Washington Post: “Guntry” Clubs Are Big Biz

Huh. I was under the media-fed impression that the gun culture and thus business was in a slow steady slide into oblivion. You know: more guns, less gun owners. I’ve read dozens of anti-gun agitprop-inspired articles claiming OFWGs fueled the gun sales surge. As they died off, gun ownership and gun rights “extremists” are doomed. Doomed I tell you! Doomed! And now the Washington Post, a newspaper that’s to gun rights what Erin Hetherton is to anti-onanists, has an article revealing (i.e., doing its damnedest not to celebrate) the surge in upscale “guntry club” gun ranges. Check out these demographics . . .

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New from Magpul: Remington 700 Chassis, Polymer AICS Mags

The Remington 700 is, without a doubt, the single most popular firearm in the United States. The AR-15 has it beat in terms of numbers, but that’s a platform made by many manufacturers. There’s only one Remington. It looks like Magpul has made its first new product announcement since announcing their move to Texas, and their SHOT Show surprise is a new aluminum bedded chassis for the Remington 700 platform. But wait, there’s more! They are also starting to manufacture polymer magazines compatible with the Accuracy International AICS mags. Which is a Godsend, since I hate paying $100 a pop for those babies . . .

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Refinanced Colt Walks Away from $1m FL Building Deal

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“Governor Rick Scott announced in 2011 that Colt was bringing 60 high-paying jobs to Kissimmee and would occupy a building that cost taxpayers $1 million,” wftv.com reports. “‘I called the company to make sure they were coming,’ Scott said in 2011. But Colt never came to central Florida and the building still sits empty more than two years later, angering taxpayers and job seekers . . . The county is drafting a notice of default letter to Colt. It’s the first step towards evicting the company from the building.” This following news that Colt made a last-minute deal to save its skin. According to thedeal.com . . .

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New From SilencerCo: Smaller, Quieter Omega 7.62mm Silencer

In the world of silencers, there are three qualities that are most highly prized: quietude, shortness, and light weight. Normally you can only get two of those qualities in the same object, but SilencerCo is working on bundling the trifecta of awesomeness. Their latest can, the Omega not only ticks all of those boxes, but it also offers a strong enough core to withstand .300 magnum cartridges as well as 5.56 NATO and 300 BLK. The best part: you can swap the mounting option to fit whatever you have. Direct thread for different threads? ASR fast-attach system? Whatever you want, they got it. And I like it. All for $1,100 MSRP . . .

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Smith & Wesson Using Razor Blade Strategy to Win Army Contract?

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TTAG never holds posts for more than a day; even the “evergreens.” Not so fool.com. Writer Rich Smith’s post on the competition for the Army’s new sidearm sat on the sidelines for almost a week, during which time TTAG’s post on the Army’s decision to punt Beretta from the competition to replace the Beretta 92 appeared. His prose may be delayed by bureaucracy but he’s no fool, our Rich. Smith sees Smith & Wesson’s November hook-up with General Dynamics as part of a clever strategy to win the Army’s handgun contract . . .

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SIG SAUER Launches 300 BLK Ammunition Line

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300 AAC Blackout is a popular caliber, but that popularity comes at a price. Namely about $0.50/round. The problem is classic supply and demand, and in this case the demand is far outpacing the supply. With the first production run of the .300 BLK based civilian MCX rifles in full swing, SIG SAUER is leveraging their new ammunition manufacturing plant to try and give their customers a little assistance and bring down the price. Needless to say we’ll be getting our hands on some of their ammo shortly for testing purposes. And an MCX. And an MPX. Stay tuned, and make the jump for the press release.

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Liberty Ammunition Wins Patent Lawsuit over Army’s M855A1 Ammo

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Right around 2007, the U.S. Army started putting a new bullet into the field. Improving on the standard SS109/M855 ball ammunition, the new loading used a lead-free projectile with a steel insert and saw improved performance as well as better penetration over the old faithful. There was much rejoicing. After five years of active use in the field, it looks like the Army’s new round might have infringed on a previous patent by one-time TTAG ammo sponsor Liberty Ammunition. A Federal court judge agreed and has awarded the company north of $15 million for the government’s error. Far, far north . . .

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Army Ditches Beretta M9A3 for New Design

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In what has to be a big blow to Beretta, military.com is reporting, “U.S. Army weapons officials will not evaluate an improved version of the service’s Cold War-era 9mm pistol, choosing instead to search for a more modern soldier sidearm. In early December, Beretta USA, the maker of the U.S. military’s M9 pistol for 30 years, submitted its modernized M9A3 as a possible alternative to the Army’s Modular Handgun System program — an effort to replace the M9 with a more powerful, state-of-the-art pistol.” It seems the M9’s reliability and slide-mounted safety were primary factors in the decision. Just what the new handgun will look like is yet to be determined. “The move clears the way for the Army to release a pending request for proposal that will launch the MHS competition. … If successful, it would result in the Defense Department buying nearly 500,000 new pistols during a period of significant defense-spending reductions.” . . .

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Sniper’s Hide Wins Round 1 In Tactical Rifles Lawsuit

It was nigh on a year ago that we first covered the defamation lawsuit brought against Snipers Hide by a disgruntled ‘custom’ rifle builder calling itself Tactical Rifles. If you may recall, Marc Soulie of Spartan Precision Rifles posted this warts-and-all Youtube review of a Tactical Rifles tactical rifle on Sniper’s Hide, after which all hell broke loose. Soulie’s review was basically all warts (my box-stock 700 BDL was probably put together better than this ‘custom’ rifle) and Tactical Rifles’ butt-hurt response was to sue him, Snipers Hide, and SH owner Frank Galli in a Florida federal court. The case has been dismissed, but this opera ain’t anywhere near over. In fact, the fat lady hasn’t even taken the stage . . .

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Walmart Refuses to Print Engagement Photo That Includes a Shotgun

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One of my alter egos is that of a professional photographer, one who’s shot more than his share of weddings and engagement sessions. Since these are big events in their lives, couples frequently want to include items that are important to them during photo shoots. I’ve shot plenty of sessions that included family dogs. Some want to pose while wearing their alma mater’s football jerseys. And I once shot an entire wedding party who posed with shotguns, rifles and pistols. Why not? In a similar vein, Stephanie Wehner’s beau, Mitch Strobl, wanted to include a pose in their engagement session with his beloved Ruger Red Label 12-gauge. That wasn’t a problem, until they ordered prints through a Dallas area Walmart store. . .

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Calm Down, The ATF Hasn’t Changed Its Mind on the Pistol Arm Brace

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The National Firearms Act is one of the worst pieces of legislation in the history of the world ever. And I don’t just mean that in terms of infringing on our Second Amendment rights, I mean that grammatically as well. The law is as clear as mud, sometimes when it comes to relatively straightforward questions. Once again we seem to have run headlong into an issue that the NFA doesn’t clearly spell out. In this case, the ATF appears to have told someone that using the pistol brace “improperly” makes it an SBR. And while that is 100 percent true for that person, the ATF isn’t “reversing their decision.” The letter makes perfect sense, and it’s fully consistent with past communications. Here’s why . . .

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Freedom Group on the Brink?

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How could a billion dollar company owned by the endlessly, enormously profitable Cerberus Capital Management possibly be on the brink of bankruptcy? It’s not like Steven J. Feinberg’s mob ever invested in a business of which they knew nothing and mismanaged it into the toilet. Oh wait! Chrysler and Chrysler Financial. Thanks to the American taxpayer, Cerberus walked away from both companies without taking a hit. If the firearms-oriented farrago known as The Freedom Group goes belly-up, Uncle Sam won’t lift a finger. It’s the company that made the assault rifle that killed babies in Newtown! Yup, according to nypost.com, things are looking grim for TFG . . .

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