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Five(-ish) Firearms Things to know on Friday 7-12 (2019)

What happened in Gun News this week? A Space-Gun is up for auction and a kid got suspended because his friend posted images of him and a disabled gun. Also, did you know that Aguila Ammunition is going to be part of a Guinness World Record competition? Read on to get these details and more about the latest firearm industry happenings.

1911 Meteorite Pistols up for Auction

Heritage Auctions is selling two rare 1911’s made from the Muonionalusta Meteorite on July 20. The ancient piece of iron is estimated to be approximately 4.5 billion years old. They say it hit the Swedish soil about a million years ago but wasn’t discovered until 1906. The opening bid for each pistol is $550,000. To date, these are the first meteorite firearms to be sold or auctioned. 

Gun news: 1911 pistols crafted from meteorite.

The GI Model has a standard slide grip safety, and the Custom Model features a beaver-tail grip safety.

According to Heritage Auctions: 

These one-of-a-kind meteorite handguns are made from the Swedish Muonionalusta Meteorite which renders them very rare and in high demand. The set of 1911 pistols offered by Heritage are fully operational and have been test fired by Lou Biondo of Business End Customs, considered to be one of the finest 1911 gunsmiths in the world by industry experts. A set like this has never been sold previously and successful bidders can be certain they will be the first private owners of the guns.

You can find more details and follow the auction at Heritage Auctions.

14-Year-Old Suspended for Social Media Posts with Images of *Gasp!* A Gun

An eighth-grade boy from Maryland received three weeks of suspension after school officials took note of two social media posts that included the boy and a disabled air-soft gun. The school insisted that the incident was “very, very serious,” warranting suspension through the end of the school year, so he did not get to graduate with his class.

Gun news: social media posts involving firearms can lead to knee-jerk school suspension.

Social media posts involving firearms can lead to knee-jerk discipline like long-term school suspension.

According to

This was his punishment for appearing in the background of a friend’s video in which said friend held a disabled airsoft gun. The eighth-grader also posed for a photo with the friend, who held him in a headlock with the fake gun pointing at his head. The picture was shared with 13 other friends on Snapchat.


Aguila Ammunition is the official Shotshell of the New Guinness World Records title

This week, Aguila Ammunition announced it’s participation as the official shotshell in the Guinness World Record for “Most Clay Shooting Targets Broken in 12 Hours” competition. The event is on October 12, 2019, at Powder Creek Shooting Park in Lenexa, Kansas.

Gun News: Aguila is official shotshell for Guinness World Record

Gun News: Aguila is official shotshell for Guinness World Record

More from Aguila:

CZ-USA and David Miller, CZ-USA’s Shotgun Product Manager, Aguila Pro Shooter and current world record holder, will attempt to break the current record of 4,602 targets on October 12, 2019 at Powder Creek Shooting Park in Lenexa, Kansas. Before the attempt can be made, Dave needs four more shooters to join his team. Two youth shooters from the A.I.M shooting program and two shooters from the SCTP program will earn their spots on the team by qualifying at A.I.M and SCTP events this summer.

To qualify for the shooting team:
–       Team members must be 16 years of age or older on October 12, 2019
–       Must be a current member of the SCTP or A.I.M. shooting programs
–       Applicants will be required to shoot one of the 50 target qualifier events which
stands for 50% of the shooter score
World record qualifier events:
–       SCTP Nationals held at the Cardinal Center in Marengo, Ohio July 13 – 20, 2019
–       A.I.M. & Grand Championship held at the World Shooting Complex in Sparta,
Illinois July 29 – August 4, 2019
–       Applicants must send an essay explaining what shooting sports mean to them
and why they deserve to be on the World Record team.


Interested participants can learn more about qualifying for this opportunity by visiting

SIG SAUER Modular Handgun System Receives Full-Material Release from U.S. Army

Sig Sauer just announced that their Modular Handgun System (MHS) officially received notification of Full-Material Release from the U.S. Army.


Gun News: Sig Sauer gets Full Material Release from US Army

The Sig Sauer MHS includes: Full-Size and M18 Compact handguns, and Winchester Ammunition M1152 Ball, M1153 Special Purpose, and M1156 Drilled Dummy Inert.

More from Sig Sauer:

Ron Cohen, President & CEO, SIG SAUER, Inc. began, “the Army’s announcement of Full Material Release is the final stamp of approval for the MHS Program, and a true testament to the successful collaboration of the U.S. Army, SIG SAUER, and Winchester Ammunition to deliver the highest quality MHS program to our soldiers in the field. The FMR notification really highlights the safety and quality of the M17 and M18 handguns, and the success of the MHS program in its entirety.”

To date, over 59,000 Modular Handguns have been delivered by SIG SAUER, and over 44,000,000 rounds of ammunition delivered by Winchester Ammunition to the Government for MHS; in the next 5-7 years, an additional 350,000 handguns and 100,000,000 rounds of ammunition are scheduled for delivery.

For more information visit the Sig Sauer website.

Galco Gunleather’s New & Improved VHS 3.0 Shoulder Holster System

Galco just announced a new holster system to their product line, VHS 3.0 system. It features redesigned harness straps, key-hole fastener attachment, and a new tie-down system.

Gun News: Galco's New and Improved Shoulder Holster System VHS 3.0.

The VHS 3.0 comes complete with vertical holster, harness, ammo carrier, tie-downs and a set of harness fasteners.

Galco says:

Galco’s original VHS™ (Vertical Holster System) was field-proven across the globe from Afghanistan to America. Thousands were used by US military personnel fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Countless others are in use by US and international law enforcement, being particularly popular among police helicopter pilots. The VHS also provides an alternative for those who want the concealment of Galco’s Miami Classic but prefer the traditional vertical carry style.

A key component of the VHS 3.0 shoulder system is its spider harness. All four points of the spider harness can pivot independently and are connected by our clover-shaped, trademarked Flexalon™ swivel back plate. This, along with our patented swivel connectors, results in a perfect fit and lasting comfort for virtually all body sizes and shapes.

The wide harness straps on the VHS 3.0 have been recontoured to enhance both comfort and concealment. The VHS 3.0 also features Galco’s improved key-hole harness fastener system that replaces the earlier screw-and-post system, resulting in greater security, ease of assembly, and greatly reduced chance of fastener loss.

Available for $249 at Galco Gunleather.


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Five(-ish) Firearms Things to know on Friday 7-5 (2019)


LWRCI Rolls Out New SMG .45

LWRCI has released its first pistol-caliber carbine: the SMG-45, combining (the company advises) the “…the company’s experience on the AR platform with an innovative delayed blowback/short-recoil operating system that delivers a unique pistol caliber shooting experience.”

Gun news: LWRCI .45 caliber SMG

More from LWRCI:

Built from the ground up around US-manufactured UMP magazines, the SMG-45 is a completely new PCC in .45 ACP that features many of the same controls and performance attributes found in LWRCI™’s luxury gas-piston AR lineup. LWRCI™’s commitment to craftsmanship and design excellence is clearly evident in the SMG-45: the firearm delivers the high performance that discerning shooters demand alongside the quality and innovation that customers have come to expect from LWRCI™.

Constructed of advanced aluminum and steel alloys and protected with hard-coat anodizing, ferritic nitrocarburization, and nickel-boron surface treatments, the SMG is built to last. Features on the SMG include a signature fully-ambidextrous lower receiver with AR-style controls for the safety and bolt catch/release, a paddle magazine release, the LWRCI™ Ultra Combat Grip™, and an LWRCI™ Enhanced Fire Control Group™. The upper includes an 8.5” cold- hammer-forged CrMoV steel barrel, LWRCI’s familiar Modular Rail System with LWRCI™ Rail Panels and Hand Stop installed at 3/6/9 o’clock, Magpul MBUS Pro sights, and more. The launch configuration for the SMG-45 is a pistol equipped with the SB Tactical SBTi folding subgun brace. The SMG-45 ships with two 25-round magazines.

To coincide with America’s Independence Day the SMG-45 Pistol+Brace began shipping on July 2 and is expected to be ready for retail from an authorized LWRCI Wholesale Distributor or Premier Dealer by early next week.  For more information on the LWRCI™ SMG-45, visit

Gun news: LWRCI .45 caliber SMG



Franklin Armory

Reformation RS11 Upper Receiver

Franklin Armory announced a limited run of Reformation .300BLK upper receiver groups, available only in the month of July.

Gun news: Franklin Armory has released a limited series of Reformation RS 11 uppers

More from Franklin Armory:

The Reformation® truly redefining upper receiver group as it has the same benefits as the full Reformation® Firearm! Short Barreled, Non-NFA, No Tax Stamp, No ATF Waiting period, and able to be equipped with a shoulder stock and forward vertical grip!


  • .300 Blackout
  • 11.5” Barrel
  • 0 x 0 Twist
  • Patented Straight cut lands and grooves
  • Triumvir™ Flash Hider
  • 11.5” FST™ Handguard – M-Lok compatible
  • SBN Bolt carrier group
  • Mil-spec Charging handle
  • Mil-spec upper receiver with forward assist

To learn more about the latest release from Franklin Armory, visit


Crimson Trace

LaserSaddle line expanding?

Crimson Trace, manufacturer of the LaserSaddle shotgun laser sight (which as of this report is on sale) has been dropping hints on social media that they may soon be expanding that line. Currently, LaserSaddle only fits the Mossberg Shockwave (including the magazine-fed 590M), but it’s entirely possible we’ll soon see one for the Remington Tac14: both of which we compared recently in Travis Pike’s Tac-14 vs. Shockwave Battle.

Green laser sight for shotgun by Crimson Trace

Crimson Traces says,

The Lasersaddle™ is a feature-packed laser sighting solution for Mossberg 500, 590, & 590 Shockwave 12 Gauge Shotguns. Attaching seamlessly to the receiver, Lasersaddle provides multiple ambidextrous laser activation pad points for instant targeting. Choose from red or green laser models.


American Defense Manufacturing

Limited edition ADM4 Betsy Ross lower receiver (stripped)

American Defense Manufacturing (ADM) has released a limited edition ADM4 stripped lower receiver bearing the “Betsy Ross Flag.” They describe the flag as the “original symbol of freedom.” Available for $309 at

Gun news: the limited edition Betsy Ross stripped lower from American Defense Manufacturing (ADM)

More from ADM:

Please allow 4 weeks for delivery. To expedite your order, please have your dealer fax or email their FFL to us. If the dealer you are using to transfer a firearm has not sent us a currently updated FFL to put on file, there will be an extended period of time needed to process your order. Any items placed on the same order as a lower receiver will also be shipped to the FFL. If you would like additional items shipped to you directly, please place them on a separate order.

The ADM4 billet 7075-T6 lower receiver features a Type III Teflon impregnated hardcoat anodized finish, is outfitted with our proprietary Ambidextrous magazine release, Ambidextrous bolt catch and release, and our dimpled Takedown and Pivot Pins. The trigger guard is ready for winter gloves without manipulation. Radii and chamfers throughout make this billet lower a marvel that stretches the capabilities of modern production CNC manufacturing.

A 20-degree competition style mag well is concealed in the design, allowing lightning fast magazine changes. An integral upper/lower tension adjustment screw allows the end user to compensate for tolerance between your upper receivers and your favorite lower. ** The only difference between the ADM4 Lower Receiver and the UIC-15 Lower Receiver is the pattern on the magazine well. The ADM4 Lower Receiver features a slick sided magazine well. All internal function and features are the same as the UIC-15 Lower Receiver.**

The ADM4 Lower receiver kit will ship with all proprietary ambidextrous controls installed and include our dimpled takedown/pivot pins. **Due to the design of the Ambi Bolt Catch/Release, the lower is NOT Compatible with certain triggers that utilize anti-rotation pins that use external screws or plates. We have developed a low head pin to be used with CMC Triggers. Standard GI type triggers, Drop-in triggers that use standard pins, and Geissele triggers WILL work with this lower.** Weight: 11 oz


Thunder Ranch

Nighthawk Custom Thunder Ranch Combat Special

tGun News: Thunder Ranch Combat Special

Clint Smith of Thunder Ranch has collaborated with Nighthawk Custom. The Thunder Ranch Combat Special is a Government model, available in both 9mm and .45ACP. It is available with or without an accessory/light rail. It also features newly designed front and rear cocking serrations, a lanyard loop mainspring housing, a “GI-Style” nub thumb safety, custom engraving, and a gold bead front sight. The gun is finished with a unique Smoked Nitride finish and green linen/micarta scales.

For more information on the new Thunder Ranch-Nighthawk Custom collab can be found at




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