News Brief – 7/25

The American Firearms News Brief for July 25th: Auto-Ordnance makes bootlegging fun again, Nighthawk Delegates, Ontario coughs up a cringy bayonet, and PROOF has lots of big news.
Michael R Crites


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In this week’s gun news Auto-Ordnance makes bootlegging fun again, Nighthawk Delegates, Ontario coughs up a cringy bayonet, and PROOF has lots of big news.

Auto-Ordnance Bootlegger Thompson, 1911

Pennsylvania-based and Kahr-owned Auto-Ordnance has a new take on retro, going back to the Chicago Typewriter days to bring limited runs of Thompson semi-auto carbines and 1911 Government .45s, all with a Prohibition theme to them.


Customized by Outlaw Ordnance, the Bootlegger line of guns is filled with scenes that harken back to the days of fast cars with loads of 150-proof moonshine roaring down backcountry roads, evading the law and delivering “White Lightning” to speakeasies.


“Auto-Ordnance is devoted to preserving American History, and the Bootlegger series invokes images of the Roaring ’20s–a time people find fascinating!” said Jodi DePorter, Director of Marketing for Kahr Firearms Group. “Owning one of these guns is truly owning a piece of American history.”

The Bootlegger Thompson (T1-14C3) has a 16.5-inch barrel and ships with both a 20-round stick and a 50-round drum magazine for an MSRP of $2,883. The Bootlegger 1911 (1911BKOC9) comes with one 7 round magazine and has an MSRP of $1,496.


Nighthawk Custom Delegate

As part of its Ambassador series pistols, the new Nighthawk Custom Delegate is what is known in the 1911 world as a “Commander” series frame, with a 4.25-inch barrel. Using a steel frame and stainless steel mainspring housing, it has front slide serrations, a bull barrel with a bull nose, a flush-fit magwell, and G10 grips.

Weight is 38.2-ounces while overall length is 7.76-inches. Available in either .45ACP or 9mm for those who prefer less Earth-shattering power, the Delegate has a Heine black ledge rear sight and tritium fronts. MSRP is $3,899.

OKC Retractable Bayonet


The Ontario Knife Company is normally on point when it comes to pokey things, but its latest offering borders between jumping the shark and April Fools in July.

The OKC Retractable Bayonet, billed “for increased means of self-defense to work with or as a backup to your firearm for when hand-to-hand combat becomes necessary,” has a 6-inch S35VN steel blade that fits inside a housing made of 6061-T6 aluminum and is geared to fit on a Picatinny rail system. Spring-loaded, it is 13-inches long when deployed and can be used either mounted to a firearm or by itself.

MSRP is $499. Or you can just get an M4 or M16 profile barrel with a bayonet lug, or even  Geissele’s even more Gucci Super Stabby Bayonet Mount (SSBM), then buy a bombproof milsurp M7 bayonet for like $30.

PROOF debuts MDT Chassis Rifle as Army gives them a nod

Proof MDT

Montana’s PROOF Research has a new precision rifle heading to market, the MDT Chassis Rifle. Naturally, it uses a PROOF Research competition contour steel barrel with chamberings offered in .223 Rem, 6 ARC, 6 Dasher, 6 Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, and 308 Win.

The ACC Chassis has a full Arca rail down the entire length of the forend, and M-Lok mounting points for weights and accessories. Standard features include a Zermatt Arms TL3 action, Triggertech Pro Curved Diamond trigger with an adjustable pull weight from 4-to-32-ounces, an Area 419 Hellfire muzzle brake, and an MDT 12-round AICS-pattern steel magazine. MSRP is $5,699.

In other news from PROOF, the company was recently awarded a $12.7 million military contract for the “development and delivery of prototype advanced composite medium caliber barrels and components for next generation weapon systems.” While the full details are being kept quiet, likely for a blend of company proprietary information and government ITAR regulations, David Curliss, PROOF’s Advanced Composites Division General Manager, commented on the award, “We design and build medium caliber weapon system barrels and components with characteristics previously not attainable.”

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