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    Anti-Gun Group Petitions ATF to Restrict 80 Percent Receivers

    A lump of aluminum partially machined into a receiver-ish shape could be termed a firearm under a suggested rulemaking petition sent to ATF by a multi-million dollar gun control group– a move that would require it to be serialized and transferred with a 4473 through an FFL.  (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

    Everytown, a Bloomberg-funded gun control group, petitioned federal regulators this week to change how so-called “80 percent” receivers are handled.

    The move goes after what has been described as “ghost guns” made from unserialized receivers. An increasingly popular way for hobbyist firearm builders to legally make their own guns for personal use, unfinished frames and receivers kits for Glock-style handguns and AR-style rifles and pistols are widespread.

    As part of their 23-page petition to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the group argues that ATF can “immediately start the process to correct course and has the authority to do so on its own” without the direction of the White House, the court system or Congress, pointing to the agency’s recent rulemaking change reclassifying bump stocks as illegal machine guns.

    Everytown even supplied suggested language for a proposed rulemaking change to ATF, one that would treat unfinished receivers and frames as regular firearms, with all the red-tape and inevitable FFL transfer fees that come along with it:

    ATF lower

    Everytown’s suggested change

    What would it mean?

    The legal suggestion from Everytown, if pushed through to ATF enforcement, could have a broader impact than just on “ghost guns.”

    Besides wrapping 80 percent lowers and frames in paperwork, the proposal would also likely crimp sales of aftermarket slides, barrels, internal parts and uppers as many are used by home-build hobbyists to complete such kits, a move that would directly impact the bottom line of a wide range of firearm industry players and not just “80 percent” companies.

    Further, since many large AR-makers use unregulated lower receiver forgings as raw materials in their manufacturing process, the rulemaking suggested by Everytown would add additional cost and regulation to the production of just about every such rifle made in the U.S.

    unfinished AR receiver blanks

    Most AR makers use raw forgings from outside vendors in their manufacturing process– one that could be thrown for a loop under the new proposal, which would see such items regulated and serialized (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

    In the right light, the proposed definition could even classify spare grip modules such as those used by the Beretta APX or Sig P320 as receivers, a move that would put a serious cramp in those popular modular designs as well.

    While the ATF is not required to move forward with the suggested rule, Everytown said they “expect that ATF will explain its grounds for denial, as the Administrative Procedures Act Requires, allowing further legal action to be taken.”

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    Republican Lauren Boebert intends to Primary Scott Tipton in Colorado

    Lauren Boebert for Congress

    U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- Republican Lauren Boebert intends to Primary incumbent Scott Tipton for a Colorado seat in the House of Representatives. Tipton is in a district that as about 34% Republican, 29% Democrat and 37% independent. President Trump won the District with 52% of the vote in 2016.

    Boebert is from Rifle, Colorado, where she has gained national and international attention as the owner of Shooters Grill, a restaurant where the staff openly carry pistols.

    The restaurant has been popular in Colorado. Now Lauren is taking her flair for positive press to primary a Republican she deems to be insufficiently and actively conservative. From coloradopolitics.com:

    The pistol-packing owner of Rifle’s Shooters Grill is mounting a Republican primary challenge against U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, charging that the five-term incumbent isn’t doing enough to champion conservative values.

    “I was finally fed up enough and made the determination someone needs to be aggressive and passionate enough to give a darn,” Lauren Boebert said in an interview with Colorado Politics. “We have so many Republicans who run as conservatives, but they don’t act as conservative Republicans.”

    Lauren gained more national attention when she openly confronted presidential candidate Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, with his openly avowed stance to confiscate Constitutionaly protected rifles, such as the popular AR15. She told him: “Hell no, you won’t take our guns.”

    Lauren points to a rising star on the Left, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and says she will fight for Constitutional rights and limited government. From Lauren:

    “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Squad and the rest of these left-wing lunatics are taking a wrecking ball to our country while our current representative stays utterly silent,” Lauren said. “Hard-working, patriotic Americans like you and me don’t want the Green New Deal and socialized medicine.Every time AOC and the rest of the Squad pipes up with another crazy idea I will remind them that our belief in God, Country and Family are what built the United States of America into the greatest nation the world has ever known.

    In addition, Lauren is an avid supporter of President Trump. She intends to take the fight to the Left and take the country back.

    “There is a battle for the heart and soul of our country that I intend on helping win,” said Lauren Boebert.“I’m running for Congress to stand up for our conservative values, address our current representatives’ failed promises, and put far-left Democrats back in their place.”

    Lauren is the proud mother of four boys. Her husband has been working in gas and oil fields for most of his career.  The Sheriff in Garfield County, Lou Vallario, where Lauren lives, has endorsed her.

    “Lauren is a true PATRIOT who always stands on the right side of FREEDOM.

    She is exactly who I want representing us in Congress.”

    Lauren Boebert is one of a new crop of Conservatives who are rising to support President Trump and restore the Constitution and the Republic.

    The elections in 2020 will determine how successful they are.  Lauren Boebert is running in the primary in District 3, against incumbent Scott Tipton. The Republican primary will be held on 30 June, 2020, seven months from now.


    About Dean Weingarten:Dean Weingarten

    Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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    Will Ruger Introduce An Integrally Suppressed Ruger 22/45? -The Firearm Blog

    Image from patent no. US20190242668A1

    Ruger has filed for a patent on their popular .22 LR pistol that would strongly suggest that they’re currently working on an integrally suppressed Ruger 22/45. Judging by the patent photos, it appears that this adaptation may be released as a host 22/45 pistol that is machined to accept integrated suppressor baffle segments once the customer’s paperwork has cleared the legal hoops.

    For those not already familiar with the Ruger 22/45 pistol, it is a version of Ruger’s MKIII and MKIV .22 LR pistols, but sports a grip angle like that of the famous 1911 .45 ACP semi-auto pistols. The 22/45 model even utilizes the 1911 grip panels for easy customization.

    As for the possibility of an integrally suppressed Ruger 22/45, the patent photos are quite telling that Ruger is working in earnest to at least explore this segment of the market. Patent photo, Figure 34 (below), presumably shows the “buy it off the shelf” version of the host 22/45, with a relatively short, threaded barrel covered by a barrel sleeve and fastened by a barrel nut. It seems that the simplest process (given the state of the NFA laws) would be that, once the host pistol is purchased, the customer would be able to apply for an ATF Form 1, pay the tax, and wait, albeit impatiently, for the approval to receive the integral suppressor from Ruger to replace the barrel sleeve.

    Integrally Suppressed Ruger 22/45

    Image from patent no. US 20190242668A1

     

    Below is an excerpt from the patent’s abstract, that paints a fuller picture of the design:

    A mounting rod extends rearward from a front end cap of the suppressor portion and threadably engages a mounting adapter that removably couples the suppressor portion to the firing portion . A muzzle cap disposed inside a rearmost baffle removably couples the mounting adapter to the firing portion . When tightened , the rod axially compresses the baffle stack and forms a combustion gas tight enclosure without need for an additional external pressure retention tube or sleeve . The baffles are configured to form a press – fit frictional interlock with each other such that the baffle stack is self – supporting . An optional accessory rail may be coupled to the adapter.

    Figure 11 from the patent shows the entire host and integral suppressor kit and allows us to see what Mr. Jonathan Barrett cooked up in regards to the compressed friction locked baffle system.

    Integrally Suppressed Ruger 22/45

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    For the moment, the patent information is all we have to go on, so it’s tough to say how this project is going, if and when this could come to market, or how much the whole kit would cost for the end users.  You can see the whole patent and diagrams HERE.

    What do you think about an integrally suppressed Ruger 22/45?  What kind of retail price would you expect to see?

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    NEW Wilson Combat EXPERIOR Series of 1911 Pistols -The Firearm Blog

    Wilson Combat has released a new series of 1911 pistols called EXPERIOR. As the company describes, “the EXPERIOR lineup takes the lead as the most fully-optioned series we offer, showcasing nearly every tactical, functional and cosmetic option as a standard feature“. Currently, the following 10 handguns are included in the EXPERIOR series.

    Wilson Combat EXPERIOR Series of 1911 Pistols (2)Wilson Combat EXPERIOR Series of 1911 Pistols (3)

    Seven of these pistols are single stack 1911s of different sizes and the remaining three are EDC X9 inspired double-stack guns in government, commander and compact size options. The major differences are between the single and double stack EXPERIOR pistols. The single stack pistols are available in 9mm or 45 ACP caliber options, feature carbon steel slides and frames with WAVE cut rails, black G10 grips with TRAK pattern, and round butt mag wells. The double-stack guns are chambered in 9mm only and feature aluminum frames, G10 grips with a Starburst pattern, and aluminum magazine wells. The double stacks also lack a grip safety which is seen on all single stack models.

    Wilson Combat EXPERIOR Series of 1911 Pistols features (4)

    The TRAK pattern seen on front straps and mainspring housings (and grips of single stack models) is a new Wilson Combat texture that resembles oversized flat top checkering.

    Except for the differences described in the previous paragraph, most of the other features of EXPERIOR line of pistols are identical across the series. These features include the TRAK texture on front strap and mainspring housing, machined Bulletproof thumb safeties, hammers and magazine releases, 3.5-4.5 lb triggers with medium length pads, Wilson Combat Battlesights with red fiber optic front sights, stainless steel match grade barrels with flush cut reverse crowns, and externally fluted chamber areas of the barrels.

    Wilson Combat EXPERIOR Series of 1911 Pistols features (1)

    All single stack EXPERIOR pistols feature WAVE cuts on the frame rails. These relief cuts are designed to reduce friction and hold lubricant ensuring enhance operation in adverse conditions.

    Here is also a Wilson Combat video telling about the EXPERIOR series.

     

    And lastly, below you can find all the model-specific specs of EXPERIOR series pistols along with the MSRPs for each model.

    EXPERIOR Sub-Compact

    • Available Calibers: 9mm
    • Magazine Capacity: 8 rounds
    • Barrel Length: 3.5”
    • Overall Length: 7.2”
    • Sight Radius: 5.3”
    • Height: 4.8”
    • Width: 1.3”
    • Weight Empty: 36.4 oz
    • Weight Loaded: 40 oz
    • Accuracy Guarantee: 1.5” at 25 yds

    Base Price: $3,850 (9mm)


    EXPERIOR Compact

    • Available Calibers: .45 ACP, 9mm
    • Magazine Capacity: 7 rounds (.45 ACP), 9 rounds (9mm)
    • Barrel Length: 4”
    • Overall Length: 7.6”
    • Sight Radius: 5.6”
    • Height: 5.1”
    • Width: 1.3”
    • Weight Empty: 36.9 oz
    • Weight Loaded: 42.1 oz
    • Accuracy Guarantee: 1.5” at 25 yds

    Base Price: $3,850 (9mm) | $3,750 (.45 ACP)


    EXPERIOR Commander Compact

    • Available Calibers: .45 ACP, 9mm
    • Magazine Capacity: 7 rounds (.45 ACP), 9 rounds (9mm)
    • Barrel Length: 4.25”
    • Overall Length: 7.85”
    • Sight Radius: 5.95”
    • Height: 4.9”
    • Width: 1.3”
    • Weight Empty: 36.7 oz
    • Weight Loaded: 41.9 oz
    • Accuracy Guarantee: 1.5” at 25 yds

    Base Price: $3,850 (9mm) | $3,750 (.45 ACP)


    EXPERIOR Professional

    • Available Calibers: .45 ACP, 9mm
    • Magazine Capacity: 8 rounds (.45 ACP), 10 rounds (9mm)
    • Barrel Length: 4”
    • Overall Length: 7.6”
    • Sight Radius: 5.6”
    • Height: 4.6”
    • Width: 1.3”
    • Weight Empty: 38.2 oz
    • Weight Loaded: 44.1 oz
    • Accuracy Guarantee: 1.5” at 25 yds

    Base Price: $3,850 (9mm) | $3,750 (.45ACP)


    EXPERIOR Commander

    • Available Calibers: .45 ACP, 9mm
    • Magazine Capacity: 8 rounds (.45 ACP), 10 rounds (9mm)
    • Barrel Length: 4.25”
    • Overall Length: 7.85”
    • Sight Radius: 5.95”
    • Height: 5.6”
    • Width: 1.3”
    • Weight Empty: 37.9 oz
    • Weight Loaded: 43.7 oz
    • Accuracy Guarantee: 1.5” at 25 yds

    Base Price: $3,850 (9mm) | $3,750 (.45 ACP)


    EXPERIOR Full-Size

    • Available Calibers: .45 ACP, 9mm
    • Magazine Capacity: 8 rounds (.45 ACP), 10 rounds (9mm)
    • Barrel Length: 5”
    • Overall Length: 8.7”
    • Sight Radius: 6.6”
    • Height: 5.6”
    • Width: 1.3”
    • Weight Empty: 40.2 oz
    • Weight Loaded: 46 oz
    • Accuracy Guarantee: 1” at 25 yds

    Base Price: $3,850 (9mm) | $3,750 (.45 ACP)


    EXPERIOR 6″ Longslide

    • Available Calibers: .45 ACP, 9mm
    • Magazine Capacity: 8 rounds (.45 ACP), 10 rounds (9mm)
    • Barrel Length: 6”
    • Overall Length: 9.7”
    • Sight Radius: 7.6”
    • Height: 5.6”
    • Width: 1.3”
    • Weight Empty: 44.1 oz
    • Weight Loaded: 40 oz
    • Accuracy Guarantee: 1” at 25 yds

    Base Price: $3,850 (9mm) | $3,750 (.45 ACP)


    EXPERIOR Compact Double Stack

    • Available Calibers: 9mm
    • Magazine Capacity: 15 or 18 rounds
    • Barrel Length: 4”
    • Overall Length: 7.4”
    • Sight Radius: 5.6”
    • Height: 5.25”
    • Width: 1.4”
    • Weight Empty: 30.5 oz
    • Weight Loaded: 38.8 oz
    • Accuracy Guarantee: 1.5” at 25 yds

    Base Price: $2,995 (9mm)


    EXPERIOR Commander Double Stack

    • Available Calibers: 9mm
    • Magazine Capacity: 15 or 18 rounds
    • Barrel Length: 4.25”
    • Overall Length: 7.85”
    • Sight Radius: 5.95”
    • Height: 5.25”
    • Width: 1.4”
    • Weight Empty: 30.2 oz
    • Weight Loaded: 38.6 oz
    • Accuracy Guarantee: 1.5” at 25 yds

    Base Price: $3,045 (9mm)


    EXPERIOR 5″ Double Stack

    • Available Calibers: 9mm
    • Magazine Capacity: 15 or 18 rounds
    • Barrel Length: 5”
    • Overall Length: 8.7”
    • Sight Radius: 6.6”
    • Height: 5.25”
    • Width: 1.4”
    • Weight Empty: 32.7 oz
    • Weight Loaded: 41 oz
    • Accuracy Guarantee: 1” at 25 yds

    Base Price: $3,095 (9mm)


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    10 Pocket Pistols at a Price Everyone Will Love :: Guns.com

    There’s a pocket pistol for everyone in the GDC Vault

    For those still on the hunt for that perfect stocking stuffer, we posit to you a possible solution – a pocket pistol. A great way to ensure your loved one is safe (not to mention fitting in a stocking), pocket pistols boast an ultra-concealable style perfect for concealed or backup carry.

    Check out the list below for the best pocket pistols the Guns.com Vault has to offer holiday shoppers.

    The Beretta Bobcat 21a

    This pocket pistol has a distinctive tip-up barrel

    The Beretta 21A is widely recognized for a distinctive tip-up barrel which allows for loading a round with the slide closed. With original production beginning in 1984, the Beretta delivered an updated version by way of the stainless steel Inox variant in 2000.

    Using a manual safety, half-cock safety and an inertia type firing pin, the Beretta Bobcat 21a adds that extra layer of safety some users prefer in a carry gun. Guns.com happens to have many different models available both new and used so you can select one tailored to your gun lover.

    GET THAT 21A RIGHT HERE

    Bond Arms Cowboy

    This Bond Arms derringer is made for Cowboys

    “Proudly made in Texas, by Texans,” Bond Arms brings us the first derringer on our list – the Bond Arms Cowboy. Founded in 1995, the company is renowned for quality derringers and is the preferred derringer of many Single Action Shooting Society members.

    The Cowboy model listed on Guns.com would make a perfect addition to a SASS shooter’s arsenal as it shoots both .45 LC and .410 shells.

    BE A COWBOY WITH BOND ARMS!

    NAA 22M-HG

    A great pocket carry gun comes with a built-in holster

    Known for its small-framed firearms, North American Arms takes the cake with its mini-revolver series. Chambered in .22 Mag this little revolver is the ultimate concealed carry backup gun due to its innovative build, folding into its holster which also doubles as its grip.

    BRING HOME A .22 MAG TODAY!

    FN 1906 V.P. 25

    The iconic FN M1905/1906 paved the way for the design of the Baby Browning

    The FN M1905/1906 is a design credited to the late, great John Moses Browning. This gun was initially created as a vest-pocket carry gun, fitting into the period’s coat and vest everyday business look.

    These firearms saw extensive action throughout Europe, even serving in World War II with the Belgian resistance. Production halted in 1959, most likely due to the success of the Baby Browning, the pocket pistol design which would follow the M1906.

    GET THAT FN 1906 RIGHT HERE!

    Colt 1908 Vest Pocket

    The Colt M1908 had only very minor cosmetic changes from the FN M1906

    If the Colt 1908 Vest Pocket looks eerily similar to the FN1906, there’s a good reason for that. Browning’s patents were used by both FN and Colt and resulted in a rare case of two companies successfully producing the same design.

    Colt produced these little pocket pistols until 1948. With over 420,000 produced in a swath of finishes, you can find these in blued, color case hardened, and even a nickel finish with grips ranging from standard black Colt designs to more elaborate ivory and pearl styles.

    GET THAT COLT 1908 RIGHT HERE!

    Baby Browning

    The always desirable Baby Browning

    Perhaps the most iconic pocket pistol ever produced, the Baby Browning was designed by famed Belgian firearms designer Dieudonné Saive and produced by FN. The Baby Browning stems from earlier designs that John Browning made after he released the revolutionary Model 1905.

    The label “Baby” first made an appearance in 1931 with FN continuing production through the 1980s. These guns were a sensational success in the US until 1968 when importation ceased due to the Gun Control Act. Since then, these little guys have become quite the collectors’ item with value rising steadily each year.

    BRING HOME THIS BABY TODAY!

    Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless

    The John Browning design is as iconic today as it was in 1903

    Seeing a pattern with John Moses Browning? Well, buckle up for another one of Browning’s babies — the Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless. The model preferred by the likes of John Dillinger, Al Capone, and Bonnie Parker, these guns are small and concealable.

    From WWII through the early 70s the Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless was issued to U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force general officers. Some of the most notable recipients include General Eisenhower, Bradley, Marshall, and Patton.

    ADD A COLT 1903 TO YOUR COLLECTION!

    CZ Vz. 70

    The Vz 70 resembles the Walther PPK in many ways

    In 1970 CZ released an update to their Vz. 50 which included minor cosmetic changes that could appeal to today’s concealed carrier. With a larger tang and a floor plate for the magazine, the CZ allows for a better grip on the gun.

    CZ also revamped its magazine release, making it smaller. The grip pattern sports a more aggressive stippling with dimples instead of grooves. Get this Vz. 70 while the price is still good.

    BRING HOME THAT CZ TODAY!

    S&W Model 61 Escort

    The faux wood grips are straight out of the 1970s

    Smith & Wesson began production of the Model 61 after the passage of the Gun Control Act of 1968 to fill a perceived void in the pocket pistol market. This .22 LR chambered semi-automatic pistol was designed to be carried in deep concealment or as a backup gun.

    The pistol was only manufactured for three years from 1970 to 1973 with just over 60,000 produced. The faux wood grips scream the 1970s and with the limited-run, these little guys have become quite collectible. This model comes with the original case and box along with a 5-round magazine.

    BRING HOME THIS TINY SMITH TODAY!

    Bauer Automatic

    The Bauer Automatic keeps is affordable and classy with its plastic pearl grips

    The Bauer Automatic may look familiar to you and that’s because this is an American made, nearly identical replica of the Baby Browning. Chambered in .25 ACP this little gun is considerably more affordable than a Baby Browning while packing the same punch.

    This model includes the “plastic pearl” factory grips to give it that classy touch. This all American made gun was produced in Michigan during the late 70s and early 80s.

    BAUER AUTOMATIC FOR SALE HERE!

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    Smith and Wesson M&P9 Shield EZ Review by Alien Gear Holsters

    We hope this Smith and Wesson M&P9 Shield EZ review isn’t too gushing, because we adored it.

    Smith and Wesson fans will recognize much; the grip angle and texturing is the same as on the 380 EZ and the rest of the M&P line. It has modest but ample beavertail, making a high, tight grip easily acquired. The longer grip fills the hand well, but the trigger reach is modest, making it friendly to those with big and small hands alike.

    Ergonomically, it’s excellent.

    The frame has a Picatinny-style rail for mounting accessories. The sights are low-profile dovetailed three-dot sights, with a front blade and combat-style rear ramp. The dots are decently large, making them easily visible in good light.

    The safety system is a grip safety, firing pin block and optional manual safeties. The grip safety on the Shield EZ series differs from others on the market in that it hinges at the bottom and runs almost the whole length of the grip. Therefore, missing the grip safety is almost impossible.

    The manual safety levers are large enough to be usable but low-profile enough to not be overly obtrusive. If you’re going to have them, these are the type to have.

    Now let’s get to the party piece: the firing system.

    The EZ series swaps the striker system of the Shield for an internal hammer-fired single-action system. (The slide cocks the hammer, ergo single-action.) Why this matters is that striker-fired systems require a stiffer firing pin spring to generate enough wallop to ignite the primer and a stiffer recoil spring to return the slide to battery. Thus, some people have a problem with the slide, especially people with aging, arthritic or otherwise weaker hands.

    Since the EZ system doesn’t require as high a spring rate (amount of force required to compress a spring 1mm) the slide is much easier to actuate.

    It also means less of a wall at the end of the trigger stroke and – therefore – a smoother, crisper trigger (about 5 lbs) which has long been the most common complaints about the M&P Shield.

    The magazine has slots in the side and loading assist tabs, which let you depress the follower to load. It’s an unbelievably smart feature, and made loading the magazines – which, for most subcompact pistols, is an UNBELIEVABLE PAIN – incredibly easy.

    What about shooting it?

    Shooting the M&P9 Shield EZ was a joy. Everyone here at AGH that shot it, loved it. The recoil impulse is on-par with many compacts, nevermind subcompacts. We found it to be shockingly accurate for a gun of its size. Maybe not target pistol good, but a darn sight better than any other subcompact poly striker pistol on the market.

    Want proof?!

    This the group I shot with this pistol. While not impressive as a feat of accuracy – it was from 7 yards – I shot completely (and I mean it) cold. I didn’t shoot a different gun beforehand, I literally picked up the gun and shot the group in the picture. And I mean cold; it was a balmy 22 degrees. I can’t think of any other gun of this size that was remotely as accurate the first time I fired it. Everyone else from AGH that was at the range said likewise.

    It fed on different ammo (including Hornady Critical Defense and American Handgunner, Sig Sauer V-Crown, Federal Hydra Shok and Fiocchi JHP) like a hungry goat. No hiccups, and none seriously deviated from point of impact/point of aim. Your mileage may vary, but it ate everything we threw at it.

    In short…we loved it. Not to…whatever…but my wife wants a Shield, and there’s a serious chance I’ll buy two of these as a “His and Hers” set.

    A game changer? That might be a stretch, but darned if Smith and Wesson didn’t knock this one completely out of the park.



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    What Are the Best 1911 Magazines for Sale? :: Guns.com

    A 1911 is always an attractive pistol but it only functions as well as its magazines (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)

    When trying to find the best magazine for your 1911 there are a few factors to consider. 1911’s, like many pistols, depend on high-quality magazines to function at optimum performance.

    The last thing you want to do is spend good money on a 1911 only to have a subpar aftermarket magazine render it useless. Always here to help, Guns.com has you covered with a few tips on selecting your next 1911 magazine, along with a few companies we recommend.

    Tension

    When we say tension, we’re referring to the weight and build quality of the spring used to hold the follower in place. In lower-quality magazines you’ll find weak springs without the power to properly load the next round — especially seven or eight rounds in.

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    A good mag makes all the difference (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)

    Quality magazines will be stubborn when you first break them out of the box. A good rule of thumb for a quality magazine is the last couple rounds should be hard to load, especially when new.

    Build Quality

    Similar to tension a high-quality magazine will be built from solid material. Many of the lower grade magazines are constructed using ultra-thin pieces of stainless steel or “genuine metal” on some of the more egregious mags.

    Often these lower grade models are highly polished causing unsightly glare in sunlight. This of course makes reloads troublesome in harsh light. The shiny finish also has the reputation of causing a poor grip – in short, stay away from highly polished magazines at low price points.

    When you get your magazine, inspect it first. There should be no rattling of any sort with the mag ejecting cleanly and smoothly from the pistol.

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    Limited capacity magazine means you’ll want to tote around a spare while concealed carrying. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

    Reputation of Manufacturer

    It’s important to purchase magazines from quality manufacturers. Investing a little extra in a reputable mag maker will ensure that the best 1911 performance. Here are some we recommend:

    Mec-Gar

    When it comes to manufacturing magazines Mec-Gar is among the best in the world to do it. Edoardo Racheli founded the company in 1965 with the sole purpose of making high-quality magazines, a tradition that lives on today.

    Mec-Gar prides itself on using the best materials to get the job done. All of their magazines are manufactured out of AISI 1010 Carbon Steel or 17-7 PH stainless steel with springs constructed from high tensile strength spring wire to make sure rounds always get loaded.

    In addition to selling their own mags, they also manufacture factory magazines for several well-respected gun makers, meaning they know their stuff.

    GET A DEAL ON MEC-GAR MAGS TODAY!

    CMC

    CMC Mags, or Chip McCormick magazines, are considered among the best you can feed to your 1911 for good reason. Founded in 1986 by champion pistol shooter Chip McCormick, the company grew quickly to sell some of the best magazines for 1911s around.

    In 2018, the company was sold to Wilson Combat who continues to uphold the sterling reputation.

    SEE CMC MAGS RIGHT HERE!

    Wilson Combat

    Speaking of Wilson Combat, we can’t ignore the 1911 powerhouse that is the brand. Aside from owning and producing CMC Mags, the company manufactures its own line of 1911 magazines.

    Founder Bill Wilson has been at it since 1977 and over 40 years later, Wilson Combat is still making incredible 1911 products. A focus on excellence and a reputation for being American made set Wilson Combat apart from the crowd.

    SEE WILSON COMBAT MAGS HERE!

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    SIG SAUER Announces Team #SIGHunting Ambassadors Ahead of 2020 Product Launches

    SIG SAUER Announces Team of #SIGHunting Ambassadors Ahead of 2020 Product Launches

    NEWINGTON, N.H., – -(AmmoLand.com)- SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce a new team of product experts, field testers, and social media influencers as Ambassadors to promote #SIGHunting ahead of a series of 2020 product launches, and expansion by SIG SAUER into the hunting industry.

    “In 2020 SIG will officially enter the hunting category for firearms, and expand our reach with optics, and ammunition. We’ve approached this expansion with significant resources into research and development and exhaustive field testing of our products,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales.

    “We are thrilled to officially announce the SIG Hunting Ambassadors, whom bring a wealth of knowledge and depth of experience to our product development. They’ve been hard at work assisting our internal product management teams with testing and feedback to ensure we are bringing the most innovative, accurate, and durable products to the market, that hunters today demand.”

    The #SIGHunting Ambassadors Include:

    • Born and Raised Outdoors: Kody Kellom, Trent Fisher, Treavor Fisher and Steve Howard are a group of Oregon based hunters that have spent decades hunting across the United States and provide one of the best sources of digital education online for the adventurous sportsman. Follow Born and Raised Outdoors on Instagram , YouTube, and Facebook.
    • Jordan Budd / Running Waters Media: She began her career as a field producer, editor, and author for Rokslide. Growing up and guiding in Nebraska for mule deer, antelope, and predators Jordan has quickly progressed as one of the top young, female hunters in the industry. Follow Jordan Budd on Instagram and Facebook.
    • Daniel Horner / Team SIG: Sergeant First Class and former Coach of the AMU Action Shooting Team, Daniel and current TEAM SIG competitive shooter, is recognized as one of the most accomplished shooters in the world across many disciplines. Specializing in long-range shooting, and an experienced PRS competitive shooter, Daniel has been integral to the development for the #SIGHunting product line-up. Follow Daniel Horner on Instagram and Facebook.
    • Corey Jacobsen / ELK101: A 10-Time World Champion Elk Caller and sought-after resource for elk hunters with his Elk101 platform. An engineer by trade, Corey provides a high-level of technical feedback from the field. Follow Corey Jacobson and Elk101 on Instagram and YouTube.
    • Captain James Nash / 6 Ranch Outfitters: A former Marine Corp Officer, Purple Heart recipient, and western outfitter since the age of 14. Nash provides an extensive level of firearms and hunting knowledge that expands across the world having hunted species both domestically and abroad. Follow James Nash on Instagram.
    • Stephen West / West of Texas: As one of the most traveled hunters of the North American Territories, Stephen West has made his living in the outdoors braving the harshest conditions and long-range requirements. Follow Stephen West on Instagram and Facebook.

    Look for exclusive updates on the SIG SAUER Hunting line of products by searching #SIGHunting, following our exclusive SIG Hunting Ambassadors, and visiting sigsauer.com.


    SIG SAUER LogoAbout SIG SAUER, Inc.

    SIG SAUER, Inc. is a leading provider and manufacturer of firearms, electro-optics, ammunition, airguns, suppressors, and training. For over 150 years SIG SAUER, Inc. has evolved, and thrived, by blending American ingenuity, German engineering, and Swiss precision. Today, SIG SAUER is synonymous with industry-leading quality and innovation which has made it the brand of choice amongst the U.S. Military, the global defense community, law enforcement, competitive shooters, hunters, and responsible citizens. Additionally, SIG SAUER is the premier provider of elite firearms instruction and tactical training at the SIG SAUER Academy. Headquartered in Newington, New Hampshire, SIG SAUER has almost 2,000 employees across eight locations. For more information about the company and product line visit: sigsauer.com.

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    The Kali Key AR Bolt Action

    The Kali Key is one of those products that makes me sad it even exists. Having a product that turns your semi-auto AR into a bolt action with a few simple modifications. Now at first, I was somewhat puzzled why anyone would want to switch their AR to a bolt action and pretty much wrote it off. A few months after initially hearing about the Kali Key, a friend of mine had one and ask if I wanted to use it for a few months to see how it worked. I gladly accepted the offer and let’s dive into what the Kai Key is all about.

    What Is The Kali Key?

    The Kali Key is a part that replaces the gas key on your AR-15 bolt carrier group. Without the gas key on the bolt carrier group, the system essentially turns into a bolt action. Now I know some of you are asking why in the world you’d want to turn your AR into a bolt action but there are some interesting laws in the state of California that will help our friends behind enemy lines. In the state of California, most semi-automatic rifles are either banned or heavily regulated but the restrictions don’t count for bolt action rifles.

    With the Kali Key installed, rifles that were banned before for their features are suddenly ok under California law. So you can legally own an AR-15 with all of its features as long as the Kali Key remains in the gun. Now it’s not illegal to have a regular bolt carrier group and charging handle next to the safe or in your house. This means no one is stopping you swapping out the bolt carrier group when you go outside of California or if an emergency ever occurs. Having a device like the Kali Key changes the game for gun owners in California who want to have an AR-15 with all of its features without risking getting into trouble

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    Practical Uses

    Hunting

    There’s another use for the Kali Key that many people may not initially think about. When hunting in various places, there will be states that will not allow hunters to use semi-automatic rifles. The Kali Key lets hunters use their AR-15 legally without having to worry about the legality of hunting with your rifle. The Kali Key opens up possibilities by turning rifles into bolt action without modifications.

    Suppressed Shooting

    Shooting suppressed either for hunting or target shooting can be a very enjoyable experience. Most mid-range and higher-end rifles will have some sort of adjustable gas block. Not every rifle has an adjustable gas block though so having something like the Kali Key is extremely useful. Being able to turn off the gas to make your rifle a single shot can be useful in making your rifle quieter overall. Having extremely quiet shots can be useful for hunting or just in general shooting enjoyment. The Kali Key takes less than a minute to install so its a fairly simple alternative to changing out gas blocks or switching ammo types.

    Overall Thoughts

    The Kali Key isn’t something for everyone but has some great applications for people looking to hunt or own certain firearms in restrictive states. I wanted to write off the Kali Key as a gimmick but after shooting an AR with the Kali Key, I completely understand the importance of this for people in California. This offers a way for people of California to have ARs with features on their guns without violating California laws. At the end of the day, it’s important to give people options when it comes to their freedoms and I think this is a step in the right direction. Let me know what you think about the Kali Key in the comments below. If you have any questions feel free to send me a message on Instagram @fridgeoperator. Stay safe out there!

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    Liberty Ammunition ULTRA-LIGHT 9mm Ammo

    Liberty Ammunition, a company that makes one of the lightest weight 9mm bullets, has teamed up with Shell Shock Technologies, the manufacturer of one of the most lightweight 9mm cartridge cases, to create a 9x19mm ammo that has a total cartridge weight of 93 grains. That makes the Liberty Ammunition Ultra-Light cartridges about twice lighter than your standard 9mm ammo with 124-grain bullets.

    Liberty Ammunition Ultra-Light (2)

    The projectiles used in the Ultra-Light ammo are Liberty Ammunition’s Civil Defense monolithic nickel-plated bullets that weigh 50 grains. These light-for-caliber bullets are launched at an advertised muzzle velocity of 2,000 fps and have a muzzle energy of 450 ft-lb. According to Liberty Ammunition, “Compared to other top self-defense rounds, the 9mm Ultra-Lights have 32 to 38% less felt recoil, 65 to 75% more velocity, 25 to 30% more kinetic energy“.

    Liberty ammunition also notes that the Ultra-Light ammo has “reduced over-penetration” and “more stopping power” with the permanent wound cavity in the ballistic gel being 3.5″ wide and 10 to 13″ deep. Below you can find videos showing the performance of these bullets in bare ballistic gel, after penetrating layers of denim and after penetrating a wall. The tested rounds are Liberty Ammunition Civil Defense ammo but the bullet type and weight, as well as the muzzle velocity, are identical to Ultra-Light ammo.

    Having lighter weight ammunition means you can carry more ammo at a given weight or carry a lighter loadout at a given amount of ammunition. Let’s see what weight savings you can realistically have if switching to this ammo. For example, if you carry a pistol with a 15-round magazine loaded with 124grain ammo, the difference per round when switching to Ultra-Lights will be roughly 102 grains which means you’ll save 3.5 oz or 100 grams per 15-round magazine. If you carry also an identical spare mag then you’ll have 7 oz or 200 grams less weight on your belt. Now, this makes sense only if you consider the performance of Ultra-Light ammo adequate for self-defense.

    What I would love to see is a performance comparison of these light and fast bullets versus some of the heaviest and slowest commercially available bullets of the same caliber (e.g. Seismic Ammunition QuakeMaker ammo with 185-gr bullets). It would be really interesting to see the behavior of these extreme-weight bullets in a bare ballistic gel as well as their capability of penetrating barriers and clothing.


    Liberty Ammunition Ultra-Light (3)

    The MSRP of Liberty Ammunition Ultra-Light 9mm ammo is $31.95 per box of 20. Bear in mind that this is +P ammo.


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