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Week-In-Review News Roundup: July 19-25, 2020

Week-in-review news roundup: the latest firearm news, gun news and other insights from the previous week that you may have missed.

Welcome to Cheaper Than Dirt’s Week-In-Review News Roundup.

Here you’ll find some of the previous week’s top stories in the shooting industry, as well as our favorite reader comments and #RangeDayFriday photos.

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Latest Firearm News

Berger Long-Range Hybrid Target Ammunition Now Available
Berger’s successful, match-proven Long-Range Hybrid Target (LRHT) bullets are now available in loaded ammunition for both 6mm Creedmoor and 6.5 Creedmoor cartridges.

80% Arms Introduces GST-9 Modular Polymer 80% Pistol
California-based company 80% Arms uses these DIY-oriented products as the focus of their business, and with a July 16th press release, they have announced their newest offering. Meet the GST-9, a complete handgun kit that builds off of their previously-announced frame.

Pulsar Releases Axiom XM30S Monocular
The Axion XM30S fits easily into a hand or pocket and has a 1024×768 AMOLED display, 4.5x-18x magnification, 320×240 sensor resolution, 1,400-yard detection range and high optical magnification with 4x digital zoom.

SIG Sauer Announces the New P938 SAS (SIG Anti-Snag) 9mm Pistol
The SIG Sauer P938 SAS is a 9mm, single action only (SAO), hammer-fired, alloy frame pistol with a Nitron finish. The pistol features the SIG Anti-Snag (SAS) technology slide treatment with a flush-mounted FT bullseye fiber-tritium night sight, an ambidextrous thumb safety, and ships with (1) 7-round magazine.

IWI Adds Comprehensive Riot-Control Solution
Israel Weapon Industries announces the expansion of its portfolio with a comprehensive riot-control solution. The newly offered solution uses versatile methods to maintain the public order and safety with minimum force application.

Chinese Scientists 3D Print Gunpowder Substitute
Researchers from the Xi’an Modern Chemistry Research Institute published the paper titled “Fabrication and investigation of 3D-printed gun propellants” (Yang et al, 2020) on the July 2020 issue of Materials & Design. The peer-reviewed document details the literature research on the study, the experiment setup and the results.

Reader Comments of the Week

“The China Lake study documented the effectiveness of 4 O buckshot. I agree that it is an excellent option. OO is the law enforcement standard, but when off duty I load with 4 O. I have fired this brand and do see it as a great value. Take a Remington 1100 with rib, trim to 18″, chock right and load well and you have great protection.”

– POLIDOC, in response to 5 Good 12-Gauge Buckshot Loads

“I’ve had excellent results with Aguila Super Extra 40gr and Winchester M-22 40gr. Solid point in my 10/22 and assortment of .22 pistols. I’ve found most JHP rounds deform on the free ramp and fail to feed on everything except my Beretta 92SF .22 conversion because the feed is straight into the chamber. The joy is the availability is much better than (in) 2009.”

– DENNIS, in response to 5 Good .22 Long Rifle Loads

“I used to use Trigger Locks, but as space and finances improved, I went to a Gun Safe for storage. Back then, the Trigger Locks were more of a pain in the butt (required a “special” key that took several minutes to unscrew the lock), than the newer models I see today. My CC and Home Defense guns are kept in rapid access safes, when not on me. Safes are a costly investment though, and they require a certain amount of space, so I can certainly understand why someone can’t afford that option. For the gun owner just starting out, or an old timer with budget restrictions, Trigger locks are a more affordable option. Just about any lock on the market is defeatable, given the time and tools, so IMHO, layering your defense against unauthorized use is important. When I finished the space under our stairs as my “Gun Room, both sides of the wall have metal lathing under the drywall (you can’t just kick the wall in), and I used a steel door and frame for the small room it created (about 4.5’X 8′). My safe fits just fine as well as some old school lockers to store ammo. A thief/burglar has 3 levels to defeat to gain access, the doors to our home, the door to the gun storage, and the safe itself.”

– CHUCK, in response to How Do Trigger Locks Work?

#RangeDayFriday Photos of the Week

Here are some of our favorite fan photo submissions of the week. Find out how you could win a new gun by sharing your #rangedayfriday pics on our gun giveaway page.


That’s all for this week! Check back next Friday for another round of the latest firearm news, reader comments and #RangeDayFriday photos.
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