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Liberty Suppressors Announces Leonidas Integral Recall

LibertyRecallGeorgia-based Liberty Suppressors yesterday announced a recall on a portion of their Leonidas integral suppressor line:

Liberty Suppressors has noticed a problem with some of our Leonidas integral suppressors. The problem stems from a running change with the Seekins Precision iRMT-R upper receiver units.At some point in the last year, Seekins Precision made a running change to the style of retaining nut used on these uppers and we did not realize it, until today. If you have one of our Leonidas integrals with the barrel nut as shown below, please discontinue use of the upper and call us to get it returned and updated free of charge. Use of this upper in this condition could cause catastrophic failure. Please call us to get your upper updated immediately.

Please see the attached images for clarification of whether your upper is affected or not.

David Saylors
Liberty Suppressors   Continue reading

Smith & Wesson Launches Winter $50 Rebate

New Electronic Rebate System Aims to Speed Processing Time

Smith & Wesson Corp. today unveiled its Winter Promotion, offering a $50 Smith & Wesson rebate on qualifying purchases of any new M&P Bodyguard firearm or Smith & Wesson revolver, including Performance Center products, purchased between November 15, 2017 and December 31, 2017. In conjunction with the new Winter Promotion, the company unveiled its new, all-electronic rebate system designed to speed processing time and deliver qualified rebates in record company time.

Matt Buckingham, President, Firearms Division, said, “We are excited to be able to offer our consumers a fantastic deal heading into the holidays. Not only are we showcasing some of our most popular products in time for the holidays, we are offering customers $50 in spending money to apply to their winter wish list. We are equally excited to announce our all-new rebate processing system, which has been re-designed to incorporate customer feedback we received throughout our summer promotions. The popularity of those promotions resulted in delays for our customers and a level of service that fell short of our standard. Our new system is designed to put rebates into the hands of our customers much more quickly, delivering the best possible customer experience.”

For the first time, all Smith & Wesson rebate submissions will now be submitted 100% electronically, resulting in a quick and easy process. Consumers will have the ability to begin tracking their submissions almost immediately using the new website. In addition, new levels of support have been established with extended phone, e-mail and chat hours.

Consumers who wish to participate in the Winter Promotion rebate program must complete and submit the form online at www.smithandwessonrebates.com

All submissions must include proof of purchase and be submitted on or before January 31, 2018. Additional terms and conditions apply, see website for details.

For more information regarding these rebate offers from Smith & Wesson, visit online at www.smith-wesson.com or call our customer service line at (800) 331-0852 ext. 4125.

MantisX System Gives Real-Time Shooting Feedback

GunLink-MantisX_1333Recently, Casey from MantisX reached out to GunLink to tell us about their system, which they describe as “a firearms training system that mounts on the rail of your gun and gives you real time feedback via an app on your smart phone,” going so far as calling it “most innovative development in personal firearms training in years.”  Bold claims, to be sure, but Casey was confident enough in the system to send one over for us to try out.

First of all – what exactly is a MantisX?  You are probably familiar with the ubiquitous Pistol Correction Targets.  Our Pistol Correction Target posts have seen hundreds of thousands of pageviews the GunLink Forums and the GunLink Blog, and have been shared far and wide on other sites, gun stores, and ranges.

When Casey first contacted us, the MantisX system was essentially a feature-packed, electronic, “smart” 21st century version of the targets that have been around decades (it has since gotten even better).  It works by attaching the MantisX device – packed with sensors, gyros, and other electronic wizardry – to your pistol and connecting it wirelessly via bluetooth to your Android or iOS smart device using their free app.

With the device attached and connected, the sensors inside of the MantisX unit track movement of the firearm before, during, and after your shots, analyzes them, and presents them in a variety of formats through the app.   Continue reading

Recall Issued for BTI Aftermarket M&P Rifle Lower Parts Kit

LowerPartsKit-LPKBattenfeld Technologies, Inc. (BTI) has announced a recall involving its M&P AR-15 Rifle Lower Parts Kit Complete, an aftermarket parts kit. This recall does NOT include and is not related to Smith & Wesson (S&W) factory produced complete M&P rifles.

The M&P AR-15 Rifle Lower Parts Kit Complete, identified as Item No. 110114, consists of the parts necessary to build a complete lower receiver for an AR-15 style modern sporting rifle. BTI is recalling all kits distributed prior to September 12, 2017, which do not exceed more than 4,700 kits. Kits sold during this time period may have been supplied with an incorrect hammer, which may lead to a failure of certain rifles to function as intended, including a potential risk of an unintended discharge. These kits were available for purchase online and through select retailers and distributors, including Turner’s Outdoorsman, Cabela’s, among others.

If you purchased a product advertised as an M&P AR-15 Rifle Lower Parts Kit Complete (Item No. 110114) during the referenced timeframe, please contact BTI at (877) 416-5167 or recall110114@btibrands.com to arrange for the return of your kit and the issuance of a replacement hammer. While you are awaiting the replacement hammer, any rifle assembled with an M&P AR-15 Rifle Lower Parts Kit Complete should NOT be used.

5th Generation GLOCK Pistols are Hitting Gun Store Shelves

Are you Jumping on the New Pistol Bandwagon?

GlockGen5GunLink_1005GLOCK may not have won the bid to be the US Army and Air Force’s new pistols (no matter how big or how many tantrums they throw over losing out to Sig), but some of the changes from their “new” pistols seem to have made it into the latest Gen 5 models, just released.

The GunLink team got a few of the new pistols in our hands and it appears that “what’s old is new again” when it comes to some aspects of the latest offerings from the Austrian gun maker.  Some of the “groundbreaking” changes on Gen 5 models are really just recycled features from as far back as Gen 2 models, while adding some characteristics for which users have been asking for a while – and some features that, as far as we know, nobody was asking for.

For the newest iteration of Perfection, GLOCK boasts “over 20 design modifications from their Gen4 predecessors,” which they claim “deliver improved accuracy, durability, performance, control, and flexibility.”   Continue reading

Micro-Handguns of SHOT Show 2017

Pocket-Sized Fire Power Makes it Easy to Always Have a Gun

Cowboy_DerringerDiminutive handguns are nothing new; Henry Deringer’s eponymous Philadelphia model was produced and sold from 1852 and tiny, eminently concealable firearms have been popular for at least as long.  Nihil novi sub sole; at SHOT Show 2017 a number of manufacturers showcased the continuation (and expansion) of this corner of the firearms market.

Bond Arms, the largest modern manufacturer of derringers, is probably the closest living cousin of the early models.  For just over 20 years, Bond Arms has been creating small(ish) non-repeating break-open handguns with caliber-swapable double barrels (available in everything from .22LR rimfire to .45 centerfire to .410 shotshells) reminiscent of early pocket guns like the ones that might be found in a frontier gambler’s vest pocket.  More recently, Bond added a more modern touch to their pocket gun lineup when they acquired Boberg Arms’s design for a semi-auto bullpup pistol that strips rounds rearward from the nose-down magazine before chambering them.  Although they are small and classified as derringers, neither Bond offering could realistically be called “tiny” or classified as a “micro gun,” much less a “mouse gun” when chambered in such heavy rounds as .45LC or .410.

A staple of the tiny-gun market is the lineup from well-known North American Arms (NAA) – founded in 1972 as Rocky Mountain Arm – probably best known for the mini-revolvers that they have been selling since 1990, when they acquired the design from Freedom Arms.  Available only in .22 rimfire chamberings, NAA mini revolvers are spur-triggered single action only revolvers with several models small enough that a pair of them could fit into the space occupied by a deck of cards.  Now sold in a variety of configurations (including ones that fold into their own grip, and ones that are carried in a belt buckle), if you’ve ever walked into a gun store and saw a revolver-shaped speck in the bottom of the case, chances are that it was an NAA.  In 1997, NAA entered the semi-auto market with their Guardian series to compete with Seecamp’s tiny offerings, although they don’t enjoy the same widespread recognition as the wheelguns do.

What’s New?

Now that we know some of the established players in the micro-gun game, let’s take a look at some of the new arrivals which were showcased at SHOT Show 2017.    Continue reading

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