Rossi is excited to introduce the new Ranch Hand, a smooth 6-shot lever action pistol that carries and stows easily at a mere 24 inches in length. Whether you are riding out on four legs or four wheels, Rossi’s new Ranch Hand is ready for mending fences, patrolling property or simply plinking down range.

This repeating center-fire pistol is available in .38/.357, .45 Colt or .44 Magnum and is manufactured in compliance with federal handgun laws. The Ranch Hand is offered in a case hardened (only .45 Colt) or matte blue finish with a beautiful Brazilian hardwood stock and features adjustable buckhorn sights for fast target acquisition. Additional features include a generously oversized lever loop that fits gloved hands, saddle ring with leather strap and the Taurus Security System®. The Ranch Hand’s forged barrel measures 12 inches long with an overall length of 24 inches. When empty the firearm weighs just 4 pounds. MSRP $536.

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LaserMax Releases Commercial Rail Mounted IR Laser
LaserMax announces the availability of the LaserMax Uni-IR, a Class I IR laser, to the commercial market. This rail mounted, infrared laser beam is only visible through night vision devices.

The Uni-IR is the smallest and most lightweight IR laser available. It requires just 1.75″ of any Picatinny or Weaver rail and has an additional rail built to mount other accessories. Mount on a pistol and the slide switch activation accommodates right and left-handed shooters. Or, opt for a Mantarail and momentary activation switch and attach to any rifle or long guns. The Uni-IR takes just two 357 Silver Oxide Batteries for three and half hours of run time.

“We know our customers are turning to LaserMax for rugged reliability paired with the most advanced laser technology,” said Eric Haase, Vice President of Sale and Marketing for LaserMax, “The Uni-IR is the ultimate covert laser tool that we are now able to offer to the commercial market.”

The Uni-IR is only available for purchase through authorized FFL distributors and dealers. These dealers and distributors must contact LaserMax for approval. The international export of Uni-IR lasers requires a valid export license issued by the U.S. Department of State Office of Defense Trade Controls, in accordance with International Traffic in Arms (ITAR), Title 22, Code of Federal Regulations Part 120-130, and the U.S. Department of Commerce. For further information on these regulations contact the Office of Defense Trade Control or the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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The strong and reliable action of the Winchester® Model 1886 rifle was designed for the then new 45-70 Government cartridge, developed by the U.S. Government in 1873. In an ongoing effort to reintroduce various historical models of the venerable 1886, Winchester Repeating Arms proudly announces the Short Rifle model as a limited production run for 2011.

The new Model 1886 features a deeply-blued receiver, barrel and lever, along with a matching blued steel end cap and steel crescent buttplate. The stock is Grade 1 walnut with an elegant satin finish. The full-length tubular magazine holds six 45-70 Govt. cartridges.

Each Model 1886 comes with an adjustable rear buckhorn style sight and a gold bead Marble Arms® front sight, giving the rifle a graceful profile. The receiver is also drilled and tapped to accommodate other receiver sights.

The Model 1886 has an overall length of 43 inches and weighs 8 3/8 pounds. The rate of twist in the barrel is 1 in 20 inches. Suggested retail price is $1,269.00.

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ATF Running guns?

On March 9, 2011, in General, by admin

he ATF is now facing criticism after both CBS News and the non-profit Center for Public Integrity reported that federal agents investigating gun-running by drug cartels allowed hundreds of guns purchased in the U.S. to go into Mexico.
The agency and prosecutors let the guns cross the border as they were building cases against traffickers, the center reported.
The ATF’s work on the border highlights the tension between short-term operations aimed at arresting low-level straw buyers — legal U.S. residents with clean records who buy weapons — and long-term ones designed to identify who is directing the gun buys.
From September 2009 to July 31 of last year alone, the Mexican government seized more than 32,000 illegal weapons, even though purchasing guns in Mexico requires permission from the country’s defense department, and even then buyers are limited to pistols of .38-caliber or less.
Not all those guns came from the United States — Mexican authorities have investigated reports that some were supplied by arms dealers in Israel and Belgium.
Many guns used to kill in Mexico never have their origins traced. Still, ATF has long estimated that of the weapons discovered at Mexican crime scenes which authorities do choose to trace, nearly 90 percent are eventually found to have been purchased in the U.S.
That was the case with the handgun found at the scene of the Feb. 15 drug cartel ambush that killed ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata on a highway in Mexico’s San Luis Potosi state. His partner was shot twice in the leg.
Authorities say the 7.62 mm pistol was purchased in Joshua, Texas. Three Dallas-area men — one accused of buying the gun, his brother and their neighbor — are facing federal weapons charges, although none related to Zapata’s death. Investigators believe the trio on another occasion tried to sell dozens of weapons to the violent Zetas drug cartel, which recently saw one of its alleged bosses arrested in connection with Zapata’s death.
“When a U.S. agent is killed by an illegally obtained U.S. gun, it really underscores the irony of our current policy,” said David Shirk, director of the University of San Diego’s Trans-Border Institute.
“We’re not trying hard enough to stop the bad guys from using our weapons against us,” he said.
Just how much money and manpower has been spent to detect so few southbound guns, bullets and bundles of U.S. dollars is difficult to pinpoint since the Department of Homeland Security doesn’t comment on the number, location and frequency of its efforts.
However, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin promised last April that at least $72.6 million would be allocated in fiscal year 2010 to hire 115 additional Customs officers and 144 new Border Patrol agents to bolster outbound operations.
The money would also have gone to improving southbound license plate-reading equipment and inspection technology.
Agency spokeswoman Kelly Ivahnenko said there were no figures on whether those staffing additions had been made, however, due in part to normal employment turnover. She said seizure numbers give only part of the picture and that stepped-up inspections have forced “smugglers to change their tactics, sometimes exposing them to other law enforcement agencies.”
Complicating agents’ hunt at the border is that most weapons and bullets are smuggled using “hormiga” or “ant” techniques, in which items are carried across in smaller amounts. Larger caches, stashed in 18-wheelers, are easier to find with X-ray equipment or sniffer dogs.
A recent visit to the Gateway Bridge border crossing in palm tree-lined Brownsville, the nation’s top spot for smuggling ammunition into Mexico, showed the daunting task facing agents: Thousands of cars and trucks and countless places to stash items.
Officers rummaged through bags of groceries and boxes of auto parts, felt around children’s seats and behind glove compartments, and poked flashlights into air conditioning vents, engine blocks and wheel-wells.
A fiber-optic scope let them peer inside gas tanks, and they checked that door handles had not been tampered with.
U.S. authorities screen certain types of Mexico-bound vehicles more than others, but won’t say which ones. Two teenagers in matching Ferrari leather jackets had their white pickup poked and prodded for nearly 10 minutes to no avail, while a woman in a Lexus sedan breezed through without looking up from texting.
At one point, a black GMC pickup on its way to Mexico attracted the attention of a federal agent.
A locked silver metal box the size of a small microwave was tucked discreetly between a cooler and a roller-suitcase in the bed. It looked like a gun case, but when opened, there were no weapons or bullets to be found.


The Bren Ten Status

On March 9, 2011, in General, by admin

The management and production team of Vltor Weapon Systems announced today, that in spite of ongoing discussions in the matter, the new Vltor Bren Ten pistol will not be marked with the Gunsite Raven Logo. Eric Kincel, the General Manager for Vltor, said that they were able to obtain the rights to the original “Bren Ten” name, as well as the original “X” logo, but could not reach an agreement for the use of the Gunsite Raven logo. Production of the Vltor Bren Ten pistol marks the resurgence of the renowned firearm design of the late Colonel Jeff Cooper. Originally launched in the early 1980s, the Bren Ten pistol has never gone into full scale production, yet it has created a large and lasting demand in the firearms industry. The Vltor Bren Ten is manufactured by Vltor Weapon Systems of Tucson, AZ and distributed exclusively by Sporting Products, LLC of Florida.


Wilkinson Arms Linda

On March 9, 2011, in General, by admin

Northwest Arms has recently purchased the factory which built the Wilkinson Arms pre-ban “Linda” semi-auto carbine chambered in 9 mm Parabellum cartridge. The “Linda” carbine is an excellent looking firearm it has a nice black matte finish with a fixed tube stock and wood butt stock and forearm and a barrel shroud with 18, 5/8″ holes in the removable shroud. The firearm has an adjustable rear sight and blade front sight, which are both protected by heavy metal guards on each side and are removable. The receiver has a built in flat top rail for adding different optics like the C-more or lasers and a dust cover over the bolt similar to the AR-15 design and weighs in at 7 pounds empty.
A full blow back semi-auto design, firing from a closed breech. The pre-ban “Linda” receiver is manufactured from T-16 aluminum [which is a high-grade aircraft aluminum] and is machined to very tight tolerances. Fully machined rather than die-cast or stamped metal and are not subjected to the flaws that are inherent in some other firearms that are currently being manufactured today.
The trigger group is a reliably simple design with an excellent trigger pull, a nice balance for the firearm. The bolt assembly weighs [1 lb. 7 oz]. The front of the bolt extends well ahead of the breech and surrounding the rear of the barrel which prevents the barrel from free floating to provide better accuracy. The barrel is 16 3/16″ long with 6 rifle lands, the long barrel of the “Linda” carbine will gain approximately 55 seconds per inch of barrel the velocity is much higher the average .9 mm firearm. The barrel extends only 9 1/4″ past the receiver and the rest of the 16″ barrel is in the receiver encased inside the bolt for some outstanding accuracy. The barrel has been timed to the receiver by a pin in the receiver and a notch in the barrel for the exact placement of the barrel to receiver and held in place by a barrel nut tightened down by hand. Take down is real simple for cleaning, just unscrew the barrel nut and pull the barrel from the receiver.
The pre-ban “Linda” carbine comes with 3 magazines 1- 18 round and 2 -31 round. The mags are sweated together and have several spot welds down the backs. The magazines are a double stack design, upon inspection of the disassembled magazine; there is a nice machined aluminum follower with a special rounded allen head bolt used as a bearing guide to help prevent binding during operation. You can see that there was a lot of thought put into the design of this magazine for reliability. The “Linda” pre-ban carbine is an attractive looking firearm and an accurate shooter. I shot this firearm at a 25 yard target with the 18 round magazine and I cut a 1″ hole out of the target with standard off the shelf ammo. I also used Sanford’s automatic reset target for practice shooting and it was neat to hit each of the knock downs every time and they kept resetting until I ran out of ammo. The Sandford target article is located in the accessory category. The “Linda” has very little recoil and the recover time for target acquisition is excellent, a great gun for target shooting and any type of tactical shooting.
The accessories for the “Linda”carbine has many parts for the Wilkinson pre-ban carbine and includes kits that convert the “Linda” carbine to a pistol and pistol to a carbine, chrome molly bolts and barrels and sighting systems. A standard one-year warranty is included with each firearm.
By Ken Menge
Contact information : Northwest Arms 26884 Pearl RD Parma, ID 83660
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Phone: 208-722-6771 / Fax: 208-722-1062


Winchester Recalls Ranger Law Enforcement Ammo
Olin Corporation, through its Winchester Division, is recalling six (6) lots of its RANGER® 223 Remington 64 Grain Power-Point® (PP) centerfire rifle ammunition (Symbol Number RA223R2).

Lot Numbers (last four characters): DK01, DK11, DK21, DK31, DK41, and DK51

Through extensive evaluation Winchester has determined the above lots of RANGER® Law Enforcement ammunition may contain incorrect propellant. Incorrect propellant in this ammunition may cause firearm damage, rendering the firearm inoperable, and subject the shooter or bystanders to a risk of serious personal injury when fired.

DO NOT USE WINCHESTER® RANGER® 223 REMINGTON 64 GRAIN POWER-POINT® AMMUNITION THAT HAS A LOT NUMBER ENDING IN DK01, DK11, DK21, DK31, DK41 or DK51. The ammunition Lot Number is ink stamped inside the right tuck flap of the 20-round carton, as indicated here:

To determine if your ammunition is subject to this notice, review the Lot Number. If the last four characters of the Lot Number are DK01, DK11, DK21, DK31, DK41 or DK51 immediately discontinue use and contact Winchester toll-free at 866-423-5224 to arrange for replacement ammunition and free UPS pick-up of the recalled ammunition.

This notice applies only to RANGER® 223 Remington 64 Grain Power-Point® centerfire rifle ammunition with lot numbers ending in DK01, DK11, DK21, DK31, DK41, and DK51. Other Symbol Numbers or Lot Numbers are not subject to this recall.

If you have any questions concerning this RANGER® Law Enforcement ammunition recall please call toll-free 866-423-5224, write to Winchester (600 Powder Mill Road, East Alton, IL 62024 Attn: RA223R2 Recall), or visit our website at

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