Sunday, 29 May


Just wait until July 4th. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

More to file under it is going to be a long hot summer.

Veteran Memorials Vandalized Prior to Memorial Day

"Memorials to veterans in a Los Angeles neighborhood and a town in Kentucky, as well as a Civil War veterans cemetery in Virginia, were damaged as the nation prepares to mark Memorial Day, officials said."

"In Virginia, the Petersburg National Battlefield has apparently has been looted, the National Park Service said. Numerous excavations were found at the Civil War battlefield last week, Jeffrey Olson, and agency spokesman, said in a news release Friday. Petersburg National Battlefield is a 2,700-acre park marks where more than 1,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died fighting during the Siege of Petersburg 151 years ago."

Jesus H. Tapdancing Christ, that is some sick shit.

"In Los Angeles' Venice neighborhood, the wall for missing veterans has been tagged previously, but the latest vandalism covers the bottom half of the memorial for much of its length."

"In Henderson, Kentucky, Jennifer Richmond, a spokesman for the Henderson Police Department, said the community is devastated and working frantically to repair and replace the crosses that were put on display for a Memorial Day ceremony in Central Park."

Yep.  Its going to be a long hot one this summer.


AWR Hawkins provides Second Amendment Voter’s Guide: Trump vs. Clinton [John Lott's Website]

AWR Hawkins provides a breakdown of Trump and Clinton's positions on Universal Background Checks, “Assault Weapons” Ban, Gun-Free Zones, and the 2nd Amendment (see here).


New op-ed at Fox News: "Obama just got one giant step closer towards creating a national gun registry" [John Lott's Website]

Fox News Opinion

My newest piece at Fox News starts this way:
President Obama is taking a big step towards creating a national gun registry.  Hawaii looks like it is about to provide the federal government with the list of all the gun owners in the state.  Supposedly, keeping a list of gun owners’ names will enable the FBI to tell police if a gun owner ever gets arrested. 
But a national gun registry isn’t necessary to do this check.  The FBI isn’t the only organization that can do background checks on already existing gun owners.  
Hawaii already has a gun registry, and can regularly run its list of names to see if people have gotten arrested. 
Some concealed carry states do that for their concealed handgun permit holders.  For example, Kentucky checks its list of permit holders every month. 
Hawaii is going to pay for entering the names in the new federal registry by charging gun owners a new fee.  But, even if this registration reduced crime, it would hardly be just the gun owners who have registered their guns who would be the only ones who benefit.  Economics would indicate that the people who benefit from this proposal should be the ones to pay for it. 
If Hawaii officials really think that this will reduce crime for everyone and they aren’t just pushing this as a way to reduce gun ownership even further, they can pay for these checks out of general revenue. 
This will undoubtedly be a waste of money. Out of all the guns owned in the US, just hundredths of one percent are used in committing crimes, and the rate that registered guns are used in crimes is a tiny fraction of that.  For concealed handgun permit holders the revocation rate for any firearms related violation is thousandths of one percent, and almost all of those are trivial, nonviolent offenses. 
Gun control advocates have long claimed that gun registration will help solve crime. Their reasoning is straightforward: If a registered gun is left at a crime scene, it can be used to identify the criminal.
Unfortunately, it rarely works out this way. . . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.  Please share on Facebook.


100 Years Since Verdun Celebrated [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

In a show of support, Angie and Francis make nice and say some generic pro-EU things.  So that's nice. They probably glossed over a few things though.

For the uninitiated here is a quick rundown on the war:

In reality, Verdun was a meat grinder much in the way that the Somme and the Battle(s) of Ypres became.  Much for the same reason too.  The Germans still were riding high on the exploits of Fredrick the Great and thought their military might would be unmatched.  Frederick the Great was instrumental in developing how Germans would look at maneuver warfare, but they were hanging on to 130 year old laurels.  To be sure, the German Empire, (just 45 yeas young at this point),  was still angry over the Wars of Religion and the 30 Years War which had killed 1 out of 3 Germans and left them out of major European politics for a couple of hundred years.  Hubris was coupled with an aged and doddering higher command which was in no particular hurry to change with the times.  Years later, the Germans would have to relearn the lessons of Pyrrhic stubbornness to the point of of annihilation on the Eastern front, (Kursk and Stalingrad come to mind).  Not to be outdone, Americans took their turn at the meat grinder in the Hurtgen Forrest from 1944 to 1945.

I have traveled to Verdun and walked inside Fort Vaux and the memorial at Douaumont.  Both are well worth the trip to see.  Time has washed over much of the fortifications but you can still see parts of the trenchworks around the area.  The memorial, with its thousands upon thousands of crosses is a sight to behold.

It is no mistake that the German word for battle, "Schlacht", also means to butcher.


What Would Be A Suitable Punishment For These Vandals? [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Punji sticks?

Tiger pits?

How about this:  they have to go and meet with the families of those missing in action who have suffered for up to 50 years not knowing what happened to their fathers, husbands, brothers, and sons and explain just what the hell they were thinking when they "tagged" that memorial. I doubt they will be able to truly justify their actions.

If they have any feelings, if they are sentient beings, they should feel profound shame at their actions. Perhaps this will get their lives turned into something productive.

I was lucky. My father came home from the Republic of Vietnam. Twice. Though he wasn't in combat, his name could have been up on that wall or the one in Washington, DC. As I said, I was lucky unlike the families of those men listed on that wall in Venice, California.


Russia’s New Tokar-2 KORD-5.45 Dual-Feed SAW [The Firearm Blog]

zid_2013_002As part of the recent Russian re-armament program including the T-14 Armata man battle tank, the T-50 air superiority fighter, and the AK-12 and A545 rifles, the Federation has initiated a program for a new 5.45mm caliber squad support weapon, called “Tokar-2”. The weapon being developed uses a combined belt and magazine feed system, similar […]

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Sunday Jams - Haters gonna hate [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

To the guy who keeps complaining about what should or should not be placed on Sipsey Street, perhaps this is more your speed:

Now stop bitching.  No one cares.

Saturday, 28 May


BREAKING: Jim Sullivan Responds, He is NOT Anti-Civilian AR-15, HBO Selectively Edited the Interview [The Firearm Blog]

Jim SullivanJim Sullivan just emailed me with his response to the HBO interview … [As] predicted the anti-gun HBO Sports interview misrepresented much of what I had said. They were apparently trying to make the AR15 civilian model seem too dangerous for civilian sales. They didn’t lie about what I said, they just omitted key parts which […]

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If anyone else had done a fraction of the security violations that Hillary Clinton did, they would be in jail for a very long time [John Lott's Website]

Here is a case of a sailor who took a photo of a nuclear sub for his personal use (no bad guys saw the picture).  From Politico:
. . . Prosecutors allege that Petty Officer First Class Kristian Saucier used a cellphone camera to take photos in the classified engine room of the nuclear submarine where he worked as a mechanic, the USS Alexandria, then destroyed a laptop, camera and memory card after learning he was under investigation. 
Last July, Saucier was indicted on one felony count of unlawful retention of national defense information and another felony count of obstruction of justice. He pleaded guilty Friday to the classified information charge, which is part of the Espionage Act, a prosecution spokesman confirmed. No charge of espionage was filed and no public suggestion has been made that he ever planned to disclose the photos to anyone outside the Navy. 
The sailor now faces a maximum possible sentence of up to ten years in prison, but faced up to 30 years if found guilty on both charges. Federal guidelines discussed in court Friday appear to call for a sentence of about five to six-and-a-half years, although the defense has signaled it will seek a lighter sentence. . . . 
“I just don’t think it’s fair,” said Gene Pitcher, a retired Navy sailor who served with Saucier aboard the Alexandria. “In reality, what [Hillary Clinton] did is so much worse than what Kris did. ... I think it’s just a blatant double standard.” . . .


Illinois: Suppressor Legalization Legislation to be Introduced in Legislature [NRA-ILA News]

On Sunday, May 29, a bill that would legalize firearm sound suppressors will be introduced and considered by the Illinois legislature.  This important pro-gun legislation will implement the full legalization of suppressors, allowing for their lawful possession and use, including for the taking of game.



Memorial day: Remembering Those Who Gave Everything [The Firearm Blog]

Michael (10 of 44)Memorial Day is a US holiday that I struggle with every year as it is a rather emotional one for me. It seems that all too often people lose sight of why we enjoy the day off to BBQ with friends and family among other Memorial Day traditions. We do our best to honor those […]

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Vintage Saturday: Smoke Break [Forgotten Weapons]

Belgian soldier smokes a cigarette during a fight between Dendermonde and Oudegem Belgium in 1914.

Belgian soldier smokes a cigarette during a fight between Dendermonde and Oudegem Belgium in 1914.

This is a really good photo of a Belgian Maxim, although it appears to be staged – the man has his thumbs on the trigger, but there does is not ammo belt in the gun.

Friday, 27 May


New Jersey: Anti-Gun Legislation to be Heard in House Committee, Your Help Needed [NRA-ILA News]

On Thursday, June 2, the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee will hear Assembly Concurrent Resolution 175/Senate Concurrent Resolution 101.  Your NRA-ILA, along with Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs (ANJJRPC), vigorously supported New Jersey’s right to self-defense by testifying against SCR 101 at the beginning of May; however, SCR 101 passed the Senate and has now been scheduled to be heard next week.  Please contact members of the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee and ask them to oppose SCR 101!


Outrage of the Week: Kindergartner Suspended for Princess Bubble Gun [NRA-ILA News]

Early last week, school officials at Southeast Elementary in Brighton, Colo. suspended a 5-year-old kindergartner for bringing a “fake weapon” to school. Illustrating the fanatical manner in which school weapons policies are enforced throughout the country, the “weapon” in question was a battery-powered clear plastic gun that blows bubbles when the trigger is pulled.


Valmet RK 62 76: Finnish Firepower [The Firearm Blog]

The people of Finland have a tradition of taking Russian small arms and tweaking them to better meet their needs. The RK 62 rifle and its variants is a prime example of this: The Finns took the AKM and altered things like the rear sight, stock, safety, and so on until the final product was […]

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“Rap Back”: A New Federal Firearm Registry [NRA-ILA News]

As part of the FBI’s Next Generation Identification Program, the agency is implementing what it calls the “Rap Back” service.  “Rap Back” provides law enforcement agencies – at their request – ongoing alerts on specific individuals.


Fiscal Year 2017 Appropriations Process Yields Wins for the Second Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2017 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill. The bill funds the Departments of Commerce and Justice, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other related agencies. Included in the committee-approved draft were a number of important riders that would protect Second Amendment rights by defunding overreaching or restrictive programs that serve mainly to burden lawful possession of or commerce in firearms.


New Holosun HS510C Solar [The Firearm Blog]

HS510C_1-500x500The up and coming budget priced optic makers Holosun will soon be releasing their first open flex sight the HS510C. You can keep the HS510C on all the time because it’s powered by a solar cell with backup power from a CR2032 battery during low light conditions. The reticle can be switched from either a […]

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CAA Roni with SB Tactical Braces [The Firearm Blog]

stab-ronir-webCAA will soon be shipping out their Roni platform equipped with an SB Tactical Stabilizer Brace to dealers and distributors. If you didn’t already know the ATF actually recently approved the collapsing version of the SB Tactical Stabilizer Brace made for the Sig MPX. The Roni platform from CAA has been around for a while, they’re […]

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California: Assembly Appropriations Committee Sends Several Anti-Guns Bills to the Assembly Floor [NRA-ILA News]

On Friday, May 27, the state Assembly Committee on Appropriations passed four of the five anti-gun bills on a party-line vote. AB 1664, AB 1673, AB 1674 and AB 1695 will now join AB 2607  for consideration by the Assembly, where a vote is expected next week prior to the house of origin deadline on Friday June 3.


Protect Target Shooting Opportunities in Washington State Forests [NRA-ILA News]

The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be holding public meetings next week to discuss target shooting in state forests.  It is imperative that shooters attend these meetings and weigh in.  If non-shooters and anti-gun advocates are the loudest voices next week, these meetings will become the first step in prohibiting shooting on state lands.


Armless Man Is Still Armed [The Firearm Blog]

Fancy footworkThis is some fancy footwork. Bubba Stevenson was born without arms. Yet that does not dissuade him at all. He participated in a local IDPA match. Ken Cash posted up this video. I wanted to share this with the blue bullet shooters. This is Bubba Stevenson. He came to our IDPA practice tonight. He was […]

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POTD: PPSh AK [The Firearm Blog]

13263845_1721303204811728_4965724648641324010_nI found this mysterious picture online. There is no information on who made this. Here is a link to the post. As you can see from the photo it is an AK with a PPSh barrel shroud attached almost like a free float rail system. The part that looks suspicious to me is the gas […]

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Obama just got one giant step closer towards creating a national gun registry [NRA-ILA News]

President Obama is taking a big step towards creating a national gun registry. Hawaii looks like it is about to provide the federal government with the list of all the gun owners in the state. Supposedly, keeping a list of gun owners’ names will enable the FBI to tell police if a gun owner ever gets arrested.


D.C. moves to appeal ruling shooting down concealed carry law [NRA-ILA News]

The District’s Attorney General is moving quickly to appeal a federal judge’s ruling which last week blocked city officials from requiring gun owners to provide a “good reason” in order to get a permit to carry a concealed firearm in the nation’s capital.


Manipulative Editing Reflects Poorly On Katie Couric, Gun Documentary [NRA-ILA News]

Katie Couric and the creator of a documentary on guns are apologizing — to a point — for switching around footage to make it falsely appear that members of a Virginia gun rights organization could not summon an answer to a key question on background checks.An audiotaped recording taken by one of the participants shows otherwise — they spoke extemporaneously for several minutes.


Yahoo needs to fire Katie Couric [NRA-ILA News]

The case is clear. Katie Couric, a person Yahoo employs to be the face of its news division, was caught in a grotesque deception. Then, when she was publicly exposed, rather than apologizing, she doubled down — defending the choice to cast innocent Americans as ignorant rubes rather than allowing them to speak for themselves.


Under the gun: Couric's editing tricks [NRA-ILA News]

Katie Couric did not so much destroy her reputation as a journalist, as confirm it.The former CBS Evening News anchor has a new “documentary” on the gun control debate titled “Under the Gun”, which is to say that it is a piece of shallow gun control propaganda.


Whatever it is that Katie Couric does, it’s not journalism [NRA-ILA News]

This is the sort of dishonesty that gives hacks a bad name. “An apology, retraction, reediting, whatever it is that filmmakers do to make amends—all of it needs to happen here,” writes Erik Wemple of the Washington Post. But none of it has. EPIX, the cable channel on which the movie appears, told Stephen Gutowski that it “stands behind Katie Couric, director Stephanie Soechtig, and their creative and editorial judgment. We encourage people to watch the film and decide for themselves.”


Enthusiasm Abounds at Second Annual Second Amendment Youth Leadership Conference [NRA-ILA News]

On Saturday, May 21st, in conjunction with NRA’s Annual Meetings in Louisville, NRA-ILA’s Grassroots Division hosted the Second Amendment Youth Leadership Conference. Demonstrating the support for our rights among college students and millennials, attendance was double that of last year’s inaugural event!


White House Gun Control Meeting - Let’s “Set the Table” for the New President [NRA-ILA News]

Speaking at a May 24 “Gun Violence Prevention Convening” held at the White House with state and local government officials, Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. appeared to concede that the window for further gun control measures by the Obama Administration has passed, acknowledging “we’re probably not going to get much more done in the next nine months” on gun control.


AP: Trump Has Clinched GOP Nomination [NRA-ILA News]

The Associated Press reported on Thursday that Donald J. Trump has exceeded the 1,237 delegates necessary to win the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States on the first ballot at the party’s convention next month.


Katie Couric is an Anti-Gun Fraud and Hypocrite [NRA-ILA News]

Google-search “Katie Couric, gun control, edited” and you’ll see what we’re talking about. Actually, you’ll see what most news organizations are talking about.


The Old-School Ways Of NoDak Spud [The Firearm Blog]

Credit: brunnelsWith all the recent press on retro-styled AR rifle offerings by Colt, Troy and others, I thought it would be fitting to highlight one of the original (and most technically accurate) manufacturers of “clone” receivers and parts. Beginning in 2005, NoDak Spud, a small firearms manufacturing company based in Edina, Minnesota, introduced high quality AK […]

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RE Factor Tactical Rapid Deployment Buttstock Tourniquet Holder [The Firearm Blog]

ButstockTourniquetHolders-10-600x600Evolving from the butt-stock magazine pouch, RE Factor Tactical has released their Rapid Deployment Butt-stock Tourniquet Holder. The piece of tactical nylon is designed to handle a RATS tourniquet mounted onto the buttstock of any common modern sporting rifle. The Rapid Deployment Buttstock Tourniquet Holder is attached via “simple” bungeee cords to maintain “a secure, […]

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Why We Don’t Use Turkish 8mm Surplus [Forgotten Weapons]

There is a lot of Turkish surplus 8mm Mauser ammunition on the market here in the US. It used to be super cheap (under 5c/round), but in the last few years I have seen it selling for more like 30c/round. It’s usually the least expensive option for 8mm ammo, and it can be identified by its Arabic headstamps, one-piece brass clips, and crude bandoliers (7 pockets with 2 clips in each). Whenever I am asked, I always urge people to not use it in self-loading rifles. It is safe enough in bolt actions, but that’s IT. One would be better advised to buy it only for the projectiles (or really, just don’t buy it at all).

Why? Because it’s overpressure and has bad primers (lots of hangfires), thanks to poor storage over the decades. I believe the powder granules have deteriorated and the surface area increased, leading to a much faster burn rate than when originally made, and thus excessive pressure.

Now, I have encountered plenty of people who claim to have fired thousands and thousands of rounds of Turk surplus without any problems. I have no doubt that they are telling the truth – but the very next round could well change that streak for them. I have one friend who is missing a couple fingers from an incident in which a round of Turk surplus he thought was a dud detonated while he was ramming it out with a cleaning rod – the rod took off his thumb and the bullet took two more fingers.

I am aware of at least half a dozen machine guns damaged or destroyed by it as well. Too many machine gun owners are penny wise and pound foolish, spending tens of thousands of dollars on historical machine guns and then firing the cheapest ammo they can possibly find (ie, Turkish surplus 8×57). This came to my mind recently when I noticed that a friend had a remnant from a repair job on a caliber-converted (because cheaper!) Browning 1919 that had its sideplates ballooned open by Turk 8mm. Here’s the top cover:

Browning 1919 top cover blown up by Turkish 8mm Browning 1919 top cover blown up by Turkish 8mm Browning 1919 top cover blown up by Turkish 8mm

Yeah, it’s supposed to be flat.

Please, guys, don’t use this ammo. If you absolutely must, then stick to bolt action Mausers, and understand how to handle hangfires safely. But don’t let this be your 1919 or MG34 or MG42 or FN49 or G43 or Hakim. Or your fingers.


"Suspected Of Impersonating A Police Officer" [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The Anchorage Police Department received complaints about an obnoxious driver last weekend. They were very concerned as the vehicle involved had flashing red and blue lights and thought they might be dealing with someone impersonating a police officer. They asked the public for help in identifying the driver.

The driver in question, a white male in his 30s with short hair, came up behind multiple cars, flipped on his flashing lights and then would speed past them when they yielded. Oh, and he would laugh at them while flipping them the middle finger.

One of the motorists who had been pulled over took a picture of the license plate of the vehicle in question. This is where it really gets interesting. The APD went to run the plate against the DMV database and came up empty. Thinking it might be an undercover car of the Alaska State Police, they contacted them and also came up empty.

After a few days of detective work by APD, the car and unidentified driver were traced to a federal law enforcement agency - the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. In a later release, APD said they were informed that this employee of BATFE was "on official business at the time of the incident".

ATF's Seattle office, which also oversees operations in Alaska, declined to answer questions Tuesday about the bureau's policies regarding unmarked vehicles or whether any disciplinary action had been taken. The office released a brief statement from special agent in charge Doug Dawson.

"ATF is aware of the allegations made in the complaint and is investigating the incident," Dawson said. "Further, as a matter of policy, ATF does not comment on personnel matters."
I'm guessing the BATFE agent in question was confused by his agency's directives on trafficking. He must have thought it had something to do with traffic enforcement as opposed to trafficking in guns, dynamite, moonshine, or cigarettes.

H/T Sipsey Street


Country Rifle: Austria by Rainier Arms [The Firearm Blog]

28The Austria Rifle by Rainer Arms. Ceracoated by Blown Deadline custom. The Republic of Austria is a small country, with only about 8.7 million inhabitants, situated in the middle of Europe. The flag of Austria has three equal horizontal bands of red, white and red. The Flag of Georgia (USA) is very similar. The receiver […]

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First Amendment Lawsuit With Second Amendment Implications In California [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Two Second Amendment groups and three individual plaintiffs including a Congressional candidate have filed suit against California Attorney General Kamala Harris. The suit filed in US District Court for the Eastern District of California seeks an injunction against a California law that makes it illegal to use video footage from the California State Assembly in a political campaign or ballot initiative. The suit is brought on First Amendment grounds as the law restricts political speech. The plaintiffs would have used video footage from the State Assembly to produce ads opposing Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's gun control ballot initiative and the gun control bills being rammed through the legislature.

One of the individual plaintiffs is filmmaker Kris Koenig who produced the Second Amendment documentary Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire.

An interesting note about the lawsuit is that UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh who blogs at the Washington Post's Volokh Conspiracy is one of the attorneys representing the plaintiffs.

A copy of the complaint can be found here.

A release with more details on the case and the plaintiffs is below.

SACRAMENTO­­­­­­ – Today, two civil rights groups opposing Gavin Newsom’s gun control ballot initiative were joined by two Emmy Award-winning filmmakers, a San Diego-based civil rights activist, and a candidate for Congress in filing a new First Amendment lawsuit challenging the State of California’s ban on using Assembly video footage for political speech.

The complaint, filed in the Eastern District of California federal court, states that California Government Code section 9026.5 prohibits the use of the public video feed from the California State Assembly “for any political or commercial purpose, including . . . any campaign for elective public office or any campaign supporting or opposing a ballot proposition submitted to the electors.”

Tim Donnelly, a plaintiff in the case who is currently running for Congress, was previously threatened by the Assembly Rules Committee for using a clip of a hearing in which he participated as an elected Assembly member.

Violating the statute is a misdemeanor crime that can lead to imprisonment in a county jail for up to six months, a fine of up to one thousand dollars, or both imprisonment and fine. Because of the importance of political speech and the criminal liability under the statute, the plaintiffs say they’ll be asking the court to issue a restraining order against the law.

“Millions of good, law-abiding people are at risk of becoming criminals through dozens of new gun control bills and the most dangerous, anti-civil rights ballot initiative we’ve seen in decades,” explained Firearms Policy Coalition Second Amendment Defense Committee Chairman Brandon Combs. “Yet Section 9026.5 says it would be a crime for us to use video of the people’s Assembly hearings and votes in political speech. It is shocking that this law was ever passed in a state that claims to value diversity, tolerance, free speech, and open government.

“This blatantly unconstitutional statute should be opposed by people across the political spectrum.”

“Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President Kevin de León are playing fast and loose with legislative rules, but California law says that it’s a crime for us to use Assembly video to oppose their extreme agenda. We filed this lawsuit because we’re not going to stand by and watch while Senator de León and Gavin Newsom compete to burn the Bill of Rights to the ground first,” concluded Combs.

The plaintiffs are represented by Bradley Benbrook and Stephen Duvernay of Benbrook Law Group, PC, and Eugene Volokh, a UCLA law professor who has written and taught extensively about the First and Second Amendments. Before joining the UCLA faculty, Volokh clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court. He also operates the popular legal blog “The Volokh Conspiracy,” now hosted at the Washington Post.

A copy of the complaint for Firearms Policy Coalition Second Amendment Defense Committee, et al. v. Attorney General Kamala Harris can be viewed or downloaded at

Firearms Policy Coalition Second Amendment Defense Committee (FPCSADC) is the official pro-gun grassroots political action committee (PAC) dedicated to opposing Gavin Newsom’s gun control ballot initiative. FPCSADC was formed days after Newsom announced his intention to put his gun control scheme on the November 2016 ballot and has been fighting against the initiative since its inception. More information about FPCSADC can be found at

Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) is a grassroots, nonprofit public benefit organization. FPC’s mission is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially the fundamental, individual Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. More information about FPC can be found at


Sidelok Magnified Optic Mount Coming [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureKinetic Development Group, known for actually improving the SCAR with a better stock, foreend, etc. etc. has announced that they have a magnified optic version of their Sidelok technology coming down the pike. The Sidelok touts 100% consistent return to zero. For those not familiar with the Sidelok technology, it is a series of mounts that […]

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NEW Stevens 555 Compact O/U in .410, 28 & 20 GA [The Firearm Blog]

Stevens 555 CompactSavage Arms is releasing new Stevens 555 Compact models to supplement their current line of Over & Under (O/U) shotguns. The initial caliber offerings will be .410, 28 and 20 Gauge. With the immediate success of the Stevens 555 it only makes sense they expand their offerings to fit smaller and younger shooters. One of the […]

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Wilson Combat AR9 9mm Carbine [The Firearm Blog]

wilsoncombat1There has been an increase in interest in pistol caliber carbines, and in response manufacturers are coming out with new options for shooters. New from Wilson Combat is the AR9, a pistol caliber carbine designed by the company to be versatile and reliable. According to Wilson Combat this is not just another converted AR-15, it’s […]

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Iron Man themed JP Enterprises SCR-11 rifle [The Firearm Blog]

1_resizeJP Enterprises is a company that focuses on high-end competition rifles. JP is based in Hugo MN. For the record, JP also offers a line of Law Enforcement rifles: “JP-15 Duty Rifles“. The base rifle for this Iron Man theme is a JP Enterprises SCR-11 Rifle, an AR-15 based competition rifle in .223 Wylde. If […]

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Thursday, 26 May


Ohio: NICS Compliant Standard Now Recognized for All Valid Ohio Concealed Handgun License Holders [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that Ohioans who possess a valid concealed handgun license no longer have to submit themselves to additional background checks when purchasing firearms.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) published an open letter to Ohio Federal Firearm Licensees (FFLs) notifying them that, effective immediately, they may accept a valid Ohio concealed handgun license issued on or after March 23, 2015 in lieu of conducting a background check through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).


FN FNC Field Strip [The Firearm Blog]

The FN FNC is the standard service rifle of Belgium, and the gun that Al Pacino once used to shoot Tom Sizemore with in the face. This piston operated, rotating bolt weapon is an example of how the AK’s piston and bolt arrangement can be paired excellently with ergonomics preferred by Western nations. Transcript … […]

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Country Rifle: Sweden by Rainier Arms (Bravo Company) [The Firearm Blog]

12Let’s start with some Mythology: The 12th-century King Eric IX saw a golden cross in the blue sky as he landed in Finland during the First Swedish Crusade in 1157. Seeing this as a sign from God he adopted the golden cross against a blue background as his banner. The golden cross was later changed […]

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‘The MAC-10 Was an Over-Hyped Hunk of Junk’ [The Firearm Blog]

imageTypically, I don’t like to blog about other blogs. But one of my favorite technology/information/gun sites (besides TFB, of course), War Is Boring, posted a great write-up of the MAC-10 and its high-speed rise and fall as a viable submachine gun. Entitled The MAC-10 Was an Over-Hyped Hunk of Junk, writer Darien Cavanaugh chronicles the basic history and […]

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California: Anti-Gun Bills Sent to Assembly Suspense File Scheduled to be Heard Tomorrow, May 27 [NRA-ILA News]

On Friday May 27, the state Assembly Committee on Appropriations is scheduled to hear all the bills sent to the suspense file.  There are five anti-gun bills that greatly impact gun owners, sportsmen, and Second Amendment supporters.  Contact the members of the Appropriations Committee and urge them to OPPOSE AB 1663, AB 1664, AB 1673, AB 1674, and AB 1695.


Man shoots wife’s nunchuck-wielding ex-husband [NRA-ILA News]

A husband becomes his wife's hero after shooting her armed ex-husband, after he broke into their residence.


North Carolina: Right to Hunt and Fish Legislation Introduced [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, Senate Bill 889 was introduced in the North Carolina state senate.  S889 seeks to amend the North Carolina Constitution to affirm that it is a right of the public to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.


Final Newsstand Issue of Shooting Illustrated Is Out [The Firearm Blog]

shootingillustrated1With all the coverage here on TFB as well as on other sites concerning the recent NRA Annual Meeting (NRAAM) this particular announcement  seems timely. You may have heard that Shooting Illustrated was recently named as the third in what will become a trifecta of Official Journal of the National Rifle Association magazines. American Hunter […]

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Illinois: Anti-Gun Amendment Proposed for Gun Store Licensing Bill [NRA-ILA News]

This week, anti-gun lawmakers have been hard at work to amend House Bill 1016 into a passable version.


Tyrant Designs MOD AR-15 Grip [The Firearm Blog]

unspecified1_grandeTyrant Designs, a small company that is putting form and function together in some novel ways, has entered the modular grip game with their MOD AR-15 grip. The grip is lightweight at 4 ounces assembled, which is about an ounce less than the popular Magpul MOE grip that typifies a large swath of rifles. The […]

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Trump's son talks gun rights with House Republicans [NRA-ILA News]

Donald Trump Jr. told a group of roughly 15 House Republicans that he is an avid hunter and his father is committed to making sure any future Supreme Court appointments would uphold the Second Amendment right to bear arms, according to attendees.


Katie Couric stands by 'Under the Gun' as director apologizes for misleading edit [NRA-ILA News]

The director of a new documentary about gun violence says she is sorry for a misleading scene that makes gun rights activists seem stumped by one of interviewer Katie Couric's questions.


Audiotape: Katie Couric documentary falsely depicts gun supporters as ‘idiots’ [NRA-ILA News]

Nearly 10 seconds of silence, as if no one has an answer to Couric’s rather straightforward question. The scene comes from “Under the Gun,” a film written, produced and directed by Stephanie Soechtig and narrated by Couric, the global anchor for Yahoo News; Couric also serves as executive producer. The session depicted in the video above features Couric and members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a group whose motto is “Defending Your Right to Defend Yourself.”And to hear the VCDL tell the story, those awkward seconds are a fabrication, a byproduct of deceptive editing. To prove the point, VCDL President Philip Van Cleave has released an audiotape of the session, which is available on the site of the Washington Free Beacon as part of a story by Stephen Gutowski.


Audio of Katie Couric Interview Shows Editing Slant in Gun Documentary, Site Claims [NRA-ILA News]

A conservative news site posted what it said was audio proof that filmmakers behind a documentary about the gun control debate deliberately edited video to portray gun-rights activists as unable to answer questions about background checks.


NRA convention had $53 M. economic impact [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association convention and trade show held in Louisville last week had an economic impact estimated by the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau at a whopping $53 million.


State of Ohio makes it easier for people to buy guns [NRA-ILA News]

Ohio is making it easier for people to buy guns.The state will no longer require background checks for people buying guns if they already have a valid concealed-carry permit.


Alabama: Right-to-Carry permits now free for retired military [NRA-ILA News]

A new law doing away with fees for concealed carry permits for retired military personnel has earned Alabama the praise of the National Rifle Association.


Illinois: Senate votes to let non-resident military members get concealed-carry licenses [NRA-ILA News]

Non-resident members of the military are a step closer to being allowed to possess an Illinois concealed-carry license, thanks to a bill that the state Senate passed on Wednesday.


D.C. Denies That It Ordered Cops to Ignore a Court Order Requiring them To Not Reject Gun Carry Permit Requests for Lack of "Good Reason" [NRA-ILA News]

Devin Watkins wrote at The Federalist today that an officer accepting his application for a concealed carry permit in D.C. told him outright that he'd been told by the city's Attorney General's office to ignore a recent court order overturning an old requirement that a permit receiver must have a "good reason" to get his permit.


A new Second Amendment masquerade [NRA-ILA News]

To suggest that President Obama and his managers downplayed the president’s lifelong hostility to the private ownership of firearms during his 2012 re-election campaign is an understatement. His campaign went so far as to air ads in firearms-friendly areas featuring the president arguing that he was a lifelong supporter of Second Amendment rights and pledging that he would not “take” your shotgun, rifle or pistol. A sycophantic media horde supported him on this with Chris Matthews declaring that the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre was “clinically insane” if he actually believed Mr. Obama would go after the Second Amendment.


Audio Shows Katie Couric Documentary Deceptively Edited Interview with Pro-Gun Activists [NRA-ILA News]

The makers of a new Katie Couric documentary on gun violence deceptively edited an interview between Couric and a group of gun rights activists in an apparent attempt to embarrass the activists, an audio recording of the full interview shows.


Katie Couric Should Be Ashamed of Herself [NRA-ILA News]

Let’s be clear, here: This is lying. It is dishonesty. It is, in a disfavored word, propaganda. It is also typical. I am frequently struck by how quickly opponents of the Second Amendment resort to mendacity, conflation, and hyperbole, and this incident serves as no exception. This, I suppose, should not surprise, for such behavior is the product of intellectual and moral weakness, and the gun control movement is nothing if not intellectually and morally weak.


Exploded 10mm Nighthawk 1911 [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_2305My friend Greg sent this to me. His friend had a Nighthawk 1911 chambered in 10mm. He said it was the most accurate handgun he has ever shot. Until it exploded. From what my friend Greg was told, his friend was using off the shelf Armscor 10mm ammo. 1911s don’t explode as easily as polymer […]

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M-Carbo Springs for the Kel-Tec Sub 2000 – Better Trigger Pull [The Firearm Blog]

Sub-2000-triggerIts a shame that there has not been a larger aftermarket for the Kel-Tec Sub 2000. Despite the near universal praise of the 1st generation platform, Kel-Tec only produced a fraction of what the market demanded. Now on the equally praised 2nd generation, Kel-Tec has kicked up production (so much so that I actually saw […]

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South Carolina: Time Running Out for South Carolina Right-to-Carry Recognition [NRA-ILA News]

The South Carolina Senate is set to adjourn next week, so there is little time left to act on  H. 3799.  While the bill is on the Special Order calendar, anti-gun state Senator Marlon Kimpson (D-42) is leading the charge to derail this critical self-defense reform. Time is rapidly running out on H. 3799, so it is imperative that you continue to contact your state Senator to act quickly and support NRA’s attempts to amend H. 3799, as well as its final passage.


Savage Prototype Longslide .380 (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

Savage made just a few experimental long-slide versions of their pistols (most of the ones out there are fakes made by modifying existing guns). Personally, I think that this version in .380 would have made an excellent officer’s service sidearm for many European militaries at the time. Most did not see a need for a particularly powerful handgun cartridge, and this extended model of the Savage feels excellent in the hand without being overly large.


Watch: Molten Salt Melting Lead []

If you require that videos have a practical purpose before you’ll watch them, click away from this page now. But if you like learning stuff, you might enjoy this.

This person melts salt — which I don’t think I’ve ever seen before — and then pours it over a pan of lead shot pellets.

As a liquid, the salt looks a lot like water.

When poured over the shot, some of the salt dribbled over the side. After it sat on the concrete for a bit, it turned a sort of orange-brown color… it reminds me a lot of pine resin.

The salt remained hot for some time after it hardened… so much so, that he was able to dump some more shot on top of the hard salt mass, and after a bit that was melted. Then the hardened salt disk was moved aside, showing that the lead below was partially melted. But the most surprising thing to me was when some of that lead was dumped on top of the salt mass, it melted even more. That’s some mad heat retention.

One blogger commented on “the startling texture that the lead balls take once they have melted.” This statement was mildly startling to me, perhaps because I’ve known what that looks like ever since I was a kid, helping Dad cast bullets for muzzleloaders. But if you’ve never seen molten lead, then perhaps you should prepare to be startled.

Some water poured onto the whole mess aftward showed just how much heat that salt was retaining.

Pretty cool. Useful info? You decide.

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Factory Gun Storage in a 1972 Corvette []

Here’s something I ran across in a group for Australian hunters.

A fellow posted that he was installing some carpet in a 1972 Chevy Corvette for a customer, and he noticed this odd shelf in the back of the car.

As you can see, the shelf latches in the upright position, and when unlatched, it hinges downward.


The curious bloke found the part number and looked it up only to find that it was originally sold as a gun rack!

As the Aussie carpet installer observed: “Oh how times have changed.”

As many of you know, Australia has had strict gun laws for a long time now, so something like this is a relic of a bygone time for them. Pretty sad, that.

But still, a fairly awesome way for a Corvette owner to transport his (or her) poppers.

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Watch: City “Lumberjacks” Try to Use Chainsaw and Bucksaw []

Any true outdoorsman knows what it means to grab a saw and go to work cutting trees. And then there are the skinny-jeans-wearing hipsters who sprout some whiskers, don a pair of flaccid leather boots and a too-tight plaid shirt, and wander around looking like lumberjacks.

In these videos, which are actually commercials for Dinty Moore, these pseudo-lumberjacks are called out and asked to use saws as a real lumberjack would.

The first one features chainsaws. The last guy was the funniest, to me.

While it’s pretty funny–and this next video cracks me up–it’s clear that these are actors pretending to be “lumbersexuals.” But not all of their ineptitude can be faked, and as I said, it’s certainly amusing.


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Klutz Shoots Self, Bystander at High School Graduation []

Argh! Why are people so stupid?

Yeah, I know. They just are. But still, I get frustrated when things like this crop up.

A concealed carrier reportedly goes to a high school graduation in Augusta, Kansas. Brings his Kel-Tec 380 pistol.

That in itself is not necessarily illegal.

According the Kansas attorney general’s website, concealed carry permit holders are allowed to carry on the ‘grounds of a K-12 school,’ but district’s can post signs on school ‘buildings’ prohibiting concealed carry inside.

No one FactFinder 12 spoke with is exactly sure what lawmakers meant by the terms grounds and buildings.

But where does our genius decide to tote his popper?

In. His. Sock.

Yeah, that’s right.

And gee, having a gun in his sock became uncomfortable. Who’d’a thunk it? So he reached down to adjust the pistol inside his sock – and fired the gun.

Into his right foot.

Not exactly tragic, to my way of thinking — but unfortunately, the bullet or a piece thereof richocheted and hit a nearby woman in the leg.

One witness who knows the woman… said he heard the shot a little before the commencement ceremony began. He said he looked down at the woman’s calf muscle and noticed the wound, which was ‘bleeding like crazy.’

He said he ran over to the concession stand and grabbed a lot of paper towels in an effort to stop the bleeding. The woman’s family says she is going to be okay.

The miscreant drove himself to the hospital for treatment, and police are seeking to charge him with “criminal use of a weapon/possession of a firearm on school grounds.”

‘Let’s just cut to the chase here,’ said [Augusta police chief] Brewer. ‘The gun should’ve stayed in the car. An ankle, in a sock, is not an adequate place to put your weapon.’

No kidding.

Don’t you just hate it when stupid people ruin things for everyone?

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Watch: DPx Gear HEFT 12 CHOP First Run “Expedition Knife” []

If you’re a knife person and have some extra bucks to spare–and you like a big, heavy, machete-like knife for camp chores or zombie patrol–this might be for you.

DPx Gear is coming out with one heck of a big knife, and they’re taking pre-orders now.

They’re calling it the HEFT 12 CHOP, and here’s what they have to say about it:

Made in Italy by LionSTEEL featuring Sleipner stainless steel, ergonomic Micarta scales, and a flattened blade tip perfect for battoning. This DPx Gear website exclusive is a serialized limited edition first run knife that comes with a certificate of authenticity.


  • Stonewashed Sleipner steel with 60 HRC
  • Textured black Micarta scales
  • Serialized first run
  • Black KYDEX sheath made in the USA
  • Knife made in Italy by LionSTEEL
  • No-questions-asked lifetime warranty
  • Weight: 23.4 ounces (without sheath) / 29.3 ounces (with sheath)
  • Blade Length: 12.52″
  • Blade Thickness: 0.22″
  • Overall Length: 18.62″
  • Rockwell Hardness: 60
  • Estimated ship date: June 15th 2016
  • Special pre-order price: $380

It looks like a great tool. The price is way beyond my means, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting it.

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Watch: Commercial for Marx “Sound-O-Power” Toy Guns []

Here’s an oldie for ya. This is a TV commercial for a couple of toy rifles made by the Marx company.

They were offering two “Sound-O-Power” toy guns: an M16 Military Rifle and a Western Rifle, which appear to be about medium-scale, and which have speakers in the butt stocks. Pulling the trigger causes “lots of battle sounds” to emanate from the speaker.

Batteries not included.

I had to snicker a bit… apparently the Western Rifle came with plenty of phony sounds straight out of B westerns — such as the “peeeeyoing!” of fake ricochets. But what fun for kids!

A pair of peace officers aimlessly wandering in the woods near where the kids are playing become alerted: “Sounds like a gun battle!”


They rush over to the kids — to test and admire their nifty toys.

These days, the cops would be dressed in military riot gear, and would probably shoot the boys “just in case.”

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Watch: Prototype Thompson T2 Submachine Gun []

Back in the 1940s, the search was on a for a more-affordable submachinegun, to replace the horribly expensive M1928 Thompson “Tommy gun.” Thompson joined in the competition for a replacement, and this T2 was their entry.

This is a prototype gun, which was offered at auction by Rock Island Auction Company in April 2016, but failed to sell.

This interesting old popper has a tubular receiver and fires from a closed bolt (unlike the Tommy gun). Perhaps the only things it has in common with its predecessor are the Thompson name, the 45 ACP cartridge, and both use the same type of stick magazine.

Nobody really knows why they made the butt so angled… doesn’t make a bit of sense to me.

The cool thing about this particular gun is that it is believed to be the very one which was tested by the military.


This model lost the competition — but the model which won, the similar-looking Inland/Hyde M2 submachinegun, was itself quickly replaced by the M3 “Grease Gun.”

Pretty cool.

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ATN BinoX HD DAY + NIGHT VISION Binoculars Review [The Firearm Blog]

atn_binoxIf you research traditional night vision devices online, you typically walk away with the impression that unless you spend upwards of $2,000, you are wasting your time and money. The problem with this theory is that, for currency-challenged people like myself, high-priced imaging devices are basically out of reach. And if you settle for an affordable Generation 1 (“Gen1”) […]

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The NEW UPDATED Army Rifle & Carbine Training Circular, FREE for Download [The Firearm Blog]

7The Department of the Army has recently released a gold mine including the updated Rifle & Carbine Training Circular Training Circular. This manual was last updated was 8 years ago in 2008.   I’m sure that you – just like me – have spent a small fortune on firearms, optics, accessories and so much ammunition.  How often do we train “right” […]

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Masterpiece Arms BA Lite PCR Competition Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

MPA BA Lite PCR RifleMasterPiece Arms announced a new bolt action rifle designed to compete in the Production Class of the Precision Rifle Series. Called the MPA BA Lite PCR Competition Rifle, it draws on the company’s experience in manufacturing the MPA BA Lite and other rifles and rifle chassis designed for precision shooting. To make the qualification for […]

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Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite [The Firearm Blog]

Ruger Takedown LiteSturm, Ruger & Co. announced a new line of rimfire rifles called the 10/22 Takedown Lite. The new rimfire long guns are designed with a lighter weight barrel assembly, a modular stock and take down easily for compact storage and transportation. The new Takedown Lite rifles use a tensioned target barrel assembly that place a […]

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Light Show Firearms [The Firearm Blog]

13226816_10156865674225024_6695119646950511130_nShootingSightLLC modifies firearms in a different way than most. He adds LEDs inside the firearms to give them a futuristic look. He says the guns are 100% real and functional. However he does not know how well the electronics will fair with live fire. Kind of defeats the purpose if you ask me. Here is […]

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Bulletproof Carthart Jacket? [The Firearm Blog]

sdfhj3454353-640x336A suspect in NY was shot by NYPD however four of the nine rounds were defeated by the suspect’s Carthart jacket. NYPD uses Speer Gold Dot 124gr +P JHP. According to an article by the Tribunist, one round grazed a bystander. I know from previous examples, the NYPD hit ratio is rather low. If you […]

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Wednesday, 25 May


Another list of vote fraud cases [John Lott's Website]

For those who claim that there isn't vote fraud, you might find this site challenging.


Antigun documentarians caught doctoring footage [Of Arms and the Law]

Katie Couric, et al., and "Under the Gun" get caught doctoring footage to make pro-gun speakers look dumb. She asks a question of a group of Virginia Citizens Defense League members, and in the film as edited they stare in dumfounded silence for eight seconds, unable to answer. But VCDL made audio footage of the interview, and in it the members promptly give several answers. She appears to have spliced footage of her asking the question to footage of the group sitting in polite silence when no question was pending.

More here.


Driverless convoys [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

A convoy of U.S. Army vehicles will cruise along a stretch of Interstate 69 in Michigan as part of an initial testing of driverless military vehicle equipment on public roadways.

A convoy of U.S. Army vehicles will cruise along a stretch of Interstate 69 in Michigan as part of an initial testing of driverless military vehicle equipment on public roadways. Representatives from the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center and the Michigan Department of Transportation held public information sessions on the testing Monday in eastern Michigan. In late June, the vehicles will test a piece of technology that's critical in the development and testing of driverless and connected vehicles, the Times Herald of Port Huron reported. Someone will be behind the wheel of each vehicle, which is equipped with features from the driverless vehicle systems, including adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist, The Flint Journal reported. Six radio transmitters will be set up along Interstate 69 to allow for groups of five vehicles to broadcast speed, distance, and traffic issues as directed over the frequency, said Alex Kade, chief system architect in ground vehicle robotics for the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center.


EXCLUSIVE: Silencer Shop Outlines New ’41F’ System [The Firearm Blog]

SS41FIn a calm, cool voice, I have been trying to explain to anyone who will listen that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) upcoming rule change concerning National Firearms Act (NFA) controlled items such as silencers, is not going to be as bad as everyone is expecting. Casually known as ’41F’, the new rules change […]

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State Defense Force ordnance officers take note. What was old can be new again. "Raytheon Wants to Hot-Rod Old 'Patton' Tanks." [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Well, now. There's a thought. How many M-48 and M60 are sitting in front of VFW halls and National Guard armories as static displays? How many can be refurbished in case of civil war?
The venerable M60 could get upgrades that make it more competitive with some of today's tanks.
For three decades, the Raytheon M60 (informally called the Patton) was America's primary main battle tank. Though the tank was replaced in the early 1990s by the M1A1 Abrams, thousands are still operational abroad. They're all candidates for an upgrade that Raytheon says can make them competitive on the battlefield, and at one-third of the cost of a modern main battle tank like a Russian-built T-90S, German-built Leopard 2A7, or America's own M1A2 SEP(v)3 Abrams. It's am appealing idea for M60 users like Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Oman.
"You have hardware that's of 1960s-1970s pedigree. The supply chain for some of the original equipment is gone," says Rimas Guzulaitis, senior director for platform sustainment and modernization at Raytheon "But you still have countries operating them who need to modernize, eliminate inefficiencies, add accuracy and lethality. They need to keep the M60 relevant."
The M60A3 Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) would hot-rod the Patton via kits supplied by Raytheon and its partners. The new V-12 diesel engine is rebuilt with stronger internals, increased fuel and airflow capacity, better cooling and more compression, and coupled to a strengthened transmission. The changes bump its output from 750 to 950 horsepower.
The Patton's turret can be converted from hydraulic to electric power. Hydraulics are hard to maintain and the hydraulic lines running through the M60's hull are downright dangerous. The kit replaces them with digitally-controlled electric wiring and actuators, making the turret quieter and lighter while allowing it to rotate faster. In place of the original 105mm M68 rifled gun, the M60 SLEP slots in a 120mm M256 smooth bore cannon.
"It's directly out of the M1A1," Guzulaitis says of the gun. "It's substantially more accurate, definitely more lethal, it's lighter and it allows you to use a wider range of NATO-partner ammunition." The gun's range is "substantially greater than an off-the-shelf M60 cannon," too, thanks to a not only the gun itself but also the new digital fire control and sight systems that come with the SLEP. The new configuration has sighting and fire control linked via Ethernet integrated with a laser day sight and night thermal sight, all connected to the electronic turret drive.
Making the Patton lighter and faster raises the possibility of adding additional armor, though none is offered as part of the SLEP. Nevertheless, Guzulaitis asserts that increased speed, firepower, digital control, and maneuverability are significant self-protection improvements.
"A legacy M60 tank requires you to stop to shoot to achieve a high level of accuracy," he says. "The new system allows you to shoot on the move, which equals increased survivability. If you have to stop to shoot, you're opening yourself up to getting hit."
The fire control portion of the upgrade has been fielded on 80-plus tanks in Jordan for over a decade. Raytheon recently integrated it with the improved drivetrain, turret, and gun in live-fire testing at the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. The company has yet to ship any SLEP kits, but there are three customers in various stages of Foreign Military Sales approval process right now. That means we'll likely see hot-rodded Pattons in the Middle East soon.


NRA Praises Agreement on Change to Ohio Background Checks [NRA-ILA News]

The NRA praises an agreement that changes Ohio's background check system so concealed handgun licensees don't have to pass additional background checks when purchasing firearms.


Shooting The Sturmgewehr [The Firearm Blog]

The German Sturmgewehr is a rifle that needs no introduction. It is a rifle with a historical mystique that results in them being highly coveted among collectors, but they are fine weapons in their own right. In this video we do some shooting with an old MP43. Transcript … (gun cocking) (gun firing) (gun cocking) […]

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Random Shots from Day 2 of NRA Annual Meeting 2016 [The Firearm Blog]

0521161117aDay two of the National Rifle Association Annual Meeting was on Saturday, and accordingly the exhibition hall was packed with people enjoying the weekend browsing booths, taking photos with celebrities, and interacting with manufacturers. For me, the second day was time to catch up on the news and exhibits that I had missed the first […]

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The Boberg XR9S Is Now The Bond Arms Bullpup [NRA 2016] [The Firearm Blog]

0522161144aAt the 2016 NRA Annual Meeting, Texas gunmaker Bond Arms announced that they would be bringing a new incarnation of the Boberg XR series of pistols to the market. Bond Arms bought Boberg last year, and seems very determined to bring that unique pistol to the market at a lower price and with the high […]

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Griffin Armament’s C2E Contoured End Plate [The Firearm Blog]

Griffin-Armament-QD-End-Plate-2While barrels, receivers, handguards, and other parts have a huge amount of options, the often overlooked end-plate is getting some love from Griffin Armament. Other options often focus on various attachment methods, Griffin instead took a different approach putting form in front of function with their C2E  Contour Connect End Plate. The outside shape is […]

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POTD: H&K P8 A1 [The Firearm Blog]

DSC_5338Thanks to Dickson L. for sharing these with us. This is the H&K P8 A1. Looks like a USP doesn’t it? It is a modified USP for the Bundeswehr. The safety/decocker has been modified. The P8A1 safety is raised parallel for fire and lowered for safe. H&K also uses land and groove rifling instead of […]

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Army catches up with 1946. What was old is new again. More on the Carl Gustav [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

From Wikipedia:
The Carl Gustaf (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈkʰɑːɭ ˈɡɵ̞stɑːv]; also known as, Gustaf Bazooka and M2CG) is an 84 mm man-portable reusable anti-tank recoilless rifle produced by Saab Bofors Dynamics (formerly Bofors Anti-Armour AB) in Sweden. Although most rounds fired by the Carl Gustav work on the classic recoilless principle, modern rounds sometimes add a post-firing booster that technically make it a rocket launcher.
The first prototype of the Carl Gustaf was produced in 1946 as a lightweight anti-armor weapon, one of many similar designs of that era. While similar weapons have generally disappeared from service, the Carl Gustaf remains in widespread use today. A combination of light weight, low cost and widely varied ammunition types, makes the Carl Gustav extremely flexible and able to be used in a wide variety of roles where single-purpose weapons like the M72 LAW passed out of service as newer tank designs rendered them ineffective.
In its country of origin it is officially named Grg m/48 (Granatgevär - "grenade rifle", model 48). British troops refer to it as the "Charlie G", while Canadian troops often refer to it as the "84" or "Carl G". In U.S. military service it is known as the "M3 Multi-Role Anti-Armor Anti-Personnel Weapon System" (MAAWS) or "Ranger Anti-tank Weapons System" (RAWS), but is often called the Gustaf or "the Goose" or simply the "Carl Johnson" by American servicemembers. In Australia it is irreverently known as "Charlie Gusto" or "Charlie Gutsache" (guts ache, slang for stomach pain).[5]
The United States Army will soon begin distributing a weapon system introduced in 1946. The M3 Carl Gustav rocket launcher will bolster the firepower of rifle platoons, giving them a much-needed edge. Developed by Bofors (now Saab), the Carl Gustav is a lightweight, man-portable recoilless rifle. Recoilless rifles are like a cross between an artillery gun and a bazooka: While they have propellant at the base of the projectile like a rocket, the propellant doesn't burn beyond the barrel, meaning the projectile flies unpowered like a bullet or artillery shell. Unlike artillery, propellant gasses are directed backwards, counteracting the weapon's recoil and making it "recoilless". The weapon is referred to as a "rifle" due to the spiral rifling in the barrel, which stabilizes the projectile.
The story continues:
The U.S. Army fielded a number of recoilless rifles after World War II, in calibers from 57-millimeter to 106-millimeter. The Army saw these rifles as anti-tank weapons meant to counter the T-55 and T-62 tanks of the Soviet Army. The Army retired these weapons when Dragon and TOW anti-tank guided missiles came on the scene
The end of the Cold War and the rise of new threats such as Iraqi guerrillas and the Taliban posed a problem for the U.S. The shaped charge warheads of anti-tank missiles are less effective against buildings, bunkers, and enemy troops in the open. Anti-tank missiles are also very expensive, meaning you could spend up to $50,000 to blow a $500 mud hut to smithereens. Finally, anti-tank missile launchers with their complex guidance systems are heavy and difficult to lug though rough terrain
The M3 Carl Gustav solves all three problems. The weapon is basically a tube with grips and an aiming sight. It can fire High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT) rounds to take out tanks and armored vehicles, and High Explosive (HE) rounds meant to attack structures and enemy personnel. The shells have a diameter of 84 millimeters—or 3.3 inches—meaning they can pack a real punch. The individual rounds are relatively inexpensive, and the launcher weighs just 14 pounds.
U.S. Special Operations units, who need portable, lightweight firepower, have been toting the M3 Carl Gustav since 1989. Some regular infantry units in Afghanistan have carried the Carl Gustav since at least 2011, but they had to request and show a need for the weapon to get it. Now, Infantry Brigade Combat Teams in the U.S. Army and National Guard will receive these weapons at a rate of 27 per brigade, or one per platoon of 40 soldiers.
Despite the Carl Gustav's age, it's actually more versatile than many high tech weapons, making it useful in tomorrow's conflicts. In the new "hybrid warfare" pioneered by Russian forces in the Crimea, armies could face "little green men" (paramilitary troops) one moment and armored vehicles the next. The M3 will be able to counter both. Not bad for a 70-year-old weapon.


V7 Introduces Ultra-Light Lithium Aluminum Alloy Lower Recevier [The Firearm Blog]

RainierArms-v7-enlightened-lithium-aluminum-lowers-ar15-3V7 Weapon Systems, known for the plethora of ultra-light and titanium parts, has released their latest ultra-light part for the AR-15, a lower receiver. The new receiver features a relatively new alloy, 2055, which features a relatively high lithium content. The alloy is stronger for both toughness and strength, by about 20% in each regard […]

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Win in PA Commonwealth court [Of Arms and the Law]

It's Doe v. Franklin County, handled by Joshua Prince. The court held that any official who discloses, other than to law enforcement, information from a license to carry application is subject to a civil penalty and not shielded by official immunity. I'd suggest anyone whose information might have been disclosed contact Prince immediately.


The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act: Facts and policy [NRA-ILA News]

Hillary Clinton has castigated Bernie Sanders for voting for a federal statute that she says provides “absolute immunity” to firearms manufacturers. According to Westlaw’s news database, she made the claim on May 15 (reported in the Guardian on May 16); shortly before the April 5 Wisconsin primary (reported in the Guardian on March 29); at the March 6 debate in Flint, Mich.; on “Face the Nation” on Jan. 10; and at the ABC debate in New Hampshire on Dec. 19, 2015.


Hillary Clinton's Second Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

On the same day that Trump addressed the NRA, one of Clinton's policy advisers told Bloomberg Politics the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee disagrees with District of Columbia v. Heller, the 2008 decision in which the Supreme Court overturned the District's handgun ban. The adviser, Maya Harris, said, "Clinton believes Heller was wrongly decided in that cities and states should have the power to craft commonsense laws to keep their residents safe."


Army officer dealing with terror threats denied concealed carry permit in N.J. [NRA-ILA News]

The state of New Jersey told an Army officer dealing with terror threats at Picatinny Arsenal in Wharton that there is no “justifiable need” for him to have a concealed carry permit.


NRA-ILA's Chris Cox to Hillary: 'You Want To Take Our Guns?... Pack A Lunch And Give It A Try.' [NRA-ILA News]

This upcoming presidential election could be the most consequential regarding Second Amendment rights. At the National Rifle Association-Institute for Legislative Action’s Leadership Forum in Louisville, Kentucky, executive director Chris Cox was adamant that if freedom-loving, pro-Second Amendment supporters fail to vote this November, we could “witness the end of individual freedom.”


Political Report | Media Ignore Facts In Dismissing NRA’s Concerns About Supreme Court Nominee [NRA-ILA News]

When it comes to issues that gun owners care about, media seem to compete for the most outrageous claims. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that while readership of traditional newspapers and trust in media are at record lows, support for the NRA and the values we support are increasing.


Silencer Blast Baffle Pictorial [The Firearm Blog]

coverIn a silencer, the blast baffle (the first baffle the bullet passes through after leaving the barrel) takes the brunt of the heat and pressure released by the deflagration of gunpowder. I use the term ‘deflagration’ rather than ‘explosion’ because to be technically accurate, the reaction that takes place inside a cartridge (and barrel for […]

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Trench Warfare Notes, 1915 [Forgotten Weapons]

I have a really neat document to share today, generously sent to me by a reader named Chris in the United Kingdom. These are the notes from a 1915 course on trench warfare as recorded by his grandfather, one Harold Rayner. Harold was born in 1885 in Surrey, and survived the war to live until 1973 (although his brother died on the Western Front). Corporal Rayner (of the 2/5 Queen’s) attended a training class on trench warfare from January 10th to the 22nd of 1915, to help prepare him for combat, and he took about 60 pages of handwritten notes on a variety of topics including:

  • Fuses
  • Detonators
  • Service Grenades
  • Trench Engines
  • Barricades
  • Trench Fighting
  • Explosives
  • the Stokes Gun
  • Open Warfare

The notebook included several mimeographed diagrams of grenades, mortars, and other pieces of equipment. Several of those have faded quite badly, and I did my best to bring up the images in the scanned copy below. Apparently Chris offered this notebook to several museums, and none were interested. Well, I am happy to be able to scan it and make it public for anyone to see – thanks for thinking of me, Chris!

If you are interested in this aspect of World War One, take a look at the document – I think you will find lots of interesting details. And remember:

Danger signs!

Trench Warfare Notes (English, 1915)

Trench Warfare Notes (English, 1915).pdf


BREAKING: Obama Removes Arms Embargo in Vietnam, Opening Way for Civilian Imports [The Firearm Blog]

AIA M10, formally banned in the USA.President Obama has lifted the arms embargo on Vietnam that dates back to the Vietnam war. In 2014 the ban was partially lifted by Secretary of State John Kerry, allowing only maritime security-related defense equipment to be exported to Vietnam but continuing to ban imports. Kerry said, back in 2014, that the partial lifting of the ban was because […]

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PSA KS-47 – Compatibility PSA [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureHot on the success of the CMMG Mutant, Palmetto State Armory released their 7.62×39 AR hybrid, instead opting for compatibility with the AR-15 platform versus its own proprietary system. Originally shown at SHOT 2016 and shot at the Big 3 East in the spring, the KS-47 has begun shipping and now with bare receivers available, […]

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Daniel Defense 32rd Magazine [The Firearm Blog]

13239034_1104190419604290_3391122642085209885_nDaniel Defense unveiled their new 32 round polymer magazine at the NRAAM. At first glance the idea of a 32rd magazine seems like a waste. Why bother making a magazine with a meager increase in capacity? First thought is you can load a full 30 rounds without having to download like most people do with […]

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Comp-Tac Holster for New Smith and Wesson Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

comptac1News of the latest addition to Smith and Wesson’s lineup spread fast during the recent NRA Annual Meeting (NRAAM). Smith and Wesson’s newest gun is an M&P Shield chambered in .45 ACP, and it’s an announcement that’s been met with more than a little interest. The company’s booth was filled to overflowing during the NRAAM. Now, […]

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New book out by my friend Frank Buckley that is well worth your time to read [John Lott's Website]

I put up a review at on Frank Buckley's new book "The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America."  My review is available here.  Highly recommended.


TacomHQ TARAC Image Shifting Lens Technology [The Firearm Blog]

a248ab4838731dff18c54c95d5da3a32TacomHQ makes a lens that is positioned in front of an optic to shift the image and give the shooter a new Zero. They have lenses that can attach to a scope or a flip up lens for red dot sights. I wonder if this would be legal in Tac Limited 3Gun? The rules state […]

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Tuesday, 24 May


EXCLUSIVE: The Original DROP-IN AR-15 Trigger. First Ever Photos of T86 Rifle Trigger Published Online [The Firearm Blog]

triggerTwo days ago I published a blog post with diagrams of the REVOLUTIONARY Taiwanese T86 rifle. This AR-15-style rifle featured not only a self-contained piston gas system back in 1998, long before the piston-AR craze in the USA, but it also featured the first drop-in trigger for an AR-15. Sadly this rifle was as unknown in the […]

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Breaking: Jim Sullivan, AR-15 Designer, Makes Some Controversial Statements on HBO Tonight [The Firearm Blog]

Jim SullivanJim Sullivan helped design the AR-15 back in 1957, and later the Ruger M77, the Stoner 63, Ruger Mini-14 and the crowd favorite Ultimax 100. Most recently he was the brains behind Surefire’s 60 and 100 round quad-stack AR-15 magazines. In a few hours an interview with Jim will be aired on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant […]

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Alaska: Legislature Adjourns with Unfinished Business Concerning Campus Carry [NRA-ILA News]

On Friday, May 20, the Alaska Legislature ended its regular session. Unfortunately, NRA-supported Campus Carry legislation, Senate Bill 174, officially died upon adjournment.


Mike Vanderbeogh's valediction [Of Arms and the Law]

Right here. As he says, "Don't write my obituary just yet, but these words needed saying."


ATF Approved: New AR “Stabilizing Brace” Makes the Grade []

It looks like a new AR pistol brace has been approved by BATF.

ATF is fickle. When a short “arm brace” was okayed for use on AR-style handguns some time ago, the shooting world erupted with people either clamoring to buy them, warning that doing so was a recipe for a jail sentence, and/or begging ATF to rule on the item’s legality.

The question was: Would adding such a thing to a pistol magically transform it into a short-barreled rifle (SBR), which requires one to bribe the government and jump through hoops in order to legally own?

ATF at first approved of such use, but later ruled (in early 2015) that such a thing can exist and be legally affixed to a pistol — but if you touch it to your shoulder, you’re a lawbreaker unless you’ve done the aforementioned payment/red tape routine classifying the firearm as an SBR.


I’d say the newly-approved brace will have the same rules applied: Touch it against any other part of your body, but set it against your shoulder and you’d better make sure there are no government drones watching…

The new design is by SB Tactical, which will reportedly be pushing development of two different models of pistol braces.

We are very excited with the ATF’s approval of our new adjustable Pistol Stabilizing Brace design, and understand the overwhelmingly positive implications of the decision,’ said Jeff Creamer, Vice President of Business Development, SB Tactical. ‘SB Tactical’s commitment to emerging technologies and innovation has been the facilitator for the growing PDW pistol category. This Opinion ushers in an exciting time for us and the PDW community; we are proud to introduce the MPX PSB and SBPDW models.

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Review: Henry Big Boy Steel Carbine in .357 []

Introduced in the 1860’s, The Henry rifle showed up in the hands of the Union in the midst of the civil war. When the Confederates encountered the Union troops they dubbed it “A rifle that you could load on Sunday and shoot all week long.”

Over the years the Henry rifle has been synonymous with classic cowboy shooting, plinking cans with the old 22, and generous doses of nostalgia. Since 1996, Henry Repeating Arms has brought back the classic brass frame and front-loading tubular magazine that many have come to know and love.

But a few weeks ago, I was asked to review a new type of Henry. What? I thought to myself. What could be new about a Henry? Well, the frame really.

That's a patina Evil Roy would approve of.

That’s a patina Evil Roy would approve of.

This is the Henry Big Boy Steel, an alternative to the traditional brass framed version. I was sent the Carbine model in .357 Magnum, and I had something to say about it the moment I held it: “Man this is handy!” With a 16.5″ barrel and a nice weight of 6.59 pounds, it was comfortable, even to my noodle arms. The price isn’t bad, either, at a nice $850 MSRP compared to the normal $899 MSRP of the brass frame Big Boy.

Another feature of the Carbine model is this little beauty.


For gloved hands

I am not going to lie. I tried to do the fancy lever action flick-cock (unloaded, of course). I have three words for you: Don’t do it! This feature is described on their website as the “glove-friendly oversized lever…” Meaning, that it’s for gloved hands. If you try the flick-cock trick, the initial lockup–highlighted in the next picture–will prevent the lever from moving and force all of your fingers into the back, smashing 6.59 pounds of rifle onto a half-inch area around your bunched up fingers. That was a painful lesson.

The action must pop open this far to start flipping. Just Don't and save everyone the heartache.

The action must pop open this far to start flipping. Just don’t do it and save everyone the heartache(handache).

That embarrassment aside, I took it to the local range and blasted away about 220 rounds of assorted ammunition.

Recoil and Accuracy

Here were the accuracy results from the ammunition I could get my hands on.

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The elevation was my fault, and to keep it constant I had to keep aiming at the bottom of the inner square. The windage was, unfortunately, not entirely my fault. I guess I bumped the sight at some point and nothing I did could straighten it out.

Anyhow, I was okay with the off-hand accuracy, and I was fairly confident that if I supported myself with a tree I’d easily be able to hunt with this. Granted, I’d need to use the correct ammo. I’ll get to that in a second.

With standard 38 Special the recoil was so light that it felt like an airgun. When my father tried it he stopped shooting and looked at me in horror. “I don’t think anything came out.” he said. We checked with the range officer and he confirmed that there was no bore obstruction. It was that soft shooting.

With the +P, I definitely felt something, but not enough to knock me around. The 357 Magnum though, ouch. After one 158 grain soft nose round, I was thankful for the rubber recoil pad.

We are short people with small hands and he's still dangerously close to burning himself.

We are short people with small hands and he’s still dangerously close to burning himself.

When I passed the gun to my brother after a string of shots, he noticed right away that the barrel, right where the chamber was, was painfully hot. Now, this would not be a problem if your out hunting, especially with gloves on. But at the range, it was apparent from round seven.

My brother also noted that the rear site feels like it’s “stapled on.” I brought up that there are peep sights available, and I think we agreed that we think a peep sight should be the standard optic–or come with the gun–for anyone who’s too partial to the nostalgia of the buckhorn sights.


The cycling of this carbine has a bit of a stutter to it (it’s fully lubricated) when the action is closing. Though this is almost unnoticeable in the midst of a solid, quick set of cycling.

So, I had a bit of a hiccup on my first outing. This being my first experience with a pistol-caliber lever action, I was excited and didn’t put enough thought into the ammo I got. Suffice it to say, I sabotaged my own first impressions with the gun by using ammo that it didn’t like, 130 grain Winchester 38 Special, 125 grain Winchester 38 Special +P and 158 grain Federal 357 Magnum.

The .357 ran fine, but the length and weight of the 38’s were not what this gun was built for, so it would hang up every few rounds. I called Henry and asked what could be wrong, and they suggested it may be the ammo. Right after talking with them, I had the brilliant idea of doing that thing that guys just don’t do. I read the manual. I’m still trying to get my man card back but I did find my answer. Yes, they say not to use 110, 125 or 130 grain 38 special or any 158 grain .38 that doesn’t mimic the overall length of .357 magnum. I dun goofed. Plain and simple.

There was one more particularly odd malfunction that had me puzzled until I thought about it the next day. I loaded up nine 38 Specials–yes, you can get nine in the tube if you drop the last one in the top–and said “Okay, the only way to get flawless cycling with 38 Special is to be forceful. Quick chambering, quick ejection.” I tried shooting as fast as I could with no failures. Then, the lever didn’t close. I opened the action and nothing came out.

A live round had somehow gotten stuck behind the ejector, so it would’t eject. The round beneath it had moved onto the elevator and pressed itself into the bottom of the bolt, so it wouldn’t close.  It was the strangest double feed I’d ever seen. The range officer gently nudged the jammed round out with a dowel rod and we were back in business. Lesson: deliberate cycling and the use of 357 will provide the most reliable results. I only got flawless cycling with 357 magnum.

So, to confirm my suspicions, my next purchase was a box of nothing but 158 grain 357 magnum from PPU and on the last range trip the gun cycled wonderfully when I did my part of not short cycling it. The round being caught behind the ejector happened only once in my first test and once with my last testing with it; all 357. So, I wouldn’t expect it to be an frequent problem, and there where no double feeds in th final test.


Featuring Noodle Arms!

Featuring Noodle Arms!

All of the problems I mentioned could be solved by personal precaution, research and aftermarket purchases, but I mention them so that if you pick up this carbine you hopefully don’t make the same mistakes that I did.

I only have one actual complaint, and that’s with the loading. Compared to its contemporaries–Marlin and Winchester–the Henry has an easy but inconvenient loading method. As I said earlier, this is my first experience with a lever action of this caliber. However, I understand how the mid-frame loading gate works on my shotgun and that it is a similar system on the other lever action brands.

Let me bring up a problem I had during my final evaluation and something my brother warned me against as soon as he got a look at it. I was reloading the tube and replacing the brass follower, when the follower slipped right out of my fingers and launched out into the range. My fault, I’ll own that, but it’s one of those things you have to look out for with this design. The Range officer had to ask people to stop shooting in order to retrieve the follower for me.

I understand this is a historical rifle. It is designed to preserve the memories of the past. That’s wonderful, beautiful even. My brother and I lovingly equated it to be “Like a fast muzzle loader.” But given the choice–if had to buy a Henry lever action–I’d get the 5 round box magazine Long Ranger.

“So you want the Henry to be just like the other lever actions?” No, I’m just a man giving his opinion. If Henry wants to take notes and change how loading it works that’s awesome! I’d be flattered if they did. But what I’d like is to not have to feel like I’m taking the gun apart–and putting it back together–to reload and be sure I don’t lose parts of the gun in the process.

Put simply, I’m not into front loading tubular magazines and that’s just a personal opinion. For those who aren’t bothered by this particular type of loading mechanism, then feel free to ignore my comments on this.


My opinionated brother. I was glad I got the muzzle flash.

My equally opinionated older brother. The muzzle flash was 38 Special.

From the first round to the last round, I had fun! The trigger on this gun is fantastic and the recoil is pleasantly manageable.

If this was my gun, I’d sight it in at the range, go out, load it, shoot about five to seven times and haul a deer home. The steel construction and lower price give me confidence that I could hoof it around, beat it up and it would work no matter what. It’s accurate and reliable, if you know how to handle it and use the correct ammunition. There are aftermarket peep sights and mounting options available–in case you’re not into the standard buckhorn sight–that I would utilize quickly after purchase. Finally, I love shooting this handy little carbine (but I just can’t stand loading it).

Big Boy Steel Carbine .357 Magnum /.38 Spl
Model Number H012MR
Caliber .357 Magnum /.38 Special
Capacity 7 rounds
Length 34″
Barrel Length 16.5″ round
Weight 6.59 lbs.
M.S.R.P. $850.00

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Hawaii: There’s Still Time to Contact the Governor on Three Anti-Gun Bills! [NRA-ILA News]

Three anti-gun bills, Senate Bill 2647, House Bill 625 and Senate Bill 2954 are still on Governor Ige’s desk for his consideration.  It is critical that you contact Governor Ige IMMEDIATELY with your opposition to these egregious bills!


Type 38 Arisaka Run and Gun [The Firearm Blog]

The Japanese Arisaka rifles are famous for being ludicrously strong, and the Type 38 was proven to be the strongest of the lot by various post WWII tests. However, does a strong action alone mean that the rifles are fantastic? Well, we take a nice example of a Type 38 to the run and gun […]

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Ruger Hawkeye FTW Hunter Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

FTW-Hunter-RSturm, Ruger & Co. announced a new line of hunting rifles at the recent National Rifle Association Annual Meetings event held in Kentucky. The new rifles are the Hawkeye FTW Hunter models. As the name suggests, these guns were designed for hunting and were developed with the instructors at the FTW Ranch in Texas. These guns […]

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West Virginia: Permitless Carry to take Effect Today, May 24! [NRA-ILA News]

Today, May 24, the provisions of House Bill 4145, West Virginia’s permitless/constitutional carry legislation, take effect.  Please refer to NRA-ILA’s HB 4145 Fact Sheet for important information on this monumental pro-gun reform.


Louisiana: Committee Advances Critical Personal Protection Bill for Domestic Violence Victims [NRA-ILA News]

As previously reported, House Bill 1155 had passed the Louisiana House and was referred to Senate Judiciary C Committee.


New In-Ear Automatic Translation Device []

Many outdoors enthusiasts travel around the world, and language barriers can cause hassles. What do you do when you can’t understand someone who’s giving you important information?

Well, there’s a new solution that can help people understand one another even though they speak and understand two different languages. And here’s the best part: It fits right in your ear!

When I first saw this, I thought of a book called The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, in which a wiggly little creature called a Babel Fish was inserted into one’s ear. After it squirmed deep down in there, it happily translated any language into the native language of the “wearer.”

This new in-ear device isn’t quite that versatile, but it’s pretty amazing nonetheless.

It’s called the Pilot, and it consists of two Bluetooth earpieces, which communicate with a smart phone. Spoken words are “heard” and translated to the selected language.

Languages currently listed are English, French, Italian, and Spanish, and you can sign up on an “early bird waitlist” here. Just be warned that after they get your info, they’ll tell you that the free giveaway is ended.

It looks pretty cool, although I wonder if this thing will really fit my ear… and will I want to put one in my ear after someone else has used it? I’m not thinking so…

Check out the video below.

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RTIC Coolers: A Rugged Alternative to Yeti? []

Let me say first of all that I’m just sharing some info here, this is NOT a review.

I saw an ad for this company called RTIC, and thought it might be worth checking out. We all know that Yeti makes good coolers. We also know that Yeti’s stuff is outrageously expensive. So when I saw an ad that claims that RTIC is “Half the price of Yeti and holds more ice,” I thought I’d take a look.

Here’s what they say on their home page:

RTIC Coolers is a leading direct to consumer retailer of premium rotomolded coolers & stainless steel tumblers. By leveraging technology, direct marketing and the company’s national network of fulfillment centers, RTIC is able to offer top-quality coolers and tumblers at half the price of comparable YETI Products.

These images, grabbed from the RTIC site where they’re placed side by side, makes it look like RTIC is a Yeti lookalike, offering little difference.


On a comparison page, RTIC’s products claim to have a little more internal capacity, hence the “holds more ice” claim.

RTIC’s return policy looks pretty great. They say you can try it for 90 days and “If you’re not happy with your purchase we will send you a prepaid return shipping label.”

They’re making no secret of their competition with Yeti — they offer Yeti’s retail prices right on their product ordering pages. And they’re right — RTIC prices are about half of Yeti’s. For example, the RTIC 20 pictured above sells for $124.99 shipped, while the Yeti Roadie 20 lists for $249.99.

How good are they, how well do they hold ice, and how long will they last? Can’t say. But it’s nice to see some less-insane prices on the market… and their online reviews look pretty good. And some of their prices are actually less than half of Yeti.

Have you tried RTIC coolers? Would you?

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Airstream’s New High-End Fiberglass Travel Trailer []

Everybody knows Airstream trailers. The classic shiny aluminum trailers are probably the most recognizable type of RV ever… but what’s not as familiar to campers is the Nest Caravan, which is poised to become a big departure for Airstream — because it’s made of fiberglass.


Airstream acquired Nest Caravans, which as far as I can tell has not produced many trailers to date. But the high-end RV world got excited with the unveiling of the first finished prototype in early 2015, and now that Airstream is involved it appears that it may well become a reality.


It’s not your typical travel trailer, which are usually slapped together, clad in thin skin, and illogically designed. The company’s founder intended from the beginning for it to be a high-end trailer, which is evident from the approximate starting price of $35,000 for this little trailer.


If you’re anxious to hop in a Caravan and hit the road, take a chill pill… it’s not expected to be available until summer of 2017.

By integrating the frame and shell — and by making it largely of fiberglass — the trailer is made both more rigidly and more sensibly than most travel trailers. It also has a sleek look and — wonder of wonders — it appears that this trailer is not designed to leak, as are most RVs.

At 16.7 feet long and about 2,000 pounds, it should be easily towable, too.

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Watch: Creating Art Using Burning Gunpowder []

Of all the delightfully wonderful things that can be done with gunpowder — and I’ve burned up my fair share of it over the years — this may be the best-looking of them all.

Artist Danny Shervin is a painter born and raised in Wyoming, who has developed a knack for creating beautiful scenes by arranging grains of gun powder on wood or canvas, and then setting them on fire.

Needless to say, arranging the powder is a tedious process. I wonder how many times a sudden sneeze has ruined a work in progress?

(Photo: Paint With Gunpowder)

(Photo: Paint With Gunpowder)

The video below shows the burn of a wildlife scene. As you can see, the powder doesn’t flash all at once, but instead burns slowly and steadily. Modern smokeless powder doesn’t go POOF… that’s what old-fashioned black powder does.

(Photo: Paint With Gunpowder)

(Photo: Paint With Gunpowder)

It’s beautiful, isn’t it? You can watch the process in the video below.

Visit the Paint With Gunpowder website to see more of his work.

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Bag Transforms Into Plate Carrier [The Firearm Blog]

Gobag plate carrier bagRob Pincus posted this during the NRAAM.  We have seen backpacks that can transform into plate carriers. This is a neat idea as well. While the bacpack seems to be faster for deployment, this is an option for your personal vehicle.

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Old Timey Shotgun Fitting Film [The Firearm Blog]

shotgunLooks like a film from the 70s. The fitter looks like Christopher Lee. I don’t delve into the custom fitted shotgun world so I found the adjustable shotgun stock to be more interesting that watching them make the shotgun. Fitted shotguns are great just like any custom made item. However a good shooter can use […]

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POTD: . . . Something Blue [The Firearm Blog]

13239130_10209716928541577_9197597801468529344_nFound this online. A bride carried her Kimber Sapphire as something blue. I have seen other pics of newly weds wielding firearms in their wedding pictures. Did any of you have pictures taken like this when you got married?

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Odd AR and AK in Karachi Province [The Firearm Blog]

13256479_10153498206637327_2661093682222472958_nFound these pictures in a facebook group. 30 bore 7.62×25 Ak full auto and Ar semi auto (no safety) with an mp5 style mag release. These pictures were taken in a rush and both these guns belonged to some private security guards in Karachi Pakistan     I am not sure about the effectiveness of […]

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Review: Sig Sauer Model 516 Gen 2 Piston-Driven AR []

I recently did an article for on the Sig Sauer Model 516 piston-driven AR-style rifle, and it was a great little gun. Later on, Sig came out with new version of the 516, which became known as Gen 2. This is my review of the SIG Model 516 Gen 2 Patrol.

When I first heard about the Gen 2 model, I looked at it on the Sig website and couldn’t tell much difference from the original 516 other than some of the furniture being different. I wondered whether Sig had just made some cosmetic changes to the gun. I later learned that the answer to that is a resounding “No.”

It took almost four months for me to get my 516 Gen 2 sample. I was told they weren’t in production during that time. When I did receive it, I noted that the quad-rail handguard was the same as that found on the Gen 1 model, as was the MagPul MOE 6-position telescoping butt stock.

The pistol grip was different. The grip on the Gen 2 516 is Sig’s proprietary design, and the jury is still out on this one. While I like it better than standard A2 pistol grips found on many AR-15 style rifles, I’m not sure if I prefer it over some other designs. It’s not a “bad” design, I just believe it will take a while for it to adjust to my muscle memory in the hand.


A quick rundown on the Sig 516 Gen 2 model is in order:

  • Piston-driven operating system instead of gas system found on most ARs
  • 16″ barrel, 1:7 twist
  • Mil-spec trigger pull–a bit heavy, but it works
  • Weighs 7.3 pounds empty
  • Includes one MagPul 30-round PMag magazine (the best, in my humble opinion)
  • Nitride-coated forged aluminum upper and lower
  • Includes nice flip-up front and rear sights
  • Quad rail forend with “ladder-style” covers
  • Ambi magazine release
  • 5.56mm / 223 Rem

Notable Features

Inside the chamber of the 516 is a spring-loaded tensioning pin, which keeps pressure on the extractor when the bolt is closed. There’s a similar pin in the lower receiver, which uses spring tension to prevent rattling between the upper and lower receivers. I like it.

The bolt carrier is worth mentioning because its tail end is shaped to prevent carrier tilt when the bolt recoils back into the buffer tube. Some piston-driven ARs suffer from excessive wear in the buffer tube from the bolt carrier tilting. Sig worked it out, so there is no carrier tilt on their piston ARs.

In the front and rear of the quad rails on either the 9 o’clock or 6 o’clock positions, you will find two holes, and in the lower receiver towards the rear, you will also find a hole on either side of the lower. These holes are for attaching the sling, which is included and comes with quick-detach hardware.

Sig included a really nice sling with the Gen 2 model. Thank you, Sig. You can attach it as either a two-point or a single-point sling, and the hardware comes already on the sling. With three attachment points, you can put the sling where it works best for you. Nice!


Okay, so what’s the big deal with calling this 516 a Gen 2 model? Glad you asked.

The piston-driven operating system in the Gen 2 is completely new and improved. Sig changed the gas block, piston, and barrel to be more like the Sig 716 system. Some of the benefits include changing from a threaded-in valve to a quick-detachable valve and positive detent gas valve positions that vent the gas forward instead of downward.

While there was nothing “wrong” with the old 516 gas system, this one is much better in my humble opinion. It is quicker to change from one gas position to another simply by turning the gas valve by hand. I also like the fact that you don’t have to thread this piston in. When you want to remove the gas valve, you simply depress a small button and turn the gas valve counterclockwise, and the piston and valve come out for easy cleaning.

During my testing, I left the gas valve on the #1 position and never changed it. I never had any functioning problems, and all brass was thrown into a nice little pile. The nice thing with an adjustable gas piston system is that if you have weak ammo or ammo that is too hot, or if the gun gets dirty, you can simply adjust the gas system so the gun will run better under those conditions.


I’m also told that Sig changed the barrel from the original, but in what way, I have no idea. My Gen 1 model shot just great, as does this Gen 2. However, I’m sure Sig changed something in the barrel design.

Thus far, I have run slightly more than 400 rounds of various 223 Remington ammo through this gun without cleaning it, and I’ve had zero problems.

I had this ammo on hand to test:

I loaded up four 30-round magazines with the Winchester ammo and fired them as fast as I could. There were zero problems. I immediately broke the gun down and took out the bolt carrier group, and it was cool to the touch and pretty clean. There was a little bit of soot, but that was it. Try that with any impingement system AR, and you will burn your hand.

So, there are advantages to a piston-driven AR system. It keeps the gun much cleaner, and it keeps hot gas from being vented into the bolt carrier group and lower receiver. A cleaner, cooler gun will run better than a hot dirty gun will, and that’s a fact.

For my accuracy testing, I did my shooting at 100 yards with a cheap Bushnell 3x-9x 40mm scope. The Winchester white box stuff was giving me 3-inch groups if I held tight. I honestly expected better. The Black Hills 55 grain SP load gave me groups right around 2.5 inches.

The Black Hills 68 grain Heavy Match HP load gave me groups right at an inch and a half. This is always a good-shooting load for me, and it is quite often the most accurate load. However, the winner this time around was the Buffalo Bore Sniper 77 grain JHP load. It gave me a group slightly smaller than an inch and a quarter if I held tight and did my share.

I believe the 1:7 barrel twist likes the heavier bullets. I wish I could say all my groups with the Buffalo Bore Sniper load were always tight, but sad to say, I tired over several shooting sessions and I was pulling some of my shoots. It was not the fault of the ammo or the gun; it was me!


I was determined that I wouldn’t buy this sample after my testing for this article. Full retail at that time was $1,719.00. That’s a bit steep.

But we are talking about Sig Sauer quality, and we are talking about a piston-driven AR, not some cheap no-name direct impingement AR. With this Sig Sauer 516 Gen 2 piston-driven rifle, you get a lot of gun for the money so I knew that at some point I was going to have to find the funds to pay Sig for my sample, because it was not going back to them. I’m going to add some kind of red dot sight and it will be ready to go, no matter what comes my way.

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Review: Primary Arms 4x-14x 44mm Mil Dot FFP Scope []

As I marched through a quest to find and review as many “quality” FFP (First Focal Plane) scopes, I initially discounted Primary Arms. I mean how in the world could a $230 retail scope compare with the mid- and higher-tier optics in the $800-$1200 range? I am here to tell you that it gets you about 80%-90% there for a third to a quarter of the price.


FFP scopes, whose crosshairs zoom in proportion to the magnification, are popular because they simplify ballistic reticle shooting systems. Your ballistic reticle tick mark at 200 yards will be the same whether you are at minimum or maximum magnification.


There are MOA (minute of angle) and mil dot reticles that have some type of hash mark on the reticle with the intent that you can use these hash marks to calculate a shooting “hold” solution and even measure distance and/or target size.

In this, case Primary Arms’ 4x-14x 44mm FFP scope features a Mil Dot reticle. There is a learning curve to any ballistic or graduated reticle, but what makes most of them tough to use on regular second focal plane optics is that they are typically calibrated only at their highest magnification.

This means that the reticle will not change its size in relation to your eye as you adjust the magnification on standard scopes. For example, the first tick down on the reticle may be calibrated for 300 yards at 14x magnification, but on 4x magnification that same tick mark will not deliver a 300 yard shot.


Some people like this fixed-reticle configuration because it allows your 14x 300-yard zero to be a 600-yard zero at 4x, but this math makes my head hurt. FFP optics make shooting solutions consistent at any magnification, and therefore simpler to calculate as you are learning the ballistic system of your scope.

If you know your 10/22 or AR15 will hit at the top of the first mil dot at 125 yards, rest assured that it will also hit there at 4x and 125 yards. The problem is that this cool FFP system is usually reserved exclusively for more expensive $800+ optics.

On my last cruise through PA’s site, dropping things in my cart for my latest AR15 build, I took a hard look at the Primary Arms 4x-14x 44mm FFP scope. I have to admit that my plan was to bolt it on a custom 10/22 just to spend more time practicing my mil-dot ranging, but after I received the scope, I changed my mind about the quality a sub-$300 optic can provide and instead dropped it right on my custom AR15 build.

Considering the PA 4x-14x 44mm also delivers the FFP feature usually only found on expensive optics, this scope is an amazing deal.


About Primary Arms

Primary Arms is a firearms parts and products retailer founded on offering high quality firearms products at a competitive price. What makes Primary Arms unique is that they started offering their own line of optics and red dot sights, which are now widely regarded as “best buys” in the industry.

Generally, Primary Arms optics are affordable equivalents of well-known, brand name optics. Their $90 Micro Dot design and mounting holes match up to the $400 Aimpoint Micro, so you can mount it to Aimpoint Micro pattern mounts. Their $90 Reflex recoil proof sight compares very closely to $300+ reflex sights from Burris, Vortex, and others, which makes it an attractive option for both handguns and rifles.

There is a difference in quality between the high-dollar optics and what Primary Arms is offering, but the quality of their stuff will really surprise you. It is impressive that Primary Arms’ optics quality is not 1/4 or 1/3 of the quality, as the price would seem to indicate.

Fit, Finish, Feel, Features, and Functions

The fit is actually pretty good, with quality on par with the Lucid, Leatherwood, and other similar quality optics. The scope was solid and the finish was consistent throughout, with a good feel and heft to the optic. At 24 ounces, this scope is not light and feels substantial.

This scope features a side-mounted parallax adjustment from 10 yards to infinity, which makes this an ideal scope for guns ranging from 22 LR all the way to your 308 sniper rifle. Most FFP optics don’t have parallax adjustment for such close ranges.

The 1/10 mil click adjustment turrets provide a tactile and audible click and can be easily re-zeroed. The total 35 mil of windage and elevation for each turret adjustment is not huge, but it’s good enough for the applications most people will use this scope for.


The scope is shockproof, waterproof, and nitrogen purged with a 30mm scope tube to maximize light transmission. If you have any problems, Primary Arms covers this optic with a three year warranty.

What stunned me was that this scope was more clear at mid-range 400-yard distances than my personally well regarded Lucid Crossover. I ended up sitting out on the deck for a good hour attempting to figure out if my Lucid was out of focus, but the final conclusion was that the Primary Arms scope was just more clear.

To be fair, the PA 4x-14x was more clear than a lot of my optics at that distance. When I broke out the higher-tier Burris XTR II, Vortex Viper PST, Nikon Monarch Gold, and Bushnell Elite Tactical scopes for comparison, these did have better clarity–as they should for the price difference. It was still impressive how great the PA’s clarity was compared to these higher end optics.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I was positively impressed with the Primary Arms 4x-14x 44mm FFP scope. At $230 it is a deal, and considering that it’s also a high-clarity 30mm-tubed FFP optic, I have to move it to a best buy status. I plan on picking up a few more for other builds as well. This is a very competitive price range for optics, and Primary Arms has done a great job delivering one hell of an optic for the price.

Manufacturer Specs

  • Primary Arms 4-14X44 Mil Mil FFP Scope
  • Model: PA4-14XFFP
  • Magnification: 4-14X44
  • Reticle: Mil-Dot (USMC)
  • Focus/Parallax Adjustment 10-yards to Inifinity
  • First focal plane
  • Matte anodized black finish
  • Exit Pupil: 11.2 mm to 3.3 mm
  • Eye Relief: 80 mm to 82 mm
  • Field of View: 27.2 to 7.85 feet at 100 yards
  • Click Value: .1 MIL
  • Total Adjustment Value: Windage: 35 MIL
  • Total Adjustment Value: Elevation: 35 MIL
  • Multicoated to prevent glare
  • Shockproof rating: 1000g, 20 times
  • Waterproof: 11°C, 0.25 m, 3 min/ 52°F, 10”, 3 min
  • Nitrogen purged
  • Main material: Aluminum
  • Tube size: 30mm
  • Length: 330 mm/13 in.
  • Weight: 690 g/24 oz.
  • Three year warranty
  • MSRP $229


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Review: Ruger SR-556E AR-Style Rifle []

Not that long ago, Ruger would let writers know about new guns months in advance. That gave us time to get a sample, test it, and write about it. Then, when the article appeared in print, the gun would be ready to sell to the public. But that didn’t always work out. Sometimes the guns were delayed for some reason, and readers would be more than a little dismayed. Gun writers like myself would catch the flak from our readers because we told them that the gun would be available when the article was out in print.

A few years ago, Ruger came out with a new policy: they usually let us gun writers know about a new gun design about a day before the public knows about it. I’m not sure if this policy is good or bad. I do know that we no longer get samples in advance, and I can live with that.

The bad news for consumers is that, by the time writers get our samples and test them, they may have already purchased a model without the benefit of reading a review and learning about its problems.


Happily, Ruger is usually on the ball, but there have been a few problems in recent years where a design flaw was detected and there was a huge recall. I’m glad to report, though, that Ruger steps right up and takes care of any defects instead of trying to hide them.

A few year ago, I tested the then-new Ruger SR556, a long-awaited AR-style rifle, with a few differences. The SR556 was a piston-driven rifle instead of a direct gas impingement design. A piston-driven design runs cleaner and cooler because it keeps hot gases from being vented back into the bolt/bolt carrier.

I loved the SR556 and had just one problem. I thought the gun was a bit top/front end heavy, and it just didn’t balance quite right to my way of thinking. Still, it was a winner in my book!


Enter the Ruger SR556E. While the SR556 retails for $1995 (pretty steep for many buyers), the SR556E has a full retail of $1,375 and that’s quite a savings. You aren’t getting everything that the SR556 has, but not everyone needs it.

For instance, the SR556 comes with a nice padded carrying case, three MagPul PMags, a Picatinny-style forend with rail covers, and mounting points at all four positions on the rail. The SR556E comes with a nice forend, but it only has mounting points at the 12:00 position (although you can purchase additional rails for mounting things at the 3:00, 6:00 and 9:00 positions).

To me, the SR556E balances a whole lot better with its 16.12-inch cold hammer forged barrel as opposed the the SR556 model, which felt much heavier than it was. We are only talking a few ounces difference in weight between the SR556 and the SR556E models, but I prefer the SR556E. I’m not one to hang much on my AR-style rifles to start with, so I don’t need all the mounting space on the forend.


The SR556E does include a soft case, which is nice considering so many places simply give you a cardboard box with your expensive AR. I’ve never understood that. When you pay a lot of money for a nice rifle, why can’t gun companies at least throw in a $10.00 plastic case? Ruger does it right in this case.

The SR556E comes with rapid-deploy front and rear sights, so if you don’t mount some kind of optic on your SR556E, you can use these nice, usable sights instead. The factory sights fold down to stay out of the way of scopes or red dot sights, but when needed they pop up at the touch of a button.

A lot of AR makers don’t give you any sights at all on their flat top models, which means more money you have to spend.


We also have a mil-spec 6-positon telescoping stock, A2 pistol grip, non-ambi safety, forward assist, flash suppressor–all the basic stuff on most AR-style rifles. So what sets the Ruger SR556E apart from other ARs? Simple! The two-stage gas piston with an adjustable regulator that provides a cleaner and cooler firearm.

Gas vs. Piston

If you shot a direct gas impingement AR next to one that has a short-stroke piston setup, you could readily tell that the piston gun is running smoother. It’s hard to explain, but you can feel it.

When you fire a gas impingement AR, the hot dirty gases are directed back through a gas tube right into the gun’s action, which naturally makes it hot and dirty. With the piston-driven SR556E, most gas fouling is vented out the bottom of the gas block and away from the bolt carrier, keeping the gun cleaner and cooler.

You can fire off a couple 30-round magazines and take the bolt carrier out, and it will be clean and cool to the touch. I’ve done it myself. Try that with a direct gas impingement AR, and you’ll burn your fingers while getting them dirty.

Gas Regulator

The SR556E’s four-position gas regulator controls the amount of gas that is released to cycle the piston. It comes from the factory set at the #2 position. I found no need to change it, but for the sake of the article, I tried the different positions. They all worked just fine, with some settings throwing the empty shells farther than others.

The “0” position turns the gas off and the action doesn’t cycle. Use this when using a suppressor. If your gun starts to run a little sluggish due to fouling or underpowered ammo, use the #3 position. And if you happen to have some really hot ammo, you can use the #1 position. But as I said, the #2 position works just fine most of the time.


The SR556E can handle 223 Remington and 5.56mm ammo, which are NOT the same. And its gas block, piston, and bolt are chromed, which really helps in cleanup.

The barrel has a 1:9 twist, which is optimal for most bullet weights as heavy as 68 or 69 grains. I tested the SR556E with a variety of 223 and 5.56mm loads and had zero problems with any of them. Just out of curiosity, I did try some heavier 77-grain bullets, and just as I expected, the 1:9 Barrel twist failed to stabilize the bullet.

At the Range

Weather conditions were miserable for my range sessions with the SR556E. Heavy fog limited my shooting to 50 yards, and even then the poor visibility made it difficult to get a good sight picture on the target.

I tried the SR556E with these loads:

  • Buffalo Bore 55-grain Ballistic Tip Sniper load
  • Buffalo Bore 69-grain JHP
  • Black Hills 55-grain FMJ
  • Black Hills 55-grain Soft Point
  • Black Hills 68-grain Heavy Match Hollow Point
  • Winchester white box USA 55-grain FMJ

I ran three 30-round magazines of the Winchester load through the SR556E as fast as I could pull the trigger with no malfunctions. I broke the gun down and pulled out the bolt/bolt carrier, and it was still clean and cool to the touch–try that with a direct gas impingement AR.

I settled down for some accuracy testing, using my favorite method: a rolled-up sleeping bag over the hood of my SUV. With the Buffalo Bore 55-grain Sniper Load, I was getting 2-inch groups at 50 yards. With their 69-grain JHP load, I was getting groups right at 1.25 inches.

Both Black Hills 55-grain loads gave me two-inch groups, while the 68-grain Heavy Match load was grouping right at 1.50-inch. Remember, these are 50-yard groups.

I believe the SR556E is capable of smaller groups, but I wasn’t able to get a perfect sight picture and it was hard to see the target at times. On a good day with the right ammo, I believe the SR556E can easily shoot tighter groups.


As I mentioned earlier, I like the way this SR556E balances; it just feels a lot better than the SR556 I tested. I’m getting sold on piston-driven ARs these days. I like that they run cooler and smoother and don’t get the bolt/bolt carrier group so dirty. And theoretically, they should be more reliable.

If I had to nit-pick the SR556E, it would be that there is no front sling attachment (but that’s an easy fix). That said, I am going to have to convince the wife that I actually “need” one more AR-style rifle because this sample isn’t going back to Ruger.

The SR556E in the accompanying photos is lightly customized and belongs to a friend. My own SR556E is just the way it came from the factory, which I like. I just wanted to show readers some sensible customizing on the SR556E, instead of one with 10 extra pounds of junk mounted on the gun, making it too heavy and not combat worthy.

I like the SR556E, and don’t believe for one second that the “E” stands for Economy. It means “Everything.” Everything you need in an AR-style rifle.

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Hundreds of dead people voting in Southern California, mainly in Los Angeles County [John Lott's Website]

From CBS channel 2 in Los Angeles:
A comparison of records by David Goldstein, investigative reporter for CBS2/KCAL9, has revealed hundreds of so-called dead voters in Southern California, a vast majority of them in Los Angeles County. 
“He took a lot of time choosing his candidates,” said Annette Givans of her father, John Cenkner. 
Cenkner died in Palmdale in 2003. Despite this, records show that he somehow voted from the grave in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010. 
But he’s not the only one. 
CBS2 compared millions of voting records from the California Secretary of State’s office with death records from the Social Security Administration and found hundreds of so-called dead voters. . . .


Update: The very first Mossberg US Patent infringement suit in 2012 Vs. Timney [The Firearm Blog]

I received an email earlier today which provided additional information on the continuing story of Mossberg’s numerous suits filed in reference to drop in triggers. The first suit was actually filed some years ago in 2012. The first ‘385 patent infringement action actually started in 2012, when Mossberg sued Timney Triggers, LLC and Timney Manufacturing, […]

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Detroit man saves his wife and himself from home invaders, WXYZ, Detroit, Mich. 05/23/16 [NRA-ILA News]

A pair of armed men forced Daniel McNamara and his wife into the basement of their Detroit, Mich. home. Recalling the incident for a local media outlet, McNamara said the home invaders “kept telling us to turn around, I said 'No, I'm not going to turn around,' I said 'You've got to kill me face to face'.” After the thieves collected several personal items from the couple, McNamara was able to retrieve a gun that he had stashed inside the home. Upon acquiring the firearm, McNamara fired at the assailants, striking one and prompting both to flee. The wounded thief was captured as he sought medical treatment at a hospital. McNamara went on to tell a reporter, “The Lord looked out for us today.”


Review: Tri Star Setter Over and Under [The Firearm Blog]

P5190298Shotguns imported from Turkey are getting better and better and provide shooters with a real bargain. Some Turkish guns stand out among the rest and the TriStar Setter over and under is one of them. When I picked the Setter up at my FFL I was impressed with the fit and finish. It’s a handsome shotgun […]

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Hawaii could require gun owners to be entered into FBI database [NRA-ILA News]

Hawaii could become the first state in the United States to enter gun owners into an FBI database that will automatically notify police if an island resident is arrested anywhere else in the country.


Florida Supreme Court Takes On Open-Carry Case [NRA-ILA News]

The upcoming showdown has national significance since Florida is one of only a handful of states that bans the public display of firearms. The NRA trained its sights on the Norman case because it's the only active litigation testing a constitutional right to openly carry guns.


New Jersey: Christie vetoes gun bill again [NRA-ILA News]

Gov. Christie on Monday again conditionally vetoed a bill requiring domestic violence offenders to surrender firearms, saying current law already covers the issue.


Florida: Hurlburt reviewing privately owned guns on base [NRA-ILA News]

Currently, Hurlburt personnel are prohibited from having their personal guns with them on base property.A change to policies regarding guns on base may be on the horizon, however.


West Virginia begins recognizing the Right-to-Carry without a permit [NRA-ILA News]

The law passed by the Republican-led Legislature took effect Tuesday.In March, lawmakers needed only a simple majority to override Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's veto of the bill.


Japanese Type 4 Garand Photos [Forgotten Weapons]

Towards the end of WWII, in 1944, the Japanese Navy developed a copy of the American M1 Garand rifle, chambered for the 7.7mm cartridge. This followed attempts to simply rebarrel captured US guns, which did not work well because of difficulty getting the en bloc clips to function properly. The newly manufactured Japanese rifles were equipped with a 10-round magazine fed by standard 5-round stripper clips in order to sidestep this problem. The guns were manufactured at the Yokosuka Naval Arsenal, and only about 125 were completed when the war ended (although parts for 200 were made).

I had an opportunity to handle one of these, and took a selection of photos. I was not able to disassemble the gun, so I don’t have any internal pictures – but the exterior views will hopefully be useful:

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The NRA Endorsement Of Trump [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I posted an article from Politico on Facebook yesterday. The article said the NRA was facing member backlash from their endorsement of Donald Trump on Friday. I noted that I thought Politico was stretching to find NRA members who were opposed to the Trump endorsement. I compared it to finding people at the Annual Meeting who were in favor of universal background checks. You would find them if you looked hard. I went on to add that Politico was a part of the mainstream press whose job it seems is to get Hillary elected even if she does treat them like something she found on the bottom of her shoes.

I thought what I said was fairly uncontroversial.

I was wrong.

I have lost track of how many comments and replies pro and con the Trump endorsement that I have received. Some of the comments have up to 50 replies to them. Much of it is back and forth between people who oppose the endorsement and those who thought the NRA right to do the endorsement. To get a true feel for it you need to read the comment and then the back and forth replies.

The comments on both sides of the argument have come from people within the gun culture whom I respect for their devotion to the Second Amendment. Given that, I do see that the endorsement of Trump was more controversial than I thought.

My take on why the NRA-ILA and NRA-PVF made the endorsement now is that it was pragmatic politics. The NRA is nothing if not a practitioner of realpolik. The pragmatic consideration is that an early endorsement at a time when it would get lots of media attention cements the NRA as one of the inner circle of organizations who will have the ear of a President Trump. It is already a given that the NRA will have no seat at the table under a President Clinton. She has already declared us as one of her prime enemies.

The NRA could have waited to make the endorsement later in the campaign season but they would have risked that endorsement getting lost among other endorsements. Moreover, as some have suggested, they could have just foregone an endorsement of Trump as they have done with some past Republican nominees. Given Trump's past pro-gun control comments, they could have been excused for going this route. That said, 2016 Trump is very pro-gun, has made very pro-gun statements throughout the campaign, and has very pro-2A positions posted on his website. It could be posited that the NRA endorsement is a reward for coming over the from the dark side.

As I said above, I do see the endorsement of Trump as being more controversial than I thought. However, pragmatically, I don't see that the NRA had any other choice than to do what they did.


The MAG/SLAB Pistol Stand [The Firearm Blog]

1911_aI am guessing that we have all seen a gun product and said to ourselves “Why didn’t I think of that?”. But Joe Holden, creator of the MAG/SLAB actually did think of something that will make high-end pistol owner’s very happy. The MAG/SLAB is a simple, yet functional stand for displaying and storing 1911s and other collectable pistols. […]

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5.56 Microgun and Bullpup Shotgun [The Firearm Blog]

13226904_10153675111472005_5096832221376692036_n@Empty_Shell_LLC and @Aeroknox have been posting progress pics of their 5.56 minigun project and their D12 bullpup shotgun project.   Here is a video of a successful test fire. It is a burst of 5.56. Looks like 10-15 rounds. The first clip of the video is real time. It looks like one bang. Then they […]

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NRA 2016: Awesome American Flag Guns by Nevada Cerakote [The Firearm Blog]

nevada1Sometimes you see a Cerakote finish so impressive or flat-out awesome you simply cannot pass up the opportunity to share it. Such was the case at this year’s NRA Annual Meeting, which was held in Louisville, Kentucky (next year it’s slotted to take place in Atlanta, Georgia). The guns in question were on display at […]

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Suppressor Spotlight: Curtis Tactical [The Firearm Blog]

imageIn the third installment of the ‘Spotlight’ series we bring you Curtis Tactical – quite literally a “Mom and Pop” operation. And that is exactly how owner Joe Jones and his wife like to operate. Besides periodic crunch times when Joe needs to hire part time help to run the machines making baffles, he and […]

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Ruger 22/45 Lite: NRA Edition [The Firearm Blog]

22/45 LiteSturm, Ruger & Co. teamed up with firearms distributor Davidson’s to sell a limited edition 22/45 Lite to benefit the National Rifle Association (NRA). These NRA pistols carry a suggested retail price of $537. According to Ruger, a $20 donation is made to the NRA with each gun sold. These pistols are functionally identical to the […]

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Monday, 23 May


Lithgow Arms USA Importing Thales Aus. EF88/F90 as “Atrax” Rifle [NRA 2016] [The Firearm Blog]

13254860_10156928720510416_117053552121571833_oBig news at the National Rifle Association Annual Meeting 2016, importer Lithgow Arms USA will be bringing the EF88/F90 improved bullpup assault rifle to the USA. The F90 is a variant of the Steyr AUG developed for the Australian Defence Force to replace the F88 (their designation for the AUG) bullpup rifle. While I did not […]

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Single Actions Are Alive []

Indeed single action handguns still have a role in the shooting community and in some senses there is a bit of a revival going on. Handgunners are seemingly totally enamored with semi-auto pistols. Preppers, survivalists, self-defense gurus and concealed weapons carry enthusiasts are all in on pistols. Even double-action revolvers have taken a back seat to the magazine fed genre of handguns these days.

But, hey, wait just a minute, have you stopped to take a look at a good Ruger Single Action six gun any time recently? Maybe it is high time to revisit the old “thumb buster” mode of cocking, aiming and shooting with each round until the cylinder is empty. You may just find a whole new mode to enjoy shooting handguns again.

My first handgun when I was but a young lad of eight years old was a Ruger Bearcat in .22 rimfire. My dad slipped across the street to his old duck hunting buddy that owned the Western Auto store and secured it for me for $49. In those days, there was no ATF paperwork or age requirements to own a handgun. We were raised to be trusted to use guns safely and appropriately, too. I would have been scared to death not to.

That little single action Ruger initiated me to handgun shooting. I used it to plink hundreds of tin cans (yes they were tin back then), paper targets, and other assorted innocuous targets, none of which were organic. I learned to use simple open sights, as well as hammer and trigger control.

Owning that tiny six gun also taught me a lot about handgun cleaning and maintenance. I could pull that cylinder pin, and brush out the dirty rimfire ammo burned powder, scrub the barrel, lube it up and have it ready to go again. Much was to be said for owning that gun.

Since, I have owned and used many a single action six guns from .357 Magnums to .44 Magnums. I have even hunted with them with some measure of success. I particularly like to carry my current Ruger Blackhawk with the 4 5/8- inch barrel, .357 Mag in a crossdraw holster.

I think if you’ll revisit the single action guns, you will find a new excitement about shooting handguns. It takes a real concerted effort to shoot well with one of these guns, a skill that will teach you how to better shoot all handguns with accomplishment.

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Mythbusting: Is the AK *REALLY* inaccurate compared to an AR15? [The Firearm Blog]

After seeing another blog claim that the AK47 shot 10 MOA (or 10″ groups at 100 yards), James became fed up with the BS and decided to test the prevalent belief that the AK is an inaccurate combat rifle. In this episode of TFBTV, James compares an American made AR15 to a Russian and Serbian/Yugoslavian […]

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S&W M&P22 Compact Suppressor Ready in Cerakote FDE [The Firearm Blog]

Cerakote FDEThe National Rifle Association’s (NRA) Annual Meetings are now complete. With over 750 vendors of firearm related products on hand dispersed throughout multiple convention centers, it was truly a sight to see! Normally every year the most exciting firearm and product announcements occur at SHOT Show in Las Vegas, but there are a fair share […]

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West Virginia: Permitless Carry to take Effect Tomorrow, May 24 [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, May 24, the provisions of House Bill 4145, West Virginia’s permitless/constitutional carry legislation, will take effect.  Please refer to NRA-ILA’s HB 4145 Fact Sheet for important information on this monumental pro-gun reform.


IDF and the Micro Tavor X95 [The Firearm Blog]

88k3iXmA solider posted up some photos of himself and his platoon from back when he served in the IDF in 2010-2012. He focuses mostly on the X95. There are a LOT of photos and comments with each photo. It is interesting seeing the subtle differences and seeing how the guns were setup for the IDF. […]

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Volquartsen Scorpion .22LR Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

Scorpion PistolKirsten Joy Weiss reviews her Volquartsen Scorpion pistol.  It is a striking looking race gun. I would like to try it and see how it compares to my friend’s one of a kind Limcat .22LR pistol. I would put an optic on it as it would make the gun faster for target acquisition. Kirsten shoots […]

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POTD: Jumping The Glock (Shark) [The Firearm Blog]

13179206_10102365769531035_301691922226153206_nLooks like this was probably done as a joke. I see a rather tricked out Glock that appears to be done by Agency Arms. It has an RMR mounted to the slide and is holstered in a Crye Precision holster. The Glock has a threaded barrel with the Tuff Products railed muzzle brake. Nathan S. […]

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How to Make Your Truck Roll Backwards in Drive (Video) []

So you’re living life and then one day, reverse gear stops working in your truck. But you’re out in the boonies and all you’ve got is whatever’s available at your camp.

Well, you might just find enough odd parts to create something like this nifty “hack” that allows the driver to move a vehicle backwards under its own power, even though the driving wheel is rolling forward…

This next video contains some bad music, but you don’t need sound for it. It shows how this handy-dandy thing was made.

Pretty cool.

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Vietnam vet in wheelchair fights off home invader, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta, Ga. 05/21/16 [NRA-ILA News]

Eddie Frank Smith, a 69-year-old Vietnam veteran who uses a wheelchair, was at home in Monticello, Ga. when a man broke into his home. At some point the home invader charged Smith, who responded to the threat by drawing a gun and shooting the intruder. Once shot, the home invader fled. The intruder only made roughly 100 yards from Smith’s home before he collapsed. The home invader was taken to a local hospital but was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.


Review: Sig Sauer 516 Piston-Driven AR-Style Rifle []

I’ve been a big fan of Sig Sauer firearms for as long as I can remember, and that’s a good long time.  Today we’ll take a look at their Sig 516 model, which is a piston-driven AR rather than the typical gas impingement setup.

I have an early 516, and the ones that Sig is selling today are slightly different cosmetically. Some of the furniture has changed, and the models being sold today come with pop-up sights (mine didn’t).

A quick glance at the 516 is in order. This gun looks pretty much like most higher-end ARs, albeit with a piston-driven operating system. This gun has is a short stroke pushrod system with a rotating bolt. The upper receiver is a flat top, and it has a quad-rail forearm for mounting accessories. My sample has a MOE butt stock and MOE pistol grip, and I really like both of those features.


The 516 is chambered in 5.56mm and of course you can also fire 223 Remington. The barrel is chrome-lined, and rifling twist is 1:7 (I would have preferred 1:9). The gun weighs in at 7.3 pounds empty and comes with one 30-round magazine.

There are all the usual culprits, like a fenced and protected magazine release, covered ejection port, flash suppressor, forward assist for the bolt (I don’t use them), and an attractive and evenly-applied phosphate finish on the upper and lower. Trigger pull is typical mil-spec; nothing to write home about, but satisfactory.

The gas piston regulator features four positions: #1 is for regular firing, #2 is for when the gun starts to short-stroke (usually after it gets dirty), #3 is a cutoff for use with a suppressor, and in position #4, you can operate the gun like a single shot bolt-action rifle (why you would, I have no idea).


While the gun weighs in at 7.3 pounds, it seems to balance well when shooting. It’s fast-handling, too!


I had a fair assortment of 223 ammo to run through the 516:

I mounted the red dot sight that I had ordered with the Sig 516, but it is not a precision aiming sight, to be sure. Out to 100 yards, I had a difficult time getting a good sight picture. For my purposes, I found the Sig red dot sight a bit on the small side, and it was difficult to get on target fast in low light. I prefer a slightly larger red dot sight.


I had halfway decent weather for my accuracy and function testing, and I burned up several magazines of the Winchester ammo with no malfunctions. Out to a hundred yards, the best I could do was around 3-inch groups with the red dot sight.

In the past, I’ve fired this gun with a 3x-9x scope on it and was able to get groups slightly under 2 inches if I did my part.

The Black Hills 55 grain Soft Point ammo is a great varmint load, as is their 60 grain U-Max. I was getting consistent 3-inch groups with these two loads. The Buffalo Bore 69 grain Sniper Load gave me a group slightly under 3 inches, and the 1:7 rifling twist liked this heavier bullet. The gun is capable of much better accuracy with a magnifying scope on it, and I’ve gotten smaller groups on a good day.

Testing the Gas Settings

During my testing, I had no malfunctions with the gas piston set on position #1. I did change it to position #2 and found that my empty brass was sailing farther away from the gun–more gas was being released into the pushrod system. On position #3, the gas system is cut off completely for use with a suppressor and the empty shell doesn’t extract (it stays in the chamber). On position #4 you can shoot the 516 like a bolt action. As I said earlier, I don’t understand this position, but it’s there if you want it.

Keeping Its Cool

Compared to direct gas impingement ARs, the 516 stayed very clean and cool during testing. Taking the pushrod and piston out for routine cleaning is quick and simple. You still have to clean a piston-driven AR, just not as often as you do one with the direct gas system.

The bolt and bolt carrier are slightly different from a direct gas impingement system: the bolt doesn’t require gas rings, and the bolt carrier lacks a gas key. To cycle the action, the pushrod strikes the top of the bolt carrier where the gas key would normally be.


I really like the Sig 516. It’s lighter than some piston-driven ARs, and the gun is fast handling, too. It’s capable of better accuracy than displayed in this article, but I didn’t have many loads with heavy bullets to try in it. Between that and the small red dot, things just didn’t go my way.

The Sig 516 retails for around $1,669.00. Like most Sig products, they’re often in high demand and short supply, but you can find one if you look hard enough. I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan when it came to piston-driven ARs, but I’m fast becoming one. I like that they stay cleaner and cooler with the piston-driven system, plus I just like Sig Sauer firearms.

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Review: Seekins Precision AR15 “Little Billet Parts” []

Now that we all own a couple basic AR15s, we glance over at our friends’ tricked-out ARs with all that billet goodness and then stare blankly at our basic, plain, battle rifle and wonder what we could do to dress it up a bit.


One of the biggest booming markets around our fun little AR15s are all those great Little Billet Parts, or LBPs. These LBPs are designed to add those little custom touches here and there. Just ten or so years ago, such parts only included extended trigger guard, ambi selector, and maybe an extended latch charging handle, but times are changing.

Why have an functional-but-ugly selector or a plastic extended trigger guard when you could have some gleaming cool-looking billet part for the price of a couple sub sandwiches? The AR15 market has matured beyond the look of chest thumping, all-black, mil-spec battle rifles. Now the average shooter is actually excited about adding parts that get noticed and are not just basic black.

Seekins Precision

Long before many of the “me too” manufacturers even knew what an AR15 was, Seekins Precision was manufacturing billet and custom AR15 receivers under their own brand and for other companies. Today the company offers loads of custom billet AR15 parts, as well as complete rifles with all those beautiful receivers and parts included.

The best part? Seekins  makes premium LBPs with a price that is downright inexpensive, and they’re available in a huge array of anodized colors as well. Last time I checked, there were seven colors with more being added all the time.

There are a lot of cheap imported LBPs coming in now, but all Seekins parts are 100% made right here in the USA. Despite all the crazy custom AR15 builds that I do, I still had a few AR rifles that needed some updates. I looked to Seekins for a few selectors, trigger guards, mag releases, and bolt catches to show off what they offer.

Even for the AR15 owner without build experience, most of these little aftermarket upgrades are easy to install–some without any tools, other with punch and hammer or screwdriver and hex wrench.


The first rifle that needed some bling was my custom laser logo DoubleStar receiver AR15, which hosts a JP Rifles match grade competition barreled upper. With the bright red JP Rifle Barrel heat sinks peeking through the handguard and a fair amount of white lasered lettering and logoing, this rifle needed some blue for a fun red, white, and blue theme. I added a Seekins magazine release, extended trigger guard, and ambi selector. It added just the right touch.



The mag release button delivers a better-looking release without the typical hole all the way through and adds a classy diamond pattern. I use a lot of these 6061 billet aluminum mag releases because they are only $5.99 where most other comparable parts are nearly three times the price.

It’s amazing to me that Seekins can offer a little part like this for only $2 more than a standard mil-spec release, but they do. Installation only requires the stock release to be depressed enough for the magazine catch to clear the bolt release and to start unscrewing it.


The other AR15 ready for some gleaming billet was a GTVC billet lower receiver. GTVC made handfulls of cash during the boom, but has since dropped the manufacture of AR15 receivers and moved back into aerospace manufacturing.

This is one of those AR15s that I shoot a lot and I decided that I would add some highlights to an otherwise straightforward build. This build received a silver anodized Seekins mag release, extended trigger guard, and ambi selector, but I also added a Seekins extended bolt release. This is a unique MIM (Metal Injection Molding) part that uses a proprietary metal that is stronger than the mil-spec release. The Seekins design gives you a larger bolt release paddle and an extended bolt hold open latch. At $12.99 it’s a competition-killing price point.


An extended trigger guard is an upgrade very few shooters will ever actually use, but it looks cool, so people do it. In this case it looks extremely cool and Seekins has added a lot of style into an otherwise understated part, and they sell it for $19.99.

Like most other extended guards, the spring loaded detent on the front of the guard is released, the factory roll pin is driven out with a punch, and the new guard is reinstalled with the roll pin. The front of the guard is secured with machine screws.

The Seekins selector is a bit unique in that it can be installed to be either a standard 90-degree or a 60-degree-throw lever. Install the selector “barrel” one way and you have a 90-degree throw; flip it around and you have a 60-degree throw. Pretty cool and innovative LPB for only $39.99.

Final Thoughts

I know the guy next to you might have spent the equivalent price of a good used luxury car on all his upgrades, but Seekins Precision parts can help add a lot of class and style to your AR15 for not a lot of money. As I write this, I have a box of their mag releases and trigger guards coming my way to upgrade a few extra rifles that need some style.

And if you are one of these rough-and-tough chest-thumping all-black-battle-rifles folks, Seekins makes all these parts in black as well.

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Manticore Arms New CZ and AK upgrades [The Firearm Blog]

13239083_1127454187298760_7793395939526943839_nSven of Manticore Arms has some exciting new upgrades for the CZ Scorpion Evo 3, CZ Bren, and AKs. First off he is making a transformer rail compatible handguard for the AK. Manticore is also making a folding buffer tube for AR stocks. The folder is designed to accommodate a side rail on an AK. […]

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Sessions: Clinton is the most anti-Second Amendment candidate ever [NRA-ILA News]

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Sunday slammed Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton as "the most anti-Second Amendment" presidential candidate the country has ever seen.Sessions, who endorsed presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, criticized Clinton for saying the District of Columbia v. Heller decision, which he said "protects the right of individuals to keep and bear arms," was wrong.


Mossberg Suing Fellow Gun Companies Over AR Triggers []


Our friends over at The Firearms Blog (TFB) have reported that gunmaker Mossberg is suing a number of companies for violating a trigger patent (US 7,293,385 B2), the rights to which Mossberg owns.

The patent, filed by Michael L. McCormick and dated 2007, covers drop-in triggers that use pins to secure them in place, and the patent document clearly shows an AR receiver.

While the TFB post clearly takes umbrage with this lawsuit, the company that currently makes triggers under that patent (CMC Triggers) posted a statement regarding the lawsuit on their Facebook page, apparently referring to articles that may paint Mossberg in a bad light:


CMC Triggers is a Christian company, privately held and not owned by O.F. Mossberg or anyone else.

We pay our bills when they’re due including our royalty responsibility to O.F. Mossberg.

Fair competition in the market place is only fair if the playing field is level.

We proudly stand with them in their pursuit of what is right in regard to all the companies that infringe on their Patent.

Shame on anyone that would spin negatively O.F. Mossberg exercising their right under law to collect royalties.

Jack R Biegel, Pres. CMC Triggers Corp.

To those who may not understand how all this fits together, here’s what I think we know:

  • Chip McCormick patented a trigger for the AR15, which became very popular.
  • The company reportedly had trouble keeping up with demand, and in 2011 the rights to manufacture the trigger were sold to a company “that would make the production of the CMC Triggers their main objective and fill the supply lines.”
  • That trigger is currently being made by CMC Triggers, but the patent is owned by Mossberg. Therefore, CMC pays royalties to Mossberg.
  • Mossberg does not own CMC Triggers.
  • A number of other companies have been making similar triggers without paying royalties, and this lawsuit seeks to amend that situation.

To me, the litigation seems to be reasonable action taken by a company to protect its interests.

What do you think?

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At NRA, Trump slams Clinton for ‘heartless’ gun restrictions [NRA-ILA News]

Donald Trump on Friday slammed Hillary Clinton as “heartless” for backing restrictions on gun ownership that he said would leave Americans in high-crime areas unable to protect themselves. He also challenged Clinton to follow his lead and release a list of potential Supreme Court nominees.


Trump rallies gun owners with fiery anti-Clinton [NRA-ILA News]

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump assured gun owners on Friday he would protect their constitutional right to bear arms and eliminate gun-free zones if elected, accusing Democrat Hillary Clinton of wanting to weaken gun rights.


Donald Trump calls out Clinton over armed Secret Service protection [NRA-ILA News]

A day after Donald Trump told people at the National Rifle Association that Hillary Clinton would strip away their right to bear arms, the Republican seemed to suggest on social media that his opponent, who he thinks totes a hard line on gun control, should disarm her Secret Service team.“Crooked Hillary wants to get rid of all guns and yet she is surrounded by bodyguards who are fully armed,” Trump tweeted Saturday morning. “No more guns to protect Hillary!”


Maine: Background-check law would be first step in a firearm registry [NRA-ILA News]

Earlier this year one of the writers for the Sportman’s Alliance of Maine newsletter wanted to take his two young sons turkey hunting. All his firearms were too big for the boys, so I offered my friend one of my youth model 20-gauge shotguns as a loaner and he accepted. Months later his 9-year-old son harvested his first tom turkey, and a few days later my friend returned my firearm without incident.In our interpretation of the proposed law, the innocent scenario above, and countless others, including temporarily loaning a firearm to a friend for self-protection, will become illegal in almost all cases, unless the parties first undergo a potentially difficult and expensive background check, if Maine people pass the initiative to expand background checks for private sales, loans, gifts and other kinds of “transfers” of guns.


California: Bullets are flying in gun battle between Democrats [NRA-ILA News]

A Wild West gunfight is bloodying the state Capitol — a sort of fast-draw face-off between leading Democrats.


Pennsylvania: Court hands gun permit holders win in privacy violation suit [NRA-ILA News]

A Pennsylvania appeals court is reviving a lawsuit by four people with permits to carry concealed weapons who argue the sheriff shouldn’t be sending notices about their permits by postcards without envelopes.


BREAKING: The Truth Behind Drop-in AR-15 Triggers. They Date Back to 1998. [The Firearm Blog]

Phil’s, Tom’s and my inbox have been blowing up with tips and emails from concerned gun owners worried about Mossberg’s lawsuits against 12 manufacturers of drop-in AR-15 trigger groups (read our post here and here catch up with the drama). We are only aware of 12 manufacturers being sued, but there could well be others being […]

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A Case for Better Factory Pistol Cases []

Over the years, I have had hundreds of new handguns pass through my hands, and I’ve managed to hold on to a few. Some were arguably better than others, some included a few well-thought-out accessories, but only a couple of those guns actually came with a “shooting solution.”

From my perspective, a “shooting solution” should include everything (other than ammo) that you need to shoot at the range. For all the new shooters entering the market, it is imperative that companies start offering kits that include eye & ear protection, a pistol and magazine holster, and at least one extra magazine, beyond the obligatory gun lock and manual.

In a world of growing firearms ownership, it would seem a brilliant strategy to market your most popular guns as a CCW & defensive carry kit with everything you might need to hit the range or a competition, right in one case. It screams to prospective buyers that if you buy my gun, you don’t need $200 worth of extra stuff. I call it the “firing solution in a kit.”

At the very minimum, why make a consumer buy a set of earplugs, eye protection, and extra magazine when these items total would likely cost a gunmaker less than $20 to include. $20 is hardly a margin killer.

Complete kits are nothing new on the military side, but they’re unusual in the civilian market. A case should be far more than just a piece of folded cardboard or injection molded plastic that the gun barely fits into, with a bunch of printed legal disclaimers. A pistol case should be roomy enough to allow the majority of accessories to be packed safely and securely inside the case; otherwise it’s worthless.


A Factory Pistol Case Should Have it All

As a consumer, I should not have to grab three different bags just to go shoot at the range over lunch. I should be able to grab the case my pistol arrived in and know I have at a minimum my gun, three mags, a cleaning rod, a holster, a mag pouch, and potentially a box of ammo all housed within. It is my opinion that you should either give up totally as Ruger has done with its cardboard boxes or go all the way like Springfield… anyplace in the middle is a waste of plastic.

Generally, a pistol or revolver arrives in a cardboard or plastic box with little more than a token low-quality gun lock, possibly a magazine loading tool and cleaning rod, and maybe an extra magazine or two. On occasion, a manufacturer will include some type of inexpensive polymer holster to at least get you on the range.

Seldom do we get a pistol shooting solution that is ready to shoot with at least three magazines, a holster, and mag pouch all in a case that is actually usable. There may have been more, but to my memory I’ve only encountered three firearms which have provided anything close to a full shooting solution within a case.


The Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm Carry and Range Kit retailing for $689 comes with a Blade-Tech® Kydex Holster, Blade-Tech Double Magazine Pouch, Maglula Speed Loader, Ear Plugs, Extra Magazines (3 total). The kit still lacked eye protection and a case large enough to at least hold a box or two of ammo.


From a production pistol perspective, I was most impressed with Springfield’s 1911 style 45 ACP Range Officer. The standard factory case is a larger hard-side polymer case with “the look” of a rugged military grade transport case. The case was of high quality and included die cutouts for the Range Officer, three magazines, the cleaning rod, a polymer holster, a polymer dual magazine holster, a space for a box of ammo and an upper compartment for documentation. This is the closest I have seen to a factory-provided shooting solution.


For a while I was purchasing police trade-in Glock G22 40 S&W pistols. In some instances, they were sold to officers as kits inside a roomy hard-sided polymer case with three magazine, a mag loader, a cleaning rod, a polymer holster, and a polymer dual magazine holster — with room left over for a box of ammo or some loose accessories. For $350, this was by far my most-satisfying shooting solution, but alas, it is not a typical Glock offering.

I must mention the unintentionally-designed Glock lunchpail that every new Glock comes in. If you have not ripped out the foam and used this to pack your sandwich and juice box for lunch, you really are missing an opportunity to have interesting conversations at work — but this case has virtually no room within beyond the Glock, extra mag, and cleaning rod.I have begged Glock to start making pistol boxes double deep to offer at least enough space for extra mags and a box of ammo.


Like almost every other factory case, the Glock case omits locking tabs. Even if I wanted to use this compact case to fly around the country with my Glock, I would need to find just the right lock to fit around the handle — or find a different case.

Through “extensive” testing of kids’ lunchboxes, it turns out that ye olde standard lunchbox size is about perfect to drop in your pistol, three mags, a box of ammo, a small cleaning kit, a mag loader, and ear plugs. A practical-sized case seems so obvious to me that it makes me think that cases are usually just an afterthought for most manufacturers.

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Ruger may offer Cardboard cases on many pistols, but this Charger Pistol delivers shooters an awesome little case.

Even if a manufacturer does not want to offer a “firing solution kit,” the industry as a whole needs to take a better look at what they are offering in handgun cases. If a case is to be included, manufacturers need to think about how a customer will actually use it.

Bond Arms ships with a tiny little polymer case which is great for flying with most small CCW guns… it’s perfect for that situation. And Ruger includes a zippered soft side case with some models, which I like for range trips. What I have a problem with are cases which are pretty much useless.

Come on guys. Let’s make cases useful… after all, they do carry your logos on the side of them. Make them as much a symbol of your innovation and quality as your firearms.

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BLACKHAWK! Suppressors! [The Firearm Blog]

imageBLACKHAWK!, makers of holsters, ballistic nylon bags/cases and entry tools has quietly announced a new line of sound suppressors to their product line. The details are scant at the moment, but from the looks of it, BLACKHAWK! will be offering a full line of silencers that will cover anything from .22lr to handguns to magnum centerfire rifle […]

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Valediction of a Three Percenter by Mike Vanderboegh [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

"Valediction -- noun, An act of bidding farewell; a leave-taking; a speech or statement made as a farewell." -- Merriam Webster Dictionary

(Note from Mike: As time gets close, I wanted to get these words out while my mind is still clear.  Don't write my obituary just yet, but these words needed saying.)  

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. -- Ephesians, Chapter 4, 1-6.
"I love my country, my God and my kind. I have served them all and I want no praise of song or prose." -- C.C. Sheats, Alabama Unionist
Valediction of a Three Percenter
For many years I have introduced myself as a Christian libertarian who believed in God, free men, free markets, the rule of law under the Founders' Republic, and that the Constitution extended to everyone regardless of race, creed, color or religion. As I take my leave from this existence, I must admit that the Constitution, as the Founders crafted it, is now or soon will be dead -- killed by corruption and collectivism and mostly by our own sloth and moral cowardice in opposing its enemies.
Yet if the Constitution is dead as an organizing and unifying force in this nation, the principles enunciated in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights can never die as long as there remain free men and women who believe in the Founders' vision. This is the essence of the Three Percent, that no matter how small our numbers are -- if we remain armed and determined -- we may yet preserve the flickering flame of liberty.
However principled, you must still be clearheaded about the realities facing us. We are on the brink of chaos that will make the agonies of the former Yugoslavia look like child's play. Anyone who believes otherwise is whistling past the graveyard of history. There will be no deliverance from the rigged game of national politics. If any of our traditional liberties are to be saved it will be on a local basis of community, county and church, secured by your own efforts, your own organization, with your own friends and neighbors according to the principles enunciated by the Founders. I envisioned the Three Percent movement with that local focus in mind, as a philosophy, a discipline, of the armed citizenry. I enunciated some of these in the Three Percent Catechism. The growth of the concept has been startling. Yet many of those who claim to be "Three Percenters" haven't a clue about the principles upon which the movement was founded. While the concept of a determined minority of the armed citizenry has continued to grow, so has confusion about the mission of the Three Percent and how that mission should be carried out. I summed up the Catechism in this way:
"These four principles -- moral strength, physical readiness, no first use of force and no targeting of innocents -- are the hallmarks of the Three Percent ideal. Anyone who cannot accept them as a self-imposed discipline in the fight to restore the Founders' Republic should find something else to do and cease calling themselves a "Three Percenter."
As said in the Washington Post just this morning by B.J. Soper of the Central Oregon Constitutional Guard: "If we're going to effect change it has to be done at a local level." Anything that takes time and resources from such local efforts is a waste that we cannot afford. At its most basic and irreducible, what the Three Percent movement was designed to do was to REBUILD THE CONCEPT OF CITIZENSHIP, one citizen at a time. This begins with you, with each and every one of us. Citizenship is defined by the dictionary as "the state of being vested with the rights, privileges, and duties of a citizen." Three Percenters are insistent about all three of those components of citizenship, that is why our collectivist would-be masters are so hateful and afraid of us -- we actually take citizenship seriously, as a way of life, and not just a word. This attitude makes us scary even to folks who silently agree with what we say -- we LIVE what they CLAIM to believe. But that is the difference between a citizen and a subject, between free people and mere inhabitants of a place. If I am remembered at all, let me be known as a citizen of the Founders' Republic.
Not long after my doctor gave me the final prognosis, I was told by a reader that I would be recalled as someone "who taught us how to fight on every battlefield." It was humbling to me for him to say so, but that is what a citizen does -- he fights on every battlefield to best of his ability and resources. And if after I am gone the Three Percent movement should prove to be my living monument, it will be because it is made up of citizens of the Founders' Republic, faithful to their vision and to God's will and purpose.
God has blessed me throughout my life with many friends and supporters. I could not have accomplished anything without them. They are all truly citizens in all senses of the word. I am proud to have known you. It has been an honor. Now I leave you behind on this battlefield to carry on the fight. I wish I could stick around but God seems to have a different schedule in mind. Your futures and those of my family -- all our families, our friends -- indeed our country as envisioned by the Founders as well as our entire way of life are in your own hands, yourselves alone, subject to the will and infinite power of God. God does not promise us victory. He does command us to stand. The Founders bent their knees in prayerful supplication to the Almighty. I believe that the string of improbable events that comprised the miracle of the Revolution can be ascribed to nothing less than God's will. He may yet provide others.
But absent a miracle, your victory will be won by citizens rising to the duties and challenges of citizenship. It will be won one citizen, one locality, one community at a time -- according to the example of the Founders, organizing fellow citizens in the light of Three Percent principles.
As for me I have tried to live up to the epitaph of Chris Sheats, an Alabamian who I long ago admired as a member of my pantheon of American heroes:
"I love my country, my God and my kind. I have served them all and I want no praise of song or prose."


Greener MkIII Police in a 2-Gun Shotgun Match (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

Every few years, there is a special 2-Gun match at my local club, using shotgun and pistol instead of rifle and pistol. The rules of this match are a bit different than most multigun competition that uses shotgun, in an attempt to make the competition more practical and realistic, and less of simple a speedloading contest. The stages are intended to be shot with buckshot and slugs (although birdshot is allowable on some stages), and the competitors must begin with their shotgun loaded to full capacity. Once the shotgun is run empty, the shooter has the option to either reload it or transition to handgun.

This is an attempt to reflect the practical reality that in a gunfight, one would not abandon a very effective weapon like a shotgun for a much less effective one like a handgun without good reason. In fact, there is no strict requirement to even use a handgun in this match – as you will see below, Karl shot the whole thing with just his shotgun, and I only used my pistol (an Inglis High Power) once.

Because it seemed like a fun and interesting thing to do, I opted to use a MkIII Greener Police Gun for this competition. This a single-shot weapon based on the Martini falling block action. It was introduced in 1921, well after the Martini-Henry rifles were obsolete, primarily for use by colonial police forces. It was a very robust and durable gun, equally useful as a hand-to-hand weapon as a firearm. The ammunition was designed to make the guns useless is taken from the police; a three-pringed firing pin require the cartridge case to have a recessed ring in the case head or else the center prong of the pin would be held up away form the shell’s primer. In addition, the case itself was a non-standard 14 1/2 ga size, too small to fit a 12ga shell. However, a revised and improved version (the Mark III) was introduced shortly afterwards chambered for either this specialty ammunition or for standard 12ga. The example I am using in the match is a standard 12ga.

For this match, we decided to film each of the four stages separately, so that we could take more time to discuss the intent of each stage design, and how they went for us. Let me know what you think of that format in the comments below!

Introduction and Stage 1:

Stage 2:

Stage 3:

Stage 4:


NRA Mentors, Take Someone To The Range [NRA-ILA News]

Along with encouraging budding shooters to enroll with local NRA Certified Instructors for expert training, mentors can provide actual places to shoot that are safe and welcoming, help new shooters understand firearm safety, handling and range protocol, and help them locate nearby ranges. has a free digital copy of the Guide for New Shooters which provides useful info about range rules, gun safety, shooting tips, gun cleaning and storage. While at the website, mentors and other participants can enter the NRA Mentor Sweepstakes for the chance to win valuable prizes. Enter today!


Federal Judge (Again) Suspends Enforcement of D.C.'s Prohibitive Concealed Carry Regulation [NRA-ILA News]

The fight to restore Second Amendment rights in the Nation’s Capital gained an important victory on Tuesday when U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon ordered D.C. officials to begin issuing concealed carry licenses without regard to the “good reason” requirement under which most applications are denied. Applicants must still fulfill the District’s other licensing requirements, including proof of firearms training and a thorough background check. What the District cannot do under the court’s preliminary order, however, is to force applicants to show an extraordinary need to carry that distinguishes them from the population at large.


Ninth Circuit Holds that Second Amendment Protects the Right to Acquire Firearms [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the right to keep and bear arms necessarily includes the right to acquire them.  The case, Teixeira v. County of Alameda, involves a challenge to an Alameda County zoning ordinance that prohibits gun stores from operating within 500 feet of a residentially zoned district.


Review: Henry “Big Boy Silver” H006S in .45 Colt [The Firearm Blog]

P4111621Henry Repeating Arms began in 1996, their name being an homage to Benjamin T. Henry, who designed the original 1860 lever action repeating rifle.  While they do not have a connection to the original New Haven Arms Company, they do make quality rifles at a quality price, and as their motto says, they are “Made […]

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Micro HST Now Available in 9mm 150 Grain [The Firearm Blog]

Micro HST 9mmFederal Premium is continuing to expand their ever popular Micro HST line of ammunition. Now it includes a 9mm load topped off with a 150 Grain bullet. For those unfamiliar with the Micro HST line of ammo it is a more purposeful spin-off of their industry leading Hydra-Shok ammunition. What the Hydra-Shok was developed to […]

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Firearms Food for Thought: The Coming Ammo Rush [The Firearm Blog]

ammo3Many of us remember the ammo shortage of the early 00s with a combination of horror and perverse pleasure. If you happened to be one of those gun owners with a pre-existing ammunition stash so spectacular it rivaled the warehouse of a major manufacturer, it wasn’t so bad. If you happened to be one of […]

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Personal Indoor Gun Range from Bullet Trap USA [The Firearm Blog]

indoor-rangeI’m sure most of you out there have watched Hickok45’s videos and wished you had your own shooting range, I think about it almost everyday. If you don’t have a few acres of land out in the country having your own shooting range is usually out of the question, well not anymore! I stumbled upon […]

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Sunday, 22 May


K&M Arms Debuts .308-cal M17S at NRA 2016 [The Firearm Blog]

0521161207bArizona based K&M Arms was present at the 2016 National Rifle Association Annual Meeting, and they brought with them their M17S series of bullpup, triangular-bolt rifles. New for the show was the finished .308/7.62x51mm variant of the M17S, prototypes of which had been shown previously at Bullpup Shoot 2015. The K&M rifle is based on […]

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The StG-44 in Africa [Forgotten Weapons]

A while back, a video made the rounds of a cache of StG-44 rifles being found in (allegedly) Syria – I commented on it here, in fact. It was pretty much without any context, though. Where did they come from? How did they get to Africa, considering that the German Afrika Corps was never equipped with StGs? Well, here’s an excellent post from the very cool blog WWII After WWII discussing the how and why of Sturmgewehrs in Africa:

StG-44 in Africa After WWII

To quote a small section:

Contrary to some more romanticized accounts, the Algerians did not discover long-lost caches from Rommel’s WWII Afrika Korps, as no StG-44 had ever served in any German unit in Africa during the war. Rather, these guns had arrived to Algeria via Czechoslovakia. When WWII ended in 1945, the Soviet army retained and stored every StG-44 it found. By best estimate, in 1948 there were about 102,000 StG-44s in Soviet custody. As the SKS and AK-47 were already entering Soviet use, the captured StG-44s were not issued to Soviet units but rather made available for transfer abroad, with Czechoslovakia being the first and main recipient, followed by East Germany. Hungary also received a small (about 4,000) batch, and Yugoslavia also received some prior to it’s split with the east bloc. These joined StG-44s captured by the Yugoslavs themselves. Finally the Soviets transferred a few to North Vietnam; these in turn were joined by more transferred from Czechoslovakia and East Germany (which themselves had come from the USSR) as those two countries phased the type out.

Good stuff! The whole blog is equally interesting – definitely something you should check out.

Saturday, 21 May


CMC Triggers Makes Statement [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_7165Regarding Mossberg Suing Manufacturers of Drop-In Triggers (allegedly at the request of CMC), CMC Triggers have released a statement: CMC Triggers is a Christian company, privately held and not owned by O.F. Mossberg or anyone else. We pay our bills when they’re due including our royalty responsibility to O.F. Mossberg. Fair competition in the market place […]

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Florida Urgent! Email the Governor - Charles McBurney is UNFIT to be a Judge [NRA-ILA News]

During the 2016 Legislative Session, Rep. Charles McBurney (R-Jacksonville) proved himself to be summarily unfit to serve on the bench of any Court anywhere.  As Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Charles McBurney arrogantly put his blind ambition to become a judge ahead of your constitutional right of self-defense and your basic fundamental right to the presumption of innocence.


The (Much Improved) HMG Sturmgewehr at NRA 2016 [The Firearm Blog]

0520161737cAt SHOT 2016, Hill & Mac Gunworks unveiled their prototype multi caliber re-imagining of the World War II-era German Sturmgewehr assault rifle. The new semi-automatic rifle, while not an exact replica, captures many of the design elements and the basic aesthetics of the original, making for one of the more interesting intermediate caliber carbine projects of […]

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Nighthawk Partners with Korth to Import Revolvers at NRA 2016 [The Firearm Blog]

0521160940hBig news for fans of fine wheel guns: Nighthawk Custom has partnered with Korth to bring their legendary revolvers to the US market. Finally, Korths will be imported with the full manufacturing support of a stateside officially sanctioned importer. As part of this agreement, Korth will be importing 3 new models in 6 barrel lengths, branded […]

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S&W Announces M&P Shield .45 ACP Carry Gun at NRA 2016 [The Firearm Blog]

0521161023bAt the 2016 National Rifle Association Annual Meeting, gunmaker Smith & Wesson announced a new single stack carry handgun for the civilian market: A .45 ACP variant of their popular Military & Police Shield, previously available in .40 S&W and 9mm only. The new big bore Shield comes in two variants, like other M&P handguns, […]

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(Un)Happy Anniversary FOPA: Firearm Owners’ Protection Act []

This past Thursday was the anniversary of a sad day in history.

On May 19, 1986, the so-called “Firearm Owners’ Protection Act” (a.k.a. McClure-Volkmer) was signed by president Ronald Reagan, making it the law of the land.

It has been 30 years now and sadly, it doesn’t look like FOPA is going anywhere anytime soon.

What most gun owners remember about FOPA is that it made it illegal for you and me to own a fully-automatic firearm manufactured after the date of enactment. Make sense? Of course not.

Thanks a lot, President Reagan. And thanks to NRA as well… that’s right, they supported the ill-named “Firearm Owners’ Protection Act.” In fact, they’re proud of it — in this 2011 blog post, they call it a victory.

As usual, the name of the law is the opposite of what the law actually does (as in “Patriot Act” or “Affordable Care Act”).

Let us observe a moment of silence before we give a collective shrug and meekly accept our fate.

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Troy Introduces XM177E2 Replica at NRA 2016 [The Firearm Blog]

0520161313cAt the 2016 SHOT Show, Troy introduced their first retro AR-15 replica, the Air Force’s GAU-5A/A Colt carbine as used by the Sơn Tây raiders in Operation Ivory Coast. Now, at the 2016 NRA Annual Meeting, Troy has introduced its US Army counterpart: The XM177E2 model, with a forward assist. Both weapons are faithful replicas […]

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Vintage Saturday: Royal Finance Police [Forgotten Weapons]


Four Italian WWI soldiers of the Regia Guardia di Finanza (Royal Finance Police)

These four Italian soldiers, all of them wearing the Model 1909 uniform, belong to the Regia Guardia di Finanza ( Royal Finance Police) and they have three different types of badges on their hats.

From left to right: The soldier without a hat is a sergeant holding a Beretta Model 1915 pistol chambered in 9mm Glisenti. He is resting his shooting arm on a folded coat with a lamb wool liner and the spike of an ice-ax is visible. He has a Carcano 91 TS across his back. The other three soldiers all hold the same type of rifle at the ready in a staged pose.

The soldier to the immediate right of the sergeant has the Badge Model 1892 embroidered in yellow rayon or wool, which was not officially allowed at the front. The soldier at the far right has the “alpino-hat” issued after 1910 and still in use. The soldier at top is wearing the correct subdued version of the Badge Model 1892 embroidered in black.

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Tikka Shows Off New T3x Rifle at NRA 2016 [The Firearm Blog]

0520161643cAt the 2016 NRA Annual Meeting, Tikka and parent company Beretta were showing off the new T3x rifle, an improved version of their T3 hunting and sporting bolt action rifles. The T3x is a system developed as a direct result of feedback from Tikka’s customers, and the representatives from the company present at the show […]

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"Heartless Hillary" [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I listened to Donald Trump's speech at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum yesterday. Two things stood out for me. First, and most important, I really do believe that Trump understands the issues surrounding the Second Amendment and gun rights. In his speech he referenced the makeup of the Supreme Court, judges, concealed carry permits, the threats to the Second Amendment, self-defense, and gun free zones.

The latter two, self-defense and gun free zones, are two areas that he really highlighted. Noting the Paris Massacre in a gun free zone, Trump said he doubted that it would have gone on long if held at the Annual Meeting due to the number of armed citizens. (As a sidebar, due to the Secret Service and their protective rules, Trump *was* speaking in a gun free zone.) Trump spoke of single moms in Florida and grandmothers in Ohio that would be left defenseless if Hillary was elected. That lead to his newest nickname for Clinton as "Heartless Hillary". Though, he admits, he still really likes "Crooked Hillary."

Second, listening to a Trump speech is an exercise in patience. This is not because of what he says but how he says it. The man has a severe case of attention deficit disorder when it comes to public speaking. He'd start out on a topic and then ...SQUIRREL! and he'd be off on a tangent. He makes some good points but he can be damn hard to follow.

I read some discussion yesterday on Sebastian's blog on whether or not the NRA should have endorsed Trump. In my opinion, the NRA did not have much of a choice. They deal in realpolitik. Their avowed foe Hillary Clinton has doubled down and made gun control, the Second Amendment, and the NRA her number one target.

This is a two-person race unless Bernie decides to run as an independent which Trump encouraged in his speech. The NRA has to pull conservatives who supported other candidates and gun owners who don't trust Trump back into the fold. Without them, Hillary most likely will win and the Second Amendment will be lost as an actual civil right. It will become a historical artifact. That is something the NRA can't live with and I certainly won't live with.

Friday, 20 May


[Breaking] Mossberg Suing Manufacturers of Drop-In Triggers [The Firearm Blog]

cmc_triggers_ar15_ar10_trigger_group_1307921_2In another instance of the firearms industry feeding on it’s own, it appears that Mossberg is exercising it’s control on the original Chip McCormick patent (US 7,293,385 B2), that it acquired a while ago, and bringing lawsuits against a number of manufacturers of drop in triggers. Mossberg currently licenses the design to the new CMC […]

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Chris W. Cox's Remarks at NRA Annual Meeting [NRA-ILA News]

Friends,this past year has been crazy...I've traveled all over America...and gun owners knowthat there’s far moreat stake in this election than just left vs. right.


NY Daily News’ Double Standard on Gun Control Campaign Spending []

The NY Daily News has teamed up with The Trace to uncover the NRA’s nefarious plot to buy congress by pouring <pinkie>$34 meeellion dollars</pinkie> into the 2014 congressional races. The article is pitched on the cover as follows: “As the NRA gathers for its annual gun orgy, we reveal the group’s plan to buy the U.S. government — one election at a time. SHADOW REPUBLIC”.

Sounds terrifying :rolleyes:

The Supreme Court’s decision removing the cap on what outside groups can spend on leaflets, postcards and ads supporting or opposing candidates in federal elections — called “independent expenditures” — has helped the NRA maintain its role as one of the most potent forces in American politics.

The group is spending more money than at any time in its history, all in pursuit of one purpose: to ensure Washington does not enact any new restrictions on gun ownership.

So evil and nefarious, they way they’re putting all of their members’ grassroots money into politics.

Here is a story in the same outlet back in 2014 on Bloomberg’s announcement of his plans to dump $50 million into congressional races throughout the country in order to push a gun control agenda. I looked, but I didn’t see any similar hysterics around Bloomberg’s, nor did I spot any in this subsequent story about Bloomberg’s plan to dump an additional $25 million into various elections that year.

But maybe I missed it. I checked the covers for those days, as well, and didn’t see any talk of “orgies” or “shadow republics”. Just another day in NY’s insular media establishment, I guess.

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South Carolina: Recognition Bill Delayed this Week, Set to be Heard Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

The South Carolina Senate was not able to take up H. 3799 this week, but it will be heard next week.  Last week, state Senator Larry Martin (R-2) made the motion to place this bill on the Special Order calendar, and our thanks go out to the senators who voted in support. Time is rapidly running out on H. 3799, so it is critical that you continue to contact your state Senator to act quickly and support NRA’s attempts to amend H. 3799, as well as its final passage.


North Carolina: Urge your Lawmakers to Repeal Unnecessary Requirement for Pistol Purchase Permit [NRA-ILA News]

The North Carolina General Assemblycontinues its “Short” Session, and NRA continues to work on addressing a problem created last session by an amendment to last year’s House Bill 562.  Authored by state Representative Allen McNeill (R-78), this amendment was supported by the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association (NCSA), and strongly opposed by NRA.


Chinese Type 81 Rifle: Shooting Review [The Firearm Blog]

The Chinese Type 81 was not a copy of anything else, but a new rifle designed from the ground up in China. Normally chambered in 7.62×39, the rifles have served the PLA since 1981 but on this installment of TFBTV, we shoot an exceptionally rare EM356: A variant intended for the US commercial market that […]

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NRA 2016: Rock Island Auction Brings Rare Guns to the Floor [The Firearm Blog]

0520161036Expos like the 2016 NRA Annual Meeting or the SHOT Show are usually places to find the latest and greatest in the firearms world. Sometimes, however, exhibitors bring along relics of the past, forgotten firearms that haven’t seen the public spotlight in decades or even centuries. For Rock Island Auction, these kinds of items are their […]

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Random Shots from Day 1 of NRA Annual Meeting 2016 [The Firearm Blog]

0520161353cThe Firearm Blog is walking the halls of the showroom floor here at the National Rifle Association’s 2016 Annual Meeting. In addition to spotlights on exhibitors, we will also be publishing collection posts covering the show more broadly to give folks a sense of what there is to see, and where. History seems to be […]

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Backup Tactical – Reliable Thread Protectors [The Firearm Blog]

imageI am a geek in many ways: one of which involves camo patterns. Camo holsters, camo clothes and even camo phone cases. I make no apologies for my love of earthy patterns. So when I saw the Kryptek camo thread protector from Backup Tactical, something stirred inside me. Usually thread protectors are lackluster pieces of […]

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Y-man: My shotgun and slugs are done! 525 Lyman slugs – Target Achieved! [The Firearm Blog]

Y-man and Mathilda May 2016It’s done. 525 Lyman slugs – Target Achieved! I finally did some more testing and I think I can rest easy now. [At least until I start to get ‘flyers’ again in the future!] Slug build: Remember: I am simply replacing birdshot with Lyman Slugs. I am NOT building loads or doing measurements of FPS […]

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Zenith Firearms: MKE ZR5SS (MP5SD) Underway [The Firearm Blog]

mp5sdZenith Firearms has been successfully importing and selling MKE MP5 pistols for the past several years. Notice how I didn’t use the term “clone” or “patterned” when referring to the MKE? When talking with Michael Farruggio, Public Affairs Manager for Zenith, I was quickly corrected that the MKE guns are not HK “clones”: Farruggio refers […]

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On WMAL's Mornings on the Mall to talk about the Federal Judge striking down DC's Concealed Handgun Rules [John Lott's Website]

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CPRC's Dr. John Lott was interviewed on WMAL with Brian Wilson and Larry O'Connor about a federal judge's decision to strike down DC's very restrictive concealed handgun law as too restrictive.  A copy of the decision is available here


POTD: Heckler & Koch MR308 [The Firearm Blog]

DSC_5371Thanks to Dickson Ly for sending this our way. The MR308 has an interesting handguard. It looks like the MR556 handguard extrusion but just a lot longer. The bare section at the front of the hand guard is an odd choice. I do not understand why a shooter would want the picatinny rail closer to […]

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Gunpocalypse Hits California While NRA Annual Meeting Starts [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I'm listening the NRA Leadership Forum as I write. There have been some good zingers against Hillary from Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox. In the meantime,  Democrats in California are pushing more and more gun laws.

This release from the Firearms Policy Coalition gives more details on this "gunpocalypse".

Firearms Policy Coalition Condemns “Fast-Tracked” California

Senate Votes it Calls ‘Gunpocalypse’

Civil rights group says gun-owners are being used as pawns in a turf war between Lt. Gov. Newsom, Sen. de León.

SACRAMENTO – Ten anti-gun rights bills were fast-tracked through the California State Senate today on a party-line vote of Senate Democrats led by Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León.

The slate of proposals attacking California gun owners included four Assembly bills that were “gutted and amended” in the Senate just two weeks earlier in an effort by Democrats to avoid a full legislative vetting process and public scrutiny.

On the floor, debate about the need for the bills centered on a political turf war between Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, sponsor of a gun control ballot initiative opposed by my California legislators, and de León, who, ironically, views the ballot initiative process as a “last resort” rather than a way to short-cut the legislative cycle. “It is nothing short of unconscionable that millions of law-abiding Californians are being used as chess pieces in a twisted political game to see who can race to the bottom first,” said Craig DeLuz, legislative advocate for the gun rights group Firearms Policy Coalition.

Senator de Leon hopes that by fast-tracking gun control through the legislature, he can take the wind out Newsom’s “Safety for All” initiative’s sails—and his 2018 campaign to be the Golden State’s next governor. “The political class needs to know that law-abiding gun owners are not second-class citizens and the Second Amendment does not protect a second-class right,” noted DeLuz. “Even the liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals acknowledges that.”

The ten gun control bills that were passed out of the Senate today are:

  • • SB 880 (Hall): Bans common and constitutionally protected firearms that have magazine locking devices.
  • • SB 894 (Jackson): Victimizes victims by criminalizing the failure to report lost and stolen firearms.
  • • SB 1006 (Wolk): University of California taxpayer funding for gun control research.
  • • SB 1235 (Deleon): Restrictions on ammunition purchases, creates a DOJ database of ammunition owners.
  • • SB 1407 (Deleon): Retroactively requires serial numbers be placed on firearms dating back over 50 years.
  • • SB 1446: Confiscation of lawfully acquired, standard capacity magazines that can hold over 10 rounds.
  • • AB 156 (McCarty): Formerly dealt with global warming, but is now the same as SB 1235.
  • • AB 857 (Cooper): Formerly addressed greenhouse gasses, but is now the same as SB 1407.
  • • AB 1135 (Levine): Formerly centered around groundwater but is now the same as SB 880.
  • • AB 1511 (Santiago): Formerly dealt with energy conservation, but now criminalizes loaning of firearms between personally known, law-abiding adults, including sportsmen, family member and competitors.


Coaches Club Cannons: Flying Bowling Balls [The Firearm Blog]

CCCGrowing up watching Magnum P.I. probably had a major influence in both my career choice and my interest in firearms. Thomas Magnum was a suave private detective that drove a Ferrari, carried a 1911 and solved complex problems with calculated precision. He and his ex-special forces Vietnam Veteran buddies would often team up to fight […]

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ASA Suppressor Shoot [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The American Suppressor Association sponsored their 3rd Annual Range Day at Knob Creek Range in Westpoint, Kentucky yesterday.

Members of the ASA that were there included Sig, Dead Air, Gemtech, AAC, SilencerCo, Yankee Hill, Daniel Defense, the Silencer Shop, and Liberty Suppressors.

Knox Williams of the ASA gave out a number of awards to members. As I remember it, Vender of the Year went to the Silencer Shop, Comeback Award went to Gemtech, and Person of the Year went to Josh Waldron of SilencerCo.

We (the Complementary Spouse and I) got to shoot a number of the suppressor. Below is a video of her shooting a Ruger 10/22 with a integrally suppressed barrel from Yankee Hill Machine.


NRA Annual Meeting Traffic Tip [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Everyone and their brother seems to be heading to the NRA Annual Meeting. It took us an hour to get through the gates coming of Interstate 65. That seems the norm no matter which road you are coming in from.

That is, except if you are coming in through Gate 6. We saw very few people coming in that gate and no holdups. Gate 6 is accessed off of Preston Highway. See the map below.

I'm probably going to jinx things but I consider this a public service.


FNH Classic Machine Guns: BAR Model D vs FAL [The Firearm Blog]

13254213_10154258403305337_6306050879234475178_nGot a chance to shoot some FNH classics while testing out some new steel targets coming out soon. The FN BAR Model D was caliber converted to shoot .308 using FAL mags.   This particular FN BAR was imported from Columbia.     The FN BAR Model D was very pleasant to shoot. The cyclic […]

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Set for Clash on Gun Control [NRA-ILA News]

Whereas President Obama soft-pedaled gun control in both his national runs, Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee, is signaling a greater appetite to clash with Mr. Trump on the issue.


Maryland: Governor Hogan Signs Pro-Gun Bill into Law [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed House Bill 312 into law.


Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton speeches to highlight divisions on guns [NRA-ILA News]

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will court voters on opposite sides of the gun debate over the next two days in events that will highlight the nation's deep divide on the topic.


NRA annual meeting: Absolutely huge and right on target [NRA-ILA News]

The four-day National Rifle Association’s annual meeting now underway in Louisville hosts the likes of Donald Trump, Sens. Rand Paul and Jeff Sessions, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Rep. Trey Gowdy and Govs. Mike Pence and Matt Bevin. The event also draws 80,000 very attentive attendees, who will roam through 500,000 square feet of exhibit space and gaze at 800 displays from the nation’s gun manufacturers.The meeting has been named the fastest-growing trade show in the nation by the Trade Show News Network. The industry group Biz Bash ranked it third-best “political event” in the nation. The secret? The protector of the Second Amendment knows its audience.


Pro-gun Democrats silenced as party veers left on Second Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

Gun rights backers lament what they describe as a leftward drift on Second Amendment rights by Democrats in recent years, and predicted the push for stricter laws in blue state bastions such as California and Illinois will cost them even more independent-minded voters.


State Senate approves sweeping new gun control laws for California [NRA-ILA News]

Lawmakers approved 11 bills including measures mandating background checks for Californians buying ammunition and outlawing the manufacture and sale of semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazines.


New York Times notes how Hillary Clinton tailors her gun control message to her audience [John Lott's Website]

In a recent op-ed I noted how Hillary Clinton was tailoring her gun control message to her audience.  Now even the New York Times notes that:

On the other hand, Mrs. Clinton avoided speaking about gun control in rural white regions of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky, whose blue-collar voters will be desperately fought for by any Democratic nominee against Mr. Trump. A disparaging comment by Mr. Obama in 2008, who said that these voters cling to guns and religion, did much damage.


US Uniforms of WWI: Interesting Details [Forgotten Weapons]

I had another post planned for today, but found this video pretty interesting. It’s a look at what the US troops were actually wearing in WWI – when they shipped over to Europe, in the actual combat period, and in the post-war occupation. Mike Burch (the guy presenting) has clearly spent a while researching this subject and does a good job of conveying information. I suppose it’s not surprising he should be this interested in it, given that he makes reproduction uniforms himself (when I ran a 2-Gun match with an M1917 rifle recently, it was in one of his uniforms).

Anyway, I learned a bunch here, including interesting details on trench knife usage, US use of handguns, and the general mishmash of stuff used by American troops. If you are interested in identifying things like rank, service time, and unit in period photos, there is a lot to be gleaned here as well.


B&T SPR300 Setup Video [The Firearm Blog]

B&T SPR300The B&T SPR300 is a compact bolt action rifle that folds up into a soft case the size of a briefcase. I was surprised to see how short the actual barrel is on the rifle. Edward O. posted an article about it back in March. In this video, you will see what comes with the […]

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On WMAL about Federal Judge's decision to Strike Down DC's concealed handgun law [John Lott's Website]

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CPRC's Dr. John Lott was interviewed for a brief news segment about a federal judge's decision to strike down DC's very restrictive concealed handgun law as too restrictive.  A copy of the decision is available here.  The first quote here was edited to leave out Lott's reference to poor blacks in urban areas being the most likely victims of violent crime.  The quote contains Lott's concern that those who are most likely to be victims of violent crimes are the ones who are being prevented from being able to protect themselves, but the middle of the quote was edited out (possibly for time considerations). 

-- (Link here: May 17, 2016 from 4:00 to 4:01 PM and replayed many other times).

-- (Link here: May 18, 2016 from 7:02 to 7:03 AM and replayed other times).


Exclusive: SIG Sauer – Swiss Arms. 300 BLK, 7,62×39 and more… [The Firearm Blog]

SIG-IWA-9_resizeBelow are four different rifles, in four calibers, from SIG Sauer – Swiss Arms, as presented at the IWA exhibition in Germany 2016. Of course, they had more rifles in their stand but let’s focus on the ones below and the news in particular. The SG 553 is also known as Stgw 04 and used […]

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Anschutz Sporting Rifles – Threaded Barrels [The Firearm Blog]

7103997I’m on the hunt for a rimfire rifle that will shoot microscopic groups at 50-100 yards. Of course, besides the gun itself, optics, mounts, ammunition and my trigger finger will also have to play a roll in this ‘precision decision’ process. And last but not least, it needs to be threaded for a suppressor so […]

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Mauser’s high-tech antitank gun: the 2.8cm sPzB 41 [The Firearm Blog]

An sPzB41 in excellent condition at the Musee des Blindes, France (image source:  wikimedia commons)During WW2, having increased anti-armor capability was of ever-increasing importance as combat operations progressed.  One way of increasing armor penetration was to use the “Squeeze Bore” principal.  This principal was initially explored in German small arms design by Karl Puff in the early 1900s, and further explored by Hermann Gerlich in the 1920s. By reducing […]

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Thursday, 19 May


Chris W. Cox: 2016 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum [NRA-ILA News]

The NRA-ILA Executive Director declares this year’s presidential election a do-or-die fight for the soul of our country.

Wayne LaPierre: 2016 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum [NRA-ILA News]

The NRA Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer warns that a Clinton White House would be a dangerous extension of the Obama White House.

Donald Trump: 2016 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum [NRA-ILA News]

The Republican presidential candidate talks about his strong support for gun rights.

Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.: 2016 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum [NRA-ILA News]

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. addresses the crowd at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum.

Mike Pence: 2016 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum [NRA-ILA News]

Indiana Governor Mike Pence addresses the crowd at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum.

Paul Ryan: 2016 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum [NRA-ILA News]

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan had a message for the crowd at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum.

Katie Pavlich: 2016 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum [NRA-ILA News]

Conservative journalist Katie Pavlich addresses the crowd at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum.

Trey Gowdy: 2016 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum [NRA-ILA News]

South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy addresses the crowd at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum.

Jeff Sessions: 2016 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum [NRA-ILA News]

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions addresses the crowd at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum.

Larry Potterfield: 2016 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum [NRA-ILA News]

Larry Potterfield of MidwayUSA presents a check to NRA-ILA and encouraged other NRA members to also help support the organization.

Rand Paul: 2016 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum [NRA-ILA News]

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul addresses the crowd at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum.

Matt Bevin: 2016 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum [NRA-ILA News]

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin addresses the crowd at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum.

Mark "Oz" Geist: 2016 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum [NRA-ILA News]

Benghazi hero Mark “Oz” Geist addresses the crowd at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum.


Breaking News: ATF Approves SB Tactical Collapsing Brace [The Firearm Blog]

SBT-Adjustable-Brace-Release-Image-450x450ATF has approved SB Tactical’s new brace design. “We are very excited with the ATF’s approval of our new adjustable Pistol Stabilizing Brace design, and understand the overwhelmingly positive implications of the decision,” said Jeff Creamer, Vice President of Business Development, SB Tactical. “SB Tactical’s commitment to emerging technologies and innovation has been the facilitator […]

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For Long-Term SHTF, Get a AA Flashlight []

A recent 8-hour blackout was a great opportunity for me to re-evaluate our family preps. It’s amazing how even a relatively small incident can shine the harsh light of reality onto some of your prepping illusions.

For Christmas I picked up a Surefire backup, telling myself that it would make a solid SHTF light. It’s pocketable, and Surefires are known for their bulletproof durability and reliability. In all, it’s an awesome light that, thanks to its reflector design, throws a beam super far despite a lackluster lumen count.

But at about two hours into our little blackout, it ran out of batteries. I had a spare box of the SureFire 123A batteries stashed away, but it’s nothing like the piles and piles of AA batteries we keep around the house. When that thing died, I definitely sat down and though long and hard about just how many boxes of these 123A batteries I’m willing to buy and store as preps. The answer I arrived at was, “not many”.

Prepping with an AA flashlight is sort of like the classic “revolving pantry” trick, where you keep your food preps fresh because you’re regularly consuming them and replenishing them. We use lots of AAs, so they’re always around. And you’ll always be able to find these if you have to go out scaveging — any abandoned house will have them tucked away inside toys, remotes, and other devices.

So yeah, AA flashlights are my new thing. Now I just have to decide which one.

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Is DA/SA the Cure for Glock Leg Syndrome? []

Bob Owens at Bearing Arms remarks on what he sees as a growing trend among shooters: a move away from striker-fired pistols and back to double action/single action pistols for concealed carry. The reason is the extra margin of safety these guns give you with that first stiff trigger pull.

Here’s the video that started the discussion:

I personally think the cure for Glock leg is a grip safety, like on a 1911 or the Springfield XD line. But apart from reholstering, that DA trigger definitely gives you a extra margin of error when making a stressed-out “shoot or no-shoot” decision, which is exactly when you need it most.

I dunno. What do you guys think?

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Massachusetts: Ivory Ban Legislation Still Looms in Committee [NRA-ILA News]

The newly introduced “ivory ban” legislation still awaits its fate before the Senate Ways and Means Committee.  Senate Bill 2241 would prohibit a person from importing, selling, offering for sale, purchasing, bartering or possessing with intent to sell - any ivory, ivory product, rhinoceros horn or rhinoceros horn product with limited exceptions.  Despite the familiar rhetoric, this bill would do nothing to promote its purported goal of addressing poaching and the illegal ivory trade; however, it would impose unfair restrictions on law-abiding citizens.


New Hampshire: Pro-Gun Legislation Heads to the Governor [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the New Hampshire General Court advanced more legislation to Governor Hassan’s desk that would expand Second Amendment rights for law-abiding gun owners in the Granite State.  Please contact Governor Maggie Hassan today and politely urge her to sign HB 512, SB 336 and HB 582 into law.


Facebook Makes it Easier to Report Gun & Ammo Sales []

Months after banning private gun and ammunition advertisements, Facebook has now made it easier for gun-haters to report people for allegedly violating the ban.

A Forbes writer named Matt Drange — the same one who told us about pro-gun Facebook employee Chuck Rossi — reports that a new option has been rolled out to Facebook users for flagging posts, allowing self-appointed do-gooders to harass even more people.

After Facebook caved to pressure from gun-hating groups and declared that communicating about guns and ammo sales was taboo, anti-gun people swarmed the social network, reporting advertisements between individuals and getting many groups closed down. That’s when Chuck Rossi stepped up and began helping groups do what needed to be done so they could get reinstated.

And now, a post-reporting feature that has apparently been available on a limited basis has now been rolled out to most or all Facebook users. Per the Forbes article:

Facebook spokeswoman Jodi Seth said the company began rolling out the [reporting] option to users in February, shortly after the new policy went into effect. She declined to say when the feature was made more widely available, adding that the company hasn’t conducted any ‘formal analysis’ on how the change has impacted the volume of posts and groups flagged for Facebook’s content review team.

I found myself a random Facebook post to test this on, and sure enough, it’s there. After selecting “Report post,” “I think it shouldn’t be on Facebook,” and “Something Else,” users may choose this option:

“It describes buying or selling drugs, guns or related products. Examples: shotguns, marijuana, tobacco, adult items”

Shotguns and tobacco, oh so bad. Adult items, eek!

Despite the new reporting option rollout, gun sales continue. Drange shows us a blatant ad for a pistol posted just days ago, and notes that, in light of the ban, more and more groups are simply concealing themselves from the view of potential gun-haters by making their groups secret.

A byproduct of Facebook’s ban on gun sales is that posts that were once public are now invisible to most users. Many groups that were reinstated after being shut down have gone from ‘closed,’ where outsiders can still search for the group and view limited details about it, to ‘secret,’ an unlisted setting which makes it difficult for anyone not already a member to find the group, let alone view its content. It’s unclear how Facebook’s user-dependent enforcement can combat these cases.

In my opinion, it’s highly doubtful that connections between Facebook users who wish to buy and sell [fill in the blank] will ever cease, and Facebook’s ban on gun and ammo sales really doesn’t help anyone — and like the government’s “war on drugs,” serves mainly to push such transactions out of the public eye and into the dark, where bad things can happen to good people who only want to exercise their rights.

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D.C. Barred From Demanding “Good Reason” From CC Applicants []

In yet another interesting turn of events in the ever-evolving drama that is gun ownership in Washington, D.C., a federal judge has reportedly ordered police to stop requiring CC applicants to provide “a good reason” for seeking government permission to exercise his or her Constitutional right to bear arms.

Unfortunately, this order may only be temporary.

Less than two years ago, the long-standing DC ban on carrying guns was declared unconstitutional, and police were barred from enforcing the carry ban “unless and until such time as the District of Columbia adopts a licensing mechanism consistent with constitutional standards enabling people to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms.”

DC government’s response was to create a restrictive concealed-carry licensing law which only allowed “members of the public who meet the statute’s criteria” to apply for a license.

The law gave the police the discretion to grant concealed-carry licenses only to those with “good reason to fear injury” or other specific reasons, such as having a job in which they carried large amounts of cash or valuables.

The restrictive nature of that law has been challenged in court, and a federal judge has ruled that, during that challenge, police may not deny application to citizens who cannot or do not provide a so-called “good reason” to defend themselves.

The judge cites the fact that the Second Amendment guarantees our rights both within our homes and when we venture out in public, saying “The need for self-defense is, of course, greater outside the home than it is within it” and that allowing “law-abiding responsible citizens to carry arms in public for the purpose of self-defense does indeed lie at the core of the Second Amendment.”

Robert Marus, a spokesman for the District of Columbia attorney general’s office, said it was ‘very likely’ that Judge Leon’s ruling would be appealed, ‘so that we can go back to enforcing our law.’

Of course they will appeal. Freedom doesn’t work in their favor.

But for now, score one for the good guys.

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Type 14 Nambu Field Strip [The Firearm Blog]

The Japanese Type 14 was introduced into Imperial Japanese service in 1906, and was produced until the end of WWII. We have tested this pistol for TFBTV in the past, with less than spectacular results, but we have yet to show the innards of it. In this field strip, we rip apart the Type 14. […]

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25 Round Magazine for Savage A17 [The Firearm Blog]

Butler Creek A17 magazineButler Creek announced a 25 round magazine for the Savage A17 rifle. The A17 is a semi automatic rifle chambered for the .17 HMR cartridge, and it was introduced at the 2015 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV. As both Savage and Butler Creek are owned by Vista Outdoors, I would expect that the two […]

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California: Anti-Gun Legislators Steamroll Through the Senate [NRA-ILA News]

Today, Thursday, May 19, anti-gun Senators continued the assault on your rights, voting through ten anti-gun bills and moving one step closer to the Governor’s desk. The ongoing feud between anti-gun senators and Lt Governor Gavin Newsom puts gun owners in jeopardy bearing the consequences of this political gamesmanship.


Pennsylvania: Sunday Hunting Legislation Gathering Momentum After Senate Committee Hearing [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, May 18, the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee held a hearing to discuss legislation that would repeal the ban on Sunday hunting.  The groups that were invited to testify consisted of two panels - in support and in opposition to the proposal.  Testifying in support of the measure were the National Rifle Association, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania and the National Shooting Sports Foundation.


HatsanUSA’s BullBoss [The Firearm Blog]

HatsanUSAHatsanUSA announced a new bullpup style air rifle for the United States market. It is called the BullBoss. The BullBoss uses a pre-charged pneumatic system with a side cocking mechanism. The 255cc air cylinder is detachable, is rated for 2,900 psi and has a built in pressure gauge. The system has a quick fill nozzle and […]

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How To Own A Machine Gun [The Firearm Blog]

Machine gunBigshooterist recently posted up this video explaining machine gun ownership. It is very basic and simple. I think he should have given some current values of the lightning links and drop in sears. They are as expensive as a full auto lower. For an M16/AR in full auto you are looking anywhere from about $20k-$30k.

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Four recent concealed carry defensive gun use cases over a two day period [John Lott's Website]

Permit holder stops man from using his car as a battering ram in road rage incident
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WPTV Channel 5 in West Palm Beach, Tuesday, May 10, 2016
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Port St. Lucie police said a 27-year-old man faces multiple charges in connection with a hit-and-run crash and road rage incident Tuesday.
At about 5:30 a.m., officers responded to the intersection of SE Lennard Rd. and SE Avalon Rd. in connection with the wreck.
The victim told police he was at his girlfriend’s house around 4 a.m. The couple was awakened by the woman’s ex-boyfriend, Claudens R. Germain, who was knocking at the door.
A short time later, the victim said he left his girlfriend’s house and was driving northbound on SE Lennard Road. He then noticed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed behind him.
He said the vehicle cut him off and then stopped in front of him. The victim said he armed himself with a handgun, which police said he has a concealed weapons permit to legally carry.
Mentally ill man who was threatening others is shot when he lunges at permit holder
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KHOU Channel 11 in Houston, Wednesday, May 11, 2016
HOUSTON - Gunfire rang out at an office building near NRG Stadium Wednesday.
A man who apparently had mental health issues was killed after witnesses said he became violent, HPD officers said.
No one else was injured.
It happened on the fifth floor of the Community Health Choice building at 2636 South Loop.
Police say the dead man had an appointment with a counselor at a center for people with mental disabilities. The staff decided to reschedule because he said he wasn't feeling well. The man left and came back within half an hour and had a "mental episode," according to police. . . .
The staff, mostly women, felt threatened so they locked the doors. That's when the man went next door to a tax consulting business. The owner of the business fired one shot at the man and killed him, police said. The man's attorney said the victim lunged at his client and he felt threatened. . . .
Robber shot dead by Concealed Handgun Permit Holder
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Tampa Bay Times, Tuesday, May 10, 2016
RIVERVIEW — A man who tried to rob three other men at a convenience store on Tuesday was killed when one of his intended victims fatally shot him, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
The attempted robbery took place around noon at Ace Beverage Castle at 9401 U.S. 301 S. Joel Alberto Torres, 24, wearing a bandana and carrying a 9 mm handgun, walked up to a man who was standing behind the business and tried to rob him, deputies said. When the man told him he had nothing to give, Torres forced him through a back door into the building. . . .
Inside, Torres tried to rob the business owners . . . The man who shot Torres was not identified by the Sheriff's Office, but he does have a concealed carry permit. . . .
Robbery at Mexican Restaurant shot and killed
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Phoenix (KPHO/KTVK Channel 3), May 10, 2016
A man was shot and killed after he allegedly committed an armed robbery at a Mexican restaurant in Phoenix on Tuesday night.
Police were called out to the area of 27th Avenue and Camelback Road just after 9 p.m.
According to Sgt. Vince Lewis with the Phoenix Police Department, a person associated with Taco Mich admitted to shooting 35-year-old Cesar Garcia Bermudez. Lewis said Bermudez robbed the restaurant with a weapon.
Bermudez was found nearby and was taken to the hospital where he later died. . . .


POTD: Vintage Max-11 Project [The Firearm Blog]

Max11Vintage2Distalradius on Uzitalk forums posted up this gem of a Max-11 that he customized with wooden furniture. He wanted a stock with the right LOP and drop to allow him to get a proper sight picture with the aftermarket uppers such as the Lage upper on there now. For more information and pictures, you can […]

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New York: Sportsmen’s Day at the Capitol Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

Please plan to attend the 2016 Sportsmen’s Day at the Capitol in Albany, hosted by the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses.


Taurus Carbines Seeing Use with Brazilian Police [The Firearm Blog]

4NxvN6kThe Brazilian Polícia Militar do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro Military State Police) have adopted the semi-auto only CTT40C carbines, made by Taurus. Below is an embedded video of the PMERJ’s introduction to the new short barreled carbines: The decision to procure the carbines was apparently made in December of last year, when PMERJ […]

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Review: HiperFire HiperTouch TAR24 Trigger []

If you have not heard about HiperFire single stage triggers for ARs, you should seriously consider them. I consider them the best-feeling single stage trigger made, and the only one that can ignite stubborn 5.45x39mm rounds. Every model HiperFire offers is, in my opinion, a game-changing trigger design. Yeah, I know you have heard it all before, but this time it is different.

About HiperFire HiperTouch Triggers

HiperTouch’s founder, Terry Bender, had an idea to overcome many of the shortcomings of “match” triggers. Terry is not just some guy filing down sears and swapping out springs in his garage, he is a mechanical engineering consultant. His approach to the HiperTouch design was new from the ground up.

Why HiperTouch is Different

The ultimate challenge for a great tactical/hunting trigger is to provide a smooth, fast, and flat pre-travel; very fast trigger reset; minimize lock time; and assure a crisp, light break, all without noticeable overtrave and while delivering a hard hammer impact. With match target triggers, the goals are the same but with even more refinement of all the above, with no perceptible pretravel.

The problem is that many of these trigger design goals are are in opposition with one another. A smooth, fast, flat pretravel and crisp, light final break all require low forces at the sear, which equates to the need for lighter hammer and trigger springs, which can lead to light hammer strikes and less reliable ignition.

In standard trigger designs, you need heavy springs to provide fast trigger resets, minimized lock times, and hard hammer impact, and those heavy springs can create a lousy, heavy trigger pull. The final dimension is tuning out pre-travel, overtravel, and ensuring a crisp trigger break, which are all impacted by the above light or heavy springs.

Bad tuning can further impact reliability and safety. The end result is that trigger engineers have their work cut out for them to strike a balance for a great trigger.DSC_0413

Before HiperFire, the compromise was either a great single stage trigger that may have a light hammer strike here and there, or a two-stage trigger whose first stage pre travel may slow down followup shots.

The “magic” in the HiperFire design is delivered via spring cam pressure on the hammer, which counteracts much of the hammer spring force within the first couple of degrees of movement after the sear breaks. This offers the perfect situation for a great-feeling trigger and break.

After the hammer begins to move forward, the cam applies pressure the other way, thus greatly increasing the hammer force and shortening lock time. It’s a best-of-both-worlds design that was never seen before.

These triggers have three spring sets: light, medium-light, and medium. Initially, I though the heaviest spring would have the heaviest trigger pull, but it is the other way around. The strongest spring exerts more pressure on the cam and thus produces the lightest trigger feel and also the heaviest hammer fall. This is what the dual spring and cam design of the HiperFire triggers does. It’s a mind screw when you first pull back the extra force hammer but have such a light trigger pull.

Fit, Finish, Feel, Features, and Functions

The HiperTouch TAR24 shares all the key features of other triggers in the line but has taken their top tier 24C trigger and added a premium nickel alloy finish and, of course, a Tarheel blue trigger shoe.

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All of the triggers are AR15/AR10 fire-control compatible with any lower receiver that has industry standard .154″ receiver pins. The triggers are screw-less “hard” tuned with static precision springs that inherently makes the trigger more reliable than a screw-tuned design, which can go out of “tune.” The user can tune the trigger at 2, 3, or 4 pounds with the three supplied spring sets.

Essentially all semi-automatic HiperTouch HiperFire triggers are identical mechanically once the hammer begins to fall, and all deliver best-in-class hammer fall force. With all these similarities, many will ask what is the difference between them. The answer is trigger feel.  

You do not want a super-sensitive trigger on a duty/defense rifle, and similarly you would not want a long pre-travel trigger on a precision match target rifle. The 24C and TAR24 triggers have crisp, glass-like break for sport and target shooters without any pre-travel.

Many shooters, including me, will say the 24 Competition Model has no pre-travel, no over-travel, and a stunningly light break. Obviously there is some sort of travel, but it is so little the finger cannot perceive it. Adding the flat straight trigger blade and adjustable shoe increases trigger control significantly.


This is an incredibly fast-running trigger, and the splits are very fast. You are going to see more and more 3-gunners running this trigger simply because it is so fast and light. That said, it is too sensitive for a defensive AR15 build in my opinion, simply because the trigger seems to lack any perceptible pre-travel at all. To me it most closely aligns to a Geissele National Match trigger but in a single stage design. With the 24C, the tunable trigger shoe offers another advantage for both finger comfort and fine tuning of trigger weight.


The TAR24 was developed as a super premium option to the already spectacular 24C to promote Hiperfire’s sponsorship in the TarHeel 3-Gun match. How do you make arguably the best trigger on the market even better? Coat it with a nickel alloy to increase lubricity, further enhance synthetic oil lubrication and corrosion resistance, offer longer life, and make it look cool.

I have several 24C triggers. The TAR24 just feels smoother and that is the only way to explain it. Is it worth the $40 upgrade from the 24C? I think so, but it becomes a comparison similar to that of comparing $2M+ exotic sports cars. If you just need a great trigger for 3-Gun, the regular 24C will more than do the job, but if you want something extra, the TAR24 delivers just a bit more.

In my case, I pulled a perfectly fine CMC trigger from my Barnes Precision Machine NP3 coated rifle and dropped in the TAR24. I installed it on my Barnes rifle simply because the trigger has the same corrosion resistance as the rest of the NP3 coated BPM rifle and, well, it looked cool.  

It should be noted that some will want to buy the TAR24 strictly due to its looks, but buyers should be aware that over time the finish will react with exhaust gases and the look will change (though performance will remain).

The Geissele, CMC, Timney, and other triggers are all outstanding triggers, but the HiperFire has a class-leading hammer fall like no other trigger on the market.

Final Thoughts

You will continue to see me use the HiperTouch line of triggers quite a bit in builds going forward simply because I believe HiperTouch has created a truly innovative design that actually works both theoretically and in practical use.  The price ranges are extremely competitive to other high quality triggers in the market as well. The HiperTouch 24 is a screaming great deal in the $185 MSRP price range, and on the top tier we see that HiperFire still manages to make their best trigger even better.

The HiperFire HiperTouch is an outstanding line of triggers that is turning heads in the industry and changing minds about what a great trigger can be.


Shared Features of all Hipertouch triggers:

  • No Screws, No Lower Modifications
  • AR15/10 Fire-Control
  • Robust Single Stage, Semi-Auto
  • User-Set Weights: Light, Med-Light, Medium (2-4lbs)
  • Small Pins: .154″ Dia.
  • Best in Class Hammer Fall

HiperTouch TAR24:

  • 24Competition Enhancements
  • Focus – 3Gun, DMR/match target
  • Straight Trigger, Use w/ or w/o Exclusive Shoe
  • HIPERSHOE™: Fine tune Travel & Weight
  • Fast Splits and Controllable Repeat Fire
  • Retains Best in Class Reset
  • Blue Adjustable Trigger Shoe
  • Nickel Alloy Coating
  • MSRP: $275.00




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Texas becomes the Third State with over a million Concealed Handgun Permit Holders, with 5.3% of adult population [John Lott's Website]

Texas Permit Percent by State
Texas is now the third state that has more than a million active concealed handgun permit holders.  As of April 30th they had 1,017,618 permit holders, about 5.3% of the adult population.  The map above shows the percent of the population with concealed handgun permits and for five counties the percent of the adult population with permits.
As of April 30th, Florida had 1,567,359 valid permits -- 10.4% of the adult population.
As of January 20, 2016, Pennsylvania had 1,112,172 permits-- 11.5% of the adult population.
Just these three states alone have 3,697,149.


Oklahoma: Today is Your Last Chance to Contact Conferees on Pro-Gun Bills! [NRA-ILA News]

Today at 4:00pm, is the deadline for Conference Committee members to sign out House Joint Resolution 1009 and House Bill 3098.


QLine Design: Craftsmanship With a Secret [The Firearm Blog]

A coffee table with a hidden compartment activated with an RFID card.In a world of mass-produced, injection molded guns and gear, it is refreshing to know that real craftsmanship still exists. QLine Design, a custom furniture manufacturer, combines functional artwork with a blend of technology to create hidden compartments that can store pistols, rifles, jewelry, documents and anything else you want to keep secret. Headquartered in an […]

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Mauser “Schnellfeuer”, or Model 712 Machine Pistol [Forgotten Weapons]

The Schnellfeuer, or Model 712, was Mauser’s answer to the Spanish production of selective fire C96 lookalikes. Just over 100,000 of these pistols were made by Mauser in the 1930s, mostly going to China (although some did see use in other countries, and also with the SS). They use 10- and 20-round detachable magazines, and are almost all chambered for the 7.63mm Mauser cartridge. Rate of fire is about 900-1000 rounds per minute.

One of the urban legends that has grown up around these guns is that Chinese soldiers would hold them sideways, and use the recoil to fire in a horizontal arc. This does work, but is a pretty crude way to use the gun. Without the attached shoulder stock, it is much better left on semiauto. With the stock, it makes a surprisingly effective and controllable submachine gun.

Thanks to TFBTV for the opportunity to shoot and film this very cool gun!


Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: Hillary Clinton Supports Ammunition Background Checks, Magazine Possession Ban [NRA-ILA News]

The former mayor added that the Democratic presidential front-runner supports universal background checks, a national ban on all assault rifles and an initiative, not yet qualified for the California ballot, that requires background checks before buying ammunition.


Hillary Clinton’s fierce anti-gun stance could backfire in general election [NRA-ILA News]

Democrats, skittish over pushing gun control since Al Gore’s bid for the White House fell short in 2000, are once again flirting with the issue, preparing to pick perhaps the most anti-gun presidential nominee in a generation.


New Jersey Flouts the Second Amendment — Congress Should Intervene [NRA-ILA News]

Lieutenant Colonel Terry S. Russell is no stranger to firearms. During his 27 years as a soldier, Russell has “been fully trained and qualified, at a minimum annually, to skillfully employ handguns and rifles.” Now, he is stationed at New Jersey’s Picatinny Arsenal, where he serves as the “Product Manager for the Army’s Individual Weapons and Small Arms program.” This, by all accounts, is a senior role. Picatinny is not merely one installation of many but the national headquarters of the United States Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center; and Lieutenant Colonel Russell oversees not only the weapons on his own base but all “small arms” for the U.S. Department of Defense. There are few people in the United States of America who know more about guns. And yet the state of New Jersey will not give Russell a concealed-carry permit.


California Senate to vote on sweeping gun-control measures [NRA-ILA News]

Democrats in the California Senate plan another attempt to outlaw the sale of assault weapons with easily detachable ammunition magazines known as bullet buttons as part of a wide-ranging slate of gun control bills scheduled for votes on Thursday.


California: Fresno law enforcement leaders speak out against proposed gun control measure [NRA-ILA News]

Local law enforcement leaders are speaking out against a gun control measure that could appear on the November ballot.The measure is called Safety for All and it's being pushed by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom.


Grassley: Vets Fought to Protect Constitutional Rights, Don’t Take Those Rights Away [NRA-ILA News]

Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today expressed disgust that Senate Democrats were objecting to a vote on his amendment to ensure that veterans don’t lose their Second Amendment rights because of a constitutionally questionable process used by the Department of Veterans Affairs for reporting names to the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The NICS is effectively a national gun ban list and all persons reported to it are prohibited from owning or possessing firearms. Grassley tried to bring up his amendment during the current Senate debate on the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, but Senate Democrats refused to allow it to be considered.


Bloomberg ripped as NRA arrives [NRA-ILA News]

More than 70,000 men, women and children will arrive in Louisville over the next few days to celebrate one of our country's greatest freedoms – the Second Amendment of the Constitution.


Lawmakers still seeking deal to allow Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania [NRA-ILA News]

Sportsmen's groups have been trying to change that for years, with no success. A bill introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Frank Farina, a Lackawanna County Democrat, and Rep. Bob Godshall, a Montgomery County Republican, and one in the Senate by Sen. Jim Brewster, an Allegheny County Democrat, are the latest attempts to eliminate the ban.


First Beretta Store in the United States Announced [The Firearm Blog]

Beretta500YrsblackWith just shy of 500 years under their gun belt, Beretta has announced the opening of a retail store here in the United States. The firearms industry magnate is known for its well-made, reliable long guns and pistols, but that isn’t all they make. In fact, there is an entire line of products available bearing […]

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What’s your ideal cyclic rate of fire? [The Firearm Blog]

The Stechkin APS  (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)After reading our founder’s article, “What would you buy, if there were no restrictions whatsoever”, I’ve really thought a lot about one of his questions: Would Glock start designing fully automatic machine pistols? Would people start buying machine pistols for self-defense rather than just for fun at the range? It is technically legal to carry full-auto […]

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Review: RMS Glock Gen 4 Guide Rod by Advance Dynamic Systems [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_2214As most readers know, my chosen shooting platform is the Glock, Generation 4. Despite its continued commercial success, I swear that it still remains the step-child of the aftermarket, as nearly everyone only offers various components for the Generation 3 editions including slides, springs, etc. Finally, the 4th Generation is starting to get the attention it […]

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Review: Advance Dynamic Systems Glock Multi-Tool [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_2332For years, the firearms market was omitted from innovation in the multi-tool market. Leatherman and other companies pushed out huge varieties of consolidated pacakages which could be pressed into service for firearms owners, they were not ideal, lacking many of the tools shooters needed or field work on their weapons. This has quickly changed over […]

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Wednesday, 18 May


Creating a Safe Room []

If you recall seeing the movie some years ago entitled Panic Room starring Jody Foster, you may remember the elaborate security room she had in her house. It was highly sophisticated with an automatic steel door, a camera monitoring system around the entire house, communications, and provisions. It was definitely the ultimate security room in the event of a home invasion type scenario, but then that was Hollywood, too.

For most of us, we could use a “safe room” or escape area to retreat to in the event of a catastrophic storm or other disruptions to normal life routines. This could include a home invasion by outside forces during a SHTF event or just plain old criminal activity, which is getting more widespread all the time. So, what are the options?

If you live in a storm alley area such as a region known for tornadoes, hurricanes, or other such natural disasters, then a strong, secure room in the house or even outside, underground might be a viable option. We used to call them storm shelters when I was a kid, but I don’t hear that language much anymore. What it amounts to is a place of safe refuge until the storm passes or another event subsides.

An ideal room would be a place well into the interior of the house to maximize protection from the entire structure. In an existing home this could be an interior work room, walk-in closet, or another space large enough for the family to huddle down. If you happen to be building a new house, then many more options are available to you.

The room needs a secure door that can be locked from the inside and not easily breeched. Modern steel doors or even roll down security doors can be installed in existing structures. Make the room as comfortable as possible and create a space that allows for ventilation and other creature comforts. You can find plans, helpful guidelines and other useful information on safe rooms on the web sites of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as well as FEMA.

Safe rooms should be stocked with some essential life sustaining supplies at least for the short haul. A safe room is not a long term living arrangement, but is intended to offer protection and security during short term events. Even so, have a minimum of a gallon of water per person, foods that don’t require prep or cooking, a first aid kit, flashlights, cell phones, a fire extinguisher, and other emergency supplies.

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Curious Handgun Swaps []

Working gun shows for nearly forty years now, I have seen some pretty interesting characters buying guns and some pretty well, rather strange trades over the years. Gun shows are basically designed to buy, sell, and trade firearms. It is a legal, legitimate business for many, a hobby for a large number of collectors and gun enthusiasts, and a social gathering for all.

During a recent show I witnessed a curious couple come to our table of wares more than once. They appeared to be shopping for a basic, semi-auto pistol in 9mm. They picked up and examined several models of Glocks, Rugers, Smith and Wessons, and others. They were intent on handling each one to gauge the fit for their individual grips. The mission seemed to be to get one gun to fit them both. Sometimes that can be quite difficult to achieve if not impossible.

They were good shoppers. They asked lots of questions and we were happy to oblige. What I determined from talking with them is that they had never owned or shot a semi-auto pistol. Their idea for buying one was to increase their available firepower. They liked the concept of being able to quickly change out magazines to reload the pistol. They confessed they knew little to nothing about how to operate a semi-auto pistol.

I also discovered that in her bag was a fine Ruger double action revolver they wanted to trade. It was a pristine GP-100 Match Champion in .357 Magnum. Upon examination I determined it was in like new condition. It probably had not been fired 50 times if that. They never did reveal if they liked this revolver or if by chance the .357 Magnum was too much for her.

They seemed to settle on a Glock 19 as a final selection, but moved on to visit other show tables. I suspect at this point they were shopping price. However, they eventually came back and settled on a trade with my dealer partner for the Ruger. I should have bought it.

My whole point here is to know what you want by doing some advanced homework. For whatever reason they wanted to trade the revolver, the pistol option would only make good sense if they were willing to train how to use it effectively. I suspect the Glock went in a drawer after a couple magazines were fired.

This couple may not have been any better off with the different handgun. Don’t let your primary defensive gun end up like the fancy food processor or carpet steamer that you never use.

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Spring Bear Hunting Gear []

Spring black bear hunting is on the agenda of many sportsmen this time of year. And while outfitters throughout U.S. and Canada black bear country offer tips on what to bring on hunts, and may also have items on sale or loan to hunters, these are things you should have.

Guns, Bows: Same equipment you use for deer will work well for bears, and accurate rifled slugs are devastating, since all shots are well within 75 yards, for bears on bait.

Camouflage: Full camo in soft, quiet chamois cloth is wise.  A full head-face mask is wise not just for camo but also to ward off insects, same for gloves.


Clothing: Be prepared for hot, cold, wet and dry weather.  Rubber boots are good, lightly insulated, too.  Bring long underwear and heavy jackets as temperatures vary greatly.  Complete camo rain wear also is a must.

Bug Proof: If you’re not prepared to do battle with insects, you’ll never be comfortable and still on a bear stand, and as a result you’ll never get a shot at a bear.  I wear a special “Bug Tamer” jacket that really helps against black flies and mosquitoes.  ThermaCell units also are a godsend. Also, I wear complete camouflage, and double socks with rubber bands fastened around my pants cuffs and at my wrists to keep insects from getting inside my clothing.

Added Items: Bring a flashlight for locating stands and tracking game, plenty of 100 percent DEET insect repellent, pull-up cord for your gun, a safety belt for tree stand hunting, and a large cooler to bring home a trophy.

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Maximize Range Work []

How often do you get to go to the shooting range? I bet it is not nearly enough. I have a range at deer camp, but there is a lack of ranges in my area. Two have closed in the past couple of years and the one remaining has an arduous membership process and a hefty fee. I hope you find better offerings where you reside.

In any case, when you do get to go to a formal shooting range, plan ahead so you can take full advantage of the opportunity to maximize the range time. The few times I have been invited to this local range here as a mere observer, I witnessed all manner of discombobulations when it came to guys showing up to shoot. In some cases it was scary.

Then recently a sort of contact of mine through a gun shop bought a new firearm that I wanted his range test feedback on. He reported back that when he packed up and went to the range he forgot to take paper targets. Really? He ended up shooting at bits and pieces of clay targets lying around on the ground. Really? What could I say to that?

Anyway, if you are headed to the range, do yourself a little favor and do some planning before the packing. Lay out everything you think you will need. Which firearms to take? Extra magazines? Pack up the guns safely in good cases, ideally discreet ones.

On the pack list should also be plenty of ammo that you want or need to test or sight in with a particular gun, safety glasses, foam ear inserts, hearing muffs, gloves, shooting rests, tool kit, scope kit, cleaning supplies as needed, and yeah, some targets. Take a heavy duty staple gun as needed and or a roll of masking tape or bullet hole covers.

Other neat things to have along is a spotting scope or high powered binoculars to view the targets at the distant ranges. This saves a bunch of walking back and forth. Take a notepad, pens, and at least one permanent marker to write results on the targets.

Depending on the range you use, you might need to take a folding chair and or a seat cushion. Be sure to take a cap and sunglasses. What little time you may have available to shoot needs to be done in the most efficient manner possible.

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The FN FS2000 (And How Good Is It From a Vehicle?) [The Firearm Blog]

The FS2000 is one of the strangest looking firearms that has ever come to market in the USA, but underneath the plastic exterior is a well engineered and reliable action that has seen military adoption in Europe. While the F2000 and its semi-auto only counterpart have never been big sellers, it is a great gun […]

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New Bushnell Scopes [The Firearm Blog]

Bushnell scopeBushnell Outdoor Products announced “a complete re-engineering” of the company’s Trophy line of rifle scopes. Additionally, the company announced it is now offering a new line of Trophy Xtreme products that includes rifle scopes, spotting scopes and more. According to Bushnell, the new Trophy rifle scopes offer: multicoated lenses with 91% light transmission six reticle […]

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New Blackhawk CCW Holster [The Firearm Blog]

Blackhawk holsterJust days ahead of the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meetings, Blackhawk announced a new concealed carry holster that offers a variety of ways it can be worn. It is called the Leather Tuckable Pancake Holster. The new Leather Tuckable Pancake Holster is a hybrid design that matches a leather backer to an injection molded shell […]

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Arizona: Governor Ducey Signs Pro-Gun Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Today, Governor Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2446 into law


Shopping Cart Technical [The Firearm Blog]

shopping cartCheck out this DShK heavy machine gun. Clever improvisation using a shopping cart. With regards to the shopping cart, he should make better use of it. He could carry a lot more ammo in that shopping cart.

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POTD: Limcat Supercat [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_1742You may be familiar with the Limcat Spearcat. Limcat makes some amazing race guns. This one is a custom called the Supercat. Clearly the owner of this is a fan of Superman.

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Logistics, Necessities and Improvisations [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

AHC is running a series on "Against All Odds," about desperate fights throughout military history. Among these is the valiant stand of 2nd BN 120 Infantry Regiment at the battle of Mortain, France, in August 1944.
My interest was drawn to one anecdote from that action, so I looked for more details and found it here: 'Operations of the 2nd Battalion, 120th, 30th Infantry Division) at Mortain, France (Personal Experiences of a Company Commander)' by Major Ralph A. Kerley.
There are three points in this report that bear mentioning with relevance to today. The first is that there are some things that cannot be substituted for. On Hill 314, after the battalion was cut off, that essential item was radio batteries. According to the AHC documentary there was one artillery forward observer who had laid in an extra supply of radio batteries and in the end it was the only way the battalion had of communicating with the supporting artillery which in the end saved the position after the infantry had pretty much run out of ammunition.
By the end of the second, Kerley reports:
The last of the K rations were consumed at noon, ammunition was dangerously low and the evacuation of dead and wounded was impossible. This was one of the most serious problems confronting the company commanders. Communication with regiment was entirely by radio, and this contact was sporadic. Regiment was requested to supply by air some food, ammunition and medical supplies.
On the third day:
The 8th of August was fairly quiet. The enemy made no serious attempt to take the position. He continued his attack, by-passing the HILL #314. The observers on the Hill #314 had all round observation and made the most of it. The enemy supply lines and rear areas were constantly harassed by our artillery. The serious problem of food, ammunition and medical supplies still confronted the battalion. Radio batteries were rapidly weakening. In an effort to conserve the batteries, only one company turned on its radio at a time, with the exception of calling fire missions. Orders and information received from regiment was disseminated to the companies by patrol. . .
On the fourth day:
Attempts by the regiment and the remainder of the division to relieve the battalion had failed. The first gnawing pains of hunger and thirst were appearing. The ammunition supply had dwindled to practically nothing. Several of the severely wounded died during the night. . . In an effort to relieve the situation, supplies were loaded into two of the division by faster aircraft. Division tried next to schedule a flight of C-47’s for the supply mission. Finally, after four requests were made through slow moving channels, a flight was scheduled for 10 August. This information was relayed to the besieged men, but due to past unpleasant experiences with close supporting air, there was some doubt of success in the minds of the men. The enemy had no doubt been monitoring our radio and knew the existing situation.
Foxhole on Hill 314.
This was immediately followed by a German surrender demand, It was obscenely refused.
True to their promise, the enemy launched a strong attack at approximately 2015 hours. The battalion ammunition supply was so low, the enemy encountered little resistance other than our artillery. After the enemy had penetrated the position, the E Company Commander called artillery on his own position. This broke up the attack and the enemy took a severe beating. This success served as a ‘shot in the arm” to the sagging morale of the men on the Hill.
The survival of all the men on the hill had rested on the flickering of just a few radio batteries. Today's technology rests even more on portable power systems, especially batteries. Lesson One: Batteries are an indispensable item as much as ammunition. Yet there are many of us who are careless about this vital logistical element of success.
Lesson Two: Careless communication arms the enemy. This is so obvious it should not require explanation.
Kerley also provides a third lesson: Improvise, adapt and overcome. The air drop scheduled for the 10th was a partial failure:
Approximately one half of the drop landed far into the enemy lines, but at least, the battalion had some food, ammunition and a limited amount of medical supplies. One of the most important items contained in the drop was radio batteries. A report was made to regiment of the drop and an attempt to schedule another drop was made, especially for medical supplies. In the meantime, the S-3 of the 230th Field Artillery Battalion had an idea to relieve the situation. Ten rounds of M-84 (base ejection HC smoke)) ammunition were opened, and the smoke canisters and base ejection charge removed. The rounds were then filled with medical supplies, bandages, dressings, sulfanilamide and morphine syrettes. The steel disc in the nose was replaced to prevent the fuze, when detonated, from ruining the contents. Four other shells were treated likewise, and were filled with sand to approximately the same weight. These rounds were to be used for adjustment. The S-3 then made his intentions known to the men on the Hill and gave instructions for opening the projectiles. The adjustment was completed at approximately 2130 hours, and the medical rounds were then fired. None of these rounds were recovered due to ricochets and darkness. Even though the medical supplies were badly needed, the presence of food and ammunition served to raise morale to a new high. As soon as the mist lifted on 11 August, the artillery again attempted to fire in medical supplies. Six rounds were fired and all were recovered. This operation was only partially successful, however, the concussion being too great for the containers of the morphine and plasma.
Kerley's account (as with all military history) should be read for such universal lessons. -- Mike
105th Medical Battalion Aid Station (30th Inf Div) established in the vicinity of Mortain, treating casualties after the battle, Mortain, France, August 1944
Mortain after the battle.


California: Senate Floor Vote on Nine Anti-Gun Bills Expected Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, Thursday, May 19, the state Senate is scheduled to vote on NINE anti-gun bills.  These bills are being fast-tracked because of political gamesmanship between anti-gun state Senators and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom. They are fighting to see who can take credit for removing Second Amendment rights first in California.


US Army Approves M3 Carl Gustav Recoilless Rifle for General Use [The Firearm Blog]

Carl_Gustav_M3_Kokonaisturvallisuus_2015US Army infantry platoons will be getting a little more “boom” very soon. Jane’s, among other news outlets, report that the US Army has finally approved the M3 Carl Gustav 84mm recoilless rifle for general issue to the infantry platoon. From IHS Jane’s: US Army light infantry units are to be equipped with the Saab […]

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Review: Dillon Precision’s 550B Progressive Reloading Press []


During one of the serious ammo shortages, I broke my Lee Pro 1000 progressive press. While waiting for replacement parts, I bought a Dillon 550B. I have given that press quite a workout, loading thousands of rounds and many, many caliber swaps. It has been a reloading workhorse with zero downtime and I consider it a premium-quality reloading machine.

The reloading process is pretty simple and the same as any reloading press; knock out primer and resize brass, reprime, charge, flare case mouth for bullet seating, seat bullet, crimp, and on some rounds taper crimp. This process is simple when reloading one round at a time, but a progressive press handles more than one case at a time, so there is a lot to keep track of for the person running the press.

Add in automatic case feeding and indexing, and things can go wrong quickly if everything is not tuned perfectly. One little problem ends up being compounded as you realize that the last fifty rounds you reloaded did not have a primer due to primer feeding issues or that you’d run out of powder. You begin to scream words things like “drat” and “darn it all to heck” or perhaps some other four letter words…

The Dillon 550B is my third reloading press. I started with a single stage Lee Breech Lock Hand Press, and once I learned the basics, I graduated to a Lee Pro 1000 progressive loader designed for pistol calibers, which can in theory load up to 223 Remington case sizes. It was a decision based more on the $250 price than performance. I wanted to to load more ammo faster, so I thought I would jump into progressive reloading. The Lee Pro 1000 is not a bad or crappy reloader by any means, it is just not up to the volumes I produced. The end result was that I pushed it too hard and broke it. I needed something stronger that could take a beating.

Progressive Issues

I noticed that I lost a lot of control with auto-feeding progressive reloaders. Handgun cartridges were fairly problem-free during the reloading process once I had the Lee Loader tweaked and tuned. On the other hand, the longer 223 rifle cases were problematic on the Lee. A jammed round caused a linkage breakage, so I started looking for a different reloader to dedicate to calibers requiring more force, precision, and control during the reloading process.

The other issues with the Lee was that swapping calibers was a total pain in the butt. You could pop out the toolhead and leave the dies in place, but the shell plate and brass feeder were enormously painful to readjust, test, tweak, and re-adjust again to get working and feeding properly for each caliber. My decision was to just dedicate the Lee Pro1000 Loader for 9mm and go shopping for something to handle all the other calibers.

My FFL dealer swears by a used Dillon 550B he picked up in a gun trade. That used 550B takes a beating, loading thousands of rounds per month. The dealer told me it was one of the easiest loaders to swap calibers on, that it provided a high degree of precision, and struck a great balance between control and speed during the reloading process.

I flipped open my laptop and hit Dillon’s site to build a reloading kit to reload 357/38 Special, 223, and 308. I also ordered 9mm dies just in case my Lee press went offline again. The Dillon setup was not inexpensive–in fact, I have around $1100 invested in this setup if you count the press, dies, toolheads, and case gauges. It will easily cost me another $500 for all the other toolheads and dies I need for other calibers I would like to reload such as 10mm, 45 ACP, etc.

Despite the high cost, the Dillon 550B has been worth it and I have never regretted my decision to buy it. All my complaints about the Lee Pro 1000 were addressed on the 550B. High quality, rapid caliber swaps, high production volumes, and a ton of control during the reloading process. The Dillon 550B is an outstanding investment for any shooter.

About Dillon

Dillon has been around for a while making some of the most durable and reliable reloading equipment available. The company is probably most well-known for its booklet-sized quarterly catalog, which always features a beautiful fresh-faced lass tastefully posed on the front cover, usually with a gun. As a teenager, I loved to get my new Dillon catalog. Mrs. Pandemic refers to it as the “Girls Next Door With a Gun Catalog.” I guess that is where my girl-with-a-gun fantasy started and has never stopped.

Dillon Precision was actually the first company to offer an progressive press for the home reloader: the RL-1000. The company has done well for itself as a catalog driven manufacturing retailer, and today their products can also be found at sporting retailers around the globe.

Dillon has also been on the forefront of reloader technology and innovation. Dillon claims this 550B can produce 400+ rounds per hour, and their full-auto 650XL model is even faster and is noted to be one of the fastest home presses made. As a testament to the reliability of these presses, some people have added high torque motors and automation kits to the the 650XL to allow it to sit there and crank out rounds. In short, Dillon reloaders are known for tank-like durability and reliability. And if it ever does break, they have a lifetime warranty.

Fit, Finish, Feel and Features

While a Lee Pro 1000 costs around $250 with dies etc. for one cartridge, the Dillon Precision 550B runs around $750 for one cartridge. Additional dies and toolheads run about $100 per caliber. That noted, there is such a chasm of quality between the two products I would hardly call it a comparison.

I’m not saying that Lee is junk, it’s just a low-budget product. There is a pretty huge quality difference between the two loaders, although they look similar on paper to the beginner. The Dillon is significantly stronger, the quality is higher, and the tolerances tighter. The quality on the Dillon is every bit as nice as the RCBS, Redding, and Hornady loaders I have seen.

Where the Dillon excels over other brands is heavy duty durability, longevity, and consistent operation with parts built a bit heavier, thicker, or tougher than competing brands. All this durability provides a stiffer press, which leads to a more-precise, more-reliable round of ammo.

The Dillon 550B is a 4-position progressive reloader with Station 1 handling the resize, deprime, and prime functions, Station 2 dropping the powder and flaring the case, Station 4 reserved for bullet seating, and Station 4 performing case crimping. My Lee Pro1000 only had three stations, which meant I still needed to run rifle (or certain handgun calibers) back through for a final taper crimp, if desired.

The Dillon 550B’s four stations can handle it all in one pass. Every reloading manufacturer has their own version of how the reloading process should go, but many reloaders have noted that Dillon’s process increases reliability–and, according to some, safety. One benefit of Dillon’s staging sequence is that priming occurs at the first station, where an accidental primer ignition cannot ignite the powder reservoir. Great idea!



The 550B relies on your own hands to load the brass, add a bullet, and manually index the shell plate to the next station. This gives the user a best-of-both-worlds scenario, combining the control of a single stage press and the speed of a progressive press. Indexing and feeding by hand may sound tedious compared to automated progressive setups, but I like this level of control to assure that powder, bullet, seating, and crimping were all consistent.

With auto-indexing shell plates, if there is a problem, it can be difficult to remove the round or to work around the shell plate indexing mechanism. If you are just turning the shell plate by hand you have much more control. Hand-indexing the shell plate also has this enormous benefit: there are no wacky linkages or drive mechanisms to mess around with when you change shell plates. All you need to do on the Dillon 550B is just unbolt the shell plate and screw on a different one. That swap can be done in about a minute.






Unboxing the 550B

I found Dillon’s removable toolhead design to be a big time-saver for changing calibers. A removable toolhead allows your reloading dies to stay in the toolhead without affecting the adjustment. All that is required to change the toolhead for another cartridge is to lift the locking pin and slide out the toolhead.

When changing cartridges, you will of course want to make sure you change powders, and reset the powder measure to drop the appropriate powder charge for the cartridge you’re working with.

The beauty of the Dillon 550B design is that in less than 5 minutes, you can be swapped over to a new caliber just by swapping the shell plate, toolhead, potentially changing the contents of the primer tube, and emptying/refilling/resetting the powder measure. If you have a dedicated powder die or, better yet, a dedicated powder measure for each toolhead, then the conversion process is even faster. By contrast, my Lee Loader takes about 30 minutes including re-calibration and tuning.



Toolhead swaps are as easy as pulling a pin on the toolhead.

Another big plus for me on the Dillon 550B was that it reloads nearly every handgun and rifle cartridge available without any modifications (other than an XL powder die for the really huge calibers). Buy a 550B once, and you can reload pretty much anything on it with the exception of 50 caliber. By my count, Dillon offers dies for more than 200 calibers for the 550B.


I do have a love/hate relationship with Dillon primer tubes. On one hand they are crazy reliable. On the other hand, the primer tubes are nowhere near as easy to reload as dumping a box of primers into my Lee primer tray and rattling them around until they are all upright. The Lee method is easy and fast but offers less-than-excellent reliability, while Dillon’s primer tube is slower to load but delivers good reliability. The primer tube does have a low primer warning, which I find convenient.


Final Thoughts

The Dillon 550B has been an awesome and reliable reloading machine for me. Do I still use my single stage press for reloading? Sure–and even my Lee Pro 1000 for 9mm–but the Dillon is a flexible press that minimizes cartridge change time and offers high rates of ammo production.

The beauty of the Dillon 550B is that once you get the toolhead set up, caliber swaps can take less than five minutes with a dedicated powder measure.

All in, all I am quite happy with the quality of the Dillon 550B and how flexible it has been reloading everything from 357 to 308. Buy the 550B once and you will never need to buy another press.


  • 4 station progressive loader
  • Station 1) resize/deprime/prime
  • Station 2) powder drop/flare
  • Station 3) seat
  • Station 4) crimp
  • The RL550B is able to load rifle as well as pistol cartridges.
  • The RL550B uses standard 7/8 by 14 thread per inch dies, as long as they deprime in the size die
  • Manually indexed shellplate
  • Manually fed cases and bullets Capable of loading 400 to 600 rounds per hour
  • Lifetime “No-B.S.” Warranty
  • No dies are included with the RL550B. If you need to order dies

The basic 550 includes:

  • Machine with caliber conversion kit (shellplate, locator buttons, powder funnel) in the caliber of your choice.
  • Powder measure with standard large and small powder bars (small installed), Small bar throws from 2.1 to 15 grains of powder Large bar throws up to 55 to 60 grains of powder.
  • One prime system with large and small priming parts.
  • One large and one small pick up tube
  • Low Primer Alarm
  • One toolhead
  • One powder die
  • One loaded cartridge catch bin
  • One written instruction manual
  • One set of standard Allen wrenches
  • * No dies are included.
  • Machine height from bench is 21″

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Louisiana: Self-Defense Bill to be Considered by Senate Committee [NRA-ILA News]

As previously reported, House Bill 1155 has passed the House and been sent to the Senate for further consideration.


Protech X-CAL US Hard Armor Plates [The Firearm Blog]

Protech Tactical X-CAL USThe Safariland Group announced the expansion of the X-CAL line of hard armor plates sold under its Protech brand. The new plates are a special threat plate that has been tested to meet the Level III requirements under the NIJ 0101.04 standard. The X-CAL line is made up of hard plates that are designed to […]

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U.S. judge strikes down D.C. concealed carry law as probably unconstitutional [NRA-ILA News]

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a key provision of the District’s new gun law is probably unconstitutional, ordering D.C. police to stop requiring individuals to show “good reason” to obtain a permit to carry a firearm on the streets of the nation’s capital.


Why did a leading gun-control group just go after one of its own? [NRA-ILA News]

It's not unusual for gun-control advocates to be unhappy with members of Congress. Congress, after all, hasn't passed any substantial gun-control legislation in more than two decades.But on Monday, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence had a bone to pick with a guy they're normally friends with: Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). The move perplexed other gun-control advocates as much as it might have perplexed you.


Pennsylvania gun control advocates: "We are not going away" [NRA-ILA News]

After three years of pushing the idea of requiring background checks for all gun purchases in Pennsylvania, advocates feel they are finally gaining some traction.


Good guys with guns: Former Interpol chief Ron Noble on the Westgate Mall mass shooting [NRA-ILA News]

One of the differences between moderate advocates of gun control and prohibitionists is in their attitudes toward self-defense. The former are willing to recognize that defensive arms in the right hands can be socially beneficial. The latter deny that firearms do in fact save lives.


New York: Nassau pols want guns stored in vaults [NRA-ILA News]

Nassau gun owners would have to store their firearms in locked vaults or use other accessories to secure their guns under legislation introduced Tuesday by county Democratic legislators.


Book Review: M91/30 Rifles and M38/M44 Carbines in 1941-1945 [Forgotten Weapons]

M91/30 Rifles and M38/M44 Carbines in 1941-1945The full title is actually (deep breath) M91/30 Rifles and M38/M44 Carbines in 1941-1945: Accessories and Devices – History of Production, Development, and Maintenance, by Alexander Yuschenko and translated into English by Ryan Elliot. I saw this book mentioned a few weeks ago on a firearms discussion board, and figured I ought to get a copy, simply because there isn’t all that much English-language published information on the Mosin Nagant in any real depth. I didn’t really know what to expect, and what I got really blew me away.

Collecting Mosins in the US has long been rather like having a group of people exploring in the dark – where original production records on guns like the 1903 Springfield or M1 Garand are readily available to us, such data on the Mosin has been completely lacking thanks to minor political issues like the Cold War. We can only make inferences based on what we can see imported into this country, and those inferences are easily skewed by all sorts of factors. What Alexander Yuschenko has done is actually take original wartime archival documentation and distill it down into a compact and strikingly information-dense account of Mosin-Nagant development and production.

This is not just a series of tables, it is information put into context. For example, Yuschenko explains the process of Mosin production being replaced by semiauto rifle production (the AVS-36, SVT-38, and SVT-40), and then the about-face required when the SVT-40 failed to meet expectations. Not just that, but great juicy details on why the SVT-40 failed, and how troops felt about it and the Mosin comparatively. What were the causes behind inoperative rifles of both types? What were the costs of each to the Soviet government, compared to each other and the other weapons being produced? What was the distribution of the different weapons within typical Red Army units?

The main section book is organized chronologically, looking at events one year at a time. This really shows the reader how the Soviet Union’s situation changed over time, from its optimistic leap to self-loading rifles in 1940 to its desperate relocation of factory infrastructure in 1941 and 42 to its turn toward submachine guns in 1944 and 45. The development of the folding bayonet for the M44 carbine is discussed, including experimental models of M1945 Carbine. The short-lived use of socket blade bayonets is covered. Suppressors and rifle grenades launchers are covered. The entire second chapter is about accessories, like slings, ammunition pouches, and cleaning gear – this allows us to actually see such items in their full context instead of trying to guess at the provenance of random examples that happen to have been imported at one time or another.

Here are just a couple facts that I had not known:

  • In 1941 alone, the Soviet Union lose a staggering 5.5 million rifles and carbines destroyed, captured and otherwise unusable. That is 59% of all they had in inventory as of June of 1941.
  • The standard PU scope mount can actually also be used to mount a PE/PEM optic.
  • A mine detector was developed and used which mounted to the muzzle of a 91/30 rifle, using it as the handle.
  • What all those many little arsenal refurbishment marks actually indicate!

I really cannot recommend this book highly enough for anyone interested in WWII. Whether you are actual a Mosin collector yourself or just want to see a fuller picture of Soviet military history in the Great Patriotic War, Yuschenko’s work is a gold mine of information previously unknown in the English-speaking world.

Unfortunately, it appears that only one printing will be done, and at the time I am writing this the author’s web site indicates that the book is already 75% sold out. It is not available on Amazon, and must be ordered directly through the author’s website, If you want a copy, I urge you to order one ASAP as I can guarantee they will not last much longer. The price is $30 plus $12 shipping for one copy of $19 shipping for two copies – and expect them to take 3 weeks or so to arrive, as they ship from Ukraine.

I hope that the author will run a second printing when this inevitably sells out, and that he will consider writing more on the subject of Soviet WWII armaments. I would love to see a similar work for any of the other weapons of the USSR!


Dark Side Defense Solvent Trap with Flash Hider (*cough* *cough* Silencer *cough*) [The Firearm Blog]

b2a5d0_1828f2cdab564427a1a672a5708e6093.png_srz_p_3344_2229_75_22_0.5_1.2_0_png_srzNew Utah company Dark Side Defense, complete with a logo using the Star Wars font, are selling “solvent traps”. In case you are not aware of the terminology, a solvent trap is a device ostensibly designed to catch solvent when cleaning a rifle or pistol barrel. Saving you money and the saving the environment from toxic […]

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Russian Army to Replace PKM Machine Guns With PKP “Pecheneg” Automatic Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

ATNg1NgnI-YThe Russian Army will be upgrading its automatic infantry support weapons soon. The legacy 7.65x54mmR PKM belt-fed general purpose machine gun will be supplanted in the dismounted role by the PKP “Pecheneg” automatic rifle designed at the end of the 20th Century, reports Russian Armed Forces will have Kalashnikov 7.62mm PKM machine gun replaced […]

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Army Green SIGs [The Firearm Blog]

SIG Army GreenSIG SAUER and Talo Distributors teamed up to release a series of two-tone guns that are now available. The new guns use an Army Green anodized frame with the standard black Nitron slide and controls. The new models are: P238 This is a variation of the company’s popular .380 ACP single action pistols. It has the […]

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Additional Information on the Shell Shock Cases [The Firearm Blog]

shell shockEarlier this month, I posted an article about new 9mm cases that are being introduced by Shell Shock Technologies. The cases use a number of different approaches to manufacturing with the most obvious being the two piece construction. There were a number of questions and comments to that article regarding various aspects of the cases. […]

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AC-130U Spooky Gunship [The Firearm Blog]

SpookyThe AirSource Military recently posted up this video of an AC-130U during live-fire training. The Spooky II is armed with 1× General Dynamics 25 mm (0.984 in) GAU-12/U Equalizer 5-barreled Gatling cannon 1× 40 mm (1.58 in) L/60 Bofors cannon 1× 105 mm (4.13 in) M102 howitzer   Enjoy the video.

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Tuesday, 17 May


The Science is settled, man. Or something. Dammit. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

"Futurist and Market Analyst Peter Temple says cycles show that the world is entering a 500 year ‘Little Ice Age’ and that the Dow Jones will crash 90% in value by 2020."


Need link to good gunsmith in central Ohio [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Have a family member who needs a couple of jobs done by a competent gunsmith in the Central to northern Ohio area. The first is the replacement of a front bead sight on a Mossberg 500 cylinder bore barrel. The second, requiring much more finesse, is the restoration of a rusty Ithaca Model 37 heirloom that was gifted by their grandfather. Not looking for a museum quality job, just recovering the weapon's utility. Anyone having experience with a good one, please email us at the George Mason address.


I Love Good Infographics! [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

This came across my desk today. It shows the increase in gun sales, NICS checks, etc. since President Obama was elected. I know I sure as hell have bought more ammo! I also got my carry permit after he was elected.

President Obama: (Still) The Greatest Gun Salesman in America [INFOGRAPHIC]


Big Win In DC Today [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

In a case brought by the Pink Pistols, Judge Richard Leon of the US District Court for the District of Columbia issued a preliminary injunction against DC's "good reason" requirement for a carry permit. The case, Grace and Pink Pistols v. DC, seems to have kept under the radar until now.

The text of the decision is here.

Earlier this year, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly had rejected the arguments of the Second Amendment Foundation in Wrenn v. DC. That case had been sent back to the District Court after it was found that Judge Frederick Scullin of New York had not been properly appointed to hear the case.

With the NRA Annual Meeting opening on Friday, the National Rifle Association was quite thrilled by the result. They issued this press release:

NRA Responds to Significant Second Amendment Victory

Federal judge orders D.C. officials to stop enforcing provisions that bar most residents from carrying firearms

Fairfax, Va.— The National Rifle Association (NRA) today responded to an order issued by a federal judge in Grace and the Pink Pistols v. District of Columbia that instructed D.C. officials to stop enforcing provisions of the city’s code that barred most D.C. residents from carrying firearms for self-protection.

“Today’s order is a victory for Second Amendment rights and has real implications for the safety of law-abiding citizens,” said Chris Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action. “The Supreme Court has held that the Second Amendment protects the core right of self-defense in the home, but as the District Court today reaffirmed, that right is just as important to ordinary citizens commuting to work or shopping for groceries in an unsafe neighborhood.”

In the ruling issued today, Judge Richard J. Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia concluded that the district’s law is likely unconstitutional and that the plaintiffs who are challenging it in court would be severely harmed if the district were allowed to continue to enforce its ban while the lawsuit went forward. The judge held that the district’s “overly zealous . . . desire to restrict the right to carry in public a firearm for self-defense to the smallest possible number of law-abiding, responsible citizens” unconstitutionally flouted the Second Amendment.

In 2008, the Supreme Court struck down a D.C. law banning most citizens from possessing handguns at all, reasoning that such a ban was flatly inconsistent with the individual right to keep and bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment. The district continued to enforce its ban on carrying firearms in public even after that ruling, however, and a federal district court struck that separate ban down in 2014. The district responded by enacting a new “licensing” scheme that only allowed its residents to carry firearms in public if they could show a specific, documented need for self-defense—for example, by proving that they had been attacked or were receiving death threats. The city issued a minuscule number of licenses, and the scheme had the practical effect of a full ban.

“Legislation that restricts the law-abiding does nothing to reduce crime and is unconstitutional. The NRA is glad that fact was recognized in federal court today,” concluded Cox.

The ruling prohibits law enforcement from enforcing the concealed carry ban temporarily while the constitutionality of the ban continues to be argued in court. The NRA will continue to support this suit financially.

Professor Eugene Volokh has his analysis of the case here.


Dan Moultrie Offers Canada Bruin Tips []

“Without an outfitter, a hunter is wasting his time trying to take a bear over bait in Canada,” says Dan Moultrie, famed hunter and the man behind Moultrie game feeders, cameras and other hunting gear.  “Too much time must be spent setting up stands and establishing bait stations, and that’s time very few hunters have.  A good outfitter, however, has the time to set-up bait sites and stands correctly.  It can take weeks to get stands and baits ‘hot’ for hunting.  Also, once a good bait station has been established, it continues to draw bears to it year after year.  A lot of outfitters who have been in business for a long time have traditionally good stands and baits that a hunter trying to do it on his own could never hope to equal.”

Choosing a bear outfitter can be a little perplexing these days because there are so many people in the business.  The smart way of choosing an outfitter is to hire one that’s been in operation for a number of years, and who specializes in bears.

Don’t be shy asking a potential bear outfitter for references, and make sure you understand everything about the operation before making the trip — including costs, shipping trophies home, accommodations, food, transportation, etc.  Be sure to follow up on references, too.  And don’t skimp on expense.  Trying to save a few hundred dollars by booking a “bargain” bear hunt likely will be false economy, turning what should be a wonderful trip into something less.


“Black bears are smarter than many hunters believe,” Moultrie states.  “They are much more sensitive to changes in smell than a deer.  That’s why a hunter never should go near a bait.  Go directly to the stand, and stay away from the spot where a bait is located.  Stay as clean and odor free as possible with your clothing.  I change clothes regularly during a hunt, and I wear only clothes that have been washed in no-scent soap.  I wear no deodorant or after shave, and don’t use fragrant shave creams on a hunt.

“Most bears that have been coming to a bait for a few weeks are very familiar with the stand site.  So I never cut branches or limbs around a stand that an outfitter has established.

“Another thing beginning bear hunters should do is listen carefully after they’ve made a shot.  Every bear I’ve taken has made a clearly audible ‘death grown’ soon after the shot.  Hearing that low, gurgling call helps locate the animal, and makes you confident the shot was a good one.  A properly hit bear usually falls very quickly, but a bruin normally runs until it drops.  So listening for the ‘death grown’ is very helpful.”

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Hunting TV Show Host Tells Where To Take A Giant Bear []

“I think the best places for big bears now are Saskatchewan, Manitoba, British Columbia and Alberta,” states TV show host Ralph Cianciarulo, who has taken dozens of bears with a bow, and guided archers to another 200 animals.  “Quebec is good, too, but it’s not as accessible as Saskatchewan and Alberta.”

When to book a hunt is another consideration.  When bears first come out of hibernation their coats are dark and sleek, and best for mounting.  In some areas, by late spring bears have been rubbing their hides, so coats are worn and not as well groomed.


On the plus side of late-spring bear hunting, however, is that as the season progresses a bear eats more, so is more likely to frequent bait sites when hunters are on stand.  When a bruin first emerges from hibernation its stomach is small.  But through the spring it eats constantly, its stomach expands, and so it must eat even more to maintain its fill.  Thus late spring hunts can offer more opportunities at ever-hungry bruins compared to early spring hunts.

Talk to the outfitter and get his opinion about when to book a hunt.  And be sure to speak to hunters who have been there to get their input, too.  Take note about when the biggest bears have been downed.  That will help in deciding where, as well as when, to book the bear hunt of your dreams.

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Bill Dance On Catfish Rigging []

Well-known television angler Bill Dance has a passion for catfish, and his favorite time for them is during spring in tailrace water.  Dance uses a basic 3-way swivel rig for catching catfish, but he has some tackle refinements he says make a difference in putting fish in the boat.

“The pound test line I use depends on the size fish, water depth worked and current speed,” explains Dance.  “But for most tailrace fishing where cats can run really big, I use 30-pound braided line because it has small diameter and great abrasion resistance.

Dance ties the braid directly to one ring of a 3-way swivel.  To a second ring of the swivel he ties a 12-inch length of 14-pound test line that’s attached a 1/2- to 2-ounce bell sinker.  Weight of the sinker is determined by current speed, and he uses just enough weight to maintain contact with bottom.  The 14-pound line will break before the main line should the sinker foul in bottom, which prevents loosing the entire rig.


To the third ring of the swivel, Dance ties an 18-inch leader of 30-pound line, attached to a 1/0 to 3/0 Wright-McGill Kahle bait hook.

“The Kahle hook is the best catfish hook I’ve ever used,” explains Dance.  “For some reason, most of the time the hook will barb a catfish in the corner of the mouth, where there’s a tender spot.  The mouth corner also has very tough, leathery skin, and once the hook is set there the fish almost can’t get rid of it.  The Kahle hook has improved my catch ratio with catfish about 100 percent.”

The three-way swivel rig when fished in current presents a bait just off the bottom, which is where Dance insists catfish prefer feeding.  The rig can be fished from an anchored boat, or from shore, but Dance prefers drifting in a boat and “tight-lining” the rig when working tailrace waters.

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Guns Stolen From Dealer Advertised on Facebook (Video) []

Georgetown, TX – In a burglary that reportedly took just 7 seconds, a 20-year-old crook stole 4 guns from a gun shop, and got away.

But then he tried to sell them through Facebook. Doh!

The bad guy was caught on video breaking a window and then a glass display case at GTX Guns, grabbing the guns, and getting out. Somehow, police suspected the right guy, but he wasn’t home when they got there. Police did catch up with him eventually, but couldn’t pin the crime on him.

The next day, a tipster told cops that the crook – I refuse to name him & make him “famous” – was indeed the guilty party, telling them that he was advertising the guns for sale via Facebook Messenger.

When police picked him up and briefly held him on an unrelated charge, he gave them more evidence by calling a woman and directing her to erase his Messenger info. Police were able to identify the recipient of three of the guns, and even found a photo of all 4 guns – still with the gun shop’s price tags attached!


The recipient told police that he traded the crook an old car for the three guns, which police recovered.

This is one crook who really needs another way to make a living. Aside from this brilliant caper, he’s been convicted of theft three times previously, and police believe he is responsible for at least 4 other burglaries in the area.

The video below was posted on Facebook by the gun shop on the day of the burglary.

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NRA Responds to Significant Second Amendment Victory [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association (NRA) today responded to an order issued by a federal judge in Grace and the Pink Pistols v. District of Columbia that instructed D.C. officials to stop enforcing provisions of the city’s code that barred most D.C. residents from carrying firearms for self-protection.


Enter to Win 1 of 2 Benchmade Knives! []

Benchmade Knife Company has partnered with AllOutdoor to give you a chance to win one of two Benchmade knives. Entering is easy! Just provide your email below.

Prize #1) Bushcrafter 162
Prize #2) Grizzly Creek 15060-2




MAS 36 Run and Gun: France’s Right Hook [The Firearm Blog]

The French MAS 36 is often dismissed as garbage, if not outright overlooked by most shooters. That is however a shame, as these incredible little rifles have a lot to offer at a very affordable price point. So, let’s take a look at what it can do. Old MAS 36 video: Transcript … – [Voiceover] […]

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Review: Suarez International L-Mount Trijicon RMR Red Dot Base [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_2346Gabe Suarez is a polarizing figure. Our readers will certainly have some institutional memory of him interacting in the comments, but polarizing figures do have a tendency to spark real conversation about tough issues and in this case, Gabe Suarez is certainly able to do that. He has been a long proponent of adding red-dot […]

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Movie Magic: Magpul MOE Handguard Muzzle Device [The Firearm Blog]

Magpul MOE 2In a recent B-Rated Sci Fi film called Kill Command, the props department came up with this futuristic sniper rifle. It uses a backwards Magpul MOE rifle length handguard as a muzzle device. There is even a delta ring on the end of the handguard. It sticks out like a sore thumb. You can see […]

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MuzzleSafe: Proximity Locking Device [The Firearm Blog]

Muzzle safeSaw this on social media. Peter Alaric made a device that uses ultrasonic pulses to detect an object’s distance. It is installed on a Desert Eagle Electric Airsoft pistol. When the sensor is tripped, a relay disengages the battery connections in the pistol. Thereby deactivating the electric pistol.   Here is an explanation of the […]

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Glock Wielding Mini Robot Tanks [The Firearm Blog]

Dogo 2DOGO Robot is a small tank treaded robot that is armed with a Glock. It is a remote controlled robot that can be operated in dangerous areas. Due to its small size it can maneuver underneath cars and even traverse staircases. From the video, it looks like it is armed with a Glock 26. I […]

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POTD: Keymod Glock [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_1775Zev Custom made cuts into the slide of this Glock for weight saving purposes. They decided to make them look like Keymod pattern. From my understanding this was done for laughs rather than actually mounting any Keymod accessories to the pistol.   As you can see in the photo below, the barrel sits too close […]

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SAF On Their Win In The Ninth [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Here is what the Second Amendment Foundation said about their win in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday.

BELLEVUE, WA – A three-judge panel for the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a 2-1 ruling that “the right to purchase and sell firearms is part and parcel of the historically recognized right to keep and bear arms” protected by the Second Amendment in a case brought by the Second Amendment Foundation.

SAF was joined in the case by the California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees, the Calguns Foundation, Inc., and three businessmen, John Teixeira, Steve Nobriga and Gary Gamaza. SAF was represented by noted California civil rights attorney Don Kilmer, and the case was supported by an important amicus brief filed by Virginia attorney Alan Gura for the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Gura won both the Heller and McDonald Second Amendment rulings before the U.S. Supreme Court.

“This is an important decision,” said SAF founder and CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “It remands the case back to the lower court for further proceedings consistent with the ruling as it pertains to the Second Amendment.”

The lawsuit was against an Alameda County ordinance that prohibits gun stores from being located within 500 feet of a residential zone. Writing for the majority, Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain noted that, “the Ordinance burdened conduct protected by the Second Amendment and that it therefore must be subjected to heightened scrutiny—something beyond mere rational basis review.”

“Both SAF and CCRKBA can be proud of this victory,” Gottlieb stated. “We agree with Judge O’Scannlain’s explanation that ‘the county had failed to justify the burden it has placed on the right of law-abiding citizens to purchase guns. The Second Amendment,’ as the judge wrote, ‘requires something more rigorous than the unsubstantiated assertions offered to the district court.’”

Quoting the Supreme Court ruling in SAF’s 2010 landmark McDonald case, Judge O’Scannlain reiterated, “The right of law-abiding citizens to keep and to bear arms is not a ‘second-class right, subject to an entirely different body of rules than the other Bill of Rights guarantees that we have held to be incorporated into the Due Process Clause.’”

Second Amendment attorney David Kopel does a great job in breaking down the case in a post on the Volokh Conspiracy. It is well worth a read to get a great understanding of the case.

Professor Eugene Volokh also provides a summary of the case here. However, in my opinion, it is not nearly as comprehensive as that of David Kopel. If you only have time to read one, read Dave's.


Some Publicity For My Friend Andy [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I got a press release from Laura Burgess Marketing today regarding the relocation of Andy's Leather from New Hampshire to Nebo, North Carolina. While the move actually took place a few months ago, its good to see this going out.

Stop by Andy's booth at the NRA Annual Meeting if you want to see a Ching or Rhodesian Sling along with his belts. I have all three and can attest to their quality.

Andy's Leather Relocates to North Carolina
Move to new location provides Andy's Leather with a modern workshop outfitted with high powered equipment.
Visit Andy's Leather at the 2016 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits Booth #4305
Nebo, N.C. (May 2016) -
Andy's Leather, purveyor of fine leatherwork for rifles, Scout rifle slings and accessories, is proud to announce it has relocated its business to Nebo, North Carolina, effective immediately. The move will provide Andrew Langlois, founder and owner of Andy's Leather, Shottist and The Scout Rifle Forum, with a more modern shop equipped with higher powered equipment and an appealing office space.
"After 20 years in New Hampshire and Vermont it was time to escape the frozen northeast for warmer climates, to spend less time shoveling snow, to be closer to my kids and grandkids and to expand and upgrade my shop," commented Langlois.
1911 Scabbard Holster in Black
Andy's Leather will be exhibiting at the
2016 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits, May 20-22, 2016 in Louisville, KY at booth #4305. Products on display will include Scout Rifle slings, the hit selling Rhodesian Sling, the three-point Ching Sling and a line of holsters. Langlois will be making belts at the booth that will be custom fit to the individual customer. The new IWB will be available on after the show concludes.
For more information on Andy's Leather, visit www.a


Burris XTR II 3-15x50mm Scope []

One of the shooting market trends I am seeing is optics manufacturers really starting to push themselves again to deliver exponential jumps in quality. Burris’ premier XTR II lineup represents one of those optics which is pushing the limits within Burris and is the company’s new flagship optic line.


The original XTR v1 line of scopes was a huge success for Burris, but customers were asking for even more. Not only did Burris create a crystal clear 5-time zoom range on this XTR II 3x-15x 50mm optic, but they upped the tube thickness by 25% over the original.

Burris also configured the optic design as a FFP (First Focal Plane) scope. FFP is the hot feature among precision and sniper rifle shooters the last few years, and in essence it zooms the reticle as the magnification changes. The result is that whatever holdover you have on the BDC or Mil-dot is the same at any magnification; in this case from 3x all the way through 15x.


The big thing with FFP reticles is that this design makes elevation and wind adjustments simple and easy without having to think about what magnification you are on. If you have a 300-yard target and that is the second dot down based on your zero, then you can use that same point of aim no matter what magnification you are. Pretty cool.

When comparing this to a BDC equipped standard second focal plane scope, the reticle does not zoom, so your hold at the maximum magnification is not the same at the minimum magnification.


I choose the G2B Mil-Dot reticle for my custom AR 308 build. The G2B Mil-Dot reticle has hash marks in between the mil dots for more precise aiming, distance measurement, holdover and hold-off for wind. The adjustment is calibrated in mRADs (typically known as “mils”), which matches the mil-dot reticle gradient.

If you see your shot splatter 1 mil to the left, you can make that adjustment without doing laborious math to convert what you read in the reticle. Burris notes that this G2B reticle is a “versatile, combat proven reticle that is ideal for mid-to-long-range tactical shooting,” but I think it offers a lot even for the less competitive shooter.

Fit, Feel, Features, & Functions

There is a lot to love about this high tier optic. At around $1000 street price, this scope is not for everyone and it’s up there with premium Japanese and German optics. For the quality, it is a great deal and considerably less expensive than many competitors with similarly featured $1500-$2200 priced optics.

The glass is just unbelievably crisp and clear. Let’s not forget that Burris and Steiner are owned by the same parent company so… I don’t think it’s a stretch of the imagination that Steiner engineering and technology had a hand in Burris upping its already-exceptional game a bit more.


With the XTR II, Burris sets the bar for the rest of the market, outside of maybe Vortex. They have everything packed into this optic with the exception of laser ranging. You have the new style thicker and heavier-duty (and allegedly brighter) 34mm tube, and big audible-click turrets. The turrets’ mRAD adjustments are matched to the mil-dot reticle (as they always should be), are zero-able, and even feature a resettable stop. There is that cool FFP design everyone is asking for, and the reticle is even illuminated.

Now I generally have some serious gripes about illuminated reticles because most companies try to make them too bright, but in this case Burris delivered perfection. Too many times, manufacturers make illuminated reticles for daytime use (and thus far too bright for the night work they were originally developed for).

The illumination on this 3x-15x 50mm XTR II has eleven settings from “I can barely see a hint of the reticle in a dark closet in the basement with the lights off” to something brighter and usable at dusk. Burris has also included off positions between each illumination setting, so you don’t need to cycle through all the brightness settings just to turn the reticle illumination on or off.


Burris even has a well-thought-out side focus knob, which is neither interfered with by the illumination knob, nor interferes with it… and then there is the huge magnification range. Normally you would see a 3x-10x or 3x-14x, but here we have a scope that can give you everything you might need on very close targets all the way out to the distant capabilities of the shooter with a 15x magnification.

This is a nice setup, affording the shooter lots of flexibility. The range is also one of the widest magnification ranges on the market. Bushnell, Nikon, and Vortex top-tier models are almost there with similar features and arguably similar optic quality, but from a price and quality perspective the XTR II is an attractive option when you add in all the features. Burris has simply put it all into an exceptional package that just works.

Final Thoughts

I initially had this optic on my FN SPR and then on a Remington 700 Sniper build with a fancy KRG chassis, but I felt its abilities were outrunning the speed of a bolt action. On 3x this is a fast optic, and I felt this scope was best placed on a semi-auto which could use the wide magnification range and the user friendly FFP reticle.

Some may read that previous sentence and say that I needed a semi-auto for the fast follow up shot I missed the first time… maybe so, but this scope makes it easy to zoom in a bit and still use the same hold.

I am not one of those guys who likes or enjoys figuring out the math on a reticle calibrated for 15x when I need to be at 3x of magnification. For me, simpler is better and I like the FFP concept both in theory and in use. Literally just print out a ballistics card noting all the holdover points for your pet round and you are good to go at any magnification.

This is a great scope, which deserves to be on a rifle that can deliver accuracy and do it quickly. There is a lot to love about this scope and not much to hate and that’s probably the reason I mounted it on one of my most expensive and accurate AR30 builds to date.


Manufacturer Specs

  • XTR II™ Riflescope 3x-15x 50mm
  • All hand-fitted internal assemblies are triple spring-tensioned for absolute shockproofing, even under severe recoil. They are vibration resistant, even on extended vehicular patrols.
  • Zero Click Stop adjustment knobs let you quickly and easily revert back to the original yardage setting without counting clicks
  • Advanced windage and elevation adjustments are fast and easy; accurate and repeatable reticle adjustments match the measurement system of the reticle
  • High-grade optical glass provides excellent brightness and clarity with lasting durability
  • Index-matched Hi-Lume® multicoating aids in low-light performance and glare elimination, increasing your success rate
  • Double internal spring-tension system allows the scope to hold zero through shock, recoil, and vibrations
  • Waterproof
  • Nitrogen-filled body tubes prevent internal fogging in the cold and rain
  • Precision-gauged and hand-fitted internal assemblies maintain a consistent point of impact through the magnification range, regardless of shock and vibration
  • Solid, 1-piece outer tube is stress-free and durable; withstands shock and vibration from even the heaviest-recoiling calibers
  • Covered by the Burris Forever Warranty™
  • Item Number: 201031, 201032, 201030
  • Magnification: 3x-15x
  • Objective Lens Diameter: 58 mm
  • Clear Objective Lens Diameter: 50 mm
  • Ocular Lens Diameter: 44.25 mm
  • Finish: Matte
  • Focal Plane: FFP
  • Main Tube Size: 34 mm
  • Field of View: 36 low – 7.5 high (ft. @ 100 yds.)
  • Eye Relief: 3.50 – 4.25 in.
  • Exit Pupil: 11 low – 3.3 high (mm)
  • Click Value: 1/10 mil; 100-Click Knob (201031)
  • 1/4 MOA; 100-Click Knob (201032)
  • 1/10 mil; 80-Click Knob (201030)
  • Elevation Adjustment, Total Capability: 110 MOA
  • Example: 50 MOA is roughly 25 MOA from center.
  • Windage Adjustment: 55 MOA
  • Example: 50 MOA is roughly 25 MOA in any direction from center.
  • Parallax/Focus: Side focus/PA
  • Adjustable Parallax: 50 yds. – infinity
  • Length: 14.13 in.
  • Weight: 30.90 oz.
  • Illumination Control: Rotary dial; intermediate “battery saver” stops
  • Illumination Settings: 11 brightness settings
  • Battery: CR2032
  • MSRP $1200-$1260



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Minnesota: Gun Owner Privacy Amendments to be Offered TODAY [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Minnesota House will be considering Senate File 3589, sponsored by Representative Dennis Smith (R-34B).


Called out by gun control advocates, Schumer works fast [NRA-ILA News]

A family feud of sorts prompted Sen. Charles Schumer on Monday to hurry up and introduce a promised piece of legislation requiring background checks on most gun purchases — similar to what the Senate could not get passed in 2013.


California: Senate candidate Sanchez defends vote on suits against gun makers [NRA-ILA News]

U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez describes herself as a gun-control advocate who is proud of the low marks she has received from the National Rifle Association. But the Southern California congresswoman says she has no regrets about her 2005 vote for a federal law, backed by the gun industry, that shields firearms manufacturers and sellers from some types of lawsuits when gun sales result in crimes or tragic accidents.


California Democrats dueling over gun control plans [NRA-ILA News]

Two of the most powerful politicians in California are advancing the same basic gun control agenda – yet they are at loggerheads in a political duel that could preview an ugly race to replace the state’s popular Democratic governor, Jerry Brown.


Using a Rifle To Open Your Beer [The Firearm Blog]

Bottle 2This video was posted back in 2013. The shooter, iainmcgregor8, sets up his bottle of beer in the cup holder of his folding chair. He sets up his rifle some distance away The beer bottle cap has a target attached to it. Considering the bottle cap opener is affixed 90 degrees to the side, I […]

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Review: Blackhawk Diversion Line of Packs and Bags []

Sometimes I am not the first guy on the block to find something new, but I usually take a different spin on articles than most other writers. What makes my job easier is when a product is so unique that articles almost seem to write themselves.  This was the case with the Blackhawk Diversion line of packs and bags.


I spent a considerable amount of time at Blackhawk’s 2015 SHOT Show booth ogling their stunning new line of Martexin waxed canvas bags which represented quality, fit, and finish usually only found on premium designer bags. My wife, who can usually be found carrying a Coach or Dooney & Bourke bag, was absolutely nuts over the style, design, and look of these Blackhawk bags. This is saying something, considering she pretty much hated every other CCW bag she saw at the show.DSC_0529

There was obviously more to the story, and I told the chief designer, Christopher Laack, that I would follow up with an interview to better understand exactly what he had accomplished. The sample bags arrived and I started using and testing them during my 120 days of travel per year. Suspiciously, my wife kept commandeering the Satchel, noting that she just needed something to carry her Glock 19 in that day. She now has the bag in strong rotation for daily carry.

Once I had a grasp on what the bags offered, I followed up with Christopher for the interview.


Christopher explained that the concept of the Blackhawk Diversion line is not particularly new, but the line has drastically expanded. Blackhawk had received many requests for less-conspicuous bags to carry all manner of firearms and tactical gear “without looking like a tactical bag.” The requests were coming from police, military, security, and even civilians who wanted all the features of a tactical bag  in a low-key bag that wouldn’t give them away during clandestine, undercover, or concealed carry situations… they wanted to just blend in and disappear. DSC_0533

Christopher and his design team went to work toning down several bags and packs. The first product of the line was the Racquet Bag, but it was far harder than they originally thought. What they found was that a standard racquet case was not big enough to contain typical SBRs (Short Barreled Rifles) or submachine guns, so they had to start scaling it up. He noted that “we had to do a lot of focus group testing and public street testing to get the proportions and look right. It became obvious to people when the bag was proportionally too big or moved on the body wrong and would get a second look.”

In some cases, a design was big enough to accommodate a firearm, but the appearance was still not correct or the weapon would print through the bag. “It’s not often a design goal is to make something less-cool-looking. We had to use a certain type of closed cell foam and fabric, a more standard-looking YKK zipper, and materials which were durable but had the look of a typical racquet case… we had to create a design which the eye would pass right by.”

Christopher explained that although it was a tough design to get right, the bag has been a hit with  customers.

Where the Racquet Bag toned down the cool factor, the waxed canvas Diversion line allowed his team to offer very cool timeless designs which were designed to get a second look. “Through our research, we noted that covert carry of firearms was also possible in plain and obvious sight. We could also deliver bags which would turn heads — not because they looked tactical or odd but because they looked so cool. After all, who would suspect a beautiful waxed canvas messenger bag would be housing a submachine gun?”


He went on to note that, “The waxed canvas bags moved Blackhawk’s line beyond black, coyote brown, flat dark earth, foliage green and multicam into something totally unique for a tactical company.”

Christopher started by evaluating a lot of fabric options in the US and international marketplace, but after much testing they decided this line would feature top-tier components, including Martexin fabric, considered to be the best waxed canvas. “Nothing performed, looked, or felt like the original U.S.made Martexin canvas — plus is has a great storied history which dates back to its first production in the 1930s.” DSC_0536

The waterproof Martexin fabric was the original waxed canvas used on military packs in WWII. The fabric takes no more care than an occasional hosing off, and has a very nice look and feel.


Blackhawk did not stop with just a high end fabric. They used also used quality Fit Lock magnetic slide lock buckles for the clasps on the flaps, and the messenger bag uses an AustriAlpin shoulder buckle (also used on safety equipment).


Some closures are magnetic, for speed of access. On the Blackhawk Diversion Satchel, a unique integrated magnet closure keeps the flap closed, but allows for overstuffing the bag without adjustable straps. The quick-access zipper pockets have waterproof zipper seals and all the CCW pockets have double zippers and are lockable to comply with some school and business requirements.

The Messenger Bag is ambidextrous and includes both a standard briefcase strap and traditional close body style padded strap. If you look closely at the strapping and webbing on the bags, it appears and feels like a soft cotton, but it is actually a buffed heavy duty nylon — offering strength with the appearance of cotton.


Strategic MOLLE compatible webbing is provided for extra configuration flexibility, but without really looking at it you would never know it was there. Internally a field of hook-and-loop is integrated into all the CCW compartments of the bags, as is padding for laptops and other personal electronics.

These bags are exceptionally well-thought-out for everything from business use and travel to everyday CCW. While traveling I carry a small pistol and the CCW pockets provide quick access should I need it.

Christopher noted that “Although we wanted to assure the bags were affordable, we realized that we could not be half-committed to quality when the design and look mandated all top grade components. The results were a premium tier of bags unlike anything we thought Blackhawk would produce.”

That goal drove the design team to look beyond just materials to test and re-test the design. “The designs are no more complex than they need to be — there are no senseless features on these bags. Every detail has a purpose.”


These bags exhibit a level of refinement and detail that I would typically see in third- or fourth-generation bags. Some of those details you notice immediately, others you discover as you start using the bag. Blackhawk even created a new logo which would not give away the tactical nature of the bag.

One of the things I particularly love about these bags is that they are not black inside, which would typically mean that you’d need a light to find anything inside of the bag. The Earth and Slate still fall within an urban camo color range if you needed said compatibility, and the light-colored interior makes it easy to find things inside the bag.

Many companies are struggling to produce a CCW bag, purse, or backpack which appeals to non-tactical concealed carriers. Blackhawk has produced something unique, which only they offer: Style paired with usable performance.


There are few things in the tactical gear industry which could be called stylish and handsome from a fashion perspective, but Blackhawk did it with these Diversion packs. The company has delivered an excellent-looking solution which performs well and gains admiration in the boardroom or coffee bar, all without the suspicion of what lies within.

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Court rules Second Amendment extends to gun sales, could ease zoning laws on gun stores [NRA-ILA News]

Constitutional protections afforded by the Second Amendment include the right to buy and sell firearms, a federal appeals court ruled Monday in a decision that reinstates a lawsuit over zoning laws that limit where gun stores can be located.


9th Circuit opinion on rights of gun stores applies standard, rigorous Second Amendment doctrines [NRA-ILA News]

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit decision Monday in Teixeira v. County of Alameda vindicates the Second Amendment rights of gun stores and provides a good model of the Second Amendment doctrines that have been developed by the federal Circuit Courts of Appeals. Eugene Volokh’s post has summarized the decision, so I will delve into the doctrinal details.


The Palm Carbine [The Firearm Blog]

carbine-medium-lo-resRemember the good old Palm Pistol from Constitution Arms? We posted about it way back in 2008, what the heck is it you ask? It’s basically a single shot self defense gun that was designed to be easy to shoot for those who might have issues with dexterity or grip strength such as the elderly […]

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Schumer to offer gun control bill [NRA-ILA News]

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday will introduce legislation to expand background checks on gun purchases to gun shows and online sales.


North American Arms Factory Tour []

North American Arms of Provo, Utah, is widely known as the maker of exotic variations of historic firearms. Their reputation is build largely on the many variations of the mini revolver, from the tiny black powder percussion version and the .22 Short to the long and loud .22 Magnum Earl with conversion cylinders.


The Earl revolver with 4-inch barrel. 6-inch Hogleg variant is also available.

The same company that replicates 1860s designs also comes out with more modern looking variations.


Bottlenecked pistol ammunition might date back to 1893, but chambering pocket pistols has only been done by the Soviets with their PSM and by NAA with the Guardian. 25NAA caliber improves on the 5.45×18 in everything but flak vest penetration, and even that only due to restrictions on bullet materials for non-government use.


25NAA on left, 32NAA on right

The outward impression of traditionalism is only partly accurate. On the inside, NAA is a modern CNC machine shot.


Every one of these cylinders can fit any of the frames below. Eli Whitney would have been awed by the repeatable precision while recognizing most of the designs as something nearly within reach of his generation.


NAA designs are often whimsical. For example, this 22LR revolver clips onto a pocket and…


…it’s hidden in plain sight.


Other guns have such beautiful finish that you’d want to show them off.


North American Arms has been around 44 years. What have they been doing right that enabled them to prosper while making relatively simple designs that could have been imitated by others? My guess, from watching similar successful companies, is that NAA invested in the right people and paid attention to fostering the right culture. It’s always a good sign for the consumer when the people making the product are happy to come to work. The team comes across as one big family, goofy at times but always cohesive and self-motivated.









These people are just a few of the NAA employees I was able to pull from their work for a minute on camera. When daily work is a source of pride, it’s a little wonder that the results of that work are good — and varied, over a hundred different models. I wonder how much of that pride comes from the Utah culture. Salt Lake Valley is home to numerous firearm and suppressor makers. John Browning did most of his work there. It seems to me that culture matters a great deal more than even geography, if a rather inhospitable land can hold so much design and manufacturing talent all in one spot.

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Detailed Photos: Walther A115 No. 3 [Forgotten Weapons]

I did a video on this very interesting German prototype semiauto rifle a few weeks ago, and took one or two photographs at the same time. The genesis of the Gewehr 41 gas system is clearly visible, and it is also an interesting look at an early attempt at using primarily stamped components for a full-power rifle. Enjoy!


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Win In The 9th Circuit [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Yesterday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals remanded Teixeira, et al. v. County of Alameda to a lower court with the instructions to use the correct level of scrutiny. The court found that the "right to buy and sell guns is part and parcel of the Second Amendment."

As I am racing to get ready to leave in the morning for the NRA Annual Meeting, I don't have time to do a full blog post on the decision. Thus, I will just post the releases from the winning plaintiffs.

From CalGuns:

Victory! It is something that gun owners in California can't often claim.

But CGF, alongside California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees and the Second Amendment Foundation, scored an important victory in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals earlier today!

The opinion, issued this morning in the case of Teixeira, et al. v. County of Alameda, held that the Second Amendment right of gun purchasers extends to protect gun retailers from being shut out of an area.

Under the challenged Alameda County ordinance, a new gun store must be located at least 500 feet away from any residentially zoned district, elementary, middle or high school, pre-school or day care center, another firearms sales business, or places where liquor is sold or served.

But, according to a scientific study conducted by the plaintiff, which included a geographic study of the entirety of Alameda County, there are no parcels within the county that meet the ordinance’s requirements.

Writing for the majority, Judge O’Scannlain held that the “right of law-abiding citizens to keep and to bear arms is not a second-class right, subject to an entirely different body of rules than the other Bill of Rights guarantees…”

“If the right of the people to keep and bear arms is to have any force, the people must have a right to acquire the very firearms they are entitled to keep and to bear. Indeed, where a right depends on subsidiary activity, it would make little sense if the right did not extend, at least partly, to such activity as well….Alameda County has offered nothing to undermine our conclusion that the right to purchase and to sell firearms is part and parcel of the historically recognized right to keep and to bear arms.”

This is such an integral case to our fundamental rights, and we are winning!


Suppressor Spotlight: Thunderbeast Arms [The Firearm Blog]

imageIn the second installment of the ‘Spotlight’ series we take a look at Thunderbeast Arms, arguably the manufacturer of the best precision silencers in the world. I am willing to bet that if you take a walk down the line at a weekend long-range match, a strong majority of the suppressed rifles would wear a Thunderbeast […]

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How Much Would It Cost for the Army to Adopt the 6.5 Grendel? [The Firearm Blog]

Those of you who guessed "more than $2" are correct.This subject has come up in my comments recently, and I thought I would explore it in a post proper. To adopt the 6.5 Grendel (or, as we’ll see, something like it), the US Army would need to develop and procure new complete upper receivers, magazines, buffers, and possibly other small components, as well as […]

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Tacticool Tuesday - How realistic is your training? [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Much appreciated Mr. Typeay for sending this one over on a Bob Owens article with some interesting questions:  They're using real bullets?

And the local news piece from Detroit:  New gun training program in Eastpointe uses real bullets, scenarios

The Big Idea for the range is introduce the trainee to approximate real life gun fights by ditching the Simunitions for real bullets. 

“For me, even having a ton of shooting experience, some of it – I don’t want to say goes out the window – but in a stress scenario you kind of stop thinking about all that,” says gun owner Stefan Bahri.

When you are in a high stress situation, your vision narrows, your heart races, your mind clouds and compartmentalizes into single blocks of information.  Assuming you have the weapon already on you, you see bad guy, recognize threat, reinterpret threat, brain signals to hand to reach for gun, you reach for gun, so forth and so on until you have the sights lined up and pull the trigger.  In the mean time your mind reels at the prospect of having to shoot another person.  You will always fall on your lowest level of muscle memory developed through training.  Always. 

That nice Kimber carry gun you throw on your hip on occasion to show off to your buddies but dare not shoot to lower the value?  It does very little for you when you need it.  That shotgun that you keep in the master bathroom, you know...just in case, you took to the range once.  You never cleared your house.  You never identified how many steps it takes to get to your living room in pitch black.  You never trained. 

This is also true for the BOB, BOV, route plan, martial arts training, expensive commo gear, food grinder, plow, you name it.  We keep these weapons and "stuff" around just on the off chance that it will be needed.  Might as well include some realism in your training to best approximate real world experiences. 


Redball Sports’ 20 Round Hi-Point Carbine Magazine [The Firearm Blog]

pic6Brace yourselves, Hi-Point Carbines are now high-capacity. Say what one will about the handguns, the Hi-Point carbine is, in my opinion, quite the handy little shooter. Yes, its highly stylized polymer shells are an interesting design choice, the carbines have a loyal fan” base and have been so successful, Hi-Point has moved to offering a […]

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The Myth of David Marshall “Carbine” Williams and the M1 Carbine [The Firearm Blog]

carbine1As it often happens, the exploits of a team of talented individuals is often attributed to that of one person. In a good example, many think of Eugene Stoner as the inventor of the AR-15, which is largely true (though some would argue that Jim Sullivan and the team had a significant amount of input). […]

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Comedians Shooting Machine Guns – Ballistic Comedy [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureFor those not paying attention to the behind the scene’s happenings with Hickock45, his son, Big John, has been working to establish himself as a stand-up comedian. While I would argue that John should be a sit-down comedian for everyone that has to crank their head up to see him, it seems he’s good and […]

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Monday, 16 May


Watch: A Contest for Cutting Stuff With Knifes []

Well, this is pretty cool. And a bit nerdy…

Listen — I like knives. I have more of them than I will ever wear out, though I’m not a collector by any means. But when I look at what these folks do, I guess I’m not exactly a “knife guy.”

Who knew there were cutting competitions, where contestants whittle away at ropes, pool noodles, papers, and 2x4s? Well, some of you folks knew about it, no doubt… but this is the first I’ve seen of it.

In the video below, we get to watch these folks doing their “work” as they slice, hack, and chop their way through the course. Oh, and there’s a world-record slice on there as well.



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Letter From a Young Hunter “To Anyone Who Just Doesn’t Get it” []

I ran across a great little note written by Lyla Luoto, a member of Michigan Youth Conservation Council. It’s called “Why I Hunt: An Open Letter to Anyone Who Just Doesn’t Get It.”

Most hunters have a tough time explaining why they hunt and why hunting is so special to them. This young lady has done an admirable job.

We are natural, biological creatures, and I believe we are engineered to love and connect with nature on a very deep level. I believe nature is a very important component to our intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual development. This is an element of life that many people have lost touch with, or have never been in touch with.

She expounds:

People in today’s society mindlessly eat hamburgers from McDonalds and pick up a package of chicken breasts from the super market every day. Do they ever stop to think about the cows and pigs that were killed to feed them? In most cases, no.

She also addresses the hypocrisy of many anti-hunters:

[T]here are far too many people that will gladly eat a McDouble, but will spit on hunters for shooting a deer. I believe that if I am going to be someone who eats meat, I should be able to kill an animal I am eating with my own hands; otherwise I would feel like a hypocrite and a coward.

Lyla strives to clear things up for non-hunters who think we hunters are bloodthirsty savages:

I don’t do it for the ‘thrill of killing’ I don’t do it to get the ‘biggest trophy.’ If you talk to a genuine outdoorsperson that hunts, you will find it is about something much bigger than that. It is about respect, connection and consequence. I hope people can see that. So happy hunting to everyone. Stay safe, and remember to respect Mother Nature and the life that you are taking.

Well said indeed! Check out the full article to read the entire letter – it’s well worth it.

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Go Gator Hunting with Troy Landry! []

As a longtime watcher of the TV show “Swamp People,” I’ve put up with a lot of bad video editing — multiple different guns in the same gator fight sequence, for instance — in order to see the folks I like the best on the show: The Landrys.

I’ve had the chance to meet Troy and Jacob and to shake their hands, and they’re both nice folks. I like the whole family, and I think we see their true generous nature on the TV show.

Most hunters who watch the show probably think about how cool it would be to take part in one of these hunts, even if you don’t want to do it all the time. Well, this might be your chance.

A few days ago, Troy Landry posted this on his Facebook page:

Details on the site are few, but here’s what it says:

Are you a big fan of the History Channel, and more specifically, the Swamp People? If so, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to go on a guided alligator hunt with Troy Landry, the star of the show. Troy’s sons, Jacob, Chase and Brandon, may also be a part of your memorable experience. To reserve your spot for the next gator hunt with the Landry family, contact

Out of respect for the family’s time, please only contact them if you are serious about going on this adventure. This is a rare opportunity for the public to hunt alligators with the one and only King of the Swamp and his young adult sons.

More information coming soon!

Please don’t spam the Landrys — only email them if you are serious about hunting with ’em.

Best of luck, and if you do go on that hunt feel free to contact me. Who knows, I might be able to post your hunting story and photos here on AllOutdoor.

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Video: How to Bend PVC Without Distorting It []

I’ve bent PVC – especially conduit – before, to make transitions and to do odd things with it. I think my first such project was when, on a whim, I made a handle for a big box fan using a scrap of 1/2″ PVC.

I’ve used blowtorches, heat guns, and even a propane stove to heat and bend PVC. But the pipe often flattens out or becomes otherwise distorted, and even heat guns will scorch the pipe and sometimes even bubble it.

This guy has a better solution. All you need is a small torch, something with which to plug one end of the pipe, a funnel, and some sand.

He’s making landscape lights, and naturally he wants them all to have the same angle and wants them to look nice. Check out his method, which is simple but effective.

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Hi-Point 3895TS carbine in 380ACP []

Hi-Point carbines have long had a reputation of being cheap, accurate and reliable. For that, people overlooked the visually ugly design and cheek-busting hump on the buttstock. I tried a 9mm variant a decade ago and moved on to better things. Recently, I heard about .380 version coming out and got curious about it. Who makes semi-auto .380 carbines? I couldn’t think of any in existence besides the newly available 3895TS. At $297 MSRP, it is also one of the cheapest semi-auto carbines on the market.


Before use, some assembly is required. Screw in the reciprocating charging handle, tighten it using the included multi-tool and the carbine is ready to go. Sling swivels are also included, attaching them is obviously optional. This new gun is a typical Hi-Point blowback design of plastic and stamped metal. The safety lever arrests bolt movement as well.


The trigger is long and fairly heavy, though wide enough that the weight doesn’t actually become a problem. Single-stack magazine holds 10 rounds. The ghost rear sight is impressively precise, with click-less windage and elevation adjustment scale. The same multi-tool is used to adjust it. The only deficiency was the front sight finish, with shiny surfaces picking up glare at times. Top-mounted Picatinny rail permits installation of a red dot sight, but I wanted to test it with the stock irons — that’s mostly likely how this weapon would be used.


The bolt partly envelops the chamber, allowing for a fairly short action. Racking it is easy as 380ACP doesn’t require a  strong recoil spring. The bolt will lock back on an empty magazine.The rifle weighs in at 7 pounds, so felt recoil is minimal and so is the report. While 380ACP is equally subsonic from pistol and rifle, the pressure at the muzzle of 16.5″ barrel is far less than with pistol.


The overall impression from firing this carbine is that of “concentration”: it feels very comfortable in hand. All surfaces touched by the hands are smooth, the shoulder stock hump of the old design has been replaced with a more comfortable adjustable length (with tools) straight stock. It’s very easy to pay attention to marksmanship with a gun like this.


Hooded front sight is fixed. Touch it up with mattye black paint for better contrast.

The rear sight is adjustable and even has a scale to make adjustments repeatable.

The rear sight is adjustable and even has a scale to make adjustments repeatable.

I strongly suspect that the barrel twist on the .380 is the same as on the 9mm models. Relatively fast twist would explain why 56gr and 75gr high velocity bullets did not group well, but Federal 95gr FMJ shot 2 inch 10-shot groups at 25 yards and HPR 100gr TMJ gave 1.6 inch 10-shot clusters with all holes touching. Those were fired at a cadence, perhaps a shot every second and a half. At ten yards standing, I can easily shoot the entire ten rounds into a one-inch hole.

25 yards, ten shots with iron sights. Pretty good, I think.

25 yards, ten shots with iron sights. Pretty good, I think.


Also 25yards/10 shots. A red dot sight would have improved the group slightly, but it’s pretty decent grouping when you consider the target is less than half scale.

In the 120 rounds fired during my test, not one failed to cycle. I did notice that the second round from the top of the magazine would sometime shift forward once I chambered the first cartridge, keeping the magazine from being withdrawn from the magazine well for topping off. The bottom of the magazine also had some unpleasantly pointy edges.


Contrary to the higher numbers achieved by other testers, I observed only 1020fps with 95gr FMJ and an even 1000fps with 100gr TMJ. For accuracy, that’s the preferred load. For defense, I would recommend 95gr JHP. Various brands would work, but I’ve observed excellent performance by the HPR load. Looking at historic record, we can note that older .380 ammunition would gain considerably from longer barrels, while newer loads are more properly optimized for compact pistols and gain, at best 150fps and usually only 100fps from the carbine. The main advantage of the longer gun is in the reduction of noise, and in the much improved accuracy. It’s also rather more fun to shoot than the harder-recoiling 9mm. While the noise levels can be kept low by running 147gr subsonics in the 9mm Luger variant, the recoil level would necessarily increase by a bit. For self-defense, 9×19 would be a better cartridge, but 380ACP might be preferred for ammunition commonality if the user already has a pistol in that caliber.

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California: Immediate Action is Needed by All Gun Owners and Second Amendment Supporters [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, May 16, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed and sent nine anti-gun bills straight to the Senate floor.  This move is of great concern not only for the egregious subject matter of the bills but because of the speed the bills are moving. Generally bills with a fiscal note that exceeds $150,000 are sent to the Suspense file for later consideration.  These bills meet that criteria but were still granted a pass to proceed.  Further, four of the bills covered a completely separate subject matter just two weeks ago and were only given policy consideration in a single chamber having passed the previous chamber under the original subject matter.  With this clearly expedited urgency, the bills could be considered on the floor and sent to the Governor within a matter of weeks if not days.


A novel idea [Of Arms and the Law]

Does the Second Amendment cover encryption? It covers "arms," after all, and when the private encryption tool PGP made its way outside the US, the government investigated the creator on charges of exporting munitions without a license.


Illinois: Last Chance to File Witness Slips Against Outrageous Gun Store Licensing Bill [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, May 17, at 1:00pm, the Illinois House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear House Bill 1016.


Old School: Take Down Winchesters (Model 62 .22 and Takedown variant of Model 97 Trench Shotgun) [The Firearm Blog]

Miles takes a look at two historical take down Winchesters. The classic Winchester .22 Model 62 take down rifle (Rossi 62A reproduction). These pump action rifles are simple to operate and have a 15 round high capacity tube magazine. They are fun to shoot and inexpensive to purchase. The Model 97 Trench/Riot Shotgun, well known […]

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GSM Cyclops CYC-300 WP [The Firearm Blog]

Steve J did a preview of this light over here The light comes packaged in a blister pack with instructions and both AC/DC adaptors.                                   The light uses a pistol grip with trigger activation. You squeeze through the sequence […]

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A History of Military Rifle Calibers: The .30 Caliber Era, 1904-1954 [The Firearm Blog]

.30 caliber rounds: .30-06 M2 AP, .303 Mk. VII, 7.5x54 Balle C, 7.9x57 sS Patrone, 7.62x54R LPS Ball, 7.62x51 NATO S Patrone (Austria).A trend towards ever more powerful and longer-ranged ammunition was cut short by the realities of the First World War: Technologies not previously invented or accounted for, such as the man-reaping machine gun and the portable infantry mortar, made the existing infantry tactics of long-range volley fire not just obsolete, but quaint. Further, new essential […]

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A History of Military Rifle Calibers: The Infantry Magnums, 1902-1914 [The Firearm Blog]

PHOTO_20160514_221357The paradigm was established by the 1870s: Future infantry combat would focus on a combination of entrenchment, and long-range concentrated fire from well-drilled units to defeat the enemy beyond his own effective range. The arms race for a smaller-caliber, lighter-weight cartridge accelerated, but it was the Americans and the British that would discover a need […]

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A History of Military Rifle Calibers: Small Caliber, High Velocity, 1886-1905 [The Firearm Blog]

PHOTO_20160514_213429Almost four decades before the invention of smokeless powder, the advent of the Minié ball bullet made practical the standard infantry rifle, and with it the elongated projectile. This changed the fundamental physics of infantry weapon ammunition design, allowing longer ranged weapons firing oblong, high sectional density projectiles of smaller and smaller caliber. The arrival of smokeless powder in the […]

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POTD: Free Benelli Shotgun With Purchase Of A Diamond [The Firearm Blog]

13178660_10156939312420002_531928899480003713_nHere is some interesting marketing for a jewelry store in Stuttgart, Arkansas. The ad ran last year and if you purchased a diamond from them you got a free Benelli shotgun. From the photo it looks like it is just a Benelli Nova. I am curious how they managed this. Did they buy the shotguns […]

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Is This Like Obama's 57 US States? [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I was in Sam's Club last week and saw this display for a Garmin GPS unit. They promise pre-loaded maps for the lower 49 states. So is the 49th state Alaska or Hawaii?

Perhaps we just incorporated Canada as one big state. I wouldn't be surprised that the Obama Administration would have Canada as one state because then it would be bigger than those awful large red states of Texas and Alaska.


Great ruling from the 9th Circuit [Of Arms and the Law]

It's rare that I can say that, especially on 2A matters, but Teixeira v. Alameda County meets that description. Basically, the county adopted and interpreted a zoning ordinance so that it in effect prohibited all new gun stores, and the 9th Circuit struck that down. Among other things, it recognized that a gun dealer may assert the rights of his future customers, that the Heller "categorical exclusions" (felons, commercial regulations, etc.) are to be read narrowly -- "it's sorta like that" is not good enough -- and suggests that language about a class of laws being "longstanding" and thus presumptively allowed requires a more specific showing that the type of regulation at issue is of a longstanding class.

The victorious attorney was Don Kilmer, of California.


HiperFire HiperTouch EDT and EDT2 AR15 Trigger Review []

HiperFire has been making quality AR15 triggers for a while now, and their HiperTouch 24C triggers are popular among 3-gun shooters. But what about their lower-priced EDT (Enhanced Duty Trigger) and EDT2 triggers?


Because both the EDT and EDT2 are rated to have trigger pull weights in excess of 4.5 pounds over extended use, they are approved as NRA Match Service Rifle, LEO, and military replacement trigger options. Often, these folks are stuck with “tuning up” a mil-spec trigger, which can lead to reliability and safety issues.

The EDT design does not feature the additional spring cam of other HiperTouch triggers, but retains other features of them. EDT and EDT2 triggers both have HiperFire’s improved sear alignment for a flat crisp trigger feel, mass-centered hammer for faster lock time, and higher-than-standard hammer fall energy–all while offering the user a better trigger feel with a 4.5+lb or 5.5+lb trigger pull.  

EDTs have an open disconnector channel, which allows the disconnector to self-clean debris out of an area of the trigger group that usually gets gunked up. The rear of the trigger is upswept to prevent potential interference should a primer or some other debris enter the trigger assembly.  

Due to the upswept rear of the trigger, EDT users will need to be careful with aftermarket non-mil-spec selectors. For example, the Seekins Precision 90/45 degree safety selector can normally be installed with either a 90-degree or 45-degree selector throw, but with the EDT trigger it can only be installed in the 45-degree configuration.

Because the EDT line is primarily focused on people who want to comply with LEO, National Match, and military requirements, I think it’s unlikely that such customers will be fiddling with aftermarket selector switches anyhow, but it’s good to be aware.


Trigger pull weights on both the EDT and EDT2 can be changed using the two included springs, rated at 4.5+ and 5.5+ pounds. The springs are color-coded for easy identification.

When it comes to installation, most of the time HiperFire triggers do not require you to remove the safety selector (which requires the removal of the grip). So if you can get your existing trigger out without removing those parts, installation of the EDT can be done with relative ease.

Once installed, I thought the trigger pull was pretty amazing for an $89 (EDT) or $94 (EDT2) trigger. I tested the EDT2 on a Stag Arms AR15, which had a very heavy 9+lb trigger according to my Timney trigger gauge. With the lighter spring installed, my pull was just over 4.5 pounds–and a very delightful trigger pull it was. I also tested the heavier spring that measured just under 6 pounds with the same great HiperFire feel.


EDT vs. EDT2

The EDT trigger was designed to offer AR15 shooters an inexpensive trigger with enhanced trigger feel, lighter trigger pull, and reduced lock time–all while maintaining mil-spec hammer fall energy.

The EDT2 is essentially the same as the EDT, but with a heavier hammer to produce a harder strike for those using ammo with hard primers. Although this makes the lock time of the EDT2 slower than the EDT, it’s still considerably faster than a stock fire control system.

In comparing my EDT2 trigger to other sub-$100 AR triggers, I’d have to say that the HiperFire EDT line is a good value and offers the best trigger feel of them all.

Final Thoughts

The EDT line may find itself overshadowed by HiperFire’s top-tier HiperTouch 24 triggers, but it shouldn’t. The EDT family delivers value and performance for the person who does not need to refinement or higher price of the HiperTouch 24 line.

In my opinion, EDT triggers are a great deal, and it’s probably the best trigger you will find for less than $150. Not to mention that it’s an approved upgrade for NRA Match, LEO, and Military competition.

Manufacturer’s Specifications

  • Drop-In “AR15” Fire-Control for .223/5.56 NATO, 300 BLK, 6.5/6.8 w/ US Primers
  • Enhanced Duty Trigger
  • 2 User-Adjustable Trigger Weights of 4½+ and 5½+ lbs
  • Single Stage, Semi-Auto
  • For Standard AR Lower Receivers Using Small Pins of 0.154-inch Diameter
  • “Hint” of Creep, Slightly Shorter Travel to Break from Moment of Reset
  • Clean Break, Best-In-Class Fast/Positive Reset
  • Faster Hammer Lock-Up than Stock, MIL-spec Strike Energy
  • Heat-Treated Alloy Steels
  • Installs without Removal of the Safety Selector
  • US Patent 9,175,917, Others Pending
  • Made Entirely in the USA by Americans


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Limited Edition Kahr Arms .380 ACP [The Firearm Blog]

Kahr1Kahr Arms, a small-arms manufacturer whose founder started the company based on his personal belief that the carry guns available were lacking in both construction and features, is now offering a new color of pistol. The company has partnered with Davidson’s on the pistol which is a double-action, semi-auto, micro-compact chambered in .380 ACP. The […]

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Aftermarket Gun Magazines []

I have something of a rule, when it comes to magazines. It’s not a hard-and-fast rule, but one I follow quite often: I usually recommend that folks stick with factory magazines for their firearms. Factory magazines were designed to operate well in the guns they were made for, so it’s not a bad rule to follow when looking for spare magazines.

That said, I’m not aware of any firearms company which manufactures its own magazines. Mags are generally made by another company to specifications determined by the firearms company. Just because your magazine says “Colt” on it doesn’t mean Colt made it. This is especially true with 1911 magazines, so be advised.

Also, you will see ads for military surplus 1911 magazines — don’t fall for it; there are no more military surplus magazines for the grand ol’ 1911 – period!

1911 Mags (1)

Speaking of 1911 45 ACP magazines, there are so many different makers out there that I’ve lost count of them. I personally don’t use Colt branded 1911 45 ACP magazines for a number of reasons. I’ve found them to be overpriced (in my opinion), and they are a bit fragile (the feed lips tend to split, much like the old Pachmayr 1911 mags).

The photo above shows a sampling of my 1911 magazines, and not a single one in the picture is the same. However, every one of them works in any of my 1911 pistols. Do I have a preference? Of course: I love Wilson Combat 1911 magazines. But all of these work just fine.

Some 1911 magazines hold 7 rounds, some hold 8 rounds. If the magazine is flat-bottomed, it was designed to hold 7 rounds, and changing out the follower is only asking for problems. So, if your 1911 magazine has a flat bottom, just load 7 rounds into it. Many 1911 45 ACP magazines made today are slightly longer than the butt of the gun and have some sort of rubber or polymer floor plate – and they are designed to function with 8 rounds in them. So if you magazine protrudes below the grip of your 1911, has an extended floor plate, and you can easily loads 8 rounds into it, great. You are good to go!

GLOCK 9mm mags (1)

When the “assault rifle” ban and “hi-capacity” magazine ban was law 1994-2004, everyone was scrambling to buy as many 10+ round magazines as they could. I was no different. I was caught flat-footed and only had a couple 15-round magazines for my Glock 19 – as did my oldest daughter. I found a place advertising 15-round Glock 19 magazines for $5.99 each… we called, and the company (wish I could remember the name) assured us that they were genuine Glock magazines. We ordered 30 of them. When UPS brought the package, we found the cheapest imitation magazines I’ve ever seen in my life. They were NOT Glock – they had no markings on them at all – and they were junky plastic without the metal lining found in Glock mags. They all jammed, and are only good for practicing malfunction drills.

There are some really good aftermarket Glock 9mm magazines coming out of South Korea these days, and for good cause. South Korea made a deal with Glock and purchased hundreds of thousands of Glock 19 handguns — and as I understand it, Glock sold those guns at a very low price, thinking they would make up for it by selling hundreds of thousands of Glock 19 magazines to South Korea. Well, Glock got snookered in the deal. South Korea began making their own Glock 19 magazines. Some of the first ones imported into the USA were “just okay” in my book, but the current batch are every bit as good as genuine Glock 19 magazines. Plus, South Korea is also producing extended 33 round 9mm magazines — and they work great, too.

Which brings us to the 40 S&W Glock magazines made in South Korea — both the 15-round for the Glock 22 or the extended 31-round versions. I’ve had no luck with these; they all either jammed or wouldn’t  hold the advertised number of rounds. I haven’t seen these magazines on the market lately, but if you do, steer clear of them. Why South Korea can produce outstanding Glock magazines in 9mm but not 40 S&W is beyond me.

AR-15 mags-2 (1)

Everyone owns an AR-15 of some type, right? You don’t? And you’re reading Alloutdoor? Shame on you! LOL! As I mentioned at the onset of this article, I’m not sold on genuine Colt 1911 magazines, and so it is with Colt AR-15/M-16 magazines.

Some people insist that Colt magazines are the best AR magazines made — not stopping to realize that they are NOT made by Colt. Back in the day when the AR-15/M-16 first came out, Colt-branded AR magazines were the only game in town. These days there are a number of aftermarket AR magazines being manufactured. I’ve enclosed a picture with this article, showing 6 different 30-round AR-15 magazines. While they look similar, each and every one of them has a different maker’s stamp on the floor plate. Some are anodized gray in color, some are black, some are aluminum, some stainless steel, and some polymer. However, every single one works in every AR in which I’ve tried them.

You will also notice in the AR-15 magazine picture that some of the magazine have different color followers. All are no-tilt in design, and that is what you want. Some older AR magazines have black or green followers, and those tend to jam from time to time, especially if you put 31 rounds in the magazine instead of 30 rounds. For a buck or two each, it’s worth replacing your AR magazine followers with no-tilt followers.

Do I have a preference? You bet: I love the PMag 30-round poly magazines for my ARs – I’ve never had a single problem with them.

During the magazine ban from 1994-2004, there were some cheap aftermarket AR magazine out there, and they are easy to spot: There’s no name on the floor plate, and you can VERY easily bend the feed lips with your thumb. Steer clear of these, they are junk, pure and simple! The same goes for similar Ruger Mini-14 magazines; the feed lips bend easily with just thumb pressure.

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Now, let’s talk about the AK-47 and all its “clones” and clone-like models that are sold in the USA. No matter who makes it and what name they give it, everyone still calls ’em “AK-47” for some reason, and I’m guilty of this myself. The AK is the most prolific rifle in the world, has been used in conflicts all over the world, and is often used by both sides in regional conflicts. By some estimations, there are 50 million AKs in the world, and some say it’s close to 100 million — we’ll never know for sure.

There appears to be a never-ending supply of 30-round AK-47 magazines that take the 7.62×39 round, and at last count, AK magazines are being made by at least a dozen different countries (probably more). And that’s not even considering polymer AK magazines being made in the USA.

The standard AK-47 magazine is heavy — about a pound empty — and is made of steel. Used to be, all you could find in the USA were military surplus AK magazines, but that has changed, and there are some brand-new Bulgarian-made 30-round AK magazines being imported by CDNN. They are in plastic bags, and soaked in oil — so they need a good cleaning before use.

There are also some polymer AK magazines from other countries that are still coming into the USA. I’ve tried them all, and while they are okay for range magazines, they aren’t something I’d want to bet my life on. What I’ve found with those is that the plastic locking tabs on the back of the magazine tend to wear or shear off — and if dropped when loaded, the floor plates can pop off, spilling all your ammo on the ground.

There are a few companies making polymer AK magazines in the USA,and one in particular is TAPCO. I’ve used their AK mags for years, and they are well-made — but I’ve had one particular problem with TAPCO 30-round AK mags: some will only hold 27, 28, or 29 rounds. No matter how hard I’ve tried to get the advertised 30 rounds into some of their magazines, they just won’t go in there.

With that said, I’ve yet to have a TAPCO polymer AK mag fail to feed. And I’ve seen TAPCO AK-47 magazines selling for as little as $6.99 each, and that is a bargain. They are durable, too. I have found that I’ve had to “fit” some of them in various AKs as the magazine wells are a bit too tight, but it only takes a few minutes to remove a little excess material from the TAPCO mags.

Given my druthers, I’ll take heavier, all-steel, genuine military AK-47 magazines, when the SHTF. Yeah, they are heavier than the polymer mags, but well worth the added weight. We have several AR-15s around our house — however, my A.L.I.C.E. web gear is all set up with AK-47 magazine pouches, and each hold 3 30-round Bulgarian mags.

My wife has an old Bersa Model 383 pistol in 380 ACP. We have a couple of aftermarket 7-round magazine for this pistol, made by the same company. One is blued and works well, while the other is stainless steel and won’t function reliably. Go figure.

This is only a small sampling of aftermarket magazines that are available these days. And remember, you don’t always get what you pay for when it comes to aftermarket magazines. I see people spend two grand on a fancy 1911, then look at the cheapest aftermarket magazines they can find… be advised!

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Review: Mil-Tac’s “Code Zero” 1911 Grips []

I rarely toot my own horn, but every now and then I feel a need to do just that.

Several years ago, I sat down and decided to design the ultimate G10 handgun grips for the 1911 Government Model. I wanted a design that had just the right texture: not too aggressive, but enough to provide a firm grip. I worked closely with Mil-Tac’s owner, Craig Sword, to design and refine these grips, and it took us the better part of a year to get the design just right and get the CNC program set up. It was a much bigger and time-consuming task than I thought it would be.

I should add here that although I designed these grips, I never received royalties from them, so there’s not a conflict of interest in my writing this article. I do NOT make any money from these grips sold to the public!

By the way, Mil-Tac also makes some outstanding fighting knives, two of which (CE-1 and CE-2) I helped design in conjunction with custom knife maker Ray Ennis and Mil-Tac owner Craig Sword — again, I make no money off these designs.

Code Zero-2

There are all manner of custom-made grips for the grand ol’ 1911 pistol — probably hundreds of different designs, but nothing quite like the “Z” pattern that Craig Sword and I came up with. I wanted a good-looking, unique grip that also served a function by helping me hold onto the gun during rapid-fire, under any weather conditions. And I believe the “Code Zero” 1911 grip design does just that.



My grip design allows the “meat” of the hand to flow into the deeply machined “Z” pattern, which aids in getting a firm grip on the 1911.  One of the major problems we had getting the “Z” pattern just right was machining the “Z” pattern to different depths on the G10 grip panels — we didn’t want them to be too deep “here” and not deep enough “there.” As you can imagine, a lot of computer programing that went into it – much more work than I anticipated when I drew my original sketches and presented the design to Mil-Tac.

Craig Sword and I selected G10 laminate for the handle material of Code Zero grips because this material is almost bulletproof — unlike Micarta, which can easily chip or fracture if dropped, the G10 material will stand up to all manner of abuse without breaking.

Craig Sword provided me with 30 pairs of these grips to send out to other gun writers and magazine editors, and everyone who tested this design loved it. The grips have been written about and featured in gun magazines. When we placed these grips on a couple 1911s at my local gun shop for people to test, everyone loved the design. Folks love how they felt in the hand, providing good grip but without sharp edges.

Everyone who tested our grip design also commented on how “cool” they looked — of course, that wasn’t our number one intention when we came out with them. We wanted functional 1911 grips, that allow a great hold on the gun without cutting into your hand, and I believe we accomplished that.

Additionally, these grips don’t cling to your clothing, like rubber grips do — possibly hindering your draw from concealment, or even having your clothing rip the gun right out of your hand, as sometimes happens with rubber grips.

While you are checking out the “Code Zero” 1911 grips at Mil-Tac, be sure to look at their fixed and folding knife designs. They have some real winners there… some designed by Craig Sword, and some by custom knife makers. I’m betting you’ll find something you can’t live without. Mil-Tac Code Zero 1911 grips retail for $69.00 and you can purchase them directly from Mil-Tac. If you’re a dealer, Sword offers a great dealer program with low minimum purchases, too.

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Gunpocalypse In California [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

A gunpocalypse will hit the California legislature this morning. A total of 10 bills will go to the Senate Appropriations Committee that seriously impact gun rights in California. These bills range from banning the bullet button and funding gun prohibition research at the University of California to setting up a database of ammunition buyers and confiscation of standard capacity magazines.

The California legislature obviously feels it is better to deal with these type of issues as a smokescreen to hide their inability to deal with their horrendous budget issues. Smoke and mirrors is a Hollywood tradition that the sponsors of these bills have learned well.

The Firearms Policy Coalition issued a release that lists each bill by number along with what it does. They have a page of their website that allows you to send a message on each bill. If you live in California, call your legislator. I hope you've already done it.

Second Amendment Advocates Fight Largest Gun Bill Hearing of the Year
SACRAMENTO – Monday, May 16th 10 anti-gun bills will be fast-tracked through the California State Senate Appropriations Committee. The hearing agenda includes four Assembly bills that were gutted and amended a week earlier in an effort by Democrats to avoid a full vetting by legislators. And even more outrageous is that three of those measures will meet their evil twins (Senate Bills containing the exact same language) and be voted on at the same time. “The only way to describe this full-on assault on gun owners’ civil rights is to call it what it is - Gunpocalypse”, stated Craig DeLuz, Legislative Advocate for the Firearms Policy Coalition.
“Democrats have given up on any illusion of respect for the process or the voice of the people”, said DeLuz. “The saddest part is that they are clearly doing this as a political ploy to undermine Gavin Newsom’s initiative on the fall ballot. It’s a battle royale to prove who’s more anti-gun-owner.”
Bills to be heard include:
• SB 880 (Hall): Bans common and constitutionally protected firearms that have magazine locking devices.
• SB 894 (Jackson): Victimizes victims by criminalizing the failure to report lost and stolen firearms.
• SB 1006 (Wolk): University of California taxpayer funding for gun control research.
• SB 1235 (Deleon): Restrictions on ammunition purchases, creates a DOJ database of ammunition owners.
• SB 1407 (Deleon): Retroactively requires serial numbers to be placed on firearms dating back to 1899.
• SB 1446 (Hancock): Confiscation of lawfully acquired, standard capacity magazines that can hold over 10 rounds.
• AB 156 (McCarty): Formerly dealt with global warming, but is now the same as SB 1235.
AB 857 (Cooper): Formerly addressed greenhouse gasses, but is now the same as SB 1407.
• AB 1135 (Levine): Formerly centered around groundwater but is now the same as SB 880.
• AB 1511 (Santiago): Formerly dealt with energy conservation, but now criminalizes loaning of firearms between personally known, law-abiding adults, including sportsmen and hunters.

UPDATE: Here is an email sent out by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms which includes the phone numbers of the members of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Call them.

Your Urgent Action in California Needed! 

The gun grabbers in California are on the attack again.

On Monday, May 16th, a critical State Senate committee will be hearing 10 extreme gun control bills. We must stop them dead in their tracks

If these bills pass, they're one step CLOSER to Governor Jerry Brown's desk.

We can't let that happen!

The bills up in committee include a BAN on all "bullet button" firearms, a BAN on ammunition sales, and CONFISCATION of your legally owned firearms parts.

We need YOU to fight these bills NOW!

There is no time to waste!
CALL the Senate Appropriations Committee members listed below now—ask them to vote NO on the anti-gun bills mentioned in this e-mail.

UPDATE II: You can watch this train wreck live on The California Channel.


Mossberg’s ATR Deer Thugs Rifle Review []

Contrary to popular belief, we writers don’t make a lot of money, and we don’t get free guns. After testing, new guns must be returned or purchased, and most of the time I can’t afford to buy them. In other words, I’m a bargain hunter just like everyone else.


Enter the Mossberg ATR “Deer Thugs” high-powered rifle in 30-06 — it does come in other calibers, but it’s hard to go wrong with 30-06 for most big game hunting. Even though I don’t hunt much these days, I do enjoy practicing my shooting on a paper target. I ran across this slightly-used (about 98% condition) “Deer Thugs” rifle at my local FFL dealer. It also came with a no-name 3x-9x 30mm scope on it — and when I say no-name, I mean there was no maker’s name on the scope – period! However, the scope gives a nice clear sight picture, so who am I to judge?


A quick look at the ATR model is in order. It is a 4+1 shot rifle, with no magazine floor plate. That means that you have to unload it by working each round through the action by cycling the bolt. Easy enough, but I would have liked a floor plate to ease unloading. The barrel is 22 inches long and partially fluted. Fluting makes the barrel lighter and stiffer, and in theory it can help make the gun more accurate.

Length of pull is 13.25″ (perfect for me) and there is a nice recoil pad on the butt stock. The left side of the stock has a raised cheek rest, and I can take or leave them these days. The receiver and barrel are matte blue and the synthetic stock is covered with Mossy Oak Break Up camo — very cool-looking. On the right side of the butt stock is “Deer Thugs” in big bold black lettering.

The rifle weighs in at only 7 pounds and I’m sure the synthetic stock accounts for keeping the weight down. One great feature is the LBA (Lightning Bolt Action) adjustable trigger pull. My sample ATR had a perfect 3 1/2 pound trigger pull, and I didn’t see any need to adjust it up or down – it was perfect for my needs. There are also Weaver-style bases on the receiver — where the no-name scope was mounted.

All in all, not a bad rifle, Full retail is $476.00 (without a scope) but I’ve seen the ATR brand-new in big box stores for around $300.00 with wood stocks. I paid $299.00 for my used Deer Thugs with the no-name scope and synthetic stock (which has sling attachment points built in). Overall length of my ATR is 42 inches and brand-new guns come with a two-year warranty.

My local FFL dealer threw in a partial box of 30-06 Winchester 150 grain Power Point Soft Point ammo that he had in the back room. I ran right out to my usual shooting spot to see what kind of a shooter this gun would be. I set up a target at 25 yards and unleashed three rounds. When I checked the target, I was surprised to see that the rounds were all over the place. After firing two more three-round groups, one thing was clear: my gun just didn’t want to group very well.

I took the rifle home and I gave it a good cleaning with Italian Gun Grease’s “Copper Eliminator” which gets any copper fouling out of a barrel. I also took the stock off to look things over and examine the adjustable trigger, and everything looked fine. I then checked the scope rings and found the problem. Whoever had mounted the scope hadn’t tightened the scope rings at all. I added some blue LocTite to the screws and snugged them down before even thinking about heading back out to shoot my new toy.

Heavy rain delayed my next outing, but that gave me time to get some premium ammo — so I contacted Black Hills Ammunition and Buffalo Bore Ammunition for some of their 30-06 fodder. Due to low inventory, Black Hills only had 155 grain Hornady A-Max ammo, and Buffalo Bore only had 150 grain Spitzer Super Charged ammo. I’m one of these guys who believes that certain types of calibers in rifles are designed to fire a certain type/weight of bullet in order to get the most out of the caliber. In this case, I believe that the grand ol’ 30-06 works best with 165 grain bullets — just me, I guess.

Before my ammo arrived, I took the ATR out on my front deck, and set up the Laserlyte “Six Pack” laser bore sighter target on a tree that is 25 yards from my front deck. This is a special reflective target, and when you place the Laserlyte laser in the barrel of your rifle and then look through your scope, it will show you whether the barrel is aligned with the scope. Easier to do than to explain. Basically, you place the laser into the end of the rifle barrel, turn it on, and aim your gun at the center of the target. The laser shines where your bore is pointed, and you adjust your scope’s crosshairs to coincide with that spot. In this case, my no-name scope was off quite a bit.



Without making any further adjustments, I headed out to the range. I set up my target at 100 yards, and using the hood of my SUV and a rolled-up sleeping bag as a rest, I started my testing. First up was the Buffalo Bore Super Charged 150 garin Spitzer round, which gave me a nice 3-shot group that measured just shy of an inch and a half. Another three shots produced the same results.

I should say that the groups were both a little high and to the right, but this was actually pretty impressive since I’d only boresighted it before firing it at 100 yards.

Next up was the Black Hills 155 grain Hornady A-Max round, which surprised me when I examined the target… to my surprise, two shots were touching and the other was just below them – for a 3-shot group of one inch!

A good writer knows when to put a gun down and grab the camera. I brought the target back to my car and took a picture of the group before doing any more firing. Alas, I wasn’t able to duplicate that first group with the Black Hills ammo, although I came close. Most 3-shot groups measured 1.25 to 1.50 inches — right in there with the Buffalo Bore ammo. In my book, that is great accuracy from a “budget” high-powered rifle.

I haven’t tried any other 30-06 loads, but I plan on getting out there with a different variety ammo as soon as I can get hold of some. I believe that with the right ammo (all guns have a preference when it comes to which ammo will shoot the best in it), I ought to be able to keep 100-yard groups within one inch… maybe even a little better if I can do my part.



At some point, I’ll probably replace the no-name scope with a better one, although the no-name scope did the job it was supposed to do. Still, I’d rather have a better 3x-9x 40mm scope on this ATR. Other than adding a sling and an ammo sleeve on the butt stock, I haven’t changed anything on this rifle, and I don’t see any need to make any more changes other than the scope.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a lot of gun these days, and this ATR Deer Thugs proves that. I’ve had other “bargain” high-powered rifles do just as well as this Mossberg ATR, one brand in particular is Savage — they are well-known in the industry for producing good accuracy at reasonable prices.

Sure, it’s nice to have an expensive big-name firearm with a beautiful wood stock and a thousand-dollar scope. But in reality, if you are on a limited budget and you find a good deal on a budget priced gun that can shoot well, I have to question: Why spend more money, when you may not get more gun for that money?

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A Sipsey Street Event in Pinson Alabama this coming Friday and Saturday [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

This coming Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21, we will have a liquidation sale of all military surplus items.  Here is a short list:

USGI Belts and extenders
Y Suspenders
M65 Field Jackets, all sizes
ALICE Packs, Medium and Large
ALICE Pack Frames, extra straps, and pack boards
AK Mag pouches, various makes
SKS and Chinese grenade chest harness
Various foreign military pouches, vests, uniforms
Camping cooking gear galore
USGI and Commercial Canteens with covers, 1 and 2 qt.
BDUs and ACUs all sizes
USGI Boots, Older Black leather and Newer Tan, various sizes
German and USGI mess kits
Assorted WWII, Korea and Vietnam era vintage militaria
Books and Magazines out the wazoo
Sleeping Bags
Food Grade 5 Gallon Buckets with o rings and lids

The sale will be held at Mikes' house at 6635 Womack Road, Pinson, AL 35126.

We will also sell autographed III% t-shirts. Unfortunately, we are unable to ship out t-shirts at this time, so this will be the only way to get autographed shirts from the original batch.

Update:  The sale will be held between 9:00 and 4:00.


Ad Denied By Facebook Because Of...Well Not Really Guns [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Facebook has a policy of denying to carry ads that promote the sale of firearms. They are in the private sector and that is their option. However, sometimes their algorithms used are lacking.

A case in point is my friend Professor David Yamane who publishes the Gun Culture 2.0 blog. He had an ad denied by Facebook's faceless minions because they thought it promoted the sale of firearms and other weapons. He was advertising a link to his report on the USCCA's recent Concealed Carry Fashion Show held in conjunction with their expo in Atlanta. They had previously accepted an advertisement for his blog that was titled, "Bushmaster is the Worst Marketer in the History of Guns." David said, with his tongue firmly in his cheek, that Bushmaster was bad at advertising since so few of its firearms (or any AR-15) were used in homicides.

This is ridiculous. Just like his series of posts on the gun industry which highlighted the fact that the gun industry isn't just the Rugers and Smith & Wessons, this post doesn't promote the sale of any product.

Mark Zuckerberg plans a series of meetings with conservatives. Perhaps he needs to go to the next USCCA Expo in Ft. Worth or this weekend's NRA Annual Meeting to see that the gun industry isn't just guns.


Liberty Centurion 12 Gun Safe Review []

I have a big Fat Boy Liberty Safe and a couple of wall safes, but after much discussion and a “reshuffling” of high value items, my wife and I wanted another small-to-mid-sized higher security safe in our bedroom to store our home defense AR 15s, concealed carry handguns and a few other items we wanted out of reach of the kids. We thought about adding another in-wall safe, but we simply had too much crap to stuff into another wall safe.



I looked to Liberty Safe for a slim heavy-duty safe to slip into the closet and found that their Centurion series of safes fit our needs well. Centurion series safes are available in 12-, 14-, and 24-gun sizes; we chose the 12-gun model for around $550 delivered.

What is the Centurion Line?

The Centurion line is a lower-cost line of Liberty safes. They have a good fire rating, but are a bit more spartan than many other Liberty safes; interiors are plain and interior shelving is fixed rather than customizable.

The Centurion’s finish, wall thickness, combination lock, locking mechanism, and door locking bolt count is also a step down from their higher-end safes. At $520, it is still a good quality safe, but Liberty wanted to provide a solid and secure, lower-priced option and needed to cut costs somewhere. Based on the four months I have owned and used the safe, I believe they struck a great balance between the prices and features of the the Centurion Series.

One thing I would like to add to the safe is a light kit to assure that firearms could be accessed quickly, even in the dark.

Taking Delivery

The delivery was similar to my Fat Boy safe, but this time I chose curbside delivery rather than in-home placement. Delivery took about six weeks due to a mixup, but my new Liberty Centurion safe was dropped off in my driveway ready for me to unbox and unbolt from the delivery and shipping pallet.

Once the new safe was freed from its packaging, I secured it to a two-wheeled hand cart with ratcheting straps to give us something to grip and make the move and placement infinitely easier. Despite the weight of the safe, the move up two flights of stairs was surprisingly quick and uneventful (though exhausting), with a light assist from Mrs. Pandemic. Once I had it in place, I slipped a 1/2″ spacer under the front of the safe to level it and then secured it to the wall and floor with bolts to prevent movement or tampering.


Unlike the rest of the the safes in the house, we do not have the new one loaded down yet. I say “yet” because I am sure the contents will grow over time, but at the moment we have plenty of room in the safe and can easily and rapidly access the contents.

Notable Features

Although this is a less-exotic model than some others, it still has a couple of notable internal features. The inside surface of the left, right, and rear walls have the standard wavy gun “racks” for propping up a dozen guns. There is a single solid shelf, which is high enough to allow most rifles and shotguns to be loaded into the safe without the shelf getting in the way. For most homeowners, this is an economical solution to store guns and other valuables in a small and unobtrusive footprint within the closet.

Final Thoughts

Folks have a tendency to go gaga over the newest firearm, but neglect to securely store those that they have. I advise gun owners to set aside some of your “fun money” to purchase a safe to secure your firearms from thieves and overly curious youngsters.

I know of a father who came home to find that his son had “loaded” a grilled cheese sandwich into the father’s unloaded and cable-locked Remington 870. Oops! A safe can prevent such things, while still allowing fast access in an emergency.

Although this safe has a standard dial-type combination lock instead of a digital one, my wife and I work the combination–all but the last number–each night before we go to bed, to speed up access just in case.

The Liberty Centurion safe does the job of securing your firearms and valuables in a small space without breaking the bank. I just wonder if I need another one for guests in the extra bedroom in case this one gets too full.


  • Security Rating: Non-UL
  • Door Type: Composite
  • Door Thickness: 1″ composite door
  • Door Bolt: Sides 2-Sided Military Style locking bars
  • Body Steel Thickness: 14 Gauge
  • Total Body Thickness: .75″
  • Lock: Combination/Key, Sargent & Greenleaf™
  • Lock Type: S&G UL Listed Combination lock (no key)
  • Relocker Type: Fail-Safe™, Punch and Drill
  • Bolt Locking Type: Direct Cam Drive
  • Bolt Diameter: 4″ Military Style Locking Bars
  • Bolt Protector Type: Triple Hardplates
  • Fire Minutes: 30 Minutes
  • Fire Rating: 1200°/30 Minutes
  • Layers: 3 in ceiling and door, 1 on sides and doorjambs
  • Door Seal: Heat-Activated, Expanding Palusol™
  • Upholstery: Fully Upholstered
  • Interior: Lighting optional
  • Door Panel: None; Accessory Door Panel Available
  • Bolt Count: 10
  • Long-Gun Storage (Approx): 12
  • Interior Type: Gun Only
  • Dimensions: H x W x D (Depth includes handle spokes installed; Add 1.5″ for optional
  • outlet kit) 59.5″ x 18.25″ x 18″
  • Exterior Height: 59.5″
  • Exterior Width: 18.25″
  • Exterior Depth (Includes handle spokes installed; Add 1.5″ for optional outlet kit): 18″
  • FOOTPRINT (Width x Depth): 18.25″ x 16″
  • Exterior Cubic Feet (safe body only): 10.1
  • Interior Height: 57.4″
  • Interior Width: 16.7″
  • Interior Depth: 11.6″
  • Interior Cubic Feet: 6.4
  • Weight: 247 lbs.
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • MSRP $579
  • Starting Price $519


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Mo. lawmakers pass self-defense bill and permitless carry at 11th hour [NRA-ILA News]

Missouri lawmakers concluded their annual session Friday after sending Gov. Jay Nixon a bill that enacts a "stand-your-ground" right and expands gun rights to allow Missourians to carry concealed weapons without a permit.


NRA Lobbying Arm Fights Nevada Gun Background Check Measure [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association is using its muscle to fight a Nevada ballot question that would create a universal background check for gun purchases in the state.


Maine referendum to pit Bloomberg vs. the NRA [NRA-ILA News]

Proponents of expanding background checks for gun purchases on Saturday formally kicked off a campaign that has been under the radar so far, but will be heavily watched by national observers through November.


Kansas: Gov. Brownback signs bill respecting public employees' Right-to-Carry [NRA-ILA News]

Firefighters, code inspectors, tax auditors and other public employees in Kansas will no longer be prohibited from carrying concealed handguns while engaged in workplace duties in the community, officials said Friday.


Gun restrictions ease in Ohio [NRA-ILA News]

Twice as many firearms-related bills introduced this session would expand gun rights or privileges as opposed to those toughening regulation. And even the sponsor of most of the bills calling for more controls says support is cool, even among his fellow Democrats.


Massachusetts: Longmeadow residents defeat controversial gun control initiatives in Town Meeting [NRA-ILA News]

Longmeadow residents defeated three proposals for increased gun control bylaws with overwhelming majorities in a Town Meeting that also rejected a 20 mile per hour speed limit, and designated Wolf Swamp fields as a recreation space.


Lucid L5 Rifle Scopes [The Firearm Blog]

L5 6-24 SideLUCID’s L5 Rifle Scopes were first introduced a few years ago (though, here, we have only really covered their “red dot” optics). Now that I have piqued my interested in precision rifle shooting, I am focusing some of my attention on scopes. While I am developing some optics “snobbery”, I am still interested to see how […]

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French M14 Conversion – the Gras in 8mm Lebel (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

The French adopted the Gras as their first mass-issued metallic cartridge rifle in 1874, replacing the needlefire 1866 Chassepot. Quite a lot of Gras rifles were manufactured, and they became a second-line rifle when the 1886 Lebel was introduced with brand-new smokeless powder and its smallbore 8mm projectile. When it became clear that the quick and decisive war against Germany was truly turning into the Great War, France began looking for ways to increase the number of modern Lebel rifles it could supply to the front.

One option that was used was to take Gras rifles from inventory and rebarrel them for the 8mm Lebel cartridge (which was based on the Gras casehead anyway). These could be issued to troops who didn’t really need a top-of-the-line rifle (like artillery crews, train and prison guards, etc). Then the Lebel rifles from those troops could be redirected to the front.

The rebarreling process was done by a number of contractors, using Lebel barrels already in mass production. The 11mm barrel from the Gras would be removed, and only the front 6 inches (150mm) or so kept. A Lebel barrel and rear sight would be mounted on the Gras receiver, and that front 6 inches of Gras barrel bored out to fit tightly over the muzzle of the new 8mm barrel. This allowed the original stock and nosecap to be used (the 8mm barrel being substantially smaller in diameter, and not fitting the stock and hardware by itself). It also allowed the original Gras bayonet to be fitted without modification, since the bayonet lug was also on that retained section of barrel. In addition, a short wooden handguard was fitted. This was designated the modification of 1914, and an “M14” was stamped on the receivers to note it.

These guns are of dubious safety to shoot, since the retain the single locking lug of the Gras, designed for only black powder pressures. However, this was deemed safe enough for the small amount of actual shooting they were expected to do.


More on Ballistic Coefficients [The Firearm Blog]

BCsOn my recent article “Ballistics 101: What Is Ballistic Coefficient?”, commenter Anthony asked for clarification on some points: Thanks for the info, but I don’t feel I know what ballistic coefficient is after reading the article. You state, “A ballistic coefficient is a comparative value for a given bullet, showing its relative resistance to drag versus […]

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HexMag Granted Patent on Standard Capacity Magazine “True Riser” System [The Firearm Blog]

The space can be used for storage.HexMag, known for their hexagonal magazines (who’d a thunk?), has been granted a patent for their “True Riser” magazine capacity reduction system. In short, the True Riser is an set of parts that when combined with a standard capacity magazine, reduces the capacity of the magazine to the designed size. The True Riser system comprises […]

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New Live LE Firearm Training [The Firearm Blog]

TrainingAction Impact Gun Range in Eastpointe, Michigan has a new training program for law enforcement. It uses live (stand in) suspects and real firearms. Rather than use simunitions and paintball masks, Action Impact is using some sort of mirror to reflect the image of the suspects.   It is an interesting concept for a more […]

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Circle 10 AK RPK Chest Rig Review [The Firearm Blog]

DSCF0012Circle 10 AK is currently putting together a five cell RPK magazine chest rig for the market. When I asked the owner why specifically for RPK magazines, he pretty much replied, “Why not! There aren’t too many similar designs on the market, and it is flooded with standard 30 round magazine chest rigs!”. Although making […]

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Sunday, 15 May


There Are Sporks And Then There Are Tactical Sporks [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

You often get the plastic sporks (spoon with fork tines) in fast food restaurants. I've read that prisons use them a lot because it is hard to make it into a weapon.

CRKT makes a couple of sporks mixed with bottle openers and other tools. I have the one designed by Liong Mah and its quite handy. I keep it in my travel kit.

I just read this weekend that Ka-Bar is coming out with a Tactical Spork. It has a handle based upon their Bowie-style Ka-Bar knife. Moreover, unlike your other sporks, this one has a serrated knife hidden in the handle.

I guess there is nothing that can't be sold if it has the word "tactical" in its name. That said, if Ka-Bar has one at their booth at the NRA Annual Meeting, I'll probably buy a couple since their MSRP is only $6.93.


California: Senate Appropriations Adds More Anti-Gun Bills to the Monday Agenda [NRA-ILA News]

The Senate Appropriations Committee added additional anti-gun bills to the agenda to be heard Monday, May 16, at 10am in the John L. Burton hearing room (Rm 4203).  It's important to contact the members of the Senate Appropriations committee and urge them to OPPOSE SB 880, SB 894, SB 1006, SB 1407, AB 156, AB 857, AB 1135, and AB 1511.


Defensive Operations in Urban Areas - Lesson 1: Defining Defense [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

I have had overwhelming requests for Praxis posts to teach current Army doctrine adapted for everyone else.  To date, the most popular post I have done was the original Defense post relating to some of my experiences during the Surge in 2007-2008.  I see the utility in expanding this subject into a series of posts to delve further into the subject of defensive operations.  In time, I will expand these Praxis posts to tackle the subjects of Offense, Sustainability, the basics of Maneuver warfare, and other aspects of 4th Generation warfare that have not been covered in the many excellent Praxis posts in the Sipsey Street archives. 
Hundreds of hours poring through information on the internet will not replicate actual training.   The information I will push out will be from current and historical examples but not everything will translate to your situation.  I will mainly be speaking to an audience interested in neighborhood or town defense.  Smaller footprints like a farm or duplex will have its own challenges that stem mainly from the lack of available manpower.  Anything larger than population centers above 10,000 will have unique challenges that are bigger picture, but the fundamentals of defense remain.  It is incumbent upon you to take the information, throw out what you do not need, adapt it to what you know, and then test it out.  Testing as much as practical before you will need it is the resounding advantage that you have over everyone else.  I wish you nothing but success in your journey to building a better citizen.


The strength of offense lies in the ability to choose the time and the place from which to attack.  Defense is generally stronger because the defenders can choose the ground, improve upon it, and then direct internal resources where it is needed.  The defender will be in position prior to the event, so they will have the “home court advantage” to mold the battle space into what will play into their strengths.  Even if it is only moments before the attack, a defender can use the natural or manmade structures to channel and disrupt the momentum of the attacker.  Defense gives you the ability to not only hold the ground, but to wait until there are less attackers, (due to attrition), or more information has been presented.
Of course, offense is more decisive because only through the attack can you secure a victory.  Victory in your situation may be simply defending a homestead, but eventually you will have to go on the attack if you want to completely eliminate an enemy force.  Examples in American history since the 1950’s where western niceties prevented the military from  directly engaging with an enemy on their home turf are abundant.  Korea at the 38th Parallel, Vietnam with Laos and Cambodia, and the Global War on Terror with Syria and Iran all readily spring to mind.  The opponent was then able to continuously regroup, rearm, and reengage.  We lost the will to fight only when we artificially tied both arms behind our backs.  Offense can bring you victory, but you must first be able to keep what you have.  Every task, after all, does not require a hammer.
There are several reasons to go on the defense.  Traditionally it is, of course, used to stop an attack but it can also be used as a delaying tactic until a better opportunity presents itself.  Defense can be for a specific purpose such as the protection of a population, key terrain, important buildings and infrastructure.   Defense is also a form of information gathering.  The type of enemy, what weapons they use, distinctive uniforms, and tactics can also be gleaned from a defensive posture.  In the defense, you will have the base of operations to employ reconnaissance elements to feed you information*. 
There are two characteristics of defense, disruption and flexibility , that you will want to be familiar with.  With disruption, keep in mind that the success of an attack rests largely on its momentum: the swift and decisive movement to violence that overwhelms the defendors either through superior numbers or firepower.  The defender can disrupt that momentum, slow it to a crawl and even prevent the attack from proceeding.  You can accomplish this by breaking up their formations, disrupting their intelligence gathering and reconnaissance capabilities, isolating units through channeling the attackers to places they would not want to go, or disrupting their communication and supply nodes.
Flexibility of defense may seem counterintuitive if you think of defense in terms of a Maginot Line of rigid walls and bunkers, but in reality commanders must have the ability to maneuver their resources around the battle space to maximize the defenders advantage to match the attackers strength.   An excellent example of optimizing your manpower and resources can be found in We Were Soldiers Once, And Youngand is illustrated fairly well in the movie adaptation.  Another successful defense is that  of Rorke’s Drift by 150 British Soldiers against 4,000 Zulu warriors is an excellent example of using terrain and resources, (and just a few hours of warning), to defeat overwhelming hoards of determined attackers. 
In a town or larger population center, you will have the ability to form rings of defenses around your area.  This is presuming that the area you have to defend is not so large as to make it impractical to hold.  Being unable to judge the battle space and know your limitations is the critical flaw in defensive planning.  

So you must be saying at this point, “okay, great, now what do I do”? As defined by the Army, there are three types of battle positions in defense.

Primary positions – These are your main positions of defense.  They will have the bulk of your forces and allocation of resources.  The primary positions are set along the likely avenues of approach for attackers.  This will be bridges and overpasses, cross roads and road junctions, or other avenues of approach.  When planning, keep in mind that avenues of approach can be 360 degrees around your location.  You will need to look at local airports, rail junctions, forested areas, waterways, or anything that could be a blind spot or attractive avenue of attack. 
Alternative Positions - These are the positions that you will station a reserve unit or assisting weapons platform to assist the primary position.  You will have a designated marksman, suppressive fire weapon, or squad of defenders that can augment the primary positions if they are in danger of getting overrun. 
Strong Point –The Strong Point is your redoubt and the last stand before you abandon the defense.  It is heavily fortified and should be provisioned in the event that the unit becomes surrounded and isolated.  The presumption of the strong point is that you will be able to call in reinforcements and this position is to insulate you until the cavalry arrives.  This, of course, is not the case with every unit.  I would strongly advise that you plan in multiple avenues of escape.  I beg the pardon to my proud Texan readers, but dying in an Alamo-esque battle, while romantic, will not advance your cause.

Depending on how much time you have to set up a defensive position, you can employ certain tricks to direct your assets to where it is needed and when it is needed.  You can use range cards to determine where you need to put your weapon sights at known distances.  For the uninitiated, the range card is a drawing of certain obvious terrain features and their distances. 
The advantage of the defender lies in the ability to set up these devices ahead of time to disrupt, dissuade or prevent the attack.  The Defender can employ various early warning systems or pyrotechnics in an either offensive or defensive manner.  Trip wire, flash grenades, smoke, punji sticks, dead falls, rock traps, and man catchers; there is no end to devious inventions that humans have developed over the millennia of killing each other to help improve their defenses.  With passive security devices, you will need to be cognizant that a mine or trap does not care if it is your child or your enemy that trips it.  You will need to be completely aware of this fact and guard against the device being used improperly.
Quick Reaction Forces, (QRF), is another tool the defender can use to move fighting forces quickly to where it is needed when you are in a fixed defensive position. The QRF is a squad or platoon size element that is on call 24 hours a day with the express purpose of getting to a location quickly to assist the defenders.   In taking the long and macro view, this was essentially what the original Minute Men were.  The Army will segregate their QRF force in a designated area and will leave them alone for everything but the most mundane chores.  Once the call comes up, they are to drop everything and come to where they are needed.  The QRF is the best example of how a commander can use the flexibility of defense to their advantage.  The weak point in this is the availability to disseminate accurate, clear, and timely information as to where they need to be sent.  Much has been written on battle field communications here and elsewhere, that I would strongly advise you to seek out.
At some point you may have to abandon your defense and retreat to another location.  This is especially important for skirmishers that are in improvised defenses that are not suitable to defend against the brunt of a concentrated attack.  Prior to the attack, you will want to establish a "disengagement line".  This line is an arbitrary distance that you determine that says that if the opposing force is able to advance to a certain point, it will be impractical to defend and so everyone will know that they will need to abandon the position and retreat to a better defensible location.
Many different mathematical equations exist to give you an idea of how many attackers are needed to overwhelm the defenders.  While helpful to bean counters and armchair war gamers, it is not very useful to defensive planning.  Your opponent will throw everything that they can at you until they give up the attack, are destroyed, or move on to an easier target.  Proper planning does prevent piss poor performance.  The advantage of the defender is in the ability to consider a piece of land or a populated area and determine what they can do to improve their chances of living and success of the mission. 

An old Platoon Leader of mine drilled into my head to “improve your foxhole a little every day”.  Your particular foxhole can be your house, your block, your subdivision, or your town.  Each place presents itself with unique challenges and advantages to defend.  One huge advantage that is generally glossed over by historians is the advantage of defenders when protecting their own homes and families.  Forsaking your family and neighbors by failing to plan and prepare for their defense is unthinkable.  Simply by reading this series on defense, you can no longer claim ignorance to the subject.  You now have responsibility to prepare what you can now, by having the discussions with yourself, your family, and anyone that will allow you to bend their ear. 
*Mikes note:  Most of your success in the defense relies on your ability to employ reconnaissance of all types.  This includes electronic but especially patrolling, and it will give you a clear picture of what is going on in your neighborhood and the surrounding terrain.  Also, the best way to disrupt an attack is to know that it will happen.  You can initiate a counter attack when the enemy is must vulnerable and does not expect it.  In essence, when he comes out of his hole to attack your hole.  The small teams of SOG in Vietnam keenly understood this. When the VC crawled out of their tunnels and consolidated their force, the SOG was able to identify those muster areas and brought in air support to destroy the attack before it was able to materialize.  In it's way, intelligence is the most critical element of defense. 

It harkens back to Sun Tzu; “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”


Sunday Jams - R.L. Burnside [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

A little Mississippi Blues.  Also, a definite language warning on the first one.


An Analysis of the Soldier’s Load with 6.5mm Cased Telescoped Ammunition (Part 2) [The Firearm Blog]

lsat-machine-gun-tfbOne thing that seems apparent from the ARDEC presentation on the CTSAS program is the excessive capability and weight of the 6.5mm CT ammunition, as well as its use of lead-cored projectiles as opposed to more modern (and less dense) EPR-type projectiles. Further, the 6.5mm configuration explicitly uses the same case as the 7.62mm CT round, […]

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Saturday, 14 May


Vintage Saturday: Liberators [Forgotten Weapons]

An old  French couple, M. and Mme. Baloux of Brieulles-sur-Bar, France, under German occupation for four years, greeting soldiers of the 308th and 166th Infantries upon their arrival during the American advance.  November 6, 1918.

An old French couple, M. and Mme. Baloux of Brieulles-sur-Bar, France, under German occupation for four years, greeting soldiers of the 308th and 166th Infantries upon their arrival during the American advance. November 6, 1918. (click to enlarge)

This is a pretty widely-published photo, but it sure is a good one. It also shows very clearly the US’ horrible excuse for a backpack of the time. For the record, the soldier on the left has a Chauchat in 8mm Lebel (sans magazine) and the soldier on the right has an M1903 Springfield rifle.


An Analysis of the Soldier’s Load with 6.5mm Cased Telescoped Ammunition (Part 1) [The Firearm Blog]

lsat-machine-gun-tfbRecently, I wrote an editorial regarding the LSAT/CTSAS team’s NDIA presentation on their 6.5mm cased telescoped carbine and machine gun concepts. There was a lot to say about the history of Army programs and the pitfalls facing that team, but today I want to get down to brass tacks and explore the weight savings and/or penalty of […]

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Friday, 13 May


Missouri: Pro-Gun Omnibus Self-Defense Legislation Passes Out of General Assembly on Final Day [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Senate and House Conference Committees on Senate Bill 656 reported out the signed Conference Committee Report.


Magpul’s New Tejas Gun Belts []

So you want a good belt to hold up your britches and your gun? Well, looks like Magpul’s got ya covered.

Yep, the well-known magazine company, famed in gun circles for pulling its business out of Colorado when that state instituted magazine bans, now offers gun belts. Here’s what they’ve got right now.

Tejas Gun Belt “El Original”

This is their first offering; it’s 1.5 inches wide and made of a combination of “top grade bullhide leather and reinforced polymer.” Their goal was to make a good-looking, comfortable belt that can also serve as a gun belt. Looks like they succeeded.

(Photo courtesy of Magpul)

(Photo courtesy of Magpul)


Manufacturer specs:

  • Water resistant
  • Rigid enough for holster use
  • Top grade bullhide leather exterior layer and “supportive but flexible” reinforced polymer
  • interior
  • Gun belt rigidity with dress belt comfort
  • Removable chrome-plated buckle with branded “tool-free” fasteners
  • Standard 1-1/2″ wide and 1/4″ thick to fit most belt loops and holsters
  • Eight holes with 3/4″ spacing for a wide yet precise adjustment range
  • Multiple lengths available from 32-44 inches
  • U.S.A. Made in Texas
  • MSRP $84.95

When it comes to sizing, Magpul has this to say:

DO NOT order your waist size or pants size!  Lay an existing belt out flat and from where the leather folds at the point where the buckle is attached, measure to the hole that you typically use.  Please remember when ordering to take into account any holster or accessory that may be worn.  For in-between measurements use the next size up as our belts will not stretch over time.

We size our belts from the fold in the leather to the #5 hole (count the hole from the tip, ~7 inches) as per the diagram below.

(Photo courtesy of Magpul)

(Photo courtesy of Magpul)

Tejas Gun Belt “El Burro”

The Burro is a no-nonsense belt that looks tough enough to last roughly forever.

(Photo courtesy of Magpul)

(Photo courtesy of Magpul)

It’s made entirely of reinforced polymer, and the hardware won’t rust.

Manufacturer specs:

  • Built of a single flexible layer of waterproof, textured, reinforced polymer
  • Dress belt comfort but supportive enough to carry a light pistol
  • Corrosion resistant aluminum hardware
  • Standard 1-1/2″ wide to fit most belt loops and holsters
  • Eight holes with 3/4″ spacing for a wide yet precise adjustment range
  • Multiple lengths available from 32-44 inches
  • U.S.A. Made in Texas
  • MSRP $59.95

Tejas Belt Hardware Kit

Finally, we have a hardware kit for folks who just can’t spend enough money on bling.

(Photo courtesy of Magpul)

(Photo courtesy of Magpul)

It’s a brushed-brass-colored buckle with matching tool-free logo screws, so you can change hardware color on a Tejas belt or simply add this hardware to another belt that takes 1.5″ buckles and two removable screws.

How’s that for a Texas solution for keepin’ your pants on?

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Minnesota: Anti-Hunting Amendment Defeated on House Floor, But the Fight isn’t Over [NRA-ILA News]

Today, NRA members and Second Amendment supporters from the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus rallied to contact their state Representatives and defeat a proposed lead ammunition ban amendment on the House floor.


Important Second Amendment Case Reheard by Federal Appellate Court [NRA-ILA News]

On Wednesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reheard the NRA-supported case Kolbe v. Hogan, which challenges Maryland’s bans on various popular semi-automatic rifles and detachable magazines.  In early February, a three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit vacated a lower court ruling that upheld the bans, but the court agreed to en banc rehearing before the full fifteen-member court.


The Event You Don't Want to Miss [NRA-ILA News]

If you're planning on attending the 145th NRA Annual Meetings in Louisville, KY this year, then the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum is an event you won't want to miss.  Featuring our nation's top Second Amendment leaders, this forum is a must-stop for candidates seeking the highest levels of elected office — governor, congressman, senator or president of the United States.


North Carolina: Urge your Lawmakers to Repeal Unnecessary Requirement for Pistol Purchase Permit [NRA-ILA News]

The North Carolina General Assembly’s “Short” Session is under way, and while there were several solid pro-gun advancements made last year, there is still some work that needs to be done this year.


Trump is Right; "Fact Checkers" Embarrass Themselves Covering for Hillary [NRA-ILA News]

On May 7, at a campaign rally in Lynden, Wash., likely Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said, "Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment. She wants to abolish it. Hillary Clinton wants to take your guns away. She wants to abolish the Second Amendment." Trump is correct. However, in the days since this statement, the Annenberg Foundation’s and PolitiFact have bent over backwards to defend Clinton from this legitimate description of her positions. These outlets’ attempts to contort Clinton’s record to suit their agenda is so shameless one hopes the efforts prompt Columbia University to create a Pulitzer Prize for cognitive dissonance.


Alabama: Governor Bentley Signs Pro-Gun Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Today, Governor Bentley signed pro-self-defense House Bill 98 into law.


Yes, Hillary Wants to Get Rid of the Second Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

Last week Trump pointed out – correctly — that Hillary Clinton wants to “abolish the Second Amendment.” Never willing to let an accurate statement about a liberal politician go to waste, the folks over at got right on it: “Trump Distorts Clinton’s Gun Stance,” they declared. He did not; he accurately summarized Hillary Clinton’s opinions on guns, and itself demonstrated this.


University of Texas regents set to consider gun rules [NRA-ILA News]

The University of Texas System's regents on Thursday postponed until July a vote on proposed rules allowing concealed handguns in campus classrooms and buildings due to concerns that some might be too restrictive.


Texas now has over a million licenses gun carriers [NRA-ILA News]

The state of Texas passed a milestone in the first months of 2016: More than a million residents-3 percent of total population-are licensed to tote handguns in public, whether openly or concealed.That's a big army of armed citizens.


Maine: Judge backs Rockland landlord that threatened to evict gun-owning tenant [NRA-ILA News]

A Rockland man’s civil rights were not violated when the landlord of his subsidized apartment told him to give up his gun or face eviction after he shot an intruder, a Knox County judge ruled this week.


Top 5 WWII Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

The nations engaged in World War II all fielded one or more main infantry rifle, and in this episode of TFBTV, we take a look at five that we believe to be the best. Remember this is a list of rifles, so submachineguns, machine guns, assault rifles, and so on are not included. Transcript … […]

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Kenai Chest Holster [The Firearm Blog]

chestholsterA good holster is an important piece of equipment and there’s a ton of different kinds on the market. From the odd rifle rail mounted GripShot holster to vehicle mounted holsters to budget priced Kydex holsters for competition use or concealed carry. The folks from Gunfighters Inc have a pretty interesting holster design called the Kenai Chest […]

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Forgotten Weapons Takes a Look at the M2 FLAMETHROWER [The Firearm Blog]

z1FdB87What’s the coolest firearm you’ve ever shot? A fine, antique shotgun? An old war horse oozing with history? A rapid-firing machine gun? Whatever you’re thinking of, it’s not as cool as an M2 Flamethrower: In what is probably definitely the coolest video that Forgotten Weapons has ever done, Ian takes a look at the premier fire-spitting […]

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CMP Service Grade Garands “Sold Out” Is This The End of an Era? []

It appears the supply of M1 Garands from the Civilian Marksmanship Program may finally be at the end.

Today the CMP quietly changed the status of the last available .30-’06 “Field Grade,” “Service Grade,” and “Special Grade” rifles to “Sold Out.” These three grades represented the most affordable, and popular, options for a CMP M1 Garand

The only remaining purchase options are the “.308 Special Grade” at $1,030 and several varieties of M1C and M1D sniper rifles at prices ranging from $935 for a M1D “Rack Grade” with no accessories or scope to $3035 for a M1C with a receiver base but no mount or scope.

A CMP M1 Special

A CMP M1 Special

The CMP receives surplus bolt-action and semi-auto U.S. service rifles from the U.S. Army and is authorized to sell them to qualified U.S. citizens. Although the CMP has also been authorized to receive 1911 pistols from the army the army has yet to release any pistols to the CMP and there is no timeline as to when this may happen, if it does happen.

There is no word on whether existing orders for the now sold out selections will be filled or if the CMP expects to receive any additional supplies of M1 Garands from the army. I have a call in to the CMP and will update if any more information becomes available.

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Enter the Kimber NRA Giveaway! [NRA-ILA News]

How good would this Kimber Amethyst Ultra II look in your holster? Enter now for your chance to take this pistol home!


Court Sides with Home Invaders and Landlords Who Disarms Vulnerable Residents in Maine Case [NRA-ILA News]

Burglars targeting seniors and landlords who run publicly-subsidized apartments where such criminals strike with abandon won a legal victory in Maine this week, as Knox County Justice William Stokes dismissed a suit by a man threatened with eviction for exercising his Second Amendment rights. We have been reporting since last year on the case of Harvey Lembo, a 67-year-old former police officer and lobsterman who obtained a handgun for self-protection after his subsidized apartment in Epping, Maine was burglarized multiple times by thieves looking for pain medicine. And it’s a fortunate thing he did. The very night after he obtained the gun, the wheelchair-bound senior was forced to use it to defend his life against yet another home invader, this one with a felony record for a violent crime.

Court Sides with Home Invaders and Landlords Who Disarm Vulnerable Residents in Maine Case [NRA-ILA News]

Burglars targeting seniors and landlords who run publicly-subsidized apartments where such criminals strike with abandon won a legal victory in Maine this week, as Knox County Justice William Stokes dismissed a suit by a man threatened with eviction for exercising his Second Amendment rights. We have been reporting since last year on the case of Harvey Lembo, a 67-year-old former police officer and lobsterman who obtained a handgun for self-protection after his subsidized apartment in Epping, Maine was burglarized multiple times by thieves looking for pain medicine. And it’s a fortunate thing he did. The very night after he obtained the gun, the wheelchair-bound senior was forced to use it to defend his life against yet another home invader, this one with a felony record for a violent crime.


Review: SilencerCo Omega .30 Cal Suppressor [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_2304Since picking up my FFL and SOT, I have fallen in love with suppressors and shoot with them as often as I can. Unfortunately, most competition shooting (outside PRS) does not allow the use of suppressors, often labeling them as “unfair” accessories due to their recoil reduction. However, its the same reason (coupled with shooting […]

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Report Suggests that Doctors are a Leading Cause of Death [NRA-ILA News]

Groups claiming to speak for the medical profession have long criticized America’s gun culture in general and NRA in particular. Besides supporting an array of gun controls and suggesting that firearms do not belong in the same communities as children, the groups bewail limitations on the use of public funding for supposed “studies” that in reality are thinly-disguised advocacy pieces with preordained anti-gun conclusions. Even fictional doctors have been coopted into gun control efforts.


POTD: Remington 7188 Full Auto Shotgun [The Firearm Blog]

13124647_846971765431528_1322020352442341182_nLoose Rounds posted this on their Facebook Page. It is a Remington 7188 used in Vietnam. According to Gun Wikia it is a modified Remington 1100. I imagine the recoil would be somewhat brutal but could be mitigated with backboring and porting like what Vang Comp does to their 870s. 480 rpm is a rather […]

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Military Press Peddles Anti-Gun Propaganda to Service Members [NRA-ILA News]

Gun owners have come to expect a certain amount of anti-gun bias from the mainstream press and entertainment industry. Unfortunately, in recent years this noxious prejudice has found its way into a wider variety of media, even some directed at members of our armed services. Late last week, Military Press published a movie review on a new Katie Couric-produced gun control documentary titled, "Under the Gun." To describe the review as "glowing" (it labeled the documentary a "must-see") would be a severe understatement.


George Zimmerman Selling Kel-Tec from Trayvon Martin Case [The Firearm Blog]

George Zimmerman Kel-Tec PF-9You read the title to this article correctly. George Zimmerman is attempting to sell his Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm used in the controversial Trayvon Martin case. Zimmerman finally received his firearm back from the U.S. Department of Justice 4 years after he was acquitted of the 2012 case. He initially listed it on the auction site Gunbroker, but it was taken […]

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Louisiana: House and Senate Take Action on NRA-Backed Bills [NRA-ILA News]

This week, the Louisiana House unanimously passed NRA-backed House Bill 1155, sponsored by state Representative Valarie Hodges (R-Denham Springs).


An “Admin” Pouch That is Actually Useful – TST Allen Key Pouch [The Firearm Blog]

tst-essential-allen-key-pouchTop Stitch Tactical, a fully custom nylon sewing shop, is offering a molle pouch that may just actually deserve to be on a combat rig for more than just decoration. (I jest, but all too often I see MOLLE panels covered for the sake of being covered). Coming in at the tip of practicality is […]

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Minnesota: URGENT – Ammunition Ban Amendment Expected on the House Floor TODAY [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Minnesota House is scheduled to bring up and consider the Natural Resources Appropriations bill, Senate File 2963.


New Hampshire: Emergency Powers Legislation Passes the Senate with Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the New Hampshire Senate passed an amended version of emergency powers legislation, House Bill 512.


Rifle Dynamics Upcoming “Precision AK” with Jim Fuller and Travis Haley [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureNot content to make arguably the finest Kalashnikov rifles in both 7.62×39 and the 5.45 rifles has set his sights on creating a true “precision” AK. Taking one of the first models out to a 100 yard range, Jim Fuller and Travis Haley are working to wrench performance from the (by reputation) inaccurate platform. The rifle […]

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Armed Citizens Rescue Abducted 9-Year-Old [NRA-ILA News]

Two men safely found a 9-year-old girl who had allegedly been abducted by her uncle. The armed citizens captured the man and held him at gun point until law enforcement arrived and took the man into custody. The victim appeared to be unharmed and safely returned to her family.


Review: Inland Reproduction M1 Carbine [Forgotten Weapons]

A little while back I got my hands on a T&E sample of the new reproduction Inland M1 Carbine, and have spent some time with it. I addition to regular range plinking, I used it for a 2-Gun Action Challenge Match a couple months back (video: 2-Gun – Inland M1 Carbine). I also dragged my friend Karl Kasarda into the review, because he has experience with a bunch of other M1 Carbines, including two years shooting the M1 Carbine match at Camp Perry (gold in 2006; bronze in 2007). We put together a two part review video, which you can see here:

First off, I should clarify that this gun has no direct lineage to the Inland carbines made during WWII. That Inland was a subdivision of General Motors, and these current reproductions are being sold by MKS Supply, which is a firearms distributor with no connection to GM. The Inland firearms trademark appears to have been owned by Chiappa until be recently transferred to an individual. MKS doesn’t say who makes the guns, except to refer to the Inland Manufacturing trademark name.

We had a number of problems with the gun, none of which were particularly surprising – they are issues pretty common to the M1 Carbine. My biggest question was whether the manufacturer had been able to solve the ubiquitous reliability issues of the Carbine. Even good-condition original military examples always seem to have just a little bit of unreliability. Not enough to be considered junk, but enough to convince a decent number of combat vets to look for a better weapon. Unfortunately, the new Inland guns do not appear to have fixed this, at least based on our T&E sample. I got about one malfunction per 50-round box of ammo, using S&B, Tula, and Aguila. The malfunctions were all failures to feed, which could also be attributed to bad magazines – although I had issues with all 5 magazines I used, including the one supplied with the gun. For what it’s worth, that magazine from Inland was an obvious reproduction item, finished with a pretty icky glassy black paint. Why they couldn’t spring for a real USGI magazine to ship with each gun, I don’t know.

The next issue I had with the gun was with the rear sight. Inland has three models (1944, 1945, and M1A1 Paratrooper), which all use the late style of sight which is adjustable for both windage and elevation. It is a self-contained unit mounted into a dovetail on the receiver. On this T&E gun, that unit came loose, and would slide side to side about 1/8 inch (3mm) as I was shooting. In addition, the elevation slider would sometimes move while shooting. The moving elevation slider is a well documented problem with GI carbines as well, but the loose dovetail is a concern. This combination of sight problems cost me a stage at the 2-Gun match. Interestingly, the early production M1 Carbines used a far simpler two-position L-shaped aperture sight with no option for adjustment. The US marksmanship doctrine led to its replacement with a fully adjustable design, which in my opinion is counterproductive for a gun like the M1 Carbine. This is a carbine with a very limited effective range, and a fixed rear sight would not impose any substantial hindrance to shooting it, and would also prevent the problems that manifested on this Inland gun.

Lastly, the Inland is made with all cast parts. That is not automatically a problem – casting today is a totally effective manufacturing method and (especially on an M1 Carbine) is in no way inferior to forging or machining from billet. However, Inland left casting seams on lots of exposed areas and those are frankly a bit ugly. The front sight in particular has a casting seam running right down its front surface, and in the right light it really distracts from your sight picture. For a $1100 gun, I would really like to see that sort of thing given a proper smooth finish to match the originals (which were not cast).

I did not do any accuracy testing with the Inland carbine, because I really wasn’t concerned about accuracy. It shot well enough to get good plate hits at the 2-Gun match, and that’s all I would expect or desire from an M1 Carbine.

With all this in mind, the M1 Carbine is still a really fun recreational plinker. The reliability issues are of zero concern in that context; they just mean that every once in a while you have to rack the bolt handle to chamber a round. No big deal. I have no doubt that Inland would happily repair a rear sight that came loose like mine did. The M1 Carbine is a wonderfully light and handy rifle to carry or stash in a car – there is a reason lots of support troops adored them in WWII and Korea. If you want an M1 Carbine and don’t want to worry about 75 years of wear and tear, these are quite acceptable guns. They do cost more than originals, though…at least the originals I would consider buying. You can get a shooter-grade original M1 Carbine for $800-$900, while the new Inlands appear to be selling at MSRP, for about $1100. To me, that makes an easy decision; I would rather have an original.


NRA Board Election: Show Horses Place, Work Horses Don't [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

You may remember my round-up of endorsements for the NRA Board of Directors that I published here in mid-March. The results, while not official, are starting to trickle in.

According to Sebastian at Shall Not Be Questioned, Ted Nugent was re-elected to the Board but with a much lower vote. In past years, Uncle Ted has placed in the top one or two candidates. This year he came in at 18 out of 25 elected. (Update: See comment by Sebastian in the comment section.) Ted is what I consider a show horse. He is a celebrity who made his name in the entertainment field and who happens to be pro-gun. He is also prone to outrageous statements which might attract favorable attention in the rock music world but not so much in the real world.

In contrast to Ted is Sean Maloney of Ohio. He was endorsed by Jeff Knox, LtCol. Robert Brown, and Jim Irvine of the Buckeye Firearms Association. Sean was the 76th Director and is a work horse. He along with Tim Knight worked tirelessly at the grassroots on the recall elections in Colorado which succeeded in ousting  Bloomberg's anti-gun minions Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) and Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo).

As Jeff Knox pleaded, I "bullet voted" for Sean Maloney because I think the NRA Board needs more real grassroots activists. Sad to say but work horse Sean Maloney came in a handful of votes short. He announced it today on his Facebook page and also said he did not plan to run for the 76th Director position.

I have reprinted his announcement on his loss below. I am really sorry to see that a counter-productive show horse managed to get elected when a highly productive work horse fell short. However, as Sean says, "Everything happens for a reason, be that reason."

Thank you to all of those who took the time to work, support, and vote for me to be your voice on the National Rifle Association Board of Directors. Because of you, I was a mere handful of votes short of reelection. Rest assured all of our efforts were worth it.

I have received dozens of texts; phone calls; and emails; pledging their support, asking me to run for the 76th seat, once again this year. After deep reflection, I have decided that I will not seek reelection to the NRA Board of Directors as its 76th member.

For me, politics at the grassroots level has always been a driving force in my life. Spreading the message of freedom to my friends, neighbors, and those I can personally touch, is the way I choose to make a difference. Watching as my push for good government exponentially spreads, helping people get started who have chosen to become active for in politics for the first time, is my driving force.

Friends, things happen for a reason, spreading the word throughout communities protecting the future of this Country, handed down by our forefathers, is the battle that lies ahead. In defeat I now have more time to concentrate on the biggest battle of my lifetime, the battle to secure freedom; the Presidency of the United States; and maintain control of both Houses.

We, as gun owners are the common thread, thinking back to the first Republican Primary Debate, 17 people were seeking our endorsement, 17 people with one common thread; a belief in our Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms. We as Second Amendment advocates are the common thread that will unify, and save this country from the progressive destruction that lie ahead under Hillary, Bernie or whoever is the progressive choice of the Democratic Party.

The forthcoming appointments to the Supreme Court of the United States; the very security of America all hinges upon what we do in the next few months. As Americans our fore fathers left it in our hands, the system of government they created rested the ultimate power with the people. It is time that we use the power so many before us fought, and continue to pay the ultimate price for.

In America there are an estimated 140 million households with guns; if we all join the fight; register to vote; then vote on Election Day, we cannot be defeated. Join the fight! It is as simple as voting and asking your neighbors to do the same for your candidate.

Everything happens for a reason, be that reason.


X95 Accuracy vs Colt Rack-Grade 6920 M4 by Military Arms Channel [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureThe X95 was released to the market with much fanfare. Focusing on streamlining the operations of the rifle, IWI had a veritable second “home run” on its hands after the original Tavor, but the weapon has been criticized for poor accuracy. Our Nathaniel F caught the first wind of the X95 having issues and again […]

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Ballistics 101: What is Ballistic Coefficient? [The Firearm Blog]

BCsWhen a bullet flies through the air, forces called “drag” are exerted upon it. These forces slow down the bullet as it flies, but they don’t act the same way on every bullet. While the subject of aerodynamics is extremely complex, one way to account for differences in bullet drag that is commonly used in the […]

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Lehigh’s New High Performance .32 ACP [The Firearm Blog]

xtremecavIn years only recently past it was all about caliber. Not to say caliber does not remain important today, because it most certainly does, but simply to say ballistics have come a long way. A round that was once seen as insignificant – at least in some circles – might now be deemed capable, if not […]

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Sig Sauer’s Elite Performance Ammunition Moving [The Firearm Blog]

Elite Performance AmmunitionSig Sauer has been planning a move of their Elite Performance Ammunition plant for quite some time. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission first released the news on May 4th of Sig Sauer‘s intentions. Their current Elite Performance Ammunition plant is located in Eubank, Kentucky and will be re-located to Jacksonville, Arkansas by year’s end. The new location […]

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Thursday, 12 May


Higher minimum wage causes Wendy's to have self-service ordering kiosks at its 6,000-plus restaurants, McDonald’s close behind [John Lott's Website]

From Investor's Business Daily:
Wendy’s (WEN) said that self-service ordering kiosks will be made available across its 6,000-plus restaurants in the second half of the year as minimum wage hikes and a tight labor market push up wages. 
It will be up to franchisees whether to deploy the labor-saving technology, but Wendy’s President Todd Penegor did note that some franchise locations have been raising prices to offset wage hikes. 
McDonald’s (MCD) has been testing self-service kiosks. But Wendy’s, which has been vocal about embracing labor-saving technology, is launching the biggest potential expansion. 
Wendy’s Penegor said company-operated stores, only about 10% of the total, are seeing wage inflation of 5% to 6%, driven both by the minimum wage and some by the need to offer a competitive wage “to access good labor.” 
It’s not surprising that some franchisees might face more of a labor-cost squeeze than company restaurants. All 258 Wendy’s restaurants in California, where the minimum wage rose to $10 an hour this year and will gradually rise to $15, are franchise-operated. Likewise, about 75% of 200-plus restaurants in New York are run by franchisees. New York’s fast-food industry wage rose to $10.50 in New York City and $9.75 in the rest of the state at the start of 2016, also on the way to $15. . . .
Just a couple of months ago in March, Carl's Jr and Hardee's were talking about automating their restaurants.
Overregulation: Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s CEO Andy Puzder has people all in a huff over his idea to automate restaurants. But why be upset with Puzder? This is an inevitable consequence of massive minimum wage hikes by the government. 
“I want to try it,” CEO Puzder told Business Insider. He’s looking at something “where you order on a kiosk, you pay with a credit or debit card, your order pops up, and you never see a person.” 
Is he being heartless? No. Just responding to the government’s foolish plans to jack up the minimum wage and put restaurants, hotels, bars and other service industries out of business. “With government driving up the cost of labor, it’s driving down the number of jobs,” said Puzder. “You’re going to see automation not just in airports and grocery stores, but in restaurants.” 


NFA Trust Bleg [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I have made the decision to set up a NFA Trust and buy a suppressor or two in advance of the ATF 41F implementation date of July 13th. I'm going the trust route for a couple of reasons. First, it will make estate planning easier as the suppressor will be passed on to the trust beneficiary without the need to pay another $200 tax. Second, other members of the trust will be allowed to use the suppressor without my being with them. It circumvents the potential constructive possession problem for the Complementary Spouse as she does know my safe combination. The issue of fingerprints and photos is irrelevant for my purposes but it is nice to be able to avoid it - for now.

There are a number of prototype NFA trust documents being offered on the Internet. You can get them from suppressor dealers like the Silencer Shop, manufacturers like Silencerco, and a number of attorney-related websites. The cost of these prototype documents are in the $99-199 range. This is a significant cost savings over the estimated $350-500 that an attorney would charge for a "custom" NFA trust. At last year's Annual Firearms Law Seminar, the BATFE attorney from the NFA section offered some horror stories on NFA trusts that were set up without the hands-on assistance of an attorney.

Yesterday I took advantage of a Gearhog discount offer of a NFA trust for $49. This was a 75% discount off the normal price of $199 from This discount offer runs for another two days. My rationale was that I'd not be out of much money if I decided this trust document didn't meet North Carolina trust law standards.

  1. Has anyone gone the prototype or prewritten trust route? If so, did you run into any problems?
  2. If you did go the prototype trust route, did you have it reviewed by a local attorney to make sure it met the trust law of your state?
  3. Would you suggest having a local estates attorney review the trust? 
  4. What were your reasons for using a trust instead of purchasing the NFA item as an individual? 
  5. If you went the prototype route, did you later have the trust rewritten by a local attorney?

I would love to know your experiences. You can either leave a comment below or email me at jpr9954 AT gmail DOT com.


Beth Alcazar: The Well Armed Woman Instructor []

Can women shooters effectively train other women shooters? Of course they can, especially if they happen to be Beth Alcazar with The Well Armed Woman organization. Beth has numerous certifications as a shooting instructor, but what she has most is a natural, real life communications connectivity. She quickly bonds with other shooters, either sex and at any training level.

I was fortunate enough to witness both her training skills to a class of TWAW women in addition to a performance demonstration of her on-range shooting skills with both a pistol and an AR rifle. Beth shoots competitively in Steel Challenge events as well as other organized speed, accuracy, and timed shooting events.

What strikes you most about Beth’s approach to her class training is her honesty. She is facing lady shooters, many just getting into the game and frankly, nervous and tenuous about the whole process. Her demeanor puts everyone at ease immediately, because right up front she tells the group she is not the best shot, not the fastest, not the most accurate and is still learning. There is simply no brag about this lady that I could see, though she certainly would be justified. Forget that with the male shooter counterparts.

During the training session and shooting demonstration I observed, Beth coached the women through the whole process. She talked about the guns she uses, the caliber choices, the competition rig she put together and wears at every match. She walked through the whole process point by point and took any and all questions along the way.

When we left the benches to head to the range, again she helped each participant understand the process and procedures she would follow during the demonstration shooting. She would walk through all the motions of the demo shoot and field questions from the class. She would stop at several points to make sure everyone understood what was going on. And truthfully, many of these lady shooters will never shoot competition games, but now they know what is involved.

Beth shot several rounds of tactical “slicing the pie” shooting around stacked barrels at torso targets beyond at a fairly close range. These are defensive moves for the most part and that is what most TWAW are interested in, protecting themselves and others.

The shooting sports are well served by instructors like Beth Alcazar. You can Google her by name or find her on LinkedIn for a detailed resume or on the TWAW site.

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Virtual Training Fine Tunes Skills []

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to participate in a conference of women shooters belonging to The Well-Armed Woman organization. This was a regional group of about 70 women shooters from several different states surrounding the host chapter in Raymond, Mississippi.

The local Clinton-Raymond (Mississippi) Chapter, Kim Condon and Miranda Blanton were hostesses for the get together meeting at Eagle Ridge Conference Center part of Hinds Community College in Raymond.

The Boondocks Firearms Shooting Academy hosted the group for seminars, shooting demonstrations and practice on their new virtual training system called the Use of Force Scenarios. During one of the VT training sessions I was able to observe some 20 TWAW members process through the computer driven scenarios projected live time on a huge screen in the training classroom at Boondocks FTA.

This virtual training system displays real motion events in full color and utilizes various types of “electronic” firearms, pistols and an AR to “shoot” back in response to real threats portrayed on the screen. Trust me, it is very realistic.

There were many types of scenarios where bad guys and gals posed different kinds of threats to the person in training standing back from the screen. Observing this is as real as being right there as one can imagine. There are various kinds of live threats, guns pointed, shots fired, and so forth. The trainee has to determine when or if to initiate offensive fire or return defensive fire to threats. Sometimes the trainee is killed, too.

The trainer or coach working the system encourages the trainee to issue commands, return verbal directions or orders to cease or desist. Again, it is very real. This you can easily see by the observable stress the trainee is under especially after the scenario has ended successfully or not.

The system allows for an immediate feedback playback so the trainee as well as the class of trainees can observe the whole process over again. Coaching, constructive training points and instruction comes from reviewing the virtual training scenarios. The trainee just completing the scenario can see again where their shots hit on the perp if indeed they initiated a defensive shooting sequence. Trainees can repeat the same scenario to rework their option choices or have the coach run a different one.

Virtual training teaches readiness, judgement calls, stress management, close quarters shooting skills, breathing control, and overall threat response. Make VT part of your training plans.

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Glock 41 Longslide .45 []

When Glock 41 was announced, I remember thinking: “such a great package, pity it’s too thick for my hands!”

Having owned both G30 compact and G21 full size 45ACP Glocks, I had reluctantly let go of them due to the thick, chunky grips. I could shoot those guns just fine with two hands, but one-handed grip wasn’t very solid. For combat pistols which may have to be fired one-handed, that was a problem.

About a year after G41 was announced, I got my hands on one along with half-dozen standard magazines and a 25-rounder originally obtained for a compatible carbine.


G41 and G42 that arrived with it were the first Generation 4 Glocks I’ve examined closely. The fit and finish were far superior to everything I’ve seen up to that point, with the slightly textured slides resisting dirt and wear in a truly impressive fashion.

Handling G41 gave a pleasant surprise: the grip fit my hand well. While very similar to G21 in girth, it felt slimmer than the shorter Gen.3 gun. The longer 5.3″ barrel balanced the pistol so it pointed naturally and stayed balanced in hand. Grip texture, subtle to the eye, worked very well to keep the gun in place. It’s worth noting that the current Gen.4 G21 would have the same grip shape as G41, and 21SF would be even smaller — but G21 slide is much thicker and the shorter gun is actually heavier by two ounces.

G41 backstraps are easily interchangeable, so the girth of the grip can be adjusted, along with the amount of beavertail. This improved fit translates directly into shooter comfort and increased endurance: firing about 200 rounds in a row through G41 is a very comfortable process.


Even the best fighting pistol wouldn’t be of much use if it’s too large for carry. G41 proved a very good fit. While it is 2/3″ longer than a 1911 (with only 1/3″ of barrel to show for it), it’s the same width and substantially lighter. A loaded M1911 (8+1) with a spare 8 round magazine weighs in at about 3.5 pounds, same as the 13+1 G41 with a spare. Total ammunition count is 17 vs. 27, a substantial advantage to the Glock. Wearing it in a, Eagle Defender from Nelson Holsters, I didn’t notice it any more than I would a G17 — which is to say, not at all.


For curiosity, I had a 5’2″ tall instructor wear the gun and she found it as easy to carry as any shorter model. The grip is similar enough to her 1911 and full-size M&P models, while the extra inch or so of barrel made no difference for comfort. My photo retoucher Tiffany found that the pistol goes just as readily with her armor and load-bearing vest as her own mid-length handgun.


Tatiana Whitlock of Sentinel Concepts with G41

The difference in barrel length is insignificant in terms of velocity: relative to the 4.6″ G21, the long slide weapon gains only 30 to 50fps and a slightly reduced muzzle flash. The real advantages of the long slide pistol are improved balance for less muzzle flip, a little more room under the dust cover for light/laser unit and greater sight radius. The little extra distance to the front sight really helps bring it into focus and keep it consistently sharp during firing. If increased muzzle velocity appeals to you, shoot lighter bullets: they gain proportionally greater edge with the increase in barrel length.

In keeping with the Glock reputation, the pistol digested every type of ammunition fed to it, from steel cased ball to defensive hollow points to lightweight frangibles. Point of impact differed visibly even at 7 yards, with 150gr L-Tech frangibles impacting two inches below 230gr Pierce FMJ. Accuracy was good with all loads, even the cheapest plinking ball. The absolute best accuracy came from HPR and Federal defensive loads.

Rather than take my time with every shot, I took careful aim once and then fired in a cadence as soon as the front sight returned from recoil. Shooting a bit faster than I could with 9mm G17, I kept the magazine in one inch groups at 7 yards. The range had a pair of Cro Magnon 3D targets set at about 15 yards, and I practiced quick failure to stop drills, with two to the torso followed by one to the head. No misses at all! Typically, at indoor ranges, I have trouble with my eyes losing front sight focus. This wasn’t a problem with G41. Recoil and muzzle rise were unremarkable, about on par with G17.

Rapid fire at 15 yards.

Rapid fire at 15 yards.

Compared to double-stack 1911s, it’s far lighter and easier to grip. Magazines cost 1/3 to 1/4 as much, and the gun itself retails in the mid-$650s. Glock also offers a variant mounting a red dot on the slide. Enough of the slide metal is milled away to compensate for the weight of the diminutive optics like Trijicon RMR. If you select the optical sight version, I highly recommend going with taller iron sights to provide co-witnessing. Not only would it give a backup sighting option, but also speed up the acquisition of the reticle.

Having shot Glocks since 1998, I have previously regarded them as functional but unexciting. G41 is the first model to get my enthusiasm as we as my respect for the utility. Smaller calibers with light bullets, such as 9×19 and 10mm Auto, gain a little more from the extra barrel length and so would be worth re-visiting as well.

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South Carolina: Recognition Bill Designated for Special Order to be Heard Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the South Carolina Senate voted to place H. 3799 on special order where it could be heard next week.


Gwinn Firearms Bushmaster Field Strip (Original Bushmaster Rifle) [The Firearm Blog]

The Gwinn Firearms Bushmaster Rifle is an ugly thing, cursed with a bulky slab-sided aluminum receiver and a blocky overall appearance, but chambered in 5.56 with the ability to accept M16 magazines. So what makes this ugly duckling tick? Transcript … – [Voiceover] Hey guys, it’s Alex C with TFB TV, and for today’s field […]

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A Soldier and His Browning at Woodpecker Ridge – May 24, 1945 [The Firearm Blog]

Woodpecker Ridge - May 24, 1945On May 24 1945, in oppressive Philippine heat, an American soldier sat behind a Browning 1917 water-cooled machine gun – smiling . That soldier, along with the rest of the US Army’s 38th Division “Cyclones”, for the months and years prior had seen some of the most brutal warfare in Pacific theater. On this day, […]

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Illinois: Anti-Gun Coalition Proposes Outrageous Legislation that Would Only Close Gun Stores [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, state Representative Kathleen Willis proposed an amendment to Rep. Michael Madigan’s shell bill, House Bill 1016.


New: Ruger’s Enhanced Precision Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

ruger_enhanced_5I have a Ruger Precision Rifle on order, they seem hard to find in some places. (I’m sure they have plenty where you live, I’m not so lucky) Therefore it was quite a surprised when Ruger announced a new enhanced version of the Precision Rifle. So soon? Like most, I’m a sucker for “the latest” […]

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Vermont: Legislature Adjourns and Gun Owners Emerge as Victors [NRA-ILA News]

Last Friday, the Vermont General Assembly wrapped up its work for the 2016 Legislative Session, and Vermont gun owners can once again be proud of the results.


Blaser Custom Hunting Rifles & Shotguns [The Firearm Blog]

IWA-FineRifles-4_resizeThe German company Blaser Jagdwaffen GmbH, more known to people as just “Blaser” had an impressive stand at IWA 2016. They introduced a new new over-and-under 12 gauge shotgun named Blaser F16. However this article focuses on the exclusive possibilities to customize your Blaser rifle or shotgun, with almost endless possibilities. Blaser would like to […]

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POTD: Nerf Inspired AR15 Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

13165898_10154237513335337_2539583112057372359_nSince I posted my Transformers inspired Walther P38 and the Nintendo Glock, there has been other toy inspired gun builds. My friend Don N. tagged me in this photo on Instagram. @Midwest_cerakote painted this AR pistol for a client. Before some of you have knee jerk reactions remember we do not know what the owner […]

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Armslist: We Don’t Need No Stink’n Eye Protection! [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureIn what I am not sure is click-bait or a true rant against all the backseat Range Officers, Armslist’s media folks has taken a rather un-mainstream opinion on the wearing of eye protection. In many of their videos, the Armslist staff is shown not wearing eye protection, which has certainly garnered the attention of the internet. […]

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New Hampshire: House approves concealed carry bill [NRA-ILA News]

Anyone who may legally own a gun under state and federal law would be able to carry a concealed weapon under a bill the House approved 217-132 on Wednesday.


Missouri: Members of both chambers hash out differences over gun legislation [NRA-ILA News]

A conference committee of state senators and representatives debated Tuesday the final stages of a Senate bill that had several provisions regarding concealed gun permits.


South Carolina: Bill lets bankrupt SC residents hold on to $5,000 worth of guns [NRA-ILA News]

South Carolinians going through bankruptcy could keep $5,000 worth of their guns from creditors under a bill advanced Wednesday to the Senate Judiciary Committee.


Louisiana: Edwards agrees to Right-to-Carry fee exemption for vets [NRA-ILA News]

A five-year concealed carry permit costs $125 and a lifetime permit costs $500, with veterans currently charged half the fee's price tag. Edwards signed a bill to do away with the fees for veterans.


NRA gun rights arm launches website to defeat Nevada ballot Question 1 [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action has launched an informational website to stop the “Californication” of Nevadans’ gun rights.


University of Texas Regents Set to Approve Gun Rules [NRA-ILA News]

University of Texas System regents are expected Thursday to approve rules allowing concealed handguns in campus classrooms and buildings.The rules are mandated by a state law that takes effect Aug. 1.


The Most Advanced Gun in the World (in 1916): The 1916 Meunier Carbine [The Firearm Blog]

9RcmM3EBeginning in the last decade of the 19th Century, the French government began work on the next great advancement in infantry small arms technology: The selfloading rifle. By 1916, after the outbreak of World War I, they had produced what many consider the most advanced rifle of its time: The Meunier A6 Carbine. This story […]

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US M2/M2A1 Flamethrower [Forgotten Weapons]

After a dismal first attempt at designing a flamethrower (the M1) in 1941, the US Chemical Corps along with several universities and industrial partners put in a lot of research to develop a more usable and effective flamethrower. The result was the M2, which went into production in early 1944. It would prove to be an exceptionally effective weapon in the island-hopping campaign towards the end of the war.

The M2 was arguably the best flamethrower fielded by any military during the war, with a number of excellent design features. These included:

  • A constant-pressure regulator to ensure that the range stayed the same from the first to the last shot of a tank of fuel
  • An on/off main valve easily accessible to the operator
  • A supremely waterproof and reliable pyrotechnic cartridge ignition system
  • An auto-shutoff valve which sealed at the nozzle, preventing dribble (and cutting off fuel flow should the operator lose control of the weapon)

The M2 would see service into the Vietnam War even as its successor the M9 was being issued. It was a truly outstanding design, and remains viable to this day.

Thanks to Charlie Hobson for showing us the unit and teaching me to fire it, and also thanks to Adaptive Firearms for letting us use their range facilities! For more details on this and other military flamethrowers, I recommend Charlie’s book: US Portable Flamethrowers.


New S&W M&P 15-22 Sport MOE SL Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

S&W M&P 15-22 Sport MOE SLSmith & Wesson announced an expansion of its popular M&P 15-22 Sport line with the addition of the MOE SL rifles. The new models follow on the heels of the company’s revamping of the M&P 15-22 line at the beginning of the year. At that time, the company added Magpul M-LOK handguards and MBUS sights […]

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New caliber: .300 Uronen Precision [The Firearm Blog]

UpperUronen Precision (or Ase ja Osa) is a small Finnish family owned company. I’ve been to see them a few times during the past years, and I’ve tested some of their rifles (AR-15s). Their rifles are focused on match grade and competition rather than mass production. Each rifle is manufactured according to your specification. They give […]

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Strike Industries Accuracy Grip [The Firearm Blog]

dsc_0033_samplyStrike Industries is introducing a new style of AR-15 grip for shooters that would like some adjustability with their pistol grip. The new Accuracy Grip is a standard A2 style grip that has 10 replaceable panels allowing the shooter to fine tune where the pad of the finger lays on the trigger. Strike will also […]

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Bush Pilot Survival Kit [The Firearm Blog]

bush1Whether you’re a bush pilot, a hunter, or simply an outdoors aficionado, you should have a good quality survival kit. When you picture that kit in your mind you undoubtedly envision a first aid kit complete with tourniquet and HALO Seals with a side of knives and fire starters. But there’s more to an all-out […]

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Wednesday, 11 May


Presented Without Comment [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I get a number of press releases from firearms manufacturers, tactical companies, and outdoor companies. With the NRA Annual Meeting fast approaching, this number is increasing. Below you will see a press release I got yesterday. I am presenting it without comment as any comment I'd make would be considered either snarky or snobbish.

2016 NRA Convention Invitation
Drop by booth 2662
MKS Supply, LLC, Dayton OH May 2016- MKS Supply the exclusive marketer of Hi-Point Firearms and Inland Manufacturing (.30 caliber M1 Carbine and new 1911s) invites all attendees at the 2016 NRA Convention to drop by and see these and some new (not yet released firearms).
So, if you are attending the NRA convention we hope you will stop by the Hi-Point/MKS Supply booth 2662 and talk guns with Charlie, Ron and the gang. You will learn about some neat new things to come and see some really popular (and new model) guns.
   MKS Supply, LLC
8611-A North Dixie Drive
Dayton, OH


South Carolina: Your Urgent Action Needed to Ensure H. 3799 becomes a True Recognition Standard Bill [NRA-ILA News]

Anti-gun political posturing threatens the passage of H. 3799, so it is imperative that you contact your state Senator IMMEDIATELY and urge him or her to support NRA's efforts to amend and pass this critical pro-gun reform.  The Senate voted today to carry over the bill, yet again.  This means that the looming end of the session, currently scheduled for June 2, threatens to put an end to the prospect of bringing South Carolina in line with the majority of the country by establishing a true recognition standard for Right-to-Carry permits.


California: Hijacked Bills are Moving Forward [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, May 10, the Senate Public Safety committee passed four anti-gun bills that up until last week covered completely different subject matters.   All four bills have been sent to the Senate Appropriations Committee where they are scheduled to be heard Monday, May 16.  Please contact the members of the Senate Appropriations Committee and urge them to OPPOSE AB 156, AB 857, AB 1135, and AB 1511.  Contact information can be found here or by clicking on the TAKE ACTION button below:


New Hampshire: NRA-Endorsed Suppressor Legislation Passes Final Concurrence Vote [NRA-ILA News]

Today, House Bill 500 passed its final concurrence vote in the House of Representatives.  Additionally, Senate Bill 336 was amended and passed by the House.  HB 500 will now go to Governor Hassan for her consideration and SB 336 will go back to the Senate for final concurrence.


NRA Launches Website to Protect Nevadans’ Freedoms [NRA-ILA News]

Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action is launching an informational website to stop the Californication of Nevadans’ gun rights. The VoteNoQuestion1 website exposes the truth about how a universal background check would criminalize the commonplace activities of many Nevada gun owners.


Oklahoma: Conference Committees Still Considering Important Pro-Gun Bills [NRA-ILA News]

As previously reported, House Joint Resolution 1009 ran into an obstacle in the House Conference Committee on Rules.


GLOCK 19 Gen 4 9mm Pistol Review []

Back in 1987 or 1988, I bought the first Glock handgun I’d ever seen — it was a 17 — and since then I’ve probably owned every model of Glock made, with the exception of the select-fire model 18. The one I’d like to talk about today is the Glock 19 Gen 4. I think it’s the best generation to date. It comes with four backstraps; two are for making the grip a bit thicker, while the other two do the same thing while also extending the tang a bit (some folks wearing gloves have experienced stoppages when the slide would hit their gloved hand).


Glock 19 Gen 4 Specs:

  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Weight: 23.65 ounces
  • Barrel: 4.02 inches, polygonal rifling
  • Trigger pull: 5.5 pounds +/-
  • Magazines: 2 supplied, 15-round capacity
  • Rear Sight: Polymer
  • Front Sight: Polymer with white dot
  • Frame: Polymer with finger grooves


I’m told that the Glock 19 is the most popular model in the Glock line-up, and it’s my favorite model, too. The 19 is smaller than the full-sized model 17 and larger than the subcompact model 26 – it’s “just right” as Goldilocks would say. My oldest daughter and my wife each carry a Glock 19.

The recoil spring is slightly stouter on the Gen 4 19 than it was on previous generations, and you can safely shoot +P and +P+ 9mm in the 19 without any problems. The slide has a Tenifer coating that defies rusting — and even if the black color wears off, the coating is still there and the slide won’t rust. The extractor can act as a loaded chamber indicator — when there is a round in the chamber, you can see or feel the little protrusion on the extractor.


100_4880All Glocks are easy to break down for cleaning and maintenance. You simply remove the magazine, check the chamber to make sure it’s empty, point the gun in a safe direction and pull the trigger. Then, retract the slide about 1/4″, pull down on the takedown lever, and remove the slide by moving it forward off of the frame. You can then remove the recoil spring assembly and the barrel — and that’s it. To reassemble, put the barrel back in the slide, then install the recoil spring assembly and slide the slide back onto the frame — it’s that easy!

During my testing of my Glock 19 Gen 4, I used the following ammo:

  • Black Hills 100 grain frangible
  • Black Hills 115 grain FMJ
  • Buffalo Bore 115 grain JHP +P+
  • Buffalo Bore 115 grain Barnes TAC-XP +P
  • Buffalo Bore 124 grain JHP +P
  • Buffalo Bore 124 grain FMJ FN +P+
  • Buffalo Bore 147 grain JHP +P+

My Gen 4 19 handled all of this ammunition without any problems.


All accuracy testing was at 25 yards, using a rolled-up sleeping bag on the hood of my SUV. As mentioned, I had no malfunctions of any type.

I could feel the difference in the +P+ rounds from Buffalo Bore — they were snappy, to be sure. Glock handguns aren’t known for earth-shaking accuracy, and I was getting groups around 4 inches most of the time, if I did my part. With the slightly mushy trigger pull and the combat style sights, that’s about as good as I can do with most Glocks. But four inches at 25 yards is plenty good enough for self-defense.

Regarding the ammo I used, there wasn’t any real winner in the accuracy department, but I thought I’d make a few observations. I live out in the boonies, and when I’m carrying a 9mm handgun out here, I’ll stuff it with the Buffalo Bore 124-gr “Penetrator” FMJ FN +P+ round if I’m in black bear country. On the streets, I’ll pick from several hollow point loads, but I’m getting spoiled on the 115 grain Barnes all-copper hollow point TAC XP +P loads.

Cool fact: A 17-round Glock 17 magazine will fit into a Glock 19, although it will extend below the butt of the gun.

If you’re in the market for a new or a first handgun, take a close look at the Glock 19, and it might be just want you’re looking for in a 9mm pistol.


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The C96 Broomhandle: A Thing of Beauty [The Firearm Blog]

The C96 “Broomhandle” is truly a thing a beauty. This 120 year old design comes from an era when it took a factory staffed by hundreds to create a single pistol, all having made a single pass on a single component. The C96 is an amalgamation of 34 parts working in perfect harmony that to […]

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BR4 Cutlass [The Firearm Blog]

Battle Rifle Company CutlassBattle Rifle Company announced a new AR-style rifle called the BR4 Cutlass. According to the company, the rifle is specifically designed for maritime security use. Obviously, one of the concerns that many people have when it comes to using and maintaining a weapon around the water is corrosion and its impact on reliability. Battle Rifle […]

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Delaware: House Overwhelmingly Passes Sunday Hunting Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Delaware House of Representatives passed House Bill 289 by a 36-3 vote.


A Different Perspective: Army’s Cased Telescopic Ammo Program [The Firearm Blog]

QGW1ekj-768x357One of the blessings of being a writer with TFB is that we are able to collaborate and learn from one another. Its a heck of perk, as between the staff here there is an incredible wealth of knowledge that I learn from on a regular basis. On the flip side, occasionally we disagree on […]

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First Aid Kits for Preppers []

First, a disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. But in another life, I worked as a paramedic. This article is not about giving you medical advice; it’s about getting some good medical training, having a good first-aid kit on hand, and knowing what that kit should contain.

You can walk into most big box stores or drug stores and buy an off-the-shelf first aid kit, and it will suffice for minor emergencies and boo-boos. But when a major medical emergency occurs, you will quickly find that your little first-aid kit doesn’t have what’s needed to save a life or to properly treat more serious injuries. There are a few survival websites that sell more advanced first aid kits, and they are good — but you can also build your own kit.


In any good first aid kit, you’ll need a convenient way to carry your supplies, and there are many bags and backpacks that will work. You’ll want one with plenty of room – and which will allow you to keep your stuff organized and readily available. I personally prefer the Blackhawk SpecOps first-aid backpack.


If you are serious about prepping or survival, you should take an advanced first aid course or a good EMT course. You might even want to take a Paramedic course to be better prepared for serious emergencies that might come your way in a SHTF scenario. Once you’ve had some professional training, you can better decide what to pack in your first aid kit.

None of us think alike, so what I might find important to have in my kit, you might not want in your pack. I concentrate on trauma — gunshot wounds, broken bones, knife wounds, things of this nature. I have a good supply of various trauma dressings and Kling wrap, as well as military tourniquets and blood-stopper packets of powder (they really work). I also have IVs — civilians can purchase them, and it’s a good idea to know which ones you’ll need, and how to start one in a patient.

I like to carry several Sam Splints for broken bones, many over-the-counter meds for various ailments, and antibiotic meds to apply directly to wounds for preventing infections. If you have the proper training, you might also want to carry some “vet meds” (medication marketed for animals). Vet meds often come from the same assembly line as human meds, but are labeled differently.



A blood pressure cuff, and the knowledge of how to use it, is an absolute must. In a trauma situation, dropping blood pressure may be the only sign you’ll have of internal bleeding, before it’s too late. A  stethoscope is great for listening to heart and lungs, too.

A good supply of surgical gloves and surgical masks is another must, and I wouldn’t think about working on an injured person without wearing a mask and gloves.


My intention with this article is to encourage you to get some professional medical training — the more advanced, the better — in order to help you take care of yourself and others in a serious emergency. And in a disaster situation, those medical skills may become valuable enough to barter for supplies. With some training under your belt, you’ll be much better prepared to stock your own emergency first aid kit with the things that will be most useful — and practical to carry around — when things get nasty.

Remember, neither myself nor Alloutdoor are giving you medical advice.

Lastly, I only touched on the medical supplies I keep in my first aid bags — they contain much more than what I mentioned. But rather than just posting a list of ingredients for you to throw together and forget about, I’m encouraging you to seek training, so you can decide for yourself. Potential sources of this training include local fire departments, hospitals, and the American Red Cross.

Then, when someone gets hurt and you can’t call 911, you just might have the training and supplies to save someone’s life.


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NRA Slams Bloomberg-Funded Groups for Misinformation Campaign [NRA-ILA News]

In Missouri, the NRA admonished out-of-state gun-control groups funded by anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg for waging a misinformation campaign designed to fool Missourians and trick legislators into restricting law-abiding citize