2015 TTAG Reader’s Choice for Best New Ammo: Lehigh Defense Xtreme Defense Ammunition

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Every year we here at TTAG try to review what’s new and cool in the firearms industry. We try to expose y’all to the best (and the worst) the firearms manufacturing world is producing and let you make your own decisions about what’s awesome and what’s awful. That collective sentiment is expressed in our annual Reader’s Choice Awards, where thousands of you tell us which products you liked best. We completely neglected the Lehigh Defense Xtreme Defense ammunition this past year, but it seems that you didn’t . . .

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New York Looks to Cap Ammo Purchases to Twice A Gun’s Capacity Every 90 days

HPR ammo (courtesy midway.com)

“State lawmakers from Brooklyn announced on Monday new legislation aimed at tightly restricting the sale of ammunition in New York,” brooklyeagle.com reports. “The Senate and Assembly bills were drafted in an effort to keep potential terrorists from stocking up on ammo, according to sponsors state Sen. Roxanne Persaud and Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon.” Yeah, right. Skipping all the yada yada yada, we learn that the amendment to the SAFE Act would limit Empire State gun owners’ ammo purchasers to twice a gun’s capacity every ninety days. As the Eagle points out . . .

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It Begins: The Great Ammo Shortage of 2015

Wilson Combat .45 ammunition (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

We’ve already written that, based on conversations with knowledgeable people in the industry, AR-15 rifles (and others) have basically sold out of the supply chain. I’m now here to bring you further distressing news. The last time there was a massive gun control push, rifles were first to go. Ammunition followed shortly thereafter. The ammo supply dried up and once it was gone it took years to recover. For a long time, as soon as ammo became available again it would be bought up by shooters stockpiling as much as they could get their hands on and we’d be back to square one. It looks like at least one ammunition company has taken notice of the trend and is putting their wares back “on allocation” . . .

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Britain’s SAS Gets “Man-Stopper” Rounds for Fight Against Terrorists

According to dailystar.co.uk, “SAS: Special forces soldiers are going to play a role in domestic counter-terrorism.” So, like the French and unlike Americans, the Brits have no compunctions about deploying military troops inside the country. Hey, if you’re already sliding down the slippery slope to a police state, that’s how you roll. And to take on this new mission, the SAS are loading-up with what the Star calls super-special deadly “Man-Stopper” rounds . . .

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Best Gun for a 2am Trip to the Outhouse?

Henry Mare's Leg (courtesy ammoland.com)

Major Van Harl USAF Ret writes [via Ammoland.com]

I have a small farm in the middle of nowhere that the Colonel and I have owned for thirty years. After two military careers we now actually live in the same state as the farm so we get there a lot more often. However I still do not have indoor plumbing. I built a wooden outhouse back in 1985 and it has continued to be in use to this day. A year ago we build a $2000 new metal outhouse ( read Happiness Is A $2000 Outhouse Off The Grid), but it is still an outhouse and you have to walk about 50 yards from our barn to use the outdoor facilities . . .

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.50-Caliber Desert Eagle Vs. a Frozen Turkey

I don’t like turkey much. But I don’t dislike it enough to shoot it with a Desert Eagle. And as a Jew, I always hate to see food go to waste. Still, ’tis the season to shoot stuff and BulletSafe’s point is well made: don’t wear a frozen turkey, pumpkin pie or jug of cider for defense against a maniac shooting a gun designed to pierce a car’s engine block. I wonder if a frozen turkey would stop a .22 or a .45-caliber round? Frozen turkeys are on sale after Thanksgiving, right?

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Black Friday 2015 Set to Break Gun Sales Record. Here’s Why . . .

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That bar on the right of the graph represents projected FBI background checks for “Black Friday” gun sales. The Fibbies estimate “a huge total for November 27, spokesman Stephen Fischer tells The Trace. Bureau forecasts show this Black Friday shattering the single-day record with an estimated 190,000 background checks run in a 24-hour period — or slightly more than two background checks every second.” Oh the irony! The Truth About Guns quotes Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun agitprop propagators The Trace for a story revealing that Americans are tooling-up as never before. And why is that? (The buying spree, not punking The Trace). One reason stands out . . .

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“Smart Ammunition Magazines” Revealed

"Smart" (biometric) ammunition magazines (courtesy bloomberg .com)

Needless to say, this could be a “What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” post. I’d love to see a demo video of a gun owner reloading his handgun using the system. Under stress. Tap, rack, look at the idiot light! Hey! Look at the new round count! bloomberg.com reveals the man behind the biometric mags: 52-year-old Daniel Biran. The Co-founder of two-year-old, 15-employee startup Clipfort in Kfar Saba, Israel “previously made biometric memory sticks [and] began working on gun safety following the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre.” Here’s some more ammo for biometric mag haters . . .

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BREAKING: Cook County IL Set to Pass Ammo Tax: .01 on Every Rimfire Cartridge, .05 on Every Centerfire Cartridge

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“Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle officially announced today her intention to pass the county’s first round of ammunition taxes during this Friday’s county board meeting,” the Illinois State Rifle Association reports. Yup, you read right: this is only the first poll ammo tax planned for Cook County. “This initial tax will slap a penny a round on rimfire ammo and a nickel a round on centerfire ammo. According to Preckwinkle, the tax is being levied on gun owners in order to ‘…improve public safety.'” Ammo tax revenue will go  towards unspecified “public safety programs.” TTAG is following this story. We’ll update you tomorrow.

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OMG! Gun AND Ammo Found in Curry College, MA Dorm! OMG!

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The above screen cap comes from my Google alert on “ammunition.” You’ll notice that all of the media sources cited include the fact that one Darius Boodoosingh had both a gun AND ammunition in his dorm room. [Click here for the Boston Herald report.] The more salient fact: the cops found enough drugs to warrant a charge of possession with intent to distribute. But it’s interesting to note the hysterical tone of the reports. A gun AND ammunition! I wonder how often cops bust someone with a gun without ammunition. By the same token (so to speak), reporters love to report about a “loaded gun” – as if that makes it especially dangerous. As we know, a gun that’s unloaded isn’t much use to anyone. Just sayin’ . . .

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Maryland Scraps Firearms “Ballistic Fingerprinting” Effort, Admits It Was a Complete Waste of Time

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The idea that every cartridge fired from a gun should later be traced uniquely and specifically back to the owner is an appealing one. Every week you see it happen on CSI: Miami — one casing left at a crime scene is analyzed and leads back to someone’s “registered” handgun — but the realities of matching the semi-unique markings left on the cartridge case to a specific firearm are mindbogglingly complex. That’s a hard reality that the state of Maryland has has finally fessed up to as they finally admitted that their multi-million dollar “firearm fingerprinting” system had become an expensive, useless waste of taxpayer dollars . . .

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