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Seattle advances mandatory gun lock ordinance

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 10:00

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan holds that requiring gun owners to lock up their firearms will make the area safer. (Photo: Durkan’s office)

Leaders in Washington’s largest city are moving forward with a plan to mandate safe gun storage and penalize those who fail to report lost or stolen guns.

On Wednesday, the Seattle City Council’s Gender Equity, Safe Communities, New Americans, and Education Committee approved the proposed gun control ordinance, setting it up for a vote by the full council. Introduced by Mayor Jenny Durkan in May, she argued that most gun owners in the city do not store their firearms safely.

“The level of gun violence in our communities is just not normal. While we can’t prevent every gun tragedy, we can act to save lives,” said Durkan, a Democrat. “We know that unsecured, unsafely stored guns help fuel this crisis of violence because they are more likely to cause tragic accidents, fall into the wrong hands, or be used in suicides. Requiring that gun owners safely store their guns can help make our communities safer places to live.”

Durkan’s ordinance, proposed with input from City Attorney Pete Holmes, Councilmember M. Lorena González and “safety advocates” from the Brady Campaign and Moms Demand Action, would establish a range of civil fines between $500 and $10,000 for those who leave unsecured firearms in areas where minors or those considered “at risk” may find them.

Additionally, it would require those who find that they have lost a gun or had one stolen to notify police within 24 hours. Failure to make a report would result in fines of up to $1,000.

According to Durkan’s office, the Seattle police logged reports of 250 stolen guns last year, and in a recent survey some 150,000 gun owners in surrounding King County reported they did not lock up their guns.

The nine-member Seattle City Council, set to take up the proposal in coming weeks, is made up of eight Democrats and Kshama Sawant, a declared member of the Socialist Alternative party.

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Lone Wolf Distributors releases all-new Battlecam Cerakote finish

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 09:30

The Battlecam finishes include Battlecam Urban, top, Battlecam Desert, middle, and Battlecam Black, bottom. (Photo: Lone Wolf Distributors)

Lone Wolf Distributors edges its way into new Cerakote territory, announcing the release of the new Battlecam Cerakote finish option.

With the ability to further customize consumers’ handguns, the Battlecam finish offers a camouflage pattern in three styles — Battlecam Black, Battlecam Urban and Battlecam Desert. Aside from colorful names, each pattern brings a distinct style to the table.

Battlecam Black delivers a low-profile design, boasting black and grey hues. Lone Wolf says the patterning is reminiscent of a “dystopian science fiction film” with its its understated style. Battlecam Urban mixes earthy colors into its tones of black and gray for a camo pattern that works in multiple environments. Battlecam Desert boasts earthy tones as well but in a more traditional sense, with the pattern offering a more modern desert camo tone.

The finishes can applied to slides, pictured above, stripped frames or complete pistols. (Photo: Lone Wolf Distributors)

“With Lone Wolf’s new Battlecam cerakote you can make you pistol stand out…by making it blend in,” the company said in a news release. The Battlecam finishes can be tossed to a slide, stripped frame or a complete pistol. Bare frames begin at $149, while a complete pistol Cerakote job will set consumers back $274.

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Giving a check-up to a vintage Maxim suppressor (PHOTOS)

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 09:00

Just look at all those baffles… (Photo: Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West)

The Cody Firearms Museum has an extensive collection of historic arms and they recently got a special look at one of their original “Silencers.”

The pre-NFA vintage firearm suppressor brand named by its inventor, Hiram Percy Maxim, was x-rayed by the Cody Police Department while the agency was on hand at the Wyoming-based museum this month to verify that some ordnance at the center was inert.

The M1910 Maxim Silencer is attached to the threaded barrel of a Springfield 1903 in the Cody’s collection.

(Photo: Cody)

You see between 1908 and 1910, the Army’s Ordnance Bureau purchased 100 Maxim models in .30 caliber as well as another 100 from a chap named Mr. Robert A. Moore. Both of these were by default the M1910 Silencer in the Army’s parlance.

The Moore (top) compared to the Maxim on a U.S. M1903. (Photo: Springfield Armory NHS)

Tests of the Maxim at the School of Musketry found the Silencer gave the following advantages:

(1) The lesser recoil of the rifle with Silencer operated in two ways: It greatly facilitated instruction of recruits in rifle firing. It materially lessened the fatigue of the soldier in prolonged firing, such as would occur in modern battle, which is a distinct military advantage.
(2) The muffling of the sound of discharge and the great reduction in the total volume of sound which permits the voice to be heard at the firing point about the sound of a number of rifles in action, greatly facilitate the control of the firing line, and extends the influence of officers and non-commisoned officers. It was found where the tactical conditions required a quick opening of fire, a sudden cessation of the fire and several quick changes of objective – all of which are difficult with several rifles firing – that verbal commands could easily be heard, and that it was possible to give perfectly audible instructions when the Silencer was used.

While a few were acquired, most were disposed of through the Director of Civilian Marksmanship by 1925, (yup, today’s CMP!) with a few of both kind kept at Springfield Armory for reference.

Over the course of his career, Maxim was granted scores of patents for not only firearm suppressors but also products as diverse as a portable sandbox for indoor rifle shooting, automobile muffler systems, and even what he described as a “building silencer” to make the air circulating grills and plates on places like hospitals and hotels quieter.

Below are some of his suppressor patent drawings, see if you recognize anything close to the Cody X-ray.

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A closer look at the peculiar hopper-fed Japanese Type 11 light machine gun (VIDEO)

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 08:30

Without the capability to use a detachable magazine, feed strip, or belt, the Type 11 of the Imperial Japanese Army was ugly and on the whole just kinda different.

Designed by “Japan’s John Browning,” Kijiro Nambu, the 22-pound Type 11 was the first light machine gun to be manufactured in the country when it went into production in 1922. A modification of the French Hotchkiss of WWI-fame, Nambu’s design deleted that gun’s awkward 30-round feed strip for a hopper that could be stoked with 6.5mm Arisaka via five-round stripper clips designed for the inventor’s previous Type 38 rifle.

In the above video from the NRA’s American Rifleman publication, the reasoning for the hopper and the history of the Type 11 itself are explained.

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Making your gun a work of art is easy with Cerakote Chick (VIDEO)

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 07:00

Having gone to film school I was subjected to a fair amount of art history. Now, I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself an artist, but I do follow the art scene in my hometown and keep abreast of what’s going on nationwide. To me it’s a source of visual inspiration when I see a really great piece of art, whether it’s hanging in a gallery, tagged on the side of building, or in this case a gun.

The rifle Mackson painted for 2018 NRAAM (Photo: Cerakote Chick)

When I first saw the guns that Melodie Mackson was making with her company Cerakote Chick I was instantly drawn to her work. I’ve seen lots of people who Cerakote their guns, but I hadn’t seen anyone who was doing some of the patterns and wild designs that she was doing. I have nothing against black guns, but a cool Cerakote job makes a gun unique and standout from the crowd. Mackson was drawn to Cerakote application after she searched all over for someone to paint her Springfield XD-S a pink leopard print. When she had exhausted all her options she decided to have it Cerakoted pink and then stencil in the leopard print with a sharpie marker. Obviously that wasn’t going to last, especially when you carry everyday like she does. What else was she going to do though? She was determined to have a pink leopard print gun.

Mackson’s original XD-S is no longer pink but still leopard print (Photo: Scott Gara/

When she painted her first gun she was working at her parents gun store, ladies kept asking where they could get their guns painted similarly. “No one sold a leopard print gun back then,” Mackson said “nobody offered it, and if you wanted a specific color you had to essentially paint it. A lot of people were spray painting their guns.” This gave her the idea to start the business that is now Cerakote Chick, the business of painting guns and making them unique has really begun to take off.

A wild color changing paint job and stencil on this custom AR (Photo: Cerakote Chick)

“I had no idea that this company would be this successful, I’m shocked everyday at how successful this company really is,” She said. Right now if you wanted a gun done by Mackson you would be put on a waiting list of 6-8 weeks. That wait is only growing as her business continues to boom. If you’re not a fan of all the glitz and glam on your gun she will also restore your black gun, bringing it back to all it’s glory.

“It’s my passion,” Mackson said “I absolutely love what I do.” It’s always great to see someone live their passion and fulfill their dream. Don’t want to paint your gun? Mackson will pretty much Cerakote anything you give to her including, cups, shovels, thermoses, knives, etc.

A Shockwave in all it’s patriotic glory (Photo: Cerakote Chick)

A unique color combo, the customer loved it (Photo: Cerakote Chick)

Color changing paint jobs aren’t just for cars anymore (Photo: Cerakote Chick)

Digi cam is a tedious process to paint but it looks so cool (Photo: Cerakote Chick)

A black gun restored to all it’s glory (Photo: Cerakote Chick)

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California Supreme Court upholds ‘slow motion handgun ban’ microstamping law

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 06:30

Gun industry groups insist microstamping mandate is impossible to accomplish in actual field conditions, turning the requirement into a ban on semi-auto handgun sales. (Photo: UCDavis)

California’s high court on Thursday sided with the state in a long-running case brought by firearms industry groups who say the state’s microstamping requirement is unattainable.

The case, challenging the state’s 2007 unsafe handgun modification requirements, pitted the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute against California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

The gun groups argued the requirement for semi-auto handguns to mark cartridges with a microscopic array of characters, that identify the make, model and serial number of the pistol upon firing is “impossible to accomplish” and has only worked to artificially limit choices available to California gun buyers. The court, in a 19-page ruling, said that the law is the law, regardless of what was or wasn’t possible.

“Impossibility can occasionally excuse noncompliance with a statute,” Justice Goodwin Liu said for the majority. “But impossibility does not authorize a court to go beyond interpreting a statute and simply invalidate it.”

The suit was originally brought by the trade groups in 2014, arguing that the technology was unproven in actual field conditions and easy for criminals to defeat.

California Superior Court Judge Donald Black dismissed the case in 2015, citing the state had sovereign immunity while arguing the gun groups lacked standing to sue. On a subsequent appeal to the California 5th Appellate District, a three-judge panel later held that NSSF and SAAMI have “a right to present evidence to prove their claim” and the state Supreme Court voted last year to hear the case.

At stake is the ability to purchase newly manufactured semi-auto handguns in the state.

In 2014, just after the California Department of Justice began enforcing the mandate that new pistols submitted for approval to the state’s firearm roster incorporate microstamping capabilities, there were over 1,200 approved models. That roster has since constricted to 807 as legacy handguns drop off and new models cannot meet the requirement. For instance, no Generation 4 or 5 Glocks have been approved for sale in California — although they can be sold to police. For handgun giant Ruger, the company only had one model on the list other than revolvers, which are exempt from the microstamping requirement.

Larry Keane, NSSF’s general counsel, told on Thursday that the group disagrees with the ruling. “It is undisputed that it is impossible to comply with the requirements of California’s microstamping law given the current state of microstamping technology,” he said, going on to explain that the trade group’s lawsuit did not seek to invalidate the law altogether but simply to halt it until the technology could catch up to the mandate.

“The unfortunate result of today’s decision is that law-abiding citizens in California exercising their Second Amendment rights will continue to be denied by the State of California the ability to purchase the newest and improved models of handguns,” said Keane. “Since the law was certified by the former Attorney General Harris the number of models available to purchase has already been cut roughly in half.”

In other words, as described by Keane, California is experiencing a “slow motion handgun ban as fewer and fewer models are allowed to be sold in the state. California is to handguns what Cuba is to cars; only old models are available.”

As for Becerra, who ran a victory lap in a statement issued just minutes after the opinion was posted, “Today’s ruling confirms that California can create incentives for the gun industry to make products that serve the public’s needs.”

A concurrent challenge to the handgun roster was filed in 2009 in federal court and is currently with the 9th U.S. Circuit.

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Bill could triple ATF inspections on gun dealers, bring ‘may issue’ to granting FFLs

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 06:00

An ATF Houston industry operations investigator works with licensed gun dealers to assist with regulatory compliance (Photo: ATF)

Legislation introduced by House Democrats this month reboots a pair of failed past bills into one combined new effort to increase regulations on gun shops. The measure, entitled the Keeping Gun Dealers Honest Act, is advertised by its sponsors as a move to strengthen accountability for gun dealers who may engage in illegal activities.

“The vast majority of gun dealers follow the law, but the few engaging in reckless and illegal behavior are a major factor in the gun violence epidemic gripping our nation,” said U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin, D-RI. “By specifically targeting bad actors that sell guns without background checks or falsify records, this bill will help stop guns from getting into the hands of criminals.”

The eight-page bill, introduced as H.R. 6075, would authorize triple the number of compliance inspections on a federal firearms license holder without reasonable cause or warrant from once in a 12-month period to three times. To accommodate such a bump in inspections, the measure adds 80 additional full-time positions to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

A recent review of some 11,000 inspections between October 2016 and September 2017 shows that more than half the stores received citations, but the agency shut down less than 1 percent.

According to ATF statistics, in 2016 the agency’s industry operations investigators conducted 9,760 inspections on the pool of 80,119 businesses with active FFLs, a rate of about 12 percent. That rate is more than triple the percent inspected in the 1980s but down from the bureau’s high of 20 percent seen during the administration of President Obama.

Next, H.R. 6075 would increase the penalty that FFLs who make a false statement during an inspection or have a 922 violation to as much as five years in prison, up from the current one year. Those with record keeping offenses deemed to help gun traffickers would be subject to 10 years. In some cases, the Attorney General would be authorized to suspend licenses and levy a civil fine of as much as $10,000.

The proposal also strikes the current “shall-issue” language from the licensing process for those applicants who qualify, changing it to a more restrictive “may-issue” which would allow federal regulators to use their own discretion in granting and renewing FFLs.

The bill is backed by the Brady Campaign gun control group who hold through their own research that about five percent of licensed gun dealers supply 90 percent of guns used in crime. “Simply put, these people put us all at risk,” said Avery Gardiner, one of Brady’s presidents.

The measure is composed of language drawn from two bills introduced in 2016 by its current sponsors, Langevin’s H.R.4356 targeting “Deadbeat Gun Dealers” and Wisconsin Democrat Gwen Moore’s Gun Dealer Accountability Act, neither of which left committee last session.

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GeePlate launches baseplates for more pistol models

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 05:30

New GeePlate models, including one for the new Sig P365, were announced by GeePlate. (Photo: GeePlate)

GeePlate, handgun magazine baseplate maker, announced new additions in its baseplate series to cover more popular handgun models.

In addition to continuing to offer baseplates for the Glock 43, and G26/27/33/39 models, GeePlate says it now has baseplates for Glock’s 29 and 30, in addition to Springfield Armory’s XD-S pistols in 9mm and .40 S&W as well as the new Sig P365.

The GeePlates do not extend the magazine’s capacity, seeking to only improve the draw and retention of subcompact pistols in addition to controllability with its forward extensions on the base of the grip.

The GeePlates don’t offer extra capacity but help improve ergonomics on subcompacts. (Photo: GeePlate)

GeePlates said to keep up with consumer demand, the baseplates will be made by, a 3D printing service. The company says it will continue rolling out new models, with models for the Smith & Wesson Shield and Glock 17 and 19 appearing on the site soon.

The new models offer the same price as the originals, coming into the handgun accessory market at $14.95.


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Five killed in attack at Maryland newspaper

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 05:00

Police secure the scene of the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP Photo)

Five people died and several more sustained grave injuries Thursday after a man armed with a shotgun and smoke grenades opened fire inside a Maryland newsroom.

The Anne Arundel Police Department confirmed the attack just before 3 p.m. at The Capital Gazette in Annapolis. Those dead include journalist and columnist Rob Hiaasen; editorial page editor Gerald Fischman; special publications editor Wendi Winters; writer John McNamara, and sales assistant Rebecca Smith.

Officers declined to identify the suspect taken into custody at the scene, citing the ongoing investigation. The Associated Press and other news outlets have identified the man as 33-year-old Jarrod W. Ramos. A motive remains unclear at this time, though Acting Police William Krampf confirmed the gunman to be a Maryland resident who possibly targeted his victims.

“This person was prepared today to come in, this person was prepared to shoot people. His intent was to cause harm,” he said during a news conference Thursday evening.

The attack follows a slew of threats from the suspect on social media against the newspaper, according to the Associated Press. Few other details have emerged in the hours since police took him into custody.

County Executive Steve Schuh said Thursday the tragedy shook the community. “The Capital and the Maryland Gazette are institutions that have served us well for so many years, and I have had the pleasure of working alongside the editors, reporters and photographers,” he said. “Our law enforcement professionals responded swiftly and I thank them for protecting the public by eliminating the threat and taking the suspect into custody. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”

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V Seven Weapon Systems adds 11.5-inch Harbinger SBR to lineup (PHOTOS)

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 12:30

The V Seven Harbinger 11.5-inch SBR series comes in both a full rifle configuration as well as a complete upper, pictured above. (Photo: V Seven)

V Seven Weapon Systems expands its series of AR10/SR25 products, launching the new Harbinger SBR chambered in .308.

The Harbinger SBR touts an 11.5-inch barrel and is available in two configurations. The first model delivers a lightweight contour fluted barrel with a 10.75-inch Magnesium Hyper-light handguard in either M-LOK or KeyMod. The model is designed for users looking to toss a can or other muzzle device onto the barrel. Model 1 of the Harbinger 11.5-inch .308 series retails for $3,121.

Model 1 on the Harbinger 11.5-inch SBR series features a shorter handguard to grant more room for suppressor mounting. (Photo: V Seven)

The second Harbinger variant takes the lightweight contour barrel and slips it under a 13.5-inch Magnesium Hyper-light handguard in M-LOK or KeyMod. A HELIOS Titanium Linear Compensator is added under the end of the handguard. This design grants shooters a few extra inches of space to mount accessories. The second model in the Harbinger 11.5-inch series is priced at $3,262.

The second model boasts a longer handguard for extra accessory mounting. (Photo: V Seven)

For shooters who already own an AR10 SBR or AR Pistol lower, V Seven Weapon Systems provides the Harbinger 11.5-inch complete upper for purchase separately. The upper, retailing for $315, features a black Cerakote finish over Type III Hardcoat Anodized for a durable design. The upper itself tips scales at 10.8-ounces.

The new Harbinger 11.5-inch SBR is available through V Seven Weapon Systems.

The second model Harbinger 11.-5-inch SBR also boasts the HELIOS compensator. (Photo: V Seven)

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Testing out some 15th Century firepower up close (VIDEO)

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 12:00

Faster to train that a longbowman, a firearm-equipped soldier of the 1400s wasn’t that badly equipped for the time.

The UK’s Matt Easton of Schola Gladiatoria typically covers a lot of historical European edged weapons, antique arms, and armor but he does a bang-up job (see what we did there?) on checking out some early Medieval-period smokepoles in the above video.

The event where the demonstration comes from was at Weald & Downland, an open-air living history museum in South East England with the reenactors courtesy of Hartley’s Companie, a late 15th Century reenactment group based in West Sussex who base their representation on the mercenary “free companies” of the period.

The guns shown off are of the type that predated the early arquebus, the literal black powder “hand gun” fired from a slow match or serpentine mechanism with a range of about 45 yards (yes, they did exist).

Of interest is the demonstration starting at about the 6:30 mark showing a group of skirmishers who keep up a decent rate of fire considering what they are working with. A timed test at about the 9:30 area shows that a trained gunner could rocket off four shots inside of a minute (starting off with a loaded hand gun) a common metric that held true for the next three centuries or so– although if you got hit by a gunshot of the error, it was more through tragic coincidence than direct aim.

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New Jersey man pleads guilty to selling guns without a license

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 11:00

A New Jersey man pleaded guilty this week in federal court to selling more than 100 handguns without a license, according to the Department of Justice.

Fr’Neil Hickson, 38, of Cherry Hill, admitted selling the firearms between December 2009 and April 2013 to a drug dealer in Camden. The guns came mostly from unlicensed sellers at gun shows in Ohio who didn’t perform background checks, according to court documents. A few other guns came from straw purchases in Ohio, as well.

Hickson said in court some of the guns came equipped with extended magazines capable of holding more than 15 rounds. He faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Federal authorities arrested Hickson during a traffic stop in Atlanta for the illegal possession of 12 handguns by a convicted felon. He pleaded guilty in October 2016 and just completed his four-year sentence, according to the DOJ, but remained in federal custody over this new charge. Sentencing is scheduled for October.

Hickson’s arrest comes as part of a larger federal investigation called “Operation Buckeye,” which targets the illegal pipeline of guns trafficked into New Jersey from Ohio.

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Eastern front, redux: Pitting the German MP40 against the Soviet PPSh (VIDEO)

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 08:30

Breaking a pair of WWII classic submachine guns out for some range time makes for a blast and some interesting observations.

In the above video from Russia’s Kalashnikov Concern (no bias, right?) Vladimir Onokoy pits the Red Army’s PPSh-41 design (“pe-pe-sha,” as he pronounces it) of Georgy Shpagin against the Wermacht’s Maschinenpistole 40 design by Heinrich Vollmer. After a bit of background, Onokoy lights them up with some accuracy, penetration and controllability tests.

Is it good footage of some iconic sub guns? Absolutely. Is it a surprising outcome? You be the judge.

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Gear Review: Best budget AR-15 accessories for under $100

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 08:00

The AR-15 is a versatile platform, allowing shooters to tweak and customize its design to best suit their needs and budget. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

While we’d all love to have the resources to piece out AR-15 builds without thinking of price, for most of us that’s not a possibility. Welcome to the budget build. The budget build opens the door for shooters who want an AR-15 but can’t spend the dough on parts exceeding $100. has you covered, as we have curated our list of best budget-friendly items for AR-15s with each part slipping in under $100.

1. Stock: Magpul MOE — $39

The Magpul MOE is a bare bones stock that delivers functionality without requiring a lot of cash. (Photo: Magpul)

Magpul leads the list offering its MOE Carbine Mil-Spec Stock. The drop-in replacement buttstock features an A-frame design to prevent snagging or catching on the move, shielding its release latch from accidental deployment. The MOE Stock provides a 0.30-inch thick rubber butt-pad to prevent slippage while firing and comes in a few colors (black, FDE, gray, OD Green and pink) to spice up the look of any AR-15 build. Though its MSRP is right around $39, do enough online hunting and you can bring that price down closer to the $30 mark.

2. Grip: Hogue OverMolded Rubber Grip with Beavertail — $26

The Hogue Overmolded AR-15 Rubber Grip delivers a beavertail style and texturized grip for under $30. (Photo: Hogue)

Available in finger grooved or flat models, the Hogue OverMolded Rubber Grip with Beavertail provides a durable, yet comfortable surface to grip. The synthetic rubber delivers a recoil absorbing material that is soft and sturdy. The Beavertail design adds to the comfort, carrying the rubber design further up the grip frame and better padding the webbing between thumb and forefinger when shooting.  Available in nine colors, basic black retails for $26 while brighter additions run closer to $30.

3. Optics/Sights: Bushnell TRS-25 — $99, Magpul MBUS – $72

The Bushnell TRS-25 packs in a decent set of features all the while keeping the price tag under the $100 mark. (Photo: Bushnell)

In the world of optics and sights, you often get what you pay for. While we recommend putting good money into a nice red dot or scope, we understand that sometimes budget is best. Enter the Bushnell TRS-25. While it doesn’t offer the robust features or fancy bells and whistles as high-end red dots, the TRS-25 does provide a functional 3 MOA red dot sight for just under $100. Weighing in at 6-ouces, the TRS-25 delivers multi-coated optics with a total of 11 brightness settings. The red dot is also waterproof, fogproof and shockproof.

Magpul again makes the list with the MBUS sights, offering flip up back-up sights at an affordable price. (Photo: Magpul)

Back-up sights are always a good addition to any rifle build and once again Magpul pulls through with a budget friendly design. The MBUS is a low-profile, polymer sight set that features a flip-up design. Utilizing a spring-loaded ambidextrous release mechanism, the sights engage quickly and lock into place. The same release mechanism also allows the sights to fold back down into place. Designed for AR-15s, the MBUS mounts to any rifle using Picatinny rails. While MSRP is over $100, do enough digging and the MBUS sights can be purchased for around $70ish.

4. Sling: Vickers Sling by Blue Force Gear — $45

The Vickers Sling by Blue Force Gear offers a multitude of options that allow customers to achieve a more personalized feel. (Photo: Blue Force Gear)

Blue Force Gear teamed up with 1st SFOD-Delta operational member and renowned gun expert Larry Vickers to create the Vickers Combat Application Sling. The Vickers Sling uses a Quick Adjuster to allow users to quickly move from transport of a firearm to engagement with the weapon. Available in standard configuration or padded, the Vickers sling uses 1.25-inch sling webbing with lengths starting at 54-inches for the standard and topping out at 64-inches full extended. The padded version measures 57-inches with a 67-inch extension measurement. Available in 10 colors and patterns, the Vickers Sling also gives consumers the choice of nylon or metal hardware, all under $50.

5. Charging Handle: BCM Gunfighter Ambi– $79, Strike Industries, $35

The BCM Gunfighter, while still under $100, is a pricier charging handle but delivers an ambidextrous design. (Photo: BCM)

The BCM Gunfighter Ambidextrous Charging Handle, styled in black, provides a snag-free profile that allows shooters to easily manipulate the handle with either hand. The charging handle is designed to reduce the load on the pivot pin therefore keeping energy from charging closer to the centerline of the rifle. This layout offers a larger surface with, ultimately, a smaller silhouette.

Strike Industries’ Extended Latch Charging Handle is just about the cheapest charging handle on the market. (Photo: Strike Industries)

If $79 for the BCM Gunfighter is still outside the price range, Strike Industries delivers its ARCH-EL Charging Handle for $35. The ARCH-EL boasts an extended latch design in either black, FDE, red or blue. Constructed with an aluminum latch surface, Strike says the wear and tear on the receiver is less thanks to that aluminum latch construction.

6. Adjustable Gas Block: Seekins Precision Adjustable Gas Block– $59

The Seekins Adjustable Gas Block is a low profile style gas block that allows for fine tuning of the rifle’s gas system. (Photo: Seekins Precision)

Seekins Precision is known for quality parts and the Adjustable Low Profile Gas Block is no exception. The Seekins Gas Block allows shooters to fine tune their rifle’s gas system for a smoother operation. Field adjustable, the gas block can be tweaked using the gas regulating screw to lessen the amount of gas or add more. A brass tipped set screw locks settings into place. Measuring 1.37-inches in height with a left to right measurement of 0.94-inches, the gas block is compact enough to fit under most handguards.

7. Handguard/Rail: UTG Pro Super Slim — $99, Magpul MOE — $30

UTG’s Super Slim Pro gives M-LOK fans a functional guard with a light weight feel. (Photo: UTG)

The UTG Pro Super Slim Free-Float Handguard by Leapers delivers a 13-slot Picatinny rail with 14 slots on seven tracks for mounting M-LOK accessories. Machined from 6061-T6 Aircraft Grade Aluminum with a matte black hard coat anodize, the UTG Pro Super Slim handguard is quick and easy to mount onto rifle builds and is designed to work alongside standard gas tubes. With an ergonomic octagonal profile and grooved surface for a positive grip, the UTG Pro Super Slim is a functional handguard, slipping just under $100.

Magpul’s MOE Handguard comes in a variety of colors, all under $30. (Photo: Magpul)

For shooters who need to keep their accessories under $50, Magpul once again proves why its MOE series is a powerhouse in the budget community. The MOE M-LOK Handguard, priced at $30, fits AR-15s with carbine-length gas systems. Featuring M-LOK slots at three positions, the handguard allows users to mount optional 1913 Picatinny rail sections as well as other M-LOK attachments. Easy to install and offering a reinforced, heat-resistant polymer design, the MOE Handguard ships in the same colors (black, FDE, gray, OD green and pink) as the MOE Stock.

8. Miscellaneous accessories: Real Avid Gun Boss– $30. MagLula, $26

The Real Avid Gun Boss is a compact yet robust on-the-go cleaning kit for AR-15 users. (Photo: Real Avid)

Though the following doesn’t mount on any AR-15 build, they still prove extremely useful when working with the AR platform. First up, is the Real Avid Gun Boss cleaning kit. Packed in a zippered ballistic nylon case, the Gun Boss kit stores a variety of useful tools every AR shooters needs to clean their AR builds. From cleaning patches to BCG brushes to steel rods, the Gun Boss delivers necessary tools to clean on-the-go.

The MagLula makes loading and unloading AR-15 mags easier in addition to preventing wear and tear on feed lips. (Photo: MagLula)

Following the Gun Boss is the MagLula loader and unloader. While not a necessity on the range, the MagLula is a nicety. Saving fingers and time from the tedious task of loading and unloading mags, the MagLula gets shooters up and running at the range quicker. Worth every penny of its $26 price tag, the MagLula is the perfect addition to any AR-15 range day.

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Scholastic Action Shooting Program sees record high entries for National Championships

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 08:00

A competitor takes aim at a target at a Scholastic Action Shooting Program event. (Photo: SASP)

The Scholastic Action Shooting Program reported a record setting number of entries for the program’s upcoming 2018 National Championships set for July 14-21.

SASP said its National Championships logged a total of 1,192 entries for the event set to take place at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio.

“This officially makes the 2018 SASP National Championships the largest Youth Action Shooting event in the world and the largest Steel Match in history….and we still have a few weeks of registration to go,” said Rick Leach, SASP’s National Director, enthusiastically in a news release.

As a result of the uptick in interest, Leach said SASP is in need of volunteer safety officers to help man the event and keep participants and spectators safe on the range. As a thank you, each volunteer has the opportunity to put their name in for a drawing which will include at least five firearms.

SASP offers a YouTube tutorial for interested volunteers who have never worked an action shooting range to prep individuals on rules, range commands and responsibilities. Leach said additional training will be offered on site for those new to the sport. Volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years of age in order to work as a safety officer at the event and can sign up to help out online.

SASP offers youth from grade school through college the means to safely participate in action based shooting sports. The program was created to help students further personal values and character traits for fair play, responsibility, compassion, sportsmanship and self-discipline through action shooting competitions. Youth shoot .22 rifles, .22 handguns and/or centerfire handguns.

Registration for the National Championships held in mid-July is still open.

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Poll: 31% feel second Civil War likely within next five years

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 07:30

A national survey conducted last week by Rasmussen found that almost one in three polled felt that there was a pretty good chance of a looming civil war.

The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted on June 21-24 by the poll taker and, when asked, “How likely is that the United States will experience a second civil war sometime in the next five years?” some 31 percent responded very likely. Those who considered it not likely at all accounted for a comparatively smaller 29 percent.

Other questions in the survey attempted to find from which group those asked were more concerned about resorting to violence — those opposed to President Trump’s policies or those critical of the media’s coverage of the President. To this, 59 percent said they were concerned that those opposed to policy decisions from the White House would resort to violence, a figure up from 53 percent in a similar poll conducted during President Obama’s second year in office.

A smaller portion, some 53 percent, were concerned that violence would come from those critical of the media’s coverage.

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Delaware gun seizure bill signed into law

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 07:00

Carney signed the proposal into law this week before a crowd of gun control advocates. (Photo: Delaware Governor’s office)

Democratic Gov. John Carney on Wednesday signed legislation to set up a framework to temporarily void the gun rights of those thought to be dangerous in The First State.

The bill, HB 222, enables a family member or law enforcement to seek an emergency “Lethal Violence Protection Order” to temporarily seize the guns from someone thought to be a threat to themselves or others. The measure, termed a “red flag” law by supports, passed the legislature earlier this month without a single opposing vote.

“This new legislation is another tool to help law enforcement and our community confront gun violence,” said Carney, who has already signed a bump stock ban and other gun control bills into law so far this year. “One piece of legislation alone will not solve the problem of gun violence, but with a comprehensive approach, along with efforts to strengthen security in our schools, we can make a difference.”

Under the bill, a court may authorize an LVPO for a period of up to one year but must allow the subject of such an order to petition for a hearing to have their guns returned. While those faced with an order can voluntarily hand over their firearms to law enforcement or a gun dealer to hold, the bill also enables police to conduct a search and seizure and guarantees the agency’s immunity from civil or criminal liability for any damage to guns stored or transported, barring intentional misconduct. Those making false reports could face perjury charges.

Laws of the sort have gained traction since the adoption of AB1014 in California four years ago. That measure established a mechanism to deny firearm possession by those believed to a threat to themselves or others in the wake of the killing of six individuals — half by gunfire — near the University of California, Santa Barbara, in Isla Vista.

A like-minded program was passed by ballot referendum in Washington two years ago after a $3.5 million campaign by groups funded in large part by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Neighboring Oregon followed soon after via a hard-fought legislative process that saw no buy-in from state Republicans and a stalled repeal attempt.

Since the Parkland school shooting earlier this year — in which a 19-year-old with a history of behavioral issues killed 17 with a legally purchased rifle despite a number of potential warning signs reported to educators, police and social workers — similar laws have passed in Florida, Maryland, Vermont, and Rhode Island.

While supported by Democrats and gun control advocates, many Republicans, civil liberties organizations and Second Amendment groups pan the move to red flag laws, arguing they hamper the right to due process, may be used vindictively with little recourse, and do not provide resources for mental health treatment. The Colorado Senate rebuffed seizure law legislation in May over such concerns. In New York last week, the GOP-controlled Senate ended their session while leaving such a bill on the table despite calls from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to pass the measure.

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Nikon introduces interactive microsite for BLACK optics line

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 06:30

Nikon’s new interactive microsite is centered around its BLACK series of optics. (Photo: Nikon)

Nikon launched a brand new interactive microsite to coincide with its flagship BLACK long-rang optics series, the company announced Wednesday.

The new site offers content such as 360-degree views, video and other interactive materials to allow consumers to explore the BLACK precision long-range lineup. Currently the BLACK series boasts the new BLACK FX1000 Match-Ready FFP scope and BLACK RANGEX 4K laser rangefinder.

The website features tech specs, 360-views and videos related to the BLACK FX1000 and BLACK RANGE4X. (Photo: Nikon)

Announced in March, the BLACK FX1000 is a competition-ready scope that delivers Nikon’s proprietary optical glass and multicoating technology to the hands of the everyday shooter. Utilizing a 50mm objective lens, the scope touts FX-MOA and FX-MRAD reticles. Shipping in either a 4-16×50 or 6-24×50 model, the BLACK FX1000 is waterproof, fogproof and shockproof with a MSRP starting out at $649.

The BLACK RANGEX is a 4K laser rangefinder, extending performance for long range shooters. Designed for speed, precision and durability, the RANGEX offers a wide field of view and long eye relief. Equipped with Hyper Read Technology the rangefinder boasts quick and stable measurement response in approximately 0.3-seconds, according to NIkon. MSRP is $449.

360-degree views offer consumers the ability to thoroughly examine the BLACK FX1000 scope. (Photo: Nikon)

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Oregon ‘assault weapon’ ban initiative suffers crippling set back

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 06:00

Organizers of the drive need more than 80,000 signatures by July 6 and hoped the courts would clear their proposed ballot language this week to start the process. (Photo: Lift Every Voice Oregon)

A planned voter referendum aimed to regulate most semi-auto firearms in the state was dealt a blow by the Oregon Supreme Court on Wednesday.

The initiative, IP 43, is backed by a trio of Portland-area religious leaders who planned to raise the more than 80,000 signatures needed to put the proposal on the ballot over the course of this weekend’s services. To do so, they needed the court to certify the controversial ballot language this week and green light the effort. The court instead said the language needed more work.

In its 28-page ruling sending the matter back to the state Attorney General, the court pointed out that “different voters reasonably could draw different meanings from the term ‘assault weapons’—some might think that it refers to only military-style weapons; some might think that it refers to the types of weapons that are described in IP 43; and some might think that it refers to an even more broad group of weapons.”

The court made the same argument as to the meaning of how voters could interpret the term “large capacity magazines” going on to point out that some may consider such a magazine capable of holding more than 10 cartridges as large capacity whereas those challenging the wording to the court argued many standard-issue handgun magazines are designed to hold 14 to 18 rounds.

With a hard July 6 deadline to gather and turn-in 88,184 acceptable signatures and no approved ballot language to start the canvassing process, the IP 43 campaign seems to be facing insurmountable odds. A competing gun control referendum, a mandatory secure storage proposal backed by Giffords-allied advocates, threw in the towel last week over a similarly dim prospect even though the courts had given them the go-ahead to collect signatures, saying the drive would “almost certainly fail even with a large investment of resources and grassroots enthusiasm.”

The group behind the IP 43 campaign, Lift Every Voice Oregon, said on Wednesday they were planning a major announcement on their plans moving forward.

State and national gun rights groups, who challenged the ambiguity in the proposed ballot language, claimed victory following the ruling by the Oregon high court this week.

“The 43 promoters made it clear that they were counting on duping the young and ignorant and exploiting the wave of anti-gun hysteria created by a complicit media to convince Oregonians to voluntarily give up their rights,” said the Oregon Firearms Federation in a statement. “But given the billionaires who fund the gun grabbers, we know there will be no shortage of attacks in the future.”

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Viper G2 Bronze shotgun in .410 from TriStar Arms now shipping

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 05:30

The Viper G2 Bronze shotgun is a .410 chambered model with Cerakote receiver and Turkish walnut stock. (Photo: TriStar Arms)

TriStar Arms announced its Viper G2 Bronze shotgun chambered in .410 is now available and shipping to consumers nationwide.

The 3-inch gas-operated, semi-automatic shotgun features a removable choke system utilizing Beretta/Benelli Mobile Threads. The shotgun includes chokebox, wrench and three choke tubes — IC, M and F. Boasting a Cerakote receiver paired with Turkish walnut and cut checkering with semi-gloss finish, the shotgun offers a rubber recoil pad alongside fiber optic sight. Aside from its good looks, the shotgun also delivers a chrome lined chamber and barrel in addition to a vent rib with matted sight plane.

“The Viper G2 has been one of our most successful shotguns. Now we are able to combine the popular Viper G2 with one of America’s favorite loads, the .410,” Ryan Bader, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for TriStar Arms, said in a news release.

Shipping with a 5-round magazine, with shot plug included, the new Viper G2 Bronze shotgun chambered in .410 is available featuring a price tag of $794.

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