High Powered Headlines: July 23, 2014

Picture shows a black compact 1911 handgun with wood grips.

Beretta to Move Manufacturing to Tennessee

Beretta USA is moving all manufacturing from Maryland to Gallatin, Tennessee. The passage of Maryland’s Firearm Safety Act of 2013, prohibits Beretta from making, importing and keeping many of its products in its Maryland facility. Originally, Beretta had planned to use the Tennessee operation for manufacturing new products only. Beretta USA General Manager, Jeff Cooper says, “…We have decided that it is more prudent from the point of view of our future welfare to move the Maryland production lines in their entirety to the new Tennessee facility.” The company plans to hire 300 people for the new plant in Gallatin.

Cheaper Than Dirt! Ceases Sales of Knives to California

Due to recent lawsuits filed by the California Health and Safety Code enforcers against industry peers, Cheaper Than Dirt! will no longer be selling knives and cutlery to residents of California, effective immediately. Due to the lead levels found in some brass alloys in certain knife parts, HSC 25249.6 prohibits these items. California residents, if you have a knife or other restricted item in your cart, you will not be able to complete your order. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

70-Year Old New York Gun Range Closes Due to Anti-Gunners Pressure

The Westchester County Police Revolver and Rifle League shooting range located in Greenburgh, New York has been closed for weeks due to a pending investigation after a resident claimed she was injured by bullet fragments. The shooting range has gone 73 years without incident, but now the property owner is terminating the lease. Members of the range claim closing the range is politically motivated and not an issue of safety.

Rep. Maloney Asks Police to Investigate Gun Owners of America’s Larry Pratt

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney asked police to investigate the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, Larry Pratt. Rep. Maloney alerted police and the House Sergeant-At-Arms, Paul Irving, of an article published in Rolling Stone magazine in which Pratt exclaimed the Second Amendment is “for restraining tyrannical tendencies in government … especially those in the liberal, tyrannical end of the spectrum.” Rep. Maloney claims the quote is a direct threat against her.

Concealed Carry License Holders Win Lawsuit in Philadelphia

After a year and a half of litigation, a settlement between John Doe, et al. v. City of Philadelphia, et al. has been made in favor of John Doe, et al. The City of Philadelphia violated the privacy rights of 2,188 holders of Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms. The City will pay $1.425 million in the settlement, along with having to follow 12 other agreed-upon policy changes.

Massachusetts Gun Owners Action Alert—Support S. 2284

The Gun Owner’s Action League is asking Massachusetts gun owners to call their state representatives in support of S. 2284. The bill passed the Senate and now goes to the House. S. 22984 makes positive changes to Massachusetts legislation regarding the Second Amendment.

Picture shows a black compact 1911 handgun with wood grips.
The Rock Island Compact Tactical is a scaled-down model of the classic 1911.

Rock Island Compact Tactical

We aren’t one to keep secrets—when we find a reliable, awesome-shooting and affordable gun, we like to share it with the world. Cheaper Than Dirt! has been singing Rock Island Armory’s praises for a little over two years now. They make rock-solid 1911s at a price that cannot be beat and none of us is ashamed of owning one. The Rock Island Compact Tactical is a scaled-down model of the classic 1911. Available in 9mm or .45 ACP, the Compact Tactical 1911 has a 3.5-inch barrel, four to six-pound trigger pull, a black parkerized frame, upgraded Novak sights and an extended Beavertail. One of The Shooter’s Log contributors, Bob Campbell received one for testing and evaluation and had this say, “The Rock Island came out of the box running without a single failure to feed, chamber, fire or eject.” Look for his full review in the near future.

Specifications and Features

  • Caliber: 9mm Luger or .45 ACP
  • Barrel: 3.5”
  • Capacity: 7
  • Trigger Pull: 4-6 lbs
  • Action: Single-action only
  • Sights: Low profile dovetail Novak
  • Frame: Parkerized finish
  • Overall length: 7.31”
  • Height: 5.125”
  • Weight: 2.23 lbs empty


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Comments (4)

  1. Not selling the Knives in California is due to California adopting RoHS. The Lead limit in a copper alloy is 4%.

  2. Of all the High Powered Headlines above, the most disconcerting of them all is – Rep. Maloney Asks Police to Investigate Gun Owners of America’s Larry Pratt. In this particular case an elitist liberal politician felt it perfectly acceptable to use Capitol Police as her personal law enforcement service to investigate an individual she felt made inappropriate speech.

    This congresswoman based her entire warrant on unofficial sources stemming from an opinion piece written by a known liberal extremist as a third party contributor to Rolling Stone magazine. Seriously folks, is this all it takes now to get you interrogated by our government?

    I knew it was only a matter of time as I had always wondered when the liberal thought police were going to use their public positions as a special exclusionary tool to turn any opposing views we may voice into a contrived threat against their lives.

    Thankfully this time around the House’s Sergeant at Arms possessed the professional law enforcement knowledge set necessary to shut down her wily plan to impede the First Amendment. But will we always be so lucky in the future? I fear it will only get worse.

    The mice are nibbling at our freedoms from from many different points and there are a lot of mice and it is illegal to set mouse traps to stop them.
    Today there is but crumbs left of freedoms and libertys but huge amounts of commercialy driven patriotism and nationalism for profits..
    I applaud any firms connections to keeping and bearing arms but I do not expect them to crry anymore of a burden than I myself must bear.
    I suport financialy by loyalty to their firm because of their stance but I support with actions and other ways many other groups as well.
    To any and all who have ever had to pull out of a firefight or perish you know the fear, but you faltered not and instead gained an almost feral cunning for survival that kept you calm and observant of all your surroudings that is what is needed in the pro gun owners leadership.
    What we have is suit and ties of no more than 2nd establishment drones and commercial interest who are so entrenched with the established order they dare not even speak truth to power if they recognize it.
    We now live in a dysfunctional nation with out any guidelines other than through crass tax and commercial interest within political games, to pass or not pass legislation to protect special interest not national interest.
    CTD is doing a damned good job of carrying as regards aiding gun sales.

  4. Suzanne — Knife sales. CTD has other products that they will not ship to the Peoples Republic of California that ARE LEGAL in CA. The Alangater mag connecter for Ruger 10-22 ca be bought at Turners. I have two! Most of the knives you sell are legal and can be bought at almost any shop.I under stand fear of law suites But you are now playing the lefts game. They win a point! If CTD was a hardware store or gift shop I would understand. BUT CTD has made a VERY big deal about standing up for our rights and freedoms. This brings a HIGHER standard. CTD needs to decide if it wants to puss out. Lead in knife brass? Does CTD sell anything else With LEAD and BRASS? How do you eat a elephant? (loose your freedom).ONE SMALL BITE AT A TIME!

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