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  1. Beretta recently announced its newest competition shotgun, the 694. Beretta created the 694 over-under platform specifically for clay shooting, tested in collaboration with the Beretta Shooting Team. RELATED STORY VIDEO: Langdon Tactical Helps Create Ultra-Fast Beretta 92G Elite LTT The Beretta 694 features improved stock ergonomics for an increased field of vision. It also adds a new pistol grip design and Steelium Plus Optima HP barrels. A redesigned steel forend with a new, self-adjustable auget button and lower profile opening lever add to the platform. Beretta 694 Features Beretta also completely redesigned the ergonomics of the stock to reduce the presence of obstacles in the shooter’s field of view. It aids when shouldering the gun and looking over the gun to better track a lower target, according to Beretta. The 694 utilizes a slightly decreased drop, improved checkering on the safety and a wider comb. The stock comes available with drops of 35/50mm and 35/55mm. The latter also features a B-Fast adjustable heel and a round or Schnabel forend. It also features of length-of-pull of 375mm with an 18mm MicroCore recoil pad and centrally positioned trigger. A newly designed, steel action brings a modern, sporting look. It features side panels with a mirrored profile and diagonal lines underlined by a blue graphic design. The bottom of the action sports Beretta’s three arrows and the 694 logo. A Nistan finishing lends matte grey color. The redesigned, self-adjustable auget button reduces movement of forend over time, according to Beretta. It reduces the surface area that gets overheated during long days on the range. A redesigned pistol grip features aggressive checkering and increased surface area. The design promotes the best grip and better hand position. The steel top lever features a new, low profile and an anti-glare finish. Meanwhile, newly designed ejectors utilize powerful springs positioned behind the ejector slide and under the stop pads, according to Beretta. Steelium barrel technology, the choice of 30- or 32-inch barrels and reduced perceived muzzle jump round out the features. The 694 retails for $4,500. For more information, visit beretta.com. The post Beretta Releases 694 Over-Under Competition Shotgun appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  2. Ruger recently announced its newest rimfire Custom Shop gun, the 10/22 Competition Rifle. The Ruger 10/22 Competition Rifle comes with a skeletonized green mountain laminate stock and a stainless steel bull barrel. RELATED STORY Ruger releases Custom Shop SR1911 Competition Pistol in .45 ACP Ruger Custom Shop 10/22 Competition Rifle The 16 1/8-inch stainless steel bull barrel features black Cerakote accents and is fluted to reduce weight and dissipate heat. The 1/2″-28 thread pattern accommodates the included muzzle brake or other popular muzzle accessories. the barrel also features a proprietary, enhanced semi-auto chamber. Ruger says it increases accuracy and precision while not compromising reliable feeding and extraction. The skeletonized green mountain laminate stock decreases the overall weight of the rifle. That weight helps provide increased speed when transitioning quickly between targets, according to Ruger. The 10/22 Competition Rifle features a hard-coat anodized, CNC-machined, heat treated and stress relieved 6061-T6511 aluminum receiver with an integral, optics-ready, 30 MOA Picatinny rail. The custom receiver pairs with a heat treated and nitrided CNC-machined match bolt. It creates a tight-fitting, smooth action, enabling the highest level of performance. The dual bedding system incorporates a second bedding lug, ensuring the receiver securely beds to the stock. This rifle also features an innovative second barrel locator to provide a free-floating barrel for superior accuracy. The receiver incorporates a rear cleaning port, providing access to the barrel from the rear of the receiver for ease of cleaning. The rifle also comes with a Ruger BX-Trigger, fearing a crisp break. An oversized bolt handle provides ease of charging. The match bolt release enables the bolt to be released forward with a quick pull to the rear and release. Finally, an ambidextrous magazine release adds to the versatility. The rifle ships in a hard case and includes a detachable 10-round rotary magazine, Ruger Custom Shop Certificate of Authenticity, challenge coin, cleaning cloth and decal. For more information, visit ruger.com. The post Ruger Custom Shop Releases 10/22 Competition Rifle appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  3. The Flux Defense MP17 turns the U.S. Army and Navy M17/18 and SIG Sauer P320 into an SBR. And it might just be one of the coolest new designs we’ve seen in some time. RELATED STORY Gun Review: Does the SIG P320 M17 Pistol Live Up to the Army Hype? Flux Defense MP17 Details While the product is not technically a firearm, it does turn the pistol, legally, into a short barreled rifle. So all NFA regulations will apply. Customers must Form 1 their fire control unit before installing to avoid getting in hot water. But do that, and depending on your state, you are then cleared hot. After that, users must provide their own firearm, including trigger control group and slide. All the cool accessories in the video also come separate, including the holster, light, sling and red dot optics. The Flux Defense also brings 43 rounds of onboard capacity to the M17/18 and P320. How? Via the integrated mag holder located forward of the trigger guard. Even cooler, it functions as a sort of vertical fore-grip when firing. For rapid deployment, the MP17 features a spring-loaded, one-handed stock. The video shows it jump to the shoulder, providing the ability to immediately shoulder and engage targets on the draw. As for the draw, the Flux utilizes an optional Level 2 Retention Duty Holster. It accommodates multiple light systems, red dots and even a suppressor. When it’s time to put rounds downrange, users can still utilize the pistol’s included iron sights. However, the platform begs for optics, and works with Trijicon RMR, Holosun, Leupold DeltaPoint and more. For those preferring larger optics, an additional Picatinny rail bolts on for running Aimpoint, EOTech and similar optics. Flux Defense MP17 Specs Overall Weight: 2.8 pounds (with full size slide, empty) Collapsed Height: 5.75 inches Overall Length: 10.75 inches Overall Width: 1.6 inches MSRP: $399 For more information, visit fluxdefense.com. The post WATCH: The Flux Defense MP17 Turns the SIG M17, P320 Into an SBR appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  4. Primary Arms released a new reticle configuration in its highest-performance long-range riflescope. The Platinum Series 6-30x56mm Rifle Scope now features a refined Mil-Dot reticle. RELATED STORY Primary Arms Releases Gold Series Line of Riflescopes Primary Arms 6-30x56mm Reticles Packed with a host of premium features, the Platinum Series 6-30x56mm Rifle Scope offers incredible glass clarity for making long-range shots, according to Primary Arms. Now the line offers users the choice between a simplified, traditional Mil or fully-featured grid with Athena BPR. “The new Primary Arms Platinum 6-30×56 features the combat proven U.S. Army style Mil-Dot reticle to provide users with a simple but effective option for precision shooting,” said Ian Boehm, Engineering Technician at Primary Arms Optics. “This reticle was configured perfectly to work with 6-30×56 even at the highest magnification without losing any of the reticle. The reticle offers 5 milliradians left, right, up and down of center for holdovers or ranging, combined with 0.2 milliradian dots to enable precision shooting at distant targets.” Primary Arms’ Platinum Series uses Japanese glass. The scopes achieve impeccable optical clarity with minimal dispersion or aberration, according to Primary Arms. The 6-30x56mm model comes equipped with precision .1 Mil turrets and a heavy-duty, high-strength 34mm tube. The scopes also come waterproofed and fog resistant. The first focal plane design makes reanging easier, as every reticle remains accurate in any magnification power. Shooters that prefer simplicity over grid-designs should find the Mil-Dot version to their liking. It features elegantly-sized stadia and a precise center-dot to ensure a full view of target and a defined point of aim, according to Primary Arms. For more information, visit primaryarms.com. The post Primary Arms 6-30x56mm Now Features Mil-Dot, Athena BPR Layout appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  5. With high-profile mass shootings in the news recently, anti-gun politicians and advocates are pushing for more gun control. Specifically, the left is coming after so-called assault rifles. Again. Last year, an anti-2A veterans group put out a video that admonished civilian ownership of America’s rifle. RELATED STORY WATCH: ‘Angry Cops’ Demonstrates How You Get Shot by Police Aside from being asinine is so many ways, the video sends a disingenuous message. The video paints military veterans as anti-gun and having what amounts to a pretty weak understanding of the M16, M4 and the civilian AR-15. From the vets on this staff, to the countless in the firearms industry, to the millions nationwide, we’re guessing most will not appreciate this characterization. Angry Cops Calls Out Anti-2A Veteran Group Stated quite simply, it’s a load of crap. An agenda-driven piece of propaganda that uses our veteran community, by reputation and name, to push a radical political agenda. And our favorite YouTube personality, Richard Hy, or Angry Cops, clearly feels the same way. While the video is more than year old, it’s nevertheless timely again with a renewed push for banning semi-auto rifles. And Drill Sgt. Hy comes through in star-spangled red, white and blue, shredding this anti-2A veteran group. And the YouTuber immediately calls the veterans to task over mis-identifying the M16 as an assault rifle, and then applying that characterization to the civilian AR-15. “Wrong, the M4 is a carbine, not an assault rifle,” Hy explains. “An assault rifle is just a term used by civilians who don’t know anything about guns.” The veterans then pivot to yet another popular talking point from the anti-gun left: the power and speed of the AR-15. “I know the power of this weapon first-hand,” a veteran say ominously. “Power?” “I used to put the buttstock of my M4 against my junk and fire it off in front of privates to show them not to be afraid of the recoil. … It’s a varmint hunting round … It’s a .22 with more powder behind it! Hy then wraps it up succinctly: “It’s your ability as a shooter that determines the speed and accuracy of the rounds fired downrange.” Above all, this video pretends to show the veteran community, with its intimate knowledge of this firearm, is decidedly against it being in civilian hands. But Angry Cops disposes of this farce, as only he can. “I’m Drill Sgt. Hy, and these idiots don’t speak for me.” The post WATCH: Angry Cops Owns Anti-2A Veteran Group appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  6. Back in November, we asked what the U.S. Army’s Next-Gen 6.8mm round might look like. Well, now we know, and it is indeed a next generation approach to ammunition. The Army recently selected True Velocity 6.8mm for the Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) program. RELATED STORY SIG Sauer, AAI, General Dynamics Awarded Army NGSW Contract Army NGSW Selects True Velocity 6.8mm What makes True Velocity most interesting is arguably its composite case design. True Velocity submitted its ammunition as part of an overall NGSW weapon system in partnership with General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, as well as Beretta Defense Technologies. The proprietary 6.8mm case design provides end users with significant logistical and operational advantages over traditional brass-cased ammunition, according to True Velocity. It delivers substantially increased effective range and muzzle energy, drastic reduction in cartridge weight and enhanced accuracy. The combination of True Velocity’s ammunition with the General Dyamics OTS weapon submission results in a state-of-the-art weapon system. It’s capable of long-range lethality, short recoil impulse, significant ballistic improvements and enhanced operational effectiveness, according to True Velocity. “True Velocity’s 6.8mm composite case design produces a level of performance, consistency and efficiency never before seen in small arms ammunition,” said Chris Tedford, president and chief operating officer for True Velocity. “Combining True Velocity’s innovation and technology with the expertise of General Dynamics OTS and Beretta results in a weapon system solution that exceeds NGSW requirements and provides the U.S. Army with a definitive edge on the field of battle.” For more information, visit truevelocityinc.com. The post True Velocity 6.8mm Composite-Cased Ammo Selected for Army Next-Gen appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  7. Chicago police shot and killed a man who allegedly kidnapped and handcuffed a couple at gunpoint. When a Chicago officer confronted the suspect, the supposed kidnapper reached for his gun, prompting the officer to open fire. RELATED STORY VIDEO: Amari Malone Family Wants Justice, but He Pointed Gun at Police Officer body cam footage shows the fatal encounter, as the officer yelled multiple time for the suspect to not move. In the video, there appears to be a handgun lying on the couch, where the suspect is sleeping. The officer clearly and loudly tells the suspect to not move. But the suspect, identified as 42-year-old Luis E. Vasquez, ignored the officer’s warning. Video shows Vasquez make a move for the firearm. However, the Chicago police officer moves first, sending several rounds into the suspected kidnapper. The incident began when an off-duty police officer came upon a man and woman handcuffed together, running down the street at 6:45 AM. The officer pulled over and questioned the victims, who said they had been kidnapped, reported dailyherald.com. The off-duty officer reported the situation, and soon officers went to the apartment to look for the alleged kidnapper. That’s when police found Vasquez sleeping on the couch, and fatal shooting took place. The man and woman claimed Vasquez kidnapped them around midnight, reported dailyherald.com. Police said the three persons all knew each other, but released no known motive to the kidnapping. Authorities transported Vasquez to the Illinois Masonic Hospital, where officials pronounced him dead, according to dailyherald.com. The post Chicago Officer Shoots Kidnapping Suspect: “I’ll Blow Your Brains Out!” appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  8. December 28, 1861: The war to quickly send those damned Yankees home was beginning to show signs of becoming a longer struggle. Outside one small town in Kentucky, 500 Union soldiers had been watering during a break between battles. Their commander, Major Eli Murray, a Kentucky native himself, had no way of knowing that somewhere between 200 and 300 Confederate cavalrymen under the famed Colonel Nathan Bedford Forrest were assembling nearby for a raid. Forrest had been on the move to support other forces elsewhere inside Kentucky when he was advised near Sacramento by a Confederate sympathizer named Mollie Morehead that there were Union troops in the area. RELATED STORY Gun Test: 1878 Hartford Coach Gun 12-Gauge Double-Barreled Shotgun With lingering thoughts of Christmas, home and family as they went about their routine chores, the Yanks were caught by surprise when Forrest mounted his attack. In Forrest’s first major cavalry victory, he divided his men into three groups. One dismounted to attack from the cover of nearby trees, while the other two held their saddles, ready to outflank the Union position on both sides once the fray heated up. Displaying the character that made him famous as a daring tactician and fearless fighter, Forrest fired the first shot and led the charge himself. On the Battlefield One Confederate private, Adam Johnson, later wrote, “Led by this impetuous chieftain, we swooped down upon our foes with such terrific yells and sturdy blows as might have them believe a whole army was on them; and turning tail, they fled in the wildest terror, a panic stricken mass of men and horses…cutting and shooting right and left, and Forrest himself in his fury ignoring all command and always in the thickest of the melee.” Another eyewitness, Confederate Private James Hammer, credited Forrest with personally killing nine of the enemy despite having his horse shot out from under him and suffering a dislocated shoulder. Armed almost entirely with swords and their favorite long arm of choice, Forrest’s cavalry let off a near-simultaneous shotgun blast at short range that tore holes in the Yankees’ hastily formed skirmish lines. One account has each shotgun barrel loaded with 15 to 20 buckshot pellets; the ferocity and combined effect of those Confederate scatterguns completely routed the Union forces, in spite of the Union men outnumbering the Rebs two to one. The victory was clearly and decisively Confederate. Both leaders survived that short but fierce battle. Colonel Forrest carried his tactics, courage and leadership into the history books as one of the South’s finest and most capable field officers, and Major Murray rose through the ranks during the war, eventually serving as a U.S. marshal for Kentucky for 10 years and governor of the Utah Territory in 1880. The shotgun continued to serve Confederate cavalry units well until the end of the bloodiest war in U.S. history. The Coach Gun Cavalry units favored the shotgun for several reasons. Buckshot proved a devastating close-in fight-stopper perfectly suited to the dash-and-dodge engagement style of mounted soldiers. A short-barreled shotgun was easier to reload and maneuver on a terrified horse in the thick of fighting than a typical infantry rifle. Plus it offered two shots before a cavalryman had to reload. Depending on the number of pellets loaded into each barrel and the distance to the enemy, a single shotgun blast might easily spread enough to take out more than one enemy soldier, and with two barrels as a force multiplier, a small band on swift horses using the right tactics could deal very effectively with a larger enemy force armed only with single-shot rifles. While cut-back shotguns long preceded the Civil War, with roots dating back to Europe in the early 1700s, the term “coach gun” didn’t really catch on here in the U.S. until relatively recently. The same inherent close-range firepower and quick handling that made the short scatterguns so effective in cavalry hands translated quite well to civilian use and the newfangled self-contained shotgun shells after the Civil War. And when Wells, Fargo & Company began issuing shotguns to its messengers to guard shipments on stagecoaches, a legendary piece of Old West history was created. Shotgun Messenger While the correct name was initially “shotgun messenger,” and the term “riding shotgun” didn’t come into use until about 1919, what we call a coach gun today spread widely wherever a short and handy buckshot blaster was needed, either professionally or privately. Doc Holliday used a 10-gauge coach gun to kill Tom McLaury at such point-blank proximity during the fracas at the O.K. Corral that the town’s undertaker covered the pellet spread in McLaury’s chest with one hand. Wyatt Earp also favored a 10-gauge coach gun when he killed Frank Stilwell in a Tucson railyard, and again to kill “Curly Bill” Brocius the following year at the Iron Springs shootout. Coach guns of the late 1800s had external hammers and were typically Colts, Remingtons, Parkers, Smiths and Ithacas if domestic, with Belgium well represented from abroad. Barrels ran anywhere from the more common 18 to 24 inches to the occasional truly sawed-off shotguns in the 12- to 14-inch range. The 12 gauge was the most common, but the 10 had its following, as the Earp faction showed. Today, there are several makers of modern coach guns that cover the gamut from entry level to deluxe, with or without hammers. The classic American names no longer offer coach guns, sadly, and a good-quality, U.S.-made side-by-side in general is an uncommon critter. But foreign coach guns fill the void quite well, and one of the best of the bunch for my money is CZ’s new Sharp-Tail. One Sharp Shooter While CZ-USA has been marketing a line of doubles in the U.S. made by Huğlu in Turkey for several years, it took a while for the company to bring out a hammerless model. If you’re not emotionally chained to the classic external-hammer profile and double triggers, this one’s worth the wait. Sleek and slim in either its 12- or 20-gauge configurations, the new Sharp-Tail Coach sports 20-inch, cylinder-bore barrels under a raised solid center rib and ahead of a very strong monobloc receiver. Besides being a very practical design with a single mechanical trigger, this coach gun is also very handsome. CZ’s obviously going more uptown here. The barrels wear a matte black hard chrome finish for wear and corrosion resistance while the receiver, triggerguard, latch lever and sideplates are all brightly polished and casehardened, with basic laser engraving enhancing the colors in appropriate spots. CZ Sharp-Tail Coach Features Based on an Anson & Deeley boxlock action, the new Sharp-Tail’s non-automatic tang safety slides forward for “fire” and back for “safe,” with the first-shot barrel selector positioned in that safety. Click it left for the trigger to fire the left barrel first, right for the right barrel, etc. The single mechanical trigger switches automatically to the other barrel after it’s pulled once, regardless of whether that first shell fired or not. The front end carries a big and bold white bead, and the high rib is lightly cross-hatched along its full length to eliminate any glare. The Turkish walnut forend and stock are cleanly laser-checkered in a flat diamond pattern, the wrist is a pistol-grip style, and the back end wears a thin, solid black rubber recoil pad with a hard rubber heel at the top. The overall package may not be strictly traditional 1800s in form, but being thoroughly modern in function isn’t a bad thing, and this is a quality alternative in a short and light configuration that fills the same function as a classic coach gun. It just goes about it a little differently. Making Thunder While I think this new Sharp-Tail would be right at home at a CAS match, knocking down steel with the best of them, every single one of the shotguns I own is primarily a defensive gun, and that includes the coach guns. Considering, however, that one of the shotgun’s greatest attributes is its versatility, I ran several loads through the new CZ to check its patterning, regulation and recoil, including Winchester’s No. 8 shotshells and Rack Master slugs as well as Federal’s nine-pellet 00 buckshot and No. 8 shotshells. I fired the Federal 00 buckshot and Winchester slugs off a bench at 25 yards. With the former, the right barrel created a 5.88-inch pattern for nine pellets, slightly right of the point of aim, while the left barrel’s was 6.44 inches and slightly left of the point of aim. The elevation was dead on for both barrels, all of the pellets were in the kill zone, and the slight variance in windage could easily have been my fault. CZ Sharp-Tail Coach Power The Winchester slugs rocked the light coach gun. I’m not unduly recoil sensitive, but I only ended up firing one aimed shot through each barrel as a general indicator of where slugs would end up at that measured distance. Again, the right barrel hit slightly right, the left barrel slightly left, with 7.5 inches separating the holes. We don’t expect perfect barrel regulation in a $900 shotgun, and this isn’t bad for defense inside 25 yards, but it does illustrate the need to keep slugs close. I fired the Federal and Winchester No. 8 loads at 10 yards, again as general indicators. Both were light on recoil, though the Winchester ammo was lighter. The Federal game load created a 16-inch pattern through the right barrel and a 17.5-inch pattern through the left. Both barrels centered around the point of aim, with 80-percent density in 12 inches. The Winchester target load showed a vertical oval at 20 inches tall by 17 wide for the right barrel, and 18 inches tall by 15 inches wide through the left barrel, with an 80-percent density in 14 inches for the right barrel and 80 percent in 13 inches through the left. The Winchester shot tended to rise slightly above point of aim. RELATED STORY TriStar Releases TT-15 Field Over-Under Shotgun The Verdict Whether you use this coach gun for weekend matches, rabbit control or home defense, the Sharp-Tail Coach covers a wide market. The walnut on the test sample was nicely grained and well-fitted to the action, running just slightly proud of the steel where they mated, with no gaps around the sideplates or tangs, and the wide forend does a good job of protecting your hand from hot barrels. The recoil pad lacked thickness, but mates to the stock well. One of the Sharp-Tail’s biggest draws for me is the trigger. The mechanical single trigger automatically switches sides after the first pull. This ensures getting off a shot, even when encountering a misfire. You can’t fire both barrels at the same time like you can with a double-trigger scattergun, but few of us consider that any real downside. And you don’t need to be fumble one finger around between triggers, or use two fingers to cover both triggers, which has always been awkward for me. I also really like the manual safety. I prefer to be the one who decides where, when and how to use it, not the gun. All in all, this Sharp-Tail variant is a prime entry in the world of modern-day coach guns, and a high-quality double you’ll enjoy for years. For more information, visit cz-usa.com. CZ Sharp-Tail Coach Specifications Gauge: 12; 3-inch chambers Barrels: 20 inches Overall Length: 37.5 inches Overall Weight: 6.7 pounds (empty) Stock: Walnut Sights: White bead Action: Break Finish: Casehardened, black hard chrome Overall Capacity: 2 MSRP: $1,006 This article is from the Summer 2019 issue of Guns of the Old West magazine. Grab your copy at OutdoorGroupStore.com. For digital editions, visit Amazon. The post Gun Review: The Casehardened, Break-Action CZ Sharp-Tail Coach Gun appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  9. Utah Police faced an intense scene recently when a DUI suspect suddenly reached for an officer’s gun. The deadly encounter took place inside the police station, where an officer ultimately shot and killed the suspect to stop the threat. RELATED STORY COMMENTARY: Police Use of Force Is Fine the Way It Is Officer body cam footage shows an officer place 31-year-old Michael Chad Breinholt in a chair to await processing. That’s when Breinholt attempts to get up, although handcuffed, telling the officer he has a gun in his shoe. The suspect, seemingly very intoxicated, seems to remain defiant. Utah Police Kill DUI Suspect “You don’t want to fight with me,” the officer says plainly. “You definitely don’t want to fight with this guy,” motioning to another officer inside the room. “Just sit your ass and stay, OK?” The officer then seems to have a second thought, telling the suspect he will in fact take that shoe with the alleged gun. But the suspect doesn’t want to give it up. Video shows Breinholt resist two officers as they attempt to get the suspect’s shoe. And that’s when the officer finally realizes what the suspect is really up to. “F**k he’s got my gun,” the officer yells. “He’s got my gun!” A third officer then rushes into the room, as the officers struggle with suspect. Officers can be seen fighting to keep Breinholt from getting control of the weapon. “You’re about to die my friend,” screams one officer, a final warning. Meanwhile, the suspect fights on. Finally, an audible “pop” echoes inside the room. Moments later, footage shows one of the officers re-holstering his sidearm. The suspect lies dead on the floor in a pool of blood. “Some people become combative,” explained West Valley City Police Chief Colleen Jacobs. “Some people are very compliant. (And) some people become passive aggressive. Some people turn into a lump of potatoes and won’t cooperate with anything,” reported sltrib.com. Editor’s Note: A much more complete video can be seen at Law Enforcement Network‘s YouTube page. Warning, it contains extremely graphic footage. The post WATCH: Utah Police Shoot, Kill DUI Suspect Who Went for Officer’s Gun appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  10. One of our favorite pro shooters, Jerry Miculek, is at it again. To celebrate his 65th birthday recently, the longtime Smith & Wesson pro blew out 65 candles in the most Jerry of ways. He did with one shot from a Barrett M107A1 chambered in the most ‘Merica of cartridges, the .50 BMG. RELATED STORY Dude Perfect, Gould Brothers Hit Insane Shotgun Trick Shots Jerry Miculek Celebrates 65th Birthday Now why did Jerry use a .50 BMG to shoot out birthday candles, you might ask. Why wouldn’t he? We’re talking about arguably the most prolific, accomplished professional shooter in history. It’s only fitting that our man rings in another year with the biggest of bangs. When hitting the range down on Shootout Lane in Jerry’s home state of Louisiana, he often has the best of toys at his disposal. A revolver, pistol and 3-gun champion, the man can clearly do it all. But in this video, Jerry breaks out a Barrett M107A1. This 20-inch barreled version, in Flat Dark Earth, provides the perfect vehicle to deliver Jerry’s candle-obliterating payload. To make the shot even cooler, Miculek explains the team used a pack of rimfire-grade Tannerite packed into the cake. And the detonation completely erased the birthday cake, candles and everything else on the table. In fact, the energy broke the table from its concrete base in the ground, a testament to just how powerful the forces are. So unless you’re Jerry Miculek or other professional, maybe don’t try this at home. Besides, few can lay it down quite like Miculek. And he knows how to America with the best of them. So Bravo Zulu Jerry, great shot. And happy birthday to the living legend. Finally, check out this surprise birthday video Team Jerry put together. It’ll get you right in the feels. For more on Jerry, check out his YouTube page, Jerry Miculek – Pro Shooter. The post WATCH: Jerry Miculek Blows Out 65 Birthday Candles With a .50 BMG appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  11. In July, we reported on a strange law enforcement encounter. An IRS Security Guard pulled his gun on a Lucas County Sheriff’s Deputy in Ohio, sparking debate on who was in the right. RELATED STORY WATCH: La Crosse Police Officer Takes One in the Vest During Shootout It all started when a Lucas County Sheriff’s Deputy, Alan Gaston, walked into an IRS office in uniform. A security guard, 33-year-old Seth Eklund, stopped the officer, asking him to leave the premises because he was armed. The deputy declined, prompting Eklund to pull his gun on the deputy. Officers Confused After Strange IRS Guard Encounter Now additional officer body cam footage has been released, and it’s still just as murky as to whether Eklund or Gaston was in the wrong. Footage the conversations among several officers that responded to the scene. The video makes it clear no one really knew exactly where uniformed officer had the right to go, or whether the security guard should respond in such a manner. One person asks what the law says regarding a person bringing a firearm into a government building. He notes the deputy came on personal business. “At what point do you think it’s good to pull a gun and point a gun at a law enforcement officer?” another Toledo officer asks. “I’ll be honest, this is the first time I’ve ever dealt with this. I’ve been on for 13 years, and I’ve never had a security guard pull a gun on another officer.” “The U.S. General Services Administration, which sets the rules and regulations governing conduct on federal property, says: “Federal law prohibits the possession of firearms or other dangerous weapons in Federal facilities and Federal court facilities by all persons not specifically authorized by Title 18, United States Code, Section 930. Violators will be subject to fine and/or imprisonment for periods up to five (5) years,” reported toledoblade.com. Regardless, we don’t think its a good idea to pull a gun on a uniformed officer. Aside from the officer clearly presenting himself as a danger, professional security must find a better way to resolve such situations. The post WATCH: Body Cams Show Confusion After IRS Guard Draws on Deputy appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  12. FN America recently announced, for a limited time, it would offer the popular FNX-45 Tactical topped with a Vortex Venom 6 MOA miniature red dot optic. The pistol will ship with the optic preinstalled for out-of-the-box ease of use. RELATED STORY A Review of the FN Five-seveN Pistol With Lauren Young The FNX-45 Tactical, an optics-ready pistol, features a DA/SA hammer-fired configuration. The pistol chambers the .45 ACP cartridge and features optics mounting capability. It comes with either a 10- or 15-round magazine. Each pistol features a threaded barrel and suppressor-height night sights. Meanwhile, the low-profile, rugged Vortex Venom red dot features a 6-MOA reticle, large viewing window and up to 150 hours of battery life. As a platform, the FNX-45 tactical delivers a duty-style package with many features desired by professionals. It features a 5.3-inch barrel, 7.9-inch overall length, and weighs 33.3 ounces overall. A rugged design, the FNX-45 is built for rough carry. The limited-time FNX-45 Tactical with Vortex Venom package is available in both flat dark earth (FDE) and black with standard and state-compliant capacities. For a limited time, this package can be purchased for the suggested retail price of $1,329. For more information, visit fnamerica.com. FN FNX-45 Tactical Specifications Caliber: 45. ACP Barrel: 5.3 inches Overall Length: 7.9 inches Overall Weight: 33.3 ounces (empty) Grip: Polymer Sights: Three-dot night, Vortex Venom Action: DA/SA Finish: Flat Dark Earth, Black Overall Capacity: 10+1, 15+1 MSRP: 1,329 The post FN Offers FNX-45 Tactical with Vortex Venom Red Dot appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  13. Finally arriving on dealer shelves in quantity is the Bushmaster Adaptive Combat Rifle (ACR) along with caliber conversion kits. Say it ain’t so! Why the sarcasm? Because civilians have been hearing about this since 2010 with little actually happening when it comes to the ACR. Well, times are a-changin’ in the Big Green universe with its various brands seeking to reclaim market share. RELATED STORY First Review: The Commercially Available Remington Defense M24A2 Rifle Bushmaster is part of the Remington Outdoor Company, which emerged from a short-lived bankruptcy and has a new leadership team focused on addressing previous shortcomings. Frankly, Remington lost its way when it failed in listening to customers and supposed it could dictate desire. This approach obviously proved flawed and resulted in difficulties leading to bankruptcy. Now there’s a new way of doing business at Remington that takes a dealer-centric approach combined with pooling the strengths of both the Defense and Commercial divisions to reinforce each other. This allows for a more flexible focus and a healthier company overall. Brands like Advanced Armament Corporation (AAC), DPMS, Bushmaster and Barnes will be maximized for a more horizontal approach to the firearms/outdoor market, sharing the responsibility of providing quality ammunition, sporting rifles and shotguns, handguns, precision rifles, tactical shotguns, suppressors and so forth. The ACR is just one product getting this boost. AR Alternative It’s no secret that the AR is the best-selling civilian and law enforcement rifle in the U.S., and it’s incredibly popular around the world, too. But the early 2000s saw several manufacturers and designers attempt to move past the classic direct-impingement operating system of the AR, and Bushmaster’s ACR arrived in 2010. It was spawned from the Magpul Masada, which was unveiled at the 2007 SHOT Show. Magpul engineered the Masada based on elements from a series of other designs, including the AR-15, AR-18, FN SCAR and Heckler & Koch G36. Magpul’s foresight included an adjustable short-stroke gas piston operating system and modularity in terms of barrels, caliber and furniture. But Magpul eventually realized that it did not have the resources to produce and market the firearm in the fashion it deserved, so it licensed the design to Bushmaster in 2008. Bushmaster renamed the rifle the ACR, and with the expertise and manufacturing power of Remington as a partner, all things looked promising. Bushmaster handled civilian ACR sales while Remington focused on military and federal law enforcement procurement. Due to space limitations, we’ll wrap up by saying that not everything went smoothly with the ACR, which is just now showing up with caliber conversion kits after nearly 10 years on the market. Hybrid Warrior While the ACR has been available to civilians in 5.56mm NATO, Bushmaster recently decided to expand its potential by offering 6.8 SPC and .450 Bushmaster conversion kits. To that end, I recently received an ACR Enhanced for testing with both 5.56mm NATO and .450 Bushmaster kits. By why the latter? The .450 Bushmaster came about because shooters wanted a little more oomph than a .22-caliber round could provide, but still in an AR-15-sized package. Bushmaster asked Hornady to create a .45-caliber cartridge that would still work in an AR-15 action, and the rest is history. The .450 Bushmaster is based on a shortened rimless, straight-walled .284 Winchester case that is 1.7 inches long. It has a rebated 0.473-inch-diameter rim and a 0.5-inch-diameter head. It also uses 0.452-inch-diameter bullets like .45-caliber handguns, not 0.458-inch-diameter rifle bullets. The loaded overall cartridge length is 2.25 inches, and the case takes small rifle primers. Typical bullet weights range from 250 grains up to 300 grains, and Hornady and Remington offer several loadings for customers today. Buffalo Bore offers a potent 360-grain, hard-cast load along with multiple other bullet weights and types—not a surprise to anyone familiar with Buffalo Bore’s innovative product lines. In short, the .450 Bushmaster was specifically designed to generate unprecedented stopping power at short to moderate ranges from an AR. For 250- to 300-grain .450 Bushmaster loads, a 175-yard zero will give a relatively flat trajectory out to 200 yards. The .450 Bushmaster’s heavy, large-diameter bullets and moderate velocities make it well suited for use in multiple roles, including hunting, law enforcement and personal defense. The round’s terminal ballistics and large projectile have equal effects on engine blocks and large hogs, assailants with body armor or front windshields. It’ll pass through automotive body panels as easily as deer cavities. Modular Machine As mentioned, the Bushmaster ACR operates via a short-stroke gas piston system, which has an advantage in that the heat and fouling produced during the firing process are not routed into the bolt or chamber, keeping these critical areas cooler and cleaner for greater reliability—especially now with the increasing use of suppressors. The ACR also features an adjustable gas regulator, with the first position for normal operation and the second for use with a sound suppressor. The platform was designed from the beginning to accommodate suppressor use, and an AAC flash suppressor comes standard. The ACR uses a non-reciprocating charging handle that can be moved to either side of the receiver. An ambidextrous handle is also available. The mechanical advantage of the charging handle helps ensure that the multi-lug bolt seats consistently into battery. The location of the charging handle isn’t as far forward as other similar rifles, leaving plenty of space on the forend for your hand or accessories. Because there are no AR buffer springs, multiple buttstock options are available, including fixed, folding and precision styles. All are adjustable for length of pull and cheek height. Forends can be had in either polymer or aluminum. The controls are all ambidextrous. The Bushmaster ACR Enhanced Caliber Swap But what really garners the most attention is how easy it is to swap out barrels and calibers. No tools are needed beyond a handy bullet to push out pins to hinge open the receivers and remove the handguard. By removing the handguard, the underside of the barrel is exposed. To change the barrel, lock the bolt to the rear, pull down on the integral, hinged barrel wrench and rotate the barrel wrench nut lever one-quarter turn to the left. Then, unseat the barrel nut from the trunnion by pulling forward on the barrel wrench. The barrel assembly and the attached gas system assembly can then be removed. Reverse the process to install the new barrel. A barrel nut with interrupted threads locks the barrel assembly into the ACR’s steel trunnion, fixed to the upper receiver by way of two roll pins and two machine screws. Moving between calibers requires bolt head and magazine alterations as well. Hands On To test the ACR on the range, I installed a Sig Sauer 3x24mm BRAVO3 battle sight. This fixed 3X optic features an illuminated horseshoe-dot reticle and a 42-percent wider field of view compared to current sights. The BRAVO3 takes advantage of low-dispersion (LD) glass and an aspherical lens design for edge-to-edge distortion-free viewing. Short top and side rails allows you to add lasers or infrared designators. And thanks to the BRAVO3’s 3X magnification, the ACR should be able to handle a variety of shooting scenarios, such as CQB or distant engagements, with equal aplomb no matter the caliber. I used a variety of ammo to test the ACR, including multiple 5.56mm/.223 loads from Remington and Federal as well as .450 Bushmaster ammunition sourced from Hornady, Remington and Buffalo Bore. None of the loads I tested were wider than 2.5 inches at 100 yards. However, that said, my groups didn’t shrink much below 1.5 inches, even if I used premium rounds. Just remember that the ACR is a fighting rifle, not a target rifle. I spent several magazines’ worth of ammunition engaging plate racks and man-sized steel targets with the ACR. My drills quickly moved past stand-and-deliver types when I decided to concentrate on using the ACR in training scenarios involving team tactics and patrolling, and to do so, I utilized the Echo Valley Training Center’s 360, HESCO Shoot House and “Jungle Walk” ranges. Here the ACR to shine in terms of firepower, handling characteristics and combat accuracy. I also switched between calibers to test the ACR’s modularity throughout the evaluation. RELATED STORY Mossberg 500 vs Remington 870: Which Gun Would You Rather Have? Final Thoughts It wasn’t hard to discern .450 Bushmaster recoil and muzzle blast from 5.56mm. But the steel targets told the same story, rocking back vigorously when impacted by 300-grain bullets. Firing from unorthodox positions while working around obstacles and range vehicles showed the ACR’s potential in tight dynamic settings. While the 5.56mm isn’t known for its recoil, after years of firing AR-pattern rifles, the ACR’s impulse is decidedly different in a positive way. Smoother and subtler are two descriptions that come to mind. While the ACR is unlikely to unseat the AR here in the U.S., it’s nice to experience another take on how to best send 5.56mm rounds downrange. The ACR offers users a chance to own a rifle different than all the ARs and AKs so common today. The ability to change calibers is an added enticement for those so inclined. Law enforcement agencies with progressive procurement policies could easily consider using the ACR, not to mention private contractors and security-conscious civilians. This is a positive reflection on the rifle’s reliability, handling and ergonomics. For more information, visit bushmaster.com. Bushmaster ACR Enhanced Specifications Caliber: 5.56mm NATO, .450 Bushmaster Barrel: 16.5 inches Overall Length: 36.75 inches Overall Weight: 8.2 pounds (empty) Stock: Folding, adjustable Sights: None Action: Piston-operated semi-auto Finish: Matte black Overall Capacity: 30+1 (5.56mm), 13+1 (.450) MSRP: $2,948 (as tested) Bushmaster ACR Enhanced Performance 5.56mm/.223: Velocity, Accuracy Barnes 55 TSX: 2,920, 1.50 Federal 62 American Eagle FMJ: 3,005, 1.75 Remington 55 FMJ: 3,050, 1.30 Sig Sauer 77 OTM: 2,630, 1.25 .450 Bushmaster: Velocity, Accuracy Buffalo Bore 360 Hard-Cast: 1,625, 2.00 Hornady 250 Black FTX: 2,105, 1.75 Remington 260 AccuTip: 2,010, 2.33 Bullet weight measured in grains, velocity in fps by chronograph and accuracy in inches for best five-shot groups at 100 yards. This article is from the August-September 2019 issue of Tactical Life magazine. Grab your copy at OutdoorGroupStore.com. For digital editions, visit Amazon. 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  14. Pasadena Police officers shot and killed a man during an intense shootout in California. The suspect, donning a ballistic vest and armed with a semi-auto pistol and an AR with drum magazine, fired on officers. That’s when Pasadena PD responded, shooting and killing the suspect. RELATED STORY WATCH: La Crosse Police Officer Takes One in the Vest During Shootout Officer body cam footage captured the shooting, where multiple officers responded to the scene. The incident began when officers responded to a call for an armed man possibly wearing body armor, according to pasadenastarnews.com. That’s where they found the suspect, identified as Daniel Warren, armed with multiple weapons. The suspect ignored repeated shouts to drop the gun, finally pointing his weapon at Pasadena PD officers. “Upon their arrival, the officers observed the suspect standing within the fence yard of a property, wearing a ballistic bullet-proof vest and holding a firearm,” said Los Angles County Sheriff’s Deputy Erin Lou in a written statement, reported ktla.com. The deputy described the weapon, which appears to be an AR-style pistol, as a rifle outfitted with a ” large-capacity drum-style magazine.” “The suspect yelled at officers and then pointed the firearm at them,” said Liu, according to ktla.com. “An officer-involved shooting occurred and the suspect retreated to the rear yard and out of the officers view.” After officers returned fire, presumably hitting the suspect, Warren fled behind a house. Officers then attempted less-lethal methods to stop the suspect, but he remained in his position, not moving. That’s when officers moved in and found the suspect wounded, with two firearms lying next to him. Authorities rendered lifesaving efforts, but Warren ultimately died from his gunshot wounds. All officers avoided injury during the shootout, according to police. The post WATCH: Pasadena PD Kills Suspect Pointing Drum Mag AR at a Distance appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  15. There was a time when surplus GI weapons were actually sold to the American public. We were indeed a nation of riflemen back then. Nowadays, however, GI-surplus ordnance is melted, shredded or otherwise ripped asunder before being auctioned off as scrap. Up until recently, that meant law-abiding American citizens just couldn’t own the genuine article. RELATED STORY 10 Steps to Building a Glock Using a Polymer80 PF940 Frame Kit Retro guns are all the rage these days. While we could scrounge up the right parts to make these vintage weapons look like the real deal, the aberrant lower receiver markings always confounded the purist. The Ghost Gunner from Defense Distributed changed that. In addition to building fully operational receivers and frames for a variety of firearms at home, this remarkable machine also guarantees our grandchildren will grow up to be free men and women. Buying a Ghost Gunner directly supports the cause of liberty in America. The story behind this device, and the righteous crusade it supports, is spellbinding. The Machine: Defense Distributed Ghost Gunner You can finish an 80-percent AR-15 receiver at home with the proper jigs, a drill press and a router. I’ve made a couple. However, the process is messy and fairly tedious, and the result can also potentially look a bit unprofessional. The best method for creating your own personal-use firearms is the Ghost Gunner from Defense Distributed. The Ghost Gunner is a small, hobby-sized CNC milling machine that runs off of standard wall power. It connects to your PC or Mac to finish gun receivers. So long as you build these weapons for personal use and not for resale, there’s no federal requirement to serialize them, add any ancillary markings or ask anybody’s permission. This is the secret to building a spot-on replica of a Vietnam-era M16A1. The machine will currently mill AR-15, AR-10, aluminum 1911 and Glock-style frames. It will even engrave the side if you wish it to do so. The device is maybe two-thirds the size of a 10-gallon fish tank, and it’s a potential game-changer for the gun world. Now, the Ghost Gunner isn’t cheap. The mill will set you back about $2,000. However, for that investment you get way more than just a top-quality home milling machine. In fact, the Ghost Gunner is the most effective hedge against tyranny ever conceived by man. A population that can build its own firearms at home will never be subjugated. During the 20th century, recognized governments murdered some 260 million of their own citizens in various wars, massacres and ethnic cleansing. Thanks to the Ghost Gunner and the ideal it represents, that will never happen here. The Politics Behind It Freedom-averse leftists revile the very thought of this machine. Anything that so profoundly empowers a populace massively diminishes governmental control. As a result, there’s an ongoing effort to stifle Defense Distributed’s primary mission to post digital files on the internet. Defense Distributed first made a splash by releasing the digital plans to build a single-shot handgun called the Liberator with a 3D printer. This flimsy plastic pistol is not something you’d want to go to war with, but it will shoot. Defense Distributed never tried to sell the gun; the company only wanted to share the digital files—just 0s and 1s. It’s breathtaking to consider how far some will go to stifle these wee sparks of electricity. Defense Distributed won its legal fight against the U.S. State Department, and now its battling individual states. New Jersey recently passed a specific law preventing Defense Distributed from even communicating with its citizens. I might expect such draconian bile from Iran, North Korea or Venezuela. However, in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, I thought the First Amendment protected the things we talked and wrote about. Defense Distributed is a non-profit corporation wholly dedicated to supporting and expanding the cause of freedom. It sells Ghost Gunners to defray its monumental ongoing legal costs. When you buy a Ghost Gunner, not only do you get a truly awesome machine, but you also make a financial donation to the righteous cause of American liberty. Back To Vietnam Originally designed in 1956, the M16 first saw widespread use by American forces in Vietnam. The U.S. military was ramping up, and Colt was unable to produce rifles in the numbers demanded. As a result, Harrington & Richardson produced M16A1s under license as well as the Hydra-Matic Division of General Motors. Colt made most of the wartime guns. Harrington & Richardson rolled out around 250,000 copies. Hydra-Matic produced about 469,000 between 1968 and 1971. And up until now, a proper clone of the Hydra-Matic M16A1 was quite literally unobtainable. Thanks to the Ghost Gunner, however, that’s no longer the case. I tripped over an AR-15 receiver blank engraved to replicate those original 1968-era Hydra-Matic M16s on GunBroker.com. It sports a serial number, but that’s just for show. As the receiver is only 80-percent complete, it shipped straight to my door. Demilled Colt M16A1 parts kits can still be found on GunBroker or occasionally from sites like Sarco. Brownells offers new parts if you’d sooner have a factory-gleaming gun. My parts kit was fairly long in the tooth. I detail-stripped the upper and degreased it thoroughly. I repaired the forearm cracks with J-B Weld automotive epoxy and painted all the furniture with high-quality flat-black spray paint formulated for plastic. The result is a like-new look. Lower Details With Defense Distributed Ghost Gunner Finishing an 80-percent receiver demands that you lock the otherwise uncontrolled receiver blank into a 3D-printed jig. You can conjure these yourself using Defense Distributed software if you have the means, or you can order them from the website. Once the Ghost Gunner and your PC or Mac are on speaking terms, the software walks you through everything from setup to shutdown. The process is easy, fun and satisfying. The 80-percent receiver must have the rear lug pocket already machined. This is a small thing, but it’s important. The Ghost Gunner won’t reach back far enough to cut this. Just ask before you put money down on the blank. The 80-percent receivers sold by Defense Distributed and many others already have this bit done. This build demands extreme precision, and the Ghost Gunner does it all for you. There’s the neatest electrical calibration system that allows the machine to automatically orient itself on the 80-percent frame. Watching the thing work is half the fun. The finishing process takes maybe three hours. You can wander off and do something else while the Ghost Gunner chugs away. The result is of the same quality as anything you might buy at the gun shop. Set the machine up on top of a piece of cardboard or something similar—I used the lid from a storage box—and cleanup is a snap. Assembly Time I finished both the upper and lower receivers using ceramic bake-on engine-block paint from my local auto parts store. If properly cured, this remarkable stuff yields a finish that’s at least as rugged as more expensive DIY products. The color isn’t quite as gray as that of the original Vietnam-era rifles, but for $10, it’s close enough. You can cook these parts in your wife’s kitchen oven. However, if you do so, you will have eaten your last homemade apple pie that does not taste vaguely like car tires. The solution is a cheap toaster oven from Walmart. The final product looks great and runs like a monkey after an orange. Assembling an AR-15-style rifle at home is hardly an onerous chore. Down here in the Deep South, if you fail to build an AR with your kids before they leave for college, it could be considered child abuse. Mounting the barrel requires a special wrench, and the process is easier with a set of building fixtures from Present Arms, but none of it is particularly tough. YouTube will walk you through the details. RELATED STORY How to Build a Bare-Bones Vietnam AR Using Brownells Retro Parts The Final Product The finished product looks cool hanging on the wall and renders yeoman’s service as a home-defense tool. The manual of arms is foundational dogma for anybody who’s ever run an AR, and the ergonomics set the standard by which all others are judged. The final product is a spitting image of the otherwise unobtainable GI-issued Hydra-Matic gun. The Ghost Gunner is the most exciting gun-related tool since the screwdriver. Building your own guns at home is as American as Lady Liberty’s knickers. Additionally, the proceeds from each Ghost Gunner machine go directly toward advancing the cause of freedom. Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and the entire government of New Jersey absolutely despise Defense Distributed. As such, this company deserves our wholehearted support. The possibilities for home gun-building are limitless, and my new, off-the-books Hydra-Matic M16A1 is the coolest gun in my safe. For More Information Ghost Gunner: ghostgunner.net Polymer 80: polymer80.com R&B Tactical Tooling: rbtacticaltooling.com This article is from the August-September 2019 issue of Tactical Life magazine. Grab your copy at OutdoorGroupStore.com. For digital editions, visit Amazon. 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  16. There are certain firearms that grab our attention and hold it close, like a high school crush. Typically, this happens when a firearm is rare or offered only in limited numbers. Another way for manufacturers to ensure massive amounts of consumer desire is to designate a firearm as military or law enforcement only. This immediately angers the general gun buyer while at the same time holding their gaze and desire for long periods of time. A prime example of such a brand is Remington Defense. It’s elusive on its best day and completely shrouded in secrecy on its worst. It makes you wonder what it’s actually doing back behind the Big Green curtain, because they’re only guns, and guns can’t be that classified. Can they? RELATED STORY EXCLUSIVE: 12 Remington Defense Firearms Coming to Civilian Market Remington Defense I, too, have lusted over Remington Defense products, if for no other reason than, well, they’re defense products and therefore must be far superior to the offerings for us mere mortals. Even if it’s only slight superiority in the way of upgraded parts or pieces, or for the simple reason that a “special” customer specifically requested certain features, I’ve been bothered by Remington’s lack of empathy for the rest of us. But change is on the horizon. Remington is now launching several of its Defense-labeled products to the rest of us, and yes, they’re the real Defense products, not watered-down versions that’ll still leave us jealous of the servicemen and women and first responders who have these firearms issued to them. Not all products will be available, as you might expect, and details on exactly which ones will be available are still spotty at times. Nonetheless, I received three of the aforementioned goods and was able to test-drive others in the high desert of Utah at the Barnes Ammunition range. The Real Deal I love bolt actions like Ice loves Coco, and my first question was this: Which of the manual-throw guns would get the civilian OK? Visions of the .338 Lapua Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR) and the .300 Winchester Magnum M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle came to mind, and warmth filled my body. “This is it,” I thought. I had the pleasure of running both in Utah, where the M2010 put several hits on a target 1,900 yards away. Believe it or not, I didn’t have as good luck with the .338 Lapua. The time I spent on these rifles was incredible, and I could only imagine the people lining up for these tactical tools. But as of this writing, neither of those two will be available. While I was a bit disappointed, my mood picked up when the M24 showed up for review. Built on the venerable Remington 700 action, the M24 Sniper Weapon System (SWS) is the Army-specified sniper platform that’s been in service since 1988. The specific model being released is the M24A2, which has a detachable box magazine where the original M24 did not, and it has that incredible, always-tactical-looking Modular Accessory Rail System (MARS), which immediately propels any rifle to superstar status in the aesthetics department. The MARS simply adds Picatinny space to an otherwise bare platform, but it does this in a “tacti-cool” style that only a military product can. Let’s face it: The MARS is large in size, and had it been introduced as an accessory for the civilian, it probably wouldn’t have taken off. At any rate, side rails can be affixed to different locations on the MARS, and it’s badass. Remington Defense M24A2 The M24A2 has a 22-inch, 416R stainless steel, Rock Creek barrel with 5R rifling in a 1-in-11.25-inch twist rate. This twist rate offers good performance from both 168- and 175-grain projectiles, as was evident during testing. The A2 variant of the M24 also comes with the barrel threaded for a suppressor, specifically an OPS Inc. model that isn’t available anymore. Instead, you can opt for the AAC 7.62-SD available in the complete M24A2 kit. The M24A2 also has an adjustable H-S Precision stock. You can adjust the length of pull and comb height with ease, and the positions stay put once achieved. I found it easy to get the appropriate fit for my shooting session with the M24A2. And as cool as the M24A2 is, it’s relatively no-frills in nature. But then there’s the trigger, which will make you appreciate the platform even more. It’s adjustable, and my test sample’s came from the factory at a heavy 4 to 5 pounds. It made shooting groups tricky, but I didn’t want to mess with anything just before the test, so I left it as is. Not Quite a Heavyweight The M24A2 feels heftier in hand than it actually is on a scale. It weighs in at 11 pounds unloaded, but adding a scope and bipod took it to 15.2 pounds. That’s somewhat light for a .308 Winchester/7.62mm NATO rifle in my opinion, especially one lacking a muzzle brake or suppressor. The M24A2 has some recoil, no doubt, and I wouldn’t consider it an all-day shooter unless you put something on the business end to tame it a bit. Regardless, it was fun to shoot. The complete M24A2 system comes with a 3.5-10x40mm Leupold Mark 4 LR/T scope. But since there wasn’t one around, I opted to keep things “Leuy” but with a slight twist, choosing the 5-25x56mm Mark 5HD with the CCH reticle. It’s significantly larger than the Mark 4 LR/T but looks great and works well on the rifle. Range Time The mil-spec nature of such a rifle is intriguing, but in the end, the shooting is where it’s at, and I couldn’t wait to put rounds downrange. Admittedly, I had no clue of the M24A2’s capabilities. I assumed it was a solid and consistent 1-MOA rifle, which would be good, but I was still surprised when the rifle produced a 0.36-inch group at 100 yards even with a flyer. This came while feeding it Nexus 175-grain Sierra MatchKing (SMK) BTHPs. I’ve found this Nexus load to be consistently good across several rifles. The gold-standard Federal Gold Medal Match 168-grain SMKs managed a 0.43-inch group prior to the Nexus ammo. This group had an incredibly tight vertical variance, and the issue was in my shooting. All told, I fully believe this to be a 0.25-MOA rifle, which isn’t easy to manage. Remington’s 175-grain Premier Match ammo created a group measuring 0.59 inches wide, which isn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination, especially for a true, battle-ready rifle system. Yes, the M24A2 is a shooter for sure. Going Long After some time on the short range, I ventured out to the long range to see what the system had left. I grabbed the 168-grain Federal rounds and took a quick guesstimate on ballistics for the 825-yard distance, which had a full-sized IPSC target waiting for the projectile delivery. I dialed in 6.5 mils and pressed the heavy trigger. A couple seconds later, my ears were awarded with that sweet ring of steel. The M24A2 had successfully sent the bullet home. I tested velocities while shooting at this distance, and all brands landed first-round hits on the 825-yard mark, although the holds were a bit different for each. Then I attached a CGS Hyperion 7.62 QD suppressor. This particular model has delivered impressive results on several rifles, and this was no different. Following the same procedure as before, I sent the first round out to 825 yards, suspecting a change in velocity. Again, the M24A2 brought the good stuff and landed the round on the first press. This was too easy. RELATED STORY Scattergun Test: The Semi-Auto Remington Versa Max R12 Shotgun Patience Pays Off While the Remington Defense M24A2 isn’t new per se, it’s new to us in terms of availability. The platform can now get into the hands of more shooters who’ll get to exploit its rather impressive capabilities, and that’s exciting in and of itself. Admittedly, the M24A2 wasn’t really on my list of cool guns to own before. But now it’s on that list—and it’s also on my list of guns I love to shoot. I’ve mostly abandoned the old .308 Winchester, but the M24A2 from Remington Defense has given me a reason to dust off some of the boxes of ammo that I have left. It’s a shooter and a real-world working gun, available now to the rest of us. If all of them are built like this test sample, I believe the Remington Defense M24A2 is a must-have for any serious bolt-action rifle aficionado. For more information, visit remingtondefense.com. Remington Defense M24A2 Specifications Caliber: .308 Winchester Barrel: 22 inches Overall Length: 44 inches Overall Weight: 11 pounds (empty) Stock: Synthetic Sights: None Action: Bolt Finish: Matte black Overall Capacity: 4+1 MSRP: N/A This article is from the August-September 2019 issue of Tactical Life magazine. Grab your copy at OutdoorGroupStore.com. For digital editions, visit Amazon. The post First Review: The Commercially Available Remington Defense M24A2 Rifle appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  17. A Georgia Department of Community Supervision officer is out of a job, and her friend faces felony charges, after Gwinnett Police spotted the pair pulling a fast one on a local QuikTrip. The friend used the officer’s badge and gun to pose as an officer to score some free food. But she now faces felony charges for impersonating an officer. RELATED STORY Stolen Valor: NY Man Caught Lying About Green Beret Military Career While its common for local businesses to give discounts and perks to law enforcement officers on duty, the officer observed suspicious behavior when he saw Edgerton use the badge to score free food. So Gwinnett Police officer J.T. Smith followed the suspect, according to ajc.com. Gwinnett Police Catch Woman Posing as LE Officer body cam footage captured the stop, where a defiant suspect, identified as 33-year-old Pektra LaQuiche Edgerton, pushes back immediately upon being stopped. Officer Smith tells Edgerton he stopped her for having a broken brake light. But when the officer asks Edgerton where she works, the suspect becomes clearly agitated. “Did you stop me because my brake light is out or diid you stop me to ask me who I work for?” Edgerton asks. “Are you a police officer or are you not a police officer?” Smith responds flatly. Then Edgerton takes it up a notch, alleging Smith pulled her over simply because she is black. “So because a black person walks into a store with a badge and a gun, it’s an issue,” Edgerton said. “It has nothing to do with you being black,” Smith replies. In short order, Smith then gets to the bottom of the situation, learning that the passenger, Brandi Green, leant her gun and badge to Edgerton. That’s when Officer Smith calls DCS, letting the agency know what its employee has been up to. “After Ms. Green was made aware of the forthcoming investigation, she resigned on the same day, DCS said in a statement, reported ajc.com. Police arrested Edgerton for impersonating an officer. She also faces a moving violation for a broken brake light. Police released the suspect after she posted a $4,146 bond, according to ajc.com. The post WATCH: Gwinnett Police Bust Woman Posing as LE for Free Food appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  18. Los Angeles Police Officers encountered a wild scene recently, when a man wielding a machete refused to comply and eventually advanced on officers. Police opened fire after the suspect advanced on their positions. Ultimately, an officers deploys 40mm less lethal rounds to finally subdue the suspect. RELATED STORY WATCH: LAPD Fires Bean Bag Rounds, Stops Suspect Armed With Knife LAPD Deploys 40mm Less Lethal Round The incident began when officers responded to a disturbance radio call of a “man with a knife.” When officers arrived at the scene, they located the suspect, later identified at 49-year-old Herbert Vasquez. The suspect holed up in a bedroom and refused to exit, according to lapdonline.org. Footage shows officers attempt to de-escalate the situation. However, the suspect continues to hide behind a closed door. Finally officers open the bedroom door to find Vasquez armed with a machete, advancing on officers. That’s when officers opened fire. Vasquez then fled out a bedroom window, running through the street and into a 7-11 convenience store. Footage shows officers surround Vasquez inside the store, again attempting to talk the suspect down. But again, Vasquez refuses to comply. That’s when officers deploy 40mm shotgun rounds, finally taking Vasquez into custody. Vasquez visibly showed injuries to both hands following the incident. Police weren’t sure how the suspect sustained the injuries. Paramedics responded to the scene and transported Vasquez to a local hospital for treatment, according to lapdonline.org. The post WATCH: LAPD Opens Fire, Deploys 40mm on Man Wielding Machete appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  19. The U.S. Army contracting Command recently announced awards to SIG Sauer, General Dynamics and AAI. The companies will develop weapon variants for the Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW) program. Each company received a Fixed Amount, Full and Open Competition contracts for weapon prototypes. RELATED STORY MARS, Cobalt Kinetics Publicly Unveil Joint US Army NGSW Submission “These Prototype OTAs will enhance the mission effectiveness by developing two weapon variants under the Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW) program and 6.8 millimeter ammunition common to both weapons,” said the announcement. SIG Sauer will provide 6.8 hybrid ammunition, a lightweight machine gun, rifle and included suppressors, according to a company release. We will assume each company will submit an equal package as part of the prototype contract. SIG Sauer went on to say it would provide single source manufacturing. That includes all ammunition, weapons, and suppressors, equaling less risk and increased capability for the U.S. Army. Army NGSW Contract “The U.S. Army is leading the world in the first significant upgrade to small arms in decades to meet the growing demands of soldiers on the battlefield. We are honored to have been selected for the Next Generation Squad Weapons program bringing increased lethality to the warfighter over the legacy weapons,” began Ron Cohen, President & CEO, SIG SAUER, Inc. “At the core of our submission is our newly developed, high-pressure, 6.8mm hybrid ammunition that is utilized in both weapons, and is a significant leap forward in ammunition innovation, design, and manufacturing.” RELATED STORY HK Awarded U.S. Army Squad Designated Marksman Rifle Contract SIG provided additional information on the ammunition. It explained the Army called for 6.8mm hybrid ammunition, designed for increased penetration at greater distances. “Using patent-pending technology the SIG Sauer Ammunition division has engineered a completely new cartridge resulting in a more compact round, with increased velocity and accuracy, while delivering a substantial reduction in the weight of the ammunition.” The NGSW program calls for new rifles, pushing a new 6.8mm cartridge. The rifle and carbine will share commonality between them, making this a complete system for soldiers. “The U.S. Army challenged the industry to bring forward significant improvements to the legacy weapons. The SIG SAUER NGSW-AR is lighter in weight, with dramatically less recoil than that currently in service, while our carbine for the NGSW-Rifle submission is built on the foundation of SIG SAUER weapons in service with the premier fighting forces across the globe. Both weapons are designed with features that will increase the capabilities of the soldier,” commented Cohen. “The final component of the SIG SAUER Next Generation Weapons System is our suppressor, which through exhaustively researched design enhancements, reduces harmful backflow and signature.” The post SIG Sauer, AAI, General Dynamics Awarded Army NGSW Contract appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  20. Mossberg recently announced the release of Patriot Synthetic and Patriot Synthetic Super Bantam rifles in 350 Legend. Both models also come available as scoped combos with a variable 3-9x40mm riflescope. RELATED STORY Range Thunder: Our Mossberg 590 Shockwave Review Built for hunting, the 350 Legend delivers the fastest straight-walled hunting cartridge available, according to Mossberg. It offers more energy, less recoil and increased penetration over many of its competitors. The new Patriot Synthetic and Patriot Synthetic Super Bantam takes advantage of the 350 Legend for hunting in areas where straight-walled cartridges are now allowed. Patriot bolt-action rifles feature a well-designed stock with straight comb, rounded edges, raised cheek piece and a black rubber recoil pad. It utilizes synthetic construction, exhibiting textured stippling on the grip and forend surface areas. The standard contour 22-inch carbon steel barrels is free-floating. It features a 1:16 twist rate and matte blue finish. The rifles also feature Mossberg’s LBA user-adjustable trigger. It delivers an adjustment range of two to seven pounds. The rifles come with a spiral-fluted bolt and streamlined and checkered bolt handle. Receiver-mounted weaver-style scope bases provide optic mounting options. Meanwhile, sling swivel studs and a four-round box magazine complete the packages. For younger or smaller shooters, Mossberg’s Patriot Super Bantam variable LOP stock delivers length-of-pull adjustment. The stock includes a one-inch spacer, giving shooters to extend the length-of-pull when desired. With a decreased muzzle blast and extremely low recoil, the new 350 Legend makes for an enjoyable field experience without sacrificing performance, according to Mossberg. For more information, visit mossberg.com. The post Mossberg Releases Patriot Rifles in Straight-Walled 350 Legend appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  21. “Tactical” as a term has very little meaning these days. It seems like it’s used more often in video games than in reality. But for the police marksman deploying a lifesaving rifle, it’s not just a sales gimmick. To perform that task, there are requirements outside what most “tactical” rifles provide, and primary among them is dependability. A dedicated law enforcement rifle must work no matter the conditions—nothing can compromise its reliability. RELATED STORY Winter Is Here: The Canadian Rangers’ Tikka T3x Arctic Rifle But accuracy is also critical. To earn the “precision rifle” moniker, such guns must allow you to hit exactly where you want when you want at realistic ranges. Follow-up shots must be accurate as well. Small groups are nice, and so is consistency at range, but the idea here is that you make your first shot count. Things brings us to the Tikka T3x TAC A1, a rifle that I took through a Magpul Core/Leupold Optics Academy course to see how it stacked up. Built For Precision: Tikka T3x TAC A1 The Tikka T3x TAC A1 is a chassis-style rifle that is available in .260 Remington, .308 Winchester and 6.5 Creedmoor, and I got my hands on the latter for this review. It uses a proven push-feed bolt action. The bolt itself uses two lugs, a plunger-style ejector and a SAKO extractor. The action is also coated in Teflon for superior corrosion resistance and reduced friction. Mounted on top is a 0-MOA rail for optics, and the bolt handle has an oversized plastic knob. The two-position safety is mounted on the right side, and the bolt release is on the left. The trigger is a two-stage unit with a moderately curved shoe that’s adjustable from 2 to 4 pounds. A large paddle just in front of the triggerguard serves as the magazine release, and the rifle uses proprietary 10-round magazines made of metal with plastic basepads. Two mags are included. The cold-hammer-forged, 24-inch barrel has a 1-in-8-inch twist rate and a medium contour. The muzzle sports 5/8×24-tpi threading, and Tikka includes a muzzle brake as well as a knurled thread protector. Chassis & AR-Style Components The chassis surrounding the barreled action is made of hardcoat anodized aluminum with an AR-style handguard, pistol grip and buffer tube. The handguard is 13.5 inches long with a full-length Picatinny rail on top and M-LOK slots along the sides and bottom. The forend rail pairs well with the one on top of the receiver, providing plenty of room for day and night optics. The buffer tube allows you to install any AR-style stock, but the aluminum model on the test rifle is quite awesome. It folds to the left side, and users can adjust the plastic cheekpiece as well as the rubber buttpad in terms of height and angle. Spacers allow you to customize the length of pull. There’s also a QD sling socket, and the bottom of the stock forms a hook for your support hand. Finally, a short bottom rail allows you to attach a monopod or other accessories. Testing Add-Ons My test rifle came equipped with a Leupold 3.5-25x56mm Mark 8 scope with a Horus T3 reticle in the first focal plane. In my opinion, this is one of the best scopes available for a police countersniper. At 3.5X magnification, the field of view is quite usable when deployed up close, then you can zoom in to identify threats or provide specific intel. The glass is the best available, with coatings improving clarity in low and failing light and minimizing glare in direct light. The knobs are easy to see and adjust, and Horus’s T3 reticle allows you to hold for wind and elevation if needed. The scope was installed with a Spuhr ISMS mount offering 6 mils of elevation. Among the strongest out there, the ISMS has as close to an absolute return to zero as possible with a built-in level. I also mounted a Trijicon RMR in the 1 o’clock position for identifying targets. This setup is more suitable for long-range competitions, but it remains very handy for training courses, too. Personally, I would never utilize a police rifle unsuppressed, so I tested the T3x TAC AI with Dead Air’s Sandman-S and Sandman-K suppressors. For police deployments, the Sandman-S is excellent. It’s quiet, runs clean and doesn’t cause any bolt-lift issues due to backpressure. On the competition side, the shorter, lighter Sandman-K would be more appropriate. It’s louder, but you’ll be wearing hearing protection at a match. There’s noticeably less “push” on the first round, and the barrel moves less, so you get most of the advantages of a muzzle brake without the blast. Training Time Now for the training course. As I mentioned earlier, I took the Tikka T3x TAC A1 through a precision course hosted by Magpul Core and the Leupold Optics Academy in Madras, Oregon, where you’re taught everything you need to know about scopes before learning the ins and outs of long-range shooting. Along with more traditional positions, we also had to shoot from more unconventional positions using barricades, which provided a solid introduction to real-world shooting scenarios. We engaged targets set out to 1,300 yards. We were given several opportunities for cold-bore shots, and we used Federal’s 130-grain Gold Medal Berger ammunition throughout the course. My first shot with the rifle at 100 yards impacted just a quarter-inch low and slightly left of my zero. My next shot was only 0.5 inches from the first. The next day, I took another cold-bore shot, which impacted in the same area, so I adjusted the scope by 0.1 mils in terms of elevation and windage. My remaining cold-bore shots and tests for consistency were dead on. I also didn’t clean the gun before or during the course, and yet all of my groups were within 0.5 inches at 100 yards. My final cold-bore shot on the last day cut the center out of a 1-inch square target, so this rifle is undoubtedly precise at any practical deployment range. The T3x TAC A1 excelled at extended distances, too. On the second day of the course, we set up a target at the transonic range for the 6.5 Creedmoor—1,295 yards—and my first shot was centered for elevation. Correcting for wind, my next four shots were all centered on the silhouette. I later performed the same drill at 1,125 yards with same results: one miss for wind and four succeeding shots centered on the target. Both groups were under 1 MOA. Clearly, the rifle and Federal Gold Medal Berger rounds are capable of performing well at long ranges. Back At Home After the course, I took the rifle back to my local range for some more accuracy and reliability testing using the Federal Gold Medal Berger ammo. My first round downrange cut the center out of a half-inch dot at 100 yards, and my follow-up shots created a 0.5-inch group. Using the Horus T3 reticle and information from a Kestrel wind meter, I was able to engage targets in sequence at 100, 200, 300, 400, 500 and 700 yards. I got first-round hits with every target except for the one set at 500 yards. The bolt was impressively smooth for a factory rifle. Only custom rifles costing twice as much perform better in this regard. The magazines also performed well, though it was a little tough to load a full 10-rounder. Most of the time, I simply kept the mags loaded with nine rounds for easy insertion. Speaking of magazines, they’re proprietary and expensive, and for some that’s an issue. But each T3x rifle comes with two, and you get a third for free if you register with Tikka. My test mags worked well, and they fit almost flush, unlike AICS magazines. I understand some people might want to use the cheaper plastic or metal magazines they already have on hand, but Tikka decided to control the platform’s tolerances. The Tikka mags worked whether they were clean, dirty, partially or fully loaded, and that is far more important to me. And don’t you worry about the capacity. Competitors and police marksman won’t need more than 10 rounds on tap. RELATED STORY T1x MTR: Tikka Releases First-Ever Rimfire Rifle for 2018 Tikka Impressions All in all, the T3x TAC A1 is impressive. I would not hesitate a second to deploy this rifle, even in this caliber. At this point, ammunition selection for the 6.5 Creedmoor rivals or far exceeds the .308 Winchester, and in my opinion, it’s a better round. My testing years ago on auto glass as well as other barriers showed that Hornady’s 129-grain GMXs exceeded .308 bonded rounds in terms of performance, and Hornady’s 143-grain ELD-Xs outperformed 168-grain A-MAXs. When it comes to competition, the Tikka T3x TAC A1 in 6.5 Creedmoor will perform with rifles that cost twice as much. Can you spend less? Sure. But I’ve also had to change out stocks, triggers, grips and even handguards on other competitive models. On this rifle, there’s nothing I’d need to change or replace. I like this rifle so much that I’m going to keep it and use it in my next league match. So, if you’re looking for a solid tactical or competition rifle, make sure the Tikka T3x TAC A1 is on your list. With an MSRP of $1,899, it’s not the least expensive firearm available, but to me, it’s the most rifle for the dollar in this category, and it’s a fantastic choice. For more information, visit tikka.fi. Tikka T3x TAC A1 Specifications Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor Barrel: 24 inches Overall Length: 34.2-43.5 inches Overall Weight: 11.24 pounds (empty) Sights: None Stock: Folding, adjustable Action: Bolt Finish: Matte black Overall Capacity: 10+1 MSRP: $1,899 Tikka T3x TAC A1 Performance Load: Velocity, Accuracy Federal 130 Gold Medal Berger: 2,775, 0.47 Hornady 143 ELD-M: 2,700, 0.51 HSM 140 Trophy Gold Berger VLD: 2,740, 0.55 Bullet weight measured in grains, velocity in fps by chronograph and accuracy in inches for best five-shot groups at 100 yards. This article is from the 2019 Gun Annual issue of Tactical Life magazine. Grab your copy at OutdoorGroupStore.com. For digital editions, visit Amazon. The post The Tikka T3x TAC A1 Provides Most ‘Bang for Buck’ for Precision Rifles appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  22. When it comes to tactical-style pistols, the FN Five-seveN stands apart. And that uniqueness begins with the 5.7x28mm cartridge the pistol is built around. Our own Lauren Young recently broke down some of the high point on why she loves the FN Five-seveN. RELATED STORY FN America Releases Gray and Black Two-Tone 509 Tactical Initially developed for personal defense weapons (PDW), the 5.7x28mm commonly loads bullets ranging from 25 to 40 grains. Velocities typically reach more than 2,000 fps from a PDW, slightly less from the Five-seveN pistols. Developed in the early 1990s, the FN Five-seveN features a cold hammer-forged barrel. That barrel utilizes a chrome lining for extended use. A polymer frame sports a checkered grip and serrated trigger guard. Meanwhile, up front, a Picatinny rail provides ample area for light/laser attachment. The controls offer tremendous versatility. The forward-mounted safety lever is ambidextrous. Located just rearward of the trigger guard, the magazine release delivers the ability to reverse to either side. Finally, single-action operation and 20-round overall magazine capacity highlight some of the pistol’s more endearing features. The Five-seveN comes in black and Flat Dark Earth. The pistol retails for $1,435. “The FN Five-seveN is becoming one of my favorite pistols to shoot,” Young said. We agree, you can’t go wrong with the Five-seveN. For more information, visit fnamerica.com. FN Five-seveN Specifications Caliber: 5.7x28mm Operation: Single-action Overall Magazine Capacity: 10 or 20 rounds Overall Weight: 21 ounces (without magazine) Barrel Length: 4.8 inches Overall Length: 8.2 inches Twist Rate: 1:9″ RH Overall Height: 5.7 inches Overall Width: 1.4 inches Tigger Pull: 4.4 – 7.87 pounds Sight Radius: 7 inches MSRP: $1,435 The post A Review of the FN Five-seveN Pistol With Lauren Young appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  23. A domestic disturbance call turned chaotic and violent recently, erupting in a close-range gun fight in Wisconsin. In the end, a La Crosse Police Officer took a round in the vest before shooting the suspect and stopping the threat. RELATED STORY COMMENTARY: Police Use of Force Is Fine the Way It Is La Crosse Police Officer Takes Fire Officer body cam footage captured the shootout, which came fast and furious. The incident began when the officer approached 34-year-old Allen C. Kruk. The disturbance occurred at a home belonging Kruk’s ex-wife, according to madison.com. When the officer approached Kruk and attempted to speak to him, the suspect immediately withdrew into the home. The officer pursued Kruk, who quickly pulled a gun. Footage shows the scene explode into a gun fight. The officer sees the gun, struggles with the suspect, then backs away to create distance. “Gun, gun, gun,” he yells. He then fires a couple of rounds as he backs away to the corner of an adjacent building. A few seconds later he advances again, firing more rounds at the suspect as the target becomes available in his view. The suspect returns fire, and it’s here where the officer retreats again, apparently hit by a round. He then retreats further behind the opposite corner of the adjacent building. “I’m hit, I’m hit, in the vest,” the officer yells into his radio. The officer then performs a reload before radioing once more. “I’ve been hit, I’m in the vest, I believe I’m alright. He’s inside. There are children in the house. I am setting up a perimeter to the south, in the red building, red building, southeast corner.” The officer took one round to the chest, the round impacting his ballistic vest. Meanwhile, the suspect received multiple gunshot wounds. The officer received treatment and was released from a local hospital, according to madison.com. The post WATCH: La Crosse Police Officer Takes One in the Vest During Shootout appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  24. MARS, Inc. and Cobalt Kinetics recently partnered to produce rifles and light machines guns for the Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) solicitations. The program attempts to replace not only the firearm, but also update the cartridge performance with the 6.8. RELATED STORY High Speed Gear Producing 30K Mag Pouches for HK Army Rifle Contract In March 2018, we reported the Army requested solicitations for prototypes for NGSW. Then in October of last year, Tactical Life reported the Army solicited prototype weapons utilizing government-provided 6.8mm projectiles. Now MARS, INC and Cobalt Kinetics wade into the fray, attempting to win what could potentially be a massive contract. The NGSW stands to replace both the M16/M4 and M240 SAW. Part of the increased capability required comes in downrange performance, according to a Cobalt Kinetics release. Those ballistics promise to hit and penetrate 1 MOA hardened target at 1,000 yards. It will do so without sacrificing the control and handling characteristics of the M16 and SAW, a tall order. “The resulting weapon presents as an extra-large framed AR-patterned rifle, with a huge magazine well to accommodate the new cartridge,” Cobalt Kinetics said. “Inside the handguard one can identify a large recoil spring wrapped around the barrel – an essential part of any long-recoil operating system.” MARS, Cobalt Kinetics NGSW Submission This Browning-Auto 5-like, long-recoil system utilizes what Cobalt calls a “shifted pulse recoil” operation. This system dissipates energy over time prior to the full recoiling mass heading rearward, into the shooter’s shoulder. This lighter perceived recoil enables shooters to control the rifle, and it’s harder-hitting 6.8 cartridge, according to Cobalt Kinetics. According to Cobalt Kinetics, the system also runs cleaner, as no gas escapes the barrel into the action. So running full-auto or even suppressed, the system reportedly runs more reliably. MARS and Cobalt developed two versions of the “MARS” rifle. Submissions include a 13-inch barreled lightweight carbine and an 18-inch barreled light machine gun, each supplied to the Army for testing and evaluation. The prototypes both feed from proprietary 20-round box or 70-round drum magazines. Both feature semi- and full-auto fire. The partners designed the MARS rifles to incorporate the newest “smart” battlefield tech, including a central power source to supply all peripheral accessories. A central command module displays light, illumination, direction of fire, total rounds fired between service intervals and ammo supply in magazine – important data in the field. “I can’t think of a better collaboration in this industry,” said Michael Merino, President and CEO of MARS, Inc. “Our MARS rifle design, coupled with the innovative approach to rifle manufacturing of the Cobalt Kinetics team, has been incredible. We believe that we have a rifle design that meets the requirements of the Army’s ambitious NGSW program. We are excited to be part of evolution of military effectiveness.” He added, “We also plan to release a commercially available version of this rifle in the first few months of 2020.” We can’t wait to see the full NGSW submission. For more information, visit marsrifle.com. The post MARS, Cobalt Kinetics Publicly Unveil Joint US Army NGSW Submission appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  25. Virginia police officers made national news recently when troopers and deputies encountered a wild scene, a naked suspect running around, evading officers in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. However, it turned out to be no laughing matter, as the naked suspect, 18-year-old Matthew Bernard, turned out to be wanted for a triple homicide. RELATED STORY VIDEO: Amari Malone Family Wants Justice, but He Pointed Gun at Police Footage shows a wild scene play out, where at times its unclear who is chasing who. Bernard, naked and running around wildly, both runs from of a trooper, then at times turns on him. Meanwhile, the trooper, clearly carrying some version of an AR or military M16, purposely holds back on engaging the suspect. You can see the officer mace the suspect at one point, however he chooses not to physically engage and fight the suspect to the ground. Later Bernard runs away from the officer and attacks a random bystander in a church parking lot. In the end, a K9 took down the suspect, who police took into custody, reported nbcnews.com. Virginia Police Capture Matthew Bernard The incident began when officers responded to a 911 call that someone had been shot. Responding officers found a woman lying dead in the driveway of a home. Inside, officers found two more victims, leading the officers to call for more help. That lead to more than 100 officers from several agencies getting involved in the search for the suspect, according to nbcnews.com. The victims turned out to be the wife, child and mother-in-law of minor league baseball player Blake Bivens, a Double-A pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. The victims were identified as Joan Bernard, 62, Emily Bernard Bivens, 25, and Cullen Bivens, 14 months old. The suspect is the son of the slain Joan Bernard; Emily Bernard Bivens was his sister, reported nbcnews.com. “In my wildest dreams, I never could have imagined it,” said Bryant Bernard, the suspect’s uncle, reported nbcnews.com. “Not him. Of all the people in this world. I never could have imagined it.” “I can’t speak for him,” said Pittsylvania County Sheriff Michael W. Taylor, reported nbcnews.com. “I do know his family. I think that he has questions, just like we all do at this point – questions that we couldn’t answer last night. And hopefully as we get through this investigation we will be able to bring those, or to answer those questions.” EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: The suspect in a triple homicide in Pittsylvania County, 19-year-old Matthew Bernard, ran toward @KyleMWilcoxTV & @humphreyWSET while they were at a staging area — he also strangled the church's caretaker.https://t.co/4OVjvg9kkQ pic.twitter.com/cg23z2KIEX — ABC 13 News – WSET (@ABC13News) August 27, 2019 The post WATCH: Police Capture Naked, Triple Homicide Suspect Matthew Bernard appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
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