New ITAR Guidance Scores First Major Kill


Readers may remember that around three weeks ago, the State Department issued new guidance broadening the types of firearm-related services that require ITAR registration. The guidance, which was poorly received by the industry, effectively stated that gunsmiths who perform any sort of machining on firearms or barrels will be subject to ITAR and forced to pay $2,250 per year to… Read more »

The Last Stand Steel Target System Review

This is how The Last Stand breaks down for transport.

Recently, I was forced to face the facts: my homemade steel target hangers simply weren’t getting the job done. After years of use and numerous revisions, the PVC and steel stands had proven themselves too unstable, too difficult to transport, and too damage prone for continued use. I needed to find something more legitimate and better thought out. While cruising… Read more »

Silencer Shop Authority: SIG SRD762Ti-QD Review

The SRD762Ti-QD and its mount.

A few months ago, I was cruising through a few of my favorite YouTube channels and noticed that Tim over at Military Arms Channel had brought in SIG’s new SRD762Ti series silencers for demonstration and testing. When I saw the numbers he posted for the cans, I was mightily impressed, but I probably should not have been.  After all, SIG’s… Read more »

Glock’s New 17M to be Adopted by Indianapolis Police

Photo of the new Glock 17M. Image credit: Military Arms Channel

According to a post over at Soldier Systems, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) will be the first to adopt Glock’s new made-for-FBI 17M. Based on all the information available right now, the changes from Glock’s G17 Gen 4 are fairly incremental, but some are features that the market has desired for many years. Most notably, the hotly contentious finger grooves… Read more »

Federal Judge Upholds Russian 7N6 Ammo Ban

A cutaway illustration of Russia's 7N6 ammunition. Note the presence of lead in the bullet's core.

On Wednesday, a federal judge in Seattle ruled against P.W. Arms in their challenge of the ATF’s 2014 ban on imports of Russia’s 7N6 5.45x39mm ammunition. As you may recall, the 7N6 ban centered around the fact that the bullet’s core features a large steel insert to enhance penetration. According to the ATF’s interpretation of the 1968 Gun Control Act, the… Read more »

Silencer Shop Authority: AAC Ti-Rant 45M Review


For me, AAC’s Ti-Rant series has always been analogous to that person that all of your friends know and love, but you’ve never met. The Ti-Rant 9 was, according to many, the quietest 9mm suppressor on the market for several years and the short S-models are probably the most successful “K” cans available. Even after all this praise, it has… Read more »

Modern Rifleman’s Response to ATF 29P

This Tuesday is the last day to submit public comments on the ATF’s suppressor marking proposal, 29P! As of now, a meager 29 comments have been submitted. We can do better. Below is Modern Rifleman’s submission. Readers may use these comments as inspiration for their own, but unique submissions are strongly encouraged. Comments may be submitted via mail or through… Read more »

New ITAR Guidance to Squeeze Small Gunsmiths

Yesterday, the firearm law experts at Prince Law Offices published a blog post titled, DDTC Issues Guidance on ITAR Registration. In the article, Adam Kraut, Esq. breaks down some new guidance released last Friday by the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) regarding the sorts of actions that require certain businesses to receive ITAR registration. The implications of this guidance could be… Read more »

Silencer Shop Authority: Tactical Solutions Ascent 22 Review


While discussing Tactical Solutions’ new Ascent in my 2016 suppressor preview, I noted that the the company’s Axiom and Ascent lines of .22 silencers were theoretically some of my favorite rimfire cans on the market. Designed with shielded cores, efficient K-baffles, and quality materials, I really could not find any serious faults with the suppressors. While TacSol has been in… Read more »

Palmetto State Armory’s New PSAK-47 GB2 Hits the Market


After months of anticipation, Palmetto State Armory (PSA) has finally brought their PSAK-47 rifles back to market. Readers may recall that the previous PSAKs were maligned for questionable build quality and cast barrel trunnions, which aren’t true to AKM specs. The new versions represent an improvement over the originals. While build quality remains to be seen, the GB2s feature billet… Read more »