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Judge upholds Missouri university’s on-campus gun ban, for now

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 10:30

Royce de R. Barondes, a law professor at the University of Missouri, has been battling with the college over his right to carry on campus for the past three years. (Photo: University of Missouri School of Law)

A Circuit judge this week said the University of Missouri can keep their gun free zone but questions about how constitutional it is still need to be resolved.

Circuit Judge Jeff Harris ruled Wednesday that the school’s ban doesn’t violate state statute, but went on to reportedly contend the school’s firearm policy may not square with the state constitution itself, a question that would need to be satisfied at a bench trial.

The suit argued the university’s policy oversteps state law because it prohibits all law-abiding employees with valid concealed carry permits from carrying concealed firearms on school property while conducting activities within the scope of their employment — regardless of the employees’ individual circumstances or safety concerns.

“Given that the university has admitted it will sometimes permit concealed carry permit holders to possess firearms in vehicles on university property, it will be interesting to see how the curators try to justify selective enforcement of an absolute firearms ban,” Barondes told the Columbia Daily Tribune.

In 2015, Royce de R. Barondes, an associate professor of law at the school, sued UM over his right to carry on campus. Barondes has taught at the college since 2002 and obtained tenure in 2006, but incidents on campus and Missouri’s recent expansion of gun rights protections under the state constitution sparked him to seek to overturn the school’s no-gun policy.

In the three years since the legal challenge was first launched, attorneys for the school managed to move the case to federal court where they countersued the professor — seeking a further court order to prevent him from bringing a gun on campus, as well potentially putting him on the hook for crippling fees for their large legal team — a move which brought the Missouri Attorney General’s Office into the action on Barondes’ behalf. Now back in a state court, the lawsuits have been consolidated.

“We are pleased with the court’s ruling on the state statute issue and will be working toward the trial on the remaining issue,” said UM spokesman Christian Basi.

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Springfield 1903s still serve in at least one weird way (PHOTOS)

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 10:00

Images from a recent joint exercise showed that a vintage rifle is still in service with at least one branch of the military. The photo, from the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, participating in the annual Rim of the Pacific exercise in July, shows a Coastie firing a line gun to an Australian Navy oiler. For those with sharp eyes, it is easy to spot that the rifle is a tweaked Springfield 1903.

(Photo: USCG)

Naval and merchant ships have used line-throwing rifles (and shotguns, as well as small cannon) for centuries to heave lines from ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore to greater distances than what could be done with sailor or mariner and a slungshot. Currently, the Navy uses modified M14s and M16s for this job while the Coast Guard still uses their slightly more elegant 1903s.

In the old days, the service used Coston Shoulder Guns – a converted U.S. Springfield Trapdoor Model 1884 rifle in .45-70. However, around the 1930s these began to be supplemented by a series of line throwing 1903s.

These 30.06-caliber rifles were converted by having the barrel rifling and sights removed to produce a 24-inch smooth bore popgun with the handguard shortened to match. Two-pounds of lead was placed in the butt under a modified padded butt plate. The line bucket is mounted under the abbreviated forend and, as noted by Brophy in his encyclopedic tome on Springfield 1903 Rifles, these were used with three different projectile rods in light (13 ounces) heavy (15 ounces) and illuminated buoyant types.

(Photo: USCG)

The above rifle is in its original kit, part of the USCG Heritage Asset Collection. It consists of:

Line throwing rifle, Springfield model 1903 manufactured by the W. H. Reisner MFG. Co., Inc., Hagerstown, MD consisting of cast and carved rifle with attached canister, case, and accessories; rifle and canister (2), carrying case (1), 13 oz light projectiles (5), 15 oz heavy projectiles painted red (3), 15 oz heavy projectile unpainted (1), 1 complete buoyant projectile (1), 2 buoyant projectiles in pieces (4), unused nylon line (4), wooden mallet (1), cleaning rod (1), bag of muslin patches for cleaning (1), bag of cleaning supplies (22), bottle of weapons oil (1), and pair of goggles (1). All items in original wooden case with metal latches and painted labels and warnings with 2 metal latches on the front and handle for carrying. The rifle is marked “U.S. Springfield Armory Model 1903 1316819” and case has plastic plaque “W. H. Reisner MFG., Co., Inc. Hagerstown, MD Contract No. 735CG-1512-B”

At least some USCG armories still have these old “bucket guns” in the back, and they do still see service. The below shows one such rope slinger being inspected at the Coast Guard Armory in Port Clinton, Ohio in 2015.

(Photo: USCG)

The serial number on the above Port Clinton gun, #1211224, makes it a Springfield Armory-manufactured receiver made in 1920 (the cased one shown, #1316819, dates to 1929), so the gun has very likely been in the Coast Guard’s stocks since Prohibition when a number of brand new BARs, 1911s and 1903s were transferred to help arm the cutters patrolling “Rum Row” against often well-armed bootleggers. And the last member of the Coast Guard to use them probably hasn’t been born yet.

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Polymer80 introduces hybrid 80-percent pistol frame

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 09:30

The PF940CL offers a meshing of full frame pistol with concealed carry aesthetics. (Photo: Polymer80)

Polymer80 has announced it will soon offer a hybrid 80-percent pistol frame for every day carry, introducing the PF940CL.

Designed for everyday carriers looking for a longer slide but more compact grip, the PF940CL aims to fill that gap between full-size and sub-compact.

“It sports a full-size length, but has a compact-sized grip. Think the opposite of the 19X, and you’re on the right track,” Soldier Systems reported.

Available in pre-textured or non-textured ReadyMod, the frame works alongside 3-pin G17, G34 and G17L models as well as equivalent sized .40 and .357 Sig Glock slides and barrels. The PF940CL comes ripe with features Polymer80 says will please consumers.

The PF940CL comes with all tools needed to finish the build with a drill press and XY cross-vise. (Photo: Polymer80)

“Offering compatibility with Glock 19/23 Gen3 components, the PF940C is an industry first,” the company said in a statement. “Customers can choose between two different grip styles: the standard grip texture or ReadyMod grip providing a blank canvas for customization. Features like the extended beaver tail, double undercut trigger guard, and a thumb ledge considerably enhance the ergonomics allowing for an effective grip and improved recoil mitigation. “

Included with the 80-percent frame is the jig and all tooling needed to finish the frame with a drill press and XY cross-vise. Polymer80 says demand has been so high for the product that lead times are currently one to two weeks. The PF940CL is available though Polymer80 with a MSRP of $160.

The 80-percent frames allow gun owners to create a unique build of their very own. (Photo: Polymer80)

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Sitka, KUIU founder Jason Hairston dead at 47

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 09:00

Jason Hairston, who founded first Sitka and later KUIU, has passed. (Photo: KUIU)

The outdoorsman, hunting equipment company founder and former football standout was found dead in his California home this week.

Jason Hairston, CEO of Dixon-based KUIU, started the company in 2010 as a result of a life-long passion for hunting after playing professional football with the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos. The company announced this week that he took his own life after years of struggling with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease often found in those with repetitive brain trauma.

After a prep career with Foothill High School in Orange County, the California-born Hairston was a linebacker for UC Davis. Despite breaking his neck and damaging his C5 and C6 vertebrae in his junior year, he went pro in 1995, playing with the NFL for two seasons before his lingering health problems forced him to exit the sport. The Sacramento Bee reported this week that Hairston remained close with the Aggie football program at UC Davis, later donating millions to the school.

He started his first sporting goods company, Sitka, in 2005 and later sold the operation to W.L. Gore & Associates before establishing KUIU. Known for its unique style of camouflage patterns and ultralight gear, the company has seen widespread adoption and collaboration within the outdoor industry. By 2016, the KUIU was streaking towards $50 million in annual sales, and Hairston was a hunting buddy of Donald Trump Jr. He was later tapped for a position as a liaison with the Interior Department.

Trump called Hairston “an inspiration to all outdoorsmen and women for generations to come,” in a post to social media on Thursday, accompanied by several photos of the two together.

“Jason, I have no words. I will always remember our adventures and sharing a campfire with you. They will be some of my fondest experiences in the outdoors,” noted Trump Jr. (Photo: Instagram)

When asked in a 2017 Forbes interview, “What’s the best advice you can give entrepreneurs?” Hairston had the following reply:

Your biggest dreams are possible. Find what you truly love. Become an absolute expert in this, and you can build a career or business. You will never reach your full potential both in life and in business unless you do what you love. Most people use fear to come up with the reasons they should not chase their dreams. Instead, use fear to motivate you to work harder and prepare more. Then, these dreams will happen.

Hairston leaves behind his wife Kirstyn and their two children.

KUIU said in a statement that Hairston’s family has requested that donations be made to support CTE-related research at the Boston University Concussion Legacy Foundation in lieu of flowers.

The family has requested that donations be made to support CTE-related research at the Boston University Concussion Legacy Foundation ( in lieu of sending flowers.

— KUIU (@KUIU) September 6, 2018

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LaRue Tactical announces new C.A.N. quick detach scope mount

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 08:30

The C.A.N. offers toolless adjustment, forgoing LaRue’s previous need for a 3/8-inch wrench. (Photo: LaRue Tactical)

LaRue Tactical serves up a new accessory, introducing the C.A.N. quick detach scope mount. The Click Adjust Nut QD SPR Mount offers toolless adjustment, setting it apart from other LaRue Tactical mounting solutions. The C.A.N. ditches the 3/8-inch wrench in favor of a proprietary thumb nut. The nut clicks when rotated and offers a near infinite adjustment range. The company said clicks can be counted so that users can keep track of torque on each rifle when switching optics between platforms.

The system comes in three sizes — 1-inch, 30mm and 34mm — and comes with four ring halves for $4.99 each. (Photo: LaRue Tactical)

“Other than being absolutely nut-bustin’ gorgeous, there’s some other features you’ll like when it arrives, you’ll see,” Mark LaRue said in a statement posted on LaRue’s website. “Now here’s the good part … it saves you, the trigger puller, lots of money because – we don’t have to make and send you a 3/8-inch wrench – nor do we have to screw the rings to the mount – and picking and shipping is easier, etc.”

The C.A.N. comes in three sizes — 1-inch, 30mm and 34mm. The C.A.N. QD SPR Mount will be available through LaRue for a special price of $99 with four ring halves retailing for $4.99; but the company says this deal will only last through Christmas.

The C.A.N. can swap between multiple platforms. (Photo: LaRue Tactical)

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Mayor condemns gun violence after Cincinnati shooting

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 08:00

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley attending a city council meeting in March 2018. (Photo: John Minchillo/AP Photo)

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley condemned the country’s “plague of gun violence” after a deadly downtown shooting left four dead and two wounded Thursday.

“Random mass shootings, which plague our country, are not normal and we as a country cannot allow them to be normalized,” he said via Twitter. “Our country is the only first-world nation with this level of mass shootings. This is an American problem that we must solve as Americans by putting ideology last and human life first.”

Cranley expressed similar sentiments during an afternoon press conference, telling reporters “we will get through this together.”

Police Chief Eliot Isaac said the gunman, identified as 29-year-old Omar Enrique Perez, began firing inside the lobby of Fifth Third Center around 9:11 a.m. Thursday, striking five victims before law enforcement arrived on scene. Four officers shot at Perez, killing him.

“Their bravery and heroic actions stopped this shooter before his rampage could cause more harm,” he told reporters during a news conference Thursday.

One victim died at the scene and two others succumbed to their injuries at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center,  Isaac said. Two others — including a woman shot 12 times — remain hospitalized.

Michelle Mueller, volunteer leader of the Ohio chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said the tragedy only underscores the need for stricter regulations — including red flag laws and measures blocking domestic abusers from gun ownership.

“We’re horrified by today’s senseless shooting, and we’re keeping each of the affected families in our thoughts,” she said. “It’s all too clear that we have to do more in Ohio to address the gun violence affecting communities across the state.”

Not every local official waded into the gun control debate, however. Democratic congressional candidate Aftab Pureval — who witnessed the shooting aftermath while buying coffee at a nearby Starbucks — told the Cincinnati Enquirer he was amazed when he saw first responders rushing toward the gunfire.

“We have to be proud of the incredible bravery of the first responders,” he said. “That’s where my head is at. I think we as a country need to come together to mitigate senseless gun violence. But today, our priority is the victims of this senseless shooting.”

U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot — the incumbent Republican congressman representing Ohio’s first district — said he was praying for everyone involved in the shooting and instructed those downtown to “listen to our brave first responders.”

Gov. John Kasich ordered flags to fly at half-staff throughout Hamilton County, calling the incident a “senseless act of gun violence.”

“I commend the law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel who swiftly responded to the scene and share my deepest sympathies with the innocent victims of this violent attack,” he said.

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Four people dead after gunman opens fire in downtown Cincinnati (VIDEO)

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 07:30

Four people died Thursday when a lone gunman opened fire in the lobby of the Fifth Third Center in downtown Cincinnati.

Police Chief Eliot Isaac said the gunman, identified as 29-year-old Omar Enrique Perez, began firing inside the building around 9:11 a.m., striking five victims before law enforcement arrived on scene. Four officers shot at Perez, killing him, Isaac said.

“Their bravery and heroic actions stopped this shooter before his rampage could cause more harm,” he told reporters during a news conference Thursday.

One victim died at the scene and two others succumbed to their injuries at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Isaac said. Two others — including a woman shot 12 times — remain hospitalized.

Mayor John Cranley condemned the violence in a statement to reporters Thursday, saying “we as a country have to end it.”

“A fear that has plagued so many cities hit home today and it’s hard for it all to sink in, but it really did happen,” he said. “We will get through this together.”

Isaac said its unclear why Perez carried out the attack, though investigators are currently combing through evidence at his home in North Bend, approximately 15 miles west of downtown Cincinnati.

“There may be a possibility that there’s some mental health issues involved here, but again, the investigation is only hours old,” he said.

Police found a 9mm semiautomatic handgun, multiple magazines and close to 200 rounds of ammunition on Perez at the scene. Isaac said the gun was purchased legally.

The Fifth Third Bank spoke out on social media, expressing concern for the victims shot in its headquarters building. “Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone caught up in this terrible event,” the statement says.

Isaac said video footage of the shooting — captured on officer body cameras, building and street surveillance cameras — is aiding in the investigation. More details will be released Friday.

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Exploring how to arm Texas teachers, schools (VIDEO)

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 07:00

With mass shootings becoming a growing issue in the U.S., many are left wondering how such tragedies could be prevented, especially in schools. While some lawmakers argue in favor of legislative solutions, others support more direct and immediate actions.

Following the Santa Fe school shooting earlier this year, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott set out to ensure the government took proper precautions. The governor welcomed ideas from different political camps as well as law enforcement and teaching professionals.

“One thing that’s been offered is that (the government) should allow employees of the school to have guns – to carry guns for self-defense, which I support,” said Mike Cox, owner and operator of firearm training company Driftwood LTC.

Exploring how such endeavors could take shape, Cox proposes changing local policy for permitting guns in schools to hiring private security to directing local law enforcement.

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Midwest Industries expands accessories with Upper Receiver Rod

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 06:30

The Upper Receiver Rod is designed to allow for easier removal of barrel nuts. (Photo: Midwest Industries)

Midwest Industries adds a new accessory to its tool inventory, launching the new Upper Receiver Rod. The Upper Receiver Rod offers users an easier means to remove or install barrel nuts.

Midwest Industries said the rod is perfect for removing difficult or seized barrel nuts all while protecting the upper receiver from incurring damage. Created to allow muzzle device installs without damaging the index pin, the Upper Receiver Rod will not mar the upper receiver’s exterior. Midwest Industries said receiver mounted sights can even be left in place, as the rod will not interfere. The rod can also be used to install forward assist/port door cover.

Machined from 4140 Ordnance grade steel, the Upper Receiver Rod features a Black Oxide finish. The Receiver Rod can be installed horizontally or vertically in a bench vise and works with standard M4/M16 barrel extensions; though, the rod is not compatible with 9mm or rimfire barrels.

The Midwest Industries Upper Receiver Rod is available online through Midwest Industries and is priced at $94.95.

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Estimated gun sales hit seven-year low in August

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 06:00

Estimated gun sales hit a seven-year low in August, according to federal data, despite background checks soaring to a new record high.

Dealers processed more than 2 million applications through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System last month, a 7 percent increase over 2017 and the busiest August ever recorded in FBI history. Estimated gun sales — the sum of transfers in the NICS’s handgun, long gun, multiple and other categories — declined 6 percent and totaled just 889,395, the slowest August since 2011.

The slump falls within the industry’s historical seasonal pattern — slow in the summer with a gradual ramp-up as fall gives way to hunting season. Gun sales typically peak during the holidays and taper off again in the spring, federal data suggests.

Dealers processed nearly 479,000 applications for handguns and just under 362,000 applications for long guns in August. The latter represents a 10-year low for the category, mirroring a similar trend noticed in July.

NICS checks serve as a proxy measure for gun sales, albeit an imperfect one. Applications for concealed carry permits, periodic rechecks for licenses and a slew of smaller categories for pawns, redemptions, rentals and other rare situations undercut the total amount of checks processed in one month. removes these categories from the total figure to more accurately assess actual transfers, though it’s still an estimate.

These types of background checks have consumed larger percentages of the total amount recorded each month since the banner year of 2016, federal data shows. So far in 2018, these administrative-type checks have consistently inflated monthly totals, but haven’t translated into boosted sales.

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The guns of late, great Burt Reynolds (PHOTOS)

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 05:30

Iconic actor Burt Reynolds died Thursday, age 82, and leaves behind a legacy of film roles that are hard to forget. Born in Michigan to a war-hero father who went on to become a Florida chief of police, Reynolds was a transplant to the Sunshine State and played football for FSU until sidelined with an injury.

Beginning in the 1960s, the burgeoning actor appeared in the WWII drama Armored Command as well as a host of Westerns to include Gunsmoke on the small screen and Navajo Joe and 100 Rifles on the big one, often with era-correct firearms in hand.

From the wetsuit-clad bow-hunting Lewis Medlock in Deliverance to the fictional Georgia moonshiner Gator McKlusky, the actor specialized in portraying wise-cracking alpha-males in 1970s action films and cut a path followed later by Tom Selleck, Bruce Willis, and others, which in turn has generated constant Reynolds cultural references in the FX spy spoof Archer, and with good reason.

Notably, he passed on the role of John McClane in Die Hard and Han Solo in Star Wars, or else you would be seeing lots of Beretta and Mauser images here as well.

As the 1980s dawned and Reynolds surged to even greater popularity on the heels of Smokey & the Bandit and the Cannonball Run franchises — which predated CGI and the Fast & Furious movies by generations, his armament also stepped up.

In the role of Sgt. Tom Sharky in Sharky’s Machine, he was a Colt man, alternating between a Government Model 1911 and a hulking 6-inch Python .357.

Then came a period 1920s piece with Clint Eastwood, City Heat, which saw Reynolds whip out a Luger Artillery P08 from his overcoat (and Eastwood likewise produce an even larger Colt Buntline).

(Photo: IMFDB)

The 1985 film adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s Stick, which Reynolds both directed and starred in, should have billed the converted HK94 that appeared both in the movie poster and prominently on-screen as a co-star.

(Photo: IMFDB)

Just two years later he would use a giant Pasadena-made AMT Automag .44 in Malone, notably, a couple of years after Eastwood used one as “Dirty” Harry Callahan in Sudden Impact. Nonetheless, its use in the action film no doubt added to the gun’s mystique.

And of course, there were other roles and other guns. Reynolds was still pulling out hoglegs to make a point in Burn Notice and My Name is Earl well into his 70s. In all, he is credited with over 200 roles.

An avid hunter in his younger years, Reynolds appeared on Louisiana outdoorsman Grits Gresham’s The American Sportsmen on ABC in the 1960s with his then-roommate Rip Torn while on a waterfowl expedition.

Reynolds died in Jupiter, Florida. His passing triggered remembrances on social media from a number who knew, admired and worked with him.

I finally got to work with one of my heroes in 2006. #BurtReynolds led a really fun cast in Spokane and we laughed all day, every day he was on the set. A wry humor and a warm heart defined this wonderful man. He will be sorely missed. #RIPBurtReynolds

— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) September 6, 2018

Rest easy Bandit. #RIPBurtReynolds

— Hershel Greene (@HershelGreene1) September 6, 2018

I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Burt Reynolds – a true Hollywood legend. Just look at the smiles on our faces when I met Burt – he made me @RicFlairNatrBoy & @EBischoff feel like kids on Christmas morning! #RIPBurtReynolds

— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) September 6, 2018

Sad to learn of death of Burt Reynolds, one of the nicest ppl I had pleasure to meet. Spent time w/ him at his home-he unselfishly gave time and money to assist young actors and teach at community college in Jupiter, FL. Classy, warm, and very funny. #BurtReynolds

— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) September 6, 2018

Burt Reynolds was one of my heroes. He was a trailblazer. He showed the way to transition from being an athlete to being the highest paid actor, and he always inspired me. He also had a great sense of humor – check out his Tonight Show clips. My thoughts are with his family.

— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) September 6, 2018

Rest in peace to a legend and a friend. #BurtReynolds

— Mark Wahlberg (@markwahlberg) September 6, 2018

I owe my career, at least in part, to the great Burt Reynolds. Heartbroken to learn of his passing. He was one of a kind. A fun loving, charismatic talent who did many good deeds quietly, without personal expectation but rather out of the kindness of his extraordinary heart. RIP

— Michael Chiklis (@MichaelChiklis) September 6, 2018

“Stroker Ace was born to race”
Much respect to you Burt Reynolds. RIP

— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) September 6, 2018

He did it first. And best. And naked. #BurtReynolds

— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) September 7, 2018

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Dems press on ‘assault weapons’ in Day 3 of Kavanaugh hearings (VIDEOS)

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 05:00

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, a Hawaii Democrat, asked Kavanaugh why the country’s largest gun rights organization would want to see him on the bench. (Photo: CSPAN/Screen capture)

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings on Thursday saw a number of Senators ask about his take on the nation’s gun laws.

Kavanaugh, who sits on the federal appeals court for the DC Circuit, has been tapped by President Trump to replace recently retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. On his third day before the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee, he responded to a host of questions from the bipartisan group.

Echoing concerns about the constitutionality of a ban on assault weapons asked by Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday, other committee Dems pressed the nominee Thursday on his stance that semi-auto rifles were in common use, thus making them protected by the Second Amendment.

“Wouldn’t the common sense rule that you stressed in your opening statement — at a time when so many innocent people are being killed with guns — suggest that we ought to be mindful that the Second Amendment is not a suicide pact,” asked Dick Durbin, of Illinois. “We ought to make America safe and to find a construction of this which sets you apart from those who are looking to public safety as the standard is a troubling thing. I’ sure that some groups — I’m not going to name names, you know what I’m talking about — applaud your position but I would just say from the viewpoint of parents and families and people worried about gun safety, why do you set yourself aside from the mainstream of thinking on this?”

The jurist, in response, reinforced his stand that the precedent he used in his 2011 dissent in the Heller II case — the original 2008 Heller and 2010 McDonald opinions handed down by the nation’s high court — was sound and he was “very aware” of the real world consequences. “At the same time, I’m a judge,” said Kavanaugh. “My duty, as I’ve explained repeatedly, is to follow the Constitution as interpreted by the Supreme Court.”

Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal, who said he considered bringing crime scene photos of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting to the hearing, revisited the argument later in Day 3.

“I am asking you to look at the real world with real impact and I am asking you to reconsider your dissent in Heller II and look at the impact on children,” said the lawmaker. “Young children who have their whole lives ahead of them as did those 20 sixth-graders in Sandy Hook,” going on to say, “a ban on assault weapons may well have saved them.”

Blumenthal, in his question, failed to recognize that Connecticut had adopted a statewide assault weapon ban in 1993 — two decades before the Newtown shooting — but did go on to characterize the guns affected by such a prohibition as “the most effective weapons known to man.”

Kavanaugh reiterated that the established legal precedent he followed in the dissent allowed for the possibility of gun restrictions on some firearms characterized by the court as “dangerous and unusual,” for instance machine guns.

Later in the evening, Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono, pointing to a life-sized ad by the NRA as part of the gun rights group’s campaign in favor of the nominee’s confirmation behind her, asked Kavanaugh why the organization would want to see him on the bench. “They highlight that there are four justices in favor of gun control and four justices that oppose gun control,” she said, noting that the Second Amendment organization has stressed Kavanaugh’s potential role as a tie-breaker.

“There are a lot of ads by groups against and for,” attested Kavanaugh, “I’m an independent judge.”

Hirono later tweeted out a copy of the ad she referenced in the hearing with the hashtag #StopKavanaugh

The NRA is spending $1 million to run ads in favor of Judge Kavnaugh's confirmation. They wouldn't spend this kind of money unless they thought Judge Kavanaugh was on their side. #StopKavanaugh

— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) September 7, 2018

Both Blumenthal and Hirono questioned Kavanaugh if 3D printed guns could be banned without stepping on the right to keep and bear arms, which the judge, citing ongoing litigation, declined to address as it could become a potential case for the high court. Sen. Pat Leahy, D-VT, asked a similar question on Wednesday with the same result.

So far, more than 200 protesters have been arrested during the confirmation hearings while the jurist has seen support in the form of Kavanaugh’s Catholic Youth basketball team drop in late Thursday.

With the Judiciary Committee likely to approve the nominee, Republicans have a 51-49 majority in the chamber for a floor vote as Sen. Jon Kyl was sworn in on Wednesday by Vice President Pence to replace the late John McCain of Arizona. Kyl previously served as the “sherpa” for Kavanaugh, arranging introductions to lawmakers after his nomination in July.

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Drop testing a Hi-Point 9mm, from a chopper (VIDEOS)

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 11:00

Sure they have a lifetime warranty but does it cover helicopters? To find out, Edwin Sarkissian makes friends with a guy who has a whirlybird and releases a brand new Hi-Point C9 to a clear drop zone below, then checks to see if it will fire when recovered.

The drop itself, captured with a Go-Pro, is kinda neat. However, it should be pointed out that the simple zamak blowback pistol has a magazine disconnect, so trying to make it go bang without one is generally not going to happen.

Taking the little Robinson R44 back to the sky, he repeats the test with a Glock with better results.

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Speer Bullets adds .224, .308 to Total Metal Jacket reloading supplies

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 10:30

Speer launches new bullets in its TMJ series, adding .308 and .224 cal. (Photo: Speer)

Speer Bullets expands its reloading supplies, adding .224 and .308 caliber bullets to its Total Metal Jacket series.

The new offerings feature a 55-grain .224 cal as well as a 150-grain .308 cal TMJ rifle bullet. The TMJ series offers a seamless jacket, fully encasing the bullet’s lead core. Speer says this construction delivers better accuracy and performance.

“Standard FMJ bullets sacrifice accuracy by adding a separate piece of jacket to cover the bullet base—or leave exposed lead. Speer TMJ bullets, however, totally encapsulate the lead core for cleaner, more accurate performance,” Speer said in a press release.

The TMJ bullets reduce fouling as well as airborne lead with their design and ship 100 to a pack. Speer says the bullets, created for reloaders, are available now and are shipping to retailers and dealers. The .224 cal retails for $16.95 while its .308 sibling is priced a little higher at $21.95.

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And you thought the wood on your AK was rough (PHOTOS)

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 10:00

A self-described “Dirtbag with a rifle” has been working on a few Kalshwood projects. Instagram user Kojot39 has been chronicling his work with a Dremel and pieces of aspen/poplar saplings to make AK forends over the past few weeks.

One of his earlier projects was a Romanian Dong-style front grip on an underfolder that looks pretty well finished compared to his more recent stuff.

Not bad. (Photos: Kojot39/Instagram)

The really primitive stuff, which looks like something you’d expect on a scratch-and-dent Spiker found in some third-world country, is the woodcraft done on his Draco.

Start with a Dremel and a piece of wood

“Fun little project, but it’s not staying,” he said. “Damn thing cracked on me when I using the chisel; I cheated and glued it back together.”

“Overall, the piece of wood was just a tad too big to be a good handguard, and nubs are kinda redundant since I index my thumb off the sling loop. Still ridiculous though, and that was kind of the point.”

#diyhandguard #dremelgunsmith #kalashwood

And yes, in typical Kalash fashion, even though it is brutally ugly, it still goes bang when you pull the trigger.

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Action Target unveils Game Series paper targets (VIDEO)

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 09:30

Action Target released a new set of paper targets, bringing competition and entertainment to the shooting range with the Game Series.

Action Target said the Game Series was inspired by arcade games, wildlife hunting, carnivals, tabletop gaming and sports. The series offers a variety of fun designs and shooting oriented games to entertain shooters on all playing fields.

“The new Game Series paper targets create a riveting and interactive shooting experience. The target designs are vibrant and nostalgic to appeal to the shooter’s sense of amusement. Various targets, such as ‘Alien Invasion’ and ‘Anatomy Training’, employ fluorescent colors, allowing ranges to amplify the game experience through the incorporation of black light,” Action Target said in a news release.

The Game Series features a variety of fun games to keep shooters entertained. (Photo: Action Targets)

Every target style comes with unofficial rules for game play, presenting range goers with a fun and competitive game to play alone or with friends.

“Range owners are always looking for opportunities to make shooting more exciting and engaging. The Game Series paper targets promote participation and competition among guests while they hone their shooting skills,” said Joseph Panasiewicz, Product Marketing Manager at Action Target. “The selection of games is also impressive: From ‘Billiards’ to ‘Big-O-Hunt’ and from ‘Clown-Shoot’ to ‘Croquet’, there’s something for everyone.”

The Game Series is available through Action Target with prices as low as $1.12.

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Sig details M17 MHS contract win in 4-part video series

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 09:00

New Hampshire gun maker Sig Sauer launched a four-part video series detailing how its bid for a contract to provide the Army with a new Modular Handgun System won and entered service. The marketing campaign details how a variant of the Sig Sauer P320 was pitted against a host of competitors for the largest U.S. military contract since 1985.

The search kicked off with the government issuing a Request for Information in 2013, which evolved into a Request for Proposals solicitation in September 2015. More than a dozen competitors — including FN, Glock, and Smith & Wesson — submitted designs. But Sig won the contract, valued at some $580 million, in early 2017.

Though based on the P320 series of modular handguns, both Sig and the military have stressed that the M17/18 series are not the same animal as their civilian predecessor. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley went on record last year, saying, “[T]he guts and the internals of the military version of that weapon are different than what you’re going to buy in the gun store or what police are going to be fielded.”

The first batches of the M17/18 were issued to troops of the Fort Campbell-based 101st Airborne Division last November as part of a 190,000-pistol initial buy.

As noted in the Navy’s FY 2019 procurement budget justification for the Marine Corps, 35,000 of the Sigs will not only replace M9s but also Colt M45A1 CQB .45ACP pistols and the newly acquired M007 Glock. In Coast Guard service, the gun will augment the Sig P229R which was adopted in 2005. The Air Force has been quietly acquiring the guns and testing their use for compatibility with aircraft ejection seats.

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ArachniGRIP releases Slide Spider for Glock pistols

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 08:30

The Slide Spider offers a tactile slide surface for Glock pistols. (Photo: ArchniGRIP)

ArachniGRIP incorporates Glock pistols into its Slide Spider compatibility, announcing a new Slide Spider slide grip adhesive for the popular pistol platform.

The Slide Spider is a one-piece adhesive grip wrap that is applies to pistol slides in order to allow for a more positive grip on the Glock handgun. ArachniGRIP said its Slide Spider adhesive results in increased control with a “tactical advantage under challenging operating conditions.”

The Slide Spider measures 1-inch by 3-inches. (Photo: ArchniGRIP)

“Creating a Slide Spider option for Glock handguns was important to us,” Robert Biedenbach of ArachniGRIP said in a press release. “We know they are a very popular choice for handgun owners, and they have a reputation backed by quality products. We’re proud to offer our slide grip to the community of Glock owners.”

Offering compatibility with a range of Glock pistols, ArachniGRIP said the Slide Spider measures 1×3 inches. Glocks aside, the company features options for a range of other popular brands to include Beretta, HK, Ruger Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson and Springfield Armory, among others.

The Slide Spider is available through ArachniGRIP with a price tag hovering around $20.

The adhesive grip wrap aims to give shooters more positive control over the slide. (Photo: ArchniGRIP)

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Progressive unseats long-term Democrat in U.S. House race (VIDEO)

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 08:00

An incumbent Congressman from Massachusetts won’t be returning to Washington after an upset at the Democratic primary this week.

Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley took almost 59 percent of the vote in the state’s 7th District and forcing U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano to lose out on an 11th term on Capitol Hill.

Since no Republican candidate qualified for the ballot, Pressley will run unopposed in the November general election for the Commonwealth’s most diverse district, positioning her to become first the black woman to serve Massachusetts in Congress.

Pressley, who previously worked as a senior aide for well-known Dems, Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II, and Sen. John Kerry, delivered what is characterized as an upset to Capuano who has reliably won his seat since 1998. Fueled by an endorsement from Democratic-Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and running on a platform that includes Medicare-for-all, expansion of LGBTQ+ rights and immigration reform, Pressley also embraces gun control.

As a board member of Operation LIPSTICK — Ladies Involved in Putting a Stop to Inner-City Killing — Pressley railed against the exploitation of women as gun mules in “straw purchase” situations and youth gun violence in a 2014 opinion piece for the Boston Globe.

“Rampant gun violence impedes economic development, contributes to soaring health care costs and incarceration rates, creates whole communities of people suffering from traumatic stress disorders, and perpetuates cycles of violence, loss, grief, and despair,” said Pressley.

Previously, she won the Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award from Emily’s List in 2015 and picked up the endorsement of national gun control organizations in her race. Everytown gave a $500 donation to Pressley’s current campaign for the House, snubbing Capuano who had a long record of supporting increased gun restrictions while in Washington.

A political ally of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who has history of taking on the gun industry and Second Amendment groups, Pressley said she will seek to fund CDC research on gun crime as a health care issue, ban “assault weapons” and bump stocks, up the minimum age for gun purchases to 21 and expand background checks.

“Massachusetts has some of the strongest gun laws in the nation, but guns continue to flood our communities, many acquired in surrounding states with looser laws – that’s why comprehensive gun control at the national level is so important,” Pressley said.

SHE DIDI IT!!! Polls said her competitor would beat her tonight by double digits, but they underestimated her strength and supporters. Ayanna Pressley, a @MomsDemand Gun Sense candidate, just won her Democratic primary for Congress in Massachusetts!

— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) September 5, 2018

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Step into history: A look at the Colt Walker Model 1847

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 07:00

The Colt Walker Model 1847 known as the “Danish Sea Captain” sold on the auction block for $1.84 million in 2018. (Photo: RIAC)

The Colt Walker Model 1847 was the first revolver to be purchased en masse by the U.S. Army, setting the stage for gun maker Samuel Colt to make a name for himself in the military and consumer market. The black powder revolver wowed with its powerful punch and incredible accuracy. Well over a century later, the Colt Walker Model 1847 still impresses gun collectors, drawing in hundreds of thousands and sometimes even millions of dollars for surviving models in good condition. What makes this six-shot revolver so good and why does it have collectors clambering for a peek?

The Colt Walker Model 1847 Origin

Captain Samuel Hamilton Walker commissioned the revolver from Samuel Colt in 1846. (Photo: Wikipedia)

The famed Colt Walker Model 1847 began as a request from American Capt. Samuel Hamilton Walker. Walker was a national hero, having fought multiple battles in the Texas-Mexico wars. Walker was on the hunt for a new pistol for the U.S. Texas Rangers and U.S. Dragoons. Approaching firearms maker Colt, Walker asked the gun maker to design and create a revolver to serve his men.

Colt began working on the revolver design in 1846 and in 1847, the Colt Walker Model 1847 revolver made its debut. With only 1,100 handguns manufactured in Eli Whitney’s factory in Connecticut, 100 were reserved for civilian sales while the remaining inventory went straight to the military.

The Revolver In Action

The Colt Walker Model 1847 saw action in the Mexican-American War, accompanying U.S. soldiers in the fight for expansion under the ideals of U.S. President James K. Polk and his belief in “manifest destiny.”

The revolver’s legacy didn’t stop there, though. The Walker 1847 also made an appearance alongside California Gold Rush participants heading West to find their fortune. The revolver also aided many settlers claiming their stakes in Texas and far Western settlements in the U.S.

The revolver was known for its power packing punch, delivering .44 caliber shots in a six-cylinder design. The pistol was a behemoth, weighing over 4 pounds and producing heavy, felt recoil. Though originally intended for close quarters engagements, Colt’s Walker Model 1847 was known to reliably shoot much further. Walker himself lauded the revolver as shooting clear past 100 yards with little effort.

The Colt Walker Model 1847 is rare, with only about 100 examples identified in the modern day. (Photo: RIAC)

“It would take a Texan to shoot it,” Walker reportedly said about the revolver. Walker later wrote that the Model 1847 was “as effective as a common rifle at 100 yards and superior to a musket even at 200.”

Despite the six-shooter’s reliability, many soldiers struggled to accustom themselves to its design. Many of the men who were issued the Walker 1847 had never fired a black powder revolver, some hadn’t even seen one in action. The lack of knowledge led to numerous burst cylinders – the accidental firing of all six chambers.

Not Without Its Faults

Built on the Colt Paterson revolver, the Walker Model 1847 was an improvement over the previous pistol; but it wasn’t without its faults. The wheel gun was known for its weak catch on the loading latch which caused its lever to drop free anytime the firearm experienced heavy recoil – which was often. The falling lever would jam the cylinder, preventing follow-up shots.

To fix, soldiers craftily tied a rawhide loop around the barrel and loading lever to prevent the lever from falling unexpectedly. The lowering lever’s catch would eventually be improved in the later Dragoon model from Colt.

In addition to the lowering lever, the six-shot also suffered from numerous complaints of ruptured cylinders, most likely due to primitive metallurgy and a lack of knowledge on the user end. This problem resulted in shooters often smearing lard onto the front of the cylinder in order to prohibit a chain fire. The practice of smearing lubricant, though lard is no longer used, is still practiced today.

The Walker Model 1847 In A Modern Era

One of the most sought-after antique Colt models on the market, it’s estimated that only around 100 examples of the vintage wheel gun exist today. Due to its rarity, the Walker Model 1847 is routinely priced well over $100,000 on the auction block with some models hitting a $1 million price tag.

In April 2018, Rock Island Auction Company auctioned one such Walker known as the “Danish Sea Captain.” Previously owned by Capt. Neils Hanson the auctioneer’s gavel slammed down on a bid of $1.84 million – a record-setting sum for the auction house.

“This is a major milestone in the collecting community,” said RIAC President Kevin Hogan. “Not only is this a world record for a single firearm at auction, but further demonstration that the art and history in firearms is really catching fire.”

Though most gun collectors can’t drop a cool million on a piece of history, the Colt Walker Model 1847 still drums up fascination from historical fans and antique collectors. While most gun owners will have to settle for a replica, the Colt Walker Model 1847 has proven that its black powder, .44 caliber design can withstand the test of time.

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