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A sweeping package of hunting and outdoor recreation reforms has cleared the U.S. Senate and could receive a floor vote in the House this week.
Introduced as S.47, The Natural Resources Management Act blends nearly 100 smaller measures and provisions that have been winding through Congress for the past half-decade. The bill was passed in a bipartisan 92-8 vote earlier this month and is on the House Calendar for Tuesday.
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, an Alaskan Republican and chief sponsor of the measure, characterized the proposal as containing “huge wins for Americans” to include expanding “access for our sportsmen & women on federal lands for hunting, fishing, & other outdoor activities.”
The omnibus package addresses a number of priorities for hunters and recreational shooters. The most important of these is to direct Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service lands to be open for hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting except under limited circumstances.
To help open up more areas, the bill reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund for public access enhancement projects. Further, it would allow BLM to lease or otherwise permit more shooting ranges on federal land and allow volunteer hunters to control wildlife populations in National Parks.
Supporting the measure are more than 50 conservation and pro-hunting groups including the Boone & Crockett Club, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Pope & Young Club, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
“This is good news for all sportsmen concerned about access to places to hunt, fish, target shoot and recreate on public lands,” said Timothy C. Brady, president of the Boone and Crockett Club in a statement.
Similar measures have been proposed and advanced on Capitol Hill since 2014 and came close to passage only to be left on the table at the last minute. Last year, a House sportsmen’s bill included language from the Hearing Protection Act to drop suppressors from National Firearms Act regulation.
S.47 does not include any suppressor language.
Notably, the House also intends to vote on two Democrat-backed background check expansion bills, H.R.8 and H.R.1112 this week. Taken in tandem, the bills would require a check on most private gun transfers and could allow pending checks to linger for 20 business days or longer.
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Is the XOP Stock the adjustable AR stock of the future? Inventor and retired police officer, Joede Vanek, believes that it is.
We met Vanek at last year’s SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada where he introduced us to the XOP Stock. (pronounced ZOP) It’s a patented stock designed for AR-style rifles that allows shooters to adjust the stock’s length of pull without taking their hand off the grip or eyes off the sights and target.
The shooter uses his or her finger to operate a small lever at the bottom of trigger guard that allows the spring-loaded stock to be compressed or extended.
This year, Vanek was back at SHOT Show showcasing a refined, streamlined and improved version of his product. The grip and cheek-piece are now interchangeable, and the stock has 33-positions of adjustment. “It allows you to get that perfect length of pull,” Vanek said. “You can stay lethal on the weapon at all times.”
The improvements are a result of working with paratroopers and special forces from the US Army. Vanek believes his product would be ideal for law enforcement and the military. “That’s why we developed the all new XOP Stock,” he said. “It’s to keep soldiers and police officers safe and fast on the gun.”
Vanek also thinks his stock would be perfect for all AR owners. If you’re interested to know more, please visit the XOP Stock website.
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Mossy Oak announced at the 2019 SHOT Show in Las Vegas last month that their new “Overwatch” pattern has become the official camouflage for the National Rifle Association.
“What that means is all those members and supporters of the NRA now have a pattern that they can affiliate themselves with” in 2019 and moving full steam ahead in 2020, said Mossy Oak representative Jake Meyer.
Meyer said Mossy Oak wants hunters and shooters to “represent yourself and your passion, for not only support of the second amendment, but also the hunting heritage and the overall right to pursue this lifestyle that we all love and endear so much.”
The two groups made the announcement with great fanfare. Presenters included Mossy’s founder Toxey Haas, NRA magazine publisher Doug Hamlin, and current NRA president retired Lt. Col. Oliver North.
“We’re doing everything we can to advance the shooting sports,” North said during a speech that put guns, family, and faith front and center as he pitched the brand.
“Every one of my 17 grandkids is someday going to have Mossy Oak, and they’ll wear it proudly, not just because grandad is out there wearing it himself, but because they’re our partners in this endeavor,” North said.
North explained that he gives each grandchild a box with four items: a bible, compass, an NRA life membership, and a 20-gauge shotgun. “If you learn to use everything in this box, you’ll never go hungry, you’ll never be lost, and you need fear nothing,” he said.
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FN owners looking to nab Apex Tactical Specialties’ FN509/FNS-C Disassembly Fixture are in luck as the company says the device is now officially back in stock and ready for order.
The FN509/FNS-C Disassembly Fixture holds the FN 509 or FNS Compact frame in place to allow FN pistol owners to locate a pin punch for removal of the unlocking block pin. Designed by Apex’s engineering team, the device provides an easy yet safe means to remove the stock unlocking block pin — all without damaging the actual pistol.
Scott Folk, COO and co-owner of Apex, played a part in developing the FN509/FNS-C Disassembly Fixture. Folk says the fixture immediately sold out when it was first introduced and the company has worked tirelessly to offer more fixtures to FN owners.
“When we first introduced the FN509/FNS-C Disassembly Fixture we underestimated the demand for this tool as we immediately sold out. Even now with a large supply on hand, we’re seeing a flood of orders coming in from FN pistol owners, as well as armorers and gunsmiths who are accustomed to working on the FN 509 and FNS Compact model pistols,” Folk said in a press release.
The FN509/FNS-C Disassembly Fixture along with Apex’s FN trigger kits are available on Apex’s website. The FN509/FNS-C Disassembly Fixture retails for $34.95.
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The UK-based firm of BCB International announced Friday that an elite anti-terror team will be fielding the company’s FRAMM modular stock. Designed to allow for the vertical flexibility needed by military and law enforcement officers using helmet shields or protective masks, the FRAMM ratchets through nine different positions so that it can use used with a variety of visor types.
BCB’s FRAMM Project Manager, Philippe Minchin, explained the device is not the typical stock, saying, “It removes the need for both non-visored and visored officers to have to alternate between butt stocks to fit the situation they are faced with. “At a press of a button, the FRAMM enables an officer to switch from a classic straight alignment to a lowered setting of their choosing thereby eliminating the risk of their helmet visors or respirator masks interfering with the shouldering, aiming and firing of their weapon.”
BCB said this week that the tactical unit of the French National Gendarmerie, the GIGN, has selected the modular stock for their HK G36 rifles and HK-UMP sub guns. The 400-man unit specializes in hostage rescue and counter-terrorism.
The FRAMM, which uses a rubberized non-slip stock pad, can also be produced for a wide range of firearms including the FN SCAR, HK MP5, B&T APC556, Sig 550, and CZ BREN 805, among others.
Price for the specialized and very niche stock is on request.
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The Relentless Warrior Championships will return for its second year hosted by gun maker Sig Sauer at its facility in Epping, New Hampshire March 30.
The Second Annual Sig Sauer Relentless Warrior Championship brings over 100 cadets from the United States Air Force, Naval and Coast Guard Academies as well as the Virginia Military Institute, West Point and Texas A&M together to compete in high-level skills course for the tile of “Ultimate Warrior.”
The event will occur at the Sig Sauer Academy with Team Sig competitive shooters, Max Michel, Lena Miculek and Daniel Horner acting as honorary match safety officers. Additionally, Team Sig members will host shooting clinics and demos for participating cadets.
“At Sig we feel a deep sense of responsibility to the future of our nation’s military leaders and we are honored to encourage their development as marksmen and leaders through our sponsorship of this elite competition,” Tom Taylor, chief marketing officer and executive vice president of commercial sales, said in a news release.
Sig scheduled an intense course of fire involving six mission stages. The company says the competition will “test the marksmanship and leadership skills of these young cadets.”
The Second Annual Relentless Warrior Championships is set for March 20.
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With the addition of a full-freedom selector switch, the M2 Carbine was at least twice as fun as the M1 — at 750 rounds per minute. A late-war upgrade to the more pedestrian M1 .30 caliber Carbine, the “pot-bellied” M2 Carbine could rock and roll with the best of them.
While millions of “war baby” M1 Carbines were produced during and immediately after WWII, a much smaller number of select-fire M2s were made by General Motors’ Inland Division starting in 1944, though many regular M1s were later converted. In all, just about 600,000 of the rapid-fire wonders were cranked out. At just 5.5-pounds, the gun was light and handy. When coupled with larger 30-round magazines rather than the M1’s standard 15-shot box, they were definitely an upgrade.
While few saw combat against the Germans and Japanese, they did prove really popular in close-in fighting against Chinese/Norks in Korea as well as with U.S. advisors in the early stages of the Vietnam conflict. You can probably guess why.
Today, unfortunately, M2s require much in the way of a tax stamp and NFA red tape but when they do come up at auction, transferable ones can fetch closer to the $10K mark, which is a good bit less than other select-fire small arms of the same period.
Days after Daniel Defense announced its spot as Official Bolt-Gun of the Precision Rifle Series, Savage Arms enters the PRS fray revealing its titles as the Official Gas Gun of the shooting series.
Savage Arms’ Beth Shimanksi said the company has been deeply involved in the growth of PRS, acting as avid supporters of the long-range competition shooting series. Shimanksi says Savage continually rolls out new long range, precision rifles for shooters in PRS or those looking to break into the sport.
“Savage has always been known for building accurate, competition-ready rifles, as seen in both our F-Class and 3-Gun competition models,” she said in a press release. “With the growth of PRS, we saw an opportunity for our rifles to excel in these competitions. Our introduction of the MSR 10 Precision was a perfect entry into this sport and allowed us to put our flag in the ground as the premier, complete and ready-to-compete gas gun of PRS.”
The company’s MSR 10 Precision currently covers PRS Open and Heavy Tactical while its MSR 15 Long Range competes in the Light Tactical division. PRS focus on the practical application of long-range rifle shooting. The series features various categories, including the PRS Bolt Gun Series, PRS Gas Gun Series and PRS Club Series.
“Savage has a history of being extremely accurate straight from the factory,” Shimanski added. “We know that the PRS is all about accuracy, and we have focused our new product development to bring some products that pair perfectly with this discipline. This partnership is a great place for Savage to showcase these new products while supporting a great organization in our industry.”
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Manufactured by the Tampa-based Serbu Firearms, the Shorty claims to be the shortest pump-action shotgun on the market today. The weapon is available in either a Mossberg 500 or Remington 500 configuration. The test gun is of the former and requires a class three permit. However, it comes under the classification as “any other weapon” and the cost for that tax stamp is only $5.
The shotgun features an ambidextrous safety with a pistol grip. The Shorty holds three shells, or one in the chamber and two in the tube, and fires both 2.75- or 3-inch shells. Chambering a shell is done by folding the metal fore-end grip down and racking the slide. To fold the grip back in place, just pull down and fold back. A very simple operation.
One of the coolest features about this gun is that the small size enables the purchase of an optional holster. The holster is secured to the body with a thigh strap and a belt strap. The holster offers two restraints for the weapon, one quick release which is a rubber tube with thumb grip and the other, a nylon strap with a plastic clip. The weapon was very secure in the holster. The holster also comes with a mole attachment that will hold six additional shotgun shells.
To create some interaction with targets, I grabbed some cabbage heads and grapefruits. Since the weapon is designed for an up close and personal experience, I decided to shoot from approximately 5 yards using Remington 2.75 inch, 1.125 ounce birdshot.
The Shorty is an extremely fun gun to shoot. It does take its toll on your wrist, however, I fired many rounds during my demonstration. The average user should not have the same issue.
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A woman in rural Jackson County, Georgia last week spent nearly 10 minutes on the phone with a 911 dispatcher as a burglar was ransacking her home. Armed with a gun, the unidentified 79-year-old alternated between whispering a play-by-play of the events to the dispatcher and warning the man away from her.
“I’m waitin’ on ya’, come on!” she shouted. “When you come down those stairs I’m gonna blow your damn brains out!” Then, during the encounter, she fired two shots towards the man, now identified as 20-year-old Hans Rogers of Dallas, Georgia, but did not injure him.
When officers finally made it on-scene, they found Rogers upstairs hiding in a closet. After his arrest, he was charged with burglary, home invasion, and criminal trespassing.
“She didn’t allow herself to become a victim,” the woman’s daughter told 11 Alive. “My mother’s a very strong woman. I know where I get my strength from, now. As a matter of fact, I think she’s a little stronger.”
The full 911 call, below.
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With their late model Gen 5 series and Glock 45 pistols new to the market, the company this week announced a number of police agencies are upgrading.
In a statement this week from Glock’s Georgia-based U.S. headquarters, the Baltimore County Police have made a high-profile switch from the FNS-40 to the Gen 5 G17 while Missouri’s Ste. Genevieve Sheriff’s Department has replaced their Sig Sauer pistols with Gen 5 G19s and G17 models. Meanwhile, in Washington, the Lynnwood Police Department has also swapped out their Sigs for Gen 5s and the Tennessee Department of Revenue is getting new Glock Model 45s in place of Sigs.
“The newest generation of Glock pistols demonstrate precisely engineered design enhancements that perform flawlessly to meet the demanding level of reliability, accuracy and durability required by those who go into harm’s way,” said Josh Dorsey, the company’s VP. “The continued adoption of the 5th generation of Glock pistols by those who swore an oath to protect and defend is a demonstration of trust and dependence in our pistols when seconds count.”
Glock introduced their 5th generation polymer framed striker-fired handguns in late 2017 with updated versions of the G17 and G19, and have moved to expand the models available since then. While legacy generations are still in production, the new Gen 5s delete the finger grooves found on prior versions while adding ambidextrous slide stops, an nDLC finish billed as reducing corrosion, a dehorned slide nose, and a redesigned trigger. Additionally, they carry the Glock Marksman Barrel which brings enhanced polygonal rifling and an improved barrel crown, which the company says promotes increased accuracy.
The Glock 45, a new Gen 5 model described as a crossover design that utilizes a compact slide and a full-size frame, was introduced last September. The 9mm features the same 17-round standard magazine capacity of the G17 while coming in a few ounces lighter and having a 7.44-inch overall length, which is about a half-inch shorter.
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The only thing better than a 6-shot Mossberg 590 Shockwave is one sporting a brace and stuffed with 9 Mini Shells. Paul Markel with Student of the Gun has just such a set-up in the above short and it looks like a blast. He also got an aftermarket adapter (it looks like an OpSol Mini-Clip) to help with feeding issues.
In case you missed the memo, Aguila has been making 12 gauge Mini Shells for the past several years and currently offers them in buck, bird and slug loadings. Measuring just 1.75 inches long rather than the traditional 2.75, they take up less real estate in a tubular magazine which translates into more capacity without getting an awkward tube extension.
Guns.com’s very own Chase Welch has the low-down on the shells below while a full review, should your desire to know more intensify, is here.
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For shotgun hunting loads, it’s the year the year of Tungsten. The lighter metal makes for higher pellet counts that hit harder and at greater distances than both steel and lead. Now, Kent is making a new move to take full advantage of the tungsten edge with their new TK7 Penetrator turkey loads.
The “7” represents an obscene dose of #7 tunsten pellets moving at 1,100 FPS. For those curious about the math, that’s 60 percent more shot than an equal lead load. Two options are available, both three-inch, in either 12- or 20-gauge. The five-round boxes are pricey, but they’ll put a trophy tom down like nobody’s business.
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Savage Arms revisits its AXIS bolt-action series, redesigning the rifle to achieve better performance at the range and in the field.
The improved AXIS is an entry-level rifle designed to help new hunters and shooters familiarize with the bolt-action platform without breaking the bank. The long gun now offers a revamped look alongside redesigned ergonomics. Savage says the rifle also brings features such as a button rifling, a floating bolt head and thread-in headspacing.
Sporting a synthetic stock, the rifle also comes equipped with a Sporter barrel contour and carbon steel barreled action with matte black finish. The rifle caters to both righties and lefties, providing models for left-handed shooters.
“When the AXIS was introduced, it totally changed what hunters should expect from an entry-level rifle. The redesigned AXIS is even better,” Savage said in a news release. “The AXIS is offered in the complete spectrum of popular hunting calibers, in full-size, compact and left-hand models.”
All in all, Savage introduces a total of 23 models in various calibers to include .223 Rem, 22-250 Rem, .243 Win, 25-06 Rem, 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win, 30-06 Sprg. and .270 Win, among others.
The AXIS is reasonably priced, delivering an MSRP of $375.
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The long-debated AKMSU carbine, no matter its origin, is a sweet little gun — especially when set to quiet mode and on full-auto. Machine Gun Mike has a beautiful example of the gun, complete with a 40-round bakelite mag and a Dead Air Wolverine suppressor in the above video.
The 7.62x39mm AK (Avtomat Kalashnikova= Kalashnikov’s Automatic Rifle) M (modernizírovanny= modernized) S (Skladivaushiisya= folding stock) U (Ukorochenniy= shortened), according to Russian firearms historian Maxim Popenker, was never made in that country. His best answer is that the curious gun is a “Khyber Pass” model that originated with the cottage industry gunsmiths of Afghanistan or Pakistan such as in the notorious Darra Adam Khel area. Others tend to agree.
Regardless of the background, Mike’s homage to the concept, built by Ted Marshall from a Chinese spiker underfolder, is a thing of beauty in motion.
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USA Shooting heads to India to kick off the International Shooting Sports Federation’s 2019 World Cup season.
USA Shooting brings 18 athletes with them to New Delhi to face off against nearly 500 athletes from 58 countries. Events include both rifle and pistol. Athletes for the ISSF World Cup were selected during the Winter Airgun Championships and Smallbore Selection Match in late 2018.
Filling out the rifle squad, Shooting USA sends Sarah Beard, Tim Sherry, Sagen Maddalena, Mary Tucker and Nick Mowrer. Rounding out the team on the pistol side is James Hall, Alexis Lagan, Nathalia Tobar and Keith Sanderson.
Athletes compete for medals during the World Cup as well as 2020 Olympic Games quotas. Quotas allow countries to participate in specific events in the 2020 Olympics. Athletes must earn an Olympic quota during competition to secure an American spot for specific Olympic events. Close to earning its required quotas, the U.S. still needs a few more to close the gap.
“Of the 16 individual athlete quotas the United States would need to send a full team in the Rifle and Pistol events to the Olympic Games, U.S. athletes have earned two of a possible eight in Pistol and five of a possible eight in Rifle,” USA Shooting said in a news release.
The ISSF World Cup runs through Feb. 28.
A German man and his father found more than seashells along the beach after a storm in their coastal Baltic Sea town last week. Alexander Ladwig, 23, was out for a walk with his pop when he found a recently unearthed box in the sand that contained 30 handguns, reports German news outlet Kieler Nachrichten. The find, near the town of Waabs in Schleswig-Holstein, was quickly collected by the notified local authorities and destroyed– but not before Ladwig had snapped a few images.
The pictures show several Walther P-38s, what looks to be a Browning Hi-Power — the type was used by the German military extensively during World War II as the Pistole 640b — as well as a couple Astra pistols, another type common in German use. Authorities confirmed the guns came from Wehrmacht stocks.
Although Germany has strict gun laws and tightly controls handgun ownership, vintage stockpiles of military weapons regularly pop up in Europe. Last summer, firefighters near Fichtenwalde outside of Berlin, had to call in a fire-fighting tank to help get close enough to a blaze thought to be near old WWII-era munitions left over from the epic Soviet drive to capture the city in 1945.
Meanwhile, a couple remodeling an old home in north-central France found a cache of ammo, grenades and submachine guns hidden under a granite floor in 2017. Similarly, Danish police had numerous select-fire weapons and some 100 grenades handed in during an amnesty there, many remnants from WWII resistance operations.
Still, you have to wonder about how many such hidden treasures remain out there quietly, just under the radar.
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The XT Cab Version of the Can Am Defender Mossy Oak Hunting Edition is a purpose-built set of wheels ready to take on the roughest terrain.
From the tracks to the headache rack and gun boots, all the extras on this SHOT Show floor model are straight from Can Am. A bed-mounted winch makes loading game a snap, even when running solo. This one turned some heads on the show floor.
I had the pleasure of taking one of these babies through some rough terrain and it’s clear Can Am knows what hunters want in terms of performance and features.
Fix It Sticks announced the addition of two new kits designed to bring gun owners an array of maintenance tools. The new kits — The Works and The Duo — feature tools, accessory bits and torque limiters granting gun owners the ability to clean and maintain guns on the go.
The Works kicks off the series blending the Fix It Sticks Torque Limiter Kit and AR15 Field Maintenance Kit with pistol accessory bits. The Works uses tools commonly needed for AR-15 and pistol projects such as a T-Handle Wrench, Glock front sight bit, bolt carrier group scraper, metal pin punch and universal choke tube wrench among others.
The Duo follows The Works, blending the Torque Limiter Kit with the AR15 Field Maintenance Kits. The result? A comprehensive tool kit that works alongside AR-15 and other rifles, according to the company. Tools include scrapers, pin punches, an A2 front sight adjustment bit and cleaning rods. Both kits offer a soft carrying case keeping all tools and bits together.
“These new kits have an extensive array of the most useful and critical tools, accessory bits and torque limiters used by expert and professional shooters,” Fix It Sticks said in a news release.
The Works retails for $280 while the Duo slips in at $240.
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Big letter news from the industry leader in all things camouflage is Mossy Oak’s new and completely-free GO App (MOGO) for any streaming platform. No more searching for your favorite hunting show on television, subscribing to costly channels, or purchasing subscriptions or apps.
Mossy Oak Media Rep Jake Meyer explained why the company is “super excited” to introduce this first-of-its-kind freebie in the outdoor space. The new MOGO, according to Meyer, offers “full access to our entire digital library when we first started producing videos in 1993 until the current day … completely free and commercial free.”
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