On the eve of laws restricting magazine capacities for guns in Colorado, Magpul is joining with the non-profit Free Colorado to raise money for the fight for the state’s gun rights. They’ll be giving away 1,500 magazines at the event on a first-come-first-serve basis.
People will get their choice of a “Boulder Airlift” or “Free Colorado” special edition PMAG.
“Come on out and join the festivities at Infinity Park in Glendale, CO, this Saturday, June 29, celebrating FREEDOM on the last weekend before the unconstitutional mag ban takes effect, and get your last shot at purchasing PMAGs,” reads Magpul’s Facebook page. “We’ll be there, and we’ve ponied up a LOT of PMAGs. First 1500 through the gate get a Boulder Airlift or Free CO PMAG FREE! Food, live music, and a helo-borne aerial delivery of PMAGs. Proceeds from mag sales go towards the legislative and legal fight for 2A rights in CO.”
“PMAGs and Magpul SWAG for sale, all going to fight for pro-2A causes in CO. Sat 29 June, starting 4pm.”
Magpul will also be selling magazines at the event, including 20- and 30-round PMAGs. People attending the event can buy tickets online at the Free Colorado website, for $5-35 dollars. Tickets include up to three PMAGs pre-purchases for attendees.
Free Colorado is also accepting donations when purchasing tickets for the event.
The event is being called “Farewell to Arms” and will be held this Saturday at the Infinity Park in Glendale Colorado, just outside of Denver. This is a final big thank-you from Magpul to the people of Colorado who have supported them since the company started in 1999.
The magazine ban, along with several other new gun laws including mandatory background checks, goes into effect Monday, July 1. The law prohibits the sale or transfer of magazines with a capacity greater than 15, although it does provide for magazines already owned. Any magazines with capacities greater than 15 will be legal so long as they were purchased prior to the deadline.
With these new stiff gun control measures in place, many manufacturers in the firearm industry have decided to leave the state, including Magpul, the Outdoor Network and HiViz. Magpul alone is estimated to support about 600 jobs, in-house and contractors, contributing about $85-90 million to the state tax pool.
Since March, when state governor John Hickenlooper signed the bills into law, Magpul has been working hard to give residents of its home state priority, starting with their Boulder Airlift project.
The Boulder Airlift set aside magazines for sale directly to the people Colorado without having to go through vendors. It was recently expanded to include a small number of Magpul’s new 40-round PMAGs.
Opponents of the new laws have filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Colorado, starting with most of the state’s sheriffs, Magpul and about 20 other companies and gun and civil rights organizations.
No matter what, Magpul is still planning to leave the state.
“YES, we are still leaving CO. Our senior executive team is in negotiations today in yet another unnamed state on that very topic. Remember folks, we’re moving the whole Magpul organization and a large handful of our biggest suppliers are coming with us, so there are a LOT of things to hash out. We’re getting down to the brass tacks, and we hope to be able to make a public announcement soon.”
Let’s just say this past week may be one New York City Mayor Bloomberg may want to forget about. From being accused of using official New York City servers to host his personal gun control websites, to listing the Boston terrorist bombers as victims of gun control, Mayor Bloomberg credibly took a big hit. Also, his MAIG No More Names gun control rallies are drawing more gun rights supporters than gun control proponents by a number of two to one.
This video is all about the Springfield Range Officer 1911. I’ll give it a full review and a comparison to another 1911. If you’re considering picking one up for yourself, I hope this review helps you to make a more informed purchase. But, if you just love guns, well, you’re just like me and I hope you enjoy the vid.
Starting with the grips: the Range Officer has diamond checkered cocobolo wood grip panels, which make the overall grip about 1.25in wide. It’s a full size forged steel (frame and slide) pistol, so there is ample grip space for a wide range of hand sizes. It weighs in at a hefty 2lbs and 5.6 ounces. Also, the RO has rear strap checkering, but a smooth front strap.
This Springfield features a skeletonized trigger with a serrated face. The pull is crisp with a short travel and a clean break. The pull measures in at just under 6lbs. Not bad for a stock trigger out of the box.
Looking at the slide: the Springfield Range Officer is designed for target shooting and precision and the target sights reflect that. The rear sight is adjustable for both elevation and windage. The sight picture is a black notch on a black blade, which can make for somewhat slower realignment between shots.
The Range Officer has rear strap checkering only, but the tooth is responsive enough that I don’t have a problem racking the slide with two fingers and a thumb. When actioning the slide, I notice that it seems to fit the frame tightly. The slide houses a 5″ match grade barrel, which helps improve its accuracy.
Other features: The Springfield Range Officer is a single stack 1911, and as such is somewhat limited in capacity; it carries 7+1 and comes with two blued magazines in the box. It also features a grip and manual thumb safety. As this gun is designed for entry level competition shooting, I don’t find issue with the grip style safety, but because when I shoot one handed, I prefer to shoot lefty, I note that the right hand operated manual safety as a slight drawback (over an ambi safety).
Comparison to the Springfield Armory 1911 A1 Loaded: The first difference that I noted after putting 6k-7k rounds through the A1 and 600-700 rounds through the RO was that, with a lot less experience, I was able to be notably more accurate with the Range Officer than with the A1 loaded. Aesthetically, this A1 and RO are different because the Range Officer features a parkerized finish, compared to the A1’s stainless finish. However, the A1 is also offered with the parkerized finish, if you prefer. I’ve noted that this parkerizing isn’t the hardiest finish I’ve come across for steel pistols. It is prone to getting scratched, but I still think it looks nice. Another notable difference is the sights: the Range Officer features adjustable target sights while the A1 loaded features low profile combat 3 dot fixed sights. Something that isn’t a visible difference is the barrels: they’re both 5″, but the Range Officer’s is a match grade barrel (the A1’s isn’t). Size wise, they’re pretty much identical. The Range Officer and A1 are both 8.5″ long, 5.5″ tall, and (with the stock cocobolo wood grips) about 1.25″ wide (note: this particular A1 features a Hogue wraparound style grip in replacement of its original diamond checkered wooden panels). They also way nearly the same with the A1 measuring a mere .3oz heavier. Both pistols also feature lowered and flared ejection ports, reversible magazine releases, and skeletonized hammers and triggers.
The MSRP on the Springfield Range Officer is $977. It’s a bit pricey. But, then again, it’s easily possible to spend anywhere from $2k-5k on a competition ready 1911. For those who want to up their game and get started with precision shooting competition, such as NRA bullseye shooting without wanting to make such a huge investment, the Range Officer has appeal.
When taking the Range Officer out to shoot, some of the things that make it a great target pistol are the fact that it’s a heavy full size pistol, so there’s ample room for a full grip and a couple pounds of steel to help soak up recoil. One of the biggest things I expected to see from an entry level target 1911 is improved accuracy, and the Range Officer delivers. While I can pretty much put the rounds where I want when shooting with the A1 loaded (this one in particular as it belongs to my dad and was the first 1911 – and the first .45 – I ever shot, so I have a good deal of history with it), it doesn’t compare to the Range Officer’s performance. This 1911 is a tack driver.
Jared Marcum’s mother, Tanya Lardieri, was overcome with emotion after signing a dismissal order and cementing the fact that the criminal charges against her 14-year-old son, Jared Marcum, have been withdrawn.
“It should have come sooner but it’s done and we don’t have to have that concern anymore about him having a criminal record” Jared’s father Allen Lardieri tells WOWK. “I’m just glad that it’s over. His mother is glad it’s over.”
Jared’s attorney Ben White calls this a win for common sense. White says he’s heard too many stories of children being penalized for seemingly harmless behavior, just because each of these incidents included gun imagery of one sort or another.
“I think, with the gun issue, with what is going on, this is a victory for common sense,” White said.
The dismissal, signed by judge Eric O’Briant comes 70 days after, then 8th grader, Jared Marcum’s pro-Second Amendment shirt, sparked what many are calling the fight over his First Amendment rights.
“I didn’t think it would go this far because honestly, I don’t see a problem with [the shirt], there shouldn’t be a problem with this,” Jared told WOWK on April 18, the day he was arrested.
While Jared didn’t see a problem with the shirt, neither did the Logan County School District, as it has publicly stated that Jared’s shirt did not violate the district’s dress code.
Yet, Jared’s refusal to change his shirt as demanded by Logan Middle School band teacher David Burroway and his refusal to stop talking landed him in handcuffs facing an obstruction charge.
That is, until today.
With Jared’s criminal charges taken care of, Lardieri and White say they plan on moving forward with a civil suit against the Logan County School District.
White wants to stress that today’s outcome should be considered a win for both the prosecution and the defense. He says he hopes what happened today will show that the justice system and its integrity are alive and well in Logan, West Virginia.
Here are three more beautiful pistols from SIG Germany’s master engravers. The first is the Tutanchamun, engraved by Jürgen Göser.
Scarab, Royal sceptre and scourge and the famous death mask of the child king Tutankh-Amun made of 24 carats gold are decorating the top of the slide of this pistol. In addition to that there are images of Echnaton, Nofretete and the gods Osiris, Isis, Horuns and Anubis on this masterpiece. The grip plates were made of ivory, showing the “Eye of Horus“.
The SIG Zeus was engraved by Peter Ewald.
Integrated in ornaments of the old Greece the godfather Zeus sitting on his throne is decorating this pistol. The sides of the frame show the popular fist of the godfather with gold plated flashes. The walnut root grip plates show original coins from the ancient Greece with the face of Zeus, around 2300 years old.
SIG forgot to give me a description of the SIG Alexander so I do not know who engraved it. Given its similarity to the SIG Zeus, I think it was probably also engraved by Peter Ewald.
Parents are upset over gun violence. Kids are upset over having to hold up signs all day. (Photo credit: ABC News)
The Committee on Priorities for a Public Health Research Agenda to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence, under the direction of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently published a study of findings related to violence and guns. Some of the results may come as a shock – to those on both sides of the gun control argument.
The study was conducted as part of the 23 Executive Actions signed by President Obama in January in an effort to reduce gun violence. The order specifically called to “issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.”
Some have posed the logical question as to why the CDC would become involved in such a study which focuses on gun violence when the priority of the agency lies in the preventing and control of diseases. The academic community chose to study gun violence as a public health problem, partly because, according to the study, “Violence, including firearm related violence, has been shown to be contagious.” Therefore, gun violence is being studied in the same manner of a contagious disease.
The study did, however, recognize the right to bear arms as a basic human right acknowledged by the United States Constitution.
“An individual’s right to own and possess guns was established in the U.S. Constitution and affirmed in the 2008 and 2010 Supreme Court rulings in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago.”
The initial summary of the study reiterated the need for sound evidence from a scientific standpoint to produce public policies that will best support the rights of the people while still doing whatever possible to protect the public from potential threats of violence.
“The evidence generated by implementing a public health research agenda can enable the development of sound policies that support both the rights and the responsibilities central to gun ownership in the United States. In the absence of this research, policy makers will be left to debate controversial policies without scientifically sound evidence about their potential effects.”
While the problem of gun violence is multi-faceted with no one single solution, the study resulted in a whole plethora of useful information.
There were five primary areas of interest on which the study focused: The characteristics of firearm violence, risk and protective factors, interventions and strategies, gun safety technology, and the influence of video games and other media.
It was found that there are vast differences in who is more likely to become a victim of gun violence, with primary factors lying in socioeconomic status and ethnicity. Homicide rates were shown to be significantly higher in African Americans, while suicide rates were higher in Caucasians.
Additionally, the study concluded that high rates of poverty, illicit drug trafficking and substance use all increase the risk of becoming involved in gun violence. In addition, “criminals often engage in violence as a means to acquire money, goods or other rewards.”
However, the study also inadvertently explored some of the myths surrounding what seems like a recent epidemic of gun violence, including accidental deaths and mass shootings.
According to the study, “Unintentional firearm-related deaths have steadily declined during the past century.” Accidental deaths resulting from firearms accounted for less than one percent of all unintentional fatalities in 2010.
“Mass shootings are a highly visible and moving tragedy, but represent only a small fraction of total firearm-related violence. … It is also apparent that some mass murder incidents are associated with suicides. However, the characteristics of suicides associated with mass murders are not understood.”
The study also explored an often overlooked statistic regarding suicide, especially among veterans. “Firearm-related suicides — though receiving far less public attention — significantly outnumber homicides for all age groups, with suicides accounting for approximately 60 percent of all firearm injury fatalities in the United States in 2009. In 2010, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death among individuals in the United States over the age of 10.”
Yet the study also looked at the effect of having firearms available for self-defense, and found that firearms are much more likely to be used in a defensive manner rather than for criminal or violent activity.
“Defensive uses of guns by crime victims is a common occurrence, although the exact number remains disputed. Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year, in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008.”
It was also discovered that when guns are used in self-defense the victims consistently have lower injury rates than those who are unarmed, even compared with those who used other forms of self-defense.
The study admitted that the results of interventions for reducing gun violence have been mixed, including strategies such as background checks and restriction of certain types of firearms, as well as having stricter penalties for illegal gun use. However, the study did reveal that “unauthorized gun possession or use is associated with higher rates of firearm violence than legal possession of guns.” In other words, law-breaking criminals are the ones most responsible for gun violence, not law-abiding citizens.
The study also looked at the source of guns used by most criminals, which helps to see partly why “there is empirical evidence that gun turn in programs are ineffective.”
“More recent prisoner surveys suggest that stolen guns account for only a small percentage of guns used by convicted criminals. … According to a 1997 survey of inmates, approximately 70 percent of the guns used or possessed by criminals at the time of their arrest came from family or friends, drug dealers, street purchases, or the underground market.”
In reference to gun safety technology, the study claims that “research from the injury prevention field indicates that changing products to make them safer is frequently more effective at reducing injury and death than trying to change personal behavior.”
Judging by what they’re wearing, it was both cold and wet that day. (Photo credit: Lehigh Valley Live)
With the latest gun debate, there has been more emphasis placed on violent video games, movies and other media. However, the study’s findings on the influence of these things were inconclusive.
“The vast majority of research on the effects of violence in media has focused on violence portrayed in television and the movies, although more recent research has been expanded to include music, video games, social media, and the Internet. Interest in media effects is fueled by the fact that youth are spending more time engaging with media that portrays increasing amounts of violence. Although research on the effects of media violence on real-life violence has been carried out for more than 50 years, none of this research has focused on firearm violence in particular as an outcome. As a result, a direct relationship between violence in media and real-life firearm violence has not been established and additional research is necessary.”
The results of this study were surprisingly unbiased for the most part and closely resemble the findings from a similar study conducted following the Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994, in which the CDC concluded that there was “insufficient evidence to determine the effectiveness of any of the firearms laws reviewed for preventing violence.”
TrackingPoint, the maker of some of the coolest smart scopes to hit the shooting world ever, is looking for their next shooting platform. In that search they’re turning to the general public, asking consumers what they’d be most interested in seeing next.
The TrackingPoint smart scope, or “Intelligent Digital Tracking Scope,” is a rifle scope system paired with an image recognition system and a ballistics calculator, rangefinder and all the other equipment needed to precisely determine the flight path of a bullet — out to 1,000 yards.
TrackingPoint recently teamed up with Remington to develop rifle packages equipped with their ITDS scopes earlier this year after proving their equipment capable and, frankly, idiot-proof.
Right now they’re offering three types of smart scope-equipped rifles, all bolt-action rifles chambered in decidedly magnum calibers. Now they’re turning to the shooting community to find out what they’d like to see next from TrackingPoint with a public online poll.
TrackingPoint would like to hear if shooters want to see their next rifle designed around a semi-automatic AR-type gun or if they should stick with precision long-range guns.
With the possibility of introducing a semi-auto rifle comes a TrackingPoint IDTS scope designed for smaller intermediate cartridges like 5.56 NATO and 300 AAC Blackout. (We asked TrackingPoint about a rifle chambered for the long-range 6.5 Grendel intermediate cartridge and they’re open to the idea, although it’s not part of the poll.)
An AR with a smart scope would be extremely popular particularly if they could shrink the optic down to a size befitting of the lightweight rifles.
It wouldn’t necessarily need to be an AR-15-based rifle, either, as calibers such as .308 and .243 Winchester and 6.5mm Creedmoore work great in the AR-10 platform.
But it also wouldn’t surprise us to see people go in for another bolt-action rifle, especially in calibers like .270 Winchester and .30-06 Springfield. These cartridges are well-excepted in the long-range shooting world, for both hunting and target shooting. Ammo availability is also good for both of these rounds, even now when most stock is intermittent at best.
And a .375 Holland & Holland Magnum would be an instant success with exotic big game hunters, even in a single-shot package. Not to mention, target a demographic that can afford these rifle systems.
What we expect most people ultimately want is a TrackingPoint smart scope that’s more affordable, no matter what rifle and cartridge it’s designed around. Right now, these small-run, hand-made computer-operated rifle packages run up to $27,500, which is simply out of reach for the vast majority of shooters.
Whether you’re a hunter, target shooter or actual sniper, shooting is expensive; but a sticker in the tens of thousands of dollars puts TrackingPoint’s current offerings into a category of guns accessible to a tiny fraction of gun enthusiasts.
Granted, the TrackingPoint system will make one ragged hole up close and hit targets half a mile out every time; it’s a technology that will forever change shooting in all its forms. It’s just that right now it’s not for everyone.
Still, with a new platform and more customers the cost of manufacturing these smart scopes is sure to decline. While the system is expensive now, like all technology, in a few years, TrackingPoint will just be another option when building your rifle.
The U.S. Olympic Shooting Center, home to USA Shooting, on the U.S. Olympic Complex in Colorado Springs, is set to undergo a transformation of its 10-meter ranges that will increase event and training capabilities necessary for world-class performance.
USA Shooting has chosen Megalink to help in this effort by providing 70 electronic target systems. The Norwegian-based company is a leading producer of electronic targets in the world.
“Megalink has shown its commitment to the growth of USA Shooting in the past and is helping us invest in the future of our sport through this new agreement,” said USA Shooting CEO Robert Mitchell. “These upgrades are necessary to enhance our facility but aren’t viable without the support of companies like Megalink and the generous donors who will leave their mark on the program for years to come.”
Megalink is the overwhelming target provider for shooting ranges in the U.S. including the two Civilian Marksmanship Program ranges in Anniston, Ala., and Camp Perry, Ohio, while most of the NCAA Collegiate Rifle ranges also have Megalink targets in place.
Built in 1985, the Center is the largest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere and the third largest in the world and is used for elite and resident athlete training, competitions, national championships, coaching seminars, camps, committee meetings and local clubs. Three separate ranges provide 29 firing points from 50 meters and 73 firing points from 10 meters for training and competitions. It also houses the administration offices, a gunsmith room and locker rooms for resident and visiting athletes. Approximately 25 resident and day-use athletes train at the OTC during the year.
Over the years, USA Shooting has made investments in outfitting all 25-50m firing points and ten of the 10m firing points. Additionally, twenty 25m Rapid Fire and Sport Pistol targets were converted in 2010 with the help of the Shikar Safari Club.
Electronic targets are important to USA Shooting’s training programs and will not only increase the number of events held at the Olympic Shooting Center but also make competitions more efficient and spectator friendly with more accessible results. The upgrade will include replacing all 70-10m firing points with electronic target systems, upgrading the lighting system and installing state of the art technology.
Financing of the project is being made possible with contributions from USA Shooting, USA Shooting Team Foundation (USASTF) and the U.S. Olympic Committee. In addition, the Foundation has organized a campaign to help complete the final phase and bring the U.S. Shooting Center range up to world-class standards. The campaign asks donors to leave their mark on the Olympic Shooting Center by sponsoring firing points for $1,000 apiece. For more information on how to become involved, click here. USA Shooting has committed to complete the final phase and upgrade by December 2013.
“USA Shooting’s sponsors, supporters and donors have been directly responsible for the USA Shooting Team’s continued success on ranges around the world,” said USASTF Executive Director Buddy DuVall. “USA Shooting is continuing to grow and develop not only its team but also to invest in the maintenance of world-class facilities like the Olympic Shooting Center. We encourage our fans and supporters to get behind this unique opportunity and to leave their mark at the Olympic Shooting Center and invest in our tradition of success.”
Image courtesy USA Shooting
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, published the results on Monday of a study they conducted on first-time gun buyers. There were several key findings in the study, although many not that surprising.
The study showed that the top reason first-time buyers purchased a firearm was for home defense, followed by self-defense, which is a particularly high priority for women. Another motivating factor for purchasing a firearm was the desire to become involved in shooting related activities with family and friends.
First-time gun buyer study conducted by the NSSF.
First-time buyers that were 55- to 65-years-old indicated during the study that another reason for purchasing a firearm was the concern for future availability.
About 43 percent of first-time buyers bought their guns from local gun shops and about 33 percent purchased them at mass retailers. $515 was the average spent on the first firearm with an additional $504 average for accessories. About one-fourth of first-time buyers bought an additional gun within the first year after their initial purchase, most spending more on secondary purchases.
The study revealed that most first-time gun buyers are active in at least one sort of shooting activity. The most popular activity is target shooting, which is enjoyed by over 84 percent of respondents. Hunting is the second most popular, with nearly 38 percent saying they enjoyed this activity. Other activities for first-time buyers included plinking at 27.4 percent, practical pistol shooting at 17.3 percent and clay-target shooting at 14.6 percent.
Additionally, about half of all first-time buyers who have participated in hunting, practical pistol shooting, clay target shooting and gun collecting stated that they wanted to participate in these activities even more than they currently do.
The study also revealed that first-time gun buyers are active in the firearms community, with over 60 percent using their guns at least monthly, and one in five using them once a week or more.
The study was completed to find motivations for first-time firearm purchases, as well as how those guns are being used. It was conducted online, in March and April of 2013. Participants were between the ages of 22 and 65 and all bought their first firearm in 2012. The information for the survey was gathered by a third party, InfoManiacs, Inc.