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Heating Up: FIREClean Under the Microscope

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FIREClean, one of the the most aggressively marketed gun lubricants since it hit stores in 2012, is getting the eyeball from its competitors and from some third-party industry figures. Known as a "green clean" product that lubes firearms while removing fouling, FIREClean also happens to be relatively expensive. At $7/oz average retail, it should do everything it advertises. And, by all accounts: it does seem to.

Seemingly out of the blue, a video showing a frying pan test of FIREClean versus Crisco vegerable oil went near-viral. It was shared by the Gun Show Podcast on Facebook, along with a comparison video by Weapon Shield creator George Fennell. The first video has since been removed, but Fennell's video is still available, and includes remarks about the similarities of FIREClean with Wesson oil and PAM - based on a reading of FIREClean's Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). The Everyday No Days Off (ENDO) Blog also shared both videos, shrugging them off as typical industry drama. 

Enter Andrew Tuohy, owner of the Vuurwapen Blog and contributor at The Firearm Blog.

Andrew spent his own money to have an IR spectra analysis done on FIREClean, Crisco soybean oil, and Crisco canola oil. The results are damning; to the general reader, at least. 

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Editorial: Class Action Settlement Leaves Gun Maker Taurus Sitting Pretty...Or, So They Think

Editor's note: This article was submitted by a reader, and published by special request. Please refer to our disclaimer page

Not too long ago, I read an article regarding the gun maker Taurus agreeing to $30 million class action settlement over a trigger defect. In this article by Courtney Coren, two major items stand out to me...

The first major thing that concerns me is the idea that a gun maker allegedly knew they were selling a defective gun since 2007. Eight years ago? Really? It took eight years before they're forced to do anything about it. I wonder how many of these guns were sold in the eight years they knew about the defect? My guess is it's way more than the 200,000 that are allotted for in the settlement. I doubt Taurus is worried about the $30 million settlement, because - if you do the math - the company had a gross revenue of $70 million from those 200,000 pistols (average cost of $350 per pistol).

Now, stop and think for a second... What if they actually sold one million of these nine types of guns involved with the settlement? Then their gross revenue would be more likely $350 million. At that quantity, the settlement is more like a "cost of goods sold" rather than a penalty. They still made $320 million off of selling potentially lethally defective handguns.

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United States to Get Galil ACE Imports in 2015

Anyone who owns a piston-operated rifle has heard of the AK-47 and the IMI Galil. If not, then you should have. Both of these weapons were pioneers in their division, the designs of which have been replicated and tweaked to this day. In 2010, Israel Weapons Industries (IWI) produced updated models of the Galil, known as the IWI Galil ACE lineup

As you saw in the video we shared yesterday, IWI-US will be importing semi-automatic versions of the Galil ACE into the United States next year! In February 2015, the ACE 31 (pistol variant, chambered in 7.62x39mm Russian). In March 2015, the ACE 32 (rifle with 16" barrel, chambered in 7.62x39 Russian) will be available. Presumably, 5.56x45mm NATO and 7.62x51mm NATO versions will follow.
Watching the video, you can see that these models lack the select-fire control that the Israeli and Colombian ACEs have. In addition, they are expected to be priced lower than the IWI Tavor, which is currently retailing for about $1,700 US. The notion of getting our hands on one is enticing - to say the least!

Something interesting to note - especially for a SIG fan like me - is that the Galil ACE pistols will be packaged with a SIGTac SB15 Stabilizer Brace, according to the Military Arms Channel.

Get Cozy With the Ruger American Rimfire

Meet the Ruger American Rimfire. This rifle - chambered in either .22 Long Rifle or .22 Magnum - was introduced in January, and is now shipping. Early reviews have been very positive

If you're unfamiliar with this gun, Jeff Quinn from GunBlast.com put together a great, in-depth video to get you acquainted. Check it out at the "Read More" link!

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Will the U.S. Supreme Court Entertain These Second Amendment-Related Cases? (Updated)

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Today, the Supreme Court of the United States will make the decisions whether or not to hear at least three significant cases concerning U.S. citizens' Constitutionally provided rights. If any of the cases are heard, the very hot debate of how the Second Amendment to the Constitution is interpreted by the judicial branch of our government could be considered settled...or could get even hotter.

Update: It has been announced that the Justices have declined to hear any of the below cases.


This case has been presented and appealed by the National Rifle Association, and contends that where minors are allowed to own handguns they should be allowed to purchase them at age 18. Currently, federal law prohibits the purchase of a handgun by anyone younger than 21. NRA v. BATFE was heard by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, both of which upheld the federal restriction.

Drake v. Filko

This lawsuit attempts to reverse a ban on the carrying of handguns outside the home in the state of New Jersey. The U.S. District Court, New Jersey, and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals have both upheld the state's law...but between the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals' bodyslam of Illionois' concealed weapons ban and a more recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down California's "may issue" wording for the San Diego jurisdiction,  Drake v. Filko may have the boost of confidence it needs.

Welling v. BATFE (unconfirmed name)

Amanda Welling moved from Texas to Washington, DC, and found that the only listed Federal Firearms License holder in the District had closed shop. She was therefore unable to legally transfer her handgun - the proper way - to her new home (she could not transport it personally because of the double-stack magazines - it's a Glock).

We'll update this post with the court's decision. Until then, click "Read More" to check out some more cases that may reach the Supreme Court this year.

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