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USA Shooting Brings On Will Anti as Paralympic Coach/Manager

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 06:30

Will Anti will serve as the Paralympic team’s new coach/manager. (Photo: USA Shooting)

USA Shooting announced a member will be joining the USA Shooting Paralympic program, introducing Will Anti as team coach/manager.

Anti will begin his role in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in early June. Anti brings with him experience as a former National Junior team member, Junior Olympic and NCAA champion and captain of the West Virginia University Rifle Team. Anti is slated to graduate this month from West Virginia University with degrees in finance and accounting. Anti comes from a shooting family, with his father, Mike, a four-time Olympian and 2004 Olympic silver medalist in Three-Position Rifle in addition to serving as the head coach at the Naval Academy.

“My love for this sport is unmatched,” Anti said in a news release. “And while my career as a competitor is ending, I am thrilled that this opportunity would allow me to remain heavily involved in a sport and an organization that has given me so many blessings.”

Anti will help the Paralympic team as its members march towards the 2020 Paralympic Games, just over a year away. Paralympic athletes are currently earning quotas designed to secure spots in the various shooting disciplines of the games. Anti’s role will see him working in conjunction with the USA Shooting Paralympic program and USA Shooting National Coaching Staff. He will coach athletes on the technical aspects of shooting as well as prep athletes mentally and physically for the upcoming games. Anti said he is excited to take on this new role and looks forward to a bright future with the Paralympic team.

“I feel extremely blessed to have this opportunity to positively impact the Paralympic program at USA Shooting,” Anti said. “I have immense respect for these athletes and look forward to being a part of their journey toward the Paralympics and beyond. I am thankful to be a part of an organization that is providing so many life-changing opportunities in a sport that I have loved for many years, a sport that has been so good to myself and my family.”

The 2020 Paralympic Games will be held next Summer in Tokyo, Japan.

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CA Advances Bill to Allow Bosses, Co-Workers to File Gun Seizure Orders

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 06:30

The California Assembly on Monday advanced a bill to add school faculty, employers and co-workers to the list of people who can ask a judge to take away someone’s guns.

The measure, AB 61, passed the Assembly in a Democrat-heavy 54-16 vote and now heads to the state Senate. It would greatly expand who can file for a Gun Violence Restraining Order in the state under California’s so-called “red flag law.”

Adopted in 2014, the current law allows the seizure of firearms– for up to 21 days– from an otherwise legal gun owner who is believed to pose a “significant danger.” This initial order could be extended for as long as a year if the situation warrants while filing a false petition is a misdemeanor offense. As it stands, just law enforcement and immediate family can seek such an order. AB 61 would expand this to include school employees such as guidance counselors and teachers as well as the employers and co-workers of a subject.

Second Amendment groups such as the Firearms Policy Coalition and Gun Owners of California, who have long felt the orders were a dangerous pathway to gun confiscation without delivering any promise of treatment for someone in legitimate crisis, are opposed to the expansion.

According to the state Department of Justice, GVROs have been issued 614 times from 2016 to the end of 2018.

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Maj. John Plaster Gets His XM177E2 Back, Kinda

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 06:00

Plaster, receiving a new XM177E2 from Colt last month, left, contrasted with a slide during his presentation on the weapons of MACV-SOG in the Vietnam conflict, showing him as a Green Beret armed with his original weapon. (Photos: Chris Eger/

After much use in South East Asian locales long classified, Vietnam-era Green Beret John Plaster recently got “his” Colt XM177E2 back.

Plaster, a retired U.S. Army major, served three combat tours between 1968 and 1971 as a member of the secretive MACV-SOG special operations unit that conducted covert operations in Laos and Cambodia during the Vietnam War. Since the 1980s, he has gone on to be a noted sniping instructor, author and military historian, penning several non-fiction books and even contributing to popular video games such as Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Plaster recently wrote an article for the NRA’s American Rifleman publication dealing with the use of the CAR-15, an early forerunner of today’s M4, in Vietnam. Relating his personal SOG experience with an issued Colt-made XM177E2 carbine during the article, the Special Forces veteran mentioned that the serial number of his personal gun was 905442, noting the weapon, “saved my life many times.”

Unknown to the Major, now in his late 60s, his reminiscences triggered a series of events behind the scenes that ended with Justin Baldini, director of product marketing for Colt, presenting Plaster with a semi-auto non-NFA reproduction of the XM177E2– with the same serial number as his military-issued CAR-15– last month. The impromptu ceremony came at the 148th National Rifle Association’s Annual Meetings in Indianapolis as Plaster was set to start a presentation on the weapons carried by Vietnam-era SOG teams.

Colt’s Retro Classic series XM177E2 Commando is built to the original Colt Model 629 specifications from the 1960s to include a vinyl-acetate coated buttstock and “U.S. Property” rollmarks. To be NFA-compliant, the 11.5-inch barrel has an extended flash hider designed to replicate the original moderator and it is not select-fire. (Photos: Chris Eger/

Baldini related to the crowd that laying hands on the gun took some effort, as it had already shipped to a distributor, but in the end, was accomplished to provide the retired commando with a tangible link to his “old” 905442.

The first thing that Plaster did when presented with the new 5.56mm carbine was note with a trace of remorse that it was not select-fire.

Maj Plaster is the author of numerous books on military history, special operations and sniping (Photos: Chris Eger/

At least nine Green Berets attached to SOG received the Medal of Honor for their actions in Southeast Asia during the conflict and as Plaster noted, some 300 lost their lives during missions. The highly classified unit was only recognized with a Presidential Unit Citation in 2001.

“Pursued by human trackers and even bloodhounds, these small teams out-maneuvered, outfought and out-ran their numerically superior foe to uncover key enemy facilities, rescue downed pilots, plant wiretaps, mines, and electronic sensors, capture valuable enemy prisoners, ambush convoys, discover and assess targets for B-52 strikes, and inflict casualties all out of proportion to their own losses,” noted Secretary of the Army Thomas White of MAC-V-SOG in 2001.

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Mossberg Announces New 500 Centennial Limited Edition Shotgun

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 05:00

The limited run of Centennial series Model 500s are eye-catching (Photos: Mossberg)

Featuring a nickel-plated receiver highlighted in 24 karat gold, O.F. Mossberg & Sons is celebrating their 100th Anniversary in style with a limited edition Model 500 Centennial.

While the company originally started in 1919 with the Brownie pistol, Mossberg has been making the Model 500 since 1960 and has sold more than 12 million of the now-classic pump-action shotgun over the years. The Centennial edition of the gun, available in 12 gauge only, will be limited to just 750 examples.

Using a polished 28-inch vent rib barrel with a 3-inch chamber, the commemorative features engraving with the Mossberg 100th Anniversary logo on the right side and a pair of flushing ruffed grouse on the left. The furniture is a high gloss walnut with fine checkering and a red recoil pad on the butt.

The Mossberg 500 Centennial has a 5+1 shell capacity, runs 47.5-inches long, and weighs 7.5-pounds.

The gun uses Mossberg’s Accu-Choke system and comes with three tubes– Full, Modified and Improved Cylinder. It has twin bead sights along the top of the rib.

MSRP is $910.

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111 Years of Walther Semi-Auto Pistol History (VIDEO)

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 08:30

Walther Arms has released an excellent overview of the company’s history from its origins with the Model 1 pistol through today’s Q5 Match.

The 22-minute video by Panteao Productions has Larry Vickers travel to Germany to sit down with Peter Dallhammer, Walther’s product manager, and cover the now-rare early guns before moving to the iconic PP/PPK series and P-38s. They then cover Walther transitional period guns like the P5 and P99.

Finally, they come to today’s modern firearm line such as the CCP, PPS, PPQ, and others.

It’s well done and a must for any Walther fan. Plus, it’s free.

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Kimber Introduces New Royal K6s, EVO SP Stainless Raptor (VIDEO)

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 08:00

Kimber recently announced two new variants for their EVO SP striker-fired 9mm and K6s .357 Magnum revolver series (Photos: Kimber)

New York-based Kimber continues to expand their compact carry lines with new finishes in their K6s revolvers and EVO SP pistols. The latest offerings debuted last week at the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meetings in Indianapolis and serve to build the gun maker’s pitch to the popular every day carry crowd.

The new K6s Royal is a 2-inch .357 Magnum-caliber snub that features a hand-applied high polish finish with black DLC coating over its stainless steel frame and barrel. Rather than Kimber’s typical range of wood or rubber revolver grips, the Royal uses Ivory-tone G10 laminate grips.

First introduced in 2016, Kimber’s K6s series of revolvers now includes a two-tone black and white Royal snub.

The six-shot revolver weighs in at 23-ounces and runs 6.62-inches overall. Part of Kimber’s Special Edition line, the Royal has a brass bead front sight and an MSRP of $1,699.

Kimber is also growing their EVO SP line of striker-fired pistols to include the new Stainless Raptor. The 9mm compact features a scaled grip and backstrap with aggressive front and rear cocking serrations and a Ferritic NitroCarburizing slide with glass bead finish. Previously the company only had an EVO Two-tone offering with a black slide and bright aluminum frame.

Small guns, they only go 6.1-inches overall while featuring 3.16-inch barrels. Each of the 19-ounce pistols ship with two seven-round magazines. MSRP on the Stainless Raptor is $949, which falls in line with the rest of the series.

For more on the EVO SP line in general, check out the below video shot at the Kimber booth earlier this year.

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Lawmakers Demand Google Scrap Anti-Hunting Ad Policy

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 06:00

Two Montana Republicans are urging Google to reconsider a policy that bans any promotion of hunting, even when it is intended as a healthy method of conservation (Photo: Chris Eger/

Two lawmakers say Google’s stance on refusing to run paid ads for pro-hunting groups steps on centuries of the country’s hunting legacy.

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines and U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, both Montana Republicans, penned a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, demanding the multinational tech company reverse its ban on hunting advertising. The letter came after Google told the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a Montana-based conservation group that supports elk hunting and the American hunting heritage, that it could not buy advertising as it violated the company’s policy.

“Google Ads’ justification was that these promotions are considered ‘animal cruelty’ despite the fact that hunting is a core part of our natural heritage, a major component in environmental and wildlife conservation, and an integral part of our outdoor economy,” says the letter.

The lawmakers demanded Google reverse the prohibition and requested the tech giant “reexamine their policy interpretations on prohibiting hunting promotions.” The letter went on to request a “meeting to discuss the importance of Montana’s and the United States’ hunting heritage.”

The latest National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, compiled by the federal government every five years since 1955, counted a population of least 11.4 million hunters in the country. These sportsmen, in turn, pumped $25.6 billion into the economy in 2016. Federal Pittman-Robertson funds collected from gun and ammo sales translated into over $600 million made available to state wildlife agencies in 2019 alone.

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Team Glock’s Rheuark and Coley Earn Top Honors in Competition

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 05:30

Team Glock from left to right: Michelle Viscusi, Shane Coley and Ashley Rheuark. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Team Glock’s Ashley Rheuark and Shane Coley entered the 2019 competitive shooting season with a bang, taking first place at several competitions early in the season.

Rheuark took first at the 2019 Florida Open Championship in addition to defending her National Lady Title in the Tactical Division at the USPSA Multi-Gun Nationals in April with her Glock 34. Coley, Glock Team Captain, took first at the Alabama Section Championship then followed that up with Production Division win at the US Steel Challenge Nationals with his Glock 34.

“Steel Challenge has always been a challenging discipline for me mentally,” Coley said in a news release. “It is a different format that I have been working hard to succeed at for many years. With the support of Glock, I have been able to correct my weaknesses and prove that the Glock platform can compete in all forms of competitive shooting.”

Coley and Rheuark also both took wins in their divisions at the USPSA Area 6 Championship in Florida. Rheurak placed first in Carry Optics with her Glock 34 while Coley took first in the Limited Division with his Glock 24.

The team continues to compete looking to rack up wins for Team Glock.

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Bill would Allow Dealers to Sell Handguns to Out-of-State Buyers

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 05:00

Supporters of the bill argue the law preventing handgun sales to buyers from out-of-state is outdated. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Legislation was recently introduced in Congress that change the longstanding federal law prohibiting handgun sales to out-of-state buyers. The Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act was introduced in the U.S. House last week by Congressman Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican. The bill would remove some federal restrictions on interstate firearms transactions, specifically handguns, along with a host of other changes.

The legislation, filed as H.R.2443, would enable licensed dealers to transfer firearms directly to legally eligible buyers even if they live in a different state. Current federal law adopted in the 1960s bars selling handguns to out-of-state residents. Those who wish to do so currently have to have the pistol or revolver transferred to a licensed dealer in the buyer’s home state as a workaround that typically adds often significant shipping and processing costs — as well as delays — to the sale.  The sale of long arms such as rifles and shotguns have no such restrictions.

Second Amendment groups argue the ban on interstate handgun sales was adopted decades ago, long before the advent of the National Instant Check System that is now in place, making the law outdated. “Since 1998, moreover, NICS has only grown more comprehensive as states have routinized their automated forwarding of records to the system and computer technology has proliferated and improved,” says the National Rifle Association’s lobbying arm in support of the bill.

A legal challenge to interstate handgun purchase bans first brought by a Washington, D.C. couple who wanted to buy a handgun from a Texas dealer in 2014 but were unable to is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. It is supported by a host of pro-gun groups and officials in 19 states.

The bill would also allow licensed retailers to sell directly to buyers at out-of-state gun shows and remove a ban on dealers transferring guns face-to-face.

As noted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the measure would also allow those in the military and their spouses to buy firearms as residents of their home of record, the state where their permanent duty station is located and the state where they maintain a residence. “This is common-sense legislation that would allow law-abiding Americans to purchase firearms of their choosing while ensuring state and federal laws are enforced,” said Larry Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel.

H.R.2443 has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

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Glock Delivers Optic-Ready G45 MOS to Market (PHOTOS)

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 07:00

The Glock G45 is now available with a factory RMR cut as the G45 MOS (Photos: Glock)

Glock continues to expand both their Crossover series and Modular Optic System line in one stroke by announcing the new G45 MOS pistol.

The updated G45 comes with a factory RMR-cut and custom mounting plates to accommodate several popular reflex optical sights. This addition to their MOS line of optics-compatable guns puts the 9mm G45 in the same club as the G17, G19, G34 as well as the .40S&W G35, 10mm-chambered G40 and .45 ACP G41.

“As the industry trends toward pistol mounted optics, the G45 MOS has become my go-to platform when working with LE and Military,” said Team Glock Captain Shane Coley. “With the ability to have iron sights or optics, the possibilities are endless, and we are able to better support our customers’ preferences.”

The MOS Configuration makes it easy to mount a reflex sight on the pistol’s slide right out of the box

Dubbed by Glock as a Crossover design, the 5th Generation G45 uses Glock’s Marksman Barrel, improved trigger, ambi controls, a modular backstrap system and flared mag well – all standard to Gen 5 models – while adding front cocking serrations to the slide. The 9mm features the same 17-round standard magazine capacity of the G17 while coming in a few ounces lighter and having a 7.44-inch overall length, which is about a half-inch shorter.

A Gen 5 Glock, the G45 MOS has a hard-surface nDLC finish in non-reflective black on the slide that features front serrations.

It was a follow-on to the G19X, which blends the full-size frame of the G17 with the smaller slide assembly of the G19 to create a more commander-sized handgun.

Since its debut last September, the G45 has been adopted by a string of law enforcement users

Set your sights. #G45MOS

— GLOCK Inc. (@GLOCKInc) April 30, 2019

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Full Auto Friday: The Grease Guns of Indy (VIDEOS)

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 06:30

Your normal M3 Grease Gun is very compact but a bit louder than this one (Photos: Chris Eger/

While walking around the 148th NRA Annual Meetings in Indianapolis last week, we stumbled upon a sweet M3 Grease Gun with a giant can.

The M3 was the U.S. Army’s stab at a cheaper alternative to the Auto-Ordnance Thompson submachine gun during World War II and got its nickname for its easy resemblance to a mechanic’s grease gun. The gun not only replaced the Thompson in U.S. service but also remained in use with Army armored crews through the Cold War.

Out of production since the early 1950s, it was unusual to stumble upon an M3 at a gunmaker’s booth in 2019, until you realize who had it. Joe Meaux with Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s Aklys Defense had the suppressed M3 along with a similarly be-quieted BREN gun on hand to the great interest of attendees.

This guy:

Meaux and Aklys are the people behind the integrally suppressed Velociraptor AK as well as other, more dubious creations while taking time out to help with local military museums.

The M3 of Meaux’s uses a suppressor that is an homage to the gun’s use by the OSS in WWII.

And a lot of visitors to the Aklys booth mentioned the M3’s similarity to the ones wielded by Australian commandos in Attack Force Z, an early Mel Gibson WWII action flick from the 1980s. Although it should be pointed out that, rather than Grease Guns, the Australians actually used the equally homely but no less effective Owen gun.

That is not to say that suppressed M3s aren’t still floating around the Pacific in semi-regular use. The Philippine Marine Corps recently upgraded some of their vintage Grease Guns to just such a format, and they sound better than Hollywood’s version.

Before we wrap this up, however, it should be pointed out that NRAAM in Indy was an extremely logical place to bring the vintage M3. After all, they were made in Indiana by GM’s Guide Lamp Division in Anderson, which is only about 45 minutes away from Indianapolis.

The Indiana War Memorial, a short jog over from the Indiana Convention Center that hosted the NRA event, had several Grease Guns — sans suppressors — on display.

The more basic M3, on display at the Indiana War Memorial

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Inside the Collector’s Corner at NRA Indy (PHOTOS)

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 06:00

With more than 800 booths and vendors, the sprawling 148th National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting and Exhibits in Indianapolis last week had something for everyone– especially collectors.

Tucked away along the far corner of the 15-acre Indiana Convention Center was a tribal gathering of preservationists, auction houses and relic curators with a rare firearm exhibit open to the public rivaling anything you could see in a museum.

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

A sweeping collection of the Schuetzen rifles of Wisconsin gunsmith Christian Patt. The precision shooting sport was wildly popular in the U.S. in the late 19th Century and these guns were the 6.5 Creedmoors of their day. (Photos: Chris Eger/

Fans of the U.S. Model 1847 Musketoon were in luck as a nearly complete selection of the gun’s range was covered including a rare Sappers & Miners variant with sword bayonet– of which just 250 were produced.

Joel McCuaig with the Colt Collector’s Association was standing by an extensive range of exotic early Colt semi-auto pistols

Who said that forward slide serrations are a new idea?

The collection included factory presentation guns given to Lt. Charles A. Brand, chief inspector for the Navy, and Adm. Charles O’Neil, who was head of the Navy’s Bureau of Ordnance.

How about this pre-NFA Military Model Colt with combination holster stock? Browning would repeat the concept on his M1903 as well as the Browning Hi-Power.

Morphy’s was showing off this cased Marble prototype combination gun as well as a selection of early revolvers that won awards as a group back in 1987.

These four Remington Model 720s were awarded by the Secretary of the Navy to Navy and Marine Corps marksmen in 1980, 1983 and 1991. All are chambered in .30-06 and were given as competition prizes, for instance, winning the Wimbledon 1,000-yard match.

Ted Campbell with the Miniature Arms Society was on hand with his big collection of tiny guns– but surprisingly functional– guns.

His prize-winning Marlin M1893 scale replica had a working lever, usable sights and an oiler can the size of a pinhead. Campbell said miniatures are no fun unless they are as correct as possible.

This matched pair of exhibition-quality Uberti Colt Single Action Army repros included a full-sized model with a 7.5-inch barrel and a .27-caliber 47 percent miniature with matching serial numbers. The guns were extensively engraved by Franco Lancini in Italy.

The Springfield Armory Collector’s Association had the full set of U.S. Army Springfield rifle and muskets from the Model 1795

…Through the M14 which the Armory produced until it closed in the 1960s.

Whenever you pick up a Ruger Standard keep in mind that Bill Ruger made hand drills under his company’s banner before he made guns

Not your typical pawn shop find

High-Standard Olympic Models

A cross-section of US military rifles and shotguns from the 1950s and 60s including an M14A1 with a full pistol grip and scope.

Rock Island Auction Company had a pair of Colt Model 1851 Navies fit for a king– or an Emperor. The set of .36-caliber cap-and-ball revolvers were made for Napoleon III of France. They are estimated to fetch $55,000 to $85,000 at auction.

Then again there is always the W.G. Armstrong British Gatling Gun with a Broadwell drum.

Chambered in .45 Gardner, the fine English hand cranked beauty is estimated to bring as much as $225,000

The next NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits will be in April 2020 at the Nashville Music City Center in Nashville.

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Lawsuit Filed Against New Colorado Gun Seizure Law

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 05:30

A new Colorado gun seizure law that saw stiff opposition is now headed to court following a lawsuit filed Thursday by Republican lawmakers and pro-gun advocates.

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners joined with state Reps. Patrick Neville, Lori Saine and Dave Williams in a legal challenge filed this week in a Denver court. The case questions the constitutionality of the newly created extreme risk protection order system which would allow courts to temporarily seize the firearms of someone thought to be a danger to themselves or others.

“In this case, Democrats didn’t see that they were violating the Constitution to pass a bill to violate the Constitution,” said Dudley Brown with RMGO. “And now they’re going to see it.”

The Democrat-controlled state legislature approved the so-called “red flag law” through largely partisan votes, passing it in the Colorado Senate 38-25 and the House 43-20. Jared Polis (D) signed the bill last month. The plaintiffs in the case hold that the complete text of the measure was never read aloud in the Colorado House, a procedural step required to pass legislation.

The law wasn’t just opposed in the halls of the state capitol. In all, local lawmakers or sheriffs in half of Colorado’s 64 counties have voiced their opposition to the proposal, with some going so far as to adopt declarations as a Second Amendment Sanctuary County. One sheriff even said he was willing to be locked up in his own jail rather than enforce the gun control measure.

Meanwhile, a dozen state Democrats — including Gov. Polis — are facing grassroots efforts to unseat them over their progressive agendas, although the Colorado Secretary of State’s office has only approved one recall petition thus far.

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Shadow Systems Brings MR918 Pistol to NRAAM

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 05:00

The MR918 pistol made its debut in January, but for many consumers this was the first time seeing it. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Shadow Systems offered a first look at it’s new, proprietary MR918 pistol to many consumers at the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting in Indianapolis April 26-28.

The MR918 debuted earlier this year at SHOT Show in Las Vegas, but for many average consumers, this was the first look at the new design. Inspired by the Glock family of pistols, the MR918 delivers a lightweight polymer build with interchangeable backstraps.

The Elite model offers a unique barrel that gives it a custom look and feel. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Referred to as the NPOA, or Natural Point of Aim system, Shadow Systems’ backstraps change the bore orientation of the pistol. The pistol ships with three backstraps — high, neutral and low — with each name relating to how the backstrap orients the muzzle. Shadow Systems livens up the MR918 with front and rear serrations, optic cut, window cuts, stainless steel guide rods and a flat-faced trigger.

“The unique thing for us is that we were not rebranding something else. This was two years of design and development to get to (the MR918),” Chad Jewett, National Sales Manager for Shadow Systems, told

Jewett told that reception to the pistol at NRAAM had been great with many consumers stopping by to take a look. The MR918 comes in two models, the Combat and Elite, with prices starting at $879 for the Combat and $989 for the Elite.

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More on the New Ruger Security 9 Compact (VIDEOS)

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 04:30

Ruger’s new compact variant of their Security 9 series is geared to the concealed carry market (Photos: Chris Eger/

Released just a few weeks ago, the new Ruger Security 9 Compact was available at the NRA Annual Meetings in Indianapolis and drew a crowd of the curious.

A smaller installment of the company’s Security 9 polymer-framed semi-auto, the Compact version features a 3.42-inch barrel rather than the standard pistol’s 4-inch model. As the new pistol is shorter, it has a 10-round magazine capacity, down from 15 in the full-sized model. Weight is 21.9-ounces.

The polymer frame has a hard-coat anodized aluminum chassis with full-length guide rails

The Compact’s caliber, weight and magazine capacity put it on par with the Glock 26 while coming off slightly slimmer. Also, unlike the striker-fired Austrian gun, the American-made Ruger is hammer-fired and has an accessory rail.

Note the difference in size between the standard Security 9 and the Security 9 Compact, bottom.

The pint-sized Ruger ships with two alloy steel magazines and one finger grip extension floorplate with an MSRP of $379 — although we currently list it under $299 on the site.

For some information on how this new little 9mm shoots, check out the below recent reviews from TheFireArmGuy and The Justin Opinion Channel

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Mossberg’s First .410 Gobbler Getter: The Baby Model 500 Turkey (VIDEO)

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 13:00

The Mossberg 500 just got smaller, lighter, and puts some serious challenge and excitement in the 2019 spring turkey woods. When Federal Premium announced their legitimate TSS Heavyweight .410 turkey rounds, it was only a short matter of time before gun manufacturers joined the fray, and Mossberg is ready with bad baby-bore intentions.

Mossberg’s First Dedicated .410 Turkey

We’ve harvested gobblers with an old single shot .410 as well as an O/U, but never a dedicated, specialized turkey guns in the baby bore. Until Spring 2019 that is, when not one, but two such tailored scatterguns have hit the market with Mossberg’s 500 pump and the Stevens-by-Savage 301 single shot. Who doesn’t appreciate the firepower of a proven platform like the 500? Here’s what you get.

The slide action Mossberg 500 Turkey .410 is fitted with a 26 inch ventilated rib barrel that ends in a fixed full choke optimized for tight patterns on gobblers. A red fiber optic front sight dresses up the business end, while the three-inch chamber is a must for hunting loads.  The 5+1 capacity means ample rounds should a quick follow-up, or double-down, shot be needed.

With a synthetic stock and full Mossy Oak Bottomland camo coverage, the gun practically begs to be taken to the turkey woods. A standard Model 500 tang safety is ambidextrous-friendly.  Though the .410 chambering is naturally lighter recoiling, this 500 is certainly not a youth gun. The LOP measures just over 13.75 inches, a full-size tool for all shooters, yet weighs in at a wieldy six-and-a-half pounds. Sling swivels round out the list of hunter-friendly options on a basic, get-the-job-done turkey specialist. MSRP on the new baby bore is set at an even $500, the same price as both the 12- and 20-gauge Turkey models, with online retailers already listing it around four bills.

Less is More with Hard Hittin’ .410 TSS

Sure, you can fire any ammunition through the Mossberg 500, and many of them will successfully bag turkeys as well.  However, if you truly want to put out a dense, lethal, extended pattern from the baby bore .410 for bagging gobblers, there is–hands down–no better specialized ammunition on the market than Federal Premium’s Heavyweight TSS. Tungsten is all the rage for hunting shot these days, and the .410 TSS makes use of #9 Tungsten Super Shot, which is a tungsten alloy that is 22-percent more dense than standard tungsten and 56-percent greater than lead, with a much greater pellet count as well. Check out our article on the benefits of TSS, but suffice it to say, you’ll want some for your new Mossberg 500 Turkey 410. Less really is more with TSS.

The new-for-2019 Mossberg Model 500 Turkey 410 shotgun rides the wave of baby bore specialties for bagging big gobblers. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

For testing purposes, we fired a mix of the Federal Premium TSS, Federal Premium #6 Game Loads, Winchester #4 Super-X, and some reloads as well.  It should go without saying that a Mossberg 500 in any version cycles and fires with complete reliability, and the 410 Turkey is no exception.  These pump action scatterguns have been around for over 50 years and number 10 million strong. Their simplicity and price make them one of the most accessible shotguns on the hunter’s market.

Best of all, when we patterned the new .410 with TSS, even 30-35 yards is no great stretch for the sub-gauge. For comparison’s sake, I have always limited my years-earlier .410 gobbler hunting to sub-20-yard shots, with 15 yards being ideal with the limitations of both gun and ammo. Federal Premium and Mossberg, among others, have just turned those limitations upside down.

Lightweight Field Impressions

Naysayers will always claim the .410 is not enough gun for turkey hunting, but from firsthand experience, we can vouch that it is plenty for a responsible, practiced hunter, especially when paired with Federal Premium’s Heavyweight TSS loads.  The Mossberg 500 Turkey 410 offers all the firepower of a repeater with five in the tube and a full choke.  The tang safety is familiar to 500 fans.  The two biggest benefits to the 500 in .410–and the baby bore in general–is a lighter weight, more wieldy shotgun. With its slim, downsized frame, this shotgun is a pleasure to carry afield.

Mossberg’s Model 500 Turkey 410 goes old-school with full coverage of Mossy Oak’s Bottomland camouflage, a solid pattern for both spring and fall gobbler woods.  The bottom line is, the design is simple, it works, and in this particular model, is one of the first to market a specialty .410 turkey gun. Mossberg allows the hunters to focus on the hunting with zero concerns about reliability or function. Where the duo of earlier Model 500 Turkey shotguns in both 20- and 12-gauge also retail for the same dollar amount, the .410 is the only one of the three without an adjustable rear fiber optic sight.  That’ s just fine with us, though, as that allows the .410 to double as a small game or bird buster.

Full Choke for Days

Though there’s not much not to like about a proven platform, there are a few points of which hunters must take note.  Our only real sticking point with the new 500 Turkey 410 is the fixed full choke.  Sure, we fully expect a full, or even an extra full on their line of specialty turkey guns, but it’s tough to tout a scattergun these days without the option of interchangeable chokes.  Heck, even the Stevens-by-Savage single shot includes an extended extra full turkey choke on their new Model 301. This is in no way a game-breaker for the Mossberg, but threads would have been a welcome addition.

We liked the fiber optic front sight, but when an optic is needed, the Aimpoint Micro S-1 red dot mounts directly to the vent rib, eliminating the need for a drilled-and-tapped receiver. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

The only potential issue affects optic-favoring hunters.  We were very pleased with the front fiber optic sight, without a doubt.  However, because of the growing demographic of hunters wanting either red dots or turkey scopes, it is noteworthy that the 500’s receiver is not drilled and tapped. This should not be a deal-breaker, however, as work-arounds exist, even for those demanding easy optics mounting.

Aimpoint Micro S-1

The quickest—and highest quality—workaround for mounting an optic on the Model 500 Turkey 410 is the Micro S-1 from Aimpoint.  This low-profile red dot optic was designed specifically for use on shotguns. The Micro S-1 is ideal for this application, as it attaches directly to the ventilated rib of most any scattergun.  Interchangeable, carbon fiber-reinforced adapter plates accommodate most popular shotgun rib sizes. The 6 MOA dot size is plenty large, though the 12 brightness settings mean hunters make the sight adaptable for any kind of lighting. The 50,000-hour battery life from a single CR2032 is staggering, making reliability in the field a given. This compact optic weighs only 3.5-ounces and allows hunters to keep both eyes open, for a more complete view of those gobblers approaching from the periphery. The Aimpoint Micro S-1’s windage and elevation adjustments made it easy to get on target at the patterning board and can add to confidence in shot placement for hunters in the field.

Spurs Up!

The best turkey hunts end up with a grand ol’ gobbler on the ground, spurs and beards, and memories of a successful hunt.  Few hunts are as memorable as those completed with the challenge of a small gauge like the .410.  Partner the low recoil of the round with the light weight and durability of the platform, and the Mossberg 500 Turkey 410 is sure to please Spring gobbler hunters.  When partnered with Federal Premium’s Heavyweight TSS loads and a little practice, we guarantee your next turkey season will be one of the best yet.

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New Competition Shotgun: Beretta 1301 Comp Pro at NRRAM (VIDEO)

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 11:30

Once you’re done drooling over the 92X Performance Beretta has something else for you to see. This time in the form of the Beretta 1301 Comp Pro. This shotgun was made for competition and three-gun shooters in mind as it has a host of features that should make them happy. Erik Stern, Beretta rep, walked us through the gun on the floor of NRAAM 2019.

The most striking feature is the blue receiver, “This is colored blue in the receiver to highlight that it’s a high level 1301 series gun,” said Stern. They added the bolt release from the A400 Xtreme Plus to this shotgun, “it’s a lot more beefy than the old style bolt release,” said Stern. This pairs with the extended charging handle that you’ll find on other 1301 Comp’s.

Beretta changed the lifter significantly, there is a ramp that now will hold the bolt down which make for “much faster load-twos and load-fours” said Stern. Inside the expanded loading port you’ll find a nice and very visible red follower. Another big change is that the serial number is located above trigger, allowing you to open the loading port without altering of the number.

Moving back to the stock you’ll find that they brought over the same three piston stock from the A400 Xtreme Plus. “Once you practice with [the stock] it can speed you up. It’s a little bit different recoil impulse, but I like it a lot,” said Stern. The forend also made it’s way over from the A400 Extreme Plus and gives the user a little more grip and texture to hold onto.

Finally, you’ll see a new green fiber optic front sight to ride with the OptimaChoke HP Black choke tubes. This is a slick looking package from Beretta that is sure to shoot as good as it looks. Expect to see the gun hitting shelves soon.

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Savage Rolls Out New Guns at NRAAM (VIDEO)

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 09:00

Savage Arms introduced more than a dozen new firearm models into its lineup at the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meetings in Indianapolis April 26-28.

Decked out in some classic colors and new ones, the new models expand Savage’s reach and give consumers more options. Among the new offerings were rifle models swathed in the Mossy Oak’s latest creation, Mossy Oak Overwatch.

Overwatch features “cutting edge technology” alongside the NRA’s logo embedded into the pattern itself. Savage models with the Overwatch pattern include: A22 FV-SR, B Series, A17, MSR 15 Recon, MSR 10 Hunter, Model 110 Ridge Warrior and AXIS II.

Some Savage models now come styled in Mossy Oak Overwatch. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

In addition to the Overwatch series, Savage launched the new 110 Classic — a walnut styled firearm with a modern twist. The 110 Classic features a walnut stock with a traditional look. However, the rifle features adjustable length-of-pull and comb height. The 110 Classic comes in eight total chamberings. Savage also launched the Axis II in .300 BLK at the show, granting bolt-action fans some .300 BLK love. The rifle sports a flush magazine, threaded barrel on an 18.5-inch barrel and full-length rail.

Rounding out some of the latest offerings, Savage expanded its Apex Hunter XP and Engage Hunter XP series. The Apex Hunter line now offers .450 Bushmaster. The Apex Hunter XP is outfitted with a Vortex Crossfire II 3-9x40mm scope and one-piece rail while the Engage Hunter XP features a Bushnell Engage 3-9x40mm scope.

The Axis lineup boasts some new patterns and colors. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

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Colt Builds Wheel Gun Line with New King Cobra Carry (VIDEO)

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 08:30

Colt is continuing to flesh out their return to the revolver world with a new .357 Magnum snub nose, the King Cobra Carry. After a long hiatus from the revolver market, Colt re-entered the waters in 2017 with the rebooted .38-caliber Cobra. The company followed up on that entry with the .357 Magnum King Cobra earlier this year.

While the King carries a 3-inch barrel and a double-action/single action hammer/trigger, the new King Cobra Carry sports a shorter 2-inch barrel and has a bobbed, snag-free hammer as a double-action-only handgun.

The new Colt King Cobra Carry is a DAO .357 with a bobbed hammer and 6-shot cylinder (Photo: Colt)

Colt’s new magnum-caliber snub weighs 26-ounces and features a stainless steel barrel and frame mated to Hogue over-molded grips. The cylinder accepts the old Colt Detective Special pattern speedloaders. The six-shooter has a replaceable brass front bead front and an MSRP of $899.

By comparison, Smith & Wesson’s Model 60 stainless 2-inch in the same caliber has a retail of $729 but only has a five-shot capacity. Ruger’s real estate in the same neighborhood is the 2.5-inch version of the seven-shot GP100, which has the same price point as the Colt but tips the scales at 36-ounces.

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Q&A with Turkey Hunting Guru Steve Hickoff

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 08:00

Hickoff, who favors run-and-gun style hunting over blinds and decoys, takes aim at a Rio Grande from his well-hidden location. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

I recently shared a memorable spring Rio Grande turkey hunt in Texas with Steve Hickoff, one of the most well-known and respected turkey hunters of our generation. This is a man whose passion for the hunt is rivaled only by his dedication to conservation.

Hickoff was named the NWTF/Tom Kelly Communicator of the Year for 2019, a prestigious award that reflects success in the industry for his longtime work promoting hunting and conservation as a turkey hunting writer, editor, and book author.

Hickoff has penned two turkey hunting books — Fall & Winter Turkey Hunter’s Handbook and Turkey Calls & Calling and is currently the editorial director and turkey hunting editor for Realtree. In addition to writing the “Turkey Calls” column for the NWTF’s Turkey Country magazine, Hickoff’s articles on wild turkeys and turkey hunting have also appeared in Turkey & Turkey Hunting, Outdoor Life, and numerous other publications. was lucky to spend some time with Hickoff following a successful hunt. Read on to learn what makes a live-and-breathe turkey-chaser tick, get his top tips for bagging gobblers, selecting a gun and ammo, and learn a bit about a top hunter who remains humble despite his lifetime of accomplishments.

GDC: Let’s start out by learning a little about your background. How did you get started in turkey hunting?

Hickoff: I was born and raised in north-central Pennsylvania, where the turkey hunting culture was and is alive and well.  I started turkey hunting with my father, and from there, I found myself captivated by the birds. Just everything about turkey hunting. I turkey hunted during my college years. I attended Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania (bachelor’s degree) and the University of New Hampshire (master’s degree), majoring in English and writing. My focus was three-fold: journalism, fiction and poetry. Of course, I was always driven by my love of the turkey hunt.  The marriage of both interests has allowed me to make a living at this. Writing. Editing. To reach my career goals, I wrote on everything for everybody, Fur-Fish-Game to Gray’s Sporting Journal, and eventually streamlined my focus to turkey hunting. In the end, this is exactly where I wanted to be.

GDC: In addition to the many articles you’ve written and the “Turkey Calls” column, you’re also the author of several books on turkey hunting. Tell us more about that.

Hickoff: I grew up an avid reader, and I still am, so it was really a natural progression that I wanted to be a writer and book author. I have many of the sporting classics on my bookshelf, a big turkey hunting book collection, and I re-read them frequently. I always want to have the mindset of that time period recorded in the old turkey hunting titles. I published two turkey hunting books with Stackpole, who’d also published some of my iconic turkey hunting heroes back in the day when I was young, namely Roger Latham and Dave Harbour. It’s not just hunting, but rather, a lifestyle.  I work now in digital media, which is great in so many ways, but I want to blend that with the written word, the books, the past, to stay faithful to the old ways. I still love publishing in the print magazines.

GDC: You have been writing the Turkey Calls column for quite some time now. Should we also assume you are a collector of turkey calls? Is there a certain turkey call that you’ll use before all others?

Hickoff: I wouldn’t necessarily say a collector, but it is fair to say I have a good number of calls.  I’m drawn to the call making history and call makers; many are friends.  Given the line of work, I’m always trying out new calls.  In the end, though, I just can’t keep them all, so when I guide new hunters, I like to give them a call to get them started.  There are some calls that I always save, that have a special place. For instance, the Primos Rare Breed Glass pot that we used on our Texas hunt, I’ve already written the date and location on that one, and it will be in my collection as a reminder of the great memories from our hunt.

GDC: So with all those calls, do you have a favorite?

Hickoff: A favorite call? That would be the old M.L. Lynch box call I inherited from my father.  Lynch drove from Alabama to Pennsylvania in the early 1950s (I wasn’t born yet), and Lynch was selling these calls out of the back of his vehicle.  My father bought one of those early calls. My dad also passed along a homemade slate with a corncob striker that he made.  It’s the sentimental history of the thing, but believe it or not, I took that slate call my dad made out a few years ago, and it still sounds great.

NWTF photo: Steve Hickoff, one of the most respected turkey hunters of our time shows, off his NWTF Communicator of the Year Award for 2019. (Photo: NWTF)

GDC: We just enjoyed watching you mentor a female hunter who had yet to harvest her first turkey, and you seemed to enjoy that process more than bagging your own bird.

Hickoff: One of the most rewarding things is mentoring new hunters. It is truly a privilege to be part of that. So many times, you look at pictures from a hunting camp and everybody is serious. Nobody is smiling. And then you go on a hunt like this one, with somebody who is so absolutely thrilled to be on the hunt, to get close to the birds, and everybody is smiling and enjoying the hunt, even when not everything goes right.  That’s what this is all about.

GDC: You have hunted turkeys all over the United States and Mexico. Do you have one special or preferred location?

Hickoff: You know, there’s really not a particular location. Every hunt is about the landscape, the place, the turkeys.  It’s being welcomed for a period of time to somebody else’s land, to their life.  I just love the people, the memories we make, the hunt itself.  Turkey hunting is such a rich and rewarding experience, and it’s about so much more than just taking a bird.

GDC: We know you’ve hunted with many different guns, but do you have a favorite setup?

Hickoff: I get to use all the latest industry guns, which is great, of course.  But for me, the ultimate turkey guns are my old Remington 870s (again, the memories). 870s are incredibly reliable and pattern so well.  No matter which gun you choose, though, the key is really making sure you have a good choke for the loads you’re using. You want that solid pattern on target so you’re confident on making a clean kill in the field. I know optics for turkeys are trending now, and I’ve used them plenty, but in the end, I’m an old-fashioned, bead-sight guy, or maybe with fiber-optic sights, though I’m impressed with the Aimpoint Micro H-2 Red Dot Sight we used on this Texas hunt.

GDC: Which gun would you recommend for new hunters?

Hickoff: That’s an easy one.  It’s not about a particular gun, nor does it have to be the latest and greatest to have a successful hunt. It’s all about the confidence level.  A hunter must be comfortable and confident in whatever gun they choose. No matter which gun that might be, practice enough that you’re completely confident in the gun, the load you’ll be using, the sighting system. When I’m working with a new hunter, I like to get that bird in to close range so they can appreciate the thrill of the hunt and deliver that knockout shot. I want them to get hooked on this sport we so love.

GDC: There are so many new premium turkey hunting loads on the market. What are your thoughts on those, and is there one you prefer?

Hickoff: There are some impressive innovations right now, especially from Federal Premium.  The new TSS loads are cutting edge, there’s no doubt about that.  With the new TSS shot technology, it’s amazing the performance of those rounds, and they can certainly extend the effective range.

Hickoff mentored the NWTF’s own Catelyn Folkert to her first wild turkey harvest, this beautiful Rio Grande. (Photo: Steve Hickoff)

The only downfall I find to these new loads that are touting the long-range kills, or whatever it might be, is that they’re taking away the focus from the best part of the hunt, which to me is calling and getting those birds in close.  The new rounds give hunters confidence, for sure, but there’s no replacement for practice, spending time at the patterning board, and honing hunting skills.  I don’t ever want to take the fair chase out of the hunt, the ethical shot, the thrill of getting a gobbler coming right to you.  If you’ve practiced and are confident in those longer shots, that’s fine, but I believe in respecting the birds and the resource and making clean, sure shots.

GDC: What is your preferred way to hunt turkeys?

Hickoff: So much is made today of the latest gadgets and gear, and there are some fantastic innovations, but I like to travel light and get up close and personal with the birds.  My favorite tactic is to initiate contact with the turkeys by calling.  I want the hunt to be a fair chase.  I rarely use blinds or even decoys, unless I’m on a hunt field-testing these options.  I just love calling. To have a conversation with those birds, to get yourself within such close range of a wild turkey.  I prefer an active versus passive approach.  You can learn so much as a hunter by getting up close, calling, interacting with these wild birds. I enjoy studying turkey behavior, and in the end, I believe that makes you a better hunter.

GDC: You’ve been affiliated with the National Wild Turkey Federation for a number of years now. What should hunters know about the NWTF?

Hickoff: As you know, I’ve been writing and editing with Realtree for 15 years, but it’s also an honor to work with the NWTF.  Over the years, I’ve seen such great improvements and I feel strongly about their mission.  For instance, when the NWTF was founded in 1973, there were roughly 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit almost 7 million turkeys. Today, the NWTF is focused on the future of hunting and conservation, as it always has been.

In the end, the NWTF is really vital to turkey hunting.  They protect the heritage, the traditions.  They represent what we so love.  If you hunt turkeys, you should be a member, plain and simple.

GDC: You have accomplished so much in your career.  What’s left? Where do you see yourself in the future?

Hickoff: I was honored and humbled to win the 2019 Tom Kelly (NWTF Communicator of the Year) Award. That’s some great company.  My career goal has always been to reflect the NWTF’s steady restoration and conservation efforts on behalf of the wild turkey. As an avid turkey hunter and professional writer, I’ve always seen myself as the man in the middle — writing, editing, and publishing work to reflect our hunting heritage in both print and digital platforms.

Even after all these years, I still love this game. I’m still driven. I still get just as excited about every hunt, the people and the places.  Honestly, I just want to keep doing it!

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