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News | Monday, May 22, 2017

Sig Sauer Responds to New Jersey Lawsuit

Late last week, the New Jersey State Police filed suit against New Hampshire-based SIG SAUER, claiming the company sold them defective guns, then failed to fix the problem. The suit seeks $2.5 million from the company for breach of contract and other charges filed in state Superior Court.

This morning, in an exclusive to The Outdoor Wire Digital Network, Sig Sauer has made their initial response to the suit. In the response, Sig points out that the version of the P229 selected by the NJSP was developed "specific to the requirements of the NJSP" and that Sig's investigation of the failure mode indicates a "contributing factor may be a compatibility issue between this unique NJSP P229 and the specific training ammunition used by the NJSP." Importantly, the response points out, the "failures were limited to the training ammunition used by the NJSP, and the P229s functioned when using their duty ammunition."

Read the entire response here

NSSF Warns Retailers of Potential Brady Campaign "Visits"

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is warning its members that individuals working directly for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence may be seeking to visit FFLs to engage with owners or employees in order to better understand the "Gun Culture." NSSF strongly advises that if you or your employees are approached in person, by phone, over email or via social media that you decline to participate in any fact-finding visit or discussion.

Beretta Armorer School Announcement

Beretta USA has added some new In-Field 92/96, Px4 and Cx4 Storm armorer courses to the 2017 Calendar. Currently the only Cx4 course we have on the calendar for 2017 will be at the Police Security Expo in Atlantic City, NJ.

Records Fall at 2017 NASP Nationals

The fifteenth annual National Archery in the Schools Program national tournament broke records for both attendance and participation, with 14,492 competitors and nearly 30,000 friends and family in attendance.

High Desert Shooting Sports Complex Grand Opening Set

The Redmond (Oregon) Rod & Gun Club will host a Grand Opening celebration at the High Desert Shooting Sports Complex (HDSSC) on Saturday, June 3 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Smith & Wesson's M&P Shield in .45ACP- This Week on Guns & Gear

This week on Guns & Gear, we head to the range with the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield, now in .45 ACP, and things get messy

USAMU Set to Host Spring Selection Match

The road to Moscow and the 2017 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championships for Shotgun is set for stage two qualification at USA Shooting's Spring Selection Match that begins Tuesday with Skeet competition at the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) in Fort Benning, Georgia.

Marlin 1895 Newest Gun in 'Turnbull Finished' Line

Turnbull Restoration Co. is proud to announce a Marlin 1895 featuring Turnbull's finishes as the newest offering in its Turnbull Finished line of production firearms. The "Turnbull Finished" line is a series of historically significant and classic firearms that are finished using Turnbull's unique case color and other finishes to produce a classic gun worthy of being an instant family heirloom.

Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports Tops 1,000 Volunteers

One thousand people have received training and are now certified Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports volunteers. Just eight years ago, the program didn't even exist.

New Affordable Load from Rio Ammunition

Rio Ammunition a leader in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of sporting and hunting cartridges is pleased to announce the introduction of the new Wing & Target Shotshell line proudly loaded right in the heart of Texas.

FPC Acquires New California DOJ "Bullet-Button Assault Weapons" Regs

In response to numerous legal demands, including one sent Thursday by attorney Jason Davis, the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) has provided Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) with a copy of previously-secret Department of Justice (DOJ) "assault weapons" regulations.

DeSantis Fits for Glock 43 with Streamlight TLR-6

DeSantis Gunhide introduces 2 holster fits for the Glock 43 with an attached Streamlight TLR-6 light and laser. These include the Thumb Break Mini-Slide and the Apache Ankle Rig.

This Week on GunVenture

You're unprepared, you're unaware, you're a victim. This week on GunVenture, an episode from the First Person Defender Series shows how quickly an everyday situation can turn deadly.

USA Archery Names World University Games Team, Wraps NOCC Qualification

Competition at the U.S. National Outdoor Collegiate Championships at the Elite Athlete Training Center wrapped the second day of qualification and the World University Games - U.S. Team Trials, to name the All-American teams and the athletes on the U.S. Team for the World University Games. The team rounds were also contested.


Skill Set: Revolver Magazine

"Revolver" and "magazine" are an oxymoron; you never see them used together. But, I've been doing some experimenting and may have come across another way to carry revolver ammo using a semi-auto magazine.

This first started when I acquired a S&W Model 547, a 9mm revolver built by S&W that didn't use moon clips – written up here. I couldn't find any of the rare HKS speed loaders for this revolver so I used Glock 19 magazines to carry extra ammo. This actually worked pretty well, and allowed me to comfortably carry much more ammo than loaders, strips or pouches. So I got to thinking, what about using a .357 magazine to carry ammo for my "normal" revolvers.

I found a nice used .357 magazine from Magnum Research that holds nine rounds. After getting it and looking it over I decided to modify it a little to fit my unusual application. The slide lock in the follower is removable. It's held in place by a small spring, so I removed the slide lock, which makes it easier for the follower to slide up and down in the magazine.

In my mind I'm holding the mag in a "beer-can" grip and using the thumb to feed rounds out. Feeding rounds into the revolver's cylinder with the thumb doesn't require an exact fit between the rear of the mag and the slide of the semi-auto, so I cut a small amount of material off the back of the feed lips – reshaping the top back of the mag - allowing me to get more thumb on the back of the round to push it out.

I also hammered the back of the feed lips inward slightly. It looked a little loose back there. Don't know if this makes any difference or not but it made me feel better. The Magnum Research magazine has an extended section on the front of the base-plate. Since I didn't need that, and wanted as slim a profile as possible, I cut that off too.

After cutting, filing and sanding I re-blued the metal with 44/40 cold blue from Brownell's to make everything look good.

The initial testing my new "revolver mag" has been favorable. I can hold the mag in either hand, keeping the revolver in the right hand or transitioning it to the support hand, and quickly fill the entire cylinder – an empty reload - or replace two or three spent rounds – tactically reloading a few fired rounds. I think with a little more modifications, cutting down the follower and installing a spacer in the rear of the mag, it will also work with .38 Special ammo. I'm also going to shorten the mag spring a little to take some tension off the rounds, which should make it easier to strip them out.

Next is determining how to carry the mag. It can be carried vertical, horizontal or in a pocket pouch. I also experimented with leave the mag "clamped" in place between my belt and pants with the rounds up, stripping off one round at a time to load the cylinder. This would also work well with a lever action rifle.

There are a lot of ways to skin a cat. Discovering what gear and techniques work best for you will require some experimenting. And, if you can't find what you want don't be afraid to modify an existing product. Even if it doesn't work out like you thought I guarantee you'll still learn something in the process.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, located in northern Alabama. He is the author of "The Book of Two Guns" - writes for several firearms/tactical publications, and is featured on GunTalk's DVD, "Fighting With The 1911 - McKee's new book, AR-15 Skills and Drills, is available off Shootrite's website:

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