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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!

Gun Review: Brethren Armament BA 9mm Compact Pistol (MP5K)

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The MP5 was the apex predator of its day. Here on the 50th anniversary of the very first production run military and law enforcement organizations around the globe continue to deploy the gun. That said, the firearms world has moved on. New production versions of the MP5 are stamped on old worn-out machines in various countries with abundant QC issues. Taking a different tack, Brethren Armament set out to resurrect the MP5 in all its glory . . .

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The Range at Austin: Putting Up Walls

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By the time I finally came on board with The Range at Austin the general floorplan was already finalized. The foundation was solid and cured by my first day of work, and within a month the walls were ready to be erected. Speaking of putting up the walls, the way that this building is actually constructed is pretty damn cool . . .

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Radical Firearms Releases Line of Low Cost Suppressors

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Silencers can be expensive. The usual price for a rifle caliber silencer is in the $1,000 range, and the tax stamp from the ATF adds another $200 to the final cost. There has been an explosion in the number of silencers being purchased every year, but I get the distinct feeling that things are about to heat up even more. SIG SAUER’s silencer line already raised the bar, producing the best quality products on the market at a fraction of the price of their competitors. Now others are following suit in the war for market share, Radical Firearms being next in line . . .

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Kevin Brittingham Launches ‘Q,’ New Firearms R&D Shop

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Kevin Brittingham doesn’t play well with others. But he does play exceeding well on his own. Which is where the once and future firearms industry entrepreneur finds himself after leaving SIG SAUER for greener, less bureaucratic pastures. Kevin’s new, independent venture is a stone’s throw away from SIG in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I spent an hour talking to Kevin about “Q” and his vision for the future. First, a potted history . . .

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The Range at Austin: Here’s The Plan

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Building a range: how hard could it be? Put a bunch of concrete walls up, slather a few firearms for sale on the walls, and hey-presto you’ve got yourself a range! The problem presents itself when you’re trying to elevate the range experience from the “dingy basement” level of most indoor ranges her in Austin, Texas there’s a little more planning involved. Little did I know exactly how much of my time was about to be consumed poring over at engineering diagrams . . .

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Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Gun Rights for Domestic Abusers

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Earlier this week the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Volstein vs. United States, a case where two individuals convicted of misdemeanor crimes had their gun rights permanently revoked. The case centered around the prohibition on people convicted of “domestic abuse” from possessing firearms or ammunition. On the surface, the prohibition seems to makes sense — if we’re going to keep guns out of the hands of “dangerous” people, then surely someone who beats their spouse is a prime candidate. But what if that conviction wasn’t for intentional harm, but instead accidental? What if the convicted person never intentionally harmed their significant other? That’s the basis for the argument before the Court now . . .

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Hwange National Park to Slaughter African Lions Due to Lack of Hunters

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Nearly a year ago, the world erupted in outrage when an American hunter killed “Cecil the Lion” in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. Hunters were demonized, a man’s livelihood was destroyed and major corporations changed their policies to keep people from enjoying legal hunting. Baffled conservationists in African countries warned that pressuring hunters to stay out of Africa would harm wildlife. The gibbering gibbons of the anti-gun and anti-hunting movements continued their persecution of hunters. Now the same park in Zimbabwe where Cecil met his end may need to slaughter 200 lions due to the drought of wealthy hunters. From the National Post . . .

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Brady Campaign: Posting 3D Printed Gun Blueprints Online is Reckless and Unconstitutional

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There’s a legal brawl between U.S. Government and a group of pro-gun activists called Defense Distributed. A court case has been working its way through the legal system as the company seeks to defend itself on First Amendment grounds. What makes this case so interesting: this is the first time that the typically left leaning Electronic Frontier Foundation has stepped in to support a Second Amendment argument. There’s also another less supportive group joining the fray, but first . . .

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Complete TTAG’s Annual Reader Survey and You’re Automatically Entered to Win a GLOCK 19

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The Truth About Guns is the world’s largest firearms related publication. Our articles are read by roughly three million people all over the world every single month. We like to think we have a good idea of who makes up our audience and how we’re doing in terms of keeping our readership happy. But there’s nothing like the smell of fresh data to better focus our editorial content and make sure that we are catering to y’all as best as possible. To that end . . .

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TTAG’s Nick Leghorn Joins The Range at Austin

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Today marks the start of my last week at Rackspace Hosting. Writing for the biggest firearms related publication in the world has its perks, but a 401k and health insurance aren’t part of the package. [ED: Yet.] The dream has always been to work in the firearms industry, turning my passion for guns into a full-time job that pays the bills. With The Range at Austin I’ve finally found an opportunity to use my IT skills and firearms expertise to help develop the greatest indoor range and gun store in the world — and I’ll be showing you the process of building the range from start to finish. Here’s a taste . . .

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