Secret Service Guns And Gear at the Trump Assassination Attempt

The appalling assassination attempt on former president and current candidate Donald Trump has been dominating the news cycle. By now you have probably seen pictures and videos of that event. One of our own, Pete, wrote a very good article covering the security situation and looking at this event from the perspective of a former Secret Service agent. This article is not going to opine on those matters, but we will look at the guns and gear of the United States Secret Service (USSS) from the events of July 13th.

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Ex Secret Service Agent Explains Trump Assassination Attempt

On the afternoon of Saturday, July 13, 2024, former President Donald Trump was injured in an assassination attempt at a campaign rally in Butler, Pennsylvania. Trump, only days away from becoming the official Republican nominee for President in the November 2024 election, was rushed to a nearby medical center for evaluation and later released with only minor injuries.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #338: Range Time With The HUXWRX FLOW 556 TI

Good evening everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the brand new YHM 338 Bad Larry Suppressor. Last week we previewed the new HUXWRX FLOW 556 TI rifle suppressor. This week we take the full-size FLOW 566 Ti out on the range for some initial impressions. Is this your next fighting carbine suppressor? Let’s take a look.

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POTD: The LMT M203 in Danish International Sniper Competition

The Royal Danish Army uses the GRK M/13, which is a M203 Grenade Launcher made by Lewis Machine & Tool Company. That’s our featured image for the Photo Of The Day, from the Danish International Sniper Competition where 32 teams from 14 nations competed with Allies and partner nations. Note the steep angle of the Aimpoint red dot, to get the aim right for the 40 mm potatoes.

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TFB Podcast Roundup 138: The July 19th Roundup

We’re back again with another roundup of fresh firearms-focused podcasts in TFB Podcast Roundup 138. Each week we’re bringing you a new set of podcasts from across the web that cover a wide variety of topics including gunsmithing, hunting, precision shooting, war stories, competition shooting, gun industry news, and much more. In addition, we’re also featuring the most recent episode of TFB’s own Behind The Gun Podcast which airs every week on Thursday mornings. If you’d like to check out the full episode list for TFB’s Behind The Gun Podcast, you can find it here on the TFB website or on your favorite podcast app. Sit back, relax, and enjoy listening to this week’s selection of gun podcasts.

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The S&W Bodyguard 2.0 Is Smaller Than You Think

In this episode of TFBTV, Luke and Hop visit the new S&W facility in Tennessee to shoot a bunch of new guns. And against all odds, the coolest one is a pocket-sized .380? The new Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 2.0 is about the same size as the original, and in all other respects is a totally different gun. Everything about the 2.0 has been overhauled, from capacity to the trigger to the ergonomics. And we like it. A lot.

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Mesa Tactical Adds Benelli M2 And M4 RMR Co-witness Mounts

Mesa Tactical has two new mounts for RMR-pattern reflex sights. These mounts place the RMR low enough to co-witness with the factory iron sights. Mesa Tactical already made a similar mount for the Beretta A300/1301 family of shotguns, but now Benelli M4 and M2 owners can outfit their guns as well.

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F.A.B. Defense Introduces The Gradus-X Ergonomic Grip

FAB Defense have launched an all polymer version of their Gradus pistol grip. The Gradus-X is an ergonomic grip designed for rifles that use AR pattern pistol grips. It has a palm swell and a 15 degree grip angle which FAB Defense say reduces hand and wrist strain. It is available in three colors: black, olive drab green and flat dark earth. Perhaps the main draw of the Gradus-X over the original, rubberised Gradus, is that the Gradus-X retails at $11.99 MSRP, while the Gradus comes in at $25.99. So if you're in the market for an economical, slightly different, ergonomic grip for your AR, the Gradus-X may fit the bill.

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TFB Review: Simtek StealthALERT System

In the world of guns and gear, we often talk about the latest and greatest when it comes to the newest gun products but we talk little about protecting our guns when there are some very clever ways of adding layers of security to your firearms when you’re not around. For the last 6 months or so I have been trying out and testing the Simtek StealthALERT motion detector in my gun safe and after some time with the sensor, I can confidently say I have enough info to bring you guys my thoughts. Let’s take a closer look at the Simtek StealthALERT System.

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POTD: U.S. Marine With M27 Reconnaissance Weapons Kit

What a delight! TFB’s   Photo Of The Day with a U.S. Marine with the M27 Reconnaissance Weapons Kit (RWK) variant of the M27 / HK416 with an 11.0” barrel, EOTech EXPS and a PEQ-16 laser.

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Concealed Carry Corner: Carrying In Tricky Situations

Welcome back to another edition of Concealed Carry Corner. Last week, we talked about switching your carry gun too often and some of the struggles that come with that. If you happened to miss that article, be sure to click the link here.

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TFB at 17: Greetings from Your New Editor in Chief

Today is July 18th, 2024, which means it’s The Firearm Blog’s 17th anniversary. That’s right, TFB is almost old enough to buy a rifle! I understand it’s tradition for the Editor in Chief to write a post commemorating the occasion, so please allow me to introduce myself: I’m Josh, and as of July 1st, I am the Editor in Chief of The Firearm Blog, as well as AllOutdoor and OutdoorHub.

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TFB Behind The Gun Podcast #124: What is SOWW? With Roy Hill

Today’s podcast we’re bringing on a new friend of mine Roy Hill, to talk about a very honorable organization called SOWW. The Special Operations Wounded Warriors is a charity that specifically focuses on members of the armed services who are active with or have served with the special operations community. Roy Hill has had a lot of experience within the firearms world and while he now sits on the board of SOWW, at one point in time he worked for Brownells, which is where I happened to meet him. After hearing about what he does with SOWW today, I thought it was important we had him on to talk about what exactly SOWW does with the charitable donations that it receives.

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Springfield M1A Tanker vs. Aero M5 AR-10: DMR Showdown

It's time for a $5,000 Springfield M1A Tanker vs. a $2,000 Aero AR-10 DMR Showdown! Today, we're diving into the world of Designated Marksman Rifles (DMRs) with a head-to-head challenge between a high-end M1A Tanker with Leupold optic and a budget-friendly Aero M5 AR10 using a Burris scope.

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Gun Presented to The Man Who Killed Billy The Kid

This week on Wheelgun Wednesday I have the great pleasure of talking about one of my personal favorite revolvers and this time with some historical province. We are covering Pat Garret’s Presentation Engraved Colt 1877 “Thunderer”. Everyone has heard of Billy the Kid. Western anti-hero, reluctant outlaw, or no good people shootin' runt to some. Billy’s name is synonymous with Western history but much less so is the man who killed Billy the Kid - Sheriff Pat Garrett. Let’s dive right into his revolver and the history behind it!

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TFB Review: Springfield Armory SA-35

Welcome back to another TFB review. A few weeks ago I looked at FN’s updated and modernized take on the legendary High Power. If you happened to miss that review, be sure to click the link here to check it out. This week, we are taking a look at the more classic Hi-Power style pistol we all know from the pages of history. Springfield Armory came out with the SA-35 back in 2021 and this is one of the most faithful reproductions of the Browning Hi-Powers on the market today. After spending a couple of months with the SA-35, I can confidently give you some points on the pistol. Let’s take a closer look at the new Springfield Armory SA-35.

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POTD: Indonesian Marines in Exercise Rim of the Pacific

The world is hungry for visual storytelling, and TFB’s   Photo Of The Day does its best to keep the feed live. Here we have soldiers from the U.S. Marine Corps together with Malaysian soldiers assigned to the 8th Battalion (Para), Royal Ranger Regiment, 10th Parachute Brigade.

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Big Horn Armory Model 89 Take Down Lever Action Rifle

Big Horn Armory has released a takedown version of their Model 89 lever action rifle. The takedown mechanism of this rifle was designed by none other than John Moses Browning himself. By the way, Model 89 lever guns are also basically Browning designs as they have Winchester Model 1886/1892 pattern actions. In fact, 89 in the model name of BHA’s lever gun is the arithmetic mean of 86 and 92, because size-wise the Big Horn Armory Model 89 is right between the Winchester Model 1886 and 1892. Let’s take a look at the specs and features of the Big Horn Armory Model 89 Take Down lever action rifle.

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