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More gun makers break ties with Dick’s Sporting Goods

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 05:00

MKS, one of the largest U.S. gun makers by volume, announced Tuesday that they will no longer work with the retailer. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Ohio-based MKS, whose products include Hi-Point Firearms and Inland M1911s, have announced they won’t sell to Dick’s and their affiliates on Second Amendment grounds.

MKS said the recent move by Dick’s to hire a government affairs group for the purpose of gun control lobbying, coupled with the big box retailer’s past choices to destroy their existing inventory of AR-15s and refuse firearm sales to those under age 21 put the two companies at odds when it came to the right to keep and bear arms.

“In recent months, Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, have shown themselves, in our opinion, to be no friend of Americans’ Second Amendment,” said Charles Brown, MKS president. “We believe that refusing to sell long guns to adults under age 21, while many young adults in our military are not similarly restricted, is wrong. We believe that villainizing modern sporting rifles in response to pressure from uninformed, anti-gun voices is wrong. We believe that hiring lobbyists to oppose American citizens’ freedoms secured by the Second Amendment is wrong.”

Founded in 1992, Hi-Point specializes in economical handguns and pistol caliber carbines while Inland, launched in 2014, produces a series of classic military firearms including variants of the M1911 pistol and M1 Carbine. According to federal regulators, MKS’s Ohio production partners — Haskell Manufacturing, Iberia Firearms, and Strassells Machine — produced 147,400 handguns and 58,600 rifles in 2016, making it one of the largest gun makers in the country by volume.

“We are proud of our products, we are proud of our customers, and we are especially proud of the freedoms secured by our great U.S. Constitution. We are committed to all three,” said Brown.

The public snub from MKS comes just a week after Illinois-based Springfield Armory issued a similar declaration and the National Shooting Sports Foundation– the trade group for the gun industry — expelled Dick’s from their organization.

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NRA annual revenue, expenses for 2017

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 04:30

Signs at the NRA booth during the NRA convention in Dallas on May 4-5, 2018 shows off NRA leadership. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

The National Rifle Association reported a 12 percent decrease in annual revenue in 2017, according to a financial report distributed to members during the organization’s annual meeting in Dallas on Saturday.

That decrease was due in part to fewer membership dues and contributions, the filing shows. However, the NRA saw a significant increase in activity during 2016’s election in which it spent $30 million on the presidential race.

In 2017, the NRA generated some $378.1 million in total revenue, down from $433.9 million from the year before. According to the financial filing, the NRA’s revenue is comprised of $128.2 million from membership dues, $133 million from contributions, $65.4 million from program fees, $18.8 million from investment income, $25 million from royalties, and $7.7 million from other endeavors.

The gun lobby reported $379.24 million in total expenses, putting spending down by about 20 percent in the off-year.The bulk, some $207.1 million, went to program services, $76.6 million went to member services and acquisition, $44.2 million to administrative services, and $51.4 million for fundraising.

Also, the NRA secretary released a statement to members identifying payments in which board members, officers or employees receive payments of more than $2,000 for goods and services to the NRA. In all, nine payments went out and four of them totaled more than $120,000.

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Gear Review: Best accessories to trick out the Smith & Wesson Shield

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 11:00

Though the Smith & Wesson Shield is a solid performer, it benefits from a few upgrades. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

As one of the best single stack handguns on the market, the S&W Shield stands out in the world of concealed carry for its compact and manageable size. Despite a solid design and ergonomics, there’s always room for improvement. Here is our round-up of the top accessories to upgrade and elevate the Shield’s performance.

1. Trigger – Apex Duty/Carry Action Enhancement

The Apex Duty/Carry Action Enhancement Trigger grants a smoother pull to Shield shooters. (Photo: Apex Tactical)

The Apex Duty/Carry Action Enhancement Trigger by Apex Tactical will take that Shield trigger to a whole new level of smooth and clean. With a consistent 5 to 5.5-pound trigger pull, the trigger offers a shorter over-travel and shortened trigger reset.

Featuring a drop-in style construction, the Apex Duty/Carry Action Enhancement trigger requires no special tools or gunsmithing. Simply follow the included instructions or watch Apex’s instruction videos online. Offering both traditional style triggers or flat-faced triggers in a few color options, Apex delivers the most variety for consumers looking to set their Shield apart from the crowd. Apex trigger kits start around $150.

2. Sights – Ameriglo I-DOT or Trijicon Night Sights

The Trijicon Night Sights are pricey but worth the power packing performance. (Photo: Trijicon)

Easily one of the best sights on the market, the Trijicon Night Sights will kick low light performance on the S&W Shield up a notch. With the shooter’s choice of either yellow or orange, the Night Sights boast a 3-dot tritium design. The rear sight uses a wide u-shape notch to increase visibility of the front sight post. In addition, the surface of the rear sight has been hooked to give gun owners a means to complete an emergency one-handed slide operation, should the need arise. Priced at $165, the Trijicons are steep in price but deliver on performance.

A little ore budget friendly, the Ameriglo sights provide a solution for low light shooting without breaking the bank. (Photo: Ameriglo)

For Shield owners who just can’t shell out more than $165 on sights, the Ameriglo I-DOT series offers good performance at a lower cost. Slipping in just under $100, the Ameriglo’s steel sights deliver a green tritium rear lamp and a green tritium front post outlined in either green, white or orange for higher visibility. The Ameriglo’s are a straight eight design, so users not familiar with this style of sight might struggle at first. The I-DOT sights start at $89.

3. Grips – Talon Gun Grips

The Talon Gun Grip, pictured in moss, adds a little style and more texture to the Shield’s grip. (Photo: Talon)

Sometimes you just need a little more to hold onto when shooting – enter the Talon Gun Grips. An economical choice for Shield owners who can’t splurge on professional aftermarket stippling, Talon’s Gun Grips provide either a granulate or rubber texture with full side panel coverage. The grip offers cutouts for the M&P logo on both sides and Talon even supplies gun grips for extended mag models. Available for the 9mm, .40 and .45 ACP model Shields, the gun grips come in a few texture/color options — rubber/grey, rubber/black, rubber/moss and granulate/black. The Talon Gun Grips are priced just under $20.

4. Lasers — Crimson Trace Laserguard

The LaserGuard is available in either red or green laser output. (Photo: Crimson Trace)

Adding a laser to a pistol is advantageous in situations that call for unique shooting positions. Crimson Trace, one of the largest manufacturers of pistol lasers, serves up both red and green lasers for the Shield. The LG-489 and LG-489G seamlessly integrate a laser sight into the Shield package with a low-profile unit that attaches to the front of the gun. Designed specifically for the Shield, the laser device touts Crimson Trace’s Instinctive Activation technology. This tech automatically activates the laser when the Shield is held in a normal firing position.

No special gunsmithing is required to install the LG-489 and the unit is fully adjustable for windage and elevation. The Laserguard with red laser is priced at $229 while the green laser is priced a little higher at $309.

5. Light — Streamlight TLR-6

The TLR-6 combines flashlight and laser performance in one compact package. (Photo: Streamlight)

A flashlight is an invaluable part of any Everyday Carry kit; but some shooters just can’t handle the added bulk of a tactical light. Streamlight provides a solution to this problem, through its TLR-6 series gun lights. Mounting to the front of the Shield, the lightweight TLR-6 gives users a compact light with 100 lumen output up to 89-meters. With an ambidextrous operation for left and right-handed shooters, the TLR-6 is windage and elevation adjustable. With a durable, IPX4 water resistant and 1-meter impact resistant construction, the light uses two CR1/3N batteries.

For Shield owners who want the light but don’t want to give up laser capabilities, the Streamlight TLR-6 has you covered. Boasting a red laser, the TLR-6 features a run time of 1 hour with LED only or LED/laser combo or 11 hours with laser only. Streamlight’s TLR-6 retails right around $100.

Honorable Mentions: Samson MFG Compact Magwell and Carry Contour Magazine Extender

The Compact Magwell and Carry Contour Extender takes magazine performance to a new level on the Shield. (Photo: Samson Mfg)

Released in early 2018, the Samson MFG Compact Magwell and Extender sprang onto the market as an option for Shield shooters. The magwell does the job of extending the grip on the Shield, giving users more purchase and a full grip on the gun. Featuring a flared design, the magwell also improves reloads making magazine insertion easier. The magwell works alongside Samson MFG’s own magazine extension or Smith & Wesson 8-round mags. The Compact Magwell features an MSRP of $49.

The Carry Contour Magazine Extender is an aluminum +1 magazine extension for the Shield. This extension ships with its own retainer plate and is compatible with the factory magazine spring. The extender adds an additional round to the Shield’s own 7-round or 8-round magazines. The extender is priced at $27.

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Inside Collector’s Row at NRA Dallas (PHOTOS)

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 10:00

With more than 800 booths and vendors, the sprawling 147th National Rifle Association Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Dallas last week had something for everyone– especially collectors.

Tucked away in the “10,000s” the collector section at NRAAM took up a few aisles of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and the gathering of auction houses, preservationists and relic curators offered a rare and exotic firearm exhibit rivaling anything you could see in a museum.

Here are some of the more interesting objects for your viewing pleasure.

Rock Island Auctions was on hand with a very nice sampling of items for their upcoming Premiere Auction in September.

The millionth M1 Garand produced by Springfield Armory, presented to inventor John C. Garand himself, was on display. (Photos: Chris Eger/

As was Luftwaffe boss Hermann Göring’s gold-plated Walther PPK, surrendered by the Reichsmarschall to American soldiers in 1945.

Speaking of Walthers, how about this rare Model 6? Only about 1,000 of these guns, the company’s first move into the full-size military pistol market, were produced.

Everyone loves a Luger commercial carbine

Also on display was a matching set of Colt 1861 Navy cap and ball guns owned by Bill Mathewson, known to history as the original “Buffalo Bill”

This collection of sniper rifles and optics, running from an FN49 used by the army of Luxembourg (top) to a Longbranch No. 4 MKI T Sniper Enfield, L42A1 Enfield, a pair of Winchester P14s on the bottom is superb. And yes, that is an Aldis scope on the last P14.

No collection of WWI U.S. military rifles is complete without a Pedersen device in the line-up, such as this one on display at Cowan’s booth.

Up close…

Cowan also had a whole herd of unicorns in the form of three different Nock Volley Guns to include a Civilian Model, and Mr. Nocks 1st and 2nd Navy models– that last of which just 50 were believed made. The trio will be on the auction block in September.

The S&W Collectors Association had a wide range of Smith’s history at the show.

This included Elmer Keith’s 1954 pre-Model 26 in .45 Colt complete with checkered diamond Magna grips.

This is Col. Rex Applegate’s K-22 Outdoorsman from 1946, the only factory 2-inch variant made in this configuration.

Skeeter Skelton’s Model 25

Old West outlaw John Wesley Hardin’s First Model Russian break-top

Bill Ruger’s first product line– a hand drill– was featured by the Ruger Collector’s Club

As was SN#194, one of his early .22LR pistols, still in its red cardboard box and “cigar box” shipping case.

If this beautiful .270 Weatherby Magnum, complete with a vintage K2.5 Weaver with 6x Litschert attachment and Redfield mount look and custom inlays on a California mesquite stock look like they could grace a gun magazine cover, you are right.

…It was featured in American Rifleman’s December 1946 issue back when the Dope Bag was edited by Maj. Gen. Hatcher, and the Weatherby club had it on display

Wayne and Darla Noble with the Ohio Gun Collectors Association had their award-winning P-38 Pistols and Holsters of WWII collection exhibited.

They included a variety of rares and hard to find examples

Among which was a gray Mauser ac43 E/F police pistol with an FN-produced slide, of which just 100 are estimated to have been made late in the war.

The Texas Ranger Association had a variety of spurs, cuffs, rifles, and handguns of the type used by the law organization, including a number that were owned by former Rangers.

How about that Winchester 1895 at the bottom.

And this Colt Sheriff’s Model in .44-40

Speaking of Colts, the Colt Collectors Association had this immaculate 1848 3rd Model Hartford English Dragoon complete with stock.

And in the Politically Incorrect Gun club, Russian SKS-45s were celebrated as were a host of classic “black rifles”

Winchester ammo had a number of guns on loan from the Cody Museum including Gen. Patton’s presentation M1 as a tie-in to their new line of WWII-styled loadings.

We can’t wait to see what is up for display in Indianapolis next April.

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New Jersey governor names state gun control czar

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 09:30

Attorney Bill Castner, left, is returning to New Jersey state government as Gov. Murphy’s gun control czar after representing the Giffords group during the administration of Gov. Chris Christie. Murphy, a Democrat, is pictured at right. (Photo: NJ Governor’s Office)

A big name lawyer and former legislative adviser was named Monday by Gov. Phil Murphy as the state’s point man for gun issues.

Murphy announced the appointment of Bill Castner as the new post of Senior Advisor to the Governor on Firearms, a role that will bring him into a key role in the newly formed States for Gun Safety coalition and in pending gun control legislation.

“Bill Castner will play an active role in enhancing the coalition and will help our administration to advance new common-sense gun measures and potential avenues for legal challenges to stop the scourge of gun violence,” said Murphy, a Democrat who campaigned last year on an agenda that included a strong anti-gun platform. “Leading the force for gun violence protection to build safer communities and protect families at the state level is of the utmost importance, and I am confident that Bill will generate ideas and solutions that will save lives.”

The New Jersey Law Journal noted that Castner was formerly the chairman of the government affairs practice at powerhouse legal firm Gibbons— where he represented U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords’ gun control group– before moving on to senior vice president of corporate and regulatory affairs at the state’s largest health insurer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield.

In public service, Castner, a Rutgers law grad, previously served as counsel to the New Jersey General Assembly, the state’s redistricting commission, and to Democrat Gov. Jon S. Corzine during which he “served a lead role in the passage of New Jersey’s one-gun-a-month law,” as noted by Murphy’s office.

Giffords was on hand at the announcement in the Garden State this week, saying she was “excited to partner with Gov. Murphy and Bill Castner to make sure New Jersey continues to be a national leader on gun safety. This is a model that will show others how we can take the fight against gun violence to the next level.”

The States for Gun Safety coalition was formed by Murphy along with Govs. Andrew Cuomo of New York, Dannel Malloy of Connecticut, and Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island in February. Among the aims of the coalition is to establish a multi-state background check database, trace and intercept guns across state lines, and contribute to combined research into an “epidemic” of gun violence as a public health concern. The group last month went on to stand up the Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium, staffed with sometimes-controversial researchers and pundits, many of which have voiced support for a variety of gun control measures.

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Colorado Senate rejects gun seizure bill over due process concerns

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 09:30

State Sen. Owen Hill was among the trio of Republicans who scuttled a bill to enshrine extreme risk protection orders under Colorado law. (Photo: Denver Institute/Twitter)

A Republican-controlled state Senate panel this week torpedoed a so-called “red flag” bill that they argued did not square with the Second Amendment.

The measure, HB 1436, would have established extreme risk protection orders under Colorado law, a move that would allow those concerned that an individual is a threat to themselves or others to petition a court to have their firearms seized. The proposal, which passed the House last week, was shot down 3-2 in a party-line vote by the Senate’s State, Veterans, and Military Affairs committee on Tuesday. Those who gave the bill a thumb’s down said it was big policy rushed through the legislature and clearly violated the Constitution.

“Anytime we are talking about taking people’s guns away we have to contend with the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment is pretty darn clear that these rights ‘shall not be infringed,'” said state Sen. Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs, who said he had due process concerns that proposed seizure orders could start down the road to a “surveillance state.”

The proposal would allow a family, household member or law enforcement officer to ask the court for a temporary extreme risk protection order to surrender the subject’s guns and firearm permit to police or a federally licensed firearms dealer. The court must schedule a second hearing no later than seven days later to decide to continue the ERPO for up to six months or rescind it. The bill, introduced at the end of April and backed by gun control advocates, passed the House 37-23 with less than a week left in the current session.

Democrats contend the measure had protections against false reports and to return guns to those found not to be in danger or a threat. “This is not about taking away guns from now until forever,” said Sen. Lois Court D-Denver.

The measure was supported by Everytown, who argue similar bills have been approved in Florida, Vermont, and Maryland in the rush to pass new gun laws since the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead. Prior to that, only California, Oregon and Washington had enacted such laws since 2014, often in the aftermath of extensive lobbying by anti-gun groups and on narrow margins.

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Meeting with Nighthawk Custom’s Chairman 1911 in Dallas (PHOTOS)

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 09:00

Nighthawk Custom’s Chairman is impressive in every aspect (Photos: Chris Eger/

The first in Nighthawk’s Boardroom series, the 6-inch longslide Government 1911 commands respect and was present at the NRA’s Annual Meeting in Dallas.

The Berryville, Arkansas-based company is well-known for their custom 1911s, Browning Hi-Powers, and shotguns, and there is nothing plain about the Chairman, new for 2018. The titanium gold nitride barrel is visible through heavy angle lightning cuts in the slide while rail scale G10 grips and a 25-line per inch checkered front strap and mainspring housing give the shooter’s hands a lot of purchase.

Available in both 9mm and .45ACP, Nighthawk reps told that the additional barrel length gives a longer sight radius while the pistol’s impressive 40.9-ounce unloaded weight mitigates recoil, both contributing to better performance down range.

A tri-cavity trigger and fully adjustable rear target sights come standard while a flute barrel hood is optional. Price is $4,195, but you don’t run across these every day.

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Federal Premium celebrates 10th anniversary of American Eagle Lake City Ammo

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 08:30

Federal Premium celebrates 10 years of partnership with Lake City Army Ammunition with special commemorative boxes. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Federal Premium commemorates 10 years of providing American Eagle brand Lake City Ammunition to consumers, introducing ammo boxes with a patriotic theme.

Featuring red, white and blue,  the ammunition comes in 62-grain 5.56x45mm FMJ, 618-grain .50 BMG Tactical Tracer and 660 grain 50 BMG FMJ. Manufatured in the Lake City Army Ammunition plant, the ammo offerings are designed specifically for modern sporting rifles with mil-spec LCAAP bullets and brass. Ideal for target shooting. Federal Premium says the LAACP ammo is both accurate and reliable.

The Lake City plant is U.S. government owned and contractor-operated plant located in Missouri. First established in 1941, it was created to manufacture and test small caliber ammunition for the U.S. Army. Now, LAACP is the largest producer of small arms ammunition for the U.S. Armed Forces.

Federal says its decade long relationship with LAACP has enabled the ammunition maker to bring both quantity and quality ammo to consumers.

“For 10 years, Federal has been working hand-in-hand with the Lake City Army Ammunition plant, fueling the shooting sports and American freedom with the industry’s most consistent, reliable and affordable small arms rounds,” Federal Premium said in a statement. “With the capacity to produce millions of rounds per day, all with Lake City’s famed mil-spec brass and bullets, the facility ensures Federal continues to provide its customers with the ammunition they need and the quality they expect.”

No word yet on price point for the 10th anniversary boxes.

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Battle Arms Development unleashes Glock G19 Barrel

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 08:00

The Battle Arms Development One:1 Glock 19 Barrel on display at the NRA Annual Meeting in Dallas. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Battle Arms Development has been tinkering away fastidiously, crafting a new barrel designed specifically for the Glock 19.

Dubbed the ONE:1 Glock 19 Barrel, the G19 offering is constructed from heat treated 4140 CM steel with a Melonite QPQ Black Nitride finish. Featuring a 1/2-inch by 28 thread, the ONE:1 opts for straight fluting and a 11 degree target crown.

The thread protector is a Sabertube dimpled patterned thread protector with o-ring. The barrel also boasts an engraved Battle Arms logo.

Battle Arms Development reps told at the NRA Annual Meeting in Dallas that the One:1 Glock Barrel uses a “revolutionary” machining process where one machine handles every part of the barrel from beginning to end — hence the name “One:1.”

The One:1 is a threaded barrel design capable of handling the addition of a suppressor. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

The One:1 G19 Barrel is currently up for grabs courtesy of Battle Arms Development’s website. MSRP is set for $199.

In addition to debuting the Glock 19 barrel at NRA-AM, Battle Arms Development also told it will soon begin offering custom laser engraving services on magazines. While the company currently allows users to laser engrave a variety of products with its own logo, Battle Arms Development will soon open the doors to consumers looking to bring their own images or logos to the table.

Reps told that the service will allow gun owners to send in an image and have it laser engraved on dust covers and magazines. No word yet on when the service will begin.

A laser engraved magazine on display at NRA-AM. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

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New York’s anti-gun attorney general leaves under sex abuse allegations

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 07:30

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has walked away from his post in the wake of explosive allegations this week. (Photo: NY AG’s office)

Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s staunchest legal advocate and SAFE Act defender Eric Schneiderman quit Tuesday amid allegations of sexual abuse.

A former public interest attorney and five-time state senator who was elected to serve as the Empire State’s Attorney General in 2010, Schneiderman announced his abrupt departure from office late Monday after four women came forward to The New Yorker with reports of violence and sexual abuse at his hands.

“In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me,” said Schneiderman in a resignation statement issued just hours after the news broke. “While these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work at this critical time.”

Schneiderman supported Cuomo’s controversial New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act which was rushed into law in 2013 as a response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The strict portfolio of gun control measures, some still in limbo a half-decade later, was defended by Schneiderman to the state Supreme Court as well as in front of federal panels. He has also vigorously prosecuted SAFE Act violators as well as those bringing in guns from out-of-state.

In addition, his office has fended off challenges to the long-standing handgun licensing scheme adopted under the Sullivan Act, gone after toy gun retailers, argued New Yorkers have no Second Amendment right to a stun gun and supported microstamping proposals. Last December, Schneiderman joined with 16 other attorneys general to oppose national concealed carry reciprocity legislation tracking in Congress.

Schneiderman is not the first SAFE Act architect that has fallen from grace. Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a key player in the adoption of the gun control legislation, was found guilty in 2015 of a series of federal corruption charges although the conviction was later overturned on appeal. State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, who suspending the chamber’s rules in 2013 to bring the SAFE Act to the floor and advocated its passage, was also convicted on federal corruption charges in 2015 and is facing a retrial set for later this year.

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Sig Sauer P365 draws crowds at NRA-AM

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 07:00

A row of Sig P365 pistols on display at the NRA Annual Meeting. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Sig Sauer’s P365 was one of the hot ticket, must see items on the floors of the NRA’s Annual Meeting in Dallas last week. Drawing bustling crowds that stood shoulder to shoulder to see the latest concealed carry inspired pistol, Sig Sauer’s booth teemed with consumers interested in the ergonomically designed 9mm handgun.

The gun maker said the pistol’s popularity at the show took them by a bit of surprise.

“The gun has far exceeded expectations,” Sig Sauer’s Phil Strader told “It’s doing extremely well. It’s been hectic keeping up with demand but we’re very excited.”

The P365 made its debut in January at SHOT Show held in Las Vegas.  However, NRA-AM was the first time most consumers were able to lay eyes and hands on the new gun. Struder said the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive with gun owners applauding the company for the P365’s innovative design.

“There was a huge gap in the market and we wanted to fill it with a better product,” Strader said. “People are very excited to get more features in a small, shootable package.”

Patrons to Sig Sauer’s booths remarked to that the gun’s small size, but mighty capacity instantly made it a must see stop on the NRA-AM show floor. The Sig P365 is a striker-fired 9mm measuring 1-inch wide, 5.8-inches long and weighing 17.8-ounces unloaded. The P365 sports a 3-inch barrel and offers an impressive 10+1 capacity (or 12-rounds with the extended mag).

The pistol boasts an impressive 10+1 capacity. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Sig designed the P365 for easy takedown, with no trigger pull required. Touting rounded edges specifically designed for concealed carry and easier drawing, the P365 looks to fill that niche for gun owners who want a low-profile concealable pistol but don’t want the added weight of extra mags on the belt.

MSRP on the Sig Sauer P365 is $599 with those extended mags running $55 each. recently reviewed the Sig P365. Check out our take below:


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NRA ‘Carry Guard’ insurer fined $1.3 million by New York regulators

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 06:00

A sign promoting NRA Carry Guard insurance on display at the organization’s annual convention May 4-6, 2018 in Dallas. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

New York regulators found that the self-defense insurance program offered by the National Rifle Association unlawfully provided liability insurance in the state, according to Monday’s announcement.

Chubb Ltd. and its subsidiary, Illinois Union Insurance Company, entered into a decent decree with the state’s Department of Financial Services in which the company agreed to pay a $1.3 million fine and refrain from providing policies that cover legal fees in cases where the policyholder faces criminal charges.

Also, Illinois Union must notify New York policyholders that their Carry Guard polices have been canceled within 90 days of the notice date and return premiums.

The NRA markets Carry Guard as providing coverage for policyholders who are charged with a crime after a claimed self-defense shooting. However, defense coverage in a criminal proceeding is not permitted by New York law, according to the decent decree.

Last week, on the day before the NRA kicked off its annual convention, the state announced an agreement between Carry Guard underwriter Lockton Affinity for also violating state law. The company agreed to pay a $7 million fine and other similar arrangements as Chubb. Quickly following the decision, however, the NRA filed suit against Lockton, alleging breach of contract.

Yet, both companies said they already cut ties with the NRA following a school shooting in Parkland, Florida in February. They clarified that the decision was unrelated to the growing public backlash against the gun lobby.

The NRA released Carry Guard policies during last year’s annual convention. In fact, the business venture — that offered high-priced firearms training and products as well as the policies — served as the highlight of the event.

The investigation by New York regulators launched last year after gun control advocacy groups began pressuring the state and companies involved to “stop murder insurance.” The companies involved and the NRA said they cooperated with the state investigators.

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Trailer: Hard to kill with Tim Kennedy and Sheepdog Response (VIDEO)

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 11:00

This May, will release a feature a video about Sheepdog Response. We filmed a two-day course given to a group of thirty of Arizona’s finest law enforcement officers. They were pushed to their limits. The course took place in Phoenix on March 20, 21, 2018.

Sheepdog Response was founded in 2015 by special forces soldier and UFC fighter Tim Kennedy. He wanted to address the gray area between hand-to-hand combat and gunfighting. Being highly proficient in both, he offered everything that he learned during his illustrious career to the courses. Those who enroll are pushed to their limits and learn how to become stronger, faster and harder to kill.

Sheepdog offers a variety of courses to law enforcement and civilians alike. It enlists the help of a highly experienced and dedicated group of instructors from a wide range of backgrounds

The first part of the course filmed was spent in a padded gym learning how to grapple with adversaries. The second part was spent at a range learning how to win when the guns come out.

We followed officer Patrick Nelson as he completed his second Sheepdog course. Officer Nelson experienced an officer involved shooting in 2015. He thought he was prepared for such an event, but the adrenaline rush and decompression afterwards left him exhausted. He realized that he needed much more training. That’s why he sought out Sheepdog Response.

We also followed Miley Merritt, a young EMT who has encountered violence while doing her job. Being a female of smaller stature who cannot carry a firearm on the job, she sought out Sheepdog to help her overcome potential threats. As the only female at the course, she was up against some very challenging adversaries.

Sheepdog Response courses are not for the light hearted. They are intense and emulate life or death scenarios.

Join this May as we take you deep inside Sheepdog Response and what’s it like to take one of their highly regarded courses.

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New Auto-Ordnance custom 1911s draw a crowd in Dallas (PHOTOS)

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 10:00

The Victory Girls model is customized with deep cut laser engraving of a pin-up girl on the right side, and an updated “Rosie the Riveter” on the left with an Army Air Corps roundel on both sides of the frame. (Photos: Chris Eger/

World War II-themed “Victory Girls” 1911s and others on hand at Auto-Ordnance’s booth impressed visitors to the 147th NRA Show last week.

The series is based on AO’s standard 1911A1 GI Model in .45ACP, with a 5-inch barrel, seven-round magazine, and U.S. property-marked wood grips. The pistol includes a carbon steel slide, sear, and disconnector machined from solid bar stock and low-profile sights. All are domestically made.

The pistol sports a worn look with a two-color Cerakote finish of Armor Black and Gunmetal Grey to resemble the skin of a WWII-era fighter, such as a P-47 Thunderbolt. Retail on the Victory Girls is $999.

There is also the green-hued Fly Girls model honoring the more than 1,000 largely unsung Women Airforce Service Pilots who served in WWII.

The Squadron model has an iconic Flying Tiger’s style shark mouth

For those who are a fan of case hardening, AO has you covered.

The company, through their Magnum Research affiliate, also had patriotic-themed 1911s

As well as a President Donald Trump MAGA .45ACP.

And you know what else Magnum Research makes, right?

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Velociraptor suppressed shorty AK nears completion (PHOTOS)

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 09:30

Meaux says he wants the gun as close to perfect as he can get it before it leaves his shop. (Photos: Chris Eger/

Baton Rouge-based Aklys Defense is prepping their integrally suppressed AKSV Velociraptor project for regular production. The planned two-stamp Kalash is a suppressed short barreled rifle that is small enough to fit in a backpack with the stock folded and has become a more polished gun from what was exhibited just a few months ago.

As previously reported by, we have been following Joe Meaux’s Krink-sized AK SBR for a few months so of course, so of course we had to swing by the Aklys booth at the NRA Show in Dallas to get an update on how the work is going.

The 12-inch multi-stack chamber system sandwiched around a 9.3-inch barrel is the heart of the system.


The Velociraptor has progressed through a number of prototype phases and is nearing production

The good news is that they have been hard at work on many minor changes to the design and hope to get the perfected 7.62x39mm caliber gun in limited production later this year, likely by the Fall. Meaux said he wants the gun as close to perfect as he can get it before it leaves his shop. Price range is projected to be in the $4,800 range, plus stamps.

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Trump’s speech to NRA members drew criticism domestically, internationally (VIDEO)

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 09:30

President Trump endorsed the National Rifle Association’s agenda at the organization’s annual convention, but in doing to he also drew criticism and outrage in how he characterized recent tragedies.

In Friday’s speech to NRA members, the president adopted the NRA’s theme — the good guy with a gun theory — by promoting it as the solution to violence in the U.S. and abroad while also suggesting gun control has resulted in negative outcomes.

The first 20 minutes of Trump’s speech followed his typical campaign-style pattern in which he talked about his relationships, accomplishments and the crowd size before abruptly transitioning. “Let’s talk about guns,” he said and immediately launched into a description of the 2015 terror attack at a music venue in Paris where 130 people died and another 413 were injured.

“They were brutally killed by a small group of terrorists that had guns. They took their time and gunned them down one by one. Boom! Come over here. Boom! Come over here. Boom!” he said as he mimicked shooting a gun with his hands. “If you were in those rooms … if one employee or just one patron had a gun or if one person in this room had been there with a gun aimed at the opposite direction, the terrorists would have fled or been shot and it would have been a whole different story.”

Although the pro-gun solution elicited cheers from the audience, the country of France condemned Trump’s usage of the incident to promote the agenda. “France expresses its firm disapproval of President Trump’s remarks about the attacks of 13 November 2015 in Paris and calls for respect for the memory of the victims,” the country’s U.S. embassy said in a statement, which described the attack as “a series of terrorist attacks planned from abroad, coordinated and executed with weapons of war.”

In the statement, the country said it’s proud of its gun control laws and that they have had a positive effect. “The statistics of victims by firearms do not lead us to question the choice of France in the matter,” the statement said. “The free flow of arms within society does not constitute a bulwark against terrorist attacks, it can instead facilitate the planning of this type of attack.”

Trump also referenced London, England’s recent surge in knife attacks. He suggested because of city’s “unbelievably tough gun laws,” criminals have resorted to using knives, which cause scenes that look like “war zones.” In the UK there’s been a 22 percent increase in knife attacks, which are mostly attributable to London and metropolitan areas, according to government data.

“They don’t have guns. They have knives. And instead there’s blood all over the floors of this hospital. They say it’s as bad as a military war zone hospital,” he said and added “knives knives knives” while mimicking a stabbing motion.

The president was reiterating a quote by London trauma surgeon Martin Griffiths who said during a radio interview in April that his colleagues have compared injuries they saw in Afghanistan to ones they started to see in London. However, Griffiths responded to Trump’s comment on Twitter, saying “Happy to invite Mr Trump to my (prestigious) hospital to meet with our mayor and police commissioner to discuss our successes in violence reduction in London.”

Director of London’s major trauma system, Professor Karim Brohi, also dismissed both Trump’s reference to knife attacks. “There is more we can all do to combat this violence, but to suggest guns are part of the solution is ridiculous,” Brohi said in a statement. “Gunshot wounds are at least twice as lethal as knife injuries and more difficult to repair. We are proud of our world-leading service and to serve the people of London.”

Trump bragged about the steps his administration has taken to prevent future violence like February’s mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, by pointing to legislation to improve the background check system, red flag laws and allocating funds for school security. His administration has also sought to expand the concept of security to include arming “highly trained teachers,” a solution most teachers oppose.

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, described arming teachers as pandering to the NRA. “The president should be a cheerleader for students, parents and educators, not for the NRA and gun manufacturers,” Weingarten said in a statement. “President Trump continues to call for arming teachers and school staff with guns, but he’s been completely silent when it comes to what educators have asked to be armed with — the respect and resources they need to teach students.”

The AFT, which represent some 1.7 million educators nationwide, has been an outspoken critic of Trump’s plan and the NRA since the Parkland shooting, which left 17 people dead and 15 others injured. The organization recently cut ties with bank Wells Fargo because of its business with the gun lobby.

The president appeared alongside Vice President Mike Pence and a dozen or so other speakers during the Leadership Forum on May 4 in Dallas. The event was designed to drum up support for this year’s midterm elections.

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Sponsor of national reciprocity bill gives update on efforts to move proposal (VIDEO)

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 09:00

North Carolina Republican U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson on Friday spoke about his plan to sidestep the patchwork of concealed carry reciprocity laws and agreements between states.

Hudson addressed the Leadership Forum crowd at the 147th annual National Rifle Association meeting in Dallas– the only Congressman asked to do so — and spoke on both the Second Amendment and his bill, which he said he expects to be signed into law this year by President Donald Trump.

“Concealed carry reciprocity is already well-established across our country with the average state recognizing permits from more than 30 other states,” Hudson said in a statement given to “National concealed carry reciprocity is simply common sense, and I’m proud to lead the efforts to make it a reality.”

The proposal, H.R.38, slid through the House on a GOP-heavy 231-198 roll call after a brief debate last December while a companion bill in the Senate sponsored by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn — a Texas senator who also spoke at Dallas — has 40 co-sponsors. While the Senate proposal is currently just favored by Republicans, with mid-term elections in just over six months and polling showing that a number of Democratic Senate held seats in states that went Trump in 2016 could be in danger, it’s safe to say that some Dems may cross the aisle to support the bill in some form.

Hudson’s legislation allows law-abiding citizens to carry concealed only if they are not federally prohibited from possessing a firearm, are carrying a valid government-issued photo ID, and are lawfully licensed or entitled to carry a concealed handgun. As such it would circumvent the complex series of state and territorial reciprocity agreements that vary from one area to another, sometimes even within the same states. An improvement from the 2015 proposal that failed to move on Capitol Hill, it also provides protections for residents of a dozen or more constitutional carry states as they travel.

The measure is supported by the attorneys general of 24 states and a variety of Second Amendment organizations. Gun control groups along with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey are among attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia opposed to national reciprocity.

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Remington shows off ultralight offerings at NRA Show (PHOTOS)

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 08:30

The rounded frame Ultralight Executive weighs 28-ounces, sports a PVD finish and a 7-inch overall length. (Photos: Chris Eger/

Among the new products on display for 2018, Big Green had a 6-pound threaded camo rifle and an aluminum framed officer-sized 1911. Remington’s booth at the 147th National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Dallas last week was packed with product but a few new and intresting items popped out. Among them was the 1911 R1 Ultralight Executive, a 3.5-inch match barreled .45ACP complete with tritium night sights and a weight about a third lighter than a comparably-sized steel gun.

MSRP is $1250.

In rifle offerings, Remington had their new Model Seven Threaded on display. Shorter than a comparable Model 700 by a bit more than 2-inches overall, the downright trim carbine has a 16.5-inch threaded barrel and is billed as being ideal for brush hunting or for use by those with smaller statures.

Decked out in bright Kuiu Vias scheme camo, the Model Seven Threaded is offered in .300 AAC Blackout and .308 Win and comes standard with Remington’s X-Mark Pro adjustable trigger.

Retail is $795.

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Blackhawk unveils new MBOSS Holster at NRA-AM

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 08:00

The MBOSS holster by Blackhawk brings leather into a more modern age. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

After hinting at a new holster last week, tactical gear maker Blackhawk officially debuted the MBOSS to consumers at the NRA’s Annual Meeting.

The MBOSS holster series melds the traditional feel of leather with a more modern look reminiscent of a polymer style holster.

“Designed to be an extension of you, MBOSS holsters deliver user comfort and adaptability to any situation. The unique surface blends the tactical look and feel with the everyday carry world to provide a holster that performs at any level,” Blackhawk said in a statement.

The MBOSS offers an area designed to allow users to naturally index their trigger finger.  (Photo: Jacki Billings)

The MBOSS, engineered in the U.S., was created to offer concealers a variety of carry positions inside or outside the waistband. Crafted to include an area to index the trigger finger, the holster aims to encourage better handling on the draw. Dan Rice, President of Blackhawk, told the new holster series targets the younger generation of shooters.

“We wanted to introduce a younger audience to leather,” Rice said. “The MBOSS looks like a polymer holster but feels like leather. It’s durable, long-lasting and has a fun style.”

The holster will eventually ship in five total styles — Compact, IWB with clip, IWB, Speed Classic and 3 Slot.

The MBOSS by Blackhawk starts at $79 with an expected ship date of summer 2018.

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Gear Review: Mother’s Day gift guide

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 08:00

Here’s one certain truth—if you’re shopping Mother’s Day Gift Guide for your mama, she’s one cool lady.  Whether you have a gun kind of budget or you’re more on the bookmark pay scale, we have something to make your outdoorsy life-giver smile.

Weatherby Mark V Camilla

Weatherby’s Mark V Camilla buttstock is customized for a woman’s unique build, with slimmer lines, a heightened Monte Carlo rollover, and shorter length of pull. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

The Mark V Camilla Deluxe premium bolt action hunting rifle comes with a steep MSRP of $2,700 but it’s a true hand-me-through-the-generations kind of rifle.  The new Mark V version of the built-for-women-by-women rifle comes in .240 Wby Mag, .270, and 30-06. Our only wish is they chambered it in some of the bigger Weatherby calibers, especially the all-around fantastic .257 Wby Mag.  If you’re thinking a Camilla rifle is the way to go, but want to save a few bucks while still pleasing mom, Weatherby’s Vanguard Camilla is a solid choice at less than a third of the price.

Henry American Beauty

Detail of the American Beauty’s receiver reveals intricate hand engraving done by master engraver Heidi Roos and the inlaid 14K rose gold American Beauty Rose. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

What woman doesn’t want a little bling on her special day?  Henry knows that even sweet 2A ladies would love a blend of firearms, silver and 14K gold.  Enter, the American Beauty. This is a limited run, lever action .22 S, L, LR lifetime kind of gift named for the iconic American Beauty rose inlaid on the hand-engraved receiver.  If this is your gift, not only is mama bear one lucky gal, but you are one of the best gift givers of the year.  MSRP is $949, but online retailers have been blowing it out for just over six bills. See our full review for more details.

Pachmayr Snap Caps

Pachmayr’s A-Zoom line of snap caps covers most every caliber and gauge on the market, and are a must-have practice tool for dry firing, trigger control, mag changes, and function tests. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Available in over 100 calibers for everything from shotguns to pistols to revolvers and rifles, snap caps are really a must-have for any shooter.  Pachmayr’s A-Zoom line of snap caps have been expanded and improved for 2018, and they make a great affordable gift for any shooter or hunter, or in this case, huntress.  I find myself reaching for the snap caps often to safely practice dry firing, trigger control, mag changes, function testing and even storage. The “dead cap” primers protect your gun’s firing pin and most are CNC machined metal for extreme durability, though the polymer versions work well too.  Retail prices range from $10.50-$24.50.

Orca Chasertini

Orca Coolers is at the top of their market, and the introduction of new and innovative drinkware is icing on the cake—or in this case, cold martinis in the double wall stainless Chasertini. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Orca’s Chaser line of drinkware grew in size for 2018, and we think Mom might like to kick back on her special day with a nice cold martini or other pleasurable beverage in her Chasertini.  The sleek unit is made of double-wall stainless steel and large enough to hold a full eight ounces.  The signature Orca whale-tail top is BPA-free and clear to see when a refill is needed.  With an MSRP of $24.99, this is an affordable gift for happy hour.


Decibullz custom molded hearing protection is revolutionizing the way shooters think about hearing protection. The plugs are easily molded at home, and can be upgraded with percussive filters or even wireless earphones for music on the go. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Nothing improves range time like quality hearing protection, and Decibullz is one name you need to know.  No more clunky electronic muffs or passive covers—Decibullz makes custom molded earplugs that you fit easily at home.  Best of all, you can start with the standard plugs and add the Percussive Shooting Filters later, which function like electronic filters without batteries.  Even if Mother is not a hardcore shooter, Decilbullz also offers wireless Bluetooth and in-ear audio headphones, excellent for music junkies on the go or workout time.  Pricing on the Custom Molded Plugs is $25.99 retail, with the upgrades able to be added anytime down the line for $59-$89.

Secret Compartment Furniture Accent Table

Secret Compartment Furniture features Amish craftsmanship for a functional and beautiful place to hide your guns. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Who knew guns and home décor could meld so well? This shaker-style accent table is constructed of solid maple wood, Amish-made in Holmes County, Ohio.  Held by powerful magnets, one removable side panel — not discernable from the other three side panels — conceals a 10x10x3-inch felt-lined secret compartment ideal for handguns and other items you’d like hidden yet always at the ready.  Overall dimensions on this particular table in inches are 14Wx14Dx28.5H, though the company offers plenty of other styles, all with retail prices in the $299-599 range.  That’s 100 percent made in the USA quality, but if that’s too steep a price, I’m sure the lady in your life would welcome a home-built version just as much.

Yeti Panga 50

Yeti’s Panga 50 is the smallest size in the lineup of three, yet is large enough to hold plenty of gear for a longer trek while still fitting in airline overhead bins. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Some will argue that Yeti is putting their name on just about everything these days, from chairs to buckets.  Scoff if you will, but their Panga series of waterproof, submersible bags is exceptional, and the 50 size is one that can do it all.  I have found uses for everything from backcountry hunting trips to fishing, boating, and just general travel.  With both shoulder straps to be worn as a backpack this bag is built to be on the move.  The 50 is the smallest size and has ample room for a week’s travel or a day’s adventure knowing your gear will be safe and dry. Even stuffed full, it still fits in overhead bins, doubling as a durable carry-on. Retail price is stout at $299, but if Mom likes Yeti products, this is a good one.

Alps Outdoorz Monarch X Pack

The Alps Outdoorz Monarch X pack designed specifically for women does not disappoint and is my go-to hunting pack. Not only does it pack all your gear, but doubles as a hunter’s meat pack as well. The shorter torso length and customized straps are created for women, while still maintaining plenty of features and storage. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Whether Mom’s a hunter or a hiker, the Monarch X pack from Alps Outdoorz is made for her.  It is designed to fit a woman’s frame with shorter torso and appropriate chest and waist straps.  There is a drop-down bow/rifle holder, shooting stick/tripod holder, hydration pack stowage, raincover, and plenty of compression straps. After packing out deer and antelope using the stowable meat shelf and hauling a week’s worth of hunting gear up and down Wyoming, I can testify to not only the comfort, but also the durability and features of the Monarch. MSRP is $199, and it’s worth every penny.  This is my go-to pack, the fine folks at Alps, including some great women, are as passionate about hunting and the outdoors as they are making top-of-the-line products.

Gatorz Boxster Glasses

Gatorz Eyewear comes in a numerous unisex styles, with the Boxter in Cerakote White shown here the most popular among women. The company will even hook buyers up with prescription lenses through the website. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

All Gatorz glasses are built around 7075 billet aluminum frames, making them surprisingly flexible and adjustable. Most styles are unisex, polarized, 100 percent UV resistant, with ballistic impact resistance; while they also debuted an ANSI safety rated version as well, which is excellent for serious shooting use. The Boxster models we’re showing here in both Cerakote White and the limited edition “Barbells for Boobs” Pink, which are most popular with the ladies, retail at $200.  Gatorz offers appealing military and first responder discounts as well, and they are a dedicated, handcrafted-in-America company that donates to plenty of worthwhile causes.  They’ll even set buyers up with prescription lenses for additional cost.

Happy Mother’s Day

Whether she prefers a day on the shooting range, a spring hunt, or a day of rest, this is her day.  Happy Mother’s Day and happy shopping.  Let’s raise a glass—in this case, an Orca Chasertini—to Mom’s everywhere!

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