BloombergBusiness Blasts SHOT Show


“The gun industry is struggling with good times,” reports with Zimmerman-esque sarcasm. “Firearm sales are soaring. Gun company stocks are way up, despite a market-wide January slump. But as gun makers, wholesalers, and retailers gather in Las Vegas for their annual industry convention, leading executives are striving to accentuate the negative.” Question: why wouldn’t they? The Democratic party’s nominees have launched a full-on assault on the firearms industry, promising to repeal The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. A law that shields the gun business from death by ambulance chasers. That’s not the way Bloomie’s man Paul Barrett sees it . . .

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As of today, you can drop the H. The H as in Herstal. Meaning that Fabrique Nationale d’Herstal and FN-Herstal and FNH USA, makers of Ma Deuces and FN FALs, FivesevenNs and FNXs, SAWs and SCARs, is now simply FN. Over here, over there and everywhere in between.


Firearms Industry Reps: South Dakota Wants YOU!

Bar-Sto Precision Machining (courtesy

Press release from The South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development:

When Irving Stone III, owner of Bar-Sto Precision Machine in Sturgis, South Dakota, is asked about his business, he can’t help but reminisce about his parents. That’s because long before Stone was born, his dad, Irving Stone II, had a passion for machining. When his parents married, his mother, Barbara, was introduced to the art of machining. Before long, Irv and Barbara opened their first machine shop in Burbank, Calif., in the early 1950s, calling it Bar-Sto Precision . . .

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Colt Emerges From Bankruptcy


Defying the expectations of many, the rampant horse rides again. Colt Defense LLC has emerged from the legal quagmire of Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings (press release follows). They’ve raised some capital, dumped some debt and now they’re tanned, rested and ready to roll once again. The only question remaining: whether they have the product line and marketing chops to appeal to the American gun buyer in a significant way. In their favor is the fact that gun sales are booming, and figure to only get better as the election (and Hillary!’s “inevitable” nomination) approaches. Then again, the company couldn’t seem to take advantage of the last biggest gun-buying boom in American history. As with most great questions of the day, the answer will be revealed in the fullness of time . . .

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IWI US Expands Into the Cold Hammer Forged Barrel Biz

Galil ACE (courtesy

IWI US sells TTAG’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Rifle of the Year.” You may recall that Nick and the boyz are huge Tavor fans. We look forward to getting our hands on the Galil Ace like insert smutty reference here. Building on its success, IWI US is expanding its operations inside the Land of the Free, producing cold-hammer forged barrels for their own products and US OEM customers. [Full press release after the jump.] “The IWI US barrel producing facility is using brand new GFM cold hammer forging machinery producing barrels with tighter tolerances than many currently on the market today.” Made in America for Americans by an Israeli company. No complaints here . . .

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Amazon Bans AR-15 Muzzle Brakes and Compensators

KTC California special muzzle brake (courtesy

Our contact at just emailed this message from Amazon. Formerly. the online retail giant banned flash hiders. According to this letter, Amazon now bans AR-15 muzzle brakes and recoil compensators. Why? Because guns.

Hello from Amazon.

We are writing to let you know that the following detail pages have been removed from our catalog: ASIN: B018OQQGS6, SKU: K03-0009, Title: “ktc california special muzzle brake – blem” [ED: as above]

This product has been identified as a muzzle brake or recoil compensator. Amazon policy prohibits the sale or listing of muzzle brakes or recoil compensators . . . Action Required . . .

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2015 Record Year for Firearms Sales and NICS Background Checks

Courtesy Dean Weingarten

2015 was a record year for the National Instant Checks System (NICS) and firearm sales. The previous record year was in 2013, another year in which President Obama put considerable effort into passing strict gun control laws . . . and failed. In 2013, there were 21,093,271 background checks completed via NICS, according to the FBI. That amounted to 16,031,210 additional private firearms sold, according to the ATF. The numbers for 2015 NICS checks are now in and the 2013 totals were exceeded . . .

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Gunbroker: Obama’s ‘In the Business’ Emphasis Changes Nothing


You may have heard that the President had a few things to say about guns last week. After much anticipation, the gun-controller-in-chief announced a series of new executive branch measures designed to accomplish on his own what he knows he can’t via the traditional, separation-of-powers-as-the-Founders-intended legislative method. After hearing that the ATF’s placing new emphasis on what constitutes being “in the business” of selling firearms (and necessitating a federal firearms license), the Attorney General opined that could mean as few as one or two guns. That lead some People of the Gun to worry about how that might affect on line services like Gunbroker. But as the following statement from Gunbroker head honcho Steve Urvan makes clear, despite all the hype, nothing has really changed . . .

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