Jesse James Firearms Unlimited is a very new player in the rifle world, and now they have decided to dip their toe into the world of silencers as well. We hear that the inspiration for the new silencer adorning this .308 Winchester rifle is the gas tank off of a motorcycle, and it definitely fits the bill as something new and different in a world of concentric circles and circumferential welding. The internals are very different as well . . .
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced [Friday] that it has obtained the affidavit in support of the arrest of NBC’s David Gregory in association with a gun law violation committed in December 2012 on Meet the Press. Gregory exhibited a high-capacity ammunition magazine during an interview with the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre concerning firearms policy in the United States. In January 2013, Legal Insurrection submitted a FOIA request to the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) seeking access records related to the Gregory incident . . .
Despite rumors to the contrary, Beretta told me that the Army/DoD absolutely is reviewing Beretta’s ECP, or Engineering Change Proposal, for the M9 service pistol. The hope is that the M9A3 comes close enough to hitting the requirements proposed in the competition for a new MHS, or Modular Handgun System, that the Army and Air Force forgo the project and just stick with the M9 platform. Indeed, the M9A3 does meet ~86% of the MHS targets, and sticking with it would mean saving hundreds of millions of dollars. Here’s a 1-pager on the M9A3, and above is video of the press conference Beretta held at SHOT Show. They also discussed how this is the 100th anniversary of Beretta’s first semi-automatic handgun, the Model 1915 seen after the jump, as well as the 30th anniversary of the M9 becoming the official sidearm of U.S. armed forces. Photos follow. . .
“The original Act of 1893 [requiring persons carrying or having in manual possession a concealed pistol to obtain a license from the state of Florida] was passed when there was a great influx of negro laborers in this State drawn here for the purpose of working in turpentine and lumber camps. The same condition existed when the Act was amended in 1901 and the Act was passed for the purpose of disarming the negro laborers and to thereby reduce the unlawful homicides that were prevalent in turpentine and saw-mill camps and to give the white citizens in sparsely settled areas a better feeling of security. The statute was never intended to be applied to the white population and in practice has never been so applied.” – Watson v. Stone, 4 So. 2d 700, 703 (Fla. 1941) (Buford, J., concurring), cited in Robert J. Cottrol and Raymond T. Diamond, “‘Never Intended to be Applied to the White Population': Firearms Regulation and Racial Disparity–the Redeemed South’s Legacy to National Jurisprudence?”, 70 Chi-Kent L. Rev 1307, 1307 (1995).
Kingston Armory, of Liberty, New York, manufacturers .22LR caliber semi-automatic rifles specifically developed and designed to replicate the M1 Garand and M14. Kingston manufactures their receivers, which closely resemble Ruger 10/22 actions, from 4140 steel. When combined with Ruger 10-round rotary magazines and full size Boyd’s walnut stocks, these little rifles do a pretty good job of impersonating the real deal. The weight of the KA .22 clone is less than a real M-1 Garand, but is still quite substantial. I shouldered the M-1 Garand version and I must say that it felt like I was holding its .30-06 big brother . . .
Christensen Arms displayed their “Tactical Force Multiplier” rifle at the SHOT Show, and man, is this one awesome looking firearm. The TFM rifle features a carbon-fiber stock and a carbon-fiber-wrapped barrel. The carbon fiber provides excellent strength and rigidity while offering a considerable weight savings over steel or aluminum. The TFM weighs in at a svelte 8 pounds empty. More pics after the jump….
Kudos to TTAG’s team for their SHOT Show coverage. While I was out and about signing-up exhibitors for the 2015 Texas Firearms Festival Nick, Joe, Jeremy and Dan were providing the Internet’s best SHOT Show reportage. Which is not to say our colleagues didn’t produce some amazing work. thefirearmsblog.com brought 12 – count ‘em 12 – writers to the Sands. One of the stories they caught that we missed: Colt’s decision to produce a limited run of the world’s coolest carry gun. Yup, Colt’s crafting 2500 1903 pistols. TFB wanted its readers to know that . . .
SIG SAUER’s P320 was far and away the winner of this year’s TTAG Reader’s Choice Awards for best pistol of 2014. The reason is clear: the gun is as close as you can get to a LEGO set for gun guys. This year they’re coming out with even more options, including the .45 ACP version that we shot at Media Day. Above, SIG SAUER’s manager of the handgun line accepts TTAG’s highest honor.
Getting a good short range variable power optic can be an expensive task. Very few people make a good short to mid range optic, with Leupold currently leading the pack in terms of value. SIG SAUER is getting into the same game with a $400ish 1-4x optic, but Vortex is pushing the envelope. Instead of just a 1-4x, Vortex is pushing out a 1-6x optic with an illuminated BDC reticle for that same price.
If you are hankering to personalize your AR-15, Unique-ARs of McCall, Idaho may have just the thing you need: custom aluminum hand guards. They have dozens of styles to choose from, or you can get them to fabricate one to your personal specifications. Prices for stock models run from $175 – $275, depending on options . . .
“We’ve talked to a lot of customers, and everybody is very upset about the fact that we’re closing. This was not an easy decision, but they have to understand that with the new regulations, it’s impossible to survive.” – Jackson Guns and Ammo Owner Kordell Jackson in Jackson gun shop closes amid regulation trouble [via democratandchronicle.com]