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  1. The Department of Defense has ordered deployed service members to stop using GPS devices in “operational areas” and other areas to be determined by commanders. This includes physical fitness aids and any smartphone apps and devices that pinpoint and track an individual’s location. RELATED STORY Exploding Targets at Night with the Pulsar Trail XP50 Thermal Sight No GPS Devices In Operational Areas “Effective immediately, Defense Department personnel are prohibited from using geolocation features and functionality on government and nongovernment-issued devices, applications and services while in locations designated as operational areas,” the new memo from Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan dated Aug. 3 reads. Operational areas include places where “military personnel are there for a very specific purpose or mission,” such as Operation Inherent Resolve or Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, DoD spokeswoman Maj. Audricia Harris told Military.com. According to DoD, service members frequently use GPS devices and applications to track the pace, running routes and calories burned during workouts. Information from those devices is then stored and uploaded to central servers, where it has the potential be shared with third parties. This information could provide enemy combatants with information on military operations. “The rapidly evolving market of devices, applications and services with geolocation capabilities presents a significant risk to the Department of Defense personnel on and off duty, and to our military operations globally,” the memo continues. “These geolocation capabilities can expose personal information, locations, routines, and numbers of Department personnel, and potentially create unintended security consequences and increased risk to the joint force and mission.” Weighing The Risk The memo does give combatant commanders the freedom to allow the use of non-government devices with geolocation capabilities “after conducting a threat-based comprehensive Operations Security (OPSEC) survey.” In addition, the use of government devices with geolocation capabilities may be authorized “based upon mission necessity, taking into account the potential OPSEC risks.” Meanwhile, “for all other locations, installations and activities,” DoD leadership will have the responsibility of weighing the “inherent risks associated with geolocation capabilities on devices, applications, and services, both non-government and government-issued, by personnel both on and off duty,” the memo adds. If it’s determined that the information from GPS devices “poses a threat to personnel and operations,” commanders and supervisors will give “OPSEC training and guidance.” They’ll also use a tiered structure for categorizing the sensitivity of location and operations “while incorporating risk factors to ensure restrictions are consistently and rationally applied.” The memo doesn’t mention anything regarding how violations will be addressed, but Harris told FCW in an email that those would be handled on a “case-by-case basis.” As Military.com points out, the new directive was announced amid recent stories that GPS-enabled fitness apps like Polar Flow and Strava were accidentally giving away the locations of U.S. service members around the world. The post DoD: Service Members Can’t Use GPS Devices in ‘Operational Areas’ appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  2.  It’s always big news whenever Kalashnikov Concern announces a new weapon; the iconic gun maker rolled into the Army-2018 International Military-Technical Forum today showing off its brand new AK-308 rifle. Watch the hype video for this new setup above. RELATED STORY WATCH: Larry Vickers Runs Kalashnikov AM-17, AMB-17, AK-12 Rifles Chambered in 7.62x51mm, the AK-308 assault rifle is based on the AK-103, with “elements and components of the AK-12 automatic machine,” the English translation of the Russian press release states. It sports a 16.3-inch barrel; weighs 9.4 pounds with an empty magazine; and has a 20-round magazine capacity. In addition, the AK-308 rifle uses a diopter sight and can be installed with a bayonet knife. The overall length of the rifle measures between 34.6 inches to 37 inches. With the bayonet knife installed, the OAL jumps up to between 41.1 inches and 43.5 inches. There’s no word on when and where the AK-308 rifle will be used. Right now, Kalashnikov says “preparations are under way for preliminary testing” on this system. Until then, let the speculation begin. At the beginning of the year, the Russian Ministry of Defence approved Kalashnikov Concern’s AK-12 and AK-15 assault rifles for use by its Ground Forces, Airborne and Marine troops. The AK-12 is chambered in the Russian Army standard issue 5.45x39mm; the AK-15 is chambered for the older 7.62×39 ammunition. The Army-2018 International Military-Technical Forum takes place between Aug. 21 through 26 at Patriot Park in the town of Kubinka, located in Moscow Oblast, Russia. Below, check out the full specs of the AK-308 rifle, as outlined in the press release. Kalashnikov AK-308 Rifle Specs Caliber: 7.62 mm Applied ammunition: 7.62×51 mm Weight (with magazine, without cartridges): 4.3 kg Overall length / with bayonet knife: 880-940 / 1045-1105 mm Length with folded butt: 690 mm Barrel length: 415 mm Height: 242 mm Width: 72 mm Butt type: Foldable, adjustable in length for 4 positions. Store capacity: 20 cartridges Type of aiming device: Dioptric The post Breaking: Kalashnikov Concern Unveils Brand New AK-308 Rifle appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  3. The Saint Paul Police Department in Minnesota released body cam footage showing a suspect momentarily point his handgun at officers as he moves to raise the weapon above his head, prompting the officers to fatally shoot him. RELATED STORY VIDEO: Body Camera Records Graphic Officer Shooting, Lands Suspect 35 Years Saint Paul Police Shooting According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the incident began to unfold in the early mornings hours of Aug. 5 when the suspect, 43-year-old William James Hughes, allegedly became “verbally hostile” toward a roommate after falling of bed. In his agitated state, Hughes drew a gun and discharged it two or three times into the bedroom wall. The gun then jammed, but Hughes cleared the jam and pointed the gun at his roommate’s head. The roommate fled from the house and called 911. Officers Matthew Jones and Vincent Adams arrived on the scene shortly thereafter. As the Associated Press notes, the body camera footage shows them entering the enclosed porch and knocking on the front door. A man can be heard saying, “I will kill you,” in response. Hughes then appears from another doorway. As soon as Jones and Adams see him, the order him to put his hands up. When the the officers see that Hughes is holding a gun in his right hand, they can be heard in the muffled audio telling him to put it down. Instead of dropping the gun, Hughes raised it “in a sweeping fashion over the officers,” Saint Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell later told reporters. This action prompted Jones and Adams to discharge their service weapons, shooting Hughes multiple times and killing him. Releasing The Footage Axtell said he decided to break from tradition and release the body camera footage before the investigation into the shooting because he has “watched people repeat widespread rumors. I have seen protesters in the street and I know public angst can endanger our officers.” The footage has prompted some, including John Gordon, the executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the ACLU, to question the officers’ actions that night. “Having a gun, in and of itself, is not reason enough for someone to be shot,” Gordon said. “Officers need extensive training on how to secure an area and de-escalate dangerous situations so that shootings are a last resort, not a routine practice. That, unfortunately, did not happen for William Hughes.” Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said the body camera footage is “one critical piece of evidence” to examine. But he also said it “does not tell the entire story” of the incident. He added that he will look at the evidence gathered by BCA (Bureau of Criminal Apprehension” surrounding the shooting. He will then determine whether or not the officers’ use of lethal force was justified. Hughes’ relatives told police he had been suicidal in recent months over a terminal illness. Saint Paul police told Fox 9 it wasn’t clear how long Hughes—a member of the White Earth Nation, a Ojibwa band in northern Minnesota—had lived at the home, but they did say they’d been called there 58 times over the last four years for a variety of incidents, including disorderly conduct, assaults and theft. The post WATCH: Saint Paul Police Kill Man Who Raises Gun Over His Head appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  4. The German Federal Police is planning on mounting the Heckler & Koch MG5 A1 machine gun onto its fleet of armored vehicles. RELATED STORY Full-Auto Shootout: Comparing the RPD & RPK Light Machine Guns According to the Strategie & Technik blog, the Federal Police has awarded defense company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann a contract to deliver 42 of its FLW 100 remote weapon stations, which are capable of accepting 5.56mm and 7.62mm machine guns. Here’s a little more on this system, via the Krauss-Maffei Wegmann website: FLW 100 Modular and efficient The remote controlled Light Weapon Station FLW 100 is constructed in a completely modular design. Via a standardized interface weapons of calibers 5,56 and 7,62 can be integrated quickly and safely. The interface and operating software permit the weapon system to be changed within minutes. Everything in sight The system comprises a high-resolution CCD color camera with zoom, a powerful thermal imaging device (cooled or non-cooled), a unique image fusion function and a laser rangefinder for the modular surveillance, operating and display concept of the weapon stations. 21 FLW 100s will be used in the Federal Police’s GDELS MOWAG Eagle IV and LAPV ENOK 6.1 protected vehicles. The ENOK 6.1 is made by ACS Armoured Car Systems. The other 21 will be set up in newly purchased LAPV ENOK 6.1 vehicles, which the Bundeswehr also uses. These vehicles will be used primarily for airport security. In addition, the ENOK 6.1 is used in dangerous situations such as dealing with terrorist attacks. The FLW 100 is set to be installed in the MOWAG Eagle IV and ENOK 6.1 by mid-2019. Federal Police Selects The HK MG5 A1 Strategie & Technik also confirmed that the Heckler & Koch MG5 A1 7.62×51mm machine gun will be the weapon mounted to the FLW 100. The MG5 A1 is the mountable version of the MG5. The MG5 is the intended replacement for the aging Rheinmetall MG 3. It comes in multiple configurations for infantry and special forces. HK’s website has more on the MG5 system: As the successor of the MG3, the MG5 opens a new era of universal belt fed 7.62 mm x 51 machine guns. Compared to others, the gas operated HK121 offers an intelligent and contemporary build standard, with numerous technical and ergonomic innovations. The mounting interface of the HK121 is compatible with MG3 mounts and tripods already in service. The universal MG5 can be used by dismounted infantry in the ground role, as well as for air defence or as a vehicle mounted/co axial machine gun. Below, see the specs on the HK MG5 A1. HK MG5 A1 Specs General Calibre 7.62 mm x 51 Operating principle Gas-operated Bolt system Rotating bolt, fires from the open bolt Feed mechanism Belt feed from left side, NATO 7.62 disintegrating belts Modes of fire 0-D Rate of fire approx. 640/720/800 rounds/min Max. effective Range approx. 1500 m Sights – Dimensions Length min./max. approx. 1055 mm Width approx. 120.0 mm Height approx. 195.0 mm Barrel length approx. 663 mm Weight Weapon approx. 10.10 kg Barrel approx. 3.24 kg [H/T The Firearm Blog] The post German Federal Police to Mount HK MG5 A1 Gun on Armored Vehicles appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  5. When it comes to firearm selection, Brazilian law enforcement agencies have historically been relegated to local gun makers like IMBEL and Taurus, but that appears to be changing. Recently, the country’s Departamento de Polícia Federal (Federal Police Department) and the Polícia Rodoviaria Federal (Federal Highway Police) received firearms from foreign manufacturers. A couple of months ago, the São Paulo Military Police selected the Glock 22 as its new duty gun. Now, the PPCE (Polícia Civil do Estado do Ceará, or Ceará State Civil Police) is following suit with a new shipment of guns sourced from beyond Brazil’s borders. RELATED STORY Brazilian Army Orders 4,000 Additional IMBEL IA2 Assault Rifles Radical Firearms RF-15 & Other Weapons A press release reveals that the PPCE has received a batch of 150 Radical Firearms RF-15 rifles. In addition, the agency has received an unknown number of Sig Sauer P320 pistols, as well as five Armalite AR-10 SuperSASS rifles. Radical Firearms says the RF-15 was picked after an “extensive evaluation process” that included a trip to the company’s Texas facility by a delegation of C.O.R.E.—Coordenadoria de Recursos Especiais, Rio de Janeiro’s civil police tactical unit—representatives, as well as Brazilian government officials. Chambered in 5.56mm NATO, the RF-15 features a 16-inch 4140v Chromoly melanite-coated barrel with a 1:7 twist. It boasts M4 feed ramps; 1/2×28 thread pitch; micro gas block system; and forend quad Picatinny rails. BCG, charging handle and rail furniture options are also available. “This particular model of RF-15 were built with a specialty maritime coating to deal with humidity and other unique conditions of the PPCE’s operational area,” the presser states. While this initial shipment is for the PPCE, the agency’s military counterpart, the PMCE (Policia Militar do Ceara Policia Militar do Brasil) will get foreign-made weapons before the year is out. The PMCE works on “special emphasis operations to deter violent crime,” according to Radical Firearms. Other agencies, like the PCES PMES (Polícia Militar and Polícia Civil do Estado do Espírito Santo) are also looking into upgrading their firearms. About Ceará Located on Brazil’s northeast coast, Ceará is the eighth largest state in Brazil. It covers a geographic area the size of somewhere between Minnesota and Michigan. It has a population of around nine million people. The state capital, Fortaleza, is described in the presser as an ocean port and a major tourist destination. Unfortunately, both residents and visitors have to deal with a high crime rate affected by a contingent of violent gangs. That’s why the PPCE is boosting both firepower and manpower. The post Brazilian Police Get Radical Firearms RF-15, SIG P320, Armalite AR-10 appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  6. The Wilson Combat/Beretta 92G Brigadier Tactical pistol, first unveiled back in 2014, can now be bought with a Vertec grip conversion. Essentially, the conversion shrinks the frame down to the smaller Beretta Vertec size for shooters with smaller hands. Additionally, if you’re someone who wants a straighter 1911-style grip, you’re covered here. Check out Wilson’s press blurb describing the process: RELATED STORY Exclusive Video: The Beretta/Wilson Combat 92G Centurion Tactical Pistol Our skilled gunsmiths reduce the grip frame to Vertec size, checker the backstrap to match the front and complete the process with a frame refinish in matte Black Armor-Tuff. This pistol comes standard with indestructible Black Cherry G-10 grips. Chambered in 9mm, the 92G Vertec Brigadier Tactical is loaded with features, including a 4.7-inch match grade barrel with a recessed target crown; steel ambidextrous decocker-only levers (G model); dehorned 92G brigadier slide; and a modified M9A1 checkered frame with a rail and rounded trigger guard. Meanwhile, the action boasts a 13 pound chrome silicone hammer spring for light trigger pulls; Trijicon dovetail tritium front sight and Wilson Combat rear sight. Rounding out the gun are G-10 Vertec black cherry grips; Wilson’s steel guide rod; and a slide finished in black Bruniton with an Armor-Tuff frame. The slide is marked with Wilson Combat’s logo and specially serialized “to ensure it’s place in Beretta history,” the presser says. Weighing in at 32 ounces unloaded, and with an OAL of 8.3 inches, the 92G Vertec/Brigadier Tactical ships with three 15-round magazines. The base price for this model is $1,495. See the features and specs below. For more from Wilson Combat, go to wilsoncombat.com. Wilson Combat/Beretta 92G Vertec Brigadier Tactical Specs Available Calibers: 9mm Magazine Capacity: 15 Rounds Barrel Length: 4.7″ Overall Length: 8.3″ Slight Radius: 6.5″ Height: 5.5″ Width: 1.5″ Weight Empty: 32 oz. Weight Loaded: 39 oz. Wilson Combat/Beretta 92G Vertec Brigadier Tactical Features M9A1/Vertec Frame With 92A1 Round Trigger Guard Profile and Improved Checkering Dehorned 92G Brigadier Slide Slide To Frame Fit As Tight As Practical Within Production Gun Limits Trijicon Tritium Dovetail Front Sight Stainless Barrel With Recessed Crown, 4.7” Elite II Length, Black Finish Oversize Steel Magazine Release Steel De-Cocking Levers Skeletonized Elite II Hammer Chrome Silicone Action Tune 13lb. Hammer Spring Wilson Combat Mag Guide Steel Trigger Wilson Combat Rear U-Notch Battlesight Wilson Combat Fluted Steel Guide Rod G10 Vertec Black Cherry Grips With Wilson Combat Logo Medallion Wilson Combat Logo On Slide Three 15rd M9A1 Beretta Sand Resistant Magazines G Configuration Ambidextrous Decocker Only All Steel Components (decocker, trigger, magazine release, guide rod) Checkered Frontstrap And Vertec Backstrap Beveled Magazine Well Rail For Mounting Light Or Laser Special Serial Number Range With WC Prefix IDPA ESP Legal USPSA “NOT PRODUCTION LEGAL” Not CA Compliant (Unless LEO Purchase) The post New: Wilson Combat/Beretta 92G Vertec Brigadier Tactical Pistol appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  7. With the launch of the Pro 700 rifle chassis, bipod, RLS (Rifleman Loop Sling) and its first-ever line of eyewear, it’s safe to say Magpul is having a pretty good 2018 thus far. Now the Texas-based company just added another intriguing new product to its lineup: the Hunter American stock designed for Ruger American short action rifles. RELATED STORY 11 Aftermarket AR Stocks to Boost Your Rifle’s Fit, Feel and Accuracy At the heart of the Magpul Hunter American stock is an anodized aluminum bedding block with steel recoil lugs. The company then added in reinforced polymer. Touted as a cost-effective replacement of the factory Ruger American short action rifle stock, this stock offers a fully adjustable length of pull and comb height. In addition, it requires no bedding and is a “true drop-in solution,” Magpul says. It’s M-LOK compatible and comes with Magpul’s bolt action magazine well and a PMAG 5 7.62 AC, which enables the rifle to be used with detachable box mags, with no custom inletting required. Available in black, FDE, gray and olive drab green and weighing in at 3.3 pounds, the Magpul Hunter American stock is now shipping and is listed at $299.95. See the features and specs, along with hype videos, below. For more from Magpul, go to magpul.com. Magpul Hunter American Features ​Compatible with Ruger American short action rifles Bolt Action Magazine Well – Hunter American & PMAG 5 7.62 AC included for reliable detachable box magazine compatibility Reinforced polymer construction with Type III Hard anodized, machine finished cast aluminum bedding block High strength steel recoil lugs Compatible with barrel profiles up to medium palma Fully adjustable length of pull Optional 0.00″, 0.50″, and 0.75″ Cheek Risers available to adjust cheek weld (Stock comes pre-fitted with 0.25″ Riser) M-LOK compatible for additional accessories Magpul Hunter American Specs Weight: 3.3 lbs (w/two Spacers and BAMW installed) LOP Adjustment Range: ~13.0-15.0 in. Width of Forend, max: 2.3 in. Width of Butt, max: 1.5 in. Butt-Pad Dimensions: 1.5×5.0 in. The post New: Magpul Hunter American Stock for Ruger American Short Action appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  8. In case you haven’t noticed by now, police departments are really starting to like the SIG P320. The latest law enforcement agency to adopt the pistol as its official duty gun is the Montgomery Police Department in Alabama. RELATED STORY Is the Sig P320 Pistol Worthy of All the Post-Army Contract Hype? Montgomery Police Department Picks The SIG P320 The Montgomery Police Department has over 500 sworn officers in its ranks, all of whom are tasked with protecting the second-largest city in the state. The city is comprised of over 200,000 citizens. From now on, when MPD officers hit the streets in Montgomery, they’ll be protecting the citizenry with the SIG P320. Previously, the department had issued Glock pistols for its officers. “We are honored that the Montgomery, Alabama Police Department has chosen the P320 as their official duty firearm for its full complement of officers,” said Tom Jankiewicz, SIG’s executive vice president for law enforcement sales, said in a press release. “The P320’s unique modular design and serialized trigger-group give the men and women of the Montgomery Police Department the ability to select frame and grip size for their official duty pistol according to personal preference. This is really an ideal feature for a large police force like Montgomery.” Modularity Modularity is the name of the game when it comes to the P320. Like the above quote states, the striker-fired gun comes with a serialized trigger group, which makes the gun adaptable to various caliber, size and grip options. In addition, the SIG P320 comes in full-size, carry, compact and subcompact sizing options, and is available in 9mm, .357 SIG, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. Meanwhile, a 3-point takedown means there’s no trigger pull required for disassembly. “Sig Sauer‘s commitment to the law enforcement community is to provide them with superior firearms to protect and serve their communities – and the P320 exemplifies this commitment. We look forward to developing our partnership with the Montgomery Police Department and supporting their mission – to safeguard the life and property, preserve the peace, prevent and detect crime, enforce the law, and protect the rights of all citizens,” Jankiewicz added. Popularity We weren’t kidding when we said police departments like the P320. In the past few months alone, North Dakota’s Bismarck Police Department; the Tampa Police Department in Florida; Jacksonville PD in Arkansas; Texas Department of Public Safety; Chicago Police Department; and the Virginia State Police have all either adopted the P320 outright or added it to a list of approved duty guns. Oh, the P320 is also the basis for the M17 and M18, the official sidearm of the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Air Force. In other words, it’s SIG’s world, we’re just living in it. The post Alabama’s Montgomery Police Department Switches to the SIG P320 appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  9. Trijicon has been awarded a contract to supply U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) with handgun reflex sights as part of its Miniature Aiming System – Day Optics program. RELATED STORY 16 Companies and Their Newest Optics & Sights for Today’s Shooters Under the terms of the award, the Michigan-based optics maker will receive $7,626,587 over a five-year period for an unidentified handgun reflex sight, which is described as a “”low profile, wide field of view, passive sight for rapid day and night pistol target engagements in confined spaces, while prisoner handling, or in extremis after the primary weapon malfunctions.” This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Work is expected to be wrapped up by August of 2023. The contracting activity is NSWC Crane. Award Announcement See the full announcement below: Trijicon Inc., Wixom, Michigan,* is awarded a $7,626,587 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a five-year ordering period for handgun reflex sights for the miniature aiming system – day optics program. The handgun reflex sight is a low profile, wide field of view, passive sight for rapid day and night pistol target engagements in confined spaces, while prisoner handling, or in extremis after the primary weapon malfunctions. Work will be performed in Wixom, Michigan, and is expected to be completed by August 2023. Fiscal 2018 defense procurement funding in the amount of $1,158,052 will be obligated at the time of award and funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with three offers received. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity (N0016418DJQ25). Trijicon’s ‘Handgun Reflex Sight’ There are a few things we can deduce from the announcement. First, since Trijicon won the award, it’s logical to assume that the company’s RMR Type 2 handgun sight will be provided. The RMR Type 2 is currently available in adjustable LED, dual-illuminated and LED variants, with aiming dot sizes ranging from 1.0 MOA to 13 MOA. The sight runs on a CR2032 lithium battery that lasts up to two years in the LED version, and up to four years in the Adjustable LED model at a setting of 4 out of 8. In addition, it’s made from 7075-T6 aluminum to Mil-Spec standards, weighs 1.2 ounces, and is waterproof up to 20 meters. USSOCOM’s Glock 19 You’ll also notice that USSOCOM isn’t mentioned anywhere in the announcement. However, since NSWC Crane is the contracting activity, that’s where these reflex sights will undoubtedly be going. In addition, since USSOCOM is getting these sights, one can conclude that these sights will ride atop the Glock 19. USSOCOM carries the Glock 19. In 2017, USSOCOM revealed that—in a separate requirement from the MHS program—it needed a “low-vis” Glock 19, with the slide cut to accept a red dot sight. Original Solicitation The award doesn’t mention how many Trijicon RMR Type 2s will be delivered, but last September, NSWC Crane issued a solicitation for a maximum 14,350 units of the “Miniature Aiming Systems – Day Optics (MAS-D) Handgun Reflex Sight (HRS).” It appears that this award is the result of that solicitation. The post Trijicon Wins $7 Million USSOCOM Contract for Handgun Reflex Sight appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  10. You would think a top cop would know better, but Lupe Valdez, the Dallas County Sheriff who stepped down to run for governor of Texas, misplaced her department-loaned Beretta 92, according to reports. RELATED STORY Police Sidearms: The Handguns of America’s 10 Largest Departments The department issued Valdez the handgun in Oct. 3, 2011, when her personal firearm, also a Beretta 92, “sustained a malfunction,” according to the police report obtained by The Dallas Morning News. Law required the former sheriff to return the 9mm handgun before her Dec. 31, 2017, resignation. Police filed a report because due to the possibility of the gun reaching a criminal’s hands. The report stated, “It is likely that this weapon could have been stolen or misplaced during Sheriff Valdez’s moving transition.” Raul Reyna, Dallas County Sheriff’s Department spokesman, said that Valdez is working with the department to locate the pistol. The investigation is ongoing. Investigators have not ruled out that Valdez returned the pistol and it was then lost. Juan Bautista Dominguez, Valdez’s campaign spokesman, referred only to the sheriff’s department report when contacted for a comment. “As mentioned in the report, it is possible that this weapon could have been stolen or misplaced during Sheriff Valdez’s moving transition and she is working with the Dallas County Sheriff Department to locate the firearm,” Dominguez wrote in an email. Background on Lupe Valdez Valdez was first elected Dallas County Sheriff in 2004. She was the first woman, Hispanic and openly gay person to be a sheriff in Texas. She ran the sheriff’s office for 13 years, before deciding to resign to run for the Democratic nomination for governor of Texas, which she won. Considered a long shot, if elected, Valdez would become Texas’ first Hispanic and gay governor. She’d also be the Lone Star State’s first Democrat governor since Ann Richards, who occupied the governor’s office from 1991 until 1995. Lupe Valdez On Guns Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the fact that Valdez’s platform includes calls for stricter gun control. During a discussion with various publications in downtown Austin, Valdez said she’s in favor of concealed carry, but she’s against open carry, as well as campus carry. In addition, she stated her support for stricter background checks; a limit on “high capacity” magazines; and red flag laws, the Austin American-Statesman reported. After Gov. Greg Abbott unveiled his school safety plan in the wake of the Santa Fe school shooting, Valdez doubled down on her gun control beliefs. In an op-ed for the Houston Chronicle, she wrote, “A vast majority of Texans would tell you there are several common sense steps that we can support right now to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. And all of them are consistent with the Second Amendment.” First, Valdez’s writes in her op-ed, is the “common-sense” step of enacting universal background checks. In addition, she supports a ban on bump stocks. “Next, we need to close the foolish loopholes in our gun laws, like the boyfriend-loophole, which allow violent domestic abusers to avoid being identified by background checks simply because they were not married to their victims,” Valdez continued. “We did this in Dallas, and we should do it statewide.” Valdez also wrote, “We should implement, not simply study, Extreme Risk Protection Order laws, or ‘Red Flag’ laws. Law enforcement and families should be able to flag people who may pose an immediate danger to themselves or others. While maintaining due process, their access to firearms should be temporarily limited.” The post Report: Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez Misplaced Issued Beretta appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  11. A quick-thinking Las Vegas police sergeant shot and killed a man who brutally stabbed his wife with an eight-inch butcher knife last week. The body camera footage of the encounter, which lasted for less than 30 seconds, can be viewed above. RELATED STORY WATCH: Las Vegas Cop Shoots Through Windshield During Car Chase Vegas Police Shooting Assistant Sheriff Brett Zimmerman said at a press conference that at around 9:05 p.m. on the evening of Aug. 8, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department dispatch started getting multiple calls reporting that a man was attempting to kill his wife by stabbing her in the neck with a knife. Per department policy, dispatch sent three officers, as well as a sergeant, to respond. Sergeant Daniella Cino arrived first at the scene to see the suspect attacking a woman on the ground with a knife. The body camera footage shows her getting out of her vehicle, drawing her gun and ordering the suspect—30-year-old William Fuller—to get away from the woman and drop the knife. Fuller, whose shirt is covered in blood, stands up while the woman lays motionless on the ground. He turns to face Cino. He then starts running toward her with the knife raised. That’s when Sergeant Cino discharges her Glock 17 9mm pistol twice, hitting Fuller both times and dropping him to the ground. Aftermath EMTs transported Fuller to Sunrise Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead. Fuller’s wife, who remains unidentified, was also taken to an area hospital and has been described as “stable.” The woman is the mother of Fuller’s four children, all of whom were inside the apartment where the stabbing began. Fortunately, none of the children were injured. According to the Las Vegas Sun, Cino is an 11-year veteran of the LVMPD. Zimmerman praised her “bravery and decisiveness” during the encounter. “Her actions prevented a woman from being killed in a domestic violence incident,” Zimmerman said. Fuller had no prior criminal history. This is the 14th LVMPD officer-involved shooting of 2018. The LVMPD is currently investigating the incident. Below, watch the full press conference, which includes a photo of the butcher knife, as well as a collection of the 911 calls made to police. The post WATCH: Vegas Police Kill Man Who Stabbed Wife With Butcher Knife appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  12. Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) has issued a RFI for a new, Berry Amendment-compliant, lightweight hard armor plate. RELATED STORY How Scientists Are Making Ridiculous Strides in Next-Gen Body Armor This RFI, which is not a solicitation, is designed to measure industry’s ability to come up with a plate that can work with the Corps’ Enhanced Small Arms Protective Insert, or ESAPI, and “provide sufficient protection for low-intensity threat environments,” according to a presser cited by Military.com. Lightweight Hard Armor Plate Requirements Here are the requirements for the lightweight hard armor plate, as outlined in the RFI posted to FedBizOpps: Provide two-shot ballistic protection from non-armor piercing rounds that are currently prevalent in counter-insurgency operations and other low intensity threat environments. Rounds primarily fired by sniper rifles will be tested at a velocity expected at 100m-200m standoff. One shot will be in the crown location at 0-degrees obliquity; the other shot will be at off-center locations at 30-degrees obliquity. Meet back-face deformations less than 58 mm. Conform to Enhanced Small Arms Protective Insert shape and area of coverage. Possess a thickness that is the same or less than current ESAPI. Possess an areal density of 3.75 pounds/square foot (Objective) to 5.16 pounds/square foot (Threshold). Lightweight Hard Armor Plate Background So why a new lightweight hard armor plate? Well, last fall, MCSC said it wanted to find lighter, more flexible body armor. Right now, marines have the option of wearing either “15 pounds to be protected or zero pounds and very little protection,” Nick Pierce, Individual Armor team lead for Program Manager Infantry Combat Equipment (PM ICE), said in the press release. Since last year, PM ICE has tested over 200 commercial plates from 38 different companies. The service wants to determine what type of armor might be possible. MCSC’s Marine Expeditionary Rifle Squad Team tested some plates through the Marine Corps Load Effects Assessment Program course. It was discovered that the lightweight hard armor plate would boost mobility by eight percent, the release stated. “Without revealing too much information, I can state unequivocally that the new plates will significantly lighten the load from the Marine and increase their mobility,” Pierce said. “This increased capability can save lives and win battles by enabling Marines to engage the enemy or move to cover and concealment more quickly.” Meanwhile, the plan is for the contract to be awarded—once market research is wrapped up—by the end of Fiscal Year 2019. Fielding will also take place ideally by Fiscal Year 2020. In addition, vendors will be required to produce at least 40,000 lightweight hard armor plates within a year of First Article Test approval. First Article Test approval is also slated for 180 days after the contract award. All responses are due by Sept. 7, 12:00 p.m. EST. The post The USMC Wants a New Lightweight Hard Armor Plate appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  13. The eye-catching Spike’s Tactical Spartan AR-15 lower receiver is now shipping, the Florida-based company has revealed. RELATED STORY 10 ‘Upper Class’ Lower Receivers For Your Rifle In a press release, Spike’s says that over a year’s worth of time went into the design and development of this lower. The lower features a Spartan helmet as the mag well. It also works with all standard AR lower receiver parts. In keeping with the Spartan theme, the product listing says the lower was “inspired by the Spartans who closed the Hot Gates on Xerxes,” honoring the “Warrior mindset. Technology evolves, warriors never change.” Users have the option of personalizing the lower in either black anodized or a custom Cerakote bronze finish. “We’re excited to roll out this new three-dimensional Spartan lower receiver,” Spike’s Tactical GM Cole Leleux said “This design, and others to come, will turn any AR-15 into a one-of-a-kind weapon, which overthrows the status quo.” The Spartan lower was designed by Austin, Texas-based design company Rare Breed Firearms. Spike’s is the distributor of the lower. “This is only the beginning and a first of many designs for gun owners to use to make an AR-15 all their own,” said Lawrence DeMonico, president at Rare Breed Firearms. “Designing and bringing this to life was extremely challenging, but we’re proud of the final result and we know that our customers will truly enjoy this new design.” The black anodized Spike’s Tactical Spartan AR-15 lower retails for $349.95. If you want the Cerakote bronze finish, the price jumps up to $399.95. Meanwhile, a bronze Spartan set, which includes the lower, upper and rail, is priced at $964.95. Additionally, a Spartan pistol can be had for $2,175, while the Spartan rifle goes for $2,100. See a list of features on the Spike’s Tactical Spartan lower below. For more, go to spikestactical.com. Spike’s Tactical Spartan Lower Bullet Pictogram Selector Markings 7075 T6 Billet Receiver Multi Caliber MIL-A-8625F Type III Class 2 Hard Coat Anodized Finish Low Shelf, RDIAS Compatible The post The New Spike’s Tactical Spartan Lower Honors the ‘Warrior Mindset’ appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  14. The U.S. Army‘s troubled program to develop the XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement (CDTE) weapon, also known as the “Punisher,” is officially dead. RELATED STORY Outside the Box: 13 Bullpups, Takedowns & Other Exotic Weapons XM25 Program Issues Developed by Orbital ATK and Heckler & Koch, the XM25 is a shoulder-fired weapon that fires 25mm grenade rounds. According to Military.com, it comes with a fire control system that enables the user to identify a target, determine its range via a laser rangefinder, and program the rounds to explode above or near the targets out to a distance of 600 meters. The selling point was that soldiers could use the weapon to target enemies from cover. But, as Stars and Stripes reports, the XM25 started running into trouble when operational testing commenced in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2013. The system got mixed reviews from units, and testing was stopped completely after three soldiers sustained injuries during malfunctions. This, coupled with mounting cost schedule overruns—as well as an Inspector General report recommending the Army make a decision whether or not to cancel or proceed with the XM25—caused the Army to cancel its contract with Orbital ATK in 2017. Orbital ATK subsequently filed a $27 million lawsuit against Heckler & Koch for failing to deliver 20 XM25 prototypes for testing. That lawsuit was settled for $7.5 million earlier this year. XM25 Program Terminated Now, the Army has revealed that it has officially terminated the XM25 program. An official memorandum confirming the cancellation was signed on July 24. The service will retain the intellectual property rights and prototypes initially developed for testing. That move was made as part of a negotiated settlement with Orbital ATK. “After cancelling the program last year, the Army has since received rights to the program’s research and development,” Army spokesman Lt. Col. Isaac Taylor said in a statement late last week. “This is in addition to the 20 existing XM25 systems — to include high explosive air-burst and target practice rounds — that the Army garnered as part of the negotiated settlement.” The statement comes after a DoD Inspector General report issued in July which included the XM25 program in a list of over 1,500 cost-cutting recommendations. Stars and Stripes says the Army could save around $970 million as a result of the termination of the XM25. The post The US Army’s XM25 ‘Punisher’ Program Is Officially Dead appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  15. The folks over at Gunwerks have unveiled a new rifle called the ClymR. RELATED STORY VIDEO: The Gunwerks CoPilot Is a New, Premium Truck Gun Gunwerks ClymR Billed as a mountain hunting rifle with long-range capability, the Gunwerks ClymR is built on the company’s GLR action, which is Remington 700-style action. The GLR action is for both left and right-handed shooters; it’s also available in either stainless steel or titanium. In addition, the barrel comes in standard, fluted and carbon wrap configurations. The user has three muzzle brake options: a thread cap, or the company’s radial brake or directional brake. The ClymR is chambered for the following calibers: .22 Creedmoor; .22-250 Remington; 28 Nosler; 30 Nosler; .300 RUM; .300 Winchester Magnum; .375 H&H; .375 Ruger; 6mm Creedmoor; 6.5mm Creedmoor; 6.5 PRC; 6.5-284 Norma; 6 XC; 7mm LRM; 7mm SAUM; and 7mm Remington Magnum. Standard floorplate and detachable box magazine options are available. Meanwhile, the stock, which comes in either carbon fiber or fiberglass, features a flush-mount bipod rail; Gunwerks recoil pad; spacer system for LOP adjustments; integrated flush cup QD sling mounts; and an aluminum bedding block. The stock weighs between 1.85 to 2.35 pounds and is available in a dozen different finishes. Furthermore, various scope, scope rings and turret options are available. “Our industry is fascinated with tiny little mountain rifles. As well as big rifle rigs that ding steel at 1200 yards,” Gunwerks says. “The ClymR was conceived as minimalist, mountain-mission ready long range capable platform.” The base price for the Gunwerks ClymR is $5,750. Watch the video below to learn more about it. For more on Gunwerks, visit gunwerks.com. The post New: The Gunwerks ClymR Rifle for Mountain Hunters appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
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