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Florida State University is facing a lawsuit from a local pro-gun group over its ban on firearms in vehicles. FSU President John Trasher, no stranger to lawsuits brought against him by Florida Carry, was named in the new legal challenge from the group filed last week in a Leon County court. The pro-gun member organization contends the public university’s policy on the storage of ammunition and some types of guns inside private on-campus vehicles doesn’t jibe with state law.
“The new issues deal with the university’s rules and regulations regarding the storage of long guns such as rifles and shotguns in a vehicle, and the prohibition of ammunition in a vehicle,” said Florida Carry attorney Eric Friday. “We hope that the court will require FSU and President Thrasher to comply with state law and quit lying to students in telling them what state law clearly allows them to do.”
The university’s 32-page Student Conduct Code contends it is in compliance with the state’s statute concerning guns on school property. However, Florida Carry argues there is nothing in on the books that allow for a prohibition of long arms or ammo in a private vehicle. Contending they have numerous members who attend the school, the group says those members fear arrest if they practice their protected right to have a rifle or shotgun in their vehicle.
The plaintiffs argue the school has no legal standing to enact the ban, pointing to a 2013 decision by a Florida appeals court that state universities do not have the power to prohibit law-abiding gun owners from keeping loaded firearms in their vehicles while on campus.
Florida Carry, backing up a local student, filed a lawsuit against the school in 2015 after FSU posted that weapons were not permitted to be stored in a vehicle on campus at any time – including events at Doak Campbell Stadium – potentially affecting the gun rights of some 85,000 or more fans on hand for Seminoles’ games. The school backpedaled on that policy within a week, chalking it up to a mistake.
The university was the site of a shooting in 2014 that left three injured and the gunman dead. Thrasher has repeatedly lobbied against campus carry proposals in the state legislature in the past several years.
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Briley Manufacturing launched a new aluminum handguard designed specifically for the Benelli M2 semi-auto shotgun. Geared towards 3-Gunners, the lightweight handguard features M-LOK slots, 49 in total. Offering a wrap over design, the handguard extends over the barrel deliver a heat shield.
The M-LOK handguard is constructed from 6061 aluminum and boasts a black anodized finish; though Briley lists a few color options — black, red and blue— its 3-Gun M-LOK Stage Saver adapter for the handguard. Available in 10-inch and 14-inch sizes, the M-LOK handguard tips scales at 8.9-ounces.
“The handguard profile has been designed to wrap over the top of the barrel to protect the shooter’s hand during strong-hand reloads, as well as allowing a higher grip for improved control,” Briley Manufacturing said in a news release. “Full size M-Lok attachment slots allow for accessory mounting, including our new Briley 3 Gun M-Lok Stage Saver adapter, which fits 3 of the most popular extra shell holders.”
The M-LOK handguard comes fully assembled and is easy to install with no modifications on the shotgun required. The 10-inch model is available now with a MSRP of $275 while the 14-inch version will be available soon with a price tag of $325.
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Five adults found living in a squalid desert compound in northern New Mexico face federal firearms and conspiracy charges, according to court documents filed last week.
A criminal complaint filed Aug. 31 accuses Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, Hujrah Wahhaj, Subhanah Wahhaj and Lucas Morton of aiding and abetting Jany Leveille — a 35-year-old Haitian national without legal status inside the U.S. — in unlawfully possessing firearms and ammunition.
Federal investigators discovered the stash of weapons at a compound in Amalia, New Mexico last month, where 11 children lived with the defendants in filth, according to court documents. The body of a three-year-old boy — later identified as the son of Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and his estranged wife — was also found at the compound, drumming up charges of child abuse and neglect that were later dismissed.
Leveille entered the United States in 1998 as a non-immigrant visitor, a visa with an expiration date of six months. As recently at March 2017, the United States Customs and Immigration Service approved Leveille’s employment authorization application. Her most recent attempt to apply for permanent residency was denied, according to court documents.
Leveille and Ibn Wahhaj allegedly absconded with his three-year-old son in early December, traveling from Georgia to the compound in New Mexico to perform an exorcism on the child. Leveille, who suffered a miscarriage during Ibn Wahhaj’s estranged wife’s pregnancy, believed the child to be hers and insisted on “casting out demons” from his soul so he could be reborn as a messianic figure.
The boy, diagnosed with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy at birth, required constant medical attention, walked with a limp and experienced developmental delays. He died on Christmas Eve while at the compound, according to court documents.
The other children in the compound told investigators Ibn Wahhaj instructed them on military tactics, including “tactical reloads, disarmament techniques, clearing buildings, rapid reloads and hand-to-hand combat.” The children said Ibn Wahhaj wanted to assemble an army and wage jihad against non-believers in “corrupt institutions” — including banks, law enforcement agencies, schools and the military — aiming to kill or imprison anyone who stood in their way.
Taos County District Attorney Donald Gallegos told the Associated Press he is prepared to seek indictments in connection with the death the Ibn Wahhaj’s son and the deplorable living conditions at the compound.
All five defendants remain in custody, according to court documents, with a preliminary detention hearing postponed until Sept. 12. If convicted, Leveille faces a statutory maximum of ten years in prison, while her co-defendants could spend as much as 15 years behind bars for aiding and abetting and conspiracy.
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Senate Judiciary Dems asked tough questions of Judge Kavanaugh during his marathon first round of questioning on Wednesday.
Kavanaugh, a U.S. Court of Appeals judge nominated by President Trump to in July replace the open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court left by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, answered questions on his views on gun rights litigation in his second day of hearings.
In the more than 11-hours of back and forth with committee members, the jurist with a lengthy paper trail fielded a myriad of questions on immigration, abortion, an independent Judiciary and the limits Executive powers, but it was the Committee’s ranking Democrat, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who probed him the most on the subject of gun policy.
Noting her office wrote the 1993 legislation that largely banned many semi-automatic firearms deemed to be “assault weapons” for a decade, the California lawmaker grilled Trump’s pick for the nation’s high court on his thoughts on such prohibitions.
“You specifically argued that the D.C. assault weapons ban was unconstitutional and I think because you said these weapons were in common use,” said Feinstein, referring to the jurist’s dissent from a majority opinion in the 2011 Heller II case which upheld the District’s ban. “What did you base your conclusion that assault weapons are in common use and what evidence or study did you use to do that?”
Kavanaugh, who has penned over 300 decisions in his decade on the bench, said he followed existing case-law in his decision, notably that of the first Heller case in 2008 and the follow-on McDonald case in 2010, both authored by Justice Antonin Scalia.
“I don’t get to pick and choose which Supreme Court precedents I get to follow. I follow them all,” said the nominee. “And Justice Scalia’s opinion used that phrase,” referring to the delineation between guns in common use and those considered dangerous and unusual weapons.
“Most handguns are semi-automatic,” Kavanaugh said. “And the question came before us of semi-automatic rifles and the question was, ‘Can you distinguish as a matter of precedent?’ Again, this is all about precedent for me, trying to read exactly what the Supreme Court said and if you read the McDonald case. And I concluded that it could not be distinguished as a matter of law, semi-automatic rifles from semi-automatic handguns. And semi-automatic rifles are widely possessed in the United States. There are millions and millions and millions of semi-automatic rifles that are possessed. So that seemed to fit common use and not being a dangerous and unusual weapon.”
Feinstein was not impressed by the answer, and retorted: “You’re saying the numbers determine common use? Common use is an activity. It’s not common storage or possession. It’s use. So what you said was that these weapons are commonly used. They’re not.”
Kavanaugh held his ground. “They’re widely possessed in the United States, Senator, and they are used and possessed but the question is are they dangerous and unusual?” he said. “They’re certainly dangerous. All weapons are dangerous. Are they unusual? And given how prevalent they are in the United States it seemed under Justice Scalia’s test and if you look at the majority opinion in McDonald, the same thing.”
The Senator asked, “And you specifically argued that it was unconstitutional to…to ban assault weapons because they are in common use. And that I believe was your descent in the case?”
“Yes, and I was referring to some kinds of semi-automatic rifles that are banned by D.C. are widely owned in the United States,” affirmed the judge. “And that seemed to be the test that the Supreme Court had set forth in the Heller and McDonald cases — in other words, if a type of firearm is widely owned in the United States. Now whether I agree with that test or not was not the issue before me. I have to follow the precedent of the Supreme Court as it’s written and that’s what I tried to do in that case.”
“How do you reconcile what you’ve just said with the hundreds of school shootings using assault weapons that have taken place in recent history?” asked Feinstein. “How do you reconcile that?”
Kavanaugh, a D.C-native who has school-aged daughters and applauded efforts by the District’s authorities to rein in crime, told Feinstein “of course the violence in the schools is something we all detest and want to do something about,” but held his ground.
“I fully understand the gang violence, gun violence, drug violence that plagues various cities including Washington, D.C,” he said. “This was known as the murder capital of the world for a while, this city, and that was a lot of handgun violence at the time. And so I understand the issue but as a judge my job as I saw it was the follow the second amendment opinion of the Supreme Court whether I agreed with it or disagreed with it.”
Feinstein, who pressed Judge Neil Gorsuch in a similar way during his Supreme Court nomination hearings last March, afterward took to social media to condemn Kavanaugh’s stance.
“By arguing that AR-15s can’t be regulated, Brett Kavanaugh made crystal clear that he’s to the right of Justice Scalia on guns,” she said on Twitter. “Even pro-gun Justice Scalia knew the 2nd Amendment did not protect all weapons in his opinion in Heller.”
By arguing that AR-15s can’t be regulated, Brett Kavanaugh made crystal clear that he’s to the right of Justice Scalia on guns. Even pro-gun Justice Scalia knew the 2nd Amendment did not protect all weapons in his opinion in Heller.
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) September 5, 2018
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Ohio-based Anderson Guncraft has been making functional Gatling Guns since 1967 and isn’t looking back.
The FFL Type 7 Manufacturer started when John Anderson read a “Guns & Ammo” magazine article on the venerable hand-cranked gun and wondered if he could build one. That kind of “because it’s there” philosophy endured and today Anderson Guncraft not only does restorations on old guns but specializes in crafting fully functional full-size 10 barrel replica Gatlings based on the Models 1874, 1877, 1892, and 1895 in .30-40 Krag and .45-70.
Each Anderson Gatling takes about 1,000 hours to make. Featuring cast bronze parts, engraving, and an attention to historical detail, they have had cameos in a host of big-budget Hollywood films such as The Last Samurai and the recent remakes of The Magnificent Seven and 3:10 to Yuma.
Anderson has been working on both a Model 1874 and an 1877 over the past few months and have been documenting the process on their social media page.
Anderson makes the bronze castings from scratch in their green-sand foundry
So how does it all mesh together? Take a look at an 1874 Camel gun replica under construction by Anderson to get a feel for the action.
Followed up with the gears…
Anderson hopes to have the guns ready to display at the Sept. 8-9 Ohio Gun Collectors Association meeting in Wilmington, Ohio.
“It will be an awesome display of late 19th Century firepower,” notes the company, going on to say, “The icing on the cake would be purchasers for both guns at the meeting.”
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One in four veterans store all of their firearms unlocked and loaded, seemingly unaware of how the behavior increases their risk for suicide, according to a new study published last month.
A team of physicians led by Dr. Joseph A. Simonetti, a clinician investigator at the Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention, published their findings regarding veteran attitudes and behaviors surrounding gun storage in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.
The data collected from a survey of more than 1,000 veterans — of which 585 identified as gun owners — concluded one-third of respondents stored at least one firearm unlocked and loaded. Nearly seven in 10 stored at least one gun unlocked and unloaded and just under half admitted storing at least one gun locked, but loaded.
Researchers suggest a correlation exists between these storage practices and the think that guns make homes safer and function best as tools for personal protection. Just 6 percent of veterans, however, think firearms increase the risk of suicide, according to the data.
“Suicide prevention initiatives among veterans should incorporate communication strategies that address common misperceptions about household firearm risk and whether safe storage practices may better align with reasons most Veterans own firearms (i.e., safety) — especially when someone in their home is at increased risk for suicide,” the study concludes.
Doreen Marshall, vice president of programs for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, told Guns.com Tuesday the study presents a “huge opportunity” to educate veterans about the connections between storage practices and suicide risk.
“This study points out a disconnect in beliefs between suicide risk and owning a firearm,” she said. “They don’t perceive having a firearm in the home loaded and unlocked is connected to an increase in suicide risk at all. So I think it provides a huge opportunity to increase education around suicide risks.”
Marshall said AFSP partners with the National Shooting Sports Foundation to encourage “brave conversations” among gun owners about storage safety and suicide prevention. “The goal of the program is to educate in prevention efforts,” she said. “The simplest way to do that is to secure their own firearms when they themselves might be at risk … it’s important for firearm owners to have that conversation within their own community.”
Dr. Robert Young, a practicing psychiatrist and editor for Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership, expressed skepticism over the study’s intention and conclusions, noting “having to unlock your own gun won’t stop you shooting yourself.”
“This is the same approach as when the Obama administration decided that all vets with PTSD should be barred gun ownership. What really matters is to identify those individuals at risk and provide treatment to them, not classify a group of people as undeserving of a right because some of them may have problems,” he said. “But that’s not consistent with the anti-gun agenda of progressively limiting what kind of guns can be possessed by what classes of people, toward generally ensuring that fewer and fewer people have guns at all.”
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Sig Sauer Academy is headed to Texas offering handgun and rifle courses to the Lone Star state during the month of October, the company announced in a press release Tuesday.
The courses will be held at Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet, Texas and will be taught by Sig Sauer Academy instructors. The Handgun Series kicks off the Texas dates, Oct. 10-14 with four classes scheduled. Starting with Handgun 101 — a foundational, entry level course — the series works up to Handgun 104, a fast-paced pistol class designed to teach students how to survive a deadly force encounter with their pistol.
The Rifle Series ends the month of October, running Oct. 25-28. The series features three classes starting with Rifle 101 and Rifle 102 and ending with a Defensive Rifle course. Rifle 101 and 102 aim to provide students with foundational skills that build upon one another. The Defensive Rifle class teaches students how to use a semi-automatic rifle or carbine for self-defense.
“The Reveille Peak Ranch courses will be taught by the elite Sig Sauer Academy Instructors that have years of experience in firearms instruction, training, and defensive tactics gained from military, law enforcement, and government agencies,” Sig Sauer said in the press release.
Slots are limited, therefore Sig Sauer Academy suggests interested parties rush to register the Academy’s website. Classes vary in price, starting at $150 and topping out at $500.
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The Lewis was designed by a U.S. Army officer and initially couldn’t get any attention in the states but that didn’t stop others from falling in love.
The light machine gun was a construct of one Col.Isaac Newton Lewis in 1911. Unable to pass it on to the Army here in the U.S., he marketed the gun overseas where it was produced by BSA and others. Easily identifiable by its aluminum barrel-shroud and 47-round top-mounted pan magazine that rotates as it fires, the Germans nicknamed the Lewis “The Belgian Rattlesnake” when they heard it in action in 1914 with the Brits opposing them in Belgium.
While the USMC adopted them briefly and the Navy used some well into WWII, most Lewis guns served in the militaries of allies rather than the Colonel’s own country. And to take a look at this classic early 20th Century rattler in .303 British is Eric with IV8888, joined by a bearded guest on a road trip.
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Leapers broadens its UTG series, launching a new AR-15 fixed stock known as the UTG Pro S5. The S5 fixed stock features an 11-inch length with an ergonomic slanted cheek rest and steel reinforced rubber over-molded butt pad. The combination of butt pad and cheek rest design lends itself to a better fit for shooters’ shoulders, according to Leapers.
“For those of you looking for an alternative to a fixed A1 or A2 stock check out UTG PRO’s new US made S5 fixed stock now shipping to dealers,” the company said in a news release. “At 11-inches in length, the S5 stock feels right at home in comparison to the LOPs of other fixed stocks, but features additional benefits and improvements.”
The stock delivers some other upgrades to include a 6 o’clock integral Picatinny rail. The rail is molded into the actual stock and can be used to attach various accessories to include different height cheek risers, monopods and other add-ons. The S5 offers a reversible QD sling swivel housing as well as a universal sling swivel stud.
Leapers said the UTG Pro S5 stock easily installs onto most AR-15s with a rifle-length receiver extension tube and does not require an A2 stock spacer to install. The UTG Pro S5 AR-15 fixed stock is available now, currently shipping to dealers nationwide with a MSRP of $52.
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American Defense spokesman William Phebus said the gun maker is “confident our rifle platform will exceed their expectations.” The department selected the UIC Mod 1 LE-X 11.5-inch short barrel rifle as its official SWAT rifle.
“American Defense is not just a firearm assembler, but a full manufacturing facility, where we can control quality and maintain strict tolerances through all manufactured parts that result in superior performance and reliability,” Phebus added.
The UIC Mod 1 LE-X rifle combines premium components, exceptional performance and accuracy through Rosco Manufactured barrels, and dependability that law enforcement agencies can count on day after day. Features include full ambidextrous controls to include charging handle, safety selector, magazine release, and bolt catch and release to improve the usability whether left or right handed.
David Rounds, the department’s deputy director Central Services Bureau, described the standards for awarding such a contract to be extremely competitive and that they provide contracts to vendors they find to be “the most advantageous.”
With a population of some 646,000 and land area of more than 2,000 miles, Polk County is the fourth biggest county in the state. American Defense will deliver the weapons in the fourth quarter of this year.
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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday announced that the former lawmaker is coming out of retirement to fill the late Sen. John McCain’s seat.
The move came after a week of public mourning following McCain’s death and put to rest speculation as to who would assume the late Senator’s seat in Washington. Ducey said Kyl, who spent three decades in Congress, is the right man for the job.
“There is no one in Arizona more prepared to represent our state in the U.S. Senate than Jon Kyl,” said Ducey, a Republican.”He understands how the Senate functions and will make an immediate and positive impact benefiting all Arizonans.”
Kyl, 76, was elected to the U.S House in 1987 after a career as a lawyer and lobbyist. He retired as a Senator in 2013, going out as Senate Minority Whip, a job he filled after Mississippi’s Trent Lott. Since then, he has returned to work as a lobbyist and has for the past several weeks filled the role as Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s “sherpa,” in arranging introductions to lawmakers.
“There is much unfinished business, including confirmation of President Trump’s nominees for judicial and executive branch positions, and I look forward to getting to work on behalf of my fellow Arizonans,” said Kyl, who will serve into at least 2019. He said he will not seek to fill the seat in 2020, citing the desire to be with his family.
Long touted as a conservative, while on Capitol Hill the Arizona lawmaker cast votes on several important gun bills. Kyl, while a Congressman in 1994, was one of 46 in the GOP to vote in favor of H.R.3355, which contained the federal assault weapon ban, although he voted against a ban proposed by then-Congressman Chuck Schumer. Later, in the Senate in 2004, he voted for the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act which insulates gun makers from frivolous lawsuits. He also voted in favor of the Republican-backed Hatch Amendment supporting stricter penalties for illegal use of guns. In 2008 he was a co-sponsor of a bill to expand gun rights in national parks.
The news of Kyl’s appointment was met with satisfaction from President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Jon Kyl will be an extraordinary Senator representing an extraordinary state, Arizona. I look forward to working with him!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2018
Congrats to Jon Kyl on his appointment to serve AZ again in the US Senate. He’ll serve w/ the same principle & integrity that defined his 30+ year career. Look forward to working w/ him to support @POTUS’ agenda to rebuild our military, grow our economy, & confirm strong judges.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) September 4, 2018
I look forward to working with Jon Kyl as we continue making progress for the American people pic.twitter.com/yAqYcqycAe
— Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) September 4, 2018
Mechanix Wear adds some color to its Original, FastFit and M-Pact series, now offering the gloves in OD Green. The tactical gloves are styled in the olive drab look, offering more options to military and law enforcement users. Mechanix Wear said OD Green is a welcomed addition to its tactical glove lineup.
“The expansion of OD Green follows our continued pursuit to provide military, law enforcement, and shooting sports enthusiasts with effective hand protection solutions,” the company said in a news release published on Soldier Systems.
The Original gloves kick off the new color line with a touchscreen compatible synthetic leather design. The gloves boast nylon carrier loops for easy storage and come equipped with TrekyDry material — a breathable fabric that keeps users’ hands cool. The Original is priced at $24.
The FastFit bring a sense of versatility to the tactical glove arena with a high-dexterity 0.6mm synthetic leather style with full touchscreen technology built into the gloves. Also sporting TrekDry technology, the gloves keep users cool and comfortable in the field. The FastFit features a MSRP of $15.
The M-Pact rounds out the OD green series with a design that resists blunt-force impact, dissipating energy with its Thermoplastic Rubber exo-skeleton. The exo-skeleton meets EN 13594 impact standards while still offering dexterity and finger manipulation. Using 0.8mm synthetic leather, like its siblings, the M-Pact features touchscreen technology. The M-Pact retails for $34.
“We are particularly excited about the newly designed M-Pact glove, which offers our users CE-rated impact protection against blunt force injuries,” Kenny Safford, Product Design Manager, commented in the news release.
He continued, “Olive drab walks the line to provide the perfect shade between foliage and dark earth tones to conceal the wearer in temperate regions. We are excited to add this classic color-way to our expanding line of tactical hand protection.”
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Silencer Shop and OSS Suppressors team up to deliver the full lineup of OSS suppressors on SilencerShop.com. The addition of OSS to Silencer Shops’ online distribution platform continues the silencer retailer’s commitment to offering consumers a range of options when it comes suppressors. Silencer Shop currently offers over 20 brands of silencers.
“OSS Suppressors are increasingly known in the industry for their patented Flow-Through technology, superior performance and their growing line of Helix-QD suppressors,” a Silencer Shop spokesperson said in a press release posted to Soldier Systems. “As a leading and premiere brand, we’re pleased to be offering an even bigger selection to our current and future clients.”
Consumers can now check out OSS Suppressors full series of cans ranging from 5.56 to 7.62 in addition to Ti and Magnum Ti models. The shop will also feature OSS Suppressors’ inventory of muzzle devices and accessories.
OSS Suppressors said its excited to partner with Silencer Shop to bring its cans to a wider audience.
“OSS Suppressors is excited to offer our HX-QD line and work with Silencer Shop to make Flow-Through suppression more accessible to dealers and consumers nation-wide,” Chris Estadt, VP Sales and Marketing at OSS, said in the news release. “Silencer Shop’s innovations in the market and their dedication to protect the health and safety of people who enjoy the shooting sports are remarkable. OSS Suppressors looks forward to working with them and other industry leaders to make suppressors more readily available and easier to purchase.”
OSS cans start out at $869.
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There are two camps of handgun hunters: modern and traditional. Yet, Sturm, Ruger & Company’s new Super Redhawk 10mm revolver blends them together nicely while setting a new course for the cartridge.
What makes the 10mm Auto so successful is that it’s one of the hardest hitting pistol rounds and functions well as a hunting round. But it’s a different story in a wheelgun where cartridges like the rimmed .41 Magnum or .44 Magnum hold ballistics that are equal to or superior than the 10mm.
While ballistically the cartridge may not be worth getting cranked up about, there’s still a reason Ruger started producing 10mm revolvers. With less pressure and a heftier weight, the shooter will feel less recoil with a 10mm than a .44 Magnum. On top of that, a 10mm revolver gives shooters the ability to fire .40 S&W, which is just icing on the cake for fans of the popular pistol round.
In terms of maneuverability and hunting use, the Super Redhawk is larger in both stature and weight when compared to comparable longslide 6-inch barreled pistols of the same chambering, but that extra length wrings more ballistically from the 10mm while the weight negates recoil.
The 10mm chambering is a hot one for semi-automatic pistols. To thwart any issues in the debut revolver, Ruger built the Super Redhawk with a triple locking cylinder that latches at the front, rear and bottom for both security and alignment. As with comparable Ruger Super Redhawks, this one is also reinforced with additional metal at the top strap, sidewalls and barrel mounting areas, all geared to handle heavy hunting loads.
The double-action revolver has a 7.5-inch barrel, a six-round capacity and an overall weight of 53 ounces. Features include integral machined mounts on the barrel rib for scope rings, a transfer bar safety, cushioned rubber grips with a hardwood insert, and a fully-adjustable rear sight aligns with the red-ramp front. The gun ships with three full-moon clips that are necessary for ejecting spent cartridges and can also double as makeshift speed loaders. Retail price is $1,159.
With an older Redfield 4X scope mounted in the included rings, we fired a nice variety of hunting ammunition on the range: Sig Sauer V-Crown 180-grn JHP, Sig Sauer 180-grn FMJ, Hornady 155-grn XTP, Gold Dot 200-grn GDHP, and Winchester 175-grn JHP.
As expected, the gun functioned flawlessly. We did our accuracy testing from the bench with sandbags, and found the best 50-yard five-shot group to fall just a hair under 2 inches, with most repeatable groups at 2.25 inches. From shooting sticks, even when firing double action, we felt confident placing the round within the critical vitals of our target at 50-yards. Accuracy is as expected for a hunting revolver, where we would constrain ourselves to not much further than the 50-yard range for clean kills, though experienced handgun hunters would likely extend those effective ranges.
The heavy-duty moon clips are necessary for both ejecting spent 10mm rounds and for safely chambering and fire the shorter .40 S&W. Though the company advises that spent casing would need to be punched out manually after firing 10mm rounds sans moon clips, we found that it was easy enough to either shake or pull the casings free, so no concern should one forget the moon clips in the field.
With our scope mounted and a cylinder full of medicine, the Super Redhawk tipped the scales at just under 4 pounds. That’s a hulky handful, no doubt, but it made the 10mm round a pleasure to shoot. Recoil is more than manageable with the fairly soft rubber grips that fit the hand well. Single-action trigger pull measured at 4.75 pounds on our Lyman Digital Gauge. Naturally, the double-action was off the charts, albeit slick and smooth. Especially when worked with time in single action, trigger quality aided accuracy.
Lines and finish on the Super Redhawk are clean and modern. The matte stainless turns some heads yet remains subdued enough not to draw undue attention in the hunting woods.
Whether you already own a 10mm pistol or are a fan of quality stainless hunting wheelguns in alternate chamberings, this wonderfully overbuilt Super Redhawk has a ready market, and those shooters will be over the moon with this new addition to Ruger’s lineup.
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Vista Outdoor finalized the sale of three eyewear brands this week — the first of several planned divestitures as the company refocuses on ammunition innovation. A private equity firm based in Europe acquired Bollé, Serengeti and Cébé in July, netting approximately $154 million for Vista.
“Completing the sale of our eyewear brands is a positive step in our strategic transformation plan,” said Chief Executive Officer Chris Metz in a news release Tuesday. “We believe this is a mutually beneficial arrangement for both parties, and we are excited that the buyer will help these iconic brands thrive.”
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, Metz warned quick, “decisive” action laid ahead in order to turn around double digit earnings losses.
He told investors earlier this year “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.
The decision sell ownership of Savage Arms, announced in early May, however, drew some criticism for appearing to appease investors connected to the corporate backlash against the gun industry in the wake of the Parkland massacre. A Vista spokesperson told Guns.com while the news came at a bad time, it was decided late last year — long before major banks and retailers began limiting interaction with manufacturers.
They money from the possible sale of Savage and other brands will fund Vista’s innovations in ammunition, a spokesperson told Guns.com in May. The company released 36 new product lines this year and plans for another three dozen next year.
“We are eager to build on the momentum from this sale,” Metz said Tuesday. “We are hard at work on the next stage of our transformation plan and confident in our ability to put Vista Outdoor on a path for future success.”
The father of a slain Parkland student said the Supreme Court nominee refused to shake his hand Tuesday, but the White House disputes the characterization.
Fred Guttenberg, who became a vocal gun control advocate after the loss of his daughter in February, was at the first day of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings on Judge Brett Kavanaugh at the invite of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. The activist said as the hearing broke for lunch that he approached the federal judge and was rebuffed.
“Just walked up to Judge Kavanaugh as morning session ended,” tweeted Guttenberg.”Put out my hand to introduce myself as Jaime Guttenberg’s dad. He pulled his hand back, turned his back to me and walked away. I guess he did not want to deal with the reality of gun violence.”
Just walked up to Judge Kavanaugh as morning session ended. Put out my hand to introduce myself as Jaime Guttenberg's dad. He pulled his hand back, turned his back to me and walked away. I guess he did not want to deal with the reality of gun violence.
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) September 4, 2018
The interaction was captured by Andrew Harnik with the AP, among others.
Fred Guttenberg, the father of Jamie Guttenberg who was killed in the shooting in Parkland, Fla., left, tries to shake hands with @realDonaldTrump's Supreme Court nom., Brett Kavanaugh, right, during a lunch break. Kavanaugh did not shake his hand. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) @ap pic.twitter.com/smcCGuLT6X
— Andrew Harnik (@andyharnik) September 4, 2018
Afterward, Feinstein said she had invited Guttenberg — who is a champion for stronger background checks, red-flag laws, and raising the age to purchase firearms from 18 to 21 — to the hearing because “He knows firsthand how Brett Kavanaugh’s extreme views on guns could lead to more massacres.”
I invited @Fred_Guttenberg to sit in the audience at today’s hearing because the Supreme Court affects the lives of real people. He knows firsthand how Brett Kavanaugh’s extreme views on guns could lead to more massacres. Thank you Fred, for honoring your daughter.
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) September 4, 2018
White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah disputed Guttenberg’s version of the event, saying “As Judge Kavanaugh left for his lunch break, an unidentified individual approached him. Before the Judge was able to shake his hand, security had intervened.” Shah later posted a video to underline his statement.
— Raj Shah (@RajShah45) September 4, 2018
The NRATV’s Dana Loesch derided the encounter as a PR stunt and knocked the narrative by those who publicized the event.
Gun control advocates, to include Shannon Watts and March for Our Lives took to social media condemning both the perceived slight and Shah’s explanation.
We’re supposed to believe “Coach K” mentors 6th-grade girls. He’s a “car pool” dad who shows up at every sporting event. But he can’t muster the character to shake the hand of a man whose daughter died in a mass shooting because it would piss of the @NRA? pic.twitter.com/jqjH22htxa
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) September 4, 2018
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) September 4, 2018
As for Guttenberg, he said he plans to be at the hearings again on Wednesday.
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Judge Brett Kavanaugh made his first appearance before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday for confirmation hearings to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy.
With the current Congress set to end in 2019, Democrats have aggressively sought to delay the nominee’s hearings, seeking a massive records dump–up to one million pages which can’t be made fully available until the end of October — relating to Kavanaugh’s past positions in the administration of President George W. Bush and in the Office of Independent Counsel during President Clinton’s White House era.
As the committee chair, Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley moved to open the hearings this week while Democrats on the committee, spearheaded by California’s Kamala Harris, Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal and Corey Booker of New Jersey, moved unsuccessfully to block the proceedings over the issue of the documents while protestors sounded off in the gallery and were escorted out by Capitol Police. In all, some 61 were removed by authorities from the hearing.
In his opening statement, Grassley pointed out that the committee has access to all of the nominee’s 307 court opinions issued while on the bench of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the key D.C. Circuit, nearly a half-million pages of Executive Branch records, and 17,000 pages of other materials at their fingertips. “In short, the American people have unprecedented access and more materials to review for Judge Kavanaugh than they ever had for a Supreme Court nominee,” he said.
Nonetheless, Grassley spent more than an hour sparring with committee Dems over the documents, with Booker saying they only had access to about 10 percent of Kavanaugh’s body of work.
Moving past the hearing’s first hour, the committee’s ranking Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, brought gun policy into play, calling the nominee “blessed by the NRA.” The California lawmaker, who wrote the original federal assault weapon ban, recalled Kavanaugh’s opinion in his 2011 dissent from the majority in the D.C. Circuit’s ruling on Heller II, which challenged the city’s prohibition on such semi-automatic firearms.
“In your own words, gun laws are unconstitutional unless they are ‘traditional or common in the United States,'” Feinstein said in her opening statement. “You concluded that banning assault weapons is unconstitutional because they have not historically been banned. This logic means that even as weapons become more advanced and more dangerous, they cannot be regulated.”
After equating the AR-15 to the M-16 and citing school shooting statistics compiled by gun control groups, Feinstein went on to say that, “If the Supreme Court were to adopt your reasoning, I fear the number of victims would continue to grow and citizens would be rendered powerless in enacting sensible gun laws. So this is a big part of my very honest concern.”
In response to the partisan discourse aired around the country, the President took to social media and blasted the proceedings late-afternoon. “The Brett Kavanaugh hearings for the future Justice of the Supreme Court are truly a display of how mean, angry, and despicable the other side is,” Trump said. “They will say anything, and are only looking to inflict pain and embarrassment to one of the most highly renowned jurists to ever appear before Congress. So sad to see!”
….looking to inflict pain and embarrassment to one of the most highly renowned jurists to ever appear before Congress. So sad to see!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2018
White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah posted a tally of interruptions and complaints about documents during the hearings, totalling 63 and 129 respectively.
SENATE DEMOCRATS BY THE NUMBERS
•Complaints about Documents or Records: 129
•Mentions of President Trump: 69
•Total Interruptions: 63
•Mentions of Judge Kavanaugh’s entire 12-year judicial record: Just 26 #SCOTUS
— Raj Shah (@RajShah45) September 4, 2018
Once the committee members’ opening remarks were complete — some six hours into the hearing’s first day — former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who worked alongside Kavanaugh in her time with the George W. Bush Administration, introduced the nominee. After describing him as “hardworking” and “wise” in the 17 years she has known him, Rice then addressed the concept of Constitutionalism, saying “We Americans believe that the Constitution is our personal protection. We take our rights very seriously– and we will go all the way to the Supreme Court if we feel those rights are violated.”
The nominee himself addressed the committee briefly, saying in his opening statement that, “I am optimistic about the future of America. I am optimistic about the future of our independent Judiciary. I revere the Constitution” and that, “If confirmed to the Supreme Court, I will keep an open mind in every case.”
Kavanaugh was named by Trump in July as his nomination to fill the seat opened on the nine-justice panel with Kennedy’s planned retirement. The committee’s hearings are expected to run through the week.
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Iconic jeans maker Levi Strauss doubled down on its support for gun control Tuesday, pledging some $1 million to support groups to advance the cause. “You may wonder why a company that doesn’t manufacture or sell guns is wading into this issue, but for us, it’s simple. Americans shouldn’t have to live in fear of gun violence,” said Levi’s president and chief executive Chip Bergh in an op-ed published in Fortune. “It’s an issue that affects all of us—all generations and all walks of life.”
The company released a statement explaining the $1 million donation will go to Live Free, Giffords and Everytown. Additionally, the Levi Strauss Foundation will support a series of town hall meetings “in cities across the U.S. that are disproportionately impacted by gun violence.” To help boost the funds available, the company will double their donation match for employee contribution to the groups and encourage them to use five hours a month in company-paid volunteer time to “get more politically active.”
It is not the first time that Bergh has steered the brand in navigating gun policy. In 2016, he penned an open letter asking people not to bring firearms into company locations following an incident in which a customer accidentally shot and injured himself while trying on a pair of jeans. Bergh said this week that decision triggered threats to both Levi’s stores and himself.
“But these personal attacks pale in comparison to the threats that activists and survivors from Parkland, Sandy Hook, and daily incidents of gun violence face every time they speak up on this issue,” Bergh said.
Predictably, reactions to the decision were divided. Pro-gun groups like the National Rifle Association were quick to release memes calling for boycotts of the brand and claimed Levis “turns their back on Second Amendment supporting customers.”
On the other hand, gun control groups applauded the decision. “By standing on the right side of history, they’re sending a strong cultural signal that American companies can and should take a stand on this issue to put the safety of our families and communities first,” said Moms Demand Action leader Shannon Watts.
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OpticsPlanet joins forces with Hope for the Warriors in support of post 9/11 service members and their families, offering six weeks of limited time offers and deals to raise funds for the non-profit.
OpticsPlanet has pledged to donate 0.75-percent of the net proceeds of all sales to help military members. Additionally, the company will increase the donation amount by up to 3.75-percent when consumers purchase participating partner brands such as: Vortex, Leupold, Pulsar, Streamlight, Crimson Trace, Nikon, EOTech, FLIR, Sig Sauer, Trijicon, Steiner and Surefire.
The company has also stated that it will provide limited edition Swag Kits chock full of unique souvenirs with every dollar from purchases of the kits headed to the final donation contribution.
“You can help by simply making a purchase during the campaign, to trigger a donation to support our nation’s heroes and their families,” OpticsPlanet said in a press release.
OpticsPlanet has a long history of supporting charitable organizations, creating a campaign in 2015 — Gear up for a Cause — to offer special offers and sales events to raise funds and awareness for Hope for the Warriors.
“The marginalizing of US Vets and Troops over the last decade and beyond is no secret, their poverty levels and suicide rates have skyrocketed to all-time highs with what seems like diminishing assistance from current limited resources,” OpticsPlanet commented. “This sad state of affairs, along with extreme gratitude to those that serve has inspired OpticsPlanet.com over the past few years to take up cause for our Troops.”
To support OpticsPlanet and its mission to raise $50,000 for military families, head over to the retailer’s website to either purchase through a participating brand or pick up one of the Swag Kits. Swag Kits retail for $20.
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Designed after a beef with the British government, this curious rifle has done some globe trotting.
Far above the Arctic Circle is Svalbard, an island chain so remote it was chosen to host the apocalyptic Swiss bank account that is the Global Seed Vault. The ice-covered windswept archipelago has both a legit polar bear problem and a small museum, chronicling its role as a weather outpost for Europe proper, the Svalbard Museum. Inside the museum rests this interesting obrez-style rifle, which has been chopped so short that you can almost hear the ATF screeching in the ether when they see one of these images.
If you can’t quite place the action of the rifle, know that it is a Canadian-built Ross straight-pull rifle.
Put into production in Canada after Britain refused to grant the country a license to produce the Enfield rifle, the Ross Rifle Co. produced over 400,000 rifles, mainly for the Canadian and British military just before and during World War I. Chambered in .303 British, the gun was often well-liked by those who used it and very accurate. In fact, some 2,000 were used by snipers in the trenches of the conflict, fitted with U.S.-made optics.
However, the Ross had a (debated) tendency to sometimes malfunction and launch the bolt back into its user’s face, which gave it a bad reputation and it was phased out by the Enfield soon enough.
Not to be outdone, the Ross company also sold the M-10 sporting rifle to the same design but chambered in .280 Ross, a proprietary caliber that would hum a 140-grain pill out to 3,000fps, which was pretty decent ballistics for the 1900s.
And that is what the Svalbard chop job is, as evidenced by the receiver band.
The museum catalogs the handy little rifle as being just 22.1-inches overall in length and that it was used for trapping, likely by a seal hunter, which was a popular endeavor on the islands for decades. They also note that it has been converted from the legacy .280 Ross caliber to .30-06 and uses a magazine from a Mauser, a conversion that was popular in Norway on captured German K.98s after World War II. Incidentally, the guards at the seed vault are armed with converted Mausers as well.
Either way, the abbreviated Ross is crazy looking, especially sans trigger guard, but could probably have doubled as polar bear repellant, or possibly as a flare gun due to the size of the fireballs it was likely to produce.
For everything you ever wanted to know about the Ross but were afraid to ask, check out the below from C&Rsenal.
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