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    The rare and soft-shooting Brugger & Thomet APC9SD (VIDEO)

    Crafted seemingly of unobtainium, guns by Swiss defense supplier Brugger & Thomet are rare and hard to come by, which makes this 1,000-round review kinda neat.

    In the above 17-minute video from Alabama Arsenal, they get their hands on the APC9SD, which is B&Ts take on the HK MP5SD– utilizing an integral suppressor that has the ability to shoot even supersonic 9mm ammo at subsonic speeds. The configuration the guys in the Yellowhammer State are working with is a semi-auto pistol with a brace, and they seem to really dig it.

    This neat-o European sub gun is getting some love, with Austria’s national SWAT team, the EKO Cobra, using a variant of the APC9 as a close-quarters weapon.

    Recently, B&T also won a tender to provide 14 of their semi-auto carbine versions of the gun to police in New York.

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    Anti-Gun Group Announces 2019 Agenda


    Washington: Anti-Gun Group Announces 2019 Agenda

    Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- On December 5th, the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, a group backed by out-of-state elites, announced it will pursue its most extreme anti-gun legislative agenda to date during the upcoming 2019 Washington Legislative Session.

    This comes less than one month after the Alliance for Gun Responsibility and Seattle tech-billionaires spent millions to pass Initiative 1639, which made the state’s gun control laws amongst the worst in nation.

    Some of the most egregious restrictions in the Alliance for Gun Responsibility’s 2019 agenda includes the following:

    • Standard Capacity Magazine Ban:  Targets commonly owned standard capacity ammunition magazines by arbitrarily branding them as “High Capacity Magazines,” and restricts access for self-defense purposes.
    • Government Mandated Training to Obtain CPL:  Would require all new applicants and renewing holders of a concealed pistol license show documentation they have completed a firearms safety course
    • Abolish State Preemption:  Washington’s state preemption statute, passed in 1983, helps keep firearm and ammunition laws consistent throughout the state by establishing that the State Legislature has full authority to regulate and create laws pertaining to firearms and ammunition.  These statutes help prevent a confusing patchwork of gun control laws which make it difficult for gun owners to ensure that they are following the law and also protects the Second Amendment rights of all Washingtonians, regardless of where they reside.
    • Remove Second Amendment Rights without due process:  Impose a firearm prohibition for any person who has been released from a 72-hour mental health evaluation. This type of legislation removes a constitutional right without any mental health adjudication or judicial determination, and without any due process of law.
    • Expand “Gun-Free Zones” to child care facilities and early learning centers:  This type of policy creates arbitrary boundaries around areas where law-abiding individuals are prohibited from carrying a firearm for self-defense.  These arbitrary boundaries do not deter criminals.
    • Firearm Destruction by Washington State Patrol:  Allows for the destruction of all firearms confiscated by or forfeited to the Washington State Patrol.  Like other seized items, these firearms should be sold by law-enforcement to generate revenue instead of spending money to have them destroyed.
    • Require Reporting of Lost or Stolen Firearms by setting a timeframe for when they must be reported under penalty of law:  Individuals should not be further victimized after experiencing a burglary or other loss.

    Your NRA will continue to fight for the Second Amendment rights of Washingtonians and will be at the Capitol on a daily basis throughout the 2019 legislative session.  Your active participation is needed to help protect self-defense rights in the Evergreen state.Please sign up as an NRA Frontlines volunteer and get at least three fellow gun owners to also sign up to receive timely legislative alerts on firearm-related bills during this upcoming session.  Make plans to attend committee hearings on these bills in Olympia when NRA-ILA notifies you of the place and location.  Also, contact your state lawmakers before and during session urging them to OPPOSE these measures. 

    Please stay tuned to your email inbox and www.nraila.com for further updates on pre-filed bills and ways to be involved when the legislature convenes on January 14th.

    National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

    Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org

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    Beautiful Binary CZ Scorpion SD -The Firearm Blog

    Good morning suppressor freaks and geeks, and welcome to the 50th edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday. Thank you for stopping by to read my decibel rants every week – without you guys the series would have been dead by episode four. Last week we discussed the value of fullsize pistol suppressors and their roles in different situations. This week I’d thought we could take a look at a beautiful binary trigger equipped pistol caliber carbine with a twist. This CZ Scorpion has been sent down to the silence scientists at Innovative Arms for a transformation into a true integrally suppressed SD model. The result? An awesomely compact and quiet 9mm pistol (or rifle).

    SILENCER SATURDAY #50: Beautiful Binary CZ Scorpion SD

    If I’m being honest, I’ve never been interested in owning one of the CZ Scorpion EVO line of pistols and carbines. And for no good reason; owners of suppressed Scorpions report nothing but positive reviews. But the Innovative Arms SC9 is a Scorpion that has my full attention. IA gunsmiths port the the barrel and mount a custom silencer underneath a HB Industries handguard. The setup is not modular like the SilencerCo Salvo – the overall length is fixed. And owners should note that because the silencer can be removed for cleaning, adding a stock to the SC9 will require an National Firearms Act (NFA) Tax Stamp for a registered Short Barreled Rifle (SBR).

    Thanks to my friend and FFL/SOT extraordinaire Mark from MAC Tactical, we got some hands-on rangetime with the SC9. Using three types of ammunition, two subsonic and one supersonic variety, the integrally suppressed Scorpion is very quiet with just a hint of “port pop”. The bullet hitting the backstop 15 to 20 yards away was louder than the actual report of any of the ammo tested yesterday. Without metering the setup, the SC9 is comparable to some of the best suppressed pistol caliber carbines on the market today. Because of the barrel porting, supersonic and subsonic ammunition sounded almost exactly the same.

    My one minor criticism is is that the handguard/silencer combination precludes the use of the forward MLOK slots where a handstop, vertical fore grip or flashlight mount would normally sit.

    Priced at about $1,700 (depending on options) the SC9 from Innovative Arms is a real value for those of you looking for a very quiet, compact and fun setup. Silencer Saturday approved.

    Innovative Arms SC9 Scorpion Pistol

    You ask us to build a BAD TO THE BONE integral for the CZ Scorpion and we heard you! The IA-SC9 transforms the Scorpion into the perfect shooting experience. It’s industrial strength rugged, sweet to your ears, and gives subsonic velocities with high velocity ammunition. The integral is user serviceable with the baffles numbered for easy reassembly, and comes with the HB Industries 6.84″ handguard kit already installed.  All the MLOK slots on the bottom can be used and all of the side slots can be used except for the front two slots of both rows. Offered as a complete integral pistol or as a modification to your provided Scorpion. See below for more information, including pricing and how to order.

    Innovative ArmsSC9


    NOTICE: Adding a stock to this integral firearm will make it a short barreled rifle and all NFA rules for SBR firearms will apply.

    Caliber: 9mm
    Weight: adds only 12 oz to the original pistol weight.
    Length: Barrel is machined down to 4.875″ for a total barrel/suppressor length of 9.6″
    Material: 17-4 and 6061
    Finish: Type 3 hard coat anodized

    MSRP: $1,699 -$1749 complete integral pistol.  This is for the complete integral CZ scorpion pistol with 6.84″HB Industries handguard kit. Total price for the complete integral firearm package varies by CZ Scorpion pistol model and color.


    MSRP:  $998 integral/barrel/handguard kit combo. The $998 includes integral suppressor, HBI Generation 2 barrel/trunnion, barrel modification and 6.84″ flat HBI handguard kit. 

    MSRP: $850 integral suppressor/handguard kit combo. You will be shipping us your CZ Scorpion pistol barrel/trunnion. The $850 includes integral suppressor, modification to your provided barrel, and 6.84″ flat HBI handguard kit. NOTE: Barrel must be at least 4.9″ long.

    MSRP: $725 integral suppressor only. You will be shipping us your CZ Scorpion pistol barrel/trunnion. The $725 includes integral suppressor and modification to your provided barrel.  NOTE: Barrel must be at least 4.9″ long. The use of a 6.84″ HBI handguard kit is required.

    Beautiful Binary

    IA SC9 above the the B&T TP9-N SBR

    Our friends at Franklin Armory sent over their latest binary trigger designed as a drop in replacement for the CZ Scorpion. Again, with the assistance of MAC Tactical, we were able to test the Franklin BFSIII CZ-C1 in the IA SC9 integrally suppressed Scorpion.

    I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to test the Franklin Armory binary triggers for HK platforms, the B&T APC9 and now the CZ Scorpion. With practice, the Franklin triggers can mimic fully automatic fire. But with a limited amount of trigger time, I’d say that the the trigger is an advanced two-round burst setting. Either way, the BFSIII for the CZ Scorpion performed flawlessly, emptying 25+ rounds at a time in short order with no misfires, double feeds of failures of any kind.

    Yes, the $500 MSRP can be steep, but since a civilian-owned select fire Scorpion SC9 in the U.S. is a pipe dream, a binary trigger is truly the next best thing.

    Franklin Armory BFSIII CZC1

    Franklin Armory® BFSIII™ CZ-C1

    Beautiful Binary

    Franklin Armory BFSIII CZ-C1 Assembly. Credit – MAC Tactical

    The BFSIII™ for CZ Scorpion is a 3-Position Trigger. In position 3 it will fire 1 round on Pull and 1 round on Release. This makes it the fastest semi-automatic trigger on the market. The BFSIII™ is ideal for Tactical and Competition use. The BFSIII™ provides greatly reduced split times between rounds and the ability to place two separate shots into a tighter group.

    Trigger Operation:

    Position 1 – Safe –Will not fire.

    Position 2 – Semi – Fires 1 round per pull.

    Position 3 – Binary – Fires 1 round on pull and 1 round on release.

    Beautiful Binary

    Two SD’s – Classic vs Nouveau


    We also had the opportunity to compare two K sized pistol silencers. The Thompson Machine Poseidon on the Beretta M9A3 in FDE and the DeGroat Nano titanium silencer on a GLOCK 19. Both performed surprisingly well when run with some ablative media. The Nano is also shockingly light weight.

    Beautiful Binary

    Thompson Machine Poseidon on a Beretta M9A3 and a DeGroat Nano on a GLOCK 19.

    Hopefully you get a chance to pull triggers on some suppressed weapons this weekend. If you do, please send me an email with a picture or two.

    Be safe, have fun and we’ll see you next week for episode #51 of TFB’s Silencer Saturday.

    TFB’s Silencer Saturday is brought to you by Sig Sauer

    Published on Dec 2, 2018 – VSO Gun Channel

    Sound Suppressors are hard to shop for because the information on them is sequestered and its made difficult for 3rd parties to obtain because of the draconian, Unconstitutional regulations instituted by the National Firearm Act (NFA) on silencers. This video is about how I put together our Absolute Audio presentation from the testing we perform for suppressors. Remember that the dB scale is logarithmic and is can be deceptive for anyone who isn’t tracking or doesn’t care to remember back to algebra II. To be clear, manufacturers should absolutely meter their cans with a quality sound meter capable of measuring single impact noises with rapid rise times (approximately $10,000 meter). Our absolute audio test is an audio/visual representation of that performance.

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    Carrying With Trigger Guard Holsters -The Firearm Blog

    Author’s homemade kydex trigger guard holster for Glock

    Welcome to another installment of Concealed Carry Corner. This week we’ll be discussing Trigger Guard Holsters and the variations within the concept as well as its strengths and limitations. Trigger guard holsters have also been called minimalist holsters because they use very little material and thus can offer a deeper level of concealment.


    There are several companies making trigger guard holsters these days, most of which are reasonably priced compared to other, more traditional style Inside the Waist Band (IWB) holsters and Outside the Waist Band (OWB) holsters. Typically, finding concealable holsters that fit your body style and choice of wardrobe can be expensive and it comes down to trial and error to find the holster that you like best. The affordable nature of the trigger guard holsters can bolster your options if you’re just starting to carry a concealed weapon, or if you have an environment that requires deeper concealment. If you have the right tools, trigger guard holsters are easily made and I hope to post a future article on just how easy it is. 

    The trigger guard holster at its base, is a molded piece of plastic or kydex that’s shaped to the contours of the trigger guard. The holster is retained on the gun with its resting shape, but when the gun is needed, a firm grip and quick pull will force the plastic to expand enough to release from the trigger guard. There are a few variations of how these can be worn.

    One method is to have a clip attached to the holster itself, which is secured onto your belt. Cook’s Holsters has such an example they list for $29.95. https://www.cooksholsters.com/inside-waist-band-trigger-guard-carry/ .

    Cook's Holsters Trigger Guard Carry

    Photo from Cook’s Holsters’ website. Inside the Waist Band Trigger Guard Carry with attached belt clip

    Another method is to have a clip attached directly to the gun, while the trigger guard holster is secured to the belt using a length of paracord. When the gun is drawn, the lanyard retains the holster as the drawing motion releases the gun from the trigger guard holster. Clipdraw is company that offers both products either bundled together or you can buy just the trigger guard holster or just the clip. The price does vary based on the make and model of pistol, but for most Glock models, for example, they list the bundle at $44.90 or $19.95 for just the trigger guard holster. You can see the concept in motion in Clipdraw’s video below posted on their YouTube channel. The demonstrator chose to attach the lanyard to his belt loop, which I would advise against. Belt loops don’t like lots of direct force and can rip, while the belt is sturdier. After the draw and presentation of the gun, you can see the trigger guard holster patiently waiting at the shooter’s side for when the shooting is done. 

    Yet another method is to forego any clips and simply rely on the holster to keep stuff out of your trigger guard, while your belt and waist band keep your gun where you want it. The lanyard is still attached to the belt to facilitate the release of the holster when the gun is drawn. Alex C. did a review of this concept, as did Tom R. Both companies from the reviews seem to have gone by the wayside, but the concept is still viable. Raven Concealment is a company that offers the lanyard method listed at $19.99, but they also have clipped versions available.

    When I decided I was going to carry my Glock 22/27 instead of the revolver I’d carried for quite some time, I settled on the concept of the trigger guard holster and made one out of kydex. For the last three years, I’ve been carrying it using the latter method of attaching the lanyard to my belt and letting my belt hold the gun at my 4 o’clock position. There are times I need to adjust the gun a little, but overall I really like this method. I’ve carried this way while hiking, walking, canoeing, biking and on short runs while playing with the kids. This has been my every day carry in every type of extreme Midwestern temperatures. Since I have the full size barrel of the Glock 22, I’ve found that I can have a quicker draw if I first push up on the muzzle from the outside of my pants or shorts, which puts the smaller Glock 27 size grip higher above my waist line with more to grip when drawing. Drawing the weapon can be done one handed, but moving clothing out of the way with the weak hand makes it much faster. Re-holstering does take two hands, although depending on how tight the retention molding is, it’s probably possible to do one-handed in a pinch.

    Trigger Guard Holster drawing

    Author pushing up on muzzle from outside the pants to raise the grip higher above the belt line. Last summer’s “farmer tan” still evident.

    The lanyard-only method, and some of the clipped variations (such as the Cook’s Holsters example above) also allow for shirts to be tucked in between the gun and the waist band for deeper concealment with only a bit of the para-cord showing looped around the belt. The para-cord is easily changed if you have different colored belts you wear throughout the week. A visit to the public restroom is a breeze since you don’t even have to remove the holster from your belt. As you unbuckle your pants or shorts, you only need to push your weapon further down into the pants out of sight before lowering the trousers. Again, the only visible part of the rig is the bit of para-cord attached to the belt. I prefer to keep the length of the lanyard just long enough that I can loop the holstered gun through the lanyard to secure it to my belt as shown above.  

    Kydex Glock trigger guard holster

    Author’s every day carry and homemade Glock trigger guard holster.

    Trigger Guard Holster thin shirt standing

    Author intentionally chose a thin shirt. Note that even with the shirt stretched the Glock 22/27 has little to no printing. I usually have my shirt ride a bit higher to provide more bunching of fabric around the belt line.

    Trigger Guard Holster bending and printing

    Author bending to show printing. If worried about printing in public, squatting down instead of bending can reduce or eliminate printing.

    The less mentioned method of carrying with this type of holster is pocket carry or purse carry. I’m not a big advocate of purse carry or off-body carry in general, but I’m not knocking those that do. I recommend one simple change to the holster if you carry a gun in which the lanyard isn’t tied to, or looped around something solid. Simply changing the para-cord color from that of your daily belt to a very bright color that can assist in finding the lanyard easily without even looking directly at it when it’s pulled from a pocket or purse. Just make a fist around the bright lanyard and yank it away from the gun as you present it to your threat. The downside to this method is that it requires two hands to make the gun functional. 

    Kydex homemade LCP trigger guard holster

    Author’s homemade trigger guard holster for Ruger LCP. Note the bright lanyard for easy sight acquisition if pulling from pocket or purse

    I’ll leave you this week with the list of pros and cons that I’ve come up with for the concept of trigger guard holsters. For those that have carried one or more of the variations listed above, tell us what you like or dislike about your setup. What type of occasions and dress did you wear it with?


    1.Allows for deeper concealment, including tucking in shirts.

    2. Inexpensive (especially if you do it yourself), but not cheap quality.

    3. Safely allows for loaded chamber carry.

    4. Can be used in a variety of different carry methods, on and off body.

    5. Intentional force is required to remove the holster from the trigger guard.


    1. Requires two hands to re-holster.

    2. Unless the lanyard is attached to clothing, a second hand is needed to remove the holster.

    3. IWB method creates direct contact of gun to sweat (some finishes may hold up better than others, although my Gen 3 Glock hasn’t had any rust issues).

    Have a safe week and don’t let your guard down!

    TFB’s Concealed Carry Corner is brought to you by GLOCK


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    What does gun ownership mean to you? (VIDEO)

    The right to own a gun means different things to different people. It’s part of why Guns.com started in 2011 with a vision to better inform gun owners from all walks of life. Since 2011 we’ve grown into one of the most trusted and celebrated news sources for responsible gun owners everywhere. Over the years, the Guns.com team talked to thousands of gun enthusiasts, store owners, manufacturers, and organizations. It became apparent that the process of buying a gun online was too cumbersome, slow, and confusing. So Guns.com is evolving the marketplace to serve people better, faster, and more efficiently.

    To celebrate all the reasons that people want to own a gun we asked the staff who is bringing you the best online firearms shopping experience. Their responses were varied, showing the diversity among gun owners that Guns.com originally set to inform. Lets celebrate gun ownership and diversity in gun owners. Tell us know what gun ownership means to you in the comments below.



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    StealthGear USA Revolution IWB holsters

    StealthGear USA’s Revolution series features an AIWB option, left, and an IWB variant, right. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

    StealthGear USA brings a minimalistic style to its holster series in the Revolution lineup. Introduced in late 2016, the Revolution is a small departure from the company’s signature Ventcore design. Namely, in the backing StealthGear opts to use for the Revolution.

    StealthGear USA provided Guns.com with two variants – the IWB-Mini and AIWB – to try our hands at to determine if the Revolution models stack up against the Ventcore series.

    Revolution basics

    The Revolution holster series adopts the basic style of its predecessor, the Ventcore. Featuring a molded Kydex shell mounted to a backing, the Revolution’s basic shape is very similar to that of the Ventcore. That’s where the similarities end, though. The Revolution series looks towards an ultra-lightweight design, slim in build yet durable to withstand the rigors of every day carry. It does this by pairing the Kydex shell to a proprietary ACX-57 polymer backing.

    The Revolution, right, stacked against the original SGUSA Ventcore design, left, shows a more minimalistic approach. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

    The polymer backing is light with a foam-like feel. The backing is ventilated using laser-cut ports shaped like diamonds to allow the material to breathe during use. This design, though a little odd to look at it, helps keeps wearer cool and dry and prevents a swampy mess during summer months. The polymer material is flexible, easily molding to the shape of the user which creates better concealment.

    The Revolution AIWB boasts two belt clips to anchor the holster on the belt line in the appendix position. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

    While the polymer certainly does offer a weight reduction and, in my opinion, is easier to clean it doesn’t quite attain the comfort level of the Ventcore system. There’s just something about that plushy Ventcore feel that the Revolution just can’t beat. That being said, the Ventcore is a sweaty in the summer months as temperature rise and that plushy material retains heat. For that reason, Revolution shines as an exceptional summer holster option.

    Revolution IWB-Mini, AIWB

    The differences between the IWB-Mini and AIWB rigs are minuet, coming down to small aesthetics catering to the modes of carry. The Revolution IWB-Mini is a smaller version of the company’s standard IWB and works well for concealed carrier’s choosing to carry strong side IWB. The IWB-Mini uses two plastic belt clips to mount to the belt.

    The Revolution series features a polymer backing with diamond pattern cutouts to improve airflow while wearing. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

    The Revolution AIWB holster boasts a standard AIWB design, looking to remain compact for appendix carry. The AIWB offers a small footprint and generally keeps to the look of previous AIWB holsters from StealthGear USA; however, the Revolution series adds a secondary belt clip to its rig for added stability. Normally, I’m a one belt clip kind-of-gal but in the case of the Revolution, the belt clips feel a little thin and thus having two seems like the best idea to ensure an even weight distribution and reduced chance of breaking.

    Concealed carry with the Revolution

    The Revolution IWB-Mini is just large enough to accomplish what it needs to as a dedicated IWB rig but small enough that it doesn’t feel like it’s massively protruding from the waistline. It delicately walks the line between just enough but not too much. Paired to a Smith & Wesson Shield in 9mm at the 4-5 o’clock position, the IWB-Mini basically disappears under most of my clothing choices. The belt clips work to pull the holster towards my body while the polymer backing molds to the shapes, lumps and bumps of my body. Furthermore, the IWB-Mini is comfortable. On first look, the backing had me a little puzzled and though it’s not as comfortable as its predecessor the Ventcore, the IWB-Mini works just fine for a holster looking to shed a few ounces.

    The IWB-Mini conceals well while its dual belt clips keep the gun in place on the belt. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

    While I happily tried out the IWB-Mini, the real bread and butter for me was in the AIWB rig. The AIWB features a standard appendix style but with StealthGear’s commitment to a compact creation, I was curious how the AIWB would actually conceal on my petite frame. Again, paired with the Smith & Wesson Shield, the AIWB was like a magician disappearing once my shirt tail was dropped. Riding around my centerline, the dual belt clips drew the gun in and securely held it in place. The slim Kydex mold retained the gun but didn’t add bulk which, for a micro warrior like me, is a bonus. In most scenarios, I am forced to either purchase holsters with claws or wedges or create my own to achieve the best concealment in AIWB; however, the Revolution AIWB requires neither of those options. I was simply able to throw the Revolution on and go.

    The AIWB holster works well with no modifications needed to conceal well. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

    StealthGear’s Revolution uses the benefits of Kydex to offer retention yet not impact drawing. The backing is smooth on the wearer’s side but pebbled on the firearm side. I was curious if that would impact draw speeds or if it was more of an aesthetical choice. Turns out, it does nothing for draw and is simply there to look pretty by all accounts.

    Final Thoughts

    While the Revolution doesn’t quite attain the mystical qualities of its predecessor the Ventcore, the Revolution series does offer an ultra-lightweight holster set perfect for carry during hot months of the year. With its polymer, laser-cut backing and slim Kydex profile it’s the perfect addition to any summer wardrobe. The Revolution IWB-Mini and AIWB holsters are both available through StealthGear USA and priced around $60.

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    Center for Consumer Freedom Proposes Renaming Norfolk, VA Street to “PETA Kills Ave.”

    PETA’s headquarters is located at the street in question.

    Center for Consumer Freedom Proposes Renaming Norfolk, VA Street to “PETA Kills Ave.”

    Norfolk, VA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Animal liberation organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is getting a taste of its own medicine. Recently, PETA attempted to persuade the English village of Wool to change its name to “Vegan Wool.”

    And earlier this week, a street in a French village, Rue de la Saucisse—or “sausage street”—was similarly targeted by PETA, with the organization demanding the street be renamed “Rue de la Soycisse,” referencing soy.

    In response, the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) is fighting fire with fire.

    On the morning of December 5, CCF asked the city of Norfolk, VA (where PETA’s headquarters is located) to consider renaming Front Street to “PETA Kills Ave.” in order to better reflect the actions of the group headquartered at 501 Front Street. “Butcher St.” and “Serial Killer Way” are other possibilities.

    CCF’s letter to the Norfolk city council can be viewed below.

    December 5, 2018
    Norfolk City Council
    1006 City Hall Building
    810 Union St.
    Norfolk, VA 23510

    Dear Councilmembers:

    I’m writing on behalf of the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom to request you put Norfolk in
    the spotlight and promote kindness to animals and raise awareness of unethical conduct. You can
    do this by renaming Front Street “PETA Kills Avenue.”

    For years, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has killed cats and dogs by the thousands at
    its headquarters, located at 501 Front St.

    Unlike the countless shelters that provide essential service and care to animals in need, PETA’s
    “shelter” on Front Street euthanizes the vast majority of the animals the organization receives. In
    fact, killing animals seems to be the main purpose of PETA’s so-called shelter, as no adoption hours
    are posted nor are animals advertised on the organization’s site. Tax records show PETA even has a
    walk-in freezer to store the corpses.

    PETA’s president is Ingrid Newkirk. She has said,“I think it would be lovely if we stopped this
    whole notion of pets altogether,” and has advocated for the killing of all stray cats and the total
    eradication of pit bulls.

    PETA has even gone so far as to steal and kill a 9 year-old girl’s healthy pet dog in 2014 in the
    Eastern Shore. PETA eventually paid $50,000 to settle this case.

    Last year, according to public records filed with VDACS, PETA killed more than 1,800 cats and dogs
    and only adopted out 44. In some years, PETA’s kill rate has been higher than 90%.

    Animal lovers are shocked and outraged by PETA’s pro-killing attitude. Renaming Front Street to
    “PETA Kills Avenue” is a way to share this essential information with all people who love their pets
    and who may one day have to drop their pet off at a shelter.

    Other possibilities for your consideration include “Butcher Street” and “Serial Killer Way.”

    By simply changing the street name, Norfolk can raise awareness of this cruelty and remind
    everyone to stay away from this horrid shelter.

    Please let me know your decision.

    Will Coggin

    CCF research director Will Coggin commented:

    “For too long, PETA has been killing thousands of cats and dogs at its headquarters/slaughterhouse on Front Street. By simply changing the street name to ‘PETA Kills Ave.,’ the good people of Norfolk will know of PETA’s dirty secret. We urge the Norfolk city council to implement this animal-friendly name change.”

    Center for Consumer Freedom


    HumaneWatch.org is a project of the Center for Consumer Freedom, a nonprofit watchdog group supported by a unique combination of consumers and American businesses. Visit: www.humanewatch.org

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    US Army Orders More Barrett M107s -The Firearm Blog

    The US Army is set to receive a new batch of .50 calibre M107 long range sniper rifles with the Department of Defense announcing the contract award on the 28th November. The near $8 million dollar order will see Barrett Firearms provide between 700 and 800 rifles.These are likely destined for the Army and possibly for foreign military sale.

    The exact number of rifles ordered has not been disclosed but the firm fixed price contract is worth $7,952,249. The award notice’s wording is a little unclear referring the the M107, M107A1 and M82A1M – all of which are the same rifle. However, the original solicitation posted by the US Army’s Army Contracting Command Picatinny, New Jersey, department back in July 2017, noted the order was for “M107 Long Range Sniper Rifle (M107 LRSR), NSN 1005-01-469-2133 as well as two variations, the M107A1 and the M82A1.” As Daniel Watters helpfully pointed out this is likely due to supporting both Department of Defense rifle operators and foreign military sales clients. The contract includes a scope, a suppressor (Barrett’s QDL Suppressor) and a spare parts kit.

    Range familiarisation with M107, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2014 (Sgt. William Howard/US Army)

    Here’s the Department of Defense’ contract award notice in full:

    Barrett Firearms Mfg. Inc., Christiana, Tennessee, was awarded a $7,952,249 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of M107, Caliber .50 Long Range Sniper Rifle systems with scope, suppressor and spare kits, M82A1M Caliber .50 Rifle and M107A1. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 26, 2023. U.S. Army Contracting Command, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (W15QKN-19-D-0009).

    Back in February we reported that the US Army was also looking to find private contractors to repair their M107s. A sources sought notice was posted by the Army Contracting Command seeking industry contractors capable of overhauling up to 450 M107 Long Range Sniper Rifles over a five year period. American Rifleman have reported that Barrett have also won this contract, worth $3.3 million, although the contract page has not yet been updated to announce this.

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    H/T: Daniel Watters

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    Iraqi Straight Pull 12.7x108mm AMR -The Firearm Blog

    The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units PMU was about to introduce a new 12.7x108mm anti-material rifle before the Iraqi designer Ghazwan Al-Azarah prohibited them from proceeding (since they didn’t get his permission to produce his patent; which is interesting all on its own). He made two variants for his rifles to be chambered with 12.7x108mm and 12.7x99mm (.50 BMG).

    Ghazwan is the man behind the PMU local made anti-material rifles which we have seen before (gladly I met him online recently and soon I will publish an article about his designs on TFB).  Thankfully he answered my questions about this rifle; he himself was a member of the PMU.

    Trimming the barrel on Lathe machine.

    The rifle is built basically on a DShK heavy machine gun barrel –as usual- which passed through honing on a lathe to reduce the external diameter and still attaching the DShK’s flash suppressor, but unlike the majority of improvised AMRs in Iraq and Syria, this rifle has some distinctive features.

    Assembling the barrel to receiver, note that the side facing the camera is the bolt’s handle cam, and the milled magazine well gap is on the other side.

    The receiver is tubular shaped and the barrel is screwed to the receiver’s face with a smaller hole above the barrel’s assembling slot.  This is for the gas piston which automatically ejects the spent case leaving a room for loading a fresh one.

    The bolt’s charging handle swivels 45 degrees upwards for charging-note the 12.7x108mm cartridge.

    The rifle ejects automatically but there isn’t a feeding magazine.  There is a magazine well but without a magazine catch–which categorizes the rifle in a class sort of “gas operated-straight pull-bolt action”.

    Close-up view on the receiver shows the gas piston above the barrel and the non-functioning magazine well.

    The bolt’s cam and ejecting/feeding port are located on the top of the receiver, while the bolt handle is the same style as HK G36’s charging handle except that it pivots 45 degrees vertically while G36’s pivots horizontally.

    Assembling the charging handle to the bolt-p.s. the bolt’s notch which the charging handle is connected to is the same connection point with the ejecting gas piston, also it swings the spent case during ejection to prevent it from hitting the scope.

    The rifle’s chassis before assembling the bolt.

    The hollow butt stock is the same style as PK’s machine gun stock but here it’s obvious that it’s a local made one.

    Side view of the fully assembled rifle.

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