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Ed Brown Products Introduces Evolution Series of Custom Pistols

Ed Brown Products Introduces Evolution Series of Custom PistolsPERRY, MO –-( Ed Brown Products, Inc. is proud to release the KC9 as the first new model in the Evolution Series of pistols.Nearly 20 years ago the Kobra Carry took the industry by storm giving the world the first look at the Ed Brown Bobtail, which later became the most widely copied option on the 1911. The combination of Snakeskin treatment and the Ed Brown Bobtail are now legendary and are fully incorporated into the KC9, the first model in the Evolution Series. Completely optimized for 9mm, the KC9 is smaller, thinner, and lighter than its predecessor. The new pistol retains the comfortable and proven 1911 controls, so there are no new muscle memories to develop. The KC9 retains the standard 1911 grips, provided they are cut for the Ed Brown Bobtail®, which are now available virtually everywhere, and ships with the Ed Brown Exclusive Labyrinth Grips to make for a great looking package. Some parts were completely re-designed to take advantage of modern improvements such as the new external extractor, easy-to-change front sight, smaller ledge-style rear sight, bull barrel, and a flat wire recoil spring system. The re-engineered slide has been shortened to 4″, thinned substantially for weight reduction, and includes a unique 7-top custom cut, with special front and rear serrations. A recessed slide stop completes the package, making for the perfect custom 9mm 1911.Like all other Ed Brown 1911’s, the KC9 is hand-built from fully machined components, loaded with custom features, and backed by a written Lifetime Warranty. What is also unique is the ground-breaking price. These pistols will be built in small, custom, identical batches, utilizing all latest in machining equipment and techniques to get every last bit of efficiency from the build process. The result is an MSRP of $1895, which is a 30% savings as compared to a one-off custom built to order.Sales and Marketing Director John May said, “We have made it our goal to make Ed Brown the first choice in custom 1911s. Why settle for less, when you can own the best! This is another step to make sure that our customers have the best quality product, at the best possible price. Just one more reason, if you have not looked at Ed Brown in a while, it is time to Look Again!”For more information on the KC9, the Evolution Series, any of their custom 1911 handguns, or parts, please check with your local Ed Brown Products Dealer or visit If you would like to join the family of Ed Brown Dealers please contact them at for all the benefits to joining the team.Follow Ed Brown Products on Facebook and Instagram, and find informational videos on their firearms by visiting our YouTube channel.About Ed Brown Products:Beginning over 50 years ago as a one-man custom shop, Ed Brown Products has evolved into one of the leading custom manufacturers of high-end 1911 handguns and components. The complete line of innovative 1911 parts, and 1911 handguns, represent the pinnacle of engineering, hand craftsmanship, and performance, and come with a lifetime warranty! All Ed Brown products are manufactured in a family-owned and operated facility under the direct supervision of the Brown family, who are entirely focused on raising the bar for custom 1911 excellence. For more information visit post Ed Brown Products Introduces Evolution Series of Custom Pistols appeared first on

State Outlook Even More Jumbled For Firearms After Midterm Elections

Brian Kemp | Georgia Republican Candidate for GovernorU.S.A. -(– Everyone has that kitchen drawer. That’s the one where a book of matches, take-out menus, extra cell-phone power cords, pet treats, a pack of gum and a hammer are kept. That is, of course, if you could only find them under the rest of the junk in there.That’s sort of what our state-by-state landscape looks like when it comes to firearms legislation after this week’s midterm elections. It’s ugly, but if you dig, there’s something worth finding.GovernorshipsSeven states will see new Democratic governors in the New Year. Those include Illinois Democrat J.B. Pritzker, who defeated Republican Bruce Rauner and Kansas Democrat Laura Kelly, who beat Kris Kobach. Michigan Democrat Gretchen Whitmer came out on top over Republican Bill Schuette. Meanwhile, in Maine, Janet Mills topped Republican Shawn Moody. Nevada Democrat Steve Sisolak ran away with the election over Republican Adam Laxalt and, in New Mexico, Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham bested Republican Steve Pearce. Wisconsin Democrat Tony Evers eked out a win over out Republican Scott Walker.Going into the election, there were 36 gubernatorial races, with 16 held by Democrats, 33 by Republicans and one by an independent. That split is now 23 for Democrats and 25 for Republicans. In one remaining race, Georgia’s Republican Brian Kemp declared victory over Democrat Stacey Abrams, who isn’t conceding, saying the race is still undecided. Kemp holds a slight lead and if it is less than one half a percent, it will be headed for a recount.What it meansThings got even tougher, even in states where it was already tough. California elected Democrat Gavin Newsom, who campaigned on a platform that some of the strictest gun laws in the country weren’t strict enough. Illinois’ Gov. Rauner has signed restrictive legislation in the past, but he’s also vetoed some bills that were disastrous for the firearms industry and gun owners.LegislaturesWe all know, though, that governors don’t make gun laws by themselves. Those originate in the statehouses and 46 states held contests for more than 6,000 seats. Six chambers in state capitols flipped from Republican to Democratic control in Connecticut, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota and New Hampshire. Democrats in New York have had a numerical advantage for some time, but that state’s Senate was controlled by a coalition of Republicans.Still, Republicans maintained hold of 62 of the 99 state legislatures (Nebraska’s is unicameral and nonpartisan). Those included races in Arizona, Florida, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin that were held by less than 10 seats.What it MeansMuch of the fight on gun rights is happening in the states. Take, for instance, the ban on modern sporting rifles. The federal ban expired in 2004, but since, California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York banned the most popular selling rifle. These states also outlawed standard capacity magazines for modern sporting rifles and some handguns, as did Colorado and Vermont.Ballot InitiativesBallot initiatives make it even more difficult to predict the future of firearms-related legislation in the individual states. Voters in the Washington state voted to pass the I-1639 ballot initiative, putting Washington on par with California, Massachusetts and Hawaii as having some of the most restrictive firearm laws in the nation. A few of the many requirements imposed by I-1639 are: raising the minimum age to purchase a semi-automatic firearm from 18 to 21, creating new background check requirements, mandatory training requirements for gun purchases and new storage requirements for law-abiding gun owners.But all wasn’t bad news. North Carolina voters approved state constitutional protection for hunting and fishing, backed by NSSF and other sportsmen and conservation organizations that ensured this heritage for future generations. North Carolina becomes the 22nd state to constitutionally protect hunting and fishing.More to ComeWe’re still sifting through all the results. Tune in when NSSF hosts webinars on what the midterm election results mean to our industry and what we can expect. You can know this much: NSSF will remain engaged, fighting against legislation that hurts our industry and that infringes on our rights while working to make America safer while respecting our liberties.About NSSFThe National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 6,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to post State Outlook Even More Jumbled For Firearms After Midterm Elections appeared first on

Wisconsin’s New Governor Declares War on Your Gun Rights

Tony Evers Wins Wisconsin Governor’s RaceWisconsin – -( As you now know, Wisconsin has a new Governor in Tony Evers, and he is even more hostile to gun rights than the outgoing one.Early yesterday morning, Democrat Tony Evers edged out Scott Walker in the Wisconsin governor’s race, while state republicans kept control of the assembly and state senate.Tony Evers has said he will make it harder for people to get concealed carry permits and, like Scott Walker, opposes Constitutional Carry.But what really worries me is Evers’ wishlist for gun control in Wisconsin:Universal background checks (total control to deny you your right to purchase guns for any reason they invent)State registry of firearms (gun owner registration list)Ban on certain accessories like bump stocks and so-called “high-capacity” mags (“Evers Calls For Tougher Gun Laws In Wisconsin”“I think we have to be pragmatic here, we have to start someplace,” Evers said. “We’ve had young people all across the country, people in high schools, saying, ‘Enough is enough, the adults have to stand up and do something.’”“Do something.”Those two chilling words have become code speak for, “Take the guns.”Here’s the problem. Many gun owners will wrongly assume that a republican assembly and state senate will keep Evers’ extreme gun ban measures from reaching his desk.If you believe that, I have a house to sell you.You can bet that following the next “tragedy” Evers will push the state legislature to “do something,” and will label his extreme gun controls “reasonable restrictions.”And that’s when republicans will cave and go along with public pressure.Unless … UNLESS you and I and thousands of other WGO activists around Wisconsin keep republicans from selling out and compromising.The greatest danger to our gun rights is right now.It’s the perfect storm – a rabid anti-gun Governor and a legislature willing to sell you out in order to appear “reasonable.”We’ll lose even more gun rights this session gradually … incrementally … and once a statewide registry of gun owners is in place, the next logical step will be (and always has been) gun confiscation.Please take this threat seriously.If your WGO membership is NOT active: Please join now. There is strength in numbers and we need your help now like never before. When you join, we’ll rush your NO COMPROMISE GUN RIGHTS PLEDGE in the mail.Because the stakes are so high and we need you in the fight, we’ve reduced our membership levels:Don’t be duped. Your gun rights are now on the chopping block. Please take action now.Corey Graff Executive DirectorWisconsin Gun Owners, Inc. PO Box 329 Waupaca, WI 54981About Wisconsin Gun Owners:WGO works for grassroots gun owners, not politicians. While many gun lobbies fight for “reasonable gun control,” WGO sets a higher standard: Defining the terrain of pro-gun political battle. Sure, many groups claim they’re “pro-gun” – all the while they provide cover for anti-gun deals cut by politicians – but only WGO truly informs gun owners, remaining committed to a 100% pro-gun position. We oppose all gun control – regardless of the political party – and work tirelessly to restore the Second Amendment. Visit www.wisconsingunowners.orgThe post Wisconsin’s New Governor Declares War on Your Gun Rights appeared first on

Anticipated Long Range National Matches Return Met With Success in 2018

Anticipated Long Range National Matches Return Met With Success in 2018CAMP PERRY, Ohio –-( At the 2018 National Matches at Camp Perry, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) introduced its new series of Long Range events to competitors. Three days of long range rifle matches, held at 800, 900 and 1,000 yards, were added to the event schedule to allow long range marksmen the opportunity to fire on the Camp Perry grounds following the National Rifle Association’s decision to leave the annual event in Ohio.Those who participated in the inaugural matches were generally pleased with the series lineup and the organization of the competitions brought back to Camp Perry after a two-year absence, leaving such comments with the CMP as:“Being back at Camp Perry already put things in such a positive light, but once we started shooting, how smoothly things ran made it a very positive experience.”“Camp Perry is one of the best ranges in the U.S. with a long and proud history. Thank you, CMP, for all of the work expended on the 2018 season.”“The matches were well organized and went smoothly.”“I liked the fact that they were held at Camp Perry. That’s where the National Matches should be.”“Good job! I enjoyed the matches. It was great being back at Perry for long range.”“Overall a very positive and fun championship for me. I applaud your efforts in bringing long range back to Camp Perry and your efforts to improve. Thank you!”Competitors at the 2018 National Long Range Matches at Camp Perry fired in service, match and Palma rifle classes.Geissele Automatics served as a generous sponsor for the new Long Range events, donating a prize to every winner in each category. Capstone Precision, the parent company of such entities as Berger and Lapua, also donated prizes from various companies to several winners during the National Long Range Matches. Vihtavuori was also a sponsor of the new Long Range events.The overall aggregate winner of the Long Range Matches received the Coats Brown Memorial Trophy – donated to the CMP by the Military Marksmanship Association. Chief Warrant Officer 4, Coats Brown, U.S. Army, began his extensive shooting career in 1935 following enlistment and became proficient in an array of firearms, from a 1911 pistol to a water-cooled machine gun. Brown was a repeat National Matches champion, individually and with teams, and went on to become the head coach of the newly-formed Army Marksmanship Unit in 1956. Retiring from the Army in 1965, he dedicated his life to serving as a mentor in the shooting community for the remainder of his life – molding countless individuals into skilled marksmen.Winning the overall aggregate was SFC Shane Barnhart, 39, of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU), with a score of 1244-71x. Teammate SGT Lane Ichord, 24, led the service rifle aggregate, marking up a score of 1228-48x, as Robert Steketee, 68, of Haslett, MI, fired a score of 1233-56x to top the Palma rifle category.Six matches were held during the Long Range series, with talented competitors emerging in each event. Winning the Viale Memorial Match and the Critchfield Memorial Match with a service rifle was SFC Christopher Gervasio, 48, of the U.S. Army Reserve. Gervasio dropped only one point in the Viale Match, winning with a score of 199-11x, and only three points in the Critchfield event, with a score of 197-7x.John Whidden, 42, of Nashville, GA, cleaned the Viale Memorial event with the match rifle, with a score of 200-12x. Whidden won the iron sights match rifle category by only two x’s over the second and third place competitors, who also recorded perfect scores of 200. Robert Gill, 59, of Visalia, CA, led the Palma rifle portion, while David Thompson, 56, of Keyser, WV, dropped only one point to win the match rifle with optics class.SFC Shane Barnhart, who landed in second in the Viale Memorial Match behind Whidden in the match rifle iron sights portion, earned the top spot in the classification in the Critchfield Memorial event – besting teammate and second-place finisher SFC Brandon Green by just two “x” shots.Robert Steketee cleaned the event in the Palma rifle class, as Harry Harrison, 57, of Corona, CA, earned the win in the match rifle with optics event.Both the Viale Memorial and Critchfield matches featured a course of fire of 20 record shots in 30 minutes at 1,000 yards.The same course of fire was also played out in the Henry Memorial Match and the Kerr Memorial Match, fired during the Long Range series. Overtaking the events in service rifle were AMU members SSG David Bahten and SFC Evan Hess, respectively. Bahten, 29, overtook the Henry competition with a score of 195-6x, while Hess, 32, dropped only two points for a winning score of 198-10x in the Kerr match.SFC Barnhart also earned the win in the match rifle class in the Henry Memorial event, dropping only one point, while AMU teammate SSG Amanda Elsenboss, 29, cleaned the match rifle portion in the Kerr Memorial event and won by just one “x” shot, with a score of 200-15x.Also winning by just one “x” was Kent Roach, 58, of Toledo, OH, who overtook the Palma rifle class in the Henry Memorial Match, with a score of 193-6x. SSG John Coggshall, 33, of the Army Reserve National Guard, earned a perfect 200 to pass Robert Gill and receive the win in the Palma class during the Kerr Memorial event.The Bataan Memorial 4-Man Team Match, which included 20 shots by each member at 1,000 yards, saw wins from the AMU in both the match and service rifle categories. Members of AMU Green (SSG Elsenboss, SFC Barnhart, SFC Green and SGT Ben Cleland), each dropped only one point in the match rifle class to record an aggregate score of 796-54x. AMU Craig members (SGT Ichord, SSG Bahten, SSG Augustus Dunfey and SGT Verne Conant) earned a score of 776-21x in service rifle for the win.All Guard Coggshall members (SSG John Coggshall, Hanne Brantner, MSG Michael Hester and MSgt Garey Diefenderfer) claimed the win in the Palma category with a score of 787-33x.A Camp Perry Palma Match was also fired during Nationals, where competitors fired 15 record shots at 800, 900 and 1,000 yards, in a block time of 22 minutes at each firing line. Winning the service rifle portion was SGT Verne Conant, 22, of the AMU, with a score of 448-22x. David Thompson led the match rifle any sight category by just on “x” count, recording a score of 447-28x.For a complete list of results, visit the CMP Competition Tracker page at THE DATE: The 2019 CMP’s Long Range Matches will take place August 6-9 at Camp Perry, in Port Clinton, Ohio. Events include three days of Individual Long Range Matches, two days of Team Matches, the Camp Perry Palma Match, Shooter’s Reception and Long Range Awards Ceremony.About the Civilian Marksmanship ProgramThe Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto post Anticipated Long Range National Matches Return Met With Success in 2018 appeared first on

SCI to Auction Rifle Number Five in the Series of Five World Heritage Guns

SCI to Auction Rifle Number Five in the Series of Five World Heritage GunsU.S.A. –-( The fifth and last of five rifles in the World Heritage Rifle Series – representing the Americas – is a .338 Winchester Magnum, donated by John Bolliger’s Mountain Riflery Inc. The rifle will be auctioned at the 47th SCI Hunters’ Convention to be held in Reno, Nevada, January 9-12, 2019.The World Heritage Rifle Series consists of five spectacular rifles, each representing the best of the gunmaker’s art and one of the world’s five hunting continents, Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, and the Americas, and featuring materials representing its continent. The fifth and last of five rifles in the World Heritage Rifle Series – representing the Americas – is a .338 Winchester Magnum, donated by John Bolliger’s Mountain Riflery Inc.The Americas rifle is built on a highly-refined Pre 64 Winchester Model 70 action, full coverage engraving and complemented by an exquisite stock of highly-figured exhibition grade Turkish walnut in the Bolliger Custom style. It is equipped with a Swarovski Z8i 1.7-13.3X42 scope.It comes with a custom credenza for display, donated by Tom Julian and Sons, built from hand-selected figured walnut, with accessories including custom tools, cleaning rod and accessories along with scope storage.The .338 Winchester Magnum is the classic American caliber for this top of the line exhibition rifle that would be the pride of any gunroom. John R. Bolliger“It has been an honor being a part of the World Heritage Rifle Series. This rifle will forever hold a special place in my heart. It’s hard to explain the joy working side by side with my father once again creating this stunning rifle dedicated to the country we both love and treasure so much,” says Bolliger.For more information, contact John R. Bolliger at 208-241-6417 and visit’t attend the Convention this year? Follow the auctions and bid online. Get approved to bid at register to attend, click here –*** Please use #sciconvention in all your social media coverage.***About the SCI Hunters’ Convention:Safari Club expects upwards of 24,000 international hunters to visitLas Vegas, January 31-February 3, 2018.  The SCI Hunters’ Convention represents the largest and most successful event to raise money for advocacy to protect hunters’ rights. The 2018 Hunters’ Convention will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center with over a million square feet of exhibits and almost 1,000 exhibiting companies.  Book rooms at Becoming an SCI Member:Joining Safari Club International is the best way to be an advocate for continuing our hunting heritage and supporting worldwide sustainable use conservation, wildlife education and humanitarian services. JOIN NOW: Club International – First For Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI has approximately 200 Chapters worldwide and its members represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs, with the SCI Foundation and other conservation groups, research institutions and government agencies, empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation. Visit the home page or call 520-620-1220 for more information.The post SCI to Auction Rifle Number Five in the Series of Five World Heritage Guns appeared first on

AmmoLand Clothing Available Online Just in Time for the Holidays

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AmmoLand Clothing Available Online Just in Time for the HolidaysUSA – -( For years now AmmoLand News readers and fans have been asking for more branded Tees, Sweatshirts, and Hoodies, since the first AmmoLand Punisher series T-shirt sold out some years ago, man… how time flys by, I guess we have been a little busy.AmmoLand Brand ClothingFinally, AmmoLand INC has their all new clothing line available online. The line-up includes some vintage logo T’s as well as our Instagram badge and a bunch of fresh looks and popular 2A memes.We are always humbled that you men & women do so much to support us as we work to spread positive pro-gun news. For all those that asked where the AmmoLand donation/patreon button was, we could never bring ourselves to have one as we are not the type to take handouts. So here is a better option, buy yourself some new shirts and a hoodie or two. You get quality gear while supporting AmmoLand News.All the clothing featured is the highest quality garments made today and printed in true retail-quality. AmmoLand has partnered with one of the largest screen printers in the United States, and all the work is done on demand in their Georgia location. AmmoLand Brand Clothing – T-Shirts AmmoLand Brand Clothing SweatshirtsSize Matters: All the different tops in our cool selection come in real-men’s sizes up to 3XL and even 5XL, sorry no skinny jeans here. Gadsden Don’t Tread On Me Short Sleeve T AmmoLand 5XL SizingWe will be adding new designs to the line up over the next few months, and we are planning on a few Limited-Edition-TeeBlasts and T-Shirt Vote Battles that will get you very cool gear. So stay tuned to our email list for those upcoming promotions.Click the link to buy online and when you get your order email us a photo to of you in your new gear with your favorite gun.BONUS: If you include your postal address with your email photo we will mail you one of our vintage 2Amob patches for FREE!. Who loves you now? The post AmmoLand Clothing Available Online Just in Time for the Holidays appeared first on

Angels in Disguise

Art by A.F. Branco Angels in DisguiseUSA –-( Angels in Disguise.The mainstream media is trying to put a good face on much of the criminal element illegally coming across the border.Did you enjoy this cartoon?Sign up for Ammoland in your Inbox and get our daily cartoon and email news!You call yourself pro-gun? Prove it by joining any one or all of these fine civil rights organizations:National Rifle Association (NRA) : www.membership.nrahq.orgSecond Amendment Foundation (SAF) : www.saf.orgFirearms Coalition : www.firearmscoalition.orgJews For The Preservation Of Firearms Ownership (JPFO) : www.jpfo.orgCitizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) : www.ccrkba.orgGun Owner of America (GOA) : Make America Laugh AgainAnd, please consider support for the Second Front in Defense of the Second Amendment:Knife Rights: www.kniferights.orgAbout A.F. BrancoA.F. Branco is a GrassRoots Conservative Political Cartoonist for Conservative Daily News, Net Right Daily, Legal Insurrection, and now Ammoland Shooting Sports News.A.F. Branco has taken his two greatest passions, (art and politics) and manifested them into the cartoons that have been seen all over the country, in various news outlets including “Fox News” and “The Washington Post.” He has been recognized by such personalities as James Woods, Sarah Palin, Larry Elder, Lars Larson, and even the great El Rushbo.Share this page and help spread our pro-gun, conservative message with humor. AmmoLand says Join the NRAThe post Angels in Disguise appeared first on

Smith & Wesson Model 19 Classic .357 Magnum Revolver – Review

Model 19 ClassicGRAND RAPIDS, MI USA -( The .357 Magnum has always been a round that inspires confidence and Smith & Wesson’s Model 19 is a name that does the same. The two have been hand-in-hand since the mid 1950’s and have very famous names associated with them, such as Elmer Keith and Bill Jordan. The Model 19 became the ‘peace officer’s dream’ gun and it saw a long and storied history of use. Today we are going to take a look at S&W’s re-release of the historical gun in the form of the new Model 19 Classic.There are many ways to look at guns like this in today’s world. The newbie and plastic fantastic lover may wonder why S&W would go through the effort to release a gun that is, on the outside, far behind in terms of technology, capacity, and weight. Lighter, faster, and softer-shooting guns are available everywhere, so why would a person consider dropping hard-earned cash on a vintage-styled six-gun? Smith & Wesson Model 19 ClassicThe answer to this is simple: the past never really dies. There are those who look at the way things were and can’t understand the draw of those golden years. Many people are comfortable in the idea of the present, where new and exciting things are always happening. Rarely do they stop and ask themselves where they are being led. Then there are some of use that look at the past and see that it speaks of the times when lawmen knew everyone in town by name and reaching the moon was a dream worth pursuing. The guns of our peace officers are a sad commentary about the realities of living in a world often governed by feeling and not facts.The lines of the Model 19 Classic take you back to those special days. It is very likely that your father or grandfather had a gun like this, albeit a first run sample. The six-gun is linked to the American spirit, and the .357 Magnum is inseparable from the national legends of gangsters, G-Men, hunters, and famous fighters. It could be said that the Model 19, and even the earlier Model 27, are equivalent to the Colt SAA in our most recent century. The .45 Colt was a standard for decades and achieved many great things, just as the .357 Magnum did in the decades after the old soldier lost popularity.It should be no surprise to you now why Smith & Wesson chose to bring this gun back. Unlike many legacy guns, the Model 19 has some significant uses today. The .357 Mag has never lost effectiveness in any role that it has been used for, be it hunting, self-defense, target shooting, and law enforcement. There are likely thousands of officers across the country that still rely on this cartridge as a back-up. The .357 Mag has never lost effectiveness in any role that it has been used for, be it hunting, self-defense, target shooting, and law enforcement.The Model 19 Classic differs from the originals in several ways. It incorporates an integral trigger lock and a frame-mounted firing pin among other small changes. It is not a 1:1 copy of the original, but rather a modernized take. Just like the original, it has a beautiful blued finish and wooden grips. Overall, this is a solidly built revolver that has all the handling characteristics of those from years past.The nice thing about this gun, as opposed to others made today, is that it takes advantage of a heavy barrel. The balance of this 37oz piece is great and making shots at 50 yards from a rest is easily done. The forward weight of the barrel helps to reduce muzzle jump and allows for fast and accurate close to medium range shooting. Many of these features were revolutionary at the time they were introduced, which is why the original Model 19 was so sought-after by lawmen. The nice thing about this gun, as opposed to others made today, is that it takes advantage of a heavy barrel.For my review of this gun, I decided to test several .357 Magnum loads from some great manufacturers. I tested the loads for accuracy at 25 yards from a rest. Groups are the average of three, five-shot groups. Velocity results are the average of five shots taken over my Oehler 35P chronograph.Hornady 125gr XTP———————————————————-1330fps, 2.5”Hornady 135gr Critical Duty FTX——————————————-1225fps, 1.9”Hornady 158gr XTP———————————————————–1212fps, 2.8”Black Hills 125gr JHP———————————————————-1424fps, 1.75”Black Hills 158gr JHP———————————————————-1200fps, 2.2”HSM 158gr JSP——————————————————————1210fps, 1.75”SIG SAUER 125gr FMJ———————————————————-1347fps, 2”This gun was a pleasure to shoot and the accuracy was great coming from the 4.25” barrel. The trigger broke clean and I was impressed with how easy it was to make follow-up shots. The Hornady loads all did very well and I wouldn’t hesitate to carry any of them. The best performer among the Hornady ammo was the Critical Defense 135gr FTX. This is a load that I have fired quite a bit in the past and I think that it is a great balance in power and recoil.The two Black Hills loads had much more snap than those from Hornady, but they made up for it with a bit more of a ring on the steel plates. I had no issues with accuracy at all with these two JHP loads and was very happy with how they felt in this wood-gripped gun.SIG SAUER’s 125gr FMJ is a great practice round that is both accurate and affordable. I ended up putting the highest volume of this particular round through this gun and it ran great. The nice thing about it is that you can train with the affordable FMJ variant and carry the V-Crown JHP, which is identical in muzzle velocity and felt recoil. The best performer among the Hornady ammo was the Critical Defense 135gr FTX. This is a load that I have fired quite a bit in the past and I think that it is a great balance in power and recoil.The last load I tested was the HSM 158gr JSP. This is a classic bullet type and is very similar to some of the original .357 Magnum loads. This load was very, very mild in terms of recoil, but it delivered great accuracy and velocity. It had the least muzzle jump of any load tested.I think that, at the end of the day, this is a gun for a very specific person. Many will shrug at it, but this is a solid gun that takes some of yesteryear and blends it with some of today’s features. Would I like to have a true, 100% replica without the internal lock and a fixed firing pin? Sure, who wouldn’t? However, the odds of finding a good condition example from the early years is very difficult. With this gun, you can have your vintage cake and eat it, too. I think that Smith & Wesson did a very good thing by bringing this classic back. If you wrap your hands around one at your local gun dealer, I’m sure you’ll agree with me.For more information on the Model 19 Classic, go to Ammunition used in this article can be seen at,,, and Josh WaynerJosh Wayner has been writing in the gun industry for five years. He is an active competition shooter with 14 medals from Camp Perry. In addition to firearms-related work, Josh enjoys working with animals and researching conservation projects in his home state of Michigan.The post Smith & Wesson Model 19 Classic .357 Magnum Revolver – Review appeared first on

Armed and Unarmed: A Difference in Mindset

Armed and Unarmed: A Difference in MindsetArizona -( Being armed or unarmed is, in many ways, a state of mind.An armed person sees the world differently from a person who has decided to be unarmed.  Nicolo Machiavelli, the famed author and political philosopher, states it well in The Prince:Because there is nothing proportionate between the armed and the unarmed; and it is not reasonable that he who is armed should yield obedience willingly to him who is unarmed, or that the unarmed man should be secure among armed servants. Because, there being in the one disdain and in the other suspicion, it is not possible for them to work well together.Reactions to a recent murder and self-defense shooting highlight the difference of the viewpoints of armed and deliberately unarmed people.On 21 October, 2018, a neighbor, Tyler Herrick, entered a house, uninvited.  Kyle Adams, one of two roommates, was in the house.  He woke to find Herrick in his bedroom. Adams told Herrick to leave. Herrick left.Adams texted his roommate, Brennan Pebbles. Pebbles immediately left work and came to the house. After Pebbles arrived, the neighbor, Herrick, entered the front yard carrying an  AR15 type rifle. Adams and Pebbles were in the living room.Herrick opened fire on the two men through the living room window, striking Adams, who was mortally wounded.  From“Herrick stood in front of the living room window, aimed his rifle at Adams and Pebbles, and fired multiple shots that shattered the front window. At least one of the rounds struck Adams, who eventually died from his injury.“Pebbles fled from the living room and ran upstairs. Once upstairs, he grabbed his (9mm handgun) and hid in the bathroom of the master bedroom. Herrick fired multiple shots at the front door, and entered the home and methodically hunted Pebbles down in a room-to-room search. When Herrick entered the master bedroom, Pebbles shot and killed him.Pebbles had made the decision to be armed by obtaining a handgun and storing it in the house. He was able to use his handgun to defend himself against an armed attacker who had shot and mortally wounded his roommate.People who have the mindset of an armed person will read of the incident and consider it from the viewpoint of an armed person. They will consider the choice of weapon. They will consider the wisdom of storing the handgun in the house, instead of carrying it on the person. They will discuss the tactics and tools of armed self defense.People who have made the decision to be unarmed will read of the incident and consider it from the viewpoint of an unarmed person. They will create hypotheticals to validate their decision to be unarmed. They will suggest the police should have been called. They will say if only there were no guns, this would not have happened.Two comments from the article illustrate the differences between the armed and unarmed mindsets.Comment from Boisefan:When seconds count, the police are only minutes away. This was certainly a terrible situation to be faced with, but Mr. Pebbles demonstrated why folks fight for their second amendment rights. Comment from Stanley78, in reply to Boisefan: Of course, folks fighting for second amendment rights is why the crazy neighbor was able to obtain his gun that was capable of firing into the house from outside and killing a man, so really it’s kind of a wash. Or not even that. If nobody in this situation had a gun, the neighbor would have been stuck outside while the two roommates called the police and waited for him to get arrested, and everybody might have survived. As it is now, a terrible tragedy and my heart goes out to everyone involved and their families.People who support the Second Amendment have the mindset of an armed person.President Trump made the decision to be an armed person. He supports the Second Amendment.Most people who choose to be unarmed do not support the Second Amendment.  They see armed people as a potential threat.Few people trained in arms choose to be unarmed. Most people who choose to be unarmed do so because they are ignorant of arms. Many consciously unarmed people have followed the easy path. Many never had the opportunity to learn basic firearms skills.There are endless examples of people who, once exposed to firearms by friendly instruction, change their mindset and become Second Amendment supporters.Few Second Amendment supporters reverse their position, and work to disarm the population.  Learning to shoot is a form of taking the red pill.The change in mindset from unarmed to armed, can happen in one session at the range.When you take a person shooting, make the experience pleasant. Use good hearing and eye protection. Have them shoot a .22 rifle or pistol.  More powerful guns can come later.  Have the target close to build their confidence.  Explain the safety rules so they know they are safe.Nicolo Machiavelli was right.  Armed people view the world differently from unarmed people.About Dean Weingarten:Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.The post Armed and Unarmed: A Difference in Mindset appeared first on

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