Tag Archive: NFA


ATF’s New Rules For Registering Machine Guns And Other NFA Items Under Fire

 

 

 

 

” As part of the process to register an NFA item, ATF rules have long required individuals, but not legal entities, to obtain a “law enforcement certificate” from their Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO), such as a sheriff or police chief, to support their application. But ever since the Supreme Court in Printz v. United States, 521 US 898 (1997) held that CLEOs cannot be compelled by the federal government to perform federal functions like firearm background checks, most CLEOs now refuse to sign NFA item certificates.

  This year the ATF decided to act on “a petition for rulemaking, dated December 3, 2009, filed on behalf of the National Firearms Act Trade and Collectors Association (NFATCA)” which requested elimination of the CLEO certification requirement. The ATF responded to the NFATCA petition by not just rejecting the NFATCA’s proposal to eliminate the troublesome CLEO certifications required of individual NFA item registrants, but by extending these CLEO certification mandate to all “responsible persons” of legal entities (e.g., even a newborn baby who is one of several beneficiaries of an NFA item holding trust). “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Defense Shotgun: Myths And Reality

 

 

 

If you stand around a gun counter long enough, someone will walk in and ask the so-called “expert” behind the counter, “What is the best thing for home defense?” Without missing a beat the answer usually is, “buy yourself X brand of shotgun, you can’t miss.” At this point, I usually leave said store because I can’t stand hearing sewage like this spewed at uneducated buyers. I am in no way saying the shotgun is not a great home-defense weapon; it has been proven time and time again to be a great choice for home defense. What I am saying is the myth surrounding the shotgun, and the amount of cool-guy stuff you can hang off of one, has placed the venerable shotgun on a big white pedestal. A shotgun is one of the most versatile but hard-to-master firearms available. They are usually (with exception of NFA items) bulky, heavy, slow to reload and hold a laughable amount of ammo.

For the purpose of this article I’m only going to cover “combat” shotguns, ones commonly used for home defense, patrol work or in the military. This style usually has barrels of 20″ or shorter, holds five or more rounds and is not well-suited to hunting or target shooting. If you have ever watched a show about police on TV and they pull out a shotgun, then you know what I am talking about. “

 

   The DC Caller offers a very thorough primer on shotguns for home defense and while they may not be for everyone there is no doubting their effectiveness in the hands of an experienced user. The article is well worth your time , even if you think you know it all .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beretta M12 Subgun: The Spaghetti Uzi

 

 

 

 

” The Italian firm of Pietro Beretta has long been known in this country for their semi-auto pistols of all sizes. What you may not know is that they also marketed some of the most popular submachine guns of the past century—for which they are very well known outside the US.  One of these is the crowd-pleasing M12.”

 

 

 

 

” Beretta was one of the first companies in the world to manufacture what are considered submachine guns today. In fact, their wood-stocked M1918 9mm was the first conventional subgun ever issued to troops in combat and it was during World War One! Their later M1938 was one of the better subguns of WWII and is still in somewhat limited service around the world. With a lineage like this, it was almost predetermined that in 1953, the company would invent a new pistol caliber select fire burp gun for the modern age—and that’s where the M12 came in.

With a design team led by Domenico Salza (the engineer who later modified the M1 Garand into the popular BM59 box magazine 7.62mm NATO battle rifle) work progressed throughout the 1950s.”

 

 

 

 

Cane Guns: A Remington Led Arms Race

 

 

 

” The most common accessory that the well-dressed gentleman in the 1850s carried was a walking cane. This simple object was a status symbol among those with taste, the equivalent of the rapier carried by nobles during the Renaissance period. You simply did not leave home without it—so what better place to hide a gun?

It may surprise people today, but the most commonly encountered cane gun that ever saw mass production was made by American gun great,Remington Arms. The company’s master mechanic John F. Thomas patented (#19,328) a percussion fired single-shot cane rifle in 1858 and within a year, Remington was selling their guns to an eager public.”

 

 

” These weapons could fire a .31 caliber ball with a load of black powder ignited by a percussion cap. Weighing from 20 to 24-ounces depending on length and caliber, the canes were coated with a natural rubber known as gutta-percha.  They tend to be between 33-36 inches long overall. To fire the gun, pull the handle back to a cocked position, aim the cane, press the small button recessed in the handle that actuated the striker and hold on. ”

 

 

 

 

G&A Ranks the Best States for Gun Owners in 2013

 

 

 

 

 

”  These days, it’s becoming more difficult for gun owners across the country to find safe haven, as the powers that be on both federal and state levels begin introducing a quagmire of anti-gun legislation hindering the rights of law-abiding citizens. States like Illinois are notorious for their anti-gun agendas, while states like Texas are viewed as a sort of shooters’ paradise.

But just how true are those reputations? To provide you, dear reader, with a primer of gun-friendly regions of the United States, we’ve analyzed all 50 states—and Washington, D.C.—and ranked them to find out which are the most pro-gun.

States can score a maximum 10 points per category, with a perfect score of 50. Full disclosure, though: No state attained that perfect score, though two states came awfully close. As was expected, Washington, D.C., kicked off our list with a whopping zero points, and other anti-gun Meccas such as New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and California weren’t far behind. Topping our list of pro-gun states were Arizona, Vermont, Alaska, Utah and Kentucky. Click through the gallery below to see where your state ranked.

 

States were measured on gun rights/friendliness to gun owners by the following criteria:

  • CCW/Open Carry: Only states that don’t require a permit for concealed or open carry scored a perfect 10 in this category. Everybody else was judged accordingly.
  • MSRs: States with no restrictions on the kind, type or number of modern sporting rifles (ARs, AKs, etc.) that can be owned or purchased scored a 10 in this category.
  • Class 3/NFA: The majority of states allow their citizens to own Class 3/NFA-type firearms (machine guns, suppressors, short-barreled rifles, etc.), provided they follow the federal licensing standard, but not every state is yea or nay.
  • Castle Doctrine/Stand Your Ground: States’ scores were determined based on how strong your the law is regarding self-defense in and out of the home, and whether in the right you’re immune from civil prosecution.
  • Miscellaneous: How pro-gun the state culture is has a lot to do with scoring in this category. Scores are based on the percentage of gun owners in the state, if there are any restrictions on gun or ammunition purchases or magazine capacity, pending pro- or anti-gun legislation, CCW reciprocity, and any restrictions on guns that not covered in the other categories.”

 

 

 

 

 

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  ” MasterPiece Arms (MPA) is now producing a FN 5.7x28mm short-barreled rifle with a folding wire stock. This gun expands on their line of Defenders chambered in 5.7x28mm, which offer shooters some options that are markedly different than FN’s Five-seveN and PS90. Called the MPA57SST-SBR, this follows their carbines and pistol also chambered for the exotic cartridge. 

 

 

 

The MPA Defenders are based on the Military Armament Corporation’s M-10, aka the MAC-10. They have been updated with a side charging handle, a top rail for optics and have a quad-railed forearm for accessories. The MPA57SST-SBR comes with a Cobra grip by Strike Industries, a angled foregrip with a hand stop that also acts as a standoff device for shooting from cover. 

Like the other Defenders chambered in 5.7x28mm, the pistol grip has been modified to accept standard Five-seveN magazines, which are available in 10-, 20- and 30-round capacities, and comes with one 20-rounder from the factory.”