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Week-In-Review News Roundup: September 29-October 5, 2019

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

Ruger Introduces Hawkeye Hunter
Based on the popular Hawkeye Standard with a classic American walnut stock, this new stainless steel rifle comes paired with a factory-installed Picatinny rail and threaded barrel.

Starline Brass Now Offering 300 HAM’R
Starline Brass has added another caliber, the 300 HAM’R to the growing lineup of high-quality brass.

Lew Horton Distributing to Shut Down Operations
The wholesale firearms distributor announced that they will be winding down operations, with the plan to cease operations entirely by December 31 of 2019.

Winchester Wins U.S. Army Contract to Manage and Operate Lake City Ammunition Plant
Olin Corporation announced that its ammunition division has been selected by the U.S. Army to operate and manage the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Missouri.

Springfield Announces Hellcat: World’s Highest-Capacity Micro 9mm
After years of development, Springfield Armory introduced the Hellcat™, the highest capacity micro-compact 9mm in the world and the next generation of defensive pistol from the esteemed company.

Reader Comments of the Week

Thanks for sharing these tips. I have been thinking about doing a 80% build and my local Gunsmith, who builds ARs and AKs from scratch quite regularly, has offered to give me input if I run into problem. Still all these little tips I run across are helpful and provide insight. Thanks.

– RANDY JONES, in response to 3 Essential Parts of Any AR-15 Barrel Install

My first Ruger was a 3 screw .357 Blackhawk, given to me by my wife our first Christmas after marrying – 1965;) Still have that boy, grips are now almost white not blue.

Story I tell anyone that is thinking about buying a Ruger: My oldest son, about 15, at the time, was tromping through the Blue Ridge mountains with his cousin, while carrying his Blackhawk in a leather holster. He fell into a stream, getting both he and his rig soaked. The chemical reaction from the wet leather damaged the blueing on the cylinder and barrel of the revolver. Made contact with Ruger to see about getting the gun refinished. Informed cost would be $25. Sent it! Gun returned in short order. Surprised to find that everything except the frame had been ‘replaced.’ New barrel, cylinder, ejector housing. Repair report stated that “excessive erosion of the barrel throat” warranted its replacement. Gun had been shot extensively, probably not quite as much as we might say in the hills – “a blue million times,” but more than your average pistolero might. FINAL COST: $0.00!! Ole Bill was still kicking in those days, but I believe Ruger is still one of the best “stand behind their product” manufacturers out there. Needless to say, though I will, my sons and I own more than a ‘few’ Ruger products! Ruger will even ‘update’ my old 3 screw rig today, without charge, to incorporate that safer firing pin actuator bar – but, I’m cowboy enough to want it to remain original! 😉 No ‘involuntary’ discharges, or extra holes in the ole leg as yet…..

BTW, ole Hank was behind me in acquiring his logo. I had no influence with Ruger, but in the EARLY ’70s I ran onto the Ruger design, at some gun store in Florida, selling plain brass belt buckles (w/o the R) (made in Taiwan – probably from WWII or Korea brass). Wore them for decades, but they are now heirlooms since their belt loops broke. Always had envious comments on that buckle, would love to have another, but can’t find any without that R;)

– FIREWAGON, in response to Five Ruger Facts You Might Not Know

Thanks for the article and information. One tip many experienced shooters already know but may prove beneficial to a new one is to ALWAYS shoot with any rest on the fore stock and never on the barrel. Many modern rifles have floating barrels and you’ll never zero in or accurately hit your target if you’re resting on the barrel.

– DANIEL THOMPSON, in response to Zeroing Your Rifle at Long Distances

#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 contest page.


Credit: @jonshorizon (Instagram)


range day friday pic from lordofkingz
Credit: @lordofkingz (Instagram)

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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1 Comment;

  1. Saw a picture recently of a couple of ladies with placards predicating “the 2nd amendment was for muskets & flintlocks.” The musket & flintlock were the AR & AK of that century,(technology does advance).The Bill of Rights are to establish permanence and one of those Rights is found in the Declaration of Independence. READ IT! “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,–That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles & organizing its powers in such form,as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety & Happiness. Prudence, indeed,will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light & transient causes; & accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when along train of abuses & usurpations, pursuing invariable the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, & to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such been the patient sufferance of these Colonies and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former System of Government. The history of the present King of Britain is a history of repeated injuries & usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.” If it is their Right & Duty, by what means or method is this to be accomplished, apart from the”Right of the People to Keep & Bear Arms.” Heller vs DC should have been 9-0. One last thing, Get Out and Vote! Send the DNC packing! Your voice LIMA CHARLIE!

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