News Brief – 11/1

Michael Crites


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In this week’s gun news, CZ rolls Red & Blue, FN goes TAC3, Springfield Armory brings in more optics-cut XDs, Supreme Court set to hear major 2A case.

CZ SP-01 Red & Blue


With vibrant custom aluminum grips and matching +4 magazine bases, it is easy to see where the two new SP-01 Competition models from CZ get their name.

Going past the color splash, each of these Comp guns is filled with goodies like a 4.6-inch cold hammer-forged barrel, a steel guide rod, a fiber optic front sight, and serrated rear sight.

Plus, they have milled forward slide serrations, ambi safeties, and some seriously heavy springs– 13-pound mainspring and 11-pound recoil spring– considering they are 9mm pistols.

With the extended mags, they have a 21+1 capacity. MSRP is $1,300 bucks, but hey, they are offered in Red and Blue.


FN 15 TAC series

fn15 tac3

To complement their M4 lines, FN has some semi-auto new gas-impingement ARs for the masses: the FN 15 TAC3 series. With four standard TAC3 and one budget (TAC3 Duty) model, all the rifles are mil-spec with an M16-style bolt carrier group, mid-length gas system, and H-buffer “ensuring reliable function with every shot downrange.”

The barrels are FN’s proprietary chrome-moly vanadium steel with a cold-hammer-forged 16-inch government-profile barrel that is chrome-lined and fully free-floated within an extended handguard.

The differences between the two guns are that the TAC3 uses a Hodge Defense-designed wedge-lock rail system and is available in four colors while the TAC3 duty is in plain black with a 15-inch Midwest Industries rail system with full-length Picatinny rail at 12 o’clock, five integrated QD mounts, and multiple M-LOK attachment points.

New XD-S Mod.2 OSP Variants


Following up on last week’s blockbuster news from Springfield Armory that they are bringing the Hi-Power back to the market, they announced this week they have some more fine new Croatian plastic headed out the door as well.

The two new models, if you care, are XD-S Mod.2 OSP Variants, meaning they have factory Sheild-pattern optics cuts in small-frame single-stack pistols.

They include the XD-S Mod.2 OSP 3.3″ .45 ACP– which has a flush-fit, 5-round magazine, and an extended 6- round magazine with grip extension– and the XD-S Mod.2 OSP 4″ 9mm which comes with a 7-round flush-fit magazine and an extended 9-round mag with grip extension.

Both pistols are offered with an optional Crimson Trace micro-sized red dot. The asking price is $450 for those who have glass already or $550 if you want a CT-1500 series MRD thrown in.

SCOTUS does 2A

U.S. Supreme Court Docket #No. 20-843, otherwise known as New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc., et al vs Kevin P. Bruen, in His Official Capacity as Superintendent of New York State Police, et al. has the gun law world holding its collective breath.

More than 80 groups on both sides of the issues have filed friend-of-the-court briefs with all of the pro-gun groups and Libertarian-minded folks arguing that New York’s gun licensing program should be tossed in the trash because “shall not be infringed” while all the gun control types argue it should be kept in place because of, well, it would surely spark the end of the world should it be stricken down.

Either way, “may issue” states like California and Hawaii stand to lose their own, similar carry programs should the now very conservative high court move to scrap the Empire State’s law.

Arguments are scheduled for Nov. 3, with a decision expected sometime next Spring. During that deliberation, pundits will weigh every face tick and sigh made by the Justices during the argument to forecast which way the 2A winds will blow. SCOTUS Blog has lots of good coverage should you be interested. 

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