News Brief – 8/17

The American Firearms News Brief for August 17th: Canik goes METE, FBI picks Winchester for sniper ammo, LAPD goes FN, & Ruger now has a southpaw 10/22.
Michael R Crites


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In this week’s gun news Canik goes METE, FBI picks Winchester for sniper ammo, LAPD goes FN, & Ruger now has a southpaw 10/22.


Canik METE series

Canik METE

Calling it “The Evolution of Superiority,” Canik‘s new METE series of 9mm handguns are named after a legendary Turkish hero, which makes sense as the company is based in Anatolia and has been making increasingly better pistols since 2003.

Building off the TP series’ success, the METE line includes an SFx longslide (MSRP $574.99) and a more standard SFT (MSRP $519.99) model, prices that will surely be closer to the $450ish range in actuality.

The guns come standard with 18- and 20-shot magazines, are optics ready, have a flared mag-well, and improved ergos. They also come with a stack of extra accessories that will probably never be used.

FBI Ammo contract

Winchester Ammunition (Olin) announced this month that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has secured a $5 million exclusive contract for .308/7.62 NATO ammo from the Illinois-based company. Used for sniper/countersniper purposes, the company said of the selection:

 “The Winchester 169-grain Sierra boat tail hollow point .308 Winchester cartridge was selected as the sole source for deployment by the FBI after undergoing the agency’s rigorous testing protocol and examination process. The skillfully engineered Winchester .308 round was designated by the FBI as the overall best value product based on several important criteria.”

 Notably, Winchester does not offer this same load to the public, with the closest currently listed on their website being a 168-grain Ballistic Defense Tip in their Silvertip series and a 168-grain Accu-bond LR in their Expedition line.

LAPD Selects FN 509 MRD-LE for New Duty Pistol


The Los Angeles Police Department is the third-largest municipal law enforcement agency in the country, falling just slightly behind the NYPD and Chicago PD, respectively.

The LAPD for decades used Smith & Wesson revolvers then switched to the company’s “wondernines” before moving to Beretta 92s (remember that scene in Terminator 2 when Robert Patrick/T-1000 repeatedly mag dumps his while wearing an LAPD uniform?) then Glocks (recall End of Watch?) in more recent times.

Now, a new player has entered the game as the department has gone with the MRD-LE version of the FN 509 as its standard duty pistol. Optics ready with co-witness tritium 3-dot iron sights, it is the same size as a Glock 19 but runs a 17+1 standard magazine capacity.

“The Los Angeles Police Department is one of the largest and most elite law enforcement agencies in the country, with roughly 10,000 uniformed officers, and we are proud that they have chosen the FN 509 MRD-LE as their next duty pistol,” said Mark Cherpes, President and CEO of FN America, LLC.

“The FN 509 MRD-LE is the only choice for agencies seeking an extremely capable and versatile duty pistol platform with proven reliability, accuracy, and optic interoperability. Serving the men and women of an outstanding law enforcement agency like the LAPD brings great pride to everyone at FN, we look forward to supporting their police force with a remarkable handgun platform their officers will rely on every day.”

Ruger's Left-Handed 10/22

Ruger 1022 left

Ruger introduced the 10/22 in 1964 and it only took them 56 years to make a left-handed model, which debuted this week.

The new Ruger Custom Shop 10/22 Competition Rifle includes left-side ejection and a left-handed charging handle as well as a push-button cross-bolt manual safety, all fed from a detachable 10-round rotary magazine specially designed for the rifle. As you may have guessed, the gun is not compatible with standard right-handed 10/22 magazines. Besides the obvious benefit to lefties, Ruger points out that right-handed shooters will appreciate the left-side charging handle when shooting from the bench.

MSRP is a whopping $899, but at least it has a nice stock with a fully adjustable cheek rest and a 30 MOA Picatinny top rail.

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