California Compliant S&W M&P 15

Shooters in the legislatively challenged state of California are going to finally be able to get their hands on the popular Smith and Wesson MP-15s.  Smith and Wesson is now producing California compliant AR-15s with all the normal frustrating modifications that make them legal in California.

The new California compliant MP-15s will include the reduced magazine capacity of only 10 rounds, and it will include the dreaded bullet button.  For those who don’t know, a bullet button is a modification to a standard magazine release button that requires a tool to be inserted in order to release the magazine.  The bullet button received its name because shooters have to use the tip of a bullet in order to drop a magazine.  The “legislative” logic behind the requirement stems from the presumption that it will take more time to change a magazine, hence making the weapon less dangerous–I tend to think that if someone was going to use a gun for violence, then I doubt they’ll respect a law about a bullet button and just use a weapon that does not have one; however, I digress.

Smith and Wesson will be making available almost their entire M&P 15 line to California shooters with the exception of the VTAC models.  The SPORT ($709), the M&P15T ($1,159), the gas piston M&P15PS ( $1,359), the .22lr M&P15-22  ($499) and the M&PORC ($1,069) will all soon be available in California gun shops.  They’re not as enjoyable as their less regulated brethren, but at least it’s something for our California shooters.

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What Gun Brands are People Buying?

What are shooters buying?  The results may surprise you as they did me.   Southwick Associates, a market analysis and statistical monitoring company specializing in outdoor and shooting sports, compiled data from 2010 to see what shooters were buying.  I figured Remington would be on top for long guns, but I was surprised to see Ruger selling the most overall pistols.  Not that Ruger doesn’t deserve the sales, but I wouldn’t have figured them to be the #1 seller.  Well, it’s certainly not the first time I’ve been wrong.   For the full results check below, and a big hat tip to Guns, Holsters, and Gear for the post.

  • rifle – Remington (17.5%)
  • shotgun – Remington & Mossbery tie (21.5% each)
  • handgun – Ruger (16.7%)
  • scopes – Bushnell
  • rifle ammo – Remington (25.3%)
  • shotgun ammo – Winchester (31.9%)
  • handgun ammo – Winchester (22.0%)
  • reloading bullets – Hornady (31.7%)
  • reloading powder – Hodgdon (37.8%)
  • holster – Uncle Mike’s (19%)
  • knife – Gerber (15%)

 

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The Origin of Surefire

Surefire just released a video this week showing the origins of their company which happens to be pretty freakin’ cool.  I never realized until know that the iconic laser sight in Terminator 1 was a product from Surefire.  I can remember thinking that was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.

Surefire’s philosophy is to build the best, and not to a price point–and from my experience, they’ve accomplished this with pretty much every product they put out.  Surefire’s products are expensive, but when your life depends on your gear and only the best will suffice, then the price is easily justified.  Check out the video to see how far Surefire has come from the laser sight pictured below.

 

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AAC Ti-Rant 9S

AAC has a new 9mm suppressor hitting the stores now.  The new Ti-Rant 9s is a little stubbier than its full sized Ti-Rant 9, and its not as quiet, but it still serves a great purpose.  Longer silencers make operating a weapon (especially a pistol) a little more cumbersome–it ads weight to the end of the gun which can easily throw the balance off.  That’s why training with a silencer is imperative for effective use.  By being shorter and lighter, the AAC Ti-Rant 9s lessens these concerns regarding weapon handling with a silencer, which is directly aimed at a specific market.

Many shooters, myself included, advocate using a silencer for home defense.  Guns are LOUD (who’da known huh?), so if one has the legal capacity to own a silencer, meaning that you’re lucky enough to live in a state where you can obtain one, and you use a pistol for home defense, it would serve in your best interest to get a suppressor.  I doubt anyone would take the time to put on hearing protection before defending their home, and I would assume they would rather not have to go to the hospital for a ruptured eardrum after defending it;  that’s where the suppressor factors in for home defense.  Although not as effective as a full length suppressor at quieting the boom, the Ti-Rant 9s is still quiet enough to not seriously damage your hearing, or more importantly if you  have them, your kids’ ears.  Another added bonus for home defense is that the Ti-Rant 9s’ compact size will make using that pistol that much easier while silenced.

The new AAC Ti-Rant 9s is only 5 inches long, has a diameter of 1.38″, and weighs only 7.6 ounces.  It will reduce the decibels of your pistol by about 22dB and costs around $850 plus the dreaded tax stamp ($200).  Yes, that’s probably more than what you’ve paid for your pistol, but if you’ve ever shot suppressed, you don’t really want to shoot any other way after–also, eardrums costs more than that to fix.  Check out the new Ti-Rant 9S at Advanced-Armament.com.

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New Sig 1911s

Sig Sauer has a few more 1911s to add to the ever increasing list of 1911s coming out for its centennial.  Well, the 1911s coming out aren’t exactly “new,” but new versions of existing Sig 1911s.

They have the new TACPAC versions coming out which are railed and non-railed versions of the TACOPS 1911 Sig Nitron 1911 with upgraded ERGO XT grips and they’re offered in a variety of different packages.  Packages differ from an included laser or 3 magazine, and I believe both packages feature the a roto-paddle holster.  The best part about these packages are that Sig Sauer has dropped the price down a good bit.  At the time we did our review of the 1911 TACOPS, it cost around $1,100; not shooters will be able to pick up either Sig Sauer TACPAC for under $1,000.

The other new Sig Sauer 1911s are from their .22 variety.  Sig will be offering the same 1911-22 that we posted on last week, but now will be offered in olive drab and desert tan.  They also feature classic walnut 1911A1 U.S. grips on them.  The 1911-22 are dimensionally exact replicas of their bigger caliber cousins, so they’ll make for a great training or plinking gun, allowing you to shoot a 1911 at a fraction of the cost, all while sporting some tacticool coatings.

 

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