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End of the line for VEPR?

A classic Molot VEPR in .308 with the long 22-inch barrel and Counter Sniper Mil-Dot 4-16x44mm optic with illuminated reticle. Now more expensive than ever!

Back in January, I spoke at length with people over at Molot who were working hard on extending their exports of VEPR rifles and shotguns to the U.S. They were hopeful that the new Trump administration would be friendly to lifting some sanctions on Russian-based companies. Russian-made firearms were popular export items to the states until the conflict in the Ukraine and the resulting international backlash triggered a host of official embargos.

Per figures from the International Trade Commission, 204,788 firearms of all kinds were imported from Russia in 2013.

This figure plunged to just 9,556 in 2015 — mainly from Molot, the only large firearms maker not named in sanctions.

Well, it looks like that figure is going to be a lot lower in 2018…

Will Russian AKs and Korean war surplus M1s come ashore post-Trump?


Some are hopeful the new management in Washington will be able to lift barriers to overseas firearm imports erected over the years, though the going could be slow.

President Donald Trump on Friday said it was “very early” to tell if the United States should lift sanctions on Russia, but that he seeks a “great relationship” with Putin and Russia.

On the campaign trail, Trump’s platform on trade concentrated on American jobs while floating the possibility of a tariff on all imported goods to help ease the current trade deficit. However, the Republican’s position on gun rights promised to curtail federal gun bans and limits. The two concepts, when balanced against one another, leaves open the possibility of action on foreign-made guns currently off-limits to buyers in the U.S.

I talked to industry insiders on both sides of the pond, the ATF, and the International Trade Commission to get the scoop on if bans going back to the 1960s could be reshaped.

More in my column at Guns.com

An innovative (and probably effective) way to ban ‘assault weapons’

"Kanarejka” (Canary) system, mounted below the AKS-74U assault rifle.

“Kanarejka” (Canary) system, mounted below the AKS-74U assault rifle. Now this is a real assault rifle. An “assault weapon” is a political term.

“Assault weapons bans” go back a quarter century with California implementing the first such restrictions in 1989. The the California Department of Justice’s assault weapon list has some registered 145,253 firearms  as of last year when I did an in-depth report on them. However, the AWB, although tweaked continually, focuses on named models and arbitrary cosmetic features such as hand grips, barrel shrouds, and threaded muzzles, deeming such guns “assaulty” while they accidentally wind up making such innocent models as the Marlin Model 60, a tubular magazine .22LR popgun, illegal in some states.

Such bans aren’t very efficient, nor do they reduce crime, as witnesses a decade after in a postmortem on the Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994, which sunsetted in 2004.

Even the sometimes left-leaning New York Times noted that, “The continuing focus on assault weapons stems from the media’s obsessive focus on mass shootings, which disproportionately involve weapons like the AR-15, a civilian version of the military M16 rifle.”

Further, manufacturers can just rename their guns and delete cosmetic features, selling state-compliant models. As such, you can still very much buy modified AR-15-ish rifles in California legally over the counter. Sure, they have bullet buttons and look funny, but at their heart they are still ARs.

A state-compliant AR

A state-compliant AR. Even these abominations are banned in Massachusetts, at least for now.

However, Massachusetts Atty. Gen. Maura Healey last week flipped the script and decided to re-interpret the state’s 1998 ban to include an interchangeability test on the gun’s action, as ruling whether it is banned under state law. For instance, if Mass-compliant 5.56mm semi-auto rifle accepts the same bolt carrier group and magazine of the banned AR-15, it is banned as well.

So now components, such as the bolt carrier group and charging handle, define what make up an "assault rifle" under Healy's interpretation of Mass law....not the gun itself.

So now components, such as the bolt carrier group and charging handle, define what make up an “assault rifle” under Healy’s interpretation of Mass law….not the gun itself.

Gun grabbing genius this is. Because of the extremely broad strokes used to issue her office’s new guidance, most semi-auto centerfire rifles with the exception of a few (Ruger Mini-14, Remington 7400, Winchester 1910, etc), can be outlawed.

The thing is, Healy may have overstepped her authority and there has been a run on stores by gun owners fearing it will stick and some are promising legislation and litigation to short circuit her effort.

Either way, you can bet it is a blueprint for future moves by lawmakers to place a much more restrictive gun prohibition in the works.

Feinstein Gun Ban List of 157 Firearms You Cant Have

Direct from the good Senator’s website is the official list of 157 specifically named firearms that she intends to legally ban the sale, transfer, manufacturing and importation of.

Firearms Talk brings you this list as a public service to the gun community as a whole for your personal reference.

List of firearms prohibited by name

Rifles: All AK types, including the following: AK, AK47, AK47S, AK74, AKM, AKS, ARM, MAK90, MISR, NHM90, NHM91, Rock River Arms LAR47, SA85, SA93, Vector Arms AK47, VEPR, WASR10, and WUM, IZHMASH Saiga AK, MAADI AK47 and ARM, Norinco 56S, 56S2, 84S, and 86S, Poly Technologies AK47 and AKS; All AR types, including the following: AR10, AR15, Armalite M15 22LR Carbine, Armalite M15T, Barrett REC7, Beretta AR70, Bushmaster ACR, Bushmaster Carbon 15, Bushmaster MOE series, Bushmaster XM15, Colt Match Target Rifles, DoubleStar AR rifles, DPMS Tactical Rifles, Heckler & Koch MR556, Olympic Arms, Remington R15 rifles, Rock River Arms LAR15, Sig Sauer SIG516 rifles, Smith & Wesson M&P15 Rifles, Stag Arms AR rifles, Sturm, Ruger & Co. SR556 rifles; Barrett M107A1; Barrett M82A1; Beretta CX4 Storm; Calico Liberty Series; CETME Sporter; Daewoo K1, K2, Max 1, Max 2, AR 100, and AR 110C; Fabrique Nationale/FN Herstal FAL, LAR, 22 FNC, 308 Match, L1A1 Sporter, PS90, SCAR, and FS2000; Feather Industries AT9; Galil Model AR and Model ARM; Hi-Point Carbine; HK91, HK93, HK94, HKPSG1 and HK USC; Kel-Tec Sub2000, SU16, and RFB; SIG AMT, SIG PE57, Sig Sauer SG 550, and Sig Sauer SG 551; Springfield Armory SAR48; Steyr AUG; Sturm, Ruger Mini-14 Tactical Rife M14/20CF; All Thompson rifles, including the following: Thompson M1SB, Thompson T1100D, Thompson T150D, Thompson T1B, Thompson T1B100D, Thompson T1B50D, Thompson T1BSB, Thompson T1C, Thompson T1D, Thompson T1SB, Thompson T5, Thompson T5100D, Thompson TM1, Thompson TM1C; UMAREX UZI Rifle; UZI Mini Carbine, UZI Model A Carbine, and UZI Model B Carbine; Valmet M62S, M71S, and M78; Vector Arms UZI Type; Weaver Arms Nighthawk; Wilkinson Arms Linda Carbine.

Cause Thompsons have been used in so much recent violence right? Is this 1926?

Cause Thompsons have been used in so much recent violence right? Is this 1926?

Pistols: All AK47 types, including the following: Centurion 39 AK pistol, Draco AK47 pistol, HCR AK47 pistol, IO Inc. Hellpup AK47 pistol, Krinkov pistol, Mini Draco AK47 pistol, Yugo Krebs Krink pistol; All AR15 types, including the following: American Spirit AR15 pistol, Bushmaster Carbon 15 pistol, DoubleStar Corporation AR pistol, DPMS AR15 pistol, Olympic Arms AR15 pistol, Rock River Arms LAR 15 pistol; Calico Liberty pistols; DSA SA58 PKP FAL pistol; Encom MP9 and MP45; Heckler & Koch model SP-89 pistol; Intratec AB10, TEC22 Scorpion, TEC9, and TECDC9; Kel-Tec PLR 16 pistol; The following MAC types: MAC10, MAC11; Masterpiece Arms MPA A930 Mini Pistol, MPA460 Pistol, MPA Tactical Pistol, and MPA Mini Tactical Pistol; Military Armament Corp Ingram M11, Velocity Arms VMAC; Sig Sauer P556 pistol; Sites Spectre; All Thompson types, including the following: Thompson TA510D, Thompson TA5; All UZI types, including: Micro-UZI.

Shotguns: Franchi LAW12 and SPAS 12; All IZHMASH Saiga 12 types, including the following: IZHMASH Saiga 12, IZHMASH Saiga 12S, IZHMASH Saiga 12S EXP01, IZHMASH Saiga 12K, IZHMASH Saiga 12K030, IZHMASH Saiga 12K040 Taktika; Streetsweeper; Striker 12.

Belt-fed semiautomatic firearms: All belt-fed semiautomatic firearms including TNW M2HB.

(Any gun that takes a banana clip is evil)

(Any gun that takes a banana clip is evil)


Looking at the above list we have come across the following conclusions thus far about what the lobby seems to be up to:

  • Going hard after 50-cals: The ban list specifically mentions the Barrett M107A1; Barrett M82A1. These long-range target rifles are among the best known and bestselling 12.7x99mm chambered guns on the market. Their use in crimes is completely unheard of and their magazine capacity is under the gun control lobby’s publicly stated 10-round limit. In addition, the only belt-fed gun listed by name, the TNW M2HB, is a fifty. It seems that as a class, 50s have a senseless target on their back.
  • Feinstein hates pistol caliber carbines: Almost every pistol caliber carbine in modern production is on this list. These guns, light compact rifles that fire 9mm/40/45ACP ammunition common to handguns, are extremely popular with target shooters who like them for their ease of balance, mild recoil, and affordability to shoot. They also make ideal home defense firearms for those who have problems with handguns and are unable to absorb the recoil of shotguns. For this reason, they make good personal defense guns for persons with disabilities. Their use in crime is extremely rare. Examples of this type are the people’s champion Hi-Point carbine, the Beretta CX4, Feather Industries AT9, the Thompson rifles (all 13 makes!), the UZI variants, the Calico Liberty Series, and the KelTec Sub 2000.
(The humble Hi-Point 995 keeps the anti-gun lobby awake at night)

(The humble Hi-Point 995 keeps the anti-gun lobby awake at night)

  • If its 556 or 7.62×39, it’s an assault rifle: It seems as if the gun lobby flipped through the pages of the Shotgun News or Recoil magazine and circled anything that looked scary to them, especially if its chambered in 5.56mm or 7.62x39mm. Of the 157 guns on the list, with the exception of the 20 or so pistol caliber carbines, the TNW M2HB and Barrett guns, and the dozen or so shotguns, nearly 100 of them are in these two calibers.
  • Shotguns are ok, except for guns that have been in a lot of action movies such as the Franchi, Streetsweeper, and SPAS series, oh and anything that says Saiga on the side of it.
  • Many in Congress and the right say that this bill is dead in the water.

If you have an opinion on it, share it with your own representatives, and by all means, forward this article around.

If nothing else, it makes a good shopping list.

New York’s Strict New 2013 Gun Ban


The song says, ‘if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere’ and gun control advocates seems to have been able to make it happen in New York. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed into law the strongest new gun laws in the country, even tougher than those on the books in California. Here at Firearms Talk we are bringing you just what this means.

Social issues addressed


Thought to long the real root of the recent spate of mass shootings, mental health professionals will be required to notify local law enforcement if they think that they are treating someone who is a potential danger to themselves or others. In this instance, the person would be refused firearms purchases and have any current guns temporarily removed. If someone has had a break with reality and is released from a mental health facility after the break has mended, it will be mandatory for them to receive outpatient treatment for a year.

Likewise, if someone gets a protective order against another, said person will have to surrender their weapons. To keep guns out of unintended hands, it’s now a misdemeanor to have an unlocked firearm in your home.

Tougher punishments will be meted out to violators such those who would kill first responders such as firefighters, paramedics, and law enforcement officers. Those who would attack them would be looking at a mandatory life sentence without parole. If you bring a gun to a school, it’s now a felony.

In response to the recent scandal of a local newspaper publishing the names and addressed of firearms permit owners, it will now be harder for media organs to obtain this information. This small facet could be the only good piece of pro-second amendment legislation in the new law.

The Ban stick

If you live in New York, this gun rack is gonna get a bit lighter..

If you live in New York, this gun rack is gonna get a bit lighter..

One of the original 13-colonies, New York in early history was a bulwark of support for the 2nd Amendment. However, in recent generations the Empire State has implemented some of the toughest concepts in a very imperial effort to disarm their law-abiding citizens.

First of all the state is now classifying any shotgun with one ‘military style feature’ (pistol grip, bayonet, detachable magazine, etc.) to be a vicious assault weapon as is all semi-automatic pistols and rifles with a detachable magazine and one of those features will likewise, be an assault weapon. And we all know what they do with those now don’t we! Yup! Can’t buy anymore of these in New York.

Current owners of these evil things will be allowed (for now?) to keep them so long as they are registered within the next 365. This could mean that New Yorkers (besides those in NYC) have a slim shot (excuse the pun) at obtaining one of these in the meantime so much as it’s registered within that year. If you ever want to sell it, it can’t be to another New Yorker and must leave the state for good. Selling it on the downlow after that will be unwise, as you have to have it re-certified every five years.

Speaking of selling on fly, it’s illegal now to sell to private parties (except for immediate family) without going to a FFL and having them perform the transfer. No more Craigslist, armslist, and gunshow cash and carry situations. It’s important for the government to know who has guns, and what they have; after all, you can’t seize something if you can’t find it.

Downloading and Downsizing mags

Those better not be 17-round mags there citizen. And even if they are ten, they better not be fully loaded. We can trust you with 7-rounds, but 8 is crossing a line.

Those better not be 17-round mags there citizen. And even if they are ten, they better not be fully loaded. We can trust you with 7-rounds, but 8 is crossing a line.

If you have a magazine that is over 10-rounds in New York State, the login to gunbroker or gunsamerica is pretty easy to do. I say that because the state now requires you to get rid of that bad boy within a year, no exceptions. You can destroy them, turn them in, or sell them (out of state) within the coming year but you can’t possess them. Period.

Furthermore, if you have a 10-round magazine, you can only be trusted to load it with 7-rounds of ammunition. Don’t get caught with your P22 Winchester rimfire pistol fully loaded.

And your ammo too

If you live in New York, forget your login to Lucky-gunner and Ammotogo, because you can’t order ammo online and have it shipped to you anymore. All ammo purchased in the state has to be bought face to face from an FFL holder. Said FFL holder has to perform a background check on you through the state and track the sale. This sale will be reported to the state in real time. Buy a box here or there and you will be OK. Buy a case and you can expect a knock on your door to explain yourself. After all, this isn’t America, its New York.

One state down, 49 to go. Contact your local, state, and federal representative as soon as possible to let them know how you feel.

Governor Cuomo and a group of legislators passed the law in the dead of the night with no public discussion.

Meanwhile, auctions for PMAGs are breaking the $60 per unit cost.  This for mags that went for $9 just 30 days ago. Just make sure they don’t go to New York