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postheadericon Honor Defense Press Release Regarding Unintended Discharge Of Their Firearms, Offers Upgrades

Not too long ago, a few videos surfaced that showed the user hitting an Honor Defense Honor Guard pistol on the rear of the slide with a rubber mallet, making the firearm discharge. Drop tests were also conducted and at times, the firearm would discharge.

In response, Honor Defense did some investigating and have completed a few upgrades to their pistol line. Take a look at the PR below:

Honor Defense offers Voluntary Upgrade for Honor Guard Pistols

Published Date: 01/18/2017

Gainesville, GA (January 18, 2017) – All Honor Defense pistols meet or exceed industry and U.S.A standards for safety. These include the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) / Sporting Arms Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc. (SAAMI®), and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) test protocols. Abusive handling (drop tests and jar off tests) have been conducted internally and confirmed by an outside laboratory recognized by the State of California.

Recent events indicate that handling an Honor Guard pistol beyond U.S.A. safety standards by dropping or striking the firearm with a hammer may cause an unintentional discharge. As a result, Honor Defense has developed an upgrade to the Honor Guard striker assembly (within the slide).

To receive the upgrade, go the Honor Defense website and follow the directions outlined in the Honor Guard Upgrade section. Once received, Honor Defense will upgrade your slide unit and promptly return it to you.

This upgrade will provide increased drop performance beyond U.S.A safety standards and is available to all owners of an Honor Guard pistol.

Details of this program will be available on www.honordefense.com on January 21, 2018.

Honor Defense is committed to providing the best single stack pistols for personal protection and using only American craftsmanship and parts for our firearms. Honor Defense pistols have been designed utilizing 100% USA parts, materials with every firearm assembled by Veterans.

Honor Defense is also committed to safety and ensuring we produce the finest possible firearms. For example, in addition to exceeding industry standards, the Honor Guard is designed for disassembly without pulling the trigger, or the use of tools. This is part of the Honor Defense commitment to safety and overcomes one of the major safety issues consumers have with striker-fired firearms. The added feature of a take-down lever eliminates a disassembly activity that could potentially lead to an accidental discharge.

For more information on Honor Defense, visit us www.honordefense.com.

Follow Honor Defense on social media including Facebook, facebook.com/honordefense as we update our customers on progress with new products and programs.

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postheadericon Since Trump Took Office: 11.3 Million Additional Firearms In America

Perceived wisdom has held that firearms sales fell drastically after President Trump was elected. But the so-called “Trump slump” hasn’t happened. Yes, increased production has driven down prices. But sales remain strong. While President Obama may have been the greatest firearms salesman of all time, President Trump’s first year is likely to beat all of President Obama’s eight years in office, except for the last one.

Trump-era NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) checks are continuing the trend set last year. 2017 is on track to be the second highest year for NICS  on record.

November and December have traditionally been the highest months for NICS checks, correlating with hunting seasons and Christmas. 2017 only needs to accumulate 2,875,681 NICS checks in the last two months of the year to become the second highest year on record. Every year since 2010 has exceeded that number for November and December.

2017 NICS checks (courtesy ammoland.com)

It is more likely that the totals for November and December in will be over four million checks. They have been over four million for four of the last five years. Four million more NICS checks would be over 24 million checks for the year.

2017 NICS checks have been at 91% of the level of the all time record in 2016.

NICS checks are used for both new and used firearms sales. They are used for other purposes as well. Firearms carry permits are rapidly expanding across the United States, with over 16 million carry permits currently in use. NICS checks are used for both initial issue of a permit and for the renewal of permits. Some NICS checks are used for background checks for employment.

Because of the expanding use of NICS checks, the number of firearms added to private stock in the United States is a fraction of the NICS checks. Past calculations based on ATF records indicate that about .56 firearms are added to the private stock in the United States for each NICS check done by the FBI.

If that ratio holds, about 1.1 million firearms will have been added to the private stock in October, or about 11.3 million firearms added in 2017 so far.

Americans continue to fill their safes with guns (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

It appears the demand for firearms has grown and the number of firearms owners has grown. Polls are a poor way to determine firearms ownership. Many people are reluctant to admit to firearms ownership when there is serious talk of restricting the ability to own or buy firearms.

A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal survey shows gun ownership jumping from 41 to 48 percent of households. That increase includes a component of gun owners who are willing to admit ownership during a Trump administration. It also indicates an increase in the base level of firearm ownership.  Once a new owner buys a gun, they are likely to buy more guns, with different guns for different purposes.

In two months we will know if 2017 becomes the second highest year on record for NICS checks. We do not know at present, but that is the way to bet.

©2017 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.

About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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postheadericon Sheriff Urges Citizens To Carry Firearms Following Texas Mass Shooting

POLK COUNTY, FLORIDA — Sheriff Grady Judd tweeted that their county offers active shooter scenario training shortly after the massacre at a Texas church, and encouraged citizens to attend and to arm themselves if they are legally able to do so.

Sheriff Judd has made headlines in the past, and isn’t afraid to speak his mind on topics that are important to him. The video above shows just how Judd operates, and of course you have people who both agree and disagree with him.

But on the topic of concealed carry, I’d bet that he has most people in his corner. His active approach to getting citizens their concealed carry permits –and important training– are something that we would love to see across the Country.

So regardless of where you live, take Sheriff Judd’s advice if you don’t already have your permit and/or training: Get the permit, get armed, get trained, and be prepared.

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postheadericon Bringing Your Firearms During An Evacuation: Does Anything Get Left Behind?

In the very real danger of Hurricane Irma for Floridians, many are –or have already– fleeing the most dangerous areas. Some of those people are under mandatory evacuation orders, while many others are heading north just to be on the safe side.

With it being legal to carry concealed for a 48-hour period during an emergency evacuation, what about other firearms that someone may have? Do they leave them at home, or take the whole cache with them?

Staying in possession of your firearms is important, and that means taking them along with you. There are numerous factors at play here, and we’ll just name a few things that could go wrong if you choose to leave them behind:

  • Your firearms could get damaged by water/wind/flying debris
  • Your firearms could (most likely) get stolen by looters who look to take advantage of disasters such as this one
  • You’ll be sad not knowing if they’re safe or not

Looting is a serious problem, both during and after hurricanes. These thugs will seize the opportunity to seize your firearms and ammo, because they know with great certainty that they’re left unattended.

If you absolutely must leave your firearms behind, make sure to have them hidden and as secure as possible. If it’s a built-like-fort-knox safe, the looters will likely not take the time to try and break into it and simply move onto the next house. If you are keeping them in a safe, make sure it’s one that is both water and fire proof.

And, bolt that mofo to the ground. Assuming the walls are still around to contain the safe, it’s better than someone(s) simply walking out of your house with everything.

We decided not to leave our area, but we’re also not in the current direct path of the storm. If we were leaving, or are leaving, all the firearms will be coming with us. It’s just safer that way.

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postheadericon Inland Manufacturing Offers Series of Military Commemorative Firearms

Inland Manufacturing, LLC announced that they are offering a series of Military Commemorative Firearms, and they are beauties. Check out the info an photos below.

PRESS RELEASE:

June 8, 2017, Dayton, Ohio – Inland Manufacturing, LLC is proud to introduce the US Army 1st Infantry Division 100th Anniversary Commemorative models of two iconic firearms, the Inland M1 Carbine and the 1911A1 pistol.

On, June 8, 1917, the US Army 1st Infantry Division was organized at Fort Jay on Governors Island in New York Harbor, under the command of Brigadier General William L. Sibert. The 1st Infantry Division is the oldest continuously serving unit in the regular Army of the United States. Since its return from Germany after WWII, the 1st Infantry Division has been based at Fort Riley, Kansas.

The 1st Infantry Division leadership wanted to recognize this historic anniversary with special commemorative firearms, and reached out to Inland Manufacturing for assistance in creating two models that would have historical significance for the centennial event.

The first model chosen was the 1944 version of the iconic M1 Carbine. The new Inland M1 carbines feature many of the same characteristics of the original Inland carbines and are manufactured in the USA! The 1944 version of the M1 carbine features a type 2 barrel band, adjustable rear sights, push button safety, round bolt, and “low wood” walnut stock. The stock is hand rubbed with oil, and is embellished with engraving of the 1st Infantry Division’s shoulder patch, accomplishments, and of course recognition of the 100th year anniversary. This 100th anniversary model carbine retails for $ 1179.00* and is shipped with a ten-round magazine which also makes it legal in states with large capacity magazine restrictions.

The second model chosen was the Inland 1911A1 Government Model pistol, chambered in .45 ACP. The 1911A1 is patterned after the original 1911 that was designed over 100 years ago, modified in 1924 and then designated the Model 1911A1. The 1911A1 found service with members of the 1st Infantry Division longer than any other firearm in the division’s history, and was a natural choice for a commemorative model.

The Inland 1911A1 Government Model maintains historic military style with added modern safety features. The original “G.I.” configuration includes vertical slide serrations, fixed combat sights, GI style grip panels and a lanyard loop.

The 1st Division Infantry Anniversary model features engraving on the slide (right side) of the 1st Infantry Division’s shoulder patch, accomplishments, and recognition of the 1917-2017 100th year anniversary. The 1st Division Infantry Anniversary Model 1911A1 retails for $ 829.00*

For more information regarding the history of the 1st Infantry Division, contact the Society of the 1st Infantry Division https://www.1stid.org/

For more information regarding Inland products, contact MKS Supply, 8611-A North Dixie Drive, Dayton, Ohio 45414, (877) 425-4867, email MKS Supply at info@mkssupply.com, website www.mkssupply.com

MKS Supply is the exclusive distributor of Inland Products in the United States, with the exception of these commemorative firearms. To purchase the 1st Infantry Division firearms, please contact Inland Manufacturing, www.inland-mfg.com/1st_id.html

*Pricing Note: The Inland Manufacturing 1st Infantry Division Anniversary models are available for purchase, at special discounted rates for active duty and retired veterans, along with other special offers from the Society of the 1st Infantry Division and can be found at www.inland-mfg.com/1st_id.html

Inland Manufacturing, LLC
6785 W. Third St
Dayton, Ohio 45417
Phone (937) 835-0220
Fax (937) 835-0223

Contact: Ron Norton
ron.norton@inland-mfg.com

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postheadericon In A Shocking Discovery, This “No Firearms” Sign Failed To Prevent A Mass Shooting Over The Weekend

CINCINNATI, OHIO — With no arrests and one dead, a total of 16 people were injured inside a nightclub early Sunday morning. The shooting happened at Cameo nightclub in Cincinnati just after 1 am, and police believe that multiple people were responsible for firing the shots.

In a photo taken at the scene, seen above, the Gun Free Zone sign was of little influence to the multiple people who brought guns into the establishment.

Police say that numerous people at the bar got into an argument which eventually escalated into gunfire. The man who was killed, 27-year-old O’Bryan Spikes, was a father and college student who frequented the bar.

“There’s no reason that anyone should ever feel like they could go into a club, shoot a club up, because they’re upset with someone who disrespected them or otherwise hurt them earlier in the day,” Cincinnati Councilwoman Yvette Simpson said. “So I continue to say, yes, guns kill people, but people kill people.”

The club isn’t a stranger to violence, having experienced shootings in the past. That may be why the ‘No Guns’ sign hangs in the door, but we all know it’s just a piece of paper and a warning.

The club is even said to wand people as they enter, but somehow multiple firearms were still brought in.

Is it me, or do gun free zones simply not work?

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postheadericon MIT Student Invents “Smart Gun”, Called The “Zuckerberg Of Firearms” — Can We Stop, Please?

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — Working out of his parent’s home, MIT student and entrepreneur Kai Kloepfer has successfully built and fired a handgun equipped with a fingerprint sensor like the ones commonly seen on new smartphones. The device stops the gun from firing unless Kloepfer’s finger is specifically pressed against it. If the gun falls into another person’s hands, it’s essentially useless.

“I think this could be huge. I think it could really be the future of firearms,” Kloepfer said to WDEF News 12.

But, as the president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation pointed out, there’s plenty to make gun users wary.

“Good intentions don’t necessarily make good inventions,” said Stephen Sanetti, president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

The device works off of battery power. The fingerprint has to be clear and legible in order to activate the device and discharge the firearm. However, when the battery runs out, the device won’t be able to send a signal to turn the gun on.

“The firearm has to work. And a firearm is not the same as a cell phone,” Sanetti said. “The consequences of a cell phone not working are inconvenience. The consequences of a firearm not working could be someone’s life.

Kloepfer described his invention as “relatively reliable.”

But that’s where I’m going to stop you.

As someone who follows firearms-related news and politics, this isn’t even close to the first time I’ve read about someone inventing a way to stop a gun from firing.

Back in 2014, Armatix was a smart gun manufacturer that produced a gun that wouldn’t fire unless you had a certain watch on your wrist. Gun owners protested in mass from selling it in stores because the gun was considered to be a big liability.

That didn’t stop New Jersey from threatening to require “smart guns” for anyone wishing to buy a handgun. Even the New Jersey legislature — one of the most adamantly anti-2A legislatures in the country — was forced to back down from that. Why?

Because there’s nothing smart about “smart guns”.

The only way these types of guns will succeed in the market is if they are forced upon people who don’t have a choice but to buy them.

This recent example is just another version of the same thing: a gun that may or may not fire on request.

Is that something anyone would want to protect themselves with?

And every single time, the same tired statistics get dragged out of the closet. We get the number of deaths resulting from accidental (negligent) discharges. The number is hovering over 600.

Okay, what’s the next one? Suicides. Something to the order of 20,000 deaths a year due to firearm-related suicide.

How does a smart gun stop either from happening?

It’s not like the gun can detect which direction you are pointing it and stop the trigger from firing — if it even fires in the first place.

It also can’t stop a person from negligently shooting himself or another person. That’s something only stopped through proper handling of a firearm. You can’t slap another piece of technology and magic away the dangers of improper handling of a firearm.

And let’s add one more important piece of the equation — if a smart gun isn’t activated by an electrical device, it doesn’t shoot. Let that sink in. So if you dive behind a vehicle and it’s pouring rain outside and you’re forced to wait in a puddle because it’s the only cover you have available, now you have to hope the rain and water hasn’t shorted out your gun.

Heck, if you carry the gun in an OWB holster while out in the rain, you have to hope it doesn’t short out the device’s electronics.

Unlike a smartphone, we can’t just buy a $ 60 Otterbox to keep our guns dry. Modern guns are made to go through the ice and snow, swamp, and sand. Now there’s a device that can stop them from working when exposed to those conditions.

Okay, another scenario: you’re out camping in the woods for three days. Your pistol ran out of battery life or doesn’t have enough to recognize your fingerprint. And, for some reason, that’s the day a bear or a moose decides your camp looks awfully inviting…

See where we’re going with this?

If there is any common situation or circumstances where a gun could potentially fail due to a completely optional electronic piece of equipment that’s critically embedded into the firearm, that device is a liability.

It’s hard enough designing firearms to work with manual external safeties — an extra step that needs to be artificially engineered in the gun’s process. Now we’re going to trust technology that routinely fails on smartphones to save our lives?

No, no, no. These “innovators” need to stop “being the next Mark Zuckerberg” of “smart guns”. Mark Zuckerberg learned how to make billions of dollars off harvesting and selling people’s metadata. That’s not a great analogy when considering a tool you depend on working reliably in the event of an emergency.

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postheadericon Facebook, Instagram Ban Private Sales Of Firearms On Their Social Networks: Let’s Hear Your Thoughts

In an effort to “updating our regulated goods policies”, the massive social networks Facebook and Instagram have banned the private sales of firearms on their networks. This ban only applies to peer-to-peer transactions and does not affect any FFL holders, … Continue reading
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postheadericon The Definitive Guide To Air Travel With Firearms

By Melony Lauer via melodylauer.com | Republished with permission I’ve been flying with guns on and off for ten years. It’s not a complicated process but it’s one of those things that can cause considerable stress for those who haven’t done … Continue reading
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postheadericon Ohio House Approves Expanding Locations Where Permit Holders Can Carry Concealed Firearms

A new bill in Ohio has passed the House and could become law if it continues it’s forward momentum. The bill, House Bill 48, looks to expand the current locations where a person with a concealed carry permit can legally carry … Continue reading
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