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Author Archives: Nick Leghorn

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), aspiring pilot, and enjoys mixing statistics and science with firearms. Now on sale: Getting Started with Firearms by yours truly!

ATF Just Approved the First New Civilian Machine Gun in 28 Years. By Accident.

A couple months back I talked about an ATF ruling that may have made it possible for those with a gun trust to legally manufacture machine guns. The key element is that since the Gun Control Act of 1986 stated that no person may manufacture or register a new machine gun and the ATF says trusts aren’t people, there may be an opening for trusts (not people) to register those devices. As soon as word leaked out a couple people immediately filed applications to make and register machine guns (ATF Form 1), and those applications seem to have finally made it through the process. Rumor has it at least one application has been approved — with a twist . . .

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Proof Why You Need a Gun to Shop at Kroger

Late at night this past Saturday, a large group of angry and violent teenagers descended upon a Kroger in Tennessee intent on inflicting a world of hurt on whoever they found. The group assaulted store employees, and even beat an elderly woman in the parking lot. According to Shannon Watts and the Moms Demand Action crowd (employees of Michael Bloomberg) Kroger is a perfectly safe environment where nothing bad ever happens, and the only people who bring guns to the store are psychopaths — they have even launched a multi-million dollar campaign to brainwash others into thinking the same thing. However, as this video and the multiple injuries and near fatal assaults definitely show, while Shannon Watts may feel safe at her local grocery store surrounded by her armed guards the average citizen might need a little protection.

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Gun Control Groups Target TrackingPoint for Being Too Accurate

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The standard bill of fare gun control activists serve up includes demands for a ban on firearms they consider too scary for civilians to use. Firearms like AR-15 rifles, or certain styles of shotguns. Their rallying cry is that these guns have “no legitimate use” — that they’re weapons of war and need to be removed from the streets. Obviously they don’t quite grasp the point of the Second Amendment, but when they start using that rationale to oppose products like TrackingPoint’s rifle, their message goes off the rails. It becomes obvious that they simply are scared of change, and just want everything that doesn’t fit their idea of “acceptable” firearms to go away. The National Gun Victims Action Council is now using this rationale to go after TrackingPoint rifles, saying that they are too dangerous to be in civilian hands . . .

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Integrally Suppressed Sub-2000 From Liberty Suppressors

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It seems like the small and quiet firearm is all the rage these days. I love my suppressed 10/22 takedown, but there’s something to be said for applying the same treatment to a 9mm carbine like the Kel Tec Sub2000. Liberty Suppressors posted these images on their Facebook page (via Reddit) of a concept design they did for that very firearm using an integral silencer and a rather short barrel. It looks bad-ass, and given the volume of the can, no doubt it would be whisper-quiet as well. There’s just one problem . . .

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Gear Review: Hiperfire 24E and 243G Triggers

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A good trigger can make all the difference in the world. A high end precision AR-15 rifle might be mechanically capable of shooting 1/4 MoA groups all day long, but if the shooter can’t properly interface with the firearm through the trigger then it all goes to hell pretty quickly. Hiperfire is a very new company from the land of MST3K and walleye that has started making triggers for the AR-15 platform that have a very interesting design — a design that might put them on the top of your shopping list.

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Germany Might Be About to Adopt the HK416 Instead of G36

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Heckler & Koch has been under fire recently in Germany for their G36 rifles. Soldiers in the field have been complaining about the terrible accuracy they are seeing during sustained firefights, and the complaints have been so persuasive that the German government stopped buying them altogether. A proper solution to the issue hasn’t been found yet, but there’s some circumstantial evidence to support the idea that Germany is about to switch from the G36 to the newly designated G38 — otherwise known as the HK416 . . .

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Gun Review: MasterPiece Arms Bolt Action MPA-308 BA Rifle

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When Masterpiece Arms announced that they were planning on releasing a bolt action rifle at SHOT Show, I wasn’t all that impressed. Masterpiece Arms has a bit of a reputation for making odd firearms, and they’ve never really been known as a precision firearms manufacturer. That was before I took a trip down to Georgia to see their operation in person, and the impression I had of their products changed a great deal following that weekend. To make sure that their build quality wasn’t a fluke I asked to test one of their new bolt action rifles back in Texas and see if it was really worth the coin . . .

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Charlie Sisk Updates the STAR Rifle

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We reviewed Charlie Sisk’s STAR rifle a year and a half ago, but Charlie hasn’t been resting on his laurels. Instead of just running with his precision rifles and cranking out the same thing time and again, he’s been hard at work perfecting the stock system he designed and adding a few new bells and whistles. We recently got our hands on one of his latest rifles that is destined to be donated in support of HAVA, an organization that helps disabled soldiers transition back to civilian life, and the differences are night and day . . .

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Kroger Ignores Bloomberg-Funded Moms Demand Action – “We Trust Our Customers”

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Shannon Watts, paid spokeswoman for Michael Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action gun control campaign, had planned to continue her crusade against companies that white suburban soccer moms care about by demanding that Kroger ban firearms from their stores. She had seen some marginal success with the likes of Starbucks and Chipotle, and she expected to be able to roll right along and declare a marginal victory with Kroger as well. Unfortunately for her, Kroger wasn’t playing ball. In a statement released Saturday, Kroger essentially told Shannon Watts to go away and stop bothering them.

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Gear Review: Cryptic Coatings Bolt Carrier Group

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The AR-15 is a dirty, dirty girl. The gas expansion system it uses to operate sprays hot carbon all over the internal parts of the gun every time it cycles, leaving a baked-on layer of gritty, nasty gunk that can clog up your rifle and make it stop working. It sucks, and the traditional method to keep your gun running sucks even more: regular and thorough maintenance. I mean, this is 2014, surely there’s a way I can throw money at the problem and make it go away, right? That’s where Cryptic Coatings comes in with their new bolt carrier groups . . .

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Quote of the Day: Gun Owners Unfit to be Parents Edition

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“Nope, sorry, not the fault of the instructor…this is the fault of idiotic parents who think there is nothing wrong will letting their 9 year old fire a f**king uzi…if you think your child needs to fire ANY weapon, let alone this one, you are not fit to have children. Your children should be forcibly ripped from your custody, in front of you, while you scream about the 2nd amendment or some such shit. Seriously…this is why gun nuts are worthy of pre-emptive detention. So incredibly sad. This child’s life has been forever altered because her parents thought it was important to teach her how to fire an uzi…because they are idiots. Period.” – Tim Wise [at facebook.com]

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BREAKING: CA Ammo Registration Bill Dead, “Gun Violence Restraining Order” on Governor’s Desk

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Word comes to us this morning that there are mixed emotions among the People of the Gun in California. Three firearms-related pieces of legislation have been voted on and while one is now taking a permanent dirt nap, two more have advanced to the governor’s desk for his signature. A bill requiring registration of people wanting to buy ammunition (SB53) failed to pass, but the much-dreaded “Gun Violence Restraining Order” bill (AB 1014) got the Assembly’s approval. That law would allow anyone at any time to drop a dime on any gun owner and get the police to confiscate his or her firearms. Also heading to governor’s office is a bill requiring the registration of homemande firearms (SB 808) As a quick reminder of why AB 1014 is a dangerous idea . . .

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