Back in the day (in Internet terms) TrackingPoint messed around with Google Glass, linking the “Don’t Be Evil” company’s wearable computer glasses with their precision-guided firearm. [Click here to watch the YouTube video.] That didn’t work out, in specific. In general, what are you kidding me? A fire-and-forget weapon that a sniper or his unit commander or the President of the United States could trigger remotely? Oops sorry. No. That would be wrong. Someone still needs to pull the trigger, right? Anyway, TrackingPoint’s teamed up with Recon Instruments to git ‘er done. And they done did it . . .
“U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Offices of Border Patrol and Training and Development are inspecting the quality of agents’ M4 carbines throughout Border Patrol sectors nationwide,” kvoa.com reports. Fair enough, right? “Agents tell us [that] some of those M4s have not been replaced. And, we’ve learned, agents are required to share rifles amongst each other.” So the United States government sends crates of brand-spanking new fully-automatic rifles to Mexico’s police and military — a significant percentage of which “seep” to drug cartels — and our Border Patrol Agents are having to share guns to protect us from drug thugs, mules and other Mexican miscreants? The agents’ union is not amused . . .
TTAG’s been right on top of the .9mm craze, which seems to have petered out. Now we hear of a new firearms phenom: the spotted-in-the-wild GLOCK rifle [not shown]. “An off-duty DeKalb County sheriff’s deputy inside the gas station around 4 a.m. heard the shots outside,” ajc.com reports. What’s an off-duty policeman doing outside a Quik Trip gas station at 4am you ask? It’s almost as big a mystery as what happened next . . .
By Brian P.
A few years ago, I decided I wanted to become a rifleman. A practical rifleman. Through disciplined self practice, and help from the online community, I have been able to ever expand my skills from a 100 yard skill-set to a 600 yard comfort zone. If I can do it, anyone can, but a lot of people don’t think they can make that jump. I have run into many AR owners who think that if they can’t shoot 1-2 inch groups like they see online, that they aren’t shooting well. They perceive their rifle equipped with a red dot as being too imprecise to carry them past close range shooting. They doubt their skills, but they haven’t tried applying the skills they have. Because they don’t think they can do it, they don’t shoot at longer ranges. But I’m here to tell you that you can . . .
Press Release on the legalities of converting 80% lowers into finished firearms from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (and Really Big Fires) [via ammoland.com]:
1. Is ATF aware of the receiver blanks, commonly referred to as 80% receivers?
ATF routinely collaborates with the firearms industry and law enforcement to monitor new technologies and current manufacturing trends that could potentially impact the safety of the public.
What’s the difference between Ruger’s AR-556 and their SR-556? About 1.5 pounds and $1246.00. Actually, there’s a little more to it than that, mechanically speaking. Ruger has been making their SR-556 and SR-762 rifles for some time, but with the introduction of the AR-556 it looks like they are finally getting into the down-and-dirty business of budget AR-15 production. So what exactly sets their latest creation apart? . . .
“A Russian action film star is in hot water after he was caught on film wearing press gear while firing a machine gun toward Ukrainian lines with Moscow-backed rebels at Donetsk airport,” mashable.com reports. “In the video released by the rebels’ NovorossiaTV on Oct. 30, the barrel-chested Mikhail Porechenkov is heard saying, ‘ceasefire,’ before opens fire with a mounted machine gun at the airport, grinning widely. Afterward, he poses for a photograph with the fighters, wearing a blue helmet and vest marked with ‘PRESS.'” The Spetsnaz star’s “hot water” immersion comes via The Security Service of Ukraine, whose Facebook page reveals that they’ve opened criminal proceedings against Porechenkov for violating article 258-3 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine: participating in terrorist activities. Some Russians are also displeased . . .
IWI, the people who brought us the TAVOR bullpup rifle, have now set their sights on importing another Israeli classic. The Galil is Israel’s famed souped-up AK-47 clone, with some mechanical and aesthetic improvements over the original. I know a couple AK fanatics who have been waiting for a true Israeli Galil to become available in the states, and it looks like their wait is almost over. According to a press release (and Tim’s video) a rifle and pistol will be available sometime in February of 2015 — just about four months away now. Make the jump for the presser . . .
FNH USA is known for making some amazing rifle barrels. I’ve seen their shop firsthand and was extremely impressed, and having shot a SCAR for a couple years, I know what that quality manufacturing can do. And I’m not the only one who adores their barrels — people have been known to buy their upper receivers from a certain online shop specifically to use off-label FN barrels in their rifle builds. It looks like FN has taken notice and will now start selling their barrels direct to the public, and at a remarkably reasonable price. Presser after the jump . . .
Yup, that’s the headline over at charlotte.cbslocal.com: “NC Teen Shot In Head By Rifle In Pickup.” Condolences. Now, who knew rifles drove around in pickups looking for Tar Heel teens to murder? It get worse. “Authorities say a 16-year-old boy has been killed after a rifle went off in a pickup truck [not shown] where he was a passenger.” Regular readers of this series will know our main point: guns don’t “go off.” They discharge negligently. I mean, someone is responsible for their negligent discharge. Someone transported a firearm in a loaded condition. Someone allowed the gun’s muzzle to point in an unsafe direction. Not this: “Investigators told local media outlets that Austin Hedrick’s father was driving the pickup truck late Friday night and his son was in the passenger seat when the rifle fired.” The way this story’s written, the rifle had been waiting for just such an opportunity . . .
Regular readers will recall that Bakersfield, California was recently home to a clown outbreak, including an unconfirmed report of an armed Bozo. mlive.com reports that the trend has spread to the Mitten State. “Police arrested a 54-year-old man [not shown] after he was allegedly seen wearing camouflage pants and a clown mask, shooting a gun at a can in the street. Grand Traverse County sheriff’s deputies said the man also was seen playing a trombone at one point, all the while as he stood in a garage. The man, described as intoxicated, was arrested for a personal protection order violation. No one was hurt and the gun turned out to be a pellet gun.” To be clear, a Michigan personal protection order (PPO) is . . .
300 AAC Blackout is really starting to take off. Almost every manufacturer offers it as an option for their guns, and the ammo is now widely available in big box stores like Academy. It seems like 300 BLK is at the tipping point where, at the very least, it will be self-sustaining and hang around much like other “boutique” calibers like .243 Win and .357 SIG. Part of that appeal comes from the easily suppressed nature of the round, offering subsonic capabilities alongside supersonic capabilities without changing anything. With an eye especially on the 300 BLK market, Liberty Suppressors released their Chaotic 30 caliber suppressor . . .