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    Apex introduces performance hammers for the 1911

    Apex offers new hammers designed for 1911 pistols. (Photo: Apex Tactical Specialities)

    Apex Tactical Specialties unveils a new line of precision made performance hammers designed specifically for the 1911 platform.

    The brainchild of Apex founder Randy Lee, the 1911 hammers are manufactured from heat-treated A-2 tool steel and precisely cut on a wire EDM. The process lends itself to consistency, allowing the hammers to achieve perfectly square hammer hooks, according to Apex.

    “The result is a hook profile that requires no stoning or polishing for performance,” Apex said in a news release.

    The hammers come in two styles — Classic Spur, left, and Commander, right. (Photo: Apex Tactical Specialities)

    The hammers draw inspiration from the key hook geometry of a 50-year-old National Match Government model 1911. The hook height is 0.18-inches to .020-inches, delivering a consistent, clean break of the trigger. Apex says when the hammer is paired with a premium sear, trigger pull falls around 3.5 to 4-pounds but can be tuned lower for competition use.

    The hammers come in two styles — the Classic Spur-Style Hammer and the Commander-Style Hammer. The Classic Spur-Style is a direct replacement for the original Colt spur hammer while the Commander-Style Hammer is a drop-in replacement for Commander-Style 1911 hammers.

    Both Apex hammer models are available from Apex with a MSRP of $79.95.

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    Ruger Announces Custom Shop SR1911 Competition Pistol

    Ruger Custom Shop SR1911 Competition Pistol Right

    USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is pleased to announce its very first offering from the Ruger Custom Shop – the SR1911 Competition Pistol.

    Ruger Custom Shop SR1911 Competition Pistol

    Over the past year, the Ruger Custom Shop has worked closely with professional shooting team captain and world champion competitive shooter, Doug Koenig, to develop the first Custom Shop SR1911. This full-sized 9mm pistol is the ideal SR1911 for competitive shooting in IDPA, IPSC, USPSA, Bianchi Cup, Pro Am Shooting and Steel Challenge disciplines.

    “I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with Ruger’s first-class engineers to develop this pistol,” said Doug Koenig, Team Ruger Captain. “New and accomplished competition shooters alike will find this to be one of the finest, feature-rich 1911 pistols available. This firearm was designed and built to win.”

    This SR1911 leaves nothing to chance, featuring the precision-machined Koenig Shooting Sports low-mass hammer and competition sear. When combined with the custom flat-faced trigger shoe, precision-machined disconnector and hand-tuned sear spring, you can expect a match-grade, crisp and clean break with every trigger pull. The hand-fitted slide and frame provide a remarkably tight, yet smooth, action. The competition barrel features a polished feed ramp, fitted barrel lug, target crown and unique 1:16″ slow twist to increase accuracy with lighter weight match bullets.

    Ruger Custom Shop SR1911 Competition Pistol Ejection Port
    Ruger Custom Shop SR1911 Competition Pistol Ejection Port
    Ruger Custom Shop SR1911 Competition Pistol Left
    Ruger Custom Shop SR1911 Competition Pistol Left

    The Custom Shop SR1911 sports a black nitrided stainless steel frame trimmed with a 25 lines-per-inch checkered front strap and matching checkered mainspring housing. The addition of Hogue® G10 Piranha grip panels provides for a superior grip, while the trigger guard is undercut and blended for a comfortable high hold designed to reduce muzzle flip. The stainless steel slide has an anti-glare, black nitrided top with precision-ground slide serrations, revealing an attractive, two-tone finish.

    Finishing touches include a machined aluminum TechWell magazine well for lightning fast reloads, ambidextrous safety, a fiber optic front sight, adjustable serrated rear target sight, beavertail grip safety, extended magazine release, forged slide stop and integral plunger tube, along with intricate cosmetic details to give the shooter maximum performance, comfort and styling.

    This pistol ships in a waterproof, fitted hard case and includes two, 10-round competition magazines, a Ruger Custom Shop Certificate of Authenticity, challenge coin, cleaning cloth, gun peg and decal.

    The Ruger Custom Shop’s uncompromising attention to fine details ensures a world-class level of performance suitable for the most demanding competitors and shooters.


    Ruger FirearmsFor more information on the Ruger Custom Shop SR1911, visit Ruger.com/CustomShop or Facebook.com/Ruger. To find accessories for the SR1911 and other Ruger firearms, visit ShopRuger.com or your local independent retailer of Ruger firearms.

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    Glock G22 Gen5 acceptance tests in Brazil by PMESP: full videos

    Ronaldo is a long-time (starting in the 1960s) Brazilian writer on aviation, military, LE, and gun subjects, with articles published in local and international (UK, Switzerland, and U.S.) periodicals. His vast experience has made him a frequent guest lecturer and instructor in Brazil’s armed and police forces.

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    $500 Homebuilt AK Wins First Place At Red Oktober Rifle Match

    Zack Smith is a competitive shooter and even shoots for Taran Tactical. Just last weekend Rifle Dynamics held their annual Red Oktober Rifle match. Zack shot the match and won first place with a $500 homebuilt AK.

    Zack shot in Trooper division which requires the shooter to wear rifle rated plates in a plate carrier. But clearly that did not slow him down at all as you can see from the match results shown below. This is a great example of how it is the driver and not the car that wins the race.

     

    I emailed Zack about his win and this is what he wrote back.

    Just got home after driving from Utah so I’m a bit out of it.  $500 is an exaggeration on my part.  I had some parts like the stock, buffer tube, handguard, red dot, ect sitting around.  But it was built for really cheap.  $400 AIMS 74 parts kits and a $50 receiver.  Someone could build a gun just like mine including optic for under $1000 easily.

    I actually decided to attend this match before I had a rifle to shoot it with.  This contraption was put together kind of last minute.  It was built in one day and probably not the ideal way.  The trunions are welded in instead of riveted like on a proper AK.  I TIG welded the rear and a buddy of mine did the front, we were comparing welding techniques and not taking things too seriously.  I cut the barrel down to 14.5″ behind the front sight and rethreaded it to 1/2-28 so it would accept an AR15 muzzle brake.  I had an early version of a 223/556 muzzle brake that I helped test sitting around and threw it on, permanently of course.  The barrel ended up being too thin for the Magpul handguard so I wrapped aluminum foil around it to provide “proper fit”. To finish it off, some high heat BBQ spray paint was applied to the gun.

    I shot armored division which requires shooters to wear rifle rated plates during the match.  Wound up taking the win for that division as well as the match overall which surprised me a bit.  Not because I had to shoot in armor, but because of the talent of some of the other guys shooting.  We had both the current IPSC rifle and shotgun world champions shooting open division.  Two guys that I have a ton of respect for, not just their skills but the work they put in.

    Penalties could be devastating at this match so I did my best to not shoot out of control and get all my hits.  Wound up with some minor mistakes but made up for it on the longer range stages.

    $500 home built AK

    That is the aluminum foil that Zack used to fit the Magpul handguard.

    Take a look at the videos from the match.The first video is a montage of his build and some stage high lights.

    This $500 homebuilt AK is absolutely flat. Having an ALG trigger certainly helps.

    Watch how fast Zack is on the trigger when he engages the triple target arrays!

    Truly remarkable work Zack Smith. Congratulations on the high overall win and kudos doing it with a $500 homebuilt AK. I would not have believed it if I did not see it. You can follow Zack on Instagram. Thanks to Brian Miller for the tip.



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    An M14 fit for a guerrilla and set to full rock-and-roll (VIDEOS)

    In the early 1960s, the Army did a study to create weapons better suited to guerrilla warfare. One of the strange and very NFA prototypes is up for auction.

    Based on the standard M14, Harrington & Richardson, of Worcester, Mass. modified a number of the select-fire battle rifles to be lighter and shorter as part of the study. They looked kinda funky and were never adopted as the M16 came on the scene at about the same time. Just a few, with their impressive muzzle flash, remain in museums.

    (Photo: Springfield Armory)

    One of these weird rifles in the wild– with an exceptionally rare and experimental folding stock and wooden pistol grip– is up for auction at Morphy’s this month and Ian McCollum with Forgotten Weapons has a chance to check it out in the above video.

    Even neater is the fact that it is an ATF-registered C&R NFA item that still has its giggle switch and yes, it still works.

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    Sightmark releases Core Shot A-Spec reflex sight

    The Core Shot A-Spec reflex sight will arrive on scene later this year. (Photo: Sightmark)

    Sightmark is set to debut a new reflex sight, the Core Shot A-Spec, created to fill the void between full-sized and mini red dot sights.

    Constructed from aircraft-grade aluminum, the Core Shot A-Spec is shockproof, IP55 water-resistant and features a scratch-resistant lens coating. The reflex sight is equipped with a wide lens for easier and more efficient target acquisition.

    The reflex sight sports slotted windage and elevation adjustments, digital switch controls and eight reticle brightness levels. The Core Shot A-Spec is also night vision compatible. The FMS sight boasts two separate mounts, AR riser mount and low-profile mount meanwhile the LQD is equipped with a quick detach mount.

    The Core Shot A-Spec features a wide lens. (Photo: Sightmark)

    “Sightmark’s Core Shot A-Spec is arriving during the fourth quarter of 2018 bringing precision, accuracy and reliability for avid shooters,” Sightmark said in a news release. “The Core Shot A-Spec bridges the gap between a full-sized and mini red dot sight, making them a mid-compact sized red dot perfect for AR pistols and SBRs.”

    The Core Shot A-Spec will be available later this year. No pricing information has been released as of yet.

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    Virginia Senator Mark Warner Now *Pushing* Gun Control? Take Action!

    Virginia Senator Mark Warner Now *Pushing* Gun Control? Take Action!

    Virginia – -(AmmoLand.com)- Senator Mark Warner was good on guns when he was the governor of Virginia. He signed several important gun bills into law, including one of our prize jewels: Virginia’s firearms preemption law passed in 2004.

    However, everything changed once Warner was elected as one of Virginia’s two federal senators. Since that day, Mark Warner has done next to nothing for gun owners and mostly supported gun control.

    He did manage to vote “no” on an “Assault Weapon” Ban bill in 2013, and he now says he regrets even that token vote for gun rights! (see: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/i-voted-against-an-assault-weapons-ban-heres-why-i-changed-my-mind/2018/10/01/3b…),

    Things have continued to slide downhill with Warner. Now Warner is actually SPONSORING an “Assault Weapon” Ban bill! So he has not been supportive of gun rights AND now he is actively working against Virginia’s gun owners and the Constitution by introducing gun-control legislation!

    WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

    Enough is enough. Warner is supposed to be representing us and he needs to be reminded that 1) we are out here and watching him and 2) we do not want any more gun control. In fact we want the Hearing Protection Act and we want National Reciprocity passed out of the Senate and signed into law.

    Ignoring Warner’s bad behavior will only encourage him to keep going down his current path of trying to be a gun-control leader, like Chuck Schumer. If Warner gets a load of pushback, he might at least stop introducing gun-control bills.

    ACTION ITEM

    Overloading his telephone lines AND flooding his inbox with webmail will get his attention. We need to do both in a polite, but FIRM way.

    Warner’s phone number to leave messages: 202-224-2023

    Warner’s webmail:

    https://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ContactPage

    Suggested subject: When are you going to stand up for Virginia’s gun owners?

    Suggested message:

    We do NOT need more gun control, including the “assault weapon” ban that you are now pushing. If gun control worked, Chicago, Maryland, and DC would be the safest places on the planet. Virginia, with its strong support of gun rights, including not having an “assault weapon” ban, is far safer than any of those places.

    When are you going to do something for the 1.5 million gun owners and the 425,000 concealed handgun permit holders in Virginia for a change?

    We need you to stop supporting gun control and start supporting things like the Hearing Protection Act and National Concealed Carry Reciprocity. You represent VIRGINIA and its values, not California.


    Virginia Citizens Defense LeagueAbout Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL):

    Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right.

    For more information, visit: www.vcdl.org.

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    Adaptive Tactical Ruger 1022 Takedown Modifications

    I ran across a booth at TriggrCon 2018, and it was loaded with many things to upgrade your Mossberg and Remington shotguns. New stocks, forends, and magazines of all sizes. I talked with Doug from Adaptive Tactical for a while, when I noticed towards the back of the booth there was a whole display of 10/22 accessories. He showed me their Copper Basin Takedown Firearm Pack. I told him I had a 10/22 Takedown, and I wondered how I could take it up a notch. He suggested along with the pack, that an upgraded barrel, like the Tac-Hammer barrel, would help enhance the rifle.

    Building Adaptive Tactical 10/22 upgrades

    Skip forward a few weeks, one day at my door was a big box from Adaptive Tactical. It contained a whole bunch of goodies for me to play with. That following Saturday, I laid out my tools, torque screwdrivers, and everything else I thought I might need for several hours of modifications to my rifle. Twenty-five minutes later, I was done!  Actually, I would have been done quicker than that, but it was so easy, I took some of it back apart because I figured I must have done something wrong. Honestly, the toughest part of the conversion was installing the forend. The tolerance was so close that you really had to push hard to snap it on, and when it was installed it aligned perfectly with the re-installed Takedown lever.

    The other problem I had was now what do I do? I told my wife I would be busy with this for quite a while, if she found out how quickly I finished it, I’m sure there would have been some “honey-do” jobs to fill up the rest of the time…

    Adjustable stock

    Completed project with Copper Basin Pack

    All of the parts fit perfectly, with no burrs or any other flaws that I could find. The magazines fit and released with no issues.

    The Tac-Hammer Barrel

    The Tac-Hammer barrel is a rigid-core, post-tension barrel that gives you the benefit of a bull type barrel  (larger diameter and stiffness) without the added weight. The barrel is made from P4140 Chromoly steel with a 6061 aluminum shroud coated with Cerakote. The threaded barrel at 1/16 twist is 16 inches long without the compensator. AT also sent the Tac-Hammer Barrel Compensator which increased the length of the barrel to 17.25 inches. The barrel weighed about 30.6 ounces.

    Open layout

    The Copper Basin Backpack is designed to carry all you would need at the range, and is an alternative to the Ruger Takedown pack. It resembles a regular backpack and has shoulder straps and padding that make it an easier and more comfortable carry.

    The pack has pockets on the outside that will carry any of your normal daily items you may want to stash away. Inside there seems to be enough room to put in rain-gear or a small jacket, along with magazines, ammo, and of course the rifle. The fleece lined interior of the rifle pockets has enough room for nearly any optic you have installed.

    SHOOTING THE COMPLETED PROJECT

    Two of my many favorite words in the English language, “range day”!  I slapped on one of my not very expensive optics from another .22 I’ve had for a long time. Once I zeroed the rifle, I spent about an hour and a half plinking away. Let’s be honest, the Ruger is a very reliable little rifle. It performed flawlessly for the 400 rounds I brought with me.

    Like many of you (I assume), I had spent a lot of my youth with my trusty 22 rifle, and this brought back a lot of those memories. With all of the existing firearms out there, it’s easy to neglect the diminutive 22LR. It had been a while since I had shot one, and boy what fun I had! The big difference with this rifle was how comfortable it was. Between the adjustable stock and the pistol grip, the ergonomics were better than any rimfire I have ever shot. The forend is flat and comfortable in my hand, and my cheek rested comfortably for a good sight picture.

    Shooting with my elbows on the bench, I shredded the bullseye at 60 feet. Freestanding shooting was a little less accurate, but still within “dead squirrel” area. I’m in Western Washington state, so naturally, it was raining. I was using an indoor range, and 60 feet is the maximum.

    I know a 22LR isn’t sexy in this day and age with all of the AR variants that seem to come out on a daily basis. But this is a great way to step into customizing firearms. Perhaps a parent introducing their kid into an easy way of improving the function of their first firearm will lead to an adult who will come up with even more innovative and creative ways to customize? If you think this could be a possibility, then perhaps you should check out Adaptive Tactical to get started.

    Adaptive Tactical  website: https://adaptivetactical.com

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    SILENCER SATURDAY #41: The Perfect Suppressor

    Good afternoon tax stampers and welcome to the latest edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday, where we bring you the latest in news, announcements and product releases from around the suppressor industry. Today we will reflect back on the week’s events and then dive in to an academic discussion about designing and building the world’s perfect silencer. Is it possible?

    Above: The Q Honey Badger pistol with the Trash Panda Silencer

    A few days ago, we published an initial review of Dead Air Armament’s new silencer the Nomad 30. This new model is feature-rich with several mounting and end cap options, a very manageable weight and length and decibel reduction levels and a tone that will make most potential buyers very happy.  Yet, as I read through the comments section here at TFB and other Internet discussion forums, I can’t help but think that the modern day American silencer buyer is exceedingly hard to please. Are we spoiled with too many quality options? Are we endlessly searching for that one perfect suppressor that will answer all of our hopes and dreams, all the while ignoring solid performers that meet 99% of our needs?

    It wasn’t that long ago that heavy, long and loud silencers were all that was available to the American shooter. As popularity increased and the face value of $200 tax stamps because less of a burden, research and design money was allowed to flow. As performance increased, we moved the goal posts, requiring the next release to be quieter, lighter and shorter. Rinse and repeat.

    SILENCER SATURDAY #41: The Perfect Suppressor

    Here we sit in 2018, with at least a dozen major manufacturers designing suppressors, using multi axis milling machines and exotic metals, releasing two to three new models a year, each improving upon the last. While I don’t expect companies to sit back and rest on past successes by announcing the ‘silencer to end all silencers’, I did expect consumers to have a baseline level of reasonable expectations that can be met.

    So, without bending the laws of physics, thermo and fluid dynamics or requiring a space-race billion dollar budget, what are the characteristics that buyers want to see in a perfect silencer?

    Strength:

    Let’s face it, most quality modern day silencers are built to withstand rates of fire that far exceed what they will actually see in the course of their lifetime. While many of us enjoy a magazine dump or two, a very small percentage of owners own select fire or crew served weapons that can really push modern silencers to their limits. And even so, most buyers conveniently forget that gas tubes and barrels will begin to fail before many hard use silencers.

    Mounting Options:

    Twenty years ago, you’d be hard pressed to walk in to a local gun shop and find more than a few firearms with threaded barrels. Today, not only does every manufacturer provide standard threads, but muzzle devices and mounting systems for silencers are plentiful. But we don’t seem to be satisfied with our options: one handed quick detach systems are too heavy, tapers require tools, direct-thread models limit options. But I’d be willing to bet that the majority of silencer owners use the same model on the same host almost exclusively, reducing the need for additional expensive and complex mounting systems.

    Modularity:

    Mounting options are one thing, but I would love to see actual data on how often users move between different lengths on a hosts. My personal feeling is that outside of rimfire designs, length modularity requirements are overstated. A second ‘K’ sized silencer is probably a better option.

    Length/Weight:

    In my opinion, this is where the majority of R&D should be focused while preserving excellent noise reduction. If the goal is to maintain the host weapon’s handling characteristics whether it is suppressed or unsuppressed. Adding the least amount of weight and length to the end of a barrel will make the most noticeable difference in the user’s experience.

    Price:

    After all is said and done, and the perfect silencer is available for purchase to the public, the last hurdle seems to be budget. This magic line of demarcation seems to float somewhere between twice the cost of a tax stamp to somewhere just south of 2/3 the cost of the host weapon. Which means that if the mythical ‘perfect silencer’ were to present itself but the cost was $3,000, consumers would turn up their noses.

    All of this being said, there are a few caveats to remember. The first is that manufacturers are constantly trying to improve on past designs and models. Materials and process technologies continue to advance over time. And market fluctuations, regulations and laws will dominate advances. The facts of NFA life.

    Last, but not least, is personal requirements. What may be a perfect fit to me could be substandard to you. So knowing your intended uses and host weapon requirements will help to manage your overall expectations. If I were made king for a day and could design and build the perfect silencer by category, here’s my realistic wishlist:

    Rimfire:

    • 4 ounces or less.
    • Modular
    • Very quiet

    Pistol:

    • Four to five inches.
    • Eight ounces or less
    • Boosterless
    • Quiet

    Centerfire:

    • Ten ounces or less
    • Five to Six inches
    • Quiet (subsonic); Hearing safe (supersonic)
    • 1.75-2” OD
    • Durable without needing belt fed rating
    • Taper mount

    How about you? What is your perfect silencer? Does it already exist? Let me know.

    Have fun, be safe. See you next week.

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


     

     


    Joe Gaddini (inventor of the Omega silencer baffle and the former owner of SWR) and Kyle Grob (KGMadesuppressors) have teamed up to form a new venture to produce the Hopaii – an extreme duty use silencer built mainly for the military and law enforcement markets. The two partners have joined forces under RMS2, a play on the old SWR company name, to design and build hard use silencers for customers who demand extreme reliability.


    No, it is not the weekend quite yet. Whereas we usually like to share our heavy silencer news, information and analysis on TFB’s SilencerSaturdayseries, today we have a special treat. Kicking off the season of new NFA product announcements is DeadAirArmament with the new Nomad 30 – a lightweight, modular 30 caliber suppressor built to live on everything from a carbine to a hunting rifle. With a variety of mounting solutions, swappable end caps, flash hiders and brakes, the Nomad was designed to be an affordable workhorse that doesn’t add on any unnecessary weight or length. How does it perform? Stick around for TFB’s firstshots to find out.


    If you recall, I got a chance to visit GSL Technology back in August. There I learned that Greg Latka, founder and owner of GSL Technology, was the wizard behind the curtain at Gemtech. One of the things Greg designed and developed was the Gemtech Aurora. Well he has continued to develop his original design and now that they have received patent pending, I can share the secret behind the Boss emergency suppressor.



    New Ownership at Ase Utra

    Ouneva Oy has acquired full ownership of Ase Utra Oy on 10.10.2018. Ouneva Oy as the new owner of the company will continue the successful business of Ase Utra Oy in Joensuu.

    The change of ownership has no effect on either company’s status or operative actions. Your contact details will remain unchanged. The new Chairman of the Board will be Mr. Mikko Nevalainen, also acting COB of Ouneva Oy. Mr. Pekka Heikkinen, CFO of Ouneva Group has been appointed to new CEO of Ase Utra Oy. Mr. Kari Hirvonen, founder of the company will continue his work within the company. In addition, Mr. Lauri Kakkonen has been appointed to sales director. Lauri is one of the founders of gun sling company 3HGR. Also Mr. Tuukka Jokinen will continue his work as a sales director. – Read more at Soldier Systems


    October 9, 2018 – Silencer Shop

    Sporting a stainless steel and solid-welded core, the Dead Air Wolf-9SD is built with durability at the forefront. Considering it handles full-auto fire, this silencer is as tough as you need it to be while running your subgun or pistol rigs. In the long setup, it measures 7.58” and weighs 14.7 ounces. In its short layout, the Wolf is only 4.1” in length and 7.5 ounces in weight. Moreover, a removable front module provides added versatility/mounting options during your gun range visits.

    To that point, it even uses the same adapters as its older brother, the Ghost-M unit. In addition, a booster assembly (i.e., retaining cap and spring) accompany this unit; however, a piston purchase is needed to fire the Wolf on a semi-auto pistol or a fixed-mount (3-lug) setup for use on sub-gun or pistol caliber carbines. And although its 1.618” diameter will block most pistol sights, this can’s still effective on your preferred handgun. Needless to say, the Dead Air Wolf has already made its mark on the industry.

    Full-auto rated!
    Weight: 14.7 ounces (long); 7.5 ounces (short)
    Length: 7.58” (long); 4.1” (short)
    Build material: stainless steel
    Finish: Black Cerakote™
    Removable endcap/module


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    Addressing the stigma around mental health, gun ownership

    An armed Genevieve Jones holding a sign that says “making purpose from trauma helps make peace from trauma.” (Photo: Jones via @beyond.the.unknown)

    Mental illness is an often referenced but rarely discussed topic within the greater debate about gun ownership. More often than not, it’s met with silence or negative commentary. But social media personality and shooting instructor Genevieve Jones addresses the subject directly, revealing that she suffers from both anxiety and post-traumatic stress.

    In a recent Instagram post, she argued that gun owners with such conditions shouldn’t be treated as “armed and dangerous” nor should they be shunned for talking about their conditions. “Mental health never really gets talked about in this industry or even in this country except when a mass shooting happens. I think that is a little sad,” she said.

    “I have been told dozens of times, even by fellow 2A supporters, that I shouldn’t talk about my problems because it will get me ‘locked up.’ ‘People will think you’re going to kill yourself.’ ‘Nobody wants a firearms instructor with PTSD,’” she added. “The last one is what really pushed me to begin this conversation. No one who is trying to move past their pain should be bullied into silence.”

    Interestingly, the timing of her most recent announcement was days ahead of Mental Illness Awareness Week, which, as the National Alliance on Mental Illness explains, aims to help the public understand and normalize mental illness. This year’s theme? “Cure Stigma”.

    Guns.com reached out to Jones to learn more about her effort, the progress she’s made and the reactions to revealing that part of her life.

    Scott Gara: How has the reaction been to the initial post that you did on Oct. 2?

    Genevieve Jones: The funny thing with that is that it’s been nothing but positive on my Instagram. I mean I don’t have a ton of followers but everybody that I do has been nothing but completely supportive. Where I’ve been having an issue is actually in gun stores. I work at a firearms store and as an instructor full time. I really believe that in gun stores you do see the worst in people. Not necessarily employees but my friends that would come in there to shoot and stuff. There’s a negative attitude like, “Why would you to talk about that? They’re going to come and take your guns away from you.” I heard that the other day.

    The reactions has been mixed but as far as the social media side of the gun industry, they’ve been nothing but supportive and I think they’re sort of two different animals, the commercial side of everything and the media side of everything. It definitely is not easy to have that fear put in you that you’re going to get your rights stripped away from you just because you went through stuff and because you want to talk about it. It almost made me feel like I had to make this decision on whether I was going to pretend to be somebody that I’m not, to stay in this industry or if I was going to be myself and be in this industry and deal with whatever it is that may happen. I mean, that kind of sucks. The support that I’ve gotten has been really incredible, from everybody who’s commented or sent me private messages online so I’m thankful for that at least.

    Gara: How do you respond to people who negative attitude toward you when you want to talk about this?

    Jones: Right. Well so, a lot of time how I respond to people like that is just sort of very, like passive aggressive answers. Instead of being like, “Show me the proof to this,” because I’m really not into debating, I’m just like, “All right, well, I’ll figure it out if that happens.” I think that something that is very detrimental that I used to do a lot that caused my anxiety to get worse was asking all these what-if-questions. Having all the people ask these what-if-questions I just don’t want to really engage in it. I’m like, “All right, well if that happens I’ll figure it out.” I’ll do whatever it is I have to do to still own firearms, to still do what I have to do because it’s my right and I’m passionate about that also so, I’ll figure it out.

    Gara: How has shooting helped you deal with your mental illness – your anxiety and PTSD?

    Jones: I’ve been shooting for a very long time and it was always something that really just made me very happy. When I started to get panic attacks a lot I was actually afraid to start shooting again because, when you have a panic attack it’s just everything blacks out, you can’t hear anything. It’s just like it’s sheer dread happening everywhere and it’s awful and I was so afraid that when I picked up a gun, if I were to have a random panic attack it would make me unsafe. My dad was actually the one who pushed me to go back out and try something and it reminded me of how happy I was. It also taught me how to listen to my body more because whenever I would start to feel that sort of loss of control, then I would stop shooting because having a firearm did add responsibility into my brain. You know like, “Oh hey, I am doing something that’s pretty dangerous so I better be aware of what’s happening to me.”

    [Shooting] actually really helped me control those attacks and stuff and it helped me in the long run, being able to shoot and teach other people how to shoot. I mean, it gives my life meaning. I saw a really awesome quote and it was, “Making purpose from trauma helps make peace from trauma.” I feel like me getting into this industry, doing all these things, teaching other people, helping other people who have been abused or attacked. It brings peace to me because it gives me a purpose. Yeah, so I don’t have to be upset about these things I can do something with them. That’s empowering.

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