frangible ammo, not to mention radical field tests—who else do you know who can document having killed a feral hog at distance with one round of 380 ACP? Last fall, I had the chance to fire their One Strike 70 grain rounds through a variety of pistols at the Blue August gun writers’ conference, as well as having witnessed gel block testing with this round.
There’s a lot of hype in ammo marketing these days, but I must say the tests with this load are impressive from the standpoint of self-defense, especially in environments like a home or industrial site. Frangible of any kind is a great choice for the veritable concrete jungle, but Allegiance has taken testing a step further, evaluating whether their ammo will penetrate tanks, airplane hulls, and the like. Gel block testing showed remarkable disruption, with blocks literally jumping off the platform in reaction. That didn’t happen with other 9mm loads.
This isn’t cheap stuff, but for self-defense and peace of mind that your round won’t penetrate objects you don’t want to be liable for, $30 for a 20-round box isn’t bad. I’d definitely recommend testing this round to ensure it cycles your personal handgun or carbine reliably; that’s true for any ammunition.
Team Never Quit frangible
This trusty 100-grain round became my home defense standby after I grabbed for some in desperation when a rattlesnake was literally at my back door on the concrete porch, and due to an injury I was unable to swing a shovel. TNQ made short work—actually, short pieces–of this unwelcome visitor. The experience made me especially grateful for this ammo, which was the topic of a series of range experiments done for Guns.com.
TNQ frangible has cycled dependably in the handguns previously mentioned, and probably a couple others I’ve forgotten. I’ve come to trust it not only for its safety on steel targets, but also as the first HP-designed frangible round I encountered, purpose-built with urban law enforcement use in mind. The ballistic data shared by Snake River Shooting Products as well as my own experimentation gives me confidence that, with the exception of barriers like car doors that most civilians will never have occasion to shoot through in defense, the round delivers all the oomph needed for my purposes while reducing risk of unwanted property damage.
The US veteran-supporting TNQ brand is made by Idaho’s Snake River Shooting Products, and is available through distributors like Brownells, whose current price is $17.23 per 20 round box.
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Illinois’s Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is being lobbied hard to act on a measure on his desk that would add regulation to gun stores in the state.
The bill, SB 1657, would mandate a $1,000 five-year state permitting process for already federally licensed gun dealers. With many of his fellow Republicans against the proposal, it took over a year to reach the governor’s hands, passing the Senate last April in a 30-21 vote and the House last week 64-52.
Influential Democrats and gun control advocates say the legislation is ripe for Rauner’s signature. Arguments in favor of the licensing scheme say it will help combat illegal guns on the streets of Chicago.
Opposing the bill are both state and national gun rights groups, who hold the additional layer of government oversight is unneeded and creates artificial barriers to engaging in the business of selling guns lawfully in the state. Grassroots efforts saw more than 14,000 witness slips filed with lawmakers by those against the proposal — more than twice the number filed for those who supported more licensing. Open polls mirror those results.
The legislation comes at a tricky time for Rauner, who is facing challenger Jeanne Ives in the upcoming GOP primary in two weeks. Though recent polling shows Rauner with a commanding lead over the state legislator, she recently voted against SB 1657.
Rauner, who has 60 days to either approve or reject the bill or let it pass into law without his signature, has been coy about his intentions.
“We have to do everything we can to protect our citizens, protect our second amendment and not burden our small businesses,” said Rauner spokesman Will Allison. “The bill just got to the Governor’s desk and he will look at it very closely.”
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Top Shot Dustin Ellermann breaks out his now-classic Springfield M6 Scout over and under in .22LR/.410 and holds class on the handy survival gun.
Based on the old M6 Aircrew developed in the 1950s by the Ithaca Gun company for the military, Springfield’s NFA-compliant variant — pitched to backpackers, boaters, and campers — sprouted forward in 1995.
The folding carbine-length rifle over a smoothbore .410 shotgun barrel weighed just four-pounds flat and folds for stowage– complete with spare rounds in the stock.
Sadly, Springfield stopped making these in 2004, which has made them fairly collectible. But Ellerman seems really pumped about his.
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Everytown announced Friday they were making 500 grants available to fund demonstrations modeled after the planned march by Parkland, Florida students.
The $5,000 grants would be to those who want to organize “sibling marches” to coincide with the March for our Lives event planned by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students on March 24. Everytown said the funds are meant to provide resources to those who plan events stressing the need to pass gun control legislation.
“Students are making history and demanding that our elected officials protect them,” said Everytown President John Feinblatt in a statement. “Everytown is proud to help them make their voices heard on March 24, and we look forward to more Americans following their lead to forge meaningful change to our country’s gun laws.”
The group, an evolution of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, founded a decade ago by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, publicly announced a youth-based offshoot, Students Demand Action, four days after the Parkland shooting.
As of Monday, 424 events were planned.
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Kent Cartridge introduces three new loads designed specifically for dove hunters. The Diamond Dove, Steel Dove and First Dove join the company’s lineup of ammunition directly targeting hunters.
The Diamond Dove line features heavier payloads with higher velocities dedicated to hunters looking to down high flying birds like White Wing Doves or late season birds. The load are constructed with the company’s proprietary Diamond Shot technology for uniformity and consistent, tight patterns. The Diamond Dove is available in 12-gauge.
The Steel Dove loads cater to hunters restricted to using non-toxic shot. Available in 12-gauge or 20-gauge, the Steel Dove uses clean burning powders that reduce felt recoil and also offer velocities up to 1,400 feet-per-second.
Kent’s “value priced” line for high volume shooting falls to the First Dove series. The First Dove utilizes clean burning powders matched with quality components for consistent patterns and reliable operation. The series is available in either 12-gauge or 20-gauge.
No word yet on pricing or availability.
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Smith & Wesson’s parent company told investors last week policy changes from Dick’s Sporting Goods won’t impact its bottom line much.
American Outdoor Brands Chief Executive Officer James Debney said Thursday only three percent of the outdoor conglomerate’s sales come from big box stores, like Dick’s. The retailer — which also includes more than 30 Field and Stream stores — announced last week it would stop carrying “assault-style” rifles and ban gun sales to customers under age 21.
“It’s extremely small,” Debney said. “It’s actually one-tenth of one percentage point of our total sales. So, there isn’t really any impact and, of course, anything like this is obviously built into our guidance going forward.”
He said modern sporting rifles represent between 10 percent and 12 percent of the company’s total revenue — far behind the 55 percent generated from handguns and the 25 percent from other outdoor product lines, the latter of which Debney credits for helping the company weather a difficult year for gun sales.
“Overall, our long term strategy remains focused on being the leading provider of quality product for the shooting, hunting and rugged outdoor enthusiast,” he said. “Continued growth in our outdoor products and accessories business helped us better balance our overall revenue by mitigating the volatility we have experienced with our firearms business.”
American Outdoor Brands reported a 32.6 percent decrease in revenue for the third financial quarter ending Jan. 31. The company’s firearms segment tanked 40 percent while its burgeoning outdoor product segment increased more than 13 percent. Debney said the company also reduced its manufacturing workforce 25 percent over the last year, eliminating 200 positions overall.
“Going forward, we will operate our business under the assumption that the next 12 to 18 months could deliver flattish revenues in firearms,” he said.
Debney and Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey Buchanan wouldn’t forecast how the corporate backlash over the recent mass shooting in southern Florida would impact the company’s earnings. “What’s going to happen in 12 months or six months is a little hard to speculate right now since the environment overall right now politically and otherwise is pretty, pretty volatile,” Buchanan said.
Walmart, Kroger, and L.L. Bean followed Dick’s lead last week, implementing similar policies as a response to the Valentine’s Day shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead and more than a dozen injured.
REI and Mountain Equipment Co-Op likewise halted new orders with Vista Outdoor over the company’s significant profits from firearms and ammunition and its ties with the National Rifle Association.
“REI does not sell guns,” the retailer said in a news release Thursday. “We believe that it is the job of companies that manufacture and sell guns and ammunition to work towards common sense solutions that prevent the type of violence that happened in Florida last month.”
Debney addressed the shooting during a conference call with investors Thursday, calling it “incomprehensible and a senseless loss of life.”
“We share the desire to make our community safer,” he said. “Through our membership and work with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, we will continue to support the development of effective solutions that accomplished that objective while protecting the rights of the law-abiding firearm owner.”
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A mere three years after CMMG launched its Mk47 Mutant, the company has returned to the Mutant platform, revamping it for 2018.
The most notable upgrades, according to CMMG, is the addition of an ambidextrous safety selector, RML 15 M-LOK handguard and ambi charging handle.
Featuring a 16.1-inch barrel with an overall length of 33.5-inches, the Mutant tips scales at 7.2-pounds. The mid-sized AR-15 platform, chambered in 7.62x39mm, features an AR-10 sized bolt paired with an AR-15 feel. Built on a shortened AR-10 platform, the lower receiver boasts compatibility with AK magazines and drums all the while accepting aftermarket AR-15 rifle parts.
Up until now, one of the few AR parts not compatible with the Mutant design has been charging handles. CMMG sought to give rifle owners more flexibility by adding a new ambidextrous charging handle. The handle is designed to make operation easier in addition to accommodating left-handed or right-handed shooters. The addition of the ambi charging handle opens the Mutant up to being fully ambidextrous alongside its ambi mag release and ambi safety selector.
Lefties who already own a Mutant but would like that ambi charging handle will be able to purchase the charging handle as a standalone product.
The Mutant features two models, the AKR and AKR2, with prices starting at $1,699. The charging handle, alone, touts a MSRP of $99.
As part of the aftereffects of the big box sporting goods retailer’s policy shift on gun sales, reports are that at least two 20-year-old employees have resigned over the matter.
Alex DeGarmo and Griffin Mccullar posted their professed resignation letters on social media last week, garnering over 80,000 shares and as well as national media attention. Both cited the company’s new policy, refusing gun sales to those under age 21 and discontinuing some items, as the reason for voluntarily leaving jobs they otherwise liked.
DeGarmo told Fox’s Neil Cavuto he had no problems with the company until Dick’s CEO Edward Stack sent out the directive last week.
“I had no issue before that,” said DeGarmo who argued the company is practicing age discrimination. “It doesn’t matter if you are 18 or 35, responsibility is the same thing.”
Dicks has experienced a degree of backlash from gun rights supporters in response to their move. The original posting on social media announcing the change has garnered more than 200,000 comments, some supportive, others vitriolically critical of the new guidelines. Still, Dick’s has followed up with a statement that they have been “humbled” by the support they have received, welcoming other companies who have since announced similar changes such as Walmart and L.L. Bean.
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National Rifle Association leaders reacted with calm this week after President Trump expressed support for gun control measures — like “take the guns first, go through due process second” — that put gun rights advocates and lawmakers on edge.
NRA’s head lobbyist Chris Cox turned to Twitter on Friday to reaffirm Trump’s commitment to a pro-gun agenda. Cox said he “had a great meeting” with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who both “support the Second Amendment, support due process and don’t want gun control.”
Trump echoed that sentiment on Friday when he also tweeted: “Good (Great) meeting in the Oval Office tonight with the NRA!”
Trump’s comments came as he spoke to a bipartisan group of lawmakers this week in which they discussed solutions for preventing future mass shootings like the one in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead and 15 injured.
Besides excusing due process in the name of public safety, Trump also advocated for strengthening background checks, raising the age for buying long guns to 21, and even suggested he’d be willing to buck the NRA to pass such legislation.
His comments left supporters wondering if he was serious or simply thinking out loud. But NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch characterized the situation as a simple disagreement and said the gun lobby hasn’t attacked Trump because he hasn’t tried to make those ideas policy.
“I don’t think NRA members can react to something that hasn’t happened yet,” Loesch said during an interview Wednesday with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. She added, “I think he’s just entertaining both sides. I think he’s listening to see what both sides have to say.”
On the flip side, the NRA has already issued statements condemning certain policy proposals the president has supported, like raising the age to buy a long gun.
“We’ll wait and see what else comes out,” she said. “Remember, there are more of these listening sessions, so this is just the first one. Let’s see what else is said.”
During his first year in office, the NRA touted that it was Trump’s greatest ally. The organization, which spent more than $30 million in support of his campaign, was one of the few mainstream groups to endorse Trump.
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A 16-year-old boy is in critical condition after a Detroit homeowner caught him and another person breaking into his home Friday morning.
The homeowner told police that he received a telephonic notification that his home was being burglarized around 2:30 am. When he rushed home, he confronted the two suspects.
The 46-year-old man said one of the suspect pointed a gun at him, so he opened fire. The shots hit the teen multiple times.
When police arrived, they found the teen outside the home on the sidewalk. He was transported to a nearby hospital for gunshot injuries to his groin, back and right arm.
Police said the suspect’s handgun was recovered at the scene. The homeowner, who had a concealed weapons permit, is cooperating with investigators.
[ WDIV ]
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