SIG SAUER, Inc. announced an expansion of its popular line of M400 rifles.

Newington, N.H. – SIG SAUER, Inc. announced today an expansion of its popular line of M400 rifles. The new SIGM400® Elite offers shooters an upgraded rifle that continues the long-standing tradition of The Complete Systems Provider™ delivering only the finest and most dependable firearms.

“Since 2010, the M400 has been one of SIG’s most successful rifle platforms due to its reliability, accuracy and feature set that distinguishes it from other competitive models,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales. “For 2017, we wanted to once again raise consumer expectation by delivering an accuracy-driven rifle that comes equipped with all the desirable features that shooters look for in a complete AR system.” Read more

Colt Lowers Prices on Certain Models

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Colt is excited to announce new lower pricing on the flagship modern sporting rifles, the LE6920 and Magpul® Edition, which now carry an MSRP of $999, as well as lower pricing on the blued Defender™ models, which now carry an MSRP of $899.

“This is a really great time to get into the most relied-upon modern sporting rifles available today,” said Paul Spitale, SVP at Colt. “For folks who’ve been waiting for the right time to get into a Colt, this is now a really special moment. Now that every version of the Colt Defender™ carries the same great price of $899, either the stainless model or the blued model with night sights – we’re offering great concealed carry options at a great price.” Read more

SIG SAUER Electro-Optics ROMEO5 Models

NEWINGTON, N.H. – The SIG SAUER® Electro-Optics Division is pleased to announce the expansion of the popular ROMEO5 red dot sight to include the new ROMEO5X® and ROMEO5XDR®.The ROMEO5 is a compact, lightweight, closed red dot sight for use with modern sporting rifles, carbines, shotguns and air rifles. The ROMEO5 features a crisp, bright 2 MOA Dot. The ROMEO5X adds a AAA battery for extended (X) runtime, while the ROMEO5XDR picks up both the AAA battery and a Dual Reticle (DR) with a user selectable 2 MOA Dot or 65 MOA Circle Dot for rapid target acquisition in any situation. Read more

ATF Clarifies Ruling on Pistol Stabilizing Braces

Newington, N.H. – SIG SAUER, Inc. announced news of a welcomed clarification from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on pistol stabilizing braces (PSB). The ATF’s refined position is that placing a PSB against the shoulder does not, in and of itself, necessarily alter the classification from pistol to short-barreled rifle (SBR).In a letter dated March 21, 2017, ATF reexamines its earlier position, which stated that shouldering a PSB-equipped firearm could constitute the making of an unregistered short-barreled rifle under the National Firearms Act (NFA). ATF now states:

“With respect to stabilizing braces, ATF has concluded that attaching the brace to a handgun as a forearm brace does not ‘make’ a short-barreled firearm because … it is not intended to be and cannot comfortably be fired from the shoulder.” The letter continues: “Therefore, an NFA firearm has not necessarily been made when the device is not re-configured for use as a shoulder stock — even if the attached firearm happens to be fired from the shoulder.”

The following passage from the letter acknowledges the confusion surrounding the January 2015 “Open Letter on the Redesign of ‘Stabilizing Braces'”, and clarifies that ATF does not consider shouldering a PSB-equipped firearm, in and of itself, to render it an SBR. Read more

Anyone who catches tagged walleye asked to report it to MI DNR

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently jaw tagged 3,000 walleyes in a number of Saginaw Bay tributary rivers. Anglers who catch any tagged fish are asked to collect information from the fish and report it to the DNR.

The DNR has tagged more than 100,000 walleyes in the Saginaw Bay area since 1981. Jaw tagging is part of a long-term research project to monitor survival and harvest rates and to learn about walleye movement. The program depends on anglers to report when they catch a tagged walleye, catch location, as well as the fish’s length, weight (if known) and tag identification number. Once reported, anglers will receive a letter back detailing the history of their fish.

This year about 20 percent of the tags include a $100 reward for reporting the tag. Read more

Not your typical spring birding event – a woodcock walk at dusk

If you’re looking to get out and stretch your legs, a spring birding event might be just the ticket. Grab your flashlight and binoculars and join Michigan Department of Natural Resources staff before dusk for a short walk to hear the “peent” call of a male American woodcock just before it lifts off the ground in its spiral dance 200 to 350 feet in the air.

The woodcock walk will be held Thursday, May 4, at 8 p.m. in northern Gladwin County at the Lame Duck Foot Access Area GEMS, an area showcased as a fall ruffed grouse and woodcock hunting location. Read more

MCRGO’s 2017-2018 Legislative Agenda

Following the passage of concealed pistol reform sponsored by Sen. Mike Green (R-Mayville) and spearheaded by MCRGO in early 2015, the past two years have been relatively quiet. That is about the change with some major changes on the agenda for this legislative session. Note that the legislative process is very unpredictable and it is impossible to provide an accurate prediction on when or if these bills will pass and be signed into law. Similarly, Snyder, like most governors, often does not indicate in advance whether he will sign or veto legislation.
Constitutional Concealed Carry:  This is the big goal for many gun owners. Two constitutional concealed carry packages have been introduced in the House so far and a third is expected. The legislation would eliminate the need to have a license to carry concealed in Michigan while retaining Michigan’s existing CPL for reciprocity and other benefits. A growing number of states are adopting constitutional concealed carry and seeing positive results including a decrease in crime and an increase in people taking non-mandatory training.
Pistol Free Zones:  Legislation is expected to be introduced shortly in the Senate which would repeal many of Michigan’s pistol free zones.
Registration:  Of all the major firearms bills on the horizon, upcoming House legislation to eliminate mandatory pistol registration has the best prospects. Michigan is one of only a handful of states that requires pistol registration. Michigan’s existing system is in disarray.
Young Adult Concealed Carry:  Legislation separate from constitutional concealed carry will be introduced shortly in the House which would allow 18-20 year olds to obtain a provisional concealed pistol license.  Because of the provisional nature of the license, it would not impact reciprocity agreements with other states.
Preemption Enforcement:  While a difficult battle is expected with lobbyists representing local government interests, MCRGO supports a re-introduction of legislation from last session which would strengthen the enforcement of preemption.
Online CPL Renewal:  Concealed pistol reform includes a requirement that the Michigan State Police offer on-line renewal of concealed pistol licenses by 2018.  Technical legislation which would allow this to happen has nearly completed its journey through the legislative process and is expected to be signed into law by Governor Snyder later this spring.


HK Introduces the VP9SK

Columbus, Georgia — Heckler & Koch’s eagerly anticipated striker fired subcompact debuts at the 2017 NRA Exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia. The VP9SK (9 mm) has all of the sought-after characteristics of the larger frame VP models but in a more compact design.With a retail price of $719, the VP9SK continues HK’s trend of affordability in a superior quality handgun. The VP9SK is made in Germany and carries HK’s Lifetime Warranty. Read more

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