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DoubleStar debuts ARP7 braced 5.56mm pistol at NRA Show (PHOTOS)

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 08:00

DoubleStar’s new flattop AR pistol is outfitted with a M-Lok compatible Cloak handguard and Big Timber brake (Photos: Chris Eger/

Winchester, Kentucky’s DoubleStar introduced their ARP7 pistol in Dallas last week that comes standard with a Strongarm brace.

The new ARP7 uses a forged Aircraft 7075 T6 upper and lower with a 7.5-inch chrome moly heavy barrel to produce a 5.56mm caliber pistol that runs 24.5-inches overall. Weight is 5.4-pounds when outfitted with the company’s Strongarm series billet pistol brace, Ergo grip, M-Lok compatible Cloak handguard and Big Timber brake.

DoubleStar reps say the gun is fast handling.

“This pistol is the ideal truck or trunk gun,” said Nick Collier, director of special operations. “During testing, we used a small red-dot and were able to make quick shots with accurate follow-up shots.”

Though bite-sized, the new DoubleStar pistol comes standard with a brass deflector, M4 feed ramps, “T”-Marks, forward assist and dust cover.

They even had a Star War’s themed blaster on hand.

The ARP7 is priced at $1299.

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StealthGear USA steers new course into more holsters and travel accessories

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 07:30

StealthGear USA brought a bevy of goodies to NRA-AM 2018 consumers. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

StealthGear USA is best known for its innovative holster designs, but the company isn’t looking to be pigeon-holed into just the holster game. Launching new travel accessories at the NRA Annual Meeting in Dallas, SGUSA proved its not afraid to step outside its box.

The company first rose to notoriety with their original holster design that featured a new tech the company called VentCore. VentCore paired a comfortable yet breathable backing to a rigid, molded shell. As word spread about the design, interest spread and soon the company expanded its offerings to include more designs. SGUSA said this demand, while promising, created difficulties for the company just trying to build a foundation.

“We had to escalate our equipment and labor expenses very rapidly to keep ship times under a reasonable time frame. We called it ‘trying to wrap our arms around a whirlwind,’” company directors told in an email. “All of that in addition to our discovery that it is an industry that is subject to hyper-competition, political realities, and knock-offs and imitations – made for a challenging start.”

Despite some bumps as the company worked to get its legs on stable ground, the holster maker said the reward comes in the form of happy customers and a positive economical impact.

“The reward has come in being able to successfully create dozens of new jobs in the USA and thousands of very happy SGUSA customers,” the company said. “We love hearing from our customers online, at trade shows, and at our store in American Fork, Utah.”

Celebrating its fifth year in business at NRA-AM in Dallas surrounded by its followers and supporters, SGUSA is proud of what it’s built and the products it sells; however the war has not been worn. The company said that with only 4 percent of U.S. companies reaching a benchmark 10 years in business, SGUSA continues to strive for long-term success.

“We must continue to build upon our core principles of products that are innovative, interesting, and that make significant improvements on what currently exists in the industry,” SGUSA explained. “We believe this will lead SGUSA to a path of steady growth and strong brand awareness in the industry and in five years SGUSA will be a household name among the premium concealed carry companies in the world.”

Company directors added, “Other product lines will branch off from our firearms-related gear in areas of travel, apparel, outdoors, etc.”

SGUSA recently released new patterns on its holsters in addition to a travel wallet, left, and passport pouch, right. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

SGUSA’s reach into other arenas has already begun, with the company showcasing a wallet, luggage strap and passport pouch to consumers attending NRA-AM in Texas. The outreach into travel accessories had consumers stopping to ponder over SGUSA’s latest wares.

As for the future of its products, SGUSA told that the company has several holsters in the works. The holster maker hinted at a possible ankle rig and outside-the-waistband holster down the road but said they intend to only release products that meet the company’s mold of innovative, quality offerings.

“We don’t add a product to our catalog unless it is innovative or better than what’s currently available on the market. Too many companies ‘pile on’ and just copy their competitors,” SGUSA said. “We have not yet released an ankle carrier or an OWB attachment system because current offerings have been very functional and adequate. Our version of those kinds of products will be released when they feature innovative improvements over current models.”

In the meantime, the company continues its march knowing all the while that its loyal customer base will follow it wherever it leads.

“Many try our gear for the first time and then never go anywhere else. We frequently get emails from customers who use our holsters for five or six of their carry weapons. One customer in North Carolina has over 18 of our holsters,” SGUSA said. “The best is yet to come.”

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HK brings back the .45ACP USC carbine in limited production (PHOTOS)

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 07:00

The polymer-framed USP has an ambi safety selector, paddle magazine release and side charging handle. (Photos: Chris Eger/

Heckler & Koch has their semi-auto version of the UMP sub gun returning to the market in small numbers and had the gun on display at the NRA Show in Dallas.

The polymer frame USC is a sporting rifle complete with a 16-inch barrel that uses a blowback operating system. Discontinued in 2013, Omaha Outdoors first reported in late April that HK was rebooting the line in limited production. The 6.13-pound rifle uses a skeletonized buttstock with a rubber cheek rest and recoil pad and has three forward hard points on the top and sides for optional Picatinny rails as well as an optic rail.

The gun was available at the Heckler’s booth in Dallas last week.

As Omaha notes, “There are plenty of companies out there that do conversions on USC guns. They convert them to SBRs and add side folding stocks. These conversions give you the closest UMP you can get without an FFL and a SOT.”

The gun ships with two 10-round magazines. MSRP will be $1,499.

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Cornyn talks Fix NICS at NRAAM 2018 (VIDEO)

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 06:30

The Republican senator from Texas fielded questions from reporters at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting last week about his role in shoring up the gun background check system.

Sen. John Cornyn, the chief legislative architect behind Fix NICS and Concealed Carry Reciprocity, showed up in Dallas on Friday for the group’s leadership forum, where he reflected on a November church shooting in Sutherland Springs and the congressional response it generated.

“What I wanted to try to do was something that would actually save lives,” he said of his proposal to encourage accurate and timely reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. “To me that was the most important thing we could do on a bipartisan basis.”

Fix NICS passed as part of a last-minute budget deal struck in March to keep the government operational through September. Cornyn sponsored the bill in November, two weeks after a former Airman gunned down 26 people during a midday church service in Sutherland Springs with a rifle his domestic assault convictions barred him from owning.

“The main reason the shooter was able to get guns is because he lied on a criminal background check and the Air Force had not yet uploaded the fact that he was a convicted felon, a convicted domestic abuser and had been detained for mental health crises, all three of which would have disqualified him from buying and possessing a firearm,” Cornyn said Friday. “But because the system was broken, it didn’t work and he was able to do it.”

Gun rights activists, however, criticized the senator for untethering the proposal from the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act and worried its broad language would ensnare millions of law-abiding citizens.

Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, said in a December letter to members 95 percent of denied background checks are “false positives” and claimed Fix NICS would wrongly add thousands more federal beneficiaries with appointed guardians into the system, stripping them of their Second Amendment right without due process.

“What you may not know is that the second largest category of prohibited persons is fugitives from justice — and a good portion of these are Americans who have unpaid traffic tickets,” he said. “The dirty little secret of NICS is that hundreds of thousands of people in the database are law-abiding Americans who did nothing wrong, unless you count service to your country and/or speeding.”

Cornyn disagrees with the criticism. “I think there’s some misunderstanding,” he said. “But there’s no deniable due process.”

As for backing off concealed carry reciprocity, Cornyn said it was a matter of votes — not desire.

“Unfortunately we weren’t able to build the political consensus to get that done and in the end it’s the tyranny of the math,” he said. “We  did have the numbers on the Fix NICS part and not on concealed carry, at least not yet.”

Fix NICS drew a lot of praise from other corners of the gun rights community, including the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the industry’s largest trade group. NSSF named Cornyn its legislator of the year last month for his efforts to improve criminal records reporting to NICS, describing it as a “long-standing priority.”

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Sig’s Electro-Optics division launches BDX rangefinder, scope

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 06:00

The Sig BDX tech allows the rangefinder to “talk” to the scope delivering key information such as holdover to the scope itself. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Sig Sauer introduced the BDX to a gathering crowd of gun owners at the NRA’s Annual Meeting in Dallas last week.

The BDX, or Ballistic Data Xchange, features wireless Bluetooth equipped rangefinders and riflescopes outfitted with integrated Applied Ballistics. In short, the BDX allows ballistic holdover information to be exchanged wirelessly between Sig Sauer BDX Electro-Optics products. Users simply download the BDX app — available on Android or iOS smartphones — pair the Kilo BDX rangefinder and Sierra3BDX riflescope and set up a ballistic profile. From there, shooters are ready to start pulling triggers.

In the field, users range the target as usual. The Kilo BDX rangefinder will use its onboard Applied Ballistics Ultralight to send the dope to the scope via Bluetooth. Using the ballistic profile, the ballistic solution is calculated for the target and will illuminate on the BDX-R1 Digital Ballistic Reticle displaying windage and elevation holds int he Sierra3DBX.

“Rangefinding riflescopes of the past have had two major shortcomings: they are either big, boxy and heavy, or extremely expensive,” Andy York, president of Sig Sauer Electro-Optics, said in a statement.“The revolutionary and affordable BDX system packs advanced ballistics technology into a simple platform that looks just like the rangefinder and riflescope that every hunter is using today. It is extremely simple to use; range a target, put the digital ballistic holdover dot on target, pull the trigger, impact. Incredibly accurate and extremely simple, just connect the dot.”

The lineup features a series of riflescopes and rangefinders along with a downloadable app. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

The BDX line of rangefinder includes the following: KILO1400BDX, KILO1800BDX, KILO2200BDX, KILO2400BDX, and KILO3000BDX rangefinder binocular. The Sierra3DBX riflescopes feature the same look and feel of traditional scopes and are available in 35-10x42mm, 4.5-14x44mm, 4.5-14x50mm and 6.5-20x52mm.

In addition to offering ballistic calculations the series also boasts a unique feature called the KinEthic. The KinEthic offers assistance to ensure that hunters achieve an ethical hunt by indicating when energy on target drops below a threshold that can be set by users in the app.

“Ethics in hunting are a contract we make with ourselves based on the standards we as sportsmen adhere to as a group, what we feel good about personally, and respect for the game and our hunting traditions,” said York. “KinEthicis a feature that asks the hunter to make an educated and ethical decision beforehand by taking into consideration what the velocity and energy capabilities of your bullet and load are to deliver a killing shot. It then lets you know if the shot you are about to take will fulfill this contract. If not, it provides a visual affirmation to stalk-in closer. Knowing your maximum effective hunting range is more than just knowing what you can hit.”

Available at dealers beginning in July 2018, the Kilo BDX rangefinder line starts at $299 while the SierraA3BDX scopes start at 4599.

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Smith & Wesson debuts 4 new Victory series .22 target pistols (PHOTOS)

Sun, 05/06/2018 - 07:30

The most striking aspect of the new models is the factory-standard Tandemkross “hiveGrips” complete with target thumbrest that runs across all four models. (Photos: Chris Eger/

The fresh additions to Smith & Wesson’s Performance Center SW22 Victory line feature 6-inch target barrels, muzzle brakes, and Tandemkross hiveGrips.

Introduced at the 147th NRA Annual Meetings in Dallas last week, the new SW22s offer a choice between a 6-inch fluted or 6-inch carbon fiber barrel with either the standard fiber optic sights or augmented with a Vortex Viper 6 MOA red dot.

The four pistol series offers choices between carbon fiber or fluted stainless barrels, with or without Vortex Viper red dots. All have stainless frames.

“The Performance Center SW22 Victory Target pistols are competition-ready and have been designed for the serious target shooter,” said Tony Miele, general manager of the Performance Center. “These pistols have all of the upgrades needed to make them competition-ready, including adjustable target triggers, specialty target barrels, and grips. The Performance Center SW22 Victory Target pistols have custom features, available right out of the box from the Performance Center.”

The carbon fiber model weighs 33.1-ounces while the fluted stainless steel barrel variant tips the scales at 38.2, without the red dot.

The guns are feature-heavy and come standard with a Picatinny-style top rail for optics, a custom muzzle brake, extended mag release, custom polished feed ramp, an adjustable flat-face target trigger and a beveled mag well. Each ship with two 10-round magazines. Retail is $682 for the standard models in either fluted or carbon fiber barrels, with the red dot enhanced pair running $868– the latter upgrade being about $30 cheaper than the “good deal” price of an aftermarket Vortex Viper.

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Springfield Armory stacks the new offerings deep in Dallas (PHOTOS)

Sun, 05/06/2018 - 07:00

Springfield Armory’s booth was buzzing with new products at the 147th National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting in Dallas. (Photos: Chris Eger/

In the days leading up to the NRA Annual Meeting, Springfield introduced a .300 BLK AR pistol, Saint series SBRs and a pair of 10mm TRPs.

All of these the company had front and center at their booth in Dallas over the weekend.

With both 5- and 6-inch barrel options, Springfield’s new 10mm TRP 1911 line come standard with a Trijicon Ruggedized Miniature Reflex sight.

The bull barrel 6-inch gun goes 9.6-inches overall and weighs a respectable 50-ounces.

The gun has an OD-green finish on the frame and the slide, just in case you didn’t notice right away, has a “Long Slide” rollmark. Retail is $2,558.

The 5-inch TRP goes 8.6-inches overall and tips the scales at a 44-ounces.

Springfield notes the extra mass in the reciprocating assembly and frame help tame the recoil impulse of the 10mm round. MSRP according to SA is $2,507.

The company’s Saint series of ARs keeps expanding with the announcement of a braced pistol in .300 AAC Blackout this week.

The new handgun, with a 9-inch barrel and SB Tactical SBX-K forearm brace, is billed by SA as compact and ideal in close-quarters.

With a 7075 T6 upper and lower, the 5.9-pound pistol has a Bravo Company trigger guard and pistol grip along with a nickel boron coated GI-style single-stage trigger. Overall length with an A2 flash hider is 27.75-inches. Retail is $989.

Springer also debuted their Saint SBR and Saint Edge SBR officially on last week, with the former using a forged lower receiver, and the latter a lightened billet lower. Each has a free-float M-Lok compatible handguard and 7075 T6 aluminum flat top upper with a forward assist and M4 feed ramps as well as Bravo Company Gunfighter buttstocks and pistol grips. Overall length, due to the adjustable stock, runs between 27.5 and 30.75-inches while weight goes just over 5.5-pounds.

Suggested retail on the Saint SBR is $1,049 while the Edge SBR goes $1,299, NFA taxes not included. Each ship with a single Magpul Gen M3 PMAG.

The most prominent visible difference between the pair is in the receiver, with the Saint Edge SBR having obvious lightening cuts to the lower.

In other news from Springfield, don’t expect any of these new guns to show up at Dick’s Sporting Goods any time soon.

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Taking in the sights at NRA Dallas (PHOTOS)

Sun, 05/06/2018 - 06:30

The National Rifle Association’s 147th Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas showcased a cross-section of American gun culture. Here is a view inside.

Of course, with 800 exhibitors across acres of floor space at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, there were the firearms:

Thompson had a Bonnie and Clyde commemorative (Photos: Chris Eger/

Fabled Italian firearms maker Luigi Franchi S.p.A, celebrating 150 years in operation since 1868, had a limited series of both Momentum rifles and shotguns on display

You can’t go wrong in 7.62 when talking about Springfield M1As

Magpul has something for everyone

Windham Weaponry’s VEX wood stock series is an AR that is easy on the eyes

Battle Arms Development has this great in-house built “Tanker” model they are selling, either as a factory NFA-transferable SBR or no-stamp-needed pistol chambered in either .223/5.56 or 300BLK.

Brownells had this Shockwave Raptor grip Remington Tac-14 concept gun on display

Speaking of Brownells, attendees can’t keep their hands off the company’s Retro series ARs

Can you blame them?

Who doesn’t love a 1911 rail gun

Just relaxing with one of Dr. Gatling’s Battery Guns

Deadpool’s version of a Cadillac

Then there were the people, with an estimated 80,000 attendees coming to the event from all points of the map.

This guy

Black Guns Matter founder Maj Toure out swelling the ranks of solutionaries

NRA TV was broadcasting on site. Gun control advocate and Commando star, actress Alyssa Milano was invited but did not appear

Team Miculek was on hand with Jerry offering free knuckle sandwiches with promo code #Yetichallenge

Just kidding, he’s a great guy

It’s kinda like an Edward Hopper painting, but with more Freedom

18-time Bianchi Cup Winner Doug Koenig with Team Smith & Wesson Ruger.

Mr. Parker was making his continued attendance and is still engraving

As were other master engravers, such as at the Colt booth

There was a little something for everyone, with lots to see and do.

The NRA’s Second Amendment bell

Next year’s event, NRAAM #148, will be held in Indianapolis in April 2019.

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NRA-AM gets colorful (PHOTOS)

Sun, 05/06/2018 - 06:00

The floors of the NRA’s Annual Meeting were a little bit brighter thanks to some manufacturers who brought out their colorful guns and gear. From slides, barrels and guns to holsters and stun guns, the show turned out some interesting patterns, colors and even a little bling.

Battle Arms Development pulled out all the colorful stops to showcase its latest barrel designed for Glock pistols. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Battle Arms Development continued its colorful theme with a splash of orange on its 9mm platform. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Rounding out its selection, Battle Arms Development served up a groovy antique styled rifle. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Faxon Firearms’ metallic blue Smith & Wesson slide on display turned quite a few heads. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Faxon Firearms also showcased a bit of gold with its gold barrel and slide for the Smith & Wesson platform. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Bushnell’s brand new optics lineup features some new colorful additions in a gun metal grey and a coyote styled brown. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

StealthGear USA adds new patterns to its holster offerings. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Sccy always brings bright and colorful gun options to consumers. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

The bling was on display at BlingSting, with bedazzled stun guns, personal alarms and pepper spray. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

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The rhetoric on display at NRA-AM 2018 (27 PICS)

Sat, 05/05/2018 - 15:00

Signage promoting the show on display outside the kay bailey Hutchinson convention center in Dallas on May 4, 2018. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

A t-shirt on promoting the message “The second protects the first,” suggesting gun rights protects the right to free speech offered for sale May 4-6, 2018 at the NRA-AM in Dallas. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Curtis Hallstrom, owner of VSO Media, promoting his distaste for the video platform Youtube over the company’s policy changes on firearm content. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

Protestors holding a sign next to the Confederate monument outside the Kay Bailey Hutchinson convention center in Dallas during the NRA annual convention May 4-6, 2018. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

Gun control group Everytown paid for roaming billboards to circle the Kay Bailey Hutchinson convention center during the NRA annual show on May 4, 2018. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

More shirts on display at the NRA-AM 2018 in Dallas. The one on the left subtly challenges arguments for an assault weapons ban. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

Although guns were allowed at the show, the Secret Service posted rules and a no guns policy for the leadership forum because President Trump was speaking on May 4, 2018. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, preparing for an interview during the NRA-Am in Dallas on May 4, 2018. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, speaking to NRA-TV during the NRA annual convention in Dallas on May 4, 2018. (Photo: Chris Eger/

North Carolina Congressman Richard Hudson walking the exhibit floor during the NRA’s annual convention in Dallas on May 4, 2018. He also spoke during the show’s leadership forum. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

A man with ‘no apologies’ is about to enter the Matrix as his daughter watches at the NRA-AM in Dallas on May 4, 2018. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

Donald Trump, Jr., the son of President Trump, shaking hands with Stephen Willeford, the hero who stopped the Sutherland Springs shooter, at the NRA-TV booth during the NRA annual convention in Dallas on May 4, 2018. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

Donald Trump, Jr. exiting the NRA-TV booth during the NRA annual convention in Dallas on May 4, 2018. He’s about to walk the show floor. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

While protesting the NRA during the organizaton’s annual convention, an artist completes his mural poking fun at President Trump and his ties to the gun lobby. The protest took place on May 5, 2018 at the Dallas City Hall Plaza. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

About 100-150 people protested the NRA during the organization’s annual convention on May 5, 2018 at Dallas City Hall Plaza. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

Protestors were also selling buttons and t-shirts to advertise their political agenda. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

A man who promotes strong feelings about the American flag walking the exhibit floor during the NRA annual convention in Dallas on May 4, 2018. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

A patron made a shirt showing that he favors the NRA over cooler company Yeti, which the NRA claims cut ties with it over political purposes. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

NRA board members during the annual meetings of members at the organization’s annual convention in Dallas on May 5, 2018. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

Chris Cox, the NRA’s head lobbyist, presenting during the annual meeting of members during NRA convention in Dallas on May 5, 2018. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

NRA member Stephen Willeford, on the screen, was the subject of almost everyone’s speech during the NRA annual convention in Dallas on May 4-6, 2018. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

An NRA member watching the board read aloud proposed changes to the NRA during the organization’s annual meeting in Dallas on May 5, 2018. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

A member from North Carolina voicing concerns over a proposed resolution requesting the NRA advertise anti-gun politicians’ connections to Canada. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

The NRA praised Kyle Kashuv, a victim of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in February, for advocating gun rights after the tragedy. He attended the annual meeting of members during the organizaiton’s convention in Dallas on May 5, 2018. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s executive director, giving a slow, golf clap during the organization’s meeting of members in Dallas on May 5, 2018. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

A family man in attendance at the NRA annual convention in Dallas on May 5, 2018. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

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Springfield Armory shows off the new SAINT AR-15 pistol in .300 BLK (VIDEO)

Sat, 05/05/2018 - 13:09

Chase Welch of decided to stop by the Springfield Armory booth during the 2018 NRAAM to see what they had new. Steve Horsman, one of Springfield’s subject matter experts, explains why Springfield decided to pursue this caliber and some things which set this new AR-15 pistol apart from it’s 5.56 predecessor. Steve also gives us his thoughts on why he prefers the smaller caliber on this platform.

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New goodies from Magpul, Savage Arms, Sig Sauer and US Peace Keeper

Sat, 05/05/2018 - 09:00

Day one at the NRA’s Annual Meeting held in Dallas started off with a metaphorical bang as manufacturers lined their booths with new digs. stopped by Magpul, Savage Arms, Sig Sauer and US Peace Keeper to snap a few shots of the goods.

Magpul hasn’t quite redesigned the wheel with its latest bipod but the Magpul Bipod is a solid yet lightweight model offered in FDE and Black. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Sig Sauer’s Ballistic Data Xchange, or BDX, officially launched on day one offering rangefinders and riflescopes with integrated Applied Ballistics and Bluetooth. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Launched day one of NRAAM to a packed house of consumers, the Sig Legion P229 is a single action only pistol chambered in 9mm and fitted with X-Ray 3 Day/Night Sights. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

The Sig Legion P220 is throws out .45 ACP rounds and features a Legion gray coated slide, flat trigger and Day/Night Sights. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Sig rounded out its offerings with a few new colorful additions to its M400 series with the Elite Titanium, bottom. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Savage added new Rascal models to its series of kid-friendly .22 rifles. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

One of the newest additions to the Rascal lineup is the Rascal Target XP which comes packed with a bevy of high-end features for youth shooters. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

US Peace Keeper announced new products at the show, including a shotgun scabbard, divided shell pouch, and an assortment of range bags. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

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More on the Mossberg .410 Shockwave (PHOTOS)

Sat, 05/05/2018 - 08:30

The .410 bore offering is the latest in Mossberg’s 590 Shockwave series, and is a pound lighter than the 12 gauge paterfamilias of the family tree (Photos: Chris Eger/

O.F. Mossberg & Sons arrived at the NRA Show in Dallas with the complete trifecta of 590 Shockwave firearms to include the new .410 bore chambering.

Announced on the eve of the show, the pump-action Shockwave is technically a “firearm” because it does not meet the definition of a shotgun, and like the rest of the series, allows a very short 14-inch cylinder bore barrel and 26.37-inch overall length without crossing over into National Firearms Act territory on short-barreled shotguns or AOWs.

The Shockwave features a Raptor pistol grip and a safety strap on the fore-end along with sling swivel studs. Capable of holding six shells in the under barrel mag tube, the newest addition to the line up is also the most svelte, tipping the scales at 4.24-pounds– a full pound less than the 12 gauge version of this increasingly popular whippit.

Mossberg reps tell the .410 Shockwave is a blast to shoot, while recoil, due to its chambering, is very manageable.

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Smith & Wesson is bringing back the Model 19 K-frame (PHOTOS)

Sat, 05/05/2018 - 07:30

S&W has two variants of the K-frame Model 19 available, a classic 4.25-inch blued variant with wood grips, shown above, and a Carry Comp. (Photos: Chris Eger/

Smith announced Friday they are rebooting a long-dormant production line and returning the vaunted Model 19 to service in two models.

The classic wheelgun that modern gunfighter Bill Jordan envisioned in the 1950s as the .357 Combat Magnum was the gold standard for generations of lawmen and was issued to the U.S. Border Patrol and the FBI before those agencies moved to semi-autos. While the gun was updated over the years, the final non-stainless variant, the 19-8, dropped from Smith’s line in 1999 after an almost half-century run. Today’s new Model 19, true to form, is chambered in .38 Special +P and .357 Magnum and will be available in both a Classic and Performance Center version.

“The Model 19 revolver was a popular choice for both law enforcement and civilian customers for nearly 40 years, and after many requests, we’ve decided to reintroduce it to the product line in both Classic and Performance Center models,” said Tony Miele, general manager of the Performance Center. “The Model 19 Classic is designed to replicate the original, while the new Performance Center Model 19 Carry Comp features modern revolver innovation and design for today’s shooters.”

The Classic model comes complete with a polished blued finish that Jordan would recognize, walnut combat grips with S&W accents, and a 4.25-inch barrel. Sights include a red front ramp and black adjustable rear. MSRP is $826 but you can expect that to be slightly lower at your local dealer, which is sure to make those who have been stalking well-worn vintage models across auction sites happy.

The Carry Comp, updated for today’s personal defense market, comes with a vented 3-inch Power Port barrel, a tritium front night sight and a combination wood/synthetic boot grip. As could be expected from a Performance Center gun, the six-shooter has been tuned and the trigger includes an overtravel stop. Retail is $1,092.

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Vista Outdoor admits new strategic plan had bad timing

Sat, 05/05/2018 - 07:00

The back of the Savage Arms display at the Vista Outdoor booth during the annual NRA-AM in Dallas on May 4, 2018. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

Vista Outdoor’s new strategy — likely sans guns — came at a bad time, the company said this week.

A spokesman told Friday its decision to field buyers for Savage Arms came late last year, long before the Parkland massacre invigorated a corporate backlash against the gun industry.

Vista owns 55 companies in firearms, ammunition and shooting accessories, including Savage Arms, Stevens, Federal Premium, Speer and American Eagle. It also holds brands in the outdoor lifestyle market. In the weeks after taking over Vista last year, chief executive Christopher Metz warned quick, “decisive” action laid ahead in order to stabilize the company amid double digit earnings losses.

He told investors Tuesday “the company grew too fast and beyond its core” since splitting with Orbital ATK in 2015. A downturn in sales post-election only compounded the situation, he added.

Still, the company turned out big at the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting in Dallas on Friday, with six new Savage firearms on display — including the Rascal Target XP, a micro rimfire single shot rifle designed for kids.

A spokesman told Savage remains productive as ever, describing the brand as “fantastic” and reiterating the company’s desire to find the “right price from the right buyer” — one who can capitalize on Savage’s potential as a gun maker.

“While these brands deliver fantastic products, we believe the divestiture should unlock greater shareholder value,” Metz told investors during a conference call Tuesday. “This is an important decision, but we believe it may be the correct decision to help Vista realize its full potential.”

They money from the possible sale of Savage and other brands — including Bollé, Serengeti and Cébé — will fund Vista’s innovations in ammunition. The company released 36 new product lines this year and plans for another three dozen next year.

“It is the foundation and bedrock of our company,” Metz said. “We are extremely proud of our ammunition heritage and increased focus will manifest itself in more innovative and breakthrough new products introduced over the next few years.”

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Live stream: NRA-ILA Leadership Forum

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 12:41

The NRA sign promoting the organizaton’s annual meeting for 2018 in Dallas. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

The National Rifle Association’s 2018 Leadership Forum kicked off in Dallas, Texas on Friday with anticipated speeches from President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and more. will keep you informed with a live stream of all the speeches. Check back for updates soon.

Chris Cox, NRA’s chief lobbyist, opened the forum with a rallying cry for the association’s five million members.  “They cant beat us on the facts, but if they can shame us out of the fight, they will win,” he said of the fervent gun control movement gaining steam after the Parkland massacre. “In the face of their bitter hatred, there’s never been a more critical time for us to stand tall and, by God, to stand proud.”

Cox then handed the stage over to Stephen Willeford, the NRA member credited with interrupting a shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas last year.

Some 26 parishioners died and another 20 were injured when a former Airman opened fire with an AR-15 during a late morning service. Willeford, a nearby resident, heard the gunfire and rushed across the street to intervene.

“He had an AR-15, but so did I,” he told the crowd gathered at Friday’s forum. “I’m not the bravest man in the world or anything, but I was there and I could do something. And I had to do something.”

The gunman fled the scene and Willeford pursued, eventually leading police to the suspect about 10 minutes down the road from the church.

NRA leadership presented him with a lifetime membership Friday, saying Willeford embodies the association’s “force of good” in the world.

“He is no anomaly. He is not one in a million,” Cox said. “He is one of five million. He’s one of us.”

Vice President Mike Pence

Vice President Mike Pence took the stage first, describing himself as a card-carrying NRA member and dedicated conservative.

“I’m here to tell you you have two friends in the White House,” he said.  “The right of the people to keep and bear arms will not be infringed.”

Pence touted the president’s policy victories since taking office last year — boosting defense spending, funding the beginning of a border wall, protecting the balance of the Supreme Court and appointing Constitution-friendly federal judges across the nation — before promising a solution to mass shootings mindful of the Second Amendment.

‘These and too many others acts of violence shatter our families and leave our nation searching for answers,” he said. “We will continue to bring American solutions to this crisis. We will end this evil and protect our civil liberties at the same time. That’s the American way.”

He capped off his speech encouraging Cox’s rally cry, saying “Stay in the fight. Exercise all of your fundamental rights. Live out your citizenship in all the ways that make NRA one of the potent forces of good in America.”

President Donald Trump

President Trump said he was “doing the right thing” by appearing at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Dallas on Friday to rally the organization’s members to vote Republican in the midterm elections.

Trump’s speech waded through issues he built his campaign on — such as immigration, jobs and tax reform — but he touched on key gun issues on and off throughout the speech.

Minutes into his speech, Trump abruptly transitioned to talk about gun rights, saying “let’s talk about guns, shall we?” and argued that the consequences for cities like London, Paris and Chicago for having tough gun laws has been violence.

“It seems like if we’re going to outlaw guns like so many people want to do — Democrats … and (then) we are going to have outlaw all vans and trucks, which are the new form of terror for maniacs,” he said and added, “Let’s ban all vans, trucks cars, — let’s not sell any more cars.”

Although Republicans have control of both chambers of Congress and the White House, Trump argued they still need more. “They say we have a majority — what a majority of just one person?” he asked. “We gotta do great in 2018.”

With more Republicans, they could fill the more than 100 judge seats vacated in federal court system and other positions, such as ambassador roles. He blamed Democrats for slowing or disrupting the process.

He touched on his administration’s efforts to improve school security, an issue sparked by the killings in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead and 15 others injured. The incident spurred massive demonstration by students and victims that largely challenged the NRA’s influence. Initially, Trump made statements that contradicted solutions promoted by the NRA, but he abruptly abandoned those ideas after meeting with NRA officials.

Heading toward a close, Trump made reference to the battle of the Alamo, using the historic event to describe Texans’ feelings toward gun rights. “Like those early Texans, we will never surrender,” he said, adding “We will live and we will die free.”

Patrons waiting to see President Trump speak at the NRA leadership forum during the organization’s annual convention in Dallas on May 4, 2018. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

NRA Chief Executive Officer Wayne LaPierre

Wayne LaPierre serves as arguably the most visible member of NRA’s leadership team and is largely credited with advancing right-to-carry laws in more than 40 states.

He told members Friday he’s seen many attempts over the last four decades to squash the NRA, but promised the organization remains “stronger than ever” in 2018 — despite the left’s tactic of “gaslighting tragedy and exploiting victims.”

“They’re so eager to dance on NRA’s grave that they can’t recognize the undeniable truth right before their eyes,” he said. “They can’t see you — millions of good-hearted people.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said mass shootings stem not from guns, but from the culture itself.

“The problem is hearts without God. Homes without discipline. Communities without values,” he said. “In this country, we have a core value that our nation is founded on and that core value is our United States Constitution.”

Abbott said Willeford’s NRA training saved lives at Sutherland Springs — just as it does for Texans who face MS-13 gang members or home intruders.

“Even in the fog of this horrific tragedy, people in Sutherland Springs looked me in the eye and demanded I would not allow this tragedy to take their guns,” he said.

Sen. John Cornyn

Sen. John Cornyn said he wanted to reshape the conversation about the Second Amendment by making it synonymous with public safety.

“Support for the Second Amendment and support for public safety are one in the same,” he told the crowd of NRA members filling the auditorium during the organization’s annual meeting in Dallas.

Like many other speakers, he praised Steven Willeford for stopping the gunman who murdered 26 people and 20 others at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas in November. Cornyn challenged the narrative that such defensive gun uses are rare.

Recently, an unpublished paper by the Centers for Disease Control surfaced that addressed a study from the 1990s showing between 500,000 to 3 million DGUs a year. However, researchers have dismissed the results due to the ways in which the data was collected.

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Mad minute challenge: Enfield vs. K98, M1 Garand and Swiss K31 (VIDEO)

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 11:30

If you ever wondered which WWII-era infantry rifle could bring the heat when it came to laying down lead, we submit the following.

In a joint endeavor between the Lindybeige and Bloke on the Range YouTube gun channels, they take out a Swiss Army 7.5mm Karabiner Model 1931, German Kar98K Mauser, U.S. M1 Garand and a British Lee-Enfield .303 and see what each can do in the arms of the same shooter in a 60-second window.

Then comes the analysis. Sure, a trained rifleman using any of the above could probably have generated more fire in the compressed window, but it is still an interesting look.

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Bushnell releases new premium hunting optics lines

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 11:00

The Forge riflescope is one of the newest additions to the Bushnell lineup. (Photo: Bushnell)

Bushnell quickly announced the release of three new premium hunting optics line just a day before thousands of consumers are set to descend on the company’s booth at the NRA Annual Meeting in Dallas.

The three lines — the Prime, Nitro and Forge — will be showcased alongside Bushnell’s other optics at the industry event to be held May 4-6. Designed in the U.S., the new optics lineup will house both riflescopes, binoculars and spotting scopes set. All in all Bushnell said the three lines will encompass more than 100 new technologically advanced products focusing on bringing clarity to consumers in nearly any shooting environment.

The new optics boast Bushnell’s EXO Barrier external lens coating which molecularly bonds to the ends and fill microscopic pores in the glass for added protection that repels water, oil, fog, dust and debris.

The new series features scopes as well as binoculars. (Photo: Bushnell)

The Prime line’s binoculars, spotting scopes, rangefinders and riflescopes offers a variety of models to fit every viewing scenario. The Nitro bincoulars and spotting scopes are engineered with ED Prime Glass for true-to-life color. The Forge series of riflescopes, spotting scopes and binoculars features a bright resolution and color with adjustable heigh-magnification levers.

“Starting off with Prime and leading up to the highest level of performance with the Forge, these binoculars, riflescopes and spotting scopes will beat the competition when it matters most—in the field when everything is on the line,” Brand Manager Matt Rice said in a press release. “Throughout these lines, we’ve focused on creating the best performance in terms of contrast and resolution. They will outperform the competition, and are built on a promise to surpass our customers’ expectations.”

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NSSF kicks Dick’s Sporting Goods to the curb

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 10:30

The gun industry’s largest trade association will no longer represent the retailer. (Photo: Dick’s Sporting Goods/Facebook)

The gun industry’s largest trade association kicked a major company to the curb this week.

Dick’s Sporting Goods will no longer be one of the 13,000 retailers and gun manufacturers represented by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, according to a news release published Friday.

The group’s board of directors voted unanimously to expel Dick’s after a string of decisions from Chief Executive Officer Edward Stack positioning the retailer as the corporate face of gun control in the wake of the Parkland massacre.

Stack led a wave of retailers who voluntarily banned rifles sales to customers under 21 two weeks after a teenage gunman murdered 17 with an AR-15. Stack pulled modern sporting rifles from the shelves of three dozen Field & Stream stores — the firearms were discontinued at more than 800 Dick’s locations in 2012 — and vowed to destroy all remaining inventory. The retailer’s hiring of Washington-based gun control lobbying firm just this week, however, appears to be the NSSF’s final straw.

“NSSF responded that business decisions should be individually made, but was nonetheless disappointed and the decision does not reflect the reality of the vast majority of law-abiding gun owners,” the organization said Friday.

Dick’s has not yet responded to’s request for comment.

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Mossberg introduces new 590 Shockwave variant into lineup with 410 Bore model

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 10:00

The Shockwave is not a NFA item, according to Mossberg. (Photo: Mossberg)

Mossberg expands its series of 590 Shockwave shotguns, debuting a new, lightweight, low-recoil model chambered in 410 Bore.

The latest pump-action Shockwave offers a 14-inch barrel capable of tackling 2 1/2 and 3-inch loads with its heavy-walled, cylinder bore barrel design. Atop the barrel sits a single bead sight. The shotgun continues its features with a Raptor pistol grip and strapped fore-end along with sling swivel studs. With a six-round capacity, the .410 variant weighs in at just 4.24-pounds.

Mossberg says the Shockwave measures in at just over 26-inches, but is ATF approved and classified as a “Non-NFA Firearm.” This prevents owners from having to apply for a tax stamp prior to transfer and ownership.

“Defined as a firearm, not a long gun, Federal Law does require the purchaser of a 590 Shockwave to be 21 years of age,” Mossberg said in a press release. “Mossberg was the first manufacturer to bring these 14-inch barreled, non-NFA firearms to the marketplace and now offers three 12-gauge models, a 20-gauge option and the new 410 bore from which to choose.”

The new Mossberg 590 Shockwave in .410 Bore retails for $455.

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