News and information this week

Sept. 14, 2017

This week on High Caliber Radio we will be talking to Dallas Safari Club Foundation President, Richard Cheatham, about the new “Hunt for Life”  campaign.  We will also look at the CZ 455 rimfire rifle with synthetic stock and threaded barrel.  Other items we will discuss and examine are the Smith and Wesson Model 422 pistol and the Rhodesian Sling as made by Andy Langois.  We will also share some exciting news about the hearing protection act.

 

 

Breaking News! HPA, H.R. 367, has been combined into the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, H.R. 3668, and passed the National Resource Committee with a 22 to 13 vote. Contact your congressmen by clicking the button below and urge them to vote “yes” on SHARE.  Click the image above to hear SilencerCo’s CEO, Joshua Waldron, speak with NRA TV’s Cam & Co about the HPA, SHARE Act, and what is being done to protect Americans’ hearing.

Remington Arms reduces its workforce, again

Remington Arms announced more layoffs at its Ilion, New York plant, reportedly due to an ongoing downturn in the firearms industry. (Photo: Donna Abbott-Vlahos/Triad Business Journal)

Remington Arms announced more layoffs at its Ilion, New York plant, reportedly due to an ongoing downturn in the firearms industry. (Photo: Donna Abbott-Vlahos/Triad Business Journal)

Remington Arms announced more layoffs at its Ilion, New York plant last week, reportedly due to an ongoing downturn in the firearms industry.

The gun maker released 156 employees in March in two successive rounds — in the face of mounting inventory and dwindling orders — and now looks to lower the axe on 55 additional workers, as weak demand persists.

Ilion Mayor Terry Leonard, a former Remington employee, told Spectrum News the centuries-old company reduces, and replenishes, its workforce often.

“If you look back over the last number of years, there were periods where they brought back 100 jobs, they brought back 140 jobs,” he said Friday. “So the layoffs and the recalls have been up and down.”

Indeed, staffing at the Ilion plant, first established in 1816, has fluctuated over the past several years. The company released over 200 workers in two different rounds of layoffs in 2014– citing market conditions and the impact of the New York SAFE Act of gun control measures – then reportedly bringing back the same number of jobs in 2015, Guns.com previously reported.

Not every official familiar with the central New York town feels as optimistic as Leonard, however. Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney released a statement Thursday blasting restrictive gun laws for wreaking economic havoc on Remington.

“Remington Arms has been a staple in Herkimer County for over two hundred years, and I have had the distinct honor of representing their hardworking employees in both the State Assembly and now in Congress,” she said. “Unfortunately, economic downturns in the firearms industry have forced Remington to reduce the size of their workforce to remain competitive. I know many employees at Remington personally and am saddened to hear this news. The failed economic and anti-Second Amendment policies of New York have continued to burden Remington’s Ilion facility. Our office stands ready to provide any assistance we can offer to the affected employees and their families during this time.”

Remington posted a 24 percent decrease in second quarter sales last month, bringing its operating loss to a total of $44.5 million, so far. Company executives blamed excess inventory, weak consumer demand and an increase in firearm imports for the disappointing earnings. Competitor gun and ammo makers report similar challenges in their first and second quarter filings.

Ruger AR-556 MPR
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) is proud to announce the new AR-556® Multi-Purpose Rifle (“MPR”). This custom-built modern sporting rifle features an 18″ nitrided alloy barrel with rifle-length gas system, Ruger’s 15″ free-float handguard compatible with M-LOK® accessories, the Ruger® Elite 452™ AR-Trigger and ergonomic Magpul® furniture. The perfect rifle for a variety of uses, the AR-556 MPR is capable and versatile.

“We are very excited to add this model to our modern sporting rifle lineup,” said Ruger President and CEO Chris Killoy. “Our talented team of engineers worked carefully to develop the ideal custom package for the AR-556 platform that does it all, right out of the box. From plinking to competition shooting, the MPR is the perfect rifle for just about anything.”

The MPR’s cold-hammer forged 18″ alloy barrel with 5R rifling is salt bath nitrided for corrosion resistance and durability. The barrel is contoured to minimize weight without sacrificing rigidity, leaving a 0.75″ journal for the low-profile gas block. The soft-shooting, rifle-length gas system paired with a Ruger® muzzle brake provides smoother operation and softens recoil to keep every shot on target.

Ruger’s 15″ free-float handguard is light, stiff and versatile, with Magpul M-LOK accessory attachment slots along the 3:00, 6:00 and 9:00 positions. Additional slots on the angled surfaces near the muzzle are perfect for mounting a light, laser or QD sling cup. Compared to a typical quad-rail forend, the 1.50″ diameter handguard makes the MPR’s forend slim and controllable. M-LOK-compatible Picatinny rail sections can be easily added. The integral Picatinny rail at the 12:00 position is tightly controlled to the most current STANAG 4649 specification.

The crisp 4.5 pound trigger pull of the Elite 452 two-stage trigger is a great addition to the MPR. The lower receiver is fitted with Magpul’s MOE® grip and Mil-Spec MOE SL™ buttstock, making the rifle easy to handle, shoulder and shoot. The Mil-Spec compatible lower and upper receivers are CNC-machined from forgings and hard coat anodized. The MPR comes complete with dust cover, brass deflector and forward assist.

USCCA: Bring National Reciprocity Legislation to a Vote
U.S. Concealed Carry Association Calls on Congressional Leadership to Bring National Reciprocity Legislation to a Vote
Congress has an Opportunity This Fall to Pass Concealed Carry Reciprocity

West Bend, WI – As Congress convenes for its first full week after being away during the month of August, the United States Concealed Carry Association is urging legislators to follow through on their promise to pass national concealed carry reciprocity, which would ensure that concealed carry permits issued in one state would be considered valid in the other 49 states.

Senator John Cornyn introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act through S.446 earlier this year and Congressman Richard Hudson did the same through the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 in H.R.446. Both bills would ensure that concealed carry permits issued in one state would be respected in them all.

“Responsibly armed Americans all across the country have long hoped for national concealed carry reciprocity and voted for their representatives with the understanding this legislation would become law,” said Tim Schmidt, Founder & President of the United States Concealed Carry Association. “Concealed Carry Reciprocity legislation in H.R.38 and S.446 has been waiting for a vote, and now is the time to make that happen. We urge our leaders in Congress to take up a vote on this legislation so that national concealed carry reciprocity can make it to the President’s desk for his signature.”

Brownells Goes Retro- Launches M16A1/AR-15 Furniture
 Brownells Goes Retro – Launches M16A1/AR-15 Furniture
Grinnell, Iowa – Retro rifle fans, rejoice! Brownells announces M16A1-style furniture in 3 different colors, allowing enthusiasts to complete authentic-looking replicas of classic early AR-15 variants.

Colors available include black, Air Force contract green, and brown for builds replicating early Eugene Stoner prototypes.

Available separately or in complete furniture sets, the early-pattern stocks, pistol grips and iconic triangular handguard sets are made with fully-modern materials, and are attractively priced compared to hard-to-find originals.

Handguards fit into triangular handguard caps. Stocks are based on the Type D pattern, without a trapdoor compartment, and fit onto A-1 length buffer tubes.

“Customers have a deep desire for nostalgia, and they wanted to be able to build their own version of an early AR-15 or M16A1,” said Brownells CEO Pete Brownell. “We’re proud to offer these classic-looking parts to help accomplish those builds.”

The following Retro AR-15 Furniture can be seen on the Brownells website:

    • Retro Handguard, Black. #078-000-344. $39.99 retail
    • Retro Stock, Black. #078-000-350. $39.99 retail.
    • Retro Pistol Grip, Black. #078-000-347. #14.99 retail.
    • Retro Handguard, Green. #078-000-345. $39.99 retail.
    • Retro Stock, Green. #078-000-351. $39.99 retail.
    • Retro Pistol Grip, Green. #078-000-348. $14.99 retail.
    • Retro Handguard, Brown. #078-000-346. $39.99 retail.
    • Retro Stock, Brown. #078-000-352. $39.99 retail.
    • Retro Pistol Grip, Brown. #078-000-349. $14.99 retail.

The Retro furniture complements the other Retro M16A1 parts Brownells also offers, including both upper and lower receivers, barrels, bolt carrier groups and other small parts.

To see all of Brownells Retro parts, click here.

Springfield Armory Offers Concealed Carry Optimized EMP 4 Pistol in .40 S&W

4-Inch Barrel EMP Adds Carry Contour & Grip Enhancements in a New Caliber

GENESEO, IL, September 11, 2017 – Springfield Armory®’s reputable EMP® 4″ with Concealed Carry Contour is now offered in .40 S&W for those looking for another variation on this standout 1911 series.

The EMP line captured audiences with ideal concealed carry proportions in a slim, single-stack design; silky-smooth short action; and enhanced ergonomic features. This series is set apart from the competition by the reduced dimensions of the grip frame. Due to it being designed originally around the 9mm cartridge, Springfield’s engineers were able to reduce the diameter and front-to-rear dimensions of the grip frame by 0.26 and 0.14 inches, respectively.

This is immediately evident when you pick up an EMP, especially when you factor in the extra-thin G10 grip panels. Compressing the traditional 1911 .45ACP grip to fit the 9mm and .40 caliber cartridges takes more than you might think. In fact, nine different components were redesigned to produce the EMP, including the frame, slide, extractor, trigger bow, trigger mechanism, firing pin, firing pin spring, plunger tube and spring.

What makes this particular version of the EMP popular is its concealed carry contour design. The heel and mainspring housing of this EMP’s grip frame have been rounded off, making the pistol more concealable, because it removes the part of the grip that tends to print through clothing. A contoured grip is typically a custom feature, and adding this to an existing pistol can cost as much as $225. However, Springfield offers a production contour for half the price.

“We are always looking for new ways to offer our customers exactly what they want,” Springfield Armory CEO Dennis Reese said. “Whether it’s an entirely new platform or simply an additional caliber offering, such as this model now being available in .40, we take each consumer into consideration and work tirelessly to provide a solution for their individual needs.”

In addition to the concealed carry contour, this pistol has all of the same premium features and enhancements you’ve come to love from the EMP product line. The satin finish 416 stainless steel slide has rear cocking serrations and a 3-dot sight system which employs a red fiber-optic in front and a low-profile, white-dot sight in back. The 4″ stainless steel, match-grade bushing-less bull barrel incorporates a fully supported ramp.

Unlike the 9mm version’s aluminum alloy frame, the .40 S&W sports a carbon steel frame finished in Black-T® – the same treatment specified on the Springfield Armory 1911s built for the FBI’s SWAT and Hostage Rescue teams. The frame’s frontstraps and mainspring housing are both treated with an aggressive Posi-Lock™ golf ball dimple texturing. Coupled with thin-line G10 panels featuring the same texture provides a grip designed to offer maximum comfort and control. An ambidextrous thumb safety makes it southpaw-friendly too.

Previously offered in 9mm, Springfield Armory is proud to introduce the EMP 4″ with Concealed Carry Contour to the market in .40 S&W. It’s the same quality and performance you’d expect from Springfield Armory’s trusted brand with yet another option for versatility.

For more information about the new 1911 EMP® 4″ Concealed Carry Contour model, please visit www.springfield-armory.com.

News and Information

Sept. 4, 2017

This week on High Caliber Radio we will talk to Michael Vega from Migel Vega Custom Leather Works.  These guys came up to the Fort Smith gun Show and had top quality gun leather with with hand stamped decorations.  I was impressed enough to order a complete rig from them.  Michael will talk about the start of their family business and what goes into their leather gear.  We will also be talking to the ladies at Damsel in Defense.  They market defense oriented merchandise designed for use by women.

 

 

 

 

Century Arms Announces Product Safety Warning

Delray Beach, Fla. – Century Arms, North America’s premier AK manufacturer, announced today a Canik Product Safety Warning and Severe Duty Upgrade Notice. This notice applies to Canik’s 9x19mm pistols: TP9SA, TP9SF, TP9SFx, TP9SF Elite, TP9SF Elite-S. Canik’s other products are not subject to this notice. All Canik pistols comply with and exceed current industry and military abusive handling standards. There are no safety concerns with the pistols when used under ordinary conditions.

Canik is committed to continuously improving its product’s performance. Evaluations and tests have shown that repeated abusive dropping of pistols may result in damage to safety features and unintentional discharge.
DANGER: IF ANY FIREARM IS DROPPED INTERNAL PARTS MAY HAVE BEEN DEFORMED, DAMAGED OR DISABLED. The product must be inspected by a qualified gunsmith or returned for inspection after any significant impact.
WARNING: REPEATED IMPACTS TO YOUR PISTOL TO TEST ITS SAFETY FUNCTIONS WILL DAMAGE INTERNAL PARTS, AND VOID ITS WARRANTY. Firearm abusive handling tests can be dangerous and should only be conducted by qualified individuals in controlled environments with proper safety precautions in place. Canik does not recommend that any customer conduct drop tests or other endurance tests before or after this Severe Duty Upgrade.
WARNING: CONSUMERS SHOULD ONLY USE CANIK PARTS IN OUR PISTOLS. AFTERMARKET PARTS COULD DECREASE OR DISABLE SAFETY FEATURES OF YOUR CANIK PISTOL.

Canik is committed to manufacturing safe, reliable, innovative and affordable firearms. We are offering a voluntary upgrade to the trigger safety spring and firing pin block spring on the Canik models noted above. This is to further increase the safety of Canik pistols for enhanced drop discharge prevention in heavy/severe duty conditions that are beyond industry standards. The Severe Duty Upgrade does not alter any feature or design of the pistols. Canik will provide all parts and workmanship at no charge, but customers will be responsible for shipping costs.
Steps for upgrading your pistol? Our goal is to have the Severe Duty Upgrade process in place by Friday, September 8, 2017. After this date, please visit www.CanikUSA.com for complete instructions on how to receive your Severe Duty Upgrade.

SureFire RYDER 22-MINI Suppressor Now Shipping

SureFire, LLC, manufacturer of the world’s finest—and most innovative—illumination tools and tactical products, is proud to announce the launch of the all new SF RYDER™ 22-MINI suppressor. The RYDER 22-MINI offers the same great benefits to that of the RYDER 22-S only now in a more compact, shorter overall length with minimal increase in sound attenuation. The 22-MINI is optimized to strike the perfect balance between length, weight, and sound for rifles. The 22-MINI features heat-treated stainless steel baffles that offer increased durability and is capable of handling pressures of 17 HMR and .22 WMR ammunition—even full-auto fire. These simple-to-maintain suppressors are easy to disassemble and clean, thanks to individually numbered and indexed baffles that provide quick, easy reassembly. A fluted aluminum body helps reduce weight. The stainless steel back section utilizes a 1/2 X 28 single-point-cut stainless steel thread that quickly and securely attaches to the host weapon.

GLOCK Announces the 5th Generation

SMYRNA, GA. – GLOCK, Inc., introduced a new generation of confidence today with the launch of the G19 Gen5 and G17 Gen5 pistols. The Gen5 pistols feature over twenty design changes which distinguish them from their Gen4 predecessors.

“The development of our Gen5 pistols was the result of the constant pursuit of perfection and a desire to meet the requests of the consumer market,” said GLOCK, Inc. VP Josh Dorsey. “We have combined the standards of high-level performance and reliability with distinctive design enhancements to improve durability, accuracy, and performance. The benefits enhance the shooter experience at the range and in high-stress situations where fractions of a second matter.”

The Gen5 pistols are a variation of the M pistol used by the FBI. Through rigorous testing and development, GLOCK has combined the historical reliability and trust in the brand with precisely engineered design changes to meet the demand of consumers world-wide.

Among the design changes are five key features. The GLOCK Marksman Barrel (GMB) utilizes new barrel rifling to deliver improved accuracy. The removal of the finger grooves and an added ambidextrous slide stop delivers improved control and flexibility. The nDLC finish is a tougher and more durable finish that is exclusive to the GLOCK manufacturing process. Introduction of a flared mag-well increases performance by making it easier to funnel the magazine into the mag-well, particularly in high-stress situations.

The roots of the Gen5 pistols lie in a request by Federal Law Enforcement for a new service pistol. “Our goal was to meet the demanding needs of law enforcement agencies while maintaining our standard of perfection,” said VP Josh Dorsey. “Once the pistols we submitted proved themselves in testing and were adopted, consumers began asking for those pistols. The Gen5 pistols we are introducing today meet that demand.”

For more information about the new generation of GLOCK pistols, contact GLOCK, Inc., or go to us.glock.com/Gen5.

SELECTING AMMO FOR THE SHORT SHOTGUNS
With the reemergence of the urban insurgent and rioter these days, the shotgun, and its sibling weapon platforms has become a popular item once again. Truly, for countering large numbers of adversaries on the move in dynamically fluid situations like we are seeing daily, the shotgun beats the rifle easily and handily. The big question is which ammunition to select.
Staff Instructor Eric Tull has done a great deal of work on this and he published his findings on our blog. If you are running a Stakeout, or one of the mass produced copies by Remington or Mossberg, this is a must read series of articles.
STAKEOUT 12 GAUGE PACKAGE ON YOUR REMINGTON
Stakeout Package Details:
  • Barrel – Ported and polished for recoil reduction and predictability of pattern
  • Bolt and Action Bar components tuned, polished, and coated in NP3 finish
  • Trigger group tuned for a crisp break, new springs added
  • Steel Extractor installed for increased reliability
  • Texture the Factory Forend
  • Add Optional “Stakeout Strap”
  • Textured Shockwave Pistol Grip
  • Suarez Safety installed to improve engagement from Safe to Fire positions
  • Optional Plus One Magazine Extension installed for a 5+1 Capacity (4+1 is standard)
  • High-Visibility, Non-Binding Follower
  • Extra-Power Heavy-Duty Stainless Magazine Tube Spring
  • Fiber Optic front sight
  • Rust resistant finish for lubricity and durability under all conditions
  • Magazine Tube Sling Mount

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE GEN 5 GLOCK

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We received two of them yesterday, not from Glock but from our usual distributor.  And for over a month now we have been deluged with ostensibly objective articles all over the gun media singing the virtues of the Gen 5 Glocks…almost to a messianic level.  I suspect that Glock didn’t send these early samples out to people who were not in the pocket of the company, promised to give a favorable review, or at least “of the faithful”.  But now we have them.

In short…it is a Gen 4 Glock without finger grooves.  That’s it.  Yes, it has some new additions such as

1).  Ambidextrous slide releases:  I can’t comment of the game shooters or the Youtube gun jugglers but most modern combat-centric training today involves operating the slide manually over the top during a reload.  The slide release is actually a superfluous item that often gets in the way of the most solid grip.  Now it will get in the way for both right handers and left handers.  If I ever run one of these, I may well simply remove that part completely.

2).  New barrel:  The Glock 19 and Glock 17 have always had different barrel lock up designs and one wonders what the Austrians were thinking.  The new barrel for the Glock 19 is the same as the old barrel for the Glock 19.  And the barrels from older generations interchange.  The new barrel for the Glock 17 is basically a long Glock 19 barrel.  The Gen 5 17 uses the same dimensions for the lock up as the Glock 19.  This is something that should have been done long ago, but you know how much changes in design cost.  Barrel makers will simply extend the length of their existing Glock 19 barrels and have a new Gen 5 17 barrel.

3).  New Rifling:  I was in a big gunfight some years ago where all of us were using either HK USP or Glock 9mm.  It was impossible for the CSI of the day to determine which man had fired which round as all had been fired from Polygonal barrels.  Having been out of the business now for many years, I am not sure if the CSI issue is still in existence.  I do know that some police agencies have had concerns over this for a very long time (the need to blame is ever present in paramilitary organizations).  So the main motivator is to be able to say who fired what at whom. Whether the new barrels are more or less accurate I cannot say at this point with any degree of authority.

4).  Trigger:  The trigger feels exactly the same as every other Glock trigger.  Those that tell you that it is now vastly improved…well sorry…not that anyone would ever inflate a review of a free product…but we didn’t see that.  The trigger is simplified in its design.  It is now the same design as found on the Glock 43.  It uses a different trigger bar, and a different trigger spring system.  The connector is the same and the connectors on our samples were of the “.” variety, or the “dot connector”.

5).  Frame:  Yes, they got rid of the finger grooves.  Some guys are dancing, others are not.  Finger grooves are one of those things that some like and some don’t.  Easily enough to remove.  Not so easy to add.  The frame feels like a Gen 4 frame otherwise.  The magazine well has been flared and it is nicely done.  Gen 5 users won’t need to buy a magazine well so I doubt the aftermarket will offer one.  Some of our larger handed staff did note that the cut-out intended to extract the on-board magazine in case it is stuck was objectionable to the hand.  This feature existed in the Gen 2 Frames and now it has been brought back.

6).  The Magazine:  Glock basically tried to copy Magpul’s magazine…which Magpul copied from them…oh the irony.  Its a typical magazine body with an orange follower (gotcha Magpul!) and an extended magazine lip.  Older Generation magazines will work fine in the Gen 5 as will the Magpul magazines.  With Magpul’s entry into the “Magazines for Glocks” market, I doubt there will be a great deal of demand for the “New Gen 5 Mags – at $30″…but I could be wrong.  The new magazines work fine in the older weapons.

7).  Internals:  The firing pin is different…rounded rather than chisel pointed.  In my opinion, a fix to the breakage of metal injection molded firing pins that few in the industry reported on.  The new firing pin…is still metal injection molded…just thicker.  The firing pin safety plunger is different…again just like the Glock 43.  In fact, if we were to take a Glock 43 and feed it a steady diet of Dianobol and Deadlifts, it would likely grow up into a full-sized Gen 5 Glock.

8).  Some other points:  My understanding is that there will not be any 40, 10mm, 45, 45 GAP, 357 SIG, or any other caliber floating around the glockosphere, in Gen 5.  It has a new finish, although when compared to a new Gen 4 pistol, it doesn’t look so different.  I know about finishes and there is nothing new and unseen.  It is either a cleaner version of Melonite, or it is a DLC Coating.  The finish on the slide is new and the process is named nDLC.  I will bet you that they Melonite it for surface hardness, and then DLC it for market appeal (shiny sells).  Other than the thumb safety – which in my opinion would have been a great addition to the Gen 5 – the new pistol is very similar to the lost military contract pistol.

That is the long and short of it.  My impressions –

If you have a Gen 4, I would not rush out to put it on Gunbroker so you can buy a Gen 5.  It really is not that different and what it offers is hardly ground breaking.  I still carry Gen 3 pistols by choice.

Does it suck?  No, absolutely not.  And for a new Glock buyer it is probably a great choice.  But for those heavily equipped with Gen 3 and Gen 4 pistols…keep what you have.  And yes, we will be making slides, triggers, barrels, and everything else for the Gen 5 once their market proliferation is sufficient to warrant it.

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Sept.  1, 2017

We want to thank everyone who came out to the Fort Smith Gun and Knife Show last week and made it a success.  We will talk about the Martini Henry MkIV, the last of the big bore military Martinis.  We will also have a Caspian arms interview in the second hour and talk about how to get your own personal custom 1911 spec’d out and built.

New and Information

Aug. 24, 2017

 

This week we will be broadcasting High Caliber Radio from the Fort Smith Gun and Knife Show at 4400 Midland Blvd Fort Smith, Ar.  Join us and we will give you updates on gun news for the week, talk to vendors of all kinds and give you a sneak preview of what will be on display at the show, this weekend.

 

UNCLE JOE VERSUS ADOLF

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I am an equal opportunity hater. I equally despise both Nazis and Communists.

In fact, the only thing on earth that keeps these types alive when people like us come across them is that there are laws protecting them. So I shake my head at the intensity of anger about a group of Nazis marching in an American city, when a blind eye is turned to the plethora of communist groups from the BLM to the Antifas expressing their violence.

I truly think America is becoming, if not there already, a nation of idiots that are swayed by optics and nothing else. A nation of people that would not know history if it came up and bit them on the ass.

Something that came across my news feed this morning.

According to a disturbingly pleasant graphic from Information is Beautiful entitled simply 20th Century Death, communism was the leading ideological cause of death between 1900 and 2000. The 94 million that perished in China, the Soviet Union, North Korea, Afghanistan, and Eastern Europe easily (and tragically) trump the 28 million that died under fascist regimes during the same period. During the century measured, more people died as a result of communism than from homicide (58 million) and genocide (30 million) put together. The combined death tolls of WWI (37 million) and WWII (66 million) exceed communism’s total by only 9 million.

Here is the final tally – non-combat deaths…thus mass murder for political, ideological reasons. And I suspect that Uncle Joe (Stalin) killed just as many Jews as Adolf did. That is historical reality kids. There has been one Nazi leader. There have been multiple communist leaders from Stalin to Mao, and from Pol Pot to Castro – each with his own take on mass murder.

Communism is the socio-political cancer of our times. While all that is left of nazism (Nationalist Socialists) is an ugly scar…communism is still growing and spreading its disease.

Communist Body Count: 149,469,610
Nazi Body Count: 20,946,000

Nobody likes Nazis…but Nazis are no longer a political force in the world. There are no Nazi countries. There are no Nazi political candidates (at least none that can be taken seriously). Communists on the other hand, being far more clever and imaginative have reinvented themselves and organized along ideological lines defined by their adversaries (Antifa), defined by race hatred (Black Lives Matter, Black Guerrilla Family, Black Panthers), and defined by other counter culture, anti-establishment, anti-wealth ideologies. But make no mistake, at the root of all these movements you will find pure and undiluted communism.

The Nazi in the media is merely a red herring…the attention-getter waved about by the seemingly indignant communist as he gets closer and closer to his goals. America is so entraced by this that they ignore the communist’s own onward march.

My take on all the riots and demnstrations: This is a dying gasp of communism in America.

Like him or not, Trump is a symbol as well as a President, And that symbol’s election shows that the majority are not communists, socialists, or liberals. That they want and want to hold on to the dream that is America and the opportunity it represents, and not the communist utopia of Jerry Brown and Maxine Waters and Barak Obama.

And the left knows what I have said, that many Americans are historically, and likely actually, illiterate and their lives and thoughts are driven by media optics rather than truth and fact. Their hope is to ensare as many “useful idiots” into their wave of indignant rhetoric that it may stifle anything the president wants to accomplish – and hold the line until 2020.

The communist is eminently more dangerous to America than a mere jihadist. I doubt that even the most melting, offended, skinny jeans wearing snowflake wants to live in REAL communism…but that is what these useful idiots are pushing for…and in this country, something some of us will never allow to happen.

Communism is the enemy of fascism and Fascism the enemy of Communism…but only like two hyenas fighting over the body of an antelope. They are both looking for the same thing.

The enemy of both Communism and Fascism?

It is Capitalism.

Shockwave-style firearms legal in Texas Sept. 1

 

Mossberg 590 Shockwave Will Be Legal in Texas on September 1
Mossberg Thanks Local Leaders for Passage of House Bill 1819

North Haven, CT – Thanks to efforts by members of the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate, House Bill (HB) 1819 passed in May 2017, the Mossberg 590 Shockwave will be legal in the state of Texas, beginning September 1, 2017. The legislation was advanced through the combined efforts of Senators Charles Perry and Craig Estes, Representatives Poncho Nevarez and Drew Springer, the National Rifle Association (NRA®) and Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA®) and clarified Texas state laws concerning the purchase of suppressors and certain firearms, including the 590 Shockwave pump-action. The change in the law hits close to home for Mossberg as the company proudly manufactures the 590 Shockwave at their facility in Eagle Pass, Texas, which is also the home district for Representative Nevarez.

“All of us at Mossberg recognize that this Bill would not have passed without the efforts of many,” said Joe Bartozzi, Mossberg Executive Vice President and General Counsel, “We were proud to add our small role in the effort and are pleased to recognize the tremendous efforts of Senators Perry and Estes and Representatives Nevarez and Springer, the NRA and TRSA.”

Mossberg introduced the 590 Shockwave firearm at the 2017 SHOT Show, accompanied by a determination letter from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), defining the pump-action as a “Non-NFA Firearm.” The 590 Shockwave comes from the factory with a 14-inch barrel, Shockwave Technologies Raptor® grip and overall length of 26.5-inches. Because the 590 Shockwave is not capable of being shoulder-mounted and meets the overall length requirement of 26 inches, it is defined as “firearm” under the federal Gun Control Act (GCA).

To read the BATFE letter of classification or for more information on the 590 Shockwave, please visit http://www.mossberg.com/category/series/590-shockwave/.

 

Ed Brown Products One-Piece HARDCORE Magwell
PERRY, MO – Ed Brown Products, Inc. continues to lead the way offering custom 1911 parts and accessories with the addition of a fully machined one-piece magwell. Custom gun builders and hobbyists alike continue to look to Ed Brown for their 1911 part needs. The new one-piece magwell is loaded with custom features such as the rounded well profile, making it comfortable for carry, while allowing for rapid mag changes. Precision machined to fit with flat bottom grips for a sleek, custom appearance. Designed to serve well in competition or on a working gun when a speedy reload it necessary, this HARDCORE® magwell is ready to go to work. Available in a variety of treatments, including a smooth version for gunsmith use to match existing treatments, or to be the finishing touch in a custom build. With an unbeatable price, starting at $149.95, our one-piece magwell is a great value and the perfect addition to your 1911.
FN Magazine Promotion Extended into September
FN EXTENDS FN 509 MAGAZINE PROMOTION INTO SEPTEMBER

Three Free Magazines with Purchases of New FN 509

(McLean, VA) FN America, LLC is pleased to announce the extension of the FN 509™ Free Gear Promotion through the end of September, offering three free magazines to customers who purchase any new FN 509 striker-fired pistol. The promotion is valid for purchases made between July 1 and September 30, 2017.

Customers residing in states that require limited capacity magazines will be eligible to receive 10-round capacity magazines whereas all other purchases are eligible to receive standard, 17-round capacity magazines.

The FN-exclusive magazine design features an all-metal magazine body with a polymer base pad, available in either a 10 or 17-round capacity. All magazines are coated with a proprietary compound that increases the longevity and durability of the magazines over time. Magazines retail for $49.00 for a total promotional value of $147.00.

To check the status of your promotional redemption, view the full terms and conditions, list of qualifying products or to submit a proof of purchase for the free gear, please visit www.fnamerica.com/promo. For questions relating to the program, please contact the FN Marketing Team at marketing@fnamerica.com.

Walther Arms Announces the P22QD

(FORT SMITH, Ark.) – Walther Arms, Inc. announces an update to the P22 pistol, the P22QD. The great ergonomics and reliability of the P22 are unchanged. However, there is an added de-cocking safety, updated safety markings from ‘S’ and ‘F’ to a traditional red dot, and the recoil spring is now fully captured.

With the new safety system, the pistol cannot be cocked with the safety on. If the firearm is cocked and then the safety lever is moved to the safe position, the hammer will safely let down, de-cocking the pistol. When the user is ready to fire, the safety lever can be placed in the fire position and then pull the SA/DA trigger to fire the chambered round.

There are close to one million P22’s in the hands of American citizens already and every P22 can be easily converted to a threaded barrel with an available aftermarket adapter (512105) that adapts the M8x.075 barrel to 1/2″x28 threads for a suppressor. Because of this, the P22 is one of the most popular suppressed firearms in existence.

Every P22, including the new P22QD, has a single action / double action trigger, a manual safety, and legendary Walther reliability.
Please note that the California compliant P22 models remain unchanged.

About Walther
Walther is the premier provider of personal protection and recreational firearms of various calibers ranging from .22 to .45. With a vast devotion for continued innovation and customer focus in a fast growing industry, Walther Arms engineers products that are Built for Life. Follow and Subscribe to Walther Arms online: www.WaltherArms.com, www.facebook.com/WaltherArms, www.instagram.com/waltherarms/, www.twitter.com/waltherfirearms, and www.youtube.com/waltherfirearms.

Contact Eric Lemoine
Telephone 407-630-9359
Email sales@blackacestactical.com
Website www.blackacestactical.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2017

ORLANDO, FLORIDA Black Aces Tactical announces a new suppressor at $199 retail price point for both the 30 Caliber and 7.62mm platforms

Black Aces Tactical (BAT), an American manufacturer best known for its patented custom shotguns, is excited to announce the release of the company’s new PoBoy suppressor for both the 30 caliber and 7.62 models.

Said Lemoine, “Riding on the immense success of Pro Series 56 PoBoy suppressor, the customer demand for the both 30 Cal and 7.62mm suppressors has been nothing short of incredible.  We at Black Aces Tactical have listened.  Our larger caliber cans employ the same simple technologies found in our 556 models while being reinforced to take the punishment administered by the larger, more powerful rounds.  And as always the end goal was to give the customer a suppressor they can be proud of while offering it to them for a price that is accessible and makes sense.”.

At just $199 retail – with even the least expensive silencers on the market coming in at nearly over the price – customers are finally now able to purchase a quality suppressor at less than the cost of the required NFA tax stamp.
“For years, the suppressor industry has been producing an increasingly complex and costly product with little change in performance,” said Eric Lemoine, CEO of Black Aces Tactical states.  “We were confident we could manufacture a simple yet rugged product that meets and surpasses expectations, while being affordable for gun owners.”

Named the Pro Series 30 and Pro Series 47 respectively, the “Po’Boy”, the suppressor features a number of details only found on much more expensive models offered by other manufactures.  The “Po’Boy” not only quiets the report of an AK47 by 30+ decibels, it also is able to handle the more powerful rounds up to a 338 Lapua.  It is fully automatic capable and the finish boasts 2000 degree cerakote.  And in what might be   Po’Boy’s trump card, the suppressor is fully serviceable by the end user using an AR15 stock wrench.

“Through ingenuity and innovation, Black Aces Tactical has used a combination of time-tested design and modern technology to produce a suppressor that is as strong as it is quiet and affordable,” said Lemoine.

For more information about Black Aces Tactical, contact Eric Lemoine at 407-630-9359, email sales@blackacestactical.com, or visit www.blackacestactical.com
Black Aces Tactical is a weapons manufacturing company based in Central Florida that is dedicated to providing the customer an heirloom quality weapons and suppressors. All BAT weapons are made in America. The company holds four patents.

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News and Information

Aug. 16, 2017

This week on High Caliber Radio we will be looking at the use of non-verbal cues and body language to identify a potential threat.  We will also look at the Army’s search for a 7.62x51mm replacement for the 5.56mm M4 and the Marine Corps order for another 50,000 M27 (HK416) automatic rifles.

 

10 ways to celebrate National Shooting Sports Month

The excitement of having your shot break a flying clay target or knock over a steel plate (clang!) and then sharing the fun of that experience awaits all who participate in National Shooting Sports Month this August. The National Shooting Sports Foundation declared this 31-day celebration to encourage you to spend trigger time at a local shooting range. Here are 10 ways to celebrate National Shooting Sports Month. If you think of others, please share them on social media and use the hashtag #LetsGoShooting.

Bring Someone New

There’s nothing quite like seeing the excitement on a friend’s face after they take their first shots. Bring a friend or family member to the range for the first time.

TRY SOMETHING New

Are you a hardcore handgun shooter? Then pick up a shotgun and give sporting clays a try. Are you primarily a shotgun shooter? Then hone your handgun skills or sign up for a local International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) match.

Rediscover Shooting

Haven’t shot in a while? Dust off your shooting gear and head to the range, preferably with a friend. Learn a new game, like action pistol or skeet shooting.

Find an Event Near You

Find National Shooting Sports Month events at ranges and retailers across the country. If there’s not an event listed in your area, use the website to locate a range near you to enjoy a fun, safe day of target shooting.

Make It A Date

Ask your spouse, partner, boyfriend or girlfriend to go shooting. You’ll have a great time together. By the way, women are the fastest growing segment in target shooting (and hunting), and more gear than ever is being designed for their fit and comfort.

Cash in on Deals

Retailers and ranges will be offering specials during National Shooting Sports Month. You can find a participating business near you and take advantage of these offers.

Practice Firearm Safety

The shooting sports are safe. As a responsible gun owner, you can demonstrate how to safely handle your firearms on the firing line and securely store them when they’re not in use.

Celebrate Freedom and Tradition

In addition to passing on the great tradition of target shooting, you can educate others about the unique American freedoms that make participating possible.

Share It!

#LetsGoShooting is the theme of National Shooting Sports Month. Share the hashtag and your experiences on your social media networks, and remind others to give target shooting a try.

Win a Great Prize!

Finally, enter the sweepstakes and have a chance to win great prizes from National Shooting Sports Month sponsors.

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Federal Launches Syntech Component Bullets
ANOKA, Minnesota –– Federal Ammunition is pleased to announce it is now offering popular American Eagle Syntech Total Synthetic Jacket (TSJ) bullets as components for handloading, allowing both competitive and casual shooters to load Syntech to their own specifications and pressures. The competitively priced component bullets are available in three popular handgun caliber options. Shipments are being delivered to dealers.

With an exclusive TSJ polymer jacket that eliminates copper fouling and decreases heat and friction, Syntech loads have redefined the range ammunition category. Now handloaders can get the benefits of the same groundbreaking design in Syntech component bullets. The advanced range projectiles provide clean, accurate, consistent performance, as well as less splash-back on steel targets.

Features & Benefits
• Polymer-encapsulated Syntech bullet prevents metal-on-metal contact in the bore
• Eliminates copper and lead fouling
• Decreases heat and friction, extending barrel life
• Significantly reduces the required frequency of cleaning
• Absence of a copper jacket minimizes splash-back on steel targets
• 100-count packs

Part No. / Description / MSRP
AE9SJCB1 / 9mm, .355″ 115-grain Syntech, 100-count / $16.95
AE40SJCB1 / 40 cal., .400″ 165-grain Syntech, 100-count / $18.95
AE45SJCB1 / 45 cal., .451″ 230gr Syntech, 100-count / $21.95

Federal Premium is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on Federal Premium, go to www.federalpremium.com.

Ed Brown Long Slide 10mm
Ed Brown Products introduces the LS10, a long slide custom 1911 in 10mm.

PERRY, MO – Ed Brown Products, Inc. continues to push the edges of traditional custom 1911s by adding a Long Slide 10mm (LS10) to the Limited Series. This new pistol is ideal for long range target work and handgun hunting, and with this addition, Ed Brown offers a model that will fit the needs of any 1911 enthusiast.

The long slide has been a highly sought after pistol for 1911 aficionados, and is the perfect companion to the 10mm cartridge. The increased barrel and slide length take advantage of the higher velocity of the 10mm, while the longer sight radius allows for tack driving accuracy, all making this exquisite pistol a joy to shoot.

As with all Ed Brown pistols, every component of the LS10 is fully machined from bar stock and held to the same rigorous standards you’ve come to expect. While no stranger to the range, this LS10 will be equally at home in the woods hunting hogs for example. Available with a Trijicon RMR, or a more tradition adjustable sight, and includes a French border, flush barrel crown, and flattened and serrated top of slide.

John May, Sales and Marketing Director for Ed Brown Products sharing the new release said “the addition of a long slide 10mm makes perfect sense when you consider how compete a line of custom 1911s we offer our customers. We make every component in house so if we can dream of it, the guys can make it happen. This new LS10 gives both hunters and long range pistol shooters a chance to get an Ed Brown pistol that meets their demands and with a base price of $3995.00 (including RMR) they get a lot of custom pistol for the price! Just another case of if you have looked at Ed Brown in the past, you had better Look Again.”

Court Forces Seattle to Reveal Major ‘Gun Tax” Shortfall
BELLEVUE, WA – Acting in accordance with the order of a King County Superior Court judge, the City of Seattle on Monday afternoon revealed what had been suspected for more than a year, that its revenue from a so-called “gun violence tax” was far below projections when the tax was hastily adopted in 2015, the Second Amendment Foundation has learned.

According to court-ordered data provided to the senior editor of TheGunMag.com, a SAF-owned publication, the city collected $103,766.22. That is woefully short of the predicted $300,000 to $500,000 predicted by then-City Council President Tim Burgess when he championed the tax.

“We suspected all along that the city’s predictions were fabricated,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “That’s why we were happy to support the First Amendment-based lawsuit initiated by editor Dave Workman. Earlier this year when the city would only acknowledge that it had collected ‘less than $200,000’ we were certain that Seattle’s stubborn reluctance to reveal their actual revenue was a matter of embarrassment.”

Gottlieb noted that a Sunday editorial in the Seattle Times admitted that it was “reasonable” for opponents “to assume regulatory intent by a City Council that talked about limiting gun sales,” and acknowledged that the city “didn’t help its credibility by concealing how much the gun tax raised…(The city’s) recalcitrance will result in city taxpayers paying gun advocates $35,000 in legal fees.” That doesn’t include the penalty against the city for withholding the information, he added.

“When you consider the money Seattle spent dodging Workman’s Public Records Act request,” Gottlieb observed, “combined with the fact that this gun tax caused one major retailer to move out of the city and another to refer his customers to a store in Fife, plus the losses in B&O taxes along with not coming remotely close to projections, this outrageous tax has resulted in a net loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“Our opposition to the gun tax, which was unfortunately upheld by the state Supreme Court in a rather tortured opinion last week, has been vindicated,” he concluded. “For a newspaper to defend such a foolish scheme is simply astonishing.”

The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

Contact: Alan Gottlieb (425) 454-7012

Savage Arms Introduces Model 10 GRS in 6mm Creedmoor
SUFFIELD, CT – Savage Arms is pleased to offer serious long-range shooters a new secret weapon with the Savage Model 10 GRS in 6mm Creedmoor. The rifle delivers exceptional accuracy and performance whether you’re engaged in top-level competition or simply trying to beat your personal best. Shipments of these firearms are currently being delivered to dealers.

Based on necking the 6.5 Creedmoor down for 6mm bullets, the 6mm Creedmoor cartridge is capable of accurate 1,000-yard shots that had moderate recoil and is predicted to be the next hot cartridge for long-range precision shooting competitions.

Savage’s Model 10 GRS houses the full suite of accuracy-enhancing features firmly within a GRS stock made of 15 percent fiberglass-reinforced Durethan, with 65 percent glass bedding material.

The rock-stable stock’s slimmed down dimensions and textured surfaces provide a better grip in wet conditions, while its length-of-pull can be adjusted to fit any shooter. Plus, its Savage action, precise button rifling, fluted heavy barrel and user-adjustable AccuTrigger deliver the accuracy of custom rifles at a fraction of the price.

Features & Benefits
• GRS adjustable stock made of 15 percent fiberglass-reinforced Durethan
• User-adjustable Savage AccuTrigger
• Slim grip and fore-end with textured rubber grip surfaces
• Adjustable length-of-pull from 33.5 to 36.5 cm
• 5/8-24 threaded muzzle
• Fluted heavy barrel
• 10-round AICS-compatible magazine
• Flush cup sling loops included and sling mount for bipod use installed

Part No. / Description / MSRP
55199 / 6mm Creedmoor, 26-inch barrel / $1,449

Ballistic App for Accurate Shooting
Taking a truly long shot requires more than just steady aim. Regardless of skill level, long-distance shooting requires understanding of ballistics, wind, bullet drop, velocity and more.

Today’s military snipers are experts at determining these factors, as shown by the recent 2.2-mile shot made by a Canadian in Iraq. However, did you know that even the world’s best snipers use computer technology to help them calculate shots.

Ballistic calculates the many factors of shooting, such as wind, atmospheric conditions, ballistic coefficient, drift and drop. In fact, Ballistic has a load library containing information on more than 5,300 projectiles, factory loads, military loads and performance data from manufacturers, military testing and performance analysis.

Users can choose their load from this library or even input data from handloads to determine hold on targets. It can also be used to calculate atmospheric conditions, such as barometric pressure, elevation, temperature and more, either by inputting known data or by having Ballistic pull the information from the nearest weather station for both the conditions for when the gun was sighted, as well as conditions for the current location using GPS. Ballistic even has a feature for determining the wind for formulating bullet drift, as well as target movement.

Ballistic graphically displays energy, velocity and drop for current projectiles and even allows comparison for up to eight other projectiles on the same screen.

Ballistic uses the JBM Ballistics Engine, which is one of the most accurate ballistic calculators in existence, and provides that information in a user-friendly format for shooters of all skill levels. Ballistic provides everything needed for shooters to get serious about their shots.

For more information, please visit ballisticapp.com.

Ballistic is the definitive ballistics trajectory calculator for iOS devices, intended for serious shooters who want a serious (and seriously accurate application).

Ballistic calculate trajectory, windage, velocity, energy, lead, and bullet flight time for any valid range. Ballistic can compensate for atmospheric conditions such as temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, and altitude (it can also accept density of air or density altitude input).

The world renowned JBM Ballistics computer is powering all of Ballistic’s computations. JBM is used by world-class shooters everywhere to deliver some of the most precise calculations. You’ll even be able to take JBM’s extremely accurate calculations with you, even into areas with no cellular coverage.
For more information, please visit
WWW.BALLISTICAPP.COM

Second Amendment Foundation

2017 GUN RIGHTS POLICY CONFERENCE
Attendance is Free!

The 2017 National Gun Rights Policy Conference is scheduled for Friday, September 29th, through Sunday, October 1st at the Westin Hotel at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.

The theme of this year’s Convention is, “Making the Second Amendment Great Again” with Showcase Panels discussing:

  • Federal Legislation
  • State and Local Action
  • Legal Battles in the Courts
  • And Much, Much More including over 65 Speakers …
  • The Annual Awards Luncheon will take place Saturday afternoon September 30th with special guest speakers.

You do not want to miss the gun rights event of the year. There is no registration fee and lunch on Saturday and receptions Friday and Saturday evenings are free as well!

For more information and to register click here.

Register now and reserve your seat while there is still room at the event.


The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

 

 

 

 

 

News and Information

Aug. 10, 2017

This week on High Caliber Radio we will learn about the first ever Gun Owner’s Travel Advisory sent out by the @nd Amendment Foundation.  We will also hear what a rape victim has to say about the effectiveness of pepper spray and other liberal anti gun self defense tactics recommended to women.  We will look at the Army’s request for a 7.62x51mm Battle Rifle and the Sig 320 drop safety controversy.

 

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News and Information

Aug. 4, 2017

This week on High Caliber Radio we will be debunking some of the insane marksmanship advice found online.  We will also talk about out recent range trip with a Black Aces Tactical style 12 GA Pistol Grip Only Firearm.  We will look at a recent counter attack made by the 2nd Amendment Foundation to protect gun rights and we will also talk about some Concealed Carry law changes and the Supreme Court Ruling on Concealed Carry Permits.

 

Need an excuse to go shooting this month? Probably not, but in case you do, August is National Shooting Sports Month. It’s a 31-day excuse to go shooting. All month long, ranges and retailers across the country are holding events, offering deals and sales, and like we said, it’s simply a great excuse to go shooting. What more motivation do you need? Here are few ways to celebrate:
At ShootingSportsMonth.org you’ll find National Shooting Sports Month events at ranges and retailers across the country. If there’s not an event listed in your area, locate a range near you, or simply head to your favorite spot to get in some trigger time.
Retailers and ranges everywhere are offering a ton of specials during National Shooting Sports Month. Find a participating business near you and take advantage of these offers.
Why not give it a shot? It’s quick and easy to enter the Trigger Time Sweepstakes. Just tell us how you’re celebrating National Shooting Sports Month and you could win some amazing prizes.
There’s nothing quite like seeing the excitement on a friend or family member’s face after they take their first shots. Bring someone new to the range and show them what it’s all about. Many ranges are holding events this month geared specifically for first-time shooters.
#LetsGoShooting is the theme of National Shooting Sports Month. Share the hashtag and your experiences on your social media networks, and remind others to give target shooting a try.

 

 

 

Catalyst Arms Announces Bipod Leg Locking Levers

Beaverton, OR – Catalyst Arms, LLC, a firearms accessory company, has introduced ambidextrous Leg Locking Levers to significantly improve the performance of Harris Bipods. Made for the Harris series bipods without “notched” legs, these new Leg Locking Levers allow the shooter to make rapid and efficient leg length adjustments with one hand while behind the rifle. The new Leg Locking Levers easily install on top of the factory leg adjustment knobs. To use in the field, simply pull the leg to the desired height and flip the lever to the locked position with the same hand. To release, simply flip the lever the opposite direction. Machined from 6061-T6 aluminum, the new Catalyst Arms Leg Locking Levers are lightweight and install with a single screw without any modification or disassembly of the bipod. With the bipod legs in the folded-up position they are conveniently out of the way to keep from getting hung up on each other or gear. The new Catalyst Arms Leg Locking Levers are now available in black (hard coat anodized), Red (anodized) and Tan (Cerakote®) with an MSRP of $39.95. For more information go to www.catalystarms.com

Wilson Combat Releases The Hackathorn Special Commander

The Hackathorn Special Commander

Base Price:
$3,750.00 (.45 ACP)

Renowned firearms trainer and small-arms consultant Ken Hackathorn drew upon decades of practical experience and his vast collection of custom handguns to develop the “Hackathorn Special.” The Commander size version of the Hackathorn Special is geared towards the needs of the concealed carrier who prefers this model’s shorter 4.25″ bushing barrel and full-size frame. The one piece Bullet Proof® magwell, concealment hammer/grip safety, and the versatile medium-length trigger were personally selected by Ken as the best for his needs and are standard on this pistol.

Since this model is well equipped with Ken’s preferred custom options, the only allowable upgrades are ambidextrous safety, choice of front sight and deluxe hand-polish blued finish. Each pistol will have Ken’s signature engraved on the slide.

*Photos may include features and/or upgrades not included in the base price.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Professional-Size Carbon Steel Frame
  • 30 LPI High Cut Checkered Frontstrap
  • Bullet Proof® Round Butt Magazine Well
  • Concealment Bullet Proof® Beavertail Grip Safety and Hammer
  • Tactical Bullet Proof® Thumb Safety
  • 3 ½# – 4 ½# Crisp Trigger Pull with Medium Length Pad
  • Bullet Proof® Magazine Release
  • Black G10 Starburst Flat Bottom Grips
  • Countersunk Slide Stop
  • 4.25″ Carbon Steel Slide
  • Rear Cocking Serrations
  • Heavy Machine Chamfer on Bottom of Slide
  • Battlesight with Fiber Optic Front Sight
  • 4.25″ Stainless Match Grade Barrel and Bushing, Flush Cut Reverse Crown
  • Fluted Chamber
  • 30 LPI Slide Top Serrations
  • 40 LPI Serrated Rear of Slide
  • Ball Endmill Cuts
  • Lightweight Frame Upgrade Available

FEATURES

  • Available Calibers: .45 ACP, 9mm
  • Magazine Capacity: 8 rounds (.45 ACP)
  • Barrel Length: 4.25″
  • Overall Length: 7.85″
  • Sight Radius: 5.95″
  • Height: 5.6″
  • Width: 1.3″
  • Weight Empty: 38.2 oz.
  • Weight Loaded: 44.8 oz.
  • Accuracy Guarantee: 1.5″ at 25 yds

The Hackathorn Special Commander
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5p76U1DE-w
High-Resolution Photos: https://dca1.box.com/s/ize3wwgxvc9ca530u1xu97u8rk86uiz3
More Information: https://www.wilsoncombat.com/hackathorncommander/

Kahr Introduces Two Pistols in Black Carbon Fiber

Greeley, PA – Kahr, the leader in technology and innovation, proudly introduces two of their most popular pistols in a practical, yet attractive, polymer Black Carbon Fiber frame. New for 2017 are the CW38333BCF and the CT9093BCF.

The attractive and classic Black Carbon Fiber finish was first introduced last year when Kahr presented it in their CW9093BCF. The finish on the two new pistols comes in a polymer carbon fiber weave pattern which provides a 3-D dimensional appearance to the pistol while also providing a textured grip that ensures a firmer hold in the hand. The slide is matte stainless steel.

The CW3833BCF model comes in a .380 ACP caliber and features a 2.58″ barrel with conventional rifling, an overall length of 4.96″, and a height of 3.9″ and weighs just 10.2 oz. The CT9093BCF comes in a 9mm caliber and features a 4″ barrel, an overall length of 6.5″ a height of 5.08″ and weighs just 18.5 oz. Both models offer a trigger cocking DAO, lock-breach, “Browning-type” recoil lug, and a passive striker block with no magazine disconnect. Capacity is 6+1 in the CW380 and 8+1 in the CT9 version. Both pistols feature a white three-dot sight. The MSRP on the CT9093BCF is $485 and the CW3833BCF is $439.

For more information about these models, please go to www.kahr.com or check with your local gun shop. All Kahr products are proudly made in the USA.

TRUGLO Announces Handgun Sight Rebate Program

TRUGLO, Inc., a leader in innovative technology for firearm accessories, has just announced their 2017 Rebate offer, Carry Your Handgun Out of the Dark Ages, on their extensive line of handgun sights. This offer is valid for purchases made August 1 – December 31, 2017.

With many major firearms manufacturers offering incentive programs to purchase handguns, TRUGLO expands the trend with a consumer rebate on the number one upgrade that transforms a basic pistol into a great one—a new set of premium sights. If you shoot competitively, just for fun, or carry daily for personal protection, TRUGLO has sights that accommodate your shooting preference. Whether you have a newly purchased handgun or have an old favorite that is in need of an upgrade, this rebate program is designed to take your pistol to the next level.

REBATE LEVELS:
$20 REBATE
ALL TFX™ & TFX™ PRO
HANDGUN SIGHT MODELS

$15 REBATE
ALL TRITIUM PRO & TFO™
HANDGUN SIGHT MODELS

$10 REBATE
ALL TRITIUM & FIBER-OPTIC
HANDGUN SIGHT MODELS
(excluding TG965)

PROGRAM DATES:

Valid for purchases from 8/1/2017 through 12/31/2017.
Instructions: Complete and submit the rebate form with proof of purchase. Rebate form and information is available on http://www.truglo.com/content/rebates.asp.

PRODUCTS:
TFX handgun sights utilize TRUGLO’s patented tritium + fiber-optic xtreme technology, providing a 3-dot aiming system that is bright in daylight as well as low light and complete darkness. TFX technology also uses a sealed capsule design, press-fit retention rings, and Fortress Finish™ that make the sights incredibly durable and resistant to chemicals and solvents that can damage unprotected sights.

TFX PRO uses the same innovative technology, but with a few additional features including: a U-notch rear sight for increased speed and accuracy, a bright orange FOCUS•LOCK ring on the front sight, and a forward-angled rear sight profile to assist in emergency one-hand slide operation.

TRITIUM PRO: Simply put, TRUGLO® manufactures bright ideas. Starting with the brightness and durability of the original TRITIUM night sights, they added all of their PRO level features to give you the advantage when you need it the most.

TFO®: When you need to make a fast and accurate shot, brightness counts. TRUGLO brought fiber-optics to the shooting sports industry years ago for this very reason. They have paired them with tritium night sights to create a consistently bright sight picture–day or night! The patented combination of Tritium and Fiber-optic technologies unites the best of both worlds. Whether you are in glaring daylight or complete darkness, you can count on TFO® to provide a bright and reliable sight picture.

For more information about TRUGLO®
products, visit http://www.truglo.com

Trailblazer Firearms Launches .22 Compact

Nestled in the hills of North Carolina, a new firearms start-up launches LifeCard®, a truly innovative .22 LR in a super-compact, no-snag design that folds to the size of a credit card.

Asheville, N.C. (August 2017) – As far as business start-ups in the firearms industry go, Trailblazer® Firearmsis taking a different path. The newly formed company, headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, is proud to announce the launch of their first firearm, LifeCard®, “the last gun you’ll leave behind.”

LifeCard® is a .22 LR single-action, single-shot folding pistol, no bigger than a credit card when folded. The sleek, no-snag designed pistol’s frame and grip handle is constructed from fully-machined aluminum billet and hard-coat black anodized. The tilt-up barrel, bolt and trigger are made of steel with an Isonite® finish for corrosion resistance.

“Trailblazer Firearms fully intends to spearhead innovative new firearms products starting with the LifeCard®, available later this month,” Aaron Voigt, President of Trailblazer Firearms, explained “New designs and true innovation have been the exception and our goal is to be the pioneer laying new trails for gun enthusiasts, designers and manufacturers.”

Voigt, one of six kids, was raised to love the outdoors and respect the American tradition of firearms and hunting in the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. At 18 he joined the USMC Reserve, M Battery, 14th Marine Regiment in Chattanooga, Tennessee and rose to the rank of Lance Corporal. In the early 1990’s, Voigt transferred inter-service to the Army for active duty and was deployed to Kuwait and advanced to Specialist E-4. After a stint in South Korea, Voigt separated from the military and returned his family to his beloved mountains where he shifted careers.

Always the gun enthusiast, in 2010 Voigt hit upon an idea of a unique pistol. The idea slowly became a dream and a long drawn out reality as Voigt tackled the jungle of patents, trademarks, prototyping, machining, licensing, marketing and more. Now, seven years later, the dream that started as a sketch on a piece of paper can be held in the hand, aimed down range and fired.

“Initially, I had no idea that going from concept to actual product would take seven years, but in essence, that time spent was valuable and will show in every aspect of this remarkable product. I am looking forward to putting this pistol on the market and can’t thank my family and friends enough for all the support and patience,” Voigt said. “We expect product to hit our distributors, Ellett Brothers and Jerry’s Sport Center, in about three weeks. We look forward to the feedback from our customers regarding our initial product offering and look forward to continually innovating new products.”

Trailblazer LifeCard Specifications:

Caliber: .22LR

Action: Single-Action, Single-Shot

Length: 3.375 inches

Height: 2.125 inches

Width: 0.5 inches

Weight: > 7 oz.

Barrel: Steel, Tilt-Up

Frame: Aluminum (includes folding handle)

Features: Ambidextrous, built-in safety features, ammo storage in handle for 4 rounds

For more information on Trailblazer Firearms, visit www.trailblazerfirearms.com and stay in the conversation on Facebook.

About Trailblazer Firearms:

Trailblazer Firearms, headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, was founded in 2014 to design, develop, manufacture and market innovative American-made firearms. www.trailblazerfirearms.com

Trailblazer Firearms
800 Fairview Rd., Suite 132
Asheville, NC 28803
P: 828-676-3111
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FLIR Introduces FLIR ThermoSight® Pro Series Thermal Weapon Sights

FLIR Boson Camera Core Powers New Thermal Line with Advanced Image Processing

WILSONVILLE, OR – FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) today announced three rifle-mounted thermal imaging sights as part of the new FLIR ThermoSight Pro Series. Powered by the high-performance 12-micron pixel pitch FLIR Boson™ thermal camera core, the ThermoSight Pro sights expand upon the FLIR ThermoSight line and sets a new standard in thermal image quality and features for the tactical and outdoor enthusiast markets.
The FLIR ThermoSight Pro Series is powered by the FLIR Boson thermal camera core, which delivers smaller, lighter optics with increased image performance and range. Featuring on-chip video processing and an uncompressed video signal fed directly to a high-definition 1280×960 display, the FLIR ThermoSight Pro Series offers improved object detection and classification in the field and clean thermal imagery in any light – from low contrast daylight to total darkness – or through smoke, haze and light fog.

Available in three configurations, the FLIR ThermoSight Pro Series packs greater levels of performance and functionality into a compact and lightweight housing. Each FLIR ThermoSight Pro offers 320×256 thermal resolution, Bluetooth 4.0 and USB-C connectivity, and user-controlled imaging palettes and image enhancement filters. Onboard recording allows for the internal storage of up to two hours of video or 1,000 JPEG images. All FLIR ThermoSight Pro models also feature a digital compass and inclinometer.

The initial offering in the series, the FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS233, features a reticle pattern using patent-pending High-Visibility Technology (HVT), which displays crisp iconology and graphic overlays over virtually all backgrounds.

FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS233 – 19-millimeter (mm) lens, 4X digital zoom and 12-degree field-of-view
FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS533 – 50 mm lens, 4X digital zoom and 4.5-degree field-of-view
FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS733 – 75 mm lens, 4X digital zoom and 3-degree field-of-view

“The FLIR ThermoSight Pro Series provides feature-rich functionality to offer the sporting, law enforcement and tactical markets a weapon sight with superior thermal imaging technology,” says Dmitry Rocklin, Vice President of FLIR Outdoor and Tactical Systems. “This new Boson-based thermal weapon sight series represents the most advanced recreational scope line for FLIR, setting the bar for size, weight, power, and performance.”

The FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS233 is available now in the U.S. at $2,199 MSRP through established FLIR dealers. The FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS533 and FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS733 will be available later this year. For more information about the ThermoSight Pro series, visit http://www.flir.com/TSPRO.
High-res imagery and product datasheet available here.

About FLIR Systems
FLIR Systems, Inc. is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of sensor systems that enhance perception and awareness. FLIR’s advanced systems and components are used for a wide variety of thermal imaging, situational awareness, and security applications, including airborne and ground-based surveillance, condition monitoring, navigation, recreation, research and development, manufacturing process control, search and rescue, drug interdiction, transportation safety, border and maritime patrol, environmental monitoring, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) threat detection. For more information, visit FLIR’s web site at www.FLIR.com.

Why bullet size matters in officer-involved shootings

A shootout that killed multiple FBI agents underscores the need for cops to use bullets that will neutralize an adversary as quickly as possible

Aug 2, 2017


The 1986 FBI Miami shootout between eight FBI agents and two serial bank robbers was the deadliest and most violent shootout in FBI history.

Following the incident, significant changes were made to the firepower carried by agents, the body armor they wore and the incident response training they received.

In their book, “Defense of Self and Others,” FBI firearms training experts John Hall and Urey Patrick (ret.), provide a detailed description of the incident and review the critical importance of choosing the appropriate duty-carry handgun rounds for police officers.

Law enforcement officials survey the scene of a shootout in which two FBI agents were killed and multiple other agents wounded, April 12, 1986. (AP Photo/Bill Cooke)
Law enforcement officials survey the scene of a shootout in which two FBI agents were killed and multiple other agents wounded, April 12, 1986. (AP Photo/Bill Cooke)

What happened during the shootout on April 11, 1986

During the shootout, Special Agent Jerry Dove fired a lightweight, high-velocity 9mm round that struck murder/armored car robbery suspect Michael Lee Platt in the upper right arm.

The round severed Platt’s brachial artery, passing through the arm into his chest and almost entirely through his right lung. Doctors later determined that this round was not survivable. However, the round stopped just short of entering Platt’s heart/aorta, only penetrating his torso about six or seven inches.

After receiving this wound, Platt initiated a devastating attack upon the surrounding FBI agents, killing two (including Agent Dove) and severely wounding two more. Platt was killed at the end of the gunfight, but not before unleashing deadly mayhem. If Agent Dove’s bullet had entered Platt’s heart, he would have perished quickly, before launching his life-ending assault.

Bullet-Wound Factors in Officer-Involved Shootings

In his 1989 treatise, “Handgun Wounding Factors and Effectiveness,”  Supervisory Special Agent Urey Patrick explained that the goal of an officer in a life-threatening shooting incident is to incapacitate the adversary as quickly as possible. The only way to ensure immediate incapacitation is to shoot the adversary in the brain or upper spinal cord (i.e., central nervous system).

During a dynamic gun battle with erratic movement by both officer and adversary, this requires extraordinary marksmanship or, more likely, pure luck. The only other way to end an adversary’s life-threatening action is through circulatory collapse.

Circulatory collapse results from massive bleeding caused by bullet wounds primarily to the heart, other major organs or major blood vessels of the torso. Circulatory collapse will result in significant deprivation of oxygen to the brain. This can take several seconds to several minutes or even longer. In this dangerous time period, an officer’s adversary can continue his deadly actions against an officer. Patrick points out that there is sufficient oxygen in the brain to support voluntary, life-threatening actions against an officer for 10 to 15 seconds after the heart has been destroyed.

Because of the dynamic and chaotic nature of officer-involved shootings, officers are trained to shoot at center mass of an assailant’s torso from whatever side/angle of the torso that presents itself. The FBI Training Division reported in May 2014 that officers, on average, strike an adversary with only 20 percent to 30 percent of the shots fired during a shooting incident.

Moreover, law enforcement shootings typically result in only one or two solid torso hits on adversaries. Because head shots are rare and extremely difficult, and torso hits are likewise difficult and do not result in immediate incapacitation, choosing handgun bullets for officers is a critically important task. The better the bullet and the shot placement of an officer, the more likely the officer will go home after a shooting.

Handgun Bullet-Wounding Factors: Myth and Reality

The idea that a bullet has the power to knock an adversary to the ground is a Hollywood myth. Patrick explains in his treatise that, “A bullet simply cannot knock a man down. If it had the energy to do so, then equal energy would be applied against the shooter (i.e., recoil) and he too would be knocked down. The amount of energy deposited in the body by a bullet is approximately equivalent to being hit with a baseball.”

Because bullet strikes to the torso will not immediately incapacitate an adversary and will not knock him to the ground, police officers need to use bullets that will neutralize an adversary as quickly as possible.

Patrick’s treatise outlines the following factors to consider regarding handgun bullets:

  • Body Penetration: To be effective, an officer’s bullet must reliably penetrate the soft body tissue of an adversary at least 12 inches whether it expands (e.g., hollow point) or not. Patrick states that penetration of up to 18 inches is preferable.
  • Permanent Cavity: This is the space within the body of an adversary that has been permanently created through tissue destruction caused by the bullet’s passage through the suspect’s body. Simply put, it is the hole in the body left by the passage of the bullet. The permanent cavity includes the length and width of the bullet’s path inside the body. It likewise includes the amount of body tissue destroyed, including blood vessel and organ tissue destruction. If circulatory collapse occurs, it will be the result of body damage along the permanent cavity.
  • Temporary Cavity: This is the temporary expansion (not destruction) of tissue around the permanent cavity that is briefly created by the stretching of that tissue due to the kinetic energy from the bullet passing through the body. Because the velocity of handgun rounds is relatively slow, the impact upon tissue surrounding the permanent cavity is of little or no consequence regarding wound impact.
  • Fragmentation: This involves pieces of the bullet breaking up and secondary fragments, such as pieces of bone, which are impelled outward from the permanent cavity. Fragmentation of any significance “does not reliably occur in handgun wounds due to the relatively low velocities of handgun bullets.”

Accordingly, the best handgun rounds will reliably cause a permanent cavity that will penetrate the soft tissue of an adversary between 12 and 18 inches. Penetration of this length and the tissue, blood vessel and organ damage/destruction that follows is vital to circulatory collapse.

Patrick states that “since vital organs are located deep within the body, it should be obvious that to ignore penetration and permanent cavity is to ignore the only proven means of damaging or disrupting vital organs.” Remember it is massive blood loss that causes circulatory collapse. Massive blood loss is much more likely with deep penetration and damage to vital organs.

The FBI Chooses the 9mm Bullet

In my book “Lethal Force and the Objectively Reasonable Officer,” I point out that after the FBI shootout in Miami, the FBI Firearms Training Unit, under the leadership of Unit Chief John Hall, tested 9mm, 10mm and .45 caliber rounds.

The tests resulted in the selection in 1989 of the 10mm bullet as the most effective and accurate round for FBI agents to carry.

The FBI subsequently transitioned from revolvers to semi auto .40 caliber handguns with S&W .40 caliber bullets (a slightly shorter version of the 10mm round).

This remained the norm in the FBI until May 2014. In September 2014, LooserRounds posted an article titled FBI Training Division Justifies 9mm Caliber Selection. This post reported that the FBI Training Division had reevaluated which handgun round was best for FBI agents and reached the following conclusions:

  • For a bullet to be effective for law enforcement, it must be able to penetrate the body between 12 and 18 inches to reach large vital organs to cause rapid blood loss.
  • In each of the three most common law enforcement handgun calibers (9mm Luger, .40 S&W, .45 Auto), there are some projectiles that have a high likelihood of success for officers (i.e., all three are very effective).
  • 9mm Luger now offers select projectiles that are, under identical testing conditions, outperforming most premium line .40 S&W and .45 Auto projectiles tested by the FBI.
  • 9mm Luger offers greater magazine capacity and less recoil/more weapon control at a lower cost.
  • A majority of FBI shooters are both faster and more accurate using 9mm Luger versus .40 S&W rounds.
  • There is little or no noticeable difference in wound tracks between 9mm Luger, .40 S&W and .45 Auto premium line rounds.

The 2014 FBI Training Division Report stated that the FBI had chosen the 9mm bullet (147 grain Speer Gold Dot G2) for FBI agents to carry because, “The 9mm provides struggling shooters the best chance of success while improving the speed and accuracy of the most skilled shooters.”

In reaching this conclusion, the FBI appeared to give too little weight to the tissue-crushing ability of the larger projectiles (.40 S& W; .45 Auto).

The original FBI testing of bullets conducted in the late 1980s involved testing the Winchester 147 grain subsonic hollow point 9mm round, the Remington 185 grain hollow point .45 round and a 10mm 180 grain hollow point round.

The test results disclosed that the .45 round displaced an average of 4.22 cubic inches of tissue, the 10mm round 4.11 cubic inches and the 9mm round 2.82 cubic inches.

The earlier FBI testing left no doubt that tissue displacement was greater with the larger rounds. Greater tissue displacement is likely to lead to more blood loss. It is also logical to assume that when the larger round enters a major body organ, the negative impact upon that organ will be more significant.

If a 9mm bullet barely misses the heart or aorta of an adversary, but the heart or aorta of that same person is creased by the slightly larger .40 or .45 caliber round, it can be said with conviction that bullet diameter, expanding or not, really does matter.

The FBI has made a pragmatic decision that the 147 grain 9mm bullet is the best bullet for its agents because it allows for more rounds in the handgun. It has less recoil, is less expensive and its penetration apparently compares favorably with the larger-sized rounds. It enables struggling shooters to attain better weapon control/shot placement, and permits skilled shooters to be faster and more accurate.

I do not argue with this decision; however, I believe agents who can control the larger weapons/bullets without a problem should have the choice to carry weapons with the larger bullets. This would give them an edge regarding tissue displacement/destruction during a shooting incident where any advantage, however slight, would be welcome.

I would make the same recommendation to all American law enforcement agencies who are considering a switch to 9mm handguns. They should provide officers who can control the larger weapons a choice about which pistol they are permitted to carry. It is often said in sports talk, that “the game is a game of inches.” This is also true in life and death gun battles like the FBI Miami shootout.

 

Ed Brown Products Adds Gunsmith Fit and Carry Grip Safeties

Ed Brown Products® adds Gunsmith Fit and the Carry Grip Safety to their complete line of fully machined 1911 parts.

PERRY, MO – Ed Brown Products, Inc. continues to lead the way meeting the demands of their customers including the professional gunsmith and hobby gunsmith alike. Just off the machine and ready to arrive in a shop near you are two new fully machined grip safeties. The Gunsmith Fit beavertail, with a 0.245″ radius replacing the 0.250″, a wider neck at .0314″, and .002″ extra material per side, allows for the precise fit that you demand. Marked with a single dot inside the next for identification, and fully machined from bar stock to the highest standards, just as you would expect from Ed Brown.
Along side the Gunsmith Fit grip safety, another request was filled by the expert craftsmen. The Carry Grip Safety satisfies the demand for a compact grip safety allows for a more compact profile on your carry pistol. The tail has been reduced by .100″ giving it the absolute minimum dimensions while still allowing the use of a commander style hammer, with no need for a special hammer. Both grip safeties are available in stainless or blue and in 70 or 80 series to meet your needs.

John May, Sales and Marketing Director for Ed Brown Products, said “Again this proves we are listening to our customers and introducing new products that meet their demands. Just like we have for almost 50 years now, we are focused on providing the highest quality products available, with the industry’s best customer service and backed by the only written LIFETIME warranty!”

For more information on these new Machined Grip Safeties, or any of our extensive line of fully machined 1911 parts and our complete line of custom 1911s visit www.edbrown.com. Follow Ed Brown Products on Facebook www.facebook.com/edbrownproducts/, and Instagram at www.instagram.com/edbrownproducts/. Find informational videos on our firearms by visiting our YouTube channel www.youtube.com/c/EdBrownProductsInc.

Inceptor® Component Bullets by PolyCase® Ammunition Now Available at MidwayUSA

Now Available Exclusively at MidwayUSA

SAVANNAH, GA – PolyCase® Ammunition introduces a full line of Inceptor® component bullets for handloaders. Over 40 offerings are now exclusively available at MidwayUSA during the initial introduction and projectiles for self defense, hunting and training will now be offered in calibers from .380 Auto to .50 Beowulf in standard and bulk quantities.

Inceptor’s hallmark bullets—the ARX™—are the backbone of the Preferred Defense™ line. These bullets can be driven faster and feature lighter weights for the ultimate in stopping power. Lower felt-recoil also allows for faster follow-up shots and more hits on target when it matters most. The ARX is non-expanding and engineered for maximum hydraulic displacement and terminal energy transfer.

Adding a Completely New Category
“This is a significant milestone for the PolyCase team,” said CEO and President Paul Lemke. “We have worked very hard to build out our ammunition line under the Inceptor and Ruger® brands to include several lead-free, frangible options for so many applications. Our expansion to component bullets allows us to provide our copper-polymer projectiles proudly made in the United States to additional segments of shooting enthusiasts.

“We’re thrilled that MidwayUSA is the exclusive retailer and has so much confidence in our products. Having them onboard for our launch means shooters across the country will be able to receive these specialized projectiles quickly after the initial introduction.”

Unparalleled Performance
Inceptor injection-molded copper-polymer RNP™ (Round Nose Precision) bullets are made for those interested in training in high volumes with loads that feature lead-free, frangible, flat-shooting and very accurate projectiles.

The SRR™ (Short-Range Rifle) line also delivers unmatched frangibility and allows for the most real-world training experience. Unlike other frangible rifle bullets on the market, SRR offerings allow shooters to practice on hardened steel targets from distances measured in feet rather than yards or meters.

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Handloading hunters are no longer relegated to yesterday’s projectiles. The Inceptor brand Preferred Hunting™ line brings ARX component bullets to the handgun and rifle platforms. These offerings hit hard and bring game down fast with their unique-fluted design that ensures quick energy transfer and helps prevent over-penetration.

All 41 SKUs of the Inceptor brand component bullets are available for purchase now at MidwayUSA. More information can be found at http://www.polycaseammo.com/bullets/ and complete load data can be accessed at http://www.polycaseammo.com/load-data/.

About PolyCase
Founded in 2012, PolyCase® Ammunition designs and manufacturers small arms ammunition and projectiles using the world’s most advanced composite materials and manufacturing methods. Serving domestic and international lines of business, PolyCase is available through fine shooting sports retailers everywhere. Proudly made in the USA, Inceptor®, Ruger® and Umarex® brand ammunition are designed for superior lethality, consistency and performance. For more information about PolyCase visit www.polycaseammo.com.

MANAGING THE INITIAL POLICE CONTACT

One of the things that is incessantly being discussed in the CCW/LEO community is the after-event-discourse. In other words, what do you say…or not, after you have shot and killed an adversary. As expected, the variety of advice is as different as people’s choices in guns and ammo. A prevailing attitude – promulgated by the liability-mongers – is to simply shut up and say nothing under any circumstances.

I disagree and here is why –

I have been in more than a few of these and also investigated quite a few of these. I noted some trends and tried to use those trends to my benefits when it was my turn at the plate.

First is the fact that you are the only one equipped to tell your story.  The bad guys you shot, if they survive, will not be “keeping quiet”. They will be telling the police you pulled your gun on them, perhaps create some appearance of racism if they can exploit it, and generally make it look like you are the over-reacting bad guy. If the police are only hearing one set of supposed facts, and you are not talking, they will write their report with what they have, and rather than being listed as the victim, you will be listed as a suspect.

So picture this scene. Two thugs followed you for some time, maybe yelling threatening stuff at you. While you did your best to avoid the issue, you were unsuccessful in getting away and they pressed the confrontation, attacking you with sufficient force to justify a gun solution.

You shoot one of them, maybe wounding him – maybe killing him, and the other one runs off into the night. You saw the first man drop his pistol in a clump of ivy and the other man throw his knife on a rooftop as he ran away.

You immediately call 911 and give a very cryptic account of what happened…”there has been a shooting…I’m the victim…send help”.  So far so good.

In the meantime, one of the assailants…the one who got away, is also calling. His story is a little different. According to him you called them “Dirty Ghetto Dwellers”, and pulled your gun on them, shooting his buddy. As far as the police know…they got two calls. One a cryptic call, from someone who seemed to be concealing something, and another reporting what amounts to a racial hate crime by a right wing Nazi.  Now granted, they have been to that “area” before and they are forming an opinion about what really happened…but that is not enough.

They arrive on scene and after controlling the event, ask you what happened.

What you do now will have a bearing on the rest of your life.  But understand the backdrop of events.  You will get all manner of conflicting advice…specially from Youtube experts.  Everyone has an agenda.  My only agenda here, since I am not a lawyer, nor do I do any expert witness acts, is simply to tell you what I think after many shootings, homicide investigations, court room testimony, wrongful death lawsuits, and investigations for civil rights violations…all against me.

The guys who advocate saying nothing will not be able to point to the two weapons which were discarded…and which will disappear as soon as the scene is cleared. The police may not even look for them since no one told them they were in existence. No one will tell them you are a good guy who was a victim of a racially motivated beat-down robbery, as the ONLY info paints you in a horrible light.

Sure…you’ll have a lawyer…but all of the evidence the police may have collected will no longer be available, and the investigation will not have been an even and equal one, but rather one where you alone are presumed to be the suspect.

See the point?? I know a man who did just that…kept his mouth shut because of what a shooting instructor advised him to do and he spent several weeks in jail, had two criminal trials, and was  facing a civil suit from one of his attackers.  All because he decided to say nothing rather than something.

Is it hard to control your mouth? Yes it is. But no harder than to control your trigger finger, your desire to drink to excess, or to control the vertical displacement of your zipper.  Part of being a man is the ability to control yourself so rather than waste your energy on fantasy football, spend it on learning self control.  Self control is a learned thing and must be practiced daily.

What I have done in the past, and what I teach my students is this.

At the first phone call, identify yourself as the victim.  Say it, “I am the Victim”.

At the initial contact with Law Enforcement give a very limited statement, focusing on the actions of the bad guys, reiterating what they did – or tried to do to you.  This is where that “gentleman” persona will pay off dividends.  A Raylan Givens will be treated differently than a Dewey Crowe.  If at some point you want a “time out”, and that is not a bad idea for true medical reasons as well as to simply catch your breath, collect your thoughts, and make any additional calls, it is a simple matter to ask for medical attention due to head ache, racing heart, etc.

Say something like this –

“Officer. I am glad you are here. Thank God. You saved my life from these guys”

“I am a good guy. I am the victim.  I was minding my own business on my way home when those two guys attacked me.”

“The one in the blue shirt had a knife. He threw it up there on the roof as he ran away down the alley. There should be some blood on it from my arm when I blocked his attempt to stab me.”

“The guy on the gurney was armed with a pistol. He dropped it right there in that pile of ivy when he fell.”

“It was so sudden.  I was terrified.  I am still terrified.  I am glad you guys are here. “

There…more micro statements pointing to roles in the event, evidence that can now be recovered, and additional investigative leads to apprehend additional suspects.  And then the “time out”.

“Officer…I am still a little shaken up. I want to cooperate with you guys, but I have a huge headache right now and my heart beat won’t slow down.  Do you mind calling paramedics for me…I think I would like a doctor to check me out”.

I guarantee that you will not be asked any additional questions that night.  Things are no longer in your control but you have set the investigation on the proper course, and the truth will be determined instead of being overlooked.

News and Information

July 28, 2017

 

 

This week on High Caliber Radio we will be talking to the guys out at Drive Tank.Com and they will tell you how they can make all of your tank driving dreams come true.  We will also be talking guns with Michael Bane of the Outdoor Channel’s Shooting Gallery program.  Andy Larsen will join us to talk about his line of rugged, compact ghost ring sight from Skinner Sights.

 

 

The new Black Aces Tactical PoBoy video is complete.

What we are about- As most of you know, Black Aces Tactical manufactures an incredible quality 5.56 suppressor and we do it at a $199 retail price point.  This price point is exponentially lower than even our nearest competitor.  We have found that above all, an item like this is exactly what the customers have been asking for.

The Pro Series 56 PoBoy suppressor is exactly what your customers are looking for.
Radians Introduces New Colors in Their Ladies Range Line

MEMPHIS, TN——Radians®, a market leader in the development and manufacturing of safety gear for shooters and hunters, has added two popular colors, coral and aqua, to its ladies range series, which includes hearing protection and safety glasses.

According to Wes Miller, Director of Sales for Sporting Goods, “Women are the fastest growing segment of gun owners in the United States. While they enjoy both sport and leisure shooting, many are simply looking at gun ownership as a means of extra security and protection. Increased enrollment in gun safety courses, range use and gun permits for women means more females want PPE that fits their size and their style while providing maximum comfort and protection.

“Until recently, girls with guns had very limited choices in the colors of their safety gear,” says Miller. Our new Ladies PPE Gear gives the female shooter and huntress new color choices in addition to traditional pink.”

The Radians Lowset™ low profile, compact folding earmuffs (NRR21) will be sold individually and are now available in a coral/charcoal combination or an aqua/charcoal combination.

Matching ladies range eyewear that complies with ANSI Z87.1+ standards are also sold individually and are designed with a smaller frame to provide a better fit for ladies and youth. The eyewear features sporty, flexible dual molded temple arms for maximum comfort, an adjustable rubber nosepiece for a custom fit, a scratch resistant hard coat, and 99.9% UVA / UVB protection.
A Lowset Range Combo kit in aqua is also available. The kit includes both the earmuff and safety glass and is ideal for new female shooters who are in the market for both ear and eye protection.

Radians new Ladies PPE Gear line can be found at sporting goods outlets and e-commerce sites. All of Radians products are sold through authorized distributors. For more information, visit www.radians.com or call toll-free 1-877-723-4267 to speak to a safety professional.

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Give us a call, let’s talk about what we can do for you.

Dealer Services
Tim Sorady, Customer Manager
Tim@blackacestactical.com

 

 

Century Arms Canik TP9SFx Wins Industry Choice Award

Delray Beach, FL – – Century Arms, the exclusive importer of Canik handguns and accessories, was presented with the Handgun of the Year award for its TP9SFx Pistol at the 2nd Annual 2017 Industry Choice Awards on July 22, 2017 hosted by Rockcastle Shooting Center. The TP9SFx is the ‘out-of-the box,’ race-ready, competition pistol from the Canik TP9 product line.

“As the exclusive importer of TP9 series pistols in the United States and a close partner of Canik, we are both honored and humbled to receive this coveted award.” said Jason Karvois, Century Arms Director of Sales. “This year the field was filled with excellent handguns from all the major manufacturers and we are incredibly excited that the TP9SFx pistol came out on top.”

A panel of 30 evaluators came to Rockcastle Shooting Center for several days of hands-on testing and evaluation of 98 products for consideration in product categories of rifles, handguns, shotguns, optics, accessories and ammunition. Evaluators consisted of gunsmiths, range owners, retailers, distributors, recreational shooters, law enforcement and military personnel. The evaluators spent 28 hours of detailed analysis with 23 questions per product starting with visually examining products on a bench and then live-fire function testing. Oneida Molded Plastics lead the team of hand selected delegates from the firearms community for the prestigious, unbiased selection of the Products of the Year awards. Each submitting company was provided the audited confidential evaluation results of their product.

Specifically optimized for competitive shooting, the TP9SFx was designed to be ready for competition right out of the box, without any modifications needed. The slide is “Optics Ready” with four different red dot interface plates and also features industry standard dovetail sight cuts that hold and set Warren Tactical sights. Additional features and equipment include a 5.2″ barrel, two magazines (both with extended baseplates providing a 20 round capacity), interchangeable backstraps, an extended slide stop, extended magazine release, Cerakote™ finished slide, and a threaded hole on the optic mounting plate for use with an optional ambidextrous cocking handle designed for use in competition. Designed as an affordable option for action pistol and 3-gun competitors looking for a reliable handgun with premium features, the TP9SFx has an MSRP of $549.99.

Smith & Wesson Model 360 Revolver

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Smith & Wesson Corp. announced today that the company has begun shipping the new Model 360 revolver, Smith & Wesson’s latest addition to its popular J-Frame revolver line. The Model 360 revolver offers consumers a new choice to meet their need for a lightweight, powerful concealed carry revolver for personal protection. The Model 360 features a scandium alloy frame, unfluted stainless steel cylinder, Flat Dark Earth combat grips, and is chambered in the .357 Magnum cartridge. The Smith & Wesson J-frame revolver has become one of the most popular small-frame personal protection revolvers on the market, with decades of reliable performance.

Jan Mladek, General Manager for Smith & Wesson and M&P® Brands, said, “With the growing popularity of concealed carry firearms, Smith & Wesson has continued to innovate in the popular J-frame revolver category. The Model 360, chambered in .357 Magnum and weighing only 14.9 ounces, is a powerful and easy-to-carry option for those looking for a new concealed carry sidearm.”

The new Model 360 J-frame revolver features a lightweight, scandium alloy frame that is capable of handling the .357 Magnum cartridge. In addition to its lightweight frame, the Model 360 features a black finish, 5-round capacity and Red Ramp front sight for quick target acquisition.

To learn more about the new Model 360 revolver, click here.

For more information about Smith & Wesson firearms please visit www.smith-wesson.com.

 

Birchwood Casey Popper Steel Target

The Birchwood Casey® World of Targets® Popper Steel Target provides shooters a durable, easy to transport target for hours of fast-paced shooting action at the range.

The Popper Steel Target is constructed of 3/8″ AR500 steel and will easily absorb hits from both centerfire pistols and rifles. The target stands 22″ tall when assembled and has an 8″ target paddle. The unique springless design allows the target to reset again and again regardless of the caliber used to knock it down. The stand assembly allows for easy set up and takedown without tools.

The Popper Steel Target is made in the USA and sells for a retail price of $299.99.

FightLite MCR and Lightweight Polymer Ammo

FightLite® Industries, a division of ARES Defense Systems® Inc. located in Melbourne, Florida announces a development program for next generation, lightweight polymer ammunition to work in conjunction with its patented Dual-Feed™ Squad Automatic MCR® (Mission Configurable Rifle).

In a radical departure from the directions of both case telescoped ammunition and conventional polymer ammunition, FightLite® is pursuing an innovative development strategy for a 5th generation hybrid cartridge that is projected to lighten ammunition weight by up to 30% and deliver reduced ammunition cost, while also supporting legacy infantry weapons and machine guns.

There are millions of 5.56mm and 7.62mm NATO weapons in both the US military and around the globe where users stand to benefit from a significant reduction in ammunition weight without sacrificing performance or reliability. FightLite® Industries and its parent organization ARES Defense have been very successful with their outside-the-box approach to problem solving in the small arms business during the past 20 years.

The company’s flagship weapon is its 8.5 lb. select-fire Squad Automatic MCR® that shares the excellent ergonomics of the M4A1 and feeds reliably from both M27-linked ammunition belts and standard M16 magazines at operator discretion. Featuring reliable gas-piston operation and a tool-less quick-change barrel system; the patented MCR® is the lightest and most portable belt fed machine gun in the world. Suppressor and grenade launcher capable, its select-fire operation allows soldiers and contractors to quickly and accurately engage both point and area targets. And when coupled with FightLite’s finalized 5th Gen lightweight cartridge, the MCR® and FightLite® ammo combination will represent the lightest 5.56mm automatic rifle with full combat load available anywhere.

The select-fire FightLite® MCR® is derived from the ARES-16 AMG-2™ (Assault Machine Gun) that was selected for testing by the US Army’s Soldier Enhancement Program (SEP) and includes product enhancements that were made to the AMG-2™ following experience with M855A1 EPR ammunition and earlier military testing done during the Army’s AEWE Spiral H experiment at Fort Benning.

Such enhancements include further weapon weight reduction and simplification, a square shaped feed roller housing, a heat treated steel feed plate that reduces feed ramp wear from M855A1 steel tipped projectiles, refinements in the breech bolt lug profile, a reinforced charging handle assembly, the company’s highly effective RipBrake™ muzzle compensator, and a proprietary method of mitigating cookoff risk while maintaining a select-fire, closed bolt system of operation that is more accurate and user-friendly than standard open-bolt light machine guns.

Some additional key elements of the MCR® are that it shares a 52% part commonality with existing NSN components already in the government system and the core technology can retrofit to any MIL-Spec AR15, M16 or M4 type lower receiver; meaning that it is rearward compatible to the very first Colt Mod. 01 (M16) manufactured in 1960. These accomplishments reduce a military’s logistical footprint and costs including spare components and operator and armorer training. Additionally, the dual-feed MCR® permits squad automatic rifle users to operate during the assault with 100 and 200 round magazines of M27-linked ammunition, but also retains the ability to reliably feed from 4179 STANAG (M16/M4) magazines from other squad members should linked ammunition run low during combat.

“The Army and some of our commercial customers have been interested in lightweight ammunition for quite some time, so our R&D team is pretty excited about the progress we’re making to finally solve the elusive lightweight ammunition equation for conventional rifles and machine guns,” says Geoffrey Herring, CEO of ARES Defense Systems®. “We’re aware that various iterations of polymer cased ammunition have been introduced to the commercial market during the past several years, but we also know some of the setbacks they’ve experienced along the way such as ballistic underperformance, case melt, moisture absorption, case separation or deformation, and catastrophic failures when the heat or pressure is up. Most of the polymer ammunition manufacturers are employing first through third generation technology which can be predisposed to fail when subjected to rough handling, temperature extremes, environmental conditions, and the pressures necessary for full ballistic performance of modern rifle ammunition.”

Brass cased ammunition has been relied on for over 150 years and has presented many challenges for the arms industry to find an alternative material that accomplishes everything that a standard brass case does. In addition to providing a convenient capsule to house the bullet and components, keep the powder dry and reliably feed into the chamber, it is also a critical gas container that keeps the shooter safe from the 50,000-70,000 psi chamber pressure when the round is fired. When the malleable brass case expands against the chamber wall during obturation, it performs as a mechanical brake reducing bolt loading and embeds many impurities from the chamber such as grit, carbon or unburned propellant into the case body which is then extracted from the chamber in a semi self-cleaning arrangement. Since brass is an excellent thermal conductor, it also absorbs and removes with each shot a small amount of heat generated by the friction of the projectile traveling down the bore. It can be stored for extended periods of time and can tolerate temperature extremes such as freezing cold, rough handling, hazardous environmental conditions and water submersion. But some of the biggest strikes against it are weight and cost, and depending on the individual manufacturer the 12 to 20 step manufacturing process necessary to fabricate a single cartridge.

FightLite® isn’t sharing any proprietary details at this stage about the (5th Generation) construction methods being privately developed in house with IRAD until its patents for the hybrid technology are solidified. But the FightLite® R&D team is systematically addressing and overcoming the hurdles that have plagued early players in the lightweight ammunition space and is confident in its decision to pursue development of a lightweight cartridge that will also support legacy weapons in the US arsenal and NATO countries, and other users around the world.

“Our company’s approach to product development has always been to invest in inclusive technologies that benefit a greater consumer base as exemplified by our MCR® being rearward compatible from today’s production M4A1 to the very first M16’s that the Army ever purchased. To date, our company has produced and delivered thousands of dual-feed MCR® type upper receiver assemblies and rifles throughout the US and overseas, so we’re very comfortable with our product, its capabilities and the ability to produce it,” says Herring. “The primary objective for developing polymer ammunition is to additionally lighten the soldier’s ammunition load by at least 20% and we think that our hybrid case will be able to achieve that while maintaining safety and ballistic performance and also supporting legacy systems. We’ve already accomplished significant weight savings for the soldier with our squad automatic MCR® which currently weighs 50% less than the current M249 and is 3-times more accurate as verified by US military testers during live fire exercises. In fact, our gun was so effective at improving the squad’s speed and mobility during our participation in the Army’s AEWE Spiral H experiment that there is soldier support on record for adding two additional weapons to the current 9-man squad for a total of two of our guns per fire team.”

No firm date is being stated at this time for delivery of FightLite® 5.56mm hybrid ammunition to market. In the interim, FightLite® Industries and its parent organization ARES Defense Systems® will continue supplying its customers with its commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) Squad Automatic MCR® and AMG-2™ weapons which can currently use almost any of the billions of rounds of 5.56 NATO ammunition stockpiled throughout the world. Once the R&D cycle on FightLite® 5.56mm hybrid ammunition is completed, the company will likely either seek mass production of the ammunition through established high-volume ammunition producers or consider licensing its next generation squad automatic rifle (NGSAR) and ammunition technology to one of the USA’s larger prime defense contractors.

 

 

 

News and Information

July 14, 2017

 

This week on High Caliber Radio we will be talking to Joe Smith of JMS Tactical.  Joe will talk about the precision rifles that he builds and the chasssis that he has designed and manufactures for precision rifles.  We will also take a look at the Ruger American Rifle installed and bedded in the Boyd’s At-one stock.

 

Federal Offers Fusion MSR 300 Blackout
ANOKA, Minnesota – Federal Ammunition is pleased to announce a new 150-grain 300 Blackout load designed for deer hunters in its Fusion MSR lineup. Shipments of this new product are currently being delivered to dealers.

Modern sporting rifles are the most adaptable class of firearms in history, handling everything from tactical applications to deer hunting. Fusion MSR loads provide that same degree of customization in ammunition.

The cartridges are specifically designed for hunting, performing to their ballistic peak through 16-inch barrels for AR15 platforms. The molecularly fused bullet transfers tremendous energy on impact for deadly knockdown power.

Larry and Brenda Potterfield Donate $55,000 to Support 4-H Shooting Sports

COLUMBIA, MO – July 12, 2017 –
Larry and Brenda Potterfield, owners of MidwayUSA, recently attended the 2017 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships, held at the Heartland Public Shooting Park, in Grand Island, Nebraska. This year, 712 participants from 36 states participated in 27 different events. The weeklong competition covered nine disciplines including archery (compound and recurve), air pistol/air rifle, hunting, muzzle loading, shotgun, small-bore pistol, and small-bore rifle.

Missouri was represented at the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships by 36 youth competitors and 9 adult volunteers (nine teams of four youth and one adult coach). To help with travel expenses associated with sending Missouri state shooting teams to the National Championships, Larry and Brenda generously donated $10,000 to the Missouri 4-H Foundation. Remaining funds from the donation will be used for 4-H training workshops. Each year Missouri 4-H trains approximately 250 volunteers at six workshops.

“Without the continued and dedicated support of MidwayUSA and our many volunteers, 4-H Shooting Sports could not function as it does today,” said Jim Sappington, Missouri State 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator. “The many levels of support Larry and Brenda Potterfield provide to our program allow us to train new volunteers and supply our state programs and teams with the equipment needed to perform at the highest levels. It also allows us the ability to work with some of the best and brightest of Missouri’s youth through shooting sports, allowing them not only to be better shooters but also to develop into great young adults and future leaders of Missouri and the Nation.”

A direct result of the Potterfield’s generosity, the National 4-H Shooting Sports Program was the recipient of an additional $45,000 donation – received through a donor advised account at Tulsa Community Foundation. The donation directly supports the 2017 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships, National 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Workshops, and the Face to Face Conference of all state level 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinators in October, 2017 in Louisiana.

Larry and Brenda have provided financial support to National 4-H Shooting Sports programs since 2011. Their contributions have had a significant impact on the expansion of 4-H Shooting Sports programs nationwide. In 2011, 4-H Shooting Sport programs reached 306,000 youth with 15,000 instructors. In 2016, the National 4-H Shooting Sports program reached over 450,000 youth, supported by over 21,000 adult volunteer Instructors.

“I was so pleased that Larry & Brenda were able to join us in Grand Island Nebraska for a day of our 2017 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships,” said Conrad Arnold, National 4-H Shooting Sports Program Coordinator. “Having them visit and getting a firsthand look at how their support impacts the lives of so many youth & families throughout the country meant much to those of us who are dedicated to impacting lives through 4-H youth shooting programs.”

About 4-H Shooting Sports

The focus of all 4-H programs is the development of youth as individuals and as responsible and productive citizens. The National 4-H Shooting Sports Program stands out as an example. Youth learn marksmanship, the safe and responsible use of firearms, the principles of hunting and archery, and much more. The activities of the program and the support of caring adult leaders provide young people with opportunities to develop life skills, self-worth, and conservation ethics.

To learn more about 4-H Shooting Sports, visit www.4-hshootingsports.org.

Winchester Adds to Popular XPR Rifle Line

Winchester® Repeating Arms is adding several new offerings to the bolt-action XPR® rifle line for 2017. This line of rifles has built a reputation for accuracy and dependability at a very affordable price.

New for 2017 is the XPR Hunter Mountain Country Range model. It features a polymer stock in the new Mossy Oak® Mountain Country Range camo. Other features found on the XPR include a M.O.A. trigger system, Perma-Cote™ matte blued metal surfaces to minimize glare, detachable box magazine, steel recoil lug, two position thumb safety and Inflex Technology Recoil Pad. It is available in many popular calibers from .243 Win. to .338 Win. Mag. Barrel length for short-action caliber rifles is 22″, short magnum and standard long action is 24″ and long action magnum calibers is 26″. Average weight is 6¾ – 7¼ lbs. Suggested retail is $599.99.

Winchester Repeating Arms will also add two new XPR Hunter Compact models for 2017. The XPR Hunter Compact will be offered in popular short-action calibers from .243 Win. to 325 WSM short magnum calibers. Suggested retail is $549.99. The new XPR Hunter Compact Mossy Oak® Break-Up Country® camo version is offered in the same calibers with a suggested retail of $599.99. Both rifles offer a shorter, 13″ length of pull that optimizes them for younger shooters and those with a smaller stature. Average weight is 6 ½ – 6 ¾ lbs. Barrel lengths are 20″ on short action standard calibers and 22″ on WSM calibers.

Features:
M.O.A. Trigger System
Bolt unlock button
Nickel Teflon® on bolt body
Detachable box magazine
Advanced polymer stock
Compact models feature shorter 13″ length of pull
Perma-Cote® matte black metal surfaces
Inflex Technology Recoil Pad
Steel recoil lug
Receiver is machined from solid steel bar stock
Two-position thumb safety
Button-rifled, free-floated steel barrel
Recessed target crown

For more information on Winchester Firearms, please visit www.winchesterguns.com.

Century Arms’ 100% American Made Draco AK47 Pistol

Delray Beach, Fla. –– Century Arms, North America’s premier AK manufacturer, has announced the release of a 100% U.S. made version of the highly sought after Draco AK47 Pistol to meet rapidly increasing market demand.

“The Romanian Draco Pistol imports have been infrequent due to Military and Government contracts at the Cugir factory,” said Jason Karvois, Century Arms Director of Sales. “Due to the popularity of the Draco pistol, and overwhelming demand, Century Arms has started to manufacture the Draco pistols at our Vermont factory to be able to consistently offer them to the U.S. market.”

Based on the AK47 rifle design, the Draco pistol combines rifle-cartridge firepower in compact pistol-form. Chambered in the ever-popular 7.62x39mm cartridge, the Draco pistol features a 10.5″ barrel and weighs 6.3 lbs., making it lightweight and handy in tight quarters. The U.S. Draco comes standard with a maple wood handguard, standard AKM sights, readily accepts any AK47 magazine or drum, and best of all – is completely made in the U.S.A.!

The Draco pistol is an extremely durable firearm that provides unmatched reliability in various conditions. A small package with rifle firepower, the Draco pistol provides the perfect choice for close-quarters confrontations, an ultimate truck gun, or just the perfect tool for maximum fun at the range. The U.S. made Draco is now shipping to dealers across the country with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $749.99.
For more information on the U.S. Draco pistol and other Century Arms AK-47 models, visit www.CenturyArms.com.

Cabela’s Shareholders Approve Bass Pro Shop Merger
It only took about 35 people around 20 minutes yesterday to approve a $4 billion merger that’s been lingering for months.Backed by that Cabela’s CEO Tommy Milner calls “overwhelming support” the shareholders of Cabela’s approved their proposed merger with Bass Pro Shops. Under the current terms, shareholders will receive $61.50/per share for the stock which has been trading in the $58.90-$59.94 range. After the merger, the companies will be based in Springfield, Missouri. No word on how many of the 1,000 workers in Cabela’s Sydney, Nebraska, headquarters will be retained. Cabela’s stock closed trading yesterday at $59.97, up eight cents.
Hogue Knives’ EX-A05 Automatic

Henderson, NV – Hogue Knives is pleased to announce the expansion of their automatic knife line to include new EX-A05 models. “Our X5 folder, which was introduced last year, proved to be so popular that our customers wanted to see the same unique design in an automatic version,” said Hogue managing partner and master toolmaker Jim Bruhns. “The result is a lightning fast spring action knife that is a reliable work horse each and every time you need it.”

The EX-A05’s blade is made from cryogenically heat treated CPM154 stainless steel and its edge is hand sharpened and honed for a lasting edge. Available in both spear point and modified wharncliffe styles, the blades are finished with either a tumbled stone wash or a kiln baked black Cerakote™ finish. The dynamic handle of the EX-A05 is created from 6061 T6 aircraft aluminum that is hard anodized with either black, flat dark earth or od green. Optionally available on the black models is an inlay of Hogue’s G-Mascus® Black G10 with their mini-piranha grip texture for added traction and superior comfort. The precisely designed recesses and curvature of the knife offer a natural, ergonomic grasp when in use. The EX-A05 includes an ambidextrous tip-up pocket clip designed for every day deep pocket carry.

The key to the Hogue auto knife’s reliability and performance, explained Bruhns, has been its proprietary music wire spring, developed specifically for Hogue Knives by famed spring maker Wolff Gunsprings. “We’re delivering an automatic knife that will last for years,” said Bruhns. “It will fire with the same authority on the first or the 10,000th deployment.” Fast blade deployment, a rock-solid lockup, precision engineering and extreme reliability under all conditions are hallmarks of the Hogue auto knife.

Every Hogue knife is made in the USA and is backed by three generations of manufacturing expertise and a limited lifetime warranty. The MSRP starts at $229.95. Hogue Automatic Knives are for sale through authorized dealers only. For more information please call Hogue directly at 1-800-438-4747 or visit www.hogueknives.com to find a Hogue Knives dealer near you.

Ed Brown Special Forces SR Commander

Ed Brown Products adds a Commander to the Special Forces SR line.

PERRY, MO – Ed Brown Products, Inc. is excited to announce the addition of a Commander sized pistol in the Special Forces SR lineup, continuing the expansion of pistols offered by the now second generation makers of the World’s Finest 1911 Handguns. Long known for clean, traditional, custom 1911s, the custom options shown on this pistol highlights that the folks at Ed Brown can flex some creative muscles as well.

The Special Forces SRC makes for a truly unique handgun in the lineup. The combination of a full-size grip and shortened Commander slide make for a perfectly balanced pistol in the hand. All the rules of the past still apply, expertly fit, with the quality you’ve come to expect from Ed Brown, combined with the carefully chosen options that make it one of the hottest 1911’s available today. The addition of the slide flutes and the Chen Magwell Gen2 from the list of custom options give the pistol an edgy, racy look that’ll make you want to add one to your collection. Shown with the SilencerCo Osprey, highlighting that this pistol is suppressor ready and with the Trijicon RMR sight set to go to war on the range.

John May, Sales and Marketing Director for Ed Brown Products, told us “this addition of the Commander sized pistol to the Special Forces SR line is a natural progression. The balance and just-perfect look of the commander demands it be a part of the lineup. This model shows what we can do with the addition of a few custom options from our list of over 100 available, making it clear we are a force in the industry and will offer our customers the opportunity to get not only the finest custom 1911 available anywhere, but the coolest as well. Just keep your eyes on us, as we get close to our 50Th anniversary you will see we are just getting started and more exciting things are coming! Remember I keep telling you if you have checked us out in the past, you better Look Again.”

For more information on Special Forces SRC 1911 or any of our custom pistols please check with your local Ed Brown Products Dealer or visit www.edbrown.com. Be sure to follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/edbrownproducts/ and Instagram www.instagram.com/edbrownproducts/. Find informational videos on our firearms by visiting our YouTube channel www.youtube.com/c/EdBrownProductsInc.

News and Information

July 6, 2017

This week on High Caliber Radio we will talk about the trends in firearms sales that we witnessed over the weekend at 2 Gun Shows.  We will also talk to Jin Laxmidas of Tag Safari.  Jin will tell us of his journey from Zimbabwe to the U.S. and his hardships and faith in starting over in a new country.

 

Lawmakers introduce SHUSH Act to classify suppressors as gun accessory

Suppressors could be sold over the counter for the first time since 1934 under a new bill introduced last week. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Suppressors could be sold over the counter for the first time since 1934 under a new bill introduced last week. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Republicans on Capitol Hill last week introduced bicameral legislation that aims to drop all federal regulation of suppressors and silencers.

The Silencers Helping Us Save Hearing Act, backed in the Senate by Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Mike Crapo of Idaho, and in the House by Iowa Congressman Steve King, would mandate that suppressors be treated the same as firearm accessories.

“Suppressors can make shooting safer for the millions of hunters and sportsmen that exercise their constitutional right to use firearms every year,” Lee said in a statement from his office. “The current process for obtaining a suppressor is far too expensive and burdensome. Our bill would remove these unnecessary federal regulations and make it easier for firearms users to protect themselves.”

The bill, entered as S.1505 in the Senate and H.R.3139 in the House, would not only remove suppressors from National Firearms Act requirements — a goal of the rival Hearing Protection Act — but also classify them as simple accessories which could be sold over the counter. The Hearing Protection Act, currently with 154 co-sponsors, would eliminate the $200 transfer tax on suppressors by dropping them from NFA rules, but still requires they should be transferred through federal firearms licensees after a background check, regulating them as firearms. Both bills provide for a refund on tax stamps bought since Oct. 22, 2015.

Crapo hails from Idaho, a state that is home to well-known suppressor maker Gemtech as well as a host of smaller manufacturers such as StingerWorx, Ballista and Tactical Innovations; while Lee’s home state of Utah counts SilencerCo and OSS Suppressors among its firearms industries. Iowa, where King’s district is located, became the 42nd state to legalize suppressor ownership by civilians last year.

Gun control advocates, who are opposed to the Hearing Protection Act, immediately slammed the new proposal.

“The bill would end the federal requirement for background checks on firearm silencer sales, and make it legal for convicted felons, domestic abusers, and the dangerously mentally ill to buy and possess silencers,” said Everytown in a statement. “To the satisfaction of NRA headquarters, the legislation would profit gun manufacturers, who could mass market firearm silencers at the expense of public safety.”

The Senate measure has been referred to the Finance Committee while the House version of the SHUSH Act has been double referred to both the Ways and Means and Judiciary committees.

 

 

Heckler & Koch Launches “Summer Magazinepalooza”
Heckler & Koch Launches
“Summer Magazinepalooza”

Heckler & Koch announces the new promotion “Summer Magazinepalooza” starting July 1, 2017 and will continue through September 30, 2017. The $200 valued promotion offers 4 FREE magazines with any purchase of a NEW P30 or VP full size handgun. This promotion does not include the P30SK series or VP9SK.

“We are excited to offer the first time ever Summer Magazinepalooza to show our appreciation and provide a valuable incentive to our customers this summer,” said Mike Holley, VP Sales and Marketing.

Magazines must be redeemed by October 31, 2017. For more information or to redeem free magazines, visit: www.hk-usa.com/freemagazines.

Heckler & Koch Launches “Summer Magazinepalooza” Heckler & Koch Launches “Summer Magazinepalooza” Heckler & Koch announces the new promotion “Summer Magazinepalooza” starting July 1, 2017 and will continue through September 30, 2017. The $200 valued promotion offers 4 FREE magazines with any purchase of a NEW P30 or VP full size handgun. This promotion does not include the P30SK series or VP9SK. “We are excited to offer the first time ever Summer Magazinepalooza to show our appreciation and provide a valuable incentive to our customers this summer,” said Mike Holley, VP Sales and Marketing. Magazines must be redeemed by October 31, 2017. For more information or to redeem free magazines, visit: www.hk-usa.com/freemagazines.

OTDefense Firearm Stippling Kit
OTDefense has released a kit for gunsmiths and DIY’ers alike enabling them to easily stipple and texture polymer grips — and more! Featuring a durable desert sand case (because you likely have enough black gun cases!) designed to hold everything you need in a stippling kit; it includes a 25-watt wood burner and an assortment of tips specifically designed for firearms and accessories.

The kit is expandable to include additional tips, practice material, tip storage boxes and much more. Unlike what you might find at a hardware or craft store, the OTDefense Stippling Kit is entirely made right here in the United States! New stippling-related products to add to your kit are released every few months. And, we’re always here to answer your questions!

The Firearm Stippling Kit retails for $64.99.
The Deluxe Firearm Stippling Kit (more important goodies!) retails for $111.99.

Available at: Brownells, Dillon Precision, US Tactical Supply and OTDefense.
As-featured in American Handgunner, Guns Magazine and Shooting Industry!

For more details please visit www.otdefense.com, and follow us on social media for new product releases and updates!

OTDefense Firearm Stippling Kit OTDefense has released a kit for gunsmiths and DIY’ers alike enabling them to easily stipple and texture polymer grips — and more! Featuring a durable desert sand case (because you likely have enough black gun cases!) designed to hold everything you need in a stippling kit; it includes a 25-watt wood burner and an assortment of tips specifically designed for firearms and accessories. The kit is expandable to include additional tips, practice material, tip storage boxes and much more. Unlike what you might find at a hardware or craft store, the OTDefense Stippling Kit is entirely made right here in the United States! New stippling-related products to add to your kit are released every few months. And, we’re always here to answer your questions! The Firearm Stippling Kit retails for $64.99. The Deluxe Firearm Stippling Kit (more important goodies!) retails for $111.99. Available at: Brownells, Dillon Precision, US Tactical Supply and OTDefense. As-featured in American Handgunner, Guns Magazine and Shooting Industry! For more details please visit www.otdefense.com, and follow us on social media for new product releases and updates!

Steyr M9-A1 Pistol in OD Green
BESSEMER, Ala. — Steyr Arms announced the introduction of its M9-A1 pistol with an OD Green grip frame today. OD Green has been a staple color for Steyr’s polymer furniture for nearly than 50 years, having been used extensively on the SSG 69 rifle and the STG 77, more commonly known as the AUG. Now the M9-A1 has been added to the list of Steyr firearms in OD Green, due in no small part to the overwhelming number of requests from U.S. shooters.

In the Steyr pistol line, the M9-A1 is the full-size offering with a 4-inch cold-hammer-forged barrel. These pistols have achieved a great deal of regard among American shooters for their comfortable ergonomics, remarkable safety features, intuitive sighting system, amazing accuracy and extreme reliability.

The M9-A1 features an innovative polymer frame that offer shooters unparalleled ergonomics with a high grip and an extremely low bore axis that mitigates muzzle rise, and the grip angle is optimal for a very natural point of aim. On the bottom of the frame’s dust cover is a Picatinny rail for mounting illumination and laser-aiming devices. An integrated trigger safety with a Reset Action System trigger requires positive finger pressure to operate, and the striker-fired M9-A1 also incorporates a keyed safety lock.

The suggested retail price for OD Green M9-A1 is $560.

Established in Steyr, Austria, in 1864, Steyr Mannlicher, GmbH, is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious firearms manufacturers. Steyr’s comprehensive lines of premium hunting rifles and precision sporting and tactical firearms are technically mature, and their subtle elegance also communicates the harmony between appearance and substance. Steyr’s legendary SBS actions and cold-hammer-forged barrels are distinctive and unparalleled. Steyr Arms is the subsidiary headquarters of Steyr Mannlicher in the U.S. For more information, contact Steyr Arms at 2530 Morgan Rd., Bessemer, AL 35022; call (205) 417-8644; or visit www.steyrarms.com.

Steyr Arms Pistol Specifications

Model:
OD Green M9-A1

Purpose:
Self-defense, competition

Manufacturer:
Steyr Mannlicher GmbH, Kleinraming, Austria

Importer:
Steyr Arms, Inc.
2530 Morgan Rd.
Bessemer, AL 35022
(205) 417-8644
www.steyrarms.com

Operation:
Semiautomatic

Caliber:
9x19mm

Slide material:
Steel

Magazine type/capacity:
Double-stack steel box/17 rounds

Barrel:
4-inch cold-hammer-forged

Rifling:
Conventional, 6 grooves, RH twist

Sights:
Fixed triangular/trapezoid iron

Finish:
Mannox®

Trigger type:
Reset Action System

Pull weight:
5 pounds

Frame material:
Reinforced polymer

Checkering:
Anti-slip stippled texture

Weight, empty:
27.2 ounces

Overall length:
7.2 inches

Height:
5.1 inches

Width:
1.2 inches

Included accessories:
Owners manual, lockable box, extra magazine

MSRP:
$560

Steyr M9-A1 Pistol in OD Green BESSEMER, Ala. — Steyr Arms announced the introduction of its M9-A1 pistol with an OD Green grip frame today. OD Green has been a staple color for Steyr’s polymer furniture for nearly than 50 years, having been used extensively on the SSG 69 rifle and the STG 77, more commonly known as the AUG. Now the M9-A1 has been added to the list of Steyr firearms in OD Green, due in no small part to the overwhelming number of requests from U.S. shooters. In the Steyr pistol line, the M9-A1 is the full-size offering with a 4-inch cold-hammer-forged barrel. These pistols have achieved a great deal of regard among American shooters for their comfortable ergonomics, remarkable safety features, intuitive sighting system, amazing accuracy and extreme reliability. The M9-A1 features an innovative polymer frame that offer shooters unparalleled ergonomics with a high grip and an extremely low bore axis that mitigates muzzle rise, and the grip angle is optimal for a very natural point of aim. On the bottom of the frame’s dust cover is a Picatinny rail for mounting illumination and laser-aiming devices. An integrated trigger safety with a Reset Action System trigger requires positive finger pressure to operate, and the striker-fired M9-A1 also incorporates a keyed safety lock. The suggested retail price for OD Green M9-A1 is $560. Established in Steyr, Austria, in 1864, Steyr Mannlicher, GmbH, is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious firearms manufacturers. Steyr’s comprehensive lines of premium hunting rifles and precision sporting and tactical firearms are technically mature, and their subtle elegance also communicates the harmony between appearance and substance. Steyr’s legendary SBS actions and cold-hammer-forged barrels are distinctive and unparalleled. Steyr Arms is the subsidiary headquarters of Steyr Mannlicher in the U.S. For more information, contact Steyr Arms at 2530 Morgan Rd., Bessemer, AL 35022; call (205) 417-8644; or visit www.steyrarms.com. Steyr Arms Pistol Specifications Model: OD Green M9-A1 Purpose: Self-defense, competition Manufacturer: Steyr Mannlicher GmbH, Kleinraming, Austria Importer: Steyr Arms, Inc. 2530 Morgan Rd. Bessemer, AL 35022 (205) 417-8644 www.steyrarms.com Operation: Semiautomatic Caliber: 9x19mm Slide material: Steel Magazine type/capacity: Double-stack steel box/17 rounds Barrel: 4-inch cold-hammer-forged Rifling: Conventional, 6 grooves, RH twist Sights: Fixed triangular/trapezoid iron Finish: Mannox® Trigger type: Reset Action System Pull weight: 5 pounds Frame material: Reinforced polymer Checkering: Anti-slip stippled texture Weight, empty: 27.2 ounces Overall length: 7.2 inches Height: 5.1 inches Width: 1.2 inches Included accessories: Owners manual, lockable box, extra magazine MSRP: $560

Nosler Mid-Year Introductions
Bend, Ore –– Due to popular demand, Nosler® will be introducing three new offerings to their current Match Grade™ and E-Tip® Ammunition product lines.
To further supplement the incredible popularity of the recently announced 22 Nosler cartridge, owners will now be able to purchase Nosler Match Grade™ ammunition loaded with the new 70 grain RDF (Reduced Drag Factor™) bullet as well as the 55 grain E-Tip® bullet loaded in Nosler E-Tip® Ammunition.
The 70 grain RDF bullet is ideal for target and match shooting with the highest ballistic coefficient compared to any bullet in its weight class. The 55 grain E-Tip® bullet will turn the 22 Nosler into a perfect medium to small game hunting cartridge with exceptional terminal performance and weight retention.
Nosler will also be adding the 6.5 Creedmoor loaded with 140 grain RDF bullets to their Match Grade® Ammunition line. With the increased ballistic coefficient and reduced hollow-point size, the 140 grain RDF will squeeze even more long range performance out of the 6.5 Creedmoor.
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Pricing for the mid-year introductions are as follows:
· Match Grade™ Ammunition 22 Nosler 70 grain RDF #60124 – $27.95/20 ct. box

· Match Grade™ Ammunition 6.5 Creedmoor 140 grain RDF #60115 – $38.95/20 ct. box

· E-Tip® Ammunition 22 Nosler 55 grain E-Tip® #40140 – $31.95/20 ct. box

All three of these introductions are available now so please visit your local Nosler dealer or www.nosler.com for more product information.

Nosler Mid-Year Introductions Bend, Ore –– Due to popular demand, Nosler® will be introducing three new offerings to their current Match Grade™ and E-Tip® Ammunition product lines. To further supplement the incredible popularity of the recently announced 22 Nosler cartridge, owners will now be able to purchase Nosler Match Grade™ ammunition loaded with the new 70 grain RDF (Reduced Drag Factor™) bullet as well as the 55 grain E-Tip® bullet loaded in Nosler E-Tip® Ammunition. The 70 grain RDF bullet is ideal for target and match shooting with the highest ballistic coefficient compared to any bullet in its weight class. The 55 grain E-Tip® bullet will turn the 22 Nosler into a perfect medium to small game hunting cartridge with exceptional terminal performance and weight retention. Nosler will also be adding the 6.5 Creedmoor loaded with 140 grain RDF bullets to their Match Grade® Ammunition line. With the increased ballistic coefficient and reduced hollow-point size, the 140 grain RDF will squeeze even more long range performance out of the 6.5 Creedmoor. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Pricing for the mid-year introductions are as follows: · Match Grade™ Ammunition 22 Nosler 70 grain RDF #60124 – $27.95/20 ct. box · Match Grade™ Ammunition 6.5 Creedmoor 140 grain RDF #60115 – $38.95/20 ct. box · E-Tip® Ammunition 22 Nosler 55 grain E-Tip® #40140 – $31.95/20 ct. box All three of these introductions are available now so please visit your local Nosler dealer or www.nosler.com for more product information.

Smith & Wesson Corp. to Acquire Gemini Technologies
Asset Acquisition Will Add Leading Suppressor Brand to Smith & Wesson Firearms Platform

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — American Outdoor Brands Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: AOBC), a leading manufacturer of firearms and a provider of quality accessory products for the shooting, hunting, and rugged outdoor enthusiast, today announced that its firearms business, Smith & Wesson Corp., has agreed to acquire substantially all of the assets of Gemini Technologies, Incorporated (“Gemtech”), a provider of high quality suppressors and accessories for the consumer, law enforcement, and military markets.

James Debney, President and CEO of American Outdoor Brands, said, “Gemtech is widely recognized for producing some of the finest rifle and pistol suppressors in the market. Gemtech’s strong product development capabilities, combined with our experience in brand management and our manufacturing expertise, will help us to efficiently develop both firearms and suppressors, minimizing our time to market for both product categories. We view this acquisition as opportunistic, allowing us to enter the suppressor category, which resonates strongly with our core firearm consumer, at a time when the market is particularly soft. These elements combine to make Gemtech an excellent fit with our long term strategy.”

The company intends to complete the acquisition of Gemtech utilizing cash on hand and expects the transaction to close this summer. Ron Martinez, President of Gemtech, will continue in his leadership role as General Manager, heading up the company’s strong team located in Eagle, Idaho.

Smith & Wesson Corp. to Acquire Gemini Technologies Asset Acquisition Will Add Leading Suppressor Brand to Smith & Wesson Firearms Platform SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — American Outdoor Brands Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: AOBC), a leading manufacturer of firearms and a provider of quality accessory products for the shooting, hunting, and rugged outdoor enthusiast, today announced that its firearms business, Smith & Wesson Corp., has agreed to acquire substantially all of the assets of Gemini Technologies, Incorporated (“Gemtech”), a provider of high quality suppressors and accessories for the consumer, law enforcement, and military markets. James Debney, President and CEO of American Outdoor Brands, said, “Gemtech is widely recognized for producing some of the finest rifle and pistol suppressors in the market. Gemtech’s strong product development capabilities, combined with our experience in brand management and our manufacturing expertise, will help us to efficiently develop both firearms and suppressors, minimizing our time to market for both product categories. We view this acquisition as opportunistic, allowing us to enter the suppressor category, which resonates strongly with our core firearm consumer, at a time when the market is particularly soft. These elements combine to make Gemtech an excellent fit with our long term strategy.” The company intends to complete the acquisition of Gemtech utilizing cash on hand and expects the transaction to close this summer. Ron Martinez, President of Gemtech, will continue in his leadership role as General Manager, heading up the company’s strong team located in Eagle, Idaho.

Bushnell Engage Optics Line Now Shipping
OVERLAND PARK, Kansas – – Bushnell, an industry leader in high-performance optical solutions for more than 65 years, offers a new line of high-quality, performance-driven optics for modern hunters and shooters. Now arriving at Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Scheels, Sportman’s Warehouse and online at www.midwayusa.com, the new Engage riflescopes and binoculars represent the latest evolution in Bushnell optics.

Engage scopes and binoculars boast fully multi-coated glass that captures bright, clear images while preventing glare and actively repelling water, oil, dust and debris. The new
EXO Barrier is the absolute best protective lens coating technology Bushnell has ever developed. Added at the end of the coating process, EXO Barrier molecularly bonds to the lens and fills microscopic pores in the glass. The result is an ultra-slick coating that repels water, oil, fog, dust and debris. Rain, snow, fingerprints and dirt will not stick. Plus, the bonded coating will not fade from the passage of time or normal wear and tear.

Engage riflescopes feature a new look, upgraded features and a brand new Deploy MOA reticle that offers 1-MOA windage and elevation hashmarks. Dialing in these scopes is easier than ever with several configurations featuring Toolless Zero Reset Locking Turrets.

Available in nine configurations from 2-7x36mm up to 6-24x50mm, all Engage riflescopes feature Butler Creek Flip Caps, the new Deploy MOA Reticle and Bushnell’s new Ironclad Warranty. Five models feature a 1-inch tube and low-profile, capped elevation and windage turrets. An additional four models boast rugged 30mm tubes and the new Toolless Zero Reset Locking Turrets.

Adding to this best-in-class optic line, Engage also includes premium binoculars. Like the riflescopes, Engage binoculars are backed with the all-weather assurance of Bushnell’s exclusive EXO Barrier that repels dirt, debris, oil and moisture.

With four configurations from 8x42mm to 12x50mm, these stunning binoculars feature fully multi-coated optics to offer maximum brightness and clarity, and a lightweight and rugged chassis. ED Prime Glass ensures razor-sharp images while the PC-3 Phase Coating enhances resolution and contrast.

Bushnell, a Vista Outdoor brand, is one of the most recognizable and trusted names in precision hunting, tactical and recreational optics and accessories. For more information, visit www.bushnell.com/engage.

Bushnell Engage Optics Line Now Shipping OVERLAND PARK, Kansas – – Bushnell, an industry leader in high-performance optical solutions for more than 65 years, offers a new line of high-quality, performance-driven optics for modern hunters and shooters. Now arriving at Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Scheels, Sportman’s Warehouse and online at www.midwayusa.com, the new Engage riflescopes and binoculars represent the latest evolution in Bushnell optics. Engage scopes and binoculars boast fully multi-coated glass that captures bright, clear images while preventing glare and actively repelling water, oil, dust and debris. The new EXO Barrier is the absolute best protective lens coating technology Bushnell has ever developed. Added at the end of the coating process, EXO Barrier molecularly bonds to the lens and fills microscopic pores in the glass. The result is an ultra-slick coating that repels water, oil, fog, dust and debris. Rain, snow, fingerprints and dirt will not stick. Plus, the bonded coating will not fade from the passage of time or normal wear and tear. Engage riflescopes feature a new look, upgraded features and a brand new Deploy MOA reticle that offers 1-MOA windage and elevation hashmarks. Dialing in these scopes is easier than ever with several configurations featuring Toolless Zero Reset Locking Turrets. Available in nine configurations from 2-7x36mm up to 6-24x50mm, all Engage riflescopes feature Butler Creek Flip Caps, the new Deploy MOA Reticle and Bushnell’s new Ironclad Warranty. Five models feature a 1-inch tube and low-profile, capped elevation and windage turrets. An additional four models boast rugged 30mm tubes and the new Toolless Zero Reset Locking Turrets. Adding to this best-in-class optic line, Engage also includes premium binoculars. Like the riflescopes, Engage binoculars are backed with the all-weather assurance of Bushnell’s exclusive EXO Barrier that repels dirt, debris, oil and moisture. With four configurations from 8x42mm to 12x50mm, these stunning binoculars feature fully multi-coated optics to offer maximum brightness and clarity, and a lightweight and rugged chassis. ED Prime Glass ensures razor-sharp images while the PC-3 Phase Coating enhances resolution and contrast. Bushnell, a Vista Outdoor brand, is one of the most recognizable and trusted names in precision hunting, tactical and recreational optics and accessories. For more information, visit www.bushnell.com/engage.

Trojan Firearms Introduces 9mm PRO9V1 Rifles
Phoenix, AZ – July 6, 2017 – Trojan Firearms has introduced their new line of 9mm AR platform carbines: the PRO9V1 series. These rifles are not just converted AR-15’s, but the Phoenix, Arizona based company specifically designed a pistol caliber carbine from the ground up for superior reliability, whilst still retaining the handling of the standard AR platform. During the engineering process, particular attention was given to improve the common issues found in the majority of 9mm carbine blow back gas systems.

All PRO9V1 rifles are CNC machined using high-grade aircraft billet aluminum in the lower, upper and hand rail. The lower features Teflon® coated springs and detent pins, as well as an enhanced flared mag well. The 16-inch light weight contour barrel is made of 4150V steel with Nitride finish and features a Grater Gen II 9mm tunable muzzle brake. Other great features on the PRO9V1 include a Gen II ambidextrous charging handle and the Trojan Firearms adjustable drop-in trigger group.

The two models in this new product series are the PRO9V1-G (MSRP $1,399.00) which is compatible with 9mm Glock® magazines, and the PRO9V1-M (MSRP $1,549.99) which is compatible with 9mm MBX/STI 2011 magazines. The PRO9V1-G is also available in a California 2017 compliant version (MSRP $1,449.99).

All models are currently available through your nearest authorized Trojan Firearms retailer.

Trojan Firearms Introduces 9mm PRO9V1 Rifles Phoenix, AZ – July 6, 2017 – Trojan Firearms has introduced their new line of 9mm AR platform carbines: the PRO9V1 series. These rifles are not just converted AR-15’s, but the Phoenix, Arizona based company specifically designed a pistol caliber carbine from the ground up for superior reliability, whilst still retaining the handling of the standard AR platform. During the engineering process, particular attention was given to improve the common issues found in the majority of 9mm carbine blow back gas systems. All PRO9V1 rifles are CNC machined using high-grade aircraft billet aluminum in the lower, upper and hand rail. The lower features Teflon® coated springs and detent pins, as well as an enhanced flared mag well. The 16-inch light weight contour barrel is made of 4150V steel with Nitride finish and features a Grater Gen II 9mm tunable muzzle brake. Other great features on the PRO9V1 include a Gen II ambidextrous charging handle and the Trojan Firearms adjustable drop-in trigger group. The two models in this new product series are the PRO9V1-G (MSRP $1,399.00) which is compatible with 9mm Glock® magazines, and the PRO9V1-M (MSRP $1,549.99) which is compatible with 9mm MBX/STI 2011 magazines. The PRO9V1-G is also available in a California 2017 compliant version (MSRP $1,449.99). All models are currently available through your nearest authorized Trojan Firearms retailer.

FN Announces Summer Consumer Promotion for FN 509 Pistols
Contact: Kristina DeMilt, media@fnamerica.com

Three Free Magazines with Purchases of New FN 509

McLean, VA – FN America, LLC announces the launch of a summer consumer promotion, offering three free magazines to customers who purchase any new FN 509 striker-fired pistol between July 1 and August 31, 2017. Customers residing in states that require limited capacity magazines will be eligible to receive 10-round capacity magazines whereas all other purchases are eligible to receive standard, 17-round capacity magazines.

“The FN 509 comes with two magazines, either in 10 or 17 rounds,” said Tom Scott, director of marketing for FN America, LLC. “This promotional offer will give our customers a total of five magazines, making it easier to participate in training courses that typically require five mags and ensuring that more time is spent shooting rather than loading mags on the range.”

The FN-exclusive magazine design features an all-metal magazine body with a polymer base pad, available in either a 10- or 17-round capacity. All magazines are coated with a proprietary compound that increases the longevity and durability of the magazines over time. Magazines retail for $49.00 for a total promotional value of $147.00.

The FN 509 is FN’s latest striker-fired 9mm duty handgun and is further development of the company’s effort to produce a contender for the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS). The FN 509 features the signature cold hammer-forged barrel, aggressive cocking serrations, enhanced grip textures, guarded controls, recessed target crown on the barrel and glow-in-the-dark high-profile sights.

To view the program’s full terms and conditions, list of qualifying products or to submit a proof of purchase for the free gear, please visit www.fnamerica.com/promo. For questions relating to the program, please contact the FN Marketing Team at marketing@fnamerica.com.

FN Announces Summer Consumer Promotion for FN 509 Pistols Contact: Kristina DeMilt, media@fnamerica.com Three Free Magazines with Purchases of New FN 509 McLean, VA – FN America, LLC announces the launch of a summer consumer promotion, offering three free magazines to customers who purchase any new FN 509 striker-fired pistol between July 1 and August 31, 2017. Customers residing in states that require limited capacity magazines will be eligible to receive 10-round capacity magazines whereas all other purchases are eligible to receive standard, 17-round capacity magazines. “The FN 509 comes with two magazines, either in 10 or 17 rounds,” said Tom Scott, director of marketing for FN America, LLC. “This promotional offer will give our customers a total of five magazines, making it easier to participate in training courses that typically require five mags and ensuring that more time is spent shooting rather than loading mags on the range.” The FN-exclusive magazine design features an all-metal magazine body with a polymer base pad, available in either a 10- or 17-round capacity. All magazines are coated with a proprietary compound that increases the longevity and durability of the magazines over time. Magazines retail for $49.00 for a total promotional value of $147.00. The FN 509 is FN’s latest striker-fired 9mm duty handgun and is further development of the company’s effort to produce a contender for the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS). The FN 509 features the signature cold hammer-forged barrel, aggressive cocking serrations, enhanced grip textures, guarded controls, recessed target crown on the barrel and glow-in-the-dark high-profile sights. To view the program’s full terms and conditions, list of qualifying products or to submit a proof of purchase for the free gear, please visit www.fnamerica.com/promo. For questions relating to the program, please contact the FN Marketing Team at marketing@fnamerica.com.

Inspired by a rich patriotic history, the 1911 We The People serves as a fitting tribute to both the Second Amendment and the most storied handgun in history.

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June 20, 2017

 

This week on High Caliber Radio we will celebrate our nation’s Independence.  We will discuss the 2nd Amendment’s true purpose (and it isn’t duck hunting). The great risks taken by our founding fathers and the weapons and tactics of the Colonial and British Forces.

 

S&W Adds Flat Dark Earth and Gray Frame SD Pistol Models

Smith & Wesson® SD9™ and SD40™ Pistols Available in New Finishes

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Smith & Wesson Corp. today announced that it has expanded its line of Self Defense pistols to include Flat Dark Earth (FDE) and Gray frame finishes. The Smith & Wesson SD Series, chambered in 9mm and .40 S&W, offers a variety of features designed for home and personal defense applications, including a smooth, consistent trigger pull and lightweight polymer frame.

Jan Mladek, General Manager of Smith & Wesson® and M&P® Brands, said, “The Self Defense pistol series is designed for personal and home protection in a lightweight, reliable package and at a price point that offers a great value. We are excited to expand the popular Smith & Wesson SD pistol series in new color options that appeal to our consumers.”

The SD9 and SD40 pistols offer consumers a reliable, durable striker-fired pistol that features a solid, molded polymer frame designed for comfort and durability, as well as an ergonomic grip. The Self Defense pistol series comes standard with a white-dot front sight and a white two-dot rear sight, as well as an accessory rail for optional lights, lasers and rail-mounted accessories to aid in home and personal protection. Both the Flat Dark Earth and Gray frame finish SD Series pistols feature a stainless steel slide and barrel with a durable Armornite™ finish, providing increased corrosion resistance.

The SD9 pistol is available with a 16+1 round capacity, while the SD40 pistol is standard with a 14+1 magazine capacity. Equipped with a 4-inch barrel and an overall length of 7.2 inches, both models are well suited for personal protection or home defense.

Throughout the month of June, Smith & Wesson is offering a $25 mail-in rebate on all new SD and SDVE™ pistols purchased through June 30, 2017, including the new Flat Dark Earth and Gray frame finish pistols.

Jagemann Magazines for Glock 42/43

MANITOWOC, Wis. – Jagemann is excited to announce the launch of its JAG Magazines for the Glock™ 42 and Glock™ 43.

The polymer magazines feature increased strength over standard polymer magazines. They are produced with the tightest tolerances ensuring a quality, high performing product. The magazines are designed with improved follower geometry and round stacking for ease of use and disassembly.

Nathan Dudney, Product Manager, states “It is very exciting for us to launch additional models for the Glock™ magazine line as it solidifies us as a true player in the polymer magazines market. We now have nearly ten retail polymer magazines available. Our processing knowledge, materials used and innovative design features make us stand out in the polymer magazine world.”

Jagemann is currently accepting orders on the Jag 17 and Jag 19 available in black, brown, grey, pink, red, robin’s egg blue and green. Jag 42 and Jag 42 magazines in black are shipping and available now. Jag 42 and 43 magazines in color options are also available now. The Jag 22 and 23 are in development and testing and will be available to the market soon.

Christensen Arms Announces Custom Shop
Gunnison, UT – Adding to over 20 years of building precision rifles, Christensen Arms is pleased to announce the official opening of the its Custom Shop. The shop offers a variety of maintenance and gunsmith services that can be purchased via the company’s website, including action bedding and blueprinting, trigger and barrel installation, custom paint and coatings, and more.

“The Custom Shop is a great way for our customers to eke out that extra little bit of accuracy from their rifles or add a special touch to truly make it one of a kind,” said Jason Christensen President, Christensen Arms.

For more information about Christensen Arms or the new Custom Shop, please visit the Christensen Arms Website.

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Selects SIG SAUER® P320®
Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Selects SIG SAUER® P320®

Striker-Fired Pistol Chosen by One of Virginia’s Largest Agencies­

Newington, NH– SIG SAUER, Inc., The Complete Systems Provider, is proud to announce the selection of the striker-fired P320 9mm as the sidearm of choice for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO).

Founded in 1757 and headquartered in Leesburg, Virginia, the agency is comprised of a host of substations located throughout its operational jurisdiction of Loudoun County, the state’s third most populous county. Today, the LCSO is the largest sheriff’s office in the state, consisting of almost 800 employees, including 584 deputies and 210 civilians.

“Two years ago, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office extensively evaluated 9mm firearms from several major manufacturers,” said Sheriff Michael L. Chapman. “The SIG SAUER P320 stood out as the most versatile and the easiest to handle, and our deputies’ shooting scores improved dramatically. It became clear that the SIG SAUER P320 was the future when it came to firearms at the LCSO.”

Since its introduction in January 2014, the revolutionary P320 has gained tremendous momentum in the firearms world. Earlier this year, the U.S. Army selected a variant of the P320 as its next service pistol. With unprecedented modularity and a clean, crisp trigger pull, the P320 sets a new standard for striker-fired performance. The serialized trigger group is interchangeable, allowing the shooter to transform the size and caliber of the pistol. Full size, Carry, Compact and Subcompact frames are available. Grip frames are further divided into small, medium and large to accommodate any hand size.

“We are honored that the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has selected SIG SAUER,” said Tom Jankiewicz, Executive Vice President, Law Enforcement Sales. “We take immense pride in building the finest pistols in the world, and it’s humbling to know that such a well-respected agency trusts their officers’ lives to the reliability and performance of the P320.”

DeSantis Shoulder Holsters for Glock 43 Pistols
The New York Undercover™ Holster, #11H, is the holster-only component of this classic shoulder rig. It is crafted from top-grain cowhide and is molded to fit the exact firearm it is designed to carry. It allows for easy draw of the firearm, enabling the wearers to bring their firearms on target with one fluid motion. This exceptionally comfortable holster is NOT supplied with accessories or a harness. Available in black or tan unlined leather. MSRP is $75.99

CLICK HERE FOR PRODUCT INFO; http://www.desantisholster.com/N-Y-UNDERCOVER-HOLSTER-ONLY

The New York Undercover™, #11D, has been around since the early 1970’s. It has gone through numerous revisions since then and now is in its finest form. This shoulder holster is crafted from top-grain cowhide and is molded to fit the exact firearm it is designed to carry. Each rig is shipped fully assembled with a double ammo carrier. Additional accessories are available separately. This harness will fit up to a 54″ chest and pivots at all four junction points. Available in black or tan unlined leather. MSRP is $182.99

CLICK HERE FOR PRODUCT INFO; http://www.desantisholster.com/NEW-YORK-UNDERCOVERDBL-PCH

The C.E.O. ® Shoulder Rig is the forerunner of our popular New York Undercover Rig. This shoulder holster is crafted from top-grain cowhide and is molded to fit the exact firearm it is designed to carry. The #11Z, allows for easy draw of the firearm, enabling the wearers to bring their firearms on target with one fluid motion. This exceptionally comfortable rig is supplied with a half harness and fits up to a 54″ chest. The opposite side of the harness has a nylon strap with elastic tie down and alligator clip. The C.E.O. ® Shoulder Rig is an excellent choice for women who have trouble finding a comfortable shoulder holster. Available in black or tan unlined leather. MSRP is $132.99

CLICK HERE FOR PRODUCT INFO; http://www.desantisholster.com/C-E-O-SHOULDER-RIG

Firefield Stronghold Bipods
Keep your aim rock-solid with Firefield Stronghold Bipods!

(MANSFIELD, TEXAS) – Whether participating in precision shooting, big game hunting or a day at the range, Firefield Stronghold Bipods offer the stability shooters need to accurately hit the bullseye from any range. The Stronghold Bipod family consists of 3 available models:

· Stronghold 6-9″ Bipod with Lever – FF34026
· Stronghold 11-16″ Bipod with Lever – FF34027
· Stronghold 15-22.5″ Bipod with Lever – FF34028

The rock-solid Stronghold Bipods feature a tensioning adjustment lever. This lever makes for quicker and easier adjustments than traditional bipods. A newly designed tilt and swivel function allows the Stronghold to adjust perfectly based on different terrains and varying heights of shooting surfaces. Staying true to their name, all Stronghold Bipods boast rubber feet for maximum shooting stability.

If you’re looking to attach your bipod to a MSR such as an AR15, an included picatinny mount adapter permits easy mounting on picatinny rails. The necessary height of for a bipod varies for different shooting situations, for this, Firefield Strongholds all extend to multiple lengths and allow customizable adjustments. To help keep shooter’s firearms safe from scuffs and scratches, Strongholds include a padded stock mount.

Remington Model 1911 R1 Ultralight Commander

When Ounces Equal Pounds, Go Ultralight –

Remington Introduces Model 1911 R1 Ultralight Commander

Huntsville, AL – Remington manufactured its first Model 1911 during World War I, introduced the 1911 R1 in 2012 and now is proud to introduce a new version of America’s favorite pistol design, the Remington Model 1911 R1 Ultralight Commander.

The R1 Ultralight Commander’s aluminum frame reduces the weight while matching performance of the standard 1911, bringing you a time tested classic, with a 20% weight reduction.

The Remington Model 1911 R1 Ultralight Commander features a type III hard coat anodized lightweight aluminum frame at 7.5 oz., adjustable trigger, PVD finished slide and aggressively checkered laminate grips.

For more information on the Model 1911 R1 line of handguns, please visit https://www.remington.com/handguns.

Model

1911 R1 Ultralight Commander
Order # 96492
Action Semi-Auto
Caliber .45 Auto
Mag. Capacity 8 + 1
BBL Length 4.25 Inches
Barrel Type Stainless Steel
Rifling Twist Rate 1-16
Overall Length 7 ½ Inches
Overall Height 5 ½ Inches
Grip Material Laminate
Grip Design Checkered
Sights Fiber Optic Front Sight, Adjustable Rear Sight
Trigger Pull 3.5 – 5 Pounds
Average Weight 31 Ounces
MSRP $849

 

 

 

New Browning Black Label 1911-22 Pistols
Browning® is adding six new models to their very popular Black Label 1911-22 line of pistols.

The new Black Label 1911-22 Medallion will come in both Full Size and Compact models. Features include a matte black finish slide with brush polished flats, aluminum alloy frame and intricately checkered rosewood grips with an inlaid gold Buckmark. The pistols have steel
three-dot sights and include one 10-round magazine. Barrel length on the Full Size is 4-1/4″
and 3-5/8″ for the Compact. Suggested retail for both versions is $669.99.

The new Black Label 1911-22 Gray pistol is available in four versions: Full Size, Full Size with Rail, Compact, and Compact with Rail. The machined aluminum slide is finished in a handsome gray anodized finish. Barrel length for the Full Size is 4-1/4″ and 3-5/8″ for the Compact. The frame is composite with a machined 7075 aluminum subframe and slide rails. Fiber-optic sights are included. The Black Label 1911-22 Gray pistol Full Size and Compact models suggested retail is $699.99. The suggested retail price for models with the accessory rail is $719.99.

For more information on Browning products, please visit the website at www.browning.com.