Connecticut Bans ‘Rate Of Fire Enhancements’ On Firearms

Ways to shoot your gun faster have been around for ages now. They’re nothing new, and prior to Las Vegas, they were almost never used in a crime of any sort, so far as I’ve been able to tell. They were toys slapped onto guns to amuse people as they wasted ammo at a range day and not much else.

In Connecticut, though, they’re now history.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, a Democrat with a long history of advocating gun control measures, signed a law on Thursday outlawing a variety of firearm accessories.

The proposal, HB 5542, creates a new felony for the sale and possession of a “rate of fire enhancement” as defined under the new law. It was approved last month in the state House 114-35 and the Senate 26-10, with Dems pushing hard for the bill.

“This should be the law throughout the entire country,” said Malloy during a press conference that included gun control advocates, high school students and lawmakers. “There is no reason why anyone needs to own a device that can fire 90 bullets every 10 seconds but for the mass killing of people.”

I’m going to interrupt here and mention that my initial reactions to Malloy’s comments are, well, unprintable. I’m a professional, and I try not to use that kind of language when I’m working. I’m sure you can imagine.

However, I will add that “need” is irrelevant when it comes to our rights. There’s no need for Malloy to pontificate on what he thinks the laws in the rest of the country should be, yet there he is anyway. See how that works?

The same is true with “rate of fire enhancements.” I shouldn’t have to illustrate a need to have something.


Anyway, back to the story.

The new law, now Public Act No. 18-29, defines a “rate of fire enhancement” as any bump stock, binary trigger, trigger crank or similar device and makes it a Class D felony under Connecticut law to manufacture, own, possess, sell or transfer one. Violators could face five years in prison and a fine up to $5,000. There is no route to legal ownership or grandfathering of devices already in circulation in the state, leaving those with one on their hands until October to comply with the law.

It doesn’t appear that shoelaces or rubber bands, both of which can be used for bump fire, are covered under this bill.

Or do those not count because people “need” those?

The truth is, Connecticut and most other states have no issue with these devices. They’ve never seen a problem with them within their borders. The nation has seen precisely one. It was horrific, but these aren’t commonly used for crime, and it’s beyond time to stop pretending anyone is safer from a law like this.

It should be noted that despite the availability of such devices since Las Vegas, not a single other mass shooter using an AR-15 style rifle has used bump fire.

In other words, Malloy and his ilk are doing nothing but waving the flag to their fellow travelers, signaling how they care so hard.

In the meantime, work that went into this could have been devoted to doing something that might actually make life better for Connecticut’s citizens.

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Big Horn Armory Selects Adaptive Tactical as OEM Stock Provider

The Adaptive Tactical EX Performance Stock has been added to Big Horn Armory’s AR500 Rifle. 

Big Horn Armory AR500 Semi-Auto Rifle
Big Horn Armory AR500 Semi-Auto Rifle

Nampa, Idaho –-( Adaptive Tactical, LLC, manufacturers of innovative firearm stocks and accessories, is proud to announce a partnership with Big Horn Armory. Adaptive Tactical has been selected as Big Horn Armory’s OEM EX Performance stock provider of choice for their AR500 semi-auto rifle.

The AR500 semi-auto rifle is a specialty high-end rifle built by Big Horn Armory in Wyoming. It is chambered in 500 auto max cartridge and is the most powerful short range semi-auto in the world. Based on an AR308 platform, the AR500 is capable of putting 50 BMG power on target with three trigger pulls with very reliable extraction.

“Adaptive Tactical’s EX Performance stock was chosen for Big Horn Armory’s AR500 rifle because it offers an estimated 30 percent felt recoil reduction over the nearest competitor. It is an extremely well made and durable buttstock that is perfectly suited to the recoil of the AR500,” commented Greg Buchel, President of Big Horn Armory.

The EX Performance M4-Style Stock is a high-impact polymer, collapsible, adjustable stock. The EX Performance M4-Style Stock includes an easy-to-reach rapid adjust lever for custom length-of-pull, giving the user better trigger control and performance capabilities. It also includes an integrated QD swivel attachment and molded in non-rust sling swivel attachment for secure mounting to various sling systems. A durable polymer construction with non-slip rubber recoil pad allows for maximum recoil absorption. The oversized extra strength adjustment pin and sleek industrial design makes this the perfect addition to your carbine.

Adaptive Tactical EX Performance M4-Style stock
Adaptive Tactical EX Performance M4-Style stock

“We are very happy to have been chosen by Big Horn Armory as their OEM stock provider for the AR500. Our stocks use an advanced design and high-impact, polymer construction that make this the ideal upgrade. Pairing our recoil reducing stock with the innovative AR500 is an ideal combination of performance and function,” commented Gary Cauble, VP of sales and marketing for Adaptive Tactical.

The EX Performance M4-Style Stock Features:

  • Designed for owner installation
  • M4-style stock with adjustable length-of-pull
  • Easy to reach rapid adjust lever
  • Integrated QD swivel attachment
  • Compatible with Mil-Spec sized extension tubes
  • Dimensions: 2” x 6” x 6 ¼”
  • Weight: 0.8 lbs.

Adaptive Tactical knows what their customers want and is continually striving to provide innovative, unique products for the range and at home. Interested to learn more about OEM opportunities with Adaptive Tactical? Call us at 208-442-8000.

To learn more about Big Horn Armory and the advanced features of the AR500 semi-auto rifle, visit For more information on Adaptive Tactical, or for dealer inquiries, visit

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Adaptive Tactical’s design team, a proven leader in firearm stock and accessory innovation, led the way in award winning recoil dampening shotgun and rifle stocks and accessories. Manufacturers of the popular Sidewinder Venom™ mag-fed shotgun system and ADTAC stock systems, Adaptive offers products focused on improving speed, performance and versatility for military, LE, defense, range and competition applications.


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Century Arms Releases Canik Accessory Line

Century Arms Canik Accessories
Century Arms Canik Accessories

Delray Beach, Fla. –-( Century Arms, the exclusive importer of Canik handguns and accessories, has introduced new accessory upgrades and line extensions to compliment the Canik TP9 9mm pistol series. The full accessory line made its debut at the 2018 NRA Show in Dallas, Texas.

“Canik popularity has experienced tremendous growth and we have seen a dramatic increase in requests for various accessories to compliment and customize the TP9 Pistol Series,” said Bill Barrett, Century Arms VP of Firearm Accessories. “The new accessory line includes spare parts and expands into highly requested items like suppressor height sight sets and threaded barrels.

The new accessories are built to the same rigorous standards as the Canik TP9 series pistols. The accessory line-up consists of parts that are great for “just in case” backup parts in your kit such as firing pins, replacement screws, and extended mag and slide releases. Magazine extensions will be available to increase magazine capacity without any permanent modifications to the handgun or magazine.

Replacement and threaded barrels have been added to the accessory line for consumers to have a spare or the option of adding a suppressor to their Canik pistol. Warren Tactical sights are now also available as a separate accessory item that are compatible with all TP9 series pistols produced after January 2016. In addition, factory recommended night sights are now available for your Canik TP-Series handgun featuring TRUGLO’s FOCUS•LOCK ring front sight and U-notch rear sight for fast and accurate sight acquisition, angled rear sight for one-hand operation, and premium Swiss Tritium, you can now outfit your Canik TP-Series handgun with sights providing unmatched visibility in low-light conditions.

The new accessory line will be available for sale online at and at local retailers throughout the country. Century Arms will be adding to the accessories and gear section of the newly redesigned Canik website throughout the year. Consumers are urged to check back frequently for their one-stop shop for all Canik related needs.

For more information on the Canik accessory line or complete line of pistols, please visit
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Born over 50 years ago with its roots in the surplus business, Century Arms has an extensive history of providing unique and affordable products to the American Collector, Hunter, and Target Shooter. That tradition is carried on today, with a state of the art manufacturing facility located in the U.S.A, as the company continues to offer unique, innovative, and quality products to the U.S. Consumer and U.S. Government.

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Op-Ed: Don’t do this at the gun store

We have all been in a gun store when some know-it-all customer comes in and arrogantly lectures the staff about certain guns and accessories. Or worse yet, butts into a conversation between another customer who is looking for the perfect gun for him or her. Working at a gun store requires a lot of patience, especially when people walk through the door with specific questions and then want to debate the answer.

I have personally witnessed a customer whip out a loaded gun to discuss a potential trade deal or ask for a holster to fit the pistol. People like this get easily offended when corrected about proper gun safety procedures. Safe gun handling is imperative for all gun owners, yet many violate simple safety rules that could put other people in danger.

While visiting Top Gun Shooting Sports in Taylor, Michigan, I decided to speak with Matt, the main firearms trainer, and the owner, Mike, about of some customer behaviors that have frustrated them. Top Gun is a well-known gun store and shooting range in the southeast Michigan area. The vast majority of the people who visit the store and range are well-educated and practice proper gun handling techniques. On occasion, there are customers who create rookie and dangerous situations for everyone in the area.

In the video below, Matt and Mike explain the type of customer who is difficult to service along with a couple stories they have experienced with people who practice unsafe firearm handling. Check it out and let us know your experiences in your local gun store.

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Southern Police Equipment Announce Virginia State Contract Award

The Richmond-based law enforcement and correctional equipment supplier has landed a five-year, six category contract from the Virginia Department of General Services to fulfill all apparel, footwear and accessory needs to all Virginia state law enforcement, correctional, institutional and state agencies facilities and employees.

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Richmond, Va. ( Southern Police Equipment announces that it has won a large five year, six category award for all state of Virginia agencies, including law enforcement, institutions and correction facilities from the Virginia Department of General Services. The contract covers procurement of footwear, clothing and accessories for the state of Virginia facilities and employees, such as the Division of Motor Vehicles, Virginia state hospitals and school systems, the Virginia Port Authority and Airports and colleges, such as Virginia Tech, Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and the National Guard installation at Fort Pickett.

Brands distributed by Southern Police Equipment that will be part of the procurement include Bates Footwear, Wolverine, G&G, Danner Boots, Caterpillar, Tru Spec, 5.11, Aramark, Dickies, Jerzee, Fruit of the Loom and many others. Southern Police Equipment has also announced the US Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP) has extended their contract with the Virginia-based distributor for a fourth year for a variety of anti-stab body armor through their manufacturing partner, Survival Armor. Southern Police Equipment includes in this contract body armor developed exclusively for women by Roxanne Folsom, a pioneer in the development and fitting of ballistic protection to accommodate the female shape for over twenty years.

Southern Police Equipment, located in Richmond, Virginia, is a small, woman owned and operated business under the leadership of Karen Allan Ballengee. Ballengee was also one of the first members of the National Association of Police Equipment Distributors in 1982, having served on their board of directors as president and still continues to value the relationship the non-profit association provides for her growing distributorship.

“We are extremely honored to continue to serve the state of Virginia with this new contract,” Karen Allan Ballengee commented. “We continue to grow the number of brands we offer to law enforcement, state and federal agencies and our correctional and institutional facilities. Southern Police Equipment is also growing and we are currently hiring for several positions at our Richmond headquarters.”

For more information on Southern Police Equipment, visit Southern Police Equipment is a member of NAPED.

About Southern Police Equipment:

Southern is celebrating our 47th year in business! Southern Police Equipment is a family – operated business established in 1971. Owned and operated by Karen Allan Ballengee, whose goal has always been to offer the best quality products and sales representatives available.

Southern Police Equipment carries a large assortment of equipment and supplies for the public safety professional or the general shooter: body armor, tactical equipment, chemical products, cleaning supplies, gun cases, range equipment, vehicle equipment, emergency equipment, law enforcement equipment, duty gear, knives and tools, used and new guns and much more. GSA Contract Number GS-07F-0273T.

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Mark Wahlberg And Hollywood’s Anti-Gun Hypocrisy

As an actor, I really enjoy Mark Wahlberg’s movies. He’s far better an actor than he was a rapper, that’s for sure. I kind of cringe when I think about how we were all listening to “Good Vibrations” back in the day. I really do.

He has a new movie coming out that looks like a hell of a fun ride, too. “Mile 22” features Wahlberg, Ronda Rousey, and “The Walking Dead’s” Lauren Cohan (Maggie Green).

Looks fun. The description:

In this heart-racing action thriller, a CIA agent stationed in Indonesia is tasked with transporting an informant whose identity has been discovered, from the center of the city to an awaiting getaway plane at an airport 22 miles away. While en route, they must battle corrupt police, criminal overlords and heavily-armed locals, all hell-bent on taking them out before they reach their plane.

Not exactly the most original premise, but few are all that original these days. This one at least appears to be done pretty well.

Tactical Life took a look at all the guns and accessories shown on the screen, which is worth a look.

However, as the folks at Tactical Life point out, Wahlberg is a bit of a hypocrite when it comes to guns. Here are his comments down in Australia regarding firearms.

“I would love it if they could take all the guns away. Unfortunately, you can’t do that so you hope that good people in the world have them to protect the people who can’t protect themselves,” Mark Wahlberg bemoaned in the Herald Sun in 2007. “Certainly, I haven’t used a gun anywhere other than on a movie set and I’d like to see if we could take them all away. It would be a beautiful thing.

He says that then makes a movie like this.

Wahlberg is just one of many who have made their living handling firearms in their movies, being all kinds of bada** with weaponry. But when it comes to people who can’t afford private security, then tough. We should be slap out of luck when it comes to protecting ourselves.

Meanwhile, they’ll still happily profit off of guns themselves. They know that they’ll still be able to make money with firearms regardless of what the rest of us are able to own. Screw the little guys so long as Mark Wahlberg can make another million by handling guns that are forbidden to little peons like us.

Don’t get me wrong. I still like Wahlberg as an actor. His comments weren’t the worst I’ve heard from a hypocritical actor. I mean, there are some ways to interpret the first part of his comment to be pro-gun, after all. Maybe he’d love it if we could make them all go away, but since we can’t, people have a right to defend themselves or something. You kind of have to squint to see it, but maybe.

However, Wahlberg isn’t the only anti-gun actor out there. Liam Neeson has been on my list for a while now after his comments.

The problem with all of these actors is that they make millions and millions of dollars making movies and can afford to live behind gates with private security and can hire bodyguards to follow them around everywhere they go, all to keep themselves safe. The rest of us can’t afford to outsource our protection. We don’t have the means by any stretch of the imagination.

We have to do it ourselves, and when they flap their gums about how horrible it is that there are so many guns in private hands, all they’re doing is telling all of us just how out of touch they are.

Yes, there are a lot of guns in private hands, but there aren’t nearly enough in private hands. Guns make us safer.

So Wahlberg can afford to be a hypocrite because he’ll never face the consequences of it. However, he needs to think. You see, Wahlberg is a convicted felon. More than that, he’s a violent felon. A few years back, he tried to get pardoned for his crime. Maybe the reason Wahlberg wishes there weren’t any guns is that he knows that had his victim been armed, someone else would have starred in “Lone Survivor” and “Mile 22.”

Now, to be fair, Wahlberg has cleaned up his life and been an example of a rehabilitated criminal. In fact, it’s often easy to forget his violent past. I can’t help but remember it when he makes comments about how the best tool I have to protect myself and my family against a violent felon shouldn’t be, especially when he uses a whole pile of them in a movie.

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Negrini Case Sponsors the 119th Grand American World Trapshooting Championship

Negrini Luxury Gun Cases
Negrini Luxury Gun Cases

FORT SMITH, Arkansas –-( INTELCASE Co., distributors of Negrini luxury gun cases, announces their sponsorship of the 119th Grand American World Trapshooting Championship.

The 11-day event takes place August 1 – 11th, 2018 at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex (WSRC) in Sparta, IL.

The WSRC is comprised of 121 trap fields stretching over 3.5 miles. This is the largest participation shooting event in the world with an expected attendance of over 10,000 spectators and participants.

Negrini Cases will be in full effect during the Grand American supporting our Premier Dealers. We are featuring many sporting shotgun cases and accessories. Check out our dealers in vendor row such as Dawson Enterprises, Elite Shotguns, Gamaliel Shooting Supply, Gipson Quality Firearms, Jaquas Fine Guns, and Target Shotguns Inc. “Our extensive line of trapshooting cases are on display during the Grand American” said Jon Reddout, General Manager of INTELCASE Co. “We are excited again be part of this great event. I will assist our dealers and educate our customers what makes Negrini Case the lightest, strongest, luxury travel case in the industry.”



INTELCASE Company, LLC is the official importer of Negrini of Italy and distributes and markets the luxury cases throughout the Americas. Negrini of Italy has manufactured their exclusive, premium cases for over 31 years in Quistelo, Italy. Only Negrini Cases Combine state of the art composite engineering with brilliant Italian design and old-world hand finishing. All Negrini cases are fully luxury finished and carry a limited lifetime warranty. More details are available at or by calling 833-634-7464.

Once you’ve made an investment in your firearm, protect and transport it in style. Negrini cases are designed specifically for discrete carrying and specially constructed using a patented technology resulting in the lightest weight luxury cases certified for international air travel (IATA).
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Springfield Armory cuts off Dick’s, Field & Stream over ‘attempts to deny’ 2nd Amendment freedoms

Springfield Armory has announced that it is cutting ties with Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, over the companies’ lobbying for gun control.

A post on the Armory’s Facebook page made the announcement, citing the reason as Dick’s Sporting Goods’ — as well as Field & Stream’s — “attempts to deny Second Amendment freedoms,” a move spurned by the company’s “hiring a group for anti-Second Amendment lobbying.”

President George Washington ordered the founding of Springfield Armory in 1777. The Armory was opened as a storehouse for America’s ammunition and artillery necessary to fight in the Revolutionary War. After the U.S. government officially closed the armory in 1968, its name was eventually licensed for private use in 1974.

What’s the history here?

On Wednesday, The Federalist reported that Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary hired three gun control lobbyists in April.

Public lobbying records showed that the company and it’s subsidiary “hired two Democrats and one Republican” from a D.C.-based government affairs firm, for the purposes of “[l]obbying related to gun control.”

The forms indicate that the company’s “gun control lobbying effort began official on April 27, 2018.”

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida, mass murder, Dick’s announced that it would no longer be selling so-called assault weapons or their accessories in all stores, and imposed a new age restriction to purchase firearms.

What is the Armory saying now?

“This latest action follows Dick’s Sporting Goods’ decision to remove and destroy all modern sporting rifles (MSR) from their inventory,” the statement continued. “In addition, they have denied Second Amendment rights to Americans under the age of 21. We at Springfield Armory believe that all law-abiding American citizens of adult age are guaranteed this sacred right under our Constitution.”

The Armory’s statement added that it’s “clear” where Dick’s and Field & Stream stands on the Second Amendment.

“We want to be clear about our message in response,” the statement said. “Their position runs counter to what we stand for as a company. At Springfield Armory, we believe in the rights and principles fought for and secured by American patriots and our founding forefathers, without question.”

The Armory’s statement concluded, “We will not accept Dick’s Sporting Goods’ continued attempts to deny Second Amendment freedoms to our fellow Americans.”

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Compete to Win a 870 DM at the Remington Booth NRA Show in Dallas, TX

Remington 870 DM Shotgun
Remington 870 DM Shotgun

Huntsville, AL – -( Are you ready to compete with the strongest, smoothest, most reliable pump shotgun in history, the Remington 870 DM? How fast can you make mag changes? Let’s find out, come show us your skills any day any time during NRA show hours.

A Remington 870 DM Shotgun will be awarded each day to the shooter with the best time. Check out a sneak peak of the competition here.

Maybe you are not the competitive type, but don’t worry we have plenty of exciting things going on at the Remington booth.

Remington 870 DM Shotgun (81350):

  • 6 Round Detachable Magazine
  • Black Synthetic Stock with Super Cell Recoil Pad
  • Tactical “Corn Cob” Forend
  • 18.5 Inch Fixed Cylinder Bore Barrel
  • MSRP – $529.00

Talk handguns with Travis Tomasie and Jake Martens from USPSA on Friday, May 4th at 4:15pm. While you are there check out the 1911 R1 Tomasie Custom, it is an exact reproduction of his competition handgun. Utilizing premium components, this pistol offers the consumer extraordinary accuracy, reliability, and shoot-ability,” said Travis Tomasie Captain, Team Remington World and National Shooting Champion.


About Remington Arms Company, LLC

Remington Arms Company, LLC, (“Remington”) is America’s leading manufacturer of firearms, ammunition, and related accessories. For over two centuries, its products have been sought after by hunters, shooters, collectors, home and personal defenders, as well as by government users in the US and in more than 55 of our allied countries. Remington products served the US Military in every major conflict from 1816 to the present. Remington currently employs over 2,500 Americans, and operates major facilities in New York, Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Utah.
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