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The .338 Lapua can absolutely wreck a block of ballistics gel (VIDEO)

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 00:30

Chris Hirt and Trent Griswold at Bullet Theory Films pit a carbon fiber Christensen Arms rifle in .338 Lapua against an unsuspecting gel block just to watch it dance in slo-mo.

The Christensen Arms bolt gun is super lightweight and it’s topped with a giant hunk of NightForce glass, but they don’t really need it as they rocket a 285-grain Hornady ELD Match– which is rated at a whopping 4,768 ft./lbs. of energy at the muzzle– through the Clear Ballistics block sitting just 31-feet away.

But the effect of the energy transfer, captured at 60,000 frames-per-second, is just magical.

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Cabot Guns marketing small batch of ‘Trump’ model heirloom-quality 1911s

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 00:00

Prices for the guns that will be made available to the public are expected to range from $15,000 to $50,000 depending on the appeal of the serial number to individual buyers and organizations. (Photo: Cabot)

Displayed on a base made from wood in-lays from the USS Constitution, each pistol in the custom 45-gun limited run will be serialized with a President’s name from Washington to Trump.

Cabot Guns has been teasing the limited public offering since October and pulled the trigger with the full details on Wednesday. Each Trump 45 series pistol will be made from a block of aerospace-grade steel and finished with a high-polish 24-karat gold coating. The display stand included with each gun that contains artifact wood saved from the frigate USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship on the Navy List.

“Symbolizing the meteoric focus of the Trump Presidency and commitment to America,” the trigger and front sight are crafted from a 4-billion-year-old meteorite.

Limited to just 45 guns in the series, each is serialized sequentially in honor of a U.S. President, starting from George Washington (#WASHINGTON01) through Donald Trump (#TRUMP45) and will be made available through a mixture of direct public sales and auctions with sale prices expected to range from $15,000 to $50,000 depending on the appeal of the serial number to individual buyers and organisations.

“Making a great American product is how we express our appreciation for President Trump’s commitment to making America great again,” said Rob Bianchin, founder and CEO of Cabot Guns. “The election of President Trump was critical to those of us who value upholding the constitution, especially the Second Amendment.”


Cabot has been experimenting with a Trump commemorative since last December when they unveiled a one-of-a-kind a golden GI 1911 with “TRUMP 45” in all caps along the gleaming slide just months after they debuted a matching pair of $4.5 million pistols delicately crafted from a chunk of the famed Gibeon meteorite.

“Cabot Guns has quickly become the Rolls Royce of 1911s,” says, S.P. Fjestad, author of the popular Blue Book series of gun values “Already very collectible, they also shoot as well as they look. No expense has been spared to make these Model 1911 variations the world’s finest pistols—truly modern-day heirlooms.”

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Arms Cove offers weapons friendly marketplace for home-based crafters

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 23:30

Arms Cove aims to give small weapons based businesses a platform to reach consumers. (Photo: Arms Cove)

Arms Cove, an online marketplace for manufacturers big and small to hawk their weaponry, announces it’s now open for business.

Created by individuals within the firearms industry, the Arms Cove marketplace was opened as a means to connect home-based and small businesses with consumers.

“The American dream of owning your own business and making a profit should not be limited by the big online market places,” John Cantrell, owner of Arms Cove, said in a press release.

The company only submits payments through credit card processors who are firearm friendly and offers “top tier website security” to protect transactions. Arms Cove intends to offer an entire section for re-sellers in the future, but for now the listings are limited to manufacturers looking to sell their goods.

Arms Cove takes customer service seriously and, depending on location and availability, is even willing to travel to help set up listings.

Though just recently launched, several manufacturers have already on-boarded and posting listings. Hexmag, High Desert Gunworks, Meaden, Phoenix Weaponry and Surf City Paracord are among the vendors currently offering products on the site.

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Surviving relatives of nine killed in Texas church shooting file wrongful death claim against U.S. Air Force (VIDEO)

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 10:00

The relatives of nine victims gunned down at a Texas church Nov. 5 blame the U.S. Air Force for their family members’ deaths, according to court filings, and want to make sure such a tragedy never happens again.

Joe and Claryce Holcombe filed a wrongful death claim Tuesday in what is one of the the first legal actions taken since 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, a former Airman, murdered 26 people — including their son, John Bryan Holcombe, and eight other relatives — at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

“We want to discipline the Air Force so something like this never happens again,” Joe Holcombe told KSAT News in San Antonio Tuesday. “I just know that God’s in charge and he is going to make whatever should happen, happen.”

Air Force officials earlier this month acknowledged failing to report Kelley’s 2012 assault convictions to federal authorities and directed an agency-wide review of more than 60,000 criminal cases dating back to 2002. So far, officials said Tuesday, multiple instances of unreported convictions have been discovered. 

The Holcombes allege in the complaint, however, the Air Force knew about this problem decades before and never did anything about it.

A 2015 review conducted by the Department of Defense’s Inspector General found roughly one-third of all service member convictions weren’t turned over to appropriate law enforcement agencies and criminal databases — a failure uncorrected since auditors first recognized the lapses in 1997.

Military officials at the time agreed with report recommendations to boost compliance, but never followed through on any corrective action — a critical step that may have prevented the church massacre, according to the complaint.

“Simply put, JB Holcombe’s death was caused, in whole or in part, by the institutional failure of the United States Department of Defense, including, but not limited to, the United States Air Force, in that these entities negligently, recklessly, carelessly and/or egregiously failed to report pertinent criminal arrest, conviction and military discharge information of the shooter into a federal database, as was required … ” the complaint says.

Kelley served time in a California military prison after admitting to fracturing his infant stepson’s skull and twice pointing a gun as his wife in 2012 while serving at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. He received a reduction in rank and a bad conduct discharge in 2014.

Despite his disqualifying criminal history, Kelley bought four guns after leaving the military — including the Ruger AR-556 rifle used in the church shooting. The Air Force’s failure to report his convictions to the FBI meant the National Instant Criminal Background Check System — the database used to verify a buyer’s identity and eligibility to own a gun — would never pick up on Kelley’s prohibited status.

“We have a system in place,” said Rob Ammons, the attorney representing the Holcombe family. “We don’t need more laws necessarily. We need more folks to do their jobs.”

The Holcombe family didn’t specify damages in the complaint, preferring for corrective action first to prevent future tragedies.

“Let’s prevent these servicemen that have been convicted of these violent crimes from getting guns,” Ammons told KSAT News. “Let’s stop that and we’ll worry about the rest later.”

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Tandemkross introduces Maximus Plus1 Follower for Ruger MK series

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 09:30

The followers showcase a bright red color designed to make empty mags easier to identify. (Photo: Tandemkross)

Tandemkross increases its presence in the Ruger MK accessory arena, recently introducing the Maximus Plus 1 Follower for MK shooters.

The Maximus Plus 1 Follower gives users the ability to load 11 rounds into a standard 10-round magazine. The company says the design is ideal for rimfire competition shooters who are permitted to start matches with 11 rounds on deck. The follower is constructed of durable Zytel in a bright red color scheme, showing shooters when the mag is empty.

“This product is culmination of feedback from our MKIII series Plus1 magazine bumpers,” Tandemkross Business Development Director Bryan Haaker said in a press release. “We listened closely to customer requests and have separated the plus1 function from the bumper and now allow the extra capacity across all the Ruger MK series and generations. For those who want only a consistent positive mag lock, they get the bumper. For those who want more capacity, they get the follower. Anyone who wants both can still get both!”

The Maximus is a simple, drop-in which does not require specialized tools to install. Designed to work with all Ruger MK factory magazine base pads, the set-up also boasts compatibility with Tandemkross extended mag bumpers.

The Maximus offers a MSRP of $24.99, with two followers shipping per order.

The follower works with the following Ruger MK models:

  • MKIV Target
  • MKIV Competition
  • MKIV 22/45
  • MKIV 22/45 Tactical
  • MKIV 22/45 LITE
  • MKIII
  • MKIII 22/45
  • MKIII 22/45 LITE
  • MKII
  • MKII 22/45

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Midwest Industries brings M-LOK to lever action rifles

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 09:00

The M-LOK forend turns nearly any Marlin lever action into a tactical set-up, ready to accept lights and lasers. (Photo: Midwest Industries)

Midwest Industries hinted at a new M-LOK forend designed to bring Marlin lever action rifles into the tactical future.

The design debuted on Facebook to some fanfare, despite limited details. Midwest says the product is currently in production with the forend set to make its debut on the company’s website in the very near future. The gun and accessory maker also announced that its working on another M-LOK forened created specifically for Henry rifles; though no additional details were added.

The M-LOK forend will work alongside most Marlin rifles, offering lever action fans a means to mount lights, lasers and other tactically inspired accessories.

No official date has been set for the forend’s release. (Photo: Midwest Industries)

Midwest Industries told its Facebook fans that though the M-LOK forend is unorthodox, it serves a niche group of shooters wishing to meld old-school with new school.

“This product is to maximize the potential of an awesome big bore hunting rifle. This is not to make the rifle tactical. M-LOK was designed as an attachment system for all types of rifles,” the company posted in a comment on Facebook. “This is not for everyone. This was intended for guys who actually use their rifle as a tool and want to add versatility. Low light is a fact of life when hunting and having the option to have a weapon mounted light in dangerous conditions is a huge plus.”

No word on when the M-LOK forend will be available or at what price point.

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National concealed carry reciprocity clears first hurdle in Congress

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 08:30

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, right, said the carry rights bill passed this week helps ensure the Second Amendment doesn’t stop at state lines. (Photo: Reuters)

In a party-line vote Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee sent a measure expanding carry protections to the floor over howls from gun control advocates.

Stressing the bill, H.R. 38, helps protect the right to keep and bear arms, Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said it also contributes to public safety.

“The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act ensures that law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment right does not end when they cross state lines,” said Goodlatte in a statement. “Citizens with a state-issued concealed carry license or permit, or individuals who are citizens of states that do not require a permit to carry a concealed firearm, should not have to worry about losing these rights when entering another state that may have different rules and regulations.”

The measure speeding to the floor has 213 co-sponsors including a few Democrats and the support of attorneys general from five conservative states. In its amended version, it would force states to recognize the right of law-abiding citizens with a valid concealed carry license or permit to carry a concealed handgun. Residents of constitutional or permitless carry states would also be recognized. Further, the proposal would open public land currently off limits to concealed carry such as that controlled by the Army Corps of Engineers.

A group of big-city district attorneys, under the banner of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, were on hand along with other national gun control groups and police lobby organizations to protest the bill.

“The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would be, I think, the single most destructive bill we could pass to affect the public safety we have achieved, and affect it negatively,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance. “Individuals could come in with loaded weapons into New York City, and probably hundreds of thousands when you consider we have 46 million visitors outside the United States into New York.”

The National Rifle Association ranks the issue of nationwide reciprocity, which they argue is “a much-needed solution to the confusing patchwork of state and local gun laws” as a top legislative priority.

The measure could receive a floor vote in the House as early as next week, while its Senate companion has 38 supporters, all Republican.

NICS improvement bill advances

Besides the polarizing carry bill, Goodlatte’s committee also marked up a new “Fix NICS” act, which would add several accountability measures designed to ensure that federal agencies submit the records of criminals, domestic abusers and others prohibited from possessing guns to the FBI-maintained system while giving states incentives to up their own reporting.

The bill, H.R. 4477, passed in a more popular 17-6 vote with bipartisan support.

“There is simply no excuse for the ongoing negligence of criminal history reporting into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System,” said the bill’s sponsor, U.S. Rep. John Culberson, a Texas Republican.

Meanwhile, the Senate’s version of FixNics Act, S.2135, now has 23 cosponsors (11 Republicans, 11 Democrats, 1 Independent) with both majority leader Mitch McConnell and minority leader Chuck Schumer signing on this week.

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Remington 1911 R1 Limited Double Stack now shipping

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 07:00

Remington 1911 fans will soon have their hands on the R1 Limited Double Stack edition as it is currently shipping to dealers. (Photo: Remington)

Remington’s 1911 R1 Limited Double Stack handguns are headed to dealer’s shelves, the company announced via press release Wednesday.

The 1911 R1 Limited Double Stack features a 5-inch ramped, match-grade barrel on a stainless steel frame. Boasting wide rear and front cocking serrations, the pistol seeks to give shooters a more positive grip for tackling finicky field conditions.

Equipped with LPA fully adjustable match sights, the 1911 touts a fiber optic front sight Remington says is designed for faster target acquisition. An extended beavertail grip safety and VZ G10 grips aim to improve grip and hold while an adjustable skelentonized trigger promises a clean, crisp break between 3.5 and 5-pounds.

The 1911 touts an extended beavertail grip safety and VZ G10 grips. (Photo: Remington)

Available in three models, the 1911 R1 Limited Double Stack comes chambered in the shooter’s choice of 9mm, .40 S&W or .45 ACP.

Remington said the pistol series is available now through dealers and distributors nationwide. The 1911 ships with two stainless steel magazines and is priced at $1,399.

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First shipment of Sig’s M17, M18 handguns take the field with the 101st Airborne (VIDEOS)

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 06:30

Troops of the 101st Airborne Division were the first in the Army to be issued the new handgun, based on the Sig P320 (Photos: DOD)

Soldiers of the Fort Campbell-based 101st Airborne Division are now being issued the winner of the Modular Handgun System contract, the M17 and M18 pistols made by Sig Sauer.

The modified Sig Sauer P320 9mm is being fielded at the Kentucky base first in full-sized and compact variants, then will be pushed out to all units over the next 10 years, replacing the aging M9 Beretta.

“The world has changed since the strength and resilience of this division was forged during the maelstrom of World War II,” said Maj. Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, commander of the 101st, in a statement. “In order to maintain our decisive edge, we must continue to outpace our potential adversaries with more lethal capabilities, from the modular handgun system we fielded today to the innovative and adaptive air assault concepts, equipment and training the 101st continues to perfect.”

The MHS program kicked off with a Request for Information in 2013 that evolved into a Request for Proposals solicitation in Sept. 2015 and saw designs submitted from a dozen competitors including FN, Glock, and Smith & Wesson. Awarded in January to Sig, Glock unsuccessfully protested the winning bid.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley went on record in September vouching for the MHS and downplayed controversy over its civilian base model. The Army conducted operational testing of the platform this summer at Fort Bragg, N.C. with service members from several commands as well from the Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy.

“We are both humbled and proud that the P320 was selected by the U.S. Army as its weapon of choice,” said Ron Cohen, president and CEO of Sig Sauer in a statement. “Securing this contract is a testimony to Sig Sauer employees and their commitment to innovation, quality and manufacturing the most accurate and reliable firearms in the world.”

Below is footage provided by the Department of Defense of troops from the 101st receiving and unpacking the new MHS at Fort Campbell– including a comparison between the two versions– and then firing the handguns on the 5th Special Forces Group’s indoor range.

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Air Force: Texas shooter’s unreported criminal record isn’t an isolated failure

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 06:00

Military officials said sub par criminal records reporting to the FBI isn’t a problem isolated to Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, where the man who gunned down 26 people at a Texas church earlier this month served from 2010-2012. (Photo: Holloman AFB – 49th Wing/Facebook)

U.S. Air Force officials said Tuesday the branch’s failure to report the Texas shooter’s criminal record isn’t an isolated incident.

The revelation comes amid the military’s preliminary investigation into how officials time and again neglected reporting service member convictions to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center. The oversight became headline news when 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley — a former Airman discharged in 2014 after assaulting his wife and infant stepson — shot up a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, earlier this month, killing 26 and wounding 20 others.

Kelley bought four different firearms in the years after his 2012 conviction, investigators said — including the Ruger AR-556 used in the church attack — despite his prohibited status under federal law. Military officials acknowledged their mistake made Kelley’s crimes virtually invisible to gun dealers accessing the National Instant Criminal Background Check System — the database used to verify a buyer’s identity and criminal record before completing a sale.

“Although policies and procedures requiring reporting were in place, training and compliance measures were lacking,” the Air Force said in a press release Tuesday.

In the days after the shooting, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein directed an immediate review, forming two task forces of 30 staff each to comb through more than 60,000 cases dating back to 2002.

“Air Force officials are correcting all identified deficiencies as they are discovered and reporting them to civilian law enforcement ,” the statement continued. “The full review will be completed over the next several months.”

It’s too little, too late for a couple who lost nine family members, including their son, at the Sutherland Springs church Nov. 5. Joe and Claryce Holcombe filed a wrongful death claim against the Air Force Tuesday for “utterly failing in their reporting obligations,” despite knowing — as far back as 1997 —  that service member convictions were missing from federal databases.

“I’m not surprised they are finding these lapses because this was clearly never a priority in the past,” said Don Christensen, a former chief prosecutor in the Air Force, during an interview with the New York Times this week. “Earlier inspector general investigations found that they were not doing this properly and the leadership never made it a priority to correct it.”

A 2015 federal review of the military’s reporting compliance found roughly one-third of all convictions weren’t submitted to the appropriate law enforcement agency or crime database — a failure uncorrected since the Department of Defense’s Inspector General first recognized the lapse two decades prior.

Military officials agreed with report recommendations to boost compliance, but never followed through on any corrective actions, according to the wrongful death filing.

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New bill would alert police if those with a record attempt gun buy

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 05:30

A bipartisan measure proposed in the House this week would inform state and local police and prosecutors when an individual prohibited from possessing a firearm tries to buy one.

Introduced as H.R. 4471 by U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-Pa., and U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., the NICS Denial Notification Act is a rehash of a bill proposed last session that failed to leave committee. The legislation would direct federal regulators to notify both state and local authorities in cases where a potential gun buyer is denied a transfer after a background check.

“When a felon or otherwise-prohibited person is trying to obtain a gun, that’s something law enforcement should be aware of – it may be an indication of plans for a future crime,” said Meehan in a statement. “This is a common-sense step we can take to help our law enforcement personnel prevent gun crimes before they happen.”

The bill would establish a mechanism where the federal government would report to local authorities information about those who were denied a firearm through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, so that potential state charges can be pursued.

Since 1998, NICS had issued over 1.4 million denials for reasons ranging from criminal convictions to mental health reasons and dishonorable discharges from the military. However, few of those denials turn into prosecutions. A 2016 audit by the Department of Justice found that the number of NICS denial prosecutions has dropped substantially since 2003 when 166 individuals were considered for prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The audit found that over an eight-year period from 2008 to 2015, authorities referred just 509 NICS denials for prosecution, of which only about half were pursued as criminal cases.

Further, a number of errors over the years have led to instances where those who were not prohibited possessors were repeatedly denied firearms transfers, resulting in those denied their firearms rights having to sue the government to correct their record.

Meehan’s measure has the backing of gun control advocates, namely Everytown, as well as police lobby groups.

“Tragically, recent events have showed us that Federal agencies and State governments have too often failed to upload all relevant information to the NICS, allowing the illegal sale of a firearm,” said Chuck Canterbury, national president of Fraternal Order of Police. “This legislation will give the critical information State and local agencies need to work and develop cases against these individuals, many of whom may be dangerous felons or domestic abusers.”

The bill has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

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Budget Gear Review: Caldwell Ballistic Precision Chronograph

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 01:00

The Caldwell Ballistic Precision Chronograph, or chrony, ready for work.. (Photo: Terril James Herbert)

When it comes to firearms, you usually get what you pay for. On occasion, if there is a quality entry into the market at a fair price, it will sell like wildfire. SCCY double-stack pistols, for example, have gotten popular over the last several years. They’re far better made for not much more money than the infamous, yet ubiquitous Hi-Point.

When it comes to gear, the same rules apply. Some optics are better than others, but sometimes a step up from the bottom-shelf stuff can give you much greater advantage with some comparisons to high end products. But when it comes to firearm data collection, chronographs are tricky. Any such item can be hard to come by and quality varies from item-to-item. A year ago, I took a chance on the least expensive chrono I could find: the Caldwell Ballistic Precision Chronograph.

Let’s back up a second. If you didn’t know, a chronograph measures the speed of a projectile, usually by using sunlight and a pair of shaded poles a certain distance from one another to calculate velocity. Why might that be important? Velocity, or speed, of a projectile helps calculate things like power, accuracy and ballistic drop. That information is especially useful for people who reload ammo.

Plus, even if you like to use factory ammunition, it is nice to know the real-world applications of the round. The indicated ballistics that you might find on a package of ammunition is usually very optimistic and may vary by brand, barrel length, weather conditions, lot of ammunition, powder charge, ect. In my unique case, finding bullet speed is useful in guns that don’t take fixed ammunition, especially muzzleloaders — and assigning modern power levels to such guns.

Chronographs can run hundreds of dollars, but the Caldwell Chrony lists for $79 at some big box retailers. Was I worried because it was so cheap? Yes. But Caldwell is known for other shooting accessories and its chronograph consistently comes in at and around the $100 mark. Pricewise, that’s unbeatable.

The device operates with a single flip of the switch. (Photo: Terril James Herbert)

Once I got the packaging open, I found the mechanism very easy to put together. You get four aluminum rods, two white plastic shades, a 15-foot power cord and the dark-green chronograph unit itself. The package includes a black carrying bag for storage and transport, which isn’t difficult considering the unit and every other part collapses to a 4×15 inch package. The unit itself runs on a 9v battery, with enough storage in the battery hatch for a spare.

In the field

When I am ready to conduct a string of fire, I screw a tripod base to the bottom of the unit—though that base usually stays on even in storage. The chrono is threaded to accept just about any tripod base and most tripods will work well in the field. I get by with a 48-inch tripod set at maximum level for bench rested shots, while a taller 72-inch tripod works best for offhand work.

But before I get to mounting onto the tripod, I open the battery hatch and make sure the battery is attached to both wire terminals. After closing the battery hatch, I shove each of the aluminum rods into the installation holes on the top of the device. Once they are staked firmly, stretch over the shades and snap them over the rods. I tend to do this after the device is secured to the tripod and afterwards I put the chronograph where it may get the best light, though this unit will work well in partly cloudy weather.

Flip the black switch on the left side from “off” to either meters per second or feet per second. The chronograph will count down and once you get empty brackets in the display, shoot away. But remember to shoot as straight into the brackets as possible. Shooting off at a drastic angle or favoring too far to one side will produce an error message, which is corrected by firing another shot. There are no buttons to reset. There isn’t even a memory capacity on the chronograph to remember the data. You can use the included cord to record data with your phone or computer by plugging it to the jack on the right side of the device, but I only use my camera or a notebook to record strings of shots. It is all on you to collect the data and there are fewer exposed switches to get beat around and eventually fail.

Speaking of failure, I have yet to have this chrono go dead on me. Fed by 9-volt batteries, one could last me a solid month of consistent use, ie one hour per day, three or four times a week.

Caldwell Ballistic Precision Chronograph disassembled. (Photo: Terril James Herbert)

Appearance-wise, the Caldwell is more solid than it looks, though it is mostly made of plastic. It has made it through rain quite well, though that is the worst possible weather for the shades to do their work. The shades are a certain distance apart and measure the shadow of the bullet as it passes through. But in any case, electronics and rain don’t usually bode well. The Caldwell even survived a hit from a Henry .410-shotgun slug fired at close range. It hit the back of the chrony and knocked it over on the tripod. After recovering it, I tried shooting again and I went home that day with all the data I need. And it is still going perfectly.

Take it or leave it?

I admit I’m not to put great emphasis on range gear. It took me a while to get something as “sophisticated” as a chronograph. Does that mean I now join the ranks of rough looking folks who make range day an all-day affair with obscure big-bore rifles and fancy, wooden gear chests at the ready? I don’t know, but my little set up won’t impress anyone who spend the money on a Shooting Chrony.

Though lightweight and easy assemble, the Caldwell Chrony has only a few visible metal components and the controls are pathetic. You get a single on/off switch that can be switched for meters to feet and a jack for using your phone. Battery life and endurance to the rigors of shooting have been excellent. Though the low price made me hesitate for a moment, there is no looking back. Whether you are getting into reloading or into serious data collection about anything and everything, the Caldwell Ballistic Shooting Chronograph gets two thumbs up.

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National Deer Alliance launches new app for hunters

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 00:57

The NDA App offers hunters resources and the chance to connect on-the-go. (Photo: National Deer Alliance)

The National Deer Alliance unveiled a new app, appropriately called NDA app, designed to connect hunters with news, information and each other.

The NDA App is available for download on both Apple and Android devices for $4 and includes stories and articles found on the NDA website as well as the On Watch newsletter. Information is sorted by category including deer diseases, hunting, law and regulations, wild deer conservation and NDA news.

In addition, the NDA connects users through interactive resources allowing hunters to swap photos and communicate with each other from nearly any deer stand. NDA says the app’s fee goes to support the organization’s mission of wild deer conservation and preserving hunting rights.

Though the NDA App is fully functional, Pinizzotto said developers are still looking for user input on how to improve the aesthetics and information provided.

“We are very excited to provide deer enthusiasts with a new tool that will keep them regularly informed about current deer issues,” said Nick Pinizzotto, NDA president and CEO, in a statement. “In addition, we’re seeking input from users about how we can make the app even better, and look forward to continually updating or providing new features that are fun, informative, and interactive.”

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German riflemaker launches heated pistol grip for those icy moments

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 00:00

The Ergo Heat fits a number of Sauer’s S 303 and S 404 models (Photos: Sauer)

Billed as the world‘s first heated pistol grip system for hunting rifles offering “glove free shooting, however cold,” J. P. Sauer & Sohn announced their Ergo Heat device earlier this month.

The device— which fits in the pistol grip of Sauer’s Classic XT, Synchro XT, and Synchro XTC stocks for the S 303 and S 404 models– maintains up to an 80 °F difference from the ambient temperature in the grip, allowing hunters in sub-zero temperatures to hold their rifle with a bare hand.

Charging the batteries in the stock is done using a power supply which is attached to the sling swivel socket

Utilising a rechargeable battery that lasts between 2 and 7 hours depending on which one of the three heating levels selected via a remote control or smartphone app, an onboard LED light in the sling swivel indicates the level chosen by blinking. The battery can also be recharged via a cigarette lighter or a USB connection.

While no news on the device’s availability or pricing in the U.S., there is no shortage of authorized Sauer dealers in the states, so you can bet it will arrive here at some point. The company is already posting pictures of it in action.

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Mossy Oak releases Mastodon Extended Pack for hunters

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 23:30

Decked out in the Mossy Oak Mountain Country pattern, the Mastodon comes packed with features designed for hunters. (Photo: Mossy Oak)

Mossy Oak continues to expand on its hunting pack series, unveiling the Mossy Oak Mastodon in Mountain Country pattern.

The Mastodon features over 4,000 cubic inches of capacity, boasting an adjustable harness designed to fit torso lengths from 15 to 22-inches. The backpack comes stocked with mountain-specific features like a meat shelf for packing out, full-length fleece-lined scope pocket, side hip rifle boot caddy and a front shove pocket for quick storage of outer layers.

The bag also packs in Mossy Oak’s Modular Sling Retention System which adds a magnetic mechanical lock to the shoulder harness. The system keeps the gun sling at the top of the shoulder while providing the option to move the gun stock storage boot to the hip belt. This grants hunters the ability to transfer the weight of the gun to the bag instead of holding the firearm.

“The Mastodon occupies a previously empty spot in the market. Historically, paying hundreds of dollars for a committed western pack was the only option,” Mossy Oak Hunting Accessories Brand Director Mike Jones said in a press release. “We thought there wasn’t any reason a pack for the serious hunter couldn’t be affordable – so we made one that was. This pack has all the features of its more expensive counterparts, without the price tag.”

The hydration compatible Mastodon is available with a MSRP of $140.

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Suspect dead after firing shots from high-rise condo in Nevada

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 23:00

Authorities cordoned off Sierra street in downtown Reno on Tuesday night during an active shooter event that left one, the suspect, dead. (Photo: Reno PD)

Reno police say a man is dead following an active shooter incident late Tuesday after he opened fire with a rifle from the eighth floor of a downtown condo.

The currently unidentified subject fired for approximately 30 minutes into the area of Sierra street downtown from The Montage, a high-rise condominium complex downtown, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.

Killed after his location was breached by Reno Police and Washoe County deputies, RPD Deputy Police Chief Tom Robinson said the suspect’s motive is unclear at this time. A female taken hostage by the subject was rescued unharmed though Robinson said she was “obviously traumatized and shaken up.”

Reno area ABC affiliate KOLO reported that police believe the suspect and hostage had a domestic relationship.

Authorities said there were “no reports of injuries to citizens or officers or deputies.” The subject, who was at first described as detained died on the way to a hospital.

The condo complex reportedly has a connection to another recent shooting in the news. According to the Gazette-Journal, the shooter in the October Route 91 Harvest festival attack in Las Vegas maintained a condo at The Montage until last December. Police advise the area around The Montage will be closed to the public as they conduct their investigation.

Though details on the event are slim, gun control advocates were quick to respond to the news in Reno.

“Last night’s shooting was all too similar to the deadliest shooting in modern American history, which took place on the Las Vegas strip just two months ago,” said Alice Gordeky with Moms Demand Action in a statement Wednesday blasting Attorney General Adam Laxalt and Gov. Brian Sandoval for not implementing an expanded background check voter initiative the group backed. “Thankfully, there were no victims last night in Reno – but there easily could have been. We cannot allow these incidents to become normal in our state. Instead, we must do everything we can to strengthen our gun laws.”

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Tampa police arrest suspected serial killer (VIDEO)

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 09:00

Local law enforcement apprehended a suspected serial killer terrorizing the streets of Tampa, investigators announced Tuesday.

Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said during a press conference late Tuesday a 24-year-old man named Howell Emanuel Donaldson III will be charged with four counts of first degree murder — ending a search that began more than six weeks ago in the city’s Seminole Heights neighborhood.

“Unfortunately, I am not going to have the answers you want,” he said. “This is an ongoing situation.”

Donalsdon drew the attention of law enforcement earlier in the day when he asked a manager at the McDonald’s where he once worked in Ybor City — about four miles south of area of the murders — to hold a loaded 9 mm handgun. The manager alerted an on duty police officer dining inside the restaurant at the time, who called for back up.

“We said all along that no tip is too small and somebody stepped forward and gave us what we needed,” Dugan said.

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 neared six figures.

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 a possible suspect.

“We’re not sure why he was in the neighborhood,” Dugan said. “We don’t know what his ties were or what his motive is.”

He said the arrest announcement would generate more questions than answers, but promised more updates in the case Wednesday.

“You know, 51 days ago, I said this was a struggle between good and evil,” said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn during Tuesday’s news conference. “Well tonight, goodness has won … tonight is the beginning of when justice will be served.”

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Getting some range time with a .410 Enfield bolt-action shotgun (VIDEO)

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 08:30

Though it started life as a No.1 MKIII Short Magazine Lee-Enfield rifle in .303, this single-shot .410 “musket” was an exercise in colonial gun control.

With the standard magazine removed and replaced with a wooden plug, the barrel rifling swapped for a smoothbore shotgun load, and the sights fixed on the lowest setting, these guns were used for both constabulary purposes inside the British Empire– much like the Greener Police Shotgun— and for hunting in areas of the UK where the regular military-issue SMLE would require more regulation than a shotgun certificate.

Eric and Chad with IV8888 have one of these modded .410s on hand and gives it a go in the above video. Theirs has the chamber opened up to accommodate a modern 2.5-inch shell rather than the old British military surplus MK-1-Z loads, which makes ammo choices a whole lot easier.

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Cimarron Firearms Company introduces the Percussion Peacemaker

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 08:00

Chambered in .44 or .36 caliber, the Percussion Peacemaker is the latest to join Cimarron’s replica lineup. (Photo: Cimarron Firearms Company)

Cimarron Firearms Company adds the 1851 Navy cap and ball six-shooter replica, known as the Percussion Peacemaker, to its lineup of Old West style replica firearms.

Cimarron’s 1851 Navy revolver is chambered in either .44 or .36 caliber, featuring a 7 1/2-inch octagon barrel. The replica boasts laser engraving on a case hardened old silver frame with a standard blue finish. In addition the percussion six-shooter touts a one-piece fine diamond checkered walnut grip.

The .36 caliber wheel gun originated in 1850 and was a highly prized asset during the great Western migration, according to Cimarron. The gun was carried during the American Civil War by both Union and Confederate soldiers. Cimarron lists James Younger Gang and Wild Bill Hickok as some of the 1851 Navy’s more infamous owners.

“No other six gun sold more than a quarter of a million in less than a quarter of century than the 1851 Navy did, making it one of the Wild West’s most epitomes guns,” the company said in a statement.

The 1851 Navy replica features a price tag of $422.

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IWI moving to bigger digs, announces new guns for U.S market

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 07:30

The Tavor 7, a 7.62x51mm-chambered bullpup, is among the new offerings that IWI is bringing to the U.S. in 2018, and is expanding their operations in Pennsylvania to support (Photo: IWI)

The U.S.-based subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries announced this month they are moving their Pennsylvania facility to a larger location as they ready new handgun and rifle offerings for release in the states.

In a statement, the company says the move will keep IWI in Pennsylvania, as they are relocating about 10 miles from the current location in Lower Paxton Township to a new one Lower Swatara Township. The new facility will have increased “space for manufacturing, assembly and warehousing areas,” according to the release.

“This move to a larger facility will allow IWI US to expand its manufacturing operations for increased production and the addition of new product lines,” said Casey Flack, company CEO.

Among the new products on the horizon, set for their U.S. debut at SHOT Show in January, are the Tavor 7 rifle and the Masada 9mm pistol “plus one more very exciting entry still under wraps at this time.”

Offering a 17+1 capacity, IWI’s polymer framed striker-fired Masada pistols are already being exhibited overseas. Featuring a low-profile barrel as well as fully ambidextrous controls and enhanced ergonomics, the Masada is intended for civilian, law-enforcement and military markets.

Moving past the X95’s 5.56mm chambering, the 7.62x51mm-caliber Tavor 7 AR is slathered with an M-LOK fore-end and a removable Picatinny rail for accessories and optics. The rifle comes in two barrel lengths (17 and 20-inches) and four color patterns (Sniper Gray, OD Green, Black, and Flat Dark Earth) for a wide array of options. Overall length is listed at 28.4-inches, though it is not immediately clear which barrel length that is based on.

The upgrade and expansion come as IWI’s parent company, the Tel Aviv-based defense contractor SK Group– whose holdings also includes Israel Shipyards and Meprolight– is considering going public.

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