Good news for former Bushmaster employees at the recently closed Windham Plant, chances are they’ll be getting their jobs back. The former owner and founder of Bushmaster Firearms International, Richard Dyke, will be moving into the old plant, hiring back about 40 employees, and starting the assembly line again under a new company called Windham Weaponry. Production is slated to start next month with the first shipments going out in late August/September.Read More
Normally we don’t cover current events unless that event is a new gun coming out or something else to that effect, but last night I heard the best news I’ve heard in a while: Osama Bin Laden was dead. This
Islamic fundamentalist terrorist bastard was the whole reason I joined the military. I’ve been out for 3 years now, but last night made me wish I was still in to share the good news with those guys I served with.
At first I thought it was definitely a drone strike that got him, but then I heard it was a firefight that concluded Usama’s long overdue demise. So naturally that got me thinking, and I wanted to ask Gunblog.com readers: What gun do you think took Bin Laden out?
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A hundred years ago today, the 1911 was officially adopted to be the sidearm of the United States Army. The M1911 has seen action in every single American conflict from World War I to present day operations. John Moses Browning’s 1911 is the iconic American handgun who’s legacy will be perpetual. Its so beloved, the state of Utah has made it their official State handgun and shooters world wide have made it their go to pistol. So today, we should all say Happy 100th Birthday to Browning’s legendary 1911 which started it all.
Winchester Ammunition has released an immediate recall on their Ranger 5.56 which is mainly marketed towards law enforcement. A number of law enforcement AR-15s have experienced catastrophic failures while using Winchester’s 5.56 ammunition–the rifles used were Colts, Bushmasters, and Stag Arms; all of which are pretty reputable and commonly used AR-15s. Check out the events that lead to recall below that was released by TheFirearmBlog.com:
ATTN: REQUEST FOR NATIONAL BROADCAST – FIREARMS HAZARD INFORMATION
****** CORRECTION TO ORIGINAL BROADCAST SENT 2/25/11 *******
Attention Law Enforcement Agencies, this Police Department is seeking any similar incidences with the .223/5.56 style rifles.
On 02/14/11 an officer was attending an M4/MP-5 class and during a shooting session, the .223 rifle (Stag Arms) experienced a catastrophic failure resulting in an upper receiver cracking and the bolt being pushed into the bolt assembley.
During a SWAT training day on 02/23/11, three more M4 style rifles experienced a catastrophic failure at the same time. All three rifles experienced the bolts being pushed into the bolt assembly, the upper receivers were cracked and / or broken apart, and the lower receivers were bowed outward. The ammunition we used in all the rifles were Winchester RA223R2 Ranger 64 gr. Power Point.
The Rifles were: 1-Colt, 2- Bushmasters and 1 – Stag Arms
Back in January, this teletype was making the rounds:
**ATTENTION ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES**OFFICER SAFETY INFORMATION**THE XXXXXXXX POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS EXPERIENCED THREE CATASTROPHIC FAILURES OF AR STYLE RIFLES/THE FAILURES INCLUDED THE COMPLETE DESTRUCTION OF THE UPPER AND LOWERS OF THESE WEAPONS/THE THREE WEAPONS WERE WELL MAINTAINED WITH REGULAR DOCUMENTED MAINTENANCE PERFORMED BY A CERTIFIED ARMORER/THE THREE WEAPONS HAD BEEN IN SERVICE FROM 3 TO 10 YEARS/THE COMMON DENOMINATOR CONSIDERED WAS THE AMMUNITION USED DURING THE FAILURES/THE THREE RIFLES EXPERIENCING FAILURE WERE FIRING WINCHESTER RANGER RA223R2, 64GR POWER POINT, LOT NUMBER 065DK31/OTHER WEAPONS FIRING THE SAME AMMUNITION BEARING A DIFFERENT LOT NUMBER WERE NOT AFFECTED AND PERFORMED NORMALLY/IF YOU HAVE AMMUNITION BEARING THE LAST FOUR DIGITS DK31 IN THE LOT NUMBER IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED YOU QUARANTINE THAT AMMUNITION AND CONTACT WINCHESTER**
If you own some Winchester 5.56 Ranger ammo, I would strongly suggest you check out the lot numbers and bump them against Winchester’s Recall notice located here.Read More
Advanced Armament Corp (AAC) is thinking outside of their Freedom Group box and engineering some integrally suppressed Rugers. Starting in a few months, AAC will be selling Ruger 10/22s with integral suppressors built in the barrel.
The new AAC 10/22 has a built in integral suppressor that can be taken down to clean out the barrel and baffles which are basically one unit (plus a long shroud and a cap). The best part of the AAC 10/22 is that it keeps the normal 10/22 barrel length and its suppressed–which means only 1 tax stamp. One of the first things a shooter will do after buying and receiving a suppressor is apply to make it a SBR since that suppressor usually ads at least 5-6 inches to the overall barrel length not to mention the added weight.
Check out pics of the AAC Ruger 10/22 below from the AACBlog.com.
Hopefully AAC will have some of these new 10/22 silent plinkers at their upcoming Annual Silencer Shoot this June. If you have the opportunity to go, I would strongly suggest taking that opportunity–the event is going to be held in Memphis Tennessee this year (Beale St., Blues and BBQ!). Every year these suppressed only shooting events are getting bigger, and this year should be the biggest yet.Read More
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