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KAC wins $16M Army contract for more M110 sniper rifles (PHOTOS)

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 08:00

The KAC M110 was adopted more than a decade ago and the Army just awarded a contract to acquire up to another $16.5 million worth of the rifles by 2024. (Photos: Dept. of Defense)

The Army announced last week that Knights Armaments Co. was awarded a contract to continue to supply their M110 rifle to the service. The Titusville, Florida-based company was awarded a $16.5 million firm-fixed-price contract through the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan with an expected completion date of Nov. 2024.

KAC introduced the 7.62x51mm NATO-caliber system in 2007 complete with a 20-inch chromoly 5R cut rifled barrel and it has gone on to see extensive use primarily with the Army but also the Marines and Coast Guard, though it is set to be augmented in coming years by the more compact Heckler & Koch G28.

The M110 sans its distinctive 14-inch suppressor

The suppressor adds an additional 2-pounds to the rifle but helps moderate sound signature and muzzle flash. Of note, the mag release, safety selector switch, and bolt catch are ambidextrous.

Adopted by the Army as the Semi-Automatic Sniper System, or SASS, the M110 features ambidextrous surface controls, MIL-STD-1913 rails, and a two-stage match trigger. A companion suppressor system, which mates with the M110 flash hider and connects to the SR-25 gas block, is 14-inches long and gives the platform a distinctive profile.

The M110 SASS was adopted a decade ago to replace the Remington Model 700-based M24 Sniper Weapon System in U.S. Army service and is used by both snipers/spotters and designated/advanced marksmen.

The Marine Corps uses the M110 to replace some M14-based M39 and Mk 11 mod 1 rifles (older KAC SR-25s) as well as to complement the bolt-action M40A5.

The Coast Guard uses the M110 in counter-terror maritime security units.

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Dancing FBI agent who shot bar-goer after back-flip won’t do jail time (VIDEO)

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 07:30

The former federal agent who made headlines after wounding a fellow bar-goer in a viral video has entered a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Chase Bishop, 30, who is no longer an FBI agent, was sentenced last week to 24 months of supervised probation after pleading guilty to third-degree assault. The former lawman accidentally shot a man in the leg at a Denver bar last summer.

“We believe that this agreement strikes an appropriate balance of seeking justice for the victim and ensuring that this type of incident does not happen again,” said Denver District Attorney Beth McCann in a statement.

In a video from the scene of the shooting supplied to Denver 7, Bishop is shown recovering from a dance move before he reaches for the pistol on the floor, apparently firing the gun in the process. He then stands, inserts the handgun inside his waistband in the area of the small of his back, and walks into the crowd waving his hands.

Bystander Tom Reddington, 24, was left shot in the leg and reportedly suffered permanent injury.

“My whole goal in life is to care, protect and serve people,” Bishop told the court last week. “I never expected the result of my actions to lead to something like this.”

As part of his plea agreement, Bishop, who was assigned to Washington, D.C. and was visiting the state at the time of the shooting, can serve his probation outside of Colorado.

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Mausers for the masses: The budget Mauser M18 (VIDEO)

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 07:00

For more than 120 years, the Mauser brand and its M98 bolt action rifles have defined both reliability and quality in the civilian and military markets. This year, the Mauser company, now known for high-end rifles, has jumped both boots into the budget hunting market with their new M18. finds out whether this German-made “People’s Rifle” will resonate with an American market.

Though a budget Mauser seems as foreign as schnitzel at the food court, here we are with a synthetic stock, matte blued piece wearing the old Mauser logo recognizable from military rifles of many decades and world wars past. The M18 is a traditional bolt action centerfire rifle that Mauser defines as a “no-frills” rifle that “brings together all the essentials for hunting in the best ­possible way and does not include ­anything that isn’t necessary in the field.”

The M18 is indeed utilitarian, built with solid steel construction. Cold hammered barrels are geared toward long-term accuracy. An adjustable trigger comes standard. The company’s “multi-purpose end cap” is actually a removeable, rubberized buttpad with space for internal storage. Sling swivels come standard, and while the rifle ships sans scope bases, the M18 accepts Remington 700 two-piece mounts.

The M18 may be at the budget end of Mauser’s line of rifles, but it’s a step above other “budget” rifles on the market. (Kristin Alberts/

All M18’s come with the same stock, though standard calibers wear a 22 inch barrels while Magnum chamberings have the longer 24 inch tube. The M18 is now shipping chamberings in: .243 Win, .308 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, .270 Win, .30-06 Spfld, 7mm Rem Mag, and .300 Win Mag. MSRP on the M18 in its variety of calibers is $699, a far cry from the $13,000+ price tag of the current production Mauser M98 Magnum.

Range Time

While we are not generally fans of black synthetic stocks, the lines on the M18 are sleek, modern, and attractive. Furthermore, the synthetic stock is foam filled and hearty, so it has a sturdy feel rather than the hollow and chintzy feel often synonymous with cheaper synthetic stocks. Though they are not overtly visible, two rubberized grip panels at both the forend and pistol grip offer welcome hand-traction for hunting in inclement weather.

In a creative move, the Mauser logo panel on the bilateral buttstock doubles as a push-button release for the thick rubber butt pad. Inside, there’s room for small item storage, which just happens to neatly stash a Bore Snake or similar cleaning device.

The Mauser M18, partnered with our Zeiss optic, made a formidable hunting combo. (Kristin Alberts/

With its black synthetic stock and matte blued barrel, the M18 is unassuming in the woods. In addition, the soft-grip panels and durable finish make this rifle excel in adverse conditions, another boon for hunters. (Kristin Alberts/

The three-lug bolt runs smooth, while the short throw not only clears optics with ease, but makes for rapid cycling in the field. While the familiar three-position, bolt-mounted operations from the M98 are absent, the M18 still utilizes a three-position safety, this time mounted at the right of the action. Not many rifles these days — and far fewer budget rifles — make use of the three-position safety, which is an excellent and welcome safety feature allowing the bolt to be opened while the safety remains engaged.

Furthermore, the M18’s quiet operation is a boon for hunters. The safety moves silently and the magazine locks up snugly with a barely audible click. That five-round magazine offers +1, six-pack capacity, more rounds than other budget hunting rifles, which typically house only three rounds. Not only was the magazine one of the quickest and easiest to load on the market, but it fed with complete reliability. Our test rifle weighed in just under six-and-a-half pounds bare, making it light enough to tote afield for mobile hunters yet stout enough to handle recoil. The matte black finish is as workmanlike and understated as it is practical in the field.

Accuracy Testing

All features are moot, of course, without matching accuracy. With our test rifle chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor and a Zeiss Terra 3-9×40 optic mounted and boresighted, we headed to the range with a nice mix of premium ammunition: Sig Sauer 120-grn HT, Sig Sauer 140-grn Match, Hornady Precision Hunter 143-grn, Winchester Deer Season 125-grn, and Winchester Expedition Big Game Long Range 142-grain. Mauser ups the ante with not a three-shot MOA guarantee like every other comparable rifle on the market, but instead a five-shot sub-MOA guarantee on this “budget” rifle. While that’s great on paper, the M18 actually delivers in the field.

Our best group came with Winchester’s Expedition Long Range, five shots measuring a scant 0.79 inches at one hundred yards. We easily punched out sub-MOA groups at 100-yards with all the ammunition.  Mauser proves that affordable rifles can be built for superior accuracy when a company with roots like Mauser puts it mind to punching out “X’s.” Our test 6.5 Creedmoor iteration stabilized bullet weights from 120-grain to 143-grain with stellar results out to the 300-yard mark where we concluded firing.

Our M18 in the hot 6.5 Creedmoor chambering is at once a light, accurate, and capable hunting rifle, all at an affordable price. (Kristin Alberts/

Where most other “budget” rifles on the market promise a three-shot MOA group, Mauser ups the ante with the M18, guaranteeing a five-shot group at 100-yards. This target shows a five-shot, 200-yard group just under 1.25-inches in a stout wind. (Kristin Alberts/

While the Mauser M18 may not be much to look at, especially when considering the drool-worthy M98’s the company still sells to this day, the M18 is a rifleman’s rifle. The trigger is exceptional, with our test gun’s trigger breaking repeatedly just under three pounds on a Lyman digital pull gauge. There are ample chamberings available for everything from predators to big game. Features are tailored to hunters, with the soft-grip panels offering solid purchase on the gun in inclement conditions, while the three-position safety moves silently to keep from spooking game.

Though the M18 is at the higher end of the budget-rifle market, it’s at the top end of affordable, quality rifles, period. This simplified, yet fully-functional iteration of Peter Paul Mauser’s original does not disappoint and proves to be quite a bargain at its real-world prices of $599. There’s not much not to like on the M18.  If I could wish it into a wood stock, we’d be in love with the looks, but as it stands, we’re uber-fond of this German workhorse that just wants to shoot nice groups and get out to the hunting grounds.


Few among us lifelong hunters and gun collectors have not developed a deep appreciation for a Mauser design bolt rifle. Though the action is just not the same, there’s a certain appeal to seeing the Mauser brand on an affordable hunting rifles for the masses. While the M18 cannot hold a candle to its higher-dollar counterparts in looks and build,  we’re talking three-figures versus six-figures. Though the Mauser M18 is not a safe-queen or a work of art, it is a durable, accurate, hunter’s rifle.

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From the GDC Warehouse: The super compact Baby Browning (PHOTOS)

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 06:30

Imported and sold under the Browning banner from 1954 to 1968, the Baby is a bite-sized .25ACP (Photo: Richard Taylor/

From the wide range of options in the Warehouse, we bring you one of the smallest and best-made micro guns to come from Belgium in the 20th Century.

John Moses Browning was truly the Willy Wonka of guncraft, designing everything from the big medicine of the .50-caliber M2 heavy machine gun, to much more compact palm-sized handguns. One of his classics in the latter category was a slim, six-shot .25ACP blowback-operated handgun that weighed about 13-ounces and used a rear grip safety much like the one later seen on his M1911. This early Browning grew into the Colt 1908 Vest Pocket and a slightly modified variant was sold by FN in Belgium as the Model 1905 for decades.

Colt’s 1908 Vest Pocket and the very similar FN M1905 were designed by John Browning and were the basis of the Baby, which followed in 1927.

With a 2-inch barrel, these guns went just over 4.5-inches overall, making them easy to stash in a coat pocket of the day. Popular, Colt and FN sold somewhere in the neighborhood of about 1.5 million of these little hideout guns.

Fast forward to 1927 and, with Browning’s passing the year before, FN moved to update the popular design. That’s where Belgian small arms guru Dieudonné Saive (when later finished the Browning Hi-Power and designed the FN-49 and FAL) came in. Working with the original Model 1905 as a baseline, Saive dropped the grip safety in favor of a manual thumb-operated safety lock that doubled as a hold-open. Lighter, weighing just over 9-ounces while still being an all-steel pistol, the gun was sold from 1931 onward as the Baby Browning. Early models were marked with an “FN” on the top of the grip panels, while the word “Baby” was on the bottom.

The Browning Baby was a half-inch shorter than the FN M1905 or Colt Vest Pocket and 4-ounces lighter, while still being a 6+1 shot .25ACP. (Photo: Richard Taylor/

Firearms writer Anthony Vanderlinden details that some 50,147 of these guns were produced by FN in the decade before the assembly line was interrupted by World War II. Then, after the U.S. market opened up and the guns were sold there via the Browning Arms Company in 1954, the gun caught on, with over 13,000 shipping to the states that year alone. By 1968, production had ramped up to more than 42,000 Babies per year.

Then came the Gun Control Act of 1968.

Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the legislation regulated both interstate and foreign commerce in firearms, including a provision that banned the import of small handguns unless they managed to meet a complicated point system to be eligible for importation. This blocked the Baby Browning and several other compact handguns such as the Walther PPK from coming in. With that, production in Belguim dwindled after 1969 until it transferred to the MAB factory in Bayonne, France to be made in small numbers for continued sales outside of the U.S. When the line finally ended in 1983, some 505,181 of the cute .25-caliber pistols had been produced over the course of a half-century– with most of those in the heydey of the gun’s American success between 1954 and 1968.

FN made Babies in blue as well as a nickel-chrome finish. There were also models made with an aluminum (Duraluminum) frame and in extensive fully-engraved Renaissance models. (Photo: Richard Taylor/

The Baby was rumored to have seen service with the French Resistance and the U.S. Air Force. The first tale has some basis in fact, with Resistance fighter Jacques d’Andurain later detailing he fired the “first shot” of the fight in occupied France against the Germans with a Baby Browning. The latter rumor, widely repeated, cannot be confirmed and is unlikely as the USAF used a series of .38-caliber Colt and S&W revolvers for aircrew “bailout” purposes throughout the period that Browning was making their lilliputian .25 squirt gun.

Nonetheless, the Browning Baby also appeared notably on the big screen in Fritz Lang’s 1944 film noir spy classic Ministry of Fear as a plot point involving a natty nickel-plated model swiped from a purse and later used to good effect. On the small screen, Babies popped up extensively in the 1960s spy show The Man from UNCLE.

Interestingly, FN never marketed the Baby in the states as such, only referring to it simply as the Browning .25 Caliber Automatic Pistol. The nickel-finished example we have in stock includes the original branded case and simulated pearl grips (Photo: Richard Taylor/

Since 1969, other than the dwindling supply of pre-GCA imported Babies in the U.S., the only other option was to go with a gun built by Precision Small Arms, who has been making licensed copies of the design under their own banner as the PSP-25 off and on since 1984.

Still, there is nothing quite like a Belgian-made Baby.

To see more on this fascinating gun and the rest of our ever-changing inventory, head over to our handgun section.

Be sure to check out our used gun selection for great deals. You never know what you are going to find. (Photo: Richard Taylor/

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Crimson Trace Lasersaddle for Shockwave now shipping

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 06:00

The Lasersaddle works with Mossberg Shockwave 500 and 590 models. (Photo: Crimson Trace)

Crimson Trace adds to its laser models, introducing a new variant known as the Lasersaddle developed for Mossberg shotguns.

The Mossberg ready Lasersaddles were first announced in October 2018, but are now available for purchase through Crimson Trace. Offering a red laser model as well as a green laser version, the Lasersaddle works alongside the Mossberg Shockwave 500 and 590.

The Lasersaddle comes in the shooter’s choice of green or red laser. (Photo: Crimson Trace)

The Lasersaddle attaches to the shotgun’s receiver, granting shotgunners with ambidextrous laser activation pad points for easy targeting. The laser is adjustable for both windage and elevation and features a Master On/Off Switch for powering down. Both the green and red lasers offer three hours of battery life.

“The LS-250 Lasersaddle is a feature-packed laser sighting solution for Mossberg Shockwave, 500 and 590 shotguns,” Crimson Trace said in a statement on its site.

The Lasersaddles are available through Crimson Trace with the red laser model priced at $169 and the green variant retailing for $219.

The Lasersaddle easily attaches to the Shockwave’s receiver. (Photo: Crimson Trace)

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Faces lost among the gun community in 2018

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 05:30

Among those no longer with us moving into 2019 are (top, L-R) Burt Reynolds, Victor Kalashnikov, Jason Hairston; (middle) Harry Selby, R. Lee Eremey, Michael Voight; (bottom) Burt Avedon, Ernie Vande Zandt, and William Ruger, Jr.

From champion competitive shooters and legendary hunters to Second Amendment advocates and film stars, the world of gun culture world lost several faces in 2018.

Burt S. Avedon — Volunteering with the famed Flying Tigers and later serving in both WWII and Korea as a Navy fighter pilot– earning the Navy Cross, Silver Star, and two Distinguished Flying Crosses– Avedon went on to become a professional hunter and head expedition gear company Willis & Geiger Outfitters for years before founding today’s Avedon & Colby outfitters, which specializes in field clothes. Avedon died in March at age 94 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Richard J. “Dick” Casull — Creator of the hard-hitting .454 Casull cartridge that bears his name, Dick Casull loved wheelguns of all kinds, going on to design one of the first viable mini-revolvers and lead Wyoming-based Freedom Arms, who produced the latter in the 1970s and 80s. Casull died in May and is buried in Freedom, Wyoming.

Charles Davis — Kentucky-native Davis served in the Navy in WWII then made a career in the Army, spending more than 20 years with the Army Marksmanship Unit. During that time he picked up over 200 awards including his 1968 feat of becoming the only shooter to win both the Wimbledon and Leech Cups in the same year. He competed in the 50-metre running target event at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Davis died in January, aged 90.

“The Gunny” R. Lee Ermey — Long associated with Glocks, guns, and everything Marines. Besides Vietnam-era service in the Corps and 120 acting credits under his belt, the firearms enthusiast hosted the History Channel’s Mail Call and Lock n’ Load shows from 2007 to 2009, delving into military arms, customs and equipment, often riddling watermelons with various firearms for effect. Since 2015, he hosted GunnyTime on the Outdoor Channel. Additionally, he was featured in a long-running series of public appearances and spots for Glock and was elected to the board of directors for the National Rifle Association. He died after complications from pneumonia in April, aged 74.

James “Cowboy” Fernandez — A duck calling legend, Fernandez worked with George Yentzen to design and patent the first double reed duck call in 1950 and the triple reed in 1968. The winner of numerous calling competitions both in the U.S. and abroad, he was inducted into the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame in 2014. He passed away Aug. 16, in Beaumont, Texas at age 86.

Robert “Bob” E. Graf — One of the original founders in 1957 of iconic ammunition supplier, Graf & Sons, he helped grow the small-town Missouri company into the “Reloading Authority.” An avid wingshooter, Graf, 84, died in April.

Jason Hairston — The CEO of KUIU, Hairston started the company in 2010 as a result of a life-long passion for hunting after playing professional football with the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos. Known for its unique style of camouflage patterns and ultralight gear, the company has seen widespread adoption and collaboration within the outdoor industry. He died in September at age 47.

Robert Himber — A noted survival writer and trainer who published and taught under the pseudonym N.E. MacDougald, Himber died while climbing in Telluride, aged 74.

Victor Kalashnikov — Son of the legendary Mikhail Kalashnikov, Victor followed in his father’s footsteps and became a firearms designer. Creator of the PP-19 Bizon, which evolved into the better-known Vityaz submachine gun, Victor died in Izhevsk in March, aged 75.

Boris Kokorev — A five-time Olympian, Georgian-born Kokorev represented both the Soviet Union and later Russia at every Olympic meeting between 1988 and 2004. He won the gold in the 50m pistol event at the 1996 Atlanta games. He died in October, aged 59.

Douglas “Krikket” Krick — Founder of the Pink Pistols, a prominent LGBTQ pro-gun organization, Krick died in October, age 48.

Stan Lee — Longtime Marvel Comics head and chronicler of superpowers both real and portrayed, Lee often turned to skill with a firearm as a superhero trait. Among Lee-created characters who were good with a gun were “Dum Dum” Dugan, Sgt. Nick Fury, various S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents, and others. Later, as Marvel’s publisher, he green-lighted firearm-centric characters such as The Punisher, Rocket Racoon and War Machine– whose symbols, themes and tie-ins can often be found today at every shooting range and gun show in the country. Lee, a WWII Army veteran, died in November at 95.

Johannes “John” Pierik — A Dutch skeet champion, Pierik competed in both the 1980 and 1984 Olympic games representing the Netherlands. He died in January, age 68.

Valerii Postoyanov — A Soviet sports shooting champion, Postoyanov represented his country in numerous international competitions throughout the Cold War, including vying against American Charles Davis at Munich in 1972. He died in February at age 76.

Daniel Puckel — Hailing from The Land of Lincoln, Illinois-born Puckel joined the Army Advanced Marksmanship Unit right out of after competing on the University of Tennessee’s rifle team and soon picked up a full dozen medals at the 1959 Pan American Games where he broke three world records in free rifle. He later went on to compete at the 1960 Summer Olympics. Puckel died last month, at age 85.

Burt Reynolds — The film star, action hero and all-around guy’s guy died in September at age 82 leaving a legacy of some of the best on-screen gun references of all time. An avid hunter in his younger years, Reynolds even appeared on some of the first nationally-televised hunting trips for The American Sportsmen on ABC in the 1960s.

Bruno Rossetti — A fixture in Italian skeet shooting, Rossetti picked up the bronze medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. His son, Gabriele, went on to bring the gold in skeet back to Italy from the 2016 Rio games. The elder Rossetti died in February, aged 57.

William Batterman Ruger, Jr. — The son of the famous inventor who helped found the company, Bill Ruger, Jr. went on to become its second CEO and retired after an extensive 42-year career with the gun maker in 2006. He died in September at age 79.

John Henry “Harry” Selby — A famed South African safari hunter known for his love of the .416 Rigby and familiarity with the veldt, Selby was featured in a number of works by big game writer Robert Ruark (Horn of the Hunter, et. al) which preserved him for posterity. He died in January, at the ripe old age of 92.

Viktor Shamburkin — A Soviet shooting sports athlete, Shamburkin won the gold at the 1960 Olympics in Rome in 50m rifle. He died in Moscow in May, aged 86.

R. Blake Stevens  — The founder and head of Collector Grade Publications, which published dozens of in-depth books on collectible firearms, died in April, age 80. He personally authored more than 30 books on classic arms such as the Browning Hi-Power, German FG-42, and FAL.

Ernie Vande Zande — Team Leader for the United States Olympic Shooting Team in 1996, Vande Zande started shooting after a challenge from schoolmate at age 11 and went on to set more than 200 records, achieving a reputation as “the human benchrest.” Major Vande Zande died on Sept. 29 at age 70.

Michael Voigt — A firearms trainer who won his first IPSC Handgun World Shoot medal in 1993, Voight worked in research and development for SureFire and Safariland before becoming president of the United States Practical Shooting Association in 2000. Voigt was USPSA Multigun National Champion over a dozen times. He passed in April after a bout with cancer.

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MultiCam now offers gear, apparel online

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 05:00

MultiCam launches a new area to its site created for branded apparel and gear. (Photo: MultiCam)

MultiCam expands its website, now offering branded apparel and gear to MultiCam fans. The MultiCam site features a new retail section that caters to its branded gear to include patches, hats, shirts and eyewear.

In addition to offering its own apparel and accessories, MultiCam also provides an area for its collaborations. This portion allows consumers to snag partner products, such as Mechanix gloves and Never Summer snowboards, decked out in MultiCam patterns.

Fans can nab the company’s collab with Never Summer snowboards. (Photo: MultiCam)

The company said it’s looking forward to giving MultiCam fans a place to grab their favorite gear.

“We are incredibly excited to announce the launch of the MultiCam webstore,” Ernesto Rodriguez, MultiCam Brand Manager, said in a news release. “The MultiCam Shop is a natural extension for the brand, giving fans and customers direct access to the products that are so sought after.”

MultiCam fans can head over to the company’s site to find all their favorite branded gear and patterns.

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Shooting with both hands tied behind your back (VIDEO)

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 04:30

Trick shooter Kirsten Joy Weiss finds out if it is possible to shoot accurately with both hands tied behind her back.

Equipped with some cordage, a Walther P-38, and a smile, KJW attempts a shot reminiscent of a Bruce Minney pulp magazine cover from the 1960s.

Don’t try this at home.

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Dakota Tactical introduces new D54-N Core Classic pistol (VIDEO)

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 06:00

Michigan roller-locked firearm specialty maker Dakota Tactical on Wednesday announced their newest offering in the classic 9mm MP5 game.

The D54-N Core Classic 9mm pistol is made from a combination of U.S.-manufactured and a limited number of hand-picked surplus parts. The gun features a free-floating 16-flute cold hammer forged “Navy” 3-lug barrel made by RCM that runs 8.85-inches in length.

The DT D54N CC uses a mix of U.S.-made parts with some surplus MP5 parts (Photo: DT)

Using a SEF Navy-style semi-auto trigger group inside a traditional wide MP5 polymer handguard, the RCM bolt group is sear-ready. Sights are the standard rotary drum rear and hooded front post and the gun is finished in HK Black Duracoat. A top Pic rail is optional.

The gun ships with a pair of KCI steel 30-round mags and a padded black tactical soft case.

MSRP is $2,699, while the surplus parts last, with delivery about 10 weeks after orders are placed.

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Speer to sell Gold Dot ammunition, reloading components online

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 06:00

The site allows fans of the brand to order directly from Speer. (Photo: Speer)

Speer is set to start offering its popular Gold Dot ammunition in addition to reloading components online through a new site that brings the Speer products direct to consumers.

A first for the ammunition maker, customers can now nab their favorite loads straight from the manufacturer instead of through local distribution chains. Additionally, consumers have access to data driven articles packaged in a user-friendly format. Speer says the website features sections dedicated to reloading, protection and training, law enforcement and performance specs, among others.

“This is a place where our customers can buy specialized Speer products, such as 44 Special, 327 Federal Magnum and 32 Auto, that many retailers tend not to carry consistently” Speer Senior Marketing Director Jason Nash said in a news release. “For fans of Speer and its law enforcement leading Gold Dot technology, there is now another way to find their favorite product.”

In addition to old favorites, customers will note the appearance of Speer’s newest product, 10mm Auto 200-grain Gold Dot, as well as Speer branded merchandise.

The venue will also feature free shipping on orders of $50 or more to U.S. based addresses.

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University of Nevada-Reno disbanding their historic NCAA rifle team

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 05:30

Although it has won more NCAA titles than any other athletic program at the school, the Wolf Pack is set to hang up their rifles at the end of the season. (Photos: University of Nevada – Wolf Pack Rifle Team)

One of the most successful Division I rifle programs in the country will be no more after next Fall. The University of Nevada’s athletics department announced last week that they will end the Wolf Pack Rifle Team at the conclusion of the 2018-19 season, replacing it with a cross-country team.

University President Marc Johnson said the moves “best represent Wolf Pack athletics in the current intercollegiate athletics landscape and our future within the NCAA and the Mountain West Conference,” stressing the school will continue to fully support the rifle program through the current season.

The public research university said that, while the rifle team has had a string of successes in its existence, it has found it hard in recent years to continue as the pool of competitors has shrunk, with just 30 Division I programs nationwide— about a quarter of which are military academies — currently sponsoring the sport including only three schools west of the Rockies. However, as pointed out by The Maven, the Wolf Pack Rifle Team has won more NCAA championships than any other sport at the university.

“These are not easy decisions, and we’ve gone to great lengths to examine, identify and chart the best course of action for Nevada athletics,” said athletics director Doug Knuth.

The school’s 1926 female rifle team. The team’s current makeup is strong with female student-athletes.

Colby Sakumoto, the team’s manager, stressed that the move could leave student-athletes cut short as, with a limited number of schools available with a similar program to choose from, the likelihood of finding open spots are slim. “For many of these athletes, UNR’s rifle program was one of their only options to compete in the sport while being able to attend a major university in relatively close proximity to their families in the west and northwest parts of the country,” he said.

Founded in the 1900s, the team has for much of that time included female athletes and, as noted by the program, the majority of the current team are women.

The National Rifle Association said that the decision by the university to can the program, “offers more evidence that campuses are full of anti-gun sentiment.”

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With the troops for Christmas through the years (PHOTOS)

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 05:00

Servicemembers throughout the centuries unable to return home for the holiday have found a way to keep the tradition alive while deployed.

Celebrated in the U.S. as far back as 1539 when Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto wintered in Florida, it was made a federal holiday by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1870. The event has a special place in the hearts of those in uniform missing their family and has been documented extensively over the years.

A Christmas dinner. A scene on the outer picket line by Edwin Forbes, (Photo: Library of Congress)

USS Brooklyn’s crew preparing Christmas dinner, 1890 (Photo: Library of Congress)

Christmas at Buna, Papua- New Guinea, 1942 with Australian and US Army troops (Photo: Australian War Memorial’s collection)

1944- U.S. infantrymen open Christmas mail from home in the Hurtgen Forest, near Zweifall, Germany (Photo: U.S. Center for Military History)

Note the M1903A3s on the wall

Christmas C-rations “somewhere in Europe” 1944

Christmas card made by 82nd Airborne Paratrooper 1944 (Photo: 82nd ABN Museum)

Christmas card made by 82nd Airborne Paratrooper 1944 (Photo: 82nd ABN Museum)

Christmas card made by 82nd Airborne Paratrooper 1944 (Photo: 82nd ABN Museum)

Christmas in Vietnam

Vietnam 25 Dec 1970: Marine Light Helicopter Squadron 167 UH-1 in flight over Marble Mountain on Christmas Day (Photo: Marine Corps History Division)

USS Perry (DE-1034) Christmas lighting aboard ship while at Key West Naval Station Annex, Key West, Florida. The winner for Destroyer Division 601, 25 December 1961. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Starboard bow view of the battleship USS IOWA (BB 61) decorated with Christmas lights. Lights outline the barrels of its 16-inch guns. Christmas 1985 (Photo: Library of Congress)

Lance Cpl. Tom Bowlin, a member of Marine Utility/Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 (HML/A-169) writes Christmas cards on the mess deck of the amphibious assault ship USS OKINAWA (LPH-3). Christmas 1983 (Photo: Library of Congress)

Two Marines sit behind a wall of sandbags about three feet high. They stand Christmas Day watch atop the roof of the old American School in the former Amercian Embassy compound in Mogadishu, Somalia. PFC Mario Munoz, of Glendora, California, is on the right side of the frame and sits next to an M60 Machine Gun. LCPL Conrad Robinson, of Albany, Georgia, is near the top of the frame and holds a portable two-way radio. This mission is in support of Operation Restore Hope, 1993 (Photo: National Archives)

Capt. David Peyok with the 1-158th Field Artillery Battalion does not let a lack of snow dampen his spirits as he makes a “Sand Angel” in the dirt while celebrating Christmas at Camp Ramadi, Iraq. (Photo: Department of Defense)

A Christmas tree lights up a dorm hallway housing NATO Air Training Command – Afghanistan Airmen Dec 8, 2014 at North Kabul Afghanistan International Airport, Afghanistan (Photo: USAF)

Snow falls on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) on Christmas Eve in Bremerton Wash., Dec. 24, 2017 (Photo: U.S. Navy)

U.S. Air Force 1st. Lt. Emery Gumapas, a pilot assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron at Yokota Air Base, Japan, looks out the flight deck window of a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during Operation Christmas Drop 2018 en route to the island of Nama, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Dec. 10, 2018 (Photo: Department of Defense)

Merry Christmas!

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Guy shatters femur, uses shards for possibly the most metal knife ever

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 10:00

Talk about a lemons and lemonade moment (Photos: Lenart Perko)

After a motorcycle accident left a man with more metal than bone in his left thigh, he decided to upcycle the smashed remains left over from the operation.

Slovenia knife maker Lenart Perko this week posted photos of a blade he crafted for Moreno Skvarča recently. In addition to 15Ni20 nickel and 1095 Damascus steel, the blade’s handle was made from bone fragments provided by the motorcyclist.

The etched text on the blade in Slovenian means: “Life is not a piece of cake.” Perko said he had to stabilize the bones with heat activated resin.

“Doctors told him that he could never walk again,” said Perko. “He walked away with a knife of his own.” Skvarča reportedly recovered completely, and the blade maker wished him the best but hoped, “I never have to handle his bones again.”

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Comp-Tac introduces new fits to eV2 holster

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 09:30

Comp-Tac introduces fits for its eV2 AIWB holster. (Photo: Comp-Tac)

Comp-Tac revamps its eV2 holster, adding new make and model fits for concealed carry style guns.

The eV2 sports a wing to help with concealment. (Photo: Comp-Tac)

Previously known as the eVade, the appendix carry eV2 holster now accommodates the following pistols: CZ P01, Glock 26/27/28/33 Gen 1-5, Glock 42, H&K VP9SK, Ruger Security 9, Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 4-inch 9mm/.40/.45 and Sig P938.

The new models join the eV2’s current lineup which includes the Glock 17/19/43, Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm/.40 and Sig Sauer P365. The AIWB holster uses a Kydex build to enhance retention while its tuckable nylon clip covertly clings to the belt line, according to Comp-Tac. The eV2 also sports what the company calls a “Kick” — a wing style attachment that improves concealment and minimizes printing by forcing the grip of the gun into the body.

“Adding new make and model fits to all our holsters is an ongoing goal for Comp-Tac. There are many great weapons companies out there that are making more concealed carry options every day. Adding more fits to our holsters is an important part of our support of individuals or professionals that carry a firearm,” said Gordon Carrell, General Manager of Comp-Tac, said in a news release.

The eV2 AIWB holster is available through Comp-Tac with a MSRP of $57.

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Ruger Precision Rimfire Rifle gets new magnum models

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 09:00

The Ruger Precision Rifle now comes chambered in .17 HMR and .22 WMR. (Photo: Ruger)

Ruger announced its Ruger Precision Rimfire Rifle is going magnum, earning new magnum variants in .17 HMR and .22 WMR.

The Ruger Precision Rimfire Rifle, originally chambered in .22 LR, delivers the same ergonomics and trigger but elevates its performance with the faster, flatter magnum bullets. Offering a one-piece chassis, the rifle ships with a Quick-Fit Precision Rimfire stock that adjusts for length of pull and comb height. The adjustments fit a range of shooters and offer options when wearing outerwear or shooting in various positions.

The rifle features an M-LOK handguard and Ruger Marksmanship Trigger. (Photo: Ruger)

Boasting an 18-inch cold hammer-forged barrel, the rifle is delivers a 1/2-28 thread pattern to accommodate muzzle devices. The barrel is encased in a 15-inch free-float Magpul M-LOK handguard ready to accept additional shooting accessories. The Ruger Precision Rimfire Rifle rounds out its design with the Ruger Marksman Adjustable Trigger which can be externally modified from 2.5 to 5-pounds.

In addition to the magnum Ruger Precision Rimfire Rifles, the company also announced a new 15-round BX-15 Magnum Magazine. Working alongside the Ruger Precision Rimfire Rifle, the magazine also feature compatibility with Ruger 77/17, Ruger 77/22 and Ruger American Rimfire rifles chambered in .17 HMR and .22 WMR.

The Ruger Precision Rimfire Rifle is available now with an MSRP of $529 while the BX-15 Mag is priced at $30.

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Full Auto Friday: Czech Skorpion edition (VIDEOS)

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 08:30

In the late 1950s, the Czech border guards needed a compact sub gun. Besides these guards, the Army needed a personal defense weapon that could be issued to support troops who didn’t need a full-size rifle. The Skorpion was designed to fit this need.

CZ engineer Miroslav Rybar designed a short-barreled select-fire pistol that could still be worn in a side holster. A 4.5-inch long barrel would provide decent accuracy at close quarters (under 50-yards) without adding too much length to the overall weapon. Use of a telescoping bolt similar to the Israeli UZI that fired in a blowback action from a closed bolt position further abbreviated the design.

A beefy pistol grip augmented by a folding wire buttstock provided control surfaces. This stock, with its curved butt, folded neatly over the top of the gun in a motion similar to that of a scorpion’s tail, hence the gun’s popular name. When finished, the design came in at 10.6-inches long with the stock folded. While this was about two inches longer than a Colt 1911, it had a good balance in support-hand-forward grip since the magazine well was mounted near the center of the frame, forward of the trigger guard.

It was chambered for .32 ACP (known in Europe as 7.65×17mm Browning SR). This caliber was the then-standard pistol round of the Czech police and quantities were on hand.

Adopted in 1961, it is officially designated the Vz.61, with Vz being short for the check ‘Vzor’ (model). Later models, the Vz. 68 (chambered in 9×19mm Parabellum) the Vz. 65 9×18mm Makarov) and the Vz.64 (chambered in .380 ACP ) used the same design as the standard Skorpion with the exception that barrels and actions are chambered for the larger cartridges.

Today, it is still in production by Czech Small Arms to one degree or another and is widely availible in its semi-auto variant, although as you can tell from the above, the select-fire model is a lot more fun.

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A tale of two guns at the Cody Firearms Museum (VIDEO)

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 08:00

The Cody Firearms Museum in Cody, Wyoming is one of the best sources to learn about historic firearms. With more than 7,000 guns and 30,000 artifacts, it’s like Mecca for gun lovers. However, among the vast collection, two items stand out among the rest. Ashley Hlebinsky, the museum’s curator and Discovery Channel star, identified a 300-year-old sporting rifle and a modern-era machine gun as two of the most well-documented historical arms in the museum’s collection.

Rowland Signed English Wheellock Rifle

An English-built, hunting Wheellock is a rare enough gun by itself, but add in the fact that almost the entire history of this particular long gun is known, and what we have is a priceless historical treasure. “This wheellock is very interesting because it’s made in the 1600s and it’s a signed English Wheellock,” Hlebinsky said. “That might not sound that exciting when I say it, but there are very few surviving signed English Wheellocks.”

Built by Robert Rowland of London, the gun is remarkable enough to behold in its complex mechanical wheellock construction, but it’s truly provenance drives intrigue. “The other thing that’s fascinating is we know most of its history,” Hlebinsky said. “Usually, when you get a firearm in a collection, you can track its provenance, its history, for a little bit, but then you usually lose track of it at some point.”

Though the gun’s initial buyer and first few decades are a mystery, the rest of the wheellock’s story is clear. Its known history begins when it was purchased by court painter David Martin, who served the Prince of Wales in the 1700s. Following Martin’s passing, the gun was sold at auction in England in 1799. Purchaser Thomas Gwennapp was not only a collector but had a museum where he displayed the piece for many years.

Built by Robert Rowland of London, the gun is remarkable enough to behold in its complex mechanical wheellock construction, but it’s truly provenance drives intrigue. (Photo: Cody Firearms Museum)

Around the turn of the century, the wheellock passed through the hands of multiple other prominent collectors, eventually making its way across the ocean to America, where it again hopped from one collection to the next. Eventually, the wheellock came into the ownership of Edwin Pugsley, then Executive Vice President of Winchester. Firearms history buffs will recognize Pugsley’s name as the man who coined the term “the gun that won the west” when speaking of Winchester’s lever action design. But I digress. Parts of Pugsley’s fine collection were absorbed into the greater Winchester collection.

Thus it is that this signed English wheellock came to Cody and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West as part of the Winchester Arms collection large loan in 1975 before becoming a permanent donation in 1988. With the longest storied history of any firearm in the CFM collection, this particular wheellock has been on constant display since the CFM officially opened its doors in 1991.

Though the CFM is in the midst of a major overhaul at the moment, when the museum re-opens in 2019, the Rowland Wheellock will be there as a cornerstone of the History of Sporting Arms gallery, along with all the other fine holdings of the CFM, telling the stories of our world and American history.

Thompson Model 1921 Submachine Gun

If the Rowland Wheellock is a bit too, um, historical for your tastes, Hlebinsky also shared a more modern yarn that involves the United States Postal Service, gangsters, bank robbery, and an automatic machine gun.

“A lot of people think at the Cody Firearms Museum that we just have western guns because we’re located in a Western town,” Hlebinsky said. “But we have guns from all of firearms history, and the Thompson is something that pretty much everybody recognizes.”

In fact, the CFM has many Thompsons in the collection, but there’s something most folks don’t realize. “The Thompson was actually issued to the US Postal Service, which I think is mildly terrifying,” she said, jokingly. Though that factoid is interesting enough, Hlebinsky offered the roundabout tale of this particular Tommy Gun and how it came to rest in Cody.

this particular Thompson, as Hlebinsky said, “reinforces the notorious nature of the Thompsons.” Why? Because it was used in a bank robbery in New York. (Photo: Cody Firearms Museum)

The “original intent (of the Thompson Machine Gun) was to be used as the ‘trench broom,’ something that could be used in the trenches during warfare and to be used by law enforcement. Because of its misuse by gangsters in the St. Valentine’s Day massacre and the popularization of that misuse on television, everybody thinks of the Tommy Gun as the Gangster gun.”

But this particular Thompson, as Hlebinsky said, “reinforces the notorious nature of the Thompsons.” Why? Because it was used in a bank robbery in New York. Hlebinsky added: “The story goes that it jammed, the bank robber dropped it, and the police recovered it. At some point, the police traded that Thompson to Winchester for some riot guns.” After becoming part of the Winchester Arms Collection, the Tommy Gun came to the Cody Firearms Museum in the 1970s and has remained on display ever since, here to define the ever-engaging story of good versus evil.

To learn more about the collection, check out the Cody Firearms Museum in Cody, Wyoming. For more on Ashley Hlebinsky, check her out on Master of Arms on Discovery.

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#SheIsATF: New campaign targets women beyond law enforcement

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 08:00

Regina Lombardo knows policing works best when officers reflect the communities they serve — and in that case, the Department of Justice had a big problem.

“My passion is cultivating a diverse and inclusive workforce,” she told this week. “But we only average between 11 percent and 12 percent females. If I can’t make change, as the highest ranking woman in the organization, who can?”

Lombardo serves as the deputy assistant director of field operations for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Over the last 28 years, she’s busted gun traffickers and drug dealers in Miami, Tampa, New York and at the Canadian border — and through it all, she’s watched fellow women fail to advance in the agency, despite a desperate need for their representation in the field.

“We lose women throughout their journey,” she said. “I’m very mindful of this and figuring out how I can help them take on a leadership role, despite the long hours and personal sacrifice.”

A federal report released in June concluded women across the DOJ perceived a glass ceiling — of sorts — and struggled to break free from support roles in finance and human resources. Although comprising more than a third of the department’s entire workforce, less than 16 percent of investigators in the field are women. Fewer still hold leadership positions, according to the report.

Frank Kelsey, ATF’s deputy chief of public and governmental affairs, said the agency began tackling this issue long before the report came out — with Lombardo organizing diverse focus groups in November 2017 to identify the roadblocks — including child rearing and work-life balance — currently discouraging women.

“You can’t be what you don’t see,” Lombardo said. “What I heard very loud and clear was women felt like they weren’t being represented.”

So the ATF went to work revamping advertising and recruitment images with women front and center. Soon, #SheIsATF was born. Lombardo didn’t stop there, however. Focus groups also helped build new recruitment strategies targeting women at military academies, in athletic programs and even Fortune 500 companies.

“We wanted to branch out beyond those in law enforcement who already follow us and know us,” she said. “And we want to tap into their desire to make a difference.”‘

As the campaign makes its rounds on social media, Lombardo said she isn’t concerned with hitting a percentage goal, per se. “I get a little bit uncomfortable when I hear a number,” she said. “I’d love to get that 30 percent, but my ultimate goal is to make law enforcement look like the community they serve. It’s vital to fair and impartial policing.”

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Factory tour: Going behind the scenes at Sellier & Bellot (VIDEO)

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 07:30

Founded in 1825 in what is now the Czech Republic, Sellier & Bellot has become a household name in small arms cartridges. In the above video, Larry Vickers meets up with Mike Fisher of S&B to take a look at the company’s state-of-the-art facility outside of Prague in Vlašim where they make 3 million rounds every day in as many as 71 different calibers.

The tour is interesting as it shows the process from soup-to-nuts starting with rolls of brass and basic components to packed rounds. They export about 90 percent of their production outside of the country with a bunch of it headed to the U.S.

They even have a game preserve as part of the factory property — complete with a herd of red stag. Below are some more detail from the factory if you are curious.

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It takes a lot of lead to make 3 million rounds per day. #sellierbellot #sandb #pewpew #igmilitia #gunsdaily #sickguns #gunsofinstagram #gunchannels #bullets #ammunition

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The bullets aren’t going to make themselves. #sellierbellot #lead #bullets

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Newly hatched brass leaving the nest for the first time.

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These actions mount in a fixture which allows us to test both internal and external ballistics.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #ammunition #gunlife #thepewpewlife #weaponsdaily #firearm #rifle

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Massive rolls of brass will be transformed into cartridge cases for our rifle and pistol ammunition. #sellierbellot #sandb #manufacturing #rifle #pistol

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Sealed cartridges keep out moisture. It’s another mark of S&B quality. #ammo #ammunition #pewpew #rifle #military

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7.62 x 51 sealed primers keep out moisture. #762×51 #308 #rifles #machineguns #military #ammunition

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Out with the old: Cycling your EDC ammo (VIDEO)

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 07:00

The shelf life on ammunition can last a life time provided that is kept in good packaging and in stored in a dry area. Our carry ammo on the other hand is constantly exposed to moisture and cycled through firearms. This can cause rounds to be unreliable or dangerous to the user.

What to look for

A few times a year I like to take all my rounds out of my magazines and inspect them. Rounds that have discoloration and corrosion may not work at all due to being exposed to moisture from the air and our bodies. You should also keep a close eye on the dimensions of your rounds. Are some rounds too long or too short compared to a new round out of the box? This can happen when the same rounds are cycled in and out of the chamber when we load and unload the gun. The projectile can be pushed in or pulled back too far out of the casing making pressures that are out of spec and dangerous to shoot.

What to do with old ammo

My favorite way to get rid of older carry ammo is to shoot it! Although I would advise only shoot it if the round looks to be the correct factory dimensions. Cycling out your carry ammo provides a great opportunity to train with the rounds you would actually use in a defensive situation. When you replenish with the new stuff it would also be a good idea to write down the date to keep a good timeline.

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