Yet another gun company is leaving their home state in search of a “gun” friendlier place to call home. American Tactical Imports is leaving New York and relocating to South Carolina explicitly because of the pro-gun control position of its home state’s legislators.
This is the third company to relocate to South Carolina this year in the wake of calls for increased gun control nation-wide. While federal laws remain largely unaltered, gun control advocates were able to push for new laws in several states including New York, which passed the controversial SAFE Act.
“This move to South Carolina will help ensure a solid foundation for our company,” said Tony DiChario, ATI’s president. “The relocation process will be smooth and we have ensured that the process will not affect customer service, product distribution or any other segment of our business. The people of South Carolina have welcomed ATI with open arms and we are excited about making our new corporate home there.”
ATI is largely an importer and distributor of domestic firearms, although they do some manufacturing. They plan to move from Rochester to Summerville, a city on the outskirts of Charleston, starting next month.
They are bringing 117 jobs to Dorchester County between their headquarters, assembly, customer service and sales teams. The company said it will be investing $2.7 million in jobs and facilities.
While the company’s primary decision to relocate is to operate in a state with strong support of the Second Amendment, the move offers some logistical benefits to ATI as well. As an importer this brings the company closer to the shipping lanes it relies on for product deliveries. The Charleston area is home to some of the largest and busiest ports on the Atlantic seaboard.
“South Carolina is the perfect location for companies like American Tactical that depend on the ability to move product efficiently,” said Bobby Hitt, Secretary of the state Dept. of Commerce. “Our state’s business-friendly resources and excellent workforce further underscore what makes South Carolina just right for business.”
“The S.C. Ports Authority welcomes American Tactical as a new customer,” said Jim Newsome, president South Carolina Ports Authority. “Our capable harbor will facilitate their ability to import goods from Europe and Asia, helping grow the resurgence of manufacturing in the U.S. This announcement is a testament to the fact that South Carolina is a great place to do business.”
Gov. Nikki Haley also had a few good things to say about the move. ”Today’s announcement is another testament that South Carolina is a destination for job-creating investments. We celebrate American Tactical Imports’ decision to invest $2.7 million and create 117 new jobs in Dorchester County.”
Other companies that have moved to South Carolina this year include PTR Industries and the Ithaca Gun Company. Stag Arms, a major manufacturer of rifles for the commercial market as well as supplier to many law enforcement agencies, is also considering relocating to South Carolina.
The state has been pushing for companies to relocate with special incentives and to-date has brought in $500 million in capital investment and added 4,000 jobs to their economy, according to WBTW News.
More ATI news and updates can be found on its Facebook page. For information about their products head over to the ATI website.
Just months after the successful launch of the Carbon Knight, BOWTECH Archery, the industry leader in archery innovation, introduces the Carbon Rose, the lightest women’s bow on the market at just 3.2 lbs.
Starting with the lightweight and tremendously durable carbon compound Knight Riser, the Carbon Rose adds many of BOWTECH’s Industry Changing Technologies to produce a high-performance, easily maneuverable and decidedly deadly women’s bow with IBO speeds above 300 fps.
“Female hunters have asked for a lightweight bow with a smooth draw, and BOWTECH has delivered with the Carbon Rose,” said Samual Coalson, Director of Marketing for BOWTECH. “But make no mistake, this bow may be lightweight and deceptively beautiful, but the Carbon Rose is pure performance.”
In addition to the Knight Riser, the carbon compound Knight Riser, the Carbon Rose also features BOWTECH’s sought-after Binary Cam System™ for maximum accuracy and consistency and rotating modules for easy draw length adjustment.
The Carbon Rose has a 6.75-inch brace height and 30-inch axle-to-axle measurement with draw lengths ranging from 22.5-27 inches and draw weights at 40, 50 and 60 pounds.
The bow is available in BlackOps and Mossy Oak Infinity with bright purple accents and has a suggested retail price of $699 R.A. K. equipped and $599 bare bow. For more information, visitwww.BOWTECHArchery.com.
• 30” ATA
• 6.75-inch Brace Height
• Knight Riser
• Binary Cam System
• IBO/ATA Speed: 302 fps
• Weight: 3.2 lbs.
• Available R.A.K. Equipped or bare bow
• MSRP: $699/$599
The National Rifle Association has recently sold its one millionth copy of the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting. Known as the Basic Pistol handbook, the guide is a comprehensive resource on responsible pistol use and is the foundation of NRA’s popular Basic Pistol and FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation courses.
First published in July 2009, the Basic Pistol handbook was written with the intent of becoming an at-home reference guide for gun owners. Topics included in the guide are basic firearm safety, storage options, range rules, target scoring and basic fundamentals such as shooting positions, grip and aiming. The guide can be purchased both individually and as part of a NRA Instructor-led course from the NRA’s Program Materials Center.
“This milestone reflects the growing national interest in firearms and the National Rifle Association’s place as the United States’ top provider of firearms training,” said Bill Poole, Managing Director of NRA’s Education and Training Division. “I would like to thank our more than 116,000 NRA Certified Instructors for their dedication to providing our citizens the means to responsibly enjoy their Second Amendment rights.”
To purchase a copy of the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting, visit the NRA Program Materials Center at http://materials.nrahq.org/go/home.aspx. Interested students can also find a NRA Instructor-led pistol training course at www.nrainstructors.org.
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Lightweight, reliable, concealable, accurate and capable of being drawn without hang-ups are key ingredients in a carry gun—and the new Beretta Nano has it all.
There have been a number of new micro-compact pistols introduced in the last couple of years that have dramatically improved the performance levels of super-concealable handguns. Where the standard of performance for pocket pistols used to be the old .380 ACP cartridge in a blowback semi-automatic, the new generation of locked-breach self-loaders is firing 9 mm +P ammo in a wide variety of bullet weights with total reliability and controllability.
In addition to their incredibly robust designs, some of these pistols have features that are both functional and uniquely creative. The newest member of this genre is Beretta’s 9 mm Nano.
Typical of today’s 9 mm handguns, the Nano is a striker-fired, locked-breech, recoil-operated pistol. Overall length is 5.63 inches, while overall height is 4.17 inches. Grip width and overall width are a mere .9 inch. Although it doesn’t look all that compact, dimensionally this is a small gun. It is not, however, the lightest micro on the market, with an unloaded weight of 17.67 ounces.
Slide and barrel are both steel with a black Nitride finish, which will probably outlast its owner. The inner frame/chassis is stainless steel, while the grip frame is fiberglass-reinforced technopolymer. (Recognizing the enhanced toughness of today’s polymers, I still long for the days when we just said “plastic.”) Giving credit where it’s due, I would have initially guessed the grip was made of a hard-anodized-aluminum alloy, and I liked both the look and feel of it.
Molded checkering along the backstrap and frontstrap provides ample purchase to counter +P recoil.
The frontstrap and backstrap sections of the grip have molded rough surfaces that look almost like the checkering on metal guns and greatly enhance control. The grip received much more of my attention during the actual range sessions, but even in the initial handling and examination, I was impressed with the overall ergonomics of such a small handgun. Moreover, several shooters immediately commented on the excellent grip angle and the gun’s natural pointing characteristics. When we raised it to eye level, the sights were on target.
While it’s not the first thing you notice about the gun, the Nano has a unique modular design. Specifically, it has an inner frame (called the sub-chassis) that carries the pistol’s serial number and holds the firing mechanism. The serial number is visible through a window cut into the polymer frame. You can remove the chassis and replace the outer grip frame with an alternate unit. While this feature may not have much relevance at this point in time, it will be interesting to see what alternatives Beretta offers in the future. To the best of my knowledge, the Nano is the only micro-compact pistol with this option.
The gun has a truly sleek, snag-free design with no protruding external controls save the magazine-release button, which is quite small and reversible in case you’re left-handed. The typical externally mounted slide stop is internal on the Nano. It reliably locks the slide back when the last shot is fired, an unmistakable cue to reload. It is the magazine follower that activates the slide lock, which means an empty magazine must be in the gun for the slide to lock open—you can’t do it manually. There are two ways to release the slide; insert a loaded magazine and pull the slide rearward, or remove the empty magazine and pull the slide rearward. Again, there is no lever, so these are the only means to release the slide. Serrations at the rear of the slide assist in this operation. As intended in a concealed carry handgun, this is a “pull, point and shoot” pistol.
As mentioned, the Nano is striker fired. It has both a striker safety block and a trigger-drop safety. Beretta has a good explanation of how the striker system (and specifically the internal striker safety block and trigger-drop safety system) works in the instruction manual.
Depressing the Nano’s striker deactivator with a ball-point pen provides the ability to fieldstrip it without pulling the trigger.
Also in the category of safety features, the manual describes the striker-deactivation button, which enables the user to disassemble the pistol without pulling the trigger. The manual doesn’t actually say so, but this is clearly a design feature meant to address negligent discharges experienced when users have pulled the trigger to disassemble another popular striker-fired pistol without first checking to ensure it’s unloaded.
Unquestionably, not having to pull the trigger during disassembly is a good thing, but recognize it does have a price. Disassembly is not as simple as with some other handguns. You now have an extra step in the disassembly process, two extra parts to deal with and a separate tool to use. I’m all for safety, but I prefer safety designs that are engineering driven as opposed to those generated in the legal department or dictated by politicians under the guise of making their constituents feel good.
I was impressed with the Nano’s low-profile sights. They are the fairly traditional three-dot, quick-acquisition design, and they work extremely well for being so compact. In bright light, the conventional blade-in-notch sight picture was quite crisp and precise—not always the case for sights this small. In any reasonable light level against a dark background, I found the white dots to be easily and quickly acquired, even when not wearing my DeCot shooting glasses with the “cheater” inserts. I know we should always wear protective lenses when shooting, but you don’t get to choose when and where trouble will find you. If you’re farsighted and don’t conduct your daily business wearing prescription lenses, Murphy’s law practically guarantees you will not be wearing glasses when a predator engages you.
In keeping with its snag-free design, the Beretta Nano sports a pair of interchangeable, low-profile sights with a familiar three-dot configuration for fast acquisition.
Another excellent quality of the Nano’s sights is they’re removable, which provides two advantages. First, by loosening the two screws on the rear sight, you can adjust for windage. Given reasonable care installing the sights at the factory, I don’t consider this is a mandatory feature on a pocket pistol, but considering the variety of defensive 9 mm loads available in today’s market, adjustable sights are certainly nice to have if they can remain as small as the Nano’s. Second, being easy to remove, they will be easy to replace should you desire something like XS Sight Systems’ night sights. I don’t know if the company has sights in stock for the Nano as I write this, but given its extensive outreach program, I suspect it will likely have a Big Dot available by the time you read this.
My test gun was delivered with two magazines, typical of what many permit holders carry—one in the gun and a spare. The Nano’s magazines are single stack, which is the right approach for a pocket pistol because it minimizes the grip dimensions and helps those with smaller hands hang on to the gun and control recoil. There are witness holes in the side of the magazines, and when you can see the brass cartridge case in the bottom hole, you have reached Beretta’s stated magazine capacity of six rounds.
Interestingly, both magazines would actually hold seven cartridges, and with the slide locked back in the open position, I could insert the overloaded magazine, drop the slide, and the gun functioned and cycled perfectly. With the slide in the forward position, however, I could not force an overloaded magazine all the way into the frame to achieve magazine lock. It didn’t matter if there was a round in the chamber or not—the seventh round protruded from the top of the magazine just enough so the gun would not accept the magazine with the gun in battery. If you shot the gun to slide lock, you could reload with a magazine holding seven rounds. If you tried to top off the gun or perform a tactical reload, only six rounds (or fewer) in the magazine would work. It’s a simple mathematical message. By loading an initial seven-round mag with the slide locked back, you’ll have one in the chamber, six more in the magazine and a six-round reload in your pocket. That’s either three or eight more rounds than you have available for a pocket revolver.
Plan to practice reloading the Nano, however. The gun’s short grip means the heel of your shooting hand will be wrapped around the bottom of the gun, preventing an empty magazine from sliding free. You’ll probably have to use the support hand to assist in stripping the magazine from the gun and change the grip of your shooting hand to insert the fresh magazine. No whining; with a little training and practice, the Nano’s reload can still be much faster than a small revolver.
As I headed for the range to begin shooting, I had a couple of reservations about the new compact. The shape and dimensions of the grip do not allow the shooting hand to get as high into the gun and in line with the bore axis as is generally recommended. Since the grip’s frontstrap was only large enough to accommodate the middle two fingers of my right hand, I felt it might be difficult to maintain a proper shooting grip during rapid fire, and controlling the little gun’s recoil would be tough. In addition, I did not expect to have a really fun time. Once again, I was wrong on both counts.
The key to the Nano’s modular design is found in its sub-chassis, a removable unit with the handgun’s fire controls.
I started the formal range testing a bit differently with the Nano, beginning with a bag of leftover 9 mm ammo from other activities. Brands and loads included all of the ammo chronographed, with the exception of Hornady’s Zombie Max loads. Making sure all of the different brands were randomly included in the first few magazines, I cut loose at a rapid, but controllable, rate of fire on a less-than-full-size metal silhouette 15 yards away, a distance some folks consider long range for a gunfight. With a center mass hold, the results were excellent. Two shots sailed a bit to the right, which was definitely my fault. Some shots went low, likely caused by my getting acquainted with the Nano’s long trigger pull rather than just being different impact points resulting from the wide range of bullet weights involved. There were no malfunctions or stoppages, either during this initial run or during the rest of the day, when two local police instructors assisted me in putting more than 300 rounds through the micro-compact. The Nano didn’t care what bullet weights were used, nor did it show any hesitation with the +P loads. It was well behaved and functioned perfectly with the entire diet.
With just two fingers securing the grip, it was relatively easy to run through an entire magazine without having to shift or resecure my grip, but it took some time to get used to what seemed like the Nano’s exceptionally long trigger pull. Things were made much easier by the fact that the trigger is extremely smooth throughout its entire length of travel.
Afterward, we were able to make hits on the silhouette target at 50 yards—not with every shot, but frequently. We were also able to make head shots at 15 yards. Both the 50-yard shots and head-shot hits required maintaining concentration throughout the entire trigger pull, but even in our relatively short shooting session, each of us noticed improvements in our performance. A couple of subsequent, less formal outings with friends resulted in equally impressive 15-yard results and favorable testimony for the little Beretta powerhouse.
Designed with self-defense in mind, the subcompact Nano is only .9 inch wide, weighs 17.67 ounces and features a snag- free profile ideal for concealed carry.
The Nano is definitely a concealed-carry pistol designed for self-defense. The fact it has no magazine disconnect and can be fired with the magazine removed (features that may make the gun unavailable in some states), indicates the designers had serious intentions about personal protection. How you choose to carry this newest micro-compact may depend more on your selection of clothing than on your personal preferences. I could not get the gun in and out of the front pocket on my jeans, and depen-ding on what brand of tactical trousers you wear, an inside-the-waistband carry might be most appropriate. Which leads me to wonder if Beretta already had a marketing plan in place during the pistol’s design phase that includes the company’s clothing line.
Nah, the Nano is too much of a fighting gun to have been influenced by the fashion police. Specifications Manufacturer: Beretta USA; (800) 929-2901,berettausa.com Action Type: Recoil-operated, semi-automatic Caliber: 9 mm Capacity: 6+1 Frame: Polymer Slide: 4140 steel Barrel Length: 3.07 inches Rifling: 6 grooves; 1:15.75-inch RH twist Sights: Fixed; two-dot rear, red fiber-optic front TriggerPull Weight: 6 pounds, 8 ounces Length: 5.63 inches Width: .9 inch Height: 4.17 inches Weight: 17.67 ounces Accessories: Hard-plastic case, manual, spare magazine MSRP: $475
Despite the Nano’s small dimensions, the gun packs a 6+1 capacity, making it a viable candidate for concealed carry, particularly if printing under clothing is a major concern. Shooting Results
Velocity measured 10 feet from the muzzle for 10 consecutive shots using a CED M2 chronograph. Temperature: 81 degrees Fahrenheit. Accuracy measured in inches for five consecutive, five-shot groups at 7 yards from a sandbag rest.
A recently released Gallup Poll showed that public support for gun control has waned since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
According to the Poll, which surveyed 1,028 adults, aged 18 and older, on Oct. 3 to 6 via the telephone, about half (49 percent) of Americans believe that laws covering the sale of firearms should be made more strict while the other half believes gun laws should be kept as they are now (37 percent) or made less strict (13 percent).
Immediately following Sandy Hook support for tougher gun laws spiked at 58 percent, the highest it had been since 2004 when it reached 60 percent, according to Gallup’s tracking.
Gun laws: More strict, kept the same or less strict?
Meanwhile, a majority of Americans — approximately three out of four — oppose a ban on the possession of handguns for everyone who is not a police officer or “authorized person.” As indicated by the chart below, that 74 percent figure is the all-time high for opposition to banning handguns.
Support for banning handguns
Not surprisingly, support for tougher gun laws and bans on handguns are divided along party lines with more Democrats and Liberals in favor of those measures than Republicans or Conservatives. To break it down, 77 percent of Democrats and 72 percent of Liberals favor stricter gun laws compared with 33 percent of Conservatives and 23 percent of Republicans. With respect to banning handguns, 37 percent of Democrats and 35 percent of Liberals support the ban while only 17 percent of Conservatives and 16 percent of Republicans support the ban.
Demographic breakdown of support for gun control and handgun ban.
What can we learn from this poll? From my point of view, three things:
First, far too many people still believe that we need to pass tougher gun laws. Fifty percent is way too high. Gun owners need to do a better job spreading the gospel of guns. Gun owners need to continue to win over the hearts and minds of the non-gun owning public.
Second, the public overwhelmingly embraces handgun ownership. This is good news and might have something to do with the fact that there has been an expansion of concealed carry rights and self-defense laws over the past two decades all the while crime (the homicide rate, property crime and violent crime) has declined. The opposition to banning handguns can also be an indication of the public’s recognition that owning a handgun for self-defense is an important right that needs to be protected, not infringed upon.
Lastly, emotions were running high after Sandy Hook. As a result, several states (New York, Colorado, Maryland, Connecticut and California) were able to capitalize off that emotion and ram through stricter gun laws. Now, though, public support for tougher gun laws is receding and therefore the prospect of the federal government reforming the nation’s gun laws is diminished.
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Survivalists and outdoorsmen need a rifle that is as versatile as possible in a heated situation. Many are choosing to build their own rifle—not only does the shooter know exactly what he has in his hands, it also gives him the reassurance that it can do what he designed it to do. Versatility is key.
One of the biggest questions most people have about building their own rifle or shotgun is if it is legal or not. A non-licensed gun owner can build a sporting rifle if he is not prohibited from owning a firearm. While the ATF doesn’t like that people are choosing to make their own firearms, they can only intervene if they have reason to believe the person is not allowed by law to have a weapon in his possession.
Standard gun kits are available through places such as Valhalla Armory and other gun supply outlets. Kits normally contain everything need to build a rifle (gun, stock, trigger mechanism, etc). The only thing they don’t include is the instructions.
A seasoned gun owner who has had his fair share of weapons will already know how to completely disassemble the weapon, clean it and reassemble it in short order. If you are building your weapon from scratch, you will need to find parts that fit together well and are made with excellent craftsmanship. Seals, like Apple Rubber o-rings, must be of the highest quality to ensure a clean shot with every pull of the trigger.
Many choose to go with interchangeable stocks, long and short barrels and finely crafted mechanisms that increase versatility. A weapon with interchangeable parts can be used in several ways and converted from one basic gun to another a matter of just a few minutes.
Where to Look for Guidance
Gun supply stores and websites such as Brownells.com and SHTFBlog.com offer sound advice if you are trying to build one from scratch or from a kit. Companies who sell the rifle kits don’t include the instructions due to strict regulations on how weapons are to be sold. Professionals in the firearms industry can explain the best type of stocks and barrels to use for different purposes.
If you end up having to manufacture specific parts of your rifle, receivers can be made using small 3D printing machines or a small milling machine can be used to make one out of metal. The 3D machine makes the object out of thin layers of plastic, while a milling machine hones and drills to create a metal receiver you can use to fit whatever type of gun you choose to create.
When the federal government failed to immediately provide assistance to the families of soldiers killed in action during its shutdown, private charities and concerned Americans filled the void.
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For the past three years, firearm-enthusiast Hickok45 has been ‘killing’ pumpkins in honor of Halloween.
He has returned this year with part four to kill even more of the orange squashes, such as with ninja stars, by burying one ‘alive,’ and, of course, by shooting one.
Image of unfinished .410 2.5″/ .45 Colt DoubleTap Barrel
DoubleTap Defense, LLC, a firearms design and manufacturing company, announces the addition of new calibers for the patented DoubleTap™ Tactical Pocket Pistol to include the .410/.45 Colt and the .40 S&W. DoubleTap Defense will unveil the new calibers at the 2013 NASGW Expo & 40th Annual Meeting in Grapevine, Texas.
The new .410/.45 Colt and .40 S&W calibers will be available in the DoubleTap™ pistol model and as a Barrel Conversion Kit. The new .410/.45 Colt caliber for a 2.5-inch cartridge has become a popular self-defense and home protection cartridge readily available and affordable for the average citizen. The new calibers expand the variety of ammunition that can be used on the aluminum or titanium 5/8″ slim, no-snag frame and allow customers a greater choice in preferred ammo usage for their personal protection.
DoubleTap Tactical Pocket Pistol .410/.45 Colt and .40 S&W MSRP:
.410/.45 Colt T .40 S&W T .410/.45 Colt A .40 S&W A
Frame: Titanium Titanium Aluminum Aluminum
MSRP: Non-Ported $729.00 Non-Ported: $729.00
Ported: $799.00 Non-Ported $499.00 Non-Ported: $499.00
About DoubleTap Defense, LLC:
Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, DoubleTap Defense, LLC is a firearms design and manufacturing company intent on delivering new paradigms in firearms engineering and production. The DoubleTap™ Tactical Pocket Pistol is the brainchild of founder Ray Kohout, a firearms industry professional.http://www.doubletapdefense.com/