In Case You Missed it: Bill passed to release U.S. Army surplus 1911 .45 ACP pistols to the American public through the Civilian Marksmanship program (CMP).Read more
Pretty awesome that 100,000 1911, 45’s will go on sale to the American public. We don’t know yet when it will pass or when the actual release date will be, but you can be sure that once they are released they will be going quickly!
A Brief History of the AR-15Read more
The AR-15 rifle is America’s most popular civilian rifle. Recently, we’ve seen this fine piece of machinery come under fire from gun control groups across the country. Any responsible gun one will tell you this weapon gets a bad rap, and has in fact been available for civilian use for decades (minus the time period it was banned). Here’s a brief history of the now infamous AR-15.
The AR-15 was created by ArmaLite, a firearms engineering company founded in the early 1950’s. The “AR” simply stands for “ArmaLite Rifle” and was first built in 1959, primarily used by the United States armed forces.
Only a couple of years later, ArmaLite sold the design to Colt. And in 1963 Colt started selling the semi-automatic version of the rifle for civilian use. Though we classify this style of rifle as an “AR-15,” the name is a registered trademark of Colt. However, dozens of versions of the rifle are made under various names by a number of different manufacturers.
Civilian vs. Military
One thing that seems to get lost in the conversation about this weapon is the difference between semi-automatic AR’s for sale to civilians vs. a fully automatic version used by our armed forces. The rifles are almost identical in external appearance, so an average person that knows nothing about the AR believes the civilian rifle is the same rifle being brought onto the battlefield. The civilian rifle fires ONE round per squeeze of the trigger, where the military version allows multiple rounds to be fired per squeeze of the trigger. In addition, the hammer and trigger mechanisms are designed differently and the bolt carrier and internal lower receiver of semi-automatic versions are milled differently. Parts are not interchangeable.
From 1994–2004, features such as collapsible stocks, flash suppressors, pistol grip, and bayonet lugs were prohibited for sales to civilians by the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, including the Federal Assault Weapons Ban.
Those AR-15s that were manufactured with the restricted features, as well as the accompanying full capacity magazines, were stamped “Restricted Military/Government/Law Enforcement/Export Only”. The restrictions only applied to guns manufactured after the ban took effect. It was legal to own, sell, or buy any gun built before 1994, so essentially anyone who wanted to obtain a pre-ban AR could do so. Hundreds of thousands of pre-ban ARs were sold during the ban as well as new guns redesigned to be legal.
The Assault Weapons Ban ended in 2004, lifting the ban on the restricted features.
Second Amendment Rights Will Erode Before Our EyesRead more
In the wake of the Orlando shooting, of course, there are calls to ban assault rifles, outlaw guns, and repeal the second amendment. You can hear the screams coming from the media. It’s the same after every mass shooting. With the upcoming election, gun rights and the second amendment will be a hotter issue than ever. Hillary Clinton wants to ban AR-style rifles, accessories, and who knows what else. But that won’t happen without a fight. Donald Trump has aligned himself with the NRA and they surely won’t back down easily.
We’re seeing the erosion of our second amendment rights right now. Look at California, a federal appeals court ruled last week that the Second Amendment of the Constitution does not guarantee the right of gun owners to carry concealed weapons in public places. The decision upholds a law that puts a number of conditions and red tape around obtaining a concealed-carry permit.
It’s California now, but the rest of the U.S. could be right behind them. It’s starts with one law, one reform, then it’s a complete ban. The calls for gun control and reform will continue to get louder. We all know if Clinton is in the White House, there will surely be sweeping changes. Is it gun control or is it a war on terror that we are fighting? Is it a mental health issue? An immigration issue? No matter where you stand, you can find a group that aligns with your beliefs. Calling for a ban on guns or AR-style rifles will not stop shootings, it will not stop criminals, it will not stop people from obtaining guns or causing harm to innocent victims. Both sides have their opinions, but in the wake of yet another tragic mass shooting, the conversation has again gotten louder.
4 Gun Safety Initiatives to Watch in Election 2016Read more
Election 2016 is right around the corner. It’s looking like a Trump vs. Hillary match-up, and anything goes leading up to the election. A Clinton presidency will surely change the landscape of gun rights for all gun owners. Here’s a quick list of just four of the early gun safety initiatives to watch for the upcoming election.
As we inch closer to the election, more gun safety and gun rights conversations will start taking place. We’ll be here to provide top news and information on how it relates to AR ownership.
Smarter Guns Can Lead the U.S. to Safer CommunitiesRead more
At first “smart guns” were something used in the movies by shady guns-for-hire, but they’re slowly making their way into the real world. Check out this article in the Chicago Tribune .