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It’s the classic Hollywood scenario: the Villain holds the Woman at gunpoint, and the Hero takes him down with a well-aimed shot in the kisser. That cliché became all too real for a couple in Houston yesterday when two armed men tried to rob and assault the wife at gunpoint.
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SIG Sauer is bringing the Army's new handgun to the commercial market. Say hello to the P320-M17!
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As home invasions have risen and criminals have become more bold, the need for a home defense weapon has become ever present. Designed to give home owners and renters alike the means to protect themselves, home defense guns come in a few styles depending on users skill level and needs. Though there’s an endless supply of firearms lining dealer shelves, Guns.com has narrowed down the field to deliver our favorite guns best used for home defense. Without further ado, here’s our guide to the top five most useful firearms to protect what’s yours.1. Pump-Action or Semi-Auto Shotgun
When the topic of home defense is discussed, you can’t venture too far without mentioning the venerable shotgun. A staple of many homes for decades, the shotgun has proven it’s a contender in the home defense market. The two most common styles of shotguns for home defense are the pump-action, defined by its iconic movement of the forearm backwards then forwards to chamber a fresh round, and the semi-automatic, which chambers a new round through either a gas system or recoil
The shotgun earned its place in American homes for its effectiveness at stopping potential threats. Using buckshot, the shotgun offers greater saturation and thus produces a more devastating result on targets. While its “stopping power” stacks up in the world of home defense, it’s not without its pitfalls. Namely, capacity and recoil. Smaller shooters or newcomers unaccustomed to the buck of a shotgun might struggle with the recoil and possibly walk away with a shoulder bruised. The shotgun also suffers from a lack of capacity requiring more reloads than a pistol or AR-15.
Despite some shortcomings, the shotgun has and will remain a staple in some gun owners’ home defense arsenal.2. Semi-Auto Pistol
Climbing the charts of popularity, the semi-automatic pistol is quickly becoming a favorite among gun owners looking to protect their homes. Notable for their compact size and maneuverability, pistols allow home owners to easily navigate tight corners and manipulate doors. It’s smaller size makes storage easier, with handguns easily slipping into nightstand safes.
Though its size is an advantage for storage, the shorter barrel does mean accuracy isn’t quite on par with that of a rifle and therefore initial shots and follow-up shots may prove difficult for gun owners who aren’t getting in practice and training on the range. Additionally semi-automatic handguns can be more complicated to operate, especially for inexperienced shooters.
It comes down to training when it comes down to pistols. Gun owners dedicated to putting in the time to know and understand how to shoot well will find handguns to be a solid option for protecting the home.3. Pistol Caliber Carbine
What do you get when you marry a semi-automatic pistol with a long gun? You get a pistol caliber carbine that offers a unique solution to the home defense problem. Longer and more stable than a straight-up pistol yet shorter than an AR, pistol caliber carbines have bridged the gap between the handgun and long gun worlds. Chambered in pistol calibers, the PCC looks to bring the accuracy and stability of a long barrel and stock with the maneuverability of handguns. Simply put, you won’t be lugging a large rifle through the house.
Though the PCC platform is known for increasing accuracy by giving shooters that shouldered stability, it’s reliability comes into question – especially with more “budget friendly” models. Users might note that ammunition that feeds easily into a traditional pistol, like jacketed hollow point rounds, might not feed as efficiently or smoothly into a PCC. Thus it’s important to understand the limitations of certain models and take it for some practice at the range prior to putting it to the test in the home.4. Revolver
When it comes to ease, look no further than the revolver. Featuring a cylinder that swings out to one side allowing users to load and unload, the revolver is an easy platform to learn. With less moving parts, it offers an efficient option for gun owners wanting reliability paired with simplicity.
While it boasts a shorter learning curve, it sacrifices capacity. Most revolvers only hold five or six rounds and, though easy to load, reloading altogether is time consuming. Often chambered in .38 Special or .357 Mag, defensive revolvers with a longer barrel will help shooters increase accuracy. As with the semi-auto pistol, revolvers are easy to store in a small pistol case and also easier to tote to the range for practice sessions.5. AR-15
The good ‘ole AR-15 rounds out the list as a veritable option for home defense. While it boasts a longer length, which can be somewhat challenging for newer shooters navigating corners, its longer barrel offers a tad more accuracy. The longer barrel also offers room for M-LOK or KeyMod rails which means more accessories like lights or lasers.
Ammo for the AR is plentiful and relatively cheap, making it a good option to stick back for home defense. Not to mention, it’s higher capacity magazine, where applicable, delivers more rounds between reloads. Recoil on the platform is light, resulting in a controllable firearm that produces more accurate follow-up shots. That being said, .223 rounds have the potential to penetrate walls, thus those who choose this platform should remain cognizant of what lies beyond their target.
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A federal judge sentenced a Virginia woman to a year in prison this week after she admitted buying and selling guns for her husband and lying to government agents to protect him.
Christina Danielle Patterson, 42, bought at least 19 guns on behalf of her husband, Richard Allen Patterson, over a two-year period in Suffolk, according to court documents filed in the Eastern District of Virginia. Richard Patterson, a convicted felon, lost his ownership rights in 2013 for making false statements, court records show.
A June 2017 search warrant of the couples’ residence uncovered 15 firearms, including four semiautomatic rifles, seven shotguns, four handguns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Christina Patterson claimed the stash belonged to her and said she exchanged the couples’ fifth rifle with an electrician as payment for installing a generator.
Court records show Patterson visited another government witness twice in the days following the search, ultimately informing the witness’s girlfriend to contact her husband over an “important” matter. She then changed the address of the couples’ home business in official state records and on social media in attempt to discredit the validity of the search warrant, according to court documents.
In a plea agreement filed in November, Patterson admitted she acted at her husband’s direction and intentionally tried to thwart federal investigators as they built a case around him — which is still pending in federal court.
Patterson will serve six months of supervised release in addition to her prison term. Her prosecution falls under the purview of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods, an initiative designed to combat gun crime.
Through PSN, DOJ prosecutions for those charged with violating federal firearm laws reached a decade high in 2017. Violent crime prosecutions are likewise at the highest rate in more than 25 years.
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The M17 is headed to the civilian market as Sig Sauer announced the new commercial version of the U.S. Army’s M17 service pistol — the P320-M17.
The P320-M17 closely models the Army’s M17, offering a 9mm, striker-fired design with two 17-round magazines. Coated in coyote-tan, the PVD coated stainless steel slide features the same optic cut as the MHS contract in addition to all black controls. Featuring a SIGLITE front night sight with a removable Night Sight rear plate, P320-M17 is available in three sizes with a manual safety. The pistol measure 8-inches in overall length with a 4.7-inch barrel and weight of 29.6-ounces.
The pistol’s modularity made it both a success in the Modular Handgun System selection process and will be its strength in the consumer market, according to Sig Sauer.
“It was truly an honor for Sig Sauer to be chosen as the U.S. Army’s choice with the M17. When the selection was announced, civilian interest in the pistol was immediate,” Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Sig Sauer, commented in a news release. “We are proud to bring this P320-M17 to the marketplace to meet the substantial civilian interest, and the high demand, to own the pistol the Army uses as well as the other branches of the U.S. Military.”
Sig Sauer was awarded the MHS contract in early 2017, beating out Beretta, Glock and Smith & Wesson with the M17 design.
The P320-M17 will begin shipping to dealers in August 2018 with a price tag of $768. A special M17 collector’s case will also be available for purchase to display the pistol. The case features a cherry box with dark mahogany stain, tempered glass top and U.S. Army logo.
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MDT offers a new line of folding buttstock adapters for rifle shooters in need of a little more flexibility when it comes to storage, transport and buttstock options.
The universal adapters boast compatibility with most bolt-action chassis rifles with an AR-style fixed or carbine interface. The adapters deliver the ability to utilize any buttstock style with the rifle based on the adapter configuration.
Able to pair fixed to fixed, carbine to carbine, fixed to carbine and carbine to fixed interfaces, the adapters ship with a one- or two-way locking position. For a straight-line style consumers can choose the one-way position while the two-way adds the ability to hold the stock in a folded configuration.
“While this new generation of adapters maintain their obvious basic function of folding, its the quality and performance of these adapters that provides the biggest advantage versus other folding solutions,” MDT said in a news release. “The tough locking mechanism, combined with MDT’s precise design and manufacturing tolerances, provide an extremely rigid and stable platform when shooting. So bolt-action rifle shooters can enjoy the benefits of folding their stock without compromising accuracy.”
Made from anodized aluminum with steel locking components, the folding stock adapters from MDT offer prices starting at $149 for the one-way lock and $199 for the two-way. Adapters are available via local dealers or through MDT.
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Sentry Products Group expanded its lineup of Hexmag magazines, pushing past the realm of ARs and into Glock pistols with the announcement of the new Hexmag mag for Glock.
The company announced Wednesday that its new Hexmag design would target the wildly popular Glock platform, offering compatibility with Gen 3 through Gen 5 G17, G19, G26 and G34 models. In addition, the Hexmag for Glock also accepts current aftermarket base pad extenders for existing Glock 17 mags.
Boasting a round counter on the rear of the magazine to indicate capacit, the Hexmag holds a total of 17-rounds — though a 10-round variant is in the works for consumers living in restrictive states. Keeping to what made the original Hexmag successful, The Hexmag for Glock provides a durable magazine with features like textured serrations for better indexing and a self-lubricating anti-til follower for easier loading.
Sentry says the Hexmag’s unique design is an indicator of where the company is headed with the Hexmag series in the future.
“This is the first new product since the acquisition of Hexmag and our goal was to come out with a completely new design blending the best of metal and polymer magazine technologies with Hexmag’s signature design attributes,” Eric Yeates, VP of Product Development, said in a news release. “The result is a skeletonized stainless-steel core and feed lips providing strength and reliability with a polymer over mold for ultimate durability.”
The Hexmag for Glock delivers a tool-less takedown as well as the HexIDcolor Identification system for better organization and personalization. MSRP is set at $21.99.
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A new Vickers Tactical product has hit the streets with TangoDown announcing the new Vickers Tactical Carry Trigger.
Offering two different models, the VTCT is constructed to work with Glock pistols. TangoDown says the VTCT model 001 fits all Gen 3 and Gen 4 9mm, .40, .45 ACP and 10mm pistols in addition to the G42 .380 model. Model 002 accommodates all Gen 5 Glock pistols.
Utilizing a flat faced polymer design, the VTCT gives the impression of a lighter trigger press without any actual mechanical modifications. TangoDown says though take-up has not been modified, over-travel was shortened resulting in a quicker reset. This tweak allows for faster follow-up shots overall. TangoDown used the same material as Glock’s original trigger, eliminating the risk of wear and tear to the Glock frame.
Larry Vickers said he’s pleased with the outcome of the VTCT by TangoDown.
“After using a pre-production prototype version of the new Tangodown/Vickers Tactical Glock trigger on my training pistol for a period of time, I couldn’t be more pleased with the result. In fact, of the multiple students I’ve had try the trigger I’ve yet to receive a negative comment. The Tangodown crew hit this one out of the park and it is, in my opinion, truly the Glock trigger ‘Perfected’,” Larry Vickers said in a press release.
The trigger must be installed by a certified Glock armorer and includes both the trigger shoe and trigger bar connector pin. MSRP is set at $37.95.
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Remington turned down a purchase offer from one of the largest Native American tribes in the country, according to a report from the New York Times published this week.
The Navajo Nation — encompassing 350,000 members across 27,000 square miles in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah — offered the iconic gun maker between $475 million and $525 million in cash in a draft letter obtained by the New York Times in May.
The tribe’s plan for the company, however, included discontinuing the sale of modern sporting rifles, ramping up contracts with law enforcement and military and using profits to invest in “smart gun” technology. The Native American Incentive Act would give the tribe a leg-up in obtaining lucrative government contracts, according to the newspaper.
The only guns left for public consumption would be rifles and shotguns for hunters, according to the tribe’s lawyer, Drew Ryce. Plans also existed for production to move onto the reservation, providing jobs for its members. The Navajo Nation employment rate exceeds 70 percent, Ryce said.
“Navajo is a community of veterans and people of the land,” Ryce told the newspaper in an email Monday. “We are indifferent to the AR-15 and happy to leave that business behind.”
Remington emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in May and now belongs to Franklin Templeton and JP Morgan Chase — both former creditors of the company.
A banker representing the Navajo Nation in the deal, Christopher Wu, told the New York Times the company just wasn’t ready to consider any offers so soon after its restructuring.
“The conversation was cordial,” he said. “He conveyed an official message from the board thanking us for our interest in pursuing a strategic transaction. He let us know that the company at this time is not prepared to engage with third parties and they required time after their reorganization to assess their business.”
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Before I talk about the features of the gun, let me say that this gun and my time behind it has led me to rethink my immediate negative reaction when some gun writer pens the phrase, “Practical Accuracy.” When seen within context of most articles I have always winced, viewing it as a dog whistle indicating poor accuracy. However, my off-the-shelf Hudson H9 that I purchased from a retailer has me re-defining practical accuracy more generously, i.e., being able to hit targets of a size commensurate with the defensive use of a handgun, effectively at practical distances and speed.
As optics companies strive for ever better and cheaper scopes, a clear winner has emerged. The consumer. We live in the golden age of optics and weapons, as evidenced by this weeks test of the Leupold Mark 5. At a combined cost of under $4000 for optics and rifle, using .60 cent per round ammo, I was able to test a sub half MOA weapons system. Even 15 years ago, you would be lucky to match that at any price outside of a benchrest rig.
"Given the things that have happened in nightclubs like the Pulse and what happened in Manchester, (Nugent's) security people are taking extra precautions," Schon continued. "They are not novices; they are very seasoned people."
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