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Former Arizona DEA agent admits to selling guns without a license

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 05:00

Joseph Gill, seen here during his time working as a special agent for the DEA in Santa Cruz County. (Photo: File photo/Nogales International)

A former supervisory special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration in Tuscon admitted selling guns without a license — including two rifles he knew would cross the border into Mexico.

Nogales resident Joseph Gill, 42, faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty Aug. 14 to two counts of illegally dealing firearms. In court documents, Gill said he bought three Colt Model M4LE rifles online from a gun store in Kentucky in June 2016 for nearly $1,900.

Five weeks later, he later sold two of the firearms to Mexican drug traffickers, according to a report from the Arizona Daily Star. Federal agents seized one of the rifles aboard a shuttle at the Nogales Port of Entry.

Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recovered 35 firearms from Gill’s residence and a large binder detailing nearly 650 private transactions he facilitated via Gunbroker.

ATF said Gill applied for a federal license to deal guns in 2012, but withdrew his application after the agency denied his request. His curious-and-relics license — which permits the sale of antique and novelty guns — expired in October 2016.

In a signed plea agreement, Gill’s attorneys requested a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 4, according to court records.

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Springfield debuts 2 new XDM models in 10mm (VIDEOS)

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 04:30

Springfield Armory on Wednesday announced they were adding a pair of 10mm offerings to their popular XD(M) line of handguns.

Teased for the past two years, the new 10mm installment to the XD series features a full-sized pistol with either a 4.5- or 5.25-inch Melonite finished match-grade hammer-forged barrel with fully supported chambers.

Both variants include Mega-Lock grip texturing with three interchangeable backstraps and a 15+1 magazine capacity. When it comes to sights, the 4.5-inch model has a low-profile combat rear paired with a fiber optic front, while the 5.25 variant runs a fully adjustable target rear with a fiber optic front.

(Photo: SA)

Equipped with a full-length guide rod and forged slide, SA touts that the robust guns have stood up to a 10,000-round reliability test without any stoppages.

“Our customers have been very vocal about their excitement at the prospect of an XD(M) chambered in 10mm,” said SA President Steve McKelvain in a statement. “We are thrilled to now offer them exactly what many of them have been asking for: the power and velocity of the 10mm round delivered in the reliability of the XD(M) platform, proven through a 10,000 round torture test documented on video.”

The test, documented shot-by-shot in a two-hour video by Clay Martin, used nothing but Federal Premium Hydra-Shok personal defense rounds, stopping every 1,000 rounds to lubricate the gun and every 2,000 to swap out recoil springs.

MSRP is $652 for the 4.5-inch version while the 5.25-inch model goes $779, prices likely to be somewhat less at retailers.

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Fifth Third Bank will sever ties with Spike Tactical, gun industry

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 08:00

Fifth Third Bank will allegedly cut ties with the gun industry, one month after a gunman opened fire at the bank’s headquarters in Cincinnati. (Photo: Fifth Third Bank/Facebook)

Spike Tactical said this week Fifth Third Bank will sever ties with the company as it plans a “discreet” exit from the gun industry.

Owners of the Florida-based manufacturer said Monday the bank would not renew the company’s business line of credit and may transfer its commercial mortgage or recall it early.

“We understand that the gun industry is not a protected class and that banks and other businesses can choose to not do business with us, but we also believe that customers should know if that vendor has decided to enter the political arena and they’ve taken a stand against guns,” said owner Angela Register.

The news comes one month after a gunman opened fire at the Fifth Third Center in downtown Cincinnati, killing three and wounding two others before dying in a shootout with police. In response, top executives at Fifth Third donated $1 million to help the families of the shooting victims and hopes others will join in raising another $1 million.

“We have been touched and strengthened by the community rallying around us,” said Greg Carmichael, chairman, president and CEO of Fifth Third Bancorp. “And we wanted to do more. We know from what we’re hearing from our community that others want to help, too.”

The Ohio-based financial services company operates more than 1,100 branches across the Midwest and South, ranking as one of the largest money managers in the region with more than $363 billion in assets under care.

“This is frightening because yet again, we’re continuing to see the Second Amendment under attack in more and more places,” Register said. “It also seems completely hypocritical that institutions, which have been and continue to be protected by guns, are now attacking the very industry that is often their first line of defense.”

Fifth Third’s new policy follows announcements from Bank of America, Citigroup and Intuit last spring of breaking off relationships with gun makers and retailers over political fallout from the Parkland massacre. Likewise, big box retailers — including Dick’s Sporting Goods, WalmartKroger and L.L. Bean — discontinued modern sporting rifles and voluntarily implemented age restrictions on gun sales.

Guns.com reached out to Fifth Third Bank early Tuesday for a response and has not yet heard back.

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Brownells launches Gen 4 Glock 17, 19 slides

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 07:30

The slide is created for Gen 4 Glock 17 and 19 pistols. (Photo: Brownells)

A year after Brownells introduced drop-in slides for Gen 3 Glock pistols, the company is back with more Glock slides — this time for Gen 4 Glock 17 and 19 pistols.

The Brownells slides come in two models — an iron sight slide and a RMR cut slide. The iron sight model offers a cut-out for iron sights while the RMR cut is milled for Trijicon RMR red-dot sights.

Both variants are machined from 17-4 stainless steel with a nitride finish to prevent corrosion and premature wear and tear on the drop-ins. The slides benefit from wrap-around serrations that cover the top of the slide and provide greater texture for shooters to grasp.

The slides internals allow for factory and aftermarket accessories. (Photo: Brownells)

“Though Glock handguns are known for their reliability under extreme conditions, machines can malfunction, and they’ll do so often at the most inopportune times. If you need to clear a malfunction from your slide, having a design like the Brownells Gen 4 Glock Iron Sight Slide makes manipulation fast and easy,” Brownells said in a statement.

Though the exterior differs from Glock’s factory slides, its internal dimensions remain the same as OEM slides; therefore all aftermarket and factory accessories and parts will coincide with the Brownells slide. Both versions of the slide can be ordered with an optional window cut on the top for greater cooling as well as a reduced overall weight.

The Iron Sight Slide for the Gen 4 Glock 17 and 19 retails for $199 while the RMR cut version comes in slightly higher at $229.

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How Charlie Hursh hones EDC skills through IDPA competitions (VIDEO)

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 07:00

Meet Charlie Hursh, an avid competitive shooter who participates in events held by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA). Hursh started shooting competitively about four years ago when he became serious about concealed carry. He thought to himself “If I’m going to take on the responsibility of carrying a firearm, not only do I want to know all I can about the legal aspects of using deadly force, but I want to be able to increase my proficiency and have confidence. I also want to know that if I ever do have to use my firearm in a confrontation, I’m able to do it effectively under pressure.”

His gun preference

Hursh shoots a CZ P-10C. It’s a striker-fired polymer pistol similar in size to the Glock 19 and built with “feel” as its primary attribute. He likes this gun because it’s relatively lightweight and he can wear it all day without fatigue.

Hursh’s EDC favorite, the CZ P-10C. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)

“It points naturally, it’s ergonomic – fits my medium sized hand very well – and it has interchangeable back straps that can be customized to make it fit like a glove,” he said. The second most important reason for his preference is the excellent trigger. “It’s got a very crisp let-off,” he said. “Not too heavy or too light of a trigger pull and it’s been very accurate and reliable.”

His holster favorite

Hursh said he prefers an “inside the waistband” holster “because it keeps the gun close to my body and makes it easily concealable even if I’m wearing a very thin T-shirt.”

One of Hursh’s favorites is by the Ozarks Holster Company. “Having the leather backing against your body makes it very comfortable,” he said. “It has a Kydex front that gives a firm grip and a solid retention of your firearm along with very strong, sturdy metal belt clips that go over your belt. I could wear this all day and forget that I have it on.”

Hursh’s holster of choice, manufactured by Ozarks Holster Company. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)

Ozarks Holster Company’s holsters are handmade from premium 5 ounce or 7 ounce horsehide, high quality Kydex and top-grade fasteners. Hursh particularly likes the holster’s sweat shield, which features a “combat cut” that allows a good grip and your thumb unobstructed access to the firearm for a nice and fast draw. He says, “I like this holster so much that I use it for all my IDPA completions.”

Why does Hursh prefer a slightly larger handgun for concealed carry and competition?

“What new shooters don’t’ realize or think about when first getting into conceal carry is that the smaller the gun the less weight and less of your hand to get on the gun handle and grip in order to mitigate recoil,” Hursh said. “A smaller gun is harder to control, it’s harder to make quick, successive repeat shots and with a shorter site radius, it’s going to take a lot more practice to shoot accurately as opposed to a larger gun with a longer site radius. Plus, a smaller weapon has limited ammo capacity.”

He continued, “What I found out under competition through the IDPA BUG (Back Up Gun) division program (tailored to smaller weapons) is that under pressure and going for a reload using a gun with a small grip often caused me to fumble with magazines that wouldn’t drop freely. I had to try several different brands and models of smaller guns to find one that worked for me well under pressure and for quick reloads.”

Hursh started shooting competitively about four years ago when he became serious about concealed carry. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)

Hursh shown here competing in a local IDPA tournament. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)

What Hursh loves about shooting competitively is that you can use your everyday carry gear and find out very, very quickly what works well for you and what doesn’t.

“It’s very different than shooting in a stationary position with a bull’s eye target on a square range,” he said. “In competition it’s a whole different dynamic when you’re shooting on the move, from a prone position, running to cover or with a flashlight in the dark. All of these situations mimic what you might face in a real-life situation and help you sort out your equipment in a controlled safe environment that you normally wouldn’t get to do on your home range. I recommend it highly.”

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Colt firearms collection auctions for $2.2 million in Las Vegas

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 06:30

1886 factory-engraved, blue-finish Colt Lightning, likely the finest known example of its type. Top lot of the sale: $190,650. (Photo: Morhpy’s Auction)

A collection of rare, antique Colt firearms fetched $2.2 million at an auction in Las Vegas last month. Morphy’s Auctions said the event featured 94 guns from the private collection of Dr. Edward Michael Feldman, a renowned Colt enthusiast well-known within the community.

“We knew the sale was going to attract many of the Colt world’s heavy hitters, or their representatives, because Ed Feldman was known to acquire only the most exceptional, best-condition Colts,” said Dan Morphy, president of Morphy Auctions. “Everyone in the hobby knew this about Ed, so we expected there would be a high level of interest leading up to the sale – and we weren’t disappointed.”

Included among the offerings was the “finest known example of an 1886 factory-engraved, blue-finish Colt Lightning,” which sold after nearly 60 bids pushed the price to more than double its $70,000 estimate. A “Rosecrans Army” 1860 model — embellished “exactly like the pair” Colt presented to Union Army General George McClellan — sold for $156,000, more than 20 percent above its highest estimate.

“What this sale showed the hobby was that the best of the best and guns in top condition – which is precisely how I would describe Ed Feldman’s collection – will shine even during times when the market for antique guns isn’t at its highest point,” Morphy said. “The Colt Lightning that was estimated at $50,000-$70,000 but sold for $190,000 was the finest of its kind, so it sold accordingly.”

Historical ultra-deluxe factory-engraved 1860 Colt Army model inscribed and presented to Major General W.S. Rosecrans. Sold for $156,000. (Photo: Morphy’s Auction)

Rare and desirable No. 2 Belt Model Paterson Colt in very fine original Paterson case. Sold for $96,000. (Photo: Morphy’s Auction)

Cased pair of legendary 1851 Division Aide de Camp Colt “Navies,” pictured in The Antique Arms Annual 1971, ex Allen S. Kelley. Sold for $69,000. (Photo: Morphy’s Auction)

Very fine and rare cased, factory-engraved Colt 1860 Army .44 with ebony grips, from the same serial number range as a similar model that was either presented to, or belonged to, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. Sold for $75,000. (Photo: Morphy’s Auction)

Spectacular and extremely rare factory-engraved, ebony-gripped double-cased pair of Colt Model 1862 police revolvers presented to Capt. W.H.H. Waller in 1865. Sold for $117,000. (Photo: Morhpy’s Auction)

Exquisitely engraved Colt Lightning Revolver made expressly for mine owner C.N. Markle, book example, included factory letter. Sold for $72,000. (Photo: Morphy’s Auction)

Exhibition-quality 1880 Colt Single Action Army with pearl grips and factory engraving, ex Karl Press collection. Sold for $60,000. (Photo: Morphy’s Auction)

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White cop convicted of murder in shooting death of black teen in Chicago

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 06:00

Prosecuter Jody Gleason begins closing statements during the first degree murder trial for Officer Jason Van Dyke, left, for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Chicago. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

Jurors convicted a white cop of second degree murder Friday, nearly four years to the day after he shot and killed a black teenager armed with only a knife, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke could spend up to 20 years in prison after gunning down 17-year-old Laquan McDonald on the city’s southwest side on Oct. 20, 2014. The prosecution hung their case on dash camera footage showing the moment Van Dyke unloaded his service pistol into the teen as he walked away from two squad cars parked in the middle of a busy street.

Autopsy results showed McDonald sustained 16 gunshot wounds and had PCP in his system at the time of his death. His fatal encounter with police came after neighbors witnessed the teen breaking into cars and slashing tires, according to the AP.

Van Dyke and the department insisted McDonald carried a knife in plain view that night, lunging at officers and refusing demands to drop his weapon. After a judge ordered the release of the dash cam footage, however, angry protests over police brutality against people of color erupted across the city, forcing the department to distance itself from Van Dyke’s version of events and press charges of first degree murder. Three other officers were charged with obstruction of justice in what became widely-viewed as a symptom of the department’s “cover-up culture.”

Prosecutor Jody Gleason told jurors during closing arguments Thursday the footage disputes Van Dyke’s entire narrative. “None of that happened,” she said. “You’ve seen it on video. He made it up.”

Defense attorney Dan Herbert argued testimony from witnesses, including Van Dyke’s partner Joseph Walsh, rendered the footage “essentially useless.” He said McDonald could have prevented his own death by simply dropping the knife.

“The video is not enough,” he said. “It shows a perspective, but it’s the wrong perspective.”

Jurors opted against convicting Van Dyke of first degree murder, despite arguments from Gleason citing defense testimony indicating Van Dyke — upon learning McDonald had slashed the tire of a squad car — told his partner “Oh my God, we’re going to have to shoot the guy.”

“Laquan McDonald was never going to walk home that night,” she said, noting Van Dyke’s statement proves he premeditated the act. “They do not have the right to use deadly force just because you will not bow to their authority. This is not the Wild West out here … where an officer can shoot an individual … and try to justify it later.”

The second degree conviction indicates jurors believed Van Dyke feared for his life the moment he began firing at McDonald, though his reaction was unreasonable, according to the AP.

“I can’t rejoice because this man is going to jail,” said McDonald’s uncle, the Rev. Marvin Hunter. “I saw his wife and father. His wife and daughter didn’t pull the trigger. I could see the pain in these people. It bothered me that they couldn’t see the pain in us.”

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Standard Manufacturing debuts shorty shotgun in SKO Mini

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 05:30

The SKO Mini offers a short design that falls outside of the NFA Act’s purview. (Photo: Standard Manufacturing)

Standard Manufacturing adds to its SKO models, releasing the shortest version of its SKO semi-auto shotgun aptly named the SKO Mini.

Made in the US, the SKO Mini measures an overall length of 27-inches with a 14 2/4-inch threaded barrel chambered for 2 3/4- and 3-inch shells. The 12-gauge shotgun is machined from 7075 aluminum and is mil-spec hard anodized for durability. Standard Manufacturing says all internal components are sale bath nitride coated to provide lubricity.

Offering a lightweight feel, the SKO Mini weighs in a just over 7 pounds. The gas-operated mini shotgun features an ambidextrous safety, AR-style controls and a threaded muzzle for choke tubes, door breachers or other accessories. The SKO Mini ships with a two-round magazine, though optional two, five and 10-round mags are available for purchase.

The SKO Mini sports a gas operated semi-automatic shotgun style. (Photo: Standard Manufacturing)

“Standard Manufacturing’s SKO Mini, proudly made in the USA, offers superior firepower due to its fast semi-auto action and quick interchange magazines,” Standard Manufacturing said in a statement on its site. “It possesses the most reliable gas operated system available with smooth and flawless operation across a variety of loads. And even has bolt hold open after last round.”

Interestingly, the SKO Mini is not classified as a short barreled shotgun by the ATF circumventing the need for a NFA tax stamp. The SKO Mini is shipping now from Standard manufacturing with a MSRP of $699.

The SKO Mini ships with a 2-round magazine. (Photo: Standard Manufacturing)

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NRA has new ‘Fx’ grade for Bloomberg-endorsed political candidates

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 05:00

The nation’s largest pro-gun member organization has a new low grade for political candidates and one of those against the group claims it is a win.

The National Rifle Association for decades has suggested reference cards for members headed to the polls along with A-to-F grades for candidates based on their track record on guns. Maintained by the NRA’s Political Victory Fund, each state with an active election campaign lists the graded candidates down to the local level, compiled through questionnaires sent out by the organization as well as past statements and votes on gun issues.

With little fanfare, the PVF site now lists a new “Fx” designation, reserved for candidates “who requested and received the endorsement of Bloomberg’s anti-gun groups, ‘Mom Demands Action & Everytown for Gun Safety.'”

The move was welcomed by anti-gun advocate Shannon Watts as a sign that her movement is winning the battle for the hearts and minds of voters on Second Amendment issues, although progressive candidates have long spun basement-level grades from the NRA, using them as a sort of backhanded verification of their gun control creds.

“Lawmakers across the country will now seek out this new Fx rating, which sounds incredibly edgy and badass,” said Watts on Twitter, changing her profile description to include the somewhat disingenuous screed “Rated Fx by the NRA since 2012,” although she has not run for public office and the grade itself is new.

Lawmakers across the country will now seek out this new Fx rating, which sounds incredibly edgy and badass.

Go here to find out if your candidates have the newly coveted Fx rating from the @NRA: https://t.co/IQGlNEFqf1 pic.twitter.com/qeEoIHTcAY

— Shannon Fx Watts (@shannonrwatts) October 8, 2018

“We’ve been so effective that the gun lobby is tracking our endorsements and responding to them,” proclaimed Watts, although it should be pointed out that the Bloomberg groups have long tracked and responded to the NRA’s own grade system, going as far as archiving it going back to 2009. Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which later morphed into Everytown, promised their own letter-grade scorecard process for politicans in 2013 but never instituted it.

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Brett Kavanaugh joins U.S. Supreme Court on narrow vote (VIDEO)

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 04:30

In a move touted as a win for conservatives and gun rights, Judge Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 102nd Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

After a slim 50-48 confirmation vote by the U.S. Senate on Saturday, the most narrow approval since the chamber stopped using voice votes in the 1960s, the long-time appeals court judge was sworn in to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Chief Justice John Roberts administered the Constitutional Oath to Kavanaugh at the Supreme Court Building followed by Kennedy who administered the Judicial Oath, an act that was repeated publicly in a ceremony featuring President Trump at the White House on Monday.

The President addressed the contentious nomination process that was marred by allegations of sexual assault by the judge while in high school.

“On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure,” Trump said, going on to note that the jurist “under historic scrutiny” was proven innocent of the allegations against him.

The National Rifle Association, who chipped in over $1 million in ad buys to support Kavanaugh’s nomination and mobilized their base in what was characterized as a move to ensure the court swayed to the right on gun issues, applauded the Senate action on Saturday. “Kavanaugh is an eminently qualified jurist who will interpret the Constitution as the framers intended,” said Chris Cox, head of the NRA’s lobbying arm. “He respects our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms for self-defense.”

National gun control groups, to include the Brady Campaign, Everytown, Giffords and the Newtown Action Alliance, slammed the confirmation, while issuing urgent pleas for fundraisers citing the second Trump-era appointment to the nine-judge high court.

“He is a Second Amendment extremist who rationalized his belief during the confirmation process that assault weapon bans are unconstitutional by claiming that assault weapons are ‘common’ because ‘millions and millions’ of them are owned in the United States,” said Brady Campaign co-President Kris Brown about Kavanaugh. “And when a survivor of gun violence stands before the Court, as is sure to happen, will he or she get a fair hearing from a man who ranted and raved about political enemies in front of the Senate, while the NRA spent over a million dollars to support him?”

Meanwhile, prominent Democrats, notably New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo — headed to the polls against a Republican in a re-election bid next month — vowed more gun control and resistance in the wake of Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

“We will not wait for our rights to be taken away,” said Cuomo. “Here in New York, I vow to codify Roe v. Wade within the first 30 days of my next administration, strengthen our common-sense gun safety laws and continue our progress expanding access to quality affordable health care.”

We will not wait for our rights to be taken away. Here in New York, I vow to codify Roe v. Wade within the first 30 days of my next administration, strengthen our common-sense gun safety laws and continue our progress expanding access to quality affordable health care.

— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) October 6, 2018

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The Knob Creek machine gun shoot is a 2A success story (VIDEO + 23 PICS)

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 08:00

From humble beginnings in 1965 to being known on the international stage today, the Knob Creek machine gun shoot is a Second Amendment success story.

When Biff Sumner invited friends over for a cookout and to shoot machine guns on a Sunday afternoon more than 50 years ago, he had no idea that it would become the biggest machine gun shoot in the world. He just loved guns and wanted to get together with like-minded people.

Today, the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot takes place twice a year in April and October and attracts upwards of 20,000 from around the world. The three-day event features dozens of machine gun owners firing millions of rounds from hundreds of machine guns at exploding targets.

Machine guns can be rented by the public. Shooters can register for subgun and shooting competitions happening during the event. Spectators can admire rare guns in action, shop till they drop for hard-to-find products, talk to gun-friendly folks from around the world, and witness the world famous night shoots on Saturday night.

The Knob Creek machine gun shoot is the story of how a family from Kentucky found a way to make everyone happy with machine guns, dynamite and diesel fuel.

The Sumner family photographed in 2012. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

The entrance to the Knob Creek Range during one of the early machine gun shoots. Note the NRA plate on the Corvette. Circa 1988. (Photo: The Sumner Family)

A photo from one of the early machine gun shoots when you could still rent a flame thrower. Circa 1995. (Photo: The Sumner Family)

Gunny burns through a case of belted ammo on an M1919 Browning machine gun. Circa 2000. (Photo: The Sumner Family)

‘This range is hot!’ Circa 2010. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

The opening volley of tracer fire and explosions at the world famous night shoot. Circa 2016. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

A bullet-riddled car downrange. Circa 2010. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

Spectators inspect the carnage downrange during a lull in the gun fire. Circa 2010. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

A bullet-riddled mannequin and propane tank downrange. Circa 2010. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

A DShK machine gun cools down on a break between shoots. Circa 2015. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

Early morning smoke hangs over the range during the Knob Creek machine gun shoot. Circa 2016. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

A group of friends pose for a photo in the camp ground adjacent to the range. Circa 2011. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

A father and son enjoy the Knob Creek machine gun shoot. Circa 2016. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

The gun shop enjoying brisk business during the Knob Creek machine gun shoot. Circa 2010. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

Ammo and guns for sale inside the Knob Creek gun shop. Circa 2018. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

A gatling gun decorates the Knob Creek gun shop. Circa 2018. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

The pole barn housing the gun show during the machine gun shoots attracts hundreds of vendors and thousands of shoppers. Circa 2017. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

A Colt 1921A for sale at the gun show during the machine gun shoot. Circa 2017. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

HK guns for sale at the gun show during the machine gun shoot. Circa 2017. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

Large caliber rounds for sale at the gun show during the machine gun shoot. Circa 2017. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

One of the walls in the gun shop at the Knob Creek Range. Circa 2017. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

Knob Creek Range is located in aptly named Bullitt County. Circa 2010. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

The sign at the entrance to the Knob Creek Range. Circa 2010. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

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Going vertical: NATO snipers getting some high-angle shooting practice (PHOTOS)

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 10:30

The images from the course, such as this one of a Norwegian Army Telemark Battalion sniper team taking aim at targets across a valley, are great. (Photos: U.S. Army)

Sniper teams from eight NATO countries recently visited Austria to use the Alps for some specialized training– and the images are epic.

The teams — from Belgium, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, and the U.S. — completed the high-angle portion of a two-week course held at Austria’s Hochfilzen Training Area last month. Lt. Alexander Rishovd, a sniper instructor with the Norwegian Army, explained that the concept involves shooting further than 300 meters at angles greater than 15 degrees.

“Imagine the whole shooting process being a triangle and the sniper is on top, the line of sight to the target at the other end is greater than the distance the bullet travels in a flat line,” said Rishovd in a release from U.S. Special Operations Command Europe. “With the greater the angle the more the deviation between the line of sight and the distance that gravity has to affect the bullet.”

With the geometry of the shot different from normal engagements over flat terrain, teams had to get in touch with their math in order to figure out the correct bullet drop, sometimes operating at elevations above 2,000 meters.

“Each degree of angle will have an associated number value called its cosine,” said Rishovd. “For snipers shooting at high-angles, they need to measure the range to the target in line of sight and multiply it by the cosine get the actual range the bullet is going to fly. Then the sniper will set his bullet drop compensation from that distance.”

Further, in such a beautiful part of Europe, the released photos from the event look like they came right from a postcard, but with a bonus sniper team inserted.

A combined German and Greek shooter/ spotter team getting it done.

Italian snipers from the 4th Alpini Regiment. Ironically, 100 years ago this month Italy and Austria were fighting each other in the mountains of Central Europe, on opposite sides in WWI

A U.S. Army sniper team from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment engages targets uphill of their position

Dutch sniper engages targets in a valley

A Belgian Special Forces sniper team identifies targets across a valley

A Norwegian sniper and American spotter on a night shoot.

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Strike Industries serves up new flat trigger for Glock (VIDEO)

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 10:00

Strike Industries adds a new flat face trigger for Glock users looking to trick out and spice up their favorite polymer pistol.

The new Glock Improved Flat Trigger is designed to boost the comfort and feel of the Glock with the flat billet aluminum trigger. Using a solid aluminum construction, according to Strike Industries, the new Improved Flat Trigger reduces flex while providing for a crisper feel and more positive feedback. Overall, the company said the trigger’s construction offers Glock fanboys and fangirls better consistency than the factory trigger.

Strike Industries offers Glock users a new flat trigger with some pizazz. (Photo: Strike Industries)

“More than just an attractive alternative, the geometry of the trigger facilitates optimum finger placement and breaking angle,” Strike Industries said in a statement on its site.

The Improved Flat Trigger is compatible with the following Gen. 1 through 4 Glock models: 17, 17L, 19, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 31, 32, 33, 34 and 35.

Strike Industries offers four total trigger colors to add a little flavor and style to the Glock, bringing blue, FDE and red as well as a black option to the table. The triggers are available through Strike Industries with the black model retailing at $44.95 and the colored options coming in slightly higher at $46.95.

The new triggers come in four different colors. (Photo: Strike Industries)

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Italy’s Armalite: The Beretta AR70 (VIDEO)

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 09:30

Designed in the 1960s and built by Pietro Beretta , the AR70 was adopted by the Italian military in the 1970s. A gas-piston design that borrowed from a lot of earlier autoloaders of the era, the 5.56mm AR70 was developed in lieu of acquiring a license from Colt to produce M16s to supplement Italy’s BM-59, the latter an upgraded M1 Garand in 7.62x51mm NATO with a box magazine.

A very stylish-looking rifle — hey it’s a Beretta — it was also adopted in small numbers around the world by countries such as Indonesia, although today it is being phased out in its country of origin by the more modular ARX160. In a closer look at the origin of the gun, American Rifleman covers the AR70 above. Want to know more? Ian McCollum with Forgotten Weapons covers an example of the same species in more detail, below.

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Pending federal bill could allow Govt to shoot down drones

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 09:00

Civil liberties groups argue the move could give authorities the ability to bring down drones for almost any reason with little oversight. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Buried inside a massive spending bill working its way to the White House is a measure that could allow authorities to destroy private drones without a warrant.

The nearly 1,000-page FAA Reauthorization Act was approved 93-6 on Wednesday by the Senate in a rare show of bipartisan effort. The House bill, which passed that body last year by voice vote, is currently at the stage of resolving differences between the two chambers in Congress before heading to President Trump’s signature.

Part of the language of the measure allows authorities to address potential risks posed by wayward or “possibly hostile” unmanned air systems, commonly referred to as drones, and, if thought dangerous, to allow for members of the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to seize control of the craft or “Use reasonable force, if necessary, to disable, damage, or destroy the unmanned aircraft system or unmanned aircraft.”

This has civil liberties groups metaphorically up in arms over what they characterize as a vague mandate that can be easily abused.

“These provisions give the government virtually carte blanche to surveil, seize, or even shoot a drone out of the sky — whether owned by journalists or commercial entities — with no oversight or due process,” said Neema Singh Guliani, senior legislative counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union. The group, along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, have slammed the anti-drone aspect of the bill, saying it could legalize the shoot down, for example, of media drones capturing footage of potentially controversial events or the destruction of unmanned aircraft used by advocates to document protests.

“If lawmakers want to give the government the power to hack or destroy private drones, then Congress and the public should have the opportunity to debate how best to provide adequate oversight and limit those powers to protect our right to use drones for journalism, activism, and recreation,” the EFF told Tech Crunch.

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Bravo Concealment unleashes BCA 3.0 OWB Gun Holster (VIDEO)

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 08:30

The BCA 3.0 OWB Holster improves on the original BCA OWB design. (Photo: Bravo Concealment)

Bravo Concealment stealthily released a new outside-the-waistband holster, known simply as the BCA 3.0 OWB holster.

Available only for Glock pistols at the moment, the BCA 3.0 OWB Holster features similar attributes to the company’s BCA model but kicks the design up a notch with retention settings. The BCA 3.0 grants users the ability to now customize their retention settings to their preferred fit. Bravo Concealment says concealers can now opt for either a medium light retention all the way to a heavy retention.

In addition to adjustable retention settings, the company has also reduced the overall footprint of the design eliminating material to make the new holster both smaller and lighter than its predecessor. Rounding out the new features is a diversified polymer plastic construction allowing for rigidity and impact strength.

The holster is currently only compatible with Glock pistols. (Photo: Bravo Concealment)

“All this makes the new BCA 3.0 Gun Holster just as good as itʼs predecessor while inheriting a little flair to it,” Bravo Concealment said in a news release.

The BCA 3.0 OWB Gun Holster comes standard with threaded barrel clearance, tall sights clearance up to .355-inches, RMR cut-out and 1.50-inch belt loops. Shipping in a standard black color, it’s worth noting the holster is not compatible with Polymer 80 frames, Lone Wolf Frames or compensators.

The new BCA 3.0 OWB Holster is shipping now with a MSRP of $49.29.

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One million legos vs .50 cal (VIDEO)

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 08:00

The classic line of plastic construction toys are almost indestructible. Almost. With a lot of time and a Barrett .50-caliber BMG on hand, Youtuber Mr. Beast chronicles his travels with said tabletop rifle as it applies to random household objects to include underwear, Jenga blocks, a Tannerite-filled pinata, fedoras and more.

The nearly 12-minute build-up reaches a crescendo that pits several table-lengths of construction blocks against a 761-grain pill, capped with the philosophical applications of the sandwich-like properties of a hotdog.

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Deadpoint replaces Glock guide rod with weapon light

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 07:30

The Guide Rod Weapon Light offers Glock shooters an integrated light option. (Photo: Deadpoint)

Deadpoint offers Glock users a means to integrate their weapon into their Glock pistol with its patented Guide Rod Weapon Light.

The Guide Rod Weapon Lights service Gen 3 and Gen 4 17, 19, 22, 23, 31 and 32 Glocks with four models to choose. The Deadpoint weapon light replaces the Glock’s factory guide rod with an internal 90 lumen light and guid rod assembly.

“This essential add-on is perfect for every EDC, personal defense, and tactical purpose,” Deadpoint said in a statement on its website. “It allows you the opportunity to add a flashlight to your favorite Glock without having to go purchase yet another holster. DeadPoint also keeps your handgun compact and very well balanced.”

The Guide Rod Weapon Light replaces Glock’s factory guide rod. (Photo: Deadpoint)

The company says installation is easy, taking mere minutes to fit with no gunsmithing or specialized tools needed to install. The system comes with the 303 stainless steel guide rod, Creed LED, Wolf Recoil Spring, 9-volt battery, an extended take down lever and ambidextrous on/off control.

The Guide Rod Weapon Light for Glock is available through Deadpoint with a price tag settled at $199. Spare batteries for the lights are available for purchase through Deadpoint as well with Gen 4 batteries retailing for an extra $5 and the Gen 3 model batteries coming at $10.

The light outputs around 90 lumens of light. (Photo: Deadpoint)

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Educating Chicago’s black gun owners: The 761st Gun Club (VIDEO)

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 07:00

Dickson “Q” Amoah said he started the Chicago-based 761st Gun Club — named after the famed all black tank battalion that fought Nazis on European battlefields during the Second World War — after seeing a swell of black gun owners after the 2016 election.

“The goal of the 761st is we want to change the perception of the black gun owner within the black community,” Amoah said and explained the club serves as a meeting place for African Americans to share knowledge about firearms, firearms law, and issues relevant to the community.

But at the heart of the club is gun education, particularly for local gun ownership. “What we’ve noticed is that people want to be involved with the firearm but they don’t know what the first step is,” he said. “We want to show them what the FOID card is, how you obtain one, and how you take the concealed carry class.”

Dickson “Q” Amoah, president of the 761st Gun Club, speaking at a meeting in July 2018 at a gun store outside Chicago. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/Guns.com)

And members echo that sentiment. “The 761st has helped me learn the laws of the land, taught me how to conceal carry, and just know the rules,” said Costia Harris, the club’s vice president.

Amoah and other members cited volatile race making headlines in recent years. Incidents like the Charleston church shooting in which a white nationalist murdered nine black parishioners with hopes of sparking a race war exemplify their concerns.

With some 130 members, the 761st is small compared to its much larger affiliate, the National African American Gun Association, but the club’s leadership said their proud of their growth. “We grow all the time,” Harris said. “We were just in the process of one of quarterly open houses and these open houses are packed.”

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Citing PTSD, Illinois women sue state for more gun control

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 06:30

The complaint points out that five predominantly black Chicago neighborhoods have astronomical homicide rates when compared to the national rate, and lower school test scores as a result. (Photo: Chicago Police)

Arguing that exposure to gun violence violates civil rights and disabilities law, three Chicago women filed a class action lawsuit against the state of Illinois. The women — Demetria Powell, Tanya Reese, and Tywanna Patrick — filed suit in federal court on Wednesday naming various state agencies and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner as plaintiffs.

Each woman has lost a family member to violence and has a minor child or grandchild that has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder they chalk up to area shootings. As such, they argue that Rauner and state agencies, by not upping gun regulations, are violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Illinois Civil Rights Act.

“We all know that crime guns are flooding into our city and killing our children,” said Tom Geoghegan, one of the attorneys representing the women, The Trace reported. “But it’s also destroying – emotionally, psychologically, in the most profound ways – the survivors, the children who are not left dead by this epidemic of violence.”

Geoghegan is a partner of Despres, Schwartz & Geoghegan, a Chicago firm specializing in class actions and consumer advocacy. In 2015, Geoghegan sued the Illinois suburbs of Lyons, Lincolnwood, and Riverdale on behalf of two women whose son’s were fatally shot, arguing the local governments did not regulate gun shops in their area strictly enough, which in turn allowed guns to flow into urban Chicago itself.

In the latest case, the plaintiffs are not seeking money but rather a court order to make officials adopt statewide regulations on gun trafficking “in order to eliminate the adverse racial impact of gun violence on African-American children.”

The 29-page filing cites that some 40 percent of crime guns recovered in Chicago come from gun stores inside the state, with seven suburban gun stores providing the bulk of those firearms. With the failure to adopt more regulations on gun shops in the state, the plaintiffs argue that the absence of such additional red tape has an adverse impact on black children in urban Chicago, thus violating their civil rights.

“The defendants’ failure to issue reasonable gun trafficking regulations in order to reduce the level of gun violence to which the plaintiff children are exposed, under the authority granted to the Illinois Department of State Police, has had an adverse effect upon African-American children, in that they have endured and continue to endure the effects of gun violence, causing them to become disabled, and preventing them from obtaining a public education,” said attorney Michael P. Persoon in the filing.

The plaintiffs are seeking to establish as a class all African-American children under the age of 18 who live or lived in the City of Chicago who are disabled or at risk of being disabled on account of their exposure to gun violence. Falling back on data from the University of Chicago Crime Lab, the complaint points out that five predominantly black Chicago neighborhoods have astronomical homicide rates compared to the national rate of about five per 100,000 persons. In the Chicago neighborhood of Austin, the 2016 homicide rate was 87.3 per 100,000 persons. In Englewood, 179.5. In West Englewood, 105. New City, 98. Grand Crossing 103.

At the same time, a number of predominantly white and more affluent neighborhoods had no homicides. The claim then interjects studies showing that students from neighborhoods affected by high crime rates have lower test scores and a greater difficulty in learning when compared to children who are not exposed to such crime.

The answer, as advocated by the lawsuit, is a 12-step set of new regulations aimed at gun retailers in Illinois that include regular audits of the store’s inventory and books by local police, a State Police firearms registration system to track all gun firearm transfers, a “do not sell” list of gun buyers who have had guns recovered at crime scenes, and a mandatory requirement for security enhancements such as exterior lighting, surveillance cameras, alarm systems.

“The defendants have no reasonable basis for not adopting reasonable gun trafficking regulations,” the complaint said.

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