Laurel, MT Mayor Condemns Laurel Rod and Gun Club For Lead Poisoning [Video]

KTVQ – “Laurel Rod and Gun Club loses practice space as city considers makeover of Riverside Park

For the past few months, the sound of gun fire has been absent from the buildings at Laurel’s Riverside Park, where the Laurel Rod and Gun club has practiced shooting for decades.

Laurel Mayor Mark Mace recently changed the locks on the doors and placed “no trespassing” signs on the doors after he said he learned the buildings tested dangerously high for lead.

“The lead content got so high, so we decided we needed to get it tested,” said Mace. “They were very very very high. The buildings were never really designed for shooting, the ventilation system isn’t built for that, so that’s why it is the way it is.”

The Laurel Rod and Gun Club, which consists of about 325 members, has been without a range to practice since the testing results came back in the spring.

“The city has taken 70 to 80 years of history and thrown it right out the window,” said Irv Wilke, the president of the Laurel Rod and Gun Club.

Wilke believes the organization’s long-held indoor and outdoor shooting range is in jeopardy.

City administrators want to make Riverside Park a destination for visitors, so they’re considering additions like a dog park, gazebo and cabins.

For Wilke, change spells trouble for the club, which is home to hunter’s education courses, as well as target shooters.

“Liability: that’s the big word they use,” said Wilke. “They think whatever they do, (whether) they give us the building and we clean them up, they’re still liable.”

Wilke said his organization had offered in the past to make renovations and have the buildings repaired back when flood waters tore through in 2011.

But he said the city turned down the offer.

“If they’d just left us alone then, we wouldn’t have this problem today,” said Wilke.

Mace said the buildings simply cannot be inhabited while the lead levels are so high.

“As mayor, I decided the folks of Laurel didn’t want their money to go toward a lawsuit over things folks shouldn’t consume,” said Mace.

Mace didn’t immediately have any specs about the remediation needed, but he said he shut down the operation with the guidance of the Montana Municipal Insurance Authority, the city’s insurer.

“We can’t continue until we get a facility that’s hopefully out of city limits in the county somewhere where they can do outdoor and indoor and not bother (people),” said Mace. “These types of rooms are used for community meetings and gatherings too and not everyone is a shooter, so these should be used for everyone.”

It’s unclear what is to become of the historic stone buildings, which housed German and Japanese Prisoners of War long before they were used for target practice.

Wilke said he hopes enough supporters of the club can speak up to help preserve the shooting range.

While posters presenting ideas for the many new opportunities were on display at the meeting, the gun club said they were told they could not present a poster for preserving the buildings for the club’s use.”

Quick & Easy Bore Sighting Method [Video]

You’ve mounted that new scope and now need to get it on paper so you can fine tune it. Laser bore sighting is nice if you have the gadgets. But bore sighting is fast and free. Share and discuss sighting in below. Help fund this site by starting your online ammo searches at made in Montana Top Ammunition Sites.

Two-Shot Sight-In: How to Zero a Rifle in Two Shots [Video]

Even if your rifle shot dead on last year, being an ethical hunter means taking the time to sight in your rifle every year to help avoid injuring an animal and the chase that then ensues and the waste of meat. Share and discuss sighting in below. Help fund this site by starting your online ammo searches at made in Montana Top Ammunition Sites.

Trailblazer Firearms LifeCard – A $399 Credit Card Size Foldable 22LR [Videos]

Trailblazer Firearms has come out with the Lifecard 22LR. A credit card size, folding, 22lr single shot. Is this something you’d consider as a backup gun or just a novelty? Watch the videos to see it in action. Leave your comments below.

Ruger Issues Safety Bulletin for Certain Ruger Precision Rifles [Video]

Ruger.com – Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) has issued a Safety Bulletin for certain Ruger Precision Rifles. Ruger recently learned that some Ruger Precision Rifles may experience interference between the aluminum bolt shroud and the cocking piece (also known as the firing pin back). In rare instances, the interference can disrupt the firing mechanism and cause it to not function properly. This interference can potentially lead to light primer strikes or, in extreme cases, the rifle may not fire when the trigger is pulled. If the rifle fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, it may fire when the bolt handle is subsequently lifted. In rifles where this condition exists, the issue often resolves itself as the parts wear and the interference is reduced. Therefore, rifles that have fired more than 100 rounds with no issues or concerns are unlikely to be affected, and no additional action is necessary. more….

SIG SAUER Issues Voluntary Upgrade of P320 Pistol

Good news for P320 owners. Find Sigs response to 75% of Sig Sauer P320’s Tested Consistently Fail Drop Test below.

SIG SAUER Issues Voluntary Upgrade of P320 Pistol | Sig Sauer

Newington, NH (August 8, 2017) – The P320 meets U.S. standards for safety, including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) / Sporting Arms Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc. (SAAMI®), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), as well as rigorous testing protocols for global military and law enforcement agencies.

SIG SAUER Issues Voluntary Upgrade of P320 Pistol
Published Date: 08/08/2017

P320 pistol meets requirements for industry and government safety standards; performance enhancements optimize function, safety, and reliability.

Newington, NH (August 8, 2017) – The P320 meets U.S. standards for safety, including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) / Sporting Arms Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc. (SAAMI®), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), as well as rigorous testing protocols for global military and law enforcement agencies.

The design of the SIG SAUER P320 overcomes the most significant safety concern in striker-fired pistols today: the practice of pressing the trigger for disassembly. This can be performed with a round in the chamber which has resulted in numerous incidents of property damage, physical injury, and death. The disassembly process of the P320, however, uses a take-down lever rather than pressing the trigger, eliminating the possibility of discharge during the disassembly process.

Recent events indicate that dropping the P320 beyond U.S. standards for safety may cause an unintentional discharge.

As a result of input from law enforcement, government and military customers, SIG has developed a number of enhancements in function, reliability, and overall safety including drop performance. SIG SAUER is offering these enhancements to its customers. Details of this program will be available at sigsauer.com on Monday, August 14, 2017.

The M17 variant of the P320, selected by the U.S. government as the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS), is not affected by the Voluntary Upgrade.

“SIG SAUER is committed to our approach on innovation, optimization, and performance, ensuring we produce the finest possible products,” said Ron Cohen, President and CEO of SIG SAUER. “Durability, reliability and safety, as well as end-user confidence in the SIG SAUER brand are the priorities for our team.”

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28 guns stolen from 2 cracked safes in Billings home break-in

28 guns stolen from 2 cracked safes in home break-in in Billings; police investigating

Billings Police on Wednesday were still trying to track down 28 guns stolen from a Heights home over the weekend. The thieves may have entered the home through a dog door and used tools from the garage to peel open two locked gun safes.

Billings Police on Wednesday were still trying to track down 28 guns stolen from a Heights home over the weekend.

The thieves may have entered the home through a dog door and used tools from the garage to peel open two locked gun safes.

Wesley Dunn, who owns about half the stolen guns, fears the weapons may fall into the hands of criminals.

The guns “were safe in our hands,” Dunn said Wednesday. “Now, there’s (about) 30 guns out there in the city of Billings that could be used for anything.”

The stolen guns include pistols, shotguns and collector guns. None were automatic rifles. They belonged to Dunn and Brent Looper, a family friend, who lives in his mother’s home where the guns were kept. The men estimate the guns and other items taken in the burglary were worth about $12,600.

Looper and Dunn have serial numbers for all the guns.

Looper thinks the burglar broke in through a dog door. He and his mother were out of town camping at the time. When they returned Sunday, Looper saw the gun safe on the main floor was open and empty. He went downstairs and the other safe, with a combination lock, was on its back, empty, with the door dented from being pried at.

“They used all kinds of tools to get in,” Looper said, including tools from the family’s garage.

The thieves left behind several computers and a television, all in the same rooms as the guns.

Dunn said he lost more than just a gun collection, since nine of them had belonged to his late grandfather.

“Eighty-six hundred dollars, that’s nothing to me,” he said of value of his share of the guns. “That’s not what I lost. If I could just get one back it would give me some type of hope.”

Looper’s mother, Judy Thompson, felt the same. The burglar took her mother’s gold bracelet, more than 100 years old, which contained a photo of Thompson and her sister as babies. A new watch still in the box was also apparently taken.

“You know you just feel, I mean after it set in, you’re angry,” Looper said. “You get mad. Because it’s like, someone came into my house and was in my stuff and they took things that are important to us. It just upset me.”

Billings Police officials say they have a suspect, but declined to comment further about the theft.

Billings saw another major gun theft in 2010 when two men broke into a trucking and storage facility, stole 136 guns and drove them to California where they swapped them for money and drugs, according to court documents. It is believed to be the biggest gun heist in state history.

Both men were sentenced to 10 years in prison.

A gun is stolen in the United States about every two minutes, according to analysis of FBI and ATF data by Chelsea Parsons, vice president of Guns and Crime Policy at the Center for American Progress. Data she gathered showed thefts of $164 million worth of guns from homes in 2015 alone, and those are just the ones that were reported.