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    • Video: Sig Range Day - 1911's

      Below is a quick video of some of Sig Sauer's 1911's that were available at the Range Day event.

    • Details on Sig's new Electro-Optics Line

      Sig Electro-Optics

      We visited Sig Sauer's Range Day event this morning and had the opportunity to handle some of the new 2015 releases and we were as excited about the new optics as we were about the new firearms.

      We saw a number of the new rifle scopes and reflex sights on various weapons (photos from the range will be coming soon) but we were also able to pick up a new catalog to gather all the essential details on the line of scopes.

      I lost count of the total number of possible SKU's in the Electro-Optics line but there should be more than 70 total SKU's when you factor in the various models, focal lengths, and reticles.

      Sig is offering a lifetime warranty on the whole new line of Electro-Optics! The warranty is fully transferrable and doesn't require a receipt or warranty card. See more details at the end of this post.
      Continue reading

    • SIG-SD Suppressor Line Detailed

      Introducing Sig SuppressorsSig's SIG-SD new line of suppressors has been unveiled and the line looks extremely promising. The price point of the new suppressors directly competes with pretty much all the major suppressor manufacturers and Sig is including a Taper-Lok quick detach mount with each QD suppressor adding even more value to the line.

      The new Taper-Lok quick detach system is a three piece mount system. From Sig's catalog: Continue reading

    • ATF Issues Official Notice on Pistol Braces

      We just received this from the ATF...

      OPEN LETTER ON THE REDESIGN OF "STABILIZING BRACES"

      The Firearms and Ammunition Technology Division (FATD), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has received inquiries from the public concerning the proper use of devices recently marketed as "stabilizing braces." These devices are described as "a shooter's aid that is designed to improve the single-handed shooting performance of buffer tube equipped pistols." The device claims to enhance accuracy and reduce felt recoil when using an AR-style pistol.

      These items are intended to improve accuracy by using the operator's forearm to provide stable support for the AR-type pistol. ATF has previously determined that attaching the brace to a firearm does not alter the classification of the firearm or subject the firearm to National Firearms Act (NFA) control. However, this classification is based upon the use of the device as designed. When the device is redesigned for use as a shoulder stock on a handgun with a rifled barrel under 16 inches in length, the firearm is properly classified as a firearm under the NFA.

      The NFA, 26 USCS § 5845, defines "firearm," in relevant part, as "a shotgun having a barrel or barrels of less than 18 inches in length" and "a rifle having a barrel or barrels of less than 16 inches in length." That section defines both "rifle" and "shotgun" as "a weapon designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder…." (Emphasis added).

      Pursuant to the plain language of the statute, ATF and its predecessor agency have long held that a pistol with a barrel less than 16 inches in length and an attached shoulder stock is a NFA "firearm." For example, inRevenue Ruling 61-45, Luger and Mauser pistols "having a barrel of less than 16 inches in length with an attachable shoulder stock affixed" were each classified as a "short barrel rifle…within the purview of the National Firearms Act."

      In classifying the originally submitted design, ATF considered the objective design of the item as well as the stated purpose of the item. In submitting this device for classification, the designer noted that:

      The intent of the buffer tube forearm brace is to facilitate one handed firing of the AR15 pistol for those with limited strength or mobility due to a handicap. It also performs the function of sufficiently padding the buffer tube in order to reduce bruising to the forearm while firing with one hand. Sliding and securing the brace onto ones forearm and latching the Velcro straps, distributes the weight of the weapon evenly and assures a snug fit. Therefore, it is no longer necessary to dangerously "muscle" this large pistol during the one handed aiming process, and recoil is dispersed significantly, resulting in more accurate shooting without compromising safety or comfort.

      In the classification letter of November 26, 2012, ATF noted that a "shooter would insert his or her forearm into the device while gripping the pistol's handgrip-then tighten the Velcro straps for additional support and retention. Thus configured, the device provides the shooter with additional support of a firearm while it is still held and operated with one hand." When strapped to the wrist and used as designed, it is clear the device does not allow the firearm to be fired from the shoulder. Therefore, ATF concluded that, pursuant to the information provided, "the device is not designed or intended to fire a weapon from the shoulder." In making the classification ATF determined that the objective design characteristics of the stabilizing brace supported the stated intent.

      ATF hereby confirms that if used as designed—to assist shooters in stabilizing a handgun while shooting with a single hand—the device is not considered a shoulder stock and therefore may be attached to a handgun without making a NFA firearm. However, ATF has received numerous inquiries regarding alternate uses for this device, including use as a shoulder stock. Because the NFA defines both rifle and shotgun to include any "weapon designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder," any person who redesigns a stabilizing brace for use as a shoulder stock makes a NFA firearm when attached to a pistol with a rifled barrel under 16 inches in length or a handgun with a smooth bore under 18 inches in length.

      The GCA does not define the term "redesign" and therefore ATF applies the common meaning. "Redesign" is defined as "to alter the appearance or function of." See e.g. Webster's II New College Dictionary, Third Ed. (2005). This is not a novel interpretation. For example ATF has previously advised that an individual possesses a destructive device when possessing anti-personnel ammunition with an otherwise unregulated 37/38mm flare launcher. See ATF Ruling 95-3. Further, ATF has advised that even use of an unregulated flare and flare launcher as a weapon results in the making of a NFA weapon. Similarly, ATF has advised that, although otherwise unregulated, the use of certain nail guns as weapons may result in classification as an "any other weapon."

      The pistol stabilizing brace was neither "designed" nor approved to be used as a shoulder stock, and therefore use as a shoulder stock constitutes a "redesign" of the device because a possessor has changed the very function of the item. Any individual letters stating otherwise are contrary to the plain language of the NFA, misapply Federal law, and are hereby revoked.

      Any person who intends to use a handgun stabilizing brace as a shoulder stock on a pistol (having a rifled barrel under 16 inches in length or a smooth bore firearm with a barrel under 18 inches in length) must first file an ATF Form 1 and pay the applicable tax because the resulting firearm will be subject to all provisions of the NFA.

      If you have any questions about the issues addressed in this letter, you may contact the Firearms and Ammunition Technology Division at fire_tech@atf.gov or by phone at (304) 616-4300.

      Max M. Kingery
      Acting Chief
      Firearms Technology Criminal Branch
      Firearms and Ammunition Technology Division

      And on that note.... All PSB's are on sale!
      Black PSB: $89.00
      FDE PSB: $89.00
      SBX PSB: $109.99
      Please note that all sales are final.

    • LWRC Teases New .45 PDW

      LWRC just fired off an email teasing a .45 ACP PDW. They are sharing no more than the photo so we'll have to shake them down for more info at SHOT.

      LWRC .45 PDW

    • Sig Sauer's new Electro-Optics Division

      Sig has been teasing its new line of optics for a few months now. We've heard chatter that the old line was being discontinued (SCOPE-CP4, SCOPE-CP1, SIGHT-MRD) and a new higher quality line would replace those.

      We've seen one of those, which appears to be the Bravo4, in this hero shot of the MCX:
      Sig Sauer MCX

      We expect to have more information on the line early next week but until then you can read the press release from Sig below: Continue reading

    • Sig's MCX Carbine

      Sig Sauer MCXWe've known for some time now about the MCX (Mission Configurable Weapon System) thanks to Sig's Instagram account. Sig Sauer is making it more official now though and we're seeing a lot of information become available. For those familiar with Sig's 556 line, the MCX is much like an evolution to that line. The 556 requires a proprietary lower (and the upper is serialized instead of the lower) but it is a short stroke piston system. The advantage to the MCX is that it will run on a regular AR-15 lower. Continue reading

    • More Sig News! Four 10mm P220's!

      Sig P220 10mm Hunter with MRX

      The Truth About Guns got the dirt on the four new 10mm P220 models! Thankfully we have a photo!

      Here is the release from TTAG: Continue reading

    • Sig's New Suppressor Line Announced

      SigAddict.com is reporting on Sig Sauer's updated suppressor line.

      The line was originally announced a year ago and then as it was just about to go into production, the previously slated models were scrapped and the replacements are now finally ready.

      We've been seeing quite a few images of the suppressors thanks to Sig's Instagram page but now the line is announced with detail.

      It is also important to note that Sig will be including a fast attach / quick disconnect mount with each fast attach suppressor. Unlike AAC which sells the adapter separately, it is included at no extra charge! We don't know yet which muzzle device they'll include (and maybe Sig doesn't have that determination yet either).

      The following is from SigAddict.com:

      SIG-SD Lineup

      Continue reading

    • New S&W Pistols for 2015

      Below are S&W's 2015 pistol additions:

      Product
      Code
      Description Barrel
      Length
      Finish Rounds  MSRP 
      10138 M&P BODYGUARD 38 With Crimson Trace®  Integral Laser - MA Compliant 1.9" Black 5  $539.00
      10140 MODEL 642 - LaserMax Laser 1 7/8" Gls Bead 5  $539.00
      10141 MODEL M&P 9 Shield - Crimson Trace® Green Laserguard 3.1 Black 8  $589.00
      10147 MODEL M&P 40 Shield - Crimson Trace® Green Laserguard 3.1 Black 7  $589.00
      150922 MODEL M&P 9 - Threaded Barrel Kit 4 1/4" Black 17  $669.00
      150923 MODEL M&P 45 Threaded Barrel Kit 4 1/4" Black 10  $719.00
      10123 MODEL M&P 9 Compact - Carbon Fiber 3 1/2" CF 12  $599.00
      10191 MODEL M&P 9 Compact - FDE 3 1/2" FDE 12  $569.00
      10121 MODEL M&P 9 - Carbon Fiber 4 1/4" CF 17  $599.00
      10188 MODEL M&P 9 - FDE 4 1/4" FDE 17  $569.00
      10124 MODEL M&P 40 Compact - Carbon Fiber 3 1/2" CF 10  $599.00
      10190 MODEL M&P 40 Compact - FDE 3 1/2" FDE 10  $569.00
      10122 MODEL M&P 40 - Carbon Fiber 4 1/4" CF 15  $599.00
      10189 MODEL M&P 40 - FDE 4 1/4" FDE 15  $569.00

      See all of our 2015 new model release news!

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