Ruger Mark IV Safety Recall

Ruger recently discovered that all Mark IV™ pistols (including 22/Ruger 22/45 Lite45™ models) manufactured prior to June 1, 2017 have the potential to discharge unintentionally if the safety is not utilized correctly. In particular, if the trigger is pulled while the safety lever is midway between the “safe” and “fire” positions (that is, the safety is not fully engaged or fully disengaged), then the pistol may not fire when the trigger is pulled. However, if the trigger is released and the safety lever is then moved from the mid position to the “fire” position, the pistol may fire at that time.


Although only a small percentage of pistols appear to be affected and we are not aware of any injuries, Ruger is firmly committed to safety and would like to retrofit all potentially affected pistols with an updated safety mechanism.


Until your Mark IV™ pistol has been retrofitted or you verify that it is not subject to the recall, we strongly recommend that you not use your pistol.




All Mark IV™ pistols produced prior to June 1, 2017 are potentially affected and therefore are being recalled. This includes Mark IV™

Target, Hunter, Competition, 22/45™, 22/45™ Lite and 22/45™ Tactical models. These models bear serial numbers beginning with “401” (2017

models) or “WBR” (2016 models). Mark I, Mark II™ and Mark III™ Pistols are NOT affected.


Newly manufactured Mark IV™ pistols will begin with serial number “500.” Thus, if you have a Mark IV™ or 22/45™pistol with a serial number beginning with the number “5,” your pistol is not subject to the recall.

Mark IV™ and 22/45™ pistols retrofitted with the updated safety mechanism are easily identified by the letter “S” in the white safety dot that is visible when the safety is engaged.


Visit the Mark IV™ Recall website at to look up your serial number and verify if it is subject to the recall. Please have the unloaded pistol available when you visit the website and obtain the serial number directly from the pistol.




STEP 1: Follow the instructions at the Mark IV™ Recall Website and sign up for the recall. You will be asked to provide your name, address, telephone number, an e-mail address, and the serial number of your pistol.


STEP 2: You will be added to a list to have the retrofit installed on a first-come, first-served basis. In the next few weeks, you will receive a prepaid USPS box with a shipping label and detailed packaging and shipping instructions. Simply follow the instructions in your instruction manual to separate the barrel/receiver assembly and return the grip frame assembly to us in accordance with the shipping instructions.


STEP 3: We will install the updated safety mechanism, and return your grip frame assembly to you, all FREE of charge. Individual consumers will receive a FREE magazine (a $29.95 value) as a “thank you” for their patience and cooperation. (Customers in states with magazine shipping restrictions will receive a ShopRuger gift certificate in lieu of a magazine.) We will make every effort to return your pistol within one week of the day we receive it.



• Visit the Ruger Mark IV™ Recall Website at, which contains a variety of information and affords you a means of submitting unanswered questions to our customer service staff.


• Call the Mark IV™ Recall Hotline at 1-800-784-3701.

Transport your Firearm Legally in Illinois – Illinois State Police

Transporting your firearm legally in Illinois is sometimes a confusing topic, but it doesn’t have to be. There is much information that makes it easy to comply with the law to transport your firearm legally in Illinois. However the law does treat Illinois residents and non residents differently, so it is also important to know those differences. It is also important to know the legal differences between “Carry” and “Transportation” in Illinois. This article is not to be considered legal advice.

Transporting your Firearm Legally for Illinois Residents

Illinois residents must always have their Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) card or their Illinois Concealed Carry License (CCL) on their person at all times when in possession of firearms and ammunition.

With your FOID, for transport, the firearm must either be..

  • Broken down in a non functioning state, OR
  • Not immediately Accessible, OR
  • Unloaded and enclosed in a case.

The following pamphlet was printed before Illinois allowed carrying of concealed firearms, however does clearly explain how one may transport you firearm legally in Illinois: Transporting-Your-Firearm-Legally-Illinois-State-Police Brochure

For an Illinois resident to carry a firearm, they must have a valid Illinois Concealed Carry License on their person and the firearm must be a hand gun as defined by the Illinois law.


Transporting your Firearm Legally for Illinois Non-Residents

The process for an Illinois non-resident to transport their firearm legally in Illinois is similar to that of a resident, however there are also some differences.  The first difference is that the non-resident does not need a FOID card. Infact most non residents aren’t even aware of what a FOID card is. Essentially it is a card that says you have passed a background check, similar to the National Instant Check System (NICS) that anyone who has bought a gun has underwent.  The difference is Illinois residents need this card on their person at all times they are in possession of firearms or ammunition, non residents do not.

For purposes of transportation, the non-resident must adhere to the above described criteria of broken down in a non functioning state, OR not immediately Accessible, OR unloaded and enclosed in a case.

It is important to note that the case does not need to be a separate case for the firearm and the ammunition. It is also important to note that the case(s) need not be locked. There is some mis-information surrounding this topic and I believe that confusion arises when we discuss the federal Firearm Owner Protection Act (FOPA) which states for federal transportation purposes the firearms and ammunition must be in separate locked cases.  Illinois does not have this requirement.

The Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Licensing Act states:

(e) Nothing in this Act shall prohibit a non-resident from transporting a concealed firearm within his or her vehicle in Illinois, if the concealed firearm remains within his or her vehicle and the non-resident:
(1) is not prohibited from owning or possessing a
firearm under federal law;
(2) is eligible to carry a firearm in public under
the laws of his or her state or territory of residence, as evidenced by the possession of a concealed carry license or permit issued by his or her state of residence, if applicable; and
(3) is not in possession of a license under this Act.
If the non-resident leaves his or her vehicle unattended, he or she shall store the firearm within a locked vehicle or locked container within the vehicle in accordance with subsection (b) of Section 65 of this Act.


What about Carrying of a Concealed Firearm in Illinois?

As previously stated, in the eyes of the law transportation and carrying are two separate and distinctly different subjects.  Only hand guns may be carried in Illinois. And Illinois does not allow Open Carry, meaning the firearm is visible to the general public (except on ones own private land, or the land of another with their permission).  Illinois residents must have their concealed carry license on their person at all times when carrying concealed.

However the law is more loose for non-residents. While Illinois does not honor (read: reciprocation) the concealed carry licenses of any other states, and while Illinois only will issue non-resident licenses to 4 other states (See recent changes to non resident eligibility) actually non-residents are able to carry concealed firearms without an Illinois concealed carry license while in their vehicle if they are licensed to carry in their state of residence.


Some legal Definitions you need to know when transporting your firearm legally in Illinois.

According to various laws  it is important you understand how certain terms are defined legally in Illinois.

The Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Licensing (FCCL) Act defines concealed firearm as…

“Concealed firearm” means a loaded or unloaded handgun carried on or about a person completely or mostly concealed from view of the public or on or about a person within a vehicle.


The FCCL defines handgun as…

“Handgun” means any device which is designed to expel a projectile or projectiles by the action of an explosion, expansion of gas, or escape of gas that is designed to be held and fired by the use of a single hand.

The FCCL, however excludes the following items from the definition of handgun…

“Handgun” does not include:
(1) a stun gun or taser;
(2) a machine gun as defined in item (i) of paragraph

(7) of subsection (a) of Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code of 2012;
(3) a short-barreled rifle or shotgun as defined in
item (ii) of paragraph (7) of subsection (a) of Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code of 2012; or
(4) any pneumatic gun, spring gun, paint ball gun, or
B-B gun which expels a single globular projectile not exceeding .18 inch in diameter, or which has a maximum muzzle velocity of less than 700 feet per second, or which expels breakable paint balls containing washable marking colors.


The FCCL as well as previous case law, defines case as…

“case” includes a glove compartment or console that completely encloses the concealed firearm or ammunition, the trunk of the vehicle, or a firearm carrying box, shipping box, or other container.


This article is not legal advice. Please consult your criminal defense attorney with any questions.

Major change to Illinois Non-Resident Concealed Carry Licensing Eligibility

Since Illinois passed the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Licensing Act in 2013,  the words “substantially similar” have been tossed around and discussed. This is because within the Illinois law, any non resident’s state must have substantially similar gun laws and mental health reporting for that non-Illinois resident to be eligible for an Illinois Concealed Carry license.  Previous to the week of February 1st 2017, only Hawaii, New Mexico, South Carolina and Virginia met this definition of substantially similar.

However the Week of February 1st, the Illinois State Police announced a change to their list of qualifying states eligible for the Illinois Concealed Carry License.  This list now only includes Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas and Virginia as listed on the Illinois State Police Firearm Services Bureau Website.  Only 54 non-resident licenses have been issued in Illinois since 2014.

It is unknown at this time what shall happen to those licensees who were previously issued licenses in Hawaii, New Mexico and South Carolina. Stay tuned for updates as they become available.


BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation filed a lawsuit against the State of Illinois on JUly 12t, 2016, on behalf of two foster parents, alleging deprivation of civil rights under color of law.The lawsuit is joined by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) on behalf of Kenneth and Colleen Schults in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. Named as a defendant in the case is George H. Sheldon, in his official capacity as director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS).

The complaint contends that Mr. and Mrs. Schults have been denied their rights because IDCFS policy substantially prohibits foster parents, and those who would like to be foster parents, from possessing firearms for the purpose of self-defense. This violates their constitutional rights under the Second Amendment.

“After the number of times we’ve had to take legal action in Illinois, including our landmark U.S. Supreme Court Second Amendment victory in McDonald v. City of Chicago six years ago, one would think the state would have wised up by now,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “But here we are again, working with ISRA, fighting for the rights of law-abiding citizens in that state.”

SAF and its co-plaintiffs seek to establish that the state’s restrictions on the possession and carrying of firearms by foster parents is unconstitutional under both the Second and Fourteenth amendments.

“It was our legal action against Chicago’s handgun ban that incorporated the Second Amendment to the states via the Fourteenth Amendment,” Gottlieb recalled. “It was another of our lawsuits that forced the State Legislature to adopt a concealed carry statute in Illinois. Now we’re in court to make sure that the state cannot discriminate against foster parents who merely wish to exercise the rights we’ve restored in Illinois.”

New Illinois Firearm Business Directory Launched has launched a new business directory, sponsored by Alpha Koncepts Firearm Training, specifically for businesses within the firearm industry or other businesses which may benefit firearm owners.  The business directory includes firearm dealers, firearm instructors, gunsmiths, attorneys, and more.

The business directory is absolutely free to use, including free to list your business.  Feel free to list your business today, or to find your new dealer or new gunsmith or build a relationship with a new attorney today!



HAVA to Hold Free Raffle of Glock 30th Anniversary Gun

HAVA to Hold Free Raffle of Glock 30th Anniversary Gun

Collectable Gun to Be Awarded to Disabled Veteran

 Longmeadow, MA  April 22, 2016 – Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) and Glock US jointly announce the award of a Glock 30th Anniversary commemorative pistol (1 of 30) to a deserving disabled veteran or wounded active duty military member who attends one of HAVA’s 2016 Family Day events. Donated by Glock, Inc., a HAVA sustaining sponsor, the collectable gun has a value of approximately four thousand dollars and is an heirloom that will be valuable to generations Continue reading HAVA to Hold Free Raffle of Glock 30th Anniversary Gun

Walker’s announces their partnership with shooting professional, Jessie Duff.

Walker’s®, pioneers in hearing protection and enhancement, announces their partnership with shooting professional, Jessie Duff.


Duff’s career has flourished from beginner to full-fledged shooting professional, with multiple World and National Championship shooting titles to her name. Ben Smith, Director of Marketing comments, “The intimate knowledge from an industry shooting professional will increase our ability to continue developing top quality products for the market as they will be designed and tested by those who form their entire careers around them. The partnership couldn’t have come at a better time. We have big plans for Walkers in 2016 where we’ll continue to push the boundaries of innovation in the shooting sports category. Jessie Duff has already had an accomplished shooting career and Walker’s is excited to be standing next to Duff as she continues to add to her championship titles.”


Walker’s is excited to tap into Duff’s extensive knowledge of shooting & firearms to integrate new ideas and innovation into future product designs. “I’m extremely excited to partner with Walker’s and help them grow their product lines as they venture into the shooting sports. I also look forward to helping educate others on the importance of hearing protection through Walker’s, as they offer the highest noise reduction ratings in their respective categories” states Jessie Duff.


For over 25 years Walker’s has developed innovative solutions for hearing protection & enhancement. The Walker’s line of products are widely considered the industry standard for shooting protection and safety.

Rob Romero, professional 3-gunner, hires new Management.

L&P announces REPRESENTATION of Rob Romero

Lawson & Palmer LLC is delighted to announce they have reached a definitive agreement with champion 3-Gun competitor Robert Romero to provide him professional management, business, and representation services for the 2015-2016 seasons and beyond.

About Team Geissele’s Rob Romero:

Rob Romero bought his first handgun in 2005, and his journey in competitive shooting began.  He had ability and a strong competitive spirit, and in 2006 he moved from California to Georgia where he met and began shooting with fellow Noveske shooting team member, Jansen Jones.

Romero achieved USPSA classification of Grand Master in late 2007. With multiple Major match wins, and a Top-10 finish at the USPSA pistol Nationals, Rob discovered and began to transition into 3-gun competition.  Romero was also selected to represent the United States at the 2010 and 2013 Pan American Shotgun Championships shooting in the Standard Division. He achieved a top 3 finish in 2010, and First place in 2013, as well as a gold medal in the team event.

In 2011 Romero moved almost exclusively into 3-gun winning titles at large 3-gun championships like Rocky Mountain, Ozark, and The FNH Championship. Since then he has evolved into a top-level competitor, with regular podium finishes at major matches across the United States.

Aside from actively competing for the Team Geissele Shooting Team, and the Remington Shotgun Team, Romero is the Director of Competition for the  3*Gun Nation television show.  He lives in the Atlanta suburbs with his family.

About Lawson & Palmer LLC:                                                                                                    

L&P specializes in a 3 prong sales and marketing approach to build productive synergy between companies, their shooting teams and individual athletes across the shooting disciplines.

L&P’s offerings include:
1) Providing outsourced product development solutions for emerging innovators and small to medium sized companies with direct sales /marketing options included.
2) Team sponsorship management for companies looking to increase their marketing footprint with a competition shooting team, without the expense of setting up a team management infrastructure, scouting individual talent in a pool that is growing explosively, and manage the social media components associated with that marketing effort.
3) Individual management and business consulting for elite athletes and talent in the competitive shooting market.

Mission Statement: “Lawson & Palmer LLC’s mission is to provide an organized structure to sponsor, connect and represent companies and athletes. Our code of conduct assures representation will be professional and polished by the athletes that represent any sponsoring brand.”

sponsorship management for companies looking to increase their marketing footprint with a competition team, without the expense of setting up a team management infrastructure, scouting individual talent in a pool that is growing explosively, and manage the social media components associated with that marketing effort.
3) Individual management and business consulting for elite athletes and talent in the competitive shooting market.
For more information please contact Lawson & Palmer at: or at (850)610-0709

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky calls for guncontrol in wake of Paris attacks

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky of the 9th district of Illinois has repeatedly called for more gun control since the terrorist attacks stating “we should make, as a top priority, reducing the easy availability of the kinds of weapons that can and have been used in mass shootings.” on her own website press release dated November 16th.  Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky was also calling for more gun control on Sirius XM radio stating “I think it ought cause us to have another consideration of sensible gun safety laws.”

Because Ms. Schakowsky is my congresswoman I have communicated with her numerous times. I will say upfront that while most of my other politicians whom I write often as well, her replies seem to not be canned template responses. Her responses seem be be direct either by her or one of her staffers, even referencing previous emails in her correspondences.  Therefore I shall be writing another letter to Ms. Schakowsky, as follows:

Ms. Schakowsky ,

I write to you in response to your calling for sensible gun laws in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.  I have once heard of another Illinois politician stating “Never let a good tragedy go to waste.” and while I did not verify the authenticity of this quote, I did think you were above the practice.

As I have previously told you, I feel you are an intelligent person. Otherwise how could you have risen to the seat in which you find yourself today? However it frustrates me when I hear or read you calling for more gun control.  The exact words posted on your website in regards to the Paris tragedy state “If we are to address violence, terrorism and security at home, we must enact sensible gun safety laws.”

As a constituent of your district I request you to elaborate. What gun law, sensible or otherwise, would have prevented this tragedy? We don’t know the origin of the firearms used in the attacks, however we do know they did not come from France because France  has banned these types of firearms.  What sensible gun laws would you enact in the United States which would have prevented this mass attack by terrorists?

Let’s expand upon the proposals thrown about by anti gun (dare I say Anti Freedom?) politicians…

Universal Background checks…  Would a back ground check stop a prohibited person from obtaining a firearm? No, because it does not work now. Straw Purchasers buy and sell firearms and pass back ground checks.  Criminals steal firearms.  The study between Duke and the University of Chicago in conjunction with the Cook County Jail system concluded that criminals don’t obtain their firearms legally.

Would an all out 100% gun ban work?  Absolutely not, and France is proof. Their all out ban has failed their citizens.  Criminals will always have weapons of evil (including explosives, which terrorists actually utilize more than firearms.)

The Taliban was known for crafting AK 47’s on mountain sides with rocks and hammers.  Philippine gunsmiths make firearms in the jungles with hand tools such as files and hack saws from recycled metals. You can not un-invent technology which has been around for hundreds of years.  Finally guns can be smuggled across borders, as they were in France.

I please ask you to lay out what “sensible gun law” would have stopped the France terror attacks?

Your constituent,

Thomas C Kral
Niles, IL 60714

If you are in the 9th district of Illinois ( Illinois’ 9th Congressional District consists of all of Evanston, Skokie, Niles, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Park Ridge and Norridge. It is also made up of parts of Wilmette, Northfield, Glenview, Golf, Rosemont and Des Plaines, as well as much of the north side of City of Chicago.) I encourage you to contact Ms. Schakowsky at the following information. However if you are not in the 9th district, please contact all your elected officials and ask them to vote for your freedom by not backing any new gun control proposals.   Ms Schakowsky  may be reached at


Chicago Office
5533 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 506-7100
Fax: (773) 506-9202
Washington D. C. Office
2367 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2111
Fax: (202) 226-6890
Evanston Office
820 Davis Street, Suite 105
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (847) 328-3409
Fax: (847) 328-3425
Glenview Office
1852 Johns Drive
Glenview, IL 60025
Phone: 847-328-3409
Fax: 847-328-3425


Jan Schakowsky & Obama photo from

Taurus® Claims Top Three Spots in September New Revolver Category on

Taurus® Claims Top Three Spots in September New Revolver Category on


MIAMI – October 28, 2015 – Taurus® is once again at the top of the sales list on GunBroker. With the top three sellers in the New Revolver category for September, Taurus® brand firearms continue to be a popular choice among today’s gun buyers.


Taurus® models atop the New Revolver category include, the 605, 85 and the Taurus Judge®. Each of these revolvers demonstrates the quality that Taurus® is proud to back and features that have landed them ahead of their competitors. The Taurus 605 is an unfailing revolver in .357 Magnum with great fiber optic sights. The Taurus 85 is one of the most popular selling families for the company. It is easy to carry and lightning quick, making it ideal for everyday carry.


Finally—the Taurus Judge has been on the rise since it came into play close to 10 years ago. Named for its use in protecting those in the judicial system, the Judge is carried by more Judges into the courtroom than any other revolver. Its versatility is unsurpassed and it’s no wonder this revolver has continued to climb the ranks in the revolver category.


The full list is available at the Top 5 Best Sellers – Gun List.


About Taurus Holdings, Inc.:

Headquartered in Miami, Taurus Holdings, Inc. owns or represents some of the most recognized and valued brands worldwide, including Taurus®, Rossi®, and Heritage™. Known as an innovator within the firearms industry, Taurus Holdings is a leader offering quality and value-packed firearms to the United States and Canada. Taurus International services all Taurus brand firearms under the LIFETIME REPAIR POLICY™ as well.  For additional information about Taurus, visit High-resolution images are available at