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  1. An Athens-Clarke Police Officer attempted to stop a man over a domestic violence call. But instead of stop, the suspect pulled out a machete and took a wild swing at the officer, who shot and dropped the man. RELATED STORY WATCH: Longview Police Shoot, Kill Carjacking Suspect Who Pulls Gun Athens-Clarke Police Shoots Man Wielding Machete Recently released officer body cam footage shows the entire incident go down. In the footage, the officer, identified as Officer Roger Williams, tells the suspect several times to “Get your hand out of your pocket.” But rather than comply, the suspect, 28-year-old Salvador Salazar turns and begins walking away. Officer Williams keeps after the suspect, calmly warning the man repeatedly to get his hand out of his pocket and to stop. But the suspect continues acting suspicious. Salazar finally turns his body, hiding his hand, before he pulls out a giant machete and takes a wild swing at the officer. But Williams proves quick on his feet, dodging the slash, before firing several rounds at the suspect, ending the threat. Williams appears to fire three rounds at the suspect. Salazar falls to the ground, but the video shows him remain stubborn and defiant. He appears to try desperately to not go all the way down, still clutching to the machete. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Salazar would be charged with aggravated assault, reported onlineathens.com. Meanwhile, the suspect remains in an area hospital, listed in serious condition, according to onlineathens.com. The post WATCH: Athens-Clarke Police Officer Drops Machete-Swinging Suspect appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  2. Mission First Tactical recently announced its latest rifle/carbine accessory, the MFT Decorated Extreme Duty 5.56 Polymer Magazine. Designed for the AR-15/M4 platform, the Decorated Extreme Duty mag also accommodates a wide range of non-AR/M4-style arms as well. But what really sets this magazine line apart is the images, both standard and custom. RELATED STORY Mission First Tactical Introduces the Extreme Duty Polymer Magazine MFT Decorated Extreme Duty Magazines A unique process provides photographic quality images in a rugged chemical, scratch-resistant image. Mission First Tactical images offered include American Flag M1, Betsy Ross Flag, Blue Line American Flag 1, Gadsden Flag, Join or Die, Punisher Skull Splatter White and Distressed American Punisher Skull. Each week, MFT will offer a limited-edition design as a giveaway and a limited-edition sale through its social media channels. The Decorated Extreme Duty mags utilize the newest material technology and processes. Next-generation long glass fiber polymer construction offers structural performance in strength, durability and stiffness. The stiffness allows the magazine to maintain its integrity without additional weight. As an additional benefit, it delivers top performance at elevated temperatures. The longer-length reinforcing fibers produce increased strength and prevents deformation and polymer fatigue. Additionally, the Extreme Duty mag offers increased durability through a more efficient energy transfer between the polymer and the longer fiber filaments during an impact, according to MFT. A long-life USGI-spec stainless steel spring is corrosion resistant. The four-way, anti-tilt, self-lubricating follower keeps the rounds aligned. It also keeps mag feeding consistent and reliable, while virtually eliminating jambs. The mags feature a ribbed gripping surface on the front and rear. Meanwhile, an oversized bolt catch provides enhanced reliability. The flared floor plate allows for an easier grip during loading. An easy marking paint dox matrix and tool-less disassembly rounds out the features. Decorated Extreme Duty Magazines Specifications Overall Height: 7.494 inches Width: .940” Overall Length: 2.525 inches Color: American Flag M1, Texas State with Flag, Punisher Skull Splatter White, Distressed American Punisher Skull, or personal image selection MSRP: $24.99 For more information on Mission First Tactical, visit missionfirsttactical.com. The post Mission First Tactical Decorated Extreme Duty Magazines Add 2A Style appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  3. Cobalt Kinetics recently announced the company will discontinue its entire lineup of semi-automatic rifles to the civilian market. The move comes a few weeks after the announcement Cobalt joined MARS, Inc., in a U.S. Army NGSW submission. Then the company broke even more news, announcing the move to begin high-end 1911 production for the civilian market. RELATED STORY Serious BAMFs: Testing Two BAMF Rifles from Cobalt Kinetics “We are sorry to have to take the BAMF out of production,” said Skylar Stewart, vice president and marketing director, Cobalt Kinetics. “We all worked tirelessly to create it and get it out into the world and establish and grow the market for the super-premium AR-15. But times change, market demand shifts, and we’re only looking forward. We have really been wanting to expand our offering for a long time and this shift gives us the chance to make good on that plan. Our pistol-smith, Dave Lake, has a lot of experience and has given us a healthy head start on this thing. We’re going to hit the ground running. We plan to break some rules, turn some heads and make our mark on the firearm industry again.” Cobalt Kinetics 1911 Pistols While it appears rifle efforts now focus on a potential massive Army contract, Cobalt will attempt to capture the magic and cache it earned with the release of truly innovative AR designs. Cobalt plans to build modular-framed, high-capacity 1911-based handguns. In discussion for more than two years, according to Cobalt, the company plans a full line. Models include a commander-sized carry pistol, suppressor-ready tactical pistol and USPSA competition pistols. While exact features and details of each model are still being refined, Cobalt says they’re willing and able to make good on most any custom request. To deliver on this custom-based manufacturing process, Cobalt enlisted David Lake, a veteran gun-builder. Lake built competition handguns for world champions in various shooting disciplines, according to Cobalt. The company recently released a few pistols; however, no timeline for production guns, nor prices, are released at this time. But shooters should expect high-end Cobalt Kinetics 1911 pistols and prices to match. For those interested in rifles, Cobalt says it has a limited inventory in stock. The inventory includes new rifles, trade show guns and demo rifles. Only 200 new rifles remain, and the company says a full factory warranty remains. For more information, visit cobaltkinetics.com. The post Cobalt Kinetics Discontinues Civilian Rifles, Enters 1911 Market appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  4. After years of trying, the pixilated Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP) uniform has finally become impossible to see; that’s because as of Sept. 30, 2019, the U.S. Military took it out of service. First introduced in 2004, the UCP camo uniform never lived up to the promise that it would be ideal for all terrain. In fact, the only universal aspect was that it failed didn’t blend into any surroundings. RELATED STORY Understanding the Different Camo Patterns for Tactical and Sporting Uses Standing Out With UCP Camo Writer Hope Hodge Seck in her piece for Military.com summed UCP camo up best by noting, “It blended in well with grandma’s couch, but had its drawbacks in the combat zone.” Our friend Richard Hy, a police officer and U.S. Army veteran better known as “Angry Cops,” wasn’t a fan of the UCP camo either. In the above video, he lets his opinion be know. Hy says, “This uniform is so trash, Helen Keller could see you coming from 100 meters away.” By 2010 the U.S. Army was already looking for alternatives to UCP camo. It spent five years testing the successor: The green-and-brown Operation Camouflage Pattern (OCP) uniform. As of Oct. 1, the U.S. Army has required all soldiers possess and wear the OCP. This is just the latest transition in camouflage for the U.S. military, one that goes back more than a century. Caption: As of October 1, all U.S. Army soldiers are required to possess and wear the Operation Camouflage Pattern. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)The Original “Boys in Blue” Throughout much of the 19th century, the U.S. military outfitted its troops with blue uniforms, a tradition dating back to the American Revolution. Back then, the Continental Army adopted a color distinct from the British Red Coats. The style and cut of the uniforms changed with the fashions of the day. Blue remained the de facto color until the late 1890s when the U.S. military followed the European powers in adopting a “summer uniform.” One aspect of the summer uniform was lighter fabrics. For a while the U.S. Army still maintained the blue uniforms. However, after campaigns in the Philippines and Cuba during the Spanish-American War, the decision finally came that blue was hardly ideal as the range of rifles increased. Khaki Time A pair of U.S. Army soldiers circa the Spanish-American War. They are wearing khaki uniforms – which replaced the standard blue that had been worn since the Revolution. (Photo Credit: Author’s Collection)Thus, the first “camouflage” uniform might not seem like that much like camouflage. However, the “khaki” uniforms were a true step up from the dark blue worn since the founding of the nation. Ironically, the U.S. military, which sought to adopt a color distinct from the British, actually adopted a pattern of khaki that the British had begun wearing in another of its colonial wars. The term “khaki” came from the Persian word for “dust” and it roughly meant an ash-color of the sand of central Asia. It was first used by the British-Indian Army Corps of Guides cavalry regiment in the 1840s to help make the troops less conspicuous in their skirmishes with tribesmen on the Northwest Frontier of India (now Pakistan) and Afghanistan. After the Indian Mutiny it was adopted by British units in the subcontinent, and eventually replaced the scarlet uniforms of the British Army when it was on campaign or serving in the colonies of Africa and Asia. By the end of the 19th century the armies of most European nations were outfitted with similar khaki uniforms in their respective colonies. The First World War campaigns in Africa may have also marked the first time opposing armies worn essentially the same color uniforms – khaki! World War Camouflage A soldier of the 41st Armored Infantry Regiment, 2nd US Armored Division in Normandy wearing the “Frogskin” camouflage. This pattern is widely associated with the USMC, and was only worn briefly in Europe because of the similarity to the uniform of the German Waffen SS. (Photo Credit: National Archives USA, US Army Photograph)During the First World War the use of actual camouflage was adopted as each side as way for snipers and forward observers to remain concealed, but it was a generation later during the Second World War that camouflage uniforms were widely adopted. The German military was among the first to see the benefits of patterns that could allow soldiers to blend in with trees and other foliage. However, the United States Corps of Engineers had been working to develop a camouflage uniform even before America entered the hostilities. In July 1942 General Douglas MacArthur called for the production of 15,000 jungle camouflage uniforms in the Pacific. Who designed the pattern? Norvell Gillespie, a horticulturist and garden editor of Better Homes and Gardens. It consisted of a spot design of greens and browns. It was notable for being reversible to a tan/brown variation that could be used in fall and early spring conditions. The pattern featured five colors in total and its spotty pattern earned it the nickname “frogskin.” It is worth noting that the U.S. Army had also adopted the pattern, but took it out of service as it was too similar to the camouflage being used by the Germans. The obvious concern was a potential case of mistaken identity for U.S. soldiers. Cold War Camouflage During the Cold War the U.S. military once again considered developing a camouflage pattern, but it was determined that no one pattern could be suited to all the potential terrains. As a result soldiers were instead issued with a basic olive green (OG) shade 107 cotton uniforms. By the 1960s, however, the U.S. Military issued helmets with a camouflage cover. Troops used these helmets in Vietnam. The cover utilized the “Mitchell” pattern, which consisted of overlapping dark brown, russet, beige, light brown and ochre “leaf” shapes on a tan background. This pattern was tested for uniforms. While a similar uniform pattern was tested, only the cover was adopted. However, in Vietnam, the Long Range Reconnaissance Patrols (LRRP), as well as U.S. Navy seals did utilize “Leaf-pattern” camouflage uniforms in a limited capacity. In addition members of the Reconnaissance Team Zeta, which conducted covert cross-border operations under the auspices of the Military Assistance Command Vietnam’s Studies and Observation Group (MACV-SOG) often wore private-purchase “tiger stripe” camouflage that was never officially used by the U.S. Army. The evolution of camouflage pattern helmet covers from the 1940s to the 1980s; beginning with the World War II era “frogskin” (left), Vietnam War era “Mitchell” pattern, and the Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) woodland pattern. (Photo Credit: Author’s Collection)After the Vietnam War concluded the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Laboratory (ERDL) again considered camouflage, and developed a general purpose pattern that consisted of mid-brown & grass green organic shapes with black “branches” on a lime green background. This pattern has been widely copied and is still in use throughout the world. Desert Camouflage Then in the 1970s came the Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) “woodland” pattern. It was a four color, high contrast disruptive pattern with irregular markings in sand, brown, green and black. Its origin stems from concerns about a war against the Warsaw Pact in Europe. However, by 1990 the geopolitical situation changed and the Middle East became the new focus. With it so did the need for a desert camouflage. U.S. Army National Guardsmen on an exercise in 2000 while wearing Woodland BDUs. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Chris Steffen, U.S. Air Force)The U.S. Army actually developed a Desert Battle Dress Uniform camouflage in 1977. It utilized a six-color scheme that became known as the “chocolate chip” pattern due to fact that it looked a bit like cookie dough. DBDU camouflage was in use during Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia in 1993, but as it was developed in the rocky desert of California it didn’t blend into the sandy desert of the Middle East and East Africa. As a result the U.S. military developed another pattern specifically for the Middle East, and desert soil samples from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait were examined. This three-color pattern camouflage was officially known as Desert Camouflage Uniform (DCU). It may, however, have been nicknamed “coffee stain” by some U.S. personnel. The October 2001 Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and the 2003 Operation Iraqi Freedom both used DCU. Then Came the UCP Camo DCU was considered a major improvement over DBDU. However, the U.S. military wanted to standardize the camouflage and move away from different patterns for different regions. This led to the development of the hated UCP camo, which blended tan, gray and green (kind of). The goal here was to have a single combat uniform that could work in woodland, desert and even urban environments. The designers even omitted black as they found it was too visible to the naked eye. Instead, they incorporated different shades of gray. Soldiers dubbed UCP camo a “digital camouflage,” as the mix of colors resembled computer pixels. Obviously the effectiveness never lived up to the promise. This has since led back to the OCP, which isn’t all that different from the patterns used during World War II. The Universal Camouflage Pattern has finally been put out to pasture. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)The post The End of the Awful Army UCP Camo and a History of US Camouflage appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  5. Wilson Combat recently announced the addition of three big bore AR rifle calibers offerings. Shooters can now buy ARs in .350 Legend, .375 SOCOM and .450 Bushmaster. RELATED STORY Altering an Old 870 Wingmaster in Wilson Combat’s Custom Shotgun Shop Wilson Combat Big Bore AR Models 350 Legend The .350 Legend, a straight-walled, medium-bore AR-compatible round serves as an all-purpose hunting option. A near ballistic equivalent to the venerable .35 Remington, .350 Legend retains the magazine capacity of a standard 5.56mm AR. The cartridge also gained legality in states that require straight-walled cartridges. Wilson Combat offers the .350 legend in the Recon Tactical, Ranger and Ultralight models. Recon Tactical Specifications Caliber: .350 Legend Barrel Length: 16” (Non-Fluted) Overall Length: 33.5” Weight Empty: 6 lb 10.9 oz (Non-Fluted) Features Billet Upper (Flat-Top) and Billet Lower Receiver Wilson Combat Recon Tactical Match Grade Barrel Carbine Length Gas System with Lo-Profile Gas Block 5/8”x24 Threaded Muzzle with Q-Comp Wilson Combat 12.6” M-LOK Rail Wilson Combat/BCM Starburst Gunfighter Grip Black Wilson/Rogers Super-Stoc Wilson Combat TTU (Tactical Trigger Unit) M2, 4# Premium Bolt Carrier Assembly, Nickel Boron Standard Buffer with 40 Coil Chrome Silicon Flat Wire Buffer Spring Armor-Tuff Finish applied over Mil-Spec Hard Anodized Upper/Lower Receivers Ranger Specifications Caliber: .350 Legend Barrel Length: 16” (Non-Fluted) Overall Length: 33.5” Features Lightweight Billet Upper (Flat-Top) and Billet Lower Receiver Wilson Combat Ranger Match Grade Barrel Carbine Length Gas System with Lo-Profile Gas Block 5/8”x24 Threaded Muzzle with Q-Comp Wilson Combat 12.6” M-LOK Rail Wilson Combat/BCM Starburst Gunfighter Grip Black Wilson/Rogers Super-Stoc Wilson Combat TTU (Tactical Trigger Unit) M2, 4# Premium Bolt Carrier Assembly, Nickel Boron Standard Buffer with 40 Coil Chrome Silicon Flat Wire Buffer Spring Armor-Tuff Finish applied over Mil-Spec Hard Anodized Upper/Lower Receivers (Green/Black Standard – Other Colors and Camo Optional) Ultralight Ranger Specifications Caliber: .350 Legend Barrel Length: 16” (Non-Fluted) Overall Length: 33.5” Features Lightweight Billet Upper (Flat-Top) and Billet Lower Receiver Wilson Combat Ranger Match Grade Barrel Carbine Length Gas System with Lo-Profile Gas Block 5/8”x24 Threaded Muzzle with Q-Comp Wilson Combat 12.6” M-LOK Rail Wilson Combat/BCM Starburst Gunfighter Grip Black Smoke Composite Carbon Fiber Closed Shoulder Buttstock Wilson Combat TTU (Tactical Trigger Unit) M2, 4# Premium Bolt Carrier Assembly, Nickel Boron Standard Buffer with 40 Coil Chrome Silicon Flat Wire Buffer Spring Armor-Tuff Finish applied over Mil-Spec Hard Anodized Upper/Lower Receivers (Green/Black Standard – Other Colors and Camo Optional) .350 Legend, .375 SOCOM, and .450 Bushmaster.375 SOCOM A necked-down .458 SOCOM, the .375 SOCOM pushes a 200-grain bullet at nearly 2,400 fps from an AR-15 platform. The cartridge delivers flatter-shooting, supersonic long-range performance than most big bore AR rounds. It also adds the ability to shoot heavy bullet subsonic loads. Wilson Combat offers the .375 SOCOM in the Recon Tactical and Ultimate Hunter models. Recon Tactical Specifications Caliber: .375 SOCOM Barrel Length: 16” (Non-Fluted), 16” (Fluted) Overall Length: 33.5” – 36.5” Weight Empty: 6 lb 14.4 oz (Non-Fluted), 6 lb 12.1 oz (Fluted) Features Billet Upper (Flat-Top) and Billet Lower Receiver Wilson Combat Recon Tactical Match Grade Barrel Mid Length Gas System with SLR/Wilson Combat® Adjustable Gas Block 11/16”x24 Threaded Muzzle with Q-Comp Wilson Combat 12.6” M-LOK Rail Wilson Combat/BCM Starburst Gunfighter Grip Black Wilson/Rogers Super-Stoc Wilson Combat TTU (Tactical Trigger Unit) M2, 4# Premium Bolt Carrier Assembly, Nickel Boron Standard Buffer with 40 Coil Chrome Silicon Flat Wire Buffer Spring Armor-Tuff Finish applied over Mil-Spec Hard Anodized Upper/Lower Receivers Ultimate Hunter Specifications Caliber: .375 SOCOM Barrel Length: 18” (Non-Fluted), 18” (Fluted) Overall Length: 36” Weight Empty: 6 lbs 7.6 oz (Non-Fluted), 6 lbs 4.3 oz (Fluted) Features Lightweight Billet Upper (Flat-Top) and Billet Lower Receiver Wilson Combat Hunter Match Grade Barrel Mid Length Gas System with SLR/Wilson Combat Adjustable Gas Block Crowned Muzzle Wilson Combat 12.6” M-LOK Rail with Three Wilson Combat Rail Covers Wilson Combat/BCM Starburst Gunfighter Grip, Black Smoke Composite Carbon Fiber Closed Shoulder Buttstock with Limbsaver Recoil Pad Wilson Combat TTU (Tactical Trigger Unit) M2, 4# Premium Bolt Carrier Assembly, Nickel Boron Standard Buffer with 40 Coil Chrome Silicon Flat Wire Buffer Spring Armor-Tuff Finish applied over Mil-Spec Hard Anodized Upper/Lower Receivers (Green/Black Standard – Other Colors and Camo Optional) .450 Bushmaster A large bore, straight-walled cartridge, the .450 Bushmaster delivers compatibility with a standard AR receiver. It delivers higher supersonic velocities than most other big-bore .45-caliber AR cartridges. However, it is not typically used as a subsonic round. Ballistically equivalent to the classic .45-70, the .450 Bushmaster achieved legal status for hunting in states that require straight-walled cartridges. Wilson Combat offers the .450 Bushmaster in the Recon Tactical model. Recon Tactical Specifications Caliber: .450 Bushmaster Barrel Length: 16” (Non-Fluted), 16” (Fluted) Overall Length: 33.5” – 36.5” Weight Empty: 6 lb 11.6 oz (Non-Fluted), 6 lbs 9.7 oz (Fluted) Features Billet Upper (Flat-Top) and Billet Lower Receiver Wilson Combat Recon Tactical Match Grade Barrel Carbine Length Gas System with SLR/Wilson Combat Adjustable Gas Block 11/16”x24 Threaded Muzzle with Q-Comp Wilson Combat 12.6” M-LOK Rail Wilson Combat/BCM Starburst Gunfighter Grip Black Wilson/Rogers Super-Stoc Wilson Combat TTU (Tactical Trigger Unit) M2, 4# Premium Bolt Carrier Assembly, Nickel Boron Standard Buffer with 40 Coil Chrome Silicon Flat Wire Buffer Spring Armor-Tuff Finish applied over Mil-Spec Hard Anodized Upper/Lower Receivers For more information, visit wilsoncombat.com. The post Wilson Combat Adds 3 Big Bore AR Hunting Rifle Calibers appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  6. Remember the 2003 film Open Range Robert Duvall starred alongside Kevin Costner, who also served as the director and the main ramrod behind the film adaptation of Lauran Paine’s 1990 novel The Open Range Men. Along with having an amazing cast, the film had several noteworthy scenes, including a final shootout ranking high in the history of Westerns. RELATED STORY The New Winchester Golden Spike Rifle Is Transcontinental Glory Guns were obviously central characters in all of the drama. You’ll see a Remington Model 1875 and Colt Model 1873 Singe Action Army revolvers, not to mention a few coach guns and various Winchester Model 1873 carbines and rifles, reflecting a fairly authentic mix of what you would’ve seen at such a fracas in that era. Of course the Winchester Model 1873s—Uberti replicas—stand out the most for me. I’ve bugged the good folks at Browning, which owns Winchester, to release a standard-production saddle ring carbine as part of its Miroku-built line ever since they reintroduced the Model 1873 in 2013. And while I seriously doubt I had anything to do with it, the company finally did just that in 2018. I immediately put in a request for a test sample, and when it arrived, I liked it so much that I mailed a check for it before I even had a chance to fire it. It is a beauty. Winchester 1873 – Worth The Wait The original Model 1873 was one of Winchester’s most popular rifle designs, manufactured from 1873 well into more modern smokeless-powder times, and it was dropped from production after a 50-year run in 1923, with over 720,000 produced. When the company decided to resurrect the line using the Miroku factory in Kochi, Japan, several different configurations were eventually produced, but none were true carbines. Until now, that is. At long last, those of us who wanted a trim, high-quality 1873 built with modern materials and techniques—and the right buttplate for softer shooting—finally have it. No, it’s not made in the U.S., but the new Winchester Model 1873 Carbine is a step above other imports on the block, and this reproduction is actually branded “Winchester.” Another huge selling point is the total absence of the lawyer-induced safety “upgrades” that were incorporated into the Miroku-made 1892s, 1886s and 1894s. You won’t find a rebounding hammer or tang safety on these 1873s. On the outside, the new 1873 looks identical to an ancestor from 100 years ago, with the exception of a barely noticeable screw arrangement behind the sliding dust cover on top of the receiver that marks the trigger-linked internal firing pin block. This block is the only “safety” modification, and if you grew up with a half-cock hammer on your lever guns like me, you’ll feel right at home here. Kevin Costner (with Winchester 1873) and Robert Duvall in Open RangeTimeless Design On the inside, the new Winchester operates with the same toggle-link action your great-great-grandpa was using when Jesse James was pursuing an executive career in railroads and banking, but with much better heat-treating and much stronger steels. The trigger is mechanically blocked until the lever is fully closed, the action cover opens automatically when the action is cycled, and a swiveling stud in the lower tang locks the lever closed. The 1873’s lockup is nothing like the later Browning-designed lever guns, and the lever can move around if the gun’s jostled. Otherwise, it’s a carbine all the way, from the comfortably curved, polished steel buttplate, barrel bands and 20-inch barrel to the correctly executed saddle ring (with a staple, not a stud) and ladder-style rear sight. The bluing is deep and dark, the inletting is clean, and the wood-to-metal fit in key areas like the tang and forend is near perfect. The oil-finished walnut has no varnish to scratch, the hammer spur is finely checkered, and the trigger is tuned to break cleanly at just under 5 pounds with no overtravel. How It Shoots Miroku puts out some of the best Winchesters ever built, but looks aren’t everything, and I didn’t buy this carbine to hang it over the mantle. I chose the .45 Colt version, even though that caliber wasn’t available in original 1873s. I just happened to have half a dozen or so handguns to match it, along with a wagonload of brass, so that was a no-brainer. Range day was bright and sunny with 10- to 12-mph winds. To test the Winchester’s accuracy and see how well the sights were regulated, I fired five different factory loads at a paper target 100 yards away using a benchrest. The ladder sight has “0-20” markings that don’t match up with any particular yardage, so I needed to experiment with each load to see if elevation adjustments were necessary. Accuracy Revealed That said, the carbine was dead on with Black Hills’ 250-grain round-nose flat-point (RNFP) ammo. With the ladder folded down, my shots dropped roughly 6 inches below the point of aim. I obtained similar results with Remington’s 250-grain RNFPs, and the elevation stayed between 5 to 8 inches low with Sig Sauer’s 230-grain V-Crown jacketed hollow points (JHPs), Federal’s 225-grain semi-wadcutter hollow points (SWCHPs) and Winchester’s 225-grain Silvertip JHPs. When using the “0” setting on the ladder notch, my impacts were very close to the point of aim. I was able to put three shots into an inch at 100 yards, which turned out to be the best result of my range session. Thus, the gun was regulated for 50-yard shooting with the ladder down and 100-yard shooting with the ladder on its lowest setting. More experimentation was required, but I knew that the Winchester could shoot lead and jacketed ammo quite well. In fact, the carbine fired everything I put through it. It’s also worth noting that the hammer spring is noticeably heavier when it comes to opening the action than other imports I’ve tried, and the rear sight notches are pretty tiny, which is good for accuracy but not speed. Light is Right The gun seemed to prefer lighter bullets but didn’t show a major preference, which gives me a wide range of options in working up loads for it. If you decide to go with quicker sights, a more open rear buckhorn would be a simple swap, but with the front base soldered to the barrel, it’d require technical skills to remove it and cut a dovetail. As is, the front brass blade makes a good contrast in the black rear notches in sunlight when it’s new, but it’ll develop a patina as it ages. If you want to keep a bright contrast up front, it wouldn’t take much to have a gunsmith fabricate and install a German silver blade to replace it. Incidentally, the loading gate is very thumb friendly. Long range sessions with new lever guns almost always send me home with a torn-up thumb, scraped by sharp loading port edges, and almost worn out from forcing rounds in against heavy spring tension. That wasn’t the case here. The port edges aren’t sharp, and the spring tension is so light I was able to load rounds with my left hand while holding the gun with my right. This is almost unheard of. I’ve had to soften a lot of the loading port edges on other lever guns. RELATED STORY Was This Lever-Action Shotgun Actually Used by Oliver Winchester? The Smoke Clears Sure, I’d like to see Winchester lever-gun manufacturing return to the land of its birth, but it’s not going to happen, and Miroku’s quality exceeds anything the brand put out for quite some time before domestic production ended with the Model 94 in 2006. In the meantime, you won’t find a better-made Winchester lever gun made anywhere, and buying one of these 1873s today is very much like walking into a hardware store in 1895 to buy a new rifle then. You get a brand-new Winchester of known quality in a proven and deservedly popular design, with the added bonus of 145 years of history and adventure behind every shot you fire through it. Since carrying a box of shells in your pocket isn’t “cowboy cool,” you’ll need leather, and for something to match the quality and authenticity of the Winchester, I asked Matt Whitaker at John Bianchi Frontier Gunleather to craft one of the company’s Bandito bandoleers. My chestnut version with border stamping and a silver concho carries 30 rounds of .45 Colt ammo in tight loops that won’t let any out until you want them out, and it’s suede lined and adjustable. Don’t just sit back and read about it. Create your own history and live your own adventures with this carbine and leather combo. And don’t forget to catch Open Range the next time it runs on TV. For more information, visit winchesterguns.com and frontiergunleather.com. Winchester Model 1873 Carbine Caliber: .45 Colt Barrel: 20 inches Overall Length: 39 inches Overall Weight: 7.25 pounds (empty) Stock: Walnut Sights: Blade front, adjustable rear Action: Lever Finish: Blued Overall Capacity: 10+1 MSRP: $1,300 Winchester Model 1873 Carbine Performance Load: Accuracy Black Hills 250 RNFP: 3.75 Federal 225 SWCHP: 1.00 Remington 250 RNFP: 3.25 Sig Sauer 230 V-Crown JHP: 2.00 Winchester 225 Silvertip: 2.31 Bullet weight measured in grains and accuracy in inches for best three-shot groups at 100 yards. This article is from the Fall 2019 issue of Guns of the Old West magazine. Grab your copy at OutdoorGroupStore.com. For digital editions, visit Amazon. The post Gun Test: The Winchester 1873 Carbine in .45 Colt appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  7. SIG Sauer recently announced the release of a special addition of the ultra-compact MPX Copperhead. The new SIG MPX Copperhead, available through Bill Hicks distribution, includes a suppress-ready barrel with A2 flash hider, 30-round capacity and full-black finish. RELATED STORY WATCH: The Flux Defense MP17 Turns the SIG M17, P320 Into an SBR SIG Sauer MPX Copperhead The MPX Copperhead delivers in-field adaptability, high performance and familiar AR-style handling and controls. Completely ambidextrous, the MPX Copperhead accommodates both left- and right-handed shooters. As such, it comes with a dual-sided selector switch, magazine release, charging handle and bolt release. The MPX Copperhead operates from a fully-closed and locked rotating bolt, offering enhanced reliability and safety in use. A short-stroke gas piston allows the sub-gun to run all weights and brands of 9mm ammunition with no adjustments to the gas valve. The MPX Copperhead features a monolithic Elite Series black anodized finish upper receiver. The 3 1/2-inch barrel comes threaded suppressor-ready with an A2 flash hider. A two-position pistol brace, PDW pistol grip, single-stage trigger and 30-round polymer magazine round out the package. For more information, visit sigsauer.com, or visit billhicksco.com. MPX Copperhead Specifications Total Length: 14.5 inches Barrel Length: 3.5 inhes Barrel Twist: 1:10 Weight: 4.5 pounds Finish: Black Anodized Caliber: 9mm Luger The post SIG Sauer Releases Ultra-Compact MPX Copperhead With New Features appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  8. Multiple ABC news shows, including ABC World News Tonight and Good Morning America, aired compelling footage of the ongoing conflict in the Syrian War. Tracer fire lit up the night, turning targets into giant fireballs in what appeared to be chilling footage of death. RELATED STORY SIG Sauer, AAI, General Dynamics Awarded Army NGSW Contract Newscasters narrated the footage to paint the picture of the struggle. Commentators describe the Syrian attack on the Kurds along the border, describing death and destruction. The only problem – they made it all up. ABC News Uses Fake Syrian War Footage The mistake went viral after Wojciech Pawelczyk, and employee of One America News Network host Jack Posobiec, called it out on Twitter, according to freebacon.com. It became quickly apparent that ABC grabbed footage of the world famous Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot. It then mistakenly attempted to pass it off as genuine combat footage. The news organization quickly took down the footage. It later issued a statement after the broadcast began blowing up online. “We’ve taken down video that aired on World News Tonight Sunday and Good Morning America this morning that appeared to be from the Syrian border immediately after questions were raised about its accuracy,” a spokesperson said, according to freebacon.com. “ABC News regrets the error.” The reason for the lie? Well, the broadcasts served as commentary against President Donald Trump’s recent announcement he was withdrawing troops fro Northern Syria ahead of the coming planned offensive against Kurdish militias. Those same militias previously fought alongside U.S. troops, and the withdraw sparked criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike. “A source familiar with the matter told the Free Bacon that ABC News had obtained the footage from a third party – who cited the dangerous situation on the border to avoid giving fuller details – and that there would be an investigation into how the footage made it on to air,” reported freebacon.com. So at best, ABC showed gross negligence in using Knob Creek machine gun footage. However, at worst, the news organization outright lied to its viewers. In either case, the video provides another example of why the 2A community often maintains mistrust of mainstream media. The post WATCH: News Outlets Mistake Knob Creek Shoot Footage for Syrian War appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  9. What is arguably one of the most important American guns known in existence is about to go up for auction. When it does, the Revolutionary War musket, the Bunker Hill gun, will likely command a massive price. As this gun likely fired the first shot of one of America’s most famous battles. As such, some say it will command a price of up to $300,000, according to news.justcollecting.com. RELATED STORY Timothy Murphy: Is the Revolutionary War Sniper’s Shot the Best Ever? Bunker Hill Gun Heads to Auction The gun itself is a Dutch Type II musket, according to Morphy Auctions. Thousands of this type were shipped to the Colonies before and during the Revolutionary War. However, it’s not the rifle so much that makes this gun valuable, it’s the provenance behind it. The Bunker Hill gun up for auction is regarded as the rifle that fired the first shot in one of America’s most famous battles. Private John Simpson, 1st New Hampshire Regiment, fought at Bunker Hill. Though his unit received the most famous of orders to not shoot “until you see the white of their eyes,” Simpson reportedly fired early. Simpson later faced a court marital for his failure to obey that command. A light reprimand, Simpson would go on to serve with distinction, eventually earning the rank of major, according to news.justcollecting.com. However, that court martial, along with the rifle’s constant presence – nearly 250 years – in the Simpson family, tell the full story and provide complete provenance for the rifle. And now, incredibly, the musket heads to auction, where it will likely command big money. Incredible Legacy To give the musket even more significance, Simpson leaves an even larger legacy. His grandson, Civil War general and President Ulysses S. Grant, and great-grandson, Meriwether Clark, of the the Lewis & Clark Expedition, left indelible marks upon America. So in a sense, this musket helped ensure the existence of the man who won the Civil War, of a President of the United States, and of a man who charted an unknown American West. “We have the privilege of auctioning a firearm that symbolizes one of the most important battles leading to American independence,” said Dany Morphy, President of Morphy Auctions. The musket comes with a bayonet, commission paper and other accoutrements. Featuring a .79 caliber bore, the musket sports a 40 3/8-inch barrel. The minimum bid of $50,000 has already been met. The auction runs through See full details at auctions.morphyacutions.com. The post Battle of Bunker Hill Gun Expected to Fetch Absurd Price at Auction appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  10. Every story has a beginning, and the story of Samuel Colt begins in the mid-1830s with his first company, established in Paterson, New Jersey, to develop and manufacture America’s first production revolver. Though this venture ended in bankruptcy in December of 1842, Colt’s first revolvers endured, becoming famous in the hands of Texas Rangers throughout the 1840s and establishing a legend that has continued to flourish for more than 170 years. Today, Paterson Colts represent a distinct genre of vintage firearms collecting, including equally rare blackpowder reproductions from Uberti and Colt Blackpowder Arms. RELATED STORY A Look at the Last of the Incredibly Rare Tiffany Colt Revolvers Original Guns Four different Paterson revolvers were made between 1837 and 1842, along with some model variations and improvements, beginning with the No. 1 or Pocket Model, also known as the Baby Paterson. The No. 2 Pocket Model came next, followed by the larger No. 3 Belt Model and the No. 5 Holster Model, more popularly known today as the Texas Paterson. Each increased progressively larger in size and caliber, sharing a similarity distinctive to Colt’s original design. After the bankruptcy, John Ehlers sold guns built using No. 2 Pocket Model parts as well as late rounded-shoulder cylinders and loading levers. Technically, only the No. 5 Holster Model, in both variations—the first without a loading lever and the second with a loading lever—has been reproduced. I say “technically” because between 2001 and 2008, America Remembers and I teamed up with master gunsmith Robert L. Millington to produce a limited edition of the Ehlers Belt Model No. 2 Paterson and Improved Belt Model No. 2 by reverse-engineering Uberti’s No. 5 reproductions to create a .36-caliber Pocket Model with a 3½-inch barrel. Each gun was handcrafted and only 100 were made with charcoal-blued, antique-blued or aged-gray finishes. Each came with a walnut presentation box, a small Paterson powder flask, a single-cavity bullet mold and a combination tool. This marked the first of three significant breaks with traditional Paterson reproductions that would be created for America Remembers. The second version was a hand-engraved Ehlers model with carved ivory grips, a 5-inch barrel, Colt bluing and Turnbull casehardening. Colt Paterson Reproductions In 1998, Colt Blackpowder Arms (CBA) began creating a new generation of Colt Paterson models. While it is hardly a secret within the firearms industry, the second- and third-generation CBA models were produced with parts made to Colt specifications in Italy by Uberti and shipped to the U.S. “in the white.” The guns were hand-fitted, blued and color-casehardened using Colt’s original proprietary formulas. CBA was originally established to handle the manufacturing of Colt’s second-generation blackpowder models. The second-generation Colts did not include a Paterson model and are considered products of Colt’s Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company, while the third-generation guns, which introduced the 1842 Paterson No. 5 Holster Model, are regarded as CBA products. They’re still Colts in name, but CBA was not working directly with Colt as it had for the second generation. The noteworthy difference is that second-generation models can be lettered by the Colt factory, while third-generation models cannot. In terms of construction, there are slight differences in the bluing, silver plating and the use of Samuel Colt’s signature on the backstraps of third-generation models to quickly differentiate them from the second generation. The third-generation CBA Paterson—considered the first Colt-branded Paterson in 150 years—was introduced in 1998 as a deluxe model with hand engraving and a gold barrel, cylinder and recoil shield bands. The design copied the original engraved No. 5 models. These were always made in very limited editions (selling for $4,500at the time), and it wasn’t until 2002, the final year of third-generation CBA production, that a standard blued No. 5 Holster Model was introduced, with a retail price of $1,200. None of this, however, would have happened if legendary Italian arms-maker Aldo Uberti had not begun producing No. 5 Holster Model reproductions in 1988. Aldo’s Legacy In 1958, Aldo Uberti began reproducing the Colt 1851 Navy, slowly adding more authentic blackpowder Colt replicas to his company’s lineup. With virtually the entire catalog of historic Colt percussion models available by the 1980s, Aldo ventured further back in time to add the first circa-1842 Paterson No. 5 Holster Model in 1988, some 30 years after building his first Colt Navy reproduction. The Paterson was initially a blued gun with the standard 7-inch barrel and roll-engraved cylinder. The guns were of the first No. 5 design without a loading lever. Uberti then followed Colt and added a second variation with a loading lever to perfectly duplicate the original designs. These were the same parts that would eventually be used to build the third-generation CBA Paterson models, all three versions of the America Remembers Patersons and a handful of additional special limited editions for America Remembers, the U.S. Historical Society and the American Historical Foundation. These limited models vary in terms of availability, engraving and finish options. Among the rarest is the cased Samuel Colt Texas Paterson from the U.S. Historical Society and the Samuel Colt Heritage Museum of Fine Firearms. This handsome, hand-engraved pistol, with its blued finish, fine engraving, color-casehardened bottom frame plate and silver inlaid details, was limited to 1,000 examples. The cased set included a Paterson powder flask, an authentic Colt capper, a single bullet mold and tools and a copy of the book Paterson Colt Pistol Variations by Philip R. Phillips. The set sold for $2,500 in 1988. RELATED STORY Eli Whitney Jr., the Whitneyville Armory and the Colts They Produced End Of The Line All great things come to an end at some point, and for the original Patersons, it was the late 1840s, after John Ehlers sold the last of the Paterson inventory he’d purchased from Samuel Colt’s bankruptcy in 1842. Ehlers sold his improved “Ehlers Paterson” models until he exhausted the stock. These late-model Colts had the rounded-shoulder cylinders and loading levers added to the No. 2 Pocket Models. For CBA, the end of production came in 2002, with the final run of Colt percussion models and the blued No. 5 Holster Models. Uberti discontinued the Patersons in 2008 after 20 years of Paterson manufacturing. Additionally, Beretta purchased Uberti after Aldo’s passing. But it wasn’t quite over yet. America Remembers purchased the very last Patersons in the CBA inventory in 2002 and put them in storage for a future project that would become the most ambitious and rarest Paterson reproduction series ever done. After five years in development by America Remembers, I began working with gunsmith and engraver Conrad Anderson to put a limited edition of just 20 original-style Paterson cased sets into production in 2011. Each hand-engraved guns came with a rare 4-5/8-inch barrel as well as a scarcer 12-inch barrel. Colt Paterson Accessories The accessories were as important to each set as the guns themselves, and included the very last of the finely reproduced Colt cappers and period-correct tools, including an authentically styled and functioning two-piece, five-round Paterson powder-and-ball flask copied from the original design. The pistol frames and barrels were engraved in an original vine scroll pattern with silver accent bands, also copied from original guns, and the case was made in the correct period size and style with spring devices for securing accessories, a wooden spool for the spare cylinder and brass pins to secure the gun and extra barrel. Anderson hand finished and engraved the guns, while Doug Turbull blued them. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania furniture maker Duncan Everhart handcrafted the cases and wooden accessories. The 20 guns sold out almost immediately and took more than two years to complete, selling for $5,995 each. An original 1842 Paterson cased set like this would be worth over $400,000. And you would be just as hard-pressed to find one for sale today as one of the 20 reproductions. RELATED STORY Deadwood Guns & Gear: An In-Depth Look at HBO’s Hit Western Rarity By Demand If you have tried to find an Uberti Paterson for sale these days, you know it is a long search. They are out there, but few in numbers, and engraved examples fewer still. Limited editions like those from the U.S. Historical Society and the Samuel Colt Heritage Museum of Fine Firearms are even harder to find. Only a handful of the America Remembers No. 2 Belt Models exist, and the two-barrel set done in 2011 remains virtually unavailable. In the end, Uberti really closed the door on the Paterson as an authentic reproduction of Samuel Colt’s first models. Today, the only Paterson reproduction made is the Texas Paterson with the 9-inch barrel (favored by Texas Rangers in the 1840s), and manufactured in Italy by Pietta. It differs from those Uberti and CBA produced, but it’s as close as anyone making them today will likely ever come. Even reproductions can be very collectible! This article is from the Fall 2019 issue of Guns of the Old West magazine. Grab your copy at OutdoorGroupStore.com. For digital editions, visit Amazon. The post Finding Colt Paterson Reproductions Is Just as Hard as Finding Originals appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  11. WARNING: This video contains graphic content. Viewer discretion is advised. Longview Police shot and killed a carjacking suspect who pulled a gun on the officer. Recently released officer body cam footage shows the incident, where the officer faced little choice in engaging the suspect. RELATED STORY WATCH: Officers Kill Suspect in Wild Los Angeles Police Shootout The incident began when two Longview Police officers began investigating a suspected stolen vehicle. That’s when officers came across 18-year-old Detravian Allison. In a quick, dynamic encounter, footage shows Allison immediately produce a handgun, aiming toward an officer. “Get on the ground now,” an officer says. Footage shows the officer begin the encounter drawing his weapon. The suspect immediately pulls a pistol of his own, prompting two officers to open fire. “Get down on the ground! 52 Longview, shots fired! Got him? Keep him at gunpoint,” Officer Jason Kelley says after the shooting, according to kltv.com. Officer John Collier then moves in to secure the suspect. The officers then restrained the suspect, initiating first aid procedures. “Keep breathing for me alright … keep breathing man. Hang with me but,” Kelly says. Officials transported Allison to a nearby hospital, where he later died from his wounds, according to kltv.com. Police observed a second suspect when they initially arrived on the scene. That person remains at large. No officers suffered injury during the incident. Meanwhile, a grand jury unanimously found both officers, Kelley and Collier, justified in their use of force, according to kltv.com. The post WATCH: Longview Police Shoot, Kill Carjacking Suspect Who Pulls Gun appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  12. Glock recently announced the Portuguese Army adopted the Glock 17 Gen5 as its official duty weapon. The award comes after Glock competed against several manufacturers in a NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) tender in July, 2019. RELATED STORY CONFIRMED: US Secret Service Adopts Glock 19, G47 MOS Gen5 Pistols Portuguese Military Select G17 Gen5 “We are proud to be selected to support the missions of the Portuguese Army with the latest generation of GLOCK pistols”, said Richard Flür, Director of International Sales at GLOCK GmbH. “The Portuguese Army is among multiple military and law enforcement entities which GLOCK strongly supports in the region and we are excited to welcome them to the GLOCK family.” Portuguese distributor Sodarco supported Glock in the tender. “This public competition has been expected for several years and has been finally concluded successfully with the best option possible,” said Joao Bravo, CEO of Sodarco. The Portuguese military selected the G17 Gen5 in a custom coyote color for its duty weapon. The reversible magazine catch and ambidextrous slide stop lever offer flexibility to meet the needs of both left- and right-handed shooters. The G17 Gen5 also features the Glock Marksman Barrel (GMB) for increased accuracy and precision. A lanyard loop, the Gen5 enhanced trigger system, front serrations and Glock night sights round out the features. Glock says there are no plans to release coyote variation of the G17 Gen5 pistol to the commercial market. For more information, visit glock.com. Glock G17 Gen5 Specifications Caliber: 9mm System: Safe Action Overall Magazine Capacity: 17 Overall Barrel Length: 4.49 inches Weight Overall: 24.97 ounces (without magazine) Overall Length: 7.95 inches Overall Width: 1.34 inches The post Portuguese Army Adopts Custom Coyote Variant of Glock 17 Gen5 appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  13. Luth-AR recently announced its newest addition to the MBA line of the buttstocks, the MBA-5. The Luth-AR MBA-5 delivers modularity in a lightweight, affordable system. RELATED STORY The LUTH-AR Retro A1 Rifle Parts Lineup Is Extensive and Awesome Designed as an affordable, lightweight, adjustable carbine buttstock with a paddle-style adjustment lever, the MBA-5 Buttstock features a wide flared cheek rest and an integrated Picatinny rail to allow attachment of a mono-pod or other accessories. The MBA-5 fits either Mil-Spec or commercial carbine buffer tubes and includes an industry exclusive anti-rattle clamp. The MBA-5 is Grovtec Quick Detach sling cup ready. Paired with our Chubby Grip and Palm Handguard the New MBA-5 is just the right choice for your AR. Luth-AR MBA-5 Features Lightweight carbine buttstock MBA ergonomic styling Paddle adjustment lever for rapid positioning Flared cheek rest Integrated Picatinny rail for mono-pod attachment Quick release cup pockets, both sides Anti-rattle clamp Rubber buttpad High-strength glass-filled nylon Overall Length-of-pull: 11.5 inches collapsed, 14.5 inches extended Overall Weight: 8.95 ounces Fits either Mil-Spec or commercial carbine buffer tubes, .233 Rem/5.56mm or .308 Win/7.62mm * The MBA-5 is available in Black now, Flat Dark Earth coming 1/1/2020. Available Accessories: Grovtec QD Cup Grovtec QD Sling Swivel Carbine Buffer Kit (Buffer tube, spring, buffer body, latch plate and lock ring) MSRP $49.95, Dealer, Quantity and OEM pricing is available upon request. *The Govtec QD cups and QD Sling swivels are sold separately. For more information, visit luth-ar.com. The post Luth-AR Introduces Lightweight, Affordable MBA-5 Buttstock appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  14. SIG Sauer recently announced the Newington Police Department in New Hampshire transitioned to the SIG P320 as its duty pistol. The department chose the modular, striker fired pistol in 9mm. A full-service law enforcement agency, Newington PD protects Newington and the Pease International Tradeport, home to SIG Sauer. RELATED STORY WATCH: The Flux Defense MP17 Turns the SIG M17, P320 Into an SBR “When it comes to quality, performance and safety the SIG SAUER P320 really delivers,” said Captain Michael Sullivan, Newington Police Department. “Our officers appreciate the modularity and having the ability to fit the pistol to their grip. We carry the SIG SAUER P320 with great pride because it’s the premier pistol for law enforcement, and the fact that it’s made right here in the community we are sworn to serve and protect makes it especially meaningful.” The P320, a modular, striker-fired pistol, comes in full-size, carry, compact, and subcompact sizing. The serialized trigger group makes the P320 adaptable to multiple caliber, size, and grip options. The P320 is available in 9mm, .357SIG, 40S&W, and .45ACP, with a choice of contrast, or SIGLITE Night Sights. The intuitive 3-point takedown requires no trigger pull for disassembly. Safety features include a striker safety, disconnect safety, and optional manual safety. “On behalf of everyone at SIG SAUER, I want to thank the men and women of the Newington Police Department for their service, and commitment to the safety of our community,” added Tom Jankiewicz, Executive Vice President, law Enforcement Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc. “We are honored to be the official duty firearm of the Newington Police Department, and have the opportunity to strengthen our partnership with the department as they transition to the SIG SAUER P320.” For more information, visit sigsauer.com. The post Newington Police Department Transitions to SIG Sauer P320 Pistol appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  15. Tactical Solutions (TacSol) recently announced its newest accessories for the popular Ruger 10/22 platform. The Tactical Solutions X-Ring and X-Ring TSS barrels integrally suppress the 10/22 in both standard and takedown actions. RELATED STORY Tactical Solutions Introduces X-Ring VR Series Rifles and Receivers TacSol bills the X-Ring TSS and X-Ring TD TSS integrally suppressed barrels as a first in their kind. The barrels deliver a quality, highly accurate, lightweight and easily serviceable suppressed option for the popular Ruger 10/22 and TacSol X-Ring VR rifles in both standard and takedown actions. The X-Ring TSS also fits the Thompson Center T/CR22 rifle when utilizing the TacSol T/CR22 V-Block. “The accuracy, quality craftsmanship, sound suppression and serviceability of our patented split tube technology in an integrally suppressed barrel is what makes these offerings unparalleled to anything on the market today,” said Mike Corkish, Director of Sales, TacSol. “Our X-Ring TD TSS is the only integrally suppressed takedown barrel that comes with fiber optic sights and all of the connecting hardware making the switch from the X-Ring TD TSS to the stock barrel quick, clean and easy.” Tactical Solutions X-Ring TSS Features Features a front sight, with fiber-optic system Minimizes overall barrel length while shooting suppressed Push button and twist for easy takedown and re-assembly Easy to clean Chromoly steel bore and target crown Easy to install Lightweight and easy to carry 1:16″ twist rate 11-degree target crown .920-inch diameter 16.75 inches overall length Overall Weight: 16 ounces The X-Ring Takedown TSS barrel retails for $635. Meanwhile, the X-Ring TSS retails for $560. For more information, visit tacticalsol.com. The post Tactical Solutions Debuts X-Ring TSS Integrally Suppressed 10/22 Barrels appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
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