Hi-Point’s ‘Name the Nine Contest’ Takes Curious Turn as HK Weighs In

When Ohio-based Hi-Point asked the internet to suggest a name for their new 9mm handgun, the Yeet Cannon fired and the Germans got in on the act. Hi-Point’s “Name the Nine” contest promised to give their fans a stake at naming their promised new handgun design. Initial name suggestions after a week of polling reportedly garnered 7,880 entries, with the most prolific, 556, being for Yeet Cannon or YC-9.

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Yeet Cannon became the crowd favorite in HI-Point’s own version of the Boaty McBoatface phenomena. (Photos: Hi-Point via Facebook)

Yeet, a word that has crept into acceptance in the past few years, is generally employed as a multi-use exclamation. However, four days after announcing Yeet Cannon was topping polls, Hi-Point on Tuesday announced a final list of 10 proposed alpha-numeric names, none of which included the past crowd favorite. This sparked a backlash on the company’s social media page, with some 1,600 largely negative comments, many questioning the absence of Yeet.

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Hi-Point’s current list of accepted names in what has evolved into the Vote the Nine contest. (Photos: Hi-Point via Facebook)

“We want the name we all voted for. We want the Yeet Cannon,” noted one commenter, whose call to action was, in turn, liked nearly 400 times. Then, in a turn for the surreal, Heckler & Koch‘s Social Media Girl, noted for an often epic “war on the poors” via social channels, responded to Hi-Point’s Facebook post with a promise of collaboration, of sorts.

Please take some advice from someone who doesn’t listen to their customers, you really really should. Swallow your pride, get out your crayons, and write a letter to your legions of almost new customers and call it the YC-9. We promise to do a collaborative photoshoot with you. We will bring a MK23 specially marked YC-45. This is not a joke. The powers of 2 Yeet Cannons, the original and the little brother, would be unstoppable.

 

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To show they were serious, HK’s social media page is listing a link to YeetKanone.com, which redirects to the company’s own MK23. Hi-Point replied to HK’s feedback only with, “Wow.”

The current contest is set to run through June 24.

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5 Affordable Semi-Auto Plinking Rifles that Never Go Out of Style

For all those needs to include punching .22LR holes in paper, training, plinking, and hunting small game, these semi-auto rifles deliver while being light on the wallet.

Marlin Model 60

Marlin Model 60

Perhaps the distinguished gentleman of the group, Marlin’s Model 60 has been in continuous production since President Eisenhower was in office. This tube-fed .22LR includes a micro-groove barrel, a cross-bolt safety, and Monte Carlo style stock in both wood and synthetic variants. Often made under the Glenfield banner, these were popular in big box department stores such as Sears and Montgomery Ward back in the day, which has contributed to more than 11 million of these light and compact plinkers being cranked out over the years.

Currently produced in Remington’s Huntsville, Alabama plant, new examples start at about $158 while, for those with an eye towards a classic Glenfield or Connecticut-made JM gun, check out the Guns.com Vault and get ready to be happy. Also, for those who prefer the same proven action but with a detachable mag, check out the Model 60’s half-brother, the similarly priced Model 795.

Ruger 10/22

Ruger 1022

First fielded in 1964, William B. Ruger’s Model 10/22 has been popular ever since it hit the market. Handy carbine-length guns with a 10-round flush-fit rotary magazine, Ruger’s .22LR zapper has a huge range of after-market parts and accessories available for those who can’t find the exact production gun they desire from the company’s extensive catalog which includes Takedown, Sporter, and Carbine variants that promises something for every taste. With prices starting at the $199 mark, they are tough to beat for the money, with more than 5 million examples in circulation.

Savage 64

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Savage Arms has been in the semi-auto .22 rifle game since the 1930s, when they marketed their Model 6 through mail-order catalogs. A more advanced design, the Model 64, has been around for a few decades and it can be said to be the people’s champ among plinking rifles as it is priced starting at just $114 in the Guns.com vault– new. Using a 10-shot detachable box magazine, it is available in several variants across different stocks and furniture options, some including optics.

Mossberg 702 Plinkster

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With a name like “Plinkster,” how could we not include the Mossberg 702 series. First introduced in 2006, the 702 may not have the lineage that some of the other models on this list has, but it shares many of the same attributes such as being lightweight and easy to use. Produced in a number of different finishes and barrel lengths, the Plinkster comes standard with a 10-round magazine. Price? Starting at $134.

Remington 597

Remington 597

You can’t put out a “Top 5” list of any sort of current production .22LR semi-auto rifles without mentioning the Remington Model 597. Since its debut in 1997, this more modern entry from Big Green runs synthetic furniture but has several variants in production, all of which include tip-off mounts on the receiver. Using a 10-round detachable magazine, you can add one to your collection for as little as $131.

Check out Guns.com for these rifle models and others, often in both Certified pre-owned and new condition.

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Eric Swalwell Has a Massive 65-Point Plan to Regulate Guns, Ammo

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California Democrat Eric Swalwell wants to add new regulations to buying, selling and possessing guns and ammo in the country at almost every level. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Democratic Presidential candidate Eric Swalwell on Tuesday announced his sweeping new firearm regulation platform to the acclaim of national gun control advocates.

Swalwell, a former prosecutor who has represented the San Francisco area in Congress since 2013, is one of more than two dozen officially announced candidates scrapping for the Democratic nomination to the White House next year. This week, in front of the headquarters of the National Rifle Association in Virginia, he debuted his “National Framework to End Gun Violence” to a small crowd.

“I will fight like hell to give people a reason to live, foster a culture of hope in every neighborhood, regulate firearms and ammunition to protect communities and police officers, and ban semiautomatic assault weapons,” said Swalwell, who last year wrote an op-ed for USA Today advocating a return to the federal assault weapons ban followed up by strong enforcement actions to go after those not in compliance.

Would-be President Swalwell’s new 3,100-word plan is wide in scope, proposing not only a “ban-and-buy-back” on many types of semi-automatic firearms but also adding layers of additional red tape to gun and ammunition manufacturers and retailers while requiring lawful gun owners to be licensed, registered with the government, and seek additional training under threat of prosecution.

Among the plan’s 65-points are:

  • Outlawing civilian possession of “military-style semiautomatic assault weapons” with an exception for guns maintained by shooting ranges and hunting clubs. This would include a “buy back” followed by criminal prosecution for anyone found in violation of the prohibition.
  • Suppressors, magazines capable of holding more than 10 cartridges, and bump stocks would be totally banned for civilian ownership, with a government buy back similar to that on semi-auto firearms put into effect.
  • Add a 48-hour waiting period to gun purchases.
  • Require gun owners to report a lost or stolen gun within 24-hours.
  • Establish national gun storage standards that include “smart tech” coupled with a mandate for owners to comply with such requirements.
  • Expanding mandatory gun surrenders to include dating partners and family members subject to protective orders, even prior to their hearings.
  • Prohibit states from arming teachers.
  • Implement background checks for all firearm and ammunition purchases and set a buying limit of 200 rounds of ammo per 30-day period per person. This would be coupled with a maximum storage allowance of just 200 rounds per caliber at a person’s home to “prohibit individuals from hoarding ammunition.”
  • Ban civilian sales of M855 “Greentip” ammunition or any hollow-nosed bullet.
  • Reinstate a planned executive action from President Obama to strip gun rights from those receiving some types of Social Security checks. That plan was canceled by Congressional action signed by President Trump in 2017 with the support of not only Second Amendment groups but also civil liberties advocates.
  • Increase the number of databases used to screen potential gun buyers during a National Instant Criminal Background Check System Brady check.
  • Create a federal licensing program for gun owners to include mandatory training and both a written test and practical exam.
  • Require gun owners to take out liability insurance before they could legally possess a firearm.
  • Create a national firearm registry linked to individual firearms and require that all transfers be mandatorily registered and regularly updated.
  • Eliminate small federally licensed firearms dealers who do not have a dedicated brick and mortar commercial storefront.
  • Ration individual handgun purchases to no more than one per 30-day period.
  • Prohibit the online sale of guns or ammunition, even by licensed dealers.
  • Expand the powers and mandate of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to consolidate and centralize records relating to the acquisition of guns while allowing these regulators to increase the frequency of unscheduled audits of FFLs.
  • Veto any appropriations language that could restrict public health agencies from researching gun violence, such as the Dickey Amendment, and in turn fund such research with tax-payer dollars.
  • Repealing the Protection for Lawful Commerce in Guns Act, which is a federal law the insulates gun manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits, and charge federal agencies to implement safety standards “to eliminate junk guns, and to examine the feasibility of smart gun technology.”
  • Regulate firearm kits such as 80 percent lowers the same way firearms are regulated.
  • Mandate “evidence-based ballistics identification techniques, such as microstamping,” for all rifles and handguns made in the country. California is the only state that currently requires microstamping, and only for new models of semi-automatic pistols intended for commercial sale. Currently, there are no handguns in production that meet that mandate, one the firearms industry says relies on technology that is immature.

Everytown applauded Swalwell’s proposal, with John Feinblatt, the Bloomberg-supported group saying, “Rep. Swalwell’s new gun safety platform is the latest evidence that preventing gun violence will be a key issue in the 2020 campaign.”

As for the NRA, they countered the broadside from the California Democrat on social media by posting images of his rally, saying, “Look! All of presidential candidate Swalwell’s supporters came out to our headquarters today. No wonder he is polling at 0%”

According to poll aggregator Real Clear Politics, Swalwell is polling this week in 19th place among the major 2020 Democrats, pulling in 0.4 percent, just behind former U.S. Rep. John Delaney, D-Md, and just ahead of former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.

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Dems Push Mandatory Permits for Handgun Purchases

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The bill was proposed by lawmakers from Connecticut and Maryland where a permit-to-purchase is required before a handgun can be bought. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Democrats on Capitol Hill have debuted a proposal to help mandate that those who want a handgun first be approved for a permit.

The legislation, backed by Dems in both the House and Senate, would encourage more states to adopt licensing schemes like Connecticut’s handgun purchasing law, which requires a special renewable permit to purchase any revolver or pistol. Dubbed the Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act, the bill was introduced by U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland and Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut along with U.S. Reps. Jahana Hayes, D-Conn and Jamie Raskin, D-Md.

“States require licenses to drive a car in order to protect public safety – requiring a license to buy a handgun should be a no-brainer,” said Raskin.

The proposed legislation would authorize the Department of Justice to establish a grant program to help states develop and implement permit-to-purchase requirements for all handguns including those rented, bought or transferred in private sales or at gun shows. The grant program proposed would require that a state’s PTP law require applicants to be fingerprinted and photographed then subjected to a background check by law enforcement before receiving their permit to buy a handgun. The permit would have to be renewed every five years, or sooner.

The sponsors of the bill point to Connecticut’s pistol permit which requires a $70 fee, completion of a training course from an approved instructor that includes live fire and a background check that can take as long as eight weeks. Under the Connecticut law, applicants convicted of a felony, or any one of 11 misdemeanor offenses, are ineligible to receive a permit.

Only nine states and the District of Columbia currently require would-be gun owners to first apply for and be issued a permit to purchase a firearm. In recent years, Missouri has ditched their PTP program while Republicans and pro-gun groups in North Carolina have attempted to repeal a similar Jim Crow-era law in the Tar Heel State.

The Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act was announced at the same time the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health debuted a white paper to support the concept. The proposal has strong backing from national gun control organizations.

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Meet the New CZ Bren 2 Ms Pistol, Offered in both 7.62×39 and 5.56

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The fully ambi Bren 2 Ms has a modular forend, hence the “M” designation, and is a clean-sheet design compared to the original Bren 2. It is, however, still a short-stroke gas piston gun. (Photos: CZ)

Offered in two calibers and multiple barrel lengths, CZ’s new Bren 2 Ms pistol series platform is headed for a U.S. landfall.

Using an aluminum receiver and a carbon fiber-reinforced polymer lower, the pistol is a lot less beefy than CZ’s 805 Bren line it replaces but still has a weight that runs in the 5~pound range with slight variances from 5.4- to 5.86-pounds depending on caliber and barrel length.

Speaking of which, the Bren 2 Ms has 14- and 11-inch barrel offerings in both standard calibers as well as dropping down to a more compact 8-inch (5.56/.223 only) and 9-inch (7.62x39mm) model for those who want a bit more of a fire breather.

Continuing a rundown of the specs, overall length varies from 19.9- to 25.8-inches depending on variant.

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While the 7.62x39mm Bren 2 Ms at the top of the page uses proprietary CZ factory magazines, the 5.56/.223 versions accept AR-15 style mags.

Each pistol comes standard with a single 30-round magazine– AR-15 style for the .223 variants– and feature an ambi magazine release and safety. The charging handle is swappable from left to right and doubles as a forward assist.

For those who want to add a brace, the Bren 2 Ms has a flush rear plate that can accept an AR-style buffer tube for a pistol stabilizing device. The same plate, with tax stamp and an ATF green light, can accept a carbine buffer tube and stock should the owner want to go the SBR route. Alternatively, a factory folding/adjustable stock can be fitted with the proper paperwork and U.S.-compliant parts.

MSRP is $1,799 across the line, which means these intermediate caliber pistols aren’t going to replace the Draco and PAP M85/92 market any time soon, but then again, those aren’t CZs.

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New Savage 110 High Country Rifle Now Shipping (VIDEO)

New Savage 110 High Country Rifle Now Shipping (VIDEO)

The 110 High Country is built with a spiral-fluted barrel and bolt, as well as the Model 110 action secured three-dimensionally along its entire length within the AccuStock internal chassis. (Photo: Savage)

Teased earlier this year, Savage’s new 110 High Country rifle is billed as being ideal for Western hunting and long-distance shooting.

Offered in no less than 11 centerfire chamberings ranging from .243 Win to .300 WSM including the increasingly sought after 6.5 PRC and 6.5 Creedmoor, the High Country is an update of Savage’s standard 110-pattern bolt gun. Pitched to give sportsmen West of the Mississippi the “precision and power to take the biggest bulls and the longest shots,” the rifle uses a stainless steel barreled action with coyote brown PVD coating mated to a TrueTimber Strata synthetic stock with overmolded surfaces.

The High Country comes with lots of user-friendly extras for the shooter to semi-customize their gun without going aftermarket. This includes Savage’s AccuFit system for adjusting the stock’s comb height and length-of-pull as well as the company’s AccuTrigger. Barrel length varies from 22- to 24-inches with magnums and the 6.5 PRC setting up camp at the longer end of that tape as they also sport muzzle brakes with a taper lock interface. Weight is about 8-pounds.

Other features include a spiral-fluted barrel and bolt, threaded muzzles, and a receiver that is drilled and tapped for optics. The bottom metal supports a detachable box magazine.

MSRP across the board is $1,129 (although we bring that way down and out of the four-figure range) and you can expect a review in coming days on this interesting new rifle.

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Illinois Court Gives Thumbs-Down to Town’s ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban

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The Village of Deerfield banned many popular semi-auto firearms and their magazines last year, a move that a state court later said went too far and an appellate court refused to hear a further challenge to this week. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

A state appellate court this week dismissed an attempt by the Village of Deerfield to keep their controversial local prohibition on what officials described as “assault weapons.”

The village, just North of Chicago, is currently the subject of a permanent injunction issued by a local court in March that blocks it from enforcing a ban on many popular semi-auto firearms. Unanimously approved by the Village Board in 2018, the ordinance outlawed a host of guns by their cosmetic features, as well as magazines capable of holding 10 or more rounds of ammo, under threat of municipal fines of up to $1,000 a day for violators.

Deerfield, who is being defended in court by the Brady Campaign gun control organization, appealed the decision to the Illinois Appellate Court, who upheld the injunction this week.

“This effectively shuts down any further effort by the Deerfield administration to encumber law-abiding citizens in the community who own the kinds of legal firearms city officials want to ban,” said Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation. Gottlieb’s group, as well as the National Rifle Association and others, have been challenging Deerfield in court ever since the ban was approved by the village last year.

Village officials, normally quick to issue a statement when their gun regulation has a development, were mum Wednesday.

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