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BREAKING: Smith & Wesson Issues Recall Notice for M&P Shield® EZ® Pistols

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Smith & Wesson has identified two M&P Shield EZ Pistols on which the hammers manufactured by our supplier were cracked. In those firearms, the hammer failed to fully engage the sear, causing the round to fire, cycling the slide, and potentially resulting in multiple discharges without depressing the trigger. This issue can occur in the following two scenarios:

1. With a loaded magazine in the firearm and the grip safety depressed, releasing the slide (by pulling it back, or releasing the slide stop), may ignite the round as the slide closes, without engaging the trigger. The condition may occur, regardless of the manual thumb safety position if equipped. This may also result in multiple discharges.

2. With a loaded magazine in the firearm, the grip safety depressed, manual safety in the fire position, slide closed, and a round in the chamber, pulling the trigger will cause the round to fire normally, however as the slide cycles, the next round may be ignited as it is chambered by the hammer failing to fully engage the sear, causing multiple discharges.

In all cases, the firearm will NOT fire unless the grip safety is depressed. While this condition has been found only in two hammers, and our investigation suggests that these two incidents are very isolated, any unintended discharge of a firearm has the potential to cause injury. Therefore, we have established this Safety Recall as a precautionary measure to ensure that all M&P Shield EZ Pistols in service meet our design specifications.

Stop using your M&P® Shield™ EZ pistol until you determine whether it is included in this safety recall, and if so, until it has been inspected and repaired by Smith & Wesson, if necessary.

PRODUCT AFFECTED:
This notice applies ONLY to M&P® Shield™ EZ pistols (including Performance Center® models) manufactured between March 1, 2020 and October 31, 2020, and only to a small percentage of that population. It does NOT apply to all SHIELD™ pistols. To determine whether your M&P Shield EZ Pistol is affected, check the label on the box to determine date of manufacture (see image below), and if manufacture date is between March 1, 2020 and October 31, 2020 ‐ your pistol may be affected. In this case (or if you are unsure of your date of manufacture), simply go to MPShieldEZrecall.com and input your serial number, or call 888‐871‐7114.

REMEDY/ACTION TO BE TAKEN:
If your M&P Shield EZ Pistol is included in this recall, we will arrange for the return of your firearm to Smith & Wesson for inspection. After inspection, if the hammer from your firearm is affected, it will be replaced at no cost to you. We expect that this entire process will take no longer than 10 business days, and your pistol will be returned as quickly and efficiently as possible. All shipping and replacement costs will be covered by Smith & Wesson.
 

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Wow that’s gotta be the biggest agency going to optic outfitted pistols!
Delaware State Police Adopts SIG SAUER P320 Pistols with Factory Installed ROMEO1PRO Red Dot Optic
March 23rd, 2021
NEWINGTON, N.H., (March 23, 2021) – Today, SIG SAUER, Inc., announced the Delaware State Police has adopted SIG SAUER P320RXP Pistols which features a factory-installed SIG SAUER Electro-Optics ROMEO1Pro red dot sight. Delaware State Police is a division of the Delaware Department of Public Safety and Homeland Security and is responsible for law enforcement and traffic regulation across the state of Delaware with over 700 troopers.

“We are extremely pleased with our decision to make a department-wide transition to the P320 RXP and incorporate the capability of a red dot optic to our P320 official duty pistols,” stated Colonel Melissa Zebley, Superintendent of Delaware State Police. “All of our troopers recently completed the training and instruction process with the new pistols and optic and we’ve noticed the outstanding accuracy of the P320 pistol and the pairing with the ROMEO1Pro optics has added a new level of fast, responsive target acquisition.”
The SIG SAUER P320 RXP pistol is a 9mm striker-fired pistol that come with a factory installed ROMEO1PRO Open Reflex sight and suppressor height backup sights, ambidextrous slide catch lever, reversible magazine catch, and a modular polymer grip module available in small, medium, and large. The intuitive 3-point takedown of the pistol requires no trigger pull for disassembly, and safety features include a striker safety and disconnect safety.
The SIG SAUER Electro-Optics ROMEO1PRO is a miniature open reflex red dot sight, available with either a 3MOA or 6MOA red dot. It comes with 12 brightness settings for a full range of lighting conditions, and the TruHold™ Lockless Zeroing System designed to endure recoil and return to zero shot after shot. The ROMEO1PRO features a molded glass aspheric lens with high-performance coatings for superior light transmittance and zero distortion, a new upgraded point-source emitter for increased brightness in day or night conditions, MOTAC, a 20,000-hour battery life, and an IPX-7 waterproof rating. The ROMEO1PRO is housed in aircraft grade aluminum to ensure corrosion resistance, includes a ruggedized steel protective shroud in the box for extreme durability.
“As more and more law enforcement agencies are beginning to see the value of red dot optics, and allow them as an option within their agencies, the Delaware State Police is leading the way,” added Tom Jankiewicz, Executive Vice president, Law Enforcement Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc. “This is the very first statewide agency to incorporate a red dot pistol as the department-wide standard, and we are incredibly proud of the positive feedback we have received throughout their transition and training to the SIG SAUER P320 RXP pistols.”
 

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Colt Reintroduces the Anaconda Revolver
March 22nd, 2021
WEST HARTFORD, CONN., (March 22, 2021) — Colt’s popular Snake Gun revolver series gains a new addition with the updated Anaconda. The Anaconda is a six-round, large frame, U.S. forged stainless steel double-action revolver chambered in 44 Magnum. It is available nationwide at Colt Stocking Dealers for $1,499 MSRP.

The 2021 Anaconda has been fully re-designed to utilize an oversized Python action with a bulked-up frame for added strength. The leaf-spring action provides a non-stacking, smooth-as glass trigger pull. Recoil-absorbing Hogue overmolded grips are interchangeable with all Colt Python grips. The sights are elevation and windage adjustable, and interchangeable with a simple Allen key.
Its iconic profile comes from the full-lug, ventilated rib barrel, available in 6″ and 8″ lengths. A recessed target crown offers protection and like all Colt revolvers, the cylinder rotates clockwise. The frame is drilled and tapped for optic mounts, making the Anaconda an unstoppable huntsman’s sidearm.
“The Anaconda is a legendary piece of the Snake Gun series and fills a unique space in the revolver market,” said Justin Baldini, Product Director at Colt. “Our team was dedicated to making this revival worthy of the Colt name while serving the needs of today’s gun owner.”
First manufactured in the 1990’s, it is now the fourth Snake Gun re-released by Colt. The Cobra, King Cobra, and Python have all seen a successful re-introduction to the market. The Anaconda is manufactured at Colt headquarters in West Hartford, Connecticut.
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Well the Python was supposed to be $1499 MSRP Cheapest I’m seeing is $1800 with most going over $2000.
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I would love to have one of the new Python's but just can't see paying upwards of $2000 for one. It's a damn shame. :(
 

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I would love to have one of the new Python's but just can't see paying upwards of $2000 for one. It's a damn shame. :(
I think most of us are in that club.
 

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Remington Ammunition Launches New Website


Lonoke, Arkansas – March 24, 2021 – Remington Ammunition has launched a new website at www.remington.com to make it faster and easier than ever before to find the quality ammunition known by all hunters and shooters. For generations, Remington has been combining the finest components with cutting-edge innovation to deliver top-notch performance in every round of the company’s American-loaded ammunition.
“Our redesigned site with new content, detailed product information, and easy shop-ability will allow Big Green fans to see Remington ammo in a new light,” said Joel Hodgdon, Remington Ammunition’s Marketing Director. “We want everyone who pulls a trigger to learn about our products and find out everything they need to know about Remington ammo.”
Visitors to www.remington.com can easily access detailed product information and load selection advice as well as purchase Remington accessories and merchandise and have it shipped directly to their door. Learn more about Remington’s iconic ammunition for whitetails, waterfowl, wild turkeys, personal defense, target shooting and much more on the brand’s comprehensive line up of ammunition.
“The new website is only the beginning of what Big Green ammo wants to offer hunters and shooters,” said Hodgdon. “The new site is the tip of the iceberg…it shows our renewed commitment to quality, education and innovation in all things ammo.”
To be the first to hear about product availability, exciting new products and everything Remington ammo, visitors to www.remington.com are encouraged to sign up for Remington’s e-newsletter or follow Remington on social media.
Remington ammunition and firearms are now separate companies. Information on Remington firearms can be found at www.remarms.com
Find legendary Remington ammunition at dealers nationwide and online. For more information on Remington ammunition and accessories, visit www.remington.com.
 

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Remington Ammunition Launches New Website


Lonoke, Arkansas – March 24, 2021 – Remington Ammunition has launched a new website at www.remington.com to make it faster and easier than ever before to find the quality ammunition known by all hunters and shooters. For generations, Remington has been combining the finest components with cutting-edge innovation to deliver top-notch performance in every round of the company’s American-loaded ammunition.
“Our redesigned site with new content, detailed product information, and easy shop-ability will allow Big Green fans to see Remington ammo in a new light,” said Joel Hodgdon, Remington Ammunition’s Marketing Director. “We want everyone who pulls a trigger to learn about our products and find out everything they need to know about Remington ammo.”
Visitors to www.remington.com can easily access detailed product information and load selection advice as well as purchase Remington accessories and merchandise and have it shipped directly to their door. Learn more about Remington’s iconic ammunition for whitetails, waterfowl, wild turkeys, personal defense, target shooting and much more on the brand’s comprehensive line up of ammunition.
“The new website is only the beginning of what Big Green ammo wants to offer hunters and shooters,” said Hodgdon. “The new site is the tip of the iceberg…it shows our renewed commitment to quality, education and innovation in all things ammo.”
To be the first to hear about product availability, exciting new products and everything Remington ammo, visitors to www.remington.com are encouraged to sign up for Remington’s e-newsletter or follow Remington on social media.
Remington ammunition and firearms are now separate companies. Information on Remington firearms can be found at www.remarms.com
Find legendary Remington ammunition at dealers nationwide and online. For more information on Remington ammunition and accessories, visit www.remington.com.
For that web site to be more user friendly it will have to be modified, badly unless one wants to find the product by scrolling page after page.
I was interested if they were listing reloading products which I did not find listed.
I was specifically looking for primers listed because for many calibers Rem 7 1/2 BR are some of my favorites.
 

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GREAT NEWS!!!!
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A federal appeals court on Thursday sided with a coalition of gun advocacy groups by ruling that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) cannot classify bump stocks as machine guns for the purpose of federal firearm regulations.

Bump stocks are devices designed to assist a shooter by increasing a firearm’s rate of fire. They reuse the gun’s recoil energy, thereby allowing a standard rifle to shoot continuously if the trigger is pulled once and constant pressure is maintained.

The device was infamously used by the gunman who opened fire during an outdoor concert from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel room in Oct. 2017, killing 58 people and wounding more than 500. The tragic incident led to strong public support for outlawing bump stocks. In 2018, the ATF reinterpreted a statute outlawing machine guns to also include non-mechanical bump stocks. Under the rule, those in possession of the device could face felony charges and potential incarceration.

Several gun rights organizations challenged the ATF’s “Final Rule,” alleging it violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), the Fifth Amendment’s Takings Clause, and the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause.

The groups sought an injunction preventing the rule from taking effect but were denied by a Michigan district court in 2019. The court held that the ATF was entitled to Chevron deference in interpreting its classification of bump stocks.

The term comes from the 1984 Supreme Court case Chevron U.S.A. v. Natural Resources Defense Council. There, the justices held that federal agencies are entitled to have courts “defer to” said agencies’ “reasonable interpretations of ambiguous statutes,” as those in the agency are more likely to have expertise in the subject matter. Essentially, federal agencies are afforded wide discretion to interpret statutes as they see fit, provided the interpretation does not directly conflict with something specified by Congress.

But in a 2-1 decision, a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Thursday held that criminal statutes, such as those involving the bump stock, are not entitled to Chevron deference.

“Whether ownership of a bump-stock device should be criminally punished is a question for our society. Indeed, the Las Vegas shooting sparked an intense national debate on the benefits and risks of bump-stock ownership. And because criminal laws are rooted in the community, the people determine for themselves—through their legislators—what is right or wrong,” the court wrote. “The executive enforces those determinations. It is not the role of the executive—particularly the unelected administrative state—to dictate to the public what is right and what is wrong.”

The court also reasoned that allowing executive agencies to interpret criminal statutes with Chevron deference would result in a violation of separation of powers.

“Even under a well-balanced system, the power of the federal government, particularly the executive branch, is formidable. No matter how well-prepared a defendant may be, his defense will pale in comparison to the resources, institutional knowledge, and personnel available to the federal government,” the court wrote. “If we defer to the federal prosecutor’s interpretation of a criminal statute, this imbalance becomes even more lopsided. Whatever separation-of-powers issues are created by the delegation of civil lawmaking, the problems are much more profound when the matter involves criminal legislation.”
 

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The Strike Magazine for GLOCK™ G17 (9mm) is a high-strength impact resistant custom blended SI Polymer Extreme double-stack pistol mag that includes a translucent body for quick visibility of ammo and a specially selected spring for added reliability. The capacity of the 17+ round translucent magazine body is designed with strategically placed textured and non-textured surfaces. Textured where it’s needed to reduce the shine of the brass and add positive feel, non-textured at one side for ultra-clear visibility of round count and what’s going on inside. Not only is the mag body translucent, there are also corner round count cuts to give you alternative angles to see how many you got left for the fight. Paintable triangle markers at the top of mag body to help identify the magazine is in the correct direction when reloading. Magazine release cuts are designed on both sides of the SI mag and is compatible with right, left and ambidextrous mag release setups found on factory GLOCK™ GEN3-GEN5 frames. The Strike Magazine for GLOCK™ G17 has a built-in hook slot specifically for the SI Extended Magazine Plate (EMP) steel locking plate for an added extra security when increasing capacity but the baseplate included also has standout features. Side cuts on the baseplate provides easier gripping. ID markers at the bottom of the baseplate allow you to custom mark your mags and also make sure nobody goes home with your stuff. Along with the side cuts, the baseplate also has an added front lip for an increased footprint to help with the standing of the mag to give it a little balance. The included baseplate is a tool-less disassembly design for quick and easy removal with a simply push using your finger nail. The Strike Magazine for GLOCK™ G17 (9mm) is fully loaded with features as an alternative option that should line the walls of your safe and gun bag.

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MSRP $14.95!
 

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The Strike Magazine for GLOCK™ G17 (9mm) is a high-strength impact resistant custom blended SI Polymer Extreme double-stack pistol mag that includes a translucent body for quick visibility of ammo and a specially selected spring for added reliability. The capacity of the 17+ round translucent magazine body is designed with strategically placed textured and non-textured surfaces. Textured where it’s needed to reduce the shine of the brass and add positive feel, non-textured at one side for ultra-clear visibility of round count and what’s going on inside. Not only is the mag body translucent, there are also corner round count cuts to give you alternative angles to see how many you got left for the fight. Paintable triangle markers at the top of mag body to help identify the magazine is in the correct direction when reloading. Magazine release cuts are designed on both sides of the SI mag and is compatible with right, left and ambidextrous mag release setups found on factory GLOCK™ GEN3-GEN5 frames. The Strike Magazine for GLOCK™ G17 has a built-in hook slot specifically for the SI Extended Magazine Plate (EMP) steel locking plate for an added extra security when increasing capacity but the baseplate included also has standout features. Side cuts on the baseplate provides easier gripping. ID markers at the bottom of the baseplate allow you to custom mark your mags and also make sure nobody goes home with your stuff. Along with the side cuts, the baseplate also has an added front lip for an increased footprint to help with the standing of the mag to give it a little balance. The included baseplate is a tool-less disassembly design for quick and easy removal with a simply push using your finger nail. The Strike Magazine for GLOCK™ G17 (9mm) is fully loaded with features as an alternative option that should line the walls of your safe and gun bag.

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When they release the G 19 version I'm in for a couple to evaluate.
 

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New Affordable MPL1 Pistol Light from Axeon Optics

Axeon Optics presents the new MPL1 pistol light with 300 lumens output. Powered by one AAA battery, the light can be set at various flash modes as well as constant on. With a very tempting price, it looks like it would fit both the rail of the pistol and everyone’s wallet. According to Axeon, there are already several holsters that work with it.

Here’s the product announcement in full:
Axeon Optics – New MPL1 Pistol Light
FORT SMITH, AR (March, 2021) – Axeon Optics, a brand known for innovative shooting and outdoor optic products, has launched the new MPL1 pistol light with ergonomic rear switches featuring three light modes. The exceptionally lightweight and compact new light delivers 300 lumens ideal for self-defense handguns.
Designed to maximize threat identification, the Axeon MPL1 ultra-compact and lightweight pistol light is a slender option for a powerful flashlight mounted on your accessory rail equipped handgun. The MPL1 universally fits most popular handgun models and features a master on/off switch just below the rail that is used to prevent accidental power to the light. With the master switch engaged, the shooter can ambidextrously activate the dual instant on/off buttons located on the rear of the rail-mounted light assembly. The same buttons, when the MPL1 is mounted, are located just forward of the trigger guard and are used to conveniently switch modes from constant-on, to fast-flash, or momentary flash. The MPL1 is powered by a single front accessible AAA battery and produces 300 lumens for a constant run time of 30 minutes ideal for home-, self-defense, and concealed carry handgun applications.
The Axeon MPL1 packs vital target identification and illumination capabilities into the smallest pistol light housing available for under muzzle mounting applications. Like other leading Axeon products, technology meets affordability in the MPL1 at a very friendly MSRP of $44.99.
 

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I’m not too sure about this but if anyone’s interested....
 

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BAD NEWS GUYS!
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Price Increase Announced for Winchester and Browning Ammunition
Current ammo prices are painful. If you’ve been shooting for a while, you understand this all too well. The shortage of essentially all common calibers has absolutely rampant for months, and the basic laws of supply and demand are being felt across the industry. Demand has spiked, supply has dropped, and so costs are soaring. Unfortunately, 2020 saw a perfect storm of logistical, social, and political pressures that put an unsustainable strain on essentially all ammo manufacturers operating in the US market. At the time of this writing, even the cheapest steel-cased .223 ammo is often selling in excess of $0.60 cost per round – and even then, it’s selling out fast.
In the long, long ago of 2019, we used to be able to blow through box after box of these without a care in the world...

In the long, long ago of 2019, we used to be able to blow through box after box of these without a care in the world…
Many companies have been forced to institute price hikes over the last year or so, and contrary to common rumors, these increases have not been a matter of gouging. In most cases, if not all, this has sadly been necessary to sustain what levels of production that are still possible. Unfortunately, it looks like there’s not much light showing at the end of the tunnel quite yet. On March 22, 2021, Winchester and Browning Ammunition released the following announcement detailing another upcoming set of price increases taking effect May 1st.
March 22, 2021
To All Winchester Ammunition Customers:
Thank you for your commitment to Winchester and Browning Ammunition in support of our legendary products.
Due to the increased cost inputs for manufacturing ammunition, it is necessary to increase ammunition prices for all shipments, including backorders, beginning May 1, 2021.
Ammunition will be subject to the following price increases.

  • Shotshells + 5%-12%
  • 22 Magnum Rimfire ammunition +10%
  • Hunting Rifle ammunition + 5%-15%
  • All Centerfire Rifle FMJ ammunition +8%
  • All Centerfire Pistol ammunition +8%
  • Components +10%
  • Primers +25% (Due to our current backorder situation, until further notice, Winchester is not accepting new orders on primers)
These May 1, 2021 increases will affect all pack size3s, sub-brands and special make-ups.
All existing orders and future orders shipped on or after May 1, 2021 will be shipped at the new prices unless you notify us requesting cancellation. Procedures for repricing back and future orders will be issued with new pricelists and programs in the coming weeks.
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It was a simpler time when practice .223 could be had plentifully for less than $0.50 cpr…
To put these supply chain issues in perspective: during the recent Virtual SHOT Show 2021, Winchester remarked that if they immediately stopped taking all new orders for .22LR, it would take them approximately two years to fill all existing backorders. On his quarterly earnings update call in November, Vista Outdoors (the parent company of several major ammo makers including Federal, CCI, Speer, and Remington) CEO Chris Metz said, “We currently have over a year’s worth of orders for ammunition in excess of $1 billion. With demand far outstripping supply and inventory levels in the channel at all-time lows, we see strong demand continuing, and this metric informs our viewpoint of what a recovery or normalization could look like.” In short, unfortunately, it looks like we will have no choice but to simply continue bearing greater ammo costs for the time being. Time to tighten up your dry fire training.
 
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