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  1. A suspect was hit by a truck and eventually apprehended after allegedly assaulting a plainclothes Vancouver Police Officer last week. The officer ended up in the hospital with “significant injuries” after the assault, according to Vancouver Police. RELATED STORY WATCH: Tulsa Police Officer Tases Armed Suspect; ‘You Need CrossFit’ A bystander filmed the entire incident. Watch the footage above. Vancouver Police Assault Police said that just before 10 p.m., two plainclothes patrol officers initiated a traffic stop after observing a Dodge Durango drive through an area of Vancouver with restricted vehicle access. “All three men in the vehicle, in their early 20s, were confrontational and verbally abusive,” police said in a release. “The officers became concerned for their safety as the occupants refused to follow police direction and began reaching under the seat.” One of the officers opened the passenger door to investigate. As he did, police said the front passenger pulled him into the vehicle and two men began to punch him repeatedly in his head and face. According to police, the officer’s partner attempted to help; that’s when all three men exited the vehicle and continued to assault the officers. As the officers radioed for backup, fled from the scene, police said. The uninjured officer pursued him by foot. As the suspect ran through a nearby intersection, a truck, which had the green light, hit him. The suspect continued to run, but the pursuing officer eventually arrested him a couple of blocks away. Officer Recovering In a press conference following the incident, Vancouver Police Sgt. Jason Robillard said the one officer was “substantially” assaulted. He is currently recovering at his home. “This is an example of the risk all police officers face as they work to protect the citizens they serve,” Robillard said. “This sort of incident affects the entire policing community. We wish our officer a speedy recovery and will ensure the officer and his family have the support they need.” Charges Filed Legal counsel approved charges against the three suspects involved. Police charged West Vancouver residents Brendan John Robinson, 21, and Troy Michael Robinson, 22, with assault police officer causing bodily harm and willfully obstructing a police officer. Police charged Brian Benjamin Allen, a 24-year-old Victoria resident, with possession of stolen property under $5,000 for allegedly taking the injured officer’s cell phone. The post WATCH: Assault Suspect Flees From Vancouver Police, Gets Hit by Truck appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  2. The Mossberg MVP Precision rifle has certainly earned its “MVP” distinction. With precision rifle competitions growing in popularity, the market for affordable and practical rifles is expanding. Local matches are becoming weekly events with increased family involvement requiring a rifle that does not break the bank. Once the purview of the custom builder mainstream, manufacturers are coming through with affordable rifles that are accurate, simple, and perfect for competition or target shooting. RELATED STORY VIDEO: Introducing the Mossberg 590M Mag-Fed Shotgun Mossberg entered that market a few years ago with its MVP line, bringing precision to moderately priced rifles in a variety of stocks. I tested the Mossberg MVP-LC (Light Chassis) in 2015. It was sub-MOA accurate, lightweight and easy to run; perfect for an entry-level precision rifle or lightweight hunter. But that was just the beginning. New for 2018 is the MVP Precision, built for competition with a number of industry leading features. Mossberg MVP Precision Features Designed as a long-range tactical rifle, the MVP Precision utilizes a purpose-built chassis. The aluminum chassis supports the best possible accuracy under field conditions with solid action support and a straight back design reducing recoil and muzzle rise. The rifle is available in both .308 Winchester and 6.5 Creedmoor. I tested in 6.5 Creedmoor. The scope rail has 20 MOA built in, making it easy to reach the limits of the cartridge. The scalloped bolt is designed for use with gloved hands and fast bolt manipulation. The slim M-LOK compatible handguard facilitates necessary accessories while providing a stable base for supported positional shooting. It covers a 24-inch, 1:8 twist button rifled 4140 steel barrel with 5R rifling for trouble free precision accuracy. Threading 5/8×24 at the muzzle allows for suppressor use or your favorite muzzle device. Mossberg’s LBA (Lightning Bolt Action) trigger is adjustable from 3-7 pounds. The manufacturer housed the LBA in an oversized triggerguard, which is easily accessible with gloved hands and suitable for adverse conditions. Mossberg’s patented magazine well accepts both M1A/M14 and AR-10/SR25 magazines without alteration. Each rifle comes with a Magpul 10-Round PMAG. Lastly, the Luth AR MBA-3 stock keeps it light while allowing for precision adjustment for shooter and conditions. Mossberg MVP Precision Testing I tested the Mossberg MVP Precision during the 2018 Athlon Outdoors Rendezvous held in Montana at the stunning Paws Up Resort. It proved to be very accurate. Steel was available from 100 yards out to 1,100 yards. I ran Federal American Eagle 140 grain OTM ammunition. Hits on an 18-inch square steel plate were regular and often. The bolt manipulation was smooth and the scalloped design lets you run it very quickly without coming off the rifle. Recoil was minimal, making it easy to alter your holds for wind or other changing conditions. Luth AR’s MBA-3 lets you get a perfect fit without adding a ton of weight. It’s also easy to lock down tightly. Mossberg’s LBA trigger is crisp and predictable, making it easy to be accurate. Everything about this rifle is purpose built for precision and it is done well. The Bottom Line Mossberg has done it again with the addition of the Precision to its proven MVP line of rifles. The MSRP is $1,407, but the going rate seems to be closer to a grand, making it an excellent buy on an entry-level rifle. If you are looking at getting into the precision rifle competition world, need an affordable duty rifle or just want to reach out to longer ranges, add the Mossberg MVP Precision to your list; it may be just about perfect. For more information, please visit Mossberg.com. Mossberg MVP Precision Rifle Specs Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor Barrel: 24 inches OA Length: 43 inches Weight: 10 Pounds Sights: Picatinny Rail (20 MOA) Stock: Aluminum Chassis, Luth MBA-3 Stock Grip: A2 pistol grip Action: Mossberg Lightning Bolt Action Finish: Black Anodized Capacity: 10+1; Accepts M1A or SR25 magazines MSRP: $1,407 The post 6 Reasons Why the Mossberg MVP Precision Rifle Is a Top Bolt-Action appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  3. Savage Arms doesn’t need much of an introduction when it comes to rifles. The manufacturer has some of the best rifles on the market when talking hunting and long range. With the release of the Savage MSR 15 Competition and Savage MSR 10 Competition HD rifles, clearly competition is now in Savage’s sight (pun intended). RELATED STORY Savage Arms Brings AccuFit System to 110 Tactical Lineup Savage says it “built the speed, accuracy and customization competitive shooters need to win” with its two latest releases. Let’s break them down further. Savage MSR 15 Competition Savage fits the MSR 15 Competition with an 18-inch, carbon fiber-wrapped, stainless barrel built specifically for the rifle in a collaborative effort with PROOF Research. Its unique ported muzzle brake allows the shooter to tune recoil impulse and stabilize the muzzle for faster, more accurate follow-up shots. The custom-length gas block is adjustable for optimal cycling of the full range of bullet weights, as well as for use with a suppressor. Savage also upgraded the gas block with an integral Picatinny rail and a custom handguard. Other Features Nickel-boron bolt carrier Custom-forged upper and lower receivers Non-reciprocating side charging handle Savage tunable muzzle brake Magpul CTR buttstock Two-stage trigger Custom-length adjustable gas system Rigid free-float handguard with M-LOK, anti-flare grooves and red QD sling mount Red ambidextrous selector, receiver end plate with QD mount, and removable custom mag well flare Ambidextrous magazine release Hogue pistol grip The Savage MSR 15 Competition is available in .223 Rem and .224 Valkyrie. Both models have an MSRP of $2,875. Savage MSR 10 Competition HD The Savage MSR 10 Competition HD is similar in build to its MSR 15 Competition relative. The first noticeable difference is the caliber: .308 Win. The MSR 10 Competition HD features the same barrel as the MSR 15; again, developed in collaboration with PROOF Research. The ported muzzle brake is also the same. 5R rifling rounds out the rifle, while other features are the same as those listed for the MSR 15. MSRP on the MSR 15 Competition is $3,449. For more information, please visit SavageArms.com. The post Savage MSR 15 Competition, MSR 10 Competition HD Rifles Unveiled appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  4. It is no secret that the Eugene Stoner’s AR platform is the best selling rifle in the U.S. with many manufacturers jumping on the bandwagon in recent years by offering their versions. It seems the AR’s adaptability attribute is also its most abused quality. SIG Sauer is seeking to counterbalance this trend toward over-accessorized ARs with its SIG M400 Tread direct impingement AR. RELATED STORY Gun Review: Does the SIG P320 M17 Pistol Live Up to the Army Hype? SIG M400 Tread: ‘Room to Grow’ The M400 Tread is a SIG Sauer first in terms of creating an “entry-level” AR product. SIG has always resisted the entry-level product category, viewing it is only a race to the bottom in terms of pricing and quality. However, typical of SIG, the Tread can be viewed as a premium entry-level offering, if that makes sense; that’s thanks to its ease of upgrading with SIG accessories specifically made to mate up on the Tread rifle. “Room to grow” is the SIG catch phrase with the Tread. The SIG Tread naming pays homage to the Gadsden flag of the American Revolution. Most are familiar with the yellow background flag with a coiled rattlesnake with “Don’t Tread on Me” written under the snake. Just as we depended on gun ownership at the birth of our nation’s independence, the same analogy can be made today as certain segments of society are back at it urging more and more government control in our lives; never a positive. The SIG M400 Tread Build The same SIG principles that guided its other rifle products, such as SIG516 and MCX Virtus, are present in the M400 Tread. The SIG Tread is a no nonsense AR rifle. A collapsible buttstock is easily adjustable for length of pull and/or transport. The M400 Tread is one of lighter AR versions on the market, especially considering that it features a full-length rail and stainless steel 1:8 twist 16-inch barrel. It weighs in at a svelte 7 pounds. SIG machines the low profile micro gas block found in Tread from stainless steel. It is much lighter than standard low profile gas blocks, helping to shave weight from the rifle and keeping it balanced properly. SIG used a mid-length gas system for a smoother recoil impulse. Ambidextrous controls are another nice touch with the base M400 Tread rifle. RELATED STORY SIG Releasing 5,000 M17-Commemorative US Army Pistols The SIG Difference There are two major aspects of the SIG M400 Tread design that separate it from competitors. The first is the free float handguard design. A free float tube allows for better accuracy. SIG provides this while still allowing for accessories to be added. Armorer training isn’t required to be comfortable with replacing the handguard and installing accessories. In fact, loosen two screws and, just like that, several length handguard options are available for use on the Tread. This leads us to the second part of the Tread package. There is a line of fully proofed Tread accessories to take the base model to a more advanced realm. Those accessories include an ambidextrous charging handle, multiple vertical foregrips, metal BUIS sights, a three-chamber muzzle compensator, a 4.5-pound single-stage flat blade trigger upgrade, a SIG Romeo5 red dot and more. All of these accessories come in distinctly labeled SIG Tread containers featuring the yellow Tread symbol, that way there’s no mistake that they’re viable for use with the M400 Tread AR rifle. The SIG M400 Tread is a top choice for any AR connoisseur no matter if first rifle or 10th. Performance combined with price — it can be found starting around $799 in stores — is the quickest way to appeal to the shooting public. The M400 Tread will have no problem proving its worth. For more information, please visit SigSauer.com. SIG M400 Tread Specs Caliber: 5.56 NATO Fram Material: 7075 Aluminum Frame Finish: Anodized Black Barrel Material: Stainless Steel Sights: Optics Ready Trigger: Single Stage Polished/Hardcoat Trigger Overall Length: 30.8 inches Overall Height: 7.5 inches Barrel Length: 16 inches Barrel Twist: 1:8 Weight with Magazine: 7 pounds MSRP: $951 The post FIRST LOOK: SIG Sauer Unveils ‘Entry-Level’ SIG M400 Tread Rifle appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  5. Anyone who has collected or used several firearms over the years has a favorite they always come back to. It may be due to its feel, practicality or just the circumstances under which it was acquired or used. I personally have never really been a collector—guns come into and leave my possession frequently—but I still have favorites. A recent conversation with a couple of friends kindled some memories about one of those guns: the M1 Garand. RELATED STORY Trench Fighter: The M1917 Enfield Served US Troops in WWI, WWII Over the years, one question has come up repeatedly: “What one rifle would you want to have no matter what?” While there isn’t one rifle that can handle every single task in every condition, and the response varies by shooter, my answer comes down to the M1 Garand, one of the most storied firearms in history. Shooting the M1 Garand at Thunder Ranch In the late 1990s, I spent a considerable amount of time at Thunder Ranch in Texas, which gave me a chance to get to know Clint Smith and his staff pretty well. One of the rifles he regularly had at his side was the Garand. He liked it because it used common ammunition and offered excellent range and all the accuracy you might need. There’s also very little to break; its solid construction has been proven in battle under the most adverse conditions. At the time, Thunder Ranch offered an Old Rifle Course (ORC), where you spent four days using a rifle that was manufactured prior to the Korean War. This meant the most modern rifle you could really use was an M1 Garand or M1 Carbine. Back then, I was working at a gun shop when a rebuilt Springfield Armory Garand came into the store with almost all USGI parts. So I checked its functioning and took it to the ORC, which turned out to be one of the most memorable classes I’ve ever attended. No optics were allowed unless they were period correct, so most attendees used iron sights. You progressed through all the same stages you would in a regular tactical class. That meant everything but the shoothouse, including moving and pop-up targets and even working around Thunder Ranch’s tower. You also engaged man-sized steel targets out to 1,000 yards. All of this truly opened up my eyes to the M1 Garand’s versatility. Hitting an 18-by-24-inch target at 800 yards with an iron-sighted rifle is quite a kick. In the end, I came away reminded that the Garand is still a solid fighting rifle. Why the M1 Garand Works The more mechanically complex something is, the easier it is to break or just stop working. This is especially true when firearms meet harsh environmental conditions. However, simple designs work, and they tend to do so all the time. The M1 Garand may be the epitome of that thought process. Its gas system is robust, simple and easy to maintain. There aren’t that many moving parts, and you can keep the gas system up and running with only a few spare parts and tools. Rain or Shine The Garand’s reliability has been proven in the real world, on real battlefields, in every condition in which man can survive—extreme cold, snow, mud, rain, extreme heat and humidity. The rifle works dry, wet, oiled or greased. There’s no need for fancy lubes, either—it’ll run on axle grease if it has to. The latest, greatest designs of the day still cannot match the simplistic reliability of this rifle short of simply copying its operation. Accuracy This rifle’s accuracy is more than adequate, and it can be made excellent with some tweaking. And although optics are certainly nice, they certainly aren’t critical in a worst-case scenario. An iron-sighted Garand will get the job done, as I’ve used one to regularly engage small-game-sized targets out to 800 yards. It’ll work at any real distance you may encounter in the real world. This is partially because the Garand uses a cartridge that has also been proven at all but the longest ranges. .30-06 Springfield The .30-06 Springfield may not be the tactical “belle of the ball” these days, but it is proven. More importantly, it’s a common cartridge that can be found practically anywhere. Out west where I live, you can purchase it at a convenience store. RELATED STORY The CMP Is Taking Orders for Those Surplus 1911 Pistols It’s still one of the most popular hunting cartridges in the U.S., and it’s only gotten better with advances in materials, making it cleaner and more accurate. Finding a Test M1 Garand I wanted to test a Garand again for this article, so I set about searching for one. There are a few companies building great rifles today like Fulton Armory, but these guns are built to order—there aren’t any sitting around for gun writers to use. The best source right now is the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), but again, these Garands are sold, not lent. So I turned to my good friend and collector Steve Palano, who was kind enough to provide me with a CMP Garand he had acquired while working at a local gun store. And it was easily one of the best-looking CMP rifles I had ever seen, making it perfect for this article. My completely mil-spec test rifle was originally built by Springfield Armory back during World War II. Yet the chamber was tight and the barrel was in almost-new condition. The metal was in great condition, and the walnut stock was beautiful and included the proper sling. The only addition was a set of National Match sights. Every time I pick one of these rifles, I’m immediately captivated by its feel. Garands are well balanced—not too heavy—and solid. Like other Garands, my test gun shouldered easily, aimed well and was just plain comfortable to use. There is just something about holding a nice wooden stock, especially one that has been so well tested in the field. To the Shoothouse! No, I didn’t don any tactical garb or kit to run this Garand through its paces, but I did take it through my range’s shoothouse a few times. I had placed my targets through the windows, allowing for some live fire. And the Garand moved pretty well through the house—nothing like a shorter rifle or submachine gun, but it wasn’t hard to wield at all. This rifle cleared countless buildings in Europe, so I’m sure it’d still work for such close-quarters engagements. You just need to take some care around corners. But even with the National Match sights, my test rifle came up on target quickly. It felt like running a 20-inch-barreled shotgun with ghost-ring sights. M1 Garand Ammunition In keeping with the theme of the test, I only used military-surplus 150-grain FMJ ammunition. I used some Greek military-production rounds that came in cloth bandoleers, American-made rounds from the Twin Cities plant and some Korean-made ammo. Given that I borrowed the rifle, I didn’t use any modern .30-06 Springfield rounds. I know from experience that Federal American Eagle 150-grain FMJs and even some Federal 168-grain Gold Medal Match rounds will run in old Garands. You just have to be careful with really hot modern loads and heavy bullets. The gun will run anything in a pinch, but it was designed around 150-grain FMJs in the 2,850-fps range. M1 Garand Testing I didn’t fire any groups like I normally might to measure the rifle’s accuracy, as that isn’t what it was built for. However, I tested all three loads by firing them at an NRA bullseye target 100 yards away with just the iron sights. Keeping all of my rounds in the X-ring was relatively easy once I established the right hold. This particular rifle was zeroed for a 6 o’clock hold at 100 yards. With some match ammunition, I have no doubt that my groups would be around an inch wide at 100 yards. After that it was time to ring some steel out to 400 yards. As before, it was a simple matter of holding in the correct spot and letting loose. Short of significant shooter error, I got hits every time, which really brought back some great memories. Clearly, the Garand will do anything you need it to at most practical distances. Back at shorter ranges, I practiced some of the reloading drills I had learned at Thunder Ranch while shooting from a kneeling position at 25 and 50 yards. The rifle never malfunctioned and was just as accurate as many of the modern rifles I test that cost two to three times as much. The M1 Garand Is Still Fighting After testing so many black rifles, it was nice to go back to a proven battle rifle. The Garand is truly a blast to shoot, and in a real pinch, it will do most anything a modern design will do and some things it won’t. The Garand has proven itself in combat, on the range, in training, competition and on the hunt. Yes, it is an icon of the past, but it is still a useful and practical weapon that could be used in just about any situation requiring a rifle. Custom-grade Garands are available, but at a price. You can find cheaper models from several other outlets, but the CMP is still one of the best options because you’ll get a solid gun at a reasonable price. They range from $600 for a rack-grade rifle to $3,000 for an M1C sniper version. Their service- and special-grade Garands are likely the best buys ranging from $650 to $995. So if you’re looking to own a piece of history, one that remains useful to this day, get your hands on an M1 Garand. For more information, visit TheCMP.org. M1 Garand Specs Caliber: .30-06 Springfield Barrel: 24 inches OA Length: 43.5 inches Weight: 9.5 pounds (empty) Stock: Walnut Sights: Front post, aperture rear Action: Piston-operated Finish: Parkerized Capacity: 8 This article is from the 2019 “Gun Annual.” To order a copy, visit OutdoorGroupStore.com. The post Is the Proven M1 Garand the ‘Greatest’ Rifle of All-Time? appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  6. The Arkansas-based Union County Sheriff’s Department (UCSD) said this week that it did not put inmates in Nike shirts for mugshots to protest the brand or former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. RELATED STORY Kris ‘Tanto’ Paronto Sounds Off on Kneeling Athletes, Bowe Bergdahl Kaepernick made headlines in 2016 for kneeling during the national anthem. He also wore socks featuring a cop hat on top of a pig’s head on the field. He has not played in the NFL since 2016. Nike announced a massive deal with Kaepernick last month for its latest “Just Do It” campaign. The move drew criticism from those who felt Nike backed Kaepernick’s stance on police. Buzz started on the Internet this week — as it often does without backing — after civil rights activist Shaun King reportedly posted a photo on Twitter showing dozens of mugshots from the UCSD with inmates in only Nike shirts. Sheriff Ricky Roberts addressed the issue in a formal statement Thursday. He said, despite postings on social media, that the shirts had nothing to do with protesting Nike or Kaepernick. “It has been brought to my attention that there are those who feel that one of our shirts of choice may be viewed as inappropriate,” he said. “Please understand, I require that this office treats everyone equally and equitably within the law. We are not, and will not, be influenced by current political and social debates in the media.” Why Nike Shirts? So how did the shirts from Nike come into play? While offering several apologies, Roberts’ explanation was simple. He added that the shirts were nothing new. “These shirts were not purchased by the Sheriff’s Office to be used for this purpose, but were simply on hand and available. … This shirt is not only in use now, bus has also been for several months prior,” he said. “I understand the concern of those who may have found this offensive and for that I apologize.” The post Sheriff Says Inmates Weren’t Forced to Wear Nike Shirts for Mugshots appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  7. Tulsa Police released body cam footage this week that shows an officer using his Taser on an armed suspect during a pursuit. After Tasing and subduing the suspect, the officer says, “You need to get some CrossFit, son!” He then finds a handgun in the suspect’s pocket. RELATED STORY WATCH: K9 Shep Returns With Fence Leap Before Apprehending Suspect Watch the body cam footage above. Tulsa Police Officer Engages Suspect The incident took place Sept. 13. Police identified the suspect as Micah Fitzpatrick. Police said they were trying to speak with Fitzpatrick when he took off running. After a fairly lengthy pursuit, the Tulsa Police Officer gets close enough to Fitzpatrick and deploys his Taser. The hit immediately drops Fitzpatrick. A second officer arrives shortly thereafter and places a winded Fitzpatrick into handcuffs. The first officer searches Fitzpatrick and removes a handgun from his pants. Fitzpatrick struggles to move and catch his breath. “I can’t move,” he says multiple times. The officer responds, “Yeah that sucked, huh? … You should’ve stopped.” Police book Fitzpatrick in Tulsa County Jail for “gang-related offenses, aggravated assault and battery, resisting arrest, carrying drugs and alcohol into jail and possession of drugs with intent to distribute,” KTUL reported. The post WATCH: Tulsa Police Officer Tases Armed Suspect; ‘You Need CrossFit’ appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  8. Everyone has that one friend in their life. The friend who is always there when you need them. The one you’re always getting into trouble with when you have a night out. For me, that friend was Tom Dodge. RELATED STORY Dom Raso: Retired US Navy SEAL Defends AR-15 Use for All Americans Instant Friendship I met Tom at a gun range through some mutual friends. It was my first time shooting clays, and I borrowed his shotgun. I outshot him with his own gun, and I think that’s what got us talking.I was about to start teaching CPL classes, and Tom wanted to help. The rest is history. We eventually put 787 people through our CPL class and gained a reputation for running one of the best courses in the area. My passion for teaching and firearms and Tom’s background as a U.S. Navy veteran, law enforcement officer and fireman made for the perfect pairing. The Diagnosis Tom was diagnosed with ocular melanoma in 2008. After treatment, he was cancer free for five years until a spot was discovered on his liver in 2016. Tom handled the news like he did everything in life—with a big smile and some jokes. Tom was known for his sense of humor; he was actually a standup comedian on the side. He began treatment for his liver cancer, but it didn’t go very well. Unfortunately, Tom passed away on June 9, 2017, at the age of 39. He was survived by his daughters, Eliza and Raylin. For me, losing my best friend was devastating. I stopped running CPL classes for almost a year. I had a hard time even going to the range because I would just think of all the great times Tom and I had while shooting and teaching. That’s when I decided to put together a custom AR-15 build in Tom Dodge’s honor. You see, the AR-15 was one of Tom’s favorite platforms, and I thought it would be very fitting to build a custom rifle in his honor. So, I went to Motor City Gun Works in Keego Harbor, Michigan, and told the owner, Heath Williams, about Tom’s story. Being a veteran himself and obviously a gun guy, Williams was more than happy to help design the gun and have his staff get to work on it. At that moment, the Tommy Gun was born—a rifle as awesome as the guy it was named after. Custom AR-15 Build The Tommy Gun started with a Motor City Gun Works upper receiver and a Sharps Bros. Hellbreaker lower. The Hellbreaker had the exact look I was going for—aggressive and mean. We also decided on a 16-inch, .223 Wylde, stainless steel Premium Series SPR barrel from Ballistic Advantage set up for a mid-length gas system. The barrel is capped with a SilencerCo ASR muzzle brake to keep recoil down to a minimum, and Motor City Gun Works installed its own adjustable gas block and a Melonited gas tube along with its smooth and reliable bolt carrier group. Of course, I also needed something to hold onto when shooting. We installed a 12-inch Midwest Industries KeyMod handguard because it works well and looks great. The lower was fitted with a Magpul STR stock because it’s easy to adjust yet locks up solidly. The recoil pad is also comfortable for most shooters. Other Goodies For the grip, we went with one of Magpul’s MOE+ units. I personally like the feel of the MOE+ grip. It fits my hands very well, isn’t sticky and cleans up easily. Magpul MBUS sights were also installed on the upper. And because Motor City Gun Works wanted to create a competition-grade rifle, they installed a Hiperfire EDT Sharp Shooter trigger, which has an incredible reset and a nice, smooth pull. To top it all off, Alex from Motor City Gun Works laid out the best custom Cerakote job I have ever seen. The gray, green and black camo pattern, combined with the highlighted Hellbreaker face, came together perfectly. Tom would have loved the rifle’s excellent blend of aesthetics and toughness. To finish off the look, I had a custom-engraved dust cover made to honor Tom with the phrases “Tommy Gun” on the outside and “Dodge This” on the inside. All together, this rifle honors Tom with its looks, ergonomics and functionality. First Shots I fired my first shots through the rifle on what would have been Tom’s 40th birthday out in the woods with some friends. And I couldn’t believe how smoothly and flawlessly the rifle functioned. Dumping 30 rounds through the rifle as fast as I could with just the Magpul MBUS flip-up sights, all of my shots were on an 8-inch paper plate at around 70 yards, proving just how well this system functioned. There was hardly any recoil or muzzle rise, but I added a Seekins Precision K20 KeyMod angled foregrip up front for a better hold. Sight Beyond Sight My friends and I wanted to really see what the Tommy Gun could do, so I mounted an EOTech EXPS2 on top as well as an EOTech G33.STS magnifier. The EXPS2 offers both-eyes-open shooting and provides an incredible targeting experience. I choose this sight because of its easy-to-adjust side buttons, quick-detach lever and EOTech’s reputation for making tough optics. The EXPS2 is powered by a lithium CR123 battery, and paired with the G33.STS magnifier, I could quickly switch from 1X to 3X magnification in a fraction of a second thanks to the magnifier’s flip mount. At 75 yards, it took me eight shots to zero the EXPS2, and it ended up being the perfect choice for the Tommy Gun. AR-15 Build Range Results After zeroing in, we decided to give the entire package a workout. For the Tommy Gun’s test, I picked eight .223 and 5.56mm factory loads and one reload from A-1 Premium, Aguila, Federal Premium, Hornady, HSM, Sig Sauer and Wilson Combat with bullets ranging in weight from 52 to 80 grains. Overall, the Tommy Gun averaged 2-inch five-shot groups from a standing unsupported position at 100 yards with the magnifier. I achieved these results with everything I put through the gun. I saw very little difference between various weights, and the rifle ate everything I could throw at it. Again, using the magnifier, I ran the same tests from a semi-supported position at the same distance. I say “semi-supported” because I utilized the front of a four-wheeler and my 5.11 Tactical range bag. Not the most stable support, but it did eliminate some movement, and I was still able to achieve an average group size of 1.53 inches with pretty much anything I fed it. Boom Time With Our AR-15 Build Then it was time to have some good old-fashioned AR-15 fun to really honor Tom on his birthday—because, you know, burning through about 1,000 rounds of ammunition in the woods wasn’t enough. Sonic Boom stepped in for this part of the evaluation by providing us with some half-pound exploring targets, which we used to help split some firewood for that night. Then we decided to see how high we could blow a plastic 55-gallon drum with a 2-pound Sonic Boom target. We were back about 200 yards, and I was posted up on the four-wheeler for some support. “This is for you, Tom.” I pulled the trigger and missed. I thought, “Okay, Tom, now that you managed to get everyone laughing at me like you did best, let’s see how high this damn barrel will go.” The second shot resulted in a massive blast that sent the barrel hurling straight up into the air about 150 feet. It also folded the barrel in half. Pretty impressive, but Tom would have wanted that barrel in pieces. So we loaded it with 2 more pounds of Sonic Boom. One shot right to the center of the target and another epic explosion resulted in total destruction of the barrel and one of the best smoke rings I have ever seen. In the end, we had created the perfect AR-15 build and tested it in such a way to honor a great U.S. Navy veteran and my best friend, Tom Dodge, on his birthday. All told, the gun came to about $1,700 while the EOTech setup had an MSRP of $1,135. For more information: Ballistic Advantage: ballisticadvantage.com EOTech: eotechinc.com Hiperfire: hiperfire.com Magpul: magpul.com Mother City Gun Works: motorcitygunworks.net Sharps Bros: sharpsbros.com Custom AR-15 Build Specs Caliber: .223 Wylde Barrel: 16 inches OA Length: 33-36.5 inches Weight: 7 pounds (empty) Stock: Magpul STR Sights: Magpul MBUS Action: Direct impingement semi-auto Finish: Custom Cerakote Capacity: 30+1 MSRP: $1,700 This article is from “Black Guns” 2019. To order a copy, visit outdoorgroupstore.com. The post A One-of-a-Kind AR-15 Build for a Fallen Veteran, Friend appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  9. Shooters looking for a Glock 19X holster needn’t look any further. DeSantis Gunhide just released a staggering 47 new holsters for the pistol. A total of 29 Glock 19X holster fits come from DeSantis’ normal roster of holsters. Meanwhile, an additional 18 Glock 19X holster fits come from the DeSantis Pegasus line. RELATED STORY G19X: Why Glock Put a G19 Slide on a G17 Frame Check out the entire lineup, along with MSRPs, below. For more information, please visit DeSantisHolster.com. Glock 19X Holster Options: DeSantis Line Thumb Break Scabbard Precision molding and an optimal draw angle make the Thumb Break Scabbard the ultimate pro-grade leather holster. The field-tested design positions your firearm to ride high – ideal for quick, intuitive draws. This scabbard’s unique tension device keeps your gun secure and allows for “next level” concealability. Special customizations, such as suede lining and/or basket weave finish, are also available. NOTE: Lined and basket weave holsters are made to order, so please allow up to 4 weeks for delivery. Belt slots are 1 3/4″. MSRP is $77.99. Speed Scabbard This holster is designed to meet the needs of plainclothes professionals preferring a holster without a thumb break while still providing firearm retention. This is accomplished with precise molding and tension screw device on most models. Belt slots are 1 3/4″ wide. MSRP is $77.99. Mini Scabbard Basic doesn’t have to be boring. The Mini Scabbard gives you all the essentials of a great holster: tough construction, precise gun fit and minimal printing. Your weapon’s security is assured thanks to pin-point molding and a customizable tension device. Accommodates belts up to 1 1/2″ wide. MSRP is $62.99. F.A.M.S. W/ Lock Hole This asymmetrical design is now the standard issue for the U.S. Secret Service and other Federal Law Enforcement agencies. The hole accommodates a padlock or standard handcuff behind the trigger allowing the weapon to remain holstered and loaded but locked and safe for childproof storage. Belt slots are 1 3/4″ wide. Accommodates most combination locks or handcuffs. MSRP is $76.99. Cozy Partner This holster features a tension device and precise molding for handgun retention. A memory band retains the holster’s shape for easy one-handed re-holstering. 1 1/2″ split belt loop is standard. Must be worn with a belt. Belt loops are NOT adjustable nor available in smaller sizes. MSRP is $81.99. Thumb Break Mini Slide Premium saddle leather, double seams and a highly detailed molded fit, make this exposed muzzle, tight fitting, two-slot holster a great choice for your favorite pistol. It features an adjustable-tension device. Belt slots are 1 3/4″ wide. MSRP is $74.99 Mini Slide This holster features double stitched seams and precision molding. It is designed to meet the needs of plainclothes professionals preferring a tight riding holster without a thumb break. The Mini Slide is fitted with a tensioning screw and 1 ¾” belt slots. MSRP is $71.99 Osprey The Osprey is a trailing slot OWB/IWB holster. The belt slots will accommodate belts up to 1 1/2” wide. The IWB strap is cant-variable and easily removable without tools. Available for medium and large autoloaders. Available in premium Tan saddle leather. MSRP is $69.99. E-Gat Slide This is a basic neutral cant concealment OWB holster that works equally well on the strong side and cross draw. The E-Gat Slide works with both revolvers and autos and is offered only in BLACK-finished top grain leather. MSRP is $34.99. T-Gat Slide This is a trailing-slot belt scabbard made of premium saddle leather. Highly detailed molding and a reinforced thumb break provide retention. It also has a molded in sight track. The T-Gat can be worn cross draw or strong side. Retail price is $77.99. Small of Back The S.O.B holster secures your pistol in one of the least obtrusive and most discrete areas for concealed carry. This holster is carried in “butt up” position. Available in black or tan unlined leather. Accommodates belts up to 1 1/2″ wide. Adjustable tension device is standard. NOTE: This design is made for “butt-up” carry. “Butt-down” carry is unsafe and not recommended by DeSantis. MSRP is $84.99. RELATED STORY 13 DeSantis Holsters For Springfield Armory XDM .45 3.8″ Pistol Sky Cop The model 068 is a cross draw holster designed to accommodate large frame auto loaders and small frame revolvers. It is highly detail molded from premium grade saddle leather. The Sky Cop will accommodate belts up to 1 1/2″ wide. This holster features an adjustable tension device for added security. Available in black leather. MSRP is $81.99. Mad Max The Mad Max tuck-able IWB is an updated version of a holster originally made popular by one of the custom makers. Constructed of premium saddle leather, the Mad Max comes complete with both leather 1 3/4″ belt loops and tuck-able injection molded J hooks. The reinforced top aids in easy one-handed holstering. Optional tuck-able injection molded “C” clips are also available! MSRP IS $91.99. Top Cop 2.0 This holster features an adjustable tension device and a reinforced opening for easy one hand re-holstering. The leather is molded to exquisite detail, and the rugged polymer paddle is adjustable for cant and locks down securely. A twin-slotted synthetic belt attachment is sold separately. MSRP is $74.99 Nylon Mini-Scabbard This is a sturdy, lightweight and trim concealment holster made for a large variety of handguns. It features an adjustable tension device and is precision molded from ballistic nylon and thermo-formable materials. It will accommodate belts up to 1 ½.” Retail price is $39.99. Apache Ankle Rig This holster has a wide, elasticized leg band that eliminates the unwanted rocking motion associated with ankle holsters. It is constructed with elastic and has a sheepskin lining with a snap thumb break. Optional #C14 Calf strap is available. MSRP is $57.99. Sof-Tuck This is an IWB/Tuck-able holster with adjustable cant. It can be worn strong side, cross draw or in the small of the back. It is built from soft, no-slip suede and reinforced at the top with premium saddle leather to aid in re-holstering. MSRP is $33.99. F.F.D.O. W/ Lock Hole The #31L is the current issue for Federal Flight Deck Officers. It is an asymmetrical pancake style holster with three slots for use as a strong side or cross draw. The 31L features a reinforced upper section and provision for padlock. The purpose of the padlock hole is to secure the weapon inside of the holster when it is not being worn. This also eliminates the need to unload the weapon when it is to be stored safely. Available in black. Belt slots are 1 3/4″ wide. MSRP is $76.99. The Insider For concealment with comfort, the Insider contains design features to minimize bulk. It is made with a heavy-duty spring steel clip positioned high for deep cover. The leather is soft and un-molded. MSRP is $28.99. Dual Carry II This holster features the DeSantis Tuck-able 360-degree ‘C’ clip for unlimited positioning adjustment in the IWB mode. It is made of soft non-molded leather with thumb break and integral belt loop for OWB carry. Optional J clip is available at extra cost. MSRP is $34.99. RELATED STORY Gun Review: Does the SIG P320 M17 Pistol Live Up to the Army Hype? The Pro Stealth Made of heavily padded 1050D black senior Ballistic nylon and lined with slick pack cloth, this holster comes with a 1 3/4″ sturdy, powder coated black spring clip. It keeps this beauty securely anchored to your belt. The clip may be removed and inserted on opposite side for left hand carry. A spare magazine pouch is standard for auto loader models. Optional thumb break is available separately, style N99. MSRP price is $38.99. Tuck-This II This holster is built from heavily padded 1050D black senior Ballistic nylon and lined with slick pack cloth. The tuckable 360-degree clip can swing from cross draw to FBI-strong side carry, and even the small of the back. The tab allows the shirt to be tucked down in between the gun and trousers affording total concealment. Auto loader versions of this holster will have a magazine pouch built into the front holster spine. MSRP price is $43.99. Inside Heat This is a barebones minimum IWB holster built from black saddle leather. The precise molded contours provide the weapon retention. The top is reinforced to ease re-holstering and the powder coated spring clip holds it securely to your belt. It is only available in black saddle leather in both right and left-hand models. MSRP price is $38.99. The Nemesis Immobility wherever you are mobile. That’s the Nemesis solution for pocket carry. Once in place, your gun will not move even when you are out and about. This stubborn grip is made possible by a material so technologically advanced, it may be the most viscous in all concealed carry. By contrast, the inner surface is covered in slick pack cloth for the ultimate low friction draw. Best of all, the carefully designed foam core means you’ll have to squint to ever see a print. MSRP is $25.99. Super Fly Like a fly on the wall, the pocket holster’s exclusive rubberized fabric helps you stick to your guns. Once positioned for carry, Super Fly will not budge in your pocket. A clever removable outer flap removes lines and better disguises your firearm. Body reinforcement is achieved with a special polymer and the interior’s slick pack cloth coating ensures quick draws on the fly. Super Fly is available in separate custom back or front pocket designs. MSRP is $39.99. Pocket-Tuk This is a dual-purpose pocket and tuck-able IWB holster. The clip can rotate 360 degrees to fit any carry position. The reinforced mouth aids in re-holstering, and the suede construction helps keep it all in place. Each Pocket-Tuk is supplied with a hex key to facilitate clip removal for pocket use. MSRP is $29.99. New York Undercover Holster The New York Undercover Holster, #11H, is the holster-only component of this classic shoulder rig. It is crafted from top-grain cowhide and is molded to fit the exact firearm it is designed to carry. It allows for easy draw of the firearm, enabling the wearers to bring their firearms on target with one fluid motion. This exceptionally comfortable holster is NOT supplied with accessories or a harness. Available in black or tan unlined leather. MSRP is $75.99. New York Undercover The New York Undercover, #11D, has been around since the early 1970s. It has gone through numerous revisions since then and now is in its finest form. This shoulder holster is crafted from top-grain cowhide and is molded to fit the exact firearm it is designed to carry. Each rig is shipped fully assembled with a double ammo carrier. Additional accessories are available separately. This harness will fit up to a 54″ chest and pivots at all four junction points. Available in black or tan unlined leather. MSRP is $182.99. C.E.O. Shoulder Rig The C.E.O. Shoulder Rig is the forerunner of the popular New York Undercover Rig. This shoulder holster is crafted from top-grain cowhide and is molded to fit the exact firearm it is designed to carry. The #11Z, allows for easy draw of the firearm, enabling the wearers to bring their firearms on target with one fluid motion. This exceptionally comfortable rig is supplied with a half harness and fits up to a 54″ chest. The opposite side of the harness has a nylon strap with elastic tie down and alligator clip. The C.E.O. Shoulder Rig is an excellent choice for women who have trouble finding a comfortable shoulder holster. Available in black or tan unlined leather. MSRP is $132.99. Glock 19X Holster Options: DeSantis Pegasus Line Intruder This holster is designed for both concealment and comfort. It is tuck-able and adjustable for both height and cant. The holster back consists of top grain premium steer-hide and the leather front component is finished with a supremely durable polyurethane film for lasting beauty. Each Intruder is molded from genuine Kydex sheet to exact specifications. MSRP is $70.99. Invader This is an extremely comfortable synthetic IWB, tuck-able holster. The body pad is built from edge bound neoprene, ballistic nylon and other synthetic materials, while the formed holster component is precision thermo-molded from sturdy Kydex sheet. The durable C-Clips are made of glass-reinforced nylon for lasting durability. This model is easily user adjustable with included hex wrench. J-Clips are also available separately. MSRP is $39.99. Infiltrator Air This IWB holster is adjustable for both height and cant. The front holster component is precision-molded Kydex and the back component is all synthetic and “breathable” material. It is fitted with the DeSantis Tuckable C-Clips. Optional “J” clips are available. MSRP is $86.99. Slim-Tuk The is a minimal ambidextrous IWB holster fashioned from Kydex. One of the most unique features about this IWB holster is that it uses the DeSantis tuck-able 360-degree C-Clip, which affords the wearer unlimited mounting options. The hardware can easily be reversed to change from right to left. The Slim-Tuk is precision molded from sturdy Kydex sheet and features a rugged nylon clip. Retail price is $39.99. Facilitator This holster is constructed of rigid .125 Kydex sheet and glass reinforced nylon for strength and durability and features the DeSantis Redi-Lok trigger locking device. It can be worn strong side (butt rearward), cross draw (butt forward), or small of back (almost horizontal). The Facilitator is SLIM, which makes it much more concealable than the competition. The combat proven Redi-Lok makes this model very secure and snatch resistant. The Redi-Lok is a trigger locking device that is totally instinctual so almost no new training will be necessary. It is located on the inboard side so it’s out of sight of an adversary. Belt slots are 1 3/4″ wide. Available in black. MSRP is $54.99. Intimidator 2.0 This is a minimal two slot pancake style holster. The holster body is formed of precision molded Kydex sheet while the back component is formed of leather and synthetic materials making it both compact and light weight. MSRP is $42.99. The Raptor The #146, Raptor Holster is a high ride OWB/IWB Kydex-thermoformed holster. It is pre-formed with a curved back with most of the detailed molding on the outer portion. This adds to both comfort and concealability. The Raptor comes with belt loops for 1 ½”, 1 ¾”, or IWB soft polymer straps. It also features a trigger guard detent and rear sweat guard. MSRP is $79.99. SL Raptor The #147, SL Raptor is a high ride OWB/IWB Kydex-thermoformed holster. It is pre-formed with a curved back which adds to both comfort and concealability. Most of the detailed molding is in the outer portion. The SL Raptor comes with belt loops for 1 ½”, 1 ¾”, or IWB soft polymer straps. It also features a self-locking Redi-Lok (trigger locking device) and rear sweat guard. MSRP is $83.99 DS Paddle Say goodbye to the shape-shifting or long break-ins typical of leather holsters. The DS Paddle holster is light, incredibly durable and custom molded to pair perfectly with your firearm. The secret to the DS Paddle’s success is Kydex — a technologically advanced thermoplastic that is feather light yet incredibly strong. Because Kydex can be molded with pin-point precision, there is minimal friction when drawing your gun. A unique dual tension device keeps your gun planted in the holster for realistic every day carry. Customization is possible for both forward and rearward cant. The DS Paddle also comes with optional belt attachment. MSRP is $47.99. Hidden Truth The #160, Hidden Truth is an appendix holster with integral Mag pouch. Built from 100 percent Kydex and adjustable for height and cant, it is fitted with the DeSantis tuck-able C-Clips. Optional J-Clips available. MSRP is $59.99. Prowler The #120, Prowler is the next generation of the DeSantis Intruder style holsters made with its auto locking Redi-lok system making it a level II self-locking holster. The Prowler can be used as a tuck able IWB holster, as well as an OWB holster. It features the DeSantis Tuckable 360 C-Clip making it both tuck able and adjustable for cant and height. Each Prowler is molded with genuine Kydex sheet to exacting specifications. Patents are pending. MSRP is $65.99. Scorpion II The Scorpion II is the next generation of the DeSantis Scorpion holster. The Scorpion II is designed for all day comfort. This strong side concealment holster remains completely open when the pistol is drawn and allows for simple one-handed re-holstering. It is precision molded from genuine Kydex sheet for lasting durability. The Scorpion II is fitted with the DeSantis Tuckable 360-degree C-Clips, which will allow height and cant adjustment and are totally tuckable. Optional J-Clips are also available. MSRP is $65.99. Quick Safe The Quick Safe is a level III concealment holster. This holster features twin Redi-Loks that can be lightning fast. The Quick Safe is constructed from heavy Kydex sheet. The other parts are injection molded from a super strong glass-reinforced polymer making it indestructible. Its ambidextrous design is adjustable for both angle (up to 30 degrees) and height. This holster performs especially well for women in its lowest position. The Quick Safe will accommodate belts up to 1 ¾” wide. Optional paddle mount is available. Patents Pending. MSRP is $39.99. Range Master The Range Master, #130, is designed primarily as a range holster. It features the DeSantis 2 1/4″ slotted belt hanger as well as an adjustable tension device for user adjustment. MSRP is $73.99. Duty Raptor (light bearing) The #153, Duty Raptor (light bearing) is built to stand up to the rigors of Law Enforcement and Military use. It will accommodate the Glock pistols with any one of several pistol lights attached. One truly unique feature is that this holster will secure the Glock pistol with or without the light attached. This Duty Raptor (light bearing) is built from a combination of thermoformed Kydex and other glass reinforced polymers. It features a rotating hood and an adjustable tensioning device, giving it level II security. It can be fitted with any of the DeSantis Tap Out accessories. MSRP is $105.99. The Just Cause The #161, The Just Cause, is a Safety Holster (uniform) built from thermoformed Kydex sheet and glass reinforced polymers. It features a rotating hood and a self-locking thumb-activated trigger guard lock and is very intuitive. It comes standard with a border patrol style back, but all the DeSantis Tap Out accessories will also work with this model. The Just Cause is now available for Glock pistols and other applications will follow. MSRP is $79.99. Light Bearing Raptor The #162, Light Bearing Raptor OWB/IWB concealment holster is fabricated from thermoformed Kydex for Glock pistols. It comes with 1 1/2”, 1 3/4” belt loops, and soft polymer IWB straps and is adjustable for both height and cant. The Light Bearing Raptor will work with Insight Technology Streamlight M3, Inforce Model INF-APL-B-W, Streamlight TLR-1 and the Surefire X300 rail-mounted lights and others of similar size. The most interesting feature is that it secures the Glock pistol with or without the light attached. MSRP is $83.99. Triple Play The #143, Triple Play is a multi-use intuitive system that can utilize all of the Tap Out accessory components, making it ideal for duty, plain clothes, or tactical use. It is adjustable for cant, height, and tension. Most importantly about this system is that it accommodates pistols fitted with or without reflex sights. It is built from rugged Kydex and other reinforced polymers. The Triple Play can be fitted with one or two Redi-Loks to provide security levels from two to four levels. A concealment style paddle (Y61) is available for order. Retail price is $69.99. The post DeSantis Gunhide Unveils 47 New Glock 19X Holster Fits appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  10. Batteries fail. Glass cracks. We all know things can go sideways. Backup iron sights (BUIS) ensure you and your rifle stay in the fight. With the press of a button, deploy a set of BUIS that keep you on target. RELATED STORY 16 Companies and Their Newest Optics & Sights for Today’s Shooters Another beautiful aspect of the AR platform is that your BUIS can be mounted in an offset position so they can be used in conjunction with an optic. Then you simply use your optic for distant work and roll the gun slightly to use the BUIS for close work. BUIS can also be co-witnessed with an optic, giving you some targeting redundancy. And redundancy is never a bad thing when your life is on the line. Scroll through our list below for a look at some of the best backup iron sights currently available. This article is from “Black Guns” 2019. To order a copy, visit outdoorgroupstore.com. The post 14 Quick-Deploy Backup Iron Sights for Your AR Rifle appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  11. U.S. Marines recently showcased the RQ-20B Puma Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) to our Kiwi counterparts. Based out of the Waiouru Military Camp in New Zealand, the showcase was part of Joint Assault Signals Company Black. RELATED STORY You Won’t Want to Mess with the USMC’S Powerful MUX Drone “The SUAS provides surveillance, target location, and reconnaissance for ground units and is being employed by the Royal New Zealand Army for exercise Sari Bair,” according to a statement from the Marines. “The Marines are with 1st Brigade, 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group.” Watch the video above to see the RQ-20B Puma in action. More on the RQ-20B Puma Developed by American technology manufacturer AeroVironment, the RQ-20B Puma is capable of both ground and water landings. Here’s what AeroVironment had to say about its SUAS: “Equipped with both an electro-optical (EO) and infrared (IR) camera and illuminator, Puma AE keeps the operator’s ‘eyes on target.’ While the precision navigation system with secondary GPS insures positional accuracy up to its 20 km range. An optional under wing transit bay easily integrates third party payloads such as communication relay, geo-location, or laser marker to meet the diverse needs of military or civilian applications. “Operated from AeroVironment’s battle-proven ground control station (GCS)–the same that drives our Raven and Wasp UAS platforms–the GCS allows the operator to control the aircraft manually or program it for GPS-based autonomous navigation. Puma AE can deliver 3.5-plus hours of flight endurance while versatile smart battery options support diverse mission requirements. A provided plug and play power adapter also makes for easy integration of extended endurance options such as solar wings.” The post WATCH: USMC’s RQ-20B Puma Unmanned Aerial System Takes Flight appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  12. The pistol-caliber carbine genre continues to expand and the Anderson Manufacturing AM-9 entry is one worth exploring further. The AM-9 features a forged 7075 T-6 lower receiver, a closed bolt, blowback operating system with a 9mm, 16-inch 1:10 twist barrel. RELATED STORY 5 of the Best Pistol-Caliber Carbine Models Currently Available Anderson designed the AM-9 to utilize the popular Glock 9mm magazines. The lower receiver features a flared magwell, oversized magazine release, and bolt stop to speed up reloading time. The AM-9 weighs in at 7 pounds — an advantage of the pistol caliber carbine is often lighter than its 16-inch rifle brethren. Use of Pistol-Caliber Carbines Pistol caliber carbines have become more prevalent with shooters viewing them as a possible alternative long-arm for personal defense, as well as growing stand alone classification on the competition circuit. My caliber of choice for a pistol caliber carbine is the 9mm due to magazine capacity; this is especially true if the model utilizes a Glock-style magazine, combined with preponderance of reasonably priced ammunition offerings. Some will question the utility of employing a pistol cartridge in a shoulder fired weapon. I would counter that most engagements happen well within a 100 yards — especially in civilian settings — with handling and reliability playing more of a factor in quick, reactive engagements than specific caliber used. Also, less experienced shooters will find the lower recoil impulse and muzzle blast of a pistol caliber fired from the shoulder easier to manage, which often translates to better accuracy. The 9mm Chambering The 9mm pistol cartridge chambered in a carbine is a much more potent package than any handgun. The advantage is derived from the increased accuracy found in a pistol-caliber carbine; this is based on multiple points of contact when interfaced with the shooter. This consists of shoulder, cheek, and hands spread further apart for more stability compared to when handling a handgun. The muzzle blast differential between a 9mm carbine versus rifle muzzle signature is further accentuated in confined spaces. Many more 9mm rounds can be carried in less space compared to rifle rounds. Two slim high capacity 9mm magazines fit into the same space as one M16/AR-15 magazine. There is an economic incentive in terms of the amount of purchasable 9mm rounds versus a rifle cartridge. This can be taken advantage of with more training and access to indoor ranges where rifles are usually verboten. Training regimen is further enhanced by the 9mm carbine’s ability to be used with steel plate targets without having to resort to specialty frangible rifle loads at close ranges. RELATED STORY Pistol-Caliber Firepower: 15 Can’t-Miss 9mm Carbines The old standard touting the advantage of having both a carbine and handgun chambered in the same caliber should not be casually dismissed either, especially if an organized logistics chain cannot be counted on. A carbine and handgun accepting the same magazine is an added bonus. Not to delve off into worst case scenarios, but too many people are stocking up ammunition, food and weapons in these times of worry to totally discount the sentiment. 9mm vs. 5.56mm/.223 Rem There are several main differences between the 9mm AR and 5.56mm/.223 Rem AR; these differences relate to the 9mm AR working via blowback operation compared to gas impingement for the rifle-chambered AR. The bolt carrier on the 9mm AR needs to be much heavier due to this operating method. It is one piece, as compared to the 5.56/.223 rotating bolt head. The bolt still recoils into the buffer tube located in the stock; thus side folding stocks are not an option with the 9mm ARs. The 9mm bolt face is integral to the bolt and different in configuration due to making room for ejector that protrudes up from magblock sliding along its length. Lastly, there are no rotating/locking lugs on the 9mm bolt face. Testing the Anderson Manufacturing AM-9 I had an opportunity to evaluate the Anderson Manufacturing AM-9 at the 2018 Athlon Rendezvous held in Missoula, Mont. The AM-9 was sighted 1-inch high at 25 yards, which gives an approximate 50-yard zero and -7-inch low at 100 yards; this is a flatter trajectory than most would expect. Anderson mounted one of its recently introduced red dots. I hammered an array of steel targets from 15 yards out to 150 yards off and on for nearly a day. Anderson Manufacturing AM-9 Final Thoughts The pistol-caliber carbine makes far more sense than relying strictly on a handgun for defense, especially in rural areas. If an unseasoned member of the family is involved, this is only magnified. Accurate hits are possible out to 100 yards with the Anderson Manufacturing AM-9 red dot carbine after only minimal practice. The AM-9 is one of the new breed of specifically designed pistol-caliber carbines. It takes the pistol-caliber carbine concept to fruition for the civilian concerned with either personal defense or competition … or those simply looking to enjoy shooting in the most efficient manner. For more information, please visit AndersonManufacturing.com. Anderson Manufacturing AM-9 Specs Caliber: 9mm Barrel: 16 inches; 1:10 twist OA Length: 40 inches Weight: 7 pounds Sights: Flat top Picatinney rail for mounting of optics or iron sights Action: Semi-auto Finish: Parkerized finish on the upper and hard coat anodized aluminum lower MSRP: $973 The post Gun Review: The Anderson Manufacturing AM-9 Pistol-Caliber Carbine appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  13. The Seattle Police Department released body cam footage of a recent “swatting” incident that took place. Swatting, for those unfamiliar, is when a police department receives a hoax call, usually involving gunfire or hostages, that requires immediate response from SWAT units. RELATED STORY Law Enforcement Puts ‘Swatting’ Epidemic Under Microscope “It is a deliberate and malicious act that creates an environment of fear and unnecessary risk, and in some cases, has led to loss of life,” the Seattle PD wrote in a release. The recent incident involving the Seattle PD was textbook swatting. Using an online app to disguise himself, an unnamed caller said, “… I have five hostages in my house at the moment. I want five grand or I’m going to kill them all.” Seattle Swatting Response Responding officers knew the caller made the call using an online phone app. Upon arrival, one officer even says, “Sounds more and more like swatting to me.” The officers carefully enter the apartment building with their rifles drawn. After checking with a neighbor, officers knock on the door of the reported apartment. After a verbal response from within, a female answers the door shortly thereafter. She confirms with police that it’s just her and her cat in the apartment. Police let her know about the call and the video ends. Seattle Police Find a Solution This particular incident ended without any injuries, but that isn’t always the case. With that in mind, the Seattle PD partnered with Rave Facility to improve its existing SMART911 app. Here’s the gist: “A 911 call taker receives a report of a critical incident. While ensuring first responders are dispatched to that call for service as quickly as possible, the call taker will simultaneously check for whether or not swatting concerns have been registered at that address. If swatting concerns have been registered, this information will be shared with responding officers, who will still proceed to the call. If no location profile exists, officers will still continue to the call. Nothing about this solution is designed to minimize or slow emergency services. At the same time, if information is available, it is more useful for responding officers to have it than to not.” Watch the video below and see how it works. For more information, please visit Seattle.gov. The post WATCH: Hostage-Based Seattle Swatting Incident Caught on Body Cam appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  14. The U.S. Army’s solicitation for a new sidearm became one of the most watched and anticipated processes of late. While many thought the contract would be awarded to Glock, SIG Sauer had other plans and stepped up to win the contract. RELATED STORY SIG Releasing 5,000 M17-Commemorative US Army Pistols The M17 became the new MHS (modular handgun system) for the Army and would then snowball into the sidearm for all branches of the military to include Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. The M17 has an advanced design and utilizes an innovative chassis system, which is the core of its modularity. The chassis allows different frame and grip sizes to be used, thus allowing it to be customized to the shooter’s preferences. It has worked well for civilian shooters since its launch two years ago. This design should make for a sidearm with excellent maintainability for our armed forces. But like any weapon our military is issued, the general public craves it — even if they only have access to a watered-down version. Thankfully, SIG has decided against such functional bias with its release of the SIG P320 M17 civilian variant. SIG P320 M17 Differences It would be easy enough for SIG to produce a series of the already fielded, civilian P320s in coyote tan and call it a day. Many shooters would be happy that if it was close to the original. But SIG unapologetically dropped the civilian M-17 with all the features that exist in the full-on military version, with little exception to some specific nuances. The most notable or noticeable difference is in the controls. The civilian version gets a black trigger, slide release, take down lever, mag release and safety selector; that’s in contrast to the mil version which gets coyote-tan controls. Differences like these are enough for the most discerning collectors to completely pass on acquisition of a P320 M17. That’s of no concern though because the mil controls will soon be black as well, since producing the coyote tan controls is more of a challenge than it’s worth. Having said all that, the commemorative version of the M-17, which is a limited-run, civilian release of the military pistol, will have the “rare” — and more than likely, more collectible — coyote controls. Other differences are hardly noticeable, such as different colored rear tritium inserts — orange on the M17 with one screw assembly and green on the civilian variant with two-screw assembly. There is a lack of mil-spec anti-corrosion coating on the civilian’s, but they do get SIG’s durable Nitron DLC finish. The civilian version gets two 17-round mags and no 21-round versions. Slide markings vary slightly as well. Military pistols get “SIG Sauer M17” while the rest of us get SIG Sauer P320 and M17 etchings. Both versions have the MHS optics cut for additional sight options. RELATED STORY Sig Sauer BDX: SIG Reveals New Rangefinder & Riflescope System SIG P320 M17 Testing While authenticity will rule the minds of some, I’m more concerned about function. When it comes to this, SIG has granted “the rest of us” with the same function, feel, and reliability of the M17. It would be difficult, and perhaps stupid, for SIG to make a lesser performing version to sell to the public. To be frank, the P320 M17 is an extremely accurate and easy to shoot pistol. Discussions with SIG’s team of engineers and product managers uncovered the kudos they received from their military customers for the pistol’s consistent and repeatable accuracy, and it’s easy to see why. We shot the pistol out to 75 yards off-hand during pistol drills at the SIG Sauer Academy. The pistol made feats like this feel like the norm. Everything is a cinch with the the SIG P320 M17, no matter how fast or slow you shoot it. My only gripes with the P320 M17 is the pesky take down lever that rubs my thumb raw after a few magazines. It has a sharp edge on it and my thumb rests squarely on that sharp edge, so if I were gong to spend lots of time with it, I’d have to modify my grip. The P320 feels tall as well, which it technically is. Because of the higher bore line, it feels as if the P320 has more muzzle whip, although it may not. But it doesn’t seem to affect my shooting performance. Final Thoughts on the SIG P320 M17 Reliability of the M17 is unparalleled. The M17 has the ability to go several, if not tens of thousands of rounds without malfunctions. We experienced no malfunctions that I’m aware of across 17 guns on the line. The P320 M17 truly is a “civilian” version of its military sibling, with no compromise in total features, only in feature specifics. There is nothing functionally inferior inside the P320 M17 as compared to the M17 and that should make enthusiasts more than happy. MSRP on the SIG P320 M17 is $768. For more information, please visit SigSauer.com. The post Gun Review: Does the SIG P320 M17 Pistol Live Up to the Army Hype? appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  15. The Windham Weaponry 9mm Carbine and GMC Pistol have arrived with one long-requested feature: being compatible with Glock magazines. Windham says the new options are geared toward Glock enthusiasts and law enforcement officials. RELATED STORY Windham Weaponry Is Selling Stripped, Complete Lowers for First Time Windham Weaponry 9mm Carbine & GMC Pistol Features One of the key details of these firearms is the bolt hold back feature. When the last round is fired, the bolt will lock back and stay open, showing that the firearm is unloaded. “The bolt hold back feature many 9mm fans have found hard to find at a reasonable price point,” said Mark Eliason, Windham Weaponry’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Additional features on the rifle include a 16-inch barrel with Melonite QPQ finish; a 13-inch Windham Weaponry free-floating M-LOK handguard with a 2-inch rail section; and a six-position telescoping buttstock. The pistol features a 9-inch barrel with Melonite QPQ finish; a mil-spec buffer tube; a 7-inch Windham Weaponry M-LOK free-floating handguard with a 2-inch rail section; and a five-position SB Tactical arm brace. The lowers on both are made from 7075 T6 aircraft aluminum billet, while the barrels are made from 4150 chrome moly Vanadium 11595E steel. Both lowers feature mil-standard type III hard coat anodize black finishes. MSRP on the Carbine is $1,360, while MSRP on the GMC Pistol is $1,283.25. To purchase these rifles or any Windham Weaponry firearms, please contact your local FFL dealer. For more information, visit WindhamWeaponry.com. Windham Weaponry 9mm Carbine Specs Action: Semi-Automatic, Blowback System Capacity: 17 + 1 – Ships with one 17-Round Magpul Magazine (accepts all Glock-compatible mags) Receiver Material: Billet 7075 T6 Aircraft Aluminum with Integral Trigger Guard Receiver Finish: Hardcoat Black Anodize Finish Barrel: 16 inches (406.4mm) Melonite QPQ Finish with 1/2″ x 28 T.P.I Thread Protector Bolt Material: 8620 steel Barrel Material: 4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium 11595E Steel with Melonite QPQ (Salt Bath Nitride) finish Rifling: 1 in 10″ (254mm) – Right Hand Twist Stock: 6-Position Telescoping Buttstock Forend: 13-inch Windham Weaponry Free-Floating Handguard with 2-inch rail section Pistol Grip: A2 Black Plastic Grip Weight: 6.72 pounds without magazine Length: 34.5 inches (30.75 inches with telestock collapsed) Windham Weaponry 9mm GMC Pistol Specs Action: Semi-Automatic, Blowback System Capacity: 17 + 1 – Ships with one 17-Round Magpul Magazine (accepts all Glock-compatible mags) Receiver Material: Billet 7075 T6 Aircraft Aluminum with Integral Trigger Guard Receiver Finish: Hardcoat Black Anodize Finish Barrel: 9 inches (228.6mm) Melonite QPQ Finish with 1/2″ x 28 T.P.I. Thread Protector Barrel Material: 4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium 11595E Steel with Melonite QPQ (Salt Bath Nitride) finish Rifling: 1 in 10″ (254mm) – Right Hand Twist Stock: 5-Position SB Tactical Arm Brace Forend: 7-inch Windham Weaponry Free-Float Railed Handguard with 2-inch rail section Pistol Grip: A2 Black Plastic Grip Weight: 5.8pounds without magazine Length: 24.75 inches The post Windham Weaponry Releases Glock Mag Compatible 9mm Carbine, Pistol appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
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