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    NRA Freestyle’s ‘Media Lab’: Fatal Funnel

    July 10th, 2014

    Position changes everything, and with the right position you can go from being vulnerable to a position of complete strength. In Media Lab Episode 10 “Fatal Funnel,” Dom Raso breaks down a scene from The Bourne Legacy to show how positioning in hallways can be used to defend and escape.

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    The Remington R51 “Pocket” 9mm Featured In September GUNS Magazine

    July 9th, 2014

    The Remington R51 “Pocket” 9mm pistol highlights the cover of the September issue of GUNS Magazine, showcasing Remington’s modernization of the early Pedersen-designed Model 51. Contributing editor Holt Bodinson reviews this new pistol, while also sharing some of the illustrious history behind its predecessor.

    “John D. Pedersen was one of the world’s most prolific and revered gun designers,” writes Bodinson. “Several features built into Pedersen’s design set the Remington Model 51 apart from its competition. Research engineer Adam Walker’s mission was to design the new R51 while maintaining the personality and shooting characteristics of the original Model 51.”

    In “State Of The Art AR,” contributor Mike Cumpston takes a detailed look at the Daniel Defense MK12. The rifle is described as the “crown jewel” of the Squad-Designated marksman program, which was developed by the United States Army during the Iraqi Freedom campaign in 2004.

    “The MK12 is designed to bridge the performance gap between the standard-issue M4 and dedicated long-range ‘sniper’ rifles,’” writes Cumpston. “Law enforcement agencies, SWAT Teams, SOCOM and International Special Operations Units use Daniel Defense products as standard equipment. It’s suitable for the most demanding intermediate and long-range situations and the reticle of the Leupold Mark 4 LR/T 4-14x50mm scope provides quick and dirty range estimation.”

    In the “Handguns” column, contributing editor Massad Ayoob discusses how restrictions on hi-capacity magazines affect shooters with injuries, outlining potential dangers beyond legalities.

    “What of the 1-armed shooter?” Ayoob asks. “Beyond the obvious amputee, you have the rest of us who has an arm in a sling from an ordinary accident, or takes a wound in an upper limb early in the fight. The 1-handed reload can be done, but it takes significantly longer.”

    The September issue of GUNS Magazine also includes a feature on the Kimber Custom CDP II by John Taffin, a review of the Colt Cooper .308 Win from John Barsness and a historical overview of rifle calibers from World War II by Mike “Duke” Venturino.

    The Gun of The Month Giveaway, valued at $1,225.95, features the Colt .380 Mustang XSP as well as Emerson’s Tactical Assault Knife, Mobius Vpacker gear bag from Vanquest and TK09 tactical flashlight from Fenix.

    All-digital editions of GUNS are also available online, and readers can sign up for a free digital subscription at www.gunsmagazine.com/digital-editions.

    Contact: Jeff John 800-537-3006

     

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    NSSF’S Project ChildSafe Takes Second Annual S.A.F.E. Summer into Communities Nationwide

    July 9th, 2014

    NEWTOWN, Conn. — Project ChildSafe, in partnership with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), announces the second annual S.A.F.E Summer campaign, a part of Project ChildSafe’s ongoing program to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage — particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.

    Each month, Project ChildSafe will recognize and spotlight local leaders nationwide who are promoting safety and making a difference in their community as the program turns its national message into local action. The firearm industry is promoting safe and responsible ownership through its network — reinforcing Project ChildSafe’s overarching message, “Own it? Respect It. Secure it,” — so that programs such as S.A.F.E. Summer serve as a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse.

    “Our mission is to make the mantra “Own it? Respect it. Secure it.” second nature when talking about firearm safety,” says Steve Sanetti, President of NSSF. “The S.A.F.E Summer initiative aims to emphasize the importance of safe and responsible storage in communities across the country.”

    “S.A.F.E.” serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Be Aware of those around you who should not have unauthorized access to guns; Focus on your responsibility as a firearm owner and Educate yourself and others about safe firearm handling and storage. The effort is focused on providing education and tools that helps gun owners take responsible action to keep their families and communities safer.

    NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. Through partnerships with more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies, the program has provided more than 36 million free firearm safety kits to gun owners in all 50 states and five U.S. territories. That’s in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.

    Project ChildSafe was originally supported by federal grants provided by the U.S. Department of Justice. Since 2008, when this funding was cut, the firearms manufacturing industry has solely funded the Project ChildSafe program through the members of NSSF.

    About NSSF
    The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 10,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, visit www.nssf.org.

    MEDIA CONTACT: Bill Brassard (203) 426-1320

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    3 Tips To Ensure An Ethical Hunting Experience

    July 9th, 2014

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    The Sportsmen’s Act of 2014 could open the 248 millions acres of land administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to hunters and recreational shooters if the legislation somehow gets through Congress. The text of the law says hunters will be required to act in accordance to their respective state’s laws and regulations governing hunting and shooting activities on federal land.

    Though typical gun control rhetoric is being tossed around as lawmakers debate the bill, conservationists and animal rights groups oppose it, mostly due to unethical and irresponsible behavior by some hunters while camping in the wild. Some of the concerns are justified, but most of them could be completely eliminated if all hunters followed the unspoken rules of ethics and conduct.

    The following is a summary of those edicts:

    Respect The Environment

    A rifle or bow, binoculars, and good footwear are the only tools you absolutely need when hunting both large and small game. Technological advances have made it very easy for hunters to inadvertently do things that veteran outsdoorsmen would take offense to.

    A deer running away from you 500 yards away or a bird more than 100 yards in the air is obviously out of the accurate shooting range of most hunters. Do not simply fire continuously until you hit something. Go for the quick, clean kill shot every time to ensure minimal suffering for your harvest and maximum accolades from your hunting partners.

    Hunters have increasingly incorporated ATVs into their normal routines over the past 20 years. This brings with it additional responsibilities for ethical gamesmen. Most simply equip their ATVs with aftermarket racks from online retailers to retrieve big game, a common ethical practice.

    Never chase wildlife with your ATV and never shoot while riding. Arrive at your hunting area early so the noise does not annoy other hunters and scare off game. Finally, only ride your ATV in areas motorized vehicles are allowed by law.

    Respect Property and Landowners

    That hunting spot you’ve been eyeing since the end of last season has one caveat that must be addressed: it’s private property. Not only do state regulations apply when hunting on private property, but so do the rules of the property owner.

    Always get permission from the owner before hunting on private property. Do not walk on their crops or drive motor vehicles beyond the areas they designate. The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance even recommends offering free labor in exchange for land access. Help them round up cattle or build their new fence for a day or two. The gesture may even grant you perpetual permission to hunt on their land.

    Close any gates you open and alert the landowner of any issues you encounter while hunting. It also wouldn’t hurt to write a thank you letter or share your harvest with them to show your gratitude.

    Respect Others

    The future of hunting in the United States rests on the shoulders of those who enjoy the sport and go out of their way to be good ambassadors. Never drink alcohol while hunting, as mixing the two is just asking for trouble. You’ll likely come across people fishing and camping during your hunting trips. Don’t flaunt your harvested game. Transport it as discreetly as possible, keeping in mind others may not approve.

    Always wear hunter orange to make yourself as visible as possible to others. Only fire after accurately locating your target with binoculars as opposed to the rifle scope.

    Lastly, share your knowledge about ethics and codes of conduct with less experienced hunters. Promoting responsibility and ethics will ensure the future of hunting is safe for generations to come.

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    Summer Rimfire League – Week 6 Results

    July 8th, 2014

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    The U.S. Army wants a new handgun … again

    July 8th, 2014

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    The U.S. Army is officially asking the question, is there a handgun out there that better — and more affordable — than the existing M9 and M11 pistols. In a surprise move, the Army is also asking the question, “Should that replacement gun be chambered for 9mm?”

    The Army issued a Request for Information June 9. This is just one of the first steps in a long process to determine if any other guns outperform the Army’s existing sidearms at a lower long-term cost while surpassing them in performance. The Army previously issued an RFI in 2013 in a joint effort with the Air Force to see if there is a handgun out there that is more accurate, more durable, easier to shoot and modular.

    In addition to being a better performer than existing pistols the potential replacement sidearm will have to come with an accessory mounting system like a Picatinny railed-frame and replaceable sights for use with night sights.

    “It’s a total system replacement — new gun, new ammo, new holster, everything,” said officer Daryl Easlick, with the Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning to the Military Times. Depending on the results of these trials the military may wind up purchasing as many as 400,000 new handguns.

    The new sidearm program is call the Modular Handgun System and while it has traction with M9 users, Congress has some reservations about replacing existing, working handguns — albeit under-performing — at a time of widespread budget cuts. The House Armed Services Committee has recommended that the Army replace slides, frames and barrels as necessary to meet several of the main requirements of the MHS.

    “The committee notes that the M9 pistol has been a reliable pistol with consistent and reasonable life-cycle costs,” the Army Times  reported last year. “The committee understands that the development of a requirement to replace the M9 pistol has been slowed by budget constraints and system capability debates over the need for a replacement.”

    The committee is aware that the Marine Corps has upgraded the M9 pistol with a series of product improvements that has extended the life-cycle of the program and improved the weapon’s capabilities. The committee believes that the Army secretary and the Air Force secretary should consider pursuing a similar product improvement program for their respective services’ M9 pistol inventory based on the Marine Corps’ experience and lessons learned. The committee expects that any product improvement program be managed and executed through a full and open competitive process.”

    However, the MHS calls for more changes that what can be accomplished by swapping out the pistols’ frames, slide assemblies and barrels. And replacing those components is most of the way to replacing the entire pistol, which is why the military is going forward with the MHS RFI.

    The MHS isn’t just looking for a gun that’s more flexible and requires less maintenance than the M9, they’re also looking for a gun that has a closed slide and doesn’t have a slide-mounted safety, which rules out even an upgraded version of the M9 such as the M9A1 in service with the Marines.

    Open slides can lead to failures by allowing dirt and dust to readily foul guns, which is a major concern given the geography of the bulk of our armed forces. And slide-mounted safeties are susceptible to a variety of user-induced malfunctions, leaving soldiers with de-cocked and safetied sidearms when chambering a round or clearing a malfunction.

    The Army is also on the lookout for something with a reduced grip circumference for soldiers with smaller hands, including the increasing number of female shooters in the military. Another requirement of the MHS is that the selected pistol must be capable of being suppressed, so extended, threaded barrels must be an option for the winning candidate.

    The decision to explore other calibers is based on feedback about the round’s performance in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the military is aware of the pros and cons of other cartridges, including addition recoil, increased pistol wear, and reduced capacity.

    Just like law enforcement and civilian shooters, the military is faced with the decision of what cartridge suits their needs best. Cartridges like .40 S&W and .357 SIG are hard on shooters and hard on guns, even if they deliver a harder-hitting payload. Browning’s storied .45 ACP loads a big, heavy bullet, but it takes up a lot of space, increasing grip sizes and decreasing magazine capacity.

    The results of the program may find that a different bullet, not cartridge, may be the answer to their current 9mm problems, and is requesting that potential contractors supply ball and jacketed hollow point ammunition with their submissions.

    What do you think is best for the MHS? Glock 22? SIG SP2022? FNX-45 Tactical? Or is this all show and no go, the M9 is here to stay?

     

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    Brady Center suing Kansas over ‘Second Amendment Protection Act’

    July 8th, 2014

    Gov. Sam Brownback (R) of Kansas is ready for a promised Brady Center lawsuit over the state's controversial gun rights laws. (Photo credit: John Milburn/AP)

    More than a year after its signing, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to defend in court what is called the strictest Second Amendment protection law in the nation.

    This news came Monday when the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence announced intent to file suit in Federal District Court challenging the law, which, in theory, nullifies Washington’s gun laws in the state.

    “The Obama administration attacked this legislation when I signed it more than one year ago,” said Brownback in an official statement Monday.

    “It now appears that they have found some Washington DC lawyers to do their bidding,” the Governor continued. “As I have said previously, the right to keep and bear arms is a right that Kansas hold dear. It is a right enshrined not only in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, but also protected by the Kansas Bill of Rights.”

    The law at the center of the controversy provides state residents protection of their Second Amendment rights by exemption from federal gun control laws, including bans or restrictions on certain guns, magazines or ammunition, for all guns and accessories within the state’s borders.

    Signed by Brownback last April, the law also prevents any federal agent from enforcing federal gun control laws within the state, as well as allowing prosecution of federal officers who try to enforce such laws within the state’s borders.

    However, the federal government has already gone on record as disagreeing with the language of the Kansas law. Within days of taking effect in 2013, Attorney Gen. Eric Holder sent Brownback an official letter stating that the legislation directly conflicts with federal law and is therefore unconstitutional.

    Further, Holder clarified that, “Under the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution, Kansas may not prevent ­federal employees and officials from carrying out their official responsibilities.”

    This led Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to build a $225,000 war chest funded by the state legislature to fight anticipated legal challenges to the contested law.

    While Washington has not as of yet taken action against the Sunflower state, a similar 2009 measure in Montana has been winding its way through the courts, where judges have contended that federal regulatory gun laws preempt those of states.

    This, however, has not stopped nearly 20 states to propose similar legislation in the past several years.

    Details of the Brady’s Kansas lawsuit are to be announced Wednesday. To which, Brownback promises, “We will vigorously defend the rights of Kansans in this litigation.”

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    The ammunition shortage is a real thing. Here’s why it happened.

    July 8th, 2014

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    America’s shooters have had around five years of trouble finding enough bullets for their guns. In the years after President Obama’s 2008 election, then again after the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, with barely a lull in between, big-spending gun aficionados left manufacturers struggling to keep shelves full. Now, the shortage seems to be winding down.

    Demand has remained high since 2008, in part because some gun owners, frightened that Obama would tighten gun control laws, went into panic mode. But that’s only one side of it. The problem is that supply never seemed to quite meet that demand. And that’s in part because even though they haven’t said so, skittish manufacturers don’t believe the panic will last long enough to make it worth the investment in costly new factories.

    The (sparse) data

    It’s a bit of a misnomer to call this one singular shortage — different calibers have been in short supply in different parts of the US over the last few years. Most recently, Alaskan shooters have had trouble finding certain types of ammunition.

    But beyond counting up the anecdotal evidence, measuring demand for ammunition is a tricky business. One source is tax data. The government imposes an 11 percent excise tax on ammunition, and revenues from that tax have picked up in recent years, hitting an all-time high just a few months into 2013, as the Atlantic Wire reported last year.

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    The Labor Department doesn’t measure price index for bullets the same way it measures one for most other goods, like textbooks or furniture or beef. But it appears that both the price of bullets and the volume of bullets sold has increased — meaning rising profits for ammunition makers. According to market research firm IBISWorld, guns and ammunition industry revenues grew on average a projected 8.4 percent annually from 2008 to 2013. Ironically, the election of a president who favors gun regulation has been good news for the industry.

    “THERE’S ONLY BEEN ONE YEAR SINCE 9/11 WHEN WE HAVEN’T BEEN WORKING OVERTIME”

    Whatever the numbers might be, there’s plenty of evidence that ammunition demand has been unusually high. According to one ammunition manufacturer, the shortage situation has been in effect nearly every year since September 11.

    “Our company has been in a backorder situation since 9/11. There’s only been one year since 9/11 where we haven’t been working overtime,” says Kristi Hoffman, co-owner of Black Hills Ammunition in Rapid City, South Dakota.

    Gun manufacturing also picked up strongly over that period.

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    And those are just the guns made in the US. Imports of guns have also spiked in recent years.

    Why people started clearing ammo shelves

    Clearly the gun business has grown. But answering exactly why is much more difficult.

    The industry itself argues that interest in shooting has picked up. The National Shooting Sports Foundation found in a 2013 survey of retailers that nearly 26 percent of firearm buyers in 2012 were new buyers, up from around 20 percent tin 2010. Retailers also reported more women were coming into their stores for the third straight year.

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    “The shooting community has shifted to a younger audience. It’s no longer an old white guy club. It’s young people who realize the sport of shooting, the entertainment value of it,” says Tim Shoopman, manager of HH Shooting Sports in Oklahoma City.

    That may be true, but the statistics also indicate that many gun owners are simply stocking up. During that 1986-2012 period in which gun sales wavered, then climbed dramatically, the share of Americans who reported owning a gun either plummeted or held steady, depending on which survey data you look at.

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    That suggests that some homes are buying multiple guns, rather than the market being flooded by new buyers. If that’s true, it might support the hypothesis that ammunition sales are climbing because certain people are stocking up on bullets or are panic-buying.

    That stockpiling is in large part politically driven. A 2009 Gallup survey found that more than half of gun owners thought Obama would ban the sale of guns while he was in office, along with 41 percent of all Americans. And shootings like those in Sandy Hook or Aurora, Colorado, have also been shown to boost interest in guns.

    Why shelves didn’t get restocked

    Clearly, there’s demand for more bullets. So why haven’t manufacturers expanded to meet that demand? Leaving aside conspiracy theories about massive DHS bullet purchases (which even pro-gun Breitbart.com found to be untrue), the answer seems to be that manufacturers know it’s not just new interest in sport-shooting that’s driving the ammo-buying. The gun industry has acknowledged that politics drive gun-buying.

    Knowing that, manufacturers are reluctant to invest in lots of expensive new facilities when they’re afraid the political mania could vanish at any moment. But as Guns and Ammo reported last year, America’s ammunition manufacturers have been operating at or near capacity for a decade, and reluctant to boost that capacity. And that capacity is finally starting to creep upward — Remington finally last year broke ground on a new ammunition plant in Arkansas.

    “You’d think an industry would boost capacity with long-term demand,” says Rommel Dionisio, analyst at Wedbush Securities.

    To be clear, ammunition manufacturers have picked up their manufacturing to some extent. That pickup is helping the shortage to finally ease a bit now, nearly six years after that initial 2008 surge, says Shoopman.

    “BACK IN THE EARLY ’90S WE SAW A GENERAL ELECTION WHERE THE REPUBLICANS TOOK CONTROL OF CONGRESS, AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THE PANIC BUYING STOPPED IMMEDIATELY”

    “We’ve seen it getting a lot better than it was,” he says. “I’d say we’re getting more supplies in from the manufacturers. … They’re running three shifts, seven days a week.”

    Major ammunition makers Hornady and ATK referred Vox to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which says through a spokesman that makers have “ramped up production over the last several years.”

    Likewise, a Winchester spokesman says, “We are working as hard as we can to produce an increased supply of quality ammunition to meet our customers’ needs.”

    That increased supply clearly has often been insufficient to keep up with demand. And one major reason, says Dionisio, is that manufacturing ammunitionis capital-intensive. You don’t just need a lot of new workers to boost production; you need new, expensive machinery. The prospect of that sort of an investment can make some firms skittish about expanding, because gun and ammunition purchases shift so quickly with political winds.

    Hoffman agrees with that, saying that many companies will only expand as far as their current workers and machinery will take them.

    “Beyond that, you have to say, ‘How is my crystal ball here? Is this going to go on for the next 10 years so I can hire more people, I can build on to my facility? or is this going to be done in 6 months or 18 months?” says Hoffman. “Typically in our industry what people do — like us — you run as hard as you can with the people you have.”

    Tacking on more people or more machines can be a recipe for layoffs or financial losses. When politics change, so do buying habits.

    “Back in the early 90s we saw a general election where the Republicans took control of Congress, and all of a sudden all the panic buying stopped immediately,” she says, speaking of the 1994 midterm election, just after the Brady gun control bill passed. “We went from full bore to nothing.”

    Depending on what happens in this year’s midterms and in 2016, says Hoffman, gun owners could once again relax about their second-amendment rights, easing up the pressure both on her and on other manufacturers.

    As for the easing shortage right now, sellers like Shoopman are happy they finally have some relief.

    “Of course we would have liked it sooner,” says Shoopman. “But we understand that when you have a giant swimming pool and suddenly it’s empty and you just have one garden hose trying to fill it back up, it’s not going to go very fast.”

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    NRA News Commentators Episode 75: “Civil Rights” With Dom Raso

    July 7th, 2014

    NRA News Commentators Episode 75: "Civil Rights" With Dom Raso

     

     

     

    Tune in to www.NRANews.com/Commentators for more episodes.

    About: NRA News is America’s premier source for Second Amendment news. Besides Commentators, other broadcast offerings from NRA News include Cam & Co, a weekday talk show airing on NRANews.com, Sportsman Channel, SiriusXM and iHeartRadio; and Ginny Simone Reporting, a series of investigative pieces from the award-winning journalist. Visit NRA News: www.NRANews.com.

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    Is Glock Considering New Colors?

    July 7th, 2014

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    Glock sent out a survey a few weeks back asking participants if they’d consider purchasing a Glock in different frame colors. The choices were Flat Dark Earth, Desert Sand, OD Green or Sniper Gray. They also asked what frame color you’d choose if the gun was a gift for a woman. The options for the second question were Black, Pink, Purple, Tiffany Blue as well as the colors from the previous question. Glock has made frames in Flat Dark Earth and OD Green in the past, perhaps they’re looking to expand their options in the future. What colors would you like to see Glock release?

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    In case you’re wondering the Tiffany Blue Glock 26 above is a custom job from TZarmory.com. Screen grabs of the survey are from Reddit.com/r/Glocks.

     

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