Saturday, 30 July

06:27

Vintage Saturday: Send a Gun to Defend a British Home! [Forgotten Weapons]

British women sort through donated American guns for the Home Guard.

British women sort through donated American guns for the Home Guard.

“When the ships from America approached our shores with their priceless arms special trains were waiting in all the ports to receive their cargoes,” Churchill recalled. “The Home Guard in every county, in every town, in every village, sat up all through the night to receive them…. By the end of July we were an armed nation…. a lot of our men and some women had weapons in their hands.”

05:05

Modern Intermediate Calibers 007: The .25-45 Sharps [The Firearm Blog]

The .25-45 Sharps flanked by the 5.56mm M855 and Mk. 262 rounds.On the heels of the 7.62x40mm WT, we are now going to take a look at another former wildcat based on the 5.56mm case, the .25-45 Sharps, a round I’ve discussed before. This .25 caliber round existed for years as the .25-223, a niche quarterbore caliber used mostly for predator hunting and similar rounds like […]

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Friday, 29 July

18:24

California: 2016 Legislative Session Reconvenes on Monday [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, August 1 the California Legislature will reconvene for the remainder of the 2016 session.

California: 2016 Legislative Session Reconvenes on Monday [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, August 1 the California Legislature will reconvene for the remainder of the 2016 session.

14:18

Referendum questions draw ire of Gov. Paul LePage at Paris town hall [NRA-ILA News]

Gov. Paul LePage set his sights on the November referendum ballot questions during his latest town hall forum, held in Paris on Wednesday evening.   With more than 100 people seated in the auditorium of Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, LePage addressed all five ballot questions that will go before voters Nov. 8, with some frustrating him more than others. Question 3, which asks Mainers if they wish to expand mandatory background checks to private gun sales or transfers, with some exceptions, drew the most ire from LePage, who called the ballot question “unconstitutional.”

13:58

Hillary Clinton and Establishment Democrats Embrace Gun Control at Philadelphia Convention [NRA-ILA News]

If there was any uncertainty about the animosity Hillary Clinton and the elites of her party have toward America’s gun owners, those doubts were conclusively resolved by this week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA. Again and again, the convention’s organizers made sure the issue of “gun violence” was front and center, even though – with more guns being sold than at any time in American history – the U.S. homicide rate remains at a historic low.

Hillary Clinton and Establishment Democrats Embrace Gun Control at Philadelphia Convention [NRA-ILA News]

If there was any uncertainty about the animosity Hillary Clinton and the elites of her party have toward America’s gun owners, those doubts were conclusively resolved by this week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA. Again and again, the convention’s organizers made sure the issue of “gun violence” was front and center, even though – with more guns being sold than at any time in American history – the U.S. homicide rate remains at a historic low.

13:48

Massachusetts Officials Question AG Gun Ban [NRA-ILA News]

As we reported last week, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey unilaterally banned many common firearms via executive action.  AG Healey’s “enforcement notice” has now come under attack by officials within the Massachusetts government, including many from her own party.

Massachusetts Officials Question AG Gun Ban [NRA-ILA News]

As we reported last week, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey unilaterally banned many common firearms via executive action.  AG Healey’s “enforcement notice” has now come under attack by officials within the Massachusetts government, including many from her own party.

13:30

The CZ 452: My Favorite .22 Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

CZ out of the Czech Republic makes some absolutely stellar .22 rifles that are often overlooked in the USA because of preference for semi-autos or domestically manufactured products, but abroad CZ rimfire rifles are hugely popular. While they do have a following in the USA, in Europe CZ rules the roost and they are a […]

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13:20

Gunbox’s New Sentinel AR-15 Secure Storage Speaker Device [The Firearm Blog]

SentinelRemember Gunbox? It is the fancy looking pistol box that doesnt scream “metal box with gun inside”. If not check out Chris Cheng’s review. Gunbox is now making the Sentinel. It is an upright modern looking object that sort of looks like an upright speaker. In fact it has Bluetooth speakers built into it so […]

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12:14

Heller Was Unambiguous, Unlike Hillary [NRA-ILA News]

“I think that for most of our history, there was a nuanced reading of the Second Amendment until the decision by the late Justice [Antonin] Scalia, and there was no argument until then that localities and states and the federal government had a right, as we do with every amendment, to impose reasonable regulations. So I believe we can have common-sense gun safety measures consistent with the Second Amendment.”                                                                                     —Hillary Clinton

Heller Was Unambiguous, Unlike Hillary [NRA-ILA News]

“I think that for most of our history, there was a nuanced reading of the Second Amendment until the decision by the late Justice [Antonin] Scalia, and there was no argument until then that localities and states and the federal government had a right, as we do with every amendment, to impose reasonable regulations. So I believe we can have common-sense gun safety measures consistent with the Second Amendment.”                                                                                     —Hillary Clinton

12:11

Weaver’s New Grand Slam Riflescope with Customizable MultiStop Turret [The Firearm Blog]

Weaver Grand SlamEarlier this month, Weaver officially launched a pair of new Grand Slam rifle scopes that use the company’s MultiStop turret. Both of the new scopes are variable power models, with one being a 4-16x 44mm model and the other being a 5-20x 50mm model. The MultiStop turret is a color coded system that allows the […]

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12:10

A Clarion Call For Action [NRA-ILA News]

The NRA held its 2016 Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Louisville, Ky., May 20-22. More than 80,000 NRA members attended, and it was an outstanding event on all levels. One of the highlights was our 10th annual ILA Leadership Forum, where some of the leading voices in the nation spoke to thousands of NRA members about the importance of our fundamental Second Amendment-protected rights. I’d like to share part of the message I delivered that day here in my column for members who were unable to attend or view online. Friends, this past year has been crazy.

A Clarion Call For Action [NRA-ILA News]

The NRA held its 2016 Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Louisville, Ky., May 20-22. More than 80,000 NRA members attended, and it was an outstanding event on all levels. One of the highlights was our 10th annual ILA Leadership Forum, where some of the leading voices in the nation spoke to thousands of NRA members about the importance of our fundamental Second Amendment-protected rights. I’d like to share part of the message I delivered that day here in my column for members who were unable to attend or view online. Friends, this past year has been crazy.

11:55

Effort to require background checks for Maine private gun sales gets big donation [NRA-ILA News]

The group backing a statewide ballot effort to require background checks for private gun sales has received a large donation from an out-of-state donor, according to the latest campaign finance reports released this week.

10:01

New Shotgun: Fabarm XLR5 Waterfowler [The Firearm Blog]

Fabarm XLR5 WaterfowlerFabarm USA, the US based arm of Italian shotgun manufacturer Fabarm SpA, announced a new scattergun earlier this year that is designed for waterfowl hunting. It is called the XLR5 Waterfowler. The 12 gauge shotgun is semi-automatic with a piston system that is said to run a wide variety of loads reliably. A side benefit […]

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08:23

Rape Survivor Slams Hillary in Powerful New NRA Ad [NRA-ILA News]

Rape survivor Kimberly Corban is featured in a powerful new NRA ad, slamming Hillary Clinton for her views on the Second Amendment. "My fear of firearms disappeared when I got my second chance at life," Corban says in the ad. "Self-defense is your right. Don't let it be taken away." On "The Kelly File" tonight, Corban told Megyn Kelly that she realized after the harrowing assault that she needed to take control of her own safety and protect herself.

07:10

Critics shoot holes in widely cited gun study [NRA-ILA News]

A much-heralded and widely cited study of 171 countries over nearly a half century purports to show more guns mean more mass shootings, but critics say the report uses bad methodology in a way that rigs the results.

07:09

Senator Manny Pacquiao Shooting A Gun On A Jetski [The Firearm Blog]

MannySome of you may recognize the name Manny Pacquiao. He is one of the greatest boxers according to some. Well now he is a Senator for the Philippines. He also likes to shoot pistol matches. He was seen shooting at the USPSA Asia Pacific Championship. I don’t understand how a USPSA match can be held […]

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06:57

Senate Anti-Gunner Spins Latest Clinton Debacle [NRA-ILA News]

Anti-gun zealot Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) sure can keep a straight face when he’s evading hard questions that reveal his and his allies’ flaws of judgment and character.

Senate Anti-Gunner Spins Latest Clinton Debacle [NRA-ILA News]

Anti-gun zealot Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) sure can keep a straight face when he’s evading hard questions that reveal his and his allies’ flaws of judgment and character.

06:27

Winchester M2 Rifle (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

In the previous video, we looked at the Winchester G30M rifle as it was submitted to Marine Corps trials in 1940. When the trial result came back with the G30M in last place, Winchester immediately assigned David Williams to work on adapting it to resolve the problems found in testing. What Williams did was to replace the tilting bolt with a virtual duplicate of the Garand’s two-lug rotating bolt. Williams also worked to reduce the weight of the gun, and was able to bring it down to a remarkable 7.5 pounds (3.4kg).

This prototype of the rifle (which Winchester optimistically designated the M2, implying that it would supercede the M1 Garand) was actually made largely from M1 Garand forgings, as Winchester was by this time build M1 rifles on contract. The receiver, bolt, and operating rod in this rifle was converted from Garand parts. Clearly it is not a finished product, and show many signs of being a shop prototype – but it was in this state when it was shown to ReneStudler of the Ordnance Department in early 1941. Studler was impressed by the design, but knew that it would not replace the M1 at that point. However, he urged Winchester to scale the gun down to the .30 Carbine cartridge (which Winchester had themselves developed) and submit it in the second round of the Light Rifle testing which was to happen soon.

Does a two-lug rotating bolt, short stroke gas tappet, and Garand-style operating rod sound like a familiar set of features? Well, there is good reason…

Winchester took Studler’s advice, and the scaled-down version was developed in just a few weeks and proved to be the best gun in the trials. It would be developed quickly into the M1 Carbine, and become the most-manufactured semiauto rifle of WWII. At that point Winchester would set aside the .30-06 side of this rifle design for a little while, as they had plenty of work now with M1 Garand and M1 Carbine production. But we will see the M2/G30M/G30 come back in new form in the next episode…

05:06

Mesa Tactical Ditches California for Nevada [The Firearm Blog]

mesa-tactical-nevadaAdd another company to the great California exodus, this time it’s the shotgun accessory makers at Mesa Tactical. They recently announced that they’re leaving the state of Commiefornia for their neighbors Nevada. They’ve cited California’s draconian gun laws and high cost of living as the main reasons for their departure. Mesa Tactical started in 2003 in […]

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05:05

Modern Intermediate Calibers 006: The 7.62×40 Wilson Tactical [The Firearm Blog]

7.62x40 WT next to its parent, the 5.56mm.Like the .300 AAC Blackout that we discussed earlier, the 7.62×40 Wilson Tactical was intended to be a medium-performance .30 caliber cartridge that would function in standard AR-15 type rifles with minimal modifications, such as a barrel change. Like the .300 AAC Blackout, the Wilson round was based on an earlier wildcat, which was designed […]

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Polymer80 Spectre 80% Frames In New Colors and G19 Frames on The Way [The Firearm Blog]

glock-80lower-colorsPolymer80 out of Nevada released their Spectre 80% Glock frames a few months back. In case you’re living under a rock Polymer80’s Spectre frames are 80% completed, and just like with AR-15 80% lowers you have to finish the rest of the frame or lower yourself. It’s pretty simple to do actually. Our comrades who […]

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04:08

New Crimson Trace Laserless Grips [The Firearm Blog]

kimberk61Crimson Trace recently grabbed the firearms industry headlines by being purchased by gun giant Smith and Wesson (for a cool $95 million). And although that alone is definitely enough to capture our interest, they’ve also recently announced a new product that is notably different than the products for which they’re known. The new product? Crimson […]

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03:15

Adding 1911 Grips to Your AR-15 [The Firearm Blog]

1911-ar15-gripJohn Moses Browning’s greatest gift to mankind the 1911 is regarded as having one of the best feeling pistol grips of all time. It’s slim, it has the perfect angle and it just feels right. Although a heavy handgun for some shooters there’s no denying that the 1911 fits most peoples hands just right and […]

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03:00

Front Sights Are Overrated: the Charter Arms Boomer [The Firearm Blog]

Charter Arms BoomerCharter Arms is now offering an even more compact version of the company’s .44 Special line of revolvers. Called the Boomer, this new handgun is a five shot wheel gun – same as the classic Bulldog – but with a tapered 2″ barrel that is ported and completely bereft of a front sight. Meanwhile, the […]

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02:00

New Waterfowl Hunting Packs from Final Approach [The Firearm Blog]

FA Hunting PackFinal Approach, one of the Vista Outdoor companies, released three new hunting packs this year for waterfowl hunters. Each of the three was designed with a specific purpose in mind and is described below. Hunting Pack The Final Approach Hunting Pack is a backpack style tote made of 800 denier material. The pack has two […]

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Thursday, 28 July

14:27

Henry Gun Giveaway! Enter To Win An All-Weather Lever Action Rifle! There Will Be Two Winners! [The Firearm Blog]

giveaway imageHenry Repeating Arms has partnered with TheFirearmBlog.com to give you the opportunity to win an All-Weather Lever Action Rifle! One secondary prize (same rifle) will be given away to the entrant with the most referrals from social media, so make sure to share this giveaway with your friends! Prizes: We will be giving away two All-Weather […]

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14:07

Anti-Gun Coalition Calls for “West Coast Ban” on Commonly-Owned Semi-Auto Firearms [NRA-ILA News]

NRA members and Second Amendment supporters are called upon now more than ever to get involved in the upcoming elections to ensure that pro-gun and pro-hunting candidates are elected.

13:59

Just listing some July terror attacks in Europe [John Lott's Website]


Terrorism in July in France and Germany

July 24, 2016: Twelve people were injured, Ansbach, Germany: 27-year-old Syrian national set off a bomb outside a music festival
July 22, 2016: nine shot to death, Munich, Germany: by 18-year-old Iranian/German  
July 19, 2016injured four people, two critically, train passengers with an axe in Wuerzburg, teenager reportedly shouted the Islamic phrase "Allahu akbar"
July 17, 2016killing 84 people, Driver, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, was a career criminal, used a truck and a gun to kill people.
July 14, 2016: 2 killed, murder by an Islamic State jihadist of a police officer and police secretary at their home in Magnanville, 50 km northwest of Paris.  French police arrested three men, age 27, 29 and 44.

13:30

WWII German G41(W) Field Strip [The Firearm Blog]

The German G41(W) was Germany’s first self-loading rifle issued in any significant quantity during WWII, but it’s many flaws led it to not be appreciated or coveted by the soldiers who were issued them. Using an unusual operating method, the guns were subject to excessive fouling and other troubles. That said, the rifles are mechanically […]

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13:22

Massachusetts: Attend State House Lobby Day This Saturday! [NRA-ILA News]

This weekend, the Massachusetts Legislature will adjourn from its 2016 Legislative Session. Use this opportunity to stand up for your Second Amendment rights at the Massachusetts State House on Saturday, July 30, at noon.

13:20

For 35 Years, The Longest Sniper Kill Was With a Ma-Duece [The Firearm Blog]

FsrQzlWhile the current record for the longest “confirmed” sniper kill is over 2,700 yards (just over 1.5) miles, with a .338 Lapua Magnum round, for nearly 35 years the record stood not with a traditional centerfire rifle, but with a modified M2 Browning Heavy Machine Gun, affectionately known as the “Ma Duece” The “sniper?” None […]

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13:05

The Canadian Non-Restricted “AR-10” & AR-15 – Albert Tactical “Modern” Series [The Firearm Blog]

31As politicians pass laws, its inevitable that ingenious people with a passion will do everything they can find the limit of the letter of the law. Latest up is a company not based in the United States, but rather Canada, long known for its direct ban on both the AR-15 and AK-47 weapon systems. Alberta Tactical […]

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12:38

75-Year-Old Woman Defends Home and Family From Violent Robbers [NRA-ILA News]

A seventy-five year old woman retrieved her firearm and defended her family from armed robbers who physically assaulted her and handcuffed her family.

12:31

In Case You Missed It: More Gun Control Laws Will Not Reduce Crime [NRA-ILA News]

Washington Post admits new study “reinforces a common refrain among gun rights advocacy groups.” A new study released by the University of Pittsburg finds that nearly 8 in 10 gun crimes are committed with illegally-possessed guns. The findings are summarized in this Washington Post headline: “New Evidence Confirms what Gun Rights Advocates Have Said for a Long Time about Crime.” What the NRA has been saying all along is that criminals, by definition, don’t follow the law. As a result, new gun control laws will do nothing to prevent crime and make us safer.

12:11

When Dyeing PMAGs, Liquid Or Powdered Dye? [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_3417A few weeks ago Nicholas C posted an article written for GunMag Warehouse about dyeing PMAGS and it got me thinking about whether or not the type of dye mattered when dyeing polymer. Just about every online guide specifies the use of the liquid Rit brand dye, but at about five bucks per color the cost […]

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12:00

POTD: Don’t Cover Up Your Muzzle Brakes, They Like To Be Free [The Firearm Blog]

13668994_1011742998895162_4671908328201551166_nSolar Tactical posted this image on their Facebook page. It is another example of someone tucking a  muzzle brake behind a long handguard. As we have seen in other examples, the handguard does not do well with containing the concussive forces of the muzzle brake. Does anyone recognize the muzzle brake design and the keymod […]

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11:53

In Case You Missed It - More Gun Control Laws Will Not Reduce Crime [NRA-ILA News]

Washington Post admits new study “reinforces a common refrain among gun rights advocacy groups.”

10:01

Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Essential E2 [The Firearm Blog]

Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Agressor EssentialTrail cameras have become very popular with hunters for scouting potential hunting areas. I would imagine that most people have seen some of the photos online of monster bucks, bear and other critters that these cameras have captured when no humans are around. Bushnell announced a new addition to the company’s line of automated cameras. […]

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08:01

Most Gun Crimes Aren’t Committed by Lawful Gun Owners [NRA-ILA News]

Lawful gun owners commit less than a fifth of all gun crimes, according to a novel analysis released this week by the University of Pittsburgh.

07:59

Concealed-carry permits at all-time high [NRA-ILA News]

More than 14.5 million Americans are now licensed to carry a concealed handgun — a jump of 1.73 million in just a year, according to new research that says women and black Americans are among the most eager to sign up.

07:57

A Mind-Boggling Divide Over Police Shootings [NRA-ILA News]

I’ve been writing about race and police shootings since October of 2014. I thought I had a pretty good grasp of the divide on the issue. Liberals say that police frequently shoot blacks without justification. Conservatives say that, overwhelmingly, the disparity in police shootings stems from higher black crime rates, not racism. I tend to come down on the side of the conservatives, though there’s a lot we have left to learn about this issue and I am open to suasion.

07:52

DNC in Philly: Clinton, Democrats put gun control at center of convention stage [NRA-ILA News]

With mothers of police violence victims on the stage and anti-gun protesters in the streets, Hillary Clinton and Democrats are giving gun control and efforts to curb police violence a starring role at their summer convention.

07:09

New Markings on SIG Guns & Suppressors [The Firearm Blog]

SIG SAUERFirearm industry powerhouse SIG SAUER recently announced that all new firearms and sound suppressors will feature a new fabrication mark that identifies the place of manufacture as Newington, NH. Previously, guns made by the company in the United States have been marked simply with “Exeter, NH.” In the future, that mark will be replaced with “Made in Newington, […]

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06:27

British Pistol Use During WWI [Forgotten Weapons]

Here’s an interesting piece of research, done in 2010 by one David Thomas as part of a degree in British First World War Studies:

The Pistol in British Military Service During the Great War (pdf)

This is a well-footnoted 38 pages, covering the British procurement of handguns, the different types of handguns use, and the training methods used with them. To me, the most interesting part was those training methods – I had not realized British training was nearly as elaborate as it really was.

The influence of [Captain Charles] Tracy is as the bringer of pistol fighting technique. In 1915 he wrote a simple instructional handbook for more advanced training, drawing attention to his skills and knowledge. He advocated the use of instinctive shooting at close ranges and using the sights for longer distances. Tracy’s stated “War Shot” standard was the ability of a man to hit a 12” by 16” rectangle, with one pistol shot at ten yards, in one second. He is acknowledged as the writer of the 1916 Addendum to Musketry Regulations, which improved pistol training enormously.

…Issued with Army Orders as a separate 15 page close-typed document, it was intended to be enclosed with Musketry Regulations. It included a much more advanced and demanding set of practices and tests than before the war.

These cover grouping, rapid and snap shooting, at a variety of ranges, and engaging targets whilst advancing on foot. Shooting is to be conducted with both right and left hand, single and double action, to tight timings. One practice involves firing at targets whilst moving down a trench. There are mounted practices for those for whom they were appropriate.

The Boer War had involved relatively little use of handguns, and their training and procurement lapsed between the end of that conflict and the beginning of World War I. At that point, though, it seems that the British really put in serious work to improve handgun shooting skills with their troops. Handguns were used extensively by officers of course, but also by naval troops, aviators, tank crewmen, and machine gun crewmen. As the author says,

From a somewhat simple and unsuitable procedure at the start of the War, British pistol technique developed along parallel but complimentary official and private lines, to a sophisticated level. Safe use, allied to skilled tactical methods produced first class combat shots. Anyone passing out from a revolver instructional course in the latter half of the War would have been better trained with a pistol than all but special forces personnel in the modern army.

Definitely worth a read!

05:06

Modern Intermediate Calibers 005: The .300 AAC Blackout [The Firearm Blog]

On the right are two .300 AAC Blackout rounds, alongside the green-tipped 5.56mm and shorter .221 Remington Fireball that serves as the round's parent case.Previously, we talked about the Soviet 7.62x39mm caliber, which was paired with the famous Kalashnikov automatic rifle. With its much heavier bullet, larger caliber, and lower velocity, the 7.62x39mm contrasts heavily with the US 5.56mm caliber, and US weapons manufacturers took note. The .300 AAC Blackout is in many ways similar to the 7.62x39mm caliber, […]

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05:05

RCMP Bans High Capacity Ruger 10/22 magazines [The Firearm Blog]

1323473_origRecently the RCMP (Royal Canadain Mounted Police) have moved to declare magazines of more than 10 rds for the Ruger 10/22 as a prohibited device. Click here to see the report by Calibre, a Canadian firearm magazine. For those not familiar with Canadian firearm restrictions typically rifles are limited to only 5rd magazines while handguns […]

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04:08

Catch a New STD Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

STD-15While many people are out catching some digital critter with the Pokemon Go game, Standard Manufacturing Company hopes you catch one of their new STD rifles. The company is offering two versions of the new semi-auto guns: a Model A and a Model B. The STD-15 rifles are basic AR-15 pattern guns using a gas impingement […]

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03:15

22plinkster Shoots A Swinging Penny Backwards, With A Mirror [The Firearm Blog]

BbpjAqiOver the years the 22plinkster channel has been viewed over 35 million times and has hit it big with their “how many will a 22 shoot through” series. 22plinkster has some pretty great trick shots, reviews and of course the always loved how many cans of silly string can a 22 go through video; but shooting […]

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03:00

By The Numbers: Glock 26 vs Glock 43 [The Firearm Blog]

Credit: www.luckygunner.comWe are coming up on the two-year anniversary of the Glock 43 debut and I have yet to buy one. Why? Because I may be the only Glock fan that just doesn’t see the point – I’ll stick with my G26/G17 #thankyouverymuch. Unless I’m missing some intangible characteristic, the numbers just aren’t adding up. Let’s […]

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02:00

THE CONTINUING MISADVENTURES OF GLOCKY AND MCCOLT – #3 [The Firearm Blog]

imageSee Episode 2 of Glocky & McColt here: Previous Episodes here: Episode 1: DO YOU LIKE GLOCKY & MCCOLT? DON’T FORGET TO SUPPORT TFB’S AWESOME ADVERTISERS AND SPONSORS.

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Wednesday, 27 July

18:59

EDC Recommendations 2016: Under $200 [AllOutdoor.com]

With the reworking of the price ranges, I can more quickly get to the “heart” of the market and more quickly get to the part of the market where the best values exist. Under $50 you can find some good stuff, but it is always lacking in a few critical ways. The lights don’t have that “punch through the darkness” capacity and the knives run worse than average steel. It’s not that the CRKT Drifter and the Eagletac D25AAA are bad, it’s just that they don’t have the kind of performance that can sate a gear geek. But if you up your budget to $200 for the whole package, now you are looking at some of the penny for penny best buys on the market.

In many ways, this gear thought experiment shows the problems of all sorts of arbitrary economic distinctions–tax brackets for example. You can make one penny more than the top of your tax bracket and all of sudden you are paying a metric ton more in taxes. Going from $50 to $200 doesn’t just quadruple your options, it multiples them by a factor of 10 or 20. If you are very careful and mind your specs and pennies you can get pretty much state of the art stuff for $200.

Knife: Spyderco Dragonfly II in ZDP-189

There are really four competitors here–two all around great EDC knives, the hard use entry, and the sweet flipper. In order, that is the Dragonfly II or the Spyderco Native 5 in S110V, the Cold Steel Mini Recon 1 (review of the AUS-8) and the Kershaw Skyline. Any of these four knives is a legit choice. In the end, I went with the Dragonfly II because it is so much lighter and smaller than the other four knives. It is a knife design master class. Its curved handle and finger choil allow many folks to get a four finger grip on a knife that could easily go on your keychain.

It also runs an amazing steel. ZDP-189 has exceedingly high amounts of both carbon and chromium, more than any regularly used steel (you sometimes see S125V which has more carbon, but that is a rarity). This combination gives the steel superior edge holding characteristics compared to almost anything else out there. When you consider that you get all of this in a package that runs around $80 and weighs 1.2 ounces, it’s hard to beat. That’s why it has been one my recommended knives for at least the last five years. It’s just too good. If for whatever reason it’s too small, the lightweight Native 5 with S110V blade steel is a great alternative. Still, if you have the room, grip-wise, just go with the Dragonfly. It’s 75% the blade length at something like 1/3 the weight.

The other two knives are totally different. I like the Dragonfly II better than either because, again, the killer combination of weight, size, steel, and price, but if you have need for a hard use knife, the Cold Steel Mini Recon 1, now with CTS-XHP steel, is a great value.

It is also lighter than you think. The Kershaw Skyline is something totally different. Just looking at the knife tells you that it has a lot of ingenuity packed into its small frame–a single steel liner, a wonderful, unassisted flipper. You can find it for well under $100 and it is just great in the pocket–light, thin, and inoffensive.

Light: Olight S1 Baton

This is really a three horse race with a very new entry. For a long time, the market was dominated by two lights: the S1 Baton and the Surefire Titan Plus. It’s a close call between these two lights, one is a bit smaller but fatter around (the S1), and the other runs common cells and has a vastly superior clip (Titan Plus). As between these two lights, they are good enough to say this: pick whichever has the battery you like. I can see arguments either way. In the end, I liked the S1 better because of the truly great clicky UI and the ability tailstand, but the Titan Plus ain’t no slouch. Then, in July of 2016, Klarus released a light that seemed to jump right into the race: the Mi7 Mini Might EDC. This is a 1xAA light with a sideswitch, true tailstand ability, a great low (5 lumens), an unbelievable high (700 lumens with a rechargeable AA battery), and all for $40. So let’s amend the statement above slightly–pick your favorite battery–AAA, AA or CR123a–and then you’ll have the light you should get.

In the end, the S1 offers too many advantages. I still like CR123as better. You can get the S1’s high, 500 lumens, on primary cells. The other two lights need rechargeable to hit their highs. I have also found that the common cell argument (common cells being better because they are more readily available) is true, but only to a certain extent. If you are in the hinterlands, then yes, it will be hard to find CR123as. But if you are not and just worried about what you will find in an emergency, I actually have found during three storm prep events that CR123as were left when all of the AAs and AAAs were cleared out. I also really like the S1’s UI. It’s not perfect though. None of these three lights are. I’d like a better clip on the S1, I’d like the Titan Plus to be able to tailstand (what’s the point of that plastic disconnect if the light itself has the exact same shape underneath?), and I’d like some kind of clip on the Mi7. There is room for improvement with any of these lights, but right now they are the top of the sub-$100 market.

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18:57

Adult Coloring, For Gun People [AllOutdoor.com]

If you don’t know by now that coloring by adults is a thing, it’s time you learned. It’s an interesting phenomenon, and in addition to filling the colorist’s time with something more worthwhile than Farmville or constantly checking Facebook, coloring has legitimate therapeutic effects. If you don’t believe me, see what the American Art Therapy Association has to say about it.

Now I’m admittedly a bit biased on this, since my wife has created a number of successful coloring books herself, but I think it’s pretty cool. I find my own art therapy by playing guitar and such, and by occasionally welding some scrap steel into a sculpture… everybody needs something like that, and coloring provides it for many.

Enter “Full Metal Coloring: A Book of Down Range Reflection,” by former competitive shooter Kimberly Kolb Eakin. It offers more than images of guns and stuff for you to color; here’s a quote from the Amazon page where it’s selling for $9.99:

Filled with humor, history and iconic images, Full Metal Coloring appeals to military, veterans, shooting sports athletes and hunters. Amusing quotes by Aristotle, Walter Cronkite, Wyatt Earp and more! Shooting tips by Jerry Miculek, Brian Zins, Jim Henderson and more! Images of the world’s greatest shooters, Julie Golob, Sandra & Eric Uptagrafft, Dustin Ellerman, Randi Rogers and more! Featuring coloring pages for Tom Gresham of GunTalk and Michael Waddell of Bone Collector.

(Image: Kimberly Kolb Eakin)

(Image: Kimberly Kolb Eakin)

So if you’re looking for some relaxing time alone with guns and related stuff — and you want to get some art therapy while you’re at it — this book might be just the thing for you.

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18:57

This Deer Loves This Logger… or This Log [AllOutdoor.com]

This is an interesting video. Turn down your sound, though–all you can hear is the roaring chainsaw anyhow.

This deer has wandered up to a logger as he limbs a felled tree. His tape measure is paid out behind him as he works his way to the top of the tree, cutting off limbs until he reaches the point where he will cut the top off of the tree.

This silly deer keeps putting its head down against the log and under his tape measure. I wondered what it was doing, and I’m still not completely sure. It seemed to enjoy putting its head under the tape measure and lifting it up.

But then it really rubs its head and neck on top of a freshly-cut part of the log. And then when I re-watched it, I could see the deer almost basking in the spray of sawdust around the 0:24 mark. It seems this critter really loves something about the wood or its resin.

Maybe next time we’re out hunting and can’t find any deer, we need to crank up our chainsaws and just wait…

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18:57

Watch: Build a DIY Go-Cart Powered by a Cordless Drill [AllOutdoor.com]

This funky and creative little vehicle was built using pretty standard hardware items, a bit of lumber, a plastic chair seat, “wheels from wagon” (according to the Youtube description)… oh, and a frisbee for steering.

It’s a great illustration of how a creative mind can come up with an unconventional way to accomplish pretty much anything. This can be a great survivalist or prepper skill.

The video is interspersed with shots of a kid driving the cart around, alternating with details of its construction.

Unless you really love plinky piano music, you might as well mute your sound for this one.

The drill is mounted with zip-ties. A length of cable connects the “gas” pedal to the drill’s trigger.

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Pretty neat!

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18:57

Motorized Handheld 5.56mm Gatling Gun: The XM556 Microgun [AllOutdoor.com]

Empty Shell, LLC: their website home page reads “Unique Firearms Design,” and they’re not lying.

The one we’re talking about here is called the XM556 Microgun, and it’s a motorized gatling-style gun that fires 5.56 NATO ammo like it’s going out of style. Oh, and it’s designed to be handheld, which makes it the first of its kind.

(Image: Empty Shell, LLC)

(Image: Empty Shell, LLC)

Here’s a quote from their website:

After working in the firearm industry… [we saw] a consistent pattern. Products typically evolved from companies looking around at current trends and trying to get on board before they caught on.

When we founded Empty Shell in 2014, it was decided that we would not go that route. We will only bring products to market that add value to the industry and have a large advantage to the end user. We will never sell something that you can find easily somewhere else. We also only add team members and vendors that understand our vision and are talented enough to produce parts with the same commitment we have in developing them.

About the XM556, they have this to say:

The XM556 is a new platform system… designed from scratch. The parts are not just a smaller imitation of the larger M134. An absolutely all new style of bolt was conceived and designed to eliminate current known issues with the M134. The bolts combined with many other improvements have been made to not only extend the life of the gun but reduce wear and reduce or eliminate stoppages.

Right now, they’ve uploaded a total of three short videos on Youtube. This first one shows the gun chewing & spewing 100 dummy rounds of ammo.

This next one shows a very short test.

And finally, the video below shows a “belt” of linked rounds being fed into the gun and then fired. This thing sure goes through the ammo quickly!

Here are some specs:

  • Caliber: 5.56mm
  • Barrel Length: 10″ or 16″
  • Total Gun Weight: 16 lbs (subject to change)
  • Rate of Fire: 2000/4000 (subject to change)
  • Total Length: Handheld 22″
  • Total Height: 6″
  • Total Width: 9″
  • Feed System: M-27 Linked Ammunition Belt
  • Fire Mode: Full Auto Only
  • Power Requirement: 24 Volts DC
  • Barrel Life: TBD
  • System Life: TBD
  • Status: Prototype/Still in Development

Want…

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18:56

Video: Top 5 Guns I Regret Buying [AllOutdoor.com]

“For whatever reason, at the time of purchase I thought acquiring these would be a good idea, but some factor later on down the road led to a severe case of buyer’s remorse.”

That’s the intro to this video, which covers some gun purchases that seemed like a good idea at the time… but turned out poorly in the end.

Of the little S&W Escort 22 LR “belly gun,” he says he’s never gotten through an entire magazine without it malfunctioning, and he illustrates how the rear sight enjoys falling off. Doh!

The only gun in this video which I’ve thought about getting for myself is the Kel-Tec PMR30. I won’t spoil the surprise, but suffice it to say that I won’t be shopping for one anytime soon.

The last gun shown was a surprise to me… not that he regrets buying it, but that anybody would buy one in the first place.

Enjoy. And then please share your biggest gun regrets in the comments below!

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17:26

Massachusetts: Ivory Ban Legislation May Be Heard in the Senate This Week [NRA-ILA News]

With only a few days left in the 2016 legislative session, Senate Bill 2241 could still come to vote before the legislature goes on recess at the end of the week.  It is imperative that you contact your state Representative and state Senator and urge them to oppose S. 2241!

15:59

Dem Delegate Admits: ‘Common Sense Gun Control’ Is Just Code For Repealing Second Amendment [VIDEO] [NRA-ILA News]

The latest video from Project Veritas shows Mary Bayer, a former Democratic delegate and a volunteer organizer for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, admitting that the party is using “common sense” gun control to trick America into supporting a ban on all firearms and effectively repealing the Second Amendment.

13:30

The Thompson M1A1 (Full Auto) [The Firearm Blog]

The American Thompson SMG is a gun that has been used by hero and villain alike, and countless film and television appearances have cemented its reputation as piece of Americana. But beyond its iconic status, the gun was a very effective piece of military hardware and was used to great effect in conflicts around the […]

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13:20

L3’s Next Generation Aiming Laser [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureL3, parent company of EOTech, also has quite a few successful brands of products that the warfighter can depend on. One of their most well-known products us the Insight AN/PEQ-15 laser designator system also known as the ATPIAL, which has been popular with special forces and various Tier 1 groups. L3 has been busy building upon […]

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13:05

Slow-Mo Awesomeness – Dual-Wielding Taurus Judge’s [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureSometimes I just need a break – a break from writing on the latest releases, bemoaning current superfluous trends, and reviewing firearms from across the spectrum. On second thought… I don’t, I love this job especially with the editors allowing the occasional use of snark. But, I do enjoy a break or two from the […]

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12:11

Fireclean VS. Tuohy Dismissed [The Firearm Blog]

firecleanLast year, Andrew Tuohy of Vuurwapen Blog, did some tests to show that FIREclean is similar to Crisco oil. If you missed that click here to read about it. FIREClean sued Tuohy for defamation. Well recently that lawsuit was dismissed. United States District Court Judge James C. Cacheris issued an order dismissing Fireclean v. Tuohy […]

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12:00

POTD: IWI Tavor X95 Grenade Launcher [The Firearm Blog]

IWI X95 L 5.56mm with IWI 40mm Grenade Launcher S -FieldThe IWI X95 has a dedicated 40mm grenade launcher that uses the pistol grip rather than the standard cutlass style hand guard grip. This grenade launcher was developed to replace the M203. It attaches by just a single push pin an can be removed without special tools.

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10:36

Governor Calls for Clarity in Assault Weapons Ban Enforcement [NRA-ILA News]

Gov. Charlie Baker supports Massachusetts' longstanding assault weapons ban, but he nonetheless had questions Tuesday for Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey over her recent crackdown on what she terms, "copycat" weapons.

10:32

Democrats take a more forceful stance on gun control [NRA-ILA News]

At the past three Democratic conventions, only one presidential nominee mentioned the scourge of gun violence. Eight years ago in Denver, Barack Obama devoted a single sentence to the subject in his 5,000-word acceptance speech. This year’s convention is shaping up very differently.

10:30

Olympic shooters thrust into gun-control debate [NRA-ILA News]

Sport shooters are staunch supporters of the Second Amendment, given their chosen event. Because they are public figures, more so during Olympic years, they have become targets for anti-gun groups.

10:29

Gun-Control Opponents Can Begin Efforts To Overturn Laws [NRA-ILA News]

Opponents of a set of recently signed gun control laws may begin gathering signatures to qualify referendums to attempt to overturn them, Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced Monday.

10:24

Gun Violence Takes Center Stage at Democratic Convention [NRA-ILA News]

Democrats call it "gun violence" or "gun safety", but their real focus is on strict new anti-gun laws.

10:22

Just in Time for His Party’s Convention, Obama Administration Releases Latest Executive Gun Control [NRA-ILA News]

On Friday, July 22, just as members of his party were gathering in Philadelphia to coronate Hillary Clinton as their presidential nominee, the Obama Administration once again released a sweeping gun control measure by executive fiat. This time the bad news came via the U.S. State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), which is primarily responsible for administering the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and its implementing rules, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The upshot is that DDTC is labeling commercial gunsmiths as “manufacturers” for performing relatively simple work such as threading a barrel or fabricating a small custom part for an older firearm. Under the AECA, “manufactures” are required to register with DDTC at significant expense or risk onerous criminal penalties.

10:07

Nevada State Senator James Settelmeyer Comes Out Against Question 1 Gun Control Ballot Initiative [NRA-ILA News]

Nevada State Senator James Settelmeyer is the latest elected official in Nevada to come out against the Question 1 gun control ballot initiative. Settelmeyer, a rancher from Minden, Nevada, is urging voters to reject the initiative, which is largely bankrolled by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "I looked at the Bloomberg initiative. To some, it may sound good on its face, but it will end up costing Nevadans, time, money, freedom. It will also stretch scarce law enforcement resources. Ultimately, I don't think it will stop criminals from committing crimes."

10:01

Beretta & McRee Partner For Limited Edition Tikka Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureBeretta, known for their plethora of products and their M9 service pistol for the US Army, has announced a partnership with McRee Precision and the introduction of a new limited edition Tikka rifle. The new rifle, dubbed the “TSR-1” is a combination of Tikka’s barreled action and McRee’s custom aluminum chassis. The barreled action comes […]

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08:18

FACT CHECK: Gun Control Advocate Mark Kelly Misleads on Gun Issue [NRA-ILA News]

Hours before the issue of gun control took center stage at the Democratic National Convention, Mark Kelly, a leading gun control advocate, told what’s become a classic lie of the Hillary Clinton camp – that Clinton supports the Second Amendment and doesn’t wish to see it abolished.

07:09

South American National Parks Field Grenade Launchers [The Firearm Blog]

Cn9F9jsWEAAYL4kIt appears that South American National Parks has teamed up with the South African weapons manufacturer MILKOR to provide the parks anti-poaching team with some heavy firepower. Milkor has added at least two of the 40mm launchers to the park’s growing armory, a lightweight UBGL launcher and  Milkor’s multiple grenade launcher. You might be wondering why […]

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06:27

Winchester G30M (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

With the death of Jonathan “Ed” Browning in 1939, development of the Winchester G30 rifle was passed into the hands of a new employee at Winchester by the name of David Marshall Williams. Williams would become widely known as “Carbine” Williams in later years thanks to Jimmy Stewart and Hollywood, but we will be to that part of this story later.

What Williams did to the G30 was to replace Browning’s annular gas piston with his own short stroke tappet system (this being the first rifle to use that system of Williams’). This substantially improved the gun’s reliability, and Winchester was able to submit it to Marine Corps trials in 1940 alongside the Garand and Pedersen rifles under the designation G30M. The Marine Corps was legitimately interested in the G30M, as it was expected to be both faster and cheaper to manufacture than the Garand.

Ultimately the trials were won by the Garand, with the G30M placing third in total malfunctions and broken parts. This had involved 37 different tests and more than 12,000 rounds through each rifle. The Garand had 1,480 total malfunctions and 49 parts broken, replaced, or repaired. The Johnson had 1,547 and 72 respectively, and the G30M 2,864 and 97 (roughly double the number of problems as the Garand).

Despite this failure, Winchester was encouraged to continue working on the rifle, if for no other reason than the possibility of foreign purchasers. Williams’ next step would be to replace the Browning tilting bolt with a Garand-type rotating bolt, which would result in a rifle Winchester would call the M2, or “the seven and a half pound rifle”. We will examine that rifle in the next video…

05:06

New Crimson Trace Laserless Grips & The Kimber K6s [The Firearm Blog]

ss16-mdfshg-kimber-682x383.1455898577In a press release earlier today Crimson Trace has announced that they are now going to be producing grips with no laser. Crimson trace has a well known history of producing some of the very best laser aiming aids with over 2 million sets shipped over the last 20 years. They have also built up […]

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05:05

Modern Intermediate Calibers 004: The 6.5 Grendel [The Firearm Blog]

Two 6.5 Grendel rounds and related cartridges. Left to right: 7.62x39mm, .220 Russian, 6.5 Grendel 123gr SMK, Wolf 100gr FMJ.One of the most ballistically interesting intermediate calibers ever developed is the 6.5 Grendel, developed by Arne Brennan with the assistance of Bil Alexander, and promoted heavily by the latter’s company, Alexander Arms. The 6.5 Grendel is interesting because it combines a wide case head based off the 7.62x39mm parent case with a short case […]

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04:08

EMPTY SHELL Engineers the “World’s First Hand Held Electric Gatling Gun in 5.56mm” [The Firearm Blog]

XM556 MicrogunYou may have seen on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter a minigun floating around. It is not something photoshopped out of a dream, we can assure you that it is real! Empty Shell, LLC, based out of Texas, manufactures this firearm. It is called the XM556 Microgun chambered for 5.56mm NATO, and it is extremely reminiscent of […]

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03:15

BUSHNELL Bolsters Their LRHSi Riflescopes & Chases the Target Shooters Market [The Firearm Blog]

LRHSiBushnell continues to expand and grow their line of LRHSi optics. This is slowly centering themselves as a stronger competitor against the likes of Leupold, Vortex, and Nikon which are some of the most recognizable names in the industry. There are many features on this scope that make it a true contender: 1st Focal Plane, […]

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03:00

Dueling Tree Targets from Birchwood Casey [The Firearm Blog]

birchwood1Birchwood Casey designs and manufactures some of the greatest steel targets – and targets in general – on the market. Whether you need something for your air rifle or are interested in some up-close-and-personal trigger time on steel plates with frangible ammo, they’ve got you covered. They recently expanded their line to include a couple […]

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02:00

Steiner P4Xi Riflescope Now Available In Commercial Market [The Firearm Blog]

p4xi scopeSteiner announced that the company’s P4Xi rifle scope will now be sold tot he commercial market. Until now, this variable power scope was only available for government sales. The P4Xi is a 1-4×24 scope that is said to offer true 1x magnification on the low end. Many 1x optics do magnify the image slightly, which can […]

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Tuesday, 26 July

19:43

My Safe Has Better Guns Than Star Wars [AllOutdoor.com]

When my family and I watched the entire Star Wars series in high definition, we realized that unfortunately some of the props were not created to look good in high def. Star Wars was way cooler back when was released, but even as a young gunslinger I was confused as to why a “highly trained” army of clone soldiers were such bad shots, and rarely (if ever) used cover.

In a world of Star Wars computer technology, why the heck is every gun 1) humanoid targeted, 2) must be fired exclusively from the hip, and 3) apparently made to such horrible standards that it has less accuracy potential than a slingshot?

Judging from the alleged intense training of Jango Fett and the DNA lineage of the Empire’s Clone Army, one can only assume that the guns are at fault. On the other hand the Rebellion handgun, carbine, and rifle blasters don’t seem much better, with accuracy only marginally better than a kid throwing rocks at windows.

Accuracy seems a little finicky. If Luke needs to shoot out a tiny blast door panel 75 yards across the shooting stage, he does it in one shot — but if he needs to pick off Clones standing 10 feet from him offering perfect frontal shots, he has to “spray and pray,” and he misses over and over.

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The logical assumption is that all these shooters are well-trained, so the only logical conclusion is that the weapons themselves are garbage from a power and accuracy perspective. Watch any scene in any Star Wars movie, and you will be appalled at the hit ratio at even sub-seven-yard ranges. I didn’t get all nerdy and count shots, but the average hit ratio between either side with personnel-carried arms has to be close to 10%-20%.

That hit ratio is close to the U.S. military average hit ratios on 300-yard targets, but the distances of the typical Empire/Rebellion engagement appears to be at less than 50 yards. Keep in mind that the average Star Wars blaster is shooting an energy pulse (aka laser) which should be stunningly accurate considering there are no issues with rifling, bullet spin dynamics, wind deflection, etc.

The Blaster produces an laser blast which should, based on current laws of physics, have perfect zero-MOA accuracy at any range with no hold-over required. The only logical explanation is that the optical laser blast delivery lens system on every blaster is loose on every gun in the galaxy, which causes erratic accuracy.

I would blame the accuracy on the optics, but it seems that actually aiming a weapon is against the Galactic War Convention and shots can only be taken via a modified 1970s Spaghetti Western shoot-from-the-hip style.

Also amazing to me: None of the Star Wars weapons have anywhere close to the same firepower as a minigun or even full-auto fire like a standard Military M4 has. Even worse is the rate of fire the average blaster is able to produce, which seems to be about 60 rounds a minute at best.

If you had a 100-round blaster, wouldn’t you be doing your best imitation of Jerry Miculek to rain suppressive fire upon the clone soldiers standing without cover attacking you? So rate of fire I suppose was limited as well with the Star Wars blasters.

Logically, none of the Star Wars weapons make sense to me. I can drop a LaserLyte 9mm Laser Training insert in my H&K P30L and get more accuracy with a higher rate of fire than any weapon I saw on Star Wars.

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The weight of the blaster appears to be about the same as you average-sized earth firearms, so why do these blasters suck so much?

Based on the impact take-outs of hero/anti-hero clone soldiers by Wookies, wrenches, and other hard objects throughout the movie series, we can only assume that the armor of the clones would be easily defeated by any modern firearm round.

Let’s contrast this with a few excellent firearms in my inventory which all have 1″ or better accuracy at 100 yards. My Remington 700 SPS 308 could have delivered one-shot kills of surface drones and random Clone soldiers out to 1000 yards. The semi-automatic DPMS GII 308 offers 20-50 round magazine-driven options for a lot of takedown power at a high rate of fire even in semi-auto.

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From a troop-issued carbine/rifle perspective, my BPM Barnes Precision Machine AR and futuristic IWI Tavor appear to be amazingly advanced firearms with exponentially higher rates of fire, similar or greater power, and better accuracy… with about the same weight. Bonus: they can even be aimed at targets, which the Star Wars Blasters were not particularly well-suited for.

If we look at the hip-carried Star Wars pistol blaster, the Glock 20 in 10mm would be a hands-down winner. In a couple scenes I thought I saw Han Solo having to do double taps on a Clone or two. Conversely, the FBI has deemed the 10mm to be nearly magical, so I hardly doubt any handheld blaster could equal the 10mm power… I mean the FBI says so.

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And let’s not even get into the topic of body armor and camouflage. What is the purpose of bright hard plastic that makes a ton of racket every time you move, inhibits mobility, and apparently offers nothing in the way of protection? I am pretty sure the clone army would have been better-served to run around buck naked or in one of those creepy unitard suits with just a blaster in hand.

Final Thoughts

Admittedly I am a Sci-Fi nerd. I love this stuff, but I found myself screaming all the shooting fundamentals at the screen this time around. It is actually a wonder with all the muzzle sweeps and finger-on-trigger gun handling that no one was accidentally shot in each scene. The bottom line is this: I feel well-armed, even by the advanced standard of Star Wars (although I do not have a Millenium Falcon to — usually — make the jump to hyperspace).

This article is what happens when you watch Star Wars after three glasses of Scotch, but I hope you enjoyed the comparison.

 

 

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18:06

Summer Food Plot Maintenance [AllOutdoor.com]

When it gets close to the Fourth of July, magically it seems that hunters all of a sudden start to think about the fall hunting seasons. In particular hunters begin to daydream about food plot plans and how to improve the supplemental forages they can provide for active fall whitetails.

Now is the time to get out to inspect all your food plots despite the heat. What you will find is what I found as early in the year as the end of turkey hunting season. Our plots had already grown up knee high or more with left over rye, wheat, and other food plot plants that survived the last of the winter frosts and cold weather. Now, too, the weeds are flourishing.

In mid-summer there are basically only three things that can be done to curtail the weed growth from totally overtaking your wildlife food plots. These options are bush hog mowing, disking, and/or the application of a stringent herbicide to kill back the unwanted weed growth. These methods will also knock back all the varieties of volunteer seedlings and even some of the smaller undesirables that wildlife managers do not want in their plots.

Unfortunately, these summer food plot maintenance strategies are time consuming and marginally expensive depending on your hunting land budget or investments in such things. Truthfully though, it is sort of a case of “pay me now or pay me later.” If you wait until early fall to start work to recapture your food plots, the same work will have to be done, but it may even be tougher as weeds and such are bigger, thicker, and denser.

If you do food plot work yourself, then get your tractor, disk, bush hog mower, and sprayer rig ready to go. If not, with some luck you can find a local farmer looking for some extra work or even a private contractor that does wildlife food plot work.

A visit to your local farm co-op would be a good idea to seek advice, look over herbicide products, and get other recommendations for weed control in food plots. A call to the local county university cooperative extension service is a good idea, too. Often they offer select publications, guides, or hands-on advice about maintaining wildlife food plots.

Any summer food plot work you do now will yield results, making preparations for fall food plots easier and more productive.

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18:06

What to Stock Up for Post Election [AllOutdoor.com]

A huge gun show was held in my area recently. The main buzz among the crowd and even the dealers was what to be buying in advance of the presidential elections in November. The assumption is that the arch enemy of gun owners, Hillary Clinton, will find a way to manipulate the election into a win. That could spell bad news for gun enthusiasts.

Two things primarily drive gun and ammo sales. That is a crisis and paranoia. The Dallas police shooting was the latest crisis, thus feeding the paranoia needed to produce sales. People are more scared than ever about the safety of themselves and their families. Regardless of where we go or live these days, we are targets of one criminal intent or another.

These personal assaults may simply be a thug crime to secure cash or property to sell in order to score another drug hit. Or it could be a much more organized assault like a terrorist attack at a national running event or in the workplace. The threat potential is endless.

So, given all these conspiracy theories, some more plausible than others, what should gun owners be buying now to stock up on in case our freedoms are curtailed in the future? New gun control ideas range from the most drastic of full gun confiscation (good luck on that) to various kinds of restrictions on gun manufacture, ammo tracking, purchase restrictions, and more permits and licensing. Anti-gunners are as prolific with new ideas as are those dreaming up new ways to generate revenue enhancement taxes.

If you do not own a gun, then buy one or several. I recommend a basic semi-auto handgun, a semi-auto rifle, and a good shotgun. If your resources are highly limited, then go for the shotgun first, then a handgun. Shop around and buy reliable used guns to save money.

If you already own guns, then stock up on more ammo and magazines. The minimum ought to be at least 1000 rounds per gun caliber or type. Gun dealers here are predicting more increased prices in ammo and accessories, plus some shortages over time.

If you are a prepper or survivalist, then continue that work, but the threat there is likely no more or less regardless of who is in the White House. Food, water, and medical supplies continue to be prime to stock. But get the ammo first.

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18:05

Inland M1 carbines [AllOutdoor.com]

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While underpowered relative to M1 Garand, the M1 carbine was a significant step up from submachine guns in range and accuracy. Compared to M1 Thompson and even the later M3, it was also lighter and easier to handle. So it’s no wonder that M1 evolved into select-fire M2 and the night-capable M3 with infrared scope and searchlight. Eventually, the carbines were surplussed in large numbers and were, for decades, available at reasonable prices. More recently, as WW2 era weapons got scarce, prices have topped $1000 for well-preserved samples. A lot of the M2 guns had to be stripped for parts due to the select-fire nature of the originals. Several companies tried to make commercial M1 carbines, from Universal to IAI to Auto Ordnance, the latter being the most successful effort.

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M1s have been generally popular with recreational shooters: low recoil, decent accuracy to 200 yards and light weight added up to a lot of fun at the range. With the introduction of several expanding loads, they because more practical for self-defense and hunting game like small deer. In certain circles, they are known as “the girlfriend” gun, mainly for the compact form and good balance.

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Recently, Ron Norton revived Inland Manufacturing, one of the most common and well-regarded wartime brands of M1 carbines. Inland now makes a 1945 model (ladder sights, bayonet lug), 1944 model for restrictive states (no bayonet lug, 10-round magazine), “Jungle” model with a barrel threaded for a cone flash hider and other accessories, a modernized “Scout” aka “little black rifle” with a railed forend for optics, M1A1 paratrooper model with folding stock and Advisor pistol patterned after the 1960s Universal product. The fit of the parts is on par with the originals, and the finish, especially of the wood, is better.

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The “Scout” model at the top of this article is shown with a 1.5-5x scope that turns a “fairly accurate” carbine into a 1MOA to 1.5MOA shooter with good ammunition. BDC markings in the scope also make shooting out to 300 yards more productive.

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Advisor pistol can be used as sold or, with an NFA tax stamp and a paratrooper wire stock, turned into a very handy CQB weapon. While the barrel is only 12″ long compared to the original 18″, chronograph indicated only a minor loss of velocity. The long barrel produces 1950-2000fps or so, the short only about 100-150fps less. The sample tested was select fire made as a manufacturer’s testbed for reliability.

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This short carbine proved quick and easy to control. If used with a railed forend and a red dot, it gives up no accuracy to the longer variant and only a little range. We used several types of ammunition, finding the best reliability and accuracy with Federal soft points and Aguila ball.

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Good trigger and short weapons provided good enough control for a shooter new to automatic arms to make 3-4 round bursts that all hit A zone at 15 yards. Low recoil meant that everyone looked forward to getting a turn.

The main reason for M1 carbines, besides the practical uses, is the spirit of the times it represents. Along with M1 Garand and M1911A1 (also offered by Inland), M1 carbines are among the few WW2 vintage weapons available unmodified. And they are still as useful for defense as the year they were introduced.

 

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18:05

Summer Fishing Spot: Florida Largemouths, lake Walk-In-Water [AllOutdoor.com]

The Indians named it Lake Weohyakapka. But for ease of  pronunciation, locals call it “Lake Walk-In-Water.” Fishermen in the know, however, call the spot one of the best bass fisheries the Sunshine State has ever seen. Even the state fisheries department recognizes the lake south of Orlando and Lake Kissimmee as one of the most remarkable big bass fisheries Florida has had in recent years.

Veteran bass guide Johnny Doub wished fervently that his late father and well-known guide, Dave Doub, was still alive to witness the bass fishing available on 7,500-acre Lake Weohyakapka.

“Dad wouldn’t believe the kind of bass action can have,” Johnny says shaking his head. “Kissimmee is great during draw downs, and so was the Stick Marsh. And all those years dad and I guided bass fishermen on Rodman Reservoir, Lake George, and the Ocala National Forest were fantastic. But I’m telling you, Weohyakapka is the best big bass lake I’ve ever seen.

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“The numbers of 8 to 12 pound largemouths Weohyakapka produces is absolutely incredible. I’ve had days of slow-trolling wild shiners when a guide party and I have caught over five such huge bass, including three fish each over 10 pounds.”

Such talk about big bass on a public lake smack in the heart of Florida and near major tourist centers may sound like hyperbole, until it comes from someone like Doub, a guide with over 20 years of big fish experience. Doub says best fishing is spring and fall, but he catches huge bass for clients right through the summer months. Key to the lake’s big bass productivity is hydrilla, big beds of it in deep water, 6 to 9 feet down. It’s full of bait and big bass. And when hydrilla beds are big, green, and healthy (with no spraying from state or local agencies) bass fishing is spectacular at dawn during summer.

Special regulations are in effect for bass harvest from Walk In Water, but most sportsman release big bass anyway, after a photo or two of the fish to prove the catch.

 

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18:04

Summer Fishing Hot Spot: White River, Arkansas: Brown/Rainbow Trout [AllOutdoor.com]

One of the best and most famous trout destinations in North America is the famed White River in north-central Arkansas. The wide, clean, clear, cold White provides anglers with excellent trout fishing virtually 12 months per year. And while the bulk of the fish caught are put-and-take rainbows, there are some giant trout taken annually, including some eye-openers by any standard. World-record size browns weighing in the 30-pound range even have been caught below Bull Shoals Dam, near the town of Bull Shoals.

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Action is tops in the White for a couple reasons. For one, because the river starts from under big Bull Shoals Dam, the water temperature seldom varies from between 50 and 58 degrees–ideal for rainbows. Secondly, the river is stocked heavily with trout reared in a nearby hatchery. The White is rich in forage food, so stocked trout live the good life, waxing fat and quickly growing to large size.

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A typical day’s fishing on the White usually sees each angler taking from six to 10 fish, most weighing in the one to two-pound range. Rainbows weighing four to six pounds are fairly common, and ones pushing 20 pounds have been recorded. IGFA record browns weighing to 33 pounds also have been landed from the White.

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The White offers anglers simple, easy, relaxing trout fishing that almost invariably results in excellent catches. The most effective method of working the White is float fishing. It’s the type angling anyone can successfully do. Anglers merely float down the river in large johnboats, casting bait (worms, corn, or salmon eggs) impaled on hooks and allowed to bump along bottom as the boat drifts.

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Anglers employing small spoons, jigs, and spinners often do well on White River rainbows. Fly fishermen have their innings with trout, too, especially when wading shoal areas during float trip stops. The White has its share of hatches, so dry fly anglers can score well, especially in summer when insects are abundant.

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Numerous float trip and overnight camping-floating outfitters and very capable guides operate on the White River. Float trips for trout can be arranged in the towns of Bull Shoals, Flippin, Mountain Home, and Cotter. One of the best trout outfitting services and places to headquarter on the White is Gaston’s Resort (www.gastons.com, phone 870-431-5202) in the town of Lakeview.

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14:33

POTD: Larry Vickers New Book of the AR15 Serial 00001 Shown [The Firearm Blog]

unnamed (1)James R. who takes the photos for Larry Vickers books sent me this photo of the Armalite AR15 serial number 00001. Many people thought this AR had been destroyed years ago but guess what it turned up. This is the first hi definition photo of this AR as far as I know. This photo will […]

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14:14

NRA Nevadans for Freedom Campaign Manager Responds to Outrageous Question 1 Letter to the Editor [NRA-ILA News]

In response to the July 8 story, "Latin Chamber endorses firearm ballot measure": Maggie Arias-Petrel, chairwoman of the Latin Chamber, claims “passing Question 1 will make it harder for dangerous people to get guns, which will improve quality of life …” Nothing could be further from the truth.

14:03

FACT CHECK: California Congressman Brad Sherman talks gun control with CNN [NRA-ILA News]

NRA Fact Checks California Congressman Brad Sherman talks gun control with CNN.

13:30

The FN SCAR 16s: Is It Worth The Money? [The Firearm Blog]

The FN SCAR 16s is the civilian semi-automatic version of the select-fire SCAR 16 rifle. Chambered in 5.56x45mm, it has to compete with AR15 rifles that do the same thing for 1/3rd the cost. While the SCAR certainly has a few unique features and handles well, is that enough to justify the high MSRP?

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13:20

Lightning Review: IWI X95 Pistol Grip [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_3714Having used the IWI Tavor X95 for a while, one of the issues I had was the lack of a trigger guard. Like the Tavor SAR, the X95 has a cutlass style hand guard that acts as a giant trigger guard. The IDF use this hand guard as a point of contact when shooting off […]

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13:12

BLM Extends Comment Period on Management Plan for Public Lands in Southwest Colorado [NRA-ILA News]

The Bureau of Land Management’s Uncompahgre Field Office has drafted a plan to manage over 675,000 acres of public land for the next 15 to 20 years.  In the draft plan are four management strategies (alternatives) that will affect the future use of the land for hunting, target shooting, and a host of other recreation activities.  The plan does not affect hunting; however, each of the alternatives would close acreage to target shooting.

13:05

Kalashnikov is building UAVs | The AK Of Drones? [The Firearm Blog]

101657-2975275Our fearless leader, Steve, sent me an email that he learned the mother of all AK companies, Kalashnikov Concern, appears to be building unmanned aerial vehicles under the Zala Areo brand. A bit of back story on Kalashnikov, not only do they build AKs, trucks and other military weapons under the Kalashnikov brand, they also build […]

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12:11

Apocalypse Hardware Store Pistol Build [The Firearm Blog]

homemade-pistolRemember the YouTube channel Royal Nonesuch with the homemade gun guy who posts all those do not try this at home type videos? Like the one where he shoots a .50BMG out of a homemade 12g shotgun. Well he posted a video earlier this year of a hardware store pistol build for when the world goes […]

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12:01

CORE's Niger Innis on Nevada's Question 1 Ballot Initiative [NRA-ILA News]

Ballot Question One is not about public safety; it’s about suppressing your fundamental liberties. As a citizen of Nevada and a leader in the civil rights community, I do not support Ballot Question One. I strongly urge all voters to “Vote No on One” this November.

12:00

POTD: BOPE Trains For Rio Olympics [The Firearm Blog]

tfb_1Big thanks to Ronaldo Olive for sending this picture in to us. the attached photo taken last week at the famous Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro, site of the equally famous Christ, the Redeemer statue in the course of a pre-Olympic training exercise being carried out by members of the Military Police BOPE – […]

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11:34

Review: CRKT Get-a-Way Driver Torx [AllOutdoor.com]

CRKT offers a number of innovative and useful pocket tools, and some such as this CRKT Get-a-Way Torx driver are TSA compliant since there is no knife. If you need a pocketable Torx driver with bits, this could be a nice tool kit to pick up.

As a certified knife nut, there are times where I need to remove or adjust a clip or knife blade tension. This usually requires some type of Torx bit, so I thought this would be a handy little tool to add to my range bag tool kit… and of course these tools can come in handy tinkering with AR15s.

About CRKT

CRKT (Columbia River Knife and Tool) was founded in 1994 by Rod Bremer in Oregon. By working in unison with the top knife designers around the world, CRKT delivers a broad line of innovative custom knife designs in affordable production knives and tools. The result is that the hottest custom designs are available to the consumer for daily use at affordable prices.

Fit, Finish, Feel, Features, & Functions

The patent-pending Get-A-Way Driver Torx Was designed by Launce Barber and Tom Stokes. It features four standard Torx sizes: T5, T6, T8, and T10. Each torx bit has a spring-loaded ball detent to keep it in the holder, and a nail-nick groove to help with bit removal.

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The bits can be used with the bit adapter, or even as an angle driver — and if you need a little light to see what you are doing, you can use the on-board LED light.

If you want to use any of your own hex bits, you can use them with this wrench and even swap out and customize which bits you want carry.

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Other features include an oxygen bottle wrench and 10mm hex wrench with hex bit reliefs. The removable pry bar can be used for a variety of tasks including bottle opening. For $19.99 retail and even less street priced, this is an awesome little tool which packs a ton of utility into a small and inexpensive package.

Final Thoughts

CRKT does a great job with their knives and the other side of their business the Columbia River Knife and “Tool” part. I have actually picked up a second one of these which I have completely customized with hex bits. Between the two Get-a-Way Drivers, I can accomplish pretty much any tinkering or tightening I need to do while out in the field.

Manufacturer Specs

  • Get-a-Way Driver Torx
  • Open Overall Length: 3.75 inches
  • Weight: 1.9 ounces
  • Handle Material: Glass Filled Nylon
  • L.E.D.: Yes
  • Carabiner: Yes
  • MSRP: $19.99

 

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11:14

Review: Rogers Shooting Gloves [AllOutdoor.com]

Most folks consider shooting gloves just another pair of mechanics gloves that we use exclusively at the range, but Bill Rogers believed there could be something better. Bill stuck with durable man-made material and added a patent-pending interlocking textured pad design.

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Rogers has gone to great lengths to ensure ergonomics of the glove, with lycra panels stitched into areas which need more range of motion to maintain high levels of dexterity, like in between fingers and the backs of the knuckles. The lycra also allows more air flow and ultimately a cooler glove. Gloves are secured in place via adjustable velcro straps.

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For $31.99, I have to say that these are the best shooting gloves I have ever used. There are certainly more-expensive shooting gloves out there as well as some those designed for hard/extreme use, but I have not tested any which have the grip and dexterity of the Rogers Shooting Gloves. The interlocking rubbery bars on inside and outside provide an extreme amount of grip which allow the support hand to really interlock with the shooting hand when shooting handguns. It’s a pretty neat idea that seems simple and works incredibly well. The dexterity of the gloves allows for mag reloading and even picking up tiny 22 LR rounds.

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About Bill Rogers

Bill Rogers is the the chief instructor at the Rogers Shooting School, a former FBI Agent, police instructor, successful inventor, and is well-known in the shooting industry as an inventor and product engineer. He has been a world-ranked IPSC shooter, a state trap champion, and has more than 40 years of shooting competition experience.

Bill has invented many holsters and equipment used by police and military worldwide, invented the target system and the method of instruction used at his school, and of course invented the Super-Stoc.

Final Thoughts

I am generally a fan of safety equipment, especially when it gives an advantage to the shooter in the process. Rogers Shooting Gloves deliver light hand protection against abrasions and blisters while providing a huge amount of grip in a glove that feels like a second skin. They’re a great set of gloves which I recommend for the tactical, military, and competitive shooter.

Manufacturer Specs

  • Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large
  • Price: $31.99
  • Patent Pending glove design of interlocking textured pads that run up both sides of the fingers and palms
  • Natural form fit
  • Made of durable material
  • Stitched in lycra panels allow high dexterity and air flow
  • Provides better grip, less hand fatigue, and helps prevent blistering
  • Adjustable velcro straps on back of hand

 

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10:57

Review: Bear & Son Large Stiletto Model MC-350 [AllOutdoor.com]

Bear & Son Cutlery’s tactical division is called Bear OPS, and they’ve turned out a dandy knife that I’m happy to review for you here. It’s the Model MC-350-ALBK-S Large Stiletto lockback folder, and it’s quite well-made, right here in the USA.

First, some specs:

  • Model: MC-350-ALBK-S
  • Blade Material: CPM-S30V Steel
  • Handle Material: Black T6 Aluminum, grooved to help your grip
  • Lock: Liner lock
  • Rockwell: 58-60
  • Closed Length: 5″
  • Edge: 3-5/8″
  • Weight: 3 ounces
  • Extras: One Hand Open, Pocket Clip & Tip Up Carry

The CPM S30V steel is one of the newer powdered stainless steels — it’s actually compressed powder. The blade rides on bronze phosphorus washers and ball bearings, which allow it to open and close smoothly. Nice!

This knife — as with any stiletto — is neither a survival knife nor hunting knife. It is meant to be used for self-defense.I’ve seen my share of confrontations on the streets of Chicago, and more than once I was able to end the attempted robbery or assault by quickly deploying and displaying a good self-defense knife.

To me, this is where the Bear OPS Large Stiletto folder shines. It’s a great folding knife for self-defense because the light weight makes it extremely fast in the hand.

Any sort of deadly weapon should only be used as a last resort, so don’t go thinking that just because you are carrying a knife (or a firearm) that you have to reach for it at the onset of things; that will just make you appear to be the bad guy in the eye of the law.

For testing, I used the Bear OPS Large Stiletto around the kitchen to slice meat and veggies. I also stabbed it into stacked cardboard, and it easily penetrated to the handle scales, thanks to the extremely pointed design of the stiletto blade.

I never had to re-sharpen the blade during my limited testing, but I know from past experience with CPM S30V stainless steel that it’s fairly easy to resharpen this steel if it’s been properly heat-treated.

The Bear OPS Stiletto retails for $134.99 and considering the CPM S30V stainless steel blade, the quality workmanship, and the limited lifetime warranty, I think it’s quite a deal. And if you happen to simply collect stiletto types of knives, be sure to add this one to your collection — and don’t forget that Bear OPS has a smaller stiletto as well.

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10:01

Step Aside VELOCITOR, the New Rimfire Velocity King is COPPER-22 [The Firearm Blog]

Copper-22CCI’s Velocitor .22 long rifle ammunition has been extremely popular since its inception, but CCI may have outdone themselves with their new Copper-22. With Velocitor pushing an impressive 1,435 Feet/Second (FPS), the new Copper-22 moves at a startling 1,850 FPS! That is a velocity you never hear discussed in the same sentence as .22 long […]

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07:09

No Such Thing As Parallax Free [The Firearm Blog]

parallax_free_socialDave Merrill of Breech Bang Clear explains that there is really no such thing as parallax free. He breaks it down rather simply and it is easy to grasp.   Here is a photo that illustrates how the reticle is reflected in the optic.     Most of the time a shooter will not experience […]

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06:27

North China Type 30 [Forgotten Weapons]

When the Japanese invasion of China intensified in 1937, Imperial reliance on Chinese puppet troops for duties like garrisoning cities. Before long an estimated 500,000-900,000 such men were under the command of the Japanese, in both militia and regular army units. These men had to be armed, and Japanese domestic production of Type 38 (and later Type 99) rifles was all allocated to Japanese needs. Several solutions were found to the problem of arming the Chinese, including the extensive use of captured arms and also the organization of a domestic Chinese arms-making center in Tientsin.

From 1938 until 1943 (approximately; records are basically nonexistent) a conglomerate of at least five small factories in Tientsin produced about 38,500 North China Type 30 carbines. That name, by the way, is a US collector designation, as the official designation is not known. At any rate, the North China Type 30 was basically a Type 30 Arisaka chambered for the 8mm Mauser cartridge, as this was the ammunition most commonly available in China and the cartridge used by its national military before the Japanese invasion.

North China Type 30, left side

North China Type 30, left side

North China Type 30, right side

North China Type 30, right side

Only a small number of these rifles have been documented today, but we can make some inferences from them. For example, while fewer than 40,000 were made, they have serial numbers up to the 400,000 range. This is because each of the five arsenals or factories involved in the production was assigned a serial number block of a hundred thousand. The official Tientsin Arsenal made guns in the zero block (ie, starting at 0), with the other producers beginning at 100,000, 200,000, 300,000 and 400,000. If the leading digit is ignored, the highest recorded number is 16,503. This rifle, for example, is only the 3399th one produced in the 300,000 block (the names of these other factories are unknown).

Serial number and factory logo

Serial number and factory logo

These North China Type 30 rifles were made to a moderate level of quality, but to pre-war design standards. They use a flip-up ladder sight nearly identical to the Japanese Type 30, as well as steel buttplates, nicely finished sling swivels, etc. They do not have upper handguards, but that part was not included on the Japanese Type 30 either, as it was not deemed necessary.

North China Type 30 cherry blossom insignia

North China Type 30 cherry blossom insignia

In place of the Imperial chrysanthemum, these rifles are marked with the symbol of a 5-petal cherry blossom. The later Type 19 North China rifles are also marked with a series of kanji spalling out “North China Type 19” – the Type 30 examples do not have this writing, but the obvious similarity of the guns is what has led to that designation being applied to them as well by the US collecting community.

 

North China Type 30 "hook" safety

North China Type 30 “hook” safety

North China Type 30 bolt head

North China Type 30 bolt head

Thanks to reader and fellow collector Joe, we have a bunch of additional photos of this carbine to show:

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In 1944, they would be replaced in production by the North China Type 19, in 6.5mm and using the Type 38 action instead of the Type 30. Those rifles show a significant degradation in standards over the course of production, similar to the devolution of the Type 99 in Japanese production. Both the Type 30 and Type 19 North China carbines are quite scarce today.

 

 

06:10

Forgotten Weapons on Ed Browning’s Winchester G30 Prototype Semiauto Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

Tx5w8JrBy this point, most of my readers will be familiar with the fabulous work being done (almost single-handedly) by Ian McCollum for his site ForgottenWeapons.com, and those who aren’t should click through and subscribe to his channel for some of the best gun-related content on the web. However, yesterday Ian released a the first of […]

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05:06

Modern Intermediate Calibers 003: The 6.8x43mm Remington SPC [The Firearm Blog]

Three 6.8 SPC cartridges and their parent round. Left to right: .30 Remington, 6.8 SPC 115gr Sierra BTHP, 110gr Hornady OTM, XM68GD 90gr soft point.I’ve written quite a lot about the ballistics one of the first Western competitors to 5.56mm in the new millenium previously, and you can read that by following the link here. The 6.8x43mm Remington SPC was developed in the early 2000s by MSG Steve Holland and civilian US Army Marksmanship Unit gunsmith Cris Murray as […]

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05:05

The More You Know: Tinnitus (Hearing Damage) [The Firearm Blog]

Credit: UOfMHealth.comSuppressors are one of the fastest growing parts of the firearms industry at the moment. And for good reason – given the right combination of host, suppressor and ammunition, shooting goes from fun to awesome. Besides that, they also just look cool. However, for many of us who have a lifetime of shooting under their belt, […]

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04:08

World’s Fastest Double Gun Disarm [The Firearm Blog]

Gun disarmAccording to the video this is the world’s fastest double gun disarm.  There is a bit of jaw wagging so if you want to cut to the chase, the disarm is at 7:20 into the video. I have seen faster disarming of single firearms. But I feel like this is just a rehearsed stunt. It […]

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03:15

Alien Gear Introduces The Cloak Dock [The Firearm Blog]

nightstand-gun-holsterUnless you have been living under a rock for the last several years you have heard of the blow out pricing that Alien Gear has been offering on their popular Cloak Tuck series of hybrid IWB holsters. Alien Gear has expanded their lineup to include belt slide holsters, gun belts, new versions of the hybrid […]

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03:00

Review: Strike Industries Enhanced Pistol Grip & Finger Bump [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_2739Strike Industries has quickly become a name that TFB recognizes for innovation and fresh ideas, this time it isn’t a fresh idea but a new take on an existing idea that they licensed from the folks at Accuracy Grip. When Strike sent us the Accuracy Grip that we recently reviewed they also included one of […]

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02:00

Cross Armory Pistol Thumb Grip [The Firearm Blog]

thumbgripI like accessories that help improve my shooting or that make me more efficient. While not always needed accessories and add ons like enhanced mag releases, flared magwells, muzzle brakes and optics can really help you in combat or in shooting competitions, or just patrolling the mall. I stumbled upon a pistol accessory that claims to […]

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00:13

BREAKING: US Army Introduces New Enhanced Performance Magazine for M4/M16 Series Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

The EPM (left) alongside the older tan, green, and black follower 30 round USGI magazines.The US Army has taken one more step towards further improving the reliability of the controversial M16 and M4 series of rifles, according to a TACOM announcement. The Army is introducing a new pattern of magazine to supplant the older black, green, and tan follower magazines, respectively. Called the “Enhanced Performance Magazine”, the new pattern sports […]

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Monday, 25 July

21:20

KAK Barrels Article And Why it Was Deleted Or Posted At All [The Firearm Blog]

logoTechnology is a wonderful thing—when it works. This morning as Patrick was following up on some information on KAK barrels and documenting that information the technology failed. It seems the iOS application Patrick was trying out for the first time had some problems. Rather than saving his work the application on his phone published the […]

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20:15

Breaking: Crimson Trace Acquired By Smith and Wesson [The Firearm Blog]

CRIMSON_TRACE_BLACK_smEarlier today Smith and Wesson Holding Corp. announced that they have inked a deal to acquire Crimson Trace Corporation in a $95 million cash deal, pending some final adjustments. The acquisition of Crimson Trace is the latest of several companies that have been purchased by the $60 billion company. In 2014 Smith and Wesson purchased Battenfield Technologies; the […]

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18:26

Hi-Point C9 pistol [AllOutdoor.com]

Hi-Point C9 pistol won’t win any beauty contests. It’s a metallic brick with a mag well, a trigger and a muzzle. And yet, somehow, Hi-Point sells 160 to 190 thousand guns annually, most of them pistols in 380ACP, 9mm Luger, 40S&W and 45ACP. 9mm, by the virtue of being the cheapest to feed, is the most popular.

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The pistol is hefty at 29oz, unsurprising for a pure blowback design. The steel breechface is enclosed in an aluminum alloy cage and further sheathed in a zinc alloy slide with sufficient inertia to keep the action closed until the pressure drops to safe levels. A very common mechanism for calibers up to 380ACP, less coming with the more energetic 9mm Luger. Why use it for larger calibers? Cost reduction. Hi-Point pistols cost somewhere between $140 and $200, with the next least expensive repeaters in the mid $200s or higher. For most people, the extra $50 to $100 makes no difference, but for many it’s the difference between getting just the gun or also being able to afford ammunition, range time, eye and ear protection. Or the difference between getting a gun at all and having to wait a month. It’s a pistol expression of the same philosophy that brought us the STEN submachine gun.

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Besides people with a dire need for an immediate defensive weapon, Hi-Points are sometimes bought by new shooters who are unsure why they should spend more money on a nominally similar pistol of another brand. But the greatest number of purchasers simply treat guns like any other domestic appliance. I don’t get excited about washer and dryer, they don’t get emotionally invested in buying a firearms. Something inexpensive that works is their goal, and Hi-Point supplies the product to fit.

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C9 uses single action striker with a manual safety than doubles as a manual slide lock. It also locks back on an empty magazine. Manual slide stop does not release the slide locked by the magazine follower, so it has to be racked for manual release. While the trigger is single action, its weight is much closer to double action. It will not release without a magazine in the gun.

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Contrary to my expectation, racking the slide wasn’t difficult. The spring is less stiff than in subcompact locked breech 9mm pistols. The slide have a slight texture but feels smooth, which is helpful during firing.

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The sights are quite good, with high-visibility paint and windage adjustment option on the back. An adjustment tool is included with the pistol. The sight picture is fairly easy to maintain even in low light.

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Standard magazines hold 8 rounds. Extended magazines hold 10. The pistol (and the carbine also) were designed to be legal in as many states as possible.

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Users with larger hands might prefer the 10-rounders, while people who intend to carry C9 would be better off with the standard magazine. While the mags drop free, it’s not recommended to drop them on a hard surface due to the possibility of damage.

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If you look carefully at the back of the gun, you will see that what the slide extends unusually low, and what looks like the frame under the index finger isn’t. Bottom view shows the parts relationship even more clearly.

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The standard two-handed hold with thumbs on the frame isn’t possible with C9. Further, riding the safety lever, 1911-style, would be uncomfortable as recoil pushes the edge of the stamped lever into the thumb. The most comfortable hold is with the right thumb below the safety, and the supporting hand partially wrapped around the trigger guard. It may look dated, but works well to stabilize this pistol.

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“Blah, blah, blah! How does it shoot?” I went to the range with the pistol straight out of the box. I shot 2-4 magazines of each type of ammunition:

Zero malfunctions of any kind! Strangely, recoil with the +P load was unremarkable. In general, the MI Bullet load was the easiest to control, but future ammunition from them will be slightly hotter. That cartridge was also the most accurate, with 8-shot groups around 1 inch!

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Golden Sabre was close at 1.5″, everything else groups 2-3″. It’s hard to tell how much of the groups were due to heavy trigger pull, my eyes occasionally losing focus of the front sight or inconsistent grip, but the accuracy rankings remained consistent with multiple magazines. The trigger surface is fairly rough, so I would recommend covering it with moleskin for extended range sessions.

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Fully loaded, C9 holds 8+1 (or 10+1 with extended magazines). That’s fewer than most pistols of that size, but quite a bit more than the next best thing available for the same money, low-end 2-shot derringers or equally low-end .22s of dubious reliability.

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I am quite confident that it will run pretty much any standard 9mm ammunition. The wide variety of ammunition tried today suggests a very reliable design. In look and feel, C9 is odd for a shooter used to mainstream designs. For a new shooter, no re-learning would be necessary. According to long-time owners, the design is robust. With the lifetime warranty, some have had their pistols rebuilt by Hi-Point completely after 25-30 thousand rounds. The cost of ammunition had long exceeded the price of the guns, so they obviously were shooting it for reasons other than dire need. It’s not my first choice for recreational shooting, but I wouldn’t feel poorly armed wielding one in a fight.

 

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18:25

EDC Recommendations 2016: Under $50 [AllOutdoor.com]

Every year around July or August, I put together my recommendations for gear. The rules are simple–make a good flashlight and knife combo for under the given price range that are readily available. Generally, I like to spread my pennies evenly, but in some cases, there are price ranges where that doesn’t make sense. For knives, I am including multitools, as they do sometimes make sense (usually I find them lacking in the blade department, which is my most frequently used tool). In the past I ran through a bunch of options in each price range, but I don’t find that useful (or fun to write). If there are close competitors to the items I recommend I will list them and explain why they did not come out on top.

I have changed the price ranges in recognition of two facts–1) stuff is getting more expensive; 2) no one is interested in the absolute bottom of the market. To that end there will be articles focusing on the following price ranges: under $50, $200, $400, $1000, and over $1000. The article on a light/knife pair under $25 was more of an exercise in finding the least worst piece of garbage, so that one is gone. The $100 article is also gone as it was too similar to the $50 price range article, so it is gone too. The higher end price ranges–$1000 and over are finally interesting and competitive races, as the number production items in those ranges has exploded in the past year or 18 months. It is very, very difficult to choose now, whereas, in the past, it was basically a one or two horse race. In recognition of the smaller number of surveyed price ranges I am going to look at some of the best EDC accessories and a general Best of the Rest for stuff that doesn’t fit neatly into the price ranges.

Finally, as a sort of parallel universe version of these articles, I rewrote the Top 5 lights and knives articles on my personal site, www.everydaycommentary.com, converting them from a Top 5 into a Best Of, with specific uses designating the different categories of what I recommend. It’s not exactly a perfect fit for what I have chosen here (I am more willing to look at high end options when price is no limit, but that is the not the name of the game here), but it can provide additional guidance. With that out of the way, let’s get to it.

Knife/Tool: CRKT Drifter (pictured at top).

I have thought about this a lot over the past year. In the past I have always recommended some kind of multi tool and they are fine, but the vast, vast majority of the time a multitool is nothing more than a crappy knife with a bottle opener. Here are a few suggestions that aren’t crappy. The Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Pioneer X is a great option–it is a Pioneer with scissors. Instead of the stubby tools you find on multitools you get a real, great blade here. The size and the grind are just perfect for effortless slicing and the inclusion of scissors, one of my top three implements on a multitool, is great. The fact that they are Victorinox’s scissors, which are the best in the business, makes the piece even better.

But if you don’t want a multitool there are two other knives I’d consider. Surprisingly, I really like the uber budget San Ren Mu 605.

For around $8-10 you get a very nice, very compact knife with nice action. The choil helps a lot with grip, as this is one tiny blade.

But as good as that is, I’d prefer something a bit more conventional. For years now, the go to knife I recommend to those starting to assemble their EDC is the wonderful and cheap CRKT Drifter. It’s weird to write this but of all the CRKTs I have had, this sub-$30 knife is my favorite. Skip the unnecessarily heavy steel handled model and go for the G10 version. It’s just the right size, deploys fast, has okay steel, has a nice (but not reversible) clip, and has a useful blade shape. I’d love a non-recurve version to aid in sharpening, but as is, it is really good. The fact that it has a blade length under 3 inches is also a good thing. It keeps it from being scary and it might get under knife carry laws (check your local laws to be sure).

Light: Eagletac D25AAA

The light is easy. The D25AAA from Eagletac is a spec monster, checking off every box a flashoholic has and then adding in a few extra features for good measure. For around $25-27 you get a very compact 1xAAA light with a Hi CRI emitter (for more natural looking colors), a TIR optic (for a cleaner beam pattern), and a very decent 130 lumen high. This is just leagues better than the Maratac/Fenix/Klarus 1xAAA. Add to this a magnetic tail cap that is perfectly flat for standing anywhere or attaching to a ferrous metal surface and you have a damn near perfect light. It’s not actually perfect for one reason–a horrible clip. Most of the lights in this price range have junky friction fit, snap-on clips, but the D25AAA doesn’t have that problem. Here the built in clip is flimsy and sticks out too far. I know more than one flashlight fan that just cut it off and smoothed out the rough bits that remain. It’s really terrible. If Eagletac fixed this, the D25AAA would be an all time great. As it is, it is “merely” super awesome.

There is not much else where, the L3 Illumination L11C is another possible choice for a light, but the spotty fit and finish in the past leads me away from recommending it. If that issue is cured or doesn’t bother you, it’s clearly a viable option–147 lumen high a .09 lumen super low (choose the 4 mode version) all from a 1xAA. It also happens to run a Hi CRI emitter. It’s good on paper, just not so much in person.  Complaints about fit and finish are rampant and I can’t really recommend it over the D25AAA.

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18:22

Now An App to Show Every Remote Lake and Stream, With GPS Accuracy [AllOutdoor.com]

Now you can instantly find even the most obscure river, lake, stream, or pond by simply typing its name, then immediately get turn-by-turn driving directions right to that water.  Stream Map USA is a searchable, color coded river, lake, and stream map displayed over your choice of road maps, satellite images, or high-resolution topographic maps.

Stream Map USA is the first and only searchable watershed map designed specifically for iPhone, iPad, and Android users.

“We’re expanding our signature brand, Stream Map USA to the world of Android,” said Company President,  Mike Gogal.  “Until now our unique stream maps have only been available to Apple users and we’re very excited about this next step which more than doubles our potential market.”

Users can search for any water across an entire region or limit a search by state or even search an individual county.  Once a water destination is located  simply touch the map to add a waypoint, then tap “Go” for turn-by-turn driving directionsto the water.

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Stream Map USA turns a mobile device into a handheld GPS.  A user location is mapped and the map follows you as you travel along the water even when you don’t have cellular service.  Along the way, you can save additional waypoints with GPS accuracy and add your own notes, an ideal feature for marking fishing holes, campsites, tree stands, scenic locations, or just about anywhere you may want to find again.  To get back to any waypoint, simply tap the “Target” button and use the app’s built-in navigation compass to point the way and count down the distance to the location.

It works much like geocaching.

Every river, lake and stream is uniquely color coded to set it apart from its tributaries.  This eliminates the need to carefully trace blue lines and read stream labels to follow a stream course.  SYimply follow a colored line from its headwaters to its mouth.  Stream Map USA also includes USGS Stream Gauges and provides instant access to current water conditions through the US Geological Survey’s National Water Information Service.

Stream Map USA is  available for purchase in 5 editions covering 33 states on the App Store and Google Play.  Each edition is priced at $8.99 and can be installed on multiple devices including phones and tablets.

“We anticipate completing Stream Map USA’s coverage of the US in short order…” said Gogal, “…and we’ll have the entire lower 48 states available in coming months.”

 

 

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18:22

Summer Fishing Spot: Tennessee’s Pickwick Reservoir Prime For Stripers [AllOutdoor.com]

From late spring through October striped bass and hybrid bass (white bass-striped bass cross) jam in the tailrace water below Pickwick Reservoir, located on the Alabama-Tennessee border, near the towns of Savannah, Tennessee, and Iuka, Mississippi.

During those months anglers fishing with live shad or herring baits commonly catch 10 to 12 fish per boat, per day, with stripers averaging 10 to 12 pounds. Hybrids weigh 4 to 7 pounds. Sometimes striper anglers also catch heavyweight catfish. Great smallmouth bass fishing for 2 to 5 pounders also is available in the Tennessee River around backwater riprap during late summer and early autumn.

Like most TVA waters, Pickwick is loaded with excellent facilities for visitors, with boat ramps and marinas spotted almost everywhere.  For serious fishermen, The Botel (1010 Botel Ln.,, Savannah, Tenn. 38372, phone 731-925-8500, www.thehistoricbotel.com/) is the best place in the area to stay.

David Harbin (phone 877-214-4924) is one of the better area striper guides.

 

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18:22

Become a Hard Target [AllOutdoor.com]

Few of us overtly invite the opportunity for confrontation of any kind much less an armed exchange. Having said that though, in this day and age, we are all increasingly open to being subjected to such actions as active shooter events, and even terrorist attacks. What will our response be if we are caught up in one of these scenarios and will we be equipped to handle it or react to defend ourselves?

Back seat quarterbacking is a popular pastime once an active shooter event ends and the pundits begin to dissect every aspect of the episode. This is not a bad thing though, as it gives all of us insights into potential analysis of optional responses, defenses, and preparation ideas for the future.

I think though that we all think while sitting around the relative safe calm of the campfire, that we would have done this or that to have stopped the armed terrorist intruders in California. Unfortunately, most of us would just likely be sitting ducks like those folks at that Christmas party were. Apparently nobody in that room was carrying concealed or was prepared to respond with an active attack on the perpetrators. They all just sat there and were shot dead.

That was way too easy to say, but what would you have done? Would you have at least tried to flee, throw a chair, rush the shooters, or dive out a window? We all need to be harder targets than the majority of us are.

Becoming a hard target, means several things. First it means to get our heads out of our laps and start looking around. When you drive into the gas station to fill up the SUV, do you just happily jump out of the car, flash your credit card to the gas pump and then start playing with your handheld brain draining device? I have seen it and you have seen it.

Do you even pause for moment when driving in to the gas station or a parking lot at the grocery store to scan the area for who is around and maybe should not be? Are we our own worst victims by simply not paying any attention to what is going on around us? Many of us are.

We can harden ourselves as a target by teaching ourselves to be highly observant of everything going on around us. I have even trained myself to take note of the county listed on car tags driving around my street when I am walking the dog. I mean, what would a vehicle from several counties over be doing driving in my rather secluded neighborhood?

Sure, they could have relatives living there they were visiting, or they could be riding around spying into open garages for what could be easily stolen. It happens every day where I live and where you live. I had a friend of mine get his trailered ATV stolen right out of the driveway of his home in broad daylight and he was home at the time. Why was it not chained and locked up? If you are home, why is your garage door open?

When you drive up to an ATM or walk up to one, do you look around? Are you observing what is going on around you while you take your cash? What would you do if approached? Once at the gas station, I turned around at the pump and literally bumped into a disheveled man that had silently walked up behind me. I immediately shoved him away and began cursing at him. He ran off. What if he had had a knife or a gun? I could have been wounded or dead. That incident was a real wake up call for me.

All of us, common citizens, preppers, survivalists, Americans need to start being the eyes and ears of everything going on around us. If we need training in how to respond to an active shooter event, then get the training. Many organizations offer it now. We have had this training at the college where used to work, because schools seem to be a favored target. We need to know what to do.

Do not feel silly or ashamed to notify law enforcement or other authorities of things that just do not look right. That guy hanging around in the parking lot might need to be questioned. If you see a crime, theft, vandalism, or other act, then report it. 9-11 is easy to dial. That is what police is for.

My “neighborhood watch” neighbor called my wife a couple weeks ago at work to tell her some man was walking around our yard. I am very happy she is watching my place when we are not home. Turns out the guy was an insurance agent inspecting the residence for insurance coverage. The insurance agent had notified us somebody would be doing this, but it was reassuring that she called just in case. We all need to be doing this.

Hard targets are not only buildings strengthened to withstand an attack or a once-in-a-century storm. Hard targets are me and you paying attention to what is going on around us and reporting anything unusual. It can also be obtaining your concealed carry permit and taking the training to shoot your chosen weapon with confidence. It is taking an active shooter response course and knowing what to do, so we are not the victims. Being a hard target is just being smart.

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15:06

Breaking: GunMag Warehouse Data Breach [The Firearm Blog]

ByseyhanlaReports are surfacing of a possible data breach at the magazine clearing house GunMag Warehouse. Reddit Users who purchased the 6 pack of Hexmags deal are reporting that they were receiving calls from their credit card fraud departments as well as seeing transactions anywhere from 28 cents all the way up to the thousands of dollars. […]

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14:11

Review: Snugpak Square Foot Sleeping Bag [AllOutdoor.com]

Like any good prepper or camper, I have more sleeping bags than I need. I’m always on the lookout for something a little better, lighter, smaller, has a better cold rating, etc. As I get older, I don’t like packing any more weight than I have to, but I still want the gear to do the job for me.
Enter the Snugpak “Square Foot” that is being sold by the nice folks at Infidel Body Armor. At $75 retail, it’s quite the bag for the money.
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Snugpak is well-known in the outdoor industry for their sleeping bags and insulated clothing. The Square Foot model I obtained for testing is lightweight at 64 ounces (4 pounds), and when fully compressed it fits into a 10″ x 10″ compression bag. The included compression bag has straps for snugging it down tightly.
The temperature rating is 32 degrees, and with a low range of 19 degrees. What many people don’t understand about these ratings is that they’re for you inside the bag, with clothing on — not in your underwear or naked. The lower rating is for you clothed, with some additional clothing, such as long underwear.
And we all have different tolerances to heat and cold; I can’t tolerate heat, but don’t mind cooler winter temps. So a sleeping bag rating that may be comfortable for me down to 10 degrees, may not be comfortable to you. Please keep that in mind.

The Square Foot is 86 inches long (and 60 inches wide when opened as a blanket), so you have plenty of room if you’re tall. This bag is a bit unique in that it has a hood like a “mummy bag,” but instead of being tapered to trap your feet where you can’t move, this one has a square foot, so if you get the jimmy legs you’ve got room to move.
The side zipper is on the right side (as you’re laying in it), and as stated earlier it can be fully unzipped so you can use it flat like a blanket.
About the insulation, they say this : “Highly siliconized synthetic fibers give a soft touch finish and prolonged lifespan compared to traditional hollowfiber filled products.”
The outer fabric is lightweight nylon and the inner fabric is called “Supersoft” and it is — very smooth on your skin.
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On the coldest night I was able to test the Snugpak Square Foot a test one evening, the temperature got down to 43 degrees. I was plenty warm, and actually had the bag halfway unzipped because I was so warm. I have no doubts whatsoever that this bag will easily keep me warm down to the 18-degree range and probably even a little colder.
I have an older, bulky sleeping bag in the back of my SUV, which I keep there in case of breakdown or getting stuck in cold weather. That bag will be going in the house and the Snugpak Square Foot will be going in my SUV. That’s right… this sleeping bag is too good to send back after the review.
This sleeping bag will easily stuff into some pretty small backpacks or attach to your military A.L.I.C.E. gear with sleeping bag “spaghetti straps.” And it is a heck of a lot warmer than some military sleeping bags I’ve used over the years.
If there is one minor complaint about the Square Foot, it would be the stuff bag – it is quite a chore to get the Square Foot rolled up small enough to stuff it in the bag. It can be done, but it’s not easy. Once you get it in there, cinch it down tight with the compression straps. I’m told that a lot of our Special Forces guys like this bag and actually purchase it out of their own funds — that says a lot if you ask me.
If you’re in the market for a sleeping bag that will keep you plenty warm and can pack super-small, take a close look at the Snugpak Square Foot.
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13:33

Review: CRKT HCK1 Karen Hood Camp Knife [AllOutdoor.com]

Karen Hood is a knife designer who knows a thing or two about survival, and she has designed a nice one for Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT), the HKC1 Model 3510. I’m here to tell you she hit a home run with this one.

First off, some specs:

  • Open Overall Length: 11.31 inches
  • Weight: 8.2 ounces
  • Blade Length: 6.13 inches
  • Blade Thickness: 0.13 inches
  • Blade Material: 1095 High Carbon Steel, 56-58 HRC
  • Blade Finish: Sandblast with Cerakote
  • Grind: Flat Grind
  • Style: Drop Point, Plain Edge (Serrated available)
  • Handle Material: Linen Micarta, affixed with two screws
  • Bright Orange Lanyard Attached to Butt of Tang
  • Carry System: Leather Sheath (will fit belts up to 2.5″ wide)
  • Sheath Weight: 4.9 ounces
  • Made in USA

The knife comes in a beautiful leather sheath that is vegetable oil tanned, so it won’t rust the blade as many sheaths will do. There is a pouch on the sheath — but it was empty. It is perfectly-sized for a small sharpening stone. Shame on you, CRKT, for not providing a sharpening stone.Yeah, I know, a person can add one or use the pouch for something else, but for my money, a sharpening stone should have been included in the pouch.

The Hood Camp Knife is my favorite fixed blade knife in the current CRKT lineup. There’s just something about this knife that draws you to it. Whether it’s the great design, the quality manufacturing, or the nice looking sheath, somehow this knife just cries out to be used.

I live in the boonies of Western Oregon on a small homestead, and we have more than enough trees and weeds to chop down, and they are perfect for testing a camp knife. I put this hummer to work, easily slicing down blackberry vines (which are super-tough to cut). I had ample opportunity to chop small branches off trees, and I even split some smaller logs by using another log to drive the knife’s blade through the wood.

During all my testing, I never had to touch up the edge.

I used the Hood Camp Knife around the kitchen, and almost lost it to my wife — she thought it was a pretty good all-around kitchen knife. Cutting through raw (even frozen) meat was no problem.

The Hood Camp Knife feels good in the hand, real good. And even though it wasn’t designed for skinning out game, I’m sure it will handle the chore. A combat knife? Sure, why not, it will get the job done. If I were still in the military, I’d be happy to hang this knife on my belt.

If you’re in the market for a new camp knife, or a do-all fixed blade knife, the Hood Camp Knife might be just what you’re looking for. Chances are, once you pick one up, you won’t want to put it down.

Full retail on the Hood Camp Knife is $295. A bit steep? You betcha! But quality never comes cheap, and you only have to buy quality once instead of dozens of times, like you do with junk knives. Save up your pennies and get this knife and you won’t be sorry in the least. Oh, and don’t forget CRKT’s limited lifetime guarantee.

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13:30

TFBTV: Gun Speculating, MAKING $$$$$ From Guns [The Firearm Blog]

James has been getting a lot of questions from friends and colleagues lately, asking what guns, ammo, and accessories they need to buy before the next election or any potential “panic” or possible resurgence of the 1994 ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban.  In this episode of TFBTV, James gives you his picks for the safest buys before […]

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13:20

From Billet To Bullet, M249 SAW [The Firearm Blog]

M249Jim Grant of Burst Review just posted a video showcasing the manufacturing process of the FN M249 SAW. Nothing much more fun than dumping loads of ammo through a belt fed automatic weapon.

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13:05

DDM4ISR: The New Integrally Suppressed Rifle From Daniel Defense [The Firearm Blog]

imageAs a lover of all things quiet, I realize the significance of .300BLK. A heavy, subsonic round that can be easily adopted into the most popular semiautomatic rifle system in the country, if not the world? Awesome. However, I have yet to find an application for .300BLK that works for me. Well, the new Daniel […]

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12:11

Faxon Announces Matched Bolts and Barrels [The Firearm Blog]

FaxonFaxon Firearms is now offering matched bolts and barrels in both 5.56 NATO and 300 BLK configurations. According to the company, when a customer orders both a barrel and a bolt for the same caliber, the company will “precision match the bolt to the barrel using custom hardened gauging.” For clear identification, the company will […]

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12:00

POTD: AK Shorty [The Firearm Blog]

urlNothing like a clean AK. The AK-104 “shorty” in 7.62×39, a popular tool of trade among Russian LE Special Forces. Photo by Kalashnikov Concern

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10:01

Magpul Teases Sub-Compact 12 Rd. GL9 Glock Magazine [The Firearm Blog]

GetImageMagpul…. you tease. Released on their website without much of an ado are details on the upcoming sub-compact magazine for 9mm Glock handguns. Dubbed the PMAG12 GL 9, the magazine is ready-made for the Glock 26 handgun, adding an additional two rounds of capacity. The +2 comes with a catch – the magazines are indeed […]

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07:47

Happy Birthday Knife Rights [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


Today is the 10th birthday for Knife Rights. We owe a debt of gratitude to Doug Ritter for taking the initiative to form the organization. The post below tells about the article that inspired him to take action and the successes that they have had over the last 10 years.

July 25, 2016: Knife Rights was born ten years ago today after I read an outrageous and highly inflammatory article headlining the Wall Street Journal, entitled "How New, Deadly Pocketknives Became a $1 Billion Business" demonizing so-called "tactical knives." A discredit to the Journal, the overwrought and sensationalist article was filled with distortions, misrepresentations, innuendo, outright lies and cherry-picked quotes pushing a transparent rabid anti-weapon and anti-freedom agenda. But, the story didn't quite spark the anti-knife response the reporter probably hoped for -- in fact, it had precisely the opposite effect.

Reading that article I became incensed at the blatant, misguided attack on our everyday tools. I realized that there was no NRA for knife owners. There was no aggressive, proactive grassroots organization working to stop the U.S. from sinking into the anti-knife, anti-freedom pit that already exists in Europe and the U.K.

That article ignited a new civil rights movement. Over the past decade Knife Rights has literally rewritten knife law in America. More knives and more freedom couldn't have been further from his objective, but that's exactly what he got. Thank you, Wall Street Journal.

One wonders what the editors were thinking when they chose to illustrate that fateful article with their poster child for evil and dangerous "tactical knives" - a diminutive Buck Knives "Metro" lock-blade keychain folding knife / bottle opener with a 1.125-inch one-hand opening blade. In any case, it demonstrates the absurd idiocy of assigning malevolence to an inanimate object based on physical characteristics. No knife is inherently "deadly" -- that's an irrational and nonsensical label.

A cornerstone of Knife Rights' principles is that inanimate objects like knives must be used by someone against another in order to become deadly weapons. Even then, often they are used for self-defense, not offensively. Knives are simply essential everyday tools used by millions of Americans at home, at work and at play and occasionally they are "arms" used to protect a life. Removing knives from statutory lists of per se (intrinsically) "deadly weapons" is an ongoing goal of Knife Rights.

We formally founded Knife Rights in December of 2006, adopting the slogan "A Sharper Future™ as our objective. The foundation for Knife Rights was expressed as "Essential Tools - Essential Rights™."

It took a few years to get our legs under us, but in 2009 Knife Rights provided the key grassroots knife owner's component of a coalition of groups that opposed U.S. Customs' efforts to redefine a switchblade to include these same one-hand opening knives. The end result was that Congress passed a fifth exception to the Federal Switchblade Act that protected one-hand opening and assisted-opening folding knives.

Springboarding off that success, in 2010 we began our efforts to rewrite knife law at the state level. Knife Rights passed the nation's first ever outright repeal of a state knife ban (switchblades, dirks, daggers and stilettos) in New Hampshire and the nation's first ever Knife Law Preemption bill in Arizona, ridding the state of its inconsistent patchwork of local knife restrictions. This proved all the naysayers wrong; those who said it couldn't be done.

It was, indeed, possible to repeal switchblade and other knife bans. Having proved those defeatists wrong, we have never looked back. Since 2010 we have been going gangbusters, proving again and again that Knife Rights can do what was once though impossible:

21 PRO-KNIFE BILLS PASSED IN 15 STATES!

Alaska ● Arizona ● Georgia ● Indiana ● Kansas ● Maine ● Missouri ● Nevada
New Hampshire ● Oklahoma ● Tennessee ● Texas ● Utah ● Washington ● Wisconsin

8 ANTI-KNIFE BILLS STOPPED!

Florida ● Maryland ● New Jersey ● New York ● Nevada ● Washington

Knife Rights has also been active in federal and state courts protecting and advancing knife owners' rights. Never backing down from a challenge, our first lawsuit filed five years ago took on New York City's persecution of retailers and tens of thousands of knife owners carrying common pocketknives. While that lawsuit is still ongoing, we've been involved in one way or another with a dozen other lawsuits or trials where knife owners' rights were imperiled. We have been on the prevailing side in every one!

Knife Rights is The One Getting It Done™ for knife owners in America. With the generous support of many of you reading this, our success is unprecedented, unparalleled and unrivaled.

However, we cannot rest on our past wins. The fight continues and it takes money to accomplish what we do. Your donations are the engine that drives us forward.

07:19

07:16

Michael Bloomberg to Endorse Hillary Clinton for President [NRA-ILA News]

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg will endorse Hillary Clinton for president at the Democratic National Convention next week.

07:15

Clinton's turn: Guide to the Democratic National Convention [NRA-ILA News]

The Democratic National Convention opening Monday in Philadelphia is Clinton's chance to hit reset after a vigorous primary against Bernie Sanders and the unlikely movement that formed behind the Vermont senator. Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, has endorsed Clinton, but many of his supporters have not. Some were dismayed by her choice of Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., as her running mate.

07:09

Potentially Rare Colt AR-15 Rifles Found At A Gun Show [The Firearm Blog]

20160716_111946I think that we have all been in the position where we see something at a gun show that stands out as really rare or interesting, but just don’t have enough information to act on it. Even the internet can fall flat sometimes, this was one of those cases. I don’t know if I would […]

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06:27

Ed Browning’s Winchester G30 Prototypes (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

After Jonathan Edward “Ed” Browning had his 1929 rifle dropped form US military testing, he took the design back to his shop in Utah and kept working on it. By 1938 he had made enough improvements that he was ready to present the gun to Winchester, hoping they would be interested in purchasing the design. Specifically, he redesigned the receiver to move much of the bolt travel into the wrist of the stock, shortening the action. He also replaced the short recoil action with an annular gas piston. He made two sample rifles, one in military configuration and one in sporting configuration.

Winchester was looking for a self-loading rifle to market at the time, because they could see that war in Europe appeared to be imminent. They had been caught without a military rifle of their own during World War One, and did not want to be in that situation again. They thought that Ed Browning’s design showed merit, so they agreed to purchase it, and brought Browning onboard to help continue development.

With Winchester’s resources, it was possible to make the guns more professionally. Winchester designated the rifle the G30, and we have one of the examples made by Winchester in the video as well.

The tilting bolt mechanism took inspiration from John Moses Browning’s 1911 pistol, and the trigger housing bears an interesting resemblance to that of the French Berthier rifles (which may or may not be coincidental). The rifles appear to have worked reasonably well, although the annular gas piston was a hindrance which Browning apparently was unwilling to abandon. With his death in 1939, the project moved on to a new phase with David Marshall Williams taking on the job of improving it.

05:06

NEW Mesa Tactical SureShell Carrier For Mossberg 930 Shotguns [The Firearm Blog]

imageMesa Tactical is known for high quality scattergun accessories that focus on being both functional and rugged. And although the trusty Remington 870 receives a lot of attention from Mesa, they have released a new carrier for Mossberg shotgun owners everywhere. SURESHELL® ALUMINUM CARRIER AND RAIL FOR THE MOSSBERG 930 http://mesatactical.com/new-product–aluminum-carrier-rail-moss-930/ Mesa Tactical SureShell Shotshell […]

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05:05

Modern Intermediate Calibers 002: The Soviet 7.62x39mm [The Firearm Blog]

7.62x39 and two of its derivatives. Left to right: Commercial FMJ, Yugoslavian M67, 5.6x39mm/.220 Russian, 6.5x38 Grendel.Perhaps the oldest rival of the 5.56mm round is its older brother in the intermediate cartridge world, the 7.62x39mm round developed by the Soviets in the late 1940s from their earlier 7.62×41 M43 cartridge. The 7.62x39mm, despite its age, has maintained a very uniform ballistic profile. The original 8 gram (123gr) boattailed steel-cored bullet, also […]

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04:08

Warning: Some KAK Barrels May Not Be Safe [The Firearm Blog]

Headspace_zpsd583b8afIf you have built an AR-15 upper at any time over the last several years, you probably didn’t check the headspace. Sadly it is common perception that you don’t need to check the headspace and normally that wouldn’t be an issue with the exception of a batch of KAK barrels that have been reported to […]

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03:15

An Obscure Birth for the Military Twenty Two: The Forgotten .22 US Army of 1895 [The Firearm Blog]

.22 1895 US Army ExperimentalWhat was the first military .22 caliber high velocity infantry rifle round ever developed? Many would name the 5.56mm round designed in the 1950s to that title, but that would be incorrect. In truth, it’s probably impossible to know for sure due to the large number of obscure and even totally forgotten experimental rounds in […]

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03:00

CMC AK Triggers Shipping Out Soon [The Firearm Blog]

CMCTriggers-new-AK-TriggerRemember our post about CMC Trigger’s new drop-in trigger kit for AK-47 pattern rifles from last year? Well it looks like they’re going to ship out soon. Their new modular drop-in trigger that they also showed off at the 2016 SHOT Show is one of only a few aftermarket AK trigger that are available so far, […]

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02:00

A Different Way To Play PokemonGo [The Firearm Blog]

PokemonBlackwolf Inc. has a different approach to hunting Pokemon than the recently popular App PokemonGo. He shoots at a plush version of Pikachu, one of the primary Pokemon characters of the series. The shooters starts off with a Tan Canik TP9SA. Then steps it up to dual wielding S&W M&Ps. Then what looks like a […]

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Sunday, 24 July

23:23

Breaking:Remington Announces The New R51 Gen 2 Now For Sale At Your Local Gunshop [The Firearm Blog]

r51-rightview (1)While we are all very familiar with the problems of the R51 over the last couple of years I’ve made every effort to stay on top of the situation. Several writers actually had a meeting with the CEO last December during the new plant tour and talked extensively about the efforts toward redesigning the previous […]

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04:00

Striker-Fired vs. DA/SA Handguns, and the Everyman Shooter vs. the Concealed Carry Wizard [The Firearm Blog]

The author's beloved 1990 manufacture SIG P220 DA/SA handgun. I carry a Glock, though.Back in May, Chris Baker released these three videos on DA/SA handguns for the LuckyGunner YouTube channel. They are all of the same high standard of quality I’ve come to expect from Chris, so I recommend my readers watch all three of them before continuing: Chris makes some interesting points for discussion, although most of what I’m […]

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Saturday, 23 July

10:55

Review: SOG Knives Kiku Large Folder [AllOutdoor.com]

If you’ve followed my knife articles for the past 22-yrs or so, you’ll know that I favor large folders- they just seem to fit my hand better than smaller folders, and they can accomplish more chores than small folders can.I’ve always thought that, folding knives with blades between 3.5-inches and 4-inches were about right for me.But I don’t mind admitting when I’m (slightly) wrong.
The SOG Knives Kiku Folder was designed by Japanese custom knife maker Kiku Matsuda. This is his first folding knife design, and he hit it out of the ballpark if you ask me. The Kiku large folder has a 4.6-inch AUS-8 stainless steel blade. This is one of my favorite stainless steels because it holds an edge well and is easy to re-sharpen.
The blade shape is a modified Tanto which I like very much. Rockwell hardness is 56-58 — just perfect! The black blade is TiNi coated for even more weather resistance and that tactical look. There are also ambi thumb studs for fast and easy opening.
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The handle scales are green linen Micarta. The green is washed out, sort of a stone-washed look — I would have preferred a deeper green color myself.

The blade has a liner lock which I found to be strong and easy to open and close. A reversible deep carry pocket clip rounds out things. Total weight of the Kiku large folder is 7 ounces, but mine didn’t feel that heavy clipped in my pocket.

The Kiku large folder is perfectly balanced in my opinion.

I carried the Kiku large folder for more than a month, and during that time it was used from cutting meat in the kitchen — the wife really liked it for that chore — to opening boxes from UPS and FedEx. To test sharpness, I sliced and sliced the edges of copy paper until it got boring.

I even abused my sample a bit by pounding it through some tree branches (using one branch to pound the knife through another branch) and by trying it out as a throwing knife. I never got it to stick, which isn’t surprising on this model knife… but it was a good test of the lock, which never failed to keep the blade open.

Even though my Kiku sample has a plain edge with no serrations, it sliced right through seat belt material as well as poly rope. I’ve found that poly rope is one of the toughest cutting test; many knives simply slip right off the slick rope, but the Kiku cut right through with no problems.

Everyone who saw my knife loved it, although many can be harsh critics. The only negative comment they had for the Kiku was that it was too large — and when I explained that SOG has a 3.5-inch blade model, that put the argument to rest.

I look at knives as tools first and as last-resort self-defense weapon secondly. And, I wouldn’t hesitate to use the Kiku as a weapon of last resort.

I wouldn’t hesitate to use the Kiku to dress out wild game either. And although I’d rather have a fixed blade knife as a survival tool, I think the Kiku folder would get most camp/survival chores done without failing you. (SOG also offers a fixed blade Kiku.)

I predict this will be a hot seller for SOG, and a great choice for military and law enforcement personnel. I believe this should be the new flagship folder in the SOG lineup — I like it that much!

Now for the good news: the large Kiku folder retails for $190.00. Although spendy, it is one heck of a buy in my book — I’ve had custom folders that weren’t as nicely put together as this Kiku folder is.

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10:35

Review: Bear & Son Cutlery Boot Knife [AllOutdoor.com]

Bear and Son Cutlery recently introduced their version of a boot knife, and it’s a handy-dandy double edged knife with a 3 1/4-inch 1095 carbon steel black powder coated blade. 1095 is a staple steel for knives because it takes an edge and holds it for a good long time. It’s also very strong and very easy to re-sharpen — and economical. The dagger-shaped blade comes in a nicely-fitted Kydex sheath equipped with a clip.

The Bear Boot Knife weighs in at a mere 4.8 ounces, so you don’t even realize you are carrying it  your belt.The handle scales are tough, textured G10 — super strong stuff, to be sure. And there is “enough” handle to hold onto the knife; many boot knives have short, skinny handles that are too small. Not so with the Bear & Son Boot Knife… the handle is long enough and thick enough for a sure grip.

I carried and used the sample boot knife for more than a month and a half, and put it through its paces. I even used it as a throwing knife. The edge didn’t feel all that sharp when I received it, but it was a lot sharper than I thought; I could easily slice typing paper with it. The knife was used around the kitchen too, even though it wasn’t designed for kitchen chores.

The boot knife is designed as a last-ditch self-defense weapon in my humble opinion. It wouldn’t be my first choice as an offensive weapon because the blade is too short to reach vital organs, but it will easily slash with the best of ’em.

I don’t consider the Bear & Son Cutlery Boot Knife to be a survival or hunting knife, either… it just comes up short for many tasks around the camp or for dressing game. But in its intended role as a last-ditch self-defense blade, it shines and sure beats throwing stones or a stick.

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There are some unenlightened states and locales that won’t allow you to have a double-edged “dagger” of any sort — so be sure to check local laws before you buy or carry a knife like this one. If you can legally carry a double-edged boot knife, take a good look at this one from Bear & Son Cutlery… it is made in the USA and comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Full retail on this handy little boot knife is $79.99.
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06:27

Vintage Saturday: Sniper Troubles [Forgotten Weapons]

British troops in Northern Ireland, 1971

British troops in Northern Ireland, 1971

Hard to use those face shields and still get a sight picture…

04:00

Taking a Look Inside the Army’s DEVASTATING New M80A1 7.62mm Round [The Firearm Blog]

0721160110Previously, courtesy of The Wound Channel we got our first looks at the stellar ballistics of the 7.62mm M80A1 EPR round, which proved to combine excellent fragmentation with good armor penetration and barrier blind characteristics, while being extremely consistent. Now, TFB has received ten M80A1 cartridges, so I decided to dissect one of them to take measurements of […]

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Friday, 22 July

21:13

Only law enforcement is fit to have guns, part 1,230 [Of Arms and the Law]

Officer (incorrectly) thinks caregiver is in danger, solves problem by shooting him. The caregiver says he asked why the fellow shot him, and the officer in confusion frankly replied, "I don't know."

18:10

What is Your Favorite Roscoe? [AllOutdoor.com]

Writers tend to coin words for effect. A popular nickname for a daily carry pistol is Roscoe. You can guess all the jokes for that one. “How’s your Roscoe?” “Hey, is that your Roscoe?” “Dude, keep your hands on your own Roscoe.” And on and on. You get the point.

But if you had to narrow down all the choices out there to settle on a No.1 carry pistol for everyday use no matter what you do or where you go, what would it be? Lordy, the options are simply overwhelming, but you can’t carry every gun in the safe or even two or three in practicality.

Now, nothing here precludes you from picking a practical “gun of the day” sort of approach. If you are going to the office to sit at a desk all day, that could require one type of gun. Maybe a desk gun like a semi-auto .380 or a .38 Special revolver. If you drive a truck to make deliveries in town that might mean a pistol in a Gum Creek holster under the steering wheel, or if you push an OTR 18-wheeler across America, you might want something else.

If you are just running to the shopping mall, grocery store or to the hardware outlet, you might want something else. Perhaps a lightweight concealed carry 9mm of some sort. Let’s say you run a logging crew out in the forest. That might mean a heavier 6-shot, .357 Magnum revolver in a hip holster. It might mean a good 30-30 lever action behind the seat for different kinds of vermin.

In making the decision what to carry on any given day, then try to map out your schedule for the day, where you intend to go, to do, even what you may have to wear. If it is a business suit, then a slide holster behind the hip or small of the back could work. Even a pocket sleeve holster for that Ruger LCP or an LC380.

Depending on your intent, philosophy on legal concealed carry, or just exercising your right not to be carried by six, but judged by six, then use some judicial common sense on where you will be carrying during the day.

I highly recommend every shooter obtain an Enhanced Carry Permit or similar where they live. Then you can carry with confidence, once you choose your Roscoe for the day.

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18:09

Midway’s Bail Out Bag [AllOutdoor.com]

Preppers and survivalists are bag crazy. Well, maybe it is just me and my SHTF bug out team, but our collections of bags and totes seems to be reproducing faster than the rabbit families on Zootopia. I guess it is the “Bug Out Bag” mindset after all.

So, just in case you have not acquired enough specialty bags to bug out with, Midwest USA comes along with another one. This bag they call the “Bail Out Bag” though I don’t think they intend to mean is it a bag to get out of jail with.

For armament purposes though, this is a high quality and useful duty bag. Its primary purpose would be to dash out the back door or garage with a bag that can hold a basic, but essential supply of personal defense gear and supplies. It’s a one bag preppers can use to stow a CCW pistol or handgun, extra ammo, shooting glasses, gloves, and other items for a trip to the range or to a bug out locale.

The bag is really a cross-shoulder bag with a strap that can be released via a heavy duty snap buckle. The main compartment is PVC coated 400D polyester with heavy duty zippers with sewn in pull tabs. The overall length of the bag is 16 inches, width of 7-inches, and a height of 10-inches. It comes in five color choices including black and woodland camouflage.
The back panel inside the bag is section of hook and loop for attaching a CCW quick loop holster or other items. The other inside panel is equipped with Molle loops for adding other support gear. Two outer zipped pouches can hold a wide variety of personal choice items.

The outside panel on the front has three pouches for each to hold two high capacity magazines for an AR or AK type weapon. A fold over closure flap protects the magazines and is held down by hook and loops. These pouches not only protect the mags, but help to keep them clean and debris free until needed to put into action.

When worn cross shoulder with the padded shoulder strap, a belt tie down loop strap on the back can be fed with a pants belt to secure the bag from easy theft take away. The bag is well designed, well made with military grade features especially the zippers. Check it out at www.midwayusa.com.

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18:09

Watch: Redneck + Chainsaw = New Tire Treads [AllOutdoor.com]

This guy said he wanted to freshen up the tread on the old worn 40″ TSL mud tires on his “trail truck.”

I don’t have a lot of money for a $400 tire groover, so I did some YouTube research and this is what I came up with.”

For low speed use, which is what most off-road driving entails, these tires should serve just fine. And this video is really making me wonder just how much rubber there is to work with on the old much-worn Pro Comp Xterrain 33″ tires on our old woods jeep…

I think I’d rather deflate my tires before I started cutting into them, though.

Is this something you would do? Why or why not? Seems reasonable on a trail truck anyhow…

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18:08

Watch: TIHK Evadeclip Urban Survival Tool [AllOutdoor.com]

TIHK, the company which came up with the concealable handcuff key and made it a success, is taking pre-orders for their newest product: the Evadeclip. It’s essentially a tiny, easily-concealable thing with a small pocket clip. It has a small stainless steel saw “to cut rope, cordage, and plastics” as well as a small round carbide saw “for metal.”

I had to snicker at the demo in the video, which shows an optimistic captive attacking a heavy chain with the small carbide saw. But I reckon it could be good for something.

(Photo: TIHK)

(Photo: TIHK)

The nice thing — if you know how to use them and do so legally — are the two lock picks and tensioner. One of these days I need to learn how to open those old padlocks for which I’ve lost or misplaced the keys…

Anyhow, check it out.

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18:08

Watch: Pokemon Hunting With Real Guns [AllOutdoor.com]

If you hate Pokemon as much as I do — especially the latest “Pokemon Go” virtual “hunting” craze, you might just love this video, in which multiple firearms are used to shoot the stuffing out of a Pokemon toy.

Turn down your sound before you play it, though… it’s loud, and the background “music” just adds to the noise.

Join me in snickering when the bayonet falls off of his AK — but he keeps pouring lead into Pokemon. Priorities!

Enjoy.

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16:44

Massachusetts Attorney General Unilaterally Bans Thousands of Previously Legal Guns [NRA-ILA News]

On July 19, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey issued an “enforcement notice” that greatly expands the Commonwealth’s definition of “assault weapon.”  AG Healey alleges that the ban’s definition of “copy” or “duplicate” “assault weapons” has been misinterpreted for the last 18 years and she is simply the first law enforcement official to discover this incorrect interpretation. Unfortunately for AG Healey, the history of Massachusetts’ ban on “assault weapons” makes perfectly clear exactly which types of firearms the legislature intended to ban.

13:32

BREAKING: Slide Fire and Bump Fire Settle Lawsuit [The Firearm Blog]

imageIn late 2014, Slide Fire Solutions initiated a patent infringement lawsuit against Bump Fire Systems over the use and ownership of intellectual property that is the backbone of their rapid-fire stock products. It appears that Slide Fire has won the suit and is set to receive damages from Bump Fire who will no longer be […]

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13:30

The Run and Gun Series: Why We Do It (And All Scores So Far) [The Firearm Blog]

The TFBTV Run and Gun series seems to be a viewer favorite, and it also happens to be the most fun one to make! It allows us to put old rifles to the test and make a short, concise video that can often uncover a few things you wouldn’t normally notice when firing from a […]

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13:20

THE CONTINUING MISADVENTURES OF GLOCKY AND MCCOLT – #2 [The Firearm Blog]

imageSee Episode 1 of GLOCKY & MCCOLT here. We now rejoin our heroes in episode 2: Do you like Glocky & MCCOLT? Don’t forget to support TFB’s awesome advertisers and sponsors.

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13:05

This ONE WEIRD TRICK Can Make You a Better Pistol Shooter! (The Trick Is Weightlifting) [The Firearm Blog]

weights-664766_960_720Pistol shooting has never been my strong suit. I have always cottoned more to gravelbelly-style traditional American marksmanship than I have to running and gunning with a fantastic plastic piece. Pistol day for me has always been more on the side of a chore I undertake to keep my skills up to par with the […]

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12:18

Alex Jones vs. Young Hamas - Hilarity ensues [Sipsey Street Irregulars]



My disdain for Alex Jones may have reached at least a middle point with this one. Young Hamas doesn't know whether to defecate or go blind. The feminist white knights are particularly hilarious.

If more people got into these guys faces and challenged them directly, we would not have any of the problems we have today.


The Altercation:


Young Hamas Explanation:



Alex Jones Explanation:





12:11

Ranger Point Precision – Short-Stroke Lever Action Carbines [The Firearm Blog]

Ranger Point PrecisionRecently, custom-lever action rifles have piqued my interest. Steel and wood is a refreshing change from a steady diet of polymer and aluminum. Besides, every red-blooded American should have a reliable lever action in their stable. So when I stumbled upon Ranger Point Precision (RPP) in Cypress, Texas, I was immediately intrigued. Not only did I […]

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12:00

POTD: Navy Blue Kel-Tec Sub2000 Gen 2 [The Firearm Blog]

13731695_10210362508125898_5124123057866414898_nChad Enos of Kel-Tec recently posted this up. A Navy Blue Sub2000 Gen2.  Not too many blue carbines out there other than a couple custom jobs and the Iron Patriot AR from JP Enterprises. It is certainly different and it actually looks rather good. I may have to send my Sub2000 back to Kel-Tec to […]

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11:33

Massachusetts: GOAL says it will rally against Healey’s ‘rogue’ actions on assault weapons [NRA-ILA News]

The Gun Owners’ Action League, the state affiliate of the National Rifle Association, is calling for gun owners to rally at the State House this weekend against what it says are “rogue” actions by Attorney General Maura Healey, who announced Wednesday she would tighten enforcement of the state’s assault weapons ban.

11:32

Massachusetts: Pro-gun rights supporters gather outside State House [NRA-ILA News]

Pro-gun rights supporters gathered outside the State House Thursday to protest Attorney General Maura Healey's plan to step up enforcement of the state's assault weapons ban.Gov. Charlie Baker said Healey has the right to crack down on the sale and manufacture of what she's called copycat assault weapons.

11:31

Massachusetts: Gun rights groups protesting Healey’s crackdown on “copycat” weapons [NRA-ILA News]

Attorney General Maura Healey’s announcement Wednesday that she would step up enforcement of the state’s assault weapons ban, focusing on what she described as “copycat” guns, swiftly generated backlash from gun owners, dealers and activists who are viewing the move as an attack on their rights.

11:30

College rifle, pistol-shooting clubs under fire, underfunded amid gun debate [NRA-ILA News]

Zoe Callaway enjoys going to the rifle range to blow off steam, help fellow University of Delaware students learn gun safety and hone her sharp-shooting skills, but lately she and some classmates feel they are being targeted over their enthusiasm for firearms.

11:19

Gun Control Supporters Are Once Again Rebranding Their Efforts [NRA-ILA News]

Decades of failure to strip Americans of their gun rights has forced gun control groups to continually retool their anti-freedom message in the hopes of making it more palatable to the American public. As reported by Politico this week, the latest rebranding effort comes courtesy of gun control organization Americans for Responsible Solution, founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and husband Mark Kelly. The group is sharing its focus-group-tested findings with Democratic strategists and other components of the institutional Left in order to soften some of their anti-gun messaging in the hopes that this will help them to better influence an unsuspecting public.

11:16

Chris W. Cox Delivers the Straight Truth on Hillary Clinton and the Second Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox addressed the Republican National Convention about the grave threat to the Second Amendment posed by a Hillary Clinton presidency. On Wednesday, Clinton’s attack dogs were out in force, desperately trying to discredit the case Mr. Cox methodically built against her.

10:01

Modern Intermediate Calibers 001: The 5.56x45mm [The Firearm Blog]

Various 5.56mm rounds, left to right: 55gr M193, 55gr French ball, M855 (made in Korea), Mk. 262 Mod. 1, Mk. 318, M855A1“Nathaniel’s starting another series? Oh brother…” Bear with me. I think that there is a lot of rhetoric thrown around with regards to modern defensive/military calibers that exists apart from the necessary additional data and context of the respective ammunition types being discussed. Therefore, I’d like to take some time to share my perspective on […]

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08:08

Massachusetts: Attend the Rally Against Attorney General Healey’s Gun Ban [NRA-ILA News]

On Wednesday, Attorney General Healey overstepped her authority as Attorney General in an attempt to further restrict the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners in Massachusetts.  For the past 18 years firearm retailers have been operating under an interpretation of the law that has been supported by all state regulatory agencies; however, General Healey unilaterally decided that these retailers have been illegally selling firearms that are “copies or duplicates” of “assault weapons” which are prohibited for possession sale under Massachusetts law.  Attorney General Healey is creating a new definition outside of the statute that currently regulates so-called “assault weapons” in Massachusetts, and this new definition could lead to a total ban of all semi-automatic firearms in the state.

07:09

A Ballistic Mystery: Small Calibers Wound Instead of Kill? [The Firearm Blog]

Some really quite small caliber rounds...Today I want to address something that has come up in small arms ammunition development several times in the past 150 years: The small caliber bullet problem. For the sake of this article, I’ll characterize this problem as a perceived trend recognized on several occasions of small caliber (below 0.277″/7mm) cartridges producing wounds that are […]

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06:27

Colt Model 1929 Prototype .276 Rifle [Forgotten Weapons]

On October 1, 1928, the US War Department published a request for semiautomatic rifle designs. The Colt company submitted this .276 caliber rifle to the ensuing trials in 1929. It was designed by Jonathan Edward “Ed” Browning (half brother of John Moses Browning) and was a recoil-operated, tilting bolt design weighing 9lb 9oz and using 108 parts. The tilting bolt system was derived from the 1911 pistol system as designed by John Moses Browning, and the operating system also used an accelerator reminiscent of JMB’s Model 1917 and 1919 machine guns.

After the trials, the Colt 1929 rifle was deemed unfit for further testing by the Ordnance Department because of poor feeding, poor cooling ability, an overly long receiver and short barrel, too many parts, and being too heavy overall. Ed Browning would take the design back to his workshop and continue working on it, eventually replacing the short recoil operating system with an annular gas piston, and bringing it to the Winchester company in the late 1930s.

Today, this rifle resides in the collection of the Cody Firearms Museum.

04:08

Rebuttal – Why I Choose to Use PMAGs [The Firearm Blog]

mmag571aThe moment TFBTV contributor and Senior Writer Alex Capps stated he doesn’t use PMAGs, I swear I heard a collective gasp from the Modern Sporting Rifle crowd. Blasphemy! How dare one not worship at the alter of Magpul and drink the kool-aid. Or, at the very least, why not worship lesser gods such as Lancer, […]

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03:15

Review: Strike Industries’ Strike Switch For The AR-15 [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_3099  Back at SHOT show I dropped by the Strike Industries booth to see what kind of madmen come up with all these wonderful toys and was flooded with prototypes of upcoming parts that will be in production later this year. One of those products was the Strike Switch and now that it is shipping […]

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03:00

New Self-defense Hat from FAB Defense [The Firearm Blog]

gotchahat1Self-defense ink pens, self-defense key chains, self-defense belt buckles…why not a self-defense hat? The latest addition to the FAB Defense lineup is indeed a hat. If you’re picturing a hat that is itself a weapon, though, you might be a bit disappointed. The “Gotcha” hat is described by FAB Defense as a “less lethal” design. […]

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02:00

Shotgun Recoil Tip from Mossberg [The Firearm Blog]

Mossberg500Former USMC and current LEO Jeremy Stafford recently completed a video blog for Mossberg that caught my attention. The video blog’s purpose is to illustrate how to use recoil to your advantage, specifically with pump shotguns. For the video Stafford used a Mossberg 500 Pump Action Tactical Shotgun. In order to make the concept clear […]

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Thursday, 21 July

18:24

Massachusetts Attorney General Unilaterally Rewrites the State’s Gun Laws [NRA-ILA News]

Without the legislature, without the governor, and without any form of public consultation, the attorney general of Massachusetts has today rewritten the state’s 1998 Gun Control Act. In an edict sent out this morning, AG Maura Healey explained that the law no longer meant what it had meant since 1998, but instead would mean what she wanted it to mean.

15:16

Massachusetts: Attorney General Healey Attacks Your Second Amendment Rights! [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced that she wants to further restrict the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Massachusetts citizens by arbitrarily changing the way her office enforces the state’s existing “assault weapons” ban.  Massachusetts state law currently prohibits the possession of “assault weapons” and large capacity feeding devices (defined as devices capable of holding certain amounts of ammunition) and “copies or duplicates of the weapons.”  This law mirrors the federal “assault weapons” ban that expired in 2004.

14:55

I was quietly hating myself for doing nothing. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]




Reparations.me is a website by Seattleite Natasha Marin, that is dedicate to the pursuit of having affluent whites divest themselves of their 400 years of oppression by giving it (whatever that might be.  We'll get to that in a minute) to the needs of People of Color.  Or something.

Her bio/explanation:

Natasha Marin is a conceptual artist working across disciplines and media to collaborate with People to create opportunities for meaningful IRL and digital engagement.

Reparations began as a social media experiment on Facebook on July 15, 2016.

What if you actually did something meaningful for someone before the end of the year?

What if a stranger restored your belief in humanity, if only for a moment, by supporting you and allowing you to claim something you need in a material way?

I invite People of Color to ask for what we need to feel better, be happier, be more productive by posting in this space. These may be both material and immaterial requests.

I invite people who identify as White to offer services or contributions to People of Color in need of time, energy, substantive care, and support. 

I don't want to put limitations on this social experiment, but here's how I imagine it might work:

POC 1: I need a massage. This week.
White Person 1: [posts Groupon with code for redemption]

POC2: I need therapy. I can spend $10 a session.
White Person 2: [posts contact information to a therapist who they have made arrangements with.]

POC 3: I need groceries.
White Person 3: "I'll get them for you. PM me and I'll send an Amazon Fresh or Safeway delivery. You just pick out what you want. I have a $200 limit."

POC 4: I'm too upset to make dinner. I live in Seattle.
White Person 4: "Come over to my house for dinner, bring a friend if you like. PM me and I'll send you the address, or can I order delivery to you? What kind of food do you like?"

POC 5: I need a quiet place to work on _________.
White Person 5: "I have an office, spare room, house, that will be unoccupied on the following dates, would you like to use that space? I can send pictures ..."

POC 6: I want to scream and cuss at someone.
White Person 6: "I volunteer as tribute. How do we set this up?" 

POC 7: I want to escape this cruel world in a *Specific Videogame* but can't afford it on Steam right now. This is not a crisis, I just don't trust people easily and want to see if this works.
White Person 7: Thank you for giving me the chance to do something concrete and relatively easy. I was quietly hating myself for doing nothing.

And now while you are ruminating on how far out of touch with reality and history people are I offer this for the next installment of the world gone mad. Notice the progressive cops reaction to the scene. 





14:16

Review: FN FNS Semi-Automatic Pistol in 40 S&W [AllOutdoor.com]

I’ve owned a few FN firearms over the years (Browning Hi-Power pistols that were made by FN), and they were all great guns. So when I ran across a used FN FNS 40 S&W in 99% condition at my local gun gun shop, and snapped it up for $399.00 out the door.
The first thing I noticed about this pistol was that it fit my hand perfectly; the second was the great trigger pull. Although it’s double action only (DAO), it breaks at a crisp 5 pounds. And the third thing was that this gun had all of the original factory 14-round magazines — and it comes with three of them.
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The frame is some kind of polymer, which is nicely checkered for a sure grip. I did swap out the arched back strap for the flat one that also came with the gun, I like that one better. The front of the trigger guard is serrated as well.

The slide is stainless steel, but black in color; a shiny stainless version is available. The chamber and feed ramp were polished, and it fed every kind of 40 S&W ammo I threw at it. There is also a Mil-Standard 1913 accessory rail on the frame for lights or lasers.

My model has the ambidextrous safety, but they also make them without a manual safety. The safety, slide release, and magazine release are all ambidextrous. There are white dots on the sights, one on the front and two on the rear sight, and the front dot is a little bit bigger than the dots on the rear sight.

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Accuracy

My FNS was match-grade accurate, right out of the box, I couldn’t believe how accurate it was with all ammo tested; I could easily print 2.5 to 3 inch groups, and when I settled down, I could get sub-two-inch groups. And unlike my GLOCK 23, the FNS doesn’t have harsh recoil with full-power 40 S&W loads. It was a real joy to shoot this gun!

As is my usual method for accuracy testing, I use a rolled-up sleeping bag on the hood of my SUV. Shooting was done at 25 yards.I used the following ammo from Black Hills and Buffalo Bore:

  • Black Hills 155-grain JHP reloads
  • Black Hills 155-grain JHP
  • Black Hills 180-grain FMJ reloads
  • Black Hills 180-grain JHP
  • Buffalo Bore 125-grain standard pressure Barnes TAC-XP
  • Buffalo Bore 140-grain standard pressure Barnes TAC-XP
  • Buffalo Bore Outdoorsman 200-grain hard cast flat nose

The Buffalo Bore 125-grain TAC-XP was the hottest load — it really let me know I had something there. I was surprised the recoil was more than the 140-grain Barnes load.
So, which round won the accuracy contest? Well, this FNS shot everything extremely well. When it came down to it, the Black Hills 155-grain JHP would once in a while break the 2-inch mark, and the Buffalo Bore 200-gr HC FN Outdoorsman load would shoot around 2 inches all day long and wasn’t punishing in the least.

One of the guys who works at the local gun shop has the FNS in 9mm, and he tells me that his gun is also super accurate. He said it’s a real “keeper” in his collection.

The FNS 9mm and 40 S&W pistols are close in size to the GLOCK 23 — just a tad thicker, and a little bit longer. I think it’s an outstanding open carry or duty firearm for law enforcement or security work. The FNS might be one of the best-kept secrets in the firearms industry these days. I’ll readily admit that I never really gave a thought to getting one before, but I’m sure glad I latched on to one… and don’t forget that you get three 14-round magazines with the gun.

The FNS is a best buy in my book.

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13:49

Review: CRKT Williams Tactical Applications Flashlight [AllOutdoor.com]

I really love flashlights, and if I ever gathered up all my lights, they’d probably fill a large bag. I am not all about how bright a light is, but rather how flexible it can be in a variety of situations. In most cases my two favorite lights are the LED Lenser F1 and Rogers Tactical Light featuring a Streamlight Micro, but CRKT really surprised me with the Williams Tactical Flashlight’s features, flexibility, and ease of use.

CRKT offers something unique and flexible which easily serves both tactical and practical lighting requirements. This means that you don’t need to sacrifice by carrying a light that’s too bright or not bright enough light.

For tactical use, you usually want full power on the first click and strobe on the second click — but for everyday utility lighting you usually want to cycle up from lowest power to highest. Obviously these are opposing features, and that usually leads to a tail button clicky sequence which requires a user manual. CRKT solved this by creating a tactical light with a bezel head which clicks forward for tactical settings and rearward for utility settings.

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About CRKT

CRKT (Columbia River Knife and Tool) was founded in 1994 by Rod Bremer in Oregon. By working with top knife designers around the world, CRKT offers a broad line of innovative custom knife designs in affordable production knives and tools. The goal is to provide the hottest custom designs to the consumer at affordable prices.

Fit, Finish, Feel, Features, & Functions

The fit and finish of the CRKT Williams Tactical Application Flashlight is excellent. I see high quality with a tough aluminum housing, mil-spec hard anodizing, and premium LED and reflector. Unlike many tactical lights, this one is not too bulky, so it rides more easily in the pocket — and the clip is removable to make it even less bulky.

The slim profile is one of my favorite things about it, and at just 3.1 ounces and 4.84″ long it’s quite easy to carry.

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The CRKT Williams Tactical Application Flashlight is fed by two standard CR123A lithium batteries (which have become the standard battery for tactical lighting).

The light output in “Tactical Mode” with the bezel clicked forward allows the user to cycle through a blinding 320-lumen, 150 minute runtime light, to a 320-lumen strobe, to off. The “Low Mode” for utility lighting with the bezel unextended has light output of low 3 lumens (286-hour run time), 10 lumens (40-hour run time), 75 lumens (8.5-hour run time), and a 75 lumens SOS mode (26-hour run time) with “off” settings between each click — so you do not have to click through all the settings to turn the light off.

Once you understand how the bezel head clicks in and out, you can easily assure you get the right light output when needed. I personally have found the low 5- and 10-lumen settings to be useful while going easy on battery usage.

Because you can start with a low setting and cycle to get brighter, you won’t kill your night vision, give away your position, or disturb anyone sleeping nearby when you need just a little light.

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Final Thoughts

The CRKT Williams Tactical Application Flashlight has become one of my preferred tactical lights simply because it delivers such a broad array of light output options in one package. This is an excellent light which retails on the street for around $75.

Manufacturer Specs

  • Overall Length: 4.84 inches
  • Weight: 3.1 ounces
  • Battery: (2) CR123A Batteries
  • Handle Material: Aluminum
  • Carry System: Removable wire clip
  • High Mode Features –  (320 lumens; strobe) low mode (5 lumens; 10 lumens; 75 lumens; SOS)
  • Low Mode Functions (Bezel In)
  • 1st click displays a low 3 lumens light with 286 hrs. of run time.
  • 2nd click turns the light off.
  • 3rd click displays a mid 10 lumens light with 40 hrs of run time.
  • 4th click turns the light off.
  • 5th click displays a max 75 lumens light with 8.5 hrs. run time.
  • 6th click turns the light off.
  • 7th click displays (S.O.S.) with 75 lumens and 26 hrs. run time.
  • 8th click turns the light off.
  • After the flashlight has been off for 2 seconds, it resets to the original settings.
  • *Run times may vary depending on batteries and conditions.
  • MSRP $125

 

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13:30

Daewoo K1A1 Field Strip [The Firearm Blog]

Korean rifles produced by Daewoo Precision Industries are very well regarded by users and owners around the globe, and to this day the South Korean military uses them as a necessary asset to national defense. So let’s see what’s inside Shooting Review is below … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xa8MjiSToI Transcript … – [Voiceover] Hey guys, it’s Alex C. With […]

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13:30

Review: Blackwood Arms Side Charging Ambidextrous AR15 Upper [The Firearm Blog]

right-side-chargingar15-1Blackwood Arms is a small company and the owner Andrew B. BeGole wouldn’t change it. Andrew is dedicated to quality above all else and making small quantities allows him to keep a close eye on the products and ensure he turns out the best product he possibly can using the best materials. Over his many […]

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13:20

Review: Strike Industries’ Strike Forward Assist [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_2804If you follow the blog you are well aware of what Strike Industries brings to the table, a track record of providing innovative and well built AR-15 accessories at a very reasonable price. They have started shipping the Strike forward assist tailor made for shooters looking for a more aggressive forward assist than the factory A2 […]

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13:05

Fusion of Old & New – Leather AR-15 Magazine Pouch Options [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_1222MediumWhile the AR-15 and its STANAG-compatible weapons are labeled “Modern Sporting Rifles” (and rightfully so), I see little reason for the modern rifles to completely abandon tradition. Its true that these MSR’s are often seen with a plethora of tactical nylon, but they don’t have to be. Just as the rifles do not always have […]

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12:11

The “Best” Sniper From The Great War – Francis Pegahmagabow [The Firearm Blog]

deadliest-snipers-emgn-8I, for one, and am pleased to see the steady expansion of The Great War’s video library. It goes to show the power of Patreon campaigns and crowd-sourcing to back up and support great content creators who might otherwise not being able to afford producing. As a result of this, The Great War has been […]

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12:00

POTD: Before Steam Punk There Was The Luger P08 “Nachtpistole” [The Firearm Blog]

13734438_1154535641269116_2076096237_nFound this gem on Instagram @axis_and_allies45 This is an extremely rare example of a Luger P08 “Nachtpistole” (Night pistol) that was used by Hitler’s personal Leibstandarte-ϟϟ security detail. Decades ahead of its time, like many Nazi inventions, the Nachtpistole was not only beautiful, it was also practical. Mounted under the barrel was a small flashlight. […]

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10:49

Review: Vortex Optics Strikefire II Red Dot and VMX-3T Magnifier [AllOutdoor.com]

When Vortex Optics decided to update their Strikefire red dot sight, they created the Vortex Strikefire II. The main updates were simplified controls, 1/2″ shorter overall size, and two extra-low night vision settings. Model variants include versions with both red or green dots or the less-expensive single color red dot model. Retail on the red dot model is $229, but street price is down around $180 which is extremely competitive with similar optics. They also include a lower third co-witness height cantilever mount, which is always an appreciated addition to the box versus having to spend another $40 on the appropriate mount.

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Why use a larger format red dot versus one of the smaller micro-dot red dots? The main reason is FOV (field of view). You can see more stuff within a large optic and the Strikefire II offers a large FOV. Generally a larger FOV equals faster target acquisition. In a zombie apocalypse or while hunting dangerous game, I would want a wide field of view.

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My one gripe is that the Strikefire II uses the CR2 battery as a power source although everyone else on the planet uses CR2032 wafer batteries for red dots. The CR2 is a little smaller than a CR123 battery and is available at many stores. The advantage is longer life than wafer CR2032 batteries. With an average battery life of around 3000 hours (6000 hours at best; 300 at worst) and a 12-hour auto shutoff, you should see at least a year of life out of each battery even in extreme situations.

I would have preferred them to use a widely available AAA battery or CR123, but the CR2 works and delivers a long run time in an inexpensive and light lithium battery format — stick six CR2 in the AR15’s grip and call it good for a minimum of 5-6 years.

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The Strikefire II is a quality optic which is fully fog-, water-, and shock-proof with a nitrogen purged heavy duty 30mm body. It can take serious punishment and keep working.

Vortex also offers the VMX-3T flip-over magnifier aka “tripler” to complement any of their own or competitors’ red dots. The idea of the tripler was popularized in the military, and it simply adds instant magnification to existing optics for larger shots and target identification.  Vortex’s flip-aside multiplier is similar to others on the market. The Vortex VMX-3T offers 3x magnification, focusing eyepiece, and zero-able windage and elevation so you can use the Vortex tripler with any red dot.

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The included flip over mount on the VMX-3T is a bit different in that the flip mechanism is button-operated from the front. This allows the shooter to either reach over with the primary hand or with with support hand. Rear-mounted buttons can be harder to reach with the support hand.

I like this setup, and although I am more fond of the Eotech spring detent non-locking style flip over mount, I could buy two Vortex triplers for the price of one Eotech.

I have seem some flip over mounts get a little wobbly, but I found the Vortex to be pretty tight. The mount can make or break an optic like this, and this mount does what it is supposed to.

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The Vortex tripler works extremely well, is crystal clear, and is solidly durable. If I put the unit side-by-side with Sub-$300 tripler competitors like Burris, I like the Vortex VMX-3T a bit better.

Final Thoughts

For testing, I mounted the Vortex Strikefire II and the VMX-3T to my WMD NiBx coated Beast AR15 rifle chambered in 5.56 Nato. The Vortex Strikefire II and VMX-3T setup mounted perfectly without problems. Like almost every red dot optic in the sub-$500 price range, the actual dot is a bit splashy and looked something like a teeny tiny squashed Nike logo when using the VMX-3T magnifier.

I have come to expect that crisp totally uniform dot size is something you have to pony up big bucks for in a red dot and you just are not going to get that level of quality in a sub-$500 red dot.  That noted, the Vortex dot uniformity is still far above average and still better than some more expensive red dots.

The Vortex Strikefire II remains one of the best deals when it comes to robust military-grade quality in something priced below $300. The features are solid, the design is well thought out, and performance and value are well above the price.

The Vortex Strikefire II and VMX-3T magnifier are sold separately; here are some specs:

Strikefire II Manufacturer Specs

  • Cantilever Mount
  • Red/Green Dot or Red Dot Options
  • 4 MOA DOT
  • Lower 1/3 Co-Witness Cantilever Mount
  • Eye Relief – Unlimited
  • Magnification 1x
  • Length 5.6″
  • Weight 7.2 oz
  • Fully Multi-Coated: Multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces increase light transmission.
  • Red/Green Dot Option: Allows shooters a choice of dot color.
  • Single-Piece Chassis: Compact and lightweight.
  • Waterproof: O-ring seals prevent moisture, dust and debris from penetrating for reliable performance in all environments.
  • Fogproof: Nitrogen gas purging delivers fogproof, waterproof performance.
  • Shockproof: Rugged construction withstands recoil and impact.
  • Hard Anodized Finish: Highly durable low-glare matte finish.
  • Operating Temperature: Rated from -22 degrees to +140 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cantilever Ring Mount: Puts the optic bore center 40 mm above the base, providing lower 1/3 co-witness with iron sights on flat top AR-15 rifles.
  • Unlimited Eye Relief: Non-critical eye relief for rapid target acquisition.
  • Adjustable Dot Intensity: Provides ten variable illumination settings—the lowest two settings are night-vision compatible.
  • Battery Life: 12-hour auto-shutdown feature maximizes battery life. CR-2 Battery. Typical battery life is 300 hours at maximum brightness and 6,000 hours at minimum brightness setting.
  • Base MSRP: $239

VMX-3T Manufacturer Specs

  • VIP Warranty Nitrogen Purged Waterproof
  • Magnification: 3 x
  • Eye Relief: 2.2 inches
  • Field of View: 38.2 feet/100 yards
  • Tube Size: 30 mm
  • Length: 4.3 inches
  • Weight: 11.9 oz
  • MSRP: $249

 

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10:48

NRA exec says it is 'a lie' Clinton won't take your guns [NRA-ILA News]

Chris Cox, the top lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, told USA TODAY Wednesday that Hillary Clinton wants to take away peoples' guns, and when she says that is not her goal, "It's another lie from Hillary Clinton."

10:47

Massachusetts: Gun buyers rush to store following AG attack on semi-automatic firearms [NRA-ILA News]

Jim Wallace, executive director of the Gun Owners Action League, the state affiliate of the National Rifle Association, said his office was flooded with calls from gun store owners who were blindsided by Healey’s ban, which she announced in an opinion piece published in Wednesday’s Globe.“It’s a political stunt,” Wallace said. “Unfortunately, it’s a political stunt with a lot of ramifications that we’re trying to figure out and trying [to] work through.”

10:45

Massachusetts: AG targets semi-automatic firearms [NRA-ILA News]

The announcement prompted many gun dealers to head to their favorite shop to purchase a firearm. At the Four Seasons shop in Woburn, there was a line out the door. "We saw the email from Carl who said they wouldn't be able to sell them after today," Bruce Sterling said. "It seemed like it made a lot of sense to come and get an AR-15 today." Healey says the enforcement notice sent to gun sellers and manufacturers clarifies what constitutes a "copy" or "duplicate" weapon under the state's assault weapons ban, including copies of the Colt AR-15 and the Kalashnikov AK-47.

10:44

Sen. Murphy Announces Support for First Gun Control Candidates [NRA-ILA News]

Sen. Christopher S. Murphy announced Tuesday the first set of candidates his new political fund will back in an effort to elect more lawmakers dedicated to combating gun violence.

10:43

Ohio proposal attacks firearms preemption [NRA-ILA News]

An Ohio legislative proposal announced Wednesday seeks to give cities the ability to restrict the state laws allowing open or concealed carry of firearms during certain events.

10:01

Training Classes Do Not Make For A Better Shooter [The Firearm Blog]

13646720_10210141787566374_1734417319_oAccording to Tim Herron of Team Sig Sauer there is a lot of misinformation from Armchair Experts. He breaks down five things he advises to be a better shooter.   Dryfire. It’s real. And it works. It also costs NOTHING but an investment of your time and the benefits are endless. Training Classes do not […]

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10:00

The New Language of the Left [Sipsey Street Irregulars]



In the past few days, I have been presented with two op ed pieces that are representative of a changing of the guard, so to speak, in terms of the leftist tone.  During the Bush administrations, the "Progressives" of the time, screeched at the top of their lungs that dissent was patriotic.  Under Obama, we were told that you must support your leaders.  You may remember being told by a certain opportunistically racist comedian that Obama is like your father and you should listen to him.  Even the Daily Kos was confused.  Such has been the tone of the socialists of last eight years.  But all of that ends with the RNC convention.  It is, after all, someone else's turn in 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.  That's how it works, right?

Now we have two puff pieces from two ends of the leftist political fourth estate.  These are by no means representative of the minds of the elites that are making the real moves towards their own ends, but it is a good indication as any into the mind of the rank-and-file.

From the Gawker, I present you "Who Will Win the Upcoming Civil War?" .  A note before you proceed: I will advise you  first to remove any beverages from around your electronics.  I come to know this from experience.  There is so much that is wrong with this article I can scarcely find the time to go into significant detail.  The presumptions that war is a "you have all of the green guys, and I have all of the blue" is as absurd as it is infantile.  I will not offer any additional commentary but if you want a real knee slapper, please do yourself a favor and read the comments.  I had originally given thought that this was satire.  No, gentle readers, it is truly the work of a true believer. 

The next one comes to us from the LA Times, If Trump wins, a coup isn't impossible here in the U.S.

It starts out: "Trump is the most brazenly authoritarian figure to secure the nomination of a major American political party. He expresses his support for all manner of strongmen, and his campaign manager, Paul Manafort, has actually worked for one: former Ukrainian president and Vladimir Putin ally Viktor Yanukovich."

That's interesting.  I only wish their microscope had been a little more inward focused when we raised concerns that Obama's ear whisperers were filled with an assortment of advocates of the worst sort of communist, identity politics, and muslim expansionism this side of GITMO. 

"In [the case that Trump gives unlawful orders], our military men and women, who swear to uphold the Constitution and a civilian chain of command, would be forced to choose between obeying the law and serving the wishes of someone who has explicitly expressed his utter lack of respect for it."

The Oath of Enlistment states: "I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."

"According to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice".  There is the onion in obeying unconstitutional orders.  Upon looking at it, I had not realized that you will not find the same verbiage in the Oath of Office that commissioned Officers must take.  I can assure you, however, that they are also under the same rules of UCMJ that everyone else must abide by. 

"But what about Katrina"?  I agree that the National Guard was completely wrong in what they did, however well meaning it may have been at the time.  Keep in mind that the military authority was under civilian direction.  They were an instrument of the terminally incompetent and corrupt state and local government.  It is not an excuse, but lessons were learned.  Education of what the Uniform Code of Military Justice is and how it relates to disregarding an enumerated right in the Constitution is why groups like the Oathkeepers are so important.  If no one is told it is wrong, how will they know?

And he concludes: "Trump is not only patently unfit to be president, but a danger to America and the world. Voters must stop him before the military has to."  Both salacious and thought provoking, but for me, it does not invoke terror given the present occupier-in-chief.  He expanded the Patriot Act to dizzying heights, bombed on behalf of Al Qaeda, and established ISIS which cascaded into flooding Europe with Jihadi terrorists.  Then there is all of the economic warfare he has waged with all of the expansion and creation of new government entitlements and power grabs.  I do not see how much more an administration can undermine the West, but we still have some months.

There is a common thread between the two articles.  The left has understood that they cannot win this by themselves.  As with any argument the left has produced, it always comes from a place of perpetual victimhood and weakness.  For their success they must have another group to do what they know they cannot, namely win against the American conservative gun owner in a stand up fight.  This should be of no surprise to anyone here.  If you want to know why they are after your semi-autos, this is it. 

"Now what we need to do is take away their guns..."

09:15

More Clinton Corruption: By large wealthy donors giving money directly to groups to pay for Bill Clinton's speaking fees, they have apparently hidden $ gifts to him [John Lott's Website]

So why isn't this big news?  From the Washington Free Beacon:
By all accounts, it was the most popular gala the Lady Taverners had ever held. Over 1,000 people packed the Park Lane Hilton in London on Oct. 30, 2009, with the crowd overflowing into the hallways, to listen to President Bill Clinton speak on the power of giving. 
While Clinton’s speech helped raise a substantial sum for the prominent cricket charity, his staggering $290,000 speaking fee was not covered by the group, according to organizers. The fee also was not covered by “World Management Limited,” the marketing company Hillary Clinton listed as the payment source in her federal financial filings. 
It was bankrolled by a wealthy British businessman named Robert Whitton—a name you won’t find included in the Clintons’ public disclosure forms. . . . 


07:09

Primos Wants You Speaking the Elk Language with New Open & Closed Reed Calls [The Firearm Blog]

PrimosThe elk hunting season is just around the corner for many states and Primos is looking to outfit people with easier and more dynamic calls. With great timing, they are introducing a new closed and open reed call. Both are developed and meant to be easier to use. So whether you are a novice or […]

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06:27

A Spencer Anecdote [Forgotten Weapons]

In early 1864, Arizona pioneer and Colonel King S. Woolsey borrowed a Spencer repeating rifle from then-Territorial Governor John Goodwin for an expedition against a band of Apaches. On Aril 26, 1864, the Hartford Evening Press published this account from Woolsey:

We rested the next day to arrange details,, fit pack saddles, assort and equalize packs, etc. The note of preparation was heard everywhere, mules being shod, saddles and bridles repaired, balls cast and cartridges made. The citizens were trying their long rifles at a mark at about a hundred yards. It was a small board painted black, with a bit of white paper, about an inch square, in the center. All frontiersmen are curious about new weapons, and at the same time prejudiced against them. The fame of my seven-shooter, the Spencer, had got abroad, and they wanted to see it shoot.

I don’t much like to waste ammunition when no more can be got, and to tell the truth I had no great confidence in my marksmanship to do justice to the weapon. I had never fired a rifle in my life until I left the Missouri, and I never fired anything but the Spencer. This last gave me great advantage, for the weight in the Spencer is very different from any other, and usually annoys a stranger in firing it at first. I advanced into the ring, and at the first shot had the good luck to hit the paper in the center and split the board. I concluded it was best not to try again, and others fired off the other shots.

As a weapon for fighting Indians, the Spencer has no superior. Its seven shots can be loaded in less time than any other rifle can be loaded and capped, it can be fired more rapidly than a revolver, and reloaded in a tenth of the time it would take to reload a Colt, in fact in an Indian fight, in close quarters, I think a revolver was never reloaded. The fixed ammunition has immense advantages, as soon it can be easily obtained say at San Francisco even, for it never wastes, and cannot be injured by transportation.

So completely were the soldiers and civilians convinced of this that I could have sold a dozen on the spot with two or three hundred rounds of ammunition each, at very near a hundred dollars in gold apiece, if I had had them.

From Roy Marcot’s Spencer Repeating Firearms (Northwood Heritage Press, 1993).

04:48

Good Little Statists [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


I saw this tweet from the Violence Policy Center applauding the moves yesterday by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (D-MA) to rule by edict regarding AWB state-compliant firearms.




When you consider that their founder and executive director Josh Sugarmann was the person who popularized the term "assault weapons", it all begins to make sense. He meant for the term to be used to confuse the general public into supporting bans under the guise of "anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun".

Healey and Sugarmann are the people that George Orwell warned us about in 1984. They are the good little statists from the Ministry of Love intent on making us submit to their will. The term "assault weapon" is nothing but Newspeak - the controlled language meant to limit freedom of thought. Those earnest men who assembled on Lexington Green in April 1775 must be rolling in their graves to see what has become of their state.

04:08

Crimson Trace Now Making Lasers for Honor Guard Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

Honor DefenseHonor Defense announced that Crimson Trace was now making the Laserguard for the Honor Guard line of self defense handguns. The new Laserguard will use a red aiming laser and will be deisgnated the LG-498. The new LG-498 will mount on the trigger guard of the Honor Guard pistol and will have an activation button […]

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03:15

Autonomous Alloy Target System [The Firearm Blog]

AutoalloyAutonomous Alloy has a fun looking target system. They are linkable steel targets that connect to a smart phone. They are like a combnation of the Larue or Strike Mark steel targets that auto reset mixed with the connectivity of Auto Targets. You may recall a couple articles about Auto Targets. Click here if you […]

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03:00

The New DeSantis Incognito Holster [The Firearm Blog]

IncognitoDeSantis Gunhide announced a new carry rig called the Incognito. The new system is a belt pouch that hides a gun inside of it. The idea is the pouch is plainly visible, but completely conceals your self protection firearm within it. This eliminates the need for a cover garment like a jacket or untucked shirt. […]

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02:00

If Its Scary, It Should Be ILLEGAL!… Vox.com Surveys People on Firearm Appearance [The Firearm Blog]

VoxThe last few months in the US have been pretty tumultuous if you have been watching the news. Without getting too political, we have seen terror attacks, hate crimes, and a multitude of other criminal activity. It is truly unsettling and has a lot of people on edge. Some people want to scream gun control or […]

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01:35

TFBTV Shooting: The CMMG Mk-W Anvil in .458 SOCOM [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV Shooting: James shoots the monster of an AR15 made by CMMG, the Mk-W, a.k.a. the Anvil; a .458 SOCOM AR on a custom engineered platform from CMMG. Full review is here: https://youtu.be/-oYoBRYq2Rs

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Wednesday, 20 July

14:50

Maine: Vote No Question 3 Website Now Live: Get Involved and Help Defeat Question 3 Today! [NRA-ILA News]

Visit NRA-ILA’s Vote No Question 3 website and help defeat Question 3 today!

13:22

Watch: NRA's Chris Cox sits down with USA TODAY [NRA-ILA News]

Chris Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association, sits down with USA TODAY at the Republican National Convention.

13:20

Why I Don’t Use PMAGs [The Firearm Blog]

The Magpul PMAG is a great, well designed magazine that many people like and use in various rifles around the world, but over the years I have discovered that they are not the best option for me personally. It isn’t that they are bad (in fact they feed and run very well in certain firearms) […]

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13:20

Review: Sig Sauer P320 Sub-Compact X-Change Kit [The Firearm Blog]

xsdfcsdfadWe just reviewed the excellent Sig P320 compact in 9mm and absolutely loved it. The compact frame in the medium size fit into my hand like it was designed for it. I wanted to know if the sub-compact version would feel just as at home as the compact. The X-Change kit that we requested was […]

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13:05

Review: Sig Sauer P320 Compact [The Firearm Blog]

sadasdasIf you have been paying attention to the news recently you know that the FBI just selected an unknown Glock as their new sidearm. Shortly after the original solicitation was published many people had the opinion that it was written with the purpose of specifically targeting the Sig Sauer P320 as the obvious choice, when […]

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12:41

Massachusetts: our Assault Weapon Ban was Pointless, so Let’s Ban All Semi-Autos [AllOutdoor.com]

Massachusetts has long had a ban on “assault weapons” that mirrors the now expired Clinton-era Assault Weapons Ban. But because these features-based bans are ridiculously easy to circumvent, the state’s Democratic Attorney General has now decreed, apparently by fiat, that there will now effectively be a ban on most semi-automatic long guns in the state.

On Wednesday, we are sending a directive to all gun manufacturers and dealers that makes clear that the sale of these copycat assault weapons is illegal in Massachusetts. With this directive, we will ensure we get the full protection intended when lawmakers enacted our assault weapons ban, not the watered-down version of those protections offered by gun manufacturers.

The directive specifically outlines two tests to determine what constitutes a “copy” or “duplicate” of a prohibited weapon. If a gun’s operating system is essentially the same as that of a banned weapon, or if the gun has components that are interchangeable with those of a banned weapon, it’s a “copy” or “duplicate,” and it is illegal. Assault weapons prohibited under our laws cannot be altered in any way to make their sale or possession legal in Massachusetts.

It’s hard to see how this stunt will stand up in court, and I don’t imagine we’ll have to wait very long to find out.

The thing about something like this is, the AG doesn’t care if it’s overturned. She’s doing this to harass and vilify lawful gun owners, and to grandstand so that when she runs for a higher office she can put this in her campaign ads.

At any rate, I think the most startling thing about this incident is that the AG both in word and in deed has effectively conceded the two primary criticisms that pro-gun people have of all features-based bans: 1) they’re trivial to circumvent, and 2) they don’t meaningfully affect a weapon’s lethality.

Check it out:

They sell guns without a flash suppressor or folding or telescoping stock, for example, small tweaks that do nothing to limit the lethalness of the weapon.

I’m especially surprised to see her concede that the ban on collapsible stocks is totally pointless, because I’ve seen numerous examples of gun control advocates insisting that a such a stock makes a weapon more deadly.

Ultimately, what the AG is doing here is taking up the challenge that I put forth at the end of my post-Orlando Vox piece on the AR-15, and that’s this: talk of an “assault weapon ban” or even an “AR-15 ban” is technologically nonsensical, since the weapon can and will be adapted to circumvent any ban, so we might as well just have a conversation about whether we want to ban all semi-auto firearms.

In other words, a semi-auto ban is likely unconstitutional (even if you could find the votes for it in a particular state or at the federal level), but at least it makes some amount of technical sense in light of the reality of modern, modular small arms. So why not frame the conversation as, “should civilians have the right to own semi-auto weapons?”, and forget about trying to hit the moving target that is “assault weapons”.

The fact that this deeply undemocratic power grab is taking place in a state whose motto is, “By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty”, is painfully ironic, but I at least give her points for essentially conceding that assault weapons bans are ridiculous and impossible.

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12:31

Breaking: AR500 Armor Recalls Level III Body Armor [The Firearm Blog]

16192aAccording to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, AR500 is recalling its Level III body armor. This recall involves AR500 Armor Level III body armor, including chest plates, side plates and ABS panels. The black, steel-core body armor is rated for protection against rifle calibers up to 7.62X51 M80 Ball (.308) at 2,800 feet per […]

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12:11

Predator Thermal Vision With Night Vision? [The Firearm Blog]

PSQ20Talking to some friends and one of them mentioned the PSQ-20 ENVG (Enhanced Night Vision Goggle). He described it as Night Vision with thermal vision. So I found this video to share with you all. This is just plain cheating LOL.   There are commercial versions available and a real bargain at only $15,000 LOL. […]

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12:00

POTD: Afghani Tornado aka Cone Of Death [The Firearm Blog]

cone_3The photo is a long exposure of a gun ship, most likely an AC-130 Spooky, raining down a whole lot of damage and pain. Due to the rather precise nature of its targeting system, the AC-130 can fly in a counter clockwise “pivot turn”circles concentrating fire on a small area.  

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11:55

Governing By Edict In Massachusetts [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


The gun prohibitionists and anti-rights forces just love the word "loophole". They love it so much in Massachusetts that the attorney general has decided to arbitrarily reinterpret the commonwealth's assault weapons (sic) ban.

Attorney General Maura Healey (D-MA) announced her edict in the Boston Globe today. She says that as of today, if a firearm has either components that are interchangeable with AR-15s and AKs from the free states or an "operating system" that is essentially the same, it is banned.

From the Boston Globe:

The gun industry has found a way to exploit our laws, a loophole of potentially horrific proportions. And it’s time we act.

The Massachusetts assault weapons ban mirrors the federal ban Congress allowed to expire in 2004. It prohibits the sale of specific weapons like the Colt AR-15 and AK-47 and explicitly bans “copies or duplicates” of those weapons. But gun manufacturers have taken it upon themselves to define what a “copy” or “duplicate” weapon is. They market “state compliant” copycat versions of their assault weapons to Massachusetts buyers. They sell guns without a flash suppressor or folding or telescoping stock, for example, small tweaks that do nothing to limit the lethalness of the weapon.

That will end now. On Wednesday, we are sending a directive to all gun manufacturers and dealers that makes clear that the sale of these copycat assault weapons is illegal in Massachusetts. With this directive, we will ensure we get the full protection intended when lawmakers enacted our assault weapons ban, not the watered-down version of those protections offered by gun manufacturers.

The directive specifically outlines two tests to determine what constitutes a “copy” or “duplicate” of a prohibited weapon. If a gun’s operating system is essentially the same as that of a banned weapon, or if the gun has components that are interchangeable with those of a banned weapon, it’s a “copy” or “duplicate,” and it is illegal. Assault weapons prohibited under our laws cannot be altered in any way to make their sale or possession legal in Massachusetts.

We recognize that most residents who purchased these guns in the past believed they were doing so legally, so this directive will not apply to possession of guns purchased before Wednesday. In the dozen years since the federal assault weapons ban lapsed, only seven states have instituted their own assault weapons ban. Many of those bans have been challenged (unsuccessfully) by the gun industry, and we anticipate our directive may be too. But our job is to enforce state laws and to keep people safe. This directive does both.
Healey claims a "moral obligation" to come out with this edict. Methinks it more political grandstanding that any sort of moral obligation.

It will be interesting to see what is meant in real life terms by having an "operating system (which) is essentially the same as that of a banned weapon." Does that mean any and all semiautomatic rifles that use direct gas impingement are banned? Or, in the case of an AK, does this mean all firearms with short stroke gas systems are banned?

You have to wonder if Remington will restart their production of their Model 7615P pump action .223 that took AR15 magazines. It would be a nice in your face workaround to Healey's edict.

10:44

New York: Local official shelved permit holder privacy forms [NRA-ILA News]

Law-abiding gun owners have always had a healthy mistrust of the government's ability to protect their rights. What's in Room 101H of the Monroe County Clerk's Office should give them — and everyone else — even more pause.There, stuffed in seven drawers of a black metal filing cabinet, are the unprocessed "opt-out forms" of some 20,000 pistol permit holders who sought to shield their names and addresses from public disclosure under the state's SAFE Act.

10:01

New Iron City Rifle Works Tactical Advantage Bolt Carrier Groups [The Firearm Blog]

sdfasdI will admit, prior to this press release being emailed to me I was blissfully unaware of Iron City Rifle Works and their products. Every now and then even though I try to stay pretty in tune to what is going on in the shooting sports world a manufacture somehow hides from me. Now that […]

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08:54

NRA leader: Clinton Supreme Court means ‘your right to own a firearm is gone’ [NRA-ILA News]

Chris Cox, the executive director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, warned that gun ownership rights could be lost if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency, in an address to the Republican National Convention Tuesday night.

08:54

NRA: Clinton Supreme Court will rule for 40 years, kill gun rights [NRA-ILA News]

Hillary Clinton will put enough liberals on the Supreme Court to dominate the legal system for forty years and dismantle the Second Amendment, the National Rifle Association warned here at the Republican Convention Tuesday night.

08:53

NRA-ILA's Chris Cox: 2016 Is About Gun Rights Over The Next 40 Years [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action’s executive director Chris Cox addressed the Republican National Convention after Donald Trump officially became the Republican nominee. While we attack Clinton over her emails, or the Left slams Trump over his business record, we sometimes forget that there are some fundamental rights at stake. One of them is our Second Amendment Rights. Cox warned that this election is not just about gun rights over the next couple of years; this is about the future of the Second Amendment over the next four decades.

08:52

New Jersey: Anti-gun activists target range rentals [NRA-ILA News]

Monmouth County attorney Evan Nappen, who wrote the manual, "New Jersey Gun Law," believes suicidal people will find a way to kill themselves – with or without gun ranges."If someone is despondent or not in their right frame of mind, an owner would never rent to them. However, if someone is appearing normal, then how are you going to know?" asked Nappen. Nappen said the state's gun transfer law has proven useful to people unsure about whether they would like to own a firearm.

08:51

Don't revoke right to own modern semi-automatics [NRA-ILA News]

Once again, there is a politically motivated call for the Florida Legislature to ban so-called assault weapons. This is nothing less than a demand to revoke the right of law-abiding citizens to own modern rifles.

08:50

Sen. Wyden (D-Ore.) seeks tax dollars for anti-gun research [NRA-ILA News]

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, wants the Centers for Disease Control to be able to study gun violence, and he's gathering data and information from around the state, including Southern Oregon, to make his case.

08:49

Willie Robertson: Gun laws won't stop violence [NRA-ILA News]

"Unfortunately, men are going to find ways to commit evil acts, whether it's with a truck in Nice or a pressure cooker in Boston," said Robertson, referring to last week's terrorist attacks in France and the 2013 attacks at the Boston Marathon, where pressure cooker bombs were exploded.

08:32

BREAKING: Massachussetts Set To Prohibit The Sale of ALL “Assault Weapons”? [The Firearm Blog]

imageI am going to have to tread very lightly here to steer clear of a full-blown article on politics. But, news is news. The Attorney General of Massachusetts is announcing that neutered “assault weapons” currently sold in the commonwealth without features like flash hiders, bayonet lugs, collapsible stocks and magazines with a capacity of more […]

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07:09

Strike Industries Strike Switch Now Shipping [The Firearm Blog]

unnamedStrike Industries is now shipping the ambidextrous safety that we reported was coming soon at SHOT 2016. The Strike Switch is designed to allow the shooter to disengage and engage the safety with a solid firing grip thanks to the toggle style switch. Strike describes the action as intuitive, fast and ergonomic as you can […]

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06:27

Roth Steyr 1907 at a Run-n-Gun Steel Match (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

We have a monthly pistol competition here called Steelworkers – a bunch of stages of all steel targets. I finally accumulated enough stripper clips (3) for my 1907 Roth-Steyr to be able to compete, so I figured I should give it a run!

The 1907 was used by the Austro-Hungarian cavalry, and is in my opinion one of the best pistols of World War I. It is a solid and durable design firing a reasonably powerful cartridge (for the time, at least – 8mm Steyr is a 113gr projectile at about 1070fps) and with reasonable sights and good handling. It is mechanically innovative, with a firing mechanism functionally identical to today’s “safe-action” systems. The striker is halfway cocked by the action of the gun cycling, and the remaining half is done by the trigger press. The 1907 uses a proprietary stripper clip holding 10 rounds, with a movable follower built in. Pressing down on the clip’s follower puts an even pressure on the cartridges, helping to make it a very smooth design to use – I would rate it as equal or better than any other type of stripper clip I have used.

Overall I took 17th place of 21 shooters – although on stage #1 I am very pleased to have taken 10th! The strong hand and weak hand requirements there clearly helped me level the playing field. :)

05:05

The Simple, Somewhat Effective Carcano: Italy’s WWI Battle Rifle, at C&Rsenal [The Firearm Blog]

2016-07-20 (1)These days, it’s easy to forget that once upon a time at the dawn of the smokeless powder era there was a huge variety of bolt-action repeating rifles being developed to re-arm the military powers of the world. While the Mauser 98 and its progeny eventually took the world by storm, in the early days of […]

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04:08

Cooling Down A Hot Suppressor With Ice? [The Firearm Blog]

13603452_1175077909211751_5185345002655520228_oMy friends over at The Gunshow Podcast snapped this picture of a Silencerco Saker soaking in their ice chest after a range day. I reached out to the guys over there to get the story behind it and was told that the owner of the can predictably mag dumps a couple of mags at the […]

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03:15

Baton Rouge Police Respond With M16A1s [The Firearm Blog]

zoQavNwWhile sifting through the news this last weekend I came across the terrible shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge but noticed something interesting about some of the responding officers. Several of the officers that responded to the shooting and those guarding the ER at the local hospital were carrying some old M16A1 rifles. It […]

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03:00

New DeSantis Holsters for Ruger LCP Custom [The Firearm Blog]

desantisnemesisThe Ruger LCP Custom is instantly recognizable thanks to its red skeletonized trigger. Of course, the original LCP has been around for some time and is among the company’s best sellers. The pistol is chambered in .380 ACP and favored by many gun owners interested in an easily concealable or pocket pistol. And if you […]

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02:00

Centerfire Multiball Cartridges [The Firearm Blog]

Credit: Paul Smith - www.catridgecollectors.comI have been using CCI .22 long rifle shot shells to dispatch garden pests fairly successfully this spring and summer. That is, until now. My arch nemesis, the chipmunk, shrugs off the anemic shot shells at any distance over seven yards. In fact I was sure the one who was eating our strawberries was wearing body armor. Anyway, I […]

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Tuesday, 19 July

23:56

BREAKING: Invincible Arms Closes Down [The Firearm Blog]

Invincible ArmsInvincible Arms, the Ohio company that purchased Black Forge, LLC, has shut its doors after three years of business, industry sources have told TFB. The company was helmed by industry figure Izzy Anzaldua since early 2015, and made AR-15 rifles, components, and accessories. Invincible Arms was founded in 2013, and acquired Black Forge in May of 2015, […]

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18:28

NRA's Chris Cox Calls on Americans to Support Trump [NRA-ILA News]

Below is the full transcript of remarks made at the Republican National Convention by Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association's Insitute for Legislative Action:

13:30

The H&K P7 (And Why I Carry One) [The Firearm Blog]

The Heckler and Koch P7 handgun was designed in the mid 1970s by Helmut Weldle and utilizes an interesting gas-delayed blowback system, whereby pressure imparted on the piston serves to delay the action. The interesting squeeze-cocking mechanism also draws the attention of many for its uniqueness and inherent safe design. We mention the P7 often […]

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13:20

The Yankee Hill Machine Nitro 30 Sound Suppressor [The Firearm Blog]

YHM Nitro 30Yankee Hill Machine (YHM) announced a new .30 caliber sound suppressor suitable for full auto use and cartridges up to and including the .300 Remington Ultra Magnum. The new suppressor is called the Nitro 30. The Nitro 30 was developed by YHM after consulting with shooting enthusiasts and professional military personnel. YHM sells the Nitro 30 […]

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13:05

Bushnell Tops Off New SAVAGE ARMS A17 XP [The Firearm Blog]

A17 XPThe Savage Arms A17 has already been a crowd-pleaser for those who like the .17 HMR round. Now Savage Arms is looking to make the complete package with an A17 XP model that comes with a Bushnell A17 scope from the factory. The scope they are placing on the rifle is the Bushnell Banner 3.5-10x36mm […]

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12:25

ATI .22LR upper for Omni lower [AllOutdoor.com]

The ATI rimfire AR upper is, at first glance, an odd design. Surrounded by a quad rail, this polymer frame upper defies categorization, being neither a bull barreled target precision rig nor a light, quick-handling trainer. The barrel is of medium weight, and the hefty quad forend bring “tactical” configurations of decade ago to mind.

The Omni Hybrid lower, mainly polymer with metal-reinforced buffer tube housing, comes with a surprisingly good trigger. In general, ATI supplies their ARs with triggers a grade above milspec. Like other polymer lowers, Omni Hybrid requires an effort to mate with the upper — the pin spacing is sloppy but workable. My second, newer Omni lower fit a 5.56 upper perfectly, so it looks like the fit issue has been addressed. The fit and the design is considerably nicer than budget polymer lowers. Unlike GWACS lowers I’ve used on a number of rifles, ATI lower supports telescoping stocks and the buffer detent area is also reinforced with metal.

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The upper ships with a Chiappa-branded 28-round magazine. It has quite a bit of play in the mag well, which works fine unless the magazine is rested against the shooting bench. After several mis-feeds, I gave up on it and switched to Black Dog Machine 15-rounder. Chiappa rimfire magazines are hit and miss in general, and more so in this lower because of the wide mag well. BDM magazines worked 100%.

The rifle lists for $494 on the ATI site, which is not cheap for a .22. My first impression of it was unfavorable: the medium barrel combined with the quad rail make it distinctly front heavy, and the quad forend is rough on the support hand unless covered with rail covers. I mounted a Primary Arms 5-power prismatic scope on it, a typical optic for the centerfire counterpart, and took it to the range just to see if it had any redeeming features besides the good trigger. Turns out it has a big feature called ACCURACY. Serious, consistent accuracy.

Five shots at 26 yards, with all bullets impacting pretty much on top of each other. That's how this rifle shoots consistently with Aguila, Eley and CCI match ammunition.

Five shots at 26 yards, with all bullets impacting pretty much on top of each other. That’s how this rifle shoots consistently with Aguila, Eley and CCI match ammunition.

At 25 yards, which is all I had available indoors, it shot 1/4″ groups with CCI Mini-Mags. 1MOA with High-velocity ammunition is respectable for a heavy barrel bolt action, much less a semiauto. With Eley Match, CCI Green Tag and Aguila Rifle Match, groups looked more like single holes and measured around 1/6″ or 2/3MOA. I am not a particularly great shooter, but I was able to fire numerous groups of that size easily. Even better, the rifle showed minimal shift of impact between ammunition brands. Predictably, hypervelocity ammunition (CCI Stinger) grouped closer to 1.5MOA — entirely adequate for varminting at realistic ranges. All that with a scope focused at 100 yards! The rifle might well do even better with a parallax adjustable optic.

So this oddly configured rimfire upper proved reliable and extremely accurate. I originally planned to swap out the forends, but not I don’t want to mess with proven high performance. A semi-auto match rifle under $500 — that’s not a bad niche to fill.

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12:24

When a Bullet Meets a Bullet, Comin’ Through the Bore… [AllOutdoor.com]

I’d have to say that this is one way to know for certain when a police shooting is justified: When one of the officer’s bullets travels straight down the barrel of the suspect’s pistol, from muzzle to chamber.

I ain’t kidding! It reportedly happened in Aurora, Colorado back in January. Prosecutors recently cleared the sheriff’s deputy of wrongdoing, even though he was off duty at the time of the incident.

In one of the worst moves ever, two masked hoods tried to rob deputy Jose Marquez:

Marquez told police he was visiting his girlfriend at her apartment when he went outside to grab something from his car. As he walked back, he saw two young men with masks on their face. One of the men told him to ‘give it up,’ Marquez said, and pulled out a pistol.

Marquez said the two men fired first and he returned fire.

Marquez was wounded in the shoulder and in the abdomen, and his injuries have prevented him from resuming his duties to date.

But here’s the best part: One of Marquez’s bullets traveled straight down the barrel of one of the bad guys’ pistols! The bullet flew right on through the barrel, clobbering a round in that gun and jamming the firearm, rendering it useless.

What may be even more surprising is that the officer’s gun is reportedly 45 caliber — and the bad guy’s gun was a 40.

Police called the shot ‘one in a billion.’

It couldn’t be clearer that Marquez needed to shoot. Not only was he hit twice, but the only way his bullet could have done what it did would be if the grommet’s gun was pointed right at his.

Anyhow — good shootin’, deputy Marquez.

(Original photo: 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office)

(Original photo: 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office)

I also want to discuss the photo. I first saw this picture posted on Facebook, where people who apparently don’t understand guns or photographs were nay-saying it.

The diagonal arrow points out the lead from the good guy’s bullet. It seems clear to me that it has splattered, which is what lead bullets like to do when they hit something harder than lead. And the copper jacket of the bullet which it hit is certainly harder.

The vertical arrow points to a copper-jacketed bullet which has been shoved rearward into the cartridge case of a round in the perp’s gun, which is the natural result of being hit head-on by most of a 45-caliber bullet.

Folks, this definitely looks legit.

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12:24

What Else Should We Fear? [AllOutdoor.com]

Have we mentioned here before that the world is a scary place? I am sure we have, but let me reiterate it once again. The world is not only a scary place over all, but it is getting worse virtually every day. Fear over more incidents coming ashore here in America are fully justified.

As they say, it is not a matter of “if” but more a matter of “when.’

The usual and expected assaults on us continue on a daily basis. These include the textbook robberies, assaults, confrontations, thefts, carjacking’s, home invasions, and all other manners of common crimes. As survivalists and preppers we have to be on the guard every minute both at home and out and about minding our own business just trying to live our lives safe and sound. It’s getting harder to do that all the time.

At any second, we have to be prepared with our best response to whatever situation we may be forced to face. This might vary from outright escape from the scene, which is often a top strategy to avoid personal harm or involvement to exercising our concealed weapons training option. Sometimes the return of extreme defensive force is necessary to abate the situation.

However, there are other threats looming upon us that could be much more difficult and trying to deal with. These include a wide variety of viral attacks. Currently the Zika virus is slipping into the country with devastating effects upon women that are pregnant. We have seen all types of flu pop up from time to time and even immunizations have not always been successful at treating some of these. In any case, we have to seek out professional medical care if we become infected with such illnesses. During a SHTF this could be quite challenging.

What if a high altitude nuclear bomb explodes creating a high intensity EMP pulse wave that in effect fries everything electronic from automobiles, radios, television, cell phones, everyday use electrical appliances and devices, etc? Basically, the power grid is dead. You’ll have no phones, no communications, no news, no household power, and no functioning institutions like government offices, law enforcement, military, schools, hospitals or anything powered by electricity. The circuits will all be burned up.

The point here is to become aware of all these threats, and prepare for what responses we can make. Some things we can do, some we cannot, but let’s be ready regardless.

So, you’ve seen my list of threats. What are you currently prepping for?

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12:22

BMS Machine Customizes ARs [AllOutdoor.com]

A lot of things are generic these days. That goes from medications to base models of new vehicles to AR rifles that come off the shelf. Now there is nothing usually wrong with these products, it is just a scenario of “one size fits all” sort of approach. Haven’t you ever craved an AR rifle designed with your own specifications, characteristics, features, and accessories? Well now you can have an AR customized just for you.

BMS or Bryant’s Machine Shop in Jackson, Mississippi is producing custom made AR rifles according to the desires of the customer. BMS is a Type 07 FFL dealer and a Class 3 Manufacturer, so they have the creative talents, and manufacturing skills to produce just what the shooter wants in a truly custom rifle.

Their AR platform choices allow the customer to choose their particular upper and lower units decked out as they like. They can pick from numerous choices for handguard types, materials, textures, and profile. They offer a wide variety of custom coating colors as well as custom engraving. The buyer can pick parts choices and even request a custom serial number to be applied to the rifle.

BMS’s ARs can be chambered in .223, .22-250, 300 AAC, the 6.8 SPC and the .308 Winchester. If a customer is interested in something else, they need only to talk their wishes to BMS owner, rifle designer and manufacturer Ricky Bryant.

Another product that can be added to any AR is a BMS proprietary suppressor. In particular their .30 caliber suppressors are all stainless steel with “K” baffles in a standard length size of 8 ¼ inches. A suppressor can be purchased for around $650 plus the required $200 NFA tax payment with the appropriate application and approval from BATF. BMS can walk the customer through the whole process and assist with every step.

The guys at BMS are big time hog hunters, and they use their own custom rifles with fitted suppressors to shoot the pigs with minimal muzzle noise. This gives them the opportunity to field test their products.

BMS also makes a really cool integrally suppressed Ruger 10-22 rifle in .22 rimfire. These rifles carry a 16.5 inch barrel for light weight and portability. There is also a new take-down version coming out, which ought to be extremely popular.

BMS details can be viewed at their website or phoned at 601-922-1937. I suspect, if you can dream it, they can make it.

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12:22

iCAST Review: Double Plopper Deadly Floating Weedless Lure [AllOutdoor.com]

The new “Double Plopper” by River2Sea (www.river2seausa.com) is one of the more innovative bass lures to come along in awhile. Introduced at the 2016 Orlando iCAST tackle show, the Double Plopper is a spinner-bait type design, but because it floats, it’s also a top-water plug, too.

And it’s weedless.

The lure features a pair of counter-rotating blades to churn the surface and attract fish with bubbling action.

Two arms of the lure separate vertical cover such as weeds and reeds, leaving behind a double-bubble trail for fish to track and home in on. Because it floats, it can be worked slowly around lily pad holes and weedy cuts, crawled slowly over logs and brush. Stop-and-go retrieves are no problem because the lure stays on top, not falling into tangles below the surface.

It weighs 5/8-ounce, measures 5.75-inches overall, has a fish-attracting skirt, and can be adorned with soft plastics or even natural baits on its rugged 2X-strong 5/0 single hook.

It comes in a multitude of fish-catching colors.

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12:22

iCAST Review: SpoolTek “Fatty” Deploys Heavier Leader After Hook-Up [AllOutdoor.com]

A lure smart enough to deploy a heavier short leader after an angler barbs a fish is a pretty savvy artificial. That’s what Florida-based SpoolTek Lures (www.spoolteklures.com) designed for the 2016 iCAST international tackle show in Orlando in their “Fatty” plug, and now is available in a larger, stouter 2-ounce extra heavy model perfect for targeting deep snapper and grouper, hard-fighting tarpon, snook and striped bass, and toothy critters like muskies and pike.

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The “Extra Heavy 6-Inch Fatty” features patented “concealed leader technology”. After a hook-up to a rugged fish, a concealed 18-inch length of 80-pound steel cable leader deploys from an internal spool. This heavy leader provides extra abrasion resistance, allowing anglers to use lighter leaders tied to the lure for more effective presentation, especially in clear water for finicky fish.

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The deployed leader distances the lure from a fish’s mouth, making it difficult to shake free or cut the line.

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12:11

The Hackett Equipment Range Bag [The Firearm Blog]

Hackett EquipmentI’ve never found any dedicated range bags that seem to really address my needs. All of the ones I’ve tried seem to be a variation on the gym bag style, and not offer a lot of additional functionality. Consequently, I wind up just using a large, heavy duty duffel rather than any of the special bags on […]

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12:00

POTD: Deadpool By Your Side [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_20160709_191129__62072.1468161416.1280.1280Savoy Leather makes some cool looking custom leather holsters with full color artwork on them. Their latest rides the popularity of the Marvel Universe character Deadpool. As you can see it is Deadpool riding a unicorn. For those not familiar with Deadpool beyond the recently successful Marvel Movie starring Ryan Reynolds, here is a little […]

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11:11

NRA Endorses Paul Ryan for Re-election to U.S. House of Representatives [NRA-ILA News]

NRA Endorses Paul Ryan for Re-election to U.S. House of Representatives

NRA Endorses Paul Ryan for Re-election to U.S. House of Representatives [NRA-ILA News]

NRA Endorses Paul Ryan for Re-election to U.S. House of Representatives

10:48

The AR-15 Is The Musket Of Its Era [NRA-ILA News]

As the standard firearm of its day, the AR-15 does not represent some bizarre over-extension of the right to keep and bear arms. It is the very core of that right.

The AR-15 Is The Musket Of Its Era [NRA-ILA News]

As the standard firearm of its day, the AR-15 does not represent some bizarre over-extension of the right to keep and bear arms. It is the very core of that right.

10:41

Bloomberg's Stealth Attack on Firearm Freedoms [NRA-ILA News]

The use of ballot initiatives is the latest threat to our rights, and we have to be ready to fight back.

Bloomberg's Stealth Attack on Firearm Freedoms [NRA-ILA News]

The use of ballot initiatives is the latest threat to our rights, and we have to be ready to fight back.

10:01

Let’s Talk About Terminology – “Modern Sporting Rifle” [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureTFB writers typically receive a lot of e-mails. Often, readers are asking us opinions on various weapons, set-ups, or engaging in lively debate on a myriad of topics. Personally, I love it and just wish I could spend more time getting back to those who take their valuable time to seek our input. And then, […]

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09:57

Hillary Clinton Calls for Gun Control in NAACP address [NRA-ILA News]

The former first lady again called for gun control and a broader national conversation on criminal justice reform, but she saved her strongest comments for Mr. Trump and suggested that recent tragedies should serve as a reminder why the nation cannot send the billionaire to the Oval Office.

09:56

CrossFit Games' decision to award Glock handguns attacked [NRA-ILA News]

The decision to award winners of this month's CrossFit Games with a gun has resulted in backlash from the event’s title sponsor, Reebok, and from an online petition that has gathered thousands of signatures.

09:55

Book burners and gun banners [NRA-ILA News]

In the modern world, those who have power, but not the ability to convince others, often resort to censorship, or attempt to legally or forcibly ban ideas, products, like guns and sugary drinks, or practices that they disapprove of.

09:53

Ohio: Sheriff Jones encouraging office staff to carry weapons at work [NRA-ILA News]

In a memo to full-time and part-time staff and volunteers, Jones urged those with a valid Ohio CCW License to carry their weapon within the department’s headquarters at 705 Hanover St. in Hamilton. He also encouraged employees to carry their weapon while operating any department vehicle away from the headquarters.

09:26

Realtor stops intruders, KAIT, Jonesboro, Ark. 07/18/16 [NRA-ILA News]

A realtor was going into a home in Jonesboro, Ark. that she had shown several times when she happened upon three intruders, one of whom was passed out on a bed. The realtor responded to the threat by drawing a gun and holding one of the intruders at gunpoint until police could arrive. The other two criminals fled the scene. When police arrived and arrested the formerly-passed-out intruder, he became aggressive, threatening to kill one of the officers.

Realtor stops intruders, KAIT, Jonesboro, Ark. 07/18/16 [NRA-ILA News]

A realtor was going into a home in Jonesboro, Ark. that she had shown several times when she happened upon three intruders, one of whom was passed out on a bed. The realtor responded to the threat by drawing a gun and holding one of the intruders at gunpoint until police could arrive. The other two criminals fled the scene. When police arrived and arrested the formerly-passed-out intruder, he became aggressive, threatening to kill one of the officers.

07:09

Irony? Century Arms Introduces Cleaning Kits for the Run-Anytime AK Weapons System [The Firearm Blog]

72L_CL067 AK Cleaning SystemYes, yes, yes… All weapon systems do need and should be cleaned, but the comically ironic introduction from Century Arms was too good not to poke fun at. Debuted at the NRA show and now shipping, Century Arms has released not just one, but three separate cleaning kits for Kalashnikov pattern weapons. Based on the tools […]

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06:27

Riot-Control Trigger Guards on Turkish G3 Rifles [Forgotten Weapons]

An interesting detail from a couple photos of the recent disturbance in Turkey. Take a look at the trigger guards of the G3 rifles – they have been equipped with large protective shields. I have not seen this sort of thing before, but it appears to be a riot-control type of modification, either to prevent the trigger from being pulled when people are grappling over the gun, or to prevent nervous privates from firing unintentionally.

Thanks to Tim for the photos (click to enlarge)!

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04:08

3 New Deer Caliber Loadings from Winchester – Just in Time for the Season [The Firearm Blog]

deer_season_xp_box_insetWinchester has announced three new calibers within its Deer Season XP series of ammunition. The new calibers continue to round out the brand including loadings in .30-30 Winchester (150 grain), 7mm-08 (140 grain), and 300 Blackout (150 grain). This brings total offerings to over 10 SKUs for a variety of calibers: • .30-30 Win. – 150-gr. […]

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03:15

Wilson Combat & Larry Vickers Support GunsForACause.Org with Personally Owned 1911 [The Firearm Blog]

img1Wilson Combat and Larry Vickers have teamed up again, this time to support a firearms charity, GunsForACause.org. The specific 1911 was Larry’s personal carry and demo gun, a Wilson Combat Vickers’ Elite edition handgun, personally worked on by Larry himself and the Wilson Combat team. The give-away firearm, has a bevvy of features to satisfy […]

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03:00

The More You Know: A Primer On Primers [The Firearm Blog]

imageThe house I live in was built at the turn of the century – the 18th century. And on really cold days I sometimes like to think of what firearms had walked in through the door in years past. More than 50 years before the birth of our nation, flintlock smoothbores put food on the […]

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02:00

Tips On Shooting: Pants And Stance [The Firearm Blog]

StanceClay Martin of Off The Reservation talks about the simple aspect of a shooting stance. He also brings up the type of pants one wears while shooting. Now while he doesn’t actually draw attention to it or even mention it out loud, his message is clear. It is along the same lines as Dave Spaulding’s […]

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Monday, 18 July

21:00

Chris W. Cox: 2016 Republican National Convention [NRA-ILA News]

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox delivered an impassioned address to the nation at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

17:18

Massachusetts: Ivory Ban Legislation Still Pending in the Senate [NRA-ILA News]

With the legislature set to adjourn at the end of July, Senate Bill 2241 is still pending in the Senate Ways and Means Committee and could be brought to a vote in the next few weeks.  Please contact your state Representative and state Senator and urge them to oppose S. 2241!

Massachusetts: Ivory Ban Legislation Still Pending in the Senate [NRA-ILA News]

With the legislature set to adjourn at the end of July, Senate Bill 2241 is still pending in the Senate Ways and Means Committee and could be brought to a vote in the next few weeks.  Please contact your state Representative and state Senator and urge them to oppose S. 2241!

13:20

TFBTV: CMMG Mk-W “Anvil” .458 SOCOM AR15 Overview: [The Firearm Blog]

As previously reported, CMMG sent James a pre-production model of the CMMG Anvil for review. James took the Anvil out on several range trips over a month-long period and fired around fifteen boxes of various ammunition through the Anvil without any cleaning. In this overview, James discusses what the Anvil is, how it was engineered, and […]

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From Inside A SWAT Team Responding To A Mass Shooting [The Firearm Blog]

swat120Tom Demerly is a blog writer and he got a chance to not only see the Dearborn, MI Police SWAT Team train, he got to train with them. Embedded with the SWAT Team, they respond to a call of a mass shooter. At least that is the training scenario. They use the Ford Research and […]

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13:05

Ankara Military Coup Helicopter Firing At The Ground [The Firearm Blog]

AnkaraThis video was posted on Twitter about the recent military coup going on in Turkey. We don’t get to see the helicopter and the target is too far away to discern what it was. But you can see the automatic trail of tracers fired down onto the ground. There seem to be some spots in […]

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12:19

Building a Custom Dedicated AR15 22 LR Upper [AllOutdoor.com]

Now that our beloved 22 LR ammo seems to be coming available again at reasonable prices, we all want to shoot more of it. For the AR15 shooter, there are a couple options. The first is to buy a dedicated 22 LR AR format rifle such as the S&W M&P15-22 or one of Umarex’s Colt 22 LR models. Another option is to build a dedicated upper or use a drop-in .223 to 22 LR adapter Atchison/Ciener style conversion.

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Drop-in conversions are simple and allow you to use your existing AR15 5.56mm barreled action with just a bolt and magazine swap. The technically allow you to shoot 22 LR ammo out of your .223 chambered rifle, but the sacrifice is that they generally deliver poor accuracy and reliability. The main reason for reliability issues is that they usually require a higher-power hammer spring to ensure reliability, which then requires very high velocity rounds to provide reliable cycling and charging due to that heavy hammer spring.

Accuracy suffers due to two reasons: because of the long jump the bullet has to make to go through the  conversion adapter before it gets to the rifling, and the typically fast twist of an AR barrel tends to destabilize the slower and shorter 22 LR round. The result of using 22 LR AR15 conversion kits is usually frustrating reliability and marginal accuracy.

If you want to shoot 22 LR from a standard AR15 lower, the best option is to go for a dedicated upper receiver. Although high hammer force is still required for reliable ignition, I lusted for the accuracy potential a dedicated 22 LR AR15 upper could provide.

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One of the leaders of high quality 22 LR conversions has been CMMG, which has created an updated design which is more reliable, more user-friendly, and which offers more available optional features such as forward assist and last shot bolt hold open. CMMG conversions are also fully compatible with the large supply of Black Dog 22 LR AR15 magazines I already had on hand. Black Dog X-Form magazines are pretty much “the” standard magazine of choice for almost every dedicated 22 LR kit out there.

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I previously tested an ATI Chiappa 22 LR upper which had okay accuracy, so this time I decided to do my own build from the ground up using a 22 LR Match grade barrel. My previous experience with Beyer Barrels has been positive, so my thought was to use one of their cool-looking fluted match AR15 22 LR barrels for this build.

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The Build

The general build specs of a dedicated AR15 22 LR upper are very similar to those of any other AR15 upper build. Actually, all the components are the same except for the dedicated barrel, barrel collar, and bolt assembly plus you can omit a few parts. The 22 LR action is recoil-operated and bolt movement is limited to the length of the 22 LR bolt carrier (which does not have forward assist capabilities), so you can omit a gas block, gas tube, and forward assist on the upper and the buffer spring and buffer on the lower receiver.

If you already have a favorite lower receiver, the buffer and buffer spring can be left in place when swapping between your 5.56 upper and .22 upper receivers, but just note the 22 LR carrier does not reciprocate into the buffer tube.

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You can use the same charging handle, upper receiver, barrel nut, and free float handguard that you would with any AR15 build. If you want a 22 LR replica of your favorite AR15 upper, simply build it in 22 LR.

For this build, I used a Beyer AR15 Match Barrel with CMMG complete 22 LR bolt carrier and barrel collar. The barrel and carrier slipped into an Aero Precision upper with a Parallax Tactical Slim 15” forend. I initially left off the forward assist simply because the one I had was needed in another 5.56 build, but later on after the photo shoot, I installed one to complete the look of the build. Had I thought a little further ahead, I should have use one of Aero Precisions No-Forward Assist uppers.

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The initial upper build was complete in about 5 minutes. I simply slipped the Beyer barrel into the Aero Precision receiver, installed the Parallax Tactical slim barrel nut and forend, and inserted a charging handle and CMMG bolt carrier. The barrel collar on the CMMG carrier just snaps on and off the Beyer barrel, and can be removed or installed easily without tools for cleaning. I added a giant 22 LR Tactical Innovations Muzzle brake. Done!

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I topped off the build with one of my favorite 22 LR optics: the Nikon P-Rimfire 2-7×32 Matte BDC 150. This variable-power scope offers a really low 2x magnification for fast moving targets and up to 7x magnification for more precise target shooting. It also features a swappable turret design for dial-and-shoot capabilities at extended ranges. Nikon supplies two turrets; one aligned to high velocity round and another for standard velocity rounds. This allows for a pretty easy way to hit larger range targets with just the twist of the knob. Nikon also has other models with built in BDC (Bullet Drop Compensating) reticle.

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I went all out on the lower, simply because I needed a nice lower receiver to use for other builds. I snagged one of Aero Precision’s newer ambi lower receivers with Ambi Short throw Selector. This receiver looks like any other standard Mil-Spec profile lower, but features an ambi bolt release lever on the right hand side and has markings specifically set up for the Battle Arms Development short throw selector switch. Having tested many manufacturers’ attempts at ambi bolt release controls, I have to say that I think Aero’s design is one of the more user-friendly of those I have tested.

Because I was already spending the money, I decided to upgrade to a Hiper-Tough Hiper-Fire 24E match Trigger to deliver that high hammer-fall energy the 22 LR detonation requires and really awesome trigger feel. The rest of the lower receiver was completed with Mission First Tactical’s ENGAGE Grip and BATTLELINK Minimalist stock, a Barnes Precision Machine lower parts kit, and KNS Precision – Anti-Rotate Pins to dress things up a bit. The final completed lower receiver offers a great blend of looks and performance.

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Fit, Finish, Feel, Features, & Functionality

The quality, fit and finish of the CMMG bolt is excellent. I previously tested an ATI Chiappa upper and there is zero comparison between the low-end ATI quality and CMMG’s. The CMMG design is a huge upgrade. Just like my previous Beyer barrel for my 10/22 build, this AR15 version features the same high-quality fit and finish.

which is a step up from Tactical Solutions aluminum sleeved barrels. The Beyer barrel is more precise and more durable due to the 7075 aluminum sleeve versus competitors 6061 sleeves.

Beyer uses a proprietary Benz style 22 LR match chamber which I have found to produce a good blend of accuracy and reliability with a wide variety of ammunition. There are all-steel full weight barrels on the market, but for a 22 LR I believe it is better to keep weight down to encourage use by younger shooters. The Beyer barrels are definitely light, but still a bit heavier than typical aluminum sleeved barrels.

The Tactical Innovations giant muzzle break does nothing other than look cool. I had it rattling around in my parts bin, so I thought this build would be a fun use for it. The TI brake slips on to any .920 bull 22 LR barrel and is secured via a set screws. In this case, I just secured it to the removable thread protector on the end of the Beyer barrel. Its a fun accessory, not a performance upgrade.

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Functionally the build works well, but initially I did have some cycling reliability issues with low velocity (subsonic) ammo such as CCI SV, SK, and Lapua, but high velocity rounds functioned almost flawlessly (same performance I see from my M&P 15-22 rifle). As with any match-chambered barrel, this one performs best with standard velocity rounds.

Over the last couple months, I have noticed that after a couple thousand rounds, my reliability went way up and I find the barrel became less finicky about ammo. My best group with Lapua Center-X was just under ½” at 50 yards, which is excellent for an AR15 22 LR upper. By contrast, the three drop-in 22 LR AR15 conversions I have tested could barely hold 2” groups at 25 yards, and one had far worse accuracy. The M&P 15-22 is not inaccurate, but it cannot come close to ½” 50-yard groups.

A dedicated AR15 22 LR upper is the way to go for those who want accuracy. Winchester M-22 ammo functioned perfectly as did a bulk Survival Tin of Federal 22 LR HV ammo. My best groups with high velocity ammo were from CCI Velocitor ammo which coincides closely with my accuracy results of the 10/22 Beyer barrel I tested previously. I did find that unless I kept the CMMG bolt well lubed I would start to see reliability issues. About every couple hundred rounds, I gave the carrier a solid oil soaking to prevent that.

The HiperFire trigger is a fine upgrade and seemed to all but eliminate light strikes. A great trigger which I like more and more.

Final Thoughts

There are some teething pains and a pretty long break-in process for one of these builds, but I don’t think anyone will complain too much. In some ways I had these same issues with custom 10/22 builds. My custom Kidd 10/22 rifle is just now finally humming along after about 2000+ rounds.

Is the cost of a dedicated 22 LR upper justified? Well, it’s easy to justify from an ammo-cost perspective now that 22 LR ammo is returning to the shelves at reasonable prices. Even a high-end dedicated 22 LR AR15 upper such as this one can pay for itself quickly as a trainer. Add in that you are spending more time behind the same lower receiver which you shoot defensively, competitively, or for hunting.

It is also a great option for those who want an accurate 22 LR upper for their favorite AR15 lower receiver and you can even build the upper with the same components to replicate the feel of your current .223/5.56 upper. Obviously, for the cost I have invested in this upper, I could have just purchased a complete S&W M&P 15-22 or Umarex 22 LR AR15 model as these are regularly on sale for under $500. Doing that would not be quite the same.

For me, I have an M&P15-22 and have had the Umarex models, but I wanted a dedicated upper to use with my existing lowers and would give better accuracy and reliability than my ATI Chiappa upper. This build works well enough for me as long as I keep it well-lubed and fed with high velocity rounds — and most importantly, it has been an absolute blast to shoot.

Barrel Specs

  • Beyer Barrels
  • Fully machined to precise, match grade tolerances from exceptionally hard 7075 aluminum
  • Light weight ranging from 13-18 ounces
  • Barrel shanks are oversized to .001″ and may require a little sanding to fit receiver
  • Barrel: 22 LR Ultralight Target, AR15
  • Price: $244.00
  • Caliber: 22 Long Rifle
  • Chamber: Custom Beyer Match 22 LR Chamber with recessed target crown
  • Finish: Matte Black
  • Length: 16.5
  • Diameter: .920
  • Twist: 1-16
  • Options: Fluted
  • Product Notes: Threaded

Upper Specs

Lower Specs

  • Aero Precision Ambi Lower Reviewer with BAD ASS Ambi Short throw Selector – $250
  • Hiper-Touch Hiper-Fire 24E Match Trigger – $225
  • Mission First Tactical – ENGAGE Grip and BATTLELINK Minimalist Stock – $89 Street
  • Barnes Precision Machine – Lower and Upper parts kit – $69.99
  • KNS Precision – Anti-Rotate Pins – $29.99

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12:00

POTD: Down The Barrel! [The Firearm Blog]

13726704_10154060801776077_2960443495233588292_nThis image was posted by 9 KUSA News. One in a billion.” That’s how this shot was described by police: A Jeffco deputy fired at an armed robbery suspect… and ended up shooting a bullet straight down the other gun’s barrel and disabling it.   Looks like a Springfield XD-M to me. Now that is […]

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11:53

BREAKING: Smith & Wesson Acquires Taylor Brands [The Firearm Blog]

Smith & Wesson logoSmith & Wesson announced the acquisition of Taylor Brands, a company that manufactures tools and knives under the recognizable names of Schrade, Old Timer and others. The acquisition is part of an ongoing strategy the company has undertaken to expand its footprint in the outdoor industry. The Taylor Brands acquisition was made by BTI Tools, […]

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11:46

Armed homeowner stops home invasion, WLKY, Louisville, Ky. 07/15/16 [NRA-ILA News]

A family was at home in Louisville, Ky. when a pair of men attempted to break into their house. The homeowner responded to the threat by retrieving a gun and firing at the criminals, striking one and causing the other to flee. Earlier in the week, a neighbor had called police to report some suspicious individuals that appeared to be casing homes in the neighborhood. Neighbors were supportive of the homeowner’s actions, with one telling a local media outlet, “[The criminal’s] not dead. The house is protected. He is incapacitated. I can't say anything negative about that. He was protecting his home, which he had every reason to believe that was going to be dangerous.”

Armed homeowner stops home invasion, WLKY, Louisville, Ky. 07/15/16 [NRA-ILA News]

A family was at home in Louisville, Ky. when a pair of men attempted to break into their house. The homeowner responded to the threat by retrieving a gun and firing at the criminals, striking one and causing the other to flee. Earlier in the week, a neighbor had called police to report some suspicious individuals that appeared to be casing homes in the neighborhood. Neighbors were supportive of the homeowner’s actions, with one telling a local media outlet, “[The criminal’s] not dead. The house is protected. He is incapacitated. I can't say anything negative about that. He was protecting his home, which he had every reason to believe that was going to be dangerous.”

10:01

Leica’s Next Gen Rangefinding Gear [The Firearm Blog]

New Rangemaster CRF 1600-RLeica announced its new generation of rangefinding optics that includes a compact, stand alone rangefinder and a set of rangefinding binoculars. Rangemaster CRF 1600-R The Rangemaster CRF 1600-R is a stand alone laser rangefinder that has a line of sight (LOS) ranging accuracy out to 1,600 yards. The unit also has an Equivalent Horizontal Ranging […]

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09:16

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.): Our Rights Must Not Depend on Flawed Government Lists [NRA-ILA News]

As Americans, our Constitution and Bill of Rights guarantee us certain unalienable rights that are the foundation of a free society. Common sense dictates, however, that individuals who perpetrate acts of terror against their fellow citizens must necessarily forfeit some of those rights. But we as a society should be very hesitant to encroach on any American’s constitutional rights simply because their name shows up on some list of suspected wrongdoers.

09:16

Right-to-Carry permits spike after Pulse shooting [NRA-ILA News]

Thousands of Floridians are looking to take personal safety into their own hands after the massacre at an Orlando nightclub last month.In May, the Florida Department of Agriculture distributed more than 20,000 applications to people interested in a concealed weapon permit or other firearm license. That number jumped to more than 36,000 in June, according to recently released numbers.

09:15

It's not the gun's fault [NRA-ILA News]

Whenever a spoiled young nut job, wannabe Islamic terrorist or disturbed cop-hater goes on a mass killing spree, liberals and their choir members in the mainstream media can be counted on to react in the same ignorant, knee-jerky way.It was the gun's fault.

09:14

Oregon: Gov. Brown renews push for gun control [NRA-ILA News]

New gun-control legislation, after falling short during the 2016 legislative session, is again emerging as a controversial topic as lawmakers gear up for 2017 session.

09:13

Data sharing clears way for Nevada to recognize Utah’s gun permit; New Mexico could be next [NRA-ILA News]

Nevada has decided to recognize concealed-firearm permits issued in Utah, the first time in years that the neighboring states have seen eye to eye on the issue, and officials are making high-level overtures to persuade New Mexico to do the same.

09:13

South Carolina: Charleston County Council wants to ban type of weapons [NRA-ILA News]

At Vice Councilman Rawl’s suggestion, Darby changed the language of his resolution from “assault-style weapons” to “semi-automatic high-capacity magazine weapons.”Rawl noted Sunday that there was a ban on those weapons from 1994 to 2004 that expired.“I think quite frankly, considering the use of that type of weapon in the last five years ... it’s time to renew that ban,” he said.

07:14

2016 NRA-ILA Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium Agenda [NRA-ILA News]

2016 NRA-ILA Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium

2016 NRA-ILA Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium Agenda [NRA-ILA News]

2016 NRA-ILA Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium

07:09

Willa-Hide Introduces A Dresser That Hides Up To 12 Long Guns [The Firearm Blog]

3Our friends at Willa-Hide reached out to me about their new chest of drawers that has the capability to hide up to 12 long guns in plain sight.When we took a look at Willa-Hide’s manufacturing facility and were surprised to find that instead of an assembly line, it was more like a high end furniture […]

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06:27

CETME-L History & Disassembly (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

The CETME-L was Spain’s replacement for the CETME Modelo C, which was the 7.62x51mm rifle that was essentially adopted by Germany as the G3 in the 1950s. By the 1980s Spain needed to move to the new NATO standard caliber, 5.56x45mm. A domestic design was preferred, so rather than but HK-93 rifles from Germany the Spanish military opted to bring back a development project that had begun back in 1971.

The CETME Modelo L uses the exact same operating system as the Modelo C and the HK 91/93, but because its design was run independently by Spain it shares few interchangeable parts. Most notably, the cocking handle tube and receiver top have a square profile, rather than round. The magazine well was intended to use STANAG magazines, but was not particularly well designed and has a very steep and abrupt feed angle. This, combined with quality control issues in rifle and magazine manufacture led to substantial reliability problems. The final development was completed between 1982 and 1984, with production beginning in 1986 and the full run or about 100,000 rifles finished in 1991. By 1996 the deficiencies with the rifle were clear, and the Spanish military held replacement trials, which would result in the H&K G36E being adopted in 1999 to replace the Modelo L.

The CETME-L design, if built correctly, is a reasonably good one, although rather old-fahsioned by the late 1980s. It lacked the modularity to allow use of modern optical sights, lasers, attached grenade launchers, and other accessories that were becoming common. This is likely due to the design originating more than a decade earlier – had it been introduced in the early 1970s it would have been much more timely.

In addition to this standard Modelo L, two other versions were also used in smaller numbers. The Modelo LC was a carbine variant with a shorter barrel and collapsing stock, and the Modelo LV was an marksman’s variant with a STANAG optics rail incorporated into its different type of rear sight.

Thanks to Hill & Mac Gunworks for letting me take a look at this rifle!

05:07

Going Old School [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


Ian from Forgotten Weapons blog goes old school at this run and gun steel match in Arizona. Who am I kidding. Ian always goes old school!

In this video, Ian uses a Roth Steyr 1907 made in 1910 to run the match. He said this about the pistol:

The 1907 was used by the Austro-Hungarian cavalry, and is in my opinion one of the best pistols of World War I. It is a solid and durable design firing a reasonably powerful cartridge (for the time, at least - 8mm Steyr is a 113gr projectile at about 1070fps) and with reasonable sights and good handling. It is mechanically innovative, with a firing mechanism functionally identical to today's "safe-action" systems. The striker is halfway cocked by the action of the gun cycling, and the remaining half is done by the trigger press. The 1907 uses a proprietary stripper clip holding 10 rounds, with a movable follower built in. Pressing down on the clip's follower puts an even pressure on the cartridges, helping to make it a very smooth design to use - I would rate it as equal or better than any other type of stripper clip I have used.
Even with an antique gun using an antique cartridge Ian still comes in 17th out of 21. Considering he was using stripper clips to reload and not magazines, that is pretty damn good.


05:05

BREAKING: France Downselects FAMAS Rifle Replacement to Bids from Belgium, Germany [The Firearm Blog]

FNvsHKFranceFrance, one the world’s first adopters of the bullpup rifle, will officially be abandoning the stockless rifle concept for good, it seems. The competition to replace the venerable FAMAS bullpup rifle has moved forward, and the only competing bullpup design, HS Produkt’s VHS-2, has been eliminated, along with Swiss Arms’ SG 550 and Beretta’s ARX-160. […]

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04:08

Strike Industries Ricci Holster Adapter [The Firearm Blog]

unnamedStrike Industries has introduced the Ricci holster adapter for the Safariland 6000 series holsters. The aluminum belt hanger adds up to 2.75″ of drop as well as 45 degrees of forward cant to make the holster more comfortable when seated, something that I can really appreciate. The all aluminum construction is really light, after all […]

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03:15

Should You Use The Slide Release? [The Firearm Blog]

pns_pistolreloadA topic that has been debated again and again in one of the industry professional groups I am a member of is should you use your slide stop to send the slide home when reloading a handgun. Some experts say absolutely, it is a time saving measure that will get your pistol topped up faster than […]

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03:00

Review: Salvo 12 Revisited Different Shotguns And Different Ammo [The Firearm Blog]

Adam Salvo12Nathan S. did a great review of the Salvo 12. However there were a couple shotguns he did not test it on. I got my hands on a Salvo 12 and put it on a variety of different shotguns with varying loads. I went on a hunt for low velocity rounds. I found a box […]

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02:00

ALLIANT POWDER Introduces BLUE MZ Pellets for Muzzleloaders [The Firearm Blog]

Blue MZWhen it comes to muzzleloading, we are all looking for ways to make this primitive means of hunting more modern and convenient. One great convenience muzzleloaders use is pre-formed powder pellets. As opposed to pouring traditional powder, pre-formed charges are easier to carry into the field and are less bulky for the hunt. Alliant Powder is […]

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Sunday, 17 July

04:00

Ballistics 201: Introducing a New Way of Thinking About Terminal Effectiveness – The Energy Budget [The Firearm Blog]

NewtonradG11Since we know that gunshot wounds follow physical laws – Newtonian mechanics, specifically – we can use physical quantities to describe what happens to a bullet when it enters a fleshy target. In a previous post, we were introduced to three physical quantities: Force, work, and kinetic energy. To see how these apply to a gunshot, let’s use […]

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Saturday, 16 July

21:15

The American Irregular Sends [Sipsey Street Irregulars]


Go check out his FB page and give it a like too at The American Irregular.

06:27

Vintage Saturday: Life and Death in the Mud [Forgotten Weapons]

Souain, France, ca. 1915.(Bibliotheque nationale de France Francois-Mitterrand)

French soldier standing over German dead. Souain, France, ca. 1915.(Bibliotheque Nationale de France Francois-Mitterrand)

04:00

Ballistics 201: Introducing a New Way of Thinking About Terminal Effectiveness – Force, Energy, and Work [The Firearm Blog]

I don't remember what it was, but I'm pretty sure you're argument is invalid.One of the primary focuses of my study of modern small arms has been that of their terminal effectiveness, i.e. their “lethality” or “wounding”, although neither of these latter terms are exactly correct. Over the past several years, I have read a good deal of scientific and medical documents, first hand accounts, and treatises by experts, to […]

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02:31

We all have that one Ex... [Sipsey Street Irregulars]


It was brought to my attention that Mr. Kerodin and his one friend, (of whom I have been reasonably assured is not imaginary), have been obsessing/crushing on the Old Man and I again.  It is that or trying to get more popularity through negative attention.  Well, ladies and gentlemen of the jury in the court of public opinion, here it is.

See Exhibit A:


Wow.  Just look at all of those adjectives.  "Red Mikey is the Gold Standard for Intellectual Hypocrites?"  Oh my.  Sipsey in a blogger brownout?  Oy vey!  What to make of that?  Feeling better from better regulating meds is not a miracle cure.  Not wanting to jerk your readers around from being unable to have my full attention due to very temporary real world obligations is, to me, just responsible.  Had he a job and a family, this would be obvious.

His comment and many like them have given me the "I have seen this all before" deja vu.  It was from Mike's first public internet exposure with another former ward of the State, a Mr. Martin Lindstedt.

Exhibit B, SSI Post from May 8, 2011:

"You know, the first guy to attack me on the Internet as "'Red Mike' Vanderboegh" was Martin Lindstedt, a Missouri neo-Nazi, self-described "modern militiaman," claimed Identity "pastor" and, wait for it, convicted child molester. You ought to look up his screeds about me. They are legendary for rhetorical pus and vomit, so this is nothing new."

"Look, I am busy enough as it is. "Kerodin" will eventually self-implode -- probably as the result of over-reach*, discovery under oath in a court case or a FOIA request -- and in any case is a tertiary side-show of the main event. From the rumors, anybody could make him go away with a simple but thorough private investigator's background check, something I lack the funds to do. But when that happens, and it will happen, the deluded folks who embrace him will run from him like the amoral plague-carrier he is. However, just at the moment I have bigger fish to fry. If others want to defend me that is their business and I am grateful, but it is evident from the friends I have lost and the precious time and effort that has been wasted already that anything I do will be counterproductive."

I will not link to Lindstedt's posts as they are archived on whitenationalist.org.  I'll spare you the discomfort and condense it a bit here.  During the rise of the Militia Movement in the 90's in response to Waco and the AWB of 94, all assorted forms of weirdos and cockroaches came out of the woodwork to ride the wave.  Here you see the introduction of Alex Jones.  The benign John Birchers and LaRouchies took a break from their squabbling and took an interest.  And, of course, the Nazis and Kluxers took a pause in their mutual disgust of each other to see if they could breathe some new life into their organisations, fueled now by a militarized people with a new found government resentment.  For many decades and for obvious reasons, no one wanted what the white power movement was selling.  They did figure out though, if you could serve the message wrapped up in a "mutual protection and values" package, it is much more palatable to push the alienation of "it is only us vs. the world".  This should sound familiar to you by now.  This was the same sirens song behind the failed Citadel.

I will give Martin the credit that at least he had broken new ground in internet trolling.  At the time, no one had seen anything like that before.  It really was spectacular in its vitriol, persistence, and venom.  A little too over the top though.  Once he was exposed and the message was ruined, he retreated into the safety of the bowels of the religious arm of the white nationalist movement and was nary publicly heard from again until he was brought up on a few charges for things I cannot even mention in polite company.  Needless to say, he was not missed in the Militia Movement nor in its incarnations leading up to today's III%.  Since his incarceration, Mr. Lindstedt's sphere of influence is in an absolute train wreck of a youtube channel.  I really would feel embarrassed for him were it not for all of the bile he threw the Old Mans direction 20 years ago.  You can say whatever you want to about that horror of a human being, at least he had the good taste to take his hat and leave when asked.

Which brings us back to Mr. Kerodin.  He had tried to mirror the sentiments of the III% while using tactics and verbiage of a failed recycled christian identity/nazi platform.  He got predictable results.  His language was the same as Martins. but he was able to update the tactics a bit by introducing blogs and other social media as a social engineering vehicle.  It worked for a time. At least in that he had outpaced his predecessor.  By dominating the message, he was able to control it for a time in certain circles.  That is, of course, all over now.  As with all things that receive the antiseptic of light, once his tactics and intentions were made demonstrably obvious by his own actions, support for him quickly dissipated.  He may try to kick the III%(c) can down the road a little longer, but he will always be a shadow of his former self.  Eventually he will get the hint and, perhaps, seek real employment.

Many people have been mad at Mike for many reasons but that cannot deny that he was right about a great many things.  It is not that he was born with an unusual clarity and no angels were propped on his shoulder, whispering divine insight.  He got the ability to be able to smell a rat from a mile away by being at the ground level of the movement for decades.  Furthermore, he was uncompromising about it even when they told him he was wrong because he knew what was at stake.  He was 100% spot on with Uncle K and the guy will forever pout in his basement for it.  Just like Martin to this day (hint see the comments). That clarity will be sorely missed.

Will there be others like Kerodin that come in the future to try and co-opt the movement?  Oh, you bet they will come.  But you will also know them now by their tactics and their works.  If it does not fit into the litmus test of the catechism and the valediction, you can bet that you are being sold a bill of goods.

One final note:

Christian, we just aint that into you.  Just leave it alone. Okay man?



Friday, 15 July

21:58

BREAKING: New Federal Guidelines on “Smart” Handguns Published [The Firearm Blog]

nij-social-media-badgeThe National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the US Department of Justice, has released guidelines on the development of new “smart” handguns for law enforcement. The guidelines are intended to help firearms manufacturers produce firearms with integrated electronic safety features that still meet the standards that have been refined through the modern, highly effective […]

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16:58

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox to Speak at the 2016 Republican National Convention on Tuesday, July 19 [NRA-ILA News]

Jeff Larson, CEO of the 2016 Republican National Convention, released a partial list of the speakers who will participate in the week-long, all-star event starting July 18th.  The convention’s theme, “Make America Great Again,” will focus on the core themes of Republican Presidential Nominee Donald J. Trump’s campaign: national security, immigration, trade and jobs. A final list of speakers and information on convention themes will follow.

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox to Speak at the 2016 Republican National Convention [NRA-ILA News]

"On behalf of the five million men and women of the National Rifle Association, it's an honor to be asked to speak at the Republican Convention.  Donald Trump strongly believes in our fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms.  Hillary Clinton does not—she said the Supreme Court was wrong when it said law-abiding Americans have the right to keep a firearm in our homes for self-protection.  For voters who believe in their constitutional freedoms, the choice in this presidential election is clear—that choice is Donald Trump." — Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA Executive Director

14:31

Oregon: Governor Brown Announces Her Misguided Gun Control Agenda [NRA-ILA News]

Today, Governor Kate Brown (D) announced her gun control agenda in Salem by calling upon the Oregon Legislature to pass three gun control policies in the 2017 legislative session.  During her press conference, Governor Brown spouted numerous misleading statistics in an attempt to support her misguided anti-gun ideas and proposals.  While no official language for these anti-gun proposals has been released, they could have serious implications for the law-abiding gun owners of Oregon.

13:30

Top 5 Guns We Wish Were More Popular [The Firearm Blog]

In a world full of AR15s and AK variants, few companies dare to be different. This list deals with a few offerings on the market that we wish would make more range appearances but tend to sit on the shelves or in distributor warehouses. Criteria for this list requires the guns to be listed by […]

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13:20

US Marine Corps Working with Colt Canada? [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureIt would seem, at least according to Colt Canada, that the United States Marine Corps is a partner (with Canadian & British militaries) in the development of C7 and C8 rifle upgrades. The announcement came from Colt Canada’s General Manager Jeff Macleod at the Royal Canadia Military Institute. While at first, this may seem like […]

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13:05

NSSF: “Gun Crimes PLUMMET Even as Gun Sales RISE” [The Firearm Blog]

NSSFThe National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is a champion for firearm and hunting rights as well as preserving hunting lands for the public. As more and more depressing, controversial, and appalling news swirls in the media related to crime and firearms the NSSF is here to set the record straight. Since the early 1990s, homicides, […]

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12:11

Bergara Shipping Premier Stalker Rifle with Carbon Fiber Stock [The Firearm Blog]

BPR16-StalkerGeorgia based rifle manufacturer Bergara USA announced that it is now shipping the Premier Stalker Rifles with a new one piece carbon fiber stock. These bolt action guns have a sub-MOA guarantee, and can be used for a range of shooting activities including hunting and long range target shooting. At this time, the company offers […]

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12:09

Shannon Watts Blames NRA for Disarming of Courthouse Security Officer [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, Michael Bloomberg surrogate Shannon Watts issued a tweet blaming NRA for a shooting at a courthouse in Berrien, MI. “THIS,” she typed, “is outcome [sic] of @NRA’s dangerous agenda of guns for anyone, anywhere, anytime: no questions asked. Berrien County”.

12:00

TFB EXCLUSIVE: ’41F Q&A’ With The BATFE NFA Branch [The Firearm Blog]

ATF_TFBAfter months of anticipation, the new National Firearms Act (NFA) rules and procedures are finally here. And as much as we have covered 41F and its predecessor 41P here at TFB, there are people that still have questions about the process. Like me, for example. So we figured, why not go to the source – […]

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POTD: Take A Stance On Tactical Training [The Firearm Blog]

13620951_10210444120806425_6815620383680801489_nThis photo was posted recently but subsequently removed. It was posted by James Yeager of Tactical Response on his Instagram page. Now this photo is taken out of context but I fail to see how standing on a battle buddy’s torso is beneficial. Maybe they are training to shoot on an unstable platform? What happens […]

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11:39

Polls Show Americans Distrust Clinton, and Give Her Supporters Reasons to Panic [NRA-ILA News]

While the FBI might have let presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton off the hook for her alleged mishandling of classified information, recent Washington Post/ABC News and CBS/New York Times polls suggest that the American public is far less forgiving. Coupled with recent polls showing presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump leading, or within striking distance, in several swing states, some in the Clinton camp are beginning to panic.

11:20

Illinois gun restrictions unfairly target foster parents, lawsuit claims [NRA-ILA News]

Kenneth and Colleen Shults want to permanently welcome a foster child into their Fairmount, Ill., family, but claim in a federal suit filed this week they are being forced to surrender their Second Amendment rights to do it.

11:19

How Obama Divides America [NRA-ILA News]

I doubt the president is substantively more partisan than the average politician, but like most people on the left these days, he no longer bothers to make a distinction between a policy position and a moral struggle.The issue of gun control, for example, is not a good-faith disagreement among people of different persuasions but—like civil rights or suffrage—a struggle waged by the righteous against the evil (and sometimes those poor souls tricked by the National Rifle Association).

11:19

House Dems' national security agenda includes watch list provision [NRA-ILA News]

House Democrats on Thursday unveiled their new national security agenda, which will include gun control legislation and other domestic reforms.

11:18

Murphy Launches Political Fund For anti-gun Candidates [NRA-ILA News]

Acknowledging it's unlikely that the current Congress will pass gun control legislation, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy said Thursday he's established a fundraising effort to get pro-gun control lawmakers elected in November.

11:17

New York City Pension Fund to Divest Itself of Gun Retailer Stock [NRA-ILA News]

New York City’s employee pension fund will sell all its holdings of three American retailers because they sell guns, and will continue to press ahead in its efforts to get Walmart and a division of the supermarket chain Kroger to remove guns from their store shelves.

11:16

Second Amendment protects former soldier who had been psychiatrically committed 10 years ago, when he was 15 [NRA-ILA News]

Plaintiff Jonathan Yox is a [Pennsylvania] state correctional officer. . . . [He] was [once] involuntarily committed as a juvenile to the psychiatric inpatient unit of Philhaven, a mental and behavioral health care provider in Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania, on March 31, 2006. At the time, he was 15 years old.

11:15

Massachusetts: Framingham selectmen voice support for new gun control measures [NRA-ILA News]

Selectmen voted unanimously to sign a letter calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan to allow debate on two measures pending before Congress. One would expand background checks for gun buyers; the other would prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns.

10:49

Kansas concealed carry licenses now recognized in Maine [NRA-ILA News]

An additional state has agreed to recognize Kansas concealed carry licenses, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

10:48

Report: More Kentuckians applying to carry concealed weapons [NRA-ILA News]

Newly released statistics show the number of Kentuckians applying for concealed carry licences went up by thousands last year.

10:01

Creedmoor 9mm Ammo Now Available with Shell Shock NAS3 Cases [The Firearm Blog]

Creedmoor 9mmCreedmoor Ammunition is now manufacturing a 9mm load using the new Shell Shock NAS³ cases. This handgun load uses a Hornady 124 grain XTP bullet loaded to +P pressures to produce a muzzle velocity of 1,175 fps and 380 foot pounds of energy. These rounds are being sold in packages of 50 rounds, and come […]

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09:20

Justice Ginsburg Once Again Shares Her Intent to Overturn Heller [NRA-ILA News]

This past week, Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave a series of controversial interviews for which she has received nearly universal condemnation, even from the usually-fawning establishment press. Most of the headlines focused on Ginsburg’s derogatory statements regarding presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. However, just as important were comments signaling her intent to overturn the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, which held that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. Ginsburg signed onto Justice John Paul Stevens and Justice Stephen Breyer’s dissents in Heller and Breyer’s dissent in McDonald v. Chicago, which applied Heller’s protections to the actions of state and local governments.

08:58

Grasping at Straws in the North Woods [NRA-ILA News]

Mainers for Responsible Gun Ownership, proponents of the Maine Background Check Initiative, Question 3, recently posted the following:  “FACT CHECK: NRA website on Maine background check campaign,” to condemn the NRA website that opposes this initiative by claiming it is “riddled with factual inaccuracies and misleading statements.”

08:54

Washington Post: Obama Lies Again [NRA-ILA News]

It’s as if Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are in a contest to see who can tell the most lies.  On Tuesday, during the memorial service for the five law enforcement officers who were killed in Dallas on July 7, Obama said, “We flood communities with so many guns that it is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than get his hands on a computer or even a book.”

07:09

Broken Race Gun Fixed With Insurance——seriously! [The Firearm Blog]

13626374_10154139832357631_6775107920807272166_nMy friend Johnny in Sweden competes with this old Tangfolio Goldmatch. Just the other day it broke. So this happened during a lv 2 handgun last weekend. Broken barrel link… This platform is old and it looked like that I was gonna be forced to scrap it! But help came in the 11th hour. My […]

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06:27

Pavesi Prototype SVT Copy (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

This rifle is pretty much a big mystery – I have virtually no good information on it. Through inspection, we know it is a mechanical copy of the Soviet SVT 38 or 40 – it shares the same exact bolt, locking system, and gas system. Even many aesthetic features like the metal front handguard, muzzle brake, and sights are remarkably similar to those of the SVT. The biggest difference is the magazine, which is a fixed design fed only be stripper clips. The rifle is chambered for the 8x59mm Breda cartridge, and magazine capacity is unknown – probably either 9 or 10 rounds.

The clue that this is a Pavesi rifle comes from the safety lever, which is identical to the safety lever on the Model 1942 Pavesi rifle. The only markings on this piece are two repetitions of the serial number (875), on the receiver and stock. This serial number suggests that a significant number of these rifles may have been made, although I have not seen any other examples, nor any recorded information on when or where they were made, tested, or fielded.

The most interesting diversion from the standard SVT construction is the addition of a leather buffer pad on the back of the receiver. This was clearly added after the rifle was built, as it must be removed before the bolt can be taken out of the action. The details of the receiver cover attachment were also modified from the original SVT, making disassembly and reassembly easier, with the mainspring less prone to kinking as in the SVT.

This example is in the reference collection of the Beretta company in Brescia. Many thanks to them for allowing me to take a look at it!

Pavesi SVT Copy

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04:08

Firearm Showcase: The Heckler & Koch SMG (I), Would-Be Successor to the MP5 – HIGH RES PICS! [The Firearm Blog]

SMGImodified2In May of this year, I got the rare opportunity to travel to Heckler & Koch’s headquarters in Ashburn, VA, to take a look at some of the experimental and prototype firearms they have located there in their famous “Grey Room”. It wouldn’t be worth as much for me to just tell you about it […]

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03:15

The More You Know: Length Of Pull [The Firearm Blog]

Credit: MagpulLike a lot of technical terms in the firearms world, the ‘length of pull’ measurement is used often, but may not always be properly understood. And while the concept itself is pretty simple, I decided to consult an expert for a full explanation. Luckily for me, I already had the right guy to call in […]

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03:00

Tyrant Designs MOD and Titan CNC Aluminum AR Grips [The Firearm Blog]

d9a50e94-347f-40df-bf8b-4beaff86cd26Tyrant Designs CNC has been in the machining business for over 30 years. In that time they have machined products for the defense industry as well as Aerospace and the medical field.Tyrant now has an R&D team dedicated strictly to design new and innovative accessory gun parts. Currently Tyrant is making a series of grips […]

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02:00

Fenix CL25R Rechargeable Camping Lantern [The Firearm Blog]

Lantern feature photoRemember the old original Coleman lanterns? Remember lantern fuel, mantles, etc.? A bit of a hassle, but they got the job done. Then along came battery powered incandescent lanterns…one of my favorites (remember this?) Today we have LED lanterns. There have been a number of such devices written up in the pages of TFB, including […]

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Thursday, 14 July

19:37

Sure To Drive The Demanding Mommies Crazy [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


I saw this on Instagram tonight. It is going to drive the anti-gunners nuts and we will be treated to their insane invective from every corner of social media.

Too bad.

I'm glad to see the gun culture recognized at the Republican National Convention. It sure as hell won't be at the other convention being held in Philadelphia.


18:25

iCAST Review: St. Croix Legend Casting Rods Ideal For Deep Crankbait Fishing [AllOutdoor.com]

I’ve got a lot of fond memories fishing with St. Croix fiberglass rods. Some of my earliest and favorite spinning and bait-casting rods were made by this great independent rod manufacturer headquartered in central Wisconsin. I still use a vintage 7-foot fiberglass fly rod with the St. Croix label, and well remember many evenings on trout streams in Pennsylvania, the Midwest and far West, when that rod served well on stream rainbows, browns, cutthroats and brookies.

Well St. Croix is back with a new premium line of “Legend Glass IPC Casting Rods,” and they have the same deep and rich honey-brown color their original rods had. The new rod line not only harks back to St. Croix’s fiberglass rod roots, but offer an advantage for some anglers who prefer a bit of a delay in rod sensitivity to improve hook-ups from fish (chiefly deep bass). For this reason crankbait anglers will be especially pleased with this new rod line.

These modern Legend Glass IPC Casting Rods feature premium linear S-Glass blanks. Designed to eliminate all transitional points in the rod blank, IPC rods feature smoother actions, and increased strength, while 100 percent linear S-glass is  also stronger, lighter and higher in modulus than traditional, woven E-glass rods. The results are the best, high-performance fiberglass rods ever created.

Fuji K Series Concept Tangle Free guides with Alconite rings and polished frames are ideal for super braid, mono and fluorocarbon lines. The sloped frames and rings on these premium guides work to effectively shed line tangles before they can cause problems.

There are four new rods in the line, from medium to medium-heavy actions, measuring from just over 7-feet to just under 8-feet in length.

Retail price is about $250.

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18:25

iCAST Review: Lure With A Live Video Camera To Show Fish Striking [AllOutdoor.com]

Humorist Dave Barry would likely write, “you can’t make this up”.

Introduced to the fishing tackle world at the 2016 iCAST tackle show in Orlando there’s the new digital “Eco-Popper” that comes equipped with an on-board digital underwater camera that starts transmitting a live video stream the moment it touches water.

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Manufactured by Eco-net (which swears it’s helping the planet), it touts that anglers will be able to detect and display the video feed from an “Eco-Popper” to a video screen on a cell phone. This so an angler can “ready himself to reel in a fish as quickly and as smoothly as possible. Fishing with smart dynamic lures can give a heads up real-time alert for a potential fish strike.”

The company offers an example of a largemouth bass approaching its lure, with the camera showing the fish as it nears, and a fisherman poised to strike as the bass does.

One can only imagine what would happen to the lure and camera should a 10-pound redfish, 15-pound snook, or 50-pound tarpon collide with an “Eco-Popper.”

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18:25

iCAST Review: Cobra Garage Door Rod Storage Is Innovative [AllOutdoor.com]

Where to safely store rigged, full-length fishing rods always is a headache to anglers who have a garage or den full of tackle, and limited area to safely place items to prevent breakage or warping.

Well a pair of Florida Kennedy Space Center engineers came up with a remarkably simple design that’s easy to install and loads rods in a place where they’re safe, easy to access, and out of the way: the inside of a garage door.

Cobra Garage Door Storage (www.cobrastorage.com) offers easy-to-install durable racks that attach to standard 21-inch and 18-inch garage door panels, where they are horizontally bundled in the stiff sections of an accordion-type door.

Each rack can handle up to six rods.

They can be positioned to fit almost any length rod, and can be installed to a garage door without tools. Hard-mounting to walls and ceilings also can be done with this innovative and well made product, that costs just $30 per pair of door racks.

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18:25

Dear Everybody: Concealed Carriers DO Have a Chance Against Rifle-Toting Criminals [AllOutdoor.com]

DeSoto, Texas — So a crook reportedly walks into a Waffle House, toting an AK47 rifle. He proceeds to rob the business as well as several customers before he walks outdoors. But a concealed carrier who was worried about his wife’s safety — she was in the parking lot approaching the restaurant — followed the bad guy into the parking lot.

The customer called out to the robber, who turned and pointed the rifle at him, police said. The customer then shot the robber several times.

The robbery suspect… was taken to a hospital, where he is on life support.

Police said the customer was not arrested.

I just wanted to take this opportunity to point out to all the gun-banners that someone with a concealed handgun DOES have a chance against a crook with a rifle.

Oh, and kudos to the fine citizen who ignored Waffle House’s no-gun policy — which is most likely what emboldened the crook to rob the place. Gun-free zones are favorites for bad guys because it gives them a hell of an edge over everyone else. But when good guys ignore bad rules, the tables can be turned…

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18:25

Watch: Celebrity Hunting Dog (not what you expect) [AllOutdoor.com]

Okay, so there’s a nifty little wiener dog whose owner puts him in costumes and shoots video of it. The goal? To have a famous dog. Heck, the critter is even named “Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund” — and he has his own website.

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A friend shared the following video with me this morning, and I know I’m not the only hunter who will enjoy seeing a dachshund dressed up as a hunter — and toting a gun — hunting in the snowy woods.

You’re welcome.

Turns out, that one is part 2 – but I enjoyed it more than the original, which is here:

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14:46

Updates [Sipsey Street Irregulars]


1. Mike is actually doing a bit better now.  Not that he is on the road to recovery, but they have been able to make better use of the meds and now he is better coping with its effects.  This does not mean that he will resume posting here but it is a definite improvement in his quality of life.

2.  I will be taking a brief hiatus from the blog. This does not mean that SSI will be shuddered permanently, but I will need to take a knee and put my energies elsewhere for the moment.  Thank you so much for your continued support and understanding.

13:30

M1 Garand Field Strip [The Firearm Blog]

The American M1 Garand was the world’s first general issue semi-automatic rifle. It is famous for many reasons (such as the harmonious ping it makes when ejecting its en bloc clip), but it is a magnificent piece of engineering that you can only truly appreciate by seeing what’s inside.  

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13:20

Review:Dmitry Sinkevich Zero Tolerence Design 0456 [The Firearm Blog]

P7130361Most of the readers know I really like ZT knives. This new ZT is a beauty of a design from a collaboration between ZT and Dimitri Sinkevich a noted Belorussian knife maker. This new knife known simply as the 0456 has Titanium handles with blue aluminum accents and pocket clip. The blade opens with the […]

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13:05

The New New Zealand Battle Rifle – Overview of the MARS-L/LSO with Chris Bartocci [The Firearm Blog]

yeIBMz5We reported previously on the New Zealand Defence Force’s purchase of new LMT-made infantry rifles, but beyond a brief promo video released after the selection was announced, we haven’t yet seen an in-depth look at the rifles, which are based on the recently released LMT MARS family. Chris Bartocci, a gunwriter and author of The […]

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12:22

Forget new gun laws. Here’s what could really keep people from shooting each other [NRA-ILA News]

Americans need to think beyond guns, and to confront the underlying social and economic problems that cause gun violence.

12:21

Sen. Murphy leading effort to raise cash for pro-gun control candidates [NRA-ILA News]

Sen. Chris Murphy, backed by other Democratic lawmakers who led headline-grabbing filibusters and sit-ins demanding action on guns, is launching a new fundraising initiative aimed at raising cash for congressional candidates who pledge to make gun control a marquee priority.

12:20

Texas: UT regents to consider campus carry rules on offices, chambered rounds [NRA-ILA News]

The status of two contentious rules concerning the carrying of concealed handguns at the University of Texas at Austin is expected to become clear Wednesday, although the rules could still be altered in court or possibly by the Legislature.

12:19

Republican candidates for Missouri governor pledge support for permitless concealed carry, stand your ground law [NRA-ILA News]

Republican candidates for Missouri governor pledge support for permitless concealed carry, stand your ground law

12:11

Fenix RC11 Rechargeable Flashlight [The Firearm Blog]

RC11 featuredFor your consideration is another nice light from Fenix. The good folks at Fenix Lighting were kind enough to provide this light for review. This light follows with a trend that was started, arguably, years ago with the old “magcharger”…only in this instance we benefit from more modern battery chemistry and charging options – and […]

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12:00

POTD: H&K Goodness In RAL8000 [The Firearm Blog]

13615313_1822739367945438_5045380087675355259_nThanks to Dickson L. of North Sylva for sharing these. He shared the regular MR308 pics with us before. Click here to see those images. RAL8000 is the official color of Cerakote. Click here for more info of this color. This time H&K has the SFP9 and MR308 in RAL8000.    

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10:01

Whatever Happened To Kalashnikov USA’s Guns? [The Firearm Blog]

Photo courtesy of Nathaniel F.Remember a while back that we were supposed to be getting Kalashnikov guns that were built right here in the USA? I seem to vaguely recall  TFB covering Kalashnikov USA’s new product line at SHOT 2016 where they gave a tentative release date of Spring of 2016. Like you might have noticed spring has passed and […]

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09:58

Obama’s strange claim that it is easier for teens to buy a Glock than get a book [NRA-ILA News]

The White House noted that in the context of the speech, Obama was speaking about the lack of opportunity and ready access to guns in many communities, particularly lower-income areas. It’s accurate to say there are communities that lack education, employment and health-care resources. And it’s fair to say that in some communities, there is ready access to illegally obtained guns for teens who can get them easily from a fellow gang member, friend or a family member — perhaps without even having to leave their home or their street.But the president can make that point without resorting to such an exaggerated claim based in no real statistics, and which does nothing but distract the public. The president earns Three Pinocchios.

09:57

No, Books Are Not Harder to Obtain than Guns [NRA-ILA News]

By pretending that it is easier to get hold of a Glock than to get hold of a book or a computer, President Obama has shown a chronic lack of awareness about the very cities for which he claims to be fighting. For this talking point, at least, it’s back to the drawing board.

08:44

As-applied challenge succeeds in PA [Of Arms and the Law]

Joshua Prince discusses the result in Keyes v. Lynch (M.D. Pa.). Plaintiffs were two individuals who had been subject to brief mental commitments ten years ago, one of whom subsequently served in the military and is currently employed as an (armed) law enforcement officer. The State courts lifted (sort of) the State bar on gun possession, but the Federales ruled that that didn't affect them. The court upholds that determination, but holds that barring firearm possession by plaintiffs would violate the 2A as applied.

"What is most striking about Mr. Yox's as-applied challenge, though, is the fact that he has been authorized to possess and use, and has in fact possessed and used, firearms while he served in the military and while he worked as a state correctional officer in Pennsylvania. Indeed, Mr. Yox used fully automatic rifles, machine guns, grenade launchers, and incendiary grenades while serving in the 82nd Airborne of the United States Army. Again, Defendants have submitted no evidence that Mr. Yox misused firearms or acted in a dangerous manner in those professional capacities. Thus, the record indicates that throughout his adulthood, despite his personal firearms disability due to § 922(g)(4), Mr. Yox has possessed and used firearms in his professional capacity without incident."

07:43

Right-to-Carry permit holder stops rifle-wielding robber, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas July 13, 2016 [NRA-ILA News]

A man armed with a rifle entered a Waffle House in DeSoto, Texas and robbed the business and the customers inside. As the robber went to the parking lot, an armed Right-to-Carry permit holder followed, concerned the criminal might harm his wife, who was set to arrive at the restaurant. The armed citizen confronted the robber, who then pointed the rifle at him. Presented with this threat, the Right-to-Carry permit holder shot the robber. When the authorities arrived, the wounded robber was taken to a local hospital.

07:09

Review: Apex Tactical’s Sig P320 Flat Trigger [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_2987While I was out at the range with Zach from XS Sights he let on that he had not only a P320 with him, but also had got his hands on a flat trigger from Apex Tactical. Zach was kind enough to loan me the trigger so I could evaluate it once I got my […]

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06:27

Book Review: SOE Equipment Air Dropped in Europe 1940-1945 [Forgotten Weapons]

SOE Equipment Air Dropped in Europe 1940-1945A while back I posted a review of a great little paperback account of Winston Churchill’s Toyshop – the development of clandestine warfare gear for use by saboteurs and resistance movements in occupied Europe during WWII. That book did a great job of telling the story of the development of these gadgets, but didn’t really get into their actual distribution and use. Well, we now have access to a wonderful companion book by Anders Thygesen and Michael Sode about the devices themselves.

Where Stuart Macrae’s book is nearly all text, Thygesen and Sode have produced a volume in which virtually every page includes a nice glossy photo – some period black and white and many full color, taken in collections of this gear today.

This book is organized rather like a museum of SOE gear, with each section cataloging a number of items, with a brief description, development history, and production total for each. They are accompanied by clear and close-up photos of each item. The contents include:

– Initiating and Delay Mechanisms
– Explosives
– Incendiaries
– Weapons
– Containers & parachutes
– Communications equipment
– and more

The book is particularly strong in the areas of explosive initiators and timers, of which there were a surprising variety. Pull switches, pressure switches, time pencils, release switches, fog signals (for detonating railway bombs) and more. All manner of limpet mines and some pretty slick disguised explosives, like magnetic fake bolt heads and dead rats stuffed with explosive. When it comes to firearms, the book’s strength is definitely the Welrod. The authors had excellent access to disassemble and fire at least one Welrod, and the history and explanation of this very cool covert weapon is excellent. The other firearms that were used are pretty much just listed with photographs, as they are commonly available and well documented guns. Oh, except the Colt 1903 converted to be strapped to one’s waist and fired by remote activator, an example of which was captured by the Danish police and is well documented here.

There is much more in this book than I can describe in a short review like this, but hopefully this will give you the gist of the content. It runs to 255 pages, including about 50 pages of reproduced English-language original sabotage instruction manual. The printing quality is excellent, unlike some home-printed niche subject books – this is very definitely a professional hard-cover book and not just a pamphlet.

This is another of those works written to fulfill a personal passion, which will never be widely printed. The English run is just 300 copies, although if those sell out apparently a second volume will be done in a few years. So if you are interested in the subject, act now before they are gone. The price is a rather high, at 66 Euros shipped to the US (that’s about $73 at the time of this writing) and 60 Euro shipped within Europe (air dropped, you might say). But that’s the price we pay for well-printed books on very niche subjects. It is not available on Amazon or elsewhere, just direct from the authors via PayPal.

05:00

So What Is Long Range? [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


Long range can have a lot of meaning to shooters. If you live in the East and deer hunt in heavily forested areas, it might be 50 yards. Out West, it might mean 4-500 yards.

Brian Litz of Applie Ballistics does a good job of explaining long range and extended long range in this new video released by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.





Brian will be holding one of his 2-day Advanced Ballistics seminars in Sophia, North Carolina this November. Sophia is a farming community just south of Greensboro. The cost of his seminar is $500. However, if you use the promo code ABSEM100 at checkout, the price falls to $400. For two full days plus all of his books, DVDs, and software, that's quite a deal.

04:08

AWESOME Zero Info & Free Targets from Arma Dynamics [The Firearm Blog]

red dot 25yd300 mod1 (ar-15)Arma Dynamics, a training company started in 2013, has posted up a veritable treasure trove of useful zeroing information and targets. Knowing that many shooters often do not have access to long-ranges for zeroing their weapons, Arma has graciously curated a selection of targets for various range conditions and graphic representations of impacts using various zeros, […]

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03:15

KSG vs. DP-12 – Epic Comparison Video [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureI love bullpups and I love shotguns, so it should stand to reason that I would love bullpup shotguns. Right? Wrong. Having shot multiple KSG shotguns, I have nearly given up on the weapon type due to reliability, practicality, and other personal  gripes. As such, I am thrilled that Andrew at GY6 Vids took the time […]

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03:00

India Changes Horses Again: Bye-Bye Excalibur, Hello 7.62 NATO [The Firearm Blog]

An_Indian_soldier_during_a_joint_exercise_with_U.S._Soldiers_at_Camp_Bundela_in_2009In the latest installment of the Indian next generation rifle procurement saga, the nation-subcontinent has decided to forgo their “Excalibur” rifle development program, which consisted of essentially a product-improved INSAS rifle, in favor of a new 7.62x51mm infantry rifle. The new larger-caliber weapon is reportedly going to be chosen after the country conducts a Request […]

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02:00

TFB Writers MOA All Day Challenge- Rusty S. [The Firearm Blog]

You did say "All day", Right?For this challenge, I used two firearms.  In anticipation of pronghorn season, I brought out my 6.5 Grendel AR. For the other firearm, when Pete first brought up the challenge with the title “MOA All Day”, I immediately thought of a belt-fed with a quick change barrel, as they can shoot “All Day” a bit […]

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Wednesday, 13 July

21:09

SAF sues over adoptive parents' rights in Illinois [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here. Apparently the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has decided that gun owners are unfit to adopt children. I suspect the lawsuit will lead them to reconsider their bigotry.

20:05

A Recap of Recent Events [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

The past few days have been tumultuous to say the lease.  Allow me to recap with memes.





17:14

Indiana: Support the Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment on the November Ballot! [NRA-ILA News]

On the November 2016 ballot, Indiana voters will be asked to approve NRA-supported Question 1, which is an amendment to the Indiana Constitution guaranteeing the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife as an individual right.  As previously reported, ballot language for Question 1 was created by Senate Bill 57, which passed the House of Representatives with a 47 to 7 vote and the Senate with a 95 to 1 vote.  SB 57 was signed by Governor Mike Pence (R) on March 21, 2016.

13:30

The Uzi Submachine Gun (Full Auto) [The Firearm Blog]

The famous Uzi 9mm SMG was introduced to the world in the 1950s, and was a huge hit that made its way into military and police armories around the world. With millions sold, the gun has been engaged in numerous conflicts and famously helped protect the life of President Reagan. The gun’s proliferation is a […]

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13:20

Strike Industries Mega Fins XL Redline Now Avalible [The Firearm Blog]

dbfd6745-1722-4b94-a3b1-7e1b86eb9a30The Strike Industries Redline products have become rather popular with competition shooters thanks to the striking red anodizing and good value for the money. Strike just announced that they have made the excellent Mega Fins Xl free float handguard available in the signature red color. Phil and I had the chance to review the rails last […]

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13:05

Silencer Shop Sends $2M+ Worth Of NFA Stamp Applications – In ONE Day [The Firearm Blog]

13641129_1357557154265062_5002664157003612931_oYes, you read that right: More than $2,000,000 in NFA stamp applications in one submission. From Silencer Shop’s Facebook page: So, we have made it through all the orders through the 11th and most of the 12th. Over 1200lbs of Form 4’s and trusts off to the ATF. Over 2 million dollars in tax stamps […]

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12:11

Hunting With Suppressors – Bridging The Divide Between Traditional And Tactical Shooters [The Firearm Blog]

Credit: http://americansuppressorassociation.com/blog/We have a huge problem in this country that has us all on edge. An issue that separates citizens into two distinct groups, laden with emotions that are deep rooted in a history of distrust and anger. No, not THAT issue – I’m talking about Tactical Shooters versus Traditional Sportsman. That’s right, on one side […]

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12:00

POTD: SPPD Arrest Man With Backwards Bullets [The Firearm Blog]

CmfbGcJVYAI7s2hThanks to Adam Scepaniak for sending this one our way. According to their Twitter feed, St. Paul Police Dept arrested a suspect for pointing a gun. They seized his Bersa Thunder .380. To their relief the arrestee had loaded the bullets into the magazine backwards.   Now to give the benefit of the doubt, perhaps […]

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11:27

Silkworms Will Make Ballistic Spider Silk for the U.S. Army [AllOutdoor.com]

Bulletproof silk? That’s pretty much what Kraig Labs has just received a contract to produce for the U.S. Army.

Yesterday, they announced a contract to produce “ballistic shoot packs constructed from its proprietary Dragon Silk™ material for performance testing.  These shoot packs will be tested and evaluated for critical Soldier protective applications including ballistic impact.”

What the heck is Dragon Silk, you ask? Well, according to Popular Mechanics, it is essentially spider silk produced by a silkworm. Spider silk is much stronger than silkworm silk, but spider farms don’t really work out, since spiders are essentially rebels. Solution? Snag some spider DNA, mix it up with some silkworms, and farm the heck out of the new silk, which is said to be “just as strong as spider silk.”

Cool thing about Dragon Silk: Since it’s stronger than silkworm silk, which is often used for sutures because it’s biodegradable, thinner threads of Dragon Silk can be used for the same purpose “in sensitive areas such as the eyes and brain.”

Kraig’s contract is worth almost $100,000 in the first stage, and if the Army likes what it sees after that, may ultimately be worth a million bucks.

Why Dragon Silk instead of Kevlar? One word: Flexibility. Per Popular Mechanics:

Dragon Silk’s primary advantage over traditional Kevlar is its flexibility. Kevlar is slightly more durable than Dragon Silk, with a strength of 3 gigapascals (GPa) compared to Dragon Silk’s strength of 2 GPa. However, Kevlar only has an elasticity of 3 percent, meaning it’s almost completely inflexible. Dragon Silk has an elasticity of 30 to 40 percent, which offsets the slightly reduced strength.

So… perhaps not all genetic modifications are bad things.

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11:27

Watch: How to Build an Engine That Runs on Hot Air [AllOutdoor.com]

Most folks have heard about steam engines, but there’s another type of external combustion engine that’s safer (due to lower pressure) – and a small one can be made relatively easily — using a pair of soda cans and a few other odds & ends.

It’s called a Stirling hot air engine, and it’s powered by a small flame. This 2-minute video shows you how to make it:

What’s it good for, you ask? Well, it might be just the thing for living off the grid… at least for a little while. This video from the same YouTuber shows a better Stirling engine, which generates electricity to power a light and will also turn a pretty large fan — and on a windy day, it can be used as a wind generator to produce electricity.

Pretty cool!

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11:27

A Solid Platform for Semi-auto Handgun Optics [AllOutdoor.com]

The problem with mounting optics on most semi-auto pistol is the rapid reciprocation of the slide. The optic has to be small enough to permit cycling, robust enough to withstand the constant acceleration, and yet have sufficient objective size to permit rapid target acquisition.

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UM Tactical developed a mount that locks around the dust cover Picatinny rail and encircles the slide. That neatly solved all the problems associated with the slide-mounted red dots: the sight doesn’t go back and forth with every shot, a larger optic may be used without making cycling unreliable, and sight acquisition gets easier with bigger glass. Since optics and pistols vary, UM Tactical also offer a universal holster: the optic mount, rather than the pistol, locks into it. The mount may be moved between pistols, and the holster would fit almost any semi-auto handgun.

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The system has limitations of its own. For one, a sturdy dust cover is necessary. CZ SP01 qualifies, some of the flimsier polymer frames might not. Because the universal mount has to provide sufficient slide clearance, it is a little bulky. Compared to slide-mounted optics, sights installed with this mount sit about an inch higher. The higher and more forward placement makes the pistol more top-heavy, but also reduces muzzle flip slightly. Since the mount is best suited for metal-framed pistols, the change in balance isn’t drastic.

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The front view shows the locking lever that releases the mount when depressed. The two sides of the mount are brought together by the mount or the rings of the optic, and the outward-directed tension keeps the installation secure.

I am not sure how this mount would fare on a defensive carry gun, given the overall bulk of the solution, but it works extremely well for target shooting and hunting. Since stability and limited iron sight resolution are the two overwhelming influences on handgun accuracy, the UM3 mount is a very helpful addition to handgun hunting. The Picatinny rail strip at the bottom of the mount can be used either for lights and lasers, or for a small bipod. The top rail can hold a red dot or a magnified scope, something that direct slide mounting cannot support. Given the inherent accuracy of top-tier pistols like the SP01 shown here, using UM3 for improving aiming accuracy and stability enables hits to much further ranges that typically expected.

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10:01

Alias Training & Security Services is No More [The Firearm Blog]

site_logoAlias Training & Security Services, known for their well-respected cadre of instructors such as Mike Pannone, Pat McNamara, Larry Vickers, & more has announced that it is no more. Citing issues with their merchant services financial company, Alias announced closure via their Facebook page (now deleted). It is with a heavy heart that we must […]

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08:10

Missouri: Urge your Legislators to Override Governor Nixon’s Veto of Self-Defense Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Last Month, Governor Jay Nixon vetoed Senate Bill 656, an important pro-gun omnibus self-defense bill.

07:30

Trying To Decide Between #NeverTrump Or #NeverHillary? Ponder This. [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


This presidential election may be historic if for no other reason than both presumptive nominees are grossly unpopular. Now if you like Donald Trump or you like Hillary Clinton and you object to that statement, then you are probably in the minority. Both candidates had unfavorability ratings of over 50% as of late June. Frankly, I don't see that changing.

I'll admit right up front that Donald Trump was not my first choice. Heck, he wasn't even my fourth choice. At the start of the primary season, I considered Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz as potential recipients of my vote. I added Carly Fiorina to that list after I saw how she handled the press.

As to Hillary Clinton, oh, please. Her primary qualification to me seems that she married the right guy to have pulled her along with him to national prominence. Without Bill Clinton, she'd be just another Yale educated lawyer with political ambitions. It is doubtful that she would have ever been elected a US Senator from any state especially given she had held no prior elected offices. She would never have been Secretary of State as she wasn't one of the "wise old men" like a Warren Christoper, a college professor specializing in foreign policy like  Kissinger or Madeleine Albright, or a general like George Marshall.

To those who would say I'm forgetting about Gary Johnson, I'm not. While he has gathered more support than prior Libertarian candidates, his role in this election is that of a spoiler. He will either take just enough #NeverTrump Republican votes from Donald Trump for Hillary to win or he will take just enough Bernie supporting Millennials from Hillary for Trump to win. I've participated in every election since 1976 and have studied American presidential politics at the graduate level. Gary Johnson being elected President just isn't going to happen.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was interviewed by the New York Times on Friday. What she said should clarify for any gun owner or any Second Amendment supporter what this race for President is really about. This holds true for both the deer hunters in Gun Culture 1.0 with their .30-06 Remington 700s and the non-hunting concealed carriers in Gun Culture 2.0 with their Glock 19s.

This election is about the Supreme Court which now stands in a four to four split between conservatives and liberals. Another way of putting it is that neither the Originalists nor the Living Constitutionalists hold a majority.

Justice Ginsburg was asked whether there were any cases of recent memory that she would like to see overturned. Here is what she said:

Asked if there were cases she would like to see the court overturn before she leaves it, she named one.

“It won’t happen,” she said. “It would be an impossible dream. But I’d love to see Citizens United overruled.”

She mulled whether the court could revisit its 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which effectively struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act. She said she did not see how that could be done.

The court’s 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, establishing an individual right to own guns, may be another matter, she said.

“I thought Heller was “a very bad decision,” she said, adding that a chance to reconsider it could arise whenever the court considers a challenge to a gun control law.

Should Judge Garland or another Democratic appointee join the court, Justice Ginsburg will find herself in a new position, and the thought seemed to please her.

“It means that I’ll be among five more often than among four,” she said.
Rest assured that Michael Bloomberg would spend big bucks to get a gun control case before a Supreme Court in which Justice Ginsburg was now among the five who believe there is no individual right to own a weapon of any sort (firearm, knife, sharp stick). The Wall Street Journal noted yesterday in an editorial that Justice Ginsburg thinks the Second Amendment obsolete and that there isn't even a need for the militia anymore.

So unless something untoward happens this week or next at the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump, warts and all, will be the nominee. He is on record as supporting the Second Amendment as an individual right and is on record as opposing gun-free zones.

The coronation of Hillary Clinton will take place in Philadephia the following week. She is on record as saying she'd "change the gun culture". To think that a President Hillary Clinton would appoint anyone to replace Justice Scalia that believed as he did that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right is ludicrous.

I still don't really like Donald Trump. However, I am adult enough to realize that stomping my feet and saying I'm not going to vote or that I'll vote for Gary Johnson is giving aid and comfort to Hillary. This election has become a zero-sum game for the Second Amendment. If Hillary wins, we lose.

I'll boil it down to the essentials:  If you are #NeverTrump, then you are #NeverGuns.

07:21

House won’t debate guns before heading home for the summer [NRA-ILA News]

The House will not vote on gun-control legislation this week before heading home for the summer because Republican leaders say now is not the time for a political debate over an issue that has stoked tensions across the country after a series of deadly shootings.

07:20

Before We Rip Open Carry Laws, CNN–You Do Know Texas Has Record Low Crime Rates, Right? [NRA-ILA News]

Texas, especially Dallas, has seen their crime rates hit record lows. In Dallas, the murder rate fell to its lowest levels since the city started taking crime data in 1930.

07:19

If You Like the War on Drugs, You’ll Love the War on Guns! [NRA-ILA News]

Gun control advocates argue in favor of "doing something," but rarely offer solutions beyond those, like background checks, that have already been largely ineffective. Yet even repeal of the Second Amendment and a total ban on firearms is hardly a guarantee of success. It does, however, guarantee a lot more police violence and violence against police in order to satiate the "democratic" desires of the electorate. Ignorance of the effects of a preferred policy is not an excuse for pushing policies that are dangerous to people, especially those already in marginalized communities.

07:18

Biden sets sights on restricting sale of "armor-piercing" bullets [NRA-ILA News]

The meeting was also attended by Vice President Joe Biden, who spoke with CBS News about the armor-piercing bullets that were used by the sniper to penetrate the officer's vests.He addressed the fact that the administration has yet to be able to restrict the sale of armor-piercing rounds through the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

07:17

Markey bill would ban kids under 16 from firing certain guns [NRA-ILA News]

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey has filed legislation that would ban children under the age of 16 from firing machine guns and assault weapons, including at gun shows and shooting ranges and while hunting.

07:16

How gun sales benefit wildlife [NRA-ILA News]

A little-known federal program slaps an excise tax on the sale of guns and ammunition, with the bulk of that money returned to states to boost wildlife conservation and land acquisition programs. And, with gun sales soaring, Georgia is receiving record amounts of conservation money from Washington. The program sent more than $15 million Georgia’s way last year — nearly three times the amount just five years earlier.

07:15

Kansas: New law allows Salina city employees to concealed carry [NRA-ILA News]

Changes to the city of Salina’s handbook concerning employees concealed carry of handguns while on duty will be forthcoming, City Manager Jason Gage told the Salina City Commission at a study session Monday afternoon. The changes are being prompted by a change in state law.

07:14

Lena Dunham Wants to Remove Guns from ‘Bourne’ Ads [NRA-ILA News]

Lena Dunham is taking to social media to disarm Jason Bourne.The actress-producer shared an Instagram post from “Girls” producer Tami Sagher who asked New Yorkers to remove guns from the “Bourne” subway advertisements starring Matt Damon.

07:09

A 12 Gauge Shotgun will “Kill” How Far? [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureEric’s series on “How Far Will (Insert Caliber/Weapon Here) Kill” has been quite the learning experience. Using a 3/4″ in plyboard as the standard for a potentially lethal wound, even the lowly 22 LR stretches its legs hundreds of yards. Now, Eric and the IV8888 team tackle what might the the hardest to quantify, the […]

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06:27

Semiauto RPD Light Machine Gun (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

The RPD was the first belt-fed light machine gun (or squad automatic weapon) developed by the Soviet Union. It was designed in 1944 for the then-new M43 cartridge (7.62x39mm), although wartime exigencies followed by post-war rebuilding prevented it from being issued until the 1950s. It is a fairly light (16b) and quite compact weapon, firing from an open bolt and feeding from a belt carrier that can hold 100 rounds of linked ammunition on two 50-round non-disintegrating metal belts.

The RPD was standard issue for the Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact nations only for a short time – by the mid 1960s it was replaced by the RPK (essentially a heavy-barreled AKM). The RPK was lighter and almost entirely parts-compatible with the AKM rifles, and used the same magazines, thus simplifying logistics and supply. This was considered a worthwhile trade for the belt-fed firepower of the RPD. However, the RPD would continue to serve in conflict zones worldwide up to the present day, including Vietnam and many African and Asian small wars.

The RPD I am using in this video is a semiauto conversion made by DSA, with a barrel cut down to 16 inches to replicate a few field-shortened guns used by MAC-SOG commandos in Vietnam. While it looks very cool, I do rather regret not getting the full-length version instead, as the bipod is an important element on the RPD and the shortened bipod is really not practical (so I removed it for the video). DSA will be discontinuing their RPD semiautos at the end of 2016, so if this is the sort of thing you would like to have, I would recommend acting sooner rather than later.

04:20

ON THE JOHN CARDILLO SHOW: HILLARY CLINTON TOO BIG TO JAIL [John Lott's Website]

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Dr. John Lott talked with host John Cardillo about his Fox News piece regarding the FBI not recommending prosecution of Hillary Clinton.
(July 6, 2016 9:00am-9:16am)
Audio is available here.

04:08

Upgrading A Century Arms RAS47 Zhukov [The Firearm Blog]

ras47 3I got my hands on a Century Arms RAS47 Zhukov. Now I am a complete newbie with regards to AK pattern weapons. I can count how many times I have shot an AK on one hand prior to getting the RAS47 Zhukov. I know there are many people out there who like the classic wood […]

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03:15

Wraith Tactical’s Concealed Armored Rapid Response Pack [The Firearm Blog]

WraithWraith Tactical posted up this video of their C.A.R.R. Pack (Concealed Armored Rapid Response). It is a back pack that has an armor plate as well as medical pack. We have seen backpack systems that transform into personal armor plate carriers but this one has a medical kit with it. Now those other backpack systems […]

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03:00

Lightning Review: North Salt Lake Welding’s Irish Plate Rack [The Firearm Blog]

You'll need the luck o' the Irish to clear this one in a hurry...Is clearing dueling trees easy as shooting the breeze?  Do the Texas Star, Whirly Gig, or drop turn targets seem a minor feat to you?  Perhaps you need a target that takes it to the next level in challenging your skills.  The Irish Plate Rack can certainly provide that challenge. I pulled up to the […]

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02:00

Defense Distributed Updated Ghost Gunner 2 [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureNew and Improved! Defense Distributed, known for a variety of of political statements and some great firearms designs for home-manufacturing, has announced the shipment of the “Ghost Gunner 2” a desktop CNC mill to complete common 80% lower receivers. The Ghost Gunner 2 is the newest version of the Ghost Gunner, designed to “democratize” firearms […]

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Tuesday, 12 July

14:52

Jewelry store worker fells armed robber, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta, Ga. 07/06/16 [NRA-ILA News]

An armed robber entered Cachet Fine Jewelry in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, drew a gun, and ordered an employee to “put all the jewelry in the bag.” One of the employees responded to the threat by drawing a gun and firing at the robber, striking him in the neck. The robber attempted to flee the scene but collapsed nearby and was later pronounced dead.

14:34

Basic Outdoors Storm Safety [AllOutdoor.com]

As I sit here at my desk writing this article on suggestions for storm safety, we are under a heavy thunder storm warning as a radar rotation hovers on the screen just ten miles south of my location. It is raining so hard right now, I cannot see across the nearby lake and the trees are swaying wildly.

This has happened to me before, but I was at our bug out camp. I had taken a friend out to a tripod hunting stand during deer season and then climbed into mine. For the next hour I watched the sky turn a nasty black and purple. I had no radio to contact camp and the event pre-dated iPhones with weather radar capability.

It started to blow and rain. I made a management decision to get the heck out of my 16-foot stand to collect my hunting partner. He was already standing on the ground beside his stand. We started our two mile ATV ride back to camp.

It rained so hard in my face, I had to look down at the ground to keep the 4-wheeler in the road. When I parked under the cabin, I was soaking wet, literally down to my underwear. I stripped right there and ran up the stairs to collect dry clothes. Forty miles south a tornado completely destroyed a residential community.

But what if that circular menagerie of wind and debris had hit our camp, which it did a couple years later after this incident? I went just 500 yards south of the cabins taking out 20 acres of good timber. It is still a tangled mess to this day.

If you find yourself in storm conditions like this when outdoors, what do you do? First, if you have a storm hardened structure, then get to the safest space available. If you do not, then do not get inside a vehicle or try to outrun a storm. A tornado or ultra-high winds can toss a car like a tin can.

To be smart then, pre-plan a spot to lay flat to the ground avoiding timber. We happen to have a small lake behind our cabin with a steep bank for cover. Otherwise seek a low spot out in the open that would not flash flood. Cover your head, keep low. Most such storms pass in minutes so hold tight.

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14:33

So, You Want to Book an Elk Hunt? [AllOutdoor.com]

If you ever thought you wanted to do a western (or eastern) elk hunt, then now is the perfect time to start doing your homework. This may be the “one” super hunt of your lifetime or maybe a repeat event, but this time you’re going for the Wapiti. There is no grander hunt than the pursuit of elk in the high mountain ranges. But, doing it right takes a lot of planning, inquiry work and decision making.

There may be numerous approaches to how to plan an elk hunt, but start with asking yourself a series of basic questions that should lead to the best pathway for you to take to plan a great elk hunt. First, do you want to do a fully outfitted hunt, a semi-guided hunt, drop camp type hunt or a completely do-it-yourself hunt on public land somewhere? All of these choices may be driven by one single factor, and that is cost. Decide how much you want to spend and can spend. Which state do you want to go to? Research all this on line.

A really good first class outfitted elk hunt can cost upwards of $10,000 or more, but the cost ranges widely depending on the services provided and the length of the hunt. Some guided hunts offer one guide per hunter or more commonly a 2:1 hunt. These hunts can provide all local transportation, airport pick up, lodging, all meals, guiding, use of horses or vehicles, game retrieval and delivery to a meat processor and/or taking the head to a taxidermist. These are the checklist items to confirm with any outfitted hunt.
Other hunting options include outfitter camps in the wild, tent camps, cooks, horse handlers and tack, guides, and many other amenities. Some hunts are available where various services are provided, but you hunt on your own. Elk hunt services and amenities vary widely. Just know what you are getting for what you are paying for. Check successful and unsuccessful hunter references.

Other expenses include travel, hunting permits and licenses, meat and taxidermy fees, personal gear, guns and hunting equipment, personal clothing, boots, etc. These costs are on top of outfitter fees. Don’t forget tips to the guide and cook.

A good way to research a good elk hunt is to attend a national hunting show sponsored by say the NRA, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and other such groups. There you can talk directly with outfitters and collect information. Join organizations like HuntN Fools. Start now and do your homework well.

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14:33

iCAST Review: SpiderWire Stealth Smooth Line For Tough, Quiet Casting [AllOutdoor.com]

Braided fishing line pretty much rules the upper levels of sportfishing, and no line is more revered in the braided line ranks than SpiderWire, one of the first true “super braids” that revolutionized the tackle industry.

This year SpiderWire is introducing at the Orlando iCAST tackle show an innovative SpiderWire labeled “Stealth Smooth,” which the company touts as being stronger and smoother due to an “eight-carrier” braid woven into a super-tight smooth shape. It’s designed to whip through rod guides for more effortless, longer casts. It’s also reported to sink quickly and “cut” through the water column fast due to thin diameter and a special, durable “microcrystalline polymer” finish.

It’s also designed for easy knot tying, something many other braided lines lack.

It’s available in a wide range of tests, from 6- to 80-pound, making it useful for many different types of freshwater and saltwater angling.

Retail price per spool of Stealth Smooth begins at $14.

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14:33

iCAST Review: KastKing Joins Fly Fishing Fraternity [AllOutdoor.com]

KastKing (Eposeidon Inc., Garden City, N.Y.) has made a fast name in the tackle industry in recent years selling well-made products at modest prices direct to consumers via the internet.

This year at the iCAST 2016 tackle show in Orlando KastKing (www.KastKing.com) introduces a line of fly fishing reels and rods that are sure to be noticed by anglers and industry insiders.

In the new line are a pair of well-made fly reel designs, and four sizes of fly rods.

The fly reels are the Katmai and Kobuk, and both are 1-to-1 ratio, direct drive models

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The Katmai is large-arbor designed reel for saltwater, and features an O-ring sealed drag to prevent water and debris damage, with machined-aluminum reel spool fitting tight to a cold-forged 6061 aluminum allow frame. It has stainless steel corrosion-proof components, a smooth drag and comes in four sizes (3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10), with retail prices ranging $49.98 to $79.98.

The Kobuk reel also has a machined-aluminum spool, cold forged 6061 aluminum alloy frame, stainless steel components, smooth drag and large arbor for fast retrieve in 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10 sizes. Kobuk models are available in black or gun metal color, with prices ranging $58.98 to $67.98 according to size.

Details on the new KastKing fly rod series are forthcoming.

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14:32

iCAST Review: Berkley’s New “Dredger” Digs Deep to Lure Lunkers [AllOutdoor.com]

A 3.5-inch crankbait that dives to 26 feet on a cast-and-retrieve is something to crow about, and Berkley is doing just that with the introduction of their new diving plug the “Dredger” at the 2016 iCAST tackle show in Orlando.

A perfect combination of body shape and weighted plug lip allows the “Dredger” to get down fast to deep structures where heavyweight fish reside. It has a tight-wobbling action to trigger strikes, and comes in five models designed for various depths: 11-, 15-, 18-, 21- and 26-feet.

The remarkably small-profile “Dredger” had design help from bass tournament angler David Fritts, who’s well-known as a crankbait fishing authority.

It comes with Berkley Fusion19 treble hooks, in 20 popular colors, and retails for $8.95.

 

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13:30

PS90: Toy or Tool? [The Firearm Blog]

The 5.7x28mm cartridge is certainly a divisive round. On one hand, you have people making ludicrously grandiose claims about its effectiveness, while others simply write it off as a gimmick or overpriced .22WMR from Belgium. A long time ago I wrote the PS90 off as a pointless, but fun rifle (having little utility but being […]

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13:20

New Federal HST “Micro” 9mm Ammo Tested – Is it Worth It? [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureThe Glock 43 and other single-stack “micro” 9mm handguns are all the rage, and for good reason. They are small, concealable, and pack a pretty good punch all things considered. Even our own James Reeves loves his Kahr handguns and yours truly typically carries a 9mm Glock 43 on a daily basis. However, selecting an […]

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13:05

Federal HST Practice & Defend Packs [The Firearm Blog]

Federal HST AmmoFederal Premium Ammunition (aka Federal) announced a new product offering was now shipping. Called the HST Practice & Defend Combo Packs, these boxes contain both HST self defense rounds and American Eagle FMJ loads. HST is the company’s premium brand of self defense and law enforcement ammunition. HST is widely respected by many people for its […]

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13:00

On Al Jazeera International to talk changing background checks, banning assault weapons, and gun-free zones [John Lott's Website]

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CPRC's Dr. John Lott was on Al Jazeera International on Friday, June 17th, 2016 to discuss changing background checks, banning assault weapons, and gun-free zones.
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12:11

Proof Research Carbon Fiber Barrels for Savage Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

savage barrelProof Research announced the company is now offering pre-fit carbon fiber barrels for Savage bolt action rifles. According to the company, these pre-fit barrels are designed to be installed by the end user and not need a professional gunsmith to install them. This could make the barrels much more interesting to the hobbyest shooter looking […]

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12:03

Tacticool Tuesday - Podcasts [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

I had a comment a few posts back as to what podcasts I would recommend.  I know this is a bit of a departure from the normal Tacticool, posts but not everything is bullets and band aids.  That misused grey matter in between your ears is the best thing you can spend time and money in developing.

Firearm/Prepper Podcasts:

  • Pretty much anything on the Firearms Radio Network. Any subject you could want.  Reloading, Christian perspectives, historical arms, and yes, even the tacticool.  There is simply too much to listen to in one setting so you have to be a bit selective in what you listen to.  My favorites are Practically Tactical, the AR-15 Podcast, and the Precision Rifle Podcast.  Unfortunately the latter seems to be defunct. I hope it is temporary because they have some great stuff to put out.  Do check out the old episodes for some great pointers and reviews on guns and gear I could only dream of one day affording.
  •  The Survival Podcast.  In my humble opinion the finest podcast in the "all around" category.  I enjoy the history portion and the quality of content is second to none.  I find his politics generally boring, (though the anarchist slant I am beginning to come around to), and he can be a tad heavy with the condescension.  He still has incredibly thought provoking discussions with the guests and the expert panel is a wonderful resource to boot.  I have never walked away thinking my time was not well spent.  
  • In the Rabbit Hole:  How does it stand out from other survival podcats?  It does seem to have a more urban outlook but other than that it does the same great job of interviews and personal commentary that most others do.  Worth the listen if you can fit it in.
  • The Shooting Bench is run by Cope Reynolds and covers a variety of topics od interest to the community.  I will confess that this is a very new one to me. So new, in fact, I did not show up on my radar in the original posting.  I believe I will enjoy digging into it some more.

Non-Tacticool Podcasts:

I am just finishing up business school but I have come to rely on a few podcasts to keep me up-to-date on the new developments in the business and tech world.  I have also found a wealth of knowledge in the interviews of the CEO's and entrepreneurs in regards to leadership.  Information to make us all better citizens can sometimes be found in unlikely places.  Learning why Matt Mullenweg picks up his own garbage or lessons in building a culture from Zappos is absolutely relevant to helping us build better communities.

Trigger warning:  Some of the information comes from the most limp wrist, milquetoast, man-bun and bearded, metrosexual, "Grande, Iced, Sugar-Free, Vanilla Latte With Soy Milk" guzzling, Nancy boys around.  You do not have to sit next to them on the bus and you do not have to let them date your daughter.  They do, on occasion, offer some very interesting perspectives that you would be foolish to dismiss.

  • The Start Up Grind is a podcast relevant mainly for the tech start up entrepreneur.  They do have some great information on how to bootstrap businesses and create new markets.  Skip the SJW, womyns rights, crap.  Most everything else is pretty good.
  • The Harvard Business Review Ideacast should be a mandatory podcast for all leaders and mentors, i.e. everyone.  They produce some incredible content related not only to business but how to improve interpersonal communication, build up the team, and project management.  Again, not everything will be relevent to you.  Download a few episodes that pique your interest and then go from there.
  • The Art of Manliness: I put this on here knowing full well that I will catch some shit for following some self-help, obviously raised by women, podcast.  You do not have to get into the "how to pick up chicks" or "how to shave" episodes in order to appreciate putting more tools in your toolbox of social engineering.
  • Gary Vaynerchuck's awesome Ask Gary V Show podcast.  I am an unabashed Gary V fan.  The guy just gets the blood pumping when it comes to motivating me to get my entrepreneurial butt in order.  He is not for everyone, but if you ever wanted to build your passion into something you can do for profit until you drop dead, you need to absorb this guy like a sponge.  
  • Stuff you should know: Full disclosure, these guys were so milquetoast, latte guzzling, etc. etc. that I had to stop listening.  Be that as it may for the less squeamish, they do have some really interesting discussions on certain topics that will make you smarter.  It is just really hard to believe that these people had ancestors that killed saber tooth tigers and made fire with their bare hands.
  • The Irish and Celtic Music podcast. Because you need this in your life.

Once upon a time there was a III Percent podcast, (not to be confused with these guys), but I have not been able to pull it back up.  It needed a little polishing but it definitely had potential to be a real voice in the community.  I would love to know who did it or if they, (or someone like them), would be willing to put it back out again.

10:18

Review: FN SC 1 Over/Under Competition Shotgun [AllOutdoor.com]

My quest for a high quality, capable shotgun for skeet, trap, and sporting clays led me to the FN SC1. It was not a lengthy process; to me the SC1 addressed all of the “have to haves” for such a gun while staying far clear of the dreaded five-digit $10,000+ price range.

The FN SC1 has everything the pro shooter could ask for in a sporting clays shotgun just shy of custom stocks and custom-height vent ribs.

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I am definitely not a pro shooter, but I can appreciate all the SC1’s features without feeling like I wasted money on a shotgun too expensive or one not suited for competition. The FN SC1 is a real competitive sporting clay, skeet, and trap gun in a sharp-looking package at a great price.

Years ago, I shot skeet, trap, and sporting clays informally. I was raised on upland and bird hunting with my Browning Sweet 16 shotgun and it was natural training for shotgun hunters. Beyond busting thousands of blue rock clays to prep for each hunting season, I really did not have a lot of formal experience with clays shooting. To this day I still feel most comfortable behind Browning ergonomics, which the FN mimics a bit. (Editor’s note: That’s no coincidence; FN made Browning shotguns for many years.)

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With the exception of occasional bird and rabbit hunting over the years, I have not been a big shotgun hunter either, but that changed in 2013. At the Mercury One Charity Foundation God Guns and Giving event, Mrs. Pandemic and I got our first real taste of a world-class Sporting Clays course at the amazing Elm Forks Shooting Sports complex and we were hooked.

Mrs Pandemic even asked that we invest in a few appropriate over/under shotguns. I bought her a Ruger Red Label and myself this FN SC1, but at this point we still have more time behind the Ruger than the FN. Of course we both like the features of the $2100 FN a bit more than the $1000 Ruger.

About Sporting Clays

Sporting Clays differs from trap and skeet in that with both skeet and trap you have a static set of shooting and trap throwing positions. Trap features a single center trap throwing house and skeet high and low trap houses on the left and right with skeet. Though challenging, the shooters basically work the same positions and angles over and over again.

With Sporting Clays, some sadistic bastard sets up multiple stations where a set of two clays are thrown in the most challenging and difficult ways possible. Everything is random, with clays going up, down, away and toward you at all different angles and speeds; heck, there were even some ground rolled “rabbit clays.” The shooter moves from station to station and then shoots from a shooting stand.

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One sporting clays station at Elm Forks had a clay thrower about 90 feet in the air and 75 yards in front of the shooter with the clay landing in a brush tree about 10 yards from your feet. The other clay at that station was thrown on report (the gunshot when you fire at the first clay), and that one zipped from left to right across a tiny opening at what seemed like no less than 200 miles per hour.

Another station had a 4-story construction scissor jack which placed a clay thrower 20 yards behind the shooter, 40 feet in the air. The second clay was thrown straight up 20 yards in front of the shooter after the report of the first shot. That position, by the way, required the shooter to start with the shotgun pointed vertically to have any hope of hitting the first target.

The Push for a Real Clays Shotgun

Mrs. Pandemic and I enjoyed ourselves at sporting clays, but borrowing guns from other shooters or using a different “house shotgun” at each stage was not the best shooting experience. As you may know, each shotgun shoots a bit different and you need time to adjust to each new gun that lands in your hands. We vowed to bring our own gun next time, and it was the brand new, still-stiff FN SC1 with barely 100 rounds through it.

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We only had limited time behind the new FN SC1. My lovely wife and I had escaped the day before the event with our electric Champion Wheelybird clays thrower and a case of clays. The windy day provided a frustrating environment for us to try out a brand new gun. In the last dozen rounds, we finally began hitting consistently. Though this training was not confidence-inspiring, we both turned in respectable 52% and 65% hit score cards at the sporting clays event, and much of the thanks for that goes to the excellent SC1.

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About FN

FN, also known as Fabrique Nationale, has a long and storied history which dates all the way back to to 1889 when it was founded to produce Mauser rifles for the government of Belgium. FN was also the manufacturer of my beloved Browning A5; this model is still prized today if they feature the “Made in Belgium” stamp indicating manufactured by FN.

For many years, FN and Browning had a relationship, and FN built many Browning guns over the years, until much Browning production was moved to Japan (but these days some Brownings are again made by FN). Most people know FN these days by the defensive-focused PS90 and SCAR rifles, but the SC1 proves once again that FN has not forgotten about the hunting and sport shooter.

Fit, Finish, Feel, Features, & Functions

There are a number of nice competitive “crossover” shotguns on the market which teeter on the fine line between a field gun and full custom clays gun. The FN SC1 offers all the looks of the fancy field guns, offering your choice of blue, black, or green checkered laminated hardwood stocks. I opted for the blue which looks incredible with the SC1’s matching blue-tipped Invector Plus choke tubes and blue trigger.

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Quality is stunning and looks are amazing. Neither my wife nor I shot incredibly well, but we still received many compliments on the shotgun. Most people couldn’t believe it was an off-the-shelf shotgun. Even some of the folks with $30K custom Italian shotguns (aka spaghetti guns) were complimented our FN.

The fit was so tight out of the box that I was actually a little concerned that it was too tight, but after the first 100 round practice session, the action was flipping open on demand and shells were jettisoning backward about 10 yards.

The SC1 has automatic ejectors which fling out the empty shells when the action is opened, and you can definitely get some distance. My wife and I started aiming the ejected empties and hitting each other with them. The ejectors on the SC1 work like most guns of its type, and will not trigger that ejection unless that chamber has been fired

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The shooter can select which barrel they would like to shoot first via the tang safety; this is often the bottom barrel, to reduce recoil and muzzle rise. During our initial 100 rounds, we tested first shots with the upper and then lower barrel, but we settled on the lower barrel.

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One of the USA Olympic Shooting team members provided a few quick clays and shotgun fitting tips to me which were extremely helpful. He was impressed with the shotgun, and noted that it provided all the right adjustments for even a serious competitor who does not have the budget for custom stocks. The SC1 provides the shooter out-of-the-box adjustment for comb height, cast, and length-of-pull, adjustable recoil activated single-stage trigger (5.5 to 7.7 lb. trigger squeeze).

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The features of the FN SC1 over/under shotgun go on and on. Most competitive shooters prefer a wide rib, so FN included a 10mm wide ventilated rib complete with fiber-optic front sight and brass mid-bead. FN offers lightweight 28” and 30” barrels which have been back-bored for more uniform patterns and ported to reduce recoil and muzzle rise.

At 8.2 pounds, the FN SC1 feels light when shouldered and quick on target. I highly doubt I would have shot as well with my old browning A5 as I did with the SC1.

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FN even includes a custom blow molded fitted case with tools, two Skeet Chokes (in gun), and one each of full, modified, and improved cylinder chokes for field work.

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Final Thoughts

The FN SC1 Over/Under is an awesome shotgun for the money. When you go shopping for a competition-level shotgun with an adjustable comb and trigger, you don’t find many for less than $3,000, but FN has packed a lot of features into this stunning gun for considerably less.

Admittedly, $2100 is not chump change, but it is the equivalent of just the sales tax on many competitive clays guns out there. But at this price and with the near-weatherproof sealed and laminated stock and stainless receiver, I was not particularly worried when it started drizzling a bit last weekend. I was not walking in the rain with a $30K gun.

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The price is definitely one of the things I love about this gun. I would even feel great taking this into the field on dry-weather days and I don’t feel bad using it, setting it in the rack, and even having it get a little wet. The gun looks amazing and shoots as well as it looks, all in a package I can afford with features I will grow into. I think FN has a real winner in the SC1, covering everything from upland hunting to all types of casual and competitive clays shooting — and for me it happens to come in my favorite color: blue.

Manufacturer Specs

  • 12-gauge 2 3/4″magnum
  • Over/Under
  • 10mm ventilated top rib
  • Ported, vent rib with Invector-Plus™ choke threads
  • 30 inches
  • Blue, black or green checkered laminated wood
  • Adjustable for comb height and length of pull (Blue or black only)
  • Adjustable, recoil activated single-stage trigger
  • 5.5 to 7.7 lb. trigger squeeze
  • Tang safety doubles as barrel selector
  • White mid-bead and fiber-optic front
  • Designation: FN SC 1™ Over/Under
  • Bbl./Choke: Invector-Plus™
  • Overall Length: 46.38″ with extended chokes installed
  • Sights: Ventilated top rib with white mid-bead and fiber-optic front
  • Ammo Capacity: 2
  • Weight: 8.2 lbs. (empty)
  • Street Price $2100
  • Learn more (manufacturer site)

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10:01

TFB Writers ‘MOA All Day’ Challenge – Pete [The Firearm Blog]

titleAs a follow up to the ‘Can You Shoot MOA All Day Long?‘ post from a few weeks ago, I asked a few of my fellow TFB writers if they would be willing to participate in an in-house precision challenge. If you remember from our original story, ‘MOA All Day’ is a simple test of […]

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09:56

Shared from Facebook - A Cops Perspective [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

As seen on Jay Stalien's facebook page.  There is some common ground here.  In the end , the only sides that we have are those that want to destroy this country and those that want to preserve it.




I have come to realize something that is still hard for me to understand to this day. The following may be a shock to some coming from an African American, but the mere fact that it may be shocking to some is prima facie evidence of the sad state of affairs that we are in as Humans.

I used to be so torn inside growing up. Here I am, a young African-American born and raised in Brooklyn, NY wanting to be a cop. I watched and lived through the crime that took place in the hood. My own black people killing others over nothing. Crack heads and heroin addicts lined the lobby of my building as I shuffled around them to make my way to our 1 bedroom apartment with 6 of us living inside. I used to be woken up in the middle of the night by the sound of gun fire, only to look outside and see that it was 2 African Americans shooting at each other.

It never sat right with me. I wanted to help my community and stop watching the blood of African Americans spilled on the street at the hands of a fellow black man. I became a cop because black lives in my community, along with ALL lives, mattered to me, and wanted to help stop the bloodshed.

As time went by in my law enforcement career, I quickly began to realize something. I remember the countless times I stood 2 inches from a young black man, around my age, laying on his back, gasping for air as blood filled his lungs. I remember them bleeding profusely with the unforgettable smell of deoxygenated dark red blood in the air, as it leaked from the bullet holes in his body on to the hot sidewalk on a summer day. I remember the countless family members who attacked me, spit on me, cursed me out, as I put up crime scene tape to cordon off the crime scene, yelling and screaming out of pain and anger at the sight of their loved ones taking their last breath. I never took it personally, I knew they were hurting. I remember the countless times I had to order new uniforms, because the ones I had on, were bloody from the blood of another black victim…of black on black crime. I remember the countless times I got back in my patrol car, distraught after having watched another black male die in front me, having to start my preliminary report something like this:

Suspect- Black/ Male, Victim-Black /Male.

I remember the countless times I canvassed the area afterwards, and asked everyone “did you see who did it”, and the popular response from the very same family members was always, “Fuck the Police, I ain't no snitch, Im gonna take care of this myself". This happened every single time, every single homicide, black on black, and then my realization became clearer.

I woke up every morning, put my freshly pressed uniform on, shined my badge, functioned checked my weapon, kissed my wife and kid, and waited for my wife to say the same thing she always does before I leave, “Make sure you come back home to us”. I always replied, “I will”, but the truth was I was never sure if I would. I almost lost my life on this job, and every call, every stop, every moment that I had this uniform on, was another possibility for me to almost lose my life again. I was a target in the very community I swore to protect, the very community I wanted to help. As a matter of fact, they hated my very presence. They called me “Uncle Tom”, and “wanna be white boy”, and I couldn’t understand why. My own fellow black men and women attacking me, wishing for my death, wishing for the death of my family. I was so confused, so torn, I couldn’t understand why my own black people would turn against me, when every time they called …I was there. Every time someone died….I was there. Every time they were going through one of the worst moments in their lives…I was there. So why was I the enemy? I dove deep into that question…Why was I the enemy? Then my realization became clearer.

I spoke to members of the community and listened to some of the complaints as to why they hated cops. I then did research on the facts. I also presented facts to these members of the community, and listened to their complaints in response. This is what I learned:

Complaint: Police always targeting us, they always messing with the black man.

Fact: A city where the majority of citizens are black (Baltimore for example) …will ALWAYS have a higher rate of black people getting arrested, it will ALWAYS have a higher rate of blacks getting stopped, and will ALWAYS have a higher rate of blacks getting killed, and the reason why is because a city with those characteristics will ALWAYS have a higher rate of blacks committing crime. The statistics will follow the same trend for Asians if you go to China, for Hispanics if you go to Puerto Rico, for whites if you go to Russia, and the list goes on. It’s called Demographics

Complaint: More black people get arrested than white boys.

Fact: Black People commit a grossly disproportionate amount of crime. Data from the FBI shows that Nationwide, Blacks committed 5,173 homicides in 2014, whites committed 4,367. Chicago’s death toll is almost equal to that of both wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, combined. Chicago’s death toll from 2001–November, 26 2015 stands at 7,401. The combined total deaths during Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2015: 4,815) and Operation Enduring Freedom/Afghanistan (2001-2015: 3,506), total 8,321.

Complaint: Blacks are the only ones getting killed by police, or they are killed more.

Fact: As of July 2016, the breakdown of the number of US Citizens killed by Police this year is, 238 White people killed, 123 Black people killed, 79 Hispanics, 69 other/or unknown race.

Fact: Black people kill more other blacks than Police do, and there are only protest and outrage when a cop kills a black man. University of Toledo criminologist Dr. Richard R. Johnson examined the latest crime data from the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Reports and Centers for Disease Control and found that an average of 4,472 black men were killed by other black men annually between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2012. Professor Johnson’s research further concluded that 112 black men died from both justified and unjustified police-involved killings annually during this same period.

Complaint: Well we already doing a good job of killing ourselves, we don’t need the Police to do it. Besides they should know better.

The more I listened, the more I realized. The more I researched, the more I realized. I would ask questions, and would only get emotional responses & inferences based on no facts at all. The more killing I saw, the more tragedy, the more savagery, the more violence, the more loss of life of a black man at the hands of another black man….the more I realized.

I haven’t slept well in the past few nights. Heartbreak weighs me down, rage flows through my veins, and tears fills my eyes. I watched my fellow officers assassinated on live television, and the images of them laying on the ground are seared into my brain forever. I couldn’t help but wonder if it had been me, a black man, a black cop, on TV, assassinated, laying on the ground dead,..would my friends and family still think black lives mattered? Would my life have mattered? Would they make t-shirts in remembrance of me? Would they go on tv and protest violence? Would they even make a Facebook post, or share a post in reference to my death?

All of my realizations came to this conclusion. Black Lives do not matter to most black people. Only the lives that make the national news matter to them. Only the lives that are taken at the hands of cops or white people, matter. The other thousands of lives lost, the other black souls that I along with every cop, have seen taken at the hands of other blacks, do not matter. Their deaths are unnoticed, accepted as the “norm”, and swept underneath the rug by the very people who claim and post “black lives matter”. I realized that this country is full of ignorance, where an educated individual will watch the ratings-driven news media, and watch a couple YouTube video clips, and then come to the conclusion that they have all the knowledge they need to have in order to know what it feels like to have a bullet proof vest as part of your office equipment, “Stay Alive” as part of your daily to do list, and having insurance for your health insurance because of the high rate of death in your profession. They watch a couple videos and then they magically know in 2 minutes 35 seconds, how you are supposed to handle a violent encounter, which took you 6 months of Academy training, 2 – 3 months of field training, and countless years of blood, sweat, tears and broken bones experiencing violent encounters and fine tuning your execution of the Use of Force Continuum. I realized that there are even cops, COPS, duly sworn law enforcement officers, who are supposed to be decent investigators, who will publicly go on the media and call other white cops racist and KKK, based on a video clip that they watched thousands of miles away, which was filmed after the fact, based on a case where the details aren’t even known yet and the investigation hasn’t even begun. I realized that most in the African American community refuse to look at solving the bigger problem that I see and deal with every day, which is black on black crime taking hundreds of innocent black lives each year, and instead focus on the 9 questionable deaths of black men, where some were in the act of committing crimes. I realized that they value the life of a Sex Offender and Convicted Felon, [who was in the act of committing multiple felonies: felon in possession of a firearm-FELONY, brandishing and threatening a homeless man with a gun-Aggravated Assault in Florida: FELONY, who resisted officers who first tried to taze him, and WAS NOT RESTRAINED, who can be clearly seen in one of the videos raising his right shoulder, then shooting it down towards the right side of his body exactly where the firearm was located and recovered] more than the lives of the innocent cops who were assassinated in Dallas protecting the very people that hated them the most. I realized that they refuse to believe that most cops acknowledge that there are Bad cops who should have never been given a badge & gun, who are chicken shit and will shoot a cockroach if it crawls at them too fast, who never worked in the hood and may be intimidated. That most cops dread the thought of having to shoot someone, and never see the turmoil and mental anguish that a cop goes through after having to kill someone to save his own life. Instead they believe that we are all blood thirsty killers, because the media says so, even though the numbers prove otherwise. I realize that they truly feel as if the death of cops will help people realize the false narrative that Black Lives Matter, when all it will do is take their movement two steps backwards and label them domestic terrorist. I realized that some of these people, who say Black Lives Matter, are full of hate and racism. Hate for cops, because of the false narrative that more black people are targeted and killed. Racism against white people, for a tragedy that began 100’s of years ago, when most of the white people today weren’t even born yet. I realized that some in the African American community’s idea of “Justice” is the prosecution of ANY and EVERY cop or white man that kills or is believed to have killed a black man, no matter what the circumstances are. I realized the African American community refuses to look within to solve its major issues, and instead makes excuses and looks outside for solutions. I realized that a lot of people in the African American community lead with hate, instead of love. Division instead of Unity. Turmoil and rioting, instead of Peace. I realized that they have become the very entity that they claim they are fighting against.

I realized that the very reasons I became a cop, are the very reasons my own people hate me, and now in this toxic hateful racially charged political climate, I am now more likely to die,... and it is still hard for me to understand…. to this day.

09:48

Armed Citizen Halts Home Invasion and Robbery [NRA-ILA News]

Austin police arrested a man for burglary of residence after he broke into a house Saturday morning.

09:20

Review: Kahr CT9 Value Priced 9mm Pistol [AllOutdoor.com]

 

A while back, I reviewed Kahr’s CT45 45 ACP, which is essentially the identical-but-marginally-larger version of the CT9 9mm pistol reviewed here. The CT9 deserved a separate review simply because its size and shape may make it one of the best pistols for small-handed shooters. Although the CT45, chambered in 45 ACP and the CT9 chambered in 9mm are essentially the exact same pistols, I wanted to attack each of these in separate articles so there will be some repetition.

I am a fan of Kahr pistols. Kahr has produced an exceptional design which is actually different and not just another copy with a different logo. The Kahr design basically offers all the safety benefits of a Glock (minus the trigger split tongue safety) in a pistol with a simpler fire control mechanism. To me, the simplicity of the Kahr design is one of its primary selling points and one of the main reasons why their pistols are stone cold reliable.

Just as the Kahr CM9 is a “value version” of the PM9, the CT45 and CT9 models are the “value versions” of Kahr’s higher-end pistols. The value line of Kahr pistols is a terrific idea and offers a straightforward gun with proven reliability, minus a few cosmetic points.

Where the CT45 is chambered in 45 ACP, this CT9 is in a slim 8+1 capacity concealable 9mm package.

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Fit, Finish, Feel, and Features

The fit on the CT9 is the same as any of Kahr’s higher-end pistols I have handled. Even the internals are the same. The biggest differences between the high end and value lines are some additional machine work on the slide, the higher grade slide surface finish, milled vs cast slide release, and metal sights versus the polymer versions.

If you want a little more contoured pistol with a better finish and more durable sights, the higher end models may be a better choice, but for the majority of us who just need a gun for CCW and home defense, the extra luxury is neither required nor needed.

Comparing even these “value” lines to the competition, you see some huge differences. For instance, the slides and barrels are machined from stainless steel instead of carbon steel. The slide release is an actual dimensionally manufactured part versus being a stamped part. The trigger is metal versus being polymer, as are the magazines. Even the recoil spring is a stainless double captive spring recoil assembly.

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Like all Kahr pistols, the trigger feel is closer to a really light, smooth, crisp double action revolver than a striker-fired pistol. Every Kahr pistol features the same operational internal design, which is a trigger cocking DAO (Double Action Only) locked breech “Browning-type” recoil lug design. Pulling the trigger disengages a passive striker block safety, further cocks the gun, and then completes the firing cycle by releasing the spring loaded firing pin. It is an extremely safe design, which in many way works more like a revolver then a striker fired pistol.

Thankfully, Kahr only offers external safeties on a handful of models, leaving the vast majority of their pistols free of external safeties and magazine disconnect safeties. So yes, you can fire the gun without a magazine, which is good because I consider the “magazine safety” the most retarded firearm invention ever.

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Thanks to the double recoil spring assembly, the CT9 is really easy to manually cycle and charge. One of my biggest pieces of advice to new gun buyers is to assure they can cycle the gun by hand. If they cannot due to ergonomics or hand strength, they should move on to another gun. In the case of the CT9, most shooters should find them extremely easy to manipulate.

Consider the price and quality of these value line guns and you really start to appreciate them.

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Consider the price and quality of these value line guns and you really start to appreciate them. Street price for this gun is generally below $400, which is a great price for a good-performing new pistol.

Kahr is also one of the few companies who only offer single stack magazines. For less-free Americans living in communist states faced with 10-round magazine limits, Kahr pistols make sense. Why would you carry around a large gun with a truncated magazine when a slim gun would do the job?

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Another benefit of Kahr’s single stack design is that it makes them slim-and-trim guns which fit the hands of gals and dudes with small to medium hands. If you fall into the smaller hand category, I would highly recommend Kahr pistols. In the case of the CT9, the shooter is greeted with an impressively slim grip — so slim that it makes you think that you are actually shooting a 380.

The overall profile is a bit shorter than the CT45 and a little smaller than a Glock 19. The Kahr grip is not particularly ergonomic in the same way as a 1911, but it somehow still has a comfortable grip. Kahr does a good job not going nuts with over-texturing the grips and focuses instead on the front and back straps.

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Before the Walther PPQ and H&K VP90 entered the market with jaw dropping trigger feels, I would have said that Kahr had the best trigger in any polymer pistol. In reality, Kahr pistol’s triggers still have a better smooth stacking single action feel from the beginning to the break, although the PPQ and VP90 have more crisp final break at this time.

The CT value series offer traditional rifling versus accuracy-increasing hex rifling. I have shot both types of barrels and don’t really think you give up much when it comes to a defensive pistol at combat distances. There is an accuracy difference, but from a defensive perspective it is so marginal that I would not consider it a relevant point.

What I would point out is that this budget pistol has the ability to consume cast bullets whereas the high end hexagonal-rifled models do not have the same ammo flexibility and can only digest plated or jacketed rounds due to leading issues. Although accuracy may be a bit better with hex rifling, you can shoot less-expensive cast bullets in the value CT 45 and CT9 models for practice.

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Essentially the CT9 is the same DOA (Double Action Only) Kahr design which the company designs into all its pistols. From a size perspective you basically get a compact commander DOA 1911 sized gun without any external safeties in a 8+1 magazine capacity.

Functions and Accuracy

I have come to expect Kahr pistols to deliver reliability on par with other more-well-known pistol brands and this is what the CT9 gave me. I pushed more than 200 rounds of various ammo from Hornady, Winchester, Federal, CCI, Wolf, Liberty Extreme Velocity, and even some handloads and never had a problem of any kind. They are simple pistols which just plain work.

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Accuracy was pretty standard defensive-grade accuracy similar to the CT45. I found the CT9 just a hair more accurate than the CT45, but not by much. Expect around 2″ 10-yard unsupported groups and about the same off sandbags at 25 yards with most ammo.

Final Thoughts

Generally in the price realm of sub-$400 (street price), buyers are looking at HiPoint and KelTec or questionable “import knockoff” models, or used guns. Even Taurus pistols have a tough time getting into the sub-$400 price range.

The CT9 is a great size which is just big enough to make it fun to shoot at the range, but in a smaller package suitable for a carry gun. The CT line has a slim profile which makes for a mighty comfy concealed carry gun even in this full sized pistol.

Shooters with mid-small sized hands (ladies?) should take a hard look at Kahr and try to overlook the pinup girl marketing. In a 9mm chambered CCW gun, I think Kahr has introduced a category killer which will drive other manufacturers to play catch-up in this value priced category.

Manufacturer Specs

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Capacity: 8+1
  • Operation: Trigger cocking DAO; lock breech; “Browning – type” recoil lug; passive striker block; no magazine disconnect
  • Barrel: 3.965″, conventional rifling; 1 – 10 right-hand twist
  • Length O/A: 6.5″
  • Height: 5.08″
  • Slide Width: 0.90″
  • Weight: Pistol 18.5 ounces, Magazine 2.1 ounces
  • Grips: Textured polymer
  • Sights: Drift adjustable white bar-dot combat rear sight, pinned in polymer front sight
  • Finish: Black polymer frame, matte stainless steel slide
  • Magazine: 1 – 8 rd Stainless
  • MSRP $449 – Street $370
  • Learn more (manufacturer’s site)

See also: Kahr CT45 Review

 

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09:19

Review: Kahr CT45 Value Priced 45 ACP Pistol [AllOutdoor.com]

I am a fan of Kahr pistols. Kahr has produced an exceptional design which is actually different and not just another copy with a different logo. The Kahr design basically offers all the safety benefits of a Glock (minus the trigger split tongue safety) in a pistol with a simpler fire control mechanism. To me, the simplicity of the Kahr design is one of its primary selling points and one of the main reasons why their pistols are stone cold reliable.

Just as the Kahr CM9 is a “value version” of the PM9, the CT45 and CT9 models are the “value versions” of Kahr’s higher-end pistols. The value line of Kahr pistols is a terrific idea and offers a straightforward gun with proven reliability, minus a few cosmetic points. Although the CT45, chambered in 45 ACP and the CT9 chambered in 9mm are essentially the exact same pistols, I wanted to attack each of these in separate articles so there will be some repetition.

About Kahr Arms

Until about I tested the CM9, I had written off Kahr Arms as a brand I would consider. As a marketing professional, I generally steer clear of brands that use hot babes to sell their products. Generally sex sells, but this type of advertising sends the message that I need to be seduced into buying your product because the product cannot stand on its own.

Unfortunately, Kahr featured a disproportionate babe-to-gun ratio in their ads, so I’d thought they were all marketing hype until my FFL dealer handed me a Kahr pistol. Racking the slide and feeling the tight tolerances and crisp trigger pull changed my mind forever on Kahr pistols.

I still think there should be more gun and less chick in the ads. My wife loved the pistol but loathed the ads… this is something to consider because there’s a huge group of female shooters entering the market as first time shooters, and Kahr should market their product accordingly since they offer a gun grip sized for female shooters.

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Kahr Arms is now part of the Magnum Research, Thompson, and Auto Ordnance firearm family. I have always noted that elegant simplicity is difficult and Kahr pistols are an example of elegant simplicity in action. The saying of “If it was easy, everyone would do it” is reflected in the six patents held for the Kahr pistol design.

Where Kahr is different than many firearms manufacturers is that they do full 3D design and modeling before beginning prototype and manufacturing work on high tolerance CNC machines. It is clear to me after handling their pistols that even in Kahr’s value line, they are making quality firearms.

Fit, Finish, Feel, and Features

The fit on the CT45 is the same as any of Kahr’s higher-end pistols I have handled. Even the internals are the same. The biggest differences between the high end and value lines are some additional machine work on the slide, the higher grade slide surface finish, milled vs cast slide release, and metal sights versus the polymer versions.

If you want a little more contoured pistol with a better finish and more durable sights, the higher end models may be a better choice, but for the majority of us who just need a gun for CCW and home defense, the extra luxury is neither required nor needed.

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Comparing even these “value” lines to the competition, you see some huge differences. For instance, the slides and barrels are machined from stainless steel instead of carbon steel. The slide release is an actual dimensionally manufactured part versus being a stamped part. The trigger is metal versus being polymer, as are the magazines. Even the recoil spring is a stainless double captive spring recoil assembly.

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Every Kahr pistol features the same operational internal design, which is a trigger cocking DAO (Double Action Only) locked breech “Browning-type” recoil lug design. Pulling the trigger disengages a passive striker block safety, further cocks the gun, and then completes the firing cycle by releasing the spring loaded firing pin. It is an extremely safe design, which in many way works more like a revolver then a striker fired pistol.

Thankfully, Kahr only offers external safeties on a handful of models, leaving the vast majority of their pistols free of external safeties and magazine disconnect safeties. So yes, you can fire the gun without a magazine, which is good because I consider the “magazine safety” the most retarded firearm invention ever.

Thanks to the double recoil spring assembly, the CT45 is really easy to manually cycle and charge. One of my biggest pieces of advice to new gun buyers is to assure they can cycle the gun by hand. If they cannot due to ergonomics or hand strength, they should move on to another gun. In the case of the CT45, most shooters should find them extremely easy to manipulate.

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Consider the price and quality of these value line guns and you really start to appreciate them. Street price for this gun is generally below $400, which is a great price for a good-performing new pistol.

Kahr is also one of the few companies who only offer single stack magazines. For less-free Americans living in communist states faced with 10-round magazine limits, Kahr pistols make sense. Why would you carry around a large gun with a truncated magazine when a slim gun would do the job?

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Another benefit of Kahr’s single stack design is that it makes them slim-and-trim guns which fit the hands of gals and dudes with small to medium hands. If you fall into the smaller hand category, I would highly recommend Kahr pistols. In the case of the CT45, the shooter is greeted with an impressively slim grip — so slim that it makes you think that you are actually shooting a 9mm.

The Kahr grip is not particularly ergonomic in the same way as a 1911. It is pretty much like a rounded and radiused 1″ x 1.5″ piece of wood, but it somehow still has a comfortable grip. Kahr does a good job not going nuts with over texturing the grips and focuses on the front and back straps.

Before the Walther PPQ and H&K VP90 entered the market with jaw dropping trigger feels, I would have said that Kahr had the best trigger in any polymer pistol. In reality, Kahr pistol’s triggers still have a better smooth stacking single action feel from the beginning to the break, although the PPQ and VP90 have more crisp final break at this time.

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The CT value series offer traditional rifling versus accuracy-increasing hex rifling. I have shot both types of barrels and don’t really think you give up much when it comes to a defensive pistol at combat distances. There is an accuracy difference, but from a defensive perspective it is so marginal that I would not consider it a relevant point.

What I would point out is that this budget pistol has the ability to consume cast bullets whereas the high end hexagonal-rifled models do not have the same ammo flexibility and can only digest plated or jacketed rounds due to leading issues. Although accuracy may be a bit better with hex rifling, you can shoot less-expensive cast bullets in the value CT 45 and CT9 models for practice.

From a size perspective you basically get a DOA 1911 sized gun without any external safeties. The Kahr CT45 even has 7+1 rounds just like a standard 1911.

Functions and Accuracy

I have come to expect Kahr pistols to deliver reliability on par with other more-well-known pistol brands and this is what the CT45 gave me. I pushed more than 200 rounds of various ammo from Hornady, Winchester, Federal, CCI, Wolf, Liberty Extreme Velocity, and even some handloads and never had a problem of any kind. They are simple pistols which just plain work.

Accuracy was pretty standard defensive-grade accuracy, which means shooters can expect 2″ 10-yard unsupported groups and about the same off sandbags at 25 yards with most ammo.

The CT 45 produced very consistent groups with a variety of Hornady, Federal, Winchester, and other factory ammo, but if you reload you will have to do a little testing as to what will work best.

Final Thoughts

Generally in the price realm of sub-$400 (street price), buyers are looking at HiPoint and KelTec or questionable “import knockoff” models, or used guns. Even Taurus pistols have a tough time getting into the sub-$400 price range.

The CT line has a slim profile which makes for a mighty comfy concealed carry gun even though it’s a full-sized pistol. Shooters with medium to small hands (ladies…?) should really take a hard look at Kahr and try to overlook the pinup girl marketing. In a 45 ACP chambered thumper, I think Kahr has introduced a category killer which will drive other manufacturers to play catch up in this value priced category.

Manufacturer Specs

  • Caliber: 45 ACP
  • Capacity: 7+1
  • Operation: Trigger cocking DAO; lock breech; “Browning – type” recoil lug; passive striker block; no magazine disconnect
  • Barrel: 4.04″, conventional rifling; 1 – 16.38 right-hand twist
  • Length O/A: 6.57″
  • Height: 5.25″
  • Slide Width: 1.01″
  • Weight: Pistol 23.7 ounces, Magazine 2.4 ounces
  • Grips: Textured polymer
  • Sights: Drift adjustable white bar-dot combat rear sight, pinned in polymer front sight
  • Finish: Black polymer frame, matte stainless steel slide
  • Magazine: 1 – 7 rd Stainless
  • MSRP $449 – Street $370
  • Learn more (manufacturer’s site)

See also: Kahr CT9 Review

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08:50

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wants Citizens United overturned, What does that mean? [John Lott's Website]

From the WSJ:
Her other goal is overturning Citizens United v. FEC, which in 2010 restored First Amendment rights for businesses and unions. “It would be an impossible dream. But I’d love to see Citizens United overruled,” she said, thus signaling she’ll do everything she can to see that happen. She also boasted that she expected to be back in the five-vote majority soon. . . .
Overturning Citizens United would allow the government to ban movies, TV, and books 60 days before elections. During presidential election years the government could ban all these things for almost 10 months.

08:33

Parents of Reno homicide victim appear in NRA video [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association on Monday released a video in opposition to a November ballot initiative that could expand firearm background checks to private party sales and transfers.The nearly six-minute video was designed to be shared on social media as part of the gun lobby’s Nevadans for Freedom campaign

08:32

Shooting as sport rather than crime [NRA-ILA News]

There exist two very distinct gun cultures in America. One is urban and often associated with gangs and drugs. The other is rural and often associated with hunting and sports shooting. The distinction is also largely one based on color: Urban gang culture is often black and brown, and rural hunting culture is mostly white. These very different gun cultures create the great division in American attitudes toward guns and gun control.

08:32

New York: County fair to gun group: No raffles here [NRA-ILA News]

A Second Amendment group best known for its opposition to the SAFE Act gun control law has gotten the cold shoulder from a North Country fair over plans to set up a booth and raffle off a trio of guns."It's un-American when you can't put out information on both sides of the issue," said John Elwood, vice chairman of the Jefferson-Lewis County chapter of the Shooters Committee on Political Education, or SCOPE.

08:27

Recent interviews on Mark Levin, Lars Larson, and Laura Ingraham's radio shows [John Lott's Website]

My recent interview with Mark Levin is available here.

My recent interview with Lars Larson is available here.

My recent interview with Laura Ingraham is available here.

08:24

On One America News' The Daily Ledger: Gun Ownership and Terrorism [John Lott's Website]


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Crime Prevention Research Center's John Lott was on the One America News Network to discuss gun ownership and terrorism (Wednesday, June 29, 2016)
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07:09

New Finish Available for Kahr CW9 [The Firearm Blog]

kahr1The Kahr CW9 has been around for a few years now and has certainly gained popularity among many gun owners for concealed carry use. The original CW9 is a striker-fired pistol chambered in 9mm with a 7 +1 capacity. This new release from Kahr is similar to the first in those ways as well as […]

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06:27

Bernardon-Martin 1909 Pistol in a Chinese Museum [Forgotten Weapons]

Note: I’m slipping! I initially identified this as one of the mystery Chinese pistols, having not recognized it as a Bernardon-Martin. A bunch of folks in the comments did, though, and I have corrected the post.

A reader named Liliang sent me these photos of a pistol from a Chinese museum (the specific museum or its location was not mentioned). It is a Bernardon-Martin model 1909, although the exact details don’t quite fit any of the variation I can find documented.

Chinese pistol

Originally, there would have been markings on the side of the slide, but these have worn off on this example.

 

Chinese pistol

Opposite side. The lever at the front of the trigger guard is to lock the slide open.

 

Chinese pistol

The rear portion of the frame is screwed to the grip – not something often seen. The button at the base of the grip is the magazine release.

 

Chinese pistol

These were chambered for the ubiquitous .32ACP cartridge, along with a smaller pocket model made in .25ACP.

 

Chinese pistol

The lever here at the front of the trigger guard is to lock the slide open.

Chinese pistol

Another odd lever just behind the trigger. The safety is at the back of the grip, but I don’t know what that front one is. Possibly a manual slide release?

 

Chinese pistol

It has clearly been underground on underwater for a while…note the extractor held in place with a screw here.

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05:40

EXTREME Fragmentation Range from 7.62 M80A1 EPR – .300 Blackout Test from The Wound Channel [The Firearm Blog]

w9oKHlAWe have been covering the US Army’s latest M855A1 and M80A1 “Enhanced Performance Rounds” (EPRs) here at TFB for the past few years. We’ve seen how in independent tests both M855A1 and M80A1 fragment early, thanks to their yaw-independent characteristics and special jacket design. One question that has not been answered publicly, however, is at […]

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04:57

Amazon Prime Day [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


I don't push the affiliate links that much. However, I would like to remind you that all (as in 100%) commissions earned are donated to gun rights organizations such as the Second Amendment Foundation, the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund, Grass Roots North Carolina, and others. If you have a favorite non-profit gun rights group that you'd like me to consider supporting, let me know in the comments section.

Today is Amazon Prime Day with special offers throughout the day for members of Amazon Prime. I use Amazon Prime and like it. It's nice ordering something and having it here in a couple of days. Just as nice are the movies and videos that are available through it such as the the original TV run of Firefly, all six seasons of Justified, the Amazon Originals like The Man in the High Castle, and much more. You can also pick up an 8 GB Kindle Fire Tablet for $33.33. Think of it as a mini iPad that costs a whole lot less.

You can click on the banner below if you are an Amazon Prime member and be linked to the deals. If you aren't a member, click where it says "free trial" which will get you the deals and a month to try it out. For every person who is not already a member of Amazon Prime who does try it out, that means $3 will go to support our Second Amendment rights. Think about that.


04:08

Vintage LAPD Ithaca M37 Shotgun Lottery [The Firearm Blog]

imageIthaca Model 37 shotguns have a long and loyal following by scattergun fans across the country. The Browning-designed M37’s classic styling and legendary dependability have collectors and shooters alike on the hunt for good specimens on auction sites like Gunsamerica.com. In past decades, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) both issued and retired the Ithaca […]

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03:15

Gamo Acquires Daisy [The Firearm Blog]

pictures-3510.jpgDaisy Outdoor Products (aka Daisy) is one of those iconic brands in American culture. The Red Ryder, along with dozens of other models through the years, have been made by Daisy. It seems that at one time nearly every kid has either had or wanted a Daisy BB gun. I know that both of my […]

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03:00

Black Rifle Coffee Company – Thin Blue Line Blend [The Firearm Blog]

imageI have been trying to find a way to talk about Dallas for the last week, but each time I tried to put pen to paper I failed miserably. I would like to think that we here at TFB provide quality equipment reviews, news, tips, techniques and other information to our readers – many of […]

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02:00

Browning’s Pro Hunter RGB Flashlight [The Firearm Blog]

Browning FlashlightIf you’ve ever taken that shot at twilight, you might agree that tracking a wounded animal in the woods as the sun disappears over the horizon can be a tough task. Even after a well placed shot with good quality ammo, a hog or deer may run a hundred yards before dropping. Finding it in the dark […]

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Monday, 11 July

13:30

Top 5 Most Fun Guns [The Firearm Blog]

Some firearms just are more fun to shoot than others, and in this list Alex runs through his five favorite guns to shoot (at this time). Guns don’t have to be expensive to be fun. This list includes some unusual stuff: A single shot breechloader, a centerfire bolt action, a shotgun, a rimfire bolt gun, […]

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13:30

Review: XS 24/7 Big Dot Tritium Night Sights [The Firearm Blog]

coverXS Sights has provided us with a 10% code for TFB readers with the code TFB10.  The Big Dot sights have been the staple of XS Sights product lineup for as long as I can remember, if they have been a fixture in the aftermarket sight community for this long there mist be something to […]

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13:20

RS Regulate VZ-58 Zhokov Stock Adapter Coming Soon [The Firearm Blog]

12916310_990339481003103_3819300312344189910_oMany American shooters are not familiar with the VZ-58 platform, a striker-fired Czech service rifle that has only been recently replaced by the Bren. It is often confused with the AK based on its exterior looks, but its a much different weapon, being strike-fired, short-stroke piston operated, and with last-round bolt open among other changes […]

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13:05

Extra Heavy Buffer for Blowback Modern Sporting Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

8-Oz-Buffer-02New Frontier Armory, known for their billet modern sporting rifle receivers across a variety of calibers has announced the release of an extra-heavy buffer for AR-type weapons. The extra-heavy buffer is designed for pistol caliber carbines to improve function. Unlike their semi-automatic big brothers, AR pistol caliber carbines are not gas operated, they are blowback […]

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12:55

NRA Nevadans For Freedom Video Exposes Truth About Question 1 Gun Control Ballot Initiative [NRA-ILA News]

NRA Nevadans for Freedom today unveiled a video that exposes the truth about Nevada's Question 1 gun control ballot initiative. The video highlights scenarios that illustrate how the gun control initiative would cost law-abiding gun owners their time, money, and freedom.

12:40

Ruth Bader Ginsburg seeks to overturn Heller [NRA-ILA News]

The court’s 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, establishing an individual right to own guns, may be another matter, she said.“I thought Heller was “a very bad decision,” she said, adding that a chance to reconsider it could arise whenever the court considers a challenge to a gun control law.

12:33

HCA Double Barrel Model MC Muzzleloading Pistol [AllOutdoor.com]

When local gunsmith George Halstead decided to build another double-barreled muzzleloading pistol, he opted to make it nicer than his own… and to give it to his sister. He even got hold of a nice wooden box and made a custom-fitted presentation case for it.

Right side of HCA's model MC pistol. Photo © Russ Chastain

Right side of HCA’s model MC pistol.
Photo © Russ Chastain

Unlike the prototype, this one has powder coated barrels and polished bronze fittings — and each grip panel has an indian head nickel inlaid into it.

Like his prototype, it is a smoothbore with a pair of barrels, but only one hammer to fire them.

Left side of HCA model MC. These grips are newly made, but have been embellished and stained to make them appear like bone. Photo © Russ Chastain

Left side of HCA model MC. These grips are newly made, but have been embellished and stained to make them appear like bone.
Photo © Russ Chastain

The front sights are bronze blades soldered to the barrel band.

Top view of HCA model MC. Photo © Russ Chastain

Top view of HCA model MC.
Photo © Russ Chastain

The front part of the hammer can pivot from side to side when the hammer is cocked, to allow it to hit the right or left nipple. So the same hammer works both barrels.

Speaking of barrels, they are made of 4140 cold roll steel. They’re about 4 inches long and are bored to about .44 caliber.

The MC model is engraved with M.S.C. on the bottom, and U.S.A. on the top. Photo © Russ Chastain

The MC model is engraved with M.S.C. on the bottom, and U.S.A. on the top.
Photo © Russ Chastain

I call this the Model MC, because it was made (and specially engraved) for Maureen Chase.

Hammer cocked and rotated to fire the right barrel. Receiver plate stamped HCA (Halstead Custom Arms). Photo © Russ Chastain

Hammer cocked and rotated to fire the right barrel. Receiver plate stamped HCA (Halstead Custom Arms).
Photo © Russ Chastain

 

George calls the grip finish "buffalo bone," but he cast these grips himself in his workshop. Photo © Russ Chastain

George calls the grip finish “buffalo bone,” but he cast these grips himself in his workshop.
Photo © Russ Chastain

The “cracked bone” appearance was made on purpose, to add character to the grips. Rust — yes, rust — was used to stain the polymer to give it an older appearance.

The arrow points to an itty-bitty spring loaded pin that retains the ramrod. A small tool is included to depress that pin to remove the ramrod. Photo © Russ Chastain

The arrow points to an itty-bitty spring loaded pin that retains the ramrod. A small tool is included to depress that pin to remove the ramrod.
Photo © Russ Chastain

Halstead made this ramrod from an old brass candlestick.

The HCA Model MC is about 8 inches long, 4 inches high, and weighs in at 1.60 pounds (25.6 ounces). Caliber is .44 and the barrels are smoothbore — but who’s gonna use this little jewel for target practice anyhow?

Accessories with the Model MC include a couple old round balls, a powder measure, and the little tool for releasing the ramrod. Photo © Russ Chastain

Accessories with the Model MC include a couple old round balls, a powder measure, and the little tool for releasing the ramrod.
Photo © Russ Chastain

HCA’s price for a gun like this one is $450, which is plenty cheap considering all the hours he puts into them, and their uniqueness — and he will also offer a single-barrel model for $300. For more info, contact:

Halstead Custom Arms
George Halstead
352-546-3731
23455 NE 160 Avenue Road
Fort McCoy, FL 32131

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12:33

HCA Prototype Double Barrel Muzzleloading Pistol [AllOutdoor.com]

In a previous post, we met local gunsmith George Halstead, who makes nifty little poppers of his own design in a small workshop. The pistol we’ll look at here is the one he calls his prototype.

Right side of HCA prototype pistol. Photo © Russ Chastain

Right side of HCA prototype pistol.
Photo © Russ Chastain

The barrels remain unfinished on this interesting little gun, but the frame is powder coated. Why isn’t it blued, you ask? Because he’s not yet set up to do hot bluing, and cold bluing pretty much sucks.

George’s grips are hand-molded from polymer in his shop, and may or may not receive a patina to “age” them.

The front sights are simple steel posts — but you won’t be doing a whole lot of aiming, as there are no rear sights, and it’s a smoothbore anyhow.

HCA: Halstead Custom Arms Photo © Russ Chastain

HCA: Halstead Custom Arms
Photo © Russ Chastain

The trigger is kind of a derringer style deal, but wide and comfortable. The coin inlaid into the handmade, hand-fitted grip is real.

Cocked. Note how the trigger has moved forward (compare with previous photo). Photo © Russ Chastain

Cocked. Note how the trigger has moved forward (compare with previous photo).
Photo © Russ Chastain

George made this one with barrels that are about 4.25″ long. The right one measures about .42 caliber, and the left one is about .46. The idea is to stoke the large barrel with shot and the right barrel with a round ball; then you have the shot charge for shooting a hard-to-hit threat such as a venomous snake, or the round ball that packs more punch if you need to finish off a deer, say while hunting in muzzleloader season.

Top view, cocked. The "nose" of the hammer pivots side to side to allow it to hit either of the nipples. Photo © Russ Chastain

Top view, cocked. The “nose” of the hammer pivots side to side to allow it to hit either of the nipples.
Photo © Russ Chastain

Most of the frame — the part that contains the mechanism and forms the grip — is made from a single hunk of 1/2″ thick steel plate. A crosspiece of 3/8″ steel is welded to the front of that frame, to support the rear of the barrels. That curved portion on either side between the two is the weld.

Set to fire the left barrel. Photo © Russ Chastain

Set to fire the left barrel.
Photo © Russ Chastain

This handy little gun is pretty wonderful, if you ask me.

The HCA prototype rides in style in its custom-made holster. Photo © Russ Chastain

The HCA prototype rides in style in its custom-made holster.
Photo © Russ Chastain

Overall length of this gun is roughly 8.5 inches, it’s about 4.25 inches tall, and it weighs in at a pound and a half (24.15 ounces).

Mr. Halstead only builds black powder guns and is open to requests for custom work — and he plans to offer a single-barrel option as well. Typical cost for a double barrel will run about $450, while a single barrel will be $300. Custom options may raise or lower those prices, of course.

If you like this one, check out his newer (and more deluxe) Model MC.

Halstead Custom Arms
George Halstead
352-546-3731
23455 NE 160 Avenue Road
Fort McCoy, FL 32131

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12:33

Meet George Halstead, Country Gunsmith [AllOutdoor.com]

Some months ago, I stopped at a roadside yard sale. It was one of those manly sales, with tools and other good stuff… and some gun items. When the fellow behind the table said he had built a double-barrel muzzleloading pistol and asked me if I wanted to see it, of course the answer was a resounding “Yes!”

The gun was well-made and functional — and creative. A pair of barrels, side by side, each with its own percussion nipple. A single centrally-located hammer served each nipple via its nifty rotating nose. And he’d made it all himself, in a modest workshop using simple tools.

George's lathe with barrel and reamer. Photo © Russ Chastain

George’s lathe with barrel and reamer.
Photo © Russ Chastain

George Halstead is a mechanic and fabricator who has been working on guns since the 1990s. His father was a tool & die man who worked for General Motors and did gunsmithing on the side, starting in the 1960s. And George’s paternal grandfather was a gunsmith, machinist, and engineer who did gun work from the 1920s into the 1950s — and he even once worked on, and was given, a revolver by William “Buffalo Bill” Cody.

George Halstead Photo © Russ Chastain

George Halstead
Photo © Russ Chastain

As you can tell, transforming metal into useful objects is a Halstead family tradition. And it was George’s son who suggested that he mark his muzzleloaders HCA, for Halstead Custom Arms.

George’s workshop is not fancy. A handmade workbench supports a small lathe, and a drill press is the next-largest piece of equipment. The press serves as a mill, via the sliding mill table.

Drill press with mill table. Photo © Russ Chastain

Drill press with mill table.
Photo © Russ Chastain

A future pistol frame waits to be milled. Photo © Russ Chastain

A future pistol frame waits to be milled.
Photo © Russ Chastain

Most of the work is slow, methodical, and done by hand. Bench-mounted power tools include the lathe and drill press, along with portable tools such as:

  • Angle grinder
  • Grinder with wire wheel
  • Drill
  • Belt sander
  • Reciprocating saw
  • DA sander
  • Files
  • Welder
  • Oxy-acetylene cutting torch
  • Dremel tool
The steel that used to be in those cutouts became a gun frame (or two). Photo © Russ Chastain

The steel that used to be in those cutouts became a gun frame.
Photo © Russ Chastain

Each frame begins as 1/2″ steel plate, which gets cut out with a torch and manually shaped until it’s suitable for milling.

George Halstead fires a blank from his prototype pistol. Photo © Russ Chastain

George Halstead fires a blank from his prototype pistol.
Photo © Russ Chastain

Gun barrels are 4140 steel, and are smoothbore. And his grips, believe it or not, are molded of polymer and fitted right there in his shop.

Prototype (top) and a special pistol for his sister. Photo © Russ Chastain

Prototype (top) and a special pistol for his sister.
Photo © Russ Chastain

Frames are powder coated, as are the barrels on his most recent popper. Hammers are hand made and hand fitted, just like everything else.

The prototype has unfinished barrels and post sights; sister's gun has bronze blade sights. Photo © Russ Chastain

The prototype has unfinished barrels and post sights; sister’s gun has bronze blade sights.
Photo © Russ Chastain

George is carrying on a longtime tradition of home craftsmanship that is far more valuable in society than most folks realize. Without local people who can build and repair real things, we would all be hosed — especially in even a short-term survival situation.

For more information, check out these articles with details of two of his creations:

HCA Prototype Double Barrel Muzzleloading Pistol
HCA Double Barrel Model MC Muzzleloading Pistol

Mr. Halstead planning to expand his capabilities and is looking to cast bronze and/or aluminum before too long.

Here’s the contact info for HCA:

George Halstead
352-546-3731
23455 NE 160 Avenue Road
Fort McCoy, FL 32131

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12:22

Review: Cold Steel’s Aluminum Head Sword Cane [AllOutdoor.com]

I’ve been intrigued by sword canes for as long as I can remember. Over the years, I’ve seen quite a few sword canes in novelty shops, and that’s all they were — a novelty — but I always thought they had some potential as a self-defense weapon of last resort… and even as a survival tool.

I decided to try out the Cold Steel Aluminum Head Sword Cane to see how it works in that role. Truth be told, on some days I can be caught with a pretty good limp myself (osteoarthritis in my right hip and lower back) but I can get around without a cane. Still, the idea of using a cane as a walking aid as well as for self-defense isn’t a bad one. When I was actively teaching martial arts for 35 years, I taught stick fighting to my students, and the sword cane can be used for many stick fighting techniques.

A quick look at the Aluminum Head Sword Cane is in order:

  • Blade: 25.75 inches, 1055 carbon steel
  • Shaft: fiberglass carbon fiber composite
  • Overall length: 37.625 inches (about right for use for most folks)
  • Highly polished 6160 aluminum removable head
  • Total weight: 25.3 ounces

Please keep in mind that this sword cane is meant for stabbing, not slashing.The actual sword is hidden inside a sturdy fiberglass carbon fiber shaft that’s virtually unbreakable — believe me, I gave it my best shot, and it is still intact.

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Approximately one third of the sword portion (the fighting end) has a triangular shape to it, and the tip is very pointy. The blade is sharpened somewhat, but again, this is to be used for stabbing, rather than slashing. The blade is held inside the fiberglass carbon fiber shaft via suction — and no matter how hard I tried to get the blade to release from the shaft by flinging it around, it stayed put until I intentionally drew the sword from the shaft that hides it.
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The bottom end of the cane also has a sturdy rubber tip, for sure gripping when walking on city streets or hiking wilderness trails. The fiberglass carbon shaft can be used as a parrying weapon while you use the sword portion for stabbing or even “slapping” someone to discourage further attacks on you.
I showed the sword cane around to quite a few folks, and they all loved the look and feel of it, even without realizing it was actually a sword cane, and not just an ordinary walking stick! They were surprised and shocked when I drew the sword from the cane, and all commented on how wicked the sword looked.
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I carried the sword cane while shopping and hiking down some logging roads, and the darn thing really helped me keep my footing on gravel roads. No one suspected I had anything other than a walking stick or cane. Cool!
I did some limited testing, where I stabbed the pointed sword into stacked cardboard, and it penetrated deeply. I also used the cane to “slap” the stacked cardboard – wanting to see if the head of the sword would come loose; it never did.
One of the biggest tests came when I wanted to photograph the sword cane for this article. With the shiny aluminum head and the equally shiny sword, it was quite the challenge to get some good pics, and I’ve been into photography for more than 40 years.
Suggested retail for this cane sword is $239.99, and you can’t order the sword cane from Cold Steel headquarters in California, nor can you possess one in California or Wisconsin. For some reason, all orders have to go through their Arizona office. At press time you could order one here for $156, and they were selling factory seconds for 95 bucks.
So if you live in the big city and are often walking mean streets, take a close look at the Cold Steel sword canes for another option in a weapon for defending yourself. Even if you carry a gun, a cane sword or walking stick might make a great less-lethal self defense tool. It gives you one more self-defense option, with the advantage of having it in your hand right now — and it will sure give a bad guy a reason to be someplace else when you draw that sword out of the shaft!
I’m not aware of any place where an ordinary walking stick is illegal, and Cold Steel sells plain ol’ walking sticks that are similar to their sword canes. With a little bit of training, you can become quite deadly in the use of a walking stick, so if you’re in a location where the sword cane is illegal, take a look at the walking sticks/canes that Cold Steel offers.
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12:11

12 Tools Every Shooter Should Own [The Firearm Blog]

imageThe right tool for the right job is how I was taught. Not that I’ve always followed that rule to the letter. But as I’ve matured as a shooter, I’ve come to appreciate quality tools as much as I do quality firearms. Here are 12 tool suggestions for your workshop. Note: Although Brownells is my […]

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12:00

POTD: MP5-esque 9mm AR [The Firearm Blog]

13582001_10154353910796474_1969213138373562244_oAn interesting compatibility of parts. Brian B. built this cool SBR. First he started with just a SBR and a barrel extension. Then he got his preferred can. I was a bit confused as to how the MP5SD handguard was attached to the AR upper receiver.   Turns out it is a perfect fit over […]

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10:39

Obama blames guns for recent events [NRA-ILA News]

President Barack Obama pledged on Saturday to seek ways to calm racial tensions and reduce divisions between police and minorities during his final months in office, but he warned that easy access to guns nationwide exacerbated the problem.

10:38

Black Caucus Demands Congress Hold Gun Vote After Shootings [NRA-ILA News]

Congressional leaders on Friday voiced dismay and outrage over the killings of police officers in Dallas and called on the American people to unify, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus, while echoing the grief and calls for healing, also demanded that Republicans allow votes to tighten the nation’s gun laws.

10:37

New Tennessee law allows gun owners to keep loaded firearms in vehicle [NRA-ILA News]

Under a new law that quietly took effect last week, many Tennessee gun owners may now legally keep loaded firearms in their vehicles even if they don't have a state-issued handgun-carry permit.

10:35

California: Burden of proof on carrying concealed weapons doesn’t rest on citizens [NRA-ILA News]

Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto may have won the latest round in the judicial fight over his concealed carry weapons policy. But he is mistaken on the proper relationship between the citizen and the government.

10:34

California: Feel safer? Easier to get parole, harder to buy bullets [NRA-ILA News]

Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democratic Legislature have a unique plan to enhance public safety in California. They have reduced the state prison population from close to 150,000 in 2010 to 113,000 now by downgrading what crimes put an offender in prison. Now they are pushing a ballot measure that would enable repeat serious and violent offenders to qualify for early release — to further reduce the state prison population. No worries, though, because they also are passing laws that make it harder or costlier for everyone to buy guns and ammunition.

10:12

Review: Cold Steel Pendleton Custom Classic Hunting Knife [AllOutdoor.com]

I’ve been testing Cold Steel products for articles for at least 20-yrs, maybe longer. I know I’ve used Cold Steel products ever since they first came on the scene, and I’ve yet to be let down by any of their products. I’ve also said, in numerous articles over the years that, I believe Cold Steel’s owner, Lynn C. Thompson, set the gold standard, for sharp knives. However, I might have to rethink that statement. I received the Cold Steel Pendleton fixed blade custom hunting knife for testing. And, without a doubt, this is the sharpest knife I’ve ever held in my hands. So, perhaps Cold Steel has upped the ante a bit, and their knives might be the platinum standard for sharpness.

Any time I go big game hunting, I make sure to have a sharp fixed blade hunting knife on hand. I don’t want to have to stop midway through dressing out game to have to sharpen my hunting knife. A sharp knife makes the job so much easier and faster, and I prefer to get done with the shucking so I can pack the meat home.

Let’s take a closer look at the Cold Steel Pendleton Custom Classic custom hunting knife. The design came from the mind of Lloyd Pendleton, a long-time custom knife maker, and this might just be his best design ever.

The Pendleton is from the “custom” line from Cold Steel — and they don’t produce many custom knives anymore. The custom line is made in Japan, where labor and fine materials come at a cost. But as I’ve said many times, if you want quality, buy quality (and you won’t have to buy again). If you buy cheap, you’ll have to replace that cheap product many times over.

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The 3.5-inch drop point blade on the Pendleton Hunter is 5mm thick (about 0.2 inches), and is made of VG-1 San Mai layered stainless steel — some of the best knife blade material in the world, in my humble opinion. If you look closely at the edge of the blade, you can see the thin line where the two types of steel come together to make an incredibly tough blade.

The overall length of the knife is 8.25 inches and Cold Steel says it weighs 7.0 ounces. The handle is 4.75 inches long and is made of polished black linen micarta, pinned to the full tang. A notch in the micarta scales at the butt allows access to the lanyard hole in the tang. Stainless steel and red spacers are perfectly fit, as is the bolster. This knife is honestly a work of art, not just a tool.

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I didn’t abuse the Pendleton Custom Classic Hunter in my testing, because Cold Steel had already demonstrated how tough the knife is in a short video. I did put it to use around the kitchen cutting up whole chickens, and it easily accomplished that task, even cutting through bones with no problems. I also used the knife at the kitchen table to cut steaks (medium well, thank you).

I looked the Pendleton over very closely under magnification, trying to find some small imperfection… it was a waste of my time. This knife is perfectly made in all respects.

One thing you have to experience before you can believe it for yourself is the sharpness of this knife. Shaving through newsprint and cigarette rolling papers was no problem, and I was totally blown away by how sharp this knife was. I’ve NEVER had anything come close to being this sharp. I also shaved some cardboard boxes, which was also easy — and the edge remained super-sharp during my testing.

My Pendleton Custom Classic came with a leather pouch sheath, but some Pendletons include a Secure-Ex polymer sheath to better protect the blade and the user… and some leather sheaths attract moisture and hold it, which can ruin a fine blade via rust.

You simply have to take my word on how great this knife feels in the hand… it feels like an extension of my body. I have medium/large hands, and the knife feels like it was made specifically for my hands. I also showed the knife around to friends, and they too said they thought the knife was made for their own hands. Incredible!

In all likelihood, I won’t use this knife to dress out any big game — it’s just too beautiful for that. Instead, it will be a showpiece in my office. When big game season rolls around, I’ll ask Lynn Thompson to send me one of their other Pendleton fixed blade knives for dressing out my game.

So, if you’re in the market for what might just be the best fixed blade hunting knife you’ll ever run across, take a close look at the Cold Steel Pendleton Custom Classic Hunter. Chances are, you’ll believe the knife was made just for your hands — honest!

As I said earlier, quality never comes cheap, and this knife is top-quality in every respect. The Pendleton Custom Classic retails for $499.99, and you’ll be hard pressed to find one on the shelf at your local sporting goods or gun shop. It takes time (and a lot of hand work) to produce a knife like this, and it is NOT mass-produced in any way, shape or form. Each knife is lovingly made for the consumer who appreciates owning the best of the best.

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10:01

Hollywood Quiet: ‘The American’ Suppressor Making Scene [The Firearm Blog]

americanFresh off of the heels of Part 1 of the ‘Build Your Own Silencer’ series last week, my Dad sent me this clip from the movie The American starring George Clooney. I haven’t seen the movie, but I did get a kick out of this montage – someone must have had to do at least a little […]

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09:04

Review: Taurus PT 1911AR Semi-Automatic Pistol [AllOutdoor.com]

What sets the Taurus PT911 apart from other 1911s? Well, first of all, Taurus came in at a low retail price point, blowing everyone else away in this respect. Secondly, Taurus was producing what they called “custom” 1911s — at least they were producing 1911s with “custom” features many shooters wanted on a 1911. We’re talking a match grade barrel, forged slide and frame, genuine Novak 3-dot sights, rowel-type hammer, match trigger, extended beavertail grip safety, checkered mainspring housing, checkered front strap, and even even the front of the trigger guard was checkered. An ambidextrous thumb safety is also there.
The magazine well was slightly beveled for a faster reload, too. The ejection point was flared and lowered for positive ejection of empty brass. And they even included a full-length guide rod. Black hard rubber grips come with every gun — even models with checkered wood grips include the black rubber grips. (The only change I made to my PT1911AR was to add a set of Mil-Tac 1911 grips to it.)
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Gun dealers were selling the dickens out of the then-new Taurus PT1911, but in very short order, some problems began to pop up. For one, many of them wouldn’t feed — not even FMJ ammo — in spite of the fact that the barrels were throated, and barrel and feed ramp were polished. Also, many of the early PT1911s had problems with the ambi thumb safety simply falling off the gun! And, from gun to gun, there was a big difference in trigger pull… some were were crisp and smooth, while others were very mushy.

One good thing, though was the frame-to-slide fit. These parts were matched early on in production, and stayed together until the guns were completed and shipped.

I waited a good long time to get my hands on the Taurus 1911AR — and we’re talking a LONG time. What sets the 1911AR apart from the others is that it comes with an aluminum frame, which has a rail on the dust cover for adding a laser or light on the gun.

All-steel Taurus1911s weigh in at about 38 ounces but the 1911AR comes in a little lighter at 32 ounces. Fit and finish were second to none on my sample PT1911AR, and the trigger pull was a crisp 4.5 pounds.

I should also mention that the PT1911 series comes with the Taurus Security System (TSS), which allows you to lock the gun so it can’t be fired. Some folks don’t like this, so they swap out the TSS hammer for a standard hammer. I’ve done this as an experiment, and didn’t really notice much difference in the trigger pull or let-off. To each his own!

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Each Taurus PT1911 comes with two 8-round magazines, which don’t seem very durable to me (though I’ve never had problems with them). The good news is that you can use any standard full-sized 1911 magazine. Each factory magazine has a removable plastic bumper pad on the base to help protect the mags when they are ejected and hit the ground, and to help you quickly and positively seat the magazine when you reload. Nice!

The thumb safety on my PT1911AR snicked on and off with authority and was not mushy in the least. (This was another complaint of the early Taurus 1911s.)

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I had the following ammo for testing, from Black Hills Ammunition and Buffalo Bore Ammunition:

  • Black Hills 185-grain JHP
  • Black Hills 185-grain copper HP Tac-XP +P
  • Black Hills 200-grain SWC
  • Black Hills 230-grain FMJ
  • Buffalo Bore 160-grain copper HP Tac-XP low recoil
  • Buffalo Bore 160-grain copper HP Tac-XP +P
  • Buffalo Bore185-grain FN FMJ low recoil
  • Buffalo Bore185-grain copper HP Tac-XP +P
  • Buffalo Bore 200-grain FN FMJ +P
  • Buffalo Bore 200-grain JHP +P
  • Buffalo Bore 230-grain FN FMJ +P

I had no problems with any of these loads. I was a bit concerned whether the low recoil loads would work, but there were zero problems — and these loads were a pussycat to shoot in the PT1911AR.

My accuracy testing was done at 25 yards, over the hood of my SUV, with a rolled-up sleeping bag as a rest for the gun. The clear winner in the accuracy department was the Black Hills 200-grain SWC, which has always been accurate in my testing, and with this pistol it would print 2.5-inch groups all day long if I did my part.

Second up for accuracy was the Buffalo Bore 160-grain copper HP Tac-XP low recoil, which grouped right at 3.25 inches.

I ran quite a few Buffalo Bore 230-grain FN FMJ +P rounds through the Taurus, and the gun and shooter both takes a beating with this round.

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I attached a laser and a light to the gun’s frame rail, and they stayed secure during shooting.
I had a Blackhawk Products Nylon Omega VI universal ambi drop leg holster, in which the PT 1911 AR fit perfectly with the light attached. This would make a dandy tactical setup for law enforcement or military use. One problem with having a 1911 with a rail is that there aren’t many holsters out there designed to accommodate a 1911 with an under-frame attachment.
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I wish I could find something really negative to say about my sample PT1911AR, but nothing caused me any problems during my testing. Taurus seems to have cured the bugs that plagued their early 1911s, and I think their present 1911s are an excellent buy, especially since they come with all the bells and whistles (other than night sights, which I believe do come on select models).

Don’t be a 1911 snob… just because it is stamped “Taurus” doesn’t mean it can’t hold its own against other, more expensive, 1911s. Sometimes you luck out, and actually get more than you paid for.

Full retail on the PT1911AR is $944.88, but you can usually find them for quite a bit less. Plus you get a lifetime warranty on all Taurus firearms.

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07:09

New ATF Forms Released Ahead Of July 13th Deadline [The Firearm Blog]

41FIn what should not be a surprise to anyone by now, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) released the new National Firearms Act (NFA) forms that will be used to apply to make and transfer registered firearms as required by law. We have included links to the new forms as well as […]

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06:27

Interview: Ashley Hlebinsky, Curator of the Cody Firearms Museum [Forgotten Weapons]

Sorry about the sound quality! I did my best to clean it up, but the air conditioning system in the museum had a more significant impact on the video that I had anticipated.

Ashley Hlebinsky is the Curator of the Cody Firearms Museum, and today we are taking some time to discuss the museum and her job as Curator. Her path to the job began with an interest in battlefield medicine and a series of museum internships while studying American History and Museum Studies at the University of Delaware. A stint at the Smithsonian led her to a position at the Cody Museum, where she was groomed for the Curator’s office, taking over that job in early 2015.

In addition to curating the museum’s extensive collection, she speaks and writes regularly in mainstream academic circles about issues like the public perception of firearms, and acts as n excellent bridge between the ivory towers of academia and the knuckle-dragging ranks of gun owners (if I may make mostly-unfair stereotypes of both groups).

Under Ashley’s guidance, the Museum is in the process of undergoing a major expansion, to increase the number of firearms on display and improve the interpretive information provided about them.

06:00

Newest piece in the New York Post: Obama’s false racism claims are putting cops’ lives in danger [John Lott's Website]

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Dr. John Lott's latest piece in the New York Post raises concerns about how President Obama sees racism whenever there is a difference in outcomes.  One sentence that was cut from the piece due to space constraints noted: "President Obama’s claim makes as much sense as saying that since men make up 49% of the population but 93% of the people in prison, there must be discrimination against men."  Lott's piece starts this way:
Hours before the murders of five police officers in Dallas, Texas, President Obama was again spouting false claims about racism by the police. He sees racism whenever there is any disparity in outcomes, no matter what the cause.
Obama and others inflame passions, but take no responsibility, and instead use events to push for more gun control. Yet, shouting racism can endanger the lives of police officers. The Dallas police chief tells us one of the shooters “wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.”
After the Trayvon Martin case, there were numerous cases around the country of blacks attacking whites and invoking Martin’s name.
Let’s not forget that NYPD cops Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were executed by a black man who was angry about the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
Obama and his administration spoke out repeatedly on the Martin and Brown cases. They repeatedly claimed racism was involved, but in fact there’s no evidence of that in either case.
Obama is also wrong, as he was on Thursday, to infer racism from higher arrest rates or prison-sentence lengths. “African Americans are arrested at twice the rate of whites,” he said. What he failed to note is that blacks commit murder at almost six times the rate whites do.
“African-American and Hispanic population, who make up only 30 percent of the general population, make up more than half of the incarcerated population,” he added. But Obama ignores the facts put out by his own Department of Justice. The FBI claims that gangs commit 80 percent of crimes in the US, and the National Gang Center estimates that 82 percent of gang members are black or Hispanic.
Obama claimed: “[Blacks] receive sentences that are almost 10 percent longer than comparable whites arrested for the same crime.” Putting aside questions as to how comparable the crimes are or the criminals’ past histories, Obama again leaves out crucial details. Whites are more likely to face other penalties — fines and restitution, loss of professional licenses, and a greater drop in legitimate earnings upon returning to the labor force after prison.
Will Obama be complaining about the “racist” aspects of these other penalties?
Of course, Obama isn’t alone in pushing these misleading claims. . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.
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Sources for piece:
Obama's statements before and after the Dallas shooting.  Murder rate data by race for 2014 is available here and the national demographics used to determine murder rates by race.  Information from the National Youth Gang Survey Analysis and crimes committed by gangs.
See also "Police group director: Obama caused a 'war on cops'"
“I think [the Obama administration] continued appeasements at the federal level with the Department of Justice, their appeasement of violent criminals, their refusal to condemn movements like Black Lives Matter, actively calling for the death of police officers, that type of thing, all the while blaming police for the problems in this country has led directly to the climate that has made Dallas possible,” William Johnson, the executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations, said in an interview with Fox on Friday morning.
Johnson said although the Thursday night shooting of law enforcement officers reminded him of “the violence in the streets in the 60’s and 70’s,” he pointed out how Obama’s response appeared different than his predecessors.
“I think one of the big differences then was you had governors and mayors and the president — whether it was President Johnson or President Nixon, Republican or Democrat — condemning violence against the police and urging support for the police,” Johnson said. “Today that's markedly absent. I think that's a huge difference, and that's directly led to the climate that allows these attacks to happen.”
"It's a war on cops," Johnson also said. "And the Obama administration is the Neville Chamberlain of this war." . . .

05:14

Colion Noir Calls Out The Media [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


The media has been trying to use the shooting of Philandro Castile in Minnesota as a wedge between the African-American community and the National Rifle Association. They are saying that the NRA doesn't care about black gun owners. Moreover, as this article in Inquisitr makes clear, they continue to try and make this a wedge issue because in the NRA's call for an investigation in Minnesota they did not mention Mr. Castile by name. They are saying the NRA is facing an internal split. I don't see it.

Colion Noir calls out the media and commentators who pushing the meme that the NRA doesn't care about black gun owners. He notes that just like Philandro Castile he is a 32 year old black man with a carry permit that was stopped for a traffic infraction just two weeks ago.

Colion Noir is usually somewhat laid back and cool. Here he is not. He's angry and he's tired of putting up with the crap that the media and other critics have spewed towards him personally and to the NRA.


04:08

Allen Engineering And The Silencer For The MK12 [The Firearm Blog]

Credit: LanceCriminal86 - AR15.comOne quiet day back In 1993, Ron Allen, who was making semiconductor parts for soon-to-be Silicon Valley powerhouses, received a strange telephone call: a man on the line wanted Allen Engineering to build and design rifle silencers. “At the time, I thought it was some sort of sting operation,” said Allen. On the phone was Phil Seberger who ran a […]

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03:15

Save Your Shoulder With This New Mosin Muzzle Brake [The Firearm Blog]

61yozK-+bsL._SL1200_I have a thing for old bolt action rifles, from Mausers and Enfields to Arisakas and Mosins. I have a special soft spot for the Mosin Nagant rifle even though they’re overrated. The trusty and cheap (back in the day) Mosin was my first WWII era firearm I ever purchased and I’ve since collected a […]

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03:00

XS 24/7 Big Dot Tritium Express Set Night Sights Installation and First Impressions: [The Firearm Blog]

UntitledThose of you who watch TFBTV may know that I am a concealed carry instructor and a daily carrier. Although I tend to switch rigs often based upon the circumstances, I generally favor a Glock 43. (See James’ Top 5 CCW Picks here). The 43 is Glock’s single stack 9mm pistol that is rugged, reliable, […]

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New Superhero Rifles from Axelson Tactical [The Firearm Blog]

logo-axelson-tactical-newSince they launched their gun line last year Axelson Tactical has worked hard expanding it. And while there’s word that expansion does indeed include a brand new model – very soon – current additions are of the color and logo variety. Specifically, they’re offering more options for Cerakote finishes – in a superhero sort of […]

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02:00

Winchester Releases Two New “Super Clean” Lead Free Loadings [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureOne of the biggest challenges for ranges is dealing with lead. While individual shots and rounds are tiny, the sheer amount of shots over time creates a unique challenge for air and ground. To avoid this, many ranges are moving towards lead-free loadings where possible, but progress has been slow due to few low-cost lead-free […]

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01:34

TFBTV Hits 200,000 Subscribers [The Firearm Blog]

200000Our TFBTV channel has just hit 200,000 subscribers after just 18 months of operation. We launched the channel at SHOT Show 2015 and hit 100,000 subscribers before Christmas that year. Since then, in under 8 months, we have managed to attract another 100,000 subscribers and have long overtaken many other established gun channels. A huge thanks to […]

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Sunday, 10 July

22:19

Not an Assault Weapon: Dallas Police murderer used an SKS semi-automatic rifle [John Lott's Website]

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We also know that when people are armed with powerful weapons, unfortunately it makes attacks like these more deadly and more tragic. And in the days ahead, we’re going to have to consider those realities as well.
-- President Obama July 8, 2016
Yet again, President Obama is pushing for gun control laws wouldn't have stopped the attack that is being used to motivate the new law.
Micah Xavier Johnson, the man who killed 5 police officers and wounded 7 others, used a SKS semi-automatic rifle.  The SKS is a gun that was designed 73 years ago.  It is essentially a deer hunting rifle in terms of its inside guns and the caliber of its bullets (.30 caliber).  This gun wasn't classified as an assault weapon under the Federal assault weapon ban.  The President's call to renew the ban wouldn't have affected the gun used in this shooting.  Given that this gun is functionally identical to all other .30 caliber semi-automatic rifles, one would have to ban all semi-automatic .30 caliber rifles.
Given all the discussion about magazine sizes, "SKS rifles generally have a 10 round fixed magazine that can be loaded via stripper clips. Larger capacity fixed magazines with questionable reliability are available as well. Some SKS aficionadas can load the gun with stripper clips with the same speed as loading a detachable magazine into an AR-15 or AK-47.  It does take practice, however."
These guns sell for about $400.

22:14

Some Fact Slowly Appearing on Minnesota Police Shooting of Philando Castile [John Lott's Website]

The shooting of Philander Castile by Officer Geronimo Yanez has gotten national attention, but the case might not have been quite as simple as many have thought.   Indeed, 21 officers were injured in rioting on Saturday night.  Yanez's lawyer had this to say:
“I’m not concerned about criminal proceedings here and I don’t think he is either,” attorney Thomas Kelly told PBS Saturday.Kelly said in a separate interview with The Associated Press that Officer Jeronimo Yanez was reacting to “the presence of that gun and the display of that gun” when he shot Castile multiple times.  . . .
Kelly said that Castile did not obey the instructions of the police.
“I can tell you that the driver disregarded the clear commands of Officer Yanez,” Kelly said, adding that “race had nothing to do with the shooting.” . . .
"There was more than just the equipment violation,” he said, refusing to share any more details due to an ongoing investigation.
Obama's comments surely suggested that the officer was at fault.
I want to begin by expressing my condolences for the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. As I said in the statement that I posted on Facebook, we have seen tragedies like this too many times. 
The Justice Department, I know, has opened a civil rights investigation in Baton Rouge. The governor of Minnesota, I understand, is calling for an investigation there as well.
As is my practice, given my institutional role, I can’t comment on the specific facts of each case. And I have confidence (AUDIO GAP). 
But what I can say is that all of us as Americans should be troubled by the news. These are not isolated incidents. They are symptomatic of a broader set of racial disparities that exist in our criminal justice system. . . . 
The Governor of Minnesota clearly argued that racism was the problem behind the shooting.
“Would this have happened if those passengers would have been white? I don’t think it would have,” Gov. Mark Dayton said to a crowd that gathered outside his residence all day and night Thursday. . . .
The president doesn't even mention that the officer doing the shooting in Minnesota, Geronimo Yanez, was Mexican. 

14:08

Cope Reynolds reads The Window War [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

If you are not catching podcasts in and around the firearm and survivalist communities, you really are missing out on a lot of great information that is being passed around.  The podcasts references the perennial favorite and groundbreaking article the Window War.

The reading and discussion begins at the 11:00 mark.  Please bear with a pause in the audio.  It starts at 35:15 and picks back up at 46:06.  Many, many thanks to Cope Reynolds at the The Shooting Bench for putting this on.

The Window War by Mike Vanderboegh



The Window War

by Mike Vanderboegh

Author's Note: The events related in this story are true. It is set in the real town of Hobbs, New Mexico, although some names have been changed to protect the guilty. It begins early in the morning, the day after tomorrow.

"And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had...and his sling was in his hand; and he drew near to the Philistines."-- 1 Samuel 17:40.

"We Americans have set dangerous precedents. We can rest assured that those pushing for gun control have no intention of stopping short of total gun confiscation. At some point, we who cherish liberty must summon the courage of our forefathers and tell America's tyrants, 'Give me liberty, or give me death!' The longer we wait, the greater the ultimate bloodshed." -- Walter E. Williams, Professor of Economics, George Mason University.
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Bob Stone stared at the ceiling in the darkness, the popcorn surface barely discernible in the soft glow of the porch light filtering through the bedroom curtains. He had come home angry-- just about as angry as he'd ever been-- and he knew that sleep would not come with his mind still clicking along at about ninety miles an hour. Better to try to walk it off, he thought, since I can't shoot anybody over it. At least not yet.

As he gently rose from the bed, his wife stirred. He froze, and soon her breathing resumed its regular pattern. No need to disturb her anymore than he already had tonight. The meeting had been stormy and had run on into the late evening. Afterwards, he and his friends had refought the arguments for almost an hour. And yet, when he got home, his wife was waiting up (the kids had long ago been put to bed for it was a school night). Amy was anxious to hear what had happened with the Congressman. Bob told her in clipped, furious sentences and her anger rose to meet his with the re-telling. A half-hour later they had turned in, but Bob was too tired and angry to sleep. As Bob collected his pants and shirt from the chair, the clock clicked over to 1:47.

Ten minutes later, he was walking toward downtown in the New Mexico spring night. It was chilly, as it usually is when the sun goes down in the desert, and he was wearing his work jacket. Like most folks in Hobbs, Bob made his money working in the "oil patch". Times had been pretty thin for a while, but now that the price of oil was up thanks to OPEC, things were picking up in the oil and gas business all over the Southwest. It wasn't anyone messing with his money that made Bob Stone mad this night. It was someone messing with his God-given liberty.

They were being sold out. That was the long and short of it. Oh, the Congressman put on a long face, and swore it wasn't any of HIS doing, but they were being sold out, no doubt about it. The Republicans had come up with their own gun control bill, trying to protect their left flank against Clinton-Gore in the upcoming Presidential race. From now on (and for the first time in American history), law-abiding private citizens were going to have to ask the federal government's permission to sell a firearm to another law-abiding private citizen. Not even King George the Third had been so grasping. In addition, there would be no more "high-capacity" rifle or pistol magazines imported. ("High-capacity" meant greater than ten rounds.) Domestic production had already been forbidden in the so-called "assault weapons ban." George "Dubya", the Congressman said, insisted upon it, and the Republican majority leaders in Congress were going to go along. The latest shooting of children by other children (read: "gang members") at the national Zoo in Washington, D.C. hadn't helped.

"But don't they realize that D.C. has the strictest gun control laws in the country?" someone behind Bob had shouted. "How will passing one more law help that?" It wasn't about reality, the Congressman sighed, it was about perceptions. And he didn't have to add that the antigun liberal media had the corner on perception-making.

Bob had listened quietly for over two hours. He'd had enough and now rose to his feet. "But WE put you Republican jerks in power!" he half-shouted. "WE made you a majority party in '94 because you told us you'd try to roll back the Clinton gun-control agenda. Even Clinton blamed the Brady and so-called "Assault Weapons Ban" laws for the Democrat's loss in '94. It was gunowners who put you in power, and kept you in power these past six years, and now you're selling us out! Why don't you look up how much money Lea County gunowners gave you and your Republican brothers over the past six years?"

The Congressman opened his mouth to reply, but Bob cut him off in a low, determined tone: "But I'll tell you one thing, Mr. Republican Congressman, you'll never get another stinking dime out of me or my friends! We won't pay you for the privilege of pissing on our backs and telling us it's raining!" The room erupted into loud clapping and cheers.

Almost drowned out in the din, the Congressman cried: "But it's not MY fault!".

"Whose is it then?" three or four people shot back at him, almost in unison.

The Congressman had the look of a deer in the headlights of an oncoming truck. He had come here prepared to talk about Social Security, but nearly every question had been about gun control. Reaching for an answer that wouldn't be a mistake in front of this hostile crowd, he came up with: "The Columbine killers. Everything changed after Columbine." Wrong answer.

The room erupted. Someone threw an empty coffee cup that landed well short of the Congressman. Bob was back up on his feet, shouting full-throat this time: "That's a load of crap and you know it! When your Republican bosses in the House came to you with this treason, did you tell them that passing it would violate your oath to uphold the Constitution and that you would be forced to resign from their party if they went ahead with it?!? Well, did you?!?"

The shouted question cut through the air and the crowd quieted, wanting to hear the answer. The Congressman was silent, looking down at the empty coffee cup on the floor.

Bob repeated the challenge: "Well, did you?"

The Congressman stirred from his appreciation of the trash on the floor to ask, "Did I what?"

"I think you heard me the first time, Congressman, but I'll repeat it so we can get an answer: When the House Republican leadership told you they intended to pass this treasonable bill, did you tell them that it would violate your oath to 'preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States' and that you would be forced to resign from their party if they went ahead with it?"

The Congressman hesitated, then answered: "Well, uh, no. Look, if I resigned my seat every time a vote didn't go my way..."

Bob cut him off: "I didn't say 'resign your seat', Congressman. I said, 'resign the party'. The people of this district sent you up there. You took an oath to uphold the Constitution. Your party is about to assist in the destruction of one important part of that Constitution. If you resign out of principle and become an Independent, I feel sure that the people of this district will return to your office when it comes time for re-election. So let me re-phrase the question: When you go back to Washington, will you seek out the House leadership and tell them that if they pass this bill, you intend to resign their party and become an independent because you refuse to be a party to treason?"

The Congressman's aide crossed over and, shielding the microphone, whispered something in the Congressman's ear. The Congressman nodded. The aide returned to the sidelines as Hobbs police officers began to filter into the room from the side and rear doors. The aide had summoned them on his portable phone the moment the coffee cup was thrown.

The Congressman leaned into the microphone, "Well, I'll have to think about it."

Bob wouldn't let it go. "What's to think about?" he shot back. "Either you have principles or you don't. If you don't, have the guts to say so now."

The Congressman shook his head. "I said I'll have to think about it. What you're asking is pretty extreme..."

"Extreme?!?" Bob countered. "Extreme?!?. Congressman, you ain't even close to seein' 'extreme' yet. Don't you realize that if you don't find the guts to stop these treasonable SOBs in Congress, and that if the judiciary doesn't have the guts to stop them in the courts, that someday soon gun-owners like the ones in this room are going to have to stop them in the streets with rifles in our hands? Congressman, you'd better pray you never see 'extreme', for if you do it'll take more than all the cops in Hobbs to protect you from the widows and orphans of the men who will die fighting to preserve the God-given liberty you didn't have the guts to risk your precious political career for!"

The room erupted once again, the cops moved to the front, and the Congressman departed out a side door, almost as fast as it takes to tell. And now, four hours later, Bob was still furious.

They don't roll up the sidewalks at sundown in Hobbs, but the streets were fairly deserted this time of night, or morning actually. Even the cops who usually patrolled every twenty minutes or so in the business district Bob was walking through were busy on drunk and disorderly patrol over on Del Paso or out on Bender Street (no pun intended). The bars close in New Mexico at 2:00 A.M. by state law, so between 2 and 3 is often the night shift patrolman's busiest time. As it turned out, that was a good thing for Bob.

To be truthful about it, Bob was still so mad he wasn't paying a whole lot of attention where he was walking. Later, he would attribute his arrival at the scene of the crime to either his subconscious mind or the hand of God. But all of sudden, without knowing why, he stopped and looked up from his thoughts. And there, smack in front of him, was 509 East Broadway. Now as it happens, 509 East Broadway, Hobbs, New Mexico, is a modest, well-kept building with sort-of old-fashioned windows flanking the entrance. It also happens to be the headquarters of the Lea County Republican Party.

Now Bob Stone was a church-going, law-abiding fellow. Oh, he'd done his share of tearing around violating traffic laws when he was young and stupid, but never anything serious. A Lea County boy born and bred, the only time he'd seen the inside of the local jail was when he'd bailed out Manny, his buddy from the gas plant, when Manny had been busted for driving drunk on Bender Street at 2:10 in the morning. But as Bob Stone looked up at the sign proclaiming 509 East Broadway as the Heaquarters of the Republican Party of Lea County, New Mexico, a snatch of conversation from earlier in the evening (yesterday?) came back to him like divine inspiration.

Bill Dodd, a hunting buddy of Bob's, was a bit of a history buff. They had been standing around after the meeting, trying to answer the question: "What do we do now?"

"Well, ah don't know about y'all," (Bill was originally from Alabama) "but when the Sons of Liberty wanted to make a point back durin' the Revolution they'd get a bunch o' folks together and go pay the local Tories a call. Usually they'd just bust their windows (Bill pronounced it 'winders') with rocks and tell 'em the next time it'd go harder with 'em. The Tories usually got the message and moved away or shut up about likin' the King. Glass bein' so expensive back then and Tories bein' mostly rich folk, it seemed the natch-rel thing for the Sons to do. An' it worked. Maybe we ought-ter do the same thing to these gun-control puke-politicians."

They all had laughed, and the conversation moved on, but Bill Dodd's words now came back to Bob loud and clear. He looked at the windows, he looked at the sign, and he looked up and down the street. Nobody. Nothing but the street lights going through their paces for traffic that wasn't there. But what to use for a rock?

The streets of Hobbs, New Mexico, are pretty well kept. On any other night, the plan that was forming in Bob Stone's angry mind would have failed for lack of ammunition. But as it so happened (and later Bob ascribed it to none other than divine intervention) there at the curbside was a piece of broken concrete which had dropped off the back of a demolition company's truck about ten o'clock the previous morning. Somebody, Bob decided, wants me to do this.

Bob Stone picked up the chunk of concrete. Smooth on one side, it had been part of the parking lot of an old greasy spoon south of town that had been demolished to make way for a new BP super-station. He hefted the chunk. Yep, he decided, just about right.

Even so, Bob hesitated. He wasn't a vandal by training or inclination, and if a car had come by just then, even as angry as he was, he'd have given the whole thing up. But in hesitating, another thought came to him: How would anyone know WHY he had thrown the stone through the Republicans' window? If he intended to make a political statement, the rock would have to be accompanied by a message lest the act be dismissed as ordinary juvenile hi-jinks. His hands went to his jacket pockets, finding (and instantly rejecting) his note pad. First of all, it had his company logo on each sheet (now wouldn't that be bright?), and secondly, he had no way of attaching it to the chunk of concrete. Tape and rubber bands were not items he routinely carried. But when his right hand found the felt-tip marker he always carried in his left breast pocket, he knew that the missile would be the message.

Moving a few steps to take advantage of the street light, Bob rotated the chunk so its flat side was up, and wrote across the top of the flat, "Second Amend." (he ran out of room). So he wrote underneath the first line in smaller letters: "Shall Not Be Infringed." He re-capped the marker, and placed the pen back in his jacket pocket.

His resolve had returned. He was going to do it now, even if a car came by. Even if a cop came by. He was going to send the Republicans an old-fashioned Sons-of-Liberty message. He didn't even check again to see if the street was clear, though it was. He positioned himself at what he judged was the proper distance and heaved the concrete telegram as hard as he could. With what seemed to him to be an atomic crash, the chunk sailed through the window easily. No alarm went off. Hobbs wasn't that kind of town. But Bob Stone began to run away.

He ran west down East Broadway, passing the Martin Boot Company, then crossing over to the other side of the street. He kept on running-- laughing, scared, and immensely proud of himself. He ran until he was winded, past where East Broadway turns into West Broadway. A thought occurred to him then that it was probably a stupid thing to be running down the streets of Hobbs at just past two in the morning. If anybody did drive by they'd rightfully conclude he'd been up to no good. And he didn't have the right shoes on to be able to convince a curious cop he'd been out jogging.

So when he caught his breath, he began to walk west on West Broadway at a normal pace. He passed Desert Guns, his favorite local gunstore, owned by one Mark Stone (no relation, unfortunately, for Bob wouldn't have minded a family discount). He wanted to put as much distance between 509 East Broadway and himself before he made the wide turn that would take him back east to home. So he continued a block or so past the Western Motor Company, when he realized with a start that his night's work was not yet done. For there in front of him was 604 West Broadway: The Democratic Party Headquarters of Lea County, New Mexico.

It was true that the Republicans had taken his money, his time, and his support only to sell him out. Bob supposed that that was why he was so angered at the Republican betrayal-- he expected more of them. You didn't expect your so-called friends to stab you in the back. But the Republicans in truth were only half the problem. It was the Clintonista Democrats who had brought the country to this state. And while it was true that Democrats could no more be blamed for stealing the rights, liberties and tax money of their fellow citizens than rattlesnakes could be blamed for biting (it was, after all, their declared mission in life), their windows deserved breaking nonetheless. Indeed, Bob reflected with a silent laugh that although he had killed many a rattlesnake in the desert around Hobbs he had not as yet killed a Democrat, although Democrats were an infinitely a greater threat to peace and the Republic. Well, there's a time and place for everything, Bob decided. Tonight, he would merely break their windows.

And as he stood contemplating the windows at 604 West Broadway, he noted to his satisfaction that they were nice big, expensive plate glass windows. It would cost the Democrats much more to replace these than it would the Republicans to fix their modest, old-fashioned window panes. This, Bob Stone thought, was more than fitting. But the breaking need a bit more preparation. Bigger rocks, perhaps. No, not bigger rocks, just more preparation. Bob fingered the automatic center punch in his work jacket pocket. Yeah, he decided, just the right instrument of destruction for these tempered-glass targets.

He went to the alley behind the building foraging for ammunition and found two new bricks pre-positioned there by what Bob Stone was now convinced was the hand of the Almighty. It could not have been by accident, of that he was certain. Bob pulled out his marker and wrote, lazy-dazy, winding the letters around the holes in the brick: "Second Amendment-- Shall Not Be Infringed."

Somewhat stealthier now, he checked the street before sidling up to the windows. To each he gave several preparatory hits with the automatic center punch. Spiderwebs of fractured glass appeared on each window. Then, checking the empty street one last time, he backed away from the windows and heaved the bricks one after the other with all the speed his overage pitching arm could muster. If the Republican window had sounded like an atomic bomb, these sounded like two hydrogen bombs, and Bob gave into his fear just long enough to run across the street. As the last shards of the windows were still falling, giving way to gravity and dropping with lesser explosions, Bob began to control his fear and slowed to a walk.

And so it was that he walked casually all the way home. As he passed one of the cross streets he noticed blue lights down toward East Broadway. He smiled, and walked just a bit faster. His wife stirred slightly when he eased himself back into bed, but Bob Stone had cured his angry insomnia and, happy now to be a criminal, he fell instantly asleep. Sleeping, he would later say to himself, the sleep of the just.

It all might have ended there had it not been for an editor at the local paper, the Hobbs News-Sun, who along with his college education had acquired a virulent liberal bias about things such as gun-control. Determined to show-case the "lawlessness" of gunowners, he assigned himself as the reporter on the story and also wrote the first of several (he thought stinging) editorials. The story was picked up by the state Associated Press, and eventually made its way to USA Today and the New York Times.

As if to prove that the Law of Unintended Consequences was alive and well, it was when the story went national that strange things began to happen. In Marion County, Ohio, somebody who read the USA Today story decided that breaking the windows of Democrats and Republicans was a pretty good idea. So did all his buddies at the Whirlpool plant.

As a matter of fact, it was about a baker's-dozen Buckeyes who first decoyed the cops, then smashed every window in both party headquarters the next night. Some were broken with nicely inscribed smooth stones that, like little David, they had fished out of a stream. On each was written the entire text of the Second Amendment to the Constitution. "A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." Windows too high, small or inconvenient to reach with stones were finished off with ball bearings fired from slingshots or baseball bats.

In lightning raids two nights later, the same crew smashed the windows of both party's' headquarters in three neighboring counties. It was bipartisan vandalism, and more news stories were generated. Fearing that the rock-throwers would come to his house, the chairman of the Marion County Republican Party resigned. When his Democrat counterpart did not, someone broke the windows in his house, too. One of the more thoughtful vandals taped the business card of a local glass company to his front door.

With "The Marion Incident", window-breaking on behalf of the Constitution began to spread. In about four weeks, 194 local headquarters of both parties were "ventilated" with rocks, bricks, concrete blocks, shotputs, lead weights, tire irons, antique civil war cannon balls and in the case of one Democratic party headquarters in Michigan, a twenty-pound brass jackass of unknown origin. Attached to, or written upon, each was the Second Amendment to the Constitution.

Similar missiles found glass targets at the homes of no fewer than 56 politicians of both parties who had been prominent supporters of gun-control.

Rewards were offered-- none was collected. Only in a few cases were the perpetrators caught, and most of those were teenage sons of well-known gun owners. In one case in Texas, the windows were broken publicly by a citizen who sought arrest for his civil disobedience. In a jury trial, he was quickly acquitted.

"The Window War" became nightly fodder for the television talking heads. And with more publicity came more broken windows. Commentators on the left condemned "vigilante justice" and "lawlessness" and called for political window-breaking to be classified as a "hate crime." Commentators on the right spoke against lawlessness more softly, pointing out that it was the Clintonistas who had made a business of flouting the rule of law (most recently in the case of Elian Gonzalez), and that destroying windows was probably a lesser crime than destroying the Constitution. And everyone agreed with MSNBC's "Hardball" Chris Matthews, a life-long Democrat, when he observed: "These are all gun-owners breaking the law. I suppose we should be grateful they're using rocks."

The polls sent the politicians mixed signals about how the public felt about The Window War. Initially overwhelmingly disapproving of such vandalism, the numbers began to shift as the "War" went on, the issues that had prompted the window-breaking became better known and nothing but windows were being harmed. There was a natural sympathy streak in many Americans for those who fought city hall.

Exactly one month after Bob Stone broke his first window at 509 East Broadway, copy-cat incidents were happening ten or twenty times a night with no end in sight. After two buckets, one containing rocks and the other containing a mixture of tar and feathers, were delivered to the Mississippi home of Senator Trent Lott, the Majority Leader decided, (with the concurrence of "Dubya"), that the political price of Republican gun-control had grown too high. It wasn't the implied threat that got to Lott so much as the fact that the card which accompanied the buckets was signed by some of his campaign contributors, one of whom was a distant relative. With the help of several relieved Democrats, Lott killed the bill.

With the Window War threatening to muddy up his campaign for President, Candidate "Dubya" called Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America (it was widely recognized that the "rockers" were not listening to the National Rifle Association, which they regarded as a sell-out organization) and quietly promised that if he was elected he would sign a bill that rolled back all of the Clinton-era gun control laws if Pratt could just guarantee that no more windows would be broken. Since the window-breakers weren't under his control either, Pratt said he couldn't promise anything, but he would try.

Three days after Senator Lott killed the bill, the last "shot" was fired in the Window War by twenty members of a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in New York who snuck up on the home of the Empire State's virulently anti-gun Attorney General while he was away and peppered it with Revolutionary War musket balls fired from Gamo "Wrist-Rocket" slingshots. Police responding to the alarm found a big folding sign-board blocking the driveway. It read: "Sue this!"

Across the country, the volunteer soldiers of The Window War read the papers, talked among themselves, and decided to await further developments with a truce. The only Americans who were sad to see the rocks stop flying were the owners of the nation's glass companies.

The howling of Clinton, Gore, Schumer, Feinstein and Company sounded like a banshee chorus but it could not resurrect the bill. Nor could they make it an effective campaign issue against Bush--he had condemned the vandalism in the strongest terms. After George "Dubya" Bush was elected President, and the Republicans retained control of the Congress, the tide of gun control receded. It wasn't that Dubya and his GOP colleagues had "discovered" any principles, they were simply smart enough to recognize that that particular political skunk was best left in the bucket. The reminder that political decisions sometimes have personal consequences acted like a tonic on Republicans and Democrats alike.

The Window War was won, and to the astonishment of many gun owners, no one had been killed. It had long been thought that bloodshed would be required to make the liberals understand that God-given rights are not compromisable. All it had taken was a few hundred rocks and other missiles and one brass jackass.

Many men and women would later claim to have been window-breakers, ten times as many as there probably were. But back in Hobbs, no one ever knew who broke the first window in the gun-control war, and that was just fine with Bob Stone. The only person he ever told was his wife, Amy. Together, they decided to keep Bob's foray into petty crime just between themselves. Neither of them was sure just how they could explain their Daddy's night of window-breaking to the kids.
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Author's Postscript: The story above is one possible future for this country. There are others far worse. As J.R. Nyquist recently wrote of the Elian Gonzalez federal kidnapping:

"Specific events, regardless of their actual importance to history, sometimes capture the human imagination. In doing this, they become rallying points for masses of people. They become pivotal to political careers. Such events can bring about the collapse of governments or determine the outcome of elections....Except for clueless and apathetic persons, America has been split into two hostile ideological camps. One is the anti-communist or anti-statist camp, which looks to traditional moral values, the Constitution, a strong family unit and the free market. The other camp is socialist or "progressive" in its outlook, globalist and environmentalist in its policies."

There is no reconciling the two futures these camps represent. One or the other will win in the end. The war up to now has been waged in the political and social arena. The time is fast approaching when this political and social "war" will spill over into armed conflict-- real civil war. If it does, it will happen mostly because everyone thinks it impossible. For sixty years, the liberals have used our respect for the law against us. Each time they moved the line of law to further their agenda, breaking off a bit of the Constitution, we, as law-abiding citizens have backed up grumbling but complying. And why should they stop pushing us back from our God-given liberties? We've never pushed back to stop them. We have been TOO law-abiding.

Remember one thing: Adolf Hitler was elected, and the Nazis passed laws justifying every horrible act they later committed. In such a country, law-breaking is not a crime but a virtue. Before we get too far down that road, perhaps a little window-breaking is in order. Waiting too late to oppose tyranny has always led to bloodshed. Let us avoid that if we can. But history holds such windows of opportunity open only so long, and ours is rapidly closing. Perhaps by breaking the window now, we can escape the horrible alternative. And if in the unlikely event my modest story should become fact, somewhere The Sons of Liberty will be smiling.

12:55

Guest Article from Bob Wright - OPSEC [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

I apologize for the light postings.  I am coming off of a four day extended Reserve fun-in-the-sun weekend and had very little time for much of anything other than that this weekend.  Mr. Bob Wright was so kind as to put this on my Facebook site and I would like share it with you here.




OPSEC is a word that gets used and misused a lot in our movement. Here is a basic outline to help define what it is and how you can implement it

1. Define OPSEC.

a. OPSEC is a process of analyzing friendly actions pursuant to military operations and other activities to-

(1) Identify those friendly actions that can be observed by the threat.

(2) Determine indicators that the threat might obtain that could be interpreted or pieced together to derive critical information in time to be useful.

(3) Select and execute measures that eliminate or reduce to an acceptable level the vulnerabilities of friendly actions to the threat exploitation.

     b. OPSEC maintains essential secrecy, which is the condition achieved by the denial of critical information to the threat. Threat possession of critical information can prevent friendly mission accomplishment. Thus, essential secrecy is a necessary prerequisite for effective operations. Essential secrecy depends on the combination of two conditions:

          (1) Provide traditional security programs that deny the threat classified information.

          (2) Provide OPSEC to deny the threat critical information, which is always sensitive and often unclassified.

2. Define indicators.

     a. Indicators are data derived from open sources or from detectable actions that the threat can piece together or interpret to reach conclusions or official estimates concerning friendly intentions, capabilities, or activities. They are also activities that result from military operations. Indicators contribute to the determination of friendly courses of action. Their identification and interpretation are critical tasks of the threat operations. Indicators can be used in many ways. For example, if the commander wants the threat to think one way but, in reality plans on doing something entirely different, he may give him a false indicator (such as massing a smaller force to disguise a larger objective).


     b. There are three types of indicators:


          (1) Profile indicators show how activities are normally conducted. Profiles are developed by looking at all aspects of friendly operations from the viewpoint of the threat. The friendly profile must include all of those things that, if detected by the threat, could provide information concerning our capabilities, vulnerabilities, and intentions.


               (a) Patterns are stereotyped actions that occur so habitually that they can cue an observer to either the type of military unit or activity, its identity, capabilities, or intent. The Army tends to do things in the same way (SOP). This causes patterns that the threat looks for so he can predict intentions.


               (b) Signatures result from the presence of a unit or activity on the battlefield. Signatures are detected because different units have different types of equipment, are of different sizes, emit different electronic signals, and have different noises associated with them.


          (2) Deviation indicators, which highlight contrasts to normal activity, help the threat gain appreciation about intentions, preparations, time, and place.

          (3) Tip-off indicators draw attention to information that otherwise might pass unnoticed. These are most significant when they warn the threat of impending activity. This warning allows the threat to pay closer attention and to task additional collection assets.

3. Identify threat capabilities.

     a. The threat consists of multiple and overlapping collection efforts targeted against all sources of Army information. The threat devotes significant resources to monitor U.S. military operations and activities on a daily basis. The threat can produce reliable information on the U.S. military and its capabilities, intentions, and vulnerabilities. The threat is also shifting the emphasis in targeting. Foreign targeting of American technology is increasing for economic as well as military reasons. Technology transfer will continue to remain a major concern in the future.

     b. The major threat collection capabilities fall in four areas:

          (1) Human intelligence (HUMINT) includes all information derived through human sources not accessible to other collection assets. HUMINT employs overt, covert, and clandestine operations to achieve worldwide collection objectives.

          (2) Imagery intelligence (IMINT). The threat can obtain IMINT from land, sea, air, and space platforms (radar, photographic, infrared, and electro-optic imagery). At the tactical level, airborne collection possesses the greatest IMINT threat.

          (3) Signals intelligence (SIGINT) results from the collection, evaluation, analysis, integration, and interpretation of information derived from intercepted electromagnetic emissions.

          (4) Measurement and signature intelligence (MASINT) is scientific and technical intelligence obtained by quantitative and qualitative analysis of data derived from technical sensors for the purpose of identifying any distinctive features associated with the source, emitter, or sender and to facilitate subsequent identification or measurement.

     c. Two additional areas of concern:

          (1) Technology transfer, which has led to significant enhancement of military-industrial capabilities at the expense of the United States.

          (2) Non-traditional threats. Past and present allies are potential intelligence threats. They can engage in intelligence collection activities to gain economic or political advantage, which is not in the best interest of the United States.

4. Define OPSEC measures. OPSEC measures are methods and means to gain and maintain essential secrecy about critical information.

     a. Action control eliminates indicators. Select what action to undertake, decide whether or not to execute actions, or impose restraints on actions. (Specify who, when, where, and how.)

     b. Countermeasures attack the threat collection system by using-

          (1) Diversions.
          (2) Camouflage.
          (3) Concealment.
          (4) Jamming.
          (5) Deception.

5. Implement the OPSEC Process. OPSEC has five steps that apply to any plan, operation, program, project, or activity. They provide a framework for the systematic process necessary to identify, analyze, and protect information for essential secrecy. The process is continuous. It considers the changing nature of the threat and friendly vulnerabilities throughout the operation. It uses the following steps, but does not have to follow them in a particular sequence.

     a. Identify critical information. Critical information consists of specific facts about friendly intentions, capabilities, and activities vitally needed by the threat to plan effectively and to guarantee failure or unacceptable consequences for friendly mission accomplishment.

          (1) Determine what needs protection.

          (2) Identify key questions that threat officials are likely to ask about friendly intentions, capabilities, and activities, so they can obtain answers critical to their operational effectiveness. To determine sensitive aspects of our operations, ask "If known by the threat, what information and what actions could compromise friendly operations or identify us?"

          (3) Identify friendly force profile. The G3 and the G2 are responsible for developing friendly force profiles.

          (4) Avoid setting patterns.

     b. Conduct an analysis of threats.

          (1) Identify OPSEC vulnerabilities. It is absolutely necessary that you know the threat. This information will assist in determining vulnerabilities to the threat and it will become even more important when the time comes to implement countermeasures or deception measures.

          (2) Examine each part of the operation to find OPSEC indicators. Compare those indicators with the threat collection capabilities. A vulnerability exists when the threat can collect an indicator, correctly analyze the information, make a decision, and take timely action to degrade friendly operations.

     c. Conduct an analysis of vulnerabilities.

          (1) Identify possible OPSEC measures for each vulnerability.

          (2) Select at least one OPSEC measure for each vulnerability.

          (3) Assess the sufficiency of routine security measures (personnel, physical, cryptographic,   document, special access, and automated information systems). This will provide OPSEC measures for some vulnerabilities.

     d. Perform risk assessment. The purpose of this step is to select OPSEC measures for implementation. This step is designed to determine if a risk to an operation's success exists should the threat detect friendly indicators, patterns, or signatures. Only the commander responsible for the mission can make this decision. He must balance the risk of operational failure against the cost of OPSEC measures.

          (1) Consider the impact of an OPSEC measure on operational efficiency.

          (2) Consider the probable risk to mission success (effectiveness) if the unit does not implement an OPSEC measure.

          (3) Consider the probable risk to mission success if an OPSEC measure does not work.

          (4) Decide which, if any, OPSEC measures to implement and when to do so.

          (5) Check the interaction of OPSEC measures. Ensure that a measure to protect a specific piece of critical information does not unwittingly provide an indicator of another.

          (6) Coordinate OPSEC measures with the other elements of C2W.

     e. Apply appropriate countermeasures to deny threat information of specific friendly intentions, capabilities, and activities.

          (1) Implement measures that require immediate action. This applies to current operations as well as planning and preparation for future ones.

          (2) Document or task OPSEC measures by using an OPSEC annex to the OPLAN/OPORD.

          (3) Brief OPSEC requirements to planners, participants, and support personnel.

Note. OPSEC measures are command-directed actions executed by individuals, who must be aware of their responsibilities.

          (4) Monitor OPSEC measures during execution. Monitoring is a continuous process of evaluating intelligence and counterintelligence. It is necessary to monitor countermeasures for effectiveness because unevaluated countermeasures can lead to a false and dangerous sense of security.

          (5) Make adjustments to improve the effectiveness of existing measures. These adjustments are necessary to obtain the best protection for our military operations.

6. Define OPSEC review, assessment, and survey.

     a. OPSEC review is an evaluation of a document to ensure protection of sensitive or critical information.

     b. OPSEC assessment is an analysis of an operation, activity, exercise, or support function to determine the overall OPSEC posture and to evaluate the degree of compliance of subordinate organizations with the published OPSEC plan or OPSEC program.

     c. OPSEC survey is a method to determine if there is adequate protection of critical information during planning, preparations, execution, and post-execution phases of any operation or activity. It analyzes all associated functions to identify sources of information, what they disclose, and what can be derived from the information.

06:27

CETME-L Flats: HMG vs Prexis [Forgotten Weapons]

You may recall a while back I picked up a CETME-L flat from Prexis, because it was the only option available for building a CETME-L rifle. Well, there is now another option available.

Hill & Mac Gunworks made a run of completed CETME-L rifles, and is also now offering builders’ kits, with barrels, weldment blocks, semauto and 922(r) conversion parts, receiver flats, and bending jigs, along with CETME-L parts kits – everything needed to build one of the guns (as of the time of this posting, flats and weldment blocks are available to order, with complete kits coming soon). I spent the last couple days building one with my friend and InRange TV co-host Karl, and we will be posting a series of tutorial videos to walk folks through the build process shortly.

However, before that publishes I thought it would be worth a quick post to point out the differences between the Prexis and HMG receiver flats. It is true that a handful of people have actually received flats from Prexis and managed to build them into working guns, but that is an excruciating process. The HMG flat and jig, on the other hand, actually work fantastically well. Let’s take a look at why…

(Note: All of the photos here use a Gen 1 Prexis flat, because those are the ones I have been able to get my hands on. The Gen 2 flat is reportedly better, but as far as I can see one would have to be crazy to actually pay money for a Prexis product)

Left: HMG Right: Prexis

Left: HMG; Right: Prexis

Left: HMG Right: Prexis

Left: HMG; Right: Prexis

 

Ejection ports - the Prexis ejection port is actually so undersized that a live rounds is too long to fit through it. The Eject a live round, one would have to drop the magazine and get it out through the magazine well.

Ejection ports (HMG on top, Prexis below) – the Prexis ejection port is actually so undersized that a live rounds is too long to fit through it. To eject a live round, one would have to drop the magazine and get it out through the magazine well.

 

Proxies left, HMG right. The Prexis locating hole is inside the receiver material, while HMG's is an extensions trimmer off after bending, which does not leave a hole in the finished product.

Proxies left, HMG right. The Prexis locating hole is inside the receiver material, while HMG’s is an extensions trimmer off after bending, which does not leave a hole in the finished product. Als0, note the significant difference in depth and definition of the reinforcing features.

 

This

The magazine well area really highlights the quality differences between the two flat (Prexis top, HMG below)

 

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Selector switch area. It is relevant to note that disassembly on the CETME-L involves the fire control group and safety moving a short distance forward and backward. The HMG flat allows this; the Prexis flat was made without an understanding of this feature, and that feature must be substantially modified to make a functioning gun.

 

Selector switch area from the other side (Prexis top, HMG bottom)

Selector switch area from the other side (Prexis top, HMG bottom). Also note that the HMG holes for the fire control group and buttstock pins are properly sized, where the Prexis holes and just locators that need to be drilled out.

 

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Magazine well and catch. The HMG flat has holes properly spaced for both the trigger pack pin and the magazine catch pin, as well as the proper full cutout for the magazine latch itself. The Prexis flat has a misquote magazine catch hole, not FCG pin hole, and an undersized mag catch pin hole.

 

Looking down the length of the Prexis flat. Compare this to the photo below...

Looking down the length of the Prexis flat. Compare this to the photo below…

 

Looking down the HMG flat. Notice how much crisper the stiffening features are.

Looking down the HMG flat. Notice how much crisper the stiffening features are, and how the bolt guide rails are straight, flat, and how it actually has a bolt hold open cutout. Also, the HMG flat is thicker than the Prexis, matching proper original specification for the CETME-L.

If you’ve been waiting to do a CETME-L build, now there is finally a usable flat available. If you have already gotten a barrel somewhere and are a skilled builder, the HMG flat and weldments will get you going. Otherwise, I would suggest waiting until HMG’s full builder’s kits are available, so you can get all the necessary components in one package. Having just finished building one myself, I know they are a good product.

 

04:00

Sunday Jams - Soul Coughing [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Because 90's Drum and Beat, that's why.












Saturday, 09 July

19:08

Ah Yes Except The NRA Did Issue A Statement [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


I picked up a story this morning from a website called .Mic. It is a website devoted to, among other things, bashing the NRA and gun owners. I guess this plays well with their intended audience of "educated Millennials". In a story written Friday by Emily Cahn for their "Policy.Mic" section headlined, "NRA Responds To Dallas Police Sniper Shootings, But Completely Ignores Philando Castile", she noted the NRA release regarding the Dallas murders. Ms. Cahn then wrote:

But missing from the NRA's response was any reaction to the death of Philando Castile, a black man who was killed by police officers during a traffic stop in Minnesota, after he informed them he legally had a gun in his car.

The lack of response to Castile's death is perplexing, given that the NRA staunchly defends Americans' right to lawfully own and carry firearms.

The group has even helped defeat gun control legislation in the wake of the Orlando shootings that would prevent suspected terrorists on the FBI's "no-fly" list from purchasing guns.
I would be troubled if the NRA ignored the shooting of Mr. Castile in Minneapolis. However, they didn't. While not mentioning Mr. Castile by name, they issued the following statement on Friday.
As the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights organization, the NRA proudly supports the right of law-abiding Americans to carry firearms for defense of themselves and others regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation.

The reports from Minnesota are troubling and must be thoroughly investigated. In the meantime, it is important for the NRA not to comment while the investigation is ongoing.

Rest assured, the NRA will have more to say once all the facts are known.
Given that the NRA statement and the Cahn article were both published on Friday, I don't know which came first. Even assuming the Cahn article was published before the NRA released their statement, journalistic ethics demand that a correction or clarification be released acknowledging the NRA statement on the Castile shooting.

Ms. Cahn is a graduate of George Washington University and has worked for papers including the Houston Chronicle, the Washington Post, The Hill, and CQ Roll Call. She is currently .Mic's Senior Political Reporter. Given that background one would have hoped she learned something about journalistic ethics along the way. Sadly, it appears she hasn't.

10:12

Build Your Own Silencer – Part 1 [The Firearm Blog]

PART1Don’t look at me like that. Yes, it’s perfectly legal to build your own suppressor. Following the same process as you would to make a registered and legal short barreled rifle (SBR) or short barreled shotgun (SBS), you can build a device that will make your favorite gun quieter, have some fun and even learn […]

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Friday, 08 July

13:31

Download the Official NRA-ILA App! [NRA-ILA News]

At the 2016 NRA Annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox sent a loud message to anti-gun lawmakers: the NRA, its members, and its activists, would “fight like hell” to defend the Second Amendment at the ballot box this November.

13:30

Kahr CM9 9mm: My Favorite CCW Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

In this video James reviews the Kahr CM9 9mm sub-compact Pistol and explains why it is his favorite Every Day Concealed Carry pistol. Kahr changed the carry game with their single stack striker fired pistols with smooth triggers. The recent C-Series CM9 is cheaper model lacking some features of the P-series, but for every day […]

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Review: Stoeger P3000 Shotgun Brother Of The Benelli Nova [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_0405The new for 2016 Stoeger P3000 is a budget priced well made shotgun. This is no safe queen this is a working shotgun you can carry in your truck or use for many types of hunting. The P3000 comes with an improved cylinder choke rather than a full set of chokes as many more expensive […]

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13:20

The Beretta Gallery in London (Sako M10 Supressed) [The Firearm Blog]

2016-04-28 13.33.57 HDR-2During a visit to central London I walked past The Beretta Gallery. The Gallery is located very central, 36 St. James’s Street, close to The Ritz (famous hotel), Picadilly and Jermyn Street. An area known for prestigious Gentleman’s Clubs and other custom shops. The building is very elegant and contains the premium brands within the […]

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Ruger & Lipsey’s Introduce 6 New Ruger No. 1 Rifle Configurations [The Firearm Blog]

topLipsey’s, the exclusive distributor of the Ruger No. 1 single-shot rifle, has announced the release of six new configurations. For those not familiar with the Ruger No. 1, it is touted as the ultimate “classic” rifle. The weapon is centered on a falling-block breach mechanism with ejector. The safety is tang-mounted and the barrels are […]

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13:18

The reports from Minnesota are troubling and must be thoroughly investigated [NRA-ILA News]

As the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights organization, the NRA proudly supports the right of law-abiding Americans to carry firearms for defense of themselves and others regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation.  . In the meantime, it is important for the NRA not to comment while the investigation is ongoing.  Rest assured, the NRA will have more to say once all the facts are known.

12:54

In Draft Party Platform, Democrats Regress on Gun Rights [NRA-ILA News]

Following the lead of their presumptive presidential nominee, the Democratic Party is set to adopt a gun control plank in their 2016 party platform that lays bare the party leadership’s antipathy towards gun rights. The draft 2016 plank marks a significant shift in the party’s approach to the issue. Out is the lip service paid to the Second Amendment contained in the last several party platforms; the 2016 version is a forthright list of restrictive policies and an inflammatory tone common to the Democratic Party platforms of the 1990s.

12:11

A Salt Rifle “Assault” Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureIn perhaps what I would deem as one of the best tongue-in-cheek offerings yet to emerge from the firearms industry, Texas Black Rifle Company has released what they dub the A Salt Rifle. The weapon itself is a political statement against those who Texas Black Company dubs “crazy Liberals” and “Libtards”. The A Salt Rifle is […]

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12:07

The Myth of “Declining” Gun Ownership [NRA-ILA News]

Americans are buying guns at an unprecedented rate (please see related story) and have been doing so for some time, but is gun ownership declining, as gun control supporters claim?  Gun control supporters want politicians to believe that it is, on the theory that politicians are more likely to vote for restrictions if they think that opponents of restrictions are in the minority.

12:00

POTD: More Russian Warehouse Goodies [The Firearm Blog]

unspecified5A major global small arms and ammo manufacturer deals in military surplus shared these photos with us. They have tons of images from similar surplus caches that they have seen and purchased. Some of the photos are a bit blurry but you can still see the horde of weapons.

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10:01

Inter Ordnance AK Fails AKOU Test On First Magazine [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureMany like to pile on to the abysmal reputation that Inter Ordnance AK-47 rifles have earned. While, yes, there are those that get what seem to be solid rifles, the trend (at least as reported by my fellow writers and internet commando’s) is that Inter Ordnance stinks. Piling on again to their repuatation is AK […]

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09:51

And now we have a face to the name...prepare your shocked face [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

I am sure the word "allegedly" should be used as a qualifier, but I think we can stick a fork in this one.  It's done. The difference is our man-of-the-hour is a former Soldier.  This is also coming on the heels of a call from Al Qeada to kill hetero white people.  The fact that is is stealing headlines and short attention spans of the Hoi Polloi with Her Holiness, The Hillary's minor inconvenience.

Micah Xavier Johnson: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

 “The suspect said he was upset with white people and wanted to kill white people, especially white officers,” Brown said.

 1. The Suspect Told Police He Was Not Affiliated With Any Groups & He ‘Did This Alone’



 2. His Facebook Page Includes a ‘Black Power’ Poster

Ya don't say?  What are the odds?

3. Police Are Still Searching Until they Determine There Are No Outstanding Suspects, the Chief Said

B.S. alert again.  You cannot tell me that Private Black Hitler can knock out almost two dozen cops and civilians.

4.   4. The Slain Officers Include 4 From the Dallas PD & 1 From the City’s Transit Authority Police

5.   5. Police Took Part in the Planning of the Peaceful Rally & March, the Chief Says

BTW. Yes, black nationalism is very much alive in the military.  The military is a microcosm where you get everything under the sun.  Farm boys from Iowa that never laid eyes on a black person to the former prostitute from South Central.  And yes, they also have the supremacist elements. Just as in the civilian world, some are obviously more tolerated than others.

08:30

No Charges for Hillary Clinton [NRA-ILA News]

Until recently, corrupt politicians at least made an “honest” effort to conceal their wrongdoing. When former U.S. Rep. Rod Blagojevich (D-Ill.) tried to sell Barack Obama’s then-vacant U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder, at least he didn’t do so by taking out an ad in the Chicago Tribune. When former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) obtained a large sum of money through bribes, he at least hid the cash in his refrigerator.

08:22

Democrats Launch Another Protest Over Guns on House Floor [NRA-ILA News]

Speaker Paul D. Ryan said that he was concerned about the precedent Democrats are setting with their series of demonstrations over gun control. “If we break the rules, how can we have civilized democracy?” he asked. The House floor is the main place where Democrats and Republicans spend the most time together, Ryan said, calling it the place where they "actually get to know each other, to strike up conversations, to strike up friendships, to negotiate, to compromise, to talk and discuss."

08:21

Charges dropped in Caetano v. Massachusetts Second Amendment stun gun case [NRA-ILA News]

In March, the Supreme Court unanimously reversed a Massachusetts high court decision that upheld the state’s stun gun ban. The Massachusetts court’s justifications for upholding the ban, the Supreme Court said, were inadequate:

08:21

Phoenix City Officials Shoot Down Western-Themed Amusement Featuring Fake Guns [NRA-ILA News]

For the past 31 years, the City of Phoenix, AZ has hosted a Fourth of July event centered around what it bills as “one of the largest fireworks displays in the Southwest.” In addition to the fireworks, part of the fun is an array of different vendors offering a variety of amusements. This year, however, the city rejected the application of a Wild West oriented shooting gallery as inappropriate for the event.

08:20

Signatures submitted in plan to restrict guns in Washington [NRA-ILA News]

Initiative 1491, backed by the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, comes after legislative efforts to create "extreme risk" protection orders failed earlier this year.

08:20

Texas Attorney General Calls Professors' Campus Carry Lawsuit "Baseless" [NRA-ILA News]

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Thursday called a lawsuit filed by three University of Texas at Austin professors hoping to block the state's new campus carry gun law "baseless" and said he plans to "vigorously defend it."

08:19

Arizona: Tucson City Council bans sale of popular semi-automatic firearms at convention center [NRA-ILA News]

Any weapon capable of firing 10 or more rounds can no longer be sold at the Tucson Convention Center.The Tucson City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to add more restrictions on private gun sales at the city-owned venue.

08:18

South Carolina: Gun advertisements at Columbia airport upsets some travelers [NRA-ILA News]

Finney, a Columbia resident, was returning from West Virginia on Sunday, when she spotted a billboard-sized ad for FN Manufacturing’s retail store in the concourse area at Columbia Metropolitan Airport. The ad shows eight firearms and in black, bold letters touts, “Yeah, we carry.”“I’m still,” said Finney of her reaction. “I don’t look away from it, because I am so appalled at the obscenity of what I’m seeing. I can’t believe somebody would put that on the wall that is welcoming travelers, visitors in South Carolina.”

07:09

TOZ-106 Bolt Action SBS Hangfire [The Firearm Blog]

TOZ106This Russian man videoed himself shooting a TOZ-106. It is a short barreled shotgun with an underfolding stock that is bolt action and magazine fed. He shoots it and has a fail to fire. He recharges the firing pin by actuating the bolt lever a couple of times. I must say I was wincing to […]

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06:46

Gun Purchases Continue to Soar [NRA-ILA News]

Maybe Americans aren’t taking to Hillary Clinton’s sour attitude toward guns. Maybe they’re arming themselves out of concern about terrorists and criminals of a more conventional stripe. And maybe they’re showing what they think of members of Congress who use terrorists’ crimes as the excuse to push for more gun control.

06:30

Really?! [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


Miguel at Gun Free Zone pointed out this Facebook post from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (sic) from just soon after the murders in Dallas. As Miguel said on Facebook, even vultures will wait before they start feeding on the corpses.

I downloaded this screenshot at about 8:30am EDT. That means it was posted somewhere around 11:30 EDT last night. According to a timeline of the attack in Dallas, the first reports of gunfire was around 9pm CDT or 10pm EDT. Thus, within two hours of the first notice of the attack, the posting below appeared on the Law Center's Facebook page. Notice that it is gun laws that are being blamed. The top commenters are also blaming the NRA and, believe it or not, libertarians and the Koch brothers.

As things stand now, we know the Dallas PD have some suspects in custody, that one potential shooter was killed last night by the DPD bomb squad, and that is about it. We don't know if the murderers were white, black, brown, or purple. We don't know if they were Baptist, Catholic, or Muslim. We don't know if they were affiliated with ISIS, Black Lives Matter, the NRA, or the Boys and Girls Club of Dallas. We don't know if the firearms used were purchased at Billy Bob's Gun Emporium, at the local gun show, out of the back of a car, or smuggled into the country by a drug cartel

The lone exception of the one suspect killed by the bomb squad who justified the attack as retribution for the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile. Other than that, we just don't know because the details have not been made public. This, however, did not stop LCPGV aka LCAV from making the post below.

If you want to keep informed about really what is going on with the investigation in Dallas, I suggest the Dallas News. They are not the cable news stations bringing in "experts". They are the local folks on the ground who work the police beat.


06:27

Pavesi Model 1942 Prototype Semiauto (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

The Pavesi Model 1942 is a prototype Italian semiauto rifle chambered for the 8×59 Breda cartridge. It is a short recoil action with a 4-lug rotating bolt, and appears to use a Mannlicher type en bloc clip like a Carcano (no sample clip was available for me to look at). It is marked on the chamber “ARMA PAVESI-FNA BREVETTO N.365273”, although I have not been able to find a patent bearing that number. The top of the rear bolt cover is marked “Semiautomatico cal.8 – mod. 1942 -xx – Brescia”. It has no serial number that I could find.

I have not been able to find any substantive information on exactly who made the rifle, if or when it was tested, or what the results of any testing may have been. The 1942 date puts this well after the main Italian self-loading rifle trials, which concluded in the adoption (although not the mass production) of the Armaguerra Model 1939, in 1939.

This Pavesi example is held in the Beretta reference collection in Brescia. Many thanks to Beretta for allowing me to take a look at it!

Pavesi Model 1942

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05:10

PHOTOS: Guns of Eurosatory 2016: AK Alpha, Arex AKB15, Pro Arms MK3 and MORE [The Firearm Blog]

My very good friend Lionel was once again kind enough to send us photos he took at the Eurosatory 2016 defense expo that has just been held in Paris. Below is a selection of interesting guns Lionel saw at the show. Read his report from the show at, with photos of military and law enforcement vehicles and equipment, […]

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05:05

EPIC KABOOM. Faulty .38 Revolver, NOT Reloads. Shooter Shares His Story [The Firearm Blog]

kaboomThe internet is littered with KABOOM reports where the shooter blindy swears it was not fault or his reloads. It takes a real man to admit he made a mistake. A read emailed me with photos of a KABOOM that happened on 4 July. He admits he should not have been shooting the old, poor quality […]

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04:08

Rikers Island Guards Issued Kel-Tec Shotguns [The Firearm Blog]

6f629986-a51b-47f9-aa77-63f2b1b130dbAccording to the New York Post, Rikers Island Guards are getting Kel-Tec Shotguns and receiving training from US Corrections Special Operations Group.  The USCOG have been using Kel-Tec weapons for quite some time. NYC’s Department of Corrections plan to spend $1.2 million dollars in the next three years on training the Rikers Island guards.  

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03:15

Flame Throwers Lame? Make A Thermite Launcher [The Firearm Blog]

ThermiteColinFurze is a bit of a mad scientist/mechanic. He has built some rather interesting devices in his workshop. You may recall his wrist mounted flamethrowers. Click here to check that out. Well now he has been asked to make a thermite launcher. First up he needed to make thermite and come up with a shell […]

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03:00

Target to Try: Birchwood Casey Shoot-N-Spin [The Firearm Blog]

shootnspinIf there’s one thing I enjoy changing up when I head to the range it’s my targets. And if there’s a company out there with a wide variety of targets available, it’s Birchwood Casey. If you have access to a shooting spot that allows steel targets, Birchwood Casey has quite a few options in that […]

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02:00

PMags Come to the AUG: Magpul Releases PMAG30 AUS [The Firearm Blog]

GetImageWhile the primary consumer of PMAGs continues to be the general American shooting public, various companies and countries have paid close attention to the success of the polymer magazine “PMag” offered by MagPul. The magazine’s success has not been by accident. Its durability, reliability, and performance have become the metric by which other STANAG magazines […]

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Thursday, 07 July

21:31

The Game changes a bit [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Dallas protest: Three police officers dead in sniper shooting

 As I am sure many of you have seen two "snipers" made a pretty successful run at some police in  Dallas and have so far managed not to get caught.

"An "intensive" search for suspects was under way, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said."

"Gunfire broke out as demonstrators marched through the city, sending them fleeing for cover."

"The protests were sparked by the deaths of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana."

Sipsey prediction:  Safe money is that they used "AR style high powered" rifles.  Gotta keep moving that goal post down the line.  This is, of course, just more window dressing for the big show.  Expect two things to happen.  The first is that they will increase police funding in big cities to "root out snipers".  And the second is the left remembered that they can kill at a distance and get away with it.

Yep, it is going to be a long hot summer.

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Nevada: Updated List of Recognized Concealed-Carry Permits [NRA-ILA News]

The Nevada Department of Public Safety recently released an updated list of out-out-state carry permits which are now recognized in Nevada.  Several changes were made to the list as a result of Senate Bill 175 which passed the Nevada Legislature last year and was signed into law by Governor Sandoval on June 2, 2015.

15:54

LANTAC FINALLY Selling AR-15 Rifles in the USA. LA-R15 14.5″ Raven FEATURES INNOVATIVE Lantac ABS Adjustable Buffer System [The Firearm Blog]

raven002AOver the years we have blogged photos of LANTAC rifles seen in overseas competitions, but I