GunMag Gun News 5×5 Friday — August 2020

Gun News from the firearm, tactical, outdoor, training, and hunting world. But mostly firearms!

Friday, August 28, 2020

⊕Five Million New Gun Owners in the US, So Far

Gun News. According to the results from a National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) survey, 40 percent of firearm sales this year have been to first-time gun owners. That adds up to nearly 5 million. in just the first seven months of 2020. Also noteworthy, retailers report a 95 percent increase in firearm sales and a 139 percent increase in ammunition sales compared to the same time frame in 2019.

Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President of General Counsel, said“This is a tectonic shift in the firearm and ammunition industry marketplace and complete transformation of today’s gun-owning community. These first-time buyers represent a group of people who, until now, were agnostic regarding firearm ownership. That’s rapidly changing, and these Americans are taking hold of their God-given right to keep and bear arms and protect themselves and their loved ones.”

Gun News NSSF Retailer Sales Survey 2020 5 million new gun owners.

More from NSSF:

Several factors are contributing to the sustained surge in firearm purchases. Sales spiked in March, with a record-setting 2.3 million NICS background checks conducted for a firearm sale, the same month the coronavirus pandemic struck. During this time, police warned response times would be tested while mayors and governors emptied prisons, including violent felons. Some of those were rearrested within days for committing another violent crime. After Memorial Day, protests turned to looting, riots and destruction, which continues today in several major metropolitan areas. Politically-charged calls to defund police also continue to spur sales.

This is also an election year and firearm sales typically rise during presidential election years. However, this year, Democratic candidates Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) are calling for stringent gun control measures, including forcible confiscation, banning entire classes of firearms from lawful possession, licensing schemes and repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which would expose the firearm industry to frivolous and harassing lawsuits.

Each month since March, NSSF-adjusted NICS background checks have set a record as the strongest ever recorded for that month.

⊕SHOT Show 2021

Geissele Automatics Donates 250,000 Face Masks to the Show

Gun News. As far as anyone knows, the NSSF SHOT Show 2021 is still on the calendar, but it’s going to be different this year (like everything else) with new health safety measures in place. This week, we heard that Geissele has offered its assistance to the success of the show by donating a quarter-million facemasks. The event is scheduled for January 19-22 at the Sands Expo Center with an expansion to Caesars Form, with over 2,100 exhibitors.

Geissele COO Joe Plunkett said, “With 2021 right around the corner, and given everything that’s going on, we were unsure if SHOT Show would even take place this year, We were very pleased to work with NSSF to donate these masks in an effort to help facilitate SHOT Show moving forward and keeping everyone safe. We will see you all in Vegas!”

Chris Dolnack, NSSF Senior Vice President and CMO said, “We have had incredible support from our industry manufacturers for the 2021 SHOT Show, but this donation from Geissele puts an exclamation point on it all. Sponsors big and small support the SHOT Show in many ways, and we couldn’t do it without them. We are greatly appreciative of this tremendous support from Geissele and the generosity of its owners and staff—and we can’t wait to see everyone in Vegas in January.”


Slimline GLOCK 43X and GLOCK 48 Available in Modular Optic System (MOS) Configuration

Gun News. Last year Glock introduced the G43X and the G48 with compact Slimline frames and 10-round magazines. Now the Slimline models are available optics-ready with MOS cutout and slim Glock mounting rail system.

Gun News: Slimline GLOCK 43X and GLOCK 48 Available in Modular Optic System (MOS) Configuration

From Glock:

With a non-standard MOS footprint, the Slimline MOS models require specific mico-reflex optics such as the Shield RMSc.

Reflex optics (MOS) allow you to look through the reticle and focus on the target and alignment of the dot. The slim design allows the optical sight to be closer to the shooter’s line of sight and eliminates the need for high, back-up sights by allowing visibility of the standard GLOCK sights through the lens of the compact optic. With improved accuracy, quicker target acquisition and versatility, MOS pistols have become increasingly more popular for home and self-defense and are an ideal options for confined space operations.

A non-standard accessory rail allows for a light to be attached with close alignment to the firearm’s bore with positioning in front of the trigger guard which allows the operator to maintain a two-handed grip.

“Engineered with the GLOCK perfection promise, the two new models are the first Slimline pistols to offer an MOS option and are ideal for shooters everywhere,” said Shelby Lasater, GLOCK, Inc. Director of Marketing. “The versatility of the Slimline MOS models give them the adaptability and ease of use for concealed carry, target shooting, law enforcement, and competition which make them a new favorite.”

Both new models incorporate Gen5 Technologies such as the nDLC finish for extreme durability, a reversible magazine catch, and the match-grade, GLOCK Marksman Barrel (GMB) for increased accuracy.

⊕Nighthawk Custom/Korth

NXA 8-Shot .357 Magnum

Gun News. Last week we looked at the Korth Ranger. This week, we have another Nighthawk/Korth collaboration; the NXA. It’s available with either a 6-inch or 4-inch barrel. Note the integrated Picatinny Rail in the frame for accessory mounting.

Gun News: Nighthawk Custom Korth NXA 8-shot .357 revolver.

From Nighthawk:

The Korth NXA is the lightweight counterpart to the NXS revolver. The NXA features an anodized, red aluminum barrel shroud for reduced weight. Using aluminum in the barrel shroud brings the empty weight of the NXA in at 2.75 lbs, six ounces lighter than the NXS. The cylinder of the NXA includes a cut to accommodate Moonclips for unmatched reloading speeds. Like the NXS model, the NXA is available with a 4” or 6” hammer-forged precision barrel with Picatinny rails on top and bottom for mounting optics or a light. The aluminum barrel shroud is ventilated for faster cooling. A DLC finish on the frame provides a lasting, beautiful look to the revolver. The fully adjustable rear sight comes standard while the front sight features removable side panels to offer shooters the ability to customize their sights for any situation. The NXA model also offers a changeable cylinder to a 9mm Luger which also features a Moonclip cut.


  • Finish: DLC Coated
  • Caliber: .357 Magnum
  • Weight Empty: 2.75 lbs.
  • Barrel Length: 6” Also available in 4″
  • Overall Length: 11.65”
  • Width: 1.72”
  • Height: 6.38”
  • Cylinder Capacity: 8
  • Barrel : 416R


  • DLC Finish
  • Anodized, Red Aluminum Barrel Shroud
  • Hammer-Forged Precision Barrel
  • Fully Adjustable Rear Sight
  • Removable Side Panels on Front Sight
  • Single & Double Action Trigger
  • Jim Wilson Grip in Red/Black
  • Integrated Picatinny Rail in the Frame
  • Cylinder Release Classic Back Left
  • Integrated Picatinny Rail for Scope/Red Dot Mount
  • Ventilated Barrel Shroud for Faster Cooling
  • Easy Reload Through Wide-Swinging Cylinder
  • Modern, Slim Design
  • Cylinder Including Moonclip Cut
  • Changeable Cylinder in 9mm Luger w/ Moonclip Cut (available)


Launches 687 Silver Pigeon III Over-and-Under Shotgun

Gun News. Beretta just launched this new over and under shotgun, for shooters who want a 680 platform with a more refined visual appeal.

Gun News - Beretta 687 Silver Pigeon III Over-and-Under Shotgun

Here’s a close-up of the engraving, done with state-of-the-art 5-axis laser technology, featuring game scenes with pheasants, partridges, and floral motifs.

Gun News - Beretta 687 Silver Pigeon III Over-and-Under Shotgun

From Beretta:

The 687 Silver Pigeon III shotgun represents an elegant evolution of the Silver Pigeon I, designed to meet the needs and desires of shooters looking for the reliability of the 680 platform presented with attractive aesthetics and a superior wood finish.The fine engraving is made with state-of-the-art 5-axis laser technology and is embellished by a special sparkle in the bas-relief areas, which creates a pleasant contrast effect. The floral motifs and evocative game scenes are highlighted with pheasants and partridges. The exquisite gloss finish enhances the grain of the stunning class 2.5 wood and protects it from rain and improves longevity. All these features are combined with the excellent ballistics guaranteed by the Steelium Optima Bore HP tri-alloy steel barrels.

Available in all gauges (12, 20, 28, and .410) and with two drop options, the 687 Silver Pigeon III is the shotgun for those who want a game scene shotgun with classic looks, quality and elegance, without sacrificing the legendary reliability and minimal maintenance requirements of the 680 platform.

⊕Legacy Sports International

Announces POINTER KST-1230 Single Barrel Trap

Gun News: POINTER KST-1230 Single Barrel Trap

From LSI:

The POINTER KST-1230 comes in 12 ga. with a 2 ¾ “chamber, a 30” Raised and Vented Wide Rib Barrel and a fiber optic front sight, 5 Extended screw-in chokes are included – ( Full, Modified, Improved Mod, Improved Cylinder, and Cylinder ), Walnut stock with adjustable cheekpiece , Walnut Beavertail forend, Ejector and all at a very Reasonable Price! MSRP is $599

12 ga.
2 3/4” chamber
30” Raised & Vented Wide Rib Barrel
Fiber Optic front sight
5 Extended Chokes
Walnut Stock with adjustable Cheekpiece
Beavertail Walnut forend


Launches Widebody Palm Handguard

Gun News. Luth-AR just announced its latest addition to the Luth-AR Palm Handguard line of handguards, with a triangular profile that offers a flat, wide bottom for support whether in conformed to the hand or lain on a surface.

Gun-News-The Widebody Palm Handguard®, builds on the same ergonomic profile as our innovative Palm Handguard® with a new Widebody profile that conforms to the palm of your hand, and provides a wide, flat surface to lay on a shooting bag or other support for maximum stability. Perfect for Hunters, Precision, or 3-Gun competitors, the 15” length features MLOK™ slots along the upper-side flat, and three rows of slots on the bottom flat. The Widebody Palm Handguard® is made from 6061-T6 Aluminum extrusion that is hard coat anodized black, and includes a Barrel Nut made from alloy steel with a Melonite® finish. Features: MLOK™ 15” Length available Includes Palm Handguard® Barrel Nut Includes 4 clamp screws 2 vertical set screws, to control linear movement Thread lock for simple and quick installation Material: 6061-T6 Aluminum extrusion Finish: Black hard coat anodized, matte finish

From Luth-AR

The Widebody Palm Handguard builds on the same ergonomic profile as our innovative Palm Handguard with a new Widebody profile that conforms to the palm of your hand and provides a wide, flat surface to lay on a shooting bag or other support for maximum stability.

Perfect for Hunters, Precision, or 3-Gun competitors, the 15” length features MLOK slots along the upper-side flat and three rows of slots on the bottom flat.

The Widebody Palm Handguard is made from 6061-T6 Aluminum extrusion that is hard coat anodized black and includes a Barrel Nut made from alloy steel with a Melonite finish.

Widebody Pal Handguard Features

  • MLOK
  • 15” Length available
  • Includes Palm Handguard® Barrel Nut
  • Includes 4 clamp screws
  • 2 vertical set screws, to control linear movement
  • Thread lock for simple and quick installation
  • Material: 6061-T6 Aluminum extrusion
  • Finish: Black hard coat anodized, matte finish

Friday, August 21, 2020

⊕Gun Sales Continue to Soar

Gun News. Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic started back in March, growing numbers of Americans have been purchasing firearms and ammunition for self-defense purposes during these unsettled times.

The gun-buying trend hasn’t stopped apparently, as July turned out to be the third-highest month on record for firearm background checks in the U.S. The numbers are down 300,000 compared to June, but it’s still a 79.2% increase compared to July of 2019. With 5 months left in 2020, firearm background checks are only 24% behind the total conducted in 2019. Illinois, Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and California continue to be the states with the most background checks for sale, transfer, or licensing of firearms.

That means there are a heck of a lot of new gun owners in our ranks. Whether you’re new to the firearm world, or a veteran, check out the link below to see The Mag Life’s collection of articles and information that’ll be useful to you. Also, California residents, if you are confused about the ruling over large-capacity magazines that was passed down last week, check out the link below.

⊕Nighthawk Custom/ Korth Arms

Announces Korth Ranger .357 Revolver with Picatinny Rails

Gun News: Wheelgun lovers who want a more modern, more tactical version will be interested to know about this new revolver. German manufacturer Korth Arms, in collaboration with Nighthawk Custom just released the Ranger .357, featuring a Picatinny rail on top and bottom for mounting an optic and/or laser.

Gun News Nighthawk Custom and Korth Arms release Ranger .357 revolver with Picatinny rails for optics and laser mounting.

From Nighthawk:

The concept behind the Korth Ranger was to design a functional 4” barrel revolver that incorporated a picatinny rail on top for mounting optics, and below for mounting a light/laser. Like every Korth, the Ranger features all fully machined parts that are fitted by the hands of expert gunsmiths in Germany.

The Ranger sports a skeletonized barrel shroud that shows the polished Lothar Walther Barrel through precisely machined windows. Beautiful Jim Wilson model Turkish Walnut Grips are standard, and combined with a DLC finish, they provide a contrast that is both visually appealing and highly functional.


  • Finish: DLC
  • Caliber: .357 Magnum
  • Weight: 2.42 lbs.
  • Barrel Length: 4”
  • Overall Length: 8.86”
  • Width: 1.54”
  • Height: 6.1”
  • Barrel Material: 416R


  • Finish: DLC
  • Cold forged precision barrel
  • Double action & single action trigger
  • Adjustable rear sight (left-right & up-down)
  • Fast changeable front sight
  • Removable side panels (front sight) for different disciplines
  • High speed hammer
  • Jim Wilson wood grip
  • Changeable cylinder in 9 mm Luger (shooting without clips) available

Read more at Nighthawk:


Launches SCO15 AR-15 Lower Receiver

Gun News. When you hear the name SilencerCo, you think of suppressors, right? Well, it looks like the company just expanded their game, with the release of this new lower receiver.

Gun news: Silencerco SCO15 AR-15 Lower Receiver
The SCO15 ships with proprietary ambidextrous bolt catch/release.

From SilencerCo:

The SilencerCo AR-15 Lower Receiver is made from billet 7075-T6 aluminum, it is precision machined for compatibility with all of your preferred parts. The lower receiver is finished in a type III hardcoat anodize for added durability and corrosion resistance. The new design includes a proprietary ambidextrous bolt catch, integrated enlarged trigger guard, and ambidextrous multi-position sling swivels as well as various other features. With the SilencerCo Billet AR-15 receiver, you get the materials, finish, and features you want and need to complete your dream AR-15 build.


  • Integral ambidextrous anti-rotation QD sling cups at the rear of the receiver
  • Proprietary ambidextrous bolt catch/release (included)
  • An Enlarged integral trigger guard
  • Flared magazine well
  • Designed for use with standard mil-spec lower parts kit and buffer assembly
  • 45° to 90° fire selector window for short-throw fire selectors
  • Rear tensioner bolt hole (bolt not included)
  • Machined in-house by SilencerCo from 7075 billet aluminum

⊕Primary Arms Optics

Releases SLx 1-6x24mm SFP Rifle Scope — It’s Metric Based

Gun News. Primary Arms Optics, known for it’s ACSS reticles developed by Dimitri Mikroulis, just made their rifle scopes accessible to a wider audience by releasing this scope. It’s metric!

As the company describes it,

This is the first variable optic to feature the new metric-based ACSS reticle, which provides the user with an intuitive holdover system with built-in ranging and wind-holds. Whether you’re engaging from point-blank to 800 meters, this optic will provide you the tools necessary to succeed at a price affordable to most budgets.

Gun News - Primary Arms SLx 1-6x24mm SFP Metric rifle scope

Dimitri Mikroulis, creator of the ACSS reticle system, describes its benefits with clarity: “The ACSS Aurora 5.56 M is an advanced meter-based version of the famed ACSS reticle. ACSS Aurora 5.56 M enhances hit ratio with improved range estimation, wind holds, movement leads and a highly calibrated BDC for the 5.56 cartridge.”

More from PA:

The ACSS Aurora reticle is our very first foray into meter-based ranging and fire solutions. The feature-rich and intuitive reticle design is uncluttered, designed to communicate vital information in an efficient manner to not only increase first-hit probability but drastically reduce the time necessary to reach a firing solution to get that hit. From 300m and in, the illuminated chevron aiming point provides wicked-quick snap shooting capability and both-eyes open engagement, so you never lose peripheral vision. The outer tips of the chevron pull double duty as leads for targets moving 3.1mph perpendicular to the shooter. For targets moving a bit faster, the two lead dots on either side of the chevron are leads for a target hustling along at 8.6mph. Aurora even compensates for mounted targets up to 40mph!

We knew our flagship Gen II 1-6×24 would be a tough act to follow, so we worked hard to make incremental but real improvements. The Gen III is 18mm shorter (10.04in long), weighs 1.88 ounces less (16.9 oz. total), and has an additional 10 MOA of internal adjustment compared to the older model.


  • Second Focal Plane ACSS Aurora 5.56 Meter reticle
  • 50-meter bullet drop compensation gradients to 800m
  • Integrated moving target leads for speeds up to 40mph
  • Full value wind holds for 5mph – 10mph winds from 400m to 800m
  • Automatic target ranging and BDC
  • BDC and ranging accurate at highest magnification setting
  • 1-6x total magnification range
  • Red illuminated with 11 brightness settings
  • Includes CR2032 battery
  • Single piece 6063 aluminum construction
  • Water and fog proof
  • More compact than older models
  • Hardcoat anodized matte black
  • Lifetime warranty

⊕Griffin Armament

Announces New CAM-LOK Universal Suppressor Mounting System

Gun News. According to Griffin, users won’t have to field strip their suppressors on the range any longer with this new QD piston suppressor mounting system. The company is calling it a “universal” system, as in, it can accommodate any pistol mounted with a 3 Lug universal barrel adapter and notable pistol suppressors.

CAM-LOK universal suppressor mounting system from Griffin Armament.

From Griffin Armament:

The Griffin Armament CAM-LOK interface affords the user the ability to convert the suppressor to a much faster and more secure mounting solution on browning style action (tilt barrel) pistols vs it’s legacy technology, single piece, direct thread piston counterparts.  This system provides a rapid, secure attachment to the host pistol.  Direct thread single piece pistons have several negative attributes.  They do not accept tools, and are hand tightened to the host firearm. As a result of hand installation, they loosen when the piston system reciprocates under slide cycling during the firing sequence.  This vibration and inadvertent loosening of pistol silencers, requires end users to constantly check tighten pistol silencers.  This periodically causes users to have “bad range days” with unforeseen baffle strikes and end cap strikes.  These unfortunate events cause logistically burdensome work for consumers to communicate with service departments, ship products back and forth, and sometimes assume charges for repair for these issues.

No longer do users need to worry about their pistol suppressors loosening during use (as with traditional fixed direct thread pistons).  The CAM-LOK interface supports a 3/4″ socket wrench for installation with prevailing torque, and features a taper locking system, which encourages secure attachment, despite the piston still actuating for and aft during the firing sequence.  The piston can be attached / detached in any one of three, 120 degree positions, ensuring there are no “false positive” interfacing positions to slow deployment of the suppressor onto the host firearm.  Additionally, the manufacturing accuracy of the interface is held to Griffin Armament’s high quality standards for squareness, and concentricity, ensuring that each mounting position has similar and minimal POI shift influence. To support this, the mating pistons have all mating diameters and interfacing geometry qualified in a single operation, for tool quality accuracy and perfection.  A similar manufacturing theory was applied to the barrel adapter for maximum alignment accuracy.


Now Shipping DAKA Takeout Pouch

These pouches were announced back in January, along with a whole slew of new Magpul products for 2020. The company just announced that they are now shipping the DAKA. It looks like it’d be pretty handy on the range, in the field, on a boat, or in the shop.

Gun News - Magpul DAKA 3.5 Liter pouch

From Magpul:

The DAKA Takeout is a durable, weather resistant, 3.5-liter kit bag that’s perfect for most indoor and outdoor activities. It’s a great option whether you’re heading to the range, storing things on your boat, traveling and in need a dopp kit, or organizing and transporting your tools. What you use it for is limited only by your imagination.

Easily access your gear through the full-length water repellent zipper and, for larger items, release the two quick release buckles for a taller and wider opening. Both buckles also double as handles for easy transportation. In the event you want to securely hang the Takeout, simply release one of the quick release buckles, loop it around the object you want to secure it to, and re-attach the buckle.

Like all our DAKA products, the Takeout is made from polymer-infused textiles that are RF welded on every seam. It also incorporates our famous water-resistant YKK AquaGuard® zipper to ensure security. The construction methods and materials used in the DAKA line mean that our storage solutions are at home in a variety of hard-use outdoor applications, yet they’re stylish enough to be front and center in your vehicle or office.


  • Interval Volume: 3.5 Liter
  • External height: 6.25 in.
  • External width: 4.0 in.
  • External Length: 7.75 in.
  • Zipper length: 11.5 in.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Welcome back to GunMag Gun News 5×5 Friday.

Today’s a great day for gun owners in California because should be able to start buying “large capacity” mags again. ‘Bout time, eh?

Some interesting new firearms were released this week from Magnum Research and Krieghoff. Brownells announced a next-gen line of BRN-180 uppers, and SureFire has a new suppressor you’ll want to see. And then, Apex has a new trigger for the Hellcat.

But first, can you believe what just happened in California?

⊕California Large Capacity Magazine Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

Gun News. The Ninth Circuit of Appeals just ruled that the ban on magazines with a capacity of greater than 10-rounds violates the Second Amendment.

Here is what Circuit Judge Lee opined:

In the wake of heart-wrenching and highly publicized mass shootings, the state of California barred its citizens from owning so-called “large-capacity magazines” (LCMs) that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition. But even well-intentioned laws must pass constitutional muster. California’s near-categorical ban of LCMs strikes at the core of the Second Amendment — the right to armed self-defense. Armed self-defense is a fundamental right rooted in tradition and the text of the Second Amendment. Indeed, from pre-colonial times to today’s post-modern era, the right to defend hearth and home has remained paramount.

California’s law imposes a substantial burden on this right to self-defense. The ban makes it criminal for Californians to own magazines that come standard in Glocks, Berettas, and other handguns that are staples of self-defense. Its scope is so sweeping that half of all magazines in America are now unlawful to own in California. Even law-abiding citizens, regardless of their training and track record, must alter or turn over to the state any LCMs that they may have legally owned for years — or face up to a year in jail.

The state of California has latitude in enacting laws to curb the scourge of gun violence, and has done so by imposing waiting periods and many other limitations. But the Second Amendment limits the state’s ability to second guess a citizen’s choice of arms if it imposes a substantial burden on her right to self-defense. Many Californians may find solace in the security of a handgun equipped with an LCM: those who live in rural areas where the local sheriff may be miles away, law-abiding citizens trapped in high-crime areas, communities that distrust or depend less on law enforcement, and many more who rely on their firearms to protect themselves and their families. California’s almost blanket ban on LCMs goes too far in substantially burdening the people’s right to self-defense. We affirm the district court’s summary judgment and hold that California Penal Code section 32310’s ban on LCMs runs afoul of the Second Amendment.

⊕Magnum Research

Launches Baby Eagle III Series

Gun News. Magnum Research is celebrating its 30th anniversary by introducing a new series descended from the Jericho pistol that was first introduced back in the 1980s. The Baby Eagle III is available in polymer or steel frame, full size or semi-compact, and in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. These pistols ship with two 10 or 12-round capacity double-stacked magazines.

Gun News: Magnum Research Baby Eagle III Series in Steel or polymer frame.

From Magnum Research:

The Baby Eagle III series is the latest revision of the Magnum Research imported handgun, manufactured in Israel by BUL Transmark. The Baby Eagle III series steel frame guns feature the slimmest grip ever offered on a Baby Eagle handgun, making its double-stack frame easy to grip by any shooter. It also features a smoother profile than previous models, adding to the already sleek Baby Eagle appearance. The steel frame guns will be offered in 9mm and .45 ACP. Polymer framed models will also be available in 9mm and 40 S&W. Both steel and polymer guns will be offered in the full and semi-compact sizes.

The full-size 9mm pistol with the steel frame weighs just 38.0 oz., measures 8″ in overall length, with a 4.43″ barrel length, and slide width of 1.31″. It measures 5.375″ in height. The steel frame and slide are produced from high quality carbon steel with an attractive matte black oxide finish. The Baby Eagle III can also be purchased in a polymer frame with a black finish. The double-stacked magazines provide extra ammo capacity just in case it is needed

Joby Goerges, Director of Manufacturing and Engineering with Magnum Research, stated that the Baby Eagle “..continues to be in high demand, and is very popular with fans. It is well known from appearances in popular movies, television shows, and video games. This gives the Baby Eagle a huge fan base, and in particular feeds big demand amongst younger shooters.” Like its big brother, the Desert Eagle, the Baby Eagle is an icon of both popular culture and the shooting community.

⊕Krieghoff International

Introduces K-80 Parcours Competition Shotgun

Gun News. Here’s a new competition shotgun designed for the longer target presentations that are thrown in Sporting Clays and FITASC. It’s built on the K-80 frame, with an extended sighting plane that Krieghoff says offers a distinct and accurate sight picture.

Gun News: Featuring 32” fixed choke, soldered rib barrels, a slimmer forearm and a totally new stock design the K-80 Parcours points and moves with ease.
This new model has a 32” fixed choke, soldered rib barrels, a slimmer forearm, and a totally new stock design.

From Krieghoff:

Well-balanced and light-weight, the K-80 34” Parcours facilitates a smoother and more deliberate swing, keeping the shooter online after recoil. Add in Krieghoff’s trademark reliability and the 34” Parcours becomes the top choice for crushing targets.

“As target presentations in Sporting Clays evolve with greater technical difficulty at greater distances, we at Krieghoff saw the need to put the 34” Parcours in our shooters’ hands”, explains Alex Diehl, COO of Krieghoff International. “The level of expertise and the evolution of shooting techniques among competitors shooting the course today is impressive. Our goal with the 34” Parcours is to help certain shooters that benefit from a longer sighting plane to elevate their game even more”

The standard K-80 34” Parcours configuration features a true right or left hand stock, attractive scroll engraving and fixed choke barrel (M/IM) with soldered rib. Newly introduced Krieghoff Thin Wall chokes are optional.

Available in all engraving patterns offered for the K-80 line, or a custom engraving of your choice, the K-80 Parcours 34” O/U shotgun is available for purchase through Authorized Krieghoff Dealers nationwide.

Specifications and Options:  
Gauge: 12 Gauge; 3“ chambers
Barrels: 30″, 32” or 34″ Soldered Rib Fixed M/IM Flat Rib; 28″ barrel available only with Thin Wall choke tubes installed
Rib: Flat 8mm to 6mm tapered
Chokes: Fixed M/IM with available Briley Thin Walls (Additional Charge)
Sights: White pearl front bead and metal center bead
Action: Case hardened, nickel plated steel receiver with satin grey finish
Trigger: Single selective mechanical trigger, adjustable for finger length. Trigger pull: Approximately 3-3/4 lbs.
Safety: Top tang push button safety. Can be locked in “off“ position
Stock: Fine-checkered select Turkish walnut with satin epoxy finish
Forearm: Parcours
Grade/Engraving: Standard is classic K-80 Scroll engraving. Optional engravings available.
Weight: Approximately 8 lbs.
Case: All K-80 sporting guns come in a fitted hard case


Releases Gen2 BRN-180 Uppers, Including 300 AAC Blackout

Gun News. Those of you who enjoyed our earlier BRN-180 articles by Frank Woods and Travis Pike will be interested to know that Brownells just announced the next-gen uppers. And if you haven’t read those articles, maybe you should! Retailing at a hair under $900, these are the BRN-180 models that are currently in stock and shipping:

  • GEN2 Upper, 300 Blackout 10” barrel
  • GEN2 Upper, 223 Wylde 10.5” barrel
  • GEN2 Upper, 223 Wylde 16” barrel
  • GEN2 Upper, 223 Wylde 18.5” barrel

Brownells advises that they will sell only the Gen2 version of its BRN-180 upper going forward.

Brownell Releases Gen2 BRN-180 Uppers, Including 300 AAC Blackout

From Brownells:

Launched at SHOT Show 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, the BRN-180 uppers combine features of the classic AR-180 with modern upgrades such as a full-length Picatinny rail and a free-float M-LOK handguard.

All BRN-180 Gen2 uppers are ideal for folding stocks or braces as the recoil mechanism is totally contained inside the upper.

The BRN-180 Gen2 updates include a new method of securing the handguard and adjustable gas blocks for all barrel lengths to optimize suppressor use.

The newest model has a 10” barrel chambered in 300 AAC Blackout, well-suited for a building a BRN-180S pistol or a registered short barreled rifle.

The other Gen2 BRN-180 uppers are still chambered in 223 Wylde to maximize accuracy potential with both 5.56 and .223 Remington ammunition.


Releases SF RYDER 9-Ti2 9mm suppressors

Gun News. Speaking of next-gen, SureFire just announced its next generation in 9mm suppressors, the SF RYDER 9-Ti2. The company advertises it as having a thicker fluted titanium outer tube than its predecessor the SF RYDER 9-Ti, for increased rigidity and suppressor-to-barrel concentricity, minimizing even further the POI shift. On the inside, SureFire’s heat-treated, U.S. mill-certified stainless-steel baffles feature a new interface, and the SF RYDER 9-Ti2’s proprietary booster assembly is revised for even more precise alignment. The booster’s anti-friction coating also reduces carbon buildup for consistent high performance, round after round.

Gun News: SureFire SF RYDER 9-Ti2 9mm suppressors

From SureFire:

Weighing a mere 10.7 ounces, the SF RYDER 9-Ti2 is one of the lightest suppressors in its class, and it advances SureFire’s proven formula for an ultra-quiet, low-profile 9mm suppressor. Its patented design reduces sound by 28 dB at the shooter’s ear when compared to an unsuppressed weapon, helping to preserve hearing and reduce environmental noise at the range or in the field. It’s also an ideal tool for introducing beginners to pistol shooting. Reduced noise allows for easier communication between shooter and instructor, and it allows the shooter to focus on technique with less intimidation. The SF RYDER 9-Ti2 offers improved accuracy and faster follow-up shots. Regardless of your experience level, the SF RYDER 9-Ti2 will make your shooting experience more enjoyable by significantly reducing sound while delivering minimal and consistent point-of-aim, point-of-impact shift.

Cleaning and maintaining the SF RYDER 9-Ti2 is a snap. Its baffles are indexed and numbered for easy assembly every time. You simply can’t put it together wrong, and every SF RYDER suppressor even includes a tool for easy takedown and assembly. A numerical indexing system on the rear of the suppressor also assures repeatable mounting every time, ensuring zero retention. SureFire’s precision single-point cut threads provide quick, secure attachment to ½ x 28 or M13.5 x 1 LH threaded barrels (depending on the model). Featuring an abrasion-resistant, high-temperature Cerakote finish and available in two colors, the SF RYDER 9-Ti2 is proudly made in the U.S.A.


  • The next generation in titanium thread-on suppressors for 9 mm pistols and carbines
  • Titanium outer tube, front plate and rear cap greatly reduce weight for minimal effect on weapon handling — so you’ll barely know it is there
  • Extreme rigidity and concentricity results in supreme accuracy with minimal and consistent POI shift
  • Heat-treated U.S. mill-certified baffles are durable, round after round, and numbered for foolproof reassembly every time
  • New baffle interface improves suppressor accuracy
  • Updated proprietary booster assembly delivers accurate suppressor alignment and improved reliability
  • Anti-friction-coated booster assembly reduces bearing surface friction for increased performance
  • Included assembly/disassembly tool facilitates baffle removal
  • Coated with a high-temperature Cerakote finish for corrosion resistance
  • Quick, secure thread-on attachment to 1/2 x 28 or M13.5 x 1 LH threaded barrels


Announces Trigger for Hellcat

Gun News: Need a new trigger for your Hellcat? Check this one out. It has the Apex Action Enhancement Trigger, Apex Sear Spring and Apex Striker Spring, and Apex says it significantly improves the feel of the trigger pull while reducing trigger travel and pull weight to that appropriate for a duty or carry pistol.

Gun News Hellcat Trigger from Apex.
The trigger is available in five different anodized finish options: Black, Red, Thin Blue Line, Freedom Edition Black and Freedom Edition Thin Blue Line.

From Apex:

The new Apex Action Enhancement Trigger comes with an anodized aluminum trigger body with center-mounted pivoting safety, an Apex Sear Spring and Apex Striker Spring. Apex’s engineering team designed the trigger to significantly improve the feel of the trigger pull while reducing overall trigger travel and pull weight to that appropriate for a duty or carry pistol.

Retailers and wholesale distributors that have not yet ordered and wish to stock the new trigger can contact Apex at [email protected] or (623) 322-0200 for pricing and quantity availability.

Features and Specifications:
– Reduces trigger pull weight to 5.0 to 5.5 lbs after break-in period
– Smooths uptake and reset
– Reduces trigger overall travel and reset distance
– Crisp trigger break
– Direct drop-in replacement of factory polymer trigger
– Maintains factory safety values
– Easy to install
– MSRP: $79.95 to $89.95

Friday, August 7, 2020

In this first installment of our August GunMag Gun News 5×5, its National Shooting Sports Month! Be sure to click the link provided below to check out what events are happening this month in your area.

Also, in this weeks gun news, CMMG released the new MK17 (fed by Sig’s P320 mags), Proof Research has a new long-range precision tactical rifle, and EAA Corp. has a new shotgun. Ruger has a flashy new 10/22, and Hatsan announced a couple of new long guns including a multi-caliber PCP rifle. Keep reading!

⊕August is National Shooting Sports Month

Gun News. Back in 2016, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) established August as National Shooting Sports Month. It originally began as an attraction for new customers, but has since become an annual celebration among gun owners, retailers, and ranges. Events are planned all across the U.S. with classes, demonstrations, and shooting matches. This year, the NSSF is encouraging shooters to participate in the +One Challenge by taking a new shooter to the range, further growing the shooting sports community.

As the NSSF says, “Whether you’re a seasoned shooter, first-time gun owner or have never stepped foot on a range, National Shooting Sports Month is for you! Find local events in your area and take someone shooting, learn something new or simply share your love for everything firearms with others.”


Launches MK17 — Newest 9mm with Radial Delayed Blowback

Gun News. CMMG just announced it’s new short-shooting pistol caliber AR that eats Sig Sauer P320/M17 magazines.

Gun News - CMMG MK17 9mm

Gun News. CMMG just announced it’s new short-shooting pistol caliber AR that eats Sig Sauer P320/M17 magazines.

Gun News: CMMG MK17 Banshee key features.

From CMMG:

The addition of the Mk17, chambered in 9mm, shows CMMG’s commitment to never settle. Accepting Sig Sauer M17/P320 magazines, the Mk17 is available in both BANSHEE and RESOLUTE configurations. Pair the BANSHEE or RESOLUTE with your existing M17/P320 and you have the convenience of magazine interchangeability.

Staying true to its innovative and industry-leading values, CMMG brings to market the Mk17 on the heels of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps adoption of the Sig Sauer M17/M18 service pistols. In November of 2019, Sig Sauer delivered its 100,000th M17/M18 handgun to the U.S. military and the number continues to rise. Those familiar with the platform now have a personal defense firearm (PDW) at their disposal. As hundreds of thousands of service members adopt a new pistol platform over the next 20-30 years, the CMMG Mk17 will be a great pairing to add to their arsenal.


Ashley covered the MK17 earlier this week, so be sure to check it out.

⊕Proof Research

Announces Conviction Ti Long-Range Precision Tactical Rifle

Gun News. Proof Research has a new precision, long-range rifle: the Conviction Ti. They’re calling it a new standard in lightweight, tactical, long-range rifles. It has a titanium receiver, match-grade carbon-fiber barrel, and laid carbon-fiber stock. Starting weight is 6 lbs, 6 oz., with an adjustable cheekpiece, near-vertical grip, integral rail, and a forearm wide enough to accommodate an EFR mount. Proof made this rifle suitable for right or left-handed users as it is available with a right or left-handed titanium action.

Gun News - Conviction Ti.
According to Proof Research, the Conviction Ti combines a lightweight titanium receiver, our carbon fiber Conviction stock, and carbon fiber barrel to create a rifle that weighs a fraction of traditional tactical rifles while still maintaining extreme accuracy. Photo credit: Guiderite Adventures with Luke Carrick.

From Proof:

The Conviction Ti rifle excels in every-shot performance, even at exceptional distances. For the hunter, competitor, and military, where weight is an important consideration when carrying a fully kitted-out rifle, loaded backpack and other accessories, the Conviction Ti rifle is the clear winner. Even fully kitted with scope, suppressor and bipod, the Conviction Ti rifle comes in under 13 lbs., half the weight of traditional tactical rifles.

The Conviction Ti’s lightweight carbon fiber stock and barrel are made with cutting-edge polymer technologies, coupled with a titanium receiver that is lighter than steel but even stronger than high-strength steel.  The Conviction Ti is a superior rifle for consistent, long-range performance in the toughest environments.

The PROOF Research Conviction Ti precision rifle weighs between 6 lbs. 6oz and 8 lbs. 2oz. depending upon the specific build and starts at $8,499.

⊕EAA Corp.

Introduces 512 Cowboy, Newest Addition to Churchill Shotgun Series

Gun News - EAA Corp's new Churchill 512 Cowboy 12-gauge shotgun

From EAA:

Produced for EAA Corp. by Akkar, this 512 Cowboy is styled after the shotguns used by stagecoach drivers in the American West. Easy to maneuver, lightweight, and effective against marauding bandits, the “coach gun” became a staple defensive gun and iconic symbol of the Old West.

EAA Corp’s version is a modern adaption of this beloved gun and pays tribute to its place in history with a stagecoach engraved on its case colored steel receiver. This 12GA 3” shotgun features a set of 18.5” barrels, manual safety and extractor, bead sight, and mobile choke tubes.  The forend and stock are made from select walnut and oil-rubbed to a fine finish enhancing the natural figuring of the wood. Its unsurpassed fit and finish make this side-by-side an excellent hunting or target shooting gun.

Churchill 512 Cowboy Shotgun Specifications:

  • Gauge: 12
  • Barrel Length: 18.5”
  • Overall Length: 37.5”
  • LOP: 14.25”
  • Weight: 5 lbs.
  • SRP: $969.00


Announces Latest Option in 10/22 Target

Gun News: Ruger’s newest 22 LR comes with a black and orange laminate thumbhole stock. The 20-inch stainless steel barrel features a spirated target and satin stainless finish. The rifle weight 7.5 lbs with an overall length of 38.5 inches.

Ruger 10/22 Target in black and orange
According to Ruger, this new rifle features an attractive orange and black laminate thumbhole stock with an adjustable length pull as well as a sleek, stainless steel barrel and action.


  • Adjustable length of pull laminate stock with thumbhole.
  • Features the BX-Trigger® with a light, crisp 2.5 – 3 pound trigger pull weight with minimal overtravel and a positive reset.
  • This legendary action is a tried and true Ruger design that ensures consistent, reliable performance.
  • Detachable 10-round rotary magazine features a unique rotor to separate cartridges and provide reliable feeding.
  • Easy-to-use, prominent magazine release provides smooth, no-fuss removal of flush-mounted magazine.
  • Heavy, cold hammer-forged barrel with recessed target crown and spiral design.
  • Positive, push-button, cross-bolt manual safety.
  • Combination scope base adapter for both Weaver-style and .22 tip-off scope mounts included.
  • Heat-stabilized, glass-filled, polymer trigger housing assembly is precision made of high-tech material for improved manufacturing tolerances, impact and abrasion-resistance and an unmatched ability to withstand the elements.
  • The receiver and stock combine to create classic lines for attractive styling.

⊕Hatsan USA

Releases New Escort .22LR Bolt-Action Rifle

Gun News - Hatsan USA Escort 22LR bolt-action rifle.
This new .22LR bolt-action rifle is a bit atypical for Escort, known for their unique shotguns.

From Hatsan:

The rifle includes a 5-round and a 10-round magazine to suit a variety of hunting and plinking needs. The magazine bodies are made from a lightweight, durable polymer with a stainless-steel follower that is easy to load. The threaded barrel is fitted with a protective cap and is ready to accept a variety of popular muzzle accessories. Mounted studs are ready to accept a wide array of slings.

The Escort 22LR is available in two stock variants. The Turkish walnut stock offers fish-scale textured grip areas and a recessed magazine well. This stock also features Hatsan’s DuoTex buttpad for consistent, easy shouldering. The synthetic stock model features texturing of the grip areas and a Picatinny accessory rail under the forearm. The buttstock also has a storage slot for a spare 5- or 10-round magazine and is equipped with a soft ventilated buttpad.

Escort 22LR Features:

  • .22LR bolt action rimfire rifle
  • Oxidation proof hard chrome receiver
  • Precision rifled hard chrome-plated steel barrel
  • ½” threaded muzzle with fitted protective cap
  • Includes a 5-round and a 10-round detachable magazine
  • Manual safety with cocked bolt indicator
  • Ambidextrous grip
  • Soft rubber buttpad
  • Dovetail grooves on receiver for 11mm scope mounts
  • Mounted sling studs

Escort 22LR Specifications:

  • 1:16″ twist .22LR barrel
  • 24.8″ barrel
  • 43.1″ overall length
  • 6.1 lbs.
  • MSRP: $249.99 – 22LR SYN / $299.99 – 22LR Walnut

Introduces The Hydra QE, a Multi-Caliber PCP Rifle

Gun News. With a single thumb screw, users will be able to trade calibers thanks to the Hatsan Versi-Cal Technology, without even removing a scope, if one is already mounted. As the company explains it, a  knurled screw located at the rear of the receiver locks the upper module onto the lower receiver, allowing caliber changes in just a few seconds.

As for the magazine, this rifle uses Hatsan’s S/Roto-Index magazine system, which is a caliber-specific self-indexing rotary magazine. Also, each module has Hatsan’s QuietEnergy shrouded barrel that Hatsan says reduces downrange noise by up to 50%.

Hatsan Hydra multicaliber PCP rifle can switch between .177, 22, and .25 caliber.
Unscrew the convenient upper receiver bolt to switch between .177, .22, or .25 caliber variants.

From Hatsan:

A fine Turkish walnut stock is laser engraved with ample texturing on critical grip surfaces that enhances the feel and control of the rifle. A Monte Carlo style cheek rest rises up to just the right height for use with scopes. The rubber butt pad is both elevation and fit angle adjustable for a custom fit to each shooter. A fixed 165cc air cylinder fills to 2900 PSI and can provide up to 35 powerful shots. Weighing in at just 6.8 lbs, this modular platform airgun is easy to carry and shoot. The Hatsan Hydra is available in .177, .22, or .25 caliber – with additional barrel/receiver modules available separately.

A fourth module is also available that will allow shooters to use the rifle with commercially available crossbow arrows. This module features a hollow guide rod for the arrow to slide over. It accepts 20″ 2219 aluminum and carbon fiber arrows with a 0.30″ inside diameter. The same modular air rifle platform can now be used for target and small game hunting with pellets, then be swapped in seconds for larger game hunting without the need to buy another complete airgun.

Hydra QE Features:

  • Versi-Cal Technology (VCT) interchangeable caliber system
  • Manual loading, repeating, bolt-action Pre-Charged Pneumatic air rifle
  • Available in .177, .22, and .25 caliber – optional 20″ arrow module
    • Additional barrel / receiver modules available separately
  • QuietEnergy fully shrouded barrel with integrated sound moderator – approximately 50% quieter
  • Precision rifled and choked steel barrel
  • Detachable, caliber-specific, multi-shot, spring rotary magazine
  • Corrosion resistant black anodized aluminum receivers
  • Combination 22mm and 11mm dovetail rail accepts a wide range of optics mounts
  • Fine Turkish walnut stock with Monte Carlo cheek rest
  • Textured grip surfaces for better control and feel
  • Elevation and fit angle adjustable rubber butt pad
  • Fixed 165cc air cylinder
  • Built-in pressure gauge to monitor cylinder pressure
  • Patented anti-knock system prevents gas wastage when the gun is knocked or bounced
  • Quattro Trigger: 2-stage fully adjustable match trigger for trigger travel and load
  • Manual safety switch
  • MSRP: Starting at $449.99

Hydra QE Specifications:

  • .177 Caliber
    • Max Velocity: 1250 FPS
    • Max Energy: 29 Ft-lb
    • Number of Shots: 28-35
    • Magazine Capacity: 14
  • .22 Caliber
    • Max Velocity: 1120 FPS
    • Max Energy: 38 Ft-lb
    • Number of Shots: 24-30
    • Magazine Capacity: 12
  • .25 Caliber
    • Max Velocity: 900 FPS
    • Max Energy: 40 Ft-lb
    • Number of Shots: 20-25
    • Magazine Capacity: 10
  • Air Cylinder Volume: 165cc
  • Fill Pressure: 200 BAR (2900 PSI)
  • Overall Length: 42.7″
  • Barrel Length: 17.7″
  • Weight: 6.8 lbs

Hydra Arrow Module Features:

  • Part of the Versi-Cal Technology (VCT) interchangeable caliber system
  • Easily attaches to the Hydra lower receiver with a single thumb screw
  • Single-shot, arrow-firing, bolt-action Pre-Charged Pneumatic air rifle
  • Fires 20″ arrows
  • Corrosion resistant black anodized aluminum receivers
  • Combination 22mm and 11mm dovetail rail accepts a wide range of optics mounts
Stephanie Kimmell is the firstborn daughter of Missouri's Pecan King, worthy scion of a Vietnam veteran sailor turned mad engineer-orchardist-inventor-genius. With a BA in technical writing, she freelances as a writer and editor. A Zymurgist greatly interested in the decoction of fermented barley and hops, she is in many ways a modern amalgam of Esther Hobart Morris, Rebecca Boone, and Nellie Bly. She hunts, fishes, butchers, and cooks most anything. When not editing or writing, she makes soaps and salves, spins wool, and occasionally makes cheese from cows she milked herself. Kimmell is a driven epistemophilic who loves live music and all sorts of beer.

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