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Citizens Association for Responsible Gun Ownership = CARGO
For those attending the CARGO meeting, please note that the room that we are using for the actual meeting this month has no tables or chairs, so please bring a camp chair with you.
Hello Fellow CARGO Members,
Please take some time to go to the newly remodeled CARGO website! Doc has spent many hours working to make the CARGO website more mobile device friendly and it looks great!
The February 2014 meetings will held at Napoli’s on Thursday February 27th.
(Please note the date for this month’s meeting.)
A new and completely remodeled Napoli’s restaurant has been opened at the exact same location as the old Napoli’s. We have talked to the owners and they have reserved the back meeting room for us for dinner only:
701 N Highway 78 # A
Wylie, TX 75098
We will be in the meeting room between 5:30 and 7:00 for food and fellowship.
PLEASE READ THIS NOTICE:
The new Napoli’s has a full bar in the restaurant and is therefore subject to Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) rules. This means that ONLY CHL holders can carry firearms on the premises and NO OPEN CARRY or visible pistols are allowed.
DO NOT bring any long guns or other weapons (as defined by the Texas penal code).
TABC penalties for violating this rule are very harsh: having a long gun or unconcealed pistol or other weapon on the premises is a Texas felony with “a maximum penalty of 10 years in imprisonment and a fine not to exceed $10,000.”
This Month’s topic is: Christmas presents and new acquisitions.
If you have anything new to you that you got for Christmas, birthday or just for your collection, please bring it along to share. This can be firearms, knives, scopes, other optics you name it.
If you have any suggestions for future speakers or topics please send your feedback to CARGO@att.net.
Please stop by the web site: www.cargogunclub.org
Harvey Weinstein has secret film project to destroy NRA
Published January 16, 2014 FoxNews.com
Harvey Weinstein has set his sights squarely on the National Rifle Association.
The “Shakespeare in Love” producer told Howard Stern on his radio show Wednesday that the NRA is a “disaster area” before revealing a secret project.
“I shouldn’t say this, but I’ll tell it to you, Howard,” he said. “I’m going to make a movie with Meryl Streep, and we’re going to take this head-on. And they’re going to wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them.”
Weinstein said the movie was a feature length motion picture “like a ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington’” and that when people left his movie, they would be thinking: “Gun stocks — I don’t want to be involved in that stuff. It’s going to be like crash and burn.”
Weinstein said he does not own a firearm.
“I don’t think we need guns in this country,” he said.
The NRA did not immediately respond for comment.
From our friends at ar15.com:
Here we are slipping in a newsletter before the end of the month...
SHOT Show consumed a good part of our time this month and is covered in our forums with a few highlights below. Even with all those new products and companies, by far the biggest highlight for me was the opportunity to get together with Texas Governor Rick Perry and his staff at SHOT.
Our governor brought his Secretary of State, Director or Economic Development & Tourism, and Director of Aerospace, Aviation, and Defense among others. The fact that these folks took the time to attend the annual firearms industry show speaks volumes and reinforces the fact that Texas is where we belong.
Speaking of which, right after SHOT we flew straight to New York to get the last bits of our gear out. Working in below zero temperatures, the weather was as uninviting as the business climate. We loaded two full moving trucks with everything we had left, and began our long drive back home to Texas.
During that time, NY Governor Cuomo made the remarks in which he said "right to life, pro-assault weapon, anti-gay" conservatives have "no place in the state of New York." Don't worry- we won't be coming back Mr. Cuomo.
All I can say is that we're glad to be home. Just in time to catch the television ads where New York tries to entice companies with 10-year tax-free incentives. I'll tell you what- I'd rather pay my fair share to a state that appreciates business and citizens and puts that money to good use than free-load for 100-years in NY. I guess that's the difference in how we think.
Anyway, lots of new content in this newsletter: products back in stock as well as new products, big GUNSTRUCTION update coming up, NRA news and the year in review, as well as the usual training tips and videos. Look for lots more in 2014.
2014 begins with news that our involvement in our very successful ARFCOM/Rockcastle-Pro AM 3 Gun event down in Kentucky as all good things do ....has come to an end.
We wish the good folks at the Rockcastle Shooting Center all the best as they continue to provide some of the very best competition in the country.
As we look towards what the future will bring, we would like to take a minute to thank all of our sponsors, competitors and ARFCOMMERS that made this event one of the most successful in the country!
Because of you, we have accomplished our goal of bringing the excitement of 3 Gun competition to the masses. Together, we brought the very best competitors together with those who were just starting out to give them an opportunity to "learn" as they competed in a friendly atmosphere.
We broke ground by encouraging young and "old" alike to participate as well as offering the very first all female "competition" within a "competition" event last year. As is ARFCOM's mission, we availed our "Wounded Warriors" and "Adaptive Shooters" to an unprecedented opportunity to enjoy the event in an competitive manner... and did so proudly.
Through the efforts of our success, we also made perfectly clear to our legislators throughout the country, that our beloved "Black Rifle" was in "common use" and proved our favorite firearm had "sportability" and then some. Look for upcoming events in 2014 particularly in our new home State of Texas.
Thank you all for a job "well done!"
As we turn the page on our involvement in 2013, we look to 2014 as an opportunity expand ARFCOM's presence in similar events to achieve similar results...Stay tuned ARFCOM...we have only just begun!
Collectors work crowds at gun buyback events for rare finds
By Perry Chiaramonte Published January 15, 2014
When Schuyler Taylor attended a gun buyback program in Seattle last year, he wasn't hoping to turn in an unwanted firearm for a $50 gift card. He was looking to pay cold cash for a rare weapon.
Taylor, a 24-year-old gun enthusiast, is one of a growing number of collectors who has been showing up at the events, where towns, police departments, churches and nonprofits offer money or gift cards for old guns. The events have been held all over the country, credited by some for getting weapons off the streets and ridiculed by others for paying money for rusting junk. But collectors have taken notice that some of the guns, which are typically destroyed, are worth far more than they fetch at buyback events.
“My goal was to go down there and see if I could find something that I felt should be preserved instead of it going into a melting pot,” Taylor told FoxNews.com. “Many of the people who come to the buybacks to trade in are often naïve. They don’t realize that they have an heirloom.”
Gun blogger Dean Weingarten, who hosts a website called Gunwatch, said a collector who attended a recent buyback event in College Park, Ga., bought several valuable guns that would have otherwise been destroyed, including what is believed to be an antique flintlock pistol. Weingarten says competition from collectors should be encouraged.
"It stretches the turn-in budget so that more guns can be taken off the street," he wrote. "It helps keep fearful widows from being defrauded of most of the market value of the gun they are turning in. It prevents valuable assets from being destroyed by bureaucratic inflexibility. It is a win-win-win situation."
But the rogue buyers are not always welcome at the events, and they don't always offer a fair deal, according to Tom Knox, president of the National Automatic Pistol Collectors Association.
“Those people do indeed work the lines and buy guns,” Knox said. “They are usually called "door hawks," or "parking lot hawks," and they are usually at gun shows, too. They are looked down upon in the collector community.
“They still underpay these people who have no idea what their weapons are worth,” added Knox, who has attended buyback events in the St. Louis area. “The hawkers then take what they bought to a gun show and sell them at a higher price.”
The police departments that often hold the buyback usually offer anywhere between $50-$200 for guns handed in with no questions asked. Recently, many of these programs are held with hawks looming outside, much to the displeasure of officials.
At the Seattle event Taylor attended last January, the city's police department went through $80,000 in gift cards by noon and had to cut the event short. But with private transactions not prevented by federal law, and in many cases not by state law either, guns continued to change hands, much to the chagrin of officials.
“There’s no background check, and some [guns] could be exchanged on the streets that shouldn’t be in circulation,” then-Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn told reporters at the time.
Taylor said officials chased private buyers off the parking lot where the event was held, relegating them to the perimeter. He said he and other "hawks" seemed mostly interested in preserving collectibles, not ripping off people turning in guns for a dwindling supply of gift cards. And as long as no laws are broken and both parties shake hands, he saw nothing wrong with it.
“It’s only a problem if we have a problem with capitalism,” Taylor said. “[But] they were very much against us buying anything. We were banned.”
The Atlanta branch of the NAACP was scheduled to hold a buyback event this week, and officials vowed to have security on hand to prevent any unsanctioned transactions.
“We’ve heard of it happening at other programs,” Mary Ross, interim executive director, told FoxNews.com. “We will have security there keeping the peace. But we can't stop them for going down the street.”
U.S. Postal Service Announces Giant Ammo Purchase
Post Office joins other federal agencies stockpiling over two billion rounds of ammo
February 5, 2014
The U.S. Postal Service is currently seeking companies that can provide “assorted small arms ammunition” in the near future.
On Jan. 31, the USPS Supplies and Services Purchasing Office posted a notice on the Federal Business Opportunities website asking contractors to register with USPS as potential ammunition suppliers for a variety of cartridges.
“The United States Postal Service intends to solicit proposals for assorted small arms ammunition,” the notice reads, which also mentioned a deadline of Feb. 10.
The Post Office published the notice just two days after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced his proposal to remove a federal gun ban that prevents lawful concealed carry holders from carrying handguns inside post offices across the country.
Ironically the Postal Service isn’t the first non-law enforcement agency seeking firearms and ammunition.
Since 2001, the U.S. Dept. of Education has been building a massive arsenal through purchases orchestrated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
The Education Dept. has spent over $80,000 so far on Glock pistols and over $17,000 on Remington shotguns.
Back in July, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also purchased 72,000 rounds of .40 Smith & Wesson, following a 2012 purchase for 46,000 rounds of .40 S&W jacketed hollow point by the National Weather Service.
NOAA spokesperson Scott Smullen responded to concerns over the weather service purchase by stating that it was meant for the NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement for its bi-annual “target qualifications and training.”
That seems excessive considering that JHP ammunition is typically several times more expensive than practice rounds, which can usually be found in equivalent power loadings and thus offer similar recoil characteristics as duty rounds.
Including mass purchases by the Dept. of Homeland Security, non-military federal agencies combined have purchased an estimated amount of over two billion rounds of ammunition in the past two years.
Additionally, the U.S. Army bought almost 600,000 Soviet AK-47 magazines last fall, enough to hold nearly 18,000,000 rounds of 7.62x39mm ammo which is not standard-issue for either the U.S. military or even NATO.
It would take a Lockheed Martin C-5 Galaxy, one of the largest cargo aircraft in the world, two trips to haul that many magazines.
A month prior, the army purchased nearly 3,000,000 rounds of 7.62x39mm ammo, a huge amount but still only 1/6th of what the magazines purchased can hold in total.
The Feds have also spent millions on riot control measures in addition to the ammo acquisitions.
Earlier this month, Homeland Security spent over $58 million on hiring security details for just two Social Security offices in Maryland.
DHS also spent $80 million on armed guards to protect government buildings in New York and sought even more guards for federal facilities in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
While the government gears up for civil unrest and stockpiles ammo without limit, private gun owners on the other hand are finding ammunition shelves empty at gun stores across America, including shortages of once-common cartridges such as .22 Long Rifle.
UPDATE: Since the publication of this article, the USPS has amended its pre-solicitation, claiming that the ammunition is a "standard purchase" for the Postal Police. This does not explain, however, why the Postal Police was not listed in the original notice if this is standard. As the federal government grows larger, more and more federal agencies such as the Dept. of Education and NOAA are forming and arming their own "law enforcement divisions" with hundreds of thousands spent on full-blown arsenals. Even the EPA has its own SWAT teams conducting raids on peaceful Americans. Expect to see more large-scale firearm and ammunition purchases by these bureaucracies as they become even more militarized.
This article was posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 1:36 pm
Obama Quietly Uses Executive Orders For Two New Gun Control Laws
Just a few weeks ago Obama quietly used executive action--one of his new favorite pastimes--that has got gun owner's feathers in a ruffle. According to Obama's newest unconstitutionally enacted law, healthcare professionals are now required to violate HIPPA privacy laws and submit medical data to the government. The illegally obtained data is then used as justification for gun confiscation by the federal government.
Showing exactly the kind of man Obama is, and not having been able to pass these gun control laws through congress, Obama has unconstitutionally used executive actions to pass the laws he wasn't able to through legal means.
In what some are interpreting to be much bigger and devious than it seems,--a tip of the iceberg type deal--the government is mandating healthcare professionals disregard their oaths and state law. The government has mandated that patient's medical data be submitted to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
After which the government will sort through and analyze those not fit to own a weapon (i.e. those who were "involuntarily committed to inpatient or outpatient facilities"). Basically the government is starting out slowly and testing the water to see how the public will react to not only gun confiscation but a governmental invasion of legally protected privacy.
As we are supposed to be protected by the 2nd and 4th amendments, it appears that Obama is overstepping his bound--yet again. After all, our forefathers clearly wrote that our right to bear arms, "shall not be infringed," and, "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated."
Reading the words those men wrote all those years ago with extremely clear words that were written with such preciseness there is no other way to interpret them other than to take them at face value, it makes you scratch your head when you hear what the government is doing.
After all, if they loved their country and respected their citizens they might be doing more to actually get guns out of the hands of criminals rather than legal gun owners. Take for example the Pennsylvania trooper that was banned from handling and owning weapons while not on duty for an incident 7 years ago where he was hospitalized for his depression.
According to the judge that ruled on his case, she explains that there is no reason to trust him with a weapon as, at any time, he is capable of relapse into his depression--and apparently a homicidal rampage. The ruling seemed a bit hypocritical in that it seemed to allow those of authority more rights than an average citizen--that being the fact that while on duty he was still deemed fit to walk around with a weapon.
So what's going to happen now?
There will most surely be a drop in those who would have normally stopped into the doctor's office for some prescriptions out of fear that the government is going to kick down their door and confiscate their guns. Maybe this is what Obama wants--after all the government that has been cramming anti-depression pills down the throats of Americans is now using them to disarm the public.
There's obviously a reason Obama couldn't pass this through Congress legally, and why he found the need to sneakily use executive action.
It may soon be easy to carry a permitted concealed handgun in California
By John Lott/
Published February 13, 2014/
California may soon join 42 other states in letting people carry concealed handguns once they meet certain objective criteria.
Thursday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state couldn’t ban both concealed and open carry guns. The court also struck down the so-called “good cause” requirement for getting a permit, saying that concern for one’s personal safety should be sufficient justification.
The Constitution guarantees Americans the right to “keep and bear arms.” To “bear” means to carry.
Ironically, California may have opened the door to make it much easier for people to get concealed handgun permits by recently banning people from openly carrying guns. The court wrote that while it might indeed be constitutional for a state to ban concealed handguns or to ban people openly carrying handguns, it simply can’t ban both options.
Counties such as Los Angeles have only let a few hundred people get concealed handgun permits out of 7.5 million adults. In San Diego, only about 700 out of 2.4 million can carry. And in San Francisco, no one is granted a permit to carry a gun.
In Los Angeles and Orange Counties, the few lucky people getting permits are big donors to a sheriff’s re-election campaign or a sheriff’s personal friend. In other counties, such as Stanislaus County in northern California, the key to getting a permit seems to be either an influential politician or a prominent businessman.
There are over 11 million concealed handgun permits nationally.Yet, the right to defend oneself in California has largely been limited to the very well-to-do and to the politically powerful.
As a result you have stories like a retired 49-year-old police sergeant with an impeccable record who was denied a permit. "I'm not a gun nut," Matt Speckman said. "But I've been involved in investigations of people now getting paroled who have probably been throwing darts at my picture in their cells."
Yet, in liberal California, the very people who need protection the most, poor blacks who live in high crime urban areas, have no chance of getting approved.
The court clearly disapproved of this selective choice in who is allowed to protect themselves. The decision writes about allowing the “typical responsible, law-abiding citizen to bear arms in public for the lawful purpose of self-defense.”
So-called “Shall Issue” laws would be consistent with the court’s ruling. Such a permitting scheme allows one to get a concealed handgun permit once applicants pass a background check, get their training, and pay their fees.
Police are very supportive of these rules. PoliceOne, with 450,000 members and the largest organization of police officers in the country recently surveyed its members: 91 percent of officers supported these “shall issue” laws. Almost as many sheriffs and police chiefs feel the same way.
While the 7th Circuit court of Appeals came to a similar decision as this court, cases for other states such as Maryland, New York, and New Jersey have come out quite differently and let the states decide if people have a “good reason” to protect themselves. This almost guarantees that a case will find its way to the Supreme Court.
Fox’s John Stossel, who has faced many death threats, was denied the right to carry a concealed handgun permit in New York City (the segment on Fox News is almost amusing).
This case is unlikely to be the only time that courts step in to rein in California’s extreme gun control laws. While Californians may soon have the right to carry a concealed handgun, the micro-stamping law, requiring a microscopic marking onto the tip of the firing pin that etches a marking on the ejected cartridges, is proving impossible to comply with.
The ultimate question is: do only the most privileged have the right to defend themselves? Thursday's decision by the 9th Circuit says “no.”
John R. Lott, Jr. is a columnist for FoxNews.com. He is an economist and was formerly chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission. Lott is also a leading expert on guns and op-eds on that issue are done in conjunction with the Crime Prevention Research Center. He is the author of eight books including "More Guns, Less Crime." His latest book is "Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps the Smartest Judges Off the Bench" Bascom Hill Publishing Group (September 17, 2013). Follow him on Twitter@johnrlottjr.
Cosmetic tweaks to AR-15 thwart New York's 'ban' on assault rifles
By Maxim Lott
Simple design tweaks are allowing gun makers to get around restrictions New York put in place following the 2012 school shootings in Connecticut, prompting some critics to say the laws were mere window dressing.
New York lawmakers passed the SAFE Act last year, and announced with fanfare that it effectively banned the sale of “assault weapons.” But AR-15s, the most popular type of guns often referred to as assault weapons, are sold in Empire State gun shops, freely and legally. The gun is being marketed by Stag Arms as a "New York-compliant AR-15," and features a slightly modified stock and no bells and whistles. The gun does not have a pistol grip, for instance - one of the features banned by the act.
"This just shows that the gun prohibition lobby uses symbolic gestures over substance to push their anti-gun rights agenda. Banning guns based on cosmetic features proves that point," Alan Gottlieb, president of the Second Amendment Foundation, told FoxNews.com.
Gun-rights supporters say it illustrates that so-called “assault weapons” – an often-used term with no single definition – are usually no more dangerous than hunting rifles. The "AR" in AR-15 does not stand for "assault rifle," as commonly believed, but for "Armalite Rifle."
In New York, an assault weapon is defined as any semi-automatic rifle that accepts a magazine and has any of a list of ten features, ranging from a pistol-like grip to a flash suppressor to a bayonet mount.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and the Violence Policy Center – all groups that support more gun control – declined to comment or did not answer questions from FoxNews.com about the effectiveness of assault-weapons bans.
The New York Attorney General’s office referred questions to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, which did not respond.
Cuomo’s website boasts that the state has “the toughest assault weapons ban in the country” and that “under the legislation, the Bushmaster used in the Newtown, Conn., shooting will be illegal.”
Gottlieb said that may be well-intentioned but is ineffective at best.
“Some of the guns they’re banning are the safest guns," he said. "There aren’t many accidents committed with Bushmaster rifles, and there are a number of times that so-called assault rifles have been used in self defense.”
Some gun dealers in New York State say they are glad to be selling AR-15s again.
“Believe it or not, if I had a hundred of things to sell, they’d already be gone. I’m hoping to have them in my shop in the next two weeks,” Justin Reickart, who runs H&H Guns in southwestern New York, told FoxNews.com.
“We’ve already showed it to about a dozen people, just a picture of what it's going to be, and the younger generation – they already love it. They’re like, it’s same gun, just with a sci-fi looking stock. The suggested retail price is going to be $1,050. Prior to the ban, you would have been able to buy the gun for $949 – so it adds $100, to make it New York compliant.”
Asked why people want AR-15s, Reickart said they are simply good guns.
“It’s a universal gun that you can put in anybody’s hands… I’ve used it for coyote hunting, deer hunting... it’s a fun and enjoyable gun to shoot,” he said.
Reickart got attention last year when he developed his own AR-15 which he believed complied with New York law – but he decided not to actually sell the gun because the State Attorney General would not give written confirmation that it followed state law.
For New York gun owners with existing non-compliant AR-15s, they either have to register their gun with the state by April 15 or modify it to comply with the law.
Some gun owners are hesitant to register their guns, some for fear that the list would later be used for gun confiscation as just recently happened in New York City.
To avoid that, some owners of old AR-15s are modifying them so that they no longer classify as “assault weapons.” One company, S&B Products, offers a “spur” to replace the pistol grip.
“The New York State Police have told us that by removing all of the prohibited design characteristics the rifle is no longer considered an "assault weapon" and is therefore not subject to the registration requirement,” Steve Byron, President of S&B Products, told FoxNews.com.
Byron said he thought the triviality of the modifications shows that the law is not productive.
“I believe politicians should not write and pass laws about something they know nothing about,” he said.
The author of the piece can be reached on twitter at @maximlott or at firstname.lastname@example.org
USA - -(Ammoland.com)- This week’s Law of Self Defense: Question of the Week comes from “Alliance Bean (@NerkBuckeye),” who asks: “What’s your opinion on reporting to law enforcement when drawing your weapon to fend off an attack without witnesses?
This is a great question, one that I’m sure everyone who carries concealed has asked themselves at one point.
Assumptions: Carry Was In All Ways Legal; There’s Always a Witness
Let’s assume up front that we’re talking only about circumstances in which the weapon involved is being legally carried—that is, any necessary licenses are in the holder’s possession, they are not in a prohibited place to carry (e.g. a school), nor in any kind of prohibited condition (e.g., intoxicated). Any of those not being the case would obviously raise a whole host of legal issues that go beyond the scope of this post.
We should also point out that the question includes a very common, but very dangerous, premise: that there were no witnesses. This is, in fact, all but impossible. Even if your weapon was seen only by the person against whom you defended yourself, THAT person is a witness. In addition, it is all but impossible to be certain that you were not witnesses —indeed, that you were not recorded.
To Call It In, or Not Call It In, That Is the Question
With that out of the way, let’s look at the two possible choices presented by the question. You reasonably believed you were facing an imminent threat of death or grave bodily harm (and had no safe means of retreat, if in one of the sixteen duty-to-retreat states), you drew your sidearm to defend yourself, and at the sight of your gun the prospective attacker threw up his hands and ran away. You check your six, everything looks good, and with the threat resolved you holster your weapon. (This “no-shoot” scenario is, research suggests, the most common for the defensive use of firearms.)
Now what? Call the cops and report the incident, or just head on home? Either approach has its upside and downside.
Calling It In
The option of reporting the incident to the police has a strong potential for an immediately felt downside—interaction with law enforcement officers who know nothing about you except that you just self-reported having threatened another person with a firearm.
On it’s face, that admission alone is sufficient to support a number of prospective criminal charges, ranging on the low end from disorderly conduct, through brandishing, all the up to aggravated assault. That last charge is good in many jurisdictions for 10-15 years, and more in jurisdictions with sentencing enhancements for the use of a firearm in a crime (such as Florida’s now infamous “10-20-Life” statute, 775.087).
Of course, you’ll be making the case that while your display of the weapon might otherwise have been a potentially serious crime, in this case the act was justified, and therefore lawful, as an act of necessary self-defense.
Responding Officers Like to Keep Things Simple
The difficulty is that patrol officers are generally not inclined to make those kinds of calls themselves. There’s probable cause for an arrest—your own statements—and the easy thing would be to make the arrest and let the matter get settled (and responsibility for the decision) further down the criminal justice pipeline. Nothing personal, it’s just the “machine” responding in the way most consistent with its design.
Alternatively, if you seem very credible, a check reveals no red flags, and everything generally seems on the up-and-up, they may just call in their Sergeant or whoever is in the equivalent oversight position, and let him (or her) make the call. A better outcome than arrest (which could still happen), but of course now we’re talking about spending a considerable amount of time standing wherever, doing not much of anything except answering an occasional question, listening to police band chatter in the background, and waiting for your immediate fate to be decided. You’ll certainly have been disarmed if only to secure everyone’s safety, and in many jurisdictions procedure might also have you restrained in some manner (cuffed, or placed in back of cruiser).
In the end, they may decide to simply kick you loose. If so, great.
Welcome to the Gears of the Criminal Justice Machine
If they don’t decide to simply kick you loose, and either a criminal summons is issued or they haul you off, now you’ll obviously need legal representation. Most of us don’t have a criminal defense attorney on call (after all, we’re the good guys), so it means finding one and paying a hefty retainer, and then whatever legal costs occur as you proceed merrily down the criminal justice pipeline.
It all sounds, and is, potentially pretty awful. So it’s not hard to understand the incentive to simply pack up and head home after having successfully discouraged a deadly force attack with a mere display of your own deadly force. Who’s to know, right?
Not Calling It In
So, if self-reporting a defensive display of force can cause you so much trouble, why not forget and head on home? After all, nobody was hurt, no shots even fired, right?
I’d hazard to guess that a great many defensive displays of force end up in exactly this way—the armed citizen heads home, and nothing more is heard about the matter.
But what if that DOESN’T happen? What’s the prospective downside to NOT “calling it in”?
Unfortunately, they’re potentially rather severe.
To start, of course, you face all the same potential criminal charges with which you were faced when you self-reported—everything from disorderly conduct to aggravated assault.
Being the Respondent, Rather Than the Complainant
Except self-reporting gave you a patina of credibility that you don’t have when the cops have to come and find you.
Indeed, how DID they come and find you? Likely as not, they got a call from the frightened dirt bag you scared off who is outraged—OUTRAGED!—that some dude pointed a gun at him. (Maybe he’s also aware that he can win money from you in a civil suit for assault, even if you didn’t harm a hair on his head.) Ah, and he got your plate number as you drove off.
Because it was the dirt bag who called the police, in both their official reports and in their practical worldview, it is now HE who is the “complainant” of a crime—the presumed “offended party”–and YOU who are the “respondent”—the presumed offending party. This worldview also strongly tends to extend through the criminal justice process to everyone else who will play some role in judging your conduct—prosecutors, judges, and jurors.
But It Gets Worse: Consciousness of Guilt
If that’s not bad enough, your failure to report the events may be characterized as “flight from the scene.” This is very bad, indeed, because it suggests what’s legally referred to as “consciousness of guilt.”
“Consciousness of guilt” refers to evidence from which one can infer that a person believes themselves to be guilty of wrongdoing. Our legal system has long recognized that innocent people tend to act differently than guilty people in the aftermath of a potentially criminal event. Conduct such as intimidating witnesses to change their story, or altering or disposing of evidence are pretty clearly the acts of a guilty person. So does flight from the scene, unless done for a limited purpose such as securing one’s safety (immediately after which you’re supposed to stop your “flight”).
The jury will be explicitly instructed that if they find credible evidence of such conduct they can infer from that evidence that not only does the prosecution believe the defendant is guilty, even the defendant believes the defendant is guilty. Ouch.
Bottom Line: Greatest Potential Downside from Not Reporting
So, simply put, if you don’t self-report the defensive threat, and are identified and confronted by police as the respondent to a criminal complaint, not only are you facing all the same potential criminal charges as if you had self-reported, but you’re doing so from a very substantially weaker legal position.
Indeed, what might have appeared as a reasonably compelling narrative of innocence had you been the complainant, minimizing your perceived legal vulnerability, now appears very much like a reasonably compelling narrative of guilt, and making you look very legally vulnerable indeed.
And looking legally vulnerable to a prosecutor is much like bleeding in a pool of sharks. The outcome will probably be unpleasant.
Ok, that’s probably enough for this week’s question of the week. This week’s winner, “Alliance Bean (@NerkBuckeye),” has won his choice of a custom autographed copy of “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” or the alternative of a snazzy LOSD baseball cap.
If you’d like to submit your own Question of the Week, and become eligible to win a free book or hat, simply submit your question at Ask Andrew at the Law of Self Defense web site., to my Twitter account at @LawSelfDefense (no “of”).
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Calif. lawmakers expand semi-automatic weapons ban
9/11/13 By Sharon Bernstein of Reuters
Legislature passes law banning new sales of semi-automatic rifles and requiring existing owners to register in expansion of tough gun control rules.
SACRAMENTO — New sales of semi-automatic rifles with removable magazines would be banned in California under a bill passed by the Democratic-led state legislature on Tuesday, and those who already own such weapons would have to register them.
The measure, which passed the state Assembly 44-31 and is expected to go to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature after amendments are approved in the state Senate, is one of a package of gun control bills passed earlier this year by senators in the wake of the massacre last year at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
It would classify as an assault weapon as any rifle that accepts a detachable magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, and would ban its sale or purchase. People who already own such weapons would be required to register them.
"How many more innocent men, women and children have to be slaughtered while going about their daily lives before we do something?" asked Assemblyman Reginald B. Jones-Sawyer, Sr., a Democrat from Los Angeles, speaking in favor of the ban.
He ticked off a gruesome list of recent gun massacres: Sandy Hook, killings at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin, the Colorado movie theater killings and others.
The road to passage has not been easy for several of the weapons measures introduced this year, despite California's history of strong gun control laws and large legislative majorities for Democrats, who tend to favor them.
New voting laws in the state have made it necessary for many Democrats - particularly in the Assembly - to win over moderates and conservatives, and Republicans were joined by several Democrats in opposing the bill.
"I don't know what the right word is to express how strongly I oppose this bill," said Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a Republican who represents the Southern California community of Twin Peaks, complaining that it amounted to a direct swipe against the constitutional right to bear arms.
California, which has some of the toughest gun control laws in the nation, already bans rifles with large-capacity fixed magazines, which cannot be removed. This bill would expand that ban to add rifles that accept large-capacity removable magazines.
Other bills in the package passed by the Senate would have tightened additional laws, including banning a type of trigger known as a button.
Faced with reluctance by the more conservative, but still Democratic leaning, state Assembly to take up the package, Assembly Speaker John Perez, himself a gun owner, placed the bills in legislative limbo where they remained for months.
Now, with the end of the session looming on Thursday, Perez late last week released three of the bills, including the one passed on Tuesday. Six Democrats joined Assembly Republicans to vote in the minority against the measure.
Two other bills remain active from the original package, and are expected to be heard later this week.
One would ban possession of any ammunition clip that holds more than 10 rounds, and the other bans people with multiple drug and alcohol convictions and convictions for gang-related crimes from owning a firearm for 10 years.
Federal appeals courts strikes down California's concealed weapons permit rules
By Paul Elias, Associated Press
February 13, 2014 3:57 PM
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A divided federal appeals court has struck down California's concealed weapons rules, saying they violate the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday that California is wrong to require applicants to show good cause to receive a permit to carry a concealed weapon. The court ruled that all law-abiding citizens are entitled to carry concealed weapons outside the home for self-defense purposes.
The divided three-judge panel disagreed with two other federal appeals courts that have upheld permit rules similar to California's.
The U.S. Supreme Court often takes cases when federal appeals courts issue conflicting rulings.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that law-abiding citizens can keep handguns in the home for self-defense purposes, but didn't address whether that right extends outside the home.
Fire Your Mayor! Shut Down Bloomberg’s Anti-Gun MAIG
by GunsAmerica Actual on February 11, 2014
Act NOW! Check the MAIG member roster and see if your mayor is on there:
This is a short link to share: http://bit.ly/1di3WnC
The mayor of Poughkeepsie, NY recently dropped out of MAIG, but thinking that the organization has lost is power is a mistake.
It is time to dismantle “Mayors Against Illegal Guns,” or MAIG. The organization started as a great idea. Who doesn’t want to fight the transfer of illegal guns? The problem is, this organization was corrupt from the start. Started by **former** mayors Micheal Bloomberg and Boston’s Thomas Menino, it has now come out that the intent of of the group was always to confiscate all firearms from legal and law abiding gun owners. This week marked the departure from the group of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Mayor John C. Tkazyik. He claims to be an NRA member and that he has always supported lawful firearms ownership. Apparently he was lured into MAIG with false promises of support for programs that get actual results in fighting local crime and homicides, then eventually figured out that MAIG was just a bunch of gun grabbers with an Orwelian reverse-think name.
This was great news, but though it may seem like we have made some progress on he 2nd Amendment front, there are 1,000 mayors in MAIG, and it is time for gun owners to stand up and be counted. Check out the roster for your mayor, and if he or she is there, do everything in your power to get them out of MAIG, or out of office.
In editorial for his local paper, Mayor Tkazvik says, “ I don’t believe, never have believed and never will believe that public safety is enhanced by encroaching on our right to bear arms, and I will not be a part of any organization that does.” The paper has shut several outside links to the article down, requiring that people pay for the newspaper to read it, but this link works as of this morning.
This is the list on archive.org, the one that MAIG didn't realize wasn't erased. Hover or click and you will see the page URL for the contact info for this mayor.
This story was reported in some of the conservative press, and the NRA claims that over 75 mayors have quit since joining, but this is a FALSE sense of success. Remember back before both the 2008 and 2012 elections when the “right wing” media made us feel like Obama couldn’t win the election, then we watched those same commentators hold back their giggling as the election results came in? Neither race was even close when the final numbers came out. Reporting on some dribs and drabs of success in the pro-2nd Amendment fight today is the same deal. We are being gamed into inaction, and when it comes right down to it, WE ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO WILL ACT.
If you want to help SHUT DOWN BLOOMBERG and his millions of dollars of election money influence, the first thing we need to do is shut down MAIG. They removed the official member roster in January from the MAIG website, but the Internet Archive has a copy that they can’t hide from. 50 or 100 dropouts from 1,000 mayors is nothing. It may sound like success, but if Micheal Bloomberg continues, we all fail.
This is a link to the member list as of January 7th, 2014: https://web.archive.org/web/20140107020031/http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/members/members.shtml
This is a short link to share: http://bit.ly/1di3WnC
Please be aware that archive.org is a slow website, and with tens of thousands of people from this article hitting it today, you may have to try again tomorrow. We have created this live web page backup that you can search with CONTROL-F, and we fixed the links to go directly to their destinations (see below).
There is also a 5 Meg, 91 page PDF of the member roster that you may also download.
If you click the link on the list, the archive.org page comes up, if it exists. The actual URL can be found in two places on the page.
The member page itself on archive.org is a copy remember. The links on it will lead to copy websites within archive.org, if they exist. Any contact forms within the copy website won’t work. The images here explain how to get the real URL of the contact pages, Twitter and Facebook. Click these images to see them larger with instructions.
Please check the list for your mayor and if he or she is on there, do everything in your power, through your social networking and personal email list, to get them out of MAIG, or out of office. If America speaks right now, and shuts down MAIG, Bloomberg’s promises of millions in campaign contributions for senators and reps in the 2014 election will look like a poisoned apple, which is exactly what it is. We have to hold their feet to the fire right now, so please act now and get these mayors out of MAIG.
45 out of 50 states have mayors on the roster:
District of Columbia
Second Amendment February 10, 2014
Supreme Court Asked to Clarify What it Means to ‘Bear’ Arms
(Wall Street Journal) – You might think the question would be settled by now, but the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to opine on whether the Second Amendment right to “bear” arms for self-defense extends outside the home.
We may soon get an answer. Lyle Denniston, writing for the Constitution Daily, reports about two gun rights cases that may get a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court. Both cases, dealing with restrictions on the ability of minors to possess weapons in public, hinge on the difference between the right to “keep” a gun and a right “bear” one. The National Rifle Association thinks the issue is ripe for Supreme Court review. The justices are expected to discuss the cases next week and may then decide whether to grant review.
Writes Mr. Denniston:
The Supreme Court in 2008 made it clear that the right to “keep” a gun is a personal right, and that it means one has a right to keep a functioning firearm for self-defense within the home. But it has refused repeatedly since then to take on the question of whether that right exists also outside the home. If there is a separate right to “bear” a gun (and the Court, in fact, did say in 2008 that the two rights were separate), it has not said what that means.
The NRA says you can’t really ‘bear’ something in the privacy of your home.
“The explicit guarantee of the right to ‘bear’ arms would mean nothing if it did not protect the right to ‘bear’ arms outside of the home, where the Amendment already guarantees that they may be ‘kept,’ ” write the NRA’s lawyers in one of their petitions to the high court. “The most fundamental canons of construction forbid any interpretation that would discard this language as meaningless surplus.”
The federal government wants the Supreme Court to take a pass. If the justices agree to hear the cases, they might not get to them until their next term, beginning in October.
Training opportunities for CARGO members from Member Scott Phillips’ TacFrog Global:
This individual pushed for the draconian NY gun law the so called “SAFE” act and then is looking at felony jail time for violating the same law and his supporters are all up in arms…
Associates defend man who had gun in school
Say he made honest mistake in incident prompting school lockdown
By Jane Kwiatkowski | News Staff Reporter , Lou Michel | News Staff Reporter ,
Tiffany Lankes | News Staff Reporter | @TiffanyLankes
February 7, 2014 - 8:40 PM - updated February 8, 2014 at 12:32 AM
Dwayne Ferguson spent more than a decade advocating for nonviolence and peace in the streets of Buffalo.
He was a well-known face in the movement for the SAFE Act, the state law that made carrying a gun on school property a felony. He was also a familiar presence in the hallways of the city’s Harvey Austin Elementary School, where he worked in the after-school program and mentored students.
No one imagined that on Thursday he would show up at the school in possession of a gun, touching off an hours-long lockdown, search and ultimately his arrest on two felony charges.
Ferguson, 52, told WGRZ-TV that he frequently carries the gun, for which he has a permit, and did not realize he had it on him when he went to the school as part of the mentoring program.
Those who have worked with him also said they believe it was an honest mistake.
“I’m sure Dwayne went into the school not thinking he had the gun on him,” said Rev. James E. Giles, a friend of Ferguson and president of Back to Basics Outreach Ministries. “We know this for a fact, that he called out to a Buffalo police lieutenant asking why the school was in lockdown, and that they were looking for a man with a gun.
“Dwayne’s reaction was to get his kids – he had about 50 of them – and make sure they were safe,” Giles explained. “He led them into the cafeteria and closed the doors.”
Giles, like Ferguson, is a member of Buffalo Peacemakers, an anti-violence coalition that targets gang-related street crime.
Ferguson is not employed by the Buffalo School District but was working in the 21st Century Community Learning Program, an after-school academic enrichment initiative that tutors disadvantaged students.
Professionally, friends say Ferguson operates a printing business and works as a security guard for community events.
The father of three children, Ferguson is a lifelong resident of the East Side. He was 35 when he joined forces with fellow fathers on Buffalo’s East Side to form MAD DADs (Men Against Destruction Defending Against Drugs and Social Disorder) and is now the organization’s president.
Ferguson also has taken an active role in many community outreach programs targeting youth. He regularly patrols area malls, and city streets in an effort to curb gang-related violence.
Throughout the years he has overseen MAD DADS basketball leagues in an organized effort to keep teens off the streets.
He was among local activists who stood with Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes last year lobbying for a law that would make possessing a gun on school property a felony. Prior to New York State’s adoption of the SAFE Act last year, in response to the Sandy Hook school massacre in Connecticut, it was a long-established state law that guns could not be brought onto school property. The only difference was that the crime carried less punishment as a misdemeanor.
In an ironic turn of events, Ferguson was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon under that law for Thursday’s incident. The law carries a maximum sentence of up to four years in state prison.
Some gun advocates opposed to the SAFE Act have argued that the law actually makes schools less safe since law-abiding handgun owners cannot possess their weapons on school grounds, while mass murderers have never heeded laws making schools gun-free zones.
Ferguson held a New York State licensed pistol permit, but that makes no difference under the law.
“The more they make these gun-free zones, the more they make people vulnerable to mass killers like at Columbine and Sandy Hook,” said Stephen J. Aldstadt, a Colden resident who serves as president of the state Shooters Committee on Political Education.
Some of Ferguson’s supporters echoed similar criticism, saying that carrying a weapon meant Ferguson could have helped police in the event there was a gunman actually threatening students.
“Dwayne probably was in a position to help the police not knowing that he was the one they were looking for,” said George Johnson, president of Buffalo United Front,
Ferguson often carries a gun during the course of his business day, Giles and Johnson said.
“Mental lapses happen,” Giles said. “Things happen. It’s an unfortunate mistake. Dwayne was not conscious that he was in school with a gun.”
Both Schools Superintendent Pamela C. Brown and Kevin Brinkworth, the district’s chief of police, school safety and security, said it is unclear why Ferguson had the gun on school property, but officials do not believe he had any ill intent.
“This is a person well-known in the building,” Brinkworth said. “No one expected him to have a gun in the building.”
Brown and Brinkworth also revealed new details about the incident, which started with an anonymous call to the school and culminated with an extensive search by the SWAT team.
The school received the call about 4:15 p.m. notifying staff that someone had entered the school with a gun. Brown and Brinkworth said it is not yet clear who placed the call. Around that time, 911 received two calls about the incident, prompting the school to go into lockdown and touching off a search of the building by police and SWAT team responders.
The initial search of the building turned up nothing, Brinkworth said.
It was not until police were patting down students so they could evacuate the school that they found the gun on Ferguson, Brinkworth said.
Ferguson was wearing it in a holster, and at no time during the lockdown did he notify police that he was carrying a weapon.
“He had opportunities,” Brinkworth said.
“I will say he had no ill intent to harm these students,” Brinkworth added. “I don’t know why he had it on him.”
Handgun Review: Boberg XR9-S
By: Kevin Muramatsu | January 30, 2014
The Boberg XR9-S looks kind of funny. The ejection port is situated rearward and the magazine looks backwards. But when you understand how it works, you realize this thing is the ideal concealed carry handgun.
Boberg XR9 Review
The pistol uses a pair of tongs (seriously, that’s what they’re called) to pull the top round from the mag, move it up in place behind the chamber, and that’s where the slide starts to move forward to push it into the chamber.
A clever extension across the ejection port keeps the cartridge from popping completely out, and when the slide closes, the tongs drop back down to grasp another round from the magazine.
Here’s the beauty of this design: since the chamber is right on top of the magazine, a full 3-inch barrel can be mounted with the overall length much shorter than comparably chambered and barreled pistols.
For example, this pistol closely approximates a Kahr CW9 type of firearm in chambering, barrel length and capacity, but is just a hair lighter.
Yet it is so much shorter in length and height it’s kind of frightening, being only 5.1 inches long. Placed next to a Glock 26, you would swear it’s a .380 if you knew no better.
It is thin, just under an inch wide, and just over 4 inches in height. Even so, short people with skinny fingers can still actually get all three fingers on the grip below the trigger guard. It’s truly amazing how much difference getting your pinky finger on the grip can be.
Its mass is reassuring, aiding in recoil control, and doesn’t feel like a steel slide atop a weightless frame like many polymer-framed pistols exhibit.
Daintily fingered folks should have no problem controlling the XR9-S because of this. It’s double action only, but the pull is extremely smooth, repeatable, with a long reset and decent weight for safety considerations.
The gunsmith in me has to make the following observations. It appears really complicated when you first look at it, but it really isn’t so much.
There are around 50 parts in the entire gun, which isn’t bad. Generally, the fewer parts you have the better for maintenance’s sake, and after sticking my fingers in it, I found that it’s not overly complicated or difficult to service.
Its appearance at first glance (and knowing how it feeds) leads one to assume a certain case of Teutonically inspired over-engineering might be involved, but I was pleased to see that this was not so.
Recoil mitigation is also consciously present by means of semi-flexible plastic grips, which are wrapped around the machined aluminum frame, a rotating barrel housed within a stainless steel slide, a rear buffer and a couple other harder to describe things that I can’t remember cause I was distracted trying to contain my drool with one hand, while keeping the product free from contamination with the other. (Hey man, I can only do two things at one time.)
My only complaint is that because of the design with the barrel set back, there is no traditional slide stop. The slide can be easily locked back manually using the takedown lever, but some purist 1911 trolls will likely take exception to the absence of the last round lock back. On a deep conceal pistol, which this qualifies to be in my opinion, it’s not that big a deal.
Beretta To Open Tennessee Plant
by Robert W. Hunnicutt | January 30th, 2014
Beretta has announced it will open a new factory in Gallatin, Tenn. The new plant will employ about 300 workers, and Beretta expects to open it by the end of the year.
Beretta has operated out of a plant in Accokeek, Md., since about 1985. Beretta bought the factory, whose original buildings once housed long-defunct importer Firearms International, to build the M9 pistol, and even at the time, certain Maryland politicians weren’t too happy about it. I remember one saying he’d tolerate it, provided Beretta didn’t make “Saturday Night Specials” there.
Beretta has added onto the original plant many times and brought in other members of its corporate family like Benelli and Stoeger. When I first started going to Accokeek, it was as rural as West Virginia. Now, it’s in the Washington suburbs.
There will be many on our side who will cheer this move, as they did Ruger’s pending North Carolina plant or PTR’s move to South Carolina, as just punishment for anti-gun politicians and just reward for pro-gun governors. Certainly, it’s great news for those in Tennessee who’d like a good steady factory job.
But I will throw in a cautionary note. The more this happens, the more it looks like politicians in the Northeast and California are running the gun industry out. That lets them strut for their core constituency, and inevitably leaves gun owners in those states feeling more vulnerable. It also supports the anti-gun canard that gun owners are primarily Southern white men who can be dismissed as “neo-Confederates.”
There is a vocal faction of gun owners whose solution to a place like California is “just get out.” California has 11% of the entire U.S. population. New York, although declining, still has more than 6%. It is not acceptable just to tell millions of gun owners in those states that their only choice is to pack up and move to Montana or Alabama. It is equally unacceptable to let Democratic politicians in those states think they have nothing whatever to fear from gun owners, because if they haven’t left, they’ll soon enough be leaving.
We are celebrating the 150th anniversary of a Civil War that ultimately was about whether it was OK for people in one part of the country to deprive some other people of their rights. There were those who adhered to the “just get out” theory then, too. But a bloody conflict established, however imperfectly, that rights are rights everywhere in America. And that’s how it needs to be with gun rights.
I’m not willing to concede California, Connecticut, Maryland and New York and be satisfied with Arizona, Mississippi, South Dakota and Utah. Our job is not done until everyone, everywhere has the same gun rights. So congratulations, Gallatin. But let’s not abandon Accokeek.
Dual Wielding: The Best Same Caliber Rifle-Handgun Combos
by Joseph von Benedikt | February 4th, 2014
As the cowboys of the Old West proved, having a rifle and handgun that chambered the same cartridge was a mighty convenient thing, but they didn’t invent the concept.
Back in the golden age of blackpowder firearms, folks would oftentimes carry a single-shot belt pistol or horse pistol that took the same diameter round ball as their flintlock rifle.
Having a long gun and a handgun that shoot the same cartridge enables shooters to carry one type of ammunition, and load both guns from one box or cartridge belt. Running short on one type of ammo doesn’t happen; both guns stay in the game—or fight—until the last cartridge is gone.
If there’s a disadvantage to the concept, it’s that high-performance rifle cartridges aren’t suitable for handguns. Put another way, handgun and rifle combos are almost universally chambered for handgun cartridges. The result? Reduced range from your rifle.
Pistol-caliber carbines are most useful inside 200 yards, and even that’s stretching it. However, in urban environments or situations where the need for long-range precision isn’t anticipated, it’s not an issue. In fact, pistol-caliber carbines have very real advantages: typically they recoil very politely, hold a lot of ammo and are far quieter than high-power rifles.
When choosing any firearm, characteristics of reliability, ergonomics and accuracy are of prime value. In most cases, the handgun portion of the combo isn’t an issue—after all, the cartridge was designed for it. Rifles can be more finicky, but as long as you choose quality they tend to function just fine.
Here’s a look at several great rifle and handgun combinations, and let us know if you prefer another pairing not listed.
Ruger American Rimfire Review
by G&A Staff | February 5th, 2014
The 10/22, one of William B. Ruger’s most successful firearms designs, is 50 years old in 2014. Coincidentally, Ruger is launching another soon-to-be-classic on this occassion. Meet the Ruger American Rimfire, a .22-caliber line extension from the overwhelmingly successful Ruger American centerfire rifle.
Like its centerfire counterpart, it’s a synthetic-stocked bolt-action stainless rifle with an MSRP of $329. Early indications are that street price could be in the $280 to $290 range. That’s an entry-level price for many .22s on the market, but this is much more than your typical economy-grade gun. And the good news keeps coming: It is also available in .22 Magnum.
Features include a Marksman trigger adjustable from three to five pounds; a hammer-forged, free-floated stainless steel barrel; a Power-Bedding integral bedding block system; and a synthetic stock with two interchangeable insert modules to provide a low- or high-comb height option for using iron sights or a scope. It also sports scope-ring dovetail grooves machined into the drilled-and-tapped receiver.
The interchangeable insert modular stock-system options can be changed out in seconds by simply removing the rear sling swivel stud. Comb height and long length-of-pull (13¾ inches) options are available for the 22-inch Standard model, and a short length of pull for the Compact version is 12½ inches. All four stock modules are available for $20 at shopruger.com.
The Marksman trigger, which was adjusted down to 3½ pounds before checking accuracy with the .22LR model, locks and blocks the sear, compared with other designs that block the trigger bar. This system apparently contributes to the crisp, clean-finishing trigger pull. And a conveniently placed tang safety offers familiarity with other sporting rifles.
The push-lever bolt release located on the left side of the receiver allows one to remove the bolt without pulling the trigger, which is a smart safety feature.
Its Power Bedding integral bedding system has only one bedding block, unlike the centerfire Ruger American, which has two. Two are unnecessary with a rimfire-chambered rifle.
The bore of the free-floating barrel is crowned to protect accuracy, and for those who mount a scope to extract the most from its potential, the receiver is drilled and tapped. Weaver No. 12 rings will work and are available separately. With a scope mounted, users may appreciate that this rimfire has a short, 60-degree bolt throw to help with bolt-scope clearance.
The one-piece molded polymer stock has palmswells, and the forend has a molded, no-slip grip for complete control when transitioning between multiple targets.
Diamondback Firearms DB15 Pistol – New Gun Review
by Bruce F. on February 8, 2014
By Bruce Flemings
Diamondback Firearms is a relative newcomer to the firearms market. The business, based in Cocoa, Florida, launched in 2009 as an off-shoot of the successful Diamondback Airboats business. Diamondback Firearms initially established its brand with the DB380 and DB9 micro-compact pocket pistols in .380 Auto and 9mm Luger. The company next introduced a series of AR-style rifles in 2012. The DB15 rifle is made entirely in the USA, with all the machining work done in-house by Diamondback. Diamondback recently added a series of AR-style pistols to its product line and provided one for evaluation and review.
The Diamondback DB15P arrived in a Diamondback branded hard plastic rifle-length case. The case can be padlocked at each corner and is suitable for storage and transportation to and from the range. The case also contained a cable safety lock, 30-round Magpul PMag magazine, red plastic chamber flag and the DB15 Rifle Owner’s Manual. While the manual has not been customized for the pistol, it provided all the information necessary to prepare, operate, and maintain the pistol.
DB15 Pistol Specifications
Upper: Forged 7075 T6 Aluminum with full-length top-mounting rail
Lower: Forged 7075 T6 Aluminum
Barrel: 7.5” or 10.5” 4140 chrome-moly melonite coated (7.5” Reviewed)
Muzzle Device: Diamondback Proprietary Flash Hider
Trigger: Two-Stage (Single-stage reviewed)
Pistol Grip: Magpul MOE+™
Handguard: Lightweight ventilated aluminum
Weight: 5 lbs (4 lbs. 13.2 oz as reviewed)
Overall Length: 7.5” barrel is 23.25”
10.5” barrel is 25.75”
Finish: Durable Cerakote in Black, Flat Dark Earth or OD Green (Flat Dark Earth reviewed)
Includes: 1 – 30 round PMag (where state/local laws allow) and safety lock
The DB15P, in Flat Dark Earth Cerakote, looks fantastic. The Cerakote finish is smooth and evenly applied to the receiver and handguard. The contrasting black barrel, buffer tube, Magpul MOE+ pistol grip and controls all have a similar matte finish. The shortened buffer tube gives the pistol a nice visual balance with the shortened barrel and handguard, but the pistol is unquestionably muzzle heavy. The fit of the upper and lower receiver was tight and required a brass punch to drive out the takedown and pivot pins for disassembly and cleaning.
You’ll need to add your own optic before heading out to the range, since the DB15P does not include any sights. The full-length upper rail and handguard bottom rail provide plenty of space for experimenting with different sight set ups. I used an Aimpoint PRO and a variety of laser/light combinations during the review. I resisted the urge to add more accessories to the pistol for the duration of the review, but the possibilities for customization are limited only by your budget and imagination. You can add most AR-style modifications and accessories to the pistol.
After cleaning and preparing the DB15P for a trip to the range, I weighed and measured the pistol. I was surprised to see that it was actually a little shorter and lighter than what is listed on the specification sheet. Another deviation from the spec sheet is the trigger. Instead of a two-stage trigger, the pistol had a single-stage trigger with a pull weight of approximately 7lbs. 8oz as measured with a Lyman digital trigger pull gauge. The trigger broke cleanly with no pre-travel or creep.
Arriving at the range, I set up the shooting bench and rest. It didn’t take long to get the red dot sighted in at 25 yards. I used this time to get a feel for the trigger and felt that I was ready to start shooting for groups. I set up the chronograph at 10 feet and the targets at 25 yards. About 30 minutes later, I had a much better understanding of the ballistic and accuracy potential of the pistol.
The accompanying chart shows the chronograph data and calculated energy of the six different loads tested. As I expected, the short 7.5-inch barrel had a significant impact on the velocity each load generated. I was really pleased to see the velocity drop-off was much less than originally anticipated. As a rough generalization on velocity potential , the pistol-length barrel was a third of the length of SAAMI .223 Remington test barrel, but the barrel still generated two-thirds of rifle barrel velocity. With a barrel this short, I believe ammunition selection will be important. You can see this with the Fiocchi velocity results. Fiocchi must be using a faster burn-rate powder than the other manufacturers that allows the bullet to generate more velocity in the short barrel.
Reviewing the 25-yard targets provided good insight into the accuracy potential of the pistol. Hornady’s TAP GMX Barrier ammunition delivered the smallest five-shot group; it could easily be covered with a quarter. I have little doubt that these groups would have been smaller if I had used an optic with magnification instead of the red dot. The 1-in-9 twist rate barrel should work well with 55 and 62 grain bullets, but from this limited testing the 62 grain load really opened up the group size.
Photo 8I thoroughly enjoyed several range outings with the DB15P, a fun pistol to shoot. Even though it’s chambered for a rifle cartridge, recoil is negligible due to the overall weight, comfortable Magpul MOE+ pistol grip and recoil buffer. If the AR pistol platform has a drawback, it is the blast and flash generated when you shoot a rifle cartridge in such a short barrel. Even when shooting outdoors, the noise is significant. Doubling up on the hearing protection (ear plugs and muffs) makes extended shooting sessions much more comfortable. Bring more ammo than you think you will need, because once you start shooting you may not want to stop. It really is that much fun to shoot.
Over the course of several range sessions, I put over 350 rounds through the DB15P with no failures or faults of any kind. The only odd thing I noticed was difficult extraction of a live round when using the Fiocchi FMJ ammunition. A gentle tug on the charging handle was enough to extract the round. It was the one exception to an otherwise flawless performance.
The AR-style pistol platform offers a multitude of shooting options. It can be held in one hand, with two hands in a traditional thumbs-forward grip, or two hands with one on the pistol grip and the other on the handguard. I tried all three variations and ultimately decided the grip that offered the best balance of accuracy and speed was with one hand on the pistol grip and the other on the handguard. Low gun shooting from the hip with a laser aiming device was also very fast and accurate with the buffer tube braced against the hip.
It appears that Diamondback has successfully downsized its AR rifle platform with the DB15P pistol. The pistol may be very appealing to people looking for a compact alternative to a full-size AR rifle that they can stash in their grab and go kit, or keep in their vehicle for emergency need. During the course of my testing, the pistol demonstrated the accuracy and reliability required of a firearm filling either of those roles. From a less practical point of view, I thoroughly enjoyed the fun-factor of trying different shooting styles and aiming devices out on the range. The DB15P certainly had me grinning ear to ear many times on the range.
Colt Mustang XSP .380 ACP – Range Report
by Duane A. Daiker on February 7, 2014
By Duane A. Daiker
In 1982, Colt introduced the Mustang—a lightweight, single-action .380 ACP with a design very similar to the Colt 1911. The Mustang was an instant classic and was extremely popular as a back-up or off-duty gun for law enforcement officers. For a long time, it was hard to even find one to purchase. Colt produced the Mustang in a number of different versions before ultimately discontinuing it in the late nineties, when the company shifted its focus to military sales. As the demand for small, concealed-carry guns has skyrocketed in recent years, the market for used Mustangs has been very strong. Many of us have wondered over the past decade—why doesn’t Colt bring back the Mustang? Then in 2012, after a long hiatus, the Mustang officially rejoined the Colt stable. The new Mustang Pocketlight was an alloy-frame Mustang that revived the model line. The new Pocketlight met with rave reviews, but Colt did not rest on the old-school design. In 2013, Colt innovated with the new Mustang XSP—a polymer-framed version of the classic Mustang .380 auto-pistol.
At first glance, the XSP closely resembles the original Colt Mustang. The pistol is small—only about 5.5 inches long and less than 12 ounces empty. With a capacity of 6+1 rounds, the XSP is perfectly sized for pocket carry or other deep concealment methods.
Interestingly, however, the incorporation of a polymer frame really transforms this classic pistol into a modern marvel. First, the polymer frame saves about an ounce of weight over the alloy-frame Pocketlite model. When you are carrying in a pocket, every ounce counts, and the weight saving is noticeable. The polymer grip also feels great in the hand, with checkering in all the right places. The grip features an undercut trigger guard to help get the most out of the short handle. The right-side grip panel even has a relief cut to provide easier access to the magazine release button. These are all features that you usually expect to see only on customized, high-end pistols. The polymer frame also seems more comfortable to shoot, with better recoil characteristics than the aluminum-framed guns. All of these improvements over the alloy-frame Pocketlite design actually make the XSP much nicer to shoot. The polymer frame really changes the feel of the Mustang—in a good way.
I do take some issue with the squared-off trigger guard on the XSP. It appears Colt is encouraging shooters to wrap the fingers of their support hand around the trigger guard, which is not exactly a well-accepted technique. More important, the use of the oversized square trigger guard means that finding holsters becomes much more difficult. The many Colt Mustang holsters already on the market for the past 30 years won’t fit the XSP. In fact, I had considerable difficulty finding a pocket holster for this review. Ultimately I wound up using a DeSantis Nemesis, which has a generic fit and could accommodate the oversized trigger guard. The Nemesis is a fine pocket holster, but I wish Colt had stuck with a standard shaped trigger guard for more holster flexibility.
The XSP is single-action and designed to be carried cocked and locked, like a traditional 1911 pistol. As a result, the trigger has a relatively light five-pound pull. The trigger is light and crisp with very short travel and is much better than you would expect from a pocket pistol. The thumb safety is easy to disengage, yet it has sufficient tension to keep it from moving accidentally. I am happy to say theXSP does not have a grip safety. Grip safeties are common on single-action guns but can be particularly hard to disengage in small guns.
The XSP has dovetailed front and rear fixed sights. The sights lack any type of dot or white outline, presenting a “black on black” sight picture. The factory sights are real sights, and are much better than the barely visible “nubs” that are found on many pocket pistols. Although the sights are quite useable, I would like to see more contrast between the front and rear sights. There will undoubtedly be a selection of aftermarket sights to choose from before too long, and the dovetail fit will make sight replacement an easy task for any gunsmith.
I was quite impressed with the XSP at the range. I did most of the shooting at seven yards, which I consider realistic for a pocket gun. At that distance, the Mustang will tear up an x-ring with no problems. When I backed up to 25 yards, the groups opened up considerably, which is to be expected from such a small pistol. Even then, I had no problem keeping all my shots inside a standard silhouette target. The accuracy of this smallest Colt is quite impressive, due in large part to good sights and an excellent trigger.
Overall, the Mustang performed flawlessly for me. The pistol digested three different brands of premium defensive ammunition, as well as a variety of range ammo and reloads. The best-performing ammo was the Speer Gold Dot 90-grain jacketed hollow point, which averaged just over 900 feet per second from the stubby 2.75 inch barrel.
For a very small gun, the Mustang is a soft shooter. I passed this gun around at the range and everyone praised the gun’s handling characteristics. Even the most recoil sensitive shooter will have no problems with the XSP.
The Mustang XSP is packed in a hard-side plastic case, and includes two magazines and a cable lock. The MSRP is $649, which may seem a little high for a polymer .380 ACP, but this is truly a top-notch pistol. You simply can’t compare the quality of this Colt to some of the $300 to $400 guns in the pocket pistol category. Colt was wise to rejuvenate the Mustang line. Colt’s biggest mistake was waiting too long. The discontinuation of the Mustang opened the door for Sig Sauer to introduce their excellent 238 single-action .380 that is a close copy of the Mustang. Nevertheless, Colt is an iconic brand and the Mustang is an iconic pistol. Many will buy the XSP strictly for the Colt prancing pony logo. But many others will buy the XSP for its more modern take on the single-action pocket pistol concept. Colt seems truly committed to bringing the Mustang back to its prior glory, and the XSP is a big step in the right direction.
Anyone who is a Colt fan, or a fan of the 1911 manual of arms in general, will definitely appreciate the Mustang XSP. This is a high-quality, soft-shooting and accurate pocket pistol. If you were one of the people who lamented the demise of the Mustang, now is the time to get one. With the new XSP, the Mustang is back and better than ever.
SHOT Show New Guns: Sig P320 Review
By: Corey Graff | January 27, 2014
Unveiled at SHOT Show 2014, the Sig P320′s hammer-less, striker-fired design is out of character for Sig, but what’s really remarkable is you basically get two handguns in one, thanks to interchangeability from a full-sized service pistol to a shorter-barreled compact concealed carry gun.
Sig’s P320 pistol is clearly being marketed to police and military agencies but methinks the gun will be a hit with us plain-Jane non-police concealed carriers as well.
Now, the gun is interesting for Sig because it’s the company’s first-ever striker-fired handgun. But more remarkable is how modular this thing is: You can swap between three different grip sizes to fit your hand, and you can change slide and barrel lengths—converting it from a full-size to a compact carry version and vice versa. It’s like the Clark Kent of guns.
The full-size configuration has a 4.7″ barrel with an 8-inch overall length. By comparison, it’s a wee bit longer than a Glock 17 Gen 4 when compared to the Glock’s 4.48-inch barrel and 7.95-inch overall length. The P320 Carry has a tuckable 3.9-inch barrel and is just 7.2 inches in length.
In his recent blog post, Sig Introduces the P320, Massad Ayoob points out that American handgunners didn’t do cartwheels over interchangeable barrels in original Dan Wesson revolvers (excellent wheelguns in their own right) and may not do so over this feature in the Sig. It’s an interesting point.
However, for a cop needing a full-sized duty pistol part of the time and a concealed carry rig for off-duty or undercover work, the option makes sense. I suppose one could envision someone needing a gun to cover both concealed carry and open carry situations where the goofy laws demand such. Then again, with an MSRP of $713.00 the value added is hard to miss.
The Sig P320 is presently available in popular calibers ranging from 9mm, .357 SIG and .40 S&W (.45 ACP coming soon); in full-size mode you get 17 rounds of 9mm (14 rounds of .357SIG and .40S&W) while the Carry configuration holds 15 9mm rounds (13 in .357SIG and .40S&W).
The insides are P250 DNA, and the gun has an impressive number of built-in safety mechanisms (and options). For instance, in addition to internal safeties like a striker safety requiring trigger pull and a disconnect safety that prevents the gun from firing out of battery, the mag needs to be out for the gun to be disassembled. The slide must be locked to the rear and disassembly is done without any tools or having to pull the trigger.
Note that the gun is not trying to be a Glock: it’s frame is a stout stainless steel rather than polymer. The full-size gun tips the scales at 29.4 ounces while the smaller P320 Carry weighs 26.9 ounces.
I like the fact that the gun comes with the excellent Siglite night sights. It’s one less thing I have to tinker with.
In terms of operation, Sig lists the trigger pull at 5.5 lbs and, by the way, you can get an optional “tabbed” Glock-like trigger if you so desire. Its ambidextrous slide release is pretty swell, too.
Time will tell how the market responds to the P320. But if the success of other Sigs (like the P250) is any indication I’d expect handgunners—be they police, military or armed citizens—to give it a very warm reception.
Gilboa’s Double-Barreled AR-15, The “Snake,” Makes its American Debut
By Nick Leghorn on January 17, 2014
When this rifle first came into the public eye, we were less than enthusiastic. It seemed like a gimmick, and to be honest that’s how it started — they needed a “show stopper” for a military trade show. But instead of just being an interesting engineering product, Gilboa is going into full production right here in the United States to put these on the shelves and in the hands of American shooters . . .
Since the ATF defines a “machine gun” as any firearm that fires multiple rounds with the pull of a single trigger, Gilboa is re-designing the rifle to have two individual triggers instead of the single trigger setup currently being used. We’ve been promised one will be on its way to TTAG command central for a test as soon as it’s ready, and we’ll let you know how it works.
In the meantime, imagine this: running a 3-gun stage with this double-barreled AR-15, Arsenal’s double-barreled 1911, and a side by side coach gun. Wouldn’t that be a thing?
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Barrett Makes Noise at the Range with a Promise to Keep Things Quiet—Media Day at the Range—SHOT Show 2014
Need an Escort? Try out the Gladius 20 Gauge Home Defense Shotgun from Legacy—Media Day at the Range—SHOT Show 2014
Newest Crimson Trace Laser Sight is Designed for the New Remington R51 Sub-Compact Pistol—SHOT Show 2014
EOTech Adds Laser Capability to Models 512 and 552 Holographic Sights; Introduces New X320 Thermal Imaging Unit—SHOT Show 2014
New from Meopta: Their Next Generation in Rifle Scopes Starring the Meostar R2 Series—SHOT Show 2014
CZ-USAs’ Western Series Rifles—Rugged, Dependable Tack Drivers for Your Favorite Hunts—SHOT Show 2014
Smith & Wesson Starts 2014 with Strong New Additions to Its Revolver Line-up: the 9mm 986 and 929—SHOT Show 2014
The Recover Grip and Rail System: An Easy Way To Put A Rail On Your 1911. No Gunsmith Required—SHOT Show 2014
The Finest Examples of the Art of Gun Restoration, PLUS Two Brand New Manufactured Guns—SHOT Show 2014
Black Hills Introduces Two New Bullets Designed to Improve Downrange Trajectory and Terminal Ballistics—SHOT Show 2014
SHOT Show 2014: Kimber Tactical II SOC Rifle
By: Corey Graff | January 22, 2014
Kimber has upped its game with the new Kimber Tactical II SOC (Special Operations Capable) Rifle. It features a proprietary aluminum side-folding stock with integral 1913 MIL-STD rail, along with a second rail for secure attachment of optics and accessories.
The New Kimber Model 8400 Advanced Tactical SOC (Special Operations Capable) rifle is chambered in .308 Win. and .300 Win. Mag. and the gun ships with a 5-round
detachable magazine for fast reloading, with additional 5 and 10-round magazines available as accessories.
It features a proprietary aluminum side-folding stock with integral 1913 MIL-STD rail, along with a second rail for secure attachment of optics and accessories.
The top rail has 20 MOA elevation built in to maximize the adjustment range of high-magnification optics.
For precision shooting in any position, the stock is adjustable for both comb height and length of pull, and even has an adjustable rear monopod for additional stability when used in conjunction with a bipod mounted to the lower forend rail.
Kimber SOC II Tactical.
To ensure the rifle’s accuracy lives up to its outstanding looks (my opinion) Kimber pointed out the barrel and chamber are machined to match grade tolerances.
Barrels are made from stainless steel blanks and are fitted with a SureFire muzzle brake/suppressor adapter.
The Model 8400 action incorporates a full-length Mauser claw extractor for true controlled feeding and extraction. It also has a 3-position wing safety that is positive, quiet and fast. The match grade trigger is carefully tuned to break clean at 3-3.5 pounds right outta the box.
I think for the price it should ship with a case and Kimber got that part right, too. The Model 8400 Advanced Tactical SOC ships in a waterproof hard case suitable for both storage and deployment. Suggested retail price is $4,099. Learn more at Kimber.
Tapco Answers the Call with a Tactical Stock Set for the Ruger 10/22 Takedown—SHOT Show 2014
by GunsAmerica Actual on January 29, 2014
Tapco makes low-priced aftermarket parts for a lot of different guns. They define the value-oriented end of the customization market. And the R&D teams can turn around products fast. The latest offering, and one that will fly off the shelves, is a tactical stock set for Ruger’s 10/22 Takedown, one of the most versatile configurations of the venerable rimfire ever made.
The 10/22 is a storied gun. With 50 years of production, the 10/22 exists in almost every imaginable form. The Takedown is simply a model that comes apart. Ruger ramped up the model with a threaded barrel, making it perfect for those of us fortunate enough to own suppressors.
But the stock was rather plain. The functional polymer set is solid enough, but doesn’t adjust for varied lengths of pull. And there’s no convenient way to mount any extras on the rifle (other than a simple sling).
Tapco’s stock set has an adjustable AR style stock, a pistol grip, and picatinny rail, all you really need to take Ruger’s fun gun to the next level. We’re going to get one in for review here soon, so stay tuned.
Desert Tech MDR—A Multi-caliber Bullpup is in the Works—SHOT Show 2014
by GunsAmerica Actual on January 29, 2014
Desert Tactical Arms
By this point in the development of tactical firearms, the bullpup seems like familiar territory. Yet Desert Tech has created a good deal of buzz with the announcement of its new multi-caliber bullpup design. The company plans to release it in .223 and .308 at first, with 300 BLK, 7.62 x 39 and 6.8 SPC to follow.
It will be offered with either a 10.5” or a 16” barrel. One of the most interesting design features of the new gun is a new sighting system that will allow the user to swap between calibers without losing zero. The spent casings will eject above the magazine well forward and to the right via a short chute, which is easily accessible to clear any malfunctions.
Will it sell well? It will. Desert Tech is a fashionable brand. Its rifles are built to extreme tolerances and perform exceptionally well, which has earned them a devoted following in the tactical community. And a Desert Tech bullpup may prove to be a step up from the others players in the field.
Desert Tech had some mock-ups of the new MDR at the SHOT Show. According to the rep we spoke to, there is only one functional gun and it was back at the shop in Utah. As such, it was hard to tell much about the controls or trigger. But the idea sure had everyone talking. Desert Tech’s motto is “Tomorrow’s Weapons,” but it will be a little bit longer wait. The MDR is set for a mid-2015 release. The estimated MSRP is between $2,100 and $2,500.
Caracal’s Putting Their Troubles behind Them with Ambitious New Rifles—SHOT Show 2014Caracal showed up at the SHOT Show this year with some fantastic new guns. The complete recall of the Model C pistols might very well have wiped out some fledgling companies, but not Caracal. The crew from the UAE brought out some exciting new hardware.
The CS308 has a familiar look. The skeletal .308 precision rifle is designed and built entirely by Caracal, and not pieced together out of parts like some of its competition. While some might consider this a hindrance, especially those who like to modify their guns to suit their own unique styles, Caracal sees this ground-up approach as a way to custom tune their guns. From the stock to the muzzle, every inch is designed to work with this one caliber in this unique package. The trigger is completely adjustable. If you don’t like where it sits in the trigger guard, move it forward or back. If you want more or less weight on the back end of the two-stage pull, that is adjustable, too.
The gun that has me worked up is a rocking 9mm carbine. The CC 10 makes shooting a pistol seem arduous. This gun is incredibly fast. The ergonomics make for rapid sight acquisition. The weight of the carbine helps mitigate recoil. It isn’t available yet in the American market, but it should be showing up in stores pretty soon.
The future looks bright for Caracal. If they can navigate the reintroduction of their pistols stateside and bring even more rifles like this market, Caracal just might be a serious contender.
Bong or Bang: Illinoisans Must Choose
by Robert W. Hunnicutt | January 22nd, 2014
The Chicago Tribune has reported that Illinois regulators have proposed new rules that would require users employing the state’s new medical marijuana law to give up their right to own a gun, even if they already have a state-issued firearms identification card or concealed carry license.
Those of you who have filled out a 4473 form lately will recall that “unlawful users” of marijuana are disqualified from buying a gun, so it seems likely that state officials are trying to harmonize regulations with federal law. That’s ironic, of course, since federal law makes no provision for medical marijuana.
NRA is taking no position on the regulations, and that’s probably smart. It is, however, hard not to point out that the President recently stated his opinion that marijuana was no worse than alcohol. If that’s the case, then why should cancer or glaucoma sufferers who use this natural remedy be denied their rights? Hmm?
First Look: BCM KeyMod Rail System
by G&A Online Editors | January 15th, 2014
New for 2014, Bravo Company (BCM) USA and Gunfighter Industries are introducing a revolutionary new handguard system for the AR-15 platform. Weighing just 5-ounces, the 13-inch BCM KeyMod Rail System (KMR) is quite possibly the lightest and most versatile handguard on the market.
The KMR utilizes KeyMod rail attachment points, which have become a standardized rail mounting system across the firearm industry. KeyMod rails were originally designed to work in tandem with standard Picatinny rails to give operators the ability to quickly mount accessories at several positions on the hand guard.
Bravo Company’s KMR is constructed of an aluminum and magnesium alloy, weighing 7-ounces when installed with mounting hardware.
The KMR system will be initially available on BCM complete upper receivers two weeks after SHOT Show. Individual KMR systems in 10- and 13-inch variations will be shipping a few weeks after that, for around $269. We also expect to see 9- and 15-inch offerings coming later in 2014.
Ohio Ordnance BAR: A Modern Twist on a Timeless Classic—SHOT Show 2014
by GunsAmerica Actual on January 23, 2014
Ohio Ordnance Works
The Browning Automatic Rifle is a beast of a gun. I’m not talking about the svelte modern hunting rifle; I’m talking about the chunky BAR the US Marines lugged across the scraggly patchwork islands in the Pacific. That big son-of-a-bitch the Japanese hated. I don’t blame them. I sure wouldn’t want to face a Leatherneck with a shoulder fired full auto rifle throwing .30-06. The BAR, which was designed way back in 1917, was already dated in the 1940s, as heavy rifles were slowly replaced by lighter and lighter squad automatic rifles. Yet there’s still a mystique to the old gun. Ohio Ordinance has been making semi-automatic BARs for years, but they’re making news with an “updated” version that they showed off at the SHOT Show this year.
The first thing you notice about the new BAR is the emphasis on the updates. Ohio Ordinance has made a block that attaches to the back of the receiver that allows for use of a mil-spec AR stock. This and other changes take a good bit of weight off the rifle. A WWII era BAR weighed in around 19lbs. This one is closer to 14 pounds.
This new heavy rifle will shoot 1 MOA, and has an effective range out to 1,200 yards.
While we haven’t shot it yet, the rifle does feel steady. The extra weight helps cut down on the shake that comes with some skinny plastic hunting guns.
They have also redesigned the BAR magazine to hold 30 rounds instead of 20. This keeps the rifles competitive in a world of standard capacity magazines, and gives the gun a bit of an edge over some other .30 cals. The new mags will work in original full and semi auto versions of the BAR, too, and are selling for $60.
Ohio Ordnance will be taking orders in March and hope to ship in May. The estimated price for the new BAR is $3,700.
Polymer AR lower from ATI—SHOT Show 2014
by GunsAmerica Actual on January 23, 2014American Tactical Imports
American Tactical Imports (ATI) is a worldwide importer of firearms, ammunition and tactical gear. We stopped at ATI’s SHOT Show booth looking for the newest product to show you. They were most excited about the new hybrid AR lower, so we checked it out. It’s a good-looking piece that combines polymer with molded-in steel inserts at critical points like the buffer tube takedown and the trigger group mounting screws. It’s lightweight and comes either as a stripped lower, so you can add your own parts, or as a complete lower with a retractable rear stock. MSRP is $50 for the stripped version and $170 for the complete lower.
SHOT Show 2014 New Guns: SIG 556xi Review
By: Corey Graff | January 14, 2014
Based on SIG’s SG 550, the SIG556xi utilizes a rotating bolt and adjustable gas piston operating system, plus gives you the choice of caliber, barrel length, handguard/stock configurations and lower receivers. Yep, this puppy’s adaptable.
A removable barrel gives you the option to select the necessary length for your application.
Its interchangeable bolts can be swapped to any of three calibers — 5.56x45mm NATO, 300 Blackout, and 7.62x39mm. You can also quickly change out the non-serialized lower receiver, allowing the use of either AR-style STANAG or rock-and-lock AK-style mags. Only the SIG556xi upper receiver is serialized.
Polymer handguards accept all Magpul light and rail kits, while the aluminum and carbon fiber handguards accept 2”, 4”, and 6” M1913 rails. Barrels are available in 10”, 14.5”, and 16”.
The ambidextrous, SIG556xi features an ambi safety selector, magazine release and user swappable charging handle (right- or left-handed). Optional receiver end plates allow for the use of either AR receiver extension tubes and buttstocks or M1913 compatible stocks.
Thanks to a redesigned trigger package, the military and law enforcement versions of the SIG556xi are capable of full-auto fire in every caliber, including 7.62x39mm. The Russian lower has been thoroughly function tested with many available AK magazines, including US P.A.L.M.
- 3-position adjustable gas piston operating system with rotating bolt
- Swiss-style folding stock with removable cheek riser
- Ambidextrous controls
- Locking flip-up front and rear sights
- Polymer handguard (compatible with Magpul® MOE® accessories)
- Caliber convertible: 5.56 NATO / 7.62 x 39mm / 300 Blk
American Rifle: Could This be the Lightest .338 Lapua?—SHOT Show 2014
by GunsAmerica Actual on January 22, 2014
American Rifle Company
American Rifle Company has been building and selling some great scope mounts, but the intent has always been to build guns. The company was at SHOT Show with the prototypes for these guns, most notably the M2 precision rifle. This is a multi-caliber platform that will handle everything from .308 Winchester to .338 Lapua Magnum. While their other rifle, the M5 Mausenfield, was built on a Remington 700 footprint, the M2 has a custom footprint. American Rifle paired this custom footprint with a Springfield ejector and a Mauser type extractor. It basically cherry picked the best features of the guns out there and then invented what the designers couldn’t find, like the toroidal bolt head.
The bolt head has semi circular bolt lugs. The bearing surface of the lugs engages a spherical bearing surface in the receiver, creating very strong lock up, which means that the bolt is insensitive to its alignment in the receiver. This is just one feature that contributes to the gun’s overall accuracy.
The unique chassis/action interface also prevents stresses on the chassis from being transmitted to the action. Some of its other singular features include a bolt handle that can be field changed from right hand to left hand, and a folding stock that can likewise be configured to fold in either direction based on the position of the bolt handle, making this the only ambidextrous bolt action rifle in the industry.
At 12.9 pounds in .338 Lapua Magnum, including the bolt and magazine, the M2 is the lightest multi caliber gun in its class. American Rifle doesn’t yet have the guns on the website but plan to get them up soon. I don’t know how long it will take to bring the designs to market, but they’re not too far out. We’ll be watching closely.
EAA’s New Plastic 1911!–SHOT Show 2014
by GunsAmerica Actual on January 21, 2014
Generally speaking, a company introducing a new 1911 wouldn’t make much of a stir. That’s not the case with the EAA 1911. This is the first polymer frame single stack 1911 made by any company, and that’s got a lot of people talking. If you’re thinking, Whoa! Wait a minute. A plastic 1911? Isn’t that an oxymoron? From what we saw, no. Polymer actually works quite well with this platform. First of all, only the frame is polymer. The slide rides on a pair of steel rail systems. Second, all the accessories for the 1911 fit this gun as well. Plus, it has an under barrel rail and is lighter than a comparable all metal 1911. You might think, well, I can print one of those bad boys up on my 3D printer, but I guarantee it won’t have the quality and dependability of EAA’s newest gun.
SHOT Show 2014: Remington R51
By: Elwood Shelton | January 16, 2014
With its sleek lines and innovative action, the Remington R51 is one of the most futuristic pistols released at SHOT Shot 2014. But looks can be deceiving, because at its foundation is a nearly century-old design.
Entering the 2014 SHOT Show, expectations ran high that a single-stack 9mm tailored for concealed carry would steal the spotlight.
It has. But the manufacturer of the handgun is the shocking angle of this story. After all, Remington typically makes waves with shoulder-fired guns, not in the world of pistols.
Big Green, however, appears to have produced the handgun everyone is talking about in Las Vegas with the introduction of the R51. That should be rephrased — it is the reintroduction of the gun, since the pistol is the next generation of the Model 51, a design that has actually been around for nearly a century.
The pistol was the brainchild of John Douglas Pedersen, a firearms designer John Browning regarded as the greatest in the world. While the first iterations of the Model 51 drew plenty of attention, the pistol never really caught on despite its innovations. Though, General George S. Patton found it intriguing enough to own one.
Technology that was ahead of its time when it was patented in 1915, however, might have found its place in today’s world.
Pedersen’s action — what R.K. Wilson called a “Momentum Block System” in the Textbook of Automatic Pistols — is what makes the Model 51 and the R51 unique. It is neither a blowback nor recoil system, but an elegant amalgamation of both actions.
At first blush, the pistols look and function like a blowback systems. The guns have fixed barrels, with the recoil spring seated around them. And when fired, both guns’ breechblocks and slides move together. Where the recoil action comes to play is in the use of its locking breechblock. In each pistol’s case, the blocks locks into the frame a short distance after a round has been fired. The space allows for safe levels of chamber pressure and a reduction in recoil, functioning much more like a recoil action at this point.
While the mechanics of Pedersen’s action are somewhat foreign to modern shooters it has some advantages.
Donald M. Simmons recognized two in his article on the Model 51, appearing in the 1979 Gun Digest Annual. First, it allows a simple blowback action to be used in high-powered pistols, since it reduces chamber pressure. Secondly, it permits a lighter slide and a svelte firearm design, since it does not require the robust system typical of pure blowback actions.
These elements make the action perfect for a simple and lightweight concealed carry pistol that packs plenty of punch. Somewhere along the line, someone at Remington dusted off some old patent records and realized this fact.
In its second life, the already petite pistol was made even more elfin. The R51 is a mere 6-inches in length, 4.5-inches in height and .96-inches in width. And the 3.4-inch barreled gun weighs a feathery 20 ounces. The dimensions make it as functional in a pocket holster as it does riding inside the waistband.
The R51 was also streamlined to be more conducive to its role as a concealed carry pistol. Nearly every edge that has the opportunity to snag clothing on the draw has been rounded off, giving the handgun a “Buck Rogers” look.
That sort of attention to detail would have pleased Pedersen, who took hundreds of wax impressions of hands to get the original Model 51’s grip shape and angle just right.
The gun’s caliber has been beefed up from its original .380 ACP and .32, reestablished as a 9mm — America’s most-popular handgun caliber. And Remington has further plans to take advantage of the action, aiming to introduce a .40 Smith & Wesson model in the future.
It is a single-action pistol, with an internal hammer, outfitted with a drop safety. The gun is rated for 9mm +P ammunition, has 7+1 magazine capacity and comes with an ambidextrous magazine release. The gun’s primary safety is on the grip, once defeated the pistol is ready to rock and roll. The R51 also has a number of options, including night sights, a model outfitted with a Crimson Trace laser and one with a threaded barrel for a suppressor.
The pistol appears to have everything a shooter would want. However, there are a few facets of the handgun that are concerning.
While many will rejoice the R51 is all metal, one of them is aluminum — which is used to construct the frame. The material certainly lightens up the pistol, but also raises concerns about its longevity, since the metal does not have the tensile strength of steel. An automatic’s slide can wear on aluminum and one wonders if the breechblock lock is up to the job in the long term. Also, depending upon what kind of aluminum is being used (unknown at the time of writing) repairs may be impossible, since some alloys of the metal cannot be welded.
The overall dimensions and material of the pistol could be problematic, as well. The Model 51 might have been manageable as a .32 and .380, but the R51 jumping up to 9mm and .40 Smith & Wesson is a whole different story. While reports have said it is a smooth firing pistol, it’s hard to believe a 3.5-inch barreled 9mm weighing all of 20-ounces doesn’t have some muzzle flip and recoil idiosyncrasies. But those are certainly issues that can be overcome with practice and familiarity with the firearm.
Even with a couple of question marks lingering over it, the R51 is not much of a gamble. Remington has priced the pistol at a thrifty $389, which makes it one of the most affordable handguns on the market.
Whatever becomes of the R51, one thing is certain: Remington has brought one of the most unique actions ever devised out of the ash bin of history — a claim not many firearms manufacturers can make.
Fiocchi Canned Heat, Ya Gotta Love It—SHOT Show 2014
by GunsAmerica Actual on January 20, 2014
Fiocchi was just as frustrated as the rest of us when it came to the company’s inability to keep up with the rising demand for ammunition last year. The bad news is that 2014 is expected to play out much the same. Maybe by the end of the year the increased production investment from Fiocchi and the other major ammunition manufacturers will catch up with demand. In the meantime, Fiocchi did have some good news to report. It is a new line of ammo called “Canned Heat” in reference to the nifty sealed cans, complete with desiccant, that the ammo comes in. These cans have a plastic top a la Tupperware, or clamp-on lids that you can use to reseal them. It’s not only more convenient than cardboard boxes, but also keeps your ammo clean and dry. Canned Heat comes in the most common .223 flavors, as well as .308 and 12 gauge. Fiocchi was also highlighting the Golden Pheasant loads with nickel-plated shot. The nickel plating makes the shot harder for better penetration. Brand new steel slugs for rifled barrels, called Boar and Buck Slayer, were also on display. It can be used where lead ammo is prohibited and the segmented slug ensures fast, humane kills. If bacon wrapped venison is your delicacy of choice, these breakthrough rounds will definitely get the job done. I have found Fiocchi ammo to be dependably high in both quality and performance. Whether your needs run to cowboy action shooting, hunting, classic gun ammo, or self defense, Fiocchi has you covered. Check out what they have to say.
Two new guns from Glock: Glock 41 Gen IV and Glock 42—SHOT Show 2014
by GunsAmerica Actual on January 19, 2014
Glock is rocking the show with two new pistols. The first is their all-new G42. This is a sub-compact .380 auto – slim, compact, and super concealable. In fact, it’s the smallest Glock ever introduced. They’ve combined the small size of the .380 auto platform with Glock dependability to give you a gun you can count on when the chips are down. You can see the new G42 here.
The other new Glock is their G41 Gen 4 — what they call their “practical/tactical.” This is in essence G21 internals and dimensions with a G41 slide. The longer barrel and slide help reduce muzzle flip while providing a longer sight radius for more accurate shot placement. The combination delivers an improvement in weight distribution, resulting in a well-balanced .45 ACP pistol for competition, self defense or duty carry. With a 13-round magazine, you can be sure of bringing plenty of fire power with you. Weight is a respectable 27 ounces empty. The trigger weight is a typical Glock trigger weight of 5.5 pounds. In all it is a very nice configuration for a lighter, better balanced, full size .45.
Concealed carry weapons on display at 2014 SHOT Show
y Allison Barrie/
Published January 17, 2014/
Standard concealed carry of weapons isn’t always practical -- and this year’s SHOT show brought a range of alternatives to keep a low profile.
From Jan. 14 through 17, more than 60,000 industry professionals convened in Las Vegas for the 36th Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show). It's the world's largest gun show, with over 12.5 miles of weapons, and more than 1,600 exhibitors are showcasing their latest and greatest.
And some of what they showed was meant to be hidden.
Revolvers hidden in the handles of briefcases, ladies handbags, going Storm Grey, cutting-edge suppressors -- they're all meant to keep your weapon status on the QT. There were heaps of traditional concealed carry methods at the 2014 SHOT Show, but for those looking for holster-less options, here are a few that had attendees talking.
The not-so-boring briefcase
For those shopping for stuff you would find in James Bond’s Q’s workshop, K-Var Corp. had some solutions.
Need to carry a briefcase AND a firearm? No problem. K-Var’s solution is a briefcase with a revolver concealed in the handle -- which is arguably more "Get Smart" than 007, but cool either way. This option is part of a very limited release of three guns in .22 short with five shots.
If bayonets are more your thing than briefcases, K-Var (a distributor for Arsenal Firearms) also has a revolver concealed within an M16 Bayonet. More of a fixed blade type? The third option in this line has the gun concealed within the fixed blade.
How does it work? By hiding the revolver’s cylinder in the handle of the briefcase or knife. When the handle is opened and the cylinder loaded, the handle cocks the action with the trigger popping out from the handle.
Fully functional, all three are milled from a single piece of steel.
None of them have aiming mechanisms, however, as the company was quick to point out. If you’re going to use a firearm built into your briefcase handle then you’re probably at point blank range anyhow.
Good luck getting your hands on one, however: Only 19 will be released in total, and one of these one-off’s sells for approximately $3,500.
Clutch in a clutch
If you’re trying to conceal a weapon on your torso, then shoulder holsters that restrict what you can wear can be a big challenge for women.
Vendors responded to the growing women’s market, bringing to SHOT Show a wider selection of compression garments and purses designed for concealed carry. Undertech Undercover’s Bebe purse was getting a lot of attention from the ladies, for example.
The new Bebe is a compact leather clutch that can be used with jeans or that little black dress. In addition to your lipstick and whatnot, it's made to fit compact semiautomatic pistols and small-frame double-action revolvers.
The full-length zipper along the handbag’s upper rear edge opens to a lined compartment with an elasticized holster and for added security it has a locking zipper.
Designed to keep a compact handgun available and quickly accessible for personal defense, it retails for about $180.
The Bebe was just one of a proliferation of handbags for women and for guys looking for a concealment man bag -- the selection wasn't nearly as good as for the ladies, in fact.
Some buyers were hunting the floors for smart methods to conceal weapons and themselves.
Tactical gear company 5.11's research led to an odd conclusion: Grey is the new black for the tactical world – and not just any grey. The company has gone with “storm grey” as the most effective to conceal an operator, and introduced a whole new Storm Grey collection with 18 pieces of clothes, gear and boots.
Coyote Tan, OD Green and Black tend to dominate the tactical color options on the SHOT Show floors, but working with professional customers 5.11 concluded that users found grey blended in better with certain terrains, notably urban.
Shirts, boots, chest rigs, plate carriers, gear covers and the Stryke pants will all be available. Cold weather options will become available as well.
Conceal your sound with silence: The suppressor
Keeping your weapon low profile when its in use requires some smart tech like the new Heckler & Koch/OSS silencer approach.
For many, mammoth Heckler & Koch’s partnership with the smaller silencer newcomer OSS, or Operator Suppressor Systems, to provide a cutting-edge suppressor tech came as a surprise.
This move prompted a lot of curiosity traffic at the company's booth to investigate the MR762A1 and MR556A1 rifle with OSS’s atypical suppressor design. Their Combined Technology Unit is rather different from the average bear CTU.
A modular system, each part with its own function, it can be easily disassembled and serviced.
Its over-the-barrel design, or reflex, provides signature reduction while keeping the overall length of the rifle as short as possible.
The suppressor has two main components: the Back Pressure Regulator, or BPR, and the Signature Reduction Module, or SRM. The BPR traps escaping gas, prevents it from re-entering the barrel and overgassing the rifle – meaning less wear on guns.
The SRM is an expansion chamber that is mounted forward of the back pressure regulator. Its baffles and end cap can be swapped out to have essentially a multi-caliber suppressor.
The OSS visual signature reducer flash hider can be mounted in front and the whole system mounts onto its unique muzzle device that redirects gas into the suppressor system.
Ballet dancer turned defense specialist Allison Barrie has traveled around the world covering the military, terrorism, weapons advancements and life on the front line. You can reach her at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter @Allison_Barrie.
What’s buzzing at SHOT Show, the world's largest gun show
By Allison Barrie/
Published January 16, 2014/
When you have thousands of guns tempting thousands of men shopping for guns, how do you stand out from the crowd?
Booth babes and celebrities are one surefire way to lure guys into your showplace and get them to hang around -- but smart design and responding to the market is also proving effective.
And offering a whirl at a grenade launcher doesn’t hurt either.
Celebrities and Gunny
Last year was a quiet one for SHOT Show, respectful of the recent tragedy in Connecticut.
But the booth bunnies were back in full force this year at the world's largest gun show, taking place this week at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas. They deployed their smiles and siren skills, complemented by revealing tops and short skirts: all highly effective based on the crowds in their respective company’s area.
Also taking photos and signing autographs are the celebrities. Two of the biggest draws this year so far have been fighter Tim Kennedy, smashing stuff at Gerber Legendary Knives, and R. Lee Ermey, also known as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, doing his "Full Metal Jacket" thing at Glock.
The Duck Commanders again had a commanding showplace, but one that was notably absent of any of The Duck Dynasty family this year -- to the disappointment of many.
Grenade Launcher Training
Simulators tend to abound at military gear shows, but they're not such a common sight at SHOT Show.
Heckler & Koch brought a grenade launcher training simulator that has been a huge crowd pleaser, with people jostling and elbowing for a turn. Much to the dismay of some (and the relief of others, given that it is an indoor event), the GMG 40mm simulator did not actually fire real grenades.
In real world application, the GMG 40mm fires approximately 350 rounds per minute. Instead, those having a go got to blow up digital trucks at different digital ranges.
Luring in Lefties
German company Walther may be most familiar for the Walther PPK issued to the fictional James Bond.
But to ambidextrous shooters, the company is known for looking after the lefties. Ambidextrous shooters tend to have few solid options on the market and are quick to refer others to this company.
There was buzz in the fully ambidextrous community pleased to see the PPQ M1 has been brought back for this year. At a price of about $550, it's a great option for a paddle-release gun at a reasonable cost.
At SHOT Show 2013, Walther announced the M2, a new PPQ model, that caused some concern the lefties were going to lose options.
While the original PPQ has a German-style paddle magazine release, with the M2 for the U.S. market the company introduced an American-style push button -- triggering some fear that paddle releases would be discontinued.
A button release can be switched for a rightie or a leftie, but a paddle release can be activated on either side of the pistol.
Big things in Small Semi-Automatic Packages
Beretta seems to have worked out that great things can come in small packages.
Last year, Beretta rolled out the 20-gauge A400 Action that continues to be a very big hit this year. Making a debut this year, Beretta says the scaled down A400 is the first 28 gauge semiautomatic shotgun they have ever made. Hugely popular, people have been lining up to have a close look at it and find out more.
Bodyguard by Smith & Wesson
By going smaller, Smith & Wesson also generated some big noise.
The M&P Bodyguard 380 is a 6+1 single-stack subcompact .380 and another very popular option at the show.
Smith & Wesson revealed this direct rival to the GLOCK 42 and its design reflects that listened to market demand for this popular handgun model without the laser sight.
Fans debating over the two are quick to note the differences.
GLOCK 42 uses their standard safe action pre-set striker trigger while the Bodyguard has a double action only second strike trigger and a manual safety.
The Bodyguard also has a smaller slide and barrel, for example.
Ballet dancer turned defense specialist Allison Barrie has traveled around the world covering the military, terrorism, weapons advancements and life on the front line. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @Allison_Barrie.
AR-15 Trivia: Did You Know?
By: Brian McCombie | January 13, 2014
No surprise that the Modern Sporting Rifle or MSR (which includes AR and AK rifle models) is currently the most popular rifle platform.
They have been among the best long gun sellers on store shelves in recent years and are now seen everywhere, from the competitive target range to the big game woods.
Did you know:
•66 percent of MSR owners own two or more MSRs.
•26 percent of MSR owners purchased their first rifle in 2012 or 2013.
•Over 33 percent of those who own four or more MSRs purchased their first MSR prior to 1994.
•Nine out of 10 MSR owners owned a handgun prior to their MSR.
•35 percent of MSR owners are current or former military/law enforcement.
•55 percent of MSR owners paid under $1,000 for their MSR.
•36 percent of all MSR owners purchased their most recent MSR at an independent retail store or a gun show.
•The average MSR owner is 35+ years old, married and has at least some college education.
What’s New at Slide Fire?—Media Day at the Range—SHOT Show 2014
by GunsAmerica Actual on January 16, 2014
Slide Fire Solutions
As someone who reviews firearms for a living, I can sometimes mistake going to the range for actual work. I’ve got cameras to line up, lighting to consider. When I get down to shooting, I’ve got a lot on my mind, much more than I used to when I went shooting with friends and isn’t always fun. Slide Fire is here to remind me of the good times, when shooting made smile. They brought out a mess of guns to the Range at SHOT Show 2014: AKs, ARs, even some tricked out Ruger 1022s. They also brought out cases of ammo and a full crew to keep the magazines full. The result was the most fun I’ve had at the range in a long, long time.Slidefire1
The stock sets are intriguing. Pull the trigger back and hold on. The pressure of the spring in the stock reacting to the recoil from each subsequent round will empty a 30 round magazine in a hurry. It requires a bit of practice, but isn’t hard.
Slide Fire is known for its stocks. The latest invention is so new that it is, as of yet, un-named. It is a cradle of sorts that holds an AR-15 upside down. There are two vertical grips at the back end and paddle-style triggers that you press with your thumbs. The whole contraption mounts onto a tripod. Is it necessary? No, of course not. But that misses the point. Is it fun? It is. It is fast, it is fun, and it is a bit easier to keep on target than you’d expect. It is going to get expensive, too, with all that lead zipping down range.
What should they call it? We’re open to ideas. Let’s give this whatchamacallit a name.
Jackson: Gun owner unarmed, unwelcome in Maryland
By Tom Jackson | Tribune Staff
Published: January 12, 2014 | Updated: January 14, 2014 at 06:11 PM
HUDSON – John Filippidis, silver-haired family man, business owner, employer and taxpayer, is also licensed to carry a concealed firearm.
He'd rather he didn't feel the need, “but things aren't like they used to be. The break-ins, the burglaries, all the crime. And I carry cash a lot of the time. I'm constantly going to the bank.
“I wanted to be able to defend my family, my household and the ground I'm standing on. But I'm not looking for any trouble.”
Filippidis keeps his gun — a palm-sized Kel-Tec .380 semiautomatic, barely larger than a smartphone in a protective case — in one of two places, always: in the right-hand pocket of his jeans, or in the safe at home.
“There are kids in the house,” Filippidis says, “and I don't think they'd ever bother with it, but I don't want to take any chances.”
He's not looking for any trouble, after all.
Trouble, in fact, was the last thing on his mind a few weeks back as the Filippidises packed for Christmas and a family wedding in Woodridge, N.J., so he left the pistol locked in the safe. The state of Florida might have codified his Second Amendment rights, but he knew he'd be passing through states where recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions affirming the rights of individuals to keep and bear arms have been met by hostile legislatures and local officials.
“I know the laws and I know the rules,” Filippidis says. There are, after all, ways gun owners can travel legally with firearms through hostile states. “But I just think it's a better idea to leave it home.”
So there the Filippidises were on New Year's Eve eve, southbound on Interstate 95 — John; wife Kally (his Gulf High sweetheart); the 17-year-old twins Nasia and Yianni; and 13-year-old Gina in their 2012 Ford Expedition — just barely out of the Fort McHenry Tunnel into Maryland, blissfully unarmed and minding their own business when they noticed they were being bird-dogged by an unmarked patrol car. It flanked them a while, then pulled ahead of them, then fell in behind them.
“Ten minutes he's behind us,” John says. “We weren't speeding. In fact, lots of other cars were whizzing past.”
“You know you have a police car behind you, you don't speed, right?” Kally adds.
Says John, “We keep wondering, is he going to do something?”
Finally the patrol car's emergency lights come on, and it's almost a relief. Whatever was going on, they'd be able to get it over with now. The officer — from the Transportation Authority Police, as it turns out, Maryland's version of the New York-New Jersey Port Authority — strolls up, does the license and registration bit, and returns to his car.
According to Kally and John (but not MTAP, which, pending investigation, could not comment), what happened next went like this:
Ten minutes later he's back, and he wants John out of the Expedition. Retreating to the space between the SUV and the unmarked car, the officer orders John to hook his thumbs behind his back and spread his feet. “You own a gun,” the officer says. “Where is it?”
“At home in my safe,” John answers.
“Don't move,” says the officer.
Now he's at the passenger's window. “Your husband owns a gun,” he says. “Where is it?”
First Kally says, “I don't know.” Retelling it later she says, “And that's all I should have said.” Instead, attempting to be helpful, she added, “Maybe in the glove [box]. Maybe in the console. I'm scared of it. I don't want to have anything to do with it. I might shoot right through my foot.”
The officer came back to John. “You're a liar. You're lying to me. Your family says you have it. Where is the gun? Tell me where it is and we can resolve this right now.”
Of course, John couldn't show him what didn't exist, but Kally's failure to corroborate John's account, the officer would tell them later, was the probable cause that allowed him to summon backup — three marked cars joined the lineup along the I-95 shoulder — and empty the Expedition of riders, luggage, Christmas gifts, laundry bags; to pat down Kally and Yianni; to explore the engine compartment and probe inside door panels; and to separate and isolate the Filippidises in the back seats of the patrol cars.
Ninety minutes later, or maybe it was two hours — “It felt like forever,” Kally says — no weapon found and their possessions repacked, the episode ended ... with the officer writing out a warning for speeding 71 mph in a 55 mph zone.
“All that time, he's humiliating me in front of my family, making me feel like a criminal,” John says. “I've never been to prison, never declared bankruptcy, I pay my taxes, support my 20 employees' families; I've never been in any kind of trouble.”
Face red, eyes shining, John pounds his knees. “And he wants to put me in jail. He wants to put me in jail. For no reason. He wants to take my wife and children away and put me in jail. In America, how does such a thing happen? ... And after all that, he didn't even write me a ticket.”
Even now, John Filippidis has no idea how the officer learned about his concealed-carry permit, and the MTAP isn’t saying.
Now, despite having fielded apologies from the officer's captain as well as from a Maryland Transportation Authority Police internal affairs captain, John is wondering if he shouldn't just cancel his CCW license.
For a guy who's not looking for trouble, that's not an unreasonable conclusion. And it would please fans of gun control by any means. But let's hope John Filippidis, American family man, taxpayer and good guy, doesn't cave, because it would be a sad statement about the brittleness of our guarantees — some would call them sacred — under the Constitution.
Kel-Tec Has Something Very Special for Bullpup Fans—Two Unique Gun Designs—SHOT Show 2014
by GunsAmerica Actual on January 15, 2014
Kel-Tec CNC Industries
Kel-Tec3Kel-Tec introduced not one, but two new bullpup rifles—the RDB outfitted in tactical attire and the M43 with beautiful wood furniture for you traditionalists. Both guns are in 5.56, feature an adjustable gas piston operating system and are ambidextrous.
One of the problems with trying to build an ambidextrous bullpup, of course, is that side-ejecting spent casings come out in your ear if you’re firing left-handed, and front-ejecting guns are complex. Kel-Tec solves this problem with an ingeniously simple downward ejection behind the mag well. The RDB sports a tactical picatinny rail and polymer stock, and it comes suppressor-ready.
The M43 features folding iron sights and a wood handguard, pistol grip and stock embellishment. These are both accurate, soft-firing guns for close quarters or long-distance work.
You get a full 17.4” barrel in a compact package with an overall length of just over 26”. Production guns are expected to hit the dealer pipeline sometime in the fourth quarter of this year. MSRP will be in the $1,900 – 2,000 range.
Watch the video for a first look at these two innovative rifles.
Gun Review: ArmaLite AR-30A1
The company that brought us the first AR proves it still has tricks up its sleeve with the AR-30A1 - a refined bolt-action sniper rifle.
By Wilson Langston
After a dozen years in production, ArmaLite engineers decided it was time to improve upon their already popular lineup of AR-30 sniper rifles. The culmination of their work is the company's new AR-30A1. The AR-30A1 is offered in two calibers, .338 Lapua Magnum and .300 Winchester Magnum. The previous AR-30 model lineup included a .308 Winchester variant as an option.
Features of the AR-30A1
The bolt handle drops almost straight down, creating a sleeker and more narrow profile and making it less prone to snags as well as easier to store in hard rifle cases. The range of motion when charging the rifle stays the same, however..
After putting a couple of hundred rounds down range with the ArmaLite AR-30B, the predecessor to the A1, it's easy to make comparisons.
Side by side, the differences in the guns are numerous. The new model tested is a "target" model in .338 Lapua, which includes improved accessory rails and a buttstock with an adjustable cheek height and length of pull. The AR-30B rifle came with a rather plain skeleton stock with no adjustment.
Two knobs on the A1's stock easily adjust and lock with a pronounced click throughout their range of travel. The cheek piece moves approximately 1 inch, and the length of pull adjusts approximately 2 inches.
The rifle can also be purchased from ArmaLite with a folding buttstock allowing for easier transport and storage. I like the new stock configuration, and think the folding option is the way to go for shooters seeking the widest range of versatility.
The new accessory and scope rails are no less impressive. The top scope rail is 18 inches long and supports a wide array of accessories. It has ample room for even larger night vision optics forward of the scope.
There are four additional Picatinny rails on the rifle-three of them located on each side and bottom of the forend with one on the buttstock to accommodate a sling swivel or other accessories. Several vacant holes on the forend will allow for easy sling or accessory changes.
Hidden assets add convenience: Under the cheek piece is a bore guide that makes aligning a cleaning rod precisely into the chamber and barrel a real cinch..
The newly designed safety is another noticeably different change. It's similar in design and function to the 98 Mauser but with only a "safe" and "fire" position. This was changed to lock the firing pin directly, not just the trigger mechanism. The ArmaLite Model B safety only locks the trigger, and the safety lever is similar to Remington's 700-style rifles. This change in design offers a higher degree of safety.
The bolt handle is sleeker and more uniquely designed than its predecessor. It turns downward sharply, making the gun narrower overall and easier to store in a hard case. These changes do not affect the range of motion when charging the weapon.
The magazine release has also been changed to allow ambidextrous use, as well as one-hand removal of the magazine. The release is now located on the front lower corner of the trigger guard, which is aesthetically pleasing and easy to manipulate with the trigger finger. The previous design was modeled after the AR-15-style magazine release and sometimes proved awkward,. It sometimes felt like I needed three hands to drop the magazine.
The A1's weight is distributed more centrally than the previous model making operation and reloading easier, too. This also makes a difference when carrying the rifle one handed. Differences between the old and new model are seen muzzle to buttpad.
At the muzzle, the most critical component, the muzzle brake even got a face lift. The overall design and shape remains the same, but the construction couldn't be more different. Previously, the muzzle break was made up of six individual parts held together by eight Allen head screws. The break on the new A1 is cast as one piece of steel, making it much stronger. Fewer parts allow for fewer malfunctions.
During testing, all of the four brands of ammo performed well with the ultra-accurate AR-30A1.
Range Time With the AR-30A1
During testing, I noticed no difference in recoil between the new and old rifles. Both muzzle breaks do a great job reducing recoil to a manageable level for most shooters. The barrel of each is free floating, all the way to the action. This design element is critical for both weapons' sub-MOA accuracy.
Other improvements include a bore guide built into the cheek rest, placed to guide a cleaning rod directly into the center of the chamber and barrel. These guide holes are located beneath the cheek piece, hidden from plain view and accessed by raising the cheek rest to the appropriate height.
The author suggests Black Hills ammo as a good choice that matches accuracy with affordability as the .338 can be a rather pricey caliber.
Six hours on the range did nothing but build my confidence in the rifle. Not only did it perform seamlessly, it was impressively accurate. Once adjusted to my build, the cheek piece delivered tight shot placement with ease and allowed me to put impressive groups on paper. A Nightforce 5.5-22X Zero Stop optic mounted in high Trijicon 30mm rings provided and excellent match for the long-range rig.
Four brands of ammunition were tested by firing several 5-shot groups at 100 yards. An Oehler 35P recorded velocity data. I selected Federal, Barnes, Remington and Black Hills to wring out the 100-yard accuracy from this new rifle.
The 250-grain Federal Premium Match was the most accurate; the smallest group measuring .691 of an inch. Black Hills 250-grain loads were the second best performing, with the best group measuring .838. Military-grade Barnes 300-grain OTM was the heaviest bullet tested and produced groups as small as .845 inch.
The Remington match loads groups were the largest, but not by a significant margin. The best Remington group recorded measured .878 of an inch, which is still impressive. All brands of ammunition tested performed well, but Federal was the most consistent.
The Black Hills would be a great economy option; anyone familiar with the ravenous Lapua knows you must pay to play. If tenths of an inch are not a primary concern, go the economy route.
ArmaLite inhabits a special place in firearms history as the company that first delivered the AR-style rifle to both military and civilian shooters, and with their latest offering, the re-engineered company looks to build on that legacy and keep serious shooters coming back for more.
Caliber: .338 Lapua Magnum (tested), .300 Win. Mag.
Action Type:: Bolt-action
Receiver: Through hardened
Barrel: 26-in. chrome molyâ€¨with 1:10 twist, muzzle brake
Magazine: Five-round detachable
Sights: None, Picatinny rail for ready optics mounting
Stock: Adjustable cheek piece (height)
& buttstock (length)
Weight: 15.3 lbs.
Overall Length: 48.1 in. to 50.1 in.
Accessories: Detachable sight and accessory rails, hard case, sling
This article appeared in the July 15, 2013 issue of Gun Digest the Magazine. If long-range rifles are your thing, check out the new book Mastering the Art of Long-Range Shooting, by Wayne van Zwoll.
Rifle Shooting Basics: The Long-Forgotten Loop Sling
By: Peter Lessler | December 17, 2013
One of the most useful rifle shooting aids is also one of the most neglected. That is the use of the loop sling. The support and steadiness it provides, when properly used, is enormous.
Contrary to what you may have read before, the sling does not “tie the rifle to your shoulder,” or to your arm for that matter.
What it does is to replace your support arm bicep muscle in holding up the weight of the rifle, not only taking one more trembling muscle out of the picture, but also preventing the support arm elbow joint angle from opening up and lowering the rifle, and even helping support the weight of the upper body in certain positions.
While proper use of the shooting loop sling was long a staple of military training and was well known amongst hunters, the military started getting away from teaching it in the years after the Korean War.
As a result, the knowledge of how to use this handy technique has all but disappeared from both the military and civilian worlds of riflery.
This is a shame, as a properly set-up sling is a major aid to gaining a steady position. Col. Cooper’s observations, if I recall correctly, were that the shooting loop sling is useful in perhaps 60% of rifle hunting situations, and increases your steadiness by about 30%. I personally think he was being conservative.
The best use of the shooting loop sling requires the support arm elbow (left elbow if you shoot righty) to be rested on a support. This can be a log, car hood (if legal for hunting in your state – it’s not in mine!), the ground (in prone), or your own leg (kneeling, squatting, or sitting).
When your elbow is hanging in the air you still have to use your support-side shoulder (front deltoid) muscle to hold everything up, so much of the steadiness a loop sling affords is wasted, since the only muscle it replaces is the bicep. If your elbow is not supported you can’t truly relax your support arm from shoulder to fingertips.
If the situation calls for – and allows – the taking of any position or rest where the support arm elbow is planted on something solid, the shooting sling is the quickest, simplest, and least cumbersome steadiness aid there is.
Got a bipod? Fine. How much weight does it add to your rifle, and how long does it take to deploy it and adjust its length properly?
Carrying shooting sticks? Okay, how do you like carrying them all day? How much movement do you make setting them up properly?
Granted, if your hunting style is to sit down, set up, and not move all day, the aforementioned shooting aids will work quite well. But if handiness and speed of deployment count, it’s hard to beat the right kind of shooting sling. With the modern fast-acquisition loop sling you can loop up in it while moving into position.
A proper shooting loop sling (as distinct from just a carry strap), used in the right situation, supports the weight of the rifle and allows you to relax into your position, thus freeing your muscles of the strain of holding up the rifle and recovering it on target after every shot. The rested elbow relieves your shoulder muscles of the task of holding up both arm and rifle.
Once your shoulder is no longer doing the work, the task of holding up the rifle is left to your support arm bicep, which has to keep tense to keep the weight of the rifle from sagging downwards. Now, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to substitute yet another stable support for a muscle that can tire and tremble?
The shooting sling performs this task very nicely by forming a loop, which wraps around the back of your upper support arm (the higher the better) and the front of your wrist.
This loop captures and surrounds your entire arm, from the armpit to wrist, preventing the elbow joint from moving in a more open direction. Viewed from the side, you have a point-downwards rigid triangle formed by the sling horizontal across the top, and your forearm and upper arm forming the other two sides.
Gravity, attempting to pull the rifle downwards, has a tendency to work against your bicep muscle, making your support arm want to open up its angle through movement of the elbow joint (if your support elbow is positioned directly under the rifle).
But the sling, by wrapping around both your support wrist and support upper arm, will start to tighten up if this happens.
Forward and downward motion of that wrist against the sling pulls the sling against the back of your upper arm, and once it tightens up it will prevent your support wrist from moving any further downward (where the weight of the rifle wants to push it). Your bones and the sling do all the work.
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