As the Colorado legislature debated HB 1224, Magpul threatened passage of the bill into law would lead to the polymer firearm accessory maker’s move out of the state. The bill passed a second reading vote Friday, leaving one last house-wide vote before the bill goes to the Senate for similar consideration, then Governor’s desk for ratification, or an unlikely veto.
Here’s Magpul’s statement:
MOVE WOULD COST STATE 600 JOBS, $85 MILLION
Denver, Colorado – February 15th, 2013 – Magpul Industries, an Erie, Colorado, based manufacturer of firearms accessories, announced today that it will be forced to leave the state if House Bill 1224, which would ban standard capacity magazines, becomes law. The announcement was made to Governor Hickenlooper, state legislators, members of the media, and in a full-page advertisement to appear in the Denver Post on Sunday.
Richard Fitzpatrick, Founder, President, and CEO of Magpul Industries, said that regardless of any amendments that may be worked into the bill, he will no longer be able to continue to do business in Colorado if his core product is made illegal.
“Our company could not, in good conscience, continue to manufacture our products in a state where law-abiding citizens are prohibited from purchasing and owning them. ” Fitzpatrick said. “The passage of this bill will do nothing to enhance public safety, but will force us to immediately begin taking our business to another state.”
A proponent of the bill argued that with the amendment language, the choice to stay or leave was up to Magpul. Fitzpatrick responded, “Our relationship with our customers across the country would be severely damaged if this bill passes and we stay. We’ve already heard word of potential boycotts if that happens. They (legislators) really need to understand that our customer base is as passionate about freedoms as we are, and staying here if this bill passes would cripple the company. Make no doubt about it…we have no choice, and would be forced to leave in order to save the business.”
Magpul cited the example of the Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show, which was canceled earlier this year after the organizers announced that it would not permit a popular category of firearm, like the ones Magpul makes accessories for, in the show. Public outcry from the customer base forced exhibitors to withdraw from participation, causing the cancellation of the show, and an estimated loss of $70 million of show revenue for hotels, restaurants, merchants, and other businesses in Pennsylvania, where the show was to be held.
Magpul Industries directly employs 200 people, supports another 400 supply-chain jobs, and contributes over $85 million annually to Colorado’s economy. Doug Smith, Chief Operating Officer for Magpul, says that it is a difficult position to be in. “We could choose to stay in a state that wants our jobs and revenue, but not our products, and lose half the jobs we are fighting to save, or potentially the entire business, when our customers stop buying. Or, we can take the company and those 600 jobs out of Colorado to continue our growth and the growth of American manufacturing in a state that shares our values. This is not really a choice. It’s an unfortunate and inevitable result of the actions of the Legislature if this bill passes.”
Magpul was started over a decade ago by Fitzpatrick, a former U.S. Marine. It has become one of Colorado’s fastest growing businesses, successfully marketing its products to American and allied military forces, police departments, sporting goods stores, and thousands of responsible private citizens. Fitzpatrick says that the rich western culture and strong values of individual freedom and responsibility, traditionally found in Colorado, were one of the reasons the company chose to remain in the state.
“It is heartbreaking to me, my employees, and their families, to think that we will be forced to leave,” Fitzpatrick said. “But if HB13-1224 passes, we will simply have no choice.”
Northtechdefense.com has just released their new AR15 billet lower receiver. Northtech refers to it as Model# NT15S, but regardless of the name there are a few things which immediately stand out, with the flared magazine well and more angled lines giving this lower a more industrial look than the typical forged M4 and AR15 lowers we are used to. The bowed trigger guard is integral, and the bolt catch roll pin is replaced by a screw. The lower is machined from a block of 7075 aluminum, and is then milspec hardcoat anodized.
Weighing in at 9.25 ounces, the Northtech lower has a MSRP of $249.
Andrew Bawidamann, known for his pinup girl inspired patches and artwork, occasionally sells the original sketches that lead to his finished work. He’s just posted a few of his recent sketch packages for sale including the B.A.R. Girl sketches. He describes them as “ideas put to paper with all the erasing, smudging, turning, flipping around, swearing, coffee stains, not to mention a lot of heart and soul. The sketch is the Soul of a piece of art.”Read More
Phil Bronstein’s story, The Shooter, is a rare look within the Special Operations community. Self-pitying aside, the piece is an honest and absorbing account of the life of a tier one service member. I understand the story was produced in conjunction with the Center for Investigative Reporting, but I don’t understand why they punished the internet with this animated version.Read More
UPDATE: Colorado’s House of Representatives passed HB1224 out of committee by 7-4 vote. The bill will now go to a vote before the house with a change that increases the amount of rounds a magazine can hold from 10 to 15 rounds.
Magpul is in a fight for their livelihood in Colorado. Among proposed legislation requiring background checks, the state legislature is proposing laws that would ban the production of magazines with greater than a 10-round capacity for commercial sale. Passage of state laws like this around the nation could end up making a federally mandated limit on magazine capacity moot. Here’s Magpul’s statement, released Sunday:
In addition to the national battle to protect our firearms rights, many states are currently engaged in their own fights. Here in CO, a state with a strong heritage of firearm and other personal freedoms, we are facing some extreme challenges to firearms rights. We have been engaged in dialogue with legislators here presenting our arguments to stop legislation from even being introduced, but our efforts did not deter those of extreme views.
After the NRAs visit last week, several anti-freedom bills were introduced by CO legislators, and a very aggressive timeline has been set forth in moving these bills forward.
The bills include:
HB 1229, Background checks for Gun Transfers–a measure to prohibit private sales between CO residents, and instead require a full FFL transfer, including a 4473.
HB 1228, Payment for Background Checks for Gun Transfers– a measure that would require CO residents to pay for the back logged state-run CBI system (currently taking 3 times the federally mandated wait time for checks to occur) instead of using the free federal NICS checks.
And finally, HB 1224, Prohibiting Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines–a measure that bans the possession, sale, or transfer of magazines over 10 round capacity. The measures and stipulations in this bill would deprive CO residents of the value of their private property by prohibiting the sale or transfer of all magazines over 10 rounds. This bill would also prohibit manufacture of magazines greater than 10 rounds for commercial sale out of the state, and place restrictions on the manufacture of military and law enforcement magazines that would cripple production.
We’d like to ask all CO residents to please contact your state legislators and the members of the Judiciary Committee and urge them to kill these measures in committee, and to vote NO if they reach the floor.
According to the Henry Herald, Abbate was only found guilty of charges that he provided a sex toy to a minor. The remaining 23 charges relating to allegations that he carried on a long term relationship with a minor, one of his female students, were dismissed.
Now, many of you know exactly who the “minor” is. And, you may know some other people that were caught up in this mess. This is a scandal that has affected the careers of a few top shooters in the competitive pistol shooting scene.
I am glad it’s coming to a close, though I am shocked that a jury dismissed the allegations that Abbate had a relationship with the minor.Read More
We’ve all earned it, why not wear it? This merit badge makes a great gift for that special someone; and it’s not a bad idea to have one on hand, ready to award on the spot for worthy behavior. Get ready for your next award ceremony by visiting InfidelCaps.Read More
Evidence: Trijicon has come out with an 3×30 ACOG with a 300 AAC Blackout reticle. The optic is the same fixed 3x power TA33 ACOG we all know with its battery-free, self-lumimous reticle. The TA33-C-400xxx series adds ballistic drop compensator markings for both super- and subsonic 300 AAC Blackout ammunition.
Utilizing standard 16″ barrel velocities, the scope zeros with 115gr supersonic ammo at 100m. The reticle offers BDC hold overs for 200m (bottom of the crosshair), 300m, 400m, 500m and 600m. After zeroing with supersonic ammo, diamonds serve as the 220 gr. subsonic aiming points for 50m and 100m aiming points.
Other than the reticle, the optic is the same, reliable TA33 ACOG you know. Look for them to hit dealer’s shelves this spring. MSRP $1257.Read More
One of the more interesting weapons I fired at SHOT Show’s Media Day at the Range was the Merkel RX Helix. It’s a straight pull bolt action rifle made in Suhl, Germany that comes standard with a wood stock. Why should you care, oh tactically-minded individual?
Because it’s fast. Really, really fast, and easy to operate, and it offers a quick change barrel/bolt head, too.
Although the bolt is 130mm in length, it travels only 65mm. So the bolt doesn’t even protrude out the back of the receiver when you cycle it – it stays inside the action. In the photo above, the bolt is to the rear.
This means that you can maintain a perfect cheek weld between shots. The example I fired was in .308 and had a Swarovski 1.7-10×42 mounted on top; although I didn’t fire it on a timer, I felt that I was at least as fast hitting steel targets as I would have been with a .308 semi auto, and I never missed a shot.
The trigger was crisp and set to 2.2lbs. It was incredibly easy to work the action, too – one finger to the rear, a gentle push of the thumb forward. I should also mention that I liked the straight stock, and feel that it added to the “shootability” of the rifle. Picatinny rails are integral to the receiver, and Merkel says it maintains zero between barrel changes.
To disassemble for transport or to change calibers, a single button on the bottom of the forend is pressed, and the forend removed. One lever at the forward edge of the receiver is pulled down, and the barrel may then be pulled forward and out of the receiver. If the bolt is to the rear, the barrel alone will come out; if the bolt is forward, the barrel and bolt head will come out as one piece, and a replacement may then be slid in place.
Skeptical of the strength of the action? Merkel has tested it to 8000 bar – that’s 116,000 psi in American. Current calibers range from .222 Rem to 9.3×62, and various grades of wood stocks as well as synthetic and carbon fiber stocks are available. Prices start at roughly $3,800, and they’re currently available in the US.Read More
Andrew, of Vuurwapen Blog fame, is auctioning off a Bravo Company/FN AR-15 to support Rogue Corps. Rogue Corps aims to facilitate the efforts of wounded veterans who wish to take part in the outdoor adventures they used to enjoy prior to injury.
This is a used, two-year old rifle with the following specs:
- Bravo Company lower receiver
– 5.56 A1 upper receiver
– FN A2 profile 20″ barrel, chrome lined, 1/7 twist
– Vltor EMod stock laser marked with “Vuurwapen Concepts”
– M16 bolt carrier group with electroless nickel plating (done by me)
– Elzetta ZFH-1500 front sight base light mount with light
The entire amount of the auction will be donated and he’ll even pay shipping to your FFL while including six 30 round PMAGS, a 20 round magazine, a Vickers VCAS sling and a test target.Read More