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The Edge of Performance is Here | Introducing the FN 509 LS Edge

Monday, January 11th, 2021

(McLean, VA – January 11, 2021) Introducing the FN 509 LS Edge™, the ultimate tactical pistol designed by FN to give users every advantage in the most demanding environments. From the front lines to the range, this factory-tuned 9mm Long Slide delivers cutting edge performance. When split seconds make the difference, the FN 509 LS Edge provides the advantage of a fully customized firearm, right out of the box.

“FN’s commitment to developing performance-driven products has reached a new level with the FN 509 LS Edge,” said Mark Cherpes, CEO for FN America, LLC. “The foundation of unmatched FN craftsmanship and battle-proven reliability combined with expert counsel from professional users, allowed us to develop the most advanced FN 509 pistol to date.”

Building on the proven FN 509 platform, FN teamed with tier one operators and world champion pistol shooters, to strategically enhance and purposely combine critical components of the new FN 509 LS Edge. The end result is a handgun that delivers superior versatility, accuracy, control and speed.

Versatility

The FN Low-Profile Optics-Mounting System™, combined with the green fiber optic front sight, allows users to run iron sights and a co-witnessed miniature red dot optic. Quickly mounting a favorite MRD is enabled with four included optic mounting plates. The midsized frame gives users the feel of a full-sized pistol that can still be comfortably concealed. An ambidextrous slide stop and two interchangeable backstraps allow users to further customize the FN 509 LS Edge, matching any hand size.

Accuracy

The five-inch hammer-forged target-crowned barrel delivers unmatched accuracy. With the 6.7-inch Long Slide bearing a 0.040” fiber optic front sight, the extended sight picture improves target acquisition and tracking. Additionally, the green fiber optic front sight co-witnesses with a micro red dot, users instinctively acquire a sight picture after their draw. The duty-rated, flat-faced trigger breaks cleanly at 90 degrees and features a reduced pull weight of around four to five pounds.

Control

Achieving the ideal balance, the 509 LS Edge’s lightening-cut Long Slide compliments the graphite anodized base plates and flared aluminum magazine well, resulting in a flat shooting pistol that racks faster, recovers instantly and tracks perfectly. Maximum control is gained with the frame’s full-height stippling, ensuring a full-contact 360-degree grip, locking into the hands under fire to reduce muzzle flip and control recoil.

Speed

The short take up and positive reset of the flat-faced trigger allows for speedy follow-up shots, while the green fiber optic front sight enables faster target acquisitions and transitions between shots. The flared, graphite anodized aluminum magazine well and weighted base plates of the 17-round magazines make for lightning-fast reloads, getting you back on target faster than ever.

The FN 509 LS Edge, part of a performance-driven series of firearms bearing the FN name, is shipping to an FN dealer near you. Gain an edge and learn more about the FN 509 LS Edge by visiting www.fnamerica.com/edgeseries.

SB Tactical: Proposed ATF Regulations Nothing More Than Registration Scheme

Thursday, December 17th, 2020

Bradenton, Fla. (December 17, 2020) – SB Tactical® learned on December 16 of the ATF’s plan to publish their proposed ‘Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with Stabilizing Braces’ guidance on www.federalregister.gov/d/2020-27857, which will be open for comment on Friday, December 18, 2020 until January 1, 2021.

Our hope was that ATF would finally take transparent action to provide clear criteria for brace equipped pistols, that would give manufacturers and consumers a way to see if products met ATF’s shifting expectations. Instead, the document is a thinly veiled blueprint for the largest firearm registration–and ultimately potentially confiscation– scheme in U.S. history.

The factors identified by the ATF for its possible use in classification include type, caliber, weight and length, how the gun is marketed, length of pull, sights and scopes, peripheral accessories mounted, and rear surface area of the brace, among others. While the factors listed are arbitrary and open-ended, the truly onerous part of the proposal is that no definitions of the factors are provided.

The grotesque inadequacies of this document render this “guidance” worse than meaningless. By stating that “no single factor or combination of factors is necessarily dispositive,” the regulated public is left guessing. Which calibers are ok? What is the weight or length of pull limit? What accessories can be mounted on a pistol? By failing to define the criteria, the ATF is codifying its holistic “we’ll know it when we see it” approach to determinations that create confusion and serve as little more than a power grab. It does nothing other than create uncertainty and confirm that ATF does not want to be held accountable. It claims limitless power to assess products under a “holistic” approach that gives the agency maximum discretion and Americans minimum protection.

This proposed guidance says that it does not have the effect and force of law . . . yet. SB Tactical®, in conjunction with the Firearms Regulatory Accountability Coalition, Inc., (FRAC), and the National Rifle Association, will continue to work tirelessly with congressional leadership, the White House, and the Department of Justice to ensure that legal gun owners’ rights and the rights of manufacturers are not in jeopardy. We believe that the White House is considering weighing in on this issue, but they will not do so unless we make our voices heard. The time is now to come together as a community of gun owners, retailers, and manufacturers to demand that President Trump preserve our Second Amendment rights.

This is our last chance to get this administration to intervene. We strongly urge you to contact the White House to demand they take swift action to stop and reverse ATF’s efforts to issue arbitrary and capricious decisions affecting millions of legal gun owners.

One-Click Link to Contact the White House, DOJ, and your Congressional representatives:

o www.fracaction.org/contact-officials

White House Comment Line:

o (202) 456-1111 / Email

Donate to FRAC, the organization that is standing up against the ATF’s arbitrary and capricious determinations:

o secure.fracaction.org/donate

Additionally, once the guidance formally posts to the Federal Register on Friday, December 18, we encourage you to submit commentary to the ATF and express your frustration and confusion. This is important to ensure a full record before the agency and any later court that reviews this issue. But, because the ATF seems to want to limit participation in this proceeding, it has created complicated rules and deadlines. To submit comments in the DOJ proceeding you will need to follow the instructions below. Comments that do not follow the below instructions, will not be considered.

DUE DATE: Written comments must be postmarked by, and electronic comments must be submitted on or before January 1, 2021 by midnight Eastern time.

INSTRUCTIONS: All submissions received must include the agency name (ATF) and docket number (ATP 2020R-10). All properly completed comments received will be posted without change to the Federal eRulemaking portal, www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. Comments must have a full name, mailing address, and signature.

Commenters who do not want their name or other personal identifying information posted on the Internet should submit comments by mail or facsimile, along with a separate cover sheet containing their personal identifying information. Both the cover sheet and comment must reference this docket number (ATP 2020R-10).

Comments that contain excessive profanity will not be considered or responded to.

SUBMISSIONS: Starting December 18, you may submit comments in one of three ways:

1. Online-Federal eRulemaking Portal: ATF recommends that you submit your comments to ATF via the Federal eRulemaking portal at www.federalregister.gov/d/2020-27857 and follow the instructions. Please keep the comment tracking number that is provided after you have successfully uploaded your comment.

2. Mail:

Written comments must:

a. Appear in minimum 12-point font size (.17inches)

b. Include the commenter’s first and last name and full mailing address

c. Be signed

Send written comments to the following address:

Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

ATTN: ATF 2020R-J0

Mail Stop 6N- 518

99 New York Ave. NE

Washington, DC 20226

3. Facsimile:

Faxed comments must:

a. Be legible and appear in minimum 12-point font size (.17 inches) b. Be on 81?2″x11″paper

c. Include the commenter’s first and last name and full mailing address

d. Be signed

e. Be no more than five pages long

Mission First Tactical (MFT) Introduces the MFT Battlelink™ Aluminum Minimalist Stock

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020

The MFT Battlelink™ Aluminum Minimalist Stock is the lightest collapsible aluminum stock of its kind available today, while still maintaining the strength and dependability you rely on.

Horsham, Pa. (December 2020) – Mission First Tactical, LLC (MFT™), a leader in USA-made rifle/carbine accessories, is proud to introduce the MFT Battlelink™ Aluminum Minimalist Stock. It is the lightest collapsible aluminum stock of its kind on the market, while still maintaining the strength and dependability you rely on. Manufactured from 6061-T6 Aluminum, billet and extruded hard coat anodized to MILSPEC, the stock is completely adaptable to the needs of the environment and operation by utilizing custom accessory mounts, interchangeable butt plates, and accommodating a new custom sling configuration. All done without sacrificing any of the functional requirements.

The Battlelink Aluminum Minimalist Stock is a slide-on replacement for a collapsible buttstock. The angled, non-slip, checkered buttpad allows for faster presentation, even when donning body armor. It has rear-mounted sling slots with single point mount points, with the Quick Detach Sling mounting point positioned for optimum usage, including ambidextrous shooters. It comes equipped with a MILSPEC Buffer Tube Spec size 1.148” diameter receiver extensions, a removable butt plate for interchangeable configurations, and the upper section provides an enhanced cheek weld. Available in Black with an MSRP of $179.99.

Battlelink Aluminum Minimalist Stock Specifications:

Model Number: BMSMIL-MTL
Weight: 8.8 oz.
Height: 5.13”
Width: 1.465”
Length: 6.8”
Aluminum Type: 6061-T6
MSRP: $179.99

Mission First Tactical Battlelink Aluminum Minimalist Stocks come with a Lifetime Warranty. For more information on Mission First Tactical, visit www.missionfirsttactical.com.

MasterPiece Arms (MPA) Unveils the MPA AR9 PCC (Pistol Caliber Carbine)

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

Designed specifically for superior reliability and maximum accuracy by competition shooters for all-out performance, the MPA AR9 PCC is still capable of in-home personal defense and other tactical situations.

Comer, Ga. (November 2020) – MasterPiece Arms (MPA), manufacturers of the MPA BA Rifles and Chassis Systems, is pleased to introduce the MasterPiece Arms AR9 PCC (Pistol Caliber Carbine). Specifically designed for superior reliability and maximum accuracy, the AR9 PCC still retains the familiar handling and controls of the AR platform. This outstanding carbine was designed by competition shooters for maximum performance but is still capable of in-home personal defense and other tactical situations. The AR9 PCC is the first release from MPA’s recent product line acquisition from CK Arms.

The MPA design team has designed the MPA AR9 PCC lower receiver to be compatible with the GLOCK pattern magazines in 9mm. The new 7075 billet-machined aluminum receiver models also accept standard AR accessories like furniture, triggers, charging handles, buttstocks, and optics, and incorporate an integral trigger guard and flared magwell for fast reloading.

The MPA AR9 PCC closed-bolt blowback operating system is soft shooting and reliable with a wide variety of 9mm loads and exhibits flawless feeding with all common pistol bullet profiles, including hollow point and ball ammunition. The AR9 PCC proprietary bolt carrier group with heavy duty claw extractor and plunger ejector is tuned for exceptional reliability and has been optimized in weight for less reciprocating mass, which equals a flatter and softer shooting platform.

During the test and evaluation process, multiple buffers and recoil systems were tested and evaluated. MPA chose the best performing combination that enhanced the shootability of the rifle that puts it a tier above the competition. The AR9 PCC is also an excellent suppressor host with minimal gas blowback and enhanced accuracy over the other designs. Like all of its rifle products, MPA uses 416R SS match-grade button-rifled 1-10” twist 9mm barrels to ensure that the AR9 PCC meets MPA’s stringent quality and accuracy requirements.

MPA AR9 PCC Specifications:

Billet machined lower from 7075 aluminum
Caliber specific upper with a flared ejection port
Hard coat black anodized (type 3) and Cerakoted
Enhanced magwell for easy magazine loading
16” lightweight 416R stainless steel barrel, 1:10 Twist
Anodized low profile handguard and buffer tube
Multi-port steel Cerakoted compensator
Optimized buffer and recoil system
Machined aluminum S2 Grip
Match grade accuracy
Suppressor ready
½-36 TPI muzzle threads
Competition ready
Adjustable buttstock
GLOCK style 17 round Magpul magazine included (PMAG17 GL9)
Rifle Weight 6.25 lbs.
Available in black, blue, red, and green
MPA Lifetime Warranty
MSRP $1,499.99

MPA makes every effort to get the product to the customer as quickly as possible. These are hand-built precision instruments and not production components. To see MPA’s latest delivery and lead times for all Bolt Action Rifles and Chassis, visit https://masterpiecearms.com/bolt-action-rifle-and-chassis-current-delivery-times/.

For more information on MasterPiece Arms and their product line of rifles, chassis systems, and accessories, visit www.masterpiecearms.com.

Lipsey’s Goes Back To Where It All Began With Retro P80 9mm Exclusive

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

So this is actually a pretty cool announcement from Lipsey’s: an exclusive Glock Full Size 9mm pistol styled after the original Austrian Military P80 ‘Gen 1’ service pistol, complete with the accurate ‘tupperware’ case. Despite the likely limited availability of this release, the listed MSRP is only running a bit higher than the most current G17 Gen5, at $670. Yeah, that’s not a break-the-bank price for a poly handgun — especially in today’s market, where 9mm handguns are pretty scarce due to… increased market interest in firearms ownership — but those familiar with the Lipsey’s exclusive Glocks would know that it’ll also be a pain to get a hold of without paying scalper prices, since these are sure to be an ‘allocated’ item with most stores having extremely limited, if any, stock.

Baton Rouge, La.—Lipsey’s, the nation’s premier firearms distributor, has unveiled the new Lipsey’s Exclusive GLOCK P80. A historical reproduction of the original, innovative GLOCK pistol adopted by the Austrian Army in 1982.

In 1981, Gaston Glock assembled a team of engineers and designed his first firearm. The result was submitted to the Austrian Army pistol trials and won the contract in 1982. The Army then designated the first GLOCK as the Pistole 80. These guns were later known commercially as “G17s” and were only available in the US market for two years until the “Gen2” model was introduced in 1988. P80 marked GLOCKs were never imported into the United States.

After its American debut as the GLOCK 17 in 1986, the simple, yet proven, mechanics and materials have remained mainly the same. The original P80 and Gen1 G17 featured non-railed frames with no finger grooves and wrap around pebble grain texturing. Lipsey’s worked with GLOCK to recreate the Gen1 single pin frame and the original flat extractor. The P80 markings are the same font used in 1982. The classic “Tupperware” style container was also re-manufactured for this edition. Each GLOCK P80 includes a commemorative overbox and certificate of authenticity.

The new Lipsey’s Exclusive GLOCK P80 was developed to allow modern GLOCK enthusiasts to acquire a piece of the company’s unique history. The concept began with Jason Cloessner, Lipsey’s Vice President & Product Development Manager, who initiated the collaboration with GLOCK some three years ago. “I have always wanted to do a retro GLOCK pistol. GLOCK took painstaking measures to recreate the original frames and packaging to make this P80 edition as close to the original as we could get. Not only is this edition a great shooter, but it also helps tell the amazing story of how GLOCK came to be.”

Bob Radecki, GLOCK, Inc. National Sales Manager was an instrumental partner in bringing this throwback concept to life. “GLOCK, in conjunction with Lipsey’s, is very pleased to commemorate the adoption of the GLOCK P80 by the Austrian Army with a recreation inspired by the original GLOCK Pistole 80. The P80 was GLOCK’s first pistol and was the catalyst that led to the introduction of the G17, which revolutionized the pistol market and launched GLOCK as the pistol manufacturer trusted around the globe for over 30 years.”

You can access GLOCK P80 technical specs and information here: Lipsey’s GLOCK P80

Located in Baton Rouge, Lipsey’s formed initially as a wholesale hunting and fishing distributor in 1953.

Today, Lipsey’s is one of the largest independently owned firearms distributors in the country offering a full catalog of firearms, NFA items, and accessories. The “AIM HIGHER” company mantra focuses on innovative product development, distribution, and dedication to family, community, and industry. With a committed focus on relationships, Lipsey’s provides value to federally licensed dealers and the industry’s top manufacturers.

Please visit www.lipseys.com or follow at facebook.com/lipseysguns and Instagram @LipseysGuns

Apex Announces New Hellcat Trigger

Monday, August 10th, 2020

PEORIA, Ariz. – Apex Tactical Specialties is pleased to announce the introduction and upcoming release of its new Action Enhancement Trigger for the hugely popular Hellcat pistol from Springfield Armory. Starting at just $79.95, the package includes an Apex Action Enhancement Trigger, Apex Sear Spring and Apex Striker Spring, which, when installed, significantly improves the feel of the trigger pull while reducing trigger travel and pull weight to that appropriate for a duty or carry pistol.

Apex’s engineering and design team developed the Action Enhancement Trigger as a direct drop-in replacement of the factory polymer trigger and springs of the Hellcat. The new trigger will be available in Black, Red, Thin Blue Line, and Black anodized Freedom Edition versions. Pre-ordering will begin soon.

Retailers and wholesale distributors that have not yet ordered and wish to stock the new trigger can contact Apex at [email protected] or (623) 322-0200 for pricing and quantity availability.

Features and Specifications:
– Reduces trigger pull weight to 5.0 to 5.5 lbs, after break-in period
– Smooths uptake and reset
– Reduces overall trigger travel and reset distance
– Crisp trigger break
– Direct drop-in replacement for factory polymer trigger
– Maintains factory safety values
– Easy to install
– Apex Part #: 115-112 (Black)
– Apex Part #: 115-152 (Red)
– Apex Part #: 115-B112 (Thin Blue Line)
– Apex Part #: 115-F112 (Freedom Edition Black)
– Apex Part #: 115-B112-F (Freedom Edition TBL)
– MSRP: $79.95 to $89.95

www.apextactical.com/index

Amend2 Releases First Ever Polymer 6.5 Grendel Mags

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

IDAHO FALLS, IDAHO – July 14, 2020 – Amend2 Magazines is proud to announce new 6.5 Grendel magazines. These are the first ever polymer magazines dedicated to the 6.5 Grendel. The new magazines provide a lightweight and durable option for the growing number of shooters who prefer the capabilities of 6.5 Grendel and are ideal for 6mm ARC cartridges, too.

“Amend2’s 6.5 Grendel magazine provides impeccable reliability,” said Matt Bellitti, Amend2 General Manager. “These mags have been designed from the inside out to prevent nose-diving, and to ensure stability and control for the wide 6.5 Grendel cases.”

The Amend2 10 round 6.5 Grendel magazine is a sturdy, reliable AR15/M4/M16 magazine made of an advanced glass-filled polymer. It is a light, durable and excellent alternative to the standard M4/M16 USGI aluminum/steel magazines. The patented design combines internal stabilizing ribs and a new 6.5 Grendel follower. The result is lighter, easier to load, and provides greater reliability than any other Grendel magazine on the market.

Inside the magazine, rounds stack in a staggered pattern that narrows into a single stack at the top for optimal feeding. Because these magazines index rounds with the case wall instead of the case neck, they will also work flawlessly with 6mm ARC.

The first of these new 6.5 Grendel magazines will hold 10 rounds, making it ideal for benchrest and long-distance shooting. The magazines come in a variety of colors, including Black, Flat Dark Earth, OD Green and Gray and are available now.

FEATURES:

  • Sturdy Impact resistant polymer with textured grip
  • Anti-tilt super follower
  • Heavy duty, non-memory, and non-corrosive stainless steel spring
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Material able to cerakote
  • Proprietary Grendel internal design
  • About Amend2 Magazines
    Amend2 Magazines is a family owned and operated business based in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The company was founded in 2013 out of a passion for the Second Amendment and because of expertise and knowledge in industrial plastics. The Mod-1 version of the Amend2 AR-15 magazine was the company’s first product to market in 2014. Amend2 has quickly gained market share as being known as the toughest AR-15 magazine on the market. It has continued expanding the line with additional platforms and calibers to meet the needs of customers. Amend2 proudly produces its products in the United States with the majority of parts and components coming from its own backyard in Idaho and Utah. More information is available at amend2mags.com.

    Viridian Launches Grip Lasers for all North American Arms .22 Mag Revolvers

    Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – July 8, 2020 – Viridian Weapon Technologies is proud to announce a partnership with North American Arms that kicks off with a Grip Laser for the NAA-PUG-D and all other NAA .22 Mag revolvers. Viridian continues to be the leader in weapon-mounted technology by offering the most gun-specific lights, lasers, cameras and accessories for the most popular firearm brands.

    Viridian Grip Lasers for North American Arms revolvers boast a simple, yet intuitive design and activate automatically when the user grips the handgun. Each option has an MSRP of $199.00, is designed to fit all magnum frame revolvers and features a highly-visible red laser for rapid target acquisition. The grip lasers are easy to install and adjust. Viridian grip lasers increase comfort and improve the ability to accurately shoot the firearm thanks to a rubber over-molded design. Each Grip Laser also features an industry-best seven-year limited warranty.

    “Adding firearm-specific Grip Lasers to our revolvers is great,” said North American Arms Sales Manager Jessica Jarvis. “Now North American Arms owners and future owners get increased performance across all .22 Mag Revolvers. We’re also excited for what’s coming in the very near future. We look forward to a long partnership with Viridian and think our fans and self-defense enthusiasts everywhere will benefit as well.”

    The PUG-D is a small-framed revolver chambered in .22 Magnum and designed for self defense. This 5-shot capacity wheel-gun offers the ultimate in concealability and performance. It has been a popular choice for on and off-body carry for years. The addition of a reliable, highly-visible laser as part of the grip increases effectiveness in multiple situations. North American Arms also has several other .22 Mag revolvers compatible with the new Viridian Grip lasers for the ultimate in compatible upgrades.

    “North American Arms has carved out an area of expertise unparalleled in this industry,” said Viridian President and CEO Brian Hedeen. “Partnering with the brand and team over there just makes sense. The Grip Laser for the PUG-D is a great start and there are some very exciting additions coming in the near future.”

    The Grip Lasers for North American Arms firearms can be found at ViridianWeaponTech.com and are currently in stock.

    Smith & Wesson – Performance Center M&P 9 Shield EZ

    Monday, June 29th, 2020

    For those of you unfamiliar with the M&P 9 SHIELD EZ, it’s a 9mm variant of the single-stack SHIELD EZ line of pistols, which are designed for ease of use for inexperienced shooters and those with weaker grip strength. And for those who are unaware of S&W’s Performance Center line, they’re variants of existing S&W firearms, featuring several factory-installed upgrades that are analogous to those that are common on the after-market, such as additional side milling, upgraded sights, and high-performance parts coatings.

    Combine the two and you get the Performance Center M&P 9 SHIELD EZ. This particular variant features a barrel coated in TiN (Titanium Nitride), giving it a striking gold appearance and increased lubricity and wear resistance, with the aluminum trigger and grip safety given a similarly gold anodized finish. The stainless steel barrel is ported to help reduce muzzle flip, and the slide features lightening cuts to reduce weight. The sights are HI-VIZ Litewave H3 Tritium/Litepipe Sights, which provide a high-visibility sight picture equally in high and low-light conditions.

    Variants with thumb safety, and with either a stainless or Armornite (nitride) finish barrel are also available.

    www.smith-wesson.com/firearms#/?series=207

    Steinel Ammunition Brass Spike Ammo for .50 Beowulf Uppers Now Available

    Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

    The Steinel 12.7 x 42mm 414 grain Spire Point ammo offers superior consistency with tight standard deviations in velocity.

    Twinsburg, Ohio (June 2020) – Steinel Ammunition, a premium manufacturer of self-defense, hunting, and target ammunition, announce the release of their new “Brass Spike” ammo, a 12.7 x 42mm 414 grain Spire Point round designed for .50 Beowulf uppers. Using a .50 Beowulf upper on a standard AR-15 platform increases stopping power.

    Although the .50 Beowulf round is well-known in tactical and law enforcement circles as an excellent short to mid-range tack-driver round, the Brass Spike is also an outstanding hunting round for American big game, such as deer, moose, or black bear. The non-expanding round features exceptional penetration and accuracy. The round fits single-stack style in a standard AR magazine.

    The Steinel Ammunition Brass Spike cartridge uses new Starline brass, premium Hodgdon powder, and CCI primers, and the beautiful topper to it all is the 414 grain Steinel Spire Point. Available online at Steinel Ammunition for $51.99 a box.

    For more information on Steinel Ammunition Co., visit www.steinelammo.com or follow along on Facebook or Instagram.

    First Colorado Agency Implements Viridian Gun Cameras

    Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – May 11, 2020 – The Kit Carson County Sheriff’s Office has deployed the FACT Duty™ Weapon-Mounted Camera (WMC™). Sheriff Tom Ridnour has been working to equip his force for modern policing over the last year. Every sworn deputy of the Eastern Colorado county now has a Weapon-Mounted Camera in the field to compliment body cameras.

    The rural force is responsible for patrolling over 2,000 square miles that includes the border with Kansas. Sheriff Ridnour has been working to implement Viridian gun cameras, and was able to get them deployed on March 1 of this year. That timing coincided with the first time footage from Viridian’s gun camera was used in an officer-involved shooting (OIS) trial in Texas. A jury quickly convicted the defendant of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a public official. The WMC provided the critical evidence in the case by showing the defendant pointing a sawed-off shotgun at Vernon, Texas Police Corporal T.J. Session.

    “The Weapon-Mounted Cameras provide a new layer of visibility and perspective for our deputies,” said Sheriff Ridnour. “As a rural force, we cover a huge area with a limited number of personnel. The range of responsibilities our deputies have is equally as great—and knowing we now have the FACT Duty gun cameras in the field gives us even more coverage and awareness.”

    Viridian has created an important category for law enforcement with the introduction of the Weapon-Mounted Camera. This distinctive camera provides an unobstructed view of critical use-of-force events from the end of the firearm, addressing limitations officers can face with body cameras.

    “Sheriff Ridnour has been dedicated to bringing the latest technologies to his department, and we’re thrilled he added the FACT Duty,” Viridian President and CEO, Brian Hedeen, said.  “Our technology can be a supplement or alternative to body cameras as a mandatory evidentiary tool to provide the critical evidence in an officer involved shooting. We commend Sheriff Ridnour for being the first to deploy in Colorado and wish him and his deputies the best during these unprecedented and challenging times for all first responders.”

    The highly advanced WMC employs a 1080p full-HD digital camera with a microphone and 500 lumen tactical light. Viridian’s proprietary INSTANT-ON® technology automatically activates the camera and microphone whenever the officer draws the firearm from its holster. Not only does this eliminate risk of failure to manually turn on the camera during a critical event, but it also keeps the officer from fumbling with cumbersome equipment.

    More information on the FACT Duty can be found here or by contacting Viridian directly at [email protected].

    Apex Announces Threaded Barrel for 3.6″ M&P M2.0 Compact

    Monday, April 27th, 2020

    PEORIA, Ariz. – Apex Tactical Specialties is pleased to announce that its new 3.6” Apex Threaded Barrel for the 9mm M&P M2.0 Compact pistol from Smith & Wesson is available for pre-order and will begin shipping on May 5th.

    Based on the patented design of the Apex Grade fitted barrels, the Apex Threaded Barrel for the 9mm M2.0 Compact (3.60” model) is a cold hammer-forged stainless steel barrel with a black Melonite finish. It features a 1:10” twist rate that is designed for optimal accuracy performance and the barrel has an undercut thread intercept to accommodate a wide variety of attachments. The thread pattern is 1/2-28 and a thread protector with captive O-ring is included.

    This barrel is a true drop-in and requires no fitting.

    Features and Specifications:
    – For 9mm M&P M2.0 Compact w/ factory 3.6″ barrel
    – Cold hammer-forged stainless steel
    – 1:10” twist rate
    – 1/2-28 thread pattern
    – Thread Protector included
    – Black Melonite finish
    – No fitting required
    – Apex Part #: 105-044
    – MSRP: $199.95

    store.apextactical.com/WebDirect/Products/Details/192992

    Sideshow Collectables – M56 Smartgun Prop Replica by Hollywood Collectibles Group

    Monday, April 13th, 2020

    Hollywood Collectables Group has come out with another awesome movie-accurate prop replica weapon from Aliens, this time the M56 Smartgun, as wielded by PFC Vasquez in the film. Made of fiberglass, metal, resin, and mixed media, each M56 Smartgun prop is hand-painted and authentically weathered. They’re authentically-sized as well, coming in at 48″ long complete with a themed tabletop display stand; you’ll have to source your own rig and harness if you plan on carrying this one around.

    It is limited to only 600 units, with an estimated ship date between May and June 2020.

    Fun fact: the original M56 Smartgun from the movie Aliens was constructed from an MG42 rigged up with a steadycam harness and various motorcycle parts.

    www.sideshow.com/collectibles/aliens-m56-smartgun-hollywood-collectibles-group-906248

    Polymer80 – PF320PTEX Grip Module

    Sunday, March 29th, 2020

    The inherent modularity of the SIG Sauer P320 platform and its serialized fire control group has led several manufacturers to release their own P320 grip modules, and following this trend Polymer80 has just released their own module, the PF320PTEX. Made from Polymer80’s own proprietary blend of reinforced polymer, the PF320PTEX is recognizably a Polymer80 design with its straighter angles and edges reminiscent of the PF940 Glock-compatible frame line, and the unique Polymer80 grip texture featured on the pistol grip and index pads of the module. The PF320PTEX is noted to have a 1911 grip angle, as well as a high beavertail undercut, double undercut trigger guard, and a proprietary ambidextrous magazine release.

    The PF320PTEX is compatible with the following P320 slide assemblies:

    P320 Full & Carry
    P320 X5 Full & Carry
    P320 VTac

    www.polymer80.com/pistol-frames/pf320ptextm-grip-module-1/pf320ptextm-grip-module

    Killer Instinct® SWAT™ XP Crossbow in Popular TrueTimber® Strata New for 2020

    Thursday, March 26th, 2020

    INMAN, S.C. – March 26, 2020 – Killer Instinct is set to introduce the new SWAT XP Crossbow decorated in the TrueTimber Strata camouflage pattern. Attendees of ATA were able to get a first-hand look at the impressive new bow that is revolutionary for the new year. The SWAT XP delivers superior speed, extreme precision and balanced control all while maintaining a compact design.

    “Strata continues to show its versatility in terms of the application of a multipurpose camouflage, and we are very excited to see it utilized on this crossbow,” said TrueTimber CEO Rusty Sellars. “Killer Instinct is a great partner that produces extremely high-quality bows. The SWAT XP Crossbow paired with Strata is going to be to a very effective combination for hunters in seasons to come.”

    TrueTimber Strata

    TrueTimber Strata incorporates both macro and micro camo schematics—the macro design breaks up the human outline at all distances while the micro elements melt into any terrain at close range. From the open country of the west to the mixed forests of the south and to the leaf-barren late season hardwoods of the east, customers simply won’t find a more effective all-purpose pattern.

    Killer Instinct SWAT XP

    The All-New Killer Instinct® SWAT™ XP is an ultra-compact 27-inch crossbow shooting 415 FPS that is unmatched in balance and control. Featuring the exclusive Killer Instinct Accutac™ Barrel System, the SWAT XP changes the game when it comes to broadhead accuracy. The enclosed 360-degree revolutionary design provides greater guidance and support to reduce the amount of crossbolt oscillation. The crossbow cocks down to an ultra-narrow 9.5-inches wide, creating a crossbow that’s unparalleled in balance, control and fit.

    To learn more about the Killer Instinct SWAT XP Crossbow, please view the following video:

    Killer Instinct SWAT XP in TrueTimber Strata at 2020 ATA Show

    To learn more about the entire TrueTimber product line and see all available patterns, visit TrueTimber.com. Details about future product launches can be found on TrueTimber’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

    About TrueTimber

    Founded in 2005, TrueTimber is based in Inman, South Carolina and is the most realistic, performance-driven camouflage brand in the industry. TrueTimber offers a wide variety of clothing items and accessories, featuring 27 distinct camo patterns that perfectly blend with their surroundings. The company spends countless hours researching, testing and seeking new technology to produce the most effective and lifelike camouflage patterns possible. TrueTimber products can be found in retailers across the United States and Canada, and it continues to be one of the fastest growing camouflage companies in the world. For more information about TrueTimber, visit TrueTimber.com.

    Black Rain Ordnance – Spec15 Rifle with Every Roll

    Sunday, March 15th, 2020

    Bringing a bit of levity to the recent run on toilet paper and other basic supplies brought upon by the spread of the Wuhan Flu AKA the Coronavirus, Black Rain Ordnance is offering a special promotion where you get a free Spec15 rifle with every roll of toilet paper purchased from them. The full release can be read below:

    Black Rain Ordnance is Covering your ASS!

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    Due to the rising public concerns and shortages of basic public goods, we at Black Rain have decided to pool our resources and start selling those basic necessities. Starting now until all supplies are gone, we will be selling toilet paper on our website at a discounted priced, and to cover all of our customers’ needs, we will be throwing in a free Spec15 Rifle with Every Roll! See the details below.

    2020 Essentials Packs:

    Buy 1 Roll of Toilet Paper for $900 and get 1 Spec15 Rifle Free

    Buy 2 Rolls of Toilet Paper for $1,700 and get 2 Spec15 Rifles Free

    Buy a Family 4 Pack of Toilet Paper for $3,200 and get 4 Spec15 Rifles Free

    blackrainordnance.com/product/essentials-package/

    The New F.A.B. Gradus Pistol Grip Offers Exceptional Control

    Sunday, February 9th, 2020

    Northbrook, IL (Feb. 4, 2020) – The Gradus is a revolutionary pistol grip with exceptional attention to detail and an incredibly durable design. It uses an ergonomic model that increases grip strength, control, and overall comfort. Made for long-range and close contact accuracy, the Gradus is versatile and mission-ready.

    The grip uses a relatively straight profile with a 15-degree reduced grip angle that increases stability while creating excellent grip security. The design is slim, with a curved back strap that significantly improves comfort. It even comes with the option for a beavertail or flat configuration design.

    The Gradus is constructed from a reinforced polymer core that delivers incredible durability. The textured rubber over-mold adds an additional layer of security while providing an outstanding grip for shooters. The combination of materials provides pressure relief by equally distributing force placed on the grip. The level of control increases as a direct result of the materials used and the ergonomic design.

    The Gradus pistol grip is available in Black, Olive Drab Green or Flat Dark Earth. The MSRP pricing is set at an affordable $28, making the grip available for a large market. The Gradus has a beautiful design that performs at the highest levels. It’s made to last while delivering a stable and comfortable grip at any range.

    www.fab-defenseus.com

    The New Bren 2 Ms Carbine From CZ-USA

    Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

    Kansas City, KS (January 20, 2020) – CZ-USA debuts the Bren 2 Ms Carbine at SHOT Show, rounding out their popular Bren 2 platform of semi-automatic firearms.

    First released to the US public in pistol form — this new version of the Bren 2 has been built to meet 922(r) compliance and is equipped with a 16.5″ barrel and an adjustable, foldable stock.

    Based on the select-fire Bren 2, this handy rifle operates via a short-stroke gas piston system with a return spring contained within the action itself. Without the need for a buffer tube, it features a folding, adjustable stock. At 35.6 inches long, folding that stock brings its length down to just 28 inches — making it much easier to transport or store.

    A true lightweight, the Bren 2 has an aluminum upper and a lower made of carbon fiber composite. The ‘Ms’ designation means that it employs a modular forend that can be swapped to different lengths or styles based on user preference/need.

    Its non-reciprocating charging handle stays stowed in the forward position until it is needed and is swappable from side to side. If needed, it can also be used as a forward assist. An AR-style bolt catch/release system is mirrored on both sides of the firearm, as well as a catch/release nestled into the front of the trigger guard. The magazine release and safety are also ambidextrous.

    CZ-USA’s Bren 2 Ms is a proven performer that will be a sure winner in its new Carbine configuration.

    CZ Bren 2 Ms Carbine:

  • SKU: 08610, 08611
  • Model: Bren 2 Ms Carbine
  • Fire Mode: Semi-automatic
  • Chambering: 5.56mm/.223 Rem
  • Receiver: Aluminum
  • Lower: Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Polymer
  • Stock: Polymer
  • Weight: 7 lbs. 3 ounces
  • Overall Height: 7.41 in.
  • Overall Width: 3.25 in.
  • Overall Length: 35.6 in.
  • Length Folded: 28.25 in.
  • Barrel Length: 16.5 in.
  • Barrel Type: Cold Hammer Forged
  • Magazine Capacity: 30rd, 10rd
  • Magazine Type: Detachable
  • Safety: Ambidextrous Manual Safety
  • MSRP: $1,999
  • Black Aces Tactical Releases 50-State Legal, Magazine-Fed BullPup Pump

    Friday, January 17th, 2020

    The new BullPup Pump by Black Aces Tactical is debuting at Shot Show 2020.

    ORLANDO, FLORIDA – Black Aces Tactical (BAT), a veteran-owned American firearms manufacturer, is proud to announce the release of the Pro Series BullPup Pump line of magazine-fed 12-gauge shotguns. 

    Legal in all 50 states including California, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois, Hawaii, Maryland, and Massachusetts, the Pro Series Bull-Pup Pump Action Shotgun starts at only $599. The Pro Series M Pump starts at only $679.

     “The Bull-Pump is our gift to Second Amendment enthusiasts in states that are affected by overbearing legislation,” said Eric Lemoine, CEO and Founder of Black Aces Tactical. “For far too long, manufacturers have chosen to overlook citizens in these states. Black Aces Tactical is proud to offer incredible weapons under the law, created in the most cool and innovative ways possible.”  

    The Bull-Pup Pump:                                                    ·         Will cycle lethal as well as less than lethal ammunition

    ·         Comes in array of popular colors

    ·         12 Gauge

    ·         18.5″ barrel

    ·         28″ Overall Length

    ·         Comes with two 5-round magazines and three chokes

    ·         Comes with Black Synthetic BAT Forward Grip

    ·         Takes 1919 mags and drums

    ·         Features both pump assist and bolt catch features

     

    The Bullpup Pump is making its debut release at Shot Show 2020 in Las Vegas, Booth 759.

    KRISS USA Release Vector Chambered in .22 Long Rifle

    Saturday, January 4th, 2020

    January 2, 2020 – Chesapeake, Virginia, USA – KRISS USA is pleased to offer a new caliber to the Vector line up, .22 Long Rifle. The new rimfire Vector will debut during the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 21-24, 2020 at the KRISS USA booth, #8003.

    “We are very excited to add .22 Long Rifle to the list of calibers that the Vector is now chambered.” States KRISS USA Marketing Manager, Tim Seargeant. “The release of the Vector .22LR is an important milestone in the development of the Vector platform by making it more accessible to shooters of all skill levels and budget-minded consumers.

    The KRISS® Vector .22LR will be available in carbine (Vector CRB) and stabilizing brace (Vector SDP-SB) configurations with three color options; black, flat dark earth, and alpine white. The rimfire Vector firearms feature a low bore axis and a linear blowback action that are fed with a proprietary 10 rounds magazine; 30 round proprietary extended magazine will also be available.

    The Vector CRB .22LR model features a 16” threaded barrel, surrounded by an M-lok modular hand guard. Standard features include a picatinny top rail affixed with low profile front and rear flip sights, ambidextrous safety, and a 6 position M4 stock.

    The Vector SDP-SB .22LR model features a 6.5” threaded barrel. Standard features include a picatinny top rail affixed with low profile front and rear flip sights, ambidextrous safety, and a SB Tactical® Stabilizing Brace.

    The new .22LR models will become the most affordable versions of the KRISS® Vector, with a starting suggested retail price of $649.00.For more information about the KRISS® Vector .22LR visit the KRISS USA website at www.kriss-usa.com.

    Patriot Ordnance Factory Announces New Rebel .22LR Sub Gun

    Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

    The most uniquely engineered .22 LR on the market

    PHOENIX, Dec. 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The new POF-USA Rebel was designed to defy what the world believes a .22 LR can be. Our engineers rebelled and created something revolutionary. Designed from the ground up around the 10/22® magazine by our Award-Winning engineering team at Patriot Ordnance Factory. The new Rebel provides an affordable package for customers never before seen in the firearms industry.

    The new POF-USA Rebel was designed to defy what the world believes a .22 LR can be. Our engineers rebelled and created something revolutionary. Designed from the ground up around the 10/22® magazine by our Award-Winning engineering team at Patriot Ordnance Factory. The new Rebel provides an affordable package for customers never before seen in the firearms industry. The Rebel features a finely tuned POF-USA designed semi-auto blowback operating system. Chambered in .22 LR and measuring in at 2

    The Rebel features a finely tuned POF-USA designed semi-auto blowback operating system. Chambered in .22 LR and measuring in at 21.5″ long, the Rebel weighs a mere 3.25lbs. Perfect for anyone to enjoy. It features an 8″ threaded barrel with 1/2×28 threads, perfect for the use of your favorite suppressor. An anodized aluminum monolithic upper receiver and handguard that mates seamlessly to our proprietary injection molded lower. In classic POF-USA fashion, the Rebel features MSR style controls and components. The Rebel comes standard with furniture from Mission First Tactical. Utilizing their ergonomic MFT Engage V2 Pistol Grip and the brand new MFT Battlelink Minimalist Pistol Stabilization Blade. All this, for a “small caliber” price tag.

    From its inception, the Rebel was designed to provide customers with a .22 LR sub-gun from the future that lives up to POF-USA’s design standards of excellence and innovation. All while allowing shooters of all skill levels, age and size to enjoy the best possible .22 LR shooting experience.

    The Rebel will have an MSRP of $649.99 and be available March 1st, 2020.
    For more information, visit www.pof-usa.com or call (623) 561-9572 or (877) 561-9572

    Gripknife Patriot

    Sunday, December 29th, 2019

    This article was originally featured on Soldier Systems Daily
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    This isn’t the first time we’ve mentioned Gripknife and it probably won’t be the last. In storage mode it looks like an oversized foregrip.

    The blade stores in the handle and once disengaged from the Picatinny rail compatible mount it extends into position.

    DETAILS:
    Gripknife – 4” Patriot
    Knife Type: Foregrip
    User: Ambidextrous
    Mechanism: Out-The-Front
    Action: Magnetic Assist ™ Spring Assist
    Overall Length: 8.10″
    Overall Mounted Length (From Tactical Rail): 5.50″
    Blade Type: Spear Point, Single-Edged
    Blade Grind: Flat
    Blade Length: 4.00″
    Blade Material: M2 (54-56 HRC)
    Blade Width: ?1.06″
    Blade Thickness: .187″
    Blade Finish: Black Nitride
    Handle Material: Zytel
    Handle Color: Black
    Handle Texture: 60 Grit
    Handle Width 1.50″
    Handle Thickness: .96″

    gripknife.com/gripknife-patriot

    Henry Introduces NON-NFA Lever Action Axe .410

    Sunday, December 22nd, 2019

    The Henry Lever Action Axe .410 features a unique “axe handle” grip and an overall length of 26.4-inches, which classifies it as a non-NFA firearm. The MSRP is $970.

    RICE LAKE, WI – December 19, 2019 – Henry, the leading lever action firearms manufacturer, introduced today a unique addition to their product line with the announcement of the Lever Action Axe .410, a non-NFA lever action firearm featuring a side loading gate and a signature “axe handle” grip. Now available at licensed firearms dealers nationwide, this new firearm is not regulated under the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ National Firearms Act and will not require a tax stamp to purchase.

    Anthony Imperato, President and owner of Henry Repeating Arms explains, “Our Mare’s Leg lever action pistols have been a popular choice among shooting sports enthusiasts for many years now, mainly because they’re so fun to shoot and the fact that they look like they came right out of a Western movie.” Imperato continues, “The Axe shares a similar form factor to our Mare’s Leg with some added features for more versatility.”

    Details of the Henry Lever Action Axe .410 include an engraving of Henry’s logo on the bottom of the genuine American walnut grip, a side loading gate, a brass bead front sight, and a threaded barrel for invector chokes.

    The Lever Action Axe .410 stresses the importance of a unique firearm that’s fun to use in a recreational setting, but it’s feature set also lends it utility. With a barrel length of just under 16-inches and an overall length of just over 26-inches the Axe can be stored in far more places than an average long gun. This compact stature opens the possibilities of where the Axe can be stored and used. The magazine, which holds 5 rounds of 2 ½” .410 shells can be continuously topped off through the side loading gate without needing to remove a tube magazine until the firearm needs to be unloaded. The round blued steel barrel is topped with a polished brass bead front sight and threaded for invector style chokes. A removable full choke is included out of the box. The bottom of the genuine American walnut “axe handle” grip is engraved on the bottom with Henry Repeating Arms’ cowboy logo.

    The new Lever Action Axe .410 (model H018AH-410) has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $970. More Information »

    Henry firearms can only be purchased through a licensed firearms dealer. For more information about Henry Repeating Arms and its products visit henryusa.com or call 866-200-2354.

    H&K Announces US Availability Of HK SP5

    Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

    Columbus, Georgia — Heckler & Koch is proud to announce the US availability of the HK SP5, the only authentic sporting version of the legendary MP5 submachine gun available.

    The SP5 was developed by HK as a semiautomatic, civilian sporting pistol that matches the look and feel of the legendary MP5 submachine gun.

    “Our whole team is very proud and very excited to finally bring the SP5 to the US,” HK-USA COO/CSO Mike Holley said. “The MP5 isn’t just a customer favorite, it’s an HK employee favorite too. So, we are just thrilled to roll out the most authentic semiautomatic-only version of it we’ve seen in the US.”

    Designed and manufactured to meet the definition of a civilian pistol, the SP5 is loaded with authentic features, like a Navy barrel with threaded tri-lug adaptor, paddle magazine release, fluted chamber and chrome-lined bore.

    The backbone of the SP5 is the roller-delayed blowback operating system, which is legendary for its accuracy, reliability, and smooth shooting dynamic. Originally perfected on the Heckler & Koch G3 rifle, it has been used on several other HK firearms still serving today around the world.

    The SP5 is manufactured in Heckler & Koch’s Oberndorf factory in southwest Germany. It retains many of the critical elements of the MP5, including its precision-machined components and attention to detail. This high level of quality and workmanship is a result of making the SP5 in the same factory, on the same lines, and by the same workforce that has been making MP5s for years.

    A wide variety of accessories can be added to increase its functionality. As the world’s most popular pistol-caliber carbine platform, the MP5 and SP5 are supported by an aftermarket loaded with lots of great accessories.

    The SP5 is shipping now. MSRP is $2,799.

    About Heckler & Koch
    Heckler & Koch is the world’s premier small arms systems company and a major supplier to global military, law enforcement agencies, and civilian shooters. An innovative leader in design and manufacturing, Heckler & Koch provides technologically advanced firearms, logistical support, training, and specialized services with the highest standards of innovation and reliability to its customer base. Heckler & Koch’s well-known range of products include the USP series pistols, MP5 submachine gun, the MP7 Personal Defense Weapon, the G36 weapon system, the HK416 enhanced carbine, HK45, P30, and most recently VP series pistols.

    hk-usa.com/hk-models/sp5

    Franklin Armory – New Aura Muzzle Devices

    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

    Minden, NV, November 27, 2019 – Franklin Armory® releases their new line of muzzle devices – The Aura™ and Aura™ XTD. Franklin Armory®, the makers of the Triumvir™ muzzle device, introduces the new Aura™ muzzle device. These new brakes are designed to greatly reduce felt recoil allowing faster follow up shots, the perfect pairing for our BFSIII™ triggers.

    The Aura™ is perfect for minimalist and/or competition builds. Being short and light while providing excellent recoil reduction, the Aura™ brakes are the perfect addition to any firearm. The Aura™ XTD is the extended version with a 6 o’clock pre-drilled hole for pin and weld applications for 14.5-inch barrels. The Aura™ series is currently available in 5.56NATO1/2-28 thread with many more calibers and thread patterns coming very soon.

    •Greatly reduces felt recoil
    •Machined from 416 stainless steel
    •Aura™ XTD Series comes pre-drilled for pin and weld applications
    •Perfect for competition builds
    •100% American made

    The Aura™ and Aura™ XTD is available now! If you would like more information about this topic, please see our website at www.franklinarmory.com