This Week in Guns: April 24th, 2017 – BATFE Brace Reversal, Colt Cobra, New Springfield, and Kommiefornia?

What in the hell is happening this week? It seems like the floodgates have suddenly opened and manufacturers are finally hitting their stride. New guns are getting announced, SHOT SHOW 2017 guns are finally shipping, and the gun community is spinning from new legal announcements that may have wide sweeping effects on the gun community as a whole.


First up, it’s the news that’s shaken up the gun world the most in the past few days. If you’ve missed it, you’ve either been under a rock or have zero social network. In a clarification letter to SB Tactical, the BATFE has seemingly reversed its previous decision about shouldering a pistol “brace”. Although I won’t cover the whole history of it here, needless to say it’s a 180 degree turn from their previous stance on the matter that shouldering and firing a pistol with a brace would constitute a reconstruction of a pistol into an SBR, and therefore violate the NFA. The letter would suggest that there isn’t a “proper” way to fire a handgun, and therefore the manner of firing does not in-and-of itself constitute the “making” of an SBR. So good news to all you AR pistol guys out there! Time for an AR pistol truck gun for me…

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More info on the SB Tactical letter can be found here, in a post from the NRA-ILA. Obviously… this is a minor victory in a bigger war, and we need to capitalize on our forward progress. This decision shows how ridiculous the NFA really is, and support needs to be garnered to repeal the NFA. Join the NRA today. It’s the best shot we’ve got.


Next this week, Colt has officially confirmed that their 2017 Cobra is shipping to distributers and dealers now! Although I have yet to see any listed as “in stock” online, I’m definitely going to throw a pre-order in with my local dealer ASAP. Colt’s Facebook page even featured a picture of a bunch of Cobra frames being worked on in the factory, and it seems like they were just trying to build up inventory before shipping. I hope the Cobra sells well for Colt, as it appears to be in high demand and a great carry option for any revolver guy.

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As far as new guns goes, the Cobra is probably at the very top of my list. But that doesn’t mean I’m not at least intrigued by Springfield Armory’s announcement this week of a new handgun product. According to their hype video, it’s their “best kept secret”, so one could assume it’s not the XDM 10mm that they’ve been promising. You can check out the whole sneak preview here, but this is probably the most important image:

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My guess? A single stack 9. It’s not recoiling like anything other, and I don’t think SA is off the deep end enough to put out a single stack .380. It seems pretty thin, which tips me off to “single-stack” and appears to have a tip up loaded chamber indicator on the top of the slide, a-la XDM. Revolutionary? Probably not, but it could be pretty cool for Springfield guys and gals.


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And wrapping things up, an NRA affiliate in California has filed a lawsuit against the state citing that CA’s “Assault Weapons Control Act” is unconstitutional (it is). How this will play out in such a far left swinging state is hard to say, but I hope they give ’em hell. A victory in California would set a wide spread precedent for the rest of the country, and a victory for one of us is a victory for all of us.

Until Victory.

TZ

Monday 4/17 – FN Announces the 509

This morning, fans of FN Herstal (FN/FN America) announced the newest addition to their pistol lineup: the FN 509.

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According the FN, the 509 is very similar to the gun they submitted to the US Army during the most recent MHS trials that resulted in the selection of the Sig P320 to replace the aging stock of Beretta M-9s. FN specifically mentioned that the 509 is essentially a redesign of the FNS, and specifically reference the FNS-9C in some interviews regarding its intent for citizen carry.

At first glance, the 509 is a pretty typical plastic gun affair: striker fired, 5.5-7.5lb trigger, black, 4″ barrel, 17 round magazine, Browning link-less tilting barrel lock up, and coming in at 5.56″ in height and 7.4 OAL. In short, it’s nearly identical in size to the original FNS-9, which can be imagined like this: Glock 19 slide assembly on top of a Glock 17 frame. Although this comparison isn’t exact, it might get you in the right ballpark if you’re more familiar with the Glock series of 9mms.

As far as appearance, it looks like the “FNS-9 2.0”. It’s a refreshed, updated version of the FNS-9, similar to what Smith & Wesson did to the M&P series of handguns. If you look at it long enough from just the right angle, it looks like some sort of XDM/Walther slide on a Ruger American frame that has the M&P 2.0’s abbreviated beavertail. It also reminds me of a classic muscle car, with “509” emblazoned on the side like it’s some sort of advertisement for a V8 hemi.

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Do you see it? Or is it just me?

While I haven’t gotten the chance to fire one yet, I do look forward to the opportunity to give one a shot at a local range. I can’t say I’m chomping at the bit to run out and buy one, since I have a regular FNS-9, but you never know – maybe it’s a game changer. I’ve been throughly impressed with the FNS-9, and I think that the 509 has a lot to offer from a very storied gun maker. I guess only time will tell. FN has historically built some very fine, but perhaps under appreciated, pistols – and I hope the 509 will bring them more into the mainstream American market.

Until Victory.

-Z

This Week in Guns: Lucky Gunner Labs and a New American Battle Rifle?

Yesterday, Lucky Gunner Ammo published additionally test results from their big handgun carry ammo testing that they’ve been doing for awhile for the .38 Spl and .357 Magnum cartridges. Previously they had examined different loads for the .380ACP, 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45ACP. The table format that they use to present the information is very clear and easy to read, and it’s easy to find the important figures you’re looking for: penetration depth, expansion measurements, and velocity, all figured as 5 shot averages (except for penetration, those are shown as individual rounds).

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The Lucky Gunner tests are pretty cool, and the complete results can be found here. Of note, the tests were run using both a 2″ barrel and a 4″ barrel, and both tables show those results. The results are interesting and unfortunately, the .357 isn’t the atomic bomb that I’d secretly hoped it would be. There’s no denying that the .357 has been a very successful man-stopper, but in gel it doesn’t look that much different than any other typical service cartridge. But keep in mind, gel is only part of the story. Make sure to check out Lucky Gunner Labs for the whole test protocol and results.


In other news, Soldier Systems Daily reported today that the US Army is apparently considering adopting a “new” battle rifle to extend the range of the average rifleman. Apparently this request stems from units feeling outgunned overseas, with their 5.56NATO carbines not matching the range of some enemy 7.62x54R weapons. The entire writeup can be found here.

An interesting observation is that apparently this is a stop-gap, or “interim” solution, which suggests that the Army might adopt an entirely different cartridge and family of weapons in the future for this stated purpose. I suppose the logical solution is to order some sort of commercial gun that already exists or expand existing orders for weapons chambered in 7.62NATO that are already in service. One thing that’s not entirely clear is the scope of this “proposal”. Is the Army seriously considering issuing a 7.62 rifle to every gunslinger in a line company? If that’s the case, I have to seriously doubt that this is going to happen, not because of practicality, but because of cost.

Until Victory.

-TZ

http://www.luckygunner.com/labs/revolver-ballistics-test/#38spl

http://soldiersystems.net/2017/04/05/us-army-considers-7-62-interim-battle-rifle/