GunMag Gun News 5×5 Friday – February 2020

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


Friday, February 28, 2020

Welcome back to GunMag Gun News 5 X 5 Friday. In this final installment for February 2020, we’ll cover how the Corona virus is affecting the firearms industry, among others. Also, the state of Connecticut is going through deliberations about whether or not ammunition should be taxed to cover the expenses of gun violence. And as always, we’ve got some newly released firearms to look at. More new ammunition has been added this month to the Ammunition Depot so be sure to check out the new goods from Sig Sauer, CCI, Federal, Blackwater, Century Arms, and Nosler. 

Read on for this week’s Gun News!

⊕IWA and ENFORCE TAC Postponed Due to Concerns About Corona Virus

Gun News. You wouldn’t think that a virus would be “Gun News” would you? But here it is. The Corona Virus is having a steep impact on the firearm industry, which will likely have repercussions for months to follow.

News that the IWA has been canceled next week is going to create untold fallout for everyone involved in the industry and more. The show is considered the European equivalent to the North American SHOT Show, which, to understate — is a huge undertaking. Considering all of the preparations that take place months in advance of the show, and then what it’s going to take to sort everything out now — this cancellation is a big deal.

Gun News - IWA postponed.

In a statement released yesterday, IWA said,

“Due to the new situation regarding the spread of the corona virus, NürnbergMesse has decided to postpone IWA OutdoorClassics 2020 from the planned date of 6-9 March 2020 to a date in 2020, which has yet to be determined.

We hope you will understand the decision taken. The aim of every trade fair must be to create a special experience for exhibitors and visitors alike and to facilitate the diverse establishment and expansion of business relationships. Unfortunately, this goal cannot be achieved under the current circumstances.”

Normally, IWA is preceded by the security and defense-focused trade fair ENFORCE TAC. Yesterday, IWA’s statement included this notice: “The Enforce Tac / U.T.SEC trade show, which runs before will also be postponed in line with IWA OutdoorClassics.”

Before the news was announced, some companies in the industry were already canceling their attendance. Maxpedition announced its withdrawal by saying, “we are not willing to expose our employees to the potential medical, public health, economic, and social risks associated with this rapidly spreading new disease for which there is no cure.”

Although the organizers intend to re-schedule the shows for sometime later this year, there is no doubt that the cancellation is going to have some economic impact in the industry. And really, it doesn’t stop with the firearms industry. This effects all of the supportive organizations that make the shows possible — airlines, shipping, food service, hotels, etc. ad nauseam.

Long-Reaching Effects

Other industries are reporting trade show cancellations too. More than 24 exhibitions and conferences have been canceled or postponed worldwide, so far.  The world’s largest mobile phone trade show, Mobile World Conference, was supposed to happen this week. It didn’t. Last week, Facebook canceled its annual Global Marketing Summit scheduled for March 9-12 in San Francisco. The Beijing Auto Show, originally scheduled for late April, has also been postponed. And there are more.

But, not every industry is being crushed by this global concern. As always, someone always stands to benefit from whatever troubles arise, and this time it’s the face-mask industry. Preppers, too, are raising their voices in advance of potential quarantines and economic shut-down. It’ll be interesting to see how this story unfolds.

⊕Public Hearing on Ammunition Tax

Gun News. Yesterday, the Connecticut Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee heard testimony over a proposed excise tax on ammunition. The proposal calls for a 35-percent tax on ammunition purchased in stores and through the internet. Sponsored by Representative Jillian Gilchrest, D-West Hartford, the bill would increase the cost of a box of ammunition by an extra $3.50 to $5.00 per box. That adds up to approximately $7 million per year that would be allocated to community gun-violence programs and agencies if the bill passes.

Gun News - Gilchrest defends the ammunition excise tax at the committee hearing.
Gilchrest defends the proposed ammunition excise tax at the hearing.

In the hearing, Gilchrest referred to a recent congressional report that says the state cost of gun violence is $1.2 billion, annually. That number boils down to about $333 per Connecticut resident each year. Gilchrest argued that residents who don’t own guns shouldn’t be burdened with those costs.

“Why should the 84 percent of those who don’t own guns pay the same as those who do?” asked Gilchrest. “The status quo is unfair to the 84 percent who don’t own guns and ammunition.”

Although she said she isn’t trying to deter people from legal gun-ownership, she thinks law-abiding gun owners should bear the financial burden of gun violence.

“Most criminal acts actually take place with a firearm which was once legally purchased.  And so, yes law-abiding gun owners should pay a little more,” she said.

The bill is supported by the Connecticut chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Chapter member Susan Vogel said, “It is a creative mechanism to funding the creative work that community gun violence organizations are doing to keep our communities safe.”


Gun-rights activists voiced their opposition to the bill, calling it an assault on their 2nd Amendment right to bear arms and that law-abiding gun-owners shouldn’t be forced to bear the financial responsibility for gun violence.

In a statement, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) pointed out that a tax of this nature would actually put more people at risk. “Lower-income individuals who typically live in more dangerous neighborhoods will likely be priced out. These residents will be disproportionately impacted by this tax.”

In written testimony, CCDL founder Scott Wilson said, “Being a legal gun owner is a tedious task in our state. We pay for safety courses prior to the application process, and then we go through background checks at the local, state and federal levels that include consequential sums of money to obtain a permit for the ability to legally purchase firearms.

“I cannot understand why a legislative committee in the state of Connecticut would seek to make it harder for people to safely practice with their guns by increasing the expenses. Our legislature should be doing the opposite. Connecticut would be wiser to make ammunition less costly by reducing sales tax on its purchase with the hope that legal gun owners practice shooting more frequently to improve their skills.

“I truly and sincerely wish that those who seek to use the power of taxation to impede and infringe constitutional rights will reverse course and accept gun owners as decent and caring fellow citizens instead of adversaries who should be vilified.”

Other opponents at the hearing raised concerns that the bill would only serve to enhance the black market or that people will simply travel to other states to obtain ammunition without paying the tax. Connecticut resident Dana Morrow told the committee that in his small town, there isn’t a police department. It takes much longer for police to respond to a call in his town, so many residents in the community arm themselves in order to protect their homes and families.

Senator Rob Sampson, R-Wolcott said that more than 20,000 Connecticut residents have signed a petition asking the committee to vote against the bill.

This isn’t the first time the ammunition bill has been proposed in Connecticut. Last year, Gilchrest introduced the bill with a recommended excise tax of 50 percent per round. It died in the finance committee without a hearing and was never voted on.


California-Compliant Retro Rifles

Gun News. Californians take note: for the first time ever, Brownells is offering California-compliant versions of some models of its popular Retro Rifles.

Now, California residents can get their own cosmetically-correct copies of Brownell's iconic Retro Rifles.
Now, California residents can get their own cosmetically-correct copies of Brownell’s iconic Retro Rifles.

From Brownells:

The California-compliant Retro Rifles are listed on the Brownells website for pre-order and will be in stock and shipping by March.

Modified so a magazine cannot be removed without disassembling the firearm, California-compliant Retro Rifles are available in both 5.56mm and 7.62X51 and will ship with a 10-round magazine included.

“We’ve never had a Brownells-branded gun purpose built to comply with California laws before,” said Brownells Director of Product Management Paul Levy. “We have a lot of customers in California, and wanted to make some of our most-popular products available for them.”

California-compliant Retro Rifles include the following models:

  • BRN-601 CA 5.56, #100-039-910, $1,599.99 retail
  • BRN-605 CA 5.56, #100-039-914, $1,599.99 retail
  • BRN-PROTO CA 5.56, #100-039-913, $1,829.99 retail
  • BRN-10A CA 308, #100-039-911, $2,149.99 retail
  • BRN-10B CA 308, #100-039-912, $1,899.99 retail

⊕Bond Arms

Rough Series Double-Barrel Handguns

Gun News. The folks at Bond Arms just announced a more affordable option in their line of firearms for budget-conscious customers. The company says it trimmed down its finishing process with the resulting Rough Series which includes the Roughneck, Rowdy, and the Grizzly double-barrel guns.

Bond Arms announces Rough Series Double-barrel handguns.
The Rough Series: the Roughneck and the Grizzly.

From Bond Arms:

Bond Rough Series handguns include premium features found in all their double-barrelled guns, like stainless-steel barrels and frames, cross-bolt safety, retracting firing pins, spring-loaded cam-lock lever and rebounding hammer. Rough Series guns use the same grade of stainless steel as all production models.

The Roughneck is a new type of Bond Arms’ gun. It’s built with a 2.5′ barrel, chambered for 9mm, 357/38 or 45ACP, and features a blade front sight and fixed rear sight. The compact handgun uses a textured rubber grip. The Roughneck works best with smooth lined holsters. $269

At 5 inches long, the Rowdy is the ‘big brother’ in the line, chambered for the powerful .45 Long Colt, and 2½-inch .410 bore shotshells. A blade front sight and fixed rear sight mount directly on its 3-inch barrels. A smooth lined holster works best. $299

The Grizzly features several upgrades from its Rowdy cousin. Vibrant rosewood grips engraved with grizzly bear artwork, the Bond Arms name and a checkered panel, add texture and character. The pistol includes a matching leather holster embossed with a grizzly bear. Its 3-inch barrels are chambered in .45 Long Colt, and 2½-inch .410 bore shotshells. $377

The Bond Arms Rough Series are compact and rugged handguns built with the same quality parts and materials as the other Bond Arms production models. The rough finish gives each pistol its unique charm.

Roughneck Features

  • 9mm, single action
  • Stainless steel double-barrel and frame
  • Black rubber grips
  • Fixed sights
  • Patented rebounding hammer
  • Cross-bolt safety
  • Removable trigger guard
  • Interchangeable barrel
  • 22 ounces
  • Barrel length is 2.5 inches
  • Overall length is 4.5 inches
  • MSRP: $269

Rough N Rowdy Features

  • .45 Colt/.410 (2½-in. shells only), single action
  • Stainless steel double-barrel and frame
  • Black rubber grips
  • Fixed sights
  • Patented rebounding hammer
  • Cross-bolt safety
  • Removable trigger guard
  • Interchangeable barrel
  • Barrel length is 3 inches
  • Overall length is 5 inches
  • MSRP: $299

Grizzly Features

  • .45LC / .410 bore
  • Stainless steel double-barrel and frame
  • Compatible with all standard Bond Arms barrels
  • Patented rebounding hammer
  • Retracting firing pins
  • Cross-bolt safety
  • Spring-loaded, cammed locking lever
  • Barrel length is 3 inches
  • Overall length is 5 inches
  • Includes leather holster
  • MSRP $377


Gun News. This week Hatsan announced this new low-powered, easy-to-use youth model.

Alpha Youth Rifle

The new Hatsan Alpha youth rifle is a traditional break-barrel air rifle that incorporates the same design elements and features as its full-sized counterparts.
The new Hatsan Alpha youth rifle is a traditional break-barrel air rifle that incorporates the same design elements and features as its full-sized counterparts.

From Hatsan:

The Alpha’s stock is more compact and lighter weight, making it easy for smaller-framed individuals to handle. The advanced polymer shrouded steel barrel is lightweight, yet durable, and features Hatsan’s integrated QuietEnergy sound-reducing moderator. The airgun is equipped with adjustable TruGlo fiber optic front and rear sights for easy target acquisition. An advanced polymer optics rail features a built-in scope stop and will accept either 11mm dovetail or 22mm Weaver optics mounts. The rifle is easy to handle and operate and will fire a .177 caliber lead pellet at 495 feet-per-second. Hatsan’s Alpha is a great airgun for youngsters to enjoy while learning the skills of airgun shooting.

Alpha Features:

  • Lightweight, easy cocking break barrel air rifle
  • Designed for smaller, younger shooters
  • Single-shot break barrel action
  • Available in .177 caliber
  • Ambidextrous, durable synthetic stock
  • Synthetic QuietEnergy shrouded barrel provides noise reduction and easier cocking effort
  • Checkering on the grip and forend offer better control and feel
  • Soft rubber buttpad absorbs recoil and enhances comfort
  • Combination advanced polymer optics rail accepts both 11mm dovetail and 22mm Weaver mounts
  • Precision rifled steel barrel for accuracy
  • Micro-adjustable rear sight with TruGlo fiber optics
  • Windage adjustable front sight with TruGlo fiber optic
  • Anti-bear-trap safety
  • Manual & automatic cocking safety that engages each time the gun is cocked

Alpha Specifications:

  • .177 Caliber
  • Max Velocity (lead-free pellet): 600 FPS
  • Max Velocity (lead pellet): 495 FPS
  • Max Energy: 4.5 Ft-lb
  • Advanced polymer synthetic stock with Monte Carlo cheek rest
  • Overall length: 43.7″
  • Barrel Length: 16.5″
  • Weight: 6.6 lbs
  • MSRP: $99.99

⊕RISE Armament

Watchman Rifle and Pistol

Gun News. This rifle was originally designed for law enforcement officers, with input from SWAT/SOT/SRT officers, patrol officers, military snipers, competitive shooters, and firearms instructors, back in 2018. Now it’s available to the consumer market.

Gun News - the RISE Armament Watchman rifle and pistol, chambered .223 Wylde, now be available to consumers, comes standard with a RISE match-grade trigger and a free-floated 416R stainless steel barrel.

The Watchman rifle and pistol, chambered .223 Wylde, now be available to consumers, comes standard with a RISE match-grade trigger and a free-floated 416R stainless steel barrel.

From RISE:

The Watchman comes standard with a RISE match-grade trigger that features a crisp, balanced break and lightened pull weight. A free-floated 416R stainless steel barrel provides superior accuracy and proprietary weight reduction. This barrel is a favorite among top competitive shooters. The Watchman is air gauged and button rifled, shooting sub MOA with most factory ammo. Many shooters are regularly recording hits out to 600 yards with heavier ammunition.

The rifle configuration has a 16.1” barrel with a mid-length gas system for more manageable recoil. The pistol configuration has an 11.5” barrel with a carbine-length gas system. The Veil flash hider was developed specifically for the Watchman, ensuring flash minimization in low-light environments. Additionally, the ringing that’s typical with prong-style flash hiders has been engineered out to be nearly nonexistent.

The Watchman’s handguard boasts a continuous 12 o’clock top rail, MLOK slots, and QD points spanning 360 degrees for limitless customization options. It has a slim profile for comfort and a skeletonized design for weight reduction.

Other Features Include

Forged aluminum receivers

Premium black nitride bolt carrier group for dependability and smoother shooting

Ambidextrous safety

Magpul pistol grip

Magpul MOE stock on the rifle; SB Tactical SBA3 brace on the pistol

Rifle weight: 6 lbs. 8 oz.; pistol weight: 6 lbs. 2 oz.

Includes one magazine

Backed by RISE Armament’s lifetime manufacturing warranty

MSRP: $1,349 (rifle) and $1,449 (pistol)

⊕Beretta & Sako

S20 Hybrid Rifle

Gun News - The new S20 rifle has a takedown stock interface. Both a tactical precision stock and an ergonomic hunting stock and corresponding forends are available separately from Sako for aftermarket-purchase.
The new S20 rifle has a takedown stock interface. Both a tactical precision stock and an ergonomic hunting stock and corresponding forends are available separately from Sako for aftermarket-purchase.

The new tactical precision rear stock combines modularity and ergonomics for precision shooters. The forend of the precision stock has a flat bottom that helps balance the rifle while shooting without a bipod. The S20 hunter rear stock has an ergonomic grip for improved shot accuracy. The hunter stock’s forend has a soft “leather-like” grip surface made from high-quality synthetic materials for an optimal grip in any weather condition.

From Sako:

The user will be able to switch between the stocks and forends quickly and easily and can change the rifle from a tactical to a hunting rifle or vice versa in a matter of minutes with no need to re-zero optics after assembly. The stocks can be taken down easily by loosening up two screws between the rear stock and forend.

Overall, the adjustable ergonomics are a big part of the S20 design. The multi-adjustable trigger (available as both single-stage and two-stage variants) can be moved backwards or forwards to better fit different hand sizes, and a quickly adjustable cheek piece and spacer help to find the best possible shooting position. Combined with a wide selection of M-LOK and QD compatible accessory options, S20 adapts to all body sizes and shooting situations.

The Cartridge Plus magazine is made from glass-reinforced composite and is designed to support reloaders with longer maximum cartridge length. Due to the unique structure of the magazine, cartridges are supported from the shoulder to prevent bullet damage from recoil. The S20 comes with a 5 round (3 Magnum) magazine, and a 10 round (7 Magnum) magazine is available as an accessory. At launch, the S20 comes in 243 Win, 308 Win, 6.5 CM, 270 Win, 30-06 Sprg, 7mm Rem Mag, 300 Win Mag, and 6.5 PRC calibers.

*The new Sako S20 rifle was set to be officially unveiled at the upcoming 2020 IWA Outdoor Classics Show in Nuremberg, Germany on March 6, 2020.


Friday, February 21, 2020

Welcome back to this week’s GunMag Gun News 5×5 Friday!

Over the last several weeks, I’ve been trying to figure out how to bring the most value to this column. “Gun News” is a broad term. Often, when I observe the volatile conversations about guns and gun control, I get a bit disgusted. (Anybody with me?) So for a while, I focused on the great new guns and gear that the industry is continually releasing. However, I’ve come to the conclusion that this isn’t fair to the term “Gun News.” Although that phrase certainly covers new releases and announcements in the industry, it decidedly includes the politics that constantly revolve around firearms.

Admittedly, my conclusion has been influenced by the recent events in Virginia. Over the past few weeks, I watched this struggle unfold, and I gotta say I’m really impressed with the solidarity that gun owners in Virginia showed. On the other hand, it startles me that in the deciding moment, it boiled down to just four guys. So, out of respect for the term that this column is named for, I’ll do my best going forward to include all kinds of gun news, politically charged and otherwise. 

That said, I’ve included some political points of gun news from the last week: the Virginia ban on assault weapons, a proposed change to “No Gun” policies in Minnesota that just might have a chance of improving the status for legal concealed carry, and a proposed change to the laws regarding transportation of firearms, ammunition, and magazines. Batman fans may want to weigh in on the recent debate about his suit, which you’ll see below. And, of course, I’ve included some new guns, gear, and announcements from the industry.

Read on for this week’s GunMag Gun News 5×5 Friday.

Virginia Hits Pause on Assault Weapon Ban

Gun News. Monday morning in Virginia, four moderate Democrat Senators voted in a committee meeting to shelve legislation that would have prohibited the sale of certain semiautomatic firearms (including AR-15 style rifles). The legislation also proposed to ban possession of magazines that hold more than 12 rounds. This, after thousands of gun-rights activists gathered at the state capitol to protest the bill.

Gun News - Thousands of gun rights activists rallied in Richmond, Virginia to protest the Assault Weapon ban legislation.
Thousands of activists showed up to rally in Richmond last month. (Stephanie Keith/Reuters)

The battle isn’t over yet, though. The bill was postponed until 2021 and has been sent to the state crime commission for further study.

Minnesota Bill Proposes Civil Recourse to “No Guns” Policies

Gun News. A new Minnesota bill, HF 3051, was just introduced that may change how business owners execute their “No Guns” policies. According to the bill, businesses that prohibit firearms may have to include a new statement alongside their prohibition notification. The new statement would need to inform people that those prohibited from carrying a firearm are “under the custodial responsibility” of the business. As such, business or property owners that prohibit the carrying of firearms “shall assume absolute custodial responsibility for the safety and defense of the unarmed person” for the time that the person is on the property.

Gun News - These signs will need to change if this Minnesota Bill gets passed.
Gun News – These signs will need to change if this Minnesota Bill gets passed.

In effect, this proposal creates an opportunity for civil recourse should legally armed citizens suffer any form of injury (including death or economic loss) that could have been avoided if they had been allowed to carry their firearm.

Lawful Interstate Transportation of Firearms Act

Gun News. Gun Owners of America (GOA) jsut announced its support for the Lawful Interstate Transportation of Firearms Act, which is to be introduced today in the House of Representatives by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL).

Gun News - FOPA bill adds ammunition and magazines to list of items protected.
Brooks’ bill adds ammunition and magazines to the list of items protected by FOPA. Image source: NRA-ILA.

“Anti-gun state laws criminalize what would otherwise be considered law-abiding activity for the explicit purposes of making gun ownership, possession, and transportation more difficult,” said Aidan Johnston, Director of Federal Affairs for GOA. “This legislation compliments the right to keep and bear arms and protects Americans from governmental infringement.”

Covers Incidental Stops During Transport

According to current laws in many anti-gun states, gun owners who are transporting firearms in compliance with the Firearms Owner Protection Act (FOPA) can be arrested for things like stopping to get fuel, or even medical treatment, during their travels. This legislation intends to expand the definition of “transport’ in FOPA to include lodging, food stops, fuel-tank refills, vehicle maintenance, medical treatment, or any other activity that is incidental to the transport.

Also Covers Ammunition and Detachable Magazines

The bill also clarifies that transportation of a firearm from a location where gun owners “may lawfully possess, carry, or transport the firearm to any other such place” also applies to ammunition and detachable magazines. Makes sense, right?

Johnston said, “Every member of Congress should support this simple legislation that protects gun owners while they travel.”

Is That a Gun on Batman’s Suit?

I’ve chuckled a bit reading the online debates about the new Batsuit. Some say it has guns on it. Some say it’s made of guns. But wait? Does Batman even use guns? 

Gun News - Is that a gun on Batman's suit?
Hmmmm, what do you think?

Now, here are some of the latest releases and announcements in the firearms world. 


P3000 Freedom Series Supreme

Gun News. Stoeger announced a new option for home and property defense this week: the12-gauge pump-action shotgun. The P3000 Freedom Series Supreme can be adjusted for a good fit because it has a six-position, telescoping rear stock with adjustable cheek rest. The stock also folds for compact storage and transportation. Stoeger says the rubberized pistol grip and checkered pump forend combine for a rock-solid grip, even when shooting 3-inch magnum loads. It has a ghost-ring front sight and integrated sling attachment point for convenient carrying.

Gun News - The Stoeger Freedom Series offers extended magazines for increased capacity while being 922R compliant.
The Stoeger Freedom Series offers extended magazines for increased capacity while being 922R compliant.


  • Gauge: 12
  • Action: Pump
  • Chambering: 2-3/4 and 3
  • Capacity: 7+1
  • Barrel Length: 18-1/2 inches
  • Overall Length: 40.50 inches
  • Weight: 7.3 lbs
  • Stock: Six-position, telescoping (3-3/4 in. adjustment)
  • Barrel Finish: Blued
  • Chokes: Fixed cylinder
  • Sights: Ghost-ring sight
  • Length of Pull: 14-1/8 inches
  • Drop at Heel: 2-1/2 in.
  • Drop at Comb: 1-1/2 in.
  • Warranty: 5 years
  • MSRP: $469

⊕Franklin Armory

Binary Trigger for 10/22

Gun News. This week Franklin Armory announced it’s 9th binary trigger — one that is made for the Ruger 10/22. It has a three-mode safety selector:

  • Mode 1 – “Safe”
  • Mode 2 – “Semi”
  • Mode 3 – “Binary”

In Binary mode, one round is discharged with the trigger pull and one round on trigger release. To negate the release round, simply switch the safety selector back to the “Semi” or Safe” mode. As an additional safety precaution, the “Binary” mode cannot be selected while the trigger is held back in the “Semi” mode. MSRP $299.99.

Franklin Armory Binary Trigger for Ruger 10/22.
Franklin Armory says they’ve successfully adapted the patented Generation 3 Binary Firing System to the Ruger 10/22 platform. The final configuration will be placed into production soon.

Franklin Armory President Jay Jacobson stated, “Last year, our sales and marketing team tasked our engineers to apply our patented Binary Firing System III™ technology to the Ruger® 10/22® platform because the rifles are relatively inexpensive, the ammunition is cheap, and just about every gun owner in the US already has one! I’m pleased with the final result and think our engineers did a great job!”


FieldHunter Turkey Pump-Action Shotgun

Gun News. Chambered in 3″ magnum, this shotgun handles both 2 ¾” and 3″ loads. The stock and forend are made from synthetic polymer, and the forend is extended forend is easy to hold and cycle without the need to extend your reach. Escort says the aircraft alloy receiver and hard-chromed steel barrel ensure long service life.

Gun News - Escort FieldHunter Turkey Pump-Action Shotgun.
Tailored for the turkey hunter, the FieldHunter Turkey is available in 12-GA, 20-GA, and .410-Cal.

From the Manufacturer:

The FieldHunter Turkey is available in two camo patterns: Realtree APG and Mossy Oak BottomLand. Each gun ships with 3 interchangeable chokes suitable for a variety of turkey hunting situations. A 5-inch long cantilever optics rail features 4 cross-slots to accommodate a variety of Weaver mounts. The gun is also equipped with bright fiber optic front and rear sights for low-light hunting. The red front fiber is windage adjustable while the green fiber rear sight is both windage and elevation adjustable. Both fibers can be removed entirely to make way for mounted optics. All of Hatsan’s barrels are hard chrome lined for maximum durability and corrosion resistance.

FieldHunter Turkey Features

  • 12ga, 20ga, or .410cal 3″ magnum
  • Aircraft alloy receiver
  • Durable, advanced polymer synthetic stock and forend with textured grip surfaces
  • Extended forend for faster cycling
  • Soft rubber buttpad for recoil absorption
  • Oxidation proof chrome-plated barrel
  • Included chokes: Ext. Turkey, Full, Improved Modified
  • 4+1 shell capacity
  • Manual cross-button safety
  • Mounted sling studs
  • Available in RealTree APG and Mossy Oak Bottomland camouflage patterns
  • MSRP: $399.99

FieldHunter Turkey 12 GA Specifications

  • 12-gauge pump-action
  • 24″ barrel
  • 44″ overall length
  • 6.9 lbs.
  • Chokes: Extended Extra Full, Full, Improved Modified

FieldHunter Turkey 20 GA Specifications

  • 20-gauge pump-action
  • 22″ barrel
  • 42″ overall length
  • 6.2 lbs.
  • Chokes: Extended Extra Full, Full, Improved Modified

FieldHunter Turkey .410 cal Specifications

  • .410 cal pump-action
  • 26″ barrel
  • 46″ overall length
  • 6 lbs.
  • Chokes: Full, Modified, Improved Cylinder (all extended)

⊕FN America

U.S. Army M4/M4A1 Contract

Gun News. Yesterday, FN America, LLC publicly announced the award of a five-year indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract to supply the U.S. Army with M4 and M4A1 carbines. As per the March 2019 bid solicitation, “The M4/M4A1 Carbines provide the Department of Defense with compact, lightweight weapons that fire NATO 5.56mm ammunition from a 30-round magazine, mount the latest generation of fire control accessories and enablers, and provide increased protection and firepower in close quarters.” The guns have an estimated completion date of 1/30/2025 and must be manufactured exclusively within the US or its Territories.

Gun News - FN America awared 5 year M4 M4A1 contract with U.S. Army.
Gun News – FN America awarded a 5-year M4 M4A1 contract with U.S. Army.

Throughout its history, FN has been one of the largest suppliers of small arms to the U.S. military. In addition to the M4 and M4A1, the company currently holds contracts for the FN M240 medium machine gun and its variants; the FN MK 46, MK 48, MK 17 and MK 20 SSR for USSOCOM, and various other contracts.


TLR Gun-Mounted Lights Output Increased to 1000 Lumens

Gun News. People who rely on Streamlight’s weapon-mounted lights for fire fighting, law enforcement, military, industrial, and outdoor applications will be interested in this latest update. They just announced that they have improved the output on four TLR high lumen (HL) gun-mounted lights: the TLR-1 HL; TLR-2 HL; TLR-2 HL G, as well as the TLR-1 HPL. Each model now delivers 1,000 lumens of blinding white light.

Streamlight increases lumen output on TLR Gun-mounted lights.
Each model now delivers 1,000 lumens of blinding white light.

This news follows a slew of other new Streamlight products that were announced at SHOT last month.

“Tactical users and outdoor enthusiasts alike will appreciate the increased brightness of these rugged, yet compact and lightweight TLR models,” said Streamlight President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Sharrah. “The TLR-1 HL, TLR-2 HL, and TLR-2 HL G are designed to provide full situational awareness, offering a wide beam pattern that is similar to a floodlight for a variety of tactical maneuvers such as clearing a dark room, searching alleys, or other outdoor uses. The high-performance TLR-1 HPL also functions as a high lumen light, while delivering a brighter hotspot which puts more light on a target at a distance.”

More details from Streamlight:

In addition to their enhanced lumen capability, the TLR-1 HL, TLR-2 HL, and TLR-2 HL G also now offer 20,000 candela and a 283-meter beam distance, while the TLR-1 HPL provides 60,000 candela and a 490-meter beam distance. Each light has a continuous run time of 1.5 hours. The TLR-2 HL also is equipped with a 640-660 nanometer integrated red aiming laser for long-range targeting, while the TLR-2 HL G features a 510-530 nanometer green aiming laser to improve focusing on targets, particularly in daylight.

The upgraded lights feature the latest in LED technology, including a shock-proof high-power LED. All four models also feature strobing capability, offering the added benefit of being able to signal in the field or disorient targets.


Friday, February 14, 2020

Now that SHOT Show is over, the heavy shower of new releases in the firearms world seems to have slowed to a trickle. But I still managed to find a few to share. One thing that’s important to know is that Daniel Defense revamped its safety notification for the DELTA 5. If you have one, be sure to check and see if yours falls under the notification. DD says an unintentional discharge is a possibility, so please check it out.

⊕Rock River Arms

4.5-Inch BT-9 9mm Pistol

Gun News. This week, Rock River Arms announced that they added this new pistol to its series of semi-autos chambered in 9x19mm.

The 4.5" BT-9mm pistol is designed to work with GLOCK-style magazines for optimal cross-compatibility with GLOCK back-up carry pistols
The 4.5″ BT-9mm pistol is designed to work with Glock-style magazines for optimal cross-compatibility with Glock back-up carry pistols. In the image above, it is paired with the SBA3 Arm Brace from SB Tactical.

From Rock River Arms: The 4.5-inch BT-9 is based on RRA’s billet aluminum lower receiver with a Glock magazine-compatible flared magazine well. Integral to the lower receiver is a unique winter-style trigger guard that offers comfortable room for the trigger finger when wearing tactical or cold-weather gloves. The pistol includes RRA’s latest extruded aluminum upper receiver and comes standard with RRA’s 4.25-inch pistol length lightweight free-float M-LOK-compatible handguard. Featuring a 4.5-inch chrome moly, 1:10 twist barrel with a Smith Vortex flash suppressor (1/2-36 threads), the BT92152 pistol incorporates the SB Tactical SBA3 pistol brace (with 5-position LOP adjustment) plus RRA’s overmolded A2 pistol grip and two-stage trigger for an ultra-compact and highly portable AR-platform 9mm pistol ideally suited as a home- or personal-defense firearm. Rock River Arms new BT-9 series offers consumers the choice of four firearms consisting of three pistol configurations and one rifle configuration. 


American Rimfire Long-Range Target

Gun News. The new Ruger American Rimfire Long-Range Target combines the benefits of traditional wood stock rifles with full-featured chassis rifles, in a .22 LR package.  Ruger says the platform accuracy is due to the 22″ free-floating barrel, the Ruger Marksman adjustable trigger, and the patented Power Bedding system.

Ruger's new rimfire bridges the gap between traditional wood-stock rifles and full-featured chassis rifles.
Ruger’s new rimfire bridges the gap between traditional wood-stock rifles and full-featured chassis rifles.


  • Two-tone target stock features a two-way adjustable comb, adjustable length of pull with soft rubber buttpad, QD attachment points, and flush-mounted lower M-LOK® rail.
  • Includes the patented, detachable, flush-mounted BX-1, 10-round rotary magazine and accepts all 10/22 magazines, including the BX-25, BX-25×2, and BX-15.
  • Easy-to-use, extended magazine release provides smooth, no-fuss removal of the flush-mounted magazine.
  • Patented Power Bedding integral bedding block system positively locates the receiver and free-floats the barrel for outstanding accuracy.
  • Ruger Marksman Adjustable trigger offers a crisp release with a pull weight that is user adjustable between three and five pounds, allowing shooters to make that perfect shot.
  • Features a visible, accessible and easy-to-actuate tang safety that provides instant security.
  • Threaded 0.860″ bull barrel with factory-installed knurled thread protector is cold hammer-forged, resulting in ultra-precise rifling that provides exceptional accuracy and longevity.
  • Factory-installed one-piece aluminum scope rail.
  • A 60° bolt provides ample scope clearance and the easy-to-use, receiver-mounted bolt release allows the bolt to be readily removed without requiring a pull of the trigger, a unique safety feature among rimfire, bolt-action rifles.
  • Compatible with the Silent-SR sound suppressor.
  • Also includes: sling swivel studs.

⊕Kahr Firearms Group

2020 Fallen Officer Program

Gun News. If you are a friend, family member, or part of a Law Enforcement agency that experienced the loss of an officer in the line of duty, this program may be of interest to you. Initially introduced in 2018, the Kahr Firearms Group Fallen Officer Program is an initiative that donates a customized pistol that can be used as a fundraiser to benefit the family or kept as a keepsake. Now, they’ve decided to continue the program by accepting applications now for 2019 and 2020. Once approved, recipients will receive a Thin Blue Line model PM9 that is customized with the fallen officer’s name, badge number, and “end of watch” date engraved on the slide.

Gun News - Kahr Firearms Group 2020 Fallen Officer Program.
The gun can then be used to raise money for the family or it can be kept as a keepsake.

From Kahr Firearms: “Kahr Firearms Group is honored to continue the Fallen Officer Program to support law enforcement officers and their families,” said Jodi DePorter, Director of Marketing for Kahr Firearms Group. “We are committed to continuing our support of the families of those officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.”

The special edition Thin Blue Line PM9 was introduced in 2018 by Kahr Firearms Group to honor the men and women of law enforcement who form a “thin blue line” between a lawful and lawless society. These officers place their lives at risk to protect their communities from harm. In doing so, they deserve the respect and gratitude of those they serve.


The “Thin Blue Line” PM9 slide is finished in durable Armor Black Cerakote. All other exposed metal parts are blacked out, and a blue line is added encircling the slide. This special model comes equipped with easy-to-see TruGlo Tactical Night Sights. Two flush-mount, six-round magazines and one seven-round extended magazine are included. Each magazine is blackened for concealability. As with all Kahr Premium Series firearms, a full limited lifetime warranty is included.

Applications are now available for the 2020 program, honoring officers who have fallen during the 2020 calendar year. Law enforcement departments, family, or friends of the fallen officer can submit the application.

⊕Galco International

Concealable Belt Holster for the New Ruger-57 Pistol

Gun News. Fans of the new Ruger-57 fans, here’s a new concealed carry holster to look at. The Concealable holster from Galco features a forward molded two-piece construction that is designed to match the natural curve of the human hip. As such, the molding stays on the front of the holster, for greater comfort and a greater concealability profile than pancake-style holsters. The Concealable is available in black or havana brown.

Gun News: The Concealable has a covered trigger for safe carry and an open top with firing grip accessibility to help with speed.
The Concealable has a covered trigger for safe carry and an open top with firing grip accessibility to help with speed.

From Galco: Constructed of the top 2% of premium steerhide available in America, the Concealable is hand-molded by our experienced craftsmen to fit specific handguns. This gives it excellent retention properties along with a beautiful appearance. But beauty is only skin-deep, especially in a holster designed for concealment. The professional-grade Concealable also features an open top with firing grip accessibility for speed – and time is always in short supply in defensive situations. The Concealable’s covered trigger ensures safe carry. Meanwhile, its double-stitched seams enhance durability, making the Concealable one of the longest-lasting holsters money can buy. Lastly, the Concealable’s two belt slots fit belts up to 1 ½” wide, so it blends perfectly with current clothing styles. And blending in is the name of the game when we’re talking about concealed carry!

⊕Daniel Defense

DELTA 5 Safety Notification

As a follow-up to the Safety Notification Replacement Campaign originally issued last October, Daniel Defense is asking Delta 5 owners to check to see if theirs falls under the campaign. The models that were manufactured before September 20, 2019, have been identified as having a firing pin cross pin in the bolt assembly that can break, allowing the firing pin to move freely within the bolt assembly. Daniel Defense says that it is possible that an unintentional firearm discharge may occur.

Gun News - If you have a DELTA 5, check to see if it falls under this Safety Notification Replacement Campaign.
If you have a DELTA 5, check to see if it falls under this Safety Notification Replacement Campaign.

From Daniel Defense: Daniel Defense asks that consumers take the Safety Notification Replacement Campaign seriously and immediately check to see if their DELTA 5 Rifle falls under this Safety Notification Replacement Campaign. If a DELTA 5 Rifle falls under this Safety Notification Replacement Campaign, IMMEDIATELY DISCONTINUE USE OF THE DELTA 5 RIFLE, POINT THE DELTA 5 RIFLE IN A SAFE DIRECTION, ACTIVATE THE SAFETY SELECTOR LEVER, CHECK AND VERIFY THE DELTA 5 RIFLE IS UNLOADED AND THAT THE CHAMBER IS EMPTY, IF IT IS NOT, REMOVE ANY CHAMBERED ROUND, REMOVE THE MAGAZINE AND THE BOLT ASSEMBLY AND FOLLOW THE BOLT ASSEMBLY RETURN INSTRUCTIONS BELOW. To determine if a DELTA 5 Rifle falls within the scope of this Safety Notification Replacement Campaign, Consumers should go to or call (866) 554-GUNS.

⊕Apex Tactical

Action Enhancement Kit for Gen 5 Glock

Gun News. Apex Tactical Specialties has a new trigger upgrade announces that is fully compatible with the newly released .22lr caliber Glock 44.

Gun News - The Apex Action Enhancement Kit for the Gen 5 Glock is fully compatible with the newly released .22lr caliber Glock 44.
The Apex Action Enhancement Kit for the Gen 5 Glock is fully compatible with the newly released .22lr caliber Glock 44.

From Apex: The Action Enhancement Kit for Gen 5 Glock pistols features the Apex Action Enhancement Trigger mounted on a Gen 5 Trigger Bar, and Apex Performance Connector. The kit is a direct drop-in replacement of the factory polymer trigger and connector and provides for a smoother trigger pull with reduced travel, reduced reset, and a crisp break. When properly installed and lubricated in the new Glock 44, due to the heavier striker spring in the .22 caliber model, the kit will give you an approx. pull weight in the range of 5.5 to 6.0 lbs. The Action Enhancement Kits available for the Glock 44, and the current full range of Gen 5 models, include: – Black Anodized (Part #102-116) – Red Anodized (Part #102-156) – Thin Blue Line (Part #102-B116) – Thin Blue Line (Part #102-B116-F) – Black Anodized Freedom Edition (Part #102-F116) – Limited Availability – Red Anodized Freedom Edition (Part #102-F156) – Limited Availability – Red Anodized Freedom Edition w/ Blue Safety (Part #102-F156-B) – Limited Availability Learn more at Apex Tactical:  

Friday, February 7, 2020

Welcome back to GunMag Gun News 5×5 Friday! Last weekend I had the opportunity to take some shooting courses at the new Ranier Arms Firearms Academy in Wichita, Kansas. Although I write for the firearms industry, I am a new shooter and let me tell you, the courses were very, very good. Our instructor was Joe Barnsfather, owner of Superior Arms, and we had a full day with pistol training and a full day on the rifle. I was a bit more familiar with the pistol than the rifle, so I was really drinking from the firehose during the rifle course on Sunday. But, some people out there say that the firehose is the best way to drink. The Academy will have its Grand Opening on March 28, with in-store specials and deals. Over 25+ confirmed manufacturers are flying in for the event to display their wares with show specials and giveaways. There will also be fun fundraising events for “The Forgotten 22” and raffles. If you happen to live in the midwest, try to make it to the event, I think you’ll be impressed with the facility and all that the academy has to offer. One thing I thought sounded fun is their “Date Night Gun Fight” program. Here’s how Ranier describes it: Spend a few hours with your significant other shooting in a couples-only match. This scenario-based match puts the couple in a scene where they must engage targets together with common weapons and ammo that we provide. The team will be able to choose which of them shoot what weapon and strategy counts. The couple will compete against other couples that are registered and a winner will be chosen at the end. The prizes range from a share of the entrance fees to a gift certificate to a local restaurant. What a fun way to start a date night, in a team-oriented dynamic shooting match. Take a look! This week in Gun News, we’ve got a new line of pistols from Springfield Armory and Taurus just released a new compact revolver with several different coating and grip options. Nighthawk Custom has a new drop-in trigger for 1911’s, and F.A.B has a new ergonomic pistol grip. Also, Boyd’s has a new “Essentials Only” gunstock that is reasonably priced. Read on for this week’s GunMag Gun News 5×5 Friday.

⊕Springfield Armory

Saint Pistols

Gun News. These new SAINT pistols were on display at SHOT Show, but this week Springfield Armory sent out a press release informing the industry that they will be available in the Spring of 2020. The SAINT Edge EVAC pistol comes with the storage bag in the image below.

Gun News - Springfield Armory says the following are slated for release Spring 2020: the SAINT Edge PDW Pistol, the SAINT Victor .308 Pistol, and the EVAC Pistol.
Slated for release Spring 2020: the SAINT Edge PDW Pistol, SAINT Victor .308 Pistol, and the EVAC Pistol.

Features and Benefits

SAINT Edge PDW Pistol
  • Caliber: 5.56mm
  • Barrel Length: 5.5″
  • Overall Length: 18.75″ with Maxim Defense SCW brace collapsed
  • Capacity: 20-round with included Magpul PMAG.
  • Pistol Grip: Reptilla CQG
SAINT Victor .308 Pistol
  • Barrel Length 10.3″
  • Overall Length: 28″ with the included SB Tactical SBA3™ five-position brace fully collapsed
  • BCMGUNFIGHTER Mod 3 pistol grip
  • Free-float M-Lok handguard
  • Springfield Armory Blast Diverter
SAINT Edge EVAC Pistol
  • Caliber: 5.56mm that is designed for take-down and discreet storage in the included storage bag
  • Patent-pending ratchet barrel takedown system combines with a
  • Gear Head Works Tailhook MOD 1 side-folding brace with Law Tactical Gen 3-M folder adapter for extremely compact storage.

From Springfield Armory: “We wanted to give our customers an early ‘sneak peek’ at some exciting new SAINT pistols we have been developing over the past year,” explains Springfield Armory VP of Marketing Steve Kramer. “Each brings something innovative to the Springfield Armory lineup, and offers exciting new options for all of the SAINT fans out there.” 


Defender 856

Gun News. Wheelgun lovers take note: there’s a new compact model from Taurus that is available in six coating and grip variations.

Gun News - Taurus announced their new 38 special revolver: the Taurus Defender 856.
Top row left to right: +P Tungsten Cerakote, +P Matte Stainless (16 oz.), and +P Matte Stainless (35 oz.)
Bottom row left to right: +P Matte Stainless Two-Tone with VZ Grips Twister, +P Hard Anodized Black, and +P Matte Black.

From Taurus: Based on the original Taurus® 856, the Defender 856 was developed for those who favor the easy carry, low profile, and comfort of a compact revolver in a package that performs across all environmental and lighting conditions. Unlike most compact revolvers, the Defender 856 features a factory-installed front sight post with an integrated tritium vial, allowing for quick sight picture acquisition in the lowest light conditions. To ensure fast sight alignment in elevated ambient light conditions, the front sight post face surrounding the tritium element is bright orange. This combination gives the Defender 856 true all-light performance, which is essential for a go-anywhere personal defense handgun.

Taurus Defender 856 Specifications

  • Caliber: .38 Special +P
  • Frame Size: Small
  • Capacity: 6 rounds
  • Action Type: DA/SA
  • Barrel Length: 3.0 in.
  • Overall Length: 7.5 in.
  • Overall Height: 4.80 in.
  • Overall Width: 1.41 in.
  • Finish: Stainless steel matte, aluminum alloy matte, stainless steel black tenifer, aluminum alloy hard coat black anodized, stainless steel matte/black and tungsten cerakote
  • Grip: Hogue rubber, VZ black/gray, walnut
  • Front Sight: Tritium night sight w/bright orange outline
  • Rear Sight: Fixed
  • Safety: Transfer bar

⊕Nighthawk Custom

Drop-In Trigger System for 1911 Pistols

Gun News. Designed for use in most 1911 models, Nighthawk’s new DTS is an all-inclusive that can be installed easily with minimal gunsmithing skills. It replaces the existing hammer, hammer strut, sear, disconnector, and sear spring. The traditional three-legged sear is replaced with a single-leg grip safety spring, the only part of the system that isn’t built into the housing. Existing sear and hammer pins are to be retained, but no other parts are required for installation. The steel housing secures all of the Fully Machined (FM Series) stainless-steel internal components and the DTS is precision CNC machined from premium-grade 416 stainless-steel billet.

Gun News - Nighthawk says this is a first-of-its-kind Drop-In Trigger System for the 1911 platform.
Nighthawk says this is a first-of-its-kind Drop-In Trigger System for the 1911 platform.

From Nighthawk: “Nighthawk Custom has invested heavily into R+D for the 1911 platform over the last 15 years,” said Mark Stone, owner, and CEO of Nighthawk Custom. “We are very excited about our new Drop-In Trigger for the 1911 because this is something I have always dreamed of, and it is one of the biggest areas that can be improved upon for many factory-built 1911’s.” “This is an incredibly innovative product that has been in development with Mark Dye for almost a decade,” Stone added. “Over the last two years we have thousands of hours of prototyping, research, development, and testing that allows a 1911 user the ease of improvement that has been available on other pistols and rifles for years.”  

⊕TOPS Knives

CQT Folders

Knife News. The folks at TOPS Knives have announced a limited release of CQT Folders. They say that dealers will soon have a limited amount of them so if you would like one make sure to contact your nearest knife dealer and ask for one. As they say “Once they’re gone, they’re gone.”

Thunder Hawk CQT Folders.
The frame on the Thunder Hawke black G10 on one side and titanium on the other. It is available with either a Tanto point or a Hunter point.
Magnum CQT Folders from TOPS Knives.
The Magnums are beefy knives with steel liners, Black G10 handles on each side, and N690Co blade steel. Also available with Tanto or Hunter points.


Gradus Pistol Grip

Gun News. Here’s a new ergonomically designed grip that F.A.B. says is made for long-range and close contact accuracy,

Gun News - FAB Gradus Pistol Grip. The grip has a relatively straight profile with a 15-degree reduced-grip angle for increased stability and grip security. It has a slim design, a curved back strap, and is available with a beavertail or flat configuration.
The grip has a relatively straight profile with a 15-degree reduced-grip angle for increased stability and grip security. It has a slim design, a curved backstrap, and is available with a beavertail or flat configuration.

From F.A.B.: The Gradus is constructed from a reinforced polymer core that delivers incredible durability. The textured rubber over-mold adds an additional layer of security while providing an outstanding grip for shooters. The combination of materials provides pressure relief by equally distributing force placed on the grip. The level of control increases as a direct result of the materials used and the ergonomic design. The Gradus pistol grip is available in Black, Olive Drab Green or Flat Dark Earth. The MSRP pricing is set at an affordable $28, making the grip available for a large market. The Gradus has a beautiful design that performs at the highest levels. It’s made to last while delivering a stable and comfortable grip at any range. Read more at F.A.B.:

⊕Boyds Gunstocks

Spike CampTM Gun News. They call this “The Essentials-Only” gunstock, and aside from the cool color combinations, it does look pretty basic. But then, sometimes simple fundamentals serve our needs best. This hardwood gunstock weighs in at 2.5 lbs and retails at $99.

Gun News - Boyds Gunstocks Spike CampTM
The Spike CampTM is available in all 13 of Boyds’ color combinations.
Here are the features:
  • Large, ergonomic thumbhole.
  • Monte Carlo style comb for proper cheek weld.
  • Two sling studs for sling attachment.
  • Free-floated barrel channel.
Options include:
  • Color choice.
  • pillars.
  • Choice of satin or glossy finish.
  • 1-inch recoil pad, purchased separately.
From Boyds
Spike camps in the backcountry are a strategic necessity to tipping the odds in your favor and allowing you to do more with less. The Spike CampTM thumbhole stock is a high-quality, extremely comfortable, lightweight, essentials-only stock. The performance of a free-floated barrel, standard sling studs, and a thumbhole grip give you everything you need to achieve success, and all while keeping weight and size down.
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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