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.

Gun Dealer Licensing and the Great Betrayal

Yesterday the Illinois Senate passed the Gun Dealer Licensing Act. This bill is being sent to the Illinois House for concurrence, so it is not yet law. The Gun Dealer Licensing Act will force mom and pop gun shops out of business and will also create redundant licensing, since gun dealers are already licensed per federal law. The gun dealer licensing act would also limit how many firearms the private individual may transfer per year and also contains a carve out for manufacturers and big box gun corporate gun stores – forcing an unfair burden on small gun stores in Illinois.

If this bill passes out of the house, it will move onto Gov. Bruce Rauner. Many gun owners in Illinois hope, or even expect, that Rauner will veto this bill. Assuming this bill passes the house, this will be Rauner’s first real test on his stance for gun rights. Let us hope he does the right thing and blocks this terrible bill!

When we examine the witness slips to see which individuals and what organizations oppose or support any given bill, we see that the Illinois Firearm Manufacturer’s Association (IFMA) was neutral on the bill. In other words, they were not opposed to a bill that could potentially have a major effect on the operations of their group members. IFMA group members were offered a carve out, however, which is why IFMA dropped their opposition. The carve out would not place the same burden on many of IFMA’s members as it would on smaller “mom and pop” gun shops. Springfield Armory and Rock River Arms are major financial contributors to IFMA, and therefore are taking the brunt of the backlash for the lack of opposition from IFMA.

Later, Springfield Armory CEO released a statement which said in part that, “Will defend the 2nd Amendment,” however when given the opportunity to oppose an infringement on the 2nd Amendment rights of law abiding Illinois gun owners, the stance of IFMA was neutral. Nothing short of opposition to this bill is not defending the 2nd Amendment.


Springfield Armory, Rock River Arms Trade Opposition to Illinois FFL Licensing Scheme for Carve-Out

Update: Also see…

Rock River Arms Severs Ties with IFMA

Springfield also Severs Ties with IFMA

Springfield Armory® Introduces Laser Equipped 1911 Loaded Model

GENESEO, IL, January 11, 2015 – Springfield Armory® is pleased to announce a new member to the Loaded family of 1911 pistols. The new Springfield Armory® 1911 Loaded Parkerized pistol is now available with Crimson Trace® Lasergrips®.

Rounding out the five other Loaded 1911 configurations in the product line, the Loaded Parkerized is optimized for serious defensive use. The Parkerized finish is designed to stand up to the rigors of daily carry while the full Government size makes it an excellent home-defense option too. Like other models in the Loaded family, the Parkerized model is built for reliable performance. A five-inch stainless match grade barrel is carefully fit to a bushing and Parkerized forged carbon steel frame and slide for maximum reliability and accuracy.

Customers who want the ease of control offered by a full size 1911 will appreciate the marriage of tradition with life-saving technology. This new Loaded model includes Crimson Trace® Lasergrips® to provide customers with fast, instinctive, and effective low-light sighting options.

“The addition of the laser means you can react more quickly in response to a threat,” says Dennis Reese, Chairman of the Board at Springfield Armory®.  “I don’t know if there’s anything more comforting than that.”

An instinctive activation button turns the laser on with no switch manipulation required. Assume a firing grip, and the laser is automatically projected downrange toward the target. The low-profile grip replacements have no impact on holster selection so that customers can choose their favorite Government size holster. As a self-defense model, the Loaded Parkerized comes standard with three-dot Tritium combat sights.

“The goal of our Loaded product line is to provide customers with pistols that are ready to go, out of the box, with everything they might need for serious types of usage,” says Springfield Armory® CEO Dennis Reese. “To us, Loaded doesn’t represent a single combination of features. Rather, we create a number of different configurations within the Loaded family to meet different types of customer needs.”

Because everyone’s definition of Loaded is a little different, Springfield Armory® now offers six different models in the series, each with its unique set of features. For example, the LB Operator® offers an extra round in the magazine, while the Lightweight Operator® uses a forged aluminum alloy frame to shave extra weight for concealed carry applications. The traditional Parkerized and Stainless Steel models are forged with a traditional dust cover while the Marine Corps Operator®, LB Operator®, and Lightweight Operator® models include Picatinny rails for more tactical use.

Depending on the specific Loaded configuration, customers will find premium features like ambidextrous thumb safeties, extended beavertail grip safeties with memory bumps, lightweight delta hammers, and extended triggers. Two included magazines and a very high quality polymer briefcase round out the package.

Springfield Armory® will be offering the Loaded Parkerized Crimson Trace® pistol in .45ACP.

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About Springfield Armory®
“The First Name in American Firearms,” Springfield Armory® was founded in 1777, when George Washington ordered the creation of an armory to store ammunition and gun carriages during the American Revolution. In 1794, the armory began to manufacture muskets and spent the next 150 years supplying firearms for every major American conflict. The original armory closed in 1968. In 1974, the Reese family took ownership of the Springfield Armory® name and began making the M1A™ rifle. Today, Springfield Armory® develops many products loyal to the company’s heritage, like the 1911 pistol, while ensuring its future with innovative products, including the XD®, XD® Mod.2™ XD(M)® and XD-S® polymer pistols.

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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!



NYPD Approves Springfield Armory® XD-S® For Off-Duty Use

GENESEO, IL, May 4, 2016 – Springfield Armory® is pleased to announce that effective April 7, 2016, a special edition of the XD-S® 9mm was approved by the New York City Police Department. Off-duty uniformed officers are now able to select the XD-S® 9mm pistol as their carry gun of choice.

The New York City Police Department wanted to afford off-duty officers with a pistol option that provided maximum concealment with absolute reliability. As a single-stack 9mm pistol with superior ergonomic features, the XD-S® fit the bill for concealment and controllability. With the new approval, NYPD officers may also carry the XD-S® 9mm NYPD Model as a backup gun while on duty as well.

The NYPD Firearms and Tactics Unit worked in cooperation with the Springfield Armory® engineering and design teams to develop a special edition of the popular XD-S® carry pistol that conforms to the exact requirements of the NYPD. After passing the department’s rigorous testing procedures, the Springfield Armory® XD-S® gained acceptance for use with no performance modifications and only minor adjustments to meet NYPD policy guidelines.

“We’re pleased that we were able to work with the team in the Firearms Training Section to meet specific needs of the department,” stated Dennis Reese, CEO, Springfield Armory®. “Our engineering team developed a new disconnector and grip safety spring that adjusts the trigger pull weight of the XD-S® to the specific policy requirements of the NYPD. The concealed carry community has responded to the XD-S® with overwhelming approval so we’re pleased that law enforcement officers can use it too.”

The NYPD-approved XD-S® pistol includes many of the same features that have made the handgun so popular in the broader concealed carry market. At just .9-inches wide, the XD-S® is easy to carry and conceal. The NYPD special edition pistol comes with three 9mm magazines including a seven-round flush model and two eight-round extended magazines. Like the commercial XD-S® the NYPD model includes a 3.3-inch hammer forged carbon steel barrel treated with Melonite™. With the flush magazine installed, the overall weight of the pistol is 23 ounces.

The Springfield Armory® Law Enforcement team completed the XD-S® Armorer’s Training Program April 9th, marking the official launch of the program to all uniformed officers. A detailed armorer’s manual produced by Springfield Armory® enables the NYPD Firearms Training Section and other law enforcement agencies to expand training internally after the launch event.

Now used for on and off duty carry at hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the country, The New York Police Department is the latest law enforcement agency to recognize the reliability and functional benefits of the XD®, XD(M)®, and XD-S® handgun platform.

The NYPD XD-S® is available now to qualified officers through local law enforcement dealers as model number XDS9339BNYPD.

About Springfield Armory®
“The First Name in American Firearms,” Springfield Armory® was founded in 1777, when George Washington ordered the creation of an armory to store ammunition and gun carriages during the American Revolution. In 1794, the armory began to manufacture muskets and spent the next 150 years supplying firearms for every major American conflict. The original armory closed in 1968. In 1974, the Reese family took ownership of the Springfield Armory® name and began making the M1A™ rifle. Today, Springfield Armory® develops many products loyal to the company’s heritage, like the 1911 pistol, while ensuring its future with innovative products, including the XD®, XD® Mod.2™ XD(M)® and XD-S® polymer pistols.

Springfield Armory® Releases Limited Edition Chris Kyle 1911 Legend Series TRP™ Pistol

GENESEO, IL May 3rd, 2016 – Springfield Armory® is pleased to announce the Legend Series 1911 TRP™ Pistol. In cooperation with the Chris Kyle Foundation and the Chris Kyle family the company aims to honor the spirit of American Sniper and Navy Seal Chris Kyle while providing direct support to the foundation.

While in combat, Chris chose the Springfield Armory TRP™ for its reliable performance and toughness. In his words in best-selling book, American Sniper, he tells how that TRP™ may have saved his life.

“In 2004, I brought over a Springfield [Armory®] TRP™ Operator, which used a .45 caliber round. It had a 1911 body style, with custom grips and a rail system that let me add a light and laser combo. Black, it had a bull barrel and was an excellent gun – until it took a frag for me in Fallujah. I was actually able to get it repaired – those Springfields are tough.”

Springfield Amory® will produce one thousand TRP™ Legend Series pistols, each with a unique serial number ranging from CK0001 through CK1000. Separately, the company will laser engrave each pistol identifying its placement in the series.

The Legend Series pistols will come packaged in a custom and also serialized mahogany presentation case. Additionally, a memorial copy of the best-selling book, American Sniper, signed by Taya Kyle will accompany the package. The attractive presentation case also includes a .999 pure silver Chris Kyle limited edition challenge coin and a Springfield Armory® certificate of authenticity.

The MSRP of the Legend TRP™ commemorative edition pistol is $2,499, with a portion of the proceeds from each pistol sold benefitting the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation.

The first pistol in the Legend Series was presented to Taya Kyle by Springfield Armory® CEO Dennis Reese at a ceremony during the 2016 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. Kyle immediately announced her intention to auction this one of a kind pistol during the 2016 National Rifle Association Annual Meeting, with all proceeds to benefit the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation. Taya Kyle will auction Chris Kyle Legend Series 1911 TRP™ Pistol #1. This auction will take place in Springfield Armory® booth #5823 at the NRA annual meetings in Louisville, KY.

The on-line auction will go live Sunday May 1st   under Springfield Armory®’s charity account on and will end at 3:00pm May 21st   at the NRA annual meetings. Live bidding will start at 2:45pm in the booth. Persons who wish to bid live in the booth for this #1 Limited edition pistol can sign up in the booth at 2:00pm with a Springfield representative and receive a number and bidding paddle.

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Taya Kyle will be present to award the winner (if winner is present) with the pistols along with Springfield Armory® President and CEO Dennis Reese. Upon completion of the auction, Springfield Armory® will also present a check to Taya Kyle for the full amount of auction proceeds.

The following people will sign the serial #1 pistol certificate of authenticity: Taya Kyle of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, Dennis Reese President and CEO of Springfield Armory®, Wayne LaPierre Executive Vice President of the NRA and Chris Cox NRA-ILA’s Executive Director.

Now run by Taya Kyle, the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation supports members and families of those who serve. According to Taya Kyle, “One of the big benefits of doing this with Springfield Armory® is that part of the proceeds will go to the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to honor God, country and family by serving those who serve. To us, that represents the marriages and family life of our law enforcement, EMS, and military communities.”

“We’re very pleased to support Taya and the Frog Foundation,” explained Springfield Armory® CEO Dennis Reese. “When on deployment, Chris Kyle carried a Springfield Armory® 1911 TRP™ Operator pistol, so we felt it appropriate to make this special edition pistol to honor his memory and support the ongoing work of the foundation. Very much like American hero Chris Kyle, this pistol is truly one of a kind.”

The Legend Series pistols feature five-inch stainless steel match grade barrels, low-profile three-dot Tritium combat sights, and black and gray G10 grips with an attractive American flag engraving. The slides are forged carbon steel with Black Nitride™ treatment for durability and corrosion resistance. A National Match full-length guide rod rounds out the 8.6-inch long government model 1911. Each pistol ships with two seven-round stainless steel magazines with slam pads.

At the conclusion of the NRA Annual meetings shipments of the Limited Edition Chris Kyle pistols will arrive at firearms dealers throughout the country.

About the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation
The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation,, is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to serving military and first responders through meaningful interactive experiences that enrich family relationships. Founded and led by Taya Kyle, Chris’s wife, the foundation is entrusted to shepherd a community where the successes and struggles of these families can be shared. Its programs and partners reflect the service excellence that these individuals and families provide in service to their communities and country.

About Springfield Armory®
“The First Name in American Firearms,” Springfield Armory® was founded in 1777, when George Washington ordered the creation of an armory to store ammunition and gun carriages during the American Revolution. In 1794, the armory began to manufacture muskets and spent the next 150 years supplying firearms for every major American conflict. The original armory closed in 1968. In 1974, the Reese family took ownership of the Springfield Armory® name and began making the M1A™ rifle. Today, Springfield Armory® develops many products loyal to the company’s heritage, like the 1911 pistol, while ensuring its future with innovative products, including the XD®, XD® Mod.2™ XD(M)® and XD-S® polymer pistols.

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CrossBreed® Holsters announces availability of ULTICLIP3

The newly designed ULTICLIP3 is the latest offering from our friends at UltiClip. The new design incorporates a slotted center and second attachment hole to offer a more versatile mounting solution. Continue reading CrossBreed® Holsters announces availability of ULTICLIP3

MTM CASE-GARD Introduces the New Quick Rest

MTM® CASE-GARD™ Introduces the New Quick Rest.


Since 1968, MTM has continued to design and produce products for the shooting enthusiast.  From ammo boxes to gun rests to clay target throwers, MTM offers a huge variety of products essential to the sportsman.  MTM has created a rest that lives up to its name, the Quick Rest, a quick no fuss shooting rest. Continue reading MTM CASE-GARD Introduces the New Quick Rest

The Steel Will Knives EDC Pocket Dump Instagram Contest

The Steel Will Knives EDC Pocket Dump Instagram Contest


New York, NY – Steel Will Knives, a premium brand that produces knives with the highest standards of quality, is hosting a photo contest on Instagram starting now through the entire month of February. The winner Continue reading The Steel Will Knives EDC Pocket Dump Instagram Contest

TRUGLO® LAUNCHES TRU•BRITE™ 30 SERIES RIFLE SCOPES Compact, Illuminated-Reticle Tactical Rifle Scope

Compact, Illuminated-Reticle Tactical Rifle Scopes

TRUGLO® Inc., manufacturer of the world’s most advanced line of sights and accessories for the shooting sports industry launches a new top-of-the-line rifle scope. The TRU-BRITE™ 30 Series, 30MM illuminated compact rifle scope will exceed expectations with all the high quality features it has to offer.

TRU-BRITE™ 30 Series scopes offer the perfect combination of clarity, precision and speed. Featuring a 30MM tube (for increased brightness and a larger range of adjustment) and choice of 1-4x24mm or 1-6x24mm variable zoom magnification. Multi-coated lenses provide outstanding clarity and contrast for any style of shooting. Quick and accurate shots are easier than ever with the true one-power magnification that provides shooters with an extremely wide field of view and even allows users to keep both eyes open.  The 1-6x24mm model includes a quick zoom lever to make magnification adjustments fast and smooth. TRUGLO’s® TRU-BRITE™ 30 Series scopes also boast a large 3.75” eye relief, shock resistance to 1000g, and durable leaf spring click adjustments for windage and elevation. This waterproof, fog-proof, and nitrogen gas filled scope also includes a reversible, monolithic 30MM tactical scope mount to serve as a rigid platform uniting the scope with any shooter’s favorite tactical rifle.


TRU•BRITE 30 scopes are designed for tactical and competitive shooters, and are a perfect pairing with AR-15/AR-10 platform rifles. With their unique magnification range, TRU•BRITE 30 series scopes are a great choice for users considering using external magnifiers on red dot optics or users torn between unmagnified red dots and traditional scopes.


Both models come in matte black and include the one-piece aluminum mount.  MSRP for the 1-4x model (TG8514BT) is $184 and MSRP for the 1-6x model (TG8516TL) is $270.


About TRUGLO®:

TRUGLO® is the world’s leading company infiber-optic technology for the firearms industry. Born through innovation,TRUGLO® continually enhances the marketplace with advanced andrevolutionary technology for shooters of all types. Based in Richardson,Texas, TRUGLO® is a world-wide brand celebrating over 20 years of offering cutting-edge optics and equipment to shooters who are passionate about quality and clarity.

Giving back to an industry they love, TRUGLO® is involved with many conservation groups,youth programs, and organizations that promote the values they believe are necessary to guarantee the industry’s future.  TRUGLO®—When Brightness Counts!



  • 1-4x or 1-6x magnification for fast target acquisition
  • 30mm tube for increased brightness and click adjustment
  • Shock resistant to 1000g
  • 3.75” eye relief
  • Fully-coated lenses provide maximum brightness, clarity, and contrast
  • Durable leaf-spring click adjustments for windage and elevation
  • Waterproof/fog-proof/nitrogen gas-filled
  • Extremely wide field of view
  • 1Ž2 MOA Windage/Elevation adjustments
  • Bright 24mm Objective lens
  • Quick Zoom Lever included with TG8516TL
  • Scope includes reversible, offset, monolithic 30MM scope mount
    CNC-machined from aircraft grade aluminum
  • Scope includes two pre-calibrated BDC turrets in

calibers .223 (55 grain) and .308 (168 grain) to

engage targets up to 800 yards away