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Beretta USA Presents Next Generation Handgun to the Department of Defense

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Published on: December 20, 2014


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After delivering over 600,000 M9 pistols to the DOD and on the heels of being awarded a new contract for up to 100,000 M9s, Beretta USA announced today the presentation of the M9A3 to the US Army. The M9A3 introduces major improvements to the M9 that will increase the operational effectiveness and operational suitability of the weapon. The improvements include design and material enhancements resulting in increased modularity, reliability, durability, and ergonomics. They are being submitted via an Engineering Change Proposal (ECP) in accordance with the terms of the current M9 contract.

Made in the U.S.A. by an American workforce since 1987, the M9 has been the sidearm of the U.S. Armed Forces for nearly 30 years; serving with U.S. service men and women in training and combat operations throughout the world. The M9A3 is designed for the next 30 years – delivering 21st century capability and features while increasing usability and reliability.

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Cop’s Deadeye Pistol Shot Took Down Austin Gunman at 100 Yards

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Published on: December 9, 2014

It was in the early morning hours on Friday, Nov. 18 when 49-year-old Larry McQuilliams roamed throughout downtown Austin with AK and .22-caliber-type rifles, shooting more than 100 rounds at government buildings and a bank.

Inside his rental van was a copy of the extremist tract Vigilantes of Christendom, which preaches race war.

When he approached the Austin Police Department headquarters, Sgt. Adam Johnson shot McQuilliams once from 312 feet away—while holding onto the reigns of two horses. That’s roughly 100 yards.

It sounds hard to believe. For a handgun, that’s far. Let alone a shot with one hand. A lot of people in the shooting community didn’t believe it. “All this happen at night while holding the reins of two horses,” a commenter wrote on Austin news station KXAN’s Website. “Unbelievable.”

But it’s true, an Austin police spokesperson told War Is Boring.

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Smith & Wesson buys Battenfeld Technologies

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Published on: December 6, 2014

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A publicly traded firearm manufacturing and design company announced its pending purchase of Columbia-based Battenfeld Technologies.

Smith & Wesson, headquartered in Springfield, Mass., has signed an agreement to purchase Battenfeld for $130.5 million. Smith & Wesson expects the sale to become final this month, according to a news release.

Battenfeld, which employs 62 people, will stay at its Columbia facility at 2501 LeMone Industrial Blvd. once the sale becomes final, Battenfeld CEO Jim Gianladis said in an email.

Smith & Wesson CEO James Debney said in a news release that Battenfeld’s products fit with Smith & Wesson’s portfolio, and the purchase gives the company a chance to broaden its business. The company wants to move all of its accessory business to the Battenfeld facility.

“Our intention is that eventually all existing Smith & Wesson, M&P and Thompson/Center Arms accessories will be housed within this new division,” Debney said in the statement.

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These Las Vegas businesswomen take their (gun)shots seriously

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Published on: December 6, 2014

Sara Shertz

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Karissa Neff and Sara Shertz drive away from the hustle and bustle, down a lonely stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard South until they reach their turn-off, a road where asphalt meets gravel. It’s late afternoon and their truck is loaded with about a dozen semi-automatic handguns, revolvers, and bolt action and high-powered rifles.

A utopia for gun enthusiasts seeking outdoor target practice, the location near Sloan is barren isolation with a touch of lawlessness. Pockmarked by divots and peppered debris, the off-road stretch is lined with pickup trucks and empty ammunition shells.

For the women of Gun Play Vegas, it’s just another day at the office.

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Remington 700: Massive Fix for the Country’s Most Popular Gun

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Published on: December 6, 2014

Model 700™ XCR™

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America’s oldest gun manufacturer, Remington, has agreed to replace millions of triggers in its most popular product—the Model 700 rifle. The company has been riddled for years with claims the gun can fire without the trigger being pulled, often with deadly results.

A 2010 CNBC documentary, “Remington Under Fire: A CNBC Investigation,” explored allegations that for decades the company covered up a design defect, which Remington continues to deny. But now, under a nationwide settlement filed Friday in a federal court in Missouri, the company is agreeing to replace the triggers in about 7.85 million rifles.

While insisting its action is not a recall of the iconic gun, Remington says in a statement that it is agreeing to make the changes “to avoid the uncertainties and expense of protracted litigation.”

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The 2013 LEOKA Report- Studying the Cop Killers

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Published on: December 3, 2014

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The FBI recently released its annual Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted report. According to the FBI webpage:

The FBI publishes Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted each year to provide information about officers who were killed, feloniously or accidentally, and those officers who were assaulted while performing their duties.”

I find the report to be a treasure trove of information about cop-killing violent criminals. It should be mandatory reading for every police officer. Armed citizens will also find the information useful as the criminals who prey on cops also regularly attack citizens in a similar manner.

The report is long. It doesn’t matter. Take the time to read it. You may learn something that will save your life.

One of the most interesting sections is the chapter of Summaries of Officers Feloniously Killed. The chapter provides short descriptions of the circumstances involved in all 27 felonious police deaths last year. Take your time to analyze each situation. If you are a cop, figure out how you might use the lessons presented in this report to improve your tactics and awareness. Don’t let these officers’ deaths be in vain. They would want you to learn from their mistakes.

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thumbI Just Killed Someone…Now What (Video)

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Published on: October 28, 2014

We need to talk about what to do once you have made a LAWFUL use of deadly force decision and have taken another human life. You now are going to go thru a lot of things but the first thing you need to do is KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT until you talk to your lawyer! You also need to learn to keep bad guys from taking your guns away from you and using them to kill you, your kids, your spouse or anyone else. Having and carrying a gun is JUST THE BEGINNING and if you will not train with it, it most likely will be used against you and your family.

Selective Attention Tests – Do these IN ORDER, there is something that will get EVERYONE…………… – Can you answer the questions these girls are about to ask you?……

By now you are seeing the changes…but are you getting the answers right?

Finally back to the girls in the subway, did you see they guy in the red sweatshirt getting harassed by the two thugs. In all of this, that presented the most danger to you as a concealed carry permit holder. Situational awareness will keep you alive ;)

thumbEverything About Suppressors (Video)

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Published on: October 21, 2014

Suppressors 101: Griffin Armament joins us for an in-depth discussion about suppressing firearms. We try to answer most of the common questions around their use on both rifles and handguns.

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thumbNRA Women Love at First Shot | Ep. 4: Ammo: How & What To Buy (Video)

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Published on: October 21, 2014

Love at First Shot sponsored by Smith & Wesson

With the help of ammunition manufacturer Hornady, Natalie Foster goes through the motions from the birth of a bullet to the shipping warehouse where we find out what to look for when buying ammo. With the many types of ammo and their variations, Natalie takes to Cabela’s to demonstrate simple ways to select the ammo to best fit your needs. Join her in part 2 of our three-part episode.

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Lack of spare parts triggers the end for old reliable Lee-Enfield rifle

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Published on: October 19, 2014

What kept them in service is workhorse reliability in the most adverse conditions.<br />
Sixteen-year-old John Gruben is seen here on polar bear watch at Issungnak, N.W.T., in 1981, with his trusty Lee-Enfield .303.

The foe now has four legs.

But a century on, the rugged reliability and brute firepower that made the Lee-Enfield rifle the standard-issue weapon for entrenched Canadian troops during the latter half of the First World War makes it an ideal choice still for a modern group of this country’s soldiers.

The Canadian Rangers — a component of the armed forces reserves — conduct sovereignty patrols and assist search and rescue missions in the Far North and in remote coastal regions across the country.

And the red-shirted Rangers — made up largely of aboriginal volunteers — have been using Lee-Enfield rifles little changed from the First World War version since the group was first established in 1947.

“The Rangers were not issued this weapon to fight an enemy, they were given the rifle because they are operating in one of the harshest environments in the world,” says Capt. Mark Rittwage, officer commander of the 3rd Canadian Patrol Group, Northern Ontario.

“And . . . the predators that are there, polar bears, wolves, even bull moose during rutting season, can cause a danger to our Rangers,” Rittwage says.

The Lee-Enfield is still being used by many military and police forces around the globe.

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Ammunition pulled from Walmart shelves in Ferguson amid violent clashes over the police shooting of Michael Brown

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Published on: October 18, 2014

Fears: Bosses at this Ferguson Walmart and one in Maplewood have pulled ammunition amid violent clashes

Ammunition has been pulled from the shelves of two Walmarts in Ferguson amid violent clashes over the police shooting of Michael Brown.

Employees were ordered to lock all bullets in a store cupboard on Monday after demonstrators stormed one of the stores and formed a barricade outside another.

Bosses in Ferguson and nearby Maplewood revealed they took the precaution in fear of looting and violence as racial divides in the Missouri city show no sign of resolve.

It is the first time Walmart has taken such action since the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, when assault rifles were removed from shelves in Connecticut.

Addressing Ferguson, Walmart spokesman Brian Nick told KMOV-TV: ‘If there is a history of violence and looting and other activity that are going on or things that are putting associates and customers at risk – then yes, decisions can be made based on those circumstances.’

Customers who wish to buy bullets will have to discuss their intended purchase with a sales assistant, he said.

10-year-old shooter: ‘I want to be an inspiration’

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Published on: October 18, 2014
Shyanne shoots the custom AR15 she helped build.
Shyanne shoots the custom AR15 she helped build.


She picks up the custom handgun painted in her favorite colors, purple and black.

Her long, black braid bounces slightly with each of the six shots she fires. Metal pings signify when she’s hit the mark. She runs to the next target. Nine more shots. Reload.

Meet Shyanne Roberts, a 10-year-old competitive shooter who is out to prove something: Children with guns don’t always mean disaster.

“I want to be an inspiration to other kids and be a leader,” said the girl. “Kids and guns don’t always mean bad things happen.”

Shyanne competes alongside junior shooters, who are participants younger than 18, and even adults. Last year, she beat out adult women to place second in the Women’s Division of the New Jersey Ruger Rimfire Challenge.

On October 31, she will square off against 200 of the top women shooters at the Brownell’s Lady 3-Gun Pro-Am Challenge in Covington, Georgia. Shyanne is the youngest competitive shooter registered at the female-only event, according to the match director. The top shooter has a chance to win $5,000, as well as items from a prize table of guns, ammo and more.

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FREE NY State Hunter Education Class Comes to Manhattan’s Westside Range Oct 17-20, 2014!

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Published on: October 16, 2014


Want to get that NYPD Hunters Authorization Card, but can’t find a Hunters Ed Class in the 5 boroughs?

Now you can!

Call Westside at (212) 929-7287

And get put on the attendance sheet for either of these FREE classes!

How to tell AK’s apart

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Published on: October 14, 2014

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When it comes to dealing with AK’s you have to know there’s going to be a little bit of difference between all of them. Some are more noticeable than others, and some require you to actually get up close and personal in order for you to notice. There are three major parts that you need to know that you can tell one AK apart from another. The three major parts are:

1. Magazine
2. Stock
3. Barrel

There are 3 calibers that are standard for AK’s best calibers are:
1. 7.62 x 39
2. 5.45 x 39 (aka: The Poison Bullet)
3. 5.56 x 45 NATO

There are at least 17 members of the AK family not counting the AK-12 which just came in service. Some are more well-known than others for example: some of you are probably going to be pocket firearms historians others are going to be hard-core gamers especially those who play the Battlefield series or Call of Duty series like I do and you’re going to recognize the quintessential AK-47. Which has been the predominant military service rifle for the Russian military and at least 40 some countries probably more for well over a couple of decades.
Here is a diagram of the different versions of the AK family with the calibers they accommodate:

AK Calibers
AK Calibers

When dealing with the AK you can somewhat tell them apart immediately based on their visual component(s) the AK-47s tend to have an angled butt stock and predominantly carry the standard metal magazine situated for the 7.62 x 39 caliber bullet. But in the world of aftermarket parts you can’t rely on the magazine so you’re going to have to rely on looking at the butt stock as a quick reference tool.

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Gabe Suarez: Brief History Of Close Quarters Combat

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Published on: October 13, 2014

I want to give a brief discussion of the history of CQC, or close quarters combat. I am hardly an historian so if I have missed something, please let me know here.

The first thing I will say is that you will never see more animosity, petty bickering, or jealousy outside of a teenage cheerleader locker room than you will see in the martial arts community or firearms training community. Everyone steals from everyone and everyone reinvents things for their own benefit. Recently I read an article about a trainer’s discovery of “P.A.D.E. or Perceive, Analyze, Decide, Execute”. No mention of John Boyd or the OODA. Inevitable discovery or theft? I don’t know…moving on.

While I am certain the CQC matter was thought of my the gunmen of the old west, their lack of education did not lend itself to writing books about such things. As well…the classification of what the fight was is also unknown. For example…if you hip shoot someone in the back while they are pissing, and initiate the fight that way, you won in spite of your technique and not because of it.

I suspect that many of the fights that had the old timers firing from combat crouches and below the eye-sight-line were those types of fights. If you have the initiative…in other words if you start the fight, it really doesn’t matter what you do does it? That does not make the technique the winner…but rather the fact you ambushed the guy.

We first hear of any sort of organized answer from Fairbairn. His works are intended for a very basic level and there isn’t much detail in the description of the various gunfights…other than there were many. He taught a sort of close quarters shooting position with the pistol where the arm was slightly extended as pictured above and fired. There is no mention of shooting while moving in any of his works that I recall. Most of his work involved bringing the weapon up to the eye-sight-line before shooting. And his material was watered down for ignorant conscripts with little interest or time in skill development.

The long gun CQC involved keeping the weapon back under the arm, parallel with the deck and again…in line with the eye. This was later adopted by Applegate. A few years later it was “rediscovered” by Chuck Taylor and vainly renamed – wait for it – the “Taylor Underarm Assault Position”.

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