Just Jerry Miculek Pushing out to 200 Yards with a Revolver

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Pro shooter and national treasure Jerry Miculek picks up a sweet new Smith & Wesson 610 to see if it can go the distance. The 200-yard distance, that is.

The big stainless steel 10mm N-Frame six-shooter just returned to production with Smith & Wesson earlier this year. In a nod to the cartridge’s recent embrace by a new generation of shooters, the company bills the 610-3 as having applications running from hunting to protection while venturing into the field in predator-heavy areas.

To test out its use at range, in the above video Miculek taps in a 6-inch model — the current offering includes guns in with both 4.5- and 6-inch barrels, which translate to a 9.5- and 12-inch overall length respectively — topped with a Vortex Venom red dot. The ammo is Hornady Critical Defense. He then proceeds to drill a three-round group that would be covered by a softball out to 100 yards, then doubles down and pumps those numbers up.

S&W's current generation of the Model 610 is a big N-Frame available in both 4.5- and 6-inch barrel configurations. (Photo: S&W)

Smith & Wesson’s current generation of the Model 610 is a big N-Frame available in both 4.5- and 6-inch barrel configurations. (Photo: Smith & Wesson)

First introduced in 1990, the 610 had a short initial run but has been a popular offering for competition shooters since then. Rebooted in 1998, the gun line closed again in 2005 but came back only briefly since then.

The DA/SA revolvers come standard with black synthetic finger groove grips, an adjustable rear sight with a white outline grips and an interchangeable black blade front sight. As both the 10mm and .40 S&W are rimless, the revolvers use six-shot moon clips, and three are included.

MSRP is set at $969 across the board, which comes in about $150 cheaper than Ruger‘s Super Redhawk 10mm while being on-par with their GP100 Match Champion in the same caliber.

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What is the National Firearms Act?

National Firearms Act tax stamp

$200 tax stamps are legally required to own most NFA-regulated items, such as suppressors. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

The 1934 law that regulates many of the cooler items in the gun world, the National Firearms Act and its associated taxes raises many questions. Here are some answers.

How did the NFA make it into law?

Introduced into the 73rd Congress on May 28, 1934, as H.R. 9741 by U.S. Rep. Robert “Bob” Doughton, a North Carolina Democrat, the legislation sailed through Capitol Hill in less than a month. For historical perspective, the country was amid the Great Depression and lawmakers in the same Democrat-controlled Congress also sped the Securities Act, which established the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the National Industrial Recovery Act, which established the Public Works Administration, to the waiting hands of President Franklin Roosevelt for signature. The measure passed both chambers on a voice vote, with no record of which lawmakers approved it.

The bill that made it through Congress was watered down compared to other proposals at the time, such as HR 9066. Introduced by U.S. Rep. Hatton Sumners, D-TX, H.R. 9066 contained most of the same regulations and restrictions as the NFA but also targeted handguns and added a $5,000 yearly tax on firearm makers and importers. When adjusted for inflation, that figure would approach $100,000 today.

What does the NFA regulate?

While the new law did not outright ban the items under its control, it did require that shotguns and rifles with barrels less than 18 or 16 inches respectively in length, machine guns, firearm “mufflers and silencers” and firearms such as cane guns described as “any other weapons” be regulated and a tax established that was due whenever the device was made or transferred. Likewise, those who produced such items would have to pay a special occupational tax. The base price for most of these taxes was set at $200 per item, per transfer. This was the equivalent of about $3,800 in 2019 dollars.

As noted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which was originally part of the IRS until 1972, “The $200 making and transfer taxes on most NFA firearms were considered quite severe and adequate to carry out Congress’ purpose to discourage or eliminate transactions in these firearms.”

The amount of revenue paid into the U.S. Treasury has shifted over the years as, in general, the amount of tax has remained the same. In 1938, just $5,000 was collected. By 1984, $1.2 million was paid. In 2017, the ATF noted that just over $29 million was collected.

The NFA today

Today, the NFA controls the making and transfer of short-barreled rifles (SBR), short-barreled shotguns (SBS), silencers/suppressors, machine guns, AOWs, and destructive devices — with the latter something of a “catch-all” that includes everything from live grenades to anti-tank guns. Registration and tracking of such items are included in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, or NFRTR.

As of February 2018, over 5.5 million items were carried on the record:

AOW 60,706
Destructive Devices 2,818,528
Machine guns 638,260
Short Barreled Rifles 345,323
Short Barreled Shotguns 149,866
Suppressors 1,489,791

Has the NFA been challenged?

As with many controversial laws, the NFA has been the target of numerous legal challenges over its existence. This included the 1937 Sonzinsky case before the Supreme Court, which upheld the law as a valid exercise of the taxing power of Congress. More recently, the office of the current Solicitor General of the United States, Noel Francisco, used Sonzinsky in defense of the NFA in a challenge to the nation’s highest court in the case of a Kansas man found guilty of an NFA violation.

Jeremy Kettler in 2017 was found guilty of violating federal laws concerning the manufacturing and selling of suppressors and was given a year’s probation on a single count of possession of an unregistered NFA item. With the conviction upheld on appeal to the 10th U.S. Circuit last October. Aided by gun rights groups, Kettler appealed his case to the Supreme Court in January, arguing that the NFA is unconstitutional and that it is a money-losing tax that produces no effective revenue for the government while effectively criminalizing the devices it controls.

Francisco’s office in May told the court that Kettler’s petition should be denied, saying that it “lacked merit.” The Supreme Court declined to take up Kettler’s petition on June 10.

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Smith & Wesson Brings Flat Dark Earth to M&P M2.0 Compact Pistol

For those wanting something other than the traditional all-black format common to the M&P M2.0 Compact series, Smith now has the handgun in a version that is somewhat more flatter, darker and earthier. (Photo: S&W)

For those wanting something other than the traditional all-black format common to the M&P M2.0 Compact series, Smith now has the handgun in a version that is somewhat more flatter, darker and earthier. (Photo: S&W)

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Massachusetts-based Smith & Wesson is changing things up on their popular M&P M2.0 Compact pistol by adding a flat dark earth option.

Announced this week, the pistol, currently just the 9mm M&P9 variant with a 4-inch barrel, will now feature a Cerakote FDE slide over a polymer FDE frame. The modular handgun’s four interchangeable palmswell grip inserts, as well as two magazine floorplates and sleeves, will likewise be in FDE rather than the normal black.

First introduced in late 2017, the Compact uses a 4-inch barrel and has a 15+1 round capacity in 9mm with an unloaded weight of just under 24-ounces. This is a dead ringer in comparison to the Glock 19 and 23 and a hair lighter than the 26-ounce P-10 C series from Czech gun maker CZ.

Other features on the Compact include an accessory rail, stainless slide with an Armornite coating, and an 18-degree grip angle. The gun ships with two magazines and a pair of mag extension sleeves for using full-sized magazines. Since its introduction, Smith has also introduced the handgun in both .40-caliber M&P40 and .45ACP M&P45 formats as well.

MSRP on all M&P M2.0 Compact models is $569.

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Ruger Unveils 4 New Colors for EC9S Pistol Series

Ruger is bringing four new color options to their EC9S line of no-frills 9mm handguns. (Photo: Ruger)

Ruger is bringing four new color options to their EC9S line of no-frills 9mm handguns. (Photo: Ruger)

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Ruger this month announced a four-pack of new color schemes for their EC9S micro-compact 9mm pistols to include FDE, grey, purple and turquoise.

These new variants have all of the same features as the standard all-black pistol while offering versions with a turquoise frame and Cerakote slide finish; gray frame with black oxide slide finish; purple frame with an aluminum Cerakote slide finish; and a flat dark earth frame with black oxide slide finish.

New Ruger EC9 Colors

The new Ruger EC9S options have a little something for everyone. (Photo: Ruger)

Debuted in late 2017, the EC9S is a no-frills version of Ruger’s LC9S series. The single-stack 7+1 9mm polymer-framed striker-fired pistol has sights machined integrally with the slide. About an inch taller and an inch longer than the company’s previous .380 ACP-chambered LCP, the micro 9mm tips the scales at 17.2-ounces with a 3.12-inch barrel and 6-inch overall length.

Best of all, the MSRP of $329 puts the EC9S in the same size envelope as Smith & Wesson’s M&P9 Shield 2.0 and the Glock 43, at a lower sticker price. Plus, it is a lot harder to get a factory purple Glock.

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Ruger Now Offering Security 9 Compact with Viridian Laser

Ruger is now distributing a variant of their Security 9 Compact with a red Viridian E laser module included (Photos: Ruger)

Ruger is now distributing a variant of their Security 9 Compact with a red Viridian E laser module included (Photos: Ruger)

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Ruger this month announced they are now offering their Security 9 Compact series handguns with an optional factory-installed Viridian E-Series red laser.

The smaller version of the company’s medium-sized Security 9 platform — which sports a 4-inch barrel and 15+1 9mm capacity — the Security 9 Compact runs a 3.5-inch barrel and a corresponding 10-round flush-fit magazine due to its shorter grip. The good news is that, even with the addition of a Viridian laser, the smaller Sec 9 weighs in at just over 22 ounces.

Using an ambidextrous push-button to activate, the laser unit itself weighs about a half-ounce with the installed battery and mounts on the Compact’s dustcover rail in front of the trigger guard. MSRP on the laser-equipped Compacts is $439, which is only $60 more than the $379 price point of the base variant.

Ruger debuted the Security-9 series in 2017 in an ode to the classic and affordable Security-Six revolver of the 1970s and 80s. The no-frills handgun is evolved from the company’s subcompact LCP and LCP-II line, using a variant of that .380’s fire control system. However, the Security-9s have an integrated trigger safety and external manual safety.

Although the Compact is shorter than the Standard model Security-9, it still has the same hammer-fired action along with features such as forward slide serrations, which are rare for a gun its size. The 9mm ships with a pair of 10-round flush fit magazines but the 15-round mags from the full-sized model are backward-compatible.

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Rock River Arms Expands RRAGE series ARs with New 3G Rifle

Rock River RRAGE 3G

RRA’s new RRAGE 3G gun is meant to perform for those just entering 3-gun competitive shooting. (Photo: RRA)

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Illinois-based Rock River Arms this week announced a new entry to their RRAGE series of modern sporting rifles with their new 3G carbine.

Using RRA’s familiar forged LAR-15 lower with an aluminum A4 upper with no forward assist, the RRAGE rifles use 16-inch 1-in-9-inch twist barrels with a CAR-length gas system, low-profile gas block, and a threaded muzzle with an A2 flash hider. While the standard RRAGE runs a lightweight chrome-moly barrel and a short free-floated aluminum M-LOK compatible handguard, the RRAGE 3G comes standard with a heavy barrel and a longer 15-inch railed handguard that retains the M-LOK compatibility.

Pitched as a great entry-level carbine for 3-Gun competitors and sport shooters alike, RRA says the new 3G “delivers an upper assembly with clean, matching contours that is visually appealing and has a smooth, monolithic-style profile for quick, snag-free sling transitions.”

The carbine’s weight is 6.5-pounds and the 3G comes standard with RRA’s single-stage trigger, six-position tactical stock, and a single 30-round polymer magazine. Overall length is 36-inches, with the stock extended. While the standard RRAGE retails for $760 (we beat that in the Guns.com Vault), the RRAGE 3G is set at $820.

The standard LAR-15 RRAGE carbine uses a shorter handguard and a lightweight chrome-moly barrel, with a $60 lower MSRP. (Photo: RRA)

The standard LAR-15 RRAGE carbine uses a shorter handguard and a lightweight chrome-moly barrel, with a $60 lower MSRP. (Photo: RRA)

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CZ Touts New All-American Single Trap, CZ 1012 Semi-Auto Shotguns

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CZ-USA this month upped the ante on their scattergun game by announcing the new All-American Single Trap and a whole series of CZ 1012 semi-auto shotguns.

The Single Trap is an upgrade of CZ’s legacy All-American Single to include redesigned CNC internals and replaceable hinge pins. Available in 30-, 32-, and 34-inch single-barrel models, the series uses ported barrels with a lengthened forcing cone. The Turkish walnut stock with laser checkering features a four-way adjustable parallel comb and a variable length of pull while the trigger reach itself can be tuned as well.

Overall length of the All-American Single Trap, with the 30-inch barrel fitted, is 48-inches while the average weight is 8.5-pounds. Besides an adjustable stock, toe-in/toe-out modifications can be made to the butt pad. (Photo: CZ)

The overall length of the All-American Single Trap, with the 30-inch barrel fitted, is 48-inches while the average weight is 8.5-pounds. Besides an adjustable stock, toe-in/toe-out modifications can be made to the butt pad. (Photo: CZ)

The 12-gauge clays gun ships with five extended chokes and has an MSRP of $1,369.

CZ 1012 Semi-Autos

CZ bills their new 1012 series shotguns as something of a “do-it-all” platform that can fill the needs of upland or waterfowl hunters as well as recreational target shooters.

Using a gas-less spring bolt operating system, CZ says the 1012s run cleaner and more reliably than contemporary semi-auto shotguns on the consumer market.

“During extensive testing of this system by CZ engineers and designers, 5,000 shells were fired through several CZ 1012s, without a drop of oil or cleaning of any sort being done. Results? Zero parts breakage or malfunctions,” says the company in their literature on the shotgun.

CZ has five initial models of the 12 gauge 1012 headed to the market, all with 28-inch vent ribbed barrels with a 3-inch chamber and a 4+1 magazine tube. Overall length is 49 inches while average weight is a handy 6.5-pounds, which should have a broad appeal to a diverse range of sportsmen.

All have a cross-bolt safety and 14.5-inch length-of-pull. Each shotgun ships with five extended chokes with an MSRP ranging from $659 to $749 depending on the model.

CZ 1012 Shotgun Black Receiver

The CZ 1012 shotgun with black receiver and Turkish walnut furniture has a $659 MSRP (Photos: CZ)

CZ 1012 Shotgun Synthetic

CZ 1012 synthetic, $659

CZ 1012 synthetic camo with a Mossy Oaks Blades pattern, $749 MSRP

CZ 1012 synthetic camo with a Mossy Oaks Blades pattern, $749 MSRP

CZ 1012 Shotgun Bronze Receiver

CZ 1012 shotgun, bronze receiver, $659

CZ 1012 Shotgun Grey Receiver

CZ 1012 shotgun, grey receiver, $659

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