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Action star Bruce Willis appears in the remake of the 1974 classic revenge fantasy “Death Wish.” Willis stars as Dr. Paul Kersey, a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of Chicago violence when it is rushed into his ER – until his wife and college-age daughter are viciously attacked in their suburban home. With the police overloaded with crimes, Paul, burning for revenge, hunts his family’s assailants to deliver justice. As the anonymous slayings of criminals grabs the media’s attention, the city wonders if this deadly vigilante is a guardian angel or a grim reaper.
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Top law enforcement officials have called New Jersey’s recent trio of gun buybacks a huge success, but the National Rifle Association’s news outlet, America’s 1st Freedom, has taken a far more critical stance on the events.
In an opinion piece published Monday, America’s 1st Freedom editor Mark Chestnut called the gun buybacks foolish, arguing they only accomplished taking guns away from law-abiding citizens in need of cash and will do next to nothing to slow violent crime in the Garden State.
While New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino touted the netting of a total 4,775 firearms as the most successful gun buyback in the state’s history, Chestnut says most of the guns turned in were never used to commit crimes in the first place, as some were collectibles and many most likely only used for hunting or sports shooting.
Porrino and acting U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick made a point to highlight the 129 “assault weapons” that were handed over, saying those alone made the events worth the cost. The “assault weapons” received the highest payout of $200, while rifles and shotguns went for $100 and handguns for $120.
“If we collected just the assault weapons, this undertaking would have been worthwhile,” Porrino said at a press conference. “Many of those weapons are designed to pierce body armor, and getting just one off the street has tremendous value, not to mention getting 129 off the street in two days.”
“Those are weapons of war,” Fitzpatrick added. “Those are weapons that were designed to kill as many people as possible as quickly as possible. Those weapons are no longer on the streets of New Jersey.”
Chestnut is particularly critical of this point. He argues that likely only a few of those guns described as assault weapons were fully-automatic firearms, as those are tightly regulated and generally go for thousands of dollars. He also speculates that most of the assault weapons were, therefore, most likely semi-automatic AR-15 rifles, which could be used for sports shooting, hunting and self-defense — not just as “weapons of war.”
Chestnut points to studies conducted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research that have shown gun buybacks do little to slow gun violence and condemns Porrino and Fitzpatrick for characterizing the buybacks as life-saving events. In reality, Chestnut argues, the fact that buyback promoters seemingly celebrated the destruction and melting down of all the guns reveals their belief that “all guns are bad.”
For his part, Porrino has said the gun buyback was intended to be just one of a two-pronged approach to try and slow gun violence in the state, as prosecutors will now have more tools at their disposal when dealing with offenders who use guns to commit violent crimes. Most notably, due to New Jersey’s new bail reform rules, prosecutors can now seek “no bail” for said offenders.
An independent test may have verified a possible issue in the Sig Sauer P320 design, the handgun recently selected as the official sidearm for the U.S. Army, when exploring rumors alleging the gun has a faulty drop safety.
While the design met industry drop safety standards — dropping a pistol from 1 meter and 1 centimeter at six different angles onto a concrete pad — it would discharge when dropped from angles not included in the test, explained Andrew Tuohy, a popular gun writer who conducted the test for online retailer Omaha Outdoors.
“We found in our testing that the P320 will fire if it is dropped at a certain angle,” Tuohy said in a video showing the test results. “This angle is not found in any of the previously mentioned drop tests.”
Tuohy explained the P320 met official standards requiring the gun fall with the bore axis perpendicular or parallel to the ground. Yet, the video shows un-commanded discharges when dropped in a reverse direction.
“If the pistol is allowed to drop with the bore in an upward direction and the frame and the slide contact the ground at the same time, the trigger continues to move to the rear and the pistol will fire,” Tuohy said.
He said they conducted their test with four variants of the P320 handgun and a variety of factory ammunition (note: they pulled the bullets and used the primed cases for the tests). Three of the models discharged when dropped at that angle, but the fourth did not.
They hypothesize that the issue maybe the weight of the gun’s trigger. The latter model had been equipped with a smaller trigger whereas the other three have the same large trigger, which weighs more. To test this theory, they replaced the trigger on one of the vulnerable models with the smaller trigger and then a modified trigger. When dropped, they saw fewer un-commanded discharges.
In a blog post, Tuohy said the retailer has given its findings to the New Hampshire gun maker and has suspended the sale of all P320 pistols until Sig addresses the drop safety issue.
Sig last week aimed to dispel rumors that the P320 had a safety issue after a memo by the Dallas Police Department came to light. Dallas officials suspended use of the design by its officers, saying Sig had identified a defect in the handgun that could cause the gun to discharge if dropped.
The P320 was selected earlier this year as the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System, beating out Glock, Smith & Wesson and Beretta for the contract. Glock challenged the $580 million contract award, but the government dismissed the company’s claims.
Sig is currently embroiled in a lawsuit regarding another pistol design, the P229, which New Jersey State Police say the handguns sent under contract have been continuously malfunctioning.
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With Deadpool 2 in the works, Ryan Reynolds leaked a photo of Josh Brolin as time traveling mutant Cable, complete with bad trigger D and an amalgam Kriss.
Reynolds posted the photo to his social media page with the simple caption “Oh… Hello #Cable.”
Brolin later posted the same image on his IG feed saying, “Now offering 25 percent off your next autopsy. ☠️ #youremine #deadpool.”
The big gun toting character has a few robotic enhancements and comes from the future, as he is the son of X-man Cyclops and Jean Grey’s clone, and first appeared in graphic novels in 1990. While the character is known for his physical size, and Brolin, 49, has been bulking up lately to get into character, this week’s photo is the first shown with him going full Marvel and armed-up.
Of course, being Hollywood and Marvel, you have to suspend reality (and the rules of gun safety apparently) when looking at Cable’s pipe wrench but it’s got a lot going on. Based around a TDI/KRISS Vector, you can see Glock 33-rounders both on his chest rig and in the mag well.
A Thompson M1-ish buttstock is affixed as is a 37/40mm M203-style bloop tube sans trigger guard. Optics, a volume knob and an oversized muzzle brake that looks like it came from a Barrett complete the prop gun. At least two handguns (HK VP9?) are shown holstered, with both oriented to right-hand draws with a couple of spare mags on the LH side in front of a teddy bear backup.
While the Vector has appeared in a number of films, games, and shows, it has only made cameos in a few past Marvel efforts, so its supporting role in the new Deadpool installment is kinda neat.
At least there is no spandex.
How do you think they stack up?
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A We the People petition urging President Trump to light a fire under Congress on national concealed carry legislation is slowing gaining ground.
Started last month and backed by regional gun rights groups, the petition calls out the President in the first line before urging action on H.R. 38, a House measure that has the backing of 207 lawmakers and is one of the most-viewed bills in Congress but is not scheduled for a committee hearing.
“Mr. President, you have said many times that you would sign a national concealed carry reciprocity bill,” begins the petition. “Please urge Congress to pass H.R. 38 as soon as possible!”
With just under 18,000 signatures, the petition needs another 82,000 to earn a response from the White House and has to reach that goal by midnight on Aug. 17.
“H.R. 38 will allow America’s 17 million concealed handgun permit holders to carry in every state in the Union as they go about their lives,” says the petition.
Earlier this year a petition to repeal the National Firearms Act met its 100K goal under a week and at the end topped a quarter-million endorsements while one to “Repeal the 1986 Hughes amendment,” the law which bans new production of machine guns for civilians, picked up 97,837 signatures.
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American Outdoor Brands, the holding company for gun maker Smith & Wesson, completed its $10 million acquisition of Gemini Technologies this week, according to a statement released Monday.
The rugged outdoors conglomerate first announced its plans to acquire the suppressor manufacturer last month — one of many new companies to join AOBC’s growing portfolio of brands.
“Gemtech is widely recognized for producing some of the finest rifle and pistol suppressors in the market,” said James Debney, president and CEO of AOBC, in a July 5 press release. “Gemtech’s strong product development capabilities, combined with our experience in brand management and our manufacturing expertise, will help us to efficiently develop both firearms and suppressors, minimizing our time to market for both product categories.”
He described the acquisition as “opportunistic” and “allowing us to enter the suppressor category, which resonates strongly with our core firearm consumer, at a time when the market is particularly soft.”
The company said Monday federal regulations restricting the sale of suppressors would spread out the “integration and ramp up of Gemtech products” throughout the course of its remaining fiscal year.
AOBC earned a “record-breaking” $903.2 million through the end of its fourth quarter, a 25 percent increase overall. Debney offered investors a conservative projection for AOBC’s 2018 earnings, forecasting as much as a 17 percent dip due to a promotion-heavy sales environment still ongoing.
Debney announced July 13 the company would also take over Fish Tales, an Arizona-based company manufacturing “premium sportsman knives,” including the Bubba Blade, as it makes its foray into the fishing accessories market.
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In what they describe as “gratuitous ultra-violence” Eric and Chad at IV8888 tap in some 10 gauge H&Rs and work through a table top of shells.
From drilling watermelon and pop tarts to slicing through rows of bottled high fructose corn syrup, they run factory slugs, copper turkey loads, you know– the works.
They even channel the late, great, Barry and blast some slug (and CO2) cutshells made from birdshot loads.
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A New Jersey Democrat has submitted a proposal to the U.S. House that would fund an environmentally friendly grant program to purchase unwanted guns.
Deemed the Safer Neighborhoods Gun Buyback Act, the bill would provide a two-year $360 grant to the U.S. Department of Justice to send out debit cards to gun dealers as well as state and local governments to be used to trade for guns which, in turn, would be destroyed. The bill’s author says the program reduces the number of guns in circulation, thus contributing to public safety.
“Although no one piece of legislation will eliminate all gun violence, this bill will get guns off the streets and keep them out of the hands of people who wish to cause harm,” U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, D-NJ, said in a statement. “If we can get one gun off the street, if we can save one life, then we have to take action.”
Payne’s bill, entered as HR 3613, would use the allocated funds in the pilot program to buy guns for up to 125 percent of their market value. In exchange for the gun — which would be destroyed — the former gun owner would receive a debit card that can be used to buy anything but firearms or ammo. Those violating that stipulation would be liable to repay the funds at twice the value and could pick up as much as two years in prison.
In addition to buying guns, Payne argues the program would work as a sort of economic stimulus package as those who swapped firearms for debit cards would likely spend their new-found funds locally. The bill also sets aside 10 percent of the grant money for recycling the guns into what the lawmaker’s office describes as “environmentally-friendly objects.”
In New Jersey, where Payne’s district is located, the state has increased the scope of their annual buybacks each year, netting a mix of 4,775 firearms in just two days at the most recent event held across the Garden State.
The National Rifle Association slammed the New Jersey initiative as “smoke, mirrors and feel-good puffery” in one of their member publications, citing studies that show the programs have negligible impact in preventing gun violence.
The New Jersey Attorney General’s office last week announced the recently acquired stockpile, with gun owners receiving as much as $200 per firearm, will be recycled and used for construction projects.
Payne says the guns to be bought under his envisioned program are expected to range in price anywhere from $40 to $400 depending on factors such as condition and age.
His bill has 16 co-sponsors, all Democrat, and has been referred to the Republican-controlled House Committee on the Judiciary. A similar measure he introduced last session failed to make it out of committee.
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Ian with Forgotten Weapons takes a look in-depth at the classic German 9mm sub guns of World War II, and what sets them apart.
The MP38 (Maschinenpistole 38) was an open-bolt, blowback burp gun with a folding tubular stock designed by Heinrich Vollmer who had something like a half-dozen different submachine guns in his resume beforehand. While it was a good gun, it was replaced after just two years of production by the follow-on and very similar MP40.
“Now the differences between these two guns are not mechanical at all, really,” says Ian, “They are industrial,” going on to elaborate on the manufacturing processes behind each, with the MP38 being extensively milled while the MP40 was stamped and simplified.
Further explanation and hands-on, side-by-side disassembly ensue.
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Submachine guns have been around for the better part of a century. They are the intermediate go-to firearm between a handgun and a carbine and have multiple niche uses in military, law enforcement and personal defense scenarios.
One isolated branch of subgun development however has been in the arena of the inconspicuous folding submachine gun — and it is indeed one weird branch of firearms.1. The ARES/Warin Stealth Gun
In the mid-1970s, Francis J Warin hit upon an idea for what he called a ‘stealth gun’ that could be deployed by a seemingly unarmed individual. Folding in half to form a non-threatening box shape, it could be unfolded to expose a hidden submachine gun. Warin patented his ideas and approached ARES to produce the weapon.
Eugene Stoner, father of the M-16, was president of ARES at the time and he is often mistakenly credited with the weapon’s design. Maybe Warin would be glad he wasn’t, as the weapon was a non-starter. It was rather complicated with a multi-part bolt. It could fire semi-auto, full-auto at 650-rounds per minute, or in a three-round burst. It weighed 4-pounds loaded with a German MP28 magazine, stretched 20.6-inches unfolded and 10.6-inches folded. It had no sights and originally the design had no trigger guard.
It never went into production and only two prototypes were made before the project was abandoned.2. The UC-9 and M-21
A fellow by the name of Utah Connor built a folding subgun very similar to the ARES disguised as a radio (complete with collapsing antenna) in the mid-1970s. The concept was that plainclothes police officers and security personnel could sit and chill out with the ‘radio’ at their feet or on a table and, with practice, deploy it in 2-3 seconds. Connor called his one of a kind weapon the “Undercover 9” or UC-9.
Class II dealer Dave Boatman joined forces with Connor and together they produced a handful of these guns in Boatman’s shop under the name of the M-21. The gun used a simplified telescoping bolt, like the Uzi, but fired at a much higher rate of fire — 895 rounds per minute. The full-auto only gun weighed 7.5-pounds loaded with a 32-round Uzi magazine with a length of 20.5-inches unfolded and 10.5-inches folded. They made them with either black, blue, yellow, tan, or red cases to give the end-user many choices.
The 1986 Hughes Amendment, which largely banned machine gun sales of certain types, ended the production line. There are a few of these floating around today as they are all pre-1986 and usually transferable through a Class III dealer with the right tax stamps changing hands. The downside is that they cost around $10,000 if you can find one. Another options is a company called M6 who found a batch of 76 pre-1986 UC-9 receivers and completed some weapons out as new/old transferable sub guns. These go for around $12,500. These are even offered with a more updated faux USB port to make it look like a media device, or an optional book spine for storage on your favorite bookcase.3. PP-90s and Goblins
The KBP Instrument Design Bureau in Tula (makers of most of the Soviet Union’s neat rapid-firing weapons) looked at the ARES and M-21 weapons in the early 1990s and thought a similar firearm, chambered in the Warsaw-Pact standard 9x18mm Makarov, could be very useful for internal security forces fighting a very dirty war in places like Dagestan and Chechnya. Keeping things simple, the KBP designed a folding gun that was full auto-only (at 700 rounds per minute) and that used a straight blowback action. Designated the PP-90, it was 4-pounds empty, 5-pounds loaded with a 30-round detachable box magazine. The gun folded to 10-inches, but when extended was only 20. Its barrel was threaded for a suppressor for those moments where you want to be a little quiet.
The Ukrainians, always looking over their border at what their “old friends” were up to, came up with a very close knock off called the Goblin. The KB-ST design bureau’s Igor Alekseenko in Kiev added a folding rear sight to their version, the capability to fire 9mm Luger (9x19mm) and a very short fore grip. Officially, the Goblin has never been placed in production. The Russians, also known for looking over their border, retaliated with a 9x19mm version of their PP-90, which is called the PP-92.4. Magpul FMG-9
In 2008, Magpul Industries — well known for their tactical training programs and AR platform accessories — announced they were working on a folding submachine gun. Re-imagining the old M-21, they threw away the previous guns’ 1980s portable boom box disguise and updated the look to that of a laptop battery.
Dubbed the FMG-9, the prototype weighed just over a pound unloaded and was 10-inches folded, 20-inches extended (we’ve seen that length spec somewhere before). Using a Glock 17 action, it could accommodate standard 17 or 33 round 9mm luger mags. To make matters even more interesting, the similar-sized and select-fire Glock 18 (G18) action could be used. Magpul brought it to the SHOT Show in 2008 but the only production versions we’ve seen thus far have been seen in the hands of airsoft players.
With such modern and compact subguns as the H&K MP5K, the MAC-10, and the Micro-Uzi, it’s odd that so much lean muscle tissue keeps being expended on folding stealth guns. However, you can rest assured that the last chapter hasn’t been written yet on these devices. Watch this space for further updates.
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A national gun rights organization warned in a public advisory Monday those headed to or through the Golden State with firearms could face prosecution.
The Washington-based Second Amendment Foundation contends in their first-ever travel advisory that gun laws as they stand in California are very different from the rest of the country, and could land some in hot water.
“Right now, I wouldn’t suggest to any gun owner that they even travel through the state, much less to it as their final destination,” said Alan Gottlieb, SAF’s executive vice president.
One sticking point for Gottlieb is the fact that the state with the largest population in the country refuses to recognize concealed carry permits and licenses issued in other states. Even permit holders from other neighboring states, such as Nevada and Oregon, cannot legally carry a firearm while visiting California.
“If you are licensed to carry in your home state,” Gottlieb said, “that license is not recognized in California. It doesn’t matter how many background checks you’ve gone through or whether you took a gun safety course.”
In fact, it’s hard for Californians to get carry permits as well. While police chiefs and sheriffs across the state may issue CCWs at their discretion to adult applicants with a clean record and no federal prohibitions against possessing a firearm, only about 80,000 active licenses are in circulation. Some agencies arbitrarily refuse to grant applications for permits, a controversial practice upheld in challenges all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
A bid to bring the recognition to all concealed carry permits nationwide is underway at the federal level but has so far been sidelined from progressing out of committee despite heavy sponsorship from Republican lawmakers and pre-election support from President Trump.
The state is also one of five that does not allow for the legal open carry of a firearm, though at least two federal lawsuits are seeking to repeal the ban.
“You could be prosecuted for having a gun for personal protection, or you might get killed because you didn’t,” Gottlieb said. “By not going to California, the life you save may be your own.”
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence’s annual Gun Law Scorecard rankings has placed California at the top for strong gun laws every year they have conducted the rankings, consistently awarding the state an “A.”
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As rumors about the Sig Sauer P320’s safety circulate online, investment advisors see the gun maker’s bad press as a potential windfall for competitors like Sturm, Ruger & Company and Smith & Wesson.
“Say what you want about their design, but I have not heard of stories of Glocks, M&Ps or Ruger Americans having a negligent discharge when dropped inadvertently,” said Maks F.S., a registered investment advisor and contributor at Seeking Alpha, on Monday. “While it might be a short-term opportunity, both Ruger and American Outdoor Brands Company, parent of Smith & Wesson, need to take this opportunity to bring their products to the forefront once again.”
P320’s popularity skyrocketed when the U.S. Army chose Sig Sauer — over Glock and Smith & Wesson, among others — to replace its old service pistol, the Beretta M9, in January.
Maks said the contract provides crucial marketing for Sig — the same way movies and television series boost the profile of certain guns, like the Smith & Wesson Model 29 used by Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry or the Heckler & Koch P30 and VP9 pistols featured in John Wick.
The same marketing affect applies to guns carried by police officers and the armed forces, too, according to Maks. “After all, if it is good enough for law enforcement, it is good enough for target shooting or home defense,” he said.
Except, rumors swirling on the Internet suggest the P320 has unsafe features. Gun writer Andrew Tuohy, on behalf of online retailer Omaha Outdoors, published test results Monday revealing issues with the gun’s drop safety in response to rumors circulating about the issue.
According to a leaked memo published on The Firearm Blog last month, the Dallas Police Department ditched the P320 pistols after Sig identified a defect in the weapon causing it to fire when dropped.
“Until Sig Sauer is able to find a solution to the safety issue, the Sig Sauer P320 is no longer approved … for any use,” the memo said, in part. A Dallas law enforcement spokesman later confirmed the authenticity of the memo to the blog.
The recent revelations regarding the drop issue may not reverse declining sales for Smith & Wesson or Ruger, Maks said, but it could burn out the P320’s 15 minutes of fame far quicker than initially anticipated.
“There is an off chance, however, that this does become a big issue and LEO agencies that have considered the P320 or adopted it will go back and replace them with competitive offerings,” he said.
Sig responded to the conjecture last week, reiterating its “full confidence in the reliability, durability and safety of its striker-fired handgun platform.”
“There have been zero reported drop-related P320 incidents in the U.S. commercial market, with hundreds of thousands of guns delivered to date,” the company said in a press release Friday.
CEO and president Ron Cohen further clarified the company’s commitment to its products, saying “safety and reliability have been and always will be paramount to the Sig Sauer brand.”
The P320 safety concerns come more than two months after New Jersey State Police filed a $2.5 million lawsuit against Sig Sauer, accusing the gun maker of supplying defective P229 pistols as part of a contract awarded in September 2014.
In the New Jersey case, the pistols regularly experienced “failure to extract” malfunctions — essentially becoming jammed after firing off one round. The gun maker shipped off several fixes to the pistols over the course of 16 months, but never corrected the problem. The state later rescinded its deal and awarded a new contract to Glock last year.
Court documents allege state police suffered damages including $1.7 million for the guns, $856,680 for accompanying holsters and reimbursement of unspecified costs for testing and evaluating the guns.
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The folks at Exos Gear sell a fine tactical backpack and gun belt. Recently I had the opportunity to review another of their wares, the women’s range bag. In a shift from my normal approach to reviews, I brought a friend and fellow shooter into the mix as the lead reviewer. Deb, a trained, licensed concealed carrier, occasional carbine shooter, slayer of Barbary sheep, and matriarch of a shooting family, volunteered to put the bag through its paces.
First, some basics. The bag is constructed of water-resistant 600 denier polyester. It’s pink — bright, but not neon, pink. The handles, optional padded shoulder strap, and MOLLE on one side, are black nylon webbing. The zippers, interior dividers, and two patches of loop material are black, too. The latter gives the owner the option to add a personal touch or identification using Velcro-backed patches.
This is a medium-size bag said to be suited for two full-size pistols. It’s large enough for those plus a modicum of ammo and gear. The outside dimensions are 17 inches long, 14 inches wide, and 8 inches deep. Inside, the main compartment is 12x8x8 inches. The main compartment has a divider, and there are four zippered outer pockets. Zipper pulls are sturdy with easy-to-grab padded loops. There’s a padded Velcro closure to join the clutch handles.
A unique and useful feature are Velcro tabs on each side of the bag’s exterior. These loops are just right to attach ear protection where it can be easily accessed and avoid exposure to any gun oil on the inside. On the side opposite the MOLLE is a black patch with the attractive Exosdragonfly logo.
Deb categorized her comments about the Exos range bag into pros and cons. She likes many of the features already described, and goes into more detail in the “pros” section as follows:
I carry my handguns to the range in their original cases, so that leaves even more room in the interior compartment for ammo, belt, magazine pouches, holster, ammo loader, etc. The divided elastic band strip in the main compartment is advertised to hold five magazines, and it does. Small objects are easily corralled in the net divider inside one of the large side pouches. The shoulder strap is easy to unclip if I decide not to use it. The padded zipper pulls are comfortable to use.
It’s really easy to locate objects inside this bag thanks to the pink color, as opposed to black or other dark color. I attached my shooting rest beanbag to the MOLLE and at first it seemed the gaps on the bag were too narrow, but after taking a little more time to see how it works, it attached perfectly. Overall, it’s a manageable size with lots of room in the interior.
She also expressed a single “con,” and I must say, I agree with this point:
Not every woman is a fan of pink. I would be so much happier if the bag was offered in a nice turquoise blue, sage green, desert tan, medium gray, etc. As I said above, the light color on the interior of the bag makes finding stored items very convenient. Zippers and straps in dark colors like black, dark brown, or navy could still be used for accents. The contrasting colors give the bag a designer look, which appeals to me. I like very functional, but style is important also.
Despite Deb’s (and my) wish for more color choices, at the end of the day, she declares this bag a winner:
This is a range bag I will definitely use. It is a huge improvement in capacity and organization over the one I have been carrying. Overall, this is a quality piece of gear for the range and I would highly recommend it to others.
According to Exos, this bag is a big seller. I think it’d be an even bigger success, and have broader appeal for perhaps both male and female shooters, if other color choices were offered besides “kitty pink.” At a current price of $26.95 with free shipping on Amazon, it’ll surely be a favorite among range-goers who like to pink it up.
A Massachusetts federal court held its first hearing last week for a 2-year-old personal injury case in which a Glock pistol allegedly blew up in a hunter’s hands.
The plaintiff, Rodney MacDonald, of Chester, filed the case against the gun maker and three other defendants, but in their answers to his complaint, they all lobbed allegations against each other.
The lawsuit brings claims against various participants in the supply chain, including Georgia-based Glock; retailer Cabela’s, of Sidney, Nebraska; ammo maker Buffalo Bore, of Salmon, Idaho; and distributor Guns and Gear, of Agawam, Massachusetts.
According to an amended complaint, MacDonald was injured during a hunting trip with his friends in December 2012 when a 10mm Glock handgun exploded. The lawsuit says the group stopped using rifles and decided to target shoot instead. MacDonald borrowed the pistol from a friend and fired two shots without incident, but the third shot blew apart the gun.
“The recoil and force from the exploding gun violently spun around the Plaintiff’s body and knocked him to the ground. Shrapnel from the gun struck the Plaintiff’s face and body,” the lawsuit says, adding MacDonald has “suffered great pain of body and anguish of mind, was unable to transact his usual duties, and was otherwise damaged.”
The lawsuit alleges the defendants acted negligently when producing their products, failed to test them for quality control, and failed to provide adequate warnings. The lawsuit asks for damages exceeding $75,000.
Since the initial filing in November 2015, the court agreed to dismiss allegations against Guns and Gear, but the case grew more complex as each defendant introduced cross claims. While the remaining defendants have each denied allegations, they say if the injuries did occur as detailed in the complaint that it was the other’s fault.
Glock points fingers at both Buffalo Bore and Cabela’s, saying “if and in the event Plaintiff sustained the injuries and damages complained of, such injuries and damages were caused, in whole or in part, by Buffalo Bore Ammunition … and/or Cabela’s negligence, other culpable conduct, and/or other acts or omissions.”
Those two companies point right back at Glock.
The lawsuit resurfaced as the parties were scheduled to appear in court for a case management conference on Aug. 1, about a week after completing the discovery phase. They’re scheduled to complete expert depositions by Jan. 5. A trial date, however, has not been set.
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Members of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party in the state of New South Wales in Australia are urging lawmakers to reduce the age requirement for minor’s firearms permits.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported the party would like primary school-aged children to be able to learn how to use firearms, urging the government to reduce the minimum age from 12 to 10 years old.
Philip Donato — a Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party party member representing the district of Orange — said he would be “happy” to see the age restriction reduced and also advocated shooting as an elective course in schools.
“It’s a healthy family activity,” Donato said. “It’s not gender specific. Going out, spending some time with your family in the outdoors, bonding with your kids, is a fantastic opportunity.
“It’s far better they learn how to use firearms appropriately in that sort of manner as opposed to watching movies and playing video games.”
That position is also supported by the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia.
“The current minimum age of 12 years restricts access to the sport and limits the ability of interested minors to develop their skills,” said Diana Melham, the SSAA NSW’s executive director.
Under current law, children 12 and older in New South Wales and most other Australian jurisdictions can obtain a minor’s firearms permit, which allows them to possess and shoot guns while under the supervision of a firearms license holder.
The minor’s permit does not allow the acquisition of firearms by minors, and all gun use must be for the purpose of firearms safety instruction or shooting competitions.
While Donato’s colleague in the NSW Legislative Council, Robert Borsak, expressed support for the age reduction, other government officials were not so keen on the proposal.
“The NSW Government has no intention of changing the current law regarding the possession and use of firearms under a minor’s permit,” the police minister’s spokeswoman said.
The lobby group Gun Control Australia has called for minor’s permits to be abolished altogether, with chairwoman Samantha Lee criticizing the argument that teaching children about firearms makes them more safe. The group has also claimed that minor’s permits are a breach of the 1996 Port Arthur Firearm Agreement, arguing the agreement only allows people 18 years or older to possess or own guns.
However, a NSW Police spokesman argued that minors permits were still legal. “It addresses the age for licences and puts this at 18 years.” He added: “Supervision of minor[s] is strictly enforced by clubs and ranges – parent allows a minor to shoot on their own property under supervision.”
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Florida’s expedited process of issuing concealed-weapons licenses to military members has resulted in a big boost to permit numbers in the state.
Since State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Gov. Rick Scott helped to fast track the process two years ago, after a pair of military installation shootings in Tennessee, Florida has issued permits to 82,000 military members and honorably discharged veterans, the News Service of Florida reported.
Putnam, a GOP gubernatorial candidate for 2018, took office in 2010, and since then concealed-weapons permits have spiked from around 800,000 to more than 1.78 million. Putnam’s office, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, takes care of issuing the permits.
“This is just one example of what we do through our department to make Florida the most veteran- and military-friendly state in the nation,” Putnam said during a July press conference at the National Guard Armory in Tallahassee.
Under the expedited process, military members also don’t have to wait until they’re 21-years-old for a permit. The process was established after the 2015 terrorist-motivated shootings in Chattanooga left four Marines, a Navy sailor and the gunman dead. Florida also increased security at National Guard recruitment centers after the shootings.
Putnam has also been critical of gun-free zones in the state and has called for campus and open carry laws to be passed in the Florida Legislature.
“Gun-free zones, where the victims have no opportunity to defend themselves, ought to be modified in a responsible way so that people can exercise their Second Amendment rights and protect themselves,” Putnam said at his armory appearance.
As Putnam was speaking, Democrats took the opportunity to blast him for criticizing those in Tampa Bay who protested the National Rifle Association’s July recruitment ad.
“Classic progressive move,” Putnam said in a Facebook post. “Desperate attempt to limit our 2nd Amendment rights.”
Johanna Cervone, spokeswoman for the Florida Democratic Party, went so far as to say Putnam was “encouraging violence against fellow Americans” by supporting the ad.
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Democratic candidate for governor, also bashed Putnam, saying in a statement: “Once again, Commissioner Adam Putnam has shown us just whose side he is on: the National Rifle Association. … It’s a shameful day when someone who wants to lead our state stands behind such violent, divisive rhetoric, and against commonsense gun protections for Floridians.”
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An English court decided last week that a 47-year-old man will spend a decade behind bars for the accidental shooting of a woman during a sexual escapade that went horribly wrong.
The woman, whose name was not made public, previously spoke with David Jeffers about her desire to have a gun put in her vagina. In January, the two met at an Offerton, Stockport, hotel to carry out the fantasy after partaking in alcohol and cocaine.
Although authorities say the sex act was completely consensual from both parties, prosecutor Peter Wright called it “highly reckless and dangerous conduct.”
In an attempt to please the woman, Jeffers placed a .410 shotgun in her vagina, but at some point, he accidentally pulled the trigger. It’s unclear if he or the woman knew beforehand that the gun was loaded. Nonetheless, it was, and the shooting left the woman with life-threatening injuries.
Jeffers attempted to call for emergency help, but accidentally dialed the hotel’s front desk instead. A panicked Jeffers then told the clerk he needed emergency medical assistant before leaving the injured woman in the hotel room alone.
Jeffers admitted to dumping the weapon, which was never recovered.
The woman, although seriously injured, survived.
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A search warranty executed by the Indiana State Police last week turned up a trove of weapons, drugs, and homemade explosives at a home near Columbus that was also the location of an operational meth lab and illegal marijuana growing operation.
Gregory A. Traylor, 59, was arrested on numerous charges.
Officers recovered about an ounce of methamphetamine, five grams of heroin, 25 pounds of marijuana and 10 pounds of pseudoephedrine, which is often a key ingredient to making meth. Officers also found over 75 guns, ammunition, and more than half a dozen improvised explosive devices.
Traylor faces charges for manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, dealing a narcotic drug, possession of a narcotic drug, maintaining a common nuisance, dealing marijuana, cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine precursors with intent to manufacture, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of destructive device charges.
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A 16-year-old boy suffered a gunshot wound to the stomach when he tried to rob a 61-year-old man of his gun at a Detroit gas station Sunday morning.
Darius Summers said he just recently got a license to carry a concealed weapon.
“I’d never been through this,” Summers said. “Never shot a gun before. All this is new to me.”
Summers said the teen put a gun to his back and demanded Summers hand over his weapon.
“I said, ‘All I want to do is leave,'” Summers told reporters after the incident. “He said, ‘You can’t leave.’ I said, ‘OK. What do you want to do?'”
Surveillance video from the gas station showed Summers draw his weapon and fire a single round, striking the teen in the stomach. The teen then limped out of the store and was apprehended by authorities soon thereafter.
The teen, who was later identified as Xavier Futrell, was arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder, carrying a weapon with unlawful intent, and a felony firearms violation.
Summers, who said he didn’t shoot to kill, said he simply went to the gas station that morning because he wanted a cup of coffee.
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An explosion at a mosque in Bloomington, Minnesota, early Saturday morning has authorities investigating and local residents – especially those who are Muslim – feeling fearful.
Federal authorities determined an improvised explosive device was used in the blast that occurred at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center around 5 a.m.
No one was injured, but the blast left the building with fire and smoke damage.
“This could have been very big and very damaging,” said Asad Zaman with the Muslim American Society of Minnesota.
Kamal Hassan, who dropped his son off at the mosque the morning of the blast, said Islamophobia is becoming mainstream and every Muslims is worried about violence. The act has not been deemed a hate crime at this time, but worshippers indicated they believe it was.
Zaman said the center has been targeted for a number of incidents in the past few months, but within hours of the blast, local residents had rallied around worshippers to show their support.
“Targeting people because of their race, ethnicity or religion is absolutely un-American,” Zaman said.
The Muslim American Society of Minnesota and the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations are offering a collective reward of $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the blast.
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