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California, Rhode Island join states looking to up taxes on guns, ammo

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 10:30

Democrats from coast to coast have posed legislation that would hike the price of being a gun owner through new taxes. In California, AB 18, would staple an excise tax to the sale of handguns and semi-automatic rifles in an effort to produce money for “local and community-based violence intervention and prevention efforts.”

Assemblymember Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, the bill’s sponsor, wants to add $25 to the cost of selected gun types. This fee would be in addition to the current 11 percent federal excise tax already paid by gun manufacturers, the 7.25 percent state and local sales taxes paid by gun buyers, and a $25 mandatory DROS fee currently assessed on gun transfers in California.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, lawmakers in Rhode Island are set to review Gov. Gina Raimondo’s $9.9 billion state budget proposal that includes a new surcharge levied on guns and ammunition. The change would tax guns and ammo sold in the state at 17 percent, which the second-term Democrat estimates will siphon an additional $800,000 from gun owners’ wallets into state coffers. The NRA this week called the proposal, “nothing more than an assault on the Second Amendment and a poll tax on a constitutional right.”

The effort in California and Rhode Island joins legislation already underway in Illinois to add a 3.75 percent tax on guns and undefined “component parts,” as well as a similar push in Connecticut to place a 50 percent tax on ammo sales in The Constitution State.

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Shooting a Type 97 Tank Machine Gun, formerly of the Japanese Army (VIDEOS)

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 10:00

Similar to the vaunted Czech ZB vz. 26 but with a different stock and pistol grip, the Empire of Japan used the Type 97 to arm early tanks and armored cars, which is how it got its name. AZ Guns shows off the open-bolt gas-operated, tilting breechblock medium machine gun in the above video.

Not to be confused with the Type 97 Aircraft Machine Gun, which was a copy of the Vickers Class E light machine gun that armed the famous Japanese Zero and other aircraft, the Type 97 Tank Machine Gun came about after the Emperor’s troops captured some Vz.26s from the Chinese in the 1930s. In turn, many Type 97s in the U.S. today came back as war trophies with returning GIs who island hopped all the way to Tokyo.

If you want more information, Czech out (see what we did there?) the below from Battlefield Vegas, who has a Type 97 complete with its original optic and ball turret from a Type 95 Japanese tank.

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Federal adds 10mm Auto load to Premium HST line

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 09:30

Federal launches its Premium HST in 10mm Auto loads. (Photo: Federal)

Federal continues to roll out new additions to its ammo lineup, adding the 10mm Auto load to its Premium HST series. The personal defense Premium 10mm Auto HST brings a 200-grain hollow point design to the 10mm Auto arena.

The load features muzzle velocity measuring 1,130 feet-per-second with expanded diameter and weight retention. The ammunition boasts a bullet nose profile and nickel-plated case paired with Federal’s proprietary primer. This construction lends itself to penetration that proves adequate for self-defense without over-penetrating, according to Federal.

“Full-power loading makes the most of the HST bullet design, providing large, consistent expansion, optimum penetration and superior terminal performance,” Federal said in a news release. “Its specially designed hollow point won’t plug while passing through a variety of barriers, and the bullet jacket and core hold together to provide nearly 100 percent weight retention through even the toughest materials.”

The Premium HST 10mm Auto ammunition is available now, shipping in a 20-round box with an MSRP of $34.95.

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Streamlight introduces non-laser TLR-6 for Glock, S&W Shield pistols

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 09:00

The non-laser TLR-6 gives pistol shooters a light source mounted on their firearm. (Photo: Steamlight)

Streamlight answers the call of consumers looking for a non-laser version of the company’s popular TLR-6, introducing new light only models for select Glock and Smith & Wesson Shield handguns.

The non-laser TLR-6 keeps to the series ultra lightweight and compact design, but ditches the laser in favor of a LED powered light. The light boasts a beam distance of 89-meters with 100 lumens on deck and 2,000 candela. The TLR-6 sports a parabolic reflector which delivers a beam of light with “peripheral illumination.” Available models include housings that fit Glock 42 and Glock 43; Glock 26, Glock 27 and Glock 33 in addition to M&P Shield handguns.

Powered by two CR-1/3N lithium coin batteries, the batteries are kept within an integrated door. This construction allows users to swap out batteries without having to remove the whole device from the gun.

“We continue to enhance the versatility of the TLR-6 weapon light by introducing non-laser body housings for select subcompact pistols,” Streamlight President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Sharrah said in a news release. “These newest models give law enforcement agencies with non-laser policies as well as other users an ultra-bright, weapons-mounted option for a variety of Glock and M&P handguns.”

The devices weigh around 1.12 to 1.16-ounces, depending on model, measuring 2.20-inches. The TLR-6 is IPX4 water-resistant in addition to sporting an impact resistant design to one meter. The non-laser TLR-6 features a Limited Lifetime Warranty and a price tag of $125.

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In Germany, military ski races include grenades and HKs (PHOTOS)

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 06:30

Alpine snow camo? Ja. Skis? Ja. Old school Heckler & Koch G3? Oh, you know that a ja. (Photos: German Army)

A recent event in the Alps attended by European military teams had all the cool things you look for in a ski movie. The International Mountain Warfare Patrol, conducted earlier this month, pitted 15 teams from Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Poland, and Slovenia in a 30km race through the snow-covered mountains around Chiemgau Arena.

Yet, it wasn’t just skiing around the bunny slopes looking for hot chocolate stands. Competitors had to stop to engage targets with small arms fire, toss grenades, rescue the “wounded,” and complete avalanche excavations against the clock. The exercise yielded a host of great images that look like they came right from Hoth.

How’s that for a starting pistol? Apparently, the Germans dig wheelgun Wednesday

Those G3s

The French team looking…like they are going to come in fifth place.

Chiemgau Arena near Ruhpolding, Bavaria, is where the Biathlon World Cup is often held. It also doubles as a jigsaw puzzle model.

On the hand grenade station, competitors had to stop, chuck a practice grenade 15 meters while kneeling until the team landed 18 “Eier” in a two-foot target circle.

On the rifle stages, competitors had to shoot five rounds at a 50-centimeter target 50 meters away with misses adding a penalty of 30 seconds.

Rooting around in a simulated avalanche

Moving out Carl.

The winners got medals that have crossed HK G36s and the German Gebirgsjäger’s traditional edelweiss insignia

The dedicated three-battalion German Army mountain infantry brigade, Gebirgsjägerbrigade 23, consists of about 5,300 soldiers trained to fight under extreme weather conditions. The home field advantage paid off in this month’s Patrol event, as Gebirgsjägers claimed the top four spots with a French team coming in fifth.

As a side, to move equipment around the mountains, the Germans still maintain pack mules in their mountain infantry brigade.

The same type of ski-mounted alpine troops has long been a facet of mountain warfare in Europe, with specialized units such as the French Chasseurs Alpins and Italian Alpini battalions dating as far back as the 19th Century. During the 1939-40 Winter War between Finland and Soviet Russia, fast-moving groups of ski-borne troops armed with Suomi submachine guns wreaked havoc on Red Army columns, darting from the deep forest to attack the road-bound Russkis and then disappearing just as fast.

Of course, the winter shooting sport of biathlon, which evolved from the Nordic military patrol, debuted in the 1960 Winter Olympics and has been going strong ever since– although it is dominated by Russia, Scadanavian and Alpine countries. Of course, they wear form-fitting race suits in loud colors and pack .22LR bolt guns, but hey, it’s the lineage that counts, right?

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Court denies injunction on pending nationwide bump stock ban

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 06:00

The federal rule banning bump stocks is set to become effective on March 26. (Photo: Slide Fire Solutions)

A federal judge in Washington D.C. on Monday rejected a request for a temporary injunction to halt a ban on bump stocks set to take effect next month.

U.S. Judge Dabney L. Friedrich, a 2017 appointment by President Trump, issued a 64-page ruling this week in which she rejected the challenges posed by plaintiffs who argued the ban was unlawful and unconstitutional. Friedrich instead sided with federal regulators saying the court “determines that ATF reasonably interpreted and applied the NFA’s definition of ‘machinegun'” when it came to bump stock devices.

“Although operating a bump stock may cause slight movements of the trigger finger, it does not require a shooter to consciously and repeatedly exert force to depress the trigger multiple times,” said Friedrich, upholding a rule first proposed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives last year.

The two lawsuits before Friedrich, FPC v. Whitaker and Guedes v. BATFE, were part of a bevy of litigation filed immediately after the rule was signed by then-by Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker in December.

One point the court seemed to concede was the claim by the plaintiffs that the bump stock rule may violate the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment which states that private property can’t be taken for public use without compensation. Under the rule, bump stock owners must either destroy the devices or abandon them at an ATF office without reimbursement for their cost or value. Nonetheless, the court responded that bump stock owners could resort to filing a lawsuit for damages from the government under the Tucker Act but that alone wasn’t enough to halt the ban.

The Firearms Policy Coalition, one of the Second Amendment groups behind the challenge, said Monday they were disappointed but unsurprised by Friedrich’s ruling, saying they plan on further appeal to the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

“It is important to note that today’s order is not a final ruling on any claim, and is merely a trial court’s denial of a temporary injunction,” said the group in a statement. “And while we had hoped for a quick and positive outcome at the trial court level, we have been and remain committed to litigating these issues as much as it takes to completely resolve the cases and protect Americans from a rogue and growing executive branch, including by petitioning the United States Supreme Court if necessary.”

The rule is set to become effective on March 26. After that date owners of the estimated 520,000 devices currently in circulation could face federal weapons charges that carry up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines for each violation.

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Kim Rhode earns Winchester Legend Award

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 05:30

Kim Rhode earns a Winchester award for her shooting accolades. (Photo: Winchester)

The most decorated Olympic shooting sports athlete in history, Kim Rhode, earns the first ever Winchester Legend Award, according to Winchester. The Winchester Legend Award honors those with significant achievements within the shooting sports. The award is a new one for Winchester, with Rhode serving as its inaugural recipient.

“The Kim Rhode list of accolades and achievements in the shooting sports is unprecedented,” Matt Campbell, vice president of sales and marketing for Winchester Ammunition, said in a news release. “This recognition certainly captures her achievements in the shooting sports, but more importantly, she is a tremendous ambassador for the shooting sports and hunting industry. Winchester is honored to be aligned with such a legendary athlete and person.”

Rhode competing at the 2018 ISSF World Cup. (Photo: USA Shooting)

Rhode boasts six Olympic medals, serving as the first American athlete to win six consecutive medals in an individual sport. She began her competitive shooting career as a youth shooter, winning her first World Championship at the age of 13.

“I’ve been shooting competitively for most of my life, and Winchester Ammunition has been there supporting me from the very beginning,” Rhode added.

Rhode will represent Team USA at the 2020 Olympics scheduled to be held in Tokyo.

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Sightmark Accudot Boresights offer easy sighting to rifles, shotguns (VIDEO)

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 05:00

Sightmark brings additional calibers to its Accudot Boresight lineup helping rifle and shotgun shooters accurately line up shots before the first shot. The Accudot Boresight accommodates a variety of rifle setups to include 223/5.56, .243, .308, 7.62×54, 9mm, .30-06, .270, .25-06 and 12-gauge.

The boresight allows shooters to sight in rifles using its Class IIIa laser. The design offers a bullet tip created to improve fit in the chamber while also providing for better centering. The design is topped off with a thick-walled, precision-machined brass case.

(Photo: Sightmark)

Equipped with rechargeable batteries, the Accudot Boresight adds a battery charger to the mix in addition to auto-on/off to preserve battery life. All-in-all, Sightmark said the boresight brings “faster pre-shot alignment” and “increased first-shot accuracy” all while saving valuable ammunition.

“Sightmark premium Accudot Boresights put an end to guessing games and wasted ammo when sighting-in with fast point-of-impact and point-of-aim identification, even before your first shot,” Sightmark said in a news release.

No word yet on price.

The boresight comes with rechargeable batteries. (Photo: Sightmark)

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A somewhat slanted view of the differences between AK guys and AR guys (VIDEOS)

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 04:30

Sure, it’s biased, but it does have a modicum of full-auto in it to make it worth anyone’s time, no matter where you stand on the debate between what makes the typical “AK guy” compared to the “AR guy.”

Of course, the creator, Brandon Herrera is a die-hard Kalash fanatic, the designer of the AK-50 and owner of The AK Guy Inc. If he was any more of an AK guy he would need an Adidas tracksuit, balaclava, and pimped out Lada (What’s the difference between a Lada and a golf ball? You can drive a golf ball 200 meters).

If you liked the above video, be sure to check out the earlier installment, below.

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White House to Congress: Veto likely on pending gun control bills

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 04:00


The North Portico fountain of the White House spouts during a snow storm Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. President Trump’s adminstration this wek warned two gun control bills on background checks could get a cold reception if they are sent his way. (Photo: D. Myles Cullen/White House)

As Democrats on Capitol Hill are poised to a vote on two new gun control bills, the White House is pouring cold water on the move.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calf., has scheduled a vote this week on a pair of measures to expand and enhance background checks on guns. The bills, H.R.8 and H.R.1112, would require a check on most private gun transfers and could allow pending checks to linger for 20 business days, respectively. With a roll call possible as early as Wednesday, President Trump’s administration is warning that if the legislation reaches his desk, veto ink could be waiting.

In a letter sent to lawmakers, the White House slammed H.R.8 as authorizing “burdensome requirements” on some gun transfers including very narrow exceptions that “would not sufficiently protect the Second Amendment right of individuals to keep and bear arms.”

To highlight the potential pitfalls inherent in the bill, the Administration pointed out that a gun owner would be unable to legally leave a firearm with a neighbor while traveling without getting a third-party involved to perform a background check. Likewise, domestic violence victims could not legally borrow a gun for self-defense without first completing a check.

‘The extensive regulation required by H.R. 8 is incompatible with the Second Amendment’s guarantee of an individual right to keep arms,” the White House said.

Gun rights groups have long argued that universal background check laws have little impact on crime while pouring the foundation for firearm registration and possible confiscation.

The second bill, H.R. 1112, would stretch the time allowed for delays on background checks from the current three business days out to 10, after which a would-be gun buyer could request a further review if the check is still pending — which could result in another 10 business days to finalize the check before the transaction could proceed. Both gun rights advocates and the White House argue such a policy could bar some gun transfers, pointing to the possibility that the check may be in limbo long enough to expire as NICS checks are only good for a 30 calendar day window from the time they are initiated.

“Allowing the Federal Government to restrict firearms purchases through bureaucratic delay would undermine the Second Amendment’s guarantee that law-abiding citizens have an individual right to keep and bear arms,” said the White House before concluding the President’s advisors would recommend he veto the bills should they be sent to him.

The upcoming vote comes the same week that the FBI released crime statistics that hold the first six months of 2018 saw a significant decline in both violent and property crimes when compared to the same period in 2017. This included a 12.5 percent drop in robberies and a 6.7 percent decline in murder and non-negligent manslaughter.

Passage in the Democrat-controlled House would kick the bills down the hall to the Senate, where Republicans still control the chamber. However, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., thinks there are 60 votes — enough to close debate — available to muscle enhanced background checks legislation through the Senate.

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Getting to warm some barrels in the snow (VIDEO)

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 09:00

Far from home, some Tennessee Army National Guard troops are busy fighting General Winter in Eastern Europe. The citizen-soldiers of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment are currently part of Battle Group Poland and recently got to take part in a winter live fire during Operation Raider Lightning. BGP is a multinational force, made up of the Americans as well as troops from the U.K., Croatia and Romania soldiers who are integrated with the Polish 15th Mechanized Brigade as part of NATO’s deterrence mission in the area.

The above video is filled with gratuitous small arms and heavy weapons in the winter wonderland that is the Bemowo Piskie Training Area in Northeastern Poland. If you have quick eyes, you will spot M4s, M240s, Bradly fighting vehicles which pack their own 25mm cannon, and M1 Abrams main battle tanks drifting (literally) in the snow before kicking off their beautiful M256 120mm smoothbore guns.

Notice the stubby M320 40mm grenade launcher mounted on the M4 carbine in the front. M240 party favors in the back. (Photos: U.S. Army)

Then come M109 155mm self-propelled howitzers and a Mk 19 40mm grenade launcher. You know, all the fun stuff.

The trenches in Bemowo Piskie are a historic throwback, as the region prior to 1945 was the German army’s Schlaga-Krug training center, near Arys, in what was then East Prussia and saw everyone from Napolean to Ludendorff and Zhukov pass through.

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Armed Equality fosters inclusivity among gun owners and LGBT community

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 08:30

Armed Equality focuses on offering an inclusive space for all gun owners. (Photo: Armed Equality)

At a Memorial Day barbecue, a group of pro-gun supporters sit around a concrete table, eating and enjoying each other’s company like many Americans on this holiday. There’s a MAGA hat next to a Bernie hat and its wearers, a straight man and a trans woman, are brought together to support and celebrate a common issue: guns.

This was what Piper Smith, founder of Armed Equality, envisioned when she first established the pro-gun group in 2016. An LGBT friendly gun rights group, Armed Equality focuses on introducing LGBT members to the concept of self-defense while also educating those already immersed in the Second Amendment lifestyle about the LGBT community. It’s a give and a take. A shooting group where inclusivity is key. Anyone can join — gay, straight, bi-sexual or trans. No matter your color or creed, all are welcome.

“If you are LGBT inclusive and you are pro-2A you are more than welcome in our group,” Smith emphasized at the beginning of her chat with

Despite differing political views, the members of Armed Equality regularly come together to honor their shared love of guns, gear, training and the art of self-defense.

“A lot of people really love finding a group in a community in a circle that prioritizes viewing everybody else as human beings,” Smith told “ I’d say it’s actually a solid third of the membership are average straight white male pro-2A guys. We have some of the most diverse events that I think have ever happened in the United States.”

Armed Equality members have access to training and events. (Photo: Armed Equality)

Armed Equality wasn’t always on the forefront of Smith’s mind, though. She said, like most LGBT members, her focus was simply on living her own life. It wasn’t until the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida in June 2016 that Smith realized the LGBT community faces a mounting tide of hate crimes but most of its members come unprepared for such events. Hearing the stories of innocent men and women, hunkered down unable to protect themselves amid volleys of gunfire from the lone shooter, spurred Smith to action.

“I started to realize that the vast majority of the so-called mainstream LGBT community was pretty anti -2A and pretty anti-self-defense and I didn’t understand it. I think we know it’s not logical,” Smith explained. “We have to admit that bad things happen and it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.”

Wanting those in her community to feel safe armed with the knowledge of self-defense, Smith created Armed Equality. Based in San Diego, the group centers on providing gun training and medical training to those in the LGBT community as well as any others interested in learning how to defend themselves.

“I didn’t see anybody else making it happen. There was no one else stepping up,” Smith said. “I want (my LGBT friends) to be safe and it seemed like at no point in their entire lives they’d been exposed to the idea that you can protect yourself. You can make yourself a much less vulnerable target and it’s actually not even that difficult to do that. It’s just going to require some training and we can make that happen.”

Armed Equality also offers medical training events where members learn the basics of CPR and first aid in addition to combat trauma treatment. (Photo: Armed Equality)

Smith explained LGBT gun owners straddle competing political ideologies. That decision remains tough for those that must weigh their livelihood against their need to protect themselves. Smith thinks that the key to bolstering the Second Amendment lifestyle means removing political rhetoric of left versus right and focusing instead on human beings. Though the road of inclusivity on both sides of the political arena may prove long and arduous, Smith remains ever the optimist.

“A lot of my group members are viewing it as like the glass half empty kind of way. If we vote for this guy he’s going to help me not get discriminated against but at the same time, he’s going to work to prevent me from carrying the tools necessary to defend my life. If we vote for this guy he’s going to help me carry the tools necessary to defend my life but he’s going to vote against me being able to be protected from discrimination. That’s a really awful choice,” Smith said. “I’m optimistic in the long term. I do believe that it is inevitable that it is going to change. Slowly but surely all across the United States we are going to eventually get there.”

In the meantime, Smith and Armed Equality forge ahead in the gun space, educating and demonstrating that gun owners come in every shape, size, color and orientation. Amid all the drama and criticism, Armed Equality focuses on what it does best — bringing resources, training and education to gun enthusiasts.

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Thrice-deported criminal in fatal shootout with California deputy (VIDEOS)

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 08:30

A Napa County Sheriff’s deputy is uninjured after a roadside traffic stop turned into an attempted murder. Graphic footage from Napa County Sheriff’s Deputy Riley Jarecki’s body camera shows the Feb. 17 interaction, above, with the driver, Javier Hernandez Morales, pulling a firearm and attempting to hit the law enforcement officer at about the 36-second mark.

“Roll down the window,” Jarecki is heard to say as Hernandez Morales appears to look puzzled. As the window starts rolling down, a muzzle flash from his right-hand side can be seen, to which the deputy reacts by moving back to the unoccupied passenger’s side of the car, returning fire. Hernandez Morales died at the scene.

According to KPIX CBS SF Bay Area, the Mexican national was in the country illegally and had been deported at least three previous times prior to 2011. A man with a violent criminal history, he had previously been arrested for driving under the influence, battery on a peace officer, and probation violations. Immigration officials in recent years have issued four detainers for Hernandez Morales after arrests by local jails, which were not honored, and he was subsequently released.

“This incident may have been prevented if ICE had been notified about any of the multiple times Hernandez-Morales was released from local custody over the last few years,” the agency said in a statement, blasting California’s sanctuary laws. “This is an impactful, scary example of how public safety is affected by laws or policies limiting local law enforcement agencies’ ability to cooperate with ICE.”

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More on the new Taurus TX22 rimfire semi-auto pistol (VIDEOS)

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 08:00

The Georgia company’s new 16-shot Taurus TX22 .22LR pistol is shipping this month and initial reports are skewing positive. Rimfire guru 22Plinkster gives the low-down on his experiences with the Brazilian handgun maker’s offering in the above video.

Announced on the eve of SHOT Show in January, the single-action only striker-fired pistol has a 5-pound trigger with a short reset and fully adjustable rear sights. Suppressor-ready with 1/2x28TPI threads, the 4.1-inch barrel rests inside a 7075 aluminum slide that has been black hard-coat anodized. There are both front and rear slide serrations. caught up with Taurus engineering manager Jason Pittman at the SHOT for some more information on the pistol’s origin, which boiled down to the concept that they built a duty gun chambered in .22 instead of giving a .22 the aesthetic of a duty gun.

“Everyone had either an exact clone of a 9mm, but it was not designed to be like the 9mm. It was designed to be an internal hammer — just trying to get the looks. Or the .22 were like a micro gun,” Pittman said. “So we wanted something that was designed to be a full-size .22 plinking gun.”

For another review on the new platform, Guns & Accessories went 1,300 rounds with the TX22 in the video below.

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Citadel 1-10×24 CR1 Riflescope joins Sightmark lineup

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 07:30

The Citadel 1-10×24 CR1 boasts a design best suited for competition shooters, hunters and law enforcement. (Photo: Sightmark)

Sightmark delivers a new riflescope to competition shooters, hunters and law enforcement adding the Citadel 1-10×24 to its riflescope inventory.

The Citadel 1-10×24 utilizes a second focal plane design with CR1 reticle calibrated for 55-grain .223 ammo. Equipped with capped low-profile turrets, the scope offers 1/2 MOA per click windage and elevation adjustments. Total adjustment range measures 100 MOA on each axis.

The Citadel scope uses a 30mm tube and 11 brightness settings. (Photo: Sightmark)

The scope features similar attributes as the rest of the Citadel series, using a fine-etched, red-illuminated reticle boasting 11 brightness settings. The 1-10×24 riflescope also sports fully multi-coated glass paired with a 30mm 6061-T6 aluminum tube. The total setup is IP67 waterproof, dustproof, fogproof and shockproof.

“Designed for competition shooters, close- to mid-range hunting and law enforcement, the Citadel is packed with features to bring shooters to the next level traditionally sought by top-tier shooters,” the company said in a news release.

The Citadel 1-10×24 CR1 is set to appear soon, though no word yet on the official drop date or price.

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That time the Army packed guns like sardines for long term storage (PHOTOS)

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 06:30

As any gardener will tell you, when you want to save a bumper crop for a rainy day, can some of the best of the harvest and put it away for later — and Uncle Sam took that advice.

In the years immediately after World War II, the U.S. military constricted in size from 12 million uniformed men and women in 1945 to just 1.5 million by 1947. This left a lot of relatively brand new hardware on the surplus list and, while Washington gave shiploads of gear to overseas allies looking to rebuild their own forces for the looming Cold War, there were still stateside warehouses stacked to the ceiling with everything from bullets to blankets.

In a move to test out ways to preserve small arms for future generations, Springfield Armory spent much of the late 1940s working on long-term storage containers which essentially canned racks full of guns, ready to use. This included packing 10 M1 Garands complete with their required accessories, into sealed air-tight metal canisters alongside bags of desiccant.

The can-o-Garand held 10 rifles and weighed 175-pounds when loaded. (Photos: Springfield Armory National Historic Site)

The loaded cans were tested by dropping them, end over end, onto a concrete road, and lengthways onto iron rods and 4×6″ timbers.

They were then submerged in 140-degree water and monitored for relative humidity build-up through sensors threaded into the sealed can.

Likewise, similar cans could hold 10 M2 Carbines. Note the slings and bags of desiccant.

Or five M1918A2 BARs, complete with bipods and magazines.

They could also accommodate a single .50-caliber M2, some assembly required.

Or 20 M1911A1 .45ACP pistols and 40 magazines. According to Springfield Armory National Historic Site, SA canned 59,920 M1911A1s at a cost of $1.57 each. Each can weighed some 90-pounds.

While, interestingly, the nature of the canning process allowed the guns to be stored cosmoline-free, the containers were susceptible to damage.

Here we see the inside of a can-o-Garand that was dropped twice, resulting in spilled desiccant and a damaged rifle.

Still, at least you can dream of coming across an old warehouse somewhere with a bunch of giant dusty old cans, each with an Army Ordnance Dept bomb and some worn stenciling.

Just look for a big can opener.

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Canada’s WWII-era Brownings still putting in work

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 06:00

Canadian Browning pistols at use with Task Force Mali in Africa this month (Photo: Canadian Forces)

Canada built its own, more Maple Leaf version of the Browning Hi-Power in Toronto during World War II, and their military is still using them. Recently spotted with Canadian Army troops on a UN peacekeeping mission in the African country of Mali, those same 1940s-era 9mm combat handguns are still holding the line.

How the Canadians came to make the BHP

Designed just before the outbreak of World War II by FN in Belgium, the factory that made the Hi-Power was repurposed in 1940 after the Germans occupied the country and production started back up to provide the handy 9mm pistols to Hitler’s legions. However, the Allies soon started making the 13-shot semi-auto in Canada, manufactured in Toronto, by John Inglis and Company with a little help from Dieudonné Saive, the Belgian firearms engineer who helped design the gun in the first place.

Final assembly of High Power pistols for issuance to Allied forces under a Canadian Mutual Aid Board contract at the Inglis factory, 1945. Note the Maple Leaf on the front of the grip. Also, note the buttstock attachment and 500-m sights of the Canadian Inglis Mark I Hi-Power. (Photo: Library and Archives Canada)

These Browning-Inglis guns at first were meant to be shipped to China, then fighting the Japanese and strapped for modern weapons but in the end, went on to equip both Canadian and British units in the latter days of the war. Due to their much larger ammo capacity when compared to Enfield, Webley and Smith & Wesson Victory series revolvers, the Toronto Hi-Powers were often used by groups on the “tip of the spear” such as paratroopers and commandos.

British Paras and Canadian troops in Northwest Europe in 1944, note the Hi-Powers. (Photos: Imperial War Museum)

The world moved on, and Canada will too…someday

After WWII, the Browning Hi-Power became the gold standard for Western military sidearms and was adopted throughout not only the British Commonwealth but also by many Western European powers with the notable exception of the Italians (who stuck with Berettas), the West Germans (who kept their Walthers) and the French (who retained their MABs). The U.S. Army even flirted with the idea of buying Inglis-made “Light” Hi-Powers in the 1950s before remaining on the 1911 bandwagon. As for Inglis, they started making washing machines and appliances– the company later morphed into a division of Whirlpool Canada — and shipped their tooling for the Hi-Power to India in the late 1950s.

Nonetheless, as polymer became king and the single action all-steel Hi-Power lost favor, most Western militaries shifted to HKs, Glocks, and Sigs, leaving just Australia, India (who is still making Hi-Powers in Ishapore!) and Canada to soldier on with their BHPs.

In 2016, the Canadians moved to replace the 14,000 assorted wartime-made pistols still in inventory with a new gun by 2026, but that program lost steam. Now, a newly-implemented General Service Pistol replacement project has begun with the goal of acquiring 4,738 new sidearms. It’s reported that the government will consider selling the surplus guns once they are finally retired.

Time could be of the essence, as the old Inglis guns are not what they used to be. Canadian Army Today reported last December that, of 20 pistols brought to a recent military small arms competition in the U.S, 15 had to be pulled from the event due to the high number of jams.

But for now, the relics continue to serve wherever the Maple Leaf waves.

(Photo: Canadian Forces)

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Galco Gunleather unveils Speed Master 2.0 convertible holster

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 05:30

The Speed Master 2.0 comes with a paddle attachment and belt slot. (Photo: Galco Gunleather)

Galco Gunleather bolsters its selection of concealed carry holsters, adding the new Speed Master 2.0 convertible paddle/belt holster to the lineup.

The holster uses twin attachment sources in the form of a paddle and an adjustable belt slot. This construction allows owners to swap between the mounts depending on needs. Galco said gun owners need only a slot-head screwdriver to swap between attachments. The Speed Master 2.0 offers removable spacers to adjust belt slots for belts from 1 1/4-inches through 1 3/4-inches.

The leather rig sports an open top design with minimal cant, covered trigger for safety and a tension screw adjustment. Made from premium saddle leather, the holster is available in the owner’s choice of tan or black. At this point, only right-handed models are available.

“Galco Gunleather is excited to introduce the Speed Master 2.0 convertible paddle/belt holster,” Galco said in a news release. “The new Speed Master 2.0 is the highly versatile and concealable result of Galco’s many years of design experience and continually advancing holster technology.”

The Speed Master 2.0 retails for $86.

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White Tiger Desert Eagle makes its debut

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 05:00

The gun features a stainless slide and barrel. (Photo: Magnum Research)

Catering to consumers looking for flair with their firearms, Magnum Research unveils the new White Tiger Desert Eagle — complete with tiger stripes.

The model enters the company’s “Tiger Stripe” series, bringing an alternating pattern of matte and high polish stripes. The White Tiger is in good company with the Gold Titanium and Black Tiger Striped models also available in the series.

The White Tiger Desert Eagle brings a funky look to the Deagle line. (Photo: Magnum Research)

The White Tiger Deagle features an American made design chambered in .44 Magnum or .40 Action Express. The pistol boasts a stainless steel frame and slide in addition to a 6-inch stainless barrel. The barrel comes topped with an integrated muzzle brake.

“Like all Desert Eagles, the White Tiger represents the pinnacle of style, power and accuracy in a semi-automatic handgun,” the company said in a press release.

The .50 AE model ships with a 7-round magazine while the .44 Magnum variant comes with an 8-round mag. The White Tiger Desert Eagle rolls out of the factory priced at $2,254.

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Veteran, prolific military author W.E.B. Griffin, dead at 89

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 04:30

William E. Butterworth III, who wrote as W.E.B. Griffin (Photo: Pilar Menendez Butterworth via NYT and Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

William E. Butterworth III, who published more than 250 books under W.E.B. Griffin and other pseudonyms, has died at age 89.

Butterworth, an Army veteran, was born in 1929 in New Jersey and enlisted in the military in 1946. Trained in counterintelligence, he served in the Army of Occupation in Germany before attending college. Recalled to the service for Korea, he earned a Combat Infantry Badge as a combat correspondent before he was released from active duty in 1953.

His novels included the nine-book Brotherhood of War series, 10-volume The Corps series, seven-book Men of Honor series, and others, concentrating on service in the Army, Marines, WWII-era Office of Strategic Services, and Philadephia Police Department. He also wrote under at least 10 other pen names.

“Nothing honors me more than a serviceman, veteran, or cop telling me he enjoys reading my books,” he said.

A cigar-smoking avid hunter and Lifetime member of the NRA, he met his second wife, Pilar, on a trip in Latin America that he largely retold in the semi-autobiographical novel, The Hunting Trip.

Butterworth, a resident of Daphne, Alabama, died of cancer and his surviving family– to include three sons and a daughter, his grandchildren, and great-grandchildren– request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Operation One Voice, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and The Sanctuary International.

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