September 2018

Editorial

GUNS, GUNS, AND MORE GUNS

Dury’s Gun Shop, which supplies FFL services and guns for Gun Tests Contributing Editor Ralph Winingham in San Antonio, has partnered with Tom Gresham of Gun Talk Radio to create a limited run of 1,000 GT20 pistols, which are SIG Sauer P220 10mm handguns. Price is $1400. All GT20s will come with a SIG Sauer hard case and two eight-round magazines. Additional accessories can be purchased from Dury’s and shipped directly to you with the purchase of your one-of-a-kind GT20 pistol. Shipping will only be $25 for the GT20 and free for all additional accessories ordered.   More...

Down Range: March 2012

Later in this issue is a quick-hit list of new products the staff encountered at the 2012 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. Unlike some years in which manufacturers push banal items that are simply color or texture changes, we saw some cool stuff in the pipeline that’s worth advising you about. Standard caveat applies: We didn’t shoot anything enough to say “Buy It!”, but we can comment about advances in design or execution that we believe hold promise.   More...

Down Range: February 2012

On Black Friday 2011, gun dealers deluged the FBI with background-check requests for prospective handgun and long-gun buyers, breaking the previous record by more than 30%. Background checks, required by federal law, surged to nearly 130,000 during the day, surpassing the previous high of 97,848 on Black Friday of 2008. The second busiest day on record was two days before this past Christmas, with 102,222 checks. Dennis Henigan, acting president of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said he was “skeptical” of the Black Friday gun surge. He said, “I think there may be no real significance at all.”   More...

Down Range: January 2012

Surreal experience today. Took an hour for lunch, and while munching on red beans and rice, I remembered I had the season-ending episode of FX’s Sons of Anarchy on the TiVo. So I engage the box and start watching the cliffhanger. If you haven’t seen that episode yet, stop reading now.   More...

Down Range: December 2011

If I must say, one of my most endearing traits is the ability to buy perfect presents for anniversaries, birthdays, and Christmas — just ask the CFO, who’s snorting coffee out her nose as she reads that. Seeing as this is the traditional time of year for commemorations of Christ’s Mass, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice, Saturnalia, and Yuletide, I wanted to pass along three thoughtful gift recommendations that are sure to wow your family, friends, and range buddies, though perhaps not in that order.   More...

Down Range: April 2012

The Brady Campaign gave its best grade on the group’s 2011 State Gun Control Scorecard to California. The Brady Campaign said California “continues to blaze legislative trails saving lives,” earning 81 points out of 100 on the Brady scorecard. That’s the state in which the total violent crime, murder, robbery, and aggravated assault rates were higher than national rates in 2010, the most recent full year reported by the FBI.   More...

Down Range: September 2012

There has been no significant change in public views on the issue of gun control and gun rights following the July 20th shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, a Pew Research Center poll released on July 30 shows. If trends hold, the same will likely remain true after surveys are conducted about the Wisconsin Sikh temple shootings. Currently, the poll results showed, 47% say it is more important to control gun ownership, while 46% say it is more important to protect the rights of Americans to own guns. That is virtually unchanged from a Pew survey earlier this year in April, when 45% favored gun control and 49% preferred gun rights.   More...

Down Range: August 2012

A number of developing stories that have to do with guns show me how fragile my ability to enjoy shooting firearms really is. By the time you read this, some or all of these issues will be resolved or moving toward resolution. They are all serious breaches of, or threats to, gun ownership and the civil rights of shooters across a spectrum of legal, cultural, and political venues.   More...

Down Range: June 2012

Indiana gunowners are celebrating the defeat of the most anti-gun Republican in the U.S. Senate, Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar. The NRA, Gun Owners of America, and other national, state, and local gun-rights groups endorsed the challenger, Richard Mourdock, early this year and strongly backed Mourdock’s campaign ever since. Mourdock, who is Indiana’s current state treasurer, is a strong Second Amendment supporter and understands that gun ownership is a fundamental, individual liberty that must be safeguarded in a free society.   More...

Down Range: May 2012

An error in our April 2012 test of 22 LR semi-automatic rifles, which included experimentation with a suppressor, stirred up a hornets’ nest of telephone calls, and we owe the wronged party an apology. The error had to do with the description of services available from Tactical Firearms of Katy, Texas, a Class III dealer and home to what is arguably the most advanced shooting facility in the United States. Whereas Tactical Firearms can help facilitate the licensing necessary for the purchase of suppressors in states outside of Texas, that does not include every state in the union, as the article claimed. Instead of referring to a one-time fee… “that according to Tactical Firearms is applicable to any state in the union,” it should have read “almost every state in the union,” or “every state in the union where suppressors are legal.” The offending text can be found on page 10 column 2 and in the caption on page 11. There was never any intention on the part of the author, Gun Tests Magazine, or on the part of Tactical Firearms to mislead the public or the authorities.   More...

Down Range: November 2011

As monthly deadline cycles loom, I sometimes forget to just go shoot for fun. I personally don’t shoot handguns much, mainly because the testing I conduct favors long guns. But my wife, Tracey, my son J.T. and his friend and co-worker Angela, and Product Coordinator Kevin Winkle and I went to Memorial Shooting Center here in Houston recently and had a ball with sidearms.   More...

Down Range: October 2011

In the latest development in the ongoing Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) 'Fast and Furious' scandal, the NRA-ILA reported that the Department of Justice has announced the appointment of U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota B. Todd Jones to serve as Acting Director of BATFE, replacing Kenneth Melson. The DOJ also announced that Dennis Burke, U.S. attorney for the district of Arizona, has resigned. And the Wall Street Journal reported that Emory Hurley, the assistant U.S. attorney responsible for the day-to-day operations of 'Fast and Furious,' has been removed from his post and reassigned to the department’s Civil Division.   More...

Down Range: March 2011

Gene Taylor, sales manager over at our sister site GunReports.com, suggested I look at an item on the site entitled, 'Gunshow Operator Says Bloomberg Ran Entrapment Scam at Arizona Gun Show.' Taylor said, 'I’d heard that [New York City Mayor Michael] Bloomberg was thinking about a presidential run. After his latest stunt in Arizona, I think he can shelve that idea.'   More...

Downrange: February 2011

First things first: I hope Rep. Gabrielle Giffords—and everyone else wounded in the Tucson Safeway shooting—makes a full recovery. It’s tragic that she was shot while doing exactly what elected officials should be doing—making herself available to the people she serves in Arizona’s District 8. And, of course, we mourn the six people murdered in early January, government employees and otherwise: U.S. District Judge John Roll, Dorothy Murray, Dorwin Stoddard, 9-year-old Christina Green, Phyllis Scheck, and Gabe Zimmerman. Paying them proper respect, and supporting the wounded, should be the sole focus of civil people.   More...

Downrange: January 2011

Gun owners in New Jersey met last month to support Brian Aitken, who’s currently serving seven years in state prison for bringing legal guns from another state into the Garden State. Aitken was a finance student at New York University, when on January 2, 2009, he was arrested for illegal possession of firearms while moving from one residence from another. All of the firearms were legally owned. Aitken passed three different NICS background checks to purchase them. But New Jersey statutes make it illegal for anyone without a concealed-carry permit to possess a firearm even if it’s otherwise lawfully owned. The only way to lawfully possess firearms in New Jersey is through exemptions to the law like driving to and from a shooting range or moving residences.   More...