GunMag Gun News 5×5 Friday — May 2020

701
0
Gun News - FN 509 Compact Tactical 9mm pistol.

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

 

5×5 Friday, week ending May 22, 2020

5×5 Friday, week ending May 15, 2020

5×5 Friday, week ending May 8, 2020

5×5 Friday, week ending May 1, 2020

GunMag Warehouse on YouTube

Did you know we have a badass YouTube channel – you’d be doing yourself a solid by visiting. Me nem nesa.


 

 

Friday, May 22, 2020

⊕ATF

Announces Release of May 2020 Form 4473

Gun News for shooters on both sides of the register: the form that FFL holders use to record purchaser information has been changed, and is available for pre-order.

According to the NSSF, the new form includes the following changes:

  • The warning at the top of the form includes information about illegal exportation.
  • Information on the firearm/s to be transferred is now Section A, which must be completed before the transferee completes Section B.
  • The “County” block has been changed to “County/Parish/Borough” to accommodate Louisiana and Alaska, respectively.
  • A new item (26c.) has been included for the recording of official military orders establishing permanent change of station.
  • Item 26b, which previously applied to situations in which the identification document did not show the current residence address of the transferee, has been updated to include situations in which the identification document does not include the full legal name of the transferee.

FFL’s can use the remaining supplies of the October 2016 version until the end of October. Beginning November 1, 2020, the new forms will be required.

New Form 4473 and continuation sheets are available for preorder in both English and Spanish. FFLs can expect those preorder to begin shipping in late July 2020 at which time the ATF also expects to ship 50-quantity starter packs of the new Form 4473 to all FFLs.

⊕FN America

Announces 509 Compact Tactical

Gun News. FN says this little pistol is the smallest and most concealable 9mm tactical pistol available on the market.

Gun News - FN 509 Compact Tactical 9mm pistol.

The FN 509 Compact Tactical ships with one each of the 12-, 15-, and 24-round capacity magazines.

From FN:

The 4.3-inch cold hammer-forged threaded barrel makes it compatible with today’s most popular aftermarket accessories like compensators or suppressors and the FN Low-Profile Optics-Mounting System, capable of accepting more than 10 miniature red sights, round out this compact tactical pistol.

The compact frame features the FN 509-signature enhanced grip texturing for secure hold, a MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rail that is compatible with most compact pistol lights and interchangeable backstraps for a customized fit.

Additional features like the suppressor-height night sights aid in co-witness of the miniature red dot and while the optics system is not in use, the protective slide cap provides a serrated surface for racking the slide from any surface and ensures iron sight alignment.

The pistol ships in an FN-branded soft-sided case with the optics-mounting kit, one each of the 12-, 15-, and 24-round capacity magazines with the appropriate grip sleeves or in a state-compliant configuration with 10-round magazines. Visit your local dealer for pricing.

Gun News: The FN 509 Compact Tactical is availabile in Black and FDE.

The FN 509 Compact Tactical is availabile in Black and FDE.

FN 509 Compact Tactical Specs

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Operation: Double-action
  • Magazine Capacity: 10 or 12/15/24 Rd.
  • Weight: 26.2 oz.
  • Barrel Length: 4.32″
  • Overall Length: 7.4″
  • Twist Rate: 1:10″ RH
  • Height: 5.3″
  • Width: 1.35″
  • Trigger Pull: 5.5 – 7.5 lb.
  • Sight Radius: 5.6″

Learn more at FN America: https://fnamerica.com/

⊕American Tactical

Introduces Bull-Dog Shotgun

Gun News. American Tacital’s latest import from PARS MFG in Turkey is a semi-automatic 12-gauge shotgun. It has a Picatinny cut out at the base of the magazine so a spare magazine (full or empty) can slide onto the bottom Picatinny rail and be used as a foregrip.

Gun News: The American Tactical Bulldog includes one 5-round magazine with Picatinny cut-out and three choke tubes.

The Bull-Dog includes one 5-round magazine with Picatinny cut-out and three choke tubes.

From American Tactical:

The Bull-Dog is American Tactical’s latest import from Turkey. This shotgun offers a contemporary look and modular design while bringing function and reliability to shooters of all kinds. The Bull-Dog is a semi-automatic 12-gauge shotgun with a 3-inch chamber. It has an 18.5-inch barrel and overall length of 26 inches. The Picatinny rail system allows the shooter to use an extra magazine as a foregrip. It has removable adjustable open sights and an adjustable cheek rest. The Bull-Dog also features a patent-pending AR-15 style charging handle.

Learn more at American Tactical: http://www.americantactical.us/

⊕Centurian Arms

Announces AMTAC Complete Carbine Pistol and Complete Carbine Rifle

Gun News. Centurian Arms new carbine offerings are a result of a collaboration with Bill Rapier.

As CA explains:

AMTAC Shooting’s owner and lead instructor is Bill Rapier. He is recently retired after twenty years in the Navy, where his duty assignments included several years at SEAL Team 3 and over 14 years at Naval Special Warfare Development Group. Positions held include assaulter, breacher, sniper, team leader, troop chief and military working dog department senior enlisted adviser. He has always been an avid shooter and is heavily involved in combatives.

Centurion Arms LLC is happy to announce the AMTAC rifle and pistol collaboration. We have known Bill for over 20 years now and with confidence say he is one of the best people we know. Bill is no doubt one of the very best instructors there is on the open market for training. With his back ground and knowledge he is easily the most combat experienced instructor available today anywhere. We are VERY happy to be working on his Carbine and Pistol collaboration.

Gun News: Centurion Arms announces new AMTAC Complete Carbine Pistol and Complete Carbine Rifle.

Top: AMTAC Complete Carbine Pistol; Below: AMTAC Complete Carbine Rifle.

Complete Carbine Pistol Specifications and Features

  • Weight: 5.4lbs
  • Length: 27in (stock collapsed)
  • Upper:
    • Centurion Arms 11.5″ Carbine Gas 5.56mm chrome hammer-forged barrel
    • Government profile under the handguard
    • 1/7 twist
    • Independently Certified MIL-SPEC 11595E barrel steel, specifically engineered for machine guns for longer life (most all hammer forged barrels on the market are not made of this steel),
    • USGI 5.56mm NATO
    • Chrome-lined bore and chamber
    • HPT/MPI (High-Pressure Test/Magnetic Particle inspected), per MIL-SPEC
    • Manganese Phosphate Finish on the entire barrel
  • Centurion Arms CM4 Forged Upper receiver is standard forged Mil-Spec with M4 Extended feed ramps
  • Centurion Arms low profile pinned gas block
  • 10.5″ MLOK Centurion Arms CMR Rail
  • Carbine-length gas tube
  • Surefire WARCOMP three-prong
  • BCG: Full Auto machined from MIL-SPEC Carpenter 158 Steel. MPI (Magnetic Particle Inspected), Shot Peened, Tool Steel Extractor w/enhanced extractor spring, Chrome Lined Carrier, Hardened, Chrome Lined Gas Key w/staked Grade 8 Fasteners as per MIL-SPEC.
  • Lower:
    • Centurion Arms CM4 Forged Lower Receiver (w/AMTAC logo Engraving)
    • Receiver Plate-Standard
    • Fire Control Group: Geissele SSA
    • Trigger Guard: Aluminum Winter Trigger Guard
    • Buffer: H2
    • Grip: A2
    • Arm Brace: SBA4

Complete Carbine Rifle Specifications and Features

  • Weight: 6.1lbs
  • Length: 32.5in (stock collapsed)
  • Upper:
    • Centurion Arms 16” 5.56mm chrome hammer-forged barrel
    • Government profile under the handguard
    • 1/7 twist
    • Independently Certified MIL-SPEC 11595E barrel steel, specifically engineered for machine guns for longer life (most all hammer forged barrels on the market are not made of this steel)
    • USGI 5.56mm NATO
    • Chrome lined bore and chamber
    • HPT/MPI (High-Pressure Test/Magnetic Particle inspected), per MIL-SPEC
    • Manganese Phosphate Finish on the entire barrel
  • Centurion Arms CM4 Forged Upper receiver is standard forged Mil-Spec with M4 Extended feed ramps
  • Centurion Arms low profile pinned gas block
  • 13” MLOK Centurion Arms CMR Rail
  • Mid-length gas tube
  • Surefire WARCOMP three-prong
  • BCG: Full Auto machined from MIL-SPEC Carpenter 158 Steel. MPI (Magnetic Particle Inspected), Shot Peened, Tool Steel Extractor w/enhanced extractor spring, Chrome Lined Carrier, Hardened, Chrome Lined Gas Key w/staked Grade 8 Fasteners as per MIL-SPEC.
  • Lower:
    • Centurion Arms CM4 Forged Lower Receiver (w/AMTAC logo Engraving)
    • Receiver Plate-Standard
    • Fire Control Group: Geissele SSA
    • Trigger Guard: Aluminum Winter Trigger Guard
    • Buffer: H2
    • Grip: A2

Read more at Centurion Arms: https://www.centurionarms.com/

⊕SB Tactical

Releases New TF1913 Side-Folding Pistol Brace

Gun News: SB Tactical continues its support of the large frame pistol market with the release of the new TF1913 Pistol Stabilizing Brace.

SB Tactical continues its support of the large frame pistol market with the release of the new TF1913 Pistol Stabilizing Brace.

Gun News. From SB Tactical:

Designed in conjunction with Palmetto State Armory, the TF1913 has a low-pro?le, left side-folding, triangle design that is compatible with all platforms utilizing an M1913 (Picatinny) interface at the rear of the receiver (SIG MPX, SIG MCX, SIG Rattler, and the Rock River LAR-PDS, etc.).

Shipping as a complete assembly, ready-to-install, the TF1913 features a rigid polymer substrate with a flexible arm cuff and an advanced billet steel-hinge that locks firmly in both the folded and extended positions. The pull-through design provides quick deployment and solid lock-up when extended.

Like all SB Tactical Pistol Stabilizing Braces, the TF1913 is U.S. veteran designed and proudly manufactured in the U.S.A.

TF1913 Specifications

  • Fit: Platforms with M1913 interface at rear of receiver (SIG MPX, SIG MCX, SIG Rattler, Rock River LAR-PDS, etc.)
  • Length: 9.5″
  • Weight: 10.9 oz.
  • Width (max): 1″
  • Strap Width: 1″
  • Color: Black
Gun News: The TF1913 is a low-profile, left side-folding Pistol Stabilizing Brace for M1913 equipped platforms.

The TF1913 is a low-profile, left side-folding Pistol Stabilizing Brace for M1913 equipped platforms.

TF1913 Features

  • Complete assembly, ready-to-install
  • Advanced steel hinge design locks in both folded and extended positions
  • Pull-through design offering quick deployment
  • Rigid polymer substrate with flexible arm cuff
  • US veteran designed and proudly made in the USA
  • Product Includes: complete assembly, adjustable nylon strap

Read more at SB Tactical: https://www.sb-tactical.com/

⊕Roscoe Manufacturing

Purebred M-Lok Handguard Line Now Includes 7”, 10.75”, and 13” Lengths

“With the addition of these new handguards we have been able to provide customers with the products that they have been requesting from us for some time. This is our true test as a manufacturer, to be able to intake consumer need and turn that into products that will truly benefit our customers.” – Gabriel Cabrera (Marketing/ Sales Director).

Gun News - Roscoe Manufacturing The new Purebred 13” Mlok handguard

The new Purebred 13” Mlok handguard is optimal for 13.7” to 16” barrels but also works with shorter barrels if an enclosed muzzle device is used to extend the length.

From Roscoe Manufacturing:

In the never-ending pursuit to expand their list of quality products offered, Rosco has brought their new line of Purebred accessories to the market jointly designed for the barrel maker by industry-leading artisans, American Defense Mfg.

The new Rosco designed Purebred M-Lok rails feature precision machining from 6061 aluminum, Type 3 hard-coat anodizing, and tightened tolerances to enhance the performance/ fitment of the Bloodline & Purebred barrels. Current versions of the rails offered were the 9”, 13.5”, & 15” M-Lok handguards. With the addition of the new Purebred M-Lok handguards in 7”, 10.75”, & 13” every barrel from 5.5” and up will be covered.

The 13” Purebred is a Rosco exclusive and was designed specifically for carbines employing 13.7” barrels. It allows the end-user to use muzzle devices that are quick-detach platforms for suppressors. Most commercially available 13” + rails will cover the muzzle device blocking access to suppressors. They could also cause a catastrophic failure if carbine builders shoot a rifle with a muzzle device that is covered (even partially) by a rail. The new Rosco 13” Purebred handguard is perfect for this combo and can be used for any other configuration longer than 13.7” as well.

Read more at Roscoe Manufacturing: https://www.roscomanufacturing.com/

 

 

Friday, May 15, 2020

⊕More Gun News from Canada

Two weeks ago we reported on the assault-style firearm ban in Canada. We know that it continues to be a tough one to swallow for our neighbors up north.

But this week, the issue of guns in Canada has come across the feed two more times – in what seems like a head-scratching contradiction.

New PDW’s for Canadian Snipers

Gun News. We just learned that the Canadian Department of National Defense is spending $8.5 million to replace the C8 with the 7.62 NATO C20 rifle to serve as the PDW for the nation’s sniper teams. Apparently, the Canadian government awarded a $2 million contract to Colt Canada in late February to get the production line going, with an initial delivery of ten C20 rifles. Several weeks later in mid-April, another $6.5 million contract was awarded to the same company to produce 262 additional C20’s, associated equipment, and spare parts.

Gun News - Colt Canada C20 rifle.

Fundamentally, the C20 is an M4-style carbine, with an overall length of 38-inches and weighing 9.1-pounds. (Photo: Colt Canada)

The news of these contracts wasn’t widely announced, as compared to the January announcement by defence minister Harjit Sajjan that the Canadian government was purchasing 3,600 machine guns from Colt.

According to reports, defense officials privately say the contract “wasn’t publicized because there was concern about the political optics of such an announcement coming just before the Liberal government banned assault rifles, including those made by Colt Canada, from being owned by private citizens.”

Stormtrooper Taken Down

Gun News. Last Sunday, a Coco Vanilla Galactic Cantina restaurant employee in Lethbridge, Alberta was detained after 911 callers reported seeing someone wearing a Stormtrooper costume and carrying a gun. As it turns out, the restaurant is a “Star Wars” themed restaurant that has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the employee was wearing the costume in an effort to drum up business.

Gun News - A restaurant employee wearing a “Star Wars” costume and carrying a plastic blaster was detained in Canada last Sunday after 911 callers reported seeing someone in a Stormtrooper costume carrying a gun. Image source: NBC News, Brad Whalen.

A restaurant employee wearing a “Star Wars” costume and carrying a plastic blaster was detained in Canada last Sunday after 911 callers reported seeing someone in a Stormtrooper costume carrying a gun. Image source: NBC News, Brad Whalen.

According to reports, multiple officers, some with guns drawn, shouted at the employee to get down on the ground. But according to the Lethbridge Police Services statement, the woman did not initially comply with the officers’ instructions to get on the ground.

Brad Whalen, owner of the Cantina, said that it’s hard to move in the costume. “That’s what she was trying to yell,” he said. “You can’t kneel. You can’t sit when you wear it.”

Ultimately the blaster was confirmed to be fake and the woman was not arrested. She did suffer a minor injury that didn’t require medical attention and the police chief ordered an investigation of the incident.

⊕We Have Something for Our Canadian Friends

Dear fine Canadian gun owners, we get it, so we are loaning you one of our oldest symbols of defiance to proudly display your attitude. These vinyl stickers are 2.5″ (6.35 cm) X 4.5″ (10.16cm).

 

 

Dear fine Canadian gun owners, we get it, so we are loaning you one of our oldest symbols of defiance to proudly display your attitude.

$3.99 price includes the cost of shipping from the U.S. to Canada.

You can find the sticker on our shop by clicking here.

⊕Rock River Arms

Releases New RRAGE 10.5-inch AR Pistol with SBA3 Arm Brace

Gun News. AR-style pistols continue to increase in popularity and Rock River Arms continues to pump out new models. Here’s the latest:

Gun News: The Rock River Arms RRAGE 10.5-inch pistol is the latest model in the growing line of rifles and pistols based on the RRAGE platform.

The Rock River Arms RRAGE 10.5-inch pistol is the latest model in the growing line of rifles and pistols based on the RRAGE platform.

From Rock River:

The RRAGE 10.5 pistol (model #DS2142) is built on RRA’s RRAGE upper and lower receiver and handguard assemblies, which deliver a sleek profile that presents the components with an almost unitized appearance.

Chambered in 5.56 NATO, the pistol features a 10.5-inch chrome moly barrel with a 1:9 twist rate and a low-profile gas block. Backing the pistol is SB Tactical’s SBA3 stabilizing arm brace, which provides five-position adjustability to ensure optimal fit for any shooter.

Another highlight of the RRAGE 10.5 pistol is the handguard. Slim and smooth with M-LOK compatibility for accessories, its lightweight aluminum construction and free-float design adds little to weight and bulk while providing a full-length top rail for accommodating an optic at varying eye relief distances.

RRAGE AR Pistol Specifications

  • Caliber: 5.56mm NATO chambered for 5.56 and .223
  • Lower Receiver: Forged RRA LAR-15
  • Upper Receiver: Extruded aluminum A4 with port door — no forward assist
  • Barrel: 10.5-inch Chrome MOLY, 1:9 twist
  • Low profile gas block
  • Muzzle Device: A2 Flash Hider / 1/2-28 thread
  • Trigger: Single Stage
  • Handguard: RRAGE Lightweight aluminum free-float, 7.25-inch length, M-LOK compatible
  • A2 Pistol Grip
  • Arm Brace: SB Tactical SBA3 adjustable stabilizing arm brace
  • Weight: 5.7 pounds
  • Length: 28.25 inches
  • Includes: One magazine, manual, and warranty information
  • MSRP: $885

Read more at Rock River Arms: https://www.rockriverarms.com/

⊕N8 Tactical

Introduces New FLEX IWB Mag Carrier

Gun News. According to N8 Tactical, this new mag carrier can be adapted to a variety of magazines. As N8 describes it, “Whether you have a Glock 17 and decide to switch to an XDM or maybe you’ve decided to switch from Sig P365 to your Springfield Armory Hellcat, the FLEX IWB Mag Carrier has you covered!”

Gun News - This new IWB magazine carrier from N8 Tactical cand adapt to multiple magazine sizes.

This new IWB magazine carrier from N8 Tactical cand adapt to multiple magazine sizes.

From N8 Tactical:

The unique features include a comfort backer, strong polymer clip, and the ability to secure different magazines from—single-stack 1911s to double-stack compact handguns. This magazine carrier confidently changes with every concealed carry setup.

Built on a durable leather form, the FLEX IWB Mag Carrier comes with a three-layered, patented backer that provides full coverage of the carrier to maximize comfort and to eliminate pressure points. Contributing to the all-day-comfort wear, the FLEX IWB Mag Carrier includes a moisture-proof neoprene core between the leather backer and the soft suede backing (against the body). This protects the firearm from sweat and body oils while offering a compression cushion. 

Designed to accommodate multiple magazine sizes and styles, the FLEX IWB Mag Carrier keeps pace with your change in carry gun choices. Whether you have a Glock 17 and decide to switch to an XDM or want to switch from a Sig P365 to your Springfield Armory Hellcat, the FLEX IWB Mag Carrier has you covered. No more drawers full of mag carriers.

As with all N8 Tactical products, the FLEX IWB Mag Carrier comes with a Two-Week, Try it Free Guarantee, and a lifetime warranty.

Learn more at N8 Tactical: https://n8tactical.com/

 

⊕Real Avid

New Critical Task AR-15 Carry Tool: CORE – AR15

Gun News. AR-15 owners may be interested in this new gadget from Real Avid. It’s got carabiner-like function so you can secure it to your molle straps.

Gun News - New CORE AR15 from Real Avid.

As the company describes it:

Compact and fully capable, the Gun Tool CORE-AR15 is the ideal tool for performing critical “keep shooting” tasks on your AR15 like removing carbon from every surface on and in your BCG, clearing jams, punching stubborn takedown pins or on-the-fly optics and sight adjustments. Small and streamlined in stature, but big on solving the most commonly encountered problems, keeping you up and running in the field or at the range. Easy to carry with carabiner like modularity, CORE easily secures to molle straps or a belt. CORE is a must have carry tool for serious shooters.

Howard Tripp, Chief Innovation Officer said, “We designed The Gun Tool CORE-AR15 to be the ideal tool for performing the most critical ‘keep shooting’ tasks on your AR15 without being bulky. This a compact but hard-core tool. We’ve all had “Oh Crap’ moments that end a day at the range. Many of us own AR15’s because of how much fun they are to shoot, or because we want to be armed and ready for bad situations that come our way un-invited. Regardless of why someone owns an AR15, they want it to function every time they need to shoot. Gun Tool CORE is for that gun owner.”

Take a look at the features.

Gun News - Real Avid's new Critical Task AR-15 Carry Tool: the CORE AR15.

Read more about it at Real Avid: https://www.realavid.com/

⊕Ruger

Adds American Flag Cerakote Slide on LCP Platform to Flag Series

Gun News. Ruger continues to add to the Flag Series of firearms that began last July with four platforms: the AR-556MPR, Ruger Precision Rimfire and PC Carbine rifles, and the AR-556 Pistol. This week they announced a new model, built on the LCP platform. Ruger says it’s designed to fit a variety of holsters. Here are some of the features:

  • Compact and lightweight.
  • Textured grip frame.
  • Fixed front and rear sights are integral to the slide, while the hammer is recessed within the slide.
  • Rugged construction with a through-hardened steel slide and one-piece, high-performance, glass-filled nylon grip frame.
  • Includes finger grip extension floorplate that can be added to the magazine for comfort and improved grip.
  • Black Oxide, alloy steel barrel.
  • One 6-round magazine included.
  • Ruger advises that color and shade may vary from photo.

Gun News - Ruger's new American Flag Cerakote slide on the LCP platform - part of the Ruger Flag Series.

  • Capacity: 6+1
  • Barrel Length2.75″
  • Grip Frame: High Performance, Glass-Filled Nylon
  • Slide Finish: American Flag Cerakote
  • Width: 0.82″
  • Sights: Integral
  • Weight: 9.6 oz.
  • Overall Length: 5.16″
  • Height: 3.60″
  • Grooves: 6
  • Twist: 1:16″ RH
  • Suggested Retail$289.00

Learn more at Ruger: https://www.ruger.com/

⊕Taurus

Limited Production Run of the Taurus 1911 Commander Celebrates the 2nd Amendment

Gun News - Limited production Taurus 1911 Commander celebrates 2A.

This limited production run Taurus 1911 Commander is customized with original Altamont Rosewood or specialty G10 VZ Grips.

Taurus advises that these are now shipping, and interested parties should contact their local firearms dealer for more information.

More Gun News To See

Check out KCI’s new BP-Mag, it’s a black polymer magazine with a window.

See the new ClawGear AUG A3 top rail

True North Concepts has a new Modular Hoster Adapter.

The New Lockdown Puck monitoring device makes your safe a little safer.

Tandemkross just released a rifle chassis “upgrade” for the Ruger PC Carbine.

 

KCI’S BP-MAG

 

 

Friday, May 8, 2020

⊕75th anniversary of Victory in Europe

 Ceremony Held at the National World War II Memorial in Washington

75 years ago today, on May 8th, 1945, the Allies formally accepted Germany’s unconditional surrender. Although fighting in the Pacific continued until the 2nd of September, this day is marked as Victory in Europe Day or VE Day. A ceremony was held at the National WWII Memorial in Washington today to commemorate the anniversary.

In an official statement, President Trump said, “Seventy-five years ago today, the last remnants of the Nazi regime unconditionally surrendered to the Allied Powers, marking the end of World War II in Europe. Today, we celebrate the forces of freedom who defeated tyranny and emerged victorious in that monumental struggle. We pay tribute to those who served for their service and pause to remember those who gave their last full measure in defense of the flames of liberty.”

 

President and First Lady Trump at the WWII Memorial on the 75th anniversary of VE day.

President and First Lady Trump placed a wreath, toured the National WWII Memorial, and met with veterans who were in attendance of the ceremony. Image source: defense.gov.

The president said that fewer than 400,000 of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II are still alive.

“Their generation — the Greatest Generation — will never be forgotten,” he said. “We are forever grateful for their immeasurable contributions to the success and prosperity of our nation.”

The US Department of State put this video together, in commemoration.

⊕Famous WWII Photographer Beats COVID-19 at 97

Tony Vacarro Credits “Blind Luck,” Red Wine, and Determination

Tony Vacarro, famous World War II photographer, just proved once again that he is a survivor. He was orphaned by the age of 5, survived the Battle of Normandy, and now, at the grand age of 97, he has won the battle against COVID -19.

According to the family, he was hospitalized with this most recent battle for two days with mild symptoms, followed by a week of recovery at home

Then he surprised everyone by getting up and shaving.

“That was it,” daughter-in-law Maria said. “He’s walking around like nothing happened.”

Tony Vacarro Covid-19 survivor.

Tony Vaccaro poses for a photo at his studio on March 21 in Long Island City, in the Queens borough of New York. COVID-19 caught up with him last month. Like everything bad life threw at him, he shook it off, attributing his survival to plain “fortune.” [MARIA VACCARO | AP]

Tony Vacarro, WWII photographer

Photographer PFC Tony Vaccaro posing for a photo on the wing of an airplane in 1945 during WWII. Vaccaro, 97, was thrown into WWII with the 83rd Infantry division which fought, like Charles Shay, in Normandy, and then came to Schmetz’s doorstep for the Battle of the Bulge. On top of his military gear, he also carried a camera, and became a fashion and celebrity photographer after the war. [AP]

To see his online portfolio of World War II images, visit the Tony Vacarro Studio.

⊕Remington

R2Mi .50 Bolt Action Rifle

Gun News. Remington made gun news this week by announcing its plans to debut this new bolt action rifle chambered for 50 BMG in the fall of 2020. The R2Mi is reportedly based on the Bushmaster BA50, which is no longer in production, so apparently Remington saw a need to keep a .50 cal in production. The R2Mi will be a ‘built-to-order” firearm, with a steep MSRP at $4,599

Gun News Remington R2Mi 50 caliber bolt action rifle.

The R2Mi is fitted with a Magpul PRS Gen 3 stock and ErgoGrip Deluxe Tactical pistol grip.

As described by Remington:

From its match-grade chamber out, the R2Mi is built to shatter all previous expectations for long-range accuracy. A free-floated barrel, with 1:15” twist and 8-groove rifling is perfectly suited for harnessing sub-MOA accuracy from the .50 BMG. And its left-hand operated, right-hand eject bolt-action and 10-round box magazine, ensure comfortable cycling with no need for the shooter to adjust position. The R2Mi is also one of the simplest .50-caliber rifles to assemble and maintain. Its upper receiver locks to the lower receiver with two integral pins, and its full-length Picatinny rail accommodates a wide range of optics.

Remington R2Mi Features:

• Left Bolt, Right Port Action
• Billet Aluminum Lower Receiver
• Compatible with AR Accessories
• AAC Cyclops Muzzle brake
• Ships with Steel Folding Bipod
• AR-type Take-down for maintenance

Read more at Remington: https://www.remington.com/

 

⊕Hatsan

New Escort Pump-action Shotguns: “Slugger Series”

Gun News. These new 12-guage shotguns from Escort are available in two models: the Slugger, and the Slugger Tact.

Gun News - Escorts Slugger Tact shotgun.

The Slugger Tact is the tactical variant, with a rubber pistol grip that has contoured finger grooves and an extra sling mount point.

From Hatsan:

The Slugger is a synthetic-stocked, ergonomic grip, scattergun with textured grip panels for use in multiple environments. The Slugger Tact is the tactical, pistol-gripped variant for even better control and versatility. Available in 3″ magnum 12-gauge, either Slugger model comes in a durable, all-weather, black finish.

Designed with durability and simplicity in mind, the Escort Slugger is built to work hard. The fixed blade front sight is large and easy to find in low light but isn’t as delicate as a fiber sight. Mounted sling studs provide solid attachment points for a variety of slings and tethers. The extended pump handle is easy to operate and doesn’t require extending one’s natural reach during use. Coupled with a fixed cylinder 18″ barrel, the 5+1 capacity offers the right combination of portability and competence. A soft rubber buttpad absorbs recoil and improves shooting comfort.

The Tact model additionally features a soft rubber pistol grip with contoured finger grooves and an extra sling mounting point. The buttstock provides an improved cheek weld and space to hold 5 additional shells for greater carrying capacity. The forend also provides space for extras via way of a Picatinny accessory rail.

Slugger Series Features

  • 12 gauge, 3″ chamber pump-action shotgun
  • Fixed cylinder choke for shot or slugs
  • Oxidation proof hard chrome plated steel barrel
  • Alloy receiver with tough black finish
  • Advanced polymer synthetic stock and forend for strength and durability
  • Long, ergonomic forend
  • Soft rubber buttpad absorbs recoil
  • Manual cross-button trigger safety
  • 5+1 shell capacity
  • Mounted sling studs
  • Tact model features 5-shell holder in buttstock, soft ergonomic pistol grip, and accessory rail

Slugger Specs

  • 18″ barrel
  • 38″ overall length
  • 6.4 lbs.
  • MSRP: $209.99

Slugger Tact Specs:

  • 18″ barrel
  • 38″ overall length
  • 6.5 lbs.
  • MSRP: $219.99

Read more at Hatsan: https://escortshotgunsusa.com/

 

⊕MTM Case-Guard

New Pistol Magazine Case Stores Up to Five Double-Stack Mags

Gun News: The pistol mag case holds up to 5 double-stack magazines (up to 5.375”).

The pistol mag case holds up to 5 double-stack magazines (up to 5.375”).

 

From MTM:

The new Pistol Magazine Case is ideal for use in your range bag, gun safe, or wherever you need to store your pistol magazines. This case holds up to five double-stack magazines and the low-profile, compact design takes up minimal space in gun safes, storage lockers. The case maximizes portability and organization for range days. These cases are also stackable, and the clear-smoke finish makes content identification quick and easy.

Pistol Magazine Case Features:

  • Clear-smoke finish stylish display and quick inventory
  • Improved accountability and organization of handgun magazines
  • Compact design
  • Fits up to 5 double-stack magazines (up to 5.375”)
  • Made in USA
  • MSRP: $5.99

Read more at MTM Case-Guard: http://www.mtmcase-gard.com/

⊕Langdon Tactical

New Optimized Performance Trigger Bar for the Beretta PX4

Gun News. A year ago, Langdon Tactical came up with a red dot solution for the Beretta PX4, and this year they’ve returned to the PX4 again with a new optimized trigger bar. According to LT, this new trigger bar reduces reset to less than a tenth of an inch in single action, with significantly reduced overtravel.

Beretta PX$ with Langdon Tactical Optimized Performance Trigger Bar installed.

Beretta PX$ with Langdon Tactical Optimized Performance Trigger Bar installed.

The Optimized Performance Trigger Bar is (OPTB) is machined from A2 steel, heat-treated to 52 HRC, and finished with an NP3 coating. Its available for 9mm and .40 cal PX4 pistols on the works on the PX4 Compact Carry, PX4 Full-Size and Subcompact.

As LT describes it:

“The NEW Optimized Performance Trigger Bar for the PX4 from LTT provides significant reduction in reset distance, improved double action, and a reduction in over travel on your Beretta PX4.”

Read more at Langdon Tactical: https://www.langdontactical.com/

⊕Riton Optics

X3 Tactix MPRD: Ritons New Micro

Gun News. Last year, Riton released the X3 Tactix PRD, and now they’ve added a new model to the X3 Tactix line with this Micro Pistol Red Dot. It has a 3 MOA dot at 10 levels of red illumination.

Riton’s Director of Sales, Todd Neice explained, “The new X3 Tactix MPRD is a great addition to our current line of high-quality, best value optics. The addition further diversifies the Riton line and provides our customers with more options to suit their needs.”

Riton Optics new Micro Pistol Red Dot, the X3 Tactix MPRD.

Riton Optics new Micro Pistol Red Dot, the X3 Tactix MPRD.

From Riton:

This smaller frame micro pistol dot was engineered and tested at the Riton headquarters in Tucson, AZ. True to their core values, Riton’s X3 Tactix MPRD was created as a high-quality product that can withstand the most rugged applications, while also providing the highest level of functionality and absolute best value.

In contrast to many pistol red dots on the market that are made from polymers, the X3 Tactix MPRD is made from 6061 aircraft grade aluminum and has fully multi-coated, HD glass lenses for optimal clarity and long-lasting performance. It is also waterproof fog proof and shockproof up to 1500Gs.

With a Shield RMS-c footprint, the X3 Tactix MPRD features an ultra-precise 3 MOA dot, 10 levels of red illumination, and an auto shut off after twelve hours. Utilizing one CR2032 battery, this red dot has an approximate battery life of 50,000 hours.

Read more at Riton Optics: https://www.ritonoptics.com/

 

 

 

Friday, May 1, 2020

⊕Canada Bans 1500 Models of Assault-Style Firearms

Our northern neighbors in the firearms community are shaking their heads in dismay today after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a new ban on some 1,500 makes and models of military-grade “assault-style” weapons.

Effective immediately, licensed gun owners will no longer be allowed to sell, transport, import or use these sorts of weapons in Canada.

Although a Canadian ban of this nature has been in the works for quite some time, the ban serves as a response to the mass shooting that happened in Nova Scotia two weeks ago, killing 22 people. Of note, the gunman did not have a firearms license — a requirement for legal gun ownership in Canada.

105,000 firearms previously classified in Canada as “restricted” are now “prohibited.” Here is the list of banned Firearms.

While there is a two-year amnesty period, use of these firearms is banned starting today. Trudeau indicated that the amnesty period will give time to people who already own these firearms to comply with the ban. He also said that legislation in the coming months will be passed to provide “fair compensation” to people who own these firearms.

Reportedly, these are the principle firearms that fall under the new prohibition:

  • M16, AR-10, AR-15 rifles and M4 carbine
  • Ruger Mini-14 rifle
  • US Rifle M14
  • Vz58 rifle and CZ858 rifle
  • Robinson Armament XCR rifle
  • CZ Scorpion EVO 3 carbine and pistol
  • Beretta Cx4 Storm carbine
  • SIG Sauer SIG MCX and SIG Sauer SIG MPX carbines and pistols
  • Swiss Arms Classic Green and Four Seasons series rifles

Rod Giltaca, CEO of the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights, said the firearms community is “devastated” by Friday’s development.

“The only people that will lose their guns in this action are licensed gun owners. No criminals will register or turn in a single rifle,” he said in a statement. “This move is viewed as entirely political.”

⊕Springfield Armory

Announces New SAINT Victor .308 Pistol

Springfield Armory SAINT Victor Pistol in .308

As described by Springfield Armory:

This new SAINT pistol packs .30-caliber power into a 10.3″ CMV-barreled package that measures just over 28″ with the SB Tactical® SBA3™ five-position brace fully collapsed. Round that out with excellent appointments such as a BCMGUNFIGHTER™ Mod 3 pistol grip, 20-round Magpul® PMAG® Gen M3™ magazine, a patented, rock solid, free float M-Lok® handguard, and an SA 2-Piece Blast Diverter, and you have a pistol that easily tames the .308 cartridge while remaining handy and compact.

“The SAINT Victor Pistol in .308 gives shooters a premium featured AR pistol that delivers serious power in a small, lightweight and easily maneuverable platform,” says Steve Kramer, Springfield Armory’s Vice President of Marketing. “If you want a SAINT Pistol that offers more power than 5.56, then this is the one for you.”

The forged lower receiver features Springfield Armory’s Accu-Tite™ Tension System for a tight, zero-movement fit with the forged upper, and the Picatinny rail allows you to mount the optic of your choice. For iron sight use, the slim, interrupted free-float handguard has Picatinny rail at the muzzle to mount a front sight.

Read more about it at Springfield Armory: https://www.springfield-armory.com/

⊕Masterpiece Arms

Introduces MPA35DMG 9mm with Arm Brace

Gun News. Based on the 30DMG, the MPA35DMG 9mm Pistol with Arm Brace is MA’s new 9mm Pistol that sports a fully machined aluminum pistol grip and accepts Glock 17 and 33-round magazines. It also comes with the handguard, side folder, and KAK Shockwave 2.0 Arm Brace.

Gun News from Masterpiece Arms. This MPA35DMG 9mm Pistol with Arm Brace can be utilized in either the folded or non-folded positions.

Gun News. This MPA35DMG 9mm Pistol with Arm Brace can be utilized in either the folded or non-folded positions.

From Masterpiece Arms:

In the folded position, it measures 16,” while at full length (non-folded) it measures 23.75.” It includes a side cocker, scope mount, adjustable front and rear sights, decal grip panels, a lower Picatinny rail for flashlight or laser systems, MPA polymer case, MPA short handguard, ergo grip hand stop and barrel extension. The inner diameter of the handguard is 1.560” and will accept any 9mm suppressor that is 1.550” or smaller.

The attachment of the KAK Shockwave 2.0 Arm Brace does not make this pistol an SBR and requires no tax stamp. Please be sure to read ATF regulations and the latest opinion letter about this. This pistol, like all others, requires the purchase to go through a licensed FFL. Please allow three to four weeks for the MP35DMG 9mm Pistol with Arm Brace to be completed and shipped.

MPA35DMG Features:

  • Cal: 9mm
  • Barrel Length: 5.5″
  • Threads- 1/2 X 28
  • Side Cocker
  • Scope Mount
  • Adjustable Front and Rear Sights
  • Accepts Standard Glock Style High Capacity Magazines (1 17-Round Mag Included)
  • Cerakote: Black (Other colors available for an upcharge)
  • Decal Grip Panels
  • Lower Picatinny Rail for Flashlight or Laser Systems
  • MPA Polymer Case
  • MPA Short Handguard
  • Ergo Grip Hand Stop
  • Barrel Extension
  • Side Folder
  • KAK Shockwave 2.0 Arm Brace
  • Folded Length of 16″. Full length (non-folded) 23.75″

Read more at Masterpiece Arms: https://masterpiecearms.com/

⊕EAA Corp.

Just Announced the Newest Girsan Regard Model: the Regard Gen 4

Gun News - EAA Corp is introducing the next generation of Girsan Regard pistols with the Regard Gen 4 9mm semi-auto pistol.

Gun News. EAA Corp is introducing the next generation of Girsan Regard pistols with the Regard Gen 4 9mm semi-auto pistol.

From EAA Corp:

The Regard Gen 4 features a competition-style slide and barrel with deep slide serrations fore and aft and an accessory rail in front of the trigger guard. The single / double action, slim competition trigger has a very nice pull with a clean break and fast reset. The sporty G-10 grips in Blue or Black feature a window to view the magazine capacity through the windowed magazine as well as grooved finger slots to enhance your control. The sight system has a front dot dovetail sight and adjustable low profile 2-dot rear sight. The Regard Gen4 includes a rebounding decocker system, large slide release, oversized magazine release, thumb rest take down leaver and competition hammer.

The Regard Gen 4 in matte black finish is perfectly balanced and ergonomically designed enhancing any target practice or competition event for the user. You’ll find the Regard Gen 4 at your local gun shop for under $510.00.

Gun News - EAA Corp Regard Gen 4 9mm semi-auto - sport and edc.

EAA says this newest generation of the Regard MC semi-auto pistol line in 9mm is built for sport and ideal for carry.

Girsan Regard MC Gen 4 Specifications:

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel Length: 4.9”
  • Magazine Capacity: 18+1
  • Overall Length: 8.6”
  • Height: 5.5”
  • Width: 1.375”
  • Weight: 2.15 lbs.

Read more at EAA:  http://eaacorp.com/

⊕CZ-USA

Adds Optics-Ready Model to the Shadow 2 Line

Gun News - The competition-oriented Shadow 2 OR has a slide cut to accept a plate system and s able to accept a wide variety of handgun optics.

The competition-oriented Shadow 2 OR has a slide cut to accept a plate system and s able to accept a wide variety of handgun optics.

From CZ:

Like the standard CZ Shadow 2, the Shadow 2 OR features a finely-tuned SA/DA trigger mechanism that provides a superior trigger pull and faster reset than the vast majority of comparable competition pistols available today. The slide and frame are hand-fit for exceptional accuracy, reliability and longevity. This hand-fitting coupled with a longer sight radius and an increase in weight over the original Shadow make Shadow 2 models even more shootable, increasing shooter speed and accuracy.

CZ engineers retained the illustriously ergonomic grip profile first debuted 45 years ago with the CZ 75, while the addition of prominent checkering on frontstrap and backstrap help secure the Shadow 2 in a shooter’s hand. Its swappable magazine release has an extended button that can be tuned to a shooter’s personal preference with three settings to accommodate differences in reach.

Finished in a hardy nitride, Shadow 2 pistols are extremely resistant to corrosion, adverse weather, and mechanical damage. Frames receive an additional coat of CZ’s proprietary Polycoat, a stout shell developed for and used on CZ’s extensive line of service pistols.

CZ Shadow 2 OR Specs

  • SKU: 91251
  • Caliber: 9MM
  • Operation: Semi-Automatic
  • Frame: Steel
  • Trigger Mech: SA/DA
  • Grips: Aluminum
  • Barrel: Cold Hammer Forged
  • Barrel Length: 4.89 In.
  • Sights: Fiber Optic front, HAJO rear
  • Magazine Capacity: 19/10
  • Overall Length: 8.53 in
  • Height: 6.2 In.
  • Width: 1.34 In.
  • Weight: 46.5 Oz.
  • Safety: Manual with Safety Notch
  • Finish: Nitride
  • Includes cover plate, additional optic plates available
  • MSRP: $1549

Read more about it at CZ-USA: https://cz-usa.com/

⊕Auto-Ordnance

Introduces “Promises Kept 1911”

Gun News. This new Auto-Ordnance GI series pistol features several details that honor #45. It’s made entirely in the United States, has a 5” grade barrel that is chambered in 45 ACP and comes with one 7-round magazine.

Gun News - Auto-Ordnance's "Promises Kept" 1911, etched with Trump's new motto, "Keep America Great."

This enhanced Auto-Ordnance 1911A1 is laser etched on the right side of the slide with President Trump’s new motto, “Keep America Great.”

From the manufacturers:

Kahr Firearms Group presents the “Promises Kept 1911”, their latest custom gun to honor Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States. This enhanced Auto-Ordnance 1911A1 is laser etched on the right side of the slide with the President’s new motto, “Keep America Great.” His signature adorns both slide and frame. An advancing American flag is etched on the dust cover on both sides. The left side slide and frame have an image of the White House, with the phrase “Promises Made, Promises Kept.” The left grips have the Presidential Seal and Trump 2020 campaign poster. The right grips again have the poster, along with an image of President Trump. Each “Promises Kept 1911” is coated with Titanium and Black Distressed Cerakote. Finishing the package are high-quality wood grips made by Hogue.

The “Promises Kept 1911” (1911BKOC8) has an MSRP of $1215 and is now shipping.


See all of the GunMag Gun News 5X5 archives at Gun News: Upgun your Guns and Gear.
We're in the pipe, five by five.
GunMag Warehouse on Instagram

Follow GunMag Warehouse on Instagram for daily updates: @gunmagwarehouse.