Monday, October 31, 2022

***RECALL OF FN 502 TACTICAL PISTOL***

 FN announced a voluntary recall of certain number of FN 502 Tactical pistols due to a safety concern with the manual safety lock lever. Under certain conditions, it may be possible for the pistol to fire when the trigger is pulled, even if the manual safety lever is in the SAFE position.

The recall includes FN 502 Tactical pistols with a serial number lower than LR010300. FN requests owners of pistols subject to recall to cease using their pistol immediately. 

All available information about this recall, including how to return a pistol for retrofit to correct the safety issue, is available at:

https://fnamerica.com/customer-support/fn-502-safety-recall/

***RECALL OF APEX ACTION ENHANCEMENT KITS***

 Apex Tactical Specialties announced a mandatory recall of a limited number of Apex Action Enhancement Kits for Slim Frame Glock pistols sold between October 2021 and March 2022. These specific kitswere assembled with an Apex in-house manufactured trigger bar - NOT a Glock factory trigger bar - and were sold through Apex's dealer and distributor network.

Apex identified an issue with the Apex trigger bar where, under certain circumstances, the demensions are out of spec resulting in failure to reset the trigger. Apex instructs customers to discontinue use of firearms fitted with trigger kit part numbers 102-117 (Black) and 102-157 (Red) and contact Apex Tactical Specialties to return the affected kits for replacement.

Note that Apex kits assembled with Glock manufactured factory trigger bars and sold prior to October 2021, as well as Apex "No Bar" kits with part numbers 102-114 and 102-154 are NOT affected by this recall.

National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Enhanced Processes

 If you are between the ages of 18 and 21, prepare yourselves for longer waits between when you pay for a firearm, and when you will be cleared to actually take posession of that firearm.

As a result of the passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) of 2022, signed into law on June 25, 2022, the FBI'S NICS Section is working towards implementation of an enhanced background check process for persons between the ages of 18-20. The enhancement provides the opportunity for additional outreach and research to be conducted regarding the existence of any juvenile adjudication information and/or mental health prohibition. As a result, transactions on persons between the ages of 18-20 will initially be delayed.

In order to conduct the aforementioned outreach and research, the address of the individual will be collected so that the appropriate local and state entities may be contacted. All descriptive information, including address, will follow normal purge requirements (i.e., deleted from NICS within 24 hours of the FFL receiving a proceed status). If potentially prohibiting juvenile information is uncovered, the BSCA allows for the delay period to extend up to ten business days. However, if no potentially prohibiting information is located, the transaction will be proceeded as soon as possible.

So, if it hasn't already started, when will it start?

Currently, for all FFLs conducting checks through the FBI web-base NICS system, the enhanced process for persons under the age of 21 will begin on Monday, November 14, 2022.


Monday, August 8, 2022

SHOTGUN PATTERNING FOR HOME DEFENSE

 The task of patterning a shotgun has become somewhat of a lost art. But it is an essential part of understanding how the gun will work with the varying shell velocities and shot sizes which make shotguns such a versatile option for home defense.

The most important variable that must be taken into account is that the further the shot has to travel, the more disbursed the pattern will be. In a home defense scenario, 10 to 20 feet would probably be the maximum distance the average home would afford. At those distances, the shot pattern would be from 2 to 6 inches, which makes the need for an aimed shot far more essential than the common myth about shotguns would suggest. 

The common myth is, "you don't have to aim a shotgun. Just point it in the general direction and pull the trigger." Nothing could be further from the truth. On the contrary, the truth is that distance, the velocity of the shell charge, and the size of the shot all work together differently through different guns causing variations in the shot pattern. So understanding how YOUR shotgun and ammunition work together is so important to proper use as a home defense tool.

This video, provided by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), does a great job demonstrating how important shot patterning is and how to do it.

https://youtu.be/9NVJVaxrxWo?list=PLflj6x1a7no5_N9MC_EzBJvrfKgmBfflG


Thursday, May 19, 2022

MOSSBERG INTERNATIONAL SA-410 PRODUCT SAFETY RECALL

Mossberg International, Inc. (“Mossberg”) recommends all owners of the Model SA-410 shotgun to cease using that firearm until they can confirm whether or not their shotgun is affected by this recall notice. 

Mossberg recently discovered a potential safety issue with certain Mossberg International Model SA-410 Shotguns which may lead to personal injury and/or damage to the shotgun. Mossberg is voluntarily initiating a recall to protect the safety of its customers because if a user prematurely releases a shotshell while loading or unloading, the unretained shotshell could potentially contact the Bolt Lock Button inside the loading port and detonate.

This link will route you to the official Mossberg recall notice which contains the step-by-step instructions to address this pitential safety issue:

https://www.mossberg.com/sa410-recall


Tuesday, March 1, 2022

LABOR COSTS TO INCREASE MARCH 1, 2022

If you've done business with me in the past, you know that I try my best to be transparent about costs. 

Additionally, you've no doubt observed, over the past year, that wholesale and retail costs have increased significantly due to unchecked inflation.

I have done my best to keep costs at a level that would not force me to increase my fees, but I can no longer continue operating in this market without reducing my losses.

Accordingly, effective on March 1, 2022, I am forced to raise my base labor rate from $40 per hour to $60 per hour.  Whiles this represents a sizeable 33% increase that will be applied to all services I provide, it is 60% lower than the average labor rate of $147 per hour charged for typical automobile repair labor in Texas.  This also represents the first labor rate increase I have made in 4 years.

This increase will also impact my FFL Transfer Fees modestly. Effective with this notice, the fee for a standard FFL Transfer that requires a FBI NICS background check will be $30 per firearm. For individuals who possess a valid Texas License to Carry Handgun, the fee is discounted to $25 per firearm.

Fairness is a key pillar of my core values, so, for all jobs in the queue prior to this change, I will certainly honor the $40 per hour labor rate as well as all quotes based on that labor rate. Same goes for FFL Transfers that are already in progress. I will honor the $25 stsndard fee and the reduced $20 fee for Texas LTC holders for all transfers initiated prior to this post.

I appreciate all who have done business with me in the past. And while increasing labor charges is certainly distasteful, the alternative (going out of business) is equally distasteful. So I trust that, although unpleasant, this rate increase will be understandable, if not pleasant.


Monday, January 10, 2022

BEWARE OF INTERNET FIREARM SCAMS

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF®) is warning consumers of an increase presence of bogus websites and web scams aimed at those who are eager to purchase high-demand firearms, ammunition, and black powder products. 

NSSF warns consumers to take steps to confirm the websites they are using are legitimate before providing payment. If you believe you have been the victim of a fraudulent transaction, NSSF encourages you to contact the FBI or ATF, or file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission either online or by calling 800-382-4357 (800-FTC-HELP). 

The NSSF is the nation organization that represents shooting sports retailers and ranges.

For additional information, please visit https://www2.nssf.org/e/127421/online-safety/4dd45k/531116692?h=81xtLZV8Q-F4LOXHDINa9ans6d_K5Y4paTuZNsON8e0.