Walmart Clarifies Policy on ARs and “Personal Protection” Shotguns


We reached out to Walmart and just spoke to Kory Lundberg in their media relations group regarding reports that Wally World is getting out of the AR and “personal protection” shotgun business. While he was unsure of the status of shotguns (he said he’d get back to us when he knows more), Lundberg confirmed that a corporate decision has been made to phase out “MSR” (his term) rifles “for the fall” in favor of sporting and target guns. He stressed that this was a demand-based decision, one made to reflect and meet the needs of their customers and was in no way based on politics or any other consideration. Satisfied?


CONFIRMED: Walmart Stops Selling AR-Style Rifles and “Personal Protection” Shotguns. Responding to Church Lawsuit?

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We’ve spoken with the Pratt, Kansas Walmart [not shown] regarding reports that the store had stopped selling AR-style rifles and certain shotguns. We can confirm that Walmart HQ sent the store – and others around the country – an email stating that the retail giant would not be replenishing inventories of AR-style rifles and “personal protection shotguns.” The communication went out in March. (How this story flew under the radar is a miracle of modern PR.) Again, we’re awaiting official confirmation from Walmart, along with the reasoning behind their decision. Meanwhile, the end of Walmart AR-stye gun sales may have something to do with a related development last March when . . .

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Colt to Bankruptcy Court: Guarantee Execs’ Bonuses, Terminate Employees’ Salaries


Colt is dying a slow and very public death. Once a major firearms manufacturer, the storied gunamker lost their government manufacturing contracts to FN and others, gradually ran out of cash and filed for Chapter 11 protection in June. Now the end is near, and the very same people responsible for the terrible decisions that drove Colt to bankruptcy are asking a judge to secure their multi-million dollar golden parachutes. At the same time they are trying to weasel out of a provision that would keep them paying their union employees until the end of their contract. From The Courant . . .

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Women Rising Through the Ranks in the Firearms Industry

Rebecca McCoy, Head of IWI US Commerical Sales

Much has been written about the increasing number of women entering the firearms marketplace. Back in March, Fortune magazine proclaimed Guns are barreling back, thanks to women. “According to the National Sporting Goods Association, from 2001 to 2013 there was a 60% rise in women who participate in target shooting. On the hunting side, there was 85% growth.” Still not the majority of the market but a huge market shift nonetheless. What’s not getting ink . . .

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Kalashnikov USA Rifle Prices Revealed [PHOTO GALLERY]

Kalashnikov wood carbine US132W (courtesy Facebook)

When Kalashnikov USA announced it was shipping its American-made rifles to dealers, we asked a simple question: “How much for your women?” No, wait. How much for the guns? The company demurred (that’s vocab nerd speak for “refused to answer.”) So I passed on the presser. Now, thanks to Mark Zuckerberg’s largesse (“greed”), we have that information for you. The buzz on the ‘net: they may be expensive but they’re made in America! Well, only if Kalashnikov doesn’t nalomat drov (“mangle the firewood”). T&E request submitted. $836 for the gun above (all prices MSRP). Here are the rest . . .

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Springfield Armory Rolls Out DUEL 3 Give-Away


We don’t pump every give-away and promo that comes over the electronic transom, but sometimes we hear of a particularly good one that’s worth passing along. Springfield Armory’s back again with the third iteration of DUEL giveaway. Strangely enough, they’ve named it DUEL 3. Go figure! Anyway, many will enter and lots will win including 125 firearms. That’s a lot of shootin’ fun. And you don’t even need a MyFace page to enter. Their press release follows . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Ferguson Edition

“After being looted two times in the past year, the Ferguson Market and Liquor Store employees decided to take things into their own hands,” new2share reports in their description of the above YouTube video. “Armed with shotguns and handguns, the employees stood at the front of the store to ensure that no one could enter. When shots rang out in the middle of a protest on West Florissant Ave., many people ran towards the market, but quickly dispersed when guns were drawn.” What else needs saying, really? . . .

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Kahr Arms Completing Move from MA to PA

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Kahr Arms makes wikkid pissa guns. Not submachine guns, as reports in its article about the company’s move from Massachusetts to Pennsylvania (their Auto-Ordnance Thompson TI replica is semi-automatic.). But there’s nothing wrong and a lot right with the Kahr Arms PM9: a small, reliable, appropriately-calibered (9mm) handguns that’s ergonomically sound. Anyway, the Unification Church-owned gunmaker has opened its Pike County manufacturing facility. Despite the usual cringe-worthy sops to gun control, WNEP pens an appropriately celebratory piece; the kind of article you’d never expect from a Bay State paper. Like this:

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John Farnam: All Pistols Should Be Drop Safe!

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Gun guru and top trainer John Farnam writes [via]:

Brazilian-made Taurus pistols have been with us for several decades, enjoying a spotty reputation. Their striker-fired “PT” line has represented, for most consumers, a low-cost alternative to Glocks, XDs, M&Ps, SIG 320s, Kahrs, et al. Over the past few years, Taurus PT Pistols have been implicated in a number of “drop-safety” incidents, both in the USA and Brazil. Taurus has paid out several substantial settlements as a result. However, the latest is a class-action matter in which Taurus has agreed to pay out a settlement of over thirty million dollars, plus agree to recall at least a half million pistols already in consumers’ hands . . .

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CMMG Mk47 Mutant Expansion: SBR, Pistol, and CA-Compliant Models


I reviewed the original Mk47 Mutant and I loved it. Like most new firearms it had one or two things that could use a little polish, but overall if you’re looking for a good AR-15 that shoots cheap and reliable 7.62×39 ammunition the Mk47 is well worth a look. CMMG announced this week that they are expanding the Mk47 line to include shorter barrels and California-compliant versions, which is good. The only thing I’m complaining about is that they still don’t have the upper available as a standalone SKU. So because the receiver set is proprietary, you either need to buy the factory SBR and wait forever for ATF clearance or you buy the pistol and have a nearly useless range toy for a few months. Still, progress and all that. Presser after the fold . . .

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Confirmed: Barack Obama The Best Thing That Ever Happened to the U.S. Firearms Industry

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Time to light-up a celebratory cigar. “Gun production has more than doubled under President Barack Obama’s administration, according to a report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,” reports. “The ATF’s annual firearms commerce report includes the number of guns manufactured in the U.S. with data going back to 1986.” My J school professor told me to never to put stats in the lead ‘graph (one course, I swear). So you’ll have to click on the link or make the jump to savor the data. Suffice it to say, not only have gun rights advocates pushed back the anti-gunners on the national level and expanded gun rights in half a dozen states (though losing ground in the usual places), they’ve also . . .

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