Magpul Takes on The Scorpion

The CZ Scorpion EVO 3 has made a hell of a good impression in the PCC market space.

Spotted recently in Kenya

But like all good items, there were things that could be changed to better suit market wants.

Magpul is giving us three.

Magpul® MOE®-EVO Grip – CZ Scorpion EVO® 3  

The Magpul MOE-EVO Grip is an optimized drop-in upgrade to the CZ Scorpion EVO 3 family of pistols and carbines. Featuring an enhanced grip angle and Magpul’s proprietary TSP texture on contact surfaces, the MOE-EVO Grip gives users unsurpassed comfort, control, and durability. This lightweight and ergonomic grip builds on the legacy of Magpul’s MOE AR and AK grips to provide CZ Scorpion EVO 3 users positive control in all conditions, with or without gloves.


·         Optimized grip angle allows enhanced control with short LOP stocks and pistol configurations, with and without a brace

·         Aggressive TSP grip texture increases weapon retention in all environments and is substantially more durable than grip tape

·         Ergonomic design mitigates fatigue and ensures ease of access to weapon controls while maintaining a secure grip

·         High-strength injection-molded polymer construction

·         Easily installs with a 3mm hex wrench

·         Made in U.S.A., qualifying as one U.S.-made part for 922(r) compliance






Magpul® MOE®-EVO Grip – CZ Scorpion EVO® 3   

The Magpul MOE-EVO Enhanced Magazine Release includes advanced interface geometries and surface texture on the paddle and wings to allow easy, one-handed activation and magazine removal, while still remaining unobtrusive. It lets the shooter easily release the magazine and is accessible with the firing-hand index finger or the reloading-hand thumb.

Magpul® MOE®-EVO Enhanced Magazine Release  – CZ Scorpion® EVO 3

The Magpul MOE-EVO Enhanced Magazine Release is a reliable, durable, and affordable drop-in upgrade to the CZ Scorpion EVO 3 family of pistols and carbines. The paddle design allows for easy, one-handed activation and magazine extraction, maximizing economy of movement.


  • Increased surface area allows for better purchase and positive release activation while remaining low-profile
  • Textured ridges and an easy-to-reach paddle allow ambidextrous use, with or without gloves
  • Optimized lever angle for positive activation Durable, lightweight, high-strength polymer construction
  • Installs easily with a 5/32″roll pin punch






Magpul® MOE®-EVO Enhanced Magazine Release  

The PMAG 35 EV9 brings optimal round stack geometry to the large format pistol, PCC, and SMG market. It also brings Magpul reliability and increased magazine capacity in a pistol caliber magazine, all at a competitive price point.

Magpul® PMAG® 35 EV9™ – CZ Scorpion EVO 3®

The PMAG 35 EV9 is a lightweight, 35-round, 9x19mm CZ Scorpion EVO 3-compatible magazine. The PMAG 35 EV9 provides optimal round stack geometry, giving the large format pistol, PCC, and SMG market Magpul reliability and increased magazine capacity in a pistol caliber magazine. Features include advanced impact-resistant polymer construction, an easy to disassemble design, and a highly impact-resistant floor plate. Additionally, the PMAG 35 EV9 features a rounds remaining capability in the form of capacity indicator windows at 10, 20, 30, and 35-round intervals. A Paint Pen Dot Matrix is provided for magazine identification, and the ridged front and back strap on the magazine body provides a secure grip in all environmental conditions. The PMAG 35 EV9 provides the CZ Scorpion EVO 3 owner the design, reliability and durability expected from Magpul, all at a competitive price point.


·         35-Round Capacity with capacity indicator windows at 10, 20, 30, and 35-round intervals

·         Easy to disassemble design for cleaning

·         High visibility follower

·         Advanced impact resistant polymer construction

·         Long life stainless steel spring for corrosion resistance

·         Highly impact-resistant floor plate

·         Paint Pen Dot Matrix for magazine identification

·         Made in the U.S.A., qualifying as one U.S.-made part for 922(r) compliance





Meopta USA Sport Optics Introduces Optika HD Binoculars

TAMPA, FL, January 17, 2019 – Meopta USA Sport Optics is pleased to introduce the new Optika HD binocular line.  Available in 8×42 HD and 10×42 HD, these lightweight, rugged, magnesium-alloy binoculars are encased in a newly designed shock-proof, rubber-armored exterior for a modern look and feel.  The advanced HD lenses, combined with phase-correction and dielectric coatings, deliver incredible brightness, superior color fidelity, edge-to-edge sharpness and increased contrast, allowing hunters to see better in low light.

The twist-up eyecups on the Optika HD binoculars are metal with a soft rubber exterior, making them extremely durable and comfortable while eliminating the risk of breakage in the field.  Like all Meopta binoculars, the Optika HD series is nitrogen purged and fully sealed for fogproof and waterproof performance in the most demanding conditions.

“The Meopta Optika HD binoculars offer hunters, shooters, and outdoor enthusiasts a high-performance, rugged, European binocular at an exceptional price point,” said Randy Garrison, Director of Meopta USA Sport Optics.  “Images are incredibly bright and clear with true, vivid colors and increased contrast, making target acquisition easier in challenging lighting conditions.”

Retail Pricing:

Meopta Optika HD   8×42 $289.95

Meopta Optika HD 10×42 $299.95

Optika HD Binocular Specifications:

Objective Lens (mm):42mm42mm
Field of View (ft/1000 yds):393 ft.315 ft.
Close Focus (ft):8.2 ft.9.8 ft.
Twilight Factor:18.320.5
Interpupillary Distance (in):2.2 in. – 2.9 in.2.2 in. – 2.9 in.
Diopter System:Right diopter ringRight diopter ring
Dioptric Correction (D):± 4± 4
Height (in):5.43 in.5.43 in.
Width (in):5.00 in.5.00 in.
Depth (in):2.17 in.2.17 in.
Weight (oz):22.9 oz22.9 oz
Lens/Prism Coatings:Fully multi-coatedFully multi-coated
Phase correctionPhase correction
Nitrogen Purged:yesyes

About Meopta

Meopta has been producing high-end European optics for over 85 years. Meopta is a leading manufacturer & partner to many of the world’s finest optical brands. Meopta conceives, develops and manufactures precision optical and electro/optical systems for semiconductor, medical, aerospace and military industries as well as for consumer markets.

For more information regarding Meopta, please visit


There are many reasons why working with a Firearms Instructor in private training environment can be key to achieving your shooting goals. Whether they be self-defense based, competitive sports-driven or for just fun recreational time at the range,  Here are six critical reasons why you should have a private session or two, or three, as well as the benefits that you are likely to achieve.

1. You Don’t Know Where to Start. Walking into the range for the first time or wanting to go shooting with your family can be a scary task. From choosing a gun and pairing it with the correct ammunition, to knowing the rules and etiquette, to understanding the 5 basics of marksmanship, there is a lot to know. Having a private lesson will give you an introduction to all these things and set you in the right direction to have a fun and safe time at the range.

2. You Have a Specific Illness, Injury, or Condition. It can be as simple as mastering cross-eye-dominate skills or learning how to see your sights again after Lasik. It might be a more complex physical limitation and you need options for how to make it work for you. It can even be an emotional road block or trauma you want to overcome. Working 1:1 with your instructor can be a very personal and private experience, so be ready to answer questions so they can better understand where you are starting from and help you make the proper adjustments.

3. You’re Not Seeing Results. Maybe you have taken a group class or had a family member teach you. At first everything was great, and you are satisfied with your target. Maybe you picked up a bad habit while working on new drills and don’t realize the mistakes you are making that are getting in the way of your progress. Having a tune-up is very valuable to get back on track or in some cases change course with a new gun, different ammo, change the holster, vision assessment, etc.

4. Help You Set Realistic Goals. Just like any task in life you must have a goal and plan to achieve it. If your intent is to get your carry permit or to participate in action shooting sports it can feel overwhelming to get started. Setting goals, especially attainable goals, will keep you on track. This will help you with training as well as purchasing the gear and equipment that you need and avoiding purchasing gear that you don’t need.

5. Fit Range Time Into Your Schedule. Sometimes fitting a group class or event into your schedule is not easy, especially if you work or have kid activities nights and weekends. Scheduling a lesson with a private instructor will give you the flexibility to choose a time that works best for you.

6. Help you develop a Personalized Training Plan. It may not be financially possible to have a private lesson on a weekly basis, even monthly. Your instructor can help you plan for the time you spend on your own and at AG & AG events, so that your range time and dry-fire practice is more meaningful. Use your Shooting Journal to track your progress and schedule a quarterly tune-up session with your instructor.

About Private Lessons

If you are a brand new shooter, your private lesson will start with a “do’s & don’ts” safety brief covering the 4 Rules of Gun Safety, additional rules, and etiquette of the range. You will also be given an overview of the firearm and its parts, functions, and fit. Be ready to talk about why you are taking the lesson, so that your instructor understands your goals, motivations, and expectations. A good instructor will focus on you from head to toe, so don’t feel intimidated. He or she may ask permission to touch you on your back or put their hands on your hands while shooting. It is all part of the process to make sure you are in correct form.

Depending on your instructor and/or facility, you can expect to spend 1 to 2 hours split between the classroom and the range, and shoot 50 to 100 rounds of ammunition. Many times when learning a new skill in a 1:1 environment your brain may get “full” around the 1-hour mark. If your instructor only offers 2-hour blocks, ask for breaks and communicate if you are getting tired or overwhelmed.

Record your notes and progress in your Shooting Journal during your lesson. Document the type of gun(s) you worked with, distances and any other nuggets of information you found especially useful or created an “ah-hah” moment. Take a picture of the target with your cell phone to have a visual reminder of where you started, so that you can measure your improvement.

Private Lesson Success

Find the right instructor for you! Communication before, during, and after your lesson, so that you are sure that you get what you need. Give yourself plenty of time before and after your lesson time. Don’t be rushed or stressed out thinking about where else you need to be.

Avoid negative self-talk. Don’t shake your head “no” if you make a mistake or don’t do the exercise exactly right. Be open minded about learning something new and different. If it doesn’t work for you after a few repetitions, talk with your instructor about modifications you can make that are acceptable and safe.

As with any physical activity, be sure to hydrate! You might be sore after your first lesson, you will be using different muscles in your arms, core, and legs. Practice the skills going forward and you will see an increase in physical and mental strength, confidence, and shooting proficiency.


SAS Hero Goes to Work

While the death toll in Nairobi is now listed at 21 it could have been much worse.

And largely thanks to the quick efforts of the Kenyan Special Forces, who learned from the mall devastating mall attack, and an unnamed SAS Special Operator who kitted up and ventured in solo to tell al-Shabab what was up.

The man was out shopping, on a furlough from his training liaison mission with the Kenyans, when al-Shabab decided it was time to get their terror on again.

This fine English gentleman would have none of it. He grabbed body armor and his rifle then breached into the hotel, rescuing trapped patrons and dropping bad guys to never rise again.

Outstanding sir, outstanding.

Traditional Double Action pistols in a striker-fired world?

More than 30 years of experience training military, law enforcement, and civilians have gone into the designs at Langdon Tactical Technology. The needs of and lessons learned from competition, self-defense, and duty are each unique and taken into consideration before a development earns the LTT title.

Every day, someone asks Ernest Langdon, President of Langdon Tactical, “Why have you stuck with Traditional Double Action pistols in a striker-fired world?”.

Ernest Langdon’s Reasons for DA/SA:

  • Confidence
  • Shootability
  • Inherent Accuracy
  • Reliability

Check out this short, 2-minute video below to hear Ernest Langdon talk more about his reasons for sticking with a hammer fired pistol.

Langdon has spent a lot of time working on DA/SA guns, primarily focusing on the trigger pull improvement. Since the distance of the pull is more important than the weight of the trigger pull, many shooters will opt to improve the trigger pull of their double action pistol.

Check out the 92 Elite LTT with an LTT Trigger Job!

  • Here’s what Garand Thumb has to say about the 92 Elite LTT.

  • NRA’s American Rifleman Writer, Justin Dyal, says, “The hotspots were completely gone and even edges along the length of the trigger guard seemed more radiused… The Elite LTT feels great in the hand, with the checkered frame and grip panels anchoring the pistol firmly and comfortably.”

Are you looking to do this on your DA pistol without spending the money on a brand new one? The Langdon Tactical “Trigger Job in a Bag” for the Beretta 92/96 and PX4 Storm (full-size and compact) is a great way to reduce the weight and smooth out that first DA pull.

It’s like getting a full custom trigger job on your Beretta without the cost of shipping or time delay of having to send your firearm to a gunsmith. The easy, drop-in installation only takes a few minutes. Order the 92 Elite LTT with Trigger Job and get a FREE 15rd Mag!

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About Langdon Tactical Technology:

Langdon Tactical Technology is a source for advanced education and equipment needs specializing in the Beretta 92/96 and PX4 platforms.

Watch: This is what full-color night vision looks like

Spoiler: Way better than old tech.

There is no question that night vision technology has revolutionized the way wars are fought, particularly among America’s special operations community. That said, anyone who’s been stuck wearing the sort of night vision goggles (NVGs) that find their way into the hands of conventional forces can attest that television rarely provides an accurate portrayal of how tough it can be to function with them strapped to your head.

The wearer must often adjust the focus of the goggles by hand, which means removing at least one hand from one’s weapon. It also means that without constant adjustments, one’s field of view lacks any real sense of depth. Aside from the constant need for adjustments, the wearer’s complete lack of peripheral vision (with the exception of the alien-looking L-3 setup used by special operators) makes night vision only slightly less dangerous than closing your eyes and hoping you don’t trip.

Of course, these problems aren’t because the technology for better night vision doesn’t exist; it’s simply a matter of making the technology more cost effective so conventional troops can get their hands on more capable gear for less money. The need just isn’t there for conventional troops to receive the latest and greatest in NVG tech, but with each advancement in this realm comes a reduction in cost for last year’s breakthroughs.

And let there be no mistake, there have been breakthroughs. Night vision has historically come in shades of green—that’s not a tech issue, but a human one. The human eye, adept as it is at interpreting reflected light as the world around us, can only register and process so much at once. Through extensive experimentation, shades of green proved to be easiest for the human eye to distinguish between, and as such, green was adopted as the monochrome color of choice for night vision tech. In truth, these goggles could display images in any color depending on how we built them—it would just limit our ability to interpret the images on the lens.

But what if we could do away with that monochrome idea altogether? After all, the human eye is great at picking out threats against a well-lit, daytime backdrop. That’s where SPi Infrared’s X28 night vision system comes in.

This video was recorded at around midnight, with no lighting beyond what can be seen in the distance:

Or how about this video of the beach, also taken in the middle of the night? When the camera pans up, you can see cloud cover with light stars behind it.

These images were recorded using SPi’s camera, which is not currently available as a wearable night vision rig, but as this technology continues to mature, it’s likely America’s special operations troops will soon enjoy the same level of detail and clarity during nighttime operations as they do during the day. As for the conventional side, chances are good they’ll be upgraded to something that keeps them from tripping over their own feet in the years to come, too.

Originally published on NEWSREP

Vermont: Police can’t run new universal background checks on guns

Police in Vermont say they can’t conduct mandated background checks required by a new law on private gun sales. The Department of Public Safety last month told lawmakers they are not allowed to access the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System used to vet gun transfers by licensed firearm dealers.

Signed by Vermont Gov. Phil Scott last year among a spate of gun control laws, Act 94 requires virtually all gun transfers, including those between private parties, to first clear a background check. The problem is that Vermont is one of 36 states and territories that do not have a “point of contact” access to NICS, forcing them to rely on the FBI for all firearm background checks performed in the state. While federal firearms license holders can run their checks through the system, the state cannot.

Citing that their own state-level database provides a limited pool to research, Deputy DPS Commissioner Christopher Herrick told lawmakers his agency, “cannot recommend that law enforcement serve as an alternative to FFLs to facilitate person-to-person firearms transfers,” until federal regulations are expanded to allow access to NICS.

“In multiple phone calls with the FBI, and reviewing federal law and regulation, it became clear that we would not be authorized to have access to the full range of databases that are performed on a normal background check for a gun purchase,” Herrick told Vermont Public Radio.

Meanwhile, the law itself is under legal challenge from gun rights advocates who argue it is not only unconstitutional but also adds unjustified costs and inconvenience to a transfer as well as produces concerns over privacy.

Vermont’s misfire on universal background checks is not unique. In Nevada, the $20 million Question 1 ballot initiative funded in large part by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was narrowly approved by voters in 2016 only to have officials later deem it unenforceable over the way the state accesses NICS.

Oregon Proposes Joining the East Coast Gun Control Gang

Not to be outdone by Washington State or California, Oregon introduces S. 501

To complete the transition and make the west coast completely unfriendly to gun owners. Let no infringement go unconsidered I suppose.

  1. Requires person to secure permit before purchasing or otherwise receiving firearm.
    • Specifies qualifications for permit and manner of applying for permit. Creates procedures for appealing denial of permit.
    • Punishes receipt of firearm without valid permit by maximum of 364 days’ imprisonment, $6,250 fine, or both.
  2. Requires person who owns or possesses firearm to secure firearm with trigger or cable lock or in locked container.
    • Punishes failure to secure firearm by maximum of 30 days’ imprisonment, $1,250 fine, or both.
  3. Requires person who owns or possesses firearm to report to law enforcement agency loss or theft of firearm within 24 hours.
    • Punishes failure to report loss or theft by maximum of 30 days’ imprisonment, $1,250 fine, or both.
  4. Prohibits possession of magazine with capacity to hold more than five rounds of ammunition.
    • Provides that person in possession of such magazine must sell or otherwise dispose of magazine within 180 days of effective date of Act.
    • Punishes unlawful possession of magazine capable of holding more than five rounds by maximum of 364 days’ imprisonment, $6,250 fine, or both.
  5. Requires criminal background check before transfer of ammunition.
    • Restricts ammunition receipt to 20 rounds within 30-day period.
  6. Prohibits transfer of firearm by gun dealer or private party until latter of 14 days or Department of State Police has determined that recipient is qualified to receive firearm.

1. Permits

Gun licensing isn’t infringement, right?

A young woman who has just had her life threatened can afford the wait time involved in chasing down the paperwork to defend herself.

A man can wait until he can get away during business hours, hoping the right government bureaucrat is even in that day, to start the permit process to gain the permission of all knowing state to protect his family… you know, a natural human right.

2. Firearm Security

A month in jail and $1,250 out of your funds to the state of Oregon (plus every other cost involved) if you don’t use a security device circumventable by hardware store bolt cutters

Now believe me, I am a safe storage advocate. There is no magic device, however, that makes a security measure a full proof thing. Locked in a closet could work one person while a safe works for another.

If we want to prosecute criminal negligence lets set the standard at actual criminal negligence.

Someone leaves their shotgun loaded on the front lawn? Sure, prosecute. But that same someone who has their house broken into shouldn’t face a fine and jail time because they didn’t hinder their access to their property with a $6 cable.

3. Report of theft.

This one is actually pretty standard, and notification of law enforcement is intelligent.

But, making a criminal of a crime victim?

4. Magazine Ban, anything over 5 rounds.

Name me the modern semi-auto pistol that has a readily available 5 round magazine.

No? Nothing?

180 days from the law’s passage all nearly all semi-auto handguns, most rifles and most shotguns will become illegal to possess the normal functioning equipment for. Rendering them useless or requiring companies to make special OR products for and costing the citizenry more money to operate their property.

It will also not prevent a crime or massacre. San Bernardino happened in a place where everything the assailants did and everything they possessed to commit their atrocity was illegal.

5. Ammunition Background Check and 20 round/month limit.

Again, say goodbye to commercially available items for any handgun owner. Oregon residents saving up for the average concealed carry class will have to wait 5 months.

Residents who want to take any professional level self defense class? Years. The MP5 course from Teufelshund Tactical would have taken 10 years of ammo purchases to save up for.

But remember folks, its not infringement. They respect the Second Amendment they just want to legislate it into uselessness.

6. Waiting Period, minimum 2 weeks

A right delayed is a right denied, except for with firearms right?

Let’s go back to any of the numerous scenarios where denying someone the most efficient means of defending themselves was a bad idea.

Woman murdered by ex, despite PPO, who was waiting for the paperwork to acquire her firearm to defend herself as is her natural God given right?

Must be a straw-man argument right? It has never happened… well except all those one times.

But by all means Oregon. Good idea fairy it right up.

What is your absolute minimum edc?

Kyle Defoor recently made a Facebook post about his absolute minimum EDC. In that post, he mentioned the old school mantra of ‘always have a watch and a knife‘ that was coined by the Frogmen/UDT teams of WW2. During WW2, the UDT guys would do beach reconnaissance with only their dive knife and wristwatch. At the UDT/SEAL Museum down at Ft Pierce, Florida, they have several displays of the original frogmen and the equipment they used. One of those displays highlights the two most important pieces of gear that had on them during every mission. A watch and a knife.

What is your absolute minimum edc?

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Although the watch and knife worn by these elite teams may have changed from time to time, the principle of carrying them always remained. Going along with that mantra, I thought I would chime in with my absolute minimum EDC based on the above statement.

A Watch

I have a few key features I look for in an everyday watch. Out of the several watches I own, if I had to choose one to roll with, it would be the Resco Manus. In hindsight, it’s fitting for this article since Max Manus was considered a resistance fighter in WWII. With regards to the Resco Manus, there are a few key features that stand out from others. First off, all my Resco watches to include the Manus have the best lume in the industry. Well, in my personal opinion they do. I need to be able to easily read my watch in the middle of the night in the darkest of the dark. My second requirement is a date window. Anytime I’m filling out something that requires the date, I’m looking at my watch. Same goes if someone asks me what the date is. It’s just a feature that I use multiple times a day. My third requirement is a rotating bezel for timing. Most of the time, I’m using it to time my runs if I’m running a pre-set distance or course. I also use it to time my circuit workouts or when in the kitchen cooking. The Resco Manus meets and exceeds all three requirements. The Manus is also a great middle of the road sized watch. It doesn’t stand out as a big tactical watch, yet remains classy enough to wear on a night out. As far as ruggedness is concerned, well, it’s a Resco.

A Knife

Picking one knife for my bare minimum EDC was a tough choice. I’ve carried both folders and concealed fixed blades. Both have their pros and cons. Again out of my collection of both types of knives, If I had to pick one, it would be my Emerson CQC-7. The CQC-7 makes a great blade to run with. It clips to the waistband of my running shorts and I can effortlessly engage the wave if I need to deploy the knife quickly. The design and profile of the CQC-7 tanto blade make it a great overall blade for both EDC work and personal defense. Ergonomics are great too allowing you to use the knife for prolonged periods of time without hand fatigue.

A Flashlight

Other than my watch, probably the most used piece of EDC gear is my handheld flashlight. For a minimal low-vis option that is easily carried every day, I roll with the Streamlight Protac 1L-1AA. The 1L-1AA is a dual fuel light that runs off either a single CR123 or AA battery. You get a few more lumens out of the light if you use the CR123, but when traveling you can almost always find standard AA batteries both domestic and international.

Government shutdown delays FFL, NFA applications

Editor’s Note: I’ve been personally affected by this as I await a new SBR to reach my local dealer. I am sad.

As the partial government shutdown enters week four, applications at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives continue piling up.

While the president and congressional Democrats spar over funding for a border wall, federal agencies reduce operations across the board — including at the ATF.

Field agents, criminal analysts and operations investigators — those keeping tabs on federally licensed dealers remaining in compliance — keep working, according to a report from Boise State Public Radio, but those processing applications for new FFLs or suppressor transfers haven’t clocked in since last month.

The American Suppressor Association said the shutdown impacts applications stacking up at the NFA Division in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Although the agency is known to use contractors and overtime to process backlogs, consumers will experience a short increase in this process — for now.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System remains operational, though the Federal Bureau of Investigation has yet to update its monthly tallies for the system for December 2018. Likewise, the ATF hasn’t updated its social media channels or press releases in more than three weeks.

NSSF: Concealed carry study uses ‘complete’ data, for once

The National Shooting Sports Foundation applauded a recent study of concealed carry laws that determined no connection between relaxed statutes and increases in violent crime.

Researchers from the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, presented their findings at the 2018 Clinical Congress — hosted in Boston in October  — ahead of the article’s publication in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons this month.

“We found no relationship between the type of concealed carry process or the general permissiveness of the process and increased rates of homicide or other violent crime,” Dr. Mark Hamill, lead author on the study, told the ACS during his Oct. 22 presentation.

The team analyzed federal data collected from the U.S. Department of Justice Uniform Crime Reporting Program and Center for Disease Control between 1986 and 2015, comparing state-level results to concealed carry legislation on a sliding scale including “no carry,” “may issue,” “shall issue” and “unrestricted carry.”

“There has been a trend in all states over the past 30 years toward less restrictive concealed carry,” Hamill said. “Every state and the District of Columbia now has some legislation in place to allow for some form of civilian concealed carry. Changes to concealed carry legislation likely won’t reduce firearm violence.”

Larry Keane, NSSF’s general counsel, said the researchers’ thorough review made it stand out from other studies with “inconsistent mixes of results.”

“The dataset used was complete, with no missing variables,” he wrote in a Dec. 12 blog post. “The methodology is sound and rigorous, essentially using each state as its own control, rather than testing different states against each other, which removes state-to-state variations.”

Hamill, a former police officer and member of Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership, said he advocates for unbiased research focused on keeping guns out of the wrong hands —  a place he often found them while patrolling the streets of Brooklyn in the 1990s.

“I saw that it’s not the people who legally own firearms who are the problem. It’s the people who use firearms for nefarious purposes that are the problem. So how do we keep the guns out of those hands?” he said. “We need to pursue people who fail background checks. We need to pursue straw purchases, where someone intentionally purchases a gun for someone who is disqualified. These laws aren’t consistently enforced.”

He said physicians only accept high-quality, unbiased research when making clinical care decisions. “We shouldn’t accept lower-quality evidence to make policy decisions than we would to take care of our own patients,” he said.

Keane said he hopes others share Hamill’s sentiments. “Let’s hope that other researchers follow suit with more research that uses sound methodology to examine data without the bias and deliberate inaccuracies embedded in so much of the research published in recent years.” he said.

Panteao Productions Review – DVD Training

I know you’ve seen them, the ads, you can’t escape them. Panteao Productions and their DVDs are everywhere. They promise a dose of firearms training in the same vein as the old school Magpul Dynamics training DVDs. They get well known firearms trainers from the around the entire industry. This includes well known trainers like Pat Mac, Kyle Lamb, and the late Pat Rogers. Most people know the DVDs, but they also offer a streaming plan where you can watch the entire collection for 20 bucks a month, or even less if you buy a year ahead. I’ve long pondered buying one of these DVDs and checking it out, and only recently have I done so.

My reservations weren’t anything to do with Panteao Productions, but with the idea of learning from a DVD versus a class made be cautious. Is it worth anything? Would I learn anything? Well, it was time to make a decision or get off the pot. So I bought one, no big surprise to anyone, especially the editor, but I purchased Shotgun Operator taught by Bill Jeans and dived in over the last few nights.

The Panteao Productions Review

From a production standpoint the Panteao Productions DVDs are well made. The production is professional. Everything is easy to hear, and well shot and easy to see. They keep things simple and nothing ever gets stupid with loud generic rock or vanity camera angles. They are selling training, and instruction, and not just trying to make the instructors just look cool.

Bill Jeans was a Marine, a cop, and an instructor at Gunsite before starting his own company. He gives very clear and easy to follow instructions. His laid back attitude is easy to listen to. He’s the kind of instructor to seek out. He never says this is the only way to do something, its always just away. Bill talks gear and equipment and guns and never says this is the best and only one. He tells you what he likes for sure, but never forces his choices onto you.

The Panteao Productions DVD goes into the very basics of shotguns. Types, designs, ammo choices, basic gun handling and more. The information presented is the essential basics of the combat shotgun and it slowly goes more and more in-depth.

Walk Before you Can Run

The information presented is well suited for almost any level of shooter. Its basic, but still informative and handy. As a self-proclaimed internet gun expert I was still able to learn a thing or two. Well really I learned about ten new things. I liked the amount of information presented by Mr. Jeans and how easy and clear it was to follow. A few things that stick out to me from the DVD is how Bill uses the trigger guard to guide the shells into the tube. I tried it and found it intuitive. He also has an excellent means of transitioning between targets with a pump-action shotgun I won’t reveal here.

DVD Based Training

I’ll say it now DVDs won’t replace practical classes. Without an instructor you won’t be able to shoot complicated drills or receive constructive criticism and correction. These DVDs are great teaching basic movements, tactical drills, and basic gun handling. The instruction provided, at least with this Panteao Productions DVD, is all things you can practice at home and on the range safely by yourself.

There is certainly value in these especially if you are looking to learn some new concepts or familiarize with new drills. They walk you through each and every step with a multitude of camera angles, great lighting, and easy to follow instructions.

The biggest pain is watching the DVD, seeing a technique and having to go to the range. Without the DVD in front of you, you may forget a step or two and need to reference the DVD. The streaming service and a smart phone would be a handy combination for the range. Before you run out to the rnage certainly watch the video and get your dry fire practice in.

Where it All Ends Up

Training from DVDs from companies like Panteao Productions is perfect for supplementing your live training. You can learn new and practical things from these DVDs and receive instruction from some of the top firearms trainers in the world. The Panteao Productions streaming service is 150 bucks a year and that is only a fraction of the cost of a single class. Some of the Panteao Productions DVDs can be found on Amazon for around 20 bucks, or you can download standard definition videos from Panteao Productions for 15 bucks.

Training DVDs have their place in your training continuum, and if you can’t afford professional training they do offer you the ability to learn invaluable skills, as well as safe firearm’s handling, and more.

The World Owes You Nothing

Some of us came from an environment where there was structure, there was purpose, life made sense because we understood the concept of good and bad, it was us versus them, and we were aligned with brethren that in many ways thought more like us than not like us. We departed the service and got disconnected. We can’t relate to our coworkers, our old friends and even to our family. This perception isn’t new. It’s as old as the stars. One way of looking at this disconnection is to see your life experience as enlightening regardless of the pain that comes with it, and another is to use it as a means to help others integrate. Angst, aimlessness, feelings of purposelessness, are within your heart and mind to tell you that you’re not the same person and life is not the same either. You can thrive if you want to, you can be an influencer if you want to but you’ve got to get out of old ways of thinking and into new ways of doing. Exercise, write, work, play in order to create structure; allow yourself to meet people, and don’t be reluctant to discuss what you think and feel but approach it from the aspect of an open minded traveler who will one day return home and not a reluctant nomad with nowhere to go. Consider that no one can read minds. It is therefore important to learn how to communicate. Work on yourself until you become connected again. It takes effort, it takes planning, it takes real action, introspection and it means making no excuses. The world owes you nothing. Don’t forget, you chose to enlist, you chose that life, now is the time to do something worthwhile with what you carried back. What are you waiting for?

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Brownells brings retro vibe with BRN-605 carbine (VIDEO)

Brownells expands its throwback, retro series with the new BRN-605 carbine. The BRN-605 is chambered in 5.56 NATO and built on a XBRN161E lower paired with carry-handle upper. The BRN-605 features a 15.5-inch A1-profile, skinny barrel with 1-in-12-inch twist. The barrel is topped with a three-prong duckbill flash hider pinned and welded onto the barrel.

The carbine offers a windage-adjustable A1-type rear sight drum nestled inside the carry handle. The build sports black furniture made with reinforced polymer that replicates the look of Colt’s Model 605 — the carbine the BRN-605 pays homage to.

“Before there was the M4 or the CAR-15 or the XM177, there was the Model 605 – Colt’s very first effort at producing a carbine variant of the M16 rifle,” Brownells said in a statement on its site. “And now, with the Brownells BRN-605, for the first time ever, you can own an affordable, nice-shooting reproduction of that first AR carbine.”

The BRN-605 is available for pre-order with a MSRP of $,1299.

California’s ‘slow motion handgun ban’ challenged to Supreme Court

A legal challenge to California’s controversial microstamping law that has effectively outlawed the commercial sale of new semi-auto handgun models in the state is being sent to the nation’s high court.

The microstamping mandate, part of California’s Unsafe Handgun Act, was upheld by a 2-1 panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last August in the case of Pena v. Lindley. The lawsuit’s plaintiffs — Ivan Pena, Dona Croston, Roy Vargas, and Brett Thomas — stress they are unable to buy the majority of popular new semi-auto handguns from such companies as Smith & Wesson, Ruger and Glocks as the manufacturers do not make pistols that can pass the state’s 2013 requirement that handguns mark cartridges with a microscopic array of characters, that identify the make, model and serial number of the pistol upon firing.

Backed by the Second Amendment Foundation and Calguns Foundation, Pena and the other plaintiffs are represented by attorneys Donald Kilmer and Alan Gura, who argue that the Supreme Court’s past ruling in the 2008 Heller case is plain when it comes to California’s law.

“In Heller, this Court held that the government cannot ban handguns, as these are Second Amendment ‘arms’ of the kind ‘in common use’ for traditional lawful purposes rather than ‘dangerous and unusual weapons,’” says the 39-page filing. “All of that was tossed aside below. California’s legislature believes handguns are ‘unsafe’ if they do not microstamp. If handguns in the United States today do not eject microstamped casings, that is too bad . . . for consumers.”

While the current roster counts some 699 handguns, the list includes revolvers and derringers — which are exempt from the microstamping requirement — as well as semi-autos. Further, on Jan. 1, no less than 70 legacy pistol models were removed from the list as their five-year approval expired.

Last year, Judge Margaret McKeown brushed aside Pena’s concerns over the shrinking roster that in 2013 contained 883 semi-automatics but by 2017 had contracted to 496, saying “all of the plaintiffs admit that they are able to buy an operable handgun suitable for self-defense — just not the exact gun they want.”

A similar case brought by gun industry groups was rejected by the California Supreme Court last year with justices there saying essentially that the law is the law, regardless of what was or wasn’t possible.

“Impossibility can occasionally excuse noncompliance with a statute,” Justice Goodwin Liu said for the majority. “But impossibility does not authorize a court to go beyond interpreting a statute and simply invalidate it.”

Larry Keane, general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, one of the groups in the California Supreme Court challenge, told that the state is experiencing a “slow motion handgun ban as fewer and fewer models are allowed to be sold in the state. California is to handguns what Cuba is to cars; only old models are available.”