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2A Newsletter: Week of November 3rd

80 Percent Arms   |   Nov 2nd 2023

The S365: A Game Changer for the SIG Sauer P365

When it comes to innovative firearm products, the market witnesses releases now and then, but only a few manage to truly revolutionize the user experience. One such groundbreaking product is the S365 Billet Aluminum Modular Grip Module. Presented by Smith Defense, an American design and manufacturing company, the S365 is set to redefine the SIG Sauer P365 handling experience. And we, at 80 Percent Arms, are thrilled to give our readers an in-depth look.

The SIG Sauer P365, known for its compact design and efficient performance, is more than a conventional grip module. Designed specifically for the P365, it seamlessly combines functionality with a refined aesthetic, enhancing the firearm experience.

Ease of Configuration and Seamless Transition

One of the standout features of the S365 is its straightforward configuration process. Using a simple screw mechanism, users can easily switch between the P365, P365X, P365XL, and the specialized P365L setup.

Broad Compatibility Meets Precision Design

Smith Defense has paid meticulous attention to the compatibility of the S365. It flawlessly integrates with existing lights, lasers, and even your favored slides and barrels. However, it's essential to note that the S365 Grip is only compatible with light-bearing holsters. Furthermore, it ensures a flush fit with standard slides having 3.1” barrels and 10-round magazines. The grip module prioritizes both compatibility and precision in its design. Crafted with precision and accuracy, it ensures a perfect fit for Sig P365 FCU’s immediately, maintaining dependable performance each time.

Unparalleled Durability and Ergonomics

Milled from a solid block of high-grade aluminum, the S365 promises unmatched rigidity. This is not just about durability but also about enhancing the shooting experience. The improved ergonomics offer a secure and comfortable hold, ensuring users have better control and accuracy with every shot.

Handcrafted Excellence with Additional Accessories

Every S365 grip module embodies the craftsmanship and dedication of skilled marksmen. Precision CNC machined in Texas, it stands as a testament to American ingenuity and quality. Each purchase comes complete with a set of grip panels, mounting screws, and a wrench, ensuring users have everything they need to enhance their SIG Sauer P365 experience.

The S365 Billet Aluminum Modular Grip Module is not just another addition to the market; it's a statement of innovation, craftsmanship, and performance. As it becomes available for purchase at 80 Percent Arms, enthusiasts and professionals alike can look forward to an enhanced SIG Sauer P365 experience.

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Ninth Circuit Reinstates California's Assault Weapons Ban 

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently granted a stay on the decision to invalidate California's assault weapons ban, meaning the ban remains effective for now.

Previously in a reaffirming move, Judge Benitez overturned California's longstanding assault weapons ban, marking the second time he's made such a ruling. Benitez put a light on the underreported instances where firearms play a crucial role in self-defense. He urges us to question the societal narrative that often overlooks the countless lives saved due to the timely and effective use of semi-automatic firearms. By doing so, he has consistently recognized the rights of Californians to arm themselves.

Judge Benitez tackled head-on the claims that so-called assault weapons are uniquely dangerous. He astutely observes that these firearms are simply modern adaptations of traditional rifles, shotguns, and pistols. Their lethality isn't inherently greater than other firearms, challenging the premise for their legal prohibition.

However, the California Attorney General's Office was quick to announce its intent to appeal. AG Bonta's argument hinges on the idea that more guns, especially certain types, inherently mean more danger. But this perspective overlooks self-defense and the foundational point of the Second Amendment: citizens' right to bear arms responsibly. By casting a wide net over "Assault Weapons," Bonta seems to suggest that many firearms, regardless of their actual function are inherently dangerous.

Now, The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily reinstated California's assault weapons ban by granting a stay on the district court's decision to invalidate it. This move, endorsed by Attorney General Rob Bonta, keeps the ban in place and is set for further argument in December 2023.

The stance taken by the Ninth Circuit and AG Bonta disregards the rights of law-abiding citizens to responsibly own and use firearms.We stand with Judge Benitez and others who recognize that responsible, law-abiding citizens should not be penalized for the actions of the few. Remember, it's up to us to stay informed, ask the right questions, and make sure our voices are heard.

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ATF Employee Implicated in Gun-Smuggling Operation to Mexico

Recent reports highlight concerning actions within the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), prompting attention from Second Amendment advocates.

A former investigator for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Jose Luis Meneses, stands accused of smuggling firearms into Mexico in 2017. This information came to light through a recent letter by U.S. Senator Charles Grassley addressed to the head of ATF.

Meneses was stationed at the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana. He reportedly admitted to purchasing firearm parts both online and from a California-based gun store, then trafficking these parts into Mexico using diplomatic license plates to evade border checks for personal gain back in 2017. This was corroborated by both Senator Grassley's letter and a contemporaneous ATF memo.

Leaked information from an ATF whistleblower suggests that the agency may have deliberately avoided a comprehensive investigation into Meneses's actions. The ATF memo also provides an in-depth overview of Meneses' situation, penned by a senior ATF representative in Mexico during that period, and was directed to the leader of Mexico's dedicated unit responsible for probing terrorism and arms smuggling incidents. Senator Grassley's letter from October 18, references the 2017 ATF memo and disclosures from the whistleblower. He criticizes the agency for possibly not executing a thorough investigation on the issue. He stated, "If these protected disclosures are true and accurate, they illustrate a failure by the ATF to hold its employees accountable for criminal misconduct."

The unraveling began when a firearm parts vendor flagged suspicious purchases to the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana. Subsequent interrogations led to Meneses' admissions. It's noted that he used a vehicle with diplomatic plates to bypass border checks, allegedly acquiring enough parts over time to assemble eight AR-15 rifles.

Grassley's letter criticizes the ATF for treating this serious issue as merely an "administrative matter," even raising concerns about potential ties between Meneses and notorious Mexican cartels. Responding to the allegations, a senior Mexican diplomatic official has called for a comprehensive probe into the matter. ATF, while confirming receipt of the letter, remains tight-lipped about the case specifics. A U.S. government official defended their actions, stating that immediate measures, including Meneses' termination, were taken once suspicions arose.

It's worth noting this isn't the first time the ATF has been associated with questionable gun operations. Memories of "Operation Fast and Furious" from the Obama Administration era, which had devastating consequences, come to mind.

Given the seriousness of these allegations and the role the ATF plays in enforcing firearm regulations, clarity and transparency are essential. It raises questions: how can the ATF, which enforces regulations on responsible gun owners, fail to hold its own to the same standards? An exhaustive investigation is needed to ensure public trust.