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If you’re into manufacturing drugs in Indonesia, you better put yourself on notice. Indonesia’s anti-drug agency isn’t messing around with their choice of weaponry. They just received a fresh batch of Saiga’s AK-style 12 gauge shotguns, the Saiga-12S.

The automatic shotgun is often forgotten about as a military/police weapon. Nearly all American police agencies use pump action shotguns because some specialty ammo, such as bean bag rounds, might not cycle the action of an auto. Even worse, using specialty ammo could cause the gun to jam or damage the gun due to too much pressure (depending on the type of specialty round). However, as the use of beefy weapons like the Saiga increases, more  specialty rounds (tear gas, bean bag, rubber sabot, etc.) will be approved for use in such guns.

In the case of Indonesia, interest in bean bag rounds is limited anyway. They are just looking for a powerful close-quarters combat weapon and it doesn’t get anymore brutal than the Siaga 12s in that department.

Here’s the low-down from The Firearms Blog:

 

Besides the shipment of firearms, specialists of Kalashnikov Concern arranged a demonstration of the new gun and training for the officers of mentioned Indonesian agency. According to Kalashnikov Concern, this deal has a strategic importance for the company in terms of expanding arms exports and establishing new business relations with foreign partners.

The letter “S” (Cyrillic “С”, stands for Складной – Folding) in the designation of the gun means that it has a folding stock. Saiga-12S was initially introduced with an AK-74 type folding polymer stock. However, later it was offered with a number of other folding stock and recoil pad options. According to Kalashnikov, the shotguns supplied to Indonesia feature a skeletonized stock (triangular) with a rubber recoil pad to effectively mitigate the recoil generated by 12 gauge ammunition. The receiver dust cover has a Picatinny rail. The gun also has standard AK-type iron sights and accessory rails under the handguard and gas block. Another feature is the enlarged magazine well.

As an AK-style weapon, the Saiga is affordable and available. Anyone who dismisses this weapon as impractical, simply needs to examine the growing list of military and police organizations that are using it. Features such as the enlarged magazine well and accessory rails bring this shotgun up to date with it’s competitors. As popularity grows, the production of after-market accessory and parts should continue to grow as well. The Saiga 12 is a gun that deserves a second look by anyone in the market for an automatic self defense shotgun

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Barack Obama’s administration took to anti-gun identity politics so fervently that every little detail of government had to embrace some form of an anti-gun political wedge issue. Perhaps among the most absurd of these policies, was the idea that elderly folks, who are getting help with there finances, should be banned from buying guns.

With the new Trump administration in control and both the house and senate in Republicans hands, Barack Obama’s divisive political wedge issues are being rolled back, at a such rapid pace, that the media doesn’t even have time to protest.

Here’s what the U.S. Senate just did to Obama’s regulations:

On Wednesday morning, the U.S. Senate voted 57-43 in favor of H.J.Res.40, which would block the implementation of an Obama-era rule under which the Social Security Administration (SSA) would report the names of tens of thousands of beneficiaries annually to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in order to prohibit them from purchasing firearms. Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress is permitted to overrule a federal regulation, within a 60 day window, using an expedited legislative procedure that is not subject to the Senate’s filibuster rule. Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed this measure by a vote of 235-180. This important legislation now heads to President Donald Trump.

At issue is a December 19, 2016 SSA rule, set to be implemented by December 19, 2017, that broadly prohibits many with what SSA considers to be a mental disorder from purchasing firearms. Under the rule, those with a mental health impairment, who meet SSA’s criteria to receive benefits and also have a representative payee designated to receive these benefits, would be reported to the NICS database as “adjudicated as a mental defective,” and thus prohibited from possessing firearms.

Sadly, existing laws that could actually help prevent legitimately crazy people from having guns are not being enforced. As has been pointed out time and time again, the FBI knew that the Sandy Hook shooter was mentally ill, and knew that he was trying to illegally buy guns, but they did nothing about it. The vast majority of times a mentally ill person or even a criminal, attempts to buy a gun and fails a background check the government does nothing.

Whether you love Trump or hate him, one nice aspect about the Trump administration, is that Obama era politicized gun regulations are headed for same place that those “ready for Hillary” bumper stickers went: the dust bin of history.

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Anti-gun zealotry has infected virtually all levels of our societies institutions, now even the 4-H shooting program is being shunned at the University of Massachusetts. Despite having a fully funded program the University would not allow the program to move forward under the guise of wanting a different program.

Bearing Arms has more:

According to the MassLive article, Deveno asked why they were being passed over, and she received a response from the Dean of the College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst. The response explained that the University was seeking out a broader program; although, some members of the community think otherwise.

“It’s absolute social bias against gun owners,” Jim Wallace, Executive Director of Gun Owner’s Action League told MassLive. “You’re being handed a successful program that’s been vetted nationwide, and then handed the funding for the program. What’s the problem?”

That’s the crazy part, the funding for the program was already approved. Yet the University of Massachusetts rejected the 4-h shooting program because they supposedly want to different program that also includes fishing.

The fact that the University feels the need to create pathetic excuses shows the extent to which they fear their true motivations being made public. Gun owner need to hold them accountable, and right now gun owners in Massachusetts are doing exactly that. People are demanding answers from the University of Massachusetts.

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It’s been the subject of endless investigative reports, the allegedly defective trigger on the Remington 700 rifle. At any moment a judge will decide whether or not to accept the agreement Remington has made with plaintiffs in the case.

This is one of those cases where it’s hard to trust the media, due to the fact that they utterly hate all firearms manufacturers, but there is evidence indicating that some triggers are in fact defective. The scope of the problem is up for debate, but it’s hard to argue that the trigger system at issue is a good one.

Here’s the low-down on the case.

U.S. District Judge Ortrie Smith of Kansas City said he’ll decide within 30 days whether to accept the settlement affecting 7.5 million Remington rifles.

Under the settlement, the company has offered to replace the trigger mechanism on most of its popular Model 700 rifles – if the owners ask for the retrofit.

But a Montana man who’s been fighting 16 years for a recall of the rifles, saying the trigger mechanism is defective and that Remington knew about it, has urged the judge to reject the settlement – as have attorneys general from nine states and the District of Columbia.

Richard Barber of Willow Creek, whose 9-year-old son, Gus, was killed in 2000 by a Model 700 rifle that fired without the trigger being pulled, during a family hunting trip, has filed objections to the settlement.

Barber says Remington should not be allowed to continue to say nothing is wrong with the rifles – a statement he says discourages gun owners from getting the defective product fixed.

At a hearing earlier this week, Judge Smith also noted that in the two years since the settlement was announced, only 22,000 rifle owners have filed claims – a claims rate of 0.29 percent.

CNBC reported that Smith said he’s concerned about the “exceedingly small” number of claims, because it seems “inconceivable to me that someone would have a firearm that might injure a loved one and not have it fixed.”

Barber also has said Remington should replace the trigger mechanisms on older Model 600 rifles, instead of offering only a $12.50 voucher for Remington products, as part of the settlement.

If Smith rejects the settlement, the case could go to trial.

Remington agreed to the settlement, but has continued to say publicly that nothing is wrong with its popular Model 700 and other 700-series bolt-action rifles. The settlement also covers some Model 600 rifles, the Seven, the Sportsman 78 and XP-100.

While the media has been using the case to paint the entire firearms industry as evil, it may actually be the case that some triggers are in fact defective.

If this judge rejects the settlement, it’s going to cost Remington a small fortune. However, ironically it may actually benefit the firearms industry if Remington gets hit hard financially over this lawsuit. That’s because gun control advocates would love to use this case to try to push new laws about manufacturer liability. If the existing laws work the way they are supposed to, progressives will have a tough time demanding new laws.

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Elections have consequences. Law-abiding gun owners across America keep reaping the rewards as a consequence of the 2017 election. The 2017 windfall now includes a solid defender of the Second Amendment as Attorney General of the United States.

Jeff Sessions could be the best friend gun owners ever had in the Department of Justice. The NRA made voting to confirm Sessions a part of it’s scorecard for legislators. Good luck getting an A rating from the NRA if you didn’t vote to confirm Sessions. That means that “pro-gun” Democrats will virtually all be taking a hit in their NRA ratings.

Here’s announcement from the NRA celebrating the Sessions confirmation:

“The NRA and our five million members would like to congratulate Jeff Sessions on his confirmation as attorney general. He will make America a safer place by prosecuting violent criminals while protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.”

Here’s how the NRA put the pressure on Democrats to vote for Sessions (from Politico):

Some of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats up for reelection in 2018 — including Sens. Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Jon Tester (Mont.) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) — have expressed skepticism about Sessions but have not committed to voting for or against him yet. All three senators have enjoyed relatively favorable (for Democrats) treatment in the past from the NRA, which spent more than $50 million during the 2016 election, mostly supporting Trump and Republican Senate candidates.

The NRA endorsed Donnelly for reelection to his old House seat in 2010, and he and Tester had A and A- ratings, respectively, from the NRA during their 2012 Senate runs. The NRA barely spent any money on independent-expenditure ads opposing them or Heitkamp that year, according to Federal Election Commission records.

The new TV ad, backed by a six-figure ad national buy on Fox News and digital outlets, says that Sessions is “an attorney general who supports police” amidst dwindling respect for law enforcement.

“We were raised to respect law enforcement. They put their lives on the line for us. But now, cops are attacked. Gunned down in cold blood,” a narrator says in the ad. “[Sessions] will get criminals off our streets. And protect the Second Amendment.”

 

Ultimately, Joe Manchin, of West Virginia was the only Democrat to vote for Sessions. However, Manchin’s vote was important since the final tally was a close 52-47. The pressure the NRA put on supposedly “pro-gun” Democrats who voted against Sessions will continue to weigh on them in the future. Joe Donnelly, Jon Tester, and Heidi Heitkamp just voted against one of the best supporters of our right to bear arms ever, the NRA isn’t going to forget that, regardless of whatever other policy differences they had with Attorney General Sessions.

 

 

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The mythical 8m3 bullet has been a scarce commodity, because, it’s a 7.62X39 round that actually expands upon impact. Now Tula is mass producing the bullet for service with it’s steel case ammo. Up until this point, the crappy hollow points from Tula and Wolf have been pretty worthless. For all practical purposes, they were no different from the fmj rounds, except that they seemed to be slightly less accurate.

All that changes with the re-introduction of the 8m3. The Firearms Blog explains the significance of this development:

There are a great number of “hollow point” loads available in 7.62x39mm from the various Russian brands but, with very few exceptions, these projectiles behave exactly like full metal jacket in tissue. There are a few American loads that have excellent terminal performance, but these are far more expensive.There are Russian 124 gr and 154 gr soft points available, and these do generally tend to expand well, but they are not reliable and some users have reported feeding problems with soft points. What’s worse, Russian ammo makers seem to change components more often than Bruce Jenner changes his mind. You never really know what projectile will be loaded in the ammunition you buy, unless it is actually labeled with the specific projectile design, like Western ammo.

That’s where the 8M3 “effect” bullet from Ulyanovsk comes in. Loads made using this hollow point bullet with internal scoring on the jacket developed a formidable reputation for brutal terminal performance. Unfortunately, the last lots using this bullet were imported over a decade ago. Russian ammo makers switch components at will and without notice so there are endless rumors that a particular lot of Tula or Silver Bear is being loaded the the 8M3 bullet, but these rumors never seem to pan out.

Now Tula is making what appears to be real deal 8m3 ammo. Testing thus far proves the brutality of this stuff:

Now you can practice with the same ammo you use for self-defense or hunting. Not that there’s a ton of people hunting with the 7.62X39 chambered rifles, but now, an effective cheap survival weapon has an equally affordable survival bullet to go with it.

That $300 Yugo SKS just got a heck of a lot more attractive!

 

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A recently leaked white paper could be great news for the Second Amendment. The report from the ATF is full of ideas to reduce the regulatory burden on law abiding citizens. Under President Trump the ATF moved in a totally new direction. Since many members of congress want to eliminate the ATF entirely, this leaked document might be an attempt to save the agency.

That’s the power of last election, now that Republicans control congress and the presidency, agencies like the ATF will feel the pressure to change their ways or be destroyed.

Look at this list of proposed regulatory roll backs (from Red State):

  • Opening FFL eligibility to gun-show-only dealers
  • Reforming the “armor-piercing handgun ammo” classification process
  • Easing re-import of American-made “Curio & Relic” service arms
  • Revising “Sporting Purposes” language to include Modern Sporting Rifles like AR’s and AK’s
  • Reclassifying suppressors as non-NFA items–other sources indicate mainstreaming suppressors would dramatically cut ATF workload, allowing more focus on other duties
  • Letting FFL’s check potential employees out via NICS before hiring
  • Clean house getting rid of outdated regulations like the ’94 AWB

Can anyone imagine the ATF coming up with ideas like these with a Democrat in the White House?

If the ATF puts its support behind deregulating suppressors, it will probably put an end to all federal registration and regulation on them. The ATF is basically doing a 180 and arguing for less power rather than more.

Second Amendment supporters shouldn’t be fooled. The ATF will be advocating for more gun control as soon as a Democratic president is back in power. In order for the bureaucracy to justify it’s existence it must advocate gun control over the long run. Less regulation means less regulators, the ATF will be right back where it was under Obama as soon as a Democrat returns to the White House.

In the meantime, enjoy watching the ATF pretend to join forces with the NRA to advance pro-gun reforms.

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American Rifleman has a nifty way of figuring out what the top three selling concealed carry guns are. Instead of asking manufacturers, who are often pretty secretive about actual sales numbers, Rifleman asked six of the biggest holster manufacturers. This method reveals which guns people are actually carrying. They came up with this list. Can you guess what gun is number one?

Check out this video with the top three carry guns from Lock, Stock, and Barrel:

Off the top of my head, I might have guessed that Glock would have been number one. It turns out that the M&P Shield is the winner according to the impromptu poll conducted by American Rifleman. Since most gun owners have more than one gun, it’s interesting to see what gun they actually carry on a regular basis.

All three make fine carry guns, as the number of Americans who carry concealed continues to surge, it’ll be interesting to see which brands stay on top. What do you carry and why? Talk amongst yourselves in the comments section below.

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This was a pretty intense stand off between a guy who just robbed a check cashing store and the police. When the robber decided to take a hostage, things escalated.

In the video below, an Irving Police officer takes the shot of his life:

 

The commentary from the guy recording the incident is spot on. He deserved it! The Police aren’t going to let you retreat to your safe space when you’re holding a hostage and a gun. These kind of hostage situations don’t normally end well for the suspect. Instead of a decade or two in prison, the suspect loses his life.

Here’s the run down:

“The two officers were here quickly, within minutes and were able to engage the suspect,” he said. “They couldn’t let him leave with the hostage. … By all appearances, this was the last resort for them.”

Other store employees hid in a locked room during the robbery. They and the woman were taken to police headquarters to be interviewed.

Friday’s armed robbery was not the first reported at the store. It also was robbed Jan. 13, McLellan said. In all, about a dozen check-cashing stores across the Dallas-Fort Worth area have been robbed since November, including the Jan. 7 hold-up of a store in north Irving, he said.

Irving police detectives and internal affairs officers as well as the public integrity unit of the Dallas County district attorney’s office were investigating Friday’s incident.

This is why you train. An easy high percentage shot against a paper target, will be more difficult with an adrenaline rush and 95% accuracy isn’t good enough in a hostage situation.

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Hot off the shelf at the 2017 SHOT show is the Kel-Tech Survival RDB. The rifle is insanely compact due to it’s bull pup configuration, it’s ambidextrous, it’s lightweight, and it’s one heck of a value. It utilizes a totally unique design that expels the shell casing downward! Ohh yeah, it’s also horribly inaccurate.

Hey, you can’t have it all. Kel-Tech isn’t know for making sniper rifles, that’s for sure. Actually, according to the data from American Rifleman, their RDB Bull Pup seems to be one of the most inaccurate .223 rifles ever tested in the magazine. At 100 yards it was shooting 2.88 inch groups, that’s just horrible.

Don’t waste your money on those fancy paper targets, the broadside of the barn will do just fine.

From American Riflemen:

American Riflemen’s test results are not scientific and the conditions do vary with every gun tested, but 2.88 is pretty freaking bad for a .223 with a 16 inch barrel. The awkward bull pup design might have thrown the guy testing the rifle off a little, but still, it’s among the worst preforming .223’s I’ve ever seen in the American Riflemen shooting results. Any half-way decent AR-15 should be 1.5 inches or less even with all the variables. Why would you buy a rifle that shoots darn near 3 inch groups?

See for yourself:

 

They make utilitarian guns with unique designs at low prices. Survival, close quarters combat, and plinking are the three main uses for Kel-Tech’s most interesting gun designs. Competitive target shooting? Not so much.

These guns are still cool, it just depends on the intended use. Collect ’em all.

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