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Best New Guns Of 2023

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It’s 2023 and there are some hot new weapons out there for firearms enthusiasts. For anyone wondering what firearm they should be buying next, we made this convenient shopping list of a few of our favorite new weapons. 

Taurus 917C

It’s a comeback story sure to delight firearms enthusiasts: the classic Taurus PT-92 series 9mm is back and more compact than ever in the form of the 917C. This pistol has long been out of circulation but to the delight of compact semi-automatic enthusiasts, it’s being re-released to a waiting audience of buyers.

As early as 1982, these pistols began appearing in American gun magazines, which means the United States has known about these guns for over four decades.

Interestingly, in the early 1980s, the PT-99 was touted as superior to the Beretta 92S. At that time, the Brazilian version featured a more squared-off “combat” trigger guard and adjustable rear sights, in contrast to the Italian 9mm’s oval guard and fixed sights.

But now, the spotlight is back on the Taurus 917C, with some notable improvements to the legacy design. This updated model boasts an 18+1 round flush-fit capacity, enhanced grips, and a full-length M1913 Picatinny accessory rail on the dust cover, making it a perfect choice for concealed carry enthusiasts who prefer a double-action/single-action hammer-fired semi-auto pistol.

Crafted with an aluminum frame and alloy steel slide, the new Taurus 917C weighs in at 33.5 ounces and measures 7.9 inches in overall length. It comes with surface controls that include a manual safety and de-cocker. What’s interesting is that, compared to the PT-92 AF-D, Taurus’s current full-sized production model, the 917C is slightly shorter and lighter. Notably, the magazines are interchangeable between the two, thanks to their identical grip length and height.

Caleb Giddings, General Manager of Marketing for Taurus USA, expressed his excitement about the 917C’s return, reminiscing about owning one of the original 917C pistols and regretting selling it. “I’m a huge fan of traditional double-action semi-autos like the Taurus 92, so bringing back the 917C makes a ton of sense to me. I can’t wait to put some serious rounds downrange out of this,” he said.

The new Taurus 917C is already shipping and comes with an MSRP set at $599. This revival of a classic promises to be a hit among gun enthusiasts who appreciate the timeless appeal of the Taurus PT-92 series.

Staccato 2011 CS

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In a market saturated with a plethora of formidable defensive pistols, some of which come at remarkably affordable prices, it’s only natural to raise an eyebrow at the $2,499 price tag attached to the Staccato 2011 CS. Skepticism looms large when you consider the cost.

Before we embarked on our evaluation at this year’s gun test, such skepticism loomed in our minds as well. But as soon as we started sending rounds downrange, the CS began to set itself apart in the competitive realm of compact 9mm carry guns.

The Staccato 2011 CS impresses in every aspect. The magazines, capable of holding 16 rounds, exhibit intelligent design. All the controls, from the magazine release to the slide lock and ambidextrous safety, are not only positive but also instinctive to use. The stippled grip texture, described by one judge as “perfect,” offers a confident hold.

The trigger, characterized by minimal take-up (a feature you’d never even notice in a defensive scenario), delivers a crisp break and a short reset. The Staccato 2011 CS boasts an innovative dual-spring recoil system that sets it apart from the crowd. This unique feature stands in stark contrast to the conventional 1911, 2011, or striker-fired pistols. (If you want an in-depth dive into the CS, check out our comprehensive review.)

The CS shines with impressive accuracy and the ability to rapidly fire shots. Bottom line, in terms of size, you’d be hard-pressed to find another pistol that marries speed and accuracy quite like the Staccato CS. Its remarkable 1.439-inch accuracy average puts it squarely in the league of the best full-sized pistols we’ve tested this year. With a reflex sight mounted (our test model sported a Holosun EPS Carry 2), it handled like a sport bike on an open highway.

However, it’s not all roses and sunshine. The faint line on the polymer frame, a remnant of the injection molding process, stands as a minor cosmetic imperfection. Additionally, the 2011-style controls add bulk and complexity to the pistol. Striker-fired pistols, with their slim dimensions and straightforward “point and shoot” operation, account for a significant portion of the market’s favor.

A shooter opting for a carry gun like the CS must dedicate the time to master the platform, ensuring that operating the firearm becomes second nature under stress. For those willing to make that commitment, the rewards are substantial. It’s easy to see why the Staccato 2011 CS earned an Editor’s Choice award as the best compact pistol of 2023.

Stoeger STR-9MC

Following its debut at the SHOT Show earlier this year, Stoeger provided NRA members with another opportunity to get up close and personal with the micro-compact STR-9MC at NRAAM 2023.

The STR-9MC comes with some practical features as standard, including a loaded chamber indicator and the choice between flush and extended magazines. The base model, priced at $399, includes adjustable iron sights. For those seeking more, the $479 option provides tritium night sights and a Shield RMS/SMS footprint, allowing you to mount a red dot sight of your preference.

While the STR-9MC may not boast an array of high-end features, it certainly offers solid value for your money. Its affordable entry price, coupled with the flexibility to customize and select additional features, is sure to catch the attention of new gun owners, a demographic that continues to grow, as well as those mindful of their budget.

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Federal Appeals Court Upholds California Laws Banning Gun Shows on Public Property

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In a 3-0 decision, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld California laws that ban gun shows at county fairs and other public properties. This ruling overturned a previous decision by a federal judge in October that had blocked the enforcement of these laws.

The laws in question were introduced by Democratic State Senator Dave Min. The first law, which went into effect in January 2022, specifically prohibited gun shows at the Orange County Fair. The second law, effective last year, extended this ban to county fairgrounds on state-owned land throughout California.

Last year, U.S. District Judge Mark Holcomb ruled that these laws violated the rights of gun sellers and potential buyers. He argued that preventing the purchase of firearms at these events infringed upon commercial speech protected by the First Amendment, as lawful gun sales involve such speech.

However, the appeals court took a different view, stating that the laws do not violate the First Amendment. Judge Richard Clifton wrote that the bans simply prohibit sales agreements on public property and do not limit discussions, advertisements, or other speech related to firearms. Clifton noted that a separate, unchallenged state law mandates that the actual purchase of a firearm at a gun show be completed at a licensed gun store, following a 10-day waiting period and a background check.

California Attorney General Rob Bonta praised the ruling, calling it a victory in the fight against gun violence. Bonta emphasized that firearms should not be sold on state-owned property and lauded the decision as a step towards greater public safety.

Gun-control advocates argue that gun shows can make firearms more attractive to children and facilitate “straw purchases,” where individuals buy guns for those who are legally prohibited from owning them.

The case originated from a lawsuit by B&L Productions, a gun show company, which claimed that the ban on fairgrounds sales infringed upon the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. The appeals court countered this claim, pointing out that there were six licensed firearms dealers in the same ZIP code as the Orange County Fairgrounds, indicating that the law did not restrict access to firearms.

Chuck Michel, president of the California Rifle & Pistol Association and attorney for the plaintiffs, expressed intent to appeal the ruling. Michel criticized the decision, asserting that it discriminates against gun culture and infringes on fundamental rights.

As this legal battle continues, the tension between gun rights advocates and those pushing for stricter gun control measures remains high. This case highlights the ongoing debate over how best to balance public safety concerns with constitutional rights in the United States.

What do you think of the recent appeals court hearing?

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National African American Gun Association (NAAGA) Unveils 2024

Dallas, TX – The National African American Gun Association (NAAGA) is thrilled to announce the 2024
National Summit, a dynamic four-day event dedicated to fostering growth within the 2A community. The
summit is scheduled to take place from July 25th to July 28th and will be hosted at the Dallas/Addison
Marriott Quorum by Galleria in Dallas, TX.

This annual gathering marks NAAGA’s celebration of its 9th anniversary, continuing the organization’s
commitment to the rich tradition of arms in the African American community. NAAGA aims to expose,
educate, and motivate African American men, women, and youth to exercise their 2nd Amendment
rights responsibly.
Exciting Features of the 2024 National Summit:

  • Luxurious Venue: The summit will unfold at the recently renovated Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum
    by Galleria, providing attendees with a sophisticated and comfortable setting.
  • Diverse Programming: With over 50 breakout sessions, attendees can delve into topics such as the
    history of arms in the African American community, youth and gun safety, women in the firearms
    community, political action, situational awareness, personal defense methods, and a dedicated session
    for African American firearms instructors.
  • Entertaining Events: The summit will feature a range of events, including the Sneaker Ball – a night of
    fashion, awards, and dancing; the Queen of Defense Breakfast – an interactive event for women only;
    Family Night at the Black Invitational Rodeo and Bullets and BBQ – a day at the range filled with training,
    fun, food and friendly competition; a social mixer, open range time, hourly gun giveaways, and
    opportunities to explore products from top manufacturers at the Vendors and Exhibits area.
  • Community Engagement: Attendees can connect with thousands of African American gun owners and
    supporters from across the country, fostering education, training, and fellowship.

NAAGA invites all individuals passionate about 2nd Amendment rights, safety, and responsible

firearms ownership to participate in this enriching event. For ticket information and registration, please visit www.naaga.co/summit For media inquiries, please email convention@naaga.co

About the National African American Gun Association (NAAGA)
Founded in 2015, NAAGA stands as a unique brotherhood and sisterhood in the firearms industry. The
organization is dedicated to educating and training the African American community on the rich legacy
of gun ownership, offering support, safety standards, and cultural inspiration.

Source link: https://americanshootingjournal.com/national-african-american-gun-association-naaga-unveils-2024/ by AmSJ Staff at americanshootingjournal.com

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New Hampshire House Passes Pro-Gun Bill Protecting Firearm Purchasers’ Privacy

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On Thursday, May 30th, the New Hampshire House of Representatives made a significant move in favor of gun rights by passing House Bill 1186, an act designed to protect the privacy of firearm purchasers. The bill now awaits Governor Chris Sununu’s signature, and supporters of the Second Amendment are encouraged to contact the Governor to advocate for this crucial legislation.

Key Provisions of House Bill 1186

House Bill 1186 specifically prohibits the use of a unique merchant category code for transactions involving firearms, ammunition, or firearm accessories. This measure is designed to protect the privacy of gun owners by preventing the tracking of gun-related purchases through credit and debit card transactions. The bill also includes a provision for civil penalties for any violations, ensuring that individuals and businesses comply with the new law.

Protecting Gun Owners’ Privacy

If signed into law, HB 1186 will be a vital safeguard for gun owners in New Hampshire. By preventing the creation of a specific merchant category code for firearm-related purchases, the bill ensures that transactions cannot be easily tracked or used to compile a gun registry. This protection is essential in preventing bad actors from using financial data to interfere with lawful gun ownership.

The Importance of HB 1186

The passage of HB 1186 represents a significant victory for gun rights advocates and a reaffirmation of the Second Amendment. The bill addresses a growing concern among gun owners that their purchases could be monitored or restricted through financial institutions. By safeguarding the privacy of these transactions, New Hampshire is taking a strong stance in protecting the rights of its citizens.

The NRA and its members are urging Governor Chris Sununu to sign HB 1186 into law. Supporters of the Second Amendment and gun rights advocates should contact the Governor’s office to express their support for this critical legislation. Prime sponsor Rep. Jason Janvrin (R-Rockingham) and other lawmakers who backed the bill deserve recognition for their efforts to uphold the privacy and rights of Granite Staters.

House Bill 1186 is a crucial piece of legislation that protects the privacy of firearm purchasers and upholds the rights of gun owners in New Hampshire. By preventing the use of specific merchant category codes for gun-related transactions, the bill ensures that financial data cannot be used to create a gun registry or restrict lawful purchases. Governor Chris Sununu’s signature on this bill will be a significant step forward in defending the Second Amendment and protecting the privacy of gun owners.

Contact Governor Chris Sununu today and urge him to sign House Bill 1186 into law. Your voice is essential in ensuring that this critical legislation becomes law and continues to protect the privacy and rights of all gun owners in New Hampshire.

Contact Information for Governor Chris Sununu:

Phone: (603) 271-2121

Email: governor@nh.gov

Make sure to express your support for HB 1186 and emphasize the importance of protecting the privacy and rights of gun owners.

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