I’ve been a customer of Fighter Design for a couple of years. I wear their Airflow pants. I use their Magnetic Retrofit Kit silent velcro adaptors. I use their featherlight rifle sling [above]. Most of their products began life as a specific request from active duty units in the Special Operations community; many of their products still have that focus. Several others have been made for the civilian market . . .
Back in the day, inventor and Navy vet Alex Bosco sent us an email asking if we’d do a story on his prototype AR-pistol arm brace. He needed investors. We posted pics of the styrofoam mock-up. The rest is history. And now we present a request from reader/inventor/machinist Adam Rogers: what do you think of ARTactical bullet caps? [Available for purchase at the link, no kick-back to TTAG.] Here’s his full enquiry . . .
Scams Using Fraudulent or Manipulated NFA Registration Documents
TO ALL FEDERAL FIREARMS LICENSEES (FFLs) AND FIREARM PURCHASERS
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is advising the public to be aware of fraudulent National Firearms Act (NFA) tax registration forms being used to sell NFA firearms. Some individuals are presenting altered NFA Form 4’s to prospective buyers in order to obtain a deposit, but never deliver the firearms . . .
TTAG supports veterans. We hire vets and donate time and money to vets. (News of the Texas Firearms Festival’s Veterans Appreciation Day to follow.) During my recent interview with Henry Repeating Rifles’ impresario Anthony Imperato, I asked if he’d send a couple of rifles to Veteran Outdoors [autoplay audio at the link]. The charity takes veterans hunting to help heal their psychological wounds and assimilate back into society. VO spends 110 percent of the money received directly on their outreach programs (10 percent comes from their own pockets). Mr. Imperato sent VO ten .30-30 lever guns, which they get to keep after their hunts. Press release after the jump. Stories of vets hunting with the rifles to follow . . .
“People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis said on Sunday,” according to jpost.com. “Francis issued his toughest condemnation to date of the weapons industry at a rally of thousands of young people at the end of the first day of his trip to the Italian city of Turin.” By all accounts, the Pontiff’s speech was a long rambling affair that condemned the people who create the tools that some men use to defend innocent life in passing. Warning his audience to trust God rather than man, he digressed as follows . . .
There’s a new show launching on the Syfy channel called “Killjoys,” and while I’m very excited to see Syfy actually moving back to producing proper science fiction programming, the more interesting thing might be their armorer’s choice of weaponry. Syfy has a habit of picking existing futuristic firearms to feature prominently in their shows, guns like the Beretta Cx4 Storm carbine’s prolific appearance in the Battlestar Galactica reboot. This time, it’s IWI’s TAVOR rifle that appears to be taking the lead role — at least in the pre-production stills, that is.
The ride-sharing company Uber, who made it’s first appearance on Concealed Nation back in April after one of it’s drivers successfully stopped an attempted mass shooting with his firearm, has changed its stance on firearms in their vehicles. The exact reason for the policy change is unknown at this time, but it’s indeed a recent change. We have reached out to Uber for comment and are awaiting a reply. So, what’s different? . . .
Tilden Smith writes:
We are a licensed FFL, although at this time we focus on manufacturing 80% lowers and fireams accessories. We do not even sell actual firearms. Almost a year ago we chose to partner with a Bitcoin payment processing company called Coinbase to accept Bitcoin payments through our website. This decision was based on the fact that Coinbase was one of the only Bitcoin payment processors we were aware of that did not have an existing policy prohibiting them from doing business with companies in the firearms industry. They told us they welcomed firearms dealers. We went through an extensive vetting process with coinbase before they made our account active . . .
Despite the presumption underlying chicagotribune.com‘s commentary on “assault rifles,” sales of modern sporting rifles (MSRs) aren’t really “booming.” They’re healthy enough, to be sure. But as we revealed in a previous post, the big companies who produced a plethora of ARs after the Newtown massacre are experiencing an enormous “assault rifle” hangover. The sales channels are stuffed with MSRs. Prices are dropping. Anyway, writer Robert J. Spitzer offers this analysis of the MSRs’ popularity . . .
The huffingtonpost.com’s take on guns is like Candide in reverse. When it comes to firearms, the anti-gun site’s writers live in the worst of all possible worlds. Every story on guns indicates a “gun violence” epidemic. Every study proves that owning guns is like juggling vials of anthrax. So when I read John A. Tures’ article Why Gun Manufacturers Are in Serious Financial Trouble “celebrating” AR-15 maker Colt’s descent into bankruptcy, I looked for the usual malicious prevarication . . .
The GLOCK “Take the Pledge” video above dropped yesterday. With a thud. Just like R Lee Ermey’s GLOCK safety pledge video, which racked up an unimpressive 4028 views since posting on June 1. You might think that gun blogger Bob Owens’ recent lattimes.com editorial — the one claiming striker-fired guns without external safeties and “light trigger pulls” are and inherently unsafe — inspired Gaston’s spate of well-intentioned, dishwater dull public service announcements. And you might be right. But what’s really wrong: the GLOCK safety pledge . . .
Lever fever is a particularly virulent strain of firearms fascination. In a country where highly-customizable “military-style” firearms dominate the market, lever guns continue to entrance buyers with their romantic appeal. “Lever guns represented a distinct break from European-designed bolt action rifles,” Henry Repeating Arms’ CEO Anthony Imperato told TTAG. “They’re still a quintessentially American design, a true American firearm . . . People who buy our lever guns are connecting with our common history. At the same time, they own a very useful firearm.” Yes there is that . . .