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Nick Leghorn is a gun nerd living and working in San Antonio, Texas. In his free time, he's a competition shooter (USPSA, 3-gun and NRA High Power), instrument rated private pilot, and enjoys mixing statistics and science with firearms. Now on sale: Getting Started with Firearms by yours truly!

Takedown AR-15 Rifle: Coolest Thing from SHOT Show

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There are a couple companies that have done a takedown AR-15 rifle recently. Wyndham Weaponry just acquired the heretofore most popular version from MGI, and while it is nifty it isn’t perfect. There are things that can be changed to make it more visually appealing and easier to assemble. The folks at Cry Havoc Tactical have come up with their own solution that allows a 14.5″ AR-15 to fold down into the space of a traditional 3 ring binder . . .

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LWRC SMG-45 Coming to the Civilian Market… Eventually

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Last year we talked a little about LWRC’s 45 ACP caliber submachine gun, dubbed the SMG-45. The gun was still in the prototype phase and LWRC didn’t even know if it was going to be produced at all, let alone for the civilian market. One year later and the production version was sitting on the shelf at SHOT Show, and LWRC has confirmed that they will indeed be producing a semi-auto civilian version . . .

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PWS Updates Their Mk1 Rifles to Mk1 MOD 2

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I use a PWS Mk 116 as my competition rifle for one solid reason: it was the best 5.56 NATO rifle on the market when I made that decision. PWS makes some amazing stuff and their Mk116 was no exception. Now it appears that they have improved on the design, lightening the gun as much as possible while still retaining that rugged and useful PWS design. They dubbed their creation the Mk1 MOD 2 line . . .

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Do You Need to Engrave Your Form 1’ed SBR?

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[UPDATE] This article seems to have stirred up some controversy. I asked the ATF a straightforward question, and reported truthfully on the answer I received. It seems that a number of people are annoyed that the answer I got doesn’t match their preconceived notions and goes against their own readings of the law, and as a result are starting to attack me personally over this article. Here’s the thing: I can only report the truth. This is exactly what the ATF told me. As always, I am not a lawyer and this does not constitute legal advice, so if you are concerned feel free to contact one before taking any actions.

It seems like short barreled rifles are all the rage these days. Ever since the advent of the gun trust and ATF’s eForms it has never been easier to register your firearm as an NFA device and chop down the barrel as low as it can go. There’s just one problem: the marking requirement. Ask three people whether you need to engrave your information on your newly registered NFA device and you’ll get three different answers. In an effort to sort out the confusion I asked the ATF directly, and their response actually made perfect sense . . .

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New from FN: FN-15 Pistol

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It seems like FN tried to pull a bit of a fast one. They already have a comprehensive lineup of semi-automatic FN-15 rifles, but they have just added a new (small) addition without any fanfare or press release. The FN-15 Pistol is a short barreled firearm with a pistol tube on the rear, available as a Title 1 firearm to American citizens with little more than a NICS check. This would be perfect for DIY Form 1 SBR for those who are so inclined to have one straight from FN’s own factory.

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Wasp Weapon System: Oddest Thing I’ve Seen at SHOT Show 2016

There are some products that make you scratch your head and wonder who the heck thought this was a good idea. We’ve seen examples of less than lethal projectiles before, designed for use by police officers who want to be able to stop a person without actually shooting them with the intention of killing them. Generally this is a niche that is filled by things like the Taser, but Wasp Weapons System is a device designed to quickly fit over the muzzle of a firearm and be shot at a person you don’t really quite intend to kill just yet . . .

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Brethren Armament Fixes the MP5 Trigger Pack, Now Takes AR-15 Trigger, Safety, and Grip

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The MP5 trigger pack is one of the most disappointing things ever. The trigger is thick and heavy. The grip is fixed and non changeable. And worst of all the design means that everyone with the exception of hickok45 is unable to reach the magazine release button with their trigger finger. Brethren Armament has been slowly bringing the MP5 into the 21st century. Their latest accomplishment is creating a trigger pack that gives MP5 shooters a ton more options and vastly improves the ergonomics of the gun.

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Matrix Arms Unveils 9mm Semi-Auto Rifle

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The pistol caliber carbine market is getting a little crowded, but there’s always room for a few more entries. Provided they look good, of course. The folks at Matrix Arms have come out with their own take on the 9mm AR-15 style rifle, using a redesigned lower receiver that has a functional last round hold open for GLOCK magazines, as well as a nifty side charging handle design.

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