U.S. military courts could gain ability to confiscate private firearms, according to new defence bill

Military courts could soon possess the ability to issue protective orders that enable them to confiscate private firearms through “Red Flag” gun control regulations, under a provision in the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act.

According to the 1,300-page bill, any individual beholden to the United States Code of Military Justice could be served a “military court protective order” by a military judge or magistrate, that would effectively make it illegal for them to possess or receive, or even use a firearm. 

“A military court protective order issued on an ex parte basis shall restrain a person from possessing, receiving, or otherwise accessing a firearm; and a military court protective order issued after the person to be subject to the order has received notice and opportunity to be heard on the order, shall restrain such person from possessing, receiving, or otherwise accessing a firearm in accordance with section 922 of title 18,” SEC. 529 of H.R. 4350 states, according to American Military News.

Military court protective orders issued on an emergency basis are exempted from usual due process laws, which provide American citizens with constitutionally-mandated rights. Instead, “notice and opportunity to be heard” must only be provided to the individual following the issuing of the order. 

Effectively, individuals beholden to the USCMJ do not have their due process rights and are treated as guilty before being proven innocent, rather than the other way around. 

“EMERGENCY ORDERS.—A protective order on an emergency basis may be issued on an ex parte basis under such rules and limitations as the President shall prescribe,” the section states. “In the case of ex parte orders, notice and opportunity to be heard and to present evidence must be provided within a reasonable time not to exceed 30 calendar days after the date on which the order is issued, sufficient to protect the respondent’s due process rights.”

According to Gun Owners of America (GOA), a gun-rights group, the military gun confiscation orders could be used to provide lawmakers with a precedent to extend the rule to the general population. 

“Like the proverbial camel’s nose in the tent, allowing this provision to remain in a bill pertaining to the military will eventually work its way into legislation applying to the rest of the population,” GOA wrote. “That’s why we need to raise our voices in unison against these gun confiscation orders.”

“Again, this is just the foot in the door. If Nancy Pelosi gets this into the military code, then it becomes the ‘precedent’ for enforcing gun confiscation against the rest of the population,” the group continued. “Seizing firearms first and ‘getting the Due Process later’ will never constitute sufficient Due Process, no matter how much anti-gunners may pretend it does.”

Democrats under President Joe Biden have been largely supportive of “Red Flag” gun confiscation laws at the direction of the Biden administration. 

“The President urges Congress to pass an appropriate national ‘red flag’ law, as well as legislation incentivizing states to pass ‘red flag’ laws of their own. In the interim, the Justice Department’s published model legislation will make it easier for states that want to adopt red flag laws to do,” the White House said in a statement.

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Samuel Colt Didn’t Invent the Revolver, He Perfected It 

Long before U.S. Steel, General Motors or IBM were founded, there was another American company that opened its doors and is still in business today: Colts Manufacturing Company—even if it was purchased earlier this year by the Czech-based Česká zbrojovka Group. Founded in 1855, Colt Manufacturing was actually a successor corporation to Samuel Colts earlier firearms-making efforts that began in 1836.

However, the longevity of the company and the fact that even non-gun owners likely know the name Colt says a lot about the American weapons pioneer and titan of industry. 

Samuel Colt remains largely associated with his revolvers, yet it is actually a misconception that he invented the firearm. The earliest revolving barrel firearms actually were produced by Venetian craftsmen in the sixteenth century, while in the seventeenth century German designers also created a variety of firearms that utilized revolving cylinders. Those weapons were complicated, difficult to use and most notably prohibitively expensive to make. 

It wasnt until 1836 that Colt was able to refine the design and more importantly mass produce it. Colt proved to be more of an innovator than a pioneering designer when it came to firearms, but his Colt Paterson popularized the revolver with Americans and in the process made him one of the nations wealthiest men.  

If it were just the revolver design, Colt would still be among the most influential gun designers in the history of firearms, but his other contributions were even more notable. He was among the first to introduce interchangeable parts and an assembly line, which revolutionized firearms production. Unlike other designers, Samuel Colt also proved to be a shrewd businessman who was among the first to successfully use advertising, product placement and mass marketing to sell his products. He earned product endorsements from the likes of Italian nationalist Giuseppe Garibaldi and American religious leader Brigham Young, and hired Western artist George Catlin to help produce his ads.  

He could even be described as an early arms dealer in that he was known to sell weapons to warring parts on both sides in conflicts in Europe—and this included gifting a custom-engraved and gold inlaid revolver to the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire Abdülmecid I, informing him that the Russians were buying his pistols. He employed a similar tactic with the Russians also to close a deal. 

When he saw the United States headed for war, he supplied those in both the North and South with his firearms. In 1859 he even considered building an armory in the south, and as late as 1861 sold some two thousand revolvers to Confederate agent John Forsyth. 

Colt died of gout in Harford in January 1862, but in death, he became even more famous thanks to the iconic Colt Single Action Army Peacemaker, which could rightfully be described as the gun that tamed the West. However, although it was built on Colts designs it wasnt developed until 1873, more than a decade after his death. Yet, this firearm is so associated with the Old West bears Colts name. That’s the power of marketing, which Colt most certainly had a hand in! 

Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers and websites. He regularly writes about military small arms, and is the author of several books on military headgear including A Gallery of Military Headdress, which is available on Amazon.com. 

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Democrats Propose Section 230 Repeals Gunning for Online Firearms Marketplaces

The left wants to censor more! Big Tech has continued its onslaught of censorship of free speech online at the behest of the left. And now the left is gunning for online firearms marketplaces with a proposed repeal of certain Section 230 protections.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) officially introduced Senate Bill 2725 or the “Accountability for Online Firearms Marketplaces Act of 2021” last week. The bill would remove Section 230 “liability shield” protections from internet firearms marketplaces, greatly limiting and even potentially ending gun sales on internet marketplaces. The Reload, an outlet specializing in gun-related news, suggested “the bill is likely to have a chilling effect on internet speech and lawful online commerce in firearms and accessories.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who is cosponsoring the bill with Blumenthal and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), claimed that the proposed bill is targeted at preventing criminals from being able to purchase firearms online without background checks. “This bill will reverse the disastrous holding in Daniel v. Armslist and ensure that online firearms marketplaces are held accountable for the gun deaths they bear responsibility for,” Blumenthal stated. The bill asserted that almost “1 in 9 prospective gun buyers” responding to “unlicensed sellers” on major internet gun marketplaces would not pass background checks.  No citation was provided for the study.

Even supposing the study is accurate, almost 90 percent of prospective buyers from “unlicensed sellers” are acting lawfully, noted The Reload.  Therefore the bill, if passed, has the potential to harm legitimate buyers more than criminals, the outlet suggested. A 2016 University of Pittsburgh study concluded that “79% of perpetrators are connected to firearms for which they are not the legal owner.” The study saw “theft or trafficking” as more likely sources for criminals’ guns.

The Reload sees a high likelihood of online gun marketplace platforms shutting down “permanently” if the bill is passed. The outlet classified the push to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) as another factor potentially causing a “war of attrition” likely to make gun sales “decrease” and gun companies go out of business.

Democrats have previously attacked Section 230 in its First Amendment applications as enabling too much free speech online on multiple occasions. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) claimed that Section 230 allowed “radicalization” to spread through social media in January. The Biden administration was considering changing Section 230 in July to increase censorship. Yet, Biden called for Section 230 to be revoked while running for president.

Conservatives are under attack. Contact Sens. Richard Blumenthal by phone at (202) 224-2823 or by email, Dianne Feinstein by phone at (415) 393-0707 or by email, and Sheldon Whitehouse by phone at (202) 224-2921 or by email, and demand that they require Big Tech to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency and equal footing for conservatives.  If you have been censored, contact us using CensorTrack’s contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable

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Survey Reveals More Than 3 Million First-Time Gun Buyers as of Mid-2021 – RedState

The Taliban has new ones, so why shouldn’t you?

I’m referring, of course, to guns.

A lot of 2021 Americans have had somewhat of a similar idea, as purchases by new firearm owners continue to soar.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation — the firearm industry trade association — reported this month on transactions across the first half of the year.

As of June, the group says, there had been nearly 9.8 million background checks for gun sales.

Response to the organization’s survey suggests 33.2 percent of those were first-timers.

Joe Bartozzi — NSSF president and CEO — heralded startling stats and staying power:

“This survey shows that there is a continuing demand signal for firearms from the American public. We witnessed each month background check figures associated with a gun sale that are second only to those we saw in last year’s record-breaking totals.”

Last year was certainly a banner year for boomsticks.

While Dick’s Sporting Goods removed hunting sections from 440 more stores, people across the nation went hunting for guns.

A host of headlines made things clear:

Trigger Warning: To the Horror of the Mainstream Media, Soaring U.S. Gun Sales Break Another Record

Hot as a Six-Shooter: Gun Sales Continue to Soar as Dems Find Their Strange Place in the Chaos

American Chaos Triggers Impossible Demand as Smith & Wesson Reloads

Number 1 With a Bullet: Americans Keep Their Gun Grab Going, but Some Companies Are Shooting Blanks

As for that last story, manufacturers were struggling to keep up.

Arizona-based Ammo International was facing an $80.1 million backlog.

The company bought $2.8 million worth of machinery in order to increase production.

Such shortages abounded.

I wrote in October, “2020, you’re a villainous vasectomy — you’ve taken the bullets out of the gun.”

Nonetheless, people are still longing to load.

And while 2021 may not best last year (July 2020 alone saw 1,795,602 blasters bought — a 133% increase compared to the prior year), firearms are still flying off the shelves.

More from NSSF CEO Joe:

“[The] survey results show not only is there a strong and healthy appetite from first-time gun buyers but that there is still room to grow. We are encouraged by the sustained interest in lawful and responsible gun ownership as well as by the manufacturing base which has been challenged to meet this remarkable demand.”

And if you were wondering, here’s how the numbers from 2021’s first six months break down:

  • 33.2 percent were first-time buyers
  • 44.5 percent of first-time gun buyers in 2021 were under 40
  • 22.1 percent of customers purchased a second firearm since their initial purchase.


  • Over 90 percent of retailers reported an increase of African American men purchasing firearms.
  • Nearly 87 percent of retailers reported an increase of African American women purchasing firearms.
  • Nearly 84 percent of retailers reported an increase of Hispanic-American men purchasing firearms.
  • Over 87 percent of retailers reported an increase of Hispanic-American women purchasing firearms.
  • Over 76.5 percent of retailers reported an increase of Asian-American men purchasing firearms.
  • Over 82 percent of retailers reported an increase of Asian-American women purchasing firearms.

For something more personal, check out the account of RedState Front-Pager — and first-time buyer — Jeff Charles, via his VIP piece, “I’m Finally Getting a Gun – Here’s Why.”

In 2020, doubtlessly, millions acquired weaponry due to riots in the streets.

What’s motivating the masses now?

It’s hard to say, but though social unrest may have subsided somewhat, the fact remains that we are divided.

Those in power, it seems, are determined to keep it so.

And when a nation loses its unity, security isn’t far behind.

These days, we’re not just Democrats and Republicans — we’re the whites and nonwhites, the oppressors and the oppressed, the vaxxed and unvaxxed, the masked and unmasked.

I hope one day, we’re much closer to just all being Americans.

Either way, of course, there will always be danger. And when life itself is at stake, Americans appreciate the right to bear arms.

That, I believe, isn’t likely to change.



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The Ruger Precision Rifle is a Budget-Friendly Option You Can Customize

Here’s What You Need To Remember: If you’re looking for a budget-friendly precision rifle, then I’d recommend getting the Ruger Precision Rifle. It’s incredibly affordable for the market, and comes with so many extras that you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store.

The Ruger precision rifle, or RPR, is revolutionary in that it brought long-distance shooting to the average gun enthusiast. The rifle is built to be reminiscent of an AR-15, and comes with so many features that even beginners will be giddy with excitement. After getting to shoot an RPR Gen III, I compiled a quick list of my favorite features to help all of you on the rocks to make the decision.

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The RPR Gen III comes with a M-lok rail that is one of the many things AR lovers will enjoy, and a 20-MOA Picatinny rail for sight mounting. To take full advantage of the picatinny rail, I’d recommend using a high-quality 6.5 Creedmoor riflescope to enhance accuracy. 


Okay, so I’m going to both praise and rant a little bit about this stock.

It is a fully adjustable folding stock, which you can adjust not just the pull and comb high, but also the cheek rest. It takes a little fidgeting to get it just right, and you’ll find yourself spending more time messing with the stock than you would like.

Good news: if you don’t like the stock you can replace it with any buffer-tube compatible stock, but I personally love the customization it offers. Also, there is a little Picatinny rail mounted on the bottom of the stock that can allow for monopod mounting or just to be more securely rested on a sandbag.


The RPR comes with an adjustable trigger, ranging from around two to five pounds. This is perhaps one of the best factory stock triggers I have ever used. But as with everything else on this gun, if you don’t like it, you can change it out.


The RPR is a three-lug bolt action and a 70-degree throw. The bolt locks when the magazine is empty, and it can be cycled when safety is on.

There are plenty of other features that I loved with this gun, that I’m just going to list quickly:

-Sub-MOA rifle
-Matte Black finish
-Comes with two 10-round Magpul pmags
-Muzzle break included; cuts recoil effectively
-Magazine well compatible to wide range of magazine types 
-Chambering available in 6.0, and 6.5 Creedmoor as well as .308.
-Safety and magazine release are very similar to that of an AR-style rifle.

And below are the specifications:

-Barrel length: 20” for .308, 24” for 6.0 and 6.5 Creedmoor 
-Weight: 10 pounds without scope
-Overall length: 42.75” for .308, 46.75” for 6.0 and 6.5 Creedmoor
-Twist rate: 1:10 for .308, 1:7.7 for 6.0 Creedmoor, 1:8 for 6.5 Creedmoor

To sum it up:

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly precision rifle, then I’d recommend getting the Ruger Precision Rifle. It’s incredibly affordable for the market (only costs $1,200 at Cabela’s), and comes with so many extras that you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store.

Richard Douglas is a firearms expert and educator. His work has appeared in large publications like The Armory Life, Daily Caller, American Shooting Journal, and more. In his free time, he reviews optics on his Scopes Field blog. This article first appeared earlier this year.

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Walther’s P99 is Still One of the World’s Best Compact Handguns

Here’s What You Need To Remember: If you’re looking for a full-powered handgun in a compact size, or if you’re looking for a Glock alternative, the P99 is perfect.

Walther’s pistols are known for being accurate, and the P99 is no exception. I’d even say as far as accuracy goes, it’s the best of its kind. Walther’s quick-action trigger system definitely contributes a great deal to the accuracy, and from ten yards, I was able to maintain an average ten-shot grouping of less than 2”! From twenty-five yards, my average grouping was just around 4.” For a subcompact, iron-sighted pistol, I really couldn’t ask for anything more.


The P99 is trusted by law enforcement professionals worldwide, so it’s no surprise to me that I’ve found this pistol to be completely reliable. Over the approximately 300 rounds I’ve shot with it, I’ve had zero malfunctions and zero failures to feed, no matter what environmental conditions it was exposed to. This pistol has stood up to mud, rain, snow, sand, and countless other elements with no problems to speak of. It’ll feed any ammo you load it with, and the operation is flawless.


For such a dated design, this pistol still holds up pretty well. The grip is pretty smooth compared to a lot of the pistol grips on the market today, which could be a pro or con depending on who you ask. A lot of people these days like more aggressive grip texture and find a smoother one hard to hold, but the small, smooth grip is good if you’re looking to use the P99 for concealed carry. The grip angle is 110 degrees, and it comes with three interchangeable backstraps (small, medium, and large) to adapt to shooters of all different sizes. The trigger guard is pretty roomy, which is a plus if you like to wear gloves while shooting. Both the front and rear sights are plain polymer white dot sights, which is pretty standard. The rear sight is adjustable for windage and the front sight is adjustable for height, but you might want to change these out if you’re planning to use the pistol for serious shooting. You’re in luck if you’re one for aftermarket optics, because it does include an accessory rail to accommodate lights, lasers, etc. Takedown is easy, making cleaning a breeze. The takedown latch and slide release both sit flat against the frame (another plus for concealed carry), you just pull the slide back slightly, pull down the takedown catch on each side of the frame, and remove the slide.


The trigger, in my opinion, is what makes the P99 worth buying. It’s a double-action/single-action stageable, anti-stress (that’s the “AS” in P99 AS) trigger with an extremely short reset, noted by an audible “click.” What’s “anti-stress?” The first shot in single-action has a “two-stage” pull, so it takes the full length of a double-action shot. The first pull is long, but the following single-action shots all have a much shorter pull. This comes from the pistol’s intended purpose as a duty gun, and is a nice feature, but does take a little getting used to. Follow-up shots are quick and easy, and there’s no overtravel to speak of. The single-action pull is 4.5 lbs, while the double-action pull is 9 lbs.

Magazine & Reloading

Standard capacity on the P99 used to be just ten rounds, but they’ve upped it to fifteen rounds. There are also +2 round magazines available, but these protrude from the gun a little bit. It comes with two mags in the box, and the ambidextrous paddle-style release is easy to use with your pointer finger or thumb while still keeping your grip on the pistol. Since the release is so simple to use, reloading is very easy as well. While the release is ambidextrous, the decocker and slide release are right-handed. The decocker is on top of the slide, which is kind of an awkward position but not too difficult to work with.

Length & Weight

The overall length of the P99 is just over 7,” with the barrel accounting for 4.” Unloaded, it weighs 24 oz, which is a bit heavier than most people would expect. It’s not a lightweight pistol and feels heavier than it looks, so don’t be surprised that this tiny pistol has some weight behind it!

Recoil Management

Recoil management has some pros and cons. At first, the amount of recoil that comes from this pistol seems excessive, but it does calm down with continued use. It doesn’t flip as much as you’d think, and it’s pretty easy to get accurate follow-up shots. The recoil spring system is based on Glock’s, but the stout, captive system causes the slide to be stiffer than you would expect from a 9mm handgun. The grip, again, is not great for recoil. The area where the web of your hand rests is rounded, and something flatter with more texturing would definitely be easier on the wrist. However, it does still handle even heavy recoiling loads well.


The MSRP for the P99 is $629, but you can find them from many online retailers for around $550. It’s a pretty mid-priced pistol, comparable to similar ones you can find elsewhere.

My Verdict?

If you’re looking for a full-powered handgun in a compact size, or if you’re looking for a Glock alternative, the P99 is perfect. Here are some of its stand-out features:

-Quick-action trigger system
-Easy reloading
-Complete reliability and accuracy

The P99 is Walther’s stand-out pistol, and for good reason. If it’s good enough for law enforcement officers worldwide, it’s good enough for the average citizen!

Richard Douglas is a firearms expert and educator. His work has appeared in large publications like The Armory Life, Daily Caller, American Shooting Journal, and more. In his free time, he reviews optics on his Scopes Field blog.

This piece first appeared in 2020 and is being reprinted due to reader interest.

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These 5 Glock Handguns are Perfect for Home Defense

Here’s What You Need to Remember: Each gun on the list has its advantages and disadvantages. So pick one based on your need and give it a try.

Sir Edward Cooke once wrote, “A man’s home is his castle.” 

Part of owning a castle meant being able to defend it, and today is no different. Instead of catapults and crossbows, firearms are the tools used in modern “castle” defense. Before learning how to defend your castle, you need to pick a weapon first. 

Civilian firearms can be divided into three rough categories: 

1. Handguns

2. Shotguns

3. Rifles 

Each has advantages and disadvantages. In this article, we’re going to focus on handguns. More specifically, the five best Glocks for Home Defense. Let’s get started! 

Glock 17 Gen 5

If you want a battle-tested, reliable weapon for home defense, look no further than the Glock 17. Used for law enforcement, military, self-defense, and competitive shooting, this gun can do it all. With an impressive seventeen-round magazine, you won’t have to worry about running out of ammunition in a life or death situation. The Glock 17 boasts a 4.48-inch barrel, longer than the average concealed carry pistol. (Generally, a longer barrel equals greater accuracy.) The Glock 17 is accurate to ranges beyond what would be necessary for a home defense scenario. At the same time, the barrel isn’t so long that it becomes hard to handle. In short, the Glock 17 is an excellent, battle-tested weapon.

Glock 32

If you want a Glock with a little more punch, try out the Glock 32. In the 1990s, Sig Sauer designed a new bullet—the .357 Sig. The round was designed to avoid jamming issues, while being more powerful than a standard 9mm bullet. The Glock 32 was designed to fire these more reliable and powerful rounds. While Glocks are renowned for their reliability, the Glock 32 is even more reliable than other Glocks due to the special ammunition it uses. With a thirteen-round magazine, the Glock 32 has a generous magazine capacity while packing a bigger punch than your average 9mm. So if you need to stop an intruder in your house, you can’t go wrong with the powerful Glock 32.

Glock 34

The Glock 34 was designed for competition shooting. As such, it features blisteringly fast muzzle velocity, and shoot-the-ears-off-a-gnat accuracy. Equipped with a 5.31-inch barrel, the Glock 34 boasts the longest sight radius and the highest muzzle velocity of any Glock. A long sight radius makes it easy to line up an accurate shot. A high muzzle velocity is important for certain defensive ammunition (like hollow-point bullets). The Glock 34 comes standard with a seventeen-round magazine. A cutout on the gun allows an owner to easily mount optics. Furthermore, the large size of Glock 34 reduces recoil, making it less “snappy” when fired. With that said, the Glock 34 is more than enough for your home defense needs.

Glock 19

The “Goldilocks” of handguns, there’s almost nothing that the Glock 19 can’t do. Simple, effective, and easy to use, the rugged Glock 19 has been a favorite of gun owners for years. With more than five generations of the Glock 19 released, you’ll be able to find the version that fits you best. Different gun owners prefer different generations, but most will recommend either the Gen 4 or Gen 5. (Click here for a full review of the Gen 4). The Glock 19 comes (new) with three 15 round magazines. If the gun doesn’t fit your hand, you can change out “backstraps” on the grip to enlarge or shrink the grip to fit your hand size. The Glock 19’s long grip means you’ll be able to control the recoil on this gun with ease. The Glock 19 boasts impressive accuracy while not breaking the bank. This is a fantastic gun, especially for new shooters who may not be sure which features they’re looking for. The Glock 19 does it all well.

Glock 19x

The Glock 19x is a variation of the Glock 19 created to replace the Beretta 92 as the U.S. military’s sidearm. As such, Glock designed the 19x for tactical, close-range shooting. The 19x comes equipped with a 4-inch barrel that is easy to draw and use in confined spaces. While not as accurate at distance as the Glock 34, the 19x is optimized for close range, tactical engagements. With a seventeen round magazine, the19x has enough ammunition to handle a home defense situation without needing to reload. The 19x comes standard with steel night sights. These night sights make it very easy to line up a shot even in low-light situations. Designed for the military, this handgun is perfect for home defense.


Each gun on the list has its advantages and disadvantages. So pick one based on your need and give it a try. But what if you’re still unsure? Many gun stores will allow you to rent a gun and shoot it to find which one is best for you. So load up and get ready to protect your castle!

This article first appeared earlier and is being reprinted due to reader interest.

Richard Douglas is a firearms expert and educator. His work has appeared in large publications like The Armory Life, Daily Caller, American Shooting Journal, and more. In his free time, he reviews optics on his Scopes Field blog.

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The Nosler M48 Long Range Carbon Improves on an Excellent Original

Here’s What You Need to Remember: The M48 Carbon is available in eight different calibers, all with a capacity of 3+1 rounds, with the exception of the 6.5 Creedmoor, which has a capacity of 4+1.

Many are familiar with the original Nosler Model 48 Long Range, but have you heard of the M48 Long Range Carbon? Nosler has included all of the original features that shooters loved about the original rifle, but added a few more that really make it stand out so you can excel at hunting and long-range competitions.

Nosler offers an MOA accuracy guarantee with Nosler ammo, and they do not disappoint. From 100 yards, my average grouping was just under an inch. There are no standard sights included on the M48 Carbon, but it is drilled and tapped for Model 700 scope bases. The stock even has a high cheekpiece that can accommodate large bells. With the right long-range scope, the accuracy potential is incredible.

The M48 Carbon’s pistol grip features a thick, molded, and textured palm swell. The texture extends onto the forend to ensure a strong, non-slip grip, even while your hands are wet or muddy, which makes the rifle perfect for high-stakes competitions. Another addition to the Carbon model is the PROOF Research, carbon fiber-wrapped, match-game barrel. It’s lighter and stiffer than the traditional stainless barrel to increase accuracy and durability, and it also dissipates heat better.

The M48 Carbon is designed to reduce felt recoil. Thanks to the sharp downward slope of the comb, the stock slides away from your cheek under recoil for a more comfortable shooting experience. It also has a flat bottom to reduce stock roll and an integral recoil lug. Put all of this together, add the PachMyer Decelerator buttpad, and you have a rifle that offers very manageable recoil.

Another high point of the M48 Carbon is the Timney trigger. It has a smooth pull of about 3.5 lbs, with no discernable creep or overtravel. It also includes a quiet, two-position safety that, when engaged, still allows the bolt to rotate for loading or unloading. The M48 Carbon is available in eight different calibers, all with a capacity of 3+1 rounds, with the exception of the 6.5 Creedmoor, which has a capacity of 4+1.

With a 26” barrel, the overall length of the Model 48 Long Range Carbon is 48”. It weighs just around 7 lbs without any scopes attached. Unlike the Howa 1500, this is definitely not a budget-friendly option. It will cost you a pretty penny at a $3,190 MSRP, but will give you accuracy like no other long-range rifle. Practice on range day, then win your next long-range competition with the M48 Long Range Carbon.

Richard Douglas writes on firearms, defense, and security issues. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field, and a columnist at The National Interest, 1945, Daily Caller, and other publications.

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Biden pulls nomination of Chipman to lead ATF firearms agency

FILE PHOTO: David Chipman, retired ATF Special Agent, testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on “Protecting America from Assault Weapons” at the Capitol in Washington, U.S., September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

September 9, 2021

By Jarrett Renshaw, Jeff Mason and Sarah N. Lynch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden on Thursday withdrew his nomination of gun control advocate David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – a federal agency pivotal in his goal of lowering U.S. firearms violence – blaming Republican opposition.

Chipman, who previously worked for the ATF for nearly 25 years, had drawn strong Republican opposition in the Senate, undermining his chances of winning confirmation in a chamber only narrowly controlled by Biden’s fellow Democrats. Republicans generally oppose gun control.

Senator Angus King of Maine, an independent who usually votes with the Democrats but was a holdout on Chipman, also was a key factor in the decision to withdraw the nomination, according to two sources, speaking on condition of anonymity.

In a statement issued by the White House, Biden put the blame on Republicans, noting that Chipman, a gun owner himself who had won the backing of law enforcement groups, would have made an exemplary ATF director. The agency https://www.atf.gov/about/who-we-are, part of the U.S. Justice Department, has responsibilities including investigating the unlawful use and possession of guns and illegal firearms trafficking.

“Unfortunately, Republicans in Congress have made clear that they intend to use gun crime as a political talking point instead of taking serious steps to address it,” Biden said.

“That’s why they’ve moved in lockstep to block David Chipman’s confirmation, and it’s why they side with gun manufacturers over the overwhelming majority of the American people in opposing commonsense measures like universal background checks” for gun buyers, Biden added.

Biden has called U.S. gun violence a “national embarrassment” https://www.reuters.com/world/us/white-house-faces-increased-pressure-act-guns-after-indianapolis-shooting-2021-04-16 but Congress has failed to pass new firearms measures favored by many Americans https://www.reuters.com/article/us-florida-shooting-anniversary-poll-idUSKCN1PX11I.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Biden intends to nominate someone else for the ATF post and is in “active discussions” with Chipman about another government role. The job of ATF director is so politically fraught that the Senate has confirmed only one nominee to the post in the past 15 years. The rest of the ATF’s leaders have served in an acting capacity, making it harder to put their stamp on lasting and meaningful policy.

Republicans and pro-gun groups including the National Rifle Association and National Shooting Sports Foundation had opposed Chipman, known for his work at a prominent gun control advocacy group. Chipman serves as a policy adviser for Giffords, a group founded by former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, U.S. Senator Mark Kelly, after a gunman shot her in 2011.

Republicans in particular opposed his support for banning military-style assault weapons, which have been used in some of the most serious U.S. mass shootings in recent years.

Mitch McConnell, the top Senate Republican, wrote on Twitter he was glad to hear of the withdrawal, calling Chipman’s nomination “absurd.”

“This is a win for the Second Amendment and law-abiding American citizens,” said McConnell, referring to the constitutional amendment that guarantees the right to bear arms.

Kris Brown, president of Brady, a group advocating for stricter gun regulation, called Chipman “exceptionally qualified” to lead the agency.

The Senate Judiciary Committee in June split along party lines https://www.reuters.com/legal/government/us-senate-panel-vote-gun-control-advocate-lead-firearms-enforcement-agency-2021-06-24 when it voted to advance his nomination. That meant Democrats would have had to jump through procedural hurdles to get Chipman confirmed.

During his confirmation process, Chipman confronted a social media disinformation campaign falsely claiming he was involved in the deadly 1993 stand-off with the Branch Davidian cult in Waco, Texas.

The ATF is positioned to play a vital role in Biden’s pledge to crack down on rising violent crime and shootings. Attorney General Merrick Garland has pledged that the ATF will crack down on gun dealers who fail to conduct background checks, do not assist law enforcement with tracing guns used in crimes, falsify records or sell guns to people prohibited from owning them.

(Reporting by Jarrett Renshaw, Jeff Mason and Sarah N. Lynch; Additional reporting by Lisa Lambert and Alexandra Alper; Writing by Lisa Lambert and Alexandra Alper; Editing by Will Dunham)

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These Five .45 Caliber Guns Are the Best Ever

Here’s What You Need to Remember: Advances in bullet technology means a 9mm round can deliver as much energy as the .45 ACP.

The .45 Automatic Colt Pistol round, or .45 ACP as it is commonly known, is fairly controversial. Invented in 1905 by prolific firearms designer John Moses Browning, the .45 ACP was the standard caliber of the Colt M1911 pistol, and remains so to this day. A heavy, subsonic bullet, a typical .45 ACP weighs twice as much as the 9mm Luger round and delivers a third more energy.

Today, advances in bullet technology means a 9mm round can deliver as much energy as the .45 ACP. Despite this, the .45 ACP is far from dead, as it has also benefited from increased performance. Today there are more choices of .45 ACP pistols than ever before, as almost all gun manufacturers offer their most modern semi automatic handguns in the big caliber. Here are five of the best .45 ACP pistols today.

Wilson Combat Tactical Carry

Wilson Combat was started in 1977 by founder Bill Wilson, a watchmaker by training. For those that know the platform, that’s an appropriate background for a company building custom 1911 handguns. The 1911’s early twentieth-century pedigree involves the precise fitment of many small interlocking parts to produce a reliable, accurate pistol.

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The Tactical Carry pistol is one of the very best of a crowded field of 1911 pistols and represents the pinnacle of the design. Like all full-size “Government” model 1911s, the Tactical Carry has an overall length of 8.7 inches, a five-inch barrel, and weighs 45.2 ounces fully loaded. It also has classic 1911 attributes such as a checkered front strap, beavertail safety and a reduced profile grip safety. The Tactical Carry also has a 3.5 to 4.5 pound trigger pull, fiber optic sights for shooting in low light conditions and a one-inch accuracy guarantee at ranges of twenty-five yards.

Ed Brown Executive Carry

One of the few 1911 variants that garnered acceptance from the user community is the “Commander” type pistol. Named after the Colt Commander, a handgun designed for wear by officers, Commanders feature a shorter, 4.25 inch barrel, a reduction of three quarters of an inch over a standard, full size (also known as Government) model. The Commander variant became popular with with those that wanted a 1911 pistol that was lighter and easier to carry concealed.

The Executive Carry is an excellent example of the Commander type. Like all 1911s it features a single stack .45 ACP magazine of up to eight rounds, the same as a Government model. The pistol features a bobtail frame and smoothed edges to reduce the changes of the pistol catching on clothing. The Executive Carry also features a matte stainless steel finish and fiber optic sights.

Glock 21

The Glock 21 is about as far from the 1911 as one can get in the field of handguns. An Austrian pistol with a polymer frame and modern internal design, the Glock 21 is simply a scaled up version of the original Glock 17 handgun introduced in 1982. Glocks were—and still are—derided as “Tupperware guns” wherein the use of plastics was in some way a fatal design flaw.

In reality, the Glock 21 is actually one of the best, and most affordable, .45 ACP pistols on the market. The Glock 21 carries thirteen rounds in a double stack magazine that is wider than the 1911—but is not uncomfortable to hold. The use of a polymer frame means that despite carrying up to five more rounds than a typical 1911, the Glock 21 fully loaded weighs nearly half a pound less. The Glock is easier to disassemble and clean than the 1911.

Heckler & Koch HK45

The HK45’s development can be traced to the original Heckler & Koch USP pistol. Developed in the 1990s as an entry in Special Operations Command’s Offensive Handgun Weapon System Program, the USP was adopted by U.S. commandos as the Mark 23 pistol. The HK45 is an evolutionary step forward from the USP, chambered in .45 ACP.

The HK45 is 8.03 inches long, has a barrel length of 4.46 inches, and weighs just under two pounds with an unloaded magazine. The pistol features a cold hammer forged, polygonal bore barrel for longevity and accuracy, fully ambidextrous controls, and Picatinny rail for the attachment of aiming lights and lasers. It has a single action/double action operating system and a decocking lever. A major innovation built into the HK45 is a spring operated recoil reduction system, which Heckler & Koch claims reduces recoil by up to 30 percent.

Springfield Armory XD45 Mod 2 Service Model

Originally designed and imported from Croatia as the HS Produkt HS2000, the Springfield XD45 is available in 9mm, .40 Smith & Wesson and .45 ACP calibers. The XD is a striker fired, double-action only handgun with a polymer frame and metal slide. It has an overall length of 7.3 inches with a four inch, hammer forged steel barrel. Like the 1911 series pistols it has a grip safety to prevent accidental discharge.

The XD45’s double stack, two-row magazine holds thirteen rounds. At just 1.2 inches, the grip is extremely slender for a double stack handgun and features aggressive texturing. Takedown is a simple matter of clearing the handgun, removing the magazine, flipping a side lever, and sliding the slide to the rear. The XD has a reputation for reliability and durability, and is one of the most affordable option on this list.

Kyle Mizokami is a writer based in San Francisco who has appeared in The Diplomat, Foreign Policy, War is Boring and The Daily Beast. In 2009 he cofounded the defense and security blog Japan Security Watch. You can follow him on Twitter: @KyleMizokami.

This piece first appeared earlier and is being reprinted due to reader interest.

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