U.S. Air Force Tools-Up for Terrorists

Tech. Sgt. Matt Copley of Dover AFB talks with Master Sgt. Patrick Carr Feb. 1. Copley completed the first Unit Marshal Program training course at the base and now is authorized to carry an M9 pistol while on duty. — USAF Photo/Senior Amn William Johnson

“In August 2006 an Islamic extremist group targeted Dover AFB for an attack that was never carried out,” doverpost.com reports. “In May 2014, the base was put on lockdown following reports, later shown to be unfounded, that a suspicious person with a gun had been seen near an airplane hangar.” Yesterday, Colorado’s Dover Air Force Base launched operation “Eagle Shield” to counter/prepare for terrorist attack and/or “workplace violence.” Dover AFB implemented it as follows . . .

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Rugged Suppressors Introduces Obsidian 45

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At this year’s SHOT show, I was tasked with covering the various silencer manufacturers in attendance. I figured this would be a day long task, but it ended up taking the better part of three days to visit all the manufacturers I found, and I still missed some. It seemed like the majority of the companies I visited have started to get aggressive with their pistol cans, as most manufacturers are now offering something for your favorite 9mm, .40 S&W, or .45 ACP host. Rugged Suppressors was no different and had their brand new Obsidian 45  on display. . .

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Did the White House Pressure Facebook to Ban Gun Ads?

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“The White House on Monday refused to say whether Facebook’s recent decision to ban users from facilitating the sale of guns, parts and ammunition was the result of pressure from the Obama administration,” washingtonexaminer.com reports. “‘We welcome this step,’ White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday, just days after Facebook’s Friday announcement. ‘We talked about how the Internet is a loophole’ for people seeking to buy guns without undergoing background checks.'” Talked to whom, exactly? By the administration’s own admission . . .

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Smith & Wesson 642 Beats Ruger LCR

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It was close — for a while. The fantastically triggered Ruger LCR (Lightweight Compact Revolver) was neck and neck with the S&W (Smith & Wesson) 642 for more than a month. Over the last few weeks, though, the Smith pulled away convincingly. With more than 17k votes counted — a remarkable sample — we can declare Smith’s venerable pocket wheelgun the undisputed winner of this head-to-head matchup, taking down its Arizona competition by a margin of 12 points. My take . . .

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Hands on with Rugged Suppressors’ Surge 7.62

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In my efforts to keep my ear to the ground on things silencer-related at SHOT Show 2016, I enlisted the help of my friend Mark Kuczka at Accurate Ordnance. Mark is well versed in the happenings of the gun industry and served me well as my wilderness guide, helping me forge through the miles of aisles and booths. Our first stop was to see Henry Graham and Michael Derdziak at Rugged Suppressors to check out their Surge 7.62 . . .

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Hands on with Stiller’s 2500XR

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Several years ago, Nick and I accepted an invite from a friend of the Kee family to check out his extensive gun collection. As two young pups, neither of us have amassed anything that could really be called a “collection.” Weirdly, of all the very interesting rifles he had in his collection, the one we were both drawn to was a very old Schuetzen rifle in .22 LR. Given Nick’s background shooting Olympic smallbore, it’s no surprise that he started to drool over a positional shooting rifle. Without a competition background to speak of, I just found it oddly overbuilt and heavy for a .22. It felt exactly like a big boy rifle, and that was part of the charm for me. I hadn’t thought about it for at least two years until I visited my fellow Texans at Stiller Precision during the 2016 SHOT show, and saw their very modern .22 LR action . . .

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New From Winchester: M-22 Subsonic .22LR Ammunition

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This year’s SHOT Show, as always, featured virtually everything the most ardent gun guy or gal could want where things that go bang are concerned. And maybe it’s just us, but it certainly seemed that suppressors were more prominently featured at this year’s show. Just check out Tyler’s silencer-centric coverage and see for yourself. One in-the-know friend of ours figures that the ATF dropping the CLEO sign-off requirement will probably result in 250,000 more suppressors being sold. Never ones to let grass grow under their feet, Winchester’s now out with a subsonic .22LR round specifically marketed to take advantage of the trend . . .

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ALG Introduces AK Recoil Spring

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ALG Defense has been slowly adding more SKUs to their lineup in the last year with a special eye towards AK owners. Late in 2015, they debuted a low cost AK trigger replacement, and the 2016 SHOT show saw them bring several new springs to the market. One of those is a new recoil spring designed as a drop-in replacement for the one that came from the factory . . .

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Griffin Armament Introduces Their New AR-15

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Griffin Armament has been on a tear lately releasing new silencers for 2016, and ramping up production to meet the demand generated by dealers. I’ve had the chance to shoot some of their cans and I found them to be well built, and very quiet. I’ve exchanged quite a few emails and texts with owners, and brothers, Evan and Austin Green over the last few months. They made sure to let me know they had some exciting new products at their booth at SHOT, and that they’d love for me to swing by. One of the new items was their new AR that will be released to the public sometime this year . . .

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BREAKING: 5 Shot, 2 Dead at Seattle Homeless Camp

“At least five people were reported shot near a homeless encampment in Seattle late Tuesday, and at least one gunman was still at large,” foxnews.com reports. “The shooting took place at around 7:30 p.m. local time, as Seattle Mayor Ed Murray was due to give an address on the issue of homelessness in the city. The shooting occurred near an area of Seattle known as The Jungle. It is a wilderness area known for multiple homeless encampments and criminal activity, including several murders in recent years.” kirotv.com reports that “two people have died and three others were seriously injured. Two possible shooters are at large.” More details as they emerge. [h/t DrVino]

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