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Gas Pedal® Racing Team wins Triple Crown at US Nationals 2015

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THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM GOGUN USA:

Frostproof Florida, October 2015

Gas Pedal Racing Team Members won an unprecedented triple win at the USPSA Open National Championship. The GoGun® USA Gas Pedal® grip was on the winning guns in Men’s, Women’s, and Junior National Titles in very hard fought competition of most of  the fastest shooters in the world.

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Chris Tilley won overall and Men’s Category.  Kaci Cochran won Women’s, Kincaid Ross won Junior. All are Gas Pedal® Racing team members. Kaci dominated for her second National Title in a Row. Chris and Kincaid were very close second place winners in 2014.

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The Gas Pedal® brand grip pioneered the concept of the opposable grip in pistol shooting. The opposable grip, which is fundamentally different than the classic neutral grip, has been increasingly the method of choice for some of world’s fastest shooters.

Almost a quadruple crown as the Senior Category was won by Keary Pearson who also used an opposable grip thumb assist made by another manufacturer.

Chris, Kaci, Kincaid and Keary are firm believers in the Opposable Grip method and give it credit for their improved consistency and acquisition speed.

GoGun® USA has claimed that use of the Gas Pedal® opposable grip is simply the fastest way to shoot, period. As Benny Hill, the Texas gunsmith, not the comedian says, “It aint bragging, if you can do it…. Winning don’t lie”.

GoGun® USA is also noted for its SuperComp® Rifle Muzzle brakes and also the Gas Pedal® Thumb Assist for rifle or Shotgun.

Go Gun Super Comp Tactical Talon Muzzle Brake on a Faxon Firearms 20in Heavy Profile Fluted Barrel 002-1000
Go Gun Super Comp Tactical Talon Muzzle Brake

GoGun®, Gas Pedal®, and SuperComp® are registered trademarks owned by Grip Holdings, LLC. SuperComp® muzzle brakes for Rifle and Gas Pedal® thumb assist for pistol are patented. Gas Pedal® for Rifle is patent pending.

Aero Precision Acquires VG6 Precision

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Aero Precision, a company that does not appear to have any thought of slowing down anytime soon, has recently acquired VG6 Precision.

In Aero Precision’s Press Release they state; “This acquisition is a key component to our future success and will allow us to provide competitive pricing on a premium selection of muzzle devices and other firearm components.”

VG6 Precision is an AR-15/AR-10 accessory and component manufacturer that has produced several highly effective muzzle devices such as the Epsilon and Gamma Muzzle Brakes as well as the CAGE Device.

For more information on either company and their line of products, please visit:

http://aeroprecisionusa.com/

http://www.vg6precision.com/

Click HERE for the Press Release.

 

Rainier Arms Apex Program

If you are familiar with the benefits of Amazon Prime and the free two day shipping and are a consistent purchaser of firearms, parts and accessories, then the Rainier Arms Apex Program is perfect you.

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The program is in the initial offering stages and has some very promising perks.  Once you become a member of Apex, you have 90 days to decide if it is or is not for you and will receive a 100% refund if you decide to cancel.

As for pricing, Apex members will also receive specially discounted pricing that is possible due to Rainier Arms massive inventory.

Free Shipping!  On a huge order, free shipping may not be overtly noticeable.  However, if you only need a small inexpensive part, free shipping can be huge, especially when the shipping is more expensive than the part being ordered.  With the Apex Program, all orders to the Contiguous United States will come with free ground shipping.

The Apex Program will also come with Special Club Access to new product listings, special access to events, demo days and more.

The Apex Program’s cost is $99.00, with a special intro price of $79.99.

Check out the video for more information on the Apex Program from the Big Bossman himself, John Hwang.

For more information and to sign up for the Rainier Arms Apex Program, please click:

https://www.rainierarms.com/index.php/apex

FrogLube receives accolades during NRA World Shooting Championships

PRESS RELEASE FROM FROGLUBE:

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September 23-26, Glengary, West Virginia, Peacemaker National Training Center

The FrogLube 2-Product System has Flawless performance on all the competition guns for the second year running.

FrogLube degreasing solvents and lubricants were used to prepare and maintain hundreds of firearms during the three days of intense competition in 12 match stages and 5 side match stages. “We only use FrogLube and that’s what we trust.” commented Cole McCulloch, owner, Peacemaker National Training Center. “When we need guns to run, we call on the FrogLube Team and they made it happen for us.” Match Director, Tom Pohulski.

“Happiness is a FrogLube treated gun”, says Larry Lasky,owner and founder of FrogLube brands. “Our victory is when hundreds of professional and amateur competitors and hundreds of guns all come together during intense competition and their focus is on individual competitor talent and gun performance, not gun lube.”

The FrogLube shooting team returned in 2015 with distinction. Kelli Sampel, Jamie Franks and Tyler Renville logged scores in the top tier of all competitors and took home some nice prizes. “I could not be more proud of our team’s performance,” said Lasky, “ this lady and these gentlemen are superbly talented, but more importantly, they are passionate, gracious and honorable stewards of our sport and representatives of our brands.” Kelli, Jamie and Tyler attribute part of their successful rise in the sport to the qualitative advantage they achieve from using the FrogLube system in their firearms.

FrogLube – It Just Works!

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The Original ‘Green’ Cleaning Lubricating and Rust Prevention Weapons Care System

Manufactured by Audemous, Inc. – PO Box 327, Wellington, NV 89444

1-855-FROGLUBE (376-4582) •

www.froglube.com

 

 

Colt Defense and FN America Awarded $212M Contract

Per a DOD Press Release (CR-184-15) on September 25, 2015, Colt Defense and FN America have been awarded a $212M for a multi-year contract for the M4 and M4A1 platforms.  This may be just what Colt needed to revive its financial difficulties.

“Colt Defense LLC, West Hartford, Connecticut (15QKN-15-D-0102); and FN America LLC, Columbia, South Carolina (W15QKN-15-D-0072), were awarded a $212,000,000 firm-fixed-price multi-year contract for M4 and M4A1 carbines for the Army and others, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 24, 2020.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with six received.  Funding and work location will be determined with each order. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.”

http://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/620608

Long Range Reality TV Show

Coming January 1, 2016, the Sportsman Channel will be airing a new Precision  Shooting Show called “Long Range Reality”.   The show follows nine teams over a period of a years worth of long range shooting competitions.

From the trailer, the show looks to be a combination of the competitive shooting aspect of Top Shot and the reality aspect of a show like Gold Rush.

Long Range Reality

Click on image above to watch the trailer.

I am excited to see the show for myself and how the new Rainier Arms Precision Bolt Rifle that features some high quality work by Mega Arms and Killer Innovations.

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Rainier Precision Rifle – Photo by Peter Howell Photography

Stay up to date with the show’s progress by following the Long Range Reality Facebook Page.

ATF Reverses SIG-Brace Decision

I just received this email from the ATF regarding the SIG-Brace.   I am not going to attempt to describe or interpret the letter, though it seems pretty clear with their new stance….so please read this in full for your own protection.

Aero Precision AR Pistol with SIG Brace


 

OPEN LETTER ON THE REDESIGN OF “STABILIZING BRACES”

The Firearms and Ammunition Technology Division (FATD), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has received inquiries from the public concerning the proper use of devices recently marketed as “stabilizing braces.” These devices are described as “a shooter’s aid that is designed to improve the single-handed shooting performance of buffer tube equipped pistols.” The device claims to enhance accuracy and reduce felt recoil when using an AR-style pistol.

These items are intended to improve accuracy by using the operator’s forearm to provide stable support for the AR-type pistol. ATF has previously determined that attaching the brace to a firearm does not alter the classification of the firearm or subject the firearm to National Firearms Act (NFA) control. However, this classification is based upon the use of the device as designed. When the device is redesigned for use as a shoulder stock on a handgun with a rifled barrel under 16 inches in length, the firearm is properly classified as a firearm under the NFA.

The NFA, 26 USCS § 5845, defines “firearm,” in relevant part, as “a shotgun having a barrel or barrels of less than 18 inches in length” and “a rifle having a barrel or barrels of less than 16 inches in length.” That section defines both “rifle” and “shotgun” as “a weapon designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder….” (Emphasis added).

Pursuant to the plain language of the statute, ATF and its predecessor agency have long held that a pistol with a barrel less than 16 inches in length and an attached shoulder stock is a NFA “firearm.” For example, inRevenue Ruling 61-45, Luger and Mauser pistols “having a barrel of less than 16 inches in length with an attachable shoulder stock affixed” were each classified as a “short barrel rifle…within the purview of the National Firearms Act.”                                                                                                               

In classifying the originally submitted design, ATF considered the objective design of the item as well as the stated purpose of the item. In submitting this device for classification, the designer noted that

The intent of the buffer tube forearm brace is to facilitate one handed firing of the AR15 pistol for those with limited strength or mobility due to a handicap. It also performs the function of sufficiently padding the buffer tube in order to reduce bruising to the forearm while firing with one hand. Sliding and securing the brace onto ones forearm and latching the Velcro straps, distributes the weight of the weapon evenly and assures a snug fit. Therefore, it is no longer necessary to dangerously “muscle” this large pistol during the one handed aiming process, and recoil is dispersed significantly, resulting in more accurate shooting without compromising safety or comfort.

In the classification letter of November 26, 2012, ATF noted that a “shooter would insert his or her forearm into the device while gripping the pistol’s handgrip-then tighten the Velcro straps for additional support and retention. Thus configured, the device provides the shooter with additional support of a firearm while it is still held and operated with one hand.” When strapped to the wrist and used as designed, it is clear the device does not allow the firearm to be fired from the shoulder. Therefore, ATF concluded that, pursuant to the information provided, “the device is not designed or intended to fire a weapon from the shoulder.” In making the classification ATF determined that the objective design characteristics of the stabilizing brace supported the stated intent.

ATF hereby confirms that if used as designed—to assist shooters in stabilizing a handgun while shooting with a single hand—the device is not considered a shoulder stock and therefore may be attached to a handgun without making a NFA firearm. However, ATF has received numerous inquiries regarding alternate uses for this device, including use as a shoulder stock. Because the NFA defines both rifle and shotgun to include any “weapon designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder,” any person who redesigns a stabilizing brace for use as a shoulder stock makes a NFA firearm when attached to a pistol with a rifled barrel under 16 inches in length or a handgun with a smooth bore under 18 inches in length.

The GCA does not define the term “redesign” and therefore ATF applies the common meaning. “Redesign” is defined as “to alter the appearance or function of.” See e.g. Webster’s II New College Dictionary, Third Ed. (2005). This is not a novel interpretation. For example ATF has previously advised that an individual possesses a destructive device when possessing anti-personnel ammunition with an otherwise unregulated 37/38mm flare launcher. See ATF Ruling 95-3. Further, ATF has advised that even use of an unregulated flare and flare launcher as a weapon results in the making of a NFA weapon. Similarly, ATF has advised that, although otherwise unregulated, the use of certain nail guns as weapons may result in classification as an “any other weapon.”

The pistol stabilizing brace was neither “designed” nor approved to be used as a shoulder stock, and therefore use as a shoulder stock constitutes a “redesign” of the device because a possessor has changed the very function of the item. Any individual letters stating otherwise are contrary to the plain language of the NFA, misapply Federal law, and are hereby revoked.

Any person who intends to use a handgun stabilizing brace as a shoulder stock on a pistol (having a rifled barrel under 16 inches in length or a smooth bore firearm with a barrel under 18 inches in length) must first file an ATF Form 1 and pay the applicable tax because the resulting firearm will be subject to all provisions of the NFA.

If you have any questions about the issues addressed in this letter, you may contact the Firearms and Ammunition Technology Division at fire_tech@atf.gov or by phone at (304) 616-4300.

 

Max M. Kingery

Acting Chief

Firearms Technology Criminal Branch

Firearms and Ammunition Technology Division

*This letter can also be found on http://www.atf.gov/content/Firearms/firearms-industry under the “News” tab.