Tuesday, 23 May


Firearm Manufacturing Processes in Russian “Molot” Plant (Video) [The Firearm Blog]

About a month ago, Russian Molot arms plant has released a video showing their premises and the processes they use to manufacture firearms. Just recently they added English subtitles to that video. So let’s watch it and discuss some of the interesting processes shown in the video. The most interesting and somewhat mysterious process to […]

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Strike Industries Latchless Phantom Charging Handle Now Available In Three Colors [The Firearm Blog]

Phantom Charging HandleIn the first of many new products that Strike Industries now has notified us about, they are now offering the Phantom charging handle in a gray color. For those of you not familiar with the Phantom charging handle, it is an ambidextrous charging handle that uses a hidden spring clip to keep it in place instead […]

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Monday, 22 May


Prototype Belt Feeding Backpack [The Firearm Blog]

This video was posted on Special Force Facebook page. KSP58 | SAW M240 . The ammo backpack is a private prototype . Holds Aprox. 700 rounds I find the position of the belt interesting. Other backpack designs that feed belt fed machine guns have the belt exiting the pack out the side. Whereas this back […]

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One to Watch: Benchmade Proper [AllOutdoor.com]

For some, the idea of a pocket knife is a small, thinly ground slipjoint. Anything else is a weapon. For folks that are newer to the knife world, it wasn’t a knife unless it opened with one hand. When I started writing about gear, it was never the two shall meet. But a few years ago, in the face of a tidal wave of TFFs (titanium framelock flippers), some of the “young whippersnappers” decided that maybe those knives of old, with their warm, comfy handles and thinly ground blades were actually pretty decent in an everyday carry role.

GEC did a lot to fan the flames of the love for traditional knives. Northwoods Knives didn’t help either, adding gorgeous handle scale to fuel to the fire. There were tons of bone and dark wood handle covers and the joys of high carbon steel were introduced to a whole new group of people (including me). It was pretty delightful and eye opening. After a few years of increasingly beefy tactical folders that had decreasing utility, folks had knives that could, well, slice stuff again. Crazy right?

But some of the more modern production companies wanted to put their own twist on these traditional knives. Spyderco, in the face of possible loosening of TSA regulations (which failed, sadly), produced the truly superior Roadie–a slipjoint with lots of great ergonomic Spyderco touches.  Their long time rival, Benchmade, had nothing in this space at all.  Furthermore, their recent line ups have been pretty boring.

Then, with no fanfare at all, they released two versions of a slipjoint called the Proper.  One had red micarta scales and the other brown.  This, along with the integral Anthem, was a one-two punch of cool for a brand that needed some cool.

The specs are perfect for EDC–the blade steel is S30V, lightyears more advanced than the traditional knife favorite of 1095.  There is, as you can see, a stylish nail nick.  And the blade runs a good 2.86 inches.  The knife weighs a pocket-pleasing 2.32 ounces.  This makes it a bit bigger than the Roadie, more along the lines of the Spyderco Pingo (another great modern slipjoint). In all, this is a great little EDC blade.

Compared to a traditional it seems downright new fangled.  Compared to the fidget friendly flippers everywhere, the knife seems like a laid back, get-things-done alternative.  If you have wanted a less aggressive knife to carry around, something that won’t send people screaming in the Target parking lot or have you branded an axe murderer at your next kid’s birthday party, the Proper fits the bill.

For me, the Proper just has that warm feel that makes you want to handle a knife.  The swedge is great, easing that top edge a bit, key for a knife that you have to reach into your pocket to grab.  The handle material is just right too.  Micarta is a splendid material with plenty of traction and a nice look.  Its clean and current without being space-age modern.

If you want to dip your toe in the traditional knife waters and try a thin bladed slipjoint without going all stag handled, the Proper looks like a good place to start.  And it has brought more than a dash of excitement to the Benchmade line.

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Trump’s Gun Advisory Coalition [AllOutdoor.com]

When candidate Donald Trump was trolling for votes among gun owners, he put together a group of advisors on the subject. The “coalition” was supposed to channel ideas, input, and voter interest on gun ownership issues to the candidate. Trump was supposed to be updated on 2nd Amendment issues. That was all well and good.

But, now with Trump having been elected to the White House nothing has been said about the advisory group. In fact, no formal coalition has ever actually been convened despite 62 co-chairs having been named to the group. The official status of the group is unknown at this time.

Now, to be fair to the new president, Trump has had a few other issues on his plate, which now appears to be more like a platter. What with healthcare, energy, immigration, tax relief and international issues, Donald has been a mite busy. One perhaps assumes he assumes the 2nd Amendment is well intact and has no immediate threats. That is except the Democrats in Congress who never seem to give up on gun control.

Meanwhile the coalition members had hoped for some movement in their agenda with the invitation of Donald Trump, Jr. and the NRA’s Chris Cox to join the advisory group. As it turns out though, having Trump, Jr. on the coalition could be legally problematic if the group advises Trump as the president and not as just as candidate.

Already the FACA is looking into that. Never heard of that Federal group? Who has? The Federal Advisory Committee Act looks into such things to be certain that they are official. That is having a legal charter and to open all meetings to the public, etc. That is should the president make the coalition an actual formal group established by the president. That could happen.

The coalition meanwhile is building support for its agenda. The main items on their want list are to nationalize permits for concealed carry to be recognized by all states. They want legislation simplifying the purchase and approval of firearms suppressors, which the media continues to mislabel as silencers. Legislation is also sought for placing deadlines on the BATF for appeals for gun buyer’s that have been denied on background checks.

For gun owners, we can only just wait for action. Congress is slow. Government is slower. We can hope that our new president will fight the good fight and that the coalition speaks on our behalf to advise the president in our favor. To be safe, talk to your congressmen as well.

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Accidental Shootings Blamed on Flashlights [AllOutdoor.com]

A San Diego Union Tribune newspaper article recently hypothesized that some of the “accidental” police shootings that have occurred could be linked to pistol mounted flashlights. The implied connection is that in the heat of a confrontational situation that it could be possible that police patrol officers have mistakenly pulled pistol triggers in the process of trying to turn on their under barrel rail mounted flashlights.

The newspaper article referred to five such incidents that have been reported nationwide over the past year. However, a search of data bases did not reveal any specific evidence linking police or others confusing the function of their pistol mounted flashlights with their handgun triggers. Could there be a connection?

Any time an accessory item is mounted on any firearm the user has the responsibility first to make certain the device is mounted correctly, and that it is used safely. Obviously this might demand additional training specifically if the utilization of such devices is deployed by police, security or even military. However, private gun owning citizens are also held responsible for proper use of such accessories as well. This includes rifles, shotguns and handguns.

Certainly one could argue that in the heat of a hostile situation that anybody could mistakenly misfire their weapon due to a host of factors. The least of these is just the pure adrenalin rush of the situation. This is why firearms use training is so critical. Shooter training teaches gun handlers to keep their fingers out of the trigger loop until there is a necessity to pull the trigger. This is a most basic shooter safety procedure. It has to be engrained in the shooting mindset.

Pistol mounted flashlights are very popular now. This is why most all handgun manufacturers are now designing pistol models with frame housings that offer the Picatinny type rail mounting grooves under the slide/barrel for the attachment of flashlights and or laser devices. The need for a gun mounted flashlight should be obvious especially for law enforcement applications.

The pistol mounted flashlights I have examined have ON/OFF switches of different types, but the most common is either a push button or slide switch. This activation switch is most often designed to be manipulated by the offhand finger, not the trigger finger. Could there be use confusion in practice? It seems hard to imagine such, but then anything is possible. If you mount such a flashlight on any weapon, make certain you train how to use it correctly.

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Destroying Urban Habitat [AllOutdoor.com]

Some people just don’t get it. When I heard my neighbor was going to cut down a twenty year old oak tree in his front yard, I was astonished. I talked to him about his plan and his reasoning for cutting the huge tree was, well, ridiculous. His wife did not like sweeping up all the acorns falling on the sidewalk and in the yard. Really? Dude that is wildlife food at the least.

What this computer geek doesn’t realize is the many reasons for keeping such a tree. First and foremost, it provided much needed nesting cover for song birds, and a half dozen gray squirrels that resided in the tree. There was one big active squirrel nest in the tree when it was taken down. I pointed that out to him, but it had no impact whatsoever.

Other reasons for protecting urban tree habitats include just pleasing landscape beauty. Now the front of his house has a huge void that has no curb appeal. Trees can increase property values by as much as 15 percent, especially in an established neighborhood. What would you rather look at, a barren yard, or one with lush, green trees? I thought so.

Next, I am sure he will experience a heat gain from the lack of the tremendous shade cover he just removed. The tree was cut in the morning, and by noon you could already see the effects of the sun beating into the windows of the house. He will never admit that his cooling bill will likely rise.

There are of course bigger issues to having big trees as well. The O2 given off, though I guess admittedly small for one tree, is a factor to consider. Trees not only clean the soils, but also serve as air scrubbers. Every single tree contributes to this. Trees also provide wind breaks, and help to reduce noise pollution from traffic on the busy streets.

But, I guess for me other than the sheer looks of a beautiful tree across the street is the wildlife habitat features such a tree provides. And the acorns? By the end of winter all of those nuts would have been consumed by the squirrels, and the many birds coming across them. Even the ones rotted and left will add compost to the soil as well.

So, if you have the idea of cutting down a valuable tree, please think twice. There are many more compelling reasons to let it live.

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Flint River Armory’s New CSA45: an AR-pattern Rifle in .45 ACP [AllOutdoor.com]

In Huntsville, Alabama there is a rather obscure small arms manufacturer named Flint River Armory. They manufacture a very unique firearm they call their CSA45. At first glance it looks like just another AR-type rifle, but it is anything but that. It begs for further investigation.

The CSA45 is not just a long gun platform redesigned to handle a handgun cartridge. The CSA45 is a completely new PCC platform that was created specifically to handle the popular and powerful .45 ACP cartridge. The rifle design is gas piston operated with a rotating bolt. If you look around, you will not find anything else on the market like it.

The CSA45 was created to be a personal defense weapon. So, the designer(s) worked to build a rifle that is completely reliable, strong, and accurate. And it is 100% built in the USA, mostly in Alabama. The company is not shy in bragging about this firearm being made by American workers.

Features include a high strength, one piece buffer and lower receiver. The bolt carrier is one piece. The forearm is set up with the KeyMod attachment as standard issue. The rifle’s takedown can be accomplished without tools. The rifle comes complete with two magazines, each holding 25 rounds. The firepower of the CSA45 is immense.

The rifle operation consists of a short-stroke gas piston that functions with a locking bolt that rotates. The fire controls are built just like an AR so shooters will be familiar with how the rifle works basically when they first pick it up for orientation prior to shooting it at the range. The barrel is 16-inches in length and the rifle only weighs 6.1 pounds.

Talk about built in strength, the receiver is a billet machined 6061-T6 aluminum. The barrel is 4140 Chrome molly. The bolt is made from 17-4 stainless. Even the magazines are constructed of stainless for durability and element resistance. The stock is polymer. The entire rifle is finished in a black matte.

The top of the receiver is equipped with a full Picatinny rail for adding open back up sights like Magpuls or other options. Any red dot, electronic, or holographic sight can easily be added as could a more conventional scope. A good close quarter defensive optic would be an excellent choice for this rifle. The KeyMod can allow all types of accessories to be quickly mounted.

More details and photos can be seen at their web site.

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Ohio: Pro-Gun Legislation to be Heard Tomorrow! [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, May 23, the House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee will be hearing “proponent” testimony on House Bill 201.  This legislation, sponsored by state Representatives Ron Hood (R-78) and Thomas Brinkman, Jr. (R-27), would repeal the existing provision of law which requires individuals to have a Concealed Handgun License (CHL) in order to carry a concealed handgun.


When you train, do you film your shooting? [AllOutdoor.com]

When you train, do you film your shooting? It’s really a great teacher because you see everything you do right and wrong. With this info you can take the steps necessary to correct the bad habits before they take hold. My advice is to have two possible cameras, one mounted on your headgear or cap and the other set off the side of you filming every move you make.

The head mounted camera will show you your grip, your arm positions from an overhead POV. You can see if you have a consistent grip each and every time which is one thing you need to do to become a better shooter. I have done this to some of my students and they were completely amazed at just what they were doing wrong. One guy, every time he fired his 40cal his left hand let the gun completely go and the recoil to control him instead of him controlling the recoil.

I wrote about the GoPro Hero 5 session camera in an earlier article which is a great camera but you can use whichever headgear type camera you have or want to buy. There are a few cheaper ones out on the market so the choice is yours.


GoPro Hero 5 Session camera

As far as the side camera goes, you can pretty much use any video camera and tripod set up to your side. This will show you your stance and if you are holding the right position all the way and even your follow-through. You may be surprised that you actually lean back as you fire. Most people aren’t even aware they do this.

If you use these videos as a “training tool” you can greatly improve your shooting skills and become a better all around shooter no matter what you shooting. If you can catch and stop bad habits before they imbed in your mind and muscle memory you are on your way to being the better shooter. Being a better shooter will mean you can be more confident of your own skills if and when you may have to take a shot to save a loved one.


Side shoot showing he needed to be leaning forward more

Also again I will say get into some form of competition shooting as it will boost your skills and ability. It all comes down to training, video recording your practice sessions along with getting into some form of competition can and may save your life some day!

So get a camera or two and hit the range as much as possible and film yourself, you may be surprised at what you are doing right and more importantly catch and correct what you are doing wrong.

Stay Safe, see you out there!!!



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10mm gel test: Hornady 175 gr Critical Duty FlexLock [The Firearm Blog]

We fired 10mm Hornady 175 gr Critical Duty FlexLock from 4.5″ barrel EAA polymer frame Witness at 20 feet into clear ballistic gel to assess velocity, penetration, expansion, and weight retention. While the performance may not be perfect, it is nevertheless quite good. Average velocity: 1,083 fps Average penetration: 18.7″ Average retained weight: 174.0 gr […]

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New Jersey Sues SIG Sauer for Allegedly Selling Defective Handguns to State Police [The Firearm Blog]

Gunmaker SIG Sauer is in hot water after the state of New Jersey sued the company for breach of contract when they allegedly delivered defective handguns to their State Police. In mid-2014, SIG Sauer won a contract to provide pistols to the New Jersey State Police and reportedly subsequently delivered 3,000 SIG P229 handguns. However, […]

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Washington: NRA Files Amicus Brief in Challenge to Kitsap County Anti-Gun Ordinance [NRA-ILA News]

Last week, attorneys on behalf of the NRA filed an amicus brief in Kitsap County v. Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club (Kitsap II), the case which challenges Kitsap County’s firearm discharge ban and range licensing scheme.  Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club, a local shooting range that has served the Kitsap community for almost 100 years, is at risk of being shut down by the regulations set forth in the Kitsap County anti-gun ordinance.  In the amicus brief, the attorneys establish that Washington state law preempts firearms and shooting range regulations and that the Kitsap County ordinance is in violation of the state’s preemption statutes.


Nevada: Governor Sandoval Signs AB 118! [NRA-ILA News]

Today, May 22, Governor Brian Sandoval signed important pro-gun legislation, Assembly Bill 118, into law.  AB 118, sponsored by Assemblyman Skip Daly, will allow members of the military and those who have received an honorable discharge between 18 and 20 years of age to obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm.  This legislation goes into effect immediately.


History of the SA-80, Part 3 – It Comes Together and Gets Worse [The Firearm Blog]

I don’t know about you, but I try to give any movie I watch in the theaters at least 30 minutes to see if it will get good. Case in point – John Wick – which if you don’t stay through at least 20 looks to be an incoherent mess. Now, over a half hour […]

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POTD: German Cars And ̶C̶o̶f̶f̶e̶e̶ Guns [The Firearm Blog]

Here is a picture for #MP5Monday. Photo credit to @Leaspeed6. The photo has her BMW M4 and MP5K PDW. Pretty nice setup on the MP5, the M4 isn’t to shabby either. The MP5K appears to be running the Dakota tactical MLOK rail, which explains the vertical grip and handstop. I don’t recognize what is mounted […]

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Pennsylvania: Self-Defense Bill Could be Voted on This Week [NRA-ILA News]

This week, Senate Bill 383 could be considered by the full Senate for a floor vote.  SB 383, sponsored by state Senator Donald C. White (R-41), would clarify the Pennsylvania school boards’ authority to allow school staff to carry firearms on school property.  Please contact your state Senator in support of SB 383!


Project Spark Plug: PWS Summit Straight Pull 22LR – Part 1 [The Firearm Blog]

Every shooter has what they refer to as their list of “grail guns”. That is, firearms they would easily order up if they had the resources to buy whatever they wanted (#hipointcarbine). On the other end of the line are the “everyday” type guns that steep themselves in utility and are fairly obtainable for the masses, […]

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South Carolina: Governor McMaster Signs Pro-Gun Bill [NRA-ILA News]

Last Friday, May 19, Governor Henry McMaster (R) signed H. 3429 into law.  This bill went into effect upon the Governor’s approval.


Armed burglary suspect shot by homeowner during break-in [NRA-ILA News]

Police said an armed burglary suspect was shot and killed by a homeowner during a break-in on Sunday. According to a release, Evansville Police was called to the 1100 block of Washington Avenue around 4 a.m. for a report of shots fired.  We're told officers in the area were flagged down by a pedestrian who told them someone had been shot. He told the police the person was in the area on foot.


Watch: Canik Made CZ75 Pistols [AllOutdoor.com]

In this video, the Military Arms Channel does an overview of the Canik made CZ75 9mm handguns that are imported by Tristar. The two pistols in the video are the Canik P100 and the C100, both are chambered in 9mm and made in Turkey.


  • Barrel length 4.72”
  • Width 1.41”
  • Height 5.67”
  • Length 8.18”
  • Weight with empty magazine 2.59 lbs
  • Steel frame


  • Barrel length 3.93”
  • Width 1.41”
  • Height 5.35′
  • Length 7.36”
  • Weight with empty magazine 1.63 lbs
  • Aluminum frame

Now for the video.

Canik (pronounced Janik) are made in Turkey are imported by Tristar.

On a personal note, it is nice to see a handgun with a safety and double action / single action.  Over the past few decades there has been a gradual trend where striker-fired handguns overtook hammer-fired in popularity,    In an era when everything seems to be striker fired, the hammer design reminds of the 1980s and 1990s when just about everything (besides Glock) had a hammer.

As of May 22, 2017 prices for the for the P100 and C100 are less than $400.  For that price, why not pick one up?


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Arizona 'shoots down' Tucson's gun ordinance [NRA-ILA News]

The Arizona State Legislature has again taken aim at Tucson's gun laws with the passage of SB 1122.It was signed by Governor Doug Ducey on May 1, 2017.


California: State releases new semi-auto rules after threat of legal action [NRA-ILA News]

Regulations on the ownership and registration of assault weapons in California were released to the public late Thursday after a coalition of Second Amendment proponents threatened legal action against state agencies if the rules were not disclosed.


Texas: Pflugerville City Council allows concealed carry in council chambers [NRA-ILA News]

The Pflugerville City Council approved an amendment to an ordinance at its meeting Tuesday night that allows concealed carry of handguns in the City Council chambers — an act that was previously prohibited by the council after Texas’ open carry gun law went into effect Jan. 1.


Gun control and the Va. governor's race: the issue both parties are eyeing [NRA-ILA News]

The Alexandria forum will be hosted by Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC. It could be closely monitored by Republicans ahead of November’s general election, where gun control is likely to be a topic that puts the state’s partisan divide on full display.Republicans have termed the Democratic primary a “race to the left” ever since former Rep. Tom Perriello unexpectedly entered the campaign in January to challenge Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, who had already locked up the support of most of the state’s party establishment but has faced a competitive race ever since. A Washington Post poll released Thursday showed that 40 percent of likely Democratic voters support Perriello, while 38 percent support Northam.


Bug Out Location Reading Material [AllOutdoor.com]

Something I have tried to do over the past few decades is make sure the bug out location has an assortment of reading material.  This has mostly been various magazines, but I also have a range of books in my personal library.

The magazines at the bug out location are to keep minds occupied, while my personal collection is for education.  Sometimes the topics overlap, sometimes not.

The goal is to have an assortment of reading material that will appeal to a range of interest.  The more people pick up a book and read, the less they focus on stress causing issues.

Literature Reading Material

After I went through college composition classes, rather than selling the books, I kept them.  Each book is filled with classic poems and short stories.  This should be enough to keep a mind busy for weeks.

Without Internet, video games or TV, this would be a good time for young people to read the works of Jack London, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hemingway, Mark Twain, Longfellow, Thoreau, Poe… etc.

All young people should read “To Build a Fire”, “Call of the Wild”, and “Undaunted Courage”.

Science And History

Hopefully someone in the group will have an interest in science, anthropology and paleontology.

There are various magazines that I used to subscribe to, such as National Geographic and Smithsonian.

Popular Mechanics would probably go under science, and they have a lot of good ideas that could be related to prepping.

Hunting And Outdoor Skills

Field and Stream, Outdoor Life, Petersens Hunting… etc.

Get a yearly subscription to some hunting, fishing and outdoor magazines.  Magazines that cover outdoor skills would probably be helpful to people living in a remote cabin.

Journals For personal Use

Something that is often overlooked is keeping a journal.  Document the events, thoughts, feelings, interactions between people in the group.

Document when birds are migrating, days when there was a frost or when the temps dipped below freezing.

For example, if someone knows that on average a given area will receive 70 hours of frost time.  Keep a record of the amount of hours that frost was present, and you have an idea when it will be safe to plant a garden in the spring.

Final Thoughts

Reading is not for everyone.  For some people, when they leave school was the last time they read anything, which is a shame.

In a grid-down situation, reading will probably be one of the few form of entertainment.

To quote Thomas Jefferson,

“I cannot live without books; but fewer will suffice where amusement, and not use, is the only future object.” – Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 10 June 1815.

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New World Record: 13 Clay Targets in 1.6 Seconds (VIDEO) [The Firearm Blog]

Raniero Testa broke his own record of shooting multiple clay pigeon targets while they are in the air. You may have seen such trick shots before, where the shooter throws a stack of clay targets into the air and shoots each of them separately before they land. Raniero is a Winchester team shooter and he […]

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Wisconsin: Sign and Share the Right-to-Carry Petition! [NRA-ILA News]

The Wisconsin Right-to-Carry bill continues to move through the legislature with the next likely step being a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 31st.


Oklahoma: Governor Signs Self-Defense Legislation into Law [NRA-ILA News]

On Saturday, Governor Mary Fallin signed important pro-gun legislation, Senate Bill 397, into law.


Laumann 1891 and Schonberger-Laumann 1894 Semiauto Pistols [Forgotten Weapons]

Josef Laumann was an Austrian designer of early ring-trigger manually repeating pistols, and was one of the first to develop that type of handgun into a semiautomatic. He took an 1891 pattern ring trigger gun and adapted it with an 1892 patent into a simple blowback self-loader – coming very close to being the first self-loading pistol actually built in the process (although he was just beaten out by the Salvator-Dormus).

He continued to refine the design with the financial aid of the Schonberger brothers, who were his financiers in the endeavor. With their assistance, he produced two patterns of 1894 semiauto pistol, although neither would prove successful enough to see substantial production.

I have the great opportunity today to bring you both an 1891 ring-trigger Laumann as well as examples of both the first and second pattern 1894 Schonberger-Laumann semiautos!


IDEF 2017- MKEK Introduces 5.56x45mm MPT-55 Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

MKEK has taken to IDEF 2017 this year by releasing a 5.56x45mm NATO version of their 7.62x51mm NATO MPT-76, a Turkish made AR10. The select-fire, piston operated MPT-55 comes in two variants, a standard barrel configuration of 14.5 inches and 7.3 pounds, and a shorter version at 11 inches and 6.6 pounds designated the MPT-55K. […]

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Schmeisser “SOLID” AR-15 Buffer Tube Assembly [The Firearm Blog]

Schmeisser makes upgraded AR-15 buffer tube assembly. What makes it interesting to me is the approach of the company in product development. Instead of working on a development of a single aftermarket part, they have improved all the parts of the assembly (or subassembly). In this case, it is the buffer tube (receiver extension) assembly. […]

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Kalashnikov Concern goes “Firearms Not Politics” [The Firearm Blog]

The first practical shooting Rifle World Championship will take place in “Patriot” park in Russia from May 25 to June 11, 2017. It is going to be a pretty large event with 850 shooters from 45 countries participating. However, some shooters faced a problem of not being able to bring their guns into Russia, because of […]

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World’s Smallest and Lightest Double Rifle by Peter Hofer [The Firearm Blog]

Peter Hofer Jagdwaffen is an Austrian firearms manufacturer. They are most known for making fine bespoke double rifles and all kinds of combination hunting firearms. In their catalog, you can see some unbelievable combinations and barrel layouts of break action shotguns and rifles. They make guns like quad barrel shotguns and five barrel combination rifles and much […]

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Counterfeit Warning: Fake KDG Sidelok Mounts Have Hit the Market [The Firearm Blog]

In most industries having your products knocked-off is nothing new, the same is true for the firearms accessory market. Just recently we posted about fake UpLULA magazine loaders being sold on Amazon. Then there was that $2 million load of counterfeit Glock mags seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, they also seized a load […]

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Sunday, 21 May


Oregon: Anti-Gun Legislators Reintroduce Gun Control Bills [NRA-ILA News]

Today, anti-gun legislators will be introducing Senate Bill 1065, which is a combination of two anti-gun bills, Senate Bill 764 and Senate Bill 797.  Both SB 764 and SB 797 failed to pass the policy committee deadline on April 18 and were considered dead for the rest of the 2017 legislative session; however, Senator Prozanski, Senator Burdick and Representative Williamson have introduced SB 1065 as a priority bill to avoid this committee deadline.  Please contact your state Senator and President of the Senate, Senator Courtney, in opposition to SB 1065!


Book Review – The Lee Enfield, by Ian Skennerton [Forgotten Weapons]

Ian Skennerton is a leading authority on British rifles, having written extensively on Sniders, Martinis, Enfields, and more. This specific book, “The Lee Enfield” is the most recent iteration of his compendium of Lee-Enfield information, printed in 2007 (previous versions were “The Lee Enfield Story” of the 1980s and “The British Service Lee” of the 90s). It is an absolute wealth of information, including a large amount of original British military documents. Skennerton covers a huge array of developmental and experimental versions of the Enfield as well as the standard production models (including American, Canadian, Australian, and Indian production).

Strange WW1 modifications and accessories, grenade launchers, snipers, lightweight guns, carbines, long rifles, semiautomatic conversions, you name it – it’s all here. Unfortunately, the organization and editing leaves a lot to be desired, in my opinion. It is a book that looks magnificent when idly flipped through, but can be frustrating to use to understand the history of a gun or guns. The text often jumps from one subject to another, forcing the reader to piece together elements from different sections to figure out a coherent story.

That said, it remains an indispensable book for the Enfield enthusiast, as it has a ton of information not found elsewhere. I hope that if a new revision or edition is ever produced, Mr. Skennerton will employ the services of a ruthless editor to help him form the raw information into a more navigable history.


Bombs? Who Needs Bombs? New Kamikaze Suicide UAV Combines “Eye in the Sky” with “Hellfire” [The Firearm Blog]

  By this point in the second decade of the 21st Century, unmanned aerial vehicles armed with precision weapons are not strange or unusual. Indeed, they have so profoundly impacted the popular psyche as to have had pop songs written about them. However, these systems generally make a distinction between the aerial vehicle and the ordnance […]

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Saturday, 20 May


Fix A Heavy Trigger On The Cheap With JP Reduced Power Springs [The Firearm Blog]

If you have a stock AR trigger that is a bit on the heavy side and don’t want to replace the trigger with an upgraded one, a reduced power spring kit from JP might just be the ticket. In this week’s Modification Minute we turn a gross 7 pound, 12-ounce trigger into a much more tolerable 4-pound […]

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SA80 History: L85 A1 vs A2 (and the coming A3) [Forgotten Weapons]

Armament Research Services (ARES) is a specialist technical intelligence consultancy, offering expertise and analysis to a range of government and non-government entities in the arms and munitions field. For detailed photos of the guns in this video, don’t miss the ARES companion blog post!

At last, we have reached the L85A2, when the rifle was finally made into something reliable and effective. In 1995, after extensive public scandal from the L85A1’s shortcomings being blatantly exposed in the first Gulf War, Heckler & Koch was given a contract to retrofit the rifles. At the time H&K was owned by British Aerospace, so this remained an arguably British program. The H&K retrofit consisted largely of subtle changes to materials, tolerancing, and finish, but it would lead to very significant improvements in performance (these were the ares where the original Enfield design team had the least experience). The parts changed included:

Cocking handle, bolt, extractor, extractor pin, ejector, ejector pin, firing pin, cam stud, hold-open, barrel extension, gas system, handguard, magazine, bolt carrier, hammer stop, hammer, barrel, ejection post, and all springs.

The new A2 rifles were introduced into service starting in 2001, and have receiver widely positive reviews. This is the rifle that the L85 could have and should have been from the very beginning. In addition, further improvements will likely lead to an A3 variant in the relatively near future. Currently the main improvement is HK’s “A3” (not yet a government designation) upper receiver, which is stronger and has an improved optics mounting rail.

Friday, 19 May


Dry Run To The Bug Out Location [AllOutdoor.com]

When my children were young, from time to time we would make a dry run to the bug out location.  My family and I would pack up the night before and have just about everything besides cold food ready to go.

The children would be told to pack a bag.  When they were done, I would go over their bag.  Sometimes they may only pack a pair of shorts and underwear for the weekend.  Kids will be kids.

We would get up the next morning and head out to the camp.  To mix things up, sometimes I would take various routes to the bug out location.  Sometimes we would go the usual way, sometimes a longer route off the beaten path.

Survival Skills

Upon arriving at the bug out location, I would note how the kids acted.  Did they know the routine, did they know how to turn on the water pump, know how to turn on the propane and light the pilot lights?

When it came time to make the beds, did the children remember where the linens were at?  Did they argue over who got which bed?

From time to time, I would quiz the children about various things, such as seeds being kept in the freezer, shot size for small game… etc.

We would practice fire building skills.

Sometimes, we would go fishing in creeks way off the woods.  The only thing we caught were perch, but they were fun to catch and release.

In the winter we may go looking for rabbits, squirrel or deer.  They would learn the difference between hog tracks and deer tracks.

Sometimes, we would go hiking or camping.  On the hiking trips, the children would go over their land navigation skills.

During the spring we may plant a garden.  Then go back in a few months to make the harvest.  Sometimes the crops did not make it, sometimes the deer and rabbits ate everything,

The kids thought we were just having fun.  The truth is, they were learning survival kills.  Skills I hoped they would remember if or when humanity is ever faced with a crisis situation.

Dry Run

Besides a weekend get away, I was observing if the children had a basic knowledge on hunting, fishing, fire building, gardening.. etc.  The woods around here are full of small game.  My oldest son takes great joy in getting some of the squirrels who hang around the deer feeder.

They know how to use the pit, hunt small game, skin squirrel and rabbits and how to cook them.

During the spring the children know what berries to pick and where the wild plums grow.

The whole purpose of the dry run was to make sure the children knew how to do things around the bug out location.

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Nevada: Anti-Gun Bills Fail to Pass Second Chamber Policy Committee Deadline [NRA-ILA News]

Today, May 19, was the second chamber policy committee deadline.  Two anti-gun bills, Senate Bill 115 and Senate Bill 387, both failed to pass out of the Assembly Judiciary Committee and are now dead for the 2017 legislative session.  Thanks to your phone calls and emails, these anti-gun measures failed to advance through the legislature.  Your NRA-ILA will remain vigilant and protect your Second Amendment rights throughout the rest of the 2017 legislative session, as it is possible for these issues to resurface.


Oklahoma Action Needed: Continue Urging Governor Fallin to Sign Pro-Gun Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Last week, Senate Bill 397 passed the Oklahoma Senate and was sent to Governor Mary Fallin for her consideration; however, this legislation is under attack by gun control groups who are spreading misinformation to the Governor.


Massachusetts Gun Dealers: Please Attend Event for Small Business Owners [NRA-ILA News]

Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito will be sponsoring a small business listening session, hosted by the Housing & Economic Development Secretary, Jay Ash, on Thursday, May 25, at 7:30am at Mount Wachusett Community College.  Gun dealers/small business owners will have an opportunity to meet with Secretary Ash and discuss the regulations that have hurt small businesses for the sake of ineffective policies attempting to increase public safety.


Andrew Branca & LOSD Seminar Coming To NC In June [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Attorney Andrew Branca will be bringing his Law of Self Defense Seminars to North Carolina on June 10 and 11. The classes are being sponsored by Grass Roots North Carolina and will be held at the Triangle Shooting Academy in Raleigh.

More info below in the alert from GRNC.


You carry a gun so you're hard to kill. Know the law so you're hard to convict. . .

Do you know the law of self defense? I mean, REALLY know the law? What good does it do to defend your life if you make some small legal mistake that ends up putting you in prison for the rest of your life?

At the Grass Roots North Carolina Annual Meeting two years ago in Charlotte, Attorney Andrew Branca taught an incredible Law of Self-Defense seminar that focused 
entirely on North Carolina's laws. Most of us have taken a Concealed Handgun Permit course, which has 4 hours of legal instruction. But AndrewBranca's class goes much deeper. 

It's everything you need to know before you have to use force in self-defense.  Not just the black letter law, but also the judges' legal decisions and self-defense jury instructions. This class is so detailed that if you're a lawyer, it counts toward Continuing Legal Education. But don't think it's dry and boring like your CHP class was.

Andrew is a fantastic presenter, taking complex legal discussions and turning them into simple concepts and delivering them with his trademark wit.
Enroll Now and Receive a GRNC Discount

Through a special agreement with Andrew, Grass Roots North Carolina can offer you a discount (for a limited time) on these Raleigh Law of Self-Defense seminars.

Before May 28, Use discount code "GRNC" at checkout and receive 10% off one or both of these essential classes. 

But act now, because the classes are filling up quickly, and as of May 28th, the price of the classes goes up
The seminars will be held at
Triangle Shooting Academy
in Raleigh, NC
Level 1 Seminar
Saturday, June 10th, 2017
9:00 AM 

Level 2 Seminar
(available to those who have taken Level 1, or will take it on June 10)
Sunday, June 11th, 2017
10:00 AM 

Sign up online at: 

And remember to use discount code "GRNC" at checkout to show your support for Grass Roots North Carolina, and also to save 10%. Class is open only to pre-registered students, so sign up right away before the price increase.


Bloomberg's Everytown Creates "Authors Council" to Push Anti-Gun Propaganda [NRA-ILA News]

As if the country’s media weren’t already sufficiently co-opted by anti-gun advocates, this week, Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety announced an effort to pervert an additional facet of American entertainment. The billionaire bank-rolled interest group has developed the Everytown Authors Council. According to Bloomberg’s astroturf campaign, “The Council is designed to harness the power of the literary community to amplify the gun safety movement.”


Court's Commonsense Conclusion: "There Was a Gun" Isn't Enough to Justify Issuing a Restraining Order [NRA-ILA News]

The Supreme Court of North Dakota confirmed this week that simply possessing a handgun while on one’s own private property cannot support a finding of "disorderly conduct" under the state’s disorderly conduct restraining order law. The decision is Keller v. Keller, 2017 ND 119 (N.D. May 16, 2017).


Before You Buy a Home Water Filter [AllOutdoor.com]

I recently came across a forum post that asked about water filters. I have seen this type of post before and it’s somewhat common. The question was asking if a certain type of home water filter will remove bacteria, cyst, or protozoa.

Municipal drinking water can become contaminated in several ways. During events like a hurricane, trees can uproot and either crack or break water lines.  The compromised lines allow contaminants to enter the water supply.

Then there are examples like Cryptosporidium that are resistant to chemical treatment.

When drinking water becomes contaminated, how do you know if a home water filter will make the water safe to drink?

Micron Size

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a page that I refer people to: Water Disinfection for Travelers.  All the way at the bottom of the page in section 2-10, the average sizes of waterborne organisms are listed.

Table 2-10. Microorganism size and susceptibility to filtration

Viruses 0.03 Not specified (optimally 0.01, ultrafiltration)
Enteric bacteria (Escherichia coli) 0.5 × 3.0–8.0 0.2–0.4 (microfiltration)
Cryptosporidium oocyst 4–6 1 (microfiltration)
Giardia cyst 6.0–10.0 × 8.0–15.0 3.0–5.0 (microfiltration)
Nematode eggs 30 × 60 Not specified; any microfilter
Schistosome larvae 50 × 100 Not specified; any microfilter

If the water filter manufacturer does not list the micron size, assume the filter does not remove cyst, protozoa, or bacteria.

There are a lot of “finishing” filters on the market.  They use the word filter, but actually just improve the taste of the water.

From the Brita website: what are micron ratings and why doesn’t Brita have them?

Brita® filters are not intended to purify water. Do not use with water that is microbiologically unsafe or of unknown quality without adequate disinfection.

If you want a home-based water filter, be sure to check the micron size and make sure the filter has a rating.

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From My Cold Wet Hands: Humorless Scold Targets Squirt Guns [NRA-ILA News]

We have yet to reach Memorial Day, but the fun police have already set their sights on at least one cherished summer childhood activity. In an article for Pupsugar.com, titled, “Why Kids Should Never Play With Water Guns. Period.,” author Lauren Levy lectures the nation’s parents on the hidden menace of squirt guns.


Honor Defense Honor Guard Single Stack 9mm [The Firearm Blog]

There are seemingly endless options on the market when you are looking for a single stack 9mm, so why choose the Honor Defense Honor Guard? In this episode of TFBTV, Patrick takes the Honor Guard out to the range to find out. The Honor Guard has an impressive list of features like a nicely stippled […]

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Real Gun Fights (With Sim Rounds) Coming to Tampa FL – Tampa Gunfights [The Firearm Blog]

Perhaps one of the most problematic issues with training for a violent encounter, especially one with firearms, is that there are few opportunities to actually use a firearm in force-on-force training. Yes, airsoft exists and is viable, but it does not have the limited ammo capacity, noise, realism, recoil, and function of a firearm. Seeing […]

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SilencerBroker.com – New Lifestyle Silencer Sales Website [The Firearm Blog]

A lot of todos has been made recently about “Gun Culture”. With various companies hopping on the lifestyle branding and messaging bandwagon, especially in the silencer and NFA segments of the market, it’s been a welcome change to the previous hunting and self-defense only marketing that typified the firearms world for years. Various companies have […]

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Home Protection: Handgun, Rifle, or Shotgun? [AllOutdoor.com]

This has to be one of the most-discussed topics in the shooting/protection world! Will a handgun, rifle, or shotgun serve me best for home defense?

In some ways, it’s a matter of opinion. There will always be people who feel strongly that one particular choice is best. You could say it’s an argument that nobody will never win. But what the heck – let’s take a look at the options and see where that leads us.


The Handgun

Handguns are handy, and often your carry gun is the gun you’re most familiar with. After all, you carry it daily and train with it, right? So why not depend on it for home defense? A lot of people will say your pistol is only useful to prolong a fight or delay until you can get to your long gun.

So you know it, now you are in your room behind a locked door and calling the police. If this is all that happens you should be good. You do not want to blindly shoot through the door. You need to warn them WHILE on the phone with 911 that you have a gun and will use it to defend yourself if needed.

Handgun Pros

  • Small and easy to handle
  • Ability to hold plenty of ammo
  • You know it better than other guns
  • Easy to shoot from awkward positions

Handgun Cons

  • Small and easy to lose
  • Easier to miss in a stressful situation
  • Usually offers less knockdown power than a rifle or shotgun


The Rifle

For the sake of this article, the rifle I’m writing about is an AR15.

One of the biggest misconceptions of the AR is overpenetration. Fact is, IF you get the right ammunition, you have nothing to worry about. Use an expanding bullet designed to expend all of its energy inside of an animal.

Rifle Pros

  • Ability to hold plenty of ammo
  • More area for optics (multiple possible)
  • More stable than a handgun
  • Possible forward handle and shoulder stock allow easy handling
  • More powerful than a handgun

Rifle Cons

  • Longer firearm, harder to maneuver
  • Weighs much more than a typical handgun
  • Possibly easier for an attacker to grab
  • Maybe not as familiar to you as your handgun


The Shotgun

This may be the favorite home defense firearm, largely due to Hollywood lying to people by portraying a shotgun blast as powerful enough to knock people flying when they’re shot.

It is true you will get more knockdown power with a scattergun, but you should be selective of your loads. Many people will say that a slug is the best choice for home defense with a shotgun, but the problem there is overpenetration; it may travel through multiple interior walls. Buckshot will also shoot through walls, but not as many as a slug.


Me, I use personal defense ammo in my home defense shotgun, but prior to that I had 7½ birdshot loaded in mine. This should provide good stopping power without the risk of travelling through multiple walls and hitting family members elsewhere in the house.

Shotgun Pros

  • More knockdown power
  • A pump or double-barrel shotgun is extremely reliable and easy to operate
  • Possibly smaller than a rifle

Shotgun Cons

  • More recoil than a rifle or handgun
  • Usually holds fewer rounds of ammo
  • Bigger muzzle flash (may damage your night vision)

This is not the end of this discussion by any means. I’m trying to get you look at your own personal situation and determine which is best for you. Consider this a wake-up article to get you involved in doing what you need to do to protect the ones you love.

Just take some time and look at your home to assess the layout, look for weakness in entry points, and make a plan on where to go and what to do if a home invasion ever did happen.

The debate between which type of firearm is best will never end… and maybe it shouldn’t!


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Prepper Planning vs. Preparation [AllOutdoor.com]

Planning and preparation: Preppers really can’t do one without the other.

Some believe they can plan without actually doing the real preparation. Others think they can do some kinds of preparations without going through the pains and trials of planning. Truly organized preppers and survivalists know that these two must go hand in hand to really be ready for a serious emergency.

Planning without preparation is kind of like laying out a vegetable garden but never turning the soil or planting the seeds. Sure, you could lay out the garden row by row, deciding where to plant what, and thinking about enjoying all those vegetables. But, if you never actually create the garden, nothing grows of it.

And what if you’ve succeeded in a few areas of preparation, but never quite brought it all together into a well-thought-out plan? Just having a cabinet full of canned goods or a backup solar panel on the roof will help, but these are just pieces to a bigger puzzle.

One way to look at it is that planning is the thinking, pondering, consideration, evaluation, and decision-making phase. The “what should be done” or the “what to do” blueprint for actions to take. Preparations are the actual carrying out of the plans.

It’s often said at hunting camps that you can’t kill a deer sitting on the couch. Oh sure, you can sit on the couch thinking about when to go hunting, where to go, which spot to hunt, and what to take along — but if you never go out the door, that venison steak is just a passing thought. Survival planning vs preparation is a lot like that scenario.

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POTD: EdGun Leshiy AirRifle [The Firearm Blog]

This is an EdGun Leshiy air rifle. It is super compact folding air rifle. Imminent Threat Solutions just posted a review by guest writer Piotr Ma. Click here to read the review. The air rifle has a moderator that muffles the report of the air rifle. It is a monocore design and looks like a […]

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Good Cheap Stuff: 3 Good Cheap Flashlights [AllOutdoor.com]

Unlike knives, you can find cheap flashlights everywhere. The counter of your local hardware store probably has a bin sitting near the cash register full of 3xAAA lights. They might have sparkles glued to the body tubes or a “focusable” head. They may even hit 100 lumens — and they are, invariably, cheap. And if you are like me you have probably, in one of your weaker moments given in to impulse and bought one. In reality, none of these lights are better than the ubiquitous Mini Maglite.

For better or worse, that $25 tube of aluminum has come to set the bar for what we expect in flashlights. And truth be told, once you set aside your snobbery, it’s actually not that bad. They have upgraded the emitter to an LED (after about 15 years of watching everyone else do so) and the LED is pretty powerful. The Mini Mag Pro boasts 272 lumens.

But even at $30 and below, you can do better than the Mini Maglite and WAY better than the junk lights. Here are my three picks:

EagleTac D25AAA (review)


I have been following flashlights long enough that this light, with its bonkers feature set and $27 price tag, makes me feel old. 15 years ago, any one of the features on this light — the lumens, magnetic tailcap, high CRI output — would have made it the best light in the world, custom or production. Now, it’s just a great light for the money.

Honestly, in the 1xAAA form only the Surefire Titan Plus is better, and it costs 3 times the price. Put simply, if you want a good piece of kit, this is a no-brainer.

The one ding against this light is the awful pocket clip. It’s just too big for the light and makes it a snag hazard. It’s also impossible to remove without damaging the light or clip. If it were removable, all would be forgiven. As it is, the clip is the only meh thing on an otherwise outstanding little light.

Fenix UC02

Image courtesy of Fenix Lighting

Image courtesy of Fenix Lighting

You know the LRI Photon. It’s pretty good. Not amazing, but okay. Well, honestly, it’s basically better than nothing (and less nerve-wracking than using your cellphone).

I have long wanted something in the same form factor with a better lumens count. There are now many lights that fill this role and all of them have removable batteries and charge via USB cords. And, thanks to better emitters and batteries, they now can regularly hit 100 lumens. The UC02 has a high of 130 lumens, a low of 10 lumens, and includes a charging cable. It’s also 2/3 the size of your pinkie. It is an itty-bitty thing.

Why the Fenix? So many of these lights are interchangeable and share same basic set up and form factor, but the Fenix seems the most no-nonsense and starts at $24.95, cheaper than both the Niteye and the JetBeam equivalents.

I also have faith in Fenix’s fit and finish. Over the years, I have reviewed quite a few of their lights and none were terrible and all had good fit and finish. And, if you need a splash of color, they can accommodate you with both a purple and a blue version to go along with the obligatory black model.

Illumination Gear L11C

(L10C pictured, L11C is nearly identical) (review)


This is a risky pick. If you win the fit and finish lottery, you have a light that is unquestionably the best value on the market. I scored its predecessor, the LC10, and it was amazing — but more than a few readers told me that they had problems with it. I actually inspected a busted one in person and couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t working. We took it apart and still nothing.

The rate of failures was unacceptable, and I have not heard as many complaints about the new L11C version. Still, proceed with caution. This could be your best light or it could be a hunk of junk.

With that warning out of the way, here is why you should strongly consider this light: it’s cheap, it’s compact, and it has all of the things you want (good runtime, decent high, good UI, great tint with available Hi CRI emitter, and probably the most accessible battery format, 1xAA). If you are trapped in the middle of nowhere, AAs might be the only battery you can find.

I also like the ratio between the length of the light and diameter of the body tube. It just fits well in the hand. Finally, I was really surprised at just how good the clicky was. The clicky has the feel of a switch from a light 4 or 5 times the price. There is that whole fit and finish thing.


There is no shortage of cheap lights, and really the Mini Maglite, given its upgraded emitter, isn’t bad. But you can find better for less, especially if you are willing to shop online. Any of the three above will suit you, all three are better than the Mini Mag, and all three offer features the Mini Mag lacks. Whatever you do though, skip the $4 lights — they aren’t worth even the pittance they cost. You’d be better off with a book of matches… they are free and better-made.




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Geissele’s High Speed Selector Shown at SOFIC [The Firearm Blog]

Known for their triggers, handguards, and a variety of other high-speed products, Geissele has been a long-time favorite of the special operations community. With their SSF (Super Select Fire) trigger being in many a firearm, the company has been expanding their offerings based on feedback from those Tier-1 units. Responding to a USMC study that […]

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Watch: FN 509 First Range Session [AllOutdoor.com]

The Military Arms Channel (MAC) on YouTube got their hands on a FN 509 and took it to the range.  In the video there is mention that the 509 is the civilian version of the handgun submitted for recent military test.

Hopefully, in the near future MAC will run the FN 509 though the gauntlet test.

Specifications from the FN 509 web page:

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Operation: Double-action
  • Mag Capacity: 10 or 17 Rd.
  • Weight: 26.9 oz.
  • Barrel Length: 4.0″
  • Overall Length: 7.4″
  • Twist Rate: 1:10″ RH
  • Length: 7.4″
  • Height: 5.56″
  • Width: 1.35″
  • Trigger Pull: 5.5 – 7.5 lb.
  • Sight Radius: 5.79″

Suggested retail price is $649.

Now for the video.

For those of you who are not familiar with FN, the full name is Fabrique Nationale d’Herstal. FN America is the American subsidiary of FN Herstal.

FN owns Winchester and Browning.

The company was founded in 1889 and has a long history of producing military grade firearms. FN supplies the United States military with the M4 and M16.

From the video, is appears the FN 509 is going to make quit an impression.

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SA80 History – Part 2 on the XL60 Series & 4.85mm Chamberings with Forgotten Weapons [The Firearm Blog]

Often more fascinating than the weapons developed is the history of developing weapons. In almost all cases, weapons are frought with initial troubles, constantly moving mechanical targets, and perhaps most trouble – politics. While today’s politics is well outside of TFB’s purview, its always enjoyable to look back at their influence on weapons – a prominent […]

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Gun Safety Org Taps Book Professionals for New Advocacy Group [NRA-ILA News]

Everytown for Gun Safety, a three-year-old organization with three million supporters that advocates against gun violence, is launching a group for those in the book world called the Everytown Authors Council. The Council will include over 130 writers, illustrators, editors, agents, and others in the publishing industry who, Everytown hopes, can “amplify the gun violence prevention movement through their words and through art.”


NRA files second lawsuit challenging state gun laws, this time targeting ban on high-capacity magazines [NRA-ILA News]

A coalition including the National Rifle Assn. on Thursday filed a second lawsuit challenging California’s new gun laws, this time arguing a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines is unconstitutional.


Regents: University of Kansas must remove gun policy clause [NRA-ILA News]

The Kansas Board of Regents says the University of Kansas must change one clause from its concealed weapons policy.Kansas wanted to require anyone carrying a concealed handgun in a handbag, purse or backpack to keep those items physically with them at all times.


Rifle Barrel Lengths Matter… Sometimes [AllOutdoor.com]

Most shooters think that the longer the rifle barrel, the more accurate the rifle is and the better ballistic performance in terms of bullet energy and velocity. Sometimes this is true, but today it is no longer a given that a long(er) barrel is optimal in any rifle platform.

Studies have been done which begin with a rifle sporting a 26-inch barrel. It was fired to measure the bullet velocity, then successive barrel cuts removed one-inch at a time, again firing the barrel to measure the velocity at each increment. The barrel was eventually cut back to 20 inches, and each time an inch was lopped off the barrel the velocity dropped about 50 feet per second (FPS).

So, in theory if the 26-inch barrel produced a velocity of say 2900 fps (a 30-06 with 150 grain bullet), the velocity of the resulting 20-inch barrel would be reduced by 300 FPS to 2600 FPS.

It is up to you to decide whether a loss of 300 FPS is outweighs the handiness and weight-savings of a rifle with a 20-inch barrel. That is the tradeoff.

Is a longer barrel inherently more accurate? I don’t think so. Modern barrel steels and manufacturing processes are producing unprecedented accuracy in rifles regardless of barrel length. If you are a dyed-in-the-wool competitive target shooter it might matter, but for practical field accuracy when hunting, I do not think it is that critical. Many other factors contribute to shooting accuracy in the woods.

Now, do these thoughts apply regardless of the rifle type? Bolt action vs an AR semi-auto, for instance? Though the mechanical systems operate differently, at the moment the gun is fired, the velocities are roughly the same if barrel length, cartridge, load etc are all equal.

In the final analysis, it is more important to focus on good shooting skills than to worry about the barrel length. What velocity you lose by a shorter barrel is not that critical.

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Law Tactical AR15 Folding Stock Adapter and AR Pistols [AllOutdoor.com]

Over the years I have changed my opinion on AR15 pistols. At one time I believed these little AR15s were useless fun-time range toys, but then I started shooting some high-end AR15 pistols and was swayed. The Law Tactical AR15 Folding Stock Adapter transforms that short little AR15 pistol into something even shorter that can easily be slipped into most backpacks.


The Law Tactical AR15 Folding Stock Adapter effectively allows that pesky buffer tube to be folded out of the way when not in use. Although I have yet to install one on a rifle, the Folding Stock Adapter can be used on any AR15 or AR10 rifle OR pistol to reduce overall transport length.


Short Does Not Mean Inaccurate

A short AR15 barrel is structurally stiffer than a 16” or 18” barrel and thus can actually be more accurate… in theory. I now believe the AR15 pistol can be one of the best and lightest firearm tools for personal defense, hunting, sporting, and survival.


Accuracy Can be Amazing With Magnification

Testing both a Barnes Precision Machine SBR and one of my custom AR15 pistol builds, I was able to achieve regular sub-MOA 100-yard groups with magnified optics. So the accuracy potential is there. Even with a just a red-dot sight, an AR15 with FMJ rounds is a workable solution for taking small game in a survival situation and for mid-sized game you could use ballistic tipped or hollow point defensive rounds.


Consider a prismatic 1X optic from Burris or Vortex which can substantially upgrade waning and aging vision. Low power 1x-4x magnification optics are also excellent options for AR15 pistols. Magnified optics can be easily used via cheek welds on the buffer tube. Allegedly AR15 pistols without “stabilizing braces” can be shouldered and have little recoil, but this concept of shouldering an AR15 pistol is still up for debate. The cheek weld is a workable solution for shooting with magnified optics.

If You Have a CCW License You Are Probably Cool to Pack One

Obviously you should check to assure your local area does not have additional stipulations, but an AR15 pistol is classified , well, a “pistol.” If you have a CCW license, it should therefore be legal to stuff a loaded AR15 pistol into a backpack and have it on your person or in your car.  In many localities it is not okay to have a loaded rifle in your vehicle, but it is generally legal to have a loaded pistol (any pistol, even an AR15 pistol) in your vehicle if you have a CCW license.

When bad stuff happens, it happens fast and the ability to respond is critical — a AR15 pistol in a backpack can deploy in less than a second. Notably backpacks can also hold body armor plates which could come in handy.


A Lot Of Firepower and Accuracy *Right Now*

Although the vast majority of deadly encounters happen closer than 7 yards, there are plenty of situations where an AR15 pistol with the ability to deliver head-shot accuracy out to 300 yards could be the difference between life and death. Can you imagine being stranded with just your trusty Glock for small game hunting for survival or to defend yourself in an active terrorist attack situation? My bet is that at that moment you would want an AR15 pistol to accurately take those shots or to protect yourself while getting to safety.

They Are Easy To Shoot & Great For Home Defense

The recoil impulse of the 223/5.56 round is far less in an AR15 pistol than the felt recoil of a 9mm in your average handgun. Almost everyone finds that they are fun, fast, and easy to shoot quickly and accurately. Knowing that, would you rather have a handgun or an AR15 pistol with 30 or 40 rounds of ammo on tap if faced a home invasion situation?  The overall compact size makes an AR15 pistol the perfect tool for home defense and makes a formidable weapon.


Concealable Firepower

In most cases a typical AR15 pistol will be less than 26” in length. With a LAW Tactical Folding stock adapter, the folded length can get under 18”. With a DOLOS Quick Detachable Barrel adapter, the barrel can be pulled to make an AR15 pistol package that can be under 9” but can still be brought into action in 3 to 5 seconds. With the variety of ammo, calibers, and magazines available for the AR15 format, one of these tucked into a messenger bag or backpack can equalize many bad situations.


Even a larger 10”-12” barreled AR15 pistol can fit into a standard day backpack by just removing the upper. With a magazine in the lower, the upper can be remounted to the lower and brought into action in just a few seconds to provide accurate firepower.

Just Try it

A buddy of mine said “Just try it once and you will be hooked.” He was correct. Even my often-skeptical wife fell in love with the custom AR15 pistol I made for her. After only one magazine she was sold on the idea that it was great for home defense and far less unwieldy than a rifle.

The Ultimate Trunk Gun

Whether most of the “gun folks” will admit it, at one time or another most of us have thought that it would be a good idea to have a trunk gun AR15. A 10” barrel AR15 pistol offers nearly everything needed for 90% of foreseeable situations. With the idea that you are just attempting to survive long enough to get home, a 10” barreled AR15 pistol drastically reduces the deafening crack of shorter barreled AR15 pistols to a tolerable level.

Outdoors, all that are needed are ear plugs for comfortable shooting. The 10” barrel delivers a lot of accuracy, preserves much of the energy of the 223/5.56 round, and still provides a size which is easily stowable inside a standard backpack. I have several 10” AR15 pistols set up as kits based on pedestrian-looking backpacks.

Within this pack is a 10” AR15 pistol, three coupled magazines, and more than 200 rounds of ammo. The coupled magazines are loaded in tandem with Fiocchi 50gr AMAX ballistic tip hollow points and the second magazine has standard green tips which can handle hard targets or dropping small game without significant damage to meat.


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Watch: The Ljutic Spacegun [AllOutdoor.com]

On the Rock Island Auction page, this weird gun is listed as a “Ljutic Industries Space Gun Bolt Action Single Shot Trap Shotgun.” Now that’s a mouthful!


Here’s the description:

Designed by shotgun pioneer Al Ljutic as a simplified, inline, recoil-less trap shotgun. The Space Gun keeps the barrel and buttstock all in one line, channeling any felt recoil directly to the shoulder, and utilizes a high vent rib to allow the shooter to maintain a heads-up position. The bottom bolt design allows for easy collection of spent hulls as well as easy loading. 2 3/4 inch chamber and a choke tube system (modified installed). Fitted with a half-length checkered forearm, checkered pistol grip, and cylinder buttstock with a thick vented recoil pad.

Judging by the lack of bluing on the bolt handle, I would surmise that this particular gun has been fired quite a bit — probably by a competitive trap shooter.


Ian tells us there were only about 200 of these guns made, which ain’t much.

Felt recoil is reduced in this cleverly-designed gun by the mass of the huge firing pin/striker, which helps offset the rearward force of recoil even before it begins.

Even the trigger is weird; it’s a round button.


It surely looks odd, but it’s actually well-designed and practical. And I kinda want one…

But it’s unlikely I’ll ever pony up for a Ljutic Spacegun, since this one sold at auction for $5,462.50.

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Griffin Armament Announces Mod3 Silencers [The Firearm Blog]

Griffin Armament SuppressorGriffin Armament announced the company re-engineered its Revolution Silencer Series to add “a lot of versatility and high pressure caliber application.” The Mod3 Revolution Series sound suppressors are now rated for use with 7.62×39, 300 BLK subsonic and 5.56 NATO for hunting applications. The Revolution Series is a line of handgun sound suppressors. With handgun rounds, […]

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Three Common Prepping Pitfalls [AllOutdoor.com]

When a new member signs up on the forum, they usually start with the typical questions about bug out bags, stockpiling food, firearms, water, fuel… etc.  Their initial questions are like baby steps.  After that, there is usually a slow and steady progression.

As the person experiments with storing food in mylar bags and tasting freeze dried food, he or she gains confidence, knowledge and experience.  It is interesting to watch forum members posting updates on how their prepping plans are coming together.

However, sometimes things happen that can set the person back.

Yo-Yo Preppers

A lot of times there is a loss of interest.  When something happens, such as the Swine Flu outbreak, the person may get back into prepping for a little while.

Someone who gets into prepping, gets out, get back in, gets out, etc, is a “yo-yo prepper.”

It is important to maintain a certain level of readiness, no matter how small,  Even if it is just having a few weeks’ worth of canned foods, bottled water, and other supplies on hand.


Sometimes the person will venture into the militant side of prepping.  Rather than stockpiling food and learning about homesteading, they focus on firearms and ammunition.

In all honesty, their prepping plan is probably to take whatever you have, by force if needed.

On a personal note, I have been guilty of focusing a little too much on firearms and ammunition.

Conspiracy Theories

During the 1990s I was big into conspiracy theories.  The events at Ruby Ridge and Waco fueled my distrust for the government.

Before the year 2000, there were numerous theories that the U.S. government was going to use chaos of the computer crash to enforce martial law.  There were numerous theories that the United Nations would be used to disarm citizens of the United States.

It got to the point where I was watching the local shipping ports for troops and vehicles from the United Nations.  I honestly felt conspiracy theories were consuming my life. I finally had to take a step back and say, “No more.” Here we are 20 years later and I still avoid conspiracy theories.

Final Thoughts

To me, prepping is like a road.  We know where we are starting from and usually have an idea of what we want to achieve.  Some people may want basic prepping information on food, water, MREs, freeze dried food… etc.  Others may want to go off the grid.

Sometimes we need to take a step back and see where our prepping plan is going.  If we start to deviate, we need to make a correction and get back on course.

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Beech Bluff, TN [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

5/16/17 WBBJ:

“We were asleep, and I thought I had heard something but I wasn’t for sure,” Lee remembered. “I thought I was just dreaming something, and then I heard a big bang again.”
She knew something was not right.
“I got up and came running through the hallway and my gun was sitting on the dog cage, and the guy was standing in the kitchen. He had just busted my door open,” Lee said.
Lee then grabbed her .45-caliber handgun and her shotgun.
“I put the gun in his face and asked him if there was something I could do for him, and he was gone just that quick,” Lee said. “I chased him out the back door trying to look at the tag number on the car, something I could describe other than just him.”
Within an hour, Madison County deputies arrested Quentin Childress, 20, of Jackson, Jaylon Chiles, 18, of Biloxi, Miss., Amar Johnson, 21, of Jackson, Kendrick McMullin, 19, of Jackson, and a juvenile male. Each is charged with aggravated burglary.


SIG KE7 Light Machine Gun [Forgotten Weapons]

The KE-7 was the product of two Swiss designers, Pal Kiraly and Gotthard End, and was introduced in 1929 by the Swiss manufacturer SIG. It was a recoil operated design and fired from an open bolt. The guns were not adopted by the Swiss military, and were exported primarily to Latin America, Ethiopia, and China, being mostly made in 8mm Mauser. They were tested by many European nations, and were offered in a wide variety of calibers. The rate of automatic fire would vary depending on caliber, but was not less than 550 rpm. Magazines were typically 25 rounds – although this example has a 50-round magazine.

The gun could fire in either single shot or automatic mode. It didn’t use a selector switch, though – pulling the trigger back slightly gave single shots, and a further pull gave automatic fire. This was a relatively common feature of submachine guns at the time, although not seen so much in light machine guns.

Thanks to the Institute of Military Technology for allowing me to have access to this magnificent piece and bring it to you!


.260 Remington Conversion for FN SCAR Mk 20 Spotted in SOFIC 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

According to SoldierSystems.net, FN America has shown a .260 Remington conversion unit for FN SCAR Mk 20. What makes this news even more interesting is that it happened shortly after the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) announced that they are exploring a possibility for a .264 caliber cartridge (6.5mm Creedmoor or .260 Remington) for the semi-auto sniper […]

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JLTV vs. Humvee – Its Not Even A Fair Fight [The Firearm Blog]

After more than three decades of largely reliable service, the era of the “Humvee” or HMMWV is coming to a close. Designed for rugged military service in the 70s and in service since 1984, the “trucks” (at least as we called them in the Corps” have certainly shown their age. While many have been produced in […]

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Kahr Adds Kryptek Camo Frames [The Firearm Blog]

Kahr CW9Kahr Firearms announced it was adding Kryptek camo finishes as an option on the frames of four pistols in its stable. The new guns use a water transfer process for applying the finish. Along with the new frame finish, the guns will have a Cerakote Armor Black finish on the slide, trigger and slide stop […]

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BEHIND ENEMY LINES: Five Of the Best Ban State Products [The Firearm Blog]

It is easy for those of us who live in states without “assault weapon” ban (or worse) restrictions to thumb our nose at shooters in California, New York and New Jersey. Some of the compliant builds I have seen would make any respectable shooter want to cry. But how does the saying go: “walk a […]

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RG-037 or 7.62x28mm Cartridge: Soviet Version of the .300 Blackout Concept [The Firearm Blog]

RG-037 (a.k.a 7.62x28mm) was an experimental Soviet cartridge developed in 1983. Its parent cartridge is the 5.45x39mm. The RG-037 has similar dimensional relation to 5.45x39mm as the .300 Blackout has to .223 Remington. If you apply the .300 Blackout case forming method to the 5.45x39mm cartridge, then you’ll end up with something similar to the 7.62x28mm. […]

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Thursday, 18 May


California: Draft "Assault Weapon" Regulation Language Now Available [NRA-ILA News]

Today, May 18, a draft copy of the "Assault Weapon" regulations has been made available


Concealed Carry With a Red Dot? [AllOutdoor.com]

Many companies now offer pistols with the option to mount a small red dot on the slide. We all know red dots have been used in competition for some time. But is it right for concealed carry?

It would be nice to use if, say, it was dark outside, you are getting attacked and you go to grab your concealed carry pistol. Remember you have to move your cover garment and draw your gun. In an earlier article I wrote that you usually have less than 2 seconds draw your gun and shoot. Do you want to add a red dot also? You will have to train to turn it on quickly, etc.

Some you can turn on and they will stay on for hours — the ones that cost as much as the pistol itself. Most will turn on and stay on for “X” amount of time and then shut off. I run a C-More RTS2 on my competition Glock 17 and it will shut off on its own after a while. I turn it on to shoot, then shut it off until my next time to shoot.


My comp Glock 17 with C-More RTS2

Many TV and magazine ads show red dots on pistols of law enforcement. Remember they don’t have to worry about getting a cover garment out of the way in order to pull their pistol and use it.

There is no right or wrong answer to this, it all comes down to what you want and the most important thing to do if you put one on your concealed carry gun that you train with it — and I mean really train with it! That means you have to figure out which works better for you, having it on all the time or not (and remember if you leave it on all the time, the battery may be dead when you really need it).

Unless you keep it on all the time, you’ll have to train yourself to turn on your sight when you draw, along with whatever other motions your firearm requires. You will have less than 2 seconds to do all of this.

Training is something we need to do as much as possible. I want you to be safe and even though a red dot on your carry pistol may seem like a great idea, you really need to think long and heard before you make that decision

Everyone stay safe, train as much as possible, and I hope to see you out there!



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Can Kids Contribute During a Disaster? [AllOutdoor.com]

When everything goes south, the whole family must be prepared to pitch in. Does that imply that kids should be educated and trained to help out? Absolutely. During an emergency, every member of the family should have a role to play. That helps build the team and makes the children feel a part of getting through the turmoil.

Generally speaking, kids are pretty darn resilient. We may think that teenagers are airheads, but when given the chance they can perform quite well. The secret is to get all the kids involved from the get-go. That includes not only the initial planning stages, but in the execution of the plans.

What can younger children be expected to contribute? This is determined by their parents, who can best assess the capabilities of their children. Even two-year-olds can be taught small, manageable tasks to help them experience the event in positive ways. And their role might only be learning to play, rest, or read on their own while mom and dad get some serious work done.

Older kids and teens can be given simple tasks that are easy to complete. It might be packing their own bugout bags with essentials like clothing, personal bath items, toys, books and other things they might want.

If a bug-in is the first option, older kids through high school ages can be given more complicated or multiple tasks to work on. This might go as far as planning a meal and preparing it. It might be babysitting, or if taught properly, loading magazines with ammo. It might be taking care of pets or seniors who need help. It certainly means maintaining themselves so as not to be an additional drain on their parents.

Again, this goes back to early involvement and training alongside the parents. Teach them to pitch a tent, replace flashlight batteries, open canned goods, start a fire, or how to guard a door or window.

Kids are part of the family. Their help and assistance can be important. Create roles for them, show them how, and let them do it. They can prove to be a great asset during an amergency.

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Preppers: What Are Your Skills? [AllOutdoor.com]

An SAS is a Simple Assessment of Skills, and anyone who’s serious about prepping needs to do it. In layman’s terms: what exactly can you do?

Maybe you’re a desk jockey, accountant, lawyer, teacher, or engineer used to working with paper and proposals. Or perhaps you are a hands-on person such as a mechanic, plumber, electrician, HVAC worker, or heavy equipment operator. Whatever you do, you have skills — but what are they, and how can they be applied to prepping?

The list of needed skills for a survival prepper is long — very long. You may be going it alone with family, or you may have joined a mutual survival group. You either have to do everything on your own, or share the workload with others who have their own skills to add.

But first, back to the original question. What can you do, solo, without any help from anybody else? Make an honest list. Most people realize they can do a lot more things than they thought they could, after they sit down to make a list.

Can you make plans, lists, organize thoughts, actions, and communicate them? Can you assess what supplies, gear, equipment, and essentials are needed to survive a month at home without power or water? Can you fix stuff, build stuff, and repair stuff? What tools do you have and know how to use? Can you grow food, process food, clean food, and cook it? Can you plan meals and calculate nutritional needs? Can you set a broken bone, clean a wound, suture a cut, treat minor illnesses, and administer meds? Can you load a gun, shoot it, disassemble it, clean it, fix it, and carry it all day? And so on and so forth.

Until you know what you know, you cannot figure out how to address the things you are missing. I guess that list may be long, too. So work on it. Take courses, attend seminars, improve on weak skills, ask friends to show you things, share your own skills in exchange for skills you do not have. Look at your tools, gear, and equipment. Obtain what you are missing.

Assess your own skills first, then add to them as soon as you can.

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Federal Lawsuit Challenging California’s Ban on Standard Capacity Magazines Filed [NRA-ILA News]

Today, May 18, the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) announced it is supporting, along with the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA), an important Second Amendment lawsuit challenging California’s ban on the possession of standard capacity magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds.


Michigan: Provisional Carry Legislation Scheduled for Committee Hearing Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

Next Tuesday, May 23, Senate Bill 366 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  SB 366, introduced by state Senator Wayne Schmidt (R-37), would establish a provisional concealed carry permit for Michiganders 18-20 years of age.  These individuals can serve in our military, work in law enforcement, and even serve in public office, yet they are currently restricted in exercising their fundamental right to self-defense.  SB 366 would fix this discrepancy.  Please contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and urge them to support this bill!


North Dakota Mule Deer Populations On Upswing [AllOutdoor.com]

North Dakota is ready to lift almost all of its mule deer hunting restrictions in the Badlands area, thanks to five years of stable — and growing — populations. North Dakota Game and Fish Department biologists link this steady growth to mild winters and hunting restrictions which protect mule deer does.

This year’s spring survey found a 16% increase from last year, and for the last five years muley populations have increased by at least 15%.


With strong fawn recruitment over the last few years, this means a change in hunting restrictions for the upcoming season.

“We have been very conservative with mule deer doe harvests, which also plays a role as mule deer are not as prolific as whitetail deer and can struggle to rebound,” said Big Game Management Supervisor Bruce Stillings.

In 2012, North Dakota started a multi-year ban on mule deer doe hunting in an effort to stabilize populations. Because of the resulting steady growth in mule deer numbers, the state permitted mule deer doe hunting in five of these units in 2016. In 2017, all but one of the eight units will be open. The state anticipates lifting restrictions in all units next year if the population continues to rebound.


“The long-term health of the population will depend on maintaining high-quality habitat,” says Stillings.

Mule deer do not adapt as well as whitetail deer when habitat interruption or change occurs.

Much of North Dakota’s mule deer habitat is in oil country and the state and the Mule Deer Foundation have been working steadily with area landowners to create or improve 30,000 acres of habitat with the end goal being 50,000 acres.

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Setting Up a Scope for Optimal Clarity [AllOutdoor.com]

Why exactly do you mount an optical sight on your hunting rifle, target rifle, or other firearm? So we can see better, of course (and to hopefully shoot more accurately).

But is your scope set up to maximize the optical clarity of its expensive coated lenses? You might be amazed at how many scopes that I see that aren’t even mounted correctly, much less set up to maximize its potential.

Naturally, it all begins with mounting the scope, beginning with installing the bases. Follow the manufacturer’s directions to the letter. Clean out the rifle’s base mounting holes with a cotton swab and alcohol and wipe all the factory grease from the bases, screws, and rings. It’s a good idea to use a torque wrench to set these screws correctly.

When mounting the scope in the rings, pay close attention to the eye relief (the distance/gap between the rear lens of the scope and your eye when the rifle is held to your shoulder). If too close, the scope may hit your eyebrow due to recoil.

Make certain the scope’s crosshairs are properly squared with the bore of the rifle. Any cant of the crosshairs can negatively affect accuracy. There are scope mounting tools to help with this.

Tighten ring screws down slowly, crisscrossing from one screw to another making the top/bottom ring gap equal on both sides. While doing this, keep checking the crosshair alignment.

Once the scope is mounted, it’s time to boresight it. This gets the scope “sorta-kinda” close to where it ought to be, so you should at least hit paper when you begin to zero the scope at 15 or 25 yards. There are many commercial bore sighting tools for this.

A boresighted only scope is not good enough for hunting or anything else; it’s merely a starting point to help you save ammo when you go to the range to sight it in. For the typical centerfire big game hunting rifle, a zero that hits about 1.5 inches higher than the center of your crosshairs at 100 yards will generally allow you to make killing shots on big game by aiming for the kill zone out to 200-300 yards.

Finally, adjust the focus on the rear of the scope. Loosen the lock ring and turn the scope bell until the crosshairs are at perfect focus. Then lock down the ring. If the image of the target (or whatever you look at through the scope) is also crisp and clear, your scope should be good to go.

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Tennessee: Pro-Gun Bills Now Await Governor’s Signature [NRA-ILA News]

Today, multiple pro-gun bills were sent to the desk of Governor Bill Haslam for his signature.


SIG Sauer MCX In 5.56 [The Firearm Blog]

One of the best Ar alternatives on the market is the SIG Sauer MCX is one of the few good, viable options. In this episode of TFBTV, Patrick takes a look at Sig’s entry into the piston operated modern sporting rifle segment. The MCX has some rather attractive features like a folding stock, short stroke […]

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Iran Announces Nasr Anti-Material Rifle, Kalashnikov Clone [The Firearm Blog]

The Iranian Ministry of Defense has revealed a new locally produced semi-automatic, magazine fed, 12.7mm anti-material rifle to the public, dubbed the “Nasr”(نصر). In addition to the Nasr, what appears to be a locally produced 7.62x39mm Kalashnikov “Century Series” clone has also been announced, bearing polymer furniture and with an AK74 muzzle brake. According to […]

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Lawsuit Filed Against California’s Ban on Standard Capacity Magazines [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) and the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) are supporting an important Second Amendment lawsuit challenging California’s ban on the possession of standard capacity magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds.


Chinese PLA Ground Forces and Marines to Replace QBZ-95-1 with Completely New NON-BULLPUP Rifle? [The Firearm Blog]

Is the People’s Republic of China about to be the latest nation to abandon the bullpup configuration in favor of the “traditional” rifle layout? That seems to be the word on the street since about September of last year, when Chinese news outlets and blogs online began publishing articles claiming the PLA had already selected a […]

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Man Kills Knife-Wielding Neighbor in Self-Defense Shooting [NRA-ILA News]

Police are investigating the shooting death of a man who was alleged entered a neighbor’s home with a knife early Tuesday, authorities said. Homicide investigators were looking into the shooting that happened at an apartment complex on the 2800 block of South Decatur Boulevard around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Las Vegas Metro Police Lt. Dan McGrath said. The resident called 911 and reported the victim, who he believed to be his neighbor, came into his apartment with a knife while the resident was in bed, McGrath said. The resident fired one shot, hitting the victim in the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene. McGrath said a knife was found and the resident did not have a criminal record. While detectives still had to fully question the resident, McGrath said, “the preliminary is it’s self defense.” The resident told police he believed the victim was a neighbor, but did not know the man or why he was in his home, McGrath said. The names of the victim was not immediately released pending family notification.


Off-duty sheriff's deputy shoots robbery suspect at Englewood salon [NRA-ILA News]

An off-duty Cook County sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a 17-year-old robbery suspect at an Englewood hair salon Wednesday afternoon, officials said. The boy, Rashad Wells, of the 6900 block of South Harvard Avenue, was pronounced dead on the scene, according to the medical examiner's office.  Two people entered Marquita’s Hair Salon, at 132 W. 69th St., around 1:40 p.m. and announced a robbery, police said. The female off-duty deputy shot one of the robbers and the other one fled, according to Cara Smith, chief policy officer for the sheriff's office.


Sig Sauer Sued By New Jersey State Police [AllOutdoor.com]

There was once a time when Sig Sauer was considered one of the better handgun companies.  In the 1980s during competition for a new military handgun, the two finalists were Sig Sauer and Beretta. Even though Beretta prevailed, Sig Sauer was adopted by numerous government agencies, such as the FBI.

Over the past few decades there has been grumbling in the Sig Sauer fan base about a drop in quality. For example, in 2011 the Dutch police canceled a contract with Sig Sauer because the P250 DC was deemed unsafe.

New Jersey State Police have been so unhappy with the Sig Sauer P229 Enhanced Elite handgun that 3,000 have been returned to Sig and the state is suing.

  • $1,657,000.00 for the cost of the handguns.
  • $856,680.21 for holsters that were bought for the P229.
  • Expenses for testing the handguns.

Read the lawsuit here: New Jersey State Police Sig Sauer Complaint

In 2014, shortly after the new handguns were purchased, the P229 Enhanced Elite started having failure to eject issues. Sig was contacted and several remedies were proposed. None of the proposed solutions resolved the issue.

The first proposed fix was a new extractor pin. The barrels were replaced next, followed by the extractor springs.

Finally, Sig offered to replace the P229 Enhanced Elite with the P229 Legacy and provided a timeline to do so. Sig Sauer later notified the New Jersey State Police that they were unable to deliver the handguns within the proposed timeline.

After spending sixteen months trying to resolve the failure to extract issue, the New Jersey State Police decided it was time to sue.

This lawsuit seems to be a reasonable attempt to recover some of the tax money that was ultimately wasted over the unfortunate adoption of the Sig pistol. Let’s hope some of the money makes it back into government coffers rather than lawyers’ pockets.

Final Thoughts

In light of all this, can Sig Sauer ever reclaim their former glory and reputation for quality? In the 1980s and 90s, Sig was regarded as one of the better handgun companies… now they face lawsuits and canceled contracts.

What do you think?

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Mom pulls out firearm to chase off 5 suspected burglars [NRA-ILA News]

A quiet Monday morning took a sudden, terrifying turn for a Madison County mother.  “I almost killed him. One of them could have been dead. Had he not ran, he would have been dead,” Elsie Lee said. It is a Monday morning Lee will never forget. “Protect my son,” Lee said. She said that was the only thing going through her mind when she woke up to someone in her home and others waiting outside. “We were asleep, and I thought I had heard something but I wasn’t for sure,” Lee remembered. “I thought I was just dreaming something, and then I heard a big bang again.” She knew something was not right.


Collecting Old Guns is Cool [AllOutdoor.com]

Old guns are some of the best guns. Over the past few years, I have begun to shift back to my interest in old firearms. Sure, I like some of the newest and best models… today’s firearms are well-engineered and well-made. Alas, they simply do not have the allure of older guns with their history and legacy of service.

Old guns hold a real fondness in my heart. I encourage AO readers to hearken back to the guns of yesteryear, even if it is just to study and learn about them.

I have others to blame for re-igniting my interest in older guns, though admittedly I have been a student of old revolvers and rifles all my life. Two of my favorite current gun writers are John Taffin and Mike “Duke” Venturino. These guys are profoundly engrossed in old guns, and I refer to their works often. They do the grunt research, which cuts corners for me.

I suspect they both credit folks like Elmer Keith, Skeeter Skelton, Jeff Cooper and others for their own affection for old Colt Single Actions, 1911s, Police Positives, Smith and Wesson Hand Ejectors, and so many more. While I favor the handguns, older rifles and shotguns are also worthwhile subjects.

I am often asked how to get started in gun collecting. First, buy some books about gun values and/or gun collecting. Pick a couple volumes that offer photos of the guns. Then perhaps buy a book exclusively on a brand that really interests you.

The tough part is narrowing it down to what specific gun brands or models interest you most. That is not to say that you have to limit yourself.

Frankly, I prefer a smattering of it all, each choice being a representative example of a particular brand or model. I would be just as happy to own an original Winchester 1897 shotgun as a dozen of them. It would be very difficult and highly improbable to find samples of all the models and versions of any specific gun, even if you could even afford to do it.

Once you make your choice(s), you have to decide the level of quality or condition you are willing to accept in your collection. I want them as new as they come, 90 percent original condition or better. I prefer unaltered guns with clear markings of make, model, serial number, and proofs. If a screw head as been turned out or buggered up, I pass. That is my standard.

One issue you will face is the difference between book price and what I call “reality price.” Gun value book pricess may be 20-50 percent below what you are likely to find on a gun tag at a gun dealer or gun show table. You have to plan and budget accordingly.

So, where do you find these old guns to collect? Anywhere and everywhere guns are sold. If you enter this game, you have to train yourself to keep your eyes and ears open. Gun shops that take trade-ins will certainly have some, and their stock can change daily, too. Many dealers selling new guns have quit buying old ones, but I like to look nevertheless.

In my experience, the best place to look for old guns is at gun shows. The bigger show the better.

At some shows you might find a dealer selling only Winchesters for example, but more than likely you’ll find older collectible guns spread out throughout the show. You will learn to quickly scan a table while being prepared for a long inspection if you spot something of interest. If you want that gun, make the deal then and there. Otherwise it may be gone when you come back by… I’ve lost count of the many times that has happened to me.

Take a gun value book a bore light with you, ask plenty of questions, and don’t be shy about dealing. That is all part of the game. Collecting old guns is a neat hobby that never ends, with new possibilities at every turn.

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The FIL/FILC-97 family: The Forgotten IMBEL Rifle Prototypes [The Firearm Blog]

In 1997, while Brazilian Army Captain (later, Lieutenant-Colonel) Paulo Augusto Capetti Porto was working at IMBEL’s Fábrica de Itajubá as head of the R&D Office, several interesting ideas materialized into a series of prototypes generally designated as FIL-97 (Fuzil Imbel Leve, Light Imbel Rifle) with 437mm barrels and FILC-97 (Fuzil Imbel Leve Curto, Short Light […]

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Four LED Lantern Features to Consider [AllOutdoor.com]

In a previous article we talked about phasing out kerosene lamps.  If kerosene is phased out or phased back, what will replace it?  Since I am following my own advice on kerosene and replacing the lamps with led lights, I would like to share what features I look for.

USB Rechargeable

The lantern has to be USB rechargeable. Why USB rechargeable? So it can be charged with a solar panel or a USB battery pack.

Rather than having to charge AAA, AA, C or D batteries and then put the batteries in the lantern, the lantern needs its own built-in battery pack. The internal battery pack is sometimes large enough to charge a cell phone.

I have two LED lanterns on the way. Each of them has a 5200mAh internal battery pack.

Adjustable Brightness

The lantern should be bright enough to read and play games with, and dim enough to use as a night light for people who wake up during the night. Also, the dimmer the light, the longer the battery life. I would rather have a light with 20 lumens that lasts all night than 100 lumens that dies after a few hours.

Why would I want such a dim lantern? So it can be placed in the bathroom during a power outage. People wake up in the middle of the night and should not be blinded when they go to the bathroom.

Solar Panel

Having a built-in solar panel is nice, but usually those panels are so small they’re not much good for charging. Of course, during a power outage anything that can tap into the sun for power is nice.

Inexpensive Price

The lanterns I am looking at cost around $25, but there are some that cost a lot more.

The goal is to find a happy medium between cost and reliability. I want something reliable with good battery life, but cheap enough to stockpile a few extra for friends and family.

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Red Snapper Angling Takes Major Hit as Commercial “Catch Shares” Soar [AllOutdoor.com]

On the same day that NOAA Fisheries announced the shortest recreational red snapper season in history, chairman of CCA Texas Mark Ray testified before a Congressional hearing on dismal federal management of the fishery in the Gulf of Mexico. Ray told the House Subcommittee on Interior, Energy and Environment, chaired by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), that red snapper is a man-made fishery management disaster.

‘By any measure, the red snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico should be held up as a shining example of proper management and good conservation. But as this hearing demonstrates, that is not the case. We aren’t here today to highlight a conservation success story. Unfortunately, we are here because red snapper is known throughout the nation as a man-made fishery management disaster,’ Ray said. ‘After decades under intense federal management, this is the best that anglers can hope for — a three-day season in federal waters in 2017. I don’t think anyone would declare the current situation a success. All we ask is for is a system that allows all stakeholders the best opportunity to enjoy and use those resources. I am here today to ask this you to give us that chance.’


NOAA Fisheries continued moving toward completely shutting down the recreational red snapper fishery in federal waters with its announcement that the recreational season for red snapper will begin on June 1 and last just three days in 2017. While the recreational season is being decreased from 9 days in 2016 to just three this year, it was also announced that the season for the charter/for-hire sector is being lengthened to 49 days while the commercial sector continues to enjoy year-round access to their privately-held red snapper shares.

The 2017 season for private recreational anglers is the shortest on record and one U.S. Senator wasted no time voicing his displeasure at the continued downward spiral of recreational fishing access under NOAA Fisheries.

‘I am deeply troubled and disappointed with NOAA’s decision to considerably shorten the federal recreational fishing season for red snapper in the Gulf. NOAA’s announcement today is unacceptable,’ U.S. Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama said in a news release. ‘Over the years, I have consistently authored several provisions to improve the red snapper stock assessments and allowable catch limits. These actions include expanding the state boundary for catching reef fish out to nine miles, which is not subject to the federal season. In fact, the recent FY2017 government funding bill makes this boundary permanent. NOAA’s rule is a significant step backward in our progress to increase limits for private anglers in federal waters. I look forward to working with President Trump and Commerce Secretary Ross to develop a system that actually serves the U.S. recreational fishing community.’


Over the past year, a series of investigative newspaper articles and TV reports has highlighted the highly controversial schemes favored by NOAA Fisheries, which give shares of red snapper to commercial entities to use for their own profit. Under these programs, known as catch shares, almost three-quarters of the entire red snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico is on the way to being privately held by commercial entities, further frustrating anglers who have watched their opportunities to pursue red snapper all but disappear under federal management.

Bill Bird, chairman of CCA’s National Government Relations Committee, had this to say:

With a three-day season and a federal system that seems committed to funneling access to our public marine resources to fewer and fewer people, there isn’t much for recreational anglers to work with under federal management as it currently operates. Sen. Shelby has done a tremendous amount of work in the past to help recreational anglers and we truly appreciate his comments today. We are certainly encouraging other elected officials to join him in his efforts to work with the Trump Administration to chart a new course for the management of our marine resources.

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Why You Need a Cat’s Paw Prying Tool [AllOutdoor.com]

The fetish of collecting things to survive on regularly crosses over into the world of everyday-use stuff.  One item I have always liked to keep in my carry gear was a Cat’s Paw, also known as a Japanese Nail Puller.

Japanese woodworkers are very familiar with this tool because it is often used to set the collars on traditional Japanese chisels.

For me, the utility of the Cat’s Paw in an everyday carry kit, a hiking kit, or a Go Bag is the fact that it is both a REAL prying tool and a moderately decent hammer. In my kit, my multitool and knife get a lot of work done. And I always want a hammer, but not the weight. It’s not like I am going to be framing houses in the woods, but something to bang on things every once in a while can be handy.

More often, I need a pry tool. The problem is that pry tools often come in two flavors: massive or uselessly small. Even my favorite compact pry tool, the Stanley Wonder Bar, is just too big for a kit. And after years of trying them, I’ve determined that most keychain pry tools are terrible. Pry tools work on the principle of leverage and you simply cannot get sufficient leverage on a tool the size of your middle finger. Physics tells us it is not possible.

After all of the Atwood and animal-shaped pry tools, I was about ready to give up… but then I found a Cat’s Paw at the counter of a local woodworking store and bought it on a lark.  It turned out to be a great purchase.

The genius here is found in two places: 1) the size and heft of the tool; and 2) the shape of the puller.

I think we can all agree that the hammer-based multitools are a functional disaster.  And you should never use the flat end of an axe as a hammer (doing so could distort the eye of the head and loosen it around the handle). [Editor’s note: This seems highly unlikely.]

The Cat’s Paw gives you something of a hammer. It’s not going to match the power of a good framing hammer, but it will let you pound a nail in a pinch… and there are other camp chores that make having a hammer worthwhile — if you can justify the weight. My small Cat’s Paw weighs around 3 ounces (it’s small, folks), so it doesn’t take much utility to justify its presence. There are larger Cat’s Paws that are the size and heft of a Wonder Bar, but at that point you could just carry a regular hammer. In short, mine works well enough as a hammer to justify its weight unless you are member of the handleless toothbrush crowd.

Where Cat’s Paw really shines is as a pry tool. By giving the pry area a rounded surface on all sides, the tool really lets you rock back and pull stuff out. The handle of the hammer is also long enough to generate real leverage. Again, you’re probably not disassembling a wooden staircase in the wilderness, but having a pry bar can be helpful.

I am not a prepper. I am not a go-bag person, except in the wintertime and then it’s a bag to get me home (going to a remote part of New Hampshire in the winter sometimes prompts me to pack a bag, bring some boots, and maybe drop my chain saw in the back seat). But when I do have a bag packed, I often have this little gem in it. It’s small enough and light enough that it won’t bog me down, and just useful enough to be worthwhile.

And if you happen to be a woodworker, you will absolutely love this thing. It’s stowed on my “quick access” bar just in front of my shop pegboard and is one of my most-used items. There are all sorts of things where the Wonder Bar or something even bigger is overkill, and when those tasks arise I am delighted to have this quirky tool within reach.

And here is the best part: Cat’s Paws tend to be cheap. Mine, which was purchased at a place with a full line of Festool gear (to give you an indication of how snooty it was), was still only $12. There are, of course, much more expensive Cat’s Paws (Stiletto makes a bonkers-expensive version). I like the small ones, around five inches long, but you can find them in sizes that are much bigger. I don’t think it is a crucial piece of kit, but it is a good little item to consider and even if it lives in your shop or junk drawer 90% you’ll be stunned at how useful it is.

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Battle Fin California Compliant AK Grip [The Firearm Blog]

California is a pretty big market for gun companies, but the state of California is making it harder for their citizens to own firearms. New laws have passed recently targeting AR-15 and AK-47 variants which will require Californians to either register their rifles as “assault rifles” or force them to change out the scary assault […]

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Shooting down myths of ‘gun-free zones’ in schools [NRA-ILA News]

Two years ago, California passed a restriction concerning concealed carry on school campuses. Now, permit holders can only carry a handgun with school administration approval. Out of the 977 school districts in California, only five decided to allow concealed carry on their campuses. But the state Assembly is about to vote on a bill that would prohibit carrying in even these five school districts.


Kansas Senate returns concealed carry for state medical facilities to committee [NRA-ILA News]

The Kansas Senate failed to reach consensus Tuesday on a bill exempting state-affiliated medical and mental health facilities from compliance with a law allowing concealed handguns to be carried by the public in those facilities after July 1.


Nebraska: Gun bill pulled from legislative agenda; will return in 2018 [NRA-ILA News]

A major gun-rights bill won’t return for more debate this year in the Nebraska Legislature, but the sponsoring senator said he will try again in 2018.


Bill to reduce handgun license fee in Texas reaches Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk [NRA-ILA News]

The proposal, Senate Bill 16, would reduce the first-time fee for a license to carry from $140 to $40 and the annual renewal fee from $70 to $40. The fee would cover the Department of Public Safety's cost to administer the license program as well as $27 needed for county, state and federal background checks, according to the bill's author, state Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville.


Is The Pistol Brace The Gun Equivalent Of The Vape? | Gun Guy Thoughts [The Firearm Blog]

With all this talk about the ATF’s pistol brace opinion reversal, I got to thinking, has the arm brace become the gun equivalent of the vape? Yes. It has. Sure, pistol braces have a place in the world, I am not gonna dispute that at all. Some people don’t want the hassle of sending a notification […]

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Final Prices: RIA April 2017 Premier [Forgotten Weapons]

Apparently, a lot of people really preferred the expended discussion of auction prices that I did with the recent James Julia auction, so I did the same for the recent Rock Island auction. This one had a bunch of submachine guns (both transferrables and dealer samples), so we will take a look at the differences in those two markets.

The next RIA auction is a regional in late June, so we will start running new videos on some of those guns in a couple weeks!


Here, Let Me Rewrite That For You [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Imagine you recently got this email. It came from either the buggy-whip manufacturer's association or Earth First. Either way, they were anti-automobile because cars don't fit their agenda. In other words, while they are being chauffeured around in stretch limos, they don't want the roads crowded with the likes of you.

Here's the email:

For the first time in a decade, auto sales are down in the United States.

So it’s no wonder deregulating mufflers is at the top of the automobile manufacturers lobby’s agenda. They need to find new ways to make money, regardless of the cost to our communities, and making this policy priority a legislative reality would mean big business for auto manufacturers.

But here’s the dangerous truth: if mufflers were deregulated and sold without any oversight, they could be sold without background checks. And when that happens, they can easily get into the hands of dangerous people. That puts us all at risk, because mufflers make it more difficult for law enforcement to locate speeders, and easier for criminals to quietly escape.

But it appears Congress may move forward on the deregulation of mufflers anyway. But before they do, we have a chance to make our voices heard:

Sign our petition calling on Congress to REJECT any legislation that would deregulate the sale of automobile mufflers.

Automobile mufflers can cost anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to up to $2,500 for the most expensive muffler sold by Quiet Cars. This is big business.

But the profits to a few manufacturers will never be as important as the safety of our communities across the country. That’s why making your voice heard is so important.
You are probably thinking that mufflers are a good thing and you'd be right. Among other things they reduce noise pollution. You won't be woken up in the middle of your afternoon nap anymore when an unmuffled car drives by your house.

Of course, the real email from Mark Kelly aka Mr. Gabby Giffords of Americans for Responsible Solutions (sic) is talking about silencers and suppressors for firearms. My rewriting of his email was to show just how ridiculousness of his position. I could go on but I think you get it.


Spuhr and Forge Tactical LLC in Co-operation [The Firearm Blog]

Spuhr and Forge Tactical are starting a co-operation. The outline can be found in the quoted Press Release below, but TFB also reached out and spoke directly to both Håkan Spuhr and John Chapman of Forge Tactical to get some more details. In Europe Spuhr has a very solid reputation among hunters, sport shooters as […]

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Canadian Rossi 12ga Shotgun Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

Just the other day Nathaniel F posted about the Short Barreled Shotgun. Well in Canada, Rossi is importing some non-restricted shotguns with pistol grips. They come with 18.5″ barrels but due to some loopholes in Canada’s firearm laws regarding shotguns and handguns this 12Ga pistol is able to be made legally. Our understanding is that […]

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Review: POF-USA Revolution: 7.62 Power in a 5.56 sized Package [The Firearm Blog]

In recent years, “compact” .308 AR-style rifles have come onto the scene.  I say “AR-style” rather than AR10/SR25 being that the rifles I’m referring to are a blend of both, or in the case of the Colt 901, a system unto itself.  The most widely known may be the DPMS GII series, but there are […]

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TFB Review: Inland Manufacturing dB Foam For Silencers [The Firearm Blog]

Hello, my name is Pete, and I like to chase decibels. What’s that, you ask? Simply put, It’s the process of attempting to shoot a silencer and host combination as quietly as possible. Obviously, buying and using a quality suppressor is a good place to start, but other variables like ammunition selection and action type are […]

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TFB REVIEW: DSG Arms Kydex Holsters [The Firearm Blog]

Buying a holster for a friend or a family member is akin to picking out a special sweater as a Christmas present – everyone has their own tastes, body styles and requirements. It’s best to buy a gift card and write a meaningful note rather than risk getting them something that will never leave the bottom drawer. […]

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Wednesday, 17 May


Preppers, Taking Your Own Advice [AllOutdoor.com]

In the next few months I may be in the market for a new handgun.  The handgun I was considering is the Beretta APX.  However, I simply can not justify buying a handgun and having to stockpile magazines just for it.

The decision to purchase an APX is difficult because the APX does not accept 92f magazines.  In 1989, I bought Beretta 92f.  Over the past 28 years, I bought numerous magazines for it.  The design of the APX blew the idea of having standardized magazines out of the water.

Not only is Beretta over 30 years late to the polymer pistol party, they ignored decades of 92f magazines already on the market.  Why?

As a prepper/survivalist, my firearm purchases are partially based on being able to hand out firearms to friends and family who bug out to the farm.  Being able to share magazines and training across the board is part of my overall prepping plan.

If the world goes to hell, I want to be able to take a handgun, give it to a family member, give them a couple of minutes of training and they be ready to go.  Having to train them with several different handguns is not only unsafe, it is expensive and time consuming.

You may ask, “Why would training across multiple platforms be unsafe?”  Because the person may be confused about which handgun has a safety and which one does not.  How does the slide release work on that handgun compared to the others… etc.

Companies such as Beretta, Ruger, Springfield…, by not standardizing their magazines are losing market share to companies like Glock.

Take Your Own Advice

Why are we talking about all of this?

Awhile back, I posted an article about how preppers should consider Glock standardization.  I have to take my own advice on this topic.

I simply can not purchase a Beretta APX.  The reason being, it does not have a role in the big picture.  If I did purchase an APX, it would be for my own personal use.  However, having a handgun that can not accept magazines from other people puts myself and them at a disadvantage.

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Oregon: Governor Signs Bill to Expand Hunting Opportunities [NRA-ILA News]

Today, May 17, Governor Kate Brown (D) signed House Bill 2566 into law.  Introduced by state Representative Brad Witt (D-31), HB 2566 will increase the maximum age limit for youth participating in the existing hunter mentoring program from 14 to 16 years of age.  Current law allows a licensed hunter, 21 years or older, to mentor youth in order to introduce them to hunting.  HB 2566 passed the House with a 56-0 vote and the Senate with a 30-0 vote.  This bill will go into effect on January 1, 2018.


Are You a Shooter or a Gunfighter? [AllOutdoor.com]

Iconic shooter Buck Doyle’s primary instructional statement is, “You can be a shooter without being a gunfighter, but not the other way around.” So, who is Buck Doyle? Doyle is a former Marine recon specialist with several tours in bad places. Now he teaches others how to shoot in a particularly aggressive manner. It’s not for everyone, but it is an alternative worth exploring.

I’m pretty sure what Doyle means is that becoming a true gunfighter takes a stringent advancement of shooting skills. Do you need this level of shooting skills? During an ultimate worst-case scenario in which serious threats are thrust upon you, it may be the only saving grace you have.

Doyle’s strategy embraces a series of skill phases including shooting, moving, and communicating. Obviously, the root skill is being able to shoot. This means extensive handling of your chosen firearm to gain proficiency with it. This is not casual shooting where you empty a magazine or two on a Sunday afternoon at the city dump.

It is much more dedicated shooting practice with expert training and counseling, along with the range work. If you just go out to bust a few tin cans without proper instruction or focus, you are probably not gaining a whole lot except some use of the gun. Working with a shooting instructor can help pinpoint your shooting strengths and weaknesses. This is applied shooting practice of the best kind.

Once you are in a decent groove of implementing your handgun on target and becoming comfortable with your shooting results, you can move on to the next phase, which is adding movement to your shooting trials. Just adding movement takes on a whole new set of skill developments.

Imagine shooting at a moving target. Then transform that into you also moving while you shoot. Everything changes now. Not only does the terminal target become fluid, but you do as well. This incorporates not only the physical movements, side to side, forward, back, bending over, stooping, reaching and such plus gaining the endurance to do so. Your gun’s sights move as you move, so you are constantly correcting the sight plane.

Then comes communication. The gunfighter moves with a team, which he/she has to talk to. Words are not minced. Instructions and directions are precise. This is how the team functions best and the shooter becomes the gunfighter. If this appeals to you, do a Web search for Doyle to learn more.

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Airsoft Training with Umarex Pistols and Rubber Dummies [AllOutdoor.com]


During some recent training with Craig Douglas of ShivWorks, I was introduced to the world of realistic training with the help of airsoft guns. I really had no idea that available airsoft trainers were so realistic, accurate, or well made.

The idea behind it is that regular and higher-risk live training can be done with an airsoft gun to minimize training risk. I still believe a year spent dry-fire practicing will net more advantage than weekly range trips with live fire, but I think airsoft holds a legitimate place between those two extremes.

During the “Armed Movement in Structures” training, we used airsoft to metaphorically kill each other, but you can do so much more than entry training. Want to do high-stress fast draw drills without accidentally shooting yourself? No problem if you use airsoft; it will only provide a stinging reminder that you were outside of your safe control speed with the handgun.


My airsoft gun of choice is the Umarex USA (AKA Walther USA) green gas airsoft PPQ M2 pistols which match my real PPQ M2 22 LR and PPQ M2 9mm pistols. Heck, Umarex even has a PPQ M2 .177 caliber pellet pistol if you want the entire progressive training kit.


Previously I’ve heavily used the 22 LR version as a trainer on steel, but now I also have a back yard option for training as well. Green gas guns are refilled with a larger canister like you would a butane lighter – press in for a few seconds and you are ready to shoot again. The upside is charging the gun is quick while you are reloading the plastic BBs, but the downside is that it recharges are required often — usually every other time you reload the magazine.


During my review of Rubber Dummies targets, which by the way is the single best training target I have ever tested, I learned that airsoft BBs would leave smaller, but still noticeable, impact marks on the Rubber Dummy target. Coupled with a quality airsoft training pistol and a comparable holster to your carry holster, these three items deliver a realistic and safe back yard urban training setup.


My green gas powered Umarex PPQ airsoft gun produced visible marking hits all the way out to 15 yards on the Rubber Dummies. Add in a free shot timer app for you smartphone and you have everything you need to start some real training work.  


I have been using airsoft training a lot, and my draw-from-concealment speeds have increased significantly from a solid average around 0.5 secs to a few 0.28 – 0.30 sec first-shot. Part of that is being able to do MANY repetitive drills with the ability to work through the kinks and micro motions without worrying about an accidental and potentially fatal live round discharge. The other aspect is that after the investment in a high quality $100+ airsoft gun, shooting becomes much more affordable than burning actual ammo. Airsoft “BBs” cost around $0.84 per 100, or about $42 per 5000 if you buy premium gas and premium BBs. Airsoft is cheap practice that can quickly pay for itself.

You can also practice riskier drills, such as placing your left hand on the right hip to simulate a captured draw stroke of your opponent while drawing and shooting. Generally this drill is done with a bent support arm up with the left hand near the ear to get the arm out of the way of the bullet. The right hand partially draws the gun with a high elbow and a shot is taken on the opponent in a downward 45-degree direction away from your body parts. Again ShivWorks does some training on this and has some great videos about how to do this correctly without shooting yourself.  

Obviously modifying this drill to place your hand more in line with a potential bullet path is risky, but it’s a realistic scenario and a great use for airsoft… if you shoot your hand you will know it, but you won’t turn it into bloody tatters. Generally I use airsoft for close drill less than a foot away, but sometime much closer in grappling range. It really is interesting to get entangled gripping the Rubber Dummy target and go through the drill while slowly looking at the gun angle, bullet trajectory, and where the shot ended up in comparison to your body parts.

With the typical urban sounds of most housing subdivisions, the report of most airsoft guns is about as loud as a kid playing basketball and cannot be heard more than a house or two each way — and is still far softer than the blap blap blap from the ever-present re-roofing job in any neighborhood. What I have enjoyed most is being able to get outside in my backyard for to work through realistic training and basic drills while waiting for the wife to shower or while waiting for the kids’ bus to show up.

As we all know, once you have kids those long uninterrupted full-day range sessions seem to dwindle and this is one way to get back out there and work on your fundamentals.

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The Fake Rifles of Pakistan [The Firearm Blog]

The small arms markets of Darra Adam Khel have made themselves known throughout the world for the immaculate ability of talented Pashtuns to handcraft a large number of small arms and produce almost identical copies of numerous Western designs for over a century. In this episode, we look at a few rifles that were produced […]

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IMBEL 5.56x45mm IA2 rifle/carbine development and status report [The Firearm Blog]

Having recently reported (http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2017/04/13/imbels-new-7-62x51mm-ia2-carbine-rifle/)  on the official certification test program of Brazil’s  IMBEL 7.62x51mm IA2 semi-auto carbine currently under way at the CAEx – Centro de Avaliação do Exército (Army Evaluation Center), in Rio de Janeiro, it might be proper to inform TFB readers on the status of the earlier 5.56x45mm model. It took IMBEL […]

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The New ARC 300 Rifle from DoubleStar [The Firearm Blog]

ARC300Designed as a “go anywhere” hunting gun, the new ARC 300 from DoubleStar is a 300 BLK rifle that is built to be light and tough.  ARC stands for Always Ready Carbine, and it appears to be a good choice for home defense in addition to bagging Bambi. As with the existing ARC rifles, this […]

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New Jersey: Senate Bill Would Publicly Finance Gun Control Agenda [NRA-ILA News]

As lawmakers in Trenton annually struggle with whopping budget deficits and struggle to adequately fund roads, bridges, schools and pensions, anti-gun lawmakers have set their sights on more of your hard-earned tax dollars to finance their own political agenda.


Watch: “Le Petit Protector” Ring Gun [AllOutdoor.com]

It’s a 5-shot 5mm pinfire gun that can be worn on a finger… but it’s not actually old.

Ian tells us that although the pinfire era was long obsolete by the time these guns were made, they were made in the late 20th century “specifically to evoke that feeling of mid-1800s France.”


(Photo: Rock Island Auction Company)

(Photo: Rock Island Auction Company)

Although you can’t really cock it, index it, etc, without putting your hand in harm’s way, the ammo is quite low-powered. Per Ian:

This is simultaneously incredibly dangerous and not dangerous at all.

To load this tiny gun, you have to actually unscrew the cylinder pin so you can entirely remove the cylinder. It’s more of a curio than a real, useful firearm… but it’s still cool. I especially like how the central steel ring is actually the hammer spring.

This one sold at auction for $3737.50, which has go to be one heck of a lot more than it cost when it was new.

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Accuracy vs. Precision [AllOutdoor.com]

Accuracy and precision: these two facets of shooting are not the same.

So, what’s the difference? Consider these target range scenarios:

• The shooter makes five shots at a target and they hit all over the paper. These shots are neither accurate nor precise.
• The shooter puts a tight group of shots into the upper corner of the target. These shots are precise, but not accurate.
• Next the shooter puts five shots all around the bullseye. These shots are accurate, but not precise.
• Finally the shooter places all five shots into a tight group in the bullseye. These shots are both accurate and precise.

The whole idea behind shooting a gun at a range or while hunting is to have your bullet hit the target — but not just anywhere. You want accurate shots, which hit precisely in the X-ring or kill zone.

Okay… so we know you should be as accurate as possible. But do you really need precision as well? In the heat of a life-threatening confrontation, the answer is usually “no.” If your shots are accurate and well-placed, they generally don’t need to be precise.

When you practice shooting, practice for accuracy first, then increased speed, and later after many trials, work on precision. Other elements of shooting needs to be practiced as well, including magazine changes and drawing your carry weapon.

In rifle shooting work on the bench, then try shooting for accuracy while standing, sitting, and even moving. Trust me, if you run or even walk fast 50 yards then shoot, your accuracy will change considerably. It takes considerable practice to consistently be accurate with precision. But these are shooting skills to keep honing.

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Catch-And-Release Spring Bass Action Peaking In Vermont [AllOutdoor.com]

Vermont’s celebrated catch-and-release bass fishing season is underway, with some of the hottest bass fishing action in the Green Mountain State happening right now.

(Actually, catch-and-release open-water bass fishing is permitted year-round on waters that are not listed by the Department as seasonally closed. A full listing of waters and regulations can be found in the 2017 Vermont Fishing Guide & Regulations Digest, or by using the new Online Fishing Regulations Tool found at www.vtfishandwildlife.com.)

‘The spring catch-and-release season is a really special time to be on the water in Vermont, and the fishing can be truly spectacular,’ said Chris Adams with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. ‘Combine warming weather, minimal boat traffic and feeding largemouth and smallmouth bass, and spring bass fishing is hard to beat.’

Vermont’s catch-and-release bass season runs primarily from the second Saturday in April to the Friday before the second Saturday in June, when Vermont’s traditional bass season opens.

Vermont’s spring catch-and-release bass season is well-known throughout New England and the northeast, and is recognized not only for producing numbers of fish, but also for some of the biggest bass of the year.

From ice-out right through early June, the catch-and-release bass fishing in Vermont is incredible, said Adams.

During the catch-and-release season, all bass must be released after being caught, and only artificial lures may be used; the use of live bait is prohibited.

Vermont Fish & Wildlife has assembled a few basic tips for anglers heading out to fish for bass during the spring catch-and-release season.

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The Revival of the 38 S&W Special [AllOutdoor.com]

There is a renaissance movement under way, and it’s a bit surprising. Considering the domination of the semi-auto pistol calibers these days, who would have thought an old revolver round would again find favor with shooters, self-defense advocates, preppers, and survivalists? There is new life in the old 38 Special.

Smith and Wesson developed the cartridge and brought out the first revolver to chamber it, the Military & Police Model in 1902. Colt did not chamber the 38 Special until 1909. A Colt version came out a few years later, only differing in the shape of the bullet.

The 38 Special turned out to be one of the most well-balanced all-around handgun cartridges ever developed. The 38 Special is also accurate — so accurate that it is still widely used for match target shooting. It is useful for small game hunting up to medium-sized game.

The 38 Special is loaded by every commercial ammunition manufacturer, so it is widely available. Factory loads use a wide variety of bullet weights from 95 grains up to 200 grains, which vary from round nose and flat nose plain bullets to all sorts of jacketed and hollowpoint bullets.

The standard load has a 158 grain bullet. Velocity of these loads hover in the 755 fps range with 200 foot pounds of energy.

These days, more and more people are looking to the 38 Special for self defense. Yes, the 38 Special is making a comeback… and that’s a good thing.

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Taurus T4SA: Designed and Built in the USA [The Firearm Blog]

Taurus T4SAAs you may have heard, Taurus USA introduced a new AR platform rifle recently. The new gun, called the T4SA, appears to be a quality rifle based on the specs and information released by the company. When it starts shipping later this year, and the gun gets into the hands of shooters, we will find out […]

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Browning’s A5 Makes High Grade [AllOutdoor.com]

The Browning A5 semi-automatic shotgun is one of those iconic smoothbores that, along with the Winchester Model 12 pump is known to so many in America. The A5’s signature humpback look has seen many a hunting field and dale for many shotgun-toting hunters.


The first Browning Automatic shotguns were manufactured in Belgium by FN starting around 1900. The first Grade 1 Autoloaders to become known as the Auto 5 or A5 started production sometime around 1940. As with most long-lasting production run firearms, many changes were made over the years, but the A5 has remained popular among hunters, shooters, and collectors; especially the Belgium-made models.

Although the original Auto 5 is no longer in production, Browning’s name continues to be placed on a number of modern versions now known as the “new” A5. The demand for this was so high that Browning has brought out the new models to fill orders from buyers waiting in line.

In 2016, Browning began the virtual reintroduction of the A5s with the new Sweet Sixteen model. It was an immediate success. In 2017 Browning will be expanding the A5 line with an A5 High Grade Hunter model. One look at the receiver on this new shotgun and you’ll know it is something special.


The receiver is engraved with scenes of pheasants on the left hand side and mallard ducks on the right side. Each scene is framed by fine scrollwork. The Grade 2.5 walnut stock is a work of art too. Its checkering is cut extra-sharp at 22 lines per inch. The wood is finished in a super-rich gloss finish.

The Browning A5 High Grade Hunter model will be produced with either a 26-inch or 28-inch barrel with a flat ventilated rib in a gloss blued finish. The receiver is made from aluminum alloy and finished in a gloss black finish. The shotguns are chambered 12 gauge with a 3-inch chamber.

Other features include a shim adjustment on length of pull, a Vector Pro Lengthened Forcing Cone, and three Invector DS choke tubes are included. The stock comes fitted with an Inflex recoil pad. The front barrel sight is a fiber-optic with a mid-barrel ivory bead. Suggested retail is set at $1859.99. See Browning’s A5 Section of their website for more details.

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Greener Whaling Harpoon Gun [The Firearm Blog]

If you remember Spielberg’s masterpiece Jaws, Robert Shaw played Quint the seasoned shark hunter. He used a Greener Whaling harpoon gun in the movie. Here is a video of a guy showing off his Greener Whaling harpoon gun. The Greener harpoon gun uses a martini action and they made a lot of 12 ga shotguns […]

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Local news [Of Arms and the Law]

The FBI has arrested a man (a school security monitor, no less) for threatening the life of U.S. Representative Martha McSally. Local "protests" against her have focused on her support for Donald Trump's proposals, and that support was the motive for his death threats. So much for Tucson's Revive Civility Month.

I wonder how much publicity this would get if political roles were reversed.....


Watch: CMMG MkG 45 ACP AR-15 Review [AllOutdoor.com]

The CMMG MkG Guard AR-15 Carbine is chambered in 45 ACP, features a delayed blowback design and uses Glock Magazines.

In a previous article we talked about Glock standardization.  For someone who uses a Glock 21, it would appear the CMMG MkG Guard would be an excellent addition.

The CMMG MkG Guard is available in six different models – two pistols, one short barreled rifle and three full sized rifles.

  • Pistol, MkG-45 PDW
  • Pistol, MkG-45 PSB
  • Rifle, MkG-45 PDW, NFA
  • Rifle, MkG-45 DRB
  • Rifle, MkG-45 DRB2
  • Rifle, MkG-45 T

Now for the video.

Special thank you to sootch00 for making this excellent video.

On a personal note, I have always been interested in a rifle that is chambered in a handgun caliber.  However, I have not been able to bring myself to purchase one.  Before I make the purchase, I have to justify what role would the rifle play?

My rifles are divided into two categories, home/property defense and hunting.  I live in a rural area, have chickens and plan on getting goats and maybe some cattle.  From time to time a coyote will pick off a chicken.  I worry about predators getting my goats when I get a few on the farm.

The 223 Remington / 5.56mm is good for predators.  I can justify having a rifle in 223 Remington / 5.56mm based on various factors.

On the other hand, I can not bring myself to justify having a rifle chambered in a handgun cartridge, but that is me.

Someone who lives in an urban area, concerned about civil unrest and wants to standardize their handguns and rifles, the CMMG MkG Guard AR-15 may be a good choice.

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2 charged after man shoots carjacking suspect on SW Side [NRA-ILA News]

Two men, one of whom was shot, have been charged after a carjacking turned violent and the victim opened fire Wednesday morning in the West Elsdon neighborhood on the Southwest Side.


Suspect Shot In Groin While Trying To Rob Man With Gun [NRA-ILA News]

Police say a suspect was shot in the groin while trying to rob a man in Philadelphia on Tuesday. It happened around 2:37 p.m. in the 4800 block of Palethorp Street. Police said the 25-year-old victim was armed with a registered gun when he shot the 23-year-old suspect in the groin. According to investigators, the bullet entered the left groin and exited the left buttocks.


W. Asheville store customer shoots alleged robber [NRA-ILA News]

A customer at an Old Haywood Road convenience store shot a would-be robber Friday night, the owner of the M&J Food Store said. Police wouldn't comment Sunday or Monday on the owner's version of events but said they found a person near the West Asheville store with a gunshot wound. Officers said they plan to serve arrest warrants on a juvenile who is now in Mission Hospital. On Friday, two people came into the convenience store around 9:45 p.m., one brandishing a gun, another a Taser, owner Jamal Hamden said.


Grady County man holds intruder at gunpoint until officers arrive [NRA-ILA News]

An intruder was arrested after a Grady County homeowner held him at gunpoint until deputies arrived. Deputies arrested Travis Thrash, 28, on complaints of burglary and public intoxication. Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir said Thrash is lucky he didn’t get shot. “He kicked the front door of the residence and made it all the way it to the hallway to the bedroom,” Weir said. The homeowner, a military veteran, pulled out a gun and protected his wife and children. He can be heard in his 911 call telling the suspect to get on the ground. Weir said Thrash admitted to being under the influence of drugs. Once in custody, Thrash acted strangely, saying he was being chased by several people, Weird said. A second neighbor had also called police, saying Thrash had tried to get into her house minutes before. Thrash has other felony arrests and had a deferred sentence out of Oklahoma County on drug charges just last month.


Preppers: Dividing Your Time [AllOutdoor.com]

One of the biggest problems I have here on the farm, is finding time to work on all my projects.  The simple solution is to divide my time between the important ones.  Maybe dedicate a little more time to the important issues and less time to the less important.

List of my current projects:

  • Clearing fence line to fence in several acres for livestock.
  • Start on a pole barn. Not really that important until just before I get the livestock.
  • Tacoma project.  1999 Toyota Tacoma 4X4 that has not been touched in several months.
  • Cabin at the back of the property needs repairs.
  • Fixing the water well at the cabin.
  • Boat needs wiring finished.
  • Cleaning up a trash pile behind the cabin.

Then there is a list of less important projects that are not really worth mentioning.  Such as building a shed, stockpiling 223 Remington, going to the shooting range… etc.

Somewhere in all of that I need to find time for recreation, such as hiking and fishing.  There is a pond a few miles from my house I would like to go perch fishing at, but simply can not find the time.

On top of all of that, I have to earn an income.

Important Projects

What is the most important topic in your prepping plans?

To me, it would probably be to get the water well fixed and get the land fenced in for livestock.  Having access to clean was should be on the top of anyones list.  The livestock would be for food and manure for the garden.

We all know the old saying, “food, water and shelter.”  Which is incorrect because water should be listed first.

I think my priorities should be:

  • Getting the water well fixed.  I suspect the foot valve has gone out.
  • Working on the cabin.
  • Fencing in for livestock.

That would cover water, shelter and food.

The cabin would be for friends and family.  If the world were to go to hell, my farm would be the bug out location.  I need to be able to accept an influx of friends and family members.

So, what are some of your projects and how do you divide your time?

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Sarsilmaz and UTAS-USA Announce Partnership To Import SAR Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

In a recent press release, Sarsilmazand SAR-USA announced a partnership with UTAS-USA to import the SAR line of pistols. Why do we care? Because Salslimaz has built a really solid reputation for building the reasonably cheap but ultimately reliable SAR B6 and B6P pistols that were previously imported by EAA. The press release was very thin […]

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Bill would allow Right-to-Carry without permits in Michigan [NRA-ILA News]

“It is currently legal in the state of Michigan for a law-abiding person to openly carry a firearm on their person without any training classes, fees or state bureaucracy. It only becomes illegal when a person puts on a coat because the gun then becomes concealed,” said Rep. Michele Hoitenga, R-Manton, a sponsor of one of the four bills in the gun package. “Our Second Amendment should not be used as a money grab for permit fees.”


Michigan Right-to-Carry bills spark debate [NRA-ILA News]

Second Amendment supporters and gun control advocates flooded a legislative hearing on the bills Tuesday, prompting House staff to open two overflow rooms to accommodate crowds.The proposal would eliminate criminal penalties for those who carry concealed pistols without permits, effectively lifting the requirement in most parts of the state.


Oklahoma Department of Human Services Amends Gun Policy [NRA-ILA News]

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that alleged the Oklahoma Department of Human Services violated foster parents' right to bear arms.The lawsuit was filed after the department asked parents to sign a written agreement requiring weapons to be locked up.


SA80 Series: The Pre-Production XL85 and XL86 [Forgotten Weapons]

Armament Research Services (ARES) is a specialist technical intelligence consultancy, offering expertise and analysis to a range of government and non-government entities in the arms and munitions field. For detailed photos of the guns in this video, don’t miss the ARES companion blog post!

The SA80 saga continues today with the final pre-production versions of the L85A1 and L86A1, although at this point they still both carry XL designations, as they were not yet formally adopted weapons. In these weapons we can see a couple last distinctive mechanical changes, but perhaps more importantly by this time the worker morale at RSAF Enfield was thoroughly in the tank. It had become well known that the factory complex was going to be taken public or sold outright, and it was widely expected that Enfield would be shut down as a result. A new facility would be built in Nottingham, but none of the rank and file staff expected to transfer. They would be laid off, and they knew it. Not surprisingly, quality control suffered as a result.

As for the guns themselves, the first distinctive visible improvement was in the magazine well. In the XL70 weapons, the bottom half of the magazine well had been simple welded onto the bottom of the lower receiver, in order to retain the easy stamping of that element. On these guns, that have been replaced by a separate box which encompassed the magazine and was spot welded into the lower receiver. This change in construction method allow the magazine well to be much more precisely located in the receiver, and then fixed in place without the risk of warping the thin sheet metal of the lower receiver – while still retaining the simple stamping of that lower.

The other visible change was to the Light Support Weapon, and it consisted of a long “girder” support added below the barrel. This was intended to mount the bipod onto, in the hopes of resolving the long-running problem of split groups in the LSW. This was a problem in which the first round of a burst would hit substantially low and left relative to the rest of the burst. While the LSW was a quite accurate weapon in semiautomatic mode, this split group problem was a substantial detriment to its effectiveness as a proper support weapon.



Are You Prepared For A Magazine Ban? | Gun Guy Thoughts [The Firearm Blog]

Let me be up front, there is no looming ban and we don’t cover political issues anyhow. In yet another stupid gun guy shower thought I was left wondering what it would take to be prepared for the possibility of standard capacity mags becoming scarce or them no longer being available. So again, to be clear, […]

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TFB REVIEW: Comrade Arms TAK-47 [The Firearm Blog]

Before I was assigned to review the Comrade Arms TAK-47, I had never considered owning an AK-based shotgun. Sure, I’ve seen the professional competitors with their tricked out Saiga 12’s, running foot-and-a-half long magazines, Mad Max style compensators, and wild paint jobs – but that’s not me. I prefer the look and feel of a […]

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Marcus Lemonis Re-Brands Gander Mountain as “Gander Outdoors” [The Firearm Blog]

Gander OutdoorsGander Mountain was recently purchased by Camping World Holdings (aka “Camping World) at auction. The CEO, Marcus Lemonis, is not only going to re-brand the remaining stores as “Gander Outdoors,” but he is soliciting Twitter for a new logo. .@GanderMtn is going to be renamed #ganderoutdoors. I'm looking for all of you to help me […]

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BREAKING: USMC Releases RFI for New Infantry Rifles, Uppers, Optics, Suppressors, Targets [The Firearm Blog]

In a surprising turn of events given the recent public motions towards an all-M27 fleet, the United States Marine Corps has just released a new request for information (RFI), soliciting proposals from the industry for a whole new suite of infantry equipment, including rifles, upper receivers for existing weapons, optics, suppressors, and targets. The new […]

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Anderson Manufacturing Debuts NEW 15″ Keymod Free Float Handguard [The Firearm Blog]

Anderson ManufacturingIt was just weeks ago one of our own writers told you why “Keymod Sucks,” but that does not mean the industry has fallen flat and given up on Keymod. It is true that M-LOK is much more popular than Keymod for several reasons outlined in the TFBTV video “Keymod Sucks – Now with More […]

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SKO Shotguns – Standard Mfg Now Accepting Pre-Orders [The Firearm Blog]

SKOStandard Manufacturing Company announced it was now taking pre-orders for the new SKO semi-automatic shotgun. The pre-orders are being offered at $950 – a savings of $150 off of the full retail price of $1,100. The company states it expects to ship the guns in approximately 30 days. Shipping will be free. The SKO is […]

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Tuesday, 16 May


Murder is a concentrated event [Of Arms and the Law]

John Lott points out that in 2014, 54% of American counties had zero murders, and 69% had either zero or one murder. In comparison, the 1% of counties with the worst murder rates contributed 37% of the total murders nationwide, and the 5% of counties with the highest murder rates contributed 68% of the murders nationwide.


Good Cheap Stuff: Three Good Affordable Multitools [AllOutdoor.com]

Fortunately, some of the best multitools are priced below $30 and one of the most recommended pieces of kit I can think of is a $30 multitool (the first entry below).

Why is it that there is so much value for so few dollars in this area?  I think there are two reasons: 1) unlike the other items, multitools are more of a general use item; and 2) Victorinox.

You can find multitools everywhere; Sears, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, etc all have an impressive selection, especially compared to their knife selection. Pretty much everyone has a multitool shoved in a drawer somewhere. So that’s the first thing: a greater demand leads to more producers and better value.  Adam Smith would be happy.

But there’s another reason, which is more of an historical accident than proof of macroeconomic theory: Victorinox has been making superb multitools for decades.  They have refined the process and the designs to the point of perfection.  They have amortized costs and tooling over nearly a century of production, until the fit and finish on a $30 Swiss Army Knife from Victorinox rivals the fit and finish on a $100 knife.

With Victorinox dominating the market, competitors had to be as good or better to gain a foothold, so when Leatherman broke into the scene, they did just that–they took a great design and relentlessly drove down the price.  The original PST sold for around $50 in 1983 (about $70 in 2017’s inflated dollars)m and today Leatherman makes tools today that are cheaper. With Victorinox setting the floor for everyone, they had to compete on price or go home.  This is, I believe, why there are no true “premium” multitools, for which customers willingly shell out hundreds of dollars (as they often do with knives).

So, in the multitool category you get some real gems for cheap.  Here are my three favorites:

Swiss Army Knife Alox Cadet (review)


Forget the red plastic handle scales — Alox is where it is at.  The material looks great, takes a beating, offers a ton of grip, and has a timelessness that you won’t find anywhere else.  I am huge fan of alox… but that is only one portion of the Cadet’s greatness.

This tool is smaller than a pack of gum, yet eminently capable.  It can slice and dice with ease.  It does great at food prep.  It is a sweet piece of kit for an urban dude on a Friday night–popping open brews with aplomb.  There is no one on earth that couldn’t use this as something to drop in their pocket and go.

I can’t even think of a drawback.  I would have originally complained about the soft steel, 1.4116, but after years of use I’ve found that it’s perfect for the role and easy as pie to sharpen.  If you have opposable thumbs, you should have an Alox Cadet.

Leatherman Wingman (review)

Image courtesy of Leatherman

Image courtesy of Leatherman

The Wingman is the best of the full sized budget multitools from Leatherman.  There is one that is cheaper, the Rev, but it lacks spring-loaded pliers.  There is also a Wingman that swaps out the scissors for a saw, the Sidekick, but for general use, the Wingman offers a great array of tools at a very decent price.

These street right at $30 and you get a good set of pliers, a nice knife blade (with decent-for-multitools 420HC steel), and an array of other usual-suspect implements.  The big deal for me, and why I like the Wingman over other cheap multitools, is that most of the commonly-used tools are external, so you do not have to open up the pliers to access them.  The blade opens with one hand (another difference between the Wingman and the Rev).

The handles are stamped, which makes them feel and look a bit cheap, but that has no real impact on performance.  I was surprised how little wiggle and wobble there was in the pivots and joints on the Wingman.  In all, there is little to complain about.  The unbeatable 25-year warranty from Leatherman and the great price tag combine to make this the go-to pliers-based multitool on the market (I like the Skeletool more, but it is $20-$30 more).

Gerber Shard (review)


You may have been around when the Atwood trend took over the gear world.  People were paying $500 or more for pieces of metal with no moving parts and cuts and corners around the edges.  The idea was that they were simple one-piece tools that could get you out of a jam if necessary, so you just stuck one on your keychain. In reality, they were Pokemon for knife knuts.

These days, the number of one-piece multitool makers has exploded and they are, with a few exceptions, passe. As the hype dies down, so do prices; and none perform, in my opinion, than the lowly $8 Shard.

The Shard is one of the only OPMTs (one-piece multitools) with a true 3D Philips driver.  It de-cap-itates a bottle like a French guillotine.  And the pry tip is pretty useful.  Finally, unlike some more exotic tools, this one is so cheap it won’t really matter if you lose it.  I’ve had mine for years and it still works well.  Just don’t mistake it for its Sloth-from-Goonies facsimile, the Artifact.  That happens to be one of the worst tools known to man — and it is more expensive.


Multitools are the best value in the gear world.  In terms of fit and finish, performance, and design you won’t find better.  And even at under $30 you can find true top-tier stuff. If you only have a few bucks, this is place to spend your money.

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Ammo Supplies are Good, Prices Remain High [AllOutdoor.com]

A recent inquiry from an outdoor writer in Wisconsin asked me about local ammo supplies and inventories so I did some checking. At the past few gun shows I did take note that while ammo stocks seemed to be widespread and comprehensive, their prices remained sky-high with all the usual excuses.

I thought once the foreign wars began to slow down and demand for ammunition declined on the part of the military, the ammo situation would begin to normalize again. But that reasoning doesn’t seem to hold water. There also seems to be fewer reports of various government agencies buying huge quantities of ammunition… but perhaps those reports have just been squelched.

When I perused the shelves of several big box stores several months ago, I found their stocks lacking. I don’t know who is in charge of ammo ordering in these stores store, but I never could understand how a Bass Pro Shops could be totally out of various calibers, brands, and types of ammo, but this was certainly the case in the local store here in Central Mississippi.

Back to the present: After a recent survey of local stores I can report good news on ammo inventories. I checked the local Bass Pro Shops, Academy Outdoors, and a Dick’s Sporting Goods store. Two of the three had very good stocks with shelves more full than I have seen them in months. Academy has always maintained the best ammo inventory even during the ammo-buying rushes. Our local Dick’s has never had much of an ammo stock, but it is respectable. Some Walmart stores have good ammo stocks, while others are dicey.

As I said, prices remain high. Some good ammo buys can be found at outlets like the Sportsman’s Guide online, especially if you wait to buy when the offer free or minimum-purchase shipping deals.

Bottom line: You can save a little if you shop around, but ammo is just plain expensive these days. I suspect the manufacturers want it that way.

My recommendation is to start shopping now in advance of hunting seasons to get the selections you need or want.

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Ten Basic Gun Safety Rules [AllOutdoor.com]

When it comes to guns, I think everyone agrees they can be dangerous. In some ways, that’s exactly the point of firearms… but most of the time, guns can and should be used in ways that cause harm to no one. Here are my rules for safe gun handling. You’ve seen some of them before, but I disagree with NRA on some key points…

1) Always Point a Gun in a Safe Direction

What else can I say? This one explains itself, and is the most important of all gun safety rules. As Dad told me when I was learning, “Never point a gun at anything you’re not willing to shoot.”

2) Assume That Any Gun, Any Time, is Loaded

Your buddy hands you a gun, tells you it’s not loaded. What should you do?

Check to see if it’s loaded!

If your buddy is offended, maybe it’s time to find some new friends. Always check — even if it’s a gun that you believe that you handled last and you “know” it’s not loaded. Check it.

3) Don’t Touch the Trigger Unless You’re Shooting

It’s called trigger discipline, and it’s vital for safe gun handling: Unless you are firing a firearm, your finger should be OUTSIDE of the trigger guard. When you are carrying, fondling, caressing, loading, unloading, or looking down the sights of a gun, keep yer nose-pickers off of the trigger — always.

4) Know What You’re Shooting At

Before you fire a gun, be aware of where your bullet is going to travel — before, during, and after it hits your intended target. Do not get lax about this… bullets often travel long distances, so you should strive to have a good, solid, safe backstop beyond your target to stop your bullets .

5) Get to Know Your Gun

You need to know how to run your gun. Loading and unloading are just the beginning. You need to know how to make it safe, how to deal with a jam or other malfunction, how to grip it, etc. Don’t step up to the firing line without knowing how to use your firearm; and if you are unfamiliar with it, it’s also wise to have someone nearby who is familiar with it.

6) Don’t Shoot at Hard Surfaces (Including Water)

What’s that, you say? Water isn’t hard? Well, that’s where you’re wrong; water is mighty dense, and bullets fired at the surface of any body of water are likely to glance off and fly on, rather than penetrating its surface. Of course, things like pavement, metal, rocks, and even hard wood can do the same. Bullets fired at them can be wildly unpredictable, and might even fly right back and hit you or bystanders. Don’t do it.

7) Don’t Rely on Safety Mechanisms

Many guns have switches, plungers, and/or levers on them, called safeties. Do not rely on them to make your firearm safe. The use of a safety is no substitute for safely handling a firearm… and be aware that some guns (largely Remington bolt-action rifles) have been known to fire when the safety is switched off! It’s a great idea to use a safety, but a bad idea to put your faith in it.

8) Load Your Gun

Even the NRA has long put forth the notion that your gun should be empty until you are ready to fire it. Folks, that’s nonsense.

When you’re hunting or defending your life and property, you don’t have time to pussyfoot around loading your gun… it needs to be ready to rock & roll all the time. So load that shootin’ iron — and handle it safely.

9) Use the Right Ammo

This is a no-brainer, but people can be pretty gullible. Just because a cartridge seems to fit into your gun doesn’t make it safe to fire! The ammo you use needs to be suited to your particular firearm, and that info is probably marked on your popper. If in doubt, seek the advice of a qualified gunsmith (not the snot-nosed doofus behind the ammo counter who doesn’t know 45 Automatic Colt Pistol from 45 Colt).

10) Pay Attention!

Hey, a day at the range can be a lot of fun — and it’s easy to get distracted when you’re having a good time. This is when many mistakes with guns are made, and nothing ends fun faster than a negligent discharge… especially if it hurts or kills someone.

Keep your mind on what you’re doing, and don’t hesitate to correct other folks who might be getting careless. Their gun-handling affects you and everyone else around you, and in the end their goal is the same as yours: To have a good time and make it home safely without causing any harm.

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Black Aces Po’ Boy: Sub-$200 Suppressor [The Firearm Blog]

Po BoyThe federal laws on suppressor regulation have not changed, but the market sure has. A few years back, sound suppressors were a fairly rare commodity. Now, it seems like everyone is making, selling or buying cans. Even the big companies like Ruger and SIG SAUER have jumped into the game. Black Aces Tactical announced a […]

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SilencerBroker.com – PewPew Digital Marketplace [The Firearm Blog]

In another hopeful sign of silencer ownership becoming even more mainstream, a new private digital marketplace has opened its “doors” to allow for the sale of used suppressors. SilencerBroker.com is focused on linking together individuals, dealers and distributors to provide an outlet for previously owned, outdated and overstocked silencers. Even though there are challenges around […]

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Illinois: House Committee Passes Bill to Close Local Gun Dealers [NRA-ILA News]

The House Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill 1657 by a 7-6 vote.


POTD: SLR PPS43 [The Firearm Blog]

SLR Rifleworks posted up this photo to reminisce a build they did many years ago. Ha! Saw a pic tonight that reminded me of this PPS43 thing I “built” years ago before I was in the business. Was a fun little open bolt MG with a silly fast cycle rate. Ran great for a couple […]

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SHTF Defense: Bows and Crossbows [AllOutdoor.com]

Though it is a takeoff from the Walking Dead, archery gear should be considered for survival defense.

Many modern bows and crossbows can achieve a 350 FPS arrow speed. That is fast. Not only that, they are fairly quiet. Of course, their biggest restriction is range. Though I am not a fan of long distance bow hunting, for a defensive weapon it probably is good to know that a stringed implement can do this if necessary.

Another hindrances for a bow or crossbow as a defensive weapon is the space needed to draw/cock and shoot one. Unlike a traditional firearm, a bow or crossbow has to have ample working space to function correctly. For a bow this means kneeling or standing with an opening large enough to sight and shoot. Crossbows of course require a wider space to prevent the limbs from hitting the sides of the window or doorway.

Stringed tools like bows and crossbows do demand a respectable degree of practice to develop the proper shooting skills for accuracy… and it does take time to nock a fresh arrow — or especially to cock a crossbow — for a second shot. Even so, there are enough positive aspects to the bow or crossbow to consider them for certain kinds of defensive work.

In a survival situation, it will be nice to gather food resources while maintaining a quiet and stealth mode. If you are hiding out in the woods, you certainly want to be careful when shooting guns. Firing a round or two at a deer can attract unwanted attention, whereas a bow or crossbow can accomplish this virtually unnoticed. That is a good thing.

If you are new to archery, I recommend a visit to a well-stocked archery shop that has a salesperson willing to spend the time to set you up properly. These tools often require some fitting to the user in terms of draw length and other user issues.

What do you think? Would you consider a bow and/or crossbow as a primary or backup tool for prep and survival work?

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BOOM! Delta P Design Announces 3D Printed 50 Caliber Suppressor [The Firearm Blog]

In what may be a world’s first, silencer manufacturer Delta P Design has just announced a 50 caliber rated 3D printed suppressor. The 12.7mm (I’ll let you do the math) model is made with a proprietary inconel alloy that can withstand use on a variety of heavy machine guns. Besides being beltfed rated, the 12.7 can […]

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Recommended Sight Upgrades for Kel-Tec SU16 [AllOutdoor.com]

Lightweight Keltec SU16 comes in several variants, with barrels ranging from 12 to 18 inches and with stocks that telescope or fold. The variant made for restricted states folds in the middle of the receiver instead. In most versions, the forend unfolds into a field-expedient scout bipod. The light weight and the simplicity of the design, along with a lower price than most AR15 and Mini14 competitors, make the SU16 quite popular for “sport-utility” uses. A police officer friend bought one he keeps in his vehicle for “show and tell,” and I immediately got out my parts bin.


My friend’s SU16C carbine is the folding stock version. He’s using the factory iron sights by preference because they are low-profile and weigh almost nothing. For the intended range under 100 yards, they should do fine. SU16 default sights are adequate.


peep_sight_2_1_1While I have never seen these factory sights fail, they are plastic and lack graduated adjustments. Fortunately, for $40 Keltec offers an upgrade which comes standard only on the NFA-regulated D model with the 12″ barrel. This replacement is much more robust, is made of metal, and is protected from knocks. Unfortunately, it too lacks gradations for repeatable adjustments.



Tech Sights makes two other options at $72 to $82, one of which offers two apertures similar to an AR15A2 sight, the other a single AR15A1-style peep with the option to adjust elevation on the rear sight. Sitting farther back on the receiver than the KelTec part, they also increase the sight radius slightly. With the 18.5″ barrel of the SU16A model, the resulting iron sight resolution improves considerably on the AR15. The metal front sight tower of the 16A and B is likewise available as an upgrade for $49. Besides the increased durability, that part also extends the sight radius by placing the front post near the muzzle rather than on the gas block.


hivis-ar15-sightAll of these rear sight options could benefit from a fiber optic front sight made by Hi-Viz. At $33, it’s the cheapest substantive upgrade of the aiming system. In my experience, this type of sight — also available for AK and AR15 — is fairly robust. The fragile fiber optic is well-protected and easily replaced if damaged. The glowing dot is just slightly below the tip, so long-range zeroing should still be done using the squared-off top of the post, while close-range reaction shooting can be done with the green dot. The point of impact will be higher, but not by enough to make a difference within 50 yards.

Returning to my friend’s SU16C, the addition of the Tech Sights SU16-A1EL together with the fiber optic front, gave him better dusk performance and about an extra inch of sight radius.su16c_sight_upgrades_d6a4452web

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Baltimore City Council votes to legalize stun guns [NRA-ILA News]

The Baltimore City Council voted 14-1 Monday to legalize stun gun possession by city residents, a move that came in response to a federal court ruling.


Virginia Democrats Spar Over Gun-Control Records in Governor’s Race [NRA-ILA News]

Virginia Democrats are fighting over their gun-control records in the lead up to next month's gubernatorial primary election.


Preemption bill likely dead for year in Nebraska [NRA-ILA News]

A bill that would have barred Nebraska towns and cities from enacting stricter limits on guns than state law allows was pulled from the legislative agenda on Monday after facing stiff opposition from the state's two largest cities.


SIG SAUER Expands 9mm Ammo Offerings [The Firearm Blog]

SIG SAUER 9mm ammoWhen SIG SAUER jumped into the ammunition business, I didn’t know how long they would last. Even though the ammo market was white hot at the time, it seemed like a significant deviation from the company’s established product lines. Too many times, I’ve seen companies – both inside and outside the firearms market – deviate […]

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Ghost Guns Are Not A Threat [AllOutdoor.com]

The anti-gun establishment loves to plant fear in the uneducated masses.  An example of this is how the term “ghost gun” will pop up in the media from time-to-time.  They talk about how ghost guns can be made at home and are untraceable.

What the anti-gun media does not tell people, it was not until 1968 that gun companies were forced to put serial numbers on firearms.

All over the nation locked away in closets and gun safes are an untold number of firearms that were made before 1968 and have no serial number.  Before 1968, numerous gun companies took it upon themselves to put serial numbers on their firearms.  However, a good number of companies took no such action.

Simply put, “ghost guns” are nothing new.

Ghost Guns

In my possession is a single shot Harrington and Richardson 16 gauge shotgun. When my great-grandmother received it as a gift from her parents, she carved her name a date into the stock – February 1935. The shotgun does not have a serial number, so it is a “ghost gun.” That is just one example. There is no way for us to know how many ghost guns have been passed from one generation to the other.

Someone may say, “Kevin, the media is worried about an AR-15 ghost gun.”

Let’s use this example from CBS Austin,

“Ghost Guns” are starting to show up at crime scenes in Texas. One Austin man is in the middle of this controversy and he says we may start seeing even more of these guns in circulation.

He doesn’t condone illegal gun activity, but Cody Wilson will not shy away from the contentious debate around guns and gun control.

The article provides no proof to back up the statement that “”Ghost Guns” are starting to show up at crime scenes in Texas.”

I did a Google search for “ghost gun found at crime scene”, and was not able to find a single reference to a ghost gun being found at a crime scene.  So, what “exactly” was CBS Austin referring to?

The only example I could find of a ghost gun being used in a crime was from AmmoLand – Ghost Gun Used in Murder Suicide.  Maybe this was the crime CBS Austin was referring to?  Couldn’t be, because the murder-suicide was in California and the title of the article specifically says Texas.

Time And Effort

The honest truth is, if a criminal wants a gun, they are going to steal it. One example is how 100 guns were stolen from a pawn shop in Barboursville West Virginia.

Making a “ghost gun” from scratch takes time, effort and knowledge.  Let’s face the truth, if criminals were willing to dedicate time, effort and knowledge to something, they would not be criminals.

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Review: Sig MPX ASP Pellet Gun [AllOutdoor.com]

The resurgence in popularity of pellet guns comes from several overlapping factors: the expense and decreased availability of rimfire ammunition, the expense and often the lack of proximity of gun ranges, and the accuracy limitations of BB guns, along with the increased ricochet risk posed by those hard spherical projectiles. Certain technical advances, chiefly magazines with internal belts capable of reliably feeding 30 pellets and 90 gram CO2 cartridges, make the new wave of pellet guns, like this Sig MPX, far more useful for marksmanship training than older or simpler models.


The magazine design is good, but it comes with a small pellet seating tool which can be easily lost. There’s no easy way to attach that tool to anything. Fortunately, a replacement can be easily improvised. Sig pellets proved to be quite accurate, and seem to be better matched to the MPX than other brands I tried.


Being able to just walk out on the back porch and shoot at the target garden installed 15 yards away has been a great help for keeping marksmanship proficiency between real range trips. Backing up to 25 yards (the full diagonal of my back yard) makes the smallest 1.5″ targets a little more challenging. Mechanically, the air gun seems capable of about 1″ groups at 20 yards using the included red dot sight.


The MPX is not pressure-regulated, so velocity varies by around 5% between shots. At the distances I shot, that made little difference in practical accuracy. Each 90-gram CO2 cartridge was good for 80-100 shots, depending on the rate of fire, before velocity dropped off. At 570-600 fps, wadcutter pellets have enough energy to spin metal targets and they cut nice clean holes in paper.


The MPX airgun controls are only a partial representation of those on a real MPX, as the left side mag release and slide lick levers are merely decorative. The overall look and feel does resemble the 9mm original quite well. The report is quiet, on par with sound-suppressed 22 LR or better.


The two main limitations are the trigger and the CO2 power source. The trigger is DAO, so pulling it immediately after the reset leads to a blank shot. In other words, the trigger should be released after every shot in order to advance the belt to present the next pellet.

CO2 canisters cool off and lose efficiency if the gun is fired rapidly. The combination of these factors makes effective rapid fire impractical.


Both the cost and the rapid-fire limitations of CO2 powerlets can be addressed with a compressed air replacement tank made by Air Venturi, which greatly increases capacity and gives MPX rapid fire capability AND a regulated air supply (thereby increasing accuracy). Unfortunately, the replacement tank lengthens the stock, making it suitable only for adults.


Spherical steel BBs tend to ricochet from hard backstops, while pellets usually deform and bounce back much less. A soft curtain of plastic or cloth placed in front of the backstop usually arrests ricochets entirely and reduces the noise of pellet impacts. Proper eye protection should still be worn, but no ear protection is required.

Since the air MPX looks realistic, it helps with the introduction of new shooters to firearms, bridging the gap between CO2 and gunpowder projectile launchers. I found it extremely useful for pro-RKBA PR, allowing me to illustrate safe recreational shooting and to practice safe gun handling.

The short and handy size is also helpful for illustrating the impositions of the NFA 1934 that regulates barrel length and causes the actual carbines to be less handy than the pellet gun clones.

Manufacturer Specs

  • Model: SIG MPX ASP
  • Operating System: CO2
  • Caliber: .177 cal
  • Muzzle Velocity: up to 575 fps (may vary based on ammo weight, temperature, and altitude)
  • Trigger Pull: 7 lb (31 N)
  • Stock Type: Synthetic
  • Accessory Rail: M1913
  • Sights: Red Dot
  • Mags Included: (1) 30rd Pellet Mag
  • Overall Length: 25.75 in (654 mm)
  • Weight: 6.6 lb (3 kg)
  • MSRP: $245.99


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Answering the questions that need to be asked [Of Arms and the Law]

Is your meth gluten-free? I trust the offer of free testing is tongue-in-cheek.


New Study Shows How Gun Control Has Not Slowed Violence in Mexico [NRA-ILA News]

Mexico’s gun controls are strict and, when enumerated, read like a wish list for U.S. Senate Democrats. Think about it: For a Mexican citizen to legally acquire a gun, he or she must obtain a license, a process which requires them to pass a background check.


Review: Blackhawk Diversion Carry Backpack [AllOutdoor.com]

I’ve yet to find a better option than the Blackhawk Diversion Carry Backpack for carrying a concealed handgun that’s not actually on your body. It’s well-made and (mostly) well-designed — and it works well as a “normal” backpack.


  • Made well out of tough stuff.
  • Doesn’t “advertise” that it’s a “gun brand.”
  • Good zipper pulls and contoured shoulder straps.
  • Efficient design with plenty of pockets, plus loops and D-rings.
  • It’s a good backpack on its own, AND provides a good handgun carry option.


  • Made overseas (Vietnam).
  • With jostling etc, your gun may not stay in the retention loop.

The Review

This backpack is pretty nice overall, with plenty of useful compartments that are arranged well. The padded, contoured shoulder straps have a front buckle as well as D-rings and loops for attaching extras. The hang loop/handle at the top of the pack is sized generously, so you can get your entire hand inside instead of just a finger or two.

The zipper pulls are made of paracord-like material, with plastic stiffeners that make them easy to grab. Top front zipper pocket contains an organizer and key lanyard with clip.

There’s a mesh-sided front pocket that’s semi-secured by the flap that buckles in front of the pocket mentioned above. The stuff you put in here will be easy to grab. There are three pockets in front of the mesh pocket: One that goes all the way down with slash zipper, and two smaller ones with vertical zippers.

The gun compartment has ambi zippers and can be accessed from either side, or you can use the zippered half-moon access panel at the small of your back. It’s similar to a laptop area of a typical backpack — and its side zippers go all the way down. You could conceivably lock the gun compartment, but you’d have to use three locks (one for the half-moon zipper, and one each to lock the side zippers to a plastic D-ring.

To secure your gun, you can use the simple loop that’s included, or attach Velcro-backed holsters or other accessories to the two panels inside the gun compartment (one of those panels is the inside of the half-moon door).

I like how the tag with the Blackhawk name is hidden most of the time; this prevents crooks from recognizing it as a carry pack. The color seen here is Ranger Green/Coyote Tan, and it’s made of 500 denier Nylon. Other colors (Black/Red, Gray/Black, and Grey/Blue) are constructed of 420 denier Velocity Nylon.

I like the layout of this bag. I’ve found that backpacks can have too many pockets and your stuff can easily become lost in a maze, but these are mostly logical and easy to get into. The one bummer on this one is the top front pocket with the organizer inside; if you want to fully access that pocket, you first have to unbuckle the top flap of the mesh-side pocket. It’s not difficult to do that, so even this is easy to overcome.

Where’s the Gun?

The spot for your gun is in a large, flat, vertical area in the portion of the pack that lies closest to your back. This is where you’d expect to carry a laptop in most bags. There’s one continuous zipper with two pulls, which can open the sides and top of this area. And because the pulls travel opposite one another, there’s always a pull at the bottom of each side when it’s closed; this makes them easy to access so you can quickly yank one open and slip your hand inside.

There are two “soft velcro” areas inside this area; one is 7″ x 8″ and is sewn against your back up high. You could use hook-back accessories here to retain a spare gun, extra mags, or whatever.

(Photo: Russ Chastain)

(Photo: Russ Chastain)

The other area is the inside of the half-moon door, and that’s where you want your handgun. This door has twin zipper pulls and elastic straps to prevent the door from opening more than 90 degrees or so. A tough strap and loop are provided, and do a reasonable job of retaining a handgun as long as the bag remains upright and isn’t jostled much.

Thing is, there’s nothing to keep your gun in place other than gravity. So even though it can keep even a full size pistol secure during normal use, the gun can slip out of the loop and move around inside the large compartment if the pack doesn’t remain upright.

Blackhawk does offer a nice-looking holster with a thumb-break strap, which can be stuck onto the loop panel.

This is not an average pack; it’s well-made and tough, and should stand up to years of everyday use. And on those occasions when clothing choice and/or gun size mean you can’t carry on your person, this offers a good way to tote your gun securely, while keeping it secure and easy to access.


This is a good bag, and I can recommend it… but I would like to see some more info included with it. Mine didn’t come with anything about how to conceal/secure the firearm, where to place holsters (and what kind to use), mag pouches, etc. For the money (currently about $111 shipped on Amazon for this version), I’d expect more — but I still like it.

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Scope sights in 1775? [Of Arms and the Law]

Clayton Cramer finds a 1775 reference to a firearm "with a Telescope sight." This does push the dating back quite a bit; from what I can find, most sources put the origins of scope sights no earlier than the 1830s.


Fairfield Store Clerk Shoots Masked, Armed Suspect During Attempted Robbery [NRA-ILA News]

A man was shot in the chest and is in critical condition after he attempted to rob a business in Fairfield Sunday afternoon, according to police. Police said offers responded to a smoke shop in the 2100 block of North Texas Street at 12:40 p.m. on reports of a man wielding a gun. As officers were responding, a call came in that a man inside the store had been shot.


Long Term Survival – What Does it Mean? [AllOutdoor.com]

It has been postulated by survival experts that the longer you survive, the better your chances to continue surviving.

What is your opinion of that statement? In some ways it makes sense, but in other ways it would only seem tougher to survive as time goes on. This may all depend on planning, supply, execution, determination and maybe even some luck.

Whether securely “bugged in” at your home or at an alternative bug out location, long term survival becomes a matter of one’s own personal assessment. Long-term is a relative thing. We all hope that if the threatening event is a natural disaster, recovery efforts will stabilize things quickly.

During Katrina, my house was without power in the heat of August for a week. Others of course, lost everything and I mean everything. Their bug-out was a hotel for a while, then maybe a FEMA trailer. We had food and water was still flowing, so all things considered we had it pretty good. But honestly, we were more than ready for the A/C to finally come back on.

If your home is not destroyed or damaged beyond use, then a bug-in could be implemented for some time. How long? Who really knows? If you were ahead of the 8 ball and were well supplied up with enough gear and supplies to last, then “survival” of a month might be realistic, before dissatisfaction or depression sets in — or somebody else raids your hideout and takes everything or worse.

Going to the woods as a bugout could get really dicey without enough supplies. When food supplies grow short and must be supplemented by fishing or hunting, the daily work routine will be arduous at best. Every moment must be spent working at survival. Obtaining food, water, cooking fuels, staying warm or cool, providing constant vigilance and security wears on even the best-trained individuals or teams.

But maybe there is a hump or artificial break point that, when passed, allows a survivalist to sort of hits his groove and things smooth out. That may be what they mean when they say the longer you last, the better your chances get. That does not mean it gets any easier, just achievable. By then, let’s hope and pray the threat or event passes, and sanity is restored.

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Smith & Wesson’s New M&P15 MOE SL [The Firearm Blog]

M&P15 MOE SLSmith & Wesson may be traditionally known as a handgun company, but it is a major player in the AR-15 market. The company’s latest rifle introduction is the M&P15 MOE SL. These new rifles are fully equipped with the Magpul Slim Line (MOE SL) furniture including an adjustable stock, grip and handguard with M-LOK attachment […]

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Preppers: The Two M’s – Meal And Meat [AllOutdoor.com]

While reading “Nameless Towns, Texas Sawmill Communities 1880 – 1942”, I noticed the author talked about what families in the sawmill towns ate.  Besides having a community garden, backyard garden, chickens, cattle… your usual stuff, there was mention of the three M’s – meal, meat and molasses. For the sake of discussion, let’s remove molasses and just call this the two M’s – meal and meat.

Employees would go to the company commissary to buy what they needed. Once a week or so, a local butcher would drive a wagon to the company town to sell fresh meat.

Women would wake up early in the morning, fire the wood stove and cook the family breakfast. The first meal of the day was usually along the lines of homemade biscuits, eggs, bacon or something like oatmeal.

While reading what the sawmill families ate, I was reminded of another book I read, “Life in a Medieval Village by Frances and Joseph Gies”. People in the middle ages would take whatever dried grains they had, grind it up and make a type of flatbread out of it. People in the middle ages had their milk cows, pigs, chickens, fruit trees… much like the people in the sawmill communities.

In the grand scheme of things, basic food items did not change that much from the middle ages to the early twentieth century.

What does this mean?

Meal And Meat

Drawing from historical references, it appears that two food items have remained constant, that is meal and meat.

Meal – Dried food items that are ground up.  In the middle ages, people would grind maize, peas, beans… etc and use them to make a flatbread.

Meat – Fish, pork, goat, chicken, geese… etc.  In the middle ages people valued pigs more than cattle.  A grown cow was too large to butcher, unless there was some kind of big event.

Learning from the past can help us prepare for the future.

By knowing what difficulties our ancestors faced, we can prepare to face those same issues.


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Q&A #10: Collectible Surplus Guns, Dumb US Decisions, and Lots of French Stuff [Forgotten Weapons]

We have some great questions this time around! Specifically:

0:25 – Gain twist rifling, description and application
5:40 – The 6.5mm Arisaka compared to modern 6.5mm cartridges
7:44 – US abandonment of the M1917 Enfield in favor of the 1903 Springfield after WW1
12:02 – Guns I am hyped to get my hands on
14:00 – Guns I have bid on or won at James Julia and Rock Island
15:14 – Would Stoner still use gas impingement today?
20:10 – Modernization of the BAR
23:43 – How & why of military firearms surplus and US dealers thereof
35:46 – What to look for in collectible firearms
38:36 – Camera operators and other FW assistants
39:57 – What killed the rimmed and/or rimfire cartridge
42:00 – Binary trigger systems
44:08 – Rotating barrel pistols today?
45:20 – My biggest surprise opportunity
46:27 – Cooper’s Scout Rifle concept
49:32 – Shooting matching numbered guns
52:36 – Will I be covering more early firearms?
54:40 – Why French arms got a bad reputation
1:00:19 – The L85A2, and its potential availability in the US
1:04:02 – On-location footage from battlefields and such

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That Shoulder Thing That Goes Up [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Former Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) was asked many years ago by Tucker Carlson if she could define a barrel shroud which was mentioned in her assault weapons (sic) ban bill. She replied that it was that shoulder thing that goes up. We in the gun culture just shook our collective heads at her ignorance yet realized that even stupid stuff can be enacted into law.

State Sen. Antonio Munoz (D-Chicago) who is the Assistant Majority Leader in the Illinois Senate introduced an amendment to a bill (SB 556) that was intended to make technical corrections to Illinois criminal laws. Amendment 1 contains, in part, language intended to institute an assault weapons (sic) ban in the state of Illinois. One wonders if Sen. Munoz picked this bill because of its purpose or its number.

(14) Carries or possesses on or about his or her
person, in any vehicle, or concealed on or about his or her
person any semi-automatic assault weapon.
In this paragraph (14), "semi-automatic assault weapon" means:
(A) any of the firearms or types, replicas, or duplicates regardless of caliber, known as:
(i) Norinco, Mitchell, and Poly Technologies Avtomat Kalashnikovs (all models);
(ii) Action Arms Israeli Military Industries UZI and Galil;
(iii) Beretta AR-70 (SC-70);
(iv) Colt AR-15;
(v) Fabrique Nationale FN/FAL, FN/LAR, and FNC;
(vi) SWD M-10, M-11, M-11/9, and M-12;
(vii) Steyr AUG;
(viii) INTRATEC TEC-9, TEC-DC9, and TEC-22; or
(ix) any shotgun which contains its ammunition in a revolving cylinder, such as (but not limited to) the Street Sweeper and Striker 12;

(B) a semi-automatic rifle or pump action rifle that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine and has any of the following:
(i) a folding or telescoping stock;
(ii) a pistol grip or thumbhole stock;
(iii) a shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles the barrel, and that permits the shooter to hold the firearm with the non-trigger hand without being burned;

(C) a semi-automatic pistol that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine and has any of the following:
(i) a folding, telescoping, or thumbhole stock;
(ii) a shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles the barrel, and that permits the shooter to hold the firearm with the non-trigger hand without being burned; an ammunition magazine that attaches to the pistol outside of the pistol grip;
(iii) a manufactured weight of 50 ounces or more when the pistol is unloaded; or
(iv) a semi-automatic version of an automatic firearm;

(D) a semi-automatic rifle or pistol with a fixed magazine that has the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition;

(E) a semi-automatic shotgun that has any of the following:
(i) a folding or telescoping stock;
(ii) a pistol grip or thumbhole stock;
(iii) a fixed magazine capacity in excess of 5 rounds; or
(iv) an ability to accept a detachable magazine.

"Semi-automatic assault weapon" does not include:
(A) any firearm that:
(i) is manually prepared by bolt, pump, lever, or slide action;
(ii) is an unserviceable firearm or has been made permanently inoperable;
(iii) is an antique firearm; or
(iv) is a rifle with a fixed tubular magazine located under the barrel that is only capable of holding rounds of ammunition placed end to end; or (B) any air rifle as defined in Section 24.8-0.1 of this Code.
Illinois Carry has issued a call for witness slips to counter this amendment.

Urgent Call to Action
Witness Slips Needed

Earlier this evening Amendment 1 to SB556 Criminal Law Tech was scheduled to be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow morning at 10:30 AM. If this bill becomes law, it will arbitrarily define and ban possession of “assault weapons” throughout the State of Illinois.

Witness Slips Are Needed Now!

Please take a moment tonight or early tomorrow morning to show your opposition to this ban on the some of the most commonly owned, modern firearms.

And, if you haven't already filed a witness slip against SB1657 Gun Dealer Licensing, please see the instructions in our IllinoisCarry Forum Alert.  File these slips before tomorrow morning as well!

File Witness Slips Now!

To avoid having to complete each field manually, Log on to your ILGA Dashboard (or Create a New Account if you have not already done so) then return to this email and click on the links for each witness slip. If you do not wish to create an account, simply click on each witness slip link and complete the required fields manually:

I, IDENTIFICATION: Enter your personal information. Enter "NA" for the Firm/Business or Agency and Title fields unless you are officially representing an organization.

II. REPRESENTATION: Enter "Myself" unless representing an organization.

III. POSITION: Unless instructed otherwise for a particular bill leave the description field at its default value "Original Bill". Indicate your position by selecting the "Proponent" or "Opponent" radio button.

IV. TESTIMONY: Select the "Record of Appearance Only" radio button.

If filing manually, complete the Captcha challenge and agree to the ILGA Terms of Agreement.

Then click Create Slip.


Witness slips can be tracked here.

UPDATE: The Illinois State Rifle Association has also released an alert on this requesting witness slips for both this bill and SB 1657. As I've said elsewhere, there is a lot wrong with Illinois politics but I do like the concept of witness slips. A trip to your state capitol during a work week is not doable for most people. Witness slips puts your opposition or approval to a bill in the public record.

From ISRA:
Action Alert - Summary - Two witness slips for Tuesday:
SENATE: File a witness slip now through Tuesday 10:30 am (May 16) against SB556, as amended with Senate Floor Amendment 1 (SFA1).  The amendment turns this bill into a semi-auto ban, attempting to ban your favorite rifles and pistols. 

Follow carefully any steps in BOLDFACE as they may differ slightly that you may usually see.

If you look up this bill on the ILGA website, you have to view the text of the amendment (links provided below) to see that the bill is being converted from a shell bill ("makes a technical change...") into a gun ban.

HOUSE:  If you have not already done so, file Witness Slips NOW
Through Tuesday 11:00 am (May 16) against SB1657, Illinois Gun Dealer Licensing.
Last month you were also asked to submit a witness slip against this bill,
but that was when the bill was in the Senate.  This is for a HOUSE hearing.
So please submit a slip again, opposing this bill in the next hearing.

Also, please call your Illinois State Representative and politely remind the person that answers the phone that you are urging your representative not to support Illinois Gun Dealer Licensing, SB1657.
 SB556  Munoz - SFA1 - Semi-auto and magazine ban
This is a ban of your favorite semi-auto firearms and magazines.  This is done by amending an empty piece of legislation ("shell" bill) that has already progressed in the Senate.  If you look up the bill, you have to read the amendment (SFA1) to see its impact.
The status page of the bill will not show the new intent of the bill.  
Make your voice be heard by submitting
a witness slip against this bill in this committee hearing:

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing - 10:30 am on May 16, 2017
SB556  SFA1 Munoz - Semi-auto ban


This is the Senate version of the legislation that would force your favorite gun store to close under a mountain of new regulations.  This bill will affect your ability to buy firearms or ammunition in Illinois.  Never mind the weight of all the federal regulations that gun dealers and gun owners must deal with, your retailer and you will have more Illinois regulations and fees now too. 
The bill as amended passed out of the Senate on a 30-21 vote and is now headed to a committee hearing in the Illinois House of Representatives. Your continued action is needed against SB1657, make your voice be heard by submitting
a witness slip against this bill in this committee hearing:

House: Judiciary Criminal Committee Hearing - 11:00 am on May 16, 2017 

How to create your witness slips:

If you have an account already at my.ilga.gov, go there and login now.
If you do not have an account, you are encouraged to do so, to make it easier to fill in witness slips in the future.
At this point, logged in or not, you click on this link to create your witness slip against SB556 SFA1:

If you are logged in, you get to skip to step III.
I. IDENTIFICATION: Enter your personal information. Enter "NA" for the Firm/Business or Agency and Title fields unless you are officially representing an organization.
II. REPRESENTATION: Enter "Myself" unless representing an organization.
III. POSITION: 1. Under description, Make sure that SFA1 is selected.  2. Indicate your position by selecting the "Opponent" radio button. 
IV. TESTIMONY: Select the "Record of Appearance Only" radio button.
If filing without a login, complete the Captcha challenge and agree to the ILGA Terms of Agreement.
Then click "Create Slip." 

At this point, logged in or not, you click on this link to create your witness slip against

If you are logged in, you get to skip to step III.
I. IDENTIFICATION: Enter your personal information. Enter "NA" for the Firm/Business or Agency and Title fields unless you are officially representing an organization.
II. REPRESENTATION: Enter "Myself" unless representing an organization.
III. POSITION: Indicate your position by selecting the "Opponent" radio button. 
IV. TESTIMONY: Select the "Record of Appearance Only" radio button.
If filing without a login, complete the Captcha challenge and agree to the ILGA Terms of Agreement.
Then click "Create Slip."

Afterwards, you can track witness slip activity for these bills/hearings:
SB556   click here 
SB1657 click here

Contact your State Representaive and politely tell him/her that you are a law-abiding gun owner and that you expect them to vote against SB1657 even if it is amended. To verify who your State Resresentative is, use the lookup apps available at the Illinois State Board of Elections website. (click here)  Even if you prefer email, also contact them at their Springfield and district offices.  Email can be ignored, but phones must be answered.  Remember, the person who answers the phone is usually a state employee reporting to the legislator,  and is just doing their job.


Ukrainian “Crook” Chassis for Mosin-Nagant Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

Ukrainian company called “Crook” (Крук – means “raven”) makes an aluminum chassis for Mosin-Nagant rifles. It fits all models of Mosin-Nagant rifles including the early ones with hexagonal receivers and doesn’t require any modifications to the rifle. Basically, you just remove the Mosin-Nagant wood stock and drop the action into this chassis. If you visit the […]

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LEAKED: Pakistan Army Requirements for Tender of 75,000 New 7.62x39mm Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

Thanks to a recent leak exclusively to The Firearm Blog, we have now become aware of a new tender for rifles issued by the Pakistani government. According to the tender document, the Pakistani Army is looking for 75,000 “modern 7.62x39mm caliber weapons”, presumably as part of the program to replace their aging fleet of G3 […]

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Nordic Components NCT4 Suppressor Shield [The Firearm Blog]

No matter what the length of barrel, there is a strong subset of AR owners who prefer a full length rail that carries all the way out to the muzzle. For the most part, I am in this camp as well – I like clean lines and plenty of room for hand placement. But challenges […]

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Zeiss Conquest V6: Versatile, Precise, and Tough as Nails [The Firearm Blog]

Zeiss has been at the glass game since the mid-1800’s.  With industry leading techniques in optoelectronics, lenses, microscopes, and many other highly technical fields, it should come as no surprise that they make a hell of a riflescope.  With the new conquest V6 line, Zeiss aimed to make a versatile scope that would appeal to someone […]

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Army and Marine Corps Pursuing Lighter Weight Protective Gear for Infantry [The Firearm Blog]

The US Military is looking into lighter weight armor for the infantry. Both the Army and the Marine Corps are looking into reducing the weight of the personal protective equipment (PPE, read “helmet and body armor”) carried by the infantrymen of both services. Although armor protection has increased greatly since the beginning of the 2000s, […]

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Monday, 15 May


Breaking: USMC and SOCOM want General Dynamics Lightweight Medium Machine Gun [The Firearm Blog]

Last month the United States Special Operations Command along with the United States Marine Corps posted a Sources Sought Solicitation to FedBizOpps (FBO) for 5,000, belt-fed, medium, machineguns in .338 Norma Magnum (NM). Before you get too excited, a Sources Sought Solicitation is not an actual bid solicitation or proposal solicitation for the machineguns, but it’s a solicitation of interest. […]

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More Bear Hunters Needed In Coastal South Carolina [AllOutdoor.com]

South Carolina legislators want hunters to kill more bears near tourist-jammed Myrtle Beach to reduce conflicts between people and bears.

The state legislature is close to approving a bill that would allow virtually anyone wanting to kill a black bear to get state approval during the fall hunting season in Horry, Georgetown, and Williamsburg counties.

Black Bear, Yellowstone National Park

Under the current system, the state holds a drawing to see who gains the right to hunt bears – but that too greatly limits the number of hunters needed to adequately cull the bear population, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. The new plan would provide approvals to most people who sign up. Lawmakers hope this will encourage more bear hunting during the season on the coast.

‘If we don’t harvest them, they get out in the road, and they get hit and they become nuisances,’ state Sen. Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg, said during a Senate committee meeting Wednesday. ‘There are a lot of reasons to have management by harvest.’

In the six years since the state legalized bear hunting near Myrtle Beach, hunters have killed only 13 black bears. Last fall, only three bears were taken. The state needs to kill about 30 a year to keep the population in check, according to the DNR. There has not been “enough harvest to manage the population,’’ said Sen. Chip Campsen, R-Charleston.


Despite its urban nature, the Myrtle Beach area has substantial pockets of woodlands that harbor about 300 black bears, the state’s second largest population. Bears wander into back yards, onto golf courses, and across area highways, where motorists sometimes collide with them.

Under the new plan, the DNR would end the bear hunt after 30 bears are taken, regardless of how many hunters have been approved for hunting.

The coastal hunting season, which ran from Oct. 24-Nov. 5 of last year, does not allow the use of dogs to hunt bears.


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California: Department of Justice Submits Assault Weapon Regulations to Office of Administrative Law [NRA-ILA News]

Today, May 15, the California Department of Justice (DOJ) submitted draft regulations on "Assault Weapons" to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL).


To reload or Not to Reload? [AllOutdoor.com]

Reloading… is it something you should get into — and if so, where do you start? Should you go single-stage, manual progressive, or maybe full-blown progressive? These are questions that many shooters end up asking themselves. And when a political scare happens, ammo goes up in price and is hard to find.

176078LEE Single stage press

The biggest cost to get into reloading is the initial cost. The supplies, the press, the manuals (and yes I said MANUALS — not just one), the primers, bullets, and powder… and if you don’t save your brass you will need to buy brass or start collecting it. The good news is that you usually don’t run out of everything at the same time.


The cheapest way is single stage, but that means you must move EACH case about 10 times, in and out of the press for each stage. First is resize and deprime, then prime, then flare the case, then insert the bullet and seat, then the crimp. You will put the case in and out for each of these stages. Now figure out how many times you handle cases to reload, say, 375 rounds?


Each step gives you that one more chances to mess something up. Then, after a while of reloading this way you might end up going to a progressive press anyhow so why not just start there in the first place?


As for my own personal preference, I recommend a Dillon Precision press.  They are tanks and Dillon has the best customer service which they call their “no BS” warranty. Now a fully-loaded Dillon will cost you more than $1,000 but you have a machine that will last a lifetime.


And it doesn’t matter if you bought you Dillon used, online, or at a yard sale; the warranty goes with the press, not the original buyer. You gotta love that. I recommend the RL550C as a starter press. It is a progressive press that you control the speed with your own hand. It does not index automatically and this makes it a great machine begin on. Once you get it down, you can load 400-plus rounds an hour with this machine.

Whatever you choose, take your time and be sure you fully understand each operation  — and how to set your press to properly perform it — before you actually begin to load live ammo.

Only you can decide whether reloading is right for you… but I’m betting it is.

Thanks and stay safe!!


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Kansas: Senate to Consider Gun Free Zone Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the Kansas Senate is scheduled to consider House Bill 2278.  This anti-gun legislation has been implanted with Senate Bill 235 using a procedural move called a “gut-and-go” amendment.


Maine: Gun Bills Could Soon be Considered in the House [NRA-ILA News]

This week, the Maine House of Representatives could consider both Legislative Document 351 and Legislative Document 9 at any time.


Speer 9mm 124 gr Short Barrel Gold Dot Gel Test Review [The Firearm Blog]

We fired Speer 124 gr Short Barrel Gold Dot from a S&W Shield through heavy clothing and bare gel to assess penetration, expansion, and retained weight. The Speer Gold Dot is one of the most highly regarded handgun projectiles for defense, but we find some surprising results with this load. Buy it at Ventura Munitions. […]

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Benelli to Release Limited Edition M1014 Shotguns [The Firearm Blog]

Benelli has announced that they will be offering a Limited Edition M1014 semi-auto 12 gauge shotguns. The guns will be available for purchase starting from June 2017. These limited edition guns will have a US flag engraved on the receiver to honor the U.S. Marine Corps, which are arguably the most known users of this shotgun. […]

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10 Most Expensive Firearms Sold in May 2017 Rock Island Premiere Auction [The Firearm Blog]

Rock Island Auction Company’s May 2017 Premiere Auction started on May 5 and ended on May 7. Among the main and iconic lots of this auction were Elvis Presley’s revolvers. The King’s guns were sold at world record prices both for the Colt Python and S&W Model 19-2 revolvers. So in this article, we’ll take […]

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Pennsylvania: Join Your NRA in Harrisburg! [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, May 22, NRA will be teaming up with other pro-gun groups from across Pennsylvania to host the 11th Annual Right to Keep and Bear Arms Rally in Harrisburg.


Michigan: House Committee to Consider Constitutional/Permitless Carry Legislation Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the Michigan House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider a package of bills which would remove the requirement to obtain a concealed pistol license (CPL) in order to lawfully carry a firearm.


POTD: MPX Gas To The Face – Revisited [The Firearm Blog]

If you recall, James posted a video about the myth that the MPX is dirty when suppressed. Some people say the MPX produces gas to the face when supressed.   He was running an AAC Evo-9 and did not experience any issues. I had experienced gas to the face with my friend’s MPX and Octane […]

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Illinois Urgent Action Needed: Help Protect Your Local Gun Dealers [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the Illinois House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 1657, legislation designed to force local gun dealers to close.


Shooting The Worst Shotgun – Cobray Terminator [The Firearm Blog]

Jim of Burst Review got a Cobray Terminator to shoot from his friend Lee Cap. For those not familiar with the Cobray Terminator, it has been touted as the world’s worst shotgun. At first glance it looks like a modified Sterling SMG. However it is chambered in 12ga.  The Sterling SMG is an open bolt […]

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1 shot in early morning home invasion shooting [NRA-ILA News]

A resident living in a home in the 4000 block of 69th Street shot and killed an intruder just before 4 a.m. Police said the shooting happened inside the home. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. A second person who also lived in the home was shot and suffered minor injuries. They are expected to be OK. The suspect was not identified by police. The investigation into the incident continues.


Watch: Young Deer Tries to Eat Hunter’s Ghillie Suit [AllOutdoor.com]

This is pretty stunning… it’s video of a buttonhead deer approaching a turkey hunter, who pets it and scratches it — and even talks to it — while it simply sniffs, licks, and begs for more.

Sadly, the hunter had his phone turned the wrong way for shooting video. Doh!

The young buck licks the hunter’s decoy just before we hear the first turkey gobble ring out. My first thought was, “Forget the deer — shoot that turkey!”

My second thought was, “Hmmm… the turkey is probably about as tame as that deer, and just as challenging to kill.”

There are plenty of other turkey calls in the background, too.

After a while, another deer joins them but doesn’t come as close. It too is clearly used to being around people and probably knows this hunter well.

The little guy that keeps getting in the hunter’s face even tries to eat some of his ghillie suit! Something tells me this hunter didn’t need to wear 3D camo when hunting there…

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“The Empire Strikes Back”: Recreating the Legendary .280 British (7x43mm) Round [GUEST POST] [The Firearm Blog]

The following is a guest article written for TFB by reader Tim about his efforts with his friend Paul to recreate the historical .280 British (7x43mm) round developed for the EM-2 and FAL rifles during the early pre-NATO rifle trials of the late 1940s. Enjoy!   This all started about two years ago when I […]

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Guy Went Fishing, Caught a Glock [AllOutdoor.com]

I like fishing okay, but hunting and shooting are more to my taste… but if I could have this person’s luck I might spend more time on the water…

Slabzone Lures posted this pic on their Instagram a few months ago. Apparently, someone cast a Slabzone lure and reeled in a pistol!

Kinda makes me wonder whether it ended up in the water by accident or on purpose… the new owner might want to discreetly have someone run the serial number, just in case.

At any rate, it’s a better catch than I’ve gotten on many of my fishing trips — even though it is a Glock.

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Watch: Canik TP9 SF Reliability Test [AllOutdoor.com]

Military Arms channel is putting another handgun through the gauntlet.  This time it is the Canik TP9 SF, which is a 9mm handgun manufactured in Turkey.  As of May 2017 retail price is around $350.

Features include:

  • Capacity: 18 + 1
  • Barrel: 4.46”
  • Weight: 1.78 lbs. unloaded
  • Loaded chamber indicator
  • Striker status indicator
  • MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail
  • Cerakote over phosphate

The gauntlet starts out by dunking the handgun in water, then running it through sand, dirt and mud. During the first phase, the handgun is washed off between stages. During the second phase, the handgun is not washed off between stages.

Now for the video.

Sometimes you get what you pay for.  With the Canik TP9 costing around $350 (as of May 2017), I feel the performance was that of a $350 handgun. Let’s face it, this is a value based handgun. However, I would like to see Canik address why the striker failed to release when the trigger was pulled.

I was glad to see the TP9 start working again after being washed off with water.  If I remember right, the S&W M&P 2.0 did not start working again after being washed off.

If I was looking to buy a value based handgun, would I consider the Canik TP9 SF after watching the video? Yes, I would consider the Canik TP9 SF.

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GOP lawmakers mark success with rules reversals [NRA-ILA News]

Congressional Republicans anxious to show voters they can get something done are hailing their reversal of more than a dozen Obama-era regulations on guns, the internet the environment and more.


Zinke Urges Fellow Montanans to Pick Gianforte [NRA-ILA News]

Vice President Mike Pence rallied fellow Republicans in Montana in support of God, guns and Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for the state's only congressional seat.Pence implored the crowd of hundreds at the Metrapark pavilion in Billings to help elect Gianforte, who he said would be an ally to the Trump administration.


Students have right to defend themselves in violent world [NRA-ILA News]

Georgia’s new campus carry bill could mean the difference between life or death for a student who is being threatened by a deadly weapon. As a student at Georgia Tech, it is comforting to know that the right to protect myself no longer ends the instant I walk onto campus grounds. I spend a huge part of my day on campus, and I don’t want to be a sitting duck to a violent criminal. We all have a God-given right to protect and defend ourselves.


Virginia: Perriello, Northam squabble over guns [NRA-ILA News]

Blacksburg native Catherine Koebel attended a meet-and-greet event with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Perriello for one reason: to grill him about guns.


Shooting Range Etiquette [AllOutdoor.com]

Range etiquette is something which a lot of people lack in today’s world. I have seen with my own eyes as a friend brought his new pistol to the range and after he shot it a few times, a guy walked up and grabbed it without asking, said, “I’m going to shoot this beast,” and then slid in a loaded mag and start shooting. And without ever even asking to see it, hold it, and let alone shoot it!

Needless to say my friend was about to blow up but knew that was not the place for it, another important thing to remember!

Now of course, there are always going to be guys or gals that are curious about what you are shooting. And if it’s a real attention-grabber — like everyone is shooting 9mm and you blast off a 500 mag — you can bet there will be a crowd around you in no time!

Proper range etiquette dictates that if you’re interested in someone else’s gun, stand back and do not crowd them. Feel free to ask a few questions but not so many that you become a pest. Then if you see that they are open to your curiosity, you can then become more specific and possibly even ask to hold and look at the object of your interest. Then if all goes right, and you should be able to tell, then and only then should you ask if you may try it out.

Bear in mind that some people will NEVER be receptive to others coming around and showing interest in what they are shooting, it’s just the way some people are. You will get nowhere pestering those folks, so keep your distance.

If you have the same caliber gun and you’ve been given the go-ahead to shoot it, range etiquette dictates that you offer to use your own ammo — as long as it is NEW FACTORY AMMO. Never try to shoot your reloads through someone else’s gun. You never want to take that chance of the one bad reload going off in someone else’s gun!

Range etiquette also dictates that you never — and I mean NEVER — reach into another shooter’s range bag any any time, for any reason.

If you are a reloader and have observed a shooter letting their brass lay on the ground, don’t pick it up for yourself until you’ve asked if he or she intends to save it.

All it takes is a little common sense to follow range etiquette, and who knows — perhaps just knowing how to act at the range may help you get into a gun club that may be selective about their members.

Stay safe, hope to see you out there!






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Review: Howa Targetmaster 308 Rifle [AllOutdoor.com]

I have long been a fan of the 308 Winchester cartridge. To me, it represents the best do-it-all caliber everyone should own. If you want to hunt North American game, the 308 round is deadly efficient and while having legendary precision accuracy performance at longer ranges.

About Howa

Howa Machinery Company Limited is a Japanese firm which makes many products and has a long history in the firearms business. In the 1970s they manufactured AR18/AR180s under a licensing agreement with Armalite and currently they manufacturer “1500” and Vanguard receivers for Weatherby, S&W, Mossberg and others. With this history of innovation and firearms manufacturing, it should be no surprise that they make good firearms. Here in the US, their Howa precision rifles are marketed by Legacy Sports.

Fit, Finish, Feel, Features, & Functions

Howa rifles are well-made with a fit and finish that is steal for the price. In fact the finish and overall fit of this Howa 1500 Targetmaster is notably better than my Remington 700 actions. The bolt runs smoother, the receiver is beefier, and the barrel is actually finished with a crisp recessed 90 degree crown which looks a bit more well-defined than the muzzle of my Remington 700. 


With the exception of the fluting which is a little rough, the entire surface finish has a nice lustrous deep blued finish. Considering the $699-$750 street price of this Howa Targetmaster rifle and scope package, the quality, fit, finish, and excellent accuracy should make the Howa an easy choice on the showroom floor.


Howas are seldom sold without the scope kit, but those models without the rings, base, and scope  are less expensive and comparable to the Remington 700 SPS. Howa doesn’t offer a threaded muzzle like the Remington but the out-of-the-box accuracy is also nearly identical between the rifles with the edge going to the Howa.


I will reiterate the same compliment and complaint about the Hogue stock that I have made in my Remington 700 reviews: it’s probably one of the best budget-conscious durable light factory gun stocks available, but the non-rigid flexi stock design of the Hogue does not allow the shooter to get the best from the rifle. This rifle deserves better than the factory Hogue stock just as my Remington 700 did. I saw firsthand what an upgraded Howa 1500 could do when I saw the shooter next to me snapping off easy sub-MOA hits all the way out to 300 yards with a better stock, optic, and trigger while using just a bipod. Howa’s capabilities can definitely take advantage of the upgrades.


Just to prove how great this Howa could be, I swapped the Hogue stock for a $499 MDT HS3 precision billet magazine fed chassis plus $289 MDT Skeleton Stock and upgraded the trigger to a $116 2lb Timney. The results easily matched the consistent sub-MOA capabilities I had seen demonstrated at the range. As expected, the upgrade improved my groups by 30% which meant sloppy 1” groups moved into the .7” range and my best groups shrank to the .4” range.


For $900 in upgrades, this Howa can play with the custom guns even with the included Nikko Stirling optic, but you might also want to spring for a higher end scope if you are willing to go that far with upgrades.

My experience is that the same money invested in a Remington 700 will not get you a gun that shoots this well.


This Howa is an excellent precision rifle at a reasonable price, but as noted, there is still room for upgrading. Howa’s new HACT (Howa Actuator Controlled Trigger)  2-stage trigger is really good for a factory trigger and has a decently crisp creep-free pull in the 2-3 pound range with a consistent letoff. The vast majority of shooters who use a Howa rifle will just leave the trigger as is, but having shot side-by-side with the Timney trigger, the aftermarket $120 Timney match trigger is well worth the price if precision shooting is you game.


The Targetmaster package includes a 4-14 Nikko Stirling scope, rings and base. The Nikko Stirling optics take a lot of heat and are often noted as being low quality, so I was surprised with the quality of the Targetmaster scope included with this kit. The 4x-14x Targetmaster scope basically looks like a Nightforce knockoff with most of the features at a reasonable price.


Granted this is not a $1000 Leupold, Bushnell, Vortex or Nikon, but it is a fine scope for the estimated $200 MSRP. It is also better than many “marketing package” scopes that are added onto rifles by bigger gun dealers. This Nikko Stirling 4x-14x adjustable Mildot scope includes side parallax adjustment, MilDot calibrated reticle, re-zeroable Mil-based turret adjustments and an illuminated reticle which actually delivered a usable illumination setting when it is pitch black out.


During my testing I found the scope easy to use, pretty darn clear, and it held perfect zero throughout my testing of well over 1000 rounds. So I really cannot complain. I will note that the scope does have a rather short eye relief which made the scope kiss my safety glasses lightly during recoil, but I never had an issue with an actual incident of scope bite. From my perspective, the short eye relief is the major shortcoming of scope, but the optical clarity and features are in line with the price.

It should be noted that assembly is required. The buyer will need to install the base and rings and mount and zero the scope.  The advantage of doing it yourself is knowing that some minimum-wage tool at a FFL dealer did not just screw everything together with gun oil.

During my first zeroing at the range, a fellow shooter had a nicely upgraded and suppressed 308 Howa 1500 complete with a McMillan stock and Timney trigger which he was using to casually paint a nice 2” lead splatter on the 300-yard gong. He noted that the rifle regularly delivers ½” 100-yard groups.

Once everything was set up and I was dialed at the range with a 100-yard zero, I was easily able to use all my usual hold-overs to connect easily with 4” steel plates at 200-400 yards. Yes, the Howa Targetmaster is easily a 1-MOA gun. In fact, based on my testing I saw a few .6”ish 100-yard groups. One rather impressive 5-shot group was a 2” lead-painted set of hits on my steel silhouette head at 300 yards with Hornady 168gr Z-Max 308 Ammo shot off sandbags.

Hitting clays at 300 yards should not be an issue, and hitting most standard steel targets out to 500 yards should be simple after you figure out your ballistic drops. The barrel has a 1:10 twist which offers good accuracy with a wide range of bullet weights. (I found the this rifle to prefer heavier 168+ grain bullets.) The standard MilDot reticle offers the shooter a simple option for calculating impact when paired with most ballistic apps.

After firing the first 50 rounds, I could see why the Howa rifles have such a strong fan base.

The Howa Targetmaster is a pretty fun rifle to shoot and is totally usable right out of the box. It is one of those rifles which I would feel completely comfortable picking up at a FFL dealer to save a hunt while the airline attempts to find the rifle they lost in transit.

Final Thoughts

Out of the box, the Howa Targetmaster is impressive and unless you are a jaded writer who has the luxury of opting for a custom rifle any time he wants, the Targetmaster will probably do what you need it to do and more. If you do want custom, the aftermarket options are available to improve performance further. Beyond the previously-noted smooth action, the 20” barrel is hammer forged for durability and long lived accuracy.


Howa even offers an “Ammo Boost” add-on which allows the 1500 to become magazine-fed, but why stop there? I have a MDT HS3 Chassis on order for this rifle as well as a higher-tier scope. This is a solid sub-MOA gun which is begging to have just a few tweaks added to it to take it from really good to great.

Manufacturer Specs

  • HGT83128
  • Chambered for 308 Winchester
  • Hogue Green Stock
  • Barrel Length 20″
  • Profile #6 Heavy Fluted
  • Twist 1:10
  • Length of Pull 13.87″
  • Length 40.25″
  • Weight 9.8lbs
  • MSRP $913
  • Street Price $699-$750 (depending on Rebate Offers)



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Passing Up a Buyer’s Market [AllOutdoor.com]

Gun sales have been on the decline since December 2016.  Having watched election time roller coaster gun sales since the 1990s, this is no big surprise.  Every time a Democrat is elected president there is a surge in sales.

Back in 2008 I was visiting a local gun store.  I had bought a couple of rifles from them and was looking to make another purchase.  Something else I was interested in is how the store was going to respond to the election of November 2008.  The store had a couple of WASR-10 AK-47s in stock.  Going price was around $375 for a standard wooden stock and something like $395 for a paratrooper model with a folding stock.

I made it a point to visit the store the Saturday after the election.  The store marked all of their military style semi-automatic rifles up $1,000. The WASR-10 went from $375 to $1,375. I asked the woman what happened to the price: “Last week that rifle was $375?”  She replied, “We are not able to get them anymore.”  I knew her reply was a lie based on fearmongering.

I left the store and have never bought anything from them again.

From the New York Post – People have stopped buying guns since Trump took office.

In the five full months since Donald Trump was elected president, the FBI has undertaken 1.6 million fewer firearm background checks compared with the same period a year earlier, government statistics show, reflecting slower sales.

While the FBI checks don’t exactly track firearm sales, they are a good barometer of the direction of the market, according to analysts.

The drop-off, which represents a more than 12 percent slide in checks from December to the end of April, is the second-biggest drop ever since the FBI started collecting statistics on it in late 1998.

1.6 million fewer background checks as compared to a year ago, why?

I fully understand people panic-buying before the election.  Hillary Clinton and her stance for stronger gun control drove sales through the roof.  President Obama was perhaps the greatest sales person of small arms the world has ever seen.

Buyers Market

However, we have a buyer’s market that has never been seen before, and gun owners are passing it up.

At the writing of this article I am 49 years old.  I bought my first AR-15 and AK-47 in the early 1990s.  I have never seen so many firearms on the market, with so many accessories and at such great prices as there are right now.

The only time I can compare this to is when the USSR collapsed and the market was flooded with cheap Russian rifles and ammunition.  I remember around 1987 or so, the Russian AK-47 was selling for $75.  In the early 1990s, you could walk into a gun show with $200 and walk out with an SKS and a case of Russian 7.62×39 hollow point ammunition packed in a wooden box.  The 1980s and 1990s were a buyer’s market, and a lot of people passed it up.

I deeply regret not buying several Russian rifles and cases of ammunition when they were cheap.

Why are gun owners passing up today’s buyer’s market?

Gun owners may have a friend in President Trump, but one day his presidency will be over.  Who knows what the future holds?  Are we going to sit on our hands for the next four or eight years, then go back to panic-buying?

Drive those gun sales back up.  Having a pro-gun president and congress strikes fear into the anti-gun establishment.  Strike while the iron is hot.

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Smoke Composites Carbon Fiber AR-15 Buffer Tube/Stock [The Firearm Blog]

Smoke Composites is a firearm accessories manufacturer located in Minden, Nevada. The company is specialized in making carbon fiber parts for AR-15 rifles. As you can imagine their products have the main advantage of the carbon fiber material – they are extremely lightweight. Lightest version of their buffer tube/stock weighs less than 4 oz (112 grams (3.95 oz)). […]

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1891 Salvatore-Dormus: The First Automatic Pistol [Forgotten Weapons]

The Salvatore-Dormus has the distinction of being the world’s first semiauto pistol, being patented in 1891. It is chambered for the 8mm Dormus cartridge, and holds 5 rounds in a Mannlicher type clip. Only about 50 of these pistol were made, mostly for an Austrian military trial in 1896/7 (this particular one has an 1897 Austrian military acceptance mark). The gun uses a delayed blowback action, with the shooter’s finger pressure on the trigger acting as the delaying force – not exactly an ideal system!

In Austrian trials (which were the only trials the gun entered) it was rejected in favor of the 1898 Gasser revolver, which would serve until Austria began adopting semiauto handguns in 1907. However, it does hold the distinction of being the earliest automatic pistol to actually be manufactured in more than toolroom prototype numbers (even if its military trials didn’t actually take place until after other guns had come on the market).


Preppers: Cabin For Bug Out Location [AllOutdoor.com]

Here on the farm there is a small five room cabin I am thinking about prepping for a bug out location for friends and family.  The building could also be used as a weekend or hunting camp. It has a living room, kitchen, sitting room, bathroom and bedroom.  The sitting room is a room that connects to the kitchen.

The cabin was built in the mid-1970s, has metal siding, metal roof and a wood floor.  While looking the cabin over, I was thinking of what I could do to make it livable from a prepping point of view.


It may sound odd, but one of the first things I thought about were beds.   This was because getting a good night’s sleep is a morale booster.

  • Queen sized bed in the bedroom.
  • Bunk beds in the sitting room.
  • Couch.
  • Couple of cots.

That provides sleeping arrangements for seven people.

For storing blankets and pillows, I was thinking about putting a wire rack in the bedroom.


The cabin has a water well, but something is wrong with it.  I suspect the foot valve may have gone bad.  Getting the well fixed is at the top of my list.  To provide water pressure when the main power is out, I was thinking about solar and a 12-volt water pump like what is used in an RV.

There is a clear running stream two hundred feet from the house.  For a water filter, the only real option I see is something like a Royal Berkey.  A Sawyer mini water filter is an option.

Maybe store some Lifestraws at the cabin?


I would like to provide at least two cooking options at the bug out location.

The cabin does not have a stove, but it does have a 150 gallon propane tank.  I am debating on whether to get a full stove, or get a Coleman stove and connect it to the propane.  A used gas stove would probably be the best option.

The cabin would also need an outdoor grill.  This could be a fire ring, smoker.. something for people to cook with wood.  Firewood should not be a problem.  There are several oak trees near the cabin and I have a cord of wood in the barn.

Maybe even just a grill that can be placed over a fire?

I would need to get a full set of cooking and eating utensils.  Maybe go to an estate sale or hit the local garage sales?  The place needs pots, pans, forks, spoons… the whole nine yards.

Screened In Porch

The cabin has a 20 feet long by 8 foot wide porch that it not screened in.  I am thinking about making it 10 feet wide instead of 8 feet.

Why a screened in porch?  So people can sit outside, or even sleep outside and not get ate up by bugs.  My great-grandparents did not have air conditioning.  During the summer, my great-grandfather had a couch on the front porch that he slept on.

My ideal setup would be to have a screened in porch with a picnic table.  Just a place to sit outside, read, eat, have a roof over your head and not get ate up by bugs.


I have mixed feelings about storing food in the cabin.  If food was stored there, it would be freeze dried #10 cans.

The idea I am playing around with, is getting a job site metal tool box and lining the inside with a foam board insulation.  The insulation would be to keep the inside temperature stable.

Another option would be to put the #10 cans inside the fridge.  We are not talking about a large stockpile of #10 cans, maybe four or five.  Just something that if all hell were to break loose and some friends or family members show up, have enough food to last a few days.

Cabin Potential

The cabin has a lot of potential and it needs a lot of work.  However, I already have a lot of irons in the fire.

Between the forums, writing articles, YouTube videos, fencing in several acres for livestock, Toyota Tacoma that I have not touched in months… etc.  I just do not know where I will find the time to work on the cabin.

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Hornady Unveils Dies, Bullets & Ammo at NRA 2017 for 22 Nosler, 6mm Creedmoor & .300 WSM [The Firearm Blog]

HornadyHornady, like many companies, had a lot up their sleeves at the recent NRA meetings. They basically expanded in three bread ‘n butter categories: reloading dies, reloading bullets and ammunition. The 5 new products they introduced help to round out these categories and satisfy shooters with more unique caliber desires. Ammo – Precision Hunter 6mm […]

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Athlon Outdoors Looks At The B&T USW [The Firearm Blog]

Athlon Outdoors got their hands on the B&T USW. For those not familiar with this weapon, we covered it at SHOT Show 2017. Click here to see our post. The USW is basically a pistol with a folding stock making it a PDW. It has an optics bridge that acts like a frame mounted optic […]

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The Firearms of 2017 Moscow Victory Day Parade [The Firearm Blog]

The Victory Day Parade is a military parade annually held in Red Square of Moscow in celebration of victory in the Second World War. The parade takes place on 9th of May, which is the day when Nazi Germany signed the instrument of surrender in 1945. Let’s take a look what firearms were spotted during […]

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PSA: Critical Analysis Of Shouldering A Brace [The Firearm Blog]

Just before the NRA Annual Meeting, SB Tactical released the amazing reversal letter from the ATF about shouldering “Stabilizing Braces”. The community rejoiced. All across social media, gun groups were overjoyed. However, some were a little too eager and jumping to the wrong conclusions. The letter that was released was directed to SB Tactical and […]

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Kjaskaar Tests the Ludicrously Short Barreled Shotgun from “Killing Them Softly” [The Firearm Blog]

Practical or not, short-barreled sawed off shotguns are nothing if not cool. Two short, big bores on a frame with nothing but a pistol grip says “bad***” like little else. Well, they are cool, except when they’re not! So runs the gag in the 2012 crime thriller Killing Them Softly, where two lowlifes are hired to […]

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Sunday, 14 May


Sock puppets taken to an entirely new level: 'click farm' of 10,000 phones that give FAKE 'likes' [John Lott's Website]

The UK Daily Mirror has some amazing footage of 'Click farms" that distort what people see on the web.
Footage has emerged of a giant "click farm" that uses more than 10,000 mobile phones to give product ratings and pages on social media websites phoney "likes". 
Companies reportedly pay thousands to get their apps more likes by using services like this massive plant offers. 
This covert clip in China shows rows and rows of like-making machines all wired to other devices in a factory. 
And there are said to be thousands more phones in the same building all made for the same  . . . .
Sharyl Attkisson also has a closely related video here.


California: One Gun a Month Bill Scheduled for Hearing [NRA-ILA News]

Senate Bill 497, is scheduled to be heard on Monday, May 15 in the Senate Appropriations Committee.  Assembly Bill 521, which passed out of Assembly Appropriations last week is now eligible for third reading and a vote on the Assembly floor.  Assembly Bill 424 has still not been considered by the Assembly and remains eligible for a vote at any time.


Book Review – The Last Enfield: SA80 the Reluctant Rifle [Forgotten Weapons]

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Since we are in the midst of an ongoing video series looking at the development of the SA80 weapons family, I figured this would be a good time to mention the single best source of written information on that program: Steve Raw’s book “The Last Enfield: SA80 The Reluctant Rifle”. Published in 2003 by Collector Grade Publications, this roughly 300 page work covers the SA80 program from its very earliest beginnings through the Enfield Weapons System days (in 4.85mm), the transition to the 5.56mm SA80, troop trials, adoption, the Gulf War revelations of its problems, and the HK A2 redesign.

As one would expect of a Collector Grade book, this work is extremely thorough, showing in detail the design changes that were made and explaining their circumstances. Its covers not just the standard L85 Individual Weapon and L86 Light Support Weapon, but also the various special models that were prototyped (carbines, grenade launchers, etc) as well as accessories like blank firing adapters and bayonets (and much more).

Until you read through The Last Enfield, you will not fully realize the catastrophe that was SA80. It is truly mind boggling just how badly wrong this weapon’s development path went. Each chapter is a new litany of disasters, as the gun in many ways became (unbelievable as this may be) worse as it progressed through development and trials. For anyone interested in weapons design and military procurement, this is an essential story to know, and The Last Enfield is without any doubt the one comprehensive explanation of that story.

Available through Amazon (below) or Collector Grade Publications.

Saturday, 13 May


BREAKING: New Beretta SMG/PCC Image Leaked [The Firearm Blog]

Russian gun magazine “Kalashnikov” has published this image on one of their social media pages. It is taken in Beretta facilities. Supposedly these are the upper and lower receivers of a new Beretta submachine gun or pistol caliber carbine. Unfortunately, there are no details available yet. However, let’s take a close-up look at different portions […]

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Install a Buffer With the Right Tools – TFB Modification Minute [The Firearm Blog]

You know that awesome stock you have been eyeing? That one that only comes in Mil-Spec diameter, but your rifle has a commercial diameter buffer tube? This week’s Modification Minute tackles that very problem by replacing the factory commercial buffer tube with a high-quality Brownells Mil-Spec buffer tube. Enjoy! Please support our sponsor Brownells. Products in this […]

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SA80 History: XL70 Series Final Prototypes (Individual Weapon and LSW) [Forgotten Weapons]

Armament Research Services (ARES) is a specialist technical intelligence consultancy, offering expertise and analysis to a range of government and non-government entities in the arms and munitions field. For detailed photos of the guns in this video, don’t miss the ARES companion blog post!

By 1980, the scheduled deadline for adopting the L85 and L86 was rapidly approaching, and the weapons should have been in the last stages of fine-tuning before production began. This was not the case, however – testing was still uncovering critical problems in the guns.

The goal for these weapons was 8000 MRBF (Mean Rounds Between Failure) for the LSW and 2500 MRBF for the IW. As real testing began, the numbers were actually 100-300 MRBF. In many cases, the guns could not run three magazines in a row without a malfunction, and this was literally an order of magnitude below the requirements. But what truly led to the massive problems with the L85/86 was that RSAF Enfield did not fix these problems. Instead, they moved the goalposts. With so many problems, it was decided to only count malfunctions that occurred in the endurance testing (ie, when the guns were not put under any environmental stress at all) and to only could “critical” malfunctions in the tally. A “critical” failure was one which could not be resolved by the shooter, such as a split barrel. Simple feed or ejection failures were not counted, nor were malfunctions that required gun disassembly to correct. Even under this new paradigm, MRBF over 3000 could not be achieved.

In addition, the LSW was showing a problem that would become endemic; split groups. The weapon shot very good groups in semiautomatic, but in full auto fire it would produce two discreet groups. The first shot in each burst would land about 6 minutes of angle low and right compared to the remaining rounds in the group. This would be the subject of significant work, and was never fully rectified.

Friday, 12 May


Maine: Self-Defense Bills Voted Out of Committee [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Legislative Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs voted both Legislative Document 1370 and Legislative Document 988 out of committee with divided “ought not to pass” reports.  Both of these bills will now go back to their respective chambers for further consideration.  Please contact your state Representative in support of LD 1370 and your state Senator in support of LD 988!


Ohio: “Duty to Inform” Legislation Scheduled for Committee Hearing Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, May 16, the House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee is scheduled to consider House Bill 142.  Sponsored by state Representative Scott Wiggam (R-1), HB 142 would remove the requirement that a concealed handgun licensee notify a law enforcement officer that they are carrying a concealed handgun when stopped for a law enforcement purpose, like a routine traffic stop.  Please contact members of the House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee and urge them to support HB 142!


Nevada: Pro-Gun Bill Headed to Governor Sandoval [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, May 11, the Senate passed Assembly Bill 118, a pro-gun bill which would allow members of the military and those who have received an honorable discharge between 18 and 20 years of age to obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm, with a 20-0 vote.  AB 118 will now go to Governor Sandoval for his consideration.


Missouri: General Assembly Adjourns from its 2017 Legislative Session [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Missouri General Assembly continued to ensure that your Second Amendment rights are protected as the 2017 legislative session adjourned.  Many anti-gun bills were defeated and did not receive hearings.


Busy Week at Texas Capitol as Legislature Enters Home Stretch [NRA-ILA News]

This week, the Texas Senate concurred with House amendments to Senate Bill 16, NRA-backed legislation that significantly reduces the cost of a License to Carry (LTC),


Help Needed In Illinois To Defeat SB1657 Gun Dealer Licensing [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The gun banners in the state of Illinois are trying to add another level of bureaucracy to firearms dealers. SB 1657 would require anyone selling more than nine guns a year to be licensed as a dealer. Dealers are already federally regulated by the BATFE. Despite the many questionable things done by BATFE, they do have the experience to work with FFLs to do inspections. I sincerely doubt that anyone at the Illinois State Police or any of the local police and sheriffs' departments could say the same thing.

Illinois Carry released this alert this afternoon. If you live in Illinois and care about your gun rights, I'd suggest jumping on it.

Call to Action
Witness Slips & Phone Calls Needed

The time is here. It is now. We stand at a crossroads in Illinois. To one side, the freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution. To the other, the oppression in SB1657 Gun Dealer Licensing, a bill designed to close Illinois gun stores and, with them, foreclose our rights as citizens.

You know the reasons to oppose this bill:

> Individuals transferring a modest number of firearms must be licensed

> License fees are undefined and unlimited - as high as $5,000 per year by some estimates

> Carve outs for “big box” stores, making them exempt from this law, virtually guarantee the demise of family owned gun stores

> Permission to operate a gun store is required from the local Sheriff, meaning no gun stores in Cook County, and none in other counties if their demographics change

> Contrary to Ezell v Chicago, stores are not allowed within 500” of schools and day-care facilities

The list is long. Longer than included here, but one thing is clear. Every page, every line, every word in this bill is designed to eliminate existing gun stores and prevent new stores from opening. And, in so doing, this bill is meant to strike a fatal blow to the Second Amendment in Illinois.

You must make a choice

Will you join thousands of other Illinois gun owners and fight for your rights? Will you spread the word to fellow gun owners, family, and friends? Will you file witness slips and make phone calls opposing this bill?

Choose what is right. Choose action now!

Call Your State Representative!

Beginning tomorrow please call your Illinois House Representatives to express your opposition to any form of state licensing of gun dealers. Politely ask them to Vote No on SB1657, should it come to a vote.

Contact information can be found here.​

Witness Slips Needed!

In addition to phone calls, please file witness slips opposing SB1657 Gun Dealer Licensing. This bill is scheduled to be heard in committee the morning of May 16.

File Witness Slips Now!

To avoid having to complete each field manually, Log on to your ILGA Dashboard (or Create a New Account if you have not already done so) then return to this email and click on the links for each witness slip. If you do not wish to create an account, simply click on each witness slip link and complete the required fields manually:

I, IDENTIFICATION: Enter your personal information. Enter "NA" for the Firm/Business or Agency and Title fields unless you are officially representing an organization.

II. REPRESENTATION: Enter "Myself" unless representing an organization.

III. POSITION: Unless instructed otherwise for a particular bill leave the description field at its default value "Original Bill". Indicate your position by selecting the "Proponent" or "Opponent" radio button.

IV. TESTIMONY: Select the "Record of Appearance Only" radio button.

If filing manually, complete the Captcha challenge and agree to the ILGA Terms of Agreement.

Then click Create Slip.


Witness slips can be tracked here.

Let's face it - the goal of this bill is to drive the mom and pop gun stores out of business. After that is done, they will go after the big boxes to make it undesirable for them to sell guns and they will fold like a deck of cards.


Top 5 Dumb Gun Products [The Firearm Blog]

Sometimes you are left wondering what the hell someone was thinking when they slapped their label on a product. In this episode of TFBTV, Patrick is going to take a look at his top 5 dumb gun product picks he has come across either as a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog or as a […]

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Don’t Scapegoat Gun Owners for Chicago’s Violent Crime Problem [NRA-ILA News]

The last two weeks have brought more evidence that Chicago’s gangland violence continues to spiral out of control. On May 2, two plainclothes police officers were shot while conducting an investigation in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. A van driven by an alleged gang associate pulled up next to the officers and a passenger in the vehicle opened fire. Then on Sunday, mourners were gathered at a makeshift outdoor memorial for an individual who had been shot and killed the night before in the City’s Brighton Park neighborhood, when two masked gunmen fired upon the crowd. Two were killed and eight were wounded in what police are characterizing as a gang retaliation shooting.


THenar – “The Missing Half of the AFG” [The Firearm Blog]

Those who have seen me shoot know that I am not a personal user of the “Chris Costa” C-Clamp grip. For my body structure, it just doesn’t feel comfortable. Instead, I (like many other shooters I watch and know) opt for a similar, albeit modified grip there the support hand thumb rests alongside the rifle forearm. […]

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Ruger Upgrades their President to include CEO Status: Christopher J. Killoy [The Firearm Blog]

Christopher J. KilloyToday Ruger announced Christopher J. Killoy as their next CEO. He is only the 4th one the company has had in 68 years. William B. Ruger (1949 – 2000) William B. Ruger, Jr. (2000 – 2006) Michael O. Fifer (2006 – 2017) Christopher J. Killoy (2017 – present) Christopher J. Killoy had been promoted to the […]

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“F” Stands for “Fail:” 7th Grader “Likes” Toy Gun Photo on Instragram, Gets Suspended from School [NRA-ILA News]

If you follow gun control politics even casually, you know three things. One, gun control advocates are positively and unshakable fixated – not just on taking your guns – but on making the very idea of a gun a thoughtcrime.


Let The Weeds Grow In May and June [AllOutdoor.com]

A couple of days ago I was walking around the farm and noticed the grass and weeds are getting a little high.  On a couple of trails going to the deer feeder, the grass is at least a foot tall.  I started thinking about getting the tractor and doing some bush hogging.

However, bush hogging in late May and into June where deer are known to stay is probably a bad idea.  May and June are usually when whitetail deer give birth.

I have heard stories of hunters bush hogging around the hunting lease and running over a fawn.

From National Geographic – White-Tailed Deer.

Female deer, called does, give birth to one to three young at a time, usually in May or June and after a gestation period of seven months.

After birth, a fawn will spend most of its time hiding, or “bedding down”.  Hiding is a fawns only real protection from predators.

Fawns are so well camouflaged, someone driving a tractor through high grass may not see it.  In the case of a tractor and bush hog, the bush hog is the predator.  The fawn will not move in hopes of avoiding detection, which means the tractor drives over the fawn and kills it.

This is a topic that rarely happens, but it does happen from time-to-time.  In late May into June, there is a very real chance of fawns bedding down on the deer lease.  A lot of hunters do not start going out to the deer lease until after July or August.  By that time the fawns have their legs under them and can run.

Here on the farm I keep a couple of deer feeders going almost year round.  Knowing that late May and June is when whitetail deer give birth, I am going to re-frame from bush hogging near the deer feeders until maybe July or so. I am going to cut the open fields as I usually do, but not the 4 wheeler trails going to the deer feeders.




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Home Intruder Deterred By Firearm [NRA-ILA News]

A woman warded off a man with a gun who entered her house early this morning in the 500 block of South Rufe Taylor Road, sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Ricker said in a report. The victim told deputies that about 12:20 a.m. this morning, a man she did not know entered her house through an open garage door.


London Gun License Data Sharing Shows Perils of Centralized Gun Owner Records [NRA-ILA News]

Every month it seems as if another corporation is apologizing to customers for a wide-ranging data breach. Despite its nearly limitless resources, the federal government has fared little better, proving itself incapable of protecting the sensitive information of its own employees from hackers. While there are important steps that businesses and government can take to help to protect vital information, the simple truth is that the sharing and collection of electronic data facilitates these sorts of breaches.


Massive Hybrid Crappie is a New Illinois Record [AllOutdoor.com]

Official testing of a huge 4-pound, 8.8-ounce crappie caught March 28, 2017 in Kinkaid Lake, Ill., has been confirmed as a hybrid crappie, which would make it a state record for the hybrid species.

The massive crappie was caught by Ryan Povolish of Carbondale while fishing for bass with buddy Josh Jackson. The anglers met another fisherman on the lake who led them to a weedy area and suggested they try it. A few casts later, Povolish hooked and landed the slab-sided fish, which hit a Strike King “Pure Poison” jig.

The fish was officially weighed and measured by the Illinois Department Of Natural Resources, and will eclipse the current hybrid crappie of 4-pounds, 8 ounces, caught from Illinois’ Red Lake in 1976.

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Warfytr Equipment’s Universal Cinch Hooks(TM) [The Firearm Blog]

I get it, taking the time to properly weave one’s belt through their holster’s hoops is just one part of being a responsible gun owner. Solid retention keeps the firearms owner safe from inadvertent drops, exposing concealed carry, etc. But, It also means that once my belt is on, the gun stays on – all day […]

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Colorado: Legislature Adjourns from its 2017 Legislative Session [NRA-ILA News]

Last night, the Colorado General Assembly adjourned from its 2017 Legislative Session.


Oklahoma: Pro-Gun Legislation Heads to the Governor [NRA-ILA News]

Last night, the Oklahoma Senate passed Senate Bill 397 by a 39-1 vote.  This important pro-gun bill will now be sent to the desk of Governor Mary Fallin for her consideration.


Want a South Carolina Gator? Get A License Now. [AllOutdoor.com]

You don’t have to travel to Florida or Louisiana if you’re hankering to hunt a gator.

South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources is now accepting alligator hunting permits online. A random computer drawing will choose approximately 1,000 hunters to partake in the hunt, which has been ongoing since 2008.

To apply, an applicant must be 16 or older to and have a South Carolina hunting permit and tag. Those can be purchased for $100 or an additional $200 if they’re out-of-state.


Selected applicants can harvest only one alligator and may hunt only in the area they are selected for, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

The resources department has warned hunters to approach alligators quietly and to never assume an alligator is dead.

The department will be accepting permits until June 15, 2017. Gator hunting season runs from September 9 to October 4.

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LiNQ your AK Platform Rifles Now from Crimson Trace [The Firearm Blog]

LiNQThe one-of-a-kind LiNQ flashlight/laser system from Crimson Trace is now available for your AK-47 or similar firearms. This new offering will fit any stamped receiver AK-47, but no milled receivers. It also will interestingly enough fit the Springfield Armory M1A Socom 16 CQB. You will also need a section of Picatinny rail (at least 2 […]

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Upgrades Glock Must Do To Stay Relevant [AllOutdoor.com]

TheYankeeMarshal on YouTube makes some good honest videos. While I sometimes disagree with what he says, I still greatly respect his opinion.

In this video, TheYankeeMarshal talks about things Glock must do to stay relevant in an ever changing market.

If something does not evolve or adapt, it is sure to die off, right? Well, not always. Just because something does not change or evolve does not mean it will go extinct.

In school we are taught that if something does not evolve or adapt it will die off. This is not always true.

Take the alligator for example. The first alligators date back 66 million years. They are still alive today because they have a niche that they fill very well. They are perfect in their place in nature, which has ensured their survival.

In the video, TheYankeeMarshal states something along the lines of, “Glock is the baseline that all other handguns are measured.”  Because the Glock fills its niche perfectly, there are no needed upgrades.

Glock has its place in the handgun market and that will ensure its survival.

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Another 16-Pound Bass Recorded In Florida [AllOutdoor.com]

Another monster Florida largemouth bass has been caught, this fish the second 16-pounder this spring.

On March 27, 2017, Larry Wesley of Daytona Beach caught a 16-pound, 10-ounce behemoth from Lake Cherry, one of the 11 lakes in the Clermont Chain. Wesley, age 62, is a dedicated bass angler with plenty of big ones to his credit, but this fish was one of a lifetime.

Wesley, who does radio commentary on Bethune-Cookman football, took a photo of the fish and weighed it on digital scales. Wesley says the bass was 29 inches long with a 21-inch girth and a tail that spanned 9 inches across. He kept the fish and took it to a taxidermist.

Unfortunately, Wesley’s bass was not photographed on the scale, thus disqualifying it for a Florida’s TrophyCatch award.

Earlier this year on March 19, 19-year-old college student Dominic Montalto from Estero, Florida caught a 16-pound, 12-ounce largemouth in a residential pond near his home. He contacted the FWC, which verified the pre-spawn catch with a massive girth. It is the largest bass caught in the five-year history of the TrophyCatch program — and it is just 8 ounces short of tying Bill O’Berry’s official Florida state record of 17.27 pounds, which he caught in an unnamed private lake in Polk County in 1986.

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Gun Control Groups Internal Bickering [AllOutdoor.com]

Apply enough  pressure to any object, and before long cracks will develop.  Once the cracks start, it is just a matter of time before the object either shatters or falls apart.

It appears that various gun control groups are showing signs of stress fractures, which is in the form of internal bickering.  While various gun control groups have promised to spend a great deal of money on the 2018 mid-term elections, they are crumbling from the inside out.

From the DailyCaller – Major Gun Control Group Is Riven By Leadership Dispute.

According to sources close to Everytown, Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action and advisory board member of Everytown, remains a problem within both groups. Watts, while not a staffer with either organization, is a full-time volunteer who lives in Colorado. Critics of Watts say that despite that status, she is involved with all major leadership decisions.

When you look at the numbers, it becomes clear how badly anti-gun are failing.

Our movement is strong and growing with more than three million volunteers beating back the gun lobby’s agenda in all 50 states,” Everytown spokeswoman Kate Folmar responded to the accusations.

The National Rifle Association responded to Folmar’s jab by pointing to recent statistics for state legislatures this sessions that showed:

  • 28 pro-gun state bills signed into law
  • Seven pro-gun bills awaiting a governor’s signature
  • Seven state pro-gun bills vetoed
  • 111 pro-gun pieces of legislation that are pending in state legislatures.

The gun rights advocacy organization compared the numbers for the same period to the number of state gun control:

  • Bills signed into law: one
  • Gun control bill signed into law leading to a legal challenge: one
  • Gun control bills resulting in governor signature: 1
  • Failed gun control bills: 34

That is 28 pro-gun bills signed into law, compared to two gun control bills signed into law.

While President Trump spoke to the NRA and was given a hero’s welcome, gun control groups are rife with internal bickering and power struggles.

The 2018 mid-term elections should be a “make or break” for various gun control groups.

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Fabio Defends Right to Keep and Bear Arms [NRA-ILA News]

In Hollywood, advocating for gun rights is more shocking than gluten and cellulite. Actors decry private gun ownership in America as “a …. disgrace,” endorse Australian-style gun bans, and generally follow the same predictable script when it comes to increased gun control.


How to Repair a Gun With a Twig and Pocket Knife [AllOutdoor.com]

Don’t you just hate it when you go hunting and a hunk of your gun falls off? Well, it happened to me a few years back. I managed to work out a solution that involved a Leatherman and a hickory twig — and used the gun to take my first handgun deer a little while later. Sweet!

A Ruger Falls Apart

I’d taken a notion to kill a deer with my Dad’s old Flat Top Ruger Blackhawk 44 revolver, so I’d headed to a good stand with plenty of acorns. Dad had owned the old wheel gun since long before I was born, and had named it Brün Hilda – Brüny for short.

Dad had passed away, so I liked to carry his guns in the woods to help me feel connected to my best friend. So anyhow, there I was sitting in a ladder stand fondling the old revolver and waiting for a deer.

Perhaps I fondled her a bit too much, because at one point when I turned her over in my hands, I heard something metallic hit the expanded-steel grate of the ladder stand, and then hit leaves and branches as it made its way to the ground. A disbelieving look at my gun revealed that the entire base pin latch was missing!

Arrow indicates the part that fell off. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Arrow indicates the part that fell off. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

This part is pretty important, since it keeps the cylinder pin in place. Apparently, the nut and spring had come loose and fallen off, and then the largest part of it had fallen out when I turned the gun over.


Whittling a New Gun Part

The first thing I did was climb down the ladder to search for the missing part. Fat chance! The ground was covered with dark leaves, and that left little chance of finding a small blued steel part without a magnet. So I thought about the problem and how I could fix it.

The cylinder pin has a rounded groove in it; the base pin latch simply engages with that groove to keep the cylinder pin in the gun. So it stands to reason that any ol’ pin would do… at least temporarily.

Before climbing back into the stand, I broke a small hickory limb from my tree and took it with me. Then I pulled out my old Leatherman Juice and went to work.

Test-fitting my new hickory gun part. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Test-fitting my new hickory gun part. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

In the end, I created a small wooden dowel pin with two different diameters. The smaller portion engages that groove in the cylinder pin and the larger portion just fits the hole in the frame. After carving it down to size using the knife blade, I cut the ends fairly square using the Leatherman’s saw. This wasn’t strictly necessary, and this part could have been made with just a knife.

I left it a little bit long, just because. My father used to say, “You can always cut some off later, but you can’t cut some on.”

Sure, it’s hickory — but it’s not all that strong. Happily, it doesn’t need to be very strong. All it has to do is interfere with the cylinder pin to prevent the pin from moving forward when the gun is fired. I figured this would serve just fine for a shot or two.

The finished pin. The green wood was soft enough to fit snugly in the hole. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The finished pin. The green wood was soft enough to fit snugly in the hole. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I have to admit, I was pleased with myself. My gun had fallen apart, but 45 minutes later I was done building a replacement part and had even taken some photos.

I used my old and much-used Leatherman Juice CS4 to build this gun part. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I used my old and much-used Leatherman Juice CS4 to build this gun part. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

An hour after I took this photo, I used that revolver to take my first handgun deer. My hand-whittled wooden part did just fine.

I went back the next day with a magnet, and found the part that fell out of Brün Hilda. Later, I got a new spring and nut from a friend and used them to make my revolver whole again.

I kept the wooden part to remind me of that day and to make me smile. It dried out and shrank long ago, making it a tad smaller than it ought to be — but it did the job I asked of it, and that’s what matters.

So, the next time your gun or something else falls apart in the field, try to figure out what you can do to make it work again.

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Hysteria over gun ownership has devolved into NRA Derangement Syndrome [NRA-ILA News]

There is no better place on earth to be a gun owner than the United States. Let me explain that bit of patriotic fervor; I’m an Air Force veteran and fourth generation military veteran, married to… you guessed it, a veteran. Being pretty open about what is important is a crucial part of being in media, which is why as a radio host I often share that; I’m a Jesus lover, family first chick who proudly supports the NRA as a member and gun owner. Being open and out there with a social media presence was part of the reason that the St. Louis Post Dispatch asked me to “balance their opinion editorial page” by writing a weekly column last fall.


Major Gun Control Group Is Riven By Leadership Dispute [NRA-ILA News]

After multiple staff departures from gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety and its spinoff Moms Demand Action, activists say a top decision-maker at both groups is making life difficult for those in the movement.


Trump Jr., NRA exec campaign with Gianforte for U.S. House seat [NRA-ILA News]

Trump Jr. and Gianforte, a Bozeman businessman running for Montana’s open congressional seat, also planned stops at three other campaign rallies Thursday, in Butte, Sidney and Great Falls.They were joined by Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, who blasted Democratic candidate Rob Quist as a supporter of gun registration and someone who couldn’t be trusted to stand up for gun rights.


California bill would require 'warnings' update on guns [NRA-ILA News]

AB 1525 was introduced in February by Assembly Member Catharine Baker (R­ San Ramon), with the coauthors of the bill Autumn Burke (D­ Inglewood) and Marc Levine (D­ San Rafael)It initially made it through its first voting process on April 4 at the Assembly of Public Safety, who voted 7­-0 in favor of the measure.


Illinois: McHenry County gun store owners sound off on renewed effort for state regulations [NRA-ILA News]

Springfield lawmakers are making another attempt to pass a law imposing a state level of regulation on gun stores similar to the stringent federal regulations they must follow.Local gun store owners said the proposal hasn’t gotten better with age, and that state lawmakers are trying to shut them down and raise revenue for a broke state under the guise of improving public safety.


Virginia: Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Presents Proposals for Gun Control [NRA-ILA News]

A gubernatorial candidate is laying out his plans to address gun control issues in the commonwealth.Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam (D) was joined by members of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence at his campaign office in Richmond Wednesday, May 10.


Watch: ‘Colonial’ Gunsmith Builds a Rifle From Scratch [AllOutdoor.com]

A friend of mine posted this video to my Facebook wall, so I started watching… and couldn’t stop. It’s really interesting to see how this rifle barrel begins as a bar of steel that’s then hammered flat and wrapped around a mandrel to become the barrel, and all of the other steps that must be done along the way to create a beautiful and accurate rifle.

It’s titled “Gunsmith of Williamsburg” and the copyright date is 1969. Mike Brinkley narrates, and actor William Devane voices the words of the gunsmith Wallace Gusler… who almost looks too young to possess such skill. But knowing that he built his first muzzleloader at age 14, I can certainly understand how he could have attained the skill level shown in this video.

The barrel-making seems implausible, simply because I would expect it to be much stronger to bore a hole through a bar of iron rather than wrapping & welding it, but it passed the proof test so I’m not complaining.

The barrel is formed from a flat bar of iron, beginning in the center of the barrel.

The barrel is formed from a flat bar of iron, beginning in the center of the barrel.

Boring the rifle is done with a series of crude drill bits, which the gunsmith makes himself. He makes most of his own tools. The cutting of the rifling is interesting to watch also, and the results are impressive.


I won’t give a blow-by-blow of the entire video, but it’s interesting… and I can identify with a good bit of it, having built a muzzleloader some years ago, from a kit. And some of those parts were so ill-fitting that sometimes I wished I’d made my own!

The casting of the brass parts is definitely interesting, as is the making of each screw — by hand!

This shows how gunsmiths must be masters of both metal working and wood working.

Around the 54-minute mark, you may be as awed as I was in watching how the application of heat transformed the stock after it had been stained. Cool!


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Preppers: Squash From Ten Year Old Seeds [AllOutdoor.com]

In February 2017 I posted a video on YouTube about starting a seed stockpile.  It was a basic video directed towards preppers who are interested in stockpiling seeds.  We talked about seeds for squash, melons, peas, beans.. just your usual stuff.

There were some comments on the video saying, “Seeds have a short lifespan and that they are only good for a couple of years.”  The person went on to comment, “Anyone with any gardening experience would know this.”

I know good and well that seeds, when stored properly, can stay viable for hundreds, maybe even thousands of years.  To prove this, I germinated some of the decade old squash seeds, then planted them.

Rather than using commercial fertilizer, I used aged chicken manure, ash from my smoker and bone meal.  Growth has been much slower than with commercial fertilizer and the plants are smaller, but I finally have a squash large enough to eat.

Basic Gardening

Preppers, let’s take a few minutes to talk about basic gardening. The following description is a “very” basic list.

Most plants will grow well with:

  • Nitrogen – Derived from manure or urine.
  • Potassium – Can be found in wood ash.
  • Phosphorus – Found in ground up bones. The bones will provide a range of nutrients, such as calcium.

Too much nitrogen and the plant will grow, but will not produce.

In the case of my squash plants, the squash would not grow.  The seeds were started with aged chicken manure and nothing else.  .

Yellow squash

Squash and zucchini that were rotting on the plant.

The squash would grow to around 2 inches long, stop and then start to rot.  After adding ash from my smoker around the base of the plant, they started to grow.

Growing Squash

When stockpiling squash seeds, be sure to have for summer and winter squash.  Winter varieties are not grown in the winter.  They are grown in late summer, harvested in the fall and stored through the winter.

Summer squash – Has a short lifespan once harvested.

Winter squash – Stored in a cool dry location, some types can be stored for up to four – six months.

These are high producing plants.  As long as they have water and fertilizer, they will keep producing.

They are an excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6 and Potassium.

Squash and zucchini can cross pollinate, so do not plant them close together.

With just a few plants, your family should have more squash than you care to eat.

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Axelson Tactical Releases Three Suppressor Silencers [The Firearm Blog]

Axelson Tactical, the company started to honor fallen Navy SEAL Matt “Axe” Axelson has been operating as SEALs do – quietly and effectively. Following Axe’s tradition, Axelson has been quickly moving into various markets in short order, production products beloved by their customers. Keeping it quiet, Axelson has released their Suppressors to the market. The […]

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Elmwood, IL: [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

A motorist pulled out a gun when Ronald Morales, 43, approached his car at a gas station in Elmwood Park, Illinois.
The men shot at each other multiple times in broad daylight before Morales ran away and the driver sped off.
Morales eventually died from his injuries - but police say they won't be charging the man who killed him because he was acting in self defense.

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Kiraly 43M: Hungary’s Overpowered Submachine Gun [Forgotten Weapons]

The 43M submachine gun was developed by Pal Kiraly, based on the MKMO and MKPS series of submachine guns he had worked on for SIG in Switzerland before returning to Hungary (we would go on to make the San Cristobal carbines for the Dominican Republic after WW2). The initial version of the gun was the 1939 39M, with a 3” longer barrel and fixed buttstock. This was adopted by the Hungarian military, but only ordered in small numbers (about 600), which led the FEG factory to delay production until they could get enough other orders to economically justify tooling up. That finally happened in 1942, and in the meantime Kiraly and the factory had nearly finished the improved and shortened 43M version.

Ultimately about 13,000 39M SMGs were made from 1942 to 1944, and about 5,000 43M SMGs in 1944. At that point Allied bombing ended production, and the tooling was eventually confiscated during Russian occupation of Hungary.

Mechanically the 43M (and 39M) are lever-delayed blowback actions, firing the 9x25mm Mauser Export cartridge – the most powerful submachine gun cartridge in use at the time. The 43M stock feels very flimsy and uncomfortable, and it folds under the action of the gun. In addition, the 40-round magazine folds forward into the stock (much like the SIG MK series guns) to make it a much more compact gun to transport. Note that the 39M and 43M use different magazines!

Thanks to the Institute of Military Technology for allowing me to have access to this magnificent piece and bring it to you!


Counterpoint: Let’s NOT Phase Out Lead Ammunition [AllOutdoor.com]

Recently, my esteemed colleague Kevin Felts posted an opinion piece in which he called for the banning (or at least the strict phasing-out) of lead in firearms ammunition.

Well… I respectfully disagree.

Sure, lead can be bad for you — if your exposure is extreme. But in my opinion, casting some lead-alloy bullets out the shed or garage, handloading ammo with bullets of cast or jacketed lead, or shooting at a gun range where lead bullets are allowed is highly unlikely to cause anyone physical harm or shortened life due to lead exposure.

And even if it does, let me observe that nobody — including the government — has the right to prevent them from doing so, even if the ban is “for their own good.”

Of course, if owners of indoor ranges insist that only non-lead ammo be used in their ranges, that is their right… and I will concede that employees who work inside of indoor ranges that allow lead *may be* exposed to levels of lead that are not exactly good for them. In those situations, they should be informed of the risks beforehand — it’s always their right to seek employment elsewhere if they feel it’s too risky.

Don’t Use Past Bans as a Guide

In his post, my friend looked at past legislation which outlawed certain lead products in the USA. To me, that’s flawed thinking. Government historically does too much and bans too much — so looking to past government bans as a blueprint for the future can never be a good idea.

I also believe that the banning of lead shot for hunting waterfowl was reactionary BS that did little or nothing to help wildlife, while doing much to hinder hunters’ ability to efficiently take the game they pursued… which may very well have been the real purpose of that ban (let’s all don our tin-foil hunting caps).

Aside from that, the best-performing bullets for most kinds of hunting are made of lead alloy, usually jacketed with copper. Sure, I know there all-copper hunting bullets, but I have never had good experiences with those. And there is no way you’re going to convince me that my use of lead in muzzleloaders, jacketed lead alloy hunting bullets, and lead shot for hunting with a shotgun is/are damaging my health or shortening my life.

Banning Lead is Anti-Gun

No matter what intention leads to the enactment of a ban on lead bullets, the end result will absolutely be anti-gun — because it will drive ammunition prices even higher than the (IMO) obscene high they’ve already attained, further hampering the ability of citizens to supply themselves with ammunition for their much-needed firearms.

Our new super-expensive ammunition will also be less effective than it was when it contained lead, making our guns less useful. No bueno.

Oh, and the 22 LR ammo that we all love dearly? Well, forget about it… that requires externally-lubricated lead bullets. So a lead ban would pretty much render millions (billions?) of rimfire firearms useless.

What’s Your Take?

Naturally, Kevin and I aren’t the only folks who have an opinion on this matter. What do you think? Please sound off in the comments below.

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Early Prototypes of the SA-80 Series Rifles with Forgotten Weapons [The Firearm Blog]

Most of the time Forgotten Weapons takes a look at weapons that are indeed largely forgotten. Sometimes they cover modern weapons and some of their history, and at other times they cover weapons that many wish were just forgotten. This is one of those latter times, where Ian gets a hands-on look at the history […]

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IWB Kydex and Its Comfortable? The Solace Hybrid Holster by GunfightersINC [The Firearm Blog]

I, for one, love kydex holsters. Compared to their leather brethren, they have incredible durability and longevity across the wide variety of weather we encounter here in the midwest USA. From extreme cold to scorching hot and a deluge in between the kydex never loses shape. But, this comes at a tradeoff for comfort. Kydex, […]

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Savage Arms Introduces New “Fox A Grade” Shotguns [The Firearm Blog]

Savage Arms now offers A Grade versions of the once famous high-end Fox shotguns. Savage makes these shotguns in 12 or 20 gauge. Both caliber options also come with either 26″ or 28″ barrels and only with side by side layout of the barrels. Ainsley Fox was engaged in firearms manufacturing business since 1896. He […]

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CHAMPION Expands their “Visicolor” Splatter Targets with Hunting & Training Options [The Firearm Blog]

VisicolorWhen people head to the range simple paper targets just do not cut it anymore. We need something more interactive. More exciting. More reactive. Champion Traps & Targets understands this like many shooting sports companies and is adjusting accordingly. Their line of Visicolor targets has some new additions to hopefully get people headed to the […]

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Nevada Democratic Senator wants racial and gender quotas for hiring staff [John Lott's Website]

Should hiring be based on merits or race?  Should the balance be for each Senator's office or by party or for the Senate as a whole?  Will Asians not be a protected class?  If you think that there should be quotas for staff, should we have quotas for the Senators?  From Fox News:
One of the U.S. Senate's newest members is proposing to shake up the chamber by mandating "diversity" quotas for everything from staffs to committees. 
A proposal by Nevada’s freshman Democratic senator, Catherine Cortez Masto, could mimic efforts in corporate America. Large companies across the country, particularly those in Silicon Valley, have been under intense pressure to hire more minorities. 
Cortez Masto thinks it should be a Congressional priority, too. 
“We should be mandating diversity in our committees, mandating diversity in our hiring practices, mandating diversity throughout the United States Senate,” Cortez Masto told the podcast Women Rule. “You just have to walk in the room and look at the Senators that are there — the 100 Senators, right? You could see the lack of diversity.” . . . 
“This is obviously the outgrowth and natural conclusion of what’s going been on for a long time outside Capitol Hill,” said Professor John Eastman of Chapman University. “This is exactly what the 1964 Civil Rights Act said we cannot do, but we know that this is the way the law has nevertheless been applied throughout the rest of the country. So, why not hold the Congress to the same rules that apply to everyone else so the politicians can see the absurdity of it?” . . .


New Rifle: DPMS Lite 16M [The Firearm Blog]

DPMS Lite 16MSome would argue that the current firearms market is oversaturated with AR style rifles. This may be true, but this will generally lead to a situation where prices on existing models are driven down, making them more affordable. I know I have seen quite a few sub-$500 AR-15 rifles lately. I suspect you have also. […]

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Thursday, 11 May


THE SILENCING COMETH: USMC Unit Deploys to Norway with Suppressors, Doesn’t Want to Go Back [The Firearm Blog]

Gentlemen, it has begun: The Silencing is upon us. Following a series of trials testing the feasibility of an infantry battalion equipped entirely with suppressors, the United States Marine Corps has moved quickly to field the first all-suppressed unit to the Værnes Air Station garrison in Stjørdal, Norway. This deployment, and more importantly its overwhelmingly positive […]

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Oregon: Anti-Hunting Organizations Attempt to Hijack Bill [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday May 15, the Oregon Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources will be voting on House Bill 2525Aand its amendments.  Sponsored by state Representative Knute Buehler (R-54), HB 2525A would modify the requirements for game meat to be donated to charitable organizations.  The NRA applauds such programs, as it is another way for hunters to contribute to the needy in their communities by providing them access to lean, nutritious game meat at minimal cost to the charitable organization.  In addition, it ensures that game meat obtained through wildlife management culls and seized by law enforcement from poachers is not wasted.


STEN Suppressed Sub Machine Gun [The Firearm Blog]

The Sten machine carbine was one of the most hastily completed and most expediently made submachine gun of the Second World War. Although it was reliable, a number of users didn’t like it simply because they saw it as a cheap pipe gun created as a last ditch effort. Nonetheless, there were a number of suppressed […]

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Let’s Phase Out Lead Ammunition [AllOutdoor.com]

One of the many fascinating traits about Benjamin Franklin was that he liked to travel.  He felt that traveling, “Had the effect of extending ones life.”  While on a trip to Europe, Franklin was invited to visit a hospital where there were a number of patients who lost control of their hands.  Being the curious fellow he was, Franklin agreed to visit the hospital and meet the afflicted.

Just about everyone with this strange affliction was male.  After talking with some of the men, Franklin discovered they had all worked as printers.

Franklin drew a connection between the lead printing dyes that were used at the time and the printers losing control of their hands.  What he did not know at the time, lead had been absorbed through the skin and damaged the nerves in the hands of the printers.

Here we are around 250 years later and we are still using lead, why?

1978 – Lead-based paints were banned.

1980s – Lead in our drinking water was addressed.

1991 – Lead shot banned for hunting waterfowl.

1996 – The Clean Air Act of 1996 banned the use of leaded gasoline.

Bio Med Central put together a study on Lead exposure at firing ranges.

Nearly all BLL measurements compiled in the reviewed studies exceed the current reference level of 5 μg/dL recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (CDC/NIOSH).

Thus firing ranges, regardless of type and user classification, currently constitute a significant and unmanaged public health problem.

Some people may say, “The study is just anti-gun propaganda.” That simply is not true.

We have known for a very long time there is no safe exposure limit to lead.  For some reason, members of the firearm community would ignore the issue at hand.  Burying your head in the sand and hoping the lead problem goes away will not work.

As sportsmen, environmental issues should be at the top of the list.  So, why aren’t we demanding that lead be removed from ammunition?  Instead of calling for lead ammunition be abolished, we argue for its continued use.

What heart felt reason is there to continue to use lead in ammunition? “Because there is no suitable replacement” is not a good reason, all you have to do is look.

  • Liberty Civil Defense
  • Geco
  • Fiocchi
  • Ruag
  • Barnes

And many others make a lead free bullet.

Lead will eventually be banned in ammunition.  Which side of the argument do you want to be on?

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The Stevens 301 Single Shot Shotgun [The Firearm Blog]

Stevens 301Earlier this year, Savage Arms introduced a new single shot shotgun under the Stevens brand. The Stevens 301 shotgun rolled out at the start of the year and was part of the company’s display at the recent National Rifle Association Annual Meetings in Atlanta, GA. The 301 is available in three of the most popular […]

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Syrian Developed Tracked RC Weapons Platform [The Firearm Blog]

Two Arabic news sources (Military-Zones, Middle East Panamera) have published independent posts about a remote control vehicle currently at least in the developmental phase of design within the highly contested Aleppo province in Syria. The designers are in areas still in control by Assad’s Syrian Arab Army, and have been working with the SAA in […]

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POTD: Imitation Is a Form Of Flattery [The Firearm Blog]

The Sig Sauer MPX was to be an updated version of the MP5. Side by side you can see how similar they really are. They even kept the name similar to the MP5 but simply nixed the 5 for an X. Both chambered in 9mm. The MPX is a pistol with an adjustable Sig Brace […]

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Concealed carry holder shoots robber in attempted carjacking on Southwest Side [NRA-ILA News]

A man with a concealed carry license shot an armed man who tried to stick him up late Wednesday morning on the Southwest Side, Chicago police said.


Man pumping gas pulls gun, shoots robbery suspect on crime spree [NRA-ILA News]

Jackson allegedly had a weapon when he approached the victim, who was pumping gas, at the Phillips 66 on North Broadway and Grand around 7:30 a.m. To protect himself, the victim, a licensed CCW carrier, got out his weapon and shot the suspect in his buttocks, police said.


Watch: Fire the M1 Garand Like a Bolt Action [AllOutdoor.com]

This video is a bit on the dry side, but it has some good info. From how to avoid the old “M1 thumb” malady to loading it one at a time to loading it with fewer than a full clip’s worth of ammo, it shows the operation pretty well.

My favorite part is about removing the gas plug so you can fire and cycle the gun one at a time without worrying about your brass getting flung all over the place.

To address potential safety questions, I will add a quote from the guy who made the video:

I used an A-ZOOM snap cap to show loading of a single round. When I show the other ways, I used 30-06 rounds WITHOUT powder or primer (I’m a reloader). Sorry not to point that out in the video.

What we have here is four minutes of education and entertainment involving one of the world’s most legendary military rifles, chambered for a round that’s still incredibly popular today.

Ain’t nothing wrong with that.

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New Crimson Trace Laser for Springfield Armory XD Mod.2 [The Firearm Blog]

Crimson Trace has introduced another version of their Laserguard laser sight this time for Springfield Armory XD Mod.2 pistols. The new sight fits all types of XD Mod.2 pistols: the 3″ and 3.3″ barreled Sub-compact models, 4″ Service model and the Tactical model with a 5″ barrel. The Laserguard doesn’t require any special skills or […]

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Watch: Hickok45 on Mag Springs [AllOutdoor.com]

Hickok45 is a bit of a jokester, as you will learn when you watch the video below, in which he is shown “carving” a wooden pistol using an improbably huge knife.

The subject of the short video is magazine spring wear. Specifically, will it harm or weaken a magazine spring if you keep a magazine loaded?

This is a popular bit of shooting folklore, which he addresses in short order. And his answer didn’t surprise me… how about you?

[Spoiler alert] — It’s perfectly fine to keep your mags loaded… which makes sense. And when it comes time to use a gun in a hurry, you definitely don’t want your magazines to be empty!

Check out the video and let us know what you think (it’s only about one minute long).

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Bob's Obituary [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Bob Owens' obituary has been published. Over and above his friends in the gun culture, he leaves behind a wife, two daughters, and his parents. In other words, he left behind a lot of folks who loved him.

Fuquay-Varina - Robert "Bob" Eugene Owens, 46, passed away on Monday, May 8, 2017. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Bob is survived by his wife of 18 years, Christine Zamzow Owens; daughters, Maya Owens and Kate Owens of the home; parents, Eugene Alan and Nancy Barbee Owens of Greenville, NC; brothers, Richard Glenn Owens and wife, Farrah of Winterville, NC and Sean Christopher Owens and wife, Laura of Winterville, NC; father-in-law, Carl Zamzow, III and wife, Regina of Fuquay-Varina, NC; brother-in-law, Carl Zamzow, IV and wife, Kelly of Cary, NC; sister-in-law, Anitra DeRosa and husband, Scott of Fuquay-Varina, NC; eight nieces and nephews

The Bob Owens Family and College Fund has been set up on GoFundMe. It has raised a little over $27,000 in the last two days. The goal is an ambitious $250,000 and it is going to take a lot more donations to hit the goal. I have donated. If you liked and respected Bob's work. I'd encourage you to do the same.


Sportsmen Please Support Rural Businesses [AllOutdoor.com]

May 7, 2017 I drove over to Mill Creek park on Lake Sam Rayburn.  It was a trip I have made hundreds of times since the 1980s.  While driving around I stopped in at Mill Creek Grocery and Bait, which is just outside the park entrance.

In the 1980s and 1990s Mill Creek Grocery and Bait was a cornerstone of the local community. It was common to see children walking from the park to the store get a snacks or a coke. Fishermen would stop at the store to fuel up their boats and trucks or to buy bait.

On a back wall inside the store were hundreds of Polaroid pictures of fishermen with their catch. A couple of my buddies had their picture taken at the store back around 1984 and 1985. Those pictures hung on the wall for decades.

There is a community that borders the park that is a mix of local residents, retirees and weekenders. People from the community used to buy odds and ends from the store.

Over the past 30 years something changed. Mill Creek Grocery and Bait is a shadow of its former self. I struck up a conversation with the owner and asked what changed since 1980s.

In essence, nobody shops at the rural convenience stores.  I am guilty of this myself.  If I am going out on the lake or river, I usually go to a big-box-mart to buy snacks and drinks.  Even then, I still buy a lot of stuff from a local convenience store.

Maybe fewer people are going to parks today as compared to 30 years ago?  A study on the declining visitation rates to National Parks suggest entrance fees and the price of fuel has a negative impact on visitation.

Maybe fewer people are visiting parks because they can not afford it?  Wages have been stagnate for decades.  Cash strapped families simply can not afford to go to a park.

Even with fewer people visiting the parks, why aren’t places like Mill Creek Grocery and Bait supported by the local community? Maybe it is because dollar store companies are moving into rural areas.  Rather than competing against Wal-mart in urban areas, dollar stores are opening in under-served rural areas.

As you drive through rural southeast Texas, there is some kind of dollar store in every town – Buna, Kirbyville, two stores in Jasper, Brookeland and two stores in Pineland.

Unless consumers support small family owned stores, they will soon be a thing of the past.

Sportsmen spend a lot of time traveling.  When going to the lake or hunting lease, please take the time to support family owned businesses.

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The gauzy misdirection and untrue smears of an anti-gun-rights activist [NRA-ILA News]

Chicago is experiencing an unacceptable level of violence. However, misguided proponents of Illinois Senate Bill 1657, the Gun Dealer Licensing Act, attempt to blame law-abiding gun and gun store owners for the violence instead of holding criminals accountable. The bill won't do a thing to stop this violence. What it will do is drive small business owners into bankruptcy due to mountains of red tape and fees.


Baltimore gun amnesty proposal includes a free ride [NRA-ILA News]

In jail and can’t afford to pay your bail? Well, there’s an app for that?It’s called GunBail and it works like this — for $99.After your arrest, someone contacts GunBail, offers a working firearm for bail, GunBail contacts law enforcement authorities, the exchange is made and quicker than you can say free at last the defendant is out on bail.


Washington: Inslee Signs Gun Background Check Notification Bill [NRA-ILA News]

The new law, which takes effect in July, requires gun dealers to notify the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, also known as WASPC, within five days of a denial. The Washington State Patrol must then incorporate that information into its electronic database, accessible to the state's law enforcement agencies.


Rugged Suppressors Enters Partnership With Accurate Ordnance [The Firearm Blog]

I am a fan of anything that promotes shooting firearms suppressed. So when top shelf rifle companies partner with industry-leading suppressor manufacturers, you know the end result is going to be good. Rugged Suppressors and precision rifle maker Accurate Ordnance have announced a partnership that will put Rugged’s flash hider and brake mounts on their […]

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Watch: A Mexican Luger Pistol [AllOutdoor.com]

Lugers are cool, and I’ve wanted one ever since I was a young ‘un. And rare variations of guns can be even cooler…

It’s an Old Model Luger pistol, one of just a few purchased by the Mexican government for testing more than a century ago. And in case you’re wondering, “Ejercito Mexicano” means “Mexican Army.”

Mexico’s President… Porfirio Diaz was very interested in modernizing the Mexican Army… Mexico tested the Luger pistol circa 1903-1905. They found it to be quite satisfactory… but never followed through… Mexican property Lugers are extremely rare, as only a small number were purchased for testing. They can be identified by an ‘EJERCITO MEXICANO’ mark engraved on the left side (done in Mexico, not by DWM).

They are otherwise standard Old Model Lugers, in 7.65mm, with the typical traits such as dished toggles and a flat leaf mainspring.

(Photo: Rock Island Auction Company)

(Photo: Rock Island Auction Company)

This particular gun isn’t examined closely in the video as far as its action, but if you’re interested in military history and/or military small arms, chances are good that you will enjoy it.

For more info on this pistol, visit the Rock Island Auction page.

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Dear Humanity: Please Stop Releasing Balloons! [AllOutdoor.com]

Folks, I’ve got a beef… and it’s about littering.

My father taught me to hate littering when, as a young boy, I accompanied him all over the woods exploring, hunting, and fishing. Almost everywhere we went, we saw garbage left behind by others. We picked it up as often as we could, so the next folks wouldn’t have to experience the same ill feelings we did.

Fast-forward to today, when it has inexplicably become a “thing” to release helium-filled balloons and watch them sail off into the distant sky. Often, it is done in memoriam of someone who has passed away. Participants get “feels” and watch teary-eyed as their Mylar messages fly Heavenward.

What they apparently don’t consider is the ultimate fate of their balloons.

No, they don’t fly up to Heaven’s Great Recycling Center, where they are taken in and the messages duly recorded and passed on to the new resident for whom they were intended. Instead, they fly and drift and then fall to the ground — on someone else’s property.

Folks, that is littering.

(Photo: Russ Chastain)

(Photo: Russ Chastain)

I hunt on a wooded property which partially abuts a large lake. Balloon releases must be a big part of lake life there, because I rarely take a long walk in the woods without finding at least one Mylar balloon which someone has thoughtlessly sent my way. As you can imagine, this spoils the mood of any nature walk and makes our place look terrible.

During one turkey hunt on that property, I took the photos used in this post… before picking up the balloons and carrying them out with me.

There I am, still picking up trash that was left in the woods by others. It does not please me.

Should I have sympathy for those who have lost loved ones? Of course! Does their grief make it okay to litter my property and the lands of others? Heck no!

It wouldn’t be okay for you to toss messages of love for your dearly departed onto your neighbor’s lawn, would it? What about if they did it to your property?

(Photo: Russ Chastain)

(Photo: Russ Chastain)

Littering is no way to commemorate a life… unless maybe the person you’re celebrating was a jackass litterbug.

So: Please, just stop it with the balloon releases.


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South Carolina: Pro-Gun Bill Headed to Governor [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Senate passed an amended version of House Bill 3429 and the House unanimously concurred.  H. 3429 will now go to Governor Henry McMaster (R) for his consideration.


Crime Goes Down After Common Sense Approach [AllOutdoor.com]

Washington D.C. took a common sense approach with drug dealers who are caught with firearms. Guess what? Crime is down 25 percent as compared to last year.

Who would have ever thought that if you take guns away from bad guys, then lock the criminals up, that violent crime would go down? Why didn’t someone think of this earlier?

Maybe sometime soon, places like Washington D.C. will stop punishing law abiding gun owners and go after the real criminals?

New drug strategy targeting dealers, illegal guns leads to drop in crime

WASHINGTON — Violent crime in D.C. is down 25 percent compared to last year, and the District’s new police chief attributes the drop to the growing number of illegal guns that officers are taking off the streets.

Standing in front of dozens of guns packaged in evidence bags, Lt. Andy Struhar touted his narcotics enforcement officers’ focus on removing guns from the hands of drug dealers for the uptick in illegal firearms recovered in D.C.

“This year alone, we’ve already recovered at least 50 guns as part of our operations,” Stuhar said at a D.C. police event held with Mayor Muriel Bowser on Wednesday.

We have social anthropologists, think tanks, studies and decades of experience on how illegal drugs are related to crime, and when Washington D.C. tries a “new” strategy crime goes down?

There is nothing “new” in how Washington D.C. is dealing with criminals.  What is new however, is targeting criminals rather than law abiding gun owners.   Washington D.C. had some of the strictest gun laws in the nation.  It took the Supreme Court decision of District of Columbia vs, Heller for the laws to change.

Rather than dealing with the root cause of gun crime, bureaucrats in D.C. wasted taxpayer money on a case that in the end they lost.  When places like D.C. run out of options to punish law abiding gun owners, the only real solution is to go after criminals.

After D.C. decided to use a “new” strategy of targeting drug dealers crime went down?  The idiocy of the anti-gun establishment has no limits.

If targeting drug dealers is the new strategy, what was the one old?  I think we all know the answer to that one.

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Gemtech Launches Guardian Program For First Responders [The Firearm Blog]

I know from experience that cops love product discounts as much, if not more, than round pastries with holes in the middle. Unfortunately I have also witnessed discount programs destroyed by a select few of our community who took advantage of a company’s willingness to provide deals by reselling items for a profit or handing […]

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Washington: Please Attend First WDFW Advisory Committee Meeting Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has selected the members for the “Wenas Wildlife Area Target Shooting Advisory Committee” to address the WDFW’s target shooting concerns in the Wenas Wildlife Area in Central Washington,  and has scheduled its first meeting for next Wednesday, May 17.  Please consider attending this meeting to show your strong support for recreational shooting on the public lands in the Wenas Wildlife Area in Central Washington!  Meeting details can be found below.


Final Prices: James D. Julia Spring 2017 [Forgotten Weapons]

Final prices from the last Julia auction. I think they systematically underestimated the market for Bob Faris’ Enfield collection!


Review: Jaxman E2 Flashlight [AllOutdoor.com]

A representative from Jaxman contacted me through my YouTube channel and asked, ” Would you like to review one of our flashlights?”  Since I enjoy doing flashlight reviews, I said “Sure.”  A few days later a Jaxman E2 flashlight arrived in my mailbox.

First impressions were good.  The body has a mild checkering on it that seems like it would provide a good grip with dirty hands.  The housing seemed sturdy, the threads were solid and the on/off had a solid click to them.

Operation is via an on/off switch on the tailcap.  However, there is no momentary on/off.  This means the flashlight on/off switch has to be clicked to turn on, and clicked again to turn off.  Some flashlights, the on/off button can be depressed slightly to turn the flashlight on.  Then to turn off, simply release the button.


  • Battery 18650 (not included)
  • Length 4 5/8″
  • Diameter 15/16″
  • Weight 2.70 ounces, without battery.   4.40 ounces with battery.
  • Lanyard included Yes
  • Belt clip included No
  • Carry pouch included No
  • Waterproof standard IPX-6. Which means the flashlight is not “waterproof” but can be safely sprayed with water.

Run time is determined by the LED the flashlight is using.  The Amazon page for the flashlight says there are two LEDs used in the Jaxman E2.  Which LED was installed in the factory will determine the run time.

My test sample had the Nichia LED, which has brightness settings of: 20LM, 130LM and 350LM.


I found the brightness settings to be excellent.  While a lot of flashlight companies are running a lumen race, Jaxman is focusing on brightness settings that work.

Jaxman E2 flashlight review

20 lumens – Perfect for up close and personal work.

130 lumens – Ideal for walking around the yard or looking for firewood around the campsite.

350 lumens – I was able to see to the top of pine, sweet gum and oak trees with no problem.

I live in a rural area and use my flashlights almost daily.  The dogs could be barking at something, or maybe I want to go check on the chickens, but I use my flashlights for real world applications.

The beam is more of a flood than a spot.  However, the center is slightly brighter than the outside part of the cone.


My flashlight tests usually involve using the flashlight to drive nails, frozen, dropped, submerged, ran over with a truck or tractor and finally dropped from or pulled behind a moving truck.

I decided to forgo the harshest test and just go with the drop and submersion test.

Drop – The Jaxman E2 was dropped several times from around five feet unto a railroad crosstie.  The flashlight operated just as it should.

Submersion – The flashlight was tied to a piece of cord and tossed into a creek for a little over an hour. IPX-6 does not ensure the flashlight will be waterproof if submerged. An hour later the flashlight was recovered, opened and there was water inside the light. There was not a lot of water, just a few drops.

The flashlight performed exactly as described.

Final Thoughts

As of May 10, 2017 the Jaxman E2 is listed for $25 on Amazon and is eligible for Prime shipping.  I feel that is a fair price.

The lanyard holes could be a little larger.  I usually replace the factory supplied lanyard with piece of trotline string that has a rating of around 330 pounds.  When I tried to thread the trotline string through the lanyard holes, it just would not go.

I like that the E2 uses an 18650 battery.

The lack of a momentary on/off is a disappointment.  I would consider mounting the Jaxman E2 on my AR-15, but the lack of momentary on/off disqualifies it for that job.

Overall, expect for the lack of a momentary on/off, I feel the Jaxman E2 exceeded my expectations.

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GRNC - Time To Wake Up The Republicans In The NC General Assembly [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Grass Roots North Carolina sent out an alert last night requesting that people call Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) between 9am and 11am this morning. They are also asking people to send an email to him asking them where is the progress on gun rights.

From GRNC:

Republicans in power-induced lackadaisical mode

Are Republicans lost in the spoils of power, just laying back and enjoying their super majority at the expense of good gun bills being left to languish?  Why the reluctance to move on anything pro-Second Amendment?  These are good questions to ask of House Speaker Tim Moore.

GRNC President Paul Valone has hand delivered the following letter to Speaker Moore.  Please see the link below regarding his disappointment on the lack of follow through on pro-gun bills.


What’s going on with Pro Second Amendment bills?

If you are scratching your head and wondering the same; it’s time to pass that question along to Speaker Moore.


  • EMAIL AND CALL SPEAKER TIM MOORE: Please make the phone calls on THURSDAY, BETWEEN 9 AND 11:00 AM, if at all possible. If not, call whenever you can. 

  • Ask the Speaker, “What’s going on with our pro-Second Amendment legislation? Have the Republicans gotten so lax in their power, that they’re writing off the gun voters who put them there?”

  • Email him at: tim.Moore@ncleg.net and call using this number: 919-733-3451. Use the copy/paste text provided below to send the email. When calling, if you are sent to voicemail, please leave a message.


Suggested Subject: "What’s going on with pro Second Amendment legislation?"  

Dear Speaker Moore:

Now that Republicans are enjoying their super-majority spoils, it seems the legislature has become lackadaisical in pushing through any pro-Second Amendment legislation.  This is deeply disappointing to me as a gun rights voter.  We expect our representatives to display the same character and conviction in Raleigh that they claim to have while on the campaign trail.

As other states move forward on pro-gun bills such as constitutional and campus carry, North Carolina seems to have dropped the ball on these very same issues.  Why is that?

The need for passing House Bills 438, 588 and 746 is obvious, and the window of opportunity is closing! Fourteen states now have Constitutional Carry without any dire consequences.  New Hampshire became “Lucky 13”, beating North Carolina to the finish line.  Georgia Governor Nathan Deal recently signed campus carry legislation into law, so once again, another state passes North Carolina.

The naysayers continue to be proven wrong in their dire predictions regarding the results of pro-gun legislation.  As you rest on your laurels, other states are moving forward and advancing gun rights.  So I ask of you, “What is happening with pro-Second Amendment legislation in our state?”

I will be monitoring your actions through Grass Roots North Carolina legislative alerts.



Break That Case: A Visceral Illustration of Primary Extraction, with Bloke on the Range [The Firearm Blog]

Back in the days of the fighting bolt action rifle, clever small arms designers came up with a number of minor but ingenious features to make the soldier’s life a little less hard when trying to cycle their rifle’s action by hand as they faced down the enemy. Many of these special features have since made their way […]

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S. 1092 - The Interstate Transport Act Protects Knifeowners [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The Interstate Transport Act, S. 1092, was introduced in Congress yesterday by Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY). The bill would protect lawful knifeowners as they travel. It is akin to the the safe passage provisions of the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986. If you were traveling from home where your knife is legal to an end destination where your knife is legal, you would be protected as you travel through states and localities with their patchwork of knife laws where your knife might not be legal.

This is a truly bi-partisan bill as it has three Republican sponsors/co-sponsors and three Democrat co-sponsors. Currently, the co-sponsors include Senators Steve Daines (R-MT), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Joe Manchin (D-WV), James Risch (R-ID), and Ron Wyden (D-OR). I plan to ask my two senators to sign on as co-sponsors and I would humbly request you do the same.

The American Knife & Tool Institute issued this statement on S. 1092.

May 10, 2017 - Cody, WY - The American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI) today announced the introduction of the Interstate Transport Act (ITA), sponsored by Senators Mike Enzi, R-WY, and Ron Wyden, D-OR. The bill will ensure federal protection for lawful knife owners traveling through the current patchwork of state and local knife laws. It is the continuation of an effort AKTI has lead for many years to better protect lawful knife owners traveling across the country.

"Growing up in Wyoming, I know that knives are an essential tool for hunters, ranchers, farmers and other various everyday uses," said Senator Enzi. "But with conflicting knife laws across the country, it can make it difficult for responsible knife owners to know if they are violating the law if they are travelling with a knife. This bill would help fix that by ensuring that if you're traveling from point A to point C with a knife that is legal in both locations, you shouldn't have to worry about being charged with a knife possession crime in between at point B."

"The Interstate Transport Act provides common-sense protections for knife owners traveling through the United States," Senator Wyden said. "Our bipartisan bill would protect public safety, respect states' rights and ensure knife owners who are following the law are not punished for traveling between places where knives are legal."

At AKTI, we believe that most people who carry a knife do so for common, everyday purposes. People engaged in the building and agricultural trades, for example, carry knives on a daily basis. Knives are also essential for many outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, boating and other such activities. Our goal is to ensure that law-abiding citizens feel knowledgeable and confident in their ability to carry the tools they use for their daily and recreational lives.

Under current U.S. code, lawful gun owners are allowed to transport firearms legally in both the state of origin and the state of destination, provided they are properly stored and in accordance with all federal restrictions. However, no such protection exists for knife owners wishing to transport knives to and from states in which they are legal, but through jurisdictions with varying requirements. ITA would allow legal interstate travel for knives, provided the knives are transported to and from states where the law allows possession of said knives, and they are transported in locked containers. The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and is co-sponsored by Senators Daines, R-MT, Heinrich, D-NM, Risch, R-ID, and Manchin, D-WV.

"For nearly 20 years, AKTI has served as the go-to resource for knife owners looking to ensure that they comply with all local, state, and federal laws related to knives," said AKTI President CJ Buck. "One of the biggest complaints and points of confusion AKTI hears about from lawful knife owners involves the interstate transport of knives. While citizens are making every effort to comply with patchwork state and local laws, it has become clear that there is the need for a federal protection for sportsmen, hunters, and other law-abiding knife owners that does not interfere with state and local restrictions on knife use. We thank Senators Enzi and Wyden for leading the efforts to correct this."


RANGE RULES: No You Can’t Retrieve Your Silencer [The Firearm Blog]

Indoor ranges provide users with a semi-controlled environment for trigger time without having to deal with environmental variables. On the other hand, customers are required to follow the company’s protocol and safety rules and shoot alongside a variety of unknown strangers. Unfortunately, the range rules can be arbitrary and focused on liability rather than the […]

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U.S. Army Buries XM25 Program [The Firearm Blog]

In the latest twist of events to do with the 25mm XM25 “Punisher”, it appears the program is coming to a grinding halt after Military.com recently reported that the U.S. Army has completely canceled the program with Orbital ATK after almost two decades of development work. On top of numerous bureaucratic delays and issues that we’ve […]

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Ballistic Rated Shutter Introduced [The Firearm Blog]

At the Security & Counter Terror Expo outside of London EFAFLEX introduced their EFAPROTECT Ballistic shutter. The shutter is a sort of garage door opener that rolls up into a box above an entrance and deploys extremely quickly to shield an entrance from various small arms threats up to 7.62x51mm NATO. The dimensions appear to be that […]

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Aridus Industries’ Teases Beretta 1301 Magpul SGA Stock Adapter [The Firearm Blog]

Those who have been following my weapons choices for competition will likely remember that I am an avid fan of the Beretta 1301. Previously, they sent me a “tactical” model for review, which I liked so much that I immediately sold my Mossberg 590 (shout out to my Indiana Multigun friends “Dam*it Jerry!) and purchased […]

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The “AK” Selector Lever for the AR-15 – Five Reasons Why I Like It [The Firearm Blog]

In what perhaps many fanboys of the two platforms are viewing as the ultimate sacrilege, photos of a proposed design incorporating an AK-style safety onto an AR-15 have been setting the forums ablaze with voices of dissent the loudest while those of reason are largely ignored due to the passions aroused. I, however, like the […]

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Wednesday, 10 May


Gun Cleaning: Are you old school or not? [AllOutdoor.com]

I was at a match this past weekend, the American Steel Plate match and I was score keeper as a volunteer. I took my Glock steel plate gun just in case I wanted to get in the match at the end or just shoot some after. If you work the match you get to both or one of the other. I was talking to one of the shooters and he said he only brought one gun because he didn’t feel like cleaning more than one after the shoot later at home. He then stated that he HATED cleaning guns, but yet he shoots these matches each weekend.

I started to think and told him, that’s strange because to me, it’s all part of the entire process. Kind of like a “full circle” type of thinking. He asked me what I meant, I said in my mind, shooting the guns, cleaning the guns, reloading the ammo, testing the ammo for the right load and then cleaning the guns again is all part of the enjoyment. I find it relaxing to strip the guns and clean them, grease and oil them, put them back together and then reload.

Over the years I have used many different cleaning products, and some worked great and some not so much. The not so good cleaners will make it not so enjoyable to clean the guns. That I can promise you. I have tried everything that has been out on the market and all of the new and improved stuff, everything you can think of. Some worked, some worked better and some not so much.

Now some of the best stuff I have been using for about a year and love it, is the products from Lucas Extreme Gun products. I looked at it this way, Lucas Oil HAS been making oils for years in race cars etc that take a punishment and higher heat them most pistols will ever get to in a match. In my mind that made sense, so I got some to try and have been hooked ever since. No bad smells like you get from some of the other popular brands, some that work and some that don’t.



But they branched out and now make Extreme Gun Oil, CLP, Grease, Metal Polish, Bore Cleaner, even aerosol cans of CLP and Contact Cleaner. The contact cleaner does a great job of removing powder and GSR, oil grease. It is also safe for ANY polymer guns and leaves NO residue after it dries! And I have to say the grease and oil are two of the best products I have EVER used on guns in over 40 years of shooting!


I know we All have our own way of cleaning our guns and some are stuck in, “This ”fill in the blank product” has worked for me for 30 years I don’t need anything new.” And that’s fine for you. But some of these newer products are actually better for your gun, they will get into the metal and protect it even better. But I am not here telling you that YOU need this, but I will ask that you open up just a little bit and give Lucas Extreme Gun products out, you may be surprised of just how much better your gun cleans up, performs after using Lucas products.

Check them out here: www.lucasoil.com/products/out-door-line/extreme-duty-gun-oil

Come on now, it won’t kill you to at least give it try, who knows you may find out Lucas is your newest favorite product for the next 20 to 30 years!

Stay safe, hope to see you out there!


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Indiana Deer Hunters Donate Enough Venison Last Season To Feed Over 250,000 People [AllOutdoor.com]

Deer hunters donated more than 65,000 pounds of venison in 2016-17 to feed Indiana’s hungry through the Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund, according to the DNR Law Enforcement division.

The Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund administered by DNR Law Enforcement provides grants to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, Hunters and Farmers Feeding the Hungry, and the Dubois County Sportsmen Club to pay for processing fees when hunters donate legally harvested deer.

The participating organizations notify food banks throughout Indiana when venison is ready to be collected from certified Sportsmen Benevolence Fund butchers. The food banks distribute venison to soup kitchens and food pantries to feed hungry citizens. The average cost per meal is 35 cents.


In the 2016-17 hunting season, hunters donated 1,307 deer that were processed into 65,443 pounds of venison, which equates to 261,772 meals.

“Once again, the Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund has met its objectives” DNR Director Cameron F. Clark. “With the Fund’s support and the generosity of Indiana deer hunters, citizens in need will be able to prepare healthy meals with low-fat, high-protein venison.”

The totals are comparable to the 2105-16 donations of 1,333 deer and 67,356 pounds of venison.


“It’s evident that the desire to donate to this program by our deer hunters continues to be strong,” said Col. Danny L. East, director of DNR Law Enforcement. “Our Indiana deer hunters continue to be valuable partners in carrying out our mission and our programs.”

State Sen. Michael Crider, who developed the Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund when he was director of DNR Law Enforcement, said, “This program provides an opportunity for Indiana hunters to enjoy the outdoors and provide for fellow citizens in need.”

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Coyotes Are Becoming Wolves, Deadly On Mature Deer, Even Bucks [AllOutdoor.com]

Maine’s coyotes are destined to become a bigger, bolder, more aggressive wolf-like animal, and in time will pose an even greater threat to the state’s white-tailed deer population.

The Eastern coyote has long been recognized by state biologists as a coyote-wolf hybrid, first documented in Maine in the early 1900s. But Roland Kays, a leading researcher of coyote DNA at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, said the Eastern coyote found in Maine is becoming more “wolfy” as natural selection favors the dominant wolf genes that make it a larger, more effective predator than its Western counterpart.

“They will continue to get bigger,” Kays said. “They have more wolf genes than the Western coyote. From an evolution point of view, it’s helping the animal survive better. Those (wolf) genes that make it larger are being passed on. I see no reason that will change.”

The implications could be significant in Maine, where deer hunting is a popular recreational activity and contributes to the state’s economy.


Kays said the Eastern coyote has about 8 percent wolf DNA – and that percentage will increase over time. He cautions that the evolutionary process is not rapid, and that it could take another century for the Eastern coyote to look much different than it does today. But already, the coyote is considered a threat to the most vulnerable deer – and hunters offer anecdotal evidence that coyotes can take down even large, healthy deer.   ct-coyote-hunting-illinois-cruel-edit-0221-20170216

Coyotes are not native to Maine, having arrived from the Western U.S. a century ago. Kays said the hybridization of coyotes and wolves occurred as coyotes migrated east across Canada and the Great Lakes region. Coyotes bred with wolves, resulting in the Eastern coyote, which is as much as 20 pounds heavier than coyotes found in the West. The Eastern coyote has a bigger skull and, more importantly, a wider jaw.

The Western coyote is generally between 20 to 25 pounds, while Eastern coyotes weigh between 30 to 40 pounds. Some have been documented in Maine at 50 pounds.

“Genetic evidence suggests it happened when the wolf population in the Great Lakes was at its lowest point when they were heavily persecuted. So basically some wolf female came into heat and couldn’t find a wolf so bred with the next best thing: a coyote,” Kays said.


“The skull is bigger and especially wider, and what’s interesting about that is that it gives them more room in their jaw muscles. They kill with their mouth so they can take down larger prey.”

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How much do you practice? [AllOutdoor.com]

So you got your new gun and the latest personal defense ammo loaded and ready. During the day you have the gun on your side, at night you have it at your side again, on the nightstand or maybe you bought one of the holster systems that slide between the mattress and box spring. So you practice all these situations?

You need to stand in front of a mirror without ammo, and practice your draw from the concealed holster. You need to practice drawing from the side bed holster, when things can go wrong, this is the time they will. You need to practice AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE! Remember, YOUR life my depend on your skills.

See shooting is a skill that will go away if you don’t practice as much as possible. Practice with a purpose don’t just go and shoot a few rounds and leave, try to get better each time. Take your target home with you, date it and the next time you practice bring that target home and compare the two. This will tell you where you are improving or losing your skill.


Shooting for a class is fine but you can’t just do that and pass, get your permit and expect to grab the pistol for the first time in 6 months, a year or even years later and expect to shoot the same as you did for the class without practice. It don’t work that way, sorry it is a skill that will go away with time if you don’t keep at it.


You can find an indoor range or an outdoor range or even find somewhere out of town that is safe to shoot at but be sure to KNOW WHATS BEHIND YOUR TARGETS/BACKSTOP! You may know someone that has a farm or property they can shoot on and will let you practice there. In fact there are some many different type of targets now you can play card games with shots etc.


You can even get a Rubber Dummie (https://rubberdummies.myshopify.com/ )and set it up with a shirt and hat for more of a real world type of practice. My point is you need to always shoot and always try to improve. Join a gun club if you can and make new friends with like minded interest. Practice and be fun but it should always first be safe and know and follow all the rules of gun safety.

But the bottom line is you NEED TO GET TRIGGER TIME and that is the only thing that will make you better and keep your skills sharp that may one day save your life. I pray you never have to try them but if you do you will be glad you put in the time needed to sharpen your skills.

Stay safe, train as much as possible and I hope to see you out there!


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Nevada: Pro-Gun Bill Eligible for Floor Vote [NRA-ILA News]

Assembly Bill 118, a pro-gun bill which would allow members of the military and those who have received an honorable discharge between 18 and 20 years of age to obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm, was second read by the Senate and is now eligible for a floor vote.  Please contact your state Senator and urge them to support this bill!


Oregon: Anti-Gun Bill Assigned to Committee [NRA-ILA News]

Senate Bill 719A has been assigned to the Committee on Rules, which is chaired by state Representative Jennifer Williamson (D-36).  Representative Williamson was one of the chief sponsors of Senate Bill 941 in 2015, which criminalized private transfers and loans of firearms.  Since the passage of SB 941, Representative Williamson has continued to push the anti-gun agenda of former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg and the gun control group he bankrolls, Everytown for Gun Safety.


Watch: Shattuck “Unique” Hideout Squeeze Pistol [AllOutdoor.com]

In an unintentional (?) pun, Ian notes that “there were a handful of guns of this general style.” Why is it a pun? Because you have to hold this popper almost entirely within your hand and squeeze the little fella to fire it.

This model, made by C.S. Shattuck and dubbed the “Unique,” was made from about 1907-1915, which was during a time when small pistols were beginning to trend towards semi-automatic, thanks to John Browning. Available chamberings were all rimfire: 22, 30, and 32.

As you may notice in the photo above, the manufacturer’s name is misspelled on these pistols Oops!

C.S. Shattuck’s ‘Unique’ squeeze pistol is one of the last of this sort of sightless, underpowered hideout guns. Its core patent was actually filed by Oscar Mossberg, who worked for Shattuck before setting up his own company, which you are much more likely to have heard about today! Mossberg would refine the concept after World War 1 into the Mossberg Brownie, but that is a topic for another day.

This odd little handgun sold for $1035.

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Ohio: Co-Sponsorship Memo Circulating for Self-Defense Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

State Representatives Terry Johnson (R-90) and Sarah LaTourette (R-76) will soon be circulating a co-sponsorship memo for legislation that would modify current law to further protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners across the Buckeye State.


Maine Action Needed: Contact Committee Members in Support of Campus Carry and Self-Defense Legislation! [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the Legislative Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs has scheduled a work session and possible vote on both Legislative Document 1370 and Legislative Document 988.  Both of these bills would enhance law-abiding Mainer’s fundamental right to self-defense.  Please contact the committee members and urge them to SUPPORT both of these measures!  Click the “Take Action” button below to contact the committee members!


Tennessee: General Assembly Adjourns from its 2017 Legislative Session [NRA-ILA News]

The first year of Tennessee’s 110th General Assembly session adjourned today with many pro-gun victories.


.44 Spl Gel Test: Fiocchi 200 gr SJHP [The Firearm Blog]

We test .44 Spl Fiocchi 200 gr semi jacketed hollow point fired from 4.25″ S&W Model 69 Combat Magnum into clear ballistic gel to assess velocity, penetration, expansion, and retained weight. Buy this ammo at Ventura Munitions. Thanks to our sponsors: Ventura Munitions – Retailer of quality ammunition. Proxibid – Thousands Of Guns At Auction On Proxibid […]

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Tankgewehr Rifle vs. WWI Tank – FIGHT! [The Firearm Blog]

The First World War was a nasty conflict. It’s slaughter is something we often fail to comprehend if only on the sheer scale. Working to avoid direct trench assaults, the Entente developed the first tanks, which when employed struck terror into the German troops. Despite being slow, they pondered on through withering fire that no […]

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Illinois: Bill to Close Local Gun Dealers Scheduled for a Hearing [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, May 16th, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 1657, legislation designed to put local gun dealers out of business.


Mec-Gar Goes Full 2nd Amendment on a 1911 Magazine [The Firearm Blog]

I’ve been surprised by the recent spate of niche and sometimes highly polarizing specialty offerings. Don’t get me wrong, in any industry those “moto” items come in spades, but the firearms industry is typically more conservative in their approach. Of note, the Spike’s Crusader comes to mind. Other options include customized AR-15 lowers with special […]

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POTD: Deliberate Or Honest Mistake? [The Firearm Blog]

Saw this on @TheIGMilitia on Instagram. Some comments say that the person in the brown pants is Miami Dade PD. More importantly is the woman holding the yellow mug. Some think she may be prior Marines due to the folded cuff of the T-shirt. But the bigger question is: why is her holster upside down? […]

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Good Cheap Stuff: Three Good Cheap Folding Knives [AllOutdoor.com]

After taking a look at inexpensive fixed blade knives, the ideal beaters for the camp site or backwoods hike, I think we should take a look at rugged folding knives priced at $30 or below. This is pretty harsh price point and each of these knives has some sort of drawback or flaw… but the purpose here is to give you something you can use and learn on, and won’t shed a tear if it breaks or is lost.

If you decide to move up the price scale later on, these are all good enough to keep and rotate in as needed.

CRKT Drifter (full review)


I have written about this before, but even years later I think CRKT Drifter is still the best value in folders. For right around $30 you get a 2.75-inch blade and a G10 handle (skip the framelock version; it’s heavier, slipperier, and more expensive). The steel, 8Cr14MoV, is decent; a very mild step up from 8Cr13MoV. For me, the basics of this knife are great–the thumbstud is good, the blade shape is excellent, the grind (on the four different units I have had) is good, and the pivot fires like a rocket.

Every penny CRKT spent on design and materials was spent wisely. There is a bigger version, but for me the 2.75 inch blade is the sweet spot for folders — big enough to cut an apple, but not so big as to be scary.

The drawbacks are obvious: the clip can only be mounted one way (right hand, tip down), the steel is only okay, and the blade is actually a slight recurve. This recurve shape is just enough to make sharpening more difficult than it should be (especially on a stone) without the aggressive cutting advantages of a pronounced recurve.

San Ren Mu 605 (full review)


Okay, you only have $10. Then just hop on the internet and pick up a San Ren Mu 605.

Like all of the knives here, it’s made in China — and this company has made knives that many feel are too close to other designs — but if you ignore these issues, the 605 is a splendid blade. It’s a pretty surprising package–real G10, amazingly fluid pivot, good handle design with a real finger choil, and 8Cr steel. And if you are careful you can find it for much less than $10, closer to $5.

It’s an itty-bitty knife, smaller, than a Dragonfly 2, but for the size and price nothing else comes close. It even has a decent stamped-steel clip.

The drawbacks, aside from the size and steel, are hard to pinpoint. This might be the best knife in the world dollar-for-dollar. It is leagues better than the garbage sold on Black Friday. Maybe a Big Box will grab a ton of these one day and knife knuts can have a reason to wade out into the craziness. We can all give each other knowing head nods as we purchase three or four of these for stashing around the house, in the car, and at the office.

Kershaw G10 Zing


RJ Martin is one of the best knifemakers and designers on the planet. His custom tacticals are among the most-sought-after of the genre and are renowned for their hard-firing, powerful flipping action. But what most people don’t know is that manufacturers love working with Martin because his production designs are delivered in an almost perfect state and can be taken from digital file to production knife in very little time.

The Chill is a slim, fast-firing flipper that is available for just a few pennies, but I like another budget RJ Martin Kershaw better: The Zing G10.

The Zing was a mid-priced knife with a truly unusual machined blade, which has long since been phased out. But if you have been paying attention, you might have noticed that the Zing was reborn a few years ago as a blackwash knife with G10 handles, an assisted flipper, and a much lower price tag. For $25 you can score this excellent budget design. One word of caution though–it’s a Dick’s Sporting Goods exclusive. If you don’t have a Dick’s near you, you can get it online. And even with shipping, it’s still a good value.

The drawbacks are minimal… the pocket for the torsion bar is in the G10 and that makes the knife a bit fatter than it needs to be (assists, in my opinion, are never worth the hassle, regardless of their impact on the knife’s dimensions) and the steel, like with all of these knives, is pretty meh. I still don’t understand why some of these budget knives don’t opt for 1095. Sure it’s less stain-resistant than 8Cr, but not by much and it is a vastly better steel for holding an edge.

There are real knives available for less than $30. If you know where to go and what to buy, you can get something that you like well enough to keep even after you have upgraded to something nicer.

Some of these blade require a bit of a scavenger hunt, but that will make it all the better when you get one.

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NRA Endorses Karen Handel in Georgia’s 6th District Special Election [NRA-ILA News]

On behalf of our five million members across the country, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is proud to endorse Karen Handel in the special election for U.S. House of Representatives in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.  Based on her strong support for the Second Amendment, Handel has earned an “A” rating from the NRA-PVF .


Texas mom warns home intruder that she's 'locked and loaded' [NRA-ILA News]

Don't mess with a Texas mom or her kids. That's the message a woman in McKinney, Texas hopes to send on Facebook after she caught someone breaking into her house.


Uncle shoots masked suspects during home invasion [NRA-ILA News]

A man came to the rescue when his relatives next door were tied up and assaulted during a home invasion in northeast Houston overnight.


ELEY Releases Lot Analyzer Tool & Reintroduces New Standard 22 Ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

ELEY Ammunition, known for their fantastic rimfire loadings, is on the march to make more loadings and those that exist even better. ELEY has announced the release of their “Standard” 22 ammunition and their Lot Analyzer tool. Many of the competitive rimfire shooters I know have often bought 1’000s of rounds from individual lots of competitive […]

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My ‘Made-to-Order’ Buck [AllOutdoor.com]

Some hunts are destined to happen in a certain way, and I can’t help but think this one was meant to be.

I’d been hunting whitetail deer in middle Georgia for a few days and had seen a number of smaller bucks, but nothing that I’d call a shooter. Then came a dry spell due to crazy high winds and a bunch of weekend hunters… but come Monday, the wind disappeared along with the weekenders, leaving us with a peaceful forest to hunt.

Monday morning’s hunt didn’t even show me an animal, but one of the first thing a hunter learns is that it only takes a second for things to change in a big way, so I kept up my faith.

Taking a Camera’s Hint on Where to Hunt

On that same morning, my friend Richard retrieved the SD card from one of his game cameras, and it had a pile of pictures of deer. As near as we could tell, we had photographic evidence of eight does and nine bucks with racks. It was hard to tell some of the bucks apart, but we determined there were no fewer than 6 or 7 rack bucks in the mix.

Most of them failed to impress, but there was one that caught our eyes. As near as we could tell he only had 7 points, but we thought his rack looked tall and heavy. And that afternoon, I headed to that food plot with a pop-up blind and some other gear.

Another photo of the buck that made us sit up and take notice. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Another photo of the buck that made us sit up and take notice. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I found a nice spot for the blind, where I could set it up with some light brush between it and the plot, but still be able to see most of the plot. I prepared a spot by clearing away some leaves and thinning the brush a little, and while that was going on a heard some commotion in the woods to my right. It was too thick for me to see anything over there, so I got back to setting things up while staying as quiet as I possibly could.

By 2:39 PM, I was sitting comfortably on a folding chair inside my blind with my rifle propped up on my Bipod Shooting Sticks, awaiting the arrival of the trail-cam 7-point — or a bigger buck.

Making the Connection

Confidence is a huge part of hunting, and mine was high. The pictures of the buck I was after were four days old, but this plot was popular with bucks… probably because it was one of the only plots without a permanent stand. I felt good about my chances.

I got myself a snack from my pack just after 3:00 and soon thereafter I spotted movement at the edge of the plot. I could instantly tell it was a deer, and less than a second later I knew it was a rack buck.

The buck moved more into view, and I wasn’t terribly impressed with its size… then it turned its head and I recognized it. This was THE BUCK that I had come there to hunt! After less than 30 minutes hunting the plot, he had arrived.

The rifle’s forearm was already propped at a good height. As I raised the butt to my shoulder while positioning my eye behind the scope, the buck turned its head my way; clearly, it was suspicious of me.

The buck began to walk. It was traveling broadside, going right to left at close range. I felt he might bolt at any moment. As quickly as I could get find him in the scope, I set the crosshairs just in front of the sweet spot and let him walk into it.

As his vitals became aligned with my crosshairs, I let him have it with Little Lotta, a Savage 110 rifle that I had rebarreled to 338-06. The gun barked and the buck ran, disappearing quickly into thick woods on the other side of the food plot. I heard some crashing and thrashing in the brush and knew he had gone down.


Tracking Him Down

At less than 30 yards, I knew I had made a good shot… but whenever an animal leaves my sight after a shot, I become edgy. I wanted to run out there to look for him, but forced myself to slow down, just in case the deer needed some time to die. So I recorded the time (3:03) in my notes, gathered some gear, and slowly walked out into the plot to track him down.

I tried to find the spot where he’d stood when I shot him, and couldn’t. There was neither blood nor hair nor deep hoofmarks to indicate where the buck had been at the time of the shot. No worries; this wasn’t my first rodeo and I’d had this happen before. I moved in the direction the deer had gone, to the edge of the plot.

I located some fresh, deep tracks at the field’s edge and knew that was probably my buck, so I followed them. This was easier said than done because the brush was low, thick, and thorny, but I moved in as quietly as possible, scanning the ground ahead for blood, hair… or my deer.

While I hunkered low to pass below a thorn branch, I spotted some fresh blood on a leaf — and it hadn’t dripped or splashed onto that leaf. Instead, it was smeared on as if the buck had fallen there and gotten back up, having blotted the leaf with blood.

Close ahead, there was a low berm. I looked over it, and there lay my buck.

The buck must have launched itself over the berm with some force, and may have even died in mid-air. Its antlers hit a small tree and become hooked on it as the deer’s body swung off to one side.

My made-to-order buck, right where he died with his antlers around a tree. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

My made-to-order buck, right where he died with his antlers around a tree. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

He had clearly died within second of being hit, and his final resting place turned out to be appropriate because his antler bases were covered with shredded bark; apparently that racket I had heard while setting up my blind was him rubbing his antlers in the woods.

The reason he didn’t leave a blood trail? No blood pressure! The 200-grain hand-loaded Nosler bullet just about erased his heart.

He weighed in at 160 pounds, which isn’t bad at all for such a young buck.

In spite of our admiration of his antlers in the game cam photos, they turned out to be a bit on the small side — because yeah, he was young. Live and learn! But he definitely turned out to the “the one” from the photos, which made this hunt 100% unique for me: I went hunting for one particular buck — and found him in short order. Or maybe he found me…

Either way, I love my made-to-order buck and the story that goes with him.

My buck and me at the skinning shed. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

My buck and me at the skinning shed. (Photo © Russ Chastain)


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Browning Goes for the Full Rack With New Buck Mark Handguns [The Firearm Blog]

Putting more pressure on the competition, Browning has released multiple new Buck Mark handguns to the market. The new releases cover a large swatch of niches including lightweight models and various additions to the Buck Mark Plus line up. Like all the previous Buck Mark handguns, the new Buck Mark handguns are made in the USA […]

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Florida: Bloomberg Groups Falsely Claim Credit for "Defeating" Second Amendment Bills [NRA-ILA News]

In a celebratory email blast yesterday, NY Mayor Bloomberg's anti-gun groups, Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safetyfalsely took credit for "defeating" pro-gun bills in Florida.


Can the 380 Really be a “Super Stopper? [AllOutdoor.com]

I recently received a press release claiming that a new round with a nasty-looking copper bullet “turns the 380 ACP into Major Fight Stopper.”

Naturally, I have my doubts.

The ammo is from G2 Research, which is already known for creating ammo with unusual bullet designs, including the RIP (Radically Invasive Projectile) (see range test here).

G2’s Civic Duty line of ammo includes 380 ACP, 9mm Luger, and 45 ACP; it’s the company’s claims for the 380 ammo that caught my eye… especially when they said their ammo “turns the 380 ACP into a serious fight stopper.”

G2 Research’s new high-efficiency 380 ACP Civic Duty self-defense round changes the game. The pure copper, 69-grain, light weight low recoil, specialized CNC-machined bullet moves at 1,250 FPS, then on impact instantly expands into six (6) big flesh-cutting copper petals almost one (1) inch in diameter — transforming the 380 into a truly fast fight stopper.

Hmmmm. 69 grains ain’t much bullet…

The 380 is seen by many as the red-headed stepchild of the full power 9mm, even though, at self-defense ranges, the 380 performs comparably to the 9mm. Generally, the 380’s lighter bullet and 100-250 fps velocity drop (depending on the loads) has been the major stumbling point for many. Well, not anymore!

Well, I suppose I differ from the crowd in that I personally consider the 9mm Luger a bit underpowered, and can’t imagine relying on a 380, aka 9mm kurz (kurz = short), for self-defense. But if you have a 380 and need to stoke it with mean ammo, this new round might be for you.

The all-new Civic Duty 380 ACP round creates 9mm stopping power in a smaller, lower-recoil package, with the added benefit that its design:

– reduces the possibility of through and through shots that can harm bystanders;
– increases the chance that all the bullet energy stays inside the target; and
– lower recoil allows for faster, more accurate followup shots (if necessary!)

These bullets look nasty, and the description makes them sound even meaner:

The sharp, flesh-cutting bullet petals cause more impact pain and create large temporary and permanent wound channels, all of which adds to its fight-stopping capabilities.

Manufacturer Specs

  • Caliber: 380 ACP
  • Bullet weight: 69 grains
  • Velocity: 1,250 fps
  • MSRP: $40.99 box of 20

They’d better be good at more than $2 per round! But no matter what you think of the 380, I sure as heck don’t want to be hit by one of these.

What do you think? 69-grain man-stopper, or gimmick?

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Buy a VEPR, Get $200 in Cash & Gear [AllOutdoor.com]

Looking for a VEPR 12 AK-style shotgun? Well, you might want to look into this promotion from FIME Group. They say you can get $200 if buy any of their VEPR 12 shotguns during the the month of May, 2017.

It’s being treated like a rebate; after you buy a FIME Group VEPR, you go online to the rebate page and go through the process by June 15, 2017. When you’re done, just sit back and twiddle your thumbs for up to 4 weeks, until you receive a $50 Visa gift card and four 5-round magazines for your new scattergun.

Terms and Conditions
Valid May 1, 2017 through May 31, 2017. Rebate must be submitted by June 15, 2017 in order to be valid. Rebate applies to all FIME Group Vepr 12 model purchases. Only valid in the United States. All steps must be completed in order to redeem this promotion. Rebate applies to end user purchases; excludes resellers and distributors of firearms, and any groups, organizations, businesses, or government agencies. Please allow up to 4 weeks for fulfillment. FIME Group reserves the right to discontinue or change this promotion at any time. Rebate cards and magazines may ship separately. Offer cannot be combined with any other FIME Group promotion. Void where prohibited by law or otherwise restricted. Subject to tax as applicable.

(I’m not endorsing these guns or this company, just passing on some info that might help you save a few bucks.)

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Preppers: Three Underrated Food Crops [AllOutdoor.com]

In a previous article we talked about overrated food crops.  Now let’s take a few minutes and talk about underrated crops.  These are crops that are often overlooked in favor of more popular food items.

Let’s define the parameters for this topic.

  • Must be easy to grow.
  • Can be eaten at anytime – we do not have to wait for anything to ripen.
  • Can be grown with limited space.


Radish seeds are one of the best crops a prepper can stockpile seeds for.

Under normal conditions, the radish will be grown and ready to eat in about a month, plus or minus a few days.  Everything from the green tops to the root can be eaten, so nothing goes to waste.

Seeds are very small.  This means they can be stockpiled in great quantity and take up little room.

Radishes contain:

  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorus
  • Calcium
  • Folate

Radishes can be eaten cooked or raw.  Sprouts can be eaten when they are just a couple of inches long.

Several years ago I grew radishes in tubs on the deck of my house.


This can be grown in a pot on the front porch.  When you want some, cut the leaves from the stem with a pair of scissors.

Spinach, an important survivalist food crop

Spinach contains:

  • Potassium
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin K
  • Folate

There is a reason why your mother tried to get you to eat your spinach.

It can be eaten raw or cooked, I prefer raw.


Up until now we have talked about a certain type of plant.  Let’s open this up to all kinds of peppers.



  • Banana
  • Bell
  • Cayenne
  • Chili
  • Habanero
  • Jalapeno, just to name a few.

Peppers can be dried and ground for seasoning, eaten raw or pickled.

Peppers contain:

  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin C
  • Folate
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K

My kids used to eat the immature peppers off the plants I had growing in the backyard. They thought it was fun, until one of them bit into a full grown Jalapeno.

Using peppers for seasoning could be important for fighting food fatigue.

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N.Y. Senators Urge Tighter Gun Controls [NRA-ILA News]

New York Senate Democrats are doubling down in their efforts to counter the Trump administration by proposing tighter state gun control laws.


More black women turning to guns for self-defense [NRA-ILA News]

Firearms instructors are reporting an increase in the number of black women learning how to use guns in self-defense courses around the country -- and the reasons are varied.


Nevada: Proposed ban on guns in libraries irks 2nd Amendment supporters [NRA-ILA News]

Senate Bill 115 would prohibit the possession of firearms in public libraries without written permission. The Assembly Judiciary Committee heard the bill Tuesday, but took no immediate action.


Times Free Press [NRA-ILA News]

Legislation making it easier for gun-rights groups and others to challenge "gun-free zones" on locally owned government property including parks, public buses and auditoriums is on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam for his consideration.


Colt (Re)Releases Wheelguns with the Double-Action Cobra Revolver [The Firearm Blog]

With well-known 1911 manufacturers like Kimber getting into and now colt re-entering the wheel gun market, one might claim that it is the year of the revolver. Yes, new 1911 and other semi-auto models continue to make an appearance, the new six-shooters have been welcome appearances for those bemoaning the plastic wunderkunds. The rumor mill […]

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SA80 History: XL60 Series in 4.85mm [Forgotten Weapons]

Armament Research Services (ARES) is a specialist technical intelligence consultancy, offering expertise and analysis to a range of government and non-government entities in the arms and munitions field. For detailed photos of the guns in this video, don’t miss the ARES companion blog post!

Once the basic configuration of the new British rifle was determined, the next step was to build a series of prototypes. The design that took form was basically a bullpup copy of the Armalite AR-18. The design team at Enfield were mostly senior draftsmen, with virtually no firearms experience among them. To make things worse, most of the design team was regularly rotated onto other projects, preventing them from developing any project experience on the rifle.

Several prototype batches were made (typically of a dozen guns each, both IWs and LSWs), all in the unique British 4.85x49mm cartridge, with a variety of different feature sets. Through the different patterns, configurations would change on the safety (push button vs lever) fire selector (push button vs lever), and magazine catch (straight-in side lever vs rock-in side lever vs rock-in rear paddle). At this time, plans still existed to make both left- and right-handed versions of the final gun, so prototypes of both were manufactured.

Because cost-cutting measures had not yet been forced on the project, these XL-60 series guns were generally reliable, at least in normal conditions. They are quite comfortable to fire, with a cartridge very similar to the 5.56mm NATO in practical terms. There is nothing particularly wrong with that cartridge, but it would be dropped when it lost NATO trials to the Belgian SS109…but we will address that in the next episode of the SA80 history.


Faxon Offers New 10.5″ Pencil Barrels for Your AR [The Firearm Blog]

Faxon BarrelAlthough the ARAK-21 caught the shooting public’s attention, it is the barrels from Faxon Firearms that have seem to have generated the company a lot of positive press in recent years. The latest addition to its barrel line is the sub one pound 10.5″ pencil barrel. This new 5.56 NATO barrel is made completely in house […]

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Mark Serbu Shoots RN-50 Rifle Chambered in .50 Spotter-Tracer [The Firearm Blog]

Mark Serbu, the owner of Serbu Firearms, has released a video where he shoots an RN-50 rifle chambered in rather unusual .50 Spotter-Tracer caliber. This cartridge looks like a shortened wildcat based on .50 BMG. However, it is actually a military cartridge used in M8C spotting rifle. The latter is a coaxial rifle chambered in .50 […]

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Marines Get M2A1 HMGs [The Firearm Blog]

Marine Corps Systems Command has finally pushed .50 Caliber M2A1 Browning Heavy Machine Guns out to the Fleet and to Training Command throughout the Marine Corps. 3,600 M2A1s are within this fielding, primarily going to Infantry battalions in the Fleet and Reserves, Training Command, and “Infantry-like units”. Currently, SysCom is in the second phase of fielding, having […]

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SIG SAUER’s New Optics: Juliet4, Romeo5X [The Firearm Blog]

SIG Juliet4SIG SAUER continues to push its optics line forward with regular introductions. The new gear the company has introduced spans a wide range of price points and niches, offering something for most shooters. Now the company has three new products: the Juliet4, Romeo5X and Romeo5XDR. Juliet4 The Juliet4 is a 4x magnifier that is designed […]

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Bushnell’s Engage Optics Line [The Firearm Blog]

BushnellBushnell recently introduced a new line of optics. Called the Engage line, this new line includes both rifle scopes and binoculars that are designed for hunters and other shooters who spend time outdoors. According to the company, the new line is designed to provide “world-class performance” and to “completely dominate the elements.” Both the scopes and […]

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Tuesday, 09 May


Tennessee: General Assembly Passes Major Pro-Gun Bills [NRA-ILA News]

Tuesday night, the Tennessee General Assembly passed multiple NRA-backed pro-gun bills.  These bills will now be sent to the desk of Governor Bill Haslam for his consideration and your NRA ILA will keep you updated throughout the process.


KeyMod Sucks – Now With More Proof! [The Firearm Blog]

KeyMod sucks and now there is proof thanks to the folks over at NSWC-Crane. In this episode of TFBTV, Patrick breaks down the recently released data compiled during tests performed at Crane at the request of USSOCOM that proves that MLOK is superior to KeyMod in just about every measurable way once and for all. […]

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Hunter’s First Buck is a Massive “Freak of Nature” [AllOutdoor.com]

This Oklahoma hunter’s first whitetail buck reportedly turned out to be an amazing creature, the likes of which is rarely seen by ANY deer hunter. And there’s not much chance that he will ever kill a bigger trophy.

The buck was killed in Oklahoma County, OK by 36-year-old Brad Julian Jr. And after being measured a couple different times, the final Boone & Crockett score is 223 gross, 216-1/8 net.

While that’s not a record — not even a state record — it is astounding that such massive antlers were formed on a 3×3 frame. Heck, just the skull and antlers, in the form of a European mount, weigh 12.5 pounds!

Julian, 36, a heating and air technician, shot the buck off a few acres of family land near Jones during the second weekend of the gun season.

Julian said he had photos of the buck for the past five years from his trail cameras, but wondered if he would ever get a chance to harvest it because it was so nocturnal.

‘I knew he was special from the moment I saw him,’ Julian said. ‘He’s my dream.’

Hunting out of a pop-up blind on top of a camouflaged travel-trailer, Julian shot a buck that had been trailing a doe that morning.

He wasn’t aware when he pulled the trigger on his 6.5 Creedmoor rifle that the buck was the same monster deer that had been eating his corn and food plots for the past five years.

‘I shed a tear when I walked up on him and saw how massive he was,’ Julian said. ‘He’s a freak of nature.’

After starting out with a buck like this, he probably won’t ever get a bigger one… but that doesn’t mean he should stop trying. As my father used to say, “I’m a trophy hunter… but I’m not all that particular about my trophies.”

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Remington’s New HTP Copper Rifle Ammo [The Firearm Blog]

Remington HTP CopperRemington Arms Company announced it was adding a new line of hunting ammunition to its catalog: the HTP Copper. As one might expect from the name, these new rounds will use a copper projectile. Specifically, the company will use the Barnes Bullets TSX bullet. (Barnes and Remington both part of the Freedom Group, a firearms related […]

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Watch: Suppressed OSS M3 Grease Gun and “Bushmaster” Booby Trap [AllOutdoor.com]

The M3 “Grease Gun” is a small, cheaply-made submachinegun that was used during World War 2. It’s not great in any way, but it is definitely noteworthy.

And this one is, shall we say, special. It includes a silencer developed specifically for the M3 and issued by the OSS (Office of Strategic Services, which later became the CIA).

This particular example has an excellent provenance, having been provided by OSS to a European resistance fighter for a specific mission right at the end of WW2.

The silencer used wire mesh inside rather than individual baffles. Interesting!


We also get to see a device that’s known as a Bushmaster, which pretty much turns any M3 into a booby trap by allowing it to be fired via a trip-wire. These things are simple and clever at the same time. and we get a good look at how this one works.



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Belarusian Optics In Use By SAA Forces [The Firearm Blog]

Recent photographic evidence has shown that Assad’s Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is equipped with DNS-1 Day & Night Vision Sights from the Belarusian company “Belarusian Optical & Mechanical Association”. These optics have been seen mounted on both AK74Ms and PKMs using a Picatinny rail on a standard Kalashnikov optic mounting platform in use on many […]

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Watch: S&W M&P 2.0 Reliability Test [AllOutdoor.com]

The Military Arms channel has a gauntlet test where the handgun is cycled through water, sand, dirt and finally mud. In this video, they put the S&W M&P 2.0 through a series of test.

On the first run through the gauntlet, the handgun is rinsed off with water between stages. During the second stage, the handgun is not rinsed off.

The first generation S&W M&P Military Arms channel put through the gauntlet did not do well. The striker channel hydro-locked and the handgun did not fire after being submerged in water.  After the hydro-lock, there were several other failures.

Let’s see if the M&P 2.0 does any better than the first generation.

Overall, I was surprised to see how well the S&W M&P 2.0 did during the gauntlet test. The malfunctions appeared easy to clear and the handgun kept shooting. This was probably one of the better gauntlet results I have seen,

However, after the test were over and the handgun was rinsed off, the handgun did not start functioning. I suspect that after a few more thousand rounds the handgun will loosen up and simply washing it off with water would get it back in the game.

It seems S&W brought out their A game with 2.0.

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POTD: STGW57 aka SIG SG510 [The Firearm Blog]

The STGW57 was the standard issued rifle for the Swiss Military Service from 1957 to 1990. It is a select fire rifle chambered in the same cartridge as this rifles predecessor, the K31. The SIG SG510 was chambered in 7.62×51. Along with sharing the same cartridge as the K31, you will notice the STGW57 has […]

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AK-47 Safety Selector Lever for an AR-15 ? [The Firearm Blog]

Yes, a company called BRDC has made a prototype of an AK-47 style safety selector lever for AR-15 rifles. And it is not a “just for fun” project. It is an actual product that is being tested right now and will be available soon. This safety selector is called PROS System. PROS stands for Positive Reaction Obstructive […]

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It Isn't Just CSGV Who Are Ghouls [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I would like to say that the only ones posting negative things about Bob Owens and how he died at his own hand were the gun prohibitionists. Don't get me wrong, CSGV and their followers are spewing their nonsense as Miguel makes clear. However, I can't say that.

A splinter group called California Right to Carry which advocates for open carry posted a nasty and vicious take on Bob's suicide.

The ignorance and viciousness shown in this post just disgusts me. That's all that needs to be said.

The position of the Catholic Church that the author posits is one from another time. Actually, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, while acknowledging that suicide is contrary to the love of self and to the love of God, states that allowances are made for "psychological disturbances" and "anguish". Moreover, it goes on to state that we should not "despair of the eternal salvation of persons who have taken their own lives. By ways known to him alone, God can provide the opportunity for salutary repentance. the Church prays for persons who have taken their own lives." (Sections 2280 through 2283)


Hate Being X-Rayed? Show the TSA the 4th Amendment. [AllOutdoor.com]

So you’re in the airport getting X-rayed by the %$#&%$ TSA, and you want to make a statement. Well, here’s one way to get that done. It’s underwear printed with the Fourth Amendment in metallic ink, so it will show up on TSA X-rays in those full body scanners.


Ironically, the only way these items can be seen is when the wearer submits to unconstitutional intrusions on his or her privacy.

Let them know they’re spying at the privates of a private citizen.

The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, meant to prevent unwarranted search and seizure, is readable on TSA body scanners.

Get it on a T-shirt or even on a pair of skivvies… guaranteed to make those TSA pervs zoom in on your junk.


Ladies aren’t left out; they can get bra & panties that tell the same story: “We know you’re looking, and it sucks.”

I don’t know what the prices are/were for these things, because they’re currently listed as “Sold Out” on the website.

And, knowing the types of goons which the TSA employs all too often, this might just trigger a more intimate pat-down… just to prove they have too much power and are willing to use it.

What a world.

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Woman rushed from bedroom with gun blazing [NRA-ILA News]

Two alleged robbers who were pretending to sell guns door-to-door met their match at a Lincolnton home Saturday afternoon, when a woman emerged from a bedroom firing a gun of her own. Within seconds, one of the suspects, 51-year-old Marion Palmer Yarborough, was dead and the second was on the run, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office told the Gaston Gazette. The gun-toting woman was not identified and investigators told the Gazette they believe she likely won’t be charged, because it was a matter of self-defense.


Magpul’s Recent Product Commercials [The Firearm Blog]

Magpul has been knocking it out of the park with their recent products. To top them off they came up with some really great commercials.   Here is their commercial for the Hunter American. It is 200% American lol.   And there is their GL Enhanced magwell commercial.   Magpul is making these commercials all […]

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Watch: Two-Gun-Wielding Musician Plays Classical Music With Pistols [AllOutdoor.com]

So you like guns, and you like music. Oh, and you can shoot quickly and accurately with both of your hands, without actually having to aim.

So why not bring them all together in a magnificently Russian way?

That’s exactly what this bewhiskered pistol-wielding fellow does, with the accompaniment of some other musicians (and occasionally, singers).

From Beethoven to “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” this guy knows his poppers AND his music… and he rarely misses a beat with either one.

You owe it to yourself to watch this!

This next one is shorter, newer, and maybe even better. I certainly got a kick out of his assistant changing mags for him while he stood at attention. And you can tell the string quartet guys are also having a blast…

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Save 10% on Lee Reloading Products [AllOutdoor.com]

When I saw this post on MidwayUSA’s Facebook feed, I knew I had to share it with y’all. They’ve got Lee Precision reloading products discounted 10% through the month of May 2017.

Here’s a link to the sale page.

Lee has a solid and well-earned reputation for making reloading tools that are simple and useful — and priced well below the competition. Sure, sometimes I’ll find another brand of tool that works better for a particular task (my reloading gear is a mixture of Dillon, Lyman, Redding, RCBS, Lee, and Forster)… but when it comes to loading products that work and don’t cost a lot, Lee is at or near the top of the heap.

From the super-simple Lee Loader (watch Richard Lee prep and load a round of rifle ammo in about 40 seconds here) to the Lee Pro 1000 progressive press, you can get most any kind of loading tool from Lee.

Anyhow, I hope this helps you find a good deal on some Lee reloading gear.

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Guns for bail? Baltimore City Council considers it [NRA-ILA News]

Trevor Brooks, a convicted murderer who attended a Silicon Valley entrepreneurship program after getting out of prison, has an idea he thinks could reduce the rate of gun violence in Baltimore: Let people use an app to turn in guns and make bail.


Court Upholds Police Refusal to Let Hawaii Man Own Firearms [NRA-ILA News]

A federal appeals court has upheld the Honolulu Police Department's refusal to let a man who had been convicted of misdemeanor harassment own firearms.


67 Guns Stolen From Truck At Academy [AllOutdoor.com]

Reminder that criminals do not care about gun laws. If a criminal can not buy a firearm, they will steal it.

Rather than making it difficult for law abiding citizens to obtain a firearm, maybe the anti-gun establishment should pass stricter laws for people who steal guns?

The driver of an 18-wheeler parked behind an Academy in Olive Branch, Mississippi, then went to sleep in his truck. The next morning he woke up and discovered that his truck had been broken into.

Olive Branch Police Chief, Don Gammage, said the truck driver parked in the back of the store Sunday night.

“He got up this morning around 6:00am and discovered that his trailer had been broken into,” said Gammage.

Chief Gammage said two of the guns were high power assault rifles, several were shotguns and the rest were handguns.

Chief Gammage said it’s still too early in the investigation to say this is an inside job but said detectives are questioning employees and the driver adding, “We have no reason right now to believe that he was involved in anything but this is still an ongoing investigation.”

I would like to know what kind of “high powered assault rifles” Academy Sports and Outdoors is selling? The last time I went into Academy in either Port Arthur or Beaumont Texas, there were no assault rifles for sale. All the store had was the AR-15, AK-47 and the Ruger mini-14. None of which are either “high powered” or “assault rifles.”

Was the National Firearms Act of 1934 repealed so everyone can buy a fully automatic or selective fire rifle? If so, I need to go to Academy and get one of those “high powered assault rifles.”  Maye law enforcement should be more careful of the terms they use so they do not spread fear and misinformation.


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Oklahoma: Senate Could Soon Consider Pro-Gun Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

As early as tomorrow, the Oklahoma Senate could vote to consider an amended version of Senate Bill 397.


Preppers: Three Overrated Crops [AllOutdoor.com]

In a world without pesticides or commercial fertilizer, there may be certain crops preppers may want to reconsider.  We are not talking about excluding, but rather recognizing that there are issues with certain types of crops.

Some people may say, “Well Kevin, it means we do organic gardening.”  Yes, that is very true.

However, how many people understand the nutrition requirements of certain types of crops?  What types of nutrients do corn, tomatoes and cucumbers need?  On top of that, what kinds of crops are least and most affected by pests?

This article is directed towards members of the prepping community who have very little knowledge about gardening.


For the beginner gardener, this is probably the most overrated seed preppers can stockpile.

Nitrogen requirements are very high and all kinds of pests will feast on the ears.  Just before harvest, raccoons will bend the stalks over and will devour your corn crop.  What raccoons do not eat, worms will.

First thing people are going to say is, “Corn is part of the three sisters that Native Americans grew.”  There is a difference in the majority of corn we grow today, and corn that was grown by native tribes hundreds of years ago.

  • Field corn – What your grand parents raised.  Not a hybrid or GMO, seeds can be saved.  Currently, most field corn is raised for livestock feed. Examples include: Yellow Dent, Trucker’s Favorite and various types of Native American heirloom corn.
  • Sweet corn – Hybrid or GMO, seeds can not be saved.  Sweet corn tastes better than field corn.  Examples include: G90 and Bodacious. If the seed name has a number, is is probably a hybrid or GMO.

If you want to stockpile corn seed (which I do), until you have a clear understanding of different types of corn, I would suggest sticking with heirloom and Indian corn.  Only after you have a clear understanding of cross-pollination, nutrition requirements and hybridization, then dabble in growing hybrid sweet corn.


This will probably catch a lot of flack, but here goes.  One of the riskiest crops someone can grow, besides corn, is tomatoes.

When summer arrives, numerous bugs will feast on the juice inside the tomato.  The thin skin of the tomato will make them prime targets for stinging pests.

Rotten tomato

Worms such as the horned tomato worm can devour all the leaves on a plant in a day.

An organic pesticide that I use on my tomatoes is tobacco.  Place some tobacco into a sock, submerge the sock into the water inside a pump sprayer, let sit overnight and the water should be a brown color.  Remove the sock and spray the plants with the tobacco / water solution.

Seeds have to be started at just the right time so the plants are producing before the summer heat is in full swing.  Once the summer heat arrives, tomato plants have a habit of dying.

My seed stockpile includes tomatoes.  I see no reason to exclude them from a well rounded stockpile.  Let’s recognize they may be difficult for beginner gardeners to grow from seed.


Probably the most useless crop a prepper can have.

During a long term collapse of society, we should focus on crops that have calories and nutrients, cucumbers have neither.  Cucumbers are almost devoid of nutrients and calories.


For cucumbers to make their nice round shape, they need a lot of nitrogen, nitrogen that would be better served on crops that have nutrients and calories.

Their roots are close to the top of the soil.  This means any extended period without water will affect the plants. In other words, they have a high water requirement.

Sure enough someone is going to say, “What about my pickles?”  What about them?

The only thing cucumbers would be good for is fighting food fatigue.

Balanced Crops

It is one thing to stockpile seeds, it is another thing to know the fine details about various crops.

Take time to do some organic gardening.  Plant some seeds in the backyard without fertilizer and see what happens.  Then do research into what fertilizer does to the plant.  Learn what the numbers on fertilizer stand for. Take a plant that is growing, add some manure, potash, bone meal and see what happens.

Above all else, do not be afraid to fail.

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Soviet AO-63 Experimental Double-Barreled Assault Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

I was planning to write about this firearm in the near future but it always was the last one in the list of such firearms (rare, experimental Soviet/Russian guns) to write an in-depth article about. And the reason is the extremely scarce information available about this firearm. This gun is literally something mysterious. However, recently […]

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Volunteers Needed For GRNC Booth In Asheville [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The Asheville Gun Show will be this coming weekend at the WNC Ag Center in Fletcher. Volunteers are needed to work the Grass Roots North Carolina booth.


Volunteers are needed to help man the GRNC table at the upcoming MK Shows, in Fletcher, on May 13th and 14th, 2017. The show will be held at the WNC Agricultural Center, located at 1301 Fanning Bridge Rd., Fletcher, NC 28732.

Help defend Second Amendment freedom and join GRNC in expanding North Carolina gun rights!

Potential Volunteers should contact John Hammond by email at johndhammond@msn.com or by phone at 828-699-3117.
No experience is needed - only a desire to advance gun rights in the state of North Carolina!


Suppressed OSS M3 Grease Gun and Bushmaster Booby Trap Trigger [Forgotten Weapons]

Today, we have a chance to take a look at a suppressed M3 “Grease Gun”, as purchased and issued by the Office of Strategic Services (the OSS; predecessor to the CIA). Thanks to its readily removable barrel, the M3 (and M3A1) submachine gun was an easy gun to adapt to use with a suppressor (or as it was called at the time, a silencer). During World War 2, such a unit was developed for clandestine use by OSS and British SOE agents in occupied Europe, and they would see use for many decades in all manner of conflicts.

The suppressor itself is quite different than modern designs, being a two-part device using tight wire mesh instead of baffles. The barrel itself is heavily perforated, and extends only through the large diameter section of the suppressor. Around it is wrapped a large roll of wire mesh, which acts as an expansion chamber to slow down the exit of gas from the muzzle. The smaller front section of the unit is filled with small discs of the same wire mesh, similar to wipes but made of mesh.

Allegedly, the suppressor was effective enough to reduce the noise of the gunshots below the level of the action cycling, which is all that one can reasonable want from a suppressor. This particular example has an excellent provenance, having been provided by OSS to a European resistance fighter for a specific mission right at the end of WW2.

In addition, we also have a piece of the OSS sneaky tricks catalog to see. Specifically, a “Bushmaster” remote trigger mechanism to allow the M3 (silenced or otherwise) to be made into an autonomous booby trap in conjunction with a time delay, tripwire, or other triggering device.

Many thanks to the anonymous collector who let me take a look at this piece and bring you a video on it!


In Memory Of A Friend Who Died Today [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I had a friend who posted a somewhat strange message on Facebook earlier today. I saw it at the time and just thought it a bit unusual. Within the last hour I found out that he had taken his own life sometime after that post. All I can feel is immense sadness that he felt this was the only way out of whatever was plaguing his soul.

What came to mind when I found out was this excerpt from John Donne's Meditation XVII.

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.

I am diminished.

UPDATE: The friend in question was Bob Owens who was the editor of BearingArms.com. He was found dead shortly after he posted the Facebook message I referred to above. I didn't want mention his name before it really became public knowledge.

I was a longtime reader of Bob's from his Confederate Yankee blog days and was excited for him when he was named editor of BearingArms.com. I first met Bob at the Lucky Gunner Bloggershoot in 2011 and would always see him at the NRA Annual Meeting. I spoke to him a few times over the weekend at the recent NRA Annual Meeting in Atlanta and he seemed like the Bob I had known for years. Reading what others have written and especially that of Jenn Jacques, I get the impression that whatever was plaguing Bob's soul was well hidden.

Pray for Bob's family and especially for his wife and daughters. They will need all of God's love to get through this tragic period.

Andrew Branca has mentioned setting up a college fund for Bob's daughters. When I know more about that, I will post about it.

If you feel that suicide is the only way out, reach out for help. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline number is 1-800-273-8255. Alternatively, email or message me. I'm not a trained psychologist but I am a good listener.

UPDATE II: A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for Bob's widow and daughters.


First Orders of AIF HK416F Rifles Delivered to French Army [The Firearm Blog]

The French government has received the first production units of the Heckler & Koch HK416F as part of its long awaited Arme Individuelle du Futur (Future Individual Weapon). According to the French government Ministry of Defence website, the first 400 HK416F rifles were received by the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) on May 3rd. The rifles […]

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Leupold Debuts the LTO QUEST Improving their Thermal Imaging Technology [The Firearm Blog]

LTO QuestLeupold surprised lots of people in the shooting sports industry when they introduced their 1st thermal optic last October. Now they have an improved model with more functionality. The LTO Quest integrates a flashlight, thermal imager, and camera all into one unit. The new Leupold LTO-Quest is an advanced thermal imaging viewer and camera with […]

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3D Castings of Wound Cavities by AmVIEWnition [The Firearm Blog]

A company called AmVIEWnition makes 3D castings of wound channels of different handgun cartridges. These cast wound channels are called “3D Solo Blast”. These are intended for educational purposes to better understand the terminal ballistics of different projectiles. Not only these castings show the effect of bullets on bare body, but also the terminal performance of […]

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US Army Names First Unit to Receive M17 Modular Handgun System – 101st Airborne [The Firearm Blog]

The US Army has released the name of the unit which will be the first to receive the new M17 Modular Handgun System pistols produced by SIG Sauer, and that is none other than the legendary “tip of the spear”, the 101st Airborne stationed at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. Soldier Systems posted an article detailing the announcement, […]

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Conceal Carry in Plain Sight With The Pistol Mask [The Firearm Blog]

Remember the EAA Abdo Conceal Carry Rig post from a few years back? It was that conceal carry holster that looked like a smartphone on your belt, well here’s another product with the same idea that’s way more awesome. It’s called the Pistol Mask, because it’s a mask for your pistol. The front panel is […]

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Monday, 08 May


Bob Owens, My Friend, May You Rest In Peace [The Firearm Blog]

Earlier today I found out that Bob Owens, a friend and my counterpart at BearingArms.com, passed away. Bob was a good, kind man, who I had a lot of respect for and valued highly. We both started writing about firearms at around the same time. Bob and his Co-Editor, Jenn Jacques, built up BearingArms.com into the forminable […]

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Rob Quist Supports Gun Control [NRA-ILA News]

Montanans know when politicians are talking out of both sides of their mouth and Mr. Quist is a prime example. If voters want to a Congressman who will protect their Second Amendment rights then Greg Gianforte is their only choice. We expect our Montana members and supporters to do just that in​ the special election on May 25.


Maine: Ballot Initiative Reform Legislation Favorably Reported from Committee [NRA-ILA News]

On Friday, May 5, the Legislative Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs voted Legislative Document 31 out of committee with an “ought to pass” report.  LD 31, sponsored by state Representative Eleanor Espling (R-65), addresses problems and concerns with the state’s current “Citizen Initiative” process.  This bill proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Maine to require that the signatures on a petition consist of voters from each of the State's two congressional districts, and the number of signatures from each congressional district be not less than 10% of the total vote for governor cast in that congressional district in the previous gubernatorial election.  Please contact your state Representative and urge them to vote in favor of this important legislation!


“Active Shooter” in Texas Sports Bar Meets Good Guy With Gun [AllOutdoor.com]

A 48-year-old man named James Jones reportedly walked into Zona Caliente Sports Bar in Arlington, Texas, and began yelling. When restaurant manager Cesar Perez attempted to calm him down, he was murdered for his trouble.

Fortunately, there was another armed man in the restaurant at the time. The man, who asked to remain anonymous, was eating at a table with his wife when he saw the above crime occur. Instructing his wife to get down, he stood and shot the killer in the back.

The bad guy then began to fire — but not at anyone in particular.

“I don’t think the [bad guy] even knew where the rounds were coming from because he started shooting at the front door.” — Arlington Police Lieutenant Chris Cook

The murderer was equipped to wreak a lot of havoc, which may have been what he had in mind… aside from the gun he used to kill Perez, he had a second handgun and “two knives.”

Police were supportive of the good Samaritan’s actions:

“We’re thankful that the good ‘Samaritan’ acted quickly and decisively to end the threat,” Cook said. “We never recommend people get involved. That’s a personal decision that a citizen has to make.”

The man who defended the innocent did not want his identity to become public:

The man who took down Jones wished to maintain his anonymity, police said, noting that he felt overwhelmed but relieved that he prevented further violence.

Please join me in applauding this gun-toting man’s fast, decisive action which very likely prevented the death or injury of numerous others in that restaurant.

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Good Cheap Stuff: Fixed Blades [AllOutdoor.com]

Don’t think you need to save five paychecks to kit yourself out.  If done right, you can do it on the cheap. None of these recommendations will cost more than $40, and I will try to find stuff significantly lower than that.

Fixed blades can be tricky — the knives are pretty simple; generally speaking they are a slab of steel and some kind of plastic or resin handle.  But top-end production fixed blades can get really expensive, really quickly.  When shopping for budget fixed blades my advice is simple: spend your money on a good handle. In the budget tier, pretty much everything has some issue… steel, crappy sheath, coatings, something.  So if you have only a few bucks but still want to get something you can use, it’s the handle that counts.

CRKT Mossback Hunter (full review)

Dollar for dollar, you’d be hard pressed to find a better knife than the CRKT Mossback Hunter.  It’s right at the upper limit of what I would consider a budget blade, around $40, but the entire package is pretty great.  First, you get a classic design by truly gifted maker (Tom Krein).  This is a drop point hunter, something made famous by Bob Loveless, but it’s also a Krein DPH, with its curved bulbous handle.  There is also a scattering of jimping in unusual-but-useful places.  Finally, the knife has a good grind and blade thickness ideal for general purpose tasks.  As an added bonus it has that ineffable quality that make it just look right.  Loveless called it visual tension.

The sheath is a molded-insert nylon number — a tube sheath that is merely okay.  The SK-5 steel is a good beater steel but it’s not corrosion resistant and needs a coating.  The coating, in my use, has held up well, but a coating is never a plus; it’s the knife steel equivalent of crutches, a way to make up for a weakness or flaw.

I found that SK-5 was very good at taking hits and not too bad at holding an edge.  It’s not as good as something like 1095, it is certainly good enough.

In the hand, this is one of the better knives I have held and used.  It’s just so simple and so good that its few flaws are easily overlooked.

Schrade SCH36 (full review)

Okay, this is a chopper.  But the Schrade SCH36 is a budget chopper and one with a blade probably too short to chop big stuff, but if you want the durability of a wood-cleaving monster and you don’t want to drop bank, this is my favorite. The SCH36 is part of Schrade’s new push, one where they are really focusing on listening the community.  They have knives designed by YouTubers, features that are all the rage on forums, and all of this is found on products that are one-third the cost of competitors.

The SCH36 is a direct shot across Ka-Bar’s bow–it has a similar look, feel, and purpose to many of the Becker/Ka-Bar collabs.  It even runs Ethan Becker’s steel of choice — 1095.  And all of this goodness rings up for $26 and change.  There are even some toss-in accessories that are decent: a field sharpener and a fire-starter flint and striker.  The sheath is a nylon sock with molded insert and is as good as it sounds (which is not very).

I am not sold on the coarse jimping across the top of the knife’s spine, and I think the handle is a bit overwrought compared to the elegance and simplicity of the Becker handle.  But still, you are getting 70-80% of the performance for 33% the price.  My one major reservation is that this knife, unlike the Ka-Bars, is made overseas.  I am more than willing to pay a premium for USA-Made stuff, but those products rarely fit in a budget.

Mora Companion (full review)

Let’s be clear–the Morakniv Companion will not be your final fixed blade purchase.  Its not exactly disposable, but at around $20, it’s not going to last a lifetime.  Still, it will arrive sharp and very capable.  The tube-style sheath is actually pretty good, with rattle-free retention.  The real thing I like about the Mora is the handle.  More than anything else, the handle makes the knife (as is often the case with fixed blades).

I also appreciate that the blade stock is not insanely thick; it’s stout but not beefy.  The Mora is a scandi grind, which means it has no secondary grind for the cutting bevel.  I’d prefer a convex grind, but I don’t think you’ll find one at this price point.  Given that, I feel like the scandi grind is a good place to start.  If you have stones or a strop it’s dead simple to keep sharp.

The steel on all of the Moras in this price range is meh — okay at edge retention, corrosion resistance, and toughness.  If you are coming from the world of M390, it’s a stark contrast.  If you are coming from the world of “mystery meat” steels on $7 Wal-Mart knives, its something of an eye-opener.

Folders can’t do what fixed blades can, but you don’t need to spend a ton on a fixed blade.  If you just want something to beat up, try one of the knives above.  And if you pick the Mora be sure to watch carefully.  You just might grow a hipster beard or fill your closet with selvedge denim by accident.

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Watch: Winchester Model 92 [AllOutdoor.com]

Hickok45 takes a Winchester Model 92 chambered in 44-40 that was made in 1923 out to the shooting range. It is always a pleasure to watch Hickok45. He seems like a down to earth and easy person to talk to.

The Winchester model 92 started production in 1892. Over the past 125 years over one million rifles have been produced.

Introduced in 1873, the 44-40 Winchester was chambered in both handguns and rifles.  Which made it ideal for people who did not want to buy two different types of ammunition.

While a lot of modern shooters focus on the latest and greatest, it is nice to see a piece of history.

There is just something about those old firearms, something that words can not describe.  Admiration comes to mind, but does not start to describe classic firearms.

History, workmanship and tradition all come together in a complete package.

Watching videos like one one by Hickok45, I often wonder if my ancestors owned a Winchester model 92?  How many of us are here today because our ancestors were able to put food on the table with a lever action rifle?

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Justification for Packable AR15 Pistols in Vehicles [AllOutdoor.com]

Just a few years ago, I would have rolled my eyes at the idea of having a packable AR15 pistol tucked in my vehicle although I have kept a cased AR15 or Tavor in the truck for years. More times than I can remember, that rifle came in handy during impromptu range trips plus the assurance 30 rounds of 5.56 can provide when you are stranded at night alongside the road. It also gave me personal assurance that I would have more than just a handgun in an extended survival or personal defense situation with the ability to place high precision shots under 100 yards and connect assuredly out to 400+ yards if needed.


The Potential Need

Discussing my ideas with a few folks who have been there and done that, I began gaming out a few potential theories.  Beyond zombie apocalypse type events, there only a couple logically probable scenarios which could occur:

  • Personal defense and security during an active shooter situation
  • General support of survival and security needs (such as being stranded or coming home to forced-entry situation)
  • Support of movement to a safe location during a hostile/riot situation
  • … and of course an unlikely situation where everything goes to hell and you need a weapon (EMPs, Solar Flares, invasion, zombies…etc)

In any other immediate threat situation, the speed and reaction time would require your smaller concealed pistol to come into play first. The logical needs were for a PDW (Personal Defense Weapon) which could deliver 90% of the capabilities of a full-length rifle with an acceptable tradeoff of shooter comfort. Naturally, accuracy, legal transportation, accessibility, maneuverability, and concealment would all be factors for a firearm stowed within a vehicle.

Though I was a little sore afterwards, I did spend an afternoon hammering 500 rounds through my truck AR15 pistol. The problem-free beatdown of that AR15 pistol drastically changed my perception of AR15 pistols in just one afternoon. The PDW can bring the firepower. I would gladly suffer a little discomfort for a gun that’s a foot shorter and 2-3 pounds lighter.

Accuracy & Shooting

Over the last couple years I have changed my perspective of AR15 pistols from just range toys to serious viable PDWs. The accuracy of these little AR15 pistols has shocked me. One particular AR15 pistol gave me sub-MOA groups from its 7.5” match barrel — yes, it will outshoot most rack grade rifles. Most of my other AR15 pistols with premium match barrels can stay well inside a 1.5” 100-yard group and will keep my 6” steel target clanging away all the way out to 400 yards with ease.

The pace at which these little pistols can lay down precision hits is pretty amazing to the degree that I have questioned whether a full-sized rifle would really give me that more of an advantage over a PDW for use in, around, and out of a vehicle.


If we look at the reality of most urban combat shooting engagements, they occur statistically well under 100 yards which is a sweet spot for a short accurate PDW. Statistically it is unlikely that any more than 10 to 20 rounds would ever be needed, but the PDW can still supply plenty of firepower with a 30 or 40-round mag. Four or five extra mags thrown into the carry bag adds substantial firepower capability.

From very light 40-grain high shock hollow points to M855 steel-core rounds, the 5.56/223 offers a lot of options for defense, survival, and threat engagement.  It is also statistically unlikely to have a need for supporting a long term armed engagement, but again the PDW can still handle that requirement as well.

Legal Transportation

One of the most important points as a civilian is assuring you are arming yourself in a legal manner. If you have a rifle stowed in your car, that can be problematic as you drive from one city to another or across state lines. Many cities and states have goofy rifle laws which can include requirements for rifles to be partially disassembled and cased and almost always unloaded.

Conversely, if you have a concealed carry permit, an AR15 pistol is covered under your permit because it’s a pistol, not a rifle. Unless you are purposefully doing something illegal or demonstrating how easy it is to shoulder a Sig Brace in front of the police, having a loaded AR15 pistol is just as legal as the handgun on your hip. I would suggest referring to it as a “legal AR format pistol” rather than just an AR15 if questioned. The point here is that in many cases having an AR15 pistol instead of a rifle can prevent unintentionally breaking the law should your rifle not fit the widely varying locals regarding stowage for rifles.



Having a legally stowed, cased, and unloaded full sized AR15 rifle in the back of the vehicle is a viable concept, but accessibility to that gun to put it into action fast is another matter altogether. It hardly seems a sound idea to have an accessible loaded AR15 rifle on the front seat of your vehicle with a blanket over for concealment – you’ll likely get arrested.


On the other hand, a concealed carry license allows loaded pistols to be concealed, on the person or within a vehicles or in personal belongings. It would seem that if the need arose, putting a legally stowed, loaded and accessible AR15 pistol in a backpack in the front seat would be far faster than walking around to the trunk, opening it, unzipping the rifles case, and loading the rifle.



Maneuvering a rifle inside a vehicle is tough and most would agree that a short AR15 pistol is more useful. Thinking through a multitude of situations which could occur on the road, my theory is that it would be preferable to have a short maneuverable AR15 pistol if facing a survival situation or stranded roadside camping inside a vehicle.

For clearing between or around vehicles or another urban environment, a shorter AR15 pistol would also seem to be the better tool than a rifle.

Stowing, Concealment, and Movement

Though legality is a big issue, being able to discreetly move with an AR15 pistol may be the biggest advantage of all. There is no way even a disassembled rifle is going to slip into a standard sized backpack. If you need to move with your rifle outside of your vehicle it is going to be obvious you are carrying a rifle around. A 10.5”-barreled AR15 pistol equipped with a folding buffer tube adapter or stowed with the upper and lowers receivers unpinned slips nicely into any standard backpack or messenger bag and no one will know.  A 7.5”-barreled AR15 pistol with folding stock can fit into pretty much any smaller pack.


It is my belief that any firearm stored in a vehicle should be easily concealed, and when you’re in a public area should only be moved clandestinely to avoid drawing attention to what you’ve got.

Two events come to mind: One situation where my truck needed unexpected overnight service due to an accident and another where the hotel only offered valet parking. In both situations, I had to de-weaponize my truck and walk through some public areas with what was clearly a gun case. Those incidents taught me that discreet cases should always be used to house firearms in vehicles even if it is just one of those non-tactical square soft cases.

A similar situation occurred more recently when I forgot to remove my firearms from my truck before a routine oil change, but I was able to grab the backpack containing my AR15 pistol and backup Glock 17 and walk over to the coffee shop to wait without anyone taking a second look. A standard AR15 rifle is just not going to give you that option unless it is disassembled and in a more discreet case.

A simple two-point sling or a convertible ALG Defense Quad Dual QD sling offers a carry option which enhances both concealment and handling. If “it” did happen during a hostile situation where LEO and government officials were on high alert and you had to trek back home on foot, it would be much better to have a little PDW AR15 pistol concealed and slung under a long rain jacket than walking home with a rifle slung over your shoulder.

Discreet Vehicle Carry Options

The discreet carry Sneaky Bags are a wonderful option with plenty of internal tactical storage capabilities. The medium 31” SPYDER sling bag which looks like a modified tennis racket bag can conceal several firearms at once, but the weight starts to add up. The standard Sneaky 31” SPYDER bag can accommodate a variety of firearms, for example: a Tavor bullpup rifle, a PWS MOD2 pistol PDW, nearly any assembled 12” barreled SBR or AR15 pistol, and dis-assembled (upper/lower) rifles. It is a handy and extremely well made case.

AR15 pistols of course easily drop into almost any backpack and no one pays any attention to your standard backpack. 5.11’s Select Carry sling pack is designed specifically for PDW use. It has a innocuous shape/style and rapid draw feature that makes it one of my favorites for my Sig MPX 9mm and other AR15 pistols.

Accessories to Make Compact Even Smaller

If you own an AR15 pistol you are missing half of the functionality of the firearm if you have not installed a Law Tactical Folding Buffer tube adapter. This accessory negates the need of disassembling an AR15 pistol to stow it in most backpacks. Deployment is fast – pull from the pack, slam the buffer tube over, charge the AR15 pistol, and shoot. This is a setup that can deploy instantly from any discreet bag when “it” hits the fan. If you are considering an AR15 pistol for your vehicle, then this would be a must-have accessory from my perspective.


The DOLOS V2 also chops an AR15 pistol down even smaller. The DOLOS has a ratcheting quick takedown option to remove the barrel, with assembly and disassembly occurring in less than 5 seconds. The DOLOS V2 is compatible with any Midwest Industries thread pattern barrel nut handguard — which it turns out is pretty common.

Combined with the Law Tactical folding Buffer tube adapter, the DOLOS can become a 10”x8” AR15 pistol (7.5” barrel) package that will fit in most iPad sling packs such as the Drago Sentry and most small sling packs. The shown build features a 7.5” pencil profile Black Hole Weaponry match barrel, Aero Precision receivers, Phase 5 Tactical Hex2 buffer tube, Sig Brace, Nikon 3X BDC optic, and DOLOS adapter with Brigand Arms carbon fiber handguard. This is a 400-yard headshot capable rig that brakes down to only 10”x8” with a 20-round magazine in place ready to party.

Don’t Push the Law

Any firearm within a vehicle has a high potential to be viewed, handled, and checked during any routine traffic stop. It is my belief that most law enforcement folks are tragically uninformed about what is legal when it comes to anything other than classically-sized rifle or pistols. I have had more than a few LEO folks ask me if my Tavor or an AR15 pistol was an SBR.

We all know AR15 pistols are legally just pistols, but if you are pulled over and searched, I would bet that fewer than 50% of police would have the knowledge to clearly identify your legal AR15 pistol as a pistol; hassle initiated.

Additionally, if your AR15 also looks like an SBR with something a non-firearms-educated officer presumes as a stock, you can double the hassle. Sure, Sig Braces are legal, but this is where I suggest a standard buffer tube might be a less-grey option to help avoid extra hassle. Notably with the buffer tube extension the Law Tactical Folding Adapter provides, I would submit that shooting configuration to be so comfortable that a Sig Brace is not required.

Rifles in Vehicles Are Out — PDWs Are in

I had a series of discussions with some badass military, LEO, and security folks who were convinced that PDWs were the more-correct choice for a vehicle-based firearm vs a full sized rifle. Sorting through those discussions, the main re-emphasized points were compact size, firepower, 0-100 yard accuracy/lethality, maneuverability, stowed concealment, and the ability to move with the weapon discreetly when not in play.

From my perspective, the AR15 pistol meets those needs perfectly. One of my friends said it well: “If you are going to war a rifle is preferred, but for shots that might be fired in, around, and from a vehicle or just for personal defense, a faster-handling compact SBR, PDW, or AR15 pistol is tough to beat.”

Our Rigs

After a whole lot of shooting, I like the compromise of a 10.5”-barreled AR15 pistol. It has an exponentially quieter bark and fireball and provides a bit more velocity than a 7.5” barrel, and gives the shooter more room to stretch out. My new favorite factory AR15 pistol is the PWS MOD2 MK107 AR15 Pistol with Maxim Defense Adjustable Cheek Rest it’s truly an amazing firearm which packs beautifully in the Sneaky Bags SPYDER.

Since I do not want a $2500 (including the Vortex optic) firearm potentially stolen from my truck, I opted for parting together a couple AR15 pistols. The his and hers Pandemic Truck guns are both based on Faxon ultralight 10.5” barrels, Faxon matched headspaced BCGs. My wife’s pistol features an Aero Precision upper, YHM Quick Pull Take-Down Pins, ALG handguard, Rogers Rail light, Burris 3X 332 prismatic sight, Black Rain lower receiver, Mega Arms trigger, and Paracord wrapped extended KAK pistol buffer tube which extends the “cheek weld” for my wife. We call this the Trump Trunk Gun, since Trump likes everything gold plated… maybe minus the tiger stripe.

My truck pistol uses a Clark Carbon Fiber handguard, Rogers Rail light, Nikon 1-4 scope, Aero Precision optic mount, YHM Quick Pull Take-Down Pins, Aero Precision upper, a billet lower, CMC Match trigger, Law Tactical Folding Buffer Tube Adapter, buffer tube.

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MLOK Is Better And NSWC-Crane Has Proof [The Firearm Blog]

MLOK is better. We can say it with conviction now that NSWC-Crane has released a slideshow that details the processes they used to conduct the testing and the results of said testing. With no appreciable difference in cost to the consumer and MLOK being theoretically cheaper to produce, there is literally no reason for KeyMod to continue […]

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Fieldsports Channel: How to Cycle a Bolt-Action When a Cape Buffalo Is Trying to Murder You [The Firearm Blog]

I am not someone who has ever had the opportunity to travel to Africa to tackle the Big Five* most dangerous and difficult animals to hunt on the continent (and arguably the planet), and fully admit my novice status in this area. Karamajo Bell I am not. *For those who do not know, the Big Five […]

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Lantac Shows their RPS (Ratchet Plate System) QD MSR End Plate [The Firearm Blog]

Just when I thought the single Primary Weapons System system was the be all and end all of the awesome uber castle nut debate, Lantac just had to go out and release a similar system. Dubbed the RPS or “Ratchet Plate System” the RPS adds another viable solution for the home-builder to avoid staking their castle […]

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Tennessee Action Needed: Senate to Vote on Important Pro-Gun Bill [NRA-ILA News]

Senate Bill 445, companion to House Bill 508, is up for a vote on the Senate floor.


Montana: Governor Bullock Vetoes Restaurant Carry Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Despite the ongoing calls and efforts of law-abiding Montana firearm owners, Governor Steve Bullock vetoed restaurant carry legislation, House Bill 494, on Thursday, May 4.


Georgia: Governor Deal Signs Pro-Gun Omnibus Legislation into Law [NRA-ILA News]

Today, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed pro-gun legislation, House Bill 292, into law.


Browning Goes Up-Market With New High Grade Hunter A5 Shotgun [The Firearm Blog]

While not a true copy of the original Browning Auto-5 semi-automatic shotgun, the recent A5 shotgun from Browning fills much of the void left behind by the venerable original. Some might contend it’s setting its own unique legacy – something which Browning is obviously pushing towards with the release of their new High-Grade Hunter. As […]

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Student Suspended For Liking Gun Picture [AllOutdoor.com]

It seems the anti-gun establishment has adopted an absolute zero tolerance policy on firearms. In this case, a student was scrolling through Instagram, saw a picture of an airsoft gun and liked the picture.

The next day the student was called to the office, patted down and given a ten day suspension.

An Edgewood Middle School student was handed a 10-day suspension for “liking” a picture of a gun on Instagram with the caption “ready.”

The parents of Zachary Bowlin posted a picture of the intended suspension notice which read, “The reason for the intended suspension is as follows: Liking a post on social media that indicated potential school violence.”

“I was livid, I mean, I’m sitting here thinking ‘you just suspended him for ten days for liking a picture of a gun on a social media site,” father Marty Bowlin said. “He never shared, he never commented, he never made a threatening post… anything on the site, just liked it.”

The picture in question is of an airsoft gun, and according to the students’ parents, their child didn’t comment on the post but simply liked the picture.

School officials justified the suspension because liking an airsoft picture on Instagram somehow threatened school safety.

How does someone shape the future? By shaping the minds of children.  Maybe the anti-gun establishment feels that having a zero tolerance with children will teach kids guns are bad?  The children will then grow up to vote.

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“Modern” EDC Bag for the “Modern Man” from Steadfast Carry Company [The Firearm Blog]

Billed as the carry company for the “Modern Man” the Steadfast Carry Company has been working on products for the modern active lifestyle. Starting off with various interesting key hooks/brass knuckles, the Steadfast Carry Company has expanded into their first EDC wear, the “EDC Type 1601”. The Type 1601 is a combination bag/case that can […]

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Rhode Island: House Judiciary Committee Preparing for Gun Control Round Two [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, May 9, the House Judiciary Committee will meet upon rise of the House (approximately 4:30 p.m.) to debate H.5510 by Rep. Teresa Tanzi.  This bill is disguised as a domestic violence bill and has been introduced by the one of the Legislature’s most anti-gun members.


Man fires shot during robbery attempt outside Boulder Station [NRA-ILA News]

A man trying to sell a ring fired a shot during a robbery attempt outside Boulder Station late Thursday, but no one was injured, Las Vegas police said. A man was meeting with a prospective buyer about 10 p.m. in the parking lot of the casino-hotel, 4111 Boulder Highway, but decided to call off the transaction when several other people showed up, Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Laura Meltzer said. When one of the parties pointed a gun and attempted to rob him, the ring seller told police he pulled out his own gun and fired a shot in self-defense. The robber and several other people fled, but no one was injured, Meltzer said. The ring seller had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, Metro Lt. Chris Holmes said. The investigation is ongoing.


Liquor store employee shoots robbery suspect [NRA-ILA News]

A man who attempted to rob a liquor store in the 6100 block of Macon Road is dead after the store employee shot him. Memphis police say the suspect, who has not been identified, entered the store about 11 p.m. Saturday and had a handgun. He attempted to rob the clerk, who also was armed. Police say the employee pulled his gun and shot the suspect, who was transported to the Regional Medical Center at Memphis and pronounced dead. No one else was injured, and an investigation is continuing.


Victim fights off armed burglars, Glendale neighborhood shut down for hours [NRA-ILA News]

A Glendale neighborhood was locked down for hours as Glendale police tried to hunt down armed burglars. And while this was a terrifying scene for everyone, it wasn't as bad as for the homeowner who came home and caught the burglars red-handed. Adam Rocha takes Fox 10 through his home on Hayward Street in Glendale, recounting the moments he walked in on two burglars. He caught them as they were bagging several guns, and when one of the suspects spotted Rocha, he decided to use one of the shot guns to swing at him.


Florida Action Report! 3 Big WINS for Gun Owners as Session Ends [NRA-ILA News]

Three important bills passed this session and are headed for the Governor's desk


Men And Our Fascination With Knives [AllOutdoor.com]

There is something primal about a sharp knife.  Because their survival depending on it, our ancestors put forth a great deal of time and effort to shape stone into a cutting edge .  After a mammoth was taken down, our ancestors would probably carve up the beast, bring dinner back to the camp and tell hunting stories.  Not much has changed.

Today, rather than taking hours or days to make a good knife by hand, we just order one off the Internet.

Even though we no longer hunt mammoth, mastodon or other ice age animals, we still admire large blades.  So, why do we have a fascination for knives that are pretty much useless for skinning deer and other game animals?

First thing someone may say, “Kevin, it is easy to skin a rabbit with a 10 inch blade.”  No it is not.  I have several survival knives with blades over six inches long, and they are a pain to skin with.

The best skinning knife I have ever seen was a Case pocket knife.  A simple Case pocket knife with a three inch blade will beat a long bladed survival knife for work around the camp everyday of the week and twice on Sunday.

Fascination With Knives

Some people may say, “I am going to use my knife like Rambo and hunt pigs with it.”  Sure, that may work if you have some dogs to help you bay the pigs.

Then there are the survivalist who plan on bugging out to the wilderness and living off the land while the rest of the world is in chaos.  A good strong survival knife is a workhorse.  However, there are probably better tools for living off the wilderness, like an axe.

How many fathers have taken their children to a store, looked at a knife, handed it to the child and asked, “What do you think?”

The honest truth is, we have an instinct to admire large knives.  So guys, now you have an excuse to buy more knives.

Watching sports, cooking meat on the grill and admiring a good knife, it is the little things that bring so much joy to life.

Authors Note

My apologizes for the article being directed only towards men.  As a man, I can not write about how a woman feels about something.

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Gun Rights Leaders ‘Ecstatic,’ ‘Excited’ in Early Days of Trump Administration [NRA-ILA News]

With President Trump's first hundred days in the books and the NRA's Annual Meeting over, leaders of the gun-rights movement are ecstatic about this administration's progress on Second Amendment issues and excited about advances to come.


Gun-Rights Leaders Say It’s No Time for Complacency [NRA-ILA News]

At the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Atlanta, Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, and Alan Gottlieb, founder and vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, spoke with the Washington Free Beacon in exclusive interviews, the first part of which you can read here.


Alabama Could Drop Permit Requirement for Right-to-Carry [NRA-ILA News]

A small but growing number of states are allowing people to carry a concealed handgun in public without a permit. Some lawmakers in Alabama want the state to join the growing list.


Bill would eliminate Michigan pistol registration mandate [NRA-ILA News]

Michiganders would no longer have to register pistols with the state under a bill introduced last week by Rep. Lee Chatfield, R-Levering.


'Hero' stopped mass murder by crazed bar patron who was armed to the teeth, police say [NRA-ILA News]

A concealed carry holder is being heralded as a hero by Arlington police for preventing mass murder by killing an "incoherent" gunman at a sports bar Wednesday evening.


TruGlo’s Second New Optic Series – The OMNIA [The Firearm Blog]

TruGlo did not just dip their toes into the scope world, they at least went waist deep. While the EMINUS series was designed for the longer-range shooter, the new OMNIA series is set up for the modern sporting rifleman. Forgoing the base magnification, the new OMNIA series is set up starting at 1x and working […]

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Dreyse 1910: An Attempted Military 9mm Pistol [Forgotten Weapons]

Designed by Louis Schmeisser, the Dreyse Model 1910 was an attempt to build a blowback pistol in 9x19mm for German military or police service, expanding on the existing market for the popular smaller .32ACP (7.65mm) Dreyse pistols. In order to make a safe blowback action, Schmeisser made a very stiff recoil spring, which then required a mechanism for the shooter to disengage or bypass the spring in order to manually cycle the action.

The guns were excitedly received by several German agencies, and several thousand were ordered when the gun was announced. Unfortunately for Rheinische Metallwaaren- und Maschinenfabrik (the manufacturer), production turned out to be quite difficult, and only about 500 were actually produced before the plan collapsed.

Today we will take a look at two standard production examples and two prototypes…


Lake Worth, FL [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

5/3/17 Palm Beach Post.  An extraordinarily hard to understand story:

  A homeless woman who reportedly used drugs outside a Lake Worth home was at the heart of a fight late Monday that ended with one man being shot and another repeatedly being stabbed, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office records state.
The woman called a friend some time after 10 p.m. Monday and said she’d been punched by Gary Steven White outside a rental community his father manages on Federal Highway. White’s father, who shares his son’s first and last name, told authorities his son began arguing with the woman over her alleged drug use.
Moments after the call, the woman’s friend heard a noise outside his home on North M Street, just west of North Federal Highway.
The man opened his door and saw two men outside the fence. The younger man, the 47-year-old White, entered the home, despite the resident’s orders to stay outside.
The resident shot White in the abdomen. White screamed for his “daddy,” records state.
“Daddy, he shot me,” White reportedly yelled.
His father came running. The older White and the resident struggled over the gun, the resident said, and eventually the resident threw down the firearm.
The resident felt a pain in his back. He then realized he was being stabbed, the police report said.
White (the younger) is being charged.


Gander Mountain Liquidating 126 Stores After Camping World Buys Them at Auction [The Firearm Blog]

Camping WorldThe saga that is the financial health of Gander Mountain is nearing a close. Back in February TFB reported that Gander Mountain was rumored to be facing money problems. The rumors apparently were so bothersome that Gander Mountain was prompted to give a public statement. Rumors were put to rest temporarily in early March when […]

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Less Diverse Than The NRA Annual Meeting [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The Complementary Spouse and I spent the weekend helping her brother and sister-in-law out at the Mother Earth News Fair. They had a booth as she is a consultant for Usborne children's books.

Larry and I primarily helped with the set-up and take-down while the Complementary Spouse and Jan did all the selling of books. The Fair attracts a number of families who bring their children with them as well as a significant number of grandparents looking for educational books for their grandkids.

As I noted a couple of years ago, these events are not as granola as you might expect. For every one person wearing dreadlocks you saw probably 10-20 folks with gray hair. These events attract a lot of homesteaders, preppers, farmers, and everyday folks interested in self-reliance.

Larry and I attended workshops on sausage making, whole animal butchery, "wildcrafted" cocktails, and reusing wood pallets. I also attended a workshop on charcuterie while he went to the one on bastes, rubs, and marinades for BBQ. If we had the room, I might have attended others dealing making your own wood-fired pizza oven or on keeping goats.

I did come home with an autographed copy of The Wildcrafted Cocktail and a nice bushcrafter knife from L.T. Wright Knives.

One of the criticisms of the NRA - and it is fairly valid - is that they don't attract enough minorities and women. That said, the recent NRA Annual Meeting in Atlanta featured a much more heterogeneous mix of people than this Mother Earth News Fair. I don't know whether it was the location, the subject matter, or the decidedly rural flavor of the fair but the attendees were almost uniformly white.

So the next time someone says the NRA is only for old white guys, I'll respond, "Have you been to the Mother Earth News Fair?" The sad part is that both events had things of interest to all people, of all colors, and in all walks of life.


TruGlo Goes All-Out on Glass with New EMINUS Tactical Scopes [The Firearm Blog]

Not content to have excellent offerings within the fiber optic iron sighted world, TruGlo has opted to apply their sighting expertise in the scope realm. Out of the gate is the first of two series of scopes, the EMINUS series of optics, where “Eminus” means, “from a distance.” As the name implies, the new EMINUS optics are […]

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Lightweight High Power Handguns – Aluminum Framed Could Have Beens [The Firearm Blog]

John Moses Browning was known to have stated his High Power designs and the technological upgrade and successor to the venerable 1911 handgun. Using a double-stack 9mm magazine and the first handgun to feature the now ubiquitous Browning tilting block operation, the High Power has served and continues to serve as a stalwart military sidearm… but […]

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Hand Engraved And Gold Inlaid Factory Glocks [The Firearm Blog]

Here is something you don’t get to see every day. If you looked at the headline picture and thought these guns have to be machine engraved done by a local hack, think again. These examples are part of a small set of Glock factory, hand engraved pistols imported into the U.S. about eight years ago. Thankfully, my new […]

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UPDATE: FN America’s Bid Protest Dismissed [The Firearm Blog]

Last month we reported that FN America was protesting Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s decision to go with the Sig P320 as their new sidearm. Sadly there isn’t much transparency when you are looking into these protests, and quite a lot is left to the imagination. A quick check of the Government Accountability Office’s website shows […]

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Flag Of The Fallen – Recycled Brass Art Piece [The Firearm Blog]

This art piece by HBU Student Jeremiah France senior studio art major in the School of Fine Arts. “One piece of brass in honor of each American who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan” It looks like the flag is made of .223 brass. I love how Jeremiah captured the movement of the […]

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Kimber Expands Their Micro/Micro9 Line Of Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

Kimber just released a Press Release on their expansion of the Micro/Micro9 series of pistols.     YONKERS, N.Y., April 17, 2017 — Kimber Mfg., Inc., a leading American firearms manufacturer, today announced the expansion of its Micro and Micro 9 products line to include six (6) new variants. The Micro and Micro 9 are […]

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Sunday, 07 May


Book Review: Firearms Developed and Manufactured in Southern Africa 1949-2000 [Forgotten Weapons]

FIREARMS: Developed and Manufactured in Southern Africa 1949-2000

Until recently, there has been very little published information on South African and Rhodesian firearms outside of a few sporadic magazine articles – but that is no longer the case! The Pretoria Arms and Ammunition Association has recently published the epic results of a 17-person, 8.5 year long research project documenting the development and manufacture of guns in South Africa and Rhodesia from 1949 until 2000 (or just after, in a few cases). This 530+ page tome covers both the major and minor manufacturers; basically everything short of underground hand-made criminal guns. The major chapters include Musgrave, Lyttelton (now Denel), Republic Arms, Truvelo, and Milkor (and their respective brand names).

Unlike many firearms reference books, this one covers everything made in the area, from civilian hunting rifles to compact pistols to military arms to crude half-baked submachine guns and the assortment of unorthodox shotguns that thrived in South Africa. There are many well-recognized but little-understood guns for which this book finally sheds a light on the development of, including the Vektor CP1 and CR21, the Neostead and Striker-12/Protecta shotguns, and the details of South African and Rhodesia FAL rifles.

Basically, the book is a treasure trove for anyone interested in safari rifles, the South African brush wars, or the dynamics of an isolated country developing a modern arms industry. The Pretoria Arms and Ammunition Association has really outdone themselves on this work!

Cost at the time of this writing is 1150 Rand, which equates to about $85 US – a steal for the work that went into it.


Why the M27 IAR Is NOT the Right Rifle for the Marine Corps [The Firearm Blog]

Since its introduction in 2009, the Marine Corps’ M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle has proven itself as an effective support weapon that offers more firepower and range than the Corps’ other squad level weapons, the M4 Carbine and M16A4 Rifle. This good reception has led many within the Corps to reach an obvious conclusion: The USMC […]

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Saturday, 06 May


TFB Modification Minute: The Geissele AR-15 Rapid Fire Trigger 👉 [The Firearm Blog]

In our latest TFB Modification Minute we look at the installation of a Geissele Rapid Fire Trigger for the AR-15. It allows rapid fire shooting with a short pull, glass-like break and a fast reset. Products featured in this video:  Geissele Rapid Fire Trigger (B-GRF) $199.99 TFB Modification Minute’s are kindly sponsored by Brownells.

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Could a Tankgewehr Really Take Out a British MkIV Tank? [Forgotten Weapons]

The Tankgewehr antitank rifle was developed by the Mauser company and adopted by the Imperial German military as an emergency measure to counter the introduction of tanks to the WW1 battlefield. The question is, did they really work? Could a 13.2mm AP bullet from a Tankgewehr really perforate the armor of a British tank? Well today we find out!

The armor on a British tank was steel plate of 6mm, 8mm, and 12mm thickness, through-hardened to Brinell 440-480. We have replicated this with a plate of AR450 (ie, Brinell 450) armor, which we will be shooting at a distance of 50 yards. The ammunition we are using is original 1918 production German AP, and the rifle is a Tankgewehr captured by Allied troops late in the war and brought home as a souvenir.

This video was only made possible with help from three very helpful folks:

MOA Targets provided the steel (to spec and on short notice!).

Mike Carrick of Arms Heritage Magazine provided use of the T-Gewehr.

Hayes Otoupalik provided the original ammunition.


When Is a Gun Safe Not a Gun Safe? A Basic Introduction to Protecting Your Firearms From Thieves [The Firearm Blog]

Regardless of whether you own firearms for recreation, sport, or defense, it is a fact of life that any gun is an attractive target for theft. For the most part, gun enthusiasts would rather keep discussions within a comfortable zone of topics about technical and aesthetic characteristics of the guns themselves, but from time to time it is […]

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Friday, 05 May


Nevada: Anti-Gun Bills Scheduled for Committee Hearings Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

Next week, anti-gun bills Senate Bill 115 and Senate Bill 387 are both scheduled for hearings in the Assembly Judiciary Committee.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Delists Wyoming Grey Wolves and Returns Management to the State [NRA-ILA News]

For years, the NRA has been working to ensure that sound wildlife management practices implemented by the states, and not federal politics, govern the control of wolf populations in the United States


Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose Revolver [The Firearm Blog]

The Smith & Wesson Model 19 was designed to be the perfect revolver that a patrolman could rely on no matter how tough their beat was. Initially envisioned as a 4-inch duty gun, the need quickly rose for a snub nose version that came to be the preferred sidearm of plain clothes officers all over […]

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Rifle Review: Cobalt Kinetics ECLIPSE [The Firearm Blog]

Since its genesis, a lot of clever people have sought to improve the function of the Ar-15 rifle. Side-charging handles, ambidextrous controls, and “B.A.D levers”, just to name a few. Some of these features were adopted, and some were fads that quickly fell by the wayside. One company, Cobalt Kinetics, has brought to market some […]

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Maine: Gun Bills Still Pending in House – Continue Contacting your State Representative [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Maine House of Representatives held both Legislative Document 351 and Legislative Document 9.  Both of these bills are now pending further action on the floor next week.  It is imperative that you continue to contact your state Representative in opposition to LD 351 and in support of LD 9!


Art Student with Glue Gun Provokes Lockdown, Soul Searching at New York Liberal Arts College [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday evening, the campus of Colgate University – a private liberal arts school located in idyllic central New Yok State – went into lockdown over a report of an “active shooter” roving the grounds. The school would later inform the media, “At approximately 8:00 p.m. May 1, an individual entered the O’Connor Campus Center while carrying what witnesses believed was a weapon. Campus Safety initiated a campus lockdown in response to these reports.”


Bipod-like Device Instead of the Bean Bag Rest ?! [The Firearm Blog]

As you can see from the above picture this little accessory called Extreme Rear Support System (E.R.S.S.) looks like a bipod but it is placed instead of a rear bean bag. And if you look closer, then you’ll see that it is not quite a bipod. So this product is purposely designed to be used […]

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Writer Sticks to Her Guns: Take This Job and… [NRA-ILA News]

The liberal media’s absolute intolerance to everything firearm-related has struck again – the latest victim? Stacy Washington, conservative radio host, writer and avid Second Amendment defender who lost her column simply because she supports the U.S. Constitution and the opinions of fellow conservatives.


New Research “Discovers” What Everyone Knew [NRA-ILA News]

A recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine attempted to “determine changes in handgun acquisition patterns after the mass shootings in Newton, Connecticut, in 2012 and San Bernardino, California, in 2015.” The authors used California purchases as their focus because that state keeps permanent records of all legal firearms transactions.


POTD: Dutch SWAT GQ – Looking Good And Kicking Butt [The Firearm Blog]

Found this gem on Gearwhores Anonymous. It is a photo of some Dutch Swat and DSI officers. The guy in the middle looks like he was in the middle of a GQ magazine photoshoot when feces hit the fan. While the other two guys are dressed to the nines. Not sure why they need Pvs-31 […]

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Arlington, TX [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

Officers from the Arlington Police Department responded to a 911 call of a shooting at Zona Caliente Sports Bar & Grill around 6:17 p.m. local time.
On the basis of multiple witnesses’ accounts, detectives say they believe the male suspect walked into the restaurant and confronted an employee. During the argument, the suspect pulled out a gun and fatally shot the employee, police said.
A customer who had a handgun saw the shooting and fired his weapon, striking the suspect. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police, who have not named them.
“We have two confirmed deceased in this shooting incident,” Lt. Christopher Cook of the Arlington Police Department told reporters Wednesday. “We believe the shooter is one of those deceased, who was killed by a customer in the location after the suspect shot and killed someone inside the restaurant.”
5/4/17 WBAP about the murderer:
Cook said Jones had other weapons on him in addition to the gun.
“We located a second handgun in the pants pocket of the suspect. It was fully loaded. He also had two additional knives on his person,” he said. 
Perhaps he wasn't sure the restaurant had steak knives.


Republic Of Korea Special Forces Video [The Firearm Blog]

Here is a video montage of ROK SF training. There are some knife sparring sprinkled in here but mostly Koreans posing with guns and training.   Some scenes of the video are clearly staged. Like this guy who is clearly not aiming with anything. The variety of weapons is surprising. I saw a few H&K […]

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Hogue’s New Holsters [The Firearm Blog]

Hogue Stage 1 HolstersHogue Inc. announced an expansion of its Stage 1 Carry Holsters line. The expansion includes fits for some of the popular new guns and a few that have been around for a while. Now these polymer holsters will be available for these guns: CZ P-10 Glock 43 HK P10 HK P30 HK P2000 HK VP9 […]

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Watch: HK VP9SK Review [AllOutdoor.com]

Sootch00 has posted another wonderful review; this one is about the new H&K VP9SK 9mm handgun.

On April 24, 2017 an article was posted here on Alloutdoor.com detailing the H&K VP9SK.


All measurements are in inches.

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Length: 6.61
  • Height: 4.57
  • Width: 1.31
  • Barrel Length: 3.39
  • Sight Radius: 5.73
  • Weight: 23.07 oz.
  • Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
  • MIL-STD-1913 rail

Now for the video review.

On a personal note, the Walther P22 has a similar design with the magazine release on the trigger guard. Having shot the Walther P22, I honestly do not care for it. American shooters are used to having the magazine release in a certain place, why change it?

The 1913 picatinny rail and the aggressive slide serrations are a nice addition.

Why are the magazines made out of steel?  Why not aluminum or polymer and have steel inserts?  It seems that going with a steel magazine would add weight to a handgun that is supposed to be for concealed carry..

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Barnes Announces New VOR-TX Long Range Rifle Ammo [The Firearm Blog]

Barnes VOR-TX LRBarnes Bullets, well known for making top quality projectiles, also manufactures ammunition for handgun and rifle shooters. One of its popular rifle lines of ammo is the VOR-TX line. In addition to the original VOR-TX ammo, the company added Safari and Euro lines to compliment it. Now, the company added another niche line: the VOR-TX LR. […]

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Last Chance to Win a Breda Shotgun -- Download the NRA App TODAY! [NRA-ILA News]

THIS Sunday, May 7th is the last day to enter to win a B12i Breda Shotgun! All you have to do is download the official NRA-ILA App today and enter for your chance to win!


April Background Checks: Strong Numbers Continue [NRA-ILA News]

The FBI released National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) data this week and the numbers tell an interesting story.


We’ll Drink to That: Bloomberg Spends (and Loses) Big in the Land of Enchantment [NRA-ILA News]

Hobbies are usually a good thing. One notable exception, however, is when your hobby is spending huge sums of cash in places you have no connection to in order to force the local residents to conform to your worldview.


Minnesota School District Overturns Ban on Trapshooting Team Yearbook Photo [NRA-ILA News]

Early last week, Central Minnesota and the pro-gun corners of the internet were abuzz about political correctness run amok at Big Lake High School in Big Lake, Minn. Citing school policy, officials in charge of the high school yearbook had refused to publish a photo of the Big Lake High Hornets trapshooting team that featured the team responsibly holding their shotguns. Thankfully, late last week common sense prevailed and Big Lake school officials altered school policy to permit publication of the photo.


Third Annual NRA-ILA Collegiate Leadership Conference Paves the Way for Freedom’s Next Generation of Activists [NRA-ILA News]

On Saturday, April 29, in conjunction with NRA’s Annual Meetings in Atlanta, the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division hosted its Third Annual Collegiate Leadership Conference.


Alleged burglar shot by resident in Boone home invasion [NRA-ILA News]

A man has a non-life threatening gunshot wound when he allegedly broke into a apartment in Boone Wednesday night.  According to the Boone Police Department, the home invasion occurred around 9:37 p.m. at an apartment on Green Street.  Police said the resident shot the intruder when the man forced entry into the apartment. The alleged burglar was transported to Watauga Medical Center and was later released, Boone Police said.  Officers said the resident did not know the accused intruder.  No information has been released on whether any charges will be filed.


Resident shoots armed intruder in Orlando [NRA-ILA News]

A resident shot an armed intruder early Thursday at an apartment complex, the Orlando Police Department said. A group of armed intruders barged into an apartment on Devonbriar Way shortly before 3 a.m. at the Regency Gardens apartments near South Semoran Boulevard and Pershing Avenue, Orlando police Lt. Daniel Brady said. "Shots were fired between the suspects and the victims," Brady said. "One of the suspects was critically wounded and none of the victims were injured." The other intruders fled in a possibly silver Volkswagen, Brady said.


Man shoots at intruders who forced kids on the floor at gunpoint [NRA-ILA News]

A homeowner fought back in a violent confrontation with three men attempting to pull off a home invasion. One of the suspects was shot in the head, while two others are still on the run. Police rushed to the scene on Cliffmarshall in northwest Houston, where this all unfolded as a man returned home from work overnight. Investigators said three men forced their way into the man's home, where his wife and two young children, ages 5 and 6, were inside. The homeowner was pistol-whipped and his family was forced to lie down on the floor. The men were looking to rob the victim, but police said at some point the homeowner was able to get his own gun out to defend his family. There was an exchange of gunfire, and the suspects drove off in a pickup truck. That truck was abandoned at an apartment complex a few miles away on West Montgomery Road. Our crews got video of that truck, and it is riddled with bullet holes.


South Carolina: Efforts to Reconsider H.3240 Fall Short [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday's effort in the South Carolina House of Representatives to take up H. 3240 fell short.  This bill, introduced by state Representative Alan Clemmons (R-107), sought to ensure that South Carolina recognizes all valid Right-to-Carry (RTC) permits issued by other states.  Unfortunately, the bill was amended on the floor to make the bill a reciprocity bill, rather than a universal recognition bill.  This means that, in order for South Carolina to recognize a permit issued by another state, that state would also have to recognize a South Carolina permit.  While reciprocity is an improvement over current law, NRA supports universal recognition as a stronger policy.


Preppers, Resources Around A Rural Farm [AllOutdoor.com]

Preppers, let’s take a few minutes and talk about various resources that could be found around a rural farm.

For the sake of discussion, let’s say you bugged out to the wilderness, survived through the next plague, emerged alive, then what? Where would you start to look for resources? Would you even know what kind of resources to look for?

Chances are your bug out location is in a wilderness or rural area. Maybe it was near a river, national forest, or a cabin on a piece of land that belonged to a friend. Either way, you want to plant crops and have a steady food supply.


One of the first places you may want to look is in the freezer. A lot of farmers, even backyard gardeners, keep a seed stockpile in the deep freezer. Unless the seeds are covered with mold, there is a chance some of them will be good.

Seeds in small packets, like the ones found in big box stores, may be labeled hybrid or heirloom. Hybrid seeds are fine to plant, but do not try to save the seeds from them.

Some types of plants will cross pollinate. Cross pollination means the seeds will produce a hybrid.

  • Squash and zucchini will cross pollinate.
  • Melons will cross pollinate.
  • Beans and peas will cross pollinate.

Farm Equipment

Once you have the seeds, next comes the farm equipment.  Why seeds before the equipment?  Because seeds are portable.

Check around the rural farm for stuff like:

  • Tractors
  • Plows
  • Hoes
  • Rakes

A simple plow spear attached to something strong can be pulled behind a truck or car.

Check the barn for an anvil, hammers, iron stock and hand tools.

Fruit Trees

You have to find the fruit trees at just the right time to harvest the fruit.  Just a few weeks before or after, and the fruit is either too ripe or rotting on the ground.

Personally, I would not count on fruit trees as a resource.


If livestock are still alive, that would be great.  However, chances are dogs and coyotes have already taken their toll.  Livestock pens usually do not have an automatic renewable water source.  Nor are the pens large enough for the animals to graze.

Without humans to feed them, dogs around rural farms will start killing easy prey, which usually means chickens, goats, sheep… etc.

If there is one farm animal that I think would have a chance to survive without people, it would have to be guineas.  The guinea fowl have retained a lot of their natural instincts. They sit on eggs to hatch them out and are excellent foragers. Chickens on the other hand, they are dumb.  The guinea is capable of short distance flight to escape predators.


Chances are the rural farm will have a water well with a pump.  Getting the water out of the well may be a problem.  However, a lot of wells use air to force the water out of the well and into a holding tank.  Figure out how to run the air compressor and you will have water in the holding tank.  Then just lift the lid of the tank and scoop up the water.

If this is an old farm, there may be a hand dug well on the property.

Rural Farm Resources

With some seeds, a plow and a way to pull the plow, the foundation of society can be laid.

Not if, but when there is a collapse of society, reconstruction will start on the rural farm.  It will be up to the survivors to gather the resources.



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Steiner Releases New DBAL-PL v2 & SBAL-PL Handgun Lights and Lasers [The Firearm Blog]

Steiner Optics was at the NRA Show in a big way, featuring their latest and brand new updates to the DBAL laser light combination units. At the show, they showcased two new models for handguns, the DBAL-PL v2, SBAL-PL v2. St Maintaining the same environmental ratings as the DBAL-A3 used by various militaries, the DBAL-PL […]

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Georgia governor signs campus gun measure [NRA-ILA News]

The measure, known as the “campus carry” bill, would allow people with firearms permits to carry concealed guns onto public college and university campuses, and it has been long sought by conservatives and Second Amendment activists who cast it as a crucial safety measure for students, faculty and staff to protect themselves.


Georgia colleges now must implement concealed handgun law [NRA-ILA News]

Georgia's public university presidents and police chiefs were strongly opposed to letting people carry concealed handguns on college campuses. Now that Gov. Nathan Deal has signed the campus-carry law, it falls on them to figure out how to implement it before the next school year begins.


SA80 History: The First Mockups (Sterling and Stoner) [Forgotten Weapons]

Armament Research Services (ARES) is a specialist technical intelligence consultancy, offering expertise and analysis to a range of government and non-government entities in the arms and munitions field. For detailed photos of the guns in this video, don’t miss the ARES companion blog post!

The British military had been working towards a reduced-power cartridge since the end of World War 2, and the ultimate adoption of the FAL/SLR in 7.62x51mm NATO did not end their interest in the concept. It would not be long before the roots of SA80 would take hold, and today we are looking at the very first mockups of the concept that would become the L85A1 and L86A1.

As part of a preliminary study to decide the basic layout and capabilities of a future new individual weapon and light support weapon, five wooden and metal mockups were produced in conventional and bullpup layouts, and also with/without ‘dropped’ stocks to facilitate sighting. The favored mockup was the bullpup seen here, which gave rise to the whole Enfield Weapon System/SA80 family. It is relevant to note that the concept included a universal standard optical sight from the very outset, as this was a cutting edge concept at the time. In addition, note the small features like safety, sling swivels, and magazine catch, as these would vary back and forth through the development program.

After the wooden guns, two functional (or mostly functional) guns were produced. These were standard off-the-shelf rifles converted into bullpup configuration – one Stoner 63 and one Sterling AR18. Neither company was contacted for licensing or technical assistance.


Some Good Gun News Out Of Illinois [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Hearing positive gun rights news out of the Prairie State is usually the exception instead of the norm. Yesterday was the exception. The Illinois Senate passed a bill allowing active-duty military members based in Illinois and their spouses to apply for non-resident carry permits. Moreover, they would only be charged the in-state rate of $150 instead of the out-of-state resident rate of $300.

As some might know, while Illinois will issue carry permits to out-of-state residents, the law limits it to residents of those states which the State Police find have "substantially similar" requirements. Thus, only residents of Hawaii, New Mexico, South Carolina, and Virginia qualify to apply for an out-of-state resident carry permit in Illinois. SB 1524 says that this limitation does not apply to active-duty military members and their spouses stationed in Illinois.

Now for the really good news. SB 1524 passed the Illinois Senate on a 53 yea, 0 nay vote. Now on to the State House.

The text of SB 1524 as it passed the Illinois Senate can be found here.

The Second Amendment Foundation's lawsuit against Illinois on behalf of out-of-state residents with carry permits who are precluded from applying to obtain an Illinois permit is currently on appeal to the 7th Circuit. If the bill above passes, the lead plaintiff in Culp et al v. Madigan et al, Col. Kevin Culp may have to be removed from the case if he is still stationed at Scott Air Force Base.


Beretta AR-70 – For When You Are Rejected by Colt [The Firearm Blog]

What happens when you are Beretta, one of the most storied gun makers in the world, when you are rejected by Colt? Why, you go off and make a competing rifle, partially co-developed by Sig! In all seriousness, realizing that the M16 was a true revolutionary leap forward in shoulder-fired small arms, Beretta did try […]

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NY Army Veteran Charged With Illegal Pistol Magazines, Faces 21 Years In Prison [The Firearm Blog]

In recent news Simeon D. Mokhiber was convicted for weapons charges but it wasn’t the weapon that was the problem. It was three magazines that are not NY SAFE Act legal. Simeon D. Mokhiber, 41, was arrested on April 18, 2016 and given field sobriety tests for possible DUI.  He was allegedly speeding as well as […]

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Remington’s New Wheelgun Ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

In an era of high capacity plastic pistols, there seems to be a trend back toward revolvers by many people. Call it a counter-culture movement if you must, but there seems to be a vigor in the wheel gun market that felt like it was missing just a few years ago. For example, this year I’ve seen […]

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TacProGear Announces New Citadel Line of Armor Plates [The Firearm Blog]

TPG Black Armor PlatesTacProGear (TPG) announced a new line of armor plates in its Black line. The Black line is the company’s premier line of tactical gear that is all made and designed in the United States. The new line of plates, called the Citadel line, has a total of 11 different options at launch. All are NIJ […]

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Thursday, 04 May


BREAKING: IWI and Punji Lloyd Open FIRST Private Small Arms Factory in India [The Firearm Blog]

In an unprecedented turn of events, the Indian government has approved the building of a private sector small arms factory at Malanpur in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Previously, the Indian small arms industry has been entirely nationalized, with the Ministry of Defence-run Ordnance Factories Board overseeing the production of everything from armored vehicles to the […]

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H&K Stopping American sales? [Of Arms and the Law]

An FFL has sent me a notice alleged to come from H&K (in Germany) saying that it has ceased supplying the domestic US market as of May 1, owing to some general BS, and asking the FFL to respond to a survey giving his location and how many various types of H&K arms he has sold (period of the sales not specified). The response is to be mailed to H&K at Str. 1, 78727 Oberdorf aN. The FFL enclosed an image of the alleged notice.

It sounds like BS to me, although I cannot figure out a motive.


Georgia Campus Carry Bill Signed By Gov. Nathan Deal [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R-GA) signed HB 280 which provides for a limited campus carry at public institutions of higher education. He had vetoed another campus carry bill in the preceding session of the Georgia General Assembly because of his "concerns" about sensitive places. His signing statement explains his opposition to that bill.

The press release from the Governor's Office goes into detail about the bill and the excepted places. The one part that would concern me as a faculty or staff member at any of these institutions is not that adult students with carry permits might be carry firearms on campus. Rather it is that the prohibition against firearms in any faculty, staff, or administrative office. This means a faculty member could not protect him or herself in their own office.Their SEC rival University of Tennessee doesn't allow generalized campus carry but does allow full-time faculty and staff to carry on campus.

From Gov. Deal's Office:

May 4, 2017

Gov. Nathan Deal today signed HB 280, which permits weapons carry license holders to carry firearms in specific and limited areas on college campuses.

This legislation addressed major concerns voiced by the governor last year regarding HB 859, which permitted a weapons carry license holder to carry a concealed weapon into certain areas of a college campus that had previously been prohibited. HB 859 failed, however, to address Deal’s concerns regarding the prohibition of firearms in “sensitive places,” including campus preschools, disciplinary hearings, or faculty and administrative offices. As a result, the legislation was vetoed.

This year, the General Assembly overwhelmingly passed HB 280, which maintains the same restrictions present in HB 859. It also addresses the areas of campus over which Deal previously raised concerns, along with additional areas of college campuses where weapons would not be permitted.

“It is altogether appropriate that weapons not be allowed in sensitive areas on college campuses, and I appreciate the thoughtful consideration given by the General Assembly in expanding these excluded areas within a college campus in this year’s bill,” said Deal. “While HB 280 addresses the rights and restrictions relating to weapons carry license holders on a college campus, it in effect may have greater significance for students who are going to or coming from a campus. Unfortunately, in parts of the state, the path to higher education travels through dangerous territory.

“At the present time, assailants can, and do, target these students knowing full well that their victims are not permitted to carry protection, even those who are weapons carry license holders, because they are either going to or coming from a campus where no weapons are allowed. In recent years, we’ve witnessed college students fall victim to violent attacks in or while traveling to libraries and academic buildings, and while traveling to and from their homes to class.

“As this legislation is more narrowly tailored as to exclude areas on a college campus, I’ve signed HB 280.”

HB 280 prohibits the carrying of a concealed weapon by anyone, including weapons carry license holders, on the following areas of a college campus:

  • Buildings or property used for athletic sporting events;
  • Student housing, including but not limited to dormitories, fraternity and sorority houses;
  • Any preschool or childcare space;
  • Any room or space being used for classes related to a college and career academy or other specialized school;
  • Any room or space used for classes in which high school students are enrolled through a dual enrollment program, including, but not limited to, classes related to the “Move on When Ready Act”;
  • Any faculty, staff, or administrative offices; and,
  • Rooms where disciplinary proceedings are conducted.


Hawaii: 2017 Legislative Session Adjourns [NRA-ILA News]

Today, May 4, the Hawaii Legislature adjourned the 2017 session.  While session began with a range of gun bills introduced, only a few bills saw legislative action this year.  All bills will carry-over to the 2018 legislative session.  Your NRA-ILA will be back next year to continue the fight to protect your Second Amendment rights!  Below are some of the pertinent gun bills that had movement this legislative session.


BREAKING: FFL’s Being Scammed with Fake H&K Recall Notices [The Firearm Blog]

Somebody has been sending letters to FFLs in the United States alleging to be from Heckler & Koch  Germany. The letter claims that H&K is recalling all firearms from the United States because they don’t like President Trump and they think there are too many gun-related deaths in the country. The letter is clearly a fake. […]

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Columnist Defends NRA, Gets Suspended [AllOutdoor.com]

Columnist Stacy Washington has been suspended for defending the NRA.

Ms. Washington posted the following article – Stacy Washington: Guns and the media, which defended the NRA when it was compared to the Islamic State.

From Ms. Washington’s post:

To further illustrate the ridiculous nature of Kennedy’s comparison, when has a member of the NRA ever decapitated, set on fire, tossed from a rooftop or otherwise terrorized another American?

The linkage is not only rife with improper context; it is false on its face. Yet the Missourian saw fit to publish it without question, I believe, because it suits the ideological bent of the opinion editor.

Ms. Washington made the following post on her Twitter account.

Stacy Washington, I tip my boonie hat to you. You stood up for what was right, and you paid a price.  Take pride in knowing you stood up for our rights.  If only we had more people such as yourself.

The anti-gun agenda is like a stream roller that will squash anyone who gets in the way.  It does not matter who you are, if you defend the NRA, you are the enemy.  Ms. Washington found that out the hard way.

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This is the mass media to which I am accustomed [Of Arms and the Law]

After running a column comparing NRA members unfavorably to ISIS members, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch suspends a columnist who wrote a response. Free marketplace of ideas, no way!


Making Amends? [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The other controversy that seemed to hang over the NRA Annual Meeting was the report that the Illinois Firearms Manufacturers Association had gone neutral on an anti-gun bill in the Illinois General Assembly. The bill would add state oversight and licensing to gun dealers and manufacturers in addition to Federal oversight from BATFE. In exchange for going neutral on the bill, manufacturers were dropped from the bill which then passed the Illinois Senate. The vote there was 30-21 on the day before the Annual Meeting got started.

According to press releases sent out on Monday, there were unaware of what their lobbyist was doing. It got worse when it was reported that IFMA had made contributions to anti-gun politicians who used that money to defeat pro-gun candidates.

Both Springfield Armory and Rock River Arms evidently recognized the PR nightmare was getting worse and announced their resignations from IFMA. They obviously were determined not to be the next Smith & Wesson circa Year 2000.

Last night I received multiple emails from Springfield Armory asking people to contact their Illinois state representative to vote against SB 1657. I see this as an excellent move on Springfield Armory's part. They are finally taking a pro-active stand. In case the link didn't come through below, it is here.

Dear John,
The 2nd Amendment urgently needs your help in Illinois!
The Illinois House of Representatives may consider Senate Bill 1657, legislation that could put state gun dealers out of business, at any time!

It is imperative you share this with friends and family living in Illinois and strongly urge them to OPPOSE SB 1657!

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SB 1657 would create onerous mandatory regulations, fees potentially in the thousands of dollars and excessive amounts of red tape that would almost assuredly force the closure of many firearm dealers, and prevent prospective owners from opening new ones.  The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) already licenses and closely monitors all federally licensed firearm dealers (FFLs) and strictly enforces any violation of federal law.
SB 1657 goes far beyond federal law and is designed to shut down as many FFLs as possible.
Again, please click the “Take Action” button above to contact your state Representative and urge them to strongly oppose SB 1657!  Stay tuned to www.nraila.org for further updates on this bill.


Georgia: Governor Deal Signs Campus Carry Legislation into Law [NRA-ILA News]

Today, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed campus carry legislation, House Bill 280, into law.


Kansas: Senate Committee Passes Anti-Gun Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Senate Ways and means Committee passed House Bill 2278, legislation that was implanted with Senate Bill 235 using a procedural move called a “gut-and-go” amendment.


Oregon: Bill to Expand Hunting Opportunities Passes Senate Committee [NRA-ILA News]

On Wednesday, May 3, the Oregon Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee passed House Bill 2566 with a 4-0 vote.  Introduced by state Representative Brad Witt (D-31), HB 2566 would increase the maximum age limit for youth participating in the existing hunter mentoring program from 14 to 16 years of age.  Current law allows a licensed hunter, 21 years or older, to mentor youth in order to introduce them to hunting.  HB 2566 will now go to the full Senate for consideration.  Please contact your state Senator and urge them to SUPPORT HB 2566!


Counties around the US where Obamacare no longer has any insurance companies [John Lott's Website]

Not only is the problem seen in Tennessee, but it looks like Iowans could lose it for almost their entire state. From USA Today:

Medica, a Minnesota-based health insurer, released a statement suggesting it was close to following two larger carriers in deciding not to sell such policies in Iowa for 2018, because of instability in the market.
“Without swift action by the state or Congress to provide stability to Iowa’s individual insurance market, Medica will not be able to serve the citizens of Iowa in the manner and breadth that we do today. We are examining the potential of limited offerings, but our ability to stay in the Iowa insurance market in any capacity is in question at this point,” the company’s statement said.
Medica’s move comes on the heels of announcements last month that Aetna and Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield are pulling out of Iowa’s individual health insurance market. Those are the only three choices for individual health insurance in most areas of the state this year. . . .
If Medica leaves, that will mean that 94 of the 99 counties in Iowa will have no insurer for their Obamacare exchange.


Maine: Work Session Scheduled for Ballot Initiative Reform Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

On Friday, May 5, the Legislative Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs has scheduled a work session for Legislative Document 31.  LD 31, sponsored by state Representative Eleanor Espling (R-65), addresses problems and concerns with the state’s current “Citizen Initiative” process.  This bill proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Maine to require that the signatures on a petition consist of voters from each of the State's two congressional districts, and the number of signatures from each congressional district be not less than 10% of the total vote for governor cast in that congressional district in the previous gubernatorial election.  Please continue to contact members of the committee and urge them to vote in favor of this important legislation!


DIY “AR-50” rides again in Brazil [The Firearm Blog]

Back in 2015, TFB (http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2015/08/15/potd-a-mystery-fifty-cal/) showed a DIY .50BMG caliber rifle that was seized from criminal hands in Rio de Janeiro by the local Military Police BOPE – Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais (Special Police Operations Battalion) and which was falsely marked as an “ArmaLite  AR-50”. It just so happened that a very similar “Frankenstein” […]

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Shooting Champion Matt Burkett Arrested By Federal Authorities For Fraud [The Firearm Blog]

According to the Phoenix New Times, Matt Burkett has been arrested for fraud related to his Scottsdale, AZ firearms manufacturing business, Predator Tactical. Burkett made a name for himself in the shooting world in the 1990s and 2000s, winning “more than 150 state, national, and world titles,” according to a September 2010 article in HandgunsMag.com. He’s […]

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Louisiana Action Needed: Anti-Gun Bill up for House Floor Vote [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, May 8, the Louisiana House of Representatives will hold an important floor vote on House Bill 223, introduced by state Representative Helena Moreno (D-93).


Michigan: Pro-Gun Legislation Introduced [NRA-ILA News]

This week, two pro-gun bills were introduced in the Michigan Legislature.


Maryland: Governor Hogan Signs Apprentice Hunting Legislation into Law [NRA-ILA News]

Today, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed House Bill 1427 into law.


POTD: DIY Gun Rack Display [The Firearm Blog]

My friend TC posted this photo of his display. It looks clean and professional. What you are looking at is a DIY weapon display he made. It is just peg board that he painted silver. Fooled me. I thought it was metal sheets with holes. And to top it all off, those are not guns. […]

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Like Buck Fever, Turkey Fever is Real — and Devastating [AllOutdoor.com]

Turkey fever — it’s real.

No, I’m not talking about the illness that causes you to lose sleep and miss work so you can abuse yourself by pursuing a bird that’s not even much fun to eat. That malady, my friends, is turkey *hunting* fever.

And yeah, I have it bad.

I have also been known to have turkey fever — and it really ain’t good.

Call it what you will: turkey fever, the gobbler goofs, the longbeard blues, or whatever… the bottom line is the same.

It’s like buck fever, which causes supposedly sane individuals to transform into non-functioning creatures at a time when proper functioning is vitally important for a successful hunt.

These fevers play out in many ways and they can really mess you up. The one thing they all have in common is that they affect your shooting.

The fevered hunter may freeze up and fail to fire at all. (Been there.) He may fire without properly aiming, and miss an easy shot. (Been there… more than once.)

Until this morning, though, my feverish failures all had one thing in common: whitetail deer.

As the young day emerged, gobbling began to sound. It was coming from a location that’s become notorious for luring us hunters in and crushing our hopes and dreams.

I resisted. I went several hundred yards the other way. I listened for any other gobblers. I used my locator calls and gave them plenty of chances to gobble.

And then I succumbed to the siren’s song and slipped into the woods above the creek bottom where so much gobbling takes place.

I had decided not to be aggressive, and I was fully expecting to be disappointed and ignored by the birds. I settled down next to a small food plot. Below, gobbles and raspy yelps were clearly heard.

I got their attention with a few loud calls, and shut up. I got my shotgun shouldered, and I waited.

Every now and then a small sound would seem to indicate they were coming. And then I spotted a turkey head bob. It disappeared.

I REALLY wanted to call, in case the bird was hung up. But I had learned better, and stayed still.

Soon, a hen materialized in the small food plot. She talked a bit and began to feed. Beyond her, raspy yelps and low gobbles emanated from the woods.

And then they arrived: a pair of longbeard gobblers. Coming in just as they were supposed to do!

This doesn’t often happen for me. Naturally, I was pumped full of adrenaline and trembling.

I waited for a good chance; one of the toms faced me at 35 yards and stretched his neck straight up, offering a perfect target.

I put the shotgun bead where I thought it belonged, and fired.

No bird went down.

I rose for a better view. One gobbler was in sight. Could it be wounded? It appeared healthy. I fired at its head.

Gun empty. I scrambled to reload.

That bird flew up to a low tree, paused, then flew on. The other one had disappeared, apparently having fled by foot.

What the hell?

An exhaustive search turned up no birds, no blood, not even a stray feather.

I had missed cleanly. Twice.

I still don’t understand how I managed to do it. But because I have had near-identical experiences when deer hunting, I guess I have to blame it on complete and utter brain dysfunction.

A.K.A. Turkey fever.

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Argentina’s “Sturmgewehr”: setting the record straight [The Firearm Blog]

Back in 2011, TFP published a “reader” Ronaldo Olive contribution (http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2013/02/11/fmap-dm-cam-1-the-argentine-stg44-clone/) on CAM 1, the Argentine copy of the WWII German Sturmgewehr assault rifle granddad made in that South American country in the early 1950s. In the text, it was stated that the gun was chambered to the (then) Argentine standard 7.65x53mm Mauser cartridge, information […]

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Bystander Shot By Firearms Instructor [AllOutdoor.com]

A stark reminder to always follow basic gun safety rules. While giving a demonstration, a firearms instructor raised his handgun, pointed it towards a door and pulled the trigger.  The bullet passed through the door and hit someone on the other side.

By following a couple of simple rules this could have been avoided:

Treat every gun as if it loaded.

Be sure of the target and what is beyond it.

Firearms instructor accidentally shoots person at Livonia range.

“It is just carelessness,” said Rick Ector, firearms expert.

A local firearms instructor has become an object lesson of what not to do with a gun after accidentally shooting the man. It happened at the Firearm Exchange gun range in Livonia Saturday afternoon.

Police say the instructor from Lifechoice LLC was teaching a CPL class when he unholstered his gun during a demonstration, pointed it at the door and pulled the trigger.

He was unaware that his gun was loaded.

“It’s one of those errors that when it happens, things can go bad, can go south very quickly,” said Ector.

As with everything else, the main two groups of people who have accidents are: the inexperienced, and people who have decades of experience.

The inexperienced do not know any better.

The experienced become relaxed and sometimes take reckless shortcuts.

This is not just with firearms, but with any tool. Sometimes carpenters will use saws in an unsafe manner, “It is ok, I have been doing this for a long time.” That reckless behavior is when people get hurt.

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Man Attempts to Rob Clarksburg Hotel, Clerk Pulls Gun on Him [NRA-ILA News]

A Weston man was arrested Wednesday after police said he attempted to rob a hotel in Clarksburg.  Austin Lodge, 24, went into the Sutton Inn on Emily Drive at approximately 2 a.m. and demanded money from the clerk, according to the Clarksburg Police Department. The clerk told police that Lodge, who was wearing a black hoodie, jeans with sequins, and earrings, covered his face and said, "Don't make me pull my piece." The clerk then pulled a firearm, police said, and Lodge ran toward Kroger without taking anything from the hotel.Lodge was found at the Sleep Inn and was arrested on a first-degree robbery charge.


Woman shoots intruder who followed her home, forced his way in [NRA-ILA News]

A woman thwarted an apparent home-invasion robbery Wednesday morning by shooting her would-be assailant in the 1600 block of North Myrtle Street, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. The suspect trailed the woman to her home in the Durkeeville neighborhood just before 10 a.m., then forced his way inside, according to police. When he tried to rob her, she grabbed a gun and shot him once in the torso, police said. The wounded man fled the scene, then called 911 himself and was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said. A few minutes later, another call to police reported a strong-arm home-invasion robbery nearby, the caller telling dispatchers that she had shot a suspect, police said. Investigators discovered the shooting victim was connected to the home-invasion robbery and he was taken into custody at the hospital, police said.


KE Arms SLT-1 Sear Link Technology Trigger [The Firearm Blog]

KE Arms, producer of the DMR Trigger, has licensed the manufacturing and distribution rights for the patent pending Sear Link Technology trigger system from M&M Manufacturing. Before this release, the SLT-1 was tested with tens of thousands of rounds in traditional 5.56 AR platforms, .308 AR platforms, 9mm AR pattern blow back carbines, and the […]

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Watch: Beretta M9A1 Reliability Test [AllOutdoor.com]

The Military Arms Channel on YouTube has a “gauntlet” test they run various handguns through.  In this test, the Beretta M9A1 is run through a series of water, sand, dirt and mud.

The Beretta M9 was adopted by the U.S. military in the 1980s and replaced the 1911.  M9A1 is an upgrade to the M9 platform.

During the military trials for a new handgun in the 1980s I read everything I could get my hands on.  Then I read every article two or three times.  In 1989 I turned 21 years old and made my first handgun purchase, that handgun was the Beretta 92F.

Let’s just say I was surprised with the results of the gauntlet test, but the results make sense.

Some people may say this proves striker-fired handguns are more reliable than handguns with a hammer. During one striker-fired handgun test, the handgun stopped working after being submerged in water and nothing else. The water got into the striker channel and prevented the handgun from working.

After watching the video, I am starting to lean more towards striker-fired handguns.

Then again, how many people put their handguns trough conditions that ever close close to the gauntlet?

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Homeowner holds suspects at bay until police arrives [NRA-ILA News]

A Chino Hills, California, homeowner snapped a telling photo of himself pointing the business end of a gun at three teens who tried to break into his home. The family speaks little English, so a neighbor, Tony Tran, helped out by explaining what happened Monday afternoon when the family heard unwanted guests in their backyard. Tran explained that when the family came home from the supermarket, they noticed somebody jump the fence and try to pry into the home. The homeowner panicked, Tran continued. The homeowner pulled out a gun, fired a warning shot, and held the three people there until the cops showed up. They called 911 and deputies arrived. In all, five teens were arrested for attempted burglary. Neighbors wonder why this crew of burglars chose this home, with bars on the windows - described as the Fort Knox of the cul-de-sac - and with a homeowner who's not afraid to protect his wife and children. "If that's what he felt he needed to do that's what he needed to do. Because you don't know. You walk in and someone's in your house you don't know if they're going to kill you," said another neighbor, Lapedtra Singleton.


Two shot in Arlington restaurant [NRA-ILA News]

Police flooded the Zona Caliente Sports Bar at about 6:15 after receiving calls of an active shooter. Lt. Christopher Cook said two people were killed, including the alleged shooter. "We believe the shooter is one of those deceased who was killed by a customer in the location after the suspect shot and killed someone inside the restaurant," Cook said.


Preppers, Foraging vs Farming [AllOutdoor.com]

There is a thread on the forum that is discussing foraging vs farming.  When we apply history to prepping, we see that modern society is based on agriculture.  Without a reliable food source, modern society can not function, much less exist.

It was only after agriculture was developed that people were able to live in one place for an extended period of time.  Before agriculture, foraging and hunting would deplete food resources within a given range.  Once the food sources in an area were depleted, our ancestors would pack up and move, or they would follow the herds.

Why is this important?

In the Prepping community there is this idea of bugging out to the wilderness and living on the land.

Foraging vs Farming

Foraging is surviving.

Farming is thriving.

When humanity is faced with an extinction level event, (nuclear war, viral plague… etc), do you want to survive, or do you want to thrive?

It is not a matter of if, but when humanity faces an extinction level event, people will be foraging, fishing, trapping and hunting.  Wild food resources will be depleted.

During the Great Depression, deer and wild turkey were hunted to extinction in various parts of the nation. When Hernando de Soto traveled through Texas in 1541, he noted there were flocks of wild Turkeys a mile long. By the 1930s, the east Texas wild turkey was extinct.  Populations had to be reestablished by importing wild turkeys from other parts of the nation

During the Great Mortality (Black Death) of 1348 – 1350, starving people ate cats, dogs and sometimes each other* (The Black Death, by Johannes Nohl, page 165).

Yet, preppers think they will be able to sustain themselves in a wilderness?

Food After A Collapse

After a collapse of society, foraging will play an important role.  However, to rely entirely on foraging and hunting would be foolhardy.

Society can not be built on foraging.

When setters arrived in the United States, what did they bring with them?  A book on foraging?  Or, did they bring seeds, fruit trees, chickens, cows, goats, horses and pigs?

Settlers brought what they needed to establish a functioning society.  We should follow their lead.

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Massachusetts Action Needed: Contact your Legislators in Support of Bills to Challenge AG Healey’s Gun Ban [NRA-ILA News]

Both S.1322 and S.1316 seek to challenge the gun ban set forth last summer by Attorney General Healey’s “enforcement notice,” which greatly expands the Commonwealth’s definition of “assault weapon.”  AG Healey alleges that the state’s definition of “copy” or “duplicate” “assault weapons” has been misinterpreted for the last 18 years and she is simply the first law enforcement official to discover this incorrect interpretation.  In response, several legislators wrote a letter to AG Healey voicing their strong opposition.  S.1322 and S.1316 take their opposition a step further by challenging AG Healey’s unilateral decision making through legislation.  Both of these bills are currently pending in the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.


Wilkins Pouches – High Class Ammo Carriers [The Firearm Blog]

Years of living in a state that does not allow the civilian ownership of silencers introduced me to the world of suppressed precision airguns. And if you thought the accessory market in the “powder burner” realm was stacked deep with must-haves, the airgun options are a close second. Case in point, in the woods, at the range […]

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South Carolina Action Needed: Ask your State Representative to Reconsider H.3240 [NRA-ILA News]

The South Carolina House of Representatives took up H. 3240 yesterday, which is the bill introduced by state Representative Alan Clemmons (R-107) that would ensure South Carolina recognizes all valid Right-to-Carry (RTC) permits issued by other states.  Unfortunately, the bill was amended on the floor to make the bill a reciprocity bill, rather than a universal recognition bill.  This means that, in order for South Carolina to recognize a permit issued by another state, that state would also have to recognize a South Carolina permit.  While reciprocity is an improvement over current law, NRA supports universal recognition as a stronger policy.


Speaking to gun control group, Pat Toomey reaffirms support for background check bill [NRA-ILA News]

"We have not been successful yet, but my determination has not diminished and one day we're going to succeed on this bill," Toomey told the reception crowd, drawing applause.


Gabby Giffords, congressional Dems rally gun-control activists on Capitol Hill [NRA-ILA News]

Gun control activists acknowledge they’re going to have to play defense in Washington against a government dominated by Republicans, but they insisted Wednesday that the politics of the issue are moving in their direction nationally.


Gabrielle Giffords and Democratic lawmakers reconfirm fight against guns under Trump [NRA-ILA News]

Gabrielle Giffords, the shooting survivor who is a former Democratic U.S. representative from Arizona, joined some of her former colleagues who favor stricter gun laws on Capitol Hill Wednesday to remind Americans they won’t stop fighting, even under President Donald Trump. Just five days ago, the Republican president thanked thousands of National Rifle Association members for helping him win the election, and assured them he would support gun rights.


South Carolina: House Bill Could Recognize Right-to-Carry Permits From 16 More States [NRA-ILA News]

More out-of-state gun owners with concealed weapon permits could legally carry their handgun in South Carolina under a bill approved Wednesday by the House.The House voted 85-23 on legislation recognizing permits issued by any state that likewise recognizes South Carolina's.


Texas: State House OKs bill to reduce handgun license fees [NRA-ILA News]

The Texas House tentatively approved a measure Tuesday that would reduce the fee of a license to carry by $100.


The French MAS-38 SMG [Forgotten Weapons]

The MAS-38 was France’s first officially adopted submachine gun, rushed into service in 1940. It was basically too late to help with the defense of France, with less than a thousand delivered by June 1940. The Germans kept the gun in production, making 20-30 thousand under the designation MP722(f). French production picked up immediately after the war, and 203,000 were made by the end of 1951. The gun would see service mostly in Indochina.

Mechanically, the MAS 38 is a simple blowback SMG, although it has a few unusual features. One is the approximately 6 degree angle between the barrel and receiver, which was done in order to drop the stock and allow a sight picture with shorter iron sights. As a result, the bolt face is also cut at about a 6 degree angle off perpendicular. The safety is the trigger itself, which folds up and forward to engage, locking the bolt in place. The weapon is chambered for the 7.65 French Long cartridge, which was also used in the 1935A and 1935S pistols. It is lighter than most other military submachine gun rounds, roughly on par with 9x18mm Makarov. That reduced ballistic peer does make for a very comfortable and controllable weapon, however.


Steiner DBAL-RL And SBAL-RL V2 Light/Laser Combos [The Firearm Blog]

I have been eyeing the the light and laser combos from Steiner for the better part of a year but have yet to pull the trigger. Sadly, my night vision fund is much too deficient to take advantage of a visible light/laser and IR illuminator/laser device. The newest models, the SBAL-RL and DBAL-RL add the […]

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Midwest Industries M-LOK MP5 Handguards [The Firearm Blog]

Wisconsin-based firearms accessory manufacturer Midwest Industries just rolled out a new product that should grab the attention of H&K MP5 and clone owners looking to mount lights, vertical foregrips and other accessories. The new forends will fit full size MP5s ano the compact PDW MP5K and SP89. Each model features several M-LOK attachment points as well as […]

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SilencerCo Omega45K And B&T APC45 Summit Package [The Firearm Blog]

If I was a 45ACP shooter, I’d be seriously considering this new SilencerCo Summit Series package. The complete setup is exclusive to Capitol Armory and includes a B&T APC45, a SilencerCo Omega 45K and a Vertx EDC Ready Bag. In addition, the mounting system for the Omega is a new and improved low-profile three lug […]

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BREAKING: M17 Modular Handgun System ACCEPTED for Service by Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force [The Firearm Blog]

The US Army’s M17 Modular Handgun System, derived from the SIG P320 handgun, has crossed one of the final hurdles on the track to full replacement of previous service handguns (including chiefly the Beretta M9). The United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force have all announced their acceptance of the M17 MHS as the […]

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ATF Releases FFL Theft and Losses Report [The Firearm Blog]

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information released a report earlier this month that lists the number of firearms stolen or lost from a Federal Firearms Licence holders for last year. The FFL Thefts/Losses United States report is short but contains a good bit of information that I thought […]

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X Products 50rnd X-5 MP5 Drum Magazine At HKPARTS [The Firearm Blog]

Over a year into the transfer process of my TPM Outfitters MP5SD, I have yet to start stock piling magazines. For one, H&K magazines aren’t the most affordable on the market and two there are a couple of polymer options in the works that I am hoping to review before committing to a ‘German vs U.S. […]

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Wednesday, 03 May


Michigan Muskie Stocking Put On Hold Due To Deadly Virus [AllOutdoor.com]

Michigan’s DNR has announced it will not collect eggs from Great Lakes muskellunge in the Detroit River due to recent fish kills in Lake St. Clair that are attributed to a widespread infection of viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSv).

Normally, the DNR collects eggs from the Detroit River’s muskellunge population to be reared at Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery in Mattawan and stocked each fall in Michigan waters throughout the state. With an increasing number of dead muskellunge being found in the Detroit River, and the confirmed presence of the viral virus in Lake St. Clair, DNR fisheries managers feel the risk of contaminating this hatchery is too great to proceed with this year’s rearing efforts.


VHSv is a contagious pathogen that causes the fish’s blood vessels to leak, which can show as bloody patches on the skin. It is known to infect more than 30 species of Great Lakes fish and has been found in lakes Superior, Huron, Erie and Ontario, along with a few inland lakes. Some species such as lake sturgeon and walleye are very resistant to it, while others including bluegill, largemouth bass, muskellunge, gizzard shad and round goby are very susceptible.

“VHSv has never been found in one of our state fish hatcheries and it is our intent to keep it that way,” said the DNR’s fish production manager, Ed Eisch. “We know it is safer to place our muskellunge rearing program on hold this year rather than bringing in these Detroit River muskellunge eggs and risk infecting our hatchery. We know this particular pathogen has been in the Lake St. Clair/Detroit River system since the early 2000s, so there’s always some level of risk associated with bringing eggs from that area to a hatchery. However, the risk goes up significantly when eggs are collected during an active disease outbreak.”


If VHSv was found at Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, there is a likelihood the facility – possibly including all steelhead and Chinook salmon – would need to be depopulated (destroyed and landfilled), which would affect future fish stocking efforts and fishing opportunities statewide.

Muskellunge are a long-lived species. The DNR is confident having a one-year gap in its stocking efforts will not be a real detriment to this fishery or to the program.

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$10,000 reward offered after 52 firearms stolen from NC gun shop [AllOutdoor.com]

The ATF and the National Shooting Sports Foundation are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for the arrest and conviction of those responsible for stealing dozens of guns from a store in Columbus County, North Carolina last month.

According to officials, more than 50 firearms were stolen from Ken’s Gun Exchange, located in the town of Whiteville on Apr. 13 or 14.

The theft is being investigated by the ATF and the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.
The ATF is offering a $5,000 reward and the National Shooting Sports Foundation will match that amount for a reward of up to $10,000 total.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800-283-4867), email ATFTips@atf.gov, or contact ATF through its website at http://www.atf.gov/contact/atf-tips. Tips may also be submitted to ATF through the ReportIt ® app, available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store, or by visiting http://www.reportit.com.

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Fishing, Hunting Worth More To South Dakota Than Wheat Crop [AllOutdoor.com]

According to a recent study, direct spending on hunting and fishing in South Dakota between October 2015 and October 2016 was more than $954 million. By comparison, the total value of South Dakota’s famed wheat crop as estimated by the USDA was about $440 million.

That’s more than double the food grain total.

Fishing accounted for a little more than $271 million in direct spending in the state, while South Dakota hunters spent nearly $683.


The two main spending categories for both hunting and fishing were trip and equipment spending.

Anglers spent more than $134.3 million on trip expenses in South Dakota, the study found. Resident spending on fishing equipment came to $127.4 million. Nonresident spending on fishing equipment was $9.5 million.

Resident South Dakota hunters’ spending topped $372 million.Nonresidents hunters spent a total of $310.7 million.

Pheasants drew the largest amount of hunting spending, with nonresidents spending $172.2 million on ringneck hunting, while residents spent a little more than $112 million.


Deer hunting drew the second highest amount of hunter spending, garnering $160.3 million. Residents spent $112.4 million. Nonresidents spent $47.8 million on deer hunting.

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New Hampshire Still Free Of “Mad Cow” Disease In Deer [AllOutdoor.com]

The “mad cow” form of disease all-too-commonly found in whitetail deer and labeled “chronic wasting disease” is still not found in New Hampshire, based on data from the 2016 hunting season.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department made the announcement as part of long-running efforts to keep CWD outside of New Hampshire.

This is significant, since CWD has been found in many states in the Midwest and West, as well as along parts of the East Coast.


Chronic wasting disease is a neurological disorder that is always fatal to white-tailed deer, moose, mule deer, elk and other members of the deer family. While it is not believed that CWD is transmissible to humans, hunters are still advised not to consume animals that may have the disease.

In 2016, nearly 270 tissue samples from hunter-harvested deer were tested by state Fish and Game, with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services. New Hampshire’s monitoring program is part of a nationwide effort to stop the spread of CWD.

Since the monitoring program began in 2002, about 5,817 deer have been tested in New Hampshire.

The state is asking hunters not to use natural urine-based deer lures, out of concern they can inadvertently carry CWD. The state imposes restrictions on importing deer carcasses from areas with CWD.

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North Carolina Deer Numbers Decline, Possible Solutions Offered [AllOutdoor.com]

North Carolina hunters grumbled last year about a poor whitetail deer population, and recent statistics releazsed by the state Wildlife Resources Commission confirm what was a rumor.

The Commission reports a drop in the overall deer harvest of almost eight percent between the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, with last year’s harvest 148,811 animals — 11.2 percent below the decade average.


The Commission’s statistics show harvest decline across all nine of the state’s wildlife districts, from 1.2 percent in the extreme western mountain to 14.1 percent in the northern Piedmont.

“We expect to see annual variations in harvest for various reasons, including weather, mast crop, disease, hunter effort and hunter selectivity,” said Jonathan Shaw, the Commission’s deer biologist. “Our mast crop was spotty, but some areas had good mast, which can lead to declines in deer activity and hunter deer harvest. The largest decline occurred in the northern Piedmont, which had some hemorrhagic disease problems.


“There are some possible solutions to declining deer numbers,” Shaw said. “These include promoting hunting and trapping of coyotes, habitat improvement, doe harvest management and harvest timing.”

Three counties along the Roanoke River led the state in total harvest: Northampton with 4,213, Halifax at 3,937 and Bertie at 3,165. Randolph and Rockingham counties completed the top five at 2,935 and 2,900.

Urban counties were tops in one harvest category that the Commission keeps up with: antlered bucks per square mile. Mecklenburg County led with 5.28 antlered bucks per square mile, followed by Forsyth with 4.64, Alleghany with 4.23, Gaston with 3.98 and Cabarrus with 3.89.

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Wild Turkey Populations Increase, Expand, in Northern Minnesota [AllOutdoor.com]

Wild turkey populations are on the rise in northeastern Minnesota, and the big birds are showing up in areas where they haven’t normally been seen, according to a report from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Generally seen in the lower half of the state, wild turkeys have expanded their range by finding areas of suitable habitat as far north as Itasca and southern St. Louis counties, including areas along the blustery and cold North Shore, bordering Lake Superior.


Their presence in the area has now prompted questions about the bird’s expanding numbers and potential opportunities for hunting.

In 2016, turkey hunting was expanded statewide, which added the northeastern portion of Minnesota to the existing permit area, 508. While the success rates of turkey hunting in the Arrowhead region are lower than southern areas, hunters do have the opportunity to pursue the birds.


The spring wild turkey hunt runs from April 12 to May 31 and is comprised of six separate time periods. Fall turkey season runs from September 30 to October 29.

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California: Pro-Hunting Legislation Passed Appropriations Committee [NRA-ILA News]

On Wednesday, May 3, the Assembly Appropriations Committee passed  Assembly Bill 521 with amendments.  AB 424 has still not been considered by the Assembly and remains eligible for a vote at any time.


The Battle over Public Lands Pits Outdoorsmen, Hunters Against GOP [AllOutdoor.com]

An ongoing push by some GOP congressmen to hand over large tracts of federal lands to the states, who will promptly turn around and sell them to the highest bidder, has made for odd political bedfellows.

Field & Stream is the latest to weigh in on the side of keeping the lands in federal hands, with a big piece in this month’s issue, entitled This Land Was Your Land: Why the battle over public lands is one sportsmen must win.

The future of hunting and fishing is under attack. States are trying to wrench control of public lands from the federal government in order to drill, mine, sell off, and—ultimately—steal our national sporting heritage. Here’s why public lands must remain in public hands.

Why shouldn’t states take control of federal public lands? This chart shows how states already boot sportsmen off areas they manage. No one knows the terms of future transfers, but if the past is a guide, public hunting and fishing access will be lost…

Our country is at a crossroads moment. If we let federal public lands be transferred to the states, most of them will be sold; there is just too much evidence to believe otherwise. But as it stands, every American hunter and fisherman can dream of someday adventuring West to experience the magnificence of our country, and do it on a shoestring if necessary, with kids in sleeping bags and ramen noodles on the campfire. This dream exists only because our public lands belong to every American, whether you live on a thousand acres or in a rented room. We are all—every U.S. citizen—invested in this, the very dirt of our nation. These lands are a bedrock institution of our country, as crucial as the Bill of Rights.

The magazine has to tread carefully, given its readership, so there’s nary a mention of the fact that land transfer is a mostly Republican obsession. A sidebar on “Heros and Villains” lists does name and shame two Republican Utah representatives, Jason Chaffetz and Rob Bishop, but that’s about it.

It’s an odd day when left-wing outlets like ThinkProgress and The Guardian report favorably on the activities of hunters and fisherman, without ridicule or snark. But this particular issue has put outdoorsmen on the same side as tree-huggers and Democrats, for once.

For my part, I think it’s a really good idea to point out to Republican voters that the party is up to these shenanigans, because if anyone can stop it the base can. There’s a time to be worried about reader backlash, and there’s a time to sound the alarm. This is the latter.

You may actually be wondering, why is this push coming from Utah? Well, the first and foremost reason is that the state of Utah stands to reap a huge, one-time windfall from a big auction of its lands. But the other reason is undoubtedly the fact that the Mormon Church is one of the largest landowners in the country, and will be first in line to buy up big tracts of the state once it goes on the block.

This brings me to my favorite piece on this issue, from High Country News. It places the Mahluer standoff (the Bundys are a Mormon family) in the context of the effort to sell off public lands, and really brings home what’s a stake for all of us in stopping this.

No one there seemed interested in the fate of the lands they were claiming in the takeover. None could explain why a mostly Gentile band of militants were now following what was almost entirely a Mormon-led insurrection, with a man named Ammon for the leader of the Nephites, at the head, or a man who calls himself Captain Moroni (Alma 59:13: “And it came to pass that Moroni was angry with the government, because of their indifference concerning the freedom of their country”) on guard duty, or a spokesman like Finicum, whose ranch in Cane Beds, Arizona, was less than two miles from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) enclave of Colorado City. The militants seemed uninterested in how they might fit in to a renewed State of Deseret, even though the language that the Bundy leaders used was almost identical to the 19th-century plans for that kingdom, and the Malheur lies at the very northern expanse of the old State of Deseret claims. They did not see themselves as volunteers in a new version of the Nauvoo Legion from the Utah War of 1857-58 because none of them seemed to know, or be interested in, any of that history.

But then there’s this, which is the real kicker, here:

Buyers, in a world packed and competitive beyond the imaginations of those who set aside these unclaimed and abandoned lands as forest reserves and public grazing lands in the early 1900s, are now everywhere, planet-wide. As Utah state Rep. Ken Ivory, when he was president of the American Lands Council, famously said of privatizing federal lands, “It’s like having your hands on the lever of a modern-day Louisiana Purchase.”

When that lever is pulled, and it will be, unless a majority of Americans know enough about what is at stake to oppose it, we will see the transformation of our country. Federal water rights that underpin entire agricultural economies, and that are critical to some of the last family farms and ranches in America, will be in play. Few Americans, even those in the cities of the East who know nothing about these lands, will be untouched by the transformation. Once the precedent for divesting federal lands is well set, the Eastern public lands, most of them far more valuable than those in the West, will go on the international auction block. The unique American experiment in balancing the public freedom and good with private interests will be forever shattered, while a new kind of inequality soars, not just inequality of economics and economic opportunity, but of life experience, the chance to experience liberty itself. The understanding that we all share something valuable in common — the vast American landscape, yawning to all horizons and breathtakingly beautiful — will be further broken.

This guy is 100% right. When our public lands are put up for auction, and they absolutely will be if they’re handed over to the states, then the buyers will be not just the Mormons, but the Chinese.

The Chinese are sitting on over $1 trillion US dollars in the form of US Treasuries — a byproduct of a decades-long trade imbalance and currency manipulation on their part. So they can outbid almost anyone on earth for our patrimony, and they surely will if it goes on the market.

Exactly like the Democrats’ efforts to whittle away at our gun rights, the Utah-led GOP push to transfer public lands is not going away with just one or two legislative defeats. There’s way, way too much money at stake — like the man said above, it’s like having your hand on the lever of the Louisiana Purchase. They’re going to keep trying, and we’re going to have to keep making it clear that these lands are off limits, because they belong to all of us.

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Heckler & Koch to Build a US Factory in Georgia [AllOutdoor.com]

The German Paper Spiegel carries news that H&K is coming stateside, with a plans for a new $23 million factory in Columbus, GA. The original is in German, but the Google translation is serviceable:

For the first time, the gun company Heckler & Koch is building a factory abroad, which it operates itself. In the US state of Georgia, a factory for pistols, sports and hunting guns is being built for 23 million US dollars, said company manager Norbert Scheuch, confirming a report of the “world”…

Firmenchef Scheuch said on the grounds of construction in the city of Columbus: “The American market is by far the largest civilian arms market in the world.” Nearly 40 percent of the total turnover of more than 200 million Euros was made by Heckler & Koch in 2016 with sales for the US civilian market, with pistols and sports and hunting guns. This was a plus of almost 50 percent compared with 2015…

The investment in the new plant will help not to be hit by possible import problems by US President Donald Trump , Scheuch said. “Because of the ‘America First’ motto, it is becoming increasingly difficult to export to the US – the Americans want a local production locally.” In addition, this can be used to reduce potential negative effects through exchange rates.

I know Texas must’ve offered them the moon trying to get this deal, so I’m wondering how Georgia pulled it off. If anyone knows the inside baseball, please drop into the comments and enlighten.

At any rate, this is cool, but I do wonder a few things about it.

First, will HK fanboys insist that only the company’s German-made guns are worth buying? This hasn’t happened so much with Sig and others, but I could see the HK diehards turning their noses up at anything from the Georgia factory.

Another question: will HK lower prices and make some of their guns more available? In other words, will they stop hating customers?

My guess is that the answer to this last one is, “no.” H&K is always about the LEO/MIL market, and that probably won’t change with this new factory. They’ll just get more aggressive about going after police contracts in the US.

My final question is, why is HK so overrated, and not as good as my favorite gun brand? Ok that’s a troll, but still…

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