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  1. The New Orleans Police Department released footage of a wild shootout recently that left one officer and two suspects wounded. Body cam footage shows one officer take a round during a shootout that spills out of a local CVS Pharmacy. RELATED STORY WATCH: Appleton Police Kill Suspect Who Suddenly Shoots, Kills EMS “NOPD said the officers initially responded to a report of an armed robbery and arrived at the scene within two minutes of getting the call,” reported kalb.com. “The video shows the officers confront the two suspects, Alan Parson and Richard Sansbury, who retreated into the store. One of the officers is then heard saying, ‘He’s got a gun,’ before both officers left the store to take cover just outside the doors.” The New Orleans Police Shootout That’s when officer Chad Clark, holding a position on the right side of the pharmacy exit, takes one round in the shoulder. Footage shows Clark get hit, stagger, then retreat and take up a more covered position. Then the officer holds his ground, and when the suspects make a daring run for it, he responds with fellow officers, engaging the threat. Multiple body camera angles, along with the store’s security camera footage, paint the picture as the entire scene unfolds. After initially getting the jump on officers, the suspects bolt for the door. However, multiple officers engage Parson and Sansbury. One report stated the officers fired 29 shots in total. Parson took three gunshot wounds in the shootout, and officers apprehended him on the scene. Sansbury took one round and fled into the neighborhood. Authorities captured him about two hours later, according to kalb.com. “I commend these officers for their bravery and their courage, more specifically Officer Clark who was still able to stand and return fire against these individuals,” said NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson, as reported by kalb.com. “They knew the individuals were armed, and they made the proper approach, and things erupted in a split second.” Both suspects remain in custody. Meanwhile, Clark, the injured officer, is reportedly home and recovering. The post WATCH: New Orleans Police Fire 29 Times, Wound Suspects in CVS Shootout appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  2. FN America recently announced it latest limited-edition FN 509 Tactical, this time available only through RSR Group. The unique 509 Tactical comes in a striking battle-gray slide and black frame combo. RELATED STORY FN America Launches Exclusive Two-Tone FN 509 FDE/ODG These unique, limited-edition models have been a theme for FN of late. Initially available in flat dark earth and black, last month the company announced an eye-catching flat dark earth and olive drab green combo. Then last week, the company put out yet another two-tone version, flat dark earth on black. With the addition of the battle-gray slide on black frame combo, FN truly has a color combination to suit just about anyone. The FN 509 Tactical features a 4.5-inch threaded barrel with 4-inch slide and the FN Low-Profile Optics Mounting System. Suppressor-height night sights co-witness with miniature red dot optics. The pistol comes with 17-round or 24-round extended magazines; however, 10-round version are available for states with magazine capacity restrictions. The FN 509 Series comprises FN’s signature striker-fired pistol line for duty or carry. The 509 features double-action operation, external extractor, loaded chamber indicator and front and rear cocking serrations. Inside, a cold hammer-forged barrel features a recessed target crown, along with a polished chamber and feed ramp. The frame utilizes a polymer construction with replaceable steel frame/slide rails. An enhanced grip texture helps deliver more shooter control. Meanwhile, interchangeable backstraps enable shooters to customize the fit. Each pistol features a Picatinny accessory mounting rail. A fully ambidextrous slide stop lever and magazine release deliver further versatility. Finally, each magazine features a high visibility, low-friction follower. For more information, visit fnamerica.com. FN America 509 Tactical Specifications Caliber: 9mm Barrel: 4.5 inches Overall Length: 7.9 inches Overall Weight: 27.9 ounces Grip: Polymer Sights: Tall, three-dot night sights Action: Striker-fired Finish: Matte black Overall Capacity: 17+1, 24+1 MSRP: $1,049 The post FN America Releases Gray and Black Two-Tone 509 Tactical appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  3. DRD Tactical recently announced the company was awarded a fixed quantity-fixed price contract for M4 uppers to a U.S. Allied country in Asia. The contract enables the end user country to upgrade its M16 weapon systems. RELATED STORY Georgia Law Enforcement Agencies Pick DRD Tactical Kivaari for SWAT Teams DRD Tactical M4 Uppers DRD Tactical M4 uppers for this contact include billet upper receivers, M-LOK compatible handguards and a 14.5-inch M4 barrel. The upper receiver assembly includes front and rear flip-up sights along with a carbine stock kit. DRD Tactical CDR16 Machine Guns, a base gun in the company’s LE/MIL line, features lower and upper receivers machined from aircraft grade billet aluminum. Calibers available include both 5.56 NATO and 300 BLK. The rifles run on a direct impingement system. The melanite-plated barrel comes in 10.5-, 11.5-, 14.5-, 16- and 20-inch overall lengths. Meanwhile, both 10- and 15-inch rails, depending on the barrel length, feature MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rail on the top and M-LOK mounting points elsewhere. DRD Tactical specializes in design and manufacturing of its patented Take Down Rifles in .338 Lapua Magnum, 7.62 NATO, 6.5 Creedmoor, 5.56 NATO and 300 BLK calibers. The company also produces select-fire machine guns in 7.62 NATO, 5.56 NATO and 300 BLK. All guns come out of the company’s CNC manufacturing facility located in Georgia. For more information, visit drdtactical.com. The post DRD Tactical Awarded Contract to Export M4 Uppers to Asia appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  4. Steyr Arms recently announced its upcoming Range Day, to be held Saturday, July 27 at the 500-acres CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama. The world class shooting facility serves as the home range for the Steyr Academy. The event is free and open to the public, including free shooting opportunities. RELATED STORY Why the Steyr Elite Experience Is the Best Shooting Program We’ve Seen Don’t miss your chance to gain valuable hands-on experience with the award-winning line of Steyr Arms firearms. Also, attendees can participate in a shooting competition, enter in a free drawing to win Steyr firearms. Exclusive factory discounts on Steyr products are also part of the event. Steyr plans to showcase its full line of premium firearms for every attendee to shoot, free of charge. Those interested in competition can participate in the “Sniper Challenge.” For a $10 entry fee, competitors attempt to hit two targets: one with an HS .50 BMG at 600 yards; the second with an SSG M1 .338 Lapua at an unknown distance. Hook up on both shots and you get entered to win a Steyr 20-inch THB .308 McMillan Stock. Attendees can enter as many times as they wish. Attendees not participating in the “Sniper Challenge” can still elect to shoot the HS .50 and SSG M1, with a nominal fee of $10. For those that don’t want to compete, Steyr offers all attendees a chance to win something at Range Day. Everyone attending the event will be entered for a chance to win the last OD Green M9-A1 pistol brought into the U.S. For more information, visit steyr-arms.com. The post Steyr Range Day Offers Precision Shooting at CMP Talladega appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  5. Hopefully you already know this, but movies, television shows and video games aren’t real. Self-defense is simpler and less cinematic. Encounters outside of a military engagement can be solved with a simple carbine, iron sights and a couple magazines. Sure, there are scenarios where iron sights aren’t exactly ideal, but such events aren’t common. I believe a trainer shooter can handle most situations with a solid set of iron sights. RELATED STORY 14 Quick-Deploy Backup Iron Sights for Your AR Rifle The vast majority of civilian shootings occur inside 50 yards or across a room. Combining statistics of recent police engagements using carbines shows that they occur mostly between a couple houses, in the front yard, behind a car or across the street. So, using realistic parameters, let’s take a look at what to do in a real self-defense situation and the equipment available to get it done. Choose Wisely Over the years, iron sights became relegated to a “backup” role. Like the tiny pistol you carry but hope to never use in a fight, a backup iron sight is something you have but never expect to use. If they are the only sighting system on your pistol, don’t scrimp. The same goes for carbines. Cheap folding sights with no means of adjustment are not primary sights. If you’re not using a scope or reflex sight, your iron sights don’t need to fold; in fact, my preference is that they don’t—at least not the front sight. Your standard A2 front sight base, part of the gas block, is fine, and several similar styles will mount to your top rail. You want iron sights that are rock solid, easy to see and designed for fighting. Red-dot sights are “fast.” Or so I’m told, but just like having a reflex sight on a pistol, mine aren’t really on my carbines for speed, but convenience. The biggest advantage of red dots is that you don’t have to alight two sights, and they’re fantastic when shooting from awkward positions or if you’re weighed down with cumbersome gear, especially a gas mask. But if you’re at close range and precise alignment isn’t necessary, red dots are typically slower for me. After years of running HK diopter sights, I’m much faster using them at CQB distances. If precision is needed, I align the two ghost rings, putting one circle inside the other so the shadowing is relatively equal. Otherwise, I stay target focused, put what I want to hit in the center of the front circle and press the trigger. To that end, I used to remove the post from my HK front sight just for practice. It’s important to know your zero so you can line up shots quickly without worrying about lighting conditions, for example. And in that same vein, with a good set of iron sights, you won’t have to worry about your red dot getting “washed out” by a strong light. Iron Sight Choices Abound Several companies make completely covered front sights that work the same way. They come standard on the FN SCAR, and you can get them on an HK416. Griffin Armament makes a great set of angled sights with a fully protected front unit. Another good choice is a bar/line sighting arrangement that’s much easier to pick up when you’re close. Sights with big dots are nice up close, too, but they don’t provide much better service than a red dot. With sufficient practice, you can fold your rear sight down and get most things done with the front sight alone—something I’ve done for years with my shotguns. For longer-range work, there are several different posts you can choose for your front sight and various ways to adjust for elevation with the rear. Thin posts or blades are great; I regularly hit 400-yard silhouette targets with the 115-year-old blade sights on my M1903 Springfield. At long range, they don’t obscure much of the target, making holds easier. My preference for shots at 300 yards and closer is a Trijicon tritium post. It’s great for low light, and the flat top allows me to line up my shots more precisely. Zero the front sight for a hold under the target and you can reach out a long way. In most cases, the front sight is adjusted to your preferred zero and elevation is handled by holding high on the target or adjusting the rear sight. If longer ranges are in the cards, pick a sight you can adjust easily on the fly. The SCAR’s sights are great, and so are standard A2-style units like Dueck Defense offset sights. Typically, holds work at 300 yards, so rears that require tools to adjust are fine. You can also get tritium inserts for your ghost-ring rear sight; they’re nice, but they aren’t critical. Given how close your eye is, it’s also hard to see them sometimes, and I personally never use them. RELATED STORY EOTech Awarded $26.3M USSOCOM Contract for Sights, Magnifiers Iron Sight: Smarter Practice Using iron sights effectively takes practice, which is why red-dot sights are so popular these days: In tactical realms, they allow department trainers to become note-takers instead of teachers. A proper zero is critical with any sight, and it’s absolutely mandatory with iron sights. There are several ideas out there when it comes to distances for zeroing, but it doesn’t matter so much which one you choose as long as you intimately know whichever one you do choose. Practice is also necessary at any range you will likely experience in a self-defense situation, from across the room to the farthest distance you may encounter. In other words, you need to know where to hold your front sight no matter the situation. The rear ghost ring was designed so soldiers could use the large out to 200 yards and then switch to the smaller aperture for greater distance. For anything up close, across the lawn or maybe even across the street, definitely use the larger hole. You want to know where the front post is on the target while it’s somewhere in the middle of the rear aperture. If you need more precision, then line up carefully, but at that range you’ll have more wiggle room than you would think. When taking photos for this article, I zeroed a rifle’s red-dot sight at 50 yards in relatively low light, and my target was a 6-inch steel plate. At 59 years old, the “dot” I perceived was just three sparkles, so I couldn’t see the target. So, I cranked up the reticle brightness, and it was as clear as a bell. I mention this because you won’t always be 30 forever, and sometimes equipment is not an advantage but a liability. Does this mean I’ll drop my red-dot sight? Nope, but it’s definitely something to consider. Always Versatile Red-dot sights remain practical and popular for a reason. Night-vision devices make them almost a requirement unless you have an infrared laser, but you’re adding thousands of dollars to the cost of a rifle either way. Some agencies use night-vision goggles, but very few (and by comparison even fewer outside the government) have $5,000 to spend on one pair. This doesn’t mean iron sights are useless. However, they lack all that is necessary for the task fighting at night. Red-dot sights are great tools, but they aren’t the only ones, nor are they magical or flawless. If it’s electronic, it can fail, and to think otherwise is just foolish or even dangerous if lives are on the line. If you can afford expensive sights, great! Just don’t overlook or ignore the things you can do with practice and a good iron sight set. Your life could depend on it. This article is from the March 2019 issue of Tactical Life magazine. Grab your copy at OutdoorGroupStore.com. For digital editions, visit Amazon. The post Why Your Carbine Needs a Reliable Backup Iron Sight and How to Use It appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  6. Something is clearly going on at Patriot Ordnance Factory. The fire-breathing patriot that is Frank DeSomma and his crew have tapped a firearm industry vein like few before them. And they are one hell of a streak. The award-winning Revolution DI is just the latest example. RELATED STORY FIRST LOOK: Slow-Mo Range Time With the .308 POF Revolution Pistol At the recent Industry Choice Awards at the Rockcastle Shooting Center in Kentucky, the POF Revolution DI, in .308, took Rifle of the Year. That made the third consecutive year POF took home the top honor, and with a different rifle each and every year, an unprecedented accomplishment. And the Industry Choice Awards are a bit different in how they operate anyhow. Instead of a board of editors or other media, Industry Choice employs a panel of more than two dozen evaluators. These evaluators remain nameless to the companies that submit product, and thereby give unbiased, unfiltered criticism of products. Those evaluators turn over a bit from year to year as well, further widening the range and breadth of the panel. They range from gunsmiths, to store owners, to competitors to trainers. POF Revolution DI Wins Industry Choice Award POF’s Frank DeSomma (center) throws up a Skillset sign while accepting Rifle of the Year award from event organizers David Power (left) and Andy Horner.For the third consecutive year, POF has reigned supreme in this evaluation that fully examines guns at the bench and on the range. Further, in 2018, POF took home a Golden Bullseye from NRA and Ballistic’s Best Editor’s Choice for Innovative AR for the Revolution PD (piston driven) rifle. The Revolution DI (Direct Impingement) shares features, advancements, and technology of the prior award winning Revolution PD (Piston Driven). However it employs one distinct difference, its operation. Direct impingement allows for a smaller handguard, lighter weight, and 9 positions of adjustment with the DIctator gas block. POF-USA broke from the industry status quo by making an AR-15 that shoots .308. It is important to note that the Revolution DI is not an AR-10, or even a small frame AR-10. The Revolution DI is the same size as an AR-15. The platform utilizes the company’s ambidextrous Gen 4 lower receiver. Like another award winning POF-USA rifle, the Renegade+, the upper receiver is engineered around their unique heat sink barrel nut. A 9-position adjustable DIctator gas block, match-grade barrel, and Renegade M-LOK rail with 4 built in QD sling mount points round out the features. For more information, visit pof-usa.com. The post POF’s Incredible, Award-Winning Streak Continues With Revolution DI appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  7. Apex Tactical Specialties recently announced the company’s popular Freedom Edition Triggers were again available, this time through July 4. All customers will also receive with $100 or more will also receive a free Apex patch. RELATED STORY Apex Tactical Releases CZ Action Enhancement Kits Freedom Edition models are available now directly from Apex Tactical at apextactical.com. Supplies of each model are limited, so interested shooters are encouraged to order now before they are gone. Apex Freedom Edition Triggers Return Apex will also include its offer of free shipping to its entire store during this time, so all Apex triggers and other components ship free through July 4. Savvy customers can further take advantage of Apex’s free shipping and shop from the company’s wide selection of drop-in components. Apex offers a full line of barrels, triggers, tools and other components, along with swag shooters can sport on the range. Apex Tactical Components Glocks CZ Pistols FN Pistols (FN 509, FNS, FNS Compact) M&P & M&P M2.0 M&P Shield, M&P Shield 2.0 Ruger MkIV & MkIV 22/45 Sig P320 S&W Revolver S&W SDVE Walther PPQ 1911s Thin Blue Line Series Shop the entire Apex online store now through Thursday, July 4 to take advantage of the free shipping offer. The free shipping discount from Apex Tactical Specialties is automatic and no special coupon code is needed during online checkout. For more information on parts from Apex Tactical Specialties, visit ApexTactical.com. Instructional videos on the installation of Apex parts are available on Apex’s YouTube, Full30 and GunStreamer channels. The post Apex Freedom Edition Triggers Available Through July 4 appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  8. Bear Ops recently announced the release of a new knife aimed at law enforcement, first responders and everyday carry, the Bear Swipe IV Rescue Knife. The Swipe IV Rescue Knife sports a tanto-style blade, glass breaker and seatbelt cutter, providing three versatile, life-saving tools in one pocket-clip carried option. RELATED STORY Bear OPS Butterfly Knives | New Product The Bear Swipe IV Rescue Knife features a black-coated finish Sandvik steel blade. The blade deploys quickly using the integrated flipper. Additionally, it provides excellent cutting, carving, and piercing properties courtesy of a tanto-style blade. Its slip-restraint handles available in scaled black G10, are ergonomically designed for a positive, comfortable grip and excellent blade control, according to Bear Ops. This multipurpose knife also features a glass breaker, seatbelt cutter, and a robust pocket clip. Lightweight and compact, the Bear Ops rescue carries discretely in pockets, attached to molle gear, or easily secured in packs. With the included glass breaker and seatbelt cutter, the Swipe IV Rescue Knife becomes an obvious tool for law enforcement, military and first responders such as EMS. However, it brings value for civilians as well. Leave one in your vehicle as an insurance against getting trapped after an auto accident. With the flipper assist and tanto blade, it’s a solid carry knife regardless. Bear OPS Bear Swipe IV Rescue Knife Specifications Blade Material: Sandvik 14C28N Handle Material: Black G10 Rockwell: 58-60 Closed Overall Length: 4 ¼” Open Overall Length: Edge Overall Length: 3 ¼” Overall Weight: 4.1 ounces Extras: Assisted Opening, Flipper, Seatbelt Cutter, Glass Breaker, Lifetime Warranty Made in the U.S. MSRP: $99.99 For more information, visit bearandsoncutlery.com. The post Bear Ops Swipe IV Rescue Knife Includes Glass Breaker, Seatbelt Cutter appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  9. Primary Arms recently announced the release of its newest optic line, the Gold Series. The Gold Series includes three new riflescopes with a “4” zoom ratio: 2.5-10×44, 4-16×50 and 6-24×50. RELATED STORY Pushing a Primary Arms 3X Compact Prism Scope to Its Absolute Limit The Gold Series scopes are made from 6061 and 7075 aluminum, stainless steel and hardened steel components. The patent pending turret system replaces brass and adhesive internals with stainless steel, hardened steel, and aluminum alloy construction using mechanical component retention for improved toughness, durability, and turret tracking precision. Leave the rifle stationary for more than three minutes and reticle illumination automatically shuts off to save battery life. As soon as the AutoLive technology detects movement, reticle illumination will resume at the prior brightness setting. Primary Arms Gold Series Features The patent pending ZLock resettable turret knobs lock automatically at the user-selected “0” point. This gives shooters confidence that their rifle’s zero is locked down tight. Pressing the ZLock button unlocks the knob for adjustments, even when wearing heavy gloves. The elevation knob’s laser engraved rotation indicator tracks total travel at 100 clicks per revolution. When it’s time to spin it back down to zero, the ZStop elevation return to zero system ensures a quick, accurate return to zero every time. Gold Series scopes feature enhanced glass clarity and careful optical engineering that maximizes eye box and sight acquisition speed, according to Primary Arms. Looking through these scopes, the field of view extends outwards to the edge of the scope body itself. Black bordering or vignette surrounding the sight picture has been nearly eliminated, creating a clear, flat field of view, according to Primary Arms. The first wave of GLx4 scopes will feature six different magnification and reticle configuration. These options provide excellent variability for shooters looking to tailor their scope for specific applications. The 2.5-10×44 models feature the ACSS Griffin MIL and ACSS HUD DMR 5.56 reticles. Increasing in magnification, the 4-16×50 models feature ACSS HUD DMR 308 and R-GRID 2B reticles for adaptability across ranges. Finally, the long-range 6-24×50 models feature both the ATHENA BPR MIL and ACSS HUD DMR 308 reticles, so shooters can choose between a refined MIL Grid and Primary Arms’ trusted BDC holdovers. For more information, visit primaryarms.com. The post Primary Arms Releases Gold Series Line of Riflescopes appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  10. Sacramento Police released body cam footage from a shootout that left one officer dead. Tara O’Sullivan, 26, on the force for only a year, suffered a fatal gunshot wound during an intense gun fight June 19. RELATED STORY An LEO Examines the Lakemoor Police Shooting Ending With a Headshot Sacramento Police Mourn Fallen Officer “We are devastated tonight,” Deputy Chief Dave Peletta said, in a report posted by sacbee.com. “There are no words to convey the depth of sadness we feel or how heartbroken we are for our family of our young, brave officer.” The incident began when officers responded to a call for a domestic disturbance between a man and a woman. Officers assisted the woman with removing personal belongings from the residence. That’s when a man inside opened fire with a rifle. O’Sullivan took fire and fell in a yard. She laid for nearly 45 minutes before being evacuated, according to sacbee.com. Since the shooting, local media criticized police for the response time in getting aid to the wounded O’Sullivan. However, the assailant remained armed and in a position to fire on officers at the scene. “Due to one of our officers being shot, our officers took safe positions, and at that time they believed the officer was shot with a rifle,” said police spokesman Sgt. Vance Chandler, as reported by sacbee.com. “The officer went down in the yard of a residence, and due to the suspect being armed with a rifle and actively shooting our officers maintained cover in safe positions until we were able to get an armored vehicle in the area.” Authorities took O’Sullivan to a local hospital. Tragically, she died there later that evening. The standoff, and more shooting, continued on into the night. Finally, several hours after the standoff began, 45-year-old Adel Sambrano Ramos surrendered to police. Authorities initially charged Ramos with a single count of murder, though reports of weapons and other threats, along with his past history of domestic violence, suggest additional charges may be coming. The post WATCH: Sacramento Police Release Footage From Shootout That Killed Officer appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  11. The NRA has suspended and formally named in a lawsuit NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox. The news broke Thursday from the New York Times. It listed NRA claims that Cox allegedly took part in the failed coup to oust Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, a charge Cox flatly rejects. RELATED STORY Connecticut Supreme Court: Remington Can Be Sued For Sandy Hook The NRA’s internal struggles and external pressure made headlines in the news with allegations of corruption, coup attempts and financial impropriety. During April’s NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, controversy ensued as board members and LaPierre reportedly battled for control with NRA’s then-president, Oliver North. Reports implicated North in the coup attempt and NRA’s board of directors fired him. Now Cox’s suspension, and accompanying lawsuit filed in New York, will likely send more shockwaves throughout the organizations’s membership base and the firearms industry. “In the suit, the N.R.A. said that text messages and emails demonstrated that ‘another errant N.R.A. fiduciary, Chris Cox — once thought by some to be a likely successor for Mr. LaPierre — participated’ in what was described as a conspiracy,” reported nytimes.com. Chris Cox Responds “The allegations against me are offensive and patently false,” Cox said in a statement, as reported by nytimes.com. “For over 24 years I have been a loyal and effective leader in this organization. My efforts have always been focused on serving the members of the National Rifle Association, and I will continue to focus all of my energy on carrying out our core mission of defending the Second Amendment.” The Cox suspension serves as the latest blow in what has proven to be a difficult year for the NRA. With Trump’s successful election came less dire need for support, which translated to lighter fundraising and membership growth. NRA’s Carry Guard insurance program, expected to create a huge windfall for the organization, became fraught with problems and lawsuits; it cost the organization both money and clout. But arguably nothing has proven more damaging than the concerted effort of new and established media outlets to come guns blazing after the NRA. Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown For Gun Safety seeded The Trace, a non-profit media group devoted exclusively to promoting gun control. Major Media Reports on NRA Then on April 17, The New Yorker published a story by Mike Spies, a staff writer for The Trace. The article, a detailed, scathing report of alleged NRA financial impropriety, cited recent tax filings. Those filings also revealed NRA annually paid its PR firm, Ackerman McQueen, up to $40 million. The story alleged massive payments to top executives and vendors. Worse still, it came at a time when the organization is reportedly deeply in debt. The story further reported that on April 12, NRA ultimately filed a lawsuit against Ackerman McQueen. “The suit alleges that Ackerman has denied the N.R.A. access to basic business records, including the terms of Oliver North’s contract, and blames the firm for throwing it into an existential crisis. Ackerman’s general lack of transparency, the complaint says, ‘threatens to imminently and irreparably harm’ the N.R.A.’s status as a nonprofit organization,” the story reported. Then at April’s NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Indianapolis, a group of NRA members called for a vote of no confidence against LaPierre. The following day North announced he was out as NRA President. Meanwhile, LaPierre reportedly claimed North blackmailed LaPierre in an attempt to force resignation. “North’s departure and the circumstances surrounding it cast a public light on the apparent discord within the influential gun rights group,” reported washingtonpost.com. RELATED STORY Bump Stock Owners: What You Need to Know After ATF Ruling NRA Responds But on May 22, with LaPierre successfully still in position, the NRA published a letter to the membership. The letter included signatures by several past presidents, including Allan Cors, Marion Hammer and others. The message pledged support to LaPierre while also attempting to reassure members that committees were in place. It further claimed finances were in order, and enemies of the NRA would continue to launch baseless attacks. It read, in part: Our adversaries will not divide us and any further discussion about the so-called “demise of the NRA” is only meant to distract us from our mission. This is how it goes when you stand on the bedrock of constitutional freedom – and represent the last line of defense against a campaign to take down the Second Amendment. While board members may argue, and perhaps even disagree as to tactics, the support Wayne and the current leadership enjoys reflects our assessment of his past and future value to the association as well as our realization that our opponents know they have to take him down if they want to weaken the NRA. So for now, LaPierre and the current Board of Directors remain largely unchanged. Meanwhile, North, Ackerman McQueen, and now likely Chris Cox, once thought the eventual successor to LaPierre, are all out. With litigation looming, this story is far from finished. Stay tuned. The post NRA Suspends ILA Executive Director Chris Cox for ‘Attempted Coup’ appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  12. Close Quarters Tactical (CQT) announced it recently acquired the former National Security Associates training facility near Fort Benning, Georgia. The multi-purpose facility encompasses 700 acres and features numerous ranges, shoot houses and breaching facilities. RELATED STORY Steyr Arms Offers Training to Law Enforcement Agencies Located in Cusseta, Georgia, the new CQT facility spans some 700 acres. An extensive breaching facility accommodates all types of mechanical, ballistic, thermal and explosive breaching. Meanwhile, a 6,000-square-foot covered shoot house provides ample scenarios. Shooting ranges vary 25 to 1,000 yards. Close Quarter Tactical will provide law enforcement, government and military courses for tactical professionals. According to CQT, it offers real-world facilities to support training missions and readiness. As such, turn-key, deployment-ready preparation and detail-specific follow through is guaranteed, according to CQT. The CQT Georgia facility also provides the defense industry a venue to conduct testing, evaluation and demonstration of cutting edge technologies and capabilities. Convenient to Fort Benning Combat Developers and Integration Directorate personnel, opportunities abound at CQT. The Georgia training location accommodates up to 100 people, with one-stop training for law enforcement, private security, military and special operations teams. Course lists include breaching, precision rifle, SWAT, patrol tactics, active shooter and more. Close Quarters Tactical Georgia Features Classrooms Numerous flat ranges Shoot house Numerous Breaching areas SUB-T site Confined Space trainer Jungle/Clandestine drug lab Rappel tower Lodging Cafeteria For more information, visit cqtusa.com. The post Close Quarters Tactical Acquires Training Facility Near Fort Benning appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  13. Rival Arms recently announced its newest accessory component, precision slides for Glock pistols. The slides offer optic cuts and fit models 17, 19, 26, 34 and 43. RELATED STORY Zev Technologies Longshot Slide for G34 Gen3 Returns For Limited Run Rival Arms intricately machines each slide from a 17-4PH stainless steel billet for maximum durability and corrosion resistance. The company integrates aggressive front and rear serrations into the slide. Those serrations promote positive slide manipulation for high-stress or competitive scenarios, depending on the user. Meanwhile, precision cutouts redistribute weight and enhance cooling of the barrel. Additionally, each slide utilizes thermo-chemically case-hardening to further resist wear, according to Rival Arms. The Glock slides come with optic cuts in two different versions. One accepts all Trijicon RMR profile optics. The second accommodates other popular brands, including Truglo, EOTech, Docter USA, Insight, Meopta, Vortex and similar profile optics. For Glock 43 owners, a slide without an optic cut is available. Rival Arms precision upgrade slides fit Gen 3 and 4 Glock 17, 19, 26 and 43 pistols. However, the company says Glock 34 pistols will become available later this summer. Rival Arms slide installation requires no gunsmith work, which means users can easily install at home. A limited lifetime warranty covers all Rival Arms slides. For more information, visit rival-arms.com. Rival Arms Glock Slides Features Match-grade precision upgrade slide Recessed slide cuts for compatibility with several optics CNC machined from 17-4PH stainless steel billet for superior corrosion resistance and durability Quench-Polish-Quench (QPQ) thermo-chemical case hardened to resist normal wear and tear even in the harshest conditions Front and rear serrations for easy slide manipulation Three window cuts for more efficient cooling and airflow Individually hand inspected for accuracy No gunsmith required Limited lifetime warranty MSRP: $470.99 The post Rival Arms Precision Glock Slides Include Optics Cuts appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  14. FN America recently announced the release of a limited-edition FN 509 Tactical. The new model, featuring a black frame and flat dark earth slide, is available exclusively through Davidson’s, Inc. retailers. RELATED STORY FN America Launches Exclusive Two-Tone FN 509 FDE/ODG The FN 509 Tactical features a 4.5-inch threaded barrel with four-inch slide, FN Low-Profile Optics Mounting System, suppressor-height night sights that co-witness with miniature red dot optics, and 17-round standard and 24-round extended magazine; 10-round versions are available for states with magazine capacity restrictions. The original FN 509 hit the market in 2017. We first brought you coverage of the original Full-Sized FN 509 Tactical 9mm Pistol last June, and we came away impressed. “Like most Americans, I want options, and the FN 509 Tactical offers just that,” said Greg Lickenbrock in his review. “You can dress it up for a Rambo excursion or leave it “low pro” for simple range sessions. This is a gun you can trust from a trusted company. There’s a reason FN has been making the U.S. military’s M4s, M16s and M249 SAWs for years. The company knows what works and what doesn’t. And this pistol definitely works.” FN 509 Tactical Features Now the 509 adds a two-tone look to the popular platform. But it left nothing behind from the previous model. As such, the 9mm, striker-fired pistol utilizes the company’s Low-Profile Optics Mounting System. Additionally, this system accommodates more than 10 commercially-available miniature red dot optics systems. Also, each optic co-witnesses with suppressor-height night sights. A slide cap protects iron sight alignment during hard use. Meanwhile, the 4.5-inch, cold hammer-forged, stainless steel barrel features a target crown and is threaded 1/2×28 to accept aftermarket 9mm suppressors. Above all, 24-round magazines provide plenty of firepower. The FN 509 Tactical retails for $1,049. For more on this unique pistol, visit galleryofguns.com. For more information, visit fnamerica.com. FN 509 Tactical Specifications Caliber: 9mm Barrel: 4.5 inches Overall Length: 7.9 inches Overall Weight: 27.9 ounces Grip: Polymer Sights: Tall, three-dot night sights Action: Striker-fired Finish: Matte black Overall Capacity: 17+1, 24+1 MSRP: $1,049 The post FN Releases Two-Tone 509 Tactical Exclusive to Davidson’s appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  15. The following is an op-ed from Donald Mihalek, the Executive VP of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation. We first reported on the Lakemoor Police shooting in January when body cam footage first became available. Watch the footage above. A second full-length video from the shooting officer’s vantage point has since been made available. It is at the bottom of this post. RELATED STORY An LEO Examines the Oklahoma Open Carry Video Nearly Gone Wrong Around 5 a.m. on July 26, 2018, Lakemoor Police Officer Brianna Tedesco found a suspicious vehicle parked on a gravel path in the dark. It was the early morning hours when light is dim and both visual acuity and perception are at their worst. It is also when someone who may have been working all night is tired, which impacts reaction time. Statistics have shown time and again that more officer-involved use of force incidents occur in low light that at any other time. Statistics also show that low-light situations are by far the most deadly for law enforcement officers. The Lead-up Tedesco was alone. She stopped her patrol car a distance from the suspect vehicle. Why is that a factor? It means her safety and cover were far from her position, which isn’t optimal. Additionally, Tedesco’s vehicle position forced her to approach the suspect from the front of the vehicle; this gave the suspect a complete line of sight of her movements and positioning, which places her at a further disadvantage. The benefit of approaching from behind — the “ambush position” — is gone. Once there, the officer interacted with the individual on the driver’s side of the car, appearing to be directly across from where the suspect was seated. Again, this is not an optimal position. However, the positioning is unclear due to the limitations of body cameras. The body camera on the officer only gives us, at best, a partially obscured vantage point. We aren’t able to see inside the vehicle, the suspect’s full body or his movements, which are all factors that contribute to a deadly force decision. These are also factors that give an officer the edge when dealing with a suspect. If they aren’t observed, an officer can miss critical movements that can save their life. The Lakemoor Police Shooting According to the Lakemoor Police Department report, after running a check on the name the suspect gave, Tedesco retuned to the car where the suspect pulled a gun on her. Tedesco believed the suspect pulled the trigger, according to the report. Thankfully, the gun did not fire. Tedesco’s initial reaction was to grab the gun, which is a normal instinct and probably saved her life. As Tedesco struggled with the suspect, she pled with the suspect not to shoot her; this is a good psychological move. Screaming at an individual during a high-stress incident can overload their mind and force them to focus on the sound versus their actions. It is, in effect, a distraction that can give an officer the edge. As this happened, backup arrived. In many departments that run single unit patrol cars, when an officer goes out to a suspect’s vehicle, an available unit is automatically vectored to their location. Whether or not this happened here is unclear, but the Tedesco’s backup arrived within 23 seconds of the incident, which must’ve seemed like a lifetime to her. Within three seconds of the backup officer’s arrival, he runs toward the danger and, upon seeing the engaged officer struggling with the suspect and the weapon, fires one round and ends the threat. The bullet hit the suspect next to his right nostril. Total time from initial struggle to shots fired was 26 seconds. The incident ended well and a suspected murderer didn’t take another victim. Considering all the factors working against Tedesco, she did what needed to be done to stay alive; in the end, that is all that matters in the profession of law enforcement. The post An LEO Examines the Lakemoor Police Shooting Ending With a Headshot appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article

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