GunMag Gun News 5×5 Friday — September 2020

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

Friday, September 25, 2020

⊕“Virtual” Gun Rights Policy Conference

Largest Attendance and Participation — Ever!

Gun News. Last weekend the 35th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference was conducted completely online, and apparently it was a huge success. With more than 4100 pre-registered, by the time it was said and done, the conference had over 300,000 viewers across the country. Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, said attendance to this event shattered all previous conference records. “It was the biggest gathering of gun rights activists in the world.”

Further, the GRPC program, which appeared as a live Facebook event, continues to be watched. (You can find it by visiting the Second Amendment Foundation website or YouTube.)

Gottlieb credits this year’s increased attendance and participation to alarm for personal safety resulting from efforts to defund police, riots, looting, and the Democrats’ push for more extremist gun control.

From SAF:

There were about 120 speakers covering topics from state legislative affairs to the growing interest in firearms ownership by women. Several attorneys specializing in Second Amendment cases weighed in with reports on what has been happening, and what may be on the horizon. Several journalists, radio talk hosts and bloggers offered suggestions on how grassroots activists could cultivate better relations with the media, and there were discussions about invasive gun control and gun rights internationally.

Members of Congress and the U.S. Senate made special appearances, and there were also presentations on the growth of gun ownership in the LBGTQ community.

“We had 25 percent more speakers than usual,” Gottlieb revealed, “and much more content. It may be very difficult to return to our traditional in-person conference format, and we will be evaluating how to do it bigger and better next year and in the years ahead.

“I am simply overwhelmed at the support, participation and involvement in the upcoming election this year,” he concluded. “It was an exhausting and humbling experience, and my hat is off to all of those who joined us remotely and made this year’s GRPC a success.”

⊕American Tactical

FXH-45M Moxie 1911 Pistol

Gun News. This hybrid 1911 features a patented polymer frame and the removable top plate makes it possible for a wide variety of optics installation. It has a new barrel, a 4140 steel slide with parkerized finish, and a new sight set. It’s compatible with most standard 1911 parts and grips.

American Tactical FXH 45M Moxie 1911 Pistol

From American Tactical:

The FXH-45M Moxie looks and feels different with an all new barrel, slide and sight set. This is a full-size hybrid 1911 pistol featuring a patented polymer frame with two metal inserts for added stability and durability. The Moxie also features a 4140 steel slide with a parkerized finish. The frame was designed with built-in finger grooves for an ergonomic feel.

The FXH-45M Moxie is a single action, semi-automatic pistol chambered in .45 ACP. It has a height of 5.4 inches and measures 8.7 inches long. It weighs 1.95 lbs unloaded and without the magazine. The Moxie has black polymer grips and a removable top plate that allows for the addition of an optics mount. It accepts Glock front and rear sights, including aftermarket night sights. This new breed of 1911 is compatible with most standard 1911 parts and grips. It ships with one 8-round magazine included.

FXH-45M Moxie Specs

  • Full size patented hybrid 1911
  • Single Action
  • Semi Automatic
  • Caliber: 45ACP
  • Height: 5.4″
  • Length: 8.7″
  • Weight: 1.95lbs empty with no magazine
  • 1 – 8 round magazine included
  • Black Polymer grips
  • Removable top plate allows for the addition of Optics mount
  • Accepts Glock front and rear sights, including aftermarket night sights
  • MSRP of $399.95
  • 100% made in America


Wild2 Weapon Integrated Lighting Device

Gun News. Here’s a new pistol light on the market from Inforce. It’s called the Wild2, and it’s soon to be followed by the Wild1. The company says these lights have are the result of years of listening, learning, and product development. Made of 6061-T6 aluminum and Type III Mil-Spec hard anodized finish, the Wild2 uses a parabolic reflector to shape and throw 1000 lumens of white light, with a 90-minute runtime. The light has three modes: constant, momentary on, and strobe, which is activated by pressing on the paddle switches on the left or right side. Inforce says this device is impervious to dust, sand, dirt, and is waterproof to 60 feet.

According to Inforce’s Vice President, Matthew Wolfe, “In the series, Wild2 and Wild1 lights incorporate our corrective responses to various weaknesses of popular existing aluminum pistol lights. Accordingly, from aesthetic, structural, and performance standpoints, as well as regarding ease of activation by the full spectrum of conceivable users, we believe these are excellent products, and we’re excited to get them into our customers’ hands.”

gun news: Inforce Wild2 Weapon Integrated Lighting Device

From Inforce:

The first of Inforce’s 2020 product releases, the Wild2 will be soon followed by Wild1, a single-battery model designed for compact handguns like the Glock 19. Both models will resonate with fans of the company’s traditional styling, although their hard-anodized 6061aluminum exteriors represent a marked departure from Inforce’s longstanding preference for glass-reinforced polymers. But taking their time to release this line of pistol lights comes with opportunities. Seizing one of them, Inforce has gone where others have yet to and made the Wild series’ battery door and activation switches out of aluminum.

Other key features of the Wild models include a specialized parabolic reflector, which shapes the 1000-lumen (500-lumen for Wild1) beam into a crisp hotspot while still affording adequate spill. Additionally, an activation method ideal for people with smaller hands. Inforce believes its Wild series will be of particular interest to the growing demographic of female handgun owners.

Wild2 Pistol Light Specs

High Output: 1000 Lumens
Peak Beam Intensity: 25,000 candela
Distance: 1036 feet/316meters
High Runtime: 1.5 hours
Batteries: Two 123A included
Weight with Batteries: 4.7 oz/135 g
Length: 3.5 in/8.9 cm
Bezel Diameter: 1.1 In/2.8cm
Switching: Ambidextrous paddles
Functions: Constant/Momentary/Strobe
Lockout System: Paddle Activated
Mounting: 1913 or Glock universal rail
Construction: 6061-T6 aluminum
Finish: MIL-SPEC hard anodize
Waterproof: Up to 66 feet/20 meters


New UH010 Long Day Range Bag

Gun News. Doesn’t this new range bag look slick? Just think of all the mags you could fit in there!

Gun News - Ulfhednar's UH010 Long Day Range Bag

From Ulfhednar,

The UH010 is designed in Norway from ultra-tough Cordura nylon, with best in class YKK zippers with oversized pulls for ease of use when wearing gloves, metal D-rings for straps and an ergonomic carrying strap with non-slip material so it will stay snug up against your shoulder no matter how far you have to walk. Inside the bag is a removable bag that simplifies organization — even in a full bag. A large exterior side pocket has a fold-flat “table” with a soft pad for small cleaning/repair jobs, and there are many smart, well-padded exterior and interior pockets as well. The featured Molle system for attaching compatible pouches and accessories is the de facto standard for modular tactical gear used by NATO forces and law enforcement agencies around the world. The bag measures 60cm x 40cm x 25cm (23.6 x 15.75 x 9.85 inches), and comes in Ulfhednar’s signature gray color. It’s built to last a lifetime.

⊕Armament Systems and Procedures

Introduces Tactical Response Kit

Gun News. These new kits are put together to assist LE officers with crowd control and riot situations. They’re portable and cost-effective, containing six disposable restraints. It’s a twelve-piece system contained in a storage/transport bag with a total retail value of $360, but the bundled package MSRP is $249 — which saves agencies some dollars.

Gun News ASP Tactical Response Kit

From ASP:

The Tactical Response Kit includes six ASP Tri-Fold disposable restraints, which are not only essential for mass arrest scenarios, but also important in minimizing transmission of surface-borne pathogens. The Tri-Folds in the kit are fully assembled and ready for instant deployment: two are pre-loaded into the included carrying case, and the remaining four are pre-assembled, secured with storage bands, and clipped to the included carabiner. A Scarab safety cutter is also provided; this compact tool removes the restraints quickly and precisely, without the risk of an exposed blade. The Scarab stores in its own pocket on the side of the restraint case.

The kit also includes a Talon Infinity 60cm retractable baton. ASP’s latest and most advanced baton, the Talon Infinity extends from its compact, 10-inch stowed length to a full 24 inches, making it suitable for riot and crowd control use. Its pushbutton release allows the Talon to be retracted quickly and smoothly, directly into the included Envoy Scabbard. Also supplied with the baton is a pre-installed Grip Cap, which improves retention and leverage.

⊕Tactical Medical Solutions (TacMed)

Introduces the Critical Event Response System

Gun News. In support of the NFPA standard for preparedness, response, and recovery in active situations, TacMed just introduced this Critical Response System. There are four systems available: Individual, Medic, Rescue, and Mass Casualty.

Gun News - TacMed Critical Response System
The customized packages for first responders meet and exceed the standards set by the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 3000 Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) program.

From TacMed:

The TacMed Critical Event Response System provides the necessary equipment for ballistic protection and medical treatment of life-threatening injuries to yourself, another responder, or a casualty on-scene. Standard system set-ups include the TacMed Responder Plate Carrier with Soft Armor, Universal Tourniquet Dispenser with SOF Tourniquets, and a Signature Series Medical Kit. The system meets and exceeds NFPA 3000 guidelines and can be customized to best fit your specific needs.

The TacMed Responder Armor System offers one of the largest armor coverage areas in the industry and is compatible with a variety of soft and hard armor plate options. The Universal Tourniquet Dispenser locates the long-proven SOF Tourniquet for rapid access. Medical kits are available in multiple configurations to meet your department’s objective: Individual, Medic, Mass Casualty, and Rescue. Medical kit components are stocked in the brand new Signature Series line of nylon with modular internal panels. Many components of the Critical Event Response System have long been trusted by law enforcement agencies around the country and are proudly manufactured in the US.

Friday, September 18, 2020

⊕SAF and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Virtual 2020 Gun Rights Policy Conference Starts Tomorrow

Gun News. Gun Rights Policy Conference 2020.

Gun News. Starting tomorrow, September 19, and running through the 20th, this year’s Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference is going to be accessible to the public. This is the first time the event has been held in a virtual format, but considering the current state of affairs, it may end up being a very good thing.

Second Amendment Foundation founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb said,“Despite the problems relating to COVID-19, we’re really excited about this year’s event, and because it is online, we are going to reach a huge audience. The importance of that cannot be over-estimated.”

Since the elections are coming up, this year’s theme is “Elect Freedom”. The conference has a lineup of presentations with over 120 speakers including Massad Ayoob, and the topics to be covered include  …everything from what is happening in states from coast-to-coast to litigation, from BS (Bloomberg/Soros) Attack on RKBA to Reaching 5 Million-plus New Gun Owners. 

From the SAF:

The conference agenda includes 32 panel discussions covering such subjects as federal and state legislative affairs, grassroots activism, suicide prevention, legal actions in defense of the Second Amendment, media and corporate attacks on the right to keep and bear arms, women’s issues, advancing the run rights message, and much more. There will also be a panel memorial honoring the late Joe Tartaro, SAF president and longtime executive editor of

To register for the event, go to You will receive information to join the event, which will be presented on several different platforms.

⊕Colt, Davidson’s, Baron Engraving

Government 1911 Samuel Colt Limited Edition

Gun News. Colt, Baron Engraving, and Davidson’s collaborated together to honor Samuel Colt by producing this limited edition Government 1911.

“Even in extremely unusual market conditions, Davidson’s is proud to continue to be an innovator and creator of distinctive exclusive firearms”, said Kane Cannedy, VP of Purchasing for Davidson’s. “We thrive on our relationships with our vendors and the ongoing partnership between Davidson’s, Colt, and Baron Engraving is a reflection of this commitment.”

Government 1911 Samuel Colt Limited Edition

Government 1911 Samuel Colt Limited Edition engraving detail

Chambered in 45 Auto, the Samuel Colt Edition features elaborate scroll and vine acid etching on the top, left, and right sides of the slide. Gold platings depict the rampant pony, a bust of Samuel Colt on the top of the slide with the famed phrase “God Created Man, Colonel Colt Made Them Equal”, as well as the iconic “Onion Dome” of the Colt factory. The grips are custom black pearlite and an extra set of double-diamond walnut grips is included.


TSM-13G Rechargeable Subcompact Weapon Light with Green Laser for Sig Sauer P365/XL/SAS

Gun News. Even before the Pandemic sparked the huge run for firearms, handgun sales had been on the rise in recent years. The folks at Nightstick, noting customer demand, introduced the TSM-Series line of weapon lights for subcompact handguns. They’ve just announced this one for the Sig Sauer P365, XL, and SAS. It has three modes: light, laser, or light and laser combined. The LED light delivers a 150-lumen bright-white beam for up to 45 minutes.

Russell Hoppe, Director of Marketing says “The TSM-13G rechargeable subcompact weapon light with green aiming lasers is designed to provide Sig Sauer subcompact handgun owners without accessory rails, a small, low profile integrated weapon light for target and background identification when life depends on light

Gun News. Nightstick TSM-13G Rechargeable Subcompact Weapon Light with Green Laser for Sig Sauer P365/XL/SAS

From Nightstick

Designed to securely mount to the front of the trigger guard and dustcover of Sig Sauer P365, P365XL and P365 SAS pistols, the li-ion powered light features a magnetically-coupled MagMate USB charging cable that eliminates the need to replace multiple disposable coin cell batteries after every hour of use. The TSM-13G’s white light and green laser are designed to maximize threat identification and target discrimination in a variety of concealed carry, home defense, and tactical applications. The light’s dual switches provide the shooter tactile, click actuation in momentary or constant-on use.

The TSM-13G features an LED delivering a 150-lumen bright white beam and 2700 candela for 45 minutes to illuminate objects and threats up to 104 meters (341 feet) away. Weighing in at scant 1.3 ounces, the light is constructed of durable, impact-resistant engineered polymer and rated as IP-X4 water-resistant. The light, laser or light & laser modes are activated by holding one switch down while toggling through the modes with the alternate. The laser is easily zeroed to the user’s preferred distance with built-in elevation and windage adjusters.

The TSM-13G comes with installation Allen screwdriver, MagMate USB charging cable, and complimentary combination gun lock for added safety and peace of mind while charging. The light is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.


  • LED technology
  • 45 minute run time
  • Daylight-visible Class IIIa 532nm green laser (ECCN #0A504.f.)
  • Ambidextrous toggle switches
  • Momentary or constant-on flashlight
  • Sharp, focused 104-meter beam
  • IP-X4 Water-resistant
  • Impact & chemical resistant
  • Serialized for personal identification
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery
  • Includes Nightstick MagMate™ 3′ USB magnetic coupled charger
  • Also includes optional trigger lock for securing weapon during recharge
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty


XQ38, XQ50 Thermion Thermal Riflescopes

Gun News. These new high-tech riflescopes feature enhanced thermal sensors to detect heat signatures at some respectable ranges. The XQ50 has a 3.5-14x magnification and a 2000 yard detection range and the XQ38 has 2.5-10x magnification and a 1,500 detection range.

Gun News. Pulsar Thermion XQ39 and XQ50 riflescopes.
Left, XQ38. Right, XQ50.

The XQ’s enhanced 384×288 thermal sensors detect heat signatures in total darkness up to +1500 yards, depending on the model, and these images are then converted to a stunning 1024×768 AMOLED display, where every object appears crystal-clear. Able to digitally zoom 2x-4x, display 10 variable electronic reticles and cycle through 8 distinct color viewing modes, these Thermion XQs are at the top of their class.
From Pulsar:

With over 5 hours of battery life and external power supply adaptability, these Thermion XQs also boast Wi-Fi connectivity, built-in recording, Picture-in-Picture digital zoom and compatibility with the Stream Vision app. These riflescopes have one-shot zeroing with freeze function; rock, forest and identification viewing modes and defective pixel repair fracture.

XQ38, XQ50 Features

  • 384×288 enhanced thermal sensor
  • 1,500-yard thermal detection ranged (2,000-yard for XQ50)
  • 1024×768 AMOLED Display
  • 4x digital, continuous zoom
  • Picture-in-Picture digital zoom
  • Built-in recording and Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 8 color palettes
  • 5+ hours of battery life
  • External power supply adaptability


J-Clip-R EDC Speedloader for Ruger LCR

Gun News. Zeta6 has a new speedloader for the wheelgun fans out there. It’s designed to make reloading your 5-shot Ruger LCR revolver faster. The company says it works perfectly with the LCR models chambered in .38 special and 357 Magnum. Note, this loader does not fit the models chambered in 9mm Luger, 327 Federal Magnum, 22 LR, or 22 WMR models. Also, The Zeta6 J-CLIP-R is not recommended for Ruger LCR revolvers fitted with extra-large rubber or wooden grips.

Michael Lyle, product designer said, “This LCR speedloader is modeled after our popular J-CLIP for S&W J-frame revolvers, but is designed to work perfectly in the Ruger LCR. As with the original J-CLIP,  we wanted to provide the smallest, most comfortable pocket-carry speedloader product for one-step reloading. Because of its size, weight, and reliability, the Ruger LCR is a popular EDC weapon that is due its own EDC speedloader.”

Gun News J-CLIP-R speedloader for Ruger LCR.
Note the pentagon shape for real-fit.

From Zeta6:

Designed for comfortable everyday carry, the J-CLIP-R™ is a low cost, polyurethane speedloader that arranges all five rounds in a circular pattern for fast reloading. Unlike traditional rigid speedloaders, J-CLIP-R™ is narrow and flexible making it great for concealed pocket carry. The thin, flexible material allows the cartridges to flex and conform when in a pocket yet align the rounds perfectly when reloading the revolver. This is the second speedloader product introduced this year under the Zeta6™ brand, which also has compact speedloaders for both J and K frame size revolvers.

    • Will not fit the 9mm Luger, 327 Federal Magnum, 22 LR or 22 WMR models.
    • Pentagon shape for real fit Ruger LCR 38/357.
    • The J-CLIP-R™ works great with Ruger factory grips.
    • Made from tough BPA, BPS, BPF free polyurethane material for use in both hot and cold environments.
    • The J-CLIP-R™ is difficult to align using full wadcutter and Federal HST +P Micro ammunition.

Zeta6 J-CLIP-R speedloaders come in 2-packs and retail for $11.95.

⊕Hawke Optics

Nature-trek 9-27×56 Spotting Scope

Gun News. Hunting season is coming up pretty quick and a spotting scope can come in mighty handy. This new model from Hawke Optics looks to be a good size to pack for a long day in the outdoors. As the company describes it, the Nature-trek “breaks new barriers in spotting scope size, performance and cost with the new Nature Trek 9-27×56 spotter. It is the perfect scope to pack on a long, back-country adventure where space and weight are an issue.”

Hawke Optics Nature-trek 9-27x56 Spotting Scope

From Hawke:

To handle the clarity aspect of the scope, Hawke uses fully multi-coated optics with a BAK-4 Porro Prism to give you better contrast and color transmission. This helps to cut down on your eye strain, since you can see the image clearly. The field of view is 234-108ft at 1000 yards. There is a dual-focus knob to let you truly fine tune the image you see. This spotter has close focus letting you see detail as close as 8.2 feet away. It is digi-scope compatible so you can use it as a zoom lens for your camera.

The Nature Trek 9-27×56 spotting scope is extremely durable. It’s nitrogen purged and is water and fog proof. There is a stay-on lens cover, slide out sun shade and a twist-up eye cup. Hawke is confident in this scope’s durability to the point that it comes with Hawke’s No-Fault Lifetime Warranty. The point that will truly endear this spotting scope to hunters and outdoor adventurers is how compact the Nature Trek is. The scope weighs in at a scant 20.3 ounces, or just over a pound and it is only 7.6 inches long. The compact size means it will slide into a backpack, waist pack, glove box or even your pocket. It comes with lens covers and has an MRSP of only $219, making it the most economical, compact and clear choice for hunters looking for the ultimate compact spotting scope for this fall.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Can you believe it’s been 19 years since the world stopped breathing and we watched, over and over on our televisions, the collapse of the Twin Towers; the gaping, smoky hole in the Pentagon, and the field of debris in Pennsylvania? Nearly 3,000 died, with over 25,000 injuries, and since then many people have suffered substantial chronic health issues.  The attacks of that day are reportedly the deadliest terrorist attacks in human history. It was also the deadliest day ever for first responders.

Fire fighters on 9-11 attack on Twin Towers.

first responders on 9-11 attacks

NYFD Deputy Chief Joseph Curry at the World Tract Center on September 11, 2001.
U.S. Navy Photo by Journalist 1st Class Preston Keres. (RELEASED)

We will never forget…..

In this week’s gun news, Brownells is helping out in California and SAR USA is taking action to keep up with customer demand (because it doesn’t look like that’s going away any time soon). Springfield Armory has a new compact pistol, Sig Sauer is making a limited run of P220’s, and Smith & Wesson made one of their popular compact handguns even better by making it Optics-Ready. Wait, there’s more. Daniel Defense just did an upgrade on the first bolt-action rifle they ever made, and Trijicon came up with an optic that will make the concealed carry crowd happy.


Donates $50,000 to California Rifle & Pistol Association for Standard Capacity Magazine Fight

Gun News. Remember the California magazine ban that was seemingly over-ruled last month….well, that’s not over yet. The fight continues, and Brownells decided to help with the fight by donating some cash to the cause.

Here’s what CRPA had to say about it:

In August, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit upheld a previous decision against California’s ban on magazines in the Duncan v. Becerra case. The panel determined a ban on magazines with capacity of over 10 rounds violates the 2nd Amendment rights of Californians.

In an effort to delay striking down California’s draconian magazine ban, the California Attorney General’s office petitioned for an en banc review of panel’s ruling, extending the struggle for California gun owners to regain their Constitutionally-guaranteed rights.

To help see that struggle through to a victorious finish, Brownells is contributing $50,000 for CRPA’s efforts to the cause.

“The California Rifle & Pistol Association Foundation is proud of the partnership with Brownells to fight for the rights of all Americans to exercise their Second Amendment rights,” said CRPA Foundation Director of Development Rick Travis. “Brownells’ generous donation will be used 100% in the fight to see the Duncan v. Becerra case to a successful conclusion in restoring the Second Amendment in California.”

If the rulings against California’s magazine ban are upheld, they could serve as precedent in similar decisions against other similar bans enacted by anti-gun politicians in other states.


Ramps Up Production — Adds Fourth Shift

Gun News. The firearm market is hot, has been for months now, and SAR USA is stepping up to the plate to meet the current American demand.

“It’s not often that we can say, ‘This is a great problem to have’,” said Todd Pearson, COO of SAR USA. “We are thrilled with the way the customer has supported this great brand. It reinforces the fact that quality and technology has swung the pendulum in SAR’s favor. We also benefit greatly by acquiring the latest and greatest machines in manufacturing. This will, moving forward, cement the foundation that SAR USA was built on: the highest quality products, proudly carried by the world’s most elite forces and trusted by millions of civilians around the world.”

From Sarsilmaz:

…in an effort to meet the unprecedented number of SAR firearms being sold in the US, Sarsilmaz, SAR USA’s parent company in Istanbul, Turkey, has added a fourth shift. This will enable round-the-clock manufacturing and production to help meet the demand for their premium firearms. In addition, Sarsilmaz is adding one to two of the latest and greatest CNC machines available per week.

⊕Springfield Armory

XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact

Gun News - Springfield Armory XD-M Eline Compact 9mm for concealed carry.

Gun News. It’s a 9mm pistol with concealable dimensions and impressive capacity with a double-stack mag for 14+1 rounds. If that’s not enough and you want more, you can quickly convert the new XD-M Elite Compact into a full-size pistol with a 19+1 capacity. Simply remove the magwell and add an extended magazine that can be purchased through the Springfield Armory website.

So basically, this is a handgun that’s similar in height to the Hellcat, but with a base capacity of 14-rds compared to the Hellcat at 13-rds with the extension. And — you get the option to expand capacity.

According to Steve Kramer, VP of marketing, “This newest addition to the XD-M Elite line of pistols gives shooters and concealed carry users a great option for EDC. Features like the META trigger, fully ambidextrous controls, and a funneled, removable magwell make the XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact a must-have for CCW.”

Gun News - Springfield Armory XD-M Elite Compact flared magwell.

From Springfield Armory:

To facilitate quick reloads, the XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact also features a removable extended and flared “short” magwell. An additional benefit of the removable magwell is that you can quickly convert the pistol from a compact to a full-size frame with a 19+1 capacity. This is accomplished by simply removing the magwell and employing optional full-size XD-M magazines with compatible magazine sleeves.

At the heart of the pistol is the Match Enhanced Trigger Assembly (META) system, a superbly refined trigger designed to wring out the most from the pistol’s most important interface with the shooter. Featuring a flat face and integral overtravel stop, the META system delivers the finest trigger pull available on a production polymer-framed pistol.

The XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact includes an ambidextrous slide stop and magazine release, ensuring that it can be run easily by either hand. Additionally, improved slide serrations with enlarged grasping grooves provide enhanced ergonomics and slip-free purchase. Topping off its forged steel slide is Springfield Armory’s excellent Tactical Rack U-Dot rear sight. It features a u-shaped white outline and works in concert with the high-visibility fiber optic front sight.

XD-M Elite 3.8″ Compact Specs

  • Color: Black
  • Barrel: 3.8″ Hammer-forged steel with Melonite Finish 1:10
  • Slide: Forged steel with Melonite finish
  • Frame: Black polymer
  • Sights: Fiber Optic front and Tactical Rack U-Dot rear
  • Recoil System: One piece with full-length guide rod
  • Grip Width: 1.2 inches
  • Magazines: Ships with two 14-round capacity mags
  • Weight: 27 oz
  • Length: 6.75 inches
  • Height: 4.58 inches
  • MSRP: $559

⊕Sig Sauer

Limited Edition P220 LEGION CARRY SAO

Gun News. This is a carry-size .45 caliber handgun that ships with three 8-round magazines. As it’s a Limited Edition, they’re only making 500. Purchasers become members of the Sig Sauer Legion, with benefits that include members-only access to free gear and premium merchandise as well as exclusive LEGION Member-only communications and events.

Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer, and Executive VP said, “The introduction of the P220 LEGION CARRY SAO is both a unique and exclusive opportunity and brings several firsts to the market for our LEGION Series pistols. Most notably this is the first introduction of both a carry size pistol and the availability of a .45 caliber for a LEGION Series pistol.”

Gun News - Limited Edition P220 LEGION CARRY SAO

From Sig Sauer:

The P220 LEGION Carry SAO is an enhanced version of the gun that started it all for modern day SIG. Finished in a proprietary LEGION gray coating and featuring custom G-10 grips with a Legion medallion, the P220 Legion is improved in nearly every way. Now featuring our highly sought after SAO Trigger and Manual Safety, the stainless-steel slide sports SIG SAUER Electro-Optics X-RAY high visibility day/night sights as well as front cocking serrations that provide greater purchase for cycling the action, clearing the firearm or conducting press checks.

The P220 LEGION Carry SAO includes a reduced and contoured Elite beavertail, which allows for a higher grip and a reduced profile, thus eliminating printing. More aggressive front strap checkering and additional checkering under the trigger guard enhance the grip. An X-Five undercut has been applied to the trigger guard, allowing for a higher grip and greater control. The P220 Carry LEGION SAO ships with three 8-round magazines.


  • Overall Length: 7.1 in.
  • Overall Height: 5.5 in.
  • Overall Width: 1.5 in.
  • Barrel Length: 3.9 in.
  • Sight Radius: 5.7 in.
  • Weight (incl. magazine): 30.4 oz.

⊕Smith & Wesson

Optics-Ready M&P9 M2.0 Compact Pistol

Gun News. S&W just expanded its M&P M2.0 Compact pistol line by adding an optics-ready variant, the M&P9 M2.0 Compact 4” OR.

Gun News - M&P9 M2.0 Compact 4” Optics-Ready

Vince Perreault, Smith & Wesson’s Brand Marketing Manager, said, “The use of optics has become increasingly popular as handgun owners look for ways to enhance their accuracy and shooting experience. To meet the demands of our consumers, the M&P9 M2.0 Compact is now able to accept many popular slide-mounted optics, straight from the factory.”

From Smith & Wesson:

Building on the award-winning M&P9 M2.0 Compact pistol series, the new models are chambered in 9mm and feature a slide cut for optics, co-witness white-dot front and rear sights, and enlarged forward slide serrations.

Purpose-built for both personal and professional use, the M&P9 M2.0 Compact pistols include the M2.0 feature set and are available with or without an ambidextrous manual thumb safety. Chambered in 9mm with a 4” barrel, the M&P9 M2.0 Compact OR comes standard with seven mounting plates designed to fit popular slide-mounted optics, two 15-round magazines, four interchangeable palmswell grip inserts, and more.

The MSRP on the M&P9 M2.0 Compact OR pistols is $616.

M&P9 M2.0 Compact OR Features

  • Optics ready slide
  • Seven mounting plates included
  • Ambidextrous thumb safety model available
  • Picatinny-style rail
  • Forward slide cocking serrations
  • Low barrel bore axis makes the M&P pistol comfortable to shoot reducing muzzle rise and allowing for faster aim recovery
  • Optimal 18-degree grip angle for natural point of aim
  • Aggressive grip texture for enhanced control
  • New M&P M2.0 trigger with lighter trigger pull.
  • Tactile and audible trigger reset
  • Accurate 1 in 10˝ twist M&P® M2.0™ barrel
  • Extended rigid embedded stainless steel chassis to reduce flex and torque when firing
  • Armornite durable corrosion resistant finish

⊕Daniel Defense

Delta 5 Pro

Gun News. Daniel Defense just upgraded its Delta 5 bolt-action rifle intended to offer all the benefits of a custom rifle, at a production price point. This one’s available chambered in .308 Win, 6.5 CM, and 6 CM in your choice of Black, Coyote Tan, and Olive Drab Green.

Gun News - Daniel Defense Delta 5 Pro bolt action rifle.

From Daniel Defense:

DELTA 5 Pro is the ultimate package of performance, accuracy, and custom features that are rarely found on a production bolt gun. This bolt gun bridges the gap between basic platforms and more expensive custom builds. So, whether you’re a weekend shooter looking to improve your long-range capabilities for the thrill and fun, or a more seasoned competitor looking to improve your current rig, the DELTA 5 Pro is a firearm that will grow with your capabilities. Guaranteed to shoot sub half MOA and one of the first production rifles to feature AREA 419’s ARCA Rail, this serious competition-ready firearm comes without the hefty competition price tag.


  • Interchangeable Barrel – Forged to contour from a proprietary steel blend with a Cerakote finish. Replace barrels or change calibers with ease thanks to its modularity and proprietary barrel nut.
  • AREA 419 Hellfire Muzzle Brake: Offers the ultimate in recoil reduction and muzzle rise
  • Action: Mechanically bedded stainless steel action with integral recoil lug
  • Bolt: Three-lug bolt with a 60-degree throw and floating bolt head
  • Bolt Knob: 5/16 – 24″ removable bolt knob
  • Trigger: Adjustable single-stage Timney Elite Hunter with two-position safety
  • Picatinny Scope Base: 20 MOA / 5.8 MRAD of elevation with four #10-32 bolts
  • Chassis Base: Allows for the mechanical bedding of the action with a metal-on-metal design that protects against change in weather conditions
  • Attachment: M-LOK attachment at six positions along forend with one point on bottom of buttstock
  • Quick Detach: Ten M-LOK QD sling points
  • Integral ARCA Lock (RRS Spec): Continuous along the entire lower portion of rail
  • Bridge: Compatible with an extended pic rail and is compatible with night-vision and thermal optics
  • Scalloped Cut: Allows for lower height over bore even with scopes with large objective lenses
  • AR-15 Grip Attachment: Interchangeable to accommodate the user’s preference of aftermarket grips
  • Eregonomic Thumb Rest: Left / Right adjustability to accommodate the user’s preference
  • Adjustable Buttstock: Offers length of pull and butt pad height adjustments without the need for tools
  • Adjustable Cheek Riser: For preferred height, yaw and drift
  • Capacity: Ten round PMAG 10 7.62 AC – AICS Short Action magazine included

Delta 5 Pro Features:

  • AREA 419 Hellfire Muzzle Brake: Designed with rearward-facing ports for the ultimate in recoil reduction and muzzle rise mitigation.
  • Cold-Hammer Forged Barrel: Intense hydraulic pressure process that forms the most accurate and longest-lasting barrels attainable.
  • ARCA Lock: RRS compatible locking system extends the length of the forend and allows for accessory attachment.
  • Thumb Rest: Left/right adjustment allows users to set at the desired position for optimal ergonomics.
  • Bolt-Action: Innovative Three-Lug Bolt with 60 Degree Bolt Throw to get off more shots faster.
  • User Configurable Stock: Allows for toolless adjustment of the comb’s height and yah, length of pull and butt pad vertical adjustment.
  • QD Points: Integrated quick-disconnect points for the attachment of slings.
  • M-LOK: Features M-LOK attachment technology.
  • AR-15 Compatible Grip: Ergonomic wrist angle and nonslip grip for comfort and control in all conditions.
  • Barrier Stop: Prevents interference with the magazine and provides stability with surface contact.


Low Profile RMRcc

Gun News. As Pike says, “Trijicon RMR is, without a doubt, king of the mini red dot market. They are the most proven red dot on the market and the choice of many armed professionals.”

Well, now they’ve one-upped themselves by making a smaller version designed specifically for concealed carry on single-stack and subcompact pistols. It’s so small, it only weighs an ounce and is less than an inch in length and height. And according to Trijicon, the RMRcc can be mounted to 1911-style pistols and withstands the harsh recoil of .45 ACP and 10mm.

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From Trijicon:

The RMRcc is ready to pair with any pistol to provide the ultimate concealed carry setup. The RMRcc is constructed from 7075-T6 aluminum, tested to Military Standards and backed by The Science of Brilliant® testing methodology that Trijicon applies to every product. Its patented shape absorbs impacts and diverts stresses away from the lens and is designed to withstand the rigors of hard use under the most severe environmental conditions. “Trijicon is proud to offer pistol owners an optic designed around their needs and built to Trijicon’s standards for durability,” said Chuck Wahr, Global Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Trijicon. “Users can have confidence in carrying a pistol equipped with the RMRcc.”

The RMRcc keeps all the great features of the RMR, including easy-to-use buttons, a common 2032 battery with up to 4 years of illumination, and a wide variety of mounts to fit today’s most popular concealed carry pistols. The RMRcc is available in either a 3.25 or 6.5 MOA dot size and provides a bright, illuminated aiming point under any condition. Best of all, the RMRcc is parallax-free, meaning simple “point and shoot” operation with superior accuracy.

For the ultimate in confidence, the RMRcc features an automatic brightness mode and 8 manual positions for custom settings. A Button Lock-In Mode prevents accidental adjustments to your preferred brightness setting, while a Battery Conservation Mode adjusts the aiming dot to ambient lighting conditions after 16.5 hours without a button push to further extend battery life. Windage and elevation adjustments allow for quick and easy zeroing with no need for any special tools or devices.

Friday, September 4, 2020


Gun News.  Army-2020 took place last week in Moscow, at the Patriot Expo, Kubinka Air Base and Alabino military training grounds. The event is organized by the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation and is considered to be the major Russian exhibition event for advanced technologies, armament, and military equipment for the armed forces and security agencies. Last week at the Expo, Kalashnikov Group introduced several new firearms. This week, they released promotional videos of the new weapons, so we can all get a better look at their most recent innovations. Here’s a rundown.

Updated AK-12 Assault Rifle

Gun News: Kalashnikov Group’s upgraded AK-12, is chambered in 5.45 x 39mm at a 30-round capacity. Upgraded features include three firing modes, windows in the magazines for quick load-checks, an adjustable butt-stock, an ergonomic hand grip, updated diopter sight, and Picatinny rails on the hand grip and receiver for optics mounting.

Gun News - Updated AK-12 Assault Rifle, Kalashnikov.
Image source: Kalashnikov Group.

According to Kalashnikov:

Based on the results of the military operation of the AK-12 assault rifles in the units and subdivisions of the Ministry of Defense, design changes were introduced that improve the ergonomics of the weapon and increase the convenience of its maintenance.

“In the near future, the troops will receive AK-12 assault rifles in a new version. The improvement of any new model of small arms is an ongoing process for any manufacturer, which usually takes years. Our company will continue to be extremely attentive to the wishes of ordering agencies, ”said Dmitry Tarasov, General Director of the Kalashnikov Group of Companies, in an interview with the RIA Novosti news agency.


The AK-19 is a 5.56×45 rifle based on the AK-12, and like the upgraded AK-12 it has a new lightweight adjustable buttstock. It’s also got a slotted flash suppressor for quick silencer attachment.

Gun News Kalashnikov AK-19
Image source: Kalashnikov Group.

According to Kalashnikov:

AK-19 is a version of AK-12 chambered for 5.56×45 mm. The development of the product was carried out on an initiative basis. The design of the weapon fully takes into account the experience of military operation of the AK-12. The new AK-19 assault rifle is intended for export supplies.

The AK-19 has a lightweight telescopic stock with improved ergonomics, a new rear sight and a slotted flash suppressor with the ability to quickly mount a silencer. Barrel length – 415 mm, weight – 3.35 kg, magazine capacity – 30 rounds.

MP-155 Ultima — Smart Shotgun

Gun News:  Kalashnikov Group of Companies presented the MP-155 Ultima as the first gun in Russia that has the capability to synchronize with gadgets. The quick-release stock has a built-in computer with memory for video storage and WiFi capabilities for data transport. It also has a USB port for camera connection.

Gun News: Kalashnikov MP-155 Ultima smart shotgun.

As described by Kalashnikov:

The unique development has a modern appearance, designed taking into account the requirements of progressive users who value the possibility of using modern gadgets.

The product is developed on the basis of the classic reliable MP-155 shotgun, has a modular design that allows you to modify the product according to the needs of the client. At the same time, the MP-155 Ultima can be synchronized with gadgets.

In the future, it is planned to release a line of non-fire products for a wide client audience.

PPK-20 Submachine Gun

Gun News. The company says this new 9 mm Kalashnikov PPK-20 submachine gun was named in honor of Viktor Mikhailovich Kalashnikov. It’s passed official trials and is considered fit for mass production.

Gun News - PPK-20 Submachine Gun Kalashnikov
Image source: Kalashnikov Group.

From Kalashnikov:

When performing the development work, the serially produced Vityaz-SN submachine gun was adopted as the base. At the development stage, the comments identified during the serial production of the product were taken into account. The design and composition of the product are brought in accordance with the requirements of the tactical and technical assignment. In the Kalashnikov submachine gun, the ergonomics of the weapon and the equipment attached to it have been significantly improved, the reliability of the product has been increased, and a low-noise firing device has been introduced into its composition.

The PPK-20 includes a belt with one-point and two-point fastening on the submachine gun. To carry magazines, fasteners, low-noise firing devices, an adapter, clips and a gun oiler, a bag made of material with a digital camouflage color is included in the composition.

PLK Pistol

Gun News. According to reports, once testing is completed this pistol is set to be adopted by the Russian Army and National guard. A civilian version will be available on the international market in 2021, according to Kalashnikov Concern’s civilian sector development director Valentin Vlasenko.

“We’ll have the PLK on duty within the year, followed by a wide release of the adapted civilian and export modifications. The difference with the army one lies only in the twists, [which are responsible for the spin of the bullet], and the reduced number of rounds in the magazine,”  Vlasenko said.

Gun News - Kalashnikov PLK pistols

Here’s the promotional video showing how the PLK performs after exposure to freezing temperatures, water, sand, and dropping.

⊕Nighthawk Custom

Shadow Hawk Long Slide

Gun News. The Shadow Hawk Long Slide maintains all the features of its namesake, but in a 6” long slide configuration to create a supremely accurate pistol.

From Nighthawk:

The Shadow Hawk Long Slide maintains all the features of its namesake, but in a 6” long slide configuration to create a supremely accurate pistol. Whether used for hunting or competition, the Shadow Hawk Long Slide delivers the accuracy needed. This model comes standard in 10mm but is also available in .45 ACP.

One of the main features of the Shadow Hawk Long Slide is a one-piece magwell/mainspring housing for quick and sure reloading. A flat trigger with a serrated face provides an excellent feel for competition shooters, while aggressive cocking serrations on the front and rear of the slide provide a sure surface to rack the slide. A fully adjustable Nighthawk Custom rear sight is ideal for hunters looking to take down a trophy animal.

Shadow Hawk Long Slide Features

  • Finish: black nitride
  • Forged government size frame and 6″ barrel
  • Match grade 10mm barrel
  • Coarse front and rear cocking serrations
  • Ball radius cut on the slide
  • One-piece magwell/mainspring housing
  • Nighthawk Custom fully adjustable rear sight with dual tritium lamps
  • Tritium front sight
  • G10 black and gray spiral cut grips with Nighthawk Custom logo
  • 25 lines per inch checkered front strap and mainspring housing
  • 40 lines per inch serrated rear of slide to match rear sight
  • Shortened slide stop and beveled frame
  • Crowned barrel flush with bushing
  • Lightweight aluminum, flat-faced, solid trigger
  • Thick barrel bushing
  • Thick smooth recoil spring plug
  • Completely dehorned for comfortable carry
  • Ultra hi-cut front strap


  • Caliber: 10mm
  • Safety: Single
  • Height: 5.66″
  • Overall Length: 9.65″
  • Pistol Width: 1.35″
  • Slide Width: 0.92″
  • Grip Thickness: Regular
  • Weight, Empty: 42.0 oz.
  • Sight Radius: 7.42″
  • Barrel Length: 6:
  • Magazine Capacity: 10
  • Rear Sight: Fully Adjustable 2-dot Tritium
  • Front Sight: Tritium
  • Finish: Black Nitride
  • Firing Pin Size: .38 Super
  • Firing Pin Material: Stainless Steel

⊕Lipsey’s Guns

Exclusive GLOCK P80

Gun News. According to Lipseys, this collaboration with Glock began about three years ago. It’s a reproduction of the original Glock that the Austrian Army adopted back in 1982 — they called it the Pistole 80. Later introduced into the US, it was known as the G17, and was only available here for a couple of years until the Gen2 model came out in 1988. The US market never imported models marked “P80,” but now US Glock fans have an opportunity to get their hands on these reproductions that hearken back to the beginning of Glock history.

Gun News - Lipsey's Glock P80 is a historical reproduction of the original GLOCK pistol adopted by the Austrian Army in 1982.
Lipsey’s Glock P80 is a historical reproduction of the original GLOCK pistol adopted by the Austrian Army in 1982.

From Lipsey’s:

After its American debut as the GLOCK 17 in 1986, the simple, yet proven, mechanics and materials have remained mainly the same. The original P80 and Gen1 G17 featured non-railed frames with no finger grooves and wrap around pebble grain texturing. Lipsey’s worked with GLOCK to recreate the Gen1 single pin frame and the original flat extractor. The P80 markings are the same font used in 1982. The classic “Tupperware” style container was also re-manufactured for this edition. Each GLOCK P80 includes a commemorative overbox and certificate of authenticity.

The new Lipsey’s Exclusive GLOCK P80 was developed to allow modern GLOCK enthusiasts to acquire a piece of the company’s unique history. The concept began with Jason Cloessner, Lipsey’s Vice President & Product Development Manager, who initiated the collaboration with GLOCK some three years ago. “I have always wanted to do a retro GLOCK pistol. GLOCK took painstaking measures to recreate the original frames and packaging to make this P80 edition as close to the original as we could get. Not only is this edition a great shooter, but it also helps tell the amazing story of how GLOCK came to be.”


  • Original P80/Gen1 Frame
  • P80 Letter Font Markings
  • Original Style Flat Extractor
  • Solid Medium Smooth Trigger
  • Authentic Non-Rail Frame
  • Gen1 Trigger Guard Texturing
  • Wrap-Around Gen1 Pebble Texture
  • Single Pin Frame
  • Polymer Front & Rear Sights
  • Original Peel-Top “Tupperware” Style Container
  • Glock Certificate Of Authenticity
  • Unique Collectible Overbox
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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